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Twinkle Khanna’s book wins at 17th Crossword awards

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New Delhi, Twinkle Khanna’s fiction novel ‘Pyjamas are Forgiving’ has won the Crossword Book Award (Popular) for Fiction for last year.

Speaking at the 17th edition of Crossword Book Awards, an evening of celebrating literature and authors who made a mark in the year gone by, she said: “Writers need to have an inflated sense of self worth to feel that their work is worthy of someone else’s attention and then look at their work objectively.

Listen to yourself, create your suggestions and incorporate them.”Khanna’s novel is narrated by Anshu, a middle-aged woman suffering from a sleep disorder.

The Crossword Book Award (Popular) for Biography was won by the ‘Notes of a Dream’, an authorised biography of composer A.R. Rahman penned by Krishna Trilok.

The jury award in non-fiction category went to ‘One Foot on the Ground: A Life Told Through the Body’ by Shanta Gokhale, while the popular non-fiction award went to ‘Life’s Amazing Secrets: How to Find Balance and Purpose’ by Gaur Gopal Das.

The award in the category of children’s literature went to ‘Machher Jhol: Fish Curry’ by writer Richa Jha and illustrator Sumanta Dey Illustrator. Accepting the award, Jha said that “our work creates the readers of tomorrow”.

Sudha Murty’s children’s book ‘The Upside-Down King: Unusual Tales about Rama and Krishna’ also won in the children’s category. The Crossword award for fiction was given to ‘The Far Field’ by author Madhuri Vijay. This book had also won the JCB Prize for Literature 2019.

In the translation category, the Crossword Book Award went to the thought-provoking ‘Diary of a Malayali Madman’ by Jayasree Kalathil and N. Prabhakaran.

In the health and fitness category, ‘Skin Rules: Your 6-week Plan to Radiant Skin’ by Dr. Jaishree Sharad won, while in the business and management category, “Corporate Monk, A Journey From Wealth To Wisdom” by Anju Sharma was awarded. Sharma is an IAS officer and currently works in Gujarat.

Chiragh Oberoi, CEO, Crossword Bookstore said, “The Crossword Book Awards is a platform that aims to give Indian authors and books a launch pad to promote themselves in addition to recognising good writing.

At Crossword Bookstores, our endeavour is to constantly bring forth avenues to engage people with diverse literature that appeals to their reading habits. We’re extremely proud to give writers- young and seasoned alike, a platform to express themselves and further the practice of literature as self-expression”.

The 17th edition of the prestigious awards were given away at the Crossword Bookstores in Mumbai on Tuesday evening.

The jury of twelve members included author Janice Pariat, literary critic Somak Ghoshal, culture editor Vivek Tejuja, writer and blogger Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan and Rohan Narayana Murty, founder of Murty Classical Library, who had selected the winners in the areas of fiction, non-fiction, Indian language translation, and children’s writing.

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Shatrughan Sinha attends Pakistan wedding, draws social media ire

“Indian soldiers are dying on the borders safeguarding the nation and our B-Town celebs are proving their friendship with Pakistanis,” wrote a user.

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Bollywood veteran and Actor and former Member of Lok Sabha Shatrughan Sinha was recently spotted at a wedding in Lahore, Pakistan.

The news went viral all over social media after pictures and videos of the wedding, in which Sinha can be seen at the venue, were posted by a user on Instagram. The user has been identified as a local photographer in Lahore.

The videos and snapshots of the wedding show Sinha attending a qawwali night, according to indiatoday.in. Sinha is seen with Pakistani actress Reema Khan in one video, looking dapper in black suit and trademark scarf around his neck, also in black.

Not surprisingly, sections of social media were livid over Sinha’s attending a wedding in Pakistan, according to timesofindia.com.

“Indian soldiers are dying on the borders safeguarding the nation and our B-Town celebs are proving their friendship with Pakistanis,” wrote a user.

Another user tried making light of the incident: “What is Shatrughan Sinha doing in Lahore? We’d ask him but he’d just say ‘Khamosh!'”

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Amitabh Bachchan pens emotional post for daughter Shweta

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Mumbai, Megastar Amitabh Bachchan’s daughter Shweta recently organized her clothing label MxS’ first fashion show, and the former is feeling super emotional.

Big B on Sunday took to Instagram and penned a cute post for Shweta.kab ye aise se aisi ban gayi pata hi nahin chala…love you Mama,” Amitabh wrote alongside a collage of his pictures with Shweta.

He also uploaded a few images from the fashion show in which Shweta can be seen teary-eyed. Also, Shweta marked her appearance at the fashion show wearing a denim jacket that had the portrait of her father.Shweta handles MxS in association with designer Monisha Jaising.

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How the dead ship in ‘Bhoot’ came alive on screen

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Mumbai, Vicky Kaushal’s “Bhoot Part One: The Haunted Ship” brings horror back on the Bollywood screen, and the overall production design of the film aimed at delivering a sense of unease and fear.

“The most challenging and exciting aspect of ‘Bhoot’ was the ship. So getting the ship to look and feel authentic was The key,” production head Aditya Kanwar told IANS.

“We spent a lot of time on research, referencing and scouting real ships to get the right vibe. Anybody who hasn’t worked or been on a cargo ship does not know what it’s like to experience the enormous size and the claustrophobia. I wanted everyone who saw this film to actually feel like they are present and trapped there,” he added.

The production head for the film elaborated: “We were very careful in how we designed the interiors of the cargo ship. Keeping it as real as possible while being shooting friendly as well. The overall production design for ‘Bhoot’ had to deliver a sense of unease and fear throughout the film.

So as the designer, I had to even start looking at a regular space, for example a home or an office, from that perspective. One way to do that is by creating a colour palette which would set the mood for the scene you are shooting. Even though the scene didn’t necessarily have a scare, but the underlying feeling of fear had to always be present.”

The outcome, he said was satisfactory. “Eventually, the best feeling is when your director, actor and the crew walk into the set and love it. I remember Vicky saying ‘Bhai kya set banaya hai!’ The director Bhanu Pratap Singh couldn’t believe the size of the entire thing!”

In the horror film, Vicky plays a bereaved shipping officer. The film also features Bhumi Pednekar in a special role. The story revolves around an abandoned ship named Sea Bird that lies abandoned along the coast. The film is directed by Bhanu Pratap Singh and produced by Dharma Productions.

Talking about the production process of “Bhoot Part One: The Haunted Ship”, Kanwar said: “The process for this film was different from the get-go. It wasn’t something I have done before. Authentic horror is a genre every production designer would dream of working on.”

“Firstly, the vision for the film has to be absolutely clear for all the departments. If I am designing a part of the ship I need to know how will the sound and lighting play a role in creating the fear — simple things like maybe by adding a steady drip of water from the ceiling. Similarly, we had to figure out how to bring light into the interiors of a dead ship but not too much of light! Keeping all of these factors in mind the process was very satisfying creatively.”

Kanwar continued: “Usually as a designer I understand what the characters are like, what their back stories are, what are their influences in life to be able to create the world they live in.

On ‘Bhoot’, apart from doing this, we also had to look at the larger picture of how to generate fear in the audience by showing an ordinary corridor or an empty room. The approach has to be different because one of the main characters in the film is actually the cargo ship.

We spent a considerable amount of time on cargo ships to experience what it feels like. If you ever get the chance to witness a dead ship from the inside, it’s quite an experience. It’s actually very scary. It’s pitch black inside as there is no power and no working lights and the sounds are very creepy!”

Kanwar points out the importance of looking for real locations while working on a film. He said: “I actually prefer to shoot on real locations. Real locations bring a flavour and character that sets sometimes cannot bring to the screen. However, the balance of knowing what needs to be a set as opposed to a real location is at times a very thin line.

For a film like ‘Bhoot’, the homes and offices we used were all real locations. When it comes to something like the ship it was a balance of both set build and the real ship. To show the grand scale of the ship we did actually go and shoot on an actual cargo ship for the exteriors. Some parts of the interiors were also shot on the real ship. This was very difficult though.”

“The interiors are so cramped there is barely any space for the camera let alone the actors also, getting the crew on and off the ship itself was a task and a logistical nightmare.”

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