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The Phogat Sisters created history and changed the face of Women’s Wrestling in India and their Bio-pic, Dhangal created a wave so sensation amongst the audience and was critically acclaimed by all. But, what most of the audience did not realise was that the movie, came with a disclaimer that said it was 99% truth and 1% of fiction. Though the team did not specify as to which part of the movie was fictitious, after a few days of its release, the actual coach of the Phogat sisters in SAI, Mr. P R Sondhi considered turning to legal action against the team for misrepresentation of his character in the film.

The character of P R Kadam, played by Girish Kulkarni, was portrayed in a negative light, especially in the last 15 minutes of the movie. He was seen to lock up Mahavir Phogat (Aamir Khan) during the final of the Commonwealth Games. In reality, the coach and Phogat were fast friends and worked in complete co-operation with one another in making the champions of the Phogat sisters.

This is not the first and the only biopic of a sports personality, there are numerous others like Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Mary Kom, M S Dhoni: The Untold Story, and many others that feature sports like Irudhi Suttru, Ethirneechal, Sultan, Chak De India and Iqbal. All these movies have been much awaited and anticipated movies of their times and have been box office hits. But, the question of how ‘real’ is the reality showcased in the movies remains something that needs to be looked into, Whether, the Screenplay strikes a balance between fiction and showing the reality is always a neglected aspect when it comes to movie analysis and reviews.

The Federation’s Story

“In movies like Irudhi Suttru (Saala Khadoos in Hindi) the reality is far much worse than what was depicted,” says Martial Arts Coach Kebiraj.E., who trains students as well as represents the country in Judo, Karate and Taekwondo. The movie outlines the story of a Boxer(Played by Madhavan, a neglected boxer by the Boxing Federation who trains an amateur fighter to earn the attention he deserves. The movie Chak De India, though purely fictional, does justice in depicting the condition of hockey especially women’s hockey in the country. The federation, wishes to sponsor only one of the two teams- either the men’s or the women’s team to the world Championships and the training too, begins only weeks before the actual event. “In India, the national team always comprises of the best players from different states and they meet only during the national training camp where they are all put together to play,” says Kavin, a sports geek and movie buff from Chennai. “Since the players in the team keep changing year after year, it is difficult for the team to consistently practice as one, and the amount of time they practice together as a team also does not suffice to be able to present outstanding performance in international Arena,” he adds on how the movie depicts the identification of importance to be given to team building by the coach of the Women’s Hockey team, comprising of girls from different states.

Sweating in Practice

Ethirneechal saw Kunjitapatham (played by Sivakarthikeyan) who had low self-confidence train and run in the Chennai marathon in a short while. “One needs to have proper training, stamina and diet to even be able to run a marathon,” says Huzefa Taiab, who has been participating in marathons for four years now. “If one doesn’t have proper training and runs a marathon with minimal training, there are very high chances of getting injured,” he adds, outlining the arduous training that one would have to undergo in order to participate and win in a marathon, which was not depicted significantly in the movie.

Power Play

However, one part of the plot depicts the story of Kunjithapathams’s coach, who was a former athlete to quit athletics due to fraudulent genetic test reports. This is one aspect that does not come to light in the media often, as not many report of the occurrence of such cases. “I have seen how low people can get in order to secure a spot on a contingent to many national and international games,” says junior athlete Rochelle Macfarlane commenting on the play of power in sports. Partiality, age frauds are all common in sports, and performing athletes need to surpass all that to make it to the top.

A-Just Role

These movies with the hype that they bring with them, also bring the stories of the efforts the actors put into doing justice to the role. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, based on the autobiography of veteran athlete Milkha Singh, saw the tremendous effort by Farhan Akhtar that was lauded by Singh himself. “The screenplay, direction and acting was good effort,” says Paresh Palicha, a Mumbai-based movie reviewer. “one cannot really blame the actor for his/ her poor performance in such movies if there is any,” he adds.

The screenplay, of movies always have a Bollywood element in them according to Palicha but, the level of fiction and drama cannot be deciphered and analysed by those who do not know and understand the sport, he adds. “Movies always have some masala in them, we cannot do anything about it,” says Taiab.”The fiction element culd be fictitious to that movie, but, the fictitious concept portrayed in the movie isn’t alien to the sports persons and their stories,” says Krithika Jain, a former state swimmer and a movie buff. ‘If not relevant to the sportsperson or the sport featured in the movie, they are all concepts that are a reality somewhere, affecting someone, so there is a little truth in that drama as well,” she adds.

But, despite the reality, the drama, the censorship, the battles braved by the movie in coming out as a bio-pic is a struugle in itself as it strives to give voice to the community that is not taken very seriously in our country. Sports Movies and Bio-pics will help in infusing sports into our culture, which is predominantly made up of education, art and leisure, they throw light on the struggles endured by sportsperson in being who they are today, be it family acceptance or government intervention or lack of support, these movies depict all of them, in a subtle yet powerful manner.

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Ram Mandir Opening For “Darshan” In 2023



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The Ram Mandir in Ayodhya is expected to allow visitors by December 2023, with the completion of construction only in 2025.

Sources in the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra have revealed that the colossal project of building the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, will be opening for devotees towards the end of 2023. In contrast, the project’s entire construction completion is expected towards the end of 2025. The sanctum sanctorum (Garbha Griha), along with the mandir’s first floor, will be ready by December 2023. Devotees will be allowed to visit the long-awaited mandir soon after the construction is completed.

An ANI report said, “The grand Ram Mandir being constructed in Ayodhya will be opened for devotees from December 2023. Sources told ANI that Garbhagriha, all five mandaps and the first floor will be ready by December 2023 and the mandir will be opened for devotees”.

The sanctum sanctorum will be as high as 161 feet and built using Rajasthani marble and stones. Engineers and architects are taking all measures to ensure the longevity of this enormous project. The second stage of construction is expected to begin in December this year. Currently, the structure is at a standstill as a result of monsoons. Another reason for the delay is the coronavirus pandemic that depleted the force with which the mandir’s construction was expected to go on.

The announcement of the mandir being opened to visitors in 2023 has brought up questions about the political agenda. It is believed that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) aims to use the mandir to catapult themselves into a position of advantage during the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Opening the mandir to devotees in December 2023 will give the BJP an easy 6-month gap to the general elections in 2024.

The opening of the long-awaited Ram Mandir in Ayodhya could be the factor that diverts the public, at least the Hindu’s in favour of BJP. Thus, securing them a vote bank based on religious sentiments upheld by the party in their previous tenure as the ruling party.

The Ram Janmabhoomi Mandir will be 360 feet long, 235 feet wide, and 20 feet high mandir will be completely ready by the end of 2025. The project will include amenities and structures like museums, archives, research centre, Sant Niwas, gau and Yagya shala, Etc. The main attraction is the Ram Mandir.

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How SEBI’s New Margin Rule Is Affecting Retail Traders?



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Securities and Exchange Board of India has introduced new margin rules for traders. Traders and Brokers are not happy with the new regulations because they will have to invest a large amount of cash in fulfilling margin requirements for trade.

SEBI had introduced the new margin rule in the year 2020 for intraday traders. It is being implemented in a phased manner. Traders were supposed to maintain 25 per cent of the peak margin in the first phase; the margin was raised by 50 per cent in the second phase. In the third phase, as per the new margin rule, intraday traders will have to pay a 100 per cent upfront margin. According to new norms, the margin requirements will be calculated four times during every trading session because the money margin must be greater than the need.

As per the new rule, brokers must collect margin from investors for any purchase or sale, and if they fail to do so, they will have to pay the penalty. Thus, brokers will not receive power of attorney. Brokers cannot use power of attorney for pledging anymore.

Those investors who want to make use of margin will have to create margin pledges separately. As per the new rule, investors will have to pay at least a 30 per cent margin upfront to avail a margin loan. Shares brought today cannot be sold tomorrow. Funds from shares sold today cannot be used for new trades on the same day.

The market experts said that there must be proper adjustments for implementing new rules, or it may create chaos, trouble and disturbance to the market participants. The CEO and founder of Zerodha broking firm, Nithin Kamath tweeted that, “the day when the new rules came into effect was the dreaded day for brokers, exchanges, intraday traders”.

Traders Are Not Happy:

Changes in rules have evoked strong reactions from traders because they will have to invest a large amount of cash in fulfilling margin requirements for trades as per new margin rules. Even the trading in futures and options will become more expensive. Traders are disappointed because they will have to pay up more money to bet in stock markets. As per new margin rules, Traders are also liable for the penalty if the rules are not followed during the trading session. If a trader wants to buy Nifty worth Rs 10 lakh, he will have to pay a 20 per cent margin of around 2 lakh. If the margin of the trader does not meet the need, he will be penalized. Traders will have to pay the minimum amount for opening the Multilateral Trading facility account, and they have to maintain a minor balance at all times.

Why Gas SEBI Introduced A New Margin Rule?

SEBI has introduced new rules to protect retail investors from purchasing difficulty. The intended goal of SEBI behind new margin rules is to bring down the difficult market situation and avoid huge fluctuation in stock markets during extreme stress. The new margin rules are likely to bring transparency to the market; it is expected to strengthen the market’s safety.

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Escalation Of COVID-19 Cases Across The Globe



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The United States, India, and Brazil have the most confirmed cases, followed by France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and Turkey. There are very few locations that have remained undisturbed.

Since the middle of last year, confirmed cases have been increasing. Although the actual scope of the first outbreaks in 2020 is unknown because testing was not generally available at the time. The 100 million COVID-19 cases were discovered at the end of January, over a year after it was first diagnosed. As of 6:30 p.m. CEST on July 30, 2021, WHO has received reports of 196,553,009 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 4,200,412 fatalities. A total of 3,839,816,037 vaccination doses has been delivered as of July 28, 2021.

After reaching a record high of over 0.9 million cases on April 28, 2021, new daily instances of the coronavirus continued to decline, reaching a low point on June 21, when over 0.3 million cases were reported. Since then yet, there has been a global increase in cases. On July 15, 0.53 million daily cases were reported, and over three million new cases were reported in the second week of the month. As of July 15, 188.9 million patients have been recorded worldwide. The transmissive Delta form accounting for most infections in 111 countries. Most instances were recorded in Brazil, India, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, and Colombia in the last week. With the steepest increases in Zimbabwe (72%), Indonesia (44%), the United States (38%), Bangladesh (35%), and the United Kingdom (30%). Many Asian nations, including Vietnam, Malaysia, South Korea, and Japan, have reported many daily cases. However, the spread was under control.

The number of new cases in Indonesia has been on the rise, with each day seeing a significant increase over the previous day. Indonesia is now the new Asian epicentre, with 56,757 cases recorded on July 15; India reported 39,000 patients on the same day. COVID-19 fatalities are high, according to WHO. After decreasing for nine weeks, with the highest increases in Africa and Southeast Asia. COVID-19 fatalities worldwide surpassed four million on July 7. The last million deaths occurred in under 90 days, the lowest time interval for every one million deaths ever recorded.

High vaccination coverage has been shown in the United States and much of Europe to lower fatalities and even hospitalizations. For example, United Kingdom rises in incidence. There has been fewer hospitalizations and deaths over 87% of the adult population, as they are vaccinated with one dose and over 67% with two doses. In the United States, the increase in cases is concentrated in states with low vaccination coverage, with unvaccinated people accounting for most deaths. Over 55% of Americans have received one dosage, and 48% are completely immunized. It shifts the focus back to improving vaccination coverage and achieving global vaccine equality to avoid fatalities and the spread of dangerous strains. Some nations debate a booster dosage. Even though many African countries’ healthcare professionals have not been completely vaccinated, booster injections have begun to be given to patients with weakened immune systems in Israel.

In comparison, booster shots have been ruled out in the United States for the time being. With vaccine shortages reported in many Indian states. Even among the vaccinated, rigorous adherence to COVID-appropriate behaviour is the only option to postpone and mitigate the consequences of a third wave.

This spring, India and Latin America have seen a significant drop in new cases in the hardest-hit areas of the world. But the global numbers continue to grow. The Delta variety leads them to well-vaccinated regions such as Western Europe and the United States, low but rising infections. This spring, India and Latin America have seen a significant drop in new cases in the hardest-hit areas of the world. Vaccine doses have been given to over 4 billion individuals globally (52 for every 100 people), yet the discrepancy is striking. More than 80% of the population had at least one shot in some wealthy nations. In contrast, the proportion is as low as 1% in many of the poorest.

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