SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Actor Salman Khan was acquitted Monday in two poaching cases, with the Rajasthan High Court over-turning earlier verdicts that sentenced him to jail time.
Khan, 50, had been accused of shooting protected antelopes or chinkara in separate incidents in 1998 while filming a movie in the desert state. Monday, the High Court said there was not enough evidence to rule the animals had been shot by Khan’s licensed gun.
thank u for ur prayers and support .
— Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) July 25, 2016
Khan and his co-stars had been riding in a jeep, of which the driver had been missing from, effectively weakening the prosecutions allegations against the movie star. A third case about Salman Khan’s alleged poaching of endangered blackbuck is yet to be decided in Rajasthan.
The state government must decide now whether to appeal to the Supreme Court to overrule Monday’s decision.
“We will study the court order today and then the forest department along with the law and home departments will decide on the appeal in this case,” said Raj Kumar Rinwa, Rajasthan’s Forests and Environment Minister.
In 2006, Khan had been sentenced to serve five years in jail for shooting and killing the chinkaras. He spent one week in a Jodhpur jail before ultimately being granted bail.
The actor is currently in the midst of a standoff with the National Women’s Commission after saying that his training for his role as a wrestler in his new blockbuster film “Sultan” left him “feeling like a raped woman.” The women’s rights body has demanded he apologize for the off-color remark, which he has yet to do.
And last year, the Mumbai High Court overturned Khan’s conviction in a 13-year-old hit-and-run case in which he was accused of plowing over a homeless man while driving drunk in Mumbai. In the case, Khan denied he was behind the wheel of the vehicle.
The Maharashtra government has challenged his acquittal in the Supreme Court.
Konkona Sen Sharma wins best director, best actress awards at New York Indian Film Festival
NEW YORK (Diya TV) — Konkona Sen Sharma has been selected as the winner in the categories of “Best Director” and “Best Actress” at the New York Indian Film Festival.
The 37-year-old Sharma won the best actress award for her performance in Alankrita Srivastava’s Lipstick Under My Burkha, while she was awarded the best director for her directorial debut, A Death in the Gunj.
The NYIFF announced the list of this year’s winners on its official Twitter page:
— NY Indian FilmFest (@nyindianff) May 8, 2017
“#NYIFF2017 Awards winners Best Director is @konkonas @chhabs @aroonshiv,” another tweet read.
Lipstick Under My Burkha, which served as the festival’s opening-night film, has been denied a certificate for theatrical release from India’s Central Board of Film Certification for being “female oriented.” The film revolves around four Indian women, from ages 18 to 55 – a burqa-clad college girl, a young beautician, a mother of three and an aging widow – living in a small town who assert their personal and sexual rights.
Sharma’s directorial venture, A Death in the Gunj, is a drama thriller starring Kalki Koechlin, Vikrant Massey, Jim Sarbh, Tanuja and Om Puri in key roles.
The 17th NYIFF, presented by the Indo-American Arts Council, took place from April 30 to May 7 at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian
Bollywood Star Vinod Khanna dead at 70
MUMBAI (Diya TV) — Veteran Bollywood sensation Vinod Khanna passed on Thursday at the age of 70, according to a hospital statement.
Khanna died of advanced bladder cancer on Thursday morning, said Tushar Pania, from the HN Reliance Foundation and Research Centre in Mumbai.
Khanna, who was dubbed Bollywood’s “original heartthrob,” had reportedly been battling the cancer for several years. He was hospitalized last month in Mumbai due to severe dehydration and bladder cancer, according to a report in the Hindustan Times. Tributes to the actor poured in on social media, with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also paying his respects.
Will always remember Vinod Khanna as a popular actor, dedicated leader & a wonderful human. Pained by his demise. My condolences.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 27, 2017
Sad to learn about the passing away of #VinodKhanna Sir,one of the most charismatic actors…truly end of an era.Condolences to the family🙏🏻
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) April 27, 2017
In a career that spanned more than four decades, Khanna has been credited with appearances in more than 100 films.
He’s best remembered for his performances in movies such as “Mera Gaon, Mera Desh,” (“My Village, My Country”), “Gaddaar,” (“Traitor”), “Kuchhe Dhaage,” (“Fragile Threads”), “Amar, Akbar, Anthony,” which he co-starred in with fellow superstar Amitabh Bachchan, and “Qurbani,” (“Sacrifice”) — one of several films for which he received a Filmfare Award nomination, India’s equivalent to an Oscar.
Khanna was born in 1946 in Peshawar, British India, now Pakistan. He moved with his family to Mumbai the same year, soon after the partition of India and Pakistan. Khanna debuted on the silver screen for the first time in 1968 in “Man Ka Meet,” (“A Pairing of Hearts”), where he played the villain, a trend that continued for much of the start of his career.
Three years later, he made the successful transition to the “hero” and played the lead role in “Hum, Tum or Woh,” (“Me, You and Them”).
Khanna returned to acting in 1987 after a five-year sabbatical, appearing in a slew of romantic films. In 1999, he received the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award and less than a decade later, in 2007, he won the ZEE Cine Lifetime Achievement Award.
Away from the screen, Khanna was also a well-known politician. In 1997 he joined the current ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The following year, he was elected to India’s lower house of parliament. He was elected four times from his constituency in the northern state of Punjab.
He is survived by his second wife Kavita, his children Rahul, Akshaye, Sakshi and Shraddha. Rahul and Akshaye are both also actors; his son Rahul Khanna is best known to international audiences for playing Yousaf Rana in the spy thriller television series, “The Americans.”
New York City will host the 18th annual IIFA awards this July
NEW YORK (Diya TV) — The countdown to India’s biggest, most extravagant and spectacular global celebration of cinema has begun, the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) announced Wednesday that New York City will play host to the organization’s 18th edition of the IIFA Weekend and Awards festival.
The festival, one of the world’s most renowned and celebrated international events of cinema, will play out at the MetLife Stadium, home of the NFL’s New York Giants and New York Jets, on July 14 and 15.
This marks just the second occasion the festival has ventured its way to the states, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio spoke on the cultural and economic impact it would have on the people of his city and state. “We are thrilled to welcome IIFA to New York! Our city is home to both a thriving film industry and a dynamic, growing Indian American community,” he said in a press release.
“This is an event that will contribute enormously to both the cultural and economic life of our city. We welcome the artists and fans of Indian cinema, and encourage everyone to experience the rich cultural life across the five boroughs while celebrating these groundbreaking films.”
Since its inception, the IIFA has carried the mission of bringing together the biggest and brightest stars of Bollywood and Hollywood on one stage, creating a platform of exchange between two of the world’s most prolific film industries. The festival has introduced mainstream North American stars of cinema such as Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan and Kevin Spacey to Indian film enthusiasts abroad, and has brought such Bollywood stars as Priyanka Chopra, Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan to Americans.
This year’s festival will play host to some of the most celebrated stars of the Indian film industry, notable guests, and dignitaries from India and from across the region.
“We are honored that IIFA has chosen MetLife Stadium to host the 18th annual IIFA Awards and we look forward to welcoming the thousands of fans from around the world who will travel to New Jersey,” said the venue’s chief executive, Ron VanDeVeen, in a statement. “This global event offers us the incredible opportunity to host our first-ever awards show and to continue to showcase our region to an international audience.”
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