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Salman Khan being human in summer 2015 collection

Hope for the Indian judicial system: Salman Khan sentenced to 5 years in prison

This news makes me really happy, at least some hope for the Indian judicial system.

Bollywood super star Salman Khan who has been accused of drink driving, hit & run (killing 1 person), killing protected animals, domestic violence, and manipulating Indian judiciary system for over 12-13 years was finally found guilty of culpable homicide, and was sentenced to 5 years in prison.

Salman Khan has been manipulating the system for way to long.

After killing people and animals, bringing Black money from underworld and abusing women left right center for years he created this brand called Being Human to show the world how philanthropist he is. What a joke.

Glad that he will be away for 5 years and now hopefully producers won’t have to spend that money on silly scripts and good scripts and talent gets more money that they deserve.

Bollywood celebs seems to be in complete support of Salman Khan, completely ignoring the the victim, this shows that in india if your poor then you  are Nobody.

Wife of the victim Nurulah Mahbob Sharif, said she had been waiting a long time for justice, adding: “We have gone through a lot of hardships.”

“Everything is so expensive and we hardly have any income. My kids are always under stress,”

All those Indian celebs and fans standing by Salman, make sure it’s not on the pavement your standing on.

lets celebrate this great day with some Salman Khan memes.

Being Human | Summer -15 collection

Salman Khan being human in summer 2015 collection

 

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Prehistoric Sawfish caught near Mumbai, India.

sawfish_Mumbai_IndiaLocal fishermen caught Sawfish, also known as carpenter sharks near my dads hometown Satpatibeach almost 1 hr from Mumbai, India.

This prehistoric beautiful fish is a critically endangered species and face the threat of extinction as a result of habitat loss and overfishing.

Sawfish is a survivor from the Cretaceous period (66 million years ago), and can be found both in saltwater or in rivers and creeks, It may look like sharks but are actually more closely related to rays. Their “saw” is both a weapon and a sensory organ, Although usually peaceful, the sawfish can become extremely dangerous if provoked. this fishes was probably a staple food for the largest carnivorous dinosaur, as a vertebra from the fish was found stuck between the dinosaur’s teeth.

All the seven varieties of sawfish, including four from India, have been listed as critically endangered on the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). They are also considered the most threatened marine fish.

Sawfish were once abundant in India’s coastal waters, but are rarely seen these days, as per the article in Hindu. Good thing is that the sawfish is alredy protected under the Wildlife Protection Act but education and awareness is needed

A good article from The Hindu http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/sawfish-struggles-to-stay-afloat/article3487007.ece

I also found an old video from 2012 where fishermen caught a giant Sawfish in Daman, India

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Rang Rasiya: A movie about father of modern Indian art Raja Ravi Varma

Rang Rasiya_Colors Of Passion_Raja_Ravi_Varma_painting_posterAfter almost a decade Director Ketan Mehta’s Movie ‘Rang Rasiya’ finally hit screens today in India.

Rang Rasiya (Colors Of Passion) is about my favourite Indian painter and father of modern Indian art Raja Ravi Varma, who gave faces to Indian gods, and made saree a popular Indian garment.

I had a great opportunity to watch english version of this movie last year at Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Its an interesting movie on censorship of Art.

Raja Ravi Varma was dragged to court for painting God and Goddesses in half nudes and how he eventually fought back and won the case.

Both strikingly beautiful and audacious, Ketan Mehta’s film charts the life of the great Indian artist Raja Ravi Varma (played by Randeep Hooda), from his early days under the patronage of a King of Kerala, moving on to British Bombay in the late 1800s, where he makes his fortune.

Here the genius gives birth to Indian modern art and helps inspire the independence movement and the dawning of Indian cinema with his depictions, which bring to life the Hindu gods and goddesses. He must first find his muse who comes in the lavish form of Sugandha (Nandana Sen). Varma’s fascination for his model turns into a torrid, paint-smeared, love affair, which is reflected in his art. The religious power brokers see his increasingly eroticised work as dangerous and Varma is dragged to the British courts to be tried for blasphemy.

Mehta’s homage offers not only a spectacular insight into a turning point in Indian history, but also questions the freedom of the artist in contemporary society. Not to be missed!

Other good reason to watch this movie is because my friend Feryna Wazheir, a very talented British Indian actress who plays a parsi Journalist for Times of India in this movie. she was a last women in Raja Ravi Varma’s life.

 

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Raja Ravi Varma (29 April 1848 – 2 October 1906) was an Indian painter and artist from the princely state of Kilimanoor (presently in Kerala) who achieved recognition for his paintings depicting scenes from Indian literature and mythology including the epics of Mahabharata and Ramayana. He is considered among the greatest painters in the history of Indian art and his paintings are considered to be among the best examples of the fusion of Indian traditions with the techniques of European academic art. Varma’s paintings portrayed sari-clad women in graceful manner which became an important motif of that time, reproductions being found in many homes.

 

 

 

 

Some of the Paintings by Raja Ravi Varma

Landing in Mumbai, India on a hazy morning

Viev of the Suburban Mumbai through Plane on a hazy morning

The Mumbai Suburban district (Marathi: मुंबई उपनगर जिल्हा) is a district of the state of Maharashtra in western India. Its headquarters is in Bandra (Marathi:Vandre). It consists of three administrative subdivisions or tehsils: Kurla, Andheri, and Borivali.[1] The district along with Mumbai City district and other suburban communities make up the metropolis of Mumbai on Salsette Island. The district occupies an area of 369 km².[2]

This is the second smallest district of Maharashtra, and it administratively comes under Konkan Division.

The jurisdiction of Mumbai Suburban District is from Bandra to Dahisar, from Kurla (Chuna Bhatti) to Mulund and from Kurla up to Trombay Creek.

Mumbai Suburban District is one of the largest districts in the country by population. The current population is 9,332,481, according to the 2011 census, making it the fifth most populous district in India (out of 672).[3] The Mithi River is the main river in the district.

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My Birthday weekend In Mumbai, India

RIP Jiha Khan

RIP Jiah Khan

I am Shocked and saddened about this incidence

Jiah Khan (British Bollywood actress) allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself. Police claimed that she was heartbroken after a failed relationship with the son of an actor couple, which possibly drove her to take the step at her home last night.

The body of Jiah, 25, was found hanging at her ‘Sagar Sangeet’ residence in Juhu where she lived with her mother and sister who were not present when she ended her life.

25 is not really the age to run out of all the options, can’t imagine what pushed her to the edge.

I had met her twice, first time at London Indian Film Festival and 2nd time for a coffee meet in Soho, London for ‘100 years of Indian cinema’ documentary we were pitching to BBC.

She was very passionate about Indian cinema, and really wanted to go back and work in India, after 3 years gap.

She was brilliant in her debut film ‘Nishabd’ with Amitabh Bachchan, based on the novel Lolita. She had also acted with Aamir Khan and Akshay Kumar.

I remember her as a very beautiful, bright and polite girl.

It’s sad to loose young Talent

with Jiah Khan at the 'Delhi Belly' Premiere in London

With Jiah Khan at the ‘Delhi Belly’ Premiere in London

Song from her film ‘Ghajini’ with Aamir Khan

Ganpati

Ganesh Chaturthi Festival and Indian independence movement

The procession ends with the Immersion of Ganesh idols in the sea

Today the whole of India celebrates one of my favorite Hindu Festival Ganesh Chaturthi, The annual festival in honor of Ganesh or Ganapati, the elephant-headed deity who is known as the remover of obstacles and the god of auspiciousness. I don’t really follow any religion but I love the festivity and spirituality part of the religion. It’s the time of the year when you get some really nice food, meet friends and family and a holiday. Like for some other good things in India we do have to thank the British for this Public festival indirectly.

In 1893, Lokmanya Tilak transformed the annual domestic festival into a large, well-organized public event, to unite Indians and mobilize them with nationalistic fervour needed to counter British rule.
Tilak recognized the wide appeal of the deity Ganesha as “the god for everybody”, and popularized Ganesh Chaturthi as a national festival in order “to bridge the gap between Brahmins (Upper Caste) and ‘non-Brahmins’, and generate nationalistic fervour among people in Maharashtra against the British colonial rule. Tilak was the first to install large public images of Ganesh in pavilions. It served as a meeting ground for people of all castes and communities in times when, in order to exercise control over the population, the British discouraged social and political gatherings.

Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak was a great Sanskrit scholar and astronomer. “Swaraj (self-rule) is my birthright and I shall have it!” were the fiery words of Tilak which roused a sleeping nation to action, making Indian people aware of their political plight under a foreign rule. Tilak did not question the British Sovereignty nor his demands were rebellious or revolutionary. All he was asking was favourable conditions in India, to enable people to learn to govern themselves.

In its present form, the Ganapati festival Is transformed into the lavish spectacle, giant statues, massive pandals, processions of worshippers, and enthusiastic chants of Ganpati Bappa Moraya! In some case really loud remixed Bollywood music.
The festival is so popular that the preparations begin months in advance. Days before the actual worship, homes are cleaned and marquees erected at street corners to house the idols of the Lord. Elaborate arrangements are made for lighting, decoration, mirrors and flowers. The artisans who make the idols of Ganesh vie with each other to make bigger and better sculptures. The sizes of the relatively larger ones range anywhere from 10 meters to 30 meters in height. These are installed in marquees and in homes prior to the Puja (worship). The festival comes to an end with immersing the holy idols in the sea.

Being in London, I really wish I was in Mumbai with my family and friends today and eating Modak (sweet steamed dumpling) favorite of Lord Ganesha and mine too.

Parag Sankhe 2011 showreel

A collection of some of my work  as  director, producer, editor, videographer, visual effects artist, motion graphics designer and photographer.

watch it on vimeo HD: https://vimeo.com/38478547

what it on youtube HD http://youtu.be/2wqPfMXobNg?hd=1

The hypocritical BBC showcasing the underbelly of India?

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Happy Diwali

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happy diwali to all Spend some really nice time with loved ones 🙂

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