Expectations are a perception game: Sunny Kaushal

MUMBAI, Aug 22: Sunny Kaushal, son of renowned action director Sham Kaushal, says in his struggling days he sometimes used his father’s name to introduce himself to industry people.

“I would be lying if I say no blatantly. Initially, I used to introduce myself as, ‘I am Sunny Kaushal, my father is in the industry, his name is Sham Kaushal’ but nothing happened. One day, I realised I should stop doing that and never use his name again,” Sunny told PTI. There is a lot of debate around nepotism in the industry with star children getting a preference over others but Sunny said his father was always clear about not helping him and his brother Vicky, who has already established himself as a stellar performer in the industry.

“My dad had told both Vicky and me ‘Do not expect anything from me. Though a lot of people know me in the industry and they might entertain you because of that but they will not make a film with you unless you prove yourselves’,” Sunny said recalling his father’s advice.

The actor, who was last seen in Akshay Kumar-starrer “Gold”, said going through various auditions gave him a perspective about his own father’s struggle in the industry. “I realised that instead of falling back on him, I should grow on my own,” he said. Sunny, who decided to become an actor while he was taking the exams for CA, is not worried about expectations that come from being Sunny Kaushal’s son and  Vicky Kaushal’s brother.

“Expectations are a perception game. I take it as a positive thing because my dad and brother have achieved so much in their life. So, it is obvious that people are expecting things from me. It will only push me as an actor and help me give my best.”  (PTI)



Shikha Talsania to walk for Narendra Kumar at LFW

MUMBAI, Aug 22: Actor Shikha Talsania will be turning showstopper for celebrated designer Narendra Kumar at the ongoing Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2018.

Kumar will be presenting the collection titled ‘Never Hyde’, in collaboration with leading plus size store aLL Primero on the last day of the fashion extravaganza.

“It is a new experience for me and I am excited to be walking for aLL Primero by Narendra Kumar. I appreciate aLL for their commitment towards their motto of ‘Fashion for all’,” Shikha said in a statement.

Kumar’s LFW collection offers a variety of styles like athleisure, day and evening wear.

The range is driven by multiple fabrics that are easy to wear and durable, such as ponte roma, interlock knit, jacquard, terry wool, looper knit, moss crepe and cotton linen. LFW opened today. (PTI)



CBI court allows Adarsh society to

withdraw money from its bank accounts

MUMBAI, Aug 22: A special CBI court has allowed the Adarsh Housing Society to withdraw Rs 1 crore from its bank accounts after accepting as security the plot of the 31-storey building here that is caught in a dispute over flat allotments and environmental clearance.

Special CBI Judge P K Sharma ordered for defreezing the society’s three bank accounts earlier this month, so that the applicant (the Society) can use the money for maintenance of the building and the litigation cost.

The CBI had freezed these bank accounts in January 2011 after registering a case against 14 accused, including several members of the Society.

The plush 31-storey building, located at Colaba in south Mumbai, is embroiled in a controversy since 2011 with the Centre ordering for its demolition for violating environmental norms and the Defence Ministry claiming ownership of the land where the building stands.

The CBI court accepted the bond submitted by the society, keeping the land in which the building stands as security.

“The Society’s secretary, Ramchandra Thakur, has filed certified copy of survey register showing that the land is owned by the society. This land was alloted to the society by the state of Maharashtra on payment of Rs 12.61 crore. The security is sufficient,” the court said in its order.

In March, the CBI court had refused to accept the plot as security after holding that the disputed structure stands on the same land.

The Society then approached the Supreme Court, which directed the CBI court on July 31 to accept the security of the land and release money from the bank accounts.

Earlier, the Bombay High Court had upheld in April 2016 the order passed by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forest to demolish the building.

The Society had later approached the apex court which granted an interim stay on the demolition order in July 2016, pending final hearing of its appeal. (PTI)