Ishaan Khatter and Tripti Dimri to star in Dharma Productions’ next psychological thriller

Ishaan Khatter who made his acting debut in 2018 has been trying his hand at different genres. After making his big Bollywood debut with the tragic love story Dhadak followed by a masala entertainer Khaali Peeli, the actor is now shooting for the horror-comedy Phone Bhoot. He has also signed Pippa which is a war-drama where he plays a real-life army officer.

Ishan Khatter and Tripti Dimitri to star in Dharma Productions’ next psychological thriller

Now, reports state that Ishaan has signed Dharma Productions’ next psychological thriller. This will mark his second film with Dharma after Dhadak. Tripti Dimri who was praised for her performance in the Netflix film Bulbbul this year has been roped in to play the female lead in the fim. Reportedly, Tripti will be playing a complex character in the psychological thriller.

Reports further state that the film will be directed by Anubhuti Kashyap who recently also announced her next directorial titled Doctor G with Ayushmann Khurrana. The Dharma film is written by Sumit Saxena of Pyaar Ka Punchnama and Lust Stories fame.

The film will go on floors mid-next year once Anubhuti and Ishaan wrap up their prior commitments and will be released in late 2021.

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Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh bring in New Year with Deepika’s family and their close family friends

Bollywood’s most loved couple Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh, lovingly called DeepVeer by their fans, will bring in the New Year with Deepika’s family and their close family friends in a luxurious resort that is known for the best safaris in India.

Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh bring in New Year with Deepika’s family and their close family friends

Despite COVID-19, Deepika and Ranveer, two of the biggest superstars of our country, have had a super hectic year as they have shot all through the pandemic and shot for films and brand commitments. With 2021 seeming to be insanely jam-packed for them, as the world reopens slowly and the virus subsides, DeepVeer seems to be wanting some quiet and intimate time with each other and their families and friends. It will be a super special New Year for them as they are surrounded by people who love them dearly.

Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh bring in New Year with Deepika’s family and their close family friends

Incidentally, an eye-witness who saw DeepVeer check into the posh resort, also confirmed that apparently Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt are also checking in with their close friends. Looks like both these couples want to have an intimate moment with people they love before they start the next year with a bang.

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Sushant Singh Rajput case: CBI gives an update on the status of the investigation

It has been over five months since the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) took over the Sushant Singh Rajput case. Thousands of fans of the late actor have been demanding the CBI to reveal their findings. Now, CBI has said it is looking into all aspects and has not ruled out anything.

Sushant Singh Rajput case: CBI gives an update on the status of the investigation

BJP MP Subramanian Swamy had written to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) asking about the status of the investigation. The letter was forwarded to the CBI who in their reply said, “The CBI is conducting investigation in a thorough and professional manner using the latest scientific techniques. During investigation, all aspects are being looked at and no aspect has been ruled out as on date.”

“During investigation, advanced mobile forensic equipment including latest software have been used for extraction and analysis of relevant data available in the digital devices and also for analysis of dump data of the relevant cell tower locations related to the case,” the CBI said.

“During investigation, all the witnesses have been examined to understand the circumstances and apprehensions raised by the complainant and his family members and other independent sources. Intensive and thorough investigation has been carried out in this regard,” the CBI said. The agency also said that they visited all places of concern including Aligarh, Faridabad, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Manesar and Patna.

“The investigating team and senior officers have visited the place of incident on numerous occasions for better understanding of the circumstances related to the incident. The experts of CFSL, New Delhi, considered the best in their field in India, also visited and examined the place of incident. The experts also carried out simulation exercises,” the CBI said, referring to the Central Forensic Science Laboratory.

Sushant Singh Rajput was found hanging in his apartment in Mumbai on June 14. In October, a team of doctors at AIIMS has told CBI that the actor was not murdered and that medical evidence suggests that it was a case of suicide. They dismissed all theories of strangulation and poisoning that were floated around by the late actor’s family and his fans.

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Fight against COVID-19 kept health ministry on its toes in 2020

The Union health ministry was in the thick of action throughout 2020 in India’s fight against coronavirus, ramping up testing facilities as well as health infrastructure while simultaneously issuing COVID-19 treatment and management guidelines from time and time. At the same time, it put on track the development of a vaccine which is likely to be available early next year.
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Opinion | Who is misleading Punjab farmers by resorting to false propaganda?

In my prime time show ‘Aaj Ki Baat’ on Tuesday night, farmers from remote areas revealed how Left activists in Punjab went from village to village in recent months and mobilized farmers to join the march to Delhi to demand repeal of the new farm laws. Reporters spoke to Vijender Singh, a farmer from Sangrur, who disclosed how Leftists came to his village and tried to incite farmers in the name of Sikhism and Guru Govind Singh Ji.
 
The farmer also narrated how Left party workers circulated pictures of elderly Sikh farmers who had died of natural death to tell villagers that they have become martyrs in the Delhi protests. Villagers who object to such fake propaganda are being singled out as ‘qaum ke dushman’ (enemies of nation) and people are being asked to socially boycott such villagers.
 
I have received videos from several Punjab farmers who wanted to point out how false propaganda is being made in villages by Left workers in the name of farmers’ agitation. These villagers said how they were being persuaded in the name of ‘Sikhi’ (Sikh religion). They were told how Guru Govind Singh Ji Maharaj took away land from the Mughal rulers and gave it to their ancestors and now Modi government is trying to grab their land and hand them over to corporates. They were told if they do not come out on the streets, they would lose their land and will be thrown out on the streets. The villagers told me that the Left workers have been active since the last five months, busy mobilizing farmers for their protests. Most of the villagers were afraid of Leftists and were unwilling to disclose their names in fear of retaliation.
 
Vijender Singh from Sangrur, summed up why the farmers joined the Delhi protests. Vijender Singh said that the Left party workers applied a simple formula: they linked the new farm laws to the ‘izzat’ (self-respect) of Sikh farmers. Most of the farmers had to fall in line.
 
Let me give some details about Vijender Singh. He has a brother, and both of them jointly own 15 kille (roughly acre) farm land in Sangrur. They are also into animal husbandry. Vijender Singh disclosed how Left party leaders toured villages and spread disinformation about the new farm laws. They tried to misguide farmers by saying that the MSPs would be abolished. When this argument did not hold water, they persuaded farmers in the name of ‘Sikhi’ (Sikh religion). The Left leaders collected money from farmers at the rate of Rs 200 per acre to launch the agitation.
 
A small farmer himself, Vijender Singh knew what the Left leaders were up to. An old farmer died of natural cases during the agitation, and his photograph was used as a ‘martyr’ and circulated on social media. Vijender Singh disclosed how ‘adhatiyas’(middlemen), who are the backbone of farm economy in Punjab, were liberally funding the Delhi protests. At stake is Rs 4,000 crore every year that the middlemen get from the government as commission  for procuring foodgrains from farmers. The ‘adhatiyas’ want the new farm laws to be repealed at all cost, and that is the reason why they are openly funding the agitation, Vijender Singh said.
 
He revealed how local leaders in Punjab are providing transport to farmers to ferry them to the protest sites in Delhi. The farmers are being promised better facilities like toilet, camping, nice beds, free food and essential items, and even woofer music. They have been told that the police will not dare use lathis on them.
 
Vijender Singh also revealed that Left workers were behind the recent spate in attacks on mobile phone towers in Moga, Patiala, Bhatinda, Ludhiana and other towns. He said, if the Left workers had any problems with Reliance Jio, let them stage peaceful protests, but they should not disrupt online classes that students in Punjab are attending with the help of their cell phones.
 
Questions arise as to whom the Left parties are helping by disrupting Reliance Jio communication in Punjab, even as the Congress is providing them silent support. One should note, Reliance Jio is the first Indian telecom service provider company which has announced plans to launch 5G network in India next year. If Jio launches its 5G network, it will ultimately harm Chinese telecom companies. At a time when the US and Japan are joining hands to stop the onslaught of Chinese 5G telecom networks, Left workers in India are damaging Jio’s cellphone infrastructure. The Congress and the Left parties have also attacked Swami Ramdev’s Patanjali products. Ramdev’s Patanjali group has halted the march of multinational companies in India, particularly Chinese companies.
 
Congress and Left parties should ponder whom are they helping when their supporters, in the name of farm agitation, disrupted railway communications in Punjab by squatting on rail tracks for months. At a time when our brave jawans are facing the Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh, goods trains carrying food, essential items and armaments for the armed forces are unable to cross through Punjab because of the agitation launched by these political parties. Our army’s supply lines were badly affected.
 
When the Indian army faced a standoff with Chinese troops in Doklam, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was busy meeting the Chinese envoy in Delhi secretly. When Chinese troops martyred 20 jawans in Galwan valley, Rahul Gandhi raised questions about the capability of our army. He alleged that China had occupied several thousand acres of Indian territory in Ladakh. One should think whom Rahul Gandhi is helping by making such remarks.
 
The historical background of our Left parties during the freedom struggle and the 1962 Sino-Indian war is known to all. I remember, when the 2017 Doklam standoff took place, the CPI-M said that India has “irritated” China by giving more importance to the Tibetan spiritual guru Dalai Lama. When Indian and Chinese forces fought in Galwan valley in May this year, the CPI-M described it as “unfortunate”. The question is: whom are these Left parties trying to help?
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RJD seeks to fish in troubled NDA waters in Bihar, claims 17 JDU MLAs ‘willing to cross over’

Defection of JD(U) MLAs to the BJP in Arunachal Pradesh and the resultant cold vibes between the partners in the ruling coalition in Bihar, seem to have kindled fresh hopes in the RJD which has ended up heading the opposition here despite being the single largest party. Shyam Rajak, a former national general secretary of the JD(U) who joined RJD shortly before the recent assembly elections, on Wednesday sought to fish in the troubled waters with the claim that 17 MLAs of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s party were willing to cross over.
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After Reema Kagti’s Fallen, Sonakshi Sinha signs another web project with Netflix

With the widespread Covid-19 outbreak across the world, the film industry has been the worst affected. With cinema halls not getting footfalls, several producers and actors are already in a fix about how to release their films. Because of this, many top A-list stars are also jumping on the digital bandwagon. Sonakshi Sinha was already shooting for her debut series Fallen when Covid played spoilsport.

After Reema Kagti's Fallen, Sonakshi Sinha signs another web project with Netflix

The Reema Kagti directed Amazon Original series that has Sonakshi Sinha essaying the role of a tough cop, will also be the Dabangg actress’ big debut in the web space. But that’s not the only one. A source tells us that she has also signed another OTT project which will be streamed on Netflix. “It’s an action oriented film but not a woman centric project. It will also have another popular male actor opposite her. It’s yet another thriller that will involve a lot of stunts and sequences too.”

While not much is known about the project yet, it will go on floors after Sonakshi finishes her work on Fallen. “She will first shoot for Reema’s show. It will be wrapped up by March 2021 and this project will go on the floors right after.” It also means that come next year and Shotgun Jr. will be seen in two back to back web projects.

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Tessa Thompson confirms Michael B. Jordan to helm Creed 3, filming to begin in late 2021 

Actor Michael B. Jordan is set to helm the third installment of Creed. The franchise that began in 2015 was both a sequel and spin-off of the Rocky franchise. Actress Tessa Thompson will reprise the role of Bianca Taylor in the film. Creed 3 will mark the directorial debut of Jordan.

Tessa Thompson confirms Michael B. Jordan to helm Creed 3, filming to begin in late 2021 
Speaking to MTV News and confirming her role, Tessa Thompson said, “He is directing the next Creed.”  Furthermore, when asked about Michael B Jordan being labeled as PEOPLE’s Sexiest Man Alive 2020, she added. “I haven’t talked to him about it because I’m going to pretend it hasn’t happened. I don’t want—we’re going to make another Creed very soon, and I don’t need this. I don’t need the Sexiest Man Alive to be, you know what I mean? I just don’t need it. I don’t need any of it. It’s a lot. It’s too much for me to shoulder. It’s too much for me to handle. No, I’m proud of him. I’m so happy for him. And I will give him a lot of crap about it in person, and I cannot wait.”

During the conversation, Tessa also confirmed that the filming will begin later in 2021.

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