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Alia Bhatt pays double price for fancy new Juhu home

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Actor Alia Bhatt has reportedly paid double price for a new house in Juhu, Mumbai. The first floor apartment, located in a posh locality, is worth Rs 7.8 crore, but Alia has shelled out more than Rs 13 crore for it. This is Alia’s third home in Juhu.

A report in Bollywood Life speculates that the move comes as Alia plans for a future with boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor. The couple has been seen in public with more regularity, recently making an appearance together at the Mumbai police’s annual Umang event.

Alia’s father, director Mahesh Bhatt, speaking about the relationship told the Telegraph, “Well, of course they’re in love. You don’t need to be a genius to get that!”

Speaking to Hindustan Times, Alia said, “It’s not as if a relationship is an achievement. It is just a part – and a very important part – of my life. It’s seamless as well as beautiful, and should be celebrated when it has to be. Right now, it should just be left on its own and kind of kept in a corner where it can stay safe and warm”

Alia and Ranbir will star opposite each other for the first time in the upcoming fantasy film, Brahmastra — due out at the end of the year.

But before that, Alia will be seen opposite Ranveer Singh in director Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy, a drama about the underground Mumbai rap scene, and based in part on the lives of rappers Divine and Naezy. Gully Boy will be released on February 14.

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Ayushmann Khurrana: What worked for me is I decided to swim against the tide

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Ayushmann says he is fortunate that people have loved his brand of cinema, which has hugely contributed to his equity.

“I believed that India wanted to bring out and talk about societal issues openly. I’m fortunate that the audience loved my brand of cinema, engaged and participated with my beliefs. What people perceive my equity to be today, comes from me being unafraid about my choices as a human being. If I wasn’t the man who believed in the things that I have raised my voice for, people would have sensed a disconnect,” he said.

The National Award-winning actor says his brand of cinema is a mirror image of his personality in real life.

“My films are an extension of my personality, my beliefs, my vision for my country. I think people understand that I want to do my best for society, for my fellow citizens and I don’t want to fail them ever.” he mentioned.

Ayushamann says he is going through the best time in his life.

“I definitely think that I’m going through the best phase of my career and I want this phase to continue for a long time,” admitted the actor.

He is rightfully enjoying his bonafide star status today. “It feels great because I know how much hard work I had to put in to be where I’m today. It is hugely humbling to see people believe in me and have faith in the kind of content that I stand for. It’s gratifying to see people relate to my journey because most of India go through the same drill while aspiring to find success,” he said.

“I’m one of them, I will always be one of them and bring out their stories and lives in the form of cinema because I’m deeply inspired by the heroism of the self-made, idealistic, inclusive people of India,” Ayushmann summed up.

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‘Scam 1992’ has given a push to my career: Anjali Barot

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Actress Anjali Barot says being part of the web show, Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story, has given a fillip to her career.

“It has definitely given a push to both my craft and my career. Before ‘Scam 1992’, I would often receive offers for ‘bubbly’ characters and roles,” Anjali told IANS.

“Although I would thoroughly enjoy these, I knew I’m made for a broader range and ‘Scam 1992’ was the right opportunity that came my way. Now, I have multiple casting directors reaching out to me with stronger and varied roles after having seen the intense performance for Jyoti’s character in ‘Scam 1992’. So, all in all it has been a big blessing,” added the actress, who was seen as seen as Jyoti Mehta, wife of stockbroker Harshad Mehta.

Asked what’s next for her, Anjali said: “I keep asking that question to myself all the time! I am as curious to know what my journey has to offer next. While I’m currently in talks for a couple of projects, I’m equally thrilled to see it materialising.”

“I want to keep doing a lot of quality and experimental work. This could be for any medium but just has to be extremely challenging and different from my previous roles. This is something that truly excites me and drives me as an actor,” she added.

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Comedian Bharti Singh, husband arrested by anti-drug agency in drugs probe

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Comedian Bharti Singh and her husband Haarsh Limbachiyaa were arrested by the anti-drug agency over the allegations of possession and use of marijuana.

Comedian Bharti Singh was arrested on Saturday after being questioned by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) for 15 hours and her husband was arrested on Sunday morning.

Bharti Singh and Haarsh Limbachiyaa’s Mumbai home was searched by the agency on Saturday. Officials of the agency said that ‘a small quantity of cannabis’ around 86.5 grams was found in their home in Andheri after which they were taken to the agency’s Mumbai office for questioning.

According to NCB , both Bharti and Haarsh Limbachiyaa have accepted that they use narcotic substances.

The NCB release read, “Both Bharti Singh and her husband Haarsh Limbachiyaa accepted consuming ganja. Ms Singh was placed under arrest under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act 1986.”

The quantity of narcotic substances found at the couple’s home was not for commercial use but could still be punishable under law for up to 10 years in jail.

The anti drug agency has been probing the use of drugs in the entertainment industry after the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. The agency had found WhatsApp chats involving the use of drugs from actor Rhea Chakrobaoty and her brother’s  phone.

The names of the comedian and her 33 year-old husband came up during the questioning of a drug peddler, the NCB said.

Earlier this month, actor Arjun Rampal home was searched. He and his partner Gabriella Demetriades home were also summoned for questioning by the NCB. Gabriella Demetriades brother, Agisialos Demetriades was also questioned and is currently inder the agency’s custody.

Before that, the agency had summoned film producer Firoz Nadiadwala and his wife was arrested after officials found 10 grams of marijuana at their Juhu home during a raid. His wife is out on bail.

The agency hd earlier summoned actors Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan, Shraddha Kapoor and Rakulpreet Singh for questioning in this drug probe case as their names had come up from WhatsApp chats in Rhea Chakraborty’s phone. Deepika Padukone’s manager Karishma Prakash has also been questioned by anti-drug agency several times.

In September, Rajput’s girlfriend, Rhea Chakraborty was arrested for allegedly procuring drugs for him. Her brother and some of the employees of Rajput were also arrested under various sections of the NDPS Act.

Rhea Chakraborty and others are currently out on bail.

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