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Nawazuddin reveals importance of awards for him

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Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who has been nominated in the Best Actor category at the International Emmy Awards for ‘Serious Men’, has opened up about how much awards hold importance in his life.

For Nawazuddin, an award coming from a credible place like the International Emmy Awards is of utmost importance.

Talking to IANS about how important awards are for him, Nawazuddin said: “The place the award is coming from matters the most. That gives a sense of motivation to do good work…If the award function has credibility only. Like this is coming from Emmy, they have worked for their credibility. They have promoted good cinema.”

‘Serious Men’ is based on Manu Joseph’s book by the same name. The film, directed by Sudhir Mishra is a sharp take on ambition and caste politics, put in perspective in the Indian context.

Does the International Emmy Awards nomination give a sense of validation to Nawazuddin?

“More than validation it gives confidence in credibility. It makes it stronger that you are not in a rat race and that the formula work that has been going on is not that. It makes you feel strong as the work you are doing or choosing – you are on the right track,” he said.

The ‘Gangs Of Wasseypur’ star had no idea that he would be nominated for his work and concluded by saying that it came as a surprise for him.

The International Emmy Awards are a separate event from the main awards — known as the Primetime Emmy Awards. The International Emmy Awards honour excellence in television programming produced outside the US.

They have been hosted annually by the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences since 1973.

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Ayushmann: ‘An Action Hero’ is mounted at a scale that deserves to be shot in big locations

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Bollywood star Ayushmann Khurrana, who is currently in London shooting for his next, ‘An Action Hero’, is excited to be shooting for the first time in the UK as it will help him explore the beauty of the country, its art and heritage.

The film, directed by debutant Anirudh Iyer, will see Ayushmann essaying the role of an action star, who indulges in real-life action for the reasons that will be revealed during the course of the film.

The actor reveals that a film like aAn Action Hero’ required a certain scale of canvas. Hence, shooting in London was essential.

He says: “This is the first time that I will be shooting in London and I’m quite excited to explore and see the beauty of the country from close quarters.

“‘An Action Hero’ is mounted at a scale that deserves to be shot in big locations. So, while we will film in some gorgeous places of India, we will also shoot at some really breath-taking places in the United Kingdom which I’m sure the audiences will love to see on the big screen.”

Talking about the blessings that come with the profession of acting, he says: “We actors are blessed because our profession takes us to remarkable places, makes us meet and collaborate with incredible people and also helps us make fantastical memories.

“Through the course of my career, I have always loved to travel to new places and thankfully I have been presented with opportunities that allow me to travel to so many beautiful locations in the world.”

‘An Action Hero’ is being produced by Aanand L. Rai’s Colour Yellow Production and Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series.

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Prajakta Koli becomes UNDP India’s first youth climate champion

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Content creator and actress Prajakta Koli has become India’s first UN Development Programme (UNDP) Youth Climate Champion under her partnership with the organisation.

The title has been conferred to her following her contribution towards mental health, women’s rights and girl child education through various global social campaigns.

UNDP aims to eliminate poverty, achieve sustainable growth and scale up human development in countries where it is required the most.

As a part of her responsibilities now, Prajakta will be entrusted with interacting with young minds to raise awareness around climate crisis, global warming and biodiversity loss and their impacts, the tremors of which are being felt by all sections of the society, especially the poor and marginalized communities.

Speaking on the occasion, Prajakta said in a statement: “I am extremely humbled and honoured to have been entitled with this unique responsibility to champion a cause that is close to my heart. As the very first UNDP India Youth Climate Champion, I would like to produce and participate in opportunities that propel conversations around climate action and the urgent measures we must take.”

Commenting on how youth can make a difference, her statement further read: “The youth need to be the torchbearers of this revolution and foot soldiers who will work towards the common goal of an enriched and empowered future where the human species doesn’t become endangered. We have created this problem, but we can solve it too. With UNDP, I will strive to work with young minds across the globe to take appropriate measures for climate action.”

Welcoming Prajakta, Shoko Noda, Resident Representative, UNDP India says: “We are excited to have Prajakta on board as the UNDP India Youth Climate Champion. Young people are the leading voice to make the world more sustainable. Prajakta has a strong connect with millions of young Indians. I am sure her voice reaches the hearts of youth, and inspires them to take climate action.”

In the past, the content creator has spoken up on issues like body shaming and online bullying with ‘Shameless’ as part of her campaign #iPledgeToBeMe which came into force on World Mental Health Day in 2016.

As a global ambassador for YouTube’s ‘Creators For Change’ initiative, she drew the attention of people to trolling, female subjugation and homophobia through her campaign ‘No Offence’ which was showcased at the UN headquarters in New York on International Tolerance Day.

In 2018, saw three initiatives and social cause partnerships from her, first with YouTube for Social Impact Girl’s Education campaign, with Instagram on their Safer Internet Week campaign and with One.org for their Girl Education campaign.

In 2019 she received an invite from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for their annual Goalkeepers Summit.

Last year, she joined Google’s Impact Challenge to aid grants to non-profits addressing economic inequities faced by women and girls.

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Sushmita Sen wins International Association of Working Women Award for ‘Aarya 2’

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Bollywood actress and former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen is elated on being conferred the International Association of Working Women Award for an outstanding performance by a female actor in a TV series for her show ‘Aarya 2’.

The award is presented by the DC South Asian Film Festival (DCSAFF), which is currently underway virtually starting from January 16 to January 30.

The actress credits the team of ‘Aarya’ for working tirelessly for the show that is now gaining global recognition. Sharing her excitement, the actress said in a statement, “I am overwhelmed with all the love and appreciation being showered on ‘Aarya 2’. The entire team has worked strenuously to put together a work of art that would be loved by everyone.”

“It’s euphoric to win the International Association of Working Women Award for an outstanding performance by a female actor in a television series. I would like to thank the organisers of the DC South Asian Film Festival for bestowing this honour on me and the entire team. This is surreal!” the statement further said.

Talking about DCSAFF, the film fest which started in 2012 featuring Shyam Benegal’s classic film ‘Mammo’ as the opening title, is currently in its 10th edition and will feature films from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Canada, and the US and many regional languages.

The 2022 edition of the film fest opened with a book discussion with writer, director, and actor Ananth Mahadevan about his new book ‘Once Upon A Prime Time’ and the Nepali feature film ‘Mahanagar/One Night in Kathmandu’, directed by Mohan Rai. Filmmaker Vishal Chaliha’s Assamese film ‘Sijou’ will be the closing film of DCSAFF 2022 on January 30.

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