Poets from Pakistan missing: For the first time in 19 years poets from Pakistan were conspicuous by their absence at the ‘Jashn-e-Bahar’ Mushaira in Delhi on Friday. “When Pakistani poets used to come, it used to be a great congregation. If they are called now, there will be an uneasy atmosphere, people will come opposing it,” Syed Aijazuddin Shah, famous as ‘Popular Meeruthi’, told PTI
However poets said cultural exchange between the two countries and visits of artistes must be kept away from politics. Poets at the event strongly pitched for cultural exchange between India and Pakistan despite tensions.
So Yamane, a Japanese professor from Osaka, Japan was amongst many poets who recited poetry to a packed audience. Abdullah Abdullah from New York; Jawaid Danish from Toronto, Basir Kazmi from Manchester, Shahjahan Jaffery from Kuwait City and Aziz Nabeel from Doha were some other major poets.
People would ask him about my acting and he’d say I am a good human being : “I like Bharathiraja very much. He likes me, but in his old interviews, when journalists used to ask him his opinion on me as an actor, he would say, ‘He is a good human being.’ Rajinikanth said.
“He never accepted me as a good actor. I could always read his mind voice, ‘How do people accept him as an actor?’,” Rajinikanth told reporters at the inauguration of Bharathiraja’s BIIC (Bharathiraja International Institute of Cinema) in Chennai.
Superstar Rajinikanth says veteran film maker Bharathiraja never accepted him as an actor though he starred in Bharathiraja’s directorial debut film 16 Vayadhinile.
Bharathiraja (75) says he is happy that he has played a minuscule role in Rajinikanth’s incredible career. “I saw Rajinikanth as a simple guy when he played the villain in 16 Vayadhinile. Now, he has reached unattainable heights in his career. I’m happy that I’ve played a minuscule role in it. I would never say I played an important role in his career growth. He’s a self-made man.”
Kanan Gill wants to make a film now: Kanan Gill, popular for his stand-up acts and YouTube show Pretentious Movie Reviews, is now venturing into acting with Sonakshi Sinha starrer film Noor but says he wants to make a comedy as good comedies are not getting made in Bollywood.”The idea was always to make movies. India deserves good comedies which people are not making and that is the real drive here,” Kanan told PTI.
Amitabh in R Balki’s Padman: Amitabh Bachchan is all set to make a cameo in Akshay Kumar-starrer Padman. In a late-night blog post, the 74-year-old actor confirmed the news, saying he is shooting in the capital for his part in the film. Akshay has been shooting in Delhi along with Sonam Kapoor for the film, based on the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, who invented first low-cost sanitary napkins in the country.
John Abraham’s film on Pokhran: “I have been reading and searching for subjects that are disruptive yet engaging, stories must resonate with current social political economic mood of the country and finding stories that reflect this takes time, this film fits perfectly with my pursuit,” actor John Abraham said in a statement while announcing his new film on the Pokhran nuclear test.
The script has been written by the scriptwriters of Neerja, Saiwyn Quadros and Sanyuktha Chawla Shaikh. The shooting for the movie will start from April 20 and will release on December 8.
John’s JA Entertainment, which has produced films like Vicky Donor and Madras Cafe, has now joined hands with Kriaj Entertainment for the yet-untitled film. Tere Bin Laden director Abhishek Sharma has been researching on the particular subject for over three years now.