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Bollywood news on May 19: Gulabo Sitabo teaser out and more

The motion logo of the Amitabh Bachchan-Ayushmann Khurrana starrer introduces their characters.

Written by Priyanka Sharma , Komal RJ Panchal | Mumbai | Updated: May 19, 2020 5:41:47 pm
gulabo sitabo ayushmann amitabh bachchan Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana in Gulabo Sitabo.

As theater owners and filmmakers continue to spar over the former’s decision to release their finished films on OTT platforms, more voices in the industry have risen to support the change. Celebrities like Karan Johar, Hansal Mehta, Taapsee Pannu and Apurva Asrani have said that this is the need of the hour and the industry needed to come together to help each other pass the rough time, courtesy the lockdown.

This war of sorts began after the announcement of Shoojit Sircar’s Gulabo Sitabo directly releasing on Amazon Prime Video was made last week. The next day, it was announced that Vidya Balan-starrer Shakuntala Devi will premiere on Prime Video as well.

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Big players like PVR and INOX slammed the makers of Gulabo Sitabo and it is then that various artistes came out in support of the film’s producers and called out theater owners for their harsh statements. The Producers Guild of India issued a statement, saying it was disappointed to see abrasive messaging from some of the colleagues in the exhibition sector.

The Multiplex Association of India (MAI) had earlier appealed to studio partners, producers, artistes and content creators to support the cinema exhibition sector by holding their films and releasing them in theaters once they are open again.

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17:41 (IST)19 May 2020
Actor Ashiesh Roy on dialysis, asks for financial help

Film and television actor Ashiesh Roy, known for his work in Sasural Simar Ka and Raja Natwarlal, has been admitted to ICU. The veteran actor shared the news on Facebook and also sought financial assistance for his treatment. Filmmaker Hansal Mehta today appealed to film bodies to help him.

16:45 (IST)19 May 2020
Boney Kapoor's domestic help tests positive for coronavirus

Boney Kapoor's domestic help has tested positive for coronavirus. The filmmaker on Tuesday said that arrangements are being made to shift the domestic help to a quarantine centre.

"Myself, my children and other staff members at home are all fine and none of us are showing any symptoms. In fact, we haven’t left our home since the lockdown started. We are thankful to the government of Maharashtra and BMC for their swift response. We shall be diligently following the instructions and advise given to us by BMC and their medical team," Boney Kapoor said in a statement.

15:12 (IST)19 May 2020
Sara Ali Khan remembers her graduation day

Actor Sara Ali Khan today took to Instagram to mark four years to her graduation day. The Simmba star posted a couple of pictures from her graduation ceremony and wrote, "19th May, 2016. Sometimes this feels like a minute ago, and sometimes it feels like another lifetime."

14:52 (IST)19 May 2020
Nawazuddin Siddiqui turns 46, here are his five best performances

National Award-winning actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui celebrates his 46th birthday today. With a filmography spanning over two decades, the versatile actor has given one fine performance after another.

Check out five of his best works here

13:34 (IST)19 May 2020
Vikramaditya Motwane celebrates ten years of Udaan at Cannes

Vikramaditya Motwane today took to Instagram and wrote, "10 years ago, Udaan had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. Quite a moment... #udaan #cannesfilmfestival #uncertainregard." He also shared photos of the film's team at Cannes. Udaan, produced by Phantom Films, starred debutante Rajat Barmecha and Ronit Roy.

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#onthisday 10 years ago. Udaan had it’s World Premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. Quite a moment... #udaan #cannesfilmfestival #uncertainregard

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12:43 (IST)19 May 2020
Sonam Kapoor wishes Anil Kapoor, Sunita Kapoor on 36th anniversary

Actor Sonam Kapoor today posted on Instagram a heartfelt note to wish her parents, Anil and Sunita Kapoor, on their 36th marriage anniversary. Calling their marriage the best love story, Sonam wrote, 'Happy happy anniversary parents.. I love you so much and miss you so much. 36 years married and 11 years of dating! Insane! Your love story is the best kind filled with love laughter and family and because angst only belongs in films not real life. Love you love you love you ps ( you both also produced the three most confident and crazy children we hope we make you proud.'

12:28 (IST)19 May 2020
Gulabo Sitabo motion logo out

The motion logo of Shoojit Sircar's upcoming dramedy Gulabo Sitabo, introducing the two main characters in a quirky fashion, has been released. Gulabo Sitabo is described as the story of Mirza (Amitabh Bachchan) and Baankey (Ayushmann Khurrana ) who like Tom and Jerry are unique and unmatched, friend and foe, naughty and smart, little and large all things needed to create chaos.

Written by Juhi Chaturvedi, the film is produced by Ronnie Lahiri and Sheel Kumar. It will premiere worldwide on June 12 on Amazon Prime Video.

10:30 (IST)19 May 2020
Neetu Kapoor remembers Rishi Kapoor

Actor Neetu Kapoor has posted a picture of herself, husband Rishi Kapoor and their family on Instagram. Rishi Kapoor died aged 67 on April 30 after a two-year-long battle with cancer. "How I wish this picture could remain complete as is," Neetu captioned the photo, which also features her son Ranbir Kapoor, daughter Riddhima Kapoor Sahni and granddaughter Samara.

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How I wish this picture could remain complete as is ❤️

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17:57 (IST)18 May 2020
Anil Kapoor narrates his marriage proposal story

Actor Anil Kapoor today celebrated the day he proposed to wife Sunita Kapoor 36 years ago by sharing an audio note recalling the special memory.  Anil Kapoor posted the audio on Twitter and captioned it, "This is the beginning of a long love story... People celebrate anniversaries. We celebrate the proposals as well. Watch out for our wedding story tomorrow." The Malang actor is heard saying in the audio that there came a point in his life when we had to choose between his career and love. "And I chose love. I proposed to her on the 18th." They got married the next day in the presence of around ten people. The couple, who celebrates their 36th anniversary tomorrow, has three kids - actors Sonam Kapoor and Harshvardhan Kapoor, and producer Rhea Kapoor.

17:48 (IST)18 May 2020
Alia Bhatt sends sweets, snacks for hospital staff in Mumbai

Bollywood star Alia Bhatt has surprised the staff of KEM hospital in Mumbai with food packages, containing sweets and beverages. A doctor at the hospital thanked the Gully Boy star on Twitter for the gesture. "Thank you @aliaa08 for such a sweet surprise..much appreciated in these bitter times of pandemic..!!" wrote Dr Shripad Gangapurkar alongside the picture of the snacks. The photo also shows a thank you note by Alia Bhatt that read, "Thank you for doing everything for keeping the community healthy and safe. You are the real heroes."

17:02 (IST)18 May 2020
Kareena relishes chocolate cake made by sister Karisma

Bollywood star Kareena Kapoor today took to Instagram to share pictures of a chocolate cake baked by her actor-sister Karisma Kapoor. Calling it "the best cake in the world", Kareena wrote, "Devouring the best cake in the world by the best sister in the world. @therealkarismakapoor... And yes, that's Mr Khan being grumpy at the back... Zoom in."

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Devouring the best chocolate cake in the world made by the best sister in the world @therealkarismakapoor... ❤️ And yes, that’s Mr. Khan being grumpy at the back... zoom in 😋

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14:51 (IST)18 May 2020
Arjun Rampal shares new look on Instagram

Actor Arjun Rampal today posted a picture of his post-shave look. The actor, who took the help of his girlfriend Gabriella Demetriades to cut his beard, wrote alongside the photo, "All done, back to being civilised. Yay or Nay? #iseeme." Earlier, Arjun Rampal shared a video where Gabriella is seen helping him trim the beard. He captioned the video, writing, "It's started."

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It’s started 😅

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14:42 (IST)18 May 2020
Sanjay Khan to re-launch son Zayed Khan in a war drama

Actor-filmmaker Sanjay Khan is all set to direct a biopic on Brigadier Mohammad Usman. The period drama will feature his son, actor Zayed Khan as the 1948 war hero. This is the father-son duo's first collaboration. In an interview with Mid Day, Sanjay said, “I am working hard on the script because I want to make it as authentic as possible. I want to depict the Indian Army's bravery, and how they fought despite not being armed with sufficient artillery and equipment. The brigadier's story is one of courage and principle.” Calling it his duty to re-launch Zayed Khan, Sanjay Khan told the publication, “He is one of the most handsome actors in the film industry. As a father, it is my duty to make a film for him. The audience will rediscover him in the movie.” Zayed was last seen in Sharafat Gayi Tel Lene (2015).

14:34 (IST)18 May 2020
Malaika Arora: The sun of hope and happiness will shine on all of us

Malaika Arora took to her social media handles today and shared a throwback video of herself soaking the sun on a beach. Hoping for the world to be happy again, she wrote, “Spinning in the sun, dragging my feet only to comeback where I started from. The world too will boomerang from this 'out of control spin' and the sun of hope and happiness will shine on all of us again.”

13:42 (IST)18 May 2020
Extraction director Sam Hargrave heaps praise on Randeep Hooda

Sam Hargrave, the director of Chris Hemsworth starrer Extraction, has shared on Instagram a still of Randeep Hooda from the film, and penned a note, praising the actor. "@randeephooda looking especially #fierce in this photo. What a performance in #Extraction !! And such a kind, positive, hard-working, genuine human being. Much respect brother! 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 #respect," Hargrave wrote. 

Randeep Hooda, who made his Hollywood debut with the Netflix action film, reposted it and wrote, "Thank you brother 🙏🏽 This is your painting, I just turned up with an empty canvas willing to learn."

13:17 (IST)18 May 2020
Sonali Bendre shares what should be on your reading list during the lockdown

Sharing a picture of herself with a book, actor Sonali Bendre wrote, “Been reading e-books for a while now, and I really miss holding a physical copy of a book. So, I decided to re-read an old favourite - the #WhiteMughals by @williamdalrymple - and announce that as the next book for SBC (Sonali's Book Club). It's more than just a history book... it's a book on love and betrayal in 18th century India, and this extended lockdown feels like the perfect time to revisit this era once again. Do give it a read and I'll see you at the book discussion! P.S. for those of you that don't have a copy, it is available on #Kindle. #SBCBookOfTheMonth”

A voracious reader, Sonali has shared in the past how books have helped her heal during her battle with cancer.

13:16 (IST)18 May 2020
Ranveer shares adorable throwback picture from his childhood

Ranveer Singh has shared an adorable picture from his childhood on Instagram. The 83 actor, who is a huge WWE fan, is seen posing with a WWE championship belt tied around his waist, with a poster of former wrestler Hulk Hogan in the background. Sharing the picture, Ranveer wrote, “Whatcha gonna do, when Hulkamania runs wild on you!” 🤣 #mondayfeeling throw it way back to when #WWF was life 🤼‍♂️ had a poster on my wall of The Immortal @hulkhogan”

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“Whatcha gonna do, when Hulkamania runs wild on you!” 🤣 #mondayfeeling throw it way back to when #WWF was life 🤼‍♂️ had a poster on my wall of The Immortal @hulkhogan

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12:56 (IST)18 May 2020
Nawazuddin Siddiqui arrives in Budhana for Eid, placed under 14-day home quarantine

Nawazuddin Siddiqui and his family members were placed under home quarantine after they reached Budhana town here from Mumbai, police said on Monday. He said the actor and the family members were tested for COVID-19 but their reports came negative. Read more here. 

12:33 (IST)18 May 2020
Kangana Ranaut pens a heartwarming poem on love

Kangana Ranaut, who is currently in Manali with her family, has shared a video on social media. The video features a poem she wrote during the lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak. The poem is titled Aasmaan. It uses the sky as an analogy for feelings we don’t acknowledge.  The video has been artistically shot in Kangana’s home.

12:27 (IST)18 May 2020
Ayushmann shares picture of son Virajveer playing the guitar

Sharing a picture of his 8-year-old son Virajveer playing the guitar in a corner of his house, Ayushmann Khurrana wrote, “Apni dhun mein rehta hai. Tu bhi mere jaisa hai.” The actor and his wife Tahira Kashyap has a six-year-old daughter too. Her name is Varushka.

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