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Mumbai, July 21: Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s ‘jaadu ki jhappi’ moment with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the parliament drew mixed reactions from the Indian film fraternity, who found the “theatrics” worth a comment or two.

Filmmaker Ananth Mahadevan tweeted: “No wonder Indian theatre audience is diminishing. We are no match for Parliament performances.”

Gandhi on Friday surprised the Lok Sabha when after bitterly criticising the BJP-led government during the no-confidence motion, he walked across and hugged an unwilling Modi. To top that, he also winked as he looked at a party colleague — reminding the Twitter world of actress Priya Prakash Warrier who became a ‘national trend’ with her mischievous smile and wink in a song from Malayalam film “Oru Adaar Love”.

“Wink! Wink! Hug! Hug! Nudge! Nudge! More Jaadu ki jhappi please,” Shobhaa De, who then called Gandhi’s gesture the “hug of the decade”.

“What a jhappi, Rahul! Hope it works its jaadu on recipient. Who’s next on the hug fest? Just shows hugs are not the PM’s monopoly,” De said, pointing at Modi’s knack for hugging world leaders.

While displeased Speaker Sumitra Mahajan underlined that the code of conduct inside the House did not approve of Gandhi’s behaviour, some Bollywood celebrities questioned what was odd.

Filmmaker Vinod Kapri tweeted: “Hugging and spreading love is against the spirit of parliament norms? Surprised!”

Composer Vishal Dadlani wrote: “What’s childish about a hug? It was sorta sweet, actually. BJP should accept it with grace and perhaps send some love back, instead of being negative and churlish. Also, it would be more becoming of the government to answer each point Rahul made pre-hug. That’s what we want to hear.”

Ad filmmaker Ram Subramanian said the problem with the hug was that it was a “a forced one” and sent “the wrong message”.

Actress Swara Bhasker wrote: India Hugs Not Hates…#NoCofidenceMotion

Actor Ranvir Shorey wasn’t happy with Gandhi’s hug to Modi either.

“ROFL! Just what India needs. Another privileged and entitled brat giving out ‘jaadu ki jhappis’ when cornered,” tweeted Ranvir, who was also upset about how the media for pegging the no-confidence motion on Gandhi’s hug “instead of holding him responsible for turning parliament into a theatre”.

“Parliament: The only place where one hugs people one has no confidence in,” Ranvir quipped further.

For TV tsarina Ekta Kapoor, known for some of the most dramatic shows on the Indian small screen, “Hug it out is the new sort it out” after Gandhi’s act.

Actor Rajkummar Rao thought July 20 could officially be made “Hug Day”.

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Cops Deployed Outside Deepika Padukone’s Residence In Mumbai

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has summoned Deepika Padukone to record her statement on Friday and has asked for her corporation in its investigation of Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case.

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Mumbai: Police personnel have been deployed outside the residence of Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone, who is expected to reach Mumbai from Goa on Thursday ahead of her appearance before the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), an official said.

The NCB, which is probing an alleged Bollywood-drugs nexus, has summoned Padukone on Friday to record her statement. A team from the Dadar police station has been deployed outside Beaumonde Towers in Prabhadevi, where the 34-year-old actor owns an apartment, as a precautionary measure, the official said.

The NCB, which began the probe after a drugs angle came to light in connection with actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s alleged suicide, has now widened its investigation and asked a clutch of Bollywood celebrities to “join the probe”. Earlier, Padukone’s manager Karishma Prakash was summoned to join the investigation, but she sought time due to ill-health and has been exempted from appearance till Friday, an official had said on Wednesday. Prakash’s WhatsApp chats included conversations about drugs with one “D,” NCB sources said, adding the central agency wanted to find out who this person was and investigate further.

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Singer S P Balasubrahmanyam, admitted for COVID, is extremely critical, says hospital

‘SP Balasubrahmanyam, popularly known as SPB admitted on August 5, remains on ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) and other life support measures, MGM Healthcare said

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CHENNAI : Popular playback singer SP Balasubrahmanyam admitted for COVID-19 treatment and on life support is extremely critical, a hospital treating him here said on Thursday.

Balasubrahmanyam, popularly known as SPB admitted on August 5, “remains on ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) and other life support measures,” MGM Healthcare said.

“His condition in the last 24 hours has deteriorated further warranting maximal life support and he is extremely critical,” Assistant Director (Medical Services), c, Dr Anuradha Baskaran said in a statement.

A team of experts at the hospital are monitoring his health condition, she said.

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NCB summons to Deepika, Shraddha, Sara in drugs-related case linked to SSR death

Bollywood actors Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan, Shraddha Kapoor and Rakul Preeet Singh for questioning in a drug-related case

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Mumbai: In a major development, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Wednesday said that it has summoned Bollywood actors Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan, Shraddha Kapoor and Rakul Preeet Singh for questioning in a drug-related case.

A senior NCB official related to the probe told IANS, “Summons have been issued to Deepika, Sara, Shraddha and Rakul for questioning. “Besides four Bollywood actors, the NCB has also summoned fashion designer Simone Khambatta.” However, the official did not share the date when these actors have been called for questioning.

The drug law enforcement agency has also summoned Deepika’s manager Karishma Prakash for questioning. The development comes in the wake of the investigation into a drug-related case linked to the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput.

Sushant was found dead on June 14 at his Bandra flat.

The official said that the actors have been summoned after several alleged chats of them discussing drugs came to the fore during the investigation.

The NCB has registered a case on the request of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) after it found alleged drug chats between Sushant’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, her brother Showik, house manager Samuel Miranda.

Rhea, Showik, Miranda, Sushant’s personal staff Dipesh Sawant along with 16 other accused have been arrested by the NCB in the case so far.

Sara is the daughter of noted actor Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh, while Shradhha is the daughter of veteran actor Shakti Kapoor. Deepika is the daughter of the badminton icon Prakash Padukone and is married to Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh.

The official, however, denied that it has issued any summons to Dia Mirza. Earlier in the day, the NCB continued questioning Sushant’s talent manager Jaya Saha for the third consecutive day.

Besides Saha, the NCB is also questioning Madhu Mantena Varma, a noted producer, who gave blockbusters such as ‘Udta Punjab’ and ‘Ghajini’.

According to NCB sources, Varma is being confronted with Saha over alleged chats of them discussing drugs. NCB has also questioned Sushant’s former manager Shruti Modi on a number of occassions.

Besides the NCB, the CBI and the ED are also probing the death case of Sushant.

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