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Arun Sadhu


A Journalist by profession and a renowned author, Arun Sadhu, works with the same passion in both the fields. The precision and convincing power of his reports; alluring yet captivating power of his stories and novels; both are equally enthralling. His news are unbiased while the characters of his novels are real life and absorbing.
Starting a career as a school teacher in a small village of Maharashtra, Arun Sadhu has worked with many news paper from the Times of India, The Statesman and finally as the Editor of the Free Press Journal in Mumbai. At the same time he wrote many novels in Marathi language, Short stories, plays and Biographies, varying on range of subjects from Politics to science fictions and human relationships to history.

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August 02, 2006

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Bollywood: Triumph of Secularism - By Mr. Arun Sadhu

When India is under severe strain from the reckless terror activities of Muslim religious fundamentalists, mostly coming from abroad, there is this glorious beckon of Bollywood , the resounding expression of ultimate secularism of India. That secularism is an organic part of Indian social fabric is nowhere so clear as in India's booming film industry. Watch the credit titles of any Indian feature film - Hindi or any other language - and you will find India's socio-cultural , religious and ethnic diversity perfectly reflected in it. And those who are well-informed, can also vouch for a broader representation of castes in Bollywood as seen nowhere else.

No one cares for the caste or religion of Mohammed Rafi or Talat Mehamood. Recently, Naushad the veteran music maker for films, was felicitied across the country. Perhaps, Rafi may have more admirers among the the Hindus and Kishor Kumar among the Muslims. Nobody knows and nobody cares. It is the talent, the quality and the genius that counts when it comes to the entertainment industry. To whose drumbeats millions of India's young hearts from Kashmir to Kanyakumari respond today? Of course A.R. Rehaman, the youthful genius hailing from the southernmost parts of India. And who are the three top stars of Bollywood today? None other than the three Khans - Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan and Amir Khan. Of course, Hritik Roshan is there. And so is Amitabh Bachchan. Ask about the superstars of the yore and the list is topped by none other than Yusuf Khan known by his screen-name Dileep Kumar.

Read the credit titles. Directors, producers, music directors, music organisers, heroes and heroines, character actors, stuntmen, dance directors and fight masters, violinists or drummers and others on the screen as also those behind the screen - all one sees is the mind-boggling plurality of India. Those who can recognize the distinction from names can count Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Parsees, Jews as also Tamilians and Bengalees, Gujaratis and Assaamese, Punjabis and Malayalis, Telugus and Kashmiris.......a veritable map of India comes before the minds eye. The beauty of India's plurality does not end here. The veteran sociologists -a calling to which every roadside Indian can make a legitimate claim - who smell a caste the moment you utter the name, will testify. There are Brahmins from everywhere, there are Kashatriyas - the jats, Thakurs, Singhs and Marathas - there are farmers sons and there are geniuses making tons of money now whose parents may have lived a life of penury and humiliation for the sin of being born untouchable!

That is Mumbai's Bollywood; a truly magic cauldron which makes you forget your sectarian upbringing; a melting pot of cultures and identities from which emerges the true India of the modern world.

Muslim community in India is under tension following a spate of horrible terror attacks in the country ever since 9/11. Much before that, a medieval mosque in Ayodhya, the birth place of Hindu god Ram, was demolished by Hindu fundamentalists in 1992. This unleashed communal riots in many parts of the country followed by a serial bomb blasts in Mumbai in March 1993 in revenge. From then on, there have been many attacks by Muslim fundamentalists that has vitiated the atmosphere of communal harmony in the country. Even the perpetrators of chain blasts on Mumbai's suburban trains are suspected to be Muslim jehadis from across the border undoubtedly supported by a few local brainwashed hotheads. aA Muslim finds himself the target of suspicious eyes all around.

It is in this soured ambience that Bollywood sends a breath of fresh air. And that helps. Millions saw on the small screen how Muslim youths across Mumbai's Western Railway tracks rushed forward to rescue the injured and extricate bodies from the tattered remains of the rail coaches following the cruel explosions. Many Muslim organizations have come forward to denounce and condemn the terror attacks. Ultimately, it is the spirit of India that prevails. And the best demonstration of that spirit is found in the legendary Bollywood.

Booming economy lights up Bollywood
Wednesday July 12, 2006

MUMBAI - India's prolific film industry is set to top revenue of US$3.3 billion ($5.4 billion) by 2010, thanks to new technology and a booming economy predicted to expand at 18 per cent a year, an industry lobby says.

India makes about 1000 films a year, second only to the United States, but the industry remains fragmented, with funding limited and profits rare.

Still, India's family-owned entertainment firms, most of which are in business in Mumbai's Hindi film industry called Bollywood, have moved towards a more corporate structure since banks were first allowed to fund films in 2001.

The film industry's present revenue is 68 billion rupees ($2.48 billion).

India needs to standardise taxes, promote multiplexes and boost the animation industry to encourage growth in the sector, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry says in a report to India's Planning Commission.

"Though the [animation] industry is growing in leaps and bounds, the full potential is yet to be tapped," it said.


India needs to standardise taxes, promote multiplexes and boost the animation industry to drive growth in the sector, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry said in a report to India's Planning Commission.

"Though the (animation) industry is growing in leaps and bounds, the full potential is yet to be tapped," it said.

"With the cutting edge technological advancements and increasing penetration of PCs, mobiles and Internet, the segments like animation and gaming would witness unprecedented growth."

Once just outsourcing sweatshops that sketched, painted and digitised ordered content, Indian animation firms are now signing production deals with international studios to boost earnings.

With annual revenues of $310 million, the industry has grown so far on the back of outsourcing of animated computer images for television, cinema and the Internet at a quarter of the cost of that in the United States and Britain.

The trend is expected to help India's animation and gaming market quadruple to $1.3 billion by 2009 and employ about 30,000 animators, says National Association of Software and Service Companies.