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Santosh Bhartiya castigates some electronic channels’ scribes for twisting facts on Sridevi’s accidental death in Dubai

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The way, the sad demise of the first woman super star Sridevi in a Dubai hotel is being sensitised and given dubious angles by some of our electronic channels definitely sends across a wrong message.

It seems, it’s either being deliberately given an out of proportion blow in terms of sensitivity to sideline the core issues of the massive PNB scam involving Nirav Modi and others or its a well orchestrated ploy to twist the story giving it a sensational look to increase their TRPs for inviting maximum advertisements.

The way Sridevi issue has been blown out of proportion giving it an angle of supposed foul play directly or indirectly allegedly pinpointing the suspicion towards her producer husband Boney Kapoor with not concrete evidence, unambiguously speaks of the fact as to how badly the journalism of some TV channels have stooped so low thus throwing to winds the values and ethics of free, fair and credible journalism.

You open any channel for the last two days and you’ll find the Sri Devi matter being twisted every hour giving it a different suspicious angle of heavy sensitisation/ sensationalisation whereas the autopsy/post mortom reports have clearly indicated it as a transparent case of unambiguous accident with Sri Devi’s blood samples showing the traces of alchohal.

While everybody in the country is immensely shocked and anguished over the sad accidental demise of this legendary actress the TV channels are busy giving the story allegedly the murdurous angle pinning fingers of suspicion towards her husband Boney Kapoor, says former MP and a veteran journalist Santosh Bhartiya.

The chief editor of a Hindi weekly, Chouthi Duniya and ex MP Santosh Bhartiya is extremely furious, angry, annoyed and concerned over the lowest standards to which the present day journalism is stooping to, particularly the owners, editors and reporters of some news channels who cook stories out of their immature and irresponsible imaginations and put the already traumatised and aggrieved families into more trouble as is the case with Sridevi’s anguished and aggrieved family.

Santosh Bhartiya asked who gave these so called scribes permission and license to point finger of suspicion towards Sridevi’s husband Boney Kapoor and what legal right do they have to draw conclusions out of their false and biased imaginations. Who are they to ask as to why Boney Kapoor came back to India and why did he go back to Dubai, the day the first woman super star and his wife died.

While catagorically deploring the irresponsible acts of such journalists calling them fake, inefficient and even foolish, Bhartiya said that it’s because of few such producers, editors or reporters of some channels that the already anguished families are put to more trouble and trauma as was the sad case of the former union minister Kalpnath Rai’s death out of the humiliation he suffered for writing a letter of an unwanted element unknowingly but was jailed due to the excessive media hype.

The former minister could not bear the humiliation and died of tensions thereafter. Similarly, some interested elements are bent upon giving Sridevi’s death an angle of murder on false grounds which is totally unacceptable in a free democratic society, without any credible evidence. He added: making mountain out of the mole without any credible evidence is highly uncalled for. Bhartiya aired his views on the subject on his facebook vedio and can be seen in You tube.
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Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit-Nene perform their own stunts in ‘Total Dhamaal’

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Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit-Nene’s on-screen reunion — 19 years after they were seen opposite each other in Pukaar — is proving to be an adventurous one. They share screen space with Ajay Devgn, Riteish Deshmukh, Arshad Warsi and Jaaved Jaaferi in Total Dhamaal, which releases next month.

Indra Kumar, who is helming the third installment of his Dhamaal franchise, ensured that Anil and Madhuri performed some hardcore stunts in the comedy flick. The duo not only had to drive on a wrecked bridge over a valley, but also take it to the next level by jumping down a waterfall. “Usually, Anil and Madhuri don’t do these kind of stunts, but I made them jump from a height of around 300 feet! They did the stunt themselves. The scene has them jumping down a waterfall when their car goes over it. I didn’t want to use body doubles,” says Indra.

However, both the stars were game for it. The director-producer adds, “Personally, I was quite apprehensive, but they had the guts to go ahead with it. In another shot, they had to drive over a bridge, which was at a height of around 200 feet. The structure was weak and we were worried that it would collapse in case the pressure increased even slightly. But, thankfully, it went well and we got a great shot. As the film is a never-seen-before adventure comedy with so many stunts, one has to take risks. We did that and the result will be there for the audiences to see when the movie releases.”

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Sushant Singh Rajput to play Jaswant Singh Rawat in ‘Rifleman

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Sushant Singh Rajput has announced his next project. While the actor had earlier said in an interview that he has okayed as many as 12 films, he thought it would be perfect to make the news of this one official on the occasion of Army Day. Titled Rifleman, the film is said to be the story of a lone braveheart who loses his life while protecting the country at the border, from the enemy’s advancing army. The makers haven’t divulged any further details on the same.

However, we have found out what the film is about. It’s yet another biopic for Sushant after MS Dhoni: The Untold Story. The movie is based on the life of Jaswant Singh Rawat, the famous Indian rifleman who valiantly fought the Chinese army for over 72 hours alone at the Arunachal Pradesh border during the 1962 Indo-China war. Rawat also received the Maha Vir Chakra posthumously for going up against 300 enemy soldiers all by himself.

The Kedarnath actor was interested in telling his story from the very beginning. Our source says, “This film has been in the works for quite some time. Sushant has been silently researching on the man and finally, now, they are putting everything in place. It’s expected to go on floors after he wraps up pending work on his other two films — Kizie Aur Manny and Chhichhore. It is being readied for a late 2019 release.”This also means that Sushant is most likely to have five releases this year. He begins the year withSonchiriya, followed by Drive and has Mukesh Chhabra and Nitesh Tiwary’s directorial ventures lined up as well.  

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Javed Akhtar defends Rajkumar Hirani, says he is the most decent person in the industry

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Veteran screenwriter Javed Akhtar is the latest from Bollywood to come out in defence of filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani, calling him the “most decent” person in the industry. Hirani is the latest name to be called out for sexual harassment.

Akhtar took to Twitter to offer his support to the embattled director, who has categorically denied the allegations. “I had come to the film industry in 1965. After the many years, if I am asked who the most decent people are in this industry over almost, perhaps the first name that will come to my mind is RAJU HIRANI. GB Shaw has said. ‘It is too dangerous to be too good,'” the screenwriter wrote.

Hirani, known for his message-driven dramas such as “Munnabhai” series, “3 Idiots” and “PK”, has been accused of sexual assault by a woman who worked with him on his 2018 film “Sanju”. In an article on HuffPost India, the woman, who calls herself “an assistant”, alleged that Hirani sexually abused her more than once between March and September 2018. She detailed her allegations in an email dated November 3, 2018, to Hirani’s frequent collaborator and “Sanju” co-producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra.

The filmmaker, in a statement, called the allegation false, malicious and mischievous, which has the sole intention of destroying his reputation. While the industry has largely been silent on the latest #MeToo case, Hirani’s previous collaborators Arshad Warsi, Dia Mirza and Sharman Joshi have batted for the filmmaker.

Arshad, who found critical acclaim and love for his portrayal of Circuit in Hirani’s “Munna Bhai” series, described the filmmaker as a “polite, nice and correct” person. “I find it wrong to condemn somebody without proper proof or investigation. I would like to know the credibility of the accusation. Till all that is clear, I feel it is not right to accuse someone. I believe in innocent until proven guilty, not the other way around. Unfortunately, we just jump to conclusions,” Warsi told PTI.

Dia, who worked with Hirani on films “Lage Raho Munna Bhai” and “Sanju”, said she was “deeply distressed” by the allegations as the director was someone she respects a lot. The actor said she hopes a due official enquiry is conducted in the matter.

“I am deeply distressed by this news. As someone who has known and respects Raju Sir for 15 years I can only hope that a due official enquiry is conducted. He is one of the most decent human beings I have ever worked with and I think it would be grossly unjust on my part to speak on this as I do not know the details. As for the #MeToo movement, it rightfully encourages women to speak up and seek due process,” Dia told PTI.

Sharman, whose portrayal of Raju Rastogi in Hirani’s blockbuster “3 idiots” became immensely popular, hoped the phase the director is going through currently will pass.”Raju Sir, is a man of immense integrity, character, honour, compassion and truthfulness, all the virtues one would imagine are non existent in people today, someone I am absolutely inspired by and have learnt from and because of whom I believe I have gone onto being a better person. All I want to say is that this too shall pass and I can imagine how demeaning it might be to even stand up for yourself in a situation such as this,” the actor told PTI.

Sharman had also offered support to the filmmaker on Twitter, using the #IStandForRajuHirani. India’s #MeToo storm has engulfed many a stalwart such as Nana Patekar, Alok Nath, Vikas Bahl, Sajid Khan and former Union minister M J Akbar.

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Get ready to salute! Salman Khan’s ‘Bharat’ teaser will be unveiled on this day

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Salman Khan starrer Bharat has taken its level up ever since it was announced. The director of this film, Ali Abbas Zafar, constantly shared stills from the movie, from romance between Salman and Katrina Kaif, to Bhaijaan’s deadly action sequence. With every photo, our heart skipped a beat and we wanted more.

After a month of delay in the teaser, Salman now shared a dialogue promo from the film, captioning it, “Kuch Rishte Zameen se hote hai.. Aur kuch Khoon se…Mere Paas Dono Thee!”

As much as us, the fans were disappointed after Ali announced that he would unveil the teaser on Salman’s birthday but did not. However, Ali got even better news (in a cryptic way). He stated that the teaser will be unveiled on Republic Day because of a special reason.

“All the @BeingSalmanKhan fans, don’t lose your hearts, it was our conscious decision not to release anything about @Bharat_TheFilm on Bhai’s birthday, we are still shooting the film, Naye saal mein nayi film ki baat karegein, Naam Bharat hai ..date bhi special Hogi,” he had written.

Peeping Moon confirmed the news and also stated that the teaser is currently being edited and those who have seen rushes of it are drooling over the outcome. “The teaser has everything you want from a Salman film. But apart from that, it also has that strong content vibe which will make even non-Salman fans wait for the film. Presenting a content film in a massy Salman Khan style has been the USP of Ali Abbas Zafar and he creates that magic again with Bharat,” a source told the portal.

Also adding that Bharat is more real than Sultan and Tiger Zinda Hai, the source added, “The teaser is believed to have some amazing dialogues and stunning visuals. One of the dialogues that begins with the line, ‘Jante ho mere maa baba ne mera naam Bharat kyun rakha tha?’ will give you goose bumps.”

Bharat, also starring Tabu, Disha Patani, Jackie Shroff, Sonali Kulkarni, Nora Fatehi and Aashif Sheikh is an official adaptation of the 2014 Korean film An Ode to My Father and is slated to release on June 5.

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Yes, I am in love’, Ankita Lokhande finally confirms dating businessman Vicky Jain

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Popular television actress Ankita Lokhande, who is set to make her Bollywood debut with ‘Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi‘, has beenrumoured to be dating businessman Vicky Jainsince quite some time now.

The actress has maintained silence on her relationship status ever since she brokeup withSushant Singh Rajput in 2016. However, she has now confessed that she is in love.

Speaking of Vicky, she told Bombay Times, “He is a very nice guy. He is a businessman from Bilaspur. Yes, I am in love and you will get to know about it when the time is right.”

When asked about her wedding plans, she said, “If it happens, I will let you know and invite you for the wedding. I can’t say anything right now, but there are no such plans, yet. I am just focussing on work at the moment.”

Anktia strongly believes in love and the institution of marriage. “Love is really important for me, because I believe in it. I believe in giving love to everyone, including my family, dogs and myself, and not just the person I get married to. Relationships are very important, because that’s the bond you share with someone and that’s how love grows between people. Marriage has always been my dream. I have always wanted to get married. But at this point, my priorities have changed. I am really looking forward to more films,” she added.

Ankita’s ‘Manikarnika’ is slated to release on January 25. She plays the role of Jhalkari Bai in the film.

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Nine arrested for vandalising Kolkata multiplex during screening of The Accidental Prime Minister

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Nine protestors have been arrested on Saturday for holding a demonstration against the screening of ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ inside a cineplex in Kolkata. A video of the incident was recently made public by ANI. In the clip, a group of protestors can be seen moving around the mall sloganeering against the screening of the movie.
The protestors can be heard shouting slogans against actor Anupam Kher, who played the lead role in the movie. The Congress protest against the screening of the movie was organised on Thursday, during the evening show inside the Quest INOX Cineplex.
Earlier on Friday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had asserted that the Anupam Kher-starrer ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ was made with an intention to distort facts and keeping the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in mind. Firing a fresh salvo at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, she had asserted that a movie titled ‘Disastrous Prime Minister’ should also be made.
The Manmohan Singh biopic drew a lot of flak from the Congress party, even before the movie hit the theatres. Maharashtra Youth Congress, in December, had raised objections over the film and demanded its special screening to ensure that none of the scenes are factually incorrect.
The film is based on facts chronicled in a book by Sanjaya Baru – Manmohan Singh’s media advisor between 2004 and 2008. It revolves around Singh’s life, the economist and politician who served as the Prime Minister of India from 2004 to 2014 under the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government.

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BCCI serves showcause notice to Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul for comments on ‘Koffee With Karan’

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Indian cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul were Wednesday issued show cause notices by the BCCI for their comments on women on a TV show that triggered a massive outrage and might prompt the Board to bar players from such appearances.

Pandya, whose remarks on Koffee with Karan were criticised as sexist, apologised for his remarks, saying he got “carried away by the nature” of the show. Rahul, on the other hand, has not yet responded to the criticism.

“We have sent showcause notices to Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul for their comments. They have been given 24 hours to give an explanation,” Chairman of the Committee of Administrators that runs the BCCI, Vinod Rai, told PTI.

The 25-year-old all-rounder and Rahul appeared on the celebrity chat show, hosted by film-maker Karan Johar, together.

Taking to Twitter, Pandya posted, “After reflecting on my comments on Koffee with Karan, I would like to apologise to everyone concerned who I may have hurt in any way. Honestly, I got a bit carried away with the nature of the show. In no way did I mean to disrespect or hurt anyone’s sentiments. Respect.”

On the show, Pandya boasted about hooking up with multiple women and also how open he has been about it with his parents.

When asked why he didn’t ask women their name in a club, Pandya responded by saying, “I like to watch and observe how they (women) move. I’m little from the black side so I need to see how they move.”

Criticism started coming Pandya’s way soon after and it is learnt that he was ticked off by the BCCI top brass.

According to a source, his comments were deemed “crass and cringeworthy” and might have a bearing on whether Indian cricketers appear on “such non-cricket shows” after this.

“It will be considered whether players should even be allowed to appear on such shows which have got nothing to do with cricket,” a BCCI source told PTI.

Pandya is currently with the Indian team in Australia where it recently recorded a historic maiden Test series win.

Pandya had joined the team before the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne after recovering from a back injury which he had suffered during the Asia Cup in UAE last year.

He will be seen in action in the three-match ODI series against Australia which starts on January 12 in Sydney.

 

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Alok Nath granted bail in rape case; court says ‘Vinta Nanda accused actor for her own benefit

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The whole nation was shook when Bollywood’s most Sanskari babuji Alok Nath was dragged as one of the names accused under #MeToomovement. In her Facebook post, his old friend and producer Vinta Nanda accused the actor of raping her 19 years ago. The actor was booked under sections 376 (rape) and 377 (unnatural sex) of Indian Penal Code. On Wednesday, he receivedanticipatory bail

This happened after the hearing when the court observed that Vinta Nanda did not lodge the report immediately after the alleged incident for her own benefit and that the possibility of the applicant [Alok Nath] being falsely accused in the crime cannot be ruled out.

The victim Nanda, who claims that the crime took place 19 years ago, did not file a case against Nath then as she was told that no one would believe her story since Alok Nath is a big actor. Apart from this reason, the sessions court observed that there is “no record showing that Nath had given any threat or made any promise against lodging a report”.

According to media reports, the court further added that Alok Nath might be falsely accused of the crime since Nath’s lawyer argued that Nanda “remembers the entire incident but she did not remember the date and month of the incident”.

More so, since it has been 19 years to the incident and now both Nath and Nanda are married to their respective partners, Nath’s medical examination would be a mere ‘formality’.

Although Nath has been granted bail by the court on Saturday, he still could not visit Nanda’s house or threaten and/or bribe anyone associated with the case.

Once Nanda’s post went viral amidst the rage of #MeToo, Nath had filed a defamation suit against her, post which she filed an FIR alleging rape.

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The Accidental Prime Minister: Delhi High Court dismisses PIL seeking ban on its trailer

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The Delhi High Court dismissed a PIL Wednesday seeking a ban on The Accidental Prime Minister and its trailer on allegations that it defamed the constitutional post of the prime minister.

A bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice VK Rao said the petitioner has no locus standi to file the plea and private interest was involved in it.

Petitioner Pooja Mahajan alleged that provisions of the Cinematograph Act are being misused and the film producer has released the trailer affecting the image of the office of the prime minister and giving a bad name to it at the national and international level.

The film is scheduled to release on January 11.

Initially, the matter was listed for hearing before a bench of Justices S Muralidhar and Sanjeev Narula in the cause list uploaded on Tuesday, however, it was changed this morning and was heard by the bench headed by the Chief Justice.

During the hearing, the producers of the film said they were not made a party in the PIL and the court should not pass any order without hearing them.

Advocate Sangram Patnaik, appearing for film producers Sunil Bohra and Dhaval Gada, objected to the petition saying it was not maintainable and how could the production house was not made a party.

He said if the adverse order is passed, it would be the producers who would be affected as it is their money which is at stake.

A single judge had earlier refused to entertain the plea asking the petitioner to file it as a public interest litigation.

The film, which stars Anupam Kher as former prime minister Manmohan Singh, is based on a book of the same name by Singh’s media advisor Sanjaya Baru.

The court noted the submission of the counsel for the Centre and the Censor Board that the petitioner had stated in the first paragraph of her petition that she had no personal interest in the issue.

The plea, filed through advocate A Maitri, alleges that the released trailer of the film defames the constitutional post of the prime minister. It has arrayed the Centre, through the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), Google (India) and YouTube as parties.

According to the petition, due to the release of the trailer, the “post of prime minister is getting defamed on day to day basis in public domain before the public at large”.

It added that the disclaimer in the movie’s trailer says it is based on a book written by Sanjaya Baru but the “real facts are totally different. In fact, the disclaimer given in the trailer is untrue, false and fake”.

“By performing the character of Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, the performing actors/ artists have committed offences punishable under sections 416 (cheating by impersonation) of the IPC and therefore, the CBFC could not have given the certificate for screening/ exhibition of the film,” it claimed.

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Not Arjun Kapoor! Malaika Arora went on a dinner date with sister Amrita Arora and Shakeel Ladak

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When their relationship was a secret, Malaika Arora and Arjun Kapoor’s chemistry was limited to their houses, but once the two made their relationship public, they have become inseparable. From joining Malaika on her New Year plans to twerking with her on the TV show she judges, to walking her down after dinner,Arjun Kapoor has come out as a protective and loveable boyfriend.

In fact, it has come to such an extent that now when he isn’t spotted alongside her, we tend to miss his presence around Malaika and witness his protective nature for her no matter what! The same situation arose when Malaika was out with her sister Amrita Arora Ladakh and Shakeel Ladak for dinner, Arjun was dearly missed.

Malaika got divorced to her husband of 17 years Arbaaz Khan and media houses quoted that the reason for their split was Arjun himself. Although nobody is sure what exactly happened there, what really matter is that Malaika moved on and so did Arbaaz.

Rumour mills were abuzz that Arbaaz is thinking of marrying his girlfriend Giorgia Adriani, but these speculations are now stronger for Arjun-Malaika since they both have apparently introduced each other to the families. Industry friends like Karan Johartoo have constantly hinted that they might take the plunge very soon.

Malaika has in fact become a hot topic on the Koffee With Karan couch, where almost every individual who enters – be it cricketer KL Rahul or Bollywood actor brothers Shahid KapoorIshaan Khatter, everyone accepts that they once had a crush on the ‘Chaiyya Chaiyya’ girl.

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