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Rahul Raj  Singh Reacts To Charges Of  Encouraging Pratyusha Bannerjee Into Prostitution

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A  report in a prominent Mumbai tabloid on Friday morning carries the transcript  of a conversation between the deceased girl and her boyfriend Rahul Raj Singh which, according to the report, indicates that Rahul encouraged Pratyusha into prostitution.

Rahul however, turns the tables completely on the tabloid’s report alleging that the published conversation has been tampered to make him look guilt when in fact the girl seems to suggest that it’s her parents who are instrumental in her misery.

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Agitated , yet strangely calm Rahul  says, “I don’t know why the newspaper did this. According to me  it is the lowest form of journalism . They’ve edited the conversation to seem as if Pratyusha was accusing me for her misery when in fact she clearly says her parents her responsible. I am sending you a copy of the conversation.In the course of the conversation she clearly says ‘Baat mere bare mein ho rehi hai…maa-baap mere ghatiyahain.’(People are talking about me.My parents are lowdown).”

Rahul Raj Says he is filing a defamation case against the tabloid which printed the story. “I am in no mood to take this lying down. This is not a serious allegation. It is a foolish allegation, belied by documented facts. In that conversation I had with Pratyusha she is clearly heard calling her father a ‘bhadwa’ and ‘bahenchod’.She’s clearly heard saying, ‘Rahul, you love me so much.That’s why you’re taking all this.’ All this has been deleted from the published transcript of our conversation to make me look guilty.’

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Rahul Raj Singh says he has already asked his lawyer to take action against the paper. He has also sent off a  strongly worded rejoinder to the paper on Friday,a  copy of which is with me.

Says Rahul, “I rang up the editor asking what they stood to gain by portraying me so badly by tampering with  the text of transcript from the chargesheet which was filed three months ago.”

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Rahul also casts doubts on the role of Heer Patel alleged to be involved at some point withRahul. “Why were Pratyusha’s parents staying in Heer Patel’s home when  they didn’t even know her before Pratyusha’s death?Heer Patel  accuses me of cheating her .The alleged agreement with me that Heer Patel has given to the court is a xerox agreement. Where is her original document for Rs 20 lakhs that she wants from me?”

Rahul accuses Partyusha’s parents of misusing her funds and  driving her to suicide.  “ In her last conversation with me Pratyusha clearly accused her parents of using and spending all her  money. There is a bank statement in the chargesheet where it is clearly shown how 5 and ½ lakhs of rupees from 6 lakhs that Pratyusha received  as fee for a tv serial went immediately into her mother’s bank account.”

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So is Rahul Raj accusing Pratyusha’s parents of forcing her into prostitution?

Replies Rahul Raj, “I am not saying it. Pratyusha is saying it in her telephonic conversation which is  part of the chargesheet, So far I kept quiet on these matters . I wanted Pratyusha’s soul to rest in peace. But her parents are adamant to not let leave their daughter alone even after her death.On the basis of this conversation which is part of the chargesheet I’m confident I’ll be proven not guilty.”

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Rahul Raj says he’s still living in the house where Pratyusha killed herself.  “I haven’t shifted out. I’ve become a wreck waiting for her soul to visit me in our house so I can ask her why she  did this to me.”

He accuses Pratyusha’s parents lawyer of ganging up with them and Pratyusha’s  publicity seeking friends.  “I’ve already sent defamation notices to their lawyer and to (actress)Kamya Punjabi.I’ve filed cases against them in my home-town Ranchi.These people getting together after Pratyusha’s death was no coincidence. This was pre-emptive action to save their skin. Pratyusha’s parents knew that if there would be an investigation into her death it would be  very clear that it’s the parents who are to blame. Mujhe phasa diya beechmein(I was made a scapegoat).But I won’t be cowed down. Lies cannot defeat the truth.”

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Why On  Earth Is Sushmita Sen Smoking A Cigar In Aarya’s First  Look?

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Season 3  of Aarya is being shot as  you read this, and naturally Sushmita Sen is  super-kicked about it, so kicked that she has put  out a  video where she is seen  in the  best Lady Boss version of herself.

Alarmingly, she is seen puffing away at a  cigar, to  complete her Badass Lady Boss image.

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 There was a  time when women smoking  cigarettes  in Hindi cinema signaled vampishness. If a female actor was  shown smoking it meant she had evil designs  over the  hero, and life in general.

 Sushmita being Sushmita, a cigarette won’t do. A  cigar it is, to go with her formidable image. The last Bollywood actor I saw smoking a cigar  on screen was Premnath in the 1970s. Back then so  many  people didn’t die of cancer  by smoking.

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 These are  different far more dangerous  and deadly times.

Sushmita is an iconic  actor.She  needs to be more careful about the image  she projects . Smoking  a  cigar doesn’t  enhance a woman’s(or a  man’s) muscle power. Nor does it make her look cool.

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About shooting for the third season of Aarya  Sushmita says, “Aarya is synonymous with my name.  I have lived as Aarya for two whole seasons and the love received by the audiences has only encouraged me to do more. Walking on the sets of Aarya Season 3 makes me feel at home and gives me  a sense of empowerment. I’m grateful to the entire team at Disney+ Hotstar, Ram Madhvani Films and Endemol Shine India for the vision of creating Aarya and taking it to newer heights with every season.”

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Shah Rukh, Deepika, John Will Meet The Media  On Monday At 4 pm(But There’s  A Catch)

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Pathaan has effectually discredited the  efficacy  of media interactions to promote  a  film. The  film’s lead actors Shah Rukh  Khan, Deepika Padukone  and John Abraham did not conduct any  press or portal interviews  to  promote the  film.

And  yet Pathaan  is  a blockbuster.

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 This  weekend  the Pathaan producer Aditya  Chopra  of  Yash Raj Films  took a call on behalf  of  the Pathaan team  to do one media  meet at the Taj Land’s End in Mumbai  on Monday January 30 at 4 pm.

The  three principal actors  and  director Siddharth Malhotra  will address  the  media.

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 But  here’s the catch: the media will not be allowed to ask any questions. There will be no  Q& A s or  one-on-one  interactions.This  basically means that the  Pathaan  team will  have an opportunity to  say what it wants  to the media. But the  media will have no say.

Make what  you will of this  one-way traffic.

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A  source close  to Yash Raj informs  me that this is  the   pattern  regarding the media that  Yash Raj will follow for  future  releases: no  press meets  no promotional  engagements.

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Fake Projects of Pathaan Director Being Planted In Media

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Siddharth Anand Denies Considering  Any Project With  Deepak Mukut

A  word of caution to those marketing and publicity wizkids  who think  it’s okay to  plant fake stories  on (fake) projects  with the Pathaan director.

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 It is  not.

Such baseless announcements  are meant only to  raise  the equity  of the  producers  with whom Siddharth   Anand’s name is  linked. One  such  producer whose name  has cropped up after the  spectacular success of  Pathaan is  Deepak Mukut.

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There were  reports  everywhere that Siddharth Anand’s next would  be with Mukut.

Turned out to be a false rumour.

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A  source in the  know informs, “Siddharth now has to complete Fighter  starring Hrithik Roshan and  Deepika Padukone  for Yash Raj.Then  he  is   committed to direct the sequel to War 2 for  Yash Raj films.  They will then start  work on the  next film in the Pathaan  franchise. There is no scope  or  room for any outside  projects  for Siddharth Anand. So every announcement  that  you read of a  new film  to be  directed by Siddharth Anand  for an  outside  producer is likely to  be  a hundred  percent fake.”

When I asked Siddharth Anand  about the  supposed project  with  producer Deepak Mukut he promptly replied,  “NOT AT ALL.”

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Pink Director’s Next  Featuring Yami As A Crime Reporter To Stream From February 16

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Anniruddha Roy  Chowdhury whose  Pink  featuring Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu was one of  the  most important  films of  2016, is all set to  release his  next  Hindi film.

Entitled LostAnniruddha’s film , based on true  events, will see Yami Gautam Dhar(that’s  what the actress calls herself after her marriage)  as a crime journalist. LOST is an emotional social thriller that represents a higher quest, a search for lost values of empathy and integrity.

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Inspired by true events, Lost is a story of a bright young woman crime reporter in her relentless search for the truth behind the sudden disappearance of a young theatre activist.

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Says Aniruddha  “The shoot of LOST has been an incredible journey. I have been eager for the release of our hard-worked venture. The film is a realistic highlight of media in a social context and I am sure that it will give the audience a compelling watch. I am curious about its release and see the responses it shall get. I hope they will welcome it with open hearts.”

Yami Gautam Dhar  who plays  the lead  of  the  crime reporter  says,   “I can’t be happier and more proud of the film’s selection for the opening night at CSAFF. I feel like its one that the people will connect to and will be the one that you cannot miss, especially in the current age and time. I have loved playing this role because it was such a special experience, it allowed me to explore so many layers of emotions as an actor and the entire team has worked really hard on it. I genuinely cannot wait for the film’s release, especially to see the reactions of the audience to it.”

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The crime investigation  drama boasts a stellar cast. Along with Yami, the film will feature Pankaj Kapur, Rahul Khanna, and an ensemble of younger talent, including Neil Bhoopalam, Pia Bajpai, and Tushar Pandey, in pivotal roles.

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