Mumbai, Sep 6 (IANS) Bollywood actor Rhea Chakraborty was allowed to leave the National Control Bureau office here after a gruelling six-hour-long session of questioning on Sunday.
She is likely to be summoned again on Monday as the NCB continues its investigations to unravel the drugs angle that has emerged in the death case of actor Sushant Singh Rajput.
Rhea, who did not appear to be flustered as she stepped out, underwent interrogation by several teams of NCB sleuths during the day before they finally permitted her to go home after 6 p.m. in her own vehicle.
Mumbai, September 6 (ANI): Amid the ongoing investigation into the Sushant Singh Rajput death case, actor Rhea Chakraborty’s lawyer Satish Maneshinde on Sunday said that she is ready for arrest as it is a witch-hunt.
“Rhea Chakraborty is ready for arrest as this is a witch-hunt. If loving someone is a crime she will face the consequences of her love. Being innocent, she has not approached any court for an anticipatory bail in all the cases foisted by Bihar Police with CBI, ED, and NCB,” Maneshinde said in a statement.
Chakraborty was summoned by Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Sunday morning to join the investigation of the Sushant Singh Rajput death case.
On August 19, the Supreme Court had asked the CBI to investigate the case related to the actor’s death, while holding that the FIR registered in Patna was legitimate. The agency has registered an FIR against Chakraborty and others in connection with the actor’s death after the Centre accepted the Bihar government’s recommendation to transfer the probe in the matter from Patna.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had on July 31 registered an Enforcement Case Information Report in the late actor’s death case after a First Information Report (FIR) was filed by Rajput’s father KK Singh against Rhea Chakraborty in Bihar on July 28.
Rajput was found dead at his Mumbai residence on June 14.
Mumbai, Sep 6 (IANS) Actor Mukul Dev, who is set to star in a film based on the unsung heroes of Indian football, says the sport has been his constant love since childhood.
Titled “Barefoot Warriors”, the film in question is about the first national football team of independent India. The story is inspired by the Indian team that played brilliantly at the 1948 London Olympics despite most players playing barefoot, and becoming eligible to participate in the 1950 World Cup.
“It’s a very exciting project. Football has been a constant love since I was a kid. It’s like a journey back to those times,” said the actor.
“India has a glorious footballing past and it’s about those heroes who made it happen despite all odds and even to the extent that they didn’t even have shoes to play football. It’s a great story waiting to be told on celluloid. We can’t wait for it to come to the audience,” he added.
The film will be directed by Kavi Raz, and will also feature “Never Back Down” star Sean Faris, Rajpal Yadav, and Jobanpreet Singh.
Mumbai, Sep 6 (IANS) Acclaimed actor Pankaj Tripathi says, be it son or daughter, parents should allow their children to be independent.
“Centuries of conditioning and gender blocks can be defeated only if we consciously create a neutral environment at home. Be it for your son or daughter, I often tell parents to allow their children to be independent,” said Tripathi.
He added that if parents instill confidence in children to be their own decision makers, they will be responsible.
“They should take charge of their lives and even as we are available to guide them at every step, we shouldn’t overshadow their life with the baggage of our lived experiences and opinions. If we instill the confidence in children to be their own decision makers, they’ll be far more responsible,” she said.
The actor is winning applause for his role in the recently released “Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl”. He played Anuj Saxena, father of the protagonist.
“As a parent, I tell my daughter that my wife and I are with her but eventually it’s her life and she has to become her own person. Our guidance and support is always there but the choices have to be hers, the victories are hers and the mistakes are hers too,” said Tripathi.
Mumbai, Sep 6 (IANS) The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Sunday summoned late Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty for questioning in connection with the drug case.
The NCB officials arrived at the Primrose apartment here to summon Rhea for questioning.
Rhea will join the investigation at around 11 a.m.
The summon to Rhea comes a day after a court on Saturday sent her brother Showik and Sushant’s house manager Samuel Miranda to four days NCB custody till September 9.
The NCB arrested Showik and Miranda on Friday night after 10-hour long questioning.
During questioning the NCB got the evidence against the duo and later they were arrested.
On Friday, the NCB also carried out searches at the residences of Showik and Miranda.
The NCB on Saturday also arrested Dipesh Sawant, the personal staff of Sushant.
The NCB had registered a case on August 26 under various sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, naming Rhea, her brother, talent manager Jaya Saha, Sushant’s co-manager Shruti Modi, and Goa-based hotelier Gaurav Arya, after the Enforcement Directorate wrote to it about the drugs angle.
This followed the discovery of WhatsApp messages between Rhea and Shruti Modi, Miranada and Sushant’s flatmate Siddharth Pithani.
The NCB is the third Central agency to join the probe into the death case of Sushant after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the ED.
Mumbai, Sep 5 (IANS) The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday recorded the statement of Sushant Singh Rajput sister’s Mitu Singh, while a team of sleuths from the premier investigative agency, along with the forensic team, visited the Bandra home of the late actor, in connection with the probe into his death.
According to CBI sources, Mitu Singh has recorded her statement with the agency. She accompanied the CBI team to the Mont Blanc building in Bandra West — where Sushant was found dead on June 14. Besides Mitu Singh, the CBI and the forensic team were accompanied by Sushant’s personal staff Neeraj Singh and Keshav Bachne, and flatmate Siddharth Pithani.
The CBI on Friday continued recording the statement of the executives of Cornerstone, where Sushant’s celebrity manager Shruti Modi and Disha Salian worked.
The development comes a day after the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) got the custody of Sushant’s house manager Samuel Miranda and Showik, brother of the deceased actor’s girlfriend actress Rhea Chakraborty.
The CBI and forensic team were present for over two hours at the Mont Blanc Apartment and then returned to the DRDO guest house, where they have been staying since August 20 after their arrival from Delhi.
This is for the fourth time the CBI sleuths have visited the flat. The team had also recreated the crime scene once earlier.
Earlier, the CBI team visited the Cooper Hospital twice, and met the doctors who carried out the post-mortem of the late actor.
It also visited the Waterstone resort where Sushant stayed for two months.
New Delhi, Sep 4 (IANS) Akshay Oberoi is happy that he got to play an antagonist who is different from most baddies shown on screen in the past.
In the new digital series, “Flesh”, Akshay plays Taj, a sociopath whose wicked manoeuvres are pure evil.
Talking about it, Akshay told IANS: “First of all, the antagonist is always shown as a manly, huge, tall, muscular guy…taking cue from Gabbar Singh and all. That’s the kind of antagonist that we show (in India).”
“Here (‘Flesh’), you had an equally menacing and terrifying antagonist but one who wears makeup and styles his hair. It’s a different kind of a person. We haven’t written parts like this in India.”
Playing Taj was different for the actor. He learnt Bangla, styled his hair with white streaks and owned eccentric clothes.
“There were so many things that I got to develop for the character. There were so many nuances that I got to bring to the table, and very little of me is there,” he said.
Mumbai, Sep 5 (IANS) Naagin actor Pearl V. Puri is back to the supernatural genre. He will star in the second season of the show, Brahmarakshas.
Set against the backdrop of Songadh, the show depicts the journey of an ordinary girl, Kalindi, whose destiny gets entwined with evil forces.
“This is my third supernatural show. I am really looking forward to playing the character of Angad as it comes with its own quirks and he seems to be quite the ladies’ man. The character is quite different from my earlier roles,” said Pearl, who has starred in “Naagarjuna: Ek Yoddha” and “Naagin”.
Produced by Balaji Telefilms, “Brahmarakshas” will feature actress Nikki Sharma as Kalindi.
“Playing a lead is a first for me and the fact that this opportunity comes with my first thriller fantasy show is all the more exciting. Fantasy shows are among my favourites as they come with a lot of scope to experiment with characters which I believe is always a treat for an actor’s soul,” she said.
“While I do relate with Kalindi in a lot of ways, I believe this role does come with its own set of challenges and will require a blend of emotions to bring out the right essence of the character. From all the interesting and intriguing experiences that I have heard about shooting for supernatural dramas, I am really excited and eager to venture onto this journey. I’m looking forward to this,” she added.
By QUAID NAJMI, (IANS) Diving deep into the drugs angle to the late actor Sushant Singh Rajput death case, the Narcotics Control Bureau has claimed that prime accused Showik Chakraborty has revealed many names which could help “uproot the drug citadel in Bollywood and Mumbai, in its remand plea, here on Saturday.
Hinting at summons to or even the possible arrest of Sushant’s ex-girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, the NCB remand plea – seeking Showik’s custody for five days’ interrogation – says that he would have to be confronted with his sister (Rhea) and another person Dipesh Sawant.
This was to investigate the specific roles/ingredients of criminal conspiracy, abetments and various attempts to commit offences, besides track and verify the financial trail of all their previous drug purchases of Showik — who was arrested on September 4.
Based on the CDR records, WhatsApp chats and preliminary interrogation of those deeply entrenched in drug trafficking, the NCB said it wants to trace and verify “some characters” who are still absconding and have to be arrested.
Showik used to facilitate drug deliveries and payments through cash, credit cards, payment gateways for the contraband drugs, posing a serious threat to public safety and health, said the NCB in the remand plea filed before the Court of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Mumbai.
He, along with co-accused Samuel Miranda, was shunted to NCB custody for four days till September 9, NCB Deputy Director M.A. Jain told mediapersons, hinting at a possible international racket to the whole drugs angle.
Showik’s involvement tumbled out after the NCB Mumbai and New Delhi teams on August 28, nabbed Abbas R. Lakhani and Karn V. Arora from old Kurla and Chandivali, Powai, each with possession of 46 grams of marijuana/ganja and 13 grams, respectively.
They disclosed the involvement of Zaid Vilatra whose home was raided to unearth Rs 9.50 lakh — USD 2,081, 180 British Pounds and UAE 15 Dirhams which they confessed were the proceeds of sale of drugs like marijuana/ganja/bud to many people in the city.
Vilatra was arrested on September 2 and remanded to custody for 7 days by the same court, and during interrogation, he revealed the names of a buyer Abdel Basit Parihar, nabbed on September 3.
Parihar – who the NCB describes as an ‘active member’ of a drug syndicate with high profile customer and narcotics suppliers – on his interrogation revealed the further modus operandi of the narco-business.
He told the NCB that he purchased the drugs from Vilatra and Kaizan Ebrahim on instructions from Showik, facilitated drugs and was in touch with both Showik and Sushant’s home manager Samuel Miranda.
Armed with Parihar’s statement, the NCB on Friday summoned Showik, who on the basis of his “voluntary statement”, was arrested late on September 4 for his illicit drug dealings.
Seeking Showik’s custody, the NCB said it may lead to some of the main players in the drug field, his connections with many other persons, the payments made or received by him through various modes, etc.
Mumbai, Sep 5 (IANS) A court here on Saturday sent late Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty’s brother Showik and his house manager Samuel Miranda to four days’ NCB custody till September 9.
The duo were brought to the court after a medical checkup at a Sion hospital.
The court sent them to custody till September 9.
The development comes a day after Showik and Miranda were arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) following day-long questioning by the drug law enforcement agency as part of its probe into the drug angle in the Bollywood star’s death.
The duo was arrested after the agency got adequate evidence against them about their involvement in the drug case.
The arrest came after it was found that Showik used to order the drugs from another arrested accused Abdel Basit Parihar.
Parihar was arrested on Thursday evening and sent to the agency’s custody till September 9.
An NCB official said that the agency will interrogate Showik and Miranda and also confront them with the other arrested accused.
The official said that the duo will also be grilled over information from laptops and chats obtained by the agency.
According to NCB, Showik used to order ‘ganja’ and marijuana from drug-peddler Parihar and make payments to him over Google Pay.
The NCB registered a case on August 26 under various sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, naming Rhea, her brother, talent manager Jaya Saha, Sushant’s co-manager Shruti Modi, and Goa-based hotelier Gaurav Arya, after the Enforcement Directorate wrote to it about the drugs angle.
This followed discovery of WhatsApp messages between Rhea and Shruti Modi, Miranda and Sushant’s flatmate Siddharth Pithani.
The NCB is the third Central agency to join the probe into the death case of Sushant, after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the ED.
The coveted list of The Times 20 Most Desirable Women on Television 2019 is out. Based on their popularity and votes of an internal jury, these gorgeous women, who have wooed the audience on Hindi TV shows, have grabbed a spot on this list.
Talented, stunning and sassy, these ladies on Hindi television have made news for all the right reasons. Hina Khan tops the list for the second consecutive year.
The actress, who played the demure Akshara in Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai for many years has upped her fashion game and has made a splash every time she has stepped on the red carpet. She was appreciated for her style quotient on Bigg Boss 11 and as Komolika in Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2.
Also, in the Top 5 are Jennifer Winget at number 2, Nia Sharma at number 3, Erica Fernandes at number 4 and Karishma Tanna at number 5. Divya Agarwal, Shivangi Joshi, Surbhi Jyoti, Miesha Iyer and Nimrit Kaur Ahluwalia take the seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth place, respectively.
Talking about winning the top spot for the second consecutive year, Hina said, “I must say that the title of the most desirable woman on TV is quite intriguing, and I accept it with a lot of love. It’s like being called the most dreamed girl (laughs), who wouldn’t like that?”
When asked who she would rate as the most desirable man and woman in the country, she said, “For me, the most desirable woman is Priyanka Chopra Jonas. She inspires me, and I am sure, millions get inspiration from her in ways that even she wouldn’t know.
Even before she made it big internationally, I looked up to her. As far as the most desirable man is concerned, I really like Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his subtlety, calm persona and charisma. He is just perfect.” Watch The Times 20 Most Desirable Women and Men on TV 2019 on September 5, at 9 pm on ZOOM PWR PWR
By Sugandha Rawal, (IANS) I am a bigger star than you. You didn’t stand up when I walked in. You didn’t seek my blessings. These are some of the emotions that rule Bollywood, says actor Piyush Mishra, who feels the industry is more about bullying than nepotism.
“I don’t think there is nepotism. If there was, it didn’t hinder my growth. It didn’t come in between me and any of my work, neither did it bring any problem in any of my agreements,” Piyush told IANS.
“Until and unless I did something foolish, nothing or no one tried to hinder my work. There have been one or two instances when I suffered because I didn’t read the contract properly. That was because of my lack of knowledge. Otherwise, wherever, I am today, it is because of my work and people have also accepted me,” he added.
Mishra, a National School of Drama (NSD) product, continued: “I don’t think there is nepotism, or at least I don’t know about it. There’s dadagiri (bullying) in the industry. Dadagiri bahut hai (there’s too much of ‘dadagiri’).”
“That ‘I am a bigger star’, ‘tumne humara ashirwad nahi liya (you didn’t seek my blessing), ‘you didn’t stand when I entered’ — these type of things exist,” he added.
When it comes to nepotism, the actor feels every father wants to give a good career to his child.
“Who doesn’t want to give his kid a flourishing career? But a lot of time people have a misunderstanding that ‘hum star hai toh humara beta bhi star hoga’ (I am a star so my kid will also be a star). That doesn’t happen,” said Mishra, who is seen in SonyLIV’s new original series, “JL50”.
“My father was a clerk. It is not necessary that if parents are artistes, their children will also be artistes. One should not burden kids with such expectations, and I don’t think it is right to give a readymade career to a kid. Dhoop mein tapna chahiye (one should be roasted in the sun). They should struggle to know how their parents reached the heights of stardom. Many artistes who get this type of stardom from their parents, regret in the future but by then it is too late. They end up being aadhe adhure (incomplete) stars,” said the accomplished actor.
In Bollywood, Mishra is known for his performances in films like “Maqbool”, “Gangs Of Wasseypur”, “Pink”, and as a lyricist in “Black Friday”, “Gulaal”, and “Aaja Nachle”.
Mumbai, Sep 4 (IANS) The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Friday tightened its grip in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case as it carried out raids at a number of locations here, including at the homes of Showik Chakraborty and the late actor’s house manager Samuel Miranda.
The NCB took Showik and Miranda for questioning at its office after conducting searches for two hours.
Sushant was found dead in his Bandra flat here on June 14. As the scope of the probe keeps increasing everyday since the Enforcement Directorate, CBI and the NCB joined in — the drug angle has thrown up a number of leads.
NCB Deputy Director K.P.S. Malhotra told the media that the homes of Showik, who is Sushant’s girl friend Rhea Chakraborty’s brother and that of Miranda were being searched, but declined to elaborate.
Around 6.30 a.m., the NCB teams started the raids, which came a day after the Mumbai court sent alleged drug peddler Zaid Vilatra to seven-day NCB custody.
The raids are being carried out under the provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985.
A strong posse of policemen were deployed outside the PrimRose housing society at Juhu Tara Road in Mumbai, the rented flat of the Chakrabortys.
Miranda and Showik were whisked off for further investigation by the NCB.
The NCB registered a case on August 26 after the Enforcement Directorate wrote to it. On the intervening night of August 27-28, the narco team carried out searches in Mumbai and two persons, namely Abbas Lakhani and Karan Arora were arrested, and ‘bud’ (curated marijuana) was recovered from their possession. There were a few mentions of ‘bud’ in purported social media messages between people involved in the case.
The official had said that the detailed network analysis and the follow up investigation, uncovered the links between Lakhani and Vilatra, who also disclosed that he earns a substantial amount of money by drug peddling, especially bud.
“Based on Vilatra interrogation, Abdul Basit Parihar was made to join the investigation. Parihar’s links with earlier accused persons were also established based on preliminary inquiry details submitted by the ED,” the official said.
NCB source said that Parihar had connections with Miranda, who was also the close associate of Rhea. Miranda is accused of procuring drugs on the instructions of Showik.
The NCB registered a case against Rhea, her brother Showik, talent manager Jaya Saha, Sushant’s co-manager Shruti Modi, and Goa-based hotelier Gaurav Arya under Sections 20 (b) 28, 29 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.
The NCB case was registered following the WhatsApp messages between Rhea and Shruti Modi, Miranda and Pithani that came to light.
Mumbai, Sep 3 (IANS) The Bombay High Court on Thursday urged the media to exercise “restraint” while reporting on the Sushant Singh Rajput case, and not report in a manner which may hamper the investigations.
“We urge and expect the media to exercise restraint in reporting of the investigation with respect to the (Sushant) death, which should not hamper the investigation in any manner,” a Division Bench comprising Justice A.A. Sayed and Justice S.P. Tavade ordered.
Hearing two public interest litigations (PILs) — one filed by eight retired IPS officers of Maharashtra, and another by three activists — the court also issued notices to the respondents, and said it would consider the reliefs sought in the matter after getting the version of the Central Bureau of Investigation, which is handling the probe.
Arguing for the PIL by the former IPS officers, Senior Advocate Milind Sathe termed the media reporting, especially by the electronic media as a “parallel media trial” in which there was vilification of the Mumbai Police.
“Media has virtually taken over the investigation, conducting a parallel probe and a parallel trial… Mumbai Police is being called a ‘co-conspirator’, there is a malicious vilification campaign,” said Sathe.
He contended that the petitioners are not concerned about who is investigating the case, the accused or the victim but are concerned about the reporting in the case which violates journalistic ethics.
Sathe referred to the Supreme Court judgement on August 19, which found no fault with the procedures adopted by the Mumbai Police in the probe, but despite this the media was engaged in falsely tarnishing the city police’s image.
He also pointed out how some media were calling witnesses and asking them questions which was like a ‘parallel investigation’, an attempt to influence the probe and prejudice the case.
In the second PIL filed by filmmaker Nilesh Navlakha, journalist M.D. Shaikh and retired bureaucrat S.C. Chaba, filed by lawyers Rajesh Inamdar and Shashwat Anand, Senior Advocate Devadatt Kamat said that the media has flouted the norms of Press Council of India and Program Code under the Cable TV Act.
“While one TV channel said Sushant’s suicide was a ahit wicket’, another showed the body of the dead actor, one channel circulated fake tweets as Sushant’s last message and later when found false, deleted them, and channels discuss the private chats between the late actor and Rhea Chakraborty,a Kamat argued.
Contending that the media is not after truth but for TRPs and more commercial gains, Kamat pointed out how, when one witness stepped out of the CBI probe, the media hounded him on what questions he was asked.
In an unprecedented gesture, eight retired IPS officers rallied together on behalf of the beleaguered Mumbai Police to save its reputation being maligned in the ongoing high-profile probe in the Sushant death case and the subsequent amedia trial’.
The eight former officers – who held top positions in the Maharashtra Police – have filed a public interest litigation in Bombay High Court seeking directions to halt the “unfair, malicious and false media campaign” against the Mumbai Police in the matter.
The petitioners are: M.N. Singh, P.S. Pasricha, D.N. Jadhav, D. Shivanandan, Sanjeev Dayal, K. Subramaniam, S.C. Mathur and K.P. Raghuvanshi – all Directors-General level at the time of their retirement and enjoying an envious reputation.
Home Minister Anil Deshmukh lauded the move by the retired IPS officers on Thursday.
“Maharashtra and Mumbai Police have a reputation. They are compared to the Scotland Yarda The manner in which Mumbai Police was targeted in the (Sushant) case, I welcome the PIL,” Deshmukh told mediapersons.
Filed through a prominent law firm, Crawford, Bayley & Company’s Senior Advocate Milind Sathe, the PIL named the Union and State Governments, Press Council of India and News Broadcasters Association as respondents.
The PIL sought guidelines for the media houses, whether print, electronic, radio, Internet or television or any other form, to refrain from publishing and circulating any false, derogatory and scandalous comments, social media posts, news stories, etc, that could jeopardise the police’s reputation and may cause the people to lose faith in the system and the police administration, or hinder the cause of administration of justice.
Mumbai, Sep 3 (IANS) Kirti Kulhari is currently spending time amidst mountains in Himachal Pradesh, and she truly feels blessed.
“And finally the actual morning… all the way from #kharota #himachalpradesh In the current times, I actually feel so blessed that I can travel and experience this,” she wrote on her Instagram account, adding pictures of herself enjoying the scenic background.
Kirti also asked people not to be scared to travel amid pandemic.
On the work front, Kirti was recently seen in the second season of the web show “Four More Shots Please!” She will also be seen sharing screen space with Parineeti Chopra in the Hindi adaptation of “The Girl On The Train”.
Mumbai: Fashion designer Masaba Gupta says she has two personalities, one where she is a social butterfly and the other when she is at ease with her mother, actress Neena Gupta.
“Masaba Gupta has two different personalities — one in front of people, where I socialise, come across as hobnobbing, and am a social butterfly, and the other when I am at ease in my house or with my mom,” Masaba said.
“I always try to maintain balance between my commercial and artistic life where I do absolutely nothing, and then I have a life full of drama, events, celebrating people and many other things. I have this Yogi life on the side. The title of the series ‘Masaba Masaba’ is because of my dual personality,” she added.
The designer has opened up parts of her life for a fictionalised series “Masaba Masaba”. In the Netflix show, Masaba and her mother Neena play their fictionalised versions. The show takes one inside the truth behind the picture-perfect smiles, while exploring her divorce, her bond with her mother, the fickle nature of showbiz and the after-effects of blind items.
The show, also starring Neil Bhoopalam, Rytasha Rathore, Smaran Sahu and Satyadeep Mishra, released on August 28.
Mumbai, Sep 3 (PTI) Actor Saif Ali Khan has joined director Om Raut”s “Adipurush” and will be seen in the film as the prime antagonist.
Backed by Bhushan Kumar”s T-Series, the multilingual period saga is an onscreen adaptation of the Indian epic Ramayana and features “Baahubali” star Prabhas as Lord Ram.
“Adipurush”, will see Khan play Lankesh and marks his second collaboration with Raut after the hit “Tanhaji”.
“I”m thrilled to be working with Omi dada again! He has a grand vision and the technical knowledge to really pull it off. He has taken me beyond the cutting edge of our cinema in the way he shot ”Tanhaji” and this time he is taking us all further!
“It’s a phenomenal project and I’m super thrilled to be a part of it! I look forward to clashing swords with the mighty Prabhas and to play a role that is electrifying and demonic,” Khan said in a statement.
Raut said they needed a brilliant actor to play “the strongest villain from our epic.”
“Who better than Saif Ali Khan, one of the greatest actors of our lifetime, to essay this powerful role. Personally, I enjoy every day at work with him. I am looking forward to this exciting journey with him all over again,” the director said.
To be shot in Hindi and Telugu, “Adipurush” will be dubbed in Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, and several other foreign languages.
The film is currently in the pre-production stage and is expected to go on floors in 2021 with a planned 2022 release. PTI JUR BK BK
Mumbai, Sep 3 (IANS) There has been systematic destruction of evidence in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case, feels Subramanian Swamy. The BJP Rajya Sabha MP took to his verified Twitter account on Thursday to make his allegation.
“There was systematic destruction in the evidence. This requires painstaking reconstruction. Since SSR was cremated next day, toughest is the re evaluation of the Cooper Hospital autopsy report. So circumstantial evidence obtained by CBI and confessions got have to fill the gap,” the veteran politician tweeted Thursday.
There was systematic destruction in the evidence. This requires painstaking reconstruction. Since SSR was cremated next day, toughest is the re evaluation of the Cooper Hospital autopsy report. So circumstantial evidence obtained by CBI and confessions got have to fill the gap.
This tweet comes a day after Swamy alleged that the AIIMS post-mortem report cannot ascertain if the death of Sushant Singh Rajput happened due to suicide or murder because the hospital never had his body.
“Some Police officials are briefing the media that the AIIMS post mortem will decide whether it is murder or suicide. How can they when they did not have the SSR body as in the case of Sunanda? At most AIIMS report can show what was done or not done by Dr. Cooper Hospital doctors,” he had tweeted on Wednesday.
Recently, Swamy had taken a dig at the five doctors who performed Sushant’s autopsy at Cooper Hospital.
“CBI will find it worthwhile to grill the Dr. R.C. Cooper Muncipal Hospital the five doctors who did the autopsy. According to the Ambulance staff that took SSR’s body to the hospital, SSR’s feet was twisted below his ankle (as if it was broken). Case is unravelling!!” he had tweeted last month.
In another recent tweet, Swamy had alleged that Sushant was “poisoned” and his autopsy was “deliberately and forcibly delayed”, to allow enough time for the poison in his stomach to dissolve.
“Now the diabolical mentality of the killers and their reach is being slowly revealed: autopsy was deliberately forcibly delayed so that the poisons in SSR’s stomach dissolves beyond recognition by the digestive fluids in the stomach. Time to nail those who are responsible,” Swamy had tweeted.
Mumbai, Sep 3 (IANS) With the drug angle surfacing in the ongoing probe into Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death and the arrest of several peddlers, the Union Finance Ministry has “loaned” one of its finest officers from the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) Mumbai zone to the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) as its Zonal Director, Maharashtra and Goa, for a period of six months.
According to NCB officers, Sameer Dnyadev Wankhede, Joint Director, will supervise the drug enforcement agency’s important probes, including one related to Sushant’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, among others. In an order on August 27, the Ministry of Finance said, “With the approval of competent authority, it has been decided to attach Sameer Dnyandev Wankhede, IRS (C&CE: 2008), Joint Director, DRI Mumbai on loan basis with the NCB for a period of six months from the date of assumption of charge of of the post or until further orders, whichever is earlier.” The order also said that during the period of Wankhede’s posting with NCB, he will continue to draw his pay and allowances from his parent place of posting.
The order came just a day after the NCB registered a case against Rhea, her brother Showik, talent manager Jaya Saha, Sushant’s co-manager Shruti Modi, and Goa based hotelier Gaurav Arya under Sections 20 (b) 28, 29 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.
Meanwhile, sources in the Department of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) said Wankhede is a no-nonsense officer, with a vast network of informants. Sources said that over the past two years, he has led several high-profile probes, including DRI operations that led to the seizure of banned narcotics worth over 16,000 kilograms, including 1,000 kg of Afghan-origin heroin worth Rs 1, 000 crore seized recently at Nhava Sheva port.
Before joining DRI, Wankhede was also posted with the National Investigation Agency (NIA). At the premier anti-terrorism agency, he led key probes, including those against alleged Islamic State recruit Areeb Majeed, controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik and the murders of two BJP leaders in Bharuch, Gujarat.
NCB sources said that Wankhede, who has joined NCB as its Zonal Director, Maharashtra and Goa, will carry out investigations to uncover facts related to the Rhea case and lead the crackdown on narcotics networks especially active in Bollywood.
The NCB registered a case on the request from the Enforcement Directorate (ED) after it got the alleged chats of Rhea with Sushant’s flatmate Siddharth Pithani, his house manager Samuel Miranda, talent manager Jaya Saha and others emerged pointing at the drug angle in the case. Meanwhile, Rhea’s lawyer Satish Maneshinde claimed she has never ever in her life consumed drugs and was ready for a blood test.
NCB sources related to the probe said the agency had prepared the list of 20 suspects for alleged supply of drugs in the case including Goa-based hotelier Gaurav Arya, Suved Lohia, Saha, former ‘Big Boss’ contestant Ejaz Khan, Farookh Batata and Bakul Chandani,among others. Besides the ED and the NCB, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is also probing Sushant’s death.
Mumbai, Sep 3 (IANS) In further twist to Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case, the CBI on Thursday questioned Bunty Sajdeh, who is the brother-in-law of Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma and Bollywood actor Sohail Khan.
Sajdeh is the CEO of the Cornerstone Sports and Entertainment Pvt Limited, where the late actor’s former manager Shruti Modi and Disha Salian used to work.
Ace cricketer Rohit Sharma is married to Ritika Sajdeh. Bunty and Ritika are first cousins. His other sister Seema is married to actor and director Sohail Khan, youngest brother of superstar Salman Khan.
According to CBI officials, Sajdeh arrived at the DRDO guest house to record his statement. A CBI source said the agency wants to know for how long Shruti Modi and Disha Salian, handled Sushant’s account.
The agency will also ask Sajdeh about whether Shruti Modi also handled Sushant’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty’s profile. Salian died on June 9, just five days before the death of Sushant on June 14.
The source said Sajdel will also be asked whether Sushant spoke to anyone at Cornerstone regarding the sudden death of Salian, who worked for a very short time with the actor.
The agency is also questioning Sushant’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty’s father Indrajit for the second consecutive day along with the late actor’s personal staff Neeraj Singh and Keshav Bachne.
It is also simultaneously recording the statement of Sushant’s psychiatrist Susan Walker.
A CBI source said that Indrajit, who was questioned by SP Nupur Prasad on Wednesday for over nine hours, is being quizzed about his daughter’s relations with Sushant and his family members. He will be asked about their break-up on June 8 and her consecutively blocking his mobile number.
Besides, the CBI queries will also include the late actor’s financial investment plans, especially after a video clip of Sushant and Indrajit’s family members surfaced in the public domain, where the late actor is found talking about quitting acting and starting some new thing in his life.
Besides, Indrajit, his wife Sandhya and their children have all been quizzed after the federal probe agency landed in Mumbai August 30 to investigate the June 14 death of the actor.
The federal agency had registered a case on the orders of the central government on August 6 following a recommendation from the Bihar government. The complaint was filed in Patna by Sushant’s father K. K. Singh named Rhea, her mother Sandhya, Indrajit, Showik, Shruti Modi, house manager Samuel Miranda, Pithani and unknown others as accused in the case.