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MeToo: Artist Binoy Varghese named anonymously, painter denies

“This happened (sic) years ago. I had moved to Delhi from Hyderabad to pursue MPhil program at JNU… I spoke at length to many artists (at Travancore House) and even exchanged numbers.

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New Delhi, Oct 21 : Artist Binoy Varghese was named in an anonymous #MeToo post on Instagram on Saturday night. Varghese has denied knowing the woman.

The allegation made on Instagram page “@herdsceneand” — a handle that has previously posted against artists Riyas Komu and Rahul Bhattacharya, among others — does not name the victim.

“This happened (sic) years ago. I had moved to Delhi from Hyderabad to pursue MPhil program at JNU… I spoke at length to many artists (at Travancore House) and even exchanged numbers.

“The next day I started receiving random messages on friendship from one of the artists I had met. I ignored them, soon the messages took a slightly shady turn, and then in a couple of days he started writing about how much he was in love with me,” the post alleged.

The post added that despite saying she was not interested, Varghese “started pestering” a common friend to tell her that his “intentions were noble i.e. he wanted to marry” her, and even threatened to contact her gallerist to find out about her parents.

The 1966-born painter, however, denied the allegation.

“I don’t know who she is. I tried my best to recollect but I don’t know who she is. Even if like that, she herself has written that I only proposed to her, and asked her parents for marriage. It’s something any gentleman would do. It’s not a crime, no?” he told IANS.

Varghese has curated “Green Line”, an exhibition by 110 participating artists that will open on Thursday at the Creativity Art Gallery here. As per the organisers, the sale proceeds will be donated for Kerala flood relief work.

Gallerist Shekhar Jhamb confirmed they are going ahead with the exhibition despite the allegation.

“It’s his personal thing, if it’s there. Professionally, I am only talking about the paintings and the charity,” he said.

The #MeToo movement in India has had many artists, including Padma Bhushan recipient Jatin Das and artist Riyas Komu being named, with Komu stepping down from all management positions of the famed Kochi Muziris Biennale following the allegations.

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NCB chief Asthana in Mumbai, apprised of developments in case

Besides the NCB, the Central Bureau of Investigation and the ED are also probing his death.

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Rakesh Asthana

Mumbai, Sep 27 : With the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) questioning several top Bollywood divas as part of its investigation into the drug angle in actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death, the drug law enforcement agency’s chief Rakesh Asthana arrived in Mumbai on Sunday to take stock of the probe.

According to NCB sources, Asthana, who flew from Delhi to Mumbai earlier in the day, met several officers and was briefed on the two drugs cases the agency had registered last month after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) wrote to it following the alleged chats of several Bollywood celebrities purportedly discussing drugs.

He was also apprised of the latest developments in the case by the NCB’s SIT.

The NCB questioned Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan, Shraddha Kapoor and Deepika’s former manager Karishma Prakash on Saturday.

It had questioned Bollywood actor Rakul Preet Singh, Dharma Productions’ former executive producer Kshitij Prasad Ravi, fashion designer Simone Khambatta and Anubhav Chopra on Friday.

After being questioned for several hours, Kshitij was also arrested by the NCB on Saturday.

The agency has already arrested Sushant’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, her brother Showik, the late actor’s house manager Samuel Miranda, personal staff Dipesh Sawant and several others.

Sushant was found dead in his Bandra flat on June 14.

Besides the NCB, the Central Bureau of Investigation and the ED are also probing his death.

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Shooting at NOIDA Film City to begin in 3-4 months, officials inspect site

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had recently approved a proposal to set up the Film City in 1,000 acre of land along the Yamuna Expressway, near Noida

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Shooting at the upcoming Film City in Gautam Buddh Nagar can begin in three to four months from now, senior government official Awanish Awasthi said Sunday, according to BJP MLA Dhirendra Singh.

Additional Chief Secretary (Home) and Information Awanish Awasthi inspected the site in the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority’s (YEIDA’s) Sector 21 and instructed officials to submit a detailed project report (DPR) soon.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had recently approved a proposal to set up the Film City in 1,000 acre of land along the Yamuna Expressway, near Noida.

Jewar MLA Dhirendra Singh tweeted in Hindi, Additional Chief Secretary to UP government Awanish Awasthi toured the proposed film city site in Sector 21 of Yamuna Authority. He said that shooting will begin at this location in 3 to 4 months.

YEIDA’s officer on special duty Shailendra Bhatia said Awasthi observed the road connectivity and development adjacent to the site and in the areas nearby. He also instructed YEIDA to prepare the DPR for the film city.

Asked as to by when a DPR could be submitted, Bhatia told PTI: As soon as possible.

Awasthi, also the chairman of Film Bandhu, the nodal agency of the state government for cinema-related activities, was joined by YEIDA CEO Arun Vir Singh during the site inspection.

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Urvashi Rautela: I wish you self-esteem so high that you’re humble

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Mumbai, Sep 26 : Actress Urvashi Rautela has a simple wish for her fans and followers on social media.

In a new Instagram, picture, Urvashi is seen dressed in a blue shirt and white blazer. She completes her look with bright bold lips and smokey eyes.

“I wish you self-esteem so high that you’re humble,” she wrote alongside the image, which currently has 414K likes.

The actress is currently busy with her Telugu debut film, “Black Rose”, directed by Sampath Nandi.

Urvashi recently gave a sneak peek into the character she plays in the film. “Our makers have unveiled the first look of the film, Black Rose, today and as you can see I am wearing a beautiful sari that also symbolises the title of the film. I am seen walking on the runway in the poster,” she had said.

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