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Modi: 90% Indians have toilet
PRIME Minister Narendra Modi has
said that 90 per cent of Indians have
toilet facilities at their homes now as his
government had got 8.3 crore toilets
constructed since 2014 to make the
country free of open defecation.
“Today, 90 per cent Indians have
toilet facility, which was only 40 per
cent before 2014. Over 4.15 lakh
villages, 430 districts, 2,800 towns, 19
states and Union Territories have been
declared open defecation-free,” he
The Modi government constructed
the toilets under the Swachh Bharat
Mission. He said the World Health
Organisation had expressed the
possibility of saving lives of three lakh
Indian children by the use of toilets.
Controversial bishop asked to
appear before Kerala Police
THE Kerala Police have sent a notice to
controversial Bishop Franco Mulakkal
of the Roman Catholic Diocese in
Jalandhar asking him to appear before
them on Sept 19.
A Kerala nun has accused him of
repeated sexual abuse between 2014
“We reviewed the entire case today
and there are contradictions in the
statements of the victim, the accused
and the witnesses. So, we have asked
the bishop to appear before us when
the investigation officer would question
him,” Inspector General of Police Vijay
“The contradictions in the
statements have to be cleared, or else
there could be issues.”
Thieves ate from stolen gold
THIEVES who stole a gold,
diamond-studded lunch box that
belonged to a former royal family were
using it to eat their meals, according to
the police in Hyderabad.
The lunchbox, stolen last week, was
recovered along with a ruby and gold
teacup, saucer and teaspoon.
Two men from the southern city of
Hyderabad have been arrested.
The items, valued at $9.6 million
once belonged to Mir Osman Ali Khan,
the last Nizam (king) of Hyderabad and
once the richest man in the world.
Suicide a leading cause of death
in India: Study
IN INDIA, suicide is the leading cause
of death in the 15 to 39 age group with
37 per cent of the total global suicide
deaths among women coming from the
country, according to a new study.
It was conducted by Indian Council
of Medical Research, Public Health
Foundation of India (PHFI) and
Institute for Health Metrics and
Evaluation in collaboration with the
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
“Women make more suicide
attempts, but it is men who die more.
Globally, the age between 15-19 years
is the phase where majority of the
women commit suicide,” said the
PHFI’s Rakhi Dandona.
Toll in Telangana bus tragedy
mounts to 61
THE death toll in Tuesday’s bus tragedy
in Telangana rose to 61 with three
passengers succumbing to their injuries
As many as 58 people were killed
when an overcrowded bus of
state-owned Telangana State Road
Transport Corporation plunged into a
gorge near Kondagattu in Jagtial
district, about 190 km from
The bus, carrying 101 passengers,
fell into the gorge when the driver lost
control at a speed breaker. Brake
failure is suspected to be the cause of
what is believed to be the worst-ever
bus accident in the country.
A lawyer has approached the State
Human Rights Commission seeking
police to press charges of culpable
homicide against the officials whose
negligence led to the accident.
254 copper coins of medieval era
discovered at Khirki mosque
THE Archaeological Survey of India
(ASI) has discovered 254 medieval
copper coins from the Khirki mosque
compound in south Delhi during the
conservation of the monument.
The mosque was built by
Khan-i-Jahan Junan Shah, the prime
minister of Firoz Shah Tughlaq
(1351-88, and is located on the
southern periphery of the village
At the same premises, the ASI in
2003 found 63 coins during cleaning
Smashing way to mark
A SIKH devotee performing
Gatka, a traditional martial arts
form, to break a coconut during
celebrations to mark the 414th
anniversary of the installation of
the Guru Granth Sahib, the
religious book of the Sikhs, in
Amritsar on Monday.
In 1604, Guru Arjan Dev, the
fifth Sikh Guru, installed the Guru
Granth Sahib at the Golden
The Punjab government
declared a holiday in the state on
Monday, for the first time.
Wooden sticks are traditionally
used to simulate swords in Gatka
sparring matches, although other
weapons are also used nowadays.
Historically associated with the
Sikh gurus and popular among the
masses, Gatka is now being
recognised as a sport across India.
September 14, 2018
September 14, 2018
RITICALLY acclaimed actor
Nawazuddin Siddiqui says he is a
simple person devoted to his art.
The 44-year-old made his break-
through in Hindi cinema with Anurag
Kashyap’s Black Friday (2007), which won
the Grand Jury Prize at the Indian Film Festi-
val of Los Angeles and was a nominee for the
Best Film (Golden Leopard) award at the Lo-
carno Film Festival.
He is a three-time nominee for Best Sup-
porting Actor at the Filmfare Awards, win-
ning for The Lunchbox.
Excerpts from an interview:
Hollywood Reporter has called you
handsome and compared you with Italian
actor Marcello Mastroianni?
To be called handsome by one of the most
authoritative publications on American
cinema is something I value.
I have never been called handsome in my
own country, not by the people I know, not by
critics who love my work. So it’s a great kick.
As for being compared with Marcello
Mastroianni… Oh, my God! He is such a
brilliant actor, so skilled and with such a riveting
When I’d see him perform in the films of
(director) Vittorio de Sica, I’d wonder how that
level of naturalism can be achieved in a
You are getting there. Your performance in Manto
is something Marcello Mastroianni would have
I’ve tried to keep my interpretation of Saadat Hasan
Manto as quiet, restrained and controlled as
possible. Manto never raises his voice. Yet he never
has a problem getting people to listen to him.
The louder we speak the more we expose our
insecurities about losing our identity. We Indians
speak too loudly.
Like Marcello Mastroianni, you never have to raise
your voice to be heard?
You know, I was in Rome for one-and-a-half months
shooting for my friend Tannishtha Chatterjee’s film.
And I visited the museum devoted to Marcello
Just to see all the artefacts from his films and to
savour and experience his life was a tremendous
high for me.
Where are the museums for our great actors like
Ashok Kumar and Dev Anand?
Who are the other actors you admire?
I don’t admire actors. I admire performances. I saw
this Hong Kong film In The Mood For Love. And I
was blown away by Tony Leung’s performance.
I thought Michael Keaton was mind-blowing in
Birdman. But my favourite performance is
Leonardo DiCaprio’s in The Wolf of Wall Street. He
played the character as wildly as possible, not
bothering about pitch and rhythm. I like that sense
of unpredictability in the performance.
You constantly strive for it?
I do. I don’t care about any of the trappings of
I wouldn’t say I don’t care about the money. But
that comes from the big commercial films. The
money I make doing Genius empowers me to do
Manto which I did for free.
Do you get enough money from commercial films?
Our film industry knows your exact value and they
pay you the amount you deserve.
Not a penny more, not a penny less.
So yes, I’d say I am paid well by mainstream
How do you choose from the dozens of offers every
I sit with my team over every offer. We look at my
character and the set-up. The main criteria is to find
areas that the characters take me into. They have to
be places I haven’t visited before. I won’t repeat
But the series of sociopaths’ character you played
were in the same genre?
But you can’t compare the sociopath in Raman
Raghav 2.0 with the one in Monsoon Shootout. They
were all different, though dark characters.
You mentioned shooting with Tannishtha in Rome.
How was that experience?
Very very liberating. I was in Rome and shooting at a
stretch for the film without interruptions. That’s how
I want to shoot. One film at a time. I like to
surrender myself completely to my character.
Tannishtha is your second female director in a row
after Nandita Das. Is it any different shooting with
a female director?
Now there is a third female director Debamitra
Haasan with whom I’m doing a light-hearted
rom-com Motichoor Chaknachoor.
It’s no different at all from shooting with male
Once you are in front of the camera, the gender
of the director becomes irrelevant. The instructions
he or she gives is all that matters.
You are being praised like no other actor in living
memory. Doesn’t it make you vain?
I don’t sit and think about the praise.
I just move on from one role to another looking
for new challenges.
I love looking for nuances in my characters.
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