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Elderly woman abused for allegedly not standing up for national anthem



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A woman and her elderly mother were insulted with abusive language while a man was roughed up allegedly for not standing up for the National Anthem at Palazzo Cinemas in Vadapalani, eyewitnesses have alleged.

Vadapalani is one of the places of the Chennai International Film Festival.

The woman Sreela M, a social worker, was part of a group booked on a similar complaint in December.

As per the eyewitness claims, who was also a delegate of the film fest, the three did not stand when the National Anthem was played before the film.

“Someone sitting behind questioned them first and a dozen others joined in. When they started defending themselves, one of them was manhandled. Those who tried to stop the mob were roughed up too. One of the persons who led the mob went out to call the police, while others said they won’t allow the screening till the police come and take them into custody,” the eyewitness added.

Nearly after 30 minutes of the incident, police reached the theatre and took the two women and the man into custody. Organisers claimed they had demanded the arrest of those who assaulted them too. “But police did not listen. One of the women taken in custody was aged around 60,” said an organiser.

Sreela said she and her mother Subhasree were threatened, while Bijaan, a delegate from Kerala, was roughed up and dragged by the mob inside the theatre. A senior police officer said the three have been booked under Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971, and let off on bail.

 Wefornews Bureau


We have wronged Mahira Khan, says Rahul Dholakia




Mumbai, Dec 15: Filmmaker Rahul Dholakia, who directed Mahira Khan in the 2017 film “Raees”, says Indians have “wronged” the Pakistani actress.

While Mahira was in Dubai for the Masala! Awards 2017, Mahira spoke to film news platform Bollywood Hungama, and said: “Whether it was Shah Rukh Khan or Rahul or Ritesh Batra or Farhan Akhtar, they all have been so amazing. At the end of the day, it’s about films, which is bigger than all of us combined. The film needed to be released. The film had to do well. They were all amazing. They still are.”

Dholakia found it “so sweet”.

He shared the link of her interview on Twitter on Friday, and commented: “Somewhere I feel we have wronged her. Our people forgot that she is an artist, not the enemy! We took away her right as an actor! Unfair. Mahira Khan you are wonderful and thank you for being a part of ‘Raees’.”

Mahira came to India last year to shoot for the film alongside Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan.

However, she was not allowed to attend the promotional events of the film in India after a ban was imposed by some groups on Pakistani artistes to work in India.



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Sunny Leone excited to get adventurous with ‘Man Vs Wild’



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Mumbai, Dec 15: Actress Sunny Leone, who will host the Indian version of “Man Vs Wild”, says she will try to add her own style of fun and humour to the show.

Sunny is also excited about showcasing her adventurous side as host of the mega-popular survival series “Man Vs Wild”. The Hindi version titled “Man Vs Wild with Sunny Leone” will be telecast in Hindi on the soon-to-be-launched channel Discovery JEET.

“I’m extremely excited to be part of such a popular show and the channel – Discovery JEET. This will give me a chance to showcase my adventurous side, which has never been seen before by television viewers,” Sunny said in a statement.

Slated for an early 2018 premiere, the series will feature the “Ragini MMS 2” star hosting as well as undertaking several difficult stunts.

The original show features host Bear Grylls sharing survival strategies in extreme conditions, while navigating through some of the world’s most remote locations.

“While no one can do what Bear Grylls does, I will try to add my own style of fun and humour to the show,” she added.


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Megastar Rajinikanth to felicitate AR Rahman in Delhi



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New Delhi, Dec 15: Megastar Rajinikanth will felicitate music maestro A.R. Rahman in the national capital on December 23.

Presently, Rehman is on multi-city tour in India. Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Mumbai and others on his list.

The final leg of the much awaited tour will witness a special appearance by Rajinikanth, who is also working with Rahman on S. Shankar’s sci-fi action thriller “2.0”.

LIVE Viacom 18 along with official ticketing partner BookMyShow are the official organisers of A.R. Rahman Encore – The Concert in association with MTV.

“Owing to the fact that A.R. Rahman and Rajinikanth share a great camaraderie, our team is bringing the power duo together as a surprise element on the stage,” the promoters of the tour told news agency IANS.

The tour encapsulates the musical excellence of a two and a half decade journey of the Grammy and Oscar winner.

Rehman is accompanied by popular singers such as Jonita Gandhi, Mohit Chauhan, Javed Ali, Shashaa Tirupati, Hriday Gattani and Harshdeep Kaur on the tour.


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