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Manoj Bajpayee says he is proud of his younger brother Sujit Kumar

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Actor Manoj Bajpayee says he is happy that his younger brother Sujit Kumar Bajpayee has been appointed joint secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC).

“We are all feeling very proud. We knew he is hardworking, honest and a man of integrity. We can actually vouch for his honesty, integrity, love for his work and his duty,” Manoj told IANS.

“I am not surprised that he has been elevated. We are six brothers and we are feeling proud of this little one. He is one of the youngest in our family,” he said. The actor continued: “It is all because of hard work, integrity and sense of duty that he is achieving what he has got today.”

Manoj may be elated over the decision by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), but Sujit’s appointment as joint secretary has raised eyebrows because as a senior manager in public sector power producer NHPC, he is too junior for the key decision-making post in the government.

Some senior IAS officers told IANS hiring domain experts as joint secretaries was a welcome move, but expressed surprise at the appointment of Bajpayee, a junior officer in a PSU, in the elite club.

“As per Sujit’s bio-data, he joined NHPC in 2001. It has to be seen if all the Group A officers who entered all-India service through the UPSC in the same year have become joint secretary. Whether he was an exceptional professional and given promotions? If not, then it is even more worrying,” said a secretary-level officer.

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Alia Bhatt announces production house

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Actress Alia Bhatt has launched her production house Eternal Sunshine Productions. She has posted her company’s logo on Instagram along with the official announcement.

“And I am so happy to announce… PRODUCTION! Eternal Sunshine Productions. Let us tell you tales. Happy tales. Warm and fuzzy tales.  Real tales.  Timeless tales,” she wrote on Sunday night.

Alia Bhatt’s sister Shaheen too posted about the production house on her Instagram page. 

The news about Alia’s production house has been doing rounds since 2019 but nothing official was said about it so far.

Alia will soon be seen in filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Gangubai Kathiawadi” and also has “Brahmastra”, “RRR” and “Darlings” lined up over the next months.

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Ranbir Kapoor-Parineeti Chopra starrer ‘Animal’ on Dussehra 2022

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The Ranbir Kapoor-Parineeti Chopra starrer Animal will hit screens on Dussehra 2022. Members of the cast — Parineeti, Anil Kapoor and Bobby Deol — took to Twitter on Monday to confirm the release date.

“ANIMAL in cinemas Dussehra 2022!,” posted Parineeti, while Bobby, who is also part of the film tweeted: “ANIMAL starring Ranbir Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol and Parineeti Chopra, directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga to have a Dusshera 2022 release. Animal is produced by Bhushan Kumar, Pranay Reddy Vanga, Murad Khetani & Krishan Kumar.”

The film marks Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s return as director after the 2017 Telugu blockbuster “Arjun Reddy” and its equally popular Bollywood remake “Kabir Singh”.

“Animal” is a gangster drama that revolves around the ever-changing nature of the relationship shared by the characters where the protagonist becomes like an animal in nature.

Parineeti plays Ranbir’s wife in the film while Anil plays his father. According to reports, the film is expected to go on floors in June.

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Amitabh Bachchan thanks fans for concern over his health

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Bollywood veteran Amitabh Bachchan has thanked fans who expressed concern following his blog announcement that he was undergoing a surgery.

The 78-year-old actor did not give out any details about the nature of the procedure or his medical condition, but unconfirmed sources have said he has undergone a cataract surgery.

Overwhelmed by fan concern, the actor posted three folded hand emojis on Twitter.

Big B’s current hospital trip follows last year’s hospitalisation after contracting Covid-19, along with son Abhishek, daughter-in-law Aishwarya, and grand-daughter Aaradhya. 

Amitabh has five releases lined up. He will be seen in Rumi Jafry’s psychological suspense drama Chehre, which also stars actor Emraan Hashmi and Rhea Chakraborty.

He is also shooting for Mayday, which has been directed by Ajay Devgn and also stars him and Rakul Preet Singh. He also has Jhund and Brahmastra as well as an untitled film where he shares the screen with Prabhas and Deepika Padukone.

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