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Ram Kamal Mukherjee announces cast for his film ‘Rickshawala’

Avinash Dwivedi to play the lead in Ram Kamal's Bengali debut Rickshawala, Bengali stars Kasturi Chakraborty and Sangita Sinha to play female lead. 
Ram Kamal Mukherjee

Avinash Dwivedi to play the lead in Ram Kamal’s Bengali debut Rickshawala, Bengali stars Kasturi Chakraborty and Sangita Sinha to play female lead. 

After one month of vigorous hunt, director Ram Kamal Mukherjee signed Mumbai based Bhojpuri actor Avinash Dwivedi to play lead in his Bengali debut Rickshawala. I had almost given up; that’s when I met Avinash at a friend’s birthday bash and somehow I felt that he looks exactly like Manoj (the character) from my film,” said Ram Kamal Mukherjee.

Avinash is a student of theatre and worked in many commercials and critically acclaimed Bhojpuri film Naachhniya. I was completely taken aback when Dada (Ram Kamal) approached me for a Bengali film. Though I have lived some part of my life in Bengal, but I never had a chance to work in a Bengali film. Dada met me casually over coffee and narrated me the story. I was completely floored by the narration. It’s a tough role to portray both physically and emotionally,” said Avinash.

Avinash Dwivedi to play the lead in Ram Kamal's Bengali debut Rickshawala, Bengali stars Kasturi Chakraborty and Sangita Sinha to play female lead. 
Avinash Dwivedi

Avinash is known for his silent play The Job? directed by Hardik Shah. He has been trained under experts like Jyoti Dogra and Ashok Purang. A poet and writer by passion, Avinash had won two reality dance shows. “I watched Dada’s Cakewalk and instantly fell in love with the narrative,” said Avinash. 

Why did Ram Kamal opt for a Bhojpuri actor instead of a talent from Bengal? “Our casting agency Box Pack Entertainment conducted auditions for three weeks, but they were not getting any actor who would look like a Bihari. Either we would get models who couldn’t emote or actors who didn’t have the physique of a rickshawala,” rued the director.

Avinash Dwivedi to play the lead in Ram Kamal's Bengali debut Rickshawala, Bengali stars Kasturi Chakraborty and Sangita Sinha to play female lead. 
Sangita Sinha

Incidentally, Rituparno Ghosh was the first filmmaker to cast Abhishek Bachchan in a Bengali film Antar Mahal, where he portrayed the role of a koomhar (idol maker). “Yes, that’s true. Even Ritu da believed in casting the right face,” added Ram Kamal. 

Avinash has been working on his dialect and body language for past two weeks. “He is a dedicated actor, he asked me to record the dialogues so that he could memorise them with a proper accent. He doesn’t want anyone to dub his lines. In fact he will be visiting Kolkata few days before the schedule to practice hand-pulley rickshaw,” said Ram Kamal.

Avinash Dwivedi to play the lead in Ram Kamal's Bengali debut Rickshawala, Bengali stars Kasturi Chakraborty and Sangita Sinha to play female lead. 
Kasturi Chakraborty

Aritra Das, Shailendra Kumar and Gaurav Daga have produced the film under the banner of Assorted Motion Pictures and SS1 Entertainments. The film will be shot in July, keeping the climate in consideration. “We need summer and monsoon in our story, hope we manage to get both,” said Ram Kamal. 

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The film will also star noted theatre actor Kasturi Chakraborty and debutant Sangita Sinha in pivotal role. Kasturi plays love interest of Avinash in the film, while Sangita plays the role of a Bengali housewife trapped in a bad marriage. “I am glad, Assorted Motion Pictures has taken such a wonderful initiative that too in Bengali. This would be my first journey with a national production house. I loved Ram Kamal Sir’s Cakewalk, and now eagerly waiting to work with him in Rickshawala,” said Kasturi who is known for her portrayal is popular tele serial Nati Binodini.

Avinash Dwivedi to play the lead in Ram Kamal's Bengali debut Rickshawala, Bengali stars Kasturi Chakraborty and Sangita Sinha to play female lead. 
Poster of Rickshawala

Trained under Nandikar and Class Act, Kasturi started her acting career in 2018 with Raja Ghosh’s short film Uraan, followed by Bangladeshi film Hothat Tumi directed by Golam Shohrab Dodul. 

Sangita started her career with Chandan Sen’s theatre group in Burdwan. She has won several beauty pageant titles including Mrs Asia Grand Universe in 2019. “It’s an honour to be a part of Ram Kamal da’s film. I have always adored him as an author and now as a filmmaker. I fell in love with the story when producer Aritra Das mentioned about it,” said Sangita.

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Being a trained classical dancer and singer, Sangita will be representing India in Philippines as Mrs Asia Grand Universe this year. “I am grateful to producer Aritra Das and Gaurav Daga for introducing me to Ram Kamal da. I am nervous and excited at the same time,” said Sangita. 

Gargi Mukhopadhay, Saikat Das and Ram Kamal have written the script for Rickshawala. While Modhura Palit has done the cinematography, Neerajan Krishanu has composed music. Pallavi Nandan has designed the poster and Pronoy Dasgupta would be editing the film.

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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 .

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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.

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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.

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