At a time when the Eknath Shinde faction, which has formed a government with the BJP in Maharashtra, is trying to prove its Hindutva credentials in the tussle for control of the Shiv Sena , there was a surprise development last week. The Minority Development Department of the state government announced the commissioning of a study on “the social, educational and economic status of the Muslim community” in 56 cities in six revenue divisions of the state, which have a sizeable Muslim population. The study is to be conducted by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). State Watch | Seizing on Vedanta-Foxconn row, MVA taps into old faultlines, new rage to turn the tables on BJP-Shinde While some are seeing the move as a tentative outreach towards the Muslim community, whose support could determine the results in a substantial number of wards in the coming BMC polls soon, others see it as a balancing act at a time that the Shinde faction is trying to project … [Read more...] about Shinde Sena-BJP govt’s Muslim survey plans: Why, and is there a what next?
There are very few districts in India those can match the financial muscle of Keonjhar in Odisha. Yet, the district suffers the ignominy of having the highest number of stunted, underweight children and anaemic pregnant women among the 30 districts in the State. After losing two sons soon after their births successively in 2020 and 2021, 29-year-old Sisira Dehury, was determined to save her third child this year. She undertook a 20-km autorickshaw ride from the remote Emiri village under the Bansapal block of Keonjhar and spent two months in a maa gruha — maternity waiting home — prior to her delivery. Also Read | Malnutrition in India is a worry in a modern scenario All her efforts to save the child, however, proved futile when her five-day-old died in the special newborn care units (SNCU) at the District Headquarters Hospital, Keonjhar, on September 18. Ms. Dehury said, “I could not breastfeed my son before he closed his eyes.” Similarly, doctors at the hospital could … [Read more...] about Odisha’s ‘rich’ Keonjhar poor in child health
Part fantasy, part mythological, part action-adventure, part desi superhero saga, there’s a lot going on in ‘Brahmastra Part One-Shiva’, Ayan Mukerji’s long-in-the-making mega tentpole which is meant to be a trilogy. It has been in the news for all kinds of reasons, but mostly because it is meant not just to entertain us, but to pull Bollywood out of the doldrums it is in right now. On the first count, at least, it flubs massively. Here’s how the promise, held out by this much-anticipated Dharma production, stacked up. Never-seen-before-special effects. No disputing that claim. I can only think of SS Rajamouli’s ‘Baahubali’ which can compare. One of Bollywood’s most winsome couples, both on and off screen, Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt . Bookended by the surprise presence of Shah Rukh Khan and the one and only Amitabh Bachchan , and a middle lifted by the affable Nagarjuna. Could anything be better? Turns out, it could have, and should have, but it isn’t. Shiva (Ranbir … [Read more...] about Brahmastra movie review: Despite its razzle-dazzle, Ranbir Kapoor-Alia Bhatt film fails to entertain
Tollywood superstar Chiranjeevi on Tuesday shared a short voice message on his Twitter page. He said, “I am staying away from politics but politics is not staying away from me.” It seems the star has shared the video to kick off the promotion of his upcoming film GodFather . And the obvious reference to Chiranjeevi’s real-life is hard to miss in the dialogue. Chiranjeevi enjoyed a significant success in active politics before he returned to movies full-time. GodFather is a political thriller which is written and directed by Mohan Raja. The film is the remake of Malayalam blockbuster Lucifer. And it also stars Bollywood superstar Salman Khan in an extended cameo. Also Read | Gujarati film Chhello Show is India’s entry for 2023 Oscars pic.twitter.com/6UQ1QwNsWi — Chiranjeevi Konidela (@KChiruTweets) September 20, 2022 Speculations are rife that GodFather may not release in cinemas on October 5 as announced earlier. However, the makers have repeatedly … [Read more...] about GodFather star Chiranjeevi: ‘Staying away from politics but…’
The first single titled Thaar Maar Thakkar Maar from the upcoming Telugu film GodFather was released on Wednesday. The song has also been released in Hindi. Composed by Thaman S, this song is an ode to the superstardom enjoyed by both Chiranjeevi and Salman Khan . Thaar Maar Thakkar Maar is written, composed, and shot with the sole intention of satisfying the core fan base of both the superstars. Even though this song may not go down among Thaman’s best work, it will do the job of whipping hardcore fans into a frenzy while watching in cinemas. Also Read | Gautham Menon mistaken for Mani Ratnam in interview, gives a hilarious response. Watch video The song is written by Anantha Sriram and Shreya Ghoshal has sung it. The lyrical video also has the visuals of choreographer-actor Prabhu Deva directing the song. However, he hasn’t choreographed the dance moves. It has been done by Sandy. The release of the song also kicks off the promotions of the film, which is … [Read more...] about Thaar Maar Thakkar Maar song from GodFather: Chiranjeevi, Salman Khan leverage their stardom
Actor Jacqueline Fernandez will appear before Delhi’s Patiala House court on Monday morning, in connection with the extortion case linked to alleged conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar. Her legal team will be seeking pre-arrest bail, sources said. Fernandez will appear before special NIA judge Shailendra Malick and, since the supplementary chargesheet in the case has been filed, her legal team will be moving a pre-arrest bail application during the time of her appearance before the court. The Bollywood actor was grilled by the Economic Offences Wing of Delhi Police for over seven hours last week. It was the second time that she was summoned for questioning for her alleged role in the case. Investigation into the case had revealed that Chandrashekhar had offered a motorcycle to Fernandez’s agent Prashant on his birthday but he declined to take it. However, Chandrashekhar left the two-wheeler and its keys at Prashant’s place, police had said earlier, adding the vehicle was seized. … [Read more...] about Jacqueline to Appear Before Delhi Court on Monday; Legal Team to Move Pre-Arrest Bail Plea