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After being trolled, Akshay Kumar apologises for holding Indian flag upside down
24.07.17 - team pt
After being trolled, Akshay Kumar apologises for holding Indian flag upside down



Actor Akshay Kumar, who cheered the Women in Blue at the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup held at The Lord's landed into a controversy when he tweeted a picture of himself holding the National flag upside down. After uproar, he tweeted an apology on social media. He removed the picture, and stated that he didn’t mean to hurt anyone.
 
In a now deleted tweet, the 'Rustom' star, while cheering for the Indian team, was seen waving the Indian flag upside down. Following which, the actor was trolled on social media. 
 

Many were quick to point out that the flag was upside down, others took offence, while some others even began trolling the star.
 
Akshay took note of the same and took down the picture and issued a formal apology on his social media handle saying, "Extending my sincerest apology for violating the code of conduct for the tricolour. Didn't mean to offend anyone, the picture has been removed."
 

 

Akshay is currently promoting his film 'Toilet: Ek Prem Katha' in London. The movie is slated to release on August 11. He is also shooting for his next film 'Gold' which marks the Bollywood debut of television star Mouni Roy.




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Sanjay Dutt's discipline earned him early Release: Maharashtra Govt. to HC
17.07.17 - TEAM PT
Sanjay Dutt's discipline earned him early Release: Maharashtra Govt. to HC



The Maharashtra government on Monday filed an affidavit with the Bombay High Court justifying Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt’s early release, stating that it was done as per rules and that no special treatment was meted out to him.
 
The Bollywood actor - sentenced to five years for illegal possession of arms - was freed in February 2016, eight months and 16 days before he completed his jail term.
 
Advocate general Ashutosh Kumbhakoni submitted the affidavit stating that Dutt displayed "good behaviour, and discipline while in jail,” participated in "institutional activities such as physical training, educational programmes” and "performed all allotted work in accordance with prescribed standards” thus earning early remission according to the "statutory rules.”
 
The report was submitted in response to a public interest litigation filed by Pune resident Pradeep Bhalekar, questioning the regular paroles and furloughs granted to Dutt when he was serving his sentence. Bhalekar, in his petition, alleged that Dutt was given undue favour by the prisons department by granting him remission.
 
"The Maharashtra Prisons (Remission System) Rules provide for remission of up to three days per month for good behaviour, discipline and so on. In the present matter at hand, as per the rules, the accused (Dutt) is entitled for 256 days remission which comes to eight months and 16 days," the report said.
 
The state claimed that on October 19, 2015, Dutt had filed an application requesting "special remission.” However, the state rejected the application in December 2015.

On February 25 2016, however, considering Dutt’s conduct, the state decided to let him out eight months and 16 days before he completed his five-year sentence.
 
The court, has asked the government to give details of the work Dutt did in prison to merit an early release. It has two weeks to respond.




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AIB meme row: Shashi Tharoor, Derek O'Brien take a dig at trolls, post selfies with dog filter
16.07.17 - TEAM PT
AIB meme row: Shashi Tharoor, Derek O'Brien take a dig at trolls, post selfies with dog filter



Congress leader Shashi Tharoor took a dig at trolls on Saturday by tweeting a selfie using the Snapchat dog filter amid the social media furore over AIB posting a meme on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram, who posted the picture with the caption: "Attn all trolls: I took the #DogFilter challenge! @AllIndiaBakchod”, was apparently prodded by the Twitterati to defend AIB comedians.
 
Trinamool Congress leader Derek O’Brien took to Instagram to post his picture and captioned it: "It's the weekend. Time for a little bit of fun." This was in reply to a Twitter user who had asked O'Brien and Tharoor to be a "sport" and don the "dog-face".

While a section applauded the move and responded by uploading their pictures with the filter in solidarity, many pointed out that uploading your own photo is not the same as uploading that of someone else’s without their permission.

This came just a day after comedy group All India Bakchod (AIB) found itself in legal trouble, with the Mumbai police registering a case against them for using the filter on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's image.

The Mumbai Police's cyber crime cell lodged an FIR against Tanmay Bhat on Saturday for posting offensive content on social media under the IT act, an offence for which the punishment is a fine of Rs five lakh and up to three years of imprisonment.

AIB, after facing social media backlash, had deleted the tweet, but this backtracking was also met with equal amount of criticism with people dubbing the comedy group as "cowardly" and "hypocritical".

The AIB meme showed a doctored image of Modi standing at a railway station using the filter, accompanied by the hashtag #wanderlust.




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Salman Khan to compensate distributors over Tubelight's failure at box office, will pay Rs 55 crore
10.07.17 - team pt
Salman Khan to compensate distributors over Tubelight's failure at box office, will pay Rs 55 crore



Superstar Salman Khan’s latest release Tubelight entered the coveted Rs 100 crore club but the collections of the film were a big disappointment for the distributors. Now, the superstar has reportedly agreed to shoulder their losses by refunding them.
 
According to a report in ANI, Salman has agreed to pay Rs 55 crore to the distributors. The movie has grossed Rs. 114.50 crore net at the Indian box office till now. The budget for Tubelight, the official remake of Little Boy, was allegedly Rs 100 crores.
 
Trade analyst Komal Nahta confirmed the same on social media. Komal took to micro-blogging site Twitter to share the information. He tweeted, "SalmanKhan has agreed to refund monies to distributors to make up for losses in Tubelight. A lovely gesture. That's being human!”.
 
However, the amount that will be refunded to distributors, is yet to be known. Salman’s father Salim Khan also confirmed the same to a leading entertainment portal.
 
Salman's father and veteran writer Salim Khan confirmed the news to to Mid-Day and said, "When a distributor suffers a loss, the producer needs to show some responsibility and share the burden. We, too, have done the same thing. We met a few of them and are trying to find a middle ground. We will pay back the distributors."
 
 
Tubelight, directed by Kabir Khan, is a drama set against the backdrop of 1962 India-China War with Salman essaying the role of a man-child who goes on a quest to find his missing brother.
 
Except for this year, Eid has always been the most lucrative time of the year for Salman Khan. His past releases Sultan (2016), Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015), Kick (2014), Ek Tha Tiger (2012) and Bodyguard (2011), which hit screens on the festival, raked in the moolah at the box office. However, the actor's latest outing, Kabir Khan's Tubelight, failed to impress.
 
Meanwhile, Salman is busy shooting for Ali Abbas Zafar’s Tiger Zinda Hai and has recently also shot for a cameo in the remake of his blockbuster hit, Judwaa 2.




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A Billion Colour Story
This heartwarming film about Hindu-Muslim unity just won at the London Indian Film Festival
01.07.17 -
This heartwarming film about Hindu-Muslim unity just won at the London Indian Film Festival



A film about Hindu-Muslim unity won the Audience Award at the annual London Indian Film Festival.

A Billion Colour Story, which depicts harmony between Hindus and Muslims, is produced by Bollywood filmmaker Satish Kaushak and directed by Padmajumar Narasimhamurthy.

"It’s incredibly special for us that A Billion Colour Story resonates with audiences across countries and continents. It continues to vindicate our faith that people and their hearts are the same across cultures and horizons," said the filmmakers.
A Billion Colour Story is about a boy Hari, who's father is a Muslim and mother is Hindu and their struggles as a family.
 
The Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival is the UK and Europe’s largest Indian film festival, which aims to provide a platform for new and emerging independent South Asian films. The festival began on June 22 and will close on July 2.

"It is wonderful that the festival continues to lead the debate and not simply reflect the changing shape of Indian cinema; from this year’s Indian virtual reality showcases to bringing carefully curated important new talent to the world stage like actress Anjali Patil to showcasing emerging young directors like Sanal Kumar Sasidharan, director of closing night film Sexy Durga,” said festival executive and programming director Cary Rajinder Sawhney. Courtesy: dawn.com




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