BELAGAVI MONDAY FEBRUARY 26, 2018 `5.00 PAGES 30 LATE CITY EDITION ‘To others she is Sridevi, but to me she’ll always be Mayil’ P B H A R AT I R A J A W hen I was told that Sridevi is no more, I couldn’t believe it. I asked the person who told me the news if he was sure. I asked and asked again. I went numb and didn’t know how to react. I was shocked. I don’t understand how she could have left so early I met Mayil around . 1977 when she was barely into her teens. To others, she may have been Sridevi, but to me, she’ll always be Mayil. Chinna ponnu, paavada thaavani-oda... (Small girl with ghagra and half sari) that image of her will forever be etched in my mind. I instantly recognised she was beautiful, both inside and out. She was a remarkable person, on and off screen. She didn’t have a proper educational background, but gradually her English-speaking sk, ills became better and eventually she sounded , a lot like a Bollywood actor. Despite not know- ing Hindi, she stepped into Bollywood, lear ned the language, and did many successful films. Even when she was so young, I noticed how she would easily grasp the dialogues and scenes. She had a knack for adapting her performance based on who her co-actors were. I knew even then that she would go on to become a superstar. She displayed h er acting skills with no fear, despite starring opposite stalwa r t s like Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan. She had no fear. The first day I met her on the sets of 16 Vayathinile, she requested, “Sir, konjam make-up pottukaren.” (Sir, I’ll put on a bit of make-up.) I insisted that she not. I wanted her to look natural. Eppovume medhuva dhaan pesuva. (Was always soft-spoken) By the time she wrapped up the shoot of the film, she felt emotional and cried. She had some really fond memories of shooting for the film. I was caring because I really liked her. I treated her on the sets like I would my daughter. It was I who introduced her to Hindi cinema with Solva Sawan, a remake of 16 Vayathinile. Initially she was quite apprehensive about do, ing Hindi films. She was very sceptical about her chances. I gave her the confidence. Slowly , she shifted her base to Mumbai. In one of her later interviews, I heard her say that she learned the art of cinema from me. Though there have been many actors from the south like Vyjayanthimala Bali, Hema Malini, Padmini and Rekha who’ve ventured into Bollywood, it is my belief that none of them FULL COVERAGE: P6 are a match for Sridevi. I’m shocked and very disturbed. I’ve lost a dear friend and the industry has lost a true legend. My heart goes out to her family and friends. I feel the pain with them #RIPSridev ... you will be missed Actor Rajinikanth AMIT BANDRE AMIT BANDRE 13 AUGUST 1963 – 24 FEBRUARY 2018 SRIDEVI KAPOOR (BORN SHREE AMMA YANGER AYYAPAN) The first female superstar of India, Sridevi (54) died on the night of February 24 after cardiac arrest in Dubai. Her last rites will take place in Mumbai on Monday Have witnessed Sridevi’s life from an adolescent teenager to the magnificeint lady she became. Her stardom was well deserved. Sadma’s lullaby haunts me now. We’ll miss her Actor Kamal Haasan I hate God for killing Sridevi and I hate Sridevi for dying Ram Gopal Varma, Director CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR Cong will be left with Pondy alone after June, claims PM Kerala’s Zakir Naik detained in Hyderabad Modi predicts Grand Old Party’s rout in Northeast and Karnataka; claims misrule in UT; criticises lack of democratic space for 3 nominated MLAs D E B J A N I D U T TA @ Puducherry Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Auroville on Sunday | PTI AFTER June this year, Puducherry will be the only Congress-ruled state in the country Prime Minister Nar, endra Modi predicted on Sunday, while urging people to throw out the Grand Old Party here as well. Addressing a public meeting at the Lawspet helipad grounds here, Modi said the Congress would be dethroned in the Northeastern states that are due to go to polls, and a rout in Karnataka will follow. “V Narayanasamy will be the only Congress chief minister left for the party to exhibit as its specimen after June,” Modi prophesied, adding sarcastically, “Narayanasamy will be lauded and his stature will rise within the party .” Modi perhaps missed factoring in Punjab, where the Congress wrested power from the Shiromani Akali Dal in the Assembly polls last year. Keeping up his attack on the Congress, the PM asked intellectuals to assess what the country gained and lost in the 48 years of the Nehru-Ga- India is spiritual destination: Modi Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India has been the spiritual destination for the world for ages and always allowed mutual respect and coexistence of different religions and culture. Modi was addressing the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Auroville International Township ndhi family rule vis-a-vis the achievements of the BJP government at the Centre in the last 48 months. They ought to look at the ease of living and draw conclusions, he said. Turning his attention to Puducherry, he said it has remained backward with little development des p i t e h av i n g re s o u rc e s a n d capabilities. “Puducherry has been governed by the Congress most of the time and successive governments have done injustice to it by failing to understand the needs and aspirations of the people. The Congress owes the people an explanation,” said Modi. Speaking in favour of the three nominated BJP lawmakers who have not been allowed to function by the Assembly Speaker, Modi charged the Congress with throttling democracy. “Sitting in Delhi, Congress leaders speak of democratic rights, while in Puducherry they are denying grassroots level democracy as well as democratic rights to nominated MLAs. As per law, nominated MLAs have a right to function to fulfil their democratic duties, but in Puducherry they are not allowed to enter the Assembly and function,” he pointed out. Modi further attacked the Congress for not holding panchayat elections here for several years thus depriving the people of their democratic rights. A dream of new India will be realised only when a new Puducherry is built, said Modi, pushing it to become Congress-mukt as well. EXPRESS READ Shah challenges Rahul for open debate Nirav and Choksi tipped off by bank officials? Kodiyeri re-elected as CPM state secretary Centre yet to release funds for SC students Bidar: BJP national president Amit Shah, who is visiting Karnataka, asserted that the Narendra Modi government has not waived a single paisa of industrialists’ loan. “AICC president Rahul Gandhi is lying to the nation about this issue,” Shah said, and challenged Rahul for an open debate on this issue. New Delhi: Apart from the probe into the criminality in the PNB loan fraud case involving diamond traders Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi, the CBI is also looking into the possibility if the duo was forewarned by the bank officials before the public sector bank sent its first complaint to the P9 CBI on January 29. Thrissur: Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, the Politburo member from Kannur, was unanimously re-elected as CPM state secretary for another three-year term, on Sunday. New Delhi: A government document has revealed that funds meant for Post-Matric Scholarship Scheme for Scheduled Caste students has not P7 been released yet. K70 LAKH SCAM Raichur ZP dug fake borewells in Telangana S H R E YA S H S @ Raichur THE Rural Water Supply and Sanitation (RWSS) subdivision of Raichur taluk, coming under the zilla panchayat, has allegedly generated fictitious bills to the tune of `70 lakh for drilling of borewells in the year 2015-2016. Similarly, over 400 fake bills to the tune of `3.5 crore were generated in Devadurga sub-division and about 200 bills of `1.5 crore were generated in Lingasugur sub-division. According to reliable sources in the department, such bills were produced across the district and payments were also made in some cases, causing a loss of about `10 crore to the state exchequer. What is shocking is that the bills were raised against borewell works completed in 2014-15 and some even show the location in neighbouring Telangana state. Raichur Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer Abhiram J Shankar, told The New Indian Express that the What’s the scam ■ K3.5 crore worth of fake bills generated in Devadurga ■ K1.5 crore worth of fake bills in Lingasugur ■ K70 lakh worth of fake bills in Raichur sub-division ■ Coordinates show some borewells in Telangana ■ K10cr loss to exchequer estimated in Raichur district alleged scam has come to his notice. “I have directed the deputy secretary of the zilla panchayat to verify the facts. It may take two weeks to do a fact check. If any irregularities are found, departmental action will be initiated against all the involved.” The sources said that across the district, around 1,200 dubious bills were generated under the borewell scheme. “A high-level inquiry should be conducted to bring out the truth,” they added. DUBIOUS BILLS WORTH K70 LAKH RAISED: P4 WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 30 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex TABLOID) E N S @ Hyderabad The anointing ceremony of Lord Bahubali in Shravanabelagola town of Hassan on Sunday | EXPRESS MAHAMASTAKABHISHEKA ENDS Shravanabelagola: Lakhs of devotees from all over the country witnessed the final day rituals of the Mahamastakabhisheka of Lord Bahubali at Shravanabelagola, the Jain pilgrimage centre, on Sunday. The devotees and general public can continue to perform the anointing of Lord Bahubali till June, according to Charukeerthi Bhattarak swamiji, the Chief Pontiff of Shravanabelagola Jain mutt. PEACE International School managing director M M Akbar, infamously known as Kerala’s Zakir Naik, was detained by Immigration Department officials at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport on Sunday. He was nabbed based on an alert issued by the Interpol and Telangana State Intelligence. Akbar has been absconding ever since Kerala police registered criminal cases against him for promoting c o m m u n a l h a t r e d by preaching objectionable content through his school syllabus. He was handed over to the state police for temporary custody A police . team from Kerala will arrive on Monday to take over his custody . Sources said Akbar was allegedly promoting communal violence in Kerala by exposing children of his school to activities of the banned terrorist organisation ISIS.
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