Brady takes his 3rd Super Bowl loss, despite 500-yard game

first_imgNew England Patriots’ Tom Brady sits on the field after the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Eagles won 41-33. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)MINNEAPOLIS — The ball had just been whacked out of Tom Brady’s right hand at the worst possible momentfor the New England Patriots, giving the Philadelphia Eagles the ball just before the two-minute warning.Brady sat on the turf, resting his arms on his knees with a pose of resignation. Once he reached the sideline and plopped down on the bench, he lowered his head and stared down for several seconds .ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Zark’s-Lyceum slips past Wangs-Letran for 4th straight win OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson This was the second time Brady was voted the NFL’s Most Valuable Player and lost in the Super Bowl, a contrast he also experienced 10 years ago.In fact, the past nine winners of the Associated Press MVP award to reach the big game have lost. The others were Kurt Warner (2001), Rich Gannon (2002), Shaun Alexander (2005), Peyton Manning (2009 and 2013), Cam Newton (2015) and Matt Ryan (2016).Brady led the league in 2017 with 4,577 passing yards, despite losing standout wide receiver Julian Edelman to a knee injury, so he sure hasn’t been slowing down. There’ve been reports of friction between Brady, coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft, but any potential dysfunction didn’t deter him. He was all smiles during his interview sessions during the week, wondering with seeming sincere curiosity why there’s been so much media fixation on when he’ll ever retire. This one, though, had to hurt.“No one is going to feel sorry for us,” Brady said. “We’ll evaluate like we always do. I’m sure everyone is pretty tired after a long year. That’s football.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This was surely not the end of his unparalleled and sure-bet-for-the-Hall-of-Fame career, but at age 40 there’s no guarantee this wasn’t the last time he played in a Super Bowl.“It’s a team sport. The Eagles played a better game today,” Brady said. “They deserve to win. That’s why we’re not the champs.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe fumble, forced by Brandon Graham and picked up by Derek Barnett, put the Eagles in position for a field goal that pushed their lead to eight points. Brady and the Patriots had one last possession, but his final heave from midfield was batted down to give the Eagles their first Super Bowl trophy with a 41-33 victory and drop Brady’s career record in the title game to 5-3.The all-time leader with eight career postseason fourth-quarter comebacks, Brady wasn’t able to notch a ninth. Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track “We obviously didn’t make enough plays in the red zone and turned the ball over one time,” offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said. “If we have a turnover that leads to some points for them, and you fail to score a couple of touchdowns in the first part of the game, generally speaking against a really good team, it usually comes back to bite you.”Brady already owns a healthy share of the NFL record book, but there’s a new entry that he and all of New England would prefer to erase. Brady became the first quarterback in NFL history to lose a game, in the regular season or the playoffs, despite passing for 500 or more yards, three or more touchdowns and no interceptions.“You always hope you come out on the winning end of the shootout,” Brady said. “We didn’t win it today.”Brady finished 28 for 48 for 505 yards and three scores and a 115.4 passer rating. He has two of the three 400-yard passing games in Super Bowl history, with his 466 yards in last season’s overtime win over Atlanta and Kurt Warner’s 414 yards for the St. Louis Rams in a victory over the Tennessee Titans 18 years ago.“I’ve played in eight of them, and they’re all good games. Today, we had our opportunities,” Brady said. “Never really got control of the game. Never really played on our terms. Just didn’t make plays when we needed to.”ADVERTISEMENT Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases View commentslast_img read more

A-Rod: Jeter relationship isn’t same

first_imgYes, it’s true, admitted Alex Rodriguez, his relationship with Derek Jeter is not what it once was. Surrounded by reporters and cameras as he sat in the first-base dugout Monday at Legends Field, A-Rod played true confessions, acknowledging they no longer have sleepovers and don’t go out together all the time anymore. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Gagne takes mound: Texas Rangers closer Eric Gagne threw off a mound for the first time at spring training, completing a 37-pitch session with no complications. Gagne, 31, who had as many surgeries (two) as relief appearances last season for the Dodgers, said he will do some light throwing today before returning to the mound Wednesday or Thursday. “I felt free,” said Gagne, who had elbow surgery in April and season-ending back surgery in July. “It’s good to get back on the mound again.” Also: The Toronto Blue Jays and manager John Gibbons have agreed to a one-year, $650,000 contract extension, a team official said. … Sandy Alomar Jr. agreed to a minor-league contract with the New York Mets. The 40-year-old catcher began last season with the Dodgers. center_img “People start assuming that things are a lot worse than what they are, which they’re not. But they’re obviously not as great as they used to be. We were like blood brothers,” Rodriguez said. “You don’t have to go to dinner with a guy four, fivetimes a week to do what you’re doing. It’s actually much better than all you guys expect, but I just want to let the truth be known.” On the first day of his fourth season with the Yankees, he did three rounds of interviews – English-language television, Spanish-language television and print reporters. He talked about his poor postseason (“I stunk”), his pride at being the highest-paid player in U.S. team sports (“It’s pretty cool”) and his refusal to rule out exercising the opt-out provision in his contract after this season (“I understand my options”). last_img read more

Sinopec in discussions to buy 15 per cent stake in Pacific Northwest LNG project

first_imgPetronas has been exploring various options to help share the costs associated with the Pacific Northwest LNG project. Earlier this month the company struck a deal with Indian Oil Corporation for a ten per cent stake, and joins existing partner Japan Petroleum Exploration in helping with the project.Under the potential agreement Sinopec would receive a 1.8 million tonnes per year of the project’s 12 million capacity.Discussions are also taking place that would see Sinopec investing in the project’s Kitimat terminal.- Advertisement –last_img read more


first_imgDonegal Fianna Fáil TD Charlie McConalogue has called on the Government to end the uncertainty over damaging proposals on employers’ liability for staff sick pay.Deputy McConalogue said the threat alone of having to bear the cost of employee sick pay is already affecting employment with many businesses holding off on recruitment until they know whether the Government will press ahead with plans to force the cost of staff sick pay onto employers.Last week in the Dáil, Fine Gael and Labour voted down a Fianna Fáil motion tabled calling on the Government to scrap foolish plans on statutory sick pay. Deputy McConalogue said: “The biggest issue facing business at the moment is the complete lack of certainty in the economy.  When a Government decides to play poker with SMEs, as Fine Gael and Labour are currently doing, it just adds to this uncertainty and hinders businesses.“A statutory sick pay scheme can only lead to higher employment costs for the 200,000 small businesses in this country that employ more than 655,000 people.  To impose higher costs on SMEs at a time of an escalating credit crisis in the sector can only mean one thing: job losses,” the Fianna Fáil TD said.A survey published last week by ISME showed that 96% of SMEs anticipate job losses if Minister Burton proceeds with her mandatory sick pay scheme. A Chambers Ireland survey this week echoed these fears, with nearly 90% of employers saying an increase in employers’ share of PRSI would have a negative impact on their business.Deputy McConalogue continued: “Viable small businesses across Donegal are already being strangled by a deepening credit crisis in the sector. They simply do not have the flexibility to absorb the kind of changes that Minister Joan Burton wants to impose. “It became clear during the debate on this issue in the Dáil that there is considerable unease, particularly within Fine Gael, about Minister Burton’s proposal. The Finance Minister Michael Noonan himself admitted that Minister Burton is fully aware of employers’ concerns about her proposal, of the cost to SMEs and the impact on employment levels.“The bottom line is that the SME sector, which is the backbone of the Irish economy, remains in crisis.  If Minister Burton gets away with putting an additional €89 million burden on business, she will destroy the growth potential of small businesses in Donegal and across the North West.  And there is no doubt that jobs in this region will be lost.“We heard some reasonable comments on the issue from Minister Noonan this week and I hope he will go back to Cabinet and put an end to this madness.  This is not the time to leave small businesses in a perpetual state of uncertainty; the Government must stand up for SMEs and put this matter to bed once and for all,” said Deputy McConalogue. SMALL DONEGAL BUSINESSES IN FEAR OVER SICK PAY PLANS – TD was last modified: October 29th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Charlie McConalogueDonegal DailySMALL DONEGAL BUSINESSES IN FEAR OVER SICK PAY PLANS – TDlast_img read more


first_imgThe daughter of a couple tragically killed in their Co Donegal home has pleaded with people with mental health problems to get professional help.The late Kathleen and Jimmy Cuddity.Maureen Cuddihy made a public plea at the funerals of her beloved parents Jimmy, 77 and Kathleen, 73, at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Carndonagh today.The popular pensioners were found dead at their home in Churchtown on Thursday morning last. Their youngest son Julian, 42, has been charged with their murders and Judge Kevin Kilrane has ordered a psychiatric report to be carried out on the accused.Heartbroken Maureen appealed to people suffering from depression or any form of mental health issues to speak out.“Please seek help. There are are so many brilliant services available for people, and I’d urge anyone feeling low to talk now.“Don’t wait. Speak now and get help before you do something that will cause such great pain to your family,” she said poignantly. She described her parents as loving, kind and beautiful people.“When they worked together on a project they were like a force of nature.“As both captain and president of the golf club they strived to make it the best club it could be.“Over the last five days we’ve come to realize how popular and much-loved our parents were and just how many people they actually helped.“Mum must have had half of Inishowen in the back of the ambulance and Dad has thought so many people maths over the years and given them grinds. “They were wonderful parents to all of us, and when money was tight in the house, there was always money for education.“Education would set us free they told us, and there was always money for education.“They were so kind and caring, mum always gave us supplies when we went away.“Even when we were getting a plane to London, she’s be trying to give us bags of turf and food,” she said. Hundreds of people attended the funerals of the popular couple.Guards of honour were given by the local ambulance service, Carndonagh Community School staff and by members of the Ballyliffin Golf Club.Fr Con McLaughlin, who was taught metalwork by Jimmy Cuddihy, said the couple were extremely popular in the locality.He was assisted at the mass by the Bishop of Derry, Most Reverend Donal McKeown.DAUGHTER OF TRAGIC COUPLE MAKES PUBLIC PLEA FOR PEOPLE TO GET HELP WITH MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS was last modified: October 29th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:daughterdeathfuneralJIMMY CUDDIHYKathleen Cuddihymental healthplealast_img read more

Alzheimer’s professional to deliver free talks in Donegal

first_imgFree Dementia talks are taking place in Buncrana and Stranorlar this month with Grace Kelly, a Dementia expert and Advanced Nurse Practitioner for Dementia Care prior to retiring in Donegal.Home Instead Senior Care Donegal are hosting free events in the Buncrana library on Wednesday, June 12th at 11am and in the Twin Towns Library on the 20th of June at 11am to help people find out more about the condition and the supports that are available to you. There is no booking required as you can just come along on the day and the talks will be delivered by Alzheimer’s/Dementia professional Grace Kelly. Grace is a qualified Psychiatric Nurse and has worked across a number of in-patient and community settings in various nursing roles with Donegal Mental Health Services until her retirement in March 2019. Following retirement, Grace launched her own business in Dementia training and consultancy where she continues to inform, guide and support the ongoing development and enhancement of Dementia care and services. Grace is looking forward to meeting you on the day and helping support you with any queries you may have. For further information contact Martin Murphy Home Instead Senior Care Donegal 074 911 3050. Alzheimer’s professional to deliver free talks in Donegal was last modified: June 11th, 2019 by Caitlin LairdShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Electronic tags to ease prison overcrowding

first_img Correctional Services Minister Sibusiso Ndebele said at the launch of the device in Pretoria on Monday that it would “enhance public safety through electronic monitoring”. 12 November 2013 South Africa’s Department of Correctional Services has launched an electronic monitoring system which will see parolees, people out on bail and those awaiting trial wearing a bracelet fitted with a GPS device that tracks them 24/7. Ndebele said this would result in substantial savings for taxpayers by reducing the cost of keeping offenders in prison and easing overcrowding in the country’s jails. “It is cost-effective, as presently it costs the taxpayer over R9 876.35 per month to incarcerate an inmate. For electronic monitoring, the monthly cost per offender is R3 379. This is a saving of almost R6 500 per offender every month,” he said. Once the bracelet is fitted and activated, it cannot be removed without breaking the transmitter, strap or connecting clips. Interference with the equipment, including tampering or failing to charge the receiver, is relayed to the control room. “No address means no bail and no parole,” said Ndebele, adding that about 15% to 20% of awaiting-trial detainees were in custody because they could not afford bail. As of 7 November, the Department of Correctional Services had a total of 154 897 inmates in their custody. Sentenced offenders numbered 112 121 while remand detainees numbered 42 776. “The roll-out of the device has been budgeted in the next financial year,” said Ndebele. Source: read more

J&K withdraws order to buy Gita, Ramayana

first_imgJ&K Chief Secretary B.V.R. Subrahmanyam on Tuesday withdrew an order issued by the Education Department “to procure in bulk Urdu and Kashmiri versions of the Bhagavad Gita and Ramayana in all educational institutions and libraries of Jammu and Kashmir”.The order was issued on October 4 and came under criticism from political parties and civil society groups after it was circulated online on Monday.Former Chief Minister and National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah had questioned the move. “Why just the Gita and Ramayana? If religious texts are to be placed in schools, colleges and government libraries (and I’m not convinced that they need/should be) then why is it being done selectively? Why are other religions being ignored?” he had said.The order, which was issued after a meeting president of Governor Satya Pal Malik’s advisor B.B. Vyas, evoked a huge response on social media too.“Now Kashmiri Muslim students will have to read Ramayana and Bhagwad Gita but no mention of Quran. Why this religious divide? In spite of Muslims being in a majority, the local governments never in the past enforced teaching of Quran for minorities in Kashmir. We will resists these ugly designs,” said Raja Muzaffar, a RTI activist.MLA Engineer Rasheed termed the withdrawal “a confession of guilt.” The government should explain why it issued a “communally-designed order”, he said.last_img read more

Peter Karlsson says Ankita Das and Soumyajit Ghosh can create upsets

first_imgPeter Karlsson has been working with Indian paddlers for some time now. It is at the academy of the five-time world champion that Soumyajit Ghosh honed his skills for two years. Ankita Das, too, trained for a short duration.The two teenagers have qualified for the Olympics and Karlsson feels that it augurs well for the future of table tennis in the country.The Swede, who was here for a three-day coaching clinic for the Manav Rachna Sports Academy, said the two players have it in them to register a few upsets in London.”It is absolutely fantastic that two young Indian players will compete at the Olympics. They deserved their places. They have not been picked, they have qualified. They have a lot more potential and if they continue to work hard they will achieve more success.””They can surprise a few at the Olympics, but if that does not happen there is no reason to feel disappointed.”Soumyajit and Ankita left senior players like Sharath Kamal, Anthony Amalraj, Poulomi Ghatak and Mouma Das in the shade as they booked their berths for the London Games.Karlsson has guided Ghosh for most of the last two years as part of an ITTF scholarship programme. “He is a talented player. At the moment, Ghosh’s game is dominated by his tactical and mental ability. He needs to improve on the technical aspect and also physically.”Ankita was also selected for the scholarship, but she could not go, though she attended short-term coaching clinics under Karlsson.advertisement”The two players are just 19 and they have a bright future. It is definitely not their peak. As I can see, playing the Olympics at young age can only be positive. Olympics is totally different. They cannot imagine how it will be. When an athlete is competing at his first Olympics at his peak, maybe it’s not so good. But when you compete at a young age, you collect experience. They may have at least two, may be three, more Olympics in their career.”The Swede was a World Champion in men’s doubles in 1991 and also helped his team win on four other occasions.”There is a risk that being part of a big event can lead to emptiness thinking that they have achieved something big. But I don’t see that happening with Ghosh. He is an intelligent boy.”Karlsson said that he will have a chat with Ghosh.”He should not be satisfied with what he has done. You can be happy and proud. But don’t stop working.”Karlsson said that though Sharath Kamal has not qualified, he is an inspiration for the youngsters.”What Sharath has done is extremely good. The way he has performed over the years is great. I often tell the young Indian players that Sharath has shown what you can achieve. They need to respect and admire him for what he has done.”last_img read more

Keeping it real

first_imgTwo of 2016’s biggest hits, Airlift and Neerja, had one thing in common: they were based on true events. For his biopic on the fearless flight attendant Neerja Bhanot, director Ram Madhvani was certain that he didn’t want the 250 passengers on the PanAm flight to be seen as mere,Two of 2016’s biggest hits, Airlift and Neerja, had one thing in common: they were based on true events. For his biopic on the fearless flight attendant Neerja Bhanot, director Ram Madhvani was certain that he didn’t want the 250 passengers on the PanAm flight to be seen as mere extras. “They are not my background, but my foreground. That’s where the eye will go,” said Madhvani. “I have no shallow focus as a human being.” So, his casting director Kanika Berry tested over a thousand actors to get the most compelling faces to reflect panic. His associate director Vinod Rawat held workshops and even assigned backstories to a few of the passengers. To bring out germane performances, the passengers were made to board the plane, built in Borivali, a suburb in Mumbai, with passports and tickets. On the first few days of shooting, Madhvani invited Boman Irani on the set to encourage the cast. “There are no small parts, only small actors,” said Irani. Once in the plane, set designer Aparna Sud ensured everything was functional, from the bathroom and intercom to the drinking water machine. “This is not a set,” said Madhvani, “this is the real thing. If it is not, you can’t feel it.”Adhering to the tiniest of details is one of the many reasons why Neerja, made on a budget of Rs 21 crore including publicity and advertising, collected over Rs 75 crore at the box office and ran for over a month in cinemas. The success of Neerja and Raja Krishna Menon’s Airlift, which centred on the evacuation of over a lakh Indians from Kuwait during Iraq’s invasion and is still the only 2016 release to cross the Rs 100-crore mark, is proof that reality not only bites, it also sells.advertisementIt’s an encouraging sign that audiences have widened their expectations and no longer see cinema simply as a means of escapism and keep-your-brains-at-home entertainment. They are willing to see reel heroes, and even heroines, be real. If the action on the screen is gritty and manages to draw a few tears or rouse the patriot in you, the better it is.Sushant Singh Rajput in MS Dhoni: The untold storyBollywood is going all out to tell stories that it hopes will resonate with an evolving audience as filmmakers shine a light on fascinating figures and their uplifting stories. Filmmakers aren’t restricting themselves just to politicians as has been the trend so far. One look at the line-up for 2016 and 2017 and you see a mix of sporting heroes and figures mired in controversies in the biopics. Omung Kumar’s Sarbjit and Tony D’Souza’s Azhar hit cinemas in May, followed by Rustom (August), M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story (September) and Aamir Khan-starrer Dangal (December).Anurag Kashyap’s RR 2.0 (May) is said to have Nawazuddin Siddiqui in a contemporary avatar of serial killer Raman Raghav, who terrorised Bombay in the 1960s. Even Rahul Dholakia’s Raees starring Shah Rukh Khan reportedly bears resemblance to the life of Gujarat-based don Abdul Latif; Dholakia, though, has denied the similarities and said the Eid release is a “work of fiction and not based on any real life person”.Consent is keyBiopics are largely made with the endorsement of the subject that is the inspiration, or at least with the cooperation and support of his or her family. This was the case with Neerja and the upcoming Sarbjit. Director Omung Kumar knows his way around a biopic; his first depicted how Mary Kom overcame many hurdles to become an Olympic medal-winning pugilist. For his next, he met and recorded conversations with Dalbir Kaur, sister of Indian farmer Sarabjit Singh, who was caught in Pakistan, accused of being a spy and spent his life on death row until his murder in 2013. Kumar was drawn to Kaur’s resilience which saw her fight an often solitary battle for her brother’s release. “Gaining trust of the subject or his kin is the main thing,” said Kumar, who has roped in Randeep Hooda as Singh and Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan as Kaur. Kumar feels a filmmaker’s responsibility increases while making a biopic. “You have to be extra cautious,” he says, as “it is somebody’s life that you are working with.”A still from AzharTweaking reality is but a natural process during the scripting stage but it is important to keep the subjects in the loop with the cinematic liberties a writer takes and also be emotionally accurate in one’s quest to be interesting and entertaining. “You have to ensure that they don’t take offence,” says Kumar, who involved Kaur in the scripting stage and even hosted her on the sets during the Punjab schedule of the film. Filmmakers also have to be conscious that they cannot take audiences for granted. “You cannot sell a lie” to the audience, says Kumar.Power of truthPrabhat Choudhary of Spice PR, who successfully handled promotions for films such as Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013), Talvar (2015), and more recently Neerja, knows that viewers with easier access to information are more discerning than ever. It implies that biopics and films rooted in reality are scrutinised more than purely fictional retellings. Choudhary, one of the most sought-after agents, says that the strength of such films lies in their recognising the “power of reality and truth”. Fact has the capacity to be greater than fiction if presented with sincerity and without over-the-top theatrics.advertisementAamir Khan with Mahavir Phogat, who he’s portraying in DangalBut it is also important to note that biopics are not documentaries. “Though I am interested in biographical and historical truth, I am also interested in psychological and emotional truth,” says Madhvani. “One way to do it is that this is what the character did or the character felt or thought.” The trick, says Madhvani, is to move audiences but “without manipulation and dishonesty”. “You are coming to laugh, cry and feel,” he says. “You are not coming to say it is a well-researched but very bad film.” With films like Neerja and Sarbjit, filmmakers are left to imagine or trust the words of the kin in what the titular protagonists of the films went through. That’s not the case with films on very much-alive cricketers Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Mohammad Azharuddin.Unearthing the mystery in the familiarMaking a film on a popular personality can be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it is easier to market a film on Dhoni and Azharuddin than say on Manjhi (2015), the man who broke through a mountain, or Shahid (2014), the lawyer who took on cases for the wrongly accused. While the makers of Azhar and MS Dhoni: The Untold Story have more familiar heroes, they are also posed with a challenge: tell stories about their heroes that have not made it to newspapers and television or are relatively lesser known. Rajat Arora, writer of Emraan Hashmi-starrer Azhar, acknowledges the task.A self-proclaimed fanboy of Azhar, he says it is important that a writer doesn’t get “swayed by the aura” and “look for the person behind the personality”. Arora met Azharuddin not “to ask him about the treatment, but to understand his motivations”. With every subsequent meeting, his story took shape, as Arora discovered the “many complexities packed” in the former captain. That’s what made the process engrossing.The genre doesn’t rest entirely in the writer’s hands. Actors don’t just have to look the part, they also have to embody its spirit. When it came to essaying Dhoni, Sushant Singh Rajput underwent 11 months of training, including acing the helicopter shot. Rana Daggubati took underwater training to play a naval officer in Ghazi, a Telugu-Hindi bilingual on the sinking of a Pakistani submarine and also the members of the Indian naval ship S21, who were stranded for 18 days during the India-Pakistan war of 1971.advertisementThe resurgence of reality in Bollywood is not just a fad. Kangana Ranaut is linked to a Rani Laxmibai project to be directed by Ketan Mehta. Javed Akhtar is developing a script on how the Indian hockey team swon Olympic gold in the aftermath of Partition. Bollywood, too often associated with its larger-than-life fare, is growing up and getting real. Follow the writer on Twitter @suhani84last_img read more