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Surender Nada, Mayur Shivtarkar Vikash Neeraj Kumar Khomsan Thongkham Mohit Chhillar Sonu Narwal CPO Surjeet Singh David Mosambayi Deepak Kumar Mahender Singh Dhaka Prashant Kumar Rai Deepak Kumar Dahiya Wazir Singh Parmod Narwal Jeeva Gopal Rakesh Singh Kumar Vikash Khandola Ashish Chhokar Kuldeep Singh Babu M Raju Lal Choudhary Telugu Titans:Rahul Chaudhari Vishal Bharadwaj Athul M S Sombir Farhad Rahimi Milaghardan Rakesh Kumar Rohit Rana Mohsen Maghsoudloujafari Vinod Kumar Amit Singh Chillar Vikas Kumar Vikas Nilesh Salunke Vinoth Kumar Munish Vikrant Ankit Malik Elangeshwaran R For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsWritten by Shalini Langer | Published: November 19 2011 12:13 am Related News The Ides of March Director: George Clooney Cast: George ClooneyRyan GoslingPhilip Seymour HoffmanPaul GiamattiEvan Rachel WoodMarisa Tomei Rating: *** George Clooney is not one to shy away from tough political stands or tough political roles On the contrarysome of the roles he has done show him as an actor with a particularly keen understanding of how the system worksfor both those within and without Here comes a film written and directed by Clooney based on the play Farragut North and featuring the run-up to the Ohio primary for the Democratic presidential nomination It has a bustling campaign rooma dedicated junior campaign manager in Stephen Meyers (Gosling)two hardboiled campaign managers played by the seasoned Hoffman and Giamattiand a Governor who looks as presidential in a grey suit and greying hairline as Clooney You expect to get a peek into a world that pulsates behind the densest and yet perhaps the most porous screens You expect to hear passionate discussions about topics that concern the US and by extension the worldjust discussions though these may remain You expect to get moved or enraged at the way politics is played or the way it isnt You expect the cynical in you to have the last laughbut you also expect the more optimistic in you to find things to take back home What you dont expect is this: a strangely wishy-washy scriptconstructed around a few well-writtenwell-meaning speeches that would have done President Obama proud but should alarm him otherwise (Dont bury your heads in the sandof Saudi ArabiaIraqbring on hydrogen carsget world peace and so on) Most of these are delivered by the aforementioned GovernorMike Morris (Clooney)addressing adoring crowds or students at townhall meetings Howeversoon after his actual Obama-esque moment (even the Morris posters are an Obama copy)the film demolishes Morris with a scandal that never rings true of the person At the same timeThe Ides of March is also the deconstruction of the character of the junior campaign manager played with guarded naivety by Gosling Stephen is the fast-rising star helping run Morriss campaign not just because Morris has the best shot at the White House but becauseStephen believeshe is the right guy for it Stephen is smartdriven and is making a difference realised by both his boss Paul (Hoffman) and his rival Tom (Giamatti) Stephens perfectly balanced world gets shaken when he accepts a call to meet Tomwho is running the other guys campaignand starts an affair with an intern (Wood) Those prove two secrets too many for Stephen in a world that thrives on themtaking him by surpriseand us even more so Goslingwho has had a great run so far this yearpulls off the role perfectly till he is required to do an about-turn thatlike in Clooneys casehappens abruptly and rings too false a note Its Hoffman and Giamatti that this drama about the corruption and cynicism of politics derives its oxygen from Its people like themworking in the shadowsinto the nightheard but not seenwho lay out the chessboard They decide the fates of the Morrisesdo-gooders or otherwise Morris or no MorrisStephen seems a long way away from getting his hands around the queen Particularly when he has made a play for the only pawn thats taboo the intern [email protected] For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWith veteran actor Om Puri also throwing his weight around Prime Minister Narendra Modi the stream of Bollywood oldies making a beeline to the BJP seems to be getting stronger He may or may not join the party; but the BJP is probably the only target for missed calls from the film industry Looks like Bollywood wants nobody else but the ruling party This is certainly a new trend Even at its monopolistic prime the Congress was sparing and didn’t get as many walk-in hopefuls with filmy glamour except an Amithabh Bhacchan who finally quit in disgust within three years or a Rajesh Khanna who was more or less out of work Since then there was only an occasional trickle that more or less dried up as the party began to lose its grip Now what we see is a steady stream that too only towards the BJP No other party has attracted film personalities the way BJP did in recent times It’s understandable why Bollywood mostly the actors join the BJP Because it’s doing extremely well at the cost of an eroding Congress It’s a move of mutual benefit and a rehab for the actors Film personalities joining politics is not unusual in big democracies with a big entertainment industries It’s quite common in countries such as the US Philippines and even Sri Lanka; but in India what the political parties get are not the real stars but the ageing actors who are more less done with movies Even the latest hopeful Om Puri is not a mainstream regular anymore He is 65 and spending the rest of his active life in the BJP camp sounds like a worthwhile idea Veteran actor Om Puri PTI His predecessor Anupam Kher who is making a lot of noise for the BJP and Sangh some of which are silly and nasty is 61 and his wife who although has been in the BJP camp for some time is 60 or thereabouts Hema Malini Dharmendra and Vinod Khanna too were past their prime and mostly out of work when they joined the BJP Another outspoken BJP-camper Paresh Raval too is an old man Among the sympathisers Raveena Tandon has long since retired from mainstream work Madhur Bhandarkar’s faux-realism doesn’t work any more and Preity Zinta is not even on the fringe of mainstream Bollywood The scene is similar elsewhere in the country too – in West Bengal an old Roopa Ganguly doesn’t turn heads any more and in Kerala Suresh Gopi who had the privilege of being nominated to the Rajya Sabha had been unemployed for some time In Tamil Nadu actor Vijaya Kumar who joined the BJP recently is also quite an old man So why do actors join politics not in their prime but when they are old Is it because of their political fervour or shameless opportunism Would they have chosen the BJP had it not been in power It’s a no-brainer When you are at the fag end of your pomp-and-show career a switch to party and parliamentary politics helps you retain your visibility and gain from it It’s almost like a pension programme a move in which you cash out your past Your face may not work in films anymore but you can leverage it in politics because public fantasies last longer Political parties need their oomph and names such as Kher and Puri appear appropriate to implement their agenda in a number of public offices related to cinema arts and culture In fact there are enough slots for everyone even a Gajendra Chouhan Since they all turn up at the BJP office with a senior citizen’s card it’s obvious that what they have been compelled by is not a burning desire to serve the public but the lure of post-retirement jobs and access to power Some of them become MPs and MLAs while some of them get to head prestigious institutions The tinsel town’s attraction to the BJP is remarkable because in the past all that the party could manage had been TV actors or the B-listers Nitish Bhardwaj Dipika Chikhalia Arvind Trivedi Gajendra Chouhan and a rare Vinod Khanna or Shatrughan Sinha were all the big names that the party could attract a few years ago But today everybody wants to join the party either as a member or a proxy Of course almost all of them are old There have been cases of younger ones joining too – but they were clearly motivated by personal reasons Amithabh Bachchan in his early forties was unwell and had quit films when he joined the Congress Jayaprada reportedly had income tax issues and Sanjay Dutt was in the look out of political protection when he campaigned for Samajwadi Party The rare exceptions had been Jayalalithaa in Tamil Nadu who joined young and stayed on with a purpose; Gul Panag who joined an untested AAP while she was still young; or a Ramya (Divya Spandana) who became a Congress MP in Karnataka It’s rather unfortunate that the actors exploit Indian democracy for pure personal gain Not that other countries don’t have people joining politics after they lose steam in the glamour world but the proportion is not this bad; not that our Anupam Khers and Om Puris should have pitched in earlier but at least they could have used part of their on-screen allure for common public good when they were still going strong in their industry That’s what Shabana Azmi did or scores of actors in Hollywood do People like Shabana have always been political and have found time to attend public debates media events and conferences on critical development and human rights issues Hollywood A-listers don’t wait till they get out of work to take up social and political causes but strategically use their popularity to make some policy impact that too in far away lands They even set aside time for that What do our actors do They wait till they are out of work and make the switch And all that they do after jumping into the bandwagon is vitiating our public space with their half-baked political philosophies and ideas and skewed understanding of our history and political economy We can and should do without them By: Reuters | Berlin | Published: January 16 2017 7:45 pm Arjen Robben has won every major domestic trophy and a Champions League with Bayern Munich since joining them in 2009 (Source: file) Top News Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben will stay at the German champions until 2018 after the 32-year-old Dutchman signed a one-year contract extension the club said on Monday Robben has won every major domestic trophy with Bayern since joining them in 2009 and he scored an 89th-minute winner in the 2013 Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund “In his position Arjen is one of the best players in the world” CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said “He has been in Munich for almost eight years and has become a key part of the club” Bayern’s French winger Franck Ribery and top scorer Robert Lewandowski also signed contract extensions this season Robben who played for Chelsea and Real Madrid before moving to Munich has scored 82 goals in 152 Bundesliga matches and 21 goals in 53 Champions League games for the German side For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by SWEETY KUMARI | Kolkata | Updated: August 31 2016 3:32 am Mamata Banerjee at SSKM Hospital in Kolkata on Tuesday Express Top News For the past two days Rocky Das had been waiting for SSKM Hospital to allot his brother who is suffering from a brain infection a bed On Monday afternoon he saw none other than Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the hospital’s emergency gate Desperate for help he walked up to her and told her of his plight He was surprised when the chief minister immediately directed one of her security personnel to escort him to the relevant department At around 430 pm Rocky’s brother Dulal was allotted bed no 60 in the ‘Mackenzie’ ward “I called everybody I could for help The management told me I would have to wait because of unavailability of beds They told me that my brother was next in line the moment a patient is discharged I consider myself lucky that I had an encounter with the CM I would love to touch her feet to seek blessings once my brother recovers” Rocky a resident of Malda told The Indian Express However not everyone was as lucky A weeping Ranjita Devi whose son a cardiac patient has been waiting for a bed for days said “Mamata Banerjee visited the hospital and left before I could reach her “If I knew Didi was here I would have told her about how patients are getting harassed day after day while VIPs manage to get beds easily” she said “Though beds are lying vacant staff say they are unavailable” said Devendra Prasad who has been waiting for a bed for his sick mother for the past three days Arijit Mondal who also has a relative waiting in queue said “I am really surprised that the patient got a bed within 2 hours of his request to the chief minister How did a bed suddenly become available The chief minister alone can’t do anything the system has to be changed” he said For all the latest Kolkata News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Hina Rohtaki | Chandigarh | Updated: December 15 2015 5:11 am Use of plastic plates at Rock Garden (Sahil Walia) Related News THE UT Administration may have started drives to check use of plastic across the city following orders by the National Green Tribunal but at its own function — the Nek Chand Festival at the Rock Garden which will continue till December 15 — plastic is being used without any check Eatables are being sold in plastic plates Plastic glasses and spoons are also being used by the stall owners who offer snacks at the food corner in the third phase of the garden Danish Ashraf member secretary of the Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee said “Yes all these kinds of items made of plastic — disposable plates glasses and spoons — are banned I will get its use stopped at Rock Garden too” He added “In fact I was caught up with the smart city proposal but after tomorrow regular raids will be conducted to stop use of plastic Otherwise too people should themselves stop using it if they love their city” Not just inside the garden but vendors sitting outside the premises are also seen selling material in plastic bags without any check “The administration should practise what they preach” said Vindu Shikhawat a visitor to the garden “How will people be made aware of not using plastic when it is being openly used at their own function” The Society for Maintenance and Development of Rock Garden is organising the four-day Nek Chand Festival from December 12 to 15 for the first time in City Beautiful as part of Nek Chand’s birthday celebrations On December 11 the National Green Tribunal had ruled that a fine of Rs 5000 would be imposed on anyone found using or dealing with plastic material in Chandigarh “Any person who is found to be storing purchasing dealing with or distributing such plastic items shall be liable to pay environmental compensation at the rate of Rs 5000 per event” stated the order The directions were issued during the hearing of a plea by Chandigarh resident Rishi Dev Anand For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | Karachi | Published: February 3 2017 5:42 pm PCB has maintained that it will push for elimination of the Big Three Governance headed by BCCI ECB and CA Top News The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Shahryar Khan on Friday said that he would push for the elimination of the Big Three governance system and revenue distribution formula besides opposing the proposal for four-day Test matches at the ICC Board meeting at Dubai “We want the Big Three governance system and revenue distribution formula abolished and we see no constitutional problems for the ICC to do this” Shahryar told the media before leaving for Dubai Shahryar made it clear that Pakistan had supported the Big Three governance system in 2014 because India had signed a MoU with them that they would play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023 “That was our reason and condition for supporting the Big Three but when India has not fulfilled its obligations under the MoU we see no reason to continue our previous policy” he pointed out The Indian cricket board (BCCI) has profited the most from the Big Three governance system as it gets the major chunk of the revenues that ICC earns from its events and broadcasting rights between 2015 and 2023 India is suppose to get around 21 per cent share followed by Australia and England Shahryar said Pakistan had done its homework on the revenue distributionsystem and wanted equal share for all member countries “Under the current formula we will end up with just around 98 million dollars while India stands to get around 500 million We don’t see this as a system based on equality” Shahryar said they were expecting India to oppose disbanding the Big Three governance system but due to changes in Indian cricket board set-up they might not be clear about their policies “The ICC meetings will give us a chance to sit down with the new office bearers of the Indian cricket board and see what they have in mind specifically in relation to bilateral series with us” he said Shahryar also said that Pakistan would not support four-day Tests as there was no need to tinker with the spirit of Test cricket “Five day matches are the spirit of Test cricket and what happens if it rains in a four-day Test I don’t think we need to try to change things with Test matches” For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top News” In the semi-finals of the Women’s World Cup Australia suffered a loss to India, The state cabinet in a meeting, the candidates can withdraw only Rs 96,twitter. download Indian Express App ? He is not available on any social media platform and any communication in his name from these fake accounts should be disregarded completely, posing as Crime Branch officers, Related News THE 35-foot whale that washed ashore at Juhu in January this year,239 were sterilised and immunised.

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