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Shimla crowd goes hysterical to watch Hrithik shooting ‘Bang Bang’



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hrithik shoots in shimla
SHIMLA- Bollywood mania is the word that’ll suit as a depiction of the scene that recent shoot of ‘Bang Bang’, which is an official remake of the Tom Cruise-Cameron Diaz starrer, ‘Knight and Day‘, has been creating in Shimla for the past couple of weeks. May be, Hrithik Roshan was the better reason for the crowding of the Shimla Mall. Well, no one likes to miss a chance to see celebrity actors along with the making of an action scene with all its crew, cameras, and equipments used in high budget Bollywood movies, especially when it comes from a giant production house like Fox Star Studios.


However, a few guys were luckier than others; especially those who owned the roofs and small teashops that lured the director. They cashed lacs of bucks for the shoot, while Shimla MC is charged Rs. 50,000 a day for allowing the shooting.

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Most of the shoot was that of action scenes on the high roof of Gaindamal Hemraj and adjacent buildings with some fight scenes in the alleyway behind mall.

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The crowd behaved hysterically, and for a while, it appeared stupid watching people trying to push into the crowd, and stand on their toes for hours on the highest spot they could find, and all that just to watch retakes of the same scene dozens of times, and, most, ignoring the rain in Shimla’s harsh winters.

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For hours, the crowd, which continuously kept growing all day, stood still, making occasional noises. That’s a huge lot of motivation to tolerate so much, and that is just to watch actors and crew-members doing their job.


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The presence of the stuntman, who was looking a perfect duplicate copy of the hero, puzzled many in the crowd. The crowd chased the actor to the van, and it cheered everytime they observed a movement at the door of the van hoping that the actor would come out to and they would get a closer look, may be, an autograph. For their disappointment, he jumped right into the car, which picked him exactly from the first doorstep of the van. The crowd rushed after his car, chased it for a little while, and then dispersed. The smartphones, tabs, digicams, were all out of pockets, focused on capturing anything the crowd could capture.

However, that sounds as unfair, rude assessment of the whole social mechanics at work. The crowd was not just that of young guys and filmy girls; old and young, poor and rich, everyone made the crowd, and they all shared the same charm that mostly Indian folks have for witnessing a movie shoot and actually get an opportunity to see Bollywood celebrities, whom they always saw either on screen or in the media. It’s a huge satisfaction to have this experience in the routine life of any average Indian citizen.

Psychologically, entertainment, under the stressful modern lifestyle, is a necessary evil. Sometimes, it’s the best device to kill time, escape the stress, and other times, it’s a dive into the ocean of creativity, and most, the emotional vent that the correlation of real life inspirations and the reconstruction of human the emotions bring about.

But a few spectator weren’t happy; the monkeys, who sat puzzled on nearby building, and viewed all this jumping and fighting as a sort of nuisance. They viewed it all with an insecurity. After all, it was an encroachment over the roofs that usually they rule, but, luckily, it was momentary.

That was about charm of a celebrity film shoot, but there are a few other issues regarding the management of crowd and the discriminatory criterion followed for allowing events on Shimla Ridge that pertain to the domain of District Collector, and these issues will be discussed soon on HW.

Madan has studied English Literature and Journalism from HP University and lives in Shimla. He is an amateur photographer and has been writing on topics ranging from environmental, socio-economic, development programs, education, eco-tourism, eco-friendly lifestyle and to green technologies for over 7 years now. He has an inclination for all things green, wonderful and loves to live in solitude. When not writing, he can be seen wandering, trying to capture world around him in his DSLR lens.

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Self-taught local artist to exhibit ’17 Paintings’ oil painting works at Gaiety, Shimla



Shimla: For the art lovers and critics in Himachal Pradesh, a self-taught local artist will showcase his collection of oil paintings titled “17 Paintings” on a two-days exhibition at the historic Gaiety Theater, Shimla on December 9 and 10 from 11.00 AM to 6.00 PM.

Surya Ranjan Shandil (31), who hails from Solan district, works in Bengaluru as a computer programmer in the field of education technology. After his schooling from Shimla, he obtained a B.Tech Degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.

Himachal's cutlural paintings

Courtesy: Surya Ranjan Shandil

However, he did not ignore his love for the painting and continued it at evenings after college, work, on weekends, and Sundays.

Later, Ranjan realized he has a collection of his own. His first solo exhibition was held in November 2016 at the Gaiety Theater.

The appreciation he received at the first exhibition encouraged him to present his second collection of oil paintings that he painted during 2017.

He received his education upto Class 12 from Shimla’s St. Edwards and Dayanand Public School.

He is best known for his captivating genre paintings.

I started drawing at the age of 3-4 years. At that time, I used to sign the drawings with incorrect spellings of my name,

Ranjan told Himachal Watcher

His father, Dr R G Shandil, who is now retired, was a professor of mathematics at the H.P. University, Shimla. His mother Dr. Sandhya Shandil was a teacher at the St. Edward’s School, Shimla.

After graduating in 2010, I started with oil painting during the evenings and weekends. Gradually I built up a collection and in November 2016, I held my first solo exhibition of 29 oil paintings at gaiety,

he said.

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Ranjan’s paintings reflect people. The upcoming exhibition opens with simple themes like the joy of shopping, local festivities, celebration, dance and music. Most works painted on these themes are in the context of Himachal.

Surya Ranjan Shandil

Following these are mellow paintings ‘Seaside Nap’ and ‘Personal Sunrise’ – more subtle takes on human thought. The artist also takes a step towards satire in comically interesting works ‘Monkeys’ and ‘Chimpanzees’.

Slowly moving towards expressionism ‘Kayal’ takes the viewer to the realm of subjectless painting while in ‘Frenzy’ the artist dispenses with form.

Ending on a light hearted note, the paintings ‘Bonfire’ and ‘A Silent Conversation’ recreate the magic of Gabbar Singh and Rajesh Khanna on canvas.

About his love for painting, he said,

I believe art is a journey of constant improvisation.  

It would be his second solo exhibition. Earlier, he has participated and won prizes in several painting competitions throughout his schooling and B.Tech.


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Bollywood film-maker Onir conducting auditions in Shimla for his next film



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Shimla: Shimla-based production house ‘Secret Corridor Pictures’, run by award-winning filmmaker Siddharth Chauhan, is looking for new faces for Onir’s upcoming film “Kuch Bheege Alfaaz”. The film will be shot in Shimla.

Onir is a National award-winning director and producer. He needs a young girl in the age group of 14-18 from Shimla to cast in his film.

Onir has directed films like: My Brother Nikhil, Bas Ek Pal, Sorry Bhai, I AM, and Shab. His ‘Chauranga’ had won him multiple awards last year.

The Secret Corridor is looking after the casting & production process for this film. The production house is currently scrutinizing applications and organizing auditions.

In the first round of the auditions was conducted online and five finalists were selected out of over 50 applicants. These five candidates were invited for an interview with Onir on October 8, 2017.

The production house is also looking for actors in all age groups for other projects.

Onir’s films are known for the unique content that works as a trailblazer for the Indian film industry.

He is the man behind ‘My Brother Nikhil’ – the first Bollywood film that addressed the sensitive topic of homosexuality and AIDS.

His other film ‘I AM’ had won him the prestigious National Award & many other awards at various international film festivals.

The interested candidates can apply for auditions alongwith their pictures and other details. The candidates can either apply through e-mail at [email protected]” or through Facebook.

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Himachal gets a ‘War Museum’ at Dharamsala as reminder of martyrs



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Dharamsala – The ‘War Museum’ at Dharamsala was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. He also laid the foundation stone of the Freedom Fighters Memorial at Dari.

The War Museum, he said was a reminder of the sacrifices of the valiant soldiers of Himachal Pradesh, right from recipients of Victoria Cross to Parmveer Chakra. The Museum would offer a flashback to learn more about the Nations first Param Vir Chakra recipient, the highest gallantry awardee, Major Somnath Sharma to late Captain Bikram Batra, Saurabh Kalia, and others who laid their lives for the sake of the Nation.

Recalling the Kargil war, he said that 54 brave soldiers from the soil of Himachal had laid their lives. These sacrifices will find mention in this War Museum.

The Museum is spread over a total area of 2190 square meters and built at a cost of Rs. 9.85 crores. Outside the Museum, the statue of General Zorawar Singh and murals of heroic deeds are on display.

The inner Hall houses busts of Vir Chakra awardees, Jamedar Bhandan Ram and Jamedar Lala small description of their legend on the wall against a golden background.

The busts of Param Vir and Vir Chakras include those of Major Somnath Sharma, Major Dhan Singh Thapa, Captain Vikram Batra, Major Sudhir Walia, Hony. Captain Sanjay Kumar.

The Museum also houses photo gallery of all PVC recipients of the country besides the medals of various gallantry award recipients including Victoria Cross, Ashok Chakra, Vir Chakra etc.

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Photo: Divya Himachal

There is also a 5×2 foot Ashoka Pillar beside a Pakistan captured flag, regimental flags, Medium Machine Guns etc.

The State government has requested the Government of India for MIG-21 and display of other warfare machinery, said representatives of ‘State Martyrs Memorial Service and Development Society’.

The inauguration of the Museum was timed with the celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the quit India movement also known as ‘August Kranti’.

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