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Bollywood-drugs probe: NCB to file 12K-page charge sheet in court

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The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) is all set to file a whopping 12,000-plus pages charge sheet against at least 33 persons, including film actress Rhea Chakraborty, her brother Showik and others in the Bollywood-drugs mafia probe case arising out of the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, officials said here on Friday.

The charge sheet, to be filed before a Mumbai Special Court, follow two cases registered by the NCB after an intimation from the Enforcement Directorate, which was probing the financial angles in Sushant’s death on June 14 last year.

An NCB team with trunk-loads of the voluminous charge sheet and other papers reached the Special NDPS Court here to file it before a Special Judge.

According to senior NCB sources related to the probe, the drug law enforcement agency will be filing the first charge sheet running in over 12,000 pages against around 33 accused till date.

Besides Rhea, a girlfriend of Sushant and her brother Showik, the NCB sources said the late actor’s ex-manager Samuel Miranda, his house help Dipesh Sawant, drug peddler Anuj Keshwani, from whom commercial quantity of drugs (LSD sheets and marijuana) were first recovered, figure in the charge sheet.

There are two foreign nationals Agisilaos Demetriades, the brother of actor Arjun Rampal’s South African girlfriend and model Gabriella Demetriades, Kshitij Prasad, a former executive producer connected with Dharma Productions and two college students who are said to be the last mile peddlers, who are named.

However, senior officials remained tightlipped on the issue and declined to come on record.

In August last year, the NCB Mumbai had registered two cases related to the drugs angle which emerged in the investigations into Sushant’s death.

Moving swiftly, the NCB had arrested Rhea and Showik, and several other persons in September last year, creating an upheaval in Bollywood circles.

The Chakraborty siblings and several other arrested-accused are currently out on bail.

On the morning of June 14, 2020, Sushant, 34, was found hanging at his duplex rented flat in a posh building in Bandra, triggering a massive furore in Bollywood and political circles.

Subsequently, the NCB spread its net wide and questioned several celebrities, including Sara Ali Khan, Shraddha Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Rakul Preet Singh, Karishma Prakash, and had nabbed comedian couple Bharti Singh and Haarsh Limbachiyaa, who are now bailed out.

Simultaneously, the NCB has gone hammer and tongs after the drugs mafia in Mumbai with a series of seizures and arrests from Mumbai and surroundings in the past six months.

The Maharashtra government has repeatedly demanded that the CBI should make public the findings of the probe into Sushant’s death — whether it was suicide or murder — in public interest.

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Richa Chadha recounts her ‘Inside Edge 3’ character’s journey

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Richa Chadha, who plays the character of Zarina, a fading actress in ‘Inside Edge 3’, feels that it’s the nuances and deeper layers of her character that have kept it relevant over the course of the show’s journey.

The popular series is making a comeback with its third season and her character stands firm on her ground to claim what belongs to her.

The actress shares, “It feels surreal to know that we are already on the third season. As an actor, it has been an incredible journey being Zarina, a layered and nuanced character, non-trapped by conventions which has kept it relevant over the seasons.”

Explaining the arc of her character in the upcoming season, Richa says, “As the game behind the game thickens into the third one, so does Zarina’s urge to claim what is rightfully hers in this man’s world. ‘Inside Edge’ Season 3 is replete with similar elements of drama, suspense and excitement that has defined the series for the audience. But the stakes and proportions are higher, this time.”

‘Inside Edge’ is one of the early web shows from India that opened a whole new dimension of OTT content in the country. The game behind the game gets to a whole new level and Season 3 promises to be filled with more drama and surprises than before.

The third season of ‘Inside Edge’ created by Karan Anshuman and directed by Kanishk Varma, will stream on Prime Video from December 3.

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‘Bigg Boss 15’: Devoleena, Shamita come face-to-face in non-VIP task

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The upcoming episode of ‘Bigg Boss 15’ will see a growing tussle between VIP and non-VIP contestansts.

It starts with Rakhi Sawant asking Nishant Bhat and Pratik Sehajpal to prepare something of her choice but they in turn reply that VIPs have to eat whatever is cooked in the kitchen.

Nishant says: “This is not a restaurant.” Rashami gets annoyed by this behaviour and starts shouting at them for being irresponsible. She says: “This is your duty, so you all need to do it.” On this Nishant says: “Do whatever you want.”

Rashami adds: “This is just the beginning and entire picture is yet to start.” And Nishant says: “Flop”.

Furthermore, the non-VIP contestants finally have the chance to win prize money of Rs 50 lakh by winning the ‘BB Games’.

This tournament has a series of tasks between VIPs and non-VIPs. The non-VIPs will go after their prize money, and the VIPs have to do everything to stop them. In one of the initial tasks, both the teams have to collect more points to get a step ahead in the game.

While Devoleena is the ‘Sanchalak’ for VIPs, Shamita helms this role for the non-VIPs.

As Ritesh tries to steal the other team’s coins, Umar lunges at him and both get knocked down.

Devoleena calls for Umar’s disqualification, but Shamita starts defending him. So, Devoleena stops the game and shouts at Shamita and says there is a foul. She blames Shamita, while she in turn puts the blame on Devoleena, saying: “This entire task was spoiled because of Devoleena.”

‘Bigg Boss 15’ airs on Colors.

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Sara Ali Khan is grateful Aanand L. Rai chose her to play Rinku in ‘Atrangi Re’

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Sara Ali Khan is being praised post the trailer release of ‘Atrangi Re’. For her, working with the film’s director Aanand L. Rai has been a memorable experience as his direction allowed her to explore the nuances of the character.

Talking about the experience of working with the director, Sara said, “Working with Aanand Ji has been all that any actor could want, so I’m truly grateful that he chose me to be his Rinku (her character in the film). Now I am eagerly waiting for more content to release for the audiences and see their response (sic).”

The actress has further upped the excitement for the film with the album’s first song titled ‘Chaka Chak’. The track, which is perfect for wedding season, also marks Sara’s first solo song. Expressing gratitude for the love that the audience is showering on the trailer and the song, Sara shared, “Really overwhelmed at the Chakachak response to Rinku. The trailer and my first solo song has released so far and the love that’s coming my way is exciting (sic).”

‘Atrangi Re’, which also stars Dhanush and Akshay Kumar in lead roles, is all set to stream on Disney+ Hotstar from December 24.

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