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Ghana hosts Indian Film Festival to motivate Ghanaian filmmakers

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Accra, Ghana: A film festival in Accra has made Ghanaian filmmakers optimistic of possible collaborations with their Indian counterparts to learn from their experiences, leading film producer Socrates Safo has said.

“We are keen and would want to collaborate with our counterparts in the Indian film industry to produce films for the international market,” Safo told IANS.

“We know they have vast experience in film production that we can tap into, but we are yet to make the approach. The time has come for collaboration to begin and once it starts, we believe it would be a long-lasting cooperative effort,” Safo added.

“Indian films have been popular in the country and since we have also started an industry that is growing there is nothing wrong in forging a relationship,” Safo said after the Indian high commission in Accra opened the three-day film festival on April 2.

Before the festival, there has been renewed growth in the interest in Indian films across the country as televisions stations have started broadcasting these films with local language sub-titles.

Safo informed a Ghanaian filmmaker had already started finishing work on a film produced with Indian actors who spoke in one of the country’s main local languages, “Twi”.

The high commission said the idea behind the film festival was to increase the bond of friendship between the people of the two countries. “Ghanaian friends are not strangers to Indian cinema.”

“For decades, Indian movies have been shown in cinema halls across the country. There are many cultural facets reflected through Indian cinema which receive an emotional response from Ghanaian friends because of the expansive cultural affinities between the two peoples despite geographical distance.”

Among some of the films shown were “Chalte Chalte”, “Paheli” and “Sholay” with sub-titles in English.(IANS)

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Paatal Lok and its Objectionable Motives

Recently released series Paatal Lok has objectionable motives and is offensive to the Gorkha people of Northeast India

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Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma produced a web series Patal Lok recently. The series has earned the anger of most of the Nepali speaking Gorkha communities in India.

SALIL GEWALI

One wonders why some crowd-pleasing film-makers feed their audience with trash. Nothing could be disgusting than the fact that we are being served with visual feasts that only hurt our hearts. Yes, why do a certain kind film stars and producers always see certain communities and races with the eyes of hatred? Without a sense of guilt, they cook up a series of cinematic theaters in the name of creativity and put those communities down, hurting their collective sentiment and pride. Are entertainment celebrities of modern times synonymous with sadism?

Most of the outrageous narratives and stereotyping are coming about from a “certain group” of showbiz actors and producers. Sadly, despite this, we naïve audiences heap our praises upon them. We waste our precious time watching their sleazes and load of prejudices. If one takes a close look at the proclivities and activities of those filmmakers, they have at times not only hurt the people’s sentiment but they have also “punctured” the very fabric of basic human values.

Well, very recently one such instance has made the news. A Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma, who has produced a web series Patal Lok, streaming from Amazon Prime, has earned the anger of most of the Nepali speaking Gorkha communities in India. What was very offensive to the Gorkha people of Northeast India is that one female character in that series has been demeaned and hurled at obscene terms in Nepali.  Many organizations immediately went up in arms against this sexually racial slur. Not just that, one lawyers’ guild from West Bengal (India) immediately filed a suit against the producer. The situation has already got very charged up. Two Members of Parliament (MP) from West Bengal and Sikkim have shot letters to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, New Delhi expressing a deep sense of displeasure and condemning the particular scene in the series. Another Congress MP from Assam – Mr. Gaurav Gogoi in his letter to the Minister vociferously berated the show and demanded that take the prompt action. The Assam MP has aptly underlined the unmatched contribution of the Gorkha communities to the country, particularly in nation-building. It seems the actress who only basks in the glamour world must be either not “aware” of the glorious history of Gorkhas or she has no sense of human sensitivity and compassion towards fellow citizens.

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The Gorkha community has been offended the by show produced by actress Anushka Sharma.

One scholar defense officer from Haryana says – “Prior to India’s independence the Gorkhas were the most trusted warriors to fight for the country besides their predominant presence now in every segment of defense service in the country.  Their sacrifices while protecting the nation, particularly in India-Pakistan borders…, and also while fighting various wars, are far beyond imagination. Is it the price of being loyal and heroic fighters for the nation?”  It appears the producer of the series is unable think beyond the immoral and hurtful obscenity? Why do they only carry racial prejudices against the people bearing the chinky/mongoloid feature, particularly from Northeast India. Is taking delight in hurting other communities and also tarnishing the image of the country before the global audience, not a perverse propensity?

This apart, the film series has come as a shocker to the Sikh and Brahmin communities as well. “Manjinder Singh Sirsa”, the former Akali Dal political leader and Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Prabandhak have also sent the legal notice to AMAZON Prime objecting to the contents and “idea behind this distasteful show”.

Nandkishore Gurjar, BJP MLA from Loni (Assembly constituency) of Uttar Pradesh, has as well formally lodged a complaint against Anushka Sharma for using his photo in the portion web-series without a prior permission. The MLA has taken exception to the fact that the AMAZON series depicts Gurjar community as criminals. He further pointed out that the series attempts to bring division and conflict among various castes in the country, such as the Jats of Punjab, Brahmins and Tyagis.  BJP leaders also added that the usage of casteist slurs in the series are highly objectionable. Nandkishore concludes that the series is apparently intended to show the Bhartiya Janata Party, and the country as a whole, in the poor light while showing a terror-free posture of Pakistan.

Incidentally, do we know how many films that have been produced in the past 10 years have directly or indirectly hurt the sentiment of a number of communities or their culture in India? Of course, there are lots. Their cinematic themes and contents are intended to shown the cultural ethos of certain communities in a bad light. Yes, such theatrical entertainment often pointedly aimed at belittling the social norms and morals as well, which is very paradoxical. How come those actors and actresses lost in the wilderness of “debauchery” and a cheap kind of entertainment can dictate terms of morality to the society?  There are a set of movies, including small screen serials, that have blatantly denigrated the “religious norms and moral practices” which are in existence since time immemorial.

But unfortunately, in most of the cases, the audiences get easily carried away by those filmmakers without knowing the ulterior motive behind their projects.  Usually, all such sinister passion and intention of the showbiz industries soon get buried in the thick cover of “forgetfulness” and people again start to praise and idolize the same bunch of actors and actresses. Is it not awfully bizarre?  Look at the production of the high-voltage film — “Padmavati” in 2018. The movie triggered unprecedented uprising and vandalism across the country for hurting the Rajput Communities. Very logically speaking, do any of our film stars like to be “reminded” about anything “ugly and hurtful” incidents concerning their own “parents” or ones they hold in high esteem? How could the Rajput community tolerate their “idol and motherly figure” PADMAVATI being projected as an object of lust who was shown being chased after by the despotic foreign invader Alauddin Khilji?

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In the movie Padmavati, the Rajput community’s motherly figure ‘Padmavati’ was projected as an object of lust who was shown being chased after by the despotic foreign invader Alauddin Khilji.

Similarly, films like Slumdog Millionaire, Inshallah Football, India’s Daughter… were produced only to put the country to shame, or to question the sovereignty of the nation bringing division among the different communities. How surprising, the elite people can stoop to look for ways to malign the country of their births!

More shocking — just a week back a comedian Surleen Kaur has demonstrate her unashamed indecency. In one of her shows, she linked the much-respected spiritual organization – ISKCON with pornography. The religious organization has already filed the suit against the comedian. Just think seriously what kind of future do we expect if such things are allowed and we continue to “clap and giggle” to their tune. Of course, it is difficult to watch films/shows these days together with family members.

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True, showbiz prospers and thrives on the support of millions of audiences. But phew, we get in return, if not only nauseating sleazes and profanity to mislead our youths, all toxicity that only goes to corrode the sanctity of our society and its treasured values. 

Lastly, the fun and entrainment at the cost of social humiliation, and disrespect to any community should not be tolerated at any cost. People are not a dead log to consume whatever put forth for commercial gains; they are human beings. They have enough good senses of differentiating between love and hatred, and good and bad. So, no film producer/director should serve the outrageous entrainment on their platters and thus mislead the society and “contaminate” the sanctity of Indian households and the mindset of our youths. The vulgar ambition of Indian showbiz is only posing a serious threat to the nation and its culture.

A Shillong-based writer and researcher, Salil Gewali is best known for his research-based work entitled ‘Great Minds on India’ which has earned worldwide appreciations. Translated into Twelve languages, his book has been prefaced by a world-acclaimed NASA Chief scientist – Dr. Kamlesh Lulla of Houston, USA.

[ Disclaimer: The pictures used in the article are supplied by the author, NewsGram has no intention of infringing copyrights. ]

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Bollywood has Faced a Major Setback Due To Lockdown, says Veteran Filmmaker Subhash Ghai

Filmmaker Subhash Ghai feels that the nationwide lockdown in the country was a "major setback" for Bollywood

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Subhash Ghai says that post this phase of fighting the global pandemic, the world will emerge to be a better version of what was before. Wikimediacommons

Veteran filmmaker Subhash Ghai feels that the nationwide lockdown in the country was a “major setback” for the Indian film industry. “Like any other industry, Bollywood will also have to face challenges as far as producing films is concerned,” he tells IANSlife.

Adding, “Like other industries, the film industry will also face challenges with new changes in producing films for big and small screen. The situation is still wait n watch post the lockdown. It was a major setback for us, but we will fight this out together. We are waiting for the cinemas to re-open; we will release the films again.” However, the ‘Karz’ director believes that post this phase of fighting the global pandemic, the world will emerge to be a better version of what was before.

“Trust me, it will be a better world with better wisdom, discipline, creative, innovative in socio political and economic platforms latest by post 2024. Changes in between may create chaos conflict and confusions in the world with new debatable decisions. But finally it will settle for better world. It will be ‘yuga parivartan’ period,” says the ‘showman of India’.

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We are waiting for the cinemas to re-open; we will release the films again, Ghai says. Pixabay

Ghai, who is the Chairman of Media & Entertainment Skills Council (MESC), is hosting a webinar on Vidyadaan, an initiative by MESC, which aims to provide informal vocational education and skill development. “It’s all for people and students who are eager to know about our first time initiative of Vidyadaan — a unique platform for informal education online and physical by connecting masters gurus and experts from various arts and crafts and professionals,” he says.

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During the webinar to be held in the coming week, Ghai will answer students’ queries as a Chairman of MESC. “Our key objective is to create a robust and vibrant eco-system for quality vocational education and skill development in Media & Entertainment Space in the country. I will emphasis on skill-based education rather than only imparting academic education.” (IANS)

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GoodwillforGood: Vidyut Jammwal Launches Initiative to Support Ideas of Entrepreneurs

Vidyut has also motivated his fans to stay physically and mentally fit during lockdown

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Vidyut Jammwal, Angira Dhar and others snapped during Commando 3 promotions in Delhi. Wikimedia Commons

Bollywood actor Vidyut Jammwal has started an initiative to support ideas from different parts of India.

Vidyut has been helping and motivating fans to stay physically and mentally fit since the beginning of the lockdown in March, and now he wants to help people stay financially fit too.

Talking about the initiative, Vidyut said: “I am what I am today because of the love and support I have received over the years. GoodwillforGood is an initiative that is very close to my heart and it is my way of giving it back to society. I have come across many ideas that have the power to make a difference but what they lack is a platform to showcase it. Through this initiative, I will promote these brilliant minds and their unconventional proposals.”

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“I have come across many ideas that have the power to make a difference but what they lack is a platform to showcase it.”, says Vidyut. Pixabay

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The fitness enthusiast is best known for starring in the “Commando” franchise.

Vidyut will next be seen in the movie “Khuda Haafiz”. (IANS)