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India’s Bollywood the latest victim of streaming wars?



India’s Bollywood film industry has entertained billions of people – but for how much longer?

The industry is facing its biggest-ever crisis as the competition heats up in the streaming war

The South Asian giant churns out almost 2,000 films each year.

Cinemas have fallen quiet, even in Bollywood’s nerve centre of Mumbai, with box-office receipts plunging.

Bollywood is also hurt by the rise of streaming.

Around half of India’s population has access to the internet and streaming services, including international players such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+ Hotstar have 96 million subscriptions.

Movie-goers told AFP that many Bollywood films were simply not good enough.

But streaming isn’t the only rival – Telugu-language aka Tollywood movies, which is a south Indian competitor to Hindi-language Bollywood, have soared to the top.

“Bollywood, after decades of storytelling… seems to be at an inflection point unlike any other disruption it has faced before,”

State Bank of India’s chief economic adviser Soumya Kanti Ghosh in a recent report.

The Bollywood industry needs to pivot fast to maintain its large audience who are consuming their films elsewhere post-pandemic.


Kardashian denounces Balenciaga ad



After a week of silence, Kim Kardashian has denounced the controversial Balenciaga ad campaign that depicted children alongside bondage-style attire.

The ad images came under fire last week as people noticed the odd outfits sported by the child models’ stuffed animals.

Kardashian has strong ties to the luxury fashion house, and she was criticised for keeping tight-lipped about the ongoing controversy.

The 42-year-old mogul tweeted:

“I have been quiet for the past few days, not because I haven’t been disgusted and outraged by the recent Balenciaga campaigns, but because I wanted an opportunity to speak to their team to understand for myself how this could have happened.”

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Nude Britney Spears post sparks concern among fans



A nude Britney Spears post has many fans concerned about her wellbeing

Pop sensation Britney Spears is no stranger to a controversial social media post, where she openly flaunts her body.

However, her latest post to Instagram has many of her beloved followers concerned.

The 40-year-old posted an explicit photo of herself in a near-empty bathtub, with a flower emoji the only thing between the world and her private parts.

It was paired with an unusual captions that read, “I like to suck!!! Never professional pics … sucking comes easy for me!!! Keep clapping bitch!!!”

The icon has 41 million followers on the social media app, many of whom were quick to share their concerns.

Some are suggesting Spears’ account is being controlled by someone else, attempting to make her look bad.

While others backed the pop stars post, supporting her desire to be open with her body image because she struggled during her younger years in the spotlight.

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A police officer quits the force, after setting up her own porn site



A police officer describing herself “Officer Naughty” has quit the force, after setting up her own porn site.

Constable Sam Helena was suspended after an Only Fans page went viral.

She calls herself a “good girl gone bad” and has previously faced disciplinary action for sharing raunchy videos of herself.

One clip shows the officer in a navy blue corset with a police badge. But the force believes her behaviour had brought the organisation into disrepute.

A Met Police spokeswoman says it is investigating the behaviour.

It’s understood Commissioner Mark Rowley has vowed to clamp down on misconduct and misogyny in the force.

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