New Delhi: The 2016 Aamir Khan-starrer blockbuster “Dangal” will stay in the hearts of many for its entertainment value. The film broke various records, one of them being crossing the Rs 2,000-crore mark at the global box-office — a feat that is not easily achieved by Bollywood. The films director Nitesh Tiwari returns with his next directorial, “Chhichhore” soon. However, he isn’t feeling the box-office pressure.”As far as the box-office is concerned, we didn’t know ‘Dangal’ would become such a huge success. We made ‘Dangal’ purely for the love of the story. We felt that the story needed to be told. We never kept the box-office result in mind, so there was never pressure when we made ‘Dangal’,” Tiwari told IANS. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”However, after the success of ‘Dangal’, the only pressure I would take would not be the box-office pressure. That would be unreal to have… to take that pressure. You can’t say ‘My film is going to perform so much at the box-office’. The only pressure and it is only human for me to feel that way is, I want to live up to the expectations of people. Whatever expectations they may have of me after ‘Dangal’. I hope I will be successful in exceeding their expectations.” Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod KhannaAfter narrating the inspiring story of a wrestler in “Dangal”, Tiwari is set to take the audience back to his college days in “Chhichhore”. Unlike “Dangal”, which had superstar Aamir, his new film has a young cast, including Sushant Singh Rajput, Varun Sharma, Tushar Pandey, Prateik Babbar and Shraddha Kapoor.On finalising the cast, he said: “All of them needed to be great performers. It was something that was a given. The way I write most of my stories, there is a lot of scope for interesting performances. I was looking for people in a specific age category so that if I cut down a few years from them, they would look like college-going kids and if I add a few years, they would look like middle-aged people effortlessly. That’s why I kind of migrated towards actors who are in their early 30s.” It is a college buddy film and the director has extracted a lot of stuff from his IIT days. Does it also deal with bullying?”It touches upon various aspects of college life and hostel life in a positive manner. It’s all what I lived. We were made to feel extremely comfortable when we were juniors at IIT Bombay,” he said of his time in the prestigious engineering institute where he even got to shoot a portion of the film.”I consider myself fortunate (to have got the chance to shoot inside IIT). I got to shoot where the germ (of the idea) originated. But mostly, I shot all over Mumbai,” said Tiwari, a fan of shooting at real locations. That sadly, won’t be possible for his next big-budget film.Tiwari and Ravi Udyawar – who directed “Mom” – are set to helm a 3D version of the “Ramayan”. With an estimated budget of Rs 500 crore, this will be a live-action trilogy in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.”The location doesn’t exist, so I can’t shoot in a real location. I’ll have to create that,” he said with a smile.The project is unlike any of his past films, in terms of genre or budget.”Physically, it will be very different, but emotionally it follows the same pattern that I follow – (my films are) all great human stories. And ‘Ramayan’ is a fabulous human story on relationships,” said the “Chillar Party” director.Why “Ramayan” — a story that has been repeatedly told, especially on the small screen?”I think we don’t really remember too much of the ‘Ramayan’. What happened back then on TV was fine. Time has passed, many people only know ‘Ramayan’ at a surface level. If you dig deeper, it is far more beautiful than what it seems on the surface. People need to know the essence of ‘Ramayan’,” said Tiwari.
0 Airbnb wants to be a place for ‘everyone’ Now playing: Watch this: Related stories Share your voice Airbnb has also progressively moved into the hotel business. First it started to quietly add boutique hotels to its listings, then last year it announced hotels would be one of four property types it offers on its site. Airbnb then acquired hotel booking site Hotel Tonight last month.Airbnb’s announcement comes as Marriott, one of the world’s largest hotel chains, announced it was launching its own home rental business. Marriott didn’t provide many details on its service, but did say it’s catering to people who want more home amenities during their stays, such as kitchen and laundry facilities.Airbnb and RXR said they plan to open their Rockefeller Plaza facility in about a year, which is still subject to various approvals. The two companies are also eyeing another building with 150 apartments in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn. 4:41 The view from the Top of the Rock observation deck in Rockefeller Center. Jeff Greenberg/UIG via Getty Images Airbnb has come a long way since its origin story of offering travelers a blow-up mattress to sleep on. The home rental company announced Monday that it’s partnering with RXR Realty, one of New York City’s largest real estate owners, to convert 10 stories of an iconic Rockefeller Plaza building into Airbnb rentals. The rooms will be luxury suites at the top of 75 Rockefeller Plaza, which is a 32-story skyscraper. The company said travelers will get “unparalleled” views of Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Empire State Building.”When we launched Airbnb over 10 years ago, it was immediately clear how people opening their homes could make guests feel like locals,” Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky said in a statement. “We hope to provide that same unique feeling, in the form of new spaces in the heart of Midtown Manhattan and elsewhere so that everyone can enjoy an authentic New York experience.”San Francisco-based Airbnb has gone from being a website for couch surfers to having a massive online presence. It lists roughly 6 million homes for rent in more than 80,000 cities worldwide. The company, currently privately held, is valued at $31 billion. It’s reportedly planning an initial public offering sometime this year. And after years of regulatory battles with cities including New York, New Orleans, San Francisco and Paris, the company needs to show investors it can grow. Airbnb is increasingly working with landlords on profit-sharing deals. Many landlords don’t allow tenants to sublet their apartments on Airbnb because it typically comes with more risk and no profit for them. But that’s changing. The company announced a partnership with a major landlord in Florida in October 2017, then it announced a similar deal with San Francisco’s largest residential landlord the following month. Tags Post a comment Airbnb beware: Marriott reportedly will launch its own home rental service Airbnb partners with San Francisco’s largest apartment landlord Airbnb gets into the apartment game Airbnb Tech Industry
Uber Technologies, taxi-hailing smartphone app company on Saturday said it had signed an agreement with Ministry of Electronics and IT’s CSCs (Common Services Centres) to skill drivers on its platform. As part of the UberSHAAN initiative, the company will help individuals to receive driver training, facilitate license procurement and vehicle financing to becoming a micro-entreprenuer. Through this initiative, Uber aims to ensure that people who come to these Common Service Centres, especially at the grassroot level, gain access to tools, training resources and related information for becoming a driver partner on the Uber platform, the company said in a statement. Read: Uber, Standard Chartered Bank announce cash-back for rides in six countries “We are excited to partner with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology on taking Digital India to the next level. It is our endeavour to create economic and micro-entrepreneurship opportunities for thousands of individuals in India. This partnership will help us take the promise of UberSHAAN to the grass roots. Common Service Centres are the pillars of Digital India and we hope to maximise our reach through this partnership,” Amit Jain, President, Uber India said in the statement. He further added that common Services Centres (CSCs) are a strategic cornerstone of the ‘Digital India’ program. They are the access points for delivery of various electronic services to villages and towns in India, thereby contributing to a digitally and financially inclusive society.The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed in the presence of Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad and Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat, CSC CEO Dinesh Tyagi and Prabhjeet Singh, Uber India GM (Delhi).Uber will start the initiative with an initial pilot phase in and around Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru.Later the company will identifying high potential CSCs, training them on the process and documentation and then facilitating the same for millions of individuals who are willing to become micro-entrepreneurs on the Uber platform. Depending on the success of the program, Uber will expand the initiative to CSCs at the national level.As part of UberSHAAN program, the company aims to create one million livelihood opportunities in India by 2018. It has already partnered National Skill Development Corporation, Maruti, and National Safai Karamchari Development Corporation as part of the programme.