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Choreographer Terence Lewis: Saroj Khan set the gold standard for choreographers



Terence Lewis wants dance shows to capture changing youth.

(New-age choreographer Terence Lewis says Saroj Khan was a “living legend” who made choreography a “recognisable and valuable part of the film business”. Her work, he adds, has become a Bible for all choreograhers)


She was an Iron lady who was not afraid to call a spade a spade! Saroj Khan had worked incredibly hard to achieve her position, given the patriarchy in the film industry and the times she lived in.

I bow to her talent, her pulse on the music and lyrical interpretation through dance, and her knowledge of camera — to capture the essence of the beauty of dance.

She set the gold standard for all choreographers. She was a living legend in her lifetime and through her labour of love made choreography a recognisable and valuable part of the film business.

Her ability to transform the raunchiest and most salacious lyrics and give the act dignity through her craft in songs like “Dhak dhak” and “Choli ke peeche” set her apart. Her work has become a Bible for all choreographers including myself.

At a personal level, we shared a relationship of respect and I was besotted by her body of work and the power she exuded, always with wit and candour.

Her professional work was the gold standard for all film choreographers.

I was lucky that I got to know about her personal life from her, and my respect for her just increased exponentially. She spoke her mind irrespective of position and power, and did not disguise any of her opinions.

She taught me to stand up and speak the truth, and she refused to let anyone throw shade at her and was unapologetic about her choices. This is something that I am still working on. She did not tolerate any star tantrums and would not compromise on her vision unlike what happens today.

We judged a school event together a couple of years ago. She was charming as always, though health problems had slowed her down. But mentally she was as sharp as ever and her in characteristic way, she had everyone in the palm of her hand!


Bhumi Pednekar: Education the significant channel to raise climate awareness




Actress and environmentalist Bhumi Pednekar feels education is the significant channel to raise awareness on climate conservation.

“The changes we are observing are real and are an undeniable threat to our civilisation. This year we have witnessed the Australian bushfires burning 18 million hectare of land. One billion animals were killed and many endangered species in the country were driven to extinction,” Bhumi said.

“We saw the oil spill in Russia’s Arctic region, and the Uttarakhand forest fires burning 51 hectare of land. We faced Cyclone Amphan in West Bengal and Odisha. It was the strongest to hit West Bengal in over a decade, with 86 deaths in the state. Finally, we witnessed the California wildfires, where 3,154,107 total acres burned,” she added.

“The effects are already visible and will be catastrophic unless we act now. We need everyone to join hands to ensure that we leave behind barrels of hope and prosperity for the current generations and generations to come. Education is the significant channel to achieve this goal. Let us join hands and make a difference,” said the actress, who has collaborated with the global initiative, Climate Action Project, which reaches out to 10 million students across 107 countries.

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




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



Actress Deepika Padukone

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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