Targeted in Sandalwood drugs case for being a woman: Actress Ragini Dwivedi
Almost six months after she was freed on bail in the ‘Sandalwood’ drugs case, Kannada actress Ragini Dwivedi on Wednesday said that she strongly feels that she was targeted because she is a woman.
After taking part in a blood donation and vaccination camp for the transgender community here, Ragini broke her silence for the first time in public forum, stating that it was easy for people to brand her and target her during her worst phase of life when she was caught in the drug case, linked to the Kannada film industry.
“Women are, in general, an easy target in our society. Not only in my case, it happens with all women and it gets even more amplified when a woman happens to be a successful woman… it’s even worse,” she said.
She said why should she single out anyone like Prashant Sambargi, as everyone tried their best to target her by running their own hashtag campaigns on social media sites.
“In any case when I don’t know them, why should I bother about what they write or speak about me?” she said.
The actress added that she was actually more than blessed as those who knew her did not desert her but stood firm with her.
“People still love me for my work. I have fans who constantly motivate me to do better work and forget bad phase of my life,” she said in response to a question.
Following the Narcotics Control Bureau’s seizure of drugs in August 2020, Kannada film director Indrajit Lankesh claimed to have information on several film personalities who frequently used drugs at parties. On August 31, the Central Crime Branch police questioned him for almost five hours and appealed to share whatever details they can to support the police in its fight against the drug menace. Lankesh claimed he had shared 15 names from the industry as well as some supporting documents.
Based on these inputs, on September 4, 2020, Ragini was picked up from her flat in Yelahanka after she had failed to appear before the CCB. After this another actress, Sanjjanaa Galrani, was also arrested on September 5, 2020, hence, this case came to be known as the Sandalwood drugs case.
After interrogating more than 180 witnesses, the CCB filed a mammoth 2,400 page charge sheet against 25 persons, including Ragini and Sanjjanaa, in March this year.
Salman Khan lends his voice to Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan song Jee Rahe The Hum, shares teaser amid death threats
The teaser of Salman Khan’s third song from Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan was officially shared by the makers on Monday. The song, Jee Rahe The Hum (Falling In Love), will be released on March 21.
Salman Khan’s fans are in for a treat as the actors has picked up the mic once again for Amaal Malik’s composition.
Salman Khan shares teaser of his new song
The 57-year-old actor is seen in a joyous mood with his on screen love interest Pooja Hegde. Raghav Juyal, Jassie Gill and Siddharth Nigam are also seen in the teaser of the song.
Well, it will be interesting to see if visuals and melody of the romantic song impress the audience.
In 2015, Salman Khan sang the Amaal Malik composition, Main Hoon Hero Tera, for his home production Hero. The song was a run away hit back in the day. Salman has reunited with Amaal after eight years.
Before Jee Rahe The Hum, others songs like Naiyo Lagda and Billi Billi were released by the makers earlier.
About Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan
Meanwhile, the trailer of Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan was dropped along with Shah Rukh Khan’s Pathaan in theatres on January 25. Directed by Farhad Samjhi, the film is touted to be a family entertainer. It also stars Jagapathi Babu, Vijender Singh, Bhumika Chawla, Shehnaaz Gill, Palak Tiwari, Vinali Bhatnagar and Abhimanyu Singh.
The film is all set to release on Eid 2023 and will be a Zee Studios worldwide release.
‘Sunny Leone harassed unnecessarily’: Kerala High Court on cheating case against the actress
The Kerala High Court is likely to quash the criminal proceeding against actress Sunny Leone in a cheating case.
A Kerala High Court judge has reportedly said that the ‘One Night Stand’ actress has been ‘harassed unnecessarily’. The case has been scheduled for a hearing on March 31.
What is the case?
For those unversed, a case was filed three years ago by a native of Perumbavoor in Kochi. The petitioner had alleged that Sunny, her husband Daniel Weber and their manager, Sunil Rajani, cheated him and breached the trust of a contract in connection with an event.
However, in a counter-petition, Sunny stated that her manager took Rs 30 lakh and gave the complainant her dates but the event organisers changed the dates multiple times.
The petitioner had stated that Sunny failed to reach the event despite taking an advance amount, but the actress reportedly said that the show’s dates and times were changed multiple times for various reasons.
According to a report in News18, Sunny was charged with violating Indian Penal Code Sections 406 (criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) and 34 (acts carried out by several people in furtherance of common purpose).
Sunny has also withdrawn her anticipatory bail filed in the Kerala High Court.
Sunny Leone’s upcoming projects
Meanwhile, on the work front, Sunny recently hosted Splitsvilla 14 with Arjun Bijlani. Over the years, she has been a part of popular films such as Mastizaade, Ragini MMS 2, Jism 2, One Night Stand, Raees, Beiimaan Love and others.
She has an interesting line-up of films and projects ahead. Sunny will be seen in Vikram Bhatt’s Anamika, a power-packed multilingual film, Shero, and Quotation Gang along with Anurag Kashyap.
Rohit Shetty inaugurates new police station in Juhu with Mumbai CP Vivek Phansalkar on his birthday
Bollywood filmmaker Rohit Shetty turned 49 on March 14. On his birthday, the Singham director inaugurated a new police station in Juhu, Mumbai.
Rohit was spotted with Police Commissioner of Mumbai, Vivek Phansalkar, as they inaugurated the police station on Juhu Beach. In the photos, he was also seen posing with other police officers.
The director has also contributed towards the making of the police station as a mark of respect to the Mumbai Police.
Rohit Shetty is one of the most recognised film directors of the Hindi film industry. Over the years, he has established himself a bankable commercial filmmaker with Golmal and Singham franchises.
His last film was Cirkus with Ranveer Singh, Jacqueline Fernandez, Pooja Hegde and Varun Sharma among others. However, the film failed to impress the audiences.
Rohit has an interesting line-up of upcoming projects. He is taking his cop universe to the digital platform with Indian Police Force. Sidharth Malhotra will play the lead role in the action-packed web series. The show, also starring Shilpa Shetty, Nikitin Dheer and Sharad Kelkar, will reportedly be an ode to the selfless services of police officers across the country.
Meanwhile, he recently confirmed that he was working on Singham Again in December 2022. This movie will be the fifth film in his cop universe. Singham Again will star Ajay Devgn and Deepika Padukone.
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