iSmart ShankarTwitterIn the beginning this year, there was news that Puri Jagannadh and team have registered a title called Double iSmart at the Film Chamber of Commerce. But not many had believed in this because back then the shooting of iSmart Shankar was still going on.The Ram Pothineni, Nabha Natesh and Nidhhi Aggerwal starrer has released on July 18 and its pouring collections all over. All the shows on the first day have been full and the team is celebrating the success of the film. Ram Gopal Varma with Puri JagannadhTwitterImpressed with the way the film has been doing at the box office, director Ram Gopal Varma, the guru of Puri Jagannadh, took to twitter to appreciate and congratulate the team. He wrote, “Double Congrats on the Double Dhimaak..Earth Shaking Phenomenal Openings …” (sic)In the next tweet, he wrote to Ram Pothineni and Puri Jagannadh and asked them to start the sequel immediately.Hey @purijagan and @ramsayz Immidiatley please start ISSMART SHANKAR 2 …Instead of DOUBLE DHIMAAK it should be TRIPLE DHIMAAK ???— Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) July 18, 2019TwitterTo this, Puri Jagannadh had replied and confirmed the news that he had registered the title already. So the title of the sequel is going to be Double iSmart. RGV also tweeted to Charmme Kaur and Puri Jagannadh that he is going to Hyderabad to party with the team and celebrate the success of the film.Hey @Charmmeofficial I am coming tmrw to PARTYYY with ur entire #iSmartShankar team of @purijagan @ramsayz @NabhaNatesh @AgerwalNidhhi #ManiSharma and #BhaskarBotla ???— Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) July 18, 2019TwitterDetails about the sequel are yet to be revealed and this is definitely going to take some time is what we guess. Well, good to know that Ram has one more film in his kitty.iSmart Shankar is said to be inspired by iBoy, a British film which released in 2017. In a recent interview, director Puri Jagannadh agreed that the outline of the story is inspired by Hollywood movies.
The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee has said that concerted and collective steps at multiple levels should be taken to safeguard handicrafts and handlooms in the long term. Speaking after presenting the National Awards, Shilp Guru Awards and Sant Kabir Awards to weavers and artisans for the year 2014 here today, the President said, ‘These (measures) could include, for example, facilitation of easier access of these sectors to credit from banks and other financial institutions and the promotion of the products of these sectors in domestic and foreign markets.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The president gave away 46 national awards in handloom and handicrafts and ten Shilp Guru Awards and two Sant Kabir awards for the year 2014. Speaking about the challenges faced by weavers and craft persons the President said that the products in this sector remain vulnerable to competition from cheaper imports and machine made substitutes. These factors need to be addressed urgently, systematically and comprehensively and we must give more attention to development of capacity, skills, designs and infrastructure. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHighlighting the importance of the sector the President said that the handlooms sector in India, with 24 lakh handlooms, provides employment to about 44 lakh persons and our handicrafts sector provides employment to about 70 lakh persons. The textile sector provides largest employment opportunities next to agriculture. Between 2010 and the present, it is seen that despite the overall slowdown in the Indian economy there was a growth of 34% in exports from the handlooms sector and 126 % in the exports from the handicrafts sector. Minister of State Independent charge for Textiles, Santosh Gangwar congratulated the winners and conveyed nation’s gratitude for preserving, promoting and enriching the traditional cultural heritage of the country. He also informed about the various scheme being run by the Textiles Ministry in 12th Five Year Plan for handloom and handicrafts. ‘Main thrust of these schemes is to provide momentum through training and capacity building by integrating technology with craft and weaving techniques, which will lead to value addition in the craft as well as handloom products,’ he said.The Minister also informed of approval of two mega clusters at Guntur and Prakasam in Andhra Pradesh and Godda in Jharkhan. These clusters are in addition to previously sanctioned four mega clusters. In addition, The Ministry is supporting setting up of Raw Material Bank to facilitate easy and regular availability of certified raw material to artisans. Gangwar also highlighted the Ministry’s efforts to broaden existing marketing infrastructure so that the artisans and weavers continue to get opportunities to sell their products throughout the year without having to face the patches of lean demand.Textiles Secretary, Zohra Chatterjee reiterated Ministry’s commitment to the welfare of the artisans. She emphasized the need to popularize traditional products among the youth. She said that Setu Yozna of associating designers with handloom and handicraft cluster is bringing good results.The office of the Development Commissioner (handicrafts) and Development Commissioner (handlooms) jointly implement the scheme of Shilp Guru, Sant Kabir and National Awards for Master Weavers and Master Craftpersons.