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Mumbai Police beef up security for Bachchans

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After Samajwadi MP Jaya Bachchan spoke in Parliament against the vilification of Bollywood by insiders, the Maharashtra Police tightened security for the Bachchan family, a Minister said on Wednesday.

Simultaneously, the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Nitesh Narayan Rane demanded protection for one Rohan Rai, a small-time actor who reportedly planned to marry his former live-in partner Disha Salian.

A Mumbai Police team will deploy an extra security cordon outside the Bachchans’ residence at Juhu in view of the increased threat perceptions following Jaya’s comments.

“The police will increase the security to the Bachchan family after they faced trolling and harassment in the wake of Jaya Bachchan’s statements in the Rajya Sabha,” Mumbai Guardian Minister Aslam Shaikh told media persons on Wednesday afternoon.

Besides, the Mumbai Police Cyber Cell will also probe trolling and virulent social media posts targeted at the Bachchans.

The developments came a day after Jaya Bachchan sought government support for the film industry and also attacked those tarnishing the image of the entertainment world.

“Just because of a few persons, you cannot tarnish the entire industry. ‘Jis thali mein khaate hain, ussi mein chhed karte hain’ (biting the hand that feeds),” she said in a loaded statement without taking names.

Her comments in the country’s supreme law-making body were welcomed by several top Bollywood personalities but also attracted the ire of many others.

In a related development, Rane has shot off a letter to Union Home Minister Amit Shah to demand security for Rai.

Salian was the talent manager of the late Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, and Rane contends Rai could be a ‘key link’ in the entire case.

Rai is believed to be hiding somewhere in Mangaluru in Karnataka since Salian’s death on June 8 in Malad, followed by Sushant’s death on June 14 at his Bandra home.

Rane claimed that Rai was never questioned in the case and his statement could be crucial for the Central Bureau of Investigation to unravel the connection behind the deaths of Salian and Sushant.

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Actress Taapsee Pannu recalls her stint as a stand-up comedian

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 Actress Taapsee Pannu has shared what was going on in her mind before she tried stand-up comedy last year.

“Moments before I went on stage to do try my hand at stand up comedy for the first time ever. Bundles of nerves is an understatement of what I looked like.I’m glad the frequency of my humour matched the audience’s expectations so we could create a moment of resonance that still gives me giggles to cherish,” she wrote on Instagram.

Taapsee made her debut as a stand-up comedian with a series, “One Mic Stand”, in 2019, where she was mentored by comedian Angad Ranyal.

“More importantly I was happy no one asked for the ticket money back.#OneMicStand #TheFirst,” she quipped.

Taapsee’s upcoming line-up of films are “Haseen Dillruba” , “Shabaash Mithu” and “Rashmi Rocket”.

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Bombay High Court to take up Rhea, Showik’s bail plea on Tuesday

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Justice S. V. Kotwal of the Bombay High Court adjourned the bail pleas by Bollywood actress Rhea Chakraborty and her brother Showik in a narcotics case for hearing on Sep. 29 next week (Tuesday), their lawyer said here on Thursday.

At the hearing this afternoon, advocate Satish Maneshinde argued that the investigations by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) were without jurisdiction and illegal as the Supreme Court order of Aug. 19 stated that all matters in relation to the late actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case be transferred to the CBI.

Refuting a submission by Additional Solicitor-General Anil Singh, that the NCB had not been served with a copy of the application, Maneshinde said that it had been served twice.

Terming the case against Rhea as “a witch hunt”, he informed the court that she has been charged for procuring drugs for consumption by Sushant and nothing has been seized from her.

He said the offences for which she had been charged are bailable as Sec. 27A of the NDPS Act is not applicable to the present case as no commercial quantities of drugs were recovered from the siblings.

After hearing Maneshinde, Justice Kotwal asked Singh if the NCB wanted to file a reply and accordingly posted the matter for hearing on Sep. 29.

The Chakraborty sister-brother are presently in extended judicial custody till Oct. 6.

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Actor Tiger Shroff flaunts washboard abs in new shirtless pic

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Action star and fitness enthusiast Tiger Shroff flaunts his well-chiselled body in his latest social media post.

Toger’s new shirtless picture, where he shows off toned abs, currently has over 721K likes. Fans apart, friends and colleagues are gushing about his physique, too.

Actor Bhaktiyar Irani wrote: “Can anyone get better than this…I’m trying @tigerjackieshroff.”

Actor Sikandar Kher said: Tiger there seems to be some of those speed breakers on your stomach .. you know the ones that are there when you’re crossing a point of entry at the airport or a mall.. the ones that come in immediate succession.”

“Uff!! Popeye!!” commented actor Rahul Dev.

Singer Armaan Malik said: “I woke up and a whole new pack of abs just popped outta nowhere. No big deal.”

Tiger recently unveiled his debut song, “Unbelievable”.

The video, helmed by “Student Of The Year 2” director Punit Malhotra, shows Tiger as a hotel staff member romancing a colleague. Recently, introducing the song, he spoke of how he was influenced by Michael Jackson while growing up.

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