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‘Don’t Shrug it Off’ wins the ‘Womens Safety and Empowerment’ short-film contest hosted by US Consulate Mumbai

Creatively projecting through film the crucial need for womens empowerment, the short film titled ‘Don’t Shrug it Off,’ won the first prize in the ‘Womens Safety and Empowerment’ short-film contest organized by US Consulate Mumbai, on Friday, December 7 at Novotel Hotel, Juhu.

Two other short films including ‘An Independence Day’ and ‘It’s Our City, Too’ won second and third prize, respectively. ‘Acid Attack’ won the People’s Choice Award at the event and Supreet K Singh won the Best Woman Director Award for her film ‘Nirbhaya Mai Asifa Mai.’

Don’t Shrug It Off, the winning film, touched on the subconscious and subtle gender discrimination in our everyday lives.

The top three winners were awarded scholarships for an online course in screen writing at the New York Film Academy (NYFA), a film festival partner along with Women in Film and Television (WIFT), India.

Talking on the subject of women empowerment, actress and jury member Tisca Chopra said, Film and women empowerment are two things I love in my life. They are things I feel deeply about.

It (women empowerment) can be a great subject for a film as well as cinema can further the cause tremendously, which is the need of the hour. As more and more women join the workforce (in films), films which show the female point of view far more clearly will be made and that is the hope, she added.

Also speaking at the occasion, U.S. Consul General Edgard Kagan said, Womens safety and equality is not an Indian issue or an American issue. Achieving justice and parity for women is a global obligation. Each of usmen and women alikemust play a role in solving it.

Along with Chopra, the jury comprised Bollywood celebrities including Mita Vashisht, Rasika Duggal, director Mahesh Mathai, screen writer Anjum Rajabali, Suniti Ghoshal from NYFA and David Kennedy from the US Embassy New Delhi.

This year, the consulate received a total of 46 film entries from the five states of Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, and Maharashtra. Of those, ten were short listed for screening at the grand finale.

All the winning entries can be viewed and shared from the Consulate YouTube site at


The Womens Safety and Empowerment Short Film Contest has been held every year since 2013. It marks the UN ₹16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence? global campaign to promote the idea of womens safety and empowerment.

The December 7th film screening and award ceremony was the finale of the contest, in which filmmakers from across western India submitted short-films that promote and raise awareness about safety and empowerment of women.
The three-month-long contest included workshops on basic film-making for social good in Mumbai, Indore, and Vadodara.

The film-making contest itself ran from Oct 1 to Nov 10.

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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




Radhika Dhawad | Bombuflat
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




Radhika Dhawad | Bombuflat


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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