Aamir Khan initially rejected Lagaan’s story

first_imgIt is considered a game-changer in Hindi cinema and even went on to earn an Oscar nomination but Aamir Khan today revealed that he rejected the initial idea of Lagaan as he thought the story was “bizarre”.Directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, the 2001 sports drama was a critical and commercial success and was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards.”When I heard Lagaan, in five minutes of its narration, I rejected it.. I was like it is a story of people who are not able to pay ‘lagaan’ as there are no rains and they play cricket with British people! I was like ‘What a bizarre thought is this!’ I told Ashutosh, ‘This is a strange (ajeeb) story.’ I told him to get me a different story,” Aamir said on the sidelines of the second edition of Indian Scriptwriters Association.Gowariker approached Aamir again after three months with the same story but he had a complete script by then.Aamir says he initially felt irritated that Gowariker had kept working on it.”But when I heard the story, I was into it. I loved the final script of Lagaan and found it unbelievable. I told him, ‘It is a fantastic script and it does break the record of mainstream cinema. But I am scared to say yes. I can’t do it’.”The 53-year-old star advised Gowariker to approach other actors and the director would often return with interesting anecdotes like someone suggesting him changes in the final scene, which should end with Bhuvan picking up the stumps and stabbing the English officer, played by Paul Blackthorne.advertisementA year went by but Aamir’s uncertainty about the story was replaced by the doubt that he was perhaps letting go of a good film.”I would often think why am I not doing the film?”Aamir said as someone who is inspired by the works of Bimal Roy and Guru Dutt, who had the courage to take risks, he decided to come on board.”I told Ashutosh to narrate the story to my parents. They heard it and were crying. They told me I should do it.”And the rest, as they say, is history.ALSO READ: Aamir Khan to be replaced by John Abraham in Sarfarosh 2?ALSO WATCH: In conversation with Aamir Khan and Kiran Raolast_img read more

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Sherman family proud Apotex founder among latest Order of Canada inductees

first_imgTORONTO – The family of Apotex founder Barry Sherman says they are proud he is being appointed to the Order of Canada.Gov. Gen. Julie Payette announced 125 new appointments to Canada’s highest civilian honour on Friday, a list heavy on Canadians with accomplishments in science and medicine.Sherman and his wife Honey were found dead in their Toronto home on Dec. 15, and their deaths have been deemed “suspicious.”Sherman’s generic drug company made the couple among the wealthiest people in Canada.Sherman was nominated for his entrepreneurship in the pharmaceutical industry as well as his philanthropic support of education and other charities.The Order of Canada cannot be awarded to someone after their death, but Sherman was nominated more than six months ago. The Order of Canada advisory council, which decides who gets the award, granted it to him at their November meeting. Payette signed the appointment prior to his death.“To receive this honour posthumously speaks volumes about our father and confirms what we have always known, he was a true humanitarian and a great Canadian,” the family said Saturday in a release.“We take comfort knowing that his countless contributions to healthcare and philanthropy have been memorialized in such an enduring manner.”A Rideau Hall spokeswoman said a family member can stand in for Sherman at the investiture ceremony, likely some time in 2018.last_img read more

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Flag retirement program degins across San Diego County

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The county and city of San Diego will begin a program Friday enabling residents to dispose of old U.S. flags in accordance with federal code.County Supervisor Greg Cox announced the County Flag Retirement Box program last month in honor of Flag Day and in advance of the Fourth of July, saying it will help residents “dispose of old or tattered flags with the proper respect they deserve.”Starting Friday, residents will be able to drop off their old flags in designated boxes at county libraries, as well as the city of San Diego’s public libraries. Local Boy Scout troops will frequently collect the boxes and deliver them to local American Legion posts and associated nonprofits that will conduct flag retirement ceremonies.“County Supervisor Greg Cox’s Flag Retirement Box program will give San Diegans the opportunity to retire their American flags with the dignity and respect they deserve,” City Councilman Chris Cate said. “The American flag is a symbol of our freedom, and it is wonderful that all city of San Diego libraries will be participating in this program.”The program is similar to one promoted by the National Association of Counties, of which Cox is president. According to the NACo, the program has distributed roughly 700 flag boxes to more than 500 counties around the country to ensure proper flag disposal. KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom July 5, 2019 Flag retirement program degins across San Diego County Posted: July 5, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Indian Museum to collaborate with IITKgp on science technology

first_imgKolkata: Indian Museum will collaborate with IIT Kharagpur and develop a joint programme on Science and Technology in ancient Indian sub-continent.Director of IIT KGP Partha Pratim Chakrabarti personally met Rajesh Purohit, Director of Indian Museum to explore the various areas in which the institute and the museum can join hands.”There is so much to know about the history of science and technology of people in various parts of the sub-continent. The archeological collections and scientific explanations available in the museum can contribute immensely in dissemination of knowledge about this history. The institute wants to involve our director for his profound knowledge and research,” a senior official of the Indian Museum said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeA two-day workshop will soon be held at the Museum where students and faculty members from the premier institute will observe the collections of the Museum and also gain knowledge on aesthetics of science that had led to the creation of architecture and sculpture works. More such workshops will follow to have a fruitful collaboration and contribution in a big way for the cause of the country in future.”We are planning to come up with an authentic compendium of the true history of Indian Science and Technology,” said Joy Sen, professor and head at Department of Architecture & Regional Planning — IIT Kharagpur, who along with Professor Bhargab Maitra of Civil Engineering department of the institute attended the meeting along with IIT KGP director.A synopsis report of the Science and Heritage Initiative prepared by IIT KGP was handed over to the Museum director. The meeting is a significant stride in taking the Science-Culture and Tradition-Technology (Sandhi) initiative of IIT KGP sponsored by the union Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD),Sandhi attempts to re-visit India’s eternal wisdom through the lens of open scientific inquiry.last_img read more

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