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‘Taj – A Monument of Blood’: New series on Mughal empire

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Mumbai, July 12: “Taj – A Monument of Blood”, a period drama series on the rise and fall of the Mughal empire, is set to be produced by Applause Entertainment in partnership with Contiloe Pictures, who are confident of presenting a story with a mix of blood, betrayal, power, beauty, deceit and heartbreak.

The series will capture the dark side of the story of the Mughal empire, which ruled India for just over 3 centuries and had emperors like Akbar, Jehangir, Shahjahan and Aurangzeb. Writing is currently underway.

The tale will be told over 5 seasons of twelve episodes each, using the birth and death of Shahjahan as bookends. It will delve deep into the Mongol origins, bloodlines mixing with Persian and Rajput royalty, the court and palace intrigues, the repeated purging of aspirants to the throne, and the arrival of the British and Portuguese.

Sameer Nair of Applause Entertainment calls himself a big fan of revisionist narratives of history.

“Our history books have been written by victors and often paint very two-dimensional pictures about past empires. When Abhimanyu Singh (Contiloe Pictures) and I first discussed this idea, we immediately moved away from a typical historical to a darker and edgier version of the Mughal empire, a version in which symbolically the Taj is more a monument of blood, than a monument of love,” Nair said in a statement.

Singh, who has produced a slew of historicals for the small screen, says the new series will show viewers the historic journey through a fresh lens.

“It will take viewers on a historic journey showing them an unseen perspective of this illustrious dynasty which lead to their rise as the greatest empire in medieval times and the quest for power, within it, that finally lead to its downfall.”

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Bieber, Hailey Baldwin share steamy kiss

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Rome, Sep 23 : Engaged star couple Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin shared a steamy kiss on a luxury yacht in Italy.

He has reportedly rented a $13,000 a night villa at the Belmond Hotel Caruso in Ravello to enjoy with the love of his life.

The Canadian singer, 25, looked like he was having the time of his life as he spent quality time with his soon to be wife who wore a skimpy black bikini while they were on a yacht on the Amalfi Coast on Friday, reports dailymail.co.uk.

In between showering each other with kisses, they seemed immersed in an intense conversation.

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Case filed against Salman Khan, ‘Love Yatri’ team in Bihar

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Patna, Sep 22: A case has been lodged against Bollywood actor-producer Salman Khan and others associated with his upcoming home production “Love Yatri”, which was earlier titled “Loveratri”, in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district following the order of the local court, police said on Saturday.

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The film was earlier titled ‘LoveRatri’

“An FIR was lodged on Friday against Salman Khan and six others including Aayush Sharma, Warina Hussain, director Abhiraj K. Minawala, Ram Kapoor and Ronit Roy in Mithanpura police station following the order of the court,” police station officer-in-charge Vijay Prasad Rai told IANS.

Rai said that the case was lodged against Salman and others in pursuance of an order passed by the court of Sub Divisional Judicial Magistrate last week.

The court has passed the order on the complaint of an advocate Sudhir Kumar Ojha.

In the complaint, Ojha has claimed that the title of the movie made fun of the holy festival of Navaratri. He also alleged that the promos of the movie suggested that it contained vulgarity and could hurt the sentiments of Hindus.

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Still from ‘LoveYatri’

“I am happy that a case has been lodged against Salman and others for playing with a popular festival and sentiments of people,” Ojha said.

Earlier this week, Salman had announced on Twitter that the movie’s title has been changed from “Loveratri” to “Love Yatri”. The film is slated to open on October 5.

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Neil Nitin Mukesh, wife Rukmini name their baby girl `Nurvi`

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Mumbai, Sep 22: Bollywood actor Neil Nitin Mukesh on Saturday took to Twitter to reveal the name of his daughter, a day after she was born.

Taking to his Instagram account, Neil wrote that he and his wife Rukmini are proud to announce the arrival of their “darling daughter, Nurvi”. The entire Mukesh family is elated,”.

“Both mother and daughter are well by the grace of God,” he added.

Rukmini delivered the baby at the Breach Candy Hospital here on September 21.

In April, Neil had announced via Instagram that they were going to become parents soon and that they were “very excited” for the next phase in their life.

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Neil married Mumbai-based Rukmini in February 2017. It was an arranged marriage and they had a courtship of one month.

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The actor, who is the grandson of legendary singer Mukesh and son of veteran singer Nitin Mukesh, is known for films like “Johnny Gaddaar”, “New York”, “David” and “7 Khoon Maaf”.

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