New Delhi: Actor Arjun Kapoor, who will turn a year older on June 26, says he came well-prepared into the industry and always knew the pros and cons of fame. Arjun, son of producer Boney Kapoor, has grown up seeing his family members face the glitzy as well as the gloomy sides of the showbiz world. He rose to fame with his debut film “Ishaqzaade”, which released in 2012, and has maintained a variety with movies like “2 States”, “Finding Fanny”, “Ki & Ka”, “Half Girlfriend” and “India’s Most Wanted”. His next is historical drama, “Panipat”. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography On facing the pros and cons of being in the film industry, Arjun, 33, told IANS: “Because I am from the profession as I grew up here, I always knew the pros and cons. I had seen it in my family beforehand. It’s a beautiful profession. “I have never ever told anybody not to come and attempt it because the payoff is tremendous, and now more-so than ever when more than just your face, it’s about your talent.” This, he says, has also given rise to a “big equality that is setting in”. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot “It is becoming more and more available to people to come and pursue their dreams as long as they have talent and potential. So, it has definitely got a lot of pros but cons are they are for all to see,” added the actor, who is reportedly dating Malaika Arora. Arjun started working in the film industry as an assistant director on Nikkhil Advani’s “Kal Ho Naa Ho” in 2003. He also assisted Advani on his next directorial “Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love” and worked as an associate producer on two of his father’s productions — “No Entry” and “Wanted”. As far as the cons of being in the cinema world is concerned, the actor, who is working towards a brawny built for his next “Panipat”, says he is not the only one dealing with it. “Everyone who is an actor deals with the cons. Everyone gets the pros as well. So, I don’t like to create this martyr image that ‘poor me’. I am not the first and I would definitely wouldn’t be the last,” he added. Over such a short span of time, Arjun has worked with known directors like R. Balki, Ashutosh Gowarikar, Raj Kumar Gupta, Abhishek Varman, Anees Bazmee, Homi Adajania, Ali Abbas Zafar and Mohit Suri. Working with them has given him enriching and unique experiences. “I have done ‘Finding Fanny’, ‘Aurangzeb’. ‘Ki & Ka’… As a director, R. Balki sir is not the quintessential commercial filmmaker. For ‘Ki & Ka’, he chose a tone that is fun and frothy but that subject was again very offbeat — to play a boy who runs a home while his wife works. “For me, these are themes that are relevant to society today, important for today’s India but at the same time they appealed to me and I thought they would make entertaining stories.”
31 January 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted the success achieved by the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) in saving thousands of lives across the continent, saying it offers a good model for tackling other social ills. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted the success achieved by the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) in saving thousands of lives across the continent, saying it offers a good model for tackling other social ills.“The African Leaders Malaria Alliance is breaking down barriers, forging partnerships and getting supplies to families in record time,” Mr. Ban said in remarks at the ALMA event in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on the sidelines of the summit meeting of the African Union. “This is remarkable progress. We need to encourage it and use the response to malaria as a model for battling other illnesses and social ills,” he added.Malaria kills almost one million Africans every year and affects over 200 million more, mostly pregnant women and children under five years of age, resulting in at least $12 billion of costs every year through lost development and opportunity.Launched in September 2009 in New York, ALMA is a high-level forum set up to oversee the efficient procurement, distribution, and utilization of malaria control measures, with the aim of ending unnecessary deaths from the disease by 2015.“This alliance against malaria is stopping the disease and saving thousands of lives. It is a great success story. You are bringing us closer to our Millennium Development Goal on malaria and showing how we can reach all the MDGs: with commitment at the highest level,” Mr. Ban stated, referring to the goal of halting and reversing the incidence of malaria by 2015.Just last month, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) announced that malaria deaths declined by 10 per cent between 2008 and 2009. In 11 African countries, the disease’s deadly toll has been cut by more than half since the year 2000. “Just as malaria is carried by a mosquito that goes from person to person, so does our campaign seek to reach people just as directly,” said the Secretary-General. “We want to give every community health worker, every family, every child the tools and protection they need.“We’ve delivered over 290 million nets to Africa since 2008. More nets and treatments are on their way. Universal coverage is not just a hope; it is within our reach.”At today’s event, the heads of State of Guinea, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania were presented with the 2011 ALMA Award for Excellence for their exemplary leadership in accelerating and sustaining access to malaria control and treatment commodities. They are leaders of nations that have banned the importation and use of oral artemisinin-based monotherapies, which cause drug resistance that weakens the effectiveness of recommended malaria treatments, and that have removed tariffs on essential commodities used in the fight against malaria. “All ALMA countries, by joining the Alliance, have demonstrated their commitment against malaria, and many have made important progress. The four recipients of the 2011 ALMA Award for Excellence have led the way with decisive actions to accelerate the saving of lives, and I commend their response,” said Ray Chambers, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Malaria. “Africa has never led a more unequivocal initiative against malaria, with the Secretary-General’s deadline of ending malaria deaths by 2015 just five years away. Now is the time to overcome any barriers toward making that goal a reality,” he stated.
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today insisted that there was no threat to the alliance as a result of the demonstration staged in Jaffna yesterday.The demonstration was staged by the Tamil People’s Council with the participation of some TNA members. The TNA did not support the protest staged against the Government but the party says there is no threat to the Tamil alliance as a result of the participation of some TNA members in the protest.TNA member and Northern Provincial Council Chairman C.V.K Sivagnanam expressed these views to an Australian delegation in Jaffna today. (Colombo Gazette)