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  • I'm definitely not going to blindly marry any guy: Asin

    Asin has done six films in Bollywood, out of which five are hits. And Asin has another biggie in her hand; where she is cast opposite John Abraham.

    `I love being the heroine. However, I want to be known as the heroine who can act, ` says Asin, who was on a sabbatical of sorts. In a lengthy interview with CS, Asin talks about her break, films and the North- Southdivide.


    Away from the arc lights
    I told my manager and team that I needed a holiday. No shooting, no appearances and no noise for some time. I just packed my bags and took off to completely cut off from this world. It was a random decision.

    I have been working since my early teens, and felt that I need to get a life (laughs out loud). After the Tamil Ghajini became a blockbuster, I didn't take up anything for a few months. That patch was followed by successive hits.

    The talk about the 'disappearing act' has followed me throughout my career. You see, for all the speculations and theories that fly around that time, you just smile and move on with your life the way you want to live it.


    Age no bar
    My selection of projects is not based on criteria like an actor's age. If a project sounds good in totality, I take it up. And coming to your question, it would be fun to work with younger actors as well. 

    I am happy with the kind of films I have done so far. I am glad that I am a 'heroine'. Yes, I am yet to find a role in Bollywood that gives me scope to perform or gives me creative satisfaction as an artist.


    Bollywood vs Kollywood
    There are cultural differences, which invariably reflect in working styles and expectations. I could probably do a thesis on it (laughs out loud). There are so many similarities and differences.

    Let's just say balancing both the cultures is a tight ropewalk and I am grateful for having been accepted both in Bollywood and South Indian film industry.


    Love or arranged marriage?
    I have an open mind. You never know when the right person comes into your life. Friends, parents or just chance encounters can introduce him to you. But that will be the extent of it, initial introduction.

    Whether I will end up marrying that person depends on compatibility, chemistry and understanding. I'm definitely not going to blindly marry someone with none of the above. 

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  • Movie Review: Ramaiya Vastavaiya

    Boy meets girl. Falls in love. But family doesn't endorse their relationship. Determined, the lovers resolve to win over the displeased relatives through hard slog, willpower and integrity... Aah, haven't we visited similar themes numerous times in the past? But storytellers the world over tend to replicate stories -- with modifications and alterations, of course -- interpreting the yarn in their individualistic way.

    After regaling spectators with masala entertainers like WANTED and ROWDY RATHORE, Prabhu Dheva unleashes his new outing RAMAIYA VASTAVAIYA. Clearly, the promos give an inkling that Prabhu dwells on the age-old formula in his third Hindi outing, a genre that's oft-repeated post MAINE PYAR KIYA [1989]. Come to think of it, not only does RAMAIYA VASTAVAIYA bring back memories of MAINE PYAR KIYA, but also ANARI [1993; Venkatesh - Karisma Kapoor, with Suresh Oberoi playing the strict older brother], DILWALE DULHANIA LE JAYENGE [1995; SRK - Kajol, with Amrish Puri as the stern father] and PYAAR KIYA TO DARNA KYA [1998; Salman - Kajol, with Arbaaz enacting Kajol's authoritarian brother]. 

    In reality, RAMAIYA VASTAVAIYA is the remake of Prabhu Dheva's directorial debut NUVVOSTANANTE NENODDANTANA [Telugu; 2005], which was subsequently remade in other languages. The query is, why tag on the oft-repeated premise for a present-day film? But let me also add that romance is eternal and if one looks at the success ratio of this genre, the results have been fantastic, with almost every top name today having commenced his career with a love saga. 

    RAMAIYA VASTAVAIYA may bear similarities with above named movies, but the drama unfurls way too differently here. Sure, there are deja  vu moments, despite the germ of thought being analogous, but Prabhu and screenplay writer Shiraz Ahmed ensure that they pack several novel and mass-friendly punches, introduce new characters, besides packaging it well enough for the entertainment-seeking spectator to lap it up. 

    Ram [Girish Kumar], the Australia-returned youngster, meets Sona [Shruti Haasan] at his cousin's wedding and falls in love with her. He follows her to her farm, run by her brother [Sonu Sood], who is against this match, since Ram is too affluent for them. He throws a challenge at Ram if he has to win Sona's hand in marriage...

    The emphasis is solely and absolutely on providing entertainment in movies such as RAMAIYA VASTAVAIYA and Prabhu Dheva has mastered the art since the time he donned the director's hat. The aiming-at-masses director struck the pot of gold in his first two Hindi movies and in RAMAIYA VASTAVAIYA too, he ensures he ups the entertainment quotient in every frame. Of course, unlike WANTED and ROWDY RATHORE, where romance was the second-most important ingredient, the love story is the focal point of RAMAIYA VASTAVAIYA, but Prabhu is not at sea tackling the genre. Furthermore, this may be atypical love story, with the spectator knowing beforehand what the wrap up would be, but the journey in the second hour specifically is pleasurable, with Prabhu and writer Shiraz Ahmed blending episodes to cater to every strata of the movie-going audience. 

    RAMAIYA VASTAVAIYA is not without its share of blemishes. To start with, the sequences between the lovers don't work in entirety. Note the sequence at the bath tub; it only adds to the length of the film. Besides, the narrative tends to stagnate in a few sequences, while a few episodes have been stretched for no particular reason. Cinematography [splendid work by Kiran Deohans] and the action [invigorating fights by Kaushal-Moses] are in tandem with the content of the film. 

    With Kumar Taurani [Tips] in the producer's chair, obviously, the soundtrack has to be rich. It's a given, right? And Sachin-Jigar, the talented jodi, doesn't disappoint either. 'Jeene Laga Hoon' is lilting and has already attained tremendous popularity, while 'Jadoo Ki Jhappi' and 'Rang Jo Lagyo' are wonderful compositions as well. Priya Panchal's lyrics compliment the melodies, while the choreography is eye-catching as well. 

    Obviously, RAMAIYA VASTAVAIYA is the launch vehicle for Girish Kumar and the actor gets the opportunity to sing, dance, fight, emote, display varied emotions... in short, the film is meant to be a showreel that shows off his acting credentials. Of course, Girish being a first-timer, there are some rough edges, but the fact is, he's photogenic and goes through the rigmarole with confidence. Whether it his introductory sequence [surfing in the sea] or breaking into a dance, whether he's exposing his chiseled physique or wearing desi outfits, whether he's asked to look innocent or flirtatious, Girish gets it right. 

    Shruti Haasan looks gorgeous and is akin to a breath of fresh breeze. She radiates innocence, but can be naughty the next minute and conveys a lot through her eyes. It would be great to see her in varied roles in times to come. Sonu Sood is exceptional. In fact, this is amongst his finest performances. The film has a gigantic supporting cast comprising of Vinod Khanna, Randhir Kapoor, Poonam Dhillon, Govind Namdev, Satish Shah, Zakir Hussain, Nasser, Sarfaraz Khan, Mushtaq Khan and Paresh Ganatra and each of them enact their respective parts with proficiency. Jacqueline Fernandez and Prabhu Dheva's song is high on energy. 

    On the whole, RAMAIYA VASTAVAIYA is a simplistic love story narrated competently. Besides, the chemistry between the lead actors, the gripping second hour and of course, the Hit musical score should contribute to its triumph. Recommended!

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  • Movie Review: D-Day

    The Hindi film industry is indeed going through an exhilarating phase. A variety of movies and assorted stories are being attempted week after week. With a novel tale unfolding every week, a Hindi movie buff has a lot to look forward to.

    Who would've ever anticipated that the maker of poignant and stirring films like KAL HO NAA HO, SALAAM-E-ISHQ and PATIALA HOUSE -- underlining a strong emotional undercurrent in each of those films -- would attempt a film about India's Most Wanted Man? Not me, for sure! But Nikhil Advani ventures into an alien terrain with D-DAY, which, on surface, may seem like yet another gangster film, but it's not. There have been a lot of debates about gangsters who have sought a secure haven on foreign soil and a lot is being said about getting them back to India for trial and justice. But D-DAY is the first Hindi film to explore this pertinent aspect [read burning issue]. 

    The plotline of D-DAY conjures up memories of the 2012 film ZERO DARK THIRTY, which was about the manhunt for the world's most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden. However, the similarities between the two films end there. 

    What makes D-DAY relevant and relatable is the fact that Nikhil borrows from real-life headlines/occurrences and gives it a new spin altogether, interpreting the story his way. The basic premise of the film -- RAW agents being assigned the task of bringing back the fugitive crime lord back to India -- evokes tremendous curiosity, but at the same time, Nikhil knows that since the subject matter is sensitive and volatile, it ought to be tackled with extreme concern and caution. Thankfully, Nikhil treats this explosive theme with extreme care. 

    Nine years ago, Wali Khan [Irrfan] was sent to Karachi, Pakistan by the Chief of RAW Ashwini Rao [Nasser] to report the activities of the Most Wanted Man in India. Nine days ago, Rudra Pratap Singh [Arjun Rampal], Indian Armed Forces, Zoya Rehman [Huma Qureshi], RAW Explosives Expert and Aslam [Aakash Daahiya], a petty thief from the streets of Mumbai, recruited by RAW, join Wali in Pakistan to carry out the mission to bring back the Most Wanted Man in India. The man who was going to break all ISI protocol and security and attend his own son's wedding. The man who could, on that day, be abducted and brought back to India to face justice. 

    The team sent in to bring the Most Wanted Man in India did the unthinkable -- they carried out the most daring operation and almost got away with it. Almost, because something went horribly wrong! 

    There have been umpteen debates and discussions to extradite gangsters and criminals operating from foreign land and Nikhil, together with writers Ritesh Shah and Suresh Nair, weaves a yarn that's part bona fide, part fiction. D-DAY is gritty and hard-hitting, but most importantly, it's an earnest attempt. The setting appears authentic [D-DAY gives the impression of being filmed in Pakistan], the sequence of events is well connected and the implementation of the written material is compelling. Not once do you feel that Nikhil bites off more than he can chew. 

    D-DAY tackles a knotty issue and it's imperative that Nikhil stays close to authenticity. The demanding plot and the edgy, gritty and raw situations, besides the ambience [recreating Karachi], makes this espionage thriller so different from the gangster films we have witnessed on the Hindi screen thus far. The four patriots, each with a back story, joining hands for a common mission, their expedition and how the hunters become the hunted in the neighbouring country gives the film that edge and power that's hard to expunge from memory. 

    Nikhil reserves the best for the finale. The fight at the border and what ensues blows your mind and can easily be termed as the icing on the cake. Sure, Nikhil and his writers run their imagination wild here, but let me tell you, this finale is sure to meet with wild cheers. The sole hiccup is that the film appears elongated and could've been short and snappy by 10/15 odd minutes. A succinctly narrated theme only aids in augmenting the overall impact, as we know by now. 

    Nikhil keeps the action [Tom Struthers] as real as possible. Besides, the action in D-DAY is not the type that is dominating the Hindi screen of late. It's raw, but believable, keeping in mind the characters the protagonists illustrate. The soundtrack [Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy] is absolutely in sync with the mood of the film. The best track of the film is, without doubt, 'Alvida'. The visuals in the song are mind-blowing. Tushar Kanti Ray's cinematography captures the gritty ambience to perfection. Dialogue [Ritesh Shah and Niranjan Iyengar] are strong and compelling. 

    D-DAY has an ensemble cast, but the scene stealer is, without doubt, Rishi Kapoor. The veteran continues to push boundaries, challenging himself and astonishing the spectators. Recall the man coping with inflation in DO DOONI CHAAR, the stern family patriarch in PATIALA HOUSE, the villainous character in AGNEEPATH, the college dean in STUDENT OF THE YEAR and the ageing romantic in CHASHME BADDOOR. D-DAY proves his versatility yet again as he gets to portray the much-feared don. He's tremendous! 

    Irrfan has always proved himself, irrespective of how good/bad the film may be, and it's no different this time. Of course, the accomplished actor gets a power-packed character and he leaves a stunning impact yet again. The film proves, yet again, his brilliance as an artiste of calibre in several sequences, especially the ones towards the closing stages of the film. Arjun Rampal continues to surprise and evolve as an actor. It seems, he is on an experimenting mood and the character he portrays in D-DAY gives him the opportunity to step forward as an actor. He's top notch! 

    Huma Qureshi too gets ample opportunity to get into a diverse zone with this film and she seizes the prospect instantaneously. She stands on her own, despite the presence of formidable and much-experienced actors in the frame. Shruti Haasan gets a complicated, layered character and she handles it with gusto. The chemistry with Arjun is electrifying as well. Sriswara, portraying the character of Irrfan's wife, is a revelation. She will make heads turn with her talent. Aakash Daahiya is competent. Although the film stars far more experienced names, he grabs you attention every time he appears on screen. 

    Nasser [as RAW chief], K.K. Raina [as Gen. Raza], Chandan Roy Sanyal [as Bhanja], Imran Hasnee [as Saleem Pathan], Nissar Khan [as Niyaaz Ahmed] and Sandeep Kulkarni [as Atul Mishra] -- each of them contribute so much to every sequence. Divij Handa, as Irrfan's kid Kabir, is super. Rajpal Yadav's presence enlivens the song at the very start. 

    On the whole, D-DAY is what a well-made thriller ought to be -- taut, transfixing and spellbinding, with an astounding finale. Don't miss this high-octane thriller!

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  • Amitabh-Abhishek, Ranbir-Rishi in Bhushan Kumar's forthcoming films

    After the success of Aashiqui 2, India's music moguls T-Series, headed by Bhushan Kumar announces their slate of upcoming films. Bhushan Kumar says, "Prior toNautanki Saala and Aashiqui 2, we made one film in two years or so. But with a strong sense of music, good scripts in hand, with a dedicated in-house team, we now plan to make 6-7 mixed budget films a year."

    The production house is ecstatic to announce their upcoming projects of completely different genres.Yaariyan, a youth based film that will take you to the journey of your college and adolescent years, which is helmed by Bhushan's wife Divya Khosla Kumar with an entirely new starcast, is set to release on January 31, 2014. T-Series is also set to revive B R Chopra films by producing Bhoothnath 2, set to release on April 11, 2014 with Amitabh Bachchan reviving his role as the friendly ghost also starring Boman Irani. 


    T-Series has entered the forte of sci-fi thriller with Creature 3D starring Bipasha Basu and Imran Abbas directed by Vikram Bhatt, releasing on May 30, 2014. A horror genre film, Creature will scare the audience with a creature created using VFX which will be a first of its kind in India. Venturing in genres like youth film, relationships, thriller, T-Series will also release on June 20, 2014, a romantic-action-drama with Ranbir Kapoor playing the title role of Roy along with Arjun Rampal as a writer and Jacqueline Fernandez. Yet another film from T-Series banner to release on July 11, 2014 is 'Umesh Shukla's untitled', a social drama with dash of humor that speaks about father-son relationship with Abhishek Bachchan in the lead and Rishi Kapoor as his father. 

    Says Bhushan Kumar, "We wish to give our audience varied genre films that will be accepted by the masses. Right from family relations to friendships, from sci-fi to action drama, we want our audience to enjoy different sort of films. All the movies produced by T-Series are mixed budgets. With movies like Yaariyan and Creaturealready on floors, Umesh Shukla's untitled, Roy and Bhoothnath 2, will go on floors soon for the next year release." 

    Along with the wide range of films already in production for 2014 release, T-Series also have films that are in scripting stage. T-Series has announced Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahi with Vishesh Films starring Emraan Hashmi. The production house has also roped in directors for their future projects that are in scripting stage. One of the directors signed is Madhur Bhandarkar where the film will be an amalgamation of Madhur's expertise and T-Series music experience. T-Series has also signed in Milan Luthria which will be a big budget film for the production house. Bhushan Kumar after their terrific teaming in Aashiqui 2 has yet again signed Mohit Suri for his next.

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  • ZTE launches Grand X Quad Lite in India at Rs 14,999, 5 other phones

    ZTE has taken its first step in India, and the company has kicked this off with six smartphone launches. These smartphones are the Grand X Quad Lite, the Blade L, the Kis Flex, the Blade E, the Blade G2 and the Blade C. The Android-based smartphones cover a wide spectrum of prices: the Grand X is priced at Rs 14,999, the G2 at Rs 11,599, the Blade C at Rs 7,599, the Blade L at Rs 12,599, the Kis Flex at Rs 5,799 and the Blade E at Rs 11,999.

    All of these smartphones have a few things in common, namely, they all run on Android and 512MB of RAM. While most of these run on recent version of Android, namely Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean, the lowest end of the lot—the Kis Flex—runs on the very old Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

    The Grand X Quad Lite is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It has 1GB of internal storage and support for a microSD card up to 32GB. It has a 5-inch display and a qHD resolution of 960 x 540 pixels. This gives it a pixel density of 220 ppi. It is a dual-SIM handset that supports a 3G SIM and a 2G (GSM) SIM. Connectivity options include 3G, 2G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The shooter is a 5 megapixel camera on the back, along with a VGA front-facing camera. All of this is kept alive by a 2500 mAh battery.

    The Blade L has a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It has 4GB of internal storage along with support for a microSD card of up to 32GB. It has a 5-inch display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, giving it a pixel density of 186 ppi. It is a dual-SIM handset. Connectivity options include 3G, 2G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The shooter is a 5 megapixel camera, along with a VGA front-facing camera. All of this is kept alive by a 2000 mAh battery.

    The Kis Flex is the cheapest of the lot and runs on a 1GHz processor on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. This is also the exception among ZTE's line-up with just 256 MB of RAM. It has 512MB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 32GB with a microSD card. Its 3.5-inch display has a resolution of 480 x 320, giving it a pixel density of 164 ppi. It is a dual-SIM handset. Connectivity options include 3G, 2G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The shooter is a 2 megapixel fixed-focus camera. It is kept alive by a 1200 mAh battery.

    The Blade E runs on a 1.2GHz quad-core processor on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. It has 4GB of internal storage, expandable up to 32GB with a microSD card. It has a 4.5-inch display with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels, giving it a pixel density of 217 ppi. The dual-SIM phone's connectivity options include 3G, 2G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The shooter on this is a 5 megapixel camera, along with a VGA front-facing camera. The smartphone is kept alive by a 1600 mAh battery.
    The Blade G2 is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It has 4GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 32GB with a microSD card. It has a 4.5-inch display with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels, giving it the same pixel density as the Blade E—217 ppi. The dual-SIM phone's connectivity options include 3G, 2G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The shooter on this is a 5 megapixel camera, along with a VGA front-facing camera. It is equipped with a 2000 mAh battery.

    The Blade C is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor and runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It has 4GB of internal storage, expandable up to 32GB with a microSD card. Its 4-inch display has a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, giving it a pixel density of 233 ppi. The dual-SIM phone's connectivity options include 3G, 2G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The shooter is a 3 megapixel camera with fixed-focus. The handset is kept alive by a 1600 mAh battery.

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  • Priyanka Chopra's new single album!

    One would not know whether it is an SRK effect in an indirect manner which would have prompted Priyanka Chopra to pair with Pitbull for her new album, exotic (Pitbull was invited by SRK as a part of celebrations of IPL curtain raiser this year in Kolkata), but the album exotic does not have an element of exotic associated with it to make the fans drool over the album.

     

    Watch Priyanka Chopra - Exotic - BluRay Music Video 


    The video seems to be a clever mix of the album brought out by Jeniffer Lopez and Britney Spears, even to the extent of copying the body suit that J Lo had worn for her number. The lyrics also are inane. Consider the line- Mumbai Cuba baby lets' go... one would not know whether this is a Salman effect or EK THA TIGER effect as Cuba is not a preferred choice for those who want an adventure would like to go. 

    It seems Priyanka Chopra indeed is following in the footsteps of Jennifer Lopez, as Jennifer Lopez had also partnered with Will.i.am, a venture that was a fiasco, then J Lo partnered with Pitbull and it gave her 2 chart buster songs in US chart. Priyanka's choice of Pitbull could also have been guided by this aspect as well. While Priyanka could draw satisfaction from the fact that her ''Exotic'' is number 1 song in the India, it is yet to make its presence felt in the US charts. 

    The rendition done by Priyanka Chopra seems to be guided by the premise that a twanged accent could draw in the fans from the western world but it is not happening so far. Instead of being exotic, it seems more out of place. 
    For Priyanka Chopra, who has tried to be as hot as possible in the exotic number, if she really wanted to project an exotic look, she should have leveraged on the Indian notion of ''hot'' and told the world what ''hot'' is as per the Indian approach and it being an original idea, she would not have been battered by the fans. 

    May be, if she is planning a new album after exotic, Priyanka needs to do some serious soul searching and seek inspiration from the attributes that the country is blessed and then the world would indeed lap her up. 

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  • Ouch! Veena Malik takes a potshot at Poonam Pandey

    Friday, July 19, 2013 15:52 IST
    By Santa Banta News

    The first look of Veena Malik-starrer "Supermodel" was released Wednesday and the poster of the film bears a clear resemblance to Poonam Pandey's "Nasha" poster, but the former claims her's is original

    "I want to start by saying that look and sequences are normally copied by other films but I think this is the first time when our film's poster has been copied. You have probably seen it in 'Nasha' (poster), " Veena said here. 

    Veena hopes the scenes of the film are at least safe. 

    "When people start copying you at the start of your career, you feel kind of happy that people are copying you. So our poster has already been copied and I hope our film's sequences are safe till its release. After the release if someone copies our scenes, it would probably be a great honour for us, " she said. 


    Director of "Supermodel" Navin Batra too claims they have proof that they made the original poster. 

    "We designed this poster two months back when the shoot was still on. Our poster has been copied by 'Nasha'. We have the copy, Facebook posts and date proofs. I request the media to highlight this issue, " he said. 

    The film also features Ashmit Patel and has been completely shot in Fiji. 


    When contacted, "Nasha" director Amit Saxena told : "The posters of 'Nasha' were designed six-seven months back. I don't know why they woke up now. The digital posters were released almost seven months back. In fact, our designs were ready a year back, so there is no question of copying. "

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  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch: A specifications review

    Samsung’s latest Galaxy Tab range also includes an 8-inch tablet, the second time we have seen the company go with this display size for a tablet. Unlike the Galaxy Note 510, though, the 8-inch Galaxy Tab 3 has no stylus and is also a tad underpowered. There are two variants of this tablet, with the Tab 3 311 being the Wi-Fi and 3G model and the Tab 3 310 being the Wi-Fi-only model. These are priced at Rs 25,725 and Rs 21,945. With these two tablets, Samsung has made an interesting proposition to those looking to buy a small tablet. Here’s a look at the specs of the 8-inch Galaxy Tab 3.

    OS – Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with TouchWiz
    The Galaxy Tab 3 will naturally get the TouchWiz treatment and that means users will get Samsung staples like Multi Window, Popup Play, Smart Stay etc. This being a Jelly Bean tablet, we expect performance will be smooth, although we don’t know how much of a toll Samsung’s customisations will take on the user experience

    Cellular connectivity – 3G (optional)
    Those looking for round-the-clock connectivity should most definitely opt for the 3G version, the Tab 3 311. Users will be able to enjoy 21Mbps downlink speed and 5.76Mbps uplink speed on 3G. 

    Display – 8-inch, 1280 x 800 pixels resolution
    We would have ideally liked to see Samsung push the limits on the display resolution of this tablet, but even so the WXGA display is not the worst option. As we have seen in the Galaxy Note 510, this display is definitely good enough for daily use. The 8-inch display is a TFT LCD panel and has a pixel density of 189 ppi. The 8-inch display will obviously be better for media consumption and reading, a point Samsung made during the launch.

    Slim and compact design for easy handling

    Slim and compact design for easy handling

     


    Form factor – Same old Samsung design
    Samsung better get some new design inputs because all of its devices have become homogenous in terms of looks. The tablet gets a physical button with two capacitive keys flanking it. Someone has to tell Samsung that the days of tablets with physical buttons are long gone with Gingerbread. The device itself has a narrow but tall display, making it easier to carry and (sometimes) use with one hand. The edges have the same metallic look that we saw on the Galaxy S4, while the patterned back panel is polycarbonate and has a glossy look. 

    Wi-Fi – Standard fare
    As is expected, the tablet comes with dual-band support for Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi channel bonding and Wi-Fi direct. In addition, you can use the Tab 3 as a Wi-Fi hotspot as well. 

    SoC – Samsung Exynos 4 Dual 1.5GHz 
    Samsung has gone with a homegrown Exynos 4 dual chipset for the Tab 3. The SoC has a dual-core Cortex A-9 processor clocked at 1.5GHz and an ARM Mali-400 MP4 GPU. With 1.5 GB of RAM in tow, this combination should deliver smooth performance ideally. Don’t expect it to set benchmark records, although most apps and games should run just fine without hiccups. 

    Cameras – 5 megapixel and 1.3 megapixel
    The Tab 3 has dual cameras, but neither seem to be outstanding performers on paper. While the 5 megapixel camera seems almost like an afterthought, the front-facing camera will be good for basic video calls and not much else. The back camera can record 720p videos, which is bitterly disappointing as nowadays some 5 megapixel modules are capable of 1080p video. 

    Storage and GPS
    The Tab 3 comes with 16GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot which can take in cards up to 64GB in capacity. For location pinpointing, the tablet has a GPS chip that comes with A-GPS support and GLONASS. 

    Battery – 4450 mAh
    Considering the non-demanding hardware and not-so-high resolution display, we are pleased to see the large capacity battery of the Tab 3. While real world performance may vary based on usage, we reckon this should be good enough for about 10-12 hours of usage.

    5 megapixel camera on the back can only shoot 720p videos


    The bottom line
    By aligning its smartphone and tablet design, Samsung is hoping that the homogeneity will make the buying decision easier for the consumer. However, we feel some areas of the tablet, such as the processor, display and the back camera, are a tad underwhelming. Considering the price tags of the two variants, we are very sceptical about their chances in the market, especially after the entry of Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Nexus 7. Having said that, those who are used to and are happy with Samsung’s software offering will have little to complain about.

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  • HP Slate 7 Android tablet coming to India soon

    HP unveiled a series of devices yesterday at an event held in Delhi – Slatebook 10 X2, Split X2, Envy Rove 20, Pavillion 11 TouchSmart and Envy TouchSmart 14. These devices come with screens ranging from 10 inches to 21 inches. This doesn’t mean the company has given the sought after 7-inch tablet segment a miss in India. It will soon launch its Slate 7 for the Indian market. Ketan Patel, Director Consumer Product Category, HP PPS India, said that the 7-inch tablet, which is launched worldwide, has been included in HP roadmap for India as well. He further added that the device will be reaching the Indian audiences very soon.

     HP's first Android device – Slate 7

     

    With a series of devices, HP plans to target various Indian price segments with different needs pertaining to computing and portability. HP will enter the 7-inch tablet segment, which is dominated by budget Android tablets and the iPad mini. However, he hasn't mentioned any exact launch date and there is no word on the price either. Recently, the price of the HP Slate was slashed to $140 in the US, which amounts to approximately Rs 8,340. But the question is: at what price will the device be made available in India? With the likes of the Nexus 7 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 211, the price of the device could play a crucial role.

    The Slatebook 10 X2 is powered by a dual-core 1.6GHz Cortex-A9 with 1GB RAM and runs on Android OS v4.1. The screen features 170 ppi pixel density, which is slightly higher than the iPad mini.
    Take a quick look at the specifications:

    • 7-inch LCD capacitive touchscreen display with 600 x 1024 pixels
    • Wi-Fi, DLNA
    • Bluetooth v2.0
    • 3.15MP rear camera, front-facing VGA camera
    • 8GB internal memory, expandable up to 32GB

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  • D-Day Movie First Day | Friday Box Office Collection Reports

    Movie : D-Day
    Directed By : Nikhil Advani
    Produced By : DAR motion pictures and Emmay Entertainment
    Star Cast : Arjun Rampal, Rishi Kapoor,Irrfan Khan,Shruti Haasan,Huma Qureshi and Sandeep Kulkarni
    Music Director : Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
    Release date : July 19, 2013
    Country : India
    Language : Hindi

    Bollywood director Nikhil Advani’s movie D-Day will be release on 19th July 2013 at Silver screen.Today we are over here to discuss the box office collection of D Day Movie, All movies performance is check by the first day collection on Box Office.This movie which is produced by DAR motion pictures and Emmay Entertainment Private Limited ,story has been written by director.

     

    D-Day Movie First Day Box office Collection

    According to reports this movie have been received very solid responded by audience and is a realistic action drama with a bunch of good actors. With promise of an exciting thriller in the offering, it created strong buzz during its trailers and promo launch itself two months back. Now post various screenings that have taken place for the film, the buzz has only enhanced further.

    The movie music composed by Bollywood multi talented music composer group Shankar Ehsaan and Loy all the song tracks are super hit and has been received a positive response from fans.According to our team prediction the movie First day collection around 6 to 7 Crore expected, in present time audience love to watch romantic films so its very difficult for D Day to catch the audience heart.

    First Day Collection : 6 to 7 Crore Expected

    D Day Movie Box Office Collection

    On 19th July 2013 total 3 movies will be going to released on box office, two Bollywood films D-Day,Ramaiya Vastavaiya and one Tollywood movie.All three films star and cast is very famous super star in Indian cinema so,it’s very difficult task for any one to judge which film is going to super hit in Silver screen.

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