Never miss a story

Get subscribed to our newsletter


Mumbai: Veteran actor Om Puri, a proponent of India-Pak cultural collaborations, has been signed to cast a role in a Pakistani cinematic venture, ‘Na Maloom Afraad’, directed and produced by Nabeel Qureshi and Fizza Ali Meera.

A film titled ‘Actor In Law’, the second joint project of Nabeel Qureshi and Fizza Ali Meera, is also set to be announced which will also star Om Puri, reported the media.

Many Pakistani characters have been previously executed by Om Puri, including George Khan in British dramedies ‘East is East and West is West’, President Zia-ul-Haq in ‘Charlie Wilson’s War’.

The renowned actor’s debut Pakistani film is slated to be released on Eid Al Adha.

At a media event in Karachi, the actor said that he was impressed by Pakistani cinema.

“The Cameras are already set and Om Puri is a part of the cast. Filming has already started”, said Fizza Ali Meerza, producer of ‘Actor In Law’.(Inputs from agencies) (Picture


wikimedia commons

Tenali Raman, courtier to Krishnadevaraya (A portrait)

Tenali Ramakrishna, or Tenali Raman as he is more popularly known is Birbal's equivalent in South India. A court jester and a scholar exuding great wisdom, Tenali Raman was known as one of the greatest courtiers in King Krishnadevaraya's court.

Keep Reading Show less
Photo by Pixabay

Battle at Lanka as mentioned in the Ramayana

It must be noted that different religions and societies in Southeast Asia have alternative narratives of Ramayana, one of the greatest epic.

Here are some of the versions of Ramayana!

Keep Reading Show less
Virendra Singh Gosain, Hindustan Times

Hijras are a community of people who include eunuchs, intersex, and transgender people

When a baby is born in an Indian household-they invite hijra to shower the newborn with their blessings for their blessings confer fertility, prosperity, and long life on the child. But when that child grows up we teach them to avert their eyes when a group of hijras passes by, we pass on the behaviour of treating hijras as lesser humans to our children. Whenever a child raises a question related to gender identity or sexuality they are shushed down. We're taught to believe that anything "deviant" and outside of traditional cis-heteronormativity is something to be ashamed of. This mentality raises anxious, scared queer adults who're ashamed of their own identity, and adults who bully people for "queer behaviour".

Hijras are a community of people who include eunuchs, intersex, and transgender people. They worship the Hindu goddess of chastity and fertility, Bahuchara Mata. Most hijras, but not all, choose to undergo a castration ceremony known as "nirvana" in which they remove their male genitalia as an offering to their goddess. The whole community is vibrant with hundreds of people with hundreds of ways of expression, the true identity of a hijra is complex and unique to each individual. In India, hijras prefer to refer to themselves as Kinner/Kinnar as it means the mythological beings who excel at singing and dancing.

Keep reading... Show less