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Padmavat Controversy: To be released or not to be released that’s the question?

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AIMAN INAM

MUMBAI: Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus titled Padmavat has been on the ledes for quite some time. The story of the flick has managed to invoke religious sentiments of many. However, following changing of its title (from Padmavati to Padmavat) and editing of some scenes, the film is set to hit the floor on January 25, 2018.

Regarding this, sources privy to Newspakistan.tv have reported that the Rajput body has cautioned that janata (people’s) curfew* would be imposed in case of the release of movie.

Supporting the party, Chief of Rajput Karni Sena Lokendra Singh Kalvi has also threatened the filmmakers and protagonists of dire consequences.

“We cannot allow our invaluable legacy to be ruined because of the film as it brings disgrace to Rani Padmavati and is an attack on Rajput pride.

“It presents distorted facts and threatens to shake India’s cultural identity. We will impose a janata curfew if it releases,” said Kalvi.

If the online reports are to be considered, it has further been learnt that the film will not be released in the districts of Telangana, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan.

On the contrary, the Uttar Pradesh government has not issued any orders to impede the release of the said film. However, security officials would keep a watchful eye on the screening theatres as soon as the movie hits the silver screen.

_______________________________________________________________________________ *People’s curfew is believed to be a peaceful protest against the screening of the said film in theatres throughout India.

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Music aficionados converge at Stockholm, pay tribute to DJ Avicii!

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STOCKHOLM: Thousands of fans gathered here today to remember Swedish star Avicii, one of the world’s most successful DJs who has died aged 28.

The DJ, whose real name was Tim Bergling, was found dead yesterday (20th of April)  in Muscat (Oman), where he had been on holiday with friends.

A police source in Oman said the death was not considered to be suspicious, adding that the circumstances would remain confidential at the request of the family. 

DJ Avici’s fans, who gathered  at Sergels Torg plaza, danced to his hit songs: “He was a modern Mozart,” said 61-year-old language teacher Chris Koskela. “One of the greatest artists that Sweden has ever known.” Fellow DJ Sebastian Ingrosso, who organised the event with Swedish House Mafia, tweeted: “We were just kids with dreams, Tim inspired us all and millions more.” 

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After alleging Ali for harassing her, Meesha opens up about her story!

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AIMAN INAM

LAHORE: After alleging singer-cum-actor Ali Zafar for harassing her (singer and actor Meesha Shafi), now she has revealed that why she chose to break her silence at this point in time.

In an interview, the singer claimed that it is getting difficult for her to mum the words now. “The first and foremost reason [for breaking silence] is that I’m ready.”

Referring to the girls who went ahead to report about being harassed by former Patari CEO Khalid Bajwa, she further added, “I have started talking to people and divulging my experience. I’m finding it hard on my conscience to stay silent any longer than this because I’m seeing such brave girls and women speaking up not just around the world but here as well. I have to say, by the way, I salute these girls.”

“It’s not easy. They are not public figures and I think it can be harder for me, in a way, but it’s hard for everyone. The more I think about it, the more I realize that if I don’t go public, nothing will change. It was eating away at me.”

Maintaining that she has been telling her kids (a boy and a girl) regarding reporting apropos any indecent advantages taking by anyone instead of keeping a stiff upper lip. “I am telling my children how important it is to speak up, so it was getting difficult for me to stay silent knowing that it was not accidental or subtle.”

Sharing her reactions upon being harassed for the first time, the crooner beams, “The first time it happened, I didn’t react and just left. I told my husband but also asked him to not react; I’m a public figure and so is he [Ali Zafar]. My thought process was who I am and who he is and what that’s going to lead to. Being ready to talk was far off because it had just happened. I buried it.”

“But it happened again late last year or last quarter of last year. And in both instances, they were not alone. The second time it happened in a jam room. I got booked for a concert.”

“I was jamming with my band in Lahore and the organizers insisted that he was trying to get in touch. It started turning into a thing, and I was being seen as difficult or a diva, I got such feelers. I was avoiding him. I was asked to jam, figure out songs, scale and it happened while we were jamming.”

While saying that she is feeling better after opening up about her story of Metoo, she held, “It is liberating, it’s empowering and it’s not the end of the world. I only felt hesitant as long as I hadn’t told anyone. The more people I tell, the more power I feel. I do.

That has been my direct experience in the case. I’ve done the thing I feared and I’ve taken the leap of faith. And you know what, its okay.”

RELEVANT PIECES PUBLISHED EARLIER:

Shafi’s Snowball effect: Three more girls accuse Ali Zafar of harassment!

Ali Zafar categorically denies all claims of harassment lodged against him by Shafi!

 

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Shafi’s Snowball effect: Three more girls accuse Ali Zafar of harassment!

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Three more girls accuse Ali Zafar of  harassment

AIMAN INAM

LAHORE: Followed by singer and actor Meesha Shafi’s allegations of being sexually abused by the singer and actor Ali Zafar, more of such claims come forward. Three more girls accuse Ali Zafar of harassment

According to the details, some women took to Twitter to report about their stories.

Make-up artist Leena Ghani posted, “Seeing Meesha’s courage it’s impossible for me to not speak now, not only in support of her but also to say she’s not alone.”

“In the many years I have known Ali, he has on several occasions crossed boundaries of what is appropriate behavior between friends. His behavior displays a clear lack of respect for women. Inappropriate contact, groping, sexual comments should not fall in the grey area between humor and indecency.”

Adding that inappropriate comments do embarrass women, she noted, “In such cases, women like myself run from a situation and hope to God you never cross paths again. And when by some misfortune you do, you hide from him.”

“Hoping that his sleazy eyes and hands don’t find you again. His hands don’t make their way up and down your waist or hold you too tight while you desperately try to wiggle and run.”

While encouraging Meesha for taking the stance, a Journalist namely Maham Javaid revealed, “From many many years ago, when Ali Zafar tried to kiss her cousin and pull her into a restroom with him. Luckily my cousin’s friends were there to push Ali Zafar off”

“We didn’t even think of telling anyone, apart from friends, or reporting him because he’s a celebrity, no one would possibly care or listen. And over the years we forgot the story ourselves, until today. Thanks @itsmeeshashafi for reminding us that our stories matters”

Whereas, Humna Raza, a blogger, also claimed that the singer touched her inappropriately at a public event.

Contrary to this, Ali, while rubbishing Shafi’s allegations of harassment against him, pronounces to take the matter to court. 

It is to be noted that this news quivers the Pakistani entertainment industry intensely. Some went ahead to express their opinions while many prefers to bite their tongues.

Actors Osman Khalid Butt and Urwa Hocane tweeted in support of Shafi. Whereas, Maya Ali reckons that we should not judge anyone’s character, “I’m not here to say who is wrong and who is right or who did what and who didn’t… Let’s say, I haven’t known him for long, but I have been working with him since once year”

“We shot our film in Lahore and then we were all together in Poland to shoot the rest of the film and I never ever got any kind of that vibe from him. When we were on set or in any restaurant with the whole team he would always make sure that he was sharing these moments with her…”

“I am not judging anyone nor giving any clarification on anyone’s behalf, and we can’t judge the one side of a book… I respect this man @ali_zafar and want the truth to come out, until then we shouldn’t judge anyone’s character.”

Filmmaker Jami held, “The matter will be resolved in court and should end properly because this is big.”

While actor Ali Kazmi beams, “I am sad to hear this and want to know more about it, I’ll ask him [Ali] personally.”

 

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