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Actor Ayushmann Khurrana: Cinema can change mindsets

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Actor Ayushmann Khurrana says art and cinema can do a lot to change mindsets.

He opened up on the subject in the context of his last-released film, “Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan”.

“This movie (�Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan’) is very close to my heart. It has been a while since same-sex love was decriminalised. However, I believe we have a long way to go before society accepts it,” Ayushmann said.

” �Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan’ is a lighter take on the reality of homophobia that exists in India and also an attempt to bring such unconventional stories to the fore. Art and cinema, in my opinion, can do a lot to change mindsets. With �Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan’ that was our intent — to bring the conversation on same-sex love to all of India,” he added.

Directed by Hitesh Kewalya, “Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan” is a love story between two young men in smalltown India, played by Ayushmann and Jitendra Kumar. The film also features Gajraj Rao and Neena Gupta among many others. The film premiered on Amazon Prime Video on April 18.

“I am happy to have been a part of it and excited for the film to digitally premiere on Amazon Prime Video where it will reach a global audience,” Ayushmann added.

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Deepika, Sara, Shraddha in NCB net, being questioned in drugs case

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Hours after Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone appeared before the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in a drugs case, Shraddha Kapoor and Sara Ali Khan also arrived at the office of the drug law enforcement agency for questioning here, on Saturday.

Shraddha arrived at the NCB office here around 11.45 a.m. while Sara came at 12.15 p.m. at the NCB office in Ballard Pier area here.

Deepika’s former manager Karishma Prakash also joined the probe at the NCB guest house in Colaba area here for the second day.

Shraddha, daughter of Bollywood veteran actor Shakti Kapoor has been summoned for questioning after her alleged chats with Sushant’s former manager Jaya Saha came to the fore during the NCB probe.

According to NCB sources, Shraddha is likely to be quizzed if she allegedly procured drugs from Saha or some other sources.

The NCB will also ask for whom she procured the CBD oil and who the ‘SLB’ in her alleged chat was.

Shraddha, who starred in “Chichhore” with Sushant may also be queried on how long she knew the late actor and whether they reportedly joined any party or gatherings where drugs were consumed.

She may be asked to throw light on whether she ever went to the Pawna Resort where the alleged parties were said to be hosted by Sushant.

Besides, the NCB had last Wednesday also sent summons to Sara for questioning.

Sara is the daughter of Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh, and she had starred with Sushant in “Kedarnath”.

The NCB sources said that Sara will be asked about the drug consumption by her, where and how she allegedly procured it, etc.

During a television interview Sushant’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty had claimed that the late actor started smoking marijuana during the shooting of the blockbuster film “Kedarnath”.

Earlier this morning, Deepika Pahukone arrived at the NCB guest house for questioning after she was summoned for questioning on Wednesday.

Deepika is the daughter of badminton icon Prakash Padukone and is married to actor Ranveer Singh.

She has been asked to join the probe as her alleged chats with her former manager Karishma Prakash discussing drugs came to the fore.

Deepika will be quizzed why she asked Karishma to bring drugs at the Koko Club in October 2017 and for how long she was consuming the drugs.

The NCB will also ask her if she sought the drugs for her own consumption or for someone else, who paid for it, how, etc.

After Rhea, these three actresses are the biggest ones to have come under the NCB radar, which is attempting to unravel the alleged drug nexus in Bollywood since the past nearly two months.

The NCB has also questioned Bollywood actor Rakul Preet Singh on Friday for over four hours after her name came to the fore in the alleged chats.

The NCB has registered a case after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) registered a case of money laundering into the death of Sushant and then found the alleged chats of drugs on the phones of Rhea, her brother Showik and Sushant’s house manager Samuel Miranda.

The ED wrote to NCB to probe the drug case. After registering the case, the NCB questioned several people and arrested Rhea, Showik, Miranda, Sushant’s personal staff Dipesh Sawant and 16 others.

The NCB has also questioned Sushant’s former manager Shruti Modi, Dharma Productions former executive producer Kshitij Prasad Ravi, Kwan Talent Management Agency CEO Dhruv Chitgopekar, noted producer Madhu Mantena Varma and several others in the case so far.

Besides the NCB, the CBI and the ED are probing the separate cases into the death of Sushant. Sushant was found dead on June 14 in his Bandra’s Mont Blanc Apartment.

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Actress Deepika Padukone questioned by NCB in drugs case

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Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone on Saturday deposed before the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in a drugs related case after her alleged chats came to the fore.

Deepika, was summoned for questioning by the drug law enforcement agency on Wednesday.

She arrived at the NCB office before 10 a.m.

An NCB official said that she will be questioned about the alleged drug chats with her former manager Karishma Prakash.

She will also be asked if she consumed drugs and from whom and where she procured them, and whether the drugs were procured for self use or for someone else.

She will also be questioned if she still consumes drugs, who all were there at the Koko club in 2017 when she asked Karishma to bring drugs.

Besides Deepika, the NCB has also summoned Shraddha Kapoor and Sara Ali Khan for questioning later in the day.

The NCB has also summoned Karishma for questioning on Saturday. She was questioned for several hours by the NCB on Friday.

The NCB has questioned actor Rakul Preet Singh, former Dharma Production executive producer Kshitij Prasad Ravi and Karishma.

The NCB has also recorded the statements of Kwan Talent Management Agency CEO Dhruv Chitgopekar and noted producer Madhu Mantena Varna, and others.

The NCB registered a drugs case under the NDPS Act after the Enforcement Directorate was probing the money laundering charges in actor Sushant Singh Rajput death case.

The NCB was shared the alleged chats of Sushant’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, her brother Showik and others.

Rhea, Showik, Samuel Miranda and several others have been arrested in the case so far.

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No request from Ranveer to attend questioning along with Deepika: NCB

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The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Friday said that it has not got any request from Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone’s husband Ranveer Singh to join the probe along with his wife on Saturday in a drugs related case.

An NCB official, requesting anonymity said that it has not received any request from Singh. He said, “We confirm that we have not received any such request from any summoned person. The last email received from the concerned summoned person is only regarding joining the investigation.”

Deepika was summoned on Wednesday by the NCB to appear before the drug law enforcement agency in a drugs related case after her alleged chats with her former manager Karishma Prakash came to light. Deepika was earlier asked to join the probe on Friday, however, on her request the agency asked her to depose before it on Saturday.

An NCB source said that Deepika will be questioned if she consumed drugs. If yes she will be asked since when and from where she used to procure the drugs for her consumption. How did she make the payment for the drugs, who all along with her consumed the drugs, whether the drugs were meant for her consumption alone or also for others, the source added.

Following the summons Deepika, who was shooting in Goa for her upcoming film, travelled back to Mumbai late in the evening accompanied by her husband by a chartered flight.

In the alleged chats, the actor was asking her manager if she has “maal” weed and not hash. The alleged chats date back to October 28, 2017 between Karishma and Deepika in a group, where late actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s former talent manager Jaya Saha was also a group member.

Besides, Deepika, actors Shraddha Kapoor and Sara Ali Khan will also be questioned by the NCB on Saturday.

Earlier in the day, the NCB recorded the statement of Bollywood actor Rakul Preet Singh who was questioned for over 4 hours, while Dharma Productions executive producer Kshitij Ravi Prasad and Deepika’s former manager Karishma were also questioned for several hours.

The NCB has already arrested Sushant’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty and her brother Showik along with 18 others in the drugs case. The NCB registered the case on the basis of the Enforcement Directorate probing the money laundering charges in Sushant’s death case after it recovered several alleged chats related to drug consumption and procurement.

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