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‘Padmaavat’ protests heat up; Rajasthan, MP seeks SC rethink

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]On Sunday, thousands of women organized a ‘Chetavni (warning) rally’ in Rajasthan, threatening to commit ‘jauhar’ or mass self-immolation.

Amid continuing trouble for Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial ‘Padmavati’ – re-titled ‘Padmaavat’, protest over the movie – scheduled to be released on January 25 – intensified on Monday. Citing possibilities of law and order trouble due to the heated uproar over the movie release, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan government has pleaded to the Supreme Court on Monday for a review of its go-ahead order. The state governments further petitioned the apex court to be allowed to stop the film.

Furthermore, Karni Sena – the group which led the protest against the historical period drama – has also asked the SC to ban the movie since the makers have allegedly twisted historical facts.

Meanwhile, along with Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Haryana governments too banned the release of the movie, amid violent protests and threats from various Rajput groups. However, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said that the state has not stopped the movie, since it has got permission from the top court.

“If someone decides not to screen the film, it will be good but if someone screens the film, they will be provided security.” said Khattar.

With the date for the release of the controversial movie nearing, members of the Karni Sena on Monday blocked roads in Ujjain. The organization of the Rajput community had further staged blockades by burning tyres on the road connecting Ujjain to Nagad, Dewas to Maksi and Agra to Kota.

Earlier on Sunday, thousands of women organized a ‘Chetavni (warning) rally’ in Rajasthan’s Chittorgarh town. With swords in their hands, the women carried out heated protest on the roads of Rajasthan, threatening to commit ‘jauhar’ or mass self-immolation a day before the movie releases.

While the legend states that Queen Padmini decided to jump into fire rather than submit to Sultan Alauddin Khilji of Delhi, Rajasthani women claimed that at least 1900 women in the state have registered for ‘jauhar’ in protest against the release of the movie.

“On Sunday, we contacted around 100 cinema halls in the National Capital Region and they have given in writing that they will not screen the film,” said Karni Sena spokesperson Vijendra Singh.

‘Padmavati’, which was scheduled to be released on December 1, mired in controversy following various Rajput groups alleging that it distorts the history of the region. And as intense protests spread across Rajasthan, the release of the film got delayed, waiting for censor’s clearance till now.

Earlier on December 28, the censor board declared to give a go-ahead to the Sanjay Leela Bansali directorial with a U/A certificate. However, the censor board said it will be issuing the certificate only after the much talked-about period drama makes certain modifications – which include 26 cuts and the change of the title to ‘Padmavat’.

And after days-long heated controversies, the Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial – starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh – finally cleared all the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) tests on January 8 and is expected to be released on January 25, during the Republic Day weekend.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Bollywood actors Akshay Kumar, Tiger Shroff send wishes ahead of Ram Temple inauguration

Today, on January 22, the Pran Pratishtha of Ram Lala will take place in the city of Ram, Ayodhya. This historic day, in the history of India, will be recorded for years and years.

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Bollywood actors Akshay Kumar and Tiger Shroff have extended their wishes ahead of the Ram Mandir Pran Pratishtha event. Taking to Instagram, Khiladi Kumar, and Heropanti actor sent their wishes to the people of this country on the auspicious occasion of Ram Mandir’s inauguration.

Kumar, in a video, shared his emotions and beliefs for the Shri Ram. OMG2 actor said on behalf of the two, I would like to wish you all Jai Shri Ram. Today is a very special day for all the Lord Ram devotees across. After a long wait, the day has arrived when Lord Ram will return to his grand temple, Kumar expressed his faith in Lord Ram.

Today, on January 22, the Pran Pratishtha of Ram Lala will take place in the city of Ram, Ayodhya. This historic day, in the history of India, will be recorded for years and years.

On the auspicious occasion of Shri Ram Lala Pran Pratishtha, several dignitaries have reached Ayodhya, including politicians, film stars across industries and sports personalities.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today will inaugurate the Ram Mandir, consecration starting from 11 am till 2 pm with all the rituals.

Earlier today, South African left-arm spinner, Keshav Maharaj, a Hindu by birth wished the Indian community in South Africa for the Ram Mandir Pran Pratishtha ceremony in Ayodhya.

Taking to X, he started by greeting everyone saying Namaste. He said he just wanted to wish his Indian community in South Africa for the inauguration of Ram Mandir in  Ayodhya tomorrow. He prayed for peace, harmony and spiritual enlightenment of all. Jai Shri Ram.

Maharaj was in the news for the Ram Siya Ram song played during the test matches and ODIs during India’s tour of South Africa whenever he walked into bat. The song also attracted interested reactions from KL Rahul (during the ODIs) and Virat Kohli (during the Tests). The 33-year-old said it was his way of showing gratitude to God.

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Rashmika Mandanna deepfake video: Delhi Police arrests accused from Andhra Pradesh

Delhi Police on Saturday arrested the main accused from Andhra Pradesh.

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In actor Rashmika Mandanna’s deepfake video case, Delhi Police on Saturday arrested the main accused from Andhra Pradesh, who was involved in creating a fake, Artificial intelligence (AI) powered video, that went viral on social media platforms.

In the video, the face of actor Rashmika was superimposed on the face of British influencer Zara Patel. After spotting the video on X, Rashmika expressed her concern over the AI-powered fake video. She said I feel really hurt to share this and have to talk about the deepfake video of me being spread online. Something like this is honestly, extremely scary not only for me, but also for each one of us who today is vulnerable to so much harm because of how technology is being misused, the Animal actor added. 

She further said that as a woman and as an actor, I am thankful for my family, friends and well-wishers who are my protection and support system. But if this happened to me when I was in school or college, I genuinely can’t imagine how could I ever tackle this. We need to address this as a community and with urgency before more of us are affected by such identity theft, the Mission Majnu actor said. 

On Rashmika’s fake video, Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan shared his concern and said this is a strong case for legal.

Several actors and directors across the film industry expressed their concern over the deepfake videos being circulated on social media platforms and their encounter with such fake videos.

The investigation into the actor case has been going on since November last year.

According to reports, Delhi Police interrogated several social media users who shared Rashmika’s deepfake video but failed to apprehend the accused until now.

Earlier, the Delhi Commission for Women had also requested action in relation to the actor Rashmika Mandanna’s deepfake video that went viral on social media.

On November 18, Ashwini Vaishnaw, the Union Minister for Communications, Electronics, and IT, announced that letters had been sent to all social media sites instructing them to take the appropriate action to locate and delete such content.

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Video: Radhika Apte shares airport nightmare, says airline locked passengers in aerobridge with no access to loo, water

She and her co-passengers were locked inside the aerobridge as the flight was delayed with no access to loo and water.

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Bollywood actor Radhika Apte shared a post, narrating her ordeal at the airport that she has gone through, a nightmare. The Bollywood star said that she and her co-passengers were locked inside the aerobridge as the flight was delayed with no access to loo and water. She had not mentioned the city and the airlines in the post.

Taking to Instagram, the Manjhi actor wrote today morning I had a flight at 8:30. It’s 10:50 now and the flight has still not boarded, the actor further said, but the flight said we were boarding and put all the passengers in the aerobridge and locked it, she added.

The Sacred Games actor further added saying the passengers with small babies, and elderly people have been locked in for over an hour. She said the security won’t open the doors. The staff has absolutely no clue, she further added.

Radhika Apte shared a video clip showing a group of people standing behind a locked glass door. Some of the passengers were seen talking to the security staff in the aerobridge. The 38-year-old Bollywood actress said that the airlines had informed them that they would be stuck there for at least an hour more.

Radhika Sarathkumar made a special appearance in the movie Merry Christmas directed by Sriram Raghavan, which hit the theaters last Friday. The film stars Katrina Kaif and Vijay Sethupathi in lead roles and has been presented by Tips Films and Matchbox Pictures.

The movie has been filmed in Hindi and Tamil and features a different set of supporting actors. The Hindi version of the movie stars Sanjay Kapoor, Vinay Pathak, Pratima Kannan, and Tinnu Anand, whereas the Tamil version has Radhika Sarathkumar, Shanmugaraja, Kevin Jay Babu, and Rajesh Williams in the same roles. The film also introduces a child actor named Pari.

Merry Christmas has been produced by Ramesh Taurani, Jaya Taurani, Sanjay Routray, and Kewal Garg. Ashwini Kalsekar and Radhika Apte have also made cameo appearances in the movie.

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