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Bollywood news on May 12: Anand Gandhi’s Emergence to star Sushant Singh Rajput 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 Priyanka Sharma , Komal RJ Panchal | Mumbai | Updated: May 12, 2020 8:35:59 pm
Anand Gandhi Anand Gandhi’s next film titled, Emergence, will be based on a pandemic. (Photo: Anand Gandhi/Instagram)

As the Hindi film industry has shut shop due to the coronavirus-induced 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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18:42 (IST)12 May 2020
Bollywood background dancers hit by lockdown ask for help from industry

Bollywood background dancers, who make a living through daily wages, have asked for help from the film industry as the lockdown has severely affected them. The livelihood of scores of daily wage earners has taken a hit since the nationwide lockdown was announced on March 24 as a part of India's fight against coronavirus. The dancers, seen in the YouTube video, have worked with stars like Salman Khan, Katrika Kaif, Varun Dhawan and Madhuri Dixit. They have appealed to actors, directors and producers.

17:53 (IST)12 May 2020
Anand Gandhi's Emergence to star Sushant Singh Rajput

Anand Gandhi of Ship of Theseus fame has been writing his next titled Emergence, which will feature Sushant Singh Rajput in the lead role. The story is about four scientists trying to save the world from a pandemic.

'Now that we all know what it's like to be in the midst of a pandemic, I can directly take the audience to the understanding of host behaviour manipulation of a parasite. The idea that our microbiome informs our behaviour is better understood now than ever before. I want to use a pandemic setting as a deeper investigation into the nature of human identity and social behaviour,' Gandhi said in a statement.

Initially set in 2020, the story will now unfold in 2025. The film is set to go on floors next year.

16:21 (IST)12 May 2020
Anushka Sharma, Ayushmann Khurrana salute frontline nurses on International Nurses Day

Bollywood stars Anushka Sharma and Ayushmann Khurrana today lauded the courageous and selfless service of nurses on the occasion of International Nurses Day. The significance of the day, this year, is much more as nurses and the medical fraternity have become the beacon of hope against the deadly coronavirus pandemic.Anushka shared a picture on her Instagram story and wrote, “Your courage, bravery and selflessness is the highest form of service to humanity. This world is eternally grateful to you.”

While Ayushmann said in a statement, “We have been marking today as International Nurses Day every year for their contribution to humanity and society. This year we should all salute them for being our frontline warriors, the real heroes who are fighting coronavirus every single day and saving lives despite being the most at risk."

14:59 (IST)12 May 2020
Salman Khan-Jacqueline Fernandez's romantic single Tere Bina out

Superstar Salman Khan today shared his romantic single "Tere Bina", which also features frequent co-star and friend Jacqueline Fernandez. The song has been shot at Salman's Panvel farmhouse over four days.

14:18 (IST)12 May 2020
Pooja Bedi turns 50, daughter Alaya F wishes the actor on her birthday

Actor Pooja Bedi has expressed gratitude towards her daughter Alaya F and family for making her 50th birthday special. Alongside a collage of four pictures from her birthday celebrations, Bedi wrote, "I turned 50! Today!! Can't believe I've been on this planet for Half a century!! It's all been so 'magical'🥰. Every bit of it! Thank each one of you who have been so supportive, interesting & decent even if we debate with conflicting views. Lots of love & happiness to all of you!"

Actor Alaya F, who debuted earlier this year with Saif Ali Khan-starrer Jawaani Jaaneman, posted on Instagram a picture of herself with her mother.

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Happy birthday Mama! Love you lots♥️

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Pooja Bedi is best known for her role in Aamir Khan-led Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (1992) and as a participant in reality TV show Bigg Boss season five.

13:37 (IST)12 May 2020
Amitabh Bachchan marks 42 years of DON with special photos

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan today took to his social media platforms to share memories of his iconic gangster drama Don. On Twitter, he shared a collage of pictures from the Filmfare award ceremony that year where he received the best actor honour for his performance in the film. The 77-year-old mentioned he had dedicated the award to the film's producer Nariman Irani, who had passed away before the film was complete.

One of the photos shows him posing with actor Nutan, who had won the best female actor trophy for her work in Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki. His tweet reads, "T 3528 - 42 years of DON .. goodness ! some memories ..winning Best Actor Filmfare with Nutan ji ..producer Nariman Irani , Chandra Barot , director .. Jaya & me at Filmfare award ceremony .. we lost Nariman Irani before the film could release .. I dedicated award to his wife"

13:15 (IST)12 May 2020
Priyanka Chopra steps out for the first time after two months of lockdown
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Eyes are never quiet. #FirstDayOutIn2Months Thanks for the masks @avoyermagyan

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Locked in with her husband Nick Jonas at their Los Angeles home, Priyanka Chopra today took to Instagram to share that she has stepped out of her house for the first time since the lockdown in March due to coronavirus outbreak. The Sky is Pink star posted a picture of herself donning a designer mask. The caption of the photo reads, “Eyes are never quiet. #FirstDayOutIn2Months Thanks for the masks @avoyermagyan”

Poonam Damania's Versis Entertainment, which manages celebrities including Kareena Kapoor Khan and Masaba Gupta among others, has joined hands with Harshad Chavan of TOAST Events.

Talking about the new development, Poonam said, “When I founded Versis Entertainment, one of the key drivers was to innovate and push boundaries in the talent management space. This association with Harshad is a step in that direction. There is synergy in our thinking and plans on taking Versis to the next level, working with the amazing talent in the industry to create a new benchmark for artist management. Harshad has been a dear friend for many years now and I have seen him take TOAST events to spectacular heights with the kind of work they do, the brands they work with and the creativity they bring to the table. This is a truly collaborative partnership and I am confident that this is going to be an exciting journey for both of us.”