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Wednesday, 23-May-2018

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BE STRONG AND SELF-RELIANT: WOMEN TAXI DRIVER

18 weeks ago
A victim of an abusive and violent child marriage, she wanted to commit suicide by throwing herself under a bus. But in a life-changing moment, she instead chose to board the same bus and take charge of her life. Bengaluru-based Selvi – often called “South India’s first female taxi driver” – says Indian women must work towards becoming independent and self-reliant. Now a mother of two daughters from her second marriage, Selvi believes being strong and confident is important for a woman to survive. Her moving and inspirational story is documented by Canadian filmmaker Elisa Paloschi&rsq...
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PINK FOR GIRLS, BLUE FOR BOYS?

18 weeks ago
Parents and toymakers should avoid gender- labelling toys, and create items for both boys and girls in a wide range of colours, say scientists who found that children’s perception of what is appropriate for a gender can be easily manipulated. The study is also the first to show that a boy’s liking of blue and a girl’s preference for pink is not just a Western construct, but is also a phenomenon in urban Asian societies. The researchers from the University of Hong Kong recruited 129 Chinese children aged between five and seven from two kindergartens in Hong Kong. First, they assessed the children’s ...
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Farida,s Mehram To Be Screened In US Egyp

19 weeks ago
Veteran actress Farida Jalal’s short film “Mehram” will be screened in the US and Egypt.It will screened at CAM International Film Festival, Egypt, on December 26 and at the DFW south Asian Film Festival, Dallas, in February 2018. Under Saudi Arabian laws, women without a ‘Mehram’ (a male blood relative) are forbidden to perform the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.  “Mehram” is a story of Aamna (played by Farida) who decides to stand up to the patriarchal system to claim her right to perform the Hajj. Written and directed by Zain Anwar, the short film is co-produced by Vishakha Singh and Gaur...
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Sumukhi Suresh - Call Us Comics, Not Female Comedians

19 weeks ago
  IANS Call us comics, not female comedians, says Sumukhi Suresh, known for breaking stereotypes with her acts, including her latest web series “Pushpavalli”. She feels women are trying stand-up comedy but says a big change is yet to come. “There are more number of us than before. Not many, but still a lot more. More women are trying stand-up, there are more -- not too many but it’s a start -- sketches/content being written with women in mind. All of this hopefully gets more women to come forward and be part of the scene,” Suresh told IANS in an email interview. 
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ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY JOINS SWACHHTA EFFORTS

24 weeks ago
Rakeysh  Omprakash Mehra Indian Filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra is a perfect example of how one can make every individual effort count. The Indian filmmaker has been focusing on creating movies charged with socially relevant themes including sanitation and cleanliness. Mehra’s film – Mere Pyare Prime Minister – revolves around four kids living in a Mumbai slum, one of whom wants to build a toilet for his single mother and makes an appeal to the Prime Minister. But while making films about social issues spreading a...
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Ileana’s Mission Earth

49 weeks ago
“Where there is a will, there is a way,” goes the popular adage. But like most popular adages, it’s easier said than done. When fate hands us a rough deal, very few have the courage and willpower to overcome the challenge and set an example for the less fortunate ones. After performing in Tamil and Telugu films, actress Ileana D’Cruz, who came to work in Bollywood films, has decided to come forward in support of a project related to the world’s development by the name ‘Protect the Planet’. This is a programme of the United Nations. Ileana is anxious about the issues related to earth, water, environment and planets, and wants them to b...
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REEMA LAGOO - BEAUTIFUL ON-SCREEN MOTHER

52 weeks ago
Reema Lagoo, one of Bollywood’s favourite on-screen mothers, passed away on Thursday, 17 May following a cardiac arrest. Bollywood has often shown mothers in Hindi films portrayed as white saree clad women who are helpless and emotional fighting with poverty and corruption with tears. Nirupa Roy, Sulochana and Rakhee aptly defined such mothers on the silver screen. Actually, these emotions also fit with the word ‘mother’. But in Mahesh Manjrekar’s film,  Vaastav,  Sanjay Dutt’s mother came and shot her gangster son. This mother was played by Reema Lagoo. She won for Filmfare’s Best Sup...
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RUK JANA NAHIN...

55 weeks ago
He came into prominence playing an angry young man in a 1970s classic, and one of his last major appearances was as an angry implacable father in a 2010 blockbuster. But whatever role Vinod Khanna played   good, bad, or even supporting – he would inevitably make his presence felt. Can you think of any other Bollywood hero who won applause for beating up Amitabh Bachchan on screen? He entered Bollywood as a villain, but with his imposing height and physique, crowned with a sculpted but expressive face and discernible intensity, he was not fated to remain one for long. Given a break by Sunil Dutt in “Man ka...
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MAESTRO’S MASTERPIECE

57 weeks ago
The book titled “Master on Masters” was unveiled last week by Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar in the presence of Ustad Amjad Ali Khan’s wife Subhalakshmi and sons Amaan and Ayaan Ali Bangash. The book release was followed by a reading session and conversation between Karan and the Ustad that revolved around sharing memories, changing culture of music and how technology has taken away heart-to-heart connection amongst people. In the book, published by Penguin ...
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LEGENDS NEVER DIE

57 weeks ago
Satyajit Ray... There has never been, nor will there be, an artist as great as him in the world of cinema. He was the first filmmaker in the country who broke away completely from all traditional film making in the country and took Indian cinema to the world. There have been many extremely talented filmmakers before Ray, but none of them had broken away with tradition as he did. He shook us all and set us free from that stagnation. I have still not forgotten that beatific experience of watching “Pather Panchali”. The day I heard that the film would be released I reached Calcutta. I was still in college but had made up ...
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THE LIVING HISTORY THROUGH BABASAHEB

58 weeks ago
Set between 1901 and 1956, the Jabbar Patel-directed Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar includes vivid description of India, Britain, the United States, as well as the two world wars. The film, however, centres on an individual who stood up against Hindu chauvinism, customs and traditions, atrocities, Indian leaders and mahatmas, including Mahatma Gandhi, and those who gave more importance to political activities rather than focus on social upliftment. Despite facing a barrage of criticism, a determined Dr. Ambedkar persevered. He waged a lonely battle for the social upliftment of the Dalits.
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KISHORI AMONKAR-A MAGIC VOICE LAPSES INTO HISTORY

58 weeks ago
If you listen to Vishnu Sahasranam sung by Kishori Amonkar you will definitely feel the eternal power it produces to soothe your body, mind and soul. Kishori Amonkar left us on April 3 evening, in utter loneliness and disbelief after a brief illness. I somehow never had the privilege of meeting her but through past one year her voice has been echoing through the walls of my home every morning. The 97-minutes Vishnu Sahasranam Bhajan in two volumes has the power to touch one’s being. In her long and illustrious singing career spanning seven decades, ...