When Gate-keepers become the Advocates of Gate-breakers

first_imgJaya Bachchan’s statement in the Rajya Sabha on September 15, 2020, is at odds with and do not reflect the reality of today’s Bollywood which now is much different than what it used to be in Jaya’s heydays when she acted in films as a young actor.The hair on her head was jet black at that time but now they have grown fully grey. Much water has flown in the Ganges below the bridge since she acted in films in her prime youth. The Ganges of Bollywood is no longer the Ganges of early Sixties or Seventies. It is a dirty river (rather a ‘ganda nala’) where vices like drug-taking, malafide insider vs. outsider considerations, casting couch, sexual exploitation of young aspiring girls joining the world of glamour, award fixing, nepotism, etc., have gripped the industry.With what purpose Jaya Bachchan (whom I greatly admired for her charm and brilliant acting in films) has said all this? Who is she trying to defend and whom is she targeting? She ought to realize that the healthy survival of the film industry today is at stake. The film industry is not a holy cow that it cannot be touched. Kangana Ranaut has drawn the attention of the people in general against the malaise of drugs, etc that is widely prevalent in the Indian film industry and also toward the bias and vindictiveness of a Government, the political party and the (un)civic bodies which act at the behest of the political bosses, causing discriminatory, unjustified and immense damage/harm to an individual and his/her property (and that too when the incumbent is out of the station and hence not present).Jaya’s remarks: “kuchh log jis thali mein khate hain, usi  thali mein ched karte hain” are, unfortunately, misplaced and out of point. First of all, the film industry as a whole is not a company or employer of Kangana, it is a pluralistic entity. Other than some who are born with a silver spoon in their mouths, the rest have to work hard to make their own thalis’.So, her remarks are misconceived and not appropriate. Kangana has made her place in the film world by dint of her hard work and talent. She is a bold, courageous woman of substance who has earned a respectful place in Bollywood. Second, there can be no cleansing of an entity, organization or industry unless there are some brave hearts as whistleblowers who act as catalysts for cleansing the rot that has set in the industry at such a scale that it cannot be left to chance or heavenly intervention. The case of Sushant Singh Rajput, the burly talented young actor of promise who became a victim of Industry’s drug conundrum is a case in point. Indian filmdom today stands at crossroads.The problem with some people is that they do not/cannot see the light of the day or dark of the night. Kangana, with her bold statements, in a sense, has acted as a whistleblower and has done a useful service to the film industry. She, in fact, should be lauded for her efforts and the sacrifice all that involves. When the veterans of the film industry who are supposed to be gatekeepers of healthy practices and values of the Indian cine-world become advocates of gate breakers, directly or indirectly, God knows what can happen.last_img read more

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McGill’s Buses MD criticises lack of investment

first_imgMcGill’s Buses Managing Director Ralph Roberts has criticised local and national government for “favouring the car and train” over buses. He says the bulk of infrastructure money goes to those modes despite buses delivering 74% of public transport journeys.“Buses receive peppercorn levels of infrastructure investment,” he adds. The Greenock operator carries almost 750,000 passengers per week and since 2014 it has invested around £21m in its fleet.Mr Roberts says that McGill’s is in discussions with government at both local and national levels to release more funding for buses. Local politicians see doing so as a high-risk strategy that may lead to a voter backlash.“They need to remember that bus users are also voters,” he adds.However, he accepts that it is unsurprising that Renfrewshire – where the bulk of McGill’s revenues are earned – chooses to prioritise cars. Renfrewshire has the highest car ownership in Scotland.Mr Roberts was speaking after McGill’s revealed its financial results for the year ending December 2018. On a turnover of £38m it recorded a pre-tax profit of £1.4m, an increase on 2017.However, the operator recorded a drop in passenger numbers that it believes has been driven by high street decline. Echoing Mr Roberts’ views, Director Sandy Easdale has called for more investment in waiting facilities and better management of car parking and roadworks.last_img read more

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Mourinho names Messi among the game’s greats… but forgets all about Ronaldo

first_imgJose Mourinho forgot about Cristiano Ronaldo when talking about the ‘stars’ of football capable of creating the game’s greatest moments.  Upd. at 22:40 Sport EN 06/04/2015 CEST The Chelsea manager was asked about the goal scored against his side by Stoke City’s Charlie Adam, which was from inside his own half. center_img “It was a fantastic goal,” Mourinho conceded. “A goal which any of the world’s best players would like to score. If you talk with Pele, [Diego] Maradona or [Lionel] Messi, or any of those top players, they would like to score that goal. “And not all of them have [scored a goal like that] in their careers, so in that way [Adam’s goal] is magnificent.”  It adds another chapter to the Ronaldo-Mourinho story. That the Portuguese coach didn’t mention his former player on the list with Messi, Maradona and Pele could be deemed as an intentional dig.  The relationship between the two deteriorated significantly in Mourinho’s final months as Real Madrid boss.last_img read more

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Miller time at Kooweerup

first_imgBy Russell Bennett Very few people love the Kooweerup red and blue more than favourite son Ben Miller. So, on…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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