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Actor Abhishek Bachchan: Slapstick comedy is unbelievably tough

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Mumbai: Actor Abhishek Bachchan seen at a dubbing studio in Mumbai’s Juhu on July 1, 2020. (Photo: IANS)

Actor Abhishek Bachchan has tried many genres in his career, but finds slapstick comedy unbelievably tough.

He has done intense roles in films like “Yuva”, “Refugee” and “Guru”. He also explored comedy with “Bol Bachchan” and “Happy New Year”.

Talking about his role in “Bol Bachchan” and exploring slapstick comedy for the first time, he said: “Slapstick comedy is unbelievably tough and my huge respect to the artistes who manage to pull it off effortlessly. A lot of them were in the film with us in ‘Bol Bachchan’.”

“Comedy is all about the timing of your co-stars. It doesn’t matter how great an actor you are, if the actor opposite you is not reciprocating the timing, the way it should be then your performance is going to fall flat. You are least dependent on your talent and most dependent on your co-stars and that makes comedy all the more challenging. ‘Bol Bachchan’ was a challenge for me. There were times where I was doubtful and I actually felt that Rohit (Rohit Shetty) might replace me because I wasn’t able to understand the level of energy that he required,” he added.

Sharing the first euphoric moment in his career, Abhishek said: “It was August 27, 2004 when ‘Dhoom’ released and the verdict was out. By then I was preempting failure. Adi (Aditya Chopra) sat me down and said – ‘You just gave your first hit’. I vividly remember, the first thing I did was gasp for breath and a relief.”

“Before the euphoria, it was a sense of relief. It was an amazing feeling after a film of yours does well, the instant energy that comes back to you as an actor is great,” he said during a conversation on IMDb’s “On the Scene”.

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Sushant Singh Rajput death: Rhea, family members among six named in CBI case

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Rhea Chakraborty has been named as an accused in the FIR filed by the CBI in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case. A day after the Centre asked the agency to probe the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday registered a case against six persons, including Rhea Chakraborty and her family members, on the basis of the FIR filed by Bihar Police on his family’s complaint.

The CBI has named Rhea, her father Indrajit Chakraborty, mother Sandhya Chakraborty, brother Showik Chkaraborty, Sushant’s house manager Samuel Miranda, Shruti Modi and unknown others. They have been charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code including abetment of suicide, criminal conspiracy, wrongful restraint/confinement, theft, criminal breach of trust, cheating and other offences.

A CBI spokesperson said that the agency has registered the case on the request of Bihar government and further notification from the Central government and taken over the investigation of the Bihar Police case registered at police station Rajiv Nagar in Patna.

The official said that the Bihar Police FIR was registered against six accused and others.

The CBI has handed the case over to its Special Investigation Team (SIT) branch, which earlier investigated the high profile cases like Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal, and liquor baron Vijay Mallya bank fraud case.

SIT member Superintendent of Police Nupur Prasad, as Supervising officer under the DIG Gagandeep Gambhir, was also probing the alleged role of Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav in an illegal mining case. She is currently also handling the Srijan scam and journalist Upendra Rai case.

CBI Joint Director Manoj Sridhar will be leading the probe.

The development comes a day after the Department of Personnel and Training issued a notification, paving the way for the central investigative agency to register a case.

Sushant was found dead in his flat in Mumbai’s Bandra on June 14. On Tuesday, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar recommended a CBI probe on the request of Sushant’s father K.K. Singh. Many political leaders have also called for a CBI probe into Sushant’s death.

On K.K. Singh’s complaint, the Bihar Police registered a case against Rhea on July 25. Sushant’s father had lodged an FIR against Rhea in Patna, accusing her of cheating and threatening his son. Sushant’s family has also accused her of keeping him away from them.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has also initiated a money laundering probe on the basis of the Patna Police’s FIR and has summoned Rhea for questioning on Friday.

Earlier, a verbal duel erupted between the governments of Maharashtra and Bihar over the investigation by the Bihar Police in the case.

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Actor Sooraj Pancholi: I have never met, spoken to Disha Salian in my life

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Actor Sooraj Pancholi has denounced reports claiming his connection with Disha Salian, the former manager of late actor Sushant Singh Rajput. Sooraj said claimed he has never met or spoken to Disha in his life, in a social media post.

On Instagram, Sooraj slammed a media report that connected him to Disha, and also ran a picture of him with a girl mentioned as Disha Salian.

In a strong-worded post, Sooraj clarified that the girl in the picture was not Disha but a friend of his named Anushri Gaur.

He shared a snapshot of one such erroneous report along with the real picture.

Alongside the post, he wrote: “Is this the media we are supposed to trust?? That girl in the picture which was clicked in 2016 is not “Disha Salian” that is my friend @agaur21 (Anushri Gaur) who doesn’t even live in India.”

“Please stop brainwashing people and PLEASE stop harassing me and dragging me into this ! Start being responsible of your actions as it can ruin someone’s life!”

He added: “I have said this before and I’m saying it again “I have never met or spoken to Disha Salian in my life. I’ve had enough.”

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Sushant case: Bihar Police team returns to Patna from Mumbai

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The four-member Bihar Police team which was in Mumbai to investigate the alleged suicide case of actor Sushant Singh Rajput returned to Patna on Thursday.

The team will submit its report to Patna’s Superintendent of Police Upendra Sharma.

The police team arrived at Patna Airport on Thursday afternoon.

However, they refused to speak to the media but said that despite the adverse circumstances they have collected whatever evidence they could lay their hands on in the case.

The Bihar Police team had gone to Mumbai on July 27 after Sushant Singh’s father K.K. Singh filed a complaint on July 25 at the Rajiv Nagar police station in Patna, against Sushant’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty.

After this, Patna city SP Vinay Tiwari was also sent to Mumbai. However, he was quarantined there and is yet to return.

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