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SRIDEVI'S comback is grand one?

Actress Sridevi, who's making a comeback after 15 years, is reaching new heights even before the release of her film, English Vinglish. This flick is going to be premiered at Toronto International Film Festival this year.

The film also marks the directorial debut of Gauri Shinde, wife of film-maker R. Balki, who is also the producer of the film. The film is going to be premiered on September 14. The film stars Sridevi, Adil Hussain, Mehdi Nebbou and Priya Anand.The film is scheduled to be part of the highly coveted Galas' section for a world premiere. Thala Ajith will be seen with her in the Tamil version of the film.

English Vinglish is a story of a woman's struggle with the English language and the insecurities she faces because of it. The film shot mostly in New York captures her transformational journey. Hilarious, touching, sensitive, this film marks the return of India's biggest female star - Sridevi.

R. Balki says, "The whole team is thrilled that our film has been chosen in the 'Galas' section for a world premiere at the prestigious Toronto Film Festival. It's an honuor when your film is being showcased alongside films by Billy Bob Thornton, Roger Michell, Robert Redford, Mike Newell, Ben Affleck and Mira Nair. Gauri and I are personally very excited. And hope the world cheers the comeback of Sridevi - India's only true pan Indian female superstar."

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Madhur Bhandarkar's Heroine was launched with much fanfare with the director and the film's cast, Kareena Kapoor and Arjun Rampal, at Cinemax theatre, Versova, a western suburb of Mumbai.

The trailer seemed interesting, and traced the life of Kareena's character Mahie Arora.

"It has been my dream since I was a child -- maybe since I was in my mother's stomach -- that main badi hokar heroine banugi (I will grow up and become a heroine), dancing in front of bathroom mirrors, running to the bathroom in school to look at myself, not really concentrating on my studies, playing my walkman and listening to Sridevi and Madhuri songs, just thinking that one day I will be a heroine," Kareena said with a grin at the journalists assembled.

"I think the journey has been fantastic. I don't think my journey would be ever completed without Madhur Bhandarkar's Heroine."

The dialogues and screenplay, she said, attracted her to the film. "Three very important people, who have been part of this film and because of whom I believed in the script, are my dearest friend Niranjan Iyengar, who has written the wonderful dialogues and screenplay together with Madhur and Anuradha Tiwari. It is because of all of these guys that I came on board. I am so glad that this film was in my destiny."

Ambedkar Parinirvan Bhumi

Enraged over delay in starting of the work for Parinirvan Bhumi, Dr Ambedkar Parinirvan Bhumi Samman-Karyakram Samiti on Friday gave a May 30 ultimatum to the government.

"Congress-led UPA government has failed to keep its promise of developing the memorial. If the work is not started by May-end, a nation-wide agitation on the lines of the Gurjar agitation of Rajasthan, would be launched," said Indresh Gajbhiye, Chairman of MP Scheduled Castes Commission.

Gajbhiye was in city on the eve of Ambedkar jayanti to be celebrated in Mhow.

"The NDA government had sanctioned Rs 100 crore for developing the Parinirvan Bhumi during its regime, but the Congress government seems to have spent it on some other work. The issue was emotive and various organizations cutting across party lines have come together fight for the cause," said Gajbhiye.

He said there are four important places for Ambedkarites in the country viz Dikshabhumi in Nagpur, Chaityabhumi in Mumbai, Mhow which is the birthplace of Dr Ambedkar, and Parinirvan Bhumi. "Though the other three have been developed, Parinirvan Bhumi has become a victim of negligence of the government," he said.

About a solution to stop scavenging among Dalits in the state, the chairman said that he was studying the figures provided by the government officials and would look into the complaints. The state government maintains that scavenging has been eradicated from across the state. However, sundry NGOs claim that the practice still prevalent in the state.

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