Abhinav Bindra releases video to inspire young athletes

first_img(Eds: Updating after making changes in intro)New Delhi, Aug 11 (PTI) In a bid to inspire the youth to aim for gold in the upcoming Asian Games and 2020 Olympics, India’s only individual Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra has released a video to commemorate the 10th anniversary of his historic gold-winning performance. The video, produced by JetSynthesys, captures the highlights of the ace shooter’s successful journey, becoming an icon in the world of sports. “You made me who I am. Now you inspire a billion others. I am cheering for the sportsmen and women of India to get our next #GoldforIndia #Olympics #TheGoldTurns10 #HappyBirthdayGold #Tokyo2020 #2YearstoGo,” Bindra tweeted. The 35-year-old, who has been appointed to the International Olympic Committee’s prestigious Athletes’ Commission, said support needs to be given to athletes not only when they become stars but when they work towards their goals. “What makes winning truly worth it, is the journey, the hard work, determination, sacrifices and perseverance. We have so much of budding talent in our country, I hope this video inspires many to follow suit and aim for Gold in both the Asian Games as well as the Olympics,” he added.”10 years ago, Abhinav began a revolution for Indian sportspersons to become champions of their sport. This video is more than just a tribute to Abhinavs efforts, it’s an inspiration to emerging young talent in India to focus on their goals and win #GoldForIndia in the years to come!” MD & CEO, JetSynthesys, said Rajan Navani. PTI APA ATKATKATKadvertisementlast_img read more

Salim Khan felicitated at lackadaisical IFFI 2018 closing ceremony

first_imgBy Radhika Sharma Panaji, Nov 28 (PTI) Veteran screenwriter Salim Khan was honoured for his lifetime contribution to Indian cinema at the 49th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) on Wednesday in what was largely a bland ceremony.Producer-actor Arbaaz Khan, son of Salim Khan, accepted the IFFI Special Award on behalf of his father.Khan, one half of Bollywood’s popular writing duo Salim-Javed credited for films such as “Zanjeer”, “Sholay” and “Deewar” among others, marked his presence via a text message which was read by Arbaaz, who attended the event with rumoured girlfriend Giorgia Andriani.”I want to thank IFFI, Information & Broadcasting Ministry, Government of India for honouring me with Indian Personality for Lifetime Contribution to Indian cinema. I dedicate this award to Indore, my birthplace and Mumbai my workplace, the film industry which has given me everything.”I would so like to thank Mr Javed Akhtar without whose contribution it would not have been possible,” Salim Khan said in the message.In the valedictorian ceremony, Sergei Loznitsa-directed film “Donbass” won the biggest award of the evening, Golden Peacock.Lijo Jose Pellissery scored Silver Peacock for Best Direction for “Ee Maa Yove” while Silver Peacock for Best Actor (Female) went to Anastasiia Pustovit for “When the Trees Fall”. Chemban Vinod won Silver Peacock for Beat Actor (Male) “Ee Maa Yove”.Dominique Fishback and Tatum Marilyn Hall bagged Special Mention (Acting) for “Night Comes On”.Praveen Morchhale’s “Walking with the Wind” won the ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Award and “Los Silencios” bagged a special mention in the category.advertisementCentenary Award for Best Debut Film of a Director was given to Alberto Montreal for “Respeto”.”Aga”, directed by Milko Lazarov, won special jury award in the segment, whereas “Volcano” and “To-Let” received special mention.Vijai Sardesai, Minister for Town & Country Planning, Government of Goa, said people compare Cannes to IFFI and they plan to make Goa the “Cannes of Asia”.”They say Cannes is about freedom and IFFI is about red tapism. We will make amends next year… It will be a jewel in the crown of India,” Sardesai said.The minister also paid tributes to Italian filmmaker Bernando Bertolucci, who passed away at the age of 77 on Monday.KJ Alphons, Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge), Govt. of India, talked about how he went from a child who would buy a 25 paisa ticket to watch a film in his village to a “Union minister in honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government”.Without naming Aamir Khan, the Union minister said it was through power of films (like “Dangal”) that the Bollywood actor had become the second most influential Indian in China after PM Modi.”I don’t know if anywhere in the world films are made on sanitary pads and toilets…” he said.Alphons added, “There are a lot of people who have sacrificed their lives for this country. There are a lot of ideas for filmmakers to make realistic films.”The daring dance act by XIX group on songs such as “Gajanana” and “Malhari” in the beginning set a tone to the event, which could not maintain its momentum.A romantic medley by Vipin Aneja did little to lift the spirits. The event was hosted by Sophie Choudry and Arjan Bajwa.This year country of focus was Israel and state of focus was Jharkhand.Also present were Anil Kapoor, Jim Sarbh, Diana Penty, Rakulpreet Singh, Kabir Bedi, Goa Governor Mridula Sinha and BJP Delhi chief Manoj Tiwari, among other stars and politicians.Rajyavardhan Rathore, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, urged people, via a video message, to be in Goa next year for its 50th edition.The movie extravaganza, that screened 212 films from 68 countries in the last eight days, was declared closed with a promise of meeting next year in Goa for the golden jubilee celebrations. PTI RDS BKBKlast_img read more