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Only the fortunate actors get a chance to work in a movie like Parched: Chandan Anand

Chandan Anand
Chandan Anand

Chandan Anand, a theatre actor from Act One group, Delhi, who graduated to the silver screen from daily soaps, has bagged a substantive role in Leena Yadavs Parched, which has been co-produced by Ajay Devgn. Chandan, who’s acting was appreciated in Colors Yeh Pyar Na Hoga Kam and Epic TVs Mahabharata, feels that Parched is going to be a landmark film in his career. In a freewheeling chat with Nation Next, Chandan Anand speaks about his much-appreciated movie Parched (which is due for release in India on September 23), and how he thinks that a roles length in a film doesn’t matter to him. Excerpts:

You are playing a pimp in Parched. How complicated and challenging was it to play such a bold role in your first big film?

As an actor, I gave my best! I’m being appreciated for my acting in the film. My co-actors Radhika Apte, Surveen Chawla, Adil Hussain, Tannishtha Chatterjee, etc. motivated me a lot. The film has been so beautifully made that we won 18 awards in various international film festivals. So far, I have myself seen the film five times!

The director of the film Leena Yadav is famous for creating strong female characters in her films. Even in this film, there are three strong women characters. What’s the scope of your character in the film?

The title Parched means a land that becomes dry due to intense heat. The three leading ladies in the film ? Radhika Apte, Surveen Chawla and Tannishtha Chatterjee – represent the parchedness of the society in their village Ujhaas. These three women deal with three respective males in their life journeys. I’m playing a pimp, who gets emotionally entangled with Surveen Chawlas character. It’s an extremely important character, which represents a particular section of the male society. When I went to London International Film Festival, I realised that the issues that film has raised are not just restricted to one village or one section of the society. Everyone can relate to it, as emotions are universal. The film has depicted all such diversified emotions beautifully.

Also read: Leena Yadav’s full interview on her upcoming film – Parched

Aren’t you worried about the short length of your role in the film?

Usually, big actors say that the length of the film doesn’t matter, which is true. And, this becomes more relevant when you work in a film like Parched, where you have such interesting characters, being meticulously handled by a talented director like Leena Yadav. She has the ability to make all the characters of her film look so important. Having said this, I’d love to play a main lead some day, as I feel I can carry any film single handedly on my shoulders. 

You say Parched is a landmark film in your career but how confident you are about being recognised among such an ensemble cast?

I’m not even thinking about what will happen post the movies release. I’m not counting on what perks I’ll get in future because of this film. It’s anyway a milestone in my career. It’s one of the best films and I feel so content to have worked in such a film. No matter how big a film I do in the near future, Parched will always be close to my heart. Only the fortunate actors get a chance to work in a movie like Parched.

Parched has been doing the rounds in many international film festivals. How has this international exposure been helpful for you?

London International Film Festival began with our film Parcheds screening. Even Ajay Devgn attended the festival along with his daughter Nysa. When I walked the red carpet with him, a lot of photographers followed us. We got lots of praises and a standing ovation too. It was an out of the world experience and exposure for me.

Also read: Parched movie trailer

You turned director for a short film Gannu. It’s very rare for an actor to try his hands on direction so early in his career? 

Even actors watch a film from the audiences perspective. We first watch the performances and then may be we focus on the technical side of a film. I might judge a film entirely on an actors performance. I’m not a director; I’m just trying to put in my thoughts and vision in a consolidated form.

You hail from Delhi theatre, and your co-actor in the film Adil Hussain was a theatre doyen in Delhi. What difference you found between Adil on stage and in front of the camera?

I never worked with Adil Hussain during theatre. I had seen his work though. Delhi theatre is like a hub where all the theatre students from various backgrounds work with one another. I would consider Adil Hussain as my teacher. Hes an institute in himself, from whom you can learn a lot. I grew up watching him. Hes like a fireball on the stage.

Not many know that you worked with Yami Gautam in her first major TV role in Colors serial Yeh Pyar Na Hoga Kam in 2009. What do you say about her career graph that’s going upwards since then? 

Television makes you a star overnight but the fame is short-lived. When Yami was selected for Vicky Donor (2012), for which she did an acting workshop with Act One theatre group, she called me up to share the news. In fact, even now I keep wishing her whenever anything good happens in her life. I share a very good rapport with her mother too. It’s great to see where Yamis reached today.

Your performance as Yudhishthira was appreciated a lot in Epic TV channel’s Dharmakshetra (2014-15), but the serial went unnoticed. How does it feel when such good quality work and projects of an actor don’t get him the due recognition?

It feels bad when you don’t get your due and your work fails to reach the audience. It couldn’t reach its target audience because people hadn’t even subscribed to Epic TV channel on their set top boxes then, as it was a paid channel. But, the people who saw the show, appreciated and loved it because it depicted our mythology in a different perspective altogether. Today, people from America, UK, Australia are calling up and praising me after watching the show on Netfilx. It’s a beautiful feeling. Actors are suckers for their performances feedback and if we get that, it solves our purpose of acting.

Which medium did you find more challenging between stage, small screen and big screen?

Challenge is what you are ready to accept and create. When you want to make your work look different, that’s where your challenge lies. It’s rewarding if you manage to deliver a performance that you’ve visualised and your director and the team appreciate you for the same. Then the medium doesn’t matter. Of course, monetary compensation does increase as you keep going a notch higher in your work.

Please tell us about your future projects.

I have signed a film, which is a psycho thriller. I’m also doing a web series. Also, I’m also working on my short film Gannu.

Also read: Bollywood’s ace cinematographer Aseem Bajaj’s full interview

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Rushikesh Lohit reigns as numero uno in Rapid Championship; Shaunak Badole tops Nagpur Blitz Championship




Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur

Rushikesh Lohit won the Nagpur District Rapid Championship while Shaunak Badole won the Nagpur District Blitz Chess Championship.

Rushikesh Lohit won the Nagpur District Rapid Championship while Shaunak Badole won the Nagpur District Blitz Chess Championship held at Vivekanand Hall, Shraddha House, Kingsway, Near Kasturchand Park in Nagpur.

The championship was organised  by Chess Association Nagpur in association with Kalpana Prakash Welfare Foundation and G.H.Raisoni Sports and Cultural Foundation. Muktanand Pendsey finished second in the both Rapid and Blitz Championship. Rushikesh Lohit and Muktanand Pendsey will represent Nagpur in the Rapid Championship and Shaunak and Muktanand will represent Nagpur District in the Maharashtra State Blitz Championship.

Mangesh Kashikar, Secretary, Nagpur District Badminton Association and Vice President of Maharashtra Badminton Association was the Chief Guest who distributed the prizes. Bhushan Shriwas, Secretary, CAN and Kalpana Prakash Welfare Foundation, SS.Soman, Working President, CAN and Amrish Joshi, Chief Arbiter were present on the occasion.

The Top two finishers of Rapid and Blitz Championship were awarded Trophies whereas the players finishing from 3rd to 10th place were awarded Medals in both the championship. In addition to the main prizes, age group prizes were also distributed to top two finishers in each group.

The championship was conducted by Chief Arbiter Amrish Joshi assisted by SNA Swati Kumbhalkar, SNA Amit Tembhurne, Shyam Agrawal, Prayas Amabde and Prathamesh Machave.

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Wine connoisseurs come together at Wine and Food Festival 2022 in Nagpur




Avani Arya | Photographer : Nitin Mankar | Nagpur

Wine connoisseurs came together at Wine and Food Festival 2022 in Nagpur, which took place on December 3 and 4. This was the ninth edition. It was hosted by Nagpur Wine Club, and was held at Bhagwati Lawn. The festival was open to all, where people enjoyed wine tasting and lip-smacking food by The Breakfast Story, Nagpur. Nation Next brings you some exclusive photos from the event.

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‘Maharashtra government responsive towards issues of traders,’ assures Eknath Shinde




Nation Next Newsroom | Nagpur
Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde said Maharashtra government was responsive towards issues of traders.

L to R: Eknath Shinde and Dipen Agrawal

At the outset Dr Dipen Agrawal, President of Chamber of Associations of Maharashtra Industry and Trade (CAMIT) welcomed Chief Minister, Eknath Shinde with a floral bouquet in prominent presence of Krupal Tumane MP, Ramtek and submitted memorandums highlighting harassment of traders by Local Body Tax department across the state under the garb of LBT Assessment. He also appraised about the issue of Nagpur Metropolitan Region Development Authority (NMRDA) and he further brought to the notice of CM about the exorbitant hike in rent by Corporations & their coercive action on traders.

Dr Agrawal on behalf of traders of Maharashtra expressed his gratitude towards Eknath Shinde about Local Body Tax being abolished (LBT with effect from August 2015. Though LBT was abolished in 2015 but the ghost of LBT is haunting traders now and then, department in routine are passing ex-party (best judgement) orders raising inflated and fictitious tax demands and using them to justify continuance of LBT Department. Records from LBT Appellate Authority will evidence the correctness of this statement. He also informed that LBT Department in various Corporation indulged in issuing back dated assessment orders for previous financial years. He appealed to CM that the issue requires his urgent attention, intervention and directions for closure of LBT Department in all Municipal Corporations with immediate effect to ensure ease of doing business in the state and save traders from unnecessary harassment.

Eknath Shinde acknowledged that he is aware of the issue. He assured to discuss the issue in cabinet and ensure that the issue is addressed on priority basis.

Dr Dipen Agrawal informed CM, that since last few years Municipal Corporations across the state stopped renewing lease/license of property leased/licensed by them. In 2019 the state government came up with Maharashtra Municipal Corporations (Renewal of Lease or Transfer of Immovable Property) Rules, 2019. These Rules were strongly opposed by trade associations. However, after its implementation the litigation between the lessee/tenants and Corporations went to court added Dr Agrawal. 

After great persuasion by the then LOP, you as minister for UDD agreed to the demand to put the notification dated 13/09/2019 in abeyance and review the exorbitant annual rent at 8% property value and fix the annual rent acceptable to all stakeholders. 

After the issue was raised on the floor of the house, the State government stayed the operation of notification dated 13/09/2019 and constituted a committee of government officers to review and fix fresh rent. When we approached few members of the committee to submit our suggestions’ we learnt that the committee is of opinion that the notification in question does not apply to the Licensee holder. 

Hence, in the background of above facts and circumstances Agrawal requested CM, to intervene and have the pending notification issued and fix the rent at 0.5% of Ready Reckoner value for residential & 1% for commercial lease holder Galedharaks . He further requested to notify similar rules and frame a single policy for the Licensee Galedharaks across the state and in cases where shop/otta is licensed by Corporation the annual rent be fixed at the rate of 2% of value as per ready reckoner and as the lease/license fee will be calculated on ready reckoner the clause of periodic increase dose not survive also the lease / license should be transferable and transfer fee to be charged equal to one month rent/fee for transfer within blood relation and equal to three months’ rent/fee for transfer outside blood relation and the agreed new lease rent/license fee to be made applicable prospectively and not retrospectively.

Eknath Shinde said that the issue is under active consideration and assured to look into the matter and discuss with Chief Minister, Eknath Shinde to resolve the issue to the satisfaction of all stakeholders.

Dr. Dipen Agrawal further informed Eknath Shinde that the first notification declared 5 Km area touching outer limits of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) as Nagpur Metro Region issued in 1995 which was thereafter increased time to time to present limit of 25 Km from boundary of NMC. In 2010 Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) was entrusted with responsibility of Special Planning Authority for Nagpur Metro Region the limits. In 2012 NIT passed resolution for preparing development plan for Metro Region and published Draft Development Plan (2012-2032) calling objection and suggestions, in the year 2015. In 2017 Nagpur Metropolitan Region Development Authority (NMRDA) was established. In 2018 Final Development Plan (2012-2032) for Nagpur Metro Region was sanctioned and notified. NMRDA action is based on following three main reasons:- 

1) Side margins are not as per 2012-2032 DCR; Dr. Agrawal highlighted that majority of units i.e., 59% were established before the 2012-NIT resolution and 85% were established before the first publication of 2015-Draft Development Plan (2012-2032), and pointed out that it is unjust on part of NMRDA to expect these units to maintain the margins prescribed in DCR (2012-32).

2) Building plan/ Non-agriculture use is not sanctioned by competent authority; Dr. Agrawal pointed out that under MRTP Act the power to change use of land is can be delegated to Thasildar and powers to authorise development to Gram Panchayat concerned. Invoking these powers Thasildar was approving and sanctioning NA Permissions and Gram Panchayat was sanctioning Building Plans. The units in good faith have taken these permissions from them and further submitted to other Government agencies.

3) Land earmarked for purpose other than industrial/commercial; MRTP Act provides for survey and preparing ‘existing-land-use’ map by Planning Authority after its declaration of intention of preparing a Development Plan. It is surprising to note that the area of many units established prior to declaration of intention of preparing Development Plan is not classified under industrial/commercial zone.

Dr. Dipen Agrawal humbly requested CM to grant an Amnesty Scheme for regularization wherein interest & penalty would be waived and also direct the authorities to notify that the MSME units established prior to 06/01/2018 (the date on which the DCR 2012-2032 for Nagpur Metropolitan Region was notified) should be saved from the provisions of the said DCR.

Eknath Shinde said that the government is sized with issue and assured to resolve the matter in the best interest of all stakeholders.

Dr. Dipen Agrawal, President-CAMIT on behalf of business community of the state expressed his gratitude towards Eknath Shinde, Chief Minister, Krupal Tumane, Member of Parliament, Ramtek for being sensitive towards the issues of trade & industry of the state.

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