Mumbai: A day after the MNS-affiliated Chitrapat Karmachari Sena appealed people not to watch Shah Rukh Khan-starrer ‘Dilwale’, party chief Raj Thackeray sought to distance himself from the controversy, saying boycotting the actor’s film was not his party’s official stand. MNS Chitrapat Karmachari Sena chief Amey Khopkar had yesterday appealed to people to not watch ‘Dilwale’, which is slated to release later this week, citing ignorance on part of the actor towards farmers’ plight in Maharashtra. “Shah Rukh Khan donated Rs 1 crore for people who have been affected by Chennai (floods) tragedy. But he has forgotten drought-hit farmers of Maharashtra. This has been condemned by the Chitrapat Sena,” Thackeray said in a release issued here. “What it (Chitrapat Sena) is saying is right. Coming to Maharashtra, becoming big, earning a name for yourself and then forgetting the state is not right. He (Shah Rukh) should understand this. Nevertheless, I want to make it clear that Chitrapat Sena’s stand of boycotting the film is not an official stand of the party,” Raj further said. Khopkar had yesterday alleged that Shah Rukh has made lot of money, but has not helped farmers in distress and that when his help is needed, he is not forthcoming. One of Bollywood’s most popular on-screen pairs Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol are reuniting on the big screen in Rohit Shetty’s ‘Dilwale’, releasing on December 18. PTI


Mumbai: Ever imagined getting live feed from dance bars inside police stations in Mumbai? That appears to be a real possibility now!

The Maharashtra government has drafted new rules and regulations for dance bars in Mumbai in order to allow them to reopen.

However, some of the rules are such that dance bars will find it near impossible to function – something which the state government is inclined towards.

As per a Mumbai Mirror report, if the rules are approved, then every dance bar in the city will have to install CCTV cameras and beam the live feed to the nearest police station.

And it’s anybody’s guess once that happens, how many customers would turn up at dance bars to indulge in what they call ‘pleasure’.

It is highly unlikely that anybody would want him or her to be seen in a dance bar, that too by cops.

In October, the Supreme Court had overturned a Maharashtra government ban on dance bars, saying it violated bar dancers’ right to earn a livelihood.

The draft rules also restrict the number of dancers on the floor and also prescribe a minimum distance between the performers and the audience, meaning customers can’t dance on the floor.

Further, smoking would not be allowed inside dance bars, nor would flashing of currency notes be permitted.


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