Wednesday, October 27, 2010

'We need an Aamir to promote a Peepli Live'


Debutante director Bela Negi has used real villagers from Uttarakhand, who constitute for 95 per cent of the total cast, for her film Daayan Ya Baayan. Only three actors including Deepak Dobriyal, who plays the lead, were flown in from Mumbai to the sleepy village of Chaukori in Kumaon, Uttarakhand.

Upset about the lack of promotion for her film, the FTII graduate says, “We need more Aamir’s to promote small-budget films like Peepli Live, which have potential. While Anusha’s (Rizvi) film was heavily and creatively promoted, my film is on the other side of the marketing spectrum, with no promotion.

”Though Negi’s film promos have been ready for a long time, they were never put on air and she wasn’t even informed that the film is releasing this Friday (October 29). “Producer Sunil Doshi didn’t communicate the release date. I got to know a week ago, else I would have begun promotions from my side,” says the director, whose film will only be released in Mumbai and Delhi. She is unsure about its release in Bengaluru and Kolkata and hopes the film will have a life after release and go to festivals.

Talking about the film, the director says there were no acting workshops held separately for the villagers due to budget and time constraints. The crew created an informal set-up so that they were not conscious in front of the camera. “Instead of being behind the camera , I would chat with them during the shot, while staying outside the frame and give them cues. They took to acting very naturally,” says Negi who lived with them in huts during the shoot.

The film is about a guy who goes back from Mumbai to his village to settle there. He becomes a laughing stock in the village until entry in a television show wins him a car. This elevates his status in the village. Deepak Dobriyal, who plays the central character, says, “My character realises the car is a white elephant that creates a mess in his life. This realisation takes him on a long journey because his only ardent fan, his son, loses respect for him.”


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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Snow fall in Uttarakhand Hills


Higher hills in Uttarakhand conventional snowfall heralding frigorific conditions in the hill state which prompted fill to take aid to woollens.

The Met Office said that garhwal Range, including Badrinath and Kerdarnath shrines, had snowing since finish dark piece rains accompanied by gusty winds lashed bunk hills.

The rains occurred due to a western disturbance, it said forecasting many showers in parts of Uttarakhand tomorrow.
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Friday, October 22, 2010

GAIL starts building Karanpur to Rudrapur-Pantnagar Pipeline


State gas utility Gail India today announced it began construction of its natural gas pipeline Karanpur-Moradabad-Kashipur-Rudrapur-Pantnagar.

The pipeline is 182 km long Karanpur-Moradabad-Kashipur-Rudrapur-Pantnagar, said a company press release here.

The pipeline will tap from the cutoff of 24-inch pipeline Auraiya, Dadri Sahajahanpur-Babrala by Gail at Rudrapur to Karanpur-Pantnagar.

"The estimated investment for the project is RS 250 crore," he said. The design capacity of the pipeline will be 2.5 million cubic meters per day.

The pipeline will cross Badayuni Mora and the districts of Uttar Pradesh and Udham Singh Nagar in Uttarakhand.

"The pipeline will supply gas to the plant near Kashipur in Uttarakhand and other industrial customers in Moradabad, Kashipur and Rudrapur and gas distribution in Moradabad town,"he said.

The line will be built in two phases. In Phase I of the project, 101 km of pipelines, is traced from Karanpur Kashipur.

The first phase is expected to be completed in January 2011, an estimated investment of Rs 196 crore.

In Phase II of the project, 58 km of the pipeline is drawn from the Pantnagar-Rudrapur-Kashipur."This phase of the project will involve an estimated investment of Rs 56 crore. The entire project is targeted to be completed by January 2012,"the statement added.

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Friday, October 15, 2010

In Uttarakhand, India-Russia begin joint Military Drills


NEW DELHI: India and Russia on Friday revived a joint military exercise series focusing on counter-terrorism operations, with a Russian Army contingent arriving at Chaubattia in Uttarakhand for the 10-day training.

The 'Indra-2010' will formally kick-start from tomorrow and go on till October 12 when battalion-sized troops will test their skills in anti-insurgency operations at the military station there, Defence Ministry officials said here. The exercise will comprise infantry troops from both the armies, who would work out insurgency and terrorism situations apart from planning and executing operations to counter these threat scenarios, particularly in a mountainous terrain, they said.

Other elements from both the armies include observers, air elements and representatives from the defence ministries of both countries. The Russian team included 257 personnel and the Indian side is represented by an infantry battalion.

Indra-2010 is intended to enhance defence cooperation and military-to-military relations between the two armies, they said. The first of the 'Indra' exercise series was conducted in India in October 2005 and the second was held in Russia in 2007. Since then the two armies have not held an exercise under the series for the past three years.

The Indo-Russian Army exercise comes soon after an inter-governmental commission for military and technical cooperation headed by the Defence Ministers of both the countries meeting in Delhi last week, when the Indra-series joint training was cited as an example of the growing relations between the two sides.

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Uttarakhand bans Strike for next 6 Months


Dehradun, Oct 14 (PTI) Still reeling under the impact of devastating landslides and floods, the Uttarakhand government has banned strikes for next six months in departments providing essential services.

The government departments, state government undertakings and corporations have been banned from holding strikes for the next six months, officials said today.

The step has been taken in view of natural disasters that struck different parts of the state last month.

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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Police firing on Uttarakhand activists 1994


Hearing in three CBI cases in connection with police firing on unarmed Uttarakhand activists in 1994 has been deferred till November 16 as the special court has not been yet constituted, CBI officials said today.

Nine police officials, including three then Station House Officers (SHO), are facing charges of fabricating police records after implicating fake cases against Uttarakhand activists.

The activists, part of the agitation for separate state of Uttarakhand, were going to Delhi to stage a dharna at Raj Ghat on Gandhi Jayanti when police allegedly fired on them in the night of October 1, 1994.

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