Filmmaker Prakash Jha’s web series, Aashram, starring Bobby Deol was served a legal notice on Wednesday for allegedly hurting Hindu sentiments. The legal notice was sent to the OTT platform MX Player, which streams the show, as well as producer-director Jha, on the ground of “directly targeting the ancient tradition, custom and culture of Hindu Ashramas Dharma.” The notice was sent by Surjeet Singh, Pradesh Sangathan Mahamantri of Karni Sena.
Jha said, “let the audience decide about ‘Aashram 2’. ‘Aashram 1’ was watched by 400 million people across the world. If I have portrayed Hindu religion in bad shape then let the audience decide.”
Now the Karni Sena is likely to move in court against ‘Aashram 2’. Karni Sena has sent a notice to Jha which reads: “At the outset, my client states that the web series named ‘Aashram: Chapter 2 – The Dark Side’, which was released on MX Player and produced and directed by Prakash Jha under Prakash Jha Production Creation, has deeply hurt the sentiments of the people at large and it is also going to spread negative goodwill about Hindu religion. The characters shown in the official trailer are not targeting an individual personality but directly targeting the ancient tradition, custom and culture of Hindu Ashramas Dharma which disturbs people at large.”
It further states that the first season of ‘Ashram’ web series shown lots of objectionable scenes degrading the image of Aashram in Hindu customs and now the official trailer of ‘Aashram 2’ web series has continued degrading the image of Aashram in Hindu religion. My client condemns such repeated attempt of degrading Hindu religion and is asking you to remove its official trailer and stop the release of the web series with immediate effect.” After a successful run of the first season recently, the second season of the show, ‘Aashram: Chapter 2 – The Dark Side’, is slated to release on 11 November.
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SAG Awards 2021 to be hour-long, pre-taped
Washington [US], March 4 (ANI): This year’s Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards are going to a bit different as the ceremony has undergone major changes owing to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Unlike the recent Golden Globes 2021 hybrid format, which featured some in-person and virtual appearances, the SAG Awards 2021 will be completely virtual and pre-taped.
As per Variety, the award show, airing on April 4, will also only run for one hour. The SAG Awards will not have a host, a red carpet, or even a set.
The ceremony will include the presentation of 13 awards and feature comedy bits as well as the traditional ‘I Am An Actor’ segments from nominees and other presenters. The event will also include an ‘In Memoriam’ segment.
Among performers who have already signed on to participate are Sterling K. Brown, Lily Collins, Daveed Diggs, Ted Danson, and Mary Steenburgen.
“We’re looking at trying to do a unique award ceremony in an hour and leave people saying, which they very rarely do with an awards show, ‘Man, I wish we had more,'” co-executive producer Todd Milliner told Variety.
The awards will be handed out in the days ahead of the air date in Zoom rooms for each category, where the nominees will gather and the winner will be announced. The winner will then get the chance to make an acceptance speech. This means spoilers are possible, but co-executive producer Kathy Connell hopes that won’t happen.
“We hope they respect the show enough and everybody does, and their fellow actors, that they don’t want to disappoint the audience at home by letting any surprises go,” Connell said of nominees who will know outcomes ahead of the show’s airdate.
Apart from Milliner and Connell, ‘Will and Grace’ actor Sean Hayes is also a part of the team of executive producers.
The much-awaited nominations for the 27th Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards were announced last month, with ‘Ma Rainey` Black Bottom,’ Da 5 Bloods’, ‘Minari,’ ‘One Night in Miami’ and ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ featuring prominently in the nomination list.
Late actor Chadwick Boseman received two posthumous nominations from the SAG Awards.
Originally, the award show was scheduled for January 24, before the pandemic forced a move to March 14. But when the Grammys shifted to that date, the SAG Awards moved again, to April 4. (ANI)
Meghan Markle claims royal family is ‘perpetuating falsehoods about us’
Washington [US], March 4 (ANI): Meghan Markle did not hold back her feelings toward Buckingham Palace and claimed that the royal family is “perpetuating falsehoods” about them in a new teaser for American talk show host Oprah Winfrey’s upcoming tell-all interview.
On Wednesday, CBS released yet another sneak peek of the Meghan and Prince Harry’s interview, in which the former ‘Suits’ actor accused the royal family of “perpetuating falsehoods” about the couple.
This accusation came to light when Oprah asked Meghan, “How do you feel about the Palace hearing you speak your truth today?” to which Meghan said that “there’s a lot that’s been lost already” in regards to her relationship with the royal family.
“I don’t know how they could expect that after all of this time, we would still just be silent if there is an active role that the firm is playing in perpetuating falsehoods about us,” the Duchess of Sussex said in the clip.
“And if that comes with the risk of losing things, I mean — there’s a lot that has been lost already,” she added.
As per Variety, Oprah’s interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex is set to air on Sunday on CBS and promises to dive into the couple’s experience with royal life, handling the public eye, and their future goals.
The CBS special will feature a wide-ranging interview between Oprah and Meghan on subjects spanning from “stepping into life as a royal, marriage, motherhood, philanthropic work to how she is handling life under intense public pressure.”
Harry will later join the women to discuss “their move to the United States and their future hopes and dreams for their expanding family.”
The special is produced by Harpo Productions. Terry Wood and Tara Montgomery will executive produce, along with co-executive producer Brian Piotrowicz.
Oprah is no stranger to the couple. She was a guest at their 2018 wedding in England. Apart from attending Meghan and Prince Harry’s wedding at Windsor Castle, Oprah is also one of the couple’s neighbours in their Montecito, California neighbourhood, where they moved last summer.
Oprah is also teaming up with the Duke of Sussex for a mental health docuseries for Apple TV+. In a 2019 interview with podcast host Bryony Gordon, Harry said the series, which will premiere this spring, will unveil examples of “human spirit fighting back from the darkest places.”
In early 2020, Meghan and Harry had announced that they were quitting royal duties and moving to North America, citing what they said were the unbearable intrusions and racist attitudes of the British media. They live in Santa Barbara, California, and are expecting their second child.
Apart from the upcoming interview, the pair struck a major multi-year deal with Netflix in September that will see them developing documentaries, feature films, scripted television shows, and children’s series.
They also recently launched a podcast on Spotify under their Archwell Audio production company, with the goal of building “community through shared experience, narratives, and values.”
Harry and Meghan, who tied the knot in 2018, welcomed their first child, Archie Harrison, in May 2019. (ANI)
SINGER HARSHDEEP KAUR, HUSBAND WELCOME JUNIOR ‘SINGH’
MUMBAI: Singer Harshdeep Kaur on Wednesday shared the news with fans that she has been blessed with a child. The singer and her husband Mankeet Singh welcomed their first child, a boy, on 2 March. Harshdeep tweeted, “A little bit of heaven just came down to earth and has made us Mommy & Daddy. Our Junior ‘Singh’ has arrived and we couldn’t be happier!” The singer also shared a throwback photo from her pregnancy days with husband Mankeet, where he is holding a tiny T-shirt.
Reacting to her tweet, fans and followers showered love and wishes for the newborn and also posted congratulatory messages for the new parents. Harshdeep had announced the news of her pregnancy with this tweet in the first week of February: “So excited to meet this little baby who is half me and half the one I love the most. Junior Kaur/Singh arriving in March 2021. Need your Blessings.”
Harshdeep tied the knot with childhood friend Mankeet in a hush-hush ceremony on 20 March 2015. The wedding was attended by family and close friends.
SONAKSHI SINHA ANNOUNCES ‘BULBUL TARANG’
Sonakshi Sinha announced her next project ‘Bulbul Tarang’ on Instagram on Wednesday. The film, directed by Shree Narayan Singh, will have an OTT release. Like Shree Narayan’s previous films ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’, and ‘Batti Gul Meter Chalu’, his upcoming directorial venture is also inspired by a true incident. The film also features Raj Babbar and Tahir Raj Bhasin.
Sonakshi dropped a vibrant first look of her characte, dressed in a blue salwaar kameez, on Instagram with the caption, “Meet Bulbul… A girl out to make her dream come true! Thrilled to announce my next film #BulbulTarang streaming soon on @netflix_in. #AbMenuMeinSabNew @tahirrajbhasin @reliance. entertainment #ShreeNarayanSingh #ArshadSayeed @sarkarshibasish @monishasinghkatial @ vivekbagrawal”
Introducing his character, Tahir shared, “When Rishi met Bulbul he knew his life would change forever. He just didn’t know how much. What happens when Bulbul embarks on the journey of making an innocent dream a reality? A story like never before! So excited to announce Bulbul Tarang. Directed by #ShreeNarayanSingh. Streaming soon on @netflix_in! #AbMenuMeinSabNew @aslisona @reliance.entertainment #ArshadSayeed @sarkarshibasish @monishasinghkatial @vivekbagrawal” Sonakshi has acted in both commercial and content-driven movies like ‘Dabangg’series, ‘Lootera’, ‘Akira’, and ‘Mission Mangal’. Sonakshi is looking forward to the release of ‘Bhuj: The Pride of India’, also starring Ajay Devgn. She is making her digital debut with the Amazon Prime Video series reportedly titled “Fallen”. Directed by Reema Kagti, the web series also stars Gulshan Devaiah, Vijay Varma, and Sohum Shah.
VARUN DHAWAN HOWLS LIKE A ‘BHEDIYA’
A few days after Varun Dhawan announced his horror comedy ‘Bhediya’ with Kriti Sanon as co-lead, on Wednesday the actor revealed that he is working hard for the film and shared a clip howling like a werewolf.
The ‘Student Of The Year’ actor took to Instagram to post a video in which he is seen howling just like a wolf as is about to board his private jet. In the video, Varun is sporting a casual look as he donned a back T-shirt and a leather jacket, and a pair of denim. He accessorised his look with a pair of sunglasses and looked handsome as he sports a full-grown beard.
The video showcased Varun, as he listens to the person holding the camera counting 1, 2 and as soon as he says go, the ‘Kalank’ actor starts howling as he looks high up in the sky and smile afterwards. Taking to the captions, he wrote, “Woooo (a wolf emoticon) #BHEDIYA”.
This horror-comedy drama will mark Varun and Kriti’s third collaboration after sharing screen spaces in ‘Dilwale’, and ‘Kalank’.
‘Bhediya’ will bring together the dynamic duo of producer Dinesh Vijan and director Amar Kaushik, who also helmed ‘Stree’. Starring Kriti, Varun, Abhishek Banerjee, and Deepak Dobriyal, the story is written by National Award Winner Niren Bhatt.
VICKY KAUSHAL SHARES A GLIMPSE FROM HORSE RIDING SESSION
MUMBAI: Vicky Kaushal on Wednesday treated fans with a glimpse from his horse riding session. The ‘Masaan’ actor shared a video on Instagram in which he could be seen riding a horse on a humongous ground. The short clip showcased the sun in the background with Vicky sitting easily on the saddle and riding a horse smoothly. The ‘Uri: The Surgical Strike’ actor captioned this video as “Walk and trot, back to basics.”
It seems like Vicky is indulging in the horse riding session to prepare for his superhero role in the film ‘The Immortal Ashwatthama’. He has been preparing for his upcoming role for a long time. Vicky is putting in long hours at the gym to make sure he gets the physique right. He has much-anticipated projects in the pipeline like ‘Sardar Udham Singh’, ‘The Immortal Ashwatthama’ and the biopic on Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw.
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