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Report Dated March 23, 2017 7:16 PM
Salman Khan has beaten his contemporaries, including Akshay Kumar and Hrithik Roshan, to become the highest advance taxpayer for the financial year 2016-17. According to an income tax report collected from data of the advance tax paid by top 10 industry folk till March 2017, Khan, whose blockbuster hit Sultan (2016) earned over Rs 500 crore worldwide, has paid tax of Rs 44.5 crore. Given that the amount he paid in the last fiscal year was Rs 32.2 crore, Khan’s annual income, it is estimated, has grown over 39 percent in one year.
Inching close to this figure with an amount of Rs 29 crore as advance tax is Akshay Kumar, who enjoyed a string of hits in the past year, including Rustom and Jolly LLB 2. Hrithik Roshan came in at the third position with Rs 25.5 crore in tax payments.
New entrant, actor-comedian Kapil Sharma surprised the Income Tax department by reporting an income hike of 206 per cent in one year with a payment of Rs 23 crore as advance tax. He paid Rs 7 crore in the previous fiscal year. Filmmaker Karan Johar and 24-year-old actress Alia Bhatt also made their maiden appearances on the list.
The actress’s Rs 4.33 crore put her at the second spot among Bollywood’s leading ladies, with Deepika Padukone, who made her Hollywood debut with xXx: Return of Xander Cage, paying Rs 10 crore in tax.
Report Dated March 21, 2017 7:43 PM
Warring comedians Kapil Sharma and Sunil Grover appear to have repaired their fractured relationship after Mr Sharma tweeted an apology for having hurt his The Kapil Sharma Show co-star ‘unintentionally.’ Mr Sharma is accused of assaulting Mr Grover while drunk on a flight from Melbourne. In a tweet late Monday, Kapil Sharma wrote: “Paaji Sunil Grover, sorry if I hurt you unintentionally. You know very well how much I love you. I’m also upset. Love and regards always.”
After Mr Sharma’s apology, Mr Grover this morning tweeted this, writing in the caption ‘From a friend.’
Mr Sharma, allegedly drunk, is said to have attacked Mr Grover verbally and physically while flying out of Melbourne. Bollywood Life quoted an eyewitness as saying, “Without any provocation, Kapil pounced on Sunil Grover. We saw Kapil loudly abusing Sunil. Sunil kept quiet, probably thinking that Kapil would calm down after the outburst. But Kapil got more aggressive. His loud abuses could be heard right across the flight cabin. He then physically assaulted Sunil. That’s when all hell broke loose. The flight attendants rushed to the spot. They wanted to handcuff Kapil in order to restrain him. To his credit Sunil stood by his unruly colleague and asked the cabin crew to overlook his drunken behaviour.”
Sunil Grover is believed to have skipped the shooting of the episode of The Kapil Sharma Show that was filmed on Monday. A source earlier told mid-day, “Sunil is numbed by the way Kapil assaulted him during a flight from Melbourne, where they did a stage show. He was merely trying to calm down Kapil, who was drunk and hurling abuses at another team member, Chandan (Prabhakar).”
Sunil Grover plays the characters Dr Mashoor Gulati and Rinku Bhabhi on The Kapil Sharma Show. He played Gutthi on the previous show Comedy Nights With Kapil, which he quit over payment issues.
Report Dated March 5, 2017 7:22 PM
Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar has become the single parent of twins — a girl and a boy— born through surrogacy last month.
The director-producer wasn’t in the city to confirm the news, but civic officials said the births were registered with its public health department.
The twins were born at Masrani Hospital in Andheri (West) on February 7. However, Johar hasn’t yet informed the BMC about the names of his children. A high-ranking BMC official said the children were registered in their birth record as a “baby girl” and “baby boy”. Johar’s close friend actor Shah Rukh Khan’s third baby, AbRam, too, was born in the same hospital to a surrogate mother.
Civic officials said the birth registration details listed Johar as the children’s father, but there is no mention of the mother’s name.
The BMC has taken the declaration of Dr Masrani and his infertility clinic about the birth.
In June 2016, actor Tusshar Kapoor had announced the birth of his son, Laksshya, through in-vitro fertilisation and surrogacy.
However, this prompted the Centre to frame guidelines for the surrogacy segment of infertility treatment. The draft bill bans commercial surrogacy, prohibiting any payment for women taking up surrogacy. It also bans surrogacy for singles, foreigners and persons of Indian origin. Union health minister J P Nadda introduced the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill in the Lok Sabha in November 2016.
In January, the Rajya Sabha chairman referred the bill to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on health and asked it to submit its report within three months.
In his recently released autobiography, ‘An Unsuitable Boy’, Karan Johar had expressed a desire to adopt a child or have a surrogate child as his old-age insurance policy.
“I don’t know what I’m going to do about it but I feel like I would like to be a parent. I don’t know how it’s going to happen but I do feel the need because I have plenty of love to offer and I’d like to take it forward. This feeling needs a release and requires a platform. And that platform could be by being a parent,” he had said during the release of his book. In June 2013, Shah Rukh Khan’s third child was born with the help of a surrogate mother at the same hospital.
Report Dated March 5, 2017 10:37 AM
Alankrita Shrivastava was recently informed in a letter – badly-worded and full of spelling mistakes – that her film was being denied a censor certificate for being too “lady-oriended [oriented]” with “contanious [continuous] sexual scenes”.
The Central Board of Film Certification also complained that the film “has abusive words, audio pornography [meaning phone sex], and a bit sensitive touch about one particular section of society [implying it could hurt Muslim religious sentiments]”.
This effectively means that the film, which stars talented actresses like Konkona Sen Sharma and Ratna Pathak Shah, cannot be screened in Indian cinemas.
The film about four women from small town India had its world premiere in Tokyo a few months ago and since then has won several awards at film festivals globally.
Earlier this week, it had two showings at the Glasgow Film Festival. Both were sold out and the film won the Audience Award, the only prize handed out.
It’s also been shown in Stockholm, Cairo and Estonia and in coming weeks will travel to festivals in Miami, Amsterdam, Paris and London.
So why has the censor board got its knickers in a twist over it?
“Because the censors are not comfortable with the alternate point of view, they are afraid of the female point of view,” Ms Shrivastava told me on the phone from Glasgow.
“They are used to viewing life from a male point of view, the popular gaze is male, stalking is love, Eve-teasing is courtship.
“My film is from the point of view of four women, their dreams and fears.”
The film’s trailer is delightful and gives a glimpse into the worlds of its women protagonists: A burka-clad college student who wants to be Britney Spears, a beautician who loves being photographed so much that she takes selfies even while having sex, a mother of three who yearns to be treated like an individual and not just a baby-producing machine, and a widow in her fifties who saucily fantasises about a much younger man.
“The women live in a small town, with their small dreams, they have very suffocating and restricted lives and the film is about how they fulfil their dreams,” Ms Shrivastava says.
The title uses the idea of lipstick hidden under a burka as a metaphor for hidden dreams and a pulsating desire to break free even when restricted.
Film censorship in India has always been quite erratic but the censor board has faced increasing criticism in recent years from the film industry, which accuses it of being irrational, making decisions on an ad hoc basis and being in conflict with India’s changing society.
The board is often in the news for demanding that filmmakers edit out scenes involving sex and violence, swear words or even a kiss.
Ms Shrivastava says the censor board is trying to “silence her voice”.
“The Central Board of Film Certification is outdated and illogical. Its members have no idea about gender issues and gender politics,” she says.
“Are you saying only the male point of view is relevant? It’s 2017, why should women be silenced?”
She says she is now “determined” to fight the censors.
“India is a robust and vibrant democracy. I’m going to appeal against the censor decision. I’m a very hopeful, optimistic person, so I’m sure the film will be released in India soon.”
Report Dated February 7, 2017 7:36 PM
The release of the Indian movie Raees, which was scheduled to hit Pakistani cinemas, was banned for its “inappropriate” portrayal of Muslims. Rumours about the Mahira Khan and Shah Rukh Khan-starrer releasing in Pakistan were ripe for the past one week. However, according to Dawn News, the Central Censor Board decided not to release the film in Pakistan. Reacting to the news, film’s director Rahul Dholakia took to Twitter to say that he was “outraged”.
Sources in the know of the development told Dawn the reason behind it was that “the content undermines Islam, and a specific religious sect, (It also) portrays Muslims as criminals, wanted persons and terrorists”. Earlier, the film was in turbulent waters owing to the sour relations between Pakistan and India. Pakistani artistes were banned by certain outfits in India, due to which Mahira was not able to promote the film in India.
The film was scheduled to release in the neighbouring country after the ban on Bollywood films was lifted recently. The news had brought much happiness to its cast and crew, which was gearing up for the film’s big opening on Pakistani theatres on February 10. Mahira Khan, who finally promoted the film through a video call while interacting with Indian media in Mumbai recently, spoke about how people in Pakistan were eagerly waiting for its release. “You know there are more SRK fans than mine. Claps were louder for him, not me. It will release in Pakistan, and everybody is waiting,” she had said.
Last week, Bollywood film Kaabil released in Pakistan after a months-long self-imposed ban by exhibitors was lifted.