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Ram Kamal Mukherjee becomes India’s first Power Brand Film Journalist

Ram Kamal Mukherjee
(L to R): Arindam Chaudhuri presenting the award to Ram Kamal Mukherjee (Pic source: Assorted Motion Pictures)

Television producer, author and former Editor of Stardust film magazine, Ram Kamal Mukherjee, today, bagged the prestigious Power Brand Best Film Journalist award at Novotel Hotel in Mumbai. Mukherjee after being conferred upon the Power Brand award officially became the first film journalist from the field of entertainment to bag this prestigious award. After almost two decades of outstanding contribution in film journalism, Ram Kamal received the award from Arindam Chaudhuri, from Planman Media.

We had a research team who spoke to various celebrities, producers and directors from Hindi and regional cinema. We had four names, but Ram Kamal Mukherjee’s name emerged as clear winner for this year. This came like a pleasant surprise for all of us, considering he has not been actively involved with journalism for last two years. But it seems that his presence on social media and his reputation as a film journalist remains unchallenged, says Arindam Chaudhuri, a national award winning producer and founder of Planman Media. ?Brands are beyond organisations. Ram Kamal remains one of the most important figures in film journalism. His knowledge on Indian cinema is remarkable, added Arindam.

Ram Kamal Mukherjee moved out of Stardust in 2015 and co-produced his first television series Bin Kuch Kahe with Rajshree Ojha for Zee TV. He started his career in Kolkata way back in 1999 with The Asian Age as a correspondent, and later shifted his base to Mumbai in 2002 as special correspondent for Stardust Magazine. He joined India’s leading tabloid Mumbai Mirror in 2005 as an Assistant Editor. In 2008, he joined Bollywoods first corporate organisation – Pritish Nandy Communications – as Vice President and worked closely with Creative Director Rangita Pritish Nandy. In 2011, he joined Stardust as Editor-In-Chief. He is widely known for his coffee table book on Hema Malini and his first fiction Long Island Iced Tea. He also launched his own production house Assorted Motion Pictures.


Ram Kamal Mukherjee
(L to R): Ram Kamal Mukherjee, Dabboo Ratnani, Neetu Kapoor and Rishi Kapoor (Pic source: Assorted Motion Pictures)

This award came like a surprise to me because I am no longer associated with any publication. But when they explained me that it had nothing to do with any publication, and it was all about individual brand value, I was pleasantly surprised, said Mukherjee, who had earlier bagged Best Author Award for Diva Unveiled in 2006 and Best Film Journalist award in 2008 from Lion’s Club. He remains India’s youngest biographer after publishing his coffee table book at the age of 26.

Read more: Today’s generation hates ?gyaan?; they?ve stopped reading beyond 140 characters: Ram Kamal Mukherjee

He received the award in presence of Bollywood stalwarts like Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Kapoor, Rakyesh Om Prakash Mehra, Shaan and Dabboo Ratnani.

Currently, Ram Kamal is working on his next book on Hema Malini titled Beyond The Dream Girl, published by Harper Collins India. I think once a journalist, always a journalist. But I think now the competition is much tougher because of paid media content. We had our share of challenges, now they have their own demons to fight, he said.

Read more: I don’t miss journalism anymore, says author turned producer Ram Kamal Mukherjee

Born in Kolkata, Ram Kamal graduated from University of Calcutta and later became University topper in Media Studies: Film and Television. He worked with many prestigious publications like Ananda Bazar Patrika, Midday, Buzz18, Anandalok and Sunday Midday. He was the first and only film journalist to have a full-page Sunday column – Ram Katha – in Mumbai Mirror.

At the same event, Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor bagged the Best Jodi award and also unveiled the coffee table book on 70 Power Brand winners from Bollywood.

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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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‘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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