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Actress Jenna Dewan files for divorce

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Actress Jenna Dewan has officially filed for divorce from actor Channing Tatum, six months after they announced their separation.

Dewan filed for divorce on Friday citing irreconcilable differences, reports mirror.co.uk.

“The Step Up” actress has also reportedly asked for joint legal and physical custody of their five-year-old daughter and requested to have her daughter’s name restored to her name.

The former couple tied the knot in 2009 after meeting on the set of “Step Up”.

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Tahir Raj Bhasin: I get bored easily so playing different parts works for me

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Actor Tahir Raj Bhasin says while he has always tried to go for variety in characters, it is very normal to get the same kind of roles in Bollywood.

“It’s normal that when one thing does well (you get the same roles), like after ‘Mardaani’ did well, antagonist parts came. After ‘Chhichhore’, college, hostel life, sporty stud (roles) came. Not to say that if I refuse (these roles) it is because of a bad script. It’s just that I wouldn’t want to do it at that time,” he told IANS.

The actor adds that filmmakers prefer casting actors in genres that have worked for them before.

“This happens with every actor. It is normal for a filmmaker to go with a tried-and-tested zone. I enjoy taking risks and exploring different aspects and my own acting talent. That is what interests me,” he says.

“There is enough diverse work out there. If someone is looking at a period film, they will watch Manto, if it’s a college film, they will see Chhichhore. For a lot of new actors, unfortunately, the first thing is the visual,” he says. However, he urges them to showcase their acting abilities on social media.

“You can break that, go outside of your comfort zone. The tools are in your hand. Make selfie videos on Instagram or shoot a small film on your phone, and break the perception. It depends on you as an actor,” he says.

Tahir adds that he doesn’t go for the same roles as it becomes boring for him,

“Some people like to be safe, playing the same parts. I get bored easily, so playing different parts works for me. It’s a conscious decision to be doing something that is different, so that I don’t feel that I did this last month, too,” he says.

Tahir will be seen in the films “Looop Lapeta” and “83” over the next few months, as well as the web series “Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein”.

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Salman Khan’s ‘Radhe’ on pay-per-view platform same day as theatres

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Salman Khan’s Eid 2021 release “Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai” will see a pay-per-view release in the digital space along with its theatrical release on May 13.

The film is scheduled to open theatrically across all Indian states where theatres are operational as per Covid protocols, and will be available on the premium pay-per-view service platform Zeeplex.

“It’s imperative that we all come together and think of out-of-the-box solutions for cinema as an industry during the current pandemic situation. We will support the theatre owners by releasing the film in as many theatres as we can, keeping in line with the rules and protocols laid down by the government. But, considering the guidelines and safety measures, we also need to devise ways to ensure that the film reaches all of our audience. We don’t want to deny the audience the choice of entertainment in the comfort of their homes during these times,” said a spokesperson of Salman Khan Films.

“Radhe” co-stars Disha Patani, Randeep Hooda and Jackie Shroff, and is directed by Prabhu Deva. The film is presented by Salman Khan Films in association with Zee Studios, and produced By Salma Khan, Sohail Khan and Reel Life Production Private Limited.

The film is also scheduled to be released in the Middle East, North America, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Europe, and will be the first Bollywood film to release theatrically in the UK since lockdown last year.

Shariq Patel, Chief Business Officer, Zee Studios added: “The ongoing pandemic forced us to innovate, and we are proud to be the first to embark upon this new distribution strategy. While we all love to catch the latest movies at the nearest theatres, we realised we’d be doing a disservice to Salman’s fans nationwide if we aren’t able to release theatrically in all Indian states. We sensed the need for a pay-per-view solution along with theatres, which gives the consumers flexibility and convenience of viewing the film. There cannot be a better film than ‘Radhe’ to offer the audiences who’ve been waiting for an out and out entertainer for over a year now.”

“We are thrilled to bring ‘Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai’ on Zee5, India’s multi-lingual online storyteller for millions of entertainment seekers. We feel immensely proud to give this movie scale that it deserves and take it to each and every online screen present in the country via Zee5,” said Manish Kalra, Chief Business Officer, Zee5 India.

Zeeplex is the premium pay-per-view, video-on-demand service of Zee5, and the service is also available across several DTH platforms.

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Jaideep Ahlawat: Not much talk of sexuality, so there’s more to explore there

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Jaideep Ahlawat feels there is not much talk about sex, gender, class and patriarchy in our society, which is why there is much to explore in these subjects fictionally.

All of the above subjects find a fascinating mix in Jaideep’s new project — the short feature “Majnu”, which is a part of the OTT anthology “Ajeeb Daastaans”. In the story, he plays Babloo, a heartland strongman in a loveless marriage with the daughter of a political bigwig and who, it eventually emerges, is gay.

“Any emotions can be said in so many ways. (While on) These topics (gender, class, patriarchy) or sexuality, we think we have become modern or there is a change in society. We love to think like that but it’s not,” Jaideep told IANS.

He added: “We are 140 crore people. We are those people who stay in the metros and have the exposure. But there is a bigger population, which is from Babloo’s world. There is no talk about that there.”

“There is not much talk on these topics and that is why there is more to explore there,” he pointed out.

While such subjects are good to explore, the actor feels everything eventually depends on the script.

“Until and unless a story is not written well, no emotion will work. You have to write it right to reach the audience,” he said.

Talking about same-sex love being a hot topic among filmmakers right now, Jaideep said: “People talk about the things that are suppressed — emotions that are suppressed, individualities of people and their likings that are suppressed. (The idea) That people look according to their sexuality is stereotypical thinking.”

He shared that his character Babloo from Ajeeb Daastaans is different. “Babloo comes from society where legacy and male ego stays on the forefront. So, you wouldn’t be able to judge him on the basis of his look or the work he does, on what his take is on love. That is a most interesting thing I thought, a new thing for me. I see this in a very different light. I was lucky enough to play Babloo,” he said.

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