After playing a series of intense roles one film after another, John Abraham is finally letting his hair down with Pagalpanti.For the actor, this Anees Bazmi-directed film could be a whiff of fresh air, considering the heavy duty drama that he has been a part of in films like Batla House, Romeo Akbar Walter, Satyameva Jayate and Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran to name a few.As has been the trend followed by Akshay Kumar as well, Abraham is mixing it up with an out and out fun-filled entertainer in the middle of films that carry a strong patriotic flavour.Close Each of his last four releases have seen some degree of success at least, and barring Romeo Akbar Walter, which enjoyed just a fair run, the rest have been clean hits. related news Sidharth Malhotra-Riteish Deshmukh's Marjaavaan opens well, Ayushmann Khurranna's Bala heads for 100 Crore Club M&E sector expected to grow $100 billion by 2024, digital content to drive growth Here’s a look at what’s helping … [Read more...] about John Abraham’s ‘Pagalpanti’ to take a route similar to his comedy hits Welcome Back and Housefull 2
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In our culture, there’s this idea that enduring a tragedy can be good for your personal growth. You’ll have a newfound appreciation for life. You’ll be grateful for your friends and family. You’ll learn from the experience. You’ll become more resilient. advertisement advertisement This theme appears in media coverage, time and again, in the wake of natural disasters and terrorist attacks. But what does the science say? Is there actually value in pain and suffering? Was philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche onto something when he said, “That which does not kill us, makes us stronger”? A powerful narrative As psychologists, we’ve been studying this question for the better part of the last decade. We’re not the first to grapple with these questions. Psychologists Richard Tedeschi and Lawrence Calhoun have written about how, after experiencing loss or trauma, people reported feeling a greater appreciation for life, closer to their … [Read more...] about Can everyone bounce back from adversity?
As some of you know, our client, Alesia Shute, was diagnosed with cancer when she was seven years old. At a time when most kids are learning to ride bikes, Alesia was overcoming obstacles that knock adults to their knees. As a child, she survived six major surgeries and several minor ones and endured years of pain and uncertainty. But Alesia didn’t want to tell a story that focused on the pain and struggles of her journey; she wanted to tell a story about overcoming, a story that would inspire other patients and survivors to live openly and joyfully. advertisement Among the amazing things about Alesia is that she is donating 100% of the profits from her book, Everything’s Okay, to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, which is where she was treated as a child. In itself, this is an awesome way to give back, but Alesia wasn’t stopping there. Like Robert Renteria, she has a mission, and we are thrilled to be on board. After all, we’ve already seen … [Read more...] about Alesia Shute and Everything’s Okay: Another Story Inspiring Change
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