Carrie Fisher was supernaturally witty and magical JJ Abrams

first_imgAnaheim: JJ Abrams says it would be impossible to imagine the end of Star Wars saga after almost 40 years without the story’s heart, Princess Leia, played by the late Carrie Fisher, who had sort of predicted that he was not yet done with the galaxy far, far away. Abrams, who successfully launched the franchise’s sequel trilogy with 2015’s The Force Awakens, had not signed on for the upcoming Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker but he stepped in after Colin Trevorrow left the project over creative differences with Lucasfilm. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaSpeaking at the D23 Expo where an exclusive trailer and poster from the much-awaited film was shown to the audience, Abrams opened up about working with Fisher, who died of a cardiac arrest on December 27, 2016 at the age of 60. “The character of Leia is, in a way, the heart of this story. We couldn’t possibly talk about the end of these nine films without Leia and we realised that we had footage from ‘Episode 7’ and we didn’t even know that we could use it in a new way. So Carrie as Leia gets to be in the film,” Abrams told fans here. “People have asked me for many years now like ‘what is she like’, ‘what’s Carrie like’. It was always very hard to describe this. She was sort of supernaturally witty and magical in a way,” he added. Fisher will appear as Princess Leia in The Rise of Skywalker after Abrams decided to incorporate the actor’s unused footage from The Force Awakens in the film.last_img read more

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BJP looking to garner maximum mileage from Telangana Liberation Day

first_imgHyderabad: Aiming to emerge as an alternative to the ruling TRS, the BJP is looking to garner maximum political benefit from its two-decade-old demand for the official celebration of Telangana Liberation Day on September 17. Buoyed by its impressive performance in the Lok Sabha elections and the support it received for scrapping Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is trying to put Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) on the mat by accusing it of surrendering to All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) by not celebrating the day officially. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Though the BJP camp is disappointed over Union Home Minister and party president Amit Shah not attending the celebrations, it is expected to make every effort to highlight its demand and corner the mileage by playing the card of polarization. The party has planned ‘tiranga yatras’ across the state and its leaders and cadres will hoist the national flag in all 33 districts to mark the occasion. A public meeting is also scheduled at Patancheru near Hyderabad. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Union Minister of State for Home G. Kishan Reddy and three other BJP Lok Sabha members from the state will be participating in the celebrations. Preparing the ground for the celebrations, a delegation of BJP leaders led by the party’s state unit chief K. Laxman on Saturday met Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan, urging her to direct the state government to officially celebrate Telangana Liberation Day. BJP argues that in those districts of Karnataka and Maharashtra which were part of erstwhile Hyderabad State, September 17 is officially celebrated and since entire Telangana was under the ‘tyrannical’ rule of the Nizam, the day should be celebrated officially on a grand scale. It was on this day in 1948 that then Hyderabad State was merged with the Indian Union following the Centre’s military action, popularly known as ‘Police Action’. Top leaders of BJP during their visit to Telangana, always mentions that the Nizam of Hyderabad State was not ready to accede to the Indian Union but Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel succeeded in making Hyderabad accede to India with the ‘Police Action’. They also allege that the Nizam’s Army and his private militia ‘Razakars’ committed excesses and tried to suppress the freedom struggle. “It is well known that BJP has been trying to celebrate September 17 from communal angle for last 20 years. The demand this time may be strong in the wake of scrapping of Article 370 but polarisation on this issue is marginal,” political analyst Telakapalli Ravi. He believes that the BJP’s attempts may benefit TRS. Successive governments of Congress and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in undivided Andhra Pradesh and after formation of the Telangana state, the TRS government ignored the demands for officially celebrating the day to avoid any controversy. Muslim groups have been opposing any celebrations as they claim that Muslims were massacred during the ‘police action’. AIMIM, which is often dubbed by BJP leaders as party of ‘razakars’, maintains that there is only one Independence Day for the entire country and hence there is no need for separate celebrations in Telangana. The Congress, TDP, TRS, Left parties and other groups celebrate September 17 as Telangana merger day by hoisting the national flag. They refrain from calling it liberation day. Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao, while speaking in the Assembly last year, had rejected the demand for celebrating ‘Telangana Liberation Day’. The TRS chief said the historic event can only be termed as “transition from monarchy to democracy” and not as liberation. Stating that the BJP wished to portray the day as “liberation from Muslim rule”, Rao said it was not the government’s wish to antagnoise any particular community. “The demand to celebrate September 17 as the Liberation Day existed for decades, but with BJP emerging stronger politically in Delhi, the party considers it as the right time to play politics around it,” said analyst P. Raghava Reddy. He believes that the approach of ruling TRS in general and the chief minister in particular towards September 17 is providing a good scope for BJP to make the issue political and gain mileage from it. The analyst added that as the BJP is emboldened by the support it received following abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir it would be encouraged to harp on a similar “nationalistic/national integration” card in Telangana too.last_img read more

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