Konkona Sen Sharma debuted as a child artist more than two decades back in the 1993 film Indira. Since then she has appeared in a number of Indian films in different languages and has established herself as an actress who’s known for her strong acting skills and magnetic screen presence no matter what character she plays. If she played the role of the strong independent yet emotional girl in Wake up Sid, in 2016, she won hearts with her performance in the critically acclaimed film ? Talvar – based on the 2008 Noida double murder case. While she was seen in Prakash Jhas film Lipstick Wale Sapne earlier this year, her last outing as an actress was Akira wherein she played the role of a cop. In an interview with Nation Next, Konkona Sen Sharma speaks about the film Talvar, Irrfan Khan whom she has worked with multiple times and the fabulous director Vishal Bhardwaj.
Real life to reel life
In 2015, Konkona Sen Sharma acted in the film – Talvar – a movie based on the 2008 Noida double murder case wherein 14-year-old Aarushi Talwar and 45-year-old Hemraj Banjade were murdered. While the movie was based on this case, the names of the people in real life were changed when the movie was made. ‘Aarushi Talwar’ was changed to ‘Shruti Tandon’ and so were the names of other characters. Konkona played the character of ‘Nutan Tandon’ in the movie, which was based on Aarushi’s mother Nupur Talwar. When asked about the change in names, Konkona said, “We altered the names slightly because we wanted to give an unbiased presentation of the case; the film was not in favour of anybody. It was just about the investigation which took place. We didn’t want to be judgmental.”
Aarushi’s aunt Vandana Talwar in the past had launched a campaign to prove the innocence of Aarushi’s parents in the case and had also provided inputs to Talvar’s writer Vishal Bhardwaj. On asking if she met Vandana for some kind of reasearch, Konkona said, “I did not meet Vandana or Aarushis parents. Vishal and Meghna (Meghna Gulzar, Director, Talvar) did meet number of people connected to the case for research and for the scripting. The script was enough and had all the little facts related to the case. Also a lot of information about Aarushi and her family was available online; so I didn’t have to personally do any research related to the case.”
‘Irrfan’s very down to Earth’
In Talvar, Konkana once again worked with actor Irrfan Khan with whom she has worked with previously in a couple of other films as well. On asking her about the quotient she shares with Irrfan, Konkona said, “I worked with Irrfan for the first time in – Life in a? Metro. We share a very warm and cordial relationship. It is very easy to work with him. He’s very down to earth even after knowing that he has become an international star now. There’s no arrogance and ego in him and every time he performs, he sets a benchmark with his amazing performance.”
On working with Vishal Bhardwaj
When you work with a person like Vishal Bhardwaj who’s a national award winner and wears the hats of a director, screenwriter, producer and music composer, things are bound to get a little pressurising. On asking on her experiences working with Bhardwaj, Konkona was all praises for him. She said, “Vishals is a wonderful film maker and his film making has certain standards. I have worked with him before Talvar as well for other movies. I enjoy a comfort level with him and I feel reassured that the film will be of certain quality. His writing and his music is a valuable contribution to the Indian Cinema.”
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.