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Won’t tolerate threats to Governor: Raj Bhavan

“The Raj Bhavan can and will never be cowed down by actions aimed at hurting the dignity of the High Office.”

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Nakkheeran' Editor R.R. Gopal

Chennai, Oct 12 : Threats to constitutional authorities like the Governor will not be tolerated, the Raj Bhavan said on Friday, criticizing Tamil magazine ‘Nakkheeran’ Editor R.R. Gopal for allegedly slandering the Governor.

“In a democracy there can be a healthy exchange of ideas. But no threats direct or indirect on a constitutional authority such as Governor will be tolerated,” a Raj Bhavan statement said.

“The Raj Bhavan can and will never be cowed down by actions aimed at hurting the dignity of the High Office.”

The statement described as “absolute falsehood” links attributed between the Governor and a college Assistant Professor of Aruppukottai, Nirmala Devi, who was arrested in a “sex-for-marks” scandal.

She is alleged to have lured girl students to provide sexual favours to senior officials of Madurai Kamaraj University.

“The statement given by her before the police will itself bear out the truth,” the Raj Bhavan said.

On October 9, `Nakkheeran Gopal’ was arrested for publishing articles linking Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit and R. Rajagopal, Additional Chief Secretary to Governor, to the alleged scandal.

The police complaint was lodged by a Raj Bhavan official.

Gopal was slapped with Section 124 of the Indian Penal Code, which refers to assault on President or Governor to restrain them from exercising their lawful power.

The court released Gopal saying the charge doesn’t warrant Section 124.

“Every issue has its limits and Raj Bhavan was maintaining a dignified silence for more than six months since the law was taking its course and the matter was under investigation and subsequently placed before the court for trial,” Raj Bhavan said.

The statement said it was shocking to see a resurfacing of yellow journalism in ‘Nakkheeran’ in late September after the charge sheets had been filed and all investigation completed.

“Those who claim to be engaged in investigative journalism have not even bothered to verify the actual statement given by Nirmala Devi before the police,” the statement said.

The ‘Nakkheeran’ article was an example of “casualness and cowardice” and in breach of journalistic ethics, it said.

According to Raj Bhavan, Nirmala Devi never came to Raj Bhavan in the last one year and she does not have any acquaintance with Purohit or Rajagopal or any of the officers working there.

Raj Bhavan also denied that Purohit stayed in the Madurai Kamaraj University guest house in Madurai when he was invited there for the Mother Theresa University Convocation.

It said the Governor’s Secretary did not accompany him on any visit to Madurai Kamaraj University.

“It can only be a deep sense of hatred towards goodness and truth that could have driven any journalist to have written the articles in the manner they appeared in ‘Nakkheeran’,” Raj Bhavan said.

“It is a matter of regret that such utter falsehood and this kind of yellow journalism is being supported by respectable people who, it appears, are not aware of the facts.”

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Urvashi Rautela: I wish you self-esteem so high that you’re humble

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Mumbai, Sep 26 : Actress Urvashi Rautela has a simple wish for her fans and followers on social media.

In a new Instagram, picture, Urvashi is seen dressed in a blue shirt and white blazer. She completes her look with bright bold lips and smokey eyes.

“I wish you self-esteem so high that you’re humble,” she wrote alongside the image, which currently has 414K likes.

The actress is currently busy with her Telugu debut film, “Black Rose”, directed by Sampath Nandi.

Urvashi recently gave a sneak peek into the character she plays in the film. “Our makers have unveiled the first look of the film, Black Rose, today and as you can see I am wearing a beautiful sari that also symbolises the title of the film. I am seen walking on the runway in the poster,” she had said.

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Aamir spotted shooting for ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’ in Delhi

Aamir Khan was spotted by his fans as he shot for his upcoming film Laal Singh Chaddha in Delhi. The film is a remake of Tom Hank’s Forrest Gump and has been delayed by a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Actor Aamir Khan is back to work for wrapping up the shoot of his upcoming film, Laal Singh Chaddha. Aamir was spotted filming a scene in the streets of Delhi with his crew, in full costume.

A fan-made video shows Aamir talking to his production team before filming a scene. He is seen in a bright orange shirt and high-waisted blue jeans. He sports a clean-shaven look and has styled his hair in a neat way. He is also seen with a kada on his right arm and some books in his left hand.

Aamir’s fans could not believe how young he looked in the video. “He is looking so young. Who can say he is 55,” wrote a fan. “Amazing ! Magnificent ! My idol You are the best Infinitely beloved,” wrote another.

Laal Singh Chaddha is a remake of 1994 hit Hollywood film, Forrest Gump, which starred Tom Hanks in the lead. Aamir will be seen opposite Kareena Kapoor in the film, who also left for Delhi last week with husband Saif Ali Khan and son Taimur. Kareena is pregnant with her second child and hopes to finish her portion of the film in time, before her baby bump becomes visible.

The film was scheduled to release in December this year but has now be rescheduled to Christmas 2021. The film’s shoot was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic. The film’s shoot is yet to be finished. According to Ajit Andhare, chief operating officer, Viacom18 Studios, the team is currently focused on completing the movie.

“We will still keep the Chirstmas date, not 2020, but in 2021. #LaalSinghChaddha. New Release Date. @aamir_khan @Viacom18Studios. All focus on film completion for now!” Andhare wrote on Twitter.

Secret Superstar helmer Advait Chandan is directing the film from a script by actor-writer Atul Kulkarni. The film has music by Pritam with Amitabh Bhattacharya credited for the lyrics. Khan, who was last seen in Thugs of Hindostan, announced the project in March 2019 on his birthday.

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Shakti Kapoor cast as narco officer in Sushant film even as Shraddha faces NCB heat

Kapoor senior essays a narcotics officer in the film Nyaay: The Justice , which is incidentally backed by Sarla A. Saraogi, whose husband Ashok M. Saraogi represents Sushant’s ex-manager Shruti Modi in the ongoing investigations.

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Mumbai: Bollywood actress Shraddha Kapoor was grilled by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) as part of their probe into a possible drugs angle in the Sushant Singh Rajput death on Saturday. Meanwhile her father, veteran actor Shakti Kapoor, has been cast as a narcotics officer in an upcoming film inspired by the life of late actor Sushant.

Kapoor senior essays a narcotics officer in the film “Nyaay: The Justice”, which is incidentally backed by Sarla A. Saraogi, whose husband Ashok M. Saraogi represents Sushant’s ex-manager Shruti Modi in the ongoing investigations.

Informing about the same, the film’s lead actor Zuber K. Khan told IANS: “Aman Verma is playing an ED officer, Shakti Kapoor sir is playing narcotics officer and Sudha Chandran ji is playing a CBI officer in the film.”

Although the casting is done, the three actors are yet to begin filming.

Zuber plays a character called Mahendra Singh, or Mahi, inspired by Sushant Singh Rajput, while actress Shreya Shukla plays a character named Urvashi, inspired by Sushant’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty.

The actor informed casting is almost complete for characters inspired by actresses Sara Ali Khan, Ankita Lokhande and Kriti Sanon, who had close ties with Sushant in different phases of his real life, besides his ex-manager Disha Salian and former business manager Shruti Modi.

“Shoot has started. The storyline is getting bigger and more characters are being included. Casting has almost been completed for characters like Ankita (Lokhande), Kriti Sanon, Sara Ali Khan, Sushant’s family, his sisters, lawyer, even ex-manager Disha Salian and Shruti Modi, his staff, his cook and friends,” said Zuber.

Ex-Bigg Boss contestant Somi Khan will play Sushant’s ex-manager Disha Salian, who passed away on June 8, six days before the actor’s death on June 14.

The investigation into Sushant’s death has now taken a turn towards probing Bollywood’s alleged drug links. The film explores this angle as well.

“I have shot a scene where he is seen in a high state. They haven’t shown him doping but he is high and that is shown. Then there is one scene where Rhea and Sushant’s characters are seen smoking and drinking while discussing something. Whatever the audience is learning from media reports (regarding drugs), little bit of that will be shown in the film, even though that angle is not being emphasised,” Zuber added.

He further informed that all speculations about Sushant’s death will taken into account in the film — the speculated murder asd well as suicide angles.

The film has four songs including a dance number, keeping in mind that Sushant was a very good dancer.

Directed by Dilip Gulati, “Nyaay: The Justice” is backed by Rahul Sharma. Shooting is expected to wrap up by mid-October amd the makers eye a December release.

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