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Monday, January 22, 2018

Hindi Films That have faced similar protests Like Padmaavat

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Padmaavat is finally inching towards its scheduled release date on January 25,2018

But Bhansali’s Padmaavat is not the first film to struggle for a release. Many other Bollywood films have faced similar protests on the basis of their content, language, title and sometimes even on the lyrics of a song.

Here’s a list of films that were embroiled in controversies

Lipstick Under My Burkha (2017)
Alankrita Shrivastava’s “lady oriented” film was too bold for CBFC which refused to certify it for its bold content. After a long battle with the CBFC, the film saw the light of the day when Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) passed it.
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016)
 Karan Johar’s film faced a lot of heat from political circles as it starred Pakistani actor Fawad Khan  in a pivotal role. The film’s release was scheduled for Diwali 2016 but due to the rising tension between India and Pakistan after the Uri attacks, MNS threatened the filmmaker with dire consequences if they released the film without cutting Fawad’s portions. Karan Johar promised the political party that he would not work with any Pakistani actor in the future and donated Rs 5 crore to the Indian Army Welfare Foundation.
Udta Punjab (2016)
The film was based on the drug menace in Punjab but its subject ruffled feathers. Political parties across the country believed that this film was showing Punjab in a bad light and hence, wanted many cuts in the film. The film was cleared by Bombay and Punjab & Haryana High Courts but a Punjab based NGO later took their plea to the apex court to stop the release. The apex court did hear the case but decided to not interfere with the High Court’s ruling.
Bajirao Mastani (2015)
The descendants of Peshwa Bajirao felt that the song ‘Pinga’ was offensive to Marathi culture as it had Mastani and Kashibai dancing together. Not just the song, the costumes of the leading ladies and certain dialogues mouthed by Bajirao’s character were termed as vulgar and offensive.
PK (2014)
Soon after the first poster of the film was released, there were objections on the look that was sported byAamir Khan. The poster had him carrying a jukebox with a bare body. The makers later released a new poster where he was clothed. After the poster storm got over, various Hindu groups had objections to the film’s content. They felt that Aamir Khan and Rajkumar Hirani mocked Hinduism. Effigies were burnt and various threats were made but the film managed to bear the storm.
Madras Cafe (2013)
Various political parties in Tamil Nadu asked for a ban on the film after the release of its trailer as they felt that the film carried an anti-Tamil sentiment. Producer John Abraham o ahead with whatever decision CBFC takes for the film. The film was ultimately released but some theaters in Tamil Nadu stayed away from screening it.
Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela (2013)
A petition was filed against the film’s name, that was originally titled Ram Leela, by Prabhu Samaj Dharmik Ram Leela Committee as they felt it hurt religious sentiments. Bhansali changed the film’s title and the film could then sail through a smooth release.
Student of the Year (2012)
The film ran into controversy because of “The Radha Song”. The adjective sexy was used which raised objections from various religious organisations. The word had to be replaced from “sexy” to “desi” in the final song and the protests were called off.
Singh Saab The Great (2013)
The film was originally titled Singh Sahib the Great but the Akal Takht, the highest body of the Sikhs objected to the film’s title. They felt that the title was disrespectful and hence, it was changed to Singh Saab the Great.
Aarakshan (2011)
The film’s subject dealt with the caste-based reservation system and many pro-Dalit groups in Kanpur objected to Saif Ali Khan's casting as a Dalit man. The film was eventually banned in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Andhra Pradesh. Later, director Prakash Jha removed various scenes from the film that could have aggravated communal tension.
Rockstar (2011)
Sadda Haq, the song in the film became a point of contention between the CBFC and the film’s director, Imtiaz Ali. Portions of the song were shot in McLeod Ganj and Dharamsala and the crowd scenes had people waving the ‘Free Tibet’ flag. These shots were later blurred out and it was only then that CBFC passed the film.
Billu (2009)
The film’s original title was Billu Barber but the barber community got together and raised objections as they felt that the film was demeaning their profession. The makers had to drop ‘Barber’ from their title and the film was released with a new title.
Kaminey (2009)
The makers of this film faced troubles when Jagannath Sena Sangathan filed an FIR against them at a police station in Puri. The line ‘Apna Haath Jagannath’ being written on a poster showing a scantily clad woman on the wall of a public toilet upset the organisation. The objectionable clip was deleted from the prints that were released in Orissa.
Jodhaa Akbar (2008)
Rajputs in Rajasthan tried to block screenings of this Ashutosh Gowariker film as they felt that history was being misrepresented in the film. The Rajput Sabha and the Rajput Karni Sena felt that the film was factually incorrect and hence, the film should not be screened.
Black Friday (2007)
Anurag Kashyap’s film was originally made in 2004 but since the 1993 Mumbai bomb blast case was still pending in the court, the release was stopped. The petition seeking a stay on the release asked that since the matter was sub judice, the movie would influence the popular opinion and could affect the judiciary’s opinion as well. The film ultimately released in 2007 after the court’s judgement was declared.
Fire (1996)
The film saw a plethora of protests soon after its release which included Shiv Sena and Bajrang Dal activists vandalising theaters and burning posters of the film. The film’s story dealt with the same-sex relationship between two women and at the time it was called “alien to Indian culture” by then CM of Maharashtra, Manohar Joshi. The film was passed by the CBFC without any cuts and that irked the protesters even more.
Kissa Kursi Ka (1977)
The political satire was a spoof on Indira Gandhi and Sanjay Gandhi but the timing of the film landed it in great trouble. It was during the Emergency era that the film was supposed to get a release but the subject irked the ruling political party so much that they decided to burn all the prints of the film. The film ultimately witnessed a release after a new central government was elected.
Aandhi (1975)
26 weeks after its release in 1975, the film was banned. It was believed that the film was based on Indira Gandhi’s life as the promotional material hinted towards the same. After objections were raised, many scenes of the film were re-shot. A scene where the protagonist can be seen with Gandhi’s portrait in the background was inserted to re-iterate the fact that this was in fact, not based on Indira Gandhi. The film was later re-released in 1977 after a new government came in power.

2018 Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy - Suresh Raina Scores 5-Ball 126 Runs,becomes second Indian cricketer and ninth overall batsman to have completed 7,000 runs in overall Twenty20 cricket Monday Jan 22,2018

Suresh Raina on Monday Jan 22,2018 became only the second Indian cricketer and ninth overall batsman to have completed 7,000 runs in overall Twenty20 cricket.

Uttar Pradesh’s Raina achieved the feat during his stunning knock of 126 not out off a mere 59 balls against Bengal in the Super League stage of the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy, played on Monday afternoon at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

Raina’s 126 is the second highest score by an Indian in T20s -- M Vijay holds the record with 127 for Chennai Super Kings (CSK)
Virat Kohli (7,068 runs in 226 matches) is the first Indian cricketer to have breached the mark, with West Indies’ Chris Gayle being the only cricketer in the world to have scored more than 10,000 runs in the format.

Gayle, for that matter, has a little over 11,000 runs in a format wherein the second best is Brendon McCullum with 8,769 runs.

2018 World EconomicForum's Annual 4-day meeting Jan 23-26 in Davos ,Switzerland Begins on Tuesday Jan 23,2018

As the World Economic Forum (WEF)'s Annual 4-day meeting of CEOs, political leaders, intellectuals and entrepreneurs gets under way on January 23,2018 here are a few things that make it more special this year...

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Women's March Across US Protesting Trump Administration Saturday Jan 20,2018

Hundreds of thousands of women and their male supporters turned out on Saturday Jan 20,2018 for the second Women's March, a nationwide series of protests against U.S. President Donald Trump marking the end of his tumultuous first year in office.

The coordinated rallies in Washington, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and about 250 other cities featured speakers who blasted Trump for policies that many said hurt women and urged voters to turn out for congressional elections in November. Sister rallies were staged in cities overseas.

“Your vote is the most powerful tool at your individual disposal,” actor Eva Longoria told the Los Angeles rally. “Everybody who has the privilege of voting must do so.”

Many of the protesters wore pink knit “pussy hats,” which were created for last year's march as a reference to a comment made by Trump about female genitalia. The caps quickly became a symbol of women's empowerment and opposition to the new president in the early days of his administration

U.S. Senators strike deal to end government shutdown Monday Jan 22,2018

U.S. senators struck a deal on Monday Jan 22,2018 to lift a 3-day Govt Shutdown  and try to end a fight between Democrats and President Donald Trump's Republicans over immigration and border security.

Legislation to renew federal funding to the government cleared a procedural hurdle in the Senate and was expected soon to pass votes in the Senate and House of Representatives, allowing government to re-open through Feb 8.

Tens of thousands of federal workers had begun closing down operations for lack of funding on Monday Jan 22,2018, the first weekday since the shutdown, but essential services such as security and defense operations had continued.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said he had come to an arrangement with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to keep the government open for the next few weeks after the Republican promised to let a bill on immigration reach the Senate floor.

The U.S. government cannot fully operate without funding bills that are voted in Congress regularly. Washington has been hampered by frequent threats of a shutdown in recent years as the two parties fight over spending, immigration and other issues.

The last U.S. government shutdown was in 2013.

2018 Iraqi Parliamentary Election - Iraqi parliament sets May 12 as date for national elections

Iraq’s Parliament has approved May 12,2018  as the date for holding National Elections despite calls from the country’s Sunni community to delay the vote until the return of nearly 3 million people displaced by the fight against the Islamic State group.

Lawmaker Abbas al-Bayati said the legislative body “unanimously” approved the date, which was proposed by the government, at Monday’s session.

The deeply-divided parliament failed many times to set the date, prompting the country’s Supreme Court to issue a ruling on Sunday against any further delay.

The over three-year-old fight against IS has left most of the Sunni areas in northern and western Iraq in ruins, and poor public services have exacerbated the situation.

The elections were originally scheduled for September 2017, but were delayed by six months due to the civil war with Daesh which ended in December 2017 with the recapture of their remaining territories

The elections decide the 328 members of the Council Of Representatives who will in turn elect the Iraqi President and Prime Minister

A total of 204 parties have registered to contest the elections, as of Dec 26,2017

The deadline for registering coalitions was Jan 11,2018

A total of 27 coalitions were registered by the deadline, grouping 143 political parties, with registered parties not part of a coalition also free contest separately

The ruling State Of Law Coalition, which won the last election with 92 seats, will contest the election with two separate coalitions. Prime Minister Haider al Abadi  will contest the election as head of a coalition called "Victory" (a reference to the victory over Daesh) while his predecessor, Vice President Nouri al Maliki will head the State of Law list.

Members of the Dawa Party- which they both come from - are free to support either list.

The elections will be the fourth since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.

2018 ICC Women’s World T20 in West Indies Nov 09-24,2018 - West Indies to host 2018 Women’s World T20 From Nov 09-24,2018

The 2018 edition of the Women’s World T20 will be hosted by Antigua and Barbuda, Guyana and St Lucia from November 9-24, the ICC has announced.

Hosts Windies will defend the title they won with an eight-wicket victory over Australia in Kolkata in 2016.

Stafanie Taylor, who was named as captain of the ICC Women’s T20I Team of the Year 2017, won the player of the series award in India and is expected to once again lead the Windies in front of a passionate home crowd.

The three venues were selected by Cricket West Indies through a bidding process and have been ratified by the ICC.

The preliminary round matches will be held at the Guyana National Stadium and Darren Sammy Stadium in St Lucia, while Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua and Barbuda will stage the two semi-finals and the final.

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: “Windies women are the reigning champions and I’ve no doubt they’ll be looking to defend their title on home soil.

“We are keen to build on the momentum from this summer’s Women’s World Cup and I’m sure the players can rely on a warm welcome from the legendary cricket fans in the West Indies and we’re all in for a great experience in the Caribbean,” he said.

Windies captain Taylor added: “As captain of the defending champions, we are keen on defending our title and since we know we will be at home, we want to use this as an opportunity to welcome the world to the region for top-class competitive women’s cricket.”

The hosts will be joined by Australia, world champions England, New Zealand, India, Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka who have all achieved qualification.

The remaining two spots will be taken by Bangladesh, Holland, Ireland, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, Thailand, Uganda or United Arab Emirates, all of whom will compete in the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier in the Netherlands from 3-14 July.

The November event in the Caribbean will be the first stand-alone ICC Women’s World Twenty20 after the past five events were played alongside the men’s event.

The Caribbean hosted the World Cup in 2007 and then staged the World T20 in 2010 when the league matches of the women’s tournament were played in St Kitts, while St Lucia hosted the two semi-finals.

The final in Barbados was played after the men’s final and was won by Australia when they beat New Zealand by three runs.