Amitabh Bachchan can soon gear up for round two of appreciation. After winning all those raves for essaying the feisty don in Bbuddah Hoga Terra Baap, it is time to salute senior Bachchan once again as he serves up yet another stunning portrayal in Prakash Jha's Aarakshan centred around the prickly issues of reservation hampering the education system in India.
States Bachchan senior, " In the film, I play a principled head of an educational institution, who sticks by his values and ideals and prefers to teach in his own private space rather than bow down to the corrupt ways that are rampant in the education system. He believes that there should be equal opportunities in education for all classes, regardless of their social strata."
Adds Bachchan significantly, "Today, education has become commerce, specially in the smaller towns and cities of India, where reservation is altering the manner in which education is being perceived. My character in Aarakshan feels that once equal opportunities are given to all, then a candidate should be judged only on the basis of merit thereafter and on no other criteria."
By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - German bass-baritone Christian Gerhaher and his compatriot soprano Anja Harteros were named the top male and female singers respectively at the International Opera Awards on Sunday. Berlin's Komische Oper won the award for best opera company while the Bregenz Festival, held in a small town on the shores of Lake Constance in Austria, was named the best festival. Neither Gerhaher nor Harteros was on hand to accept their awards at a gala held in London's …