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Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri Kick starts the shoot of The Kashmir Files

“I saw my father bring cut into pieces in front of my eyes and put in a sack and I did not get his body back also, please take my interview on record-  One victim (name withheld) told me while almost choking with tears on call”- Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri.

Agnihotri to film in 5 Countries- 20 plus states, capturing records of over 1000 victims & eyewitnesses

Post the success of The Tashkent Files, filmmaker, Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri announced his most ambitious project till date- The Kashmir Files and now he is all set to jumpstart the first schedule of the shoot across UK, USA & Canada. The month and a half long schedule will entail Agnihotri’s trailblazing journey overseas in an attempt to conduct research for the film. Along with his wife, actor & producer Pallavi Joshi, Vivek will be interviewing first hand record of displaced Kashmiri Pandits who are now settled far away from their roots.

The Kashmir Files- dubbed as #KashmirUnreported is a deep dive into the story of the biggest genocide in India’s history- ethnic cleansing of Kanshmiri Pandits, which has been unreported or under reported. Vivek Ranjan Agnihorti & Pallavi Joshi now embarks on a journey to unveil the underlying truth of this catastrophe that took place in India decades back.

The first schedule of the shoot entails on-camera interviews with victims, survivors and their family members and who have lost everything in the tryst. This shoot also marks the first ever attempt towards a consolidated report on this macabre incident which is still shrouded in mystery.

Talking of the first schedule Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri said, “I believe that this is the first schedule of The Kashmir Files and the most difficult part of the filming process because it involves real people and real stories which Pallavi and I would capture on camera. Once I get this right it is half battle won. The research for this project is an extensive one and I want to channelize my energy in digging as deep as possible to get the truth out. This incident should have gone down in the annals in History but where is it? How many people know about the magnitude of it? “

He added, “A film like The Kashmir Files has to bring out the truth or else it will be just another film that will come and go. I’m making this film ‘by demand’- I have numerous well-wishers who have urged me to pick up this subject. I have had people calling me on phone and breaking down- telling me about how they have been witness to their father being butchered into 50 pieces or mother being raped. I owe them the truth”.

The prolonged research will take Vivek and Pallavi across USA, UK, Canada, Germany and around India to record firsthand account of victims, survivors and eyewitness of this terrible tragedy. The Kashmir Files promises to be the first ever true account of most heart wrenching story of human suffering that India has witnessed.

Pallavi Joshi catches up with Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev in an explosive interview

Sadhguru keeps his date with Bollywood and this time it is the effervescent Pallavi Joshi who brings the modern day mystic to face some hard questions on camera. The fifty minute long conversation at Sadhguru’s home turf, Isha Yoga in Coimbatore features a very graceful Pallavi Joshi questioning the modern day mystic on everything worldly and the harsh realities of life.

Pallavi Joshi opened the conversation asking Sadhguru a fundamental question “India is one of the oldest civilizations, while great ancient nations like Greece and Egypt perished how did we survive? “

Sadhguru beautifully summarized, “Other than India’s geographical location with the great Himalayas and Indian Ocean that helped us evade invasion for a few millennia, it’s our belief in ourselves that kept us going. Your life is your Karma- it is your own making. It is about human responsibility to craft your own life. It is that fundamental believe which it made us the civilization that we have been and that has allowed us to survive beyond all reasonable limits of time. More than 12- 15 thousand years cause here people saw that our lives have to be crafted within us. From religion to responsibility- this is what Adi Yogi stands for. People have to move from looking up (what we call religion) to looking in. It is this one quality that made us survive”.

The conversation gradually meandered into nation building, India’s future and a roadmap to greatness. Joshi got the modern day mystic to get into uncomfortable territories like politics & religion, prosperity & corruption, nepotism and the future of children. Sadhguru in his signature style tongue in cheek humor came up with fitting rebuttals and insightful responses.

Speaking about her experience talking with Sadhguru, actor Pallavi Joshi stated, “It is a memorable encounter. I felt like an ocean of composure after the interview. He gave absolutely precise answers from a spiritual dimension in such a simplified manner that long debates and data would fail to explain. In one word, I would say it was fulfilling. If you watch the interview you will know what I mean”.

He spoke very passionately about education, condemning the compulsory education system which emulates industrialization where human beings are put into assembly lines to come out as a certain kind of product. Another topic that Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev deliberated on is Water Crisis other than the over arching moot point of Hindu religion and spirituality.

By the close of the interview, the mystic cited a three pronged approach for India to emerge as an unbreakable nation and continue firmly. By focusing on the nation’s Sovereignty, Soil and evolved Education System where other skills are allowed to blossom.

The Interview is available on I am Buddha’s Youtube channel.

Bharat Ki Baat features art of living guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Pallavi Joshi’s infotainment show Bharat Ki Baat is galloping towards a gala finish. The show has covered topics like Social Justice, Women Empowerment, Governance and Entrepreneurship among many, in its earlier episodes. Now it moves to more forward looking subjects like “India Emerging” and “Soft Power” this weekend. The 26-part show, Directed by Vivek Agnihotri is a positive narrative on India glorious past, ever developing present and a positive outlook into her future.

The upcoming episodes cover India’s unique assets like Yoga, Ayurveda, our ancient language Sanskrit and in a major spin our film industry. Pallavi and Vivek caught up with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on international yoga day and spoke about the spiritual progress of the country.  The scene quickly moves to down South where Oushadhi, a government of Kerala company which is in the process of making Kannur as first Ayurvedic village in India is featured.

As for Sanskrit, Professor Raja Ram Shukla, Vice Chancellor of Sampurnandan Sanksrit University spoke about the genesis of the language and its future.  The show meanders to a more glamorous territory thereafter with the film industry becoming an integral moot point in the upcoming episodes. Ace producer, Mr. Siddharth Roy Kapur comes in as an expert and speaks on India’s diversity as the strength of Indian cinema and how it is an emerging soft power of the country.

Talking about the upcoming episodes of Bharat Ki Baat, Pallavi Joshi says, “These are the fun episodes of the show. Vivek and I met Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and we had such a heartwarming conversation about such deep things which he simplified with ease. Featuring the film Industry really felt closer to home. We had a swell time chatting up with Siddharth, it was such a refreshing & constructive conversation pertaining to the film industry. We are quick to criticize what is not, but seldom do we really talk about the strengths of our industry and Bharat Ki Baat debunks many such myths”.

Bharat Ki Baat is telecast at 10am every Saturday and Sunday only on News18 India, along with News18 UP, News18 MP, News18 Punjab, News18 Rajasthan, News18 Bihar and News18 Urdu.

 
DID YOU KNOW?

1.      A total of 17 countries including the US have Universities that are dedicated completely to Sanskrit and their sole purpose is research on the subject.

2.      There is a separate department in NASA as well to conduct research on the language of Sanskrit.

 

 

Pallavi Joshi’s Bharat Ki Baat celebrated International Women’s Day

In the spirit of celebrating International Women’s Day, Pallavi Joshi’s infotainment show, Bharat Ki Baat delves into the sensitive issue of women empowerment this weekend. The 26-part show, Directed by Vivek Agnihotri is a positive narrative on India glorious past, ever developing present and a positive outlook into her future.

Over the upcoming episodes complex and sensitive topics around women empowerment and subsequent remedial measures through government policies are discussed with interviews of individuals and relevant bodies with noteworthy narratives. Current and relevant topics such as Beti Bachaao Beti Padhaao, PM Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) and Triple Talaq are covered in these episodes through real life experiences.

Smt. Geetaben Girishbhai Vaghela who has benefited from PMUY narrates that prior to getting her LPG connection under PMUY she would resort to the old world measures of cooking which were cumbersome and time consuming. A simple LPG connection under PMUY has made the process of cooking enjoyable and improved the overall quality of her life. Many such women have come forth and shared their narratives on the upcoming episodes.

Shayaro Bano of Kashipur, Uttarakhand is featured on these episodes talking about the epic judgment issued by Supreme Court on Triple Talaaq which led to the bench asking the central government to promulgate legislation within six months to govern marriage and divorce in the Muslim community. The court said that until the government formulates a law regarding instant triple talaaq, there would be an injunction against husbands pronouncing Instant triple talaaq on their wives.

Talking about the women empowerment episodes, Pallavi Joshi, veteran actor and the anchor of Bharat Ki Baat stated,” In an era of #MeToo and social media crusaders who appear as torch bearers of women empowerment somehow forget the real issues. Urban India is a miniscule part of India and where women empowerment is truly imperative, social media unfortunately has not yet trickled down to. I really felt the need to feature this issue on Bharat Ki Baat and showcase the real framework of women empowerment. A simple LPG connection is empowering for someone while someone else grapples with triple talaaq. Dwindling child sex ratio and women’s education, I feel are far more deep rooted issues that we must talk about. Yes there is no glamour in them but that does not make these topics any less important”.

Beti Bachao Beti Padhao also gets reviewed over these episodes through Anganwadi Workers from Senapati District in Manipur. In Senapati District, society follows a patriarchal dominant system. Village council leaders were sensitized and trained to come on board with the ideas behind Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP). The disparity between girls and boys, in particular, the grave issue of a declining Child Sex Ratio were highlighted and participants were encouraged to deliberate and discuss challenges like the birth and education of girls. Initially, an invitation to participate in a one-day training /sensitization programme was given to all the village council leaders with the support of Anganwadi Workers which was amplified later.

The episodes also feature women of true substance and who have led by example. Retired Air Marshal, Padmavathy Bandopadhyay was the first woman Air Marshal in the The Indian Air Force who went onto becoming the Director General of Medical Services at the Air Headquarters talks about her remarkable journey. Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi shares her nerve chilling story while she had volunteered for Indian Navy’s expedition, Navika Sagar Parikrama – an all women circumnavigation of the globe under sails on INSV TARINI. Sonal Mansingh talks on Naarishakti and in a dramatic spin the epic symbolism of women power ‘Draupadi’ from The Mahabharat are also featured on these women empowerment episodes which are slated to be telecast on 9th and 10thMarch.

Bharat Ki Baat is telecast at 10am every Saturday and Sunday only on News18 India, along with News18 UP, News18 MP, News18 Punjab, News18 Rajasthan, News18 Bihar and News18 Urdu.

Bharat Ki Baat touches upon Social Justice this weekend with Pallavi Joshi

Pallavi Joshi, anchored Bharat Ki Baat, veers towards more complex issues like Social Justice for its upcoming episodes. In a diverse country like India social justice becomes the life-blood of the society which keeps the country of billions together. The 26-part show, Directed by Vivek Agnihotri is a positive narrative on India glorious past, ever developing present and a positive outlook into her future.

The show talks about social justice through an eclectic mix of unsung heroes, who have shown utmost resilience in their environments, bounced back from social evils and instead of playing the victim card have risen above the occasion to work for their immediate environment and bring about a positive change.  The topic is broken down into two parts and will run over two episodes- Episode 10 & 11 over 9th & 10 February on Network 18 channels.

Talking about the episodes, Vivek Agnihotri, Director, Bharat Ki Baat, stated, “National integration is impossible without social justice. Social justice means that in the society the citizens must interact and treat one another on the basis of equality. No one should consider others as inferior to themselves on the grounds of religion, race, color, caste or sex, leading to unity of India. We have covered some brilliant human interest stories which will shake you up to the core. These are the real people of India and their gumption is salute worthy”.

Sitavva Joddati from Belgaum who given up as a Devdasi at the age of 7 bounced back to fight the system through her NGO MASS (Mahila Abhivrudhi Mattu Samrakshana Samasthe) and rigorous training programs to fight the evil. Kriti Bharti of Ratanada who has faced multiple hurdles since childhood, even poisoned so that she would discontinue her education is now doing her PhD in Child Protection and Safety. Through her outfit Saarthi Trust, she has stopped over 1000 child marriages and annulled over 150 marriages involving underage boys and girls. The stories of these women are featured in these episodes.

Stories of Nipun Malhotra & A. S. Narayan who are fighting for disability in New Delhi form a significant part of the show. The Delhi High Court agreed to list a PIL filed by disability rights seeking the official recognition of Indian Sign Language (ISL), for hearing. For India’s Deaf community, this is one step closer towards having their only method of real-time communication officially recognized by the Indian state. Voice of LGBT, puppeteerVarun Narain from New Delhi makes his way to Bharat ki Baat as well. The Delhi-based gay activist and professional puppeteer use the living and interactive medium to open conversations about bold and taboo topics for the masses. From nightclubs to pubs, national fashion weeks to brothels, villages in rural districts to slums in cities, his life-sized puppets made of upcycled material have travelled the world. Lastly, Prakash Amte, a Social Worker from Hemalkasa narrates his story too on the show. Son of Baba Amte, Prakash and his wife, Mandakini Amte, were awarded the Magsaysay Award for ‘Community Leadership in 2008 for their philanthropic work in Mahrashtra and Telengana. The episodes also showcase the Statue of Unity as the symbolism of Unity despite all the challenges we face.

“From LGBT rights to child marriage, disabilities to even more niche issues like Devdasi that exist in our society have been covered over two episodes on Social Justice on our show. Issues are inevitable. We are talking about a vast country with so many diverse communities and it cannot be sheer eutopia. If our homes and families can be riddled with problems it’s only logical to accept that a country will have its own issues too. But what makes us magnanimous is how we deal with these issues. We have featured some brave and forward thinking individuals who have been countering multiple social evils on an everyday basis with a smiling face. Their stories are nothing short of inspiring. In the confines of our comfortable homes, it is always easy to comment on shortcomings, especially when most of it does not even touch us. While these people are roughing it out everyday. Their positivity is infectious and absolutely in line with what Bharat ki Baat stands for. We are featuring not only various social issues of the country but the people fighting against those social injustice. We need these people even more cause its not that we don’t have a sound judiciary but people often flout laws and perpetrate these social evils in a clandestine manner, in a scenario as such we need more and more of these heroes to come out and work in their communities ”, quips Pallavi Joshi, actor and anchor.

Bharat Ki Baat is telecast at 10am every Saturday and Sunday only on News18 India, along with News18 UP, News18 MP, News18 Punjab, News18 Rajasthan, News18 Bihar and News18 Urdu.

Episode 10 Social Justice promo:

https://youtu.be/Df_Jv9huZE0

 

Pallavi Joshi scores a tribal rendition of Saare Jahan se Achcha for her show Bharat Ki Baat

Pallavi Joshi and Vivek Agnihotri get a tribal rendition of Saare Jahan Se Achcha Hindustan Humara, recording the song in a remote location in Shillong, while shooting for their brand new television show, Bharat Ki Baat. To celebrate Republic Day the duo launched the song on their NGO, I Am Buddha’s you tube channel.

Anchored by Pallavi Joshi and directed by Vivek Agnihotri, the show is a breath of fresh air in a divided world with partisan views. It follows a narrative that breaks down the stereotypes and usual content format on Indian television by focusing on positivity and all things great that this large democracy has to offer.

While shooting for an episode on women empowerment at a remote location in Shillong, they tracked down some melodious music emerging from close by. The sound took them to a group of tribal folks who were playing unidentified bamboo instruments which produced a rare and raw sound quality that left the entire unit awestruck and pat came the idea to create a piece that resonated with the show.

Talking about the piece Pallavi Joshi said, “What better song than Saare Jaahan Se Achcha on such fresh notes? This is the real India and we city dwellers have so little idea about the treasure trove that lies within our country. Somebody from the unit heard this sound from a distance. We followed the sound trail and much to our delight we found a group of local people playing away. Vivek and I had a eureka moment and we knew that we had to make their craft known to the rest of the country”.

The song was written out in the local language and the crew found an interpreter to help the locals learn the song & explain its meaning. It was then taught to them by a special team that was flown down from Mumbai. The highlight of the song is the instruments that are used. These are all handmade bamboo instruments- 3 stringed instruments and 3 units of percussion were used to create this immortal track. Sitar, Guitar and Violin look alike instruments were used yet the sound is very different from their popular counterpart. For percussion one instrument that was used resembles Djembe yet sounds like conga.

“I was thoroughly impressed by the freshness of the sound. This art form needs preservation and must not be lost in oblivion. It’s our loss if we don’t cherish the richness that our country has to offer. The most wonderful experience while shooting in Shillong was to chance up these skilled musicians and what is even better was their enthusiasm to learn Saare Jahan Se Achcha, especially when they understood the meaning of the song. It was such a humbling experience that people who have so little in life are so much more thankful and truly believe in the greatness of this country while many of us who are far more entitled often overlook”, said Vivek Agnihotri.

Talking about the show, Director, Vivek Agnohotri added, “If you closely observe the nature of content on television be it news, fiction or reality shows they all focus on negative emotions, fear psychosis, conflicts, catastrophes and calamities. People are constantly at each other’s throats. We do very little to think positive or spread positivity. Pallavi and I had decided to break away from the stereotype, really take a fresh stance and that is seed of thought behind Bharat Ki Baat”.

The 26 part series delves into topics that vary from culture, history, landscapes, tourism, technology delving deep into India’s glorious past, the thriving present and an upwardly mobile growth curve as its future. Each episode has a central theme with proof points collected from the length and breadth of the country. Topics range from health, startups, economy, agriculture, industry, women’s empowerment to name a few.

The show goes on air at 10am every Saturday and Sunday only on News18 India, along with News18 UP, News18 MP, News18 Punjab, News18 Rajasthan, News18 Bihar and News18 Urdu.

SHUBH LAGNA SAVDHAN trailer launch

Producer Pallavi Joshi, director Sameer Ramesh Surve’s SHUBH LAGNA SAVDHAN trailer was launched in presence of cast and crew. Abhay Shevde is executive producer.

The film stars Subodh Bhave, Shruti Marathe, Dr. Girish Oak, Nirmeeti Sawant, Vidyadhar Joshi, Kishori Aambiye, Kishor Pradhan, Pratik Deshmukh, Revati Limaye, Satish Salagare and Prachi Neel.

The film is co-produced by Arundhati Daate, Shrinivas Jambhekar, Vidya Sandeep Tungare and Tushar Karnik.

SHUBH LAGNA SAVDHAN will release on 12 October 2018.

Pallavi Joshi decodes ‘Rafale deal’ on ‘Easy Hai’

The original girl next door and household name for TV viewing audiences, Pallavi Joshi  dishes out a simplistic analysis of the much talked about Rafale Deal initiated by Modi Government on her youtube show “Easy Hai”.

“Easy Hai”, is a the national award winning actor’s pet project and developed to dish out a lucid take on complex national issues which are rigorously reported in the media yet not explained or broken down for mass understanding. Ranging within 3-5 minutes, Easy Hai makes national news and headline making news simple for common consumption.

An episode on the heavily reported “Rafale Deal’ has just hit the internet and much like the earlier episodes, Joshi talks through the concept in Hindi using analogies and anecdotes with a signature tongue in cheek sign off.

Talking of Rafale Deal on Easy Hai, Pallavi Joshi quipped, “The primary reason behind doing ‘Easy hai’ series is  because a lot of times people get confused between complex jargons that are thrown around especially when politics is discussed. So through “Easy hai” I want to simplify the over complex issues so that it reaches the most common denominator. After that when people take a stand either socially or politically they take an informed stand.  This exercise is not just to back certain policies of the government, one can also oppose the government if one wants to but it should be done after knowing the complete truth . ‘Easy Hai’ is my humble effort to basically create an awareness in the society as to what is happening politically which a lot of us may not have the patience to sit down and understand, if these issues are broken down and the crux is explained then it becomes far more inclusive and it aids people to arrive at an informed opinion.Just like the name of the show, ‘Easy hai’, makes it simple.”

The video is also trending on Twitter and has reached 5k organic views within an hour of its release.

The earlier issues tackled on “Easy Hai” has been Black money, Demonetization, GST and Surgical Strike. The Rafale Deal episode is the fourth installment of “Easy Hai” released on her NGO I AM Buddha’s You Tube channel. The show has clocked a steady growth over a period of time, what started with a modest 30,000 views has gone utpo 1,76,000 making the last installment an instant hit among internet users.

Easy Hai is presented by I AM Buddha Foundation in public interest. Do follow the link to catch Pallavi Joshi on Easy Hai.

Karan Thapar didn’t want Pallavi Joshi in a TV serial because ‘she is dark’, Vivek Agnihotri reveals

In his much talked about book Urban Naxals, filmaker Vivek Agnihotri has written about an incident that took some time in the late 90s. Vivek was planning to diversify from ad film-making to making television shows in those times, and he got a lucky break when Anupam Kher decided to produce a TV serial titled ‘Yeh Kahan Aa Gaye Hum’ to be directed by him. The pilot episode of the serial was approved by Channel, which was then headed by Karan Thapar.

However, things couldn’t move further after Thapar’s first meeting with Vivek. Thapar apparently liked the serial but didn’t like the casting. He demanded that Pallavi Joshi is dropped, who had acted in many movies and TV shows by then and had even won a national award for acting. “But she is dark. I want someone fair,” Karan Thapar told Vivek Agnihotri, as recounted by Vivek in the book.

Vivek Agnihotri is currently in the US for the book tour. Till now, the book has made stops at Bloomington- Indiana, Silicon Valley- San Fransisco, Yosemite camp- California, Houston- Texas, Dallas, Purdue University,- West Lafayette, Indiana, Ohio State University, Detroit- Chicago, DC and the big apple- New York. As a part of the international leg of the tour, Agnihotri will also make a stopover in the UK before returning to India. The tour mostly features book launches at various renowned institutes preceded by talks and interesting sessions by Vivek and stalwarts from various walks of life.

With his brand of keenly intelligent talks that ranges from history to politics, Vivek has built an extraordinary fan base that transcends age, gender, race and cinema lovers. Honest and hard hitting, Vivek Agnihotri’s Urban Naxals currently ranks 1st under Political Ideologies on Amazon. The book captures the riveting saga of a filmmaker’s struggle and conviction, the behind the scenes story of the making of an award winning film- Buddha in a Traffic Jam. ‘Urban Naxals’- introduces the clandestine underbelly of India’s urban society- the unarmed extremists which work relentlessly to cripple the social fabric of our country. Vivek has not only coined the term “Urban naxals’ but cited many proof points in the book and talked about them in both the national and international legs of his book tour.