DMDK run by Vijaykant’s wife, say sacked leaders

Chennai, April 6 (IANS) Charging that the DMDK is controlled not by actor-turned-politician A. Vijaykant but by his wife Premalatha, the party leaders sacked a day earlier on Wednesday challenged their expulsion.

Legislator V.C. Chandrakumar told the media that if Vijaykant was in control of the party, then he would have aligned with the DMK for the May assembly elections in Tamil Nadu.

On Tuesday, Vijaykant dismissed 10 party functionaries for opposing his decision to align with the People’s Welfare Front (PWF) – a combination of two Communist parties, Dalit party VCK and Vaiko’s MDMK.

Chandrakumar said his expulsion and those of others was not valid as they were not given any notice.

He also asked why the party never took action against its legislators who openly supported the ruling AIADMK party for the past four years.

He claimed that Premalatha was the one who initiated talks with the PWF for an alliance while Vijaykant had been saying within the party that he was in talks with the DMK.

Chandrakumar also said many of the outgoing legislators and other party members were not willing to contest the coming elections.

Every language has its own unique music, expression: Irrfan

Mumbai, April 6 (IANS) Actor Irrfan Khan, who has starred in various international productions in his over two decades in the entertainment industry, feels every language has its own “unique music and expression” and it is not good comparing them with one another.

Irrfan, best known for his roles in films like “Paan Singh Tomar”, “Life in a… Metro”, “Slumdog Millionaire” and “Life of Pi”, took to Twitter on Wednesday to share an English translation of late Urdu poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz.

Later, one of his fans tweeted to him the original words of Faiz’s poetry.

In response, Irrfan wrote: “Every language has its own unique music and expression. No point in proving one superior over the other.”

He said he shared the translated version of the poetry so that people who don’t understand Urdu can get its meaning via English translation.

“Translated and posted Faiz’s poetry so it could reach the one who will never get the taste of Faiz otherwise.”

“Magic I believe is in one’s heart from where it’s generating and manifesting in the language one is close with,” the “Piku” actor wrote.

On the film front, Irrfan has films like “Inferno” and “The Jungle Book” in his kitty.

Today, people like me can’t find their path in TV: Pankaj Kapur

New Delhi, April 6 (IANS) Pankaj Kapur has been an integral part of the world of small screen for over 15 years in his over two-decade-long career. But the veteran actor says that despite television having been a “huge part of my life”, he would like to maintain distance from the current face of television.

“What is happening right now on TV is not suitable for my talent”, the veteran actor candidly told IANS.

For some, he is “Karamchand” detective, for some he is retired schoolmaster Mussaddi Lal Tripathi from “Office Office” and for some he is still the Hindi teacher Mohan Bharti of “Zabaan Sambhalke”. But the actor feels that with “the face of television completely changed”, he has his doubts whether “people like me” can find their path in the world of television now.

When asked if he is planning to make content for television, Pankaj told IANS over phone from Mumbai: “Not right now. With the face of television today and because of the way TV is happening today I don’t think people like me will find their path.”

Pankaj made his directorial debut with a TV show “Mohandas B.A.,L.L.B.” in 2001, and even directed a Bollywood film “Mausam” in 2011.

The actor went on to say that he will be willing to make content for television if he is given “independent hand in creativity”.

He said: “But if there is some change or some channel, which would ask us to have an independent hand in creativity and in terms of the content, if they agree to it, then we can make content. But if they want to treat us like managers and themselves as creative people, then I am better off not doing that and better off surviving with whatever I am doing in films and on stage”.

Pankaj, who also appeared in show “Neem Ka Ped” that highlighted the suffering of a bonded labourer in a village, noted that “television has been a powerful medium and it has been a huge part of my life… at least 15 years”.

“I have worked in television and I am very proud of that work. But the fact of the matter is that the face of television has completely changed today,” he said.

Asked what are the changes he is talking about, the voluble actor clammed up: “I don’t want to comment on that… All I am saying is that what is happening right now is not suitable for my talent.”

Pankaj shared his views with IANS after an event organised by detergent Ariel India on the topic ‘Why is laundry only a mother’s job?’ in Mumbai.

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