Anup Jalota makes acting debut at 66 in Paatal Lok

Anup Jalota has just made his acting debut as a fundamentalist politician in the Netflix series Paatal Lok. And if you think it’s just a one-off whim, then you are wrong.

Anup Jalota makes acting debut at 66 in Paatal Lok

The Bhajan Samrat says he is open to more acting offers. “Yes, why not? If I get more interesting roles, I would certainly like to take them up. I enjoyed acting for this series. When it was offered to me it was not called Paatal Lok. It was called Jamuna Paar and I was asked to play a politician. The offer came from Anushka Sharma’s office. They informed me that I’d have to shoot for eight days in Chitrakoot and then a couple of days in Mumbai. They said I had the correct look for it. I agreed without a second thought.”

Anup Jalota admits he enjoyed the new experience. “It’s never too late to take up a new challenge. And this was an easy one. Playing the Dalit political leader was not difficult at all. After all I had been on Bigg Boss which is the toughest role to perform for any actor.”

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2020-05-21 05:35:56

Salman Khan makes a quick trip from Panvel to Mumbai to meet his parents after 60 days

Actor Salman Khan has been stationed with a bunch of his family members and friends at his Panvel farmhouse ever since the lockdown was announced. Most of his family members include his sister Arpita Khan Sharma, brother-in-law Aayush Sharma, their kids, nephew Nirvaan, among others. Meanwhile, his parents are in Bandra, Galaxy Apartments in Mumbai. After 60 days, he paid them a visit after getting all the necessary permissions.

Salman Khan makes a quick trip from Panvel to Mumbai to meet his parents after 60 days

On May 19, Salman Khan made a quick visit to Bandra to meet his elderly parents Salim and Salma Khan after being touch with them via video calls. He also oversaw the relief work that his father has been doing. After spending a few hours with them, he went back to the Panvel farmhouse.

Jacqueline Fernandez, Waluscha De Souza, and Iulia Vantur are also staying with him at the farmhouse.

Meanwhile, on the work front, Salman Khan will be next starring in Radhe – Your Most Wanted Bhai directed by Prabhu Dheva. While the filming is almost wrapped up, 10-days of important scenes shooting are pending. No announcement has been made about the release of the film amid pandemic.

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Picard Makes Star Trek: The Animated Series Aliens Canon

Episode 7 of Star Trek: Picard unexpectedly made the Kzinti, who are aliens from Star Trek: The Animated Series, canon. The CBS All-Access series starring Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard has been a galaxy-hopping adventure involving the Starfleet legend’s mission to rescue Soji (Isa Briones), the synthetic daughter of the late Commander Data (Brent Spiner), from Romulans out to kill her. Though Jean-Luc has been relying on a new ragtag crew, Star Trek: Picard episode 7, “Nepenthe,” featured a heartwarming reunion with his friends from Star Trek: The Next Generation, Will Riker (Jonathan Frakes) and Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis), and this involved a surprising shout-out to the Kzinti from Star Trek: TAS.

Star Trek: The Animated Series, which aired on NBC from 1973-1974, was a continuation of Star Trek: The Original Series four years after the original show was canceled. TAS featured almost the entire cast of Star Trek providing the voices of their characters, including William Shatner as Captain Kirk and Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock. Many of the episodes also served as sequels to classic TOS episodes like “The Trouble With Tribbles” and “Mudd’s Women.” However, Star Trek: TAS also introduced several new characters and aliens appearing as both crew members of the Enterprise and as villains, and this included the Kzinti.

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The Kzinti are cat-like humanoid warriors; they are feared for being carnivores who detest eating vegetation, and they loath species who are vegetarians (like the Vulcans) or omnivores (like humans). The Kzinti were also not originally a part of Star Trek; science fiction author Larry Niven created the Kzinti in 1966 in a short story called “The Warriors” that was part of his Known Space anthology. Star Trek writer D.C. Fontana later suggested Niven’s creation to Gene Roddenberry as a good fit for Trek and Niven agreed; he even adapted his short story “The Soft Weapon” into the Star Trek: TAS episode “The Slaver Weapon.” In all, the Kzinti appeared in two episodes of Star Trek: TAS and were mentioned in a third.

However, Star Trek: Picard is the first time the Kzinti have been mentioned by name since TAS. In “Nepenthe,” Riker tells Picard that his new home is equipped with shields because they occasionally have problems with the Kzinti. Riker didn’t elaborate on what their issue with the Kzinti is, but since the carnivorous cat-aliens would have no desire for the fresh vegetables the Troi-Rikers grow in their garden, the Kzinti might be after the bunnicorns that their family eats with their pizza.

The Kzinti have not appeared in a live-action Star Trek series or movie, but their homeworld Kzin is part of star charts that have appeared in TNG, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. There is a  “cat dancer” – a female cat humanoid who appears in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier – who has jokingly been referred to as a Kzinti, but that has never been officially confirmed. Had Star Trek: Enterprise not been canceled after season 4, it’s believed that showrunner Manny Cotto would have finally debuted the Kzinti in live-action in season 5, which could have referenced the four wars the Kzinti fought with humans 200 years before the Enterprise encountered them in TAS.

Whether or not Star Trek: The Animated Series is considered part of official canon seems to depend on whom you ask. Gene Roddenberry had TAS removed from canon in the late 1980s, but over the many Star Trek spinoff series, several writers have integrated various mentions of aliens and concepts that came from TAS. In fact, the holodeck, which became a staple of every Star Trek series starting with TNG, was introduced in TAS, as was James T. Kirk’s middle name being Tiberius, which was confirmed in Star Trek VI. But thanks to Star Trek: Picard, Trekkers now know that the Kzinti are alive and well at the dawn of the 25th century, and the fearsome cat people may one day get their live-action Star Trek debut.

Star Trek: Picard streams Thursdays on CBS All-Access and Fridays internationally on Amazon Prime Video.

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2020-03-08 01:03:54

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DCeased: Unkillables Makes [SPOILER] The Last Batgirl

Warning: SPOILERS for DCeased: Unkillables #1

Cassandra Cain returns as Batgirl to face a planet overrun by undead hordes in DCeased: Unkillables #1. The alternate-universe storyline finds the majority of Earth’s residents transformed into zombie-like Anti-Living creatures, with only a handful of the DC Universe’s heroes and villains left uninfected. In the carnage-filled first issue, a new Dynamic Duo forms from two surviving members of Batman’s extended family, one of whom still wears the cowl of the Bat.

Known by several costumes and codenames (who in Gotham City isn’t?), Cassandra Cain is specifically Batgirl here, clad in a version of her first Bat-Suit, with its distinctive featureless mask. The character of Cassandra (also known affectionately as Cassie or Cass) appears in the Bird of Prey film, and in comics form has used the monikers Black Bat and Orphan. The Batgirl identity was originated and is currently occupied by Barbara Gordon in main DC continuity.

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DCeased: Unkillables #1‘s most harrowing sequence follows Jason Todd as he discovers that the core Bat-Family members Bruce Wayne, Dick Grayson, Tim Drake, and Barbara Gordon have all been slain. Apparently Damian Wayne is alive, status unknown. Jason (in his Red Hood persona) reunites with Cassandra and Jim Gordon while defending Gotham City from the zombie onslaught. They escape in the Batmobile, wherein it becomes clear that Cass is the last Batgirl remaining in the world. Later, Gordon makes a point of introducing Cassandra and Jason as “Batgirl and Robin,” a stirring moment given the long, oft-tragic history of the Batman-and-Robin pairing. Also noteworthy: Cassandra’s mother, the assassin Lady Shiva, appears as part of a small group of un-zombified survivors, perhaps setting up a meeting in a future issue.

For this particular apocalypse, Cassandra is an interesting choice to represent the iconic cowl. Her defining martial skill is the ability to decipher body language so as to anticipate opponents’ actions before they happen, a pre-verbal “power” she gained from an upbringing without conventional language acquisition. As per the classic trope, zombie hordes do not talk much, although they have very distinctive body language (contrast with Batman’s legacy foes, Riddler, Penguin, et al., who all tend to be more chatty than physically expressive). In this sense, Cass is perhaps best-equipped out of all the Bat-People to deal with a wordless lumbering mob.

Will the other Bat-Folks return? Will Cass in effect be the last to Bat? DCeased: Unkillables #1 is available now.

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2020-02-23 05:02:02

Dom Mah