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Unlike Bollywood, Southern stars more punctual and professional: Akshay Kumar on working in ‘2.0’

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Akshay Kumar who will next be seen in Rajinikanth-starrer 2.0, said that working in the film was a learning experience for him as he realised the south industry is not only more punctual but also more professional than Bollywood.

The actor plays the villain, Dr Richard, in the film which is a sequel to Shankar’s blockbusterEnthiran.

“Technologically, South is more advanced than us. They are more professional than us. If the shoot time is 7.30, the shooting will start sharp on time. Here, 7.30 means you can come by 9.30. Their superstars arrive on time on set,” Akshay said in a group interview.

The actor believes newcomers should do at least five films down south before coming to Bollywood as time is not a luxury one can afford in southern cinema.

“You learn a lot. I sometimes feel a newcomer should do five films there and then come here. He or she will learn a lot. In a day, they take 30-40 shots. Here we manage around 12-13 shots. They don’t take other people for granted. They value other people’s time,” he said.

The Gold actor also went on to say that he was bowled over by the humility of megastarRajinikanth when he first met him.

“We used to talk in Marathi. He is a Maharashtrian and I also know the language. He is a great man. It’s amazing how you give him one dialogue and he changes it into an epic dialogue. He puts entertainment in every line,” he said.

Recently, Rajinikanth had said that 2.0 will belong to Akshay but the Padman star considers himself to be the “Amrish Puri” of the action-fantasy genre.

“He (Rajinikanth) is just being humble. It’s very much his film because the title is 2.0. I can’t be that. He is 2.0. He is just being kind and nice to me. I respect him for that. It’s very much his film. I am the Amrish Puri of the film,” he quipped.

2.0, which also stars Amy Jackson, is scheduled to release on November 29.

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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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Sarfaraz annoyed with father’s co stars, says Bollywood is hypocrite and selfish

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Late Kader Khan with his sons in Canada

It is indeed a tragedy of Indian film Industry that an iconic personality of Bollywood who’d acted in about 700 films and impressed his billions of fans worldwide by his humorous histrionics n also scripted dialogues n stories for about three hundred movies with several of them being super duper hits, had to breath his last thousands of miles away from India, his actual Karmsthali, though born in Afghanistan on 31st December, 2018.

 

A heart throb of billions of his die hard fans acting  legend Kader Khan who’d acted in myriad number of movies with Super star Amitabh Bachchan, ever green hero Govinda , Shakti Kapoor, Johnny lever including late Super star Rajesh Khanna etc none of them, who called him a fatherly figure, remembered him during his critical days in complete isolation n loneliness when the veteran actor n dialogue writer was seriously ill counting his last days in pain.

 

Kader Khan had taken the Canadian citizenship as all his three sons, the eldest being Sarfaraz were already settled in Canada. Had Kader Khan acknowledged the  adequate n due attention in Mumbai, by his five decades old film fraternity, while ill n in bad health things would have been different and the former would have preferred leaving for his eternal home in India itself.

 

But after his severe knee surgery having gone away n his health condition gone heywire, the lonely Kader Khan who was expecting moral, psychological and physical support from his earlier co actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Shakti Kapoor, Johnny lever, Asrani, Govinda and his other co stars whom he remembered a lot during his last time while in crisis he was literaly morally dead while alive in total isolation n bewilderness.

 

According to his son Sarfaraz Khan who looked after his father very minutely n with due care had a deep grudge against his father’s co stars like Amitabh, Govinda n Shakti Kapoor who though always talked very high of Kader Khan n termed him as their fatherly figure n even God father, never ever called him either on phone or personally to know about his welfare n welbeing nor bothered to visit him either in Mumbai n later in Canada.

 

Sarfaraz said Kader Khan was morally extremely heart broken n felt lonely  while being ill during his last days of life in hospital in Canada who dedicated his five decades to Indian film industry.

 

He said, however Kader Khan was lucky to have three responsible sons who’d looked after him in his critical days and baded him good bye at the age of 81 cheerfully, who were near him in the hospital even while he breathed his last.

 

On the contrary, veteran film actors like Parveen Babi, Sadhna, Mohan Choti, Lalita Panwar and several others met a very sad end is extreme financial and emotional jeopardy in complete isolation as well.

 

Sarfaraz who was badly annoyed by the non cooperation of the film fraternity  in the context of not remembering his late father Kader Khan even once during his critical days says that this is how the Bollywood has become these days  as everybody honours n respects a star while he or she are on the rise or in news but the moment they are on the descendence or downslide all the co stars forget them which is indeed quite a distressing trend.

 

There was a time in the 70s n 80s when decency, amity n ethics ruled the Mumbai Film Industry. I fondly remember to have read in one of the  news reports that when Kaka was on his peak of stardom and music legend Pancham Da was operated in England for a severe heart ailment, Pancham Da’s friend  Rajesh Khanna flew to London all of a sudden and surprised the ailing  music director, when the later visited the former in hospital to know about his health condition after the surgery.

 

Kaka then in the peak of his super stardom used to keep Pancham Da happy and used to crack jokes to keep him in good humour while convalescing after the surgery in London. The cardiac surgeon who happened to be an Indian born was extremely pleased, enthralled and thrilled to see Kaka the then super star in front of him and invited him to dinner at his house. Kaka used to be with Pancham Da in the hospital during the day n in clubs in the night. Such was the bond between the Bollywood fraternity those days which has changed upside down now with stars now being selfish n hypocrites.

 

Kader Khan Sahab’s sad end in isolation with not a single co star trying to know about his well being while he was in critical days of his life unambiguously speaks of the fact that Bollywood no longer believes in emotions n passions but pure business. That’s it.

It may be recalled that being the Canadian citizen and no love, affection, support or cooperation acknowleged from Bollywood despite Kader Khan’sfove decades service to the Mumbai Film Industry as a legendary star, author, comedian n a role model, this veteran Bollywood star was constrained to be cremeted in Canada thousands of miles away from India his KARMSTHALI N AFGHANISTAN his Birth place. He was 81. What’s your take friends?

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The Accidental Prime Minister: Anupam Kher lands in legal trouble, case filed against him in Bihar court

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Anupam Kher starrer The Accidental Prime Minister has been in news ever since its trailer released, for both right and wrong reasons, the latest being a case over the actor for hurting sentiments.

Lawyer Sudhir Kumar Ojha filed a case against both Anupam Kher and Akshaye Khanna who play the roles of former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and his press advisor Sanjaya Baru.

The case has been filed in Bihar court, after Muzaffarpur’s Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) court accepted the hearing of the case on January 8 in Sub Divisional Judicial Magistrate court.

Ojha in his petition complained that not only Anupam Kher and Akshaye Khanna, but the movie also tarnishes images of some top people like UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Vadra.

For obvious reasons, the director of the film Vijay Gutte and producers Sunil Bohra and Dhaval Gada (from Pen Movies) have also been slapped with the case.

For the uninitiated, the trailer went missing from YouTube and Anupam Kher raised questions on the same.

Apart from Anupam Kher and Akshaye Khanna, the film also stars Arjun Mathur as Rahul Gandhi and Aahana Kumra as Priyanka Gandhi.

The other characters are – Ajit Satbhai as former PM PV Narsimha Rao, Ram Avatar Bhardawaj as Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Divya Seth Shah as Mrs. Gursharan Kaur aka Dr. Singh’s reel wife.

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