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Aryan Khan, Raj Kundra, Squid Recreation and Bennifer obsession: Newsmakers of 2021

This 12 months was not the largest 12 months with respect to films. The truth is, so far as the Indian movie trade is worried, 2021 was marked by controversies, arrests and all types of authorized tussles. These, sadly, made extra noise than precise movie releases (after they did occur). Right here’s a fast recap of our leisure newsmakers record, which raised probably the most eyebrows, each nationally and internationally. Please notice that the record is in no explicit order.

aryan khan File photograph of Aryan Khan making his solution to the NCB workplace. (Specific photograph by Ganesh Shirsekar)

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Aryan Khan arrest, Ananya Panday probe

Celebrity Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan was arrested by the Narcotics Management Bureau (NCB) on October 3 in an alleged drug bust case. NCB claimed that it had discovered proof towards Aryan alongside along with his two different mates (Arbaaz Service provider and Munmun Dhamecha) that linked them to worldwide drug trafficking, despite the fact that Aryan personally was not present in possession of any banned medicine. The bail was lastly granted to Aryan on October 28. Nonetheless, the bail formalities took a bit longer to finish and he was launched on October 30, a lot to the reduction of his dad and mom and SRK’s followers. However whereas he was arrested, issues obtained ugly on social media as they do when such an enormous identify will get concerned in something remotely controversial. Regardless of heavy mud-slinging, there have been SRK loyalists who stood by him on this making an attempt time, together with shut mates like Salman Khan, Suniel Shetty, Hrithik Roshan, Juhi Chawla amongst others.

Whereas Aryan was biding his time in Arthur Highway Jail, actor Ananya Panday was additionally quizzed by the NCB in connection to the case. The NCB knocked on Panday’s door after it stated it discovered related dialog between Khan and her by way of WhatsApp.

The Raj Kundra case

Actor Shilpa Shetty’s husband and businessman Raj Kundra was arrested on July 19 after a 5 month-long investigation into the case. The police arrested Kundra primarily based on an FIR towards him that was filed in February. The police stated that Kundra was allegedly concerned within the creation and distribution of pornographic content material by way of varied OTT platforms. In the meantime, Shilpa denied understanding something of the matter through the investigation. Lastly, on September 20, Kundra was granted bail. The matter remains to be subjudice.

Munawar Faruqui

Humorist Munawar Faruqui on January 1 was arrested for allegedly hurting non secular sentiments of Hindu individuals by way of his present. The grievance was filed towards the comic by Eklavya Singh, the son of a BJP MLA. Munawar, together with 4 others, was additionally accused of holding a present by ignoring all Covid protocols. In the meantime, Munawar’s lawyer stated that the case towards him is obscure and has solely been filed as a result of political stress. Faruqui was lastly granted bail on February 5, and launched on Feb 6, greater than a month after spending time in jail. The Supreme Court docket cited the FIR to be obscure because it granted interim bail to the artiste.

The Tandav controversy

One of many extremely anticipated net collection of the 12 months was the Saif Ali Khan-led Amazon Prime present Tandav, helmed by well-liked director Ali Abbas Zafar. Proper from its launch on January 15, Tandav instantly caught everybody’s consideration after it made some artistic selections within the present. First, the trolling occurred on-line, then issues rapidly gathered momentum and the primary FIR was filed towards the makers by BJP MLA Ram Kadam for hurting ‘non secular sentiments.’ Put up this, an FIR in Lucknow was filed for portraying Hindu deities in an unsavoury gentle, and the present was additionally focused for ‘spreading communal rigidity.’ Abbas Zafar launched two statements, first consisted of an apology, and the second confirmed that he had determined ‘to implement adjustments’ with the intention to keep away from upsetting anyone unintentionally. In the meantime, a number of FIRs continued to be registered towards the crew in Haryana and components of Uttar Pradesh, calling for an entire ban on the present.

Separations

This 12 months, a few of the most adored movie star {couples} determined to name it quits and discover their very own unbiased paths while promising friendship with one another. First, Aamir Khan and former spouse Kiran Rao shared a joint assertion about their separation and stated, “In these 15 lovely years collectively we have now shared a lifetime of experiences, pleasure and laughter, and our relationship has solely grown in belief, respect and love. Now we wish to start a brand new chapter in our lives – now not as husband and spouse, however as co-parents and household for one another. We started a deliberate separation a while in the past, and now really feel snug to formalise this association, of dwelling individually but sharing our lives the way in which an prolonged household does.” The pair proceed to work collectively in an expert capability. The information was shared in July.

Alternatively, well-liked couple Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Naga Chaitanya additionally shared with their followers in October that they’re now not collectively. The previous couple had tied the knot in 2017.

Shershaah-Sooryavanshi’s success

Sidharth Malhotra and Kiara Advani-fronted PVC Vikram Batra’s biopic Shershaah, though launched on OTT platform Amazon Prime Video, discovered immense love and success from not solely followers, however trade insiders as properly. The movie, bankrolled by Karan Johar and directed by Vishnuvardhan, was applauded for its refined strategy to patriotism because it introduced the story of the late embellished military officer. From Kangana Ranaut to Kamal Haasan, everybody rushed to have a good time the film and laud it for its narrative, whilst Sidharth Malhotra was hailed as probably the greatest actors of the 12 months in Bollywood. In the meantime, Akshay Kumar’s Sooryavanshi emerged as the primary de facto hits on the field workplace in 2021.

The rise of Adarsh Gourav and the success of The Nice Indian Kitchen

This 12 months, we additionally obtained a brand new star within the form of The White Tiger actor Adarsh Gourav. Adarsh was seen within the lead function of the Netflix film, which occurred to be his debut film function that not solely earned him a BAFTA nomination, but additionally catapulted him to rightful stardom. Adarsh is now slated to work alongside Hollywood legend Meryl Streep in a brand new venture, the drama collection Extrapolations.

And speaking about home-grown success, one can’t overlook the considerate, well-made and mandatory viewing that Malayalam movie The Nice Indian Kitchen turned out to be. Helmed by Jeo Child, the movie gained nice plaudits for its portrayal of gender dynamics in a brand new marriage and the entrenched patriarchy in our society that follows girls in all places. The movie starred the gifted duo of Nimisha Sajayan and Suraj Venjaramoodu.

Issues that caught worldwide consideration

The Meghan Markle-Oprah Winfrey interview

Earlier this 12 months, the papers and web sites had been splashed with one piece of stories solely, THAT Meghan Markle and Prince Harry interview performed by tv queen Oprah Winfrey. ‘Revelations’ had been made, tears had been shed and mouths had been left agape. Harry said on report that he felt ‘trapped’ within the royal family, whereas Meghan confessed she had contemplated suicide. Common points relating to psychological well being and racism had been debated submit the massively watched interview.

Britney Spears lastly freed

American pop queen Britney Spears in November lastly obtained free in the true sense of the time period as her over 13-year conservatorship obtained dissolved by a Los Angeles choose. The conservatorship managed Spears’ life and financial state of affairs for nearly 14 lengthy years. It got here into place when Britney was solely 26 and had develop into a brand new mom. Managed by her father James Spears, the authorized binding was enforced submit Britney’s very public psychological well being battles. Followers rejoiced as Britney thanked the almighty after the landmark announcement by way of her social media. She is now fortunately engaged to be married as her sons get pleasure from their teenage years.

Overseas language exhibits catch international fancy

South Korean present Squid Recreation and Spanish-language present Cash Heist had been all individuals might discuss as soon as the exhibits launched on Netflix. Whereas Squid Recreation’s weird state of affairs of enjoying childhood video games with excessive stakes baffled the viewers, the ultimate season of Cash Heist couldn’t have been extra hotly anticipated by its loyal and ever-growing fan base. And now, makers have revealed that a second season of Squid Recreation is being created. Extra to like and watch!

Marvel love

Shang-Chi and The Legend of Ten Rings, Spider-Man No Method Residence’s field workplace assortment and the web love they’ve been swarmed with are proof that Marvel Studios has not utterly misplaced their mojo. Though a Marvel fatigue has positively set in, extra so after the conclusion of Marvel Part 3. The corporate is struggling to seek out its footing with followers as they launch (largely common) exhibits. However newest Spider-Man flick did flip round issues a bit. On the time of penning this, No Method Residence had reached the milestone of Rs 120 crore inside 5 days of its launch within the Indian market. Now that may be a telling indication of what lies forward!

Kim Kardashian-Kanye West divorce and that identify change

Kim Okay filed a divorce from West in February this 12 months after seven years of marriage. Nonetheless, even after the information got here out within the media, West, who lately modified his identify to Ye, insisted throughout a podcast on Drink Champs that the pair remains to be married and Kim remains to be his spouse. “Aint no paperwork,” the rapper-singer said through the interview in November. However what most likely made probably the most headlines was when Kim turned up in a bridal robe at West’s Donda occasion. This was months after the separation of the couple was confirmed within the press. As of now, Kim is reportedly courting SNL comic Pete Davidson and has been snapped a number of instances with him.

In different information

Even because the world grew to become obsessed by South Korean leisure and Kim Okay dominated headlines, there have been different happenings that managed to shake up the readers. First was when acclaimed and controversial comic Dave Chapelle was underneath fireplace for the objectionable jokes he made towards the trans neighborhood. Equally, again house, comic Vir Das was requested to apologise after his jokes set across the trans individuals rapidly caught warmth on-line. Whereas Vir requested for forgiveness for the ‘uninformed’ nature of the joke, Chapelle doesn’t imagine he ought to be cancelled. He simply stated that he gained’t do jokes on the trans neighborhood once more, elaborating additional that he’s ‘greater than prepared’ to speak on points that upset them, however he ‘is not going to be summoned.’

At the same time as all people was grappling with what had been taking place within the leisure trade, two tragedies shook it in succession — actor Alec Baldwin’s unintended shootout that killed Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, and the Astroworld stampede that killed at the very least eight individuals on the music competition held in Houston in early November. In Baldwin’s case, a prop gun had actual bullets, which resulted in killing Hutchins. Put up the unlucky incident, Hollywood vowed to make sure a safer working set for its crew. In the meantime, Astroworld, a music competition created and headlined by rapper Travis Scott, grew to become the epicentre of the fatality that occurred when followers rushed in direction of the musician’s stage. There have been at the very least 50,000 individuals current within the viewers. Scott and his firm has since then been blamed for the incident, insisting that the rapper’s chaotic type of holding a live performance and inspiring followers to work together and rush in direction of the stage is a contributory issue. Scott denied that his historical past of doing so had any direct affect on the Astroworld taking place in an interview with TV character Charlamagne Tha God.

Bennifer obsession and Associates reunion

Keep in mind the noughties, and everybody’s fascination with Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez’s relationship? It’s like reliving the previous. That point has come once more. First, the paparazzi caught the lovebirds spending high quality time at varied areas. Later, J Lo herself confirmed that they’re again on, after 17 years no much less, by way of an Instagram submit on her birthday. The affirmation — an image of the 2 stars sharing a passionate kiss as Lopez turned 52. Individuals nonetheless can’t appear to get sufficient of them collectively.

After which there was that blessed, bittersweet Associates reunion that noticed the principle ensemble forged of the American comedy collection get collectively in a single place after virtually twenty years of being aside. Whereas the two-hour particular felt a bit a lot at instances, thanks primarily to host James Corden’s presence, followers celebrated seeing their favorite characters collectively as soon as once more. It was like being invited again to Central Perk to share a cuppa with Joey, Ross, Chandler, Rachel, Phoebe and Monica as soon as extra. And probably, for the final time.

However hey, By no means say by no means, proper?



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