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Aamir Khan: Chandigarh Court Issues Notice

Aamir Khan, after his live show Mumkin Hai, a special segment of Satyamev Jayate, in Bhopal, M.P. [PTI]

A court in Chandigarh, Punjab has issued notice to actor Aamir Khan seeking his response by December 19 on a petition alleging that he promoted homosexuality on his popular TV show Satyamev Jayate.

In her petition, Mandeep Kaur alleged that Aamir Khan’s conduct on his show Satyamev Jayate was a violation of the Supreme Court order on homosexuality.

Through the petition, she sought the court's intervention to declare Khan's act a contempt of court.

The show, which was telecast on Oct. 19 on a private channel, had discussed the lifestyle and rights of eunuchs and gays/lesbians, a matter on which the Supreme court had already given its judgement, she said.

Kaur alleged that the actor in his show had asked the public to vote for amendments in Section 377 of the IPC (gays/lesbians as illegal). The actor has been seen promoting Section 377 of the IPC in favor of rights of homosexuals, which was against the law of the land, the petitioner alleged.

She alleged that the actor had promoted a criminal offense on television through his show.

Kaur said that she had sent a legal notice to the actor Oct. 19 itself seeking an unconditional apology from him within 24 hours after the telecast of the show, but she received no response from him.

SRK: Deepika Wants to Work with AbRam

Shah Rukh Khan (c) seen here with Farah Khan (l) and actress Deepika Padukone during the launch of special video song from “Happy New Year.” [PTI]

Shah Rukh Khan is elated that the cameo by his youngest child, AbRam, in Happy New Year is fetching compliments.

The actor, 48, said he received many messages about AbRam's appearance in the end credits but the best compliment came from his co-star Deepika Padukone. AbRam is Shah Rukh's third child born via surrogacy last year.

“AbRam is looking adorable in the film. The best compliment I got was from Deepika. She said she wants to do her next film with him (AbRam) as she find him adorable,” SRK told reporters during the success party of the movie.

When asked about playing with his children, the actor said, “Aryan and I used to play FIFA video games and otherwise I play football and cricket with him. With AbRam, I only do the head bang. He keeps searching in the iPad where he can utter words like “A” “B” and few animal sounds ... so he does play,” he added.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Shahrukh Khan at the CM’s office in Kolkata. Shahrukh and other stars of “Happy New Year” were in Kolkata to promote their film. [Ashok Bhaumik | PTI]

Talking about his latest Diwali release, which according to SRK's production company, Red Chillies Entertainment, has collected Rs. 108.86 crores on the opening weekend, the actor said the numbers will keep increasing with every big release.

“I have always maintained that numbers keep changing as big films keep coming on holidays and in weekends. When I was being asked this during Chennai Express, I said maybe next one is going to bigger and better because the screens and platforms are increasing.”

“The days of silver jubilee are gone. The film has released in 6,000 theatres so all the people reach to films in the first week," he said.

Hrithik, Sussanne Granted Divorce

Hrithik Roshan leaves the Bandra family court after he and Sussanne were granted divorce in Mumbai. [PTI]

Actor Hrithik Roshan and his estranged wife Sussanne Khan were granted divorce by a family court, nearly a year after the star couple announced end of their marriage.

“The court has granted divorce to both of them. It was a divorce by mutual consent,” Hrithik's lawyer Mrunalini Deshmukh told PTI.

Hrithik and Sussanne, who tied the knot 14 years ago and have two children, approached the court in April this year and filed an application for separation by mutual consent.

The consent terms related to the divorce were not immediately available.

On December 14 last year, the couple, one of the most popular Bollywood personalities, had called off their marriage.

In a statement, the 40-year-old Krrish actor had said Sussanne decided to walk out of their 13-year-old marriage.

In a separate statement, Sussanne, who also belongs to a Bollywood family like Hrithik, had called the split “our own individual choices.”

“We are two individuals who respect and care for each other and have made our own individual choices. We are parents of two wonderful kids and our responsibility remains to protect and take care of them. Nothing can change that ...,” she had said.

Hrithik and Sussanne, who were childhood sweethearts, had tied the knot in 2000 after a four-year-long relationship.

The actor had made a blockbuster debut in Bollywood with Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai in the same year. They have two sons, 7-year-old Hrehaan and 5-year-old Hridhaan.

Kalki Koechlin: “Happy Ending” Spoof on Bollywood

(L-r): Saif Ali Khan, Kalki Koechlin, Ileana D'Cruz and Govinda at the music launch of “Happy Ending.” [PTI]

Actress Kalki Koechlin is returning to the big screen after a year-long gap with Happy Ending, which she says is a spoof on Bollywood romantic comedies.

The film helmed by Go Goa Gone-fame director duo Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K., also stars Saif Ali Khan, Govinda and Ileana D'Cruz.

The 30-year-old actress, whose last release was Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani in 2013, plays an America-returned girl obsessed with Saif's character.

“I am playing a crazy woman named Bisakha and she is an ABCD - American-born confused desi. She is obsessive about Saif in the film. Happy Ending is a spoof on our film industry and on all the romantic comedies. But it is a healthy spoof,” Kalki said.

When asked how she bagged a role in a comedy, the actress, who has mostly starred in films with serious content like Dev D, That Girl in Yellow Boots and Shanghai, said, “I guess I have a good comic timing and people have seen that in YJHD ... so that must have worked for me.”

“With Govinda ji I don't have many scenes because our tracks are different. But I have seen few scenes of him, it is just superb especially the comic timing. He delivers funny dialogs with a dead pan face which is commendable,” said the actress, who has grown up watching hit Govinda songs.

Besides Happy Ending, Kalki is also awaiting the release of Shonali Bose's Margarita, with a Straw, in which her character is inspired by the director's own cousin who has cerebral palsy.

Kalki will also be seen alongside Richa Chadha in Jiah Aur Jiah, which is a film about the bond between two girls.

The actress will soon begin shooting her next two films, Anu Menon's Waiting with Naseeruddin Shah and Soni Razdan's directorial venture Love Affair opposite Arjun Rampal and Gulshan Devaiah.

– Srabanti Chakrabarti

Big B: Summoned by U.S. Court

Amitabh Bachchan [PTI]

A U.S. court has issued summons against Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan in an alleged human rights violation case filed by a Sikh rights group.

The U.S. District Court in Los Angeles issued the summons on a complaint filed by New York-based Sikh for Justice (SFJ) and two alleged victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

The victims are Babu Singh Dukhiya, based in Delhi, and Mohender Singh, based in California.

The court has directed Bachchan to respond in 21 days after he is served with the summons.

Running into 35-pages, the complaint alleges that Bachchan instigated people for violence after the assassination of India’s Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

In the past several years, SFJ has unsuccessfully tried to drag several Indian leaders to U.S. courts in the alleged human rights violations cases.

Sonakshi Sinha: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Ajay Devgn and Sonakshi Sinha at the song launch of “Action Jackson.” [PTI]

Actress Sonakshi Sinha, who has always sported long locks, has opted for a shoulder-length haircut for the first time.

The 27-year-old Dabangg actress took to Twitter to share a picture of her new hairstyle.

“Hair today, gone tomorrow! Short hair!!! After yeeeaaarrrsss! #excitedmeinedda,” she wrote on her twitter page.

Sonakshi, who will be next seen with Ajay Devgn in Prabhu Deva's Action Jackson, Tevar opposite Arjun Kapoor and Tamil superstar Rajinikanth-starrer Linga.

Dev Patel: To Star with Nicole Kidman in “Lion”

Slumdog Millionaire star Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman are set to star in Lion, a new drama produced by The Weinstein Co.

The drama, based on the memoir A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley, follows a street kid from Calcutta (Patel) who is taken in and adopted by a couple in Australia, according to Hollywood Reporter.

Garth Davis, who co-directed the Golden Globe-winning mini-series Top of the Lake with Jane Campion, is attached to helm Lion. Luke Davies, the screenwriter on Anton Corbijn's upcoming Life, adapted the book for the screen.

In addition to Lion, Patel plays self-taught Indian math genius Srinivasa Ramanujan in Matt Brown's period drama The Man Who Knew Infinity, which Mister Smith Entertainment is pitching to buyers; and co-stars in Lionsgate's Soviet-era thriller Child 44 and Annapurna's The Road Within, a remake of the hit German dramedy Vincent Wants to Sea.

Patel also appears in John Madden's upcoming The Second Best Marigold Hotel, the sequel to the 2011 hit, which Fox Searchlight will release in the U.S. next year.


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