Friday, October 26, 2001, Chandigarh, India


C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


‘Bhim’ interacts with tiny tots
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 25
Tiny tots of the upcoming Gurukul School, which started functioning from this year, today held the first Dasehra function on the school premises with the famous film star Parveen Kumar, better known for his performance as “Bhim” of Mahabharata fame, as the chief guest.

On arrival the children extended him the traditional welcome by lighting the diya and performing the “tikka”ceremony. Attired in their best costumes, the children staged Ramlila, recited bhajans, songs and dandia dance to entertain the audience.

Giving away prizes to children for their excellence in different spheres, Parveen Kumar said he was happy to note that the school had combined modernity and traditional values as a part of teaching. He laid emphasis on imparting moral education in schools. Childhood is an impressionable age, he remarked, and said whatever a child learns at this age he remembers it throughout his life. "This is a formative age and, therefore, parents must try to imbibe good values among students.”

Parveen Kumar, who appeared to be in a mourning mood because of his father’s death a few days ago, told mediapersons that his entry into the film world was only by chance. “You will remember that basically I was a sportsman”, he remarked.

Six feet and seven inch tall Parveen Kumar told mediapersons that his new serial “Chacha Chaudhary”, in which he performed the role of Sabu, would be released on November 26. He said he did not do anything which was not palatable to his mind and heart. He said he performed only those roles which all members of his family could jointly sit and watch.

In reply to a question, Parveen Kumar said he detested politics. He said he would never enter politics in his life.” I do not like mediocrities. I love either the best or worse . It is for this reason that I properly do my homework before performing any role. I never acted in any film before I played the role of Bhim”.

Belonging to Sarhali village in Tarn Taran tehsil in Amritsar, he said he had schooling in his village and spent his childhood and youthful days up to the age of 25 in his village.

Replying to a question he said: “If a director or a producer needed you for any role, he would dig you from the grave. But if he does not need you, you can not enter the world of films”.

Prominent among those who attended the function were members of the local managing committee of the Darbari Lal Foundation Trust, Mr Sanjay Thareja, and Mr Ajay Jindal. The Principal of the School, Mrs A. Birdi, proposed a vote of thanks.



Training camp for NCC cadets
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 25
A 12-day annual training camp of the 01 Chandigarh Girls Bn NCC will commence at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Sector 25, here on Monday. The camp is being organised to tune the skills of the cadets learned in schools and colleges and also to impart training on professional subjects, in addition to character development.

As many as 120 senior wing cadets from various colleges and three Associate NCC Officers (ANOs) would be attending the camp. About 100 junior wing cadets from various schools and four ANOs will also be attending the camp.

In a press release, Camp Commandant Lieut-Col Dalbir Singh informed that the cadets shall be put through training on professional subjects like drill, home nursing, map reading, trekking and weapon training. The cadets will also fire .22-bore rifles at the Patialvi Rao Range in three phases.

A capsule on personality development and lectures by eminent guest speakers are also in store for the NCC girl cadets participating in the camp.



8,000 take part in painting contests
Our Correspondent

Panchkula, October 25
Over 8,000 schoolchildren from 90 schools from all over the region took part in Vibgyor, a two-day on-the-spot painting competitions held at Fun City here. The results of the competitions were declared in the evening.

The results: Category A (classes I to IV) — Kumar Deep Singh (Gian Jyoti School, SAS Nagar), Akriti Varman (KB DAV School, Chandigarh) and Ishmeet Singh (Government Model High School, Sector 36, Chandigarh), were adjudged first, second and third respectively; category B (Classes V to VIII) — Anupreet (KB DAV School, Sector 7, Chandigarh), Chandan Verma (Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, Chandigarh) and Sahic Aggarwal (Government Model School, Sector 28, Chandigarh), won the first, second and third positions; category C — Amandeep Kaur (Gem Public School, SAS Nagar), Ruchika Rana (Moti Ram Arya Model School, Sector 27, Chandigarh) and Paritosh Verma (Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, Chandigarh) got the first three positions.



GK test on Nov 11
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 25
The local unit of the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) will organise a state level G.K. Test - 2001 in Hindi and Punjabi on November 11. The ABVP organises the test every year all over the country. Students from any school or college can take part in the test. 



Grant affiliation, BFU told
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 25
Holding that the management of Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha Ayurvedic Medical College and Hospital at Raikot had been unduly harassed and treated in a discriminatory manner, Mr Justice Jawahar Lal Gupta and Mr Justice Ashutosh Mohunta of the High Court today directed Baba Farid University of Health Sciences to grant provisional affiliation to the institute.

The Judges observed: “The action of the university in refusing to accord affiliation was arbitrary, discriminatory and unfair.... We think it appropriate to direct that the university shall grant provisional affiliation to the institute in the same manner and subject it to the same conditions to which the other institutes like the one at Gopalpur had been granted affiliation.

If the petitioner fails to comply with the conditions, action shall be taken against it in the same manner as against other institutes. We also direct that in the event of the petitioner being ultimately disaffiliated, it shall be liable to refund the fees that it would charge students. The needful should be done within a month of receiving a copy of the order.”

Disability reduction quashed

Allowing a petition filed by a 75-year-old ex-serviceman discharged from military service in 1946 due to pulmonary tuberculosis, Mr Justice Mehtab Singh Gill on Thursday quashed a communication issued in April 1999 reducing his disability from 90 per cent to 50 per cent.

The Judge also directed the Union of India and other respondents to pay within three months all the arrears due to petitioner, Lekh Raj from the date the percentage of his disability was reduced. The Judge observed: “I have gone through the petition and the written statement. In a paragraph of the written statement, the respondents have admitted that when the petitioner was examined by the re-survey medical board at Amritsar military hospital, his disability was assessed at 90 per cent. The writ petition is allowed and the communication dated April 3, 1999 is quashed”.

Additions in brochure upheld

A Division Bench of the High Court today upheld the additions made in the admission brochure by Baba Farid University of Health Sciences for candidates applying under a dhram yudh and Punjabi suba morchas.

Challenging the admission of two students to BDS course at a institute in Amritsar, the petitioner, Manjot Kaur Brar, had earlier claimed that certain seats were reserved for the “sufferers of dhram yudh and Punjabi suba morchas” but later on the criterion was changed. It was added that sufferers who were imprisoned for 30 days would be considered.

After hearing arguments, Mr Justice Amar Bir Singh Gill and Mr Justice Swatanter Kumar held: “The addition made by the respondents, in our view neither alters or changes the basis class of reservation. The criteria has been added in order to specify the persons who would fall under the particular category. What has been added is a mere explanation or clarification of the existing clause and no where alters or destroys the basic terms and the conditions for the brochure”.

Reversion stayed

Legal Correspondent adds: Issuing notice to the state of Punjab and other respondents for December 3, a Division Bench of the High Court, comprising Mr Justice Amar Bir Singh Gill and Mr Justice Swatanter Kumar, on Thursday stayed the reversion of Mr Vipin Kumar Sharma from the post of PA to Ferozepore DC to the post of senior assistant.



Harry Baweja looking for fresh talent
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 25
In his new role as the dream merchant, film director Harry Baweja looked quite composed and confident today. Confidence has somehow always followed this Chandigarh boy whereever he has chosen to tread. And interestingly, he has trodden the path less taken.

Not long before, Harry Baweja was highly involved in professional and amateur theatre projects in the city. Theatre came naturally to him and it kept growing upon him with every passing production. Even today when Harry Baweja stands tall in the list of reputed directors with surprise packages like ‘Imtihaan’, ‘Dilwale’, ‘Diljale’ and ‘Deewane’, supporting him, he cannot forget all that the city gave him... a strong hope list, a striving spirit and a promising future....

Today he recalled how he left the city with his wife and two kids to begin struggling in the film industry as a clapper boy. But six years down the lane, Harry saw himself directing Dharmendra and Mithun in ‘Trinetra’ (1991). A few more years and he turned a producer with ‘Dilwale’ in 1992. Today his heart skips, his step is light...and all the dust he ever encountered has settled.

Talking to the director, who is said to be obsessed with Ajay Devgan, was like riding on the crests and troughs of Bollywood’s ocean. The one thing that stood loud and clear about him was that he had no qualms about his decisions in life. He has tasted success after loads of struggle. And now he is back to help the youth do the same.

In town today to search for a face that can be cast as lead in his new film, Harry Baweja interviewed some 107 girls. Only yesterday he was in Delhi talking to about 250, and he is returning to Delhi again to talk to about 100 more. Excited about the exercise, Harry said: “We are looking for untapped resources. North was the natural choice for its concentration of beauty and brains. We hope to short list candidates within three weeks.”

The director informed that the shortlisted girls would be called for an audition to Delhi. He added: “The finalists would be sent to acting schools and best dance directors for training. The process of elimination would then start. Those who do not react to training will have to leave.”

Harry Baweja plans to select about five girls for his lined up projects. He felt that there was dearth of both heroines and heroes in Bollywood.

When questioned about his fondness for Ajay Devgan, Harry said, “He is a friend. He remains involved in the film.” As the conversation progressed it rested on how the heroes had begun to get more involved in the script. Said the director: “Earlier one never heard about this kind of involvement. The actors had three to four shifts a day. All they were interested in was facing the camera and moving on. But now they just have about three films on the floor. So it is easier for them to take personal interest in the growth of the script.”



About bright artistic influences
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 25
Monika Bijlani’s works exude a strange warmth. Most of the works inaugurated here today by Nek Chand, a great environmental artist himself, reflect the dominance of feeling over technique. Only last year, the girl had charmed the visitors to the annual art exhibition of the Government College of Art, Sector 10, with her vibrant creations. And now she is back with a larger, deeper and more intense ensemble which features paintings, prints and photographs.

One could specifically recall a maze of floral creations enhanced with the help of lights, which adorned the corner of Alliance Francaise Art Gallery today. This one had featured in the annual art exhibition and has aroused the levels of curiosity even then. The artist seems to be inspired highly by flowers which can easily be termed as the best manifestation of nature. Many of her works are floral in theme and carry a great depth and form.

The techniques are equally impressive even as the artist pays much attention to detail. It is this detail of her prints which grows over the objective viewer and inspires him to relate with the artist’s influences. In fact, the purpose of Monika’s exhibition is to give vent to those inspirations and influences which have helped her mature and develop as an artist. Most works offer pleasure with their brightness and finesse. Seen from this yardstick, they well qualify as works of art which are meant to offer happiness and tickle the senses.

The photographic prints are equally appealing. Most of them have been shot in the backdrop of the College of Art which sure qualifies as the greatest influence in the artist’s works. As far as the medium is concerned, it seemed to become irrelevant in view of the aesthetic product created. The texture in most of the works aided in further adding to the aesthetic element.Back


Dasehra movies promise entertainment

Scene from ‘Asoka’ This Dasehra promises a lot of excitement for film lovers as Shahrukh Khan and Sunny Deol clash head on with their new releases. Two of the year’s most eagerly awaited films, ‘Asoka’ and ‘Indian’ will be released today.

Director-cinematographer Santosh Sivan, who won over audiences with ‘Hello’ and ‘Terrorist’, has made the ultimate love story with a difference, ‘Asoka’. This film will be released on Friday at Piccadily, Chandigarh, K.C., Panchkula. Shahrukh Khan, Juhi Chawla and Aziz Mirza of Dreamz Unlimited are the producers.

This period drama explores the romance between the emperor, played by weepy lover Shahrukh Khan and the princess of Mithila, played by Kareena Kapoor. It is inspired by the life of the legendary Mauryan emperor who is bewitched by the beautiful Karuwaki, who is in love with Asoka’s commander-in-chief. It is to win her over that emperor Asoka invades Kalinga.

Santosh Sivan helms his big project of Rs 15 crore. His camerawork and innovative direction are important assets of the film. Other important characters include debutant Liril girl Hrishita Bhatt, Rahul Dev and ‘Kandukondain, Kandukondain’ cutie pic Ajith. ‘Asoka’ is not a usual costume drama. It is going to be different from the other historicals. Anu Malik’s music shows his quality as a good composer. Sandeep Chowta has composed the theme song of ‘Asoka’. Those who have had a sneak preview of this film confirm this one rocks.

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The title ‘Indian’ and Sunny Deol in the leading role in his home production leads you to believe that it is one more of the Sunny Deol stunners.

Dharmendra’s ‘Indian’ will be released on Friday at K.C., Chandigarh, and Bassi, Mohali. And never mind the no-show of ‘Dillagi’. Vijayta films is back with ‘Indian’. Sunny Deol remakes the Tamil super hit ‘Vallairasu’. The original director, N. Maharajan, also directs the Hindi version. After Sonali Bendre and Tabu, Sunny Deol finally selected ‘Dhadkan’ heroine Shilpa Shetty to play the lead role. Mukesh Rishi plays the role of terrorist. The other important characters are Rajat Bedi, Om Puri, Danny, Raj Babbar, Rahul Dev and Shakti Kapoor. Anand Raj Anand, known for his techno beats and Indian music, has come up with a good score. DP


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