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Bollywood news on June 4: Filmmaker Basu Chatterjee passes away, Bachchan remembers ‘the gentle, quiet human’ and more

Basu Chatterjee, who died this morning aged 93, worked with Amitabh Bachchan in 1979 film, Manzil.

Written by Priyanka Sharma , Komal RJ Panchal | Mumbai | Updated: June 4, 2020 7:16:25 pm
basu chatterjee basu chatterjee death basu chatterjee bachchan basu chatterjee bachchan film Basu Chatterjee’s Manzil, starring Amitabh Bachchan and Moushumi Chatterjee, released in 1979.

Much like many in the country, Bollywood stars like Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma have outraged against the death of a pregnant elephant in Kerala after she ate cracker-filled fruit.

As the initial reports of the incident suggested that the elephant was fed the fruit, film celebrities, many of who are known to advocate animal rights, on Wednesday took to their social media platforms to express their anger and appeal to fans to sign a petition to demand punishment for the alleged person.

Since late evening, however, reports have emerged quoting the forest officials that the elephant could have eaten explosives meant to kill boars.


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19:16 (IST)04 Jun 2020
Rahul Roy to make a film on migrant workers titled The Walk

Aashiqui actor Rahul Roy, who had won the inaugural season of Bigg Boss, is all set to make a film on migrant labourers and the hardships they are facing.

Titled The Walk, it will be shot once the lockdown is lifted and the shoots resume. Rahul said, “I have roped in Nitin Gupta, who directed me in ‘Death Of An Ambassador’, to helm this project. ‘The Walk’ is a story of human trial and the heart-wrenching situation that migrant workers are facing. It revolves around two men - Roshan and Azaan - and their journey from Mumbai to Uttar Pradesh. I play Roshan in the film.”

He added, “The coronavirus pandemic has put us in an unprecedented situation for which nobody was prepared. While many of us are in the comfort of our homes, it’s the migrant workers who are suffering the most. Their survival depends on their daily earnings. Now, the pandemic has taken that away from them. ‘The Walk’ shows how hardship and pain are masked by the simplicity of life and how Roshan and Azaan get home. Though the film focuses on their journey, through their eyes, you get a glimpse of the life of all migrant workers, who are trying to return to the sanctuary of their home.”

19:06 (IST)04 Jun 2020
Siddhant Chaturvedi releases his debut single "Dhoop"

Gully Boy fame Siddhant Chaturvedi has showcased yet another talent by releasing a new single titled "Dhoop". Siddhant has not only crooned the song, but also written its lyrics which are is all about finding the sunshine in these tough times. He shared the song on his social media platforms. He wrote, “#DHOOP out now! @dawgeek @excelmovies. Put your Headphones and Sunglasses on, It’s a vibe."

16:27 (IST)04 Jun 2020
Sutapa Sikdar remembers Irrfan Khan

Irrfan Khan's wife, Sutapa Sikdar wrote a heartfelt post on her social media platforms, remembering the late actor. Sharing a picture of Irrfan, she wrote, “Thank you soooo much I hear you ...yes I know it's from you to me and it touched my body and soul.. Between the two realms we have the rain connecting us..”

15:01 (IST)04 Jun 2020
Bhumi Pednekar urges people to stop spitting on roads

Actor Bhumi Pednekar posted a video on her social media platforms urging the entire nation to fight the COVID-19 pandemic through an anti-spitting campaign that aims to educate people.

Bhumi, in the video, says, “We have to defeat coronavirus and everyone has to join hands. Leave the habit of spitting. We have to save the country. Currently, our country is under the threat of Corona and the fatal disease spreads even by spitting!” She adds, “The way we all have come together to get associated with the Toilet campaign and pledged to make the country clean! Similarly, let's pledge to make the country Corona free, by avoiding to spit here and there.”

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I have joined the Spit Free India Movement for a healthier & cleaner India. You should too… @pleg4life #spitfreeindia #pledgeforlife #covid19 Join here

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14:47 (IST)04 Jun 2020
Bollywood mourns the demise of Basu Chatterjee

Many Bollywood celebrities paid tribute to the legendary filmmaker. Amitabh Bachchan wrote on Twitter, "Prayers and Condolences on the passing of Basu Chatterjee .. a quiet, soft spoken, gentle human .. his films reflected the lives of middle India .. did 'MANZIL' with him .. a sad loss .. 🙏 .. in these climes often remembered for 'rim jhim gire saawan'”

14:15 (IST)04 Jun 2020
Taimur's got Saif's back

Kareena Kapoor Khan took to Instagram this morning to share a picture of her favourite boys, husband Saif Ali Khan and son Taimur. Sharing a picture of the father-son duo having a fun time at home, Kareena wrote, “Saif said, "I always got your back"... Tim took it literally 🤣❤️”

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Saif said, "I always got your back"... Tim took it literally 🤣❤️ . #FavouriteBoys #QuarantineMornings

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13:54 (IST)04 Jun 2020
Casting director Krish Kapur passes away

Casting director Krish Kapur, known for his work in Rhea Chakraborty-starrer Jalebi, has died due to brain haemorrhage. He was 28. Kapur’s maternal uncle Sunil Bhalla confirmed the news to He said the casting director passed away on May 31.

Krish Kapur’s friend and wrestler Sangram Singh mourned his death in a tweet. He wrote, “You left us really soon, brother. But you have left behind beautiful memories. I hope you are happy wherever you are. May your soul rest in peace.” He shared a picture of himself with Kapur.

13:34 (IST)04 Jun 2020
Neena Gupta turns 61

Versatile actor Neena Gupta is celebrating her birthday today. The National Award winning actor started her acting journey in 1982 with Aadharshila. The National School of Drama alumnus saw career resurgence for starring as a middle-aged pregnant woman in the comedy-drama Badhaai Ho. She further won hearts with films like Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan and Panga. Gupta was last seen in Amazon Prime Video's web-series, Panchayat.

Also read: Neena Gupta revisits Aadharshila

Her daughter and designer Masaba Gupta wished her on Instagram. She wrote, “Happy Birthday mom 🥰🥰❤️❤️❤️❤️thanks for never letting me think the sun shines out of my backside - it’s been the greatest lesson in humility ever.”(Express archive photo)(Express archive photo)(Express archive photo)

13:11 (IST)04 Jun 2020
Basu Chatterjee passes away at 93

Veteran filmmaker Basu Chatterjee, one of the champions of middle-off-the-road cinema, has died due to age-related health issues. He was 93. Chatterjee died in his sleep at his Santa Cruz home, filmmaker Ashoke Pandit confirmed to His funeral will take place in the afternoon at Santa Cruz crematorium.

12:53 (IST)04 Jun 2020
Sunny Leone wants to return to Mumbai

Sunny Leone, who flew to the US along with her husband Daniel Weber and three children last month, is waiting to return to Mumbai amid riots over George Floyd's death.

In an interview with Mid Day she said, "There are riots everywhere and rampant looting in stores. So far, we haven't heard of looting in homes. At this point, we can only pray that it doesn't happen. I feel sorry for his (George Floyd) family and every person who has been at the receiving end of racism. It's time we treat each other with humanity.”

12:46 (IST)04 Jun 2020
Sumeet Vyas and Ekta Kaul blessed with a baby boy

Sumeet Vyas took to Twitter to share the good news. He tweeted, “It’s a boy. Shall be called VED. Mamma and Daddy are acting cliché … smothering the child every few minutes…”

Also Read | Sumeet Vyas and Ekta Kaul welcome baby boy Ved

12:44 (IST)04 Jun 2020
Kareena shares family tree made by niece Inaayaa

Calling her niece Inaayaa Naumi Keemu “beautiful”, Kareena Kapoor Khan shared a family tree made by the little one on Instagram. The toddler drew a family tree, which had pictures of all her family members. It featured her parents Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Kemmu, uncle and aunty Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan, cousins Sara Ali Khan and Ibrahim Khan, and grandparents Sharmila Tagore and late Mansoor Ali Khan.

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My beautiful niece ❤️❤️❤️ #FamilyForever . @sakpataudi @khemster2 @ss0176 @saraalikhan95 @iakpataudi @karishmakemmu @kemmujyoti @ravi.kemmu

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18:42 (IST)03 Jun 2020
Sajid Khan remembered his late brother Wajid Khan

Music composer Sajid Khan took to Instagram on Tuesday to post a video of his brother Wajid playing the piano on his phone. Wajid Khan of music composer duo Sajid-Wajid passed away on Sunday. 

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17:46 (IST)03 Jun 2020
Urmila Matondkar shares a windstorm video from her home

Urmila Matondkar shared a view from her terrace as Cyclone Nisarga made a landfall in parts of Maharashtra and Gujarat on Wednesday.

Urmila took to her social media platforms and wrote, “It’s here..all I can see is mist n thick fog and hear is sounds of windstorm..seriously scary
Prayers for all of you 🙏🏼#staysafe”

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It’s here..all I can see is mist n thick fog and hear is sounds of windstorm..seriously scary Prayers for all of you 🙏🏼#staysafe

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17:17 (IST)03 Jun 2020
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16:50 (IST)03 Jun 2020
Sanjay Dutt urges people to help each other

With Cyclone Nisarga making a landfall in Maharashtra and Gujarat, and Mumbai remaining on high alert, actor Sanjay Dutt took to Twitter to request people to stay indoors and not to spread rumours.Sanjay Dutt tweeted, "The next few hours are going to be critical. Please stay indoors and follow all the BMC guidelines. Don't spread rumours and help each other in getting through this. #CycloneNisarga"

16:28 (IST)03 Jun 2020
Swara Bhaskar thanks her team who helped her facilitate migrant labourers return to their hometowns

Actor Swara Bhaskar who has been facilitating the return of migrant workers stranded in Mumbai to reach their hometowns, took to social media to thank her team. Sharing on ground pictures, she wrote how she witnessed genuinely inspiring hard work by very diligent volunteers.

Swara's close friend and Veere Di Wedding co-star Sonam Kapoor lauded her efforts on her Instagram story. She wrote, “Proud of you @reallyswara”

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16:07 (IST)03 Jun 2020
Karan Johar teaches Yash and Roohi how to conserve water

Karan Johar shared a video on Instagram talking about the importance of water conservation in the run up to the World Environment Day that falls on June 5.

In the video, Karan said, “What’s my one big wish for Earth? Well this is something that I have tried to implement with my children (Yash and Roohi) is – Water Conservation, preservation of water resources. We tend to take that for granted, we tend to misuse the power we have, the power of water.”

He added, “So, shut your taps, open your minds and make sure you conserve water which is a hugely critical and important resource for our beautiful planet Earth and lets make sure that we decide that our Earth is our home. Eventually, we all want to protect our homes. I am a Climate Warrior, are you?”

15:47 (IST)03 Jun 2020
Sexual harassment case filed against Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s brother in Delhi

A relative of Nawazuddin Siddiqui has filed a sexual harassment complaint against the actor’s youngest brother Minazuddin Siddiqui at a police station in New Delhi.

According to the complainant, she was a minor when the alleged abuse happened for the first time, and it continued until three months before she got married in 2017.

In a telephonic conversation with, the complainant said, “I was nine years old when Minazuddin chachu (uncle) started behaving weirdly with me. I would feel uncomfortable, but I never knew it was any kind of sexual abuse even when I felt it was inappropriate.” A copy of the FIR is with

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15:27 (IST)03 Jun 2020
Milind Soman and wife Ankita go for their first run post lockdown

A relative of Nawazuddin SIddiqui has filed a sexul harassment complaint against his youngest brother Minazuddin Siddiqui.