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‘Talk To A Muslim’ a ridiculous campaign, says Anupam Kher

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Mumbai, July 21: Actor Anupam Kher has condemned the #TalkToAMuslim campaign on social media, calling it “ridiculous”.

Anupam interacted with the media at the completion of the golden jubilee year of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) here on Thursday.

Twitter users have been commenting on a trending hashtag ‘Talk to a Muslim’. Even celebrities like Swara Bhaskar and Gauahar Khan have shared their thoughts on it.

Commenting on the campaign, Anupam said: “I have come from a family who never told me that they are another religion. We have respected all religions and that (#TalkToAMuslim) is a ridiculous campaign.

“I think it was a campaign which presented Muslims as a small entity, which was shameful thing according to me. We shouldn’t hurt anybody’s religious sentiments. Today it has become really easy to run a campaign. Each day some new campaign trends on social media. I think we should set the trend by doing our job efficiently. ‘I am an Indian’ campaign, that should be run in everybody’s blood and life.”

Anupam sang the national anthem with CISF personnel.

“I feel always emotional and proud about people who are in uniforms,” he said, sharing how during his childhood days in Shimla, where there was the headquarter of Western Command, saying “Jai Hind” or singing the Indian national anthem became natural.

“Recently, athlete Hima Das also cried after winning gold medal when our national anthem was playing at the award ceremony. So, it’s obvious that you get goosebumps when you see your national flag, and the national anthem is being played in the background.”

On the film front, Anupam will next be seen in “The Accidental Prime Minister”, which revolves around the life of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Actor Anupam Kher Manmohan Singh in "The Accidental Prime Minister

The film is based on a book by Sanjaya Baru, a former media advisor to Singh. Akshaye Khanna features as Baru, and Divya Seth Shah plays Manmohan Singh’s wife Gursharan Kaur in the movie.

It is directed by debutant Vijay Ratnakar Gutte, along with Hansal Mehta as the creative producer.

The script of “The Accidental Prime Minister”, produced by Bohra Bros, is written by Mayank Tewari. It is slated to release on December 21.

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Ileana reveals how she runs away from responsibilities

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Actress Ileana DCruz just goes with the flow of life when she wants to run away from responsibilities, going by her new social media post.

Ileana shared a video on Instagram, where she is seen paddling away in water. Me running away from my responsibilities #byeeee,” she wrote.

The actress recently posted a major throwback picture from her childhood days and gave herself a funny title.

Ileana was last seen on screen in the multistarrer “Pagalpanti”, directed by Anees Bazmee.

She will next be seen in Ajay Devgn’s production, “The Big Bull”, a film reportedly based on India’s biggest securities scam of 1992. The film also stars Abhishek Bachchan.

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Jacqueline celebrates as ‘Genda phool’ crosses 550 million views

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Genda phool, sung by Badshah and Payal Dev, has garnered over 550 million views on YouTube, and actress Jacqueline Fernandez, who stars in its music video, is happy.

The song ran into controversy upon release in March when charges of plagiarism rose. The song draws its hook line from a classic Bengali folk song, “Boro loker biti lo”, and social media was quick to notice that fact. Badshah later contacted Ratan Kahar, creator of the Bengali original, in an effort to sort things up.

The video features random shots of Durga Puja festivities, and Jacqueline is seen in a sari that is worn the traditional Bengali way in some scenes.

“I am extremely happy and grateful that people have showered so much love towards the song. We crossed 550 million views recently and it’s insane. I had so much fun shooting this song. It was a different experience as genre was unexplored for me. The whole process was super exciting, from wearing a Bengali attire that I had never donned to experiencing the touch of folk music and overall, the vibe with its beats,” said Jacqueline.

“It was lovely to see the fan videos as well as the fans recreating the looks and making dance covers on it. I am so happy that we could entertain everyone with this track during the lockdown”, she added.The song also has Pahari and Gujarati versions.


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Selena Gomez urges Facebook CEO to help stop spreading of hate

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Pop star Selena Gomez has written a message to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and the social network’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, urging them to help stop the spread of hate on the platform ahead of the November election.

“Facebook and Instagram are being used to spread hate, misinformation, racism, and bigotry,” Gomez wrote in a private message to the Facebook leadership.

The move comes barely a couple of days after reality TV star Kim Kardashian West decided to freeze her social media accounts for 24 hours on Wednesday to protest against the spread of “hate, propaganda and misinformation”.

Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Orlando Bloom, Kerry Washington and Sacha Baron Cohen are among those who took part in the protest.

Gomez shared the message she had sent to Zuckerberg and Sandberg with her over 193 million followers on Facebook-owned Instagram on Friday.

“I am calling you both to HELP STOP THIS. Please shut down groups and users focused on spreading hate speech violence and misinformation. Our future depends on it,” she said in her message, while also reminding them of the upcoming election.

“We cannot afford to have misinformation about voting,” she continued. “There has to be fact-checking and accountability,” the pop star said, adding that she hopes to hear back from the Facebook leadership at the earliest.

Facebook and Instagram have faced criticism from the organisers of the #StopHateforProfit campaign, launched in June, which accuses the platforms of not doing enough to stop hate speech and disinformation.


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