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Thala Ajith has the second largest Tamil fan base after Rajinikanth and it’s justified

111When he made his debut in 1992, no one thought he would turn into the box office king of Kollywood.

Ajith Kumar or Thala Ajith, as he is known by fans, has had an illustrious career on and off the screen from racing bikes and cars to acting and photography. Today, he is one of the highest paid stars in south India.

Ajith came into the Tamil film industry with no Godfather or relative who gave him a big helping hand. It was his hard work and determination to make a success of his career that drove him to new heights.

While director Vasanth’s Aasai pushed him into the limelight, it was National Award-winning film Kadhal Kottai that strongly established his acting prowess. And S J Suryah’s Vaali made him a top star in the Tamil film industry. In fact, by the end of 1999 the actor delivered six hits in a row – a feat that is unmatched till today.

From the young romantic hero and playing roles with shades of grey, Ajith slowly moved into the action hero space. Numerous films of his failed in the 2000s which led to major disappointment personally for him and for his fans too. But this didn’t deter him from rebooting his career and passions on and off the screen.

Ajith took a break to race when he wanted to and got back to films when he wished to. He didn’t and still doesn’t believe in the number game and has faith that his fans would always be there for him. While he loves films and acting, he makes sure that he has time for his other hobbies like racing, aeromodelling or photography.

In fact, he’s one actor who has always created his own path and didn’t play by the so-called rules of the industry. With Mankatha (2011), he debuted the salt-and-pepper look refusing to colour his hair to play hero. While many were shocked, the release of the film and its success showed that he had made the right decision. Women went ga-ga over him while men felt he set a new trend that no one else could carry off.

Now, how did he become the Box Office King? Ajith never takes part in marketing or promotional events for a film and that has always been his mantra.

When director Venkat Prabhu’s Makantha (Ajith’s 50th film) released, there was so much hype that it smashed the box office on the opening weekend. This trend has continued for all his subsequent films be it Arrambam, Veeram or Vedhalam. And right now, all eyes are on his upcoming film Vivegam directed by Siruthai Siva.

Though Thala has the second largest fanbase (after superstar Rajinikanth) in the Tamil film industry, it’s ironic that he disbanded his fan clubs in 2011. In fact, he’s the only Tamil actor to do so till date. The actor was very concerned that his fan clubs were being misused for political interests and he decided to take this bold step.

In his letter he wrote poignantly, “An actor needn’t have any connection on any grounds apart from his profession. It’s more than enough if people feel it good, appreciate or criticize his performance and thusly making his career effective.”

But Ajith’s fanbase continues to increase so much so that he has the biggest presence on social media in the Tamil film industry today. And it’s not just because of his films. He’s one actor who is known to be kind to everyone from the driver to the spot boy to the director. He doesn’t like the philanthropy he does being publicised or being a photo-op and like any normal parent attends all his kids’ school functions.

Today, Ajith is known for his generosity as much as for his salt-and-pepper look, style and punch dialogues on screen. And yes, his humility and elusiveness from the media only add more to his allure. For someone who didn’t play by the rules, Thala Ajith has achieved stardom on his own terms and that perhaps is something no other Kollywood actor can boast of.

Racing to the top

By 2003, Ajith was keen on getting back into motor racing which had been passion all along. At 18, he was set on becoming a bike racer but a major accident changed his life plans. However, acting as a solid career, the actor felt he could take time out to become a car racer. Ajith proved to be successful once again. In 2003, he made his international racing debut in the Formula BMW Asia Championship. In 2004, the actor finished 6th after qualifying 4th in the Korean Formula BMW event. He ended up with podium finishes in the British F3 Scholarship Class too.

In 2010, Ajith returned to the FIA Formula 2 Championship and stated that he had the confidence of achieving success. He spent his own money on this passion of his and was keen that his participation would take the sport to the Indian masses.

Love of co-stars

Ask any co-star about the Kollywood star and they will only gush about him. His Yennai Arindhal co-star Trisha says her all-time favourite hero is Ajith and she loves him as a person too. While actresses like Shruti Haasan, Tamannaah and Lakshmi Menon can’t stop raving about him, nearly every actress who steps into the Tamil film industry has a desire to work with him.

But it’s not just actresses who admire him, it’s also actors, directors and music directors. From Simbu or STR to Yuvan Shankar Raja and Venkat Prabhu, Thala is someone they can’t get enough of on the big screen.

What’s cooking?

One thing that people who have worked with him will tell you is that Thala Ajith loves to cook. And his favourite dish? Biryani! There are hardly any actors who cook on sets but this star proved that he is a class apart by cooking up a meal on every film he works on in the last few years.

Ajith also makes delectable pasta and barbecues. Bollywood actor Vidyut Jammwal who worked with him in Billa 2 told media that Ajith would just walk into the hotel kitchen and whip up delicious pasta. Vidyut added, “I really think a man who cooks is a complete man.”

Actor Arun Vijay who worked in Yennai Aridhal had tweeted, “Was fun behind the grills, BBQing yesterday…That too beside Pro Ajith Sir..  Was happy to know the whole crew enjoyed it.. #goodtimes.”

Thala Ajith has proved that he is not just versatile when it comes to acting but when it comes to the kitchen too.111

Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Pakistan asks ICJ for early hearing after losing Round One to India

22222Pakistan has asked the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for an early hearing in Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav case, news agency PTI citing a Pakistani media report said today.

Amid anger at home over losing the first round in the World Court, Pakistan had last Friday filed a plea in the ICJ for it to rehear within six weeks the case of the alleged Indian spy, after the Nawaz Sharif government was slammed by the opposition for “mishandling” the case.

Pakistan’s Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz had said Islamabad, with a new team of lawyers, will put forward its case vigorously in the ICJ against letting off Jadhav on India’s plea.

In a breather for India, the ICJ had on May 18 stayed the execution of 46-year-old Jadhav, who was sentenced to death last month by a Pakistan military court that convicted him of alleged spying and subversive activities.

The retired Indian Navy officer has been in Pakistan custody for more than a year.

Pakistan claims its security forces arrested the Indian national from its restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran.

However, India maintains that he was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy.

Cristiano Ronaldo Scores as Real Madrid Win La Liga After Victory over Malaga

Real Madrid won 2017’s La Lig11111Real Madrid won 2017’s La Liga title after winning 2-0 in Malaga on Sunday to finish three points ahead of bitter rivals Barcelona. Cristiano Ronaldo‘s 40th club goal of the season, along with a tap-in from Karim Benzema in the second half, wrapped up a first title since 2012 for Los Blancos at La Rosaleda Stadium.

Real had arrived in Malaga only needing to avoid defeat to earn the title, but Ronaldo had put them ahead in less than two minutes to ease the nerves and give manager Zinedine Zidane’s men a lead to protect.

Zidane kept Isco in the starting XI ahead of Gareth Bale, while Danilo continued at right-back in Dani Carvajal’s absence, per La Liga’s official Twitter a/c.

Eager to seal the title quickly, Real went in front after just two minutes when Isco and Ronaldo combined superbly in the final third. It was former Malaga man Isco who threaded a precise pass for Ronaldo to race clear to meet and lift the ball suavely over goalkeeper Carlos Kameni.

Hero, Honda offer discounts after SC bans on BS-III vehicles

A day after Supreme Court’s ban on non-BS-IV compliant vehicles, two-wheeler companies are giving heavy discounts to clear inventories. Discount level is going as high as upto Rs 12,500.

While asking for obscurity, two wheeler-companies have affirmed high discount are offered at dealerships to clear the stocks.

Hero is offering discount of upto Rs 12,500 separated from free protection on Hero’s BS-III bikes until March 31 or till stocks last.

Honda India on its Facebook page said that it is offering a cashback of upto Rs 22,000 on any Honda BS III consistent models on Wednesday night. The offer is material just to Honda’s BS-III cruisers and programmed bikes and the restricted period offer is substantial just till March 31, 2017. The plan is liable to the real accessibility of the concerned BS-III model at the dealership.

The organization’s Facebook reactions uncover that CB Hornet 160R is sold at a discount of upto Rs 18,500.

A TVS Motor dealer said that the company is offering Rs 3,000 discount for all the products. A Yamaha two-wheeler dealer said that it is offering around Rs 10,000 for some of its models. Some of the dealers assured that the registration would be done on Friday and finance could be arranged soon, so that the deal will be closed on the same day.

There are no issues between Dhoni and myself: Smith

Steve Smith, who replaced Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the skipper of Pune Supergiants for the 10th edition of the Indian Premier League, clarified on Thursday that there is no bad blood between them.

“There are no issues between MS Dhoni and me. We have shared some messages. MS is very supportive and it doesn’t change my professional relationship with him or anyone else,” Smith said.

He was in the capital along with India’s Ajinkya Rahane and the season’s biggest signing, Ben Stokes, to unveil the Pune Supergiants’ jersey for IPL 2017 and “formally welcome Stokes into the RPS family.”

The change in captaincy appeared to have been prompted by Pune’s ordinary outing last year when they finished seventh in the points table after winning just five of their 14 matches.

Also present on the occasion was Sanjiv Goenka, chairman, RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group.

Looking ahead to the IPL after a gruelling Test series, Smith said, “It will be great to have so many great leaders from different countries. It’s a big plus and not a hindrance.”

But he said he would not like to clutter his mind with too many ideas. “I have plenty of guys to talk to, but I will not seek too many opinions. Seeking too many opinions can cloud your own judgement. I want to try and stay as clear as possible.

But yes, if someone sees something and feels the need to point it out to me, they are more than welcome,” Smith said.

When asked to speak on Dhoni’s removal from captaincy and if that would be a deterrent, Goenka sought to clear the air.

“MS is joining us on April 3 in Pune. The team has been in constant touch with him and it is very amicable. A lot has been discussed about captaincy but I can say that Mahi has got one of the sharpest brains. I have worked with him before and I am his biggest fan. There is complete togetherness, complete unity in the team. I see a very good bonhomie.”

On Dhoni, Rahane said, “Whether he is captain or not a player like Dhoni is always inspiration and we get to learn a lot.”

Asked about the reason behind appointing Smith as skipper, team owner Goenka said, “When you appoint a captain you do with full trust and confidence. I have admired the way Steve has led Australia over the last few months.”

Heartiest congratulations to Hasan Asif Manzoor for securing AIR 1 in GATE 2017 (ME) | He is from SPCE, ANDHERI

Result of gate 2017 is out. A student of SARDAR PATEL COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING, ANDHERI (SPCE) from B. Tech Mechanical Hasan Asif Manzoor has secured AIR 1 in GATE 2017. Institute is proud of Asif and congratulate him, his family and his teachers. 

We wish him all the best for his future endeavors.

For his tips Watch this video here.

Brad Hodge apologises to Virat Kohli for his comments on Indian skipper’s injury

​Former Australia batsman Brad Hodge, and current coach of Gujarat Lions IPL team, has apologized to Virat Kohli and the Indian fans for his comments on Indian skipper’s shoulder injury. ()

Kohli had pulled out of the series-deciding fourth Test against Australia as he was not 100 percent fit after injuring his shoulder during the third match in Ranchi. Hodge hoped the Indian skipper would not turn out to be like the many cricketers who have “limped” into the lucrative IPL. ()

Reacting to Kohli’s injury, Hodge had said it would be “pretty dirty” of Kohli if he turns out for the IPL opening match as Royal Challengers Bangalore captain against David Warner’s Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 5.

“You’d hope as a sportsman that he’s seriously injured. I’m hopeful, as a Gujarat Lions coach, that when we play RCB in a couple of weeks, that he’s not playing,” Hodge was quoted by ‘Daily Telegraph’ as having told Fox Sports News’ Gameday Live.

“Because if you miss one game of Test match cricket and you’re fronting up the next week for RCB versus whoever, Bangalore, at Chinnaswamy Stadium – you’d be pretty dirty if you did not front up to a Test match and try and win a valuable series against Australia – which has been pretty spiteful as well,” said Hodge who played five Tests and 25 ODIs between 2005 and 2008.

“You would think that your captain would get out there and get among the fight and get in there.”

Hodge hoped the Indian skipper would not turn out to be like the many cricketers who have “limped” into the lucrative IPL.

It’s happened before. Not just Virat but there’s many players that have come up to IPL time and again. look, we know it’s a cash rich tournament, there’s some money up for grabs. He (Kohli) gets paid a helluva lot of money anyway, so it does not matter, but there are certain players that will limp in, to IPL time, to make sure they get there and perform well, because it is an important tournament for everyone around the world.”

The Australians comments drew the ire of many including that of Bollywood legend and Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir, who criticised Hodge on social media.
Hodge on Thursday posted an apology letter on his Twitter account. He said he never wanted to hurt anyone and were just light hearted comments.