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Curtains down on Smruti Cinema, Land Owner Vikram Buty takes back possession

Smruti Cinema (Photo by: Abhishek Thakare/Nation Next)

One of the oldest and most popular cinema halls of Nagpur – Smruti Cinema – closed down last night (August 30) after screening its last film show of Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi, which was watched by an audience of 300 odd Nagpurians.

Today afternoon, Vikram Buty, the land owner of the one acre plot at Residency Road, where Smruti Cinema had been operational for the past 30 years, took back the legal possession of the theatre and the whole premises, as awarded by the arbitrator in the dispute between Vikram Buty and Prashant Rathi that aroused over the valuation of Smruti Cinema. 

Vikram Buty

In 1982, the land owner Vikram Buty leased out the land to Murlidhar Rathi for 30 years to run the cinema business there. After Murlidhar Rathi’s demise, his sons Prashant Rathi and Prakalp Rathi had been running Smruti Cinema on the premises. The lease was made for a period of 30 years in 1982. Subsequently, Murlidhar Rathi constructed the building of Smruti Cinema and the landlord was being given the rent for the land. After the expiry of lease of the land, a legal battle between the two parties i.e. Rathis (represented by Advocates – Late VG Bhangde, MG Bhangde and VV Bhangde) and Vikram Buty (through his Advocates – Sunil Manohar, Akshay Naik and Rohit Joshi) ensued. The victory of this award resulted in Vikram Buty winning the entire possession of the Smruti Cinema property, including the land buildings equipment machinery etc. Therefore all rights to the property are now back to the owner of the land i.e. Vikram Buty.

After taking the possession of the land and Smruti Cinema premises, Architect Rohit Buty, son of Vikram Buty, said, “Initially we were very skeptical about getting into litigations and court proceedings. But after this award, I strongly believe in the power of the law and the relief it grants when taken through a proper recourse. After this victory, not only I feel more optimistic about how the law works in our country, but also I feel more energetic to develop the land into a multifaceted facility for Nagpurians.”

The notice of Smruti Cinema being closed for renovation outside the cinema hall (Photo by: Abhishek Thakare/Nation Next)

When asked about his and his family’s future plans vis-a-vis the land and the theatre, Rohit said, “The single screen cinema is on the verge of collapse. People are more enamored by the multiplexes as it gives them a new cinematic experience. Perhaps Smruti Cinema has been one of the only shining examples of single screen cinemas doing good business these days. I shall probably renovate and remodel the theatre into a multiplex in a few years. As we’ve just got the possession of the property and we have no experience in cinema business, I want to run the cinema as it is for some time.”

Elaborating further on his vision on creating a multifaceted facility? on Smruti Cinema premises, Rohit said, “Today, the visitors at Residency Road, are facing a lot of parking problems because of the construction works of metro and the flyover in an already congested Sadar. I would immediately want to open up the property for the public with a pay and park facility. Moreover, being an architect, I feel there’s a huge scope of developing multiple projects here like hotel, shopping zone, multiplex, etc. We intend to make a proper and elaborate plan for utilising the true potential of this land.”

Reacting to media reports on how a lot of people may lose their jobs in Smruti Cinema, Rohit Buty, said, “I want to make it clear that we have just taken back the possession of our land and the paraphernalia built over it. Brand Smruti Cinema and its business and liabilities still belong to Rathis. We have nothing to do with their business. Rathis are known to run their business with integrity and I am sure they will take care of everything including their employees and business associates. We are not liable for anything pertaining to the business of Smruti Cinema. As per my information, Smruti Cinema is making decent profits and Rathi family intends to continue their cinema business on some other property.”

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I’m known for small and mid-budget films, so I can never enter 300 crore club: Ayushmann Khurrana




Elina Nayak | India

Ayushmann Khurrana

Ayushmann Khurrana is back with an action drama, ‘An Action Hero’. And the trailer of the film is a promising one, a real genre-bender for Ayushmann fans. The movie also has Jaideep Ahlawat playing the lead alongside Ayushmann. So when asked to comment on how many big stars are doing two-hero films these days, Ayushmann, who has always teamed up with actors playing strong characters, said, “Be it Annu Kapoor’s character in ‘Vicky Donor, Rajkummar Rao in ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’, Gajraj Rao in ‘Badhai Ho or Tabu in ‘Andhadhun’, all these characters were equally strong along with mine. So, I’ve never followed the trend. I work with actors who contribute to a film. Ultimately, it’s the film that’s a winner.”

Moreover, Ayushmann finds inspiration in Ajay Devgn. “I take a lot of inspiration from Ajay Devgn sir. Like in his film ‘Golmaal’, most of the punch lines were with other cast members, still he did the film. It’s important to keep your film before yourself. A good film is all about a collaboration between the actors, directors and everyone else.”

Ayushmann is one of the finest actors in Bollywood. But ask him if he ever feels the pressure of delivering hits, he said, “I always scout for fresh content. And have a tick list – like has this subject been done in Hindi cinema before? Is the subject original and pathbreaking? But once I do the film, I leave it to the audience whether to accept it or not. I want to give it my best in whatever I do. So, I don’t think I’ll ever be known for a 300 crore film. I’m known for small and mid-budget films. Hence, I can afford to take risks without pressure.”

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Constitution day | Bet you didn’t know these interesting facts about the Indian Constitution




Avani Arya | Reporter : Shamanand Tayde | Nagpur

Constitution Day is also known as “National Law Day”. It is celebrated in India on 26 November every year to commemorate the adoption of the Constitution of India. Know some interesting facts about the Indian Constitution in the video.

सभी को पता है कि India को 15 अगस्त 1947 को independence  मिली थी.साल 1949 में 26 नवंबर यानी आज ही के दिन india  का constitution  बनकर तैयार हुआ था. India का constitution  26 जनवरी 1950 से लागू किया गया था. इसके साथ ही भारत में हर साल 26 नवंबर को constitution day  मनाया जाता है. India का constitution  दुनिया के सभी constitutions को परखने के बाद बनाया गया था. इसलिए इस constitution को सबसे Important constitution कहा जाता है. 

Indian Constitution से जुड़े ऐसे कई Interesting Facts हैं, जिनके बारे में जानकर आप हैरान रह जाएंगे. भारत देश के citizen होने के नाते बच्चों से लेकर बड़ों तक, हर किसी को Constitution Of India से जुड़े ये Interesting Facts  जरूर पता होने चाहिए.

क्या आप जानते है कि  Indian Constitution  World’s Longest Constitution  है. Indian Constitution को लिखने के लिए  dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar को  Father Of Indian Constitution भी कहां जाता है.  डॉ. भीमराव आंबेडकर ने Constitution  को दो साल, 11 महीने और 18 दिनों में तैयार कर India को dedicate किया था. इसके कुछ हिस्से America, Germany , United Kingdom , Australia , Ireland , Canada  और Japan  के Constitution  से लिए गए हैं.

26 नवंबर 1949 को Indian Constituent Assembly की तरफ से इसे अपनाया गया और 26 नवंबर 1950 को इसे एक democratic government system के साथ लागू किया गया था. बाबासाहेब आंबेडकर के योगदान को याद करने और constitution के importance का प्रसार करने के लिए constitution day  मनाया जाता है. Indian Government  की ओर से पहली बार 2015 मेंconstitution day  मनाया गया. 29 अगस्त 1947 को भारत के constitution का draft  तैयार करने वाली Committee की स्थापना हुई. जिसमें chairmen  के रूप में डॉ. भीमराव अंबेडकर appoint हुए. जवाहरलाल नेहरू, डॉ राजेन्द्र प्रसाद, सरदार वल्लभ भाई पटेल, मौलाना अबुल कलाम आजाद भी इस सभा के main members  थे.

क्या आप यह जानते है कि Indian Constitution  में 448 Articles, 22 Parts, 12 schedule और 97 amendment हैं. Indian Constitution की दो copies  हाथ से लिखी गई हैं, जोकि Hindi  और English  language में हैं. इसमें किसी भी तरह की typing या print का use नहीं किया गया था. दोनों handwritten copies पर 24 जनवरी 1950 को उस समय के 284  members of parliament के सामने Signature किए गए थे. Indian Constitution को बनाते समय कई देशों के  Constitution को study किया गया था. हमारे constitution  में देश के citizens के fundamental rights, Duties
 और government machinery के बारे में Detailed Information  दी गई है. इसमें ये बताया गया है कि President, Prime Minister , Governer  और Chief Ministers  की क्या powers हैं और किस तरह से Legislature, executive और Judiciary काम करती है.

Constitution  बनने से पहले भारत में British government  की ओर से  बनाया हुआ act 1935 लागू किया जाता था. Indian Constitution के rules  के मुताबिक Republic Day के मौके पर राष्ट्रपति और Independence Day के मौके पर pm देश को addressed करते है.

तो यह थे Indian Constitution से जुड़े कुछ Interesting Facts

Script by – Shamanand Tayde

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‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans raised during Rahul Gandhi led Bharat Jodo Yatra, claims Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Chouhan




Avani Arya | Nagpur
“Pakistan Zindabad” slogans were being raised during Congress’ Bharat Jodo Yatra, claimed Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan on November 25.

Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Chouhan, Bharat Jodo Yatra leader Rahul Gandhi

“Pakistan Zindabad” slogans were being raised during Rahul Gandhi led Bharat Jodo Yatra, claimed Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan on November 25. He also said that he has ordered a probe into the incident.

Earlier that day, BJP leaders alleged that partakers in the Yatra shouted ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ in Khargone, Madhya Pradesh. A controversy flared up after BJP State President VD Sharma and other party leaders shared a video on social media claiming that ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans were raised during the rally.

Calling it a conspiracy by the BJP against Rahul Gandhi, Congress Party denied the claims. Yatra entered Madhya Pradesh on its 77th day of the Padyatra on November 23.

Covering a total distance of  3,570 km, Congress claimed that Bharat Jodo Yatra is the longest march on foot by any Indian politician in the history of India. It started from Kanyakumari on September 7, and will end in Kashmir next year.

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