Entertainment http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment.rss en Tue May 19 18:04:42 IST 2020 https://www.theweek.in/privacy-an-settlement.html ar-rahman-claims-there-is-a-gang-working-against-him-and-spreading-rumours <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/25/ar-rahman-claims-there-is-a-gang-working-against-him-and-spreading-rumours.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2018/4/13/ar-rahman.jpg" /> <p>Oscar winner A.R. Rahman claimed that there is a gang that is spreading false rumours against him.</p> <p>Speaking to <i>Radio Mirchi</i>, Rahman, who composed the music for <i><a title="'Dil Bechara' review: Despite minor faults, this girl meets boy tale is worth your time" href="https://www.theweek.in/review/movies/2020/07/24/dil-bechara-review-despite-minor-faults-this-girl-meets-boy-tale-is-worth-your-time.html">Dil Bechara</a></i>, starring Sushant Singh Rajput and Sanjana Sanghi and directed by Mukesh Chhabra, said he realised why he was not getting many offers from Bollywood after he had a chat with Chhabra.</p> <p>The composer said he does not say 'no' to good movies. “...but I think there is a gang, which, due to misunderstandings, is spreading some false rumours. When Mukesh Chhabra came to me, I gave him four songs in two days. He told me, ‘Sir, how many people said don’t go, don’t go to him (AR Rahman) and they told me stories after stories.’ I heard that, and I realised, yeah okay, now I understand why I am doing less (work in Hindi films) and why the good movies are not coming to me. I am doing dark movies, because there is a whole gang working against me, without them knowing that they are doing harm,” he said.</p> <p>He said while there is a section of people who are expecting to see more of his work, there is another gang that is preventing that from happening. "It is fine, because I believe in destiny, and I believe that everything comes from God. So, I am taking my movies and doing my other stuff. But all of you are welcome to come to me. Make beautiful movies, and you are welcome to come to me," he said.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/25/ar-rahman-claims-there-is-a-gang-working-against-him-and-spreading-rumours.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/25/ar-rahman-claims-there-is-a-gang-working-against-him-and-spreading-rumours.html Sat Jul 25 22:55:16 IST 2020 billie-eilish-to-drop-new-track-my-future-next-week <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/25/billie-eilish-to-drop-new-track-my-future-next-week.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/magazine/theweek/leisure/images/2020/2/7/67-Billie-Eilish.jpg" /> <p>Singer sensation Billie Eilish has announced that she will be releasing her new song next week.</p> <p>The 18-year-old singer shared the news in a post on Twitter, revealing that the track, ‘My Future’, will be out on June 30.</p> <p>"Billie Eilish – ''my future''. Out next Thursday," Eilish wrote in the post.</p> <p>The song is her first release since the official track of upcoming James Bond movie <i>No Time to Die</i>, which has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>In January this year, Eilish had scripted history at the 2020 Grammy Awards when she took home the four biggest prizes for her debut album 'When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go'.</p> <p>The singer had won trophies for best new artiste, record of the year, album of the year and song of the year. She had also won the award for best pop vocal album, securing five of her six nominations.</p> <p><b>&nbsp;</b></p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/25/billie-eilish-to-drop-new-track-my-future-next-week.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/25/billie-eilish-to-drop-new-track-my-future-next-week.html Sat Jul 25 14:12:08 IST 2020 sushant-should-be-given-national-award-celebs-shower-love-dil-bechara <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/25/sushant-should-be-given-national-award-celebs-shower-love-dil-bechara.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/gallery/slideshow/2020/june/SushantSingh/Sushant-Singh-Dil-Bechara-IMDB.jpg" /> <p>Sushant Singh Rajput’s last film <a title="'Dil Bechara' review: Despite minor faults, this girl meets boy tale is worth your time" href="https://www.theweek.in/review/movies/2020/07/24/dil-bechara-review-despite-minor-faults-this-girl-meets-boy-tale-is-worth-your-time.html" target="_blank"><i>Dil Bechara</i> premiered</a> on Disney + Hotstar on Friday, and celebrities and fans are showering love on the film.</p> <p>Director Hansal Mehta showered praise on Mukesh Chhabra's directorial debut. He said that the film left him teary-eyed. &quot;It is a charming film, a good adaptation and a wonderful debut by Mukesh Chhabra. The choice of location, the cinematography and ensemble cast are very good. Watch #DilBechara to remember Sushant and his body of work. Watch it also for Mukesh Chhabra's assured debut. The film had me weeping... The tragedy of a life gone too soon or the tragedy unfolding with young lives on screen both had me muddled up and teary eyed - even in moments of humour. And that title track by @arrahman and #AmitabhBhattacharya is a mesmerising melody. #DilBechara&quot; Mehta tweeted.</p> <p>Sushant’s friend and Pavitra Rishta co-star Ankita Lokhande posted the film’s motion poster and said ‘One last time’.</p> <p>After watching <i>Dil Bechara</i>, Bhumi Pednekar who worked with Sushant in <i>Sonchiriya</i> wrote, &quot;Full of emotions, overwhelmed and can't stop tearing up. What a class act. So endearing and seamlessly done Sushant. Never experienced something so weirdly painful and beautiful. What a last dance. What a treat for all your fans and loved ones. Mukesh Chabbra, so well done. Sanjana Sanghi, welcome to the movies. Kizzy, Manny and their world is so lovely, such a sweet and moving film. Full of love.&quot;</p> <p>Singer Neha Kakkar said that Sushant Singh deserves the National Award for Best Actor for the film. &quot;Dil Bechara is one of the most beautiful films of all times. Sushant should be given National Award for Best Actor and Mukesh Chhabra the Best Director this year. Sanjana Sanghi too. This is the least we can do for this great movie for the great Sushant,&quot; she wrote on Instagram stories.</p> <p>Singer Armaan Malik said the film left him numb and recommended people to take their own tome to wathc the film, as it’s not easy. &quot;Just finished #DilBechara and it’s left me so numb. Hug your loved ones tell them you love them. Speak to them laugh with them cry with them. You just don’t know when you will get that time with them again. Make those moments count. I’d recommend people to watch #DilBechara at their own speed and time. It’s not easy watching it at all. It chokes you up in so many sections,&quot; he tweeted.</p> <p>The directorial debut of casting director Chhabra, the film also features Sanjana Sanghi, Swastika Mukherjee, Saif Ali Khan and Jaaved Jaaferi.</p> <p>The film is a remake of the popular Hollywood film&nbsp;<i>The Fault in Our Stars,&nbsp;</i>based on author John Green’s book by the same name.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/25/sushant-should-be-given-national-award-celebs-shower-love-dil-bechara.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/25/sushant-should-be-given-national-award-celebs-shower-love-dil-bechara.html Sat Jul 25 12:26:41 IST 2020 sushant-singh-death-kangana-ranaut-summoned-mumbai-police <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/24/sushant-singh-death-kangana-ranaut-summoned-mumbai-police.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/gallery/shots/2020/january-05-2020/people/72-Kangana-Ranaut.jpg" /> <p>Mumbai Police has summoned actress Kangana Ranaut in connection with Sushant Singh Rajput’s death. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The actress, who is currently at her home in Manali, has been asked to appear before the Bandra police to record her statement, NDTV reported. Kangana has been openly criticising the ‘Bollywood mafia’ for pushing Sushant to take an extreme step. Sushant died by suicide on June 14.</p> <p>The police have so far questioned Bollywood personalities including casting director Mukesh Chhabra, Yash Raj Films (YRF) Chairman Aditya Chopra, YRFs casting director Shanoo Sharma and film critic Rajeev Masand. Sushant’s friend and actress Rhea Chakraborty’s statement was also recorded.</p> <p>Hitting out at the 'movie mafia' in Bollywood, in a recent interview with&nbsp;<i>Republic TV</i>, Kangana had accused Yash Raj Films of sabotaging Sushant's career by denying him films. She called out Aditya Chopra of systematically denying Sushant work.</p> <p>Sushant's suicide has triggered a debate on social media and otherwise on rampant nepotism and 'lobbying' in Bollywood. Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh has ruled out CBI probe into the case.&nbsp;</p> <p>Sushant’s last film&nbsp;<i>Dil Bechara</i>&nbsp;will premiere on Disney + Hotstar at 7.30pm on Friday. The directorial debut of casting director Mukesh Chhabra, the film also features Sanjana Sanghi, Swastika Mukherjee, Saif Ali Khan and Jaaved Jaaferi.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/24/sushant-singh-death-kangana-ranaut-summoned-mumbai-police.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/24/sushant-singh-death-kangana-ranaut-summoned-mumbai-police.html Fri Jul 24 15:12:17 IST 2020 barack-obama-to-be-first-guest-michelle-obama-new-podcast <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/25/barack-obama-to-be-first-guest-michelle-obama-new-podcast.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/gallery/shots/2018/june-03-2018/people/72-michelle-obama.jpg" /> <p>Michelle Obama is launching her Spotify podcast on July 29 and her husband, former US president Barack Obama, will be her first guest.</p> <p><i>The Michelle Obama Podcast</i>, to be exclusively broadcast on Spotify, will be a series of interviews pairing America's first black first lady with one guest per episode. &quot;I can't wait for you all to hear the conversations I've been having for the #MichelleObamaPodcast,&quot; she tweeted.</p> <p>&quot;My mom, my girlfriends, my colleagues, and many others all stop by, along with someone you're pretty familiar with: @BarackObama is my first guest on 7/29.&quot;</p> <p>In the episode, Barack and Michelle Obama will talk about their life together since leaving the White House in 2016 — and during quarantine — in a discussion focusing on Americans’ relationship with community in a time of social turmoil,<i>&nbsp;Variety</i> reported.&nbsp;</p> <p>Subsequent episodes will feature Washington Post columnist Michele Norris on “self in the time of COVID”; Dr. Sharon Malone, wife of former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, discussing women’s health; her older brother, Craig Robinson, talking about sibling relationships, and a subsequent episode with Craig and her mom, Marian Robinson; Conan O’Brien on marriage; and friends Malone, Kelly Dibble and Denielle Pemberton-Heard in a conversation about friendships.</p> <p>Future guests also include former Obama aide and friend Valerie Jarrett.</p> <p><i>The Michelle Obama Podcast&nbsp;</i>is the first project from Higher Ground, the Obamas’ media production firm, for Spotify under their&nbsp;multiyear deal.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/25/barack-obama-to-be-first-guest-michelle-obama-new-podcast.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/25/barack-obama-to-be-first-guest-michelle-obama-new-podcast.html Sat Jul 25 12:33:48 IST 2020 one-last-glimpse-of-our-shooting-star-sara-ali-khan-sushant-dil-bechara <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/24/one-last-glimpse-of-our-shooting-star-sara-ali-khan-sushant-dil-bechara.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/gallery/shots/2019/november-10-2019/people/96-Sara-Ali-Khan.jpg" /> <p>Sharing the motion poster of Sushant Singh Rajput’s last film <i>Dil Bechara</i>, his <i>Kedarnath</i> co-star Sara Ali Khan said it would be ‘one last glimpse of our shooting star’.</p> <p>Besides Sara, Anushka Sharma, Kriti Sanon, Shilpa Shetty and others have been sharing the poster, asking fans to watch the film when it premieres on Disney+ Hotstar on Friday. Sara worked with Sushant in her debut film, <i>Kedarnath.</i></p> <p>Bhumi Pednekar, who worked with Sushant in <i>Sonchiriya</i> wrote, “It breaks my heart saying this.Let’s get together and make his final act one to remember and cherish forever Let’s all watch it together, the premiere of the film, same time, different places (your homes) but as one audience in whole. This one for #SushantSinghRajput Dil Bechara to premiere on 24th July on Disney+ Hotstar in India and on Hotstar in USA, UK and Canada for Subscribers and Non-Subscribers at 7:30 PM (IST).”</p> <p>The directorial debut of casting director Mukesh Chhabra, the film also features Sanjana Sanghi, Swastika Mukherjee, Saif Ali Khan and Jaaved Jaaferi. The music of the movie is composed by AR Rahman, and the maestro recently dedicated a musical tribute to Sushant.</p> <p>Remembering Sushant, Chhabra had said in a statement earlier: "Sushant was not just the hero of my debut film as a director, but was a dear friend who stood by me through thick and thin. He had promised me that he would be in my first film. So many plans were made together, so many dreams were dreamt together but never once did I ever imagine that I would be left alone to release this film."</p> <p>The film is a remake of the popular Hollywood film&nbsp;<i>The Fault in Our Stars,&nbsp;</i>based on author John Green’s book by the same name.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/24/one-last-glimpse-of-our-shooting-star-sara-ali-khan-sushant-dil-bechara.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/24/one-last-glimpse-of-our-shooting-star-sara-ali-khan-sushant-dil-bechara.html Fri Jul 24 12:15:47 IST 2020 release-mulan-top-gun-maverick-avatar2-postponed <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/24/release-mulan-top-gun-maverick-avatar2-postponed.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2019/7/19/tom-cruise-trailer.jpg" /> <p>The coronavirus pandemic does not seem to be slowing down, and it has shaken up Hollywood’s movie release calendar yet again. Walt Disney Co on Thursday announced that the release of <i>Mulan</i> has been postponed indefinitely.</p> <p><i>Mulan</i> was scheduled to reach theatres in March, but had to pushed in the wake of the pandemic. It was later rescheduled for an August 21 release. The news comes shortly after Warner Bros. postponed the highly anticipated Christopher Nolan film <i>Tenet.</i></p> <p>Disney has also announced the delay of the new Star Wars films and the Avatar sequels. <i>Avatar 2</i> will now release in December 2022, and the subsequent sequels have also been pushed back by a year. The Star Wars films will start releasing in December 2023.</p> <p>“It’s become clear that nothing can be set in stone when it comes to how we release films during this global health crisis,” a Disney representative said. “Today that means pausing our release plans for Mulan as we assess how we can most effectively bring this film to audiences around the world.”</p> <p>Paramount has also made changes in the release calendar, with Tom Cruise’s &nbsp;<i>Top Gun Maverick</i>&nbsp;pushed to July 2, 2021. Emily Blunt-starrer <i>A Quiet Place 2</i>, which was scheduled to release in September, has been moved to April 23, 2021.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/24/release-mulan-top-gun-maverick-avatar2-postponed.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/24/release-mulan-top-gun-maverick-avatar2-postponed.html Fri Jul 24 11:05:59 IST 2020 nivin-pauly-starrer-moothon-released-on-zee5 <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/24/nivin-pauly-starrer-moothon-released-on-zee5.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2019/11/20/moothon-imdb.jpg" /> <p>Mollywood director Geetu Mohandas’ <i>Moothon</i>, a poignant love story starring Nivin Pauly, Roshan Mathew, Sobhita Dhulipala and Shashank Arora in the lead, has been released on ZEE5.</p> <p>The film, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September 2019, was well received in various international film circuits. It had a decent run in theatres too.</p> <p>“The film is about human relationships, underlying politics, a thriller...'' Geethu said about the film.</p> <p><i>Moothon</i>, set in Lakshadweep and Mumbai, is a bilingual drama in Hindi and Malayalam. <a title="'Moothon' making video: Watch Nivin Pauly transform into 'Bhai'" href="https://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2019/11/20/moothon-making-video-watch-nivin-pauly-transform-into-bhai.html">The film's brilliant cinematography</a> was much talked about. The camera was helmed by ace cinematographer Rajeev Ravi, who happens to be the husband of Geethu Mohandas. The film was produced by Anurag Kashyap.</p> <p><i>Moothon</i> is the second outing of <a title="Excited to have made a film in my language: Geetu Mohandas on 'Moothon'" href="https://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2019/10/18/excited-to-have-made-a-film-in-my-language-geetu-mohandas-moothon.html">Geethu Mohandas as director</a>. Her debut film, <i>Liar's Dice</i>, had won the best actress and best cinematography award at the National Film Awards. She also bagged the Global Filmmaking award at the Sundance Film Festival, the only Asian to receive it.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/24/nivin-pauly-starrer-moothon-released-on-zee5.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/24/nivin-pauly-starrer-moothon-released-on-zee5.html Fri Jul 24 16:55:28 IST 2020 fake-incorrigible-lie-amitabh-bachchan-on-reports-of-him-testing-negative-for-covid <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/23/fake-incorrigible-lie-amitabh-bachchan-on-reports-of-him-testing-negative-for-covid.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/gallery/slideshow/2018/november/kolkata-international-film-festival/kiff-2-salil.jpg" /> <p>Bollywood actor <a href="https://www.theweek.in/tag.theweek~people@AmitabhBachchan.html">Amitabh Bachchan</a>, who is admitted to Nanavati Hospital in Mumbai after testing positive for COVID-19, refuted news reports that claimed that he tested negative for the disease.</p> <p>Taking to Twitter, the actor said the news is "incorrect, irresponsible, fake and an incorrigible LIE."</p> <p>Apart from Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Aaradhya Bachchan <a title="Amidst wishes for their speedy recovery, the Bachchans are facing criticism too" href="https://www.theweek.in/theweek/leisure/2020/07/16/a-family-affair.html">too are admitted in the hospital after contacting the disease</a>. Earlier, the hospital had said the Bachchan family members were responding well to the treatment.</p> <p>After being admitted to the hospital, Amitabh Bachchan has been regularly updating about his health on social media. “In happy times, in times of illness, you our near and dear, our well wishers, our fans have ever given us unstinting love, affection care and prayer...we express our bountiful gracious gratitude to you all .. in these circumstances hospital protocol, restrictive,” the actor had recently said in a social media post.</p> <p>He had also <a title="Amitabh Bachchan expresses 'unending gratitude' towards fans after COVID-19 diagnosis" href="https://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/13/amitabh-bachchan-expresses-unending-gratitude-towards-fans-after-covid-diagnosis.html">thanked his fans and others</a> in blogpost. "My dearest extended family, your concern, your prayers and your wishes for Abhishek, Aishwarya, Aaradhya and me for a speedy recovery has filled me with unending gratitude. I thank you all," the actor wrote.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/23/fake-incorrigible-lie-amitabh-bachchan-on-reports-of-him-testing-negative-for-covid.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/23/fake-incorrigible-lie-amitabh-bachchan-on-reports-of-him-testing-negative-for-covid.html Thu Jul 23 17:40:39 IST 2020 dil-bechara-sushant-last-film-premieres-tomorrow-how-to-watch <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/23/dil-bechara-sushant-last-film-premieres-tomorrow-how-to-watch.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/6/14/dil-bechara.jpg" /> <p>Sushant Singh Rajput’s last film <i>Dil Bechara</i> will premiere on Disney + Hotstar at 7.30pm on Friday. The directorial debut of casting director Mukesh Chhabra, the film also features Sanjana Sanghi, Swastika Mukherjee, Saif Ali Khan and Jaaved Jaaferi.</p> <p>The film will be available on Disney+ Hotstar in India and on Hotstar in USA, UK and Canada for subscribers and non-subscribers, in honour of Sushant’s memory.</p> <p>Announcing the date and time, Chhabra wrote on Instagram: We want to make this even more special for everyone. Lock the date and time. Let's all watch it together, the premiere of the film, same time, different places (your homes) but as one audience in whole. This one for&nbsp;<a href="https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/sushantsinghrajput/">#SushantSinghRajput</a>.</p> <p>The music of the movie is composed by AR Rahman, and the maestro recently dedicated a musical tribute to Sushant.</p> <p>Remembering Sushant, Chhabra had said in a statement earlier: &quot;Sushant was not just the hero of my debut film as a director, but was a dear friend who stood by me through thick and thin. He had promised me that he would be in my first film. So many plans were made together, so many dreams were dreamt together but never once did I ever imagine that I would be left alone to release this film.&quot;</p> <p>Farah Khan, who choreographed the film’s title track, had earlier said she wanted the dance number to be a ‘one-shot’ video because she knew Sushant will be able to pull it off perfectly. Farah said that as a reward for the dance performance, Sushant had asked her for home-cooked food, which she brought for him.</p> <p>The film is a remake of the popular Hollywood film&nbsp;<i>The Fault in Our Stars,&nbsp;</i>based on author John Green’s book by the same name. The film was earlier titled&nbsp;<i>Kizie Aur Manny.&nbsp;</i>&nbsp;Green had said he was excited about the Hindi adaptation and wanted to watch it.&nbsp;<i>The Fault In Our Stars&nbsp;</i>is based on the love relationship between two terminally ill patients.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/23/dil-bechara-sushant-last-film-premieres-tomorrow-how-to-watch.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/23/dil-bechara-sushant-last-film-premieres-tomorrow-how-to-watch.html Thu Jul 23 15:35:45 IST 2020 kangana-says-mumbai-police-probe-who-declared-sushant-flop-actor <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/23/kangana-says-mumbai-police-probe-who-declared-sushant-flop-actor.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/gallery/slideshow/2020/june/SushantSingh/Sushant-Chhichhore.jpg" /> <p>Kangana Ranaut, who has been criticising ‘Bollywood mafia’ for Sushant Singh Rajput’s death, has now asked the Mumbai Police to look into those propagating the perception that Sushant’s career was a ‘flop’.</p> <p>Sharing box office numbers of Sushant’s film <i>Chhichore,</i> Kangana said that the film had crossed box office numbers of Ranveer Singh-Alia Bhatt’s Gully Boy, and yet Sushant was being called a ‘flop actor’.</p> <p>"This is the digits business, but in perception business they kept calling Sushant a flop actor, dumped his films on digital owning to his "flop" career, which flop career? and who were declaring his flop&nbsp;@mumbaipolice&nbsp;must investigate (sic)," tweeted Team Kangana Ranaut.</p> <p>Sharing a post from Sushant’s profile, Kangana said that they will ensure his name ‘shines like a star’. “We will make sure your name shines like a star in the sky forever, millions of candles of your name were burning last night, we won’t let them dismiss you as mad or a weak life, you will continue to spread your lovely light, we promise you,” the tweet read.</p> <p>Hitting out at the 'movie mafia' in Bollywood, in a recent interview with&nbsp;<i>Republic TV</i>, Kangana had accused Yash Raj Films of sabotaging Sushant's career by denying him films. She called out Aditya Chopra of systematically denying Sushant work.</p> <p>Sushant's suicide has triggered a debate on social media and otherwise on rampant nepotism and 'lobbying' in Bollywood. Mumbai Police is currently probing his death. Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh has ruled out CBI probe into the case.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/23/kangana-says-mumbai-police-probe-who-declared-sushant-flop-actor.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/23/kangana-says-mumbai-police-probe-who-declared-sushant-flop-actor.html Thu Jul 23 14:59:34 IST 2020 fake-social-media-followers-deepika-priyanka-likely-to-be-questioned-mumbai-cops <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/23/fake-social-media-followers-deepika-priyanka-likely-to-be-questioned-mumbai-cops.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/7/23/collage.jpg" /> <p>Actresses Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone are likely to be summoned by the Mumbai Police in connection to the probe into fake social media followers scam.</p> <p>According to reports, Priyanka and Deepika are among over 170 high profile persons including actors and sportspersons who are being interrogated by the Mumbai Police.</p> <p>Mumbai's Joint Commissioner of Police Vinay Kumar Chaubey has stated that they have found around 54 firms that have a role in the fake social media followers scam, Pinkvilla reported. A special investigation team has been assigned the case, touted as the first of its kind in the country.</p> <p>The racket surfaced after Bollywood singer Bhumi Trivedi found a fake profile of her name on social media. According to <i>Times of India</i>, a man named Abhishek Dinesh Daude has reportedly been arrested by the Criminal Intelligence Unit of Mumbai Police in relation to the case. A social media marketing company has also come under the scanner of the police.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/23/fake-social-media-followers-deepika-priyanka-likely-to-be-questioned-mumbai-cops.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/23/fake-social-media-followers-deepika-priyanka-likely-to-be-questioned-mumbai-cops.html Thu Jul 23 12:37:52 IST 2020 after-kanye-west-explosive-tweets-kim-kardashian-opens-up-about-mental-health <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/23/after-kanye-west-explosive-tweets-kim-kardashian-opens-up-about-mental-health.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/7/23/kim-kardashian-kanye-west-ap.jpg" /> <p>Kim Kardashian on Wednesday opened up about her husband Kanye West’s bipolar disorder and called for the public to show ‘compassion and empathy’. Her lengthy post comes in the wake of a series of Kanye’s tweets, which have now been deleted, in which he went on a rant about him seeking a divorce from Kim, whom he termed ‘white supremacist’. In successive rants, Kanye alleged that Kim was trying to have him &quot;locked up&quot;.</p> <p>&quot;I been trying to get divorced since Kim met with Meek at the Warldorf for &quot;prison reform,&quot; he wrote, referring to 33-year-old rapper Meek Mill and his 2018 meet with Kim.</p> <p>Taking to Instagram stories to address her husband’s mental health, Kim said that life has been difficult for their family, and that so far she has been very protective about their family and Kanye’s privacy.</p> <p>“I’ve never spoken publicly about how this has affected us at home because I am very protective of our children and Kanye’s right to privacy when it comes to his health. But today, I feel like I should comment on it because of the stigma and misconceptions about mental health,” she wrote.</p> <p>“I understand Kanye is subject to criticism because he is a public figure and his actions at times can cause strong opinions and emotions. He is a brilliant but complicated person who on top of the pressures of being an artist and a black man, who experienced the painful loss of his mother, and has to deal with the pressure and isolation that is heightened by his bi-polar disorder,” she continued.</p> <p>“We as a society talk about giving grace to the issue of mental health as a whole, however, we should also give it to the individuals who are living with it in times when they need it the most. I kindly ask that the media and public give us the compassion and empathy that is needed so that we can get through this,” she wrote, thanking everyone who understand and have expressed concern for Kanye.</p> <p>Kanye had also recently announced he is in the run for US president.</p> <p>Kim and Kanye married in 2014 and have four children together.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/23/after-kanye-west-explosive-tweets-kim-kardashian-opens-up-about-mental-health.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/23/after-kanye-west-explosive-tweets-kim-kardashian-opens-up-about-mental-health.html Thu Jul 23 11:04:05 IST 2020 if-paani-gets-made-one-day-ill-dedicate-it-to-sushant-singh-rajput-shekhar-kapur <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/22/if-paani-gets-made-one-day-ill-dedicate-it-to-sushant-singh-rajput-shekhar-kapur.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2018/6/13/shekhar-kapur.jpg" /> <p>Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur on Wednesday said whenever his much-ambitious passion project <i>Paani</i> sees the light of day, he will dedicate the film to actor Sushant Singh Rajput, who was attached to headline the movie.</p> <p>The actor was supposed to star in <i>Paani</i>, produced by Yash Raj Films (YRF), with whom he previously worked in <i>Shuddh Desi Romance </i>(2013) and <i>Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!</i> (2015).</p> <p>Kapur's <i>Paani</i> would have been his third film with the banner, but YRF reportedly backed out of the project later.</p> <p>Takig to Twitter, the <i>Mr India</i> director said he would love to make the film with partners who "walk in humility, not in arrogance".</p> <p>"If you want to journey with the Gods, or your creativity, you have to walk each step in devotion. In humility. God willing #Paani will get made one day. If it does, I will dedicate it to Sushant," he wrote.</p> <p>The filmmaker had earlier said that he was "devastated" when <i>Paani</i> was put on the back burner.</p> <p>"<i>Paani</i> is a complex subject. I am good at selling films. I believe I can sell something so fast and Adi (Aditya Chopra) got caught," he had quipped.</p> <p>"I was devastated as I was passionate about the project. I had it with me for 15 years. I was working on it for so long. It was draining, it was art. It was not like if not this, I will make something else. When I saw Sushant I felt he is the guy," the 74-year-old director said during a Masterclass at the 2017 edition of the International Film Festival of India.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/22/if-paani-gets-made-one-day-ill-dedicate-it-to-sushant-singh-rajput-shekhar-kapur.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/22/if-paani-gets-made-one-day-ill-dedicate-it-to-sushant-singh-rajput-shekhar-kapur.html Wed Jul 22 20:29:44 IST 2020 amber-heard-accuses-johnny-depp-of-throwing-bottles-like-grenades <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/22/amber-heard-accuses-johnny-depp-of-throwing-bottles-like-grenades.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2018/5/2/johnny-depp.jpg" /> <p>Amber Heard alleged in a British court on Wednesday that her ex-husband Johnny Depp threw "30 or so bottles" at her as if they were grenades or bombs while they were in Australia in March 2015 and that he accidentally severed part of his finger during the assault.</p> <p>Taking to the witness box for a third day at the High Court in London during Depp's libel case against a British tabloid, the actress refuted his allegation that it was she who lost her temper and that she had injured him.</p> <p>Heard has described her stay in Australia with Depp as akin to a three-day hostage situation. The incident is central to <i>The Sun</i>'s labelling of Depp in an April 2018 article as a wife beater.</p> <p>Depp, 57, is suing <i>The Sun</i>'s publisher, News Group Newspapers, and the paper's executive editor, Dan Wootton, over the article. The Hollywood star strongly denies abusing Heard, and claimed in court that she had been violent to him. He was present to hear Heard's testimony.</p> <p>Depp's lawyer, Eleanor Laws, said Heard had worked herself into a rage during her stay in Australia, where Depp was filming the latest <i>Pirates of the Caribbean</i> movie.</p> <p>Heard said she got "angry at times but not into a rage that would cause me to throw anything at him. She did concede that she did break one bottle in their second evening together in Australia as they argued about the scale of his drinking. I regret I did that," she said.</p> <p>After that Heard alleges that Depp, fuelled by drink and drugs, started throwing bottles, full enough that they broke a window behind her.</p> <p>He threw all the bottles that were in reach, all except for one which was a celebratory magnum-sized bottle of wine, she said. Heard alleges Depp's finger was severed during this barrage but that she didn't see it cut off. Heard also denied putting out a cigarette on his cheek.</p> <p>“I will be shocked if Johnny remembers any of this," she said.</p> <p>In the first nine days of testimony at the High Court, judge Andrew Nicol heard from Depp and from several current or former employees who backed his version of events. In his testimony, Depp said he was the one being abused by Heard and that she had a history of being violent against him.</p> <p>In written testimony released to the court, Heard said that at various times during their relationship she endured punching, slapping, kicking, head-butting and choking. She said some incidents were so severe she was afraid he was going to kill her, either intentionally or just by losing control and going too far. She said he blamed his actions on a self-created third party that he referred to as the monster.</p> <p>Depp and Heard met on the set of the comedy <i>The Rum Diary</i>, released in 2011. They married in Los Angeles in February 2015. Heard filed for divorce the following year, and it was finalised in 2017.</p> <p>Heard's testimony is expected to last for four days, through Thursday.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/22/amber-heard-accuses-johnny-depp-of-throwing-bottles-like-grenades.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/22/amber-heard-accuses-johnny-depp-of-throwing-bottles-like-grenades.html Wed Jul 22 19:53:25 IST 2020 dil-bechara-ar-rahman-pays-musical-tribute-sushant-singh <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/22/dil-bechara-ar-rahman-pays-musical-tribute-sushant-singh.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/6/14/dil-bechara.jpg" /> <p>Music maestro AR Rahman and singers of <i>Dil Bechara</i> tracks got together for a musical tribute for Sushant Singh Rajput. Sushant’s last film, <i>Dil Bechara</i>, will premeire on Disney+Hotstar on July 24.</p> <p>Rahman, who has composed music of the film, teamed with daughter Raheema Rahman, son AR Ameen and Hiral Viradia to sing Dil Bechara's title track.</p> <p>“The music of Dil Bechara will always remain special to all of us. The nine tracks that are composed for the film have a new meaning today, a whole new life,” Rahman said in the beginning of the tribute.</p> <p>Sharing the video on Twitter, Rahman dedicated it to the ‘loving memory of Sushant’.</p> <p>Director Mukesh Chhabra had earlier said that the title track was his favourite from the film. &nbsp;</p> <p>Remembering Sushant, Chhabra said: &quot;Sushant was not just the hero of my debut film as a director, but was a dear friend who stood by me through thick and thin. He had promised me that he would be in my first film. So many plans were made together, so many dreams were dreamt together but never once did I ever imagine that I would be left alone to release this film.&quot;</p> <p>The film is a remake of the popular Hollywood film&nbsp;<i>The Fault in Our Stars,&nbsp;</i>based on author John Green’s book by the same name.</p> <p><b>&nbsp;</b></p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/22/dil-bechara-ar-rahman-pays-musical-tribute-sushant-singh.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/22/dil-bechara-ar-rahman-pays-musical-tribute-sushant-singh.html Wed Jul 22 16:49:50 IST 2020 somewhere-between-sulu-shakuntala-devi-real-life-vidya-balan <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/22/somewhere-between-sulu-shakuntala-devi-real-life-vidya-balan.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2018/8/10/vidya-balan.jpg" /> <p>Actor Vidya Balan says there are moments of self-doubt in her life but playing a character like mathematics genius Shakuntala Devi, who owned her choices, acts like a source of inspiration.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The actor said the biopic strengthened her belief that it is okay for women to claim ownership on their lives without being apologetic.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>“She owned her choices and stood her ground. Her story definitely inspired me and has shown me that it is actually okay for a woman to want it all in life,” Vidya said. “Shakuntala Devi enjoyed the attention and she couldn’t understand the world saying that ‘You are a wife now or you are a mother and your priorities should change.’ She had this gift and she wanted to celebrate it. She was someone who wanted it all and had it all,” she added.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Directed by Anu Menon, the biographical drama touches upon the various events in the life of Shakuntala Devi, whose ability to solve complex mathematical problems swiftly, made her famous as the “human computer”.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>In her last solo theatrical outing, Vidya essayed the role of a middle class housewife, struggling to strike a balance between her family duties and her new found ambition for radio jockeying.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>But Shakuntala Devi, 41-year-old actor said, was in complete contrast to Sulu as she didn’t believe in giving into social constrains and kept her ambition at the top of her priority list.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>“Sulu was more traditional. She was still functioning within the constraints of the traditional middle class family. She was negotiating and navigating her way. We women have been taught to prioritise everyone else in our families. We put ourselves last.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>“And here was Shakuntala Devi who was refusing to do that. She said ‘Yes, I love my family, my child, but I love myself as well. Why should that be wrong?”&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Vidya is known for treading her own path in Bollywood by playing varying shades of women in critically and commercially successful movies such as <i>Kahaani</i>, <i>No One Killed Jessica,</i> <i>Ishqiya</i> and <i>The Dirty Picture.</i>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>But that choice brings its share of self-doubt.</p> <p>The actor said in her personal life, she is still away from achieving the level of fearlessness that Shakuntala Devi had as she still questions her decisions.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>“I’m at a stage in my life where I’m somewhere between Sulu and Shakuntala. I believe the film has given me more push towards being Shakuntala. But I still go through self-doubt. I question myself and my choices sometimes.”&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Vidya said she relies on her family to resolve the conflict in her mind.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>“I have always spoken to my family very openly and since Siddharth (Roy Kapur) and I got together, I speak to him very openly and share everything.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>“Just speaking about it helps me resolve so much in my head. It gives me perspective. I think, whenever I have self-doubt I voice it. I believe the more you voice it, the more you realize that it uses its power over you. And slowly you feel better,” she added.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Vidya believes the film, which premieres on Amazon Prime Video on July 31, is a reminder for women to love themselves and prioritize their ambitions.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>"Her life is so inspiring because it makes us think that if she could live her life on her own way at that time, what we are doing not claiming ownership on our lives and our dreams as women,” she said.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>“She was at her peak during 1960s and 1970s, so if she could do it why we can’t? I definitely think now there are more women who are aware that they have the right to their lives and they are aware about their rights and conversations about gender equality. But we still have a long way togo,” the actor added.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The movie focuses on Shakuntala Devi’s journey as the calculating prodigy from India, who travelled across the globe creating records with her skill in solving complex mathematical problems without any mechanical aid and winning hearts with her wit.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>“She had a wicked sense of humour, loved to party and loved tap dancing. Her daughter (Anupama Banerji) told me she and her husband (Paritosh Bannerji) used to go for tap dancing in clubs in Calcutta. She loved to dress up. She was interested in life,” Vidya said.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p><i>Shakuntala&nbsp;Devi</i> also features actors Amit Sadh and Sanya Malhotra in pivotal roles.&nbsp;</p> <p><b>&nbsp;</b></p> <p><b>&nbsp;</b></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/22/somewhere-between-sulu-shakuntala-devi-real-life-vidya-balan.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/22/somewhere-between-sulu-shakuntala-devi-real-life-vidya-balan.html Wed Jul 22 16:14:19 IST 2020 powerstar-trailer-leaked-rgv-return-money-those-who-paid-to-watch <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/22/powerstar-trailer-leaked-rgv-return-money-those-who-paid-to-watch.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/7/22/powerstar.jpg" /> <p>The trailer of Ram Gopal Varma’s upcoming&nbsp; direct-to-home release <i>Powerstar</i> was leaked on Wednesday ahead of its official launch. After the leak, the makers were forced to officially release the trailer.</p> <p>‘Power Star' is the title used by actor-politician Pawan Kalyan, and the movie is expected to be a satire that revolves around the actor’s political career. Though RGV has claimed the film is not based on any real person, the lead character goes by the name ‘Prawan Kalyan’. The trailer also shows glimpses of the character’s loss in the 2019 Andhra Pradesh assembly polls.</p> <p>RGV had planned to release the trailer as a paid experience and had sought Rs 25 from viewers who wish to watch it.</p> <p>After the trailer was leaked on Wednesday, RGV tweeted that now they had no choice, but to officially release the trailer for free. He added that they would refund the money paid by viewers</p> <p><b>&nbsp;</b></p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/22/powerstar-trailer-leaked-rgv-return-money-those-who-paid-to-watch.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/22/powerstar-trailer-leaked-rgv-return-money-those-who-paid-to-watch.html Wed Jul 22 14:44:18 IST 2020 charlize-theron-teases-the-old-guard-sequel <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/22/charlize-theron-teases-the-old-guard-sequel.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/magazine/theweek/leisure/images/2020/7/16/charlize-theron-the-old-guard.jpg" /> <p>Hollywood star Charlize Theron says though Netflix is yet to greenlight the sequel to her latest film <i>The Old Guard,</i> the team will pick up the conversation when it is the "right time".</p> <p>Written and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, <i>The Old Guard</i> was released on July 10 and is among the most popular movies to ever hit the streaming platform.</p> <p>The action drama, which has been praised for its stunning female-led action sequences and background score, is on track to reach 72 million households in its first four weeks, Netflix recently said.</p> <p>Reacting to the movie’s response, Theron told <i>Variety</i>, "It’s pretty nutty, right? It’s pretty crazy."</p> <p>In the film, the 44-year-old actor starred as Andromache the Scythian heading a group of immortals warriors fighting for justice.</p> <p>Based on the comic book series by Greg Rucka and illustrator Leandro Fernandez, the film also featured KiKi Layne, Matthias Schoenaerts, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Marwan Kenzari, Luca Marinelli, Harry Melling, and Van Veronica Ngo.</p> <p>The climax of <i>The Old Guard</i> props the film for a second part, but Theron said they will begin work on the sequel after a "little resting period".</p> <p>"We’re still pushing this one out. Let’s have a little resting period, but just given the fact that all of us really want to do it, I’m sure when it’s the right time, we'll start the conversation," she added.</p> <p>Theron also produced the action drama through her company Denver and Delilah, alongside Skydance's David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger.</p> <p>The actor recently said she is taking a break to spend some time with her children.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/22/charlize-theron-teases-the-old-guard-sequel.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/22/charlize-theron-teases-the-old-guard-sequel.html Wed Jul 22 12:06:57 IST 2020 thappad-director-anubhav-sinha-resigns-from-bollywood <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/22/thappad-director-anubhav-sinha-resigns-from-bollywood.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/7/22/anubhav-sinha.jpg" /> <p>Bollywood director Anubhav Sinha has tweeted that he has had enough and is ‘resigning’ from Bollywood.</p> <p>The <i>Thappad </i>director wrote: “ENOUGH!!! I hereby resign from Bollywood. Whatever the f*** that means.”</p> <p>Filmmaker Sudhir Misra also responded to Sinha, elborating what Bollywood means to him. He tweeted: “What’s Bollywood?I came 2be partof Cinema inspired by Satyajit Ray ,Raj Kapoor, Guru Dutt,Ritwick Ghatak, Bimal Roy, Mrinal Sen, Hrishikesh Mukherjee,KAsif,Vijay Anand ,Javed Akhtar,Tapan Sinha, Gulzar ,Shekhar Kapur,Ketan Mehta , Bharatan n Aravindan etc.Thatswhere I’ll always be.”</p> <p>Hansal Mehta also responded with a similar tweet, sharing the list of films that have inspired him.</p> <p>Sinha, an outspoken personality, is known for his socially relevant films like <i>Thappad</i>, <i>Article 15</i> and <i>Mulk</i>. Sinha also changed his Twitter name, which now reads: Anubhav Sinha (Not Bollywood).</p> <p>After the sudden demise of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, tempers have been flaring on social media, and actors and filmmakers have been debating on nepotism and other issues in Bollywood.</p> <p>After Sinha’s tweet, users have been asking him to keep making powerful films, as he always has.</p> <p><b>&nbsp;</b></p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/22/thappad-director-anubhav-sinha-resigns-from-bollywood.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/22/thappad-director-anubhav-sinha-resigns-from-bollywood.html Wed Jul 22 11:10:07 IST 2020 kangana-calls-anurag-kashyap-mini-mahesh-bhatt-shares-scary-interview <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/21/kangana-calls-anurag-kashyap-mini-mahesh-bhatt-shares-scary-interview.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/magazine/theweek/cover/images/2018/12/29/24-Kangana-Ranaut.jpg" /> <p>Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap and actress Kangana Ranaut’s team have locked horns on Twitter, and the ongoing rant is grabbing eyeballs. Kangana, in a recent interview with Republic TV, had spoken about Sushant Singh’s death and the Bollywood ‘mafia’, and called out Mahesh Bahtt, Karan Johar and Aaditya Chopra. She also took a dig at actresses Alia Bhatt, Taapsee Pannu and Swara Bhasker, in the interview that has gone viral.</p> <p>Referring to this, Kashyap tweeted that Kangana used to be a good friend of his, but he does not recognise the new Kangana anymore. “I saw Kangana’s interview’s yesterday. She used to be a very good friend of mine at one time. She used to encourage me by coming for my films. But I do not know this new Kangana. And I just saw this scary interview of hers, which is after the release of <i>Manikarnika</i>,” Kashyap tweeted in Hindi.</p> <p>In a tweet addressed to Kangana’s team, Kashyap said ‘enough is enough’. He added that if her family members or close friends were not able to understand what she is doing, then she has no one to call her on.</p> <p>Responding to a user who called him a <a title="Anurag Kashyap, Ranvir Shorey spar over ‘hypocrisy of Bollywood flunkies’ tweet" href="https://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/21/anurag-kashyap-ranvir-shorey-spar-hypocrisy-bollywood-flunkies-tweet.html" target="_blank">'puppet of Bollywood gang mafia'</a>, Kashyap said his films are not produced by big banners like Yash Raj Films, Dharma Productions and Excel Entertainment.&nbsp;He added that he was the one who made&nbsp;<i>Queen</i>&nbsp;when actress Kangana Ranaut did not have work and when her film&nbsp;<i>Tanu Weds Manu&nbsp;</i>faced problems, he was the one who helped director Aanand L Rai.</p> <p>Team Kangana Ranaut responded to Kashyap’s tweets, calling him ‘mini Mahesh Bhatt’, and took a dig at him by saying <i>Queen</i> was the only successful film to have come out of his production house.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/21/kangana-calls-anurag-kashyap-mini-mahesh-bhatt-shares-scary-interview.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/21/kangana-calls-anurag-kashyap-mini-mahesh-bhatt-shares-scary-interview.html Tue Jul 21 16:57:01 IST 2020 sushant-singh-death-film-critic-rajeev-masand-summoned-mumbai-police <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/21/sushant-singh-death-film-critic-rajeev-masand-summoned-mumbai-police.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/6/14/sushant-singh-rajput-file-ap.jpg" /> <p>Journalist and film critic Rajeev Masand recorded his statement in the Sushant&nbsp; Singh Rajput death case on Tuesday.</p> <p>Masand was questioned about the negative ratings he gave to Sushant's films, the Times of India reported.</p> <p>So far, the police have recorded statements of over 36 people, including director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Bollywood casting director Mukesh Chhabra, actress Sanjana Sanghi, filmmaker&nbsp;Aditya Chopra&nbsp;and Sushant’s friend Sandip Singh, among others, Hindustan Times reported. Sushant’s girlfriend, actress Rhea Chakraborty, had also given her statement to the police.</p> <p>Earlier, the Mumbai police recorded statements of mental health professionals whom Sushant had consulted.</p> <p>Sushant Singh, 34, died by suicide on June 14. The police are investigating allegations that professional rivalry, besides clinical depression, drove the actor to suicide. Police are also trying to understand the reason behind Sushant ending his contract with YRF.</p> <p>Recently, Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh dismissed the need for a CBI probe into the death case of Rajput, saying the Mumbai police are capable of handling the matter. This came after Rhea Chakraborty appealed to Union Home Minister Amit Shah for a CBI inquiry, to understand ‘what pressures’ pushed Sushant to take the extreme step.</p> <p>“Respected @AmitShah sir, I’m Sushant Singh Rajput’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty. It is now over a month since his sudden demise. I have complete faith in the government, however, in the interest of justice, I request you with folded hands to initiate a CBI enquiry,” she tweeted.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/21/sushant-singh-death-film-critic-rajeev-masand-summoned-mumbai-police.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/21/sushant-singh-death-film-critic-rajeev-masand-summoned-mumbai-police.html Tue Jul 21 14:36:42 IST 2020 anurag-kashyap-ranvir-shorey-spar-hypocrisy-bollywood-flunkies-tweet <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/21/anurag-kashyap-ranvir-shorey-spar-hypocrisy-bollywood-flunkies-tweet.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2018/6/22/anurag-kashyap.jpg" /> <p>Actor Ranvir Shorey on Tuesday, took a dig at hypocrisy of ‘independent-film-crusaders’ who have turned into ‘mainstream Bollywood flunkies’. “So many independent-film-crusaders have turned mainstream-bollywood-flunkies now. These are the same people who used to rant 24/7 about the “system” for attention before they were given entry into the pearly gates of mainstream Bollywood. #Hypocrisy much?,” he tweeted.</p> <p>Responding to Shorey, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap asked Shorey who he was referring to and asked ‘whose flunky is who’. “Do you really mean that @RanvirShorey. If you do please explain. Please say exactly what you mean and whose flunky is who?,” Kashyap tweeted.</p> <p>Replying to Kashyap, Shorey said he does not want to take names, and that he is not interested in mud-slinging. Ranvir wrote, “I always say what I mean, @anuragkashyap72, you know that. And I don’t think what I’ve said lacks any clarity. It pretty much explains everything. As for taking names, that’s beneath me. I’m not trying to sling mud, but just reminding people where they come from.”</p> <p>This exchange between Shorey and Kashyap is grabbing eyeballs and users have been responding to their comments.</p> <p>Responding to a user who called him a 'puppet of Bollywood gang mafia', Kashyap said his films are not produced by big banners like Yash Raj Films, Dharma Productions and Excel Entertainment.&nbsp;He added that he was the one who made <i>Queen</i> when actress Kangana Ranaut did not have work and when her film <i>Tanu Weds Manu </i>faced problems, he was the one who helped director Aanand L Rai.</p> <p>On Monday, Kashyap had tweeted an earlier interview of Kangana&nbsp; after the release of <i>Manikarnika</i>, and said he doesn’t the new Kangana anymore. He added that they used to friends earlier.</p> <p>In a recent interview, Kangana slammed Bollywood for being responsible for Sushant Singh’s death. She also called Taapsee Pannu and Swara Bhasker ‘B-grade’ actresses, to which actresses including Taapsee, Swara and Sonakshi Sinha have been responding.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/21/anurag-kashyap-ranvir-shorey-spar-hypocrisy-bollywood-flunkies-tweet.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/21/anurag-kashyap-ranvir-shorey-spar-hypocrisy-bollywood-flunkies-tweet.html Tue Jul 21 16:58:10 IST 2020 arjun-sarja-daughter-aishwarya-tests-positive-covid-19 <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/21/arjun-sarja-daughter-aishwarya-tests-positive-covid-19.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/7/21/aishwarya-sarja-insta.jpg" /> <p>Kannada actor Arjun Sarja’s daughter Aishwarya Sarja has tested positive for the coronavirus. She posted the news on her Instagram story while asking those who were in contact with her recently to get tested as well.</p> <p>“I am quarantined at home while taking all necessary precautions guided by a professional medical team. To anyone who has been in contact with me in the past few days, please take care,” Aishwarya wrote in her Instagram story. &nbsp;She made her acting debut with Tamil film Pattathu Yaanai in 2013.&nbsp;</p> <p>Aishwarya’s cousin and actor <a title="Actor Dhruva Sarja, wife test positive for COVID-19" href="https://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/15/dhruva-sarja-wife-test-positive-covid-19.html" target="_blank">Dhruva Sarja and his wife Prerana Sarja tested positive</a> for&nbsp;COVID-19&nbsp;last week. He took to Twitter recently to confirm that they were showing mild symptoms, but were being hospitalised.</p> <p>The Sarja family is just recovering from the untimely death of actor Chiranjeevi Sarja, who died after he suffered a cardiac arrest on July 7 in Bengaluru.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/21/arjun-sarja-daughter-aishwarya-tests-positive-covid-19.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/21/arjun-sarja-daughter-aishwarya-tests-positive-covid-19.html Tue Jul 21 11:28:44 IST 2020 christopher-nolan-tenet-delayed-indefinitely <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/21/christopher-nolan-tenet-delayed-indefinitely.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/gallery/shots/2019/september-29-2019/people/120-Christopher-Nolan.jpg" /> <p>The release of Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated film <i>Tenet</i> has been pushed indefinitely, Warner Bros. announced. The film was scheduled for release on August 12, and was one of the first major Hollywood films to be out in US theatres after the global shutdown.</p> <p>This is the third time the film’s release is being pushed—it was originally scheduled to release on July 17 and then was pushed to July 31. Later, Warner Bros. announced the film will finally reach theatres on August 12.</p> <p>Warner Bros. said in a statement, “We will share a new 2020 release date imminently for ‘Tenet,’ Christopher Nolan’s wholly original and mind-blowing feature. Our goals throughout this process have been to ensure the highest odds of success for our films while also being ready to support our theater partners with new content as soon as they could safely reopen.”</p> <p>The international espionage drama stars John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Clémence Poésy, Michael Caine, Kenneth Branagh and Dimple Kapadia.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;Speaking about it to&nbsp;<i>Entertainment Weekly,</i>&nbsp;Nolan said: “This film is not a time-travel film. It deals with time and the different ways in which time can function. Not to get into a physics lesson, but inversion is this idea of material that has had its entropy inverted, so it’s running backwards through time, relative to us.”</p> <p>&nbsp;The 49-year-old filmmaker said the project, which he also produces alongside his frequent collaborator Emma Thomas, has been mounted on a scale that is "certainly the biggest in terms of international reach".</p> <p>"We shot in seven countries, all over the place, with a massive cast and huge set pieces. There's no question, it's the most ambitious film we've made," Nolan added.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/21/christopher-nolan-tenet-delayed-indefinitely.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/21/christopher-nolan-tenet-delayed-indefinitely.html Tue Jul 21 10:37:54 IST 2020 if-my-presence-disturbs-cowroker-that-not-compliment-naseeruddin-shah <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/20/if-my-presence-disturbs-cowroker-that-not-compliment-naseeruddin-shah.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/1/22/naseeruddin-shah-file-janak-bhat.jpg" /> <p>Veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah on Monday said he doesn't consider it a compliment when fellow actors confess about being "nervous" in front of him.<br> </p> <p>Shah, who has straddled the worlds of cinema, TV and theatre with equal prowess for close to 45 years, said he tries to make the new talent feel at ease whenever he collaborates with them. "It doesn't please me when young actors say they are nervous when they are working with me, because I don't think that's a compliment.<br> </p> <p>"If my presence disturbs a co-worker, that's not a compliment or an accomplishment on my part. I try to help them overcome their nervousness, I don't always succeed," he said.<br> </p> <p>The actor, best known for his work in films including <i>Nishant</i>, <i>Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro</i>, <i>Ijaazat,</i> <i>A Wednesday</i>, and shows like <i>Mirza Ghalib,</i> <i>Bharat Ek Khoj</i>, said he learnt this lesson from his seniors in the industry who never made him feel overwhelmed with their presence.<br> "I don't remember being nervous in the presence of an actor who I liked very much, including Dilip Kumar, Sean Connery, Ashok Kumar... So if an actor gets nervous in my presence, it's not a good thing," he added.<br> </p> <p>Shah, who turned 70 on Monday, was interacting with media at the virtual press conference of his upcoming Amazon Prime Video series <i>Bandish Bandits</i>. The ten-part show follows the story of two lovers, Radhe and Tamanna, played by Ritwik Bhowmik and Shreya Chaudhry, from different musical backgrounds.&nbsp;On the series, created by Amritpal Singh Bindra and Anand Tiwari, Shah will be seen playing the role of Pandit Radhemohan Rathod, a celebrated classical musician who inspires his grandson Radhe to follow his legacy.&nbsp;The three-time National Award winner said he was drawn to Rathod's part as the character had shades of grey. "What interested me was that the character wasn't purely white. Parts with grey shades interest me more.</p> <p>"If this man would have been a good grandfather who takes care of everyone and sacrifices his life for the hero, then maybe I wouldn't have done it," he added.<br> </p> <p>Directed by Tiwari, the show also stars Atul Kulkarni, Kunaal Roy Kapur, Sheeba Chaddha and Rajesh Tailang. The show features an original soundtrack, composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, who make their digital debut with the series.<br> </p> <p><i>Bandish Bandits</i> will start streaming from August 4.&nbsp;</p> <p><b>&nbsp;</b></p> <p><b>&nbsp;</b></p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/20/if-my-presence-disturbs-cowroker-that-not-compliment-naseeruddin-shah.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/20/if-my-presence-disturbs-cowroker-that-not-compliment-naseeruddin-shah.html Mon Jul 20 17:09:38 IST 2020 priyanka-chopra-luckiest-girl-adorable-post-for-nick-jonas <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/20/priyanka-chopra-luckiest-girl-adorable-post-for-nick-jonas.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/7/20/priyanka-nick-insta.jpg" /> <p>Actress Priyanka Chopra on Monday shared an adorable note for husband Nick Jonas. Sharing a click of herself with Nick, she dedicated it to the ‘greatest joy of her life’. Priyanka and Nick are celebrating the second anniversary of him proposing to her.</p> <p>She posted the picture with the caption, “To the greatest joy of my life. 2 years ago on this day you asked me to marry you! I may have been speechless then but I say yes every moment of everyday since. In the most unprecedented time you made this weekend so incredibly memorable. Thank you for thinking of me all the time. I am the luckiest girl in the world! I love you @nickjonas.”</p> <p>Nick reacted to the post saying, “Thank you for saying yes. I love you beautiful.”</p> <p>Priyanka celebrated her birthday on July 18, and Nick took to social media to share a special birthday message for his wife. Sharing a romantic picture of the two of them from one of their outings on Instagram and wrote, “I could stare into your eyes forever. I love you baby. You are the most thoughtful, caring and wonderful person I have ever met. I am so grateful we found one another. Happy birthday beautiful.”</p> <p>On the work front,&nbsp; Priyanka has signed a multi-year deal with Amazon. The actor, who launched her own production banner Purple Pebble Pictures in 2015, said she aims to create "great content" featuring "creative talent" from all over the world.</p> <p>Priyanka's another project with Amazon is a film about Ma Anand Sheela, the assistant to guru Bhagwan Rajneesh (also known as Osho). The actor will be producing the movie which is based on Netflix docu-series Wild&nbsp;<i>Wild Country.</i>&nbsp;Besides her association with Amazon, the actor will next star in two Netflix projects— superhero movie&nbsp;<i>We Can Be Heroes&nbsp;</i>and&nbsp;<i>The White Tiger,</i>&nbsp;opposite Rajkummar Rao.</p> <p>She will also be part of Keanu Reeves-starrer&nbsp;<i>The Matrix 4</i>.</p> <p>-with PTI inputs&nbsp;</p> <p><b>&nbsp;</b></p> <p><b>&nbsp;</b></p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/20/priyanka-chopra-luckiest-girl-adorable-post-for-nick-jonas.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/20/priyanka-chopra-luckiest-girl-adorable-post-for-nick-jonas.html Mon Jul 20 12:17:28 IST 2020 sushant-singh-lookalike-sachin-tiwari-to-play-outisder-movie-inspired-by-life <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/20/sushant-singh-lookalike-sachin-tiwari-to-play-outisder-movie-inspired-by-life.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/7/19/sachin-tiwari.jpg" /> <p>TikTok star Sachin Tiwari has been roped in to play lead role in the upcoming film inspired by the life of late actor Sushant Singh Rajput.</p> <p>The film, titled Suicide or Murder: A Star Was Lost, is being produced by Vijay Sekhar Gupta. The makers on Monday also revealed the first look poster of Sachin Tiwari as ‘The Outsider’.&nbsp;The film is directed by Shamik Maulik.</p> <p>The first look was posted on the Instagram page of new OTT platform VSG Binge and the caption read as "A boy from small-town became a Shining Star in the film industry. This is his journey. Introducing Sachin Tiwari (@officialtiwarisachin) as 'The Outsider'. @vsgbinge presents #SuicideOrMurder Conceived &amp; produced by @iamvijayshekhar Directed by @shamik_maulik Music by @shraddhapandit Music on @vsgmusic #vsgmusic #vsgbinge #sachintiwari #bollywood #sushantsinghrajput".</p> <p>Sachin had trended on social media earlier for his resemblance to Sushant.</p> <p>&nbsp;“Sushant Singh Rajput’s death by suicide came as a shock to all of us, but it is not new. Many actors who come to the industry to accomplish their dreams of making it big here, end up not getting work. Many take this route, and some keep struggling all their lives. So, we wanted to tell a story of how actors from small towns, who don’t have godfathers in Bollywood, struggle. We will be revealing other characters one by one. I can assure you that this film will definitely unmask the real face of the insiders of Bollywood,” the Indian Express quoted Gupta as saying.</p> <p>The film was announced shortly after Sushant died by suicide on June 14, and the makers had clarified that it is not a biopic.</p> <p>The film is expected to go on floors in mid-September, according to reports.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/20/sushant-singh-lookalike-sachin-tiwari-to-play-outisder-movie-inspired-by-life.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/20/sushant-singh-lookalike-sachin-tiwari-to-play-outisder-movie-inspired-by-life.html Mon Jul 20 17:12:30 IST 2020 kangana-slams-aaditya-chopra-yash-raj-films-for-killing-sushants-career <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/19/kangana-slams-aaditya-chopra-yash-raj-films-for-killing-sushants-career.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2019/5/1/kangana-ranaut-sis.jpg" /> <p>Actor Kangana Ranaut has blamed Yash Raj Films and its chairman, filmmaker Aaditya Chopra, of 'killing' late actor Sushant Singh Raput's career.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The 34-year-old actor died by suicide on June 14 at his Bandra home.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Hitting out at the 'movie mafia' in Bollywood, in an interview with <i>Republic TV</i>, Kangana accused them of sabotaging Sushant's career by denying him films. She called out Chopra of systematically denying Sushant work.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Kangana said that actors Ranveer Singh and Sushant had contracts with Yahs Raj Films. The latter did two films with Chopra's production house—<i>Shuddh Desi Romance</i> (2013) and <i>Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!</i> (2015). Sushant's third film was supposed to be Shekhar Kapur's <i>Paani</i>,<i> </i>which never took off because Yash Ra Films backed out. Kapur had said that it left Sushant heartbroken.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Kangana also revealed how YRF denied Sushant an opportunity to work with celebrated filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, citing contactual clauses. “Their contracts are evil. You can’t do anything without their permission. [Sanjay Leela] Bhansali wanted him for <i>Ram-Leela</i>, but Aaditya Chopra did not allow him to the do the film, so he made Ranveer Singh do the film. Bhansali has not chased any actor for five years. He wanted him for <i>Bajirao Mastani</i>, but again Aaditya Chopra did not let him do the film, reason best known to him. Why? Because Sushant did not know how to do ‘chaplusi’ (sycophancy). They sabotaged his career,” she said in the interview.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>“YRF talent agency had been handling his work and prevented him from working with other directors and instead promised him a movie with a big director (Shekhar Kapur). That film was cancelled too. When Sushant rebuked and claimed autonomy over his career, they had a big showdown and Aaditya Chopra told him that no one will work with you," she said.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Sushant's suicide has triggered a debate on social media and otherwise on rampant nepotism and 'lobbying' in Bollywood. Mumbai Police is currently probing his death.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/19/kangana-slams-aaditya-chopra-yash-raj-films-for-killing-sushants-career.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/19/kangana-slams-aaditya-chopra-yash-raj-films-for-killing-sushants-career.html Sun Jul 19 23:33:14 IST 2020 kangana-interview-swara-bhasker-taapsee-pannu-and-alia-bhatt-respond <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/19/kangana-interview-swara-bhasker-taapsee-pannu-and-alia-bhatt-respond.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/7/19/Kangana-Ranaut-Tapsee-Pannu-Swara-bhasker-Alia-Bhatt.jpg" /> <p>Kangana Ranaut is well known for speaking her mind on the issue of nepotism in Bollywood. In the aftermath of the tragic death by suicide of Sushant Singh Rajput, Ranaut was one of the first to accuse the industry of causing his suicide, alleging that <a href="https://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/06/18/kangana-ranaut-says-sushant-singh-was-anxious-about-work.html">Rajput was anxious </a>over his lack of big projects.<br> </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>On Saturday, however, Ranaut escalated her attack, naming prominent director Mahesh Bhatt as well as actors Alia Bhatt, Taapsee Pannu and Swara Bhasker in an interview with <i>Republic TV, </i>where she alleged that Bollywood had a 'suicide gang' that sabotaged Rajput's career.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In the interview, Ranaut alleged that Bollywood had a culture of crushing rising actresses, accusing Javed Akhtar of threatening to push Ranaut to suicide if she did not drop her spat with Hrithik Roshan.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>She spoke in detail about Mahesh Bhatt, who had helped launch Ranaut’s career as his production house funded her debut film, <i>Gangster</i>, accusing him of throwing a slipper at her after she turned down a role in Dhokha which she felt was glorifying the ‘heroism of a suicide bomber’. In addition, she questioned Bhatt’s relationship with Rhea Chakraborty, Rajput’s girlfriend.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>“Sushant's girlfriend at the time Rhea in her statement mentioned Mahesh Bhatt. How is he related? Bhatt's first AD has written how Bhatt used to counsel him. Who was Mahesh Bhatt in Sushant's life?” Ranaut asked in the interview.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Ranaut did not stop with Bhatt; she questioned why Alia Bhatt won in the Best Actress category for her role in Gully Boy despite not having a leading role. She also called Taapsee Pannu and Swara Bhasker “B-grade actresses” and “needy outsiders”, questioning them for saying they were happy with the industry.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As of Sunday, many of those named by Ranaut have responded.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Mahesh Bhatt put up a cryptic post on Sunday. “I don’t want posterity to remember ME at all.I don’t want the world to recall me as a holy man.U do everything to be remembered .U want airports,stamps, monuments in ur name.U do everything to just continue.Permanence is just not possible.The quest for permanence is man's tragedy.”</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>He later retweeted a post by Dr Christian Conte saying, “Remember that you are the only one who can make your actions match your words.”</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Alia, too, chose the cryptic route, sharing an Instagram story with the words, “The truth is the truth, even if no one believes it. A lie is a lie, even if everyone believes it.”</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Bhasker and Pannu were more outright in their responses.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Responding to being given a ‘B’ rating by Kangana, Pannu tweeted, “Maine suna class 12th n 10th ke result ke baad humaara result bhi aa gaya hai! Humaara grade system ab official hai ? Abhi tak toh number system pe value decide hoti thi na 🤔 #MaLifeMaRulesMaShitMaPot”.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>She also rebutted Kangana’s accusations in an interview with Hindustan Times, where she attacked the idea that ‘outsiders’ like her and Kangana needed to be critical of the system. &quot;If you don’t hate someone she hates, is equivalent to 'you suck up to that person’? Is this logical?&quot; she asked.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>She also retweeted a post accusing Kangana of putting herself in the spotlight after Rajput’s death.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Swara Bhasker also retweeted Pannu’s post, and had her own points to make in a light-hearted manner.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Richa Chadha also added her voice, thanking Pannu for highlighting the need for solidarity.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>“Thanks @taapsee for highlighting that the need of the hour is solidarity and sanity. When shoots have come to a standstill,cast/crew have no jobs, we must create a positive work culture! Let's desist from anything counter-productive that'll increase toxicity in our industry!Folded handsRed heart,” Chadha tweeted.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Not everyone took a side against Kangana. Simi Garewal tweeted saying Sushant Singh Rajput’s death could bring about a movement in Bollywood similar to how George Floyd’s death sparked massive protests against racism in the United States.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>“I applaud #KanganaRanaut who is braver &amp; bolder than I am..Only I know how a 'powerful' person has viciously tried to destroy my career. I stayed silent. Because I am not so brave...I don't know what all of you felt after watching #KanganaSpeaksToArnab ..but it has left me quite depressed.. I'm distraught at what #SushantSingRajput endured .. and also what many 'outsiders' go through in Bollywood.. it must change!” Garewal tweeted.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/19/kangana-interview-swara-bhasker-taapsee-pannu-and-alia-bhatt-respond.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/19/kangana-interview-swara-bhasker-taapsee-pannu-and-alia-bhatt-respond.html Sun Jul 19 23:17:24 IST 2020 wwes-john-cena-shares-image-of-aishwarya-rai-bachchan-on-instagram <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/19/wwes-john-cena-shares-image-of-aishwarya-rai-bachchan-on-instagram.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2018/5/10/aishwarya-rai-afp.jpg" /> <p>WWE star <a title="John Cena" href="https://www.theweek.in/tag.theweek~JohnCena.html">John Cena</a> took to Instagram on Saturday to share a picture of Bollywood actor <a title="Aishwarya Rai Bachchan" href="https://www.theweek.in/tag.theweek~people@AishwaryaRaiBachchan.html">Aishwarya Rai Bachchan</a>, a day after she, along with her daughter Aaradhya, was shifted to the Nanavati Hospital after being <a title="Aishwarya Rai, daughter Aaradhya test positive for COVID-19" href="/content/week/news/entertainment/2020/07/12/aishwarya-rai-daughter-aaradhya-test-positive-for-covid-19-reports.html#col_leftparaside_articletopheader">tested positive for COVID-19</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Cena always posts pictures on Instagram without captions, and as expected, did not provide any for the image of Aishwarya. He had also posted a picture of Aishwarya’s father-in-law megastar <a title="Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek test positive for COVID-19; hospitalised" href="/content/week/news/entertainment/2020/07/12/amitabh-bachchan-abhishek-test-positive-for-coronavirus-hospitalised.html#col_leftparaside_articletopheader">Amitabh Bachchan and husband Abhishek Bachchan</a> after they had tested positive for COVID-19.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The WWE star has previously posted pictures of Sushant Singh Rajput, Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor after their deaths. Among Cena’s other posts featuring Bollywood celebrities are those that included Shah Rukh Khan and Ranveer Singh.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Aishwarya and her daughter Aaradhya tested positive for the coronavirus last week. Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan are undergoing treatment at the same hospital since last week after their COVID-19 test results came back positive.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Amitabh Bachchan’s wife Jaya Bachchan has tested negative for COVID-19.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The former Miss World had been under home quarantine after her results, too, retuned positive. However, she and Aaradhya <a title="Aishwarya Rai, daughter Aaradhya admitted to hospital after testing COVID-19 positive" href="/content/week/news/entertainment/2020/07/17/aishwarya-rai-daughter-aaradhya-admitted-to-hospital-after-testing-covid-19-positive.html#col_leftparaside_articletopheader">were taken to Nanavati Hospital</a> and admitted on Friday.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>On Saturday, Amitabh tweeted a picture with Aishwarya, Abhishek and Aaradhya, thanking fans for their prayers and wishes.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>“We see your love .. we hear your prayers .. we fold our hands .. in gratitude and thanks !” he tweeted.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/19/wwes-john-cena-shares-image-of-aishwarya-rai-bachchan-on-instagram.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/19/wwes-john-cena-shares-image-of-aishwarya-rai-bachchan-on-instagram.html Sun Jul 19 14:44:36 IST 2020 muslim-clerics-seek-ban-on-release-of-film-on-prophet-muhammad-plan-to-meet-pm-modi <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/18/muslim-clerics-seek-ban-on-release-of-film-on-prophet-muhammad-plan-to-meet-pm-modi.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/7/18/messenger-of-god.jpg" /> <p>Muslim clerics here on Saturday demanded a ban on the digital release of Iranian film 'Muhammad: The Messenger of God', claiming its screening would be "an insult to Islam".</p> <p>They said they will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure that the film is not released in India.</p> <p>Based on the life of Prophet Muhammad, the film was originally released in 2015.</p> <p>Maulana Sahabuddin, general secretary of Akhil Bharatiya Tanzeem Ulema-e-Islam, said religious organisations propagate Islam and films are not needed.</p> <p>"To ensure that the film is not released in India, a delegation of maulanas will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Time will be sought from the prime minister. We are hopeful that once the information about the film reaches him, its release will be stopped."</p> <p>"Initially, we had decided not to oppose the film openly. The tendency in India is that a film becomes a hit if it is opposed publicly. But now the atmosphere is different. There is tremendous anger among Muslims. Screening of this film will be an insult to Islam," he said without elaborating.</p> <p>Shahar Imam of Bareilly Khursheed Alam echoed the same sentiment. "A Muslim can tolerate anything but an attack on the honour of Hazrat Muhammad Sahab. The Centre should not allow the film's release so that peace prevails and the atmosphere is not vitiated," he said.</p> <p>'Muhammad: The Messenger of God' is slated to be released on digital platforms on July 21.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/18/muslim-clerics-seek-ban-on-release-of-film-on-prophet-muhammad-plan-to-meet-pm-modi.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/18/muslim-clerics-seek-ban-on-release-of-film-on-prophet-muhammad-plan-to-meet-pm-modi.html Sat Jul 18 17:54:29 IST 2020 will-bachchans-contracting-covid-19-and-recovering-soon-help-in-reducing-stigma <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/18/will-bachchans-contracting-covid-19-and-recovering-soon-help-in-reducing-stigma.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/india/images/2020/7/12/aishwarya-bachchan-fam-insta.jpg" /> <p>A few days ago Amitabh Bachchan, one of the most popular actors in India, announced on Twitter that he had contracted coronavirus. Soon came the news that his son, Abhishek Bachchan, daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai, and granddaughter, Aaradhya tested positive for COVID-19. The residences of the family in Juhu were sealed and declared containment zones.</p> <p>Amitabh and Abhishek were admitted to Nanavati Hospital in Vile Parle, Mumbai, and are expected to be discharged sometime next week. After the discharge, they are expected to be under home quarantine for the next two weeks.</p> <p>Aishwarya and Aaradhya, who were asymptomatic from the beginning, were home quarantined. But, on July 17, as a precautionary measure, <a title="Aishwarya Rai, daughter Aaradhya admitted to hospital after testing COVID-19 positive" href="https://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/17/aishwarya-rai-daughter-aaradhya-admitted-to-hospital-after-testing-covid-19-positive.html">they too were admitted to Nanavati Hospital</a>. All of them are responding well to treatment.</p> <p>The Bachchans, like the Khans, the Kumars and the Kapoors of Bollywood, are quite popular in India. There are chances that the Bachchans contracting the disease and recovering without any complications might eliminate the stigma surrounding the disease to a certain extent. Sources in Bollywood said the family might hold a joint press meet, sometime in August, once all of them fully recover to thank everyone for the support they showed. And, more importantly, to help people come out of the stigma associated with COVID-19.</p> <p>Film writer Apurva Asrani was one of the first persons to tweet on it. “It is great that Amitabh and Abhishek have shared the news about being Covid-19 positive. This, and their recovery, should de-stigmatise an inevitable but mostly-easy-to-beat virus.” said Asrani. Actor Soni Razdan Bhatt, who is the mother of actor Alia Bhatt, responded to Asrani's post, “It’s really important that we remove this stigma in our heads about getting [infected with] Covid-19."</p> <p>She had earlier hit out against the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal for his claim that the situation in the financial capital is in complete control. This, after Soni's friend's mother struggled to get a bed in hospitals for her COVID-19 treatment. Soni tweeted: “All this after pulling massive strings. For the hospitals as well as the drugs. How can you claim we are in control? Don’t you know what citizens are going through? @mybmc @uddhavthackeray @CMOMaharashtra."</p> <p>Interestingly, two months ago, <a title="‘My gratitude has no bounds’: Amitabh Bachchan thanks well-wishers from hospital" href="https://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/17/my-gratitude-has-no-bounds-amitabh-bachchan-thanks-well-wishers.html">Amitabh Bachchan</a> featured in the Central government's 'break the stigma' campaign. In a minute-long video, he spoke about how COVID-19 impacts a person both physically and mentally, especially when survivors are ostracised for no fault of theirs.</p> <p>“You must have seen that the patients recovering from the virus are being lauded by doctors, and you must have watched on TV that the people who recovered from the virus are being hailed by their relatives and society,” said Big B, adding, "Currently, scientists are trying to fight the virus physically, but we need to stand together in the mental fight against COVID-19."</p> <p>The pandemic has sparked off social stigma and discriminatory behaviours among people across the country, which, in many cases, may be beyond reasonable. This outlook is likely to lead to a dangerous situation where people who get affected with COVID-19 may hide the details for the fear of being ostracised.</p> <p>Recently, in Hyderabad, after the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) announced home isolation treatment for asymptomatic COVID-19 patients in coordination with doctors and health officials, hundreds of people eluded authorities to avoid stigma.</p> <p>"Yes, stigma and fear related to COVID-19 is a problem, not only in Hyderabad, but also in the rest of the country," said Eatala Rajender, health minister of Telangana, to THE WEEK. "But things are improving, even as cases are rising. Many, of late, have started realising that COVID-19 is here to stay and, that, in most cases, there is a good chance of recovery. The stigma of such nature is most commonly seen in apartments. But I can definitely see a change in Hyderabad. People have started empathising with COVID-19 patients, and are accepting them as one among them after the recovery. Stigma attached with the disease will only change gradually."</p> <p>Bollywood filmmaker Anand Kumar said stigmatising the disease will harm us a lot. "The recovery of someone as influential and important as Mr Bachchan will surely help in reducing fear and making people empathetic towards each other. This is a time when we need to preserve humanity and help each other, and not look down upon those who are affected with COVID-19," said Kumar.</p> <p>Dr Aparna Gopikrishnan, a Kochi-based psychiatrist, said the stigma associated with COVID-19 is greater than they had imagined. "When it comes to the crisis we face today, the mental stress is more than the physical one, especially the anxiousness about one's family and loved ones. This includes not just the fear of whether they will contract the disease, but also the hardships they will face when staying back at home, despised and isolated," said Dr Aparna.</p> <p>She said it is good that the Bachchans are tweeting regularly about their health condition. "People will be motivated by seeing such videos. It will also help them practice social distancing and avoid going out frequently. Celebs or popular names, who are affected by COVID-19, should come out with such videos that will cheer up their fans and people in general. It sends out a very strong message," said Dr Aparna.</p> <p>Bengaluru-based ophthalmologist and classical dancer Dr Mridula V. Amarnath said the quick recovery of the Bachchans will definitely have a positive impact on the general public. "The fear that is instilled in them will be curbed to a great extent. But, just in case, god forbid, they don't recover fast, it would create more panic, as we know that some of the best doctors and facilities are being used to treat them. Such a scenario, if at all, will be a cause for concern for the general population affected by COVID-19, who, in most cases, struggle to get even a bed," said Dr Mridula.</p> <p><br> <br> </p> <p><br> <br> </p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/18/will-bachchans-contracting-covid-19-and-recovering-soon-help-in-reducing-stigma.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/18/will-bachchans-contracting-covid-19-and-recovering-soon-help-in-reducing-stigma.html Sat Jul 18 17:14:52 IST 2020 kannada-actor-hulivana-gangadhar-dies-due-to-covid-19 <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/18/kannada-actor-hulivana-gangadhar-dies-due-to-covid-19.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/sci-tech/2020/april/covid-19-coronavirus-virus-floating-in-a-cellular-environment-coronaviruses-influenza-viral-disease-epidemic-shut.jpg" /> <p>Veteran Kannada film actor Hulvana Gangadharaiah has died due to COVID-19 in a private hospital, hospital sources said on Saturday.</p> <p>The 70-year-old actor was admitted to the hospital with severe respiratory problems and died last night.</p> <p>A stage artiste par excellence, Gangadharaiah was part of over 1,500 shows and acted in about 120 movies.</p> <p>He is remembered for his remarkable performance in movies like <i>Neer Dose</i>, <i>Kurigalu Sir Kurigalu</i> and <i>Shabdavedi</i>.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/18/kannada-actor-hulivana-gangadhar-dies-due-to-covid-19.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/18/kannada-actor-hulivana-gangadhar-dies-due-to-covid-19.html Sat Jul 18 22:36:58 IST 2020 bachchans-responding-well-to-treatment <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/18/bachchans-responding-well-to-treatment.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/magazine/theweek/leisure/images/2020/7/16/amitabh-cachchan-corona.jpg" /> <p>Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, son Abhishek Bachchan, daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and granddaughter Aaradhya Bachchan are responding well to the treatment to COVID-19, hospital sources said on Saturday.</p> <p>Amitabh, 77, and Abhishek, 44, are in the isolation ward of Nanavati hospital since July 11 after they were diagnosed with COVID-19, while Aishwarya, 46 and eight-year-old Aaradhya were shifted to the facility on Friday night, almost a week after they tested positive for the virus.</p> <p>&nbsp;The mother-daughter duo were self-quarantining at home till Thursday. They all (referring to Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek, Aishwarya and Aaradhya) are ok. They are responding well to the treatment. They are in the isolation ward. Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan will be in the hospital maybe for a day or two,” a hospital source said.</p> <p>“Aishwarya had cough. She is ok now. Aishwarya and Aaradhya will have to be in the hospital for a couple of days," the insider added.</p> <p>Since his diagnosis, Amitabh has been regularly updating his admires about his health on social media. “In happy times, in times of illness, you our near and dear, our well wishers, our fans have ever given us unstinting love , affection care and prayer .. we express our bountiful gracious gratitude to you all .. in these circumstances hospital protocol, restrictive,” the screen icon tweeted on Friday evening.</p> <p>According to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), coronavirus cases on in Mumbai rose to 98,979 with 1,228 new patients being reported on Friday.</p> <p>Death toll due to the pandemic rose to 5,582 with 62 new fatalities being recorded.<b></b></p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/18/bachchans-responding-well-to-treatment.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/18/bachchans-responding-well-to-treatment.html Sat Jul 18 16:16:26 IST 2020 kangana-to-return-padma-shri-if-she-cant-prove-claims-sushant-death <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/18/kangana-to-return-padma-shri-if-she-cant-prove-claims-sushant-death.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/gallery/shots/2019/march-03-2019/people/72-Kangana-Ranaut.jpg" /> <p>With Sushant Singh Rajput’s death reigniting the nepotism debate in Bollywood, Kangana Ranaut has been making powerful statements about the industry and Sushant.</p> <p>Referring to the police probe into Sushant’s death, she said that she is currently in Manali and had requested the Mumbai police to send someone to record her statement, but there has been no response. Speaking in a television interview, she said that she is willing to return her Padma Shri if her claims about Sushant’s demise are proven wrong.</p> <p>They (Mumbai Police) summoned me, and I asked them too, that I'm in Manali, that you can send somebody to take my statement, but I have not received anything after that. I am telling you, if I have said anything, which I can't testify, which I can't prove, and which is not in public domain, I will return my Padma Shri,&quot; Kangana told&nbsp;Republic TV.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;In a video shared after his death in June, Kangana had called out Bollywood and its 'privilege' club. In the video, she questioned if his death was indeed suicide or 'planned murder' by an industry that does not acknowledge outsiders.</p> <p>In another interview to&nbsp;<i>Pinkvilla</i>, Kangana said that she knew the actor was 'anxious about work'. She added that though she had never met Sushant, they had common friends.</p> <p>Sushant died of suicide on June 14, and the Mumbai police is also probing the angle of ‘professional rivalry’ in the case.</p> <p>On Thursday, Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh <a title="‘Khan musketeers have infiltrated Mumbai Police’: Subramanian Swamy on Sushant probe" href="https://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/18/khan-musketeers-infiltrated-mumbai-police-subramanian-swamy-sushant.html" target="_blank">ruled out the need for a CBI inquiry</a> and said the Mumbai police is ‘competent enough’. He also said that the Mumbai Police do not see any foul play and details of the case will be shared once the investigation is completed.</p> <p>Deshmukh’s statements came after Sushant’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty took to social media to request Union Home Minister Amit Shah for CBI inquiry. Along with a picture of Sushant, Rhea shared on&nbsp;Instagram: “Respected @amitshahofficial sir, I’m Sushant Singh Rajput’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, it is now over a month since his sudden demise. I have complete faith in the government, however in the interest of justice, I request you with folded hands to initiate a CBI enquiry into this matter. I only want to understand what pressures prompted Sushant to take this step. Yours sincerely, Rhea Chakraborty #satyamevajayate”.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/18/kangana-to-return-padma-shri-if-she-cant-prove-claims-sushant-death.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/18/kangana-to-return-padma-shri-if-she-cant-prove-claims-sushant-death.html Sat Jul 18 16:05:04 IST 2020 happy-birthday-priyanka-chopra-wishes-pour-for-bollywood-global-star <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/18/happy-birthday-priyanka-chopra-wishes-pour-for-bollywood-global-star.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/3/25/priyanka-chopra-reuters250320.jpg" /> <p>Priyanka Chopra celebrates her 38<sup>th</sup> birthday on Friday, and wishes are pouring in for the star.</p> <p>Sharing a picture with Priyanka, Kareena Kapoor Khan sent her birthday wishes and ‘hugs from across the globe’. "Happy birthday @priyankachopra... May you continue to inspire the world. Hugs from across the globe (sic)," Kareena wrote in the Instagram post.</p> <p>Anushka Sharma took to Instagram and wrote, “Happy birthday Priyanka. You are strong, a fighter and inspiration to many. Here’s wishing you a splendid birthday.”</p> <p>In her birthday wish, actress Huma Qureshi called Priyanka her ‘girl crush’.</p> <p>Priyanka’s <i>The Sky is Pink</i> costar Farhan Akhtar also wished her. Sharing a picture with Priyanka, Farhan wrote, "Happy birthday @priyankachopra .. may your sky always be the colour you choose .. big hug (sic)."&nbsp;</p> <p>Priyanka is currently in Los Angeles with husband Nick Jonas. On the work front,&nbsp; Priyanka has signed a multi-year deal with Amazon. The actor, who launched her own production banner Purple Pebble Pictures in 2015, said she aims to create "great content" featuring "creative talent" from all over the world.</p> <p>Prior to her deal with Amazon, the actor lined up two projects with the streamer. She will star opposite&nbsp;<i>Game of Thrones&nbsp;</i>actor Richard Madden in upcoming thriller series "Citadel", to be produced by Anthony and Joe Russo.</p> <p>The actor will also feature in<i>&nbsp;Sangeet,&nbsp;</i>an unscripted series co-produced with her husband, Nick Jonas.</p> <p>Priyanka's another project with Amazon is a film about Ma Anand Sheela, the assistant to guru Bhagwan Rajneesh (also known as Osho). The actor will be producing the movie which is based on Netflix docu-series Wild&nbsp;<i>Wild Country.</i>&nbsp;Besides her association with Amazon, the actor will next star in two Netflix projects— superhero movie&nbsp;<i>We Can Be Heroes&nbsp;</i>and&nbsp;<i>The White Tiger,</i>&nbsp;opposite Rajkummar Rao.</p> <p>She is currently shooting for Keanu Reeves-starrer&nbsp;<i>The Matrix 4</i>, which recently resumed filming after production was halted by the pandemic.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/18/happy-birthday-priyanka-chopra-wishes-pour-for-bollywood-global-star.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/18/happy-birthday-priyanka-chopra-wishes-pour-for-bollywood-global-star.html Sat Jul 18 14:46:18 IST 2020 ryan-gosling-chris-evans-to-star-ruso-brothers-spy-thriller-for-netflix <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/18/ryan-gosling-chris-evans-to-star-ruso-brothers-spy-thriller-for-netflix.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/gallery/shots/2019/march-24-2019/people/81-Joe-Russo-and-Anthony.jpg" /> <p>Hollywood stars Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans are set to feature in spy thriller <i>The Gray Man</i> with <i>Avengers: Endgame</i> helmers Anthony Russo and Joe Russo attached to direct the film for Netflix.</p> <p>The movie is based on Mark Greaney’s 2009 novel of the same name and revolves around freelance assassin and former CIA operative Court Gentry (Gosling).</p> <p>It follows Gentry as he is hunted across the world by Lloyd Hansen (Evans), a former member of Gentry’s CIA team.</p> <p>According to Deadline Netflix aims is to create a new franchise with a James Bond level of scale and a budget upward of USD 200 million.</p> <p>The Russo Brothers will be producing the project through their AGBO banner.</p> <p>Joe Russo wrote the script, with <i>Endgame</i> screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely polishing the final draft.</p> <p>“The movie is a real mano a mano between those two great actors who represent two different versions of the CIA, in what it can be, and what it can do. For those who were fans of ‘Captain America: Winter Soldier’, this is us moving into that territory in more of a real-world setting. That’s what this movie really means for us,” Anthony Ruso said.</p> <p>Joe Russo said that makers they are aiming to create an experience which is at par with any theatrical.</p> <p>“The idea is to create a franchise and build out a whole universe, with Ryan at the center of it. We have all committed to the first movie, and that’s got to be great to get us to the second movie. These are master assassins, and Gosling’s character gets burned by the CIA and Evans’ character has to hunt him down,” he added.</p> <p>Evans, who has previously worked with the director duo in <i>Captain America: Winter Soldier</i>, <i>Captain America: Civil War</i>, <i>Avengers: Infinity War</i> and <i>Avengers: Endgame,</i> said he is excited about collaborating with them again.</p> <p>“Been excited about this one for a while! Round 5 with @therussobrothers,” the Captain America star wrote on Instagram.</p> <p>AGBO’s Mike Larocca, along with Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum for Roth Kirschenbaum, are also on board as producers.</p> <p>The makers are planning to start the filming in January in Los Angeles while international locations are still being finalised.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/18/ryan-gosling-chris-evans-to-star-ruso-brothers-spy-thriller-for-netflix.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/18/ryan-gosling-chris-evans-to-star-ruso-brothers-spy-thriller-for-netflix.html Sat Jul 18 12:45:11 IST 2020 khan-musketeers-infiltrated-mumbai-police-subramanian-swamy-sushant <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/18/khan-musketeers-infiltrated-mumbai-police-subramanian-swamy-sushant.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/6/15/Sushant-bollywood.jpg" /> <p>A day after Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh ruled out CBI probe into Sushant Singh Rajput’s death, BJP MP Subramanian Swamy said he might file a PIL regarding the same.</p> <p>Swamy has been regularly voicing his opinions about the case, and was responding to a Twitter user’s comment on the probe. He also took a dig at the ‘three Khans’ and said Bollywood 'servants have infiltrated the police’. “Let the Police fumble more then I will file a PIL in court. I think even Mumbai Police big wigs should be happy if CBI takes over since the three Khan Musketeers and the Bollywood servants have infiltrated the Police,” he tweeted.</p> <p>On Thursday, Deshmukh said that&nbsp;Mumbai Police&nbsp;is capable enough to handle such cases as they are investigating every aspect of the case including professional rivalry, the&nbsp;<i>Times of India&nbsp;</i>reported. He also said that the Mumbai Police do not see any foul play and details of the case will be shared once the investigation is completed.</p> <p>Deshmukh’s statements came after Sushant’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty took to social media to request Union Home Minister Amit Shah for CBI inquiry. Along with a picture of Sushant, Rhea shared on&nbsp;Instagram: “Respected @amitshahofficial sir, I’m Sushant Singh Rajput’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, it is now over a month since his sudden demise. I have complete faith in the government, however in the interest of justice, I request you with folded hands to initiate a CBI enquiry into this matter. I only want to understand what pressures prompted Sushant to take this step. Yours sincerely, Rhea Chakraborty #satyamevajayate”.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/18/khan-musketeers-infiltrated-mumbai-police-subramanian-swamy-sushant.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/18/khan-musketeers-infiltrated-mumbai-police-subramanian-swamy-sushant.html Sat Jul 18 12:08:43 IST 2020 find-me-better-actor-than-alia-ranbir-says-balki-shekhar-kapur-responds <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/18/find-me-better-actor-than-alia-ranbir-says-balki-shekhar-kapur-responds.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/magazine/theweek/leisure/images/2018/6/23/66-alia-bhatt.jpg" /> <p>Filmmaker R. Balki triggered a controversy with his statements on the ongoing nepotism debate in Bollywood. Speaking to the Hindustan Times, he had said that star kids had an ‘unfair advantage’, but ‘find me a better actor than Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor’. &nbsp;"It's unfair on these few people who're probably some of the finest actors," he said.</p> <p>His comments kicked up a row on social media with users slamming the director.</p> <p>Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur also took to Twitter and expressed his disagreement to Balki’s statements. &nbsp;"Have huge respect for you, Balki. But I just saw&nbsp;<i>Kai Po Che!</i>&nbsp;again last night. Three new young actors at that time and stunning believable performances by each," he tweeted.&nbsp;The film, directed by Abhishek Kapoor, starred Rajkummar Rao and Sushant Singh Rajput. Kai Po Che! marked Sushant’s Bollywood debut.</p> <p>In another tweet, Kapur shared a list of talented actors that he has worked with, in Bollywood and Hollywood. He wrote:"Best actors today are coming from theatre. There's new found respect for them and confidence. I've worked with Naseer, Shabana,Satish Kaushik, Seema Biswas and entire cast of&nbsp;<i>Bandit Queen</i>, Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Heath Ledger, Daniel Craig and Eddy Redmayne. All are from theatre."</p> <p>Film editor and writer Apurva Asrani also opposed Balki’s stance and listed out talented actors including Manoj Bajpayee, Taapsee Pannu and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. In his reply on Twitter, Apurva wrote, “Manoj Bajpayee, Rajkummar Rao, Vicky Kaushal, Ayushmann, Kangana Ranaut, Priyanka Chopra, Taapsee Pannu, Vidya Balan, Richa Chaddha. Many others too if we look beyond A list film families, and take a few chances. I love Ranbir &amp; Alia, but please, they aren’t the only good actors.” In another tweet, he added, “Pankaj Tripathi, Gajraj Rao, Amit Sadh, Jaideep Ahlawat, Rasika Dugal, Swara Bhaskar, Shweta Tripathi, Sanjay Mishra, Neena Gupta, Divya Dutta, Manav Kaul, Nawazuddin, Jeetu. My god, I could go on &amp; on about the wonderful talents we have. Stop fussing over the same 3-4 names now!”</p> <p>The nepotism debate was reignited after Sushant’s untimely demise in June.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/18/find-me-better-actor-than-alia-ranbir-says-balki-shekhar-kapur-responds.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/18/find-me-better-actor-than-alia-ranbir-says-balki-shekhar-kapur-responds.html Sat Jul 18 11:14:58 IST 2020 aishwarya-rai-daughter-aaradhya-admitted-to-hospital-after-testing-covid-19-positive <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/17/aishwarya-rai-daughter-aaradhya-admitted-to-hospital-after-testing-covid-19-positive.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/7/12/aishwarya-aaradhya-insta.jpg" /> <p>Bollywood actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and her daughter Aaradhya Bachchan, <a title="Aishwarya Rai, daughter Aaradhya test positive for COVID-19: reports" href="https://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/12/aishwarya-rai-daughter-aaradhya-test-positive-for-covid-19-reports.html">who were under home quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19</a>, have been admitted to hospital.</p> <p>They have reportedly been admitted to Nanavati Hospital in Mumbai, where Amitabh Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai's husband Abhishek Bachchan are undergoing treatment for COVID-19. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) confirmed that Aishwarya and Aaradhya have been admitted to the hospital.</p> <p>Earlier, in a tweet, Abhishek had confirmed that Aishwarya and their daughter Aaradhya had tested positive and would be quarantining at home. &quot;Aishwarya and Aaradhya have also tested COVID-19 positive. They will be self quarantining at home. The BMC has been updated of their situation and are doing the needful. The rest of the family including my Mother have tested negative. Thank you all for your wishes and prayers,&quot; he wrote.</p> <p>After the Bachchan tested positive, their residence, Jalsa, was sealed off as a containment zone.</p> <p>Meanwhile, Jaya Bachchan was tested negative for the disease.</p> <p>On Thursday, Amitabh Bachchan took to Twitter to <a title="‘My gratitude has no bounds’: Amitabh Bachchan thanks well-wishers from hospital" href="https://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/17/my-gratitude-has-no-bounds-amitabh-bachchan-thanks-well-wishers.html">express his gratitude to his fans and well-wishers</a> for their blessings and prayers. “I receive all your blessings and love and prayers for our well being .. on sms, on whatsapp, on insta on Blog .. and all possible social media .. my gratitude has no bounds .. Hospital protocol is restrictive, i cannot say more .. Love,” he had tweeted.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/17/aishwarya-rai-daughter-aaradhya-admitted-to-hospital-after-testing-covid-19-positive.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/17/aishwarya-rai-daughter-aaradhya-admitted-to-hospital-after-testing-covid-19-positive.html Fri Jul 17 22:42:08 IST 2020 was-terrified-sharon-stone-opens-up-about-feeling-uncomfortable-during-topless-scene <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/17/was-terrified-sharon-stone-opens-up-about-feeling-uncomfortable-during-topless-scene.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/7/17/sharone-stone.jpg" /> <p>Hollywood star Sharon Stone has a terrifying memory of filming the first topless scene of her career for 1984 movie <i>Irreconcilable Differences</i>.</p> <p>The 62-year-old actor said there were no intimacy coordinators during that time to make actors feel comfortable on set while shooting scenes that involve intimacy or nudity, and she had to shoot the sequence in front of the whole crew.</p> <p>“They didn't have (intimacy coordinators) in my day. When I did my first movie, which was <i>Irreconcilable Differences</i>, I had a topless scene. And they didn't even clear the set. Everybody's on set, like a million people on the set. And I take off my top and this actor screams, Would you get out of the f*****g way? I can't even see her t**s,” Stone said in an interview with <i>Attitude</i> magazine.</p> <p>“I (was) so terrified. You know when you can hear your heartbeat in your ears? That's all I could hear. And I hear him scream, Get out of the way. I can't see her f*****g t**s.' I'm just like, talk about no intimacy coordinator,” she added.</p> <p>In the 1984 comedy, Stone played an aspiring actor discovered at a hot dog stand.</p> <p>The film, directed by Charles Shyer, also featured Ryan O'Neal, Shelley Long and a young Drew Barrymore.</p> <p>Stone had previously claimed that filmmaker Paul Verhoeven asked her to hand him her underpants before shooting her leg-uncrossing sequence in 1992's <i>Basic Instinct</i>.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/17/was-terrified-sharon-stone-opens-up-about-feeling-uncomfortable-during-topless-scene.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/17/was-terrified-sharon-stone-opens-up-about-feeling-uncomfortable-during-topless-scene.html Fri Jul 17 19:06:03 IST 2020 keanu-reeves-nicole-kidman-mahershala-ali-hbo-max-relaxation-series <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/17/keanu-reeves-nicole-kidman-mahershala-ali-hbo-max-relaxation-series.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2019/4/16/keanu-reeves-imdb.jpg" /> <p>Audiences will soon have Hollywood stars Nicole Kidman, Mahershala Ali, Keanu Reeves and Idris Eliba among others helping them relax and have a sound sleep.</p> <p>Streaming platform HBO Max has teamed up with the creators of the Calm meditation app for a series based on its popular “Sleep Stories,” reported Deadline.</p> <p>The Warner Media platform has ordered 10 episodes of <i>A World of Calm </i>from the app and Nutopia (National Geographic''s One Strange Rock), with a host of A-listers set to narrate the episodes.</p> <p>The list of narrators also includes actors Oscar Isaac, Zoe Kravitz, Lucy Liu and Cillian Murphy.</p> <p>Each half-hour episode of the show will feature a relaxing story designed to transform how the viewer feels.</p> <p>According to the press release issued by the makers, the aim is to “transport the viewer into tranquility through scientifically-engineered narratives, enchanting music and astounding footage, to naturally calm your body and soothe the mind.”</p> <p>“With the considerable amount of stress and chaos we are all experiencing at this particularly challenging time, we could all use a bit of guided relaxation, and ‘A World of Calm’ is here to help,” said Jennifer O’Connell, EVP Non-fiction and Kids Programming at HBO Max.</p> <p>“With soothing imagery and tranquil narration, this is one HBO Max original that we hope becomes part of your daily routine,” she added.</p> <p>The series is co-produced by Calm and Nutopia, with Jane Root, Nicola Moody, Michael Acton Smith and Chris Advansun serving as executive producers, and Sara Brailsford and Fiona Caldwell as co-executive producers.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/17/keanu-reeves-nicole-kidman-mahershala-ali-hbo-max-relaxation-series.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/17/keanu-reeves-nicole-kidman-mahershala-ali-hbo-max-relaxation-series.html Fri Jul 17 16:42:29 IST 2020 sunny-leone-celebrates-day-daughter-nisha-joined-family <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/17/sunny-leone-celebrates-day-daughter-nisha-joined-family.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/7/17/sunny-leone-insta.jpg" /> <p>Sunny Leone and husband Daniel Weber celebrated the day daughter Nisha joined the family three years ago. The couple adopted Nisha in 2017 and in 2018, became parents to two boys—Noah and Asher—born through surrogacy.</p> <p>Sharing pictures of the family at their Los Angeles home, Sunny Leone posted a touching note for her daughter. She wrote: "3 years ago, you chose us...us to be your mama and papa...to trust us to take care of you...to show us what real love is. The second I laid eyes on you, I knew you were my daughter. Today, I look at you and I see a glimpse of the strong independent woman you will become."</p> <p>She further wrote: "After this year, I know you will have many questions but I will be there every step of the way while we figure it out together. I love you Nisha and Happy "Gotcha" Day. You are the light in our lives and the reason for all our joy every day!"</p> <p>Sunny Leone and family moved back into the US recently amid the pandemic. They had been staying in Mumbai for a few years. She said she felt staying at their home in the US was a safer option for the children. “In life when you have children your own priorities and well being takes the back seat. Both @dirrty99 and I had the opportunity to take our children where we felt they would be safer against this invisible killer ‘corona virus’. Our home away from home and secret garden in Los Angeles, I know this is what my mother would have wanted me to do. Miss you mom. Happy Mother’s Day!”&nbsp;she had written in a post.</p> <p>She regularly shares pictures of herself and the children at home.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/17/sunny-leone-celebrates-day-daughter-nisha-joined-family.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/17/sunny-leone-celebrates-day-daughter-nisha-joined-family.html Fri Jul 17 16:32:46 IST 2020 sushant-death-maharashtra-hm-rules-out-cbi-probe-backs-mumbai-police <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/17/sushant-death-maharashtra-hm-rules-out-cbi-probe-backs-mumbai-police.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/6/14/sushant-singh-rajput-pti.jpg" /> <p>As the Mumbai Police probes actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s untimely demise, there is a growing demand for CBI inquiry. A day after the actor’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty <a title="Rhea Chakraborty requests Amit Shah for CBI probe into Sushant’s death" href="https://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/16/rhea-chakraborty-requests-amit-shah-cbi-enquiry-sushant-death.html" target="_blank">appealed to Union Home Minister Amit Shah</a> for a CBI probe, Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh ruled out the need for one and said the Mumbai police is ‘competent enough’.</p> <p>He said that&nbsp;Mumbai Police&nbsp;is capable enough to handle such cases as they are investigating every aspect of the case including professional rivalry, the <i>Times of India </i>reported. He also said that the Mumbai Police do not see any foul play and details of the case will be shared once the investigation is completed.</p> <p>On Thursday, Rhea took to social media to request for CBI probe because she wanted to understand ‘what pressures prompted Sushant to take this step’. Sushant Singh died by suicide on June 14.</p> <p>Along with a picture of Sushant, Rhea shared on&nbsp;Instagram: “Respected @amitshahofficial sir, I’m Sushant Singh Rajput’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, it is now over a month since his sudden demise. I have complete faith in the government, however in the interest of justice, I request you with folded hands to initiate a CBI enquiry into this matter. I only want to understand what pressures prompted Sushant to take this step. Yours sincerely, Rhea Chakraborty #satyamevajayate”.</p> <p>On Tuesday, a month after Sushant’s death, Rhea posted a long note where she opened up about her love for him.</p> <p>“Still struggling to face my emotions.. an irreparable numbness in my heart,” she wrote in the note. She also shared photographs of herself with him.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/17/sushant-death-maharashtra-hm-rules-out-cbi-probe-backs-mumbai-police.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/17/sushant-death-maharashtra-hm-rules-out-cbi-probe-backs-mumbai-police.html Fri Jul 17 13:04:26 IST 2020 johnny-depp-bodyguard-amber-heard-abused-actor-during-marriage <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/17/johnny-depp-bodyguard-amber-heard-abused-actor-during-marriage.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2019/3/13/depp-heard.jpg" /> <p>Actor Johnny Depp’s security officer Sean Bett alleged that actress Amber Heard physically abused Depp during their marriage. He was giving his testimony during the hearing of Depp’s libel case against a British tabloid.</p> <p>Depp has sued publishers of <i>The Sun</i> tabloid over an April 2018 article that called him a ‘wife beater’. In a written witness statement released as he appeared in court Thursday, security officer Sean Bett said that “throughout the course of Mr. Depp and Ms. Heard’s relationship, Ms. Heard was verbally and physically abusive towards Mr. Depp,” AP reported.</p> <p>“Ms. Heard often behaved in this way when she had been drinking. I learnt quickly to recognize the signs, so that we were able to leave the situation before it escalated further,” he said.</p> <p>Depp’s former romantic partners, Winona Ryder and Vanessa Paradis, also submitted their statements in support of Depp and said he was never violent towards them during their relationships. In a written witness statement, Ryder said she was “shocked, confused and upset when I heard the accusations” against Depp. Paradis said Heard’s abuse allegations were “nothing like the true Johnny I have known, and from my personal experience of many years, I can say he was never violent or abusive to me.”</p> <p>Depp and Heard got divorced in 2017. In March 2019, &nbsp;Depp sued Amber for $50 million for defamation after she accused him of domestic abuse and penned an op-ed in the <i>Washington Post</i>. Depp's lawsuit referred to Heard's allegations as a 'hoax' and has presented new evidence that it was actually Depp who was physically abused in the marriage, and not the other way around.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/17/johnny-depp-bodyguard-amber-heard-abused-actor-during-marriage.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/17/johnny-depp-bodyguard-amber-heard-abused-actor-during-marriage.html Fri Jul 17 12:03:29 IST 2020 my-gratitude-has-no-bounds-amitabh-bachchan-thanks-well-wishers <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/17/my-gratitude-has-no-bounds-amitabh-bachchan-thanks-well-wishers.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/gallery/shots/2018/june-03-2018/people/73-amitabh-bachchan.jpg" /> <p>Amitabh Bachchan, who is being treated for COVID-19 at Mumbai’s Nanavati Hospital, expressed his gratitude to his fans and well-wishers. In a tweet on Thursday night, he said that his ‘gratitude has no bounds’.&nbsp;</p> <p>He tweeted: “I receive all your blessings and love and prayers for our well being .. on sms, on whatsapp, on insta on Blog .. and all possible social media .. my gratitude has no bounds .. Hospital protocol is restrictive, i cannot say more .. Love.”</p> <p>Amitabh Bachchan and son Abhishek Bachchan were hospitalised after they tested positive for coronavirus on Saturday.</p> <p>Amitabh Bachchan has been sharing updates on social media regularly after he has been hospitalised.</p> <p>On Thursday, he tweeted about 6 kinds of people that we should stay away from. He wrote:&nbsp; "They that express jealousy, they who ever dislike all others, who remain dissatisfied, angered, ever doubting... those who live off others... these 6 kinds of individuals shall remain filled with sadness... whenever possible, save ourselves from such trendsetters."</p> <p>Taking to his blog on Sunday, Amitabh thanked his admirers for their prayers and concern for him and his family members.</p> <p>"My dearest extended family, your concern, your prayers and your wishes for Abhishek, Aishwarya, Aaradhya and me for a speedy recovery has filled me with unending gratitude. I thank you all," the screen icon wrote.</p> <p>Hospital sources had said that both Amitabh, Abhishek are clinically stable, and that they do not require aggressive treatment.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/17/my-gratitude-has-no-bounds-amitabh-bachchan-thanks-well-wishers.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/17/my-gratitude-has-no-bounds-amitabh-bachchan-thanks-well-wishers.html Fri Jul 17 11:06:45 IST 2020 bollywood-divided-between-kind-unkind-people-richa-chadda-on-ills-plaguing-industry <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/16/bollywood-divided-between-kind-unkind-people-richa-chadda-on-ills-plaguing-industry.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/7/16/richa-sushant.jpg" /> <p>Even as the debate over nepotism and the Bollywood's affinity towards its "insiders" continue unabated in the wake of the suicide of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, Richa Chadda waded in, saying while it is said the industry is divided between "insiders" and "outsiders", according to her, the industry is divided "between kind and unkind people."</p> <p><a href="https://richachadha.blogspot.com/2020/07/unpopular-opinion.html">In a lengthy blogpost</a>, the link of which she posted on her Twitter handle, the actor said, "The spectrum of unkind begins at mild displeasure, thieving and at it’s worst, at the underbelly-level manifests as a desire for sociopathic retribution. But if one’s lucky, kindness too is expressed in a straightforward manner," and added that genuine people tend to gravitate towards one another and form lifelong bonds.</p> <p>She began the blogpost saying, "There has been much chatter about nepotism and too little about what this environment can do to a person’s mental health. All this in the wake of a suicide by a beautiful actor who happened to be an old friend."</p> <p>She said according to her, the industry operate like a “food chain” adding, “People are scoundrels when they know they can get away with it. Those who are anguished today have themselves been cruel to their subordinates. You hate your bully for not being ethical with you, while bullying someone working under you as though it is a rite of passage for them. This is an acceptable MO in this dog-eat-dog world. Not feeling remorse is considered a leadership quality., decency, sensitivity is considered a handicap.”</p> <p>She said while people in the industry are expected to make "heartwarming entertainment," notwithstanding this environment this vicious system, "it is no secret that we ourselves are imperfect, vulnerable and bruise easily as artists. It is a deeply isolating profession, wherein success and failure are both public and bring their share of dilemmas. Ours is a business where personal life is invariably affected by public life. Sometimes, for no real reason, actors dominate national headlines for a disproportionate amount of time."</p> <p>Not every insider is bad, neither every outsider a saint, the actor sought to say. "There are insiders who can be kind and generous, and outsiders who are punitive egomaniacs." She further wrote: "I don’t hate “star kids”. Why are we expected to? If someone’s father is a star, they are born into that household the same as we are to our folks. Are you ashamed of your parents ? Is it right to expect someone else to be ashamed of their parents/families/legacy? This is a hateful and nonsense argument."</p> <p>Making the case for star kids, she said they "have to deal with rivalry within their own clans. Often this is an inter-generational, unforgiving and all encompassing contest....Knowing how deeply rooted caste is in our country, why does this unstated ranking system surprise anyone? We may never know what someone else may be dealing with here. I empathise but I won’t know that pain, unless I am standing in their shoes."</p> <p>Speaking about her initial struggles which star kids may not have to face she said, " Sushant and I started out by workshopping together in a theatre group. I was sharing a 700 sq ft apartment in Andheri West with a friend from Delhi. Sushant would pick me up on his bike and we would head to the rehearsal, for which I was grateful. I wasn’t poor or broke. But I can’t say money was not a consideration when I had to head out to do an ad audition for a skin brand. I would worry about my make up melting in the auto rickshaw before I even arrived. This was would NEVER happen with a ‘star-kid’, and if it does, they will be lauded for being humble enough to take the rickshaw in the first place. But I don’t resent their privilege."</p> <p>On the struggle of talented actors who did not hail from a privileged background, the actor wrote: " I would look at all the brilliant, promising actors emerging out of the NSD, many of whom I feared wouldn’t make it far in the films because they had either limited knowledge in English or simply didn’t have the savvy to recognise the need for grooming or social media. So many capable actresses before me were dissed and dismissed because they couldn’t speak English smoothly or weren’t groomed. They got no second chances. You’ll see them today, every once in a while on hoardings for some nondescript web show. "</p> <p>She also spoke about the vicious trolls on social media and said, "The social media timelines of the deceased actor’s friends and girlfriend are littered with filth! Who are these ‘fans’? I checked out a few profiles online. The same gutter mouths that abused Sushant when he took a stand on the ‘Padmavat’ issue are now abusing his loved ones for ‘not being there’ for him. Several of these are fake fan profiles that have emerged overnight, they're using his images to get their daily fix of online validation. Perhaps, these bots should stop looking for excuses to spout hate and just accept that they are miserable lowlifes who are vindictive."</p> <p>Further, she took on insensitive film journalists who pry into the lives of celebrities. ". I know of this “responsible” journalist who angrily called up Irrfan’s staff hours before his passing to prod if he had indeed passed on. Then later to complain about not being the first to know, because he couldn’t get the ‘breaking news’."</p> <p>"The reporting around Sushant’s demise has been so disastrous, there have been a spate of suicides in it’s aftermath. Six people have died by suicide since Sushant’s passing , four of whom were minors. Suicides by icons/celebrities often act as triggers for people that struggle with mental health. Will the Press take responsibility," she wrote.</p> <p>Lashing out at the entertainment photographers she wrote: "There’s also a peculiar lecherous ‘pap’, who positions himself in front of car doors, hoping to get a good shot of the underwear of an actress emerging from a car. He then uploads these videos under the hashtag #wardrobemishap on YouTube and circles body parts of the women in the video. These are the same women he exchanges pleasantries with and photographs for a living. Well done uncle."</p> <p>She also said there needs to be a "robust insurance for stunt artists and light men."</p> <p>She ended her blog saying, " If we keep calling the industry toxic, we must look for the source of these toxins. Look in the mirror and ascertain first that it’s not you."</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/16/bollywood-divided-between-kind-unkind-people-richa-chadda-on-ills-plaguing-industry.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/16/bollywood-divided-between-kind-unkind-people-richa-chadda-on-ills-plaguing-industry.html Thu Jul 16 19:17:42 IST 2020 rhea-chakraborty-requests-amit-shah-cbi-enquiry-sushant-death <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/16/rhea-chakraborty-requests-amit-shah-cbi-enquiry-sushant-death.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/7/16/sushant-rhea-insta.jpg" /> <p>Actress Rhea Chakraborty, who openly identified herself as Sushant Singh Rajput’s girlfried for the first time, has requested Union Home Minister Amit Shah for CBI probe into the actor’s death.</p> <p>She said she wants to understand ‘what pressures prompted Sushant to take this step’. Sushant Singh died by suicide on June 14.</p> <p>Along with a picture of Sushant, Rhea shared on&nbsp;Instagram: “Respected @amitshahofficial sir, I’m Sushant Singh Rajput’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, it is now over a month since his sudden demise. I have complete faith in the government, however in the interest of justice, I request you with folded hands to initiate a CBI enquiry into this matter. I only want to understand what pressures prompted Sushant to take this step. Yours sincerely, Rhea Chakraborty #satyamevajayate”.</p> <p>Earlier on Thursday, Rhea took to social media to open up about the <a title="Sushant’s death: Rhea Chakraborty calls out troll who sent death, rape threats" href="https://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/16/sushant-death-rhea-chakraborty-calls-out-troll-who-sent-death-rape-threats.html" target="_blank">hate she has been facing since Sushant’s death</a>. She said that she was called a ‘gold-digger’, and a ‘murderer’, and yet she chose to kept quiet. Sharing a screenshot of a message from a user, she revealed how she has also been getting death and rape threats. She also requested the cybercrime cell to look into it.</p> <p>On Tuesday, a month after Sushant’s death, Rhea posted a long note where she opened up about her love for him.</p> <p>“Still struggling to face my emotions.. an irreparable numbness in my heart,” she wrote in the note. She also shared photographs of herself with him.</p> <p>She said it was Sushant who made her believe in the power of love, adding that she will never come to terms with him not being around anymore. “You are the one who made me believe in love, the power of it. You taught me how a simple mathematical equation can decipher the meaning of life and I promise you that I learnt from you every day. I will never come to terms with you not being here anymore,” she wrote.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/16/rhea-chakraborty-requests-amit-shah-cbi-enquiry-sushant-death.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/16/rhea-chakraborty-requests-amit-shah-cbi-enquiry-sushant-death.html Thu Jul 16 16:42:40 IST 2020 netflix-india-announces-17-new-titles-gunjan-saxena-august-12 <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/16/netflix-india-announces-17-new-titles-gunjan-saxena-august-12.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2019/8/29/gunjan-saxena.jpg" /> <p>Netflix India, on Thursday, announced 17 new titles, including movies and series that will premiere on the platform.</p> <p>Janhvi Kapoor’s Gunjan Saxena biopic will premiere on Netflix on August 12, according to reports. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh took to Twitter to confirm the same.</p> <p>Netflix shared a video revealing the titles that include films like <i>AK vs AK</i>, <i>Bombay Rose</i>, <i>Class of ’83</i>, <i>Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare</i>, <i>Ginny Weds Sunny, Ludo</i>, <i>Raat Akeli Hai,</i> <i>Serious Men, Torbaaz</i>&nbsp;and <i>Tribhanga- Tedhi Medhi Crazy</i>. Series releases include Mira Nair’s <i>A Suitable Boy,</i> <i>Bhaag Beanie Bhaag</i>, <i>Bombay Begums</i>, <i>Masaba Masaba </i>and <i>Mismatched.</i></p> <p>In June, Jhanvi Kapoor took to social media to announce her film’s release on Netflix, skipping theatrical release in the wake of the pandemic. She wrote, &quot;Gunjan Saxena - The Kargil Girl. This isn’t just a film for me- it’s a journey that’s taught me to believe in myself. A journey I can’t wait to share with you all. About a girl who set out to do something simple, follow her dreams. #GunjanSaxena - #TheKargilGirl coming soon on Netflix. #GunjanSaxenaOnNetflix (sic).&quot;</p> <p>Directed by Sharan Sharma,&nbsp;<i>Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl</i>&nbsp;is the biopic of the former Indian Air Force pilot Gunjan Saxena who played a pivotal role in the Kargil War of 1999.</p> <p>&nbsp;Presented by Zee Studios and Dharma Productions, the film, also featuring Pankaj Tripathi and Viineet Kumar, was earlier slated to be released on April 24.</p> <p>Monika Shergill, VP-Content, Netflix India, told PTI their aim is to “tell the most defining stories from India that will first appeal to the Indian consumers”. </p> <p>“It is really important that a story coming out of India becomes big in India. When local stories become big locally, that’s when they make maximum impact globally. For us, it is important to tell the biggest and the most defining stories in India and to work with storytellers who bring their most authentic vision and passion for stories,” she said.</p> <p>&nbsp;About the impact of COVID-19 on streaming services, Shergill said though there was an increase in viewing numbers, they are “mindful that it is a temporary phase”. “It has been an unprecedented time. People have looked for emotional comfort and we are happy that as a service, we were able to provide that. But we are also mindful that this is a temporary phase that has increased the viewing numbers.</p> <p>-with PTI inputs</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/16/netflix-india-announces-17-new-titles-gunjan-saxena-august-12.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/07/16/netflix-india-announces-17-new-titles-gunjan-saxena-august-12.html Thu Jul 16 11:24:43 IST 2020