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International Space University Pays Tribute To Sushant Singh Rajput

ISU paid condolences to Rajput’s family and friends, saying the actor’s memory will “remain.

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STRASBOURG (France): The International Space University (ISU) in France has paid homage to late actor Sushant Singh Rajput. The 34-year old actor allegedly committed suicide at his Bandra residence in Mumbai on Sunday. Incidentally, he was wearing an ISU t-shirt during his last moments.

In a statement issued on its official twitter handle, the agency said, it is deeply saddened by the demise of the actor, who was supposed to visit the campus last year but was unable due to a scheduling conflict.

Here is the complete text of the ISU message:


We are deeply saddened by the dramatic news on the death of well known Indian actor Sushant Singh Rajput.

Mr Singh Rajput was a believer and strong supporter of STEM education and was following ISU on social media. He had even accepted an invitation to visit ISU’s Central Campus in the summer of 2019 but other agenda priorities prevented him from travelling to Strasbourg.

Our thoughts are with Sushant Singh Rajput, his family and his friends. His memory will remain among his thousands of followers across India and all over the world.


Sushant was fascinated with science and held a deep interest in astronomy. As part of his research for the film “Chanda Mama Door Ke”, he also visited NASA in 2017. The actor also owned a Meade 14″ LX600 telescope.

Sushant enrolled at Delhi Technical University (DTU) in 2003, which was then known as Delhi College of Engineering but left the course to pursue his showbiz dreams. Even after leaving the four-year degree course, he remained fascinated with science and had a deep interest in astronomy.

Sushant stayed in NASA to train for his role as an astronaut for the film, which was eventually shelved. The actor also owned Meade 14” LX600 telescope.

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Sushant Singh Rajput Passes Away At 34

The MS Dhoni Biopic star reportedly committed suicide; found hanging at his Bandra home.

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MUMBAI (Maharashtra): Hindi cinema actor Sushant Singh Rajput has been found dead at his Bandra residence in Mumbai. He was found hanging at his home and a domestic help alerted the police. A team of Bandra Police has rushed to investigate and details are awaited. The actor, 34, was living alone during the lockdown.

The actor was said to be battling depression for the past six months and was taking professional support to fight it.

Sushant Singh Rajput has committed suicide, Mumbai Police is investigating. Police has not found any note yet,” informed DCP Pranay Ashok, Spokesperson Mumbai Police.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi mourned the death of the promising talent. Calling him a bright young actor he said his rise in the world of entertainment inspired many and he leaves behind several memorable performances.

Last seen in Netflix film Drive, Rajput was one of the brightest stars of the younger generation — making his life as an actor memorable by playing Indian cricket legend MS Dhoni in the former captain’s biopic of the same name. His other notable films are Kai Po Che and Chhichhore. Ironically, the last film saw him champion the cause of not taking one’s life out of a sense of failure and/or dejection!

The actor is survived by his father and five sisters. He was the youngest among them. One of his sisters, Mitu Singh, is a state-level cricketer.

The father, living in Patna, Bihar, is said to be currently inconsolable and crying incessantly.


Born in Patna, he studied engineering and was a National Olympiad Winner in Physics.

After he started participating in theatre and dance, he rarely had time for studies, resulting in several backlogs which ultimately made him leave DCE. He completed only three years of the four-year course before dropping out to pursue an acting career.

His last post on his very popular Instagram account (followed by over 1 crore people), earlier this month, was dedicated to his late mother.

Sushant had shared a black and white collage of his picture and that of his mother’s on June 3 and wrote, “Blurred past evaporating from teardrops. Unending dreams carving an arc of smile. And a fleeting life, negotiating between the two…”

Just prior to the release of his blockbuster film Dhoni: The Untold Story, he had said in a media interview,


I wish she was alive to see me succeed in life. I am sure she would have been really happy and proud of me. And maybe I would have been a different person than I am now. The way I looked at things then and now, they are very different and I cannot go back to doing that. It’s unfortunate. But everything that used to excite me, doesn’t excite me that much now. I don’t know why. No relationship, no success, absolutely nothing… If she was alive, probably it wouldn’t concern her, but just because something has changed inside me, everything has become so insipid. It takes a lot out of me to force myself to get overly excited about things and probably this is the reason why I like acting so much. Because it helps me get away from myself.” (Source)

Sushant started his career with the Television show Kis Desh Mein Hai Mera Dil but rose to real fame with Zee TV’s superhit show Pavitra Rishta. The show made him an instant heartthrob of the television viewing mass —especially young girls and the ladies. That association, in fact, lasted many years beyond his working in the show itself. His on-screen chemistry with actress Ankita Lokhnade was much appreciated by the viewers. The two were together in real life too for some time during and after the show.

Distraught Cricket and Film Fraternity React With Utter Disbelief:

A rare photo of Sushant Singh Rajput from his school days

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Film Review: Bachchan And Lucknow Pull The Quaint Gulabo Sitabo

The film rests on indulgence and might be lucky to be not expected to fill up cinema halls.

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Excerpt: The thing with character-driven films is that they often expect the characters to fill up for the story itself. Sometimes it works, most often it does not. In Gulabo Sitabo, it works only in those parts where either Amitabh Bachchan or the Lucknawi essence holds us by the arms. Some years from now, those are the only two things that we might remember about this whimsical film. And therein lies its principal shortcoming.

Review: Director Shoojit Sarkar and story, screenplay, and dialogue writer Juhi Chaturvedi‘s Gulabo Sitabo is a story about ‘Mirza’ (Amitabh Bachchan), a 78-year-old epitome of greed, who is willing to move heaven and earth to get ownership of his obsession — an old dilapidated mansion (‘Fatima Mahal’) of his much-older wife ‘Begum’ (Farrukh Jaffar) in the heart of Lucknow.

In his path, however, stand not just his wife but also a group of tenants, especially ‘Baankey’ (Ayushmann Khuranna)’ a shrewd, sly and squatted tenant, who matches Mirza bit for a bit in their ceaseless bantering.


What follows is a wacky slice of life that escalates quickly from the shenanigans within the Fatima Mahal to the politico-administrative corridors of Lucknow city.

It is an interesting premise that also benefits from whispered handling of the milieu by the technical team comprising cinematographer Avik Mukhopadhyay, editor Chandrashekhar Prajapati and apt background score.

But that’s about that.


Because beyond that, it, at the risk of repeating oneself, is down to the characters — notably Vijay Raaz (ASI Officer), Brijendra Kala (‘Christian Lawyer’ who is better because “he speaks English at home”) and Srishti Shrivastava (Baankey’s sister ‘Guddo’) — to shoulder the journey towards nowhere in particular.

After a point, it indeed feels like you are on a journey towards nowhere in particular. Till a rather unexpected climax suddenly lifts up the storytelling to tell us that ‘greed’ is of many types — without feeling self-righteous enough to pass any judgements.

It is a good note to end on. Just as, the quirky and zippy establishment of the universe of the film was a good start to the story. Most things in between, alas, do not quite do justice to the two ends of the thread.

Ayushmann does an exemplary job with the ‘lisp’, where he manages what most actors fail to achieve simultaneously — impact with restraint.

However, beyond that, he doesn’t really exhibit much that is beyond (or above) his recent golden run of author-backed, socially-relevant roles.


In other words, while there is barely anyone, if anyone, in the industry who I believe could replace Bachchan’s impact in the role of Mirza, I could, perhaps, say that ‘a’ Rajkumar Rao or even Kartik Aryan might have done just about fine in the role of Baankey.

Director Shoojit Sarkar has said that the film is a satire. To live up to the description, he does include comments on the workings of government departments, the ‘place’ of the English language in our society and the living conditions of even those living in the ‘Fatima Mahals’ of the country.

But, though handled with understated care, there is not much new to those subjects — and those things, consequently, do nothing to the heart.

For the curious souls, the title Gulabo Sitabo is said to be derived from a form of traditional glove puppetry of Uttar Pradesh in which a man’s harried wife (Sitabo) and his pampered mistress (Gulabo) bicker endlessly. Clearly, the Amitabh-Ayushmann pair was supposed to be the bickering duo. They sure exchange words in the film. But their exchange is nowhere near the zing of the show that real-life puppeteer (Mohammed Naushad) performs at different points in the film.

Talking of Uttar Pradesh, it needs to be said that the film oozes with unabashed romanticism of Lucknow city — carrying postcards of all the ‘must visit’ places of the city, from Imambara, to Hazratganj.

Verdict: There is nothing in the film that is bad. And yet, watch it primarily for Bachchan to, yet again, illustrate the difference between “the boys and the men”. For everything else, either watch Ayushmann or Shoojit Sarcar’s some other movie or travel to Lucknow to do some real ‘Ganj-ing’.

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Anshuman Rawat is a geopolitical and IR columnist-editorcommunications specialist and serial entrepreneur from India. His long-term ambition is to play a leading role in the “development and spread of social welfare-oriented media convergence in India”.

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Basu Chatterji, Filmmaker Who Made Middle-Class Life Blockbuster, Passes Away

The filmmaker’s last rites will be performed at Santacruz crematorium.

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MUMBAI (Maharashtra): Veteran filmmaker Basu Chatterjee, known for his middle-of-the-road cinema and films such as “Chhoti Si Baat” and “Rajnigandha”, passed away today from age-related health issues. He was 93. Basu died in his sleep at his Santacruz residence.

Known as the chronicler of Indian Middle-class anxieties, his best-known works are “Manzil”, “Us Paar”, “Shaukeen” “Chitchor”, “Piya Ka Ghar”, “Khatta Meetha” and “Baton Baton Mein”.

The news of his death was announced by Ashoke Pandit, president of the Indian Film & Television Directors’ Association (IFTDA). “He passed away peacefully in his sleep in the morning. He wasn’t keeping well for quite some time due to old age and died at his residence. It’s a great loss to the film industry,” said Mr Pandit.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief over the demise of Filmmaker Basu Chatterjee. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, Basu Chatterjee’s works are brilliant and sensitive:

He was joined by almost the entire Hindi film industry:

Pandit said the filmmaker’s last rites will be performed at Santacruz crematorium.


Filmography:

Director (48 credits)
2012Hothat Sedin

2008Hochheta Ki?

2007Kuch Khatta Kuch Meetha

2006Prateeksha


2001Chupi Chupi

1998Hotath Bristi

1993-1997Byomkesh Bakshi (TV Mini-Series) (34 episodes)
– Wasiyat Ka Rahasya (1997) … (as Basu Chatterji)
– Vansh Ka Khoon (1997) … (as Basu Chatterji)
– Pahari Rahasya (1997) … (as Basu Chatterji)
– Sahi Ka Kanta (1997) … (as Basu Chatterji)
– Dhokadhari (1997) … (as Basu Chatterji)
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1997Gudgudee (as Basu Chatterji)

1994Triyacharitra

1993Rajani (TV Series)

1990Hamari Shaadi

1990Bheem Bhavani (TV Series)

1989Durga

1989Kamla Ki Maut


1988Kakaji Kahin (TV Series)

1987Zevar (as Basu Chatterji)

1986Bhim Bawani (TV Movie)

1986Sheesha (as Basu Chatterji)

1986Ek Ruka Hua Faisla (TV Movie)

1986Kirayadar (as Basu Chatterji)

1986Chameli Ki Shaadi

1985Darpan (TV Series) (1985-1986)

1985Rajani (TV Series)

1984Lakhon Ki Baat (as Basu Chatterji)

1983Pasand Apni Apni (as Basu Chatterji)

1982Shaukeen

1982Hamari Bahu Alka

1980Apne Paraye (as Basu Chatterji)

1980Man Pasand

1979Prem Vivah

1979Ratnadeep

1979Destination

1979Baton Baton Mein

1979Do Ladke Dono Kadke

1979Jeena Yahan

1978Chakravyuha

1978Dillagi (as Basu Chatterji)

1978Khatta Meetha

1978Tumhare Liye

1978Safed Jhoot

1978/IIPriyatama

1977Swami

1976Chitchor

1976Chhoti Si Baat

1974Rajnigandha

1974Us-Paar

1972My Beloved’s House

1969Sara Akash

Hide  Writer (22 credits)
2014Ek Cup Cha (dialogue) / (screenplay) / (story)

2008Hochheta Ki? (story and screenplay)

2001Chupi Chupi

1998Hotath Bristi (screenplay)

1993-1997Byomkesh Bakshi (TV Mini-Series) (screenplay – 34 episodes)
– Wasiyat Ka Rahasya (1997) … (screenplay – as Basu Chatterji)
– Vansh Ka Khoon (1997) … (screenplay – as Basu Chatterji)
– Pahari Rahasya (1997) … (screenplay – as Basu Chatterji)
– Sahi Ka Kanta (1997) … (screenplay – as Basu Chatterji)
– Dhokadhari (1997) … (screenplay – as Basu Chatterji)
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1997Gudgudee (dialogue – as Basu Chatterji) / (screenplay – as Basu Chatterji)

1986Sheesha (dialogue)

1986Kirayadar (dialogue – as Basu Chatterji) / (screenplay – as Basu Chatterji)

1986Chameli Ki Shaadi (dialogue) / (screenplay)

1984Lakhon Ki Baat (screenplay & dialogue – as Basu Chatterji)

1983Pasand Apni Apni (dialogue – as Basu Chatterji) / (screenplay – as Basu Chatterji)

1982Shaukeen (screenplay)

1982Hamari Bahu Alka (dialogue) / (screenplay)

1980Apne Paraye (dialogue – as Basu Chatterji) / (screenplay – as Basu Chatterji)

1978Dillagi (dialogue) / (screenplay – as Basu Chatterji)

1978Khatta Meetha (screenplay and dialogue)

1978/IIPriyatama (dialogue)

1977Swami

1976Chitchor (dialogue – as Basu Chatterji) / (screenplay – as Basu Chatterji)

1974Rajnigandha (dialogue) / (screenplay)

1972My Beloved’s House (dialogue)

1969Sara Akash (screenplay)

Hide  Producer (9 credits)
2008Hochheta Ki? (producer)

1987Zevar (producer – as Basu Chatterji)

1986Ek Ruka Hua Faisla (TV Movie) (producer)

1984Lakhon Ki Baat (producer – as Basu Chatterji)

1983Pasand Apni Apni (producer – as Basu Chatterji)

1979Baton Baton Mein (producer)

1974Us-Paar (producer)

1969Sara Akash (producer)

1960Girl Friend (producer)

Hide  Second Unit Director or Assistant Director (2 credits)
1968Saraswatichandra (chief assistant director – as Basu Chatterji)

1966Teesri Kasam (assistant director – as Basu Chatterji)

Hide  Actor (1 credit)
1975Mazaaq
Cloth Shop Owner
Hide  Editorial department (1 credit)
1995Martyrdom (editor in charge)

Hide  Thanks (3 credits)
1986Khamosh (grateful acknowledgment – as Basu Chatterji)

1981Baisakhi Megh (acknowledgment – as Basu Chattopadhyay)

1969Mr. Shome (acknowledgment – as Shri Basu Chatterjee)

Hide  Self (2 credits)
2012Celluloid Man (Documentary)
Self
1987Jalwa
Self

Awards Won By Chatterji:

2007: IIFA Lifetime Achievement Award
1992: National Film Award for Best Film on Family Welfare – Durga
1991: Filmfare Best Screenplay Award – Kamla Ki Maut
1980: Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie – Jeena Yahan
1978: Filmfare Best Director Award – Swami
1977: Filmfare Best Screenplay Award – Chitchor Nominee
1976: Filmfare Best Screenplay Award – Chhoti Si Baat
1975: Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie – Rajnigandha
1972: Filmfare Best Screenplay Award – Sara Akash

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