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Sonam Kapoor, Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar sign open letter blasting media’s ‘witch hunt’ of Rhea Chakraborty: ‘You were kind to Salman, Sanjay’

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Thousands, including many Bollywood celebrities, have signed an open letter addressed to the media, condemning its coverage of the Sushant Singh Rajput death case, particularly in relation to the vilification of Rhea Chakraborty. After weeks of sustained scrutiny, Rhea was arrested for allegedly procuring drugs for Sushant, who died on June 14.

Published on a blog called Feminist Voices, the letter counts among its signatories directors Anurag Kashyap, Gauri Shinde and Zoya Akhtar, actor Sonam Kapoor, and approximately 2500 others. 60 organisations have also endorsed the letter.

“Hunt news, not women,” the letter says, noting how this could have been an opportunity to highlight the importance of mental health awareness. “We write to ask you, the news media, to stop this unfair witch hunt of Rhea Chakraborty and to stop fuelling moral polarities of good women to be deified and bad women to be crucified which endangers all women.”

Rhea, along with her brother Showik and four other associates of Sushant’s were arrested on drugs-related charges by the Narcotics Control Bureau. Rhea is currently lodged at the Byculla Jail. She has also been accused of abetting Sushant’s suicide and misappropriating his funds — both allegations that she has denied. The negative coverage of Rhea has been partially fuelled by Sushant’s family, who celebrated her arrest, despite the fact that it happened on grounds unrelated to the FIR filed by Sushant’s father. Rhea has filed a counter-FIR against two of Sushant’s sisters.

The letter pointed out how the media had given clean chits to both Sanjay Dutt and Salman Khan — two actors with a long rap sheet. The letter read: “We know you can be different — because we have seen you be kind and respectful to the Salman Khans and Sanjay Dutts of this world, urging us to think of their families, fans and careers. But, when it comes to a young woman who has not even been proven to commit any crime, you have assassinated her character, egged an online mob on demonise her and her family, fuelled wrongful demands and called her arrest your victory. Victory over what? Young women daring to make their own lives in a society that grudges them their freedoms?”

Here’s the full letter:

Dear News Media of India

We, are worried about you. Are you feeling ok?

Because, as we watch your witch-hunt of Rhea Chakraborty, we cannot understand why you have abandoned every professional ethic of journalism, every tenet of human decency and dignity and chosen instead to physically assault a young woman with your camera crews, endlessly violate her privacy and work overtime on false accusations and moralistic innuendo for a drama of ‘Rhea ko phasao’.

You have been obsessed with creating only one narrative: a young woman who makes her own decisions, who lives with her boyfriend without marriage and who speaks up for herself instead of acting like a damsel in distress, has a morally dubious character, and is to be considered a criminal at any cost, without investigation, without the process of law and respect for her rights.

We know you can be different — because we have seen you be kind and respectful to the Salman Khans and Sanjay Dutts of this world, urging us to think of their families, fans and careers. But, when it comes to a young woman who has not even been proven to commit any crime, you have assassinated her character, egged an online mob on demonise her and her family, fuelled wrongful demands and called her arrest your victory. Victory over what? Young women daring to make their own lives in a society that grudges them their freedoms?

There is so much in this world that prevents young women from even dreaming little dreams, let alone achieving them. Their laughs are too loud for everyone, their freedom too free for families and communities — and apparently for television news channels — their sadness not real, their questions, their concerns, their ambitions, their clothes choices, all scrutinised, trivialised, dismissed, persecuted. It is easy to victimise a young woman because there are so many people who already disbelieve, slut-shame and abuse women, for their smallest freedoms. It is certainly cheaper than doing actual stories about a host of issues from GDP to health, currently confronting us.

In a pandemic which has seen a disturbing rise in domestic violence, in a society where women don’t report sexual violence to the police, because they are likely to be told they were somehow ‘asking for it’ — ‘it’ being assault, rape, harassment — is promoting damaging stereotypes of vishkanyas and dayans, which have endangered women for decades, the best role you found to play?

In a pandemic which has seen India’s already alarming mental health crisis intensify, and suicide rates go up, you could have taken the chance to make a difference to the understanding of mental health, bringing compassion and information to the table.

Instead you chose to trivialise depression and perpetuate the most regressive stereotypes about mental health. Why? Just because Rhea Chakraborty took her boyfriend’s mental health seriously? Why don’t you want to look at it seriously? Why do you not want to acknowledge that India accounts for one third of female suicides in the world — and that family violence and social ostracism is a major reason for their suicide attempts? What are you hiding, news media, who are you protecting when you don’t confront these real truths of our society? Is it the callousness inside our ‘simple’ families and the cruelty of our society to anyone who is different, which you have enacted yourself in your character assassination of a young woman? We see which side you are on — it is not the side of a neutral viewpoint, not the side of fairness and justice, but the side of social violence and control.

Your pulp fictions have threatened both, the vulnerabilities of women and the fragility of mental health. And you have sent out a message to every woman in this country– and to their potential attackers — that if she does not stay within the most restrictive limits she is fair game for abuse, molestation and violence.

Spare us your tired hypocrisies of Beti Bachao and respecting women. It is not being someone’s beti that makes a women worthy of respect. It is being an equal citizen of the country that accords us the rights all citizens deserve: due process in law, protection from violence, a fair listening ear, respect for choice and privacy.

We write to ask you, the news media, to stop this unfair witch hunt of Rhea Chakraborty and to stop fuelling moral polarities of good women to be deified and bad women to be crucified which endangers all women.

We write to ask you to do the right and responsible thing. Your jobs. Hunt news, not women.

Also read: Kangana Ranaut hits back at Jaya Bachchan, asks if her stance would change if Shweta, Abhishek were targeted instead

After Rhea’s bail application was rejected by a sessions court, her lawyer said that they will move the Bombay High Court on the matter.

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Get ready to witness the iconic cheerharan on Star Bharat’s upcoming maha-episode on RadhaKrishn

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Star Bharat’s famous mythological show RadhaKrishn is all geared and set to enthrall its viewers with its upcoming track. The show garnered maximum eyeballs with the swayamvar track along with the most recent Paundraka Vasudev track. The viewers will now witness a major chapter from the lives of Draupadi, Pandavas and Krishn. The show will now witness the most iconic Draupadi’s cheerharan track.

The makers are not leaving any stones unturned with the storyline but for the first time in the history of mythological shows the maha episode will revolve around how the real manhood is not about insulting a woman but protecting a woman’s dignity. The cheerharan is the most emotional and yet a powerful sequence which shows us how powerful yet vulnerable men can be as they couldn’t save Draupadi, whereas Krishn was the only one who stood up for her.

When spoken to Ishita Ganguly who essays the iconic role of Draupadi, she shared, “Shooting for the cheerharan sequence was one of the most challenging things I have done so far. The makers have shot the sequence so beautifully where in these trying times of social distancing, it took us three days to perfectly ace the sequence with conviction and raw emotions. The production team and the writers made it easier for us to shoot the sequence effortlessly.”

She further added, “Though we have witnessed this iconic scene on television in the past, what makes this one special is how well it has been crafted, visioned and executed through ‘RadhaKrishn’. I was so emotionally invested while shooting I actually felt I was there. Draupadi is one of the most powerful women in Hindu mythology and yet how she was put through such humiliation in front of Hastinapur sabha where everyone just kept quiet. The most important aspect of this sequence comes to life during the cheerharan sequence when Draupadi puts her faith in her Sakha Krishn and how he saves her. It shows Draupadi’s unconditional faith and devotion towards Krishn and no matter what He will always protect her.”

She further concludes, “Once we were done shooting the sequence our entire unit was numb and emotional. I hope and pray audiences will shower their immense love and support like always for the upcoming maha episode on Star Bharat. I am really grateful to be a part of a show like RadhaKrishn that focuses on the storyline and how Krishn has been the spine of the show.”

Let us witness the most awaited cheerharan sequence on ‘RadhaKrishn’ on 22nd September at 9 PM only on Star Bharat

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‘Flower Of Evil’ Makers Release Funny BTS Video From Upcoming Episode, Watch Here

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The Flower of Evil is a South Korean drama series which is a crime thriller. The premise of the show is based on a man who tries to hide his criminal past by taking on a new identity. However, his detective wife is on his trail and tracks down his mysterious past. The show stars Lee Joong-Ki and Moon Chae-won in the lead roles. A sneak-peek of the upcoming episode was released recently. Here’s what this is about. 

BTS from The Flower of Evil sets gives a sneak peek to the upcoming episode

A BTS video from The Flower of Evil was released earlier in the day. The clip begins with the two leads, Lee Joong-Ki and Moon Chae-Won rehearsing for their parts together. Lee takes on a cold facade when the cameras are rolling but as soon as the shooting stops, he smiles and laughs on the sets. The atmosphere immediately changes to one of mirth and frolic. 

Next Kim Ji-Hoon is seen rehearsing with Jang Hee-Jin for the part where he stabs her. They laugh and crack jokes that it seems as if the stabbing action is happening all of a sudden. Kim adds that maybe the plot will reveal that Jang’s character is a great fighter. 

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After this, Lee Joon Gi and Kim Ji Hoon are seen rehearsing for their fighting scene with each other. Lee cannot seem to hold his laughter at the funny way in which Kim is talking in his character. They also share smiles when Lee jokes at Kim’s expense. While they are joking and laughing when the camera is not rolling, they immediately take on their serious face when the scene is being shot getting right into their characters. Lee also pokes fun at Kim’s long hair and tries to cut it off with his fake knife exclaiming that they should cut off Kim’s hair. 

In the next scene, Lee Joon Gi and Kim Ji Hoon are seen again rehearsing for a fighting scene but this time it looks an outdoor shot. The scene looks important as Lee pins down Kim for the scene but the latter breaks out laughing that Lee is a “cruel” man. Lee also tries to look after Kim after the latter had to work hard in the hot sun. He tries to make him feel relaxed by placing what looked like a cold towel on the latter’s face. 

Watch the BTS video of The Flower of Evil here:

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Tamannaah Bhatia’s Pics With Her Dog Pebbles Are Every Bit Adorable

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Tamannaah Bhatia is mother to a seven-year-old Yorkshire Terrier. Her pet dog’s name is Pebbles. She, who is an active social media user, has often shared Pebbles’ adorable photos and videos on Instagram. Check out some of Tamannaah Bhatia’s Instagram pics with her dog Pebbles that scream love. 

Tamannaah Bhatia’s photos with Pebbles 

In this Instagram post, Tamannaah Bhatia can be seen cuddling her Yorkshire Terrier pet dog. She stunned in a yellow outfit and had no-makeup look. While the actor cuddled with Pebbles, the pet posed like he is trying to escape from Tamannaah. Bhatia’s Instagram caption read as ‘You are pawfection pebbles 🐾❤ #Pebbles #cuddling’. Take a look at the picture. 

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In this post, Tamannaah shared three pictures of her with Pebbles. In the caption, the actor explained how she feels happy around her pet and there is no dull moment around him. She also added how unconditionally her pet loves her. Here, she can be seen donning a blue dress, accessorised with long silver dangles and a huge blue ring. Tamannah Bhatia wrote, “There is no dull moment when you have the unconditional love of your pet #pebbles @whiskeywomaniya”. 

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Here, Tamannaah Bhatia can be seen sharing her bed with her dog Pebbles. They both slept quietly, cuddling each other. Tamannaah Bhatia shared that Pebbles makes sure that no one disturbs her sleep. She also added that her dog is protective of her. Bhatia’s Instagram caption read as- ‘Pebbles is ensuring no one disturbs my sleep 😜He’s so protective 😘😘 Can’t describe how adorable he is!’. 

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Tamannaah Bhatia shared this Instagram picture of her dog Pebbles on his 3rd birthday, which was four years back in 2016. Pebbles celebrates his birthday on November 29. In this picture, he can be seen entangled in his belt. The southern superstar’s caption read as, ‘My darling Pebbles is 3 years old, it’s amazing how so much time has flown #happybirthdaypebbles’. Take a look at Tamannaah Bhatia’s dog pictures. 

Also Read | Tamannaah Bhatia’s Telugu remake of ‘Love Mocktail’ get a new title; Read details

This is an old weekend picture shared by the actor on her Instagram. She posted a selfie with Pebbles. Her caption simply read as ‘If at all Sunday feels like a “Sunday ” is because of such moments and now back to shoot in my very own #mumbai, happy Sunday people!!!’. Take a look. 

 

 

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