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Chennai, November 09, 2016: Three Indian movies are scheduled to be part of the Cairo International Film Festival that will run from 15th to 24th November. The most incredible news is that one of those three films, ‘The Narrow Path’ (“Ottayaal Paatha” in Malayalam) by brothers Santosh and Satish Babusenan, has gained its position in the main International Competition. The movie will compete for the famous festival’s top honors alongside 15 other titles from multiple countries like Poland, Egypt, Spain, France, and China.
It is shocking that, Babusenans’ project has not been chosen by the International Film Festival of India (IFFI, scheduled to be held in Panaji from 20th November) for its Indian Panorama. Praised as a segment which showcases the cream of the Indian cinema, the Panorama 2016 is conspicuous by two other huge misses. And mind you, these films have been led by the masters: Malayalam project by Adoor Gopalakrishnan, ‘Pinneyum’ (Once Again), and Bengali creation of Buddhadeb Dasgupta, ‘Tope’ (The Bait). While any of the major film festivals — like Cannes, Berlin or Venice — will always program the creation of a master after its submission (and leave it to the critics and audience to judge and decide how good or bad it is), IFFI seems to have neglected this pivotal rule.
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‘The Narrow Path’ is a wonderful and fascinating study of sacrifice and guilt, supreme sacrifice. Narrated through dispersed frames and economy of words, the film tells the audience the tragic story of how a son, Akhil (played by Sarath Sabha), is caught between his affection for his aged father, Vikraman (K Kaladharan), and his love for his girlfriend, Nina (Krishnapriya). The old man, who is completely bed-ridden with complications arising out of diabetes severely restricting his mobility; when out of bed, he has to hop on to a wheelchair for support, and needs constant care. When Nina, hailing from an upper class family, suggests to Akhil that the two run away to Bengaluru, the invitation becomes tantalizingly tempting. For him the new city will bring a fresh breath of much-needed oxygen, but being a son to his ailing father, he gets wracked by dilemma. Could he possibly leave his helpless father behind in the hands of paid employees?
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The second Indian film, named ‘Half Ticket’ (a work in Marathi by Samit Kakkad), is a remake of the excellent Tamil project, ‘Kaaka Muttai’. Kakkad, whose first feature was ‘Aayna Ka Bayna’, informed this writer some months ago that he does not intend to touch the soul of the original work, but would merely make some cosmetic changes and modifications to comprehend certain nuances of the Marathi language. The setting would change to Mumbai, not Chennai as it was in the original, ‘Kaaka Muttai’, whose music-director, GV Prakash Kumar, had been roped in to score the Marathi edition as well.
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‘Kaaka Muttai’ was a delightful watch- a story about two little boys, hailing from the slums, who go to the strangest and the quirkiest of extent, trying to gain the Rs 300 required purchasing themselves a pizza from an outlet that opens right next to their shanty. It is both hilarious and novel when the two kids get a makeshift pull cart for transporting the drunken men from the roadside bar to their own homes — to earn some cash. The kids also engage in picking coal dropping from the passing steam-engines to feed their little family of a mother (played by Iyshwarya Rajesh) and a grandmother. The father is behind the bars, and the wife struggles to get him out on bail.
The third entry of the Indian movies, ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ (‘Lipstick Waale Sapne’ in Hindi) by Alankrita Shrivastava, that won an award at the very recent Tokyo International Film Festival; depicts the tragic and painful lives of four women from Bhopal bearing the brunt of the societal prejudices. Inspite of being unhappy and unfulfilled, they are gutsy enough and they dare to dream. With an fantastic star-cast includeing Konkana Sen Sharma and Ratna Shah Pathak, Shrivastava’s creation was a blast in Tokyo — and may well be a huge success in the historic city by the Nile.
– by the NewsGram team
The symbol of Swastika is known to signify peace, prosperity, and good fortune in the religious cultures of Eurasia. In fact, this symbol is considered very significant in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. But, at the same time, it has become one of the most misunderstood religious symbols and has been globally banned in many countries.
The reason why the symbol of Swastika is banned in many countries is because of its association with Adolf Hitler's extreme political ideology, Nazism, as Swastika as its official symbol.
Austria, France, Latvia, Spain, Germany, and Russia are amongst the many countries that have banned the display and use of the Swastika.
Moreover, last week Victoria in Australia is preparing to become the first-ever state to ban the public display of the Swastika. This is a step towards an expansion of anti-vilification laws in the state.
Representation of the Swastika on the flag of Adolf Hitler's Nazi Movement.Photo by Flickr.
Now, we must know and understand what went wrong with this symbol, which is sacred and signifies all-good things.
For a very, very long time, in India, the Swastika is the first emblem that is worshipped or even drawn before any sacred and auspicious ceremonies as this symbol in Sanskrit represents 'well-being'. But, the Swastika lost all its credibility when it was wrongfully used by Adolf Hitler.
In fact, it is believed that if this symbol is worshipped properly, then it gives positive results. But if it is abused, then it gives negative results. So, when Adolf Hitler rotated the Swastika at 45 degrees, it slowly and steadily brought misery not only to Adolf Hitler and his theory of Nazism but also to all the people who were associated with him.
Therefore, in order to give the kind of respect and credibility which the Swastika deserves, World Interfaith Harmony Week which was held in New York in February this year, interfaith groups appealed to the United Nations to recognize and acknowledge the Swastika as an important and peaceful symbol. In fact, they also differentiated it from the Hakenkreuz or "Hooked Cross" of Adolf Hitler.
India celebrated a historic day on August 7, as 23-year-old Neeraj Chopra became the first Indian to win an Olympic gold medal in athletics. In the men's javelin throw event, he achieved his greatest triumph, throwing the javelin 87.58 meters on his second try.
Neeraj Chopra was born on December 24, 1997, in Khandra village in Haryana's Panipat district. He grew up in a Haryanavi family of farmers. He is the brother of two sisters. He graduated from Dayanand Anglo-Vedic College in Chandigarh and is now enrolled in Lovely Professional University in Jalandhar, Punjab, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree. Chopra was bullied due to his obesity as a kid, which prompted his father to enroll him in a nearby gym. He then joined a gym in Panipat, where Jaiveer Choudhary, a javelin thrower, noticed his potential and coached him. When the 13-year-old Chopra finished training under Jaiveer for a year, he was enrolled at the Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex in Panchkula, where he began training under coach Naseem Ahmed.
In 2018, he broke the world record in the javelin throw and became India's first-ever gold medalist in the javelin throw. He is also a laureate of the Arjuna Award for 2018. | Wikimedia Commons
Chopra's first international medal came in 2014, as he took home a silver medal at the Youth Olympic Qualification Tournament in Bangkok. In 2015, he set a world record in the junior category of 81.04 meters in the 2015 All India Inter-University Athletics Meet.
Since emerging into the public eye with a historic gold medal at the junior world championships in 2016, he has maintained a high level of performance, setting an Under-20 world record of 86.48m, which still stands. Gold medals in both the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the 2018 Asian Games are among his other accomplishments, including a first-place in the 2017 Asian Championships. In 2018, he broke the world record in the javelin throw and became India's first-ever gold medalist in the javelin throw. He is also a laureate of the Arjuna Award for 2018.
Chopra has also had his share of bad events in life. In 2019, he underwent surgery on the elbow of his right throwing arm, which kept him out of the game for almost a year. However, he returned more robust than ever. In November 2019, he went to South Africa to train from Klaus Bartoneitz. He spent the following year in India training at the NIS Patiala because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He was allowed to go to France with his coach after weeks of trying to get a travel visa.
Neeraj Chopra made history in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by becoming the first Indian to win a gold medal in athletics. Also, it is worth mentioning that after Abhinav Bindra, Chopra is only the second Indian to win an individual gold medal.
Keywords: Neeraj Chopra, Olympics, Tokyo2020, Gold medal, javelin, India, Haryana
The emergence of the Industrial Revolution in Victorian England brought with it many apprehensions and fears that translated into a new genre in literature: the gothic. Today, the idea of the gothic does not have to much with literature as much as it is associated with fashion.
The Victorians began to wear black more often during the Industrial Revolution to hide the stains of soot on their clothes. Many of the working class were employed in factories. They were newly introduced to technology, the idea of coal as fuel, and the working of machines to serve a certain purpose. This kind of work was hard and messy. Wearing light colours burdened the tired folk when the stubborn stains did not get washed away.
The steam engine was invented to make locomotion easier for the masses, but it brought fear to the people. They had led quiet and simple lives till now, and suddenly their world was infiltrated with loud noises and smoke. Dark places became synonymous with evil deeds and mysteries. It was from this time that horror gained a place in the imaginations of people and artists.
A man sporting gothic clothes and shock coloured hair Image source: wikimedia commons
The gothics of today are those who have held on to these practices. There is no need to fear smoke and noise anymore, but the goths wear black clothes all the time, paint their skin a pale shade, to contrast their clothes, and wear bright shades of red. The traditional gothics decorated themselves with jewellery bearing religious significances, as the belief in Dracula and vampires emerged in the Victorian period. Today, it is a trend to wear studded crosses, or crosses made of black metal either as neck chokers, or earrings.
Modern goths also wear bright monotones to show their patronage of a certain style or order of the goths. They can be seen in neon shades of green, pink, and yellow, often sporting piercings, and matching hair. Their tastes are metallic, and they have an uncanny love for tattoos.
Designers consistently include gothic tastes and styles in their clothing lines to create inclusivity for this subculture. Being gothic, or identifying with them is somewhat a concern even in today's society, and such people are often stigmatised to the extent that it is considered a mental illness associated with the dark arts. The phenomenon is mostly observed in teenagers, and often phases out when they reach adulthood, depending on their sphere of influence.
Keywords: Gothic, Fashion, Victorian, Black, Jewellery