Zaira Wasim molestation row: ‘Molester’ sent to 2 days custody; wife claims he’s innocent

Zaira Wasim molestation row: ‘Molester’ sent to 2 days custody; wife claims he’s innocent

Zaira Wasim molestation row

17-year-old actor Zaira Wasim’s allegations that she got molested in a flight sent shockwaves everywhere. The young actress claimed that she was travelling in an Air Vistara flight late at night from Delhi to Mumbai on Saturday and a passenger sitting at the back tried to feel her up with his feet. To prove her claim, she took a video of the person and his leg can be seen resting on her armrest. The actress however said that she couldn’t click his picture as the lights were dimmed. She also seemed to be upset with the airline crew for not taking appropriate steps.

Zaira Wasim then made a series of uploads on Instagram documenting her bad experience. Immediately, it went viral and shocked one and all. Mumbai Police swung into action and registered an FIR, under POSCO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act) since she’s a minor. Air Vistara apologized to her and reportedly, senior management staffers came down to Mumbai to meet her. By Sunday evening, the alleged molester, Vikas Sachdeva, aged 39, was arrested by the police. He was taken to a special court on Monday and was sent to two days’ police custody. As per reports, Vikas Sachdeva stood quietly in court and was taken out barefoot by the police.

Outside the court in Dindoshi, Vikas’s wife Divya Sachdeva was in tears and was seen with other family members. She made it clear that her husband is innocent and a family man. Vikas Sachdeva works in an entertainment company and Divya said that Vikas was extremely tired and was sleeping. His only mistake was that he touched the armrest of the front seat. However, Vikas had apologized to her the moment Zaira Wasim pointed out that his feet was touching her. A co-passenger, too, was in agreement with Divya Sachdeva and said that he never saw Vikas misbehaving at all. Other reports claimed that Vikas Sachdeva had gone to Delhi after his maternal uncle passed away. The entire experience had stressed him and hence he had requested Vistara crew to not disturb him as he wanted to doze off.

On Monday morning, Zaira Wasim and his mother took a flight back home in Srinagar and ironically, they travelled by Air Vistara.

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Priyanka Chopra receives Mother Teresa Memorial award for Social Justice

Priyanka Chopra receives Mother Teresa Memorial award for Social Justice

Priyanka Chopra receives Mother Teresa Memorial award for Social Justice

Angelina Jolie, the Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, was among the first to take up the cause of fighting for the rights of refugees and displaced people. Global superstar Priyanka Chopra now takes the baton ahead as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

Touched by her compassion and kindness, the international superstar’s deep connect with the young generation has earned her Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice. Priyanka received an invitation by the Harmony Foundation for lending her support and contribution towards social causes. However, her mother Dr Madhu Chopra collected the award on her behalf.

Madhu Chopra said, “I humbly accept the award on her behalf. As a mother, I am immensely proud to have a child who is so compassionate and has so much kindness in her. She exemplifies the fact the more you give the more you get.  Even as a child, she was influenced by Mother Teresa and has been supporting Prem Niwas in Bareilly.”

“It is justifiable for her to receive this honourable award and I am immensely proud of her. I’m thankful and I’m sure she is humbled that her efforts have been recognised by the foundation that believes in helping the needy and supporting the deprived and raising funds for those who are impoverished,” she adds.

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Furniture rental platform Furlenco raises funding from Aamir Khan

Furniture rental platform Furlenco raises funding from Aamir Khan

funding from Aamir Khan

Aamir Khan has donned several hats since the time he has entered Bollywood. He started as an actor and then in 2001, his first production Lagaan released and became a cult. 3 years before Lagaan, he turned singer in Ghulam. In 2007, he directed Taare Zameen Par and surprised everyone with his directorial skills. And now, the superstar is all set to expand his horizons and that too beyond Bollywood.

It has come to light that the online furniture rental setup Furlenco, owned by Bengaluru-based Kieraya Furnishing Solutions Pvt Ltd, has raised Rs. 2 crore in debt funding from none other than Aamir Khan. The superstar however will not be a brand ambassador for Furlenco, as per the sources.

Ajith Mohan Karimpana, the founder of Furlenco was not available. Neither Aamir Khan was available to confirm the story.

Furlenco commenced operations in 2012 by Ajith Mohan Karimpana. He was formerly the vice president of Goldman Sachs and holds an MS in computer and information science from Temple University, Pennsylvania, United States. It designs its own furniture, gets it manufactured by third-party vendors and then rents out to customers. Earlier, the venture was called Rent Ur Duniya but later it was rebranded as Furlenco in 2013. In the last one year, the brand has raised money through a mix of debt and equity financing. It raised Rs. 100 crore last year in October from existing investor Lightbox Ventures along with Axis Capital Partners, a Hong Kong-based venture capital fund. In a previous series of funding, it had raised Rs 38 crore from LightBox Ventures.

On the film front, Aamir Khan is working on Thugs Of Hindostan, co-starring Katrina Kaif, Amitabh Bachchan and Fatima Sana Shaikh. It’s all set to release on Diwali 2018.

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Aditya Chopra suggested Italian venue for Anushka Sharma – Virat Kohli wedding

Aditya Chopra suggested Italian venue for Anushka Sharma – Virat Kohli wedding

Aditya Chopra suggested Italian venue for Anushka Sharma - Virat Kohli wedding

It was Anushka Sharma’s mentor and confidant producer-filmmaker Aditya Chopra who suggested an Italian venue away from prying eyes, for Anushka’s wedding with Virat Kohli. Aditya Chopra, a notorious paparazzi shirker, had opted for a wedding in Italy with Rani Mukerji in 2014.

Says a source close to Aditya Chopra, “It was Adi’s idea that Anushka and Virat have their wedding in Italy. He warned them that a desi wedding would turn into a tamasha with the paparazzi and gate crashers having a field day.”

Apparently, Anushka Sharma who consults Adi on all important matters, took Adi’s advice seriously, “From Adi’s lips on to Virat’s ears,” says the source. And that’s how the Italian wedding happened. No one in the film industry was invited for Anushka Sharma’s wedding with cricketer Virat Kohli. Not even her closest buddies Karan Johar and Shah Rukh Khan who apparently were in the know about her wedding plans but unable to attend the wedding in Milan.

But Adi Chopra and Rani were invited. “They would have liked to attend, but Adi is busy supervising Thugs Of Hindostan. We heard Rani saying she would love to attend Anushka’s wedding. But they can’t take their daughter along,” a source from Yash Raj reveals.

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Happy Birthday: Dilip Kumar turns 95; successfully treated for bronchial pneumonia

Happy Birthday: Dilip Kumar turns 95; successfully treated for bronchial pneumonia

Happy Birthday Dilip Kumar turns 95; successfully treated for bronchial pneumonia

Dilip Kumar’s fans had a major scare when around two weeks ago, it came to light that he was down with bronchial pneumonia. The veteran actor has been in and out of hospital many times and everytime, tension levels go high for the fans. But thankfully, each and everytime, the thespian’s health problems turn out to be minor ones and he gets discharged soon.

And this time too, he has been successfully treated for the ailment. A picture was posted by Faisal Farooqui, who handles Dilip Kumar’s Twitter account, which showed the actor sitting like a boss. “He smiled when I told him millions pray for him everyday,” is what was tweeted along with the image.

Today is incidentally the 95th birthday of Dilip Kumar and on this occasion, Saira Banu posted a series of tweets from the superstar’s Twitter account. She thanked her fans and friends for all the wishes and prayers for the actor’s long life. She also added that every year, the doors of their house are open on Dilip Kumar’s birthday. But this year will be an exception as the doctors have advised him to be protected from any infection. As a result, she requested well-wishers to avoid meeting him this birthday.

We wish Dilip Kumar a very happy birthday and we hope he continues to live for many more years.

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Nargis Fakhri bags Sanjay Dutt-starrer Torbaaz

Nargis Fakhri bags Sanjay Dutt-starrer Torbaaz

Nargis Fakhri bags Sanjay Dutt-starrer Torbaaz

Nargis Fakhri is sexy and at the same time, she is fiercely opinionated. Moreover, she has a great sense of humour as well and this makes her one of the hottest actresses around. However, her not-so-Indian features and lack of great roles have ensured that she couldn’t be seen regularly in films. Her last film released more than a year ago – Banjo – and then she had no other film in her kitty. But finally, Nargis Fakhri has signed a film. She’s all set to be seen in Sanjay Dutt’s upcoming film Torbaaz.

Producer Rahul Mittra confirmed that Nargis Fakhri has signed on the dotted line. She will play the NGO worker Ayesha, who looks after the war refugee kids in Afghanistan. She will essay Sanjay Dutt’s love interest and her worldview changes after the stint. Rahul Mittra said that she is the parallel lead and that she has already begun taking language classes in Los Angeles for Pushto and Dari. He also revealed that they met Nargis Fakhri at director Girish Malik’s Mumbai home. The actress was jetlagged and yet the meeting went great and she gave her nod after hearing the story. He assured that viewers will be stunned with Nargis Fakhri’s dialogue delivery in Torbaaz.

Nargis Fakhri is currently at her home in Los Angeles and she’ll be flying down to Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyztan, next week to shoot for the film. Rahul Mittra said that after shooting in Bishek, they’ll travel along the Silk Route through Central Asia. He added that Torbaaz will feature different terrains and we will be shooting through the biting cold in difficult locations that have never been tapped by Bollywood before.

Girish Malik had earlier made the 2014 film Jal, starring Purab Kohli and Kirti Kulhari. It was honoured with the National Film Award for Best Special Effects. Sanjay Dutt on the other hand was last seen in his comeback film Bhoomi, co-starring Aditi Rao Hydari, Shekhar Suman and Sharad Kelkar.

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7 Years of Ranveer Singh: Ranveer thanks casting director Shanoo Sharma for Band Baaja Baaraat

7 Years of Ranveer Singh: Ranveer thanks casting director Shanoo Sharma for Band Baaja Baaraat

7 Years of Ranveer Singh Ranveer thanks casting director Shanoo Sharma for Band Baaja Baaraat

Seven years ago on December 10, the film Band Baaja Baaraat (2010) became one of the successes of that year. The film marked the debut of the quirky and energetic Ranveer Singh as Bittoo Sharma who starred opposite Anushka Sharma in her second film. With little promotion and a new actor, Band Baaja Baaraat was a sleeper hit. It was also the very first time that Yash Raj Films had launched a solo hero.

Now, cut to seven years later, Ranveer Singh has made a mark for himself with movies like Lootera, Ram Leela, Bajirao Mastani, Dil Dhadakne Do amongst others. Celebrating the day, Shanoo Sharma shared a lovely throwback photograph from seven years ago when Ranveer bagged his first film and showed up at her residence with the script. A grinning Ranveer and an excited Shanoo could not contain their excitement. She captioned the photo, “7 years ago, on a regular morning just like any other, I was sitting with my family and speaking to my aunt on the phone… he walked into my home with a script in his hand, and a smile so wide, it could swallow the universe in it !!! “You got the film???” Happpy, screaming , hugging, crying, church, dancing , friends, emotions …The flow was strong. And till today the flow has been beautiful and most importantly blessed! So here’s to You!!! Thank you for making me proud! Thank you for making me look back and always having you as a great memory!!! I love you Ranno! Always have! Always will! @ranveersingh #7years #yrf #actor #inspire #shine #blessed.”

7 Years of Ranveer Singh Ranveer thanks casting director Shanoo Sharma for Band Baaja Baaraat1

Ranveer Singh also thanked Shanoo through his Instagram story. He shared the opening credits look, “Introducing Ranveer Singh’ from the film and wrote, “It’s been seven years. @shanoosharmarahihai.”

On the work front, Ranveer Singh will be seen in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati which stars Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor. He is currently prepping for Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy.

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Facts about Anushka Sharma – Virat Kohli’s Tuscany wedding

Facts about Anushka Sharma – Virat Kohli’s Tuscany wedding

Facts about Anushka Sharma - Virat Kohli’s Tuscany wedding

The couple has not told most of their friends about their shaadi plans. In fact one of Anushka’s closest friends from the film fraternity says, “I’ll believe she’s married when she’s married and tells she is. Until then, this is all conjecture.” However the matter has now gone far beyond conjecture, with the couple’s close family members flying to the venue Tuscany (Italy) for the purported wedding.

Even Virat’s cricketing friends are in the dark. One of them wonders the veil of secrecy is going to be lifted. “We know why they’ve kept it a secret. They just didn’t want the paparazzi to pounce on them. Both Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma agreed to keep the wedding a secret until it actually happened, so that the media didn’t get a whiff it. This is why they’ve chosen Tuscany as the venue of their wedding. Chances of photographers airdropping into the scenic holiday resort seem distant.”

After the Tuscany wedding the couple is expected to go on a brief holiday before returning to India where Anuskha re-joins the unit of Aanand L Rai’s untitled film with Shah Rukh Khan.

Contrary to reports, Shah Rukh Khan is not invited to the wedding, although he is aware of the shaadi, to be attended by the couple’s very close family members. In fact no one from the film fraternity is invited.

Doesn’t it remind you of Aishwarya Rai – Abhishek Bachchan wedding?

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39-year-old Vikas Sachdev arrested for molesting Zaira Wasim in a flight

39-year-old Vikas Sachdev arrested for molesting Zaira Wasim in a flight

Zaira-Wasim-in-a-flightSecret Superstar actress Zaira Wasim shocked one and all when she made a series of Instagram posts and informed people that she has been molested on board a midnight Delhi-Mumbai flight. The actress said that a person sitting behind her put his feet on her armrest and tried to touch her inappropriately. At first, she ignored, thinking it was due to turbulence. But later, her doubts went away. She also added that she tried to take a picture of the molester but she couldn’t as the lights were dimmed. However, she shot a brief video in which the leg of the molester can be seen on her armrest.

Zaira Wasim’s molestation claims led to a huge uproar. The Mumbai Police swung into action and filed FIR under the relevant sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) since Zaira is a minor. In a few hours, the molester was identified – 39-year-old Vikas Sachdev – and he was arrested in the evening. Deputy Commissioner of Police Anil Kumbhare said that he will be produced in court tomorrow. Meanwhile the National Commission for Women revealed that they’ll help Zaira in whatever way possible.

Zaira Wasim also criticized the airline – Air Vistara – and it seems that they didn’t co-operate with Zaira when she raised an alarm, as the flight was about to descend. But they apologized to Zaira and also submitted an initial report to the regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). Moreover, senior members of the Air Vistara team flew to Mumbai to meet Zaira Wasim and understand what went wrong on the part of the airline crew.

Zaira Wasim is 17 and came into limelight when she played the kid Geeta Phogat in the 2016 blockbuster Dangal, starring Aamir Khan. Secret Superstar was also produced by Aamir and she had a leading role in this film, which released on Diwali.

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Shah Rukh Khan roped in as the host for Lux Golden Rose Awards 2017

Shah Rukh Khan roped in as the host for Lux Golden Rose Awards 2017

Shah Rukh Khan roped in as the host for Lux Golden Rose Awards 2017

Setting a milestone in its premiere edition, being the first ever awards show to celebrate India’s female cinematic legends, the second edition of Lux Golden Rose Awards 017 is geared up once again to raise the bar further.

Gracing the occasion with his well-known charm and popularity, the King of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan will reprise his role as the host in the second edition. As a prelude to the awards, SRK hosted a chat show – Lux Golden Divas – Baatein With Baadshah, where he engaged with leading ladies Deepika Padukone, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Madhuri Dixit and Katrina Kaif and had them reveal their unseen sides and beauty through the characters they portray onscreen.

Presented by India’s very first beauty soap, Lux, this year’s ethos is #IAmMoreThanYouCanSee; a tagline which encapsulates the passion, individuality, sensitivity and strength the remarkable leading ladies put into creating timeless iconic characters that stay etched in the hearts of millions. Fans and connoisseurs of the Indian film industry are abuzz with anticipation for the second edition of the show which honors Bollywood actresses for portraying versatility with zest. Lux Golden Rose Awards has an unparalleled and original concept that celebrates the women of Bollywood, recognizing them for the beautiful, glamorous and gutsy characters they have portrayed on the silver screen.

Commenting on the occasion, Sandeep Kohli, Executive Director and Vice President – Personal Care at Hindustan Unilever Limited said, “Our brand- LUX has an iconic status in the beauty market, as a forerunner in associating with the most gorgeous faces of Indian Cinema. Instituting Lux Golden Rose Awards, we aimed at building an extravagant and unified platform to celebrate these women and the powerful roles they have essayed on the silver screen. Taking this basic ethos ahead in our next edition of the awards, we will  be taking the camera lens closer to these beauties and unveil facets and secrets which make them iconic personas they are today. Following last year’s spectacular response, we are looking forward to bringing audiences another year of an exceptional extravaganza.”

Power-packed performances lined up include acts by the vivacious Alia Bhatt, the unassuming Sushant Singh Rajput, and the energy filled Jacqueline Fernandez and Mouni Roy to name a few. The Lux Golden Rose Awards show will be held at Yash Raj Studios in Mumbai on 10th December 2017.

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