ICC Women’s World Cup 2017: Dramatic win for England in Final

It’s a big day for the hosts of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2017! The action packed 2017 edition of Women’s World Cup have finally come to an end with Team England emerging as winners. England locked horns with the Indian Cricket team on 23rd July, 2017 at Lord’s, London for the final battle.

The England Women’s team batted first and put up a total of 228 runs on the board for India to chase. The team lost a total of 7 wickets in 50 complete overs. The Women in Blue were all set for the hustle and fought their best. Team India went all strong and sorted till the 40th over with a near 200 score on the cards and just 3 wickets down, but the vigor strolled south as soon as the 4th wicket went down.

With Punam Raut (86 runs in 115 balls) going back to the pavilion on 42.5 over, the team collapsed and the whole team was bowled out by the end of the 48th over. The team could manage to put up a total score of 219 and lost by 9 runs.


  • England won WWC17 Final by just 9 runs
  • Punam Raut knocks 86 runs off 115 balls
  • Shrubsole picked up 6 wickets, named Player Of The Match
  • With 410 runs scored in the tournament, Tammy Beaumont wins Player of the Tournament award
  • Harmanpreet Kaur scored a 51 off 80 balls
  • Jhulan Goswami of India picked up 3 wickets

The Women in Blue fought like warriors throughout the tournament and made sure their every win was a star-studded affair and every loss was a lesson learned. But one thing’s for sure India’s Women in Blue have everything it takes for being world-class cricketers.

On the occasion, Team England’s Captain Heather Knight expressed, “I can’t stop smiling. The girls have been outstanding. We’ve made it hard for ourselves, but we’ve won some tight games. All that we’ve done in the last 18 months was to deal with situations where the heat was on. Anya Shrubsole, what a hero. What a day! They were batting brilliantly. Punam was superb, they got a few partnerships. The girls really held their nerve, apart from the drop of Jenny Gunn which was stressful. Thanks to everyone for their support. Credit to the ECB and ICC”

The captain of the Indian Cricket team, Mithali Raj, expressed, “I’m proud. It wasn’t easy for England but credit to them for keeping their nerve. There was a time where the match was in the balance, but we panicked. I’m very proud of the girls. They didn’t make any match look easy for the other team. Thank you to the crowd for turning up for a Women’s cricket final. This is a huge boost for all the women cricketers. Jhulan is an experienced bowler and has always delivered when the team has needed her to. It could’ve been a match-winning performance, but I knew England have depth. All the youngsters tried their best, I’m sure this experience will help them. Now, people back home will have a different perspective about women’s cricket.”

The Doklam Stand Off

The month long stand-off between the Indian Army and their Chinese counterparts has been quite civilised as opposed to the war in 1962. But the stand-off itself has been the longest ever. Post 1962 the relation between the two countries has not been the best in the history of global relations but both the countries are trying hard to improve the situation since.

Amidst the tension between the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and the Indian Army in the Doklam, an area in Sikkim that China claims as its own, the Indian Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi and Chinese President, Xi Jinping shook hands and greeted each other at an informal meeting of BRICS nations on 7th July 2017. They later discussed many issues. But there seems to be no bilateral or independent meeting happening between the two nations to look for a resolution of the issue at Doklam. According to experts the atmosphere is too sensitive for independent meetings on the issue.

Similarly, at the war front none of the sides are looking to take the first step down. But there is a hope that the situation will resolve without a war.

The nub of the issue:

Bhutan has always considered Doklam as one of its territories and the recent extension of its roads in the area by China is being considered as an encroachment gone too far. This has worried India on two fronts. Firstly, India wants to stand by it ally, Bhutan and that would put it in direct cross hairs of China. Secondly, the presence of Chinese armed forces in the narrow Indian territory between Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh becomes a pressing concern if a war was to ignite between the two nations. The Chinese would then easily cut the cord between North and North Eastern India.

From the Chinese point of view the territorial disagreement is between China and Bhutan and it is not India’s place to be a party to the quarrel.

Indian veterans and the Chinese media have argued that the situation looks very similar to that of the 1962 war and how the dreadful conflict began in the first place.

China is not known to go to battle without weighing the odds and the chance of success. At the same time India cannot be smug at the possibilities of its military prowess. Both the nations need to consider the effect of war on the global economy and trade cycles and back down simultaneously.

Salman ki Motor wali cycle

After his acting and charm if Salman is known for anything it is his Philanthropical efforts. Through his ‘Being Human Foundation’ the Bollywood star has led many efforts towards education and healthcare for the underprivileged.

Salman is now looking forward to better the environment through one of his own divertissements- Cycling. The actor is known to be a fitness freak with a special love for Cycling. He fondly uses his cycle to get to nearby shooting studios and also between work for a quick calorie burst. In an attempt to bring this healthy initiative to others, his foundation on the occasion of environment day launched an electric bicycle. The launch was flanked by notable members of the entire Khan family including brother Sohil and Arbaz and Nephew Ahil.

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The event was marked by Bhai’s signature style entry on the e-bicycle from his home to the press conference venue- Mehboob studios where the bike was unveiled.

Speaking about the e-bicycles Atul Gupta CEO, Being Human, said that these cycles are a step towards sustained development as it allows commuters to maneuver on the city roads at a maximum speed of 25 kilometers per hour. Though it is styled like a normal bicycle it is powered by a small electric motor that is the reason behind this unconventional speed. The motor can be accessed from a panel on the hand bar. It has a range of 30 kilometers which makes it a perfect ride inside city spaces. The bikes are reported to have been undergone tests for about 18 months before the launch.  Further, these cycles do not require any registration or licence to operate in traffic and are approved by the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI).

These bicycles will be available in 2 variations- the basic model i.e. the BH27 is priced at Rs. 40,000 with basic specs. The BH12 on the other hand is set at Rs. 57,000 with top specs. The customers would have a choice of four colours for both the bikes viz. yellow, black, white and red. Also, the makers have hinted on new variations to be launched soon.

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One of the major USPs of the bicycle is that it is easy to maintain owing to the lesser number of moving parts as against their conventional counterparts.

The sleek looking e-bicycles are now available on booking in Mumbai. They are soon to be made available across all states.

Sad departure of the onscreen ‘Ma’

Lovingly known as Salman’s on screen mother Ms Reema Lagoo left us on 18th May 2017 at the age of 59. Best known for her motherly portrayals in films like ‘Hum Apke Hai Kaun’ and ‘Hum Saath Saath Hai’ she had a majestic presence on the silver screen.

Reemaji was an ensemble of talent with a career spanning across theatre, television and movies. Her work comprised of different genres including comedy and drama. She received tremendous acclaim for playing the doting Madre to many a stars of Bollywood.  

Born Nayan Bhadbhade in Pune on 21st June 1958, her acting career begain during her early school days when she participated in school plays. Taking que from her skills she started out as a theatre personality and began her acting stint in Marathi as well as Hindi films since 1970. Her most notable performances during her early days in Indian Cinema came in the 1980s. She played a graceful lavni dance in Govind Nihalani’s ‘Aakrosh’ and was seen in a pivotal role in Shyam Benegal’s ‘Kalyug’ opposite Kulbhushan Kharbanda. She debuted on the TV screen with the first ever Indian television soap opera ‘Khandaan’.

Further in 1988 she again vowed the audience with her polar opposite roles- in ‘Riahee’ where she played a sexually assertive woman, while in ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’ she donned the character of a socially bound lady.

In the 1990s, she received much critical acclaim for her comic roles in cult comic series- ‘Shirman Shrimati’ and Sachin Pilagaokar’s ‘Tu Tu Main Main’. She even won the Indian Telly Award for Best Actress in a Comic Role for her performance in the latter.

The onscreen mother’s tag was bestowed upon Reemaji by one of the most successful and renowned Hindi movies ‘Maine Pyaar Kiya’ in 1989 when she played Salman Khan’s mother for the first time. Later on, in 1994 she repeated her Motherly act in ‘Hum Apke Hai Kaun’, that received further acclaim. She was imbedded forever in the hearts of audiences as a prominent figure of Bollywood.

Her motherly depictions have also included some stern performances where she has, for most part of the movie, been an antagonist not letting her daughter in the movie marry her beau [‘Qaid Mein Hai Bulbul’ (1992)].

Today after her sad demise, celebs have filled the web and social media walls with notable obituaries and fond memories of Reemaji.

She has definitely left an empty space in the hearts of all cinema lovers and her peers alike.

The Billion Dollar biography – Sachin Tendulkar: a billion dreams

Releasing this May, 2017 is the most nostalgic biopic that every cricket fan has been waiting for. ‘Sachin: A billion dreams’ is a biopic on Sachin Tendulkar. A name that has become synopsis with cricket itself.

Sachin Tendulkar along with his cinematic team recently came together to launch the anthem of his bio-pic. Sukhwider Singh kickstarted the event with a live performance of the song. Followed by interactions with Oscar winning music composer A.R. Rehman, producer Ravi Bhagchandka and director James Erskine where they shared their experience of making the film. But stealing the show, as always, was the star of the event, the man himself, Sachin Tendulkar, who left everyone mesmerised and wistful at the same time with stories of his growing-up days.

After hearing the anthem an emotionally overwhelmed Sachin recapped the days when he used to practice in the rain in the absence of indoor pitches. He also recollected the time when he lived by the mantra of always looking forward for the next match. Sachin fondly remembered his mother when he was asked how he felt hearing the people chanting his name for the first time.

Typography Portrait of Sachin Tendulkar by Vaibhav Jagtap
Typography Portrait of Sachin Tendulkar by Vaibhav Jagtap

According to Sachin the film is set to give the audience a look at the aspects of his life that the even the avid fans are not aware of. The sole reason for this movie is to bring out the essential aspects of his life that were hidden away from the lime light. It is a bio-pic in its true sense. The film is said to include real time footage of his personal life including his friends and family members.

Sachin A Billion Dreams Poster

The director described the movie as being a showcase of Sachin the man, the person in real life rather than Sachin the ‘God of Cricket’.

On further probing James reviled that it was only during the process of making the movie that the phenomenon that is Sachin Tendulkar resonated with him.

Ravi Bhagchandka added that it took him many years of persuasion to get Sachin onboard for the project. He had been wanting to tell the sports master’s story to the world since a long time and more so wanted to bring forth the accounts of his sacrifice.

The movie was in the making since 2012 but due to lack of a decent movie market for sports movies it had to face many delays on technical accounts. Today, the movie is set to release in 5 different languages including Hindi, Marathi, English, Tamil and Telugu.

The singularity that is Baahubali’s 1000 crore club

Baahubali 2 has engraved itself in the history of Indian cinema as the first Indian film to gross 1000 crores in just 10 days of its opening. As a feature film, this S. S. Rajamouli creation, has become a worldwide phenomenon. According to sources about 80 percent of the collection made by the movie has come from India.

Apart from the star-studded venture, the film has banked on its breath taking visual effects and path breaking action sequences. The enthralling drama coupled with the suspense behind Katappa assassinating Amarendra Baahubali, that was unveiled in the most histrionic manner, have contributed to the huge success of the production around the globe.

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Even Karan Johar who’s Dharma Productions presented the film in Hindi had acknowledged this marvel on his tweeter feed. Even, trade expert Taran Adarsh had tweeted on about the weekend of the film’s release that it was one of the fastest films to breach the 300-crore bar. Moreover, these numbers only indicated the business collection from the Hindi presentation that too from the domestic market.

Bahubali 2 - A battle to the end

On the other hand, the US market which is dominated by the Khans has also experienced the blaze of Baahubali 2, as it crossed the 100-crore mark within a few days of its release. Further, the film has beaten the Aamir Khan starrer ‘Dangal’ with regards to initial collections in the US market.  

Much is said about the promotion strategy of the movie which has also contributed to its mega success. The stars of the movie were not seen on reality and other T.V. shows promoting their film, unlike most Bollywood movie promotions. The most astonishing part is that, as per sources, the promotion budget of the movie was only 3.5 crores as against the budget of around 8 to 10 crores for a medium sized Hindi movie.


The cast and director of the movie promoted the picture as a team and this single gesture brings out the true team spirit that must have gone into the creation of this visual treat. In addition to the efforts from the team the film had the solid buy line “Why did Katappa Kill Baahubali?” which added to the success of the P.R. theatrics.

Baahubali 2 is yet to be dubbed and released in other prominent Asian countries like China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. The collection from these markets is bound to push the figures further.

The film has definitely inspired other film makers to take bold steps and bigger bets in film making and entertainment.