Chernobyl was bleak brutal and absolutely necessary

first_img Comments 4:09 12 Almost all of the Chernobyl miniseries is this bleak. But given the subject matter — the worst nuclear disaster in history until 2011’s Fukushima — the tone is absolutely necessary. When potential additional catastrophes like the thermal explosion are averted, the show’s characters greet the successes with weary resignation rather than joyous celebration. Because Chernobyl is like a disaster Pez dispenser delivering a continuous stream of terrible news. Even after the tanks are drained, coal miners are drafted to stop the meltdown from contaminating the groundwater and eventually poisoning the Black Sea.chernobyl-hbo-3Emily Watson is riveting as a nuclear physicist who aids the investigation and the responses.  HBO The series is more than enough reason to keep your HBO subscription following the end of record-breaking hit Game of Thrones. The drab Soviet interiors reinforce a sense of gloom, and the gripping, accessible script by Craig Mazin doesn’t get bogged down in nuclear jargon. I like that the first episode opens with the explosion itself rather than the events leading up to it. A deeper dive into the cause comes only in the fifth and final episode. Chernobyl tells the story of an extraordinary event, but the series is also about something ordinary: people doing their jobs. Following the explosion, some do them well, and others do them poorly. Chernobyl is also grotesque. We see how acute radiation rots the bodies of plant workers and firefighters from the inside, we watch children play near the reactor as it burns and we witness the plant’s arrogant and abusive chief engineer refuse to believe the reactor has exploded at all. Then there’s a lumbering Soviet bureaucracy struggling to respond. In a scene from the first episode almost as disturbing as the one in the basement, a bumbling group of local Communist Party officials deflect responsibility and debate what to do. Rather than evacuating the area immediately, they decide misinformation will only distract residents from “the fruits of their own labor.” (Despite alarmingly high radiation levels, the now ghost town of Pripyat wasn’t evacuated until the day after the explosion.)chernobyl-hbo-4Paul Ritter is Anatoly Dyatlov, the inept chief engineer at the time of the Chernobyl explosion and the main villain of the story. HBO Later in Moscow, as officials in Premier Mikhail Gorbachev’s inner circle brief him on the news. They say there’s nothing to worry about as the radiation released amounts to a “chest X-ray.” It takes Valery Legasov, a nuclear expert with the Science Academy of the USSR, to break through the stonewalling and explain to Gorbachev just how dire things are. Onlookers are shocked at Legasov’s gall, but Gorby sends him and Minister of Energy Boris Shcherbina to Chernobyl to evaluate the situation manage the government response. The two are an odd couple — a party loyalist and a skeptical truth-teller — but they begin to work together to control the fallout, all the while dodging KGB minders bent on stopping the spread of news that will embarrass the nation. No one says “fake news,” but the debates about what’s true and not, are uncomfortably familiar in 2019.Legasov and Shcherbina, real people who are now deceased, are brilliantly played by Jared Harris and Stellan Skarsgård, respectively. Harris’ best moments happen when his simmering exasperation suddenly erupts as he contradicts a government or military official with cold, hard facts. He’s there not to downplay things. He’s there to tell like it is. Meanwhile, as Skarsgård’s confidence in the Communist system slowly erodes, he speaks with a barely decipherable mumble that belies his fatigue (thankfully, all actors speak in English in their natural voices).chernobyl-hbo-2It was hard not to be a bit distracted by the birthmark on David Dencik’s Mikhail Gorbachev. HBO But the performance that stole the show was Emily Watson as Ulyana Khomyuk, a Belarusian nuclear physicist who detects the fallout 250 miles away and rushes to Chernobyl to find out what happened. Watson’s character is a composite of several scientists who investigated the disaster, but she comes across as totally convincing. She works tirelessly to contain the damage and find the cause of the explosion, in the process getting arrested by the KGB for talking too much about what happened. When she’s freed at the end of the third episode, Legasov tells her that despite the stupidity and lies surrounding them, she’ll continue her work. Because like those three workers who drained the tanks, she really has no choice.Chernobyl concluded Monday, June 3. You can catch all episodes on HBO.com and the channel’s other platforms. In the UK, you can watch it on Sky Atlantic, HBO’s production partner. Share your voice More on nuclear disasters TV and Moviescenter_img Now playing: Watch this: Inside Fukushima: Standing 60 feet from a nuclear disaster There were a ton of gut-wrenching moments in Chernobyl, the five-part miniseries on HBO and Sky Atlantic that recently concluded on Monday. But the one that left me squirming in my seat, barely able to watch, comes at the end of the second episode. A few days after the April 26, 1986 explosion at the nuclear power plant in then-Soviet Ukraine, three workers volunteer for an insanely dangerous mission to drain water held in tanks beneath the damaged reactor core. The enormous stakes if they fail are made fervently clear: Burning nuclear fuel will melt through the reactor floor, hit the water and produce a radioactive thermal explosion that will kill the population of Kiev and render Ukraine and Belarus uninhabitable for a century. Jared Harris and Stellan Skarsgård deliver excellent performances as a scientist and a Communist Party official coming to grips with the scale of the disaster. HBO I’m not spoiling anything here because what happened is history. Ukraine is not a radioactive wasteland today so we know the workers succeeded. But how they did it is told in horrifying, utterly compelling detail. (Reportedly, the workers did not die right away, but the real Chernobyl death toll remains a topic of heavy debate).We watch them enter a pitch black basement, stumbling through knee-deep water so radioactive the clicks on their Geiger counters merge into one continuous buzz. You feel their fear and claustrophobia and hear their labored breaths through their scuba equipment. Their flashlights dim, but they labor on. With millions of lives all over Europe at stake, it’s the only thing they can do. Tags VR brought me inside a scary-real radioactive Fukushima reactor Fukushima’s underground ice wall keeps nuclear radiation at bay For Fukushima’s nuclear disaster, robots offer a sliver of hope HBOlast_img read more

Rapper and HipHop Singer Pavan Balleys Phantom Beatz Success Journey

first_imgPavan Balley (born 1996), more commonly known by his stage name PhantomBeatz, is a producer, born and raised in Pittsburg, California. Pavan’s interest in hip hop and rap started in his early days, at around 11 or 12 years old, when his older brother first began dabbling in rap and hip-hop.Over the years, his skills improved and he found the confidence to finally to start releasing his music out into the public. Pavan also used to perform playing the dhol at several parties at a young age which helped develop his ear and desired sound for music.His career began to gain traction when he first got in touch with an artist who goes by Joe Blow. They began self-producing rap/hip-hop music together in 2013. The first song they produced, Touch of Soul, was an underground hit in the Bay Area region, and even in other countries throughout Europe.Pavan released his first album, titles Phantasies, on August 16th, 2016. The album was released on iTunes and other major digital music outlets. Towards 2019 Pavan also began to take interest in Punjabi music and also worked with a few local artists to branch out his musical ear.Pavan’s achievements were scattered all around the music scene. He produced and received credit for producing for Mozzys 1 up top ahk album which was ranked in the top 20 albums on iTunes in 2017. The song “unfortunately” which he produced has streamed over 4 million views just on YouTube alone and has continued to grow on charts all over streaming platforms.IBT does not endorse any of the above content.last_img read more

Dhaka seeks Delhi help in cyclonebattered Oman

first_imgA picture taken on 26 May 2018, shows a car stuck in a flooded street in the southern city of Salalah as the country prepares for landfall of Cyclone Mekunu. Photo: AFPBangladesh has sought India’s support for rescuing its nationals if anybody is found in danger, after a powerful cyclone struck Oman’s Salalah city killing at least three people including a 12-year-old girl.India has sent its two rescue ships of its Navy to Oman.“I have talked to Indian state minister for external affairs MJ Akbar to help rescue Bangladeshis if anybody is affected by the cyclone,” state minister for foreign affairs M Shahriar Alam said in a Facebook message.MJ Akbar assured his Bangladesh counterpart of providing support like they did while conducting rescue operation in Yemen, reports UNB.Shahriar said Bangladesh officials will go to the affected areas once Salalah airport resumes operation.Cyclone Mekunu caused flash flooding that tore away some roads and submerged others in Salalah, the country’s third-largest city, leaving drivers stranded, reports AP on Saturday.Strong winds knocked over street lights and ripped off roofs. The cyclone also struck neighbouring Yemen on Saturday.Fast-moving waters from the rain and storm surge flooded normally dry creek beds.Tourist beaches were littered with debris and foam from the Arabian Sea.Captain Tarek al-Shanfari of Royal Oman police said the 12-year-old girl had been hit in the head by a door torn off by the wind.An Asian person died in a flooded valley and an Omani national in a 4×4 was killed when his vehicle was swept away, Shanfari said.Shahriar Alam said many Bangladesh nationals remain engaged in fishing in sea.Bangladesh mission is in touch with other missions and authorities in Oman to get updated information.Shahriar Alam hoped that there would not be many casualties as they were given alarm beforehand.He urged all to keep Bangladesh nationals living in Salalah in their prayers.Yemeni officials also reported damage in the east of the country along the border with Oman, reports AP.Rageh Bakrit, the governor of al-Mahra province, said strong winds had destroyed houses and taken out communication lines and water services.He said there were no deaths in the province.India’s meteorological department described the cyclone as “extremely severe”, with sustained winds of about 110mph (177km/h).Parts of Salalah, a city of about 200,000 people, lost power as the cyclone made landfall.The airport, which has been closed since Thursday, will reopen early on Sunday, Oman’s civil aviation authority said.Salalah’s port is a key gateway for the country.Salalah and the surrounding area received nearly 11in (278mm) of rain, nearly three times its annual amount.last_img read more

Alia Parineeti not approached for Farahs next film

first_imgDirector Farah Khan has refuted reports of actors Alia Bhatt and Parineeti Chopra being roped in for her next film.Gossip mills were abuzz that the two actors would be seen in Farah’s next directorial venture, to be produced by superstar Shah Rukh Khan.“It’s not true. I am still working on my script. I think the media just jumps the gun before things happen. We have not approached anyone for the film. Hopefully by the end of this month we should finish the script, then we will search for suitable actors,” said Farah.Farah’s women-centric drama film is likely to come next year though she did not divulged into details. “I can’t talk much about the film except that it is about girl power. We are highlighting several issues regarding women, sexual harassment being one of it,” Farah said.“It is not a preachy, boring film. I myself have been watching such films,” she said.last_img read more