Mumbai, Oct 23 (IANS) Actors Gaurav Chopra and Manjari Fadnis will feature in "Devdas", a theatrical rendition of the classic novel written by iconic Bengali author Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay.
The play, a new project of AGP World production house, is directed by Saif Hyder Hasan.
Hasan said in a statement: "'Devdas' is the mother of all love stories. It is the apex of unfulfilled yet eternal love. The story has sustained itself for over 100 years and been adapted for cinema across languages for the sheer poetry and drama inherent in the story. Now on stage for the first time in all its splendour, it will move the audience by its spectacle and creativity."
Gaurav, who is excited to explore the medium of theatre, told IANS: "'Devdas' was a story that always attracted me. When AGP World and Ashvin Gidwani (the producer) offered me the role, it was something that I happily said yes to.
"I am extremely glad that this is being put together by Saif Hyder Hasan. He is a magician, and he weaves his magic. I am so glad that he is doing this because I don't know anybody else who would have done justice to this... The way that he has."
The actor added: "There is nothing that is more intense, more poignant, more tragic, more romantic and more passionate than 'Devdas' and that is the way that you have to do this. To be so immersed and so involved in something like this, I have had to put away many other shows and projects in the process. For an actor sometimes, it gets tough, but this is just a calling for me in terms of how much I have wanted to do this."
Apart from Gaurav and Manjari, the 150 minute-long play features Sunil Palwal and Smita Jayakar.
Noida, Oct 23 (IANS) The Noida police on Tuesday said they were working to nab a man, who was accused of trying to extort Rs 20 crore from Paytm founder with three others by threatening him to leak the confidential data, even as the company assured its customers that their details were protected with high-level security.
On Monday, the police arrested Sonia Dhawan, person secretary to Paytm Founder and CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma; her husband Rupak Jain; and Devendra Kumar, an employee at the company's administration department.
A fourth accused Rohit Chomal, a Kolkata resident, who is believed to have made the extortion calls from Thailand, is on the run.
Earlier, on the complaint made by Paytm Vice President Ajay Shekhar Sharma, who is the brother of the founder, a case was registered under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and Information and Technology Act against the four.
The police said that all the phone numbers concerned were under observation.
"We are minutely watching the activities on the same IP address through which the phone calls were made," a police officer said.
According to the First Information Report (FIR), Dhawan had been the personal secretary to the CEO for about 10 years and had access to all the files containing the financial data.
Paytm in its statement said, "All our consumer data is protected with the highest and most impenetrable levels of security."
"At this point, the law enforcement authorities are investigating this matter and we would like to respect the police investigation, and not comment further until the results of such investigation are known."