When I was 21, a man tried to put his hand in my pants: Saqib Saleem’s shocking MeToo revelation
For those who entitle the MeToo movement on the basis of gender, think again. Apart from the hooligan atmosphere in the film industry going on under the issue, men of Bollywood have also come out with their story. After Adhyayan Suman, the recent addition is that of Saqib Saleem.
The Race 3 actor revealed in an interview with Hindustan Times, that he has also faced harassment, “I don’t want to take names, but when I started out as an actor- I was only 21 years old- there was a man who tried to assault me. He tried to put his hand in my pants.” Saqib said that he smashed the person but reacted not to the person’s sexuality, but his actions. He added that he has gay friends and they’re his wonderful friends. In what happened to him, he blames the person’s mentality.
“When it happened with me, I whacked the guy and I told him to mind his own f***ing business and I left. I was 21, and of course, it scarred me, but I moved on. I’m sure that everyone’s different and an incident such as this must affect different people differently,” Saqib said.
I knew he was obnoxious, extremely sexist and ridiculous: Dia Mirza on Sajid Khan
Earlier we reported of three women accusing filmmaker Sajid Khan of sexual harassment. With severe allegations on board and the MeToo movement gaining momentum in Bollywood, Khan stepped down as the director from the upcoming film Housefull 4. Although the investigation and legalities of the issue are still underway for the same.
However, in a recent interview with India Today, Dia Mirza who made a cameo in Sajid‘s film Heyy Babyy (2007), expressed her horror at the several accusations made at the filmmaker.
Interestingly she admits that she knew that he was always obnoxious. “I was deeply disturbed. I agree that Sajid was obnoxious, extremely sexist and ridiculous. Even for me, the details of these accounts are beyond shocking. I have personally always have had a radar for such people. I have never invested in a relationship with such people even in the workplace.”
According to Dia she was aware of Sajid’s indecent behaviour at times, she did not know that he was capable of crossing the boundaries of propriety. “We often brush off certain kind of behaviour. But I wouldn’t have imagined that Sajid could be capable of doing this to a woman. I completely understand the shock people are feeling right now, but it would be unfair to say that the names that are coming out is shocking.”
“It’s a deeply bewildering time for a lot of people. I don’t think anyone saw it coming. It is shameful that we didn’t see it coming. Most are silent mainly because of the relationship that they share with these people,” Dia added.
Asked if she has ever been a victim of sexual harassment, Dia answered, “Fortunately, I have never been a victim of sexual harassment. But there have been instances where I have lost out on work or people have shown disinterest in working with me because I was unwilling to succumb to this unspoken understanding of patriarchy.”
Apart from Sajid Khan other filmmakers and actors such as Subhash Ghai, Alok Nath, Vikas Bahl to name a few have also been accused of sexual harassment.
Violinist Balabhaskar injured, daughter killed in car accident
Chennai : Agency
Noted violinist Balabhaskar and his family met with an accident near Thiruvananthapuram at Pallipuram in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The singer’s 2-years-old daughter, Tejaswini was killed and the couple has been hospitalised and is in the critical condition. The car reportedly rammed into a tree and now Balabhaskar along with his wife and driver has been admitted to the hospital.
If reports are to be believed, the family was returning after performing a puja from Thrissur and the accident took place at around 4:30 am on Tuesday. As soon as they were taken to the hospital, Balabhaskar’s daughter was declared dead by the doctors.
The police are reportedly investigating if the driver was dozed off. It is also learnt that Balabhaskar and Lakshmi are in critical condition and are receiving treatment from doctors. Balabhaskar is one of the popular musicians and is known for her stage performances. He started his career at the age of 12 and was the youngest composer who has worked in the Malayalam industry.
Anupam Kher-starrer 'New Amsterdam' premiers today
Inspired by the oldest public hospital in the US, the unique medical drama series, ‘New Amsterdam’, starring prolific actor and motivational speaker Anupam Kher, will premier on NBC at prime time Tuesday. Kher, the BAFTA and SAG nominee, who has been shooting for the series for several weeks in New York, is not new to western audiences because of his roles in Golden Globe-nominated "Bend it like Beckham", Oscar-nominated "Silver Linings Playbook" and the highly-acclaimed film, "The Big Sick".
He is now going to be part of American lives through NBC's highly-anticipated medical drama, "New Amsterdam", where he plays the role of an Indian neurologist, Dr Vijay Kapoor. The series premiers on NBC on Tuesday, September 25, at 10 pm. The NBC series revolves around Dr Max Goodwin, played by Ryan Eggold, as he becomes the medical director of an old public hospital and pushes for life-affirming changes and reforms in the neglected facility to provide an exceptional care for patients.
About his character in the series, Kher told PTI, "Dr. Kapoor has seen the fast life, he has seen people running fast nowhere, and what centers him is this hospital. He is well read and knows what it takes to be a doctor, apart from just the 'qualifications'. I think that's the greatest quality that Dr Kapoor has."
Isha Ambani-Anand Piramal Engagement Bash: Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas, Janhvi Kapoor as attendees
The much awaited second engagement in the Ambani household finally commenced yesterday September 21 at Lake Como, Italy. Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal have finally been engaged amidst friends, family and biggies in Bollywood. Earlier we reported of the three-day long event which was expected to have dress codes, themes and more. Read on to know who all attended the ‘IshAnand’ engagement bash.
While many speculated reports of the event have been making rounds, here’s what really happened. Instagram accounts of celebs and fashion icons gave us a sneak peek through their attire and background.
Fashion guru and celebrity designer Manish Malhotra shared a picture with Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas wearing his couture at Lake Como, but soon deleted it.
On the other hand Anil Kapoor also shared his look on social media dressed in a well-tailored suit and a classic black bowtie, with the same location in the backdrop.
Dhadak girl Janvhi Kapoor also embraced the event in a shimmery black gown and bold red lips.
Anand Piramal proposed to Isha earlier in May this year at a temple in Mahabaleshwar.
Sunny Leone was offered a role in ‘Game of Thrones’, but she didn’t take it
Being offered a part in Game of Thrones would be the ultimate dream for fans around the world. Recently Bollywood’s hottie Sunny Leone revealed in an interview revealed that she was offered Game of Thrones. But she didn’t grab the golden opportunity. We wonder why…
Sunny Leone said, “I got this message one day. This guy’s like, ‘I know it’s really last minute, but we want to cast you for a role in Game Of Thrones’ and I was like Oh my God! No Way!” The actress continued, “And then they sent the IMDB link to see who it was and then… It was fake!” We bet this was one disappointing call that Sunny will never forget.
The adult star turned Bollywood heroine also shared her encounter with rumours of her personal life. “That I was going get divorced and pregnant at the same time… on the same day. And then my mother-in-law calls and says, ‘do you guys have anything to tell me?’ That was pretty funny”, she said.
She also mentioned the adult industry and how it works. That it is extremely “professional” and everybody is tested. “I bet there are a lot of young people here whoever never got tested, but you should. I know it’s very awkward, but if you’re promiscuous you should definitely get tested. And use condoms everybody.”
‘Village Rockstars’ is India’s official entry to Oscars 2019 Best Foreign Language Film
Mumbai: Rima Das’ National Award-winning Assamese feature “Village Rockstars” has been chosen to represent India in the Best Foreign Language category at the 91st Academy Awards next year, the Film Federation of India (FFI) announced Saturday.
The film follows Dhunu, a girl who grows up in poverty and learns to fend for herself. However, that does not prevent her from following her dream of forming a rock band and owning a guitar someday. Elated with the news, Das said: “Village Rockstars” selection is a “huge recognition” for filmmakers from northeast.
“It feels great. I don’t have many words to explain. The whole journey is kind of a fairy tale. It is a huge recognition for northeast and I think it is the first Assamese film to get selected. So I believe it will change a lot for filmmakers from the region.
“I was always hopeful. I was always looking forward to going to the festivals and winning accolades. But most important for me was that people should connect with the film. That emotional connection is something which I have achieved through this film,” Das told PTI.
“Village Rockstars”, starring Bhanita Das in the lead role, had its world premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and has toured more than 70 prestigious international and national film festivals.
The coming-of-age film had bagged the Best Feature Film trophy at the 65th National Film Awards, besides also winning Best Child Artist, Best Location Sound Recordist and Best Editing. The announcement was made by SV Rajendra Singh Babu, Chairman, Selection Committee for Oscar Award, FFI.
“It is technically a film with good human concept that would touch people around the world. We are honouring a film that deserves to be at the Oscars. We are hopeful and confident that people will see and respect the film,” he told reporters.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmaavat”, Alia Bhatt-starrrer “Raazi”, Rani Mukerji fronted “Hichki”, Shoojit Sircar’s “October”, “Love Sonia” directed by Tabrez Noorani, “Tumbaad”, “Halkaa”, “Kadvi Hawa” and latest release “Manto” were part of the list of 28 films submitted for next year’s Oscars.
No Indian film has ever won an Oscar. The last Indian film that made it to the final five in the Best Foreign Film category list was Ashutosh Gowariker’s “Lagaan” in 2001. “Mother India” (1958) and “Salaam Bombay” (1989) are the other two Indian movies to have made it to the top five.
Hindi film “Newton” by director Amit Masurkar and starring Rajkummar Rao was India’s official submission to the Oscars last year.
Yet to make a film I'm entirely in love with: Karan
Mumbai, Aug 7 (PTI) Filmmaker Karan Johar has helmed some of the biggest romantic films of this generation but the director says he is yet to make a movie he entirely loves.
Karan, who debuted with "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai", and went on to direct films like "Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham", "My Name is Khan", "Ae Dil Hai Mushkil", says he often cringes when he sees some portions of his work.
"In retrospect when I look back and see some parts of my movies I cringe and feel terrible that I actually subjected an audience to those portions. Some of them got fortunate, other parts in those films made them reach a certain success mark," Karan said.
"I'm not proud and happy with each and everyone of them. I am yet to make a film that I entirely love," he added.
He was speaking at the launch of his radio show "Calling Karan" season 2 on Ishq 104.8 FM. On the show, the director gives love advice to callers but says he never takes a cue to help people from his films.
"No, what we show in the movies is ridiculous. You can't possibly ruin people's lives by giving those situations. Those are meant for cinema halls but not for people," he said.
Karan said he is so honest with his advice that often he has broken relationships.
"We have a disclaimer in the beginning that I'm not a professionally trained individual so my advice should be taken at that level. But I give extremely sincere advice and I've broken a few relationships" he added.
Singer Mika Singh’s Mumbai house robbed; cash, gold worth Rs 3 lakh stolen
Mumbai: Singer Mika Singh, through his manager, on Monday lodged a complaint at the Oshiwara Police Station here reporting a theft of around Rs 3 lakh at his residence here. According to the police, gold jewellery worth Rs 2 lakh and Rs 1 lakh were stolen from Mika’s residence at around 2:00 PM. The Police have registered a case and have started investigating the matter.
Police suspect one of the singer’s aides, Ankit Vasan, who was seen exiting his home at the Enclave Building around the time of the theft, according to CCTV footage. When contacted, Sailesh Pasalwar, senior police inspector, Oshiwara police station, told Mumbai Mirror, “A case under section 381(theft by clerk or servant) of the IPC has been registered against Ankit. We are trying to trace him.”
Further details awaited.
Salman Khan’s Dabangg 3 might release on Republic Day weekend in 2019, but there’s a big twist
Salman Khan’s most popular franchise, Dabangg is all set to bring third instalment of the same. Yes, the makers of the film are eying on Republic Day weekend in 2019. However, there is a twist which may affect its collection.
Well, as per Bollywood Life reports, Arbaaz Khan and other makers are trying to release Dabangg 3 on Republic Day weekend of 2019. However, if reports to be believed, four films have already booked this slot — Hrithik Roshan’s Super 30, Kangana Ranaut’s Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, Emraan Hashmi’s Cheat India and Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s Thackeray. And if Dabangg 3 adds to this list, then it will be the biggest clash of all time at Indian Box-Office.
As per the report, Salman will be trying to shoot for Bharat and Dabangg 3 simultaneously so that he can be able to complete his work commitments soon. So, what do you think? Should the makers release Dabangg 3 on Republic Day 2019?