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Tanushree Dutta demands narco analysis, lie detector tests on Nana Patekar over sexual harassment charges

Mumbai: Actor Tanushree Dutta on Saturday demanded that actor Nana Patekar and three others, against whom she has filed a complaint alleging sexual harassment, be subjected to narco analysis, brain mapping and lie detector tests.

Dutta submitted an application in this regard to Oshiwara police station through her advocate Nitin Satpute.

Tanushree Datta alleged that Nana Patekar had misbehaved with her while filming a song 10 years ago.

Dutta has accused the 67-year-old actor of misbehaving with her when the two were shooting a special song for Hindi film Horn Ok Pleassss 10 years ago.

Based on her complaint, Oshiwara police had registered a case under sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code against Patekar, choreographer Ganesh Acharya, producer Samee Siddiqui and director Rakesh Sarang.

Satpute on Saturday said that his client had also sought the arrest of Patekar, Acharya, Siddiqui, Sarang and their “fake witnesses”.

Dutta’s application mentioned that the accused were “highly influential and high profile” persons with “good political connection” and, therefore, it was possible that they could put “undue pressure, fear, coercion and influence” on the witnesses, Satpute said.

The lawyer claimed that there were eyewitnesses to the alleged incident which took place on 26 March, 2008 but they were not coming forward to record their statement as they were afraid of the accused.

Satpute claimed that these witnesses would step forward to record their statement only after the accused are arrested.

Dutta believes that the accused, who while speaking to the media have been denying the accusation, may put pressure on witnesses or produce “bogus witnesses” to record “negative statement” against her, the lawyer said.

Dutta has also approached the Maharashtra State Commission for Women as well as the Deputy Collector under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 to get justice, he said.

Patekar, on Saturday, had told reporters here that “I said this ten years ago… a lie is a lie (Dus saal pehle bol chuka hoon, ab jo jhoot hai woh jhoot hai‘)”.

Katrina Kaif appears as first celebrity guest on Neha Dhupia’s radio talk show, No Filter Neha

Neha Dhupia’s third season of her popular radio talk show No Filter Neha had actress Katrina Kaif as the first guest. During the course of the interview, Kaif revealed certain funny anecdotes about her own life.

Katrina Kif (left) and Neha Dhupia

Being in a chirpy mood, Kaif began the show by confessing that there have been instances when the actress has pulled her trainer from an afternoon party just so that she could begin her workout. In her defense, Kaif added that in the recent past, she had become much more independent while exercising in the gym.

Extremely conscious of her health, Kaif has even threatened her trainer that when she dances, if she finds any portion of her body “jiggling”, then her trainer’s “had it”. The actress even accepted that she was not a hardened fashionista and was not aware of the latest trends or anything of the sort. Preferring to wear baggy, comfortable clothing, Kaif said that her friends and family often pull her leg stating she likes wearing her grandmother’s outfits.

Speaking about the one thing she loves, Katrina stated that her relationship with a certain type of clothing has recently grown to mean something to her. The actress continued, stating that sweatpants or track-pants were her new favourite obsession.

Being one of the most celebrated actresses to have mastered the art of dance-numbers, Katrina said that she would naturally gravitate towards the centre of the stage, even during a duet performance. Recalling one such instance from ‘Kala Chashma’, Kaif said, “In the process of wearing to the center of the camera, Siddharth (Malhotra) often got a finger in his eye or a finger in his ear. He did mention it one or ten times – STAY OUT OF MY SPACE PLEASE!,” said the actress.

Watch: Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar’s 2.0 Making video provides glimpses into the actors’ transformations

With less than two months away from release, the makers of Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar-starrer 2.0 have begun the promotional campaign for the film. On Monday, Lyca Productions released a ‘making of 2.0′ video that provided glimpses into Shankar’s magnum opus.

A still from the 2.0 making video. YouTube screengrab

To create a visually stunning spectacle, 25 VFX studios from across the world have collaborated to create the project with 2150 VFX shots. Under the expertise of Baahubali and Enthiran VFX supervisor V Srinivas Mohan, 1000 VFX artistes worked in tandem, pre-visualising every scene that required complex stunts and sequences. The video shows the laborious process of transforming Akshay Kumar and Rajinikanth into their characters.

2.0 has been made on a staggering budget of over Rs 500 crores, with a whopping $75 million spent on the special effects alone. The film has been shot entirely in 3D.

The crew of the film boasts of such names as Nirav Shah, who is handling the camera, production designer T Muthuraj and editor Anthony, along with Hollywood action directors Kenny Bates, Seteve Griffin, Nick Powell and Tamil action director Silva.

The film is a sequel to blockbuster Enthiran (Robot) and will see Rajinikanth reprising the role of Dr Vaseegaran and Chitti and Akshay Kumar as the antagonist. The Shankar directorial has on board Adil Hussain and Sudhanshu Pandey, apart from Kumar and Rajinikanth. Oscar-winning musician AR Rahman is composing for the film.

2.0 will be releasing on 29 November this year.

Kartik Aaryan may star in Imtiaz Ali’s upcoming film; shooting could reportedly clash with Kirik Party remake

Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety actor Kartik Aaryan may be part of director Imtiaz Ali’s next project. DNA reports that the Jab Harry Met Sejal director has a few projects in mind for the future and Aaryan may well be Ali’s choice for one of them.

Kartik Aaryan. Image from Twitter/@TheAaryanKartik

However, if the director does approach the actor with the film, Aaryan may have to choose between the remake of the Kannada hit Kirik Party (2016) and the Imtiaz Ali film. The report adds that the time frame of both the films is quite similar, giving rise to speculations that Aaryan will have to let go of one project.

Details of Imtiaz’s film and the characters are being kept under wraps.

Kartik has confirmed his association with Kirik Party. The lighthearted film, which released in 2016, chronicles the journey of engineering students. Jacqueline is likely to be essaying the part played by Rashmika Mandanna in the original, opposite co-star Aaryan. Kirik Party already has a remake in the Telugu language, titled Kirrak Party, featuring Nikhil Siddharth, Simran Pareenja and Samyuktha.

Aaryan, whose last film Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety became a sleeper hit of the year, will next be seen in Luka Chuppi, which will feature Kriti Sanon as the female lead.

Manto morning shows cancelled reportedly due to ‘issues with government'; Nandita Das expresses disappointment

Nandita Das’ directorial Manto was releases in India today on 21 September. However, a report in News Central 24×7 states that the screenings have been cancelled pan-India owing to some instructions from authorities “higher-up”, following “some issues with the government.”

Nawazuddin Siddiqui in and as Manto. Image via Twitter/@iamharshdesai

Das replied to a journalist’s tweet saying that she was extremely disappointed that the screenings have been cancelled.

Though the show timings were updated on Thursday night, there were abrupt instructions to cancel the screening on Friday morning. A customer service representative of PVR was said to have informed the daily that there were apparent issues with the ‘dialogue’ that was raised by Central Board Of Film Certification (CBFC), and thus PVR Cinemas put Manto’s screening on hold. Manto was cleared by the CBFC and the makers had also kept a special screening of the film in Mumbai on Monday.

The Nawazuddin Siddiqui-Rasika Dugal narrative charts the journey of Urdu poet Saadat Hasan Manto.

Baazaar, Saif Ali Khan, Radhika Apte’s stock-market themed thriller, to release on 26 October

Baazaar, the thriller based on stock markets, has finally got a release date after frequent delays. Producer Nikkhil Advani took to his official Twitter handle to announce the release on 26 October.

The film features Saif Ali Khan in the lead and is being directed by Gauravv K Chawla. Baazaar also stars debutant actor Rohan Mehra, Chitrangada Singh and Radhika Apte.

Saif Ali Khan in the first look of Baazaar. Twitter

As reported earlier, Saif will be seen putting his rapping skills to test in the film, alongside Yo Yo Honey Singh. Baazaar also features a special dance number by Indo-Morocco-Canadian actress Nora Fatehi. The dancer came on-board after the remarkable success of Advani and Fatehi’s joint collaboration on Satyameva Jayate.

The film has been jointly written by Nikkhil Advani, Aseem Arora and Parveez Sheikh.

Baazaar is produced by Advani’s Emmay Entertainment and will be presented by Viacom18 Motion Pictures and KYTA Productions.

Namaste England song Tere Liye explores Parineeti Chopra and Arjun Kapoor’s romantic journey

Namaste England’s first song ‘Tere Liye’ depicts the sweet love story between the lead characters Param (played by Arjun Kapoor) and Jasmeet (Parineeti Chopra). Voiced by Atif Aslam and penned by Javed Akhtar, ‘Tere Liye’ has been composed by Mannan Shaah. Like most Aslam tracks, ‘Tere Liye’ is a soul-stirring ode to love and the many sacrifices that people make to ensure the other’s happiness in a relationship.

Still from Tere Liye from Namaste England. YouTube screengrab

The video depicts an endearing romance grow between Param and Jasmeet. Amidst lush green sunflower fields and the streets of London, the duo proclaim their unabashed love for one another. Jasmeet often breaks into demure laughs on seeing Param go about his goofy business. They secretly meet each other and steal loving glances whether it be among a throng of village relatives, or a crowded shop that Jasmeet works in.

Namaste England makers released the trailer of the film on 6 September. Vipul Amrutlal Shah’s narrative weaves a story between a husband, a wife, and her love for the city of London. This odd love triangle of sorts gives rise to complications and drama as well as a promising story line.

Rajinikanth’s upcoming film with Karthik Subbaraj titled Petta, likely to target summer 2019 release

Director Karthik Subbaraj has unveiled most awaited title and first look of Superstar Rajinikanth’s 165th film today through his official Twitter handle.

Titled as Petta, the film is said to be a gangster action drama on the lines of Rajinikanth’s ’90s blockbuster Baashha but it will have trademark Karthik Subbaraj elements. In Tamil, Petta indicates the locality of gangsters so the title itself excited fans who are longing to see Rajinikanth in a mass avatar again.

Talking about Petta, Karthik Subbaraj said: “As you all know, the shoot of Petta is progressing at a rapid pace for the past three months. Our Superstar is rocking with his signature stylish screen presence and charisma. Fans have been asking me about the title of the film, I’m sure you will enjoy the stylish Thalaivar in the motion poster. We will soon finish the shoot and come up with more interesting updates about Petta”.

As of now, team Petta has shot in Darjeeling, and Dehradun, they also canned important scenes at a grand set erected in 100 acres land of music composer AR Rahman in Redhills, Chennai. Karthik Subbaraj and the film’s production designer Suresh Selvarajan are working on a massive set replicating important streets of Madurai city, the team will also soon leave to Lucknow for the next schedule.

Though Rajinikanth played as an aged gangster in Kabali and Kaala, his ardent fans weren’t impressed with both the films because of the less number of gallery pleasing elements. Being a diehard fan of Rajinikanth, Karthik Subbaraj is said to have added all necessary elements in Petta including the signature SP Balasubhramanyam intro song, punch dialogues, and Rajinikanth’s stylish swag.

In Rajinikanth’s blockbuster films, antagonists have equal scope and understanding this technique, Karthik Subbaraj is said to have portrayed Vijay Sethupathi, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and Guru Somasundaram as the three deadly gangsters in the film. Besides these three actors, Simran and Trisha’s relationship with Rajinikanth will be a major highlight that their portions will be unique compared to the usual romantic tracks in the Superstar film. As Bobby Simha and Sanath have similar body language like Rajinikanth, they are playing the actor’s sons in Petta.

Just like Karthik Subbaraj, Anirudh Ravichander is also a big fan of Superstar Rajinikanth so the young composer is giving top priority to Petta and already delivered all the songs and he is also said to have asked the director to allocate more time for the background score. The theme music in the motion poster adds up the mass factor and sources say that the composer is planning to more such powerful themes after watching the film.

National Award winning stunt master Peter Hein has already choreographed two stunt sequences in the film and Tirru of 24 fame is cranking the camera.

Another exiting update for Rajinikanth’s fans is that the teaser of actor’s most expensive film 2.0 will be launched on September 13 for Vinayagar Chathurthi day. 2.0’s production house Lyca and director Shankar have once again confirmed that the film is scheduled to release on November 29 in Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi.

Gali Guleiyan editor Chris Witt says Manoj Bajpayee’s psychological thriller is a big screen experience

Oscar-nominated editor Chris Witt, known for his work in Kavi, The Unraveling and Catching Fireflies has edited the upcoming Manoj Bajpayee-starrer psychological horror film Gali Guleiyan and believes that the film is geared specifically towards the big screen.

Poster of Gali Guleiyan

The makers released the trailer of the film, alternatively titled In the Shadows, on 16 August 2018 carefully juxtaposed slow, winding shots of Old’s Delhi’s meandering lanes with the rapid, jagged shots of Manoj Bajpayee’s dishevelled state.

Chris,who was responsible for the editing of the discomfort-inducing trailer, spoke about his contribution to the film at its trailer launch “I’m proud to say this is my best work in over 20 years of editing! I’m super excited for the world to see Gali Guleiyan! Carefully crafting the performances of our ensemble cast, Gali Guleiyan gave me an opportunity to weave an intricate and unforgettable story that pushed me as an editor.”

Gali Guleiyan, written, directed and produced by debutant Dipesh Jain, is a combination of story as well as special effects. Chris said that the rhythms and pacing were so designed to give the audience an emotional ride, adding that the film is specifically geared towards watching at the theatre.

The film, produced by Shuchi Jain of Exstant Motion Pictures, will release in India and Worldwide on 7 September.

Manto trailer: Nawazuddin Siddiqui portrays the Urdu poet’s tribulations in a post-independent India

Nandita Das’ upcoming directorial Manto, which features Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the titular role, launched its trailer on Independence Day, 15 August. The narrative is clear from the well-shot video; an impassioned poet who fights to express what he feels, without fear.

The opening dialogue which Siddiqui’s Manto delivers in his patent sombre style, reverberates throughout the video, “Mein toh apni kahaniyon ko ek aina samajhta hun jisme samaaj apne aap ko dekh sakey (I consider my stories to be the mirror in which society sees itself).” He repeatedly asks why speaking up and saying the truth is wrong or something that ought to be curbed.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui essyas the role of in Nandita Das' biopic on the Urdu poet.

The narrative unfolds as Manto is forced to shift to Lahore. Kartik Vijay captures post-independent India and Lahore in subtle sepia which perfectly blends with the crises of that time.

Siddiqui oscillates from the mind of a creative genius to a vulnerable man torn by the country falling apart while intolerance is on a continuous rise.

Siddiqui’s voice looms heavy over the trailer, especially when he talks about the existential crisis faced by most of the youth just after Independence, “Jab ghulam the, tab aazadi ka khwab dekhte the, aur ab aazad hai toh kaunsa khwab dekhenge? (When we were enslaved, we dreamt of freedom, but now that we are free, what do we dream of?)”

Manto is scheduled to hit theatres on 21 September, 2018.