How clean do you think is the Indian education system? We all might have different opinions, but one thing which can’t be denied is that corruption has penetrated every sector, even education. It’s the crime and corruption in the Indian education system that Emraan Hashmi’s new movie is going to explore. Cheat India, is inspired by real incidents and will begin its shooting in Lucknow in mid-July and will stretch till August end.

Cheat India to be directed by Soumik Sen

The movie is being directed by Soumik Sen and its major portion will be shot in Lucknow, in which the entire supporting cast in the movie will be from UP. This is going to be one of the many movies, shot in the land of nawabs, and once again Lucknowites will rejoice seeing their homeland on the big screen.

In his interview with a leading newspaper, Tanuj Garg, one of the producers for this film, also mentioned that he is looking for actors and amateurs aged between 16-65 for the film. The auditions will begin next week onwards. So if you want to try your luck, be there at the right venue, at the right time, and who knows you might get a chance to appear on the big screen. Local actors in the supporting roles will add more authenticity to the film, and that is the reason for these auditions.

Garg also believes, that since many filmmakers have shot in Lucknow already, the people who work along, like hospitality providers, technicians, etc, have all got used to the environment, and they understand the working. So, it will be easy to shot in a place where people are acquainted with the work.

UP is also a true representation of the Hindi heartland and ‘Cheat India’ is a very rooted film, so Lucknow serves as the perfect location. But the most important thing, which acts as the deal-breaker, is UP’s film policy. The policy makes shooting in the state very cost-effective, which acts as an advantage for all film-makers!

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The Bhagwati Van is a man-made forest which is unique in more ways than one. The forest has been raised over 316 hectares of land, which has been reclaimed by the state government from encroachers. A total of 3.5 lakh trees, of more than 250 species, have been planted here.

Divisional forest officer (DFO), Kasganj, Diwaker Kumar Vashisht said, "We had been meeting villagers and convincing them since October last year to remove the encroachments. After the villagers agreed to vacate the land, we formed a local 'samiti' of villagers. It was all done without any public agitation."

The forest, which has its base in Puranic scriptures, is at Datlana Khaam village and has been declared as a Ganga 'gram'."It has Soronji 'teerth' and devotees from Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and other states come to this shrine," said Vashisht.

The entire reclaimed land is divided into three parts. The forest raised at the spot has trees planted in specific formations to create 'vatikas' (gardens) mentioned in religious scriptures.

"We planted over two lakh trees in Mahavan forest, which is one of the three parts and has species like Sheesham and Khair that are naturally found along the Ganga. The other part is 'Shreevan', which has connection with 'Arth Ganga' under the central government's Namami Gange project. This has species which will be economically beneficial to farmers. We had promised farmers that we would help them increase their income through this plantation," he said.

The third is 'Tapovan' which has 51,000 trees and Vyas and Vidur 'kutirs'. At present, the forest is being managed by the forest department but later local groups of villagers may look after it.

The 'Dhanvantari Vatika' has 75 types of medicinal plants and herbs. The 'Nakshatra Vatika' has 27 tree varieties, planted in specific positions to represent 27 'nakshatras' (planets).

The 'Navgrah Vatika', planted to manage planetary influences, is also a part of it. 'Harishankari', has trees like 'peepal, pakad and bargad' planted together. The three tree varieties represent the Hindu Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. 'Panchvati', the garden of five tree varieties mentioned in the Ramayana, also finds place here.

- With inputs from IANS

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