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Decision on Salman’s bail plea reserved till tomorrow



JODHPUR: A sessions court today reserved its decision on Bollywood superstar Salman Khan’s bail plea till tomorrow, his defence counsel said.

The actor, who was yesterday convicted by the trial court and sentenced to five years in prison in a 1998 blackbuck poaching case, would now be spending another night in Jodhpur Central Jail.

The district and sessions court here heard arguments on the suspension of sentence and bail application before deferring the matter till tomorrow.

In his arguments, defence counsel Mahesh Bora said there were various loopholes in the investigation. He argued that no investigation in any of the cases of poaching proved that Salman used firearms.

“We have argued that the eyewitness in the case was not reliable,” Bora said.

The magistrate Ravindra Kumar Joshi also sought the record of the case from the lower court.

The actor is alleged to have shot and killed blackbucks in Kankani village near Jodhpur on the night of October 1, 1998 during the shooting of the film “Hum Saath Saath Hain”.

While convicting Salman, the trial court acquitted his Bollywood colleagues Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam and Sonali Bendre and a local, Dushyant Singh, giving them the “benefit of doubt” for the incident in October 1998.

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SRK’s wax figure to feature at Madame Tussauds Delhi



Superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s wax figure will be the latest to get featured at the Madame Tussauds Delhi. This would be the second figure of Shah Rukh to be displayed in his signature pose besides other iconic celebrities, in a special interactive zone. The first figure was launched in London in 2007.

Managed by Merlin Entertainments, Madame Tussauds in Delhi has wax figures of famous personalities from sports, cinema, politics, history and music. “Given his massive fan following across the globe, and because he is a popular celebrity and loved by everyone; it was a prestigious choice for us to bring Shah Rukh Khan’s figure to Madame Tussauds Delhi,” Anshul Jain, General Manager, and Director, Merlin Entertainments said in a statement.

Wax figures of cricket icon Kapil Dev, Milkha Singh, singer Asha Bhosle and Shreya Ghoshal, yesteryear actor Madhubala among others have already been unveiled by the museum.

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Deepika Padukone bags the ‘Entertainer of the Year’ award for ‘Padmaavat’



Bollywood’s leading lady Deepika Padukone was felicitated with the ‘Entertainer of the year award’ by a leading magazine after the humungous success of her magnum opus Padmaavat. Dressed in a white gown, Deepika looked like a dream as she received the award from veteran actress Rekha.

Deepika garnered immense appreciation and love from all quarters for her powerful performance as the Rajputani Queen. Earning accolades for not just her beauty but also effortless acting, Deepika was hailed by the critics and audience alike.

The actress not only got the nation dancing to the tunes of her song Ghoomar, but made a lasting impact with her powerful dialogues. Being touted as her best performance till date, Deepika Padukone’s performance is regarded worthy of every award this year. Moreover, Padmaavat proves to be Deepika’s 7th film in the 100 crore club and her hattrick in the 200 crore club.

Interestingly, Deepika is one of the highest paid actresses of Bollywood. Not just films, the actress is super popular in the brand markets, with over 21 brands to her credit.

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Padmavati release deferred after protests, makers say new date after ‘clearances’



Mumbai: The makers of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Padmavati, starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor have postponed the release of the film following nation wide protests by several Rajput groups.

“Viacom18 Motion Pictures, the studio behind ‘Padmavati’, has voluntarily deferred the release date of the film from December 1, 2017,” the company spokesperson said in a statement.

The film has been in news for all wrong reasons since its inception. Rajput groups feel that Bhansali may have misrepresented historical facts to suit his film’s narrative. However, the ace director and people associated with the film have time and again clarified that the film doesn’t distort history.

Some Hindu groups have been protesting against the movie’s release while some political outfits have demanded that its release be deferred in view of the Gujarat Assembly elections.

The makers have also not got a clearance yet from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), which said the application from the makers was “incomplete”.

A new release date will be announced once the “requisite clearances” are in place.

“We are a responsible, law-abiding corporate citizen and have the highest respect and regard for the law of the land and all our institutions and statutory bodies including the CBFC.

“We always have and are committed to continue following the established procedure and convention. We have faith that we will soon obtain the requisite clearances to release the film.

“We will announce the revised release date of the film in due course,” the statement added.

On Saturday, CBFC chairperson Prasoon Joshi had expressed disappointment over the film being screened for some journalists, who said there was nothing in it to hurt anyone’s sentiments.

The makers have described “Padmavati” as “a beautiful cinematic masterpiece that captures Rajput valour, dignity and tradition in all its glory”.

“The film is an eloquent portrayal of a tale that will fill every Indian with pride and showcase our country’s storytelling prowess across the globe,” the spokesperson added.

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