Of preachings and parties and the time in between

By the end of the film ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobaraa’ there is a scene where Hrithik Roshan’s character makes fun of the old theme music of Doordarshan. He actually imitates the sound for his two friends sitting in a pub in Spain. His friends join him. He compares his current state of mind- their vacation is coming to an end- to that of the boredom created by the channel

Films can inspire too

Chennai: A Kollywood cinema was what helped Dr RV Varun Kumar, who stood third in the Union Public Service Commission examinations, to identify his aim in life. Speaking at a felicitation function at Pondycherry recently, he explained to his audience, which included Plus Two students and civil service aspirants, how Suriya-starrer ‘Kaaka Kaaka’ inspired him to set goals for himself and work towards achieving them. During the function, Kumar was honoured by Chief Minister N Ranagasamy. He asked the students to set their targets in life by identifying “turning points” and to work passionately to achieve it.The 27-year-old stood third amongst 920 candidates recommended for posting after over 5,47,698 applications were processed. Kumar, who was trained to become a dental doctor, said he decided to join the uniformed forces as he wanted to do his bit for the society. Exhorting civil services aspirants to keep the fire in them burning to realise their dreams, he said the ‘client-base’ for a civil servant was 120 crore, while that of a private company was just a few lakhs. Meanwhile, Anto Alphonse, IPS, commandant of the India Reserve battalion, said that consistency and hard work were the keys to success in the Civil Service exams.The young officer said he was motivated to join the police force, despite being selected for the IAS, as he wanted to ensure “instant justice” for the poor.Professor M Ramadass, Director, Studies, Educational Innovation and rural reconstruction at the Pondicherry University, also addressed the gathering

Urumi goes to Kollywood

Chennai: A special screening of the Tamil version of the Malayalam blockbuster ‘Urumi’ was held at the Four Frames preview theatre at Mumbai. Several well-known names from the Tamil film industry, including ace director Mani Ratnam, lyricist Vairamuthu, and producer Ramkumar turned up to watch the film, which has done extremely well in Kerala. The story of the film, which stars Prithviraj, Prabhu Deva, Genelia and Vidya Balan in the lead, is set in the 15th century. It tells how Vasco Da Gama first came to the Indian shores and tried to ruthlessly exploit the locals, who fought for their rights. Directed by Santosh Sivan, written by Shankar Ramakrishnan and produced by Prithviraj, Shaji Natesan and Santosh Sivan, the Tamil version of ‘Urumi’ will release soon