Actor Harshita Gaur is all geared up for season two of crime thriller drama series ‘Mirzapur’. She says its shooting is going on at a “crazy level”. She has been flying in and out of Mumbai for work commitments, so shooting for the web series hasn’t been easy on her. “Shooting of ‘Mirzapur 2’ is going on at a crazy level, at least for me. I had a knee injury on sets, I have been travelling for work and then directly reaching sets of ‘Mirzapur 2′ (in Mumbai) to shoot,” Harshita said. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressive’Mirzapur’, a hinterland story, was about a lawless land filled with action where the only rules were laid by Kaleen Bhaiya, played by actor Pankaj Tripathi. Meanwhile, her feature film Falaknuma Das in Telugu is out now. “It was the first film that was offered to me. Also, I had watched Angamaly Diaries (Malayalam film) which was the original one. So yes, when Falaknuma Das was offered, I wanted to take it up,” said the Puncch Beat actor. The language was a barrier though. “For me, to understand the language is very important as the script we read has emotions and sentiments… with dialogues,” she said. She will be soon seen in another much-awaited the web series ‘Sacred Games 2’. The second season is likely to come by the end of 2019.
Roy Cooper who served on King George V destroyer as the ship departs for NormandyCredit:Paul Grover Joan Berfield as the ship departs for NormandyCredit:Paul Grover For Cooper, watching his daughter and successor lead the national commemorations was “an enormous and astonishing moment”.As for being once more on the high seas as the ship sailed out of harbour and into the Solent past 11 Royal Navy warships while a lone Spitfire passed overhead, he called it “shatteringly wonderful”.“It brings back the memories but they are very mixed memories,” he added. “Some very sad.”Portsmouth was the headquarters and main departure point for the military and naval units destined for Sword Beach on the Normandy coast. Many of those onboard had departed from this very port on the night before D-Day.Royal Marine Joe Corless, 93, was the coxswain of a landing craft that left Portsmouth the evening of June 5 en route for Sword Beach. Onboard his vessel were navy commandos tasked with dismantling explosives left by the Germans on the beach. The joint eldest on board is sub lieutenant Roy Cooper, 101, of Dorset, who during D-Day was placed second in command of a minesweeper. Earlier in the war he was aboard the Royal Navy warship HMS King George V in Scapa Flow that was inspected by the Queen’s father George VI – who described the D-Day invasion as ‘the great crusade’. Leaving from the same port 75 years on brought back bittersweet memories. “It was horrific really,” he said. “We lost seven men including an officer and I lost a couple of friends.” She turns 95 on Friday and says the US President and first lady wished her a happy birthday.“It was overwhelming really,” she said. “The service was really emotional.”The Royal British Legion ship has been at sea since Sunday, first taking the veterans to Dunkirk before returning to Britain for the national commemorations. On Thursday after docking in Normandy they will visit Bayeux Cathedral for a service attended by the Prince of Wales. Some of those onboard, such as Royal Marine Douglas Thorne, an 18-year-old gunner on a landing craft at Juno Beach, have never returned to Normandy.The 93-year-old was another veteran onboard to meet the Queen on Wednesday and described the encounter as “a real honour”. Donald McGeachy, 96, who 75 years ago was aboard a tank landing craft that was hit by a mine on the way into Sword Beach, only confessed to his son two years ago that he had been at D-Day and has never been back to Normandy.Seated on deck as the band played Rule Britannia he said: “It makes you feel like somebody.”After the flotilla left Portsmouth it stopped at Ventnor on the Isle of Wight, just as the Allied armada did 75 years ago.As the ship’s horn sounded church bells rang out across the seaside town. Prayers of remembrance were also read out.And then as the sun dipped down over the horizon the veterans sailed on, to the beaches that stand testament to the heroism of a generation. For Ted Cordery, 95, the pomp and pageantry couldn’t have been a more different experience compared to 75 years ago as a leading seaman torpedoman aboard HMS Belfast – frantic among the booming guns and later hauling the injured and dead aboard, an experience that has scarred him for life. Before boarding the MV Boudicca he enjoyed lunch with the Queen and the US President Donald Trump.“The Queen asked me how it was,” he said. “I told her very noisy with guns firing and the smell of cordite but we did our bit.”President Trump shook his hand and told him ‘you guys did a great job’. Cordery’s retort: “I told him we were all in it together.” The last time Cordery visited Normandy he says he was moved to tears by a young French girl who approached him and kissed him on both cheeks. “She said thank you for what you did,” he recalls. “You gave us back our country.”Joan Berfield, 94, from Buckinghamshire, who was a Wren coder during the Second World War and spent D-Day on a submarine in the middle east, was another veteran on board to be greeted by the Queen earlier in the day. On the eve of D-Day 75 years ago they departed in a massed armada of thousands of ships cloaked in a veil of secrecy.On Wednesday night the 250 veterans aboard the Royal British Legion chartered cruise ship MV Boudicca sailed out of Portsmouth harbour in a blaze of glory, en route once more for the Normandy beaches but this time hailed by a nation united in gratitude.The Red Arrows roared overhead and bunting fluttered as the band of the Royal British Legion struck up the Britannic Salute on deck.As the ship sounded its horn making its way out of the harbour crowds cheered and watching police officers saluted from shore. In large white lettering placed next to the Portsmouth Naval Memorial dedicated to the fallen of the First and Second World Wars someone had spelt out: ‘Thank You’. Prime Minister Theresa May stood on the decks of the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth berthed in Portsmouth Naval Base, joined by First Sea Lord Sir Philip Jones and flanked on both sides by the crew. 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