Madam Mary Howe Dies

first_imgMadam Mary Mamie Howe, who served for many years as Notary Public of Montserrado County, has died.This sad event occurred at 2 o’clock a.m. on Wednesday, August 20, 2014, at her residence at Chugbor, Old Road, following a brief illness.  She was in her 66th year.A graduate of the Modern Commercial Institute in Monrovia, where she qualified in Secretarial Science, Madam Howe commenced her professional career at the Temple of Justice, where she served as a cadet in the Magisterial Court.She was later transferred to the Traffic Court and subsequently to the Probate Court, where she as appointed Clerk of Court during the administrations of Judges Kennedy and Luvenia Ash-Thompson.Madam Howe was later commissioned by the late President Samuel K. Doe as Notary Public and Justice of the Peace and subsequently by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.Mary Mamie How was born on October 24, 1948 in Spring Hill, Howesville Nyumonwed Chiefdom, Maryland County, unto the union of Mr. Adolphus Tamar Howe and Madam Beatrice Weade Wallace.Young Mamie commenced her early education at Spring Hill Public and Elementary School.  Her grandmother, Ma Louisa Clark Wallace later took Mamie to live with the Harmon family in Harper, Cape Palmas, where she started her secondary education at the Demonstration School.Mary was later sent to live with her uncle, Mr. Ben Wallace, Sr., in Monrovia in 1968, following which her uncle enrolled her in the Bromley Mission High School in Virginia, Montserrado County.  She later entered Monrovia College Industrial School (MC) on Camp Johnson Road, Monrovia, where she obtained her high school diploma in 1973.A life long Episcopalian, she was baptized by Rev. Fr. Brooks at the Annunciation Episcopal Church in Spring Hill and confirmed and later confirmed by Bishop Dillard H. Brown of the Episcopal Diocese of Liberia.  She was a devout member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Camp Johnson Road.She is survived by her children, Mrs. Florence Wesley, Nyemah Larry Pennoh, Wisseh D. Gmah and Tickly D. Monkoney; a brother, Theodore Howe; and many other relatives.The body will be removed from St. Moses Funeral Home on Friday, September 5, 2014 and taken to St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Camp Johnson Road for a night of wake keeping.The funeral service will take place on Saturday, September 6, 2014, beginning at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in the Brewerville Cemetery. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Carter stings former team

first_imgNew Jersey coach Lawrence Frank told Carter to go for two points and the tie, but Carter wanted no part of that. “I said, `Coach, I’m going for the win,’ ” Carter said. “And it went in.” Toronto led by eight with 2 minutes left and six with a minute to go, but Carter rallied his team with one clutch shot after another He scored New Jersey’s last 12 points. The six-time All-Star spent six-plus seasons in Toronto. “To stick a dagger in their heart right when they thought they were going to win it, it don’t get no better than that. That’s sweet revenge,” New Jersey’s Lamond Murray said. At Knicks 120, SuperSonics 116 Stephon Marbury had 23 points and 15 assists, the final one setting up rookie David Lee for the tiebreaking basket with 21 seconds left, and New York beat Seattle for its season-high third straight win. Vladimir Radmanovic had a career-high 30 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter for the Sonics, who fell to 1-2 since firing Bob Weiss and replacing him with former Knicks coach Bob Hill. Nuggets 92, at Rockets 90 Long after Houston star Tracy McGrady was removed from the floor on a stretcher and taken to a hospital because of back spasms, Denver’s Carmelo Anthony hit a baseline jumper with a second left to give the Nuggets a victory over the already injury-depleted Rockets. Rafer Alston scored a season-high 24 for Houston. Heat 118, at Trail Blazers 89 Dwyane Wade scored 31 points and Jason Williams added 20 to lead Miami over the Trail Blazers. Pacers 108, at Kings 83 Stephen Jackson scored 17 of his 31 points while hitting five 3-pointers in the third quarter, and Jermaine O’Neal had 12 points and eight rebounds in his return to Indiana’s lineup. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TORONTO – Vince Carter stuck it to his former fans – then called it his greatest shot ever. Carter made a fadeaway 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds left and finished with 42 points against his old team Sunday, leading New Jersey past the Toronto Raptors, 105-104, for the Nets’ 10th straight victory. center_img Carter scored 24 points in the fourth quarter and was booed every time he touched the ball, but he silenced the crowd with his spectacular winning shot. After Toronto’s Jose Calderon missed his second free throw, Carter hit a 3-pointer from about 4 feet beyond the arc. Jason Kidd leapt into his arms after the shot. “That’s definitely number one,” Carter said. “The atmosphere, the emotion, the hostility in the arena, it was a fun game.” last_img

Mourinho says Pogba relationship good but warns ‘no player bigger than the club’

first_img Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT gameday cracker Pogba will play in United’s trip to the London Stadium on Saturday 4 4 Mourinho insisted the media made more of the incident than necessary Mourinho took the vice-captaincy off Pogba in the build-up to the Derby game and the following morning remarkable footage emerged of a heated training-ground conversation between the pair.The Portuguese would not explain what was said in the conversation that made ripples around the footballing world, but confirmed that the World Cup winner will play at West Ham on Saturday.“I explained in detail to the people that have to know, which is the squad and especially Paul,” Mourinho said of the decision regarding the vice-captaincy.“So, Paul and the other players in the squad, they know in detail the reason why myself and my coaching staff decided to do that.” England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won “Nobody trained better than Paul on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Nobody trained better than him. Some trained as well as him but not better than him, and tomorrow he plays, so end of the story.”Asked if he had thought about not playing the midfielder on Saturday, Mourinho said: “No, he’s a player like the others.“No player is bigger than the club and if I’m happy with his work, he plays. If I’m not happy, he doesn’t play.”Mourinho was animated when talking about Pogba and seemed taken aback by a question about this week’s events potentially impacting United’s reputation.“Manchester United is bigger than anyone and I have to defend that,” he replied. 4 deals Latest Manchester United News RANKED Mourinho was dismissive when it was put to him that he did not need to speak with Pogba in front of the cameras, just as he was when asked if it was disruptive.“Disruptive? I think for you it was amazing because you made a story, you made an incredible story out of 15 minutes of an open training session,” the United boss said.“Maybe it’s your fault (he said pointing to a press officer, who says it was Premier League). We shouldn’t have 15 minutes of a training session open because what happened the other day happens many days.”Mourinho added: “Conversations with players I have many, many, many times. It was not the case but loud criticism, loud instruction happens every day. Mourinho does not feel he owes the media an explanation for his decision to strip Pogba of the vice-captaincy silverware REVEALED center_img Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland “I always analyse a player as a player. When a player is captain, I analyse the player by the player perspective but also by the captain perspective.“And after weeks of analysing and changing opinions with my coaching staff, we made the decision that from now Paul is just a player and not a captain.“So, decision made, I informed obviously the player and the players and then when I was asked I think before the match on Tuesday, I confirm and now I confirm, and now end of the story.“And I can anticipate more questions by saying that the relation of player-manager is good, it’s not anymore a relation (of) captain or one of the captains and manager. It’s just a relation player-manager, it’s good. Mourinho’s training ground spat with Pogba was caught on camera IN DEMAND boost Jose Mourinho is adamant his relationship with Paul Pogba is still good but was quick to reiterate that “no player is bigger than the club.”The club have been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons this week with a frustrating draw to Wolves last weekend followed by a shock Carabao Cup exit at the hands of Derby on Tuesday night as well as a training ground feud between Mourinho and Pogba being caught on camera. Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder Sky sports 4 REVEALED “Coaching is about that, but you make stories out of it, so I’m happy that the rules are only 15 minutes (of open training) once a month and with situations like that it is not going to change.“There is no chance I am going to open the training session and let you watch a training session. No chance.”last_img read more

THREE MEN PLEAD GUILTY TO CHARGES RELATING TO BRAWL OUTSIDE INISHOWEN PUB

first_imgTHREE men have pleaded guilty to charges relating to a notorious brawl outside an Inishowen pub in 2010.All three appeared before Letterkenny Circuit Court where a trial was due to begin yesterday.Gardai carried huge boxes of evidence into the court room in anticipation of a jury trial. However Judge Rory MacCabe was told the men would each plead guilty to charges of assault.On Easter Monday, April 6, 2010 Gardai were called to the Orchard Bar in the village of Gleneely to deal with a brawl outside the premises. During the incident it was alleged a gun was produced, although it was not fired.Three local men appeared in court in connection with the events in the early hours of the morning of that incident, although not linked to the gun incident.Chris Duffy and Gary Duffy, both of Disternan, Gleneely, each pleaded guilty to one count of assault causing harm.John Joe McLaughlin, Disternan, Gleneely, also pleaded guilty to one count of assault causing harm.Prosecuting counsel Patricia McLaughlin said the guilty pleas were being accepted on condition that full facts surrounding the incident would be given at a sentencing hearing.Judge Rory MacCabe adjourned the sentencing to July 16th to allow for probation service reports.THREE MEN PLEAD GUILTY TO CHARGES RELATING TO BRAWL OUTSIDE INISHOWEN PUB was last modified: February 6th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:THREE MEN PLEAD GUILTY TO CHARGES RELATING TO INISHOWEN PUB BRAWLlast_img read more

McKeon done with Marlins

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 McKeon led the Marlins to the 2003 World Series title and a winning record in each of his three seasons as manager. The third-oldest manager in major-league history, McKeon will remain with the Marlins as an adviser – and he’s open to offers from other teams. “Sometimes you need to step back and maybe take a breather for six or seven months and get recharged,” he said. “I haven’t given up the thought of managing again.” Bonds in 120 games? Giants general manager Brian Sabean thinks Barry Bonds could be physically ready to play around 120 games for San Francisco next season. “It’s reasonable to think he can play 120 games,” Sabean said Sunday before the Giants’ final game of the year against Arizona. “Now, will we be in a position to have to rest him and be conscious that he’s going to come in some days cranky and not be able to go? The next step is to get him in spring training and get him in a position to be able to do that. I think he wants that.” McKeon’s resignation had been expected, and he confirmed it to the team in the clubhouse before the game. “He got very emotional when he told us, like your granddad is going away and you’re not going to see him anymore,” veteran Jeff Conine (UCLA) said. “It’s tough for him. Baseball is his life.” When Florida Marlins manager Jack McKeon told his players Sunday he was calling it quits, they responded with applause and hugs – and then a comeback win. The Marlins defeated the Braves 7-6 in their regular-season finale on Sunday. center_img Bonds, who turned 41 in July, played in 14 games this season with 13 starts in left field – all last month. The seven-time NL MVP batted .286 (12-for-42) with five home runs and 10 RBI, drawing nine walks and striking out six times. He has 708 career homers, third on the all-time list behind Babe Ruth (714) and Hank Aaron (755). Biggio gets extension: The Houston Astros announced a contract extension for Craig Biggio through 2006, which will be his 19th season – all in Houston. Biggio hit .264 with a career-high 26 home runs and 69 RBI this season. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Hands Named MVC Men’s Tennis Elite 18 Award Winner

first_imgHands holds a 3.72 grade-point average as an environmental science major. On the court, he owns a 18-6 singles record in dual-match play and was named to the All-MVC team. DES MOINES, Iowa – Drake University sophomore Tom Hands has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Tennis Elite 18 Award winner, the league announced at the conclusion of the recent 2017 MVC Championship.  Print Friendly Versioncenter_img The Elite 18 Award is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average competing at the finals site at each of the MVC’s 18 team championships. The selection process varies for each sport, and winners are chosen from a list of nominations submitted by MVC institutions.last_img

SA, Nigeria sign accounting agreement

first_img22 January 2013 The South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Council for the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria to facilitate cooperation and allow members to work in both countries, the institute announced last week. The memorandum allows members of the one organisation to become members of the other, which will enable South African accountants to work in Nigeria and Nigerian accountants to practice in South Africa. “Nigeria’s business environment is in strong growth mode, and so offers the South African professional accountant a great new market in which to operate,” the institute’s chief executive officer, Shahied Daniels, said in a statement. “We look forward to working closely with our Nigerian colleagues to build a reliable standards framework that will support bilateral trade and business.” Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country and has emerged as a key trading partner for South Africa. Nigeria has been recognised as one of the fastest growing economies in the world since 2001 and its gross domestic product is believed to average 6.8% until 2015, according to SAIPA. Trade volumes between the two countries also increased to US$30-million in 2012. “Africa is steadily building a business-friendly environment that is attractive to international investors and promotes intra-regional trade,” said chief executive of the Council for the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria, Terkaa Gemade. “This link between two leading professional accountancy bodies in Africa’s two most important economies is an important step in building that environment and offers potential to the members of both organisations.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Part I: How Learning Styles Can Alter the Way Military Families Process Information

first_imgHave you ever thought about how your military caregivers, families, service members and colleagues process information?  As helping professionals we tend to take-in information differently as we learn new things and the same can be said for the military families that we serve. By understanding the various learning styles it may help you, the service provider, better connect with families in order to provide the highest quality educational information to meet their individual needs.There are four principles of adult learning identified by Malcolm Knowles, the pioneer of adult learning: (1) Autonomous and Self-Directed, (2) Life Experiences and Knowledge, (3) Goal-Oriented and Relevancy-Oriented and (4) Practical.In today’s blog, we are focusing on principal #1 (Autonomy and Self-Direction) of adult learning and how the learning style can be applied to those you serve.Autonomy and Self-DirectionAdults that tend to favor Autonomy and Self-Direction like to direct their own learning, and often times like to take on the leadership roles. They prefer to be actively involved in learning and work around their personal goals and specific interests.As a service provider, some things to keep in mind when providing education and training to military families is to have them discuss their personal learning goals for the meeting, session or training that you are providing. When you are working with families, help the individual to reflect on what they have learned and set new goals as a result of the reflection. As their provider, there will be times that you need to also help them modify their goals as needed.Over the course of the next few months the MFLN Military Caregiving concentration will be discussing the remaining three principles of adult learning, as well as adult learning styles. Our goal with this series is to provide military service providers with a better understanding of how adults process information and learn. This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on July 1, 2016.last_img read more

Is the AJA CION the Biggest Bust in Modern Filmmaking?

first_imgWe had high hopes for the AJA CION – but it seems like the camera might flare out before it even gets started. Let’s take a look a the CION situation.Top Image Courtesy of Film and Digital Times.If you’ve been following us here at PremiumBeat you might recall the NAB 2014 post we wrote about the AJA CION. If you don’t remember the article, well, it basically said that we were excited to get our hands on the camera. In 2014 things were looking good for Cion, but the camera quickly ran into problems. Namely, it wasn’t released on time. While it’s not uncommon for a camera to be delayed, the Cion was released almost 6 months late on December 22 2014, to the dismay of all those who pre-ordered.It was only a 3 months later at NAB 2015 that Blackmagic announced updates to the URSA, and then introduced us to the URSA Mini. Suddenly things seemed bleak for the CION. So, while at NAB 2015, AJA decided to lend the CION to filmmakers, as a way to show professionals what the camera could do. AJA President Nick Rashby said in a statement:AJA is known for its generosity to customers with our support, return, and warranty programs, and as a private, diverse company we can make bold moves to show the community that we’re very committed to the professional camera market. We’ve invested heavily in building out a special try-and-buy loaner pool of CION cameras that we’re making available so that any interested shooters can experience this camera and the incredible film-like beauty of these images for themselves before committing to a purchase.This move was seen by many as a move of desperation, almost as if they couldn’t give the CION away in light of low sales numbers. However, when you actually sit down with the camera and look at what all it can do, you come away impressed — and before NAB 2015 the $9000 price point seemed reasonable. But again, Blackmagic dropped the URSA update and the URSA Mini.Now you can buy a 4.6K camera with 15 stops of dynamic range for $5000 and a standard 4K Mini that utilizes 12 stops of dynamic range, the same as the CION, for $3000. In order to compete with this, AJA announced their “Summer of Savings” promotion which cuts the CION price nearly in half, down to $5000. But is it enough? Only time and sales will answer that question. And to be honest, AJA may be extremely limited on time.The Dynamic Range ProblemCinema5D did a comprehensive overview of the CION which shows us the ins and outs of the camera. They also made the discovery that while the camera is listed to have 12 stops of dynamic range, it actually measures out at 8.2. Even if the dynamic range measurement of the URSA fell short, it would still be around 11 stops.With all of the doom and gloom, it hasn’t stopped directors and cinematographers like TJ Derry from using it on pro-level commercials. And we have to say, the image quality does look great, but is it worthy of dropping $2000 more on a camera, or even paying the same price for a 4.6K URSA Mini?ConclusionSo, the original question was: Is the AJA CION the biggest bust in modern filmmaking? It has the potential to be if AJA can’t right the ship and garner strong sales. But I’m not calling it yet, as others have. I say this because there are filmmakers out there who have used it and love it. Had the camera been released earlier it may have had a little stronger footing and an install base to really compete. But then again, given what they are having to compete against, going toe-to-toe with Blackmagic is easier said than done.Want more up to date news and cameras and gear? Check out these articles from PremiumBeat.Choosing Between The Blackmagic URSA and URSA Mini8 Killer Filmmaking Cameras Under $1,000Dream Camera Loadouts: RED Digital CinemaWhat are your thoughts on the CION? Do you believe it’s a doomed camera? Have you used it? Are you like the many who have used it and loved it? Sound off in the comments below.last_img read more

Director Mira Nair and actor Abhishek Bachchan speaks at India Today Conclave 2007

first_img“Art has no borders”Mira NairMIRA NAIR, FILMMAKERAs a filmmaker I make images in my work, I don’t pen words and especially not words to be delivered from podiums as august as these. But I saw this as an opportunity to share with you what has been on my mind since,”Art has no borders”Mira NairMIRA NAIR, FILMMAKERAs a filmmaker I make images in my work, I don’t pen words and especially not words to be delivered from podiums as august as these. But I saw this as an opportunity to share with you what has been on my mind since the watershed date, 9/11/01. Our world has never been less peaceful, more destructive, more commercial, less glorifying in risk and experiment. Because of this, I have been reflecting on the torrent of images in our media, in print, on television and of course, in popular cinema, asking myself the question that I began with when I was a young girl in Orissa. What is the role of an artist? Can art change the world? As an artist I am aware now more than ever that a monologue is not the answer. One voice cannot represent all of humanity. Only those who embrace the world fully will know themselves. There should be no borders within art, rather every artist should own all conventions. As artists, and as civilians, our strongest weapon is freedom of speech. As artists, we have the responsibility to protest through our work. In the new global village of incessant images, increasingly, I see a failure of mass media to impart understanding. This overactive pluralism gives one the illusion of knowing a lot about a lot but it is nattering about nothing, only confusing one with an information overload, making us politically apathetic. The schisms of the world are being cemented into huge walls between one belief and another. Now, more than ever, we need cinema to reveal our tiny local worlds in all their particularity.advertisementFrom experience, I have seen that it is when I have made a film that has done full-blown justice to the truth and idiosyncrasies of the local that it has crossed over to become surprisingly universal. With Monsoon Wedding, I wanted to make an intimate family film, a love song to this great city of Delhi, to return to my old habits of guerrilla filmmaking; except this time fired by the recent empowering of the Dogma method, I wanted to make a film in just 30 days, in $1 million. I wanted to capture firstly the Punjabi community’s inherent spirit of masti, and then to capture the India which lives in several centuries simultaneously. After shooting in exactly 30 days, a film was born that then had a journey so different from any expectation or rather, non-expectation, that we might have had during its making. People believed it was their wedding, their family on screen. And if they didn’t have a family, they yearned for a mad-cap Punjabi family like the one they saw.ONE VOICE CANNOT REPRESENT ALL OF HUMANITY BECAUSE NOT EVERYONE IS CAST IN THE SAME IMAGE. I didn’t make the film to educate anybody about my culture. To be simply a cultural ambassador is boring. I leave that to the diplomats. The film was released soon after 9/11. I remember film critics seeing it on September 11. They came out of the screening dancing, and the planes hit and suddenly we became the other. But when the film was released it provoked such a dialogue and commonality of understanding it made me ask what can art do? Art increases communication and violence negates it, but can it also show us our dark side? What is our responsibility in making art?My new film The Namesake is my most personal yet. It opened in the US three weeks ago and for me, it was inspired by grief. I had lost a beloved, my mother-in-law, without warning. In the weeks of mourning that followed, I found myself on a plane reading Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake. It was such a shock of recognition to see that Jhumpa had understood so acutely what it felt like to bury a parent in a foreign land. And the book became such a solace and as I tried to make sense of my loss, I found expression in this film. The Namesake took readers through a crisscrossing world familiar to me. It was many of my worlds.Yes, the world is undeniably smaller and more global, but we must warn against creative puddings. A little of something for everyone is not the way to go. Uniqueness is still our advantage. Hollywood has always embraced outsiders, provided their film makes money of course. From Erich Von Stroheim to Billy Wilder, from Ang Lee to my friends, the Mexican amigos. What we make of this invitation is the question. Do we make a chick flick on Fifth Avenue or do we turn our uniqueness into our advantage? Never treat what you do as a stepping stone to something else. Do it fully and completely-who knows where it might lead you. Let the heart inform the brain as my guru B.K.S. Iyengar taught me. There are no rules in making cinema. There is only good cinema or soulless cinema.advertisement”The world lionises us”Abhishek BachchanABHISHEK BACHCHAN, ACTORIt is no national secret that I am a child of cinema. I have been privileged to experience in close-up the limitless reach and the incalculable impact of our cinema, not only at home, but wherever I have travelled and received my education. Doors have been opened wider, smiles have been seen on people’s faces and communication has been effortless simply because I belong to the hometown of India’s glorious film making community. Indian cinema, that is what the unprejudiced call it, ‘Bollywood’ is employed merely by those accustomed to using short cuts, a word which finally leads no one nowhere in understanding the infinite value and aesthetic of our cinema. Even the most stubborn nations cannot deny that our cinema has grown and evolved to such an extent that it is the leading export not only of our economy but of a culture that is distinctly ours. To be popular, to be relished by the majority of the movie-going audience here or abroad is not looked down upon any more. Books as well as scholastic studies are now examining how and in what form films have encapsulated the essence of the Indian reality. Needless to add here, it is a reality that has universal resonance. We have been increasingly lionised at international film festivals. In return, we salute the works of international cinema at our film festivals at home. If this is not a dialogue in the language of cinema, what is?WE GET GLOBAL RELEASES. WE’VE MOVED FROM JACKSON HEIGHTS TO NEW YORK, SOUTHALL TO LEICESTER SQUARE. For someone who is still learning the alphabet of the inter-connection between cinema and life, every day is a new lesson. Yet even with my rawness I can see that there are some constants which have made us reach where we have on an equal footing with the rest of the world. Three key constants of our cinema reaffirm that we are the world and that our cinema converses globally and with articulation. Just take the purely humanistic cinema of Satyajit Ray which spoke in a forceful language about our people, their anxiety and aspirations. Mr Ray transmitted our ethos in stark black and white and in colour, and he was as much our jewel as he was that of the international cinema community. Mrinal Sen, Shyam Benegal and Adoor Gopalakrishnan are just a few of our masters who have also spoken a universal language. They have been seen, heard and saluted. As importantly Raj Kapoor, V. Shantaram, Mehboob Khan and Bimal Roy created a cinema that inculcated social awareness while making the Indian style of filmmaking, entertaining and purposeful simultaneously. And there have been the grand cinema musicians like, say Manmohan Desai, whose rollicking Amar Akbar Anthony has been the most delightful and yet profound plea for secularism. And surely, my first constant would be incomplete without acknowledging the works of the internationally feted Shekhar Kapur, Deepa Mehta and Mira Nair.advertisementThe second constant has been our artistes of charisma and strength. Raj Kapoor was and will always be a household name as much in Delhi as he is in Moscow. Dilip Kumar sahab’s art set unattainable standards. And, of course, my dad, who is always embarrassed even when he is paid his just dues. The third constant is a new constant, but a very vital one. And it is one that has come to stay. It is our cinema’s connect with Asians settled in every corner of the world. As their numbers grow and second-generation Asians become key players in the every day life of the world, particularly in the US and the UK, the connection with our cinema becomes tighter, unbreakable. In addition, the curiosity and the appreciation of our cinema by the world audience is intensifying. Our movies are no longer just screened at ethnic theatres but get mainstream releases the world over. We have moved from Southhall to Leicester Square, from Jackson Heights to the heart of Manhattan, and it doesn’t stop there. Our movies are also being appreciated in countries like France, Germany and Poland. We are there at the Oscar and BAFTA ceremonies. We have been imitated in Academy Award movies- I am sure you have all seen Moulin Rouge. Our filmmakers, artistes, writers, musicians, technicians are everywhere engaged in ceaseless conversation, giving rise to a new wave of creativity and, I dare say, a new language of cinema. So see what my thoughts have brought me. Language, lingo, bhasha, zubaan, boli, call the language what you will, but there are at least three words that spark the same excitement, the same eruption of gooseflesh the world over. Those three magical words are lights, camera and action. With that, I rest my my case.DiscussionQ. Mira Nair said by making something truly local you make something very universal. So why is it that all our Bollywood films which are very local have not been as popular as internationally as Monsoon Wedding? Karan Johar (chairperson): When we call it an overseas audience, 90 to 95 per cent of is Asian. North America is relatively ignorant about our existence and we can get much more support in the United Kingdom and in Europe. The highest we will ever do in North America is $3.5-4 million which is the highest business any Bollywood film has done internationally. Nair: But also maybe because our cinematic vocabulary is local. Our films need a few hours, songs, dances, they need archetypical villains. They are not yet used to the broad strokes of it, the musicality and the length of it.Q. Do you feel that Indian heritage and Indian culture have become irrelevant for cinema? Bachchan: If you see Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna there is a great relationship between my father and me keeping in mind Karan’s motto. It’s all about loving your parents, just not loving your wife as much. Johar: I actually believe that Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna is my most traditional film. All I was really trying to say is that marriage is a beautiful institution, it is a wonderful place and it just should be ventured into for the right reasons.Q. We all have seen what the corporate world has done to the heart and soul of cricket. And now we see the onslaught of the corporate world in cinema. With the Bombay club now getting into films, what do you see its future? Bachchan: It is unfair to draw parallels between sports and film. In defence of the Indian cricket team, we are all very disappointed but it takes a lot to perform under pressure regardless of the number of endorsements. I empathise with them. I too faced failure. It is tough just to go out there and do your best.Q. From your body language it looks as if you’re quite happy to make just $3-4 million. Why so? Bachchan: You must understand that a big Hollywood film could be released in about 3,000-3,500 screens across America. The biggest Hindi film released I think was Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, across 100 screens. The potential is there. As Karan said, once we overcome distribution, I am sure he will be making many more millions.Q. Do you aspire to be a truly global star? Bachchan: Actor is a better word. Indian actors are global. One of every six people on earth is Indian, which means one out of every six people sees Indian films. I think that is great testimony of being globalised. We are just not written about as much as our Western colleagues.Q. Mira, why did you decide to move out of India? Nair: It wasn’t predetermined. I started from theatre in Calcutta and Delhi and got a scholarship to study at Harvard. But I have always made films that are largely about India, no matter where I’m living. Every time I return here it just fuels me with so much inspiration. Despite dividing my time between India and the West, my roots are still strong. That’s why I can fly.last_img read more