Connect with us
Monday,28-September-2020

Bollywood

Truth biggest victim in our democracy Says Vivek Agnihotri

Published

on

Vivek-Agnihotri

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.

Bollywood

Actress Payal Ghosh meets Athawale, minister threatens protest if Anurag Kashyap isn’t arrested

Published

on

Payal Ghosh meets Athawale, minister threatens protest if Anurag Kashyap isn’t arrested.

Actress Payal Ghosh, who recently levelled sexual harassment charges against filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, on Monday met Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Ramdas Athawale.

Athawale tweeted extending support to the actress after the meeting, asking Mumbai Police to immediately arrest Anurag Kashyap.

“According to Payal Ghosh’s arguments, Mumbai Police should arrest Anurag Kashyap. Otherwise we will protest soon,” tweeted the politician.

Touched by Athawale’s gesture, Payal thanked him on the micro-blogging site. “Thank you @RamdasAthawale Sir for standing by me and supporting me,” Payal tweeted along with pictures from the meeting at Athawale’s office in Mumbai.

Last week, Payal filed an FIR against Anurag Kashyap at Versova Police Station in the city, accusing him of sexual misconduct in 2014.

In an interview with IANS, Payal claimed that Anurag Kashyap stripped off in front of her and tried to molest her. Kashyap has denied all allegations.

Continue Reading

Bollywood

Actress Meera Chopra on SSR case: We should trust CBI and let them do their job

Published

on

Actress Meera Chopra on Monday stated that people should trust the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and let the agency do its job in the Sushant Singh Rajput death probe.

“Its extremely difficult to investigate a case where most of the evidence is destroyed or not there coz of time lapse. We should trust #cbi nd let them do their job. Common sentiment of the nation is to get justice in #SSRDeathCase nd iam sure authorities cant ignore that sentiment,” Meera tweeted from her verified account.

Her tweet comes at a time when Sushant’s fans are getting impatient while waiting for some solid information from the CBI.

Alleging delay into the probe of Sushant’s death, Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on Monday sought to know the status of the CBI probe, more than six weeks after it took up the investigation.

“We eagerly want to know… Even the people are now asking whether Sushant died by suicide or if he was murdered. We want the details of the CBI probe to come out,” Deshmukh told mediapersons.

Sushant’s family lawyer Vikas Singh had also tweeted from his unverified account on Friday citing a delay in the CBI probe.

“Getting frustrated by the delay in CBI taking a decision to convert abetment to suicide to Murder of SSR. The Doctor who is part of AIIMS team had told me long back that the photos sent by me indicated 200% that it’s death by strangulation and not suicide,” Singh had tweeted.

Continue Reading

Bollywood

Ex-Dharma Productions man bought ganja 12 times in 3 months

Published

on

Kshitij-Prasad

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) which arrested Kshitij Prasad, former executive Producer of the Dharma Productions in connection with the drug investigation related to Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case allegedly purchased ‘ganja’ around a dozen times over a three-month period and paid Rs 3,500 each time for the 50 gm of the contraband.

Kshitij was arrested by the NCB on Saturday. NCB sources said that during the searches at this residence on Friday, the agency recovered a joint believed to be remains of smoked ganja from the residence of Kshitij and also some documents and gadgets.

An NCB source said that during her questioning, alleged peddler Ankush Arneja, who was arrested on September 12, identified Sanket Hanuman Chand Patel as the supplier of drugs to Kshitij.

On her revelations, Patel was arrested and confessed that he supplied ganja/weed to Arneja on the instructions of another accused Karamjeet Singh.

The NCB source said that Kshitij was delivered ganja by Karamjeet outside his building in Mumbai’s Andheri West area.”Kshitij was provided ganja for more than a dozen of times between May to July this year. He used to make a payment of Rs 3,500 for every delivery of 50 grams of ganja from Karamjeet,” the source added.

The source further said that the drug law enforcement agency is verifying if Kshitij passed on the contraband to others in Bollywood. The source further disclosed that as a buyer, Kshitij was indirectly part of transactions linked to another case co-accused from whom the agency had seized a variety of narcotics in commercial quantities in the last few days.

The NCB, meanwhile, in its remand copy in a Mumbai court, said that Kshitij is indirectly connected with an accused Anuj Keshwani, from whom narcotics seized in commercial quantities of the contraband. The city court on Sunday remanded Kshitij to the NCB’s custody till October 3. Keshwani is already in judicial custody.

The NCB source said that the agency is investigating to whom Kshitij delivered contraband in Bollywood.

The source further said that as Kshitij bought ganja 12 times in three months from a peddler, it needs to be verified if such frequent purchases were for personal consumption or they were passed on further to others.

The agency has so far arrested 20 people in the case.

Based on disclosures by Keshwani, the NCB had on September 12 searched the premises of another accused, Ankush Arneja, seizing 42 gram of charas and cash worth Rs 1.12 lakh and certain documents.

Arneja’s statement was recorded under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS), wherein she stated that she supplied hashish to Prasad via co-accused Sanket Patel on various occasions, according to the NCB.

Arneja was arrested and is in judicial custody.

The NCB had on Saturday interviewed actors Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan and Shraddha Kapoor in connection with the probe. The agency also questioned Padukone’s manager Karishma Prakash. On Friday, the NCB also questioned Bollywood actor Rakul Preet Singh and several others.

The NCB has already arrested Sushant’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, her brother Showik and several others.

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Advertisement

Trending