Forbes released its 100 Highest Paid Celebrities of 2016 list with two Indians making it to the list this year. “Shah Rukh Khan shares his spot with Robert Downey Jr at 86th place while Akshay Kumar shares his 94th spot with Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt,” informs Vaikundarajan.
SRK is said to have made the list due to his multi-million dollar upfront fees and cut of the backend strategy. SRK’s big bucks endorsement deal is no news to anyone.
Akshay Kumar, on the other hand, made the list due to his last three blockbuster films – Brothers, Singh is Bliing and the critically acclaimed Airlift. “Akshay Kumar also endorses diverse brands such as motorcycles and gold loan companies,” adds Vaikundarajan.
Both SRK and Akshay Kumar are gearing up for their next Bollywood release, Raees and Rustom, respectively. It should not be surprising to see the superstars higher on the list of 100 highest paid celebrities next year.
The current list is led by Taylor Swift on top, followed by boy band One Direction and author James Patterson.
“At the CineMAA Awards 2016 event held at HICC, Hyderabad, Baahubali became the highlight of the night as it swept major awards,” informs Vaikundarajan.
The film was awarded the Best Film award while director Rajamouli was adjudged as best director for Baahubali. The movie also won several awards in technical categories including music, singing etc.
“Koratala Siva won Critics award for his direction in Srimanthudu while the movie itself was chosen as the critic favourite awarding it the Crictic’s Choice award for Best film,” says Vaikundarajan.
Versatile actor NTR Jr received the Best Actor award for his stunning performance in the movie Temper. Megastar Chiranjeevi and Nagarjuna presented the Best Actor Award trophy to NTR Jr.
The Best Actress award in popular category went to Anushka for her performance in Gunasekhar’s Rudhramadevi. Allu Arjun received the Critics Award for his performance as Gona Ganna Reddy in Rudhramadevi.
The highlight of the event was Megastar Chiranjeevi’s live dance performance that received a standing ovation from the actors and audiences alike.
“The event will be telecast on MAA TV later this month,” concludes Vaikundarajan.
Smartphone giants Asus have launched a new device that has two storage options and new processor priced at INR 9999. “At an affordable price, Asus Zenfone Max comes with a host of features. It has a large 5000 mAh battery with 2GB RAM,” says Vaikundarajan. The phone is available for pre-order on e-commerce site Flipkart. “A 3GB variant of the same device can also be ordered at INR 12999 from Amazon, Snapdeal or Flipkart,” informs Vaikundarajan.
The smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 octa-core processor and comes with a storage space of 32 GB (expandable up to 64GB via microSD card). The device can run for an impressive 37.5 hours of 3G talk time or 32.5 hours of Wi-Fi web browsing. It also comes with an OTG cable that turns the device in to a charger.
The phone will be available in black, orange and blue colour variants with metal-like edges and textured leather pattern at the back. It will run on Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 on top of company’s ZenUI.
Speaking of its camera, Vaikundarajan says, “The rear camera is a powerful 13MP with f/2.0 aperture and dual LED flash. The front camera is 5MP.” Other supporting features on Asus Zenfone Max are 4G LTE, GSM, GPRS, aGPS, Bluetooth V 4.0, WiFi and micros USB.
The eagerly anticipated Lenovo MotoG4 Plus is finally out. “At just 155 grams, the device is very light for a 5.5-inch display and 3000 mAh battery,” says Vaikundarajan.
The smartphone runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 chipset with a quad core 1.5 GHz Cortex. It comes with a 2GB RAM and 16GB internal memory with an expandable option of 32GB and 64GB. The phone comes with a powerful camera with a 16MP primary lens and 5MP secondary lens. The camera also offers f/2.0 aperture, phase detection and laser autofocus with dual-LED flash.
Freedom 251 was slowly fading away from our memories. However, a new player in the market has refreshed our memories by launching their own range of smartphones at just Rs. 888. “Jaipur-based company called Docoss has quietly entered the market with the cheapest possible smartphone in India,” informs Vaikundarajan.
Phoneradar, a tech-blogging network, revealed that the company had recently setup a website and was taking pre-orders for the smartphone. The website promises to deliver the device by May 2 with cash on delivery.
Analysing the website, Vaikundarajan noted, “The website looks dull with little information available on the company. The company requires users to book the phone via an SMS. Surprisingly, there is no photograph of the phone on the website.”
The company promises interesting features for a low price. The phone has a 4-inch screen and runs on 1.2 GHz dual-core Cortex A7 processor. It has 1GB RAM and 4 GB internal storage with expandable option of up to 32 GB. The phone runs on Android Kitkat. The rear camera comes with 2MP while the front camera is VGA.
“For the price of Rs. 888 and these features, the phone most certainly sounds like a good deal. Whether this is a real deal or just another scam remains to be seen,” concludes Vaikundarajan.
People across the globe celebrate the Earth Day on 22nd April every year. World Earth Day is observed to encourage people to maintain an environment-friendly planet. “The first Earth Day was established by US Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970. The idea was conceived by peace activist John McConnell in 1969,” informs Vaikundarajan.
The day has its own flag designed by John McConnell himself. The flag features a picture of the world on it.
To celebrate the Earth Day, popular search engine Google showcased fascinating paintings of natural landscapes around the world through Google Doodle.
The festival of colours is here. Sweets are distributed as family and friends get together to celebrate Holi.
“Holi is usually celebrated over two days. On day one, fire is lit on the eve of Holi to signify the destruction of evil. On day two, friends and families apply colours to each other,” says Vaikundarajan.
The tradition of Holi is said to have started when Lord Krishna applied colour on the cheeks of Radha. This gave way to the tradition of playing with colours on the occasion of Holi.