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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‘)”.

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.

Salman Khan and Sonakshi Sinha announce Dabangg 3 on eighth anniversary of the first film

Monday, 10 September, marked eight years of Salman Khan and Sonakshi Sinha’s Dabangg. To commemorate the day, both Khan and Sinha announced their collaboration on Dabangg 3. Posting the news on their Twitter handles, both stars spoke about the film.

Sonakshi Sinha (left), Salman Khan on sets of Dabangg. Image from Twitter

Salman posted a picture of himself with Sonakshi on the sets of the first film, which was directed by Abhinav Kashyap.

Sonakshi shared Khan’s sentiment by posting another still from her debut film, thanking Salman, Arbaaz Khan and Kashyap for making her “realise her calling”. The actress even thanked all her fans for recognising her work and supporting her throughout.

Mumbai Mirror reports that shooting for Dabangg 3 will begin immediately after Bharat wraps up filming. The Ali Abbas Zafar directorial features Katrina Kaif, Disha Patani, Jackie Shroff, Tabu and Sunil Grover apart from Salman.

Prabhudeva has taken up the directorial reigns for the third installment. Dabangg 1 and 2 were directed by Kashyap and Arbaaz respectively. Dabangg 2 released in 2012 while the first film released in 2010.

Ayushmann Khurrana’s wife Tahira Kashyap to debut as director with slice-of-life drama

Ayushmann Khurrana’s wife Tahira Kashyap will soon debut as a director with a slice-of-life drama set in Mumbai. Kashyap has previously helmed a short film Toffee, produced by Khurrana and casting director Mukesh Chhabra, according to Hindustan Times.

Ayushmann Khurrana with Tahira Kashyap. Twitter @Ayushmann_Team

The yet-to-be-titled film will be produced by T Series’ Bhushan Kumar and Ellipsis Entertainment’s Tanuj Garg and Atul Kasbekar. This project will mark the third collaboration between the production houses, after Suresh Triveni’s debut with Tumhari Sulu starring Vidya Balan and more recently, Soumik Sen’s second feature Cheat India with Emraan Hashmi in the lead.

A statement from the producers read: “Tahira has worn several hats…. from being the programming head of a radio station in the North to a theatre writer-director, author, teacher of mass communication and journalism, and short film-maker. Her incredible stories are rooted in realism and heart. We are delighted to back her debut journey and look forward to making many more movies with her.”

The casting for the upcoming film is ongoing and will be announced soon. The makers expect it to go into production in early 2019.

Meanwhile, Khurrana will be seen next as a visually impaired pianist in Sriram Raghavan’s (of Badlapur fame) neo-noir thriller Andhadhun. The film also stars Radhika Apte and Tabu in pivotal roles.

Is Deepika Padukone being considered for the Hindi remake of a hit Sridevi film from the 70s?

In a career spanning five decades, Indian screen legend Sridevi delivered blockbusters across industries. Now, four months after her untimely demise, reports of one of her hit films being remade with Deepika Padukone in the lead role have surfaced.

According to a report by Times Now, the project in question was made almost four decades ago with a Bollywood director and South producer.

Deepika Padukone/Image from Instagram.

Rajkumar Hirani confirms third Munna Bhai film with Sanjay Dutt and Arshad Warsi: I still have to write it

Filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani is often considered one of the best in today’s crop of directors.

While his upcoming Sanjay Dutt biopic titled Sanju is slated for a 29 June release, the filmmaker revealed that the third installment of his successful film franchise Munna Bhai is in the pipeline, reports The Hindustan Times.

Still from Lage Raho Munna Bhai. Facebook

Priyanka Chopra on The Simpsons’ Apu controversy: ‘He was the bane of my life’

Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra is the latest celebrity to react on the controversial character Apu from The Simpsons, saying it “was the bane of my life” during her high school days in the US.

The Simpsons came under intense scrutiny after Hari Kondabolu’s documentary The Problem with Apu highlighted the stereotypical depiction of Indian immigrants in Hollywood.

“He was the bane of my life growing up. I was always asked when I was in high school like at 14, 15 why I didn’t speak like that or did I find gold in my rivers? Did we go to school on elephants. I always had questions like that,” the 35-year-old actor said on talk show The View.

“A lot of people are talking about, ‘Oh, the show was so successful for 30 years; why are we suddenly waking up and being offended by a character that everyone loved?’ People say that The Simpsons makes fun of every race”. While she agreed that’s true, she argued that Apu long served as the only Indian representation on American TV, and that much has changed since the show premiered in 1989.

Priyanka Chopra/Image from Twitter.

“What happened from that time to now, the population of Indian-Americans in America has tripled since that time. So the voice is louder, representation and the demand for representation for people of colour is louder. There is the internet and the media where people can have a conversation,” Priyanka said.

The Quantico actor added that the fact the show is “super successful… gives it more responsibility”.

The longest-running American animated sitcom, The Simpsons had recently addressed the criticism over Apu’s characterisation in the episode No Good Read Goes Unpunished.

The show, however, failed to pacify the viewers and was slammed on social media for its tone-deaf response to the controversy.

102 Not Out: Taapsee Pannu, Ishaan Khatter, Kartik Aaryan attend special screening

Taapsee Pannu, who starred alongside Amitabh Bachchan in the 2016 hit film Pink, attended the special screening of 102 Not Out

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Divya Khosla Kumar arrives for the special screening of 102 Not Out.

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Ishaan Khatter, who recently debuted with Majid Majidi’s Beyond The Clouds, attends the special screening

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Kartik Aaryan, fresh off the success of sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, attended the event, too

Alia Bhatt has made pact with Katrina, Deepika to do films together: ‘I’m game for a good chick flick’

Alia Bhatt has over the years cemented her position as a formidable acting talent in Bollywood. With her incredible performances in films (Highway, Udta Punjab, Dear Zindagi, to name a few) and a major fan following, she is one of the most-sought after actresses in Hindi film industry today.

Katrina Kaif, Alia Bhatt and Deepika Padukone. Facebook

With A-listers like Deepika Padukone and Katrina Kaif as her BFFs, Bhatt says she’s all game for a “good chick flick” with the other two actresses.

According to a report by Deccan Chronicle, Bhatt has expressed her desire to work with Kaif and Padukone (individually) in films. In an interview, she is reported to have said that she has made a pact with the two actresses to do films together.

She particularly talked about the changing scenario for women in Indian films. She said, “It has become progressive for actresses today. But, there’s still a long way to go. The best thing is that now, they are standing by each other. For instance, imagine Dil Chahta Hai being remade with three girls today. It would be wonderful. I’m game for a good chick flick,” reports Deccan Chronicle.

Bhatt has been busy of late completing her shoot schedules for Meghna Gulzar’s Raazi along with Masaan actor Vicky Kaushal; Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy along with Ranveer Singh and then Ayan Mukerji’s magnum opus Brahmastra with Ranbir Kapoor.