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‘Majoritarianism global threat to democracy, secularism’

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Panaji, Nov 22 : Majoritarianism is strongly controlling systems all over the world, along with a global threat to the very perception of democracy and secularism, according to India’s ace political film director Prakash Jha.

The director, however, also told IANS on Friday that there were no restrictions on making films in India and insisted that there had been no change in the country’s political climate since 2014, as far as film making is concerned.

“These are the changes which are happening. Like how in the entire world, there is a threat to perception of democracy and secularism. All over the world, majoritarianism is strongly controlling the system. It is not just one place, it is a global change. So these are changes which are constantly happening in our society because of various economic, ideological, political ’emergences’,” Jha said during an interactive session in Panaji.

Jha’s film, ‘Pareeksha’, slated for release next year, is being screened at the ongoing 50th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), which got underway earlier this week.

Starring Adil Hussain, ‘Pareeksha’ deals with the challenges of a rickshaw driver, who wants his child admitted to an English medium school and the trials he has to face, subsequently.

When asked if the regime change at the Centre in 2014, had changed the political climate in India vis a vis making films dealing with political subjects, Jha said: “Nothing has changed. It is the same. We are still able to make the films that we want to and I don’t think there is any change that has happened. None.”

Jha also said, that the lack of education in humanities in Indian educational institutions and colleges, which were more geared towards churning out engineers and managers, had resulted in a generation which was devoid of humanities.

“When a society or a country requires just engineers and managers, then obviously the whole education system will bring or churn out engineers and managers. When the study in humanities becomes immaterial, you have a generation who are devoid of humanities. Nobody studies history geography literature mathematics, pure sciences. Nobody is studying those things today,” Jha said.

“And when you do not have humanities in your basic education in society, the society will change. You will have a generation which thinks differently, which acts differently. Which has different values and system. For me it is important to study the changes, try and understand why something is happening the way it is happening,” the filmmaker said.

Jha, whose 2011 film ‘Arakshan’ also dealt with students and politics, said that the wave of popular obsession with engineering and management-oriented education had peaked and that humanities is making a comeback into Indian’s educational canvas.

“The engineering colleges, the management colleges, institutes all over the country are now going empty. That whole peak has changed. There is already a very slow, but soft interest back into studies of humanities,” Jha said.

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Salman, Katrina strike a pose with Sheikh Hasina

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Bollywood superstar Salman Khan and actress Katrina Kaif met Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Salman on Sunday night took to Twitter, where he shared a photograph of himself posing with Hasina, whom he described as a beautiful lady and Katrina.

“Katrina and I, with the Honourable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. It was a pleasure and honour to have met such a beautiful lady,” he captioned the image.

The two Bollywood actors were reportedly in Bangladesh to perform at the inauguration ceremony of Bangladesh Premier League (BBPL).

On the acting front, Salman is gearing up for the release of his upcoming film “Dabangg 3”, where he will be reprising the role of Chulbul Pandey.

Katrina, on the other hand, is currently busy shooting for her next “Sooryavanshi”, which also stars Akshay Kumar. The film is directed by Rohit Shetty.

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Dia Mirza announces new production house on birthday

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Actress Dia Mirza has a gift for her fans on her 38th birthday. She is starting her new production house to make meaningful content.

The company called One India Stories LLP plans to use different formats and mediums to bring forth genuine content.

“We plan to collaborate with some incredible individuals from different film industries and also have women-led stories as part of the roster,” Dia said adding that she has been in conversation with multiple content creators, script writers and filmmakers.

“I believe in the power of ONE and that we are all bound by the thread of oneness and humanity. One India Stories is formed with this thought. We want to create stories that will make you pause and think, stories that will remind us of our connection to each other and the planet, stories that will make us watch and reflect. It’s a very special start for me, something I’ve always wanted to do and I hope we are able to showcase our vision in every story we create”, she added.

The former beauty queen also has a production company, Born Free Entertainment Private Limited, which she had launched along with her ex-husband Sahil Sangha in 2011.

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Deepika shares her ‘Humpty Dumpty’ childhood pic

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Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone on Sunday took to Instagram to share a throwback picture from her childhood.

Deepika over the years has been treating her followers with a glimpse of her childhood photos. This time, she shared a picture with her friend Divya Narayan on Instagram captioning “This Humpty & Dumpty sat on a wall… & ate curd rice!!!”

As the picture went viral, the fans showering it with love-struck emojis and the cut comments.

One of her fans wrote: “Cuteness overloaded… you are such an adorable soul dear and this childhood photo needs to be cherished.”, while another commented: “you are too cute.”

On the acting front, Deepika will next be seen in “Chhapaak”, where she plays an acid attack survivor. The film also stars Vikrant Massey and is slated to release on January 10, 2020. She will also be seen sharing screen space with her husband Ranveer Singh in filmmaker Kabir Khan’s “’83”.


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