The Regional Censor Board gave an U/A certificate to the recently released film Sathyam featuring Vishal and Nayanthara in the lead. This was after chopping off the many portions from the song Chellame Chellame and some violent scenes.ῠ Inside sources reveal that Censor Board members were shocked after watching the semi-nude erotic postures of the lead pair in the song and had no option but to delete it ruthlessly although the director protested vehemently.ῠ Now one hears that the Malaysian Censor Board has removed the entire song from the film as they were of a similar opinion. Chellame Chellame also had a censor problem in the Gulf countries.
According to Nag Ravi who distributed Sathyam in the Gulf consortium area, the censor folks in Dubai objected to the song as well as some of the violent scenes.ῠ He says, “But since the film was released a day after it was released in India, we were able to convince them and justified the need for the song. After that it was cleared.” Meanwhile, director Rajashekhar has edited out eight minutes of footage from the already released film in Tamil as well as Telugu (Salute) and given a crisper version.ῠ Talking to this newspaper, he said, “Many of those who watched the film felt that the comedy portions involving Brahmanandam and Senthil along with Nayan and Premji did not go well with the audience as they come soon after a high action scene by Vishal and also looked unnecessary.”
Autorickshaws are easily the most convenient means of commuting for most Chennaiites. Despite the hefty fares, people still prefer this mode of transport. However, with the coming of shared autos the autorickshaws are facing dull business are now trying to beat the competition at their own game.
The auto drivers, have now startedῠ taking more than one customer and charging both customers for the same ride. This is not only illegal but also upsets the commuter. Says Arya Sentil, an engineer who commutes from Nungambakkam to Anna Nagar on a daily basis, “I normally take shared autos but sometimes when I opt for a regular one, they charge about Rs 100 from my office to home. On the way if the driver sees someone waiting, he asks them to join me and charges them also a big amount. It is annoying because I am forced to share space with a stranger, which I hate to do. I do not question the new passenger as they are in no way responsible for this. The auto driver who wants to make extra money is doing it, but it is really wrong. When I conveyed this to him, he got angry and started shouting at me,” he says.
This has become a fairly common trend in the city. S. Kumar, an auto rickshaw driver says that though he has never followed such a practice, he is aware of a few drivers doing it. “I have been driving an auto for about 12 years now and the business was fine until a few years ago when the shared autos arrived. After this business has been quite dull. I think other drivers are following this practice because they are losing out on their daily business and are finding other means to make money like this,” he says.
State general secretary of Tamil Nadu Auto drivers Tozhilalar Samelanam says that though the business is dull for the autorickshaws he advises them to not to follow such practices. “If they take two different customers they should seek the permission of the first commuter without charging anyone extra and allow them to share the fare among themselves. It is incorrect to charge the new passenger. It is against the laws stated for auto-rickshaw drivers,” he says.”Of course a slump in the business could be a reason but there are some who will think of making money in one way or the other. If we find such drivers we will take the necessary action against them,” he says.
President of Sengudi Autorickshaw Tozhilalar Sangam, S. Ezhumalai says that right now, they follow the Rs 7 for one kilometre rule imposed by government and despite the increase in petrol price, they are have not revised it. “If the government steps in and increases the prices at least by Rs 5, I think such practices will not happen. Drivers also have to make a living and with such low fares it is impossible,” he points out.ῠ “I really wish we would follow the meter rule. If the government comes forward and helps us it will be good otherwise there are many who will always resort to illegal methods of making money and there is nothing you canῠ really do about that.”he adds.
The entire country has been rejoicing the victory of Abhinav Bindra’s Olympic gold and holding her breath eagerly for a repeat from boxer Akhil Kumar. However, there has been considerable displeasure from several quarters of viewers in India. Reason? They have been unable to witness some key moments in the ongoing Olympic Games, which has been broadcasted by Doordarshan. in India.
Baskaran, the former captain of the Indian hockey team that won the gold in 1980 Moscow Olympics, who has been following the Beijing games closely since it began, says, “The coverage given by Doordarshan to the Indian sportspersons is inadequate. For the first time in so many years, we won a gold medal but the publicity from the official broadcaster was pathetic.”
ῠHe adds, “During cricket matches, one gets to see instant replays of the game over and over again. If half the attention given to the game were showered on sportspersons at least duringῠ primetime, more youngsters in schools and colleges would be inspired to take up sports more seriously; otherwise Bindra’s name would just be another one that vanished in time just like Karnam Malleshwari’s.”
Fans are also disappointed with the ‘substandard commentary’ offered by those who have little understanding of the game. Adam Sinclair, a hockey player from Coimbatore and an Olympian who participated in the Athens 2004 says, “The Olympics is without a doubt, the biggest sporting event in the world. You need able commentators who can grab the attention of the viewers and keep them rivetted to the game. I have been able to detect several technical mistakes when the commentators speak about any given game.”
He adds, “DD’s coverage of sports relevant to India leaves a lot to be desired. Moreover, on the first day of the Games, they telecast a cycling race for about 30 minutes and just a few minutes before the finale, they switched to a different segment of another sport. I found this frustrating as the last minutes are the most exciting in any game. Doordarshan should have co-ordinated the proceedings better.”
When this newspaper tried to contact Doordarshan, they were told that the officials concerned with the Olympics were in Beijing and were not available for comment. However, a source who did not wish to be identified said, “I feel very strongly about this issue. It’s purely lack of co-ordination among the powers that be. We missed out on giving proper coverage to Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore at the Olympics this year. A big contingent from Doordarshan has gone to Beijing,ῠ sadly it’s not showing in the quality of broadcast that’s coming to India.”
Recently, one of my old school friends was arguing about how people over-interpret the issue of “stress”. My friend, being a “happy-go-lucky” person, strongly felt that stress actually does not exist and that it is all “psychological”, and a “figment of one’s imagination”. Considering the fact that we have very different personalities; our approach towards problems are also different. While I argued that stress exists, he thought otherwise.
The existence of stress is something that has long been questioned. Researchers and medical practitioners may have written a thesis to prove their stands, but as of now the rulebook preaches, “it exists”. “We all face stress. For some people, stress keeps building up so much so that the same stress becomes distress, however for others it’s a constant source of motivation,” says Dr Hozefa Bhinderwala, consultant psychiatrist, Saifee and Prince Ali Khan Hospital.
Stress can either be positive or negative. However, dealing with stress is largely subjective. Varka Chulani, clinical psychologist says, “Good stress like emotions of concern makes you more cautious. Also, some people work better under pressure. However, factors like depression, inertia, fear and anxiety are unhealthy and extremely difficult to cope with.” Sania Philips, 33, has a hectic lifestyle. A journalist by profession, Philips works on the field for 10-12 hours a day.
At the same time she is also happily married with two kids. She says, “With my kind of job, I know it is difficult to juggle between family and work. As of now, my children are very young and they need to be attended to. My husband also has his work priorities.” She adds, “If someone were in my shoes they would have surely buckled under pressure. But my carefree nature and positive attitude has really helped me cope better. When at work, I do not think about home, and when at home, it’s just family; I do not entertain calls from work. My weekends are exclusively for my kids.”
Adding to this, Dr Bhinderwala says, “There are people who have a very positive outlook to life. They do not take issues seriously and have a jolly good time. When you see such people, you might feel that they do not take stress, however stress is constant. They actually put up a positive front, because of which they either bravely or often unconsciously they tackle problems easily.” Chulani says, “According to the Yerkes-Dodson Law, as stress increases, so does efficiency.” Stress, then, is all but inevitable.