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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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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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