Ram Gopal Varma was in news recently after his demeaning tweets about lord Ganesh on Ganesh Chathurthi and now, the filmmaker is facing music from producers and financers. Apparently, it is being said that the filmmaker has decided to stay away from the public eye because he is indebted to many. Recently, financer Bharat Shah revealed that the director owes him about Rs. 9 crores and RGV has been dodging everybody whom he owes money to. Moreover, the production house Reliance Entertainment too has voiced out about RGV's debts. Shibashish Sarkar, CFO of the company, maintained that the filmmaker owes them about Rs. 32 crores. Out of the total amount he owes to the company, Ram Gopal Varma paid only Rs. 4 crores as per Shibashish. He also mentioned that they have taken the matters to court and even issued a directive stating that RGV will have to pay a given amount after every film and further added, Ram Gopal Varma has even defaulted the payments. It was also being said that Ram Gopal Varma is currently not speaking to the media or his Bollywood colleagues since he is busy with his South films for which he is in Hyderabad. However, RGV seems to be completely unaware of the circumstance and responded to the allegations by asserting that he is Mumbai completing the pre-production of his next Bollywood film in the city. Though he did not divulge any details of the said film, we hear that it is for the recently announced adult film Xes which is to be produced by Ekta Kapoor.
Yash Raj Films has tied up with India's leading edible oil brand, "Dalda Edible Oils" for its upcoming film, Daawat-e-Ishq for a brand association. The movie starring Aditya Roy Kapur and Parineeti Chopra revolves around food and romance which made it the ideal platform for Dalda Edible Oils to partner with as the heritage brand is synonymous with great taste and the love for food. Elaborating further on this association, Mr Sagar Boke, Marketing Head, Bunge India said, "We are very excited to partner with Daawat-e-Ishq as the film brings forth the love for food and passion for cooking. The association blends well with what brand Dalda stands for and conveys the message of enjoying food to the fullest. This association is the perfect platform to reach out to food lovers across the country." Business & Creative Head, Vice President, [Y-Films, Brand Partnerships, Talent], Mr. Ashish Patil, said, "Yash Raj is synonymous with romance and Dalda cooking oils with food. So, it only made sense to partner on a film where food was at the heart of a romantic love story. We look forward to cooking interesting things together in the near future. " Daawat-e-Ishq releases today, September 19, 2014.
Fox Star Studios, Dinesh Vijan and Homi Adajania team up again and this time around, they have plans to make the Hindi adaptation of the global blockbuster The Fault In Our Stars (TFIOS). The Hindi adaptation of the film will be directed by the Finding Fanny director, Homi Adajania, while Fox Star Studios will partner with Dinesh Vijan's Maddock Films to produce the remake after their previous success with Finding Fanny. After Bang Bang, this is the next official remake for Fox Star. The film marks Homi's return to making a fully commercial film after Cocktail. Commenting on the association Dinesh says, "For me, the core of this story has resonated at a very personal level. It's an out-and-out love story based on such a beautiful premise." Fox Star Studios is thrilled to partner with Dinesh and Homi again. Vijay Singh, CEO of Fox Star Studios says, "It's a once-in-a-lifetime kind of film, like Eric Segal's Love Story was for an earlier generation. This story has connected with this generation deeply and universally. It is a big responsibility for us to get it right and make an inspiring, heartwarming film for Indian audiences." TFIOS is a story about two youngsters who are terminally ill and fall deeply in love, taking them on an extraordinary journey. The casual approach and humour in the story is said to make it unconventional in treatment. Made on a production budget of $12m, the original movie has grossed over $300m worldwide till date and still counting. Talking about what makes Homi the best man to direct this story, Dinesh says laughing, "The protagonists have contempt for anything conventional, share a hilarious cynicism and have an exceptionally unique outlook on life. For me all this reeks of Homi! So it was a no brainer to offer this to him." When asked why he'd do an adaptation, Homi replies, "It's a story that I really feel needs to be told here. For me it's poignant at a time when we are consumed by technology and are manically running this make-believe race we think is Life. We are such profound idiots to actually believe we have unlimited time here!" Everyone at Maddock Films and Fox Star Studios is tight lipped about the casting of the film. An announcement on that is expected soon. The trio begins to shoot the film in March 2015.
Karan Johar who has exclusively designed for his Bollywood friends, has now decided to take his love for designing a step further. The filmmaker has decided to collaborate with one of the most popular foreign brands Vero Moda. While the brand focuses on trendy and formal western wear offering a range of outfits from trousers to skirts to dresses for women, the collection which will have the Karan Johar touch will be exclusive and lavish. We hear that the producer cum designer has created styles, which is a potent blend of high street fashion and haute couture. Karan who is excited about his new venture in the world of designing, stated that his films always revealed his love for fashion by featuring the trendy, luxurious outfits. However, this time around, Karan Johar was of the opinion that he wanted to create his own distinct style by together a completely new collection for this popular women's fashion brand. On the Bollywood front, Karan Johar is currently focusing on Brothers starring Akshay Kumar, Sidharth Malhotra; which is a remake of the Hollywood film Warriors. He will also be remaking the cult film Ram Lakhan which will be directed by Rohit Shetty. Also, Salman Khan starrer Shuddhi is in the pipeline for Dharma Productions.
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The 27 AAP legislators will donate a minimum of Rs 20 lakh from the MLA Development Fund. (Source: PTI) AAP on Friday accused Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung of preventing its MLAs from sending relief package to Jammu and Kashmir by “raising an objection” to the transfer of Rs 20 lakh from the funds of each of its 27 legislators to Jammu and Kashmir CM fund. In a series of tweets, former Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the party had learnt from its sources that Jung had raised an objection for the fund transfer. 27 MLAs of AAP wrote to delhi govt to transfer Rs 20 lakhs from each MLA’s funds to J&K CM fund. Sources- LG has objected to it. Why? — Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) September 19, 2014 “27 MLAs of AAP wrote to Delhi govt to transfer Rs 20 lakhs from each MLA’s funds to J&K CM fund. Sources- LG has objected to it. Why? Last year, Rs 10 lakhs from each MLAs funds were tfd for uttarakhand flood relief. Then why an objection this year? — Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) September 19, 2014 “Last year, Rs 10 lakhs from each MLAs funds were transferred for Uttarakhand flood relief. Then why an objection this year?” Kejriwal tweeted. AAP MLAs have decided to donate Rs 20 lakh each for relief and rescue operations in flood-ravaged Jammu & Kashmir. The 27 AAP legislators will donate a minimum of Rs 20 lakh from the MLA Development Fund. Accordingly, the party had written to the Delhi government to transfer the funds to Delhi J&K CM fund.
BJP leaders, however, did not reply when asked if Modi’s words would not prove counter-productive to his image of being a staunch Hindu nationalist. Endorsing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks “appreciating” the patriotic spirit of Indian Muslims, BJP on Friday said he has spoken “from his heart” what he and the party always believed in and it will send an important message that will strengthen the nation. “This is a very positive statement, as he has been saying this earlier also. This has been his thought earlier too when he has appreciated the patriotic spirit in Indian Muslims. This will further strengthen the country,” BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said. His party colleague and spokesperson M J Akbar said, “Today’s statement is a very powerful affirmation by the Prime Minister of his faith – intellectual as well as emotional.He is a man of deep conviction. His nationalism is all embracing. This is a very important message given out by him from his heart. It will have a very positive impact on society.” He said Modi has been a genuine discipline of Swami Vivekananda and by his words he has acted as a “binder” in society and will help erase unnecessary and irrelevant controversies shrouding him. “This is a befitting reply to our political opponents, who have been attempting to tarnish his image all along. Modi has come out with his mind, as he has in the past by saying so,” Hussain said. He said the Prime Minister has only voiced the party’s opinion towards the minority community as he is now the “tallest leader in the party”. “Modi’s statements are fine. Indian Muslims have always lived and would die for the nation,” he said. The BJP leaders, however, did not reply when asked if Modi’s words would not prove counter-productive to his image of being a staunch Hindu nationalist and would not be viewed as an attempt to “appease” the minority community. Modi in an interview to CNN said that the patriotism of Indian Muslims could not be questioned and said that they will live and die for India and not dance to the tunes of terror outfit Al Qaeda. “Indian Muslims will live for India, they will die for India – they will not want anything bad for India,” he told CNN in a rare media interview. He was asked about the head of Al Qaeda issuing a video and an appeal trying to create an Al Qaeda in India- South Asia saying he wants to free Muslims from the “oppression” they face in Kashmir and Gujarat. Modi’s statement about Indian Muslims comes ahead of his visit to the United States where he will address the UN General Assembly.
Hours after withdrawing from the Chumar region in Ladakh, Chinese PLA soldiers were on Friday reported to have crossed into Indian territory again and stationed themselves on a hillock. Official sources said about 35 PLA men returned to Chumar in northeast Ladakh and were perched on a hillock claiming the area to be part of China while another 300 soldiers were maintaining presence close to Line of Actual Control (LAC). The standoff in Demchok and Chumar had cast a shadow on Thursday’s summit talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping. The Indian Army, which had starting scaling down operations from the area following the Chinese withdrawal on Thursday night, put a halt and again started pitching their tents for a possible fresh stand-off, the sources said. They said that nearly 300 Chinese soldiers were spotted across the perceived LAC with many of them stationed in their vehicles while others on foot. This, the sources said, was apparently done by Chinese PLA as the Indian army had not completely withdrawn from the region which is part of Jammu and Kashmir. Chinese troops, without any border meeting, had started withdrawing from the area at 9:45 PM and the Indian army had also started reducing their presence in the area. However, as a part of its drill, some Army presence was maintained in the area to verify whether the Chinese had actually returned to their territory which was possible only after the break of dawn tomorrow. In the morning, after Indian army spotted PLA presence close to the LAC, it was decided to stop reducing its troops till it was verified that the Chinese have gone back to their camps located 10 kms from the LAC. The tension in this area heightened on Sunday when some of the Chinese workers, who were constructing road on their side, started entering into the Indian side and also claimed that they had orders to build road up to Tibet, five km deep into the Indian territory.
A successful Incheon Games would go a long way to allaying any concerns that South Korea will struggle to be ready. (Source: AP) The 17th Asian Games opened in a multi-coloured blaze of fireworks and carefully crafted K-Pop routines on Friday, as athletes from the world’s most populous region came together in pursuit of gold and glory in South Korea. An array of Olympians and regional sports stars will compete over 15 days of competition in Incheon where South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Olympic chief Thomas Bach were among the powerful figures watching a vivid opening ceremony. Athletes dressed in colourful national garb, sharp suits and comfortable tracksuits waved to a crowd of 60,000, who offered enthusiastic welcomes to delegations from 45 countries including the South’s belligerent neighbour, North Korea. South Korean culture, known as the ‘Korean Wave’ or Hallyu, has swept through Asia in recent years generating billions of dollars in revenue from drama and pop music and Friday’s ceremony drew heavily on its influence. Actress and model Lee Young-ae, the face of countless commercials across the region, lit the Asian Games cauldron and ‘Gangnam Style’ singer Psy delivered a rousing finale. The ceremony, dubbed: ‘Dream of 4.5 billion people, One Asia,’ also featured traditional Korean performances of song, dance and poetry as athletes stood shoulder to shoulder behind the flags of 45 countries at the Incheon Asian Main Stadium. Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, the president of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), told the athletes: “We are delighted to welcome you and are looking forward to seeing you compete and perform based on fair play and respect. “You are the heart and soul of the Games.” DUEL IN THE POOL From weightlifting to wushu, rowing to rugby sevens and swimming to sepaktakraw, the Games will showcase elite Asian talent in 36 sports, with the first of 439 gold medals to be awarded in the women’s 10 metre air pistol team event on Saturday. Much of the attention will be focused on the pool where Olympic champions Sun Yang of China and South Korea’s homegrown hero Park Tae-hwan will meet in a series of freestyle duels. China has topped the medals table at the last eight Asian Games and is expected to do so again, while the hosts’ target is finishing second, above fierce rivals Japan, for the fifth straight Asiad. China’s vast delegation includes badminton great Lin Dan and London Olympic gold medallist Yi Shiwen while Japan expect great things from a swim team that took seven golds at the recent Pan Pacific Championships. Olympic champions Yang Hak-seon and Lee Yong-dae will spearhead South Korea’s campaign for 90 golds on home soil in a Games that will also put Korea’s financial muscle and logistical capabilities to the test once again. After hosting the Asian Games in 1986 and 2002, and the Olympics in 1988, South Korea will stage the winter Olympics for the first time in Pyeongchang in four years’ time. A successful Incheon Games would go a long way to allaying any concerns that South Korea will struggle to be ready. A gold-medal laden performance would also be well received in South Korea, where the mood has been one of grief and despair following the Sewol ferry disaster in April. Of the 476 passengers and crew on board, 339 were children and teachers from the same school. Only 172 people were rescued and the remainder are all presumed to have drowned. While relations remain strained between Tokyo and Pyongyang, North Korean and Japanese athletes showed no signs of tension as they filed into the stadium one after another, the Korean alphabet putting the delegations beside each other. The North Korean flag was also flying at the stadium, a week after complaints from ultra-conservative South Korean groups forced organisers to take them down from the streets in the host city and other venues. Tensions between North and South Korea are high and the two states are still technically at war after the 1950-53 Korean War ended in a truce, not a peace treaty. DIVERSITY SHINES WHERE? The Saudi athletic contingent marched into the stadium waving and smiling like all the other delegations but with one major difference – Saudi Arabia is the only country not to send female athletes to the Games, which are running under the slogan: “Diversity Shines Here”. Their decision has drawn criticism from Human Rights Watch but Saudi officials have defended their stance, saying their female athletes were not ‘competitive’ enough for the Asian Games, a multi-sports event held every four years. The lead-up to Friday’s opening ceremony was also tarnished when a member of the Iranian delegation was thrown out of the Games after being charged with sexual harassment of a female volunteer at a soccer stadium. A Palestine soccer player was also charged with the same offence and Sheikh Ahmad told Reuters that he was sorry the incidents had marred the start of the Games. Sheikh Ahmad also told Reuters that Indonesia was poised to be named the host of the next Asian Games following Vietnam’s decision to pull out due to financial woes. The OCA will make a formal announcement on the next host on Saturday at its general assembly. Wherever the Games land, the hosts will struggle to match Incheon’s vibrant curtainrasier, which blended popular Korean culture with some of the country’s leading sports personalities. Actors Hyun Bin, Jang Dong-gun and Kim Soo-hyun, soprano Jo Su-mi, and Korean pop groups EXO and JYJ featured in a ceremony that took spectators through snapshots of Asian history, its rich culture, traditions and development. Korean sporting heroes also had their place in the spotlight, with golf major winners Pak Se-ri and Park In-bee appearing with Olympic weightlifting champion Jang Mi-ran and speedskater Lee Kyou-hyuk, who appeared at six winter Games.
Congress also sought to know whether his statement is a sincere voice coming from his heart. Questioning the timing of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement ahead of his US visit that Indian Muslims will live and die for India, Congress today wondered whether BJP and its other leaders adhere to it. It also sought to know whether his statement is a sincere voice coming from his heart. ALSO READ: Indian Muslims won’t dance to the tunes of Al-Qaeda, they will live and die for the country: Narendra Modi “What the Prime Minister has said is welcome and there cannot be any objection to it. But did he take his colleagues Yogi Adityanath, Giriraj Singh and Amit Shah on board on the issue as they have often been heard saying something else. “He has made this statement but let us see whether his party adheres to his statement,” party spokesman Salman Khurshid told reporters. Noting that martyrs like Brigadier Usman and Abdul Hamid have shown their love for the country through their martyrdom, he wondered as to why the Prime Minister has made the remark ahead of his visit to the US and not from the ramparts of the Red Fort in his Independence Day address. “I am a little surprised that this needed to be said by the Prime Minister. One cannot question it but certainly inquire whether this is a sincere voice coming from his heart. I am a little surprised that the Prime Minister took so long to understand this….. What is the reason that he said this ahead of his visit to the US. Why did he not say that when he was addressing the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort,” Khurshid, a former External Affairs Minister, said. ALSO READ: Al-Qaeda declares new front to wage war on India, calls for jihad in the subcontinent Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh, a known detractor of Modi, also had a dig at him. “Modi ‘Patriotism of Muslims can’t be questioned and they can give their Life for the Country.’ What a pleasant Turn Around ! Does he mean it?,” he tweeted. The Congress reaction ridiculing Modi’s remarks came after the Prime Minister said in a television interview that Indian Muslims will live and die for India and that they will not dance to the tunes of terror outfit Al Qaeda “My understanding is that they are doing injustice towards the Muslims of our country. If anyone thinks Indian Muslims will dance to their tune, they are delusional. “Indian Muslims will live for India, they will die for India–they will not want anything bad for India,” he told CNN in a rare media interview.