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By Salil Gewali
Many firmly believe that Bollywood is synonymous with sleaze. Here the art and skills of the talent are ruthlessly undermined. The weight of “nepotism” is so heavy, many easily get crushed to pieces. The recent tragic suicide incident of a promising star Sushant Singh Rajput is indicative of all that. His tragic death has sent the shockwave across the country, having a phenomenal fan following. It is very much understandable that the humble and kind-hearted actor has suffered tremendous humiliation from the top honchos from the film industry. One fan of Sushant from New Delhi quips: As Sushant Rajput, lots of other talents have thus fallen victim to the one-upmanship of particular gangsters in the film industry. They use all possible means to dampen the spirit of the fresh entrants.” Of course, those cunning few bullies, without a bit of mercy, “sabotage” even the high-voltage projects, turning the big dream of the new enthusiasts into a nightmare! Even the son of superstar Amitabh Bachchan was not spared. From his early days, he experienced a similar kind of misfortune, and is still struggling.
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Yes, Sushant Singh’s suicide, which is the consequential outcome of the intense depression due to ill-treatment from those concerned, has quite provoked some of the stars to speak out in the public forum. Maybe they call it an opportunity. The best time to call a spade a spade! From here the public got to know many long-kept secrets. A veteran actress Raveena Tandon, who has many awards under her belt, thunders her bitter feelings – “When you speak the truth, you are branded a liar, mad, and psychotic. ‘Chamcha’ journos write pages & pages destroying all the hard work that you might have done. The more ‘they’ tried to bury me, the harder I fought back.” Isn’t it a clear portrayal of how the insensitivity overwhelms the B-town? It is fairly obvious now that the feeling, aspiration and ambition of Sushant Singh was considerably shattered.
Here again is the pent-up anger of a film director and screenwriter – Abhinav Kashyap who demonstrated his extra boldness to write in his recent Facebook post – “The death of Sushant Singh Rajput brings under scanner the role YRF Talent Management Agency. They ruin your career and life. Having suffered personally for a decade, I can confidently say every Talent Manager and all Talent Management Agencies of Bollywood are a potential death Trap for Artists”.
Similarly, a deep sense of disgust has also been aired by Kangana Ranaut who blames the deep-rooted sleaze in the industry. She says with conviction – “Sushant didn’t commit suicide; it was a murder. He had no godfather; hence he was never acknowledged by the film industry.” Now a lot many are coming out from their cocoons to inform that glamourous stars are unglamorous at heart!
No wonder, many aspirants have to sacrifice their souls to climb up the ladder of success in Bollywood while the “fall” is anytime possible. Well, who all are those big names that have been domineeringly playing the dirty game for decades in the industry is not very tough to guess anymore! But what is disgusting is that those “villains” have rock-hard support of certain forces that are seemingly “invincible”. Being very upset, one Bihar-based advocate Sudhir Kumar Ojha has filed a complaint in a court in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur against Karan Johar, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Salman Khan, Ekta Kapoor and four other people from Bollywood in connection with Sushant’s death.
Incidentally, those Bollywood self-righteous folks never hesitate to produce the films and web-series that hurt the ethos and the culture of the country itself. Bollywood has long earned a bad reputation for churning up the movies which portray the religious values of the “particular communities” in a bad light. Those filmmakers have a rare penchant for taking delight in belittling and humiliating those communities with the specific religion. At times, even the anti-nation activities and subversive forces in the country are deliberately applauded by those wanton cabals. Just recall who had visited JNU or who had kept in touch with “Tukre-Tukre gangs” to further their nefarious agendas!
Not just that, they incite the violent forces or demean the Indian army to hurt the integrity of the nation. Under the guise of “freedom of expression”, those film brigands have spoken the “unspeakable” and shown the “unshowable” through our Home TV screens. They have imported “special stars” that have only gone to contaminate the purity of the Indian households. One concerned elderly scholar Dr. Vinod Rathore from Mumbai laments
“Please check out with your clear-headed mind how our young children could be safe when the vulgar and obscene Bollywood shows boom in our drawing rooms. It is Bollywood that has first taught our tender minds about the promiscuity and all crass obscenities.” Frankly speaking, these filmmakers have apparently lost their human sensibility and sensitivity to differentiate between what is right and what is wrong for the audience. All family values have been brazenly trampled upon and we remain dumb like a log.
One IT student Hemant Sharma from Lovely University from Jalandhar remarks — “Bollywood is no more the place for the expression of the decent talent by the decent people. Entrenched nepotism, back-stabbing and debauchery have completely held the center stage.” One feels Ms. Sharma is totally right. The aesthetic environment has heavily contaminated in the industry.
So, it is always “advisable” for the new aspirants not to be too attracted by the outer glitz and glamour of the Indian filmdom. Your talents do not at all impress those mafia and scumbags ruling the roost. Therefore, it is wise to think a thousand times before you plan to dive into this murky “glamour pond”. The big fishes will not let you swim gracefully. Your movement will be stifled here. Phew, the more you go deeper, the more it stinks of depravity! Even the incredible talent with a generous heart – Sushant Singh could not survive!
Hi guys, how long shall we let those film bullies murder the talent of the incredible stars and get away? Please don’t clap for them!!
About the Author– An India-based writer and researcher, Salil Gewali is best known for his research-based work entitled ‘Great Minds on India’ which has earned worldwide appreciation. Translated into Twelve languages, his book has been prefaced by a world-acclaimed NASA Chief scientist – Dr. Kamlesh Lulla of Houston, USA.
Actor and dancer Susovan Sonu Roy began his career as a western dancer. Bengali Actor Susovan Sonu Roy was a part of the Star Jalsha channel's serial named "Kora Pakhi". He played a negative role in the serial for several months, along with lead actress Parno Mitra. He acted in the Star Jalsha channel's serial "Mohor", and through Mohor, he got "Kora Pakhi", which is the same production house project.
Susovan Sonu Roy debuted with the serial "Anandamoyee Maa", on the Aakash Aath channel. He has also acted in Zee Bangla channel's serial "Jamuna Dhaki," in which he played the role of a neighbour. After that, Susovan Sonu Roy acted in the Star Jalsha channel's serial named "Titli" in which he played a vital role. He has also starred in a serial called "Khelaghor.". People recognised him as an actor after being cast in so many serials.
The Kolkata Actor Susovan Sonu Roy dared to leave his job to follow his dreams in the field of acting. After graduation, he auditioned for many Mumbai based projects, and later on, he auditioned for his hometown, i.e., Kolkata based projects and did workshops under the production house of renowned Directors and Producers for two years (2016 -2018).
A two-member team of Mugdha Dubey and Mahyah Binti Idris from NewsGram interviewed Bengali actor Susovan Sonu Roy, a budding actor and western dancer, about his career, struggle and various issues in the entertainment industry on Saturday.
The Kolkata Actor Susovan Sonu Roy dared to leave his job to follow his dreams in the field of acting. | NewsGram
Readout excerpts from the interview with Susovan Sonu Roy.
Mahyah Binti Idris: Before we begin with this interview, would you like to tell us something about yourself?
SS Roy: So, basically, I am an actor from Kolkata, and I have worked in Bengali TV Serials, and I started my career in the entertainment industry as a western dancer. When I was just five years old, I lost my father in a car accident. Despite my difficult upbringing, my mother never wavered in her commitment of achieving the goals I set for myself.
Mahyah Binti Idris: Despite your mother's wishes, what was the inspiration that made you decide to pursue a career in acting/dancing instead of singing?
SS Roy: I am a firm believer of the fact that inspiration comes from within, and positivity is essential. Things go your way when you're upbeat and optimistic. I enjoy the work I do, and once I started my career in the entertainment industry, there was no turning back, I kept acquiring one project after another. I have always wanted to be an actor, and I am happy that I found my inspiration from within.
Mahyah Binti Idris: You played a negative character in 'Kora Pakhi' for several months. What kind of impact did it have on your professional life after opting for such a role?
SS Roy: I am pretty comfortable in opting for any kind of role I am offered because I believe acting is acting, whether it is a big role, a minor role, a negative or a positive role. I take inspiration from the likes of Shahrukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Mithun Chakraborty and John Abraham.
Mahyah Binti Idris: Nowadays, cyberbullying and trolling are getting more frequent. How do you handle trolls or deal with criticism?
SS Roy: Trolls exist just to cause others distress. I ignore all the negativity and don't let it affect me in any way. If anyone lets the negative comments get into their head, they will find it difficult to do anything, as negativity hinders pursuing dreams.
Mahyah Binti Idris: What, in your opinion, is more crucial to long-term success in the field of acting, additional projects or formal training?
SS Roy: Indeed, training about the various techniques used in acting is essential, and once you get into the role, everything comes out naturally but that doesn’t mean one should stop training to become better day by day, training and trying to improve your skills is very important.
Mahyah Binti Idris: Where do you see yourself in a few years, and what projects do you have on your bucket list?
SS Roy: I auditioned for a movie that will feature Kajal Aggarwal in the lead. My ultimate goal is to crack a role in Bollywood. I want to gain as much experience as possible in serials and movies.
Mugdha Dubey: What is the difference in the challenges one faces while struggling to gain a role in regional cinema and Bollywood?
SS Roy: The difference in struggle is huge; it is pretty challenging to get a role in Bollywood. But I believe that experience matters and gives you an edge over others because you are already aware of some techniques used in acting and won't commit the mistakes a fresher does. I got the chance to audition for a movie with the lead as Kajal Agarwal because of my experience.
Mugdha Dubey: Have you ever witnessed nepotism firsthand, or did you ever feel that nepotism is prevalent in the Kolkata film industry?
SS Roy: Nothing can stop you if you put in the effort and stay true to your ambitions. But, one cannot ignore the fact that nepotism is everywhere, be it Bollywood or Tollywood. The acquaintances of artists get easily recognized but that shouldn’t demotivate aspiring actors because your hard work matters and if you keep working hard in the right direction, you will surely get recognized.
Mugdha Dubey: What message or tips would you like to convey to today's youngsters and those who aspire to become actors?
SS Roy: I would encourage the young generation to stand up for what they believe in and make the world a better place for future generations by following your passions and utilizing your inborn talents and abilities. If they aspire to become actors, I would like to tell them that mere luck will not be sufficient to become an actor; the struggle is real. You need to work very hard and train yourself to become an actor. Your success and failure depend on what you do, and the type of content you can produce, and one should always try to improve themselves.
(Keywords: Susovan Sonu Roy, Tollywood, bollywood news, actor, dancer, nepotism, struggle, kolkata, bengali)
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NASA will pay up to $1 million to people who can come up with innovative and sustainable food production ideas to feed astronauts in space, as the US space agency prepares to send astronauts further into the cosmos than ever before. Giving future explorers the technology to produce nutritious, tasty, and satisfying meals on long-duration space missions will give them the energy required to uncover the great unknown. In coordination with the Canadian Space Agency, NASA has launched the 'Deep Space Food Challenge' that calls on teams to design, build, and demonstrate prototypes of food production technologies that provide tangible nutritional products -- or food.
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"Feeding astronauts over long periods within the constraints of space travel will require innovative solutions," said Jim Reuter, associate administrator for NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate in Washington, DC. "Pushing the boundaries of food technology will keep future explorers healthy and could even help feed people here at home," he said in a statement. Over time, food loses its nutritional value. That means for a multi-year mission to Mars, bringing along pre-packaged food will not meet all the needs for maintaining astronaut health.
Innovative food production technology that produces safe, acceptable, palatable, nutritious food products. |UnsplashUnsplash
In October 2021, Phase 1 of the challenge culminated as NASA awarded 18 teams a total of $450,000 for their concepts for innovative food production technology that produces safe, acceptable, palatable, nutritious food products. NASA now invites both new and existing teams to enter Phase 2 for a prize purse up to $1 million. "Everything needed to store, prepare and deliver food to the crew, including production, processing, transport, consumption, and disposal of waste should be considered," said NASA. Proposed technologies such as plant growth systems, manufactured food products, and ready-to-eat solutions combined could provide the future crews with a variety of options that would provide the needed daily nutrition, it added. (IANS/SP)
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People suffering from depression are more likely to believe vaccine-related misinformation, according to a new study. The study found that people with moderate or greater symptoms of depression were more likely to believe at least 1 of 4 false statements about Covid-19 vaccines.
Those who believed the statements to be true were half as likely to be vaccinated, the study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, indicated. 'It is clear the pandemic has taken a heavy toll on the mental health of Americans, especially young people," said researcher Katherine Ognyanova from Rutgers University, the US.
People suffering from depression are more likely to believe vaccine-related misinformation. | Unsplash
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, approximately one-quarter of adults in the US have consistently reported moderate or greater depressive symptoms during the Covid-19 pandemic. The findings suggest that people suffering from depression may be at a higher risk of Covid-19, highlighting the need to address mental health disorders.
For the study, the team used data from the research group The Covid States Project, which conducted surveys approximately once every six weeks since April 2020. The researchers analysed data from 15,464 adults in the US and the participants were asked to rate vaccine-related misinformation as accurate (statement is true), inaccurate (statement is not true) or not sure.
Approximately one-quarter of adults in US reported moderate or greater depressive symptoms during the Covid-19 pandemic. | Unsplash
The four statements of misinformation included "The Covid-19 vaccines will alter people's DNA", "The vaccines contain microchips that could track people", "The vaccines contain the lung tissue of aborted fetuses", and "The -19 vaccines can cause infertility, making it more difficult to get pregnant". The survey participants completed a health questionnaire to measure major depressive symptoms over two weeks. (IANS/ MBI)
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