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Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone, who was issued a summon by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) to join the probe into a drugs case, will join the investigation on Friday.
An NCB source said that Deepika’s legal team has informed the probe agency that she will join the investigation on Friday.
The development came a day after the agency issued a summon to Deepika, the daughter of badminton icon Prakash Padukone who is married to Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh, to join the probe after her alleged chats with her manager Karishma Prakash came to the fore during the investigation.
Deepika on Thursday left for Mumbai from Goa, where she was shooting for an upcoming film along with Siddhant Chaturvedi and Ananya Pandey.
Besides Deepika, the agency will also question her manager Karishma. Summons have also been issued to Bollywood actors Sara Ali Khan, Shradhha Kapoor and Rakul Preet Singh for questioning. Sara is the daughter of actors Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh, while Shradhha is the daughter of veteran actor Shakti Kapoor.
Rakul was asked to join the probe on Thursday, but she is now set to be questioned by the agency on Friday. Sara and Shraddha have been asked to join the probe on Saturday.
NCB sources said that they all have been summoned after their names surfaced in WhatsApp chats accessed by the NCB and during the questioning of late Bollywood star Sushant Singh Rajput’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty.
The source said that these celebrities will be questioned about how and from whom they procured drugs and whether they were meant for personal consumption or for someone else.
The source further said that while probing the link of the Kwan Talent Management Agency in the case, Deepika’s chats with Karishma surfaced. Karishma handled Deepika’s account at Kwan till 2017.
According to an NCB official, the names of Sara and Shraddha came up in two drugs cases registered by the agency.
The official said that the NCB is presently investigating two separate cases which revolve around the drugs cartel that is active in the tinsel town. The first case was registered on the directions of the top brass of the NCB after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) forwarded a brief note on Rhea and her brother Showik’s WhatsApp chats.
In its FIR number 15, the NCB claimed, “Analysis of WhatsApp chats of Rhea Chakraborty with other entities reflects the angle of conspiracy and abetment in possession, sale, purchase, consumption, transportation and usage of substances covered under NDPS Act.”
In the second case (FIR number 16), the NCB has so far arrested 19 persons, including Rhea and Showik.
Earlier on Thursday, the NCB recorded the statement of fashion designer Simone Khambatta for over four hours while the grilling of Sushant’s former manager Shruti Modi is still going on.
The NCB has also recorded the statements of Kwan CEO Dhruv Chitgopekar, producer Madhu Mantena Varma and Sushant’s talent manager Jaya Saha.
Sushant was fond dead at his Bandra apartment on June 14.
Actress Taapsee Pannu’s curly hair issues
Taapsee Pannu is tired of straightening her curly locks for her upcoming film, Haseen Dillruba.
On Saturday, the actress shared her “curly hair” problems in an Instagram post.
“Last few days on #HaseenDillruba and that’s my face when I have to roast my hair to straighten them everyday,” she wrote along with a picture in which she gives a puffy-faced expression.
She tagged her post with #CurlyHairIssues, #LookChange and #StressfulStraight.
Reacting to the post, a user commented: “Hahah, I can relate to you. “
“You look cool in curly hair,” another user commented.
“Haseen Dillruba” is directed by Vinil Mathew. Vikrant Massey and Harshvardhan Rane are also a part of the murder mystery.
Taapsee also has “Rashmi Rocket” and “Shabaash Mithu” coming up.
Actress Shilpa Shetty shares glimpse of daughter’s first Kanya Pooja
Actress Shilpa Shetty Kundra on Saturday posted a small clip on Instagram of the Kanya Pooja ceremony of her daughter Samisha.
In the video clip, Shilpa and her husband Raj Kundra feed halwa poori to girl . She also shared a glimpse of Samisha’s little feet.
“On the auspicious occasion of Ashtami today, we were fortunate and blessed with our very own DEVI, Samisha…her first Navratri, so performed the Kanya Pooja, with her and 8 little girls, welcomed with all precautions taken,” Shilpa wrote, adding they performed pooja by following proper safety precautions.
“Our way of paying gratitude to the Supreme Goddess Maha Gauri today and her nine divine forms. This year, however, we masked up and did the Pooja keeping all the safety measures in mind, nevertheless, a beautiful feeling to serve and pamper these little girls,” she added.
Samisha was born through surrogacy in February.
Meanwhile, on the work front, Shilpa is all set to make her comeback on silver screen after a while with “Hungama 2”, which also features Paresh Rawal, Pranitha Subhash and Meezaan.
Saturday flashback: Kareena Kapoor Khan, Saif and love in Athens
Kareena Kapoor Khan on Saturday posted a throwback picture along with husband, actor Saif Ali Khan.
In the image, Saif hugs Kareena while standing at the top of the Acropolis in Athens. The image seem to be from their dating days.
Recalling the vacation, Kareena wrote: “My love and me at the Acropolis. Athens 2008.”
Reacting to the post, actress Tisca Chopra commented: “Bebo, I love this picture. Stay happy and blessed.”
“You both look so cute together,” a fan wrote.
Kareena and Saif got married in 2012. They welcomed their son, Taimur, in 2016, and are now all set to become parents again.
Saif, who was previously married to actress Amrita Singh, has two children — Sara Ali Khan and Ibrahim Ali Khan — from his first marriage.
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