Music director Ravindra Jain no more

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Image Courtesy: india.com

Veteran music director and lyricist Ravindra Jain, who was undergoing treatment at Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai, breathed his last at 4:10 pm today.

The 71-year-old music writer was suffering from an infection in the urinary tract which further disrupted the way his kidney functioned. He was taken from Wockhardt Hospital in Nagpur to Mumbai on Wednesday by an air ambulance for more specialised treatment at Lilavati Hospital in Bandra. He had been unwell for a long while and he was under temporary treatment at the Lilavati Hospital.

Ravindra Jain went to Nagpur as he had made a commitment which he had arranged much before. He was in Nagpur to attend a concert a week ago, however he was unable to attend it due to his deteriorating health and he was immediately rushed to Mumbai for the treatment.

Jain composed music for some of the hit movies of 1970s like , “Geet Gaata Chal”, “Chitchor”, “Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se” and “Chor Machaye Shor” and He was offered a bid break by superstar Raj Kapoor, for whom he composed numerous super hit tracks in films like, “Ram Teri Ganga Maili”, “Do Jasoos”, and “Heena”, directed by Randhir Kapoor. Amid the 1980s and 1990s, Jain largely composed music for some many mythological films as well as television serials.

Jain is survived by his wife Divya and sibling Mahindra, who were close by in the his last days. Other than making music for Hindi and Malayalam movies, he acively composed music for various ghazals. He was known for introducing the south Indian singing sensation Yesudas to Bollywood. His music in movies like Saudaagar (1991), Raaz (2002), Vivaah (2006) and Ek Vivaah Aisa Bhi (2008) is particularly striking for the popular and captivating tunes.

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Talvar: Sharply pointed for the attack

Poster of the film, 'Talvar'. Image Courtesy: Wikipedia
Poster of the film, ‘Talvar’.
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The latest fad of Bollywood remains to convert steaming cases into movies. One of such movies is the recent release Talvar directed by Meghna Gulzar. In the power packed crime thriller of 2 hours and 12 minutes, we are told the story of a teenager Shruti Tandon and her domestic help Khempal, who are murdered . But then the question arises of who did it? And while the truth is unraveled, what else would get slashed?

Safely put, Talvar, the movie, is a sharp, a sword swipe at the always seen Bollywood’s song-and-dance escapism . The movie is inspired by 2008’s Aarushi Talvar intriguing double murder case, for which Aarushi’s parents  had to serve a life-term. Talvar does take a solid turn on reality.

At the same time, Talvar could be one of the difficult films to watch. We all are aware that we do not really belong to the same fictitious la-la land of Noida and nether are we seeminly related to the killings or even the events. The film which could be concluded to be part police procedural and also  part dark, is a nice, twisted crime drama. It  is as real as it is constructed-for-the-camera . There is also anice portrayal of the solid professional rivalries happening between the investigating teams and also the insatiable media persons.

If one has to talk about the act, it is superbly put. The acting of the protagonists is  quite superb. Irrfan too is absolutely smashing in the movie as a nice Central Department of Investigation (CDI) officer Ashwin Kumar whose intelligence and satirical take towards his wife Reema (played by Tabu) lights up every frame. He dialogues are packed with thrill and entertainment worth making the audiences smile.

Along with easy layers of truth and lies,  there are also TV reporters shrieking, ” Ha, yahi hai woh ghar!”, and some hazy narco-tests and even back-stabbing office politics. Full credits must also be given to the crazy editing of the movie (Sreekar Prasad)  which is packed with layers and is excellent. On the other hand,  Vishal Bhardwaj’s writing  even haunts and is simply  cluttered with facts and creates  buzzing with good theories  which are strangely stark

What comes as a big surprise in the movie is the direction of Meghna Gulzar. Afetr a string of flops, no one must have thought that director Meghna Gulzar could come up with something so thrilling and powerful that would make us question our own precepts about  system, fealty and also loyalty. It makes us judge our own versions of understanding of crime and punishment. ‘Talvar’, which rhymes so closely with the name ‘Talwar’, is thus a brave film that tends to devastate and despite some of its flaws,  does truly for a compelling watch.

Ghulam Ali to perform in Delhi

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Image Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com

The much heated issue of the renowned singer Ghulam Ali to perform in Delhi was doused when Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted and confirmed of Ali’s performance in the city.

After the Delhi Tourism Minister, Kapil Sharma, went ahead and invited Pakistani ghazal maestro, Ghulam Ali, to perform in Delhi, it was Delhi’s Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, who confirmed Ali’s confirmation on the same on his exuberant Twitter account.

Ghulam Ali is the same performer who was to perform on Jagjit Singh’s death anniversary in the city of Mumbai. However the show got called off by the party of   Shiv Sena. However, as a sign of patriotism and also as a mark of respecting the martyrs, the party claimed it is for the good of those  who were losing their precious  lives in terror activities from all across the border.

Kapil Mishra’s tweet read like this, ‘Sad that #GhulamAli is not being allowed in Mumbai, I invite him to come to Delhi and do the concert. Music has no boundaries. #BanTheBan.’

SC nods for pollution tax to trucks in Delhi

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Image Source: thehindu.com

NEW DELHI:  The Supreme Court on Friday said it would be passing orders in the coming week on Monday which would ask for an addition pollution levy of Rs. 1300 on big trucks and Rs.7000 on light commercial vehicles. These vehicles would mainly include those who use Delhi roads to travel to other states and also make use of ambient air of national capital.

A bench of Chief Justice including HL Dattu, Justices Arun Mishra and also Adarsh Goel said it would be keeping the order in complete place for around four months on an experimental basis to see the wide impact on ground.

The Supreme Court SC also said that the levy will even be applicable to some trucks carrying great goods to Delhi. The apex court, however, will then exempt those trucks carrying good amounts of milk, petrol, diesel also fruits, vegetables and also some other food items to the national capital.

Supreme Court also said that the great MCD toll booths would be collecting these additional levies from other trucks and als9o handover to Delhi government every week. The order also included the Delhi government to use some more additional levy for all the more strengthening public transport and also improving roads.

Shahid, Alia to appear in Bigg Boss 9

Promotion of movies always manages to keep the crew on their toes. Thus, same is the case with the upcoming movie Shaandaar where actors Shahid Kappor and Alia Bhatt who plan to make an appearance in the famous TV show on Colors Bigg Boss season 9.

These ‘Shaandaar’ co-stars Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt have been on promotional spree these days. Thus, post ‘Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa’ and ‘I Can Do That’, fans will get to watch their favorite actors make an appearance on the soon to be launched ‘Bigg Boss Nau’.

Sources also inform that both of these stars will be seen on the show which makes a premiere on October 11, 2015. However, they will not be able to visit the show on its very first episode but will instead do a feature in an episode that would be aired on Oct 17, 2015.

While Sasha aka Shahid Kapoor has appeared on this show twice before making this his third visit on ‘Bigg Boss’, actress Alia would be coming on the show for the very second time. In the past too, Alia had been on show to promote ‘Student of the Year’ with co-stars Sidharth Malhotra, Varun Dhawan and director Karan Johar.

Pentagon programme to train Syrian rebels being overhauled

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Image courtesy:- Hindustan Times

 

The  country of United States will actually largely abandon its very failed efforts to  even train  the moderate Syrian rebels  or fighting the Islamic State. Instead, it would also provide arms and  also equipment directly to even  rebel the leaders and  also their units on the given battlefield as dictated by the Obama administration said on Friday.

As per the US announcement  which marked the effective end to a  very short-lived $580 million programme to also train and even equip units of fighters at given  sites outside of Syria, after its very disastrous launch this year that fanned criticism of  the President Barack Obama’s war strategy.

The Pentagon also said it would be shifting its focus away from the given training to also  providing weapons and some other equipment to given rebel groups whose exact leaders would have passed a US vetting process to also ensure  that they are not linked to militant Islamist groups.

Moscow is simultaneously mounting air strikes and also missile attacks that it tries to say are aimed both at  even supporting its longtime ally Assad and also combating Islamic State. Washington says ‘Russian air strikes in Syria are targeted primarily not at Islamic State but at other rebel groups, including those that have received US support.’

Pentagon programme to train Syrian rebels being overhauled

The  country of United States will actually largely abandon its very failed efforts to  even train  the moderate Syrian rebels  or fighting the Islamic State. Instead, it would also provide arms and  also equipment directly to even  rebel the leaders and  also their units on the given battlefield as dictated by the Obama administration said on Friday.

As per the US announcement  which marked the effective end to a  very short-lived $580 million programme to also train and even equip units of fighters at given  sites outside of Syria, after its very disastrous launch this year that fanned criticism of  the President Barack Obama’s war strategy.

The Pentagon also said it would be shifting its focus away from the given training to also  providing weapons and some other equipment to given rebel groups whose exact leaders would have passed a US vetting process to also ensure  that they are not linked to militant Islamist groups.

Moscow is simultaneously mounting air strikes and also missile attacks that it tries to say are aimed both at  even supporting its longtime ally Assad and also combating Islamic State. Washington says ‘Russian air strikes in Syria are targeted primarily not at Islamic State but at other rebel groups, including those that have received US support.’Image courtesy:- Hindustan Times

 

 

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