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Defamation cases filed against makers of ‘Newton’

The complainant has also made the chairman of Central Board of Film Certification a respondent in the cases.

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A criminal complaint and a civil defamation suit has been filed against the makers of critically-acclaimed Bollywood movie ‘Newton’ in a court here for allegedly portraying the Central Reserve Police Force in poor light.

‘Newton’, starring Raj Kumar Rao in lead role, deals with the story of a government clerk who was sent for poll duty in Naxal-hit area of Chhattisgarh. It was India’s official entry for the Oscars’ Best Foreign Language Film category last year.

The defamation suit and the complaint have been filed before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Amit Arora seeking direction to Manish Mundra, producer of the movie, and Shiladitya Bora, the CEO of production company Drishyam Films, to tender unconditional public apology and compensate the complainant, a soldier, and the CRPF.

The matters are now posted for hearing on March 1.

The criminal defamation complaint has sought deletion of scenes allegedly portraying CRPF in bad light from the film and its re-release.

The civil and criminal cases have been filed by CRPF sub-Inspector Tamal Sanyal.

Sanyal alleged that false and baseless imputations were made by the makers with the “sole malafide intention to injure and harm the image of a prime central paramilitary force of the country.”

“The accused persons number 1 (Mundra) and 2 (Bora) have shown the CRPF as a villain and an impediment for holding free and fair elections in India which is the largest democracy in the world, which is not only malicious, vexatious and false, but also casts a shadow of doubt over the whole electoral process of India… in which the central paramilitary forces, especially the CRPF play a pivotal role,” the complaints said.

The complainant has also made the chairman of Central Board of Film Certification a respondent in the cases.

The complainant accused the makers of the movie of “maliciously, intentionally, knowingly, vexatiously and baseless showing the complainant, his organisation [CRPF] and its family members in a bad light”.

It has alleged that the movie lowered the image and reputation of the CRPF, its members and their families, in the eyes of their friends and relatives and the public at large.

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Mirzapur MP seeks ban on ‘Mirzapur 2’

“Mirzapur 2” is a violent tale of feuds in families, politics and elections.

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The Apna Dal MP from Uttar Pradesh’s Mirzapur district, has demanded a ban on the web series, “Mirzapur 2”, saying it was spreading ethnic disharmony.

The MP has also alleged that the series, that was recently released on Amazon Prime, was maligning the image of Mirzapur by portraying it as a “violent” region.

She told reporters that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Mirzapur “is a ‘centre of harmony’ and the matter must be investigated and strict action taken against those responsible for sullying its image”.

“Mirzapur 2” is a violent tale of feuds in families, politics and elections.

It features Shweta Tripathi Sharma, Pankaj Tripathi Ali Fazal and Divyendu Sharma in the primary roles.

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When make-up burnt through Bhumi’s skin during ‘Saand Ki Aankh’ shoot

“Cracking the body language and playing a character which is way older is always a challenge too. So, I think physically it was a lot tougher than all my films.”

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It was not at all easy for Bhumi Pednekar to play the role of older woman in the film, Saand Ki Aankh.

Directed by Tushar Hiranandani, “Saand Ki Aankh”, which was released in 2019, and was based on the lives of India’s oldest sharpshooters, Prakashi Tomar and Chandro Tomar.

Bhumi played the role of Chandro Tomar, the oldest sharp shooter in India, who along with her sister (played by Taapsee Pannu) has won laurels for India.

Recalling the challenges faced to play the role, Bhumi said: “I think SKA, in terms of difficulty where the physical work was concerned, was quite high because the make-up was specialized and that was honestly very tough to be in. Through that experience the make-up was so harsh on the skin to a point that I had actually burnt my skin and I had very major allergic reaction.

“Cracking the body language and playing a character which is way older is always a challenge too. So, I think physically it was a lot tougher than all my films.”

Bhumi feels great to be a part of such progressive and important content.

“I don’t know if my cinema is off-beat. I definitely feel the definition of main stream cinema has changed tremendously over the last 5 years where my films have contributed towards that change. I’m really happy about this because that’s what artistes are meant to do,” she shared.

“So many fantastic actors before me have done a tremendous job to pave the way for this change too but there is a certain momentum that the so-called unconventional cinema has caught onto which hasn’t happened in such frequency earlier.

“I feel these days the audiences are looking for work which is entertaining along with high content and I think my films kind of give that. So, I have managed to create a space for that and myself and I thank GOD for that,” she added.

Bhumi now is gearing up for the release of “Durgavati”.

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Bigg Boss 14: Salman Khan Introduces 3 Freshers

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Mumbai: Superstar Salman Khan, who is hosting Bigg Boss, has introduced wild card contestants — actors Kavita Kaushik, Naina Singh and Shardul Pandit.

Naina and Shardul aren’t happy to see each other and lock horns the moment they speak with each other.

Bigg Boss then throws open a ’60 minute’ challenge to the contestants. The contestants have to rate themselves and then their fellow contestants on a number that depicts the amount of time that particular contestant is visible in the 60 minute episode.

While Nikki Tamboli is confident that the episodes revolve around her, Rahul Vaidya and Jaan Kumar Sanu award themselves a fair score of nine minutes each.

Actress-dancer Nora Fatehi and singer Guru Randhawa then enter the house and give a performance to their new song “Naach meri rani”.

The show also has contestants like Jasmin Bhasin and Eijaz Khan.

(IANS)

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