Ram Kamal Mukherjees second directorial venture A Tribute to Rituparno Ghosh: Seasons Greetings starring Celina Jaitly, Lillette Dubey and Azhar Khan wraps after marathon shoot in city of joy – Kolkata.
Kolkata: It was a wrap for director Ram Kamal Mukherjees A Tribute To Rituparno Ghosh: Seasons Greetings at Slyfox Gastro Pub, Salt Lake City with Celina Jaitly, Lillette Dubey, Azhar Khan, producers Aritra Das and Shailendra Kumar. This film was produced under the banner of Assorted Motion Pictures and SS 1 Entertainment.
While discussing about the film, director Ram Kamal Mukherjee shared few insights like how he narrated the story to Celina and Lillette in Dubai. Ram Kamal said, I guess this is first short film where cast has been finalised not in Bollywood but in Dubai. When I was in Dubai to promote my first short film Cakewalk, I met Lillette maam when she was in Dubai for some work. First I thought she would say no? to it but when she heard the script she happily agreed to do the role of a mother. I am really grateful to her for saying yes to the role. In fact, I even met Celina in Dubai during the same trip and we bonded over films. That’s when I discussed about the film.
He added, Celina and I go a long way. It was really funny that we were chatting regarding my project and Cakewalk and I was casually talking about Seasons Greetings and with my utter surprise, she expressed her interest to play the role of Romita and yes the rest is history as others say!
Both Celina and Lillette had a strong connection with the legend Rituparno Ghosh and this connection came up while both the actors shared few incidents. Celina said, In 2012, while I was in Dubai, Ritu da called me for a project but that time I was pregnant with twins so I couldn’t do the role. Unfortunately, we both couldn’t work together. When Ram was narrating the story to me, I said yes, as I always wanted to do a meaningful cinema and with a social cause to it. And being a UN Ambassador myself for so long and associated with LGBTQIA for almost 18 years, I thought I should do this film. In our society this issue is still a taboo. I am happy to be a part of this project.
On the other hand Lillette said, I have met Rituparno couple of times, he was such a nice human being and very talented director. Though I didn’t work with him but I have worked with Aparna Sen, one of his closest associates and a very good friend. I think Ram Kamal is a director who is very sure about his shots. I generally don’t say this, but whenever I like a film or a director, I say that it was like a ?play. The last time I gave this compliment to Mira Nair, and now Ram Kamal.
The film marks debut of Azhar Khan as male lead. Azhar said, I am eternally grateful to Ram da for this opportunity. I mean what else could one expect as an actor? Before the shoot, he had warned me that I have to be on my toes to face such senior actors like Lillette Maaam and Celina Jaitly. But I was completely shocked to see that they were extremely humble. They helped me a lot with improvisation in all my scenes.
Producer Aritra Das said, I am learning with each of my experience. After Cakewalk, now we just finished Seasons Greetings, which is a tribute to Rituparno Ghosh. Celina and Lillette Maaam are extremely professional, and this wouldn’t have been possible without them.
The film revolves around mother and daughter relationship, and also features two Tagore compositions in Maithili language. The entire cast and crewmembers completed the shoot till 4 am, and without taking any break, they met members of press and interacted with them.
Ram Kamal said, I wanted to share my happiness with my friends and former colleagues from the media fraternity, as they have always stood beside us, and we often forget to thank them.
RMBRCN celebrates Charter Presentation & Installation, Rina Sinha becomes Charter President
The Rotary Means Business chapter of Rotary Club Of Nagpur (RMBRCN) celebrated their Charter Presentation and Installation of Board on September 17, 2023 in a crisp official ceremony at Hotel Centre Point, Nagpur.
Rotary Means Business encourages Rotarians to support the success of their fellow Rotarians by doing business with them and by referring others to them.
Charter President Past President Rtn Rina Sinha presided over the ceremony. Renowned entrepreneur and Rotarian Aspi Bapuna, Chairman of Bapuna Group, was the Chief Guest and Rtn Namita Sharma, President of RCN, was the Guest of Honour.
The Board of Directors of RMBRCN include Rtn Navneet Jain, Vice President, Rtn Mohammed Master, Honorary Secretary, Rtn Sanjay Aggarwal Treasurer, Rtn Rakhi Bhatia Director Chapter Service, Rtn Rahul Shrivastava, Director Vocational Service, Dr Ruchi Choudhry, Director Membership Development, Ranjana Duseja, Director Attendance.
Past Rotary District Governor (PDG) Shabbir Shakir, Past Presidents- Bharat Goenka , Khushnoor Chugh, Sanjiv Chugh, Akhtar Parvez, Tejinder Singh Rawal, Alok Goenka, Jerestine Watchmaker, Sandeep Dhodapkar, Sanjay Arora, President RMB Nagpur, and Behram Patel and Amitabh Sinha were present.
President Rina Sinha informed that within a short period of its formation already 48 members representing various businesses have joined the chapter and the numbers are increasing . The Chapter has already crossed 5 crores of business amongst their members and RMB will further strengthen Rotary in membership growth and retention .
Chief Guest Rtn Aspi Bapuna lauded the chapter’s success and reiterated that its comfortable and safe to do business among fellow rotarians as all follow the Four Way Test of Rotary. Jerestine introduced President Rina. Aspi Bapuna presented the charter and installed President Rina Sinha . Rtn Namita congratulated the RMB chapter and informed that this is the new initiative at RCN.The Board was installed by Rina Sinha and all members were installed by the Past Presidents. An exclusive digital Monthly Magazine ‘Growth Engine’ was launched by Editor Niharika Chugh Vali.
Navneet Jain and Rahul Choudhry conducted the referral and thank you session where enthusiastic members informed about their successful business details. Nishchay Sinha launched the social media and MYRMB app which connects members to other chapters digitally, Treasurer Sanjay Agarwal gave treasurers report, Rtn Rakhi Bhatia managed the event. Rtn Parag Datey and Niharika were the Masters of Ceremony (MOCs). Secretary Mohammed Master proposed the formal Vote of Thanks .
Nitin Gadkari inaugurates double-decker electric bus availed for senior citizens in Nagpur
Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, on Saturday, inaugurated the double-decker electric bus designed for senior citizens in Nagpur. The initiative has been undertaken in association with Ashok Leyland’s CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Committee and Jyeshtha Nagarik Pratishthan.
Executive President of Jyeshtha Nagarik Pratishthan Datta Meghe, Vice Chairman of Ashok Leyland Limited Yash Sachar, CEO of Switch Mobility Mahesh Babu, and other dignitaries were present during the inauguration.
“I am very thankful to Ashok Leyland’s electric vehicle arm ‘Switch Mobility’ for donating an electric bus for our senior citizens. The bus can hold a capacity of 65 people and will benefit a lot to disabled and senior citizens,” Gadkari said.
“We already have a green Electra bus available to us for the past five to six years. Krishna Reddy has taken the responsibility of repairing and providing air-conditioning to the bus, moreover, he is providing us with one additional bus. A Tata Motor bus will be arriving this month as well, giving us a total of four buses to operate. This will solve the issue of waiting list due to the lack of buses for senior citizens in the city.” he added.
With the help of these buses, senior citizens can avail the benefit of free trips to religious places like Ambhora, Adasa, Shegaon, Mahur, Dhapewada, and Kalamb.
Nagpur: Married man accused of girlfriend’s rape commits suicide on Facebook live
A 38-year-old married man named Manish alias Raj Yadav, on Sunday, committed suicide during a Facebook live-stream after allegedly being accused of rape by his girlfriend and her family in Nagpur.
During the live stream, Manish, who was married and a father to three children, stated that his 19-year-old girlfriend, Kajal, along with her family members demanded a sum of five lakh rupees and threatened to press charges of rape if he failed to do so.
On September 6, the situation became grave as the woman’s family accused him of eloping after Kajal went missing from her residence.
The deceased refused the claims of having any sexual relationship with the woman and identified her, her family, and a photo studio operator responsible for his condition. He, then, jumped into the river.
After the live video surfaced online, Kalamna Police launched a search operation and recovered the deceased’s body from the river. Four people have been detained in the case for questioning. Further investigation is underway.