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Actor Siddharth tenders apology to Saina Nehwal for ‘rude joke’

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Actor Siddharth, whose response to a tweet by badminton player Saina Nehwal has stirred up a controversy, tendered an apology to the badminton star for what he called a ‘rude joke’.

In a letter posted on his Twitter timeline, Siddharth said: “Dear Saina, I want to apologise to you for my rude joke that I wrote as a response to a tweet of yours a few days ago.

“I may disagree with you on many things, but even my disappointment or anger when I read your tweet cannot justify my tone and words. I know I have more grace in me than that.

“As for the joke … If a joke needs to be explained, then it wasn’t a very good joke to begin with. Sorry about a joke that didn’t land.

“I, however, must insist my word play and humour had none of the malicious intent that so many people from all quarters have attributed to me. I am a staunch feminist ally and I assure you there was no gender implied in my tweet and certainly no intent to attack you as a woman.

“I hope we can put this behind us and that you will accept my letter. You will always be my champion. Honestly, Siddharth.”

Siddharth’s letter of apology comes in the wake of the National Commission of Women taking suo motu cognisance of the actor’s tweet in response to the badminton star.

In a statement on Monday, the NCW, terming the actor’s tweet as being “misogynist and outrageous to the modesty of a woman amounting to disrespect and insult to dignity of women on social media platform”, had said that it was seeking prompt and strict action against the actor.

The NCW had written to the Maharashtra DGP to investigate the matter and register an FIR under the relevant provisions of the law. It had also written to Twitter India’s Resident Grievance Officer, asking the social media platform to block Siddharth’s account and take appropriate action against him for posting offensive remarks on Nehwal’s post, thereby “outraging her modesty and insulting her right to live with dignity”.

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Ravi Teja all set to explore the Hindi market with ‘Khiladi’

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Ravi Teja, who was last seen in ‘Krack’, will soon be seen playing a double role in his upcoming film ‘Khiladi’.

With an intent to explore the existing craze for Telugu movies in Hindi, the makers of ‘Khiladi’ are eyeing to release the movie in Hindi as well.

A report says that the producers of ‘Khiladi’ have sold the Hindi-dubbed version rights to Pen Studios. Since the Allu Arjun starrer ‘Pushpa’ has become a big hit in the Hindi market, ‘Khiladi’ might make a good impression as well.

The movie’s Hindi-dubbed release rights have reportedly been bought by Pen Marudhar. Pen Studios, who has previously been associated with several Bollywood movies, is currently producing the Alia Bhatt starrer ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’.

As there aren’t any notable Hindi movies releasing in the near future, the Ravi Teja starrer might be received well, the makers believe.

‘Khiladi’ will head to theatres on February 11. Starring Meenakshi Chaudhary and Dimple Hayathi, Ravi Teja will be seen in a dual role in ‘Khiladi. Helmed by Ravi Shankar, the movie is said to be a commercial action drama.

After ‘Khiladi’, Ravi Teja will be seen in ‘Ramarao On Duty’ followed by ‘Dhamaka’, ‘Ravanasura’ and ‘Tiger Nageshwarao’.

Ravi Teja is the only actor with back-to-back movies in his kitty even during the pandemic.

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Lata Mangeshkar shows ‘marginal improvement’, still in ICU

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Legendary singer Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar is showing ‘marginal improvement’ and continues to be in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), according to a statement shared by the Mangeshkar family.

The statement reads: “There is a marginal improvement in Lata Didi’s health and she continues to be in the ICU under treatment of a team of doctors, headed by Dr Pratit Samdani.”

“It’s not possible to give updates daily as that is a direct intrusion in the privacy of the family. We request each one of you to be sensitive to this issue.”

Mangeshkar, 92, was admitted to Breach Candy Hospital near her home in south Mumbai with Covid-19 and related health issues.

“India’s Nightingale” had tested positive on Tuesday (January 11) after reportedly contracting the virus from one of the house helps.

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Bigg Boss 15: Tejasswi Prakash calls Shamita Shetty an ‘aunty’

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As the ‘Bigg Boss 15’ finale is just around the corner, the contestants were given one last task ‘BB Hotel’, where Tejasswi Prakash and Shamita Shetty got into a heated fight.

In the upcoming task, Tejaswwi and Shamita were the hotel staff. Other contestants were hotel guests. A live audience was also seen entering the ‘Bigg Boss 15’ and are supposed to vote out one member from the show in the new episode.

During the task, Tejasswi was supposed to give a massage to co-contestant and beau Karan Kundrra, who was not impressed by her skills and said: “Aesi kaunsi hotel staff hoti hai Yeh bakwaas massage kar rahi hai (Which hotel staff does this. This is such a bad massage she is giving me).”

Moments later, Shamita is seen giving Karan and Tejasswi pulls her by her leg.

Tejaswwi gets insecure and says: It’s Karan Kundrra and not Raqesh Bapat. Isse pahele aapne apne task ko kabhi nahi liya tha (You have never taken any task seriously.)”

Shamita defends herself by saying it’s just a massage. She later is seen giving a back massage to Prateik Sahajpal.

An angry Tejasswi, said: “That aunty is on top of this one too.”

This bothers Shamita, who retaliates saying: “There is an audience here, we are doing it for them — respect the audience.”

“It’s a task and you have no business calling me an aunty (Pointing at Karan) You should be ashamed that you did not take up for me.”

“She is crossing her lines and because of you I keep my mouth shut.. Karan, she has pulled me — Something in the outer world I would have handled very differently . How Dare she touch me and pull me,” Shamita said on the Colors show.

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