Salman defies and spineless Bollywood is still silent! – By Kamal Sharma

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Kamal Sharma
Kamal Sharma

Salman Khan slipped in quietly to attend IIFA Madrid, Spain 2016 with the rest of the Bollywood fraternity and defiantly remained quiet to the ‘raped woman’ controversy and as he gears up to promote his ‘Eid release’ film Sultan. He still hasn’t issued any apology for his remarks.

Summoned by the Maharashtra State Commission for Women (MSCW) to appear in person on June 29, Salman Khan’s lawyer contested the ruling saying that it makes no sense to appear since National Commission for Women (NCW) has also summoned the actor for same charges and it’s doubtful that Salman will appear on the fresh date of July 7th.

Salman performed to loud applause in Madrid, Spain and mingled with every Bollywood star but surprisingly, none dared him to speak on his comments. Much was written about bad blood between friends turned foe Sanjay Dutt and Salman Khan, who have not met since Sanju Baba’s release from prison, but the two bonded like lost friends in Madrid and yes, no surprise here as it was initiated by Sanjay Dutt!

Amidst all this comraderie, bonding and sheepish grinning as Bollywood partied to the defiance of all media present, Canadian Lisa Ray was the only one who courageously posted an Instagram picture with the morphed images of Bollywood stars Shahid Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Shilpa Shetty, Sonakshi Sinha & Farhan Akhtar standing next to Salman Khan at IIFA Madrid 2016 press conference titled, ‘Bollywood’s Most Progressive Stars Stand Next To Salman Khan Quietly’!

Lisa Ray, the star of Kasoor, Bollywood Hollywood, and Water, became the fourth female Bollywood star after Kangana Ranaut, Renuka Shahane & Sonal Mahapatra to be man enough to defy Salman Khan and the rest of Bollywood.

While Bollywood’s silence is baffling, many are surprised that Salman Khan is still the Official Indian Ambassador of RIO Olympics and it seems many have resigned to the fact that PM Modi’s blue eyed Salman Khan will continue defying every one and perhaps will never apologize!

Bollywood mourns Deepak Grewal’s death

Deepak Grewal on right with Realtor Baljit Kainth.
Deepak Grewal on right with Realtor Baljit Kainth.

Well known Bollywood director Deepak Grewal, who assisted director Rajkumar Santoshi in the making of China Gate, Ghayal, Lajja, The Legend Of Bhagat Singh, and directed Yaariyan starring Gurdas Mann, Bhumika Chawla, Om Puri, and Gulshan Grover in the Vancouver lower mainland, passed away in Punjab, India on June 25 at the age of 59.

Jallandhar born Deepak was the close friend of singer-composer Sukhwinder Singh and both stayed together in Mumbai during their struggling days. Personal Assistant to Sunny Deol, Deepak Grewal’s sudden death was mourned by Bollywood and his local friends like Baljit Kainth, Jagga Dhaliwal of Dhoom Restaurant, Raj Toora and Sooraj of  Nap Photo Studio, who’d been friends for years. Deepak Grewal leaves behind his wife and three daughters and will be missed by all.

 

 

 

Bollywood congratulates the ‘Unwed Father ‘ Tushaar Kapoor!

tusshar-kapoor-imagesJeetendra and Shobha Kapoor became the proud grandparents as their actor-producer son Tushaar Kapoor announced becoming father through IVF & Surrogacy. 39 year-old Tushaar, the star of many popular films and the scion of Bala Ji Films, is still single and perhaps is the only example of ‘unwed father’ in Bollywood. Well, congratulations Tushaar Kapoor!

 

 

Sardar Ji 2 makes more money than the rest!

Sardaar-Ji-2-525x700That Punjabi films are becoming more and more popular in overseas territories is a known secret but Daljit Dosanjh’s growing clout became more evident as it was reported that Sardar Ji 2 made more money than the rest of all Bollywood films released last week. Anurag Kashyap’s much anticipated film Raman Raghav 2:0, Pulkit Samrat-Yami Gautam’s romantic Junooniyat and Dil Toh Diwana Hai failed to impress audiences and their combined total was way less than the opening weekend collection of Sardar Ji 2 as the film has been declared a huge hit all over the world. Malaysian carrier Air Asia becomes the first major airline to promote a film as Rajinikanth’s upcoming film Kabali posters are on their Bengaluru to Chennai flight !

Kabali Poster on Malasian AirlineMeanwhile, all eyes are on Salman Khan’s EID Release of Sultan but this week Jimmy Shergill’s Shorgul, Kay Menon’s San 75 Pachattar (about 1975 Emergency) and Kerry On Kuttan are releasing as well. Pandit Jasraj School of Music are presenting the Classical Vocal Concert of Pandit Jasraj Ji with Pandita Tripti and Pandit Ratan Mohan Sharma on Saturday, July 2nd at Burnaby’s Michael J.Fox Theatre and Asian Journal congratulates the entire Jain community as they celebrate the opening of ‘First Ever’ Jain Center Of British Columbia on July 1, 2 & 3rd and with that it’s time to say good bye but not before letting you know that this week’s Yaadein features singer, lyricist and composer Ravindra Jain Ji from Jain Center of BC. Watch it on Sunday, July 3rd at 1 PM on SMC#116. Happy Canada Day!