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London: Sunjeev Sahota, an Indian-origin author, is among the half a dozen authors short-listed for the prestigious 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction for his book ‘The Year of the Runaways’.

Sahota, who received the Granta Best Young British Novelist award in 2013, is competing with fellow authors Briton Tom McCarthy, Jamaican Marlon James, US-based Anne Tyler and Hanya Yanagihara, and Nigerian Chigozie Obioma for the prize. ‘The Year of the Runaways’, Sahota’s second book, deals with the experience of illegal immigrants from the Indian subcontinent in Britain.

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Michael Wood, chair of the judges, announced the six names at a press conference held at the offices of sponsor Man Group.

This is the second year that the prize, first awarded in 1969, is open to writers of any nationality, writing originally in English and published in Britain. Previously, the prize was open only to authors from Britain and the Commonwealth, Ireland and Zimbabwe.

Sahota, a third-generation British-Indian born in 1981, debuted with ‘Ours Are the Streets’ in 2011, about a British Pakistani youth who becomes a suicide bomber.

Three of the six novels are represented by Pan Macmillan India, under its Picador imprint.

The shortlist includes James’s ‘A Brief History of Seven Killings’, an imagined oral biography told by ghosts, witnesses, killers, members of the parliament, drug dealers, conmen, beauty queens, FBI and CIA agents, reporters, journalists, and even Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards; as well as Yanagihara’s ‘A Little Life’, described as a masterful depiction of heartbreak and a dark and haunting examination of the tyranny of experience and memory.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Fiction Can’t Beat Facts: Rajkumar Hirani

"People make fictional stories to entertain the audience but a documentary filmmaker makes documentary which is closer to his or her heart."

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  • Rajkumar Hirani is famous Indian film director
  • He is currently shotting Sanjay Dutt’s biopic
  • The biopic will star Ranbir Kapoor and is said to based on true facts

Filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani, who is busy shooting for a biopic on actor Sanjay Dutt, says fiction can’t beat facts.

Hirani attended a special screening of the documentary titled “Raising The Bar”, hosted by filmmaker Onir and producer Mitu Bhowmick Lange in association with Australian Consulate General Mumbai on Thursday.

Rajkumar Hirani is working on Sanjay dutt's biopic.
Rajkumar Hirani is working on Sanjay dutt’s biopic.

Asked about the importance of making documentaries, Hirani said: “I feel why should we see only fiction? We should watch documentaries because they can be very interesting as well.”

“Earlier, they never used to get platforms but I think they should get a platform so that more and more people can come forward to make documentaries. I think documentaries are really engaging as they are real, and fiction can’t beat facts.”

The “3 Idiots” director said documentary filmmakers make films that are close to their heart.

“Documentary filmmakers choose subjects which they feel about, which they are affected by or which they have seen around them. So, I feel it’s nice that people come to know about these things,” he said.

Rajkumar Hirani has made brilliant movies like '3 idiots' in the past. Wikimedia Commons
Rajkumar Hirani has made brilliant movies like ‘3 idiots’ in the past. Wikimedia Commons

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“People make fictional stories to entertain the audience but a documentary filmmaker makes documentary which is closer to his or her heart.”

Will he ever make a documentary?

Hirani said: “I am really fond of it. I want to make it and I will definitely make it. I have many subjects to tell and when the time will be right, I will speak more about it.”

“Raising The Bar” is a poignant tale which follows awe-inspiring stories of six young individuals with Down syndrome from two different continents who all meet at the World Down Syndrome Congress in Chennai.

Rajkumar Hirani is famous for films which are out of ordinary. Wikimedia Commons
Rajkumar Hirani is famous for films which are out of ordinary. Wikimedia Commons

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The documentary aims to create awareness and emotionally engage the audience with the universal message of inclusion and diversity, celebrating the differences that make us all unique.

Helmed by National Award-winning director Onir, “Raising The Bar” is a 70-minute documentary which has won several awards internationally. IANS