Today (March 8) we celebrate International Women’s Day. And as we celebrate and embrace the female being in every form around us, last year has been nothing short of monumental for women’s rights and voice. Yes, the strong #MeToo movement that was trending globally, turned a nightmare for many men even here. To refresh your memory, the #MeToo movement is a movement against sexual harassment and sexual assault at workplaces and this was a phenomenon that was catching other countries across the globe. In Hollywood, in October 2017 the #MeToo movement brought down the most powerful man in the Hollywood – Harvey Weinstein. Post those allegations, many more stories dated back to15/20 years also surfaced causing a ripple effect with multiple women coming out with their allegation on Weinstein and others like him in the industry.
Last year, the movement hit Bollywood and took down a lot of people with them. It also opened the conversation about the unsaid propositions and inappropriate behavior by the powerful preying on the vulnerable both in Bollywood and other industries followed. This women’s day we bring you 6 famous #MeToo stories that went on to show women in a stronger avatar. Read on…
Actress Tanushree Dutta accused Nana Patekar of sexual misconduct on sets of Horn Ok Pleassss in 2008. Though the accusation brought Tanushree major flak, they also helped blow the lid off many such hushed up cases and had many involved running for cover. While some accused got a clean chit, many others continue to be embroiled in the movement that has not even spared Hollywood biggies. And Bollywood’s proving that it’s not just a flash in the pan here either. Several names have either stepped down or have been asked to drop out from projects.
Saloni Chopra and Rachel White opened up about how Sajid was a predator. Journalist Karishma Upadhyay also revealed her shocking story. But it was Bipasha Basu, Priyanka Bose and Simran Puri’s accounts that were the final string in the case. Ashoke Pandit took up the case with the Indian Film & Television Directors’ Association (IFTDA) and Sajid has been suspended for a year. He even lost his director’s chair for Housefull 4.
Rajkumar Hirani seems to be reeling under the allegations of sexual misconduct that were made against him early this year. Following the complaint made against him by a female member of the technical team of Sanju, the filmmaker’s name was unceremoniously dropped from the credits as the co-producer of Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s recent release, Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga. While the makers did not confirm at any point that Hirani’s ouster days before the release was due to the #MeToo allegations, they did not deny it either. But besides, losing out on the project, the allegations seem to be taking a heavier toll on Hirani.
Producer Vinita Nanda came out and shocked everyone by accusing long-time friend Alok Nath of rape. Vinita Nanda took to social media and shared stories of Alok Nath’s behavior on the sets of her mega-hit show Tara. Nanda spoke about how she was sexually assaulted by the actor one night. Nanda then filed a police complaint against the actor. The Internal Complaints Committee of IFTDA (Indian Film and Television Director’s Association) sprang into action intervening in the case and reasserting POSH guidelines.
Vikas Bahl was accused of sexual harassment last year by a former employee of his production house Phantom Films. This alleged incident happened in Goa back in 2015. Phantom house partners Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditiya Motwane came out in support of these allegations and went a step forward and dissolved the production house altogether. Post this actress Kangana Ranaut also alleged that Bahl used to”bury his face in her” and hold her really tight”
The Jolly LLB director had a case of attempted rape and molestation filed against him by actress Geetika Tyagi in April 2014. The actress had filed a complaint against Kapoor with the Versova Police station, post which he was even arrested and then let off on bail.
While these are only some of the cases listed here, this wave of #MeToo movement is far more than naming and shaming perpetrators, but for the first time giving women the power to speak about alleged abuse or harassment. On the other side, men who are preying on the weak and vulnerable now know that they need to watch themselves and that the next #MeToo scandal could be them. While we are still a long way from living in an equally balanced society, this is a huge step in the right direction.
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Akshay Kumar’s Laxmmi Bomb in trouble as Raghava Lawrence quits as director – deets inside
Raghava Lawrence quits Akshay Kumar’s Kanchana Hindi remake after feeling disrespected and we have all the details!
Akshay Kumar’s Laxmmi Bomb is one of the most intriguing films that is currently being made. The film is the official Hindi remake of Kanchana, which was a hit down South. Akshay Kumar and Kiara Advani play lead roles in the movie. And while the first look poster of Laxmmi Bomb was released just yesterday (May 18), looks like the film has run into major trouble. How? Well, the director – Raghava Lawrence has quit the movie. Yes, the original Kachana director and script writer has walked out. Why? Well he felt disrespected and disappointed!
Raghava Lawrence made this announcement on Twitter yesterday (May 18), leaving everyone shocked! In fact, this sudden shock move comes after the first look poster of Laxmmi Bomb was released without his knowledge. He says he was not even satisfied with the poster when it was launched! He also came to know about the release from a third person, which hurt him even more. Raghava also adds that there are other reasons that has forced him to take this decision! He values his self respect more than money and fame. In fact, the director also reveals that while he has not signed any agreement and can leave with his script, he won’t! He respects Akshay Kumar a lot and hence, he will present them the script and let them hire another director for the movie.
Check out Raghava Lawrence’s tweet regarding him walking out of Akshay Kumar’s Laxmmi Bomb right here:
Dear Friends and Fans..!I
In this world, more than money and fame, self-respect is the most important attribute to a person's character. So I have decided to step out of the project, #Laxmmibomb Hindi remake of Kanchana@akshaykumar
@RowdyGabbar @Advani_Kiara pic.twitter.com/MXSmY4uOgR
— Raghava Lawrence (@offl_Lawrence) May 18, 2019
Produced by Cape of Good Films in association with Shabinaa Entertainment and Tusshar Entertainment House, Laxmmi Bomb is presented by Fox Star Studios. The film was scheduled for a June 5, 2020 release. In the meantime, tell us what do you guys have to say about this development? Share with us your thoughts in the comments section below! Also stay tuned to CineBlitz for more news and updates about Laxmmi Bomb right here.
Hina Khan Cannes 2019 controversy: Salman Khan, Farah Khan stand by the TV actress – deets inside
After being ridiculed for her Cannes 2019 appearance by a magazine editor, Hina Khan had the most savage reply
Cannes 2019 fever is on! And while we all are busy spotting our favourite celebs killing it on the red carpet, a very rationalist comment was made on Hina Khan’s appearance by a leading magazine’s editor. The editor posted a picture of the actress and said, “Cannes has suddenly become Chandivali studios kya?” This sure did not affect much as she immediately came up with a savage reply where she said, “I was persistent, I’m constant and I will be efficient again and again. Don’t know where I belong, don’t know if I have to, as the Place doesn’t define me! Because as always I will work my a** off and I will make my own PLACE. My promise, a proud outsider from my Chandivali studios.” But her friends from the industry decided not to end it at just that. Celebs like Farah Khan, Salman Khan, Arjun Bijlani, Nia Sharma came out in her support.
I was persistent, I m constant n I will b efficient again n again again. Don’t know where I belong, don’t know if I have to, as d Place don’t define me! Bcause as always I will work my a** off n I will make my own PLACE. My promise,a proud outsider from my Chandiwali studios. 🙏
— HINA KHAN (@eyehinakhan) May 16, 2019
Where Salman Khan said, “I don’t know if the Editor wanted to say that #Cannes has become Chandivali or Chandivali has gone to #Cannes2019.” Farah Khan also appreciated the bold move that Hina took and praised her stand. Check out the tweets right here:
— Cine Blitz (@TheCineBlitz) May 17, 2019
Iv shot many a times at Chandivali Studios n its a great place !! So proud of you @eyehinakhan .. it’s not where we come frm but where we are going that matters!! Hav fun at #CannesFilmFestival2019 ur probably the only one who s there 4 the right reasons.. A film!!
— Farah Khan (@TheFarahKhan) May 17, 2019
— Arjun Bijlani (@Thearjunbijlani) May 17, 2019
Hey @jiteshpillaai Cannes is neither chandivali studios nor biased towards any medium just like some Ass-licking swine editors of India. And @eyehinakhan ‘s journey from chandivali to Cannes has definitely burnt a lot of arses.. https://t.co/jItvTWF1YA
— NIA SHARMA (@Theniasharma) May 16, 2019
— Priyank Sharma (@ipriyanksharmaa) May 16, 2019
Hina we r so proud of u https://t.co/0V26krdHyh
— Ekta Kapoor (@ektaravikapoor) May 16, 2019
— Guru Randhawa (@GuruOfficial) May 16, 2019
After the brouhaha, the editor finally took to social media and apologised, informing that his comment was drastically misconstrued. Hina accepted the apology and moved on to slay the Cannes world.
While this matter came to an end here, it raised many questions about Television star’s credibility. Hina Khan’s debut film Lines premiered at the Cannes Festival 2019 and if that is not a reason to celebrate then what is? Well, at least we are glad that the issue was resolved gracefully. Stay tuned to CineBlitz for more such updates from the world of Bollywood.
Ness Wadia sentenced to two years in jail for possession of drugs in Japan
Ness Wadia was on a vacation in Japan and was caught with drugs while returning to India
Ness Wadia, an Indian business tycoon and Preity Zinta’s ex-boyfriend, was caught with drugs in Japan in March this year. The heir to the Wadia Group had taken a trip to Japan and visited the Niseko resort for a skiing holiday. While returning back, he was reportedly arrested at the New Chitose Airport in the northern Japanese island, Hokkaido. A Financial Times story reveals to us that a customs official had found 25 grams of cannabis resin in Ness Wadia’s pockets. With strict Narcotic Laws in the country, the Sapporo District Court handed him a two-year prison sentence. However, it has been suspended for five years!
For those of you who don’t know, Ness Wadia was reportedly detained for a couple of days post his arrest. Only on March 20, the initial charges were pressed against him. He spent an undisclosed period in detention before a court hearing took place recently. According to the Financial Times report, Ness admitted to carrying drugs for his personal use in the court. After pleading guilty and co-operating well, he was given a two year sentence, but it was suspended for five years. Since then, the business tycoon has returned to India.
What do you have to say about this? Share with us your thoughts in the comments section below! Also stay tuned to CineBlitz for more news, updates and gossip right here.
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