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Filmmaker Shoojit Sircar feels ‘Pink’ is more of a ‘movement’ and needs to be Tax Free

This contemporary youth-centric film conveys a strong, socially-relevant message about the choices young women of today make and about respecting those

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Nairobi, 20 Sept 2016: Filmmaker Shoojit Sircar is extremely proud of “Pink” and wants the film to be exempt from entertainment tax.

“We want it to be tax-free. People have been asking us to make it tax-free. I think we are on the verge of making it tax-free,” Sircar said at a press conference.

This contemporary youth-centric film conveys a strong, socially-relevant message about the choices young women of today make and about respecting those.

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Narrated in a linear manner, the simply presented film, essentially a courtroom drama, is powerful because of its dialogues and performances.

Sircar, who is known for his content-driven films, says he would make stories only when there is some lesson to be learnt.

“People ask me ‘why don’t you do potboilers?’ But in school, I learnt only one thing — that there has to be some moral to the story. And if there is no moral, there is no point in making a film.

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Directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhary, “Pink” stars Amitabh Bachchan in the role of a lawyer. The film also features Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari, Andrea Tariang, Angad Bedi, Piyush Mishra and Dhritiman Chatterjee in key roles.

Recently, filmmaker Ashoke Pandit said that “Pink” is a “movement” that needs to be made tax-free at theatres. (IANS)

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Women Are Rarely “Put Front And Center” At The Heart Of Climate Action

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Former President of Ireland and former High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson speaks during a meeting at Associated Press headquarters, in New York, May 8, 2017.
Former President of Ireland and former High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson speaks during a meeting at Associated Press headquarters, in New York, May 8, 2017. VOA

Women must be at the heart of climate action if the world is to limit the deadly impact of disasters such as floods, former Irish president and U.N. rights commissioner Mary Robinson said on Monday.

Robinson, also a former U.N. climate envoy, said women were most adversely affected by disasters and yet are rarely “put front and center” of efforts to protect the most vulnerable.

“Climate change is a man-made problem and must have a feminist solution,” she said at a meeting of climate experts at London’s Marshall Institute for Philanthropy and Entrepreneurship.

“Feminism doesn’t mean excluding men, it’s about being more inclusive of women and – in this case – acknowledging the role they can play in tackling climate change.”

Research has shown that women’s vulnerabilities are exposed during the chaos of cyclones, earthquakes and floods, according to the British think-tank Overseas Development Institute.

In many developing countries, for example, women are involved in food production, but are not allowed to manage the cash earned by selling their crops, said Robinson.

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The lack of access to financial resources can hamper their ability to cope with extreme weather, she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation on the sidelines of the event.

“Women all over the world are … on the front lines of the fall-out from climate change and therefore on the forefront of climate action,” said Natalie Samarasinghe, executive director of Britain’s United Nations Association.

“What we — the international community — need to do is talk to them, learn from them and support them in scaling up what they know works best in their communities,” she said at the meeting.

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Robinson served as Irish president from 1990-1997 before taking over as the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, and now leads a foundation devoted to climate justice. (VOA)