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‘Vadakkan’ Earns Spot at Cannes Film Festival

With a world-class crew including Resul Pookutty, Kieko Nakahara, Bijibal, and Unni R, ‘Vadakkan’ promises to captivate viewers with its unique storytelling and visualisation…reports Asian Lite News

Malayalam film ‘Vadakkan’ has earned a coveted spot at the Cannes Film Festival’s prestigious Marché du Film Fantastic Pavilion.

Produced by Offbeet Studios and directed by Sajeed A — starring Kishore and Shruthy Menon — the film marks a significant milestone as the only Malayalam film to be featured as one of the seven gala screenings of the event.

‘Vadakkan’ takes audiences on an immersive journey into the mesmerising ‘Vadakkan Universe’ weaving together supernatural elements and ancient North Malabar folklore.

With a world-class crew including Resul Pookutty, Kieko Nakahara, Bijibal, and Unni R, ‘Vadakkan’ promises to captivate viewers with its unique storytelling and visualisation.

The Marché du Film is the epicenter of industry networking and film sales during the Cannes Film Festival.

As part of the Fantastic Pavilion, ‘Vadakkan’ is being showcased with other innovative and genre-defying projects, offering filmmakers and industry professionals a significant glimpse into the genre film world.

Pablo Guisa, Executive Director, Fantastic Pavilion, Cannes Marche Du Films said that it’s an absolute delight to host ‘Vadakkan’ as one of the seven gala screenings.

“Vadakkan has a gripping narrative with a very unique story-telling format and production showcasing the strength of Indian cinema in the global genre cinema space. We have been impressed with the director’s and producer’s vision to put together a world-class cast and crew to bring the franchise of ‘Vadakkan’ alive for the audiences,” said Guisa.

Jaideep Singh, Founder of Offbeet Media Group and producer of the film, emphasised ‘Vadakkan’s’ role in redefining Indian cinema with its fusion of local narratives and global sensibilities.

“With ‘Vadakkan’, the aim is to redefine Indian cinema by seamlessly blending hyperlocal narratives with global sensibilities supported by the world-class cast and crew. Presentation at the Fantastic Pavilion is a huge step for us. ‘Vadakkan’ is more than just a supernatural thriller; it’s a homage to our rich cultural heritage which has massive potential to travel across the globe,” said Singh.

Following its Cannes debut, ‘Vadakkan’ is poised to reach audiences worldwide with plans for dubbing in Kannada, Tamil, and Telugu, as well as releases in other regional languages.

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Proper Nutrition in Pregnancy Key to Preventing Bone Loss

Some women with inadequate levels of calcium, and vitamin D are likely to suffer from pregnancy-associated osteoporosis…reports Asian Lite News

Proper intake of calcium and vitamin D in pregnancy may be key for good bone health in women during and after birth, said experts on Saturday.

A woman’s bone health can change before and after pregnancy. While a woman is pregnant, her body undergoes numerous changes to support the growth of the foetus, and this affects bone health.

“Oestrogen that helps maintain bone density reduces significantly during pregnancy, leading to increased bone resorption. This involves breaking down old bones in the body to release calcium needed by a growing baby. Vitamin D deficiency and anaemia further add to bone loss. They must be taken care of pre-pregnancy and during pregnancy too,” Sandhya Rani, Senior Consultant – Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Aster Women and Children Hospital, Bengaluru, told IANS.

Some women with inadequate levels of calcium, and vitamin D are likely to suffer from pregnancy-associated osteoporosis.

Although rare, these women typically experience bone fractures during birth or eight to 12 weeks following delivery.

“Calcium is important in pregnancy. The pregnancy is a highly metabolic state because of the hormonal imbalance of progesterone and everything. The calcium requirement for the mother and the baby is more,” Vinay Kumar Gautam, Consultant – Orthopaedics, Manipal Hospital, Kharadi, Pune, told.

“But to avoid any kind of osteoporosis, we have to see the calcium intake. If calcium is minimal we add vitamin D3,” the doctor added.

Sandhya explained that oestrogen level decreases even more after giving birth. The most affected part of the skeletal system is found on the spine, hips, and wrists therefore more intensive loss of bone mass occurs here.

Within this period, there is typically a rapid decline in bone density that persists for about six months following childbirth (particularly among those who breastfeed).

“Most of the women regain normal bone density by 12 months post-delivery. Calcium requirement goes up because of breastfeeding which may also accelerate skeletal resorption. To conclude, a balanced diet, exercise, and supplements are the key,” she said.

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AI Enhances Cancer Care, Personalization, and Early Detection

In surgery, AI analyses of computer-assisted surgery or robotic-assisted surgery are making procedures safer, more specific, and more comfortable for patients…reports Asian Lite News

Treatment of cancers is no longer just limited to traditional approaches like chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. Artificial intelligence (AI) is making significant strides in cancer treatment aiding both doctors as well as patients to boost better outcomes, according to health experts on Saturday.

Health experts noted that AI is playing an important role from developing new drugs to predicting the outcome of a treatment, and prognosis. It can also boost the growth of personalised medicine.

However, concerns remain over data privacy, safety, and ethical use of patient data.

“As a surgical oncologist, I can confidently state that AI is no longer limited to surgery, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, or radiation. It has profound implications in radio diagnostics and biomedical cancer research as well. AI applications in biomedical cancer research are aiding in creating new medications and treatments. It facilitates early cancer detection through image analysis, a critical application we use for the early detection of oral cancers,” Raj Nagarkar, Managing Director & Chief of Surgical Oncology & Robotic Services of HCG Manavata Cancer Centre (HCGMCC) & Hospitals.

“AI computer vision models are being explored in radio-imaging modalities for early detection of disease and cancer risk prediction. Point-of-care diagnostics startups are using AI algorithms for early detection with promising results. Early detection of disease has a significant impact on outcomes and by employing AI, we can certainly improve cancer care delivery,” added Roheet Rao, AVP, IT & Oncology at Apollo Hospitals.

Raj said that AI-enabled screening for breast cancer is also assisting in designing and personalising treatments.

When it comes to radio diagnostics, machine-learning techniques in CT scans and MRIs improve imaging accuracy. AI-driven aids, particularly in CT scans, MRIs, and mammography, can enhance segmentation and improve the diagnosis of several cancers.

In surgery, AI analyses of computer-assisted surgery or robotic-assisted surgery are making procedures safer, more specific, and more comfortable for patients.

Further, AI in chemotherapy refines and customises treatment options, analysing datasets to tailor treatment plans based on genetic and molecular characteristics. Predictive models can be designed to estimate patient responses to specific regimens, said Dr Raj.

AI is also boosting cancer treatment options like immunotherapy, and CAR T-cell therapy.

“Deep learning models for cancer stem cell detection aid in early diagnosis and customising treatment plans, making AI a reality across all facets of oncology, from diagnosis and research to treatment,” Raj said.

There are, however, risks involved in using AI for healthcare that need to be addressed before we can see a wider adoption of AI in care delivery.

“One of the key issues is data privacy, safety, and ethical use of patient data,” Roheet said.

He also pointed out the bias in AI models, which is based on the training data used to generate these models.

“Unless there is validation of AI models across different types and cohorts of data, oncologists need to be mindful of such biases,” the doctor told.

“The accuracy and reliability of the models need to be tested thoroughly both prior and then within clinical settings to ensure patient safety. Clinicians will always have the final say on clinical care irrespective of the AI models being used as the only way to ensure oversight when using AI is to have a human-in-the-loop,” he noted.

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Boost Winter Immunity with Sunlight, Nutrition, and Exercise

The daily amount of vitamin D you need depends largely on your age. Adults aged 19 to 70 must get 600 IU per day, while adults 71 and older should look to get 800 IU per day. Most people can get the daily amount through sun exposure…reports Asian Lite News

Winter may take a toll on your immunity system and therefore to prevent common cold and viruses to enter your body, it’s essential for you to take special care. Holistic Nutritionist and founder of Diet Podium Shikha Mahajan shared some tips to help to gear up your body with the changing season for immunity

Spend time in the sun

As long as the weather allows, spend as much time outside under the sun. Vitamin D plays a huge role in keeping your defense system strong. It is important that you have both an innate immune response that provides an instant and front line of defense, but you also have protection against an overreaction by the immune system.

The daily amount of vitamin D you need depends largely on your age. Adults aged 19 to 70 must get 600 IU per day, while adults 71 and older should look to get 800 IU per day. Most people can get the daily amount through sun exposure.

Refrain from sugar

Refined sugars are never good when it comes to your overall health, but did you know that they negatively affect the body’s defense structure? Sugars increase inflammation and harm cells, that gives them the ability to fully destroy the immune system. Refrain from using sugars as much as possible. To curb your sweet craving, eat more foods having natural sugars that are balanced out with nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.

Eat zinc

This wonder-mineral is found in every cell of yours’ and it’s crucial for healthy cell development and function. Zinc interacts with thousands of proteins inside your body and is involved in almost 300 various enzyme processes. It fastens wound-healing and improved thyroid function, gut health, blood clotting, vision, and smell. Zinc also works as a powerful antioxidant.

It also seems to put the brakes on the immune system when it goes into overdrive, lowering the risk of autoimmune disease. Most essentially, zinc boosts immunity. You can avail zinc from chickpeas, spinach, cashews and pumpkin seeds.

Pay close attention to your diet

For the immune system to function properly, it needs to be fuelled properly. Eradicating refined, processed items from your diet and replacing them with nutritious, natural options will give your immune system the fuel it needs to thrive properly. Eat plenty of spinach, ginger, garlic, mushrooms, and chickpeas to keep your immune system fit.

Exercise daily

By exercising on a daily basis, you’ll improve your cardiovascular health, reduce your blood pressure, maintain your weight and strengthen your immune system to keep off various diseases and illnesses. A regular fitness regimen can directly relate to a boosted immune system.

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Manoj Manchu Unveils Intense ‘Black Sword’ Look in ‘Mirai’

We can then see Manoj looking deadly as he wears a long black coat, sporting long hair with a ponytail and a stylish beard, and performing intense action scenes with a sword…reports Asian Lite News

The makers of Teja Sajja-starrer ‘Mirai’ on Monday unveiled the first glimpse of Telugu actor Manoj Manchu as the ‘black sword’.

Manoj, who turned 41 on May 20, features in a never-seen-before intense and powerful avatar, equipped with a strange weapon, standing against a backdrop of a massacred landscape. His presence with a mix of swag and intensity highlights his character’s strength and significance in the narrative, making him the ‘Black Sword’.

The one-minute, 15-second introduction video begins with a dialogue that says, “This is about the black sword, the most dangerous force in this world.”

We can then see Manoj looking deadly as he wears a long black coat, sporting long hair with a ponytail and a stylish beard, and performing intense action scenes with a sword.

Last seen in the 2017 Telugu war drama ‘Okkadu Migiladu’, Manoj, who is returning to the silver screen after a hiatus of eight years, shared his first look on social media and wrote: “I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time to present you all a new me a.k.a. #TheBlackSword from #MIRAI And can’t get a better occasion than this to give u all a special treat on my birthday with the glimpse!! Hope you’ll love it… It was a privilege joining forces with this very special team.”

Speaking about the film, Manoj said in a statement: “Coming back to the industry with such a powerful and intriguing character has been both challenging and exhilarating. The Black Sword is a character that resonates with the strength and resilience that every hero should embody. I am overwhelmed with excitement to share this journey with my fans, who have waited patiently for my return.”

The film stars Teja Sajja as the ‘Super Yodha’.

Directed by Karthik Gattamneni, the film is set against the backdrop of the visually stunning and narrative-rich world of Mirai. It explores the secrets of Ashoka’s nine unknown books.

‘Mirai’ will be released in Telugu, Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, and Malayalam languages.

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‘Kartam Bhugtam’ to Be Screened at Rashtrapati Bhavan

Sohum said: “We are incredibly honoured that officials from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting have expressed their interest in seeing ‘Kartam Bhugtam’.”…reports Asian Lite News

Filmmaker Soham P Shah’s psychological thriller film ‘Kartam Bhugtam’ starring Shreyas Talpade, Aksha Pardasany, Madhoo, and Vijay Raaz, will be screened for officials of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Sunday.

The film will be screened at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, Cultural Center and the Films Division Auditorium, Mahadev Road.

Sohum said: “We are incredibly honoured that officials from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting have expressed their interest in seeing ‘Kartam Bhugtam’.”

“This is a significant validation for the entire team who poured their hearts into this film. It’s a privilege to have the opportunity to share our work with such a distinguished audience.”

The special recognition comes just two days after the film’s theatrical release on May 17.

“This is a momentous occasion for us, as having ‘Kartam Bhugtam’ screened for the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our entire team,” said Gandhar Films & Studio Pvt. Ltd.

‘Kartam Bhugtam’, which means “what goes around comes around,” is a story about karma and its consequences.

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A.R. Rahman Premieres Documentary Teaser at Cannes

The documentary is produced by A.R. Rahman, and it explores the journey of rhythm and sound, tracing the evolution of music across cultures, tribes, and generations…reports Asian Lite News

The Oscar and Grammy-winning composer A.R. Rahman unveiled the teaser of his upcoming documentary feature titled ‘Headhunting to Beatboxing’ at the Bharat Pavilion during the ongoing 77th edition of the Cannes Film Festival.

The documentary is directed by Rohit Gupta.

The event was also attended by Rohit Gupta, Executive Producer Abu Metha (Advisor to the Nagaland Chief Minister), and Executive Producer Theja Meru (Chairman TaFMA, Nagaland government).

The documentary is produced by A.R. Rahman, and it explores the journey of rhythm and sound, tracing the evolution of music across cultures, tribes, and generations.

The music composer said, “Music has this transformative power to change society and to connect and bring relevance to existence. ‘Headhunting to Beatboxing’ is a celebration of this universal rhythm that unites humanity in its diverse expressions. We look forward to the start of its film festival journey and what better than Cannes which celebrates cinema to make the first announcement on the film.”

“The germ of the idea came up when A.R. Rahman visited Nagaland to be part of the legendary Hornbill Festival. We knew we had to be part of it. The film is a collaboration of many creative minds, especially the TaFMA, and masterfully captured by director Rohit Gupta. The real heroes are the musicians of Nagaland, who tell stories that go back to times immemorial and their music exemplifies the ambition of our youth,” said Abu Metha.

‘Headhunting to Beatboxing’ has been directed by Rohit Gupta and produced by A.R. Rahman, with Abu Metha, Adam J. Greig, Theja Meru, Rohit Gupta, Sheila Houlahan, Rohhit Daas serving as Executive Producers.

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Nancy Tyagi Wows Cannes with Handcrafted Ensemble

The journey of the content creator, who has 852K followers, is being supported by the popular short video magazine, Brut…reports Asian Lite News

Uttar Pradesh-based social media fashion sensation Nancy Tyagi has become the first artist to design her own outfit for the prestigious Cannes Film Festival’s red carpet.

The ensemble not only reflects her personal style but also embodies the essence of her journey as an innovator in the fashion industry. From concept to creation, every stitch and detail has been infused with her unique artistic vision.

Nancy took to her Instagram and shared a series of happy pictures from her walk on the red carpet.

She penned a note describing her pink ruffled gown, saying, “Stepping onto the red carpet at the 77th Cannes Film Festival as a debutant feels surreal. I poured my heart and soul into creating this pink gown, which took 30 days, 1,000 meters of fabric, and weighs over 20 kg. The journey has been intense, but every moment was worth it. I’m overwhelmed with joy and gratitude for the love and support from all of you. This is a dream come true, and I hope my creation dazzles you as much as your support has inspired me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!”

The journey of the content creator, who has 852K followers, is being supported by the popular short video magazine, Brut.

Born and raised in the humble environment of Baranwa village in Baghpat district, Nancy expressed: “Mera dream bhi nahi tha itna bada toh jaha mai aaj khadi hu, yeh outfit maine khud hi banaya hai. Ek mahine ki mehnat aur 1,000 meter ke fabric ka nateeja hai yeh. Mujhe bahut khushi ho rahi hai. Kabhi maine socha bhi nahi tha ki aisa bhi ho sakta hai (My dream was not this big, but here I am today. I made this outfit myself. It is the result of one month’s hard work and 1,000 meters of fabric. I am very happy; I never thought something like this could happen).”

She is known for her unique style and innovative design, and her work is characterised by a blend of traditional Indian techniques and modern aesthetics, reflecting her deep appreciation for her cultural roots.

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Combat Depression with These Nutrient-Rich Foods

Green tea is an excellent source of antioxidants, but its depression countering qualities can be traced to an amino acid called theanine…reports Asian Lite News

Depression is now a major lifestyle-related diseases of modern times. Though there are several ways to counter depression such as counselling, medication but among all the procedures to protect your mental health, eating the proper foods is most important. One should ideally look at eating fresh to get the maximum benefits when it comes to counter depression. Dt Shikha Mahajan, Holistic Nutritionist and Founder of Diet Podium points out some foods that might help fight depression.

Walnuts

When consumed in moderation, most nuts are great sources of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats as well as protein. But walnuts have the edge when it comes to curing the symptoms of depression because they are one of the finest plant-based sources of Omega-3 fatty acids as well. These Omega-3 in walnuts helps to maintain overall brain health.

Whole Grains

While searching for foods that counter depression, look for the healthy, high-fiber carbohydrates present in whole grains. Complex carbohydrates help to improve mood rapidly. This includes Whole grains; brown rice, barley, sweet potatoes, and amaranth are all good choices. They assist the body release serotonin.

Turmeric

If one is feeling depressed, this wonderful spice found in several Indian and other Asian dishes is an excellent way to boost your mood, among other benefits. Turmeric can also be considered as one of the spices of life due to its profound anti-inflammatory activity.

Frequently used in spicy Indian meals, turmeric has the active compounds turmerones and curcuminoids, that have been linked with a broad range of health benefits.

Green Tea

Green tea is an excellent source of antioxidants, but its depression countering qualities can be traced to an amino acid called theanine.

Theanine is an amino acid naturally present in tea leaves that give an anti-stress relaxation benefit to those who consume tea. The availability of theanine in green tea is known to be responsible for the investigation that caffeine consumption in coffee drinkers who are not availing theanine is more fitting to result in tension as against to the relaxed awareness more common to tea consumers.

Low-Fat Dairy Products

Low-fat dairy products such as skim milk, yogurt, low-fat paneer, and other dairy products are high in calcium, vitamin D, and protein. Those are good for your body for various reasons, including countering depression.

Low-fat dairy is the best dietary source of two powerhouse nutrients, calcium, and vitamin D, and also for specific peptides (proteins) that brings a sense of well-being and relaxation.

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Kiara Advani Wows in Off-Shoulder Gown

A photo showed her stepping into the elevator, waving goodbye, and flashing her beautiful smile…reports Asian Lite News

Actress Kiara Advani looked every inch like a doll in an outfit by New York-based designer Prabal Gurung as she attended the Red Sea Film Foundation’s Women in Cinema Gala dinner at Cannes. She shared a sneak peek into what it took to nail the look for the prestigious event.

Kiara took to Instagram on Sunday morning and shared a motley of pictures from her hotel room.

One picture showed Kiara trying out a neckpiece, while her make-up artiste was seen giving the final touches to her look.

Another image showcased her outfit stylists fixing the large pink bow in the back of her dress.

A photo showed her stepping into the elevator, waving goodbye, and flashing her beautiful smile.

Decoding her look, Kiara looked every inch stunning in an off-shoulder pink and black gown with a big pink bow at the back, paired with black lace gloves. She completed her look with her hair tied in a sleek, high bun.

The actress captioned the images: “A night to remember.”

Kiara was honoured alongside names such as Aseel Omran, Adhwa Fahad, Ramata-Toulaye Sy, Sarocha Chankimha, and Salma Abu Deif at the gala.

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