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Sanju baba’s tainted past comes back to haunt him; he is denied entry into the US to attend Trishala’s graduation day
It isn’t an easy situation. Sanjay Dutt, who has had a chequered relationship at best with his New York-based daughter Trishala, won’t be able to attend her graduation ceremony, a singularly special day for Americans as parents join their children to celebrate the completion of their degrees in a ceremony titled commencement.
Sanjay Dutt’s application for his visa renewal (he had a 10-year visa to visit the United States) was rejected for the second time by the US consulate on the grounds that he was convicted for the 1993 serial blasts, for illegal possession of arms.
A source close to Dutt reveals, “The actor was very disheartened as he is unable to go to the US for his own daughter’s graduation day.
Commencement or Graduation Day is a big deal in the US and he wanted to be with his daughter on her big day.
Trishala is graduating from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.” Ironically, Trishala was so traumatised by Sanju baba’s tryst with the legal system that she took up law as a career option. And now daddy himself will be missing.
The source continues, “Sanjay Dutt had a 10-year visa which expired. Dutt had re-applied twice but has been rejected both times.
The actor has been flying all over the world for his shoots and location scouting, but just can’t get a visa to America, which is one of the most important countries for him at the moment.”
Sanjay Dutt’s manager, Dharam Oberoi, confirms and says, “Sanjay sir was very keen to attend his daughter’s Trishala’s graduation but only faced disappointment each time he applied.
He has been applying for a US visa for more than two years.
He even flew down mid-way from his shoots in Bangkok and South Africa when summoned by the consulate for impromptu interviews. Yet he was not issued a visa.”
Guess it would be a lonely graduation for daddy’s girl. But wisdom comes with pain.
Pakistani drag artiste and Bigg Boss contestant Begum Nawazish Ali feels that her nation is crumbling but sexuality there is a non-issue
• Will you be in women’s clothing throughout the show?
It will have to be a 50-50. I’ve made it clear that we’re unique individuals. There are two atmaans in me: one male and one female. But playing a woman 24/7 is physically impossible. At the same time, playing the male full-time is not feasible, because the man in me can be boring. I know it’s going to be a tight ropewalk for me. It’s a balancing act.
• Will you flirt with the men on screen?
Main chote-mote baccho ke saath flirt kya karoongi? There is only one person jo mere standards ko match kar sakta hai and that is the Bigg Boss himself!
• The show must also be an escape from the horrific realities of Pakistan.
In the last few months, I’ve been extremely depressed about Pakistan. Hundreds of people dying, from floods, from fundamentalist violence, and that’s all you hear about in the news. I have to confess that I have been selfish in accepting this opportunity.
Being locked up for those many weeks might allow for some introspection in terms of how I can give something back to Pakistan, how I can play a slightly more proactive role in repairing it. But yes, I am escaping the bitter, unpleasant realities of a troubled nation.
It’s important for my own sanity.
• Can Pakistani citizens themselves be absolved from the mess they’re in? You guys have let the army run amuck, to say nothing of bedding Islamist terrorists via the ISI? Hasn’t elitism destroyed your nation?
I don’t see the army as an enemy. The army has actually been quite active in restoring the nation after the devastating floods we’ve faced. But there are elements in the army, there are elements in the political elite, there are elements in the judiciary.
You can’t blame an entire institution. As regards the ISI and its alleged complicity in stoking fundamentalist violence, you have to understand that the game in Pakistan is a little more complicated. There are a lot of international agencies that are very active.
There are the Americans with their own agenda, there is China, there is India, both of which have their own agendas as well, and then there is Iran, which is another ballgame altogether. Pakistan is caught in a web of many intrigues, and its citizens are helpless. With these many sinister mobs playing under the table games, people are more bothered about their rozi roti than khatra.
This is a trial by fire that Pakistan will have to go through, lekin Pakistaniyo ko jaagna padega. They will have to wake up and sacrifice land, property, money.
• How easy is it being gay in a theological democracy and increasing fundamentalism?
Sexuality is not on the list of priorities for the players in the scramble for Pakistan. As far as sexuality is concerned, it is a very personal business in Pakistan; everybody is free to be whatever they want to be. I’ve never heard of any discrimination based on sexuality, as far as men are concerned. Men, whether gay or straight, have their way in this male-dominated society.
SUBHASH K JHA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; February 17, 2010)
It the buzz is to be believed, Prakash Jha is being bombarded by demands from distributors and marketing strategists to “leak” a steamy scene from his film Rajneeti onto the net. This, they are telling him, will create for the film the kind of hype Kites got when a hot trailer featuring Hrithik Roshan and Barbara Mori made it “accidentally” to the net recently. Bollywood, incidentally, thinks the Kites trailer was deliberately put on the net to create a curiosity about the film.
Jha’s film reportedly has steamy love-making and kissing sequences featuring Ranbir Kapoor and his American co-star Sarah Thompson. Those who have seen rushes of the film which releases two weeks after Kites, say Ranbir and Sarah in Rajneeti are many steps ahead of Hrithik and Barbara. Jha, however, will not yield to the temptation of selling his film on the strength of sex. Such gimmicks, the filmmaker believes, are for those films which are weak in content.
Ranbir, who is shooting in the US, is anxious to know about the fate of the love-making scenes. The young actor shares his director’s view that audiences should not be enticed to theatres on the promise of sex. Ranbir plays the meanest, most manipulative character of his entire career in the film. Rajneeti stars Katrina, too. But the sex scenes are with Sarah, unfortunately.
News that Shah Rukh Khan has had a lunar crater named after him, Shah Rukh Khan Arago B, has turned out to be just a bit of moon shine and nothing more.
It has emerged that a UN Outer Space Treaty explicitly forbids any government from claiming a celestial resource such as the moon or a planet, since they are the common heritage of mankind.
However, an enterprising American entrepreneur from Nevada, Dennis Hope, claimed to have found a loophole in the treaty and has sold everything from real estate to crater names to millions of people around the globe.
His company, the Lunar Geographical Society, was started in 1980 and he is the self-proclaimed head of the Lunar Embassy. In the last 20 Years Hope has made around nine million dollars.
Hope lets users claim their stake over craters by using his his web site www.fullmoonatlas.com to track named and unnamed craters. People pay the price for the crater and then receive a certificate and a picture of the crater they buy.
The Shah Rukh Khan crater is allegedly located in the Southern Mare Tranquillitatis (3.4° N 20.8° E), its diametre is 7.0 kilometers with a depth of 140 metres and has no record of who the buyer is.
According to a report in the National Geographic, Tanja Masson-Zwaan, president of the International Institute of Space Law, based in the Netherlands dismissed Hope’s business tactic saying:
The trouble is that, legally, nobody can own the moon or anything else in space, for that matter.
However, to date Hope’s company has sold more than 2,500,000 1-acre plots of lunar land and named countless craters. Mostly by offering a very believable looking certificate, craters go for $39.95 (Rs 1,840) and land goes for about $19 (Rs 855).
“What Lunar Embassy is doing does not give people buying pieces of paper the right to ownership of the moon,” Masson-Zwaan said, implying it’s just a piece of paper and no more.
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The map on Hope’s website incidentally points out only the craters which have NOT been named by the International Astronomical Union, which reserves the sole right to name stars, planets and other heavenly bodies, and has only named a few of the lunar points by the names of astronomers.
The International Astronomical Union in fact, categorically denounces the practice of selling star names or selling real estates on other planets or moons.
It states on its website: As an international scientific organization, the IAU dissociates itself entirely from the commercial practice of “selling” fictitious star names or “real estate” on other planets or moons in the Solar System.
Accordingly, the IAU maintains no list of the (several competing) enterprises in this business in individual countries of the world.