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Bollywood news on May 21: Kartik Aaryan ready to take pay cut amid COVID-19 crisis and more

Kartik Aaryan says he will do whatever it takes to help Bollywood mitigate loss due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Written by Priyanka Sharma , Komal RJ Panchal | Mumbai |
Updated: May 22, 2020 12:10:20 pm
Kartik Aaryan Kartik Aaryan’s last Bollywood release was Love Aaj Kal.

As uncertainty looms over the Hindi film industry, Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) has written a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray seeking permission to resume post-production. A host of Bollywood films were supposed to begin post-production before the country went into lockdown on March 25 to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

The letter, signed by Ashoke Pandit, BN Tiwari, Ashok Dubey and Gangeshwarlal Shrivastav, begins by mentioning that they have over five lakh members of the entertainment industry under their umbrella. It also states that the industry generates high revenue and plays an important role in the economy of the country.

“If permissions are given to carry out such post production activities (editing, sound recording and music recording) of these projects, which can be done in closed studios with minimum workforce, it would be great relief to the producers who have poured in huge funds and that they shall be all set to release their projects immediately after the lockdown is lifted,” a part of the letter read.

After FWICE, Indian Motion Pictures Producers’ Association wrote a letter to the CM on Wednesday requesting him to consider resuming post-production operations.

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19:21 (IST)21 May 2020
Badshah collaborates with Ravi Dubey, Sargun Mehta for new single

Composer-rapper Badhshah is set to bring a new single, "Toxic", which features actor-couple Ravi Dubey and Sargun Mehta. The couple has shot at home the song, which is a take on toxic relationships. "Sargun and Ravi both are talented actors and close friends. I really love what they have done with the video," Badshah said in a statement.

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COMING SOON @badboyshah @adityadevmusic @payaldevofficial @ravidubey2312 @sargunmehta @sonymusicnorth @sonymusicindia #toxic

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19:11 (IST)21 May 2020
Anil Kapoor wishes Mohanlal on his birthday

Actor Anil Kapoor today took to Twitter to wish Malayalam superstar Mohanlal on his 60th birthday by sharing a clip from their 1997 comedy, Chandrakekha. "Happy 60th Birthday, @Mohanlal! It was a memorable experience working with you in #Chandralekha! Wishing you all the health & happiness!" Anil Kapoor wrote alongside the video.

19:09 (IST)21 May 2020
Sonam Kapoor shares childhood photo wearing DIY batman costume

Actor Sonam Kapoor today posted on Instagram a childhood picture from her brother Harshvardhan's birthday where she is seen wearing a Batman costume. The actor shared Batman was her favourite superhero. "DIY Batman costume for a party that wasn’t fancy dress because he was my favourite super hero. Also jumping and dancing with @rheakapoor is still my favourite thing to do. (Yes those are batman socks and yes I was a nerd)," Sonam Kapoor wrote.

19:07 (IST)21 May 2020
Ayushmann Khuranna opens up about his Gulabo Sitabo co-star Amitabh Bachchan

Actor Ayushmann Khurrana took to his social media platforms today to share his appreciation for his Gulabo Sitabo co-star, Amitabh Bachchan. He wrote, “the person Who is sitting next to me is a superstar. It is a good thing that he is sitting next to me changing his appearance, otherwise I would never dare to sit next to him with a ‘I don't care' expression. By the way, the trailer of our movie is dropping soon.” The actor also announced that the film's trailer will be releasing soon.

16:05 (IST)21 May 2020
Kriti Sanon shares how sister Nupur Sanon turned her hair stylist

Kriti Sanon and Nupur Sanon have always set sibling goals. The two are making the most of the lockdown too. They've been sharing a lot of cooking and fun videos with each other. Today, Kriti shared a video of Nupur cutting her hair. She then posted a picture of the final look on her Instagram story too.

16:03 (IST)21 May 2020
Sushmita Sen shared a heartfelt thank you video on the 26th anniversary of winning Miss Universe title

It has been 26 years to Sushmita Sen winning Miss Universe title in 1994. Today, Sushmita shared a photo collage video on Instagram thanking the people in her life who have given her strength. She said, “what I carry with me is beautiful memories and heart full of love that I experienced during my reign. I must thank for this moment of glory which has made me realise my truest potential.”

She captioned the video, “🇮🇳 #26thanniversary #missuniverse1994 #indiasfirst Thank you all for making ‘my Universe a better place’...your love has always been my greatest strength!! I love you guys!!! Full version of this video is on #YouTube LINK IN BIO 😁Have added some of your creative images to include you in my journey!!"

13:56 (IST)21 May 2020
Bollywood celebs pray for those affected by Cyclone Amphan

Bollywood stars Karan Johar, Shoojit Sircar and Taapsee Pannu among others today took to Twitter to express concern for those affected by Cyclone Amphan, which has caused destruction in West Bengal and Odisha.

13:53 (IST)21 May 2020
Mira Kapoor shares a picture of herself with ‘SK’ tattoo

Mira Kapoor has shared a picture of herself with her girl gang on Instagram. In the picture she can be seen wearing a temporary tattoo with alphabets ‘SK’ (for Shahid Kapoor). Shahid and Mira keep sharing fun and appreciative posts about each other on a regular basis.

Recently, in an interview with Pinkvilla, Shahid's mother, actor Neelima Azmi had opened up about her daughter-in-law, Mira. She had said, "She's the most undramatic person I know. Since we are all actors, we are extremely dramatic. I have never had a daughter, so Mira is my daughter. She has got the entire family together. The amount of love, and happiness she's given to Shahid and all of us, is beautiful.”

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Missing the girls, Americanos and eye candy 👯‍♀️

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13:34 (IST)21 May 2020
Neeraj Ghaywan auctions copy of Cannes jury prize

Neeraj Ghaywan is the latest Bollwyood celebrity after Anurag Kashyap and Varun Grover to auction his film trophies to raise money for kits required to test coronavirus patients. "I am offering my awards for a charity auction to raise funds for COVID test kits. TOIFA Best Debut Director (Masaan), Filmfare Best Film (Juice), signed copy of the jury prize- ‘Prix de l’Avenir’ (Masaan) that I won at Cannes Film festival, 2015," Ghaywan tweeted.

13:30 (IST)21 May 2020
Irrfan Khan's son Babil shares a heartwarming post

Late actor Irrfan Khan’s son Babil took to Instagram to share some pictures of his father spending time with school kids at his farmhouse in Nasik, Maharashtra. In the pictures, the actor can be seen in a jovial mood while casually talking with the young school children surrounding him. Remembering his father, Babil wrote, “I thought might as well. Whenever it was farmhouse time for him, these kids and the school principal would show up to meet.”

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I thought might as well. Whenever it was farmhouse time for him, these kids and the school principal would show up to meet.

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13:28 (IST)21 May 2020
Amitabh Bachchan shares workout selfie with grandson Agastya Nanda

Amitabh Bachchan took to his social media platforms today and shared a workout selfie with his 19 year old grandson Agastya Nanda. Bachchan also shared how Agastya inspires him to stay fit and keep working out. Sharing the picture, he wrote, “Fight .. fight the fit .. fit the fight .. reflective mirrors , laterally inverted imagery .. and the inspiration with Grandson ..”

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Fight .. fight the fit .. fit the fight .. reflective mirrors , laterally inverted imagery .. and the inspiration with Grandson ..

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12:23 (IST)21 May 2020
Sussanne Khan shows off her work place

Just when the nationwide lockdown was announced in March, Hrithik Roshan had shared on his social media platforms that Sussanne (his ex wife) had graciously volunteered to temporarily move out of her home so that their children are not disconnected indefinitely from either one of them.

Sussanne Khan on Wednesday, gave us a glimpse into her work space at Hrithik's house and wrote, “Getting used to the new normal.. typical Wednesday afternoon on my outdoor desk, watching pigeons on the sand while I draw, as the robust sparkling ocean waves become my background score. Mighty grateful for being fortunate enough to have all of this."

12:21 (IST)21 May 2020
Actor Shilpa Shetty wishes her son happy birthday

Shilpa Shetty's son Viaan turns eight today. Sharing a video to wish her son happy birthday, on instagram, the actor wrote, “Every step of the way, I promise I’ll be by your side. Whenever you need a hug, I’ll be right here, with my arms spread wide. I’ll never stop loving you and believing in you. Coz you are my Sonshine and my pride! Happy 8th birthday, my darling son Viaan-Raj. I love you!”

11:41 (IST)21 May 2020
Riddhima Kapoor Sahni shares family throwback pictures

Late actor Rishi Kapoor's daughter Riddhima Kapoor Sahni has shared some unseen family pictures. In these throwback pictures, a young Rishi is seen sharing happy moments with his family, and a young Ranbir Kapoor posing for pictures sitting on his father's lap.

11:29 (IST)21 May 2020
Kartik Aryan: Whatever it takes for the industry to get together and start working, I am up for it

In an interview with Film Companion, Kartik Aryan spoke about the hit that the film industry has taken due to the ongoing nationwide lockdown, and what are his thoughts on how the industry can resume work. The actor also shared that he is ready to take a pay cut.

When Anupama Chopra asked him, “Will stars take a pay cut?” He replied, “I wouldn’t want to cut down on people’s jobs. There has to be a solution wherein that problem also doesn’t crop up and producers (who are getting hit), they too are saved. There has to be solution and a balance will come out. Whatever it takes for the industry to get together and start working, I think, I am up for it. I would do whatever collectively we decide to do.”

On pay cuts, Kartik told Film Companion, “If that is something that is going to help the industry, I think we all should do that. We should be up for it. We have taken a huge hit, as a country and as an industry also.”

19:34 (IST)20 May 2020
Shooting of Sanjay Dutt's Blockbuster Gang expected to begin in July: Proḍucer

Producer Sandip Ssingh on Wednesday said Sanjay Dutt starrer Blockbuster Gang might go on floors by July-August. "We will make the official announcement after the lockdown is lifted. The moment we get the dates of all the actors, it shouldn't be difficult to start. We hope to start shooting in July-August if all goes well," Ssingh told PTI.

Also Read | Hope to begin shooting of Sanjay Dutt starrer Blockbuster Gang by July: Producer Sandip Ssingh

19:28 (IST)20 May 2020
IMPPA seeks permission of Maha CM to begin post-production

Indian Motion Pictures Producers' Association (IMPPA) is the second film body after FWICE to have written to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray requesting permission to begin post-production activities.

"Though we fully understand that it might not be possible for you to allow early resumption of film shooting as they involve large number of people, you may kindly please allow our members to go ahead and complete the post production of their films and other entertainment products as in majority of cases, all the shooting and other work has been completed except for the editing, dubbing and post production which are all activities performed indoors in secluded offices with very limited number of personnel," read a part of the letter.

Also Read | FWICE seeks permission from Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray to resume post-production

17:18 (IST)20 May 2020
Anurag Kashyap auctions Gangs of Wasseypur trophy to raise money for COVID test kits

Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap has invited people to bid for his Gangs of Wasseypur Filmfare trophy to raise funds for kits needed to test coronavirus patients. The gangster drama won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Film in 2013. "Highest bidder gets the original trophy for the Filmfare critics award best film 2013 . “Gangs of Wasseypur”...," Kashyap today tweeted.

17:06 (IST)20 May 2020
Suhana Khan learns belly dancing online

Superstar Shah Rukh Khan's daughter Suhana Khan has taken to online belly dancing lessons. Suhana Khan's dance teacher today shared on Instagram a collage of two pictures- one with Suhana and the second showing the two interacting over a video call- to describe before and after lockdown situations. "December 2019 #beforelockdown May 2020 #lockdown4 with @suhana2 level up #onlinedanceclass," Suhana's teacher wrote.

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Dec 2019 #beforelockdown May 2020 #lockdown4 With @suhanakhan2 Level up #onlinebellydanceclass #artofbellydancewithsanjana

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15:13 (IST)20 May 2020
Farhan Akhtar arranges PPE kits for hospital in Mumbai

Actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar today announced he has sent a consignment of PPE kits for health workers in Cama Hospital, Mumbai. "Happy to share that our consignment of PPE kits leaves for the Cama Hospital, Mumbai. Lots of love & gratitude to all who contributed. This will help keeping our medics at the frontline safe! Jai Hind," Akhtar tweeted.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has asked the entertainment industry to prepare an action plan on the limited resumption of film shooting and post-production activities.

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