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President Rule in Arunachal a hurried decision: Shatrughan Sinha

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New Delhi: Disgruntled BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha on Saturday questioned the union cabinet’s decision to recommend President’s Rule in Arunachal Pradesh and wondered what was the hurry when the matter was in court.

“I have tremendous faith in our dashing, dynamic, action hero Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” Sinha tweeted.

“But wonder who the ‘great’ advisors are who advised President’s Rule in Arunachal Pradesh. That too when the matter is sub judice, in the Supreme Court, under a five judge constitutional bench. Wonder what was the hurry and worry,” he added.

Sinha’s reaction came a day after the central government submitted in the Supreme Court its response to a petition filed by the Congress challenging Arunachal Pradesh Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa’s report recommending the imposition of President’s Rule in the state.

“God forbid, if the decision does not go in our favour, wonder what explanation and answer we will have for our respected prime minister,” Sinha said in another tweet. (IANS)

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Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune to Screen Films Made by its Alumni from August 5

Authorities believe that renowned artists like Naseeruddin Shah, Rajkumar Hirani, and Subhash Ghai were FTII students once and it will be interesting to watch what they did when they were stepping in the world of cinema

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FTII is the latest entrant to adopt the practice of outdoor screening. Wikimedia
  • Films previously made by students of FTII to be screened for the larger public in  a short-film festival
  • FTII has nearly 500 diploma films in its archives that are now in the process of restoration
  • Padaarpan is scheduled to begin from August 5

Pune, July 29, 2017: In the year 1976, a direction student at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, Saeed Mirza made a documentary titled ‘An Actor Prepares’, in which he interviewed acting students at FTII on what they felt about their prospects in Bollywood as part of his final year project. One of the persons interviewed in the film was his batch-mate Om Puri, who was pessimistic in his outlook. During his student life at FTII, Om Puri acted in five diploma films namely Amrita, An Elusive Dream,  Khukari, Navjatak, and Duniya Chalti Hai. However, none of us heard or watched those films, only until now.

The Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune has now decided to conduct public viewing of a series of diploma films by its alumni over the years. The public screening of these films, which will be free of any cost is to commence on August 5.

Since its inception in 1960, students have made diploma films as part of the academic curriculum at FTII. However, these films were never accessible to the larger public. “The diploma films made by the students as part of their final year project work generally do not see the light of the day. So, we have decided to screen them for the public at our premises once in a week”, said FTII director Bhupendra Kainthola, calling these diploma films “goldmines”, as reported by PTI.

Bhupendra Kinthola is the current director of FTII.
FTII Pune director Bhupendra Kainthola in conversation with students. Wikimedia

FTII is one of the finest institutes for films in the country. Over the years, it has produced a fine list of noted actors, filmmakers, cinematographers, editors and technical staff for the Hindi, Tamil and Kannada film industry alike, that include names like Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Girish Kasaravalli, Rajkumar Hirani and Resul Pookutty. Actors like Raj Kumar Yadav, Naseeruddin Shah, and Shabana Azmi also make the list of prominent FTII alumni.

The scheduled film screenings, which will be no less than a short film festival, will be called ‘Padaarpan’ meaning baby steps, and will be held starting Aug 5 at the institute’s main theatre which has a capacity of 200 seats. Advertisements will be given out in newspapers about the screenings of these movies, entry to which will be free of any cost and on first come-first serve basis.

According to the PTI report, the inaugural event will be attended by veteran actor and FTII alumnus Shatrughan Sinha, who as a student had acted in a diploma film titled “Angry Young Man”. Sinha’s diploma film would also be screened on the occasion, said Kainthola.

Sinha was a student at FTII
Veteran actor and FTII alumni Shatrughan Sinha. Wikimedia

FTII continues to be a landmark institution with its students winning most national awards and short film competition in the student film category. More recently, a short film Afternoon Clouds, made by Payal Kapadia, a student at FTII was also screened under the Cinefondation category at the 70th Cannes Film Festival in May this year. The film was among the 14 works of fiction and two animation films nominated in the short film competition category, which was open to film schools across the world and received over 2,600 submissions.

However, such masterpieces by FTII students have remained unknown to the wider audiences.

In the past, FTII new and old film projects have been aired on DD Bharati in 2007, before the practice was discontinued for reasons unknown. In 2008, Lok Sabha TV had screened 15 students’ film under a section titled ‘First Cut’.  The practice was restarted in 2013 with DD Bharati showcasing some of the films but the period was short lived.

Today, FTII has nearly 500 diploma films in its archives that are now in the process of restoration.

The decision of conducting public viewing of past diploma films again will not only help students’ work get greater exposure but also create an opportunity for the larger population to witness quality work of film students and be a part of a short-film festival.

Officials at FTII are already in the process of finalizing the films to be screened. “They have been selected either based on their selection for national and international awards or if any famous personality was part of it”, Kainthola told PTI.

Gajendra Chauhan, former FTII chairman also believes that this will be a good initiative as people will get to view the works of their favorite artists when they were students.

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In 2016, the possibility of Prasar Bharti to start a new channel to screen diploma and documentary films produced at various national film institutes was considered. A proposal to screen the films at Doordarshan was also submitted to the Information and Broadcasting Ministry which is still pending.

– by Soha Kala of NewsGram. Twitter @SohaKala


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Jeetendra feels his life not worth a biography since it lacks ‘masala’

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Mumbai: According to Bollywood yesteryear superstar Jeetendra, his life is not worth being converted into a biography since it is very simple and lacks “masala”.

“My life is very simple, it is not worth being written into a biography, for that ‘masala’ is required,” said Jeetendra at an event here.

Legends of the industry like Dilip Kumar and Dev Anand have come with their autobiographies, and recently, superstar-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha has unveiled his biography “Anything But Khamosh” written by Bharathi S Pradhan.

Jeetendra was present at a musical event organized by IMC Ladies Wing to celebrate Women’s Day, which falls on March 8, on Wednesday. Renowned singer Anuradha Paudwal, and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s wife Amruta, who has recently sung for the Priyanka Chopra-starer “Jai Gangaajal” were also present to honour women entrepreneurs.

On International Women’s Day, he said: “I think every day is a women’s day in my home.. there are two big women, my wife and my daughter (Shobha and Ekta Kapoor), they have done a good job in their life, so when I look at them, it is women’s day for me.”

Ekta and Shobha Kapoor have established their footprint as producers in the television and film industry. (IANS) (Image source: movies.dosthana.com)

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‘Advani can be better PM, revoke Kirti Azad’s suspension’

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New Delhi: Raising a fresh controversy, BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha on Tuesday said that India was in need of leader like Advani who was still fit to be Prime Minister.

“The state India is currently in, with problems on the border and problems outside, we can use someone with the intellect of Advani. He can guide India with his experience and knowledge,” Sinha said.

He further added that Advani was a silver lining in the political clout and he should be put to better use by the BJP.

Speaking about the suspension of Kirti Azad from the party, Sinha said: “Kirti Azad has been fighting corruption against DDCA for 9 years. I find the decision to suspend him is unfortunate. Many inside the party feel that his suspension should be revoked. He has spoken out on corruption not on party, it’s not anti-party.”

Kirti Azad, BJP MP from Darbhanga was recently suspended from the party after he raised the issue of corruption in the Delhi and District Cricket Association during the time when Arun Jaitely was its head.

Sinha also spoke about dissent in the party and said that the ‘Marg Darshak Mandal’ of the BJP was disturbed by the developments happening in the party. L K Advani is also a member of the Marg Darshak Mandal.

Sinha added that if the party wants it could expel him, but he would not go silently as he was not involved in any anti-party activities.

Sinha’s autobiography ‘Anything but Khamosh’ (Anything but Silent) is scheduled to be released on Wednesday by Advani. (Photo: tribune.com.pk)