Dr Harsh Vardhan inaugurates new CGHS Wellness Centre at Vikaspuri, New Delhi

first_img AYUSH CentresAyushman Bharat Health and Wellness CentresCentral Government Health SchemeCGHS Wellness CentreDr Harsh VardhanNew DelhiPMJAY Related Posts Dr Harsh Vardhan inaugurates new CGHS Wellness Centre at Vikaspuri, New Delhi MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Comments (0) Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” By EH News Bureau on December 20, 2019 Share Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Read Article WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals CGHS Wellness centres have expanded to 72 cities from earlier figure of 30, which shows commitment of government to health and wellness of employees“CGHS services shall be now be extended  to 100 cities,” this was stated by Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare as he inaugurated the new CGHS Wellness Centre at Vikaspuri, New Delhi, in the presence of Parvesh Saheb Singh Verma, Member of Parliament, West Delhi. The Union Health Minister added that at present the scheme is operational across 72 cities through 329 Allopathic Wellness Centres and 86 AYUSH Centres. It serves 12.09 lakh primary cardholders and 35.72  lakh beneficiaries, out of which around 17 lakh beneficiaries belong to Delhi/NCR. There are more than 2.5 lakh beneficiaries aged 75 years and above. About 58 per cent of CGHS beneficiaries avail of CGHS facilities at least once in a year.Dr Vardhan stated that after 2014, the number of CGHS Wellness centres have expanded to 72 cities from the earlier figure of 30, which shows the exemplary commitment of the government to the health and wellness of the employees. Soon CGHS shall be extended to other cities like Itanagar, Kannur, and Kozhikode. He added that recently the Ministry has elicited the feedback and suggestions from various stakeholders, beneficiaries and others to improve the delivery of health services through CGHS centres. As an innovative feature, for beneficiaries above 80 years of age, doctors from CGHS wellness centres call at least once in a month to enquire about their well-being / make a home visit if residing within 5 km.The Union Health Minister stated that it is a reflection of the commitment to the health sector by the government, that the number of AIIMS have now increased to 21. Six of the AIIMS are now operational, he stated. Work is also progressing on setting up 157 medical colleges mainly in the aspirational districts of the country to ensure that people of these regions are provided superior health services, and they do not have to travel long distances to avail them. He also highlighted the “Eat Right India” and “Fit India” campaigns of the Government aimed towards preventive, promotive and positive health, which also is the underpinning thought for the Ayushman Bharat Health and Wellness Centres. “It is sad that the people of Delhi have been deprived of the invaluable tertiary health services under Ayushman Bharat PMJAY, which have benefitted more than 69 lakh people from various parts of the country through more than 19,000 empanelled hospitals,” stated Dr Harsh Vardhan. He added that these needy and poor people could not have dreamed of such health care facilities earlier, in the absence of PMJAY.The Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) is a contributory health scheme for serving / retired Central Government employees and their dependent family members. The scheme was started in 1954 in Delhi. It provides comprehensive health care facilities to the beneficiaries that include OPD consultation from CGHS Medical Officers and specialists, issue of medicines, investigations at govt hospitals and private empanelled centres, specialist consultation and hospitalisation at govt and private empanelled hospitals, etc. OPD consultation from CGHS empanelled private hospitals on referral from CGHS Wellness Centre is also done as part of the scheme.Sanjeeva Kumar, Spl Secretary (Health), Alok Saxena, Joint Secretary (Health), along with other senior officers from the Ministry and CGHS were also present at the event. Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 News Add Comment Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healphalast_img read more

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Wicked Turns 10, Bobby Cannavale Plays Charades & After Midnight Swings in This Week’s Datebook

first_imgGreen is the new black! Yes, it’s Halloween week (and nobody loves Halloween as much as Broadway fans), but the real party is the day before, when the beloved blockbuster musical Wicked celebrates a decade on the Great White Way. So, get out your brooms and tiaras, and let’s party like it’s 2003 in this week’s Datebook! FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1A SWINGING NIGHT WITH MONTEGO GLOVERGot an itch to hear Benny Goodman-style big band music? Head to Carnegie Hall to see Tony nominee Montego Glover (Memphis) headline “Sing Sing Swing” with the New York Pops. Music director Steven Reineke welcomes Glover and clarinet player Dave Bennett for a tribute to Goodman’s live recording at the Hall 75 years ago.ALSO: The 2013 Carols for a Cure CD gives fans a jump on the holidays; Mama Rose’s Turn: The True Story of America’s Most Notorious Stage Mother by Carolyn Quinn is released. TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29GOOD SEX, AND A LOT MOREThere’s a lot more to Dr. Ruth Westheimer than her career as a sex therapist, and actress Debra Jo Rupp is bringing history to life in Becoming Dr. Ruth, which opens at the Westside Theatre. Hear the inspiring story of how young Ruth Siegel escaped the Nazis, became a sniper in Jerusalem and found happiness and fame in America.ALSO: Sexy variety show La Soiree begins previews at the Union Square Theatre; cast recordings of Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 and How the Grinch Stole Christmas! are released. Star Files WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30ELPHIE & GLINDA TURN 10It’s going to be an incredible night at the Gershwin Theatre, as original cast members and starry alums (think Stephanie J. Block, Teal Wicks, Julia Murney & Annaleigh Ashford) return for the 10th anniversary performance of Wicked. It’s a milestone only 10 other Broadway shows have reached, so the Citizens of Oz will definitely be partying.ALSO: The comic thriller Small Engine Repair begins previews at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, produced by MCC Theater. SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3AT THE STROKE OF MIDNIGHTHarlem comes to Broadway as After Midnight celebrates its opening at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Fantasia Barrino, Dule Hill, Adriane Lenox and a cast of fantastic singers and dancers join the incredible Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars for an evening that blends the songs of Duke Ellington with the prose of Langston Hughes. Fabulous!ALSO: Jarrod Spector in concert and Martin Charnin’s Something Funny’s Going On revue play 54 Below. MONDAY, OCTOBER 28FIRST WORD, FOUR LETTERS, SOUNDS LIKE…The annual LAByrinth Theater Company Celebrity Charades benefit is starry, silly and lots of fun.This year’s gala,  with a “Disco Fever” theme, will held at Capitale, featuring killer charades players Bobby Cannavale, Billy Crudup, Josh Charles, Padma Lakshmi, Chris Rock and more. Careful: They’re competitive!ALSO: Beth Henley’s Crimes of the Heart gets a starry reading on Theatre Row benefitting The New Group, featuring Zosia Mamet and Allison Williams of Girls; Michael Mayer discusses the film Broadway Idiot at the Jacob Burns Film Center; Florence Henderson looks back her brilliant career at 54 Below. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31BOO! HALLOWEEN, BROADWAY-STYLEHalloween is the perfect night to see a show—you can get a bloody scare at Macbeth with Ethan Hawke or give yourself a completely different kind of fright at First Date. If you prefer dressing up, do some Broadway-style trick-or-treating in costume as Kinky Boots’ Lola, Cinderella, Matilda’s Miss Trunchbull or—taking a tip from The Glass Menagerie’s Celia Keenan-Bolger, above—Annie. Have a frightfully good evening!ALSO: Into Sweeney Todd’s Woods, with special guest Len Cariou, is the perfect Halloween treat at 54 Below; the McKittrick Hotel, home to spooky interactive hit Sleep No More, hosts a Halloween bash.  View Comments Bobby Cannavale SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2MY, MY! MAMMA MIA! HAS A NEW HOMEBroadway’s Dancing Queens will have their first dance party in a new Broadway home as Mamma Mia! gives its first performance at the Broadhurst Theatre. The smash-hit musical, which is heading toward its 5,000th performance, should look great in a slightly smaller house, so hitch up your Spandex and head to West 44th Street to sing along with ABBA hits.ALSO: Jackie Hoffman, Mary Testa, Christime Pedi & Kristine Zbornik are Silly Witches at 54 Below; The Preacher and the Shrink, starring Dee Hoty, begins at the Beckett Theatre; The Awesome ‘80s Prom ends at The Wall; Every Day a Visitor begins at the Clurman Theatre.last_img read more

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Kevin McManamon and Bríd Stack Launch Topaz Cash for Clubs 2017

first_imgTopaz ‘Cash for Clubs’ ambassador Kevin McManamon added: “I’m very happy to be involved in this year’s Topaz ‘Cash for Clubs’ initiative, which plays a vital role in bringing clubs and communities even further in their efforts to secure much-needed support and funds. I have seen first-hand how challenging it can be for clubs to continually raise funds to keep services and facilities to the standard they need to be. With Topaz Cash for Clubs, everyone can get behind their local club and help show their support for a cause they feel strongly about – whether it’s a team they play for, a local music group they’re involved with or simply a club they follow.” Pictured at the launch of Cash for Clubs are Topaz ambassadors (L-) Brid Stack, Alan Quinlan and Kevin McManamon.Topaz is encouraging people from across Ireland to go the extra mile for there local community to be in with a chance to win up to €10,000 for a club of their choice. A total of €200,000 in cash prizes will be up for grabs over the course of the next 12 weeks.For more information and how to enter see www.playorpark.ie/cashforclubsMandator Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie Topaz, Ireland’s leading fuel and convenience retailer, has partnered with two of Ireland’s leading sportspeople, Kevin McManamon and Bríd Stack, to officially launch Cash for Clubs 2017 and encourage people across Ireland to go the extra mile for their local community.The programme offers clubs of all types and sizes from across the island of Ireland the chance to win up to €10,000 in funding with a total of €200,000 in cash prizes up for grabs as part of the initiative, which returns for a third year.Following the huge success of Cash for Clubs over the past two years, Topaz is continuing to recognise the intrinsic role that passionate people play in driving clubs across Ireland and the vital role that these local heroes play in providing members of the public with opportunities to meet new people, be active and learn valuable.Both Kevin and Bríd are best known for their talents and achievements on the field of play, but they share a common understanding of the importance of cross-code participation at a grassroots level and are known for going the extra mile off the field as well as on it.With a significant national footprint and extensive customer network located across the country, Topaz understands the difficulties that local clubs can face to raise much needed funds to support the services and facilities they provide.Speaking at the launch of Topaz ‘Cash for Clubs’, Marketing Director of Topaz, Margaret Barron said: “With 430 forecourts located nationwide and a presence in every county on the island of Ireland, Topaz is really at the heart of Irish communities and we understand the important role of local clubs in bringing people together. Following the huge success of ‘Cash for Clubs’ over the past two years, we are thrilled to continue this initiative in 2017 by recognising the hard work of club networks across the country and contributing a further €200,000 to local clubs. Topaz ‘Cash for Clubs’ is open to all clubs no matter how big or small, so whether your local club is passionate about sport, dance, food or even language based, we are encouraging people to go that extra mile for their chosen club by collecting ‘Cash for Clubs’ tokens at Topaz service stations. It is also a great opportunity to get your friends, family and neighbours to come together to help to win funds for your local community.” How it works: The programme works directly through the Topaz Play or Park Loyalty platform. Clubs can register at playorpark.ie/cash-for-clubs (ROI) or playorpark.co.uk/cash-for-clubs (NI) and, once registered, members of the club and customers in their community can start collecting tokens using a Play or Park gametag, which are available in-store or through the Topaz Play or Park app. You’ll receive one token once you spend €30/£20 or more on fuel purchases and once you have linked your gametag to your chosen club your tokens will be automatically allocated to your club. Once a club has collected 2,000 tokens, they will be automatically entered into an ‘everyone-wins’ draw. 1st club drawn will win top prize of €10,00010 clubs thereafter will win €5,000140 clubs after that will win €1,000 Topaz to contribute €200,000 in cash prizes to clubs across Ireland Topaz ‘Cash for Clubs’ 2017 Grand Prize Draw: 1st Club drawn will win €10,00010 Clubs thereafter will win €5,000 and140 Clubs after this will receive €1,000‘Cash for Clubs’ launched today, Wednesday 17th May 2017 and will run until Sunday, 13th August, 2017.For more information on Topaz ‘Cash for Clubs’ 2017, visit www.topaz.ie or see Topaz Energy on Facebook and @topazenergy on Twitter #Cash4Clubs17Pictured at the launch of Cash for Clubs are Topaz ambassadors (L-) Brid Stack, Alan Quinlan and Kevin McManamon.Topaz is encouraging people from across Ireland to go the extra mile for there local community to be in with a chance to win up to €10,000 for a club of their choice. A total of €200,000 in cash prizes will be up for grabs over the course of the next 12 weeks.For more information and how to enter see www.playorpark.ie/cashforclubsMandator Credit ©INPHO/James Crombieprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

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Line-ups: Brescia v Inter

first_imgInter start Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez again, but bring back Kwadwo Asamoah, while Brescia have Mario Balotelli and Alfredo Donnarumma with a new goalkeeper. It kicks off at the Stadio Rigamonti at 20.00 GMT. You can follow all the build-up and action as it happens from this game and Parma-Verona on the LIVEBLOG. Antonio Conte’s Nerazzurri missed the opportunity to close on leaders Juventus, as both teams were held to draws at the weekend by Parma and Lecce respectively. The coach complained that he had very few options available to him following an injury crisis, as Stefano Sensi, Alexis Sanchez, Matias Vecino and Danilo D’Ambrosio are still out of action. It means there is no rest for Lukaku and Lautaro, while Roberto Gagliardini again takes the midfield slot. Asamoah returns after a knee issue to take the left flank from Cristiano Biraghi, while Diego Godin completes the defence. Brescia boss Eugenio Corini is already under pressure, with reports Cesare Prandelli is being lined up to replace him just months after taking the team to the Serie B title. He has more problems to deal with, because goalkeeper Jesse Joronen suffered a knock against Genoa and is not even in the squad, so 31-year-old former Inter shot-stopper Enrico Alfonso has to make his career Serie A debut. Leonardo Morosini has also been left out, apparently in a technical decision, with Jhon Chancellor, Ernesto Torregrossa, Luca Tremolada, Giangiacomo Magnani, Federico Viviani and Daniele Dessena injured. Alfredo Donnarumma returns to the starting XI with star man Balotelli, who so far has only one goal to his name in the Rondinelle jersey. The trequartista role seems to be scrapped, moving to a 3-5-2 formation this evening that mirrors Inter, with 21-year-old Massimiliano Mangraviti brought in. Inter could win their first five away games of the Serie A season, something this club only achieved in 1966-67, 1997-98 and 2012-13. Brescia: Alfonso; Mangraviti, Cistana, Gastaldello; Sabelli, Bisoli, Tonali, Romulo, Mateju; A Donnarumma, Balotelli Brescia bench: Andrenacci, Ndoj, Spalek, Zmrhal, Aye, Matri, Martella, Semprini Inter: Handanovic; Godin, De Vrij, Skriniar; Candreva, Gagliardini, Brozovic, Barella, Asamoah; R Lukaku, Lautaro Martinez Inter bench: Padelli, Berni, Ranocchia, Politano, Lazaro, Borja Valero, Dimarco, Esposito, Biraghi, Bastoni Ref: Fabbri Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

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Sportscover Australia ‘Underwriting Agency of the Year’

first_imgSportscover Australia has been named as Underwriting Agency of the Year at the 2009 Australia and New Zealand Insurance Industry Awards. This was the inaugural award for this category, sponsored by Lloyd’s. Murray Anderson, CEO of Sportscover Australia said, “We are very proud to have won this award against some stiff competition. It is a great tribute to the whole team; our staff, our broker network and our clients, because without their fantastic support we would not have been able to grow so significantly over the past 23 years.” Sportscover Australia is a specialist sports and leisure underwriting agency which was originally established by Peter Nash in 1986. Since then, Sportscover has grown to become a worldwide sports and leisure insurance services group which includes a Lloyd’s managing agent (Sportscover Underwriting Limited) and a Lloyd’s syndicate (3334 SCS). Sportscover Australia continues to operate as an underwriting agency with authority to write business on behalf of the Sportscover syndicate. Sportscover’s Chairman, Peter Nash, was also one of three finalists in the Insurance Leader of the Year Award. Joan Fitzpatrick, CEO, the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (the Institute) said, “On behalf of the expert judging panel, I wholeheartedly congratulate the winners of this year’s awards on their tremendous achievement. Being named as a winner is no ordinary feat, competition is always fierce and with a record number of submissions the calibre this year was incredibly high.” She added, “We are supremely proud of the winners and their innovation, high professional standards, customer service focus and industry leadership. The Insurance Industry Awards are a great opportunity for our industry to take pride in its achievements and excellence. I know that each winner will be extremely proud of their success.” The winners of each category were announced at the Insurance Industry Awards Gala at the Parkside Ballroom, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, on Thursday 30 July. Australian owned Sportscover is one of the world’s leading sports and leisure insurance services groups with offices in Melbourne, Sydney, London, and Toronto. Using a worldwide broker network, Sportscover specialises in accident, liability, property and contingency insurances for sport and leisure. As a Lloyd’s syndicate, SCS 3334 benefits from Lloyd’s market rating and is the only A rated dedicated sports and leisure insurer in the world. Sportscover’s main underwriting operations comprise Sportscover Underwriting Ltd, Syndicate 3334, Sportscover Australia Pty Ltd, Sportscover Europe Ltd. Sutton-Sportscover Ltd, Sportscover Insurance Ltd, SCI Capital Ltd. Thanks to Martin Kelly for providing the article content.Related Filesmedia-release-2009-07-31-sportscover-insurance-institute-award-winner-pdflast_img read more

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a month agoSolskjaer: Man Utd rebuild no quick-fix. Rome wasn’t built in a day

first_imgSolskjaer: Man Utd rebuild no quick-fix. Rome wasn’t built in a dayby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has called for patience as he continues the rebuilding process.A concerning start to the campaign has seen United take just six points from their first eight Premier League games, while the club haven’t won the title since 2013. Solskjaer told Sky Sports: “It’s not like the situation we had last year. There’s no lack of desire there. “For us it’s about building a new culture, building a new team, bringing everybody together. Is it the job I expected? Yes. I never said this was going to be a quick-fix job. It’s step after step after step. “Of course, we’ve hit a few bumps in the road, I never said this was going to be a quick-fix job. Rome wasn’t built in a day. “We need time, and the attitude of the boys has been great. [We must] keep working on improving the understanding and relationships between all players, and the style we want to play.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Prime Minister Hands Over Keys for Longville Park Phase III

first_imgPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller handed out the first set of keys and certificates of ownership to beneficiaries of the Longville Park Phase III Housing Scheme in Clarendon on Wednesday, February 20.Approximately 882 families will benefit from new housing solutions constructed at a cost of $4.8 billion.Among the beneficiaries were 168 low income earners, who received subsidised rates for their units from the National Housing Trust (NHT), totalling approximately $127 million; 20 young professionals, who fall between the ages of 25 and 40; and a person with a disability.The NHT also approved 165 home grants of $1.2 million each, to help lower income contributors to purchase solutions. These grants were given to persons earning a maximum of $10,000 weekly.The Prime Minister, who has portfolio responsibility for the NHT, outlined that special consideration was given to certain categories of applicants, inparticular, the most vulnerable, in an effort to assist them in becominghomeowners.“The Trust has improved the standards of living for many Jamaican families through this investment.last_img read more

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Expanded Port of Kapellskär Ready for Operations

first_imgzoom Swedish Port of Kapellskär, the most northern port of Ports of Stockholm, is ready to launch operations at all of its five quay-berths following expansion works.The port now has two piers and five quay-berths. The new 245 metre-long pier has been in operation since summer 2016.The original pier has been extensively renovated and is now ready for traffic, according to the Ports of Stockholm.Expansion works at the site included dredging operations, while the pier received erosion protection, fenders, bollards, safety barriers and new lighting. New water supply and drain connections have been installed and the pier is prepared for the capability to allow vessels to connect to shore electricity.“After three years of reconstruction Kapellskär is a state-of-the-art port with the capacity to welcome the largest combined cargo and passenger-carrying vessels,” Ports of Stockholm informed.The port esplanade area is almost twice as large and the logistics and safety solutions have been updated.The official opening of the new Port of Kapellskär will take place in early summer 2017.last_img read more

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Chamber and Sunrise Rotary Club hosting keynote speech by Colombian delegate next

first_imgThe breakfast function is taking place at the Pomeroy Hotel on May 9th beginning at 6:45 a.m. Tickets are available at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/may-9th-breakfast-meeting-with-cisal-spark-affiliated-event-tickets-45712007846?aff=ehomecard FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Fort St. John and District Chamber of Commerce and the Sunrise Rotary Club of Fort St. John will be partnering to host a special guest keynote speaker in affiliation with the Spark Women’s Conference next week.The two organizations will be hosting a breakfast at the Pomeroy Hotel featuring keynote speaker Paula Lopez Vendemiati, the manager of the Sustainable and Inclusive Communities in Latin America (CISAL) program in Colombia to learn about the program and how Fort St. John is involved. Next week, a delegation of women from Peru and Columbia will tour local resource extraction facilities and visit non-profit organizations. They will also meet with local First Nation, business, and community leaders to discuss inclusivity, and issues of women empowerment and gender equality.CISAL is a five-year program that involves a number of municipalities from across Canada that have experience successfully diversifying their local communities from single-employer and/or resource-based. The long-term outcome of the program is for vulnerable groups in South American communities impacted by the mining sector to enjoy increased social benefits and inclusive economic opportunities.last_img read more

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As RAW as it gets

first_imgFrom an army officer, to a vigilante, a RAW agent and then a police officer… Is this a phase where you explore all the law enforcement roles that there are? Someone recently pointed this out and asked me whether I am only doing roles that relate to the country. I want to clarify that this has happened by accident, not by design. When RAW came to me, Robbie (Grewal) narrated the script and neither of us expected very much from each other. Robbie did not expect me to do the film and I agreed to hear the narration because I found the title, Romeo Akbar Walter, very interesting. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaBut after I heard the complete narration, I was blown away, I was amazed and I said that I really wanted to make this film happen. It was just so fantastic. Then, in the midst of this, I heard the script of Batla House. And again, Batla House blew my mind. I said that fact is stranger than fiction, like RAW and Parmanu: The Story Of Pokhran, and since this fits the bill, I said yes to this film. When I was working on Parmanu, it was my pet project just like Madras Café was. I believe that somewhere down the line, I have gravitated to this space and scripts like these have gravitated towards me. But, as I said before, it is definitely not a conscious decision. In fact, I am doing Pagalpanti next, which is a comedy with director Anees Bazmee. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna It is interesting that you are doing so many films of this genre but are you apprehensive of crossing the line and becoming jingoistic in any of your roles? I don’t want to be jingoistic or overly patriotic. I don’t want to wear nationalism on my sleeve. The first and foremost thing is that I want to make films that will entertain people. However, when you walk out of that cinema hall after watching the film, you should get a feeling that I did not know this particular thing about India or its history. This is what people felt after they saw Parmanu last year. They came out thinking that they didn’t know about the nuclear blasts that had happened in Pokhran 20 years ago. So, if the film is of this genre, if it talks about stuff related to events like these, it has to have an impact on you. And I can say that RAW will have that impact. I am the producer of films like Madras Café and Parmanu, and I am confident that RAW will spearhead my show reel. I do not know about commercials or the level of success that this film will achieve but it will definitely have such a huge impact on you that you will feel that you’ve got your money’s worth. And it is important that people feel this way, more so because when people watch films with their families, they end up spending a huge sum. So, keeping that in mind, I can say that this film is worth your money. You said that the main purpose of you doing a film is to entertain. But where does this film fit in the content versus commercial battle? Honestly, I love comedies. I love Anees bhai a lot. And when I am doing Pagalpanti with him, I enjoy every day on the set. I don’t make a conscious decision to do a ‘commercial’ film or a ‘content-driven’ film. The fact is that what is working is films that are different. I am doing films that I would enjoy watching as a member of the audience. When I read a script, I do it from the perspective of a viewer. If I laugh, then I think it’s very funny and if it touches me then I would say that it has a damn good plot. I think each film brings a certain value to the table and that is how I pick my projects. There are some films that I do out of pure passion because I know there is a community out there who wants to watch them, like my motorcycle film. It is sheer passion. I feel that I can ride better than I can walk (Laughs). I live, sleep, eat and breathe motorcycles. I can smell fuel, I can hear the sound of a motorcycle and these things make me smile. For someone who lives that life, whatever he does on screen with a motorcycle will look right. You are turning your passions into projects. Yeah. My passion was also telling the story of the assassination of my ex-Prime Minister and I made Madras Café. My passion was also the Pokhran nuclear tests and my passion is also motorcycles. Another passion of yours is football, which is the theme of your film 1911. 1911 is being written as we speak. Nikkhil Advani is directing it and I am acting in it. There is another hero in the film. It is a co-production between JA Entertainment and Emmay Entertainment. Nikkhil and I are making a lot of films together. Is there a certain comfort level that you share since you have been working together since 2007? Oh yes! We did Salaam-e-Ishq together back then. But when I was doing Satyameva Jayate last year, which Nikkhil produced, he was there on set and there is a sense of connection between us which is unspoken because Nikkhil is also a workaholic like me. All he is concerned about is what the script is and how he is going to do it. Then Batla House happened and, as I said, my mind was blown after I read that script, and we decided to do the film. The rest is history. 1911 is a really good subject. I doubt that one could go wrong unless I play with one foot (Laughs). This is not overconfidence; it is a very strong subject and I think people will really enjoy this. It is a sports film and by the time it releases, I think football will be the new cricket. When you read a script, is there a difference between your instinct as an actor and as a producer that helps you take the final decision? Yes, absolutely. I work with a very tight team. I have a head of development, Sanyuktha Chawla Shaikh, and she has written Neerja, Parmanu and is writing my next. Then there is Meenakshi, who manages my work and is also a creative producer today. Together, we deliberate over subjects that we come across. One of them is completely focussed on content and one is completely commercial, and I am absolutely in the middle! So, when we deliberate, we kind of suss out what we want to do. Sometimes, there isn’t even a script, sometimes it is just an idea that I have or we have, which we think about and say, hey, should we work on this? That’s how we work on our subjects. RAW is set in the 1970s. To make it authentic, how did you ideate and what did you bring to the table in this regard? Fortunately, Robbie and I connected very easily with each other. Robbie sat in front of me and told me about my characters, and I say ‘characters’ because there isn’t just one, there are many but primarily it is Romeo, Akbar and Walter. And it was good for him that I understood the character progression. Sometimes, it is hard for a director to get this across to an actor. But we didn’t face any problems there and then it was fun. It was a smooth sailing after that discussion. Then it was him briefing me about a particular scene and I knew my character progression at that point, whether it was Romeo six months later, or Akbar two years later, or Walter six years later. I was aware of how my character progressed. Then it was easy to fit into that character because I had to slip in and out of certain characters.last_img read more

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