Atul acts funny

By Shilpa Jamkhandikar

Though he has a serious image, the actor wants to make audiences laugh

MUMBAI: He’s got brooding eyes, a solid look, and a talent for doing intense roles, but Atul Kulkarni would rather go the comic way.

“I feel I have done enough serious roles in my last five years in the film industry. Now I want to do comedy. In fact, in my latest Marathi film ‘Valu’ (Ox), I play a forest officer. We have just finished filming it. The film has very good comedy. Hopefully, after watching me people will realise that I can also do funny roles,” he says.

The actor is also excited about his role in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s much awaited ‘Dilli 6’. “This was a script that both Rakeysh and I had discussed about even before ‘Rang de Basanti’ happened. Rakeysh was also very clear that he wanted to make this film before any other project,” he says.

The film, which chronicles the lives of the residents of the walled city of Old Delhi, stars newcomer Sonam Kapoor, Abhishek Bachchan and Waheeda Rahman. “Obviously, I can’t talk much about it right now, but it is a film I am very excited about. We will be shooting some parts in Jaipur and others in Delhi,” he adds.

Atul sure seems to have a thing for cities. He is also a part of a huge ensemble cast including Anupam Kher, Rajpal Yadav and Sarika in N Chandra’s latest project, ‘Breaking News’, which as the title suggests has nothing to do with the media.

“Yes, I know the title is misleading, but actually the film is about life in Mumbai, and the upheavals that one goes through in a city like this. The film should be releasing by January next year,” he adds.

Inspite of the slew of films that he has, Atul, who is a NSD graduate, hasn’t forgotten his first love. “I am doing a Hindi play ‘Kharashein’, but on the other hand I would also like to revive a Marathi play I did some time back called ‘Samudra’. We are planning to do the same play in Hindi. But for the moment I will be busy with the business of movies!” he ends.
Right from the days of Doordarshan to the present day, when there are a plethora of channels, Seema Deshmukh has been around and witnessed the changes that have swept the small screen.

She tells NT why she feels Marathi serials can do better and why she loves being a perfectionist.

Maiden visit to Nagpur: The actress who hails from Pune says that she has never visited Nagpur before but describes her first visit to the city as ‘memorable’. “The wide roads and cleanliness have left me impressed. However, what I do regret is that I could not eat Saoji delicacies.” The lady who has a taste for the spicy stuff says, “I am a great fan of non-vegetarian food and I've heard that Saoji food is really spicy. Next time I come I surely will try it out.”

‘Marathi serials don’t pay enough’: Seema is a familiar face on the small screen and with so many Marathi channels these days, she is now a household name. Talking of the work she has been doing she says, “I am happy with the content of Marathi serials, as they give vent to artists to show their creativity and acting talent.” So what is the one thing that she rues? “The economics are not so good. We work just as hard as those who work in Hindi serials, but get paid less. I guess that’s why many of our artists prefer working for the Hindi serials,” she says.

My favourite roles: From playing a vamp to being a heroine, this actress has done it all. But there must be one role, which she wants to play. She agrees saying, “I have done a variety of roles, but I still want to play a part that encompasses the life span of an individual. I think I can then manage to show my acting skills playing different ages. I wish I get a role, where I play a young bride, a mother, a grandmother etc..”

Tryst with music: Music has always been very close to Seema’s heart and the music show on TV only gave her an opportunity to pursue what she always loved. Ask her about her musical tryst and she says, “I sing and do it pretty well. So when the show happened, I was quite interested. As the rounds progressed and I came to the top three, I was all the more inspired to do well.” And what was the kind of rapport she shared with her co-contestants? “I shared a great rapport with both the finalists Prasad Oak and Sunil Barve and I think they were deserving finalists,” she says. So is she taking her music seriously again? “Oh yes”, says Seema adding, “I am continuing my riyaaz with Milind Ingle. It relaxes me a great deal.”

Perfectionist to the core: Seema Deshmukh may be a TV star, but she knows how complacency can ruin an artist. “My learning music keeps me on my toes. The urge to learn ensures that I do not allow any kind of complacency to set in. I know people are constantly watching your work, so I keep pushing myself to do better and better and thus do better as an artist.” Aparna Phadke

Courtesy:Times of India

Nandgiri: A Jain Cave Temple in Maharashtra

Nandgiri, also known as Kalyangad, is a fort situated in Satara District of Maharashtra. This fort was built by the Shilahar King Bhoj II in early 13th century. He built 16 forts in total in western Maharashtra.

The Shilahar Dynasty was follower of Jainism. This dynasty ruled all over the south Maharashtra and North Karanatka between 11th to 13th Centuries. King Bhoj II was disciple of Jain Acharya Maghnandi. Acharya Maghnandi was his spiritual and political Guru. The Kings, Queens and Generals of this dynasty were staunch Jains and promoted Jainism in their region.

After decline of Shilahar Dynasty, the Nandgiri fort was captured by Adilshah of Bijapur. The fort was taken back by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in 1673 A.D. As this fort was very difficult to climb, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's treasury was kept on this fort.

On Nandgiri hill, there is a big cave. There is a big lake filled with clear water in the cave. An ancient idol of Shree Parshwanath Swami is situated on one side of the lake in the cave.

A big number of devotee Jains come here for darshan. Mostly they are from western and southern Maharashtra. This place is almost unknown to Jains in other parts of India.

In 1930, Shri. Hirachand Shaha constructed a railing in the cave, which helps us to reach to the idol. Shri 1008 Parshwanath Digambar Jain Gupha Mandir Trust is developing this Shrine. Dr. Vijay Shaha is the President of the trust and Mr. Vijaykumar Randive is the secretary. The trust is running a high school for village children.

I was fortunate enough to visit this shrine with Shri Shirish Shaha (Satara), Dilip Khobare (Pune) and Abhishek Jain Shastri (Sagar). To climb the 3557 feet high hill and to enter in the dark cave, and again to climb down was a thrilling experiment. I think that every Jain should visit this shrine at least once in the life.

You can easily go to the hill by road from Satara, as there is a tar road. Satara is about 110 Km. From Pune. Nandgiri is about 25 Km. far from Satara. You can reach Satara by road/train from Pune and Mumbai. You should start to climb the hill early in the morning or before 3.00 P.M. Climbing on the hill, taking darshan in the cave and then coming back takes 3 hours. It is very difficult to climb down the hill in dark, so you should start early to climb down if you start climbing up after 2.00 P.M. You must have a battery while you visit the cave.

You can stay at Shree Parshwanath Digambar Jain Sanskritik Bhavan, Opp. Ajinkya Colony, Sadar Bazar, Satara 415 002 before going to the hill. Contact details for more information:Dr. Vijay Shaha, 170 Sadashiv Peth, Satara 415002Phone: 0216 2244236

(c) M.S. Chavan

A Kannada school for Marathis by Marathis

Rajan Samuel Hirekop

BELGAUM: Jamboti village of Khanapur taluk, dominated by Marathis is the best example of linguistic harmony between Kannada and Marathi people. Marathis here are running a Kannada primary school.

Even though there were no Kannada families in and around Jamboti village, the Government had started a Kannada primary school here in 1990. Now the school is being run by Marathis for Marathis, as almost all the students and SDMC members are Marathis. It has become a Kannada school for the Marathi people who have accepted the school as their own, giving education to their children in Kannada.

The school has classes only up to fifth standard. Keeping education away from the language dispute, the SDMC members have maintained the school so well, that they have even urged the Karnataka Government to upgrade the classes to stop their children going to other schools near Khanapur, which is 21 km away.

The school, which is the only Kannada school in and around Jamboti zone, started with just three students. Interestingly, those three were Marathis. Even now most of the students are Marathis.

Even though the villagers plead strongly in favour of Marathi, they prefer to teach their children Kannada so that they can obtain government jobs. It will also help them to be in the mainstream of society, they feels.

In the beginning, the school never used to celebrate Karnataka Rajyotsava, as the villagers who supported the Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti, used to observe the establishment day of the state as Black Day.

Now, the school, which is managed by Marathis is celebrating Rajyotsava as in other Kannada schools. Impressed by the school, villagers of Mudagayi near Jamboti, have urged the Government to start a Kannada school in their village as well.

Marathi cinema will regain its glory: Sachin Khedekar

Panaji (PTI): Actor-turned-director Sachin Khedkar feels the screening of four Marathi films in the Indian Panorama section at International Film Festival of India in Goa has helped in resurrecting the position of Marathi cinema, while posting it on the global screen.

"From a golden era to an unexpected low and now again back on its way to regain glory, Marathi cinema is growing ommercially at an unexpected pace," Khedekar said at IFFI.

"It is heartening to know that four Marathi movies are being screened in the Indian Panorama section. There was a time when Marathi film industry was on a decline but now the picture has changed and I am delighted that the face of Indian Cinema is changing," said the veteran actor, who has potrayed memorable roles in films like 'Astitva' and 'Subhash Chandra Bose'.

'Avedhe Se Aabhaal' directed by Bipin Nadkarni, 'Kaalchakra' directed by Vishal Bhandari, 'Mai Baap' directed by Gajendra Ahire and 'Harvalele Indradhansh' directed by Dhiraj Meshram are the four films that feature in the prestigious Indian Panorama section in IFFI this year.

"What is inspiring is that Marathi movies are finding slots and wider acceptance in multiplexes too which indicates that at both commercial and parallel levels, the cinema is progressing well," Khedekar said.

The actor also agrees that the change in Marathi cinema has elicited a welcome response while drawing a large number of movie lovers.

"Cinema is a serious prospect; it should not be viewed only as an entertainment package but as a medium which thrives on creative inputs and actors coming of age while lending excellence to it in the form of new stories, skills and subjects," he added.

Khedekar, who is in the state for the screening of his film 'Kalchakra' has a word of praise for IFFI 2007.

"The 38th film festival is organised very sharply and is very well set up. It has more focus on the cinema and not the peripheral activities," he said.

The actor is also excited with the overall concept of IFFI 2007 as "this environment of the film festival will attract the film makers, actors who can react on a serious note."

Currently Khedekar is busy with his forthcoming projects like Ketan Mehta's 'Rang Rasia' (on Raja Ravi Verma), Ajay Devgan's 'You, Me and Hum' and Ashiwini Bhave's production 'Kadhachit'.


SADE MADE TEEN better at Single screen


Zee TV's first marathi film SADE MADE TEEN opened to a mixed response in Maharashtra. While the film opened to a 70% - 80% response at Single Screen, the response at Multiplexes screens was quite low [20% - 30%]. The film picked up at Single Screen in the evening and night shows, registering almost 100% collections at several places. The Multiplexes screens too showed a rise, but the business remained on the lower side.


Interesting Facts About namma Bengalooru.....

FACTS: Interesting Facts About Bangalore

Here are some interesting facts about Bangalore

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1. Bangalore has the impeccable record of highest growth within a span of 20 Years

2. Bangalore has highest number of pubs in Asia.

3. Bangalore has highest number of ©igarette $mokers in India.

4. Bangalore has the highest number of software companies in India-212, followed by Hyderabad - 108, Pune - 97. Hence called the Silicon Valley of India

5. Bangalore has 21 engineering colleges, which is highest in the world in a
given city. Bangalore University has 57 Engineering colleges affiliated to it,
which is highest in the world

6. Bangalore is the only city in the world to have commercial and defense
Airport operating from the same strip.
7. Bangalore has highest number of public sectors and government Organizations
in India.
8. Bangalore university has highest number of students going abroad for higher
studies taking the first place from IIT-Kanpur

9. Bangalore has only 48% of local population (i.e.Kannadigas) .Hence a true
cosmopolitan with around 25% Tamilians, 14% Telugites, 10% Keralites, 8%
Europeans, and 6% a mixture of all races.

10. Bangalore police has the reputation of being second best in India after

11. Bangalore has the highest density of traffic in India.

12. Bangalore has the highest number of 2-wheelers in the world.

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13. Bangalore is considered the fashion capital of east comparable to Paris.
15. Bangalore has produced the maximum international sportsmen in India for
all sports ahead of even Mumbai & Delhi.
16. Bangalore has produced the maximum number of scientists considered for
Nobel Prize nominations.
17. Bangalore has produced the highest number of professionals in USA almost
60% of the Indian population abroad is from Bangalore (except Gulf).

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18. Bangalore is famous for THREE: Software Professionals, Girls and Dogs.


The Origin of Marathi Language

I found this good information about our own marathi laguage and thought of sharing it with you. Find time to read.
¤ The Origin of Marathi Language

Marathi can be traced back far beyond the 10th century. It descends from Sanskrit through Pali, Maharashtri and Maharashtra - Apabhramsa. A gradual process of change and modification in the spoken language has led to the rise of the present Marathi.
The origin and growth of Marathi literature is indebted to two important events.
The first was the rise of the Jadhava dynasty whose capital was Devgiri. The Jadhava's adopted Marathi as the court language and patronized Marathi learned men.
The second event was the coming of two religious sects known as Mahanubhav Panth and Warkari Panth which adopted Marathi as the medium for preaching their doctrines of devotion..
Writers of the Mahanubhav sect contributed to Marathi prose while the saint-poets of Warkari sect composed Marathi poetry. However, the latter group is regarded as the pioneers and founders of Marathi literature.

Marathi literature first made its appearance in the 10th century AD and can be grouped into two ages: Ancient or Old Marathi literature (1000-1800) and Modern Marathi Literature (1800 onwards). The former consisted mainly of poetry composed in metres and restricted to the poet's choice of words and rhythms. It was particularly devotional, narrative and pessimistic for old Marathi poets hadn't been able to develop satire, parody, irony and humor into their poetry.

¤ Old Marathi Literature

Old Marathi Literature covers about eight centuries. Its pioneers and founders were Mukundaraj (Vivekasindhu) and Dnyaneshwar (Dnyaneshwari) whose younger contemporary Namdeo (1270-1350) wrote devotional verses in a simple language for the people.
Two centuries later came the great saint and greater poet Eknath whose Ekanathi Bhagavata is a literary masterpiece of Marathi literature. Eknath had a simple and attractive style of composing poetry and was the founder of secular poetry in Marathi.
Mukteshwar (1574-1645) later developed this style, and his version of the Mahabharata is the best example of a great narrative poem in Marathi.
In the history of Marathi literature, Tukaram (1608-1651) has been given a unique stature. A real genius, Tukaram's poetry came forth from his wonderful inspirations. He was a radical reformer and has often been called Sant (saint) Tukaram. Terseness, clarity, vigor and earnestness were found in every line of his poetry.

¤ The Marathi Poets

Tukaram's associate Ramdas' (1608-1681) Dasabodha is an inspiring and impressive piece in Marathi. 18th century poetry is well represented by Vaman Pandit (Yathartha Dipika), Raghunath Pandit (Nala Damayanti Swayamvara) and Shridhar Pandit (Pandavpratap, Harivijay and Ramvijay).

However, the most versatile and voluminous writer among the poets was Moropanta (1729-1794) whose Mahabharata was the first epic poem in Marathi. The historical section of the old Marathi literature was unique as it contained both prose and poetry. The prose section contained the Bakhars that were written after the foundation of the Maratha kingdom by Shivaji. The poetry section contained the Padavas and the Katavas composed by the Shahirs. The period from 1794 to 1818 is regarded as the closing period of the Old Marathi literature and the beginning of the Modern Marathi literature.

¤ The Modern Period Divides Into Four Ages

The first period starts from 1800 to 1885, the second from 1885 to 1920, the third from 1921 to 1945, and finally the last period continues till now.
In this period, almost all forms of literature in prose and poetry were developed and even scientific literature was produced.
Under the British rule, attempts were made to enrich both the language and literature.
The Raja of Tanjore got the first English Book translated to Marathi in 1817. Several more such attempts were made and translation work was encouraged a lot. Chhatre, Bal Shastri Jambhekar, Lokahitavadi and Jotiba Phule wrote on various topics in Marathi.
The first Marathi newspaper was started in 1835, and Baba Padamji's Yamuna Paryatan was the first Marathi novel written on social reform in 1857.

¤ The Lean Period of 1857

However, this period was a lean one for original poetry and only translations of Sanskrit poems were produced. Establishment of the University of Bombay in 1858 and the starting of the newspaper Kesari in 1880-81 gave a boost to the development of Modern Marathi Literature. Keshavasuta (1866-1905), the first Marathi revolutionary poet, launched Modern Marathi poetry with his first poem.

In this period two groups of poets, Ravikiran Mandal and Kavi Tambi, together encouraged some great poets like Ananta Kanekar (Chandarat), Kavi Anil (Phulwat) and N G Deshpande. Poetry after 1945 explores human life in all its shades. B S Mardhekar set the fashion of this trend for P S Rage, Vinda Karandikar, Vasant Bapat and Shanta Shelke.

¤ Marathi Dramas

Vishnudas Bhave was the pioneer of Marathi drama which was born in 1843. Other great dramatists were B P Kirloskar (Saubhadra), G B Deval (Sharada), R G Gadkari (Ekach Pyala), Mama Varerkar (Apporva Bangal) and P L Deshpande (Amaldar). Marathi stage is still following its rich tradition and is a very popular form of entertainment.

¤ Publishment of Novels and Short Stories

Novels were not far behind, and the first to be published was 'Madhali Sthiti' by Hari Narayan Apte (1864-1919). Natha Madhav, CV Vaidya, Prof V M Joshi, V S Khandekar, Sane Guruji, Kusumvati Deshpande, Kamalabai Tilak are the prominent novelists of the Marathi language. The short story and essay forms came into existence in this period through Diwakar Krishna, H N Apte and V S Gurjar. S M Mate, Durga Bhagwat, N S Phadke are well-known essayists in Marathi, a rich language in all its forms and branches with a history of over a thousand years. It occupies a distinct position in the field of Indian Literature and will continue to do so even in the near future.


My Experience about Make My Trip . Com

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When i came to Singapore and enquiry with Jetairways they kindly informed me that you won't get any refund on this purely because you have completed partial journey.They were sure this couldn't be refunded but they advise to get in touch with Messing starts here, First there toll free never works (1-800-11 8747), only number works is Airtel number and gurgoan number. It took one-two days to discover this. When I called them first time customer care(less) agent said the ticket could be cancelled with some amount of refund. I was happy. But some reason my call got disconnected and i thought the cancellation process initiated, all should be fine. Second day I called them and i got another Customer care(less) agent, Now he started with that he needed my credit-card last four digit(on back side). After 5 min not sure what happened, he said this ticket cannot be cancelled and gave same reason which Jet airways gave. I said I fully agree with has been said then why it was not intimated to me earlier. No proper explaination on this. Fine with me do i at least understand why no one is taking responsibility to reply to the email.Same cheap explaination. I got fed up with them and finally after wasting some 500 Rupees for phone call from Singapore left with frustration i left my hopes. During this conversion i asked do i know who is founder of this company, he said he can't tell that LOL. can't stop laughing.If you could read in between the lines everytime customer care(less) has given different explaination and justification, which I feel is quite scary thing to deal with.

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- Preetam


Sewri Fort Mumbai

Sewri Fort set for face-lift
Preeti Gupta

There may be some hope for the dilapidated walls of the Sewri fort that are slowly succumbing to vandalism. The Directorate of Archaeology and
Museums, Maharashtra recently launched a project called The Mumbai Fort Circuit to restore and conserve the long-neglected forts at the cost of
Rs 8 crore. The project could soon see Sewri turn into the next big tourist hotspot in South Mumbai.

RN Hegde, director, Department of Archaeology and Museums, Mumbai says, "The department aims to develop the Sewri fort into a centre for cultural activities. Rs 3.5 crore has already been allocated to renovate the fort. Out of this, about Rs 1.2 crore will be spent towards restoration and
conservation of the fort. We have allotted Rs 2.4 crore to beautify the place and construct public amenities."

Built in 1680 by the British, the fort stands on a quarried hill, near the Sewri railway station. The fort is believed to have housed prisoners
initially but later was used as a godown by the Bombay Port Trust. Though the Sewri fort is listed as a grade I heritage structure, its cracked,
weather-beaten walls are covered by over-grown weeds and shrubs. Along the waterfront lie piles of garbage and the walls are often turned into

The renovation work will hopefully kick-start in a short while and it is expected to get completed within six months. The plan is divided into
three phases. Phase I includes the cleaning of the site. Repair work will be undertaken in phase II and development of the vicinity will done in
the third phase. Besides the usual restoration and conservation work, the fort will also have a mangrove park, an amphitheatre, a promenande
similar to that at the Marine Drive, a museum, and a separate path that will offer birdwatchers a closer view of the flamingos that flock the Sewri bay.

The Government of India through Maharastra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) has funded the project that is going to give a
face-lift to the forts shortly. Bhushan Gagrani, secretary, Tourism and Culture Affairs, mentions, "The project is divided into two segments —
the first includes the forts at Bandra, Worli, Sewri and Ghodbunder while the second will oversee the renovation of the Vasai and Mahim forts. The
restoration of Worli and Bandra forts has already started."

Mumbai's forts will soon give malls and multiplexes stiff competition and become its latest tourist attractions.

Phase I
Clearing the site

Phase II
Repair work of the disintegrated walls

Phase III
Development of mangrove-park, amphitheatre, promenade, museum and an approach path to view flamingos

Rs 3.5 crore
Total amount allotted to restore the fort

Rs 1.2 crore
For restoration and conservation of the fort

Rs 2.4 crore
For beautification and public amenities

Rs 8 crore
Projected cost of The Mumbai Fort Circuit Project