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In Northern India, huge dummies of Ravana are burnt on the occasion of Dussehra as part of the celebrations. The Ram Lila, which are plays that revolve around the tales of the Ramayana are attended by hordes of people. It is celebrated twenty days prior to Diwali, and also known as Vijayadashami, Dasara or Dasain in certain parts of our country.

This year Dussehra falls on October 19. While some associate it with the epic battle of Ramayana, others do so to commemorate Goddess Durga’s victory over the demon Mahishasura. Dussehra, also known as Vijaydashami or Dasain in certain parts of our country makes way for Diwali celebrations. One of the most important and widely celebrated festivals, the festival of lights or Diwali marks Lord Rama’s homecoming after his victory against Ravana and is celebrated twenty days after Dussehra.

Significance of Dussehra

In North and certain parts of South India, Dussehra is celebrated to commemorate the battle between Lord Rama and Ravana. Ravana had kidnapped Rama’s wife Sita and taken her to his kingdom in Sri Lanka. Lord Rama and Lakshman along with Lord Hanuman and their army of monkeys travelled to Ravana’s kingdom, where they defeated the demon king.

How Dussehra is celebrated

In Northern India, huge dummies of Ravana are burnt on the occasion of Dussehra as part of the celebrations. The Ram Lila, which are plays and musicals that revolve around the tales of the Ramayana are attended by hordes of people in the days preceding Dusshera. It is celebrated twenty days prior to Diwali, and also known as Vijayadashami, Dasara or Dasain in certain parts of our country.

In Kolkata, it is Durga Puja (or Pujo, as Bengalis call it). In Southern India, the nine days of Navratri are celebrated with a display of gods and dolls called Golu. Sweets are prepared on each day of the celebration. Dussehra celebrations in Mysore are one of the most spectacular in the country. The Mysore Palace is illuminated and performances are organised.

In Maharashtra, families visit friends and offer the dried apta leaf, a symbol of prosperity. People also invest in gold and other expensive metals; it is believed that this will lead to prosperity all year round.

The main ethos of this festival is that of good triumphing over evil. It is on this day that people pray for prosperity and good health. Source : ht

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Mumbai, Sep 18 (PTI) Bollywood stars Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma have been signed on to promote and endorse the Skill India Mission, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The actors will next be seen in "Sui Dhaaga - Made in India", a Yash Raj Films project, which salutes India's entrepreneurs and skilled workforce, including homegrown artisans, craftspeople and weavers. 


Varun plays a tailor named Mauji and Anushka essays the role of his wife and embroiderer Mamta. The duo will dedicate time to promote the skilled talent in the country. 

"Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma, through this unique film 'Sui Dhaaga - Made in India', are bringing to focus the incredible skills and talent of our homegrown artisan and craftsmen community. 

"It is really heartening to see actors like them doing a film that has such a significant social message. India is one of the youngest countries in the world; and it is a matter of great pride for us to see such dedicated and passionate skilled youth with entrepreneurial skills in our country who are bringing name and fame to the nation with their work," Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, said in a statement. 

Led by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), Skill India aims to standardise vocational training, which helps in creation of latest infrastructure, ensures industry partnerships to extend technology support to make the youth more employable. 

"Prime Minister Modi has displayed incredible vision and genuine foresight in aiming to organise, skill, train and give financial support and backing to our craftsmen, artisans and similar workmen. 

"We are proud to be promoting this campaign that we feel extremely close to like our movie 'Sui Dhaaga' that celebrates self-reliance and entrepreneurship," Varun said. 

Anushka added, "Skill India Campaign reflects the government's determination to include and support the talented skilled force of the country. While making 'Sui Dhaaga', we came across so many stories of talented, skilled crafts people and artisans who don't get a fair chance to showcase their talents." 

"Sui Dhaaga: Made In India", directed by Sharat Katariya, the film hit the theatres on September 28. Source : pti

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My biggest fear is failure: Priyanka Chopra

Written by Monday, 18 September 2017 09:21

New Delhi, Aug 6 (PTI) Priyanka Chopra may be one of the biggest and most successful Indian stars, but the actor says failures still scare her. 
The 36-year-old actor, who forayed into the West with ABC thriller "Quantico", said she feels "miserable" when she faces a setback in any aspect of her life. 

"My biggest fear is failure. I hate failures. I am miserable when I fail. My mom tells everyone, 'Let her be alone for while', whenever I fail. But because I am so afraid of failing that developed a way of not being nervous," Priyanka said. 
The actor believes the fact that women have always had lesser opportunities makes them worry a lot about their lives and in the quest to make the best of the options they have, they "tend to pull each other down". 
"When I entered the entertainment industry I came in through a beauty pageant. I was also thinking that only I should get the job. So I had to teach myself that I had to be the most confident of the lot. After spending three-four years in the industry I realised if I wear my confidence well I don't need to elbow anyone out. 
"I felt if I just be great then I can be the person who actually pushes the other person up. That was a phenomenal change that came in me when I started working in movies... I really want to be that person who can be a support other girls out there because we get less opportunities anyway," she said. 
Priyanka said even though she appears confident in front of the world, she still get serious nerves when going on the set. 
"I like nervous energy when I walk on to a set. Because if I don't feel like that then I can't perform somehow. I will be complacent and it is boring," she added.
The actor was speaking at an interactive session titled 'Challenging the Status Quo & Forging New Paths' organised Jointly by FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) and Yes bank. Source : pti

 

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Speaking about how she pulls off such emotionally draining performances like the ones in Highway, Udta Punjab, Dear Zindagi and  Raazi at such a tender age, Alia Bhatt says that experiences determine the age of a person.

Alia Bhatt said that she is now becoming a little more aware and mindful of her thought process and the way she deals with life.

Alia Bhatt has had multiple trysts with commercial cinema as well as intense, emotionally draining parts in films such as Highway (2014), Udta Punjab (2016), Dear Zindagi (2016), and now Raazi. But how does she come up with such nuanced performances, especially when she’s just 25?

The actor says, “I feel, your experiences determine your real ‘age’. By now, I’ve had so many experiences that I’m like, ‘Okay, this is one way to do it, and that’s the other,’” she says.

The Badrinath Ki Dulhania (2017) star adds that she’s undergoing some sort of a transformation now. “At this point in life, maybe, I’m choosing to become a little [more] aware and mindful of my thought process, besides the way I deal with my life,” says Alia.

“Honestly, I can be haphazard about it — which I have been — and that’s not a good feeling. It’s not a great thing to be constantly emotional,” she adds.

When the actor isn’t using her emotions for reel avatars, she taps into her feelings for a larger cause through her ecological initiative, Coexist. She says, “When it comes to Coexist, it’s all about helping and lending my support to a cause that I believe in, which happens to be the well-being of our planet, people, animals, as well as other things that make up our world and the environment.”

On Labour Day (May 1) this year, Alia signed up to become a Jal Mitra for Aamir Khan’s Paani Foundation and volunteered for the cause at Latur in Maharashtra. She says, “Aamir and his Paani Foundation have been doing fantastic work. They are educating farmers, villagers, and people, in general. Ultimately, farmers are our source of food and they’re facing problems because of the drought. What most people aren’t aware of is that drought can be tackled by [taking] certain measures.”

In fact, Alia finds it great that Aamir isn’t just making donations. “More importantly, he’s imparting knowledge. So, this isn’t just monetary assistance; such values stay with you for a lifetime. In fact, I, too, learnt about it that day itself. I was very impressed and also happy that I went there,” she says. Source : ht

 

 

 

 

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Abhishek Bachchan To Appear On KBC For Noble Cause

Written by Friday, 15 September 2017 06:00

Mumbai: Actor Abhishek Bachchan will be seen as a special guest on his father and megastar Amitabh Bachchan's show Kaun Banega Crorepati 9 to promote the social work done by Goonj Foundation.

Abhishek, along with founder of Goonj Foundation Anshu Gupta, will be seen on the Friday Special episode "Nai Chah Nai Rah".

"I'm a great admirer of the work done by Mr Anshu and his team towards the development of the villages across the nation. After listening to his story of dedication on 'KBC', many will be inspired and should come forward to support the cause. It was a pleasure to share the stage of KBC with him and help him in his endeavour," Abhishek said in a statement.

Kaun Banega Crorepati 9 is aired on Sony Entertainment Television.

 

 

 

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I do some films for bill, some for dil: Adil Hussain

Written by Thursday, 14 September 2017 06:14

Adil Hussain’s next stage project will be a one-man act narrating the gist of the Bhagavad Gita. He will play both Krishna and Arjuna in it.

This year Adil Hussain was seen playing a frustrated, overworked son to a father who is desperately seeking salvation in critically-acclaimed Mukti Bhawan.

Next he will be seen in a bunch of smaller roles in Rajinikanth’s much awaited 2.0 and Neeraj Pandey’s Aiyaari and the 54-year-old actor says like any other artiste, he takes up some projects to pay his bills and some to satisfy his inner voice.

Hussain says, “Aiyaari and 2.0 are those small, tiny roles that I’m doing to pay my bills. Films like Mukti Bhawan don’t pay me. So I have to sort of balance it - some for bill, some for dil (heart).”

The actor, who won the National Award (Special Jury Mention) this year for the Shubhashish Bhutiani- directed movie, says after constantly working in films for over eight years, he is in a good headspace right now, ready to devote some time to his first passion -- theatre.

Hussain’s next stage project will be a one-man act narrating the gist of the Bhagavad Gita. He will play both Krishna and Arjuna with casting director Dilip Shankar, with whom the actor has earlier worked in films such as The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Life of Pi. The actor says, “I’m ready to take the plunge. But, hands down, it will be a big shift from being a lazy film actor on the sets to theatre. I’ll have to retrain myself to go back to the medium. But somehow I have managed to make myself comfortable with it. It’s my training that helps me switch on and switch off.”

He has been a sought-after name language films such as Assamese, Bengali, Tamil, Marathi and Malayalam. But it was only in 2012 when he shot for the Bengali film Sunrise that Hussain stopped worrying about being a good actor. “With each role I used to be really stressed till 2012.I felt I had to do good. So my teacher in Puducherry said, ‘I know you’re good but that’s not enough, is it?’ I answered in affirmative and asked him how to go beyond that.”

The actor said being true to the craft rather than being good at it helped him overcome his fear. “Why didn’t I attempt it before? It’s like you’re jumping from the cliff and there are just two possibilities - you die or you fly. So that has been happening since I did a play and the film ‘Sunrise’ - I had no idea. The burden of being good has left my shoulders only recently.”

Hussain will be seen in an intense film, Love, Soniya, which stars Lion child star Sunny Pawar and Freida Pinto. The actor also has Deb Medhekar’s directorial debut Bioscopewala, which is a modern adaptation of Rabindranath Tagore’s Kabuliwala with veteran actor Danny Denzongpa in the title role. “I play Mini’s father in the film. It’s a character inspired by photographer Prabuddha Dasgupta,” he says. Source : HT

 

 

 

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Priyanka Chopra on Tuesday shared a video of a young Syrian refugee who despite living in a Jordanian camp for other displaced families like hers, remains a huge fan of Bollywood films, especially those starring Katrina Kaif.

Priyanka translated the girl’s message, and added, “This is a special shout out to one of India’s biggest movie stars. @katrinakaif this video is just for you, all the way from Za’atari Refugee camp in Jordan.”

“This is Wafaa, one of your biggest fans and her message roughly translated is ‘I love Katrina Kaif a lot and I am one of her fans. I have watched all her movies and never missed one, even if a movie is played more than once I watch it. I love you Katrina and love your beauty,’” she wrote.

Priyanka also said that she’d been told to convey messages of love “to these Massive Indian film superstars, who are favourites at Za’atari... SHAHRUKH KHAN, SALMAN KHAN, AKSHAY KUMAR, KAREENA KAPOOR and ANUSHKA SHARMA.”

Priyanka admitted that listening to what Wafaa had to say “was something I honestly did not expect...but it made my day.”

It left Priyanka with a sense of pride for her job. “Who would think that what we do as entertainers would give people a sense of hope, relief and escape in such dire circumstances,” she wrote.”This post is for all my colleagues in the Entertainment Business around the world... know what we do sometimes has such an (sic) deep impact on people’s lives and goes beyond just the mere entertainment people look at us for.”

Priyanka was visiting Jordan as a UNICEF goodwill ambassador. “I think the world needs to understand that this is not just a Syrian refugee crisis, it’s a humanitarian crisis,” she told AP.

 

 

 

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After months of speculation whether Padmavati will release in 2017, it is now confirmed that Sanjay Leela Bhansali has decided to change the release date of his film starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor.

Waiting it out

The shooting of the film was delayed due to protests in Rajasthan, which is why the film is not ready. Even though they have finished shooting a major chunk, there is always a chance that some patchwork is needed. Plus, the post-production will take time, so SLB has decided to not rush it and come on a different date to allow better execution of the film.

Vacation time

Says a source, “SLB had an October 20 deadline, which is impossible to meet now. The workers’ strike took away a few important days. Meanwhile, two of the principal actors — Deepika and Shahid — also had free dates, so they took off on vacations. A lot of the shoot is still left. The major chunk may have been shot, but some big action sequences are still left. Ranveer’s portions as the young Alauddin Khilji, too, remain to be shot.”

An empty slot

Padmavati has now vacated the November 17 release date slot. Says a source, “The makers are planning to release it in February 2018. Apart from Anushka Sharma’s Pari (February 9, 2018), no other big film is slotted for February.”

 

 

 

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Here's how Akshay Kumar is marking his 'Gold'en jubilee

Written by Saturday, 09 September 2017 07:52

 

Akshay Kumar is ringing in his 50th birthday today and to mark his golden jubilee, he treated his fans to a new poster of his upcoming Bollywood movie 'Gold.'

The excited birthday boy took to his Twitter handle and shared the official poster of the film, captioning it as, "Every cloud has a silver lining bt with ur love my clouds got a lining of Gold!As my age #TurnsGold,here's the poster of a film close to my?"

The poster, which depicts an Olympic gold medal with a picture of the 'Rustom' actor on it, has a tagline that reads, "The dream that united a nation."

Mouni Roy, who is also a part of this film, took to her Instagram and also shared this new poster with a caption, "Here's presenting the first poster of Gold. So very Happy to be a part of this dreamteam & here's wishing Akshay Sir the happiest most prosperous journey ahead. Love & regards??#AkshayTurnsGold @akshaykumar"

The biopic, which is based on the life of hockey player Balbir Singh, who was on the team that won the first Olympic medal for India as a free nation in 1948, is all set to hit the theatres on August 15, 2018.

 

 

 

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Ask any actor of some worth. It is not easy to play a known living character. Audiences and the character that you are playing, plus their close associates, judge the performance with scrutinized harshness and normally find it wanting. Not this time. Not Arun Gawli. Not Arjun Rampal, who has shaped into one of Hindi cinema's most dependable actors who does his roles with such smooth efficiency and such noiseless excellence that we are liable to miss the point.

Don't make the mistake of confusing Arjun's laidback wisdom in portraying the gangster-philanthropist-parliamentarian-convict Arun Gawli as a Devgn-esque laziness. This is a power-packed implosive performance. Rampal plays Gawli as a time bomb waiting to explode. There are no extra toppings, fringe benefits, perks or bonuses to this performance.
 

Rampal plays it straight. Director Ashim Ahluwalia gives the actor no room to stretch out his character's inner world. Fleeting looks and fugitive gestures add up to making Rampal's Gawli one of the most comprehensive projections of guilty gangsterism in recent times.

Comparisons are not called-for. But I can't help compare Rampal's Gawli with Shah Rukh Khan's Raees. The two sagas of Robin Hoods with furious FIRs on their wanted heads, bear many similarities. Except that Shah Ruh could never enter his gangster character's world.

Arjun goes right in. He is the only recognizable face (provided his physical and emotional transformation leaves any room for recognition) in the vast cast of what I suspect to be several real-life anti-socials. Cannily, the director builds the quirks around killings and feuds of criminal clans through actors who surrender to their characters with a brutal velocity.

Watch out for Rajesh Shringapure as Gawli's accomplice Rama and Farhan Akhtar playing Dawood as so cool, you may confuse the jungle for the greenery. There is a brilliant conniving female character Rani (played with smouldering slyness by Shruti Bapna) who uses sex as an ATM machine. Rani tells part of Gawli's stories. Other people associated with his life tell the rest.

The editors piece together the saga with layered urgency. This is not an easy story to tell or for us to comprehend. There is no room here for any actor, least of all Rampal, to strut with guns and appear even remotely macho. If you are looking for a stylish take on gangsterism, look elsewhere.

Besides its technical excellence, the biggest achievement of Daddy is its portrayal of violence as swift, repugnant and utterly ugly. The shootouts and here I would like to commend action director Shyam Kaushal, are brutal, terse and to the point. The killers do their business with swift professionalism leaving no room for self-congratulatory paeans to violence that Tarantino, Coppola and nearer home, Mukul Anand and Mani Ratnam have specialized in.

In one notably savage attack, a petty gangster infiltrates a jail cell and pounds an inmate to a pulp after shooting him. What we see is the gut-churning fury of violence in all the graphic sequences of gangrenous gang wars where we hear every bone crunch with the wince-inducing impact of a blow delivered in our popcorn-munching faces.

For me, the real hero of Daddy, besides Rampal (and some, not all, of his co-actors) is the sound editor Sangik Basu followed by the cinematographer Jessica Lee Agne aided by Pankaj Kumar who bring to the frames a sinking feeling of an unwashed blood-soaked doom.

 

 

 

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