Entertainment news on July 22: Raj Kundra’s lawyer claims it was ‘vulgar content, not porn’

screenmixJuly 22, 2021
ent news july 22Raj Kundra’s brother-in-law Pradeep Bakshi named as a wanted. (Photo: Raj Kundra, Prashant Rai Sood/Instagram)

Actor Shilpa Shetty’s husband and businessman Raj Kundra was arrested on Monday in connection with the alleged making of pornographic films and publishing them through some mobile applications. A Mumbai court on Tuesday sent Kundra to police custody till July 23. The IT head of his company, Ryan Thorpe, was also arrested and sent to custody till July 23.

After Raj Kundra’s arrest, Shilpa Shetty skipped the shoot of her TV show Super Dancers Chapter 4. The actor is one of the judges on the Sony TV reality show. This Friday, Shilpa is supposed to make her comeback to movies with Priyadarshan’s Hungama 2, which will arrive on Disney Plus Hotstar.

Pa. Ranjith fans, meanwhile, have reason to rejoice as his period sports drama Sarpatta Parambarai, starring Arya in the lead role, has released on Amazon Prime Video. Ranjith has said Sarpatta Parambarai is an extension of his ideology like his earlier films.

“My films are an extension of my ideology. I have brought sports into the framework of political drama for this project. Be it speaking about Dalit politics or breaking the stereotypical image of subaltern culture, I have always tried to convey this important message through my movies,” Ranjith told PTI in an interview.

The investigators have learned that the pornographic clips made in India were transferred to the UK-based Kenrin, which would further upload the videos on the Hotshots app, formerly under the ownership of Armsprime Media. Kundra was a co-owner of Armsprime and after the application was sold for $25,000, he resigned from the post. An officer requesting anonymity told The Indian Express, “At the time of sale, they had an agreement that Kundra’s Viaan Industries will be taking care of Hotshots software maintenance. So in the name of software maintenance, money was sent to 13 bank accounts belonging to Viaan Industries, which were then diverted to Kundra’s personal account through some shell companies.”

Businessman Raj Kundra, arrested for allegedly creating and distributing pornographic films via mobile apps, has objected to classifying the content as pornography. Kundra’s lawyer claimed it was ‘vulgar web series content’ but cannot be classified as porn. “Police is following what web series are doing these days – vulgar content. But that’s not really classified as porn. Nothing in this remand shows that two people actually indulged in act of intercourse. If it’s not actual intercourse, it’s not classified as porn,” NDTV quoted him as saying on Tuesday.

The officials shared they will conduct forensic auditing of the bank accounts belonging to Kundra and his companies. Raj Kundra, who is married to actor Shilpa Shetty, was arrested late on Monday, five months after the pornographic scam first came to light. Nine accused were arrested early in February and subsequently chargesheeted in April.

The Mumbai Crime Branch investigating the pornographic film’s case said on Wednesday that a UK-based company, Kenrin Pvt Ltd, which had purchased the pornographic app ‘Hotshots’ in 2019, was transferring money to 13 bank accounts belonging to Raj Kundra’s Viaan Industries. The amount was subsequently transferred to Kundra’s personal account, they added. The money was being transferred on the pretext of “software maintenance”, they said.

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Actor Vishnu Vishal took to Twitter to post, “#SarpattaParambarai @arya_offl  hats offffffff to you. @beemji  what a great inspiring story you hav told. @KalaiActor and all the actors r superb. @Music_Santhosh music elevates the movie to another level. Editing,cinematography and action choreography..all top notch👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼.”

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