Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Will Salman Khan land In jail for 10 Years?

In a setback to actor Salman Khan in the 2002 hit and run case, the Dabbang actor has been tested positive of having drunk alcohol, when he allegedly rammed his four-wheeler over poor people sleeping on a pavement on Hill Road in Bandra (west), Mumbai killing one and injuring four others.

Salman Khan, dressed in jeans and a blue-green shirt was present in the Mumbai court for the hearing in which he faces charges of culpable homicide. If convicted, he could face a sentence of up to 10 years in prison. Salman Khan was accompanied by his sisters, Alvira and the newly-wed Arpita Khan. 

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A forensic expert told session’s court that content of alcohol in Salman's blood was higher than permissible limit. The alcohol content in Salman's blood was 62mg, which is more than double the permissible limit of 30mg.

To make matters worse for Salman Khan a key witness has identified Salman Khan and confessed before the court that he has seen the actor driving the car which mowed down several people in 2002. Thus with these two key evidences it seems Salman Khan might land up in jail for 10 years? 

There have been several twists and turns in the 12-year hit and run case in the past too. In August, 2014, the Mumbai Police had told the court that the case diary has gone missing in addition to 55 of the 63 case related documents which were already missing but now the court is desperate for the verdict. During the proceedings, the court observed, "It's been 12 years. We must complete the trial by December.”

Speaking about the case, well-known lawyer Majeed Memon, says, "Now that the charges in the case have been framed, it is an important milestone and it is expected that now the trial court will not delay in conducting and concluding this trial.”

Finally The ‘Khan’ Trio Come Together!

Since long people have been dying to see Bollywood’s three Khans viz. Aamir Khan, Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan come together but what Bollywood topnotch filmmakers could not achieve has been accomplished by Rajat Sharma, television industries most popular news editor and host of renowned India TV’s show 'Aap ki Adalat'.

The elusive ‘Khan’ trio was captured together for the first time at the celebration of Rajat Sharma’s celebrated TV show 'Aap ki Adalat' completing 21 years. The Bollywood’s Khan trinity - Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Aamir Khan shared the dias at the beginning before hosting the show separately.

Salman Khan was the first to arrive, followed by Amir Khan, and the last to reach was Shah Rukh Khan. Never in Bollywood's history had the three Khans attended a single event under one roof. It may be noted there were speculations that the three Khans may come together at the recently concluded wedding of Salman Khan’s sister Aprita Khan’s wedding but it could not happen. Eventually Rajat Sharma has been able to rope the three in his party! 

The venue at New Delhi’s Pragati Maidan was a picture of celebrates hobbling together. Besides the three Khan other prominent Bollywood celebrities included Anil Kapoor, Hema Malini, Anupam Kher, Sonakshi Sinha, Shatrughan Sinha, Rani Mukerji; singers Udit Narayan, Sonu Nigam and Daler Mehendi. 

Organised by India TV, the dazzling event also saw political big wigs including President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi gracing the event. 

Praising Rajat Sharma for his successful show, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "Rajatji knows the art of extracting a reply through his sweet questioning. In the 21 years of this show, nobody has been forced to reply, and this itself is a glowing example.”

Deven Verma was Bollywood’s ‘intelligent’ comedian

Bollywood paid rich tributes to the sad demise of renowned comedian of yesteryear Deven Verma, who passed away of due to heart attack and kidney failure at the ripe age of 77. Raaga.Com pays homage to the great comedian, who was also a director and film producer.

Born on 23 October 1937, Deven Verma was brought up in Pune. He was among film industries’ few most learned actor. He was a graduate in Politics and Sociology from Nowrosjee Wadia College for Arts and Science (University of Pune) (1953–57), but had a penchant for acting.

He was first discovered by legendary filmmaker B.R.Chopra, who was impressed by his acting on stage and offered him a small role in his movie DHARMPUTRA in 1961 but the movie failed and Deven Verma had to struggle to make his presence felt. 

From 1961 till 1976 it took him 15 long years to prove his worth when he eventually won his First Filmfare Award for his hilarious performance in CHORI MERA KAAM (1976). 

His Best Comedian Filmafare award in CHORI MERA KAAM was more important because he had beaten the great comedian Asrani in SHOLAY. In fact Asrani till date is remembered for his comic role in SHOLAY as the crazy jailor but Deven Verma, as the Gujarati businessman being conned repeatedly by the lead hero (Shashi Kapoor) and heroine (Zeenat Aman) in the movie brought the house down. That year Deven Verma even out beat legendary comedian Mehmood in QAID, thus proving his strength as a comedian par excellence.

Deven Verma was film industry’s most intelligent comedian because more than his body it was his amusing dialogues and facial expression that made him different from other Bollywood comedians. Probably that was also the reason he was the most cherished comedian of intellectual filmmakers like Basu Chatterji, Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Gulzar.

After CHORI MERA KAAM celebrating Silver Jubilee Deven Verma became a name to reckon and ruled Bollywood as the most sought after comedian in the mid 70’s. and late 80’s. His other two Filmfare awards as Best Comedians were for CHOR KE GHAR CHOR (1979) and ANGOOR (1983).