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Sanjay Dutt set to walk free on February 27

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Mumbai: Bollywood’s prominent veteran actor Sanjay Dutt is all set to walk free from Yerwada jail in Pune on February 27 after been given clean chit by Maharashtra government.

Incarcerated Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, whose five-year sentence for his involvement in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts was confirmed by the Supreme Court in March 2013, will be freed on February 27, official sources said.

Minister for State (Home) Ranjit Patil signed the file allowing Dutt’s release, without penalising him for reporting late from his furlough in January 2015.

Dutt was acquitted of terror charges under the TADA but found guilty of possessing illegal arms, acquired apparently to protect his family during the communal conflagration that engulfed Mumbai after the demolition of the Babri Mosque on December 6, 1992.

Of the five-year sentence, the actor had already served 18 months as an undertrial and was required to undergo another 42 months, which is now on the verge of completing.

Sources say the abatement has been granted on grounds of good behaviour.

Last year, former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju’s petition in 2013 to pardon Sanjay Dutt was rejected. Sources had said that Governor Vidyasagar Rao rejected the petition on the recommendation of the Maharashtra home department, which feared to set a bad precedent since the actor’s sentence was confirmed by the Supreme Court. Also, the actor’s continuous breaks from jail have earlier been criticised as a testimony of VIP treatment.

More than 118 days have been spent out of prison by Mr Dutt between May 2013 and 2014.

It was claimed by him that possession of weapons was necessary to protect himself and his family from the deadly riots which were the aftermath of a series of bombs that exploded Mumbai city’s landmarks.

(Inputs from Agencies)

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Bollywood Deewane : 5 Most Anticipated Bollywood Films of 2018

Are you a Bollywood lover? Then plan your year keeping these 5 most anticipated Bollywood films of 2018 in mind!

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Are you a Bollywood fanatic? Then we are sure you can wait for these movies to hit the theatres near you! Instagram

Mumbai, October 10, 2017: Where fates change every Friday, some films catch more than just attention. These are movies that you already know will make it large, even before they hit the silver screens on a scheduled Friday.

Are you a Bollywood lover? Then plan your year keeping these 5 most anticipated Bollywood films of 2018 in mind!

Make sure you don’t miss the first-day first show because we know we won’t!

 1. Chanda Mama Door Ke

After hitting the ground to play captain cool Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Sushant Singh Rajput is training hard to ‘fly high’ in a future project. For the same, the actor flew all the way to US Space and Rocket Center in Alabama, the NASA facility. But wait, what are we talking about?

India’s first space movie.

Yes, you read that right. Our very own Hindi film industry is ready to experiment with science fiction with Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan’s Chanda Mama Door Ke. The film will feature Sushant, R Madhavan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in titular roles, who have already begun preparing for their parts as astronauts.

The film is believed to trace and celebrate the journey of the Indian space programme, putting together an authentic space odyssey and culminating with India’s first astronaut’s landing on the moon.

Rajput, who received a brief training in the technicalities of flying in a space shuttle simulator and docking the shuttle to the ISS at Alabama, has been the first Bollywood actor to train at NASA. According to reports, even Madhavan will soon undergo a similar training for his role. These details make the film one of the 5 most anticipated Bollywood films of 2018!

The film, set for release on January 26, 2018, is believed to be India’s first realistic sci-fi film and has already created ripples in the audience’s minds. Let us see how all the Indian ‘Interstellar’ fans react to our very own production.

 2. Pari

From the first looks that have been revealed, Pari seems to be everything you will not expect it to be. Anushka Sharma can be seen in a tattered, bruised look with blue eyes and a piercing gaze.

Anushka Sharma’s third production and a love story, Pari also stars Bengali actor Parambrata Chatterjee.

5 most anticipated Bollywood films of 2018
Pari is being co-produced by Anushka Sharma

“Pari’ is a fantastic story. It promises an intriguing and engaging cinematic experience for the audience”, Prernaa Arora of KriArj Entertainment, the co-producers of the film, had shared in a previous interview.

Not much has been revealed about the film as of now, other than Anushka’s look that is going to haunt you for a long time. We think the silence around the film is doing great for the project, keeping people guessing and adding on to the eerie factor.

The film has been scheduled for a nationwide release on February 9, 2018.

  3. Sanjay Dutt Biopic

Sanju Baba’s biopic featuring Ranbir Kapoor is undoubtedly the most anticipated movies of 2018. Directed by Rajkumar Hirani, the film will depict the journey of Bollywood’s most loved Munna in a way like never before.

A star kid, a heartthrob, a drug addict and then his conviction for his illegal possession of arms – Sanjay Dutt’s life has been no less than a Bollywood masala film. Now the story is all set to make it to the big screen and fans can’t wait!

The film also stars Paresh Rawal, Manisha Koirala (who will be playing Dutt’s parents), Dia Mirza (believed to be playing the role of his wife Maanyata) and Tabu in lead roles.

According to the rumors doing the rounds, the film is allegedly titled ‘Sanju’, which has been Sanjay Dutt’s nickname for quite a while now, with all his friends, family and fans alike addressing him like that.

The film is set to release on March 30, 2018.

 

4. Padman

After popularizing the need to build toilets and maintaining healthy sanitation habits, Akshay Kumar has another motive in life. In his next film, he touches an extremely sensitive topic- menstruation.

Was that an amused eyebrow raise I saw?

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Akshay Kumar in and as the Padman. Instagram

In Padman, Akshay plays the role of a Tamil Nadu based social activist, Arunachalam Muruganantham, the magician who turned around the face of menstrual hygiene in rural India by devising a low-cost sanitary napkin machine.

Directed by R Balki of Paa-fame, the film also stars Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte.

Padman will hit theatres on April 13, 2018.

 5. Kedarnath

“Ours is a love story, parts of which have been shot in the temple where Shiv and Parvati met – the Triyuginarayan Temple” said Arjun Kapoor in a previous interview to a leading portal.

The first released motion poster of the film carries the tagline ‘Love is a pilgrimage’. A simple love story between a tourist and a travel guide. Wait, that can’t be all there is to the story?

Well, we don’t know for now. But from the looks of it, and the buzz that the film has already created, it seems like the production is going to win hearts big time.

And did we tell you about Sara Ali Khan’s enchanting look in the film? Bollywood Nawab Saif Ali Khan’s little daughter with his first wife actress Amrita Singh marks her debut opposite Sushant Singh Rajput in Kedarnath.

Kedarnath is scheduled to release in June 2018.

– prepared by Soha Kala of NewsGram. Twitter : SohaKala

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Chemistry Elevates The Film ‘Bhoomi’ Starring Sanjay Dutt, Aditi Rao

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Mumbai, September 22, 2017: Film: ‘Bhoomi’; Director: Omung Kumar; Starring: Sanjay Dutt, Aditi Rao Hydari, Sharad Kelkar, Shekhar Suman; Rating: ****

“Jadd se ya dhadh se?” Sanjay Dutt plays a cruel KBC with his daughter’s rapist, offering to either kill or castrate him.

The pleading begging rapist takes the knife and plunges it into his pants.

I squirmed, as I was meant to. Bhoomi a film about a father and daughter’s revenge on her wrongdoers set in the seamier side of the city of the Taj Mahal, is not an easy film to view. Just because it stars Sanjay Dutt, don’t expect him to rise Phoenix-like to the occasion. With remarkable disregard for his larger-than-strife image, Sanjay Dutt plays an aging caring doting father who is a helpless mute entity in the case to fight his daughter’s violators.

The rape-revenge motif has been done so much to death I wondered why we need another film on the theme. But “Bhoomi” has plenty of surprises to offer. It never lets the very beautiful Aditi Rao play the victim-card eventhough she is violated humiliated and vilified repeatedly. Yet she stands tall and dignified. This could be because Aditi Rao in the film’s titlular role is just so frigging ethereal. Her makeup-free scrubbed and honest face conveys hurt, suppressed anger and hastily dismissed bewilderment. She is a treat to watch.

Put her on screen with Dutt and you have magic. Scenes such as the one where she tells her broken dad it’s time to rise above the tragedy, are pitch-perfect in their shrill yearnings, neither overstating nor trivializing the very grim issue of rape.

Sanjay Dutt though a little wheezy and out of rhythm, is heartrendingly avuncular.His breakdown in the courtroom is so raw and unrehearsed it washes away all cynicism. He seems so protective of his “Betu” and so shattered by her violation that we tend to forgive the film’s absolute absence of novelty. A parent grieving over a daughter’s rape is not just familiar territory it is also a territory that threatens to explode under the weight of overstatement in our cinema.

With rather unnecessary detailing Bhoomi charts out the daughter’s rape. Shot in a ramshackle single theatre ironically named Bhagwan Talkies, the gangrape is filmed against a backdrop of a film being screened within the film. In this way we are reminded of how cinema is responsible for an increase in sex crimes.

But isn’t that exactly what the film does? For a very long time the trio of rapists indulge in a prolonged sexual torture by threatening the girl emotionally and physically. Some of the scenes showing Bhoomi’s humiliation move you. The others just seem like more of the same thing heated up and served steaming hot.

The narrative also suffers from serious lapses of continuity. In one overnight sequence as Dutt sits by his unconscious daughter’s hospital bedside his nails go from grown to clipped . Maybe he got bored sitting around doing nothing.

If the film holds so well it’s because of the father-daughter chemistry, so vivid and vital it nourishes the arid arteries of this done-to-death plot. Polish cinematographer Artur Zurawski shoots Dutt and Rao in deep shades of love and empathy, overriding the corny dialogues and schmaltzy situations to the point where we no longer mind the narrative’s excessive violence.

Clearly Omung Kumar is influenced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali specially in the climax where Zurawski’s camera captures hordes of rustic women from an aerial shot, letting their veils(a symbol of their collective izzat) float down after the plunging figure of the rapist. It’s a gorgeous moment celebrating a woman’s right to protect her body and mind from invasion.

“Bhoomi” could have been a much greater achievement if it had avoided all the familiar stereotypes of rape-and-revenge dramas. But Agra, and the Dutt-Rao chemistry save the day and elevate the film to a superior show of strength where a rapist is not allowed to get away with a sickeningly sexist statement such as this: “Women get raped all the time. Why did you have to get so worked up?”

It’s the indignity of being violated and denied redress that comes across strongly in this tempestuous drama where no one can be trusted to tell the truth in our faces without a secret agenda. Not even the director. (Bollywood Country)

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Flashback to Terror: 1993 Mumbai Blasts Judgement to Hail on June 27 After 24 Years

The attack was the first to occur after the Second World War when RDX was used massively

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Mumbai Blasts took a massive toll in the year 1993. Pixabay
  • On March 12, 1993, 12 blasts ripped through the city of Mumbai
  • The judgment of the 6 out of 7 accused has been adjourned till June 27

June 24, 2017:

Twenty-four years after the horrific blasts which shredded the Mumbai city into tears and despairs,  a special Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act court convicted 1993 Mumbai blasts accused gangster Abu Salem along with five others under the charge of the criminal conspiracy. However, Abdul Qayyum Ansari has been acquitted. The judgment of the accused has been adjourned till June 27.

Flashback: Black Friday in Mumbai (1993)

On March 12, 1993, 12 blasts ripped through the city of Mumbai then Bombay, shedding lives of at least 257 people and 713 injured. The harrowing attack is also known to be the most coordinated terrorist attacks on the grounds of India. The attack was the first to occur after the Second World War when RDX was used massively. The Supreme Court confirmed this in 2014 calling the attack to be the first terror attack after the second world which had used RDX in bulk.

Series of 12 Deadliest Bomb Blasts in 2 hours

Bombay Stock Exchange

A powerful car bomb exploded in the basement of Mumbai Stock Exchange building. The 28 story building was set ablaze leading to 84 deaths and 217 injuries.

Katha Bazar

4 people died in South Mumbai after Parvez Nazir Ahmed Shaikh parked the RDX-laden scooter at Katha Bazar.

Shiv Sena Bhawan

A bomb exploded at a gas station opposite of Shiv Sena Bhawan.

Air India Building

A car bomb exploded in the basement garage of the building, leading to 20 deaths and 87 injuries. Farooq Pawale was convicted and sentenced to death for planting the attack.

Mahim Causeway

Three died in hutments near Mahim Causeway after convicted Salim Rahim Shaikh hurled hand grenade in the area.

Century Bazar

RDX was placed under manhole at Century Bazar the convicted Abdul Gani Turk. The explosion took place when a bus ran over the explosive, killing about 113 people, which was the highest casualty amongst 12 explosions.

Zaveri Bazar

Mohd Shoaib Ghansar had placed RDX filled scooter in the area that killed 19 people in the explosion.

Hotel Sea Rock

A man placed the bomb in the room of the hotel two days prior to the explosion but never stayed in the room. The device exploded shattering every window in the building.

Plazma Cinema

The explosion occurred when an RDX filled Maruti Van was placed at the Plazma Cinema

Hotel Juhu Centuar

The bomb in the hotel was hidden in a room and injured three staff members.

Hotel Airport Centaur

The attack was compiled and combined by Nibandh Vinod. The bomb exploded leaving 2 deaths and 8 injuries.

Conspirator of the Mumbai Blasts

Dawood Ibrahim and the Memon family are believed to be the masterminds behind the Mumbai blasts. Dawood is the famous underworld don whose name also appears in United Nations Charter list of dreadful criminals. The mastermind is said to be hiding since the blasts and is believed to be in Pakistan. He is also alleged to have ties with terror group Al-Qaeda and Lashkar-e-Toiba.  While Dawood, Tiger and Ayub are still absconding, Yukub Memon was sentenced to death in 2015.

The rationale behind the Attack: Why Mumbai?

Many Muslims died in communal riots which broke out in the year 1993 following the demolition of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya and successive construction of a temporary temple in its place. The terror attack was a well-constructed revenge planted by the conspirators to arouse fear in the minds of people and create disharmony among the different sections of society.


– by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter: @Nainamishr94