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Group of people in film industry conspiring against me: Govinda

I stayed silent up till then, but how could they just stop film of a producer like Pahlaj Nihalani ji. He is one of the respected film producers of the industry who has introduced several film stars in Bollywood

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Mumbai, Nov 11 : Bollywood actor Govinda, who along with producer Pahlaj Nihalani is facing difficulties to release their upcoming film “Rangeela Raja” after the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) refused to certify the film and ordered 20 cuts, says there is a group of people from the film fraternity conspiring against him.

During a press conference on Saturday night, Govinda told media, “it has been happening for last nine years where a group of people in the film industry is conspiring against me and not letting my films to release on any good platforms.”

“Either those films are not getting a release or those films are not getting good theatres and screens. The recent example was “Fryday” which released a few weeks ago and even media gave it a good review. They took the film away from theatres,” Govinda said.

“I stayed silent up till then, but how could they just stop film of a producer like Pahlaj Nihalani ji. He is one of the respected film producers of the industry who has introduced several film stars in Bollywood,” he added.

“Our film industry was never like this, and it seems we are living in a different world,” added the actor who worked with Nihalani from his debut film “Ilzaam”, “Shola Aur Shabnam” and “Aankhen”.”

The producer has moved to the Bombay High Court to seek justice against the decision of CBFC.

Nihalani who was also present there at the press conference lashed out on the current chairman of CBFC and said, ace Prasoon Joshi intentionally did not watch the film on time to certify the film.

“I was supposed to release the film on December 8. He did watch Aamir Khan starrer “Thugs Of Hindostan” but did not watch my film. Later he watched and gave a list of unnecessary cuts without any reference of the guideline from the rulebook. They are giving this punishment to me,” Nihalani said.

He also said, “he (Joshi) should be sacked and I do not know why the whole film industry is silent. He does not have any contribution towards his work; he does not go to the office. He calls producers at the Taj hotel and makes them wait for four hours to get the certificate of their films.”

The conference was also attended by actor Shakti Kapoor and actress Mishika Chaurasia who are part of the film.

The cast and crew showed the media all 20 scenes that are advised to remove from the film.

Asked about what will be the next step from the producer, Nihalani said, “as you know that the case is in Bombay High Court, on November 12, we will hear the verdict of the court. We shared the scenes with media because we wanted people to show how the injustice is happening. The cuts get decided, depending on the rating of the film.

“when a film is watched for certification, depending on the rating like ‘U, U/A, A’ the committee decides the cuts. My film is a clean family film but then how could they just give so many cuts?” questioned the producer.

Since for the television and digital content screening, no certification is needed from the CBFC, according to Nihalani, “in the theatre, when people enter after buying a ticket, they already aware of what they will watch because it has limited access to people. On TV and digital, people can watch everything uncertified and uncensored for free. Then why this whole system of certification?”

Then he claimed, “either they should scrap the system of certification or it should be applied to every medium and not just on cinema.”

Asked about if he still respects the CBFC board, the former chairperson said, “if this is how the situation continues, no I don’t.”

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Mumbai, Dec 1 : In Indian politics, prominent personalities or leaders usually first join a party and then are rewarded with a ticket for legislatures or parliament.

In what is said to be an unprecedented change from the norms, Bollywood actress Urmila Matondkar got a ‘ticket’ first and then officially joined the Shiv Sena, in the presence of senior leaders, here on Tuesday.

Shiv Sena President and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray accorded Matondkar a warm welcome to the party fold while his wife Rashmi Uddhav Thackeray tied her a thread, ‘Shiv Bandhan’ symbolizing her ties with the new party.

Soon after that, she bowed with folded hands and paid her respects before a wall-portrait of the founder-patriarch of Shiv Sena, the late Balasaheb Thackeray and his wife Meenatai Thackeray, at the Thackeray residence, ‘Matoshri’ in Bandra east.

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In anticipation of her joining, the MVA last month (Nov. 2020) recommended Matondkar’s name – along with 11 others of MVA – to Raj Bhavan for a coveted nomination to the Maharashtra Legislative Council from the quota of Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari.

Matondkar quit the Congress in a huff on September 10 last year, alleging party infighting, post-defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections at the hands of Bharatiya Janata Party’s Gopal Shetty in Mumbai North constituency.

Earlier, prior to the October 2019 Maharashtra Assembly polls, there was intense speculation that she would join either the Shiv Sena, Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party or even Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, but she had scoffed it as rumours.

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Sonakshi Sinha enjoys a lazy Sunday

The actress had posted a string of pictures on Instagram, and also shared her result of the Open Water Diver Course Final Exam Answer Sheet. The actress scored 100 per cent in the test.

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Mumbai: Actress Sonakshi Sinha is in a mood for a lazy Sunday, and said that she just wants to be on the couch all day.

The Bollywood star took to Instagram to share a glimpse from her “lazy” Sunday with a picture in which she is posing on the couch.

“Gonna be on my couch all day today #lazysunday,” Sonakshi wrote with the picture.

In the image, she is seen resting on a blue couch, and channels a casual look in an all-denim avatar, with a white top.

Earlier this week, Sonakshi shared moments from her vacation in the Maldives. She also announced that she is a licensed scuba diver.

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Sana Khan in the video asks Anas Sayied, “kaha leke jaa rahe ho tum mujhe?” To this, Anas replies, “Starbucks ki coffee pini hai na tumhe.” The former actress then shares that they’ve finally come out of their house today. She flaunts the Starbucks coffee cup with ‘Begam’ written over it.“Ye spelling wrong hai aapne bataya nahi unhe?” (The spelling of Begum is wrong, didn’t you tell them?), the new wifey questions her Anas Sayied.

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Sana Khan made her debut in Bollywood with ‘Yehi Hai High Society’ in 2005. She later went on to star in movies like ‘Halla Bol’, ‘Jai Ho’, ‘Wajah Tum Ho’ and ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’.

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