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Shakti Kapoor Wished To Work In Coolie No.1

Check out what Shakti Kapoor has to say on not being given a role in David Dhawan's 'Coolie No 1', starring Varun Dhawan and Sara Ali Khan. The post Shakti Kapoor Wished To Work In Coolie No.1 appeared first on The Opinionated Indian.

Releasing on December 25, 2020 on OTT platform Amazon Prime, Coolie No. 1 has started to gain momentum and has already built up the excitement among the fans upon its trailer release on November 28. The film is a remake of a 1995 film under the similar name, which featured Govinda and Karisma Kapoor. In the movie which is directed by David Dhawan, Varun Dhawan will be observed playing multiple roles along with Sara Ali Khan. The film also consists of the fabulous cast of Paresh Rawal, Jawed Jaffrey, Johny Lever, Rajpal Yadav and many more.

However, Shakti Kapoor, who had been a part of the 1995 project, expressed his feelings on not being a part of the new film on an interview with the E Times. He mentioned that he wanted the director, David Dhawan, to give him a role, but by the time he contacted the David, it was too late. The film’s shooting was already over.

Shakti Kapoor and David Dhawan share a cordial relationship and it is reflected when Kapoor says, ‘I can’t wait for December 25 to see Varun Dhawan’s ‘Coolie No.1’. I am going to see the film soonest. David is a maker who won’t leave his film until he is satisfied in all respects. So we can rest assured that it must be a nice film.’

His noble feelings are also directed towards the new protagonists of the new film, that is, Varun Dhawan and Sara Ali Khan. He says that the latter is a good artiste and he has the seen the former grow in front of his eyes and as an actor, Kapoor feels, that Varun Dhawan is intense.

Coolie No 1 is yet to release but don’t forget to mention your views on how this film will turn out for audience in the comment section!

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Kiara Advani Asked What She Would Write in Sidharth Malhotra’s Tinder Bio

Kiara had a witty response when asked what she would do if she was told to write a tinder bio The post Kiara Advani Asked What She Would Write in Sidharth Malhotra’s Tinder Bio appeared first on The Opinionated Indian.

Kiara had a witty response when asked what she would do if she was told to write a tinder bio for her rumoured boyfriend, Sidharth Malhotra. Her witty reply left her Indoo ki Jawani co-stars Mallika Dua and Aditya Seal impressed.

In an interview, Kiara also spoke about her idea of relationships, dating in the modern world. She said she is old-fashioned in this regard. She said, ‘I believe in that one woman, one man sort of thing. I still believe in that fairytale romance. I feel like dating apps, if I find that person on it, for sure that’s not a problem. My bio will be that only, looking for love. I am for the long haul. That ways, for some people, I will be very boring. All or nothing, that’s me.’

When she was asked what would write on Sidharth’s bio she said, ‘I don’t want to put him on Tinder.’ Mallika responded, ‘She stumped you!’ Kiara quickly added, ‘No no I am kidding.’

Kiara and Sidharth will be seen together for the first time in Shershaah. On Koffee with Karan, Sidharth denied on being in a relationship with Kiara but said he was happy to work with her. There are a lot of rumours about them. we can’t say what’s going on.

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OI Original: Celebs Think They Will Get Away

Most celebs who were questioned in a scandal think they will get away with a minor penalty. A scandal in The post OI Original: Celebs Think They Will Get Away appeared first on The Opinionated Indian.


Most celebs who were questioned in a scandal think they will get away with a minor penalty.

A scandal in the middle of a disastrous year shook the industry. What followed was outrage on social media. The authorities too swooped down on several celebs by raiding, summoning several celebs.

One celeb who was rumored to peddle drugs was found with steroids in his home. But since steroids don’t come under banned drugs, he was saved from arrest. Several other celebs including a famous TV comedian too were caught with drugs – but the quantity was barely 100g. They were using it for personal consumption. The authorities are rumored to have not found any proof of these celebs peddling drugs.

Drug consumption in Bollywood is a reality & a necessity if the celebs are to be believed. With 14hour+ workdays under punishing lights on their face, these celebs feel that they can’t get by without cocaine or marijuana. While several celebs are clean & don’t indulge in drugs, most of them end up indulging in drug abuse. That’s why the celebs are confident of getting away with it.

A celeb who was caught with a huge amount of cocaine several years back was let off after a stint in rehab. The scandal only added to his popularity.

As per sources, the authorities too are doing their bit only to show that they put in their best effort to rid Bollywood of the drug menace, but nothing will change. None of the celebs will serve a jail sentence.

Can you guess the celebs we are talking about? Please drop a comment or DM us on Instagram/Twitter.

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8 New Movies And Shows to Watch On OTT

Check out the latest 8 new movies and shows to watch on OTT platforms to get over the binge blues and finish this year on a happy note. The post 8 New Movies And Shows to Watch On OTT appeared first on The Opinionated Indian.

New troubles and hassles do not seem to just go away even when the curtains are finally drawing its close in 2020. However, this troublesome novelty can always be accompanied by new movies and shows to watch on OTT platforms like Amazon Prime, Netflix, Disney+Hotstar and many more for the upcoming week. Here is the list laid down for you to watch and get over your binge blues:

1. Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives:

Released on November 25 on Netflix, ‘Fabulous Wives of Bollywood Wives’, is already gaining momentum as the cameras are laid on the glamorous lives of the wives of all the influential people in Bollywood. Being an Indian reality show collection, it has been produced by Karan Johar, showcasing the lives of Neelam Kothari, Mahep Kapoor, Seema Khan and Bhavana Pandey. The show is centred on these beautiful women depicting the benefits and drawbacks that come along with being in the limelight for way too long.

2. Alien Worlds:

Streaming on Netflix from December 2, Alien Worlds is a perfect show to binge-watch for all the science fanatics. Focusing upon the existence of aliens in the cosmos, it is a concoction of science and fiction compounded with visual aids regarding the reproduction and feeding of the alien species on earth.

3. BomBhaat:

BomBhaat is a Telugu film which is supposed to release on December 3, 2020, on Amazon Prime Video. It is a must-watch for all romantic science fiction watchers. The protagonist, Vicky, burdened by his ill-fortune, is suddenly enthralled by Maya, who he thinks is his lucky charm. However, things start to go haywire for him as he unveils the real identity of Maya; a humanoid robot, who’s been on the ‘wanted’ list of ‘The Mad Scientist’.

4. Bhaag Beanie Bhaag:

All those fans of ‘Marvellous Mrs Maisel’, buckle up your seatbelts because Beanie Bhatnagar is ready to take her spot for her stand-up. ‘Bhaag Beanie Bhaag’, outlines the journey of an obedient girl called Beanie who never fails to obey her parents. But when things just move out of her control, she takes her life’s stirring wheel in her hands and sets to go on a journey of stand-up comedy. Releasing on December 4, on Netflix.

5. Bombay Rose:

Edited, designed and directed by Gitanjali Rao, the story focuses on a Mumbai girl who is faced with the moral conflict of choosing between the love of her life and her family. One of the most striking features of this animated movie is that every frame of the movie has been created by 60 different artists over 18 months. It will be released on December 4, on Netflix.

6. Mank:

Mank is a biographical drama which is to be released on Netflix, on December 4. It revolves around the life of the film writer Herman Mankiewicz and the setbacks he had to face during the filming of ‘Citizen Kane’. ‘Citizen Kane’, which was regarded as one of the marvellous and greatest films of all time, was released in 1941. ‘Mank’ has also depicted the protagonist’s feud with the director Orson Welles and has been created with monochromatic colours.

7. Sons of the Soil: Jaipur Pink Panthers:

Jaipur Pink Panthers is a professional kabaddi team, belonging to Jaipur as the name suggests and plays in the Pro Kabaddi League, a professional platform for Kabaddi League in India. The team was owned by one of the talented Bollywood actors, Abhishek Bachchan. This show is a sports documentary outlining their journey from the inception of being the first-ever champions to their downfall. The documentary will be released on December 4, on Amazon Prime Video.

8. Mulan:

Inspired from a Chinese folktale called ‘The Ballad of Mulan’, the movie is a live-action show of Disney’s 1998 classic. Hua Mulan is born in Imperial China to the parents who are finding a suitable husband for her. However, to fight the enemy, Rourans, her father is forced to enlist as Mulan does not have any brothers. Being convinced that her father faces the dearth of any survival, Mulan chooses to fight in the war as a warrior wearing her father’s armour, horse and sword. It will be released on December 4, on Disney+Hotstar.

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Alia Bhatt Buys New Flat worth Rs 32 Crore in Beau Ranbir’s Building?

It is been said that Alia will be taking Gauri Khan’s help in decorating the interior of her new flat. The post Alia Bhatt Buys New Flat worth Rs 32 Crore in Beau Ranbir’s Building? appeared first on The Opinionated Indian.

It is been said that Alia will be taking Gauri Khan’s help in decorating the interior of her new flat. Alia has purchased a new apartment in Mumbai’s Pali Hill area next to Ranbir Kapoor’s flat. Ranbir’s flat in on the 7th floor and Alia’s is on the 5th floor.

According to a report, Alia’s 2460 sq ft pad costs Rs 32 crore. Alia is currently living with her sister, Shaheen Bhatt in a building near to their parent’s house.

There are rumours that Alia and Ranbir will get hitched in 2021. They are snapped together at various occasions including their family gatherings. They recently celebrated diwali together.

Alia has also become an entrepreneur by starting her clothing line for children, Ed-a-Mamma, in October. The brand provides clothes for children from the age of 2 to 14 years. It is available on Firstcry.

Alia will be next seen in the movie Brahmastra with Ranbir. The movie also stars Amitabh Bachchan and Mouni Roy.

 

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A Brief History of Gambling in India

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Human beings have found ways to gamble since time began. There is evidence of gambling in Ancient China back in 1900BC and India is no different. The Ramayana which is believed to be written in 7300BC and the Mahabharata devote sections to gambling. Although gambling was said to be a fun pastime in the Ramayana and the Mahabharata depicted gambling as a force of destruction.

 

Ancient manuscripts tell of games played by the Kings between 2000BC and 1500BC. The scrolls tell of a game where a die or dice were used to play a game that involved winning valuable items. It is believed the dice were made from the Vibhitaka tree. Gambling was considered back then to be a convivial way to spend time and certainly not evil.

 

Horse racing became popular later and other forms of gambling arrived over the centuries. Nowadays it is online sites that are making the biggest changes to gamblng in India.

Legalised gambling

Gambling dens became legalised in the 15th century and there was at last a proper structure to the Indian gambling industry. Taxes from these gambling houses were paid to the King and many of the casino style games that Indians know today were invented during this period.

 

The next big development was sports betting. Europeans started to arrive in India and with them they brought cricket. This proved extremely popular and thousands of rupees would be bet on the outcome of these games.

Criminalisation of gambling

For the next 3 centuries gambling was at its peak especially with the enormous popularity of cricket. Then, in 1867 the British took over India and everything changed. Nearly all the gambling dens were closed down with just a few being allowed to remain open. The favourite betting games, rummy, horse racing and lotteries were made illegal.

 

However history has shown when something is made illegal it only drives the business underground. When America introduced prohibition it just created an underground market that brought more crime and problems than it solved. So it was the same in India with people finding ways to play games and gamble in houses or in the streets.

The present day in India

Gambling regulations differ across India but it is generally highly restricted with fines and jail sentences for anyone running an illegal gambling establishment and a fine for anyone entering one of these gambling dens. Many people still play illegally though and for many this is not a deterrent but just a slight risk you take. You could say it’s just another gamble.

Legal casinos

There are three states where casinos are allowed. Goa, Daman and Sikkim. The Goa, Daman and Diu Public Gambling Act, 1976 states that casinos can only be set up at 5 star hotels or on offshore vessels with prior licensing from the Government. This opened the doors to the first casino being opened in Daman with more surely to follow. There are rumours that Visakhapatnam may be the next destination to allow land based casinos. The future of gambling in India is uncertain but the gambling industry is a multi billion dollar business and many big companies are looking at ways to get a foothold in India.

Goa

One of the most popular places to go for a gambling trip is Goa. This coastal destination has attracted foreigners for decades and was part of the hippy trail in the 1960’s and 70’s. Indeed it looks like some travellers never really went home. It is not unusual to see all night parties in Goa and other things that normally you would not notice in other parts of India and it’s gambling scene is no different.

 

Goa has more casinos than any other part of India. At the time of writing there are approximately 11 in Goa. These include the Deltin Royale. This is the biggest floating casino in Goa and therefore the whole of India. It is based on the Mandovi River and has a 40,000 square foot casino spread over three floors with 800+ gaming positions for all manner of games including blackjack and wildspins. This is the closest you can get to Las Vegas in India. The luxury casino boasts a whisky lounge, live entertainment, VIP gambling rooms and a dedicated poker room.

 

There are three other floating casinos in Goa using the Mandovi River and these newest additions to the casino world are drawing many people in and away from the land based establishments.

Lottery

Lotteries are popular in many countries around the world and are usually state governed. There are currently thirteen states in India where you buy lottery tickets and five where you can buy lottery tickets online including not surprisingly, Goa. However anyone living in a state where there is no lottery is fully able to take part and purchase international lottery tickets without any fear.

Grey areas around gambling in India

The laws surrounding many gambling activities are slightly grey. There have been court cases regarding the legality of poker. It was argued that as a game of skill it should not be outlawed, however the position still remains unclear. The same can be said for sports betting. It is neither legal nor is it illegal although many street bookmakers have been arrested no online sports betting players have ever been charged.

Online casinos and gambling

Online gambling is illegal except in the state of Sikkim. Being charged for playing online is unlikely however to play safely Indians use a loophole in the law that allows access to online gaming sites if the company is based offshore. Previously online sites were only allowed if they accepted payment in rupees but that is no longer the case and many Indians play online as a form of entertainment. There are many options including sports betting, bingo, poker, slots and more.

Summary

It remains to be seen how gambling will grow in India in the future but for now online casinos are filling a gap in the market while there is no legislation in place to prevent offshore companies. Goa provides luxury casinos for those wanting a little glamour with their favourite games and no doubt people will always play games in the privacy of their homes regardless of any laws.

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