Ankita Lokhande responds to demand of Pavitra Rishta’s boycott, trolling: ‘Can’t go about telling people I am nice’

It has been a devastating one year for fans and loved ones of Sushant Singh Rajput. After the actor’s death last year, the release of Pavitra Rishta’s web version is bittersweet for those who have followed the show for Manav and Archana (played by Sushant Singh Rajput and Ankita Lokhande). As Ankita reprises her role in the web show, Shaheer Sheikh is taking charge as Manav. While fans of the show are excited to see the new chapter in this love story, a section of the audience has been demanding its boycott claiming no one can ever replace Sushant in the lead. They have also accused the makers of manipulation by bringing the show back.

Ankita Lokhande recently chatted with indianexpress.com and discussed the trolling she received personally and for the show. Sharing that she doesn’t really want to comment on people who want to boycott the show, she says, “That’s their wish”.

She, however, has a beautiful message for fans who have waited for the show. “There are people who really love Archana and Manav. And I am so grateful for them to have showered us with so much love. We got this opportunity to entertain them again. Pavitra Rishta is all about love and has beautiful sentiments attached to it, not just for me but many in the audience. I hope they like the show once again and give us equal love,” she said.

While she is hesitant to speak about the trolling she received after Sushant’s death, Ankita said that negativity has become a part of social media. “Honestly, social media has brought us closer to our fans but also there is so much trolling involved. At the end of the day, everyone has a choice. I cannot go about telling people that I am nice and they should love me. I will go about living my life and I cannot worry about people judging me. I never have. My family is my strength and I can fight anything or anyone with their support.”

The actor also feels women are more vulnerable on social media. “Don’t follow me if you don’t like me. Also, I am fine with what you tell me but when they drag your family, it’s unacceptable. It really gets bitter then,” she says about the trolls.

She also says that Pavitra Rishta returns in a new mould to satisfy a new audience on the digital medium. “When you talk about Pavitra Rishta, you talk about love. It’s all the first time a love story will come on the web which has no kissing, touching — the couple stays quite apart (laughs). There is a section of my fans who are in their 60s, 70s, who may not have still entered the digital space. Also, the young generation is hooked on to the space and thus they will get introduced to Pavitra Rishta. I can confidently say that you can watch our show with your family. It will give you a very homely, relatable feel.”

Starting September 15, Pavitra Rishta 2 will stream on ZEE5.

Karan Mehra says he has not seen son Kavish for more than 100 days: ‘It has been a disturbing, painful time’

Television actors Karan Mehra and Nisha Rawal’s separation became an ugly mess after she accused him of infidelity and alleged domestic violence. Karan insisted that she had orchestrated the entire incident, in order to force him into providing alimony. Three months later, Karan says that he is ‘still fighting the battle’ and it has been a particularly difficult time for him as he is not allowed to see their son Kavish.

Speaking to Hindustan Times, the former Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai actor said, “It has been more than three months and I am fighting the battle. The matter is subjudice so I don’t want to talk much about it. I have not seen Kavish since more than 100 days, not able to enter my home or take my belongings. It has been an emotional, disturbing and painful time for all of us. We are fighting it as a family.”

He added that everyone in his family, including his parents have been falsely framed. “It is not right to put my parents through all this, especially when my dad is a heart patient. It is quite disturbing. The proceedings, the process and the fight are not easy. I am out of my house while she and her brother are in the house, aaram se.” Karan Mehra mentioned that he is busy shooting for a Punjabi show, which is keeping him busy and distracted.

Petrol to cost Rs1.50 cheaper

The Finance Division on Tuesday announced a reduction in the price of petrol by Rs1.50 per litre.

Consequently, petrol will now cost Rs118.30 per litre.

According to a notification: “Despite international price fluctuations in petroleum products and anticipated increase in future prices, the government has reduced the prices in order to provide maximum relief to the consumers.”

The government has also notified a change in price for high speed diesel (HSD), which has reduced by Rs1.50 to cost Rs115.03 per litre.

Similarly, the price of kerosene will also fall by Rs1.50, to cost Rs86.80 per litre.

Light diesel oil, meanwhile, will cost Rs1 cheaper, and will thus be available for Rs84.77 per litre.

The Oil and Gas Regulatory (OGRA) has suggested the Petroleum Division reduce the price of petrol by Rs3.5, of diesel by Rs5, of light diesel oil Rs2, and kerosene oil by Rs3, sources told Geo News on Monday.

In the last two weeks of August, the government, which revises the rate of petroleum products twice a month, announced that prices will remain the same for the rest of the month for petrol and high speed diesel.

On the other hand, the price of kerosene oil was increased by Rs0.81 per litre, while the price of light diesel had been increased by Rs1.10 per litre.

Farm unions want Moga FIR quashed: ‘Akali Dal workers started violence, damaged farmers’ vehicles with help of police’

A day after the Moga police lathicharged protesting farmers outside SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal rally venue in Moga’s new grain market and booked several, including farm union leaders, for alleged stone pelting that injured cops, farmers accused Akali workers of vandalising their vehicles with help of the police.

Farm unions held a protest march in Moga on Friday and said that a pakka morcha will be started from September 8 if the ‘false FIR’ against farmers is not cancelled.

The SKM declared that it will protest along with members of all 32 unions of Punjab outside Moga DS’s office on September 8 if the FIR filed under attempt to murder charges was not cancelled.

BKU (Ekta Ugrahan) also condemned lathicharge and demanded cancellation of the FIR. “This Moga incident has proved that there is no difference between Khattar’s BJP Govt in Haryana and Captain’s Congress government in Punjab,” said Sukhdev Singh Kokrikalan from BKU (Ekta Ugrahan).

Apart from quashing of the FIR, farmers said that they should be compensated for their loss and instead an FIR should be registered against those persons who damaged their vehicles.

At the protest march led by BKU (Krantikari) Friday at Moga’s Dana Mandi, gangster-turned-activist Lakha Sidhana, an accused in Delhi’s January 26 Red Fort violence case, also participated and addressed farmers.

The Indian Express had reported that after stone pelting and lathicharge on Thursday, Moga Police had filed an FIR against 17 farm union leaders and other activists such as Chamkaur Singh Rode (Kirti Kisan Union), Baldev Singh Zira (BKU Krantikari), Karamjit Singh (Naujawan Bharat Sabha) and others. At least 60 farmers and 7 cops were injured in the ruckus Thursday. Police claims that protesting farmers had pelted stones on cops. But according to farmers, stone pelting was allegedly started by Akali Dal and SOI (Students Organisation of India) workers. SOI is the students’ wing of Akali Dal.

In a memorandum submitted to the SSP Moga and DC, BKU (Krantikari) wrote, “As per the call given by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), farmers from our union had gathered outside Sukhbir Badal’s rally venue to question him regarding three farm laws. Without giving us any warning, police lathicharged us in which many farmers got injured.

Not only this, but the youth workers of Akali Dal, in connivance with police, also vandalided our vehicles. Though detained protesters were released later by the police, an FIR has been registered against farm leaders and other protesters for attempt to murder which is completely unjustified.”

“The violence was started by Akali Dal workers, they started pelting stones and FIR is being registered against protesting farmers under the Congress government. Instead of booking Akali Dal workers, farmers are being booked. Is this how CM Amarinder Singh proves that he is pro-farmers,” said Baldev Singh Zira, state general secretary, BKU (Krantikari), who has been named in the FIR.

Meanwhile, Kirti Kisan Union in a statement said that if Moga Police will not cancel the ‘false FIR’ by September 8, then a massive protest march will be held outside Moga DC office.

“Our union was holding peaceful protest during Sukhbir Badal’s visit and then suddenly Akali Dal workers and hooligans from its SOI wing along with police, started pelting stones on farmers and also vandalised their vehicles.
Police also lathicharged elder farmers who also got severely injured. Police also used water cannons without any provocation in which many farmers got injured,” said Nirbhay Singh Dhudike, state president, Kirti Kisan Union.

“An indefinite protest (pakka morcha) will be started outside Moga DC office by Samyukta Kisan Morcha if this false FIR is not cancelled by September 8,” said Chamkaur Singh Rode, vice president, Kirti Kisan Union, also booked in the FIR.

Moga SSP Dhruman Nimbale said that an inquiry has been marked to SP (investigation) to probe the matter and as per videography evidence. He added that names will be added or deleted from the FIR based on the probe.

“Farm union leaders who have been booked were leading the protest and violence occurred. We will check videos once again and nominate names of violent protesters as per video evidence,” said the SSP.

Italian luxury brand launches mangalsutra for India; you won’t believe how much it costs

Italian luxury brand Bulgari has launched its first-ever exclusive-to-India jewellery — a gold mangalsutra. The launch comes after the brand announced Priyanka Chopra Jonas as its global ambassador in August this year.

The mangalsutra, called the ‘Bvlgari Bvlgari necklace’ is made of 18 karat yellow gold “set with round black onyx inserts and pavé diamonds”, according to the brand’s official website.

Defining the necklace as a “contemporary statement of elegance”, the brand writes, “Recalling the curved inscriptions of ancient Roman coins, the double logo represented the first time an emblem had ever become a prominent jewellery design icon and remains a timeless trademark of Bvlgari’s creativity to this day.”