Shuffling between heels, boots and heels, Priyanka Chopra’s shoe collection makes a strong case for choosing style over comfort
Sneakers? Pfft.Priyanka Chopradoesn’t believe in them. The actor leans more towards the power of a good pair of heels. And we’re not talking about kitten heels or even wedges—Chopra has an evident penchant for high heels. From daily outings in the city to airport looks and even red carpet appearances, Chopra has devotedly added length to her looks with a heeled pair. Needless to say, leading shoe designers fight for space in her shoe wardrobe—and Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin, Sergio Rossi and Kalda feature right on top.
Step inside Priyanka Chopra’s shoe wardrobe
Risqué gowns, powerful pantsuits, flirty dresses, sophisticated separates—no matter what ensemble Priyanka Chopra picks, her go-to footwear is always heels. The style, however, almost always tends to differ. Think the ultra-feminineChristian Louboutinpumps that come with a bow; the criss-cross strappy heels by Dsquared2; theTom Fordplatform pumps; the popular style ofJimmy Chooheels; and the barely-there Yeezy heels. Heeled boots are another favourite—whether they are theChanelPVC boots or Kalda Brown’s leather ones.
When it comes to colours, the sky is the limit—apart from the classic shades of black and white, Chopra has an affinity for vibrant hues like runway-approvedneons, yellows, pinks, reds and blues. A current favourite happens to be the clear PVC shoe—there’s the embellished Sergio Rossi one, a pair of Yeezy heels and of course, the Chanel number.
Scroll ahead to check out 15 shoe styles from inside Priyanka Chopra’s closet.
‘A BALADA DA PRAIA DOS CÃES’ (‘BALLAD OF DOG’S BEACH’), PORTUGAL
(With English sub-titles)
1 hr 26 Mins
Directed by José Fonseca e Costa
Kind Courtesy: Embassy of Portugal and Camões Portuguese Cultural Center in Bangkok
SATURDAY 8 JUNE, 4:00 PM
Venue: RCB Forum (2nd Floor, River City Bangkok)
‘Ballad of Dog’s Beach’ is a Portuguese cult-film of the 1980’s, which created big waves for its story, theme, style and political connotations, that still resonate today. The film is set in the 1960’s, during the dictatorship regime in Portugal. The story opens on an arresting note, when the corpse of a brutally murdered soldier is found on Dog’s Beach. Inspector Elia is assigned the task of uncovering this death, which takes him into a world of love, passion, tension, political intrigues.
The dead soldier turns out to be Major Luis Dantas, a political revolutionary who had been placed in a military prison, but escapes.
He takes refuge in an abandoned house and is joined by two other insurgents. Tensions and complications arise, when the beautiful girl who stays in the neighborhood, discovers them, and begins to start a torrid affair with Dantas. However, she soon finds herself attracting the attention of the other two soldiers too. It is a ménage trois, that is complex and dangerous, and someone has to pay a price for it. The film created waves in Portugal and overseas. It was also the recipient of many honors and awards.
The JUNE Film of RCB Film Club’s 2019 Movie Series, is part of the National Day celebrations of the Embassy of Portugal in Thailand.
It is supported by the Embassy of Portugal and the Camões-Portuguese Cultural Center in Bangkok. The film will be followed by a reception of Portuguese wines and snacks, hosted by the Embassy in kind collaboration with Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel.
Portuguese Ambassador HE Francisco Vaz Patto will introduce the film.
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“Ballad of Dog’s Beach” (A Balada da Praia Dos Cães),
Bangkok will be the venue for the world-premiere of a unique and rare musical. It’s called ‘THE WORKSHOP, A Dress Rehearsal for Life!’ written by the globally renowned ‘Transformational Life Coach’ Dr. Chérie Carter-Scott, and based on the numerous coaching-workshops she has conducted, in more than 30 countries of the world, over a four-decade career.
Like the famed Broadway musical ‘A Chorus Line’ which was about various artists auditioning for the chorus line in a stage-production, this musical is about various characters gathering together for a ‘Personal Development’ workshop. That’s why the musical is called ‘The Workshop, A Dress Rehearsal for Life!’ The play is comprised of eleven individuals, of diverse ethnicity, occupation, sexual preference, who have individual challenges, and seek solutions. Their stories are funny, sad, and moving. What they all enjoy in the workshop, is the shared human connection.
Dr Cherie and her sister, Lynn wrote the play in order for larger audiences to share this human experience. After all, the characters in the play are everyday people who share the same challenges of contemporary society-boundary management, overweight, overwork, abuse, discrimination, communication breakdown. “They break down, and break through!” that in essence, is what her famed ‘Inner Negotiation’ workshops are about, where Dr Chérie invites her participants to a zone of ‘emotional safety.’
Known as the ‘Mother of Coaching,’ American-born Dr. Chérie Carter-Scott, who started her work in 1974, has written more than 20 books on the subject, including #1 NY Times Best Seller, which was translated into 40 languages. She has been on the Oprah Winfrey Show twice, featured on numerous TV, radio, print media, and conducted her workshops in more than 30 countries around the world. Her diverse range of clients have included the UN, many Fortune 500 companies, universities, hospitals, cruise liners, private individuals.
Throughout the last ten years, Dr. Chérie, her coach-husband Michael Pomije and sister Lynn Stewart (who co-wrote ‘The Workshop’) have been based in Thailand, conducting workshops, training corporate coaches, travelling to various other countries, to maintain their numerous Coach Training assignments. The idea of writing a stage musical production based on her experiences, had been in her head for many years. Dr. Chérie had her first draft monitored by a script- doctor in New York, did a full reading with theatre-artists, hired an ‘arranger’ to make the music in her head translate to the piano keys. It was a stepby-step process, which all came to life later, in Bangkok. It was to make the drama enjoyable and entertaining, that Dr Cherie created more than 17 songs, writing the lyrics herself, and setting them to a diverse range of genres- classical, Gospel, Country Western, even a German beer song. Every character has his/her own special song, which defines and differentiates them. There are many inspiring group songs like ‘I want,’ which sums up their collective desire for ‘change.’
According to Dr. Chérie, ‘The Workshop, A Dress Rehearsal for Life!’ is a musical for the young and old. It is for anyone who has ‘challenges’ and wants ‘changes’ in their lives. She is sure that all the audiences who watch the play, will connect and be transformed in some manner. The multi-million-baht musical has a live band and an excellent technical team.
The Artistic Director is renowned opera singer Stefan Sanchez, CEO of the Grand Opera Thailand company in Bangkok. He describes this production as “One of the most unique, moving, and amazing musicals” he has undertaken. The Choreography and Movement Director is Darren Royston, who has worked with RADA and the National Theatre in UK. Most exciting about this English-language musical, is that the entire cast and the Director are Thai artistes. The ensemble has been intensively trained by English language dialog and diction coaches, and they are all are set to take the stage by storm.
Two Thai names to watch out for, are the well-known singer Pete Pol (of ‘The Star’ fame), who has a huge fan following, and TV star Yah Janya. The rest of the cast are top singers who graduated from Mahidol University. The Stage Director, Napisi Reyes, also teaches at Mahidol and has directed multiple musical productions. The team has been rehearsing actively for more than four months. Dr. Chérie describes her maiden stage-production as ‘A dream come true,’ since it amalgamates her four-decade long career in an entertaining, ninety-minute capsule of music, dance, and theatre
In fact, many of her ‘clients’ from around the world, are expected to fly down to Bangkok, for this world-premiere musical. Theatre Producer, Ken Davenport describes The Workshop as “A uniquely gripping and unprecedented experience, that will encourage many people to find their own inner truth!”
But guess what? for women IRL, nobody can replace their BFFs, not even their one true love. According to a study, women like their best friends more than their spouses.
1517 women were a part of the study and more than 50 per cent claimed that their girlfriends were their first priority and not their husbands.
There a lot of reasons why women would prefer their BFFs over their BAEs but the ones listed in the study were: Women feel they can tell their best friend anything and everything as compared to their husbands.
And that led to them saying that their best friends are better listeners.
They also added that they feel more at ease with their personality in front of their besties rather than their hubbies.
Some of them went as far as saying that their gal-pal got on their nerves less than their romantic pal, and that they have a better sense of humour.
And lastly, since women are born-therapists, most of them feel that their best friend offered way better advice than their husbands.
From being a chubby-faced cricketer who loves his homemade delicious Punjabi food, especially his personal favourite, biryani, Virat Kholi has been on a remarkable transformational fitness journey. Kohli’s current diet includes protein shakes, vegetables and soya, as he’s given up eggs and diary for good.
“Kohli started this diet four months ago and is feeling stronger as his digestive power has increased. He isn’t missing meat, eggs or diary. Two years ago, when he was on a normal diet he had said that he would go vegan if given a choice. He is now feeling stronger than before,” claims sources.
The news of captain Kohli turning vegan has stirred the age-old debate over whether the vegan diet is healthy or not. While the Indian skipper’s decision to go vegan might be a part of his fitness journey, it is important to note that many celebrated sports personalities like Serena Williams, Lewis Hamilton and Carl Lewis are already a part of the vegan club and are seen promoting the vegan lifestyle.
So, whether you are planning to turn vegan or are just curious about the health benefits that this plant-based diet has to offer, here is all that you need to know.
What is the vegan diet?
A vegan diet is a completely plant-based diet consisting of vegetables, beans, grains, nuts etc.
Being vegan is different from being a vegetarian, as they still consume dairy and eggs, and it is NOT an abbreviated way to say ‘vegetarian’.
What all can you eat if you’re going vegan?
Keep in mind that this list is not exhaustive.
1. Vegetables and fruits
3. Beans and legumes
4. Nuts and seeds
6. Plant-based oils
What are the health benefits of going vegan?
While researches have shown several health benefits of a vegan diet including high vitamin C levels and fibre levels when compared to a non-vegan diet, it is how you follow the diet that decides its health benefits. Ultimately, it all depends on what you eat as even if you are living on fries and chips (yes, they are vegan) while being on a vegan diet, it is not good for your health.
1. Risk of cardiovascular disease drops
It is an established fact that diets containing meat are rich in saturated fat and cholesterol. On the other hand, by going vegan you significantly reduce the saturated fat intake, which in turn, lowers your risk for heart diseases.
2. You lose weight
As you switch to a plant-based diet which is rich in fibres, you may start to feel full sooner than usual, thanks to the fibre-rich diet that is easier on the digestion.
3. You might become happier
No, we are not kidding. A research has found out that those who follow vegan diets might be happier than those who eat fish and meat.
4. Fewer migraines
Foods like chocolates and cheese are one of the most common triggers for a migraine as it is linked to our diets and eating habits. Hence, if you are on a vegan diet you are automatically more mindful of what you are putting inside your mouth, leading to fewer migraine triggers.
5. Healthier skin
Being rich in Vitamin C, a plant-based diet could do wonders to your skin. This happens because a vegan diet tends to be rich in antioxidants, which helps fighting acne and other skin issues. It also provides a healthy glow to your skin and helps with collagen synthesis, which in turn keeps your skin looking younger and healthier.
Vegan for the environment?
Interestingly, this plant-based diet is exceptionally good for the environment as according to the researchers at the University of Oxford, shunning dairy and meat products could reduce a person’s carbon’ footprint (from food) by up to 73 per cent.
It could also result in a significant drop in greenhouse gas emissions as the findings of the research point out that meat and dairy productions are responsible for 60 per cent of agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions while using 83 per cent of the farmland.
However, one must remember that when you are eliminating animal and animal products from your diet, you are also putting yourself at the risk of missing some important nutrients including vitamin B12, vitamin D, calcium, and omega-3 fatty acids.
If you are following a strictly vegan diet, make sure that you take additional supplements to balance your diet, as some vitamins like vitamin B12 occur naturally only in animal foods like eggs and milk. In fact, plant-based calcium and iron are not as easily absorbed when compared to the kind in meat.
Keep in mind that balance is the key as following a vegan-diet does have health benefits if it is well-planned.
The Varanasi Ganga Aarti takes place every sunset at the holy Dasaswamedh Ghat, near Kashi Vishwanath Temple. The aarti is performed on a stage by a group of pandits, all draped in saffron colored robes with their puja plates spread out before them. It commences with the blowing of a conch shell, and continues with the waving of incense sticks in elaborate patterns and circling of large flaming lamps that create a bright hue against the darkened sky. The movement of the lamps, held in the pandits’ hands, is tightly synchronized to the rhythmic chants of hymns and clang of cymbals.
2. Dip in holy Ganges
There are plenty of ghats in Varanasi, from where devotees can take a holy dip in the Ganges and it is considered to be the most auspicious moment by all Hindu religion believers. You do not want to miss the chance to fulfil the millennia old tradition while you are at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas.
3. Boat ride
Some say the majesty of the Ganges River is best appreciated as the sun is rising and setting. In the morning you can experience the red sun rising in the east, shining on pilgrims as they start their bathing rituals. In the evening you can experience Ganga Aarti too.
4. Seek blessings at temples
The Vishwanath Temple of Kasi (Varanasi) is one of the oldest and most sacred Hindu temples in India. It is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas – important centres of Shiva worship. The Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple of Varanasi is said to have been established by the renowned saint Goswami Tulsidas and reconstructed by Pt. Madan Mohan Malviya in the early 20th century. Located quite close to the Vishwanath Temple, is the Annapurna Devi temple where the Goddess Parvati is worshipped as the giver of food and nourishment.
5. Enjoy the street food
Street food is an essential part of Indian culture and cuisine. There are a number of street foods from across the country that are famous, but nothing that beats the hot and crispy kachoris and samosas from Benaras. Vegetarian delicacies are majorly prepared in desi ghee and mustard oil, be it spicy, sweet or sour. Most Varanasi sweets have a milk and ghee base like the Magdal, Sankat Mochan ke Laddoo, Parval Mithai, Kheer Mohan and Launglata among others.
6. Soak in music and dance of banarasi gharana
Varanasi also developed as a great center of Dhrupad style of singing. In the 16th century, Govind Chandra ruled Varanasi and during his regime Dhrupad became the count music. With the development of Dhrupad, other styles like Dhamar, Hori and Chaturang also grew. The famous Assarwari, “Ghunghat ke pat Khol” was made famous by the Nirgun singers of Kashi while Meer Rustam (the Nawab of Awadh) patronised music festivals like Jhoola, Jhoomar, Kajri, Birha, Dangal, Gulab Bari as well as music on boats. Varanasi is also associated with many great instrumentalists. Shehnai maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan is famous worldwide while Sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar has earned wide acclaim throughout the world.
7. Weavers of Varanasi
In the city as old as time, with a weaving tradition that is equally historic, Benarasi saris have kept abreast with changing tastes. The sarees are among the finest sarees in India and are known for their gold and silver brocade or zari, fine silk and opulent embroidery. The sarees are made of finely all had said this should be about Banarasi weaving including carpets etc and not just saris. Woven silk and are decorated with intricate design, and, because of these engravings, are relatively heavy.
8. Take a holy dip in triveni sangam
The Triveni Sangam, where the Kumbh Mela takes place, is the meeting place of three rivers: the Saraswati, Yamuna, and Ganga. The Triveni Sangam is considered to be a very sacred place in India to Hindus, who believe that taking a dip there will wash away sins and free them from the cycle of rebirth, thereby achieving Moksha.
9. Visit the Kumbh Mela
The Kumbh Mela is the largest gathering of humanity at any one. 100 millon people attended the Kumbh at Prayag in 2013! That is 1/10 of India’s population! All other congregations pale in comparison with the Kumbh. The ocean of humanity, the sea of tents, the colourful flags, countless pilgrims taking a dip in the water, the smell of smoke from holy fires, the beautiful sunrise it is a breathtaking panorama.
10. Discover the grandeur of UNESCO heritage sites
Unesco World heritage sites have always been a big attractions for traveler from all over the world and people like to visit these places very much. Specially travelers who love history and architecture love to visit world heritage sites all over the world. Delhi also have three Unesco world heritage sites – Red Fort, Humayun’s tomb and Qutub Minar and these are must visit when you are in Delhi.
11. Visit Chandni chowk – An ideal symbol of ‘Sarva Dharma Sambhava’
Chandni Chowk has emerged as an ideal symbol of Sarva Dharma Sambhava. It was initially shaped as a square at the centre of which was a pool that shimmered in the moonlight which is what the market is named after. The shops around the bazaar were arranged in a half moon pattern around the square. Delhi’s most famous mosque, Jama Masjid, was built in 1650 in the vicinity. The Gauri Shankar temple, the Central Baptist Church and the Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib are also located nearby.
12. Shopping in Delhi
The vibrant atmosphere of Delhi markets can make shopping lots of fun. In fact, Delhi has the best markets in India, selling a huge array of items including handicrafts from all over the country. These top markets in Delhi are a treasure trove of goods waiting to be discovered. The Delhi Haat, Tibetan Market on Janpath, Chandni Chowk, Sarojini Market, Khan market are some of them.
13. Visit Akshardham and Lotus Bahai Temple
Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple in New Delhi epitomizes 10,000 years of Indian culture in all its breathtaking grandeur, beauty, wisdom and bliss. It brilliantly showcases the essence of India’s ancient architecture, traditions and timeless spiritual messages. The Akshardham experience is an enlightening journey through India’s glorious art, values and contributions for the progress, happiness and harmony of mankind. The Lotus temple is built in the shape of a lotus flower and is the last of seven Major Bahai’s temples built around the world. Completed in 1986 it is set among the lush green landscaped gardens. The structure is made up of pure white marble. The architect Furiburz Sabha chose the lotus as the symbol common to Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam. Adherents of any faith are free to visit the temple and pray or meditate.
14. Relish local delicacies
The best way to know a city intimately, is to romance its food. A lot has been written about Delhi and its food, and justifiably so. Delhi loves it food. And more than that, it loves sharing its food with those who love all things delicious. If you wish to enjoy it, shed your high-brow attitude to soak in the flavours and delicacies. The streets are lined with halwais (sweet-sellers), namkeen wallahs (sellers of savouries) and paranthe wallahs.
15. Celebrate Republic Day including the parade at Rajpath
Republic Day honors the date of 26th January 1949 when the Constitution of India came into force as the governing document of the country. It marks India’s identity as a republic nation. The Republic Day Parade refers to the ceremonious parade on Rajpath, New Delhi, held every year on the same date. The parade showcases India’s Defence Capability, Cultural and Social Heritage. The Republic Day Parade takes places along Rajpath, in Delhi. Its route is more than five kilometers long. The parade sets out from Raisina Hill near Rashtrapati Bhavan (President’s Palace) and follows Rajpath past India Gate to the Red Fort.
Joint inauguration of Youth PBD by External Affairs Minister and Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports. The event will bring limitless opportunities for the young Diaspora to engage with New India. Uttar Pradesh PBD is a unique opportunity for Pravasis from Uttar Pradesh to reconnect with the roots.
Inauguration of Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas
Special Guest His Excellency Mr. Himanshu Gulati, Member of Parliament, Norway
Guest of Honour His Excellency Mr. Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi, Member of Parliament, New Zealand
Plenary Session: Engagement with Younger Members of Indian Diaspora
Lunch hosted by Shri Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports
Interaction with Banaras Hindu University Students (Banaras Hindu University Campus Campus)
Dinner hosted by Shri Chetan Chouhan, Minister of State for Sports & Youth Welfare for youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas participants
Inauguration of Uttar Pradesh State Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (Simultaneous event)
Cultural programme (Showcasing dance and music of Uttar Pradesh) in the Evening
Dinner hosted by Shri Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh for State Pravasi Bharatiya Divas participants
Day #222 January, Tuesday
Inauguration of PBD Convention by Prime Minister
Inauguration of 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention 2019 by Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India in the presence of Prime Minister of Mauritius, H.E. Pravind Jugnauth.
10:00 hrs-12:30 hrs
Plenary I: Inauguration of 15th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas Convention 2019
Chief Guest His Excellency Shri Pravind Jugnauth, Prime Minister of Mauritius
Address by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi
Joint Unveiling of Plaque of Mauritius Diaspora Centre by both Prime Ministers
Bharat Ko Janiye Quiz Award Ceremony & Group Photo
Lunch for delegates
Plenary Session II: Developing Cyber Capacity of India
Plenary Session III: Giving Back to India: Opportunities and Challenges
Cultural Programme (Organised by Indian Council for Cultural Relations)
20:00 hrs onwards
Dinner hosted by Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Minister for External Affairs
Day #323 January, Wednesday
Valedictory Session & PBS Awards by President
Conferment of Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards and Valedictory Address by President of India.
Plenary Session IV : Indian Community Organizations Working for Indian Nationals in Distressed Situation
Plenary Session V : Indian Diaspora’s Role in Capacity Building of Artificial Intelligence in India
Plenary Session VI : Role of Indian Diaspora in Capacity Building for Affordable Waste Management
Lunch hosted by Shri Ram Naik, Hon’ble Governor of Uttar Pradesh
Plenary Session VII : Role of India Diaspora in Capacity Building for Affordable Solar Power
Valedictory Session and Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards Ceremony by Hon’ble President
Dinner hosted by Dr. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, President, Indian Council of Cultural Relations
Day #424 January, Thursday
In Prayagraj (Visit to Kumbh Mela)
Participants would arrive in Prayagraj by bus (Volvo AC Bus). Arrangements for holy bathing at Sangam
Kumbh Mela is the largest peaceful congregation of pilgrims on earth, during which participants bathe or take a dip in a sacred river. The founding myth of the Kumbh Mela—attributed to the Puranas (collections of myth and legend)—recounts how the gods and demons fought over the pot (kumbha) of amrita, the elixir of immortality produced by their joint churning of the milky ocean. During the struggle, drops of the elixir fell on the Kumbh Mela’s four earthly sites, and the rivers are believed to turn back into that primordial nectar at the climactic moment of each, giving pilgrims the chance to bathe in the essence of purity, auspiciousness, and immortality.
The festival is held at Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nasik every four years by rotation and is attended by millions of people irrespective of caste, creed or gender. Its primary bearers, however, belong to akhadas and ashrams, religious organizations, or are individuals living on alms. Kumbh Mela plays a central spiritual role in the country, exerting a mesmeric influence on ordinary Indians. The event encapsulates the science of astronomy, astrology, spirituality, ritualistic traditions, and social and cultural customs and practices, making it extremely rich in knowledge. Knowledge and skills related to the tradition are transmitted through ancient religious manuscripts, oral traditions, historical travelogues and texts produced by eminent historians. However, the teacher-student relationship of the sadhus in the ashrams and akhadas remains the most important method of imparting and safeguarding knowledge and skills relating to
Day #525 January, Friday
After Kumbh Mela, participants would travel from Prayagraj to Delhi by train (two-tier AC coaches).
Day #626 January, Saturday
Republic Day Event
Special passes for foreign delegates of PBD 2019 have been arranged for the Republic Day Parade.
Three Thai government ministries are to hold a herb and food fair, titled “Eat to a New Age… Eat Confidently with Sustainable Farming”.
The Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives and the Ministry of the Interior have announced that this, their third Herb and Food Fair, will take place at the end of the month.
The event will feature safely prepared food and rare varieties of herbs, with highlights including fusion cuisine and dishes resulting from research. All ingredients used will be from sustainable farming and will feature herbs long used in Thailand for health purposes. One workshop will be on the use of herbs for anti-aging, and participants can also take part in over 50 short courses on herbal treatments.
Up to 300 herb plants will be handed out each day along with 200 books on herbs. The aim of the fair is to have citizens use safe food and herbs to improve their health. It will run from August 29 to September 2 at Impact Muang Thong Thani.
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Nonthaburi Long Boat Races is organized annually on the third weekend of August when the Chao Phraya River is high. Oarsmen from Nonthaburi and other nearby provinces would gather to join the boat racing which is held at Nonthaburi Pier. Each year, there are about 60-70 boats joining the 3 days competition. There is also a parade of fancy decorated boats during the event.
We all have seen corruption and apathy in the government and police force etc. from close quarters at some point in our lives. Most of the times, we have not protested and merely given up since the thought of taking on the system is just too much. But imagine if you could teach these corrupt officials a lesson. Milap Milan Zaveri’s SATYAMEVA JAYATE promises you to get into that space and give you a kick in seeing baddies facing a crushing defeat from an aam aadmi, as evident from the trailers. So does SATYAMEVA JAYATE turn out to be as action-packed, massy and satisfying as expected? Or does it fail? Let’s analyse.
SATYAMEVA JAYATE is the story of a vigilante on a killing spree for a personal reason. Veer (John Abraham) is an acclaimed artist who has taken up a mission to kill corrupt cops. His first target is Sadashiv Patil (Abhishek Khandekar). He sets him on fire alive and then sends his ashes to his police station in Santacruz, Mumbai. In no time, he bumps off Inspector Irrfan Qadri (Shaikh Sami Usman) from Andheri Police Station in the same manner. DCP Shivansh Rathod (Manoj Bajpayee) is given the charge of this case by the Commissioner (Manish Chaudhary). Veer meanwhile meets Shikha (Aisha Sharma) at a beach clean-up drive and both fall for each other. Meanwhile, Veer challenges Shivansh to stop him from killing his next target. Shivansh fails and Veer manages to eliminate Inspector Damle (Ganesh Yadav) of Thane Police Station. Shivansh is shaken by Veer’s audacity and his fearlessness and he goes on an overdrive in trying to know who his next target would be. Finally, Shivansh cracks the modus operandi of Veer. Shivansh realizes that Inspector Bhonsle (Rajesh Khera) from Yari Road police station is the next one in line. Shivansh lays a trap and is all set to catch Veer. What happens next forms the rest of the film. Milap Milan Zaveri’s story is simplistic, massy and something that the masses would applaud. Milap Milan Zaveri’s screenplay is also on the same lines but it gets repetitive. There’s no novelty value left after a point with regards to the killing of the cops. Also it’s a bit flawed. For instance, Veer giving all the clues through his painting was a bit too convenient. The climax is a bit confusing especially actions of Shikha. Milap Milan Zaveri’s dialogues however are completelypaisa vasooland would be greeted withseetisandtaalis! Milap Milan Zaveri’s direction reminds one of the 90s action dramas. Although it works in most parts, at some places the film begins to give a dated feel. In the second half, he could have executed the killing sequences differently as that would have enhanced interest. Moreover, the film gets a bit stretched towards the finale and perhaps, he could have avoided this aspect too. SATYAMEVA JAYATE begins with adhamakaand the excitement keeps going. The entry of DCP Shivansh in the narrative adds to the fun. Veer’s first ever call to Shivansh is quite a dramatic sequence. The manner in which the three cops are eliminated are also quite interesting and viewers would surely root for these sequences. But the best sequence of the first half is the‘namaaz’sequence. Single screen audiences would go crazy at this point. The intermission point comes as a bolt from the blue. Post-intermission, the hospital sequence stands out. But then the film drops as it becomes too overdramatic and repetitive. Even the finale would be received with mixed reactions.
John Abraham delivers a fabulous, nuanced performance. John is known for his action avatar majorly and his role in SATYAMEVA JAYATE is definitely the best as compared to other such flicks of recent times like FORCE 2, ROCKY HANDSOME and DISHOOM. Watch out for the way he dons a cunning act in the hospital sequence. Manoj Bajpayee provides able support and enhances impact in some scenes. His confrontation with Veer at various points is too good. Aisha Sharma makes a confident debut but sadly doesn’t have much to do in the film. Amruta Khanvilkar (Sarita) is completely wasted and that’s unfortunate considering that she just gave a memorable performance in RAAZI. Manish Chaudhary is fine but hams a lot in the climax. Rajesh Khera leaves the maximum impact out of the police officers. Ganesh Yadav comes next. Abhishek Khandekar, Shaikh Sami Usman and Ankur Sharma (Inspector Mohan Shrivastav) are okay. Chetan Pandit (Inspector Shiv Rathod) leaves a mark. Archita Agarwal (Muslim girl harassed by cop) has a good screen presence. Nora Fatehi looks and dances like a dream and is quite sizzling. The songs don’t have much purpose in the film.‘Dilbar’is the best of the lot and this chartbuster is very well picturised.‘Paniyon Sa’doesn’t register an impact while‘Tajdar-E-Haram’is relegated to the background. Sanjoy Chowdhury’s background score is dramatic and exhilarating. Nigam Bomzan’s cinematography is decent while Priya Suhas’ production design is a bit poor but works well for this film as it’s based in a realistic setting. Amin Khatib and Ravi Verma’s action is the highpoint of the film. It’s not too gory but at the same time feels quite raw and real. Maahir Zaveri’s editing should have been crisper. On the whole, SATYAMEVA JAYATE is a powerful and gripping drama that leaves an impact as it resonates with the problems of the common man. It is sure to work big time in the single screens where the various scenes are bound to induce claps and whistles. This one is for the masses!