Devotees arriving at the Manginapudi beach to offer prayers on Kartika Pournami were greeted by the reality of the country’s stark economic divide as scores of Yanadi and Chenchu tribal children — some aged three — begged for alms all day long.The Yanadi and Chenchu tribes are among the poorest in the country as they lack access to basic healthcare and education.Some of the children were dressed up by their parents as Mahatma Gandhi, with their bodies painted in silver colour.Abject povertyA large number of the children were girls, looking tired in tattered clothes. Some, however, managed to play with other children while going on with their day’s job: begging.Either side of the entire 300-metre stretch of the beach road was completely occupied by the beggars belonging to the two tribes - Yanadi and Chenchu - whose regular livelihood options are fishing and agriculture. The child beggars are either illiterates or school drop-outs. But all of them appear … [Read more...] about Kids, forced into begging, greet visitors at Manginapudi beach
WHEN Salman Khan announced in August that his film with Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Insha-Allah, co-starring Alia Bhatt, had been shelved, Bhatt’s heart was broken a little more. She has long harboured a dream of working with Bhansali. And seemingly, the filmmaker was keen to work with her too, as almost immediately he announced a film called Gangubai Kathiawadi with her. The film is based on a book by journalist Hussain Zaidi, Queens of Mumbai, that chronicles lives of sex workers in Kamathipura, of which Gangubai is a drug-peddler and a hitman. But we hear that Bhansali’s film will be soft on this stark topic. As the filmmaker has a penchant for cinematically glamorous films, the underbelly side of this film is expected to be glossed over. We hear Bhatt’s role as a prostitute to be whitewashed. … [Read more...] about Alia Bhatt’s role as a prostitute in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s next to be whitewashed?