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Let’s maximise Ganesh Chaturthi, minimise pollution: B-Town

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Mumbai: Festive spirit swept the tinsel town with chants of ‘Ganpati Bappa Morya’ echoing on the virtual platform, courtesy celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit, Arjun Kapoor and Dia Mirza, who wished their fans and followers a ‘Happy Ganesh Chaturthi’ on Twitter.

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Stars like Arjun, Dia, Nimrat Kaur and Sophie Choudry also stressed on the need to go eco-friendly to celebrate the festival as a step towards a better tomorrow.

Ganesh Chaturthi is a Hindu festival which marks the birth of Lord Ganesha, and is being celebrated across India on Thursday.

Here’s what the celebrities tweeted:

Amitabh Bachchan: Happy Ganesh Chaturthi … blessings and prosperity and love.

Sridevi: Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to all of you. May this day bring prosperity, happiness and peace in your lives. Ganpati Bappa Morya!

Madhuri Dixit Nene: Happy Ganesh Chaturthi. My most favorite celebration of the year!

Sonu Sood: Happy Ganesh Chaturthi… May Ganpati bless everyone!

Nimrat Kaur: Let’s maximise this Ganesh Chaturthi with minimum noise, pollution, inconvenience to those around us! A celebration can’t be any other way.

Sushant Singh Rajput: Faith is the window… Happy Ganesh Chaturthi everyone.

R. Madhavan: WISH YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY GANESH CHATURTHI… May the good lord bless you with all the peace, happiness and great Health.

Varun Dhawan: Happy #GaneshChaturthi everybody. Hope baapa blesses everyone’s homes.

Arjun Kapoor: Ganesh chaturti ke shubh avsar pe a nudge in the right directon… let’s have an Eco friendly celebration this year.

Shraddha Kapoor: Ganpati bappa morya! It’s that time of the year again for festivities, family time and modaks! Happy Ganesh Chaturthi guys!

Priyanka Chopra: This Ganesh Chaturthi listen to the power packed #Gajanana from #BajiraoMastani its amazing!

Raveena Tandon: Aap sabhi ko Ganesh chaturti Ki hardhik shubhkamnaaye! Ganpati bappa Morya!

Arjun Rampal: GANAPATI BAPPA MORYA. Jai Shree Ganesha. Our Ganesha is home. So beautiful. Love, peace and may Lord…

Kunal Kemmu: Ganpati Bappa Moryaaaa!

Jackky Bhagnani: Let’s all pray for brand new beginnings and a prosperous future on this Ganesh Chaturthi #GanpatiBappaMorya.

Sanjay Suri: Wishing you all a very #HappyGaneshChaturthi. Also hoping for all to hv #EcoFriendly idols. While we celebrate lets protect #AquaticLife.

Neil Nitin Mukesh: He is back.GANPATI BAPPA MORAYA!

Vishal Dadlani: Ganpati Bappa MORYA! I’m an atheist, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like modaks! Celebrate considerately and responsibly!

Ritesh Sidhwani: Mein Aur Hamara Ganesha! Couldn’t miss being home this year…Ganpati Bappa Moriya.

Mika Singh: Wishing you all a very Happy Ganesh Chaturthi..May god bless you all on this very auspicious day.

Dia Mirza: Lord Ganesha symbolises consciousness. #HappyGaneshChaturthi #EarthFriendlyIdols #NoNoise #Saadhna #WISDOM #Love.

Sophie Choudry: Ganpati Bappa Moriya?? Wish u peace, prosperity & positivity on this auspicious occasion! Pls be kind to the environment! #GaneshChaturthi.

Bipasha Basu: Happy Ganest Utsav to all:) Ganpati Bappa morya

Esha Gupta: Happy Ganesh Chaturthi

Manish Paul: GANPATI BAPPA MORYA! sending blessings to all of u!lemme present to u…the one n only….GANPATI BAPPAAAAAAA!

Tisca Chopra: If u put 1 foot in front of the other,u will reach.2 begin the journey is what is important & wht better day than t’day #HappyGaneshChaturthi

Milap Zaveri: Happy Ganesh Chaturthi. I’m sure the Lord wouldn’t want u to be a public nuisance with loud crackers/Music n traffic snarls! So pls refrain!

Sunny Leone: Happy Ganesh Chaturthi everyone be safe & have a wonderful day celebrating. I hope everyone is going to be eco friendly to the sea this year

Manoj Bajpayee: May Lord Ganesha bring you good luck and prosperity! #HappyGaneshChaturthi

Kailash Kher : We have proud history to celebrate life, may all be blessed with health, happiness, love, peace on this auspicious day #HaapyGaneshChaturthi

Vivek Oberoi: Ganpati Bappa Morya!!! Happy Ganesh Chaturthi! May Lord Ganesh bless you with good health, prosperity and success in everything you do

Ronit Roy: Blessings from our home to you and your families. Jai Ganesh Deva!

(IANS)

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Sridevi’s Biographer: Wanted to Know Many Things About Her

Like most of her fans, even Satyarth liked Sridevi in films such as "Solva Sawan", "Mr. India", "Sadma", "Chandni", "Nagina" and "Himmatwala"

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Indian actress Sridevi had passed away at the age of 54 in Dubai. VOA

BY ARUNDHUTI BANERJEE

Author Satyarth Nayak, who has penned the biography “Sridevi: The Eternal Screen Goddess”, says he had too many questions in his mind about the late legendary superstar, adding that her sudden demise broke him so badly that he wanted to give up the idea of writing the book.

Asked if he would have preferred an insightful conversation before writing the biography, as he was appalled that there is no good book on his favourite superstar Sridevi, Nayak told IANS: “That was the original plan. In 2017, after I was sanctioned by Penguin Random House, I had word with Boney (Kapoor) sir and Sridevi ji. She said that she was quite occupied with (daughter) Janhvi’s debut. Around that time Janhvi had signed ‘Dhadak’. Sridevi ji said that once the film was released, she would be free and we could down for the book.”

That was not to be. The actress passed away on February 24, 2018.

“I was shattered. I was emotionally broken and told myself I can’t do this anymore. I wanted to talk to her. I wanted to know so many things about her. There was a list of questions in my mind but now these questions would remain unanswered,” said Nayak.

However, according to the author, Sridevi’s husband Boney Kapoor and the publishing house of the book encouraged him to get over the shock, and Nayak went on to interview around 70 actors to get material for a tribute to his favourite actress.

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Sridevi is remembered for her performance is some of the iconic Bollywood films like “Mr. India”, “Nagina”, “Sadma”, “ChalBaaz”, “Chandni”, “Khuda Gawah”, among many others in different Indian languages. Wikimedia Commons

So, what were the questions Nayak wanted to ask Sridevi? “I think an artist of her calibre could have avoided some of the film that she did in the nineties. I know that in some of her interviews she said that she was not getting her choice of roles. I wanted to know, why did she not explore arthouse cinema at that point of time and work with filmmakers like Govind Nihalani and Shyam Benegal? We could have seen a different side of Sridevi in such films,” he replied.

Like most of her fans, even Satyarth liked Sridevi in films such as “Solva Sawan”, “Mr. India”, “Sadma”, “Chandni”, “Nagina” and “Himmatwala”.

“But I also wanted to ask why she acted in a film like ‘Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja’. However, a person like me, who admired her as an actress, can only wonder, but in the rest of my book, I have paid tribute to her,” said the author.

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While it is easy to assume that, like any other average fan, Nayak liked the dazzling smile, dancing skill and screen presence of Sridevi, the author shared his reasons for admiring the actress: “It is so much easy these days to talk about pay disparity, substantial roles for women in cinema and so on. Sridevi, at the top of her game in the eighties and the nineties, dealt with misogyny, patriarchy in the film industry, and how. She was one of those successful heroines who stood her ground on getting substantial parts in film instead of just an elementary presence that was the common practice of that era.

“In a film like ‘Chaalbaaz’, two heroes like Rajnikanth and Sunny Deol were supporting actors and in the poster, her picture was bigger. She brought back the glorious days of fifties and sixties when women used to get meaty roles. Most interestingly, she has done it all in a commercial space. She was a female superstar by all means,” pointed out the author. (IANS)