CHENNAI: As theatres continue to remain shut people have resorted to online mode of entertainment and various OTT platforms for recreation. Many production houses have come up with their creative digital content to keep viewers engaged.
ShemarooMe, the over-the-top video streaming app of Shemaroo Entertainment, has announced its expansion in the Gujarat Market, becomes the first OTT player in India to offer a promise of new content every week. They have recently released Swagatam which has a digital first release on Shemaroo Gujarati starring Malhar Thakkar and Katha Patel.
In a candid conversation, Hiren Gada, CEO, Shemaroo Entertainment, says, “With the number of digital video consumption now growing at a rapid pace, the consumption focus is now expanding into a lot of regional language consumption. We launched ShemarooMe as an OTT app two years ago, but now we are aggressively trying to work towards consumer connect. Now we are expanding ShemarooMe Gujarati within ShemarooMe OTT app. Earlier, we had partnered with several telecom operators within the ecosystem. We have existing library offering, and now we have strong consumer offering.”
He further added, “The new regional OTT channel would have three parts movies, web series and theatre and one new content every week. We are reaching out directly to the consumers through direct subscription. The channel has also launched a web series Vaat Vaat Ma and soon they are coming up with another web series called Kshadyantra.
ask for his extension, so, considering his vast experience in bureaucracy, we have asked for his service to help the government in handling the Covid-19 pandemic and post Cyclone Yaas relief operations.”
But in the morning, the Chief Minister wrote a letter to the Prime Minister making it clear that she won’t release Alapan Bandyopadhyay, and blamed the Modi government on various grounds. After that, another Minister Chandrima Bhattachariya held a press conference, and attacked the Centre.
Around 5 pm, a fresh letter was issued. This time, the Centre sent a show-cause to Alapan Bandyopadhyay for not joining duty at the scheduled time at the North Block in Delhi on Monday. Bandyopadhyay was given the letter by the Centre’s staff office. Once the show-cause is answered, the next step may be taken.
After this letter from the Centre, CM Banerjee, visibly angry, once again sat in a press conference and said: “No such incident has taken place in India in the last 64 years.” She also said that the Centre’s show-cause notice was like sprinkling salt on the wounds of Covid and cyclone victims in Bengal. The Chief Minister angrily questioned whether the Centre was taking such steps only to oppose Banerjee and to avenge the BJP’s loss in the Bengal elections. “It is a very shameful incident. The letter did not mention why the Chief Secretary was being asked to join duty in Delhi. This is retaliatory behaviour. I have never seen such a ruthless Prime Minister.”
However, Mamata Banerjee said that Alapan Bandyopadhyay himself had expressed his desire to retire. The Chief Minister further said, “I thank my former Chief Secretary Alapan Banerjee for the great work he has done in his career. We need Alpan very badly. He has retired, but I am not going to let him go to the secretariat.”
An IAS officer of the 1987 batch, Alapan Bandyopadhyay was the additional chief secretary of micro, small and medium enterprises and textiles department before he was appointed in the home and information department in 2019.
Following the state’s direct confrontation with the Centre over Alapan Bandyopadhyay, questions are being raised about the future of three IPS officers Bholanath Pandey, Praveen Tripathi and Rajiv Mishra. The three were summoned by the Central government after the attack on the convoy of BJP president J.P. Nadda. Even then, Nabanna did not agree to leave them. They are still in the state.
Incidentally, the Centre had transferred the three IPS officers to various posts in the Central government after the attack on the Nadda convoy at Diamond Harbor on December 10. Soon after the incident, Diamond Harbor Superintendent of Police Bholanath Pandey, DIG Presidency Range Praveen Tripathi and IG South Bengal Rajiv Mishra were transferred on Central deputation.
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ANGELINA JOLIE REIGNITES REUNION RUMOURS WITH EX-HUSBAND
WASHINGTON: after the Bennifer reunion, seems like a new reunion couple is going to make headlines soon as Oscar-winning actor angelina Jolie was spotted leaving her ex-husband Jonny Lee Miller’s apartment on Friday night. Page Six reported on Saturday that on the night of Friday, June 11, Angelina Jolie was clicked entering and exiting an apartment complex in Brooklyn, New York, where her first ex-husband Jonny Lee Miller resides. The 46-year-old star was clad in a long tan trench coat and face mask. in the pictures, she is seen entering the entrance of the building carrying a Louis Vuitton purse and a bottle of Peter Michael wine, which typically cost a couple of hundred dollars. Page Six reported that Jolie left the uSD 3 million home of her ex after three hours, around 10:30 p.m.
PREITY ZINTA HAPPY TO SEE PEOPLE GETTING BACK TO NORMAL
MUMBAI: Actor Preity Zinta on Sunday expressed happiness on seeing people resuming to their pre-pandemic routines. Preity is currently staying with her husband Gene Goodenough in the USA, where half of all adults are now fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Taking to Instagram, Preity shared a video of people hanging out with each other.
“Feels awesome to see people out and about enjoying each other’s company after months of being locked in their homes. Of course it helps that most of the people have been vaccinated ! Here’s to life getting back to normal and people enjoying the simple things in life,” she wrote.
Reacting to the video, actor Diana Penty commented: “Pheww…normalcy.” Preity had taken a social media break for a while. Only a few days ago, she ended her digital detox. “Best way to come back after a digital detox — a throwback picture from a few days ago when we went out to dinner after 18 months. The only thing constant in life is Change and here’s to embracing it while trying to social distance #Ting,” Preity had written.
SHAH RUKH RESPONDS TO HIDDLESTON’S APPRECIATION FOR HIM
MUMBAI: Superstar Shah Rukh Khan on Friday, responded to actor Tom Hiddleston’s recent appreciation for him while promoting the Marvel Cinematic universe show ‘Loki’, during which the latter gushed about the former.
Thanking Tom, the actor tweeted, “You are kind, God of Mischief… hope there’s no mischief behind this claim though. Lots of love Tom and can’t wait to binge Loki!!! Starting now- Ep 1!”
‘Loki’, which recently premiered on an OTT platform and has had MCu fans going gaga over it. in the promotional video posted on June 8, Tom seemed to be an avid SRK fan while playing the Word association game.
In it, he took Shah Rukh’s name when asked about his first thought on india. Later, when he was asked about bollywood, he asked back, “am i allowed to say Shah Rukh Khan again? Shah Rukh Khan again!”
The 40-year-old actor also revealed that he had a special connection with the city of Chennai. “My akka (elder sister) lives there. She used to live there. and i have been there a few times. Chennai is great,” Hiddleston said in the video.Though a huge global icon himself Tom is clearly one of Shah Rukh’s admirers since bollywood’s King Khan has a huge fan base all across the world.
In india, the first episode of ‘Loki’ was released on Wednesday. along with Tom, the show also stars Owen Wilson and follows the adventures of Loki after he was set loose during the events of the time heist in ‘Avengers: Endgame’.
AKSHAY KUMAR RECALLS DEFEATING ‘ THE UNDERTAKER’ IN REEL LIFE
MUMBAI: Akshay Kumar shared a memory of him defeating ‘The Undertaker’ in ‘Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi’. For the unversed, Akshay fought the doppelganger of the popular veteran American wrestler Mark William Calaway, popularly known as The Undertaker, in the film. Many people assumed that the real Undertaker had made his Bollywood debut opposite Akshay but it was wrester Brian Lee who essayed The Undertaker’s role. Akshay shared a hilarious meme on Instagram.
“Raise your hand if you have defeated The Undertaker,” the meme read. The meme has images of Akshay along with popular wrestlers, including Triple H and Brock Lesnar. “A hilarious note to mark 25 years to the release of #KhiladiyonKaKhiladi tomorrow! A fun fact though: it was wrestler Brian Lee who played The Undertaker in film,” Akshay quipped.
MOST DESIRABLE BOLLYWOOD ACTORS TODAY
ADITYA ROY KAPUR
Known to be Bollywood’s favourite boy, Aditya Roy Kapur has never really failed to surprise us with his films and most importantly, physical transformations that he undergoes for each character. After being hailed as the new big action star post the success of ‘Malang’, Aditya is now gearing up for the highly anticipated ‘Om’. Over the years, Roy Kapur has won hearts with different shades of acting in his journey including comedy, romance, drama and action. Being in the industry for over 11 years now, the good looking and talented actor continues to receive the same amount of love from fans all across.
Hailed as an action movie star who’s as effortless when it comes to romancing his leading lady in a film, Tiger Shroff has delivered back to back hits ever since his big debut with ‘Heropanti’ in 2014. Having an exciting lineup of films, Tiger will be next seen in
‘Heropanti 2’, ‘Rambo’ and ‘Ganpath Part I’. Over the years, Tiger has earned himself a huge fan base, thanks to his acting talent and that droolworthy chiseled body.
Think cool, smart, funny, talented and a favourite of the masses, and the first name that really strikes in is that of Varun Dhawan. Rightly called the wholesome packed of entertainment, Varun Dhawan is undoubtedly one of the most loved movie stars in the industry today. Last seen in ‘Coolie No. 1’, the actor never fails to surprise us with his power-packed performances.
Hailing from the first film family of Bollywood, Ranbir Kapoor is Kapoor Khandaan’s gift to the Hindi film industry. The supremely talented actor has time and again wowed the audiences and the critics with his natural yet class apart acting chops. Next to be seen in the highly anticipated Ayan Mukerji directorial ‘Brahmastra’ alongside megastar Amitabh Bachchan and Alia Bhatt, Ranbir yet again earned himself a Filmfare Award for his breakthrough performance in his last release ‘Sanju’. Said to be director’s favourite, this Kapoor lad has his own ways of charming us with his incredible talent and to die for looks.
KANGANA BACK TO HER HORSEBACK RIDING SESSION
MUMBAI: It must be a productive Sunday for actor Kangana Ranaut as she started her day with horseback riding. Taking to Instagram, Kangana shared a video of her riding a horse in Mumbai. She can be seen sporting an orange polo shirt with black pants. “Today morning horseback riding,” she captioned the clip. Netizens are quite impressed to see Kangana’s horse-riding skills. “Very nice…you are so good at it,” a user commented. “Woah…awesome,” another one wrote. Kangana had learned horseback riding a few years ago. In fact, in the film ‘Manikarnika- The Queen of Jhansi’, she did her own stunts which involved horseback riding. Speaking of Kangana’s upcoming movie projects, she will be next seen in ‘Thalaivi’, which is based on Tamil Nadu’s former Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa. She also has ‘Tejas’ and ‘Dhaakad’ in her kitty. ‘Manikarnika Returns: The Legend Of Didda’ is also in pipeline.
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