Simona Halep Scream and Shout After Winning: Paris (AFP) – Veteran Pauline Parmentier defeated a hobbling Irina-Camelia Begu 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 to pull France level at 2-2 in their Fed Cup semi-final with Romania on Sunday.
The result sent the tie in the northern city of Rouen into a deciding doubles after world number two Simona Halep had earlier battled back from a set down to defeat Caroline Garcia 6-7 (6/8), 6-3, 6-4, putting Romania within touching distance of a first Fed Cup final appearance since 1973.
The eventual winners will face Australia in November’s final.
For late call-up Parmentier, victory represented a rare singles success.
The world number 53 had won just one of her last eight Fed Cup singles clashes, suffering back-to-back losses in the 2018 semi-final defeat against the United States.
Her victory push was aided, however, by a late ankle injury suffered by Begu, the world number 83 who had originally been scheduled to play only doubles.
Instead Halep was selected for the make-or-break doubles alongside Monica Niculescu with two-time champions France opting for Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic.
French Open champion Halep gave Romania a winning lead on Saturday by seeing off Mladenovic 6-3, 6-1 before Garcia swept past Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-3, 6-3 to level the tie.
“I knew it would be more difficult than yesterday,” Halep told fedcup.com on Sunday after registering a ninth successive singles win in the tournament that Romania have yet to win.
“It felt like playing at home, that was how I was able to fight to the end. I won it for the fans who came here.”
Halep’s win over Garcia, her sixth in seven meetings, took almost three hours to complete with the crucial break in the final set coming in the eighth game when the French number one served up back-to-back double faults.
“It’s never over until it’s over,” said Halep who required treatment on her left thigh midway through the second set.
Seven-time champions Australia made the championship match for the first time in 26 years by seeing off Belarus 3-2 in Brisbane when Ashleigh Barty and Samantha Stosur battled past Victoria Azarenka and Aryna Sabalenka 7-5, 3-6, 6-2.
The tie was sent into the crucial doubles match after two-time Australian Open champion Azarenka crushed Stosur 6-1, 6-1 in the reverse singles, following Barty sweeping past Sabalenka 6-2, 6-2.
“I could not have picked two more perfect athletes to compete. Ash and Sam are superstars,” said captain Alicia Molik who will look to inspire a first title since 1974 for Australia in the final.
Barty called making the final “unbelievable” while Stosur said it was “super exciting”.
“We knew it was going to be a tough one and we just so happy with how we played,” added Stosur. “All the girls have worked so hard throughout the year and we really stick together.”
Rishi Kapoor In His Last Phone Call With Kunal Kohli Said, “Come Back & Prove Everybody Wrong”
The veteran actor and one of the most loved romantic heroes of all times, Rishi Kapoor departed from this world a couple of days ago but the fans are still not able to believe that he is not with us now. The “Mulk” star was a very lively person and he used to rub his energy on everyone around him ensuring that all and sundry have a smile on their faces.
Rishi Kapoor debuted as a lead actor in 1973 and till 2000, he acted in around 92 movies in the lead role. He started playing character and negative roles after the year 2000 and kept on entertaining his fans. Rishi Kapoor and director Kunal Kohli worked together in three movies – “Hum Tum”, “Fanaa” and “Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic” and they were pretty close to each other.
While talking to an entertainment portal, Kunal revealed that the “Karz” actor called him just before the lockdown was imposed and asked Kunal about what he was doing that time. Rishi Kapoor told the filmmaker that he wanted a big movie from him as the directors who are less talented than Kunal are making big flicks. He asked Kunal to make a comeback and prove to everybody that they are wrong about him.
Kunal was not able to stop his tears as he told that at first, he didn’t believe the news of Rishi Kapoor’s departure, then he called Manish Malhotra who confirmed the tragic news. Kunal said that he broke down after hearing it, adding that nothing will be same without Rishi Kapoor, whether its life, Bollywood or parties. Kunal is of the opinion that Rishi Kapoor shouldn’t have gone in this manner as the whole country is under lockdown and the “Chandni” actor deserved a better farewell.
Kunal also recalled the Twitter chat that they both had and he told the veteran actor that nobody can play the Dafliwala better than him as he is the original one.
There is no denying the fact that Rishi Kapoor was an inspiration for many and he will always be missed. RIP!
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“In Beginning, I Wasn’t Very Happy Doing Ramayan As I Lost Many Film Projects,” Says Sunil Lahri
The popular TV show Ramayan which is based on the life journey of Lord Ram is breaking all the records of viewership as it has been declared the most watched entertainment show globally. On 16th April 2020, it garnered 7.7 crores views which is pretty high in comparison to the highest viewership received by other shows including the American TV shows as well.
Actor Sunil Lahri who played the role of Lakshman in Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan is very happy with the response that the show is getting. He said that many people are saying Doordarshan has been revived by Ramayan. Sunil recalled the old memories as he shared that the first thing that he can think of is the craziness of people for the serial and the characters. He told that people used to respect them by touching their feet whenever they see them at public places.
Sunil revealed that the response was not good in the beginning when Ramayan was telecasted in 1987, but after 6 or 7 episodes, people started getting mad for the serial. He feels that viewers got pretty strongly attracted towards the emotions of Ramayan and felt connected to it and even today, they are feeling the same.
Sunil Lahri further added that Ramayan did have a manufacturing date but it doesn’t have an expiry date and the response will be great even if it is re-run after 10-15 years. As per him, no matter how much modern we Indians get but we are still connected to our roots.
Talking about his personal choices, he said that he was not happy working in Ramayan in the initial stages because he lost many movies because of that. However, he admits that he is happy now as his work has been loved, respected and recognized today, more than the time when the show was telecasted for the first time.
In response to the question whether he got stereotyped, he said that though some similar roles were offered to him that he denied, he didn’t get stereotyped. He further said that in his younger days, his personality did not suit mythological roles so many people were surprised when he played the character of Lakshman very well. Sunil Lahri also revealed that he was working in few action, romantic and musical movies as well at that time but they flopped.
He also said that when he stopped getting good roles, he focused on production and advertising business so that he didn’t face survival issues. According to him, the industry people don’t care about the fact that how you are as an actor and what matters more for them is whether your movie worked on the box-office or not. In the end, he said that he will do only those roles which he feels he can justify.
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Ramayan Breaks All Records With 77Mn Views Surpassing The Big Bang Theory, Twitter Reacts
The 21 days lockdown starting from March 25 was imposed by the Indian government due to the increase in the number of COVID-19 positive patients and as everyone was forced to remain inside their houses, many people took to social media and demanded that popular old shows of DD National should he aired again.
The government took note of it and some very popular old shows such as Ramayan, Mahabharat, Dekh Bhai Dekh, Circus, etc. were started again on DD National and DD Prasar Bharati. The Indian citizens showered love on these shows, especially on Ramayan and it has broken all the records of viewership as on 16th April, it got 77mn (7.7cr) views. Ramayan has become the most watched entertainment show worldwide, surpassing even the very popular English sitcoms.
The popular American television sitcom The Big Bang Theory which was directed by Mark Cendrowski and starred Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar and others got its highest viewership (18.5 mn) on 16 May, 2019. Another quite famous TV series Game of Thrones received 17.4 mn views on its final episode.
The fans of Ramayan took to social media and #RamayanSetsWorldRecord started trending on the micro-blogging site Twitter. Here is the tweet which was made by Prasar Bharati:
— Prasar Bharati (@prasarbharati) April 28, 2020
Here is the tweet by Doordarshan in which it thanked all its viewers for making Ramayan the most watched TV show ever in the whole world.
— Doordarshan National (@DDNational) May 2, 2020
The netizens also responded and here are some of the selected tweets:
1987 से 2020 तक,
20 इंच ब्लैक&ब्हाइट टीवी से 50इंच एलईडी तक,
डीडी वन से लेकर 400 से अधिक एचडी चैनल तक,
लैंडलाइन से लेकर 5G तक,
और मेरे जन्म के पहले से और आज दो बच्चों के बाप बनने तक,
पूरे विश्व में आपकी सर्वोच्च सफलता ने हमें भारतवासी होने पर गर्व महसूस करा दिया है#रामायण
— Chetan gautam (@Chetang28956341) May 2, 2020
Aray @DDNational record to phele bhi tuta hoga jab phele tv par aati thi ho sakta hai us time par trp check karne ka system nahi hota hoga
— Priyanka Sharma
(@Siddharthfan5) May 2, 2020
Thanks to Ramanand Sagar sir, thanks to @arungovil12 sir @LahriSunil air @ChikhliaDipika ma’am & other cast & crew members..
So much to learn & this ramayan made our lockdown period amazing. We felt each & every emotions. So beautifully written, directed & performed by all of u
— @prititrivedi (@trivedipriti_) May 2, 2020
— Brij Kanika .. (@MeriRadhe) May 2, 2020
Unique experience! Iconic episodes. Best thing happened during lockdown. Thank you DD national
— Veer (@TheNameIsVeer) May 2, 2020
जय श्री राम…।।।
दूरदर्शन को आभार
(@Ashna09163457) May 2, 2020
— Namuchi Sabar (@NamuchiSabar) April 28, 2020
Most popular Western tv show big bang theory and game of thrones has recorded highest trp around 18 million and 17.4 million respectively.
— (@anilbhatt25) May 2, 2020
The lockdown was further increased for 2 weeks till May 3 and now it has been extended once again till May 17.
If we talk about the situation of coronavirus in India, the number of COVID-19 patients is more than 37K while the number of people who have lost their lives is more than 1200.
If we talk about the whole world, the number of infected patients is over 33 lakh while more than 2.30 lakh have lost their lives.
Stay at home and stay safe!
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