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Thursday, 16 April 2015

Films Forever – A journey through classics!

Some movies remain in our hearts forever. Some in the way of their music, some are remembered for their ground-breaking plots, some for their exotic locales and some for the trends they introduced that have lasted generations. The timeless masterpieces have left people with fond memories, and have entertained audiences home and abroad.These movies etch a special place in our hearts and memories.

The journey which started with Daag: A Poem of Love has since captured the imagination of the masses with each venture. How can one forget Amit’s poetic act in Kabhi Kabhie, the mesmeric songs that every guy sang for his loved one, or the beauty of Noorie that charmed audiences, and Chandni’s affable andaz with the scenic locales adding an X-factor to the proceedings. Nisha’s powerful depiction of an obsessed lover in Doosra Aadmi gave a glimpse of the intense side of human emotions. And who can forget the iconic Vijay in Kaala Patthar fighting against his inner demons.

So, get ready for the #FilmsForever fiesta, a journey down memory lane and relive the magic of movies!

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Chak De! India inspires a Fastpitch softball team

Dear Messrs. Amin and Sahni, 

I have never been moved enough by a film in my life to write a “fan letter”. This indeed is one, but you should also consider it a note of gratitude. 

Your film, Chak De! India, was recommended by our school’s girls’ field hockey coach to me and it resonated deeply with me.

I coach fastpitch softball (a girl’s sport similar to baseball) and our program’s hierarchy of priorities, organization, team, player, are beautifully realized and reinforced by your exquisite film. 

Further, like the protagonist in your film, I am an accidental coach of girls and we had a difficult journey (over four years!) when I took over the program and it ended happily. (Please see photo.) 

My only regret is that I did not discover your film until a few days ago. Be assured that its viewing will be an annual ritual in our program here; we as a group have already seen the bit when then girls announce who they are. We will watch the entire film during a team building session following our return from spring training in Florida.

Thank you so much for making a film that is so meaningful to me and that will have lasting import upon the girls with which I work for years to come.

If you ever happen to be in the Detroit, MI area, please do not hesitate to contact me so I might have the chance to thank you personally.

Ted Alpert 

Ted Alpert 
Department of History 
Varsity Softball University Liggett School 
1045 Cook Road 
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236-2509
Shaping Lives That Shape Lives 

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Rani Mukerji honoured and humbled to receive the National Award

Rani Mukerji was felicitated today in New Delhi by Sreerupa Mitra Chaudhury who is the chairperson for the National Institute of Gender Justice. The past awardees include Anna Hazare, Pratibha Patil, Pandit Jasraj and Mahashweta Devi. Rani Mukerji is the first ever film personality to be felicitated with this prestigious award.

Rani Mukerji is being honoured not just for her incredible work in cinema but also for the kind of work she has been doing to create awareness about child trafficking. It's been a natural extension of her character in Pradeep Sarkar's sleeper hit Mardaani, where Senior Inspector (crime branch) Shivani Shivaji Roy tracked down child trafficking cells and protected the girl child like no other.

'It's really heartening to see that not only has the film been loved by audiences worldwide but it has transcended the realm of filmmaking and become something that inspires the people who have been tirelessly working for years for the cause of child trafficking and are the real heroes. I feel humbled to meet these people and am glad that I am able to contribute in a small way. This award is special as it recognises my contribution to cinema in a different manner.' said Rani Mukerji.

Known for her fearless rehabilitative actions towards the homeless and abandoned citizens, especially women and children, women’s rights activist Sreerupa Mitra Chaudhury,Chairperson National Institute for Gender Justice said: "The powerful and fearless performance of Rani Mukerji in Mardaani idealises the role of police in prevention of crime against women, especially trafficking of girl child for commercial sexual exploitation. I feel she symbolizes the pride of uniform and inspire change. That's the reason we decided to felicitate her for excellence in artistic performance".