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Aamir Khan Back in ‘Mogul’ After Subhash Kapoor’s Exit

Aamir Khan is now back on board Mogul after Kapoor exited the project following sexual harassment allegations. According to sources, Aamir is keen to make the film and the hunt is on for another director. The cast too will be finalised soon. Read more here.

2:41 AM, 22 Oct

Richa Chadha to Belly Dance for Shakeela Biopic

Actress Richa Chadha is working on her belly dancing skills for a special promotional song for a biopic on south Indian glamour actress Shakeela.

Richa plays the titular role in the movie, directed by Indrajit Lankesk. She is training under the guidance of Mumbai-based belly dancing instructor Shaina Lebana.

Richa has been taking lessons from Shaina on belly dance for the past three weeks and will be training for some more weeks, reports IANS.

"The song that I'm learning belly dancing for will be a part of the promotions of the film. I have always loved learning newer forms of dance. Belly dancing is not only very attractive and graceful but is also a very tough dance form to learn and adapt," Richa said in a statement.

2:41 AM, 22 Oct

We Should Have a Civil Conduct on Social Media: Swara

Known for speaking her mind, actress Swara Bhasker, who has often been a victim of trolling and online bullying, says like any other public sphere, social media should also have a civil conduct, reports IANS.

Asked if social media bullying bothers her, Swara told IANS here: "It used to bother me in the beginning when it happened and I felt very hurt. I felt it was very unjust... Then I realised life is unjust. They are not doing it out of a sense of justice, but doing it from a place of viciousness, hatred or genuine malintent. So what would you do about that? They have no identity. I became inured to it."

Swara added that "social media is a virtual public sphere and like other public spaces we should have a civil conduct on social media. It is a virtual public space".

3:21 AM, 22 Oct

Over 400 Theatres Shut to Protest Against Mp Entertainment Tax

Film lovers in Madhya Pradesh have been deprived of watching new releases since October 5 as over 400 theatres have downed shutters in protest against entertainment tax levied by some local bodies in the state.

A theatre owner said that entertainment tax, which had been levied over and above GST, had created an additional financial burden on the sector and was also defeating the "one nation, one tax" that GST promised.

"Goods and Services Tax of 28 per cent is levied on film tickets. Now urban local bodies, depending on their categories, have imposed additional entertainment tax ranging from 5-15 per cent. Screening of new movies have stopped since October 5 as theatres are shut," said Jitendra Jain, ex-president of Film Federation of India.

"The slogan of 'one nation, one tax' which was made when GST was imposed has been proved wrong due to this double taxation," Jain told PTI.

3:21 AM, 22 Oct

Actor Arjun Made Unwanted Advances, Claims Kannada Actress Sruthi

Kannada actor Sruthi Hariharan on Sunday alleged that she was subjected to "unwanted advances" by south Indian multi-lingual actor Arjun Sarja.

"I was subjected to unwanted overtures by Arjun Sarja on the sets of a film in 2016. I could not raise the issue when the issue took place as there was no internal complaints committee in the film industry," Sruthi told reporters.

There was a need for an active internal complaints committee in the Kannada film industry, stressed the actress, who was joined by Kannada actor Chetan and film directors Kavitha Lankesh and Roopa Iyer among others, during a media interactions, reports IANS.

Published: 22 Oct 2018, 08:13 AM IST
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