Madhya Pradesh batsman, Aryaman Birla, son of industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla, recently released a statement on Instagram saying that he would be taking an indefinite break from cricket to focus on his mental health. The young player had also been a part of Rajasthan Royals and played two seasons of IPL.Often a taboo subject, especially in sports where it is mostly about performance, winning and constantly exceeding expectations, discussions around mental health are slowly gaining momentum as more players come out with their stories of battling depression, anxiety and mental health issues.We take a look at the sports personalities who have opened up about their mental health struggles:
While cricketers, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Virat Kohli and Zaheer Khan are happily married to their Bollywood better-halves, here’s a look at the famous link-ups that never made it to the end
Cricketer Mithali Raj may have had trolls on her tail for a while now, and we'd like to believe this is her answer to them. The captain of the Indian Women's Cricket was recently trolled for the clothes she was wearing in the photos she posted on social media.
Sachin, his wife Anjali and their close friends and family members promoted ‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’, the much-awaited movie, based on the private life of the master blaster, on a Marathi television show.‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’ will treat the fans of Sachin Tendulkar by showcasing the romantic side of Sachin Tendulkar.The biopic will have his and wife Anjali’s relationship and the very private life of the master blaster.Initially, Sachin and Anjali were reluctant about showcasing their real life onscreen, but with time, they gave a nod to the same.Producer Ravi Bhagchandka, on the same note, shared, “She (Anjali) took more time to get convinced, she took one and a half years to get convinced”.‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’ encapsulates the unknown side of Tendulkar and has created all the right noise and alacrity amongst not only the fans but the audience across the globe.Produced by Bhagchandka of 200 Not Out and Shrikant Bhasi of Carnival Motion Pictures, and helmed by Emmy-nominated James Erskine, ‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’ is all set to release on May 26. (ANI)Photos by Yogen Shah
It was during Yuvraj Singh and Hazel Keech’s wedding last year that the rumours of another love affair between a cricketer and an actress started doing the rounds. And the couple in question was – Chak De girl Sagarika Ghatge and Zaheer Khan.And Zaheer’s pictures with Sagarika during Yuvi’s wedding gave way to their blossoming relationship. Soon enough, the rumours of their link-up started doing the rounds.Buzz has it that the two have been dating each other for last six months. Reportedly, the couple met through common friends and hit it off immediately. And rumours got stronger as Zaheer was seen during the screening of Sagarika’s film Irada in Mumbai. The former cricketer was accompanied by his friends Ashish Nehra and Ajit Agarkar. Moreover, Zaheer’s close friend Yuvraj also came with his wife Hazel to the film screening.In a recent interview to Mid-Day, Sagarika opened up to her link-up rumours and said, “Let’s just say I am in a very happy space right now. I have never spoken about my personal relationships. In fact, I have never spoken about anything to the press. Personal space is not for discussion.”Irada, which releases on February 17, also stars Arshad Warsi and Naseeruddin Shah. (Photos: Yogen Shah)Text: India Today
One of India’s most successful captains, MS Dhoni’s life will soon be seen on the big screen in his biopic - M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story. Actor Sushant Singh Rajput will essay the role of captain cool aka Mahi on the celluloid.Mahi and SSR today launched the trailer of the film at the actor’s former school in New Delhi. During the press interaction, Sushant was asked about the hardest part of donning Dhoni’s character and the toughest shot of the cricketer he had to learn. On this, the actor said, “You can copy the body language easily. Shots and all were not tough but the toughest part for me was to understand why Dhoni is the way he is. He’s all calm from the outside but there’s so much going inside him. What’s his thought process like? How is it so easy to make everything possible? That thought process, which makes it possible to the extent that it doesn’t matter which city/town you belong to - You can conquer everything!”The film is directed by Neeraj Pandey and will release on September 30, 2016. Anupam Kher and Kiara Advani will also be seen in key roles in the film.
Mumbai:India’s most iconic sportsman, Sachin Tendulkar turns showstopper, launches own clothing brand True Blue store in association with Arvind Fashion Brands, in Mumbai on May 28, 2016. Bollywood actor Riteish Deshmukh shared the stage with Sachin. Riteish was dressed in a maroon Nehru jacket on a white shirt and Sachin Tendulkar was in his favorite blue attire. Both set the ramp on fire with their incredible fashion style.
Bollywood cricket go hand-in-hand! Be it love affairs with cricketers or movies based on the game, B’wood has a soft corner for the game. Adding to this list is Emraan Hashmi’s Azhar, which is a film based on cricket. The film is directed by Tony D’Souza and is based on the life of Indian cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin.
No matter what the occasion, celebrities love to look their fashionable best at any given time. And when it comes to weddings, who better than celebrities to take style cues from. We have in the past seen some stunning brides from Bollywood, who stunned in their exorbitant bridal arrties. Similarly 2015 also saw a whole of celebrities seal the deal in pomp and style. From Shahid Kapoor’s wife Mira Rajput to Naina Bachchan and Soha Ali Khan, here’s a recap of most beautiful celebrity brides of 2015. Image Credit: Pinterest
Another Indian cricketer has joined the doubles club and entered wedlock. The young and good-looking cricketer of Indian Cricket Team, Mohit Sharma recently tied the knot with his long-time girlfriend and fiancée.
There are always some couples who make you believe in forever and after, and Anushka and Virat were undoubtedly one of them. Rumours has it that Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli have called it quits. Heartbroken much? Us too.Now whether it is because they couldn’t settle some issues or maybe it was just not the right time for them to be together; we most certainly do not want to blame the lovebirds. 2016 has unfortunately started off with a not-so-happy note with many B-town couples splitting up, but who would have thought that these two will be the ones to join the list - even more so, so soon! There is no denying that the camaraderie and closeness that ‘Virushka’ (as their fans like to call them) share is hard to miss. And so, we bring to you some of the most adorable memories of the cutest couple:
Australia’s retired pacer (and lover of all things Indian) Brett Lee is acting in a film titled UNIndian, and it is about the quirks of Indian culture. Lee stars opposite Tannishtha Chatterjee (Road, Movie) who plays an Indian single mom settled in Australia, trying to balance the pressures of her responsibilities with the strains of her interfering family wanting her to find “a nice Indian match.” The film is directed by Anupam Sharma, who has worked on the production of such films as Heyy Babyy and We Are Family. He had represented Australia in 76 Test matches and 221 ODIs till 2012. Later, he was part of a band named Six And Out with his brother Shane, Gavin Robertson (both Australia cricketers), Richard Chee Quee and Brad McNamara (both First Class cricketers).