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Swara Bhasker: I have never abused children

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New Delhi, Nov 12 : Bollywood actress Swara Bhasker faced backlash on social media earlier this month after a video gone viral showed she was allegedly abusing a four-year-old child actor. Insisting that the issue blew out of proportion, Swara says she has never abused children nor any of her co-actors.

The furore happened when after a video clip from the chat show “Son Of Abish” surfaced, showing her using abusive terms like “chu**ya” and “kameena” in reference to a four-year-old child actor, with whom she worked with on an advertisement shoot during her early days in the film industry.

The actress says the video, which went viral, was out of context.

“I was on a comedy show, narrating a funny incident about my first experience shooting in Mumbai. In that partly exaggerated and satirical narration, where I was using a comedic, adult and self-deprecating tone, I used certain swear words. The words were used to display in an adult-humorous tone, my exaggerated frustrations and emotions during my struggling days,” Swara told IANS, while explaining her side.

“Comics do it all the time, and the show’s format is of a comedic genre. Most importantly, if you actually watch the show, you would realise that I actually was the one looking out for the child’s welfare — trying to make sure he gets a bathroom break, which other people on the set seemingly didn’t care about. I have never abused children nor any co-actor and I have always treated children with the care, affection and the responsible conduct they deserve. I actually like children. The quip that children are evil was obviously a joke,” she added.

As soon as the video surfaced, Twitterati started slamming the actress and the hashtag #Swara_aunty started trending on the micro-blogging website. In fact, there was a report claiming that an NGO — Legal Rights Protection Forum, filed a complaint to National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, and demanded action against Swara.

Does she think the whole issue blew out of proportion?

“Of course it did! The whole controversy was clearly targeted and constructed. I’m not trying to justify swearing — those were undoubtedly an ill-advised choice of words, but they were not seriously used. It was said jokingly and self-deprecatingly. Comics do it all the time without anyone blinking an eyelid,” said the “Veere Di Wedding” star.

The actress stressed that it is very “important to address and correct the factually inaccurate things being circulated about oneself or anyone for that matter in public”.

“The problem with these frivolous controversies, whose agenda is to generate fake outrage, is that sometimes while reporting them, the media plays into the hands of these people in terms of how the headlines are phrased! On this issue most of the headlines scream — Swara Bhasker in trouble for abusing four-year-old child. This is patently false. I did not abuse that or any child. It’s important for me to correct that and at least put out a factually accurate version and the full context of what happened,” she said.

(Sugandha Rawal can be contacted at [email protected])

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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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