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Village Rockstars: 6 Facts You Should Know About India’s Entry to the Oscars

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Assamese Film Village Rockstars has been selected as India’s official entry in the foreign language film category at the Academy Awards in 2019. Directed by Rima Das, its the story of a group of children who live their lives to the fullest on minimal expenditure.

Here are 6 facts you should know about Village Rockstars.

1. Village Rockstars Won 65th National Film Awards of Best Film

The film premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Later this film grabbed the Best Feature Film ‘Swarna Kamal’ award at the 65th National Film Awards. Village Rockstars also won awards in three other categories: Best Child Artist, Best Location Sound Recordist and Best Editing.

2. The Director is a One Woman Army

Rima Das, the director of this movie, is a one-woman army. Besides being its director she is also the screenwriter, executive producer, editor, production designer and cinematographer. It took over three years to script ‘Village Rockstars’, and then shot over a period of 130 days. Its was shot on a handheld camera.

3. The Actors are actually Non-actors

Village Rockstars is a one-crew film. The surname of almost the entire cast is Das. The protagonist Dhunu (Bhanita Das) is played by Das’s niece. Bhanita Das has also been awarded a National Award. This makes her the first-ever Assamese child actor to receive this honour.

4. The Unique Filmmaking Style

In Village Rockstars, there are no crucial dramatic points that reveal something new or lead to an event or an action. The film refers to a certain kind of mood everyone gets in sometimes and creates its own rhythm. Assamese Film Village Rockstars won hearts with its simplicity.

5. Village Rockstars’ is the second Assamese feature film to win the National Award

The first Assamese Film which won the award was ‘Halodhia Choraye Baodhan Khai’. This film was directed by Jahnu Barua, which won the award 29 years ago.

6. A New Hope for Indian Independent Cinema

Village Rockstars bring a new hope for Indian independent cinema. The film represents a cultural category that is largely ignored by mainstream cinema and heralds a new chapter in the contemporary practice of serious filmmaking in India.

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10 Most Educated Hollywood Celebrities

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You all must have heard about celebs who had no chance to reach college and get a degree yet, fame and wealth came to their doorsteps anyway. Isn’t it a common conception, or I should say misconception, that most of the celebs are not much educated? Well, to many of us’ surprise, we introduce you to 10 most educated Hollywood celebrities who have not only completed graduation but hold Master’s degree as well.

#1 Rowan Atkinson

 

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Actor, comedian Rawn Atkinson may shock the world by his silly acts and gestures. But, in real life, he seems smarter than that. He holds a Master’s degree in electrical engineering from Queen’s College, Oxford University.

#2 David Duchovny

 

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“The X-Files” star has earned both bachelors and Master’s degree in English literature from Yale. The actor has an inclination for writing and poetry as well.

#3 Greg Graffin

 

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Much famous musician of the band, ‘Bad Religion’, Greg Griffin holds a Master’s degree in Geology. He even studied further and earned his Ph.D. from Cornell University.

#4 Dolph Lundgren

 

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Swedish actor, martial artist, and director didn’t just stop here but earned his Master’s degree too from the University of Sydney.

#5 Ashely Judd

 

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Beauty with brains’, seems a perfect phrase for Ashley Judd, daughter of Naomi Judd. As she holds a Master’s degree in public administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

#6 Christy Turlington Burns

 

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After a successful career in modelling industry, she wanted more and got back to college in order to earn a degree in Philosophy and Comparative Religion. She planned not to stop here and joined Master’s degree program in public health! Pretty impressive!

#7 Ron Jeremy

 

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This might just shock you. But you should know that before Ron Jeremy conquered the adult entertainment industry, he was a special education teacher. Thus, holds a Master’s degree in special education from Queen’s College in New York.

#8 James Franco

 

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This fine actor is well known for not just one but multiple degrees. To name one, he holds a Master’s degree of Fine Arts in Writing.

#9 Bradley Cooper

 

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It seems that ‘The Hangover’ star, dealt with his “hangover” well and after completing his Bachelor of Arts in English. He managed to earn his MFA in acting in 2000. He already won a guest spot on ‘Sex and the city’ in 1999, though.

#10 Jodie Foster

 

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The Oscar-winning actress didn’t allow fame to hinder her academic career. She decided to put acting aside in order to continue her education. She proudly owns a Ph.D., from Yale University.

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Success Story of Payal Kadakia

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We have examples of people with us who have made their life better with their endeavors. They not just make their life successful but leave behind their success story to inspire others to fulfill their dreams too. Similar is the story of Payal Kadakia, an Indian-origin girl who now owns a 2600 crore company. Payal was a passionate dancer since childhood, which led her to become a cheerleader in New Jersey Public School, she wanted to take her dancing career seriously but something even better happened with her life.

Read below how from being a cheerleader, Payal took a flight to be a CEO of a company worth Rs. 2600 crore.

  • Payal Kadakia is a successful entrepreneur who has a very inspiring success story. She wasn’t born with a silver spoon in her mouth but now she does.
  • The fitness giant that she runs started in 2013, when accidentally Payal was motivated to do better for her start-up company Classtivity.
  • Payal was mugged by a man who forcefully took her laptop and phone. She couldn’t help but surrender as she realized she wasn’t physically strong enough. She says “I never really cared about having muscle before. I never really thought I’d get attacked. But that moment motivated me to really work at it to better protect myself. And that, in turn, motivated me to perfect my business.
  • This incident made her work up on the plan be and start the company ClassPass. After then the company hasn’t seen backward. In March 2013 her team began working on the company with higher goals. They combatted the hacking problem of their system.
  • The final result was ClassPass, which is a monthly gym membership for its customers. They get people in shape, with the help of their several plans. They have hundreds of studios where people can sign up and avail services.

She says she has learned a lot from the failures and experiences. It hadn’t been possible if the company had given up on the failures.

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7 Celebrities Who Are World Record Holders

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Making it to the world record isn’t a cakewalk, especially when it is the Guinness Book Of World Records. But did you know a lot of celebrities we know are official record holders of Guinness Book Of World Records? This is the time you know about them, as we have got 8 such celebs to introduce with you who are proud holders of world records.

Read about the 7 popular celebs who have also worlded record holders:

#1 Vin Diesel

 

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Yeah, he is the favourite indeed and now that is proven by the record that he holds. He holds the world record for “Most Liked Facebook Post”. The number is more than 8 million.

#2 Eminem

 

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His song “Rap God” was titled with the “wordies” song by the Guinness Book of World Records. The song has 1,560 words. Count when you listen to this next time.

#3 Dwayne Johnson

 

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Any idea what world record did he make? He has the world record of clicking “most selfies taken in 3 minutes”. It was due to hundreds of fans around him where he took about 105 selfies in 3 minutes.

#4 Cristiano Ronaldo

 

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Now you guessed that it must be for football or something, however, it is for being the “most liked person on Facebook.” Well, we know why!

#5 Hunter Hayes

 

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The singer holds a world record for performing the “most number of live concerts in 24 in different cities”. No that’s a record, man!

#6 Metallica

 

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Metallica holds a world record for being the only band ever that performed in all 7 continents.

#7 Vannah White

 

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She holds a silly record. White is the world record holder for “most frequent clapper.” On her series of Wheel of Fortune, she clapped 3.5 million times. Who was counting?

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