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Aamir Khan’s Dangal paints the akhada pink

Dangal’s official trailer was released on October 19, 2016 by UTV Motion Pictures on YouTube.

Mhari choriyan choron se kam hai keAamir Khan’s Dangal raises a question: Are our daughters any lesser than our sons
Whenever I go down the memory lane of my school days, I remember the class topper was a girl. Girls have been maintaining the status quo by consistently excelling in studies even today, but till some time back, sports was not their arena.

Our so-called ‘weaker sex’ were hash-tagged with the titles like bechari and abla naari. It was a popular belief that girls, being physically weak, were not supposed to be good at sports. Their extracurricular recognition would not go beyond being the showpieces at the beauty contests. People forgot that the most enduring physical activity performed by any living being was giving birth to the future, which could only be executed by the females of the species.

Now the likes of Sania Mirza, Saina Nehwal, Jwala Gutta and Parmeshwar Singh Sindhu are punching those with the regressive mindset in the face. The first medal won by an Indian in the recent olympics was by a girl – Sakshi Malik. Aamir Khan’s Dangal, which releases on December 23, 2016, paints the akhada (wrestling ring) pink. The film vehemently makes a statement that we can vouch for our girls for bringing a gold medal in as physicality driven game as of wrestling. We don’t need to have a sexist mindset to earn our honour!

Aamir Khan plays Mahavir Singh Phogat, a wrestler and father of four girls, who always wanted a son to win a gold medal for the country. But when he sees that zing in two of his daughters, Geeta and Babita, he trains them hard. His ambition to make the country proud is carried forward by his daughters. The girls are sweating it hard in the trailer of Dangal (watch video) to make their father proud. Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra as Mahavir’s daughters are looking promising. The film seems to be an emotional drama of father-daughters relationship with an action-packed performance by the girls. Gone are the days when in a typical hindi flick, the brothers, fathers or the sons were supposed to be the custodians of the respective pride of the sisters, daughters or the mothers! Now the girls have themselves taken to Dangal! They are fighting for the country’s pride. This film is a thumbs up to the strength of the 47% population of this world, erstwhile labeled  as the weaker sex. Now the girls are having all the fun!

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DR Karthikeyan attends Rocketry: The Nambi Effect premier, recalls experience with Dr Nambi Narayanan




Radhika Dhawad | Delhi
Former CBI Director DR Karthikeyan, ex-officials from the probe agency recently attended special screening of ‘Rocketry: The Nambi Effect.’

R Madhavan with DR Karthikeyan (centre)

Former CBI Director DR Karthikeyan, former officials from the probe agency and members of the film industry recently attended a special screening of film ‘Rocketry: The Nambi Effect’ at Siri Fort auditorium in New Delhi.

DR Karthikeyan writes…

“On personal invitation phone call from Dr Nambi Narayanan, I had the opportunity to see the very first premier show of the film ROCKETRY – The Nambi Effect – at Sirifort Auditorium, Delhi on 26th June – Sunday evening.

On arrival at the venue, I was happy to be met by the talented Star/Director/Producer  Mr R Madhavan and senior officers of the Ministry of I&B, Govt of India. It was an amazing production – destined to get an award – nationally and globally! The movie was screened all over the world on 1st July – produced both in English, Hindi and Tamil and also dubbed in many more languages.

Former CBI Director DR Karthikeyan, ex-officials from the probe agency recently attended special screening of ‘Rocketry: The Nambi Effect.’

At the end of the show at the packed auditorium, I was invited by Mr Madhavan to the stage and given a bouquet of flowers along with my colleague PM Nair IPS. I shared a couple of words with the audience. “At that time when there was sensation about the so called “ISRO Spy Case,” I was asked by the CBI HQ for my opinion. I was then investigating Rajiv Gandhi Assassination –  as Chief of SIT CBI – I spent a few hours of conversation with Dr Nambi Narayanan who was in our custody at Malligai, Headquarters of SIT CBI at Chennai. I had no hesitation in reporting to CBI Hq my finding that not only Nambi Narayanan is innocent of any of the charges alleged against him but also he was a noble person.” It so happened when his case came up before the National Human Rights Commission for compensation, I was the Director General, NHRC at Delhi.

After hearing from me what actually happened to Nambi Narayanan, the Commission awarded him financial compensation, as interim relief. Dr Nambi Narayanan has been in touch with me since then from time to time. 

Here is one of his recent communications to me on WhatsApp – “The role you had played in relieving me from the charges was immense.Thank you very much Sir. I will be certainly very happy to meet you in person when I visit Delhi. Once again thank you very much! With regards Nambi Narayanan”. 

As early as on 30th June 2021, Dr Nambi Narayanan had sent to me on email – the extract – MEETING KARTHIKEYAN  ‘Pray to God, he will come.’– chapter 14 of his just then released Biography “Ready to Fire”- (How India and I Survived The ISRO Spy Case).  The same is also attached herewith. The life of Padma Bhushan Dr Nambi Narayanan, the celebrated space scientist, which is very powerfully portrayed in the movie Rocketry – The Nambi Effect carries a powerful message to everyone.

Satyameva Jayate – Truth alone triumphs – Mundaka Upanishad.

While the guilty should be identified and punished promptly and severely, no innocent or the family should suffer physically or mentally or emotionally. That should be the commitment on the part of everyone of us – particularly those in charge of governance, administration, law enforcement, intelligence and the judiciary!”

Released on July 1, the film is a biographical drama based on the life of Nambi Narayanan, a former scientist and aerospace engineer of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), who was falsely charged with espionage in 1994.

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Marathi Cinema

Chandrashekhar Bawankule unveils poster, releases trailer of Nagpur film ‘Aamhi Butterfly’




Nation Next Newsroom | Photographer : Nitin Mankar | Nagpur

Former Maharashtra Minister and current MLC Chandrashekhar Bawankule unveiled the poster and released the trailer and songs of the upcoming Marathi film – Aamhi Butterfly – at an event held at Deshpande Hall in Nagpur. The film, which has been shot in Nagpur and other parts of Vidarbha, has been directed by Aniiket Limje and produced by Rajesh Rangari and Shrinivas Shiras.

Many child actors who have worked in the movie are from Vidarbha. During the trailer launch, MLA Tekchand Sawakar, actor Girish Pardesi and other actors from the movie, were present. Aamhi Butterfly is going to be released in August 2022.

Above are some of the pictures from the event!

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Dialogue at Nation Next

‘Shah Rukh Khan didn’t even thank me for supporting Aryan Khan,’ says Shatrughan Sinha




Radhika Dhawad | Mumbai

Actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha, in an exclusive interaction at Dialogue @ Nation Next, speaks about the comparison of today’s actors with yesteryear actors, Aryan Khan drug case, NCB and why Shah Rukh Khan didn’t even ‘thank him.’

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