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Bollywood news on May 8: Deepika Padukone remembers Irrfan Khan and more

While some celebrities are utilising the lockdown period to spend time with their families or experiment with their culinary skills, those, who work behind the camera, are struggling as loss of steady income has rendered them helpless.

Written by Komal RJ Panchal , Priyanka Sharma | Mumbai | Updated: May 8, 2020 9:13:46 pm
piku Deepika Padukone and Irrfan Khan’s Piku clocks five years.

As the Hindi film industry has shut shop since the lockdown, it has led to interesting developments in the lives of its artistes. While some celebrities are utilising the lockdown period to spend time with their families or experiment with their culinary skills, those, who work behind the camera, are struggling as loss of steady income has rendered them helpless.

Celebrities have even taken the route of nostalgia, posting throwback photos. Some of them are also creating funny videos on platforms like Tik Tok and Instagram.

There might be no certainty as to when Bollywood will get back to business, but the news will surely keep coming in.

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21:10 (IST)08 May 2020
Anees Bazmee remembers Irrfan Khan: I still can't believe he is no more with us

Filmmaker Anees Bazmee shared a throwback picture of himself with Irrfan Khan on the sets of their film Thank You (2011).

He described his experience of working with Irrfan as 'magical'. He said, "I still can't believe he is no more with us, my heart sinks thinking about it. We have lost one of this generation's greatest actor. To work with Irrfan was a magical and special privilege."

19:12 (IST)08 May 2020
Malaika Arora's Diva Yoga conducts yoga classes for healthcare professionals
 
 
 
 
 
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One who has health, has hope. One who has hope, has everything! As we face times of uncertainty, we have the ability to maintain control over one of the most important facets of our life - Our Health. I believe and trust you and your families are doing well, healthy and are safe. I am really glad that my partner @sarvesh_shashi and I along with our companies @sarvayogastudios and @thedivayoga is able to make a small difference in the lives of people who are making such a large difference in all our lives! We have offered many interactive live sessions to many hospitals and institutions through various digital initiatives of ours! We have completed over 1.8 billion minutes of live classes! Incase you want us to do anything for your company or your institution, please feel free to write on sayhello@sarva.com. Stay safe! Stay healthy!

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Malaika Arora's yoga institute, Diva Yoga, is now conducting online interactive sessions for healthcare professionals who are fighting COVID-19 pandemic.

Malaika took to Instagram and wrote, "One who has health, has hope. One who has hope, has everything! As we face times of uncertainty, we have the ability to maintain control over one of the most important facets of our life - Our Health. I believe and trust you and your families are doing well, healthy and are safe. I am really glad that my partner @sarvesh_shashi and I along with our companies @sarvayogastudios and @thedivayoga is able to make a small difference in the lives of people who are making such a large difference in all our lives! We have offered many interactive live sessions to many hospitals and institutions through various digital initiatives of ours! We have completed over 1.8 billion minutes of live classes! Incase you want us to do anything for your company or your institution, please feel free to write on sayhello@sarva.com. Stay safe! Stay healthy!"

18:26 (IST)08 May 2020
The thing with COVID-19 is that it’s altered all our best laid out plans: Sanjana Sanghi

Sanjana Sanghi, whose debut film Dil Bechara was supposed to release on May 8, wrote on Instagram, "A message from my heart, to you | Dil Bechara, May 8th 💜

If you’d have told me a few months ago, that on the morning of May 8th, the day Dil Bechara, your debut film that you poured every little ounce of blood, sweat and tears that your body didn’t even know you have into, which was already delayed and tested your patience every single day - you may just be sitting with coconut oil in your hair, in your pajamas at your home in Delhi? I’d have laughed at you.

The thing with COVID-19 is that it’s altered all of ours, ALL of our best laid out plans and hopes. This is just me, sending out love, to.. Every student who was to go to college, or graduate from college & enter the real world
Every couple in love that was waiting to get married,
Every business man waiting biggest project explode,
Every artist waiting for a dream art gallery to finally exhibit their work,
Every dancer yearning to dance on stage again,
And every traveller waiting to see another corner of the world again.

Your plans haven’t been shattered for ever. They have just been put on pause. Maybe altered. Maybe delayed.

Don’t lose hope, because the world can’t afford that. Keep working as hard. To be able to rise again in a COVID-free world, which might be a different world, but it’ll be just as beautiful.

I’m at least telling myself that to give myself some strength today, and that’s all I can hope that you do too.

Also, I realised today, that my happiness and strength actually lay in the process. In the process of becoming another person as an artist, or creating those moments, of working myself tirelessly. The end product, matters a lot to me, but it’s not where I find my happiness anymore. And I wish I can hold onto this learning for the rest of my life."

17:22 (IST)08 May 2020
Sonakshi Sinha campaigns to raise funds for PPE kits
 
 
 
 
 
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Its time for us to become warriors in this #WarAgainstCovid19... woh bhi ghar baithe baithe! Lets come together and make sure we can provide our healthcare workers with what they need the most at this time - PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) kits. I have partnered with Tring (Instagram @tring.india) #ManishMundra and @atulkasbekar to raise donations for 1000 PPE kits which are in immediate need across India for our doctors and medical staff. Log onto www.tring.co.in and go to my profile to donate. LINK IN BIO! You can donate as an individual, as a family or even as a group of friends in this quest to save the world! Let's all join the #WarAgainstCovid19 and #UniteForHumanity #IndiaFightsCorona

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Sonakshi Sinha has collaborated with Manish Mundra of Dhrishyam Films, Atul Kasbekar and Tring to help provide PPE kits to healthcare workers.

Sonakshi shared, " Our doctors, nurses and all the healthcare professionals are putting their lives in danger to protect us and take care of all the patients. I don't think there is anything nobler than putting your life at risk to save others. Unfortunately, hospitals are facing a shortage of PPE kits which is putting the lives of all our medical staff at risk. Through his campaign, I am urging all my fans to come forward and donate PPE kits generously, which will be directly reaching the hospitals that require them. It is the need of the hour, and I hope we all can come together and fight this war."

17:00 (IST)08 May 2020
I am an Indian first, an entrepreneur who takes care of over a 1000 families next: Sachiin Joshi

Actor-producer Sachiin Joshi was recently accused of not paying salary to his staff since the past one year. Sachiin on Friday responded to the allegation.

His statement reads: "I am an Indian first, an entrepreneur who takes care of over a 1000 families next. It is time we stop thinking 'I' and start thinking 'we'. As an Indian, I decided to help give meals to the poor and to give Beatle (his hotel based in Powai, Mumbai) for Covid-19 patients. That is what every Indian should do for his nation. Every company has disgruntled employees, and in our case, it is a handful who want to use media for arm-twisting tactics. The Thinktank dispute is now in Labour Court and we have full faith in the country's judiciary.

How can anyone tell me I cannot help Covid-19 victims? Are these people asking me not to feed the poor or not to give my hotel to the government for aiding patients? How dare they!

We were left straddled with their frauds and liabilities. There was dual employment, money issues etc. which they have accepted on social media as well. Once the frauds are sorted, the liabilities will be too. We have details and letters from some employees accepting that they were doing dual jobs. As we were investigating, they (the ex-employees) tried using media, they tried to arm-twist us. Post that came the lockdown. Now, they are trying to use scare tactics using media all over again while the matter is already in court. We are perfectly fine with legal recourse but trying to use media to malign our reputation will only ensure stringent action from our end.

I am taking care of 1000 families, literally. Why are a handful not paid? There must surely be a reason. For a bunch of people whom we tried hardly to keep on board, to take care of a loss-making company that had a chain of frauds, I can say this reputation tarnishing exercise could well be their best work. If only they had used this intelligence and unity to work, the company would have at least been at a break-even."

15:28 (IST)08 May 2020
Karishma Kapoor shares throwback photo
 
 
 
 
 
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I have no recollection which film , when or where this pic was taken ! But it has a great energy 😎 @akshaykumar those were the days ! #90s #flashbackfriday

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As part of #FridayFlashback, Karishma Kapoor took to Instagram to share a picture from her 1992 film Deedaar, directed by Pramod Chakravorty. The film starred Karishma Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher, Lakshmikant Berde and Tanuja.

She captioned the picture, "I have no recollection which film , when or where this pic was taken ! But it has a great energy 😎 @akshaykumar those were the days ! #90s #flashbackfriday"

14:48 (IST)08 May 2020
Deepika Padukone remembers Irrfan Khan on Piku's fifth anniversary

Deepika Padukone has paid tribute to her Piku co-star Irrfan Khan, who passed away last week, as the film clocked five years today.

Deepika shared a picture of herself with Irrfan and Piku director Shoojit Sircar, and captioned it with the lyrics of "Lamhe Guzar Gaye", a song from the film. The picture shows the trio sharing a light moment on the set of Piku.

At the end of the song, Deepika wrote, "Rest in peace my dear friend... #rana #piku #bhaskor @shoojitsircar @juhic3 #5yearsofpiku."

In the film, Irrfan Khan played Rana, the owner of the taxi service company used by Deepika's Piku. The film also starred megastar Amitabh Bachchan.

14:07 (IST)08 May 2020
The status of most awaited Bollywood films

Bollywood trade analyst Taran Adarsh on Friday took to Twitter and shared the status of the most awaited Bollywood films.

1) 83: About Ranveer Singh starrer 83, Adarsh wrote, "83 The Film, starring Ranveer Singh: Filming complete. Editing and dubbing complete. Final mix pending, minimal post-production work remains to be completed."

2) Coolie No. 1: About Varun Dhawan and Sara Ali Khan starrer Coolie No 1, Taran Adarsh wrote, "Coolie No 1, starring Varun Dhawan and Sara Ali Khan: Filming complete, editing and dubbing complete,VFX almost complete. Post-production work like mixing, DI is pending."

3) Lakshmi Bomb: About Akshay Kumar starrer Lakshi Bomb, Adarsh wrote, "Laxmmi Bomb, starring Akshay Kumar and Kiara Advani: Filming complete. Rough edit complete. Balance post-production work like dubbing, background score, VFX, etc pending."

4) Gulabo Sitabo: Taran Adarsh also shared that Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana starrer Gulabo Sitabo, directed by Shoojit Sircar, is complete and the first copy is out for further edits. He tweeted, "Gulabo Sitabo, starring Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana: Entire shoot and post-production complete... First copy out."

5) Radhe: Salman Khan and Disha Patani's next Radhe's shoot was halted due to the coronavirus lockdown. About the film's progress, Adarsh said, "Radhe, starring Salman Khan and Disha Patani: The film is not complete yet. Filming of two songs and some sequences pending... Dubbing, VFX, post-production work pending too."

Also Read | Bollywood releases update: 83, Radhe, Laxmmi Bomb and more

Even Bollywood choreographer Shabina Khan, who is a part of Radhe, had said in a live session with indianexpress.com, "Radhe is not complete. We had started work. We have done some work on a couple of songs, but two more songs are still pending. We will be getting into it as soon as the lockdown ends and we are allowed to get back to the sets."

13:35 (IST)08 May 2020
Varun Dhawan shares endearing birthday post for girlfriend
 
 
 
 
 
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Happy birthday 🥳 nata. I choose you over the ufc 💙

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Varun Dhawan has taken to Instagram to wish longtime girlfriend Natasha Dalal "a happy isolation birthday". The Street Dancer actor posted two pictures of the fashion designer and captioned them, "Happy birthday, Nata. I choose you over the ufc 💙."

While the first photo features the couple, the second picture shows Natasha posing with her pet. Varun shared the same picture as an Instagram story, captioning it, "Dog Mum."

13:18 (IST)08 May 2020
Hrithik Roshan expresses gratitude to Mumbai police, sends hand sanitizers

Hrithik Roshan recently contributed hand sanitizers to the Mumbai Police.

The Mumbai Police took to Twitter to thank the Bollywood actor. They tweeted, "Thank you @iHrithik for this thoughtful gesture of delivering hand sanitisers for Mumbai Police personnel on duty. We are grateful for your contribution towards safeguarding the health and safety of our frontline warriors. #MumbaiPoliceFoundation"

12:52 (IST)08 May 2020
Sonam Kapoor's second wedding anniversary
 
 
 
 
 
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Our first picture together.. 4 years ago today I met a vegan who could do complicated yoga positions and speak about retail and business with the same ease. I found him unbelievably cool and sexy., he still makes my heart race and grounds me at the same time. Nothing compares to you @anandahuja , your compassion, kindness, generosity and smarts are incredibly attractive but so is your moodiness and your annoying perfectionism. Thank you for being my partner and standing besides me for these 4 years. They have been my most fulfilling. Happy happy anniversary husband. I’m soo thrilled I get to keep you for the rest of my life. I love you the most and I know you love me the best and the most. That I promise you is the greatest gift I’ve ever received. ❤️ #everydayphenomenal

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Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja celebrate their second wedding anniversary today. Sonam took to Instagram and wrote a heartfelt note about their journey. She wrote, "Our first picture together.. 4 years ago today I met a vegan who could do complicated yoga positions and speak about retail and business with the same ease. I found him unbelievably cool and sexy., he still makes my heart race and grounds me at the same time. Nothing compares to you @anandahuja , your compassion, kindness, generosity and smarts are incredibly attractive but so is your moodiness and your annoying perfectionism. Thank you for being my partner and standing besides me for these 4 years. They have been my most fulfilling. Happy happy anniversary husband. I’m soo thrilled I get to keep you for the rest of my life. I love you the most and I know you love me the best and the most. That I promise you is the greatest gift I’ve ever received. ❤️ #everydayphenomenal"

12:33 (IST)08 May 2020
Shoojit Sircar's Piku clocks five years

Filmmaker Shoojit Sircar's National Award-winning dramedy, Piku, starring Deepika Padukone, Amitabh Bachhan and Irrfan Khan in primary roles, has completed five years today.

The film, written by Shoojit's frequent collaborator Juhi Chaturvedi, is the story of Piku (Deepika), who turns into the parent of her 70-year-old father (Bachchan) as he obsesses over chronic constipation.

Also Read: Piku review

Piku was not only a commercial success but also went on to earn three National Film Awards. While Amitabh Bachchan took home his fourth National Film Award for Best Actor, Juhi won the National Film Award for Best Screenplay and Best Dialogues.

Ranveer Singh starrer 83 was set to release in April. However, the film got postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. Film trade analyst Taran Adarsh recently took to Twitter to share an update about the Kabir Khan directorial. He tweeted, "#83TheFilm, starring #RanveerSingh: Filming complete... Editing and dubbing complete... Final mix pending... Minimal post-production work remains to be completed."