Smartron srt.phone: A fine deal if you are a die-hard Sachin Tendulkar fan

Powerful innards of Smartron’s ‘all-rounder’ smartphone are failed by its many software glitches

Domestic information technology (IT) start-up Smartron, which counts Indian cricket legend Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar and former Motorola Mobility Chief Executive Sanjay Jha among its investors, recently launched the srt.phone smartphone, “inspired by the dependable traits of Tendulkar”.

At the launch of srt.phone, the company claimed that the smartphone used the best antennas and other security features that made it an all-rounder. Indeed, Smartron has pleased investors with its manoeuvres to deliver solutions ranging from internet of things (IoT) to smartphones built specifically for Indian consumers. But how does the srt.phone fare against the claims of dependability and the inspiration it apparently draws from one of the tallest role models for India in recent times?

To find out, Business Standard took the device for a spin and tested its real-life performance. Here is an in-depth review of the srt.phone:

Watch the hands-on review here
Design

The srt.phone offers a no-frills design, with rounded edges and curved sides. The smartphone might look appealing, but its polycarbonate built with metallic finish seems to somewhat spoil the experience. The plastic built is not loose or creaky – it fits perfectly on all sides and the matte touch adds to the aesthetics – but the pseudo metallic look was not necessary; it is way too prominent even at the first glance.

The front of the srt.phone is dominated by a 5.5-inch full-HD display protected with Gorilla Glass 3. There are three capacitive keys below the display, but these are without any sign or icon, just three flat dots. These dots acts are the home button and navigation keys. The earpiece along with sensors are placed neatly on the top, next to the front camera. (more)

Sachin: A Billion Dreams: A glorified account of an over-glorified celeb

Like his book, Tendulkar’s biopic is a nostalgic cruise through his career

As I walked out of the cinema hall after watching Sachin: A Billion Dreams, I wondered: Would I have thought differently of this biopic had I not known anything about the person it is based on? James Erskine’s documentary on one of the most celebrated cricketers in the world – one who has achieved a near-deific status in India – went along expected lines.

But was that because I, like many Indians and cricket followers around the world, already knew so much about Sachin Tendulkar? How would someone living under a rock for the last quarter of a century, and did not know who Tendulkar was, have liked it?

Sachin: A Billion Dreams starts off rather nicely, showing us a naughty curly-haired boy of seven or eight years living in Mumbai’s Bandra suburb, getting up to the usual seven-or-eight-year-old boy things like annoying his neighbours with pranks. The boy then receives a cricket bat as a gift from his elder sister, and this is where the story that most Indians and cricket followers already know begins.

This wasn’t the first time I was watching the celluloid adaptation of a story I already knew. I wasn’t, of course, expecting any suspense or plot twists, but I have been far more entertained by some of those other movies where I already knew what was going to happen, than I was by Sachin: A Billion Dreams. Maybe our man under the rock might think differently, but then a story still needs to be told properly, completely and honestly, and this is where Erskine’s attempt is found lacking. (more)

OnePlus 5 launch imminent; company halts ‘flagship’ OnePlus 3T production

OnePlus 5 is due to be launched soon and it will feature Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 processor

OnePlus has announced that its latest flagship OnePlus 3T, will soon be discontinued. The production of OnePlus 3T has already reached the end of its production life, and sale of the devices will continue till the stock lasts.

The latest development comes days after the company’s CEO revealed that the next flagship smartphone OnePlus 5 will be launched soon and will feature Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 processor.

Recently, the China-based smartphone manufacturer OnePlus teamed up with DxO, a software company with expertise in image processing software, to enhance the photography capabilities of the upcoming OnePlus 5 smartphone.

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In a blog post on the OnePlus official forum, the company said: “We are happy to announce that we have teamed up with DxO to enhance your photography experience with our upcoming flagship, the OnePlus 5. DxO is perhaps most well-known for creating the defining photography benchmark, the DxOMark. They’ve got years of imaging experience and expertise, both for professional cameras and for smartphones.”

“But we can only go so far in telling you that we’re excited to be working with DxO. Our friend Etienne Knauer, SVP Sales & Marketing at DxO, had this to say: “OnePlus has always been one of the leading innovators in the smartphone industry, and we are proud to partner with them and support their exciting mobile photography strategy.” (more)

Celina Jaitly pregnant with twins again

Actress Celina Jaitly is expecting twins with her hotelier husband Peter Haag, who are due in October this year.

The 35-year-old actress is already a mother to five- year-old twin sons, Winston and Viraaj.

Celina, who has entered her second trimester, says they were “initially shocked” when they got to know they were pregnant with twins again.

“Doctor was doing ultrasound and Peter asked the doctor if it is twins this time too. Doctor said yes and we both were initially shocked,” Celina told PTI in an exclusive interview over phone from Dubai.

“We were exhilarated because the first thing that came in our mind was that we are the chosen one. We are God fearing and we feel God chooses special people to be parents of multiple children.”

Both Celina and Peter love kids and are aware of the challenges as parents.

The “No Entry” actress says, “My mother always advised me that there is no perfect way to be a mother and father, but there are a million ways to be a good parent.

“I have always believed there are no rules to be parent. My husband is 100 per cent involved in the pregnancy and we both take our responsibilities seriously as parents.” (more)

Rajinikanth in politics? Subramanian Swamy scoffs at idea, calls it a joke

Rajinikanth said, “If it is God’s will, I will enter politics”

Will he, won’t he? The possibility of Tamil Nadu’s most popular star Rajinikanth taking the plunge into politics has been the subject of speculation for years now. The actor on Monday, left his fans even more puzzled by saying, “If it is God’s will, I will enter politics.”

Rajinikanth also said if he enters politics, he will be truthful and will not entertain people who want to make money. While his comments were welcomed by his fans, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy was not pleased.

He called it a ‘joke’ and advised him to stay out of politics, reports News18.

Swamy, who is known for his controversial remarks, said, “Rajini has been with various parties and has no ideology. Rajini is a mere distraction.”

Also Read : Subramanian Swamy’s comment on Tamil actors?

He went on to say that Rajinikanth was not even a Tamilian; “in fact, he is a Marathi from Bengaluru,” he said. Swamy also took potshots at the megastar’s fans. “It is a cult following,” he said. Swamy said that cinema people are good at giving statements as their dialogues are scripted by somebody else.

What did the Tamil superstar say to his fans:

“God decides what we have to do in life. Right now, he wants me to be an actor and I’m fulfilling my responsibility. If God willing, I will enter politics tomorrow. If I enter, I will be very truthful and will not entertain people who are in this to make money. I won’t work with such people”.

Rajnikanth has old relations with politics: Read more

Her parents were busy, so a 12-yr-old Delhi girl flew alone to see Bieber

According to her relatives, Akshita Rajpal is a trained dancer who only dances to Bieber’s music

This is one die-hard fan even popstar Justin Bieber would be proud of.

A 12-year old New Delhi schoolgirl, Akshita Rajpal, who’s an obsessive fan of the singing legend, flew down here on Tuesday alone to mark her presence at her idol’s maiden live concert in India – at Navi Mumbai on Wednesday.

Akshita is a Class 8 student of Amity International School in the national capital and has virtually spent sleepless nights ever since the Bieber concert was finalised last month, revealed a family member.

Her parents had bought three Platinum tickets for entry to the D Y Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai, but had to cancel their travel plans at the last minute on Tuesday.

Not disheartened, Akshita flew down alone and handed over the two extra tickets to a couple of family friends to attend the biggest musical event of 2017 in the city.

Also Read : Justin Bieber India concert: Prince of Pop sends fans into tizzy in Mumbai

A child model, she has created a booklet on the life, lyrics and everything she loves about the 23-year old Bieber, her uncle Sumit Kaushik said.

“In fact, she is a trained professional dancer who dances only to Bieber tunes and has excelled in academics and extracurricular like music, martial arts, modeling and acting, besides of course, being a fulltime crazy fan of Bieber and his music,” Kaushik told IANS.

Having played a small role in the recent romantic ghost comedy, “Phillauri”, starring Anoushka Sharma and Diljit Dosanjh, Akshita has also modelled for brands like SBI General Insurance, Kodak, Birla SunLife, Fortis, etc, said Kaushik. Read more

Rs 325 cr in 3 days: Baahubali 2 is now the highest opening Indian film

In coming days, the movie is set to break even more records with its business still holding steady

 

It released to perhaps the most hype seen by an Indian movie in a long time, and it did not disappoint. S S Rajmouli’s Baahubali 2: The Conclusion opened with Rs 121 crore collection (previous/early estimates were Rs 125 crore) and continued its good run at the cinemas over the weekend, netting Rs 320-325 crore over the first three days of release.

At Rs 320-325 crore, Baahubali 2 is now the highest opening Indian film, beating Bollywood blockbusters and its predecessor Baahubali: The Beginning (2015) by a huge margin. The highest opening weekend collection by a Bollywood film so far is by Sultan (2016) at Rs 180 crore. However, the movie was released mid-week and hence enjoyed a five-day opening weekend. If one were to consider the Fri-Sun opening weekend period, Baahublali 2 has left Sultan far behind as estimates peg the opening weekend collection for the Hindi dub version only at Rs 128 crore (net after tax).

In the coming days, the movie is set to break even more records. Already the most widely distributed Indian film ever at 6,500 screens, the film’s business seemed to be holding steady on Monday, leading trade pundits to estimate a 30 per cent or less drop in collection on the first day of the week. The fact that Monday, May 1 was a holiday for many office and educational institutions on account of Labour Day and/or Maharashtra Day (in that state) will also work in the favour of the magnum opus.

As things stand, Baahubali 2 is no doubt the most successful Indian movie ever. It is already the highest grossing Hindi dub version of a regional film and by the looks of it, is ready to pull a Jungle Book, by being in the top three movies of the year for the Bollywood genre (Hindi language). Last year, Disney’s Jungle Book made a whopping Rs 190 crore at the box office, becoming the most successful Hollywood film to release in India, and also the third highest collector of the year. Read more

Veteran Bollywood star Vinod Khanna dies at 70

He worked in more than 100 films

Vinod Khanna , the yesteryears Bollywood superstar, died at the age of 70 on Thursday. He was battling cancer.

He worked in more than 100 films.

He was an active politician, and a sitting Member of Parliament from Gurdaspur, Punjab. Vinod Khanna was born on 6 October, 1946.

He is survived by his w

ife Kavita Khanna, sons Rahul, Akshaye and Sakshi, and daughter Shraddha Khanna. Before marrying Kavita, Vinod Khanna was married to Getanjali but they later got divorced.

His polupar movies include Mere Apne, Mera Gaon Mera Desh, Gaddaar (1973 film), Jail Yatra, Imitihaan, Inkaar, Kuchhe Dhaage, Amar Akbar Anthony, Rajput, Qurbani, Kudrat, Dayavan, Kaarnama,Suryaa: An Awakening and Jurm.

Vinod Khanna received the Filmfare award in the best supporting actor category for Haath Ki Safaai, and in 1999 he received the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award, and again in 2007 he won a lifetime achievement award at the Zee Cine Awards.

In late 2016 and early 2017, news about his detoriating health started coming in, this kept him away from a public eye. In his last days he was surrounded by all his children and wife Kavita.

जहीर खान ने सागरिका घाटगे से की सगाई, ट्वीट कर दिखाई RING

क्रिकेटर जहीर खान ने एक्ट्रेस सागरिका घाटगे से सगाई कर ली है. इस खबर को जहीर और सागरिका ने अपने फैन्स से छिपाया नहीं, बल्क‍ि ट्विटर पर शेयर किया.

जहीर ने अपने ट्विटर हैंडल पर एक खास मेसेज के साथ सागरिका के अपनी सगाई की घोषणा की. उन्होंने लिखा- अपनी पत्नी की पसंद पर कभी हंसना नहीं चाहिए. आप उन्हीं में से एक हैं. जीवन भर के साथी…. देखें जहीर का ट्वीट –

खास बात ये है कि इस तस्वीर में सागरिका अपनी सगाई की रिंग भी दिखा रही हैं. वैसे सागरिका ने भी अपने ट्विटर अकाउंट पर जहीर संग तस्वीर शेयर कर लिखा- जिंदगी भर के साथी. देखें सागरिका का ट्वीट –

युवराज सिंह की शादी पर सामने आया अफेयर

बता दें कि बहुत दिनों से जहीर खान और सागरिका के अफेयर की चर्चा थी. वैसे दोनों का रिश्ता सामने तब आया, जब दोनों युवराज सिंह और हेजल की शादी पर साथ पहुंचे थे.

इसके बाद तो कई मौकों पर दोनों को एक साथ भी देखा गया. हालांकि दोनों ने कभी अपने रिश्तों की ऑफिशियल अनाउंसमेंट नहीं की.

‘इरादा’ के प्रीमियर पर जहीर खान संग नजर आईं सागरिका घाटगे

जहीर के लिए चीयर करती हैं सागरिका

तेज गेंदबाज के तौर पर मशहूर जहीर खान फिलहाल IPL में दिल्ली डेयरडेविल्स टीम के कैप्टन हैं. कई IPL मैचों के दौरान भी सागरिका को जहीर को चीयर करते हुए देखा गया.

वही जहीर भी सागरिका को पूरा सपोर्ट करते हैं. इस साल रिलीज हुई सागरिका की फिल्म ‘इरादा’ के प्रीमियर पर खासतौर पर पहुंचे थे.

राजकुमारी हैं ‘चक दे गर्ल’ सागरिका

सागरिका 2007 में आई फिल्म ‘चक दे इंडिया’ में प्रीति सबरवाल के रोल से फेमस हुईं थीं. छोटे पर्दे पर सागरिका ‘फि‍यर फैक्टर:खतरों के खिलाड़ी (सीजन 6)’ में भी नजर आ चुकी हैं.

वहीं कम लोग जानते हैं कि सागरिका बॉलीवुड एक्‍टर विजेंद्र घाटगे की बेटी हैं. वैसे सिंपल दिखने वालीं सागरिका असल जिंदगी में एक राजकुमारी हैं. उनके पापा कागल के राजपरिवार से ताल्लुक रखते हैं तो उनकी ग्रैंडमदर, इंदौर के महाराजा तुकोजीराव होल्कर तृतीय की बेटी हैं.

National Film Awards: अक्षय कुमार को ‘रुस्तम’ के लिए मिला बेस्ट एक्टर अवार्ड, देखें विजेताओं की पूरी लिस्ट

National Film Awards: अक्षय कुमार के अलावा दंगल गर्ल जायरा वसीम को बेस्ट फीमेल सपोर्टिंग का अवार्ड दिया गया है, वहीं एक खिताब ‘पिंक’ के खाते में भी गया है।

Akshay Kumar : नेशनल फिल्म अवॉर्ड की घोषणा शुक्रवार को कर दी गई है। इसमें बेस्ट एक्टर का अवार्ड अक्षय कुमार को गया है। अक्षय कुमार को यह अवार्ड उनकी फिल्म ‘रुस्तम’ के लिए दिया गया है। इसके अलावा साल 2017 में दंगल में नजर आई एक्ट्रेस जायरा वसीम को बेस्ट सपोर्टिंग फीमेल एक्ट्रेस का अवॉर्ड दिया गया है। इसके अलावा उत्तर प्रदेश  राज्य को फिल्म फ्रेंडली स्टेट का अवॉर्ड दिया गया। वहीं झारखंड के नाम भी एक अवार्ड गया है। झारखंड को स्पेशल मेंशन अवार्ड दिया गया है। सोनम कपूर की नीरजा को बेस्ट हिंदी फीचर फिल्म का खिताब गया है।

बता दें, 64वें नेशनल फिल्म अवॉर्ड में ज्यूरी की अध्यक्षता प्रियदर्शन ने की। प्रियदर्शन के लिए यह पहला मौका था जब वह इस इस ज्यूरी में शामिल हुए। विजेताओं को अवार्ड तीन मई 2017 को दिए जाएंगे।

यहां देखें National Film Awards Winners की पूरी लिस्ट-

-बेस्ट फीचर फिल्म ऑन सोशल इश्यू का अवार्ड पिंक को मिला है।

-झारखंड राज्य को स्पेशल मेंशन सर्टिफिकेट

-बेस्ट फिल्म क्रिटिक्स का अवार्ड जी. धनंजयान को गया है।

-बेस्ट किताब का खिताब लता मंगेशकर पर लिखी किताब ‘लता सुर गाथा’ को मिला है।

-बेस्ट फीचर फिल्म: बेस्ट हिंदी फिल्म नीरजा, बेस्ट तमिल फिल्म जोकर, गुजराती फिल्म राजू, मराठी फिल्म दशकरिया, कन्नड़ फिल्म रिजर्वेशन, बंगाली फिल्म बिसर्जन

-कृषि सहित सर्वोत्तम पर्यावरण फिल्म ‘The Tiger who crossed the line’ को मिला है।

-बेस्ट एक्टर का अवार्ड अक्षय कुमार को गया है।

-बेस्ट चिल्ड्रन फिल्म का अवार्ड ‘धनक’ को मिला है।

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