Gulzar to be honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke Award

Veteran lyricist, filmmaker and renowned Indian poet, Gulzar is nominated for the coveted Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2013

Gulzar, one of the veteran lyricist, filmmaker and poets will be honoured with the Dadsaheb Phalke award, India’s highest award in cinema given annually by the union government.

Dadasaheb Phalke Award is India’s highest award in cinema given annually by the Indian Government for lifetime contribution to Indian cinema. Some of the acclaimed award recipients include, Prithviraj Kapoor, Ashok Kumar, Raj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, Satyajit Ray, Dev Anand, Lata Mangeshkar, BR Chopra, Sivaji Ganesan, Asha Bhosale and Pran among others.

Sampooran Singh Kalra, who is popularly known by his penname Gulzar had earlier won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Jai Ho" (shared with AR Rahman), for Slumdog Millionaire, at the 81st Academy Awards in 2009. He also won a Grammy Awards for the same song in 2010. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2004 and the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2002.

The 79-year old writer, director has won as many as 20 Filmfare awards in total. He is also the winner of a number of National Film Awards. He is also the record holder for winning the most number of “Filmfare award for best lyricist” and “Filmfare Award for Best Dialogue”.

Gulzar started his film career as a lyricist, with the song "Mora Gora Ang Layle". He has since then written dialogues and lyrics for more than 100 movies, as well as directed more than 20 movies in Bollywood. He has also created a new type of poem known as Triveni. He has been associated with some of the other famous music directors like SD Burman, Salil Chowdhury, RD Burman, Laxmikant Pyarelal, Madan Mohan, Rajesh Roshan, AR Rahman, Vishal Bharadwaj, Shankar Ehsaan Loy and many more.

Gulzar has also directed critically-acclaimed Hindi films such as, 'Mere Apne', 'Parichay', 'Koshish' and 'Andhi', among others.

Gulzar's Aandhi, based on the Hindi novel "Kaali Aandhi" by Kamleshwar, told a story of a couple separated against the backdrop of politics. Along with various wins and nominations, the film also won Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie. Although believed to be based on the life of Ex-Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, the film was based on life of Tarkeshwari Sinha.

Gulzar's poetry is partly published in three compilations: Chand Pukhraaj Ka, Raat Pashminey Ki and Pandrah Paanch Pachattar (15-05-75). His short stories are published in Raavi-paar (also known as Dustkhat in Pakistan) and Dhuan (smoke).

Along with lyrics, he has also contributed in many films as script, story and dialogue writer. He also had worked on small screen by creating series Mirza Ghalib and Tahreer Munshi Premchand ki among others. He wrote lyrics for several serials on Doordarshan including Hello Zindagi, Potli Baba ki and Jungle Book.

Gulzar holds the record of winning the maximum number of Filmfare Awards for Best Lyricist (11 in total) as well as Filmfare Awards for Best Dialogue (4 in total). He was also awarded the 2012 Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration.

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BCCI seeks transcript of IPL match-fixing audio tapes

BCCI sought transcripts of the audio tapes containing the statements of Srinivasan, Dhoni and IPL COO Sundar Raman

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday moved an application before the Supreme Court seeking transcripts of the audio tapes containing the statements of board President N Srinivasan and Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. This was recorded by the Mukul Mudgal Committee, which probed the allegations of IPL spot and match-fixing.

 

The plea was mentioned before a Bench headed by Justice AK Patnaik which posted the matter for hearing on 11th April.

 

In the application, BCCI has also sought the transcripts of statements by Sundar Raman, Chief Operating Officer of IPL. The application was mentioned by Senior Advocate CS Sundaram, who was appearing for BCCI.

 

The counsel told the Bench that they need the transcripts to prepare themselves for the matter which is pending before the Supreme Court.

 

Earlier, the Supreme Court had proposed the name of veteran cricketer and commentator Sunil Gavaskar to head the board during pendency of the case in the apex court.

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Facebook to buy WhatsApp for $19 billion

The WhatsApp buy is Facebook’s biggest acquisition and comes less than two years after Mark Zuckerberg raised $16 billion from its IPO

Social networking company Facebook said it would buy WhatsApp, the fast-growing mobile messaging service for $19 billion in cash and stock.

 

The deal bolsters the world’s biggest social network by adding the 450 million users of WhatsApp, which will be operated independently with its own board.

 

It is Facebook’s biggest acquisition and comes less than two years after Mark Zuckerberg’s company raised $16 billion in the richest tech sector public stock offering.

 

The purchase includes $12 billion in Facebook shares and $4 billion cash. It calls for an additional $3 billion in restricted stock units to be granted to WhatsApp founders and employees that will vest over four years.

 

“The acquisition supports Facebook and WhatsApp’s shared mission to bring more connectivity and utility to the world by delivering core Internet services efficiently and affordably,” Facebook said in a statement.

 

Facebook reportedly sought to acquire another hot messaging company, Snapchat, for $3 billion last year.

 

“WhatsApp is on a path to connect one billion people. The services that reach that milestone are all incredibly valuable,” said Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and chief executive.

 

“I’ve known (WhatsApp founder) Jan (Koum) for a long time and I’m excited to partner with him and his team to make the world more open and connected.”

 

WhatsApp is a cross-platform mobile app which allows users to exchange messages without having to pay telecom charges.

 

“Almost five years ago we started WhatsApp with a simple mission: building a cool product used globally by everybody. Nothing else mattered to us,” Koum said in a blog post.

 

“Today we are announcing a partnership with Facebook that will allow us to continue on that simple mission. Doing this will give WhatsApp the flexibility to grow and expand, while giving me, (co-founder) Brian (Acton), and the rest of our team more time to focus on building a communications service that’s as fast, affordable and personal as possible,”  Koum added.

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COMMENTS

pravsemilo

5 years ago

While the deal is in the premium range, even if the valuation was brought to realistic level, this should drive home a point to the domestic IT companies. Good software engineering pays off. The valuation achieved by our IT companies has taken a decade while the same has been achieved in half the time that too at double the value. Instead of doing some menial job, we should be looking at building things at a larger scale.

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