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Mary Kom knocks out Nagpur Marathon runners with her simplicity and charm

Sunday morning turned out to be special for Nagpurians as Olympic bronze medalist MC Mary Kom came calling to the city for the Maha Metro Nagpur Marathon 2017 organised by Adventures and You in association with Nation Next (as the online media partner), Nagpur Runners Academy, Saraswati Vidyalaya Alumni Association (SVAA) and Indian Medical Association (IMA), Nagpur. Five-time boxing champion and Rajya Sabha MP Mary, who was in the Nagpur for the second time, was accompanied by her husband Karung Onkholer Kom. Also present at the marathon were Brijesh Dixit (Managing Director, Maha Metro), Mitesh Rambhia (Race director), Dr Vaishali Khandait (President, IMA, Nagpur), Rajkumar Tirpude (President, Yugantar Education Society), Dr Anup Marar, Jyoti Amge (World’s smallest living woman) and Mayank Sharma.

The Maha Metro Nagpur Marathon 2017 kick started at 6 am from Tirpude College ground, Civil Lines, Nagpur. Around six thousand runners participated in the marathon, which was categorized into three race categories: 5 km fun run, 10 km endurance run and 21 km half marathon. Apart from Nagpur, there was also good participation from runners across India.

As soon as Mary Kom arrived she was greeted by Nagpurians with a loud cheer and many rushed to click selfies with her. The boxing champion not only obliged her fans with selfies but also gave many autographs. Appreciating the huge participation at the marathon from Nagpurians, Mary said, Running is not only important for athletes but for everybody. It keeps you fit. It’s great that so many of you are here. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a winner or not, it’s important to finish the race to get inspired and to inspire others. Talking about how important it is to inspire each other, Mary jokingly added, My husband was a footballer but he stopped playing. He got inspired by me and started playing again and is now completely fit.

Stressing upon the need of women learning boxing, Mary said, Learning boxing is not just about winning medals. It’s about being fit and being able to defend yourself. When you know boxing you will be confident and won’t need anybody to protect you. Look at me! I don’t take anybody along when I go out. I can easily challenge 10 people for a fight! Mary also thanked her husband for supporting her in her career.

The winners and runners-up of the different race categories were awarded after Marys speech by her and other guests.

Photos by: Thakur Raship Singh

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Even today, I call up people I want to work with: Sharman Joshi

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Sharman Joshi

Sharman Joshi came to fame with romantic-comedy ‘Style’ (2001), his first hit. But, he was already a known face by then with few films to his credit. However, the actor was still trying to set his foot in the industry and had his share of struggle too. In a recent interview, the actor remembered his struggling days.

The ‘3 Idiots’ actor used to call the director for work in those days. “There was a director, who used to have telephone numbers of many directors from Bollywood. I took the list from him and would call them on their landline as those were ‘no mobile’ phone days. One thing that helped me big time was my background in theatre,” shared Sharman. 

But Sharman also confessed that some directors’ would also be considerate. “When I would call the directors and they would talk very respectfully, some even called for a meeting. See, people from showbiz business understand what it takes to be here. So whether you work together or not, that doesn’t really matter. In fact, even today, I just pick up the call and dial to people I want to work with,” said Sharman who made his debut in Bollywood with Godmother in 1999.

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Mannat se guzar raha tha, toh ek mannat maang li: Ayushmann Khurrana

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Ayushmann Khurrana with Shah Rukh Khan and right in front of SRK’s house Mannat

Like many, even actor Ayushmann Khurrana is a Shah Rukh Khan fan. And when the actor happened to be in Bandra on Sunday, he stopped by in front of King Khan’s house Mannat. In fact, he made a wish in front of the gate looking at Mannat through the sunroof of his car.

The actor shared a picture on his social media page from SRK’s house and captioned, “Mannat se guzar raha tha. Toh ek mannat maang li #AnActionHero #2ndDecember #SRKian” He added the song ‘Baazigar O Baazigar’ from Shah Rukh’s film ‘Baazigar’ along with the picture. 

Ayushmann, who’s busy promoting his film, ‘An Action Hero’, received lots of comments from SRK as well as his fans.

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Just because you don’t like Mr Modi doesn’t mean India is under threat: Harish Salve | Interview

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Senior advocate at Supreme Court, former Solicitor General of India and King’s Counsel Harish Salve, in an exclusive interaction with Nation Next, speaks about Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Prime Minister late Indira Gandhi, recent gruesome murder of Shraddha Walker involving her boyfriend Aftab Poonawala, Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (PMLA) and much more!

Corrigendum: In one of the questions during Mr Harish Salve’s interview, interviewer mistakenly quoted former Chief Justice of India Justice Sharad Bobde, saying, “Constitution is under threat.” Justice Bobde never made this remark. We sincerely apologise to Justice Bobde and the audience for committing this mistake. Inconvenience caused is regretted!

Watch the full interview here: 

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