At long last, a biopic on yesteryear’s almost-forgotten legend has been officially announced. Titled Ek Tha Albela, it will be directed by Niranjan Patwardhan, former assistant to Madhur Bhandarkar. And the lead role will be enacted by the Marathi stage actor Atul Todankar.
The six- day visit of Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko has elicited a warm but hardly effusive welcome in India. Media and the public are distracted by crucial state elections and two cases of high-profile sexual harassment and one of possibly illegal, but certainly intrusive, surveillance by the Gujarat government.