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Shatrughan Sinha: “What Happened  At The National Awards Was Just So Unfortunate & Avoidable”

Subhash K . Jha

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Shatrughan Sinha shares  the distress of the National film award winners who boycotted  the awards function  in the  absence  of the President Ram Nath Kovind .

Says  Shatrughan Sinha, “What happened is  very unfortunate and totally avoidable. I know the  President  personally. He used to be the Governor of Bihar and a fine human being. I am  sure he didn’t mean  to  hurt anyone’s sentiments. Unfortunately  because of some miscommunication lots of sentiments were  hurt. Aisa nahin hona chahiye. The  artistes  of  our country  are the pride of  the nation. You can’t invite them to receive the President’s award  and then have them receiving the award  in someone else’s hands.”

Not that  Shatruji has any misgivings about Smriti Irani giving out the National awards.  “She is a worthy  member of  the  BJP. However  these are the President’s awards. They  cannot be  given by anyone but the President. And  then some of the  supposedly more special award recipients were  handpicked for the  President to personally give the awards. With due respects to the  10-11 specially-chosen  recipients , every  recipient  of  the National award  is equally  special. It’s like you invite guests for dinner and serve two kinds  of food to two sections of the  invitees.”

 While  placing no blame on the President he wonders why the President couldn’t spare  ample time to  give the awards  to everyone. “Every President including the lady Pratibha Patil has patiently given the award to each and every winner. Why this  break from tradition? And what  pressing engagement could  possibly call the President away from the glorious task of honouring the best artistes  of  our country?”

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Batti Gul Takes On Mofussil Competition 

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It seems this is a great time  to belong to small-town India .An slew of such films are expected  to hit the theatres in the coming weeks. 

And the one beating the rest of the smalltown dramas  to the turnstile is director Shree Narayan Singh’s Batti Gul Meter Chalu the story of electrical power theft in North India is inspired by real -life incident. This will be followed the next week by Vishal Bhardwaj’s Patakha and Sharad Kataria’s Sui Dhaaga.All these are films set in small towns and explore the aspirations disappointment and ultimate triumph of the ordinary working-class hero of the smalltown hero .
Aanand Rai who produced last week’s well received  moffusil romcom Manmarziyan and some really big smalltown dramas recently like Shubh Mangal Savdhan and Newtown thinks of  the trend of moving to the small towns as a reclamation of our very rich literary and cultural heritage
Says Rai, “There are so many stories to be told in these small towns .I think the time for the these stories has come now “
According to  former chairperson of the censor board producer  Pahlaj  Nihalani ,such stories have always had an audience . “But some filmmakers are too busy hunting for locations abroad to look at their home . There so many eye-catching cities in India that are yet to be explored”

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Hrithik To Attend Anand Kumar’s Maths Classes

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Not content with just replicating Bihari Mathematician Anand Kumar’s life and work , Hrithik Roshan will now be attending Aanand’s maths classes in Patna

 An informed source says , The entire team feels Hrithik needs to get a first hand feel of how Anand conducts his classes ,the informal air and the comfort of familiarity whereby every student is known personally to Anand.These, Hrithik needs to experience .”

Hrithik won’t be the first Bollywood superstar to attend Anand Kumar’s classes .In 2013 when Prakash Jha made Arakshan Amitabh Bachchan attended  Anand’s classes before playing the Mathematician.

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Scoop:  Gujarati Actor Pratik Gandhi To Play Stock Market Phenomenon Harshad Mehta In Hansal Mehta’s Film

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It  is Mehta on Mehta  now. Filmmaker Hansal Mehta who has  made many memorable movies on  real-life  characters such as Shahid, Aligarh and Omerta, is all set to crack a bio-pic on the very complex  character  of Harshad Mehta, the stockmarket wizard who had  meteoric rise in  the 1980s  and who fell from grace  just as quickly.

 It is  reliably learnt that  Hansal Mehta who  is  a Gujarati  himself,decided to  cast only a  Gujarati in the lead.

Hansal Mehta has chosen the well-known Gujarati theatre and  film actor Pratik Gandhi to  play Harshad Mehta. Gandhi who is very popular in Gujarat,  will also be seen in a supporting role in Lovratri the film introducing Salman Khan’s brother-in-law Ayush Sharma.

Incidentally a really awfully film titled Gafla based on the Harshad Mehta scam was made in 2006. The  film made a mockery of  the man who shook the Indian stock market.

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