Two weeks after Amala Paul accused a businessman named Alagesan for making sexual advances at her while she was rehearsing in a dance studio, the actress has shared the exact details of the ordeal.
“On 31 Jan while I was practicing at a Chennai based studio for a dance performance, a man entered the premises and approached me saying there is something important he needs to discuss with me regarding the event. He offered me to attend a special dinner after the event which was to be concluded in Malaysia,” Amala Paul alleged in a statement.
After Paul had lodged a complaint on 31 January on Alagesan for harassing her at the workplace, the police had booked a case against the 40-year-old man from Kottivakkam under Sections 354A (Sexual harassment), 509 (Uttering any word or making any gesture intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code and Section 4 of the Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Harassment of Women Act. He was then arrested and remanded to Puzhal prison in judicial custody.
Recounting the sickening conversation, and how Alagesan confidently waited outside the studio for her reply, Amala said, “When I cross-questioned him as to what special dinner he is talking about, he shrugged and said, “Don’t be a fool, you are not a kid.” I got startled because when I looked around no one was present at that moment aside me and him and this disgusting conversation. When this guy went out of the studio, saying he is waiting for my positive answer, I called my well-wishers and staff to come to my rescue. It took them 30 odd minutes to reach the spot and catch hold of him, while he patiently and confidently stood outside the studio as if this was his normal day at a business negotiation.”
Paul revealed that it was her team who locked him up in the studio before she went to the Mambalam police station to formally lodge a complaint.
“Seeing my team approaching him, he tried to escape the situation by saying, “She can also say ‘no’ if she doesn’t want to, what‘s the big deal?”. When he tried to push my team and ran, they caught hold of him and locked him up in the studio. While this ordeal was going on, I realised that he is a member of an organised sex racket as he had my latest number stored in his phone and had all the information related to me and other actresses performing in the event. When the police arrived at the scene on complaints of nuisance by the locals around the studio, we delivered this guy to the Mambalam police station in T Nagar. I too rushed to the station to ﬁle an FIR,” she furthered.
Paul said the the police have found various shreds of evidence in connection with the sex racket and have arrested two of the linchpins. “Few more arrest warrants are underway for other suspects too. But I still request them to expedite their investigation and make all the names who are involved in this racket public.”
After an investigation, police had arrested another accused named Baskar in connection with the racket and detained him in prison. Now, the Principal Sessions Court, Chennai, has rejected the anticipatory bail plea filed by the third accused Razzaq, who reportedly works in a private organisation.
Paul also condemned media houses for spreading ‘rubbish’ about her experience. “There is an investigation going on and I don’t wish to be a hurdle, that’s the only reason I am choosing to keep mum on the findings. But that doesn’t stop me from filing a defamation suit against such cheap journalism,” she said.
Published Date: Feb 13, 2018 10:29 AM | Updated Date: Feb 13, 2018 10:29 AM
Berlin Independent Film Festival 2018: Aditya Kripalani’s directorial debut Tikli and Laxmi Bomb wins Best Film Award
The feminist drama has an all-women technical crew, according to the same report and was lauded by the critics following the screening on 16 February. The film bagged the top prize on 18 February at the 10th edition of the prestigious film festival, which aims to bring small-budget, indie films to the fore.
Not just Berlin, Tikli and Laxmi Bomb has been garnering praise at other international festivals too. It happens to be the only Indian film to be screened at New Zealand Asia Pacific Film festival. “But what is greater than the win at the Berlin Independent Film Festival is that we’re also screening at London’s oldest cinema house on 21 March as part of the UK Asian Film Festival, where two powerful films — Lipstick Under My Burkha and A Death In The Gunj — were also screened,” an excited Kripalani tells Mumbai Mirror.
The film is set in Mumbai and follows the life of Laxmi and Putul, who take over the reigns of the sex trade.
Published Date: Feb 20, 2018 10:53 AM | Updated Date: Feb 20, 2018 11:37 AM
Alicia Vikander, who plays Lara Croft in upcoming Tomb Raider, says she loves ‘being drawn into big adventure films’
Los Angeles: Oscar winning actress Alicia Vikander says she loves “independent and arthouse” cinema, but is also attracted towards the big adventure films.
The actress, who will be soon seen as Lara Croft in the forthcoming film Tomb Raider, also shared that she found training and muscle-building exercise for the role, empowering.
“My mother, who’s an actress (Maria Fahl Vikander), introduced me to the world of theatre and film. I loved independent, arthouse films, but like most people, I also loved being drawn into big adventure films, like the Indiana Jones movies,” Alicia said in a statement.
“So, with Tomb Raider, I had the chance to work on something that’s very different from my previous work, but which has long been close to my heart: a big action and adventure film,” she added.
Tomb Raider is based on a popular reboot of a video game with the same name. The Warner Bros Pictures project will release in India on 9 March.
Talking about her role, the actress said, “Along with that came the opportunity to explore my physical side on a film. I come from a dancing background, so when I learned that playing Lara would involve three or four months to get in shape — well, that kind of preparation and the chance to create a new physique are gifts. I found the training and muscle-building to be empowering.”
Tomb Raider is directed by Roar Uthaug with Oscar-winner Graham King producing under his GK Films banner. It also features Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu and Nick Frost.
Published Date: Feb 20, 2018 12:10 PM | Updated Date: Feb 20, 2018 12:10 PM
Kamal Haasan’s Indian 2 to reportedly be remade in Hindi; Will Ajay Devgn play lead role of top cop?
DNA reports that the details of the plot of the sequel, titled Hindustani 2, are not known yet but Shankar, who is currently awaiting the completion of one of the biggest sequels and movies to be ever be made in India, the Rajnikanth and Akshay Kumar starrer 2.0, a sequel to the 2010 smash hit Enthiran or Robot, looks all set to reboot one of his earliest hits after twenty two years. 2.0 is currently delayed due to massive VFX work and the Rs 400 crore magnum opus has been deferred even further than the previously announced 27 April release, with no new date announced yet.
The original Indian was a story of an ex-freedom fighter who is disillusioned by systemic corruption turns vigilante while his son indulges in illegal activities. Haasan had essayed both the roles, of father and son, and the film was known for its iconic use of prosthetic makeup, a landmark in the 90s for an Indian movie. The film also starred Manisha Koirla and Urmila Matondkar and featured music by AR Rahman.
Published Date: Feb 20, 2018 12:33 PM | Updated Date: Feb 20, 2018 12:33 PM
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