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Vivek Oberoi To Adopt Karaikal Village

16 Feb


Vivek Oberoi to adopt Karaikal village

By Our Staff Reporter

PONDICHERRY,

FEB. 15.

After Cuddalore it is Pattinacherry in Karaikal to benefit from actor Vivek Oberoi’s munificence.

The Pondicherry Chief Minister, N. Rangasamy, today told The Hindu that the actor planned to adopt the village, which was badly affected by the tsunami.

The actor was in Pondicherry this evening and went around various locations, including the Pondicherry beach, the new beach area, the French War Memorial and the Kargil memorial.

The Lt. Governor, M.M. Lakhera and Mr. Rangasamy took him around to various locations.

Mr. Lakhera said “he is planning to help in reconstruction of the village and wants to set up a mini hospital, a computer centre and do something for their (fishermen’s) livelihood. We will be going to Karaikal tomorrow to see the place and discuss everything.

They were today looking for a location for a tsunami memorial”.

Mr. Vivek Oberoi said he wanted to do something for Pondicherry State, but refused to divulge further details.


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Banyan Launches Outreach Programme

9 Feb


Banyan launches outreach programme

By Our Staff Reporter


Film actor and social activist, Vivek Oberoi, interacts with inmates of Banyan during the launch of rural Outreach programme on Tuesday. — Photo: Vino John

CHENNAI,

FEB. 8.

In a bid to reach out to the rural community, the Banyan, a non-governmental organisation, launched an outreach programme today.

The programme envisages a three-pronged model: setting up a public health centre in Kovalakuppam in Kancheepuram district; a resource and training centre for mental health professionals; and offering therapeutic space for women recovering from mental illnesses.

Supriya Sahu, Joint Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, said there were many myths and stigmas attached to mental illness, though it was an easily manageable disorder.

Although the number of psychiatrist in Tamil Nadu was the highest in India, there was still a shortage of psychiatrists in both the public and private sectors in the State.

Mental health programmes were being run in five districts of the State, she said.

The Editor-in-Chief, The Hindu , N. Ram, stressed the creation of social awareness on mental health through the media, pointing to the huge gap in the sector. He described the launch of the outreach programme as a “bold attempt and an outgrowth of the Banyan.” Vivek Oberoi, actor-activist, narrated his experiences in the tsunami-struck areas where people needed psychological help. Commending the Banyan team’s efforts, he suggested that the programme be replicated in other rural areas with the help of the corporate sector.

The Gandhi Peace Prize Winner, 1997, Gerhard Fischer, who is involved in rehabilitating leprosy patients in India, said that mentally ill patients needed support for rehabilitation and not mere sympathy. L. Lakshman, chairman of the Rane Group of Companies, hailed the Banyan’s efforts in helping the distressed.

V. Narayanan, trustee of Chennai Willingdon Corporate Foundation, wanted a plan drawn up to determine the causes of mental illness among poor women and steps taken for early detection of symptoms.

Balraj Vasudevan, managing director of TVS Autolec, handed over land documents to A. Ramakrishnan, editor, Anna Nagar Times, for setting up a public health centre. At present, about 380 inmates are being taken care of by the Banyan.


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Anugerah IIFA 2004 – Hrithik Roshan Tewaskan Shah Rukh Khan

24 May

Oleh SAHARUDIN MUSTHAFA (Yang membuat liputan Anugerah IIFA 2004 di Singapura)

FILEM Kal Ho Naa Ho berjaya merangkul lapan daripada 13 anugerah utama termasuk anugerah Filem Terbaik di Akademi Industri Filem India 2004 (IIFA 2004) yang berlangsung di Singapura, malam Sabtu lalu.

Kemenangan filem arahan Nikhil Advani itu sememangnya sudah diduga dari awal lagi biarpun filem itu mendapat persaingan yang sengit daripada filem Koi Mil Gaya.

Antara anugerah lain yang dibawa pulang oleh karyawan filem berkenaan ialah Pelakon Wanita Terbaik yang dimenangi oleh Preity Zinta, Pelakon Pembantu Lelaki Terbaik (Saif Ali Khan) dan Pelakon Pembantu Wanita Terbaik (Jaya Bachchan).

Karyawan filem berkenaan turut memenangi anugerah Cerita Terbaik, Arahan Muzik Terbaik, Lirik Terbaik dan Penyanyi Latar Lelaki Terbaik.

Selain lapan anugerah utama itu, filem Kal Ho Naa Ho juga membolot enam anugerah teknikal lain.

Sementara itu, kemenangan pasangan bapa dan anak, Rakesh Roshan dan Hrithik Roshan turut menjadi tumpuan seluruh karyawan filem India yang berkampung di negara itu.

Kejayaan paling manis dua beranak itu masing-masing menerusi trofi Pengarah Terbaik dan Pelakon Lelaki Terbaik menerusi filem Ki Mil Gaya sekali gus mengenepikan pengarah Nikhil Advani dan aktor Shah Rukh Khan yang bertanding menerusi filem Kal Ho Naa Ho.

Pelakon karisma, Hrithik Roshan kini dilihat sebagai bintang yang cukup menyerlah di India dan memberi saingan yang sengit pada aktor ternama India, Shah Rukh Khan.

Anugerah IIFA 2004 turut memberi pengiktirafan kepada dua personaliti tersohor industri filem India iaitu aktor veteran Dilip Kumar dan penerbit filem terkenal, Yash Johar kerana sumbangan besar mereka pada industri filem Bollywood.

Dilip dianugerahkan Pencapaian Cemerlang Perfileman India yang disampaikan oleh Presiden Singapura, S.R. Nathan.

Yash pula menerima anugerah Sumbangan Cemerlang Perfileman India yang disampaikan oleh aktor Amitabah Bachchan.

Acara yang berlangsung selama tiga hari bermula Khamis lalu menyaksikan kehadiran ramai bintang ternama Bollywood yang diketuai oleh Amitbah yang juga Ketua Penaung dan Duta Anugerah IIFA.

Tidak ketinggalan pelakon-pelakon seperti Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Rani Mukerjee, Vivek Oberoi, Kareena Kapoor, Abishek Bachchan, Sunjay Dutt, Preity Zinta, Kajol, Ajay Devgan dan ramai lagi.

Senarai penuh pemenang anugerah IFFA 2004

Filem Terbaik : Kal Ho Naa Ho

Pengarah Terbaik: Rakesh Roshan (Koi Mil Gaya)

Cerita Terbaik: Karan Johar

(Kal Ho Naa Ho)

Aktor Terbaik : Hrithik Roshan

Aktres Terbaik: Preity Zinta

Aktor Pembantu Terbaik :

Saif Ali Khan

Aktres Pembantu Terbaik :

Jaya Bachchan

Pelakon Komedi Terbaik:

Boman Irani

Pelakon Watak Negatif Terbaik : Feroz Khan

Arahan Muzik Terbaik :

Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy

Penyanyi Latar Lelaki Terbaik :

Sonu Nigam

Penyanyi Latar Wanita Terbaik : Shreya Ghoshal

Lirik Terbaik: Javed Akhtar

(Kal Ho Naa Ho)

Anugerah Khas :

Anugerah Pencapaian Cemerlang Dalam Industri Perfileman India :

Dilip Kumar

Anugerah Sumbangan Cemerlang Perfileman India : Yash Johar

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Who's In The Race?

25 Nov

Who’s in the race?

JUST A few weeks ago, Vivek Oberoi had expressed a desire to go for the remaking rights of Madhavan’s “Run”, which is a superhit. They say Vivek even visited Chennai at the instance of his friend Madhavan, who had wanted Vivek to see the film and take a decision.

But before Vivek could warm up, Abhishek Bachchan has clinched the role. They say producer Boney Kapoor snapped up the remaking rights of the film at an astronomical figure before anyone else could do so and signed Abhishek who too had expressed a desire to play the role. What Vivek proposes, Jr.Bachchan disposes, it seems!

(Courtesy: http://www.hansazone.com)

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