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Action-packed ‘Pranaam’ wins hearts

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Film: “Pranaam”; Cast: Rajeev Khandelwal, Sameksha Singh, Vikram Gokhle, Atul Kulkarni, Anirudh Dave, Abhimanyu Singh; Director: Sanjiv Jaiswal

The Eighties films in Bollywood were all about revenge and drama, when the hero-turned-villain was always successful in ruling Bollywood. But the theme that “Pranaam” touches upon has remained untouched for the last several years.

If you have not seen a classy film in a long time, then this Sanjiv Jaiswal direction will definitely be a treat to your eyes.

Released on Friday, the film is being highly appreciated by the audience. It earned Rs 1.37 crore at the Box Office on the first day, and Rs 1.89 crore on Day 2. It is expected to do good business during Eid and Raksha Bandhan.

Apart from the action-packed plot, the audience is also appreciating the songs, especially “Sirf Tu” that has fone viral on social media. Rajeev Khandelwal and Sameksha Singh as the lead have done justice.

“Pranaam”, which is all about love, ambition, sacrifice and revenge, is the story of an underprivileged father and his son, where the son struggles to fulfil his father’s dream and be an IAS officer.

However, fate intervenes and makes a gangster of the IAS officer. While Ajay Singh (Rajeev Khandelwal) is preparing to become an IAS officer, his father Dinanath (SM Zaheer) works as a peon, and also does a part-time job at a hotel to provide for his son’s education.

Manjari Shukla (Sameksha Singh), who belongs to a very rich family, is a friend and a classmate of Ajay and she falls in love with him.

But, mafia-rule is at a peak in the city, with well-known gangster Ganu Bhaiya (Abhimanyu Singh) becoming stronger with the help of politicians. On gunpoint he gets the paper of IAS exam leaked and in this he implicates honest university professor Tej Pratap Singh (Vikram Gokhale).

Later, Ganu Bhaiya is killed by Ajay Singh while he tries to save Tej Pratap Singh’s daughter from Gunu Bhaiya’s goons. The real trouble begins for Ajay when the matter is given to corrupt officer Raj Pal Singh (Atul Kulkarni) for investigation.

The officer not only blames Ajay for killing but also for the paper leak. Being surrounded by troubles, Ajay becomes revengeful and ends up becoming a dreaded gangster, leaving behind the dream of becoming an IAS.

Undoubtedly, Director Sanjiv Jaiswal has done a great job in giving “Pranaam” a feel of the 80s. Every scene shows the story of love, goals, struggle, compromise and revenge.

Rajiv Khandelwal, who is known for his performances in hits like “Aamir” and “Table Number 21”, has yet again left the audience in awe of his acting which is brilliant. Be it a student or a gangster, he has played both the characters with finesse.

Sameksha Singh as Manjari is the cherry on top. Other actors have also played their characters beautifully, making “Pranaam” a must watch.

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Kamal Haasan takes advice from Odisha CM on political future

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Bhubaneswar, Nov 18 : Noted actor and Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) founder-President Kamal Haasan on Monday met Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here to seek advice on his political future.

“Basically, it was one-side receiving advice as a politician. I was asking my questions and I got some great answersa. We are watching him and learning from his wisdom,” Hasan said after meeting Patnaik at the latter’s residence.

Notably, Patnaik has been in power in Odisha since 2000.

Haasan was here to attend a programme organised by a private institution.

The Chief Minister said they discussed the political career of the actor-turned politician.

“We had a discussion this evening about his future political career and also about the films he is doing,” said Patnaik.

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Sona Mohapatra ‘elated’ to get Tanushree Dutta’s support

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Mumbai, Nov 18 : Singer Sona Mohapatra is “truly elated” to receive actress Tanushree Dutta’s support in her protest against composer Anu Malik being reinstated as judge on Sony TVs “Indian Idol Season 11”. Last year, Malik was removed as Season 10 judge after Sona alleged that the composer had sexually harassed her. There were accusations against Malik by other singers such as Neha Bhasin, Shweta Pandit and Caralisa Monteiro, too.

Tanushree, who kickstarted the Me Too campaign in Bollywood in 2018, in a recent interview said that she wanted to “stand up, raise my hands up and applaud Sona Mohapatra” for her guts to speak up against Malik.

Reacting to Tanushree’s comment, Sona said: “I read Tanushree’s interview and critique of Sony TV’s double standards of claiming to be a family channel but platforming a multiple accused sexual predator like Anu Malik on Indian Idol this morning on my way back from a concert and I felt truly elated! She was the first to speak up in #MeToo in Bollywood after the women in Kerala initiated the movement in India and she has been really brave in this fight for safer workplaces.”

“My own fight is not against just one man, but against an entire system that normalises sexual harassment and encourages perverted behaviour, power play and a lopsided system. I am not one to tire easily or run away from a battlefield and one odd fight might be lost but ultimately the war will be won,” Sona added.

She sounded confident that Malik would be removed. “Anu Malik being removed from this show will be a symbolic victory for the people fighting for positive change, a better and safer future for children and women in India. This is no small, petty or minor issue, this is a matter that defines what kind of ‘India Shining’ we plan to be in the coming years. This is the ‘good over evil’ type of fight and celebration that we have every year on Durga Puja or Dussehra.”

Earlier, complimenting Sona, Tanushree said in an interview to Mid Day: “I want to stand up, raise my hands up and applaud Sona Mohapatra along with others for fighting the good fight against Anu Malik’s reinstatement in Indian Idol. What shocks me most in this ordeal is how Sony TV, which is supposed to be a family-friendly channel, has allowed such a person to remain a judge when several educated, talented, highly accomplished, intelligent, high profile women have come forward with their stories of harassment against him. I mean are TRP more important that our human values? Shouldn’t people who misbehave be held accountable for their deeds? Why reinstate him at all after all those allegations surfaced?

The actress had added: “This seriously brings into question the mindset of the channel team as well as the creators and management of the show. This also puts serious doubts on the mindset of the co-judges who agreed to be a part of the show, especially Neha Kakkar, who is also a successful woman singer herself much like Sona, Neha Bhasin and Alisha Chennai. Also, why not celebrate brave, bold and dynamic women like Sona Mohapatra who fight the good fight despite losing jobs, peace of mind and health? These bravados should be promoted because the world will be a better place because of them.”

According to Sona, the second wave of the Me Too movement has just started. “That Shweta Pandit, Neha Bhasin, Caralisa Monteiro and many other women including a journalist yesterday spoke up and shared their traumatic stories with Anu Malik, and others like Alisha Chinai, Abhay Deol and now Tanushree have supported our campaign to remove him as a judge, goes to say that the tide is turning. While it does take time, the good people of the world do rally together to fight evil and help change things for the larger good. #MeToo will not die that easily, the second wave is here & its #TimesUp now!” she said.

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Nusrat Jahan in ICU, family dismisses ‘rumours’

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Kolkata, Nov 18 : Bengali actor and Trinamool Congress Lok Sabha member Nusrat Jahan was admitted to the ICU of the Apollo Gleneagles hospital following respiratory distress, sources close to her said on Monday, dismissing as “rumours” reports of drug overdose.

Jahan was taken to the hospital around 9.30 p.m. on Sunday night with problems of breathing.

“She is stable and conscious,” a source said, adding she would be discharged in the next few hours.

“She is going to be discharged and she is going home in some time…Anyway, she has an asthma problem, she takes an inhaler. But the problem became a bit massive yesterday, and using an inhaler was not enough. She is completely fine,” the source told IANS.

About speculation going around since morning, the source said: “We know there are such rumours, and we have already rejected them on behalf of the family.”

He said Jahan’s husband Nikhil Jain has been in the hospital since Sunday night.

After Jahan was admitted, reports started floating around that she had a drug overdose, a drug allergy or had consumed a large number of sleeping pills.

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