As part of their social responsibility, doctors of Lilavati Hospital and Research Centre, one of the leading hospitals in the city of Mumbai have planned an ambitious public awareness campaign called ‘Save and Empower the Girl Child’. The said campaign will be launched on 11th April at J W Marriott, Juhu. The basic idea is to create buzz regarding the said initiative and its relevance to the current scenario. The event will have speeches and audio visual bites from various eminent dignitaries. Further, it is proposed to felicitate some women achievers for their outstanding contribution in various areas.
Shri Suresh Shetty, Hon’ble minister for Public Health, Family Welfare & Protocol, Government of Maharashtra, is the guest of honour for this special occasion.
A series of free medical camps for the girl child on the last Saturdays of every month is a part of this special initiative by doctors of Lilavati Hospital and Research Centre. These medical camps will include eye check-ups, dental check-ups, nutrition camps and overall health check-ups. The Fashion Show and this event is the first of a series of strategic efforts to be undertaken to Save and Empower the Girl Child.
In India, in the last 20 years, about 10 million girls have been killed by their parents either before or after they were born. The average death rate for girls under the age of one year was 72 per 1000 compared to 55 per 1000 among boys. The proportion of girls who are able to attend school in India continues to remain low. 54% females are literates compared to 76% males. The child sex ratio (determined between the age 1 day to 6 years) has declined to 914 from 2001 value of 927. The child sex ratio is lowest since our independence in 1947. It has been continuously reducing for the last 50 years. A closer look at the detailed demographics would reveal that the child sex ratio is less than 900 in 8 states across India – including the two biggest states – UP and Maharashtra.
The Government of India has taken steps to empower the girl child. These include free and compulsory education for the girl child and enacting laws against dowry. What is more important is to have a mindset revolution. So are you ready to take the first step to save and empower the Girl Child?
Mumbaikars from all walks of life well and truly stood up for the noble cause and the initiative taken up by Doctors of the Lilavati Hospital and Research Centre to Save and empower the girl child. It was a glittering function at the J.W. Marriott, Juhu with Mumbai’s crème de la crème in attendance and none other than Bollywood actress and former Miss Universe, Sushmita Sen as the show stopper for a spectacular fashion show with outfits by Manish Malhotra.
Dr. Hrishikesh Pai, Chairman of the Organizing Committee and Chetan Mehta, Trustee, Lilavati Hospital and the core committee members which included Dr. Kiran Coelho, Dr. Nandita Palshetkar and Dr. Rishma Pai were in great spirits as Bollywood actresses like Neha Dhupia and Dipannita Sharma walked the ramp for this special cause. Kajol, the chief guest for the evening, observed that her father never for a moment regretted the fact that he did not have a son. Poonam Dhillon, Maria Goretti, Nisha Jamvwal , Alka Yagnik, Mandira Bedi , Padmini Kolhapure, Tejaswini Kolhapure, Shaina N.C., Poonam Mahajan were amongst the other prominent personalities who walked the ramp on this chosen day.
Poonam Dhillon coordinated the entire show for the Doctors of the Lilavati Hospital and research centre and also anchored the evening. Also Spotted in the audience were Ashish Choudhary and Rhea Pillai. Leander Paes waxed eloquent about the role of a woman in a man’s life be it a mother, sister or daughter. But it was Sushmita Sen who had everybody spellbound with her touching address and her experience of having two daughters as a single parent. Now we know what it takes to be a Miss Universe, Kudos Sushmita Sen!!!
Pakistani starlet Veena Malik who, is known to be controversy’s favourite child will be appearing on Movers & Shakers on SAB TV. In a candid chat with Shekhar Suman she revealed her other side, shared thoughts on her ideal life partner and cleared controversies surrounding her. It was her long cherished wish to meet Shekhar Suman and she was thrilled to be invited for the show.
Talking about her ideal life partner she said, “I am a young and attractive girl and all my life I have made my own choices. I think it’s me. Outside factors don’t affect me and I am responsible for all my happiness and pain. Nothing that happens around me affects me. If today you appreciate me then also my reaction would be the same as it will be when you criticize me.”
She further added, “If a guy has characteristics like Amitabh Bachchan I might end up marrying him. Not exactly like Big B but if the boy has certain characteristics like him, like his beautiful voice and a personality like him, I think I can compromise on other things,” said the actress on Movers & Shakers.
Shekhar Suman was also all praises for Veena Malik and said, “Ye (Veena Malik) to sir se paer tak taareef hi taareef hain.” He further went on to add, “She is beauty with brains and does not mix words and speaks what she feels.”
Veena Malik sizzled on the sets with her live performance on Sheila Ki Jawani. During the show she did mimicry of Kajol and Sharukh Khan and sang ‘Jawani Jaaneman Haseen Dilruba’.
Veena Malik on Movers and Shakers at 11pm on SAB TV on April 16th
With the recent success of Sajid Nadiadwala’s Housefull 2 , its safe to say that John Abraham scored a hat trick with his latest hit ,post his last two successes Force and Desi Boyz –
Apart from his action image, the actor‘s first tryst with the out and out slapstick comedy hit bulls eye with the film collecting a whopping 15.25 crores on its opening day.
Overwhelmed with the figures the film is drawing in said John Abraham “Hard-work makes you have faith in your ability, but hits give you the confidence! Hits give the actor the market sale-ability and credibility that one needs to continue to try and experiment whether as an actor or producer. And to gain that confidence, it’s important to get that hit tag here. I am fortunate to be a part of a successful franchise of Housefull and I am thankful for having been considered good enough for Housefull 2.”
On asking the actor which genre he prefers, John affirms “I take my work seriously, be it comedy or action. In fact, I’m still game for other genres too. Be it action or comedy – You can do both, separately or together. Both have their own fun.But since audiences love it, action is becoming a staple diet in my films, even comedies”
After winning the Kingfisher Calendar hunt 2012, supermodel Nathalia Kaur is all set to be the hottest item girl B-town has ever seen!! The sexy bombshell will scorch the screen with her hot item number titled “Dan Dan” for Ram Gopal Varma’s much anticipated film action drama Department by Viacom 18!
Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma admits to have become a huge fan of newbie Nathalia Kaur who would be marking her Bollywood debut with ‘Department’. The item song titled as ‘Dan Dan’ is being choreographed by Ganesh Acharya and Nathalia has shared the dance floor with one of the lead actors of the film, Superstar Sanjay Dutt.
However, it’s not only the maverick director who in awe of Nathalia; choreographer Ganesh as well as Sanjay Dutt too have appreciated Nathalia’s erotic moves in the dance. Acharya praised Nathalia saying that he did not take many efforts to train her. RGV too has spoken about being a huge fan of Nathalia who in his words is one of the most gorgeous women that he has ever seen in his filmmaking career and her unique features and her electrifying performance had made the item song worth watching several times!
Department boasts of a stunning cast with Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt and Rana Daggubati in the lead, and releases on18th May 2012.
Director’s Note for Teri Meri Kahaani
This June its all about love …. thrice upon a love story …. soul mates …. janam janam ke saathi … call it by whatever you want, the journey of love is something that has always fascinated me and all of us. In my latest film I’ve explored another facet of love. Films like DDLJ, KKHH, HUm Tum, Fanaa have taken the audiences into a journey of love that’s been entertaining and romantic. This is the kind of cinema, I like, love and live ! The banter between the couple, the chemistry, the first look, the pain and anguish of separation, the fun and masti of the meetings, the dreaminess of love songs, the adaa the hero gets while flirting with that one person who suddenly is the most important person ! The joy, fun, tears and entertainment of our Hindi Cinema is at its peak in our Love Stories ! This is exactly the journey that I went through while writing Teri Meri Kahaani, and this is exactly the journey I want to take you through. The performances and Chemistry of Shahid and Priyanka, the Lyrics of Prasoon Joshi, The Music of Sajid-Wajid and my words … This June its all about Love … Thrice upon a love story …
Teri Meri Kahaani!
Whenever Bollywood actresses have done Bengali films in the past, they have “never been heard”. From Aishwarya Rai (Chokher Bali) to Manisha Koirala (Khela) to Bipasha Basu (Shob Choritro Kalponik), the B-town beauties have always been dubbed by local actresses or voice artistes. But for Paanch Adhyay, her first regional film, Dia Mirza has dubbed her Bengali lines herself.
Dia, whose mother is a Bengali, plays the half-Bengali Ishita, an English school teacher, in the film co-starring Priyanshu Chatterjee and the legend Soumitra Chatterjee. “I would say my Bangla was decent before I filmed Paanch Adhyay and post filming, spending time in Kolkata, conversing with so many people during my time there, it has only gotten better. I still would like to learn to think in Bangla,” says Dia.
Paanch Adhyay, written and directed by first-timer Pratim D. Gupta, is the journey of a couple across the five chapters of their lives. “My character travels through the ups and downs of marriage and the poignancy of love… lost and found,” adds Dia. “I am at a head space now where I am looking to expand my horizons. Bangla is my mother tongue and it makes all the more special that my first regional film is Bengali.”
The film, which has music by Shantanu Moitra, is currently in post-production and is eyeing a late summer release this year in Bengal and the metro cities.