Some products / brands are only limited to a particular place. Products like Tirunelveli Iruttu kadai halwa. Its made by a family in Tirunelveli and till recently it was only available in that particular shop but now things have changed and you can order the awesome Tirunelveli Iruttu kadai halwa online. Same is the case with Charagh Din shirts. They had only one showroom throughout India, only in Mumbai. But then now its available online too.
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This drink was only available in Delhi city. Not sure why it was only restricted to Delhi, was it because of lack of distribution, or to maintain the exclusivity? or to test the market?
India’s automobile history can be easily summarised as pre and post Maruti.
Hindustan Motors and Premier were the two main car brands prior to Maruti. Hindustan Motors’s “Ambassador” and Premier’s “Padmini” had many fan following.
Maruti- The Family car
Then came Maruti, incorporated as Maruti Limited under the Companies Act with Sanjay Gandhi as its first managing director.
In 1981, Maruti Udyog Limited was incorporated, in joint venture with Japanese car maker Suzuki and the first car – Maruti 800 – was launched in December 1983.
But then there were other car manufacturers also, one being Bangalore-based Sipani Automobiles Ltd. Sipani launched many variants including ‘Dolphin’ and ‘Montana’.
D1 or Montana D1 – The only way to arrive!
In 1990, they launched Sipani D1 with the help of British technology and marketed as the family car. But the design was almost as same as Maruti 800. As per Wikipedia, Sipani manufactured 290 cars in the fiscal year 1989-90 and 190 cars in 1991.
“Made in India” and “ Aatm Nirbhar Bharat” are the words we often hear nowadays, especially after the showdown with China at the borders, but do you remember ( Millennials and Get Z are excused ) a soft drink brand that was manufactured and marketed by Indian Government?
After the withdrawal of Coca Cola and PepsiCo from India in 1977 due to regulations, lot of ‘Desi’ brands got launched. During that time the then ruling Janata Party led by Sri Moraji Desai, launched “ Double Seven” at the annual trade fair at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.
The name of the soft drink was “Satattar” means 77 in Hindi, yes the year was 1977, when national emergency was declared by Ms Indira Gandhi, later she was defeated in the elections and Janata Party came into power.
The first soft drink?
Do you remember the first soft drink you tasted? mine was Thums Up. I still get the strange sensation of the aerated water gushing through my throat. What was yours?
Throughout his career, director Kamal has been known to pick up challenging topics in his films. Be it Perumazhakkalam or Karutha Pakshikal, his films dare to speak about things that often filmmakers won’t address. Even when it came to biopics, he brought in the same passion to tell important stories, such as that of J.C Daniel in “Celluloid” and now it is ‘Kamala Das’ in “Aami”.
Having recently seen rel=” nofollow” Aami on ZEE5, I thought it would be a good time to discuss elements of the film that really caught my eye.
Before that, one needs to know about the person it is based on – Kamala Das/Kamala Surraiya.
Madhavikutty / Kamala Suraiya
Kamala Suraiya, born as Kamala Das was a well known literary personality from Kerala, often bit controversial though in her writings and actions. She was born into a well-known family of literary personalities. Her mom Balamaniamma was also a well-known poet. Madhavikutty’s writing was always bold and honest. Few times her works’ and outlook attracted criticism from various quarters. Madhavikutty ran into controversy when she decided to accept Muslim faith, changing her name to Kamala Suraiya, at the age of 65.
Things that caught my eye in Aami
In Aami, Kamal went for the slightly slower narrative, a departure from his usual style. Considering how controversial Madhavikutty’s life was, the movie had a liberal dose of drama too. But what set it apart was the semi-fictional approach it went for. Just like Madhavikutty did in her autobiography Ente Kathe/My Story, director Kamal uses elements of fiction and fantasy to thoroughly explore ideas and themes that Madhavikutty stood for in her life.
The other main highlight of the film is Manju Warrier, for obvious reasons. She is a great performer and you could witness glimpses of that in so many occasions during the film. Manju has done full justice to the protagonist role of Kamala Das, breathing life to a layered character with finesse. Other actors that shine in this movie are Murali Gopy, who plays Kamala’s husband, Madhava Das and Tovino Thomas who plays Lord Krishna.
Also, the director was successful in recreating the bygone era. As the story travels to different places like Mumbai, Kolkata and rural Kerala in different eras, the world Kamala built felt very real in the movie. Major credit for that goes to the makeup and costumes which fit the period’s actual style.
The film, to a certain extent, justifies the life of Madhavikutty. Her conflicts, struggles and quest for true love. An interesting take on the film is the role of Tovino Thomas as Lord Krishna. As someone who is looked upto to fill the lonely void in her life, Madhavikutty always loved Lord Krishna. It is how Kamal captures this sense of loneliness within Madhavikutty is what stands out. Scenes between Kamala and the Krishna effectively showcase the inner struggles she goes through. Even, the songs have been well placed and add up the pace to the movie. Also, though the movie has a non-linear narration, the way Kamal narrates it makes it interesting.
In short, if you enjoy Kamal’s films and are curious to know about Madhavikutty’s life, watch Aami. This movie features one of Manju Warrier’s good performances in recent times.
If you ask me name that one industry which is ever growing, I would say Media & Entertainment, especially in the last one decade, we have seen so many platforms and players emerging. The DTH penetration in India has also gone high.
Tata Sky is the leading DTH service prover in India.My association with Tata Sky goes back right from the time the switch happened from cable TV to the DTH.I am quite happy with various packages they offer and the wide range of channels they have.Now Tata Sky has come up with a exclusive channel for Tamil movies named “ Tata Sky Tamil Cinema”. Now its a great news for movie buffs like me. Currently, the DTH operator has four regional movies services namely Tata Sky Telugu Cinema, Tata Sky Marathi Cinema, Tata Sky Bangla Cinema and Tata Sky Punjab De Rang.
Tata Sky launched their new exclusive channel for Tamil films at a Gala event on 11th October. During the launch , Mr. Arun Unni, Chief Content Officer shared some interesting insights and stats about the TV viewership population in Tamil Nadu. According to him, close to 95 percent of population has got TV at home.When it comes TV viewership, South India is far ahead from rest of India. The DTH viewership is also ever increasing and there is a huge market for regional movies, especially Tamil and Telugu movies. The new exclusive channel for films will cater to this market.
Ad free channel, thats real Jingalala moment!
Yes, the channel won’t have any ads, thats a welcome relief right 😀 and Tata Sky Tamil Cinema is priced Rs 45 per month and you get to see the latest releases.
With this new channel, I am sure Tata Sky is going toexpand its subscriber base in Tamil Nadu.