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FTII needs good administrator, not good actor: Ex-FTII chairman Gajendra Chauhan

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New Delhi, Oct 11: The Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) needs a good administrator, more than a good actor, its former Chairman Gajendra Chauhan said in reaction to veteran actor Anupam Kher’s appointment to the post on Wednesday.

Chauhan completed his tenure in March. His appointment had triggered student protests at the Pune-based institute. Anupam had then said that the FTII needed a person with much more qualifications than Chauhan had as a producer, director or actor.

On Wednesday, Chauhan, however, extended his good wishes to Anupam.

“I convey my good wishes to him and I want to move on in life. What happens is that when somebody is given a post, then there are a lot of options behind it. I was also appointed from different options. A lot of people didn’t get to see my work. In FTII, it’s more important to be a good administrator than a good actor,” Chauhan told IANS over phone from Mumbai.

“He is quite experienced and runs his own (acting) institute (Actor Prepares) in Mumbai. So, I think he will be able to handle it quite nicely. I wish all the best to Anupamji and wishes he will complete all the work, which I left due to the end of my chairmanship,” he added.

Appointed in 2014 to head the prestigious body, Chauhan, a well-known film and television personality, took charge only in January 2016 when he entered the FTII campus for the first time and chaired the Governing Council meeting.

His appointment was followed by massive protests by FTII students and ex-students and a 139-day strike demanding his removal from the post.

Chauhan, who said he himself had a “lot of administrative qualifications”, insisted that he had not been axed as claimed by a section of the media.

“I have run the administration of the Cinema and Television Artists Association for 22 years. That’s why I was able to do a lot of work during my tenure. The CAG report, which was submitted in Parliament has a line, ‘The best work at FTII was done under the chairmanship of Gajendra Chauhan.’ That’s like a certification of my work. What else do I need?” he said.

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Shehnaaz Gill rings in birthday with Sidharth Shukla

While Shehnaaz has openly confessed her love for the actor, Sidharth has always maintained that they are just friends.

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Mumbai, Jan 27 : Punjabi singer-actress and Bigg Boss 13 contestant Shehnaaz Gill turns a year older on Wednesday, January 27. She had a close-knit midnight party to celebrate her birthday with rumoured boyfriend Sidharth Shukla and their families.

The actress-singer shared moments from her birthday party on her Instagram account.

In one of the videos posted by the actress, Sidharth can be seen throwing her into the swimming pool after her birthday countdown. Sidharth’s mother and sister are also seen in the video.

Shehnaaz posted the swimming pool video with the caption: “Love you all”.

In another video, she is seen cutting the cake with her mother, Sidharth and his family. “Happy long life to me,” she can be seen saying in the video.

In the video, Shehnaaz is seen offering the first piece of cake to Sidharth, who makes her give the piece to her mother and sister. Then, his sister asks him to give Shehnaaz a piece of the cake too,

In the end of the video, Sidharth teases Shehnaaz about the birthday bumps, and talks of throwing her into the pool.

The videos of the celebration have left SidNaaz fans thrilled.

Sidharth and Shehnaaz’s relationship was one of the most talked-about topics of Bigg Boss 13 and fans gave their bond a name — #SidNaaz. The hashtag occasionally keeps on trending on social media even today.

While Shehnaaz has openly confessed her love for the actor, Sidharth has always maintained that they are just friends.

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Tandav FIRs: Actors, makers may face arrest as SC declines protection

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New Delhi, Jan 27 : Web series ‘Tandav’ actors, makers, including Saif Ali Khan and Ali Abbas Zafar likely face arrest after Supreme Court on Wednesday turned down their pleas for protection from arrest.

A three judge bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan only issued notice on clubbing of various FIRs registered across the country and asked actor Zeeshan Ayyub and others to move to High Courts for quashing of FIRs or bail in the matters.

Senior Advocate Fali S. Nariman requested for an order of no coercive action against the cast and producers of the web series. However, the bench refused to grant relief. “Approach High Court” said the top court.

During the hearing the apex court noted that it may consider the request for clubbing the FIRs, but it cannot take the power of the High Court under CrPC.

The observation was made after senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi requested the court to grant the petitioners no coercive step order, club the FIRS and issue notice to the parties.

Ahead of lunch, the top court had orally observed that freedom of speech was not absolute during its hearing on pleas seeking stay on FIRs against actors and producers of Tandav web series on Amazon Prime.

Justice Bhushan had expressed its disinclination to pass any direction to stay the FIRs. Senior advocates Fali S. Nariman, Mukul Rohatgi and Siddharth Luthra cited the top court judgment in Arnab Goswami case to seek relief in the matter.

Luthra argued that the director of the web series is being harassed. “Is this way liberty should be protected in the country and FIRs are being filed across the country,” he added. The bench observed that the right to freedom of speech is not absolute and it is subjected to restrictions.

Nariman submitted that apologies have been made, and despite that several FIRs have been filed in six states. Justice Bhushan replied: “You want the FIRs to be quashed, then why can’t you approach the High Courts?”

Nariman said the web series makers have removed the objectionable content and still there are cases being filed against them. The top court questioned, why petitioners have moved the court under Article 32.

The bench said the police can file closure reports too if apologies have been made.

Rohatgi cited Arnab Goswami case to move the top court after a violation of Article 19(1)(a). He added people get offended with anything and everything these days. “Please protect us with no coercive steps. We deleted content without any protest. Scenes have been deleted. Its a political satire,” argued Rohatgi.

Rohatgi submitted that People are so sensitive in this country freedom to speech under then 19 (1)(a) would be destroyed.

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Tahira Kashyap takes to fitness regime: It’s never too late

The childhood sweethearts got married in 2008 and welcomed their son Virajveer in 2012 and daughter Varushka in 2014.

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Mumbai, Jan 27 : Filmmaker-writer Tahira Kashyap admits using up every excuse to not move, and is now motivated to pursue fitness.

Tahira posted a video on Instagram where she is seen doing jump squats.

“Not going to let multiple alibis come in the way to regain my fitness. From side effects of medicine, to surgeries to hypothyroidism to not being 18 anymore to gym being closed due to coronavirus. I used all these excuses and many more for not moving my bum but not anymore! #fitness #itsnevertoolate,” she wrote as caption.

Tahira is married to actor Ayushmann Khurrana. The childhood sweethearts got married in 2008 and welcomed their son Virajveer in 2012 and daughter Varushka in 2014.

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