Monday, May 2, 2016

In Bollywood, you’re only paid more than a man if you’re Priyanka Chopra: Kalki Koechlin

In 2014, actress Kalki Koechlin had presented an intense monologue on the occasion of International Women's Day on March 8 in Delhi, the video of which instantly went viral. The strongly worded monologue, which talks about the effects of patriarchy in our society, was presented by the actress in Jaipur on Wednesday.

Talking about gender disparity in the film industry, Kalki said, "Bollywood is as patriarchal as our society. I once met a producer who asked me about my age and I said, 30. To this, he replied, 'Don't worry, you still have five years left.' Another producer showed me the exact spot on my face where I needed to get a botox." She added, "There's a lot of pressure on women in Bollywood. Objectification of women is very predominant, but I am happy that gradually things are changing. 'Piku' and 'Queen', both women-oriented films, brought a fresh change in Bollywood." On pay disparity in Bollywood, Kalki's response was, "You only get paid more than a man if you are Priyanka Chopra."

Theatre, Kalki feels, is a great place for an actor to get terrified because you don't know how the audience will react. "Theatre is like an actor's gym. You hit the gym to build your muscles, and similarly, I go to the theatre to build my acting muscles." When someone from the audience asked why she hated men so much, Kalki replied, "I don't hate men. Ours is a patriarchal society. Had it been a matriarchal society, I would have supported men. I would have been a 'meninist'. For me, it's all about equality." When someone asked her why she had started talking about women empowerment only after her divorce, Kalki answered, "If you do some research on my work, you'll know that I have always supported women, and not only after my divorce."

Kalki moved out of her house for studies when she was 18. "I knew I wanted to act, but I viewed success in a different way. Success for me is being the best version of myself. Staying away from home helped me discover myself, which helped me a lot in my career. Leaving home teaches you a lot. You become independent," she said, adding, "I have faced a huge identity crisis and still face it. I was born in Puducherry to French parents, who came to India from Angers, France. I then settled in Tamil Nadu, went abroad, came to Bengaluru and then shifted to Mumbai. But I always say, my skin is white but my heart is brown."

Having performed in Jaipur earlier, Kalki said, "I enjoy coming to Jaipur. I have performed here twice at a theatre festival. I have childhood memories of this city. I remember I was 7 or 8 years old when I had come here with my parents. I also love the Rajasthani food and make sure that I try it whenever I am here. I am one of those irritating people who eats a lot and doesn't put on

Via indiatimes

NASA Welcomes New Director for its Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on the selection of Michael Watkins as the new director of the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California.

“President Thomas Rosenbaum and his leadership team at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have made an outstanding choice in naming Dr. Michael M. Watkins as the new director of JPL. I, for one, cannot wait to work with him to advance our Journey to Mars, along with our understanding of our own planet, our universe, and humanity’s place in it.

“Dr. Watkins is no stranger to the NASA family. In more than two decades at JPL, Dr. Watkins played a major role in the Mars Curiosity Rover, Cassini, Mars Odyssey, GRACE, GRAIL, and the GRACE Follow-on missions -- to name just a few. I am confident that he will do an excellent job as he begins a new chapter in the incredible legacy that Caltech and NASA have written together through JPL for generations.

“Dr. Watkins will have some very big shoes to fill in succeeding retiring JPL Director Charles Elachi. When American astronauts reach Mars in the 2030s it will be in large part because of the work that Dr. Elachi and his JPL team have done in tandem with NASA colleagues, collaborators and contractors throughout the nation, and indeed our world.”


Photo: Sunny Leone, Tanuj Virwani at K-lounge store launch in Delhi zx15

Sexy Bollywood actress Sunny Leone along with husband Daniel Weber and actor Tanuj Virwani were snapped at the launch of K-Lounge store in Delhi. They also promoted their upcoming film ONE NIGHT STAND which is set to release on May 6, 2016.

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