Sunday, 3 March 2019

“Phir Ussi Mod Par” to hit silver Screens this Women's day

This women’s day film based on Triple Talaq “Phir Ussi Mod Par” to hit silver Screens all over India

This year the Women’s Day (March 8, 2019) shall assume special significance as the last cinematic creation of legendary director Lekh Tandon“Phir Ussi Mod Par . . . Talaq” which emphatically espouses the cause of Muslim Women will hit the Silver Screens all over India. It is an avant-garde motion picture based on singularly the most hotly debated topical subject in current times in India, the issue of “Triple Talaq” which features in social and media circles regularly ---- a tidal wave of public opinion which refuses to ebb.

Much before the “Triple Talaq” became the flavour of drawing room gossip and the street corner chats “Chai pe Charcha”, Octogenarian veteran Director Lekh Tandon had toyed with the idea of making an avant-garde motion picture on the subject and launched the film in the name and style of“Phir Ussi Mod Par (Back to Square One)”. The uniqueness of the subject so captivated the veteran Director that he not only completed the script in record time but also commenced shooting at a break-neck speed in association with Kanika Multiscope Pvt. Ltd. (KMPL) and completed the film in a record time of six months. This path breaking movie promotes the expedient social cause of doing away with “Triple Talaq” so very adroitly promoted in current times. The thematic treatment of “Phir Ussi Mod Par . . . Talaq” effectively ensures that “Content is back” on celluloid.

The film is now being released by producers Trinetra / Kanika / Anshula Bajpai under the auspices of their banner Kanika Multiscope. The Producers are well-known names in their respective fields – Trinetra Bajpai is an internationally renowned Technocrat and Author, Kanika Bajpai is a celebrated theatre / television and musical artiste whereas Anshula Bajpai is a writer of repute. The songs sung mainly by Kanika Bajpai and Javed Ali create captivating sonorous music reminiscent of the era “When Melody was Queen” with a post-modern touch and are a major highlight –“Melody Returns”.

Without bothering to spend precious time in signing a huge star cast Lekh Tandon had opted for assembling a team of dedicated artistes who fitted the respective powerful roles like a glove. The carefully selected artistes included many Lekh Tandon regulars viz. Kanwaljit Singh. Parmeet Sethi, S. M. Zaheer, Govind Namdeo, Smita Jaykar, Kanika Bajpai, Rajeev Varma, Arun Bali, Haider Ali, Vineeta Malik, Sanjay Batra, Diveeya Dwivedi and newcomer Jividha as the main protagonist. Renowned Cinematographer Jehangir Chowdhury (who had been associated with Lekhji in six films), accomplished Choreographers Madhav Krishan / Jojo, Editor Awadh Narayan Singh, Art Director Chokkas Bhardwaj and Co-Director / Writer Suresh Premvati Bishnoi etc.



Will Virat win the World Cup?

Michael Clarke ,Sunil Gavaskar MSK Prasad, Matthew Hayden at India Today Conclave 2019

New Delhi, March 2, 2019: India and England will play the cricket World Cup final where England will be bowled out for 115 runs and India chases it in 15 overs without losing a single wicket. That's how batting legend Sunil Gavaskar hopes to see the outcome of the cricket World Cup 2019, scheduled to be held in England later this year. The former Indian captain was speaking at the India Today Conclave 2019 held in Delhi Today. He was participating in a session titled How’s the Josh: Will Virat win the World Cup?. Former Australian Cricket Captain Michael Clarke, head of Indian selection board MSK Prasad, and former Australian cricketer Mathew Hayden were the co-panelists in the session which had some exciting analysts by these stalwarts.

While Gavaskar rooted for a India England final, Hayden and Clarke said that they would like to see an India Australia final. "Australia will win by one run," said Clarke. Hayden felt that Australia would beat India by 2 runs.
Prasad was more diplomatic and said that the team with the right mix and intensity would win the world cup. "The Indian team has it at the moment," he sair. He however said that IPL would not adversely affect the preparation of the players who would play in the World Cup. "IPL is an Indian international tournament which offers so many complex situations. It's better than the training ground and creates a competitive environment," he said.
Clarke, however, criticised the Indian team's approach in the last two T20 games against Australia that India lost. "The team was experimenting without thinking much about winning or losing. I personally believe that it's important to win every game and build the momentum," said Clarke.
Gavaskar said that MS Dhoni's presence in the team as wicketkeeper batsman gives Virat an edge. Prasad said that the country should appreciate the chemistry between Dhoni and captain Virat Kohli as the captain allows his former skipper to set fields. Gavaskar added that Kohli also had the advantage of world class bowlers.
"Virat has a kind of attacking bowlers who keep taking wickets that no Indian skipper had in the past," said Gavaskar.

The former Indian skipper felt that if India play Pakistan in the world cup the players would not get bogged down by the current tension prevailing between the two countries. "Our players are professional, they will not be swayed by the current political situation. That's the sign of a great team. They forget every other thing and focus on the game," he said. Clarke agreed adding that players do feel the emotions but they have to do the job. "Cricket is a silly game. No matter what happens outside, players focus on the job at hand. Batters focus on batting, bowlers on a good delivery and fielders on chasing the ball," he said.
Gavaskar's secret: "I always took the first strike a Test match because the first ball was a loosner and always had the opportunity to score. Scoring the first run was important because I was scared of getting a pair in a Test match which means getting out for zero in both innings. I never got a pair in my career. "

Sonali Bendre at India Today Conclave 2019

New Delhi, March 2, 2019: In January, Sonali Bendre Behl returned to Mumbai from New York where she spent six months undergoing treatment for cancer. On her first flight since her return, she said that she was scared to address a public gathering to overcome the disease that acclaimed author Siddhartha Mukherjee described as the ‘Emperor of Maladies’ and which afflicts 1.1 million people in India alone. “I wanted to be in charge of my narrative,” said Bendre on her decision to attend India Today Conclave. 

On the origins of the hashtags
Sonali credited her husband, Goldie, who motivated her through the treatment by asking her to take it one day at a time. Once technologically challenged, Sonali embraced social media where she coined the now famous hashtags #onedayatatime and #switchonthesunshine to reach out to millions about her experience. Sonali’s sister, Rupa Ranadive, was the other primary caregiver, putting her own life on hold to be there for her in this daunting battle.

On breaking the news to her son
Sonali recalled how she and Goldie decided to come clean to their only child on the diagnosis. When Ranveer, an asthmatic, was informed he was quiet for a moment, took a puff of his inhaler and said that he was aware of cancer because of a book that he and Sonali had read together. He told Goldie, ‘Dad, it’s going to be difficult, we have to deal with it as a family.”

On coping with the physical ramifications of the disease
Sonali said that she had endorsed every hair product in the heydays of her career as an actress. Now with her hair shorn of its original glory she’s been learning to accept the changes in her body. While she is happy that her brows and lashes are back, the hair still remains short. She admits there is a plus side to it. “I’m quick to get ready. The baggage is gone and there’s no more hiding behind it,” she joked.

On the threshold of pain
While describing the pain that she underwent during the surgery and chemotherapy, she said the toughest time was post surgery which left her with a 20-inch scar on her midriff. “That’s when I realised that physical pain was tough but it was the mental [pain] that was tougher,” she confessed.

The biggest takeaways
Insurance is a must, she admitted. “Treatment is very expensive,” she added. More than spirituality, to help with the madness she needed logic. She wanted to understand what was happening to her. “I focused on what needed to be done,” she said. There’s a self-realisation that she arrived on too with regards to her professional life. “I have reached a stage where I don’t know whether I will work or not but I am not insecure about it,” she said. “Will I act in movies again? Maybe. I will wait for it to show itself.”


I wanted to be in charge of my narrative.

I’ll be comfortable someday with my body and my imperfections.

Every time I am fearful of something, I just go ahead and do it.

Best part is that I am alive, I am here and I am thankful for it.

I hope that someday some woman thanks me for raising a sensitive boy.

One thing I don’t want from anybody is sympathy. One thing I was certain of is that I don't want to be on a pedestal.
When the audience was asked if her new hairdo was better than the old, long locks, all hands were raised in spontaneous consensus.