Director Kartiki Gonsalves and EP Guneet Monga, the lead team behind ‘The Elephant Whisperers’ that did India proud at the Oscars, are deservedly still in the news. In a string of interactions ranging from ones with the media to one with the President of India, they come across as stately symbols of the independent film fraternity. No airs, no negativity, feet firmly on the ground. Voicing poignant thoughts that could only come from a clear mind. In Monga and Gonsalves, talent meets poise and offers valuable lessons for some of the mainstream stars of cinema, in India and beyond.
Our victory now feels complete. Sharing our award with you is an absolute honour! So touched & humbled to have met you, @rashtrapatibhvn. Will always cherish your kindness, and appreciation for our film. @EarthSpectrum @sikhyaent @NetflixIndia https://t.co/9KYaTzuArG
— Guneet Monga (@guneetm) March 31, 2023
Watch | #KartikiGonsalves and #GuneetMonga, the duo behind #TheElephantWhisperers, are interviewed by Shilajit Mitra about their historic win at the 95th Academy Awards and the roadmap for documentary filmmaking in India.https://t.co/LsD4A5bKdr
— The Hindu (@the_hindu) March 30, 2023
So Pepsi has a new logo after 14 years. Everyone and her aunt has an opinion on it. Some informed and enriching to read. Others, not so. Nevertheless, the world of branding had some amusement, thanks to the carbonated soft drink brand’s new identity.
In a move that marks its first major rebrand in 15 years, Pepsi has unveiled a new #Logo that represents a paradigm shift towards a more health-conscious direction with a retro aesthetic https://t.co/0AL4j1aIU9#creativegaga #Twitter #design #GraphicDesign #Pepsi #SaturdayMood pic.twitter.com/GwFteCfLYh
— Creative Gaga (@CreativeGaga) April 1, 2023
Very retro, reminds me of a vintage gas station logo. #Pepsi #pepsilogo https://t.co/11BsRN9g7a
— marlawhite/WHPR (@marlawhite) March 29, 2023
When an occasion like 1st April is taken over virtually by icons of popular Korean culture, you know it’s mainstream. That’s what has happened. ‘Naatu Naatu’ and ‘The Elephant Whisperers’ are great and we are proud of them, but there is something for every age group today from K-Pop to K-Serials. It also helps to ride the hashtag when you have a concert on 1st April. But why are we lapping up Korean entertainment? The answers might give ours wings.
Elsewhere, #Sadhguru and #Chingles give us a dose of indigenous April Fools Day entertainment.
모든 사랑을 너에게
무한한 감사를 너에게#APrilFoolsDay #만우절 #종현 #JONGHYUN #샤이니 #SHINee @SHINee pic.twitter.com/cSgEPvdxuF
— 혁수세끼 (@hyuksoomeals) March 31, 2023
When someone else calls you a fool, it is an insult. When you realize you are a fool, it means you have become smart enough to know that. #AprilFoolsDay #SadhguruQuotes pic.twitter.com/E2YWNZWDBs
— Sadhguru (@SadhguruJV) April 1, 2023
Chingles is taking April Fools' Day to the next level with your "G.O.A.T" prank.#ChinglesGetsTheGOAT #ChinglesAprilFoolsDay #AajLeeKya#ChinglesGetsGOAT pic.twitter.com/EmXUpwZy7x
— Atul Yadav (@Reporter_indian) April 1, 2023
So Paulo Coelho is off, refusing to pay for a blue tick that he already has on Twitter. Like millions of others, his two-step verification via SMS has been disabled. It’s available only for verified users (who have to pay). Was that just a threat or is Coelho really off Twitter? At this rate, there might be quite a few exits from the micro-blogging platform. If these trends continue, we may have to start posting from Facebook and Koo in the Weekend Rewind. Will miss some of these gems though – check out the third tweet below.
Time has come to say good bye.
I don't have the slightest intention of disabling my 2-step verification, or to pay for a verified account
I really enjoyed my time here, including the street fights, but I don’t own the platform.
Tempora mutantur et nos mutamur in illis.
— Paulo Coelho (@paulocoelho) April 1, 2023
He really just wants people to stop using the app so why not. Can’t show up in for you pages, can’t vote in polls, can’t protect your account w two step verification unless you pay money. All around, he just wants us to pay for the incredible loss he’s taken from buying Twitter. https://t.co/cG89CAdmyM
— Nick Baum (@nicbaum) March 29, 2023
A picture of the parents of Mahsa Amini in the corridor of a hospital, when the news about their daughter’s death was broken to them, has been declared the ‘Photo of the year’ in Iran. The photographer, Niloofar Hamedi, 30, has been in prison for her reporting on Amini’s death ever since. You cannot make this up. And you cannot look the other way. Do something. Anything you can.
People chanting “Woman, Life, Freedom” in solidarity with slain street protesters who were buried in the Aichi Cemetery in Saqqez.
Jina Mahsa Amini, 22, whose death in state custody in September 2022 sparked anti-state protests across Iran, is also buried here. #MahsaAmini pic.twitter.com/q7LzmpMtxm
— IranHumanRights.org (@ICHRI) March 31, 2023
Photo of the year! In a statement, a group of prominent Iranian photojournalists announced that a powerful photo of #MahsaAmini’s parents in a hospital when they heard about her death is Iran’s photo of the year. The photo was taken by journalist Niloofar Hamedi, 30, who has been… pic.twitter.com/PURtvnC0Pd
— Omid Memarian (@Omid_M) March 31, 2023
In keeping with the core Judaic values of tikkun olam, we today are announcing the formation of The Jewish Committee to Support #WomanLifeFreedom in #Iran. We have all been moved by the bravery of the Iranian people & the activism & unity of the diaspora. 2/5 #MahsaAmini
— Jason Brodsky (@JasonMBrodsky) March 31, 2023
(The author observes Tweets @Goks140)
Feedback: [email protected]