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Truth biggest victim in our democracy Says Vivek Agnihotri

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Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri, whose latest movie ‘The Tashkent Files‘ revolves around the mysterious death of the then Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri in 1966, says suppressing the truth is wrong in a democracy.

Agnihotri, who received a legal notice from Shastri’s grandson ahead of the film’s release, said his core motivation behind making the film was clear.

“Truth is the biggest victim in our democracy. And the basic right that people should have in a democratic country is the right to truth and freedom of expression. No matter how many buildings and roads we make, no matter how much talk is happening on infrastructure development, if the people are not fearlessly asking questions to the system and are not getting to know about political scams and murders, the intellectual growth of the population will remain stagnant,” Agnihotri told IANS.

“In the last 53 years, despite knowing about the existing mystery around Shastri’s death, the truth has remained inaccessible. I intend to bring that up,” he said.

During the research for the film, Agnihotri had a conversation with Shastri’s family members and got all their support. But just ahead of the film’s release, he was served a legal notice on behalf of the grandsons of the late politician. It came as a shock to him.

“Some days back, we had the film’s screening in Delhi where he (Shastri’s grandson) watched the film, loved it and appreciated it. I don’t know what happened, but I have a feeling that someone from the top family of Congress coerced him to send us the legal notice,” said Agnihotri.

The film features Naseeruddin Shah, Mithun Chakraborty, Shweta Basu Prasad, Pallavi Joshi and Pankaj Tripathi.

A part of criticism that the filmmaker has faced is how the narrative has tried to show the Congress in bad light. But he says he intended to state both sides of the arguments.

“I have tried to be as objective as possible. I have shown the versions put forward by both sides around the death of Shastriji. Most of the time, history has been written with an agenda and only accusable information lives in the memory of public. I am bringing the popular and the hidden side in the narrative,” said the filmmaker.

However, he said that being objective does not mean being detached.

“I am not just presenting both sides of the argument, but in the end, I am expressing my opinion too, because it is not a documentary. It is a feature film. Life is not just about being objective. It is also about forming an opinion from wisdom. I am not just presenting facts in the film, but also expressing my opinion as a citizen,” he said.

Asked about the reason why he has chosen politically motivated subjects for his films such as the ‘Buddha In A Traffic Jam’, he said: “I am the most apolitical politician.”

“On a serious note, I am not a politician, but of course, I am politically aware and strongly opinionated. I understand and react on politics. The world is a place where the war of narratives is going on. The idea is not just listening to one side of the narrative but knowing both sides and building a third argument and opinion,” he said.

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Riddhima Kapoor denies rumour of Neetu, Ranbir test corona positive

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Late actor Rishi Kapoor’s daughter Riddhima Kapoor Sahni has refuted rumours that her mother Neetu Kapoor, brother Ranbir Kapoor and filmmaker Karan Johar have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The rumours surfaced on internet after megastar Amitabh Bachchan and his son Abhishek Bachchan on Saturday announced they are Covid-19 positive.

Taking to Instagram, Riddhima posted a screenshot of a tweet, claiming how Neetu Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor and Karan Johar contracted the virus from Agastya Nanda Amitabh Bachchan’s grandson, after he attended Neetu Kapoor’s birthday party recently.

“Attention seeking Least verify/clarify. We are fit. We are good. Stop spreading rumours. #lunatics #fakenews,” Riddhima slammed the reports.

Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan are currently seeking treatment at Mumbai’s Nanavati Hospital.

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After Big B, Abhishek Bachchan confirms he is COVID-19 positive

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Soon after Amitabh Bachchan tweeted to confirm that he has been hospitalised with COVID-19 infection, the Bollywood icons son, actor Abhishek Bachchan, also took to social media on Saturday night to state that he has tested positive to the novel coronavirus.

“Earlier today both my father and I tested positive for COVID 19. Both of us having mild symptoms have been admitted to hospital. We have informed all the required authorities and our family and staff are all being tested. I request all to stay calm and not panic. Thank you,” tweeted Abhishek, 44, on his verified account, @juniorbachchan.

Earlier in the evening, IANS had reported that Amitabh Bachchan was admitted to Nanavati Hospital.

“T 3590 -I have tested CoviD positive .. shifted to Hospital .. hospital informing authorities .. family and staff undergone tests , results awaited .. All that have been in close proximity to me in the last 10 days are requested to please get themselves tested!” @SrBachchan had tweeted.

At the time of publishing this report, Nanavati sources stated that the 77-year-old senior actor is not on ventilation. Further details are awaited.

Meanwhile, wishes for a speedy recovery have already started pouring in from industry colleagues for both father and son.

Taapsee Pannu, who worked with Amitabh Bachchan in “Badla” last year, wrote on social media: “And you shall be back to health n happiness soon! champ!”

Malayalam superstar Mammooty tweeted to Big B: “Get well soon sir.”

“Get well soon sir! Wishing you a speedy recovery,” tweeted Telugu superstar Mahesh Babu.

“Oh no! Take care, Sir! Get well soon! Sending you tonnes of love and good wishes!” wrote Ranveer Shorey on Twitter.

Boney Kapoor tweeted: “Get well soon Amit ji.”

Neha Dhupia wrote: “Sending you tons of love and best wishes… Please take care… you ll be okay very soon!”

“Get well soon sir,” wished Sonu Sood.

Wishes poured in for Abhishek, too.

Tweeted Sonam Kapoor: “Get well soon ab.. lots of love.”

“Get well soon Abhishek ! Prayers and wishing a speedy recovery !” tweeted Dulquer Salmaan.

Neha Dhupia wrote: “@juniorbachchan get well soon.. sending you and sir @SrBachchan heaps of love and energy.”

Chitrangda Singh tweeted: “Get well sooonest !! Prayers take care.”

Abhishek Bachchan’s latest screen outing, the web series “Breathe: Into The Shadows”, launched on Friday.

Amitabh Bachchan was recently seen in Shoojit Sircar’s “Gulabo Sitabo”, co-starring Ayushmann Khurrana, which was released digitally.

Big B’s upcoming films are “Chehre”, “Jhund” and “Brahmastra”. He is also scheduled to host season 12 of the popular quiz show, “Kaun Banega Crorepati”.

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Megastar Amitabh Bachchan tests COVID-19 positive, hospitalised

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Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan was admitted to Nanavati Hospital on Saturday evening. In a Twitter post, the actor has confirmed that he has tested COVID-19 positive.

“T 3590 -I have tested CoviD positive .. shifted to Hospital .. hospital informing authorities .. family and staff undergone tests , results awaited .. All that have been in close proximity to me in the last 10 days are requested to please get themselves tested!” tweeted @SrBachchan.

Further details are awaited.

Bachchan was recently seen in Shoojit Sircar’s “Gulabo Sitabo”, co-starring Ayushmann Khurrana, which was released digitally on Amazon Prime Video.

His upcoming films are “Chehre”, “Jhund” and “Brahmastra”. He is also scheduled to host the season 12 of the popular quiz show, “Kaun Banega Crorepati”.

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