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‘Kangana Ranaut violated sanctioned plan while merging her three flats’: Mumbai court

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Actor Kangana Ranaut violated the sanctioned plan while merging her three flats, a civil court has remarked while rejecting her plea seeking to restrain the Mumbai civic body from demolishing the unauthorized construction.

A court in suburban Dindoshi dismissed an application filed by Ms Ranaut last week. The detailed order became available on Thursday.

Judge L S Chavan noted in the order that Ms Ranaut, who owns three flats on the fifth floor of a 16-storey building in Khar area of the city, merged them into one.

In doing so, she covered the sunk area, duct area, common passage and converted free Floor Space Index (FSI) into habitable area, the judge observed.

“These are grave violation of the sanctioned plan for which the permission of the competent authority is required,” the court said.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had in March 2018 issued a notice to the actor for “unauthorized constructions” at her Khar flats.

Another notice asked her to restore the structure to its original position as per the original plan, warning that otherwise the unauthorized portion will be demolished.

Ms Ranaut challenged the demolition notice and requested the court to restrain the civic body from carrying out demolition. The court had then ordered status-quo.

In the latest order on December 23 judge Chavan rejected the actor’s application, saying the “interference of this court is not required”.

However, the court has given her six weeks to approach the Bombay High Court against the order.

On September 9, the BMC had demolished parts of Ms Ranaut’s bungalow in the Pali Hill area for alleged “unauthorized” construction. She moved the High Court against it.

The high court later termed the BMC’s action as illegal and malicious.

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Priyanka Chopra: Nobody made opportunities for me in the West

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When Priyanka Chopra Jonas started her journey in the West, there was no one to facilitate her entry into Hollywood with adequate opportunities. That is something she wants to change, with the power to create stories. Now that she has turned producer, the actress says she wants to help in the normalisation of South Asian people through stories as a producer.

“I don’t put myself in a box. I am very organic with what I feel. I am doing a comedy with Mindy Kaling, which is probably one of the first few romantic comedies in Hollywood that you will see with all-South Asian star cast. I don’t remember the last time that has happened. So that’s something very exciting. It was my quest,” Priyanka told IANS while opening about the road she wants to get on as a producer.

“When I started working there, nobody made opportunities for me. In fact, opportunities for people who are South Asian and look like us are very limited in Hollywood. I wanted to be able to be a kind of producer that creates that,” she added.

The actress continued: “I’m (also) doing a reality show, which is going to have couples from all ethnicities, all religions, celebrating a Sangeet. To take an Indian tradition and open it out to the world and have them understand, this is what I’m doing.”

It was in 2015 that the actress founded her production company, Purple Pebble Pictures, and started backing films in Hindi, Marathi, Sikkimese and Punjabi, some of which even won National Film Awards.

Now, she is going global thanks to the OTT power. She sealed a two-year multimillion-dollar, first-look television deal with the global streaming platform Amazon. She backed horror film “Evil Eye”, and is also producing the drama “Sheela” in which she will appear as Ma Anand Sheela. Priyanka has also executive-produced “The White Tiger” for Netflix.

“I’m taking the India that I know, the India that I have grown up in, and sort of creating things where there is a normalisation of seeing South Asian people in entertainment. In my little way, I’m trying to do as much of that as I can,” said the actress, who is married to pop star Nick Jonas.

For Priyanka, it all started at the age of 17 when she was crowned Miss World. She soon stepped into the world of Bollywood in 2003 with “The Hero: Love Story Of A Spy”.

Bollywood entertainers like “Fashion”, “7 Khoon Maaf”, “Barfi!”, “Mary Kom”, “Don”, and “Aitraaz” cemented her position in the industry. But it wasn’t always a smooth ride. There were also the likes of “Bluffmaster!”, “Salaam-E-Ishq”, “God Tussi Great Ho”, “Drona”, and “What’s Your Raashee?”.

She explored the world of music with singles like “In my city” and “Exotic”, and walked into the US television space as FBI agent Alex Parrish in “Quantico”. She made her Hollywood debut as a villain in “Baywatch”.

“When I came into the movies, I didn’t even know I could act. I was a 12th standard girl who suddenly became Miss World. And then suddenly, I was thrown into the movies. I didn’t have the privilege of going to film school or understanding what cinema was,” she said while looking back at her journey.

“I was pushed into it, and then I realised that this is actually a job. That this is not just trying to look pretty, hair, makeup and going onto the set. That it is a craft, you can hone it, you can create characters — and there’s a massive responsibility to that. That is when I started getting excited about the movies, but never in my wildest dreams, would I have seen having a 20-year career the way I’ve had,” she said.

Especially when she was told that she just had 10 years to work.

“In fact, at that time, I was told that women have a shelf life… jaldi-jaldi jitna bhi bhi kaam karna hai, do it. Imagine 10 years if you’re lucky. Sitting here, 20 years later, I feel like my ambition has only grown,” she said.

Her work slate reflects that.

Priyanka is currently seen in the film adaptation of “The White Tiger”, which released on Netflix on January 22. She recently completed work on “Text For You”, developing an untitled comedy with Mindy Kaling and Dan Goor, and also has roles in Russo Brothers’ “Citadel” and “The Matrix 4”.

“So far, I feel unfinished. I have a lot to do. I don’t know what that is. But I just (want to) keep walking in that direction,” said the 38-year-old.

source: The Statesman

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Shahid Kapoor starrer ‘Jersey’ to release on November 5

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Bollywood actor Shahid Kapoor starrer Jersey is all set for a Diwali release. It is scheduled to hit the theatres on November 5.

Shahid made the announcement on Instagram. He shared a picture dressed in a cricket uniform.

“JERSEY releasing in theatres this DIWALI 5th November 2021. The triumph of the human spirit. A journey I am so very proud of. This ones for the TEAM …. ” he wrote alongside the image.

Shahid’s upcoming sports drama is a Hindi remake of a Telugu hit of the same name. The Hindi version is directed by Gowtam Tinnanuri, who had also helmed the 2019 original. It also stars Mrunal Thakur.

The story is about a talented but failed cricketer named Arjun, who decides to make a comeback in his late thirties and play for India, in order to fulfil his son’s wish.

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I&B Ministry notice to Amazon Prime over ‘Tandav’

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The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has issued notice to Amazon Prime, seeking its response to the complaints against its web series ‘Tandav’ starring Saif Ali Khan.

Ministry sources that notice has been issued to the platform as it had released the series, and came as the ministry took serious notice of complaints against ‘Tandav’.

The web series had faced charges of inflaming religious passions and some police complaints have also been filed. According to the complaints, Hindu deities have been denigrated in it.

According to the sources, a proper response to all the allegations has been sought from Amazon Prime, failing which action would be taken against it.

source: The Statesman

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