Image courtesy: Vinod Kapri/ Twitter

Image courtesy: Vinod Kapri/ Twitter

A film on Jyoti Kumari, a 15-year-old girl who cycled from Gurugam to Darbhanga in Bihar during the coronavirus lockdown is being planned.

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  • Last Updated: July 4, 2020, 12:55 PM IST

A controversy erupted on Friday over the rights of a film on Jyoti Kumari, a 15-year-old girl who cycled from Gurugam to Darbhanga in Bihar during the coronavirus lockdown, after filmmaker Vinod Kapri claimed he has already made an advance payment for the rights over a month ago. Film production venture Wemakefilmz on Friday said it has legally acquired the exclusive motion picture rights for the story.

On Tuesday, PTI reported that four friends, united by passion for films and documentaries, had bagged the rights for the life story of Jyoti. Jyoti will be the protagonist and the project is to set go on floors from August, Shine Krishna, who will be directing the film, had said.

Miraj and Fairoz, working in the Middle East, along with Krishna and Sajith V Nambiar have acquired the rights for the film. They are partners at Wemakefilmz, a nearly two-decade old venture set up by Krishna.

Regarding Kapri’s claim, Krishna said the former’s agreement does not have legal value. Earlier in the day, Kapri tweeted that as per an agreement on May 27, the rights of the film is with Bhagirathi Films Pvt Ltd (BFPL) and no one else can make the movie.

In response to a tweet by acclaimed actor Sanjay Mishra about the film, Kapri tweeted that someone had given Mishra wrong information or misguided him.

Kapri also tagged a video which showed signing of the agreement and a statement to that effect by Mohan Paswan, the girl’s father. In his tweet, Mishra said his participation in the film as the father was how the film fraternity contributes to the society.

Tagging Shine Krishna and Sujit Nambiar, Mishra said the team will bring to the fore the eight days in the life of Jyoti who pedalled more than 1,000 kilometres with father sitting on the back seat of a cycle.

In a statement, Kapri’s BFPL said it signed an agreement with the girl’s father Mohan Paswan on May 27 and 20 per cent of the amount was paid into a bank account, while the remaining 80 per cent was to be paid upon commencement of work.

“Today, we came to know about the new agreement, which is illegal and a breach of contract with Bhagirathi Films. We request Mohan to cancel this new contract and put an end to the dispute. If the new contract goes into force neither Kapri nor Mohan will be able to make a film,” the statement claimed.

The statement was issued by Mahendra, an associate director with BFPL.

Krishna said Wemakefilmz has legally acquired the exclusive motion picture rights on Jyoti Kumari and family.

“Before signing the life story rights option agreement, we have crossed checked the agreement which has been signed through somebody by Kapri… he was not physically present there and there was no sign of Jyoti or her mother. So that one agreement will not have any legal value,” he said in a statement issued on behalf of Wemakefilmz.

Wemakefilmz exclusively holds the life story rights of Jyoti Kumai and family. The agreement has been signed, notarised and registered by the production house’s partners — Krishna, Sajith V Nambiar, Mohammed Miraj Chathoth and Fairoz Chirammal. In the statement, BFPL said nearly a month after signing a contract for a film, web series and documentary with it, Mohan Paswan has entered into a new contract with Krishna.

The struggle for Jyoti’s family began in January when her father, an e-rickshaw driver in Gurugram, was injured. She then came to Gurugram in Haryana. With no means to earn a livelihood, things turned difficult and Paswan’s landlord gave him an ultimatum to either pay the rent that was due for a few months, or leave amid the lockdown.

At that time, it was Jyoti’s idea to cycle all the way — almost 1,200 kilometres — to their village in Darbhanga.

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Kartik Aaryan has finally trimmed his beard after much contemplation. The actor shared a picture of his clean-shaven look, and wrote, “Good Boy is the New Bad Boy.”

Fans seem to be loving his new look already as they flooded his comments section with heart and kiss emojis.

One fan wrote, “Looking so hot.” Another said, “You are perfect.”

Apart from Kartik, actors including Ranveer Singh, Vicky Kaushal, Akshay Kumar, Hrithik Roshan and many others had also embraced the bearded look while under lockdown.

On Monday, Kartik shared a throwback picture on his Instagram profile from the time when he was not a Bollywood star. The actor revealed that the picture was taken in the year 2008 and shared the backstory behind it. The photograph also features actress Sagarika Ghatge.

Sharing the picture on Instagram, Kartik Aaryan wrote in his caption, “2008 Mumbai Marathon,” adding that he jumped barricades to click a photograph with the actress and asked her to convey his greetings to her Chak De! India co-star Shah Rukh Khan. “I jumped barricades to take a pic with Preeti Sabharwal (the name of Sagarika’s character in the film) and also told her Shah Rukh Khan ko mera Hi bolna. “

Take a look at Kartik Aaryan’s post here:

Kartik Aaryan made his Bollywood debut with Luv Ranjan’s Pyaar Ka Punchnama and he has been a part of movies such as Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2, Kaanchi-The Unbreakable, Luka Chuppi , Guest Inn London, Pati Patni Aur Who, and Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety. He was last seen in Love Aaj Kal, opposite Sara Ali Khan. The actor will next be seen in Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2, co-starring Kiara Advani and Tabu. He has also signed the second installment of the 2008 film Dostana, co-starring Janhvi Kapoor and newcomer Lakshya Lalwani.

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KOLKATA: Thermal checks instead of flower showers, disinfectant sprays at entrances instead of rose water, bottles of sanitizers and a face mask for each guest in place of mementos and strictly no late-evening rituals — the big, fat Kolkata wedding has undergone a sea change in a post-Covid world, a world where there can be a maximum of 50 guests, and the ceremony has to be wrapped up by 9pm.
And while no liquor can be served, it’s an entirely new game of tact and diplomacy to decide which second cousin or distant aunt to leave out of the invite list. Even the mandatory group photos with bride and groom are no longer allowed; neither are the countless hugs and handshakes.
A number of families have taken to live-streaming the entire ceremony and splitting guests into smaller home functions in the run-up to the actual wedding. “Planning a wedding was never easy. Now, it has got tougher as I had to tactfully invite friends and family to different functions on days leading up to the wedding, keeping only the closest relatives and friends for the wedding, as there’s a limit on the number of guests,” said Utsav, a businessman who got married last Tuesday.
Utsav had originally planned his wedding in Vietnam in February, but postponed the wedding to June 30 because of the pandemic, thinking he would hold a large reception at a city venue. But as the Covid numbers kept rising, he soon realised he would have to make it much, much smaller. “We had no clue whether the lockdown would be lifted by June, and were wondering whether we could at all get married now,” Utsav said. “We made the necessary changes when Unlock was announced, although the honeymoon has been put on hold indefinitely.”
The wedding season began last week and will continue till September. According to wedding planners, this year, it’s a new challenge for them: whatever decorations and innovations they make will be focused on social distancing and disinfection themes.
“We are working with a handful of staff, who are all in PPEs,” said Preksha Chhajer Choudhary, a city-based wedding planner. “At the time of the wedding, thermal scanning of all guests, disinfection of everyone entering the venue and distribution of masks and sanitizers at different levels of the wedding is a must now.”
Even the timings have changed. “To ensure all rituals are completed before the start of the night curfew hours, we even changed the ceremony timings and began the rituals from afternoon, even when the priest was saying evening was best time,” said a 26-year-old IT professional who got married on Thursday.
With distancing norms and the introduction of masks, the concept of wedding photography and wedding dress has also changed. There’s no more pre-wedding or post-wedding shoots and a strict no-no on large group shots. At some weddings, even some very Bengali rituals, such as chhadnatola and gaye-halud, which involved large gatherings, are being avoided.
“We are also working with a very small team of photographers to maintain distancing protocols,” said wedding photographer Anirban Brahma. Even grooms like Abhishek Gupta, who got married on Thursday, said they kept only packaged food for guests.

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Almost after a month of social media detox, actress Jennifer Winget has made a comeback on Instagram with a gleaming picture.

“Coming up for air on popular demand. Not MIA but RIA (Resting In Action)…and lot’s of it. A li’l Social media detox didn’t hurt nobody! No?,” Jennifer wrote on Instagram announcing her comeback.

She also shared a picture wherein she flashes her smile as she poses for the camera. She kept her tresses open, and flaunts her glowing skin sans make-up. She is seen wearing a plain blue T-shirt.

The picture has garnered nearly 9 lakh likes, with fans commenting how much they missed Jennifer on social media.

One fan wrote, “Finally you posted. Miss you so much.” Another excited fan commented, “Oh my god, you are back!”

Back in May, Jennifer garnered nine million followers on Instagram. She has lately impressed fans with her performance as Maya Mehrotra in Beyhadh 2. In fact, her role of Maya, across two seasons since 2016, has been a major reason of her soaring popularity.

However, Beyhadh 2 was pulled down with an abrupt end due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. In her interview with a news portal, Jennifer earlier said that Beyhadh was very close to her heart and the decision of the makers to axe the show made her feel sad, but she’s sure something better would come out of this. She also added that she’s sure that Beyhadh 2 fans would understand the circumstances.

Her other popular performances on the small screen are Kumud Desai in Saraswatichandra and Zoya Siddiqui in Bepannah.

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