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Turkcell chief urges operators to tap into AI, VR hype

first_img Huawei splits cloud-AI business group VIDEO INTERVIEW: Emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Virtual Reality (VR) should not just be seen “as tools, toys and games”, but real life-enhancing applications that present a huge opportunity for operators to reconnect with a disillusioned customer base, claimed Kaan Terzioglu, Turkcell CEO.Terzioglu, who has been a big advocate of integrating over-the-top services within the company’s core operations since joining Turkey’s largest operator last year, indicated he is now turning his attention to the next wave of technology innovation, all of which, he believes, will be enhanced by 5G networks.Speaking in an interview with Mobile World Live in Brussels last month, the Turkcell chief said 5G networks, which could be capable of speeds of 10Gb/s, milliseconds of response times and up to 20 years of battery life, coming together with VR and AI, “gives us a unique opportunity to create humanity 2.0 applications”.“We are talking about human-enhancing systems,” he said. “For example, we are working on droids that can replace the guide dog for blind people… things like this are going to make sure new technology is not just all about media industry tools or gaming industry tools, but really be used to improve the lives of people.”In the interview, Terzioglu also opened up on Turkcell’s road towards launching its 4.5G network, and his vision for developing faster networks to enable operators to become more relevant to their customers.In fact, Terzioglu slammed operator innovation. “Smartphones have 50-60 applications, fantastic applications that people use. There are three applications which are primitive and I’m embarrassed to say we are the provider of those: dial application, contact application and SMS. We need to get better. We have to provide better services and today’s infrastructure, which we have created, allows us to do that. That’s why I think the future of the telecoms industry, as a service provider, is bright and growth will be back in this industry.”Click here to watch. Related AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 12 JUL 2016 Kavit Majithia Previous ArticleRussian operators join campaign against anti-terror lawNext ArticleVerizon moves forward with 5G radio spec Google renueva Android y muestra novedades en IA Home Turkcell chief urges operators to tap into AI, VR hypecenter_img KT establishes AI institute with local university Author Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more Asia Tags AITurkcellVRlast_img read more

US Holds Drills off Korea as Pyongyang Talks War

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Email ABOARD USS GEORGE WASHINGTON – Fighter jets buzzed the skies and submarines cruised underwater Sunday as a flotilla of U.S. and South Korean warships led by a nuclear-powered U.S. supercarrier began exercises that have enraged North Korea.U.S. officials denied North Korea’s claims the maneuvers off Korea’s east coast were a provocation, but said they were meant to send a strong message over the sinking of a South Korean warship in March that left 46 sailors dead.The drills, set to run through Wednesday, involve about 8,000 U.S. and South Korean troops, 20 ships and submarines and 200 aircraft. The USS George Washington, with several thousand sailors and dozens of fighter jets aboard, was deployed from Japan.“We are showing our resolve,” said Capt. David Lausman, the carrier’s commanding officer.The exercises will be the first in a series of U.S.-South Korean maneuvers conducted in the East Sea off Korea and in the Yellow Sea closer to China’s shores in international waters.The exercises also are the first to employ the F-22 stealth fighter — which can evade North Korean air defenses — in South Korea.North Korea has called the drills an “unpardonable provocation” and threatened to retaliate with “nuclear deterrence” and “sacred war.”The North routinely threatens attacks whenever South Korea and the U.S. hold joint military drills, which Pyongyang sees as a rehearsal for an invasion. The U.S. keeps 28,500 troops in South Korea and another 50,000 in Japan, but says it has no intention of invading the North.Still, the North’s latest rhetoric carries extra weight following the sinking of the Cheonan warship in late March.Rear Adm. Daniel Cloyd, the top U.S. official in the exercise, said he was confident the United States could respond to any threat. He said no significant action by the North’s military had been observed.“We are monitoring the region all the time and we are very confident we can respond to any situation,” he said.Washington and Seoul blame Pyongyang for the sinking of the 1,200-ton Cheonan warship near the Koreas’ maritime border. A five-nation team of investigators concluded a North Korean torpedo sank the Cheonan, considered the worst military attack on the South since the 1950-53 Korean War.North Korea, which denies any involvement in the sinking, has warned the United States against attempting to punish it.“Our military and people will squarely respond to the nuclear war preparation by the American imperialists and the South Korean puppet regime with our powerful nuclear deterrent,” the North’s government-run Minju Joson newspaper said in a commentary headlined, “We also have nuclear weapons.”The commentary was carried by the official Korean Central News Agency.The North’s powerful National Defense Commission issued a similar threat Saturday, saying the country “will start a retaliatory sacred war.”Pyongyang’s rhetoric was seen by most as bluster, but its angry response to the maneuvers underscores the rising tension in the region.Capt. Ross Myers, the commander of the George Washington’s air wing, said the exercises were not intended to raise tensions.But the George Washington, one of the biggest ships in the U.S. Navy, is a potent symbol of American military power, with about 5,000 sailors and aviators and the capacity to carry up to 70 planes.“North Korea may contend that it is a provocation, but I would say the opposite,” Myers said. “It is a provocation to those who don’t want peace and stability. North Korea doesn’t want this. They know that one of South Korea’s strengths is its alliance with the United States.”Myers said North Korea’s threats to retaliate are being taken seriously, however.“There is a lot they can do,” he said. “They have ships, they have subs, they have airplanes. They are a credible threat.”The maneuvers underscore a diplomatic blitz by the United States aimed at further tightening the screws on North Korea.U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced Wednesday, after visiting the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas, that the U.S. would slap new sanctions on the North to stifle its nuclear ambitions and punish it for the Cheonan sinking.The European Union is also considering new sanctions on North Korea.The deployment of the supercarrier to the area off Korea was also raising eyebrows in China — which was believed to have been concerned about having the carrier operate too close to its own shores.In what has been seen as a bow to Chinese sensitivities, the George Washington will not be joining the maneuvers later this summer in the Yellow Sea.But Cloyd, the top U.S. official in the exercise, said the carrier may be back.“We reserve the right to exercise in international waters anywhere in the world,” he said.The Nimitz-class carrier had been expected to join in exercises — code-named “Invincible Spirit” — off South Korea sooner, but the Navy delayed those plans as the United Nations Security Council met to deliberate what action it should take over the Cheonan sinking.The council eventually condemned the incident, but stopped short of naming North Korea as the perpetrator.In Seoul, meanwhile, about 150 anti-war activists rallied Sunday near the U.S. Embassy, chanting slogans such as “We are opposing the drills!” and “Scrap the South Korean-U.S. alliance!” The activists said the training would only deepen tension in the region. The rally was peaceful and there was no reports of clashes with riot police.last_img read more

“Vote for the Best 2012”: Over 13.000 votes, Jicha and Gislason keep the lead!

first_imgShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsAfter one week of Handball-Planet.com Voting Contest for the World’s Best Player 2012, media attention worldwide and number of votes on our nominations are impressive – 9410 fans already used the oportunity to give a vote to one of the seven candidates. Czech’s star Filip Jicha keep the lead with the biggest support (2824 votes – 30,1%) ahead of Mikkel Hansen (1943 – 20,64%) and now, Gudjon Valur Sigurdsson (1667 – 17,71%).CURRENT STANDING:  BASED ON 9410 VOTES – BOTH POLLS – HP AND FB PAGEFILIP JICHA 2824  (30,1%)MIKKEL HANSEN 1943 (20,64%)GUDJON VALUR SIGURDSSON 1667 (17,71%)KIM ANDERSSON 1556  (16,53%)IGOR VORI  910   (9,67%)THIERRY OMEYER 293  (3,11%)LUC ABALO  217 (2,30%)VOTE ALSO ON OUR FB PAGEOnly three coaches have deserved nominations for the World’s best coach in Men’s Handball this year. Question is really difficult, but until now Icelandic handball fans and THW Kiel’s supportes obviously were the most enthusiastic – Alfred Gislason is the leader with 58% of the votes.CURRENT STANDING:  BASED ON 3731 VOTES – BOTH POLLS – HP AND FB PAGEALFRED GISLASON 2165 (58,02%)ULRIK WILBEK 1132 (30,34%)CLAUDE ONESTA 437  (11,71%) Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Related Items:Vote for the world’s best handball player, World’s Best handball player 2012 Recommended for you ShareTweetShareShareEmailcenter_img Click to comment VOTE ALSO ON OUR FB PAGE HP nominations for the WORLD’S BEST PLAYER AND MALE COACH IN 2012!last_img read more

NASCAR TV schedule: Sept. 9-15, 2019

first_imgWhich channels have NASCAR programming this week? We answer that and give the weekly NASCAR television listings here in the NASCAR TV schedule.Note: All times are ET.MORE: How to find NBCSN | Get the NBC Sports App | How to find FS1 | Get FOX Sports AppMonday, Sept. 93 p.m., NASCAR 120: Indianapolis, NBCSN/NBC Sports App5 p.m., NASCAR America: Monday, NBCSN/NBC Sports App6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1/FOX Sports AppTuesday, Sept. 105 p.m., Dale Jr. Download, NBCSN/NBC Sports App6 p.m., Glory Road, NBCSN/NBC Sports App6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1/FOX Sports App6:30 p.m., Glory Road (re-air), NBCSN/NBC Sports App9 p.m., Dale Jr. Download (re-air), NBCSN/NBC Sports AppOn MRN:7 p.m., NASCAR LiveWednesday, Sept. 11Midnight, Dale Jr. Download (re-air), NBCSN/NBC Sports App5 p.m., NASCAR America: Motormouths, NBCSN/NBC Sports App6 p.m., Whelen Series: Riverhead Raceway, NBCSN/NBC Sports App6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1/FOX Sports AppOn MRN:noon, NASCAR Coast to CoastThursday, Sept. 122 p.m., Glory Road (re-air), NBCSN/NBC Sports App2:30 p.m., Glory Road (re-air), NBCSN/NBC Sports App5 p.m., Dale Jr. Download (re-air), NBCSN/NBC Sports App6 p.m., NASCAR America: Motorsports Hour, NBCSN/NBC Sports App6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1/FOX Sports App7 p.m., Burnouts on the Boulevard, NBCSN/NBC Sports App7 p.m., Unrivaled: Earnhardt vs. Gordon, FS1/FOX Sports AppFriday, Sept. 132 p.m., Glory Road (re-air), NBCSN/NBC Sports App2:30 p.m., Burnouts on the Boulevard (re-air), NBCSN/NBC Sports App3:30 p.m., NASCAR Xfinity Series first practice at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, NBCSN/NBC Sports App (Canada: TSN App)4:30 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series first practice at Last Vegas Motor Speedway, NBCSN/NBC Sports App (Canada: TSN3)5:30 p.m., NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series qualifying at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, FS1/FOX Sports App6:30 p.m., NASCAR Xfinity Series final practice at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, NBCSN/NBC Sports App (Canada: TSN App)7:30 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, NBCSN/NBC Sports App (Canada: TSN3, 5)8:30 p.m., NASCAR RaceDay, FS1/FOX Sports App9 p.m., NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series World of Westgate 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, FS1/FOX Sports AppOn MRN:8:30 p.m., NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series World of Westgate 200 at Las Vegas Motor SpeedwaySaturday, Sept. 147 a.m., NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series World of Westgate 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, FS1/FOX Sports App (re-air)1 p.m., Wood Brothers (re-air), NBCSN/NBC Sports App2 p.m., Racing Roots: Denny Hamlin (re-air), NBCSN/NBC Sports App2:30 p.m., NASCAR Xfinity Series qualifying at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, NBCSN/NBC Sports App (Canada: TSN App)3:30 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN/NBC Sports App4 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Busch Pole Qualifying at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, NBCSN/NBC Sports App (Canada: TSN2)7 p.m., NASCAR Xfinity Series Countdown to Green, NBCSN/NBC Sports App7:30 p.m., NASCAR Xfinity Series Rhino Pro Truck Outfitters 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, NBCSN/NBC Sports App (Canada: TSN5)10 p.m., NASCAR Xfinity Series Post Race, NBCSN/NBC Sports App10:30 p.m., Racing Roots: Ricky Stenhouse, NBCSN/NBC Sports AppOn PRN:4 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Busch Pole Qualifying at Las Vegas Motor Speedway7 p.m., NASCAR Xfinity Series Rhino Pro Truck Outfitters 300 at Las Vegas Motor SpeedwaySunday, Sept. 1510 a.m., NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series World of Westgate 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, FS23 p.m., IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship, NBC/NBC Sports App4 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Busch Pole Qualifying at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (re-air), NBCSN/NBC Sports App5 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN/NBC Sports App6:30 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Countdown to Green, NBCSN/NBC Sports App7 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, NBCSN/NBC Sports App (Canada: TSN4, 5)10:30 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Post Race, NBCSN/NBC Sports App11:30 p.m., Proving Grounds: Faster and Louderer, NBCSN/NBC Sports AppOn PRN:6 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedwaylast_img read more

Gordon Dadds shares climb on flotation day

first_imgLondon firm Gordon Dadds has today become the second law firm to float on the London Stock Exchange in its own right in a bid to raise £20m.The full-service practice is offering 14.2m shares at 140p per share, it announced today.The company says the placing will raise the £20m required and be used for future acquisitions, future growth and debt repayment. In early trading the shares edged up to 146.5p.The listing on the Alternative Investment Market comes after the Work Group conditionally offered to purchase the firm in a deal worth £18.8m last month. Last month, the Gazette reported that the firm aimed to be established in the top 100 by the end of this year.Since 2013, Gordon Dadds has spent £3.2m building a new back-office platform and has integrated 10 firms into the business, all trading under the firm’s brand.In the financial year ending 31 March 2017, it posted around £25m in turnover and adjusted profit before tax of around £2m.Adrian Biles, chief executive, said: ’Today represents an important milestone for the enlarged Gordon Dadds Group. The UK legal services sector is highly fragmented and Gordon Dadds’ proven consolidator model is uniquely positioned to take advantage of this significant market opportunity. We now have the necessary capital to support the group’s next stage of development which will enhance the group’s profile with clients and potential target firms.’Gordon Dadds is the second firm to list on the stock exchange after Gateley in 2015.last_img read more

Golf: Out-of-form Shiv Kapur eager to bounce back

first_imgMissing four cuts in succession isn’t an ideal situation going into the US Open, and that too when it is being played at a links course. This is the situation confronting Delhi golfer Shiv Kapur, who is in poor form as he heads to Chambers Bay, Washington, for the second Major of the season starting on Thursday.But Kapur takes heart from his feat of qualifying for the championship last month, and feels one ‘good’ round can put him in the right frame of mind.”It’s true that I haven’t been in good form of late but I take encouragement from positives. I missed some cuts in the last one month but in between I made it to the US Open with a second-place finish at the qualifiers in England. That was a high point and I am looking forward to repeating that performance this week,” he told Mail Today from the US.Kapur, who will appear at the US Open for the second year in a row, said: “Last year, I played with a free mind and finished tied 23rd. I am not in a good form now but am not feeling any pressure either. I need just one good round to storm into contention.” The Indian missed cuts at the Asian Tour’s Mauritius Open and European Tour events in England, Dubai and Sweden in the last one-and-a-half months.The conditions at Chambers Bay can’t be taken lightly. A new links course, known for its sloping fairways and greens, tall rough and strong wind, is hosting a PGA Tour event for the first time which is expected to make scoring tougher. Is Kapur prepared for this challenge?advertisement”The US Open is being held on a new course which makes the competition even for all. As far as my preparations are concerned, I have played on two different links course in New York last week. I have played two nine-hole practice rounds at Chambers Bay. I have played on links in Scotland. So, I am prepared well,” he said.”But I need to execute my plans well because a small error in judgment on a sloping surface can take me many yards away from the target. I also have to be more accurate in my putting because greens are also sloping.” Kapur will not be the lone Indian at the US Open and will be accompanied by compatriot Anirban Lahiri. “It’s good to have Anirban here. We share a good camaraderie and have been practicing together here,” he signed off.last_img read more

At meeting with Shah Mamata raises Assam NRC issue

first_imgNew Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday told Union Home Minister Amit Shah that genuine Indians belonging to Bengali, Bihari, Gorkha and Assamese communities were excluded from the NRC in Assam and sought his intervention to ameliorate their miseries. This was conveyed by Banerjee to Shah in her first meeting with the home minister, who assumed the office about three months ago. “I have come to meet the home minister to discuss about the NRC in Assam and told him that many genuine Indians were excluded from the list. I have requested him to do the needful so that they can be included in the NRC as they are in distress,” she told reporters after the meeting with Shah. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework The chief minister said among those who were excluded from the National Register of Citizens (NRC) include many Bengali, Bihari, Gorkhas and even Assamese. “I have requested him to examine their cases and resolve the issues,” she said. The final NRC, a list of Assam’s residents and published on August 31, excluded the names of 19 lakh people. “The home minister has assured that he would look into it,” she said. Asked whether there was any discussion on the implementation of the NRC in West Bengal, Banerjee said no such discussion has taken place but it was her stated position that such an initiative was not required in her state. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen “Even Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that the NRC was not required in his state,” she said. The chief minister said she has come to New Delhi after a long time and after she was given an appointment by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a meeting. “Meeting the Prime Minister and the home minister is a constitutional obligation. Besides we have international border issues with Bangladesh and Bhutan and state borders with Bihar and Jharkhand. We also have the sensitive ‘chicken’s neck’ (corridor connecting northeastern states with the rest of the country). So meeting with the home minister is in that context necessary,” she said. The chief minister said she has met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday and raised the issue of renaming the state. Banerjee also invited the prime minister to inaugurate a coal block in the state. The coal block is the second largest in the world, she said.last_img read more

3 held for siphoning money from Central Bank of India

first_imgKolkata: Three persons have been arrested by the Detective Department (DD) of Kolkata Police for allegedly cheating and siphoning of Rs 9.62 lakh from Central Bank of India’s main branch in Kolkata.According to police, on August 21, Chief Manger of Central Bank Of India, Kolkata branch, Gaurav Kumar Jain lodged a complaint at the Hare Street police station stating that a few persons had conspired to cheat the bank of Rs 9.62 lakh. He further informed that a person called him posing as the portfolio holder of a private company which had an account at the bank. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHe provided account details as identification and requested bank manager to transfer the money to another account which is in the name of Md. Irshad, through Real-time gross settlement (RTGS) method. As it was urgent he repeatedly requested Jain to transfer the money immediately. Accused person also stated that physical cheque will be sent to the bank within a few hours and prompted the cheque number. After verifying the details Jain was convinced that the caller is a genuine person. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayLater, he transferred the amount to the Irshad’s account with the State bank Of India (SBI). But after several hours when he did not receive any cheque, Jain tried to call the person but he found that his phone was switched off. When he got in touch with SBI, he came to know that the money has already been transferred to another account. Following the incident he lodged a complaint at the Hare Street police station. After a few days of investigation, the case was taken up by DD and on Friday police arrested Irshad from Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH). Later, two more persons identified as Md Faisal Alam and Prem Chand Singh were arrested. The trio is from Gopalgunge and Begusarai in Bihar. The police have also managed to block Rs 2.22 lakh which was found in a bank account during investigation. Several more persons connected with the racket are still on the run.last_img read more

Weak IIT students to have 3yr exit option IITs to work out

first_imgNew Delhi: Academically weak students in IITs will now get a choice to opt for a three-year B.Sc degree instead of B.Tech without dropping out of the prestigious institutions midway, according to HRD Ministry.The council for Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), chaired by Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, approved the proposal on Friday. However, it has been left to the individual IITs to work out the modalities. “Academically weak students, who are not able to secure the required credits for promotion to the next semester may be allowed an exit option with a degree programme after second semester, rather than being forced out of the programme,” a senior HRD Ministry official said. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”Individual IITs will decide modalities for this,” the official added. Until now students enrolled in undergraduate programmes in IITs were required to complete eight semesters (four years) to receive a B.Tech degree. “Now the academically weak students will be able to choose B.Sc degree after the second semester and leave after three years, provided they have met the minimum academic standards,” the official said. According to HRD Ministry data, a total of 2,461 students dropped out from the 23 institutes in the last two years (both at the undergraduate and postgraduate level). Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”Since students make it to IITs after clearing a cut throat competition process, they are quality students but are not able to cope up with the academic requirements at times. It was felt they should be given an exit option rather than the entire effort going waste,” the official explained. The issue was highlighted by the HRD Minister in Parliament in July where he had attributed the poor academic performance of students as one of the main reasons behind the students dropping out. “Dropouts in undergraduate programmes are attributed to withdrawal due to wrong choices filled, poor academic performance of students, personal and medical reasons,” he had said.last_img read more

Its all about scripts

first_imgIn an interview a while ago, you had said that it is tough being an outsider and you had to undergo 30 film auditions before you finally landed Issaq. Almost 10 films later, does all the hard work seem worth it? It definitely does. I have reached a point where after every new film, I can see a change in people’s attitude towards me. People open up to me more now. They are calling me in for more auditions and more brand endorsements. It’s a beautiful process because, at the end of day, I am somebody who came from the outside. Things are getting better and better. All the struggle and hard work seem worth it. I feel good about it. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger What is the benchmark of success for you? The benchmark of success for me is to be constantly working and that’s exactly what’s happening. At the end of the day, as long as the quality of work is good, I’m happy. Let us talk about JudgeMentall Hai Kya.What drew you to the film and how did you think you would stand out? The first thing that I heard about the film was that Kangana (Ranaut) was doing it. I love her. I’ve said this in my interviews before that she’s somebody who I’ve always been inspired by and whose career graph is inspiring. I auditioned and then I met Prakash (Kovelamudi), our director. He narrated the entire story to me and I fell in love with the idea. In India, we don’t talk about mental illness and we look at it as a taboo; we don’t respect people suffering from any mental disorder. These are the kinds of films that I want to do through which we can open the eyes of our society in a certain way. Ultimately, when you watch the film, you realise that it’s not the person who is suffering who is bad but the people who judge him or her Also Read – Salman pays tribute to Vinod Khanna on ‘Dabangg 3’ wrap up The poster of Prassthanam introduced you as the truth-seeker. How did your character fit into the narrative? My character, Shivi, is an NRI studying in America. She has come to India for research and to write a thesis on politics in India. During the process, she comes across Ali’s (Fazal) family, an important part of the political fabric in Lucknow. We’ve also got Sanjay Dutt playing his father and Jackie Shroff playing his right-hand man. When she sees this world that she hasn’t before, she realises that there’s a lot of shady business and corruption going on and eventually, she sees people dying around her. She’s trying to find out why the situation is so bad and who’s behind all the killing and violence. To her, India is her life and it’s beautiful. I’m really excited about the film. This is also my first proper commercial, massy film with all the drama and masala in the right place. Did you have to change your approach while shooting? This film is taking all the elements a notch higher. All of us have performed the way that we perform in any other film. None of us has done any over-the-top, loud acting. The same goes for all others. They have chosen real actors in the sense that Manisha Koirala is not a loud actor; she’s a brilliant subtle actor. Every character comes with their share of subtleties; it’s just that the story and the situation that these characters face are loud. Like any masala Bollywood movie, we have a romantic song, an item number, a Sufi song… That’s what the film is all about. Tell us about working with Sanjay Dutt. He looks intimidating but he isn’t. He isn’t intimidating at all. I’m sure you’ve heard that he is one of the nicest and most honest people you’ll ever meet. Even if you don’t want to hear the honest things, he’ll just say it. Even Jackie Shroff is so sweet. He speaks to everyone in the same way. Everyone is his bhidu! It was amazing working with them. I would keep staring at Manisha ma’am on the set because she’s just so beautiful and her skin glows. She’s a one-take actress. We would be so happy when she would come on set. We would go, ‘Chalo, we will all go home early because ma’am is going to finish everything in one take.’ Did you sit down with such tall actors and discuss work? No, I was just too shy. Even when Sanju sir would crack jokes on me, I would just sit there and smile because I didn’t know what to say. But it got better with the promotions and with all of us chilling together and chatting. They would keep making me laugh and I would forget what to say. But just to sit and watch them act was amazing. Since my childhood, I’ve been watching Sanju sir’s Khalnayak and Jackie sir’s and Manisha ma’am’s films. The fact that they were with me and I was doing a movie with them was so overwhelming. Today, there are a lot of things that come along with being an actor. You’ve to get your airport and gym looks right and your social media game has to be extremely strong. How are you dealing with these things? I don’t see social media as pressure because to be honest, I’m obsessed with Instagram. I don’t let other people touch my Instagram. Now I have allowed my PR to start my page but my profile is my profile. So you see, I’m quite possessive about it. For me, social media platforms like Instagram are genuine and the only connection that lets me see what my fans think of me and what they really have to say about me. So I’m not ready to give up on that one communication tool that I have. I’m happy that I have a stylist for my airport looks and she’s fabulous. She comes to my house with racks of clothes and we try out about 60 different clothes and then set the looks. I also have my gym looks covered because I’ve always been a fitness person. There are more pieces of gym clothes and athleisure in my wardrobe than regular clothes. Gym looks are sorted because collecting such clothes, working out and staying fit are like hobbies to me. I feel good working out. So, how is Amyra on a sad Friday vis-a-vis a happy one? When I am angry, I start crying. If something upsets me, I won’t talk for the rest of the day. I’m not a very confrontational person. I don’t like being in a situation where I have to argue with someone. I just back off, go in some corner, cry and then come back. When things get very overwhelming for me, I cry. A happy Friday is one when I’m shooting for and promoting my films. Working keeps me the happiest! What is next for you? There is Made In China. I’m excited as well as nervous about the film. I’ve got a couple of brands and there is this really big project that we’re going to announce soon.last_img read more