ICMD, May 4, 2019: Singer Meesha Shafi on Saturday filed an application with the session judge expressing no confidence in the additional district judge, who is hearing the defamation case filed by Ali Zafar. Shafi's legal team has alleged that Additional District Judge Shakeel Ahmad is exhibiting prejudice during the hearing and requested that the case, consequently, be transferred to another court. Judge Ahmad "has shown a clear and obvious bias in favour of the plaintiff which is apparent from the mode and manner in which he has so far conducted the proceedings", the petition reads according to a report. While the singer's legal team claimed that this bias was apparent since the hearings for the case started approximately six months ago, his bias "has been confirmed after the serious impropriety displayed by him on 27th April 2019 during the cross examination of the first witness of the plaintiff by counsels for the defendant". "The defendant does not have any confidence that the learned judge will be able to impartially and fairly proceeding in the case and hence desires to transfer her above-mentioned case to any other court of competent jurisdiction." The petition noted that the judge had "advised the witnesses not to give long answers as he may contradict himself or he may prejudice his own stance". The judge also did not allow in court records an objection by Zafar's team and a protest by Shafi's team and further refused to let a paper detailing witnesses' position in the studio into the evidence. It was the same judge who had imposed a fine worth Rs10,000 for the "non-appearance" of Shafi's team, which had requested an adjournment as a relative of one of the team's members had passed away. Also, in one of the court statements, the judge, instead of giving legal reasons, wrote that "the allegation levelled by one of them, the defendant, is bizarre to say the least”
ICMD, Amy 1, 2019 Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui says he is not part of the Hrithik Roshan starrer superhero film ‘Krrish 4’. There were reports that Nawazuddin Siddiqui will play a baddie in the fourth instalment of the ‘Krrish’ franchise. Asked if the reports were true, Siddiqui said, “This is the first time, I am hearing about it from you (media) and there is no truth in it.” The ‘Raman Raghav 2.0’ star was at the launch of author Neeta Shah and Aditi Mediratta’s book titled The Stranger in Me published by Om Books International on Tuesday. Asked what book, according to him, can be adapted into a film, the actor replied, “It depends. Sometimes you have to simply translate the book or sometimes you have to make an adaptation of the book. I feel a book has a lot of material. If you want to make a web series, then you can give detailed information about the story and if want to make a film then you have to highlight certain special incidents which will develop the story.” Comment on firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.facebook.com/indus.chronicle.mag/
ICMD, MAy 1, 2019 Actor and producer Abhishek Bachchan’s foray into the digital space with ‘Breathe 2′ could be a game-changer for his career, if one goes by the word of the web series’ makers. One last schedule of shoot for the show is left for this month, said Vikram Malhotra, Founder and CEO, Abundantia Entertainment, which produces the thriller for Amazon Prime Video. “I have always loved Abhishek Bachchan’s work and truly believe that he is a one-of-a-kind artist. It’s so exciting that he’s making his digital debut with ‘Breathe 2’ and I am thrilled with seeing the value that’s he’s adding to our show. “I can promise you this – Abhishek Bachchan is in a never-seen-before avatar in our show,” Malhotra told IANS in an interview. The first season of the crime drama featured R Madhavan. Season 2 is likely to come out early next year, depending on Amazon Prime Video’s plans. Abundantia Entertainment, which has been in the entertainment business since five years, is also producing the big-ticket tentatively titled “The End”, which will mark superstar Akshay Kumar’s debut in the digital world, apart from adapting the book “Men Who Killed Gandhi”. Comment on email@example.com https://www.facebook.com/indus.chronicle.mag/
ICR, April 9, 2019 Lahore High Court has set aside of an order of a session court which had said that Ali Zafar-Mueehs Shafi case should be decided by April 15. A judge of LHC Justice Masood Jahangir took up a petition of Meesha Shafi who has sought time to produce evidence against Ali Zafar who she alleges sexually harassed her and others on multiple occasions. The court has now given 3 months to produce evidence against Ali Zafar. Shafi said that the sessions court order to decide the case in two weeks was in contradiction with ground realities seeking more time to produce witnesses in her favor in the case. Following the allegations leveled by singer Meesha last year, Zafar filed a Rs1 billion defamation suit against Shafi.
ICMD, March 24, 2019 Bollywood's enigmatic enchantress Katrina Kaif bumped into the industries emerging love birds Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt at the 64th Filmfare Awards on Saturday. Katrina, who was Ranbir’s rumored girlfriend and dated him for six years, ran into them. Both the actors rose from their seats to give Katrina a hug. The moment was captured and the pictures went viral. Katrina and Ranbir, who have a romantic history and the duo previously graced the most of occasions together, greeted each other in a very pleasant manner and their pictures have gone viral on social media. Looking ethereal in a powder blue gown, Katrina had a beautiful smile while lilies were also dancing on Ranbir's cheeks when both the personalities met after a huge gape. Alia also appeared at the occasion. Alia bagged Popular Best Actor In A Leading Role (Female) category for Raazi while Ranbir won the Popular Best Actor In A Leading Role (Male) Award for Sanju. Both of them even posed for pictures together after the awards night and were spotted walking hand in hand after the event. -- MD/TN
ICMD, March 11, 2019 Bollywood did not miss to celebrate the lavish wedding of Indian industrialist's son Akash Ambani as some of the biggest names of Indian film industry appeared to be baraatis (part of the groom’s procession party) on Saturday. In a viral video of the baraat, Shah Rukh Khan and Ranbir Kapoor can be seen dancing with Akash and Nita Ambani while Karan Johar and Aamir Khan shook a leg with the wedding party. Among others, singer Mika Singh sang some of the biggest Bollywood hit numbers to entertain the guests at the wedding function. While superstars Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, and others made the event memorable with their Barat Dance that mesmerized the attendees. Among those who attended the wedding were the Bachchans, Shah Rukh Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and many more. Shah Rukh arrived at the wedding with his wife Gauri Khan. The couple looked stunning in their co-ordinated all-white outfits. Even Gauri was spotted dancing with Nita Ambani in the pictures. A large numbers of actors and filmmakers, including Amitabh Bachan, Aishwarya Rai, Abhishek Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Sonali Bendre, and others joined the newlyweds at their reception in Mumbai.
ICMD, Feb 21, 2019 Over 20 Indian actors and artist were agreed to spread political parties’ propaganda through their social media accounts for money. Bollywood actors including Vivek Oberoi, Shakti Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Amisha Patel, Mahima Chaudhary and Sonu Sood, and singers Kailash Kher, Abhijeet and Mika were caught on camera accepting the deal for spreading the agenda of a political party for money. Cobrapost in its tweet stated that “Oberoi seeks required Data to make his messages look Factually Credible, something not paid for. “Aap data wagaireh bhi denge na…Data ke hissab se hum likh sakte hain … aisa lagna Nahi chahiye ki humein Bola gaya hai likhne ke liye.” #OperationKaraoke: Oberoi seeks required Data to make his messages look Factually Credible, something not paid for. “Aap data wagaireh bhi denge na...Data ke hissab se hum likh sakte hain … aisa lagna Nahi chahiye ki humein Bola gaya hai likhne ke liye” #BikaooBollywood Media portal Cobra post conducted a sting operation and caught celebrities demanding money for posting agenda of political parties on social media.