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Nora Fatehi’s Instagram follower count grows to 16 million


Nora Fatehi’s Instagram follower count grows to 16 million

Coming up for Nora is the Ajay Devgn-starrer “Bhuj: The Pride Of India”. It tells the tale of Indian Air Force pilot Vijay Karnik.

Actress Nora Fatehi now has 16 million followers on Instagram. The Bollywood dance sensation took to the social media site to confirm the news to fans.

In a celebratory video that Nora posted, she is seen pulling funny faces at the camera. The actress is seen dressed in a stunning sparkly dress with a thigh high slit.

“16 MILLION,” she captioned the video.

In a short time, Nora has established herself as one of the best dancers in Bollywood, with hits such as “Manohari” (“Baahubali: The Beginning”), “Dilbar” (“Satyamev Jayate”), “O saki saki” (“Batla House”), “Kamariya” (“Stree”) and “Garmi” in “Street Dancer 3D”.

Coming up for Nora is the Ajay Devgn-starrer “Bhuj: The Pride Of India”. It tells the tale of Indian Air Force pilot Vijay Karnik.

The period drama looks back into the journey of 300 women of Madhapar village in Gujarat’s Kutch district, who played a pivotal role in helping India win the 1971 Indo-Pak war. The women came together to rebuild and repair the only runway in Bhuj, which was crucial for the war.




Abhishek Bachchan: Keep your mask on guys


Abhishek Bachchan: Keep your mask on guys

Abhishek, his wife Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and daughter Aaradhya and his father Amitabh Bachchan recovered from the virus a while back.

Actor Abhishek Bachchan has requested all to take safety precautions amid the ongoing Covid pandemic.

Taking to Instagram, he posted a small clip in which he is seen urging people to wear a mask while stepping out.

“Wherever you go out or meet somebody …keep your mask on guys. Don’t take it lightly. Be safe,” he said in the video.

Abhishek smartly used his message to endorse his latest outing, the web series “Breathe”. One spots the word “Breathe” written on the mask.

Abhishek, his wife Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and daughter Aaradhya and his father Amitabh Bachchan recovered from the virus a while back.

He has films like “Ludo”, “The Big Bull” and “Bob Biswas” coming up.




Yami Gautam makes kajal with ‘ghar ka ghee’


Yami Gautam makes kajal with ‘ghar ka ghee’

“Finally, made ‘kaajal’ myself today & the feeling took me back to those innocent & much-treasured memory lanes,” she shared.

Yami Gautam is making innovative use of her time at home during lockdown. On Friday, the actress shared on Instagram that that she has learnt to kajal (kohl) the way her grandma used to do it.

“Having patiently observe my Naani as she would make ‘Kaajal’ at home for us girls, whenever we would visit her during summer holidays, has left me with some really sweet memories- the fresh scent of the burnt oil wick, smeared with ghar-ka ghee & then stuffing it in a small antique container, which I still posses,” Yami wrote.

“Finally, made ‘kaajal’ myself today & the feeling took me back to those innocent & much-treasured memory lanes,” she shared.


 
Along with it, she posted a picture of flaunting kohled eyes.




NCB to produce Showik, Miranda before court; to seek custody


NCB to produce Showik, Miranda before court; to seek custody

Showik and Miranda were arrested on Friday after a day-long questioning by NCB as part of its probe into the drug angle in the Bollywood star’s death.

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), which has arrested Showik Chakraborty, brother of Rhea Chakraborty, and Sushant Singh Rajput’s house manager Samuel Miranda, will produce them in a court here on Saturday and the agency will seek their custody for further interrogation.

Showik and Miranda were arrested on Friday after a day-long questioning by NCB as part of its probe into the drug angle in the Bollywood star’s death.

According to NCB officials, the duo was arrested after 10 hours of questioning, and after the agency got adequate evidence against them about their involvement in the drug case.

An NCB official said that the duo will be produced before a local court and the drug law enforcement agency will seek their custody for seven days.

They have been arrested under several sections of the NDPS Act, including 20(b), 28, 29, 27(A).

The official said that the offences falling under Section 27 of the NDPS Act are non-bailable.

The arrest came after it was found that Showik used to order the drugs from another arrested accused Abdel Basit Parihar. Parihar was arrested on Thursday evening and sent to the agency’s custody till September 9.

An NCB official said that the agency will seek Showik and Miranda’s custody for interrogation and to confront them with the other arrested accused.

The official said that the duo will also be grilled over information from laptops and chats obtained by the agency.

According to NCB, Showik used to order ganja and marijuana from drug-peddler Parihar and make payments to him over Google Pay.

The NCB registered a case on August 26 under various sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, naming Rhea, her brother, talent manager Jaya Saha, Sushant’s co-manager Shruti Modi, and Goa-based hotelier Gaurav Arya, after the Enforcement Directorate wrote to it about the drugs angle.

This followed discovery of WhatsApp messages between Rhea and Shruti Modi, Miranda and Sushant’s flatmate Siddharth Pithani.

NCB is the third Central agency to join the probe into the death case of Sushant, after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the ED.

Earlier on Friday, the NCB also carried out searches at the residences of Rhea, Showik and Miranda. They also seized Showik’s laptop and mobile phone.




Rishi Kapoor’s 68th birth anniversary: Daughter Riddhima, friend Rakesh Roshan pen wishes


Rishi Kapoor’s 68th birth anniversary: Daughter Riddhima, friend Rakesh Roshan pen wishes

Actor-director Rakesh Roshan also shared a post in remembrance of Rishi Kapoor.

On the 68th birth anniversary of late actor Rishi Kapoor, his daughter Riddhima Kapoor Sahni penned a special note on Instagram.

“Papa, They say when you lose someone, you can’t live without — your heart will badly break! But I know you are living in this broken heart and will be there forever!” she wrote as caption with pictures capturing moments spent with her late father. Riddhima’s mother Neetu Kapoor, brother Ranbir Kapoor and daughter Samara are also seen in the some of the images.

Riddhima continued in her caption: “I know you are watching over all of us and ensuring that we live by the value system you instilled in us! You gave me the gift of compassion -taught me the value of relationships and made me the person I am today!I miss you each day and will always love you! Celebrating you today and always — Happy Birthday.”

Actor-director Rakesh Roshan also shared a post in remembrance of Rishi Kapoor.

Rishi and Rakesh had worked in films such as “Khel Khel Mein”, “Aap Ke Deewane” and “Jhootha Kahin Ka” in the seventies and the eighties. Later when he took up filmmaking, Rakesh Roshan directed Rishi in the 2000 release, “Karobaar”.

“Chintu happy birthday missing you be happy wherever you are,” Rakesh wrote, attaching an old picture with his note.

Rishi Kapoor died on April 30 this year after a two-year battle with leukemia.




Robert Pattinson ‘said to have tested positive’ for Covid-19


Robert Pattinson ‘said to have tested positive’ for Covid-19

A statement from the Warner Bros. spokesperson read: “A member of ‘The Batman’ production has tested positive for COVID-19 and is isolating in accordance with established protocols.”

Shoot of the much-hyped upcoming superhero film, The Batman, has been stalled in the UK after a member of the unit tested Covid-19 positive. Sections of the US media have stated that the infected person is actor Robert Pattinson, who plays the titular caped crusader in the film.

Warner Bros. confirmed the news about stopping production after a crew member tested positive for novel coronavirus but the person’s identity was kept under wraps. The portal Vanity Fair was first to report that Pattinson was the one who was infected by the virus.

A statement from the Warner Bros. spokesperson read: “A member of ‘The Batman’ production has tested positive for COVID-19 and is isolating in accordance with established protocols.”

“Filming is temporarily paused,” the statement added. The banner declined to share if it was Pattinson who had contracted Covid-19.

A report on vanityfair.com stated: “Robert Pattinson is said to have tested positive for the coronavirus, causing filming of The Batman to be halted just days after the superhero drama resumed work at studios outside of London.”

“The Batman” was about seven weeks into shooting when shoot had to be stalled in March owing to the Covid outbreak. The makers have about three months of shooting left.

Directed by Matt Reeves, “The Batman” stars Pattinson as the titular superhero along with Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as the Riddler and Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon.




Neetu Kapoor birthday special: The woman who stood like a rock beside Rishi through thick and thin


Neetu Kapoor birthday special: The woman who stood like a rock beside Rishi through thick and thin

Veteran Bollywood actress Neetu Kapoor is celebrating her birthday on Wednesday. Neetu has been mourning the loss of her husband Rishi Kapoor, who passed away on April 30 after a two-year battle with leukemia. Actress Neetu Kapoor is currently staying in Mumbai with daughter Riddhima and son Ranbir.

Rishi and Neetu Kapoor were married for 40 years. They tied the knot on January 22, 1980. In 2015, Rishi spoke on “The Anupam Kher Show – Kucch Bhi Ho Sakta Hai”, about how he met his wife Neetu on the sets of their 1974 film “Zehreela Insaan” and how he fell in love with her.

“I remember I had an argument with my girlfriend at the time and I was very heartbroken. Trying to win her back, I had taken Neetu’s help in writing telegrams to my girlfriend while the two of us were shooting for ‘Zehreela Insaan’,” Rishi said.

“As time passed, I began to realise that Neetu is the one for me as I began to miss her when I had gone to Europe for a shoot. Ironically, I sent her a telegram from Europe to Kashmir saying that I was thinking of her,” he added.

The couple worked together in films like "Khel Khel Mein", "Rafoo Chakkar", "Kabhie Kabhie", "Amar Akbar Anthony", "Duniya Meri Jeb Mein", "Zehreela Insaan", "Zinda Dil", "Doosara Aadmi", "Anjane Mein" and "Jhoota Kahin Ka".

Neetu and Rishi got married in 1980. After their marriage, the two have co-starred in films like "Love Aaj Kal", "Do Dooni Chaar" and "Besharam".

In 2018, Rishi Kapoor was diagnosed with cancer for the first time, following which the actor was in New York for nearly a year to undergo treatment. During those 11 months, while Rishi’s children - Ranbir Kapoor and Riddhima - kept visiting him from time to time, Neetu Kapoor stood like a rock beside him as he fought the battle with cancer. Rishi had even said that Neetu had been his support system and that it would have been really difficult for him to survive without her.

In an interview as Rishi opened up about his battle with the grave illness, he had said that it’s his wife of 39 years whom he is specially thankful to. "Neetu has stood by me like a rock. Otherwise, I am too difficult a person to handle as far as food and drink are concerned," he said.

The favourite couple of Indian cinema, who had been married for four decades, stuck with each other through thick and thin. It was Neetu's strength, resilience and positive attitude that won hearts. Neetu Kapoor, who was quite active on Instagram during their time in the Big Apple, kept sharing pictures from their huddles.

Scores of Bollywood celebrities including karan Johar, Vicky Kaushal, Boman Irani, Deepika Padukone, Aamir Kha, Alia Bhatt, Anupam Kher, Priyanka Chopra, Sonali Bendre, Javed Akhtar, among others paid a visit to the veteran actor. As the actress shared several pictures with the stars, one couldn't help but notice Neetu's million dollar smile even during the tough times.

Post return to India, Rishi's health had frequently been in focus. The actor was admitted to hospital in quick succession in February. On April 29, the 67-year-old actor was admitted to Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital in Mumbai, after complaining that he was not feeling well. He breathed his last on Thursday , April 30.

With inputs from Agencies.




Justice for Sushant: Filmmaker Apurva Asrani pens down the uglier side of B-town, blind items and more


Justice for Sushant: Filmmaker Apurva Asrani pens down the uglier side of B-town, blind items and more

Filmmaker Apurva Asrani made headlines recently for calling out popular film critic Rajeev Masand over the ‘vicious’ blind items on actor Sushant Singh Rajput.

Now, in a detailed blog post titled as ‘Do Words Have the Power To Kill?’, Asrani asks the right questions leading to Rajput’s death. From blind items to being ignored by his peers, to even being accused of being a rapist under the MeToo Movement; he wonders if the actor was bullied throughout.


Here’s what he wrote.

I am among the few from the film industry that continues to question why Sushant Singh Rajput was bullied in the period leading to his death. Some of my friends have come to the conclusion that Sushant was depressed, couldn’t handle the stress that came with the movie industry, and therefore took his own life.

Firstly, I don’t know how they have diagnosed Sushant’s condition whilst sitting on twitter. How do we know what kind of depression Sushant suffered from? We have no records of his mental health history. What we do have are about 30 blind pieces in the public domain, all that carried some appalling, destructive ideas about him. Why are we so afraid to allow a discussion on this?

Simran

In 2017, I had a very public fallout with director Hansal Mehta on Simran a movie I had written and was editing. Unbeknownst to me, the films lead actress, Kangana Ranaut, was promised to be credited as the films co-writer, but I was only informed of this after I had cut the film. Needless to say I felt betrayed. I fought a long & tiring battle to ensure that I was not discredited. And though the title finally did appear correctly, the experience exhausted me. I was heartbroken that a lot of my industry folk chose to remain silent.

I had fought the system, not just to ensure that I didn’t get bullied, but also to set a precedent for writers to stand up for their rights. I was naive to think that truth simply sets you free. It does eventually, but you have to go through so much muck, slander and opposition, and IF you survive it, then maybe it can set you free.

All sorts of nonsense was written about me. One piece claimed that I didn’t edit Satya, my first film that I also won a major editing award for. Another claimed that I didn’t co write Shahid, a film I jointly won a screenwriting award for. My name as co-writer was suddenly dropped from Shahid’s IMDB page (its still remains taken off). One portal, Spot Boye! tried to claim that even Aligarh, my most personal work, was stolen from another writer. This journalist called my writing collaborator, Ishani Banerji, and tried to get her to talk against me. When she refused, they carried a headline that seemed like she had implied that I shortchanged her. I was really upset.

I used to stay awake all night, putting together proof to dispel their lies. I was fighting a lone battle against journalists from leading tabloids, who wrote all kinds of unsubstantiated shit about me. I started to become depressed.

Fortunately, some producers did reach out to me and offered me work. One of them was Zoya Akhtar, who breathed hope into me by giving me Made In Heaven to edit. Also, Manoj Bajpayee, the lead actor of both Satya and Aligarh, stood by me. He publicly endorsed my work on both those seminal films when it mattered the most.

Yet the stress was too much, and I woke up one morning to realise that half my face was paralysed. I couldn’t shut one eye, my speech was impaired and I looked like a freak. I learned that I had a nervous condition called Bells Palsy and it came with severe vertigo and vomiting. I was too sick to edit the climax episodes of MIH, and someone replaced me to finish the series. It was a very painful period. I cried myself to sleep on most nights and stopped getting out of the house. I felt humiliated, let down by my ilk, and was absolutely shattered.

If Manoj Bajpayee hadn’t stood by me, and If I didn’t have the kind of familial support around me, I might have given up the fight and opted to take my own life. I was lucky. Not all are.

Broken Wings

My fight for Sushant is not born out of vendetta for anyone. I am speaking up because I identify with him. I understand what he may have gone through when a campaign was run to destroy his career and his credibility. I see him as a non-conformist, like me. Maybe he too, couldn’t stand the parties, the fake hugs and the air kisses. Maybe he too couldn’t stand bowing down to some overrated filmmakers and actors who treat people like commodities.

I didn’t know Sushant personally, but I know this of so many young actors who come to Bombay with dreams in their eyes; From simple, middle class families, with quintessential Indian values, they enter this dazzling, cut-glass, Gucci clad world of A listers. Their rights of passage almost always involve having to sleep with men in positions of power. Read model and actor Himanshu Malik’s brilliant and brave account of the industry through the eyes of an outsider. (https://www.knocksense.com/mumbai/inside-bollywoods-outsider-insiders-account-of-life-in-hindi-film-industry).

In my 20’s (I had cut Satya before I turned 19), directors called me to hotels for narrations. Once, as I waited in the lobby for a director, I got a message that the meeting has moved to his room. There the director was alone, in his bath gown, displaying an unsavoury view of his privates. I ran. Then once, I got invited to a journalist's birthday party, only to discover that besides his boyfriend, I was the only guest invited. Like vultures they circled me, till I beat a hasty retreat. Once, I was befriended by a journalist, and we grew to become friends. But when he started landing up at home with baked dishes and flowers, I began to suspect that I was the object of his affection. I told him honestly that I was in love with someone else. That was it. He cut off from me, ignored me if we met, and never, I repeat never, mentioned me in his reviews—even if the film and my work was highly acclaimed. And then there was that magazine editor...anyway you get the point.

It is a pretty tricky situation. You need to be nice to them, make sure you don’t offend them, and they interpret it as you being easy. There really is no winning this one.

Yellow Journalism

Then the articles began. Some claimed that I was an untalented, one-hit wonder. Some pieces claimed that I had left the country to live with my lover. Of course none of them carried a byline, and many described me in detail, without taking my name, so there was no one I could confront. I found that when they wrote pieces or made TV specials to remember an anniversary of one of my films (for which I had won a Filmfare award), they would forget to interview or even mention me. This treatment went on for years, and I couldn’t say anything about it, because how do you ‘out’ yourself, ‘out’ the predators and prove that this is what really happened?

In the #MeToo movement there is a very powerful slogan that says ‘believe the woman’. Try saying ‘believe the man’, and people will laugh. And if this happens to an editor and a writer, what must handsome male actors go through on an everyday basis?

Sushant had a series of cowardly blind items written about him that could have broken even the toughest of spirits. He was called a skirt chaser, unprofessional, some claimed that his films were duds, one even named him in a #metoo accusation and called him a rapist. Sushant had to post screenshots of his chat with the alleged victim to prove that he was innocent. Can you imagine what he must have gone through in the nights and days leading to this death? This middle class boy from Patna, a few years in maximum city, working hard to realise his dreams; but he had to expend all that energy, relentlessly fighting this dirty, unfounded slander.

Success Denied

Also remember, here, if you don’t pander to the whims of the powerful, you are a trouble maker. If you speak up against unfair practices, you are a trouble maker. Watch Sushant in so many of those film promotion videos, he is pretty much ignored by the fraternity. I wish he had spoken up. But he may have taken the advice of ‘well wishers’ who easily dispense advice like, ‘don’t talk, let your success do the talking’.

So the boy marched on. Inspite of not having the support of his peers, he gave his all to a film called Chichore. The film was made by the director of the successful Dangal and the expectations were high. But surprisingly, it opened to average reviews, and the general buzz on the film was poor. It was only after Sushant’s death, that I learned that the film had been a hit, and had grossed over 200 crores!

Now when an ‘A list’ actor’s film just about breaks even, the occasion is celebrated by splashing the actor all over the press. New associations spring up. Big films are signed. Other stars photograph with you. I saw hardly any of this in Sushant’s case. And this begged the question; Was he denied his hard earned success by his peers? Was the stupendous performance of his film underplayed? Could this disappointment, that nothing he did would ever make it right, be the final straw for him?

Who Do We Blame?

I tweeted to name the people/publications behind the sustained blind items against Sushant. I also named popular journalist Rajeev Masand in my tweets, because most of the blind items about Sushant doing the rounds, some of them incredibly mean, were written by him in his Open Magazine column. But by no means do I intend for him, or any portal to be singled out. There is a bigger system at play, with so many different kinds of characters functioning oppressively since time immemorial. How then, can one person be held responsible for Sushant’s death? But to accept this system as the norm, and to shut people up from calling out the wrong doers, that is unacceptable too.

I am not surprised to see that I am being ostracised by many of my industry peers for taking on this fight and naming names. Besides Manoj Bajpayee (thank god for him!), not one industry person has reached out (so far), even privately, to say that they are with me. Soon, someone will try to discredit me with some slander on a portal or a tabloid. But that doesn't scare me, I've seen these games played before.

Was Sushant An Unstable Person?

Right now, the few that are responding to my tweets are chiding me for having an hidden agenda. Some are saying that I am derailing the conversation on Sushant's mental health.

It shocks me, that people who didn't really know Sushant, didn't know his mental health status, want to close this conversation by labelling him as an unstable person. An actress I kind of respect, said to me on Twitter that she was sure it was depression that killed Sushant. She added that depression is something you are born with and it cannot be caused by external situations. I told her that this is absolutely UNTRUE!

While there are clinical and hereditary factors that could cause certain types of mental illnesses, ANYONE can become depressed without pre existing conditions. It is also a fact that environmental factors can play an important part in the onset of depression. Here is an excerpt from a reliable source, with the link.

Are people born with a mental illness?

No. A vulnerability to some mental illnesses, such as bipolar mood disorder,can run in families. But other people develop mental illness with no family history.

Many factors contribute to the onset of a mental illness. These include stress, bereavement, relationship breakdown, physical and sexual abuse, unemployment, social isolation, and major physical illness or disability. Our understanding of the causes of mental illness is growing.

https://www1.health.gov.au/internet/publications/publishing.nsf/Content/mental-pubs-w-whatmen-toc~mental-pubs-w-whatmen-myth

Depression can be triggered by bullying too. A large number of LGBTQI people suffer from depression because they have been bullied or abused. I can tell you for a fact that I have no family history of depression, but I still underwent 6 months of severe depression after the Simran episode. It is very likely, looking at the blind items, at at the lack of camaraderie with Sushant at film events, at the jokes on talk shows made at his expense, that he felt bullied. Why is there such reluctance to even have this conversation??

Going Forward

I contacted a few publications to carry this article, but either they didn't respond, or they seemed in no hurry to take this forward. This is one of the reasons I decided to resurrect my blog after seven long years. I feel determined to continue this fight, because I can sense that the public isn't giving this one up. Sushant was one of us. His death has affected people in the depth of their hearts. This isn't like some trending hashtag that will disappear on a twitter timeline. It is an important fight, not only for justice for Sushant, but to ensure that no innocent talent gets snuffed out by an abusive and unfeeling system again.

Going forward, I'm not one to ask for heads to roll. That won't solve the problem or bring back the departed. I just hope that some of my journalist friends will examine how they write about a celebrity or a film in the future. I know of several film scribes who take pride in proper research, in getting their facts right, and in writing with responsibility and balance. I hope it is them, and not the blind item experts, that will be emulated in the future.

I also want to request the authors of blind items to write with caution. A mere story on your page is actually a real, beating heart, living a real life somewhere. Please remember that just like you are sensitive about what is said about you, so is the object of your piece. In fact they maybe far more vulnerable, because they are actually putting themselves out there.

Maybe your words don’t have the power to kill somebody, but they certainly have the power to chip away at a spirit that is trying hard to stay alive.




Adnan Sami joins ‘mafia’ debate


Adnan Sami joins ‘mafia’ debate

Mumbai: Pakistani-born Indian Singer, Adnan Sami finally joined ‘mafia’ debate. Making his stand clear on the debate, he said that mafia does exist in the industry.

Bollywood kisi ke baap ki jaagir nahi hai: Adnan Sami
However, talented people should come forward and find ways to enter the industry. He said, “Bollywood kisi ke baap ki jaagir nahi hai”.

Apart from merely making statements, Sami said that he will take serious steps to support new talents.

Commenting on people who are obstructing widening of talent pool in the industry, he said that talented person should ask them, “who the hell are you”.  


 
Assuring that he will stand with the people who are facing such problems, he said that many new talented persons are facing it but they are scared to speak against it.

‘Outsider’ tag
Expressing his views on the ‘outsider’ tag, he said that he was an outsider in many ways despite that he could enter the industry. He also said that his journey gives hope and strength to others.

Without revealing details, Sami said that he had also struggled. I will fight for those who are struggling now, he added.

Earlier the singer had written a lengthy note, throwing light on the discrimination that outsiders face.

Do outsiders face discrimination?
“Today, after immense retrospection and self reflection, I have decided to voice my thoughts on some matters plaguing our
industry. I see around me, names of industry leaders , veterans who through their talent and hard work have made a timeless place for themselves in this industry, used as mascots to prove the industry’s acceptance of outsiders.


“Such people, including myself came at a time when the seniors in Bollywood were seasoned, secure within and they respected
talent and saw the value in developing and nurturing new talent for the growth of the industry. There are countless
examples of outsiders and insiders in the past competing for positions and roles that were eventually rewarded on merit,
whom today you look at as ‘stars’ were once banked upon by similar individuals who were willing to be fair and take that
small risk for the bigger picture,” he wrote.

Adnan added: “We have all been privy to how in recent times roles and positions have been rewarded and the truth is, we have
turned a blind eye towards what impact that may be having on the overall culture of how our industry is looked at and most importantly how unwelcoming it makes someone who may not have a lineage feel.


 
“To be fair, it is only natural for the audiences to show an interest and love for children of artists whom they adore, however to interpret that as a justified place and a right to feel entitled and crack distasteful ‘inside’ jokes in award functions with incredible new artists, as if
they are giving YOU (the audience) the so called ‘Privilege’ (for which they’re being paid!!) to ridicule, humiliate and new talent, which by and large is usually far more talented than them but, they use such tactics inorder to keep themselves ‘insecurely- Secure’ only because they are so called outsiders.”

Adnan emphasised on acknowledging talented people irrespective of whether he/she is an outsider or not.

“Does this happen in the Oscars or Baftas?? NO! This is Bollywood damn it! We have the biggest pool of peopleconsisting of 1.3 billion people.

“What is most important is to acknowledge the incredible children who are truly
gifted with talent regardless of their pedigree that nobody and absolutely nobody is entitled to anything.

” It is the audience who chooses who they want to see and it should be the industry’s duty to give the audience a chance to explore
artists from all walks of life and then they decide who they wish to watch or hear. I have nothing against anyone who
deserves to be in a position as long as it wasn’t snatched away from a more deserving hand based off of privilege.”


Adnan hopes to see industry welcoming talented people with open arms.

“I hope and pray that whilst the world is transitioning and evolving in these times, we return back to our respective
industries to bind a new, empathetic, open minded and welcoming culture.

“A culture that allows a child who may not have
any resources to believe that if he or she is honest, works hard and is talented, can stand shoulder to shoulder with the
greatest stars this country has produced,” Adnan conlcuded.




Raipur: Amar Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh's contribution will always be remembered: Mr. Baghel: Chief Minister announced development of Sonakhan as a tourism center


Raipur: Amar Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh's contribution will always be remembered: Mr. Baghel: Chief Minister announced development of Sonakhan as a tourism center

Memorial of Amar Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh at Sonakhan
Will be given new grandeur

 

Sonakhan, the birthplace of Amar Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh, will be developed as a tourist center. Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel paid a humble tribute to Amar Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh on his martyrdom day today by reaching Sonakhan. On this occasion, he announced the development of Sonakhan as a tourist center and talked about developing various facilities there by giving new grandeur to the memorial built there. Urban Administration Minister Dr. Shivkumar Dahria, MLA Mr. Mohan Markam, Kasdol MLA Ms. Shakuntala Sahu and several public representatives and family members of Amar Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh were present in the program.

    Chief Minister Mr. Baghel while addressing the program organized on the martyrdom and tribute day of Amar Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh at village Sonakhan of Kasdol development block of Balodabazar-Bhatapara district, said that in the glorious history of Indian independence movement, Veer Narayan Singh of Veer son of Chhattisgarh The sacrifice will always be remembered. He said that Veer Narayan Singh, the true son of Chhattisgarh Mahtari, who in the first freedom struggle movement of the country in 1857, communicated patriotism among the people. During the terrible famine of 1856, to save the poor from hunger, they fought fiercely against the British rule and laid down their lives for the betterment of the people. Freedom of the country and service, dedication and sacrifice to the motherland will always be remembered.

    In the program organized at Sonakhan, Chief Minister Mr. Baghel honored Shaheed Veer Narayan's seventh generation Mr. Rajinder Singh Dewan and other family members. On this occasion, school children presented several patriotic cultural programs based on the personality and work of martyr Veer Narayan Singh.




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