Try Suggesting children see Bollywood films for value education was bad idea – dailymail

In the beginning, there was Moral Science. Most of us had it as a subject in school. 

We didn’t take it seriously because the subject was ‘not added’, i.e. how you fared in this paper didn’t make a jot of difference to your report card.

It was never on a par with maths, English and the sciences. In effect, the education system was telling us: look, we’ll teach you how to be good but please don’t take it as gospel. 

Moral Science was, at some stage, replaced by something called ‘Value Education.’ 
The difference was imperceptible. 

The emphasis again was on good habits, respect for elders, and other such succulent nonsense.

We were expected at all times to behave like the Adarsh Balak (the Ideal Child) in the ubiquitous poster.

It scarred an entire generation.

Amit Chaudhuri sang about it recently: “When you are waking up/ You must first wash face at tap/ And do all necessary ablutions./ Then after you are having shower/ You must sit for half an hour/ Preparing for the day’s tuition./ Always be meek and mild/ Never be loud and wild/ Once a morning bow your head and pray./ Eat your breakfast happily/ To your grandparents say ‘haanji’/ To your parents do ‘namastey’./ Your destiny is our concern/ And cause for trepidation/ But hear this song/ You can’t go wrong/ With a moral education.” 
It seems that the destiny of India’s next generation remains a matter of concern. 

The CBSE has revamped the syllabus for Value Education by injecting it with a heavy dose of Bollywood.

Given how the majority of our politicians conduct themselves, I would have thought that most parents would rather that politicians didn’t interfere with how we bring up our children. But they have. Let’s examine this latest intervention. 

The CBSE has listed 47 films, both old and new, which it feels “highlight social and moral values.” 

They include Boot Polish (promotes dignity of labour), Lage Raho Munnabhai (promotes Gandhian philosophy), Lagaan (adds to knowledge of colonial history), and Baghban (problems of old age). 

That we’ve turned to Hindi cinema for moral guidance is perhaps not a matter of surprise. 
Bollywood plays a primary role in the ‘intellectual’ life of this country. Bollywood lyricists have been elevated to the stature of public intellectuals. 

Aamir Khan goes about changing lives through his show. So why can’t Hindi films provide our kids with a moral centre? The reasons are many. 

For one, it smacks of poverty of the imagination.

Most of the subjects that these films discuss have been written about much more intelligently and entertainingly, and in an equally accessible manner, by our journalists, historians, sociologists, novelists and poets.

I see no reason why some of this extant material is not brought into the curriculum. 
Two, all the films listed are in Hindi. CBSE is a national board. 

We speak in many tongues. I’m not sure if children across the country will be able to follow Hindi dialogue to the extent the CBSE hopes they will. 

Three, children have short attention spans; they relate more to contemporary references.
It might sound like a good idea to a bureaucrat, but try making a class of 14-yearolds sit still and watch Do Ankhen Barah Haath (one of the listed films).

Chances are they’ll be bored stiff, and the hapless teacher will end up with a very restless class on her hands. 

Four, if Bollywood had to change anything, it would have changed it by now.
When Charles Dickens’ novel Nicholas Nickleby came out, it led to fundamental reforms in the English education system. 

Nothing of the sort has happened with a Hindi film. 

These films are not going to be more effective, simply because they have been made part of the school curriculum.

Five, cinema’s job is to entertain. Why thrust the burden of social responsibility on culture? 

A film might slip in the odd message here and there but that’s not its primary responsibility.

It looks like the state has abdicated its role and conveniently passed it on to showbiz. Six, commercial Hindi cinema is made to a formula. The idea is to get the box office cash registers ringing. These are simplistic films where good always prevails over evil.

As we all know, real life (especially in India) is much more complex. If you have to show children films, why not show them films that are less idealistic, which have more shades of gray, and which prepare them for the complexities of the real world.

Since the CBSE has lobbed absurdities in our court, surely we can lob some back into theirs. Bollywood can be put to better use. CBSE’s list is loaded with patriotic films, from LOC to Mangal Pande. 

We really don’t need so much jingoism in 21st century India. Why not use Hindi cinema to teach our kids about the evils of plagiarism. 

Show them a Hollywood film, and then the Indian copy. 

Show them Dev D-it’ll teach them about love in the modern world and the pitfalls of drugs. 

Many of this generation will grow up and enter into live-in relationships. 
Show them Wake Up Sid. 

For the nexus between the mafia and politicians, there’s Company. When these kids enter adulthood, they’ll want to buy a house. Let’s show them Khosla Ka Ghosla. 

In the Noughties, I spent a good few years doing public school teaching. There were these two guys who’d come around every morning and go from class to class teaching ‘life skills’. 
The boys would laugh behind their backs. There might have been a Christian component to the lessons-one of the duo was an ex junkie and a Born-Again.

I taught Practical Ethics and Moral Philosophy to the senior classes. I used the German philosopher Immanuel Kant to teach the students about altruism and the limits of free will.
I used the Australian philosopher Peter Singer to discuss contentious issues: the concept of equality, capital punishment, abortion, euthanasia, infanticide, climate change. 

Some years later, when I met my former students for a beer, they were still talking about some of these questions, relating them to the world around them.

Any teacher will tell you, there’s nothing more heartening than knowing that some of what one taught is permanently embedded in a student’s mind.

I used philosophy to teach them to think about the relationship between self and society, right and wrong, means and ends. 

The method was more Socratic dialectic than talking down. For the first time they asked themselves the question: What does it mean to be moral? 

There are ways and ways of adding value to education, of making sure that our children are able to think independently, and without prejudice, about important issues. 

Making them watch LOC is not going to help in this. Whoever thought of this fatuous idea needs a cold shower. Our children deserve better. 

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Will Indrajith follow Prithviraja footsteps – TOI

The Mollywood star, who has been offered a role in Rajkumar Gupta’s Ghanchakkar, on why he is in no hurry for Bollywood, – Sanjith Sidhardhan, TNN

Following the trail of his younger brother Prithviraj, Indrajith could well be the next Malayalam star heading to Bollywood. The actor tells us that he has been offered a role in Rajkumar Gupta’s Ghanchakkar, starring Emraan Hashmi and Vidya Balan, but is yet to take a decision.

“They had sent me the script and I haven’t finished going through it yet. If the role is really substantial, then I will take it up; otherwise I’d say no,” he says.

Indrajith also explains that unless the character he’s offered has a good scope for performance, he has no plans to pursue films in any other language. “I don’t want to do a Hindi film just for the sake of it; and that too, when I’m getting a lot of good characters in Malayalam. Our industry is going through one of its best phases with a lot of experimental movies coming up. The best thing is seven out of 10 movies are hits,” he points out.

About Prithviraj’s nascent Bollywood career, Indrajith says, “It’s a big thing for someone in Malayalam to get established in Bollywood. Many reputed stars from the South have lasted for just two movies in Bollywood, while Prithviraj is already in discussions for his third movie.”

Indrajith, who had earlier done a Hindi film titled The Waiting Room, says that there are no more barriers in the country’s film industries. “Actors are getting accepted nationally. Even in my current film Amen, Makarand Deshpande is doing a prominent character. It’s reached a good stage that if actors can perform well, they can try their luck in any language,” he adds.

Incidentally, Indrajith also has plans to turn producer. “It’s on the cards,” he reveals, adding, “If I get the right project at the right time, I will definitely do it.”

Currently, the actor’s flooded with films that would see him in a variety of roles — from a priest in Amen to a party reveller in next year’s Disco, both projects being directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery. In between, he would also be doing director Hariharan’s Ezhaamathey Varavu which has sorted out its production hassles and will go on floors this December and Arun Kumar Aravind’s Left Right Left.

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Rajpal Yadav – Ata Pata Laapata – Bollywood film

SYNOPSIS – Ata Pata Laapata

Ata Pata Lapata is a 2012 Bollywood film
It is an exciting musical satire based on the loopholes and exploited systems of life. Be it the governance, the bureaucratic systems, or the unspoken pattern in which a society runs, Ata Pata Lapata exposes the selfish attitude of people in power; those who have it and those who want it.

Cast & Crew – Ata Pata Laapata

  • Producer – Radha Rajpal Yadav
  • Director – Rajpal Yadav
  • Art Director – Tapan Roy
  • Editor – Aseem Sinha
  • Cast – Hemant Pandey, -Ashutosh Rana, Dara Singh, Asrani, Vikram Gokhale, Prakash Jha, Virendra Saxena,  Rajpal Yadav, Yashpal Sharma, Vijay Raaz, Krishna Bhatt, 
  • Playback Singer – Sukhwinder Singh
  • Story Writer – Rajpal Yadav, Mohd. Saleem
  • Cinematographer  – Arvind K.
  • Screenplay Writer – Rajpal Yadav
  • Distributor – Reliance Media Works
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1920 – Evil Returns – Showtimes

1920 – Evil Returns

‎Horror/ Suspenseful – Hindi ‎
Cast: Aaftab Shivdasani, Tia Bajpai, Vidya Malvade

SYNOPSIS – 1920- Evil Returns

1920- Evil Returns is a 2012 Bollywood horror film written by Vikram Bhatt and directed by Bhushan Patel. The film is a sequel to a 2008 film 1920 and stars Aftab Shivdasani, Tia Bajpai, Sagar Saikia and Vidya Malvade in the lead roles.

1920: Evil Returns is a supernatural thriller which revolves around Jaidev Varma (Aftab Shivdasani), a famous poet who lives the life of a loner as he is unable to meet the love of his life. He stays with his sister Karuna (Vidya Malvade) who is his support system until he meets Smruti (Tia Bajpai), whom he finds near the lake under mysterious circumstances. The story revolves around the mysterious circumstances the three get into that will change their lives. 

Cast & Crew –
Banner –  Bvg Films, Asa Production And Enterprises Pvt. Ltd.
Producer – Vikram Bhatt 
Director – Bhushan Patel
Cast – Vidya Malvade, Aftab Shivdasani, Tia Bajpai
Playback Singer- K.k., Amit Mishra, Sonu Nigam, Mahalakshmi Iyer, Suzanne D’mello
Lyricist – Shakeel Azmi
Story Writer – Amin Hajee, Vikram Bhatt
Screenplay Writer – Amin Hajee, Vikram Bhatt

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Movie Review–
Not too scary enough to make you jump off your seat

‘1920 – Evil Returns’ yet again proves that we still have a long way to go in order to attain excellence in making horror films. The films have clear traces of Hollywood classics and how the stereotypical nature of horror films take away the originality from the script.
The movie starts with Smruti (Tia Bajpai) who is forced to stay inbound by the evil spirit who turns things worse for her. Yet again, like every horror film in Bollywood, there is someone who tries to help the victim but her efforts go in vain. In this case it is Smruti’s servant who tries to escape from the situation and makes her meet her lover Jaidev (Aftab Shivdasani).
Both consider each other dead and are living a miserable life without each other. Things take a sudden turn when her lover poet Jaidev finds Smruti near a riverbank. But he is unable to recognize her, yet he takes her home as he feels the connection with her. Smruti too doesn’t recognize him but still decides to be at his mercy at his place. Same old story, can we have something new please??
Nonetheless, moving on, there is Jaidev’s sister Karuna (Vidya Malvade) who doesn’t approve of his kindness on stranger Smruti as she is also warned that she is haunted by an evil spirit by the keeper of the cemetary. Further, Jaidev too consults the cemetary keeper to find out for ways to get her out of the evil’s trap.
We wonder what is it with Vikram Bhatt who is so interested in horror stories that he comes up with them one after another. The story which he wrote along with Amin Hajee hardly has anything new to offer, but yet they went ahead to make a film that plays on stereotypes. Bhushan Patel’s direction was like old wine in a new bottle which unfortunately didn’t taste quite well.
Aftab who got a solo lead after a long time thoroughly disappoints with his performance and shows no effort to get back to winning towards acting with whatever script he had in hand. Comparatively, Tia Bajpai who did a great job in ‘Haunted 3D’, delivered a decent performance in this one as well. Vidya Malvade and Sharad Kelkar, in their supporting roles are however not up to the mark.
Songs nonetheless are a decent try. Chirantan Bhatt whose composed music for the lyrics penned by Shakeel Azmi, Junaid Wasi and Manoj Yadav have done a good job with the album. With films like ‘Skyfall’ and ‘Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurrana’ releasing this week, it appears that the journey of ‘1920: Return of Evil’ will be short-lived.

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Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana – upcoming movie

Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana – upcoming movie

Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana - upcoming movie
Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana – upcoming movie
Cast: Kunal Kapoor, Huma Qureshi, Rajesh Sharma, Vipin Sharma, Vinod Nagpal, Dolly Ahluwalia, Herry Tangri, Rajendra Sethi

Director: Sameer Sharma

Writer/s: Sameer Sharma, Sumit Batheja

Producer/s: Anurag Kashyap, Ronnie Screwvala, Siddharth Roy Kapur

Music Director: Amit Trivedi

Actress: Huma Qureshi —  Huma Qureshi is an Indian actress and model. She has worked in theatre productions in Delhi and went on to act in television advertisements. She made her feature film debut in Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur. 

Born: July 28, 1986 (age 26), Delhi 

Movies: Gangs of Wasseypur, Trishna

Siblings: Saqib Saleem

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1920 – Evil Returns upcoming movie

1920 – Evil Returns - upcoming movie

Cast: Aftab Shivdasani, Tia Bajpai, Vidya Malvade
Director: Bhushan Patel
Producer: Vikram Bhatt
Writer/s: Vikram Bhatt, Amin Hajee
Music Director: Chirantan Bhatt

Singers: Sonu Nigam, Arijit Singh, K K, Suzanne Dmello, Mahalakshmi Iyer, Amit Mishra

Plot: 1920 Evil Returns is a supernatural thriller which revolves around Jaidev Varma (Aftab Shivdasani), a famous poet who lives the life of a loner as he is unable to meet the love of his life. He stays with his sister Karuna (Vidya Malvade) who is his support system until he meets Smruti (Tia Bajpai), whom he finds near the lake under mysterious circumstances.

Jaidev brings her home and takes care of her against the wishes of his sister, who doesn’t want Smruti to stay as she senses something wrong with her. During the course of time, Jaidev finds out that Smruti has lost her memory and does not remember anything from her past life except for his poems.

Jaidev decides to take Smruti to Shimla to get her treated in a big hospital. On their way, while resting in a guest house, strange haunting sounds start to emanate. Smruti gets possessed by a spirit (Sagar Saikia)and goes out of control.

The question remains: what is the special bond that Jaidev shares with Smruti which compels him to go to any extent to help her? What made Smruti get possessed by the spirit? Strange questions, stranger answers…

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Sons Of Ram – upcoming movies

Voice Cast:Aditya Kapadia, Devansh Doshi, Saptarishi Ghosh & Sunidhi Chauhan

Writer/Director: Kushal Ruia

Plot: Surayavanshi Ram of Ayodhya, the greatest warrior king that ever lived, was forced to send his beloved wife Sita into exile, thus leading him and his kingdom to despair and towards an empty future.

Unknown to Ram, far away in sage Valmiki’s hermitage, Sita lives as Vandevi, raising their twin sons, Luv & Kush. Though not aware of their lineage, the twins imbibe wisdom, compassion & combat skills that would put any royal prince to shame.

Sita teaches Luv -Kush to always work as a team, secretly hoping that her estranged family would find a way to come together one day. The twins must conquer their inner demons before they can achieve their destinies.

Accompanied by a steadfast gang of lovable friends, Luv-Kush’s journey takes them from enchanted forests with mythical creatures to the revered land of Ayodhya, the home of their fabled heroes.

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Skyfall – Daniel Craig 007

Release Date: 1st November, 2012

Cast :  Daniel Craig, Helen McCrory, Javier Bardem ,Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney, Judi Dench, Berenice Marlohe,Naomie Harris,Ben Whishaw,Ola Rapace
Producer : Barbara Broccoli,Michael G. Wilson
Director : Sam Mendes
Music Director : Thomas Newman

Skyfall - Daniel Craig 007
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Aishwarya Rai – Hot Babe of Bollywood

Aishwarya Rai - Hot Babe of Bollywood

Birthday: 1st November, 1973
Zodiac: Scorpio
Marital Status: Married to Abhishek Bachchan, has a daughter.

Awards: Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian honour from the Government of India; 2 Filmfare Awards for Best Actress.

Trivia: She was crowned Miss India World in 1994 and the same year won the Miss World title. She is the brand ambassador for international brands like Longines watches and L’Oreal. In 2007, Aishwarya became the first Bollywood and Indian actress to have her own statue at London’s Madame Tussauds museum.

Biography: Born in Mangalore and brought up in Mumbai, Aishwarya Rai is the daughter of Krishnaraj Rai and Vrinda Rai. She completed her education in Mumbai and pursued architectural studies while modelling part time. She was crowned Miss India World and Miss World, both in 1994. Then, like many of her predecessors, the film industry beckoned this fair damsel. Aishwarya made her debut in Mani Ratnam’s Tamil biopic, Iruvar (1997). The film was a critical and commercial success. Her Bollywood debut came with Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya (1997). However the film failed to create any ripples at the box office. She then starred in S. Shankar’s Tamil film, Jeans, which went on to become India’s official entry to the Oscars for that year.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999) was one of the major milestones in her career. Aishwarya’s role won her critical acclaim and accolades from all over. The film was a major success and won her, her first Filmfare award for Best Actress. Her other movie, Taal (1999) received moderate success in India, however was internationally very successful.

She then starred in Josh and Mohabbatein alongside Shah Rukh Khan in 2000. She portrayed the role of Shah Rukh’s childhood sweetheart Paru (Parvati) in Devdas (2002), which was an adaptation of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s famous novel by the same name. The film became the highest grosser of the year at home and abroad and won her, her second Filmfare award for Best Actress.

The next couple of years were not too great for Aishwarya’s  carreer. Bengali films – Choker Bali (2003) and Raincoat (2004), Dil Ka Rishta (2003), Kuch Naa Kaho (2003), Bride And Prejudice (2004), Khakee (2004), Shabd (2005), The Mistress Of Spices (2004) and Umrao Jaan (2006) did not fare so well at the box office.

The mega blockbuster Dhoom 2 (2006) came as a welcome respite. Guru (2007) got her positive reviews for her character in the film. She also acted in British films, Provoked (2007) and The Last Legion (2007). However, both failed to do well. In 2008, she played the role of Queen Jodha bai in the partly fictionalized epic drama, Jodhaa Akbar which became a commercial and critical success. She acted acted in Sarkar Raj (2008), a sequel to Sarkar (2005). In 2010, she acted in Mani Ratnam’s Raavan. In the same year, she appeared alongside south Indian superstar, Rajnikant in Enthiran, a Tamil movie which was also dubbed in Hindi as Robot. The film went on to become the biggest blockbuster in India ever! She also appeared in Action Replayy (2010) and Guzaarish (2010). Aishwarya was supposed to appear in Madhur Bhandarkar’s Heroine but the project went off following Aishwarya’s pregnancy in May 2011. The role went to Kareena Kapoor later. Aishwarya gave birth to a baby girl on 16 November 2011.

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Hot Babe Ileana DCruz – Barfi

Hot Babe Ileana DCruz

Hot Babe Ileana DCruz
Hot Babe Ileana DCruz
Birthday: 1st November, 1987
Zodiac: Scorpio
Marital Status: Single

Awards: Ileana D’Cruz won her first Filmfare Best Debut Female award in 2006 for her film Devadasu. Thereafter, she also won the Santosham Best Actress Award and South Scope Style Award for Best Actress for her performance in 2008 film Jalsa, for which she received a Filmfare nomination in Telugu category as well.

Trivia: An already established actress in Telugu films down south, and a newbie in the Hindi film industry, Ileana D’Cruz is the latest addition to the “To-Watch-Out-For” list of new entrants in Bollywood. The model-turned-actress will make her Bolly debut in Anurag Basu’s film “Barfi!”

Biography: A simple girl born in Mumbai and brought up for some years in Goa, Ileana D’Cruz is the second of four children of parents Ronaldo and Samira. She has an elder sister named Farrah, a younger brother named Rhys and a younger sister named Eileen.

While she was in Goa, a hotel manager coaxed her into taking up modeling as a career and even introduced her to model-actor-ramp choreographer Marc Robinson. Ileana regards her first portfolio as a disaster, yet she landed into ramp shows and photo shoots. Gradually, thanks to her second portfolio, she grabbed ads for established brands like Emami Talc, Electrolux and Fair & Lovely. The latter ad was directed by Rakesh Roshan, thus opening up vistas for her for acting in films.

Ileana debuted in 2006 in a Telugu romantic film named ‘Devadasu’, for which she took acting lessons from Aruna Bhikshu. Her performance in the film was much appreciated and she was also noticed for amazing figure and sexy legs. The film grossed around 14 crores and the heroine received the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut (Telugu).

Her next film, Pokiri, opposite Mahesh Babu, was also a smash hit success and became the highest grossing Telugu film at that time. However, after this film, her career graph experienced a low, with four subsequent films being commercial failures. Things took a better turn for her, with films like ‘Aata’ and ‘Jalsa’ doing pretty well at the box office. The latter not only brought in some good money, but also earned her prestigious awards and nominations for her performance.

Prior to her failures with ‘Rechipo’ and ‘Saleem’ in 2009, she starred in ‘Kick’, which became among the highest grossing films of the year. The actress again collaborated with her ‘Pokiri’ director Puri Jagannadh, and appeared in his film ‘Nenu Naa Rakshasi’, in which her acting and looks were much praised.

Ileana’s second Tamil film ‘Nanban’ was a remake of 3 Idiots, and she played the role performed by Kareena Kapoor. Much like its Bollywood counterpart, the Tamil version also became quite successful both commercially and critically. As of now, the actress is awaiting the release of her first Hindi film, Barfi!, co-starring Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra. She plays the role of a narrator and Ranbir’s first love interest in the film.

The ‘Miss Sexy Legs’ will also be seen in Puri Jagannadh’s next venture ‘Devudu Chesina Manushulu’ where the heroine will be essaying the character of a taxi driver. Her second Bolly film ‘Phata Poster Nikla Hero’ will be a romantic comedy, starring Shahid Kapoor, and is expected to release in 2013.

She is already a star down south, but will she manage to do the same in the Hindi film industry? Wait and watch out for her!

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