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By Muskan Bhatnagar
Millions of hearts broke yesterday when the tragic news came in. A young, talented, self-made actor took his own life. He was just 34 years old with a fascinating career waiting ahead of him. He was not more than 15 films old, yet was considered as one of the best talents in the Hindi film industry.
On 14th June, actor Sushant Singh Rajput was found hanging in his Bandra residence by his domestic help. The actor was reportedly battling depression from the past few months and was seeking treatment for the same.
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The news of the demise of this young talented actor shocked the nation. Bollywood celebrities poured their condolences through their social media handles. This incident has popped up several questions and struck many controversies.
Rajput was born in Patna, Bihar. He pursued engineering but dropped out of it in the 3rd year to give all his time to dance and acting. His acting journey began from television as he auditioned and landed the role of Preet Juneja in Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil. After that, he went on to work in many other TV serials. His most notable role is of Manav Deshmukh in Pavitra Rishta.
In 2013, Rajput auditioned and got selected for one of the main lead roles in the movie Kai Po Che, which was his debut film. Since then there was no looking back as Rajput delivered several back to back super hit performances. His work was praised by all.
Sushant was always seen as a charming and happy person on screen. His interviews gave positive vibes and inspired many others who wanted to be an actor. But “How can such a happy and positive person kill himself?” This is a question that’s in everyone’s mind right now.
Since the demise of the actor, awareness of mental health is being spread on social media. Some people are saying that suicide is not an option and some people are saying that suicide is a cowardly act. A constant debate on social media is going on.
Addressing the same I would like to bring up an unpopular opinion that suicide is not a cowardly act. Killing yourself and taking your own life requires the highest amount of guts. When you’re an actor, you have fame, you have the love from thousands of people, you have luxuries and whatnot but all of this does not and can not give you mental peace. He had built himself a life he always wanted to live, the life of an actor, a star. He had earned it from his talent and hard work. Do you think it was easy for him to shatter it all at once?
For once, can we imagine the amount of pain and suffering he must be going through before taking such a drastic step? This incident was not a cowardly act but a lesson for us all.
It was all about his mental health. Ending a life you’ve dreamt to live is not easy after all. There must’ve been so much within him, which the society couldn’t see. There must’ve been so much that he wanted to say, but not many cared to listen. Sushant Singh Rajput was not an immature teenager if you still want to blame him. He was a very bright man with many intellectual records to his name. He was neither weak nor immature. It was his mental health which made him take this tragic step. Being a man of such intelligence, he must’ve thought about the consequences and if he still chose to take this step, then he was going through something very hard.
And this is not the first suicide case that took place because of mental health issues. Every 40 seconds, a person dies of suicide in the world. This incident has just brought light to an issue that needed to be addressed.
People need to be kind to others and stop blaming people who take such steps. After all, we don’t know their side of the story and what exactly is going in their mind. Taking care and checking up on your loved ones is the first thing we need to start with.
Talking about the star who left us yesterday, the guy who didn’t let any of us feel what he was going through in any of his off-screen clips, shows how brilliant actor he was. Clearly, he was acting in all those interviews, showing us his happy face and that smile to die for. Let’s hope he is in a better place now and may his soul Rest In Peace. May God give his family and friends all the strength in this world. Once again, a star leaves us. Looks like god is making some film with very difficult roles, and hence is calling the most talented actors up there.
India opener Rohit Sharma, wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin have been included in the ICC Men's Test team of the year for 2021. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has been given the charge of captaining the eleven which also has his countryman and Player of the Match in the inaugural World Test Championship final, Kyle Jamieson, as well. Apart from three Indians and two New Zealanders, England captain Joe Root, Australia's Marnus Labuschagne, Sri Lanka's Dimuth Karunaratne, and Pakistani trio of Fawad Alam, Hasan Ali and Shaheen Afridi are in the eleven as well.
Both of the centuries were memorable knocks in contrasting conditions against England. AaDil / Unsplash
It is Ashwin's fifth appearance and Pant's second time in the Test team of the year honors while it is the first time Sharma is in the coveted eleven of Test cricket. 2021 was the year when Sharma came into his own as an opener in the longest format of the game for India. He cracked 906 runs in the calendar year at an average of 47.68 with two centuries and four half-centuries. Both of the centuries were memorable knocks in contrasting conditions against England -- one at home in Chennai and the other in overcast conditions away from home at the Oval. Though Sharma missed out on the recent Test tour to South Africa, he will have a key role to play for India in 2022.
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Pant, in 2021, further established himself as India's first-choice wicketkeeper-batter in all three formats, with his continuous development especially coming to the fore in the Test arena. He scored 748 runs in 12 matches at an average of 39.36 with a memorable ton against England at Ahmedabad, a 97 against Australia, and an unbeaten 89 against the same opposition at The Gabba in leading India to a memorable Border-Gavaskar Trophy victory by 2-1. He also accounted for 39 dismissals in 23 innings, with his glovework continuing to improve. Recently, in Cape Town, Pant scored a high-quality hundred despite India losing the series to South Africa 2-1.
Rohit cracked 906 runs in the calendar year at an average of 47.68.Wikipedia
Ashwin, the off-spinner bamboozled many batters with his sheer wizardry to be the leading wicket-taker in Test cricket in 2021. Ashwin scalped up 54 wickets in nine matches at an average of 16.64, making a big impact in the home series against England and New Zealand. He also chipped in with 355 runs at an average of 25.35, which included a vital century against England at his home ground in Chennai. ICC Men's Test Team of the Year: Dimuth Karunaratne, Rohit Sharma, Marnus Labuschagne, Joe Root, Kane Williamson (captain), Fawad Alam, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Kyle Jamieson, Hasan Ali, and Shaheen Afridi. (IANS/SP)
(Keywords : cricket, Test, India, mans, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, batter, bowler, wicket-keeper, ICC, honor, century, wickets, team, spinner, opener, dismissals.)
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BY DEVIKANANDA JI
ॐ पितृदेवार्चितभूम्यै नमः
(Piṫa: Father; Archiṫa: One who is honored or worshipped)
In Sanskrit, the word pita means- one who protects. The Taiṫṫirīya Upanishad declares that the father is only next to the mother and should be honored like a god; without the father, you don't exist. This is proper since he gives birth, education and culture to his offspring. According to the smrutis, it is the father who performs the upanayana sacrament and imparts the sacred Gāyatrī mantra to his sons. According to some dharma śhāstra works, the following are pitās or fathers:- anna dāta (one who gives food); bhayatrāta (one who protects from dangers); śvaśura (father-in-law); janita (father) upaneta (one who performs upanayana).
Only in the Vedic tradition do we equate the father with god and honor and respect him. He is responsible for your birth and without his dhāṫu (sperm) you don't exist. He also provides food, shelter, and a roof over your head. He provides worldly knowledge for you to survive in the world. Without a father, you don't have a wife or mother because without him, they also don't exist. Every human being according to Hinduism, is said to be born under three ruṇas or debts. Among these is pitruruṇam. This ruṇa can be paid by marrying according to dharma and having a son who will perform śrāddhas to the pitrus or departed ancestors, thereby appeasing them. For Hindus, the father is honored and worshipped as a god and his children serve him in his old age.
From Vedic times to the beginning of Kaliyuga, and even today there are children who follow the father's occupation and keep the family business or tradition. From the father we inherit some traits, gotram, and family name. A father also has the burden and responsibility to maintain his life style according to dharmaśhāstrās because his children are going to look up to him and imitate him. In the great epic Mahābhārata, Yakṣha (a semi-divine being) asks Yudhishṭara, the eldest of the Pāndavās what the ātman (soul) is for the father. Yudhishṭara replies that 'putra ātmā manushyaśya' meaning- the son is the ātman for the father. He adds that -father is higher than the sky.
Our mother land has the culture of honoring and worshiping the father and is 'Pitrudevārchita Bhūmi'.
(Key Words: Father, God, Family, Vedas, Vedic, Tradition, Hinduism)
Bollywood actor Arjun Kapoor was never really keen on exploring horror comedy but the story of 'Bhoot Police' pushed him to try his hand at the genre. The actor said, "It's not a genre that I was looking for, script-wise. When I heard it, when I read it, what worked for me was the camaraderie between the brothers, the friction and the banter between them. So I quite liked the friction, the brotherhood and at the same time the love-hate relationship and the witty tone."
The film is set for its world TV premiere on Star Gold.Unsplash
He further said, "There was a certain canvas and a certain color created in the script itself, so my decision to say yes to the film came from the director's vision, and thankfully it came at a point where I knew the passion Saif had, also because everybody knew in the industry he is so bullish on the script." On his camaraderie with Arjun in the film, Saif mentioned, "Arjun and I have a relationship off-camera too; he is a family friend and we have known each other for ages! On camera, we don't take each other for granted and bring out the best we can. We had a good time working together and that shows in the movie."
The film is set for its world TV premiere on Star Gold, sharing his excitement for the premiere, Arjun said, "I cannot wait for the audiences to enjoy the World TV Premiere of our movie, 'Bhoot Police' on 23 January, Sunday at 8 PM on Star Gold." The 'Ishaqzaade' actor added, "'Bhoot Police' is an ideal family watch. Usually, horror-comedies are not children-friendly. But Bhoot Police is the kind of film the whole family can watch together over dinner. It is not often that you get a film that is mildly frightening and can be watched with the whole family. The kids will definitely enjoy watching the movie with their family!"
The actor said, "It's not a genre that I was looking for, script-wise."Unsplash
Speaking about her role in 'Bhoot Police', Yami Gautam said, "The character Maya that I play in 'Bhoot Police' was physically challenging. We had to shoot under tough weather conditions because the cold was bitter. There were a lot of outdoor sequences and keeping the light and weather in mind, we had to pack a lot within a day, every day." She continued, "Whenever I am in Himachal, I feel a sense of belonging; when I see the sunrise, those snow-capped mountains despite long tiring night shoots. It is my birthplace and shall always have a special place in my heart." (IANS/SP)
(Keywords : Arjun Kapoor, Yami Gautam, Saif Ali Khan, Bhoot Police, horror comedy, challenging, weather, mountains, genre, script, director, camera, movie.)
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