Bollywood Actress Arrested After Ex-Boyfriend’s Suicide

Bollywood actress Rhea Chakraborty (C) struggles with media representatives gathering as she arrives at the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) office for enquiry regarding Sushant Singh Rajput case, in Mumbai on September 6, 2020. Punit PARANJPE / AFP.

 

Bollywood actress Rhea Chakraborty has been arrested for allegedly buying drugs for her former boyfriend, the actor Sushant Singh Rajput, whose suicide sparked a media storm in India.

Rajput, 34, was found dead in June in his Mumbai apartment — with police saying he took his own life. A star with many hit movies to his name, his suicide initially triggered a debate over mental health in the multi-billion-dollar industry.

But Rajput’s family disputed reports that he suffered from depression and accused Chakraborty, 28, of stealing his money and harassing him. She has strongly denied the allegations.

Chakraborty was arrested on Tuesday. The police have also detained others in connection with the case including her brother and a member of Rajput’s house staff.

India’s top anti-crime agency, the Central Bureau of Investigation, has been probing his death since last month. The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) was looking into the star’s consumption of cannabis.

“We will be opposing bail petitions” for all suspects, NCB Director Mutha Ashok Jain told reporters. The actress has been remanded to judicial custody until September 22.

The investigation has grabbed headlines for months, with the media closely following the back-and-forth allegations between Rajput’s family and Chakraborty.

Some celebrities including actress Sonam Kapoor and director Anurag Kashyap accused TV channels of carrying out a “witch hunt” against Chakraborty.

Born in the eastern state of Bihar, Rajput quit engineering studies to pursue a career in acting and dance.

He got his big break in 2013 with “Kai Po Che”, a film about cricket, love, and politics that won acclaim at the Berlin film festival.

He was also lauded for his portrayal of Indian cricket hero Mahendra Singh Dhoni in a hit 2016 biopic.

In an interview with AFP that year, Rajput spoke of the emotional rollercoaster he experienced while filming the movie, which portrayed the heartbreak suffered by Dhoni when the cricketer’s girlfriend died.

“After we did the preparation, in my head I was him and everything that was happening was actually affecting me,” he said.

Rajput’s last film was a Hindi remake of the Hollywood romance “The Fault in Our Stars”, titled “Dil Bechara” (“Poor Heart”), which was released in July.

AFP

India Mourns Death Of Bollywood Actress Sridevi

Indian media gather outside the residence of Bollywood actress Sridevi Kapoor in Mumbai on February 25, 2018, following her death from a heart attack in Dubai. 
SUJIT JAISWAL / AFP

 

Heartbroken fans Monday awaited the arrival of the body of Bollywood superstar Sridevi Kapoor as tributes poured in for the actress who died in Dubai of a heart attack aged just 54.

Hundreds gathered outside her Mumbai home hoping to catch a final glimpse of the star before she is cremated at a funeral service expected later Monday.

Sridevi — one of the biggest names in Hindi cinema — died late on Saturday after suffering a cardiac arrest in Dubai, where she had been attending her nephew’s wedding.

Her body was due to be flown back to Mumbai on Monday on a charter flight after authorities in the emirate allowed it to be released following a post mortem.

“We want to see her one last time,” 48-year-old Laxmi Subbaramaiah told AFP outside Sridevi’s house in the Andheri area of Mumbai — the heartland of the Bollywood film industry.

“All of my family members are big fans and we cried when we heard the news. We will wait here until her body comes back,” he said.

Vishal More, 23, said he had travelled seven hours from Jalgaon district, around 400 kilometres away from Mumbai, to bid farewell to his favourite actress.

“I’ve been waiting all morning to catch a last glimpse of Sridevi. I have watched all of her movies. She is such an inspiration,” he said.

Sridevi’s death has prompted an outpouring of grief in India from fans and fellow actors as well as condolences from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Bollywood shock 

“I have always been a huge fan of her work. Equally I have been an admirer of the grace and dignity with which she conducted herself,” actor Aamir Khan wrote on Twitter.

“I join all the millions of her fans in mourning her demise. Ma’am we will always remember you with love and respect,” he added.

Fellow actor Ranveer Singh tweeted that he was “shocked and saddened to hear about the untimely demise of one of Hindi cinema’s greatest superstars”.

Actress Alia Bhatt posted on Twitter: “Nothing makes sense. I have no words.. just completely shocked. RIP Sri Devi. My icon forever. Love you.”

Sridevi, born Shree Amma Yanger Ayappan in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, appeared in around 300 films and was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian award, for services to the movie industry.

She made her acting debut at the age of four and her career spanned more than four decades.

Sridevi worked in India’s regional Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam-language films before making her Bollywood debut in 1979.

She became a national icon with a string of blockbuster films including “Chandni”, “Mr India”, “Mawali” (“Scoundrel”) and “Tohfa” (“Gift”).

Sridevi famously took a 15-year-break from the silver screen after marrying film producer Boney Kapoor but returned in the 2012 hit comedy-drama “English Vinglish”. Her most recent film was last year’s “Mom”.

She was set to see Jhanvi, the eldest of her two daughters, make her Bollywood debut.

AFP

Seyi Shay Joins United Nations Campaign To Empower Women

Seyi ShayNigerian songstress Seyi Shay has joined artistes from around the world to collaborate on a remake of the Spice Girls’ Wannabe video done 20 years ago.

They include Gigi Lamayne and Moneoa from South Africa, Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez from Sri Lanka, M.O from the UK, Taylor Hatala from Canada and Larsen Thompson from the USA.

The video called #WhatIReallyReallyWant will be viewed by world leaders in September 2016 during the Global Goals week telling them what girls and women really want in 2016.
Directed by MJ Delaney, #WhatiReallyReallyWant focuses on women empowerment as a means of achieving the Global Goals which are a mighty plan to end poverty, fix climate change and address inequalities over the next 15 years.

This will only be possible if they address the needs of the most marginalised first, particularly girls and women.

Project Everyone has convened the first Global Goals campaign for girls and women to fight for Goals which are famous, financed and focused on girls and women.

Seyi-Shay-Child-MarriageDuring the next United Nations General Assembly, world leaders will convene to make informed decisions as the film and campaign will call on people to share a picture of #WhatIReallyReallyWant for girls and women.

The visual response from around the world will then be presented at the UN General Assembly in September.

This demonstration of mass public support for the rights of girls and women will be used to engender new political and financial commitments from governments, in support of their commitments to the Sustainable Development Goals.

The campaign on Wednesday previewed the “#WhatIReallyReallyWant” film at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in partnership with Getty Images and SAWA, the global cinema advertising association.

The film is an updated version of the Spice Girls’ Wannabe music video to reflect the voices of girls and women all over the world telling world leaders what Goals they ‘really really want’ to be achieved to help improve their lives.

These include issues like quality education, an end to violence, an end to child marriage and equal pay for equal work.

Seyi Shay

Seyi Shay is an international recording artist, song writer and performer currently signed to Island Records UK, she has made a name for herself as one of the biggest artists to come out of Africa.

Seyi Shay also known as Oluwaseyi Deborah Joshua was born on December 21st 1985 in London, UK to Nigerian parents.

She spent the majority of her life living in London. Seyi Shay discovered her passion for music at an early age and also got some valuable exposure when she was 14 years old as a member of the London Community Gospel Choir (LCGC) headed by Basil Meade, they embarked on a 13-city tour in Japan where they performed in front of hundreds of people.