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India’s Prannoy seals historic Thomas Cup badminton finals berth

H.S. Prannoy overcame an injury scare to secure the vital point as India shocked Denmark in Thailand early Saturday to reach the finals of the Thomas and Uber Cup men's badminton tournament for the first time. Danish world champion Viktor Axelsen had provided some early inspiration in the semi-finals for…

Twenty facts to celebrate Arijit Singh’s birthday and huge UK…

POPULAR singer Arijit Singh turns a year older on April 25 and then returns to UK the first week of May for two huge arena concerts, where he will be performing his greatest hits. To celebrate India’s most popular solo star returning for a British tour and his 35th birthday,…

PV Sindhu clinches women’s singles title at Swiss Open

Ace Indian shuttler P V Sindhu clinched her second women’s singles title of the season with a straight game win over Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan but HS Prannoy went down fighting in the men’s singles final at the Swiss Open Super 300 badminton tournament in Basel on Sunday. Playing her second…

Deepika Padukone confirms biopic on father Prakash Padukone in the…

Bollywood star Deepika Padukone, who is riding high on the success of her latest release Gehraiyaan (2022), has said that she is working on a film based on the life of her father, badminton champion Prakash Padukone. The actress, who has herself played badminton competitively before joining films, was in…

Kidambi, six others out of India Open with Covid

TOP SEED Kidambi Srikanth and six other players have withdrawn from the India Open badminton championship in New Delhi after testing positive for Covid-19, organisers said on Thursday (13). The event was originally meant to feature more than 200 players from 19 countries but is being held behind closed doors…

Nehwal ready to fight back after injuries nightmare

Injury-ravaged Saina Nehwal on Wednesday opened up about her prolonged fitness issues, saying the thought of giving up did cross her mind but she has taken it up as a challenge to see how many more injuries her body can cope with. The former world number one was forced to…

Actor Siddharth apologises to Saina Nehwal

INDIAN actor Siddharth on Tuesday (11) issued an apology to ace badminton player Saina Nehwal after being accused of making sexist remarks against the latter in response to her observation on the recent controversy around the alleged compromise of the security of prime minister Narendra Modi in Punjab. Taking to…

Srikanth assured of first medal, Sindhu crashes out of World…

Kidambi Srikanth assured himself of his maiden medal as he entered the men's singles semifinal after a dominant performance but defending champion PV Sindhu lost to familiar foe Tai Tzu Ying in the women's section of the BWF World Badminton Championships on Friday. Srikanth, seeded 12th in the showpiece tournament,…

Eton scholar Jasamrit Rahala targets more TV success

ETON scholar, who reached the knockout finals of Channel 4’s Countdown, now targets more TV success, reported The Guardian.  Jasamrit Rahala, 17, from Slough, identified as a maths prodigy aged nine, now targets University Challenge and Mastermind. He was the youngest finalist on Child Genius aged 10 and competed in…

Boycott calls add to India-Pakistan cricket tensions ahead of World…

Cricket tensions between India and Pakistan have been heightened by boycott calls in India ahead of their T20 World Cup clash on Sunday. A series of killings in the disputed Kashmir region has set off the anger, even though the Indian board has insisted the national team cannot withdraw from…

Deepika Padukone plays badminton with PV Sindhu, fans wonder if…

Deepika Padukone is one of the finest actresses we have in the Indian film industry. But not many would know that she played Badminton in national level championships. Recently, Deepika posted on Instagram that she played the sport with the Badminton champion PV Sindhu. She captioned the post as, “Just…

Krishna Nagar wins badminton gold at Tokyo Paralympics

KRISHNA NAGAR secured India's second gold medal in badminton at Tokyo Paralympics after notching a thrilling three-game win over Hong Kong's Chu Man Kai in the men's singles SH6 class final on Sunday (5). The 22-year-old from Jaipur, seeded second, saw off his rival 21-17, 16-21, 21-17 in the final…

Parineeti Chopra joins Amitabh Bachchan on the cast of Sooraj…

According to reports, Bollywood actress Parineeti Chopra has been roped in to play an important role in renowned filmmaker Sooraj Barjatya’s next directorial venture Oonchai. The actress was last seen in Saina (2021), a biographical sports drama based on the life of ace Badminton player Saina Nehwal. If Chopra has…

My top 10 reasons to be happy – Sneha Namanandi

Life: The first reason to be happy is being alive and that’s the most important thing. I am alive, so can do everything I am doing right now in my life. Whatever I can achieve is because I am alive and that is reason enough to be happy. Family: I…

Exclusive: Casteism still infects Indian sports

AS MILLIONS of Indians cheered their country’s sports stars performances at the recently concluded Olympics, some of the players and their families endured abuse because they were from lower castes and the so-called “untouchables”. India's hockey captain Rani Rampal last weekend criticised the "shameful" racist abuse of a team member's…

India showers cash on Neeraj Chopra

Indian companies and governments promised cash and gifts worth more than two million dollars to javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra after he won India's first ever Olympic athletics gold medal. The 23-year-old farmer's son, who two years ago underwent surgery on a career-threatening elbow injury, threw 87.58 metres in the Tokyo…

Ritual humiliation at Olympics

THE world is divided between the haves and have nots by the availability of Covid vaccines, but even more dramatically by the Olympics. Every four years we witness a dispiriting occasion – the ritual humiliation of the vast majority of countries. Is there a case for scrapping the Olympics? More than…

‘Over expectations’ likely cause of India’s poor performance at Tokyo…

THE Indian government has overhauled an athletic system that was once underfunded and corrupt ahead of the Tokyo Games, but the pressure to perform weighs on competitors and the country again failed to win a gold medal, according to The New York Times. India had sent a 127-member Olympic delegation…

Sindhu awaits ice cream with Modi after second Olympic medal

Indian badminton ace PV Sindhu awaits a meeting with prime minister Narendra Modi after she became the country's first woman to win two individual Olympic medals. Sindhu beat China's He Bingjiao in Tokyo and swooped a bronze medal. The world champion's victory on Sunday came five years after she finished…

Olympics: Sindhu loses to Tai Tzu in semifinal, to fight…

REIGNING world champion PV Sindhu's hopes of securing India's first ever Olympic gold in badminton came crashing down as she slumped to a straight-game defeat against world No.1 Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in the women's singles semifinals on Saturday (31). The 26-year-old silver-medallist from the Rio Games, however,…

PV Sindhu beats Akane Yamaguchi to make Olympic semis

REIGNING world champion PV Sindhu continued with her top form at the Tokyo Olympics on Friday (30) when she beat Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi 21-13, 22-20 in the quarter-finals to storm into the semi-finals. This is her second successive Olympic semi-finals after the 2016 Rio edition and the third consecutive Olympics…

Chanu’s Tokyo silver earns her free movies, pizza for life

Winning an Olympic medal is reward enough for any athlete, but Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu's silver at the Tokyo Games has earned her the added bonus of a lifetime's supply of free pizza and movie tickets. Chanu finished second in the women's 49kg event on Saturday, claiming the country's only…

Editor’s comment: India’s Olympics joy

IN A country where cricket stars such as Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar have god-like status, the time has come for India’s female sports stars to revel in a similar spotlight. Weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu became the latest Indian woman to proudly stand on the Olympic podium after she won…

‘Shame on you’, Imran Nazir blames sports authorities on Pakistan’s…

FORMER Pakistan cricketer Imran Nazir has blamed sports authorities on the country's poor representation in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics. Pakistan has sent just ten athletes to the biggest sporting event in the world, who will be competing in meager six sporting competitions. Nazir on Twitter expressed his disappointment over this.…

I have got a good draw but it’s not going…

A strong medal contender at the Tokyo Games, ace Indian shuttler PV Sindhu on Friday admitted that she has got a favourable draw but insisted that she has to be on top of her game since no match is easy at the Olympics. Reigning world champion and Rio Games silver…

India’s Olympic team to be fully vaccinated: sports chief

India's Olympic contingent will be fully vaccinated by early July ahead of their journey to Tokyo for the Games, the country's top sports official Narinder Batra told AFP. India will send nearly 200 athletes, coaches and support staff to the Tokyo Games scheduled to run from July 23 to August…

Deepika Padukone’s father Prakash Padukone hospitalised due to Covid-19, her…

By Murtuza Iqbal Deepika Padukone’s father Prakash Padukone has been admitted to a hospital in Bangalore due to Covid-19. The actress’ father, mother, and sister were tested positive a few days ago. Vimal Kumar, a close friend of Prakash Padukone, told PTI, "Around 10 days back, Prakash, his wife (Ujjala)…

Parineeti Chopra’s Saina set to premiere on Amazon Prime Video

By: Mohnish Singh Hindi film Saina, which is a biographical sports drama based on the life of ace badminton player Saina Nehwal, is set to premiere on Amazon Prime Video on April 23, announced the leading streaming media platform on Friday. The film released in theatres on March 26 but…

Birthday Special: Top 5 songs of the veteran actor Jeetendra

By Murtuza Iqbal It’s not an easy task to rule the big screen for more than five decades. But, veteran actor Jeetendra did that quite easily with his charm and acting skills. He started his career in the 60s and then there was no looking back for him. While there…

Saina movie review: Parineeti Chopra nails it in this amazing…

By Murtuza Iqbal Saina Nehwal’s biopic Saina has been in the news for the past few years. Earlier, Shraddha Kapoor was supposed to play the lead role, but later Parineeti Chopra replaced her. The movie was all set to hit the big screens in 2020, but due to the pandemic…

All England Championships: Indonesia forced to withdraw after Covid-19 case…

THE All England Championships will now have a depleted field after the Indonesian badminton team was forced to withdraw from the tournament after an unnamed passenger in their flight tested positive for Covid-19. Earlier, Chinese, Koreans and Chinese Taipei shuttlers had decided not to participate in the tournament. The Badminton…

Parineeti Chopra on playing badminton in Saina: If I play…

By Murtuza Iqbal Parineeti Chopra will be seen playing the role of Saina Nehwal in the badminton player’s biopic titled Saina. Today, the trailer of the film was launched at an event in Mumbai. At the trailer launch, Parineeti revealed that she took the training of badminton for five to…

Trailer of Parineeti Chopra starrer Saina is interesting

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVGTsO7s_kY By Murtuza Iqbal Saina is a biopic on badminton player Saina Nehwal. It is undoubtedly one of the most awaited biopics of the year. Starring Parineeti Chopra in the lead role, the movie is directed by Amole Gupte. A few days ago, the makers had shared the teaser of…

Taapsee Pannu’s boyfriend Mathias Boe asks Kiren Rijiju for help…

By Murtuza Iqbal On 3rd March 2021, the Income Tax department raided Taapsee Pannu and Anurag Kashyap’s house in Mumbai and the investigation is still going on. Meanwhile, recently Taapsee’s boyfriend, Mathias Boe, who is a badminton player, took to Twitter to ask for help from the Sports Minister Kiren…

Parineeti Chopra starrer Saina to hit big screens on 26th…

By Murtuza Iqbal Due to the pandemic, many films have got a direct-to-digital release, and there were reports that Parineeti Chopra starrer Saina will also release on an OTT platform. However, the reports have turned out to be false, and the movie will be getting a theatrical release. Today, the…

Parineeti Chopra’s Saina eyeing a theatrical release in March?

By: Mohnish Singh Over the past few months, we have seen several films heading directly to streaming media platforms for their premiere, skipping theatrical release. Speculations were rife lately that the makers of Saina, a biopic based on the life of ace badminton player Saina Nehwal, were also in talks…

Aahana Kumra’s fearless choices

  By Asjad Nazir  VERSATILE ACTRESS ON SWITCHING GENRES AND ROLES ACCLAIMED actress Aahana Kumra has shown off her impres­sive range in a wide array of pop­ular projects that range from di­verse web serials like Rangbaaz, Inside Edge, Bombers, Betaal and Marzi to award-winning films like Lipstick Under My Burkha.…

Former doubles specialist Boe to coach Indian duo ahead of…

Indian doubles pair Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy have roped in Denmark's former Olympic silver medallist Mathias Boe as their new coach in the lead up to this year's Tokyo Games. A former world number one in men's doubles, Boe won silver alongside Carsten Mogensen at the London Olympics in…

Coming soon: 40 exciting Bollywood films

FROM BIG BIOPICS AND REMAKES TO HUGE ACTION BLOCKBUSTERS, A LOOK AHEAD TO HOTLY ANTICIPATED HINDI CINEMA RELEASES AND WHAT TO EXPECT by ASJAD NAZIR THE Covid-19 pandemic may have halted Bollywood badly, but that isn’t stopping the most prolific film industry from powering ahead with more productions. With a…

Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon downs Indian star PV Sindhu

Former world number one Ratchanok Intanon landed a crucial victory over Indian star PV Sindhu at badminton's World Tour Finals in Bangkok on Thursday. It was a double victory for Thailand's hopes, as 13th-seed Pornpawee Chochuwong also booked a semi-final spot after a shock win over Taiwanese top-ranked Tai Tzu-ying.…

Top-ranked Tai edges PV Sindhu at badminton tour finals

World number one Tai Tzu-ying fought back from behind to beat Indian star PV Sindhu in three games at badminton's World Tour Finals in Bangkok on Wednesday. The 26-year-old Taiwanese champion lost the first game 19-21 against Sindhu, the Rio Olympics silver medallist, before regrouping to win the next games…

Parineeti Chopra starrer Saina to get a direct-to-digital release?

By Murtuza Iqbal A few days ago, it was announced that Parineeti Chopra starrer The Girl On The Train will be getting a direct-to-digital release on Netflix on 26th February 2021. And now, according to a report in Mid-day, Parineeti starrer Saina, which is a biopic on Saina Nehwal, might…

Parineeti Chopra’s character in Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s Animal revealed

By: Mohnish Singh Parineeti Chopra, who was last seen in Balaji Motion Pictures’ Jabariya Jodi (2019), recently added a high-profile project to her upcoming line-up. The actress bagged the female lead in filmmaker Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s next directorial Animal, which stars Ranbir Kapoor in the lead role. An online publication…

Indian badminton star Sania Nehwal tests positive for Covid-19 at…

Indian badminton star Saina Nehwal tested positive for Covid-19 at the Thailand Open on Tuesday (12), as officials rushed to contain a potential outbreak on day one of the sport's restart tournament. Nehwal, who was receiving medical treatment at a Bangkok hospital, was one of four players to test positive,…

Saina Nehwal remains in the hunt for Tokyo Olympics

Indian badminton star Saina Nehwal on Saturday said she's definitely in the race for the Tokyo Olympics but before that she has to get back to her rhythm and win tournaments. The 2012 London Olympics bronze medallist, who has slipped to 22nd in Badminton World Federation's Tokyo Olympics qualification rankings,…

India great Kapil Dev suffers heart attack, stable after angioplasty

India's first World Cup-winning cricket captain Kapil Dev suffered a heart attack and underwent an angioplasty on Friday (23) but is expected to be discharged in the next couple of days, said the hospital where he is currently admitted. The 61-year-old complained of chest pain on Thursday following which he…

PV Sindhu aims to hit the ground running in 2021

India's badminton world champion PV Sindhu has decided not to return to competitive action this year, but does not expect her prolonged pandemic-related absence to hamper her preparations for next year's rescheduled Tokyo Olympics. The Rio silver medallist is skipping the ongoing Denmark Open as the BWF World Tour season…

Saina Nehwal, Kashyap withdraw from Denmark Open

Star Indian badminton couple Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap on Tuesday pulled out of the Denmark Open Super 750 tournament, which will restart the international calendar at Odense from October 13. The BWF World Tour was shut down following the completion of the All England Championships in March due to…

Back to the paddy fields. COVID smashes Indian middle-class dreams

Until late March, Ashish Kumar was helping to make plastic boxes for Ferrero Rocher praline chocolates and the plastic spoons tucked inside Kinder Joy eggs to scoop out the milky sweet cream inside. With a diploma in plastic mould technology, the 20-year-old had a foot on his chosen career ladder.…

India has learnt to accept female athletes but still long…

Path-breaking tennis ace Sania Mirza takes pride in the fact that many of India's sporting stars, outside cricket, are women. But she believes that it will take a few more generations before being a sportswoman is seen as a natural career choice in the country. The winner of six Grand…

Taapsee Pannu on not talking about her Coronavirus donation

In hour of need, Bollywood has always come forward to lend its helping hand. In a time when India is grappling with the Coronavirus pandemic, several Bollywood celebrities have done their bit by making generous contributions towards PM-Cares Funds to help those in dire need.   View this post on…

‘I want to be progressive’

ACTING wasn’t part of the plan for Nikhil Arya, but then he met creative people like acclaimed actor Boman Irani and this landed him a role in a Pankaj Udhas music video. It led towards further acting opportunities and falling in love with the craft. He hasn’t looked back since…

Athletes relieved of stress, say India chiefs after Tokyo Olympics…

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on Tuesday (24) welcomed the IOC's decision to postpone the Tokyo Olympics by one year in view of the worsening COVID-19 pandemic, saying the country's athletes have been relieved of having to train during a global health crisis. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Japan…

All England badminton chose finances over players welfare – Nehwal

India's former world number one Saina Nehwal said officials had put profits ahead of player welfare by allowing the All England badminton championship to go ahead last weekend despite the coronavirus pandemic. The competition was one of the few international sporting events to conclude Sunday amid the deadly outbreak, which…

Sindhu off to winning start at All England

India's PV Sindhu made a winning start at the All England badminton championships in Birmingham on Wednesday (11). Sindhu, the 2019 world champion and the silver medallist at the 2016 Rio Olympics, defeated Beiwen Zhang of the United States 21-14, 21-17. The 24-year-old Sindhu will face Korea's Sung Ji-hyun in…

I am sure more Indian sportswomen will win medals: Sindhu

India's champion shuttler PV Sindhu feels more women will win medals for the country in future. Reigning world champion Sindhu recently won the BBC Indian Sportswoman of the Year 2019. "My message to all young sportswomen is that as women we have to believe in ourselves. I'm sure soon there…

India’s badminton players urge extension of Olympic qualifying

Indian badminton star Saina Nehwal on Sunday (1) urged the sport's world body to extend its Olympic qualification period as the spread of the coronavirus forces the cancellation or postponement of competitions. The German Open, which was to be held between March 3 and 8, has been cancelled while the…

Sindhu wins third successive ESPN’s Female Sportsperson of the Year…

World champion shuttler PV Sindhu on Thursday (20) won ESPN's 'Female Sportsperson of the Year' award for a third consecutive time while young shooter Saurabh Chaudhary bagged the honour in the male category. Saurabh won a total of five World Cup gold medals―two in the men's 10m air pistol and…

Pakistani weightlifter Rabia Shahzad wins gold in Glasgow

PAKISTANI prodigy Rabia Shahzad has clinched a gold medal in Glasgow Open Classic Weightlifting Championship 2020. What makes Shahzad’s feat outstanding is that she is self-trained, and travelled from Karachi to Glasgow on her own, with no coach or aide. The BBA student at Institute of Business Administration, Karachi, took…

Paes wants to create champions after retirement

Leander Paes says creating champions is a dream he is nurturing for his second innings just like inspirational Rahul Dravid and Pullela Gopichand have done. Set to retire after the 2020 season, Paes said national badminton coach Gopichand and Dravid, who mentors the U19 and India A sides, have set…

Padma Vibhushan for Mary Kom, Sindhu to get Padma Bhushan

Celebrated boxer Mary Kom will be conferred with the Padma Vibhushan, the country's second highest civilian award, while world champion shuttler P.V. Sindhu will get the Padma Bhushan among eight sportsperson named for the prestigious honours on Saturday. The names of the awardees were announced by the government on the…

Malaysia Masters: Saina, Sindhu cruise to 2nd round; Sai Praneeth,…

Star shuttler Saina Nehwal sailed into the second round with a convincing win over Belgium's Lianne Tan but World championships bronze-medallist B. Sai Praneeth and the seasoned Kidambi Srikanth crashed out of the the Malaysia Masters badminton tournament in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday. The London Olymics bronze medallist Saina beat…

India says its offer to host culled Commonwealth events could…

India's offer to host separate Commonwealth championships for two disciplines absent in the 2022 Birmingham Games roster could be a "game-changer" and pave the way for facility-sharing among member countries, the country's top sports officials said. The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) had threatened to boycott the Birmingham Games over shooting's…

Criticism doesn’t affect me: PV Sindhu

Neither criticism nor the burden of expectations bother world champion shuttler PV Sindhu, who says she is completely focussed on improving her craft in pursuit of a second Olympic medal at this year's Tokyo Games. Sindhu claimed India's first ever World Championships gold in 2019 but she made early exits…

Indian police kill four men suspected of gang rape, murder

Indian police shot dead four men on Friday (6) who were suspected of raping and killing a 27-year-old veterinarian near Hyderabad city, drawing applause from her family and hundreds of citizens outraged over sexual violence against women. The men had been in police custody and were shot dead near the…

Biopic boom in Bollywood

HINDI CINEMA WILL CONTINUE ITS LOVE AFFAIR WITH MOVIES BASED ON REAL PEOPLE IN 2020 FROM stories based on actual events and film remakes to recreating classic songs, Bollywood has been drawing inspiration from the past more than ever. The most popular of the genre is high profile biopics that…

Manav Kaul to play Saina Nehwal’s coach in her biopic,…

Saina Nehwal’s biopic titled Saina starring Parineeti Chopra in the lead role is surely one of the most awaited films of 2020. The shooting of the film kickstarted a few weeks ago, and it has been revealed now that the very talented actor Manav Kaul will be seen playing the…

Parineeti Chopra opts out of Bhuj: The Pride Of India?

Parineeti Chopra was all set to star in Bhuj: The Pride Of India, but the actress has reportedly opted out of the film due to date issues. It is said that she couldn’t star in the film as her dates were overlapping with her other movies like Saina and The…

Westminster-based charity raises £59k to support female Paralympic hopefuls

A LEADING Asian philanthropist has raised more than £59,000 to support 12 female paralympic hopefuls in their journeys to Tokyo in 2020. Four major disability sports - para badminton, wheelchair tennis, para powerlifting and wheelchair basketball – will be funded by the money raised by women’s disability charity Path to…

Deepika Padukone talks about her journey in Bollywood

From making her acting debut with Farah Khan’s reincarnation drama Om Shanti Om (2007) alongside none other than superstar Shah Rukh Khan to turning producer with the upcoming film Chhapaak, Deepika Padukone has indeed come a long way in Bollywood. Today, Padukone is considered the numero uno queen of Hindi…

Shraddha Kapoor on Saaho and her Bollywood journey

by MOHNISH SINGH THE Indian movie everyone has been talking about is brand new action entertainer Saaho and the big-budget release this week is comedy-drama Chhichhore. The one thing the two high-profile back-to-back releases have in common is hot-right-now star Shraddha Kapoor, who continues her impressive run of strong female…

PV Sindhu wants Deepika Padukone to headline her biopic

PV Sindhu is a force to reckon with in Indian sports. She is one of the finest badminton players that the country has ever produced. The sportswoman is presently basking in the historic success in recent tournaments, especially at the Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Championships last month where she…

Sindhu toast of India after long-awaited world title

Indian badminton star PV Sindhu said she won it for her country as her long-awaited maiden world title sparked jubilation back home. Sindhu, 24, thrashed Japan's Nozomi Okuhara 21-7, 21-7 in Sunday's women's singles final as she was finally crowned world champion after a string of near-misses. "I won it…

Sindhu only Indian in Forbes list of world’s highest-paid female…

India's badminton star PV Sindhu is the only athlete from the country to be named among the world's highest-paid female athletes by Forbes, a list topped by tennis great Serena Williams. With total earnings of $5.5 million, Sindhu is tied for the 13th place in the Highest-Paid Female Athletes 2019…

Thailand Open: Rankireddy-Shetty become first Indian pair to win BWF…

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty on Sunday became the first Indian pair to win a BWF Super 500 badminton tournament with a hard-fought victory over Li Jun Hui and Liu Yu Chen of China in the summit clash of Thailand Open in Bangkok. The unseeded Indian duo prevailed 21-19 18-21…

Sindhu crashes out; Sai Praneeth advances to semis

Olympic silver-medallist P.V. Sindhu crashed out of the Japan Open badminton tournament after a second successive defeat to local favourite Akane Yamaguchi while B. Sai Praneeth continued his good form to advance to the semifinals in Tokyo on Friday. Sindhu lost to Yamaguchi 18-21 15-21 in a 50-minute women's singles…

Sindhu finishes runner-up at Indonesian Open

Star badminton player PV Sindhu had to be content with a runner-up finish at the Indonesia Open after losing the title clash in straight games to Japan's Akane Yamaguchi, in Jakarta on Sunday. Sindhu lost the final of the BWF Tour Super 1000 tournament 15-21 16-21 to the fourth seed.…

Exclusive: “I do believe that if there is God, there…

With nearly thirty acting credits on her shining resume, Taapsee Pannu has proved her mettle not only in Bollywood but down South also. She started off 2019 with the huge success of Badla, a suspense thriller produced by superstar Shah Rukh Khan. The movie also had thespian Amitabh Bachchan in…

India’s Gunneswaran happy with ‘milestone’ despite Paris defeat

Indian number one Prajnesh Gunneswaran said on Sunday (26) that he was pleased to have achieved a "milestone" in making his French Open main-draw debut, despite falling to a one-sided loss to Bolivia's Hugo Dellien. The 29-year-old played his maiden Grand Slam opening-round match earlier this year at the Australian…

Indian Boxing League to be launched soon, says BFI

The franchise-based league for Indian boxers that has been in the works since 2017 will finally the see the light of the day tentatively in July-August this year, the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) announced on Tuesday. The BFI had floated a tender for the commercial and organising rights for…

Five Bollywood actresses who are sports enthusiasts

Deepika Padukone: Deepika Padukone is the daughter of ace badminton player Prakash Padukone, and she played badminton on national level. Her badminton coach Vimal Kumar once told Outlook that Deepika followed a tight training schedule during her school years. The young Deepika would wake up at 5 am, practice on…

Sindhu, Srikanth eye consistency ahead of 2020 Olympics

India's badminton stars PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth said Monday they are looking for a consistent run leading up to the 2020 Olympics, starting with the India Open tournament this week. Olympic silver medallist Sindhu suffered a first-round exit in the women's singles of the All England Open early this…

Parineeti Chopra replaces Shraddha Kapoor in Amole Gupte’s Saina

Shraddha Kapoor, who trained for months under ace badminton player Saina Nehwal to pull off her character convincingly, has reportedly dropped out of the much-awaited film Saina. According to reports, Parineeti Chopra has replaced the actress in the sports biopic on Saina Nehwal. Saina is a film that has been…

Five famous Indian female athletes

India has a rich history of competing in sports, and there are some famous women making competition so exciting. Their strong belief in dreams and never-failing-attitude have made them capable of leaving a trail for others. Below are some of the best Indian female athletes in the world, and many of them have represented India in the…

Nehwal sees off Sindhu to win national title

SAINA NEHWAL beat PV Sindhu in straight games in the final to retain her women’s singles crown at the 83rd Senior Badminton Nationals in Guwahati last Saturday (17). Nehwal, who won the title in 2006, 2007 and 2018, used her powerful smashes to register a 21-18 21-15 win against two-time…

London schoolgirl hanged herself after depressive illness, inquest concludes

An Indian-origin student who hanged herself on the grounds of her school in London two years ago died as a consequence of a depressive illness, an inquest into her death concluded this week. Elena Mondal was found unresponsive by her teachers in a wooded area at Hampstead's exclusive girls' school…

Shraddha Kapoor and Nawazuddin Siddiqui to pair up for Bole…

In what could be termed as some good news for the fans of Shraddha Kapoor and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, an exciting project is being planned, featuring both the talented actors in prominent roles. Titled Bole Chudiyaan, the film will be directed by Nawaz’s brother Shamas Nawab Siddiqui. Shamas will mark his…

‘We are World Cup favourites’, says India icon Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar has no hesitation in terming India as favourites going into the World Cup but what makes him happier is the team’s ability to be competitive “in any part of the world and on any surface”. The Indian ODI team under Virat Kohli has won three bilateral away series…

Saina claims Indonesia Masters after injured Marin limps out of…

Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal claimed her first BWF title in two years after three-time world champion Carolina Marin of Spain limped out of the Indonesia Masters final due to a leg injury, in Jakarta on Sunday. The London Olympics bronze medallist, who last won a BWF title in 2017 in…

Saina sails into semis, Srikanth loses in quarters at Indonesia…

Saina Nehwal hardly broke a sweat on way to her second consecutive semifinal of the season but Kidambi Srikanth made an exit after losing his quarterfinal match at Indonesia Masters badminton tournament on Friday. Eight seed Saina, who had reached the semifinals last week at Malaysia Masters, beat Thailand's Pornpawee…

Manikarnika, Shakeela and other biopics to look out for in…

Bollywood has churned out a number of interesting biopics over the years, and 2019 is going to be no different. From Manikarnika to The Iron Lady, there are a number of women-centric projects to watch out for in the coming months. Here are our top 5. Manikarnika: Starring Kangana Ranaut, Manikarnika:…

Saina Nehwal biopic faces yet another delay?

It is scarcely an exaggeration to say that writer-director Amol Gupte’s much-awaited film Saina is jinxed. The project has been facing one trouble after another ever since it was planned some two years ago. The latest issue that has plagued the movie is an inordinate delay in its completion. The…

Super Sindhu beats Tai Tzu-ying in World Tour Finals

India's PV Sindhu pulled off a shock at the badminton World Tour Finals on Thursday (13) as she defeated top-ranked Tai Tzu-ying of Taiwan in three thrilling games. Sindhu sank to her knees at the end of an exhausting 14-21, 21-16, 21-18 victory in 61 enthralling minutes in the Chinese…

Indian badminton has a bright future, says Srikanth

Kidambi Srikanth has suffered his third straight quarter-finals loss but says Indian badminton has a bright future after injury woes sent the fourth seed packing from the Hong Kong Open. India's top-ranked men's player was the first Indian to reach number one in the world badminton rankings in April but…

Sindhu, badminton’s big earner, sets sights on number one

Indian badminton star P.V. Sindhu set her sights on reaching world number one after she shook off opening-match nerves to reach the last 16 at the Hong Kong Open on Wednesday (13). Last year's runner-up and current world number three needed a mid-match pep talk from her coaches before beating…

THE REMARKABLE STORY OF A PIONEERING INDIAN BEAUTY SALON THAT TRANSFORMED…

by ASJAD NAZIR. A beautiful Miracle in Hyderabad. A PIONEERING beauty parlour chain in Hyderabad, south India, grew from the dream of a young lady from Iran into a story which has had a transformative effect on women across different generations. Born in Yazd, Iran, Puran Abbas Farid possessed all the signs of being a…

5 upcoming Bollywood movies of next year

Saina [caption id="attachment_52846" align="aligncenter" width="677"] Shraddha Kapoor as Saina[/caption] Saina is a biopic of Saina Nehwal, who is a badminton champion. Shraddha Kapoor is playing Saina’s role in this movie. There’s no set date as of yet for the release. The film is directed by Amole Gupte and produced by Bhushan…

India’s Subhankar Dey stuns Lin Dan at SaarLorLux Open

Unheralded Indian Subhankar Dey shocked multiple time World and Olympic champion Lin Dan 22-20, 21-19 to enter the quarter-finals of the SaarLorLux Open Badminton Championship on Thursday. World No 64 Subhankar took 45 minutes to upstage the current world No 12, who has five World Championship titles and two Olympic…

Miss Grand International India Meenakshi Chaudhary – 1st Runner Up

Meenakshi started her pageant journey with Fbb Campus Princess 2018, where she was crowned as one of the Patiala winners. She then auditioned for Femina Miss Haryana, which she won the title of. Meenakshi is a state level badminton player and swimmer. She is currently studying Bachelors in Dental Surgery.…

Saina, Sindhu, Srikanth seek success in French Open

Indian badminton stars, including defending champion Kidambi Srikanth, P V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal will be eyeing their first major BWF title of the year when the French Open begins on Tuesday. World number 10 Saina, who did well to the reach the Denmark Open final on Sunday before losing…

Charity event raises £20k

A CHARITY Wheelchair Basketball Tournament held at the Olympic Park has raised over £20,000 to support women in disability sport, with further funds expected to be raised over the next month. The tournament took place at the iconic Copper Box Arena and was organised by leading disability charity Path to…

Shraddha Kapoor commences shoot for Saina Nehwal biopic

After facing a lot of hurdles and countless delays, writer-director Amole Gupte’s much-awaited film Saina, a biopic on ace badminton player Saina Nehwal, finally hit the shooting floor today. The film stars Shraddha Kapoor in the titular role. “I’m really excited about this film. Saina is the country’s sweetheart, a…

Srikanth out, India’s campaign ends in Japan Open

Kidambi Srikanth crashed out of the men's singles event after losing a marathon three-game quarterfinal to draw curtains on India's campaign at the USD 700,000 Japan Open badminton tournament in Tokyo on Friday (14). Just like his compatriots, fatigue seemed to have caught up with the seventh-seeded Srikanth as he…

Gold standard set in Asian Games success

ACHIEVEMENTS over the past two weeks in the world’s second biggest multi-sport event matched India’s aspirations and set the country on a road that appears far more promising than the path it has been on for decades. The best-ever haul at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta is a leap…

Saina Nehwal biopic to roll in September

It has been over a year since filmmaker Amole Gupte announced a biopic on ace badminton player Saina Nehwal. However, the project could not hit the shooting floor for one reason or the other. But pushing all obstacles aside, Gupte is set to call the shots in September. Shraddha Kapoor,…

‘I’m one of them’, says PV Sindhu as she joins…

India's PV Sindhu is yet to win a world or Olympic title, and competes in the unglamorous sport of badminton. Yet at just 23, she has been listed as the world's seventh highest paid sportswoman -- news that she greets with a smile, but not surprise. Speaking at the Asian…

Shraddha Kapoor Interview: There is a lot to learn from…

There are only a few actresses in Bollywood, who get to play characters which are equally important and powerful as their male counterparts’. Shraddha Kapoor, daughter of iconic Hindi film actor Shakti Kapoor, is one of those actresses who has built a strong resume with some remarkable roles, and that…

‘There’s no secret, only hard work’, AKSHAY KUMAR GOING FOR…

By Asjad Nazir THE A-LIST Indian actor who has been finding the most unique subjects in recent years in Akshay Kumar, including interesting stories based on real events. For his latest film Gold, the Bollywood superstar has gone back in time to tell the true-life tale of India beating all the odds to…

Bollywood producer Ronnie Screwvala buys film rights to Sania Mirza…

Sports biopics have always found audiences in India. Bollywood producer Ronnie Screwvala is all set to produce a biopic on ace tennis player, Sania Mirza. From Chak De India (2007) to Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013), Bollywood has made a number of such films in the last couple of years. The…

Nushrat: On the ride of her life

BHARUCHA TALKS ABOUT HER GLOBAL HIT FILM, EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS AND WHAT CINEMA MEANS TO HER ONE of the biggest global Bollywood hits of the year has been Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, which has out performed much higher-profile releases and clocked up huge numbers at the box office. The success…

Kidambi Srikanth named Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year

India's top-ranked men's badminton player Kidambi Srikanth was adjudged Sports Illustrated 'India's Sportsperson of the Year' for his stupendous performance in 2017. Other winners included the women's cricket team, which bagged the 'Team of the Year' award while national football team coach Stephen Constantine clinched the title of 'Coach of…

Shraddha Kapoor’s Batti Gul Meter Chalu and Stree avoid clash

Actress Shraddha Kapoor’s two forthcoming films, Batti Gul Meter Chalu and Stree, which were scheduled to hit the marquee on the same date, will not collide at the box-office anymore. Earlier, both films were gearing up to battle it out at the ticket window on 31st August. However, according to…

Prime Minister Modi accepts Virat Kohli’s fitness challenge

India prime minister Narendra Modi has accepted cricketer Virat Kohli's fitness challenge. “Challenge accepted!” wrote Modi on Twitter as response to Kohli’s tweet and added that he would soon post his own fitness challenge video on social media. Indian skipper Kohli had challenged Modi, cricketer MS Dhoni and his wife Anushka…

Indian women athletes to wear trousers instead of sari at…

India's women athletes will for the first time wear trousers and a blazer instead of a traditional sari at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Australia, a move that has pitted reformers against traditionalists. Many Indian women competitors have welcomed the dark blue blazer and trousers that the Indian Olympic…

Bollywood Queen Deepika Padukone: The Ultimate A-Z

By Asjad Nazir THIS week Bollywood queen Deepika Padukone will finally march into cinemas as a historical ruler in big budget epic Padmaavat. The Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed drama, originally titled Padmavati, also stars Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in the lead roles. [caption id="attachment_30285" align="aligncenter" width="4696"] Deepika Padukone plays the…

Fabulous 50: Must-see films to look forward to

FROM BOLLYWOOD TO HOLLYWOOD HITS, HERE ARE THE MOST ANTICIPATED MOVIES FEATURING SOUTH ASIA’S BRIGHTEST STARS by ASJAD NAZIR THERE are a number of interesting movies on the way in diverse genres ranging from high-profile Bollywood releases to Hollywood films starring popular South Asian stars. The variety of genres means…

Deepika to fill Shraddha’s shoes in Saina Nehwal biopic

There are various reasons why an actor has to be replaced in a movie. But the reason behind the ouster of an actress from a forthcoming film might surprise you all. We are talking Shraddha Kapoor who has, reportedly, been replaced in Saina Nehwal biopic. According to reports, Shraddha Kapoor…

Shraddha Kapoor’s Saina Nehwal biopic shelved

On the one hand, Shraddha Kapoor has been confirmed as the female lead in Shree Narayan Singh's forthcoming film, Batti Gul Meter Chalu; but on the other hand, reports of her much talked about film Saina being shelved are doing the rounds. As the name suggests itself, Saina is a…

Kohli will face his real competition in South Africa: Bedi

Spin legend Bishen Singh Bedi believes India skipper Virat Kohli is yet to face real competition and the upcoming tough tour of South Africa will test his batting as well as captaincy skills. Bedi said Kohli will now face his real competition in the upcoming tour of South Africa. While…

India is powerhouse of badminton: Ajay Jayaram

Shuttler Ajay Jayaram believes that Indian players are currently ruling the world of badminton and the country has emerged as a powerhouse in the recent years. "Over the last couple of years and this year, you have seen Indians playing the semis and the finals of tournaments and winning almost…

7 Top Female Sports Celebrities In India

Sports in India has always been associated with men. Women living in this country are not encouraged so much to actively participate in sports! The conditions of women in India who take up sports are sub-par when we examine it at the international level. Below is a list of top…

Booming ‘super’ league culture makes India’s sports market sizzle

Boxing, badminton, poker, pool - every sport imaginable is rebranding in India as a "super" or "pro" franchise-based competition chasing a slice of an emerging billion-dollar entertainment market dominated by cricket's Indian Premier League. The star-studded Twenty20 tournament has inspired a raft of glitzy new sports leagues seeking to replicate the winning…

Megabucks deal just the start, says IPL chairman

The Indian Premier League is expecting even higher returns in the years ahead after striking a bumper $2.55 billion broadcast deal to become one of the world's richest sports competitions. IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla believes there is plenty more growth to come for the glitzy Twenty20 cricket league, whose heady success…

Will play for another 10 years if I remain fit…

India captain Virat Kohli will like to "play for another 10 years" if he is able to train as hard as he is at this point of time in his career. Kohli, who will turn 29 in less than two months time, today spoke about how players at times don't…

Is Shraddha Kapoor playing a double role in Saaho?

These days, Shraddha Kapoor is experimenting a lot with her onscreen characters. If she is playing a mafia queen in her upcoming film Haseena Parkar, her next will be a biopic on ace badminton player, Saina Nehwal, titled Saina. Besides Haseena Parkar and Saina, the successful actress also has one…

We can rule badminton like China, Japan, say Saina Nehwal,…

The facilities provided to badminton players in India have improved drastically and if the players can believe in themselves that the country can dominate the sport for a long time like China and Japan, star badminton player Saina Nehwal has said. PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth also echoed her words and said that the future…

Saina in semifinal, assures India of two bronze at Worlds

India is now assured of two medals with both Sindhu and Saina reaching last-four stage.  Saina Nehwal returned to where she belongs while paving the way for Indian badminton’s foray into a territory hitherto unexplored, her semifinal entry also raising hopes of a first all-India summit showdown in the World Championships.  The Olympic bronze medallist advanced…

PV Sindhu Assures India Of Medal By Booking Semifinals Spot.

Though Kidambi Srikanth’s campaign came to a disappointing end in the men’s singles quarterfinals, PV Sindhu entered the women’s singles semi-finals to assure herself of at least another bronze at the BWF world badminton championships in Glasgow.  After victory in the pre-quarters clash against Ngan Yi, the Hyderabadi shuttler dominated from the very beginning…

Mithali Raj presented BMW car in Hyderabad

Telangana Badminton Association vice president V Chamundeswarinath today (1) gifted a high-end car to Indian women's cricket team captain Mithali Raj for becoming the highest run-getter in the women's ODIs. The car was presented to the cricketer at the Pullela Gopichand badminton academy here. "We presented a BMW car as…

Modi bats for sports as career, hails spirit of athletes

Prime minister Narendra Modi today said he wants to change the widely held public perception that sports cannot be taken up as a career. "There is a mentality among people that sports cannot be taken up as a career. I want to change that thought process," he said. Modi was…

Srikanth sets World Championships target after double Super Series wins

Set to regain his place in the World top 10 after winning back-to-back titles, Kidambi Srikanth has now trained his eyes on the prestigious World Championship crown. The 24-year-old Indian, who won the Indonesia Super Series Premier and the Australian Super Series titles, said he will play to win at…

Shraddha Kapoor to play Saina Nehwal role in biopic

Actress Shraddha Kapoor has confirmed that she will play the role of the ace badminton player Saina Nehwal in her biopic, titled Saina. Shraddha took to Twitter to share the news and said she is honoured to be given the opportunity to essay the star shuttler on the big screen.…

Mary Kom: It’s sad that India is third in world…

Five-time World Champion boxer MC Mary Kom today said it is very disappointing that India ranks number three in doping and urged the government and SAI to do more to curb the menace. India were ranked third for the third year in a row in a doping violation report published…

Sindhu beats Marin to lift India Open badminton title

India's PV Sindhu defeated top seed Carolina Marin of Spain in straight games to win the final match of the India Open badminton tournament in New Delhi on Sunday. Third seed Sindhu beat the Spaniard 21-19, 21-16 in a match that lasted 46 minutes at the Siri Fort Sports Complex.…

Nehwal admits pressure of Indian expectations

INDIAN star Saina Nehwal admits that the pressure gets to her as she continues the difficult road to the Olympic Games via the All-England Open championships, which reached its quarter-final stages on Friday (March 11). Carrying the weight of expectations of the second most populous nation on earth has sometimes…

Saiyami Kher: Working on Mirzya was life altering

New Bollywood film Mirzya will have a glitzy premiere at the 60th BFI London Film Festival on Thursday (October 6). Acclaimed director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s contemporary adaptation of the ancient Mirza Sahiban love legend also launches newcomers Harshvardhan Kapoor and Saiyami Kher. Model turned actress Kher has already garnered a…

India’s Rio Games highs and lows

Three unassuming women became the redeemers for India at the Rio Olympics as the country concluded its campaign with some good, bad and ugly memories. Defying all odds and showing killer instincts, PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik and Dipa Karmakar became the unlikely heroines and saved the country’s pride from returning…

PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik lift Indian Olympic spirits

India’s Olympics campaign was salvaged by female athletes in Rio last week, with PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik winning the country’s only medals at the sporting spectacular. Sindhu won a silver in the badminton competition last Friday (19), while Malik brought home bronze in the 58kg freestyle wrestling category two…

‘Good-time’ Indian officials under fire for Rio flop

As Olympic under-achievers India head home from Rio having failed to win a gold medal, its gate-crashing, selfie-taking officials have been accused of failing to help its athletes taste success. A string of below-par performances saw India win just two medals at the Games, fewer than the six clinched during…

Film stars congratulate Sindhu on winning silver at Olympics

Calling her the pride of the nation, Amitabh Bachchan, Rajinikanth, Salman Khan and AR Rahman, among other celebrities have congratulated Indian woman shuttler PV Sindhu on winning a silver medal at the Rio Olympics. Bachchan in his message for Sindhu said she played her heart out and made her country…

Marin defeats Sindhu to win badminton singles gold

Spaniard Carolina Marin defeated India’s PV Sindhu 19-21 21-12 21-15 to win the women’s badminton singles gold at the Olympics on Friday (August 19). The top seed’s win gave Spain its first Olympic title in the sport and ended India’s hopes of a first gold in Rio.

Sindhu reaches badminton gold medal decider

PV Sindhu sent Indian fans into a frenzy by blasting through Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara to reach the gold medal decider for the women’s singles at the Olympic badminton on Thursday (August 18). With a huge contingent of home fans roaring “Go India, go!” at the Riocentro, the 21-year-old Hyderabadi gradually…

India despairs over Rio flops

India despaired Monday (August 15) at a weekend of failures by its main medal hopefuls in Rio, as commentators warned that the Olympics’ ultimate under-achievers could return home from Brazil completely empty-handed. Following a string of disappointments in the first week of competition, sports fans had been banking on India’s…

Sindhu wins opener, but India have dismal day at the…

Setbacks continued to haunt India in their quest to win a medal in the Rio Olympic Games, with shuttler PV Sindhu being the sole bright spot in yet another disappointing day on Thursday (August 11). Sindhu, a two-time world championship bronze medal winner, opened her women’s singles campaign on a…

Indians going for gold in Rio

The Olympic Games begin in Brazil on Friday (August 5), with India sending their largest team to Rio. Over 100 athletes will bid for glory over the next three-and-a-half weeks to try and surpass the record six medals they won at London 2012. These are some of the medal hopefuls…

PV Sindhu loses in Hong Kong Open final

WORLD number three Tai Tzu-ying won the women’s singles at the Hong Kong Open today, dashing PV Sindhu’s hopes of back-to-back superseries titles and avenging her loss to the Olympic silver medallist in Rio. Sindhu, fresh from capturing the China Open in Fuzhou last week, looked hesitant as she struggled…

Sindhu says ‘more to come’ after breakthroughs

INDIA’S PV Sindhu vowed there was “more to come” after she proved her Olympic success was no flash in the pan by winning her first Superseries badminton title. Sindhu continued her winning ways at the Hong Kong Open today, fighting past Indonesia’s Liang Xiaoyu, 21-17, 21-23, 21-18 to reach the…

Padukone: India must narrow focus to boost medal hopes in…

After bringing home just two medals from the Rio Olympics, India needs to be realistic in its preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Games and should narrow its focus to a handful of sports, says former All England badminton champion Prakash Padukone. PV Sindhu’s silver medal in the badminton women’s singles…

Smashing Sindhu helps Chennai to Premier Badminton League title triumph

Thailand’s T Saensomboonsuk produced a come-from-behind win against India’s Ajay Jayaram in the deciding fifth rubber as Chennai Smashers edged out Mumbai Rockets 4-3 in a thrilling final to clinch the Premier Badminton League (PBL) season two title. Chennai and Mumbai won their respective Trump matches and with Olympic silver…

Sindhu says ‘more to come’ after breakthroughs

INDIA’S PV Sindhu vowed there was “more to come” after she proved her Olympic success was no flash in the pan by winning her first Superseries badminton title. Sindhu continued her winning ways at the Hong Kong Open today, fighting past Indonesia’s Liang Xiaoyu, 21-17, 21-23, 21-18 to reach the…

PV Sindhu PV Sindhu loses in Hong Kong Open final

WORLD number three Tai Tzu-ying won the women’s singles at the Hong Kong Open today, dashing PV Sindhu’s hopes of back-to-back superseries titles and avenging her loss to the Olympic silver medallist in Rio. Sindhu, fresh from capturing the China Open in Fuzhou last week, looked hesitant as she struggled…