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Gujarati film industry looking for a Shwaasof

fresh air
Ashish Vashi | TNN

Ahmedabad: Indulal Yagnik and Acharya Atre were leaders of two movements ‘Maha
Gujarat’ and ‘Samyukta Maharastra’ that laid the foundation of separate Maharastra
and Gujarat states. Both the states are now celebrating their golden jubilee.
However, there is another interesting similarity between the two leaders though little
known — both were filmmakers too.
Ironically, the fates of the two regional film industries — Marathi and Gujarati —
have been quite different. During the past 50 years both the film industries saw
many ups and downs. But, today Marathi film industry doing quite well. In last five
years, two Marathi films Shwaas and Harishchandrachi Factory were selected to
represent India at the Oscars. Though Gujarat film industry also has changed a lot
but is still facing an identity crisis and lack of creativity.
In 2009,the Gujarati film industry broke all records in terms of films made in a
single year since the first two Gujarati films made in 1932. From January to
December 2009, as many as 62 Gujarati films were made and passed by the censor
board. This was the highest since 1982, when 49 films were made.
Now, efforts are afoot to breath new life into Gujarati films by taking up urban
subjects. Better Half, a recently released film, is one such attempt that hopes to
catch the fancy of urban audience.The film was also released in Bombay’s
multiplexes, which is a rare thing.
Devang Patel’s ‘Vanechand no Varghodo’ also did well. But more or less Gujarati
films are stereotypically produced in low budget with the state government giving
only Rs 5 lakh as grant.
On the other hand, Marathi film industry was largely revived with the help of
creative efforts. Recently released Marathi film ‘Hapus’ raked in over Rs 1 crore at
the box office in the very first week.
This is a huge achievement for regional cinema in general. Its other film Natrang
also did good business at the box office.


Lack of will to experiment in Gujarati films is the main problem. No one dares to
disturb the stereotype. There are only a few directors who have taken an initiative.
But more efforts are needed now. More experiments in storyline from directors and
producers will make a lot of difference. Presently Gujarati films have the requisite
market but the lack of quality is ample Kartik Bhatt | GUJARATI FILM EXPERT


The average cost of Marathi film is more than Rs 1 crore. The subsidy given by
Maharastra government is more than by Gujarat government. But I don’t think
government only can help. The real effort must be made by filmmakers. We need
more creative directors who have the heart to take a risk. We have to cultivate a
new taste among the audience too. Vinod Ganatra |

In a first, Indian woman named Harvard prof

Boston: Noted academician Gita Gopinath has been named professor of economics at
the prestigious Harvard University, becoming the first Indianorigin woman professor
in the institution’s history.
Gopinath, 38, has been a member of the Harvard faculty since 2005 and was
named associate professor in 2009. Her focus area is business cycles in emerging
markets and price fluctuations across international borders.
“Professor Gopinath’s research on emerging markets has proven extremely
important to our understanding of their business cycles and her studies of price
stickiness have been highly influential among macroeconomists,” dean of social
science in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences Stephen Kosslyn said here.
Gopinath’s research has examined price stickiness at the US border, addressing
questions on whether prices are set in the producer’s or the consumer’s currency and
how this transnational pricing responds to exchange rate shocks.
University president Drew G Faust had confirmed tenure for Gopinath in May,
making her only the second internally promoted woman full professor and the third
woman to be tenured full professor in the department. “On campus, she has played a
central role in the vitality of our programme in international economics and especially
in teaching and advising students in this field,” Kosslyn added.
A University of Delhi alumnus, Kolkata-born Gopinath has a PhD in economics from
Princeton University. She was an assistant professor of economics at the University
of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business.
She is also an associate of the National Bureau for Economic Research, the Federal
Reserve Bank of Boston, the International Growth Centre at the London School of
Economics and Oxford University.
Earlier this month, IIT alumnus Nitin Nohria took over as the 10th Dean of Harvard
Business School (HBS). At HBS itself, Nohria is among some 25 teachers of Indian-
origin in a faculty of just over 200. Nobel laureate Amartya Sen is currently the
Thomas W Lamont University Professor and professor of Economics and Philosophy
at Harvard. PTI

Pooja second time lucky in Kazakhstan


Shweta Singh | TNN

Ahmedabad: When Pooja Chaurushi won the bronze medal in the Asian Cup Triathlon
held in Kokshetau, Kazakhstan last year, it was a bitter-sweet victory for this Surti
girl. She was smiling after becoming the first Indian to win a triathlon medal in an
international event in 15 years, but the win had been tempered by the fact that she
had missed the silver medal by a mere six seconds.
The victory spurred on the athlete as she left no stone unturned to improve her
record. The hard work has paid off. Pooja cut off six minutes from her last year’s
timing to win a silver medal in 2010 Asian Cup Triathlon held at the same venue on
Taking part in junior Asian Cup, Pooja started with nine other girls from seven
countries. The 18-year-old second year student of NScIT, quickly left the field behind
and finished the race (750m swimming, 20km cycling, 5km running) in one hour and
six minutes and 45 seconds—just 30 seconds behind the winner from Kazakasthan.
Now, Pooja’s next destination will be South Korea, where she will take part in the
Asian Cup in August. Pooja, who became first girl from India to qualify for Asian
Games in Triathlon to be help in China in November, will return home on
Wednesday. “She is delighted because she improved her last year’s performance,”
her mother Leena Chaurushi told TOI from Surat. Rakesh Gupta, general secretary,
Indian Triathlon Federation, said, “Pooja is improving day by day and she is our best
bet for the upcoming Asian Games. She is the only girl from India whose entry has
been submitted for the government’s approval at this point,” he said.

Pooja Chaurushi in a file pic