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“Will Chavan also claim Congress, hand symbol?” jibes Sanjat Raut; Fadnavis says, ‘Aage aage dekhiye hota hain kya’

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], February 12 (ANI): Taking a dig at Ashok Chavan who resigned from Congress on Monday, Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) leader Sanjay Raut wondered whether now the former Mahrasthra Chief Minister would stake a claim on the grand old party and its ‘hand’ symbol.

Drawing parallels with Maharashtra chief minister Eknath Shinde (Shiv Sena) and his deputy Ajit Pawar (Nationalist Congress Party) who after splitting from their respective parties staked and won their claim to the Sena party symbol, Raut said that such a scenario was possible.

“I can’t believe it. Till yesterday they were together, discussing; today he left… Will Chavan, like Eknath Mindhe and Ajit Pawar, now claim Congress and take the ‘hand’ symbol? And will the Election Commission give them to him? Anything can happen in our country!,” Raut said in a post on X.

Meanwhile Congress MP Manickam Tagore shared a snippet from the classic Hindi movie ‘Sholay’, in which Gabbar Singh, the character played by actor Amjad Khan is seen saying “Jo dhar gaya, sanjo mar gaya” (Whoever is afraid is considered dead). “True”, wrote the Congress leader tagging Chavan’s August 2023 post in which the former state congress chief expressed gratitude on being chosen as a member of the Congress Working Committee (CWC).

Amid speculations that Chavan could join the BJP, Maharashtra Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis said, “Several tall leaders of other parties want to join BJP. Especially, several Congress leaders are in touch with us because of the behaviour of the senior leaders. They are feeling suffocated in their party. Who all are in our contact that will be revealed soon. Aage aage dekhiye hota hain kya.”Earlier in the day, Chavan submitted his resignation from the Congress party’s primary membership to Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee president Nana Patole.

Also, in a post on X, Chavan announced his resignation as MLA from Maharashtra Assembly.

“Today i.e. on Monday, February 12, 2024, I have tendered my resignation as Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) from 85-Bhokar Assembly Constituency to the Assembly Speaker Rahulji Narvekar,” Chavan said on the social media platform X.

Chavan who represents Bhokar, Nanded as an MLA was reported to have severe differences with state party chief Nana Patole.

Chavan is the third big name to desert the Congress ship in Maharashtra following the exit of former South Mumbai MP Milind Deora and former MLA Baba Siddique.

The former MPCC president has also served as MP of Lok Sabha from 1987 to 1989 and was re-elected to the lower house in May 2014. He was the Vice President and General Secretary of the Maharashtra Pradesh Youth Congress Committee during the period 1986 to 1995.

He served the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly for three terms starting 1999 till May 2014.

He has served as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra state from December 8, 2008, to November 9, 2010. On November 9, 2010, the Congress Party asked him to resign from office over corruption allegations relating to the Adarsh Housing Society scam.In the 2014 general elections, Chavan was elected from the Nanded constituency but lost the seat in 2019 Pratap Patil Chikhalikar of the BJP.

Chavan is the son of Shankarrao Chavan, a former Chief Minister of Maharashtra and Union Home Minister. (ANI)

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Here are some glimpses of Anant-Radhka’s pre-wedding

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Jamnagar (Gujarat) [India], March 3 (ANI): Bollywood celebrities, sports personalities, and other guests are having a gala time in the pre-wedding festivities of Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant in Jamnagar.

Several videos and pictures from the event went viral on social media.

Mega superstar Amitabh Bachchan can be seen having a conversation with Mukesh Ambani.

Actors Aditya Roy Kapoor can be seen happily posing with Ananya Panday and Ranbir Kapoor.

Superstar Shah Rukh Khan and Rihana can be seen dancing with each other.

The Kapoor fam including Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Kareena Kapoor are all smiles and pose for shutterbugs.

Soon parents-to-be Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone could be seen exuding major couple goals with their stylish looks.

The ‘Gully Boy’ actor looked dapper as he wore an all-white suit. He opted for a heavy beard and accessorized his look with black and red shades.

Deepika, on the other hand, looked gorgeous in an all-black cut-sleeve dress. She tied her hair with a black ribbon and accessorized her look with statement jewelry.

Actor Disha Patani looks gorgeous in a black dress.

Star couple Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia Deshmukh exude royal couple vibes.

Riteish wore a white tuxedo while Genelia opted for a black gown with a chic necklace and a bun.

Actor Suniel Shetty with his wife Mana Shetty can be seen posing happily for the cameras.

SRK looks handsome and can be seen posing for a picture with his wife Gauri Khan and children Suhana Khan and AbRam Khan.

Alia and Janhvi look stunning in their outfits. Alia turned heads in a blue embellished shimmery off-shoulder bodycon gown and Janhvi wore a shimmery silver dress with minimal makeup.

In another pic, Bebo is seen posing with actors Sonam Kapoor and Alia Bhatt at the gala event.

Several videos and pictures from the gala night went viral on social media.

Day 1 of the festivities witnessed a special drone show followed by a splendid performance by pop sensation Rihanna.

Day 2 was filled with electrifying performances of celebrities and other cute moments from the event.Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Sidharth Malhotra, Kiara Advani, Saif Ali Khan, Varun Dhawan, Anil Kapoor, Sara Ali Khan, Ibrahim Ali Khan, Ananya Panday and Aditya Roy Kapur. Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt are also attending the mega bash.

Founder and chairperson of Reliance Foundation, Nita Ambani spoke about the pre-wedding function of her son, Anant Ambani, with Radhika Merchant.

She shared the relevance of art and culture and how she is “passionate” about it, saying, “Throughout my life I have been inspired by arts and culture. It has deeply moved me and I am very passionate about it.”While talking about her son’s wedding she mentioned, “When it came to my youngest son Anant’s wedding with Radhika, I had two important wishes – first, I wanted to celebrate our roots…Jamnagar holds a special place in our hearts and has a profound significance. Gujarat is where we come from, it’s where Mukesh and his father built the refinery and I started my career by converting this arid and desert-like area into a lush green township and a vibrant community.”(ANI)

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Experts at Xposure 2024 showcase next era of technical screen marvels on how we make, see films

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SHARJAH, 3rd March, 2024 (WAM) — This weekend, the Xposure International Photography Festival hosted an exciting panel discussion themed “The Unreal Future of Film”, where leading film industry figures delved into the realm of virtual production, Extended Reality (XR), and the innovative Unreal Engine, the world’s most open and advanced real-time 3D creation tool for photoreal visuals and immersive experiences.

The session offered a unique glimpse into the cutting-edge technologies shaping the future of storytelling and content creation. The filmmakers and industry executives on the panel, each with a wealth of experience and insights, included Olivier Geyhsen, a filmmaker and XR artist known for his pioneering work integrating technology into storytelling; Siraj Jhaveri, a director with over three decades of experience, known for his dynamic visual style; Bartosz Jankowski, an experienced producer and screenwriter specialising in audiovisual event production and Virtual Production technology; and Bora Batur, a production designer with nearly two decades of experience in visual storytelling and set design.

The session kicked off with an exploration of virtual production, with Jhaveri providing insights into merging the physical and digital worlds. Discussing the process, he highlighted the ability to create immersive environments where the physical meets the digital seamlessly. “Virtual elements are added to existing footage, allowing for changes in not only specific objects, but settings, backgrounds and locations,” Jhaveri said.

Geyhsen highlighted the opportunities presented by virtual production, letting filmmakers transport audiences to previously unimaginable worlds. “Virtual production enables ‘shooting’ in locations that don’t exist in real life. Places that are difficult to access can be reconstructed in 3D. This opens possibilities for ‘shooting’ in multiple venues within a short timeframe,” he said.

Jankowski shed light on the technical aspects of virtual production, particularly the importance of meticulous planning and efficient execution. Virtual production can be cost-effective but needs thorough pre-production, he said. “Pre-production is crucial in determining the feasibility of shooting in virtual production. While it is possible to shoot most things using VP, the level of pre-production planning varies depending on the project’s requirements,” he noted.

Batur highlighted how virtual production is redefining the traditional filmmaking pipeline. The art department must be involved early in the process – rather than at the post-production stage – to ensure seamless integration between the physical and virtual elements. “Decisions that used to be made at the end of production are now happening earlier, requiring changes in workflow and personnel. Seamless collaboration between departments is crucial for success,” Batur said.

Jhaveri pointed out that “many shots involve computer-generated (CG) elements, requiring extensive pre-production to ensure everything runs smoothly during the shoot. This additional pre-production time is essential for successful virtual production. There is also a latency period as new technologies emerge, so we are playing a catch-up game here – as soon as we have one technology we are using on stage, there is another one being released.”

All four filmmakers agreed on collaboration and communication in virtual production, particularly the need for a standardised pre-visualisation process and the growing potential of AI technology in streamlining production workflows. “AI could become a standard tool in virtual production workflows, streamlining processes and enhancing efficiency,” Jankowski said.

But despite technological advancements, storytelling remains the focus, Batur pointed out.

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Kiara, Diljit, Kareena shake leg at Anant-Radhika’s pre-wedding festivities

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Jamnagar (Gujarat) [India], March 3 (ANI): The pre-wedding festivities of Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant have already presented many star-studded reunions and gatherings in Jamnagar.

On Day 2 of the festivities on Saturday, actors Kiara Advani and Kareena Kapoor were joined by Diljit Dosanjh at the dance stage in what created a ‘reunion’ of their 2019 movie ‘Good Newwz’.

Kiara took to Instagram stories and shared a video of the three shaking legs together.

“The Good News Reunion”, Kiara captioned her story, accompanied with a hug and heart emoji.

The ‘Shershah’ actor tagged Kareena Kapoor and Diljit Dosanjh. She also mentioned Akshay Kumar, who was not present at the event on Saturday.

“Missing Akshay sir”, she added.

Several videos and pictures from the Saturday gala night went viral on social media.

Day 2 was filled with electrifying performances of celebrities and other cute moments from the event.

Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Sidharth Malhotra, Kiara Advani, Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Varun Dhawan, Anil Kapoor, Sara Ali Khan, Ibrahim Ali Khan, Ananya Panday and Aditya Roy Kapur, Rani Mukerji are also attending the mega bash.

Famous sports personalities like MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma, and Sachin Tendulkar arrived to attend the celebrations.

Day 1 of the festivities witnessed a special drone show followed by a splendid performance by pop sensation Rihanna.

‘Good Newwz’ movie, directed by Raj Mehta released in 2019. The movie performed well at the box office and garnered over Rs 200 crores.

Meanwhile, on the work front, Kiara Advani has joined the cast of famous ‘Don’ franchise, which is being rebooted with Ranveer Singh in the lead. The movie is expected to hit the big screens in 2025.

Kareena Kapoor on the other hand, will be seen in the movie ‘Crew’ where she is starring with Tabu, and Kriti Sanon as the roles of “bada” air hostesses. It will release on March 29.

Diljit Dosanjh will be starring as the titular lead in Imtiaz Ali directorial ‘Amar Singh Chamkila’. The movie will release on Netflix on April 12. (ANI)

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