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Delhi High Court to hear plea against Netflix series Sacred Games on July 16

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New Delhi, July 12 : Delhi High Court will hear on July 16 the plea seeking removal of certain scenes from the Netflix series Sacred Games.The plea, which alleged that certain scenes and dialogues in the show defamed former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

The All India Cine workers’ Association on Thursday has filed a complaint with the police to lodge an FIR against the producer and actor  Nawazuddin Siddiqui of the web series Sacred Games for maligning the image of former PM Rajiv Gandhi.

 Suresh Shyamal Gupta, the President of Youth Indian National Trade Union Congress’ (INTUC) city wing lodged a complaint on Wednesday against over-the-top media services provider Netflix, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and the producers of the new series “Sacred Games” for insulting the late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Gupta, who is also the president of All Indian Cine Worker’s Association (AICWA), filed the complaint at the Chembur police station.

“I would like to draw your attention towards a serial called ‘Sacred Games’ which has started on Netflix contains a scene from the fourth episode in which the lead actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui is seen abusing our late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and calling him Fattu (p**** as translated in the subtitle of the show),” he said.

Gupta also mentioned in his complaint about how the show disregarded the decision of Parliament on Shah Bano Case.

“Hence, I request you to consider this as my formal complaint and lodge an FIR against Netflix, production house, actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, director Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane and the producer of ‘Sacred Games’ under appropriate sections of IT Act and Indian Penal Code,” he demanded.

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Ileana reveals how she runs away from responsibilities

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Actress Ileana DCruz just goes with the flow of life when she wants to run away from responsibilities, going by her new social media post.

Ileana shared a video on Instagram, where she is seen paddling away in water. Me running away from my responsibilities #byeeee,” she wrote.

The actress recently posted a major throwback picture from her childhood days and gave herself a funny title.

Ileana was last seen on screen in the multistarrer “Pagalpanti”, directed by Anees Bazmee.

She will next be seen in Ajay Devgn’s production, “The Big Bull”, a film reportedly based on India’s biggest securities scam of 1992. The film also stars Abhishek Bachchan.

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Jacqueline celebrates as ‘Genda phool’ crosses 550 million views

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Genda phool, sung by Badshah and Payal Dev, has garnered over 550 million views on YouTube, and actress Jacqueline Fernandez, who stars in its music video, is happy.

The song ran into controversy upon release in March when charges of plagiarism rose. The song draws its hook line from a classic Bengali folk song, “Boro loker biti lo”, and social media was quick to notice that fact. Badshah later contacted Ratan Kahar, creator of the Bengali original, in an effort to sort things up.

The video features random shots of Durga Puja festivities, and Jacqueline is seen in a sari that is worn the traditional Bengali way in some scenes.

“I am extremely happy and grateful that people have showered so much love towards the song. We crossed 550 million views recently and it’s insane. I had so much fun shooting this song. It was a different experience as genre was unexplored for me. The whole process was super exciting, from wearing a Bengali attire that I had never donned to experiencing the touch of folk music and overall, the vibe with its beats,” said Jacqueline.

“It was lovely to see the fan videos as well as the fans recreating the looks and making dance covers on it. I am so happy that we could entertain everyone with this track during the lockdown”, she added.The song also has Pahari and Gujarati versions.


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Selena Gomez urges Facebook CEO to help stop spreading of hate

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Pop star Selena Gomez has written a message to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and the social network’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, urging them to help stop the spread of hate on the platform ahead of the November election.

“Facebook and Instagram are being used to spread hate, misinformation, racism, and bigotry,” Gomez wrote in a private message to the Facebook leadership.

The move comes barely a couple of days after reality TV star Kim Kardashian West decided to freeze her social media accounts for 24 hours on Wednesday to protest against the spread of “hate, propaganda and misinformation”.

Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Orlando Bloom, Kerry Washington and Sacha Baron Cohen are among those who took part in the protest.

Gomez shared the message she had sent to Zuckerberg and Sandberg with her over 193 million followers on Facebook-owned Instagram on Friday.

“I am calling you both to HELP STOP THIS. Please shut down groups and users focused on spreading hate speech violence and misinformation. Our future depends on it,” she said in her message, while also reminding them of the upcoming election.

“We cannot afford to have misinformation about voting,” she continued. “There has to be fact-checking and accountability,” the pop star said, adding that she hopes to hear back from the Facebook leadership at the earliest.

Facebook and Instagram have faced criticism from the organisers of the #StopHateforProfit campaign, launched in June, which accuses the platforms of not doing enough to stop hate speech and disinformation.


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