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A new script



Sanjay Kapoor.

HE KNOWS how to remain in news. It was Hawala breakthrough first, then a stint at Mid Day and now "Hard News", his monthly newsmagazine: glossy, trendy yet hard - true to its name! Sanjay Kapoor is at work again. In the colourful-picture studded magazine, he treads through the backdoor politics, lifestyle of the rich and the richer, backstage wheeling-dealings and some bit of techno-lives too. Yes, there is a glimpse of the world of letters too. The magazine, well received among those interested in politics, still calls for items and news that are fresh and timely.

Ever-enthusiastic Sanjay had his mind clear about what he wanted his and his filmmaker wife's brainchild to look and read like. "I did not want it to be governed by day-to-day events, for they remain similar. It's only background that changes hence, the magazine attempts to state complex ideas, the holistic understanding of the processes that goes into making politics, how society perceives major political issues, how technology impacts people and influence choices," he explains.

Soaking more than just fair criticism, the "the younger, snappier" magazine boasts of five-member team of young journalists and other technical people, many stringers and contributors who are daring, but not big names. "I have consciously avoided big names who have almost dominated the world of media. I am exploring new talents ready to plunge into a tough, yet idealistic journalism." And for that he wants it to be "absolutely independent" of any political party, but welcomes "all kind of support in whatever way one can contribute."

If not of a moral guardian, Sanjay has taken upon himself one more role that would show itself through his texts in the magazine: a pace maker, a facilitator to bring in the right kind political influences on people and those who matter in this realm. "Our society is going through a phase of transition in all domains, specially politics. Things are shaping up badly. Business of making money has crept into media. I will attempt to bring some idealism in politics as politics is very important for the country," he informs.

A neat script in the making?

RANA SIDDIQUI

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