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Allahabad High Court denies anticipatory bail to Amazon Prime India head

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The Allahabad High Court has refused to grant anticipatory bail to Aparna Purohit, the head of India Originals at Amazon Sellers Service Pvt Ltd, which is showing ‘Tandav’ web series online.

A single-judge bench of Justice Siddharth passed this order on Thursday while hearing an anticipatory bail application.

The anticipatory bail application had been filed by Aparna Purohit in the case under Sections- 153(A)(1)(b), 295-A, 505(1)(b) 505(2) IPC, Section 66 and 67 of the Information Technology Act and Section 3(1)(r) of SC/ST Act.

The allegation in the FIR lodged against the applicant and six other co-accused persons is that a web series is being shown on Amazon Prime Video, which is an online movie OTT platform, has objectionable content.

The web series is being shown through Amazon Prime Video through Head of India Originals, as paid movie.

The movie has been directed by co-accused, Ali Abbas Zafar.

The content of this movie is affecting the image of the Uttar Pradesh police adversely. In a Dial 100 police vehicle, two actors are shown travelling with open doors in a police uniform, consuming liquor and hurling abuses.

It is also seen that Hindu gods and goddesses have been depicted in a bad light with the intention of inciting communal sentiments.

The post of Prime Minister has been depicted in a manner which will adversely affect the democratic system of the country. Caste and community related utterances have been made deliberately so that it may affect the public peace.

Similarly, utterances have been made against the state police, public administration and the constitutional posts so that the element of hate is developed between the communities and there are scenes which show disrespect for the scheduled castes.

All this has been deliberately done to make the web series controversial and gain publicity for the purpose of commercial gain.

The FIR has been lodged against the producer/director and actors/actresses of the movie series.

Aparna Purohit’s counsel submitted that the web series in dispute is a work of fiction and all the places, events, characters and incidents are imagination of the author.

A disclaimer is included in the movie in this regard. The cast and crew of the web series Tandav has already issued an unconditional apology and have removed the offensive scenes.

The applicant along with other co-accused persons filed a petition under Article 32 of the Constitution of India before the apex court praying for quashing of number of FIRs and complaint cases lodged against the applicant and other co-accused persons on January 27, 2021.

Notices have been issued to the opposite parties, leaving it open for the accused persons to approach the High Court of the state for grant of bail/anticipatory bail. Hence, the applicant sought bail from Allahabad high court.

The state government, meanwhile, vehemently opposed the application. He has submitted that total 10 FIRs and 4 criminal complaints have been filed relating to the disputed web series in the country.

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Singer Rahul Vaidya: Won’t compare if singers are bigger than actors

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Ever since singer Rahul Vaidya proposed to his girlfriend, model-actress Disha Parmar, on “Bigg Boss 14”, their fans have been excited to know when the duo will take the relationship to its next level.

A few days back, Rahul and Disha raised expectations of fans by posting “wedding pictures” that promptly went viral. It turned out soon enough the stills were of the new music video “Madhanya” that features Rahul and Disha.

The element of romance in his personal life has surely made Rahul, a teenybopper star since his “Indian Idol” days, a bigger glamour figure than ever before in his public life. Over the past months, he has constantly been in the news – first, because of his good form on “Bigg Boss 14” (he finished first runner-up) and then, of course, there has been his much-talked-about romance.

Does he feel he has been enjoying a filmstar-like popularity lately, or perhaps he enjoys a fan base bigger than many filmstars?

“I won’t want to compare if we are bigger than filmstars or not. Everyone has their space, it is beautiful. Everyone puts in insane amount of hard work. Musicians have a different kind of hard work and actors have a different kind. Everyone has their space,” Rahul took a diplomatic line, in conversation with IANS.

He acknowledges that singers enjoy a massive fan base around the world, and the culture has finally trickled to India.

“I absolutely love actors and I think that is fantastic. In the West, Justin Bieber has more fans as music is universal. Musicians have hardcore fans. That culture has come to India, too. It’s come bigtime. Pop stars get attention and love and that is beautiful,” he said.

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Neeraj Ghaywan: Patriarchy, class, gender, sexuality are good to explore

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National Award-winning director Neeraj Ghaywan, who shot to fame helming “Masaan”, is wielding the megaphone back in the upcoming anthology “Ajeeb Daastaans”. He has directed the segment titled “Geeli Pucchi” starring Aditi Rao Hydari and Konkona Sen Sharma.

The story traces a lesbian romance between its two female protagonists, but goes beyond its relationship plot to look at the complexity of patriarchy, class, gender and sexuality, which he feels is good to explore.

This is not the first time that Ghaywan has brought forward these elements in his work. His globally-feted 2015 release “Masaan” showcased all these, too.

So much is said lately about inclusivity and yet sections of society continue to suffer, and remain marginalised. The issue, of course, is more complicated than it seems, feels Ghaywan.

“If you are talking about the marginalised communities and the subaltern, there is never a single identity. They are fused identities. There’s intersection specifically with women. For instance, both of them (Aditi and Konkana) are subject to patriarchy, even though they come from different sections of society (and) different communities,” Ghayan told IANS.

He said just like the characters suffer in the film, it happens in real life, too.

“They are both victims but at the same time pursuing a job, a career. They experience different treatment and this is true in all of India. I am more interested not just about a particular community or, of course, nobody talks about it as much as we should and that has been my penchant to bring out these stories,” he added.

Ghaywan’s intent with “Geeli Pucchi” was to get into the “complexity of intersection, which we don’t talk much about in the industry”.”See, patriarchy or class or gender or sexuality — or all of these things — are good to explore, and that is what my intent was,” he told IANS.

Talking about the interesting title he reserved for “Geeli Pucchi”, Ghaywan said: “It was a part of a dialogue, and I felt it was a key point of inflection between the two characters. I think it is a click-bait title, too.”

He started out directing with the 2013 anthology “Shorts”, and in an eight-year run has made only one full-length feature film — “Masaan”. He says he is having the “second film syndrome” and hence has not come out with a full-fledged film yet.”I think it is called the second film syndrome. I am grappling with it and I am still dealing with it. It is kind of complex, but I hope I will make a film this year. I have been badly wanting to. Right now, I am working on ‘Made In Heaven’ but after this I will start off with my second film,” he said.

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Sanya Malhotra flaunts perfect skin in latest photo-op

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Actress Sanya Malhotra shared a new picture on social media on Tuesday and she looks every inch stunning in the post.

In the Instagram image, Sanya is dressed in an ivory crochet dress with a plunging neckline. The actress is seen flaunting her curly hair and she looks a way from the camera.

Sanya captioned her post with a sun emoji.

Sanya’s latest film “Pagglait” released on OTT a while back. In the film, she is Sandhya, a young woman who becomes a widow with in a few months of marriage. While the family grieves, Sandhya is unable to bring herself to mourn the death of her husband.

The dramedy, directed by Umesh Bist, also features Sayani Gupta, Shrutii Sharma, Ashutosh Rana, Raghubir Yadav, Sheeba Chaddha, Meghna Malik and Rajesh Tailang.

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