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Gulabo Sitabo, starring Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana, releases on Amazon Prime on June 12.

Written by Priyanka Sharma , Komal RJ Panchal | Mumbai | Updated: May 22, 2020 6:18:56 pm
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Amid the uncertainty of when the Hindi film industry will re-open, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has asked the entertainment industry to prepare an action plan on limited resumption of film shoots.

Thackeray has said his government would consider providing rent concessions to production houses which have their sets erected in the Film City. The CM’s meeting with a delegation of film artistes happened days after Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) wrote him a letter 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, mentioned that they have over five lakh members of the entertainment industry under their umbrella. It also stated 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.

Besides FWICE, Indian Motion Pictures Producers’ Association (IMPPA) also requested the CM to consider resuming post-production operations like editing, sound-recording and sound-mixing.

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18:02 (IST)22 May 2020
Rani Mukerji on 16 years of Yuva: It was an absolute pleasure to work with Mani sir

It has been 16 years since Mani Ratnam's cult classic Yuva released. Today, actor Rani Mukerji reminisced about shooting for the movie.

The actor remembers shooting in Kolkata for the film. Calling her memories special, she said, “I think of my memories of shooting in Calcutta (now called Kolkata) and it was very special! Loved shooting in Kolkata as it feels like home being in the city of joy. From the food to having my grandma’s house there, it felt so much like home.”

Rani Mukerji also spoke about her experience of working with Mani Ratnam. She said, “I have very fond memories as it was my first film under the direction of Mani sir. It was an absolute pleasure to work with him. His way of interacting with actors, I thought was really, really unique. I think working with a director like Mani Sir has helped me better my skills.”

“Why it was so fascinating was because he used to direct actors with one sentence – he always said ‘please don’t act.’ So I think that was something that stayed with me even till today. The fact that Mani sir manages to get natural performances from his actors is because he works towards making the actors believe that they are those characters and I think that’s something really, really wonderful,” the actor added.

17:05 (IST)22 May 2020
Bhumi Pednekar opens up about her role in Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare

Actor Bhumi Pednekar's upcoming film Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare is a story of a bond between two cousins, Dolly and Kazal. Bhumi opens up about her role in the film and how she feels very close to the character.

“There is so much time at hand that you can use it to declutter and it is not only your space but your mind. I was cleaning a trunk in my old house and I came across a scrapbook from my school! My first DVD audition tape from my acting college, the first script I wrote! I was so nostalgic. My character in Dolly Kitty does something similar in the film with her scrapbook and this moment was so uncanny! There are so many of your life experiences you go through again as an actor and that’s what I love about cinema!” she said.

16:47 (IST)22 May 2020
Mumtaz on death rumours: I am alive and I am not that 'buddhi'

eteran actor Mumtaz's daughter Tanya Madhvani posted a video featuring her mother addressing her death rumours. In the video, Mumtaz says, “Hi! All my friends, I love you. See, I am not dead, I am alive and I am not that 'buddhi' (old) as they say. And, I still look presentable because of your blessings.”

Tanya's caption reads, “Message from my mother to her fans ! With another death hoax going around she is well and doing great ! Despite images of her being spread across the internet when she was fighting her cancer battle many years ago that claim she looks old ! . She is now healthy and happy and beautiful ! Give her a break she is 73!”

16:26 (IST)22 May 2020
Gulabo Sitabo trailer out

The trailer of Gulabo Sitabo, starring Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana, is out, and it looks like a quirky comedy. Set in Lucknow, here, Bachchan plays a landlord who lives in an old haveli and Khurrana plays his tenant. The two share a relationship that’s full of sarcasm as they can’t stand each other. Bachchan’s character wants to get rid of his tenant but Khurrana just wouldn’t leave.

To make this comedy more lively, the film also stars Vijay Raaz and Brijendra Kala among others. The Shoojit Sircar directorial is set to release on Amazon Prime Video on June 12.

15:35 (IST)22 May 2020
Tapsee on lessons she learnt from Game Over: Life is what you make it

Taapsee Pannu shared how the Game Over made her a planner that she never was. The actor took to Instagram where she shared a still from her 2016 film, Game Over. She captioned it, “'We all have 2 lives, the second one starts when you have only one left'. That’s what was written in that envelope I’m holding and when I read it for the first time it hit me hard. Made me believe in living in the moment so much.

"Not that I was much of a planner before that. #GameOver was again more than just a movie , more than just a story for me n for everyone who understood the meaning behind it. Life is what u gonna make it , you should have the will power to LIVE and not just survive.”

15:31 (IST)22 May 2020
IMPPA requests filmmakers to clear dues of employees

Since the nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak was announced in March, all film shoots have been on hold, leaving many employees, daily wage workers and technicians among others out of work. Today, the Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association (IMPPA) released a statement, addressing filmmakers who are members of the association. IMPPA requested them to clear all and any pending dues of employees, daily wage workers, technicians and artistes to let them live with dignity.

“All members are requested to do the needful and pay the dues of their employees, workers, artists
and technicians as soon as possible to enable them to survive with dignity in these difficult times," reads a part of the statement.

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13:25 (IST)22 May 2020
Gulabo Sitabo trailer to release today at 4 pm

The makers of Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana starrer Gulabo Sitabo will drop the film's trailer today at 4 pm. Bachchan shared the new poster of the film on his social media platforms to announce the same. Gulabo Sitabo, directed by Shoojit Sircar, is set to release on Amazon Prime Video on June 12.

12:55 (IST)22 May 2020
Nitesh Tiwari celebrates his birthday under the lockdown today

Filmmaker Nitesh Tiwari celebrates his birthday today. His wife, filmmaker Ashwiny Iyer took to social media to wish him a happy birthday. Sharing throwback pictures, Ashwiny wrote, “Happy Birthday @niteshtiwari22 ❤️ With each passing year your heart definitely shines brighter than your hair 😜Stay blessed always.” She also added a fun story on her Instagram to wish the Dangal director.

 
 
 
 
 
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Happy Birthday @niteshtiwari22 ❤️ With each passing year your heart definitely shines brighter than your hair 😜Stay blessed always.

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12:39 (IST)22 May 2020
Jaadu to reunite with Hrithik Roshan in Krrish 4

Jaadu, the most memorable character from Hrithik Roshan's Koi Mil Gaya (2003) is all set to reunite with the actor in his next film, Krrish 4, which will be directed by Rakesh Roshan.

According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, all through the lockdown, the Roshans have been working on the script with their writers, with the idea of kicking off the film at the earliest, following the huge leap in technology. A source told the publication, “They have been discussing the film’s scale, visuals and other technical aspects with experts in the West.”

Hrithik Roshan himself confirmed Jadoo’s potential return in Krrish 4. He told Mumbai Mirror, “Yes, the world can do with some Jaadu now.”

12:37 (IST)22 May 2020
Priyanka Chopra on Bollywood playback singing: I’ve had the fortune to have some amazing singers lend their voice to my films over the years

Priyanka Chopra today shared a throwback video of her song "Tinka Tinka" from the film Karam (2005). She explained her global audience how playback singing works in the Hindi film industry.

She wrote, “‘Tinka Tinka’ is a song from one of my earlier films Karam (Deed). It released 2005. For those who might not know, Hindi films use playback singers for most actors and I’ve had the fortune to have some amazing singers lend their voice to my films over the years. But when this song was released, most thought it was me...But in fact it was the voice of one of my favorite singers @alishachinaiofficial... she complimented my tone so well. Thank you Alisha!! so this Thursday.... #TBT."

12:34 (IST)22 May 2020
Suhana Khan to celebrate her 20th birthday at home during the lockdown

As Shah Rukh Khan’s daughter, Suhana Khan turns 20, her friends from the industry have taken to social media to wish her on her big day. She will be celebrating the day with her family in their Bandra house as the nation-wide lockdown continues due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Ananya Panday, who is best friends with Suhana shared a click on Instagram and wrote, “The two things I miss the most - the great outdoors and SUHANA!!! happy 20th bday Sue but u will be my little baby forever.” Suhana has expressed her interest in acting and the audience has seen her work in a few short films on YouTube. She has also been an active participant in stage plays at school level.

 
 
 
 
 
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the two things I miss the most - the great outdoors and SUHANA!!! 🥺🥺🥺 happy 20th bday Sue 😨🥳 but u will be my little baby forever ❤️

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Bollywood stars Vicky Kaushal, Shoojit Sircar, Karan Johar and Anushka Sharma among others have prayed for the people of West Bengal and Odisha, who have been affected by Cyclone Amphan.