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As Sonakshi-Zaheer get married, looking back at 2020 Salman-Sonakshi fake photo

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Mumbai, June 23 (IANS) Even as the media swirls with speculation regarding the lehenga that Sonakshi Sinha will wear for the wedding celebrations on Sunday evening, or whether she’ll break into a dance, people who have been following the many stories circulating about her rumoured relationships, recall the time when she was linked with Salman Khan.

Salman and Sonakshi’s paths first crossed when she made her debut in his action comedy, ‘Dabangg’ (2010), and he’s said to have played Cupid and brought the couple together.

It is said that the couple met when Zaheer was shooting for ‘Notebook’, the romantic drama produced by Salman Khan. Zaheer was making his Bollywood debut in the film opposite another newbie, Pranutan Bahl, daughter of actor Mohnish Bahl, and granddaughter of Nutan.

Before Zaheer entered her life, Sonakshi had briefly dated her ‘Tevar’ co-star Arjun Kapoor in 2014. Their relationship collapsed within a year.

Salman, incidentally, is a good friend of Iqbal Ratansi, Zaheer’s father, and a leading Mumbai jeweller with interests in real estate (Blackstone Housing and Infrastructure Limited), lighting equipment for Bollywood (Film Tools, Lights and Grip) and media (Zahero Media and Internet).

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So, how did Sonakshi get linked with Salman? In the pre-deepfake era, when photoshopped pictures were common, there was one of Salman and Sonakshi that went viral in 2020. It showed them getting married at a private ceremony in Dubai.

Reacting to the picture, Sonakshi took to social media and put to rest the speculation that had acquired a feverish breathlessness. Taking to Instagram, she said, “Are you so dumb that you can’t tell the difference between a real and a morphed picture?”

Sonakshi and Zaheer, whom she lovingly describes as her “personal psycho”, have been dating for the past seven years. The eldest child of leading Mumbai jeweller Iqbal Ratansi acted opposite Sonakshi in the critically panned 2022 film ‘Double XL’, where he plays a London-based TV line producer, Zorawar Rahmani.

The film, which also features Huma Qureshi, sees Sonakshi as fashion designer Sara Kapoor, who relocates to London from Delhi after a broken relationship.

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Zaheer was last seen on the big screen in a special appearance with Salman’s brother-in-law Aayush Sharma in the action film ‘Ruslaan’, released earlier this year. Like ‘Double XL’, ‘Ruslaan’ also bombed at the box office.

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Gurmeet Choudhary feels connected with ‘Bihari family’ as he speaks Maithili

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Mumbai, July 14 (IANS) Actor Gurmeet Choudhary, who has been receiving positive responses for his recently released streaming series ‘Commander Karan Saxena’, shared a video on his Instagram on Sunday, speaking in his native Maithili language.

In the video, he spoke in Maithili and expressed his dedication to his titular role in the series.

The actor said: “A lot of people from Bihar are today in the administrative forces, they’re IAS, IPS, RAW agents, and in diverse roles.”

Gurmeet encouraged his followers from Bihar to work diligently before promoting his show and urging them to watch it on OTT platforms.

The actor captioned the video: “Today’s Mood: Speaking in my Maithili language, feeling connected with my Bihari family.”

Maithili is native to the Mithila region, which covers parts of Bihar and Jharkhand, as well as the Nepalese Koshi and Madhesh Provinces.

Gurmeet, who is also a martial artist, was born in Bhagalpur, Bihar. His television career spans two decades, during which he has starred in many prominent shows.

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Regarding his show ‘Commander Karan Saxena’, the series revolves around a RAW agent navigating political intrigue and betrayal.

Gurmeet portrays the role of Commander Karan Saxena, based on a character created by writer Amit Khan.

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‘Kill’ director Nikhil Nagesh Bhat says he doesn’t portray violence as a part of bravado

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Mumbai, July 14 (IANS) Director Nikhil Nagesh Bhat has been garnering praise from all quarters for the portrayal of violence in his recently released movie ‘Kill’. Unlike ‘Animal’, the violence in his film is receiving appreciation for its thoughtful depiction rather than mere sensationalism.

Nikhil spoke with IANS and shared how the portrayal of violence was well thought out.

“I’m not trying to make violence for someone’s greed or selfishness,” he said.

The director shared that in his narratives, those involved in violence endure significant pain, grief, and loss.

Nikhil told IANS: “Violence, be it at the protagonist’s side or the antagonist’s side, you will end up feeling defeated.”

This perspective also resonated in his earlier film, ‘Apurva’, starring Tara Sutaria, where the female protagonist kills those who have abducted her.

The director further mentioned, “I don’t portray violence in film as a part of bravado or through the lens of glorification. Violence has consequences, which are much more ghastly than the reasons for violence. I’m not trying to glamourise violence; rather, I don’t believe in attaching swag to violence.”

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Nikhil may look at the on-screen violence through a certain lens. But, what about filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino, who like to be a little indulgent while portraying violence on screen, case in point being ‘Pulp Fiction’ or ‘Kill Bill 1 and 2’, what is his opinion on filmmakers who like to take this route?

The director said: “Quentin Tarantino is a legendary filmmaker. As a viewer, you get a certain high, and you feel so energised given the experience is so immersive. It’s nearly impossible to not be influenced by his storytelling. Every filmmaker has a voice which grows with time, and that’s what make the platter of stories so delectable. What’s the fun if everyone starts making the same stuff?”

Talking about his biggest influences, Nikhil told IANS: “Not just Tarantino, I have a huge penchant for Shaolin films, Bruce Lee’s work, and Jackie Chan’s movies.”

The story of ‘Kill’ had brewed in Nikhil’s mind for nearly two decades, a testament to his enduring passion for creativity.

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Reflecting on maintaining objectivity in filmmaking, he stressed the importance of patience.

“I feel patience is something which every filmmaker needs to have. It’s a talent to have because every film has its own journey, and takes its own time to be made.”

He continued, “Even while writing the script, casting, and taking a shot, all you need is patience. Only a lot of patience and hard work will get you the reward.”

Nikhil faced personal challenges during the film’s production, suffering a slipped disc just a month before shooting began. Despite the physical pain, he remained dedicated, personally demonstrating action sequences to his team from a nearby bed.

The director told IANS: “Given it’s an action film, I had to brief the actors and the team by showing them what I wanted, and it required body movements.”

So, there was a bed next to me, every time I was done explaining to them what I wanted in a sequence, I would come back and lie down on the bed,” he added.

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‘Bigg Boss OTT 3’: Ranvir Shorey predicts Chandrika Dixit’s eviction from show

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Mumbai, July 14 (IANS) In the upcoming ‘Weekend Ka Vaar’ episode, actor Ranvir Shorey has predicted that the “viral vada pav girl” Chandrika Dixit will be evicted from the ‘Bigg Boss OTT 3’.

In a promo shared by the channel for the episode, host Anil Kapoor is seen discussing the impending eviction of a contestant.

The caption of the video read: “Aa gayi faisle ki ghadi, kya hoga janta ka decision? Kiska ‘Bigg Boss OTT 3’ ka safar aaj hoga khatam?”

The clip starts with Anil asking Ranvir for his prediction on who will be evicted.

“Aaj kisi ek sadsiya ko ghar se beghar hona hai. Aapko kya lagta hai Ranvir,” Anil asked.

Ranvir replied, suggesting that Chandrika’s social media influence is not as strong as that of Vishal Pandey, Lovekesh Kataria, and Shivani Kumari.

“Shivani Vishal aur Lovekesh inki social presence Chandrika se kayi zyada hai,” Ranvir said.

Anil then asked Shivani if she believed she would be saved. She expressed hope that her fans would support her and prevent her eviction.

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Ranvir posed the same question to Sai Ketan Rao, who admitted he was unsure about who would be evicted this time.

In the previous episode, Chandrika faced criticism from Anil for not having her own “muddas” (issues) to present and consistently portraying herself as a ‘victim’ in the house.

However, on Sunday, reports about her eviction were doing the rounds.

Reports also claimed that Armaan Malik and Chandrika were among the bottom two contestants in the show, which airs on JioCinema Premium.

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Rajeev Khandelwal: 'Downfall' is a wrong term used for stars and public figures

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Mumbai, July 14 (IANS) Actor Rajeev Khandelwal makes no bones about failure being a part of life. However, he strongly opposes the frequent use of the term “downfall” when describing setbacks faced by stars and public figures.

Since his debut as an actor in the show ‘Kahiin to Hoga’, Rajeev has had his share of hits and misses with his work, which has been as different as chalk and cheese.

The actor said that in the journey of life, there will be successes and failures.

“Failures will be a part of life. Downfall is a very wrong term which is used very frequently for stars, superstars, and public figures,” Rajeev told IANS.

The 48-year-old actor stepped into the world of films in 2008 with the acclaimed movie ‘Aamir’. Subsequently, he appeared in films like ‘Shaitaan’, ‘Table No. 21’, ‘DOA: Death of Amar’, ‘Salaam Venky’, and ‘Bloody Daddy’, among others.

“Most of the actors will always come down the ladder; doesn’t go up all the time. The other side of the ladder takes you back from where you came from. That’s the journey of life. There will be failures, but there will be success in anyone and everyone’s life…” he said.

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“The moment you start accepting that some projects will work and some will not work, it becomes okay.”

Rajeev is candid about the fact that some of his projects did not work.

“Yeah, many projects of mine have worked and not worked. I am not the maker of that project, I cannot take credit nor can I take the blame for any of my projects because it is always a team effort. The team failed. As long as our intentions were good.” he said.

Rajeev stands his ground, stating that he has always judged projects with intention.

“I will always judge projects where the intentions were not to make a good project but the idea was just to make money. Then there is corruption involved, and that is where…”

“Thankfully, I have not been part of any project where I have been corrupt in my approach. I have been honest in my approach, it does not make me feel bad,” added the actor, who is currently starring in ‘Showtime’ on Disney+ Hotstar.

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Sai Dharam Tej meets Telangana CM Revanth Reddy, discusses ways to combat child abuse

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Mumbai, July 14 (IANS) Actor Sai Dharam Tej met with Telangana Chief Minister Revanth Reddy on Sunday to discuss strategies aimed at combating child abuse and the misuse of social media for such purposes.

The actor expressed his gratitude to the leader for dedicating time to address these critical issues.

Sai shared a photo with Reddy on X, where he is seen presenting flowers to the Chief Minister.

“Thank you Chief Minister @revanth_anumula Anna for giving me your valuable time to listen, understand and discuss the way forward to curb child abuse and misuse of social media for the same filth,” Sai wrote.

The actor also appreciated the Chief Minister for ensuring stringent rules and swift action to ensure a safer environment for children.

“Thanks for extending your highest assurance of stringent rules and action to make our society a safe place for children. May this be the big step towards change,” he added.

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The 37-year-old actor expressed his heartfelt gratitude for the prompt response.

“My Heartful gratitude for the swift response and serving justice. The mission to stand up to with all my strength and integrity will continue. Jai Hind,” he concluded.

Earlier this month, Sai Dharam Tej had raised concerns about child abuse on social media, condemning inappropriate content shared by a YouTuber involving a father and daughter.

Describing such incidents as “gruesome, disgusting, and scary,” Sai Tej wrote on X: “Monsters like these go unnoticed on the very much utilised social platform doing child abuse in the disguise of so-called Fun & Dank. Child safety is the need of the hour.”

–IANS

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