Mumbai: Actress Katrina Kaif who is gearing up for the release of her forthcoming film ‘Bharat’, hopes that she will start shooting of the film under her production house by this year. Katrina was interacting with the media to promote ‘Bharat’ on Friday in Mumbai. There were reports that Katrina Kaif has bought the rights of the French film ‘He Loves Me He Loves Me Not’ a while go but the project couldn’t take shape earlier due to undisclosed reasons. However, it has now taken off and is being developed. Also Read – ‘Will be acting till I die’ Notably, Katrina is the latest leading Bollywood heroine to get into production. Actresses Priyanka Chopra (Purple Pebble Pictures), Anushka Sharma (Clean Slate Films) and Swara Bhasker (Kahaaniwaaley) already have their production houses going, ensuring a greater, better presentation of women in Indian cinema. Talking about the development, Katrina said, “That French film is a story on which we are working on for quite a sometime. It’s not a French film actually but there were few ideas which had come to me. I really liked it and I might put my name to it as a producer. I would like to put my name for which I feel very strongly about. There are few discussions happening so, hopefully this year will start shooting for the film.” Also Read – ‘Always looking for that one great love’ Katrina is one of the actors who joined social media very recently but in short span of time, she has millions of followers on multiple social media platforms, when asked Katrina how she feels about it, she said, “I am happy. I think its been a nice decision for me. I don’t know why I was stressed about it. I was really against coming on social media. I remember when Twitter first came to India, my manager told me that Twitter wants me to join this platform and that time, it was an endorsement kind of a thing and nowadays, everybody is posting on Twitter for free and I was not much interested in coming on this platform and now everybody is on Twitter so, I feel sometimes I lack foresight and the vision.” Katrina added, “For me, the deciding factor to join social media was there was a phase where everything I was reading about myself, I was like this is not a correct representation of me and I used to feel very helpless about it. Then, I started thinking about why it is happening with me more so than other people then, I realised that everyone has a platform on which they used to speak so that made me join social media.” Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif starrer ‘Bharat’ is a period drama film written and directed by Ali Abbas Zafar. It is jointly produced by Atul Agnihotri, Alvira Khan Agnihotri, Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Nikhil Namit and Salman Khan under the banners Reel Life Productions, Salman Khan Films and T-Series. The film also stars Tabu, Disha Patani and Jackie Shroff in important roles. ‘Bharat’ is scheduled to be theatrically released in India on June 5, 2019, on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr.
“Despite advances in civic engagement, apathy has become democracy’s most insidious enemy in a growing number of societies,” the UN chief said in his message on the Day, commemorated each year on 15 September. “Inclusive participation is the antidote,” he said, underscoring that such inclusivity is not only an end in itself; it prepares communities, societies and entire countries to address opposing points of view, forge compromises and solutions, and engage in constructive criticism and deliberations. “Inclusive participation helps communities develop functioning forms of democracy for Government, corporations and civil society,” Mr. Ban said.“We live in a new era of ever greater possibilities for individuals to obtain information and influence decision-making, facilitated by evolving technologies,” he said, noting that they can help people to play a more direct role in areas he considers the most immediate global priorities for our age: reducing inequalities; preventing armed conflict and building a safer and more secure world; supporting nations in transition; empowering women and young people; and advancing sustainable development.As the international community strives to accelerate progress on attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the target date of 2015, the United Nations is shaping a vision for development beyond that year. Global consultations on the post-2015 development agenda — in themselves an unprecedented effort to bring people’s voices to international policy-making — have re-affirmed the importance of putting people at the heart of development. The million voices represented in the UN “MY World” survey overwhelmingly call for open and responsive Government, placing this in the top three goals they seek in a future development agenda.“On this International Day of Democracy, I call on leaders to hear, respect and respond appropriately to the voices of the people, whether expressed directly or through elected representatives,” said Mr. Ban, also calling on the world’s citizens to think about how they can use their voices to not only take control of their destiny, but to translate their desires and the desires of others into a better future for all.“Speak out. Participate. Reach out to understand and listen to those who may be weaker or more vulnerable than you,” he declared, adding: “We all have an equal stake in our shared future. Today, let us commit to ensuring that each of us can and does play our part to the full.”