EDUTAINMENT: ‘Proud’ but exams first – Kid misses premiere

EDUTAINMENT: ‘Proud’ but exams first – Kid misses premiere – lessons all adults should learn too ?!!

A scene of 'And Once Again' being shot in a monastery in South Sikkim - 'teach, our children well' ?!! (TT).


Gangtok, Aug. 18: Yuden Zongtenpa has chosen exams over the premier of And Once Again.

The Amol Palekar movie, which has generated a buzz over the role of Antara Mali as a Buddhist monk with a shaven head, will premiere at Pune tomorrow when seven-year-old Yuden who had an important role in the film writes her English paper for the second term examinations at Tashi Namgyal Academy.

“We had been invited to attend the premier at Pune tomorrow but we cannot make it as the Yuden’s second term starts tomorrow,” said mother Rebina Rai.

The student of Class III had already walked the red carpet of adulation and applause for her performance in the 94-minute film when it was screened on November 29 at the 40th International Film Festival in Goa.

Asked how she feels about the movie now set to hit the silver screen, pat came Yuden’s reply: “Proud”. “I liked my character a lot when I saw the film at Goa and right now, I am preparing for the exams which starts from tomorrow,” she said. Yuden plays the role of an orphan in the film.

“That she has actually acted in a movie has not sunk in yet though Yuden liked what she saw during the screening in Goa. Right now, she is pretty engrossed in her school activities,” said Rebina. She said the acting skills of her daughter were much appreciated by those who attended the Goa screening.

In the movie, Antara Mali comes across Yuden, an orphan, develops an attachment for her and brings her up.

Asked about her favourite scenes, Yuden talks about the ‘kite scene’ and ‘a wheel barrow scene’ shot in West Sikkim. Palekar was glad to have Yuden in the film and the whole team was amazed with her acting skills, recalled Rebina. “A little bit of everything — the Sikkimese culture, orchids, monasteries and the locales were portrayed in the film,” she said.


Ragging accused surrender in court – to know exactly when enough is enough and fun becomes malicious ?!!


Siliguri, Aug. 18: Two seniors who allegedly ragged a first-year engineering student of the Siliguri Institute of Technology surrendered in a court here today. Aritra Bhattacharya, one of the two accused, was suspended by his college Surendra Institute of Engineering and Management.

Kaushik Chakraborty, a second-year BCA student of the SIT, and Aritra Bhattacharya, a second-year electrical engineering student of the SIEM, appeared before B. Khesang, the additional chief judicial magistrate of Siliguri. Charges under Sections 341 (wrongful restraint), 325 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt) and 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) under the IPC and Section 4 of the West Bengal Prohibition of Ragging in Educational Institutions Act, 2000 were brought against them. The duo were granted bail by the court.

Riju Ghosh, a first-year computer science student of the SIT along with five others were allegedly ragged at a private hostel in Pradhannagar on Friday night by Aritra who hails from Kharagpur and Kaushik who is from Dinhata in Cooch Behar.

Sumanta Nag, a member of the anti-ragging cell of the SIEM, said: “We were intimated of the incident by police today and on the basis of it we have suspended Aritra for the next 10 days. We have also dispatched the notice to his home. The five-member anti-ragging cell of the institution will start an inquiry on the incident tomorrow and the report will be submitted within the next 10 days.”

Kaushik was suspended by the SIT authorities yesterday.


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