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Bollywood news on September 24: NCB summons Deepika, Sara, Shraddha and Rakul

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Written by A. Kameshwari , Komal RJ Panchal | Updated: September 24, 2020 7:15:04 pm
deepika padukone, sara ali khanDeepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan, Shraddha Kapoor and Rakul Preet singh have been summoned by NCB. (Photo: Sara Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone/Instagram)

Investigations are still underway in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case. Sushant’s former partner and actor Rhea Chakraborty is in judicial custody for a drug case lodged in connection with Rajput’s death. Even as the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has revealed that Chakraborty mentioned Sara Ali Khan, Rakul Preet Singh and fashion designer Simone Khambatta’s names during an interrogation, more names are coming under scrutiny. Recently various reports claimed that Dia Mirza will also be summoned in the drug case. The actor-activist took to Twitter to refute the allegations.

She tweeted, “I would like to strongly refute and categorically deny this news as being false, baseless and with mala fide intentions. Such frivolous reporting has a direct impact on my reputation being besmirched and is causing damage to my career which I have painstakingly built with years of hard work. I have never procured or consumed any narcotic or contraband substances of any form in my life. I intend to pursue the full extent of legal remedies available to me as a law abiding citizen of India. Thanks to my supporters for standing by me.”

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Meanwhile, Bollywood star Deepika Padukone is making headlines after NCB summoned the actor’s manager Karishma Prakash on Tuesday along with CEO of KWAN agency, Dhruv Chitgopekar. Karishma is an employee of the KWAN Talent Management Agency. So far, a total of 19 arrests have been made in connection with the drug case.

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19:06 (IST)24 Sep 2020
Ken Ghosh to direct ZEE5's State of Siege: Akshardham

ZEE5 on Thursday announced their next original Film State of Siege: Akshardham, based on the attack on the Akshardham Temple on September 24, 2002.

The team which created State of Siege: 26/11, Contiloe Pictures will bankroll the film directed by Ken Ghosh.

Ghosh said, “State of Siege is a fantastic franchise and it is quite a huge responsibility for me to direct this film. This is my second association with ZEE5 after Abhay, and I am looking forward to working with the team again. Everyone knows about the Akshardham attack, but not many know what happened behind the scenes and the role that our brave NSG soldiers played. State of Siege: Akshardham will decode the entire event and present it to the viewers.”

18:32 (IST)24 Sep 2020
Harrdy Sandhu becomes first Indian singer to be associated with Manchester City club

Singer Harrdy Sandhu has become the first Indian singer to be associated with Manchester City football club. The actor posted a picture of himself in the Manchester City jersey on his social media platforms. The Manchester City club is also excited to have Harrdy on their panel and have given him a warm welcome.

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What 🎵 X ⚽️ looks like. @mancity @pumaindia #mancity #football #music

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18:07 (IST)24 Sep 2020
Coming Soon: Neena Gupta's memoir

Penguin Random House India has announced the acquisition of award-winning actor Neena Gupta’s memoir, Sach Kahun Toh. The book is going to be a deeply intimate account of her extraordinary personal and professional journey. It will be published in the summer of 2021

About writing her first book, Neena Gupta said, “In the first half of 2020, when the country went into lockdown to battle the Covid-19 crisis, I found myself in Mukteshwar, a beautiful, scenic village in Uttarakhand. It was here I realized I had nothing to do other than battle my own thoughts. I started to reflect and relive my life’s journey. Taking long, winding walks every day, appreciating the sounds of the birds and basking in the chill of the mountain air, I asked myself, 'Why should I write a book? What do I have to say that could help and inspire someone?' And I realized two things, which made me immensely hopeful. My life has been festered with so many incidents that have made me and also broken me, and I needed to free myself by getting them out. Reflecting about my life, my journey and the things I have had to overcome will make me feel better and lighter. Secondly and more importantly, through the book, I also want people to know that despite my flaws, my broken relationships and my circumstances in life, if I can get up, get going and look really good while doing so, so can you!”

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Sach kahun toh —-likh daali #sachkahutoh @penguinindia @gurveenchadha

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17:50 (IST)24 Sep 2020
IFFI postponed to January 2021

Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javdekar on Thursday announced that International Film Festival of India (IFFI) will be postponed to January next year due to COVID-19. He added that the film festival will be held in a hybrid format. READ MORE.

17:48 (IST)24 Sep 2020
Poonam Pandey wants to end her marriage

A few days after her marriage, Poonam Pandey got her husband Sam arrested by the Goa police. She filed an FIR against him for molesting, threatening and assaulting her, and today she has said that she wants to end her marriage because of domestic abuse. READ MORE.

15:35 (IST)24 Sep 2020
Dharma Productions' Kshitij Raviprasad under NCB scanner

ANI reported that Dharma Productions employee Kshitij Raviprasad has been summoned by Narcotics Control Bureau. He will be interrogated tomorrow.

Dharma Productions is owned by Karan Johar.

14:31 (IST)24 Sep 2020
Arjun Rampal under home quarantine

Actor Arjun Rampal took to his social media platforms to share that he is under precautionary home quarantine after his Nail Polish co-stars Manav Kaul and Anand Tiwari tested positive for Covid-19.

14:08 (IST)24 Sep 2020
Prime Minister Modi to Milind Soman: Are you really that old?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today interacted with fitness icons Virat Kolhi, Milind Soman and celebrity nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar, as a part of Fit India Dialogue 2020.

While interacting with Soman, PM Modi asked him, "Whatever you say your age is - are you really that old or is it something else?"

To this, Milind Soman replied, "Many people ask me, are you 55? They wonder how I can run 500 KM at this age. I tell them my mother is 81. I want to be like her when I reach that age. My mother is an example for me and many others."

12:50 (IST)24 Sep 2020
Maanayata Dutt shares a picture of herself and Sanjay Dutt

Sanjay Dutt and wife Maanayata Dutt are in Dubai, where they are spending quality family time with their children Iqra and Shahraan.

The actor, who has taken a break for medical treatment, recently finished shooting for Shamshera, and will get back on the sets of Prithviraj post Diwali.

11:59 (IST)24 Sep 2020
Amitabh Bachchan releases short film Doobie

Amitbah Bachchan took to his social media platforms to present Doobie, a short film by Keith Gomes, who was an assistant director on the actor's film Aladdin.

This short film showcases the undying spirit of a five-year-old ragpicker in Mumbai, and how he dreams of owning a pair of shoes.

The short is streaming on YouTube.

11:30 (IST)24 Sep 2020
Saiee M Manjrekar joins the cast of Major

Saiee M Manjrekar, who made her mark in Bollywood opposite Salman Khan in Dabangg 3, has been roped in to play an important role in Major, directed by Sashi Kiran Tikka.

Major, a bilingual shot simultaneously in Telugu and Hindi, is inspired by the life of NSG commando Sandeep Unnikrishnan, who died in the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Talking about Major, Saiee M Manjrekar said, “For me, what matters is the script and the impact the character has in the overall narrative. Once you deep dive in the dissection of the character, there are so many beautiful emotions that as an actress I can explore. This is what I saw in the script of Major, which is why when it was offered to me, I instantly said a ‘yes’ to it. I am open to working even down South and this one is a bilingual shot simultaneously in two languages. I can’t wait to start shooting for the film."

The film is set for a 2021 summer release.

10:55 (IST)24 Sep 2020
No arrests, seizures in case in which Deepika Padukone summoned

On Wednesday, the NCB issued summons to actors Deepika Padukone and Rakul Preet Singh in connection with the WhatsApp chats case (15/20) against Rhea Chakraborty. The chats had been provided to the NCB by the Enforcement Directorate, and the agency has so far not made any seizures that could be collaborative evidence. READ MORE.

10:29 (IST)24 Sep 2020
Rakul's summons was issued yesterday, but she has not responded, says NCB

According to the Narcotics Control Bureau, Rakul Preet Singh's summons was issued yesterday, but she has not responded on any available contact so far.

However, the actor issued a statement through her team, where she has denied receiving any summons. Her statement reads, “Rakul Preet Singh has not received the alleged summons either at Mumbai or Hyderabad so far.”

10:17 (IST)24 Sep 2020
Pooja Bhatt celebrates 3 years of being sober

Pooja Bhatt took to Instagram to share a note on overcoming alcoholism. She wrote, ''Three yrs & nine months sober today. One more quarter and I will be four 🎂🥳 As someone who drank openly,I chose to recover openly.I truly felt it was important to share my journey to tell others,women especially, who might be struggling that they are not alone & if I could do it so could they. Was ridiculed by some but lauded for being courageous by most. I wondered why people termed speaking openly about addiction issues courageous. And also why there is an ‘anonymous’ attached to groups that help you recover. I understand more than ever today that it’s because people simplify/stigmatise addictive behaviour & tend to criminalise it without attempting to understand why someone used a substance to begin with.''

17:50 (IST)23 Sep 2020
NCB summons Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan and others

Narcotics Control Bureau has issued summons to Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan, Shradhha Kapoor and Rakul Preet Singh in a drug case related to Sushant Singh Rajput death case. 

Read | Drugs case: NCB summons Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan, Shraddha Kapoor, Rakul Preet for questioning

16:30 (IST)23 Sep 2020
WATCH | Iqbal Khan talk about Crackdown

Actor Iqbal Khan spoke about his new series Crackdown, which is streaming on Voot Select. The show also stars Saqib Saleem, Ankur Bhatia and Shriya Pilgaonkar.

15:59 (IST)23 Sep 2020
WATCH | Asim Riaz grooves to Badan Pe Sitaare
15:02 (IST)23 Sep 2020
Poonam Pandey’s husband gets bail in assault case

A Goa court granted conditional bail to film producer Sam Bombay, who was arrested for allegedly molesting, threatening and assaulting his wife Poonam Pandey, police said on Wednesday.

Judicial magistrate first class Shanoor Audi granted bail to Sam on Tuesday evening on a surety of Rs 20,000, an official said. READ MORE

14:34 (IST)23 Sep 2020
Tisca Chopra is back to work, introduces her 'new normal'
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#NewNormal #WorkingWithCaution #GameFaceOn

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On the other hand, Huma Qureshi has come forward to support filmmaker Anurag Kashyap after it was alleged by actor Payal Ghosh that he had sexually harassed her. Ghosh had also dragged Huma Qureshi's name while making her statement. The Gangs of Wasseypur actor on Tuesday took to social media to respond to Ghosh's statement.

She wrote, "Anurag and I last worked together in 2012-13 and he is a dear friend and an extremely talented director. In my personal experience and to my knowledge he has neither misbehaved with me or anyone else. However, anyone who claims to be abused must report it to the authorities, the police and the judiciary. I chose not to comment till now because I don’t believe in social media fights and media trials. I feel really angry at being dragged into this mess. I feel angry not just for myself but also every woman whose years of hard work and struggle gets reduced to baseless conjecture and allegations in their workplace. Please let’s refrain from this narrative. It is the joint responsibility of women and men both to carefully protect the sanctity of #MeToo. This is my final response. Please do not approach me to make any more statements on this matter."