PM MODI IN MANN KI BAAT SAID TO TURN ‘GOBAR’ INTO ‘GOBAR-DHAN’ :

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation on 41st edition of the Mann Ki Baat programme. PM Modi said, “On National Science Day, I congratulate all our scientists and all those who work in science. India has a legacy of great scientists. Technology and artificial intelligence must be used towards ensuring welfare of poor and underprivileged.  Science and technology are value neutral. It is dependent on how we use machines. Here human intention becomes important. Technology must be used only for welfare of humankind.  In this budget, emphasis was laid on ‘waste to wealth’ and ‘waste to energy’ through bio-gas for villages under ‘Swacch Bharat’ initiative called ‘GOBAR-Dhan’ (Galvanizing Organic Bio-Agro Resources). I request you to become a part of the revolution of clean energy and green jobs. Turn waste into wealth in your villages, turn ‘gobar’ into ‘gobar-dhan’.  We hear of music festivals, food festivals and film festivals but in a unique move Chhattisgarh celebrated ‘Trash Mahotsav’. The objective behind was to utilise waste creatively and to spread awareness about ways to reuse garbage.  We must become a risk-conscious society and understand values of safety. Staying alert and vigilant will help prevent accidents.  Society is moving from women development to women-led development.”  The Rediff.com : 25th. Feb,18

 

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NOBEL LAUREATE KAILASH SATYARTHI SAID VISITING TRIBAL SCHOOL KISS IN BHUBANESWAR IS LIKE PILGRIMAGE :

Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi visited Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) in Odisha capital and interacted with the students. He along with his wife Sumedha Kailash went around all campuses of KIIT and all units of KISS “It’s a pleasure to see smiling faces of the children here at KISS. Visiting KISS is like pilgrimage. Temple, Mosque and Church all reside in the smiles of these innocent children”, the Nobel Laureate said, while addressing 17,000 girl students of the institute. “Dr. Samanta had invited me to visit the institute three years back. Happy faces I see today had once faced deprivation, isolation and alienation. They did not enjoy the right to live the life of dignity. These 17000 empowered girls are a powerful picture of Rising India”, Satyarthi said. Education is the panacea for all social and economic ills and the key to development, not only for indigenous population, but for all children, he added. Kailash Satyarthi is an eminent children’s rights activist and the founder of Bachpan Bachao Andolan. He shared 2014 Nobel Peace Prize with Pakistani child activist Malala Yousafzai. Students of KISS will be greatly inspired to have a personality like Satyarthi amongst them, said Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS, while welcoming him. The Odisha Sun Times Bureau : 23rd. Feb,18

OLLYWOOD MOURNED VETERAN BOLLYWOOD ACTRESS SRIDEVI’s UNTIMELY DEMISE :

Veteran Bollywood actress Sridevi passed away Saturday night following a cardiac arrest while she was with her husband Boney Kapoor and daughter Khushi Kapoor in Dubai. She was 54. The entire nation, Bollywood, Ollywood and the television industry is saddened by the sudden demise of the actress.The news of death came as a shock for everyone in the Odia film industry. Actresses Mahasweta Ray, Aparajita Mohanty, Anu Choudhury, director Sisir Mishra and actor Raimohan Parida expressed grief, while many could not believe the news and shared their condolences. “This is a saddening news. When we talk about Bombay industry, she was one of the greatest female artistes of all time. Acting was in her blood. It is unfortunate for the whole fraternity that she passed at such an age. Whichever role she was offered, she moulded hereself and gave her best,” expressed film director Sisir Mishra. Actress Mahasweta Ray condoled and said, “I have never heard such a shocking and painful news in my life. I still cannot believe this that she is no more. Losing an actress like her, the kind of personality she had made her veteran. The role she performed in English Vinglish and MOM was spellbound. She has raised her daughters in such a way that we can see a replica of her in them.” “Be it a hit film or a flop one, Sridevi’s acting was the centre of attraction in all her movies. Her performance had dynamism,” added Mahasweta. Ollywood veteran Aparajita Mohanty said, “I still cannot believe this. This is saddening. I am short of words and cannot express how I am feeling right now. She was the first lady superstar of Indian cinema. It’s a big loss for the whole cine fraternity.” Anu Choudhury also expressed grief and said, “Nobody can take her place. She is above all and we cannot compare her with any other actress. She was one of the finest actresses in Indian cinema. She was known as the ‘Powerhouse’ of acting. From the childhood, we all have been inspired by her talent. May God give all strength to her family. I pray for the departed soul. May her soul rest in peace.” President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi mourned the death of the veteran actress.  The news was confirmed by Sridevi’s brother-in-law and actor Sanjay Kapoor.  Sridevi was in Dubai to attend the marriage function of actress Sonam Kapoor’s cousin Mohit Marwah, along with husband Boney Kapoor and younger daughter Khushi Kapoor. Sridevi will be remembered by millions of fans for her performance in some of the iconic films like “Mr India”, “Nagina”, “Sadma”, “Chaalbaaz”, “Chandni” among many others. The Padma Shri recipient was last seen in “Mom” in 2017.  The Odisha TV : 25th. Feb,18

ABOUT VETERAN ACTRESS SRIDEVI IN INDIAN FILM INDUSTRY :

Sridevi Kapoor (born Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan; 13 August 1963 – 24 February 2018)  was an Indian film actress and producer who has starred in TamilTeluguHindiMalayalam, and Kannada films. She was regarded as the first female “superstar” of India.  Due to her pan-Indian appeal, she was considered to be one of the most popular actresses of Indian cinema.  Sridevi started her career as a child artist in M.A. Thirumugham’s devotional Thunaivan at the age of four,[18] and continued to act as a child artist in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada films. She made her Bollywood debut as a child artist in the hit Julie (1975) and played her first adult role at age 13 with the Tamil film Moondru Mudichu (1976). Subsequently, Sridevi established herself as one of the leading actresses of Tamil and Telugu cinema, with roles such as 16 Vayathinile (1977), Sigappu Rojakkal (1978), Varumayin Niram Sivappu (1980), Meendum Kokila (1981), Premabhishekam (1981), Moondram Pirai (1982), Aakhari Poratam (1988), Jagadeka Veerudu Atiloka Sundari (1990) and Kshana Kshanam (1991). In Bollywood, she made her debut as a lead actress in Solva Sawan (1978)  and gained wide public attention with the movie Himmatwala (1983). She appeared in a string of commercially successful movies such as Mawaali (1983), Tohfa (1984), Naya Kadam(1984), Maqsad (1984), Masterji (1985), Nazrana (1987), Mr. India (1987), Waqt Ki Awaz (1988) and Chandni (1989). She also received critical acclaim for commercially successful movies such as Sadma (1983), Nagina (1986), ChaalBaaz (1989), Lamhe (1991), Khuda Gawah (1992), Gumrah (1993), Laadla (1994) and Judaai (1997). Sridevi has won five Filmfare Awards and has been nominated ten times. In 2012, Sridevi returned to films after a 15-year-long hiatus with English Vinglish. In 2013, the Government of India awarded her the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honor.  She was also voted ‘India’s Greatest Actress in 100 Years’ in a CNN-IBN national poll conducted in 2013 on the occasion of the centenary of Indian cinema.

 

FAMILY & PERSONAL LIFE OF VETERAN ACTRESS SRIDEVI :

Sridevi was born in SivakasiTamil Nadu on 13 August 1963 to Tamil father Ayyapan and Telugu mother Rajeswari. Her father was a lawyer. She has a sister and two stepbrothers. During the 1980s, Mithun Chakraborty had a love affair with Sridevi.  Sridevi had fallen in love with Mithun Chakraborty on the sets of Rakesh Roshan‘s Jaag Utha Insan (1984). Sridevi and Mithun Chakraborty got married secretly, and Mithun Chakraborty admitted it to the press when a fan magazine published their marriage certificate. Sridevi married Boney Kapoor, a film producer and the elder brother of actors Anil Kapoor and Sanjay Kapoor, in 1996. They have two daughters, Jahnvi and Khushi. She died of cardiac arrest in Dubai.

 

 

EARLY CAREER OF SRIDEVI :

Sridevi started her career as a child actor at the age of four in the Tamil movie Thunaivan playing the role of young Lord Muruga and acted in many Tamil and Telugu movies from then on. Baby Sridevi’s performance in Poompatta (1971) in Malayalam won her the Kerala State Film Award for Best Child ArtistKandan Karunai (1967), Nam Naadu (1969), Prarthanai (1970), Babu (1971), Badi Panthulu (1972), Bala Bharatam (1972), Vasantha Maaligai (1972) and Bhakta Kumbara (1974) are the most notable films of her career as a child artist. In 1975, Sridevi debuted in Bollywood with Julie, where she played younger sister to the protagonist Lakshmi. In 1976, Sridevi started her first leading role in the Tamil film Moondru Mudichu directed by K. Balachander. She followed it with a number of films with Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth. Sridevi’s first release of 1977 was Gayathri, followed by Kavikkuyil and 16 Vayathinile, where she played the role of a young girl who is caught between her two lovers. She also starred in the movie’s Telugu remake Padaharella Vayasu in 1978. Her subsequent notable films included Bharathi Raja‘s Sigappu RojakkalSP. Muthuraman‘s PriyaKarthika DeepamJohnnyVarumayin Niram Sivappu and Aakali Rajyam. In 1981, she starred in the Tamil film Meendum Kokila which won her the Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil. In 1982, Sridevi starred in Moondram Pirai playing a woman suffering from amnesia and went on to win the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress. Sridevi’s notable Telugu films include Konda Veeti SimhamKshana Kshanam, Vetagadu, Sardar Paparayudu and Bobbili Puli. With A. Nageswara Rao, she appeared in movies such as Mudulla Koduku, Premabhishekham, Bangaru Kanuka and Premakanuka as well as Kanchu Kagada, Kalavari Samsaram, Krishnavatharam, Burripalem Bolludu, Khaidi Rudrayya, Jagadeka Veerudu Atiloka SundariS. P. Parasuram and Govinda Govinda.  Her performance in the 1992 Ram Gopal Varma directed Kshana Kshanam won her the Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu and Andhra’s Nandi Award for Best Actress.

BOLLYWOOD DEBUT AND SUCCESS OF SRIDEVI :

 

Sridevi made her debut as a heroine in Hindi films in Solva Sawan in 1979. Four years later she was signed to star opposite Jeetendra in Himmatwala. The film released in 1983 and became one of the biggest blockbusters of the year.  It established Sridevi in Bollywood and earned her the famous sobriquet ‘Thunder Thighs’. Her dance number “Nainon Mein Sapna” became a rage with Rediff stating that “the water pots may have dominated most frames in “Nainon mein sapna”, but it was Sridevi’s bejewelled outfits and headgears that stole the show”. The following year Tohfa released and turned out to be the biggest hit of 1984. The film established Sridevi as one of the leading actress of Bollywood. with Filmfare magazine declaring her “Unquestionably No.1” on their cover. Sridevi went on to star in several films like MawaaliMaqsad and Justice Chaudhry forming a popular onscreen pair with JeetendraSadma released in 1983, brought Sridevi critical acclaim.  A remake of her Tamil film Moondram PiraiSadma is included in iDiva’s list of ’10 Must Watch Movies That Weren’t Blockbusters’. Sridevi’s performance as a child-woman suffering from amnesia was called by Indian Express “a milestone in her illustrious career”. Sridevi also featured in the Mid Day list of ‘Challenging Roles played by Bollywood Actors’ describing her act in the film as “her best performance ever”. In 2012, Adil Hussain, Sridevi’s co-star in English Vinglish revealed that he became a fan of the actress after watching her in Sadma.  The Sridevi-Kamal Hasan pair also appeared on the CNN-IBN 2012 list of ‘Greatest Romantic Couples on Celluloid’. The film won Sridevi her first Filmfare nomination for Best Actress.  In 1986, came the snake fantasy Nagina which saw Sridevi play an ‘ichhadhaari naagin’ or a shape-shifting woman. The film turned out to be the second biggest blockbuster of the year, with Box Office India stating that Sridevi remained “the undisputed No.1”. It was also named one of the best snake fantasy films by Yahoo.  Times of India ranked Nagina as one of the ‘Top 10 Snake Films of Hindi Cinema’.[47] Sridevi’s climax dance number ‘Main Teri Dushman’ also remains one of the best snake dances in Bollywood with Desi Hits calling it “one of Sridevi’s most iconic dance numbers…that still gives fans goose bumps” and iDiva describing it as “the stuff of movie legends”.Besides Nagina, 1986 also saw Sridevi giving box-office hits in Subhash Ghai’s multi-starrer Karma and Feroze Khan’s Janbaaz. According to CNN-IBN Bollywood Blockbusters, “Sridevi’s popularity grew so much that despite having a guest appearance in Janbaaz, she completely overshadowed the film’s lead heroine Dimple Kapadia“. Sridevi followed the success of Nagina by playing a goofy crime journalist in the 1987 film Mr. India, described by Rediff as “one of the most iconic films of its time”.Directed by Shekhar Kapur, it became one of the highest grossing hits of the year and also found a place in Hindustan Times‘ list of ‘Top 10 Patriotic Films of Hindi Cinema’. While the trade famously joked that the film should have been named Miss India, Rediff also stated that “Sri was a complete show-stealer in the film”. Sridevi’s imitation of Charlie Chaplin in the film was described by the Times of India as “the most hilarious act she has ever done”. Rediff also featured Sridevi in its list of ‘Super Six Comic Heroines’ stating that “her mobile face expressions could give Jim Carrey sleepless nights” and that “her biggest plus point is her ability to be completely uninhibited in front of the camera”.The dance number ‘Hawa Hawai’, cited by Times of India as “one of the unforgettable numbers of Sridevi”,lso became a popular nickname for the actress. Besides comedy, Sridevi gave Hindi Cinema one of its sexiest rain songs in the film’s chart-buster ‘Kaate nahin kat te’, where Filmfare described Sridevi as “truly a goddess in a blue sari”. while iDiva described the song as “unparalleled in Hindi Cinema”.[64] Rediff also featured the song in its list of ‘Top 25 Sari Moments’ praising Sridevi’s “ability to look erotic even when she’s covered from head to toe”. The song “Kaate Nahi Kat Te” was chosen by NDTV as the most famous rain song in Bollywood. Box Office India states that with the success of Mr. India, Sridevi “continued her domination” over her contemporaries Jaya Prada and Meenakshi Sheshadri. In 1989 came Chaalbaaz, which had Sridevi in a double role, playing twin sisters separated at birth. Filmfare ranked her performance fourth in its list of ’80 Iconic Performances of Hindi Cinema’, stating that “Sridevi´s penchant for giggles and her ability to look distinctly tearful when required polishes these performances to perfection. Hell, she made Sunny Deol and Rajnikant look like sidekicks in the film”.Whereas the Times of India article ‘Bollywood’s Hit Double Roles’ gushed “Sridevi’s performance rocked the box office”.Rediff featured the film in its countdown of ’25 Best Double Roles in Bollywood’ saying “What you don’t realise until you have seen Chaalbaaz is just how incredible Sridevi is at depicting both ends of the spectrum” and that the film “cemented her position as an actress with a killer comic timing”. Speaking to Indian Express about Sridevi’s act in Chaalbaaz, the director Pankaj Parashar said “She proved her range with the movie and after that she got lots of offers which saw her in a double role”. Her slapstick rain dance ‘Na jaane kahan se aayi hai’ became a big hit with Times of India describing it as a “Sridevi classic where she simply looked wow with her chirpy expressions and rain drops kissing her cheeks”.[71] This twin-sister act won Sridevi her first Filmfare Award for Best Actress in Hindi films, while the song received the Filmfare Award for Best Choreography.  The same year also saw the release of the Yash Chopra romantic saga Chandni, with Sridevi playing the title role. According to iDiva, the film was “more an event and less a movie”.Chandni emerged as one of the biggest blockbusters of 1989 with The Hindu stating that “the film opened to full houses and distributors had to drastically increase the number of theatres”.Cited by Times of India as “one of the most watched films of Indian Cinema”, the film also reaffirmed Sridevi’s position as the top female star of the 1980s.  While Sridevi topped the Hindustan Times‘ list of Yash Chopra’s ‘Top 5 Heroines’, CNN-IBN also ranked her no.1 on its list of ‘Yash Chopra’s 10 Most Sensuous Heroines’ saying “Yash Chopra immortalised Sridevi as the perfect Chandni”. The title role became one of the most famous characters of Hindi Cinema with India Today including it in its list of ‘Yash Chopra’s Iconic Characters’ while NDTV featured it in its list of ‘Yash Chopra’s Greatest Creations’ stating that the film established Sridevi “as the nation’s sweetheart”. The Tribune wrote: “Leena Daru scored a winner again when she created the ‘Chandni Look’ for Sridevi. Every street corner sold the salwar-kameez and dupatta that gave the heroine a refreshingly understated look, rarely seen on the Indian screen”,while Mid Day reported that the “simple white churidar and kurta with the leheriya dupatta gave Sridevi an angelic image and caused Chandni Chowk stores to hit the jackpot with thousands of copies”.  The music of Chandni became a Platinum Success[50] with Sridevi’s famous dance number ‘Mere Hathon Mein Nau Nau Choodiyan’ finding a place in the Rediff chart of ‘Bollywood’s Top 25 Wedding Songs.’The actress also lent her voice to the film’s popular title-track ‘Chandni O Meri Chandni’, which featured among the ‘Top 5 Songs’ of Yash Chopra by Hindustan TimesChandni won the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment while Sridevi garnered Filmfare Best Actress nominations for both Chandni and Chaalbaaz in 1989, winning with the latter.

 

SRIDEVI WITH HER RIVAL MDHURI DIXIT IN HINDI FILM INDUSTRY :

Yash Chopra again cast Sridevi in his 1991 film LamheTimes of India included it in its list of ‘Top 10 Films of Yash Chopra’ describing it as a tale of “love transcending the boundaries of time and space”while Rediff called it “Quite easily one of his most definitive films, Chopra surpassed his own findings of romance with the insightful, lovely Lamhe”. Sridevi played both mother and daughter roles in what iDiva described as “another double role, but it was unlike any played before”. Hailed by Rediff as “one of the most remarkable films of her career…often considered a film way ahead of its time”,Her performance brought her much acclaim with BizAsia stating that “Her rendition of both Pallavi and Pooja serves well in highlighting how versatile she is as an actress, playing contrasting characters in the same movie”. Sridevi’s folk dance number ‘Morni Baga ma’ also became a rage and was placed among the ‘Top 5 Songs’ of Yash Chopra by Hindustan TimesLamhe failed commercially but received high critical praise and has over the years become a cult classic. Talking about the film, critic Rachel Dwyer wrote in her biography of the film-maker “Yash Chopra’s own favourite film, Lamhe (‘Moments’, 1991), divided the audience on a class basis: it was hugely popular with metropolitan elites and the overseas market, which allowed it to break even, but it had a poor box office response (largely lower class, especially the repeat audience) because of its supposed incest theme”. The Hindu reported that “With shades of incest, Lamhe caused more than a flutter and remained the talk of the town”, while Sridevi herself admitted in an interview with Rajeev Masand that she found the subject “too bold”.Though the film flopped with Rediff describing its failure as “one of those bizarre, unexplained moments of cinema”, Lamhepicked up five Filmfare trophies including Filmfare Award for Best Film and Sridevi’s second Filmfare Award for Best Actress. Her popular Rajasthani costumes in the film also won designer Neeta Lulla her first National Film Award for Best Costume Design.  In 1992, Sridevi starred in the epic Khuda Gawah opposite Amitabh Bachchan. The actress played a double role again as an Afghani warrior Benazir and her daughter Mehendi. Shot extensively in Nepal, although it’s depicted as Afghanistan in the film, it did good business with BBC reporting that “it ran to packed houses for 10 weeks in Kabul”. Khuda Gawah still remains popular in the Afghan country and Rediff reported that the film is “in great demand after the opening of cinema halls in the country”. The film picked up the Filmfare Award for Best Director while Sridevi earned a Filmfare nomination for Best Actress. The actress’s big budget 1993 release Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja was one of India’s most expensive films ever made. Though the film failed at the box office, Sridevi was appreciated with Times of India calling her disguise in a comedy scene “the best ever South Indian role played by any actress”.Sridevi continued to get central roles with big banners such as the Dharma Productions venture Gumrah opposite Sanjay Dutt. Directed by Mahesh Bhatt, the actress played a singer falsely accused of drugs smuggling in Hong Kong. Bollyspice stated in its ‘Sridevi Retrospective’ that “Despite very good performances from the rest of the cast, Gumrah was really Sridevi’s film. She managed to exemplify female emotion and robustness to a great degree that you remember the film largely for her significant contribution towards it”. Her performance received another nomination for the Filmfare Best Actress Award. In 1994, Sridevi teamed up with Anil Kapoor again in Laadla playing business tycoon Sheetal Jaitley. The character, described by Times of India as “rude, dominant and very competitive”brought her yet another Filmfare nomination. The last major film Sridevi starred in before she took a break from the industry was Judaai, released in 1997. Along with Anil Kapoor and Urmila Matondkar, the actress played a greedy housewife going to extreme lengths for money. Talking about her swan song, critic Subhash K. Jha wrote that Sridevi “left us with the most stunning hurrah in Judaai. A terrible film that I’ve watched countless times to see her play the money-minded harridan who ‘sells’ her husband to Urmila Matondkar. Who but Sridevi could carry of such an outrageous role with such enthusiastic élan?!”[100] while Bollyspice stated that “She used her polished acting skills to illustrate her character’s greed and individualism at such a grotesque level.”[52] Judaai won Sridevi her eighth Filmfare nomination for Best Actress.

SRIDEVI’s COMEBACK TO FILM INDUSTRY WITH ‘ENGLISH VINGLISH’ :

 

Sridevi announced her comeback in early 2011, while working in a new film English Vinglish, directed by Gauri Shinde. Her return was officially announced at the IIFA Awards 2011 held in Toronto with a montage of Bollywood stars welcoming her back. After the Toronto premiere, some international media outlets hailed Sridevi as the “Meryl Streep of India.” Two weeks later America’s entertainment weekly Variety wrote in its review of English Vinglish that it found Sridevi “Disarmingly charming in a manner that recalls Audrey Hepburn.” On release, the film and Sridevi’s performance received positive response. The Times of India gave it 4 out of 5 calling it “Easily one of the best films of 2012…Sri’s performance is a masterclass for actors…Request you to make a little place next to you, Rajkumar Hirani; Gauri Shinde has taken a bow in mainstream Bollywood.” Another 4 out of 5 came from Raja Sen of Rediff who found the film “a winner all the way…Sri excels in fleshing out her character.” Critic Subhash K Jha gave a 4.5 saying Sridevi “makes the contemporary actresses, even the coolest ones, look like jokes…If you watch only two films every year make sure you see “English Vinglish” twice!”

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