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Operation Karaoke

February 19, 2019
Asit Dixit and Umesh Patil

An investigation by Cobrapost exposes three dozen Bollywood celebrities, including famous singers, comedians and actors, willing to post messages, as their personal opinion, on social media on behalf of political parties, all for money | Read more|

Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Bollywood Playback Singer

February 19, 2019
Asit Dixit and Umesh Patil

“Facebook pe acchi-acchi cheejein karoonga, gaali nahi doonga thoda musical gaa ke you know guitar leke wo sab bahut viral hoga Modiji kee tareef mein ek gaana ki ‘Ye hee hai aur kaun hai’ (I will write good posts on Facebook. I will not abuse anybody. I will play a musical, holding a guitar, you know, and sing a | Read more|

Jackie Shroff, Bollywood Actor

February 19, 2019
Asit Dixit and Umesh Patil

Wo game hota hai apna-apna yaar … apne ko kya hai apna kaam hai hum acchi baatein hum faila rahe hain saath mein dhan bhi de rahe hain toh oopar waale se faqir kya maangta hai (That is the rule of the game, friend … I have no problem. What I am supposed to do is spread good words and you would be paying me money in | Read more|

Sunny Leonne, Model and Bollywood Actor

February 19, 2019
Asit Dixit and Umesh Patil

“Modi Sir ne Daniel ko overseas citizen banaya toh hum zaroor support karenge (We will definitely support provided Modi Sir [the BJP government] grant Daniel overseas citizen status).” | Read more|

Mika Singh, Bollywood Playback Singer and Performer

February 19, 2019
Asit Dixit and Umesh Patil

“Humne kuch bola tha Kanwaljeet ko bhi ki iske alawa kisi aur ko bhi chahiye toh main do-chaar logon se baat kar loonga … lekin pehle ek baar apna ho jaaye (I had told Kanwaljeet that if you need help I can rope in some more people … but first let me start it).” | Read more|

Vivek Oberoi, Bollywood Actor

February 19, 2019
Asit Dixit and Umesh Patil

“Ye window kya rahega … kitne mahine ke liye karna hai (What will be this window … how many months I will have to do it).” | Read more|

Shreyas Talpade, Film Actor and Director

February 19, 2019
Asit Dixit and Umesh Patil

“Toh humein kyon 30 de rahe ho yaar humein bhi thoda better do (So why are you giving me Rs. 30 lakh, friend. Give me some more better remuneration).” | Read more|

Ganesh Acharya, Film Choreographer, Actor and Director

February 19, 2019
Asit Dixit and Umesh Patil

“Kya hai matlab jaise ye nau mahine ka hai … chaar-paanch mahine ka ek aapka white ka RTGS ho jaata na toh hum log confirm ho jaate ki kaam karna hai (I mean, this contract is for nine months … see if you can arrange RTGS of the white component of four-five months together, it would confirm that I have to work fo | Read more|

Surendra Pal, TV and Film Actor

February 19, 2019
Asit Dixit and Umesh Patil

“Bas aap ye dhyan rakhiyega ki aath mahine continue rakhein ye nahi ki beech mein chhod dein aap mujhe … aur agar ho sake toh fir aath mahine ke baad bhi fir continue rakhein usko aage bhi zaroorat padegi (Please see to it that you honour the contract for eight months. Don’t leave me half way through it … and i | Read more|

Puneet Issar, Actor and Director

February 19, 2019
Asit Dixit and Umesh Patil

“Main aapse discuss kar loonga … sir ye main inki maar sakta hoon destroy kar sakta hoon kya hai wo wo we will talk the money then (I will disuses the idea then … I will tell I can screw them up, I can destroy them. So, we will talk the money [part] then).” | Read more|

Tisca Chopra, Actor, Author and Film Producer

February 19, 2019
Asit Dixit and Umesh Patil

“Teen thoda kum hain. We charge five normally. That is my normal rate (Three [lakh rupees] is somewhat on lower side. We charge five normally. That is my normal rate).” | Read more|