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Why Kayla Cromer deserves an Emmy nod for her groundbreaking turn in Everything’s Gonna Be Okay

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Kayla Cromer deserves an Emmy

Her performance as an autistic teen grieving the loss of her father doesn’t just mark an important step forward for TV. It’s full of nuance, hilarity, and heartbreak.

“What if I can really change the industry?”

Kayla Cromer wondered this, as she told Teen Vogue in January, while weighing the power of what’s become a breakout role in Freeform’s Everything’s Gonna Be Okay. But the 22-year-old actress, who is on the autism spectrum, didn’t quite leap at the opportunity to play a nuanced, flawed autistic lead TV character — quite the rarity across American TV and film — because she was worried about being typecast. She knew — knows — she could play neurotypical roles, too.

But take the role she did, and audiences for the critically acclaimed hit created by Josh Thomas ought to be grateful. Not only is Cromer’s character groundbreaking, but her performance is revelatory — a disarming mix of sweet, sad, and sharply funny that would deserve awards consideration regardless of its social impact.

Everything’s Gonna Be Okay follows Nicholas (Thomas) as he moves from Australia to the U.S. to care for his two adolescent half-sisters after the death of their father. Cromer plays eldest Matilda, whose life in many ways resembles any high school student’s. She and sister Genevieve (Maeve Press) are, in the early-going of the show, largely defined by their experiences with grief, mourning the loss of their dad and struggling to adjust to the strange new day-to-day rhythms instituted by Nicholas and, to a lesser extent, his boyfriend Alex (Adam Faison). The show introduces itself in its first few installments by observing how this new kind of family unit constructs itself, growing pains and all.

As Matilda, Cromer immediately emerges as a fierce, funny performer. The gaps in social cues between herself and Nicholas, particularly, make for terrific comedy, and the actress mines the depths of her character’s conflicted sadness with impressive range.

But then Everything’s Gonna Be Okay goes to some more surprising places — particularly, in its uncommonly rigorous and empathic treatment of Matilda’s sexuality. Working off loads of research, Thomas and his writers created an arc for the character that challenged on-screen depictions of autistic teens in a sort of bluntly liberating way — and gave Cromer ever more juicy material to work with. (Some light spoilers to follow.)

The multi-episode storyline begins when Matilda loses her virginity to a male schoolmate who takes advantage of her while drunk. The scene is tough to watch, but no less agonizing than the muted fallout: Matilda attempting to bury the trauma and save face, in order to prove her maturity and “normalcy.” Her sister chastises her for putting herself in the situation at all, and challenges her to face it. But in Cromer’s hands, we see the turmoil of a young woman trying desperately to experiment and explore without fear or shame. To see her family come to her rescue, in a way that she doesn’t necessarily welcome, proves quietly heartbreaking.

But Matilda isn’t boxed into any kind of sentimental subplot, either. From here, the show totally throws away the rulebook. One episode depicts an attempted threesome between Matilda and two other autistic characters in the show, both of whom are crushing on her hard. (One is male, the other female.) It’s a marvelous take on teenage sexuality in general, as the trio negotiate boundaries and desires with clarity and excitement. Against the backdrop of Nicholas — again, Matilda’s guardian — all but willing this to happen, it’s also brilliantly awkward. Cromer anchors the scene marvelously, as Matilda asserts what she wants and how.

Indeed Matilda is, at times, a very self-centered character. She is, like any teenager, in a position of figuring out who she is and pursuing that — even at the expense, perhaps, of those in her path. It’s high time a character on the spectrum received this kind of depth. In the season finale, Matilda and the gang travel to New York, as a kind of trial run to see if she can handle life in the Big Apple while attending college at Julliard — to which she was just accepted. Her experience is frustrating, exhilarating, disappointing, and maybe, in the end, a little crushing. But watching Cromer’s face on that subway car, you see a determination that won’t quit. That goes both for this galvanizingly fresh character, and for a performance that reveals new layers by the episode. That’ll be surely true when the recently-ordered season 2 comes around — and until then, it’s your move, Television Academy.

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Bigg Boss 14: Kavita Kaushik’s Husband Ronnit Biswas Reveals His Relatives In Law-Enforcement Have Approached Him To File A Complaint Against Aly Goni For His Violent Behaviour

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A recent Bigg Boss 14 episode saw Aly Goni lose his s**t on captain Kavita Kaushik when she takes away his personal items as a punishment from stealing juice bottles meant only for the captain. Kavita said to Aly, “mai teri baap hun”, which irked him to no end and tempers flew. In a fit of rage, Aly kicked a trash bin which hurt Kavita, who was standing close to it and the houe erupted in chaos. Talking about his wife battling chaos almost daily in the house, Kavita’s hubby Ronnit Biswas said, “Physical violence was never a thing which we had signed up for whether it happened directly or indirectly it doesn’t matter.” Bigg Boss 14: Captain Kavita Kaushik Demands Aly Goni’s Eviction After He Gets Aggressive and Violent With Her (Watch Video).

“I had seen the promo first, day before yesterday and I was very disturbed. But once I saw the way Kavita was putting up to it and how she was behaving I felt extremely proud of her. My sadness disappeared and I got happy thinking that no matter how much you try to target this girl, she will not bow down to anyone. She will come out shining and strong,” said a proud Ronnit in a conversation with ETimes TV. Bigg Boss 14 November 24 Episode: Aly Goni Pays a Huge Prize for Getting Violent Towards Captain Kavita Kaushik – 6 Highlights of BB 14.

He also went on to say that what Kavita said to Aly was not a big deal. Stating that Aly also said the same line to Kavita thrice, Ronnit revealed, “He has also said this to her thrice after that. So, I think the topic should have ended then and there itself. But I understand most of the housemates know that Kavita is quite strong and if they fight with her or corner her, they will get some footage. It is very sad that in a country where we keep talking about women are equal to men, we worship Goddess, we celebrate women and talk about women empowerment, there is a man who is threatening a woman on national television that he will make her life a living hell or won’t let her sleep (main iska jeena haram kar doonga, main sune nahi doonga).”

 

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Ronnit also argued that Aly’s intentions were indeed violent and showed during the fight. “If he didn’t want to hurt anyone there was another trash bin lying behind he could have kicked it but he hit the one close to Kavita, this goes on to show his intention. We all saw how aggressive he was getting, if a man is so aggressive with a woman then we can understand that there is certainly something wrong with his mind. Because of people like him, other men who are good towards women also get bashed.”

Ronnit also took a dig at the other male contestants present in the house. “Hum itni badi badi baatein karte hain about respecting women, Beti Padhao Beti bachao, all of these goes into a drain we see such behaviour on national television. I am very proud of Kavita that she has stood up against so many people. All the other so called men in the house, who had problems when Jasmin had a breakdown and had an issue with Rahul which was again not an issue and was created, few ‘so called men’ stood by her. But surprisingly, in last night’s episode no one said that Aly you are doing wrong and if Kavita said it, you also repeated it, thrice. Ye joh baaki aadmi hai Bigg Boss ke ghar mein pata nahi inko kasie aadmi kahein.”

Ronnit is also of the opinion that Aly’s bestie Jasmin Bhasin, who in the past few episodes, has been targeting Kavita, is now shing her rel side. “After watching the recent episodes I have started to feel that in the show a woman is another woman’s biggest enemy. What we saw of Jasmin Bhasin in the first few weeks was absolutely fake and we are getting to see her real side now. Now, she is coming into her element and can only mock and imitate Kavita and she thinks she is funny. I can’t believe an actor can do something like this to a senior. She uses the same insulting behaviour with Eijaz Khan also. Eijaz and Kavita are still closer in age wise. Eijaz is 45, Kavita is 39 and Jasmin must be in 30s and despite having such a huge age difference she mocks Eijaz. We have got to see how much she respects her seniors. Even the audience and fans are seeing it.”

Few of Ronnit’s relatives, who are in law-enforcement, have approached him asking him if he wants to file a complaint against Aly Goni. “I have been getting a lot of calls from our well-wishers and relatives who are into the Police force, Government officials and they are asking me If I want to take action against Aly Goni or register a complaint. Although, I have told them that it is not needed, but I was expecting from the channel and the production house a stricter punishment. One week’s nomination doesn’t make any sense,” concluded Ronnit.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Nov 26, 2020 09:07 AM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).





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Diego Maradona Dies: Shah Rukh Khan Pays Tribute on Twitter, Says ‘You Made Football Even More Beautiful’

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Football icon Diego Maradona passed away due to a heart attack on Wednesday. He was 60. He was a man so divinely known in football, that even if one was not a fan of the sport, Maradona’s name had rung in conversations enough number of times to learn that a legend is being referenced. The world is heartbroken, including Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan. The actor, who has a penchant for sports as well, took to his social media pages to pay a tribute to the departed soul. Diego Maradona Dead: From God to Devil at Napoli.

“Diego Maradona….you made football even more beautiful. You will be sorely missed and may you entertain and enthral heaven as you did this world. RIP,” wrote Shah Rukh. The actor is a self-admitted football fanatic.

In an interview, he has said, “I love football. My son plays football. My daughter is the captain of her school’s football team. On the fourth floor of my house, we have constructed a football field. I am very attached to football, FIFA.” Diego Maradona Passes Away: 10 Facts About the Argentinian Legendary Footballer Who Died Following Heart Attack Aged 60.

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Diego passed away at his home. He was released from the hospital two weeks ago, where he was treated for a bleed on his brain. Reportedly, the Argentinian’s footballer’s last words were, “I feel sick.”

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Nov 26, 2020 09:05 AM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).





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Jallikattu Screenwriter S Hareesh Elated as Film Becomes India’s Official Entry to Oscars

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Kottayam (Kerala) [India], November 25: Screenwriter S Hareesh of Malayalam film ‘Jallikattu,’ which has been selected as India’s official entry into Oscars 2021, expressed his happiness over the development and dedicated the honour to the director of the film Lijo Jose Pellissery. “Very happy to hear the news. The whole credit goes to Director Lijo Jose Pellissery. Congratulations to the whole Jallikutti team,” Hareesh told ANIOscars 2021: Jallikattu Is India’s Official Entry in International Feature Film Category at 93rd Academy Awards; Here’s Where You Can Watch The Malayalam Film Online.

“Especially producer O Thomas Panicker, actor Chemban Vinod Jose, my co-writer R Jayakumar, actor Antony Varghese, cinematographer Girish Gangadharan, editor Deepu Joseph, and the whole team,” he added.

Hareesh along with R Jayakumar had adapted the screenplay of the film from one of his short stories ‘Maoist’.

The movie revolves around a bull that escapes from a slaughterhouse in a remote village leading to the entire village gathering and hunting the animal together. Jallikattu for Oscars 2021: Twitter Celebrates the Official Entry of Lijo Jose Pellissery’s Film at the 93rd Academy Awards.

The film that has Antony Varghese, Chemban Vinod Jose, Sabumon Abdusamad and Santhy Balachandran in key roles had also won two awards, best director and best sound mixing, at the 50th Kerala State Film Awards earlier this year.

‘Jallikattu,’ will be taking part in Oscar’s race for the ‘Best International Feature Film,’ category. Earlier last year, Zoya Akhtar directorial ‘Gully Boy,’ had been selected as India’s official entry into the prestigious award ceremony.

The 93rd Oscar Award ceremony was postponed to April 25, 2021, earlier this year due to the growing coronavirus pandemic concerns.

This is the first time in the last 40 years that the award ceremony was rescheduled. It was earlier scheduled to be held on February 28, 2021.

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