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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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Hailey Baldwin confirms marriage to Justin Bieber as she changes her surname

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Los Angeles, Nov 17: Model Hailey Baldwin subtly confirmed her marriage to pop singer Justin Bieber on social media by changing her last name to Bieber.

On Friday, the 21-year-old model changed her Instagram handle to “Hailey Bieber” even including her married last name in her bio, reports people.com.

“Hailey Rhode Bieber,” the daughter of Stephen Baldwin wrote.

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According to TMZ, Hailey previously submitted an application to register the trademark for the name Hailey Bieber, so she can use the trademark for a possible clothing project in the future.

The two reportedly wed in a secret ceremony in September, just two months after Bieber proposed with a custom oval engagement ring on July 7 in the Bahamas.

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Was gonna wait a while to say anything but word travels fast, listen plain and simple Hailey I am soooo in love with everything about you! So committed to spending my life getting to know every single part of you loving you patiently and kindLY. I promise to lead our family with honor and integrity letting Jesus through his Holy Spirit guide us in everything we do and every decision we make. My heart is COMPLETELY and FULLY YOURS and I will ALWAYS put you first! You are the love of my life Hailey Baldwin and I wouldn’t want to spend it with anybody else. You make me so much better and we compliment eachother so well!! Can’t wait for the best season of life yet!. It’s funny because now with you everything seems to make sense! The thing I am most excited for is that my little brother and sister get to see another healthy stable marriage and look for the same!!! Gods timing really is literally perfect, we got engaged on the seventh day of the seventh month, the number seven is the number of spiritual perfection, it’s true GOOGLE IT! Isn’t that nuts? By the way I didn’t plan that, anyways My goodness does feel good to have our future secured! WERE GONNA BE BETTER AT 70 BABY HERE WE GO! “He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains FAVOR from the Lord!” This is the year of favor!!!!

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The name change comes one day after Hailey was spotted at a store opening in New York City on Thursday evening.

Also on November 15, Justin confirmed their marital status.

“My wife is awesome,” he captioned a photograph of the pair smiling and holding hands.

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I can now die happily after working with Big B: Mouni Roy

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Mumbai, Nov 17: Actress Mouni Roy, who made her Hindi film debut with “Gold”, has said that she can now die happily after working with megastar Amitabh Bachchan in her forthcoming film “Brahmastra”.

“I can die now happily after doing the scenes with him (Amitabh). It can’t get better than that for me working with him in a film,” Mouni said while interacting with media here as the newly appointed brand ambassador for RSH Global, a personal care company for their new marketing campaign ‘Beauty By Nature’ on Friday.

Mouni is sharing screen space with Amitabh for the first time in their forthcoming film “Brahmastra”.

When asked Mouni if Amitabh gave her any acting advice while shooting for the film, she said, “No… he didn’t give me any specific advice as such while working because Ayan (Mukherji) used to be there on film sets but I just lost my focus on the day when I was working with him.”

“I was just staring at his face thinking that what an opportunity God has given me because he is legendary as we all know so, I feel very blessed and lucky to have worked with him,” she added.

After making an impressive debut in “Gold”, Mouni will be seen in “Brahmastra” along with Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt. She also has “Made in China” in her kitty along with Rajkummar Rao. She will also star opposite John Abraham in “Romeo Akbar Walter (RAW)”.

When asked Mouni about her work experience with all these actors, she said, “I feel very grateful and lucky to have worked with these people. All of them have been extremely supportive. They all are such giving actors so every day, I thank them and the god.”

Reacting on Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone wedding, Mouni said, I wish them very meaningful and loveliest journey ahead and they are my favorite couple.”

“Brahmastra” is a fantasy film written and directed by Ayan Mukerji and produced by Karan Johar. It is scheduled to release on Christmas 2019.

The film features Amitabh Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Dimple Kapadia, Akkineni Nagarjuna and Mouni Roy in lead roles.

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Veteran actor, adman Alyque Padamsee passes away

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Mumbai, Nov 17: Veteran actor, theatre personality and advertising guru Alyque Padamsee died here on Saturday morning, family sources said. He was 90.

He is survived by three former wives and four children besides other relatives.

Among other achievements, Padamsee is best remembered for his role of Mohammed Ali Jinnah in Richard Attenborough’s multi-Oscar award winner classic, “Gandhi” (1982).

A renowned personality in English theatre productions, he produced notable plays like “Evita”, “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Broken Images”.

He achieved global fame in the brand advertising with memorable campaigns like the Liril girl in a waterfall, Lalitaji in Surf, Hamara Bajaj, MRF Muscle Man and the Kamasutra Couple among others.

Alyque, born to wealthy Khoja Muslim couple Jafferbhai and Kulsumbai Padamsee of Gujarat, one of his brothers is the famous modern Indian art painter Akbar Padamsee.

 

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