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Bhansali never told YRF he wanted to sign Sushant, Aditya Chopra tells cops

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Mumbai Police on Sunday grilled filmmaker Aditya Chopra of Yash Raj Films (YRF) for four hours regarding actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s suicide case. Chopra, while defending himself, told the cops that Sushant didn’t lose any film due to a contract with YRF and filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali never told him that he wanted to sign the late actor for Bajirao Mastani. Earlier, Bhansali had made shocking claims that he couldn’t sign Sushant in his films Bajirao Mastani and Ram-Leela as he was bound by YRF contracts.

Mumbai Police, which is investigating Sushant’s suicide case, summoned Chopra to the Versova police station where he told the cops that Bhansali was making baseless claims about him. “Nobody came to YRF and posed a question before the police when Sushant Singh Rajput did MS Dhoni film while having a contract with Yash Raj Films. Why couldn’t he do Bajirao Mastani?” Chopra told the cops.

He further said that Bhansali’s claims were completely baseless regarding the allegations that he wasn’t able to cast Sushant for RamLeela because of some contract with YRF. Ranveer Singh went on to do the film with whom YRF had a contract too.” Ranveer signed the film Ram-Leela in April 2012, while Sushant’s contract with Yash Raj started in November 2012. So, the question shouldn’t arise that Yash Raj Films had not given Sushant permission to do films with Bhansali,” he said.

In the meantime, the police also questioned Chopra about the film Pani as his company YRF was preparing to make this film between 2012 and 2015 with Sushant but the film was not made later. On this, Chopra told the police that there were differences with Shekhar Kapur on some issues related to the film and not Sushant Singh.

After Chopra’s statements, the Sushant suicide case has further tangled as police sources have revealed that there are significant differences between Bhansali’s and Chopra’s statements.

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Smith won’t be bothered by short-pitch barrage: Andrew McDonald

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Australia’s No.1 batsman Steve Smith won’t be too worried about short-pitch deliveries from Indian fast bowlers during the upcoming tour Down Under, said the hosts’ assistant coach, Andrew McDonald.

“I don’t think it’s a weakness, is it? They’re taking a shot at that area to get him out early and then what you’ll see after that initial potential plan they will go to a more standard try and negate the runs [plan],” McDonald said in a virtual interaction with the media.

“I think they’ve used it before and he’s done well on it before. I’m suggesting that plan hasn’t necessarily worked to its full effect.”

Smith was felled by a short ball from England’s Jofra Archer during the 2019 Ashes, which marked his return to Test cricket after serving a one-year ban. While he missed one Test because of the injury, he scored as many as 774 runs in the series at an average of 110.57.

Smith was then peppered with short deliveries by New Zealand’s Neil Wagner in the Test series between the two sides later in the year.

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NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the multi-storeyed flats for Members of Parliament on Monday at 11 am via video conferencing. The Speaker of Lok Sabha Om Birla will also be present on the occasion. According to an official release, these flats are located at Dr B.D. Marg in New Delhi. Eight old bungalows, which were more than 80 years old, have been redeveloped to construct 76 flats.

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Kerala clears 5-year jail for offensive social media posts

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday clarified that the new amendment made to the Kerala Police Act “will in no way be used to curtail free speech or impartial journalism”. His comments came a day after Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan signed the Police Amendment Act ordinance. As per the ordinance, the law is aimed at stopping cyberbullying, insulting and disgracing individuals on online platforms. Offenders are likely to face a jail term of up to five years or a penalty of Rs 10,000. In some cases, both the jail term and penalty may apply.

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NEW DELHI: Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Sunday said India’s own Covid-19 vaccine candidate could complete its final trials in a month or two. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and privately-held Bharat Biotech this month started third-stage trials of COVAXIN, in a process that would involve 26,000 volunteers. It is the most advanced Indian experimental vaccine. “We are in the process of developing our indigenous vaccines, in the process of completing our third-phase trials in the next one or two months,” Dr Harsh Vardhan said.

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