- Political Fraternity saddened by the Sudden Demise of Rajesh Khanna
- Salman’s Father Saleem Khan remembers his neighbor Rajesh Khanna
- Bollywood shocked over the sudden Death of Rajesh Khanna
- Monsoon Session 2012 of Indian Parliament from August 8
- Mumbai Film Festival 2012 to showcase 9 Mute Films
- Dara Singh’s Son Vindu to make Documentary on his Father
- Coca Cola Sales thunder up by 20 percent in one year
- Tamil Nadu parties demand adequate compensation for Slain Fishermen
- Indian Food Security Bill to be a global Examples say Britons
- Indian Metal imports declined by 37 percent in last Quarter
Posted: 18 Jul 2012 09:47 AM PDT
Indian Political Leaders have condoled the sad demise of Bollywood Superstar Rajesh Khanna. Khanna also had a stint with politics after he stopped acting from early nineties. He won the Lok Sabha seat from New Delhi constituency in the 1991 elections. Not an single big Political leader could skip condoling his Death.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi expressed her heart felt condolences to the bereaved family of Khanna.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee recollected her association with the Bollywood star and said he was “very fun loving”.
“I had known Rajeshji for a long time. I still remember my association with Rajesh Khanna when both of us were elected to Lok Sabha as Congress MPs. He was very fun loving and used to make others laugh,” said Banerjee.
“During that time we used to chat for long hours in the central hall of parliament. I had once invited him for a party programme. He told me that he would come after dressing smartly by applying all kindS of make-up,” said Banerjee.
“I remember his smiling face. The way he entertained cine lovers over the years, that was something,” she added.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on expressed profound shock at the passing away of Yesteryear Bollywood superstar Rajesh Khanna.
“His death has caused irreparable loss to Hindi cinema” Kumar said in his condolence message.
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has also mourned the death of veteran actor Rajesh Khanna, saying the superstar ruled the hearts of millions with his unique charm.
“With his unique persona, Rajesh Khannaji made a special and unforgettable place in the hearts of Indians! May his soul rest in peace,” Modi tweeted.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said Rajesh Khanna’s demise spells the end of an era in Bollywood.
“When he was elected MP from New Delhi and till his tenure ended, he did not accept a single movie assignment, and he campaigned for me twice in Karad Lok Sabha constituency,” said Chavan adding that Rajesh Khanna achieved stardom in a relatively short period and besides the film industry, ruled over the hearts of millions of fans.
Senior BJP leader L.K Advani on condoled the demise of Bollywood icon Rajesh Khanna.
Posted: 18 Jul 2012 09:22 AM PDT
Saleem Khan, the father of Bollywood star Salman Khan and noted Script Writer, speaks about his friendship with Superstar Rajesh Khanna and the way it got stronger with time. He was an eminent neighbour and both of them started their Bollywood Career at the same time.
I could not control my emotions when I heard of Rajesh Khanna’s sad and untimely demise today (Wednesday) afternoon. I remember way back in the early 1960s, my writing career and Rajesh’s acting career took off almost simultaneously and he excelled in his chosen field.
Unlike the days when stars appeared to be ‘loud’, Rajesh was soft and quiet, in his style, acting, personality and also public image.
Within a short period of a few years, he catapulted to superstardom and achieved heights like nobody before him.
We were neighbours in Bandra – barely at five minutes walking distance – good friends and used to meet and interact regularly. Although, in recent years it was rare due to his health conditions.
I witnessed his peak period from 1969-1975 from close quarters. The dizzying heights that he reached remain a landmark which other actors and stars can covet, though we have many big stars even today.
We saw that his position remained untouched, nobody could come anywhere near him, he was loved and adored by all from six to 60, especially women who considered him their ultimate Dreamboy with his cherubic smile, a romantic charisma and a good boy image…
While the period Rajesh reigned at the top was quite short – barely six years – he truly deserved the ‘superstar’ status that the industry bestowed on him.
I was involved in the writing of his career’s greatest superhit “Haathi Mere Saathi” and later “Andaaz”, in which he had a guest appearance.
During the shooting of “Haathi Mere Saathi”, when we used to travel to Chennai and other places in south India, we were surprised to see massive crowds waiting for Rajesh wherever he went.
Generally, nobody knew or recognised Hindi film stars in south India, which has its own dedicated and huge film industry, so this was considered remarkable.
Though many considered him a romantic hero, he was accepted in all the roles he essayed – romance, action, emotions, drama, comedy.
As a person, Rajesh was basically an introvert, unable to express himself much and remained shy, traits that may be considered unthinkable for a superstar with a huge fan following.
However, he was always a good host, whether on the sets or his home – daily, dozens of people were invited daily for eating, drinking and merry-making.
Rajesh was a very generous person, too. He was known to make expensive gifts to people he liked – like, once, he gifted a car to somebody, to another an expensive watch, and so on…
I feel saddened that he left us when he was just 69, (he would have turned 70 this December). But he had been ailing for a long time and suffering. After a high-profile acting career, he has got the rest he must have wanted…
Posted: 18 Jul 2012 09:00 AM PDT
Whole Bollywood is shocked with the demise of its First Superstar Rajesh Khanna. Kaka as he was widely known was the favorite of all Bollywood Actors. Termed as King of Romance, powerhouse and a giant of the Hindi film industry, Rajesh Khanna gave 15 Superhits movies in a sequel.
Veteran Actors, Directors, Models and all others have paid their condolence to the 69 year old demised superstar.
His Son in Law, Akshay Kumar said to media persons, “I regret to inform everybody my father-in-law Mr. Rajesh Khanna is no more. He has gone to a nice and heavenly place, we are happy about that. I hope everybody who is watching this can just say a small little prayer for him,”.
Veteran actor Manoj Kumar told IANS on phone: “I could not believe that he is no more with us. Earlier it was Dara Singh, now it is Rajesh. I feel god is upset with the industry. Rajesh was a different personality. He made a mark for himself through his hard work.”
Tamil superstar Rajinikanth has expressed his grief over the death of Bollywood’s first superstar Rajesh Khanna. The actor said, “My heartfelt condolences to the legend Mr Rajesh Khanna. I pray to the Almighty, may his soul rest in peace.”
Superstar Shah Rukh Khan said Khanna’s smile will be missed forever.
Mumtaz, who acted in 10 films with Khanna, including memorable ones such as 'Ap Ki Kasam', 'Roti', 'Apna Desh' and 'Sachcha Jhootha' said she had lots of memories of working with Rajesh Khanna. 'Zindagi ke safar mein guzar jaate hain' and the peppy 'Jai Jai Shiv Shankar' were two perennial hits from 'Aap ki Kasam.'
Filmmaker Subhash Ghai said, "He was the powerhouse of Hindi film industry. I met him on the sets of aaradhna, he had some kind of energy and you will be charged when he is around you. His name will be written in golden words."
Veteran actress Vyjayanthimala said, "His death is a big loss to the industry. It's my bad luck that I didn't have the chance to work with him because he came much later. I remember when he came to Chennai for some film shoot the college girls went crazy to catch a glimpse of him when he was going to his studio."
Below are the tweets of other Bollywood stars paying a tribute to Superstar Rajesh Khanna
Not only Bollywood but Malayalam film industry is also mourning the death of Rajesh Khanna.
Mourning the death of ‘Kaka’, thespian actor from Kerala Madhu said they met on a few occasions during his heydays and he closely watched Khanna’s acting skills.
Ace comedian and character artist Jagdeesh pointed out that when he was a college student, everyone wanted to dress and have a hair style similar to Khanna.
“I remember that after a series of his films became blockbusters, he was ordained with the status of India’s first superstar. Until then, all were known as just stars and he became a superstar,” said Jagdeesh.
Popular actor Mukhesh said that Khanna reigned supreme in Bollywood and it was only after Amitabh Bachchan took over that he lost his number one status there.
Posted: 18 Jul 2012 07:30 AM PDT
The Monsoon sessions of Indian Parliament would start from August 8 once Presidential and Vice Presidential Elections are over. The Session would end on September 11.
The Session would start immediately a day after the Vice Presidential Polls on August 7, 2012.
The monsoon session, which usually starts in July, got delayed due to the presidential election July 19 and swearing-in on July 25.
The Session would see an immense uprising against the Government in the wake of passing the Lokpal Bill. Social Activist Anna Hazare is launching an indefinite strike from July 25 for passing the Jan Lokpal Bill. Further Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev would launch his nationwide campaign from August 9 against Corruption and Black Money.
Posted: 18 Jul 2012 06:30 AM PDT
In Order to commensurate the 100 Years of Indian Cinema, 9 Mute Films would be screened in 14th Mumbai Film Festival 2012, starting from October 18. The 8 Day Long Festival would showcase over 200 Movies.
“The main thing is going to be the nine restored silent films that will be shown the way it used to be shown in the silent days of Indian cinema”, said Filmmaker Shyam Benegal
“The way it used to be shown 100 year ago… with live music,” Benegal, chairman Mumbai Academy of Moving Images (MAMI), which organises the fest, told IANS.
He added: “That is how we are going to celebrate the 100 years of Indian cinema. Because that is the experience that nobody has now known or even has the memory of it because none of those people are living. So that will give you an idea of early Indian cinema was like. The silent era will be back.”
Apart from that, the fest promises an interesting bouquet of world cinema too.
Festival director Srinivasan Narayanan told IANS: “We are going to get the best of world cinema as we did last year.”
Talking about the centenary celebration of Indian cinema, he added that “We are only screening only existing Indian silent films along with a live music.”
“For films like ‘A Throw Of Dice’, we are bringing a group of German artists and they will play music. We are trying to create live music for silent films as a tribute to Indian cinema,” said Narayanan.
The festival will also pay tribute to the Italian cinema through a special selection of films in the Celebration of Italian Cinema section.
Benegal said: “Altogether over 200 films will be shown. But among silent films there will be nine and then we will have a whole retrospective of Italian cinema from silent days till now.”
This year the festival will move to the south of Mumbai with NCPA and INOX as the festival venue.
Filmmakers Anurag Kashyap and Sudhir Mishra have joined the MAMI board as trustees this year. The festival will introduce a competition section for Indian films this year.
Narayanan said that to celebrate 100 years of Indian Cinema, “Mumbai Film Festival is introducing a competition section for Indian films with the cash reward of Rs.15 lakh.
“These films will be judged by the foreign award winning technicians and directors so that it will be a foreign jury looking at Indian films.”
Following last years roaring response to French films, “Rendezvous with French Cinema” will be hosted by the fest in collaboration with the French Embassy in India and Unifrance.
Posted: 18 Jul 2012 05:30 AM PDT
Dara Singh’s Son Vindu reveals many interesting information about the veteran Wrestler and Actor. He discloses about his Half-Brother and plans to make a documentary on the life of his Father.
“In deference to my father’s wish, my half-brother has always been a part of the family.
He will remain so. In fact, more so now with my father gone… in this family, we are very high on responsibilities. To this day I look after my ex-wife Farha Naaz and son Fateh although we separated long back,” he added.
Dara Singh’s family is a symbol of secularism.
“In our family, we respect and acknowledge all religion and my father encouraged every kind of culture and lifestyle in our family. My brother is married to a Gujarati. My sister is married to an American. I married a Muslim and now I’m married to a Christian.”
Vindu says his father was a genuinely good human being and “that’s why we aren’t mourning his going away”.
“My father went after living a full life. For the last four days, when he hovered between this world and that, the kind of response I got just blew my mind. In the last four days, there have been 2,00,000 tweets and after his death I have to respond to over a 1,000 SMSes as soon as I get breathing space.”
Vindoo says there is absolutely no hang-ups about being a giant’s son.
“Not at all. I am proud to be Dara Singh’s son. He was very proud of me, specially after I won on ‘Bigg Boss’ and started getting good work and making good money. He always encouraged his children to do what we wanted, never stopped us from doing anything. We were all allowed to fail once in our class exams. Because we had the freedom to fail, we never did….
“My dad wasn’t scared of dying. He was scared my mother (Surjeet Kaur) would go before him. ‘Mujhe chhod ke mat jaana,’ he told her some months ago. Now he’s gone leaving her behind. We need to look after her even more now.”
Vindoo reveals he never moved out of the Dara Singh residence because all his siblings did.
“How could I leave my parents alone? If in their autumnal years they had to live alone what was the point of having so many children? I made a pledge to myself I’d stay with my parents, and I did.”
Now there’s a yearning to carry the father’s legacy forward.
Vindu is planning to put together his father’s amazing story in a documentary film and added: “It’s important to let future generations know what my father was all about.
He always said, ‘I’ve made enough money for all you children to live comfortably forever. If you can’t build on my legacy don’t diminish it either.’ I’d like to carry his name forward.
Dara Singh is a metaphor for strength and power. I’d like to think I can shoulder that legacy.”
Posted: 18 Jul 2012 04:30 AM PDT
The Sale of Coca Cola India Ltd. in India has seen a tremendous growth of 20 percent in the 1st Quarter ended on June, which is highest among all developing markets.Coca Cola sells various brands like, Coca Cola, Thums Up, Mirinda, Maaza etc.
The company reported nine percent growth in volume intake in Russia, seven percent in China and six percent in Brazil.
During the quarter under review, brand Coca-Cola’s volume as a stand-alone drink grew 35 percent and that of Sprite 29 percent in India.
The company also reported strong global volume growth of four percent in the second quarter.
“Volume growth in the quarter was well-balanced around the world, with solid growth in key developed markets, including Japan, North America and Germany, as well as strong growth in key emerging markets such as India, Russia, China and Brazil,” the company said in a statement.
Posted: 18 Jul 2012 03:30 AM PDT
Political Parties in Tamil Nadu are angered over the killing of a state Fishermen in Gulf by US Navy Commandos (Read What happened). Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalitha and Opposition Leader Karunanidhi have asked PM to provide adequate compensation to the concerned Family Members.
She also told the prime minister to ask the US and Dubai authorities to conduct an enquiry into the firing Monday that left one Indian fisherman dead and at least three injured.
Condoling the death of A. Sekhar, she announced a solatium of Rs.500,000 to his family and Rs.50,000 to the families of the three injured fishermen.
In a letter to Manmohan Singh, the chief minister said: “I also request you to ensure that due compensation is paid to the families of the deceased and injured fishermen.”
She said Indian embassy officials should be asked to render all medical and other assistance to the injured.
On Monday evening, Sekhar was killed and M. Panduvanathan, K. Muthukannan and R. Muthumaniraj were injured when naval personnel on board USNS Rappahannock, a fuel re-supply ship, opened fire on a small motor vessel near Jebel Ali port off Dubai.
According to Jayalalithaa, the four fishermen, hailing from Ramanathapuram district in Tamil Nadu, had gone to Dubai to work in a fishing boat.
She said the four were reported to have been engaged in fishing in a civilian vessel at Jabel Ali, a frequent docking point for American naval vessels.
Jayalalithaa recalled the shooting of two Indian fishermen in the sea off Cochin in February by Italian security personnel and New Delhi’s efforts to obtain compensation for their families.
Meanwhile, DMK president M. Karunanidhi, opposition leader A. Vijayakant of the DMDK and Vaiko of the MDMK strongly condemned the killing of the fisherman.
Karunanidhi also demanded compensation to the affected families, and the arrest of those responsible for the shooting.
Posted: 18 Jul 2012 02:30 AM PDT
Food Security Bill 2012 to be tabled in Indian Parliament would be a big global Inspiration according to researchers from Institute of Development Studies, UK
“India stands at the threshold of potentially the largest step towards food justice the world has ever seen, as the National Food Security Bill works its way through parliament,” Lawrence Haddad, director of the Britain-based IDS, said.
“Although the bill alone won’t fix India’s food system, the world will be watching to see if it can provide a template for other countries to follow,” Haddad said ahead of the launch of a bulletin by IDS and voluntary organisation Oxfam in the national capital.
The bill aims to give legal right to cheaper foodgrain to 63.5 per cent of the population. Around 180 million households — 65 million below poverty line (BPL) and 115 million above poverty line (APL) category families — get subsidised rations under the PDS through the fair price shops.
The bulletin examines food justice in the country and addresses questions on empowering the marginalised and women.
“Due to India’s large population, the country is home to 42 percent of the world’s underweight children and 31 per cent of its stunted children. India has alarming levels of hunger on the global hunger index,” said Nisha Agrawal, chief executive officer of Oxfam India.
Posted: 18 Jul 2012 01:30 AM PDT
Indian imports in Metals has seen a steep decline of 37 percent in the Quarter ended in June 30 compared to last year. This is mainly due to whooping Dollar Prices and the government measures to curb such imports due to the high current account deficit.
India’s import of precious metals in the quarter ended June 30, 2012 registered a 37 percent decline in rupee terms, compared with the like period a year ago, as the government took strong measures to curb such imports due to the high current account deficit.
“Total import of gold and silver in rupee terms during the period of April-June this year was Rs.51,084 crore as against Rs.81,307 crore in the corresponding period last year,” Commercial Intelligence and Statistics Director General Dipankar Sinha told reporters on the sidelines of a programme organised by the Bengal National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BNCCI) at Kolkata.
Sinha said in US dollar terms, the import of precious metal during the first quarter of the current financial year reported a 47 percent slide to $9.47 billion.
Gold imports have contributed substantially to India’s current account deficit (CAD) – the difference between total imports and transfers and total exports, which widened to the highest ever level to 4.5 percent of the GDP at $21.7 billion in January-March period of 2011-12.
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