Entertainment: Film association cancels Ram Rahim’s membership

Ram Rahim cannot work in the Indian film and television industry anymore. His membership has been cancelled by film associations

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The membership of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and his aide Honeypreet Kaur has been cancelled by Indian Film and Television Directors’ Association (IFTDA) and Cine and TV Artists Association ( CINTAA), reported a news agency.

“Ram Rahim cannot work in the Indian film and television industry anymore. His membership has been cancelled by the IFTDA. The decision was taken on Friday,” said Ashoke Pandit, IFTDA President.

According to Pandit, the Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association (IMPAA) is also terminating Ram Rahim’s membership from Monday.

“We are organisations of creative and dignified people. We can’t have a goon or criminal amongst us. The law has taken a hard stand on him and considering how many people died in Haryana due to his manipulation…,” he said while explaining the reason of Ram Rahim’s ouster from IFTDA.

Gurmeet Singh has released several music albums and films, which typically revolve around him and his teachings. He is usually credited in his films as actor, director, writer, songwriter, as well as various other roles; he notably received credits in thirty separate film departments for his 2016 film MSG: The Warrior Lion Heart.

Mandira Bedi to play a negative role in Saaho

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Mandira Bedi is all set to feature as an antagonist in the much-anticipated Prabhas-starrer Saaho.

The 45-year-old actor has wrapped up the first schedule of the shoot in Hyderabad and will also be seen doing some action stunts.

“It's a negative character and I am excited about it- of a woman amongst a gang of negative characters. But someone who holds her own in a world of men. It's a great team and will be a great movie,” said Mandira.

The actor, whose career spans for over 21 years in the industry, catapulted to fame as the protagonist in 1990's TV show Shanti and went on to appear in films such as Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge and Shaadi Ka Laddoo.

Mandira also appeared in Kyunki... Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi and started off another inning on the small screen as the host for ICC Cricket World Cups (2003, 2007), the Champions Trophies (2004, 2006) and the Indian Premier League season two.

The Sujeeth Reddy-directed movie also stars Shraddha Kapoor opposite Prabhas, along with Jackie Shroff and Chunky Pandey.

The film will also be released in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi.

Did multi-starrer to shine, not outshine others: Emraan

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Emraan Hashmi said he took up Baadshaho only because he felt secure doing a part in a multi-starrer.

The 38-year-old actor, who has previously worked with Milan Luthria and Ajay Devgn in Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai, said like any other actor, he feels concerned about how his role would turn out.

“My idea of doing a multi-starrer is to shine in my role, not outshine others. I have to be comfortable doing multi- starrers. Had I not been comfortable with it, I would not have gone forward with it,” he said in an nterview.

Emraan said as an artiste one needs to bring some substance to the table but there should not be any insecurity.

“I think all of us will shine in the film in our individual way. If one of us gives a disastrous performance, the whole film falls flat.”

Emraan plays Dalia in the film and the actor said this has been the quirkiest character that he has done till date.

He wants to make a documentary that will spread awareness about cancer after his seven-year-old son, Ayaan, was diagnosed with first-stage cancer in 2014.

With inputs from PTI

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