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Seasons Greetings becomes India’s first feature film to collaborate with United Nations

For the first time United Nations, under Free and Equal Campaign, have collaborated with an Indian feature film - Season's Greetings.
L to R: Azhar Khan, Celina Jaitly Haag, Ram Kamal Mukherjee and Lillette Dubey. (Photo by Sudipta Chanda)

For the first time United Nations, under Free and Equal Campaign, have collaborated with an Indian feature film A Tribute to Rituparno Ghosh: Season’s Greetings. Author turned filmmaker Ram Kamal Mukherjee, who made his debut in Esha Deol starrer short film Cakewalk early this year has directed the feature film.

For the first time United Nations, under Free and Equal Campaign, have collaborated with an Indian feature film - Season's Greetings.
Poster of Season’s Greetings

Season’s Greetings also marks the return of Bollywood actor Celina Jaitly Haag post marriage and motherhood as female lead in this film with debutant Azhar Khan. Veteran theatre and movie star Lillette Dubey plays the role of Celina’s on-screen mother. Shot at beautiful locales in Kolkata, the film had to go through layers of scanning before United Nations and their team from Geneva decided to officially be the social cause collaborators.

Rikke Hennum, United Nations Free and Equal Campaign Manager in an official statement says, “We’re delighted to support director Ram Kamal Mukherjee’s Indian feature film for the global campaign for equality for LGBTQIA people around the world.  We know from experience that films like this can play a critical role in starting and sustaining those conversations. We look forward to working with Ram Kamal and his team behind Season’s Greetings to help raise awareness of some of the issues the film touches upon – from acceptance of same sex relationships, to the lives of LGBTQIA people in India.”

For the first time United Nations, under Free and Equal Campaign, have collaborated with an Indian feature film - Season's Greetings.
L to R: Celina Jaitly, Ram Kamal Mukherjee, Lillette Dubey, Azhar Khan, Aritra Das and Shailendra Kumar

Speaking on the most anticipated collaboration director Ram Kamal Mukherjee says, “This was an unexpected and yet a pleasant surprise. When Celina suggested that we must show the film to UN, I was a bit nervous thinking that it’s an Indian film and they might not get the soul. But they proved me wrong and I was overwhelmed with their detailed feedback on the film. I am sure Ritu da would have been the happiest today.” Aritra Das and Shailendra Kumar produced the film under the banners Assorted Motion Pictures and SS1 Entertainment ? respectively. The film has been selected at various international festivals across the globe and will be released in India by end of this year.

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Speaking about the collaboration Celina says, “I am extremely proud of the fact that United Nations has agreed to be the social cause partner under their campaign. The film went through the entire screening process and eventually they felt that we needed to talk about this story globally. The films release comes at a historic moment for India’s lesbian, gay, bi and trans population, following the decision of the countrys Supreme Court to strike down a colonial-era ban on consensual same sex relationships and previous court judgements affirming the rights of transgender people.”

Throwing further light on the subject, Celina adds, “The film is special for me in many ways. Apart from the fact that this is my first collaboration with my dear friend Ram Kamal as a director, this is my first film to be shot in Kolkata, my hometown.”

The film deals with a mother and daughter relationship that ends with an unexpected twist in the tale. Just like any Rituparno Ghosh movie, this one deals with human emotions, in various hues. “I am glad to have shared screen space with a legend like Lillette Dubey ma’am who plays the role of my mother in the film,” she adds.

Celina feels, “Changing attitudes is never easy but it has happened on other issues and it is happening already in many parts of the world on this one. It often begins with difficult conversations and this film somehow is about starting that ?one? difficult conversation through a mother-daughter relationship. With UN coming on board as a social partner, we are hoping this film will strike a global chord by reaching out to people around the world with an emotional message in similar circumstances.”

The film marks Bollywood debut of a transgender actor Shree Ghatak in the film. The film will be premiered at Changing Face International Film Festival in Sydney, Australia in November.

Also read: Esha Deol makes her life Cakewalk and how!

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The BR Ambedkar you didn’t know… | BR Ambedkar facts | BR Ambedkar history




Suyash Sethiya | Nagpur

Mahaparinirvan Din 2022 is marked as the death anniversary of Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar on December 6. He eradicated untouchability and promoted gender equality in India. Watch to know more about him.

6 दिसंबर 1956 में डॉ. बाबासाहेब आंबेडकर का परिनिर्वाण हुआ था. आज मुंबई के चैत्यभूमि जहां उनका परिनिर्वाण place है वहां पर पूरे india से उनके दर्शन और उनको श्रद्धांजलि देने के लिए हजारों की तादाद में उनके followers पहुंचते है. 14 October 1956 को नागपुर के दीक्षाभूमि में लाखों लोगों को बौद्ध धम्म की दीक्षा देने के डेढ़ महीने बाद ही उनका परिनिर्वाण हुआ था. आज हम बाबासाहेब के उन rights की बात करेंगे, जो women को दिए गए है.

बाबासाहेब ने India में ऐसा revolution किया, जिसके कारण सैकड़ों सालों की ग़ुलामी और छुआछूत से backward classes के लोगों को मुक्ति मिली. बाबासाहेब के इस revolution को इतिहास में सबसे बड़े revolution में से एक माना जाता है. उन्होंने सभी के लिए equality की बात कही और सभी को समान rights constitution में दिए. बाबासाहेब ने women empowerment की बात सबसे पहले कही थी.महिलाओं को कानूनी रूप से अधिकार दिलाने और खासकर ancestral property में हिस्सा देने की बात बाबा साहेब आंबेडकर ने ही की थी.

बाबा साहब ने Constitution में तीन major बातें liberty, equality और fraternity की बात की, जिसमें उन्होंने fraternity को सबसे अहम माना. बाबा साहब भारत की तमाम महिलाओं के liberator
हैं. लेकिन अफसोस इस बात का है कि आंबेडकर को कई classes की महिलाएं ही अपना नहीं मानती हैं. बाबासाहेब ने अपने life में सभी articles के माध्यम से womens की problems को पुरज़ोर तरीके से उठाया था .Riddle of Women, women and counter-revolution, rise and fall of Hindu woman ऐसे कई articles बाबासाहेब ने समय–समय पर लिखे थे. हिन्दू कोड बिल की मांग को महिलाएं कैसे भूल सकती हैं, जिसके ना लागू होने के कारण बाबा साहब अपने मंत्री पद तक को छोड़ देते हैं. बाबासाहेब कहते हैं “मैं किसी भी समाज की तरक्की उस समाज की महिलाओ की तरक्की में देखता हुं.“ जिस समय india में लड़कियों को पढ़ाना भी गलत समझा जाता था और बेटों को ही पढ़ाया जाता था, उस समय कई बड़े -बड़े नेता भी लड़कियों को education और property देने के विरोध में थे. उस दौरान बाबासाहेब लड़कियों को बेटों की तरह ही पढ़ाने और कम उम्र में लड़कियों की शादी न करने की बात अपने articles में कहते थे. बाबासाहेब ने sc,st , obc सभी को अधिकार दिए, freedom of speech उन्हीं की देन है.

नागपुर और मुंबई से उनके followers का ख़ास रिश्ता रहा है और दोनों ही जगहों से लोग emotionally जुड़े हुए है. नागपुर जहां उन्होंने बौद्ध धम्म की दीक्षा ली और मुंबई जहां बाबासाहब ने अपनी अंतिम सांस ली. आज के दिन मुंबई के चैत्यभूमि में मायें अपने छोटे बच्चों को गोद में उठाकर, जिन बुजुर्गो को चलना नहीं होता है, वे अपने बच्चों के कंधे पर हाथ रखकर, बुजुर्ग महिलाएं हाथ में लकड़ी के सहारे सभी बाबासाहेब के दर्शन करने मुंबई पहुंचते है.

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VIDEO: Rahul Gandhi blows kisses at BJP office during Bharat Jodo Yatra




Avani Arya | Nagpur

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on December 6 morning during Bharat Jodo Yatra made headlines when he gave flying kisses to people at the BJP Jhalawar office’s rooftop who wanted to catch a glimpse of the march. 

Bharat Jodo Yatra is passing through Rajasthan now, it resumed from Khel Sankul and crossed Jhalawar city in the morning.

Just a day ago, Rahul Gandhi targeted opposition BJP and RSS, asking why they were not chanting ‘Jai Siyaram’ and ‘Hey Ram’.

Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, Former Deputy CM Sachin Pilot, Pradesh Congress Committee Chief Govind Singh Dotasra, and several MLAs are accompanying Gandhi on the yatra.

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Vidarbha’s 1st LGBTQI+ community-integrated HIV clinic opens in Nagpur




Avani Arya | Photographer : Nitin Mankar | Nagpur

SAHYOG – LGBTQI+ community-integrated HIV clinic in Nagpur

Vidarbha’s first LGBTQI+ community-integrated HIV clinic ‘SAHYOG’ was inaugurated in Nagpur’s Mohan Nagar area on December 5. Sarathi trust and Humsafar trust came together for the needful. Sony Pictures Networks India also supported the event. Nation Next brings you some exclusive photos from the opening.

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