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Alia Bhatts sister Shaheen shares screenshots of threats received after Sushant Singh Rajputs death

Shaheen and Alia Bhatt

Shaheen and Alia Bhatt

After actor Sushant Singh Rajput committed suicide on June 14, a number of celebrities have been trolled and bullied targeted online by fans in anger or over a debate on nepotism. More often than not, this bullying has taken an ugly turn. Actress Alia Bhatts sister Shaheen has revealed that she received rape and death threats after Sushants death.

Sharing screenshots of the hateful messages, she has been receiving after actor Sushants suicide, Shaheen wrote on her Instagram story wrote, Does this surprise you? Why? It doesn’t surprise me.

Through a seven page story, Shaheen expressed her concerns about safety of the women in India. She wrote India is considered the world’s most dangerous country for sexual violence against women. Rape is one of the most common crimes in India. A woman is raped every 15 minutes. In India, 70% of women are victims of domestic violence. Every 9 minutes an act of cruelty is committed by a husband or a relative of the husband. Every third woman suffers sexual or physical violence at home. Also, The Global Youth Online Behaviour Survey conducted by Microsoft ranked India third in cyberbullying, with 53% of the respondents, mainly children admitting to have experienced online bullying. About 800,000 people die by suicide worldwide every year, of these 135,000 (17%) are residents of India.

Shaheen further wrote, We live in a country that seems to relish nothing more than rendering people powerless. A country that relishes ?putting people in their place? or showing them their aukat. And who better to put in their place than a womanA country where rather than being raised on empathy, most people are raised with the explicit permission to hate. A country where a woman is either your mother, your sister, your wife or a whore. A country where not just men, but women feel like the worst thing you can call another woman is a slut.

Because what better way to render a woman powerless than to make her ashamed of being a woman. Ashamed of being herself. Because if she weren’t a woman would she still be debased, humiliated and threatened with violence and violation every day? Would she so casually be robbed of her security and sense of agency

You see. It’s genius. You abuse her. Yet, you try to convince her the problem is her. Not you.

And somehow everyone is surprised that a woman is raped every 15 minutes in India. Really? Why? I’m not. But like Hannah Gadsby says, To be rendered powerless does not destroy your humanity. Your resilience is your humanity. The only people who lose their humanity are those who believe they have the right to render another human being powerless. They are the weak.

I wondered for days whether or not this was something I should address. I debated whether it was worth the effort it would take because ugh, why waste time and even 1% of mental processor power on this.

But then I realised, if I believe that the world should be a place in which women can feel safe and exist without being constantly threatened, sexualised or subjected sexist/misogynistic slurs with the sole intent to humiliate them – if I believe women should be treated like HUMANS.

Then that’s a world I have to help create.

And in order to create that world I have to draw boundaries in my own life and pursue action no matter how annoying or time consuming or downright sad it is.

Shaheen later warned the senders that if the bullying continued she will report them and take legal actions against them in the accord.

So, I speak now to those of you who think it’s okay to send me or anyone messages full of hate:

If you send me a message with the sole hope (I say hope because I promise you – nothing you say is keeping me up at night) of humiliating, insulting, or bullying me, then the following things will happen:

– The messages or comments will first be blocked and reported to Instagram directly.

– You will forfeit the right to your privacy. I will NOT protect your identity. Every shitty message you send me will – should Í choose to- go up for everyone to see. Abusers are emboldened by their anonymity. will not help hide you.

– I WILL use all legal recourse available to me to take action. If you think you can’t be located because your account is anonymous, please think again – IP addresses are easily trackable.

You are not invisible. Harassment is a crime, she wrote.

Shaheen also blamed Instagram policies of zero tolerance of being inactive during such situation. To @INSTAGRAM – you have zero tolerance policies for a lot of the content that people put up on your platform – I think it’s fair to say that misogynistic slurs, intended to subdue and oppress *should* fall under the umbrella of your zero tolerance community guidelines. “But if you don’t want to receive abusive message turn off your message requests”. “Tired of being called a bitch in your comments Turn off your comments.Asking me to change the way I use a platform because of someone else’s hatred and misogyny is the equivalent of telling me that if I go out at night and get assaulted “I was asking for it”.I should not have to change the way I use a platform if someone is being abusive. They should. Full stop.

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To complete my film ‘Emergency’, I mortgaged every single thing I owned: Kangana Ranaut

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Kangana Ranaut

Kangana Ranaut finished the shoot of her much awaited film ‘Emergency’ recently. But finishing this film wasn’t an easy journey for the actress. She went through a lot of ups and downs while finishing this period drama where she plays former PM, Indira Gandhi.

Talking about all the difficulties she faced to complete the film, Kangana recently said, “Whatever task I take up, I make sure I finish it. But to finish the film, I had to mortgage all my properties, every single thing I owned as I am also banking the film as a producer. Moreover, mortgaging all my property to complete the film wasn’t a big deal. I am someone who makes all my big decisions within minutes. The main struggle was running to banks back-to-back while shooting the film. Somehow, it hampers your work big time.”

Kangana, who made her entry into Bollywood with ‘Gangster’ in 2006, also spoke about her initial days in Bollywood. “When I came to Mumbai, I had only ₹500. So, if I lose all my property after ‘Emergency’ release and I’m completely ruined, it won’t matter much. I am very confident and strong enough to stand up on my feet once again and bounce back. Such possessions hold no meaning for me to be frank,” said Kangana to the paparazzi during the ‘Emergency’ wrap-up party held recently.

Also read: Salim Khan was one of those few friends who encouraged me to become a screenwriter: Javed Akhtar

 

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Salim Khan was one of those few friends who encouraged me to become a screenwriter: Javed Akhtar

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Be it ‘Sholay’, ‘Don’, ‘Zanjeer’ or ‘Deewaar’, Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar have worked together in many such iconic films. And lyricist Javed Akhtar revealed how it was writer Salim who encouraged him to become a screenwriter. 

In an interview recently, the lyricist revealed that he wanted to become a director before becoming a writer and a lyricist. Talking about his friendship with Salim Khan, Javed said, “Salim saab was one of those few friends who encouraged me to become a writer. The plus point was I used to live in a room which was close to his home, hence I would visit him often. Had I been living somewhere else, I doubt if I would be able to meet him regularly.”

Adding more about his years-long association with Salim Khan and why they stopped working together, Javed added, “In our struggling days, we were like ‘one team’. We didn’t have any friends, hence we would be together from morning till evening and even work together. Even our dinners would be together, in fact, out of 24 hours, we would be together for at least 15-16 hours a day. But once we tasted success, new people entered our lives and gradually our circle changed. Hence, the rapport we had broke and we couldn’t work together further.”

Also read: On the sets of ‘My Name Is Khan’, I couldn’t speak in front of SRK sir: Sidharth Malhotra

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On the sets of ‘My Name Is Khan’, I couldn’t speak in front of SRK sir: Sidharth Malhotra

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Today, Sidharth Malhotra has many fans. But the ‘Student Of The Year’ actor remembers those days when he used to work as an assistant director on Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘My Name Is Khan’. Being an SRK fan, he remembers about his first interaction with his idol.   

“I still remember my first day of the shoot on the sets of ‘My Name Is Khan’ in LA. I had rehearsed for the clap so I wouldn’t fumble in front of SRK sir. But he was so warm and sweet, for sure it’s because of his upbringing. He just made everyone around him so comfortable. Trust me, on the first day of the shoot, I couldn’t speak at all in front of SRK sir.” 

Sidharth even remembers how while working on one scene, Shah Rukh gave him some acting tips. “We were shooting a scene and only Shah Rukh sir and I were at that location. It was somewhere on a road. And suddenly he started talking to me and said, ‘You know, you should always come first and see if you can use anything on location as a prop’. I was like, ‘It’s just two of us here, who is he talking to?’ But he knew that I wanted to be an actor. He continued telling me, ‘You’ve to see if you can use anything.’ He’s so sharp that he creates many things on the spot. And from then, my respect and my love for him grew even more,” expressed Sidharth who’s seen in ‘Mission Majnu’ currently.

Also read: For a very long time I believed that the ‘left side of my brain had a short circuit’: Ranveer Singh

 

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