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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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Subramanian Swamy wants to know if Sushant was ‘driven to’ suicide

Sushant passed away in Mumbai on June 14. His postmortem report describes the death as “suicide”.

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Mumbai, July 10 : Former Cabinet Minister Subramanian Swamy has shown interest in the investigation into late Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput”s death.

Swamy has appointed an advocate to conduct an investigation into the late actor”s suicide case to find out if the case is fit for a CBI inquiry.

“I have asked Ishkaran to look into facts of Sushant Singh Rajput death case and see whether it”s a fit Case for CBI investigation. Then accordingly to see justice is done. For Updates follow @ishkarnBHANDARI,” Swamy had tweeted on Thursday tagging activist-advocate Ishkaran Singh Bhandari.

“Presently in the Sushant Rajput case, Ishkaran is looking to see if Sections 306 and/or 308 of India Penal Code read with Article 21 of the Constitution is applicable. That is, whether accepting the Police version of it being a suicide, was the Actor driven to it?,” Swamy tweeted on Friday..

Swamy being vocal about Sushant Singh Rajput”s death comes at a time when netizens have been consistently demanding a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the actor”s death. Hashtags like #cbiforsushant and #cbiforsonofbihar have been going viral on Twitter for quite some time now.

Sushant passed away in Mumbai on June 14. His postmortem report describes the death as “suicide”.

Meanwhile, actress and BJP MP Roopa Ganguly, BJP MP Manoj Tiwari and actor Shekhar Suman have demanded a CBI probe into the actor”s death, which is currently being investigated by Mumbai Police.

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Rohit Shetty trends after netizens learn Vikas Dubey’s car overturned

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Mumbai, July 10 (IANS) Filmmaker Rohit Shetty has been trending on Twitter since Friday morning but for all the wrong reasons.

Rohit Shetty”s name started to trend after netizens learnt that the car carrying Kanpur-based gangster Vikas Dubey had overturned after skidding on the road due to heavy rain on Friday morning and he was allegedly killed in a police encounter as he tried to escape.

Rohit Shetty is one Bollywood director who is known for his fascination with flying cars. Not just this, cars blasting or overturning are a common stunt in his genre of cinema. Films like the “Golmaal” franchise, “Singham”, “Chennai Express”, “Dilwale” and “Simmba” bear testimony to this.

Hence, soon after netizens learnt about Vikas Dubey”s car getting overturned due to rain, they could easily relate it with a Rohit Shetty script!

As a result, throughout Friday, Rohit Shetty”s name trended on Twitter as memes and jokes targeted at the filmmaker went viral.

“When Rohit Shetty heard ”fake encounter” aur gaadi palat gayi (and the car overturned) #FakeEncounter,” tweeted a user along with a photo of the filmmaker.

“Rohit Shetty just CopyRight Claim to #UPPolice -for stealing his movie script,” joked another user.

“Rohit Shetty is happy that he won”t have to pay for the script of his new movie. Time and money saved,” announced another user.

A section of netizens felt that the death of the gangster would be an ideal script for an imaginary film titled “Singham 3” which they want Rohit Shetty to direct.

Similar jokes and sarcastic comments flooded Twitter as Rohit Shetty”s name continued to trend.

On the work front, Rohit Shetty”s next is the action flick “Sooryavanshi” which stars Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif in the lead.

–IANS

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Bollywood actor Jagdeep passes away

He is best known for his role of Soorma Bhopali in the iconic movie Sholay.

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Mumbai, July 8 : Veteran Bollywood comedian Jagdeep is no more. He passed away here on Wednesday owing to age-related health problems at the age of 81.

The late actor’s sons Jaaved Jaaferi and Naved Jafri have also made their mark in the entertainment industry. Jaaved is a noted actor and dancer, and along with Naved, he hosted the longrunning and popular dance show, “Boogie Woogie”. The show was created and directed by Naved.

Born on March 29, 1939 as Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jafri in Amritsar, Jagdeep acted in over 400 films. He is best known for his role of Soorma Bhopali in Ramesh Sippy’s blockbuster “Sholay” (1975). New-generation Bollywood buffs would recall him as Salman Khan”s father in Rajkumar Santoshi”s “Andaaz Apna Apna” (1994).

Jagdeep started his career as a child artiste in BR Chopra”s 1951 release, “Afsana”, starring Ashok Kumar, Veena and Pran. As a child artiste he also worked in the Raj Kapoor-produced “Ab Dilli Door Nahin”, KA Abbas”s “Munna”, Guru Dutt”s “Aar Paar”, Bimal Roy”s “Do Bigha Zamin” and the AVM-produced “Hum Panchi Ek Dal Ke”.

Later, he would make a mark with roles in films such as “Bhabhi” (1957) and “Barkha” (1959).

Jagdeep’s golden patch would begin with GP Sippy’s 1968 film “Brahmachari”, starring Shammi Kapoor. His comic role in the film was widely appreciated. Through the seventies, eighties and the nineties, he became a familiar face in Hindi films, essaying the goofy funnyman in film after film.

His last-released film is “Masti Nahi Sasti” in 2017. The Ali Abbas Chaudhary-directed comedy also featured Kader Khan, Shakti Kapoor, Johnny Lever and Prem Chopra.

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