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A.R. Rahman on language: ‘English helps break barriers’

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Oscar-winning music composer A.R. Rahman, who was in the news for his spirited responses to Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s stand that Hindi should replace English as the link language between different linguistic groups, emphasised the importance of English at an event here on Thursday.

English, he said, is a global language and helps break barriers. He was speaking at the unveiling of the second season of Nexa Music, which identifies emerging talent in English music.

When asked if he would like to come up with a similar talent sourcing and identification series like Nexa Music in India’s regional languages, the composer gave a categorical response. “The movie industry is doing great with music in Indian languages,” said the man who has been hailed as the ‘Mozart of Madras’. “This initiative is focused on making our artistes global so that they can compete for Grammys and be on international platforms.”

The world of music is “out of ideas,” the maestro said. “The rest of the world is waiting for India in terms of music,” he added.

On an altogether different but heartfelt note, Rahman said that sometimes pressure extracts the best out of people. As he put it: “It’s good to put people on the edge, it gives amazing results.”

Earlier, during the language controversy, the composer had shared a post about ‘Beloved Tamil’ along with an illustration of ‘Thamizhanangu’ of ‘Goddess Tamil’, which is a word from the Tamil anthem penned by Manonmaniam Sundaram Pillai.

The anthem includes a line penned by Bharathidasan, a Tamil poet of the 20th century, in ‘Thamilyakkam’, an anthology of Tamil poetry. The line reads: “Beloved Tamil is the root of our existence.”

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Varunn Jain opens up on working in the web series ‘Dhappa’

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 Actor Varunn Jain, who currently plays the parallel lead role of Chirag Modi in the television show ‘Tera Mera Saath Rahe’, feels love stories in small towns and cities are different from each other.

The actor will also be seen in upcoming romantic series ‘Dhappa’.

He says: “Love stories in cities and villages still differ in our country. Cities are filled with people from different walks of life. People here are more vocal about their partners and romance without any hesitation. At times living relationships are also welcomed here unlike small towns. Small towns are also a wonderful place to fall in love. And major responsibility for these couples is to keep their love stories a secret. They romance either on call, chats or in gestures.”

He continues adding that the stories will be a laughter ride for viewers.

He adds: “Rural setting where lovers can fall for one another under the stars. But city love stories give the two lovebirds a chance to slow down amid the backdrop of a bustling city, full of good food, art, music, and so much more. So, our series ‘Dhappa’ is a romantic laughter ride and will be a treat to my fans.”

The upcoming show ‘Dhappa’ brings five love stories full of romance, challenges and fun. The series is directed by Anil V. Kumar and Varunn is excited to work with him.

He says: “I had a good time shooting with our director Anil sir. He is fabulous and I wish to work, too, along with him. I will be seen essaying the role of Sanjay in the series. It is a challenging and completely fresh role compared to all that I had essayed before.”

Varunn is best-known for playing the role of Mohit in the popular television show ‘Diya Aur Baati Hum’ and has also featured in shows like ‘Kaali – Ek Agnipariksha’ and ‘Pehredaar Piya Ki’.

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Deepika Padukone shares heartwarming ‘Period Story’ to raise awareness

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 Ahead of the World Menstrual Hygiene Day, Bollywood star Deepika Padukone, who is the member of jury for the 75th edition of Cannes Film Festival, shared her ‘Period Story’ in a short film in order to raise awareness and overcome the menstruation taboo.

In the special video, Deepika can be seen recollecting her childhood story of being educated about the period even before her school started menstrual education.

The actress, in the video, says: “I will never forget this moment where my best friend (Divya) and I were sat down by both of our mothers and her mom took charge of guiding us about periods – from explaining ‘what periods are’ to ‘why it happens’.”

“I am really grateful for how she took us through this conversation with extreme comfort, empathy, and patience. I look back on it as one of the most notable moments while growing up, and I wish to spread the word across the world in a similar manner”, the “Chennai Express” star added.

The ‘Period Story’ is a special video by fem-tech brand Nua.

Ravi Ramachandran, Founder, and CEO, Nua, in a statement, called it “a conversation that does not deserve a hushed tone. For children, be it girls or boys, parents need to start the conversation with them early and slowly so that their understanding can be built before puberty hits”.

“It is also essential that as you build their knowledge on the topic, you guide them through it with utmost comfort and patience so that they never take it as an uncomfortable topic.”

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Akshay Kumar-starrer ‘Prithviraj’ name changed to ‘Samrat Prithviraj’

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The title of Bollywood star Akshay Kumar’s upcoming film ‘Prithviraj’ has been changed the film is now called ‘Samrat Prithviraj’, according to a letter issued by Yash Raj Films.

The letter has been sent to the Shree Rajput Karni Sena. The move comes after a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) by Shree Rajput Karni Sena, through Advocate Raghavendra Mehrotra.

The letter reads: “We, Yash Raj Films Private Limited, have been one of the leading production houses and distribution companies since its inception in the 1970s and continue to grow as one of India’s largest film studios. We have produced some of the most iconic films in the history of Indian cinema and have goodwill from over 50 years in the entertainment industry.”

“We are committed to constantly creating and producing content for enjoyment of all audiences.”

“The letter further read: “We sincerely appreciate your effort in alerting us about your grievance in relation to the current title of the Film, and assure you that we did not, and do not, intend to hurt the sentiments of any person(s) or disrespect the late king and warrior, Prithviraj Chauhan.

“In fact, we wish to celebrate his bravery, achievements, and contribution to our nation’s history, through this Film.”

“As per the multiple rounds of discussions between us, and to peacefully and amicably resolve the raised grievance, we will change the title of the Film to ‘Samrat Prithviraj’.

“We are highly appreciative of the mutual agreement reached between us that you have no further objections with regards to our Film and that all other points raised by you earlier are no longer a point of contention between us. We thank Shri Rajput Karni Sena and its members for understanding our good intentions pertaining to the depiction of the great warrior in the Film.”

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