Actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar is leading Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) and Amar Gandhi Foundations’ public health campaign to create awareness about non-communicable diseases.
Citing the World Health Organisation’s report on non-communicable diseases, Farhan said in a statement: “Nearly 61 per cent of deaths in India are now attributed to non-communicable diseases. Out of these, cardiovascular diseases (coronary heart disease, stroke, and hypertension) contribute to 45 per cent, followed by chronic respiratory disease (22 per cent), cancer (12 per cent) and diabetes (3 per cent).
“All of these are preventable if we reduce the intake of salt, sugar and oil from our diet, and maintain an active lifestyle.”
Veteran writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar beams with energy at the age of 75 and says he still has to do a lot of work.
“A lot of people have achieved so much more than me. I feel I have earned love of friends. I feel that I still have to do a lot of work. I can do a lot of things. I can write much more poetry, lyrics and scripts. I can associate myself with causes in which I believe in. I can speak my mind at different panel discussions, so that I can bring in change in people’s mindset,” said Akhar, at a photo exhibition organised on the occasion of his 75th birthday on Wednesday in Mumbai.
Akhtar, who has been active in the film industry for nearly five decades now, said: “Every human being goes through good and bad, happy and sad times in his life. I feel people have to look at their grand total, and if you keep cribbing about your past then there is no use. If your grand total is correct and if you are happy with it, then you will feel happy.”
Asked Akhtar what his kids had gifted him on his birthday, he said: “He (Farhan) has gifted me a really nice brown watch, so whenever I wear a brown kurta then I wear that watch. Zoya also gifts me things whenever she returns from her international trips but I feel she is the biggest gift of mine. What else I can ask for?”
Celebrities including Zoya Akhtar, Shabana Azmi, Farhan Akhtar, Shibani Dandekar, Sudhir Mishra, Divya Dutta, and Riteish Deshmukh attended the photo-exhibition. (IANS)
Filmmaker-actor-singer Farhan Akhtar pointed out a “glaring error” made in a West Bengal school book and urged the West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee to rectify it.
Farhan, who played the title role in the Indian track and field legend Milkha Singh’s biopic “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag”, pointed out that a Bengali school textbook carried his image instead of the athlete.
“To the Minister of School Education, West Bengal. There is a glaring error with the image used in one of the school text books to depict Milkha Singhji. Could you please request the publisher to recall and replace this book? Sincerely,” Farhan tweeted on Sunday.
Is India no longer safe for children, wonder Bollywood film celebrities like Farhan Akhtar and Riteish Deshmukh, expressing anger over the gang rape and assault of an eight-year-old schoolgirl in Madhya Pradesh.
The child was abducted while she was waiting for her father outside her school on Tuesday. She was gang raped, her throat slit and left to die.
A day later, the Madhya Pradesh Police arrested Irfan alias Bhaiyu, 20, a labourer, on the basis of CCTV footage, followed by the arrest of another construction worker in the case. Both were booked under relevant sections of the IPC and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
Here’s what celebrities, disheartened and disturbed by such incidents of crimes against children, tweeted:
Riteish Deshmukh: Nothing angers me more than this. A 7 year old is kidnapped and gang raped. Enough is enough. The culprits should be flogged and hanged publicly.
Farhan Akhtar: Given the alarming frequency and the sheer perversion of the crime, one must ask… Is our country no longer safe for children?
Swara Bhaskar: Shameful and horrifying news from Mandsaur where a child was gang raped and brutalised. Glad to note that leaders have assured a speedy trial. These monsters deserve the harshest punishment.
Esha Gupta: I am sorry little girl. Sorry this country isn’t safe for you. Sorry these men don’t see you as a God’s child that you are. Sorry that the people are seeing just politics in this, but not the love that you are.
Richa Chadha: How can anyone do this to another human being, let alone a child? Depravity! Kudos to Mandsaur Superintendent of Police for nabbing the culprit within the day and to Yunus Shaikh for announcing the accused will get no burial.
Vishal Dadlani: Ain’t it amazing? Instead of questioning the government about the disgusting Mandsaur rape, right-wing heroes only e-question those who demanded justice for Kathua and Unnao? By the way, has BJP taken out rapist-bachao rallies in Mandsaur yet? They did, in Kathua.
Shruti Seth: Instead of name calling shouldn’t we all unanimously condemn all rapes and every rapist? How about committing ourselves to keeping every child of our country safe from crimes. It’s a fight we must fight together. (IANS)