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News Roundup: Deepika Padukone At TIME100 Awards, KGF 2 Trailer & Will Smith’s Apology

Deepika Padukone Bestowed At TIME100 Impact Awards

Deepika Padukone is bestowed with a TIME100 Impact Award for Mental Health advocacy. Marking her second felicitation, at the ceremony, the superstar was accompanied by partner Ranveer Singh in Dubai. “Little did I imagine that 20 years hence, I’d be standing here this evening at the TIME100 Impact Awards,” Padukone says. “For all the times I’ve felt lost, confused or disappointed, it is recognitions such as these that remind me that I am indeed on the right path. At least, for the most part, validate my whole belief of living a life that is driven by purpose, authenticity, and mindfulness.” After fighting depression, Deepika launched LiveLoveLaugh Foundation in 2015. The organisation provides avenues for mental health resources and funds further research. It also offers benefits such as free counselling and psychiatric support. There is also a training program that helps primary care doctors better identify and treat mental health conditions.

KGF: Chapter 2 Trailer Launches

KGF: Chapter 2 trailer launches amidst tremendous fanfare on the 27th of March at a grand special event in Bengaluru. Bollywood director/producer Karan Johar turning host and both Raveena Tandon and Sanjay Dutt too flying down to the Garden City for the event. The high-octane drama follows Rocky Bhai’s journey to the throne as comes face-to-face with his biggest nemesis, Adheera (played by Dutt). Sanjay, making his grand Kannada debut with the role, seems quite in his element as the baddie. Tandon returns to Kannada cinema after two long decades looks discerning and dynamic as Ramika Sen. Superstar Yash returns as Rocky. Homable Films, AA Films and Excel Entertainment are backing. The picture releases on April 14.

Will Smith Issues Public Apology For Chris Rock Assault

 

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Will Smith issues a public apology to Chris Rock after he slapped him at the Oscars. He cites that his behaviour was “unacceptable and inexcusable”. “I would like to publicly apologise to you, Chris,” he said in a statement. “I was out of line and I was wrong.” The note also reads: “Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behaviour at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally.” The statement concludes with Smith saying “I am a work in progress.” This defence comes after the Oscars film academy condemned Smith over the incident and announced a formal review. The star slapped Rock in the face on stage after the comic made a joke about the actor’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. Rock mocked Pinkett Smith’s shaved head, due to the hair-loss condition alopecia. Shortly after, Smith picked up the first Oscar of his career for playing the father of tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams in King Richard.

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