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Sona Mohapatra on Anu Malik’s stepping down: It’s a symbolic victory

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Mumbai, Nov 21 : Singer Sona Mohapatara on Thursday said that she considers music composer Anu Malik’s stepping down as “Indian Idol” judge a “symbolic victory” for all women who have faced sexual harassment.

An “elated” Sona told IANS: “It’s great news. Sony TV took a long time do this but I am happy that he has finally stepped down from the show. It’s a battle of the whole country. There are so many people who did not want to see this person (Malik) flaunting himself on national television because it gives a lot of wrong messages to predators that they can also get away with such a thing.”

She added: “I was fighting for fairness and justice. Now, after hearing this news, I think it is a victory for eveyrbody — not just me but also for all other women who were badly treated by him. It is a symbolic victory. Our fight is not over yet, it’s just a start. We are not going to sit here and let people to take us for granted.”

The issue erupted in 2018 when Mohapatra for the first time accused Malik of sexual misconduct, which forced the composer to step down from season 10 of the show last year. Singers Neha Bhasin and Shweta Pandit had also joined Mohapatra in alleging sexual harassment against Malik.

However, when Sony TV reinstated Malik on season 11 this year, Mohapatra restarted her campaign against the composer and the channel.

Over the past days, she has mustered huge support on social media, and people have increasingly been demanding Malik’s removal from the show.

A few days ago, Malik took to social media and claimed “false and unverified allegations” were being levelled against him. He said that he was “in pain” and “in a dark space”, demanding justice.

And now on Thursday, the composer decided to quit the show. A source close to Sony TV confirmed to IANS that Malik “is stepping down as a judge from Indian Idol”.

Malik’s decision has come after Sona wrote an open letter to the Union Women and Child Development (WCD) Minister Smriti Irani, urging her to look into the ongoing debate Malik.

“My open letter to the honourable minister for women & child development. @smritiirani, I hugely admire you, your tenacity and commitment to work for the welfare of people in India and I request you to please read this.Many more women are writing in to me privately about this man,” she tweeted.

After Sona’s letter, National Commission for Women had send notice to Sony TV.

The commission also shared the notice on their official Twitter handle. They captioned it: “@NCWIndia has taken Suo-motu cognizance of this matter and send a notice to Sony Entertainment Television @sharmarekha @MinistryWCD @PMOIndia.”

In the notice, the commission mentioned Mohapatra’s tweet, and asked the channel to clarify what action was taken on the matter.

Asked if her letter to Smriti Irani has created an affect on Malik’s decision, Sona said: “I really would not know. I am sitting here in my own little world. If my letter or her name has created any affect then I would like to thank her. She is an amazing woman.”

Talking of Malik’s decision, in an interview to Times Of India, he shared that “he wants to go on a three-week break from the show, and will come back after his name is cleared”.

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Salman, Katrina strike a pose with Sheikh Hasina

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Bollywood superstar Salman Khan and actress Katrina Kaif met Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Salman on Sunday night took to Twitter, where he shared a photograph of himself posing with Hasina, whom he described as a beautiful lady and Katrina.

“Katrina and I, with the Honourable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. It was a pleasure and honour to have met such a beautiful lady,” he captioned the image.

The two Bollywood actors were reportedly in Bangladesh to perform at the inauguration ceremony of Bangladesh Premier League (BBPL).

On the acting front, Salman is gearing up for the release of his upcoming film “Dabangg 3”, where he will be reprising the role of Chulbul Pandey.

Katrina, on the other hand, is currently busy shooting for her next “Sooryavanshi”, which also stars Akshay Kumar. The film is directed by Rohit Shetty.

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Dia Mirza announces new production house on birthday

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Actress Dia Mirza has a gift for her fans on her 38th birthday. She is starting her new production house to make meaningful content.

The company called One India Stories LLP plans to use different formats and mediums to bring forth genuine content.

“We plan to collaborate with some incredible individuals from different film industries and also have women-led stories as part of the roster,” Dia said adding that she has been in conversation with multiple content creators, script writers and filmmakers.

“I believe in the power of ONE and that we are all bound by the thread of oneness and humanity. One India Stories is formed with this thought. We want to create stories that will make you pause and think, stories that will remind us of our connection to each other and the planet, stories that will make us watch and reflect. It’s a very special start for me, something I’ve always wanted to do and I hope we are able to showcase our vision in every story we create”, she added.

The former beauty queen also has a production company, Born Free Entertainment Private Limited, which she had launched along with her ex-husband Sahil Sangha in 2011.

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Deepika shares her ‘Humpty Dumpty’ childhood pic

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Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone on Sunday took to Instagram to share a throwback picture from her childhood.

Deepika over the years has been treating her followers with a glimpse of her childhood photos. This time, she shared a picture with her friend Divya Narayan on Instagram captioning “This Humpty & Dumpty sat on a wall… & ate curd rice!!!”

As the picture went viral, the fans showering it with love-struck emojis and the cut comments.

One of her fans wrote: “Cuteness overloaded… you are such an adorable soul dear and this childhood photo needs to be cherished.”, while another commented: “you are too cute.”

On the acting front, Deepika will next be seen in “Chhapaak”, where she plays an acid attack survivor. The film also stars Vikrant Massey and is slated to release on January 10, 2020. She will also be seen sharing screen space with her husband Ranveer Singh in filmmaker Kabir Khan’s “’83”.


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