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Indian culture wants us to be sexual only for procreation: Vidya

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Mumbai, Nov 14: Actress Vidya Balan says Indian culture wants people “to be sexual only in the institution of marriage” and for reproduction.

The actress says it takes away the “joy of intimacy”. So, she wants to give out a message: Sex is a feeling, not a taboo.

“It feels funny how inspite of being the most populated country in the world, we still don’t talk about sex openly,” Vidya said in a statement.

“The idea of sex is looked down by people because Indian culture wants us to be sexual only in the institution of marriage, for purposes of procreation. But the whole feeling, the joy of intimacy, pleasure and fun is missing,” added the actress, who has shot a video titled “Taboo” for “Kripya Dhyan De” series on ZOOM Studios.

Vidya, known for films like “Parineeta”, “Paa” and “The Dirty Picture”, feels it is time to “re-look” at the attitude towards sex.

“We must strive for a traditional and yet modern balance, and (aim) for the hypocrisy related to sex to go away. Our children need to know that sex is a feeling, not a taboo,” she added.

On the film front, the actress is looking forward to the release of “Tumhari Sulu”.

The story of “Tumhari Sulu” — releasing on November 17 — revolves around a middle-aged ordinary housewife Sulochona aka Sulu who is a happy-go-lucky person with an extraordinary calibre.

Directed by Suresh Triveni, the film tells the story of how the housewife, who lives with her husband and son, tries hard to add spice to their lives.

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Jhanvi Kapoor starrer “Dhadak” to release on July 20

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Mumbai, Jan 20: Filmmaker Karan Johar’s “Dhadak”, starring Shahid Kapoor’s brother Ishaan Khatter and veteran actress Sridevi’s daughter Janhvi Kapoor, is scheduled to release on July 20.

Karan is backing the film, an adaptation of the acclaimed Marathi film “Sairat”, through his banner Dharma Productions. He announced the release date on Saturday on Twitter.

“Six months to ‘Dhadak’, releasing July 20, 2018. Directed by Shashank Khaitan and presenting Jhanvi and Ishaan. Dharma Movies, Zee Studios, Apoorva Mehta,” he said in a tweet.

While “Dhadak” will mark Janhvi’s foray into Indian film industry, Ishaan is making his acting debut with Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi’s India-set movie “Beyond The Clouds”.

The original film “Sairat” starred newcomers Rinku Rajguru and Akash Thosar and was produced and helmed by Nagraj Manjule.

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‘Aapla Manus’ role complex, unique: Nana Patekar

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Mumbai: Veteran actor Nana Patekar says his upcoming Marathi movie “Aapla Manus” has given him a chance to explore a unique and complex character that he has not had a chance to portray in the language.

“After ‘Natasamrat’, I was waiting for something special to come my way, a character that wouldn’t leave me even after the narration and with Maruti Nagargoje (the character), I found him,” Nana said in a statement.

“He is a complex character, something that I have never played before in Marathi cinema. He is a man of few words, has a peculiar dialect and mannerism, a characteristic that makes him so unique,” he added.

The Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Ajay Devgn FFilms production is directed by Satish Rajwade. It also features Sumeet Raghavan and Irawati Harshe, who play a young urban couple and share a complex relationship with the father. The unexpected death of the father marks the entry of Senior Inspector Maruti Nagargoje into their lives. Nagargoje turns their world upside down making them question their beliefs about life and family.

Nikhil Sane, Business Head – Viacom18 Motion Pictures Marathi and Colors Marathi, said: “In the last few years Marathi cinema has evolved in many ways, especially with its great ability to deal with diverse nature of stories reflecting our literary, social and cultural values.

“Most importantly, the response of Marathi audiences has been incredible which is clearly reflecting at the box office. ‘Aapla Manus’ has strong storytelling and stellar performances which will connect with our discerning audiences. I am confident that it is going to be the biggest Marathi film post, a treat for the Marathi audiences with none other than Nana Patekar as the protagonist.”

It will release on February 9.

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Medical tourism in India on rise

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India Tourism has been seeing a year on year growth; there has been an increase in domestic travellers as well as foreigners travelling to India. India also attracts patients from several countries for Medical treatments.

Medical tourism or health and wellness tourism refers to the industry where people from across the world travel to other countries to get medical, dental or surgical care and at the same time visit local attractions of that country.

Out of the total Medical tourism across globe approximately 63% is shared between Singapore, Thailand and India with Singapore and Thailand being the leaders in the field.

India has seen a regular growth in Medical tourism traveller’s and from 2013 -2016, the medical visas issued annually has grown from 1.22 lacs to 1.78 lacs.

Following are some of the reasons why people choose India for their treatment:

– World Class facilities and services available in India
– Good qualified doctors
– Cost (Some of the major surgeries in India cost 10-20% of the cost incurred in Western Countries)
– No waiting period for treatments

Some challenges which need to be addressed for patients choosing India as preferred Medical tourism hub

– Improve perception on hygiene and service across the globe
– Ensure quality and service
– Step down facilities for Post Surgical care for recovery. India lacks in centers that can take care of recovery needs post treatments and the patient has to spend more days at a hospital.
– Medical Visa – Procedure to obtain medical visa needs simplification as it can get quite cumbersome as per current regulations

Based on statistics released by the government, Delhi, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu are the top destinations for visitors travelling for Medical tourism. Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi have the large number of quality hospitals and take the maximum share of the pie as of today. These cities have a several hospitals to choose from and offer good connectivity across the globe.

Medical tourism or health and wellness tourism can be divided in to 2 different types:

Curative: This is where the traveller’s come in for specific treatments, a few of the preferred treatments are listed below:

Cardiac Surgeries including bypass surgeries

Knee / Hip Replacement surgeries

Orthopedic surgeries

Cosmetic surgeries

Ophthalmology

Rejuvenation: Traveller’s want to explore the ancient treatments and traditional medicines offered in India and hence they come to India, a few are listed below

Ayurveda
Yoga
Siddha
Yunani
Naturopathy

Considering that we can excel in various parameters catering to medical tourism, our country has tremendous potential to increase our share in the Medical Tourism segment.

Jay Kantawala, Founder of WIYO Travel says, “Medical tourism in India has been seeing a year on year growth in the past decade and is expected to grow 2 ½ times in the coming 8-10 years and become a US$ 1.6 Billion market in coming decade. This industry will get a boost if Visa process is simplified and simple cross border payments. In addition to this we are seeing Health care institutions opting for certifications for NABH (National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers) and JCI (Joint Commission International) accreditations, which help in building trust amongst travelers”.

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