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STOPPED TILL THE END OF ELECTIONS
Election Commission Stalls Release of Modi Biopic
10.04.19 - TEAM PT
Election Commission Stalls Release of Modi Biopic



Hours after the censor board cleared the way, the Election Commission has stopped the release of "PM Narendra Modi", a biopic on the Prime Minister, till national elections are over. The film - scheduled for release tomorrow, coinciding with the start of the Lok Sabha polls - "disturbs the level-playing field", the election body said.
 
The commission said that any such "biopic material in the nature of biography/hagiography sub-serving the purposes of any political entity or individual connected to it, which is intended to, or which has the potential to disturb the level playing field during the elections, should not be displayed in the electronic media including cinematograph during the operation of MCC".

It also said that any complaints on this matter will be examined by a panel headed by a retired Supreme Court or High Court judge.
 
The Opposition had complained to the poll body against the release of the Vivek Oberoi starrer, saying it was an attempt to influence voters ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a petition filed by a Congress activist seeking stay on the release of the biopic and said the Election Commission would be an "appropriate” place to seek the redressal.
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 Last week, Vivek Oberoi, who plays PM Modi in the film, headlined the controversy surrounding the biopic after he targeted the Congress, wondering "if they are scared of the film or of Chowkidar's danda".
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The apex court said it was not entertaining the petition for the stay on the release of the film as it was "premature” since the movie is yet to be certified by the Censor Board.

It said even if the film is released on April 11, as claimed by the Congress activist, it will be appropriate for him to seek a redressal from the Election Commission.

The plea had sought deferment of the biopic’s release till the completion of the coming Lok Sabha polls, alleging that it was designed to "manipulate, influence and impress viewers and voters”.
 
Last week, Vivek Oberoi, who plays PM Modi in the film, headlined the controversy surrounding the biopic after he targeted the Congress, wondering "if they are scared of the film or of Chowkidar's danda".

The Congress promptly responded, saying it's a "bogus film of a flop hero, a flop producer and is made on a flop person who has proved to be a zero."
 

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18.02.19 - Team PT
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Google Maps is arguably one of the most useful mobile applications ever launched by a technology company. It serves as the default map provider not only for consumers but also for major ride-sharing services. Some of the key features of Google Maps include calculating the distance between your location and destination and suggesting the best route based on traffic conditions. While it is the most widely used mapping service in the world, there are times when Google Maps could make a mistake, leaving you stranded or looking for alternate routes in the old-school way of asking someone walking by in that area.

Now, a netizen has decided to take the matters into their own hands by putting a banner in Goa. The banner particularly warns against use of Google Maps while looking up for Baga Beach. The banner reads, "You are fooled by Google Map. This road don’t take you to Baga Beach!!! Turn back and take a left turn. Baga is 1 KM from here.”

The post suggests that Google Maps has been showing wrong directions to Baga Beach, and tries to ensure that users of the mapping service were not using that direction again. Baga Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Goa, and it is a known fact that reaching there from nearby hotels can be a tricky affair and tourists invariably depend on Google Maps for directions.

A picture of the banner was first shared by user Sumanth Raj Urs on Twitter. After the picture went viral, Twitterati came to praise the good Samaritan behind the banner and thanked Sumanth for sharing it. Some even shared their personal experience of getting lost while looking for Baga Beach on Google Maps.
 

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Why is Shah Rukh Khan playing a man with dwarfism in Zero?
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Why is Shah Rukh Khan playing a man with dwarfism in Zero?



In May 2016, it was revealed that Shah Rukh Khan is taking on a major acting challenge. He will be playing a man with dwarfism in film Zero.

Director Anand L Rai had spoken about his collaboration with SRK saying, "He has seen life not just as an actor but also as a person. It's the story of a man who is just three-feet-one-inch tall. Nobody understands ordinariness better than Mr Khan. I'm looking forward to seeing him in the dwarf avatar."

The film has now released, with posters, teasers and trailers already out for about a month. But with each sneak peak, we grew more and more uncomfortable with the idea of Shah Rukh Khan taking up the role he did.
 
It's 2018. We have learned enough about the importance of representation to know that Shah Rukh Khan playing Bauua Singh is not okay. And we're rattling our brain to figure out why he was cast in this role. Whatever justification we'd try to come up with, we'd have an answer as to why that's as ridiculous as Zero's casting.

Is it because they couldn't find an actor with dwarfism?

Are there no actors with dwarfism that could've taken up the role of Bauua Singh? Were the makers so strapped for an actor they thought "Hey, let's get SRK and CGI him short"?
 
There are numerous actors in India with dwarfism such as KK Goswami from the classic show Ssh... Koi hai and Dekh Bhai Dekh actor and writer MM Faruqi - also known as Lilliput.

Actors with dwarfism are usually restricted to either pantomimes like Snow White and the seven Dwarves and the way Goswami was in Shaktiman or they are used for comedic relief, the joke usually being that they have dwarfism. We've had an unfortunately recent incident like this with the 2016 Lux Style Awards.
 
Faruqi has spoken up on many occasions the hardships he felt as an artist with dwarfism in the entertainment industry.

"For the last one year, I have been making the rounds of producers’ offices with two scripts. Some say, ‘Dekhenge, sochenge,’ while others are blunt, ‘Baune uthke chale aate hain director banne," he'd revealed to Mumbai Mirror in 2017.
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"Accha, you can do serious roles also, I thought dwarfs were apt for only comedy.”
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He added the stereotype is strong, with even top stars of Bollywood - he wouldn't name who - would say "Accha, you can do serious roles also, I thought dwarfs were apt for only comedy.”

Actors like MM Faruqi, who aren't even given fair opportunities behind the camera, are seen as lesser beings.because of their heights. "Every day I feel wasted as an artiste and that’s my biggest regret.”

MM Faruqi has been alienated from the industry and for what?

Rarely does the global entertainment industry get powerful characters for actors with dwarfism. Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage - who in many films has played characters where his dwarfism is not what defines him - is the exception, not the rule and even he's had quite the struggle getting to where he is now.

For Shah Rukh Khan to take on this role is to deepen the stereotype that people with dwarfism have no place within the entertainment industry except as items of ridicule.

Is it because of the star factor?

We get it, we really do. You need a recognisable face to get the audience's attention and a high-profile actor to get the ratings. SRK is both and then some. But did Anand L Rai really need to cast good ol' Shah Rukh as a man with dwarfism to get the hits for Zero?

Let's talk about the rest of the cast. We have Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif as the two leading women of Zero, each with a large following of their own.
 
The film also boasts cameos of Om Shanti Om level, with Rani Mukerji, Kajol, Karisma Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and the late Sri Devi having noticeable screen time, along with Salman Khan who has a song in the flick with Bauua.
 
Don't know about you but that's ample amount of star power for a movie to have a lead be someone new... and appropriate for the role.

SRK could've made a cameo himself. This roster could have supported a new face in the industry who would've actually been someone to admire for bringing on the representation that is so needed right now.

Was Shah Rukh Khan what the character demanded?

Was Shah Rukh Khan bringing something to the table that no one else was? Were his acting skills so unique for the role that it had to be him?

We saw the trailer. SRK acts like SRK. Mind you, we enjoy the King Khan persona every now and then, but it doesn't set Bauua Singh apart from anything we've seen before.
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"He looks short, but nothing like a dwarf. The body structure of a dwarf is nothing like this, the limbs are different."
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Also, SRK's body language is all CGI. You know, because they had to make him short? So where is the acting quality in all of this?

Shah Rukh's style is one that can be and has been emulated by thousands. Even Hugh Jackman has claimed to channel his energy for live performances. Had they actually auditioned actors with dwarfism and said, "we need some King Khan style there," they could've easily gotten someone on board.

Was there a huge budget for VFX?

When you become desperate for logic, you might wonder if there was a team that wanted to show off their VFX talent... by shortening someone's height.

Anand L Rai spoke about the VFX in Zero saying, "I am the last person who should have done a film like Zero because it is high on VFX. It has been a horrifying journey for the VFX team. I have survived the journey only because they love me and I have exploited that love."

Well, they did it wrong then, because SRK does not look like a person with dwarfism. The team behind SRK's design just shortened him proportionately. As Lilliput told The Quint when watching the trailer, "He looks short, but nothing like a dwarf. The body structure of a dwarf is nothing like this, the limbs are different."

So not only did they not cast a person with dwarfism, they didn't make Shah Rukh Khan look like a person with dwarfism. Is the body of a person with dwarfism too unappealing for the industry? Also, just an FYI, casting a person with dwarfism as the lead would have greatly reduced the film's budget. You could've gotten another cameo on board.

Did they just not care?

Did Anand L Rai really have a reason to bring a character with dwarfism into the spotlight?

According to the director, "I wanted to celebrate Zero; I wanted to celebrate the incompleteness in people. There is nothing great in being a complete person. There is a beauty to incompleteness. We all are humans and Zero comes from there."

People with dwarfism do not see themselves as incomplete, they are shown that way. As is the case with most disabilities, their scant representation in the media — where they struggle carrying on with their normal lives and being an 'inspiration' to us all — further demeans their disability showing it as a burden to the non-disabled. Late activist Stella Young pointed out at numerous occasions how people with disabilities are viewed as 'objects of inspiration'. The inspiration solely being their disability is exploitative and alienates them from the rest of humanity.

The objectifying of one's disability is never viewed in a positive light for the person but rather another group of people who look at them for their own motivation. Disability should not be seen as an exception from the norm. And guess what? The biggest struggle that disabled people suffer through isn't going along with their daily lives, it's the discrimination they face by the non-disabled. Because people with dwarfism see themselves as people who just have a genetic variant.

While Anand may have said he doesn't want people to sympathise with his characters, his talk on incompleteness implies otherwise. He may have spoken about celebrating the ordinary with Zero but when he didn't cast the very ordinary person he wants to celebrate, it makes us wonder if it's all just a cash grab.

We've had conversations about inclusivity all throughout 2018, and now it is ending with Zero, a film that excludes the very people that its lead is based on.

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#WhereAreAllTheWomen
PM Narendra Modi's meeting with Indian Film industry draws flak
19.12.18 - TEAM PT
PM Narendra Modi's meeting with Indian Film industry draws flak




Prime Minister Narendra Modi had an "extensive and fruitful interaction" with a delegation of Bollywood producers and actors at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai on Tuesday. The issues plaguing the film industry were discussed in the meeting.

According to PTI, producers Ritesh Sidhwani, Karan Johar, Sidharth Roy Kapur, the president of the Film Producers Guild, Rakesh Roshan, Ronnie Screwwala, Prasoon Joshi, the chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) were part of the delegation. Actors and producers Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgan were also present.
 
However, as the Twitterati pointed out, there was not a woman in sight in a convention that was supposed to have representatives of the Indian film industry - the largest in the world.
 
Angry Twitter users expressed disgruntlement over the fact that "women are not even on invite lists, forget bottom of the lists".
 
Here are some reactions which mentioned the irony of having an all-male delegation represent the Indian film industry, especially after a year which was marked with multiple women-led blockbusters.
 
Lipstick Under My Burkha filmmaker Alankita Shrivastava was among the first to call attention to the fact that there were no women in the delegation. She tweeted, "Would be great to have female representation in these delegations. It is 2018.”

 
Alankrita’s statement was retweeted by director Nikkhil Advani among others. Many people made the same observation and remarked how such a thing is a shame in today’s day and age, even using the popular hashtag #WhereAreAllTheWomen.
 
 
The circumstances in which the meeting took are still unclear. There is no official word on whether women representatives from the industry were even invited to the event. However, their absence is certainly jarring to the Twitterati especially because this is not an isolated incident.

A 'film industry delegation', comprising Aamir Khan, Aanand L Rai, Rajkumar Hirani and Siddahrth Roy Kapur had met Modi in October to discuss how the fraternity could help in nation building. There was not a single woman representative in an official photo which made its way online.

There has been no comment from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) on the absence of women representatives yet.

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13.10.18 - Amandeep Sandhu
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There is no doubt that the TV serials Ramayan and Mahabharat in the late 1980s altered the nation's consciousness quite radically. For thousands of years these were oral texts but in electronic form on TV, unlike perhaps how their creators imagined, the Ramayan at least served as an excellent vehicle for right wing propaganda.

What shifted in the public reception of the epics is that from a spoken, imaginary form the epics became visual, tangible, physical. Many scholars attribute the popularity of the Ramayan TV serial as one of the chief reasons for the rise of BJP and the events of Babri Masjid.

But at the same time there were two other family saga serials - Hum Log and Buniyaad. To me they are important because in India politics is still an out of home phenomena. It shows up in votes, it shows up in how families position themselves in societies - often voting as a monolith. Vote trends in Inda too are mostly based on opinion of the male lead (so called head of family) and caste/class/religion permutations. But these two serials gave a sense of internal dynamics of the great Indian family. Though I must admit - with a large north Indian skew. Nevertheless, they were the people's story of India.

That is why perhaps it hurts that an icon of the people's story of India - Alok Nath - has now been revealed as a rapist. The crime itself is large but I see it as him having betrayed the sense of trust and respect the nation had for the character he was playing - Master Haveliram. A teacher, a freedom fighter, his name means a mansion, and then has Ram - the God - as part of it. I understand no actor should be fixed into a character he or she played but it is a human tendency to attribute qualities, especially when the actor himself has taken on only such avuncular roles in his career to become the epitome of sanskaari by now.

Even many others from media being revealed through #MeTooIndia are those who stood for public morality but turned out to be private hypocrites. I wonder if artists too have a responsibility to the art they participate in, help create, message they send out? Do they realise the importance of being a voice - of representation, of articulation, of identification? I also wonder for how long have we been gaslit? Not only here, but in all arts, in all socities.

As an adolescent, watching TV, I enjoyed the fireworks of the epics and the deep emotional tug of the family saga but the serial that appealed to me most was the ordinary housewife, anti-corruption crusader Rajani.

Why did Rajani not become our role model? Was it because she was urban, middle-class? Or did she? Through India Against Corruption and its fruit the AAP? Again a long winding story where we finally feel conflicted and gaslit.

How hard is honesty? Really ...
 

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