Filmmaker Ram Kamal Mukherjee’s second venture A Tribute to Rituparno Ghosh: Season’s Greetings will premiere on ZEE5 post Diwali. After the success of Cakewalk, author turned director Ram Kamal Mukherjee’s second feature Season’s Greetings will premiere on ZEE5, India’s fastest growing OTT platform. The 47-minute Hindi feature marks the comeback of Bollywood actor Celina Jaitly Haag post marriage and motherhood. The film also stars theatre thespian Lillette Dubey and debutant Azhar Khan in the lead and marks the debut of Bollywood’s first transgender actor Shree Ghatak in a pivotal role.
The film has become India’s first ever feature to collaborate with United Nations Free and Equal. The film deals with Article 377 and LGBTQIA community. “Since Rituda was very vocal about the cause, this comes up as a vital issue in the film. It’s weaved in subtly and that’s probably the beauty of the tale,” says Ram Kamal. The film has two songs in Maithli language composed by Rabindranath Tagore and has been shot in beautiful locales in Kolkata by cinematographer Pravatendu Mondal.
Amitabh Bachchan to unveil poster of Ram Kamal Mukherjees film Seasons Greetings on social media. Watch video below:
Aparna Acharekar, Programming Head, ZEE5 India says, “We are extremely happy to have author turned filmmaker Ram Kamal Mukherjee’s Hindi feature film A Tribute to Rituparno Ghosh: Season’s Greetings premiering exclusively on ZEE5, soon. We are happy to announce the first look on the 56th birth anniversary of Rituparno Ghosh and hope every cine lover will appreciate the film. Seasons Greetings deals with human emotions, interwoven with many contemporary social aspects which one needs to address and has powerful performances by Celina Jaitly Haag and Lillette Dubey.
Produced by Aritra Das and Shailendra Kumar under the banner of Assorted Motion Pictures and SS1 Entertainment respectively, the film also marks debut of Jaan Kumar Sanu, son of Bollywood playback singer Kumar Sanu and also features Sayani Palit. The film has music by Shailendra Sayanti.
“I am extremely delighted that our film will be premiered on ZEE5, and I would like to thank Tarun Katial and Jay Pandya who saw the potential in our content. I feel that while it’s very important to make good content, it’s equally important to get an equally good platform to showcase your work,” says Ram Kamal.
Celina, the lead actor from the film says, “It is great to associate with a massive platform like ZEE5. This is a special film and it was indeed a pleasure to work with Ram Kamal Mukherjee and the entire cast and crew of the film. When Ram Kamal narrated me the story I immediately connected with Romita’s character because she is real. Just like any character from Rituparno Ghosh’s film. Since last two decades I have been closely working with LGBTQIA cause this film deals with issues related with the community and abolishment of article 377. This film is about celebration of love and freedom.
Lillette Dubey said, “I am glad to be a part of Ram Kamal’s film Season’s Greetings, which will premiere on ZEE5 soon. I always wanted to work with Rituparno Ghosh, unfortunately he left too early. I am happy to be a part of a film that pays homage to such a wonderful filmmaker.
Aritra Das feels honoured to be associated with one of India’s leading digital platforms. “We couldn’t have asked for anything better than ZEE5. This film was an ambitious project for all of us and we waited for the best platform. I think it’s all about the right content,”
Set in Kolkata, the film revolves around a mother and daughter relationship. The first look of the film was revealed by Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan on 56th birth anniversary of late Rituparno Ghosh on August 31st. In a special video message to director Ram Kamal Mukherjee, he expressed, “Ram Kamal worked as a journalist for more than 20 years and has written five books which fetched him many accolades. Now, Season’s Greetings is his second Hindi film and I wish him and entire team all the best for this wonderful tribute to Rituparno Ghosh,one of Bengal’s most celebrated filmmakers.”
Shailendra Kumar feels that this unique step will help the film in reaching out to larger number of people. “Being a Kishore Kumar fan, I grew up watching Amit ji films. I know almost all his blockbuster songs by heart. When Ram Kamal da mentioned that Amitji would unveil the poster of our film, I just couldn’t believe. In fact for a while I thought he was pulling a prank on me,” says Shailendra Kumar.
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 .
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.
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.