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MeToo: Anu Malik removed as Indian Idol judge after harassment allegations

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New Delhi, Oct 22: Singer Anu Malik, who has been accused of sexual misconduct, is no longer part of the jury panel of the singing-based reality show “Indian Idol” season 10, according to an official statement on Sunday.

He has been accused by singers Sona Mohapatra and Shweta Pandit, who called him a “paedophile” and a “sexual predator”.

The statement from Sony Entertainment Television channel said: “Anu Malik is no longer a part of the ‘Indian Idol’ jury panel. The show will continue its planned schedule and we will invite some of the biggest names in Indian music as guests to join Vishal Dadlani and Neha Kakkar to judge the extraordinary talent of ‘Indian Idol’ season 10.”

Malik also shared a statement saying he is taking a break from the show. “I, Anu Malik, have decided to take a break from Indian Idol as I am currently unable to focus on my work on the show. The channel has been kind to agree for the same. Thank you,” Malik said.

After Sona Mohapatra and Shweta Pandit accused Malik of sexual harassment, two budding singers levelled similar allegations against him.

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To all the young girls & women who are coming out with their experiences with this creep, journalists, ‘fans’ & even kids from college, know that you are not alone. This guy, #KailashKher is a serial predator & has been for years as are many others like Anu Malik in the industry. I cannot be tweeting about everyone cus I work 18 hour work days & have a life to live & breathe in. Also I cannot comment on many others basis heresay. That would be unfair. (Many journalists have been asking me for stories thinking that I’m most likely to ‘spill the beans’. I’m not) It is important that we stick to facts & our personal experiences to make this a serious & credible movement to help clean a system & lopsided power structure. It is just a start but an important one. #TimesUp #India #Change

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A lawyer for the music director on Thursday denied the claims against him, saying India’s #MeToo movement is being used for his client’s “character assassination”. Malik has repeatedly denied the allegations.

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IFFI’s grand golden jubilee edition to trace its evolution

The first ever IFFI was organised by the Films Division, with the patronage of the first Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru.

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Panaji, Nov 22 : The grand golden jubilee celebrations of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) next year will look back at the glorious journey of the gala, and will focus on the business of cinema, according to Ministry of Information and Broadcasting officials.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on Wednesday said the I&B Ministry, the state government, and the Entertainment Society of Goa, will work together to plan a roadmap for the 50th IFFI.

Elucidating on that, Amit Khare, Secretary in the I&B Ministry, told IANS here: “For the 50th anniversary, the golden jubilee of IFFI, the work will start from November 28. Right after the closing ceremony of the present edition, we will start working on next year’s event.”

“We would like to start early because it’s a great event. We would like to showcase what has happened from the first to the 49th edition. It’s not all of a sudden that we have reached this place,” he added.

In 1952, IFFI started with the participation of 23 countries with over 200 films as entries. This year, the numbers have quadrupled to a 1,000 entries from over 100 countries across the world, indicated the festival’s official website.

It has grown to be one of the most prominent and important film jamborees in Asia, screening some of the best national and international cinema and bringing together some of the brightest cinematic minds from across the world.

Khare said: “The journey started 49 years ago. That journey will be recounted (at the golden jubilee celebrations). There will be more focus on the business aspect… One is the glamour component of films, the other is the educational value and the the third is the revenue generation and employment creation.

“So, we will have emphasis on all three.”

The first ever IFFI was organised by the Films Division, with the patronage of the first Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru.

The inaugural edition took place at Mumbai, and the festival was subsequently taken to Madras (now Chennai), Delhi and Calutta (now Kolkata) in the next few years.

It was in 2004 that Goa welcomed IFFI with open arms under then Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s leadership. Over the years, the infrastructural progress in the state has only added to the festival’s prowess.

Khare said: “IFFI is growing every year. We have been having a country in focus, and this year, for the first time we have a state in focus as well — Jharkhand.

“We want to involve more and more states. India is, after all, a federation of states. Our states have a lot of talent in terms of filming, they have a lot of stories, so why not provide them a way.”

(Radhika Bhirani is in Goa on an invitation by IFFI organisers. She can be contacted at [email protected])

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All inside pics, videos from Deepika, Ranveer’s Bengaluru Wedding Reception

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Bengaluru, Nov 22: It was a night to remember for the newly-wed Bollywood couple Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh as celebrities, and sports stars gathered at a star hotel here to wish them.

The wedding reception was hosted at The Leela Palace Hotel and the celebrations began with Deepika and Ranveer stepping out for a photo-op at the venue to meet and greet the paparazzi.

The couple looked absolutely stunning and made a breathtaking entry. Hundreds of frenzied fans greeted the couple and cheered the celebs walking in, with bouncers keeping the boisterous crowd at bay.

The couple posed for media persons before heading for the gala reception at the luxury hotel in the city’s eastern suburb, which was decked up with lights and floral arrangements.

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Deepika wore a regal gold sari gifted to her by mother Ujjala Padukone, paired with white pearls, while Ranveer complemented her in a black “sherwani” with gold embellishments.

Software major’s philanthropic arm Infosys Foundation chairperson Sudha Murty, city-based biotech major Biocon’s chairperson Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw were among the first ones to arrive for the reception.

Former cricketers Anil Kumble, Venkatesh Prasad, badminton star P.V. Sindhu were also present at the grand event.

The celebrity duo, married on November 14 at picturesque Lake Como in Italy flew back to Mumbai on November 18, is hosting the reception in this tech city as Deepika’s parents — badminton legend Prakash Padukone and Ujjala live here.

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Incidentally, Deepika made her movie debut with Kannada film ‘Aishwarya’ (2006) directed by Indrajit Lankesh, brother of slain Kannada journalist Gauri Lankesh.

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Bigg Boss 12 Day 66 and 67 : Deepak indulges in character assassination of Megha

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Nov 21: Bigg Boss 12 contestant Deepak on Day 67 indulges in character assassination of Megha similarly Romil, few days back indulged in character assassination of Dipika.

Tomorrow, Sreesanth talks about the scandal in his cricket career, Deepak passes comments on megha ‘s character and she spits on him at him, throwing a shoe

On Day 66, the contestants of the BIgg Boss 12 are unaware that Romil has been playing the mind games while Deepak is doing politics by dividing people,as he is seen talking to Karmveer about Sreesanth .But the fact is Deepak is the real villain, who provokes everyone so that they act wrongly  on screen and he wants to gather sympathy.

For two weeks Deepak has been gathering sympathy by showing his broken arm but when the task comes his arm gets ok or fine to push everyone forcefully in today’s task and in the previous tasks including the seizing cash for the hitman where Deepak always stands before the handle  by holding it which is against the norm so that when the buzzer plays he is the first to get it.

Deepak says “earlier I thought Dipika is playing but the fact is Sreesanth is playing smartly  and brain games “.

Deepak talks to Karanvir about Sreesanth, telling him the relations he has caused to turn sour
He says that initially it seemed that Dipika is using Sreesanth, but actually it’s vice-versa.

On the second day of the task , Megha Dhade, Jasleen Matharu and Rohit from the Blue Team were in the snake’s belly, while Deepak Thakur was the sole Red Team member was accompanying them there but Rohit despite wearing blue was with the Red team .

Deepak taunts Jasleen about her eating habits.Jasleen gets angered by this comment. Deepak denies making such comments as Jasleen begins screaming at him.Megha and Rohit have an argument over him being a traitor

Members from both the team held on to the lever that would decide which team’s member would enter the snake’s belly next. Rohit and Deepak used all their strength to overpower Jasleen and Megha. The contestants did not pay any heed to what sanchalak Srishty Rode instructions and continued to play as they liked.

 

 

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