'Road to Sangam' espouses Gandhi's tenets at
New Kerala Fri, 22 May 2009
By Saibal Chatterjee
Cannes, May 23 : 'Road to Sangam', a reality-inspired fictional account that draws elements from the last days of Mahatma Gandhi's life, is one of the more interesting films on view at the India Pavillion in Cannes. And filmmaker Amit Rai says it has caught the eye of many at the film market here.
"Gandhi-ji's message of peace and harmony is as relevant today as it was when he first articulated it," said Rai.
Rai screened the film for prospective international buyers in the
"The response has been encouraging indeed. Many have been moved by it," the director said.
The cast of "Road to Sangam" is headed by veterans Paresh Rawal and
"Road to Sangam", set in present-day Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh, hinges on the character of Hashmatullah, a Muslim mechanic who rebuilt an old car to ferry an urn containing Gandhi-ji's ashes to commemorate his death anniversary.
Rai is a theatre professional who was associate director of the internationally-acclaimed Marathi film "Tingya". "Road to Sangam" is his first film as an independent director.
"I was lucky to have actors of the calibre of Paresh Rawal and
He added: "The car which ferried Gandhiji's ashes from
In Rai's film, when the car is used to take the urn through
"This film is my tribute to the values and principles that Gandhi-ji espoused during his lifetime," Rai said.
The Rs.35-million (nearly $745,000) film is scheduled for release in
Suu Kyi to Receive Gandhi Award
The Irrawaddy News Magazine -
By ARKAR MOE
In the latest in a long list of international honors, Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been named the recipient of this year’s Mahatma Gandhi International Award for Peace and Reconciliation, which will be awarded at a ceremony to be held in Durban, South Africa on July 20.
The prize, also known as the MAGI Award, is given to those who inspire young people to make a commitment to non-violence, forgiveness and reconciliation. It was inaugurated in 2003 to mark the centenary of Indian Opinion, a newspaper published in
The award is given by
Suu Kyi, who is currently facing charges of violating the conditions of her house arrest just weeks before her detention was due to end, has received more that 80 international awards, including the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize and
In a statement released today, South Africa’s foreign minister expressed grave concern over Suu Kyi’s trial, which stems from an incident involving an intruder who allegedly stayed overnight at her home.
“The South African government calls on the authorities in
During a two-year stint as a temporary member of the United Nations Security Council, the South African government under former President Thabo Mbeki was criticized for voting against resolutions condemning human rights abuses in Burma.
New Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has not signaled any major change of policy on
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