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HindustanTimes Fri,28 Nov 2014

Due recognition to Haryana’s culture possible: Kaushik

Hitender Rao, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, August 28, 2013
First Published: 20:28 IST(28/8/2013) | Last Updated: 20:30 IST(28/8/2013)

Bollywood actor-producer-director, Satish Kaushik, who comes from Haryana is keen to contribute his bit towards promoting the culture, language, music and movies of Haryana.

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Kaushik who was in Chandigarh on Tuesday told HT that he sees no reason as to why Haryanavi cinema cannot create a place for itself. When movies made in Bhojpuri, Oriya, Marathi and Punjabi languages can thrive, why can’t Haryanavi cinema and culture get recognition, he says.

“Haryanavi is an easy to understand language. People enjoy speaking- listening it and to relate to it. In fact, my Bollywood movies and tele serials  nowadays–Omkara,  Matru ki Bijli ka Mandola, DevD had Haryanvi touch. Also many movies which are shot in Delhi has Haryanavi touch. In my next directorial venture movie- Gang of Ghost, I am having a Haryanvi rock number,’’ Kaushik says.

The Bollywood actor- director however says that to bring Haryanavi language on a bigger platform, creation of infrastructure is required.

“This is what I have been trying for long.  With the creation of a Haryana Film Promotion Board (HFPB) we will be able to harness the local talent. Then it will be possible for us to also incentivize Haryanavi films. We need this Film Promotion Board and I think it will be rolled out soon by the state government,’’ says Kaushik.

Kaushik said that he would like to give contribute in a big way towards promoting Haryana’s film culture. “I would like to use my know how and skills in the film industry to promote Haryanavi culture, language and movies.  Entertainment is my forte,’’ he says

Kaushik who directed movies like Tere Naam, Prem and Roop ki Rani Choron Ka Raja says he believes that a person should go back to serve his roots after achieving in life.  “I want to involve people in an NGO – MY Roots with this objective only,’’ he says

The Bollywood actor-director who comes from Dhanauda village in Mahendergarh district of Haryana says that he has tried doing his bit for the betterment of his native village in the last couple of years. “Chief Minister, Bhupinder Singh Hooda has been gracious enough to give a financial assistance of Rs. 50 lakhs twice for the development of my village,’’ he says.

Kaushik however is deeply enthralled by an annual football tournament being held in his native village. “You won’t believe that even a team from Nigeria came to participate in this tournament. It is held every December. About 12-13 teams stay in a dharamshala, survive on aloo puri for a week. This is quite amazing. But never got any mention in the media,’’ he says.

Kaushik says he wants his native village to be a model village with a  girls college, a technical institute, livestock hospital, herbal park and a new panchayat bhawan.


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