Entertainment http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment.rss en Wed Jul 14 10:38:54 IST 2021 https://www.theweek.in/privacy-an-settlement.html cancel-culture-so-far-out-of-hand-now-no-one-is-safe-johnny-depp <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/23/cancel-culture-so-far-out-of-hand-now-no-one-is-safe-johnny-depp.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>Embattled Hollywood star Johnny Depp said he is a victim of cancel culture and that "no one is safe" any more. Depp addressed a press conference at the San Sebastian Film Festival on Wednesday where he was scheduled to receive the honorary Donostia Award, reported Deadline.<br> </p> <p>"It can be seen as an event in history that lasted for however long it lasted, this cancel culture, this instant rush to judgement based on what essentially amounts to polluted air," he said ahead of receiving the honour.</p> <p>Cancel culture or call-out culture is a modern form of ostracism in which someone is thrust out of social or professional circles. "It's so far out of hand now that I can promise you that no one is safe. Not one of you. No one out that door. No one is safe. It takes one sentence and there's no more ground, the carpet has been pulled. It's not just me that this has happened to, it's happened to a lot of people. This type of thing has happened to women, men. Sadly at a certain point they begin to think that it's normal. Or that it's them. When it's not," he added.</p> <p>Last year, when Depp lost the high-profile libel case with a UK tabloid over its branding of him as a "wife-beater", the actor was dropped from the <i>Fantastic Beasts 3,</i> the multimillion film franchise from Warner Bros. Mads Mikkelsen replaced him as dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald in the film titled <i>Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore</i>, slated to be released in April.</p> <p>Depp also has a whopping USD 50 million defamation lawsuit against former wife, actor Amber Heard scheduled to go to trial in the US next year. "Aquaman" star Heard is pursuing a USD 100 million counterclaim. "It doesn't matter if a judgement, per se, has taken some artistic license. When there's an injustice, whether it's against you or someone you love, or someone you believe in stand up, don't sit down. 'Cause they need you," Depp said in what appeared to be a reference to his legal troubles.</p> <p>One of the members of the press attending the conference addressed the criticism of the festival for handing Depp a Donostia, particularly from Spain's Association of Female Filmmakers and Audiovisual Media, which released a statement saying the award "transmits a terrible message to the public".</p> <p>Before the actor could respond, the host of the event rejected the question out of hand and told the media to stick to questions about his career. Depp later admitted he was concerned that his presence at the festival this year "would offend people" and that he "didn't want to offend anyone".</p> <p>He praised the event, its director Jose Luis Rebordinos, and the mayor of San Sebastian for their "undying support".</p> <p>"I haven't done anything, I just make movies," Depp added.</p> <p>Asked about his views on Hollywood in recent years, the actor said the showbiz has "grotesquely underestimated the audience". "Hollywood is certainly not what it was. The studio system, the grudge matches, the pandemonium and chaos of cinematic releases to streaming it is a case of, 'no matter what, I'm going to get mine'. That's where these people are coming from.</p> <p>"They realise they're just as disposable as I am. Some more so. Large, large corporations take control of these things. As someone who takes part in the creation of cinema, how much more formula do we need from the likes of studios? How much more condescension do we need as audiences?" he asked.</p> <p>French star Marion Cotillard also received a Donostia Award on the festival's opening day last week.</p> <p>The San Sebastian International Film Festival, held in northern Spain, will run through Saturday.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/23/cancel-culture-so-far-out-of-hand-now-no-one-is-safe-johnny-depp.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/23/cancel-culture-so-far-out-of-hand-now-no-one-is-safe-johnny-depp.html Thu Sep 23 12:29:04 IST 2021 netflix-sets-christmas-eve-premiere-tovino-minnal-murali <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/23/netflix-sets-christmas-eve-premiere-tovino-minnal-murali.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/2019/10/3/Actor_Tovino_Thomas.jpg" /> <p>South star Tovino Thomas' upcoming Malayalam-language film <i>Minnal Murali</i> is set to be released during Christmas on Netflix, the streaming giant announced on Thursday.</p> <p>The superhero action film, directed by Basil Joseph of <i>Kettyolannu Ente Malakha</i> fame, will premiere worldwide on December 24. The streamer announced the release date of the film on its official Twitter handle.</p> <p>“24th December It's a Christmas date. You and us, watching Minnal Murali together. Warning sign Caution: Some sparks may fly. #MinnalOnNetflix”, the tweet read.</p> <p>The film was initially slated for a theatrical release in 2020 but was postponed multiple times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Set in the 90s, <i>Minnal Murali </i>is the origin story of Jaison, an ordinary man-turned-superhero (Thomas), who is struck by a bolt of lightning which bestows him with special powers.</p> <p>Produced by Weekend Blockbusters (Sophia Paul), the film also features Guru Somasundaram, Harisree Ashokan and Aju Varghese in pivotal roles. The film will premiere in Malayalam with dubs in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi and English.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/23/netflix-sets-christmas-eve-premiere-tovino-minnal-murali.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/23/netflix-sets-christmas-eve-premiere-tovino-minnal-murali.html Thu Sep 23 11:31:14 IST 2021 denis-villeneuve-dune-release-india-october-22 <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/23/denis-villeneuve-dune-release-india-october-22.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/2021/9/23/dune.jpg" /> <p>Warner Bros Pictures is set to release Denis Villeneuve's highly-anticipated film <i>Dune</i> in India on October 22.</p> <p><i>Dune, </i>which will be available to in Hindi and English and in IMAX, is based on Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel, considered one of the most influential books of the 20th century and credited with inspiring many of the greatest films of all time.</p> <p>Villeneuve fulfilled a long-cherished dream with the screen adaptation of the novel, which has a complex mythology at its centre. “I discovered the book in my teenage years and I remember being totally fascinated by its poetry, by what it was saying about nature - the true main character of Dune. To me, ‘Dune’ is a psychological thriller, an adventure, a war movie, a coming-of-age movie. It’s even a love story. There’s a reason the book stayed on my shelf, beside my bed, all those years," the director said in a statement.</p> <p><i>Dune</i> received an eight-minute standing ovation at its Venice Film Festival Premiere with the Oscar-winning filmmaker receiving critical praise for his breath-taking adaptation of the 1965 sci-fi classic. A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, “Dune” tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people.</p> <p>As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence - a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential—only those who can conquer their fear will survive. The film stars Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Oscar nominee Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley, Zendaya, Chang Chen, David Dastmalchian Sharon Duncan-Brewster with Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling, with Jason Momoa and Oscar winner Javier Bardem.</p> <p>Oscar-winning and multiple Oscar-nominated composer Hans Zimmer has created the score.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/23/denis-villeneuve-dune-release-india-october-22.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/23/denis-villeneuve-dune-release-india-october-22.html Thu Sep 23 11:14:28 IST 2021 netflix-acquires-entire-works-author-roald-dahl <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/22/netflix-acquires-entire-works-author-roald-dahl.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/2021/9/22/netflix-roald-dahl.jpg" /> <p>Netflix has acquired the Roald Dahl Story Company, hence adding classics such as <i>Charlie and the Chocolate Factory</i>, <i>Matilda</i> into its catalogue. The content deal comes amid stiff competition from Disney plus and HBO max.</p> <p>The company did not disclose the financial terms of the deal, which will give it full access to Dahl's works as well as animated and live action films. The deal expands Netflix's existing licensing agreement with The Roald Dahl Story Co to create animated series based on the author's books. Struck in 2018, the agreement was reported to be among the biggest ever for kids programming at that time, Reuters stated in a report.</p> <p>As part of that deal, director Taika Waititi is already creating a series based on <i>Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. “</i>Projects in the works include an event series from the awe-inspiring vision of Taika Waititi based on the world of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and another wholly original take on the Oompa-Loompas,” Netflix tweeted on Wednesday.</p> <p>Netflix is also working on an adaptation of <i>Matilda The Musical.</i></p> <p>“As we bring these timeless tales to more audiences in new formats, we're committed to maintaining their unique spirit and their universal themes of surprise and kindness, while also sprinkling some fresh magic into the mix," Netflix co-CEO Ted</p> <p>Sarandos and Luke Kelly, Dahl's grandson and MD of the Roald Dahl Story Co, wrote in a blog post.</p> <p>They further said: “Netflix and The Roald Dahl Story Company share a deep love of storytelling and a growing, global fan base. Together, we have an extraordinary opportunity to write multiple new chapters of these beloved stories, delighting children and adults around the world for generations to come.”</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/22/netflix-acquires-entire-works-author-roald-dahl.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/22/netflix-acquires-entire-works-author-roald-dahl.html Wed Sep 22 16:04:26 IST 2021 never-fully-meet-people-expectations-kota-factory-director <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/22/never-fully-meet-people-expectations-kota-factory-director.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/2021/8/31/kota-factory-netflix.jpg" /> <p><i>Kota Factory </i>director Raghav Subbu says it was "intimidating" to take on the second season of the web series after its first chapter received a favourable response from the audience.</p> <p>The show offers an insight into the life of students in Rajasthan's Kota, a major coaching hub of the country for competitive examination preparations, and was a surprise hit when it debuted on YouTube in 2019.</p> <p>It is now set to return with its second season, which will premiere on Netflix on Thursday. "Going by season one's response, it was intimidating to jump into season two because you automatically feel the need to not ape or mimic what worked in season one. As a director, I was looking to see that this show progresses organically into what it was supposed to be and not what it should be," Subbu said.</p> <p>The director said he had absolute clarity about one thing -- that he can never fully meet the expectations of the audience."I believe that expectation is the biggest killer and you can never meet it. I'll keep trying for the rest of my life but I can never say that I have my finger on this craft. And I think the day you say that I know everything is the day you die," he added.</p> <p>The second season of <i>Kota Factory </i>will see Vaibhav (Mayur More), a young student on his journey to Maheshwari - one of the leading training institutes, and how he tries to balance his friendships, his relationship with his mentor Jeetu Bhaiya (Jitendra Kumar) and the looming pressure of getting into an IIT.</p> <p>The show's aim is to show "beauty in the ordinary", he said. "Things that people liked about 'Kota Factory' season one was not just the fact that it's somebody going to a city and just giving an exam, wanting to go make it to the IIT. There were so many things that we highlighted with the show, like the theme of loneliness."</p> <p>Subbu said life in the town of Kota is slow, which is also the reason why "Kota Factory" has a slow pace of storytelling.</p> <p>"The show is slow because life in Kota is slower than in other urban cities. So it's a slow town. Kids study there all the time and it's just about ambition. We are trying to bring that soul into the show."</p> <p>Asked about the black-and-white setting of the show, Subbu said people generally have this notion that a monochrome background means the work of art is either a period drama or has darker elements in it.</p> <p>But he has tried to present something entirely different and unique with <i>Kota Factory,</i> he promised. "The point of art is to question things. I wanted to do a spin on something that is so set in stone. (The general idea is) it's either like a 'Sin City', which has a very graphic novel kind of feel or a period piece like 'The Artist'.</p> <p>"We have these associations that we have in our head when it comes to everything. As a director and as a creator, I want to challenge those things."</p> <p>Besides his desire to do something new, Subbu said there are several other more important and organic reasons for the show to be in black and white.</p> <p>And he wants the audience to figure out those reasons. "I think the moment I say that this is the specific reason, it loses its charm and its meaning. I want people to intrinsically reflect and discuss. If people do that, then I have won as a director," Subbu said.</p> <p>Produced by The Viral Fever (TVF), <i>Kota Factory</i> also stars Ranjan Raj, Alam Khan, Ahsaas Channa, Revathi Pillai and Urvi Singh.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/22/never-fully-meet-people-expectations-kota-factory-director.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/22/never-fully-meet-people-expectations-kota-factory-director.html Wed Sep 22 14:08:07 IST 2021 ajith-kumar-valimai-release-theatres-january <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/22/ajith-kumar-valimai-release-theatres-january.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/2021/7/11/ajith-valimai-poster.jpg" /> <p>Film producer Boney Kapoor on Wednesday announced that his upcoming film "Valimai", starring South star Ajith Kumar, will release theatrically during the festival of Pongal in January 2022.</p> <p>The Tamil-language action thriller film is written and directed by H Vinoth and produced by Zee Studios and Kapoor under Bayview Projects LLP. The 65-year-old producer, known for backing Bollywood films like <i>Mr India,</i> <i>No Entry,</i> <i>Judaai</i>, <i>Wanted</i> and <i>Mom,</i> took to Twitter to share the news of the film's release date.</p> <p>"Happy to announce that #Valimai will hit the screens on Pongal 2022. #ValimaiFromPongal" he wrote.</p> <p>Earlier, the film was reportedly scheduled for release in November 2020, coinciding with Diwali.</p> <p>However, the film's shoot was suspended due to COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in the delay of its release.</p> <p>The film also stars Huma Qureshi and Kartikeya Gummakonda.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/22/ajith-kumar-valimai-release-theatres-january.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/22/ajith-kumar-valimai-release-theatres-january.html Wed Sep 22 13:54:54 IST 2021 sara-ali-khan-visits-temple-mosque-church-kashmir <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/22/sara-ali-khan-visits-temple-mosque-church-kashmir.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/2021/9/22/sara-ali-khan-insta.jpg" /> <p>Sara Ali Khan on Wednesday shared photos from her recent Kashmir visit during which she visited various religious places. In the photos she is seen at a church, mosque, temple and gurdwara.</p> <p>“If there is a paradise on earth, it is this, it is this, it is this. Sarv Dharm Sambhav,” she captioned the post, indicating her respect for all religions.</p> <p>Later, Sara also took to her Instagram handle to share a picture from interaction with the Indian Army. In the pic, she is seen standing with the soldiers and the Indian flag flying high in the frame. “So thrilled to meet the heroes that make us feel us safe, secure and protected. Thank you for all that you do for us. Jai Hind,” she wrote.</p> <p>Sara, who had earlier travelled to the Maldives had shared breathtaking pictures from the vacation.</p> <p>On the work front, she was last seen in <i>Coolie No. 1, t</i>he remake of David Dhawan’s 1995 comedy film of the same name.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/22/sara-ali-khan-visits-temple-mosque-church-kashmir.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/22/sara-ali-khan-visits-temple-mosque-church-kashmir.html Thu Sep 23 10:30:28 IST 2021 venkatesh-rana-daggubati-star-indian-adaptation-ray-donovan-series <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/22/venkatesh-rana-daggubati-star-indian-adaptation-ray-donovan-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/2021/9/22/rana-venkatesh-netflix.jpg" /> <p>Streaming platform Netflix on Wednesday announced that south stars Venkatesh Daggubati and Rana Daggubati have signed on to feature in <i>Rana Naidu,</i> the Indian adaptation of acclaimed American TV series "Ray Donovan".</p> <p>The series will follow the life of Rana Naidu, the go-to guy for everyone in Bollywood when they have a problem. Karan Anshuman of <i>Inside Edge</i> fame is the showrunner and the director for the show and Suparn Verma (<i>The Family Man </i>season two) will co-direct it.</p> <p>The series, which will be in Hindi, will see the real-life uncle and nephew duo -- Venkatesh and Rana -- share the screen for the first time. Rana, who has starred in Hindi films like <i>Dum Maaro Dum</i> and <i>Baby, </i>said he is thrilled to share screen space with his uncle Venkatesh.</p> <p>"It's lots of special firsts for me. Working with my uncle Venkatesh and the first with Netflix in long form storytelling that's completely different from what both of us have ever done in our careers. I'm extremely happy to be with a crew and a platform that knows this the best," the 36-year-old actor said in a statement.</p> <p>It will be Venkatesh's first Hindi project since the 1995 film <i>Taqdeerwala.</i> The Telugu star made his Bollywood debut in 1993's <i>Anari, </i>opposite Karisma Kapoor. Venkatesh said the series is the perfect project for him to collaborate with his nephew.</p> <p>"I cannot wait to work with Rana, we are going to have a blast on-set and this show is the perfect project for us to work on. I am a huge fan of Ray Donovan myself and the entire team is pulling in all the stops to ensure we do justice to it," he said. Monika Shergill, VP, Content, Netflix India said, they are excited to bring the powerhouse performers like Rana and Venkatesh for the first time.</p> <p>"The series, 'Rana Naidu', will be a thrilling Indian adaptation of a record breaking international show and will take the audience on a breathless ride with the dynamic duo," Shergill said.</p> <p>The format rights are licensed by ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group. "We are thrilled to partner with Sunder Aaron of Locomotive Global Inc. and NETFLIX on this new version of 'Rana Naidu' (Ray Donovan) for the Indian market," said Roxanne Pompa, Vice President, Formats at ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group.</p> <p>Sunder Aaron, Locomotive Global Inc, said this is going to be an extraordinary and thrilling show for the viewers.</p> <p>"We are just getting rolling and cannot wait for the world to meet a new kind of Indian hero in Rana Naidu!," Aaron said. It was announced in 2019 that Locomotive Global Inc had acquired the first scripted remake rights of "Ray Donovan".</p> <p>Featuring Liev Schrieber in the titular role,<i> Ray Donovan </i>debuted on Showtime in 2013 and ran for seven seasons. Schreiber is set to reprise his role of a professional fixer in the movie adaptation of the hit series.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/22/venkatesh-rana-daggubati-star-indian-adaptation-ray-donovan-series.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/22/venkatesh-rana-daggubati-star-indian-adaptation-ray-donovan-series.html Wed Sep 22 12:20:44 IST 2021 willie-garson-dies-57-cancer-battle <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/22/willie-garson-dies-57-cancer-battle.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/2021/9/22/willie.jpg" /> <p>Actor Willie Garson, best known for popular TV series <i>Sex and the City</i> and <i>White Collar,</i> has passed away. He was 57.</p> <p>Garson died after a battle with cancer, his longtime manager John Carrabino confirmed to Deadline.</p> <p>The actor's adopted son, Nathen Garson, shared the news of his father's passing on Instagram on Tuesday.</p> <p>"I love you so much papa. Rest In Peace and I'm so glad you got to share all your adventures with me and were able to accomplish so much. I'm so proud of you. I will always love you, but I think it's time for you to go on an adventure of your own. You'll always be with me," he wrote. Calling him "the toughest, funniest and smartest person I've known", Nathen Garson said he hopes his father will be at peace now.</p> <p>"I'm glad you shared your love with me. I'll never forget it or lose it," he added in the post. On the HBO series<i> Sex and the City, </i>Garson received popularity for his role as Standford Blatch, a stylish talent agent who was columnist Carrie Bradshaw's (Sarah Jessica Parker) best friend outside of the three women, played by Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis and Kim Cattrall.</p> <p>He reprised his role for the spinoff films <i>Sex and the City </i>and <i>Sex and the City 2</i>, and was set to appear in the upcoming reboot series for HBO Max <i>And Just Like That.</i></p> <p>Nixon, who played Miranda Hobbes in the series, said Garson was "a source of light, friendship and show business lore". "We all loved him and adored working with him. He was endlessly funny on-screen and in real life," she wrote on Instagram.</p> <p>Mario Cantone, who played Garson's on-screen husband Anthony Marentino in the series, said he couldn't have asked for a better partner on television.</p> <p>"I'm devastated and just overwhelmed with sadness. Taken away from all of us way too soon. You were a gift from the gods," Cantone wrote on Instagram.</p> <p>Michael Patrick King, executive producer of <i>Sex And The City </i>and <i>Just Like That.</i>.., said Garson had been working "even while he was sick".</p> <p>"His spirit and his dedication to his craft was present every day. His multitude of gifts as an actor and person will be missed by everyone," King said in a statement.</p> <p>"Willie Garson was in life, as on screen, a devoted friend and a bright light for everyone in his universe. He created one of the most beloved characters from the HBO pantheon and was a member of our family for nearly twenty-five years. We are deeply saddened to learn of his passing and extend our sincere condolences to his family and loved ones," an HBO spokesperson said in a statement.</p> <p>After <i>Sex and the City </i>ended in 2004, Garson continued his career performing on the small screen in USA Network's <i>White Collar. </i>He played protagonist Neal Caffery's (Matt Bomer) genius and conman best friend Mozzie from 2009-14.</p> <p>Bomer paid an emotional tribute to Garson on Instagram. "I still haven't wrapped my head around a world without you in it where I can't call you when I need to laugh, or be inspired. The last thing you did when we said goodbye was pull down your mask (I hate covid), smile, and wink at me," Bomer wrote alongside a series of photos of him and Garson.</p> <p>"Save a place for me, because you know I want to be at your table up there," he added.</p> <p><i>White Collar</i> creator Jeff Eastin paid condolences on Twitter, calling Garson "the best of us".</p> <p>NBCUniversal, parent company of USA Network, remembered the actor as a "fan favorite", no matter what project he was on. "Nowhere was that more true than on White Collar, where he took the character of Mozzie, an outcast conspiracy theorist, and made him lovable to the core. He will be missed," the company said in a statement.</p> <p>Before heading to Hollywood, Garson was a theatre student at Wesleyan University and received a master of fine arts from Yale Drama School. He began his television career starring in small roles on popular 1980s and '90s shows such as <i>Family Ties</i>, <i>The X-Files</i>, <i>Twin Peaks</i>, <i>Monk</i>, and <i>Friends.</i></p> <p>But it was his seven episode-appearance in <i>NYPD Blue</i> as Henry Coffield that got him attention in 1996.Two years later, he took on one of his career-defining roles in "Sex and the City".</p> <p>On the film front, he starred in <i>There's Something About Mary</i>, <i>Groundhog Day</i> and <i>Being John Malkovich.</i></p> <p>Most recently, he voice starred in <i>Big Mouth </i>and had a recurring role on <i>Supergirl </i>from 2019-20.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/22/willie-garson-dies-57-cancer-battle.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/22/willie-garson-dies-57-cancer-battle.html Wed Sep 22 11:55:59 IST 2021 kota-factory-crime-stories-intrusion-what-to-wtach-ott-week <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/22/kota-factory-crime-stories-intrusion-what-to-wtach-ott-week.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/2021/9/22/ott.jpg" /> <p>There are a couple of interesting releases on streaming platforms this week. The much awaited season 2 of <i>Kota Factory </i>will be released on Netflix on Friday. The TVF series which was a huge hit was acquired by Netflix for the second season.</p> <p>Here is a look at series and movies you need to watch out for this week.</p> <p><b>Crime Stories: India Detectives: Netflix</b></p> <p><b style="font-size: 0.8125rem;">Release date: September 22</b></p> <p>The true-crime docu series follows a team of the Bengaluru police and documents working of the force as they probe four major crimes in the city. Produced by Minnow Films, the character based docu-series offers a peek into the psyche of a suspect and a rare glimpse into the complex and challenging inner workings of four major crime investigations, the streamer said in a statement. <i>Crime Stories: India Detectives</i> is directed by N Amit and Jack Rampling and produced by Tarun Saldanha.</p> <p><b>Star Wars - Visions: Disney plus Hotstar</b></p> <p><b>Release date: September 22</b></p> <p>The anime-inspired series combines fans' love for the Star Wars universe as well as anime. The series features an ensemble voice cast featuring Lucy Liu, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Alison Brie, Simu Liu, Masi Oka, Neil Patrick Harris, George Takei, David Harbour, and Temuera Morrison.</p> <p><b>Goliath S4 : Amazon Prime Video</b></p> <p><b>Release date: September 24</b></p> <p>In the final season, after Patty takes a job at a prestigious white-shoe law firm in San Francisco, Billy returns to his Big Law roots. Together, they try to take down one of America’s most insidious Goliaths: the opioid industry.</p> <p><b style="font-size: 0.8125rem;">Kota Factory S2: Netflix</b></p> <p><b style="font-size: 0.8125rem;">Release date : September 24</b></p> <p>The second season will follow the life of Vaibhav, a young student on his journey to Maheshwari - one of Kota's leading training institutes, and how he tries to balance his friendships, his relationship with his mentor and the looming pressure of getting into IIT. The show stars Jitendra Kumar, Mayur More, Ranjan Raj, Alam Khan, Ahsaas Channa, Revathi Pillai and Urvi Singh. Director Raghav Subbu said season two of “Kota Factory” will chronicle the journey of students in Kota and the “struggles they face on a daily basis, which will make it more engaging and realistic”.</p> <p><b>Intrusion: Netflix</b></p> <p><b>Release date: September 22</b></p> <p>When a husband and wife move to a small town, a home invasion leaves the wife traumatized and suspicious that those around her might not be who they seem. Freida Pinto and Logan Marshall-Green star in<i> Intrusion</i>, directed by Adam Salky.</p> <p><b>Sunny: Amazon Prime Video</b></p> <p><b style="font-size: 0.8125rem;">Release date: September 23</b></p> <p>The Malayalam movie focuses on a musician named Sunny (played by Jayasurya), who has lost everything that he earned in his life - his love, his money and his best friend.The film is produced by Ranjith Sankar and Jayasurya under the banner of Dreams N Beyond. Sankar has also written and directed the movie.</p> <p><b>Birds of Paradise: Amazon Prime Video</b></p> <p><b>Release date: September 24</b></p> <p>The movie, written and directed by Sarah Adina Smith, based upon the 2019 novel Bright Burning Stars by A.K. Small. The plot revolves around two dancers at an elite ballet academy in Paris find their friendship tested when they compete for a contract to join the Opéra national de Paris. It stars Kristine Froseth, Diana Silvers, Jacqueline Bisset and Stav Strashko.</p> <p>Besides these, Tamil film <i>Raame Andalum Raavane Andalum </i>releases on Amazon Prime Video on September 24, and Telugu film <i>Aakashvani </i>will stream on SonyLIV from September 24.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/22/kota-factory-crime-stories-intrusion-what-to-wtach-ott-week.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/22/kota-factory-crime-stories-intrusion-what-to-wtach-ott-week.html Wed Sep 22 11:25:56 IST 2021 meet-deepika-padukones-badminton-opponent-in-just-a-regular-day-in-her-life <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/21/meet-deepika-padukones-badminton-opponent-in-just-a-regular-day-in-her-life.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/leisure/lifestyle/images/2018/10/10/deepika-padukone-afp.jpg" /> <p>Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone did leave her mark as a badminton player before moving to modelling and eventually establishing herself as one of the finest performers in Bollywood.</p> <p>In one of her recent Instagram posts, the actor gave a glimpse into “just a regular day” in her life and it has a lot to do with badminton. In the pictures, she is seen having a badminton match with Olympic medallist P.V. Sindhu.</p> <p>In the first picture that the actor shared, she is seen engaged in a cheerful conversation with Sindhu. The remaining pictures show them in action in the court.</p> <p>"Just a regular day in my life...Burning calories with PV Sindhu," the actor captioned the pictures.</p> <p>It appears like Sindhu and Deepika Padukone have been spending more time in court as the actor had earlier shared a "post-badminton glow" to which Sindhu had responded "After how many calories?"</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/21/meet-deepika-padukones-badminton-opponent-in-just-a-regular-day-in-her-life.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/21/meet-deepika-padukones-badminton-opponent-in-just-a-regular-day-in-her-life.html Tue Sep 21 19:38:29 IST 2021 fukrey-3-shoot-delyaedfew-months-richa-chadha <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/21/fukrey-3-shoot-delyaedfew-months-richa-chadha.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/november-29-2020/people/104-Richa-Chadha.jpg" /> <p>Actor Richa Chadha says the shooting schedule of her comedy <i>Fukrey 3</i> was pushed ahead as the movie involved filming of large crowd sequences.</p> <p>Directed by Mrigdeep Singh Lamba, the Delhi-set film was gearing to go on floors in April but was put on hold due to the lockdown in Maharashtra in view of the alarming rise in the COVID-19 cases.</p> <p><i>Fukrey 3</i> is backed by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar's Excel Entertainment. Chadha, who plays local gangster Bholi Punjaban in the franchise, said the crew is likely to reteam to shoot the film by the end of the year or early 2022.</p> <p>"'Fukrey 3' was supposed to start on April 10 but then the lockdown happened a few days before. So now it has been delayed by a few months, because it has large crowd scenes to shoot. But it will happen. The film is like my home base.</p> <p>"With Excel Entertainment I have a certain comfort level, so we can always work together, whenever, I love that team. By the likes of it, keeping everyone's dates and personal commitments in mind, it will perhaps happen at the end of this year or early next year," Chadha, who also stars in Excel's web series for Amazon Prime Video <i>Inside Edge,</i> said in an interview.</p> <p>The film series follows four friends -- played by Ali Fazal, Pulkit Samrat, Sharma and Manjot Singh -- who come together to make easy money.</p> <p>Earlier this year, Chadha, along with her actor fiance Fazal, announced their first project as producers <i>Girls Will Be Girls.</i></p> <p>The coming-of-age story will be produced through their newly-launched banner Pushing Buttons Studios. Debutante filmmaker Shuchi Talati will direct the movie from her own script. The 34-year-old actor said the film is currently in the "advanced" stage of development.</p> <p>"'Girls Will Be Girls' just got done with the Jerusalem script lab... We have French co-producers for this one, just like how 'Masaan' was an Indo-French production. It is in the advanced stage of development right now. The script is nearing its shooting draft but we are crewing up.</p> <p>"We have had our first round of interviews with our female crew members and HODs, it was nice to be in a different position. We are currently going to look for fundraising opportunities and financiers and co producers," she added.</p> <p>Set in an elite boarding school in a small Himalayan hill town, the story is about 16-year-old Mira, whose sexy, rebellious coming-of-age is hijacked by her mother who never got to come of age.</p> <p>Apart from this, Chadha is also working on her own script, which she said has elements of "surrealism, satire". "The first draft of the script is ready. I have a pitch session with some people soon," she added.</p> <p>The actor, who currently stars in Voot Select's web series <i>Candy,</i> will also be seen in the third season of Amazon Prime Video series <i>Inside Edge</i> and filmmaker Tigmanshu Dhulia's Disney+ Hotstar murder mystery series S<i>ix Suspects.&nbsp;</i></p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/21/fukrey-3-shoot-delyaedfew-months-richa-chadha.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/21/fukrey-3-shoot-delyaedfew-months-richa-chadha.html Tue Sep 21 15:32:16 IST 2021 kerala-govt-consider-reopening-cinemas <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/21/kerala-govt-consider-reopening-cinemas.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/2019/June/empty%2520movie%2520theatre-movie-cenema-kerala-kochi-reu-sivaram.jpg" /> <p>After schools, the Kerala government is mulling reopening theatres and auditoriums in the southern state, which have remained shut for months following the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. State Minister for Cultural Affairs and Fisheries, Saji Cheriyan said the government would consider its reopening in the next phase.</p> <p>"The current situation in the state is comparatively better. Of course, we are thinking about its reopening. After reaching an understanding, a decision will be taken in this regard soon," he told reporters here. The minister pointed out that the test positivity rate (TPR) of COVID-19 cases in the state showed a decline in recent days.</p> <p>The theaters and auditoriums in Kerala have been closed for over one and half years since the outbreak of the COVID-19 in the southern state. The film industry recently expressed concern over the continuing closure of the cinema halls as it affected the livelihood of several persons and their families.</p> <p>After remaining shut since March last year, the Pinarayi Vijayan government had decided to reopen schools in the state from November 1. A decision in this regard was taken at the COVID-19 evaluation meeting that was chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan last week.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/21/kerala-govt-consider-reopening-cinemas.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/21/kerala-govt-consider-reopening-cinemas.html Tue Sep 21 14:02:51 IST 2021 raj-kundra-walks-out-mumbai-jail-after-bail-porn-case <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/21/raj-kundra-walks-out-mumbai-jail-after-bail-porn-case.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/2021/7/20/raj-kundra-arrest-1.jpg" /> <p>Businessman Raj Kundra on Tuesday walked out of a Mumbai jail, a day after a magistrate court here granted bail to the key accused in a pornographic films case in which he was arrested two months ago. Kundra was released from the Arthur Road jail shortly after 11.30 am, a jail official said.</p> <p>Chief Metropolitan Magistrate SB Bhajipale on Monday allowed Kundra's bail application on furnishing a bond of Rs 50,000. Kundra's associate and co-accused Ryan Thorpe, who was arrested along with him on July 19, was also granted bail by the court in the case pertaining to alleged creation of pornographic films and publishing them through some apps.</p> <p>The 46-year-old businessman was lodged in Arthur Road Jail in central Mumbai under judicial custody. Kundra, the husband of Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty, was arrested by the Mumbai police's crime branch after being booked under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, the Information Technology Act and the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act.</p> <p>Kundra moved a bail plea before the metropolitan magistrate court on Saturday, days after the police filed a supplementary charge-sheet in the case. In the plea, filed through advocate Prashant Patil, Kundra claimed there was not even an iota of evidence till date with the prosecution that would connect the app 'Hotshots', used in the alleged porn films racket, with an offence under law. As per the probe agency, the 'Hotshots' app was being used by accused persons for uploading and streaming obscene content. The businessman claimed there was no evidence of him being "actively" involved in creation of alleged questionable porn content.</p> <p>Kundra alleged he was falsely implicated, was not even named in the FIR and was dragged by the respondent (police) in the case. The businessman claimed in the plea that he is being made a "scapegoat" for reasons best known to investigators. There is not a single allegation in the entire supplementary charge-sheet against Kundra, Patil submitted before the court. Contents of the complaint in the case do not disclose any prima facie offence against Kundra, he said.</p> <p>The public prosecutor opposed Kundra's application, saying just because the charge-sheet has been filed, it does not imply bail is to be granted to the accused. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Bhajipale, after hearing both sides, allowed Kundra's application on furnishing a bail bond of Rs 50,000.</p> <p>The police, in their supplementary charge-sheet, had claimed Kundra was the "main facilitator" in the case and he along with other accused exploited young women struggling in the movie industry by filming them in obscene ways. The nearly 1,500-page charge-sheet against Kundra and Thorpe was filed in the court on September 15 by the crime branch. Besides Kundra and Thorpe, Yash Thakur, a resident of Singapore, and London-based Pardeep Bakshi have been shown as wanted accused in the charge-sheet.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/21/raj-kundra-walks-out-mumbai-jail-after-bail-porn-case.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/21/raj-kundra-walks-out-mumbai-jail-after-bail-porn-case.html Tue Sep 21 12:02:30 IST 2021 shilpa-shetty-posts-instagram-after-raj-kundra-arrest <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/21/shilpa-shetty-posts-instagram-after-raj-kundra-arrest.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/current/images/2021/7/29/raj-kundra-shilpa.jpg" /> <p>Soon after her husband Raj Kundra was granted bail in the pron films case, actress Shilpa Shetty took to Instagram to share an inspirational quote. &quot;Rainbows exist to prove that beautiful things can happen after a bad storm,” read the quote by Roger Lee.</p> <p>Kundra was arrested July 19 by after being booked under relevant sections of the IPC and the Information Technology Act. In the charge-sheet, the police stated that the probe conducted by the property cell of the crime branch has revealed that Kundra was the &quot;main facilitator&quot; in the porn films case.</p> <p>On Saturday, he had moved a bail application in the Mumbai court claiming that he was being made a &quot;scapegoat&quot; and that there was not a single evidence in the supplementary charge sheet of him being actively involved in creation of alleged questionable content.</p> <p>The crime branch, probing the pornography case, had recently filed a supplementary charge-sheet against Kundra and three others pertaining to alleged creation of pornographic films and publishing them through some apps.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/21/shilpa-shetty-posts-instagram-after-raj-kundra-arrest.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/21/shilpa-shetty-posts-instagram-after-raj-kundra-arrest.html Tue Sep 21 11:16:21 IST 2021 taapseerashmi-rocket-headsto-zee5-to-release-next-month <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/21/taapseerashmi-rocket-headsto-zee5-to-release-next-month.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/magazine/health/cover/images/2021/1/28/taapsee.jpg" /> <p>Taapsee Pannu-starrer <i>Rashmi Rocket</i> is set to be released on ZEE5 on October 15, the streaming platform announced on Monday.</p> <p>Set in Kutch, Gujarat,<i> Rashmi Rocket </i>stars Pannu in the title role of a gifted athlete. The film is produced by Ronnie Screwvala's RSVP and Mango People Media.</p> <p><i>Karwaan </i>helmer Akarsh Khurana has directed the movie, based on an original story by Nanda Periyasamy. "The story follows the tale of 'rocket', who finally gets the chance to realise her dream and compete professionally, only to realize that the race to the finish line is peppered with many hurdles. What seems like an athletic contest turns into her personal battle for respect, honour, and even her very identity," a synopsis shared by the streamer read.</p> <p>Manish Kalra, Chief Business Officer, ZEE5 India said <i>Rashmi Rocket</i> is a story of "grit and a never-say-die attitude" as it chronicles a woman's fight to make her place in a "male-dominated arena". "We are happy to collaborate with RSVP and Mango People Media, who with their acumen and creative sensibility will bring this gem of a story to life," Kalra said in a statement.</p> <p>Calling <i>Rashmi Rocket </i>a "special film", Pannu said she has been fascinated with the subject ever since she heard its one-line story idea in Chennai. "I've always been approached when either the script or the director is ready to make the film but one line of this story fell in my lap in Chennai and then from there to it becoming a full-fledged film has been a feeling I haven't experienced with any other film before.</p> <p>"Everyone was just so sure about the story from day one that it was never a tough job to convince any of the stakeholders to join hands and give their best for this film. Hence the result of this film will affect me a lot more than my other films," she added.</p> <p><i>Rashmi Rocket </i>also stars Supriya Pathak, Abhishek Banerjee, Priyanshu Painyuli and Supriya Pilgaonkar. Khurana said the film has elements of a sports movie, courtroom drama and a mature romance.</p> <p>"As a storyteller, I've always been drawn to characters on journeys, both external and internal. This film gave me the unique and exciting opportunity to work on something that had all of these elements, with a fantastic ensemble of actors," the director said. Screwvala of RSVP said "Rashmi Rocket" isn't just about the journey of an athlete but the human drama that unfolds in her life, making it "so much more layered and different from regular athlete stories".</p> <p>Producer Pranjal Khandhdiya of Mango People Media said the film aims to address misogyny in sports and delves into the "hurdles behind the medals". The film is written by Periyasamy, Aniruddha Guha and Kanika Dhillon.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/21/taapseerashmi-rocket-headsto-zee5-to-release-next-month.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/21/taapseerashmi-rocket-headsto-zee5-to-release-next-month.html Tue Sep 21 10:45:04 IST 2021 pornography-case-raj-kundra-granted-bail <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/20/pornography-case-raj-kundra-granted-bail.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/2021/7/20/raj-kundra-arrest-1.jpg" /> <p>Businessman Raj Kundra has been granted bail in the pornographic content case, on Monday.</p> <p>A Metropolitan Magistrate Court in Mumbai granted bail to Kundra and another accused in the case, Ryan Thorpe. They have been asked to furnish a surety of Rs 50,000.</p> <p>Kundra, husband of Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty, was arrested July 19 by after being booked under relevant sections of the IPC and the Information Technology Act.</p> <p>On Saturday, he had moved a bail application in the Mumbai court claiming that he was being made a &quot;scapegoat&quot; and that there was not a single evidence in the supplementary charge sheet of him being actively involved in creation of alleged questionable content.</p> <p>The crime branch, probing the pornography case, had recently filed a supplementary charge-sheet against Kundra and three others pertaining to alleged creation of pornographic films and publishing them through some apps.</p> <p>The bail plea also said there is not a single allegation in the entire supplementary charge sheet against the present applicant (Kundra) that he was actively involved in any of the video shootings.</p> <p>—<b>With PTI inputs</b></p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/20/pornography-case-raj-kundra-granted-bail.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/20/pornography-case-raj-kundra-granted-bail.html Mon Sep 20 17:55:24 IST 2021 vijay-sethupathi-trisha-96-hindi-remake <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/20/vijay-sethupathi-trisha-96-hindi-remake.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/2021/august-15-2021/people/184-Vijay-Sethupathi.jpg" /> <p>Producer Ajay Kapoor has bagged the rights for the Hindi remake of the much-loved Tamil Blockbuster <i>96</i>, starring Vijay Sethupathi and Trisha.</p> <p>The 2018 romantic drama followed the story of two high school sweethearts from the batch of 1996 who meet at a reunion, 22 years after they moved apart.</p> <p>The cast and director for the remake are yet to be announced. Kapoor said he decided to adapt <i>96 </i>in Hindi as the heartwarming, light-hearted romantic tale had the ability to transcend language barrier.</p> <p>"The story breaks the barriers beyond the bounds of language and region, which prompted me to remake the film in Hindi for the national audience," the producer said in a statement.</p> <p>"I am actively working on developing the right script for the narrative along with the director and right kind of starcast. Once we finalise everything, I would soon like to make the official announcement of the cast and crew," he added.</p> <p>Directed by C Premkumar, <i>96</i> was praised for its nuanced performances and went on to become a blockbuster upon its release.</p> <p>Kapoor has recently wrapped production of his upcoming John Abraham-led film <i>Attack.</i> He is also backing a big-budget film based on Afghanistan rescue crisis, titled <i>Garud.&nbsp;</i></p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/20/vijay-sethupathi-trisha-96-hindi-remake.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/20/vijay-sethupathi-trisha-96-hindi-remake.html Mon Sep 20 14:24:30 IST 2021 javed-akhtar-defamation-case-kangana-appears-before-mumbai-magistrate-court <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/20/javed-akhtar-defamation-case-kangana-appears-before-mumbai-magistrate-court.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/2021/2/10/Kangana-Ranaut-twitter-quit.jpg" /> <p>Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut appeared before a Mumbai court on Monday in connection with a criminal defamation complaint filed against her by lyricist Javed Akhtar, and said she had "lost faith" in the magistrate's court as it indirectly "threatened" her of issuing a warrant if she failed to appear before it in a bailable offence.<br> </p> <p>Ranaut also moved a counter complaint in the court against Akhtar for alleged "extortion and criminal intimidation", and her lawyer informed the court that they had filed an application before chief metropolitan magistrate, seeking transfer of hearing into the complaint to another court.</p> <p>The court had last week said it will issue a warrant against Ranaut if she fails to appear on the next date of hearing on September 20. Ranaut appeared before Andheri metropolitan magistrate R R Khan on Monday for the first time since summons was issued to her in February this year, and completed the bail formalities.</p> <p>As the matter came up for hearing, her lawyer Rizwan Siddique told that court that Ranaut does not want to proceed with this court (in connection with the complaint). Siddique said they have "lost faith in the court as it seems to be biased".</p> <p>The court has indirectly "threatened" her of issuing a warrant on two occasions in a non-cognisable, compoundable and bailable offence, where as per law regular presence is not required, the lawyer claimed.</p> <p>Ranaut has been called before the court without any cause or reason, he said. He further submitted that till today, there is no order as to why she is required to be present regularly for the bailable, non-cognisable and compoundable offence.</p> <p>Akhtar's lawyer Jay Bharadwaj termed Ranaut's plea for transfer of complaint to another court as "extremely bizzare". "They have neither given any notice nor a copy of the (transfer) application to us," he said.</p> <p>The court will hear the matter next on November 15. Earlier this month, the Bombay High Court dismissed a plea filed by Ranaut seeking quashing of proceedings initiated against her by the local court on the criminal defamation complaint filed by Akhtar.</p> <p>Justice Revati Mohite-Dere had said in the order that there was no procedural illegality or irregularity in the metropolitan magistrate's order initiating the proceedings.</p> <p>Akhtar (76) had filed the complaint in the court in November last year, claiming Ranaut had made defamatory statements against him in a television interview, which allegedly damaged his reputation.</p> <p>In his complaint, Akhtar claimed that Ranaut dragged his name during an interview while referring to a 'coterie' existing in Bollywood, following the alleged suicide committed by actor Sushant Singh Rajput in June last year.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/20/javed-akhtar-defamation-case-kangana-appears-before-mumbai-magistrate-court.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/20/javed-akhtar-defamation-case-kangana-appears-before-mumbai-magistrate-court.html Mon Sep 20 14:09:52 IST 2021 emmy-awards-2021-the-crown-wins-big-full-list-winner <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/20/emmy-awards-2021-the-crown-wins-big-full-list-winner.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/2021/7/14/the-crown-netflix-ap.jpg" /> <p>The 73rd Emmy Awards ceremony took place at Los Angeles’ Event Deck at L.A. Live. Unlike last year's virtual ceremony, this year, it was an in-person event. <i style="font-size: 0.8125rem;">The Crown</i> emerged the big winner, by clinching seven trophies. It won awards for Outstanding Drama Series, and awards for directing, writing, and four acting awards for Tobiaz Menzies, Olivia Colman, Josh O’Connor and Gillian Anderson. <i style="font-size: 0.8125rem;">Ted Lasso</i> won Best Comedy Series.</p> <p>Complete list of winners:</p> <p><b>Outstanding Drama Series:</b>The Crown</p> <p><b>Outstanding Comedy Series:</b> Ted Lasso</p> <p><b>Outstanding Variety Talk Show:</b> Last Week Tonight with John Oliver</p> <p><b>Outstanding Limited Series:</b> The Queen's Gambit</p> <p><b>Outstanding Actor -Comedy: </b>Jason Sudeikis - Ted Lasso</p> <p><b>Outstanding Actor- Drama: </b>Josh O'Connor</p> <p><b>Outstanding Actor- Limited Series or Movie: </b>Ewan McGregor -Halston</p> <p><b>Outstanding Actress- Comedy: </b>Jean Smart - Hacks</p> <p><b>Outstanding Actress - Drama: </b>Olivia Colman - The Crown</p> <p><b>Outstanding Actress: Limited Series or Movie:</b> Kate Winslet - Mare of Easttown</p> <p><b>Outstanding Supporting Actor- Comedy:</b> Brett Goldstein - Ted Lasso</p> <p><b>Outstanding Supporting Actor - Drama: </b>Tobias Menzies - The Crown</p> <p><b>Outstanding Supporting Actor - Limited Series or Movie: </b>Evan Peters - Mare of Easttown</p> <p><b>Outstanding Supporting Actress - Comedy: </b>Hannah Waddingham (Ted Lasso)</p> <p><b>Outstanding Supporting Actress - Drama: </b>Gillian Anderson - The Crown</p> <p><b>Outstanding Supporting Actress - Limited Series or Movie:</b> Julianne Nicholson - Mare of Easttown</p> <p><b>Outstanding Director - Comedy:</b> Lucia Aniello - Hacks</p> <p><b>Outstanding Director - Drama:</b> Jessica Hobbs - The Crown</p> <p><b>Outstanding Director - Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special:</b> Scott Frank - The Queen's Gambit</p> <p><b>Outstanding Writing - Comedy: </b>Lucia Aniello, Paul W Downs and Jen Statsky - Hacks</p> <p><b>Outstanding Writing - Drama:</b> Peter Morgan - The Crown</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/20/emmy-awards-2021-the-crown-wins-big-full-list-winner.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/20/emmy-awards-2021-the-crown-wins-big-full-list-winner.html Mon Sep 20 12:48:36 IST 2021 vijay-files-civil-suit-against-his-parents-others <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/19/vijay-files-civil-suit-against-his-parents-others.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/2020/10/13/vijay-and-father.jpg" /> <p>Kollywood actor Vijay has filed a civil suit, seeking to restrain 11 people, including his parents, from using his name to conduct any meeting or activities.</p> <p>According to <i>The Hindu</i>, the actor further sought to declare the deed of association as null and void. He sought a stay on any gatherings or activities in his name.</p> <p>The matter is expected to come up for hearing on September 27.</p> <p>The office-bearers of his fan club have been citied as respondents.</p> <p>It is to be noted that the actor's father S.A. Chandrashekhar had floated a political party in the name of the actor's fans association and had announced that the party would contest elections. However, the actor opposed it and said he has nothing to do with his father's decision and he would not be contesting in any elections.</p> <p>Meanwhile, the actor reportedly granted permission to his fan association, Vijay Makkal Manram, to contest in the upcoming local body elections in the state in October. The polls are to be held in nine districts.</p> <p>However, the actor clarified that he would not be participating in the election campaign.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/19/vijay-files-civil-suit-against-his-parents-others.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/19/vijay-files-civil-suit-against-his-parents-others.html Sun Sep 19 20:21:42 IST 2021 anupam-kher-conferred-with-honorary-doctorate-in-hindu-studies-by-university-in-the-us <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/19/anupam-kher-conferred-with-honorary-doctorate-in-hindu-studies-by-university-in-the-us.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/review/books/images/2019/9/12/84-Anupam-Kher.jpg" /> <p>Actor Anupam Kher has been conferred with an honorary doctorate in Hindu studies by the Hindu University of America.</p> <p>The Florida-based university conferred upon Kher the Degree of Honorary Doctor of Philosophy in Hindu Studies at a special event here on Saturday.</p> <p>“I feel humbled and honoured to receive this doctorate. It will have a very prestigious place and will always be one of the major highlights of my life. The doctorate will give me a platform to talk about the philosophy of Hinduism, the philosophy of the oldest culture in the world,” Kher told PTI.</p> <p>When the Hindu University of America approached him for the honour, the 66-year-old actor said he wanted to accept the award.</p> <p>"First of all, the kind of work that people are doing over here in the field of education, especially the teachings of Hinduism that I believe in and have grown up with, I thought it was an honour that I had to accept,” he added.</p> <p>While in the US, Kher also travelled to several cities with his new show ‘Zindagi Ka Safar’, in which he has lively interactions with the audience.</p> <p>The actor said he had a “feel good” and “therapeutic experience” with the show, particularly as the COVID-19 pandemic forced people to stay at home and curtailed face-to-face interactions.</p> <p>Kher, who also shot for his film <i>Shiv Shastri Balboa</i> in the country, met several Indians and discovered that after the disruption caused by the pandemic, people have this great need to communicate.</p> <p>He said he felt that it is important to have social interactions “to celebrate life all over again, to spread the message of hope because according to me, hope is the heart of life."</p> <p>Kher said he had not planned how the show ‘Zindagi Ka Safar’ would pan out.</p> <p>"The whole idea of the show was basically to reach out to people and tell them it is fine, everything will be fine. It was therapeutic for me and it was therapeutic (for the audience).</p> <p>“I had no idea what I was going to do. So I told them my life story, played ''antakshari'' with them. I was making fun of myself the most, telling them about my childhood days. It was basically a feel-good experience,” he said, adding that his <i>Shiv Shastri Balboa</i> co-star Jugal Hansraj coordinated the show.</p> <p>Kher has been getting offers to take the show to other cities in the US and around the world, he shared. “The show worked very well because people were wanting to hear somebody with an experience, people were ready to talk with somebody who had a sense of humour. It was not just a show, it was a therapy with a lot of laughter and some tears also.”</p> <p>Even during the pandemic, Kher has been busy and has done three films, including <i>The Last Show</i> and <i>Kashmir Files</i> and also wrote a book.</p> <p>“Sometimes you have to be an example and not let the circumstances of life bog you down. You need to reinvent yourself as a person,” he said.</p> <p>Recalling his father's teachings, the actor said “failure is an event, never a person”.</p> <p>“When you are faced with a situation where you say there''s a fear of failure, let me push my boundaries, you discover that you have the courage, you have the strength and you can look for new horizons.</p> <p>“At this stage of my life, I think I''m much more successful as a person. I know my flaws, I can work on them. I know my plus points and I can enhance them. I understand life. I don't carry the burden of Anupam Kher on my shoulders. The lighter I am, the higher I go.”</p> <p>Post his return to India, Kher will start shooting for his next film <i>Oonchai</i> with filmmaker Sooraj Barjatya.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/19/anupam-kher-conferred-with-honorary-doctorate-in-hindu-studies-by-university-in-the-us.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/19/anupam-kher-conferred-with-honorary-doctorate-in-hindu-studies-by-university-in-the-us.html Sun Sep 19 18:25:34 IST 2021 73rd-emmy-awards-list-of-nominations-when-and-where-to-watch-the-event-in-india <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/19/73rd-emmy-awards-list-of-nominations-when-and-where-to-watch-the-event-in-india.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/2021/9/19/emmy2021.jpg" /> <p>The 73rd edition of the Emmys, celebrating the best in television and streaming platforms, will be held in Los Angeles on September 19 (Sunday) with limited number of people attending the event. The award ceremony will have only 500 people in attendance.</p> <p>Last year, the award was held virtually owing to the pandemic.</p> <p>Viewers from India can watch the event on September 20 (Monday) at 5.30 am IST. The 73rd edition of the event, hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, can be watched on <i>Lionsgate Play</i>. This will be the first stint of Cedric the Entertainer, star of hit CBS comedy series <i>The Neighborhood</i>, as the master of ceremonies for the event.</p> <p>Netflix drama <i>The Crown</i> and Disney+ show <i>The Mandalorian</i> are the frontrunners with as many as 24 nominations, followed by <i>WandaVision</i> (23) and <i>The Handmaid's Tale</i> (21).</p> <p><b>Here are the nominations</b></p> <p><b>OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES</b></p> <p><i>The Boys</i></p> <p><i>Bridgerton</i></p> <p><i>The Crown</i></p> <p><i>The Handmaid's Tale</i></p> <p><i>Lovecraft Country</i></p> <p><i>The Mandalorian</i></p> <p><i>Pose</i></p> <p><i>This Is Us</i></p> <p><b>OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES</b></p> <p><i>black-ish</i></p> <p><i>Cobra Kai</i></p> <p><i>Emily in Paris</i></p> <p><i>The Flight Attendant</i></p> <p><i>Hacks</i></p> <p><i>The Kominsky Method</i></p> <p><i>PEN15</i></p> <p><i>Ted Lasso</i></p> <p><b>OUTSTANDING LIMITED SERIES</b></p> <p><i>I May Destroy You</i></p> <p><i>Mare Of Easttown</i></p> <p><i>The Queen’s Gambit</i></p> <p><i>The Underground Railroad</i></p> <p><i>WandaVision</i></p> <p><b>OUTSTANDING TELEVISION MOVIE</b></p> <p><i>Dolly Parton's Christmas On The Square</i></p> <p><i>Oslo</i></p> <p><i>Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia</i></p> <p><i>Sylvie's Love</i></p> <p><i>Uncle Frank</i></p> <p><b>LEAD ACTOR, DRAMA</b></p> <p>Sterling K. Brown<i>, This Is Us</i></p> <p>Jonathan Majors,<i> Lovecraft Country</i></p> <p>Josh O'Connor,<i> The Crown</i></p> <p>Rege-Jean Page,<i> Bridgerton</i></p> <p>Billy Porter,<i> Pose</i></p> <p>Matthew Rhys<i>, Perry Mason</i></p> <p><b>LEAD ACTRESS, DRAMA</b></p> <p>Uzo Aduba,<i> In Treatment</i></p> <p>Olivia Colman,<i> The Crown</i></p> <p>Emma Corrin,<i> The Crown</i></p> <p>Elisabeth Moss,<i> The Handmaid's Tale</i></p> <p>Mj Rodriguez,<i> Pose</i></p> <p>Jurnee Smollett<i>, Lovecraft Country</i></p> <p><b>LEAD ACTOR, COMEDY</b></p> <p>Anthony Anderson<i>, black-ish</i></p> <p>Michael Douglas,<i> The Kominsky Method</i></p> <p>William H. Macy<i>, Shameless</i></p> <p>Jason Sudeikis,<i> Ted Lasso</i></p> <p>Kenan Thompson,<i> Kenan</i></p> <p><b>LEAD ACTRESS, COMEDY</b></p> <p>Aidy Bryant<i>, Shrill</i></p> <p>Kaley Cuoco<i>, The Flight Attendant</i></p> <p>Allison Janney<i>, Mom</i></p> <p>Tracee Ellis Ross,<i> black-ish</i></p> <p>Jean Smart,<i> Hacks</i></p> <p><b>SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA</b></p> <p>Giancarlo Esposito<i>, The Mandalorian</i></p> <p>O-T Fagbenle<i>, The Handmaid's Tale</i></p> <p>John Lithgow<i>, Perry Mason</i></p> <p>Tobias Menzies<i>, The Crown</i></p> <p>Max Minghella<i>, The Handmaid's Tale</i></p> <p>Chris Sullivan<i>, This Is Us</i></p> <p>Bradley Whitford<i>, The Handmaid's Tale</i></p> <p>Michael K. Williams<i>, Lovecraft Country</i></p> <p><b>SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA</b></p> <p>Gillian Anderson<i>, The Crown</i></p> <p>Helena Bonham Carter<i>, The Crown</i></p> <p>Madeline Brewer,<i> The Handmaid's Tale</i></p> <p>Ann Dowd,<i> The Handmaid's Tale</i></p> <p>Aunjanue Ellis<i>, Lovecraft Country</i></p> <p>Emerald Fennell,<i> The Crown</i></p> <p>Yvonne Strahovski<i>, The Handmaid's Tale</i></p> <p>Samira Wiley,<i> The Handmaid's Tale</i></p> <p><b>SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY</b></p> <p>Carl Clemons-Hopkins<i>, Hacks</i></p> <p>Brett Goldstein<i>, Ted Lasso</i></p> <p>Brendan Hunt<i>, Ted Lasso</i></p> <p>Nick Mohammed<i>, Ted Lasso</i></p> <p>Paul Reiser<i>, The Kominsky Method</i></p> <p>Jeremy Swift<i>, Ted Lasso</i></p> <p>Kenan Thompson<i>, Saturday Night Live</i></p> <p>Bowen Yang<i>, Saturday Night Live</i></p> <p><b>SUPPORTING ACTRESS, COMEDY</b></p> <p>Aidy Bryant<i>, Saturday Night Live</i></p> <p>Hannah Einbinder<i>, Hacks</i></p> <p>Kate McKinnon<i>, Saturday Night Live</i></p> <p>Rosie Perez<i>, The Flight Attendant</i></p> <p>Cecily Strong<i>, Saturday Night Live</i></p> <p>Juno Temple<i>, Ted Lasso</i></p> <p>Hannah Waddingham<i>, Ted Lasso</i><br> </p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/19/73rd-emmy-awards-list-of-nominations-when-and-where-to-watch-the-event-in-india.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/19/73rd-emmy-awards-list-of-nominations-when-and-where-to-watch-the-event-in-india.html Sun Sep 19 17:24:35 IST 2021 abused-as-child-lost-a-brother-lost-ex-lover-milind-soman-wife-ankita-konwar-narrates-her-trauma <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/19/abused-as-child-lost-a-brother-lost-ex-lover-milind-soman-wife-ankita-konwar-narrates-her-trauma.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/june-16-2019/people/176-Milind-Soman-wife-Ankita-Konwar.jpg" /> <p>Ankita Konwar, wife of actor Milind Soman, took to Instagram to open up about the trauma she faced over the years.</p> <p>In a lip-sync video, to a remark 'you are so wise beyond (her) years', she says "It's trauma baby."</p> <p>She briefly narrated her trauma in the caption of the video. “Abused as a child, Grew up in hostels, Lived in foreign cities alone, Cheated by people I trusted most. Lost a brother, Lost ex-lover, Lost my father. Being called names for the way I look and judged for being with the person I love. So if you see me being optimistic, just know that I am! Love yourself, she wrote, with the hashtags, #loveyourself #feelitreelit #keepingitreal.”</p> <p>Reacting to the video and the caption, Milind Soman wrote: "You’ve come a long way, baby!” to which she respondedd: "“Thanks for being the best companion!”</p> <p>Milind and Ankita got married in 2018.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/19/abused-as-child-lost-a-brother-lost-ex-lover-milind-soman-wife-ankita-konwar-narrates-her-trauma.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/19/abused-as-child-lost-a-brother-lost-ex-lover-milind-soman-wife-ankita-konwar-narrates-her-trauma.html Sun Sep 19 17:55:51 IST 2021 every-rupee-my-foundation-save-life-sonu-sood <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/20/every-rupee-my-foundation-save-life-sonu-sood.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/2021/1/22/sonu-sood-insta.jpg" /> <p>Actor Sonu Sood on Monday issued a statement about the recent tax raids and allegations of tax evasion. The CBDT had alleged that Sood and his associates evaded tax of Rs 20 crore.</p> <p>"You don't always have to tell your side of the story. Time will," the actor said in a statement he tweeted. "Every rupee in my foundation is awaiting its turn to save a precious life and reach the needy. In addition, on many occasions, I have encouraged brands to donate my endorsement fees for humanitarian causes too, which keeps us going," the actor wrote.</p> <p>He added: "I have been busy attending to a few guests hence was unable to be at your service for the last four days. Here I am back again in all humility. At your humble service, for life."</p> <p>The CBDT also accused Sood of violating the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) while raising donations from abroad. The department had launched searches against the 48-year-old actor and the Lucknow-based group of industries involved in infrastructure on September 15.&nbsp;</p> <p>The actor grabbed the national spotlight for helping migrants reach their home states during the nationwide lockdown clamped last year in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Delhi government, led by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, had recently declared that Sood will be the brand ambassador of the Aam Aadmi Party government's 'Desh ka mentors' programme under which students will be guided in making their career choices.<br> </p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/20/every-rupee-my-foundation-save-life-sonu-sood.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/20/every-rupee-my-foundation-save-life-sonu-sood.html Mon Sep 20 11:30:39 IST 2021 mani-ratnam-wraps-ponniyin-selvan-shoot <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/18/mani-ratnam-wraps-ponniyin-selvan-shoot.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/2021/9/18/ponniyin-selvan.jpg" /> <p>The first part of acclaimed filmmaker Mani Ratnam's Tamil-language historical drama film <i>Ponniyin Selvan</i>&nbsp;has finished its production, the makers announced on Saturday.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The star-studded magnum opus, which started filming in December 2019, features actors Vikram, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Karthi, Trisha Krishnan, Prakash Raj, Jayaram, Jayam Ravi and Aishwarya Lekshmi among others.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><i>Ponniyin Selvan</i> is backed by Ratnam's production house Madras Talkies and Allirajah Subaskaran's banner Lyca Productions.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The film's production wrap announcement was made on the official Instagram page of Madras Talkies.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"Filming complete. PS-1 coming soon!" the post read.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The movie is based on Kalki Krishnamurthy's 1955 Tamil novel "Ponniyin Selvan".</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The book chronicles the story of the early days of Arulmozhivarman, one of the most powerful kings in the south, who went on to become the great Chola emperor Rajaraja Chola I.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Ratnam has co-written the film's screenplay with Elango Kumaravel. B Jeyamohan has been credited as the dialogue writer on the movie.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The film's music has been scored by Ratnam's frequent collaborator and Oscar-winning composer AR Rahman. Cinematographer Ravi Varman has shot the film.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><i>Ponniyin Selvan</i>&nbsp; is set to be released theatrically in 2022.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/18/mani-ratnam-wraps-ponniyin-selvan-shoot.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/18/mani-ratnam-wraps-ponniyin-selvan-shoot.html Sat Sep 18 20:15:03 IST 2021 little-things-final-season-premiere-netflix-october <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/18/little-things-final-season-premiere-netflix-october.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/2018/9/6/little-things.jpg" /> <p>The fourth and final season of actors Dhruv Sehgal and Mithila Palkar's much-loved series <i>Little Things</i> will premiere on Netflix on October 15, the streamer announced on Saturday.</p> <p>The show follows an everyday couple, Dhruv (Sehgal) and Kavya (Palkar), navigating the complicated world of relationships, careers, and aspirations. The season will chronicle the couple's "tricky transition" from young love to a more mature relationship.</p> <p>"Over the season, we'll see them navigate questions around commitment, health, ambition and family, and in doing so, be as honest and intimate with each other as they've been in the past. So take a seat and let Dhruv and Kavya take you on one last journey as they overcome the big hurdles, all while loving the 'Little Things,'" the streamer said in a statement.</p> <p>Directors Ruchir Arun and Pranjal Dua said Dhruv and Kavya's journey has been "adorable and enriching". They said it's a bittersweet feeling that the series is coming to an end.</p> <p>"We have seen them do it all, from living together to long distance, they have showcased the most relatable side of young love to us. It is a bittersweet feeling, the finale - it was a rollercoaster of emotions shooting it. Dhruv-Kavya are growing up, their love is more mature and they are making way for more adventures, more ups and downs.</p> <p>"Mithila and Dhruv have done a great job. As the final season of 'Little Things' releases on Netflix, we really wish to leave the audiences with a smile on their face as we begin to say goodbye," the makers said in a joint statement.</p> <p>The show has been produced by Dice Media and written by Abhinandan Sridhar, Nupur Pai, Garima Pura Patiyaalvi, Gaurav Patki.</p> <p>Ashwin Suresh is credited as the showrunner and executive producer. Aditi Shrivastava and Anirudh Pandita also serve as executive producers, while Akshata Samant is the creative producer.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/18/little-things-final-season-premiere-netflix-october.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/18/little-things-final-season-premiere-netflix-october.html Sat Sep 18 13:31:07 IST 2021 aamir-khan-laal-singh-chaddha-wraps-production <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/17/aamir-khan-laal-singh-chaddha-wraps-production.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/2020/8/10/laal-singh.jpg" /> <p>Superstar Aamir Khan's much-awaited movie <i>Laal Singh Chaddha</i> has finished its production, the makers announced on Friday.</p> <p>Backed by Aamir Khan Productions, Viacom18 Studios and Paramount Pictures, <i>Laal Singh Chaddha </i>also stars Kareena Kapoor Khan. An official adaptation of Hollywood star Tom Hanks' 1994 movie <i>Forrest Gump, </i>the film went on floors last year and was shot across 100 locations in the country.</p> <p>According to the makers, the shoot of the film recently wrapped up in the city, with the cast and crew celebrating the moment on its set.</p> <p><i>Laal Singh Chaddha</i> has been helmed by Advait Chandan, who made his directorial debut with the 2017 musical drama "Secret Superstar", starring Aamir Khan and Zaira Wasim.</p> <p>Atul Kulkarni shares the screenplay credit for "Laal Singh Chaddha" along with Eric Roth, who had adapted the 1986 novel for Hanks' movie.</p> <p><i>Forrest Gump,</i> which chronicled the life story of the titular protagonist, a slow-witted but kindhearted man from Alabama, had won six Academy Awards, including best picture, best actor for Hanks and best director for Robert Zemeckis.</p> <p><i>Laal Singh Chaddha</i> is scheduled to be released on Christmas this year.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/17/aamir-khan-laal-singh-chaddha-wraps-production.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/17/aamir-khan-laal-singh-chaddha-wraps-production.html Fri Sep 17 15:26:24 IST 2021 it-dept-wdens-probe-against-sonu-sood-searches-multiple-premises <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/17/it-dept-wdens-probe-against-sonu-sood-searches-multiple-premises.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/july-26-2020/people/113-Sonu-Sood.jpg" /> <p>The Income Tax Department has widened its tax evasion probe against actor Sonu Sood as it raided multiple premises in Mumbai, Nagpur and Jaipur on Friday, official sources said.</p> <p>The department had launched the action against the 48-year-old actor and some people linked to him on Wednesday and the action continued. The searches have now been extended to more locations in Mumbai, Nagpur and Jaipur, they said.</p> <p>On Wednesday, the action was carried out in at least half a dozen locations in the metropolitan city and Lucknow. A real estate deal and some other financial transactions linked to Sood are under the scanner of the department, official sources had said.</p> <p>The actor grabbed the national spotlight for helping migrants reach their home states during the nationwide lockdown clamped last year in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Delhi government, led by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, had recently declared that Sood will be the brand ambassador of the Aam Aadmi Party government's 'Desh ka mentors' programme under which students will be guided in making their career choices.</p> <p>Kejriwal had said on Saturday that Sood had the prayers of lakhs of families of India who got his support in difficult times.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/17/it-dept-wdens-probe-against-sonu-sood-searches-multiple-premises.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/17/it-dept-wdens-probe-against-sonu-sood-searches-multiple-premises.html Fri Sep 17 13:25:52 IST 2021 show-got-it-wrong-priyanka-chopra-apologises-for-the-activist <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/17/show-got-it-wrong-priyanka-chopra-apologises-for-the-activist.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/2019/8/11/75-Priyanka-Chopra-pti.jpg" /> <p>Actor Priyanka Chopra Jonas on Friday issued an apology over her participation in the competition series <i>The Activist </i>after widespread backlash and said the criticism against the show was "heard" and accepted by her.</p> <p>Produced by CBS and Global Citizen, the series pitted activists against each other before a panel of celebrity judges. Their success would have been judged on the basis of their social media campaigns.</p> <p>After the show was unveiled, there was an instant backlash on social media with many people labelling the series as insensitive and tone-deaf. Some called the show's concept a "dystopian" celebration of "Insta-activism". Priyanka along with American singer-songwriter Usher, and "Dancing with the Stars" star Julianne Hough were cast as judges on the reality show.</p> <p>In a statement posted on Twitter, Priyanka said the show's aim was to bring spotlight on activists who tirelessly work for a cause they are passionate about but admitted that the format was "wrong". "I have been moved by the power of your voices over the past week. At its core, activism is fuelled by cause and effect, and when people come together to raise their voice about something, there is always an effect. You were heard.</p> <p>"The show got it wrong, and I'm sorry that my participation in it disappointed many of you. The intention was always to bring attention to the people behind the ideas and highlight the actions and impact of the causes they support tirelessly," the statement read.</p> <p>On Wednesday, American network CBS and producing partners Global Citizen and Live Nation said that they were changing the format of "The Activist" as a one-time documentary special instead of a five-episode competition series.</p> <p>Priyanka said she is happy that in the new format, the stories of the activists "will be the highlight." "I'm proud to collaborate with partners who have their ear to the ground and know when it's time to hit pause and re-evaluate."</p> <p>The 39-year-old actor said there is a global community of activists who "fight the fight" every day--putting their blood, sweat and tears into creating change—but they are rarely acknowledged.</p> <p>"Their work is so important and they too deserve to be recognised and celebrated. Thank you to each and every one of you for all that you do," she added.</p> <p>The series was earlier set to premiere on October 22, but with the competitive elements now removed, the makers will announce a new release date soon.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/17/show-got-it-wrong-priyanka-chopra-apologises-for-the-activist.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/17/show-got-it-wrong-priyanka-chopra-apologises-for-the-activist.html Fri Sep 17 10:34:27 IST 2021 actress-payal-malik-unlocks-a-new-milestone-of-success--will-soo <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/20/actress-payal-malik-unlocks-a-new-milestone-of-success--will-soo.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/2021/9/20/Payal-Malik.jpg" /> <p>We often hear about the menace of social media but very few talk about the boon that social media is for young talents. These young talents do not waste their time on social media but tap its full potential and build their career. One such talented youngster is actress <a href="https://www.instagram.com/payalmalik51/?utm_medium=copy_link">Payal Malik</a> who has made Indian netizens proud. Payal who started her career by posting her videos on TikTok will now be seen in a web series on an OTT platform. This is an apt response for naysayers who criticized her for not studying and wasting her time on social media. Payal’s popularity has multiplied over the years and she has one of the largest follower bases. The news of her new web series will sure add a lot more fans to the list.</p> <p>Acting opportunities do not come easily to people from humble backgrounds. However, Payal did not let the lack of connections come in the way of her career. Additionally to her talent, her commitment to her work has made it possible for her to climb the ladder without any support. Payal’s achievements are commendable but they have intense hard work behind them. She works for 12-14 hours per day and dedicates this time to ideate, shoot and post videos. She also actively engages her audience. This is proof that Payal’s achievements are not about luck but her dedication.</p> <p>Payal’s videos mostly focus on beauty and fitness. Fans look forward to her make-up and fitness tips and beautiful videos of her family. Her husband Armaan Malik and son Chirayu Malik can be frequently seen in her family videos. Payal’s expressive eyes and innocent appeal always charm her followers. Her YouTube channel ‘Family Fitness’ is as popular as her Instagram handle and has 2.91 million subscribers. The channel offers romantic, comic, family, and fitness videos. Payal’s Tattoos that are seen clearly in these videos also become the center of attraction.</p> <p>Payal earns majorly from branding assignments and music videos. Her songs Machis and Yamraj became viral and attracted a lot of attention. Fans were in awe of her spectacular moves and beautiful expressions in the videos.</p> <p>Major hurdles in Payal’s journey were self-doubt, lewd and derogatory comments, and peer pressure. After Payal came to know that she has been cast in the web series, she couldn’t contain her excitement. Now she is bracing herself up for the launch of the web series and praying that her fans receive it with love. She wishes to pay back their love and support with her mesmerizing performance.</p> <p>We are sure that Payal will achieve what she visualizes and wish her luck in her endeavors.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/20/actress-payal-malik-unlocks-a-new-milestone-of-success--will-soo.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/20/actress-payal-malik-unlocks-a-new-milestone-of-success--will-soo.html Mon Sep 20 18:35:29 IST 2021 new-india-foundation-unveils-2021-longlist-for-non-fiction-literary-prize <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/16/new-india-foundation-unveils-2021-longlist-for-non-fiction-literary-prize.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/2021/9/16/long-list.jpg" /> <p>A deep dive into how the Bollywood ideal of a lean and muscular physique inspired lower middle class men to become gym trainers; a forensic study of Indira Gandhi’s Emergency and son Sanjay’s role in it; a celebrated musician's account of how Mridangam, the main percussion instrument in Carnatic music, is&nbsp;made<i>; </i>the rise of Hindu nationalist politics in north-east India<i>; </i>a history of the 550,000 camp-followers who did manual labour in the first world war; a beautifully illustrated volume that explores how Mahatma Gandhi came to be the muse of several Indian artists—the longlist for the fourth edition of the prestigious Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay NIF Book Prize for non-fiction has many distinguished titles.&nbsp;<br> <br> Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay NIF Book Prize is one of the few literary awards still operational during the pandemic. It celebrates compelling non-fiction literature published in the previous calendar year by emerging writers of all nationalities. Instituted in 2018, the prize carries a cash award of Rs 15 lakh and a citation.</p> <p>Started in 2018, the&nbsp;NIF&nbsp;book&nbsp;prize&nbsp;was named after&nbsp;Kamaladevi&nbsp;Chattopadhyay, a patriot and an institution-builder. The award further builds on the New India Foundation's mission of sponsoring high-quality research and writing on India post-independence.<br> <br> The Jury this year, which include entrepreneur Nandan Nilekani, historians Nayanjot Lahiri and Srinath Raghavan, has longlisted 12 books for the Prize. These books cover decades of modern Indian history, nourish creative and conscious conversations around the Indian polity, and display a diversity of approaches and themes.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>"The 12 long listed books are very different from each other, but each one represents an outstanding contribution to its field. Some explore topics that are important but under-studied, or illuminate a neglected area of a well-known field. Others offer new research on a topic that has been studied before, or bring a new perspective to bear on issues that are familiar. Yet others speak to issues that are of contemporary importance or enhance our understanding of our nation's past," says Niraja Gopal Jayal, jury member and trustee of the New India Foundation.&nbsp;</p> <p>Last year, the prize was jointly awarded to Amit Ahuja for his debut&nbsp;<i>Mobilizing the Marginalized</i>:<i>&nbsp;Ethnic Parties without Ethnic Movements</i>&nbsp;(Oxford University Press)<i>&nbsp;</i>and Jairam Ramesh for his biography&nbsp;<i>A Chequered Brilliance: The Many Lives of V.K. Krishna Menon</i>&nbsp;(Penguin Random House). In 2019 it was awarded to Ornit Shani for her scholarly work &nbsp;<i>How India Became Democratic: Citizenship and the Making of the Universal Franchise</i>&nbsp;&nbsp;(Penguin Random House) and in 2018 to Milan Vaishnav &nbsp;for his remarkable debut&nbsp;<i>When Crime Pays: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics (</i>HarperCollins Publishers).</p> <p>The shortlist of six titles of the Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay NIF Book Prize 2021 will be announced in the last week of October.</p> <p>The 2021 Longlist has the following titles:</p> <p><b><i>· &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Muscular India: Masculinity, Mobility &amp; the New Middle Class</i></b>&nbsp;by&nbsp;<b>Michiel Baas<i>&nbsp;</i></b>(Context, Westland)<br> <b><i>· &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;The Death Script: Dreams and Delusions in Naxal Country&nbsp;</i></b>by<b>&nbsp;Ashutosh Bhardwaj<i>&nbsp;</i></b>(Fourth Estate, HarperCollins Publishers)<b><i>&nbsp;&nbsp;</i></b><br> <b><i>· &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;India's First Dictatorship: The Emergency, 1975-77&nbsp;</i></b>by<b><i>&nbsp;</i>Christophe Jaffrelot &amp; Pratinav Anil<i>&nbsp;</i></b>(HarperCollins Publishers)<br> <b><i>· &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Brand New Nation: Capitalist Dreams and Nationalist Designs in Twenty-First-Century India&nbsp;</i></b>by&nbsp;<b>Ravinder Kaur<i>&nbsp;</i></b>(Stanford University Press)<br> <b><i>· &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;India's Founding Moment: The Constitution of a Most Surprising Democracy&nbsp;</i></b>by&nbsp;<b>Madhav Khosla<i>&nbsp;</i></b>(Harvard University Press)<br> <b><i>· &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Sebastian &amp; Sons: A Brief History of Mrdangam Makers</i></b><i>&nbsp;</i>by<b>&nbsp;T.M. Krishna<i>&nbsp;</i></b>(Context, Westland)<b><i>&nbsp;&nbsp;</i></b><br> <b><i>· &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;The Greater India Experiment: Hindutva and the Northeast</i></b>&nbsp;by&nbsp;<b>Arkotong Longkumer</b><i>&nbsp;</i>(Stanford University Press)<br> <b><i>· &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;I Could Not Be Hindu: The Story of a Dalit in the RSS &nbsp;&nbsp;</i></b>by<b>&nbsp;Bhanwar Meghwanshi<i>;&nbsp;</i></b>Trans.<b><i>&nbsp;</i>Nivedita Menon<i>&nbsp;</i></b>(Navayana)<br> <b><i>· &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Naoroji: Pioneer of Indian Nationalism&nbsp;</i></b>by<b>&nbsp;Dinyar Patel&nbsp;</b>(Harvard University Press)<br> <b><i>· &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Gandhi in the Gallery: The Art of Disobedience</i></b>&nbsp;by&nbsp;<b>Sumathi Ramaswamy&nbsp;</b>(Roli Books)<br> <b><i>· &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;The Coolie's Great War: Indian Labour in a Global Conflict 1914-1921&nbsp;</i></b>by<b>&nbsp;Radhika Singha&nbsp;</b>(HarperCollins Publishers)<br> <b><i>· &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Jugalbandi: The BJP Before Modi</i></b>&nbsp;by&nbsp;<b>Vinay Sitapati&nbsp;</b>(Penguin Random House)</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/16/new-india-foundation-unveils-2021-longlist-for-non-fiction-literary-prize.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/16/new-india-foundation-unveils-2021-longlist-for-non-fiction-literary-prize.html Thu Sep 16 18:30:35 IST 2021 it-dept-alleges-sonu-sood-associates-evaded-rs-20-crore-violated-fcra <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/18/it-dept-alleges-sonu-sood-associates-evaded-rs-20-crore-violated-fcra.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/2019/7/11/sonu-sood-fb.jpg" /> <p>The CBDT on Saturday alleged that actor Sonu Sood and his associates evaded tax of Rs 20 crore and claimed that after the Income Tax Department raided him and a linked Lucknow-based infrastructure group it was found that he routed his "unaccounted income in the form of bogus unsecured loans from many bogus entities".</p> <p>It also accused Sood of violating the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) while raising donations from abroad. The department had launched searches against the 48-year-old actor and the Lucknow-based group of industries involved in infrastructure on September 15 and the CBDT said the action was continuing.</p> <p>"During the course of search at the premises of the actor and his associates, incriminating evidence pertaining to tax evasion has been found.</p> <p>"The main modus operandi followed by the actor had been to route his unaccounted income in the form of bogus unsecured loans from many bogus entities," the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) claimed in a statement.</p> <p>It added that, so far, use of 20 such entries has been found and the providers of which, on examination, have "accepted" on oath to have given "bogus" accommodation entries (transaction entries in accounts).</p> <p>"They have accepted to have issued cheques in lieu of cash. There have been instances where professional receipts have been camouflaged as loans in the books of accounts for the purpose of evasion of tax," the policy-making body for the tax department said.</p> <p>These bogus loans, it said, have been used for "making investments and acquiring properties."</p> <p>"The total amount of tax evaded unearthed so far, amounts to more than Rs 20 crore," the statement and official sources said about Sood.</p> <p>It also talked about his charity organisation that was established during the COVID-19 outbreak last year. "The charity foundation incorporated by the actor on July 21, 2020 has collected donations to the tune of Rs 18.94 crore from April 1, 2021 till date, out of which it has spent around Rs 1.9 crore towards various relief work and the balance of Rs 17 crore has been found lying unutilised in the bank account of the foundation till date," it said.</p> <p>It is seen, the statement alleged, that funds to the tune of Rs 2.1 crore have also been raised by the charity foundation from overseas donors on a crowdfunding platform "in violation" of FCRA regulations. It said the actor had entered into a joint venture with the Lucknow located infrastructure group and "invested substantial funds", and said the taxman has unearthed "incriminating" evidence pertaining to tax evasion and irregularities in the account books.</p> <p>"The search has revealed that the said group is involved in bogus billing of sub-contracting expenses and siphoning off of funds.</p> <p>"Evidence of such bogus contracts found so far are to the tune of over Rs 65 crore," it said.</p> <p>Evidence of unaccounted cash expenses, unaccounted sale of scrap and digital data evidencing unaccounted cash transactions has also been found.</p> <p>The infra group "has entered into dubious circular transaction to the tune of Rs 175 crore with an infrastructure company based in Jaipur".</p> <p>"Further investigations are being carried out to establish the full extent of tax evasion," it said.</p> <p>The CBDT said Rs 1.8 crore cash has been seized during the raids and 11 lockers have been placed under "prohibitory orders".</p> <p>A total of 28 premises in Mumbai, Lucknow, Kanpur, Jaipur, Delhi, and Gurgaon are being covered as part of the search operation.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/18/it-dept-alleges-sonu-sood-associates-evaded-rs-20-crore-violated-fcra.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/18/it-dept-alleges-sonu-sood-associates-evaded-rs-20-crore-violated-fcra.html Sat Sep 18 13:43:45 IST 2021 hc-seeks-salman-khan-reply-kamaal-khan <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/16/hc-seeks-salman-khan-reply-kamaal-khan.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/2021/june-20-2021/people/72-Salman-Khan.jpg" /> <p>The Bombay High Court has issued a notice to Bollywood actor Salman Khan, seeking his reply on self-proclaimed film critic Kamaal R Khan's plea urging for quashing a lower court's interim order restraining him from making any comments on the actor, his movies, or his companies.</p> <p>Kamaal Khan in his plea said a film viewer cannot be prohibited from making comments about a film or its characters.</p> <p>He further said the lower court should not have passed such a blanket order, and while the court could restrain him from making personal comments against Salman Khan, it could not prohibit fair criticism of the latter's movies.</p> <p>On Thursday, a single bench presided over by Justice A S Gadkari issued notices to Salman Khan, his production company Salman Khan Ventures, and several social media intermediaries seeking their response to Kamaal Khan's plea.</p> <p>Kamaal Khan has challenged a Mumbai court's interim order issued in June this year on a defamation suit filed by Salman Khan against the former over his comments on the film <i>Radhe </i>and some of his other videos and commentary.</p> <p>The court at that time restrained Kamaal Khan from posting or publishing any defamatory content about Salman Khan, his business ventures and/or films, his family members, until the final order in the defamation case.</p> <p>However, in his appeal filed in the HC filed through advocate Manoj Gadkari, Kamaal Khan claimed the lower court's interim order is no less than a "gag order".</p> <p>He said he is a film critic and had fairly criticised the film <i>Radhe </i>in which Salman Khan, "who is a 55-year-old, was acting like a teenager".</p> <p>The petitioner also claimed the lower court's injunction was breaching his fundamental right to practice his trade -- that of a film critic, and thus, preventing him from earning his rightful livelihood.</p> <p>He said in his appeal that he had not made any comments or posted videos and tweets with the intention of defaming Salman Khan or his films.</p> <p>"The lower court should not have failed to keep in mind that a viewer of a film cannot be stopped from making any comments on the film or the characters in the film, or whether the actors in the film are hit or flop," he said in his petition.</p> <p>He also claimed in his appeal that the lower court had committed a "gross error" in passing the injunction order, and that such order was "illegal".</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The counsels for Salman Khan and some other respondents told the HC that they received the copies of Kamaal Khan's appeal late Wednesday night, and sought time to take instructions from their clients.</p> <p>The HC will hear the plea further after two weeks.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/16/hc-seeks-salman-khan-reply-kamaal-khan.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/16/hc-seeks-salman-khan-reply-kamaal-khan.html Thu Sep 16 16:28:10 IST 2021 too-busy-with-work-did-not-know-what-raj-kundra-up-to-shilpa-shetty <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/16/too-busy-with-work-did-not-know-what-raj-kundra-up-to-shilpa-shetty.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/2021/7/24/shilpa-shetty-raj-reuters.jpg" /> <p>Actress Shilpa Shetty, in her statement to the Mumbai Police, has said she was too busy with her work and was not aware of her husband Raj Kundra’s activities. Her statement is part of the nearly 1,500-page chargesheet filed by the Mumbai Police against Kundra and the IT head of his company Viaan industries, Ryan Thorpe, in the porn racket case.</p> <p>"I was too busy with work, did not know what Raj Kundra was up to," she said, the NDTV reported. According to reports, Shilpa Salso told the police that she was not aware of the controversial apps Hotshots or Bollyfame. The police had said that these were some of the apps through which pornographic content was uploaded.</p> <p>In the voluminous document, the police have said the probe conducted by the property cell of the crime branch has revealed that Kundra was the "main facilitator" in the porn films case.</p> <p>A lot of evidences against Kundra came to light after technical analysis, witnesses' statements and from documents confiscated from his office, it said. The police said Kundra and Thorpe, in conspiracy with accused arrested earlier, took advantage of financially weak young women who were struggling in the film industry and made obscene movies with them.</p> <p>The pornographic videos were then uploaded on various websites as well as mobile applications, they said. These videos were sold through subscriptions and Kundra "illegally" earned millions from them, said the charge-sheet. Kundra and Thorpe were arrested by the Mumbai crime branch on July 19 and are currently in jail under judicial custody. Their bail pleas are pending before a Mumbai sessions court.</p> <p>-with PTI inputs</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/16/too-busy-with-work-did-not-know-what-raj-kundra-up-to-shilpa-shetty.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/16/too-busy-with-work-did-not-know-what-raj-kundra-up-to-shilpa-shetty.html Thu Sep 16 15:22:58 IST 2021 honesty-on-stage-comedian-most-important-tool <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/16/honesty-on-stage-comedian-most-important-tool.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/2021/9/16/netflix-comedy.jpg" /> <p>About a month back, Netflix launched the Comedy Premium League (CPL) which takes 16 comedians, including the likes of Tanmay Bhat, Kaneez Surka, Kenny Sebastian, Sumukhi Suresh and pits them in assorted battles. With six episodes in season one, the CPL has received its fair share of praise as well as criticism. A month later, THE WEEK caught up with Amit Tandon, Prashasti Singh and Rahul Dua to discuss the tricks and tips of comedy, how they seek inspiration from everyday life and why India still has a lot of catching up to do when it comes to embracing the comedy scene as the one that exists in the west.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Excerpts:</p> <p><b>How do you decide on a comedy format?</b></p> <p><b>Amit:</b> When it comes to format, I would generally look at what I have to say before deciding what is the format I'm going to follow. Then you start putting it together on paper. A stand-up format is always my first preference but if not then I must choose the other best way— can I finish it in 15 seconds or 30 seconds because then probably a reel on Instagram makes more sense.</p> <p><b>Prashasti:</b> It's not a very conscious call. The initial exercise is to just say things on stage which I think are funny and then the craft part of it comes in - to decide which is the best way of putting it across, is it a story, third-person, etc. I do not approach writing with a set format in the head. The joke comes first and then organically it sort of takes on a format.</p> <p><b>Rahul:</b> Anything which suits my own sensibility and something that I feel I can do proper justice to. So, I as an artist don't want to be a pure stand-up comedian but rather a comedian/entertainer. I will even dance, I will be open to it as long as it aligns with my sensibilities.</p> <p><b>From where do you seek inspiration for comedy given that we're presently living in times of an unprecedented crisis?</b></p> <p><b>Amit:</b> My inspiration has always been from my own family. Most of one's inspiration in comedy anyway comes from moments or times of pain. The number of things that bothered me during the lockdown especially were many more. In between there was a time that came when there was a lot I could have written about but the amount of sadness we had around us right from losing our near and dear ones. I think that really had an impact on my comedy because I was mentally handicapped for a couple of months when it came to writing jokes. So I did not write anything for two months. But otherwise, I mostly write about stuff that bothers me, be it my relationship with my wife, how to handle shopping issues, time spent with my kids, and more.</p> <p><b>Prashasti:</b> My process is very internal. I live a lot in my head and struggle to observe things going on around me. Typically, a lot of tragedies and sadness inside my head become my comedy.&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Rahul:</b> The point is to stick to the basics and observe one's own surroundings and you'll find humour. Then there are also tricks and techniques, for instance, what if Covid-19 would have occurred in the 1990s or what if Covid-19 strikes us again in 2050 with aliens around. So, the trick is to keep looking for fun in normal day to day living.</p> <p><b>Why and which subjects are off-limits in the Comedy Premium League?&nbsp;</b></p> <p><b>Amit:</b> Anything that can get you arrested is off-limits. We also keep away from politics and take a neutral stand.</p> <p><b>Prashasti:</b> We were never told to not touch upon any specific topic. Individually we all work with our dos and dont's. In my case I will not touch a subject I don't know very well and that which is stereotypical.</p> <p><b>Rahul:</b> Not really. We had no such briefs that we shouldn't be touching certain topics. We three comics in the Comedy Premium League are a corporate, clean and relatable.</p> <p><b>How, as per you, does a comedian prepare to become the best version of himself/herself?</b></p> <p><b>Amit: </b>Honesty on stage is the most important tool of a comedian. As they say, 'finding your voice,' is important. Once you do that you find your audience also and you're found to be relatable, credible. The deeper you get into yourself, the better your comedy gets. Don't do comedy based on what's happening around but do it based on what's happening inside your mind.</p> <p><b>Prashasti:</b> Had I known this, I'd have already become the best version of myself. We are all trying. While initially you might be tempted to think that it's all about talent and one being blessed with humour, but in reality, it's a craft and a lot of practice.</p> <p><b>Rahul:</b> By continuously working on one's art and craft. By using less words to express more. By constantly keeping on rehearsing so as to improve upon one's art.</p> <p><b>How would you compare comedy here with that in the west?</b></p> <p><b>Amit</b>: Live stand-up comedy has been around in the west for six to seven decades now whereas in India it only came in about 13-14 years back. The challenges are going to be a little more in India because here we have more fragile egos. Yet, in the west there is more freedom in what we can talk about but here the audiences are a little more sensitive.</p> <p><b>Prashasti:</b> To be honest, I don't watch much comedy in the west. In my limited experience, I feel that they're a mature industry and have so many more perspectives.</p> <p><b>Rahul:</b> It's very different. I had the privilege of speaking to a bunch of US comedians who were in India. They said that at any given point in time a comic in New York will have people from diverse countries across the world attending his or her show given that New York is a confluence of multi-cultural and multilingual people. So in a place like that, to crack a joke which becomes funny for every single one who's from some other country attending your show, becomes very difficult. Here Mumbai bears the closest resemblance to New York, we have an audience that comes from across India and not so much from across the world. In that way things are easier and different here. Also, here we have more topic taboos. But then also, restriction will always be the source for inspiration for comedy. &nbsp;</p> <p><b>How are we as an audience any better or worse than that in the west?</b></p> <p><b>Amit</b>: The difference is based on the amount of exposure the Indian audience has to live comedy vis-a-vis the western world. But that will develop with time. In the next ten years we will be there where they are, I feel.&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Prashasti:</b> In the west, the audience is far more accepting of pushing the limits in comedy which is a real struggle in our country. This is also because we are barely a decade old now. So, there's a long way to go.&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Rahul:</b> I have not yet gotten a chance to tour abroad.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/16/honesty-on-stage-comedian-most-important-tool.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/16/honesty-on-stage-comedian-most-important-tool.html Thu Sep 16 14:38:48 IST 2021 priyanka-chopra-the-activist-competition-series-to-be-documentary-now <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/16/priyanka-chopra-the-activist-competition-series-to-be-documentary-now.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/august-30-2020/people/153-Priyanka-Chopra.jpg" /> <p>American network CBS has announced that it is changing the format of "The Activist" competition series to a one-time documentary after the show was met with widespread backlash.</p> <p>Actor Priyanka Chopra Jonas, American singer-songwriter Usher, and "Dancing with the Stars" star Julianne Hough were cast as judges in the reality show, which was announced last week and set for premiere on October 22.</p> <p>Produced by CBS and Global Citizen, the series pitted activists against each other before a panel of celebrity judges. Their success would have been judged on the basis of their social media campaigns.</p> <p>After the show was unveiled, there was an instant backlash on social media with many people labelling the series as insensitive and tone-deaf. Some called the show’s concept a "dystopian" celebration of "Insta-activism".</p> <p>In a statement on Wednesday, CBS and producing partners Global Citizen and Live Nation said that they are retooling "The Activist" as a one-time documentary special instead of a five-episode competition series.</p> <p><i>The Activist</i> was designed to show a wide audience the passion, long hours, and ingenuity that activists put into changing the world, hopefully inspiring others to do the same.</p> <p>"However, it has become apparent the format of the show as announced distracts from the vital work these incredible activists do in their communities every day. The push for global change is not a competition and requires a global effort," they said.</p> <p>The three organisations said that competitive elements have been removed and a new release date will be announced in the coming days.</p> <p>"It will showcase the tireless work of six activists and the impact they have advocating for causes they deeply believe in. Each activist will be awarded a cash grant for the organisation of their choice, as was planned for the original show...</p> <p>"We hope that by showcasing their work we will inspire more people to become more involved in addressing the world’s most pressing issues. We look forward to highlighting the mission and lives of each of these incredible people," the statement concluded.</p> <p>According to Variety, the footage for the original incarnation of the series had already been shot. However, in light of the changes, filming is expected to begin from scratch for "The Activist".</p> <p>Global Citizen also released a statement and apologised for getting the show's format "wrong".</p> <p>"Global activism centres on collaboration and cooperation, not competition. We apologise to the activists, hosts, and the larger activist community — we got it wrong," the organisation said.</p> <p>"It is our responsibility to use this platform in the most effective way to realise change and elevate the incredible activists dedicating their lives to progress all around the world," it added.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/16/priyanka-chopra-the-activist-competition-series-to-be-documentary-now.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/16/priyanka-chopra-the-activist-competition-series-to-be-documentary-now.html Thu Sep 16 14:06:05 IST 2021 vishal-bhardwaj-direct-spy-thriller-series-khufiya-netflix <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/16/vishal-bhardwaj-direct-spy-thriller-series-khufiya-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/2021/september-05-2021/people/74-Vishal-Bhardwaj.jpg" /> <p>Celebrated filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj is teaming up with Netflix for a spy thriller series, titled Khufiya, the streamer announced on Thursday.</p> <p>Produced and directed by Vishal Bhardwaj, the show will feature his frequent collaborator Tabu as well as actors Ali Fazal, Wamiqa Gabbi and Ashish Vidyarthi.</p> <p><i>Khufiya</i> is inspired by true events and based on the popular espionage novel "Escape to Nowhere" by Amar Bhushan, Netflix said in a press release.</p> <p>The show presents the story of Krishna Mehra, a R&amp;AW operative who is assigned to track down the mole selling India’s defence secrets. All along, grappling with her dual identity of a spy and a lover.</p> <p>"With 'Khufiya', my attempt is to create an edgy espionage film that contrasts the slow burn of intelligence &amp; surveillance work with one’s deep-rooted emotional conflicts," Bhardwaj, who will write the series with Rohan Narula, said.</p> <p>The show marks the second project for Tabu with streamer Netflix after the 2020 series <i>A Suitable Boy</i>, directed by Mira Nair. With Bhardwaj, the actor has worked in critically-acclaimed feature films "Maqbool" and "Haider".</p> <p>"<i>Khufiya </i>is a one of a kind project, extremely close to my heart and I am excited to be a part of this gripping spy thriller. As always, it''s a delight working with VB (Vishal Bhardwaj) again, and feels like homecoming," Tabu said.</p> <p>Pratiksha Rao, director of Films and Licensing at Netflix India, said the company is excited to partner with Bhardwaj for <i>Khufiya.</i></p> <p>"His films are known to brilliantly showcase inherent conflicts between different characters and their worlds through moving stories, and we can't wait for our members to experience this through the incredible story of <i>Khufiya,</i>" she added.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/16/vishal-bhardwaj-direct-spy-thriller-series-khufiya-netflix.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/16/vishal-bhardwaj-direct-spy-thriller-series-khufiya-netflix.html Thu Sep 16 11:05:19 IST 2021 raj-kundra-main-facilitator-porn-films-case-earned-millions-chargesheet <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/16/raj-kundra-main-facilitator-porn-films-case-earned-millions-chargesheet.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/2021/7/20/raj-kundra-arrest-1.jpg" /> <p>Businessman Raj Kundra was the "main facilitator" in a pornographic content case and he along with other accused exploited young women struggling in the movie industry by filming them in obscene ways, the Mumbai Police claimed in a supplementary charge-sheet filed in a court on Wednesday.</p> <p>The nearly 1,500-page charge-sheet against Kundra, 46, the husband of Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty, and his associate Ryan Thorpe was filed before a magistrate court here by the crime branch.</p> <p>The case against Kundra, arrested in July, related to alleged creation of pornographic films and publishing them through some apps.</p> <p>Two others, Yash Thakur, a resident of Singapore, and London-based Pardeep Bakshi have been shown as wanted accused in the charge-sheet. The crime branch had, in April this year, filed the first charge-sheet in the case against nine persons.</p> <p>In the voluminous document, the police have said the probe conducted by the property cell of the crime branch has revealed that Kundra was the "main facilitator" in the porn films case.</p> <p>A lot of evidences against Kundra came to light after technical analysis, witnesses' statements and from documents confiscated from his office, it said. The police said Kundra and Thorpe, in conspiracy with accused arrested earlier, took advantage of financially weak young women who were struggling in the film industry and made obscene movies with them.</p> <p>The pornographic videos were then uploaded on various websites as well as mobile applications, they said. These videos were sold through subscriptions and Kundra "illegally" earned millions from them, said the charge-sheet.</p> <p>Women victims were cheated - they were either given nominal compensation or paid nothing at times, it said.</p> <p>Kundra and his aide Thorpe also destroyed WhatsApp chats and e-mails from their mobile phones and laptops containing important evidence in the case, the police alleged.</p> <p>They have been booked under sections of the IPC related to sexual harassment and cheating, among others, as well provisions of the Information Technology Act and the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act.</p> <p>Kundra and Thorpe were arrested by the Mumbai crime branch on July 19 and are currently in jail under judicial custody. Their bail pleas are pending before a Mumbai sessions court.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/16/raj-kundra-main-facilitator-porn-films-case-earned-millions-chargesheet.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/16/raj-kundra-main-facilitator-porn-films-case-earned-millions-chargesheet.html Thu Sep 16 10:56:37 IST 2021 arya-aranmanai-3-to-have-theatrical-release-in-october <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/15/arya-aranmanai-3-to-have-theatrical-release-in-october.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/2021/9/15/arya-ara.jpg" /> <p>South star Arya on Wednesday announced that his upcoming Tamil film <i>Aranmanai 3</i> is set to have a worldwide theatrical release on October 14.</p> <p>Written and directed by Sundar C, the horror comedy is the third instalment in the ‘Aranmanai’ franchise.</p> <p>Raashi Khanna, Andrea Jeremiah and Sakshi Agarwal also round out the cast.</p> <p>Arya took to Twitter and shared the film's poster.</p> <p>"''#Aranmanai3'' in theatres worldwide from October 14th," the 40-year-old actor tweeted.</p> <p>The film is produced by Khushbu Sundar under the banner of Avni Cinemax and also stars Sundar C, Vivek (posthumous film), Yogi Babu, Kovai Sarala, Manobala and Veronika Arora among others.</p> <p><i>Aranmanai 3</i> was earlier scheduled to release theatrically in May but was delayed due to the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>Arya was recently seen in Pa Ranjith's acclaimed sports drama <i>Sarpatta Parambarai</i>.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/15/arya-aranmanai-3-to-have-theatrical-release-in-october.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/15/arya-aranmanai-3-to-have-theatrical-release-in-october.html Wed Sep 15 22:34:08 IST 2021 dilip-kumar-twitter-account-to-be-closed-says-family-friend <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/15/dilip-kumar-twitter-account-to-be-closed-says-family-friend.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/2021/7/7/dilip-kumar-twitter.jpg" /> <p>The official Twitter account of late screen icon Dilip Kumar will be closed, family friend Faisal Farooqui said on Wednesday.</p> <p>The news comes months after Kumar's death on July 7 at the age of 98 after a long period of ailment.</p> <p>In a tweet on the verified page, Farooqui wrote that he has received Kumar's wife and veteran actor Saira Banu's consent to close the account.</p> <p>"After much discussion and deliberation and with the consent of Saira Banu ji, I hv decided to close this twitter account of beloved Dilip Kumar Saab (sic)," Farooqui said in the post.</p> <p>"Thank you for your continuous love and support," he added.</p> <p>Both Farooqui and Saira Banu used the account to share information and keep fans updated about Kumar's health in the past.</p> <p>Kumar's account on the microblogging site has over 619.6k followers. The page was created in November 2011.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/15/dilip-kumar-twitter-account-to-be-closed-says-family-friend.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/15/dilip-kumar-twitter-account-to-be-closed-says-family-friend.html Wed Sep 15 19:56:34 IST 2021 income-tax-department-surveys-six-properties-linked-to-sonu-sood <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/15/income-tax-department-surveys-six-properties-linked-to-sonu-sood.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/2021/1/22/sonu-sood-insta.jpg" /> <p>Income Tax Department "surveyed" the premises of properties of actor Sonu Sood in Mumbai and Lucknow. As many as six locations linked to the actor have been "surveyed."</p> <p>According to reports, the IT Department "surveyed" the actor's property over alleged tampering in the account books.</p> <p>The IT Department action comes days after the actor was declared brand ambassador of the AAP government's 'Desh ka mentors' programme under which students will be guided in making their career choices. Sood had refused to entertain questions on him joining politics after his meeting with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.</p> <p>The actor had earlier said rumours of his political ambitions are "false and baseless."</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/15/income-tax-department-surveys-six-properties-linked-to-sonu-sood.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/15/income-tax-department-surveys-six-properties-linked-to-sonu-sood.html Wed Sep 15 17:29:04 IST 2021 ishaan-khatter-pippa-goes-on-floors <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/15/ishaan-khatter-pippa-goes-on-floors.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/2021/9/15/pippa-ishaan.jpg" /> <p>Actor Ishaan Khatter's upcoming war drama<i> Pippa</i> on Wednesday kicked off its first schedule in Amritsar.</p> <p>Backed by RSVP and Roy Kapur Films, <i>Pippa </i>is helmed by <i>Airlift</i> director Raja Krishna Menon and also features actors Mrunal Thakur, Priyanshu Painyuli and Soni Razdan.</p> <p><i>&nbsp;Pippa</i> is billed as a heroic tank battle film that underscores the bravery of Brigadier Balram Singh Mehta, a veteran of the 45th Cavalry tank squadron, who, along with his siblings, fought on the eastern front during the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971.</p> <p>Khatter stars in the film as Brigadier Mehta, who was invited by the production houses to provide the inaugural slate clap as filming commenced.&nbsp;</p> <p>Producer Ronnie Screwvala (RSVP) said he was thrilled that <i>Pippa</i> began in the presence of Brigadier Mehta.</p> <p>"Kicking off the schedule on such a positive note ensures a steady momentum throughout the course of the production. We're raring to go with a brilliant ensemble cast and filmmaker Raja Krishna Menon, who has a savvy eye for war films," Screwvala said in a statement.</p> <p>Producer Siddharth Roy Kapur of Roy Kapur Films said the film will be mounted on a "sweeping canvas" to chronicle the story of a family's bravery."From the time I first heard this amazing story of the bravery and resilience of a family on the frontlines of a just war, I knew it had to be told. I am thrilled that with RSVP we have been able to give this story the sweeping canvas it deserves, and that we have an accomplished director like Raja and an amazing cast and crew, to bring this vision to life.</p> <p>"The team is excited to hit the floors today and we hope to bring our audiences a very special cinematic experience in theatres next year," Roy Kapur said.</p> <p>The film is based on Brigadier Mehta's book "The Burning Chaffees".</p> <p>The movie's title is taken from the Russian amphibious war tank called the PT-76, popularly known as <i>Pippa. </i>Menon said he is excited to begin shooting for the film.</p> <p>"We’ve all been prepping hard for this day, and I cannot wait to bring this incredible story of valour and liberty to the audiences," he said.</p> <p>The film's music has been scored by AR Rahman.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/15/ishaan-khatter-pippa-goes-on-floors.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/15/ishaan-khatter-pippa-goes-on-floors.html Wed Sep 15 14:44:05 IST 2021 jayasurya-sunny-released-amazon-prime-video-sept23 <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/15/jayasurya-sunny-released-amazon-prime-video-sept23.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/2021/9/15/jayasurya-sunny.jpg" /> <p>Malayalam suspense-drama <i>Sunny</i>, starring Jayasurya, is set to have its global premiere on Amazon Prime Video on September 23.</p> <p>The film is produced by Ranjith Sankar and Jayasurya under the banner of Dreams N Beyond. Sankar has also written and directed the Amazon Original Movie.</p> <p><i>Sunny,</i> which is the duo's eight collaboration, marks Jayasurya's 100th film as an actor.</p> <p>According to the makers, the story focuses on a musician named Sunny (played by Jayasurya), who has lost everything that he earned in his life - his love, his money and his best friend.</p> <p>"Shattered and hopeless, he smuggles himself back from Dubai to Kerala in the midst of a global pandemic and shuts himself from society. Deeply stuck in an emotional turmoil and while killing himself softly and slowly, Sunny befriends a couple of curious strangers over the course of seven days, who change his perspective," the synopsis read.</p> <p>Vijay Subramaniam, Director and Head, Content, Amazon Prime Video, India said "Sunny" is a film that offers an "assortment of simple human emotions".</p> <p>"We are glad to collaborate with Dreams N Beyond to present this powerful film that will be a wonderful addition to our Malayalam library of content. We are sure that ''Sunny'', which also happens to be Jayasurya's 100th film, will win over audiences all across the globe," Subramaniam said in a statement.</p> <p>Jayasurya said he is thrilled the movie will reach a global audience with its premiere on the streaming platform.</p> <p>"''Sunny'' is a riveting story of a musician who finds himself in an emotional crisis, and how a sudden turn of events and interactions with complete strangers help him rekindle hope and joy.</p> <p>"This is my 100th film as an actor and I couldn't be more humbled to play yet another striking character. I have had a prolific partnership with Ranjith throughout, and this one is truly special," the actor, whose film <i>Sufiyum Sujathayum</i> also released on Amazon last year, said.</p> <p>Sankar said <i>Sunny </i>focuses on a single character and he is happy to have an actor like Jayasurya headline the film.</p> <p>"The film is replete with human emotions that we have carefully woven into the script, which the audiences will relate to. I am hopeful that viewers will appreciate our film and I am really looking forward to its premiere on Amazon Prime Video which will help us showcase our work to a global audience," Sankar said.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/15/jayasurya-sunny-released-amazon-prime-video-sept23.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/15/jayasurya-sunny-released-amazon-prime-video-sept23.html Wed Sep 15 14:36:09 IST 2021 schumacher-annabelle-sethupathi-sex-education-watch-ott-platforms <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/15/schumacher-annabelle-sethupathi-sex-education-watch-ott-platforms.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/2021/9/15/ott-collage.jpg" /> <p>This week is packed with different releases on multiple streaming platforms. From movies to a documentary to highly anticipated seasons of shows, here is a list of what to watch on OTT this week.</p> <p><b>Schumacher: Netflix</b></p> <p><b>Release date: September 15</b></p> <p>This documentary takes viewers deep into the life of Formula 1 icon Michael Schumacher through rare interviews and archive footage, some of them being released for the first time. The documentary endorsed by the Schumacher family is directed by Hanns-Bruno Kammertöns, Vanessa Nöcker and Michael Wech.</p> <p><b>Pavitra Rashtra: ZEE 5</b></p> <p><b>Release date: September 16</b></p> <p>One of the most popular TV serials is being brought back as a series featuring Ankita Lokhande and Shaheer Sheikh. While Ankita will reprise her role of Archana in the show, Shaheer will be seen playing Manav, a role earlier essayed by late actor Sushant Singh Rajput. Directed by Nandita Mehra, the series is produced by actor-producer Bhairavi Raichura.</p> <p><b>Bell Bottom: Amazon Prime Video</b></p> <p><b>Release date: &nbsp;September 16&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</b></p> <p><i>Bell Bottom</i>, starring Akshay Kumar, was the first major film to release in theatres after COVID-19 restrictions were eased amid the second wave. Set in the 1980s, <i>Bell Bottom</i> followed an undercover RAW agent, played by Kumar, who is on a mission to rescue over 200 hostages from a hijacked Indian plane. Directed by Ranjit M Tewari, the espionage thriller also features Lara Dutta, Huma Qureshi and Vaani Kapoor.</p> <p><b>Annabelle Sethupathi : Disney plus Hotstar</b></p> <p><b>Release date: September 17</b></p> <p>The Tamil ‘horror comedy’ features Vijay Sethupathi and Taapsee Pannu in lead roles. Written and directed by Deepak Sundarrajan, the film marks Pannu's first collaboration with Sethupathi. <i>Annabelle Sethupathi</i> is produced by Sudhan Sundaram and G Jayaram.</p> <p><b>Sex Education Season 3: Netflix</b></p> <p><b>Release date: September 17</b></p> <p>Netflix’s favourite teen drama is back with the third season. Created by Laurie Nunn, the British comedy drama is about Asa Butterfield as Otis, an insecure teenager and Gillian Anderson as his mother, Jean, a sex therapist. The cast also include Ncuti Gatwa as Erik, Emma Mackey as Maeve, Connor Swindells as Adam, Aimee Lou Wood as Aimee and Kedar Williams-Stirling as Jackson.</p> <p>The new season, which will have eight episodes, will see &quot;Otis is having casual sex, Eric and Adam have made their relationship official and Jean has a baby on the way,&quot; according to the official plotline.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/15/schumacher-annabelle-sethupathi-sex-education-watch-ott-platforms.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/15/schumacher-annabelle-sethupathi-sex-education-watch-ott-platforms.html Wed Sep 15 12:09:10 IST 2021 christopher-nolan-next-feature-film-lands-at-universal <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/15/christopher-nolan-next-feature-film-lands-at-universal.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>Filmmaker Christopher Nolan has chosen to partner with Universal Pictures for his new movie about American theoretical physicist J Robert Oppenheimer who helped develop the atomic bomb during World War II.</p> <p>It was reported last week that Nolan and his representatives were in talks with major Hollywood studios for the untitled project, a move that signalled at the end of his collaboration with Warner Bros.</p> <p>Since 2002's<i> Insomnia</i>, Nolan made all of his movies with Warner Bros and that included his critically-acclaimed <i>The Dark Knight</i> trilogy and the most recent feature <i>Tenet.</i></p> <p>But relations between Nolan and Warner Bros had soured last year after the filmmaker expressed dissatisfaction with the studio for moving its 2021 slate to a day-and-date theatrical and HBO Max streaming release.</p> <p>According to Deadline, the plot details are sketchy but the new movie will focus on Oppenheimer, who is considered one of the fathers of the atom bomb.</p> <p>He was a pivotal figure in the Manhattan Project -- the World War II undertaking that developed the first nuclear weapons.</p> <p>Cillian Murphy, one of Nolan's frequent collaborators, is said to be a possible member of the ensemble, but casting has yet to take place.</p> <p>Filming on the Oppenheimer picture is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2022.</p> <p>The project will be produced by Nolan alongside his wife and longtime producing partner Emma Thomas for their Syncopy Inc. banner.</p> <p>Nolan most recently directed spy thriller movie <i>Tenet</i>, starring John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Michael Caine, and Kenneth Branagh.</p> <p><i>Tenet </i>was the first Hollywood tentpole to open in theatres after the coronavirus pandemic-forced shutdown.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/15/christopher-nolan-next-feature-film-lands-at-universal.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/15/christopher-nolan-next-feature-film-lands-at-universal.html Wed Sep 15 10:42:03 IST 2021 showing-great-promise-as-a-rising-musician-is-iranian-talent-moh <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/16/showing-great-promise-as-a-rising-musician-is-iranian-talent-moh.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/2021/9/16/Mohammad-Matin.jpg" /> <p><b><i>His passion for music shines through his recent tracks "Love Me" and "Anytime".</i></b></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Of the many things that have been the talk of the town, including the growth of industries and fields, the emergence and rise of certain young professionals across niches have garnered the maximum headlines. The way these youngsters are thrusting forward in their industries has gone ahead in instilling so much inspiration in many other budding professionals of the world. The music industry is one such that has always welcomed innumerable talented beings, even amidst much competition. Making waves in the same is yet another young talent named <a href="https://www.instagram.com/hosseinabadimatin/?hl=en">Mohammad Matin Hosseinabadi</a>. If at 19 years, he has been able to create headlines, one can imagine the success he can achieve in the coming years as a passionate musician.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>People think multiple times before entering industries that already have enough saturation and fierce competition, but Mohammad Matin Hosseinabadi dived deep into the music space and exhibited enormous talents and passion for the same, which has made him the talk of the town currently. Showing so much confidence at such an early age and working consistently towards his goals has earned his songs "Love Me" and "Anytime" magnificent recognition and name on Spotify.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"At the end, the genuine love for what you do and your strong mental attitude and resilience is all that really matters in helping you get near your visions in life," says the upcoming musical star. He confesses that he was determined to not just enter the industry but also create his special place and touch the right chords of people's hearts with his songs. So that's what he did. Thanks to his hustler mentality and his consistency in creating magic with music.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Being a creative soul from childhood helped Mohammad Matin Hosseinabadi realize where he truly belonged and now looks unstoppable in his hunger to do more and be more in the world of music.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/16/showing-great-promise-as-a-rising-musician-is-iranian-talent-moh.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/16/showing-great-promise-as-a-rising-musician-is-iranian-talent-moh.html Thu Sep 16 23:11:36 IST 2021 boey-kapoor-family-receive-golden-visa-uae <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/14/boey-kapoor-family-receive-golden-visa-uae.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/2019/10/11/boney-kapoor.jpg" /> <p>Filmmaker Boney Kapoor on Wednesday said he and his family have received the prestigious 10-year Dubai Golden Visa.</p> <p>The 65-year-old producer shared the news on his official Twitter account.</p> <p>"Grateful to Dubai government for granting me and my family a 10 years golden visa. Dynamic and kind hearted leadership. Best Destination ….. Dubai and UAE #Goldenvisa #Dubai #UAE (sic)," Kapoor, who has backed films like ,"Mr India", "Wanted" and the upcoming "Maidaan", said in a tweet.</p> <p>The Golden Visa was instituted by the UAE government in 2019 as a new system which allowed investors (minimum of AED 10 million) and entrepreneurs, as well as professionals and specialised talents like in the field of science, knowledge and sports, to apply for it. These golden visas are issued for five or 10 years and will be renewed automatically.</p> <p>In the past, cine stars who have been granted the Golden Visa by Dubai include Shah Rukh Khan, Sanjay Dutt, Suniel Shetty, Mammootty, Mohanlal, and Tovino Thomas.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/14/boey-kapoor-family-receive-golden-visa-uae.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/14/boey-kapoor-family-receive-golden-visa-uae.html Tue Sep 14 16:28:24 IST 2021 actor-armaan-malik-will-soon-be-seen-in-a-web-series-titled-a-mu <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/17/actor-armaan-malik-will-soon-be-seen-in-a-web-series-titled-a-mu.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/2021/9/17/Armaan-Malik.jpg" /> <p>hen one says that hard work and persistence can take you places, it may seem like a cliché. However, one starts believing in these statements after coming across stories of exemplary dedication. These stories that end in unexpected yet amazing results become an inspiration for everyone to be consistent. Actor Armaan Malik’s story belongs in this category. He has been consistently earning the love of his fans for years now with the entertaining videos that he posts on social media. The comments sections of the posts of this social media star are full of fans requesting new videos. Well, the fans are now up for an extravaganza because Armaan will soon appear in a web series titled “A Murder Mystery”.</p> <p>This success wasn’t a cakewalk for Armaan. He had to face negative comments, peer pressure, self-doubt, and many more troubles. However, his consistency has made it possible for him to get a coveted role without any godfather in the entertainment world. He was born in a simple family in Hyderabad. While his family wanted him to study and get a traditional career, luck had something else in store for him. Armaan attributes his success to god and the motivation from his fans. He admits that his TikTok journey started as a pastime and initially he didn’t have elaborate acting dreams. The attention from his fans motivated him to aim higher and the result is in front of us.</p> <p>Armaan had hit a wall when TikTok was banned in India. He was unsure of his future but once he started posting on Instagram, his videos garnered similar love and attention. Today he has 466k followers on Instagram. Armaan also runs a channel called “Family Fitness” where they share fun family moments, fitness tips, etc. The channel has 2.91 million subscribers on YouTube. His journey from being a social media influencer to an actor is an inspiration.</p> <p>In the past, Armaan has appeared in popular songs ‘machis’ and ‘Yamraj’. He has also been a part of the branding endeavors of many brands. Armaan plans to continue his influencer career even after getting acting roles. He says that short videos are his strength and he doesn’t want to forget where he started. He will work harder to get more roles in web series and even movies but will continue on YouTube and Instagram too.</p> <p>Armaan is also awaiting the release of his upcoming songs and music videos. He hopes to impress his fans with his performance in the web series as well as music videos. Armaan is happy that his parents are proud of his achievements and wishes to make them prouder in the future.</p> <p>We are desperately waiting to see ‘A Trip’ and wish Armaan luck.</p> <p><br> Follow on Instagram -&nbsp;<a href="https://instagram.com/armaan__malik9?utm_medium=copy_link"><u>https://instagram.com/armaan__malik9?utm_medium=copy_link</u></a><br> </p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/17/actor-armaan-malik-will-soon-be-seen-in-a-web-series-titled-a-mu.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/17/actor-armaan-malik-will-soon-be-seen-in-a-web-series-titled-a-mu.html Mon Sep 20 13:24:49 IST 2021 kangana-ranaut-play-sita-the-incarnation <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/14/kangana-ranaut-play-sita-the-incarnation.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/2020/9/10/Kangana-Ranaut-politics.jpg" /> <p>Kangana Ranaut has been roped in to play the role of Goddess Sita in an upcoming film based on the epic <i>Ramayana. </i>The film titled ‘The Incarnation - SITA’ is directed by Alaukik Desai and written by KV Vijayendra Prasad.</p> <p>Kangana also unveiled a teaser poster on Instagram. She wrote in the caption, “Glad to be on board for the title role with this immensely talented team of artists. With the blessings of Sita Ram. Jai SiyaRam (sic)."</p> <p>Kangana’s <i>Thalaivii, </i>biopic of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa, hit theatres recently. &nbsp;Directed by Vijay and written by KV Vijayendra Prasad, <i>Thalaivii </i>also stars Arvind Swami, Madhoo, Prakash Raj, Jisshu Sengupta, Bhagyashree, and Poorna.</p> <p>She will also be seen in action films <i>Dhaakad, Tejas.</i> Directed by Sarvesh Mewara, <i>Tejas</i> will feature Kangana essaying the role of an Air Force pilot.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/14/kangana-ranaut-play-sita-the-incarnation.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/09/14/kangana-ranaut-play-sita-the-incarnation.html Tue Sep 14 15:58:03 IST 2021