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February 17, 2019

RGV in trouble for tweeting

When you get onto social media, there is no doubt that you are leaving your digital footprints all over. Often ‘netiquette’ states that 'be careful what you post online because you never know how what you write will come back to bite you hard'.

These days, what you tweet or put up on Facebook can also be held as evidence in a court of law and Ram Gopal Varma is one man who has had to apologise for his tweets that have offended many people.

He started off asking questions like "Does Lord Ganesha eat with his hands or his trunk?", "Can someone tell me if today is the day Ganesha was originally born or is it the day his dad cut his head off?" He then, went on to plead his innocence by stating, "I have an innocent question...can someone please tell me how a Lord who couldn't save his own head will save others heads?" He added that, "Can someone explain how someone can cut off a child's head who was just trying to protect his mother's modesty? Am sure devotees know better."

He also questioned Lord Ganesha's paunch saying, "Did Lord Ganesha have a paunch in his childhood too or did it develop in the recovery time of the elephant head operation? Does Lord Ganesha eat much more than other Gods? My doubt is becos all the other Gods are either trim or muscular."

Well, the insults towards Lord Ganesha and his devotees did not stop there. Ram Gopal Varma continued tweeting saying, "I would very much like to be educated on my queries on Ganesha by esteemed experts on the matter." He also seemed to have found the reason for his films to flop when he said, "I think my films are flopping only becos of my attitude towards Gods. ..I wish I can become a devotee".

On a complaint by lawyer Karuna Sagar, a case was filed against Varma at the Saroornagar police station in Cyberabad. "We have registered a case against Varma. We will seek legal opinion before proceeding further in the case," Saroornagar police inspector B. Naveen Reddy told IANS. The filmmaker was booked under four sections of the Indian Penal Code - sections 153 A (promoting enmity between different groups), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace), 505 (statements conducing to public mischief), and 298 (hurting religious feelings). The complainant alleged that Varma hurt the religious sentiments of Hindus by insulting Lord Ganesh through his series of tweets. Several police complaints were also filed against Varma in Mumbai for his objectionable remarks on Lord Ganesh, though he apologised later.

On August 28, a day before the 11-day Ganeshutsav began in Mumbai, Hyderabad and other places, the filmmaker posted a series of tweets about Lord Ganesh. The next day, he gave a clarification, saying they were made in a usual manner. "All tweets I put on Ganesha were in my usual manner but unintended by me to hurt anyone's sentiments... but if they did I sincerely apologise," he tweeted Saturday.


Is Akhil Kapoor two-timing Shruti Haasan and Rhea Chakraborty?

In case you are wondering who this new Kapoor on the block is, wonder no more. He is the dashing nephew of veteran actor Vinod Khanna and will be making his big screen debut in Desi Kattey that should release soon. What is getting everyone intrigued is the fact that he’s not even made his debut yet and he’s already getting tagged in scandals. The grapevine says that he’s dating Rhea Kapoor, she who made her debut in Bollywood last year with Yash Raj Films’ ‘Mere Dad Ki Maruti’.

The eyebrow raising scandal is not that he’s dating her but that he’s two-timing her with Kamal Hassan’s elder daughter Shruti Hassan. Shruti is totally smitten with Akhil as they wrapped up shooting for Desi Kattey, and it’s very possible that this could also be a pre-release publicity stunt just to get more numbers in the theatres. How will we know this for sure? You just watch this space and we’ll let you know as soon as we know!


 Which film will represent India at the Oscars this year?

The potential Oscar contenders from India this year in the 'Best Foreign Language' category seem to have gone commercial. Last year, Anurag Kashyap created an ugly hungama over the selection Gyan Correa's Gujarati drama The Good Road instead of Ritesh Batra's The Lunchbox.

This year, the films that are up as contenders as India's official entry to the Oscars include two big Hindi blockbusters, the film adaptation of Chetan Bhagat's 2 States. Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Goliyon Ki Raas Leela Ram Leela. Curiously, two of Hansal Mehta's films Shahid and Citylights are both contenders to represent us at the Oscars.

Even more significantly, there are three Marathi films in the reckoning, namely Mahesh Limaye'sYellow, Nagraj Manjule's Fandry and Srihari Sathe's Ek Hazarchi Note.

There is also the one Bengali film, the very powerful Jaatishwar, the bio-pic of the Portuguese poet Hensman Anthony who wrote poetry in Bengali with Prosenjit in a National award winning performance.

A source from the selecting committee said, "The films in race to represent the Oscars are varied and very, very Indian. Any of them could represent India."

However, sources say the most likely contenders are Hansal Mehta's Shahid and Srijit Mukherjee'sJaatishwar.

"These two films contain very strong elements of the Indian ethos. They are Indian in theme and can only be Indian in theme. The three Marathi films are also very strong in terms of theme and performances," say the sources.

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