Wednesday December 13, 2017

Watch it, Weekend it: Let’s celebrate last five Indian Oscar entries

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By Atul Mishra

NewsGram is back with your personal downloadable film festival! Humdrums and hullabaloo over the course of hectic week must have been getting on your nerves. So let’s lighten it all up by celebrating the last five films which were chosen as India’s official entries to the Oscars for the ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ category.

Court, 2014

This film has been garnering lot of attention these days as it was recently selected for India’s official entry at the 88th Academy Awards. So all is not veiled with this magnificent Marathi courtroom drama and the pragmatics of Indian legal system presented on the celluloid.

Court_(film)_POSTERWinning Best Feature Film at 62nd National Film Awards, having gotten premiered at 71st Venice International Film Festival winning the Best Film in Horizons category, director Chaitanya Tamhane getting Luigi De Laurentiis (Lion of the Future), all these gigantic accolades speak a lot about this masterpiece.

Why to watch it- Brilliant script, intelligently hard hitting and yet sensitive, extraordinary exposition of the worrying state of freedom of speech in the Indian democracy.

(P.S.- Pray that we’ve our fourth nomination after Mother India, Salam Bombay and Lagaan; and pray even more that we’ve our first win!)

Liar’s Dice, 2013

You’ve been too much in the courtroom, inside witness stand. Let’s take you to the roads outside!

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‘Liar’s dice’, a Hindi road drama film directed by debutant Geetu Mohandas, narrates the story of a young mother, living in remote village, whose husband goes missing after having left to work many months ago. At a deeper level, the film deals with the issues of migrant labors and their jeopardy.

This film was submitted as India’s official entry to the 87th Academy Awards by the Film Federation of India (FFI), but wasn’t nominated.

Why to watch it- Propelling acting by Nawazuddin Siddiqui, exotic cinematography and audaciously heartening and moving.

The Good Road, 2012

Let’s hitchhike and explore the labyrinthine roads more!

‘The Good Road’ is a 2013 Indian drama film written and directed by Gyan Correa. It was selected for the official entry at 86th Academy Awards. The film is an amalgamation of many stories intertwined intricately and playing around majorly in a highway in suburban Gujarat.

The_Good_Road_Gujarati_Movie_PosterThe film won the Best Gujarati film award at the 60th National Film Awards for “capturing the flavor of the never-ending and undulating highways of the other India and its hidden facets.”

Why to watch it- Terrifying highway diaries will make you forget yourself!

Barfi, 2012

A Hindi drama film that explores the life of Murphy “Barfi” and his relationships with two women, one of them is autistic.

 

Barfi-Movie-Poster-Designs-21Pratim D. Gupta of ‘The Telegraph’, after the film’s release, had said, “The brilliance of Barfi is that it’s no story and all storytelling. It’s about a director at the top of his game orchestrating terrific talent into a bravura crescendo. Only someone who has showed death the door can open windows to life like this.”

This film was selected for the entry at 85th Academy Awards.

Why to watch it- Heart touching and visually stunning film, warm and brilliant acting by Ranbir Kapoor who is deaf and yet speaks so much with his candid expressions.

Adaminte Makan Abu (Abu, Son of Adam), 2011

A 2011 Malayalam drama film written, directed and co-produced by Salim Ahamed, ‘Abu, Son of Adam’, narrates the story of a perfume seller whose last wish of his life is to go on Hajj pilgrimage.

AdaminteMakanAbuThe film had garnered four National Film Awards: Best Film, Best Actor, Best Cinematography and Best Background Score, at the 58th National Film Awards. It was officially selected as India’s entry at the 84th Academy Awards.

The film, apart from narrating old man’s strive to fulfill his wish, projects the stark universal theme of human relationships beyond caste and religion.

Why to watch it- Marvelous acting, a rare insight into Muslim life of Kerala, showcase of peaceful piousness.

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Child Can not be Thrown Out of a Class on the “Whims and Fancies”: Delhi Court

A Delhi court has said that keeping students out of the classroom can put 'immense' pressure on their young, impressionist minds.

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A delhi court released an order saying schools can throw kids out of class
Following judgement on a 2012 case, a Delhi court says school authorities cannot keep students out of the class as it is mentally challenging for the kids.(representational image). Wikimedia
  • Delhi court says a child cannot be thrown out of class
  • Convicts face jail-term and fine for willfully neglecting student
  • The offense entails a maximum of six months in jail under the old law

New Delhi, July 27, 2017: The Director and Principal of a school were sentenced a two-month jail term by a Delhi court on July 26 for causing mental trauma to a seven-year-old student by keeping her out of the class.

The court has said that a child cannot be thrown out of class as per the “whims and fancies” of school authorities because this can cause “immense” trauma to the child. It also directed OPG World School director Kavitha Chandra and principal Rajwant Kaur to pay a compensation of Rs. 2.5 lakh each to the child, mentioned PTI report.

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Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Ankur Jain held the accused guilty of deliberately neglecting the child, who was in class 3 at the time of the incident in 2012, causing her mental distress under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act.

However, the court has accepted the convicts’ plea to suspend their sentence for a month, granting them bail to enable them to file an appeal against the judgment before a superior court.

The offense entails a maximum of six months in jail under the old law, which after the amendment has been increased to three years.

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A FIR had been lodged in 2012 following a complaint by the father and an NGO claiming ill-treatment of the child by school management on April 4, 2012, after he had questioned it over an increase in fees and accessory charges. The complaint alleged that the child was incorrectly kept away from her classmates, and confined at places in the school devoid of any children, or activity.

The school authorities, however, claimed that the parents had requested for a transfer certificate (TC), which had been issued on April 23, 2012, and instead of collecting it, the child had been sent to school to attend classes. On claims of not feeling “comfortable”, and knowing her history of asthma, the child was sent to an infirmary to rest.

The court refused to accept this version of the school authorities. “The theory of the child being not well also cannot be believed as the attendant/nurse from the infirmary was never examined to prove the factum of the child not being well”, the court said, further adding that the child bared unnecessary mental suffering by not being allowed to sit in class.

Advocate Chandra Suman, who represented the child, believes this is a first of its kind judgment against school authorities for “mentally harassing a child.

– prepared by Soha Kala for NewsGram. Twitter @SohaKala


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Billed as World’s Largest, Bihar Government tells Patna High Court human chain participation was Voluntary

The PIL wanted to know under what provision the state government decided to stop traffic on national and state highways for the January 21 human chain programme in support of prohibition

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Human chain of Bihar being questioned b Patna High court
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Patna, Jan 20, 2017: The Bihar government today assured the Patna High Court that participation in Saturday’s human chain, billed as the world’s largest, was voluntary and alternative routes are being created to avoid traffic chaos due to the closure of national highways and state highways for five hours.

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Principal Additional Advocate General Lalit Kishore gave the state’s reply to a division bench of Acting Chief Justice Hemant Gupta and Justice Sudhir Singh during hearing of a PIL filed by NGO “Forum for Public Interest Litigation”.

The PIL wanted to know under what provision the state government decided to stop traffic on national and state highways for the January 21 human chain programme in support of prohibition.

The counsel for the petitioner, Shahibhusan Kumar, presented before the court a newspaper report which stated that block education officer of Sasaram passed a coercive order that students who do not participate in the human chain programme would be deprived of benefits provided by the state government.

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The court directed Chief Secretary Anjani Kumar Singh and Director General of Police P K Thakur to personally appear before it tomorrow to clarify on this and also how media comes under essential services to get exemption for plying vehicles on that day.

Kishore told the court that participation in human chain programme is voluntary and “there is no mandatory order for participation”. People are requested to join the programme through appeal, he said.

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Regarding participation of school students, he said, the Education Department, which is conducting the human chain, has exempted students below class V from participating in the human chain and participation of students of class V and above is voluntary.

The Nitish Kumar government has planned the gigantic human chain spread across more than 11,292 km involving around two crore people.

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Terror Attacks wiped out the whole Generation of Balochistan’s Lawyers in Pakistan

It has been 12 days since the lawyers began boycotting and refusing to represent their clients in the court

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Representational Image (Lawyers Movement in Pakistan). Image source: Wikimedia Commons
  • The suicide bomb blast on August 8 at the entrance to the emergency department of the hospital in Quetta, has left the region lawless in more than one way
  • As the country mourned the victims, the lawyers said they would boycott court proceedings indefinitely
  • Now, there are very few lawyers left in Baluchistan and it will take years for the legal community to recover from this tragedy

August 19,2016: In what can be described as a devastating and inhumane attack, about 60 senior practicing lawyers and barristers were killed in the Baluchistan’s Capital Quetta on Monday, August 8. The suicide bomb blast on Monday at the entrance to the emergency department of the hospital in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan, has left the region lawless in more than one way.

Balochistan faces many problems ranging from a suppressing government to the terrorist organisations, that has left the city in a precarious condition. Baluchistan, which is the home of the decades-old separatist insurgency is filled by real grievances over neglect and lack of political representation, mentioned The Washington Post. It borders Iran and Afghanistan and has abundant natural resources like oil and gas. There is violence between Sunni and Shia sect of the Muslim community, and leaders of the province are widely considered corrupt by many. There have been many reports of journalists being kidnapped as well, that makes it difficult for foreign journalists to step in that area.

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The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Jamaat-ur-Ahrar, Pakistani Taliban faction and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as ISIS, have both claimed responsibility for the suicide attack at a hospital in Pakistan’s Quetta that killed more 70 people and injured more than a hundred.

The lawyers were at the emergency unit, because earlier that day (August 8) Bilal Anwar Kasi, the former president of the Balochistan Bar Association was shot by armed men. He was on his way to work when he was attacked and later he died due to the injuries. The lawyers and two cameramen who were present at the hospital to pay respect to Kasi who died from the blast at the gate of the emergency room were killed too.

Map of Balochistan. Image source: Wikimedia Commons
Map of Balochistan. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

As the country mourned the victims, the lawyers said they would boycott court proceedings indefinitely. It has been 12 days since the start of the boycott and the lawyers have refused to partake in judicial activities. They have refrained from appearing in the district sessions and high courts throughout the city. The lawyers refused to show up to represent their clients and judicial activities remained suspended.

Now, there are very few lawyers left in Baluchistan and it will take years for the legal community to recover from this tragedy.

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A member of the Baluchistan Bar Council, Barkhurdar Khan, was one of the few lawyers who survived the attack. Through social media, he has expressed his sadness and the details of the heartbreaking incident. He has practiced in Quetta for nine months and he shares his grief over the death of his fellow law-practitioners, mentioned a leading news portal.

“All, I repeat ALL senior practicing lawyers and barristers died today. The number of junior lawyers, who are the sole breadwinners of their homes and who are now unemployed runs into hundreds, “said Khan to The Washington Post. “Most of those who died were first-gen educated. The scenes of misery and loss cannot be put into words. The bent shoulders of their fathers, the broken backs of their brothers. Their kids, still oblivious to their own loss, playing and hoping.”

– prepared by Ajay Krishna of NewsGram. Twitter: @ajkrish14

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