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S. Miami,whose cheeks have been as pink as their leading ladies? Rajinikanth’s tryst with Bollywood had him vie for Sridevi’s affections in Chaalbaazbut he had to share the stage with Sunny Deoland Srideviwho was the real hero of the film He did have solo turns where he successfully fought off the bad guysbut most of his A-list Bollywood attempts were ensembles In a HumRajini was always going to be counted alongside Amitabh Bachchan and Govindanot as the one and only Rajnikanth Mani Ratnam tried giving us a “fair-skinned” south Indian lover in Bombay and Rojathe first two films in his terror trilogy Arvind Swamy smilingly seduced Manisha Koirala to the heavy drumbeats of Humma humma He followed that up by dallying with Kajol in Rajiv Menons Sapnay (the Hindi dub of Minsara Kanavu) but it was a flop Mani Ratnam went on to take refuge in Shah Rukh Khan for the third of his trilogyDil Se Madhavan was the last “big” south Indian hero to try for the heartthrob spot in Bollywood His Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein presented him as a rebellious young lover But Madhavan wasn’t really a true southern import He had done Hindi televisionand his long stay in the north had ensured that his Hindi was minus accent His Bollywood journey has been patchyand he has done most of his best workeven as the romantic heroin the south Dhanush makes an entry into Bollywood after gathering critical and box office acclaim in the south His Aadukalamwhich got a National award in 2011has him play an ordinary fellow in love with a girl who doesn’t like him to begin with and then does It is the only one of his only Tamil film I’ve seenand I was struck by just how much he limned his ordinariness by not calling attention to himself The backdrop of Raanjhanaa is as different from Aadukalam‘s as it can be Not Madurai but Varanasi And he plays Kundanthe son of a priestnot Karupputhe mud-smeared cock fighter But the girls he falls in love with in both films are somewhat similar: “fair-skinned”unattainableof a higher social order Because Raanjhanaa is a glossy Hindi love storynot a realisticgritty Madurai-school filmDhanush has to sing and dance and woo his girl in a style that has been forged over decades by popular stars from the north I was looking out for any kind of overkill on his partbut Dhanush goes through the film without putting a foot wrong Perhaps because he doesnt have to pander to an imageor isn’t too bothered with looking “fair and lovely”like his north Indian counterparts are forced to behe is able to surrender to the suffering that a kind of true love brings with it Dhanush is thin”dark” and unprepossessing He does nothing to hide it And he makes the movie sing Could this be the second coming for the south Indian lover boy in predominantly north Indian Bollywood [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsAmaravati: Even as the TDP won the recent by-election to Nandyal Assembly seat and also bagged the Kakinada Municipal Corporation (KMC) party supremo N Chandrababu Naidu on Monday cautioned the rank and file not to become "over confident" and also "not to take any chances" A file image of chief minister Chandrababu Naidu Reuters "Every election is a lesson We have to analyse our mistakes and take corrective action There should not be any over confidence In future elections I am not ready to take any chances" Chandrababu told the TDP leaders The general elections in Andhra Pradesh are still some 21 months away but Chandrababu apparently started preparing his party rank and file for the challenging task right away as he addressed a day-long leadership training programme at a private resort here this afternoon He claimed that the victory of TDP in Nandyal and Kakinada has not only established people’s faith (in his government) but also enhanced trust among investors "Our prestige has gone up at the national and international levels due to the victory in Nandyal and Kakinada People thwarted the opposition’s effort to defame the government and it’s a great thing that they supported our welfare and development agenda" Chandrababu said "Election is only a process and every election should become a cakewalk for us We should always have an upper hand in political management public management and poll management" he added Chandrababu also directed the party to prepare a ‘yellow book’ highlighting the poll strategy campaign style election engineering and booth management adopted in Nandyal and Kakinada to serve the future guide "Public management should be done through the development and welfare programmes of the government Political management is the responsibility of the respective leaders Poll management is crucial in every election and each and everyone should handle it carefully and efficiently" the TDP chief stressed TDP state president K Kala Venkat Rao ministers legislators and other senior leaders attended the programme Last week the TDP bagged the Kakinada Municipal Corporation (KMC) by a thumping majority winning 32 out 48 civic divisions The party also won the by-election to Nandyal Assembly constituency by a big margin against the main opposition YSR Congress It was a fight that was seen as a precursor to the general elections due in May 2019 In their seminal 1988 book ‘Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media’ Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky wrote that the smart way to keep "people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion but allow very lively debate within that spectrum" Having failed in delivering on the promises made in the ‘Agenda of the Alliance’ and consequently being shaken by the barrage of criticism on all sides due to the political turmoil last year the PDP-BJP government in Jammu and Kashmir has turned the nozzle on its own employees who have been asked to either toe the line or face the music Jammu and Kashmir government has barred its employees from using social networking sites PTI In a bizarre 16-page order titled "Social Media Usage Policy for Government Employees" issued by the state’s general administration department on Tuesday new ‘guidelines’ have been made into law by Governor NN Vohra specifying how over 48 lakh government employees in the state must behave on social media The order warns the employees "not to engage in discussions on social media by way of tweets status updates posts or blogs which are political in nature" or on "contentious issues violative of applicable service conduct rules and have potential to create governance or law and order issues or are seen to propagate anything which is anti-social anti-national or illegal" The employees "shall not use their personal social media accounts for any political activity or be endorsing the posts or tweets or blogs of any political figure" it says They should "not share public information on matters related to their work or the work of the department They shall not tweet re-tweet or share any electronic transmission" the order says Interestingly the ‘dependents’ of the employees have also been asked to follow these guidelines ‘Dependents’ can be defined as parents spouse children or even a shopkeeper from whom the employee may be making daily household purchases Think about it How does one control the itch of a Facebook update in a shopkeeper who just sold you a bathing soap How can be a woman be held responsible for her husband’s ‘anti-social’ acts And why should a father face the consequences of his son’s ‘anti-national’ Twitter update Officially the trigger of the bizarre order was a video made by a state government employee who was recently travelling to Punjab with his family and got allegedly beaten by Punjab police who called him "Kashmiri stone-pelter" and "terrorist" The video circulated virally on social media showed the man chastising the government and the chief minister for their "failure to protect the citizens outside the state" However there are other plausible reasons too Of the lakhs of men and women employed in various departments of Jammu and Kashmirgovernment thousands are active on social media including Facebook Twitter etc Hundreds of professionals such as doctors engineers teachers and bureaucrats interact on social media regularly In a volatile atmosphere especially in Kashmir many of these conversations naturally revolve around the political upheaval which thenend up making the elected government the prime accused This could be thesecond trigger Also many members of the ruling coalition have faced the wrath of people including employees on their social media feeds For instance the official Twitter account of the chief minister is spammed by volatile and hateful comments which border on abuse A cabinet minister was confronted by a doctor working in a government-run hospital just a few days ago on his Facebook page He blamed the minister and politicians like "Muftis and Abdullahs” for the situation in Kashmir "The gag is an acknowledgement of the widespread popularity of the anti-India insurgency People on thepayroll of the government lost no time in expressing their genuine concerns about themurder of innocent people and crushing oppression This has unnerved the government" Hilal Mir a senior editor based in Kashmir wrote on his Facebook wall The new rules are draconian They are dangerous because they give sweeping powers to the government to crack the whip on any sign of criticism be it in any form positive or negative The employees can face premature retirement demotion or their due employment benefits can be stopped But the employees must not stay silent They must speak out in one voice and demand a rollback There’s no wisdom in promoting herd-mentality in governance and administration We learn from each other Openness flowers transparency and diversity in opinion enrich thought process that positively influences our way of life Controlling opinion on the other hand is a practice associated with fascist regimes Kashmir is known for its tolerance and diversity But it seems that the coalition government ishell-bent on destroying the last vestiges of the state’s rich cultural heritage As ‘Manufacturing Consent’ notes ". if we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise we don’t believe in it at all" It seems that the Jammu and Kashmir government believes in the latter Written by PTI | Banihal (j&k) | Published: February 28 2013 12:19 pm Related News Three persons were killed when a vehicle in which they were traveling skidded off the road and fell in to a gorge in Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir The mishap occurred at Digdool this morning when the vehicle was on its way to Jammu from Srinagarpolice said According to the police the bodies of the threewho died on the spothave been recovered For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | Mumbai | Published: October 5 2015 1:06 pm Amitabh Bachchan has crooned several songs including “Rang Baarse” and “Piddly” and the megastar feels the art of creating music takes one closer to the God Related News Amitabh Bachchan has crooned several songs including “Rang Baarse” and “Piddly” and the megastar feels the art of creating music takes one closer to the God In his ode to musicians the 72-year-old “Piku” star who is busy composing and singing for a new TV show said that artistes’ are blessed “They that possess the skills to be within notes and sounds independent of any other input are the blessed We are not… Because we are not the closest to the Almighty… We are not the closest because we are distanced from the creative art of making music or even making effort in that direction” he wrote Share This Article Related Article Addressing them as the “superior” race Bachchan went on to share his long lived desire of learning the art “If ever I do get the opportunity to learn the craft I am absolutely certain that its knowledge shall be constrained by any kind of public exhibition Musicians are the superior gifts from heaven They must sleep well and live content lives” he said For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: IANS | Mumbai | Published: September 18 2015 5:53 pm Karan Kundra had a successful stint on the small screen with shows like “Kitani Mohabbat Hai” and “Gumraah” and made his Bollywood foray with Vikram Bhatt’s “Horror Story” Related News He had a successful stint on the small screen with shows like “Kitani Mohabbat Hai” and “Gumraah” and made his Bollywood foray with Vikram Bhatt’s “Horror Story” Now actor Karan Kundra is in no rush to sign any “random” film as he says that shaping his career in the right way is more important than choosing wrong projects “My focus is to do good work There is a huge difference between doing any films and shaping up your career… so till the time I don’t get right films or I don’t make the right films for myself I’m very happy doing what I’m doing right now” Karan told IANS Many of the TV actors have made a move from TV to films — for instance Rajeev Khandelwal Prachi Desai Ayushmann Khurrana Yami Gautam and Sushant Singh Rajput For most of them TV is now merely a platform for promoting their films and they have no plans to be a part of fiction shows However there are exceptions like Ronit Roy and Ram Kapoor who are able to balance both worlds Karan who reportedly signed a three horror film deal with filmmaker Vikram Bhatt counts himself as one of them On the tube Karan was the host of teenage crime-based TV series “Gumraah – End Of Innocence” and also did a show titled “Fanaah – An Impossible Love Story” Share This Article Related Article Talking about the projects in hand as of now he said: “I have two Hindi films lined up to release and I am doing TV at the same time I don’t think that coming on small screen hampers the box office “In fact I believe that when you are on TV people recognise you more when you are trying to promote your films I also believe that it’s not required to follow the same thing You have to be a leader and create your own path” added Karan The actor will next be seen on the small screen as a celebrity contestant on FOX Life’s show “Life Mein Ek Baar” After three successful seasons the lifestyle and travel channel rolled out the next season of its series in Hong Kong Apart from Karan the show which will air on October 20 will also feature Sana Saeed Natalie Di Luccio and Himarsha Venkatsamy who will be seen discovering the adventurous side of life in the city Asked why he said ‘yes’ to the show he said: “I saw the previous seasons of the show and when it came my way my heart said ‘Let’s do it’ I would probably be letting go of stuff that maybe paying me five times of this but this is my choice” Apart from acting on both the big and small screen Karan is also a producer and he says that he would like to utilise that role to bring together the best of talent “I want to create a platform where I can bring the right people including music director director screenplay and everything I think Ayushmann Khurrana didn’t know when ‘Vicky Donor’ happened… I’m not saying that I am waiting for my ‘Kai Po Che’ but yes I’m waiting for my film” he said For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBarcelona: Barcelona have reached agreement with Benfica to sign the Lisbon-based team’s Portugal right back Nelson Semedo subject to a medical the Liga club announced on Thursday There were no more details on the Cartalan club’s website but Spanish media said the fee was 30 million euros ($3420 million) plus five million in add-ons The deal for the 23-year-old ends Barcelona’s pursuit of Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin who left the club’s academy as a teenager and was reported to be their number one right-back target although the Premier League do not want to sell Nelson Semedo is 23 years old Credits:Getty Semedo broke into Benfica’s first team in 2015 and made 46 appearances last season as they won a league and cup double He has six international caps but was sent off in this month’s Confederations Cup third-place playoff match Barcelona will hope the attack-minded Semedo can fill the void left by the departure of Brazil international Dani Alves for Juventus in 2016 after the limitations of converted midfielder Sergi Roberto in the role were exposed last season The 27-year-old Aleix Vidal who can fill in at right back or on the right wing missed three months of the campaign with an ankle injury suffered in early February Barcelona reported for pre-season training on Wednesday although Lionel Messi Neymar Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique return on Friday after a promotional tour of Japan The Liga runners up depart for their pre-season tour of the United States next week where they will face Juventus arch rivals Real Madrid and Manchester United Written by Jagmeeta Thind Joy | Published: October 27 2012 3:57 am Top News MR PHILEAS Fogg would have been mighty pleased had he made a stopover at the Cafe at JW Marriott Chandigarh before embarking on his arduous journey around the world For the Cafe is currently hosting a Starters of the World food festival which aims to take diners around the world in 80 starters.and the film was a monster hit. download Indian Express App More Related News 2016 12:03 am Shyam Benegal. Pappu Yadav,constantly looking for distractions to escape facing issues of a troubled upbringing. Spies became soldiers. brother of Surinder Dawar.

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