By Arundhuti Banerjee
Mumbai, Aug 17 (IANS) Bollywood actor Amit Sadh, who has recently seen in the digital film "Barot House", dismissed rumours that he has been cast in the biopic of mathematician Shakuntala Devi.
"I am not a part of the Shakuntala Devi biopic. Someone has put out wrong information without asking me. I did not talk about it because no one asked me. Now that I am asked, I am clearing it," Amit told IANS.
He also had to pull out of Bejoy Nambiar's film "Taish" owing to injury.
"I had to leave Bijoy's film because of the back injury. Bijoy is kind enough to understand my situation. He told me health should be prioritised over a film. Having said that, I am looking forward to work with Bejoy in future," said Amit.
In "Barot House", released on the OTT platform ZEE5, Amit has a starring role. Amit says he decided to do the film at the last minute.
"I was supposed to do a different film with Bugs (Bhargava, the director of the film) that got pushed. I had free dates in June and July, and he shared the story with me. I felt the story was mindblowing -- of course, the particular role was challenging but the thrill lay in the story. As an actor, we want new challenges, and ‘Barot House' has given me that. I am always interested to move out of my comfort zone so that I can grow," said Amit.
The film also features Manjari Fadnis, Aaryan Menghji, Aseem Hattangadi, Farida Patel Venkat.
Starting his career in Bollywood with "Phoonk 2" in 2010, Amit has acted in films like "Kai Po Che", "Sultan", "Sarkar 3", "Raag Desh", "Gold" and "Super 30".
He was particularly applauded for his acting in the web series, "Breathe".
"The web series as a genre has come as a blessing. I am getting good opportunities as an actor. I firmly believe that one should keep working even in tough times. Sticking around hard work always paid off," he said.
Amit made his mark on TV shows such as "Kyun Hota Hai Pyarrr" and "Kohinoor", and he also appeared on realisty shows as "Bigg Boss" and "Nach Baliye".
"Earlier, I would be acting on the basis of what I was offered. There was a limitation to show my talent. I am an outsider of the industry so I have to work to pay my bills. Now, with the changing time, I am able to choose the best. Scripts such as "Gold", "Sultan", and "Breathe" have started coming on my way," shared the actor.
He added that constant good words from critics and fans alike helped him to stay motivated.
"We all want to be a part of good films but till the time that happens, I have to survive. Earlier, I was doing that io stay in business, but thankfully I have good support from my fans and critics, who always said good things about my performance. Now, things have changed for me," said Amit.
New York, Sep 19 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has announced a new initiative aimed at ensuring decent job creation and protecting livelihoods to boost climate action and urged countries to join the project.
The new 'Climate Action for Jobs' initiative, announced on Wednesday, will be presented at the Secretary-General's 2019 Climate Action Summit on September 23 at the UN Headquarters in New York.
The initiative has been developed jointly by the Climate Action Summit, together with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and other members of the summit's Social and Political Drivers Action Area, co-led by Spain and Peru.
It provides a roadmap for ensuring that people's jobs and well-being were at the centre of the transition to a carbon-neutral economy.
"Today -- along with the ILO and partners Spain and Peru -- we are launching the Climate Action for Jobs, an initiative to put job creation and protecting livelihoods at the centre of national climate action plans," Guterres said.
"Some 1.2 billion jobs or 40 per cent of world employment rely directly on a healthy and stable environment. Business cannot succeed on a planet that fails. Jobs cannot be sustained on a dying planet.
"We will need government, businesses and people everywhere to join these efforts so we can put climate action into a higher gear," he added.
The new initiative calls on countries to formulate national plans for a just transition, creating decent work as well as green jobs, and also sets out specific measures for inclusion in these plans, including assessing the employment, social, and economic impacts of climate action.
Also implementing skills development and upgrading measures and designing innovative social protection policies to protect workers and vulnerable groups.
According to the ILO, measures to green the production and use of energy will lead to net job gains of some 24 million jobs by 2030.
As emissions have increased to record levels and global temperatures continue to rise, the Climate Action Summit aims to galvanise actions that will reduce emissions and build climate resilience.
It will launch concrete initiatives that governments, businesses and people everywhere can join to boost climate action.
ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, who will be attending the UN Climate Action Summit, said: "The actors in the world of work -- governments, employers and workers -- have a key role to play in developing new ways of working that safeguard the environment for present and future generations, eradicate poverty and promote social justice by fostering sustainable enterprises and creating decent work for all."