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Bhopal’s aspiring screenwriter wins pan-India competition

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Mumbai, Sep 5: Bhopal-based Deepak Sharma’s “Wah Bhai Ghulaam” has emerged the winning entry in a pan-India story competition which was open to aspiring Indian film writers above 18 from the heartland of India.

The competition was ‘Quest For Stories” by Drishyam Films, and as the winner, Sharma will not just be presented with a cash award, but will also have a chance to get his story developed.

His “Wah Bhai Ghulaam” is a story set in Old Delhi and is a heartwarming tale of a man and his struggle to be buried next to his beloved wife.

Thrilled about the win, Sharma said in a statement: “This award means a lot to me and my story, as it signifies the importance of writing on such a subject. Drishyam Films has given me the hope and courage to write even better films ahead. I take this award as the first milestone of my writing journey and hope to make it a great one. ”

Over 700 entries from all over the country, and across genres, were reviewed.

The banner’s founder Manish Mundra thought of coming up with the competition after establishing an in-house content development team headed by creative producer Natasha Chopra, formerly with Junglee Pictures, UTV Motion Pictures and Balaji Telefilms.

Mundra said: “Our vision has always been clear — content is king. Having received a tremendous number of stories from all across the country, we were heartened to see how budding writers rose to the challenge of telling great original stories.

“We have selected Deepak’s story because it has a very unique premise, at the heart of which lies a moving love story.”

Chopra said it’s a “unique gem of a story, that too set in a milieu not often seen on the big screen”.

Drishyam Films has optioned the rights to the winning story to develop it into a feature film project. A dedicated fund has been set aside for developing the story into a full screenplay.

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Bollywood actor Jagdeep passes away

He is best known for his role of Soorma Bhopali in the iconic movie Sholay.

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Jagdeep Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jafri

Mumbai, July 8 : Veteran Bollywood comedian Jagdeep is no more. He passed away here on Wednesday owing to age-related health problems at the age of 81.

The late actor’s sons Jaaved Jaaferi and Naved Jafri have also made their mark in the entertainment industry. Jaaved is a noted actor and dancer, and along with Naved, he hosted the longrunning and popular dance show, “Boogie Woogie”. The show was created and directed by Naved.

Born on March 29, 1939 as Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jafri in Amritsar, Jagdeep acted in over 400 films. He is best known for his role of Soorma Bhopali in Ramesh Sippy’s blockbuster “Sholay” (1975). New-generation Bollywood buffs would recall him as Salman Khan”s father in Rajkumar Santoshi”s “Andaaz Apna Apna” (1994).

Jagdeep started his career as a child artiste in BR Chopra”s 1951 release, “Afsana”, starring Ashok Kumar, Veena and Pran. As a child artiste he also worked in the Raj Kapoor-produced “Ab Dilli Door Nahin”, KA Abbas”s “Munna”, Guru Dutt”s “Aar Paar”, Bimal Roy”s “Do Bigha Zamin” and the AVM-produced “Hum Panchi Ek Dal Ke”.

Later, he would make a mark with roles in films such as “Bhabhi” (1957) and “Barkha” (1959).

Jagdeep’s golden patch would begin with GP Sippy’s 1968 film “Brahmachari”, starring Shammi Kapoor. His comic role in the film was widely appreciated. Through the seventies, eighties and the nineties, he became a familiar face in Hindi films, essaying the goofy funnyman in film after film.

His last-released film is “Masti Nahi Sasti” in 2017. The Ali Abbas Chaudhary-directed comedy also featured Kader Khan, Shakti Kapoor, Johnny Lever and Prem Chopra.

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Taapsee unhappy as CBSE curriculum skips secularism, federalism, citizenship, nationalism

The changes have been decided to rationalise the syllabus up to 30 per cent by retaining the core concept, owing to the ongoing pandemic.

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Taapsee Pannu

Mumbai, July 8 : Taapsee Pannu is unhappy with the decision of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to scrap chapters on federalism, citizenship, nationalism, and secularism from the political science curriculum of class XI owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.

” Wah Wah. Is there an ”official” declaration of any sort I missed? Ya future mein ab iski zarurat nahi hai (Or, don”t we need thesse values in future)? If education is compromised with, there will be NO FUTURE!” she tweeted.

Many other netizens shared her concern. Among them was West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

“Shocked to know that the central Government has dropped topics like citizenship, federalism, secularism and partisan in the name of reducing CBSE course during the Covid crisis,” Banerjee tweeted.

“The chapters could have been reduced, or the syllabus for exam may be reduced. Removing things from textbook is a wrong step,” a user tweeted.

The changes have been decided to rationalise the syllabus up to 30 per cent by retaining the core concept, owing to the ongoing pandemic.

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When Katrina Kaif went swimming with her ”most incredible friend”

Katrina had also posted a video where she is seen cooking something along with sister Isabelle.

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Katrina Palat

Mumbai, June 8 : Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif is reminiscing her day out in the ocean with her ”most incredible friend.

On World Oceans Day, the actress took to Instagram to share a throwback video, in which she is swimming alongside a whale.

“#tb to A beautiful day in the ocean with my most incredible friend,” she wrote along with the video.

She used a wave emoji and whale emoji to go with the post.

Amid lockdown, Katrina has been trying a hand at cooking, and also housecleaning. In a clip she shared in April, she chops away at what could either be cheese or cabbage. Later, when she is asked what is it that she is cooking, she admits not being too sure!

Katrina had also posted a video where she is seen cooking something along with sister Isabelle.

On the work front, Katrina will next be seen in “Sooryavanshi” starring Akshay Kumar. The film is directed by Rohit Shetty.

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