Ajay Devgn Postpones The Last Leg Of Shooting For His Directorial Debut Mayday

href=”author/pallavi-manoj”>Pallavi Manoj , 10 Apr 2021Ajay Devgn (Source: Instagram | @kajol)

The covid cases in India are increasing day by day while there are reports that suggest some vaccination centres have run out of vaccines. As more and more actors contract the virus, more shoots are being stalled. Maharashtra especially has gone into lockdown once again. Amidst all this, Ajay Devgn has decided to hold of the final stint of the Mayday shoot to a later date keeping his crew’s safety in mind. Despite the pandemic, Ajay has successfully shot major parts of his directorial debut Mayday that stars Amitabh Bachchan and Rakul Preet.

According to the original plan, Ajay and his crew were supposed to head to Doha towards the end of April for a three-day schedule but due to the Covid surge in India, the actor has postponed this bit. Mayday is an aviation drama based on a 2015 incident of a Doha-Kochi flight that has a close shave due to poor visibility and has to be diverted to another airport in South India. The portion in Doha was supposed to be shot with the limited crew in a bio bubble. Doha has also layer down strict travel restrictions at the moment hence strengthening Ajay’s resolve at the moment, according to a report in Mid Day.

We hope he is able to complete the shooting of the film and bring the movie to fruition.

Neena Gupta Joins The Cast Of Amitabh Bachchan-Rashmika Mandanna Starrer ‘Goodbye’

href=”author/shubanka-sridhar”>Shubanka Sridhar , 06 Apr 2021Neena Gupta, Amitabh Bachchan (Source: Instagram | @balajimotionpictures, @amitabhbachchan)

Rashmika Mandanna is all set to make her Bollywood debut with the film ‘Mission Majnu’ opposite Sidharth Malhotra. She also has another film titled ‘Goodbye‘, where she is set to share screen space opposite Amitabh Bachchan.

Yes, it sure is a going to be interesting seeing the South-Indian actress alongside the legendary Big B. The two have started shooting for their portions together in Mumbai yesterday. Just today, another cast member of the film was revealed and it is none other than Neena Gupta!

While the two actors have been acting for decades now, this will be the first time they will be sharing screen space together. Balaji Motion Pictures took to their social media to announce the news and wrote, “Can’t keep calm because Neena Gupta has joined team #Goodbye portraying the role of Amitabh Bachchan’s wife in the film.”

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We’ll, this sure is super exciting news and to see Amit Ji and Neena Ji — two absolutely talented and revered artists — is going to be a treat!

Goodbye is set to be directed by Vikas Bahl and will be produced by Ekta Kapoor‘s Balaji Motion Pictures and Reliance Entertainment. I sure cannot wait to know more about this one! What about you guys?

Deepika Padukone Announces ‘The Intern’ Alongside Amitabh Bachchan In A New Poster

href=”author/shubanka-sridhar”>Shubanka Sridhar , 05 Apr 2021Announcement poster of The Intern; Deepika Padukone and Amitabh Bachchan in the poster of Piku (Source: Instagram | @deepikapadukone)

Last year, it was announced that the official Indian remake of the 2015 Hollywood film, The Intern was in the works. The film revolves around a young and driven entrepreneur (Anne Hathaway) and a 70-year-old retired gentleman (Robert De Niro) who starts a senior internship program under her and how they develop an unlikely and heartwarming friendship. The Indian adaptation was set to star Deepika Padukone alongside the late actor, Rishi Kapoor.

A few days ago, we had written about reports that suggested that Amitabh Bachchan has been approached to step into Rishi Kapoor’s shoes. Today, Deepika took to her Instagram to share the official announcement about Amitabh joining the film. Sharing a poster with hers and Mr. Bachchan’s silhouettes, with their names in bold, DP wrote, “What an absolute honour to be collaborating with one of my most special co-star again!”

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This is not the first time Mr. Bachchan and Deepika will be coming together on screen. They have been loved by audiences all over for having played the eccentric and loveable father-daughter duo in Shoojit Sircar‘s Piku. Well, I am super excited for my favourite ‘Piku‘ duo to come together for this heartwarming films, again, one of my favourites!

The intern is presented by Athena and Warner Bros. Pictures (India). It is set to be directed by Amit Ravindernath Sharma and produced by Sunir Kheterpal and Deepika. It is slated to release in the summer of 2022.

Theatrical Release Of Akshay Kumar’s ‘Sooryavanshi’ Reportedly Delayed Yet Again

href=”author/shubanka-sridhar”>Shubanka Sridhar , 31 Mar 2021Akshay Kumar In The Sooryavanshi Poster (Source: Instagram | @itsrohitshetty)

The COVID-19 pandemic brought a lot of things around us to a pause last year, this time. As for the team of Rohit Shetty‘s Sooryavanshi, the film’s theatrical release was pushed indefinitely due to the shutting down of theatres as a precautionary measure.

Now, given the industry is slowly getting back to work and theatres were allowed to function with 50-100% capacity in many cities, the makers of Sooryavanshi and other films announced revised release dates of their films. The Akshay Kumar-Katrina Kaif starrer was all set to release this April 30th, 2021.

But now, the sudden spike in the COVID-19 cases in the past few days in Maharashtra especially, night shows have been stopped and night curfews have been put in place. The general uncertainty and people’s safety concerns have forced theatres to hold the release of such a big-budget film, thus further postponing the film’s release indefinitely.

A Times Of India report states that the director, Rohit, refused to go for an OTT release last year, and even now is reportedly still contemplating it. The report further states that they could go for a simultaneous theatrical and OTT release or have an OTT release 14 days post theatrical release.

What the makers will finally decide is something we need to wait and watch. Apart from Sooryavanshi, Amitabh Bachchan‘s Chehre is also another film whose theatrical release has been pushed indefinitely.

Amitabh Bachchan To Reportedly Star Alongside Deepika Padukone In The Intern Remake

href=”author/shubanka-sridhar”>Shubanka Sridhar , 19 Mar 2021Deepika Padukone; Amitabh Bachchan (Source: Instagram | @deepikapadukone, @amitabhbachchan)

Last year, we heard some super exciting news about Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro‘s 2015 film ‘The Intern’ getting an official Hindi remake. Deepika Padukone and Rishi Kapoor were set to play the lead cast, but due to veteran actor Rishi Kapoor’s unfortunate demise, the makers of the film put it on hold.

Now, news is that Amitabh Bachchan is set to reprise Robert De Niro’s role as a retired gentleman who decides to intern in a new-age digital company that is headed by Deepika Padukone’s character.

Bollywood Hungama quotes a source as saying that Rishi Ji’s death had caused the film to be put on hold and the makers had to re-analyse the casting. Now, the source adds that they have finally zeroed in on Amitabh Bachchan and that talks are on to finalise the dates with the cast members.

We all loved DP and Amit Ji‘s magical and effortless camaraderie in Piku, amirite? This time around, we know they are stepping into two characters who are also attached by a lovely, sweet bond and I cannot wait to see the magic they create on-screen together!

The Trailer Of Amitabh Bachchan-Emraan Hashmi’s ‘Chehre’ Is Out

href=”author/shubanka-sridhar”>Shubanka Sridhar , 18 Mar 2021Chehre Trailer

When it comes to Amitabh Bachchan, trust him to always pick some really intriguing films and stories, amirite? His upcoming film titled ‘Chehre‘ is one such. Co-starring Emraan Hashmi, the film is directed by Rumi Jafry and produced by Anand Pandit.

The film, set around the snowy, cold and hilly terrains of the north, is centred around the retired lawyer Amitabh Bachchan’s (who plays a retired lawyer) mountain home, where a successful, ad agency executive (played by Emraan) takes shelter owing to a dangerous snow storm. It is here that he learns that Amitabh and his veteran mates are a group with a penchant for a real life game of Clue. They talk him into a game as well, which seems interesting at first, but only goes on to trap and mess up his life. This game opens up thrilling and suspenseful plots which the trailer showed glimpses of and it seems like one edge-of-the-seat watch.

Check out the trailer:

The film also stars Krystle D’Souza, Siddhanth Kapoor, Annu Kapoor, Dhritiman Chatterjee, Rhea Chakraborty and Raghubir Yadav in pivotal roles.

This is the first time that Mr. Bachchan and Emraan will be sharing screen space and I super excited to see them and the entire ensemble cast in this film weave some magic and mystery on big screen. Chehre will release on the 9th of April, 2021.

Amitabh Bachchan, Sidharth Malhotra & Akshaye Khanna’s Aankhen 2 To Reportedly Kick off In May

href=”author/shubanka-sridhar”>Shubanka Sridhar , 24 Feb 2021Sidharth Malhotra, Amitabh Bachchan and Akshaye Khanna (Source: Instagram | @sidmalhotra, @amitabhbachchan)

The legendary Amitabh Bachchan has given us some iconic performances and films that have managed to stay with us still. One such film of his is the 2002 film, Aankhen, where he played a blind mastermind called Vijay Singh Rajput who successfully takes on a bank heist along with two other blind men played by Akshay Kumar and Arjun Rampal.

Now, he is set to come back with the sequel to the film titled Aankhen 2. Directed by Abinay Deo, the film will also star Sidharth Malhotra and Akshaye Khanna. News was that Sunil Grover has also joined the cast. According to an article in Mid-Day, the makers are intending to kick start the first schedule of the film this May.

About the shoot starting soon, a source tells the publication:

The heist in Aankhen 2 is being planned on a grander scale. The temperamental Vijay Singh Rajput returns after serving his prison sentence and leads a new team of visually-impaired people, played by Sidharth, Akshaye and Sunil, as they rob a gaming establishment. Considering the story is set abroad, the unit has done recce in the UK and Bulgaria. If all goes well, the three actors will kick off the first schedule from May 20 with Bachchan joining them later.

The source also adds that Sidharth is currently shooting for Mission Majnu in Lucknow and will begin prep for Aankhen 2 from mid-April before starting shoot in May.

Previously in 2016, the sequel was announced with Amit Ji, Anil Kapoor and Arshad Warsi along with Regina Cassandra. But the film didn’t take off then.

When Mid-Day contacted director Abhinay Deo, he confirmed that the film and main cast including Amit Ji, Sidharth and Akshaye are confirmed, but that he cannot comment on anything else as they are not very sure of the shoot schedules.

I sure am excited to see this interesting cast come together in this sequel! What about you guys?

Emraan Hashmi Says It Is A Fact That The Film Industry Is ‘Fake’

href=”author/shubanka-sridhar”>Shubanka Sridhar , 23 Feb 2021Emraan Hashmi (Source: Instagram | @therealemraanhashmi)

Emraan Hashmi has been in the film industry for many years now and has managed to carve out a space for himself. But ask him about why he has always distanced him from the industry and if it actually a ‘fake’ place like people often accuse it to be, he agreed it was and spoke about why he stays away from the industry when not working.

Speaking to radio host Siddharth Kannan, the actor said that it has been his “work ethic” to distance himself from the industry apart from when he is working. Ask if he feels the industry is ‘fake’, he agrees and says that people here hype each other up in front of you and then tear you down from behind.

About it being a ‘fake place’, he adds:

Aisa toh hai (It is a fact). There are no two ways about it. That is the truth of our industry. But it is not just because of that. I think a person’s life should be more than just their profession.

Apart from being conscious of having a life outside of his profession, he says that his family and friends have been of great help to keep him grounded. He shares that none of his close friends have anything to do with the film industry and keeping this distance from the industry after spending so much time on sets keeps his sanity intact. Emraan also says that their criticism is something he enjoys, and gives him a ‘realistic perspective’ about his work.

Emraan is currently gearing up for two back-to-back releases. He is set to star in Sanjay Gupta’s gangster drama, Mumbai Saga which will release on March 19, 2021. The film also stars John Abraham, Kajal Agarwal, Mahesh Manjrekar, Suniel Shetty, Prateik Babbar, Rohit Roy, Gulshan Grover and Amole Gupte. He also has Chehre directed by Rumi Jafry which also stars Amitabh Bachchan, Krystle D’Souza, Annu Kapoor, Drithiman Chatterjee and Raghubir Yadav. The film is releasing on April 30, 2021.

Deepika Padukone Shuts Down An Abusive Troll With A Befitting Reply

href=”author/avya-sharma”>Avya Sharma , 13 Feb 2021Deepika Padukone (Source: Instagram | @deepikapadukone)

Social media abuse is not new to the Bollywood actors, however, only a few of them choose to call the trolls out. Actress Deepika Padukone is one of them. She called out one of the trolls who over and over again sent her abuses through direct messaging on her Instagram handle.

Taking to her Instagram stories, Deepika encircled his messages and wrote— “Wow! Your family & friends must be soo proud of you.” She has now deleted the story.

Have a look at the story here—Deepika Padukone’s Instagram Story (Source: Instagram | @deepikapadukone)

On the professional front, Deepika has a busy year. The actress will be seen in Shakun Batra’s untitled next which also stars Siddhant Chaturvedi and Ananya Panday.

She also has an untitled film with Amitabh Bachchan and Prabhas. Deepika is also awaiting the release of 83 where she stars opposite her husband Ranveer Singh.

The gorgeous actress will also unite with Hrithik Roshan for the first time ever for Siddharth Anand’s action adventure, “Fighter”.

Apart from these, she also has Shah Rukh Khan‘s much anticipated project Pathan, which also stars John Abraham. Pathan will mark SRK’s first outing in films after Zero which released in 2018.

Amitabh Bachchan Shoots For MayDay At The Iconic Deewar Location

href=”author/shubanka-sridhar”>Shubanka Sridhar , 08 Feb 2021Amitabh Bachchan; the location (Source: Instagram | @amitabhbachchan)

Amitabh Bachchan recently started shoot for Ajay Devgn‘s MayDay. The shoot is happening in Mumbai, and Amit Ji just took to his social media today to share a little trivia about the location they were shooting in today.

The actor shared that the shooting of MayDay brought him to the same spot where he shot an iconic scene in his famous film Deewar opposite Shashi Kapoor 42 years ago. Big B was seen donning a dapper black suit sharing a picture of himself alongside the location, he wrote a nostalgic caption.

The caption read:

Looking back on time .. see that arch in the stone building at the back .. in a shadow loop .. Police Officer Shashi Kapoor shoots his brother Vijay in DEEWAR at that spot in film .. today shooting same place for MAYDAY… 42 years later… Deewar made in 1979 to today 2021…Been a while.

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We also spotted Ajay Devgn and Rakulpreet Singh on sets. Ajay is set to direct the film as well as star in it. It will the first time he will be directing Mr. Bachchan, while they have started together in films like Satyagraha, Major Sahab, Khakhee and Hindustan Ki Kasam.

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Ajay is set to play a pilot in the film, while Rakulpreet will be playing the role of a co-pilot. Mr. Bachchan’s role has been kept under wraps for now. Angira Dhar and YouTuber Carry Minati are also part of the cast of this edge-of-the-seat drama.

‘In My Last Three Films, The Sets Were Plastic-Free’ — Bhumi Pednekar

href=”author/shubanka-sridhar”>Shubanka Sridhar , 29 Jan 2021BhumI Pednekar

Actress Bhumi Pednekar has always been an environmentally conscious citizen who has taken it upon herself to raise awareness about climate conservation. She has also launched her own online and offline initiative called Climate Warrior. Now, she has taken an opportunity to also mention her industry, which has also come forward to raise awareness about climate conservation and zero-waste.

On World Environment Day last year, Bollywood celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Anushka Sharma, etc came forward for Bhumi’s ‘One Wish For The Earth’ initiative and urged everyone to plant more trees and do their bit to take care of their environment. Last Diwali, Bhumi wished her industry by sending her colleagues saplings that they could plant in their homes.

Bhumi says that it is not just her fraternity coming forward to support her initiative, but that the entire mindset of people in the industry has also shifted for the better.

She shares:

My last three films, the sets were plastic-free. There was no use of single-use plastic. The crew were using steel water bottles. These are very productive steps, because the kind of garbage that is like – that comes out of a film set is large. And this is a conversation that I have with most of my film teams.

She goes on to add:

Another thing that I talk to the team with is about wastage of food and the industry is doing whatever it can to ensure this doesn’t happen on sets. Like, for example, on Durgamati, because that was my last project that I shot for before the pandemic, all the excess food was distributed in a very hygienic way to people who are less fortunate. There were extra meals cooked on set that we could distribute to people. It was a completely pet bottle-free set. So, these are the productive changes that we have to bring about.

This sure is a great step in the right direction, don’t you guys think? Kudos to you, Bhumi!

On the work front, Bhumi will next be seen in the film Badhaai Do opposite Rajkummar Rao, which is a follow-up film to Badhaai Ho. She is currently shooting for the film in Dehradun.

Carry Minati Says He Wishes He Had A Superpower To Stop Rapes In Our Country

href=”author/shubanka-sridhar”>Shubanka Sridhar , 28 Jan 2021Ajey Nagar a.k.a CarryMinati (Source: CarryMinati)

Carry Minati a.k.a Ajey Nagar is one YouTuber who always speaks his mind when it comes to the things he believes in. Be it his funny skits or his roasts and diss tracks, he has risen to become a well-known name.

Recently, in conversation with Kareena Kapoor Khan on the latest episode of her radio show, Dabur Amla Aloe Vera What Women Want Season 3 on Filmy Mirchi, Carry Minati shared his views on the safety of women on the internet

The YouTube creator, who has over 28 million subscribers on his channel, says that female content creators face a lot of backlash and trolling in the online space. He adds that he sees ladies themselves trolling the female creators in their comments section, hinting that their own kind are not supportive of each other. When asked about how he is also sometimes referred to as an ‘online bully’ because if his roasts on people, he clarifies that whoever he has roasted until now, it has always been with their permission and not otherwise.

Speaking about it to Bebo, he also shares that if he had to have one superpower, that would be to help stop rapes from happening in our country.

Here is the link to the entire episode:

This sure was a dream superpower to have in a country like ours where women’s safety is one of our most prevalent issues.

On the work front, Carry is all set to make his Bollywood debut with Ajay Devgn‘s MayDay alongside Ajay and Amitabh Bachchan. He is set to play a fictionalised version of himself in it and I sure am looking forward to seeing him in it.

The Makers Of Gangubai Kathiawadi Build An Outdoor Set For Rally Sequences With Alia Bhatt

href=”author/avya-sharma”>Avya Sharma , 13 Jan 2021Alia Bhatt in Gangubai Kathiawadi (Source: Instagram | @aliaabhatt)

Over the past few months, filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali has been shooting his passion project, Gangubai Kathiawadi, in the late hours of the night. Now that the shooting of the night schedule of the Alia Bhatt-starrer is done, the filmmaker is eager to kick-start the day stint that will cover a crucial part in Gangubai Kothewali’s life. According to a report by MidDay, the production design team has erected an additional set, close to the existing set-up at the studio in Goregaon.

The publication quoted a source as saying—

The upcoming stint will apparently focus on early 1960 when those living in the vicinity of Kamathipura wanted the red-light belt evacuated. Gangubai had spearheaded the movement against the evacuation of sex workers. The film’s team has erected a small set at Joker Maidan in Film City, complete with a dais and a wide-open space for rallies, as Alia’s character will be seen delivering speeches and hosting marches.

Alia Bhatt was supposed to shoot the sequences last week, however, the plan was ruined by the unexpected rain in the city.

Apart from ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’, Alia will be seen romancing boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor in ‘Brahmastra’. Helmed by Ayan Mukerji, the film also stars Amitabh Bachchan, Nagarjuna, Dimple Kapadia and Mouni Roy in pivotal roles. The actress also has Rajamouli’s ‘RRR’ and ‘Takht’ with Karan Johar in her kitty.

Amitabh Bachchan & Sidharth Malhotra To Work Together On Screen For Aankhein 2

href=”author/pallavi-manoj”>Pallavi Manoj , 09 Jan 2021Amitabh Bachchan and Sidharth Malhotra (Source: Instagram | @srbachchan & @sidmalhotra)

Sequels to your favourite movies are somethings you may either love or hate. There’s no in-between. But, that’s never stopped Bollywood from making sequels after sequels and many have even become successful. And another one that has been in the making for three years and has created quite a buzz is Aankhein 2. The film has gone through various changes just in casting. The initial plan was to make it with Amitabh Bachchan, Anil Kapoor, and others. But later there was news about Saif Ali Khan and Jacqueline Fernandez being cast as leads.  Then, the film went to Big B and Kartik Aaryan. But nothing seemed to work out.

Now the latest buzz according to a report in Bollywood Hungama has it that the film has gone to Sidharth Malhotra. While Sr. Bachchan has already said yes to the project, it remains to be seen if he will be playing the main villain or the protagonist. But reports suggest that Sidharth will play a blind man. The new movie will have the same essence as the previous one but will be a completely original script.

The movie was delayed due to the legal issues it got involved in. The producers planned to pay Gaurang Doshi a certain sum and go ahead without him. This will be the first time we see Sidharth with the legendary Mr. Bachchan. This should be an exciting film to watch out for. Don’t you think?

Actor Satish Shah Reveals That He Had Tested COVID-19 Positive

href=”author/shubanka-sridhar”>Shubanka Sridhar , 10 Aug 2020Satish Shah (Source: Twitter | @sats45)

Just a few days ago, news of Amitabh Bachchan tested negative for the coronavirus and was discharged from the hospital. Just this weekend, Abhishek Bachchan also made his way home after testing negative. Now, we got news of the Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai actor, Satish Shah, also having tested positive for COVID-19.

Speaking to PTI, the veteran actor said:

I am absolutely well now. As per protocol, I have to quarantine myself till August 11. I had developed fever which I suppressed by taking medicines. But then I was asked to get myself tested and the result turned out to be positive. I got admitted into the hospital immediately.

Advising everyone to do the same, he says that it was good he went to the hospital because his health was monitored round the clock so as to avoid complications. He also assures that there is nothing to be afraid of. his only concern for the 69-year-old actor was his age, but he says he is glad he has passed all the obstacles and is healthy again.

Taking to his social media account today, he thanked the medical heath professionals and the staff of Lilawati Hospital in Mumbai for ‘restoring’ his health back to life and called them ‘angels’.

Here is his tweet:

#Lilawatihospital can’t thank the angels in there enough for restoring my health back to normal. God bless u all.

— satish shah (@sats45) August 9, 2020

We are so glad Satish Ji is doing well now and recovered. Here’s wishing him lots of strength!

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Her Daughter Aaradhya Bachchan Test Negative For Covid-19

href=”author/pallavi-manoj”>Pallavi Manoj , 27 Jul 2020Aaradhya Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

It came as a shock to many when the Bachchan’s tested positive for the coronavirus. Nobody could understand how the virus reached their home. Especially since everyone close to them got tested and were found negative. It was Amitabh Bachchan who was first tested positive, followed by Abhishek Bachchan and then Aishwarya Rai and Aaradhya. Initially, only Amitabh and Abhishek were shifted to the hospital while Ash and Aaradhya chose to home quarantine.

But after a few days both Ash and Aaradhya were admitted as Ash complained of slight breathlessness. But today we’ve got the good news that both Ash and Aaradhya have been discharged. Abhishek took to inform of the happy news through an official statement.

He said:

Thank you all for your continued prayers and good wishes. Indebted forever. 🙏🏽
Aishwarya and Aaradhya have thankfully tested negative and have been discharged from the hospital. They will now be at home. My father and I remain in hospital under the care of the medical staff.

Viral Bhayani also happened to catch Ash and Aaradhya leaving the hospital.

Take a look:

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#AishwaryaRaiBachchan and daughter #Aaradhya have returned home from the hospital after testing negative for #COVID19. #viralbhayani @viralbhayani

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We’re guessing both Ash and Aaradhya will continue to home quarantine now. We hope Big B and Abhishek also recover super soon and test negative.

Amitabh Bachchan’s Staff To Be Tested Again To Know How The Bachchan’s Contracted Covid-19

href=”author/pallavi-manoj”>Pallavi Manoj , 14 Jul 2020

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan, and Abhishek Bachchan

Over the weekend, news of Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan testing positive for coronavirus dominated the news. Both the actors had taken to their social media handle to inform everyone of the same and requested everyone who had been in their close proximity in the past 10 days to get tested. Soon after, Abhishek informed everyone that actress and his wife Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and their daughter Aaradhya Bachchan had tested positive as well. While both Amit Ji and Abhishek were admitted to Nanavati Hospital, Ash and Aaradhya were home quarantined.

Recent reports from Nanavati hospital suggests that both Big B and Abhishek have been responding positively to the first line of medications. New reports also suggest that the Bachchan’s may even be able to return home in a week’s time. According to Times Of India, 26 of their staff members who had tested negative in the first round of tests will undergo a second round of tests to determine where the Bachchan’s contracted the virus from. The antibody test will be carried out by BMC to know whether any staff member was a carrier of the virus or was Covid positive in the past. Along with this, all of the Bachchans’ movements from the past few days will also be traced.

Meanwhile, Amitji has been keeping busy in his COVID isolation ward by maintaining his norm of tweeting. He made sure that he wished extended family members for their birthday and took to his social media platforms to thank everyone who was concerned and praying for their speedy recovery.

We wish the Bachchans a speedy recovery.

Shabana Azmi, Paresh Rawal Question The Government Guidelines Barring Artists Over 65 Years From Shooting

href=”author/avya-sharma”>Avya Sharma , 11 Jul 2020

Shabana Azmi and Paresh Rawal (Source: Instagram | @azmishabana18)

The state government recently announced the recommencement of film and television shoots. However, one of the regulations mentioned that actors and technicians above the age of 65 years will not be allowed in the shooting area. This has created an uproar in the industry. Last week, Hema Malini had sent a letter to the Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla, requesting an amendment in the resolution. The veteran actor and politician gave examples of Amitabh Bachchan, Anupam Kher and herself claiming that they will be restricted from completing their previous projects.

Veteran actor Shabana Azmi who was to film Nikhil Advani’s Mughal declares the rule to be discriminatory.

According to a report by MidDay, Shabana Azmi said—

A small portion of Vikas Khanna’s untitled film has yet to be shot. What happens to these projects? Why should producers have to sign on younger artistes and make them sport grey hair? Why is this rule applied only to the film industry, and not politicians? Will they ensure that no leader above 65 will attend any political rally,” she questions, before pointing out that it affects the livelihoods of countless senior technicians. “They don’t run parallel businesses whereby they can make up their losses.

Actor Paresh Rawal too spoke his mind on this issue. He said, even though he understands that this decision has been made keeping in mind the safety of all. However, the 65-year-old actor feels that the implementation is impracticable. He said—

The sets should have the necessary safety measures in place, including sanitisation. So many doctors and nurses over 65 years of age are on the field every day. They are exposed to more severe conditions.

Udaan Actor Rajat Barmecha Recalls How Star Kids With No Projects Were Clicked More Than Him On The Red Carpet

href=”author/avya-sharma”>Avya Sharma , 02 Jul 2020

Rajat Barmecha (Source: Instagram | @barmecharajat)

Sushant Singh Rajput‘s tragic demise rekindled the topic of nepotism in Bollywood yet again. Many celebrities opened about their share of struggles in the industry. Similarly, Udaan star Rajat Barmecha, in a recent interaction with Mumbai Mirror, opened about his performance in the movie and how star kids with no projects were clicked more than him on the red carpet.

Talking about his experience of being an outsider, he said—

Everywhere I went, I was being complimented for my performance. As a 21-year-old actor, it gave me hope. I read every script that came my way, but they were all mediocre, formulaic films or those in which I was there throughout, but added no value. I couldn’t afford to do a bad film because then, I’d be written off as a one-film wonder.

Rajat said that he was acknowledged by Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma and many for his performance, but did not get any attention at events.

He revealed—

But on the red carpet, those with no projects to their name but coming from a film background were clicked more than me, while the producers who had praised my work earlier, did not recognise me.

In the report, Rajat Barmecha was also quoted saying that he started scripting from last year, but was being lethargic. He further said that the lockdown gave him enough time to complete it and will share the script with his Udaan director Vikramaditya Motwane after filing it. The actor concluded by saying that he will be the lead character in the story with a foreigner starring opposite him.

Amitabh Bachchan Arranges Charter Flights For Over 500 Migrants

href=”author/avya-sharma”>Avya Sharma , 10 Jun 2020

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Our Bollywood celebrities have been doing their best to help migrant workers return home amidst the nationwide lockdown. After Bollywood’s real-life hero, Sonu Sood’s commendable efforts to help workers travel to their home-towns, it has now come to light that megastar Amitabh Bachchan has arranged three flights for about 500 workers to fly back to Varanasi. Big B had earlier organised for buses to help migrant workers who were stuck in Maharashtra due to the lockdown.

A report by Mid Day quoted a source saying —

Everything is being done with utmost discretion as Bachchanji doesn’t want it to be publicised. He was moved by the plight of the migrant workers and decided to help them. He has chartered the Indigo Airlines’ Varanasi-bound flight that is scheduled to depart on Wednesday morning. The 180 migrants scheduled to travel on the morning flight have been asked to report to the airport at 6 am. The initial plan was to send them home by train, but the logistics didn’t work out.

Apart from this, the actor’s team has also reportedly distributed ration packets to the underprivileged and donated face masks, PPE kits and sanitisers to medical institutions and police stations in Mumbai.

On the professional front, Amitabh Bachchan will be seen in Shoojit Sircar‘s Gulabo Sitabo alongside Ayushmann Khurana which is all set to premiere on Amazon Prime on June 12.

Shoojit Sircar Says His Film ‘Sardar Udham Singh’ Is An Ode To Irrfan Khan

href=”author/shubanka-sridhar”>Shubanka Sridhar , 09 Jun 2020

Shoojit Sircar and Vicky Kaushal; Irrfan Khan (Source: Instagram | @shoojitsircar, @irrfan)

Director Shoojit Sircar is gearing up for his film, Gulabo Sitabo‘s, OTT premiere on the 12th of June. Starring Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana, this comedy-drama was set to release in theatres, but due to the COVID-19 lockdown, the makers chose to release it online. After the government issued orders for resumption of film work on Monday, he also kicked off the post-production work on his upcoming Vicky Kaushal starrer, Sardar Udham Singh. Speaking about the movie, Shoojit Sircar said that this will be a tribute to the late actor, Irrfan Khan.

Talking to Mid-Day, Shoojit said that he had originally roped in Irrfan to play Sardar Udham Singh. But soon after, the actor was diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumour in 2018. Shoojit was even ready to wait for him, but the actor’s condition didn’t allow him to take on the project.

He says:

I think about Irrfan every day. His image floats in front of my eyes. We had grown close in the past two years when he underwent treatment. During his last 10 days, I was following up with Sutapa [Irrfan’s wife] and Babil [son]. Babil broke the news to me that morning. I still feel Irrfan is with me, talking to me. I can never get over his loss.

Speaking about completing the film in these uncertain times and in such circumstances, the director says:

Gulabo Sitabo was ready before the lockdown; all I did was deliver the film. The work on Udham Singh was halted due to the lockdown. Now, we are adhering by the guidelines as we proceed. The future at work won’t be easy. Shooting is best done in utter chaos. A film can’t be shot with constraints; it needs human interaction. But the virus is here to stay. So, we have to realign our methods.

I am sure this is going to be one kick-ass film and we can’t wait to watch it in the theatres, hopefully!

Amitabh Bachchan Reminisces About The Filming Of His Movie Amar Akbar Anthony

href=”author/shubanka-sridhar”>Shubanka Sridhar , 27 May 2020

Amitabh Bachchan with daughter Shweta Bachchan on the sets of Amar Akbar Anthony (Source: Instagram | @amitabhbachchan)

Amitabh Bachchan shares some of the most lovely throwback pictures and anecdotes! He recently shared a picture of him along with his children – Abhishek and Shweta Bachchan – from the sets of Amar Akbar Anthony.

Shweta and Abhishek look very young in this picture, where she is giving her father a kiss and Abhishek is sitting on his lap. He says they were shooting for the song, ‘My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves‘. Amar Akbar Anthony, directed by Manmohan Desai completed 43 years today. Starring Amit Ji alongside Rishi Kapoor and Vinod Khanna, this movie is a cult classic and how!

Talking about how he got on board the iconic film, Amit Ji writes:

When Man ji came to narrate the idea to me and told me the title, I thought he had lost it. At a time in the 70’s when film titles revolved around ‘Behen Bhabhi’ and ‘Beti’, this one was so out of place.

Have a look at the image he shared:

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SHWETA and Abhishek visit me on set of Amar Akbar Anthony .. shooting song ‘My name is Anthony Gonsalves’ .. at Holiday Inn Ball Room .. this pic on the beach front .. 43 YEARS of AAA , today .. !!! When Man ji came to narrate the idea to me .. and told me the Title .. I thought he had lost it .. at a time in the 70’s when film titles revolved around Behen Bhabhi and Beti , this one was so out of place .. BUT .. It is reported that it did a business of 7.25 cr at that time .. inflation adjusted it crosses collections of Bahubali 2 .. say the sayers who do calculations 😟😟 But fact is it did massive business .. did 25 weeks in 25 theatres in Mumbai alone .. or so they say .. Doesn’t happen now … gone are those days !!

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The film also starred Neetu Singh, Parveen Babi, Shabana Azmi, Nirupa Roy, Pran, Jeevan, Yusuf Khan, Amjad Khan and Ranjeet and went on to become a huge hit. He also goes on to compare the film’s business to that of Baahubali 2:

But it is reported that it did a business of Rs 7.25 crore at that time. Inflation adjusted, it crosses collections of Baahubali 2… say the sayers, who do calculations. But fact is it did massive business… did 25 weeks in 25 theatres in Mumbai alone, or so they say. Doesn’t happen now… gone are those days!

True, gone are those days of the classics, amirite?

4 Things To Look Forward To In The Trailer Of Amitabh Bachchan-Ayushmann Khurrana Starrer Gulabo Sitabo

href=”author/shubanka-sridhar”>Shubanka Sridhar , 21 May 2020

Ayushmann Khurrana, Amitabh Bachchan and Shoojit Sircar on the sets of Gulabo SItabo

When it comes to making films that tug at your heartstrings, make you laugh out loud and play with subtle human emotions, no one can do it better than Shoojit Sircar and Juhi Chaturvedi, amirite? Be it Vicky Donor or Piku, this duo has killed it each time. This time around, they are back with yet another entertainer in the form of Gulabo Sitabo. 

Given the nationwide lockdown, the Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana starrer is getting a direct OTT release on Amazon Prime and we couldn’t be more excited about it! The film is releasing on June 12th, and the trailer will be dropping soon. I got a chance to catch the special preview of the trailer and absolutely loved it!

Here’s why I feel you should also be super excited for this trailer:     1. Amitabh and Ayushmann’s camaraderie

Imagine these two absolute powerhouse performers in the same frame, creating magic with their witty, quirky and flawless performances! Enough said. I sure can’t wait to see this very unusual relationship unfold in the film!

      2. The Eccentric Narrative

Given it is a Shoojit Sircar-Juhi Chaturvedi film, you should most definitely expect a very out-of-the-box approach to storytelling that is rooted in Indian sensibilities. It is surely going to be super interesting to see how Amitabh’s relationship with his age-old home and with Ayushmann’s character will play out on screen.

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Joined Film Industry in 1969 .. now in 2020 it’s .. 51 years ..!! During this formidable period seen many changes and challenges .. NOW another challenge .. DIGITAL RELEASE of my film .. GULABO SITABO !! June 12 , only on Amazon Prime .. world wide .. 200 plus Country’s .. THAT IS AMAZING .. Honoured to be a part of yet another challenge !! 🙏🙏

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       3. Amitabh Bachchan

How this genius of an actor manages to own every single frame in every film he is in, even at this age, is beyond me! This character is one that I feel will surely be etched in our hearts, much like Bhaskor Da from Piku!

        4. Shoojit Sircar’s Direction

Trust Shoojit Sircar when it comes to taking a subject so out of the ordinary and making it hilariously relatable, no? After Vicky Donor and Piku, we cannot wait to see him weave his magic again with Gulabo Sitabo!

Amitabh Bachchan & Ayushmann Khurrana Starrer Gulabo Sitabo Gets A Digital Release

href=”author/shubanka-sridhar”>Shubanka Sridhar , 14 May 2020

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Ek izzatdaar janaab aur uske anokhe kirayedar ki kahaani. Gulabo Sitabo premieres June 12 only on @PrimeVideoIN! #GiboSiboOnPrime #WorldPremiereOnPrime @ayushmannk @shoojitsircar @ronnie.lahiri #SheelKumar @juhic3 @filmsrisingsun @kinoworksllp

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With the lockdown owing to the COVID-19 having turned our whole world upside down, it has made a lot of normal activities for us a far-fetched reality. This includes going to the theatre and just catching a movie. With the theatres being shut indefinitely now, many films are resorting to a digital OTT release. After Irrfan Khan‘s Angrezi Medium and Anurag Kashyap‘s Ludo, the Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana starrer, Gulabo Sitabo is the latest film to get a digital release on Amazon Prime Video.

Announcing this news, Amazon and the actors took to their social media accounts and informed audiences that the film will be available from the 12th of June. Amitabh Bachchan took to his Twitter to write about how this is something new for him in his career. He said, “Joined Film Ind., in 1969 .. in 2020 .. its 51 years !! .. seen many changes and challenges .. NOW another CHALLENGE .. DIGITAL RELEASE of my film GULABO SITABO !! June 12 Amazon Prime 200+ country’s .. THAT IS AMAZING ! Honoured to be a part of yet another change“. We are loving the super quirky poster of the film and it sure does look like Ayushmann and Amit Ji are going to be “Ek priceless jodi”! 

Have a look at their tweets:

T 3531 -Joined Film Ind., in 1969 .. in 2020 .. its 51 years !! .. seen many changes and challenges .. NOW another CHALLENGE ..
DIGITAL RELEASE of my film GULABO SITABO !!
June 12 Amazon Prime 200+ country's .. THAT IS AMAZING !
Honoured to be a part of yet another change pic.twitter.com/ccH2Qxh92D

— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) May 14, 2020

Advance mein aapko book kar rahe hai!
Gulabo Sitabo premieres this June 12 only on @PrimeVideoIN aa jaana fir, first day, first stream karne#GiboSiboOnPrime #WorldPremiereOnPrime @SrBachchan @ShoojitSircar @ronnielahiri #SheelKumar #JuhiChaturvedi @filmsrisingsun @Kinoworksllp pic.twitter.com/OdkWRkCPsC

— Ayushmann Khurrana (@ayushmannk) May 14, 2020

This June 12 join us first-day first show for #WorldPremiereOnPrime of Gulabo Sitabo!

They say opposites attract. In this case, to wreck things up 😂#GiboSiboOnPrime @SrBachchan @ayushmannk @ShoojitSircar @ronnielahiri #SheelKumar #JuhiChaturvedi @filmsrisingsun @Kinoworksllp pic.twitter.com/RkTxV3Y802

— amazon prime video IN (@PrimeVideoIN) May 14, 2020

First day, first stream seems to be becoming the new normal in these times, amirite? I sure can’t wait to catch this film on 12th of June! What about you guys?

Ludo & Jhund To Have A Direct Release On An OTT Platform

href=”author/pallavi-manoj”>Pallavi Manoj , 11 May 2020

Ludo and Jhund posters

With the global pandemic forcing many countries to impose nationwide lockdowns, movie production and releases have also been naturally affected by the same. So many movies that were intended for release in these few months have been reconsidering their release dates and how to go about it. Many like Akshay Kumar‘s Laxmmi Bomb have been considering online release so that audience members can watch the movie online while remaining safe at home. Looks like two other major films have joined the gang of OTT platform release.
Turns out Amazon Prime has acquired the rights to Ludo and Jhund. A source close to the development confirmed the same to Bollywood Hungama.

Both films are T-Series productions and given the extended lockdown period, the makers felt it was better to release Ludo and Jhund on the streaming service rather than wait for a theatrical release, which will take a long time.

Ludo, directed by Anurag Basu has an ensemble cast of Rajkummar Rao, Abhishek Bachchan, Aditya Roy Kapur, Sanya Malhotra, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Pankaj Tripathi, Asha Negi, Rohit Saraf, and Pearle Maaney. Jhund, on the other hand, stars Amitabh Bachchan, Akash Thosar, and Rinku Rajguru.

While Ludo was supposed to release on 20th April 2020, Jhund was to release on 8th May. While we’re still under lockdown we hope we get to see both these films online.

The Bachchan’s Celebrate Navya Nanda’s Graduation At Home Amidst The Lockdown

href=”author/shubanka-sridhar”>Shubanka Sridhar , 07 May 2020

Shweta Bachchan and Navya Naveli Nanda (Source: Instagram | @shwetabachchan)

The COVID-19 lockdown has affected each life in the country in some way or the other. As for students, the lockdown has resulted in their exams being postponed indefinitely or their graduation ceremonies being cancelled. Amitabh Bachchan‘s grand-daughter, Navya Naveli Nanda also faced a similar setback as her graduation party in New York was cancelled. To make up for it, her family threw her a DIY ceremony at home.

Amitabh Bachchan took to his Instagram to share pictures of Navya, congratulating her and writing that he is so proud of her happy and positive attitude! Navya is seen posing in their garden, along with her very proud mother, Shweta Bachchan!

Have a look:

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Grand daughter Navya .. the most important day in the life of a young student – Graduation Day .. ! She graduated from College in New York, but ceremony and presence got cancelled because of Corona and lockdown .. she could not go .. we too had all planned to be with her on this important occasion .. BUT .. she though wanted to wear that Graduation gown and Cap .. so staff stitched her an impromptu gown and cap .. and she wore it and celebrated at home in Jalsa .. So proud of you NAVYA .. god bless .. such a positive and happy attitude .. LOVE YOU💕💕💕💕

A post shared by Amitabh Bachchan (@amitabhbachchan) on May 6, 2020 at 7:22am PDT

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Abhishek Bachchan also took to his Instagram to congratulate his niece on her graduation and says it feels like yesterday that he was moving her into her dorm room in college. Love their relationship, no? So sweet!

Check out his post for her:

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Congratulations my Navya on your graduation! Although due to the lockdown you were not able to celebrate it at your university with your classmates and the home garden had to suffice…. Seems like yesterday that we were moving you into your dorm room as a freshman… Wait, strike that. Not "we", "I"!! (You always managed to make Mamu do the heavy lifting 😉). God bless you! Can't wait to see what you have in store for the world. ❤️

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Mumma Shweta also put on Navya’s college sweatshirt and posed with her graduate daughter. She wrote that they used scraps of black tenting and chart paper to make Navya’s graduation outfit and said, “I am not crying, you are crying!“.

Here’s her post:

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Class of 2020 – Navya finished college today and since she and everyone else graduating this year won’t get a ceremony we decided to DIY one. With a chart paper cap and a gown hand stitched from scraps of black tenting. I threw on a Fordham ( her college ) sweatshirt over my PJ’s!! Congratulations baby I love you and am proud of you! Go forth and conquer x ( I’m not crying you’re crying)

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Such lovely pictures, no? Congratulations Navya!

I For India Concert: Shah Rukh Khan & Son AbRam Perform Together, Amitabh Bachchan Remembers Rishi Kapoor

href=”author/shubanka-sridhar”>Shubanka Sridhar , 04 May 2020

Shah Rukh Khan and AbRam Khan; Amitabh Bachchan (Source: Instagram | @iamsrk, @amitabhbachchan)

While we are all fighting the COVID-19 battles from inside our homes, it is also our duty to try and do our bit to help the frontline workers and the less privileged in surviving this pandemic. In order to do that, Karan Johar and Zoya Akhtar decided to unite the entire Indian film industry for a charity concert from their own homes. From Amitabh Bachchan to Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Will Smith, Priyanka Chopra and The Jonas Brothers among many other eminent personalities were a part of the concert and entertained the audience for a good cause.

Shah Rukh ended the Facebook live with a super cool performance with son AbRam Khan. It was honestly my favourite among all of them! The super cute father-son duo sang the song, Sab Sahi Ho Jaayega, composed by rapper Badshah and penned by lyricist Sainee Raj. SRK starts by saying that he cannot sing to save his life and thanks everyone for taking a chance and listening to him. AbRam, also makes an appearance and the duo dished some super cute dance moves together! Towards the end, when the actor states he could go for “one more”, AbRam hilariously says, “Papa, enough now”. 

Have a look at the video:

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‪Extremely grateful to #IforIndia, @badboyshah and @cacklerraj for music, lyrics & for working overnight. thank u Sunil for the edit. All so that I could sing. ‬ ‪Ab bhai, lockdown mein mujhe gaate hue bhi jhelna padhega. AbRam is saying 'papa enough now!’‬ ‪Par sab sahi ho jaayega!‬

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Madhuri Dixit Nene also gave a beautiful performance with her son, Arin Nene. She sang Ed Sheeran‘s Perfect, while her son played the piano.

Check it out:

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Huge shout out to all of you, for your generosity! Please let’s continue supporting the war against Covid-19. If you missed the concert, watch it now, link in bio. Click on the video to donate, 100% of proceeds go to the India COVID Response Fund by @give_india #SocialForGood

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Amitabh Bachchan also shared a heartfelt tribute to his friend and colleague, the late Rishi Kapoor, talking about all the times he spent with him, and about the legacy RishiJi has left behind.

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In Memoriam ..

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It is so great to see the entire industry come together in such tough times and spread some love, light and cheer!