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Budding writer and producer, Harry Sachdeva is an eminent name in the entertainment clan. He is talk of the town by taking a step to make the very first mainstream film on the aftermath of Indira Gandhi’s assassination. Titled ‘31st October’, the film is set on the backdrop of 1984, the blackest day of Indian history when Indira Gandhi was assassinated and thousands of lives were lost due to the riots, which took place after that.

 Directed by a national award winner, Shivaji Lotan Patil, the film stars Soha Ali Khan and Vir Das who will be seen in the sikhavatars, and the actors are playing the characters of a real life couple as the film is based on a true life story.

 The real life experience, penned by writer –producer HarrySachdeva, through his cinematic vision will take the audience back in the year 1984 and will showcase the struggle of many innocents who suffered the night of riots. The movie will portray the change of political scenario in the country after her two Sikh bodyguards assassinated Indira Gandhi. The film has voices of renowned Asha Bhosle , Sonu Nigam and moreover Ustad Gulam Mustaf Ali khan who is famous for his legendary talent and who is also the guru of A R Rehman and Sonu Nigam has sung for this film as he felt closely connected to the cause behind the film.

 1984 Anti-Sikh riots is one such painful issue that is still unresolved even after 30 years.

Numerous commissions have investigated the pogrom, yet the perpetrators walk free and the victims have sunk into oblivion. The careless and corrupt way that this issue has been handled is used as a confidence building measure for communal and riot politics. A new Indian film is on the doorstep of Indian youth aiming to spark off another revolution to showcase the truth and to deliver justice to the victims passing the message that such genocides do no good to any individual, community or country.

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KATHUA: The 2-day “Border-Festival” organised near international border in Hiranagar concluded today registering participation of over 23,000 people. Series of events were organised on the second day which witnessed large participation in different activities. A fleet of 3 vehicles dedicated for “Border Safari” booked by visitors online was also flagged off from the sports stadium by CEO LSDA Dr Bharat Bhushan and SDM Hiranagar Sohan Lal .

 

The border safari moved to various villages along the international border and forward border outposts. The visitors had a glimpse of area and habitation across the international border from the watch towers of BSF. Officers and Jawans of BSF welcomed the tourists and local visitors at the border outposts and explained about the defence strategy and places.  Later, valedictory function was organised which was chaired by MLA Hiranagar Kuldeep Raj. The MLA gave away prizes to various winners of events, sports competitions, stalls and contests.

 

Speaking on the occasion he lauded the administration for this historic festival organized near international border to woo tourists and called upon the youth to avail maximum benefits from the innovative measures started by district administration aimed for livelihood, development and tourism promotion in the border area.

 

On the sidelines, a series of sports events were organised which included competitions of Kabaddi and Volleyball which attracted a large number of youth. A series of sports events were organised between 6 different teams. Participation was drawn from different districts of state. Cultural programmes in Dogri, Gojri, Pagadi, Punjabi and folk dances were organised during the day. Food stall of BSF, Pepsi and private organisations also presented a variety of food items to the visitors.

 

Earlier, District Development Commissioner, Kathua, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary visited the festival venue and reviewed preparedness for final day events including valedictory function. He complimented the people of border area, Hiranagar and Kathua for such an overwhelming response in making the border festival great success and a historical event. He further informed that border festival will be organised twice a year at different places as a regular feature in the district, for which a core group has been constituted.

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  • ‘Border tourism to be given a boost’

 

JAMMU: Minister for Health & Medical Education, ARI and Trainings, Choudhary Lal Singh today inaugurated 2-day first Border Festival at Hiranagar which attracted more than 12,000 people on first day.  Legislators, Mr. Rajeev Jasrotia and Mr. Kuldeep Raj, District Development Commissioner, Kathua, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, DIG BSF R S Gurung, SSP Kathua Neeva Jain, Ex-MLAs Mr. Durga Dass and Mr. Girdhari Lal Chalotra besides senior officers of district administration, officers of BSF and Army including a large number of men and women from the border belt were also present on the occasion.

 

The 2-day border festival has been organised to woo tourists from across the state and outside providing them opportunity to see International Border and areas along the border.  A van on awareness regarding State and Centrally Sponsored Schemes were also launched on the occasion which will visit 100 villages to spread awareness among masses.  District administration has also organised border safari and border home stay for tourists which has got tremendous response from visitors.

 

The Minister and MLAs inspected the 104 stalls installed in the Border Festival by different State Governments. He also interacted with the official and volunteers.  Ch Lal Singh expressed happiness over diverse fields brought together on one platform providing opportunities to all especially youth and women of the border areas of the Kathua district.  Addressing a large gathering, the Minister has said that border areas of the Kathua district would be developed into a mega Border tourist destination for pilgrim tourists visiting Mata Vaishno Devi and other holy shrines of Jammu division. He said that Government endeavour is to promote varied tourism activities in Jammu division like other parts of the state adding this would not only boost local economy but would also be a source of inspiration for coming generation.

 

The Minister highlighted the importance of Border Festival in showcasing border area of Kathua district as a tourist destination instead of war zone. He expressed hope that different initiatives launched by administration will harvest rich dividends for peace and development in border area apart from providing employment. He called upon the youth and women to avail the benefits of schemes and services made available by the Central and State Government through the proactive mission of district administration.

 

MLA Kathua and MLA Hirangar also spoke on the occasion regarding tourism and development in border area. Both the MLAs appreciated district administration for this innovative and unique intervention which will go a long way in development of border area. Earlier, an impressive cultural programme was presented by the artists of Information Department and Cultural Academy which was highly applauded by the audience. Later, a Dog Show staged by BSF received huge applause from audience while Band was displayed by BSF and Police Training School Kathua.  Four sports competitions were also organised by district administration on the occasion.