Dhaka, Jul 3 (UNB)- A court here on Tuesday granted interim relief from arrest to Bollywood actor Aditya Pancholi till July 19 in connection with a case of rape filed against him by a 36-year-old woman, reports the Indian Express.
He had filed an anticipatory bail application in the Dindoshi sessions court.
Seeking pre-arrest bail for the actor, his lawyer Prashant Patil argued that the woman had lied in her complaint.
Her date of birth was different in her complaint and in her passport, and such discrepancies show “her intention to lie”, the lawyer said.
The woman waited for 15 years after the alleged crime, and filed the complaint only when Pancholi got a favourable order from a magistrate’s court in a defamation case he has filed against her, advocate Patil argued. The police opposed the plea for anticipatory bail.
“My client has been granted interim bail by the Hon’ble Sessions Court at Dindoshi till further orders. We submitted before the Hon’ble court that the complaint was filed after a delay of 15 years. Entire complaint is ex-facie false even to the knowledge of the prosecutrix. My client had initiated certain criminal complaints against the prosecutrix since May 2019 before police station, however no cognisance was taken by the police. Prima facie no case is made out against my client,” Pancholi’s lawyer Prashant Patil told indianexpress.com.
Judge HB Gaikwad adjourned the hearing to July 19 and granted Pancholi interim relief. ‘If he is arrested during this period, he must be released on an interim bail until further orders on executing a personal bond of Rs 30,000,’ the judge said.
The suburban Versova Police has registered a case against Pancholi under IPC sections 376 (rape), 323 (assault), 328 (causing hurt by means of poison) and 384 (extortion).
The woman has accused, among other things, that Pancholi extorted Rs 50 lakh from her after threatening to send her private photographs to her relatives and friends. Pancholi has claimed that he is being implicated in a false case.
New York, Jul 3 (AP/UNB) — Leonardo DiCaprio is joining with billionaire investors and philanthropists Laurene Powell Jobs and Brian Sheth to create a new nonprofit environmental powerhouse charged with tackling climate change and the loss of biodiversity.
The new organization, Earth Alliance, "will work globally to protect ecosystems and wildlife, ensure climate justice, support renewable energy and secure indigenous rights to the benefit of all life on Earth," according to a statement.
Earth Alliance said Tuesday it will provide grants, educational opportunities and fund campaigns and films, as well as work with grassroots organizations and individuals in places most affected by biodiversity loss and climate change.
In the statement, DiCaprio called Earth Alliance a "new larger, nimble platform that shares resources and expertise while identifying the best programs to drive real change around the planet."
DiCaprio has long championed environmentalism, with his eco-focused Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation giving out $100 million in grants for everything from lion recovery and mangrove restoration to the defense of indigenous rights and better access to affordable solar energy. His foundation will be folded into Earth Alliance.
Brian Sheth, the co-founder and president of private equity firm Vista Equity Partners, is the board chair of Global Wildlife Conservation and founded The Sheth Sangreal Foundation with his wife to support environmental and educational initiatives. The Sheth Sangreal Foundation will fund operational and administrative costs of Earth Alliance.
Powell Jobs, widow of former Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs, is a philanthropist and entrepreneur and president of the Emerson Collective, a social impact organization.
Dhaka, July 2 (UNB) - Hollywood is undergoing one of its worst summers in years in terms of box office returns, reports The Indian Express.
Forget indies, even big-budget, studio-backed, popcorn flicks are falling face-first into the abyss of disaster. A few like Avengers: Endgame and Aladdin are an exception to this norm, but on the whole, even positive reviews have not been able to catapult films to success.
Despite all that gloom, one thing that is certain is the quality of theatrical films has not diminished. Half-way through the year, It is time to take a look at the top ten films that have been released so far.
Keep in mind that this is a personal list. There is no order.
While the grand conclusion to the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Infinity Saga is not the best superhero movie we have ever seen, it does come close. Endgame improved upon its predecessor by focusing on the old guard and a better-paced narrative. The film also delivered some emotional payoffs to the characters that had been part of the MCU from the very beginning. The plot was meaty enough to make even 3 hours feel short.
One of the most underrated films of the year, Brightburn was a truly terrifying superhero (or supervillain?) horror film. It was an inversion of Superman’s lore. Everything else was same, just one thing was reversed. Just like Clarke Kent, Brandon Breyer came from outer space and fell in a Kansas farm. And just like Clarke, he found loving parents. But instead of being a kind, thoughtful individual, he submitted before his darker proclivities and went on a murder spree. That was incredibly scary, just the thought of it: an evil, amoral and invulnerable kid with nobody to stop him.
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
This film takes forward the adventures of Hiccup and his dragon Toothless. The village kingdom Berk they live in is now a utopia where former foes humans and dragons live together as friends. When a dark new threat arises, it is up to Hiccup and Toothless to save everyone. Oh, and Toothless gets a girlfriend. The Hidden World gave a near-perfect send-off to the adventure-fantasy animated trilogy and to the bond between Hiccup and Toothless.
This DC film was the perfect palate cleanser for comic-book films featuring superheroes who would rather be normal people than think the world and their career would not allow them to be so.
The movie is about an ordinary family led by Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke’s characters. Things change when they go to their beach house to relax and spend time with their friends. A group of people arrive. They are basically them, by which I mean the family. They look identical to them (doppelgängers) and yet there is a difference, not so much in terms of looks, but their intent. Despite being a little messier than Jordan Peele’s Oscar-winning debut Get Out, Us is nevertheless a smartly written, downright unsettling film that is sure to become a horror classic.
The Kid Who Would Be King
This movie was about a school kid who has nothing special about him. His fortunes change, however, when he pulls King Arthur’s famous sword Excalibur from the stone it is buried in. According to the Arthur stories, only the true king could pull the sword and wield it. The film was an enjoyable adventure for both kids and adults and Andy Serkis’ son Louis Ashbourne Serkis, who played the lead, has a bright future ahead of him.
Boasting of a clever, funny script, Booksmart was a scintillating directorial debut by Olivia Wilde. The film was not successful at the box office, however. It still remains one of the best comedies we have seen in a while.
Toy Story 4
Fans were perfectly happy with how the Toy Story franchise ‘concluded’ with the third film. And Toy Story 4 felt like a cash grab when it was announced. However, the fourth installment of Toy Story was a moving, emotional end to a beloved story
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum is a stunning looking film that features impeccably choreographed action scenes even if all the blood and gore gets too much once in a while.
Dhaka, July 2 (UNB) - Jake Gyllenhaal has admitted starring in Prince of Persia: Sands of Time was a mistake, reports The Indian Express.
The actor featured in the 2010 Disney film, a video game adaptation of Prince Of Persia, which was panned by critics for whitewashing — casting Gyllenhaal in the lead instead of an actor of Iranian descent.
The Oscar-nominated actor reflected on the failure of the film, saying it was a learning experience for him.
“I think I learned a lot from that movie in that I spend a lot of time trying to be very thoughtful about the roles that I pick and why I’m picking them.
“And you’re bound to slip up and be like, ‘That wasn’t right for me,’ or ‘That didn’t fit perfectly.’ There have been a number of roles like that. And then a number of roles that do,” Gyllenhaal told Yahoo Entertainment.
The actor will next be seen in Spider-Man: Far From Home as Mysterio, which is slated to be released in India on Thursday.
Dhaka, July 2 (UNB) - Emraan Hashmi is gearing up to portray retired Air Commodore Kariyadil Cheriyan Kuruvilla (KC Kuruvilla) in director Vijay Ratnakar Gutte’s next film, Vayusena, reports The Indian Express.
Vijay shared in a statement, “Emraan hasn’t played a character like this before, and he loves such roles. It was an instant nod from him. It’s a human interest story that starts with the 1971 Indo-Pak war and ends with the Indo-Pak Kargil War of 1999. We plan to film at a real airbase, and it’d be great if the authorities allow us to use real fighter planes to present the story correctly and realistically. We are hopeful that the permission will come through soon.”
According to the makers, the film “will tell the story of KC Kuruvilla, who served with a Fighter Bomber Squadron in the Western Sector in 1972 during the Indo-Pak war. In December 1971, he carried out two back-to-back airstrike missions over Chander airfield and Chistian Mandi, inflicting heavy damage to the enemy base. On 6 December 1972, however, his aircraft crashed after getting hit by Pakistan’s anti-aircraft fire. He survived and was awarded the Vir Chakra in 1973.”
Vayusena is expected to go on floors in November and this Emraan Hashmi starrer will be wrapped up in one start-to-finish schedule.