Aamir Khan’s PK collects $7.03 mn in China

Aamir Khan's 'PK' has turned out to be biggest international release for an Indian film.

"PK" had also turned out to be the highest grossing Indian film in Australia, New Zealand and Pakistan.
By: Indo-Asian News Service | Mumbai | Published on:May 28, 2015 10:40 am

Actor Aamir Khan’s “PK”, which hit the screens in China on May 22, has turned out to be biggest international release for an Indian film across 5,400 screens and a collection of a massive $7.03 million.

“PK” had also turned out to be the highest grossing Indian film in Australia, New Zealand and Pakistan, and the highest grossing foreign language movie in North America in 2014.

“We are thrilled with the audience response in China. Aamir Khan, Rajkumar Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopra travelled across China with our marketing team promoting the film at media and audience events and culminated this with a grand premiere in Shanghai for the film,” Amrita Pandey of UTV told IANS.

“It was such a warm reception for them in China and now the movie has become a talking point and opened to such phenomenal collections! This is a really proud moment for us, and we are happy to have made this impact in a new market.”

Incidentally, Aamir has been a part of all top three highest international grossers for an Indian film — “PK”, “Dhoom 3″ and “3 Idiots”.

“PK”, produced by Vinod Chopra Films and Rajkumar Hirani Films in association UTV Motion Pictures released worldwide on December 19, 2014.
Source - indian express

Tabu will bring whole new energy to ‘Fitoor': Abhishek Kapoor

Abhishek Kapoor: Tabu is a powerhouse of talent, having made her mark as a strong performer in this male-dominated industry of ours.
By: Indo-Asian News Service | Mumbai | Published on:May 28, 2015 10:26 am

Tabu, who has replaced veteran actress Rekha in “Fitoor”, will bring a whole new energy to her part in the movie, director Abhishek Kapoor said on Wednesday.

“Tabu is a powerhouse of talent, having made her mark as a strong performer in this male-dominated industry of ours. Her wonderful performances in Indian and international shores are too many to be named. She is an actress who fearlessly goes against the tide and isn’t afraid to break stereotypes,” Abhishek Kapoor told IANS.

“I am confident that she will bring a whole new energy to her part in ‘Fitoor’. I am honoured to have her in my film,” he said.

Amrita Pandey from UTV said Tabu “has been a part of the UTV family since ‘The Namesake’, and most recently in ‘Haider'”.

“In both movies, her performance has been the emotional fulcrum of the narrative, and we are very happy to have a chance to work with her again in ‘Fitoor’,” she said.

“Fitoor” also stars Aditya Roy Kapoor and Katrina Kaif among others.

Source - indian express

Alia Bhatt praises Kangana Ranaut

Alia Bhatt (L), Kangana Ranaut

After Priyanka Chopra, Bollywood's young powerhouse of talent Alia Bhatt has praised 'queen' Kangana Ranaut after watching her latest movie 'Tanu Weds Manu: Returns'. She has also given the thumbs up for content-driven films led by women.

The 22-year-old even called Kangana an "inspiration".

"Such an inspiration, and the rare ability to just purely ENTERTAIN !!! Ufff loved Kangna in TWMR.. Wohoooo to girl power;) superbbbb," 

Alia will next be seen in Udta Punjab directed by Abhishek Chaubey. The film also features Kareena Kapoor Khan, Shahid Kapoor and Diljit Dosanjh.
Source - times of india.india times

Shah Rukh unveils first look of Salman’s ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’

The trailer of the film, which recently wrapped up its shooting in Kashmir, is expected to be released on Wednesday.

Shah Rukh Khan on Tuesday surprised his fans by showing “brotherly” love towards Salman by releasing the first look of “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” via his Twitter page.
The link was later shared by director Kabir Khan on his Twitter page.

The trailer of the film, which recently wrapped up its shooting in Kashmir, is expected to be released on Wednesday.

Salman and Shah Rukh, who had bitter fallout in 2008 at a party, indicated a thaw in their relationship by sharing a hug at an Iftar party in 2013.

They further cemented their bond when Shah Rukh attended Salman’s sister Arpita Khan’s wedding last November and posed for a happy picture with brother-sister duo.

The “Happy New Year” star also visited Salman at his residence a day ahead of his hit-and-run verdict.
Source - The Hindu

Actor Hrithik Roshan praises Shraddha and Varun for ABCD 2

The actor said he is inspired by their hardwork.

Bollywood superstar Hrithik Roshan is all praise for Shraddha Kapoor and Varun Dhawan's dancing skills in upcoming filmABCD 2.

Hrithik, who is considered one of the best dancers in Bollywood, said he is inspired by their hardwork.

"You guys have explored and discovered your true potential! This is HARD WORK! I stand inspired," the actor posted on Twitter.

The Bang Bang star is currently busy shooting Ashutosh Gowariker's period drama Mohenjo Daro.

ABCD 2, directed by ace choreographer Remo D'Souza, will hit screen on June 19.
Source - DNA

Kangana Ranaut: If you're 28, it doesn't mean you've to get married

Kangana Ranaut

There's no "right" age to get married, says actress Kangana Ranaut, who is currently enjoying the success of her latest hit Tanu Weds Manu Returns and is in no mood to "give away" her "position" in the film industry as of now.

"Marriage is hard work. I have worked hard for ten years and I don't have time to build equations. I am in a place where I can secure my position and have a good future; I don't want to give it away," the National Award winning actress said here.

"When love happens, it happens just like that. Just because you are 28 years old, it doesn't mean you have to get married and have kids," she said.

Kangana, for whom Tanu Weds Manu Returns has turned out to be a double whammy postQueen, says she feels that a new journey has started for her.

We don’t need a censor board: Kalki Koechlin

Kalki Koechlin attends a screening of Bombay Velvet in Mumbai. (Yogen Shah/HT photo)

Kalki Koechlin is clear as crystal that no democracy in its right mind deserves a censor board, forget the kind that can’t do without its snip-and-chop routine. “Censorship is basically the government controlling the people, while in a democracy it should be the people controlling the government,” says the 31-year-old actor, known for her non-conformist roles that are often bold and wild.

'Tanu Weds Manu Returns' review: It's a crowd-pleaser in every sense

Every once in a while comes a film so disarming, you can't help but look beyond the contrivances and submit yourself to its infectious charm. 'Tanu Weds Manu Returns', directed by Anand L Rai, is a crowd-pleaser in every sense of the term. It’s funnier, better acted, and far superior to 2011’s 'Tanu Weds Manu', which chronicled the unlikely union of its mismatched protagonists.

Hardly surprising then that when the new film opens, we learn that the marriage between high-strung Tanu (Kangana Ranaut) and "boring" doctor Manu (R Madhavan) has gone sour in the four years that they’ve lived together in England. Deserting Manu in a mental healthcare facility, Tanu returns home to Kanpur only to live up to her enfant terrible reputation, even while fanning the flames within the hearts of both her ex-boyfriend Raja Awasthi (Jimmy Shergill), and Chintu (Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub), a tenant in her parent’s home. A livid Manu, meanwhile, returns to Delhi, where he meets and instantly falls for Kusum aka Datto (also played by Kangana Ranaut), a strong-willed Haryanvi athlete who bears a striking resemblance to Tanu.
'Tanu Weds Manu Returns' is no doubt a showcase for the immense talent of Ranaut, who sinks her teeth into this ‘double-role’ challenge, and creates two strikingly different characters.

TV's Baa no more: Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi actor Sudha Shivpuri passes away

Veteran television actor Sudha Shivpuri, who became a household name after her portrayal of Baa in the popular Hindi show Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, passed away at the age of 77 in Mumbai on Wednesday.

The news was broken on Twitter by television writer Mushtaq Shiekh, who wrote, "Sudha Shivpuri (wife of Om Shivpuri) also popularly known as Baa in Kyun Ki passed away this morning."
Sudha Shivpuri with Smriti Irani in Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. IBNLive

Her funeral will be held at the Oshiwara Crematorium in Mumbai at 2.30 pm on Wednesday.

Shooting for 'Grand Masti' sequel 'Great Grand Masti' begins today

Actors Riteish Deshmukh, Vivek Oberoi and Aftab Shivdasani have reunited for the shoot of their upcoming movie "Great Grand Masti". The Indra Kumar-directed project will be the third film in the "Masti" franchise. The second installment "Grand Masti" tasted huge success at the box office in 2013.

Actors Riteish Deshmukh, Vivek Oberoi and Aftab Shivdasani have reunited for the shoot of their upcoming movie "Great Grand Masti". The Indra Kumar-directed project will be the third film in the "Masti" franchise. The second installment "Grand Masti" tasted huge success at the box office in 2013.

Riteish took to twitter to announce the news alongside a picture of Vivek and Aftab.

"..#GreatGrandMasti begins- @AftabShivdasani @vivek_oberoi Masti Boys are back," Riteish tweeted. "Great Grand Masti" is being produced by Ashok Thakeria along with Balaji Motion Pictures. The movie is eying a November release. 
Source - DNA

How the Mad Men Finale Put the Don Draper Death Rumors to Rest

Michael Yarish—AMCJon Hamm as Don Draper in the Season 7 premiere of AMC's Mad Men.
The death conspiracy theories were finally retired

Since the very first episode of Mad Men, many fans have interpreted the show’s opening credits—a suited man hurtling toward the earth from the top of a skyscraper—as foreshadowing of Don Draper’s ultimate death. Showrunner Matthew Weiner has suggested that the title sequence is meant to be metaphorical rather than literal, but it hasn’t stopped the conjecturing.

But in the first ten minutes of the series finale Sunday night, the writers seemed to nip that theory in the bud—and with a joke, no less. As Roger Sterling sat with his secretary, Caroline, and the now-several-days-missing Don’s secretary, Meredith, the latter remarked on her boss’ prolonged absence.

“Is he dead?” she asked Roger. Roger responded that he didn’t think so.

“Well, I hope he’s in a better place,” Meredith responded, offering what sounded like condolences even in the face of news that Don is likely alive.

But as it turned out, Meredith wasn’t offering condolences. “There are a lot of better places than here,” she clarified. Apparently, Don seemed to think so, too.

बाथरूम में मिला 'BA PASS' में काम कर चुकी एक्ट्रेस और मॉडल का शव

'BA PASS' की एक्ट्रेस की मौत, दोस्त बोली- मर्दों ने बर्बाद की शिखा की जिंदगी
मुंबई. बॉलीवुड एक्ट्रेस और मॉडल शिखा जोशी की रहस्यमयी हालत में मौत हो गई है। उनका शव वर्सोवा स्थित एक अपार्टमेंट के बाथरूम में मिला है। शिखा की एक दोस्त ने कहा, ''छेड़खानी विवाद और टीवी सीरियलों में काम न मिलने के कारण वह निराश थी। उसने कई बार मुझसे कहा था कि कई शादीशुदा मर्दों ने मेरी जिंदगी बर्बाद कर दी। '' बता दें कि शिखा की लाश को उनके कुछ दोस्तों ने बाथरूम देखा और पुलिस को मामले की जानकारी दी। इसके बाद से पुलिस जांच-पड़ताल में जुट गई है।

शिखा ने डॉक्टर पर लगाया था यौन छेड़छाड़ का आरोप

मॉडल शिखा जोशी पहले भी विवादों में रही हैं। 2013 में मुंबई पुलिस ने कॉस्मेटिक सर्जन डॉ. विजय शर्मा के घर पर पत्थर फेंकने के आरोप में शिखा और उनके भाई को गिरफ्तार किया था। 2011 में शिखा ने डॉ. विजय के खिलाफ छेड़छाड़ के आरोप मुकदमा दर्ज करवाया था।
अभी तक जो जानकारी निकलकर सामने आई है, उसके अनुसार, शिखा मूलतः नई दिल्ली की रहने वाली हैं और तीन महीने पहले ही मुंबई आई थीं। यहां वे मलाड इलाके में रहती थीं। उनकी शादी हो चुकी थी। हालांकि, उनका पति उन्हें छोड़कर यूएस चला गया और फिर वापस नहीं लौटा। शिखा ने साल 2012 में रिलीज हुई डायरेक्टर अजय बहल की फिल्म 'बीए पास' में काम किया है। इस फिल्म में शिल्पा शुक्ला, शादाब कमल और राजेश शर्मा अहम भूमका में थे।

हत्या या आत्मह्त्या

शिखा की हत्या हुई है या उन्होंने आत्महत्या की है, इस बात पर अभी संशय बना हुआ है। पुलिस मामले की जांच कर रही है। शुरुआती जांच में शिखा की गर्दन पर धारदार हथियार के निशान पाए गए हैं। मौत की असली वजह का खुलासा पोस्टमार्टम रिपोर्ट आने के बाद ही हो पाएगा।

REVEALED: Aamir Khan Will Be Seen In A Cameo In ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’

Aamir Khan shares a great rapport with director of ‘Dil Dhadkane Do’ Zoya Akhtar

If you are waiting for Zoya Akhtar’s multi-starrer movie ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ then here’s news that will double your interest. Apparently there is a surprise element in the movie stored for fans! And the role will be essayed by none other than Mr. Perfectionist Aamir Khan.

Yes that’s true Aamir Khan who shares a great rapport with director Zoya Akhtar will be seen in a small role in the film.On stage: Complete cast of Dil Dhadakne Do launching the music (Photo: Twitter)

‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ that stars Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh, Anushka Sharma, Farhan Akhtar and Anil Kapoor in lead has already created a buzz on internet. And with this news we hope the excitement for the movie amongst fans will surely get doubled.

Produced by Excel Entertainment with Magic Pictures and Junglee Movies, ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ is a story about a dysfunctional Punjabi family on a cruise shot across the Mediterranean Sea.

The movie is slated to release on June 5, 2015.
Source - focus news
The picture was taken shortly after Shashi Kapoor was conferred with the Dadasaheb Phalke award.

Of the series of photo-ops that actor Shashi Kapoor's award ceremony at Mumbai's Prithvi Theatre afforded on Sunday, there was none more special than this one - the 77-year-old with eight of his former heroines.

Shoot begins for Karan Johar's 'Kapoor & Sons'

Sidharth Malhotra, Alia Bhatt and Fawad Khan have started filming their upcoming movie "Kapoor & Sons" here today.

Directed by Shakun Batra of Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu fame, the film is produced by Karan Johar.

The film is a modern family drama with love triangle embedded in it.

Source  - DNA

Amitabh Bachchan’s Piku box office collections rise to Rs 21.18 crore on day 2

Amitabh Bachchan starrer 'Piku' box office collections did not get off to a good start as opening day's footfalls reached just 40%.
Unfortunately, for the Amitabh Bachchan And Deepika Padukone starrer Piku is facing stiff competition for previous week's release Gabbar Is Back, which stars Akshay Kumar. The Sunny Leone starrer Kuch Kuch Locha Hai has showed no indication it will rise as a rival to the public's purse. (Bollywood Hungama)

Have learnt to keep my personal life to myself: Preity Zinta

Actress Preity Zinta says she has decided to keep her personal life under wraps post the publicity surrounding her relationship and subsequent break-up with businessman Ness Wadia. 

The "Veer Zaara" star, who is secretly dating somebody, said she is looking forward to tie the knot with the "nice man" soon. 

"I would love to settle down like anybody but now I prefer to keep my relationship to myself. I don't think I would be somebody who will advertise him and publicise my personal life. 

"I have always been straightforward and honest with the media but now I feel there are few things which are solely meant for you and they get too much hype unnecessarily," Preity told PTI. 

Last year, the 40-year-old actress had filed a case against her former boyfriend and King's XI Punjab co-owner and accused him of assaulting her. She also spoke publicly on her Facebook page about their relationship and the reason behind the police complaint. 

The duo, who continue to work professionally, dated for four years. 

Last seen in a guest appearance in Saif Ali Khan-starrer "Happy Ending", Preity will be next seen in "Bhaiyyaji Superhitt" opposite Sunny Deol.

Source - business-standard

Piku: Lessons learnt from the film

Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone and Irrfan Khan-starrer Piku, that released this week, has opened to rave reviews. The film is a slice-of-life story and makes for an interesting watch. But trust Shoojit Sircar to lace the film with enough 'feels' such that the audience derives much more than mere entertainment from it. Besides the enjoyable banter and the general sense of bonhomie, the film packs in a powerful message without being preachy even once. It is a film that manages to stay with you. Here's the lessons that we have learnt from the beautiful, poetic story of the mismatched...

Age is just a number

Amitabh Bachchan as Bhaskar Banerjee transforms from a hypochondriac to a man who wants to enjoy every bit of his life. Just like his off-screen persona, Amitabh's Bhaskar has a lot of lessons to offer. He is fiercely opinionated and judgmental but is also open to suggestions. This makes him extremely endearing. And when he cruises along on a cycle through the streets of Kolkata, he seems to be laughing at the concept of age and ageing. Definitely a lesson here!

Akshay Kumar's 'Gabbar Is Back' marching towards the 100 crore mark

After 'Baby', it is an Akshay Kumar film again that has managed to bring audience in theaters and brought a smile back on the face of exhibitors and distributors. If the weekend was quite good for 'Gabbar Is Back' with constant escalation on every passing day, the weekdays were stable too with collections continuing to pour. The film had a healthy Monday as well due to partial holiday in some parts of the country. Though there were some drops visible on Wednesday and Thursday, it was expected and not alarming since single screens in particular were holding really well. As a result, the first week ended around a healthy 60 crore mark.

Salman Khan’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan movie promo to release on May 22

Drama and suspense surrounding Salman Khan's hit and run case sessions court verdict where he was sentenced to 5 years in jail obscured Bajrangi Bhaijaan promo release date.
Said to be one of the biggest releases this year, Salman Khan starrer Bajrangi Bhaijaan, which also features Kareena Kapoor and Nawazuddin Siddiqui promo is set to release on May 22. (Bollywwod Hungama)

In the midst of the drama and suspense surrounding Salman Khan’s hit and run case sessions court verdict where he was sentenced to 5 years in jail and thereafter bailed out and subsequently (today) getting relief from the Bombay High Court too, the news of the megastar’s new movie Bajrangi Bhaijaan promo release date being revealed got lost.

Bail, no jail for now: Salman Khan case puts question mark over legal process

The Bombay High Court’s order suspending the five-year imprisonment given to the 2002 hit-and-run case convict actor Salman Khan is bound to raise many eyebrows.

It’s an irony that the trial court took 13 long years to nail the culprit and the High Court freed the convicted actor within hours.

"Not only must Justice be done; it must also be seen to be done." The HC’s order saving Khan from incarceration appears to go against this age-old principle followed by courts.

While admitting the actor’s appeal, Justice Abhay Thipsay said it would be proper to suspend the sentence during the pendency of the convict’s appeal as it raised “arguable points needing consideration”.

Superstar Rajinikanth's daughter welcomes baby boy

Soundarya married Ramkumar, an industrialist, in 2010.

Image credit: Soundarya's Twitter account

Tamil Superstar Rajinikanth's filmmaker daughter Soundarya and her husband Ashwin Ramkumar have welcomed their first child, a baby boy.

The child was born late last night at a hospital here and both the mother and the child are doing well, hospital sources told PTI today.

Soon after, Rajinikanth, 64, paid a visit to the hospital and distributed sweets.

Soundarya, 30, married Ramkumar, an industrialist, in 2010. She directedKochadaiiyaan, a motion capture animation movie featuring her father, which released last year.

"I am very happy that both my daughters (Aishwarya Dhanush and Soundarya Ashwin) are making films and at the same time, they have to focus on raising their families (as well).
They should not just have children but be with them because they need care up to 10-12 years," Rajinikanth earler said.

Soundarya's sister and wife of actor Dhanush, Aishwarya has two sons Yatra and Linga.
Source - DNA

Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon in 'Half Girlfriend' adaptation?

It seems Varun Dhawan is likely to team up with Kriti Sanon for the Bollywood adaptation of Chetan Bhagat's novel 'Half Girlfriend' which will be produced by Mohit Suri, Chetan Bhagat and Ekta Kapoor.

A source close to the development said, "Ekta has already bought the rights to Chetan's book and made up her mind about casting Varun in the film."

Sunny Leone: I have faced discrimination in Bollywood

Bollywood stars without any filmi background or a godfather often find it difficult to make a place for themselves in the film industry. From stepping into smaller roles to doing an item song to working in small budget films, these actors try everything to get their talent recognised. Getting a second chance in Bollywood is a Herculean task. But if you are Sunny Leone, the discrimination goes a notch higher.
The former adult film star, who made her debut in Bollywood with Jism 2, believes that discrimination persists in Bollywood since she herself has been a victim of it.

Deepika breaks her silence on the much controversial My Choice video

Deepika, 29, who finally broke her silence about the much-debated online video on women empowerment, said the larger meaning of the documentary was ignored.

The line “to have sex outside marriage...” from the famous My Choice video may sound bad to others but Deepika Padukone says she never intended to promote infidelity in a relationship through the short film.

Deepika, 29, who finally broke her silence about the much-debated online video on women empowerment, said the larger meaning of the documentary was ignored.

“Mixed reactions did not bother me. It was a bit disappointing to know that certain lines were pulled out of context and blown completely out of proportion and we missed the larger point that the film was trying to make...

Pracchi Desai’s busy year with Azharuddin’s biopic and ‘Rock On!! 2′

After a gap of almost a year, Pracchi Desai is set to return with two movies 'Rock On!! 2' and Mohammad Azharuddin's biopic.
By: Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 5, 2015 4:19 pm

Pracchi Desai, who was last seen onscreen in the much-forgotten ‘Police Giri’ opposite Sanjay Dutt and an item song in ‘Ek Villain’, is making a comeback. After a gap of almost a year, the actress is set to return with two movies ‘Rock On!! 2′ and Mohammad Azharuddin’s biopic.

Piku - When motions and emotions met on a page

Juhi Chaturvedi grew up with a hypochondriac grandfather who would discuss his ailments with his doctor in great detail."And dining table conversations revolved around motions and constipation was discussed 24x7," reminisces the story, screenplay and dialogue writer of Shoojit Sircar's upcoming family drama, Piku.

Amitabh Bachchan's character in the film, Bhashkar Banerjee, a quirky and cranky Bengali babu who is visibly unhappy if his health reports come up 'normal', is modelled on Juhi's dadaji, a well read gentleman who with advancing age and the lingering shadow of death, became obsessed with his health and gave the film its tongue in-cheek catchline, Insaan ka emotion uske motion se juda hota hai."That for me is the truth of life. If you are unhappy inside the loo, you will never be happy outside it.The root to most of our problems is the stomach. If the gastro-intestinal track is working fine, then you're usually in good shape and spirits," she reasons.

Pakistani artist Atif Aslam to make Bollywood acting debut

Having carved a niche for himself in Bollywood music, Pakistani singing sensation Atif Aslam is now ready to give competition to the actors in the Hindi film industry.
By: Press Trust of India | Kolkata | Updated: May 6, 2015 1:33 pm

Having carved a niche for himself in Bollywood music, Pakistani singing sensation Atif Aslam is now ready to give competition to the actors in the Hindi film industry.

Filmmaker Mani Ratnam admitted to hospital due to cardiac problems

Filmmaker Mani Ratnam was admitted to a Delhi hospital on Tuesday due to cardiac problems.

When contacted, the hospital authorities said they had been asked not to give any further information but confirmed that the director was stable and sleeping. Mani Ratnam’s family, too, was unwilling to divulge any details.

Priyanka Chopra celebrates Kangana's National Award victory

Priyanka Chopra lost the National Award for Best Actress to Kangana Ranaut despite a knockout performance in Mary Kom, but the actress still turned up at the party hosted by the latter at her Khar apartment and posed hand-in-hand with the Queen.Obviously, playing India's Million Dollar Baby has made PeeCee a good sport and she found a staunch admirer in herMary Kom producer, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who insisted hers was the performance of the year. Priyanka reciprocated the compliment with lots of smiles and coaxed SLB on to the dance floor.For the lensers gathered outside, it would have been a Kodak moment had they got a click of Kashibai shaking a leg with her Bajirao Mastani director.

LIVE: Bollywood star Salman Khan sentenced to 5 years in jail in 2002 hit-and-run case

Salman Khan arrives in a car to appear at the sessions court in Mumbai. (Kunal Patil/HT Photo)

Bollywood star Salman Khan was on Wednesday sentenced to five years in prison after being found guilty by a court in Mumbai of killing a homeless man in a 2002 hit-and-run crash after a night out drinking.

While convicting Khan, sessions court judge DW Deshpande said all the charges against the star, including culpable homicide not amounting to murder, had been proved.

The judge said 49-year-old Khan was driving the car at the time of the accident and the defence’s contention that his driver Ashok Singh was at the wheel was not probable.

Actor Salman Khan Held Guilty in 2002 Hit-and-Run Case

Actor Salman Khan leaves for Mumbai court ahead of verdict in 2002 hit-and-run case

Salman Khan, 49, faces up to 10 years in prison.

The prosecution has alleged that it has strong evidence that Salman Khan was drunk and driving back home from Juhu late on September 28, 2002, when he lost control of the car and ran over men sleeping on the pavement outside a bakery.

लाइव: हिट एंड रन केस में सलमान खान दोषी करार, दस साल तक हो सकती है सजा

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अभिनेता सलमान खान से जुड़े बहुचर्चित हिट एंड रन केस में मुंबई की सत्र अदालत में बुधवार को कार्रवाई जारी है। कोर्ट ने माना कि सलमान खान पर सभी आरोप साबित होते हैं। कोर्ट ने उन्हें यह कहते हुए दोषी करार दिया कि सबूतों के आधार पर यह साबित होता है कि आपने शराब पी रखी थी और आप ही गाड़ी चला रहे थे।
इस मामले में दोषी पाए जाने पर बॉलीवुड के 'दबंग' खान को 10 साल तक कारावास की सजा हो सकती है। बारह साल पुराने इस मामले को लेकर पिछले माह सत्र न्यायाधीश डी. डब्ल्यू देशपांडे ने फैसला सुनाने के लिए 6 मई की तारीख तय की थी। इस दौरान सलमान खाने को भी दोपहर 11:15 बजे कोर्ट में मौजूद रहने का आदेश दिया था। इस हाई-प्रोफाइल मामले को देखते हुए कोर्ट के चारों ओर कड़ी सुरक्षा के इंतजाम किए गए हैं। केवल मीडियाकर्मी, वकील और कोर्ट स्टाफ को ही भीतर जाने की इजाजत है।
इस मामले में अभियोजन और बचाव पक्ष की बहस 21 अप्रैल को पूरी हो गई थी। मजिस्ट्रेट द्वारा गैर इरादतन हत्या के आरोप शामिल करने और मामले को सत्र अदालत के पास भेजने के बाद बहस नई सिरे से हुई थी। गैर इरादतन हत्या के मामले की सुनवाई मजिस्ट्रेट नहीं, बल्कि सत्र अदालत कर सकती है और दोषी पाए जाने पर अपराधी को 10 वर्ष तक की सजा हो सकती है। इससे पूर्व मजिस्ट्रेट सलमान के खिलाफ लापरवाही से और तेज गति से गाड़ी चलाने के मामले में सुनवाई कर रहे थे। इस मामले में भारतीय दंड संहिता की धारा के तहत आरोपी को दो वर्ष तक की सजा हो सकती है।
सलमान (49) का कहना है कि वह दुर्घटना के समय वाहन नहीं चला रहे थे और उस समय उनका ड्राइवर अशोक सिंह वाहन चला रहा था। बचाव पक्ष के गवाह के रूप में पेश हुए सिंह ने इस बात की पुष्टि की है। हालांकि प्रदीप घराट के नेतत्व में अभियोजन पक्ष ने आरोप लगाया है कि सलमान एक बार से बकार्डी रम पीने के बाद वाहन चला रहे थे, जबकि अभिनेता का तर्क है कि वह शराब नहीं बल्कि पानी पी रहे थे।
हालांकि अभियोजन ने दलील दी कि कार में सलमान के अलावा उनका पुलिस अंगरक्षक रवींद्र पाटिल और गायक मित्र कमाल खान मौजूद थे लेकिन अभिनेता ने तर्क दिया कि कार में एक चौथा व्यक्ति अशोक सिंह भी था। एक अदालत ने 2013 में सलमान के खिलाफ एक ताजा सुनवाई के दौरान गैर इरादतन हत्या के आरोप तय किए थे। अभियोजन पक्ष ने अपने मामले को साबित करने के लिए 27 गवाहों से पूछताछ की।
सलमान के वकील श्रीकांत शिवदे ने तर्क दिया कि मृतक की पोस्टमार्टम रिपोर्ट बताती है कि उसकी मौत कुचले जाने से लगी चोटों से हुईं और ये चोटें उस समय लगी थीं जब पुलिस द्वारा बुलाई गई क्रेन भारी एसयूवी को एक बार में नहीं उठा सकी थी और उसने इसे पीड़ितों पर गिरा दिया था।
बचाव पक्ष के वकील ने तर्क दिया कि बायां पहिया फट जाने के कारण कार एक दुकान से टकरा गई थी। उनका कहना था कि दुर्घटनास्थल पर दुकान के पास सड़क की मरम्मत हो रही थी और उस जगह पर पत्थर बिखरे पड़े थे। अभियोजन पक्ष ने कहा कि वह पाटिल द्वारा पुलिस को दिए गए बयान को आधार बना रहा है। पाटिल ने कहा था कि उसने अभिनेता को तेज गति और लापरवाही से वाहन नहीं चलाने की सलाह दी थी लेकिन सलमान ने उसकी बात पर ध्यान नहीं दिया।
पाटिल की सुनवाई के दौरान मौत हो गई थी। पाटिल ने यह भी कहा था कि दुघर्टना के समय सलमान ने शराब पी रखी थी। हालांकि उसने सलमान के इस दावे के बारे में कुछ नहीं कहा कि वाहन अशोक सिंह चला रहा था। सलमान के वकील ने तर्क दिया कि पाटिल के बयान को दरकिनार कर दिया जाना चाहिए क्योंकि उसका निधन हो गया है और वह पूछताछ के लिए उपलब्ध नहीं है जबकि अभियोजन पक्ष का तर्क है कि पाटिल के बयान पर विचार किया जाना चाहिए क्योंकि उसने सलमान को कार चलाते देखा था और वह अहम गवाह था।
बचाव पक्ष के वकील ने यह भी तर्क दिया कि पुलिस ने स्टीयरिंग व्हील से उंगलियों के निशान नहीं उठाए थे, जिससे यह पता चल सके कि वाहन कौन चला रहा था। अभियोजन पक्ष के अनुसार सलमान के लापरवाही और तेज गति से गाड़ी चलाने के कारण नुरूल्ला महबूब शरीफ की मौत हो गई थी और कलीम मोहम्मद पठान, मुन्ना मलाई खान, अब्दुल्ला रउफ शेख और मुस्लिम शेख घायल हो गए थे। हालांकि सलमान ने कहा, रवींद्र पाटिल झूठा व्यक्ति था और वह दुर्घटना के समय सो रहा था।
अदालत सामाजिक कार्यकर्ता संतोष दाउंदकर की उस याचिका पर भी आज फैसला सुनाएगी, जिसमें आरोप लगाया गया था कि पुलिस ने गलत चिकित्सकों से पूछताछ करके झूठे साक्ष्य पेश किए। याचिका में आरोप लगाया गया है कि पुलिस ने मुख्य प्रत्यक्षदर्शी कमाल खान से भी पूछताछ नहीं की।
Source - live hindustan

The Wedding Story Of TV Actors Karan Patel And Ankita Bhargava

The wait is over for all the fans and well-wishers of the adorable couple from the Indian television world! Well, we are talking about the much-awaited wedding of popular television actors, Karan Patel and Ankita Bhargava. The two got married in a grand Gujarati style on May 3, 2015. With elaborate ceremonies and functions, the star-studded wedding celebrations of the duo kept the telly world quite too busy over the weekend.
And, for all the fans of this gorgeous couple, here we bring the exclusive details of their beautiful wedding journey.

Getting together

Coincidentally, Karan already plays the role of Abhay Bhargava’s (Ankita’s father) on-screen son-in-law in the show, Ye Hai Mohabbatein. And, many people expected her father to have made this match possible.
However, it was Karan’s another co-star from the same show, Aly Goni, who played cupid between the two.  
In fact, when Karan was asked during one of his interviews if his reel-life father-in-law was the matchmaker, he replied:
“Not really. I have worked with Abhayji for a long time, but never thought that I would marry his daughter. Aly (Goni), my brother, confidante, friend and co-actor, brought the two families together. Our families arranged this match. I am happy that I have finally found my soul mate because I am already thinking of reasons to make her smile.”
And, in one of her interviews, Ankita too talked about how unexpected was it for her to be with Karan. She said:
“Karan is a beautiful person, and all this while, I had never met him at any party or even spoken with him often. Dad used to mention about his acting and work regularly at home, but I never thought that we would come together.”
Ankita’s father, Abhay Bhargava too expressed his happiness as he said during one of his interviews:
“Karan Patel is a great human being. I always wanted my son-in-law as Karan Patel and here my dream is being fulfilled. On screen, I play a role of a father-in-law to him; and I don’t believe that this reel character has turn into a real life character too.”

Pre-wedding celebrations

The couple had fun-filled pre-wedding celebrations that included hen party, cocktail party, sangeetand ring ceremony. And, here are all the details.

Ankita’s bachelorette party

Ankita’s bachelorette party was organised by her friends from the telly world, Roopal Tyagi and Rishina Kandhari. Ankita looked pretty in a casual black and white dress.
She also wore the beautiful veil and sash symbolic of her ending spinster days.
While initially it was an all-girls party, their guy friends too joined them later.

Cocktail Party

Karan and Ankita threw a cocktail party on April 30, 2015, in Trilogy Club, Mumbai. The star-studded event included a lot of their friends from the television industry. Here are few glimpses of the evening:

Sangeet and Ring Ceremony

Karan and Ankita had their sangeet as well as ring ceremony on May 1, 2015 at Novotel hotel, Mumbai. Ankita wore an exquisitely embellished peach and sea-green lehenga that was selected by her mother-in-law. She completed her look with minimal makeup, sleek jewellery and a simple hairdo. Karan too looked dapper in his shiny blue bandhgala jacket teamed up with formal trousers.
Karan also recited shayari for Ankita, which stole all the hearts away. His co-star Aly Goni also danced to Bollywood’s hot numbers, Tune Mari Entriyaan and Desi Boyz with him. Karan’s another co-star, Divyanka Tripathi, too had planned to perform on this occasion, but she had to drop the plan because of the foot injury that she had recently.
Apart from the entire crew of Ye Hai Mohabbatein and other from the telly world, Bollwyood celebs, Jeetendra and Shobha Kapoor, Rakesh Roshan and his wife Pinky Roshan, Supriya Pathak with her daughter Sanah, were also seen at the sangeet ceremony. Here, take a look at the guests of the evening:

The wedding day

Initially, the couple was expected to have a destination wedding as Ankita had said in one of her interviews to Bombay Times:
“The wedding will take place on May 3, 2015. It will be a destination wedding. We are not disclosing the destination name right now but we will have a big reception party in Mumbai once we are back."
However, due to Karan’s busy schedule, they had to ditch this plan, and finally settled for a wedding in Mumbai. Ankita looked stunning in a gorgeous white and gold lehenga with red border, and Karan looked elegant in a magnificent sherwani. The wedding took place as per Gujarati traditions, and was attended by their close friends and family members.

The Grand Wedding Reception

After the traditional and private wedding, the couple sealed their wedding celebrations with a starry reception in Mumbai. Ankita looked gorgeous in a stunning gold outfit and Karan looked dapper in a three-piece suit.
The star-studded reception was graced by the presence of Aly Goni, Divyanka Tripathi, Krystle D'souza, Anita Hassanandani, Abhishek Rawat, Shruti Bapna, Mihika Varma, Neena K, Nivedita Basu and Mushtaq Sheikh, among many others.

Honeymoon plans

As per various reports, the newlyweds planned to go to Singapore for their honeymoon immediately after their wedding. And hence, he will not be there on a few episodes of Ye Hai Mohabbatein and one episode of Nach Baliye 7, which he is co-hosting with Rithvik Dhanjani.
Source - lifestyle.yahoo


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