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Ram Kamal bags prestigious Best Author Award at RIFF 2018

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L to R: Ram Kamal Mukherjee receiving Rajasthan International Film Festival (RIFF) award at the hands of Ananth Narayan Mahadevan and Adil Hussain

The prestigious Rajasthan International Film Festival (RIFF) this year conferred their Best Author Award to noted film journalist and television producer Ram Kamal Mukherjee for his biography Hema Malini: Beyond The Dreamgirl. Festival director and founder of RIFF Anshu Harsh officially announced the award. Published by Harper Collins India, the authorised biography captures the life of legendary actress Hema Malini. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has penned the foreword of the book, and veteran filmmaker Ramesh Sippy has written the afterword. Fashion photographer Vickky Idnaani has shot the cover of the book. 

Anshu Harsh, welcoming Ram Kamal before presenting him the award, said, Ram Kamal is a magician when it comes to words! Hes carved his own identity in Bollywood that too in a city like Mumbai. He started working when he was barely 18 or 19.

Internationally acclaimed film actor Adeel Hussain and National award winning filmmaker Ananth Narayan Mahadevan at Birla Auditorium conferred the award. 

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An insight into ‘Beyond the Dream Girl: Hema Malini’ authored by Ram Kamal Mukherjee

Hema Malini congratulated Ram Kamal on his second award. I an extremely happy and honoured that Rajasthan International Film Festival decided to give Beyond The Dreamgirl this award. Ram Kamal is a very senior writer and he has worked hard on this book. I think he deserves all the awards.

Adil Hussain, who created a major impact in Hollywood with films like Life of Pi, Parched and English Vinglish said, I have heard a lot about Ram Kamal and his biography on Hemaji. I have just ordered the book online and waiting to read it. I wish Ram Kamal would also write about alternative cinema and actors who have made their mark in Indian cinema. ” 

Internationally acclaimed filmmaker Ananth Narayan Mahadevan was visibly excited presenting the award to Ram Kamal. I know Ram Kamal for many years. I have worked with Hemaji in Noopur. I have read the book and I think it’s one of the finest biographies released in recent times.” 

Also read: When you have a face like Hema Malini, you don’t need to play on sex and controversies: Ram Kamal Mukherjee

Shantanu Roy Choudhuri Executive Editor at HarperCollins India was equally happy with this achievement. He said, I have seen Ram Kamal working with lot of passion towards this book. These awards are definitely an indication that Bollywood biographies are in vogue and people want to read more about yesteryear stars and their journey. 

Ram Kamal, expressing his gratitude, said, This was unexpected! I came here to conduct a chat session on regional cinema, and both Anshu and Somendra Harsh from RIFF insisted that I should stay back for the award night. Glad, I agreed to stay back for the special moment. I think the entire credit for this award goes to Harper Collins India and team for having faith in me. Of course Hemaji, without whom this book would have been just a dream.” 

RIFF also honoured national and international filmmakers at the award ceremony for their outstanding contribution to Indian cinema. 

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Virat Kohli complains of losing his unboxed phone in Nagpur




Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur

Former Indian skipper Virat Kohli took to twitter to inform netizens that he had lost his brand new unboxed phone in Nagpur on Tuesday.

Kohli, who is in the city for first test match against Australia on Thursday,  said, “Nothing beats the sad feeling of losing your new phone without even unboxing it  Has anyone seen it?”

Food delivery app Zomato was quick to respond by asking the ace cricketer to ‘feel free to order an ice cream from his wife and actor Anushka Sharma’s phone.’ 

The tweet read, “feel free to order ice cream from bhabhi’s phone if that will help.” However, many users anticipated Kohli’s tweet to be an advertisement for a brand.

Also read: Anil Deshmukh granted permission to travel outside Mumbai

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Anil Deshmukh granted permission to travel outside Mumbai




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Bombay High Court rejected stay plea filed by CBI paving way for the release of ex-Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh.

Ex-Home Ministe Anil Deshmukh on Monday was granted permission to travel outside Mumbai for four weeks by a special court on Monday.

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and former Home Minister of Maharashtra Anil Deshmukh on Monday was granted permission to travel outside Mumbai for four weeks by a special court on Monday. Deshmukh had sought permission to visit his constituency, which is also his hometown, Nagpur. 

The application was filed by Deshmukh through his lawyer, Inderpal Singh, stating that he is a native of Nagpur with deep family roots in the city apart from being an elected representative of his constituency. 

“The applicant craves a benevolent indulgence of this court to permit him to travel outside Greater Mumbai, including District Nagpur, for a limited duration of about four weeks so as to maintain continuity in his social and family ties and also visit his original and permanent home/constituency,” the plea stated.

The plea further added that “the applicant needs to have due legal consultation with his lawyers in New Delhi for further course of strategy in the present and connected cases.”

Also read: All 31 days in January 2023 in Nagpur observed to be polluted, reveals study

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Interesting facts you didn’t know about Union Budget | Must Read




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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented Union Budget when she presented financial statements and tax proposals for fiscal year 2023-24.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented her fifth straight Union Budget when she presented financial statements and tax proposals for fiscal year 2023-24.

Here are some lesser known facts about Union Budget…

The British government presented India’s first ever Union Budget on April 7, 1860.

The first budget of independent India was presented by country’s first Finance Minister RK Shanmukham Chetty on November 26, 1947.

Even though traditionally, the finance ministers present the budget, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi are the only Prime Ministers to have presented the Union Budget instead of Finance Ministers.

Until 1955, the Union Budget was presented in English. However, the Congress government then decided to print the Budget papers in both Hindi and English.

In 2019, Sitharaman became the second woman to table the budget after Indira Gandhi who presented the budget for the year 1970-71.

Earlier, the government tabled the rail budget separately for 92 years but since 2017, the rail budget was merged with the Union Budget.

Until 1999, the government tabled the Union Budget at 5 pm on the last working day of February as per British era practice but 

former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha changed the timing to 11 am. Years after, late Finance Minister Arun Jaitely changed the budget presentation to February 1. 

There’s a customary event called the ‘halwa ceremony’ that is held every year ahead of the Union Budget. It is considered as a gesture of appreciation for all people who have worked on the Union Budget. 

To ensure the secrecy of the budget document, a lock-in process is followed – in which all the officials involved 

in preparing the Budget come out of Parliament’s North Block only after the Finance Minister has presented the budget.

In 2021, Sitharaman became the first to table paperless Union Budget.

Former Prime Minister Moraraji Desai holds the record of presenting 10 budgets as finance minister, which is the maximum so far.

Also read: Not a populist but a fiscal consolidation budget: CAMIT Chief Dr Dipen Agrawal

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