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TV news on May 22: Ek Desh Ek Raag concert to pay tribute to Rishi Kapoor and Irrfan Khan

Representatives of the entertainment industry recently met Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to discuss the resumption of shoots.

Written by Sana Farzeen | Mumbai | Updated: May 22, 2020 7:15:27 pm
sa re ga ma pa, ek desh, ek raag ‘Ek Desh Ek Raag’ is a 25-hour fund raiser concert that will start on May 23

Shoots for films, television and web shows were put on halt on March 19, even before the official lockdown came in force. With relaxations allowed in states, representatives of the entertainment industry recently met Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to discuss the resumption of shoots.

As per a report in PTI, Thackrey asked the entertainment industry to prepare an action plan on film shooting and post-production activities by adhering to social distancing norms amidst the coronavirus-induced lockdown.

The CM said, “The government would consider an action plan on how shooting and post-production activities can be resumed in a limited way by adhering to social distancing and other norms.”

“However, care will have to be taken to ensure that locations for shooting a film are not situated in the containment zones and that the number of people on the sets and their hygiene is taken care of,” he added.

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19:15 (IST)22 May 2020
Zee TV introduces mythological band ‘Bhakti Ki Shakti’

Starting May 25, Zee TV is set to launch its mythological band- Bhakti Ki Shakti. The channel will air popular shows Vishnu Puran and Paramavtar Shree Krishna from from Monday-Saturday, 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm.

Commenting about the show’s return, actor Nitish Bharadwaj said, “Vishnu Puran as a show brings out theories and principles that give a deep insight into ancient Indian knowledge pool. Prior to taking up this show, I had read the manuscripts of Vishnu Puran and immediately recollected the Theory of Evolution put forth in the 19th century by the naturalist, Charles Darwin. While his theories might have been true and perceived the first of its form in the West, from the perspective of India’s age-old heritage and culture, I personally believe that Maharshi Ved Vyas was the first anthropologist author to address and establish human’s evolution via the Vishnu Puran manuscript. While Darwinism deals with its anthropological aspects, Vyas not only deals with this aspect through matsya avatar till krishna avatar, but also deals with social evolution of human society, making his text a more rounded one. I believe that bringing back this show that unveils several dimensions of Hindu Knowledge Pool, it will impart moral values and life lessons that would enrich and enlighten today’s generation, in dealing with their own battles of post-corona new world order.”

18:01 (IST)22 May 2020
Mukesh Khanna lashes out at TikTok

Remembered for playing the iconic character of Shaktimaan, Mukesh Khanna recently posted a video on Instagram, where he lashed out at the app and its users. In the video, the actor is seen telling his fans that there is a lot more to do in life than making TikTok videos. "It is an app for useless people. It is spreading obscenity, senselessness and it is going to get entrenched in the youth of today," he shared.

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17:00 (IST)22 May 2020
Your chance to interact with Ragini Khanna

Head to the Indian Express Facebook page to interact with actor Ragini Khanna.

16:06 (IST)22 May 2020
Surbhi Chandna takes a trip down memory lane

Popular television actor Surbhi Chandna seems to be taking a trip down memory lane. The actor posted a childhood picture of herself, and captioned it, "Dear Past".

 
 
 
 
 
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Her fans seemed to not have enough of this cute post as they showered her with lovely comments.

15:10 (IST)22 May 2020
Rachnaa Parulkkar takes up a new look

Rachanaa Parulkkar, known for her performance in Maharana Pratap has given herself a makeover in the lockdown. The actor chopped her hair to take up a bolder look. Parulkkar said, "In the lockdown, my hair had grown longer and there was no style to it. I needed a new look for summer and also felt hot in the long hair. I spoke with my stylist and she guided me. DIY hairstyling is cool during the lockdown since you can't go to the salon and no hairstylist will come home."

Talking about what's keeping her busy, the actor said, "Currently, in the lockdown, I am happy trying to use my time in a constructive way. But, I hope to land some meaningful roles after the lockdown gets over. I would love to try my hand at comedy, romance or action. I have become fitter in the past two months. And the new fitter me, will help me get some action-oriented roles. But, first of all I am hoping that things get better soon."  

14:40 (IST)22 May 2020
Ek Desh Ek Raag to pay an ode to Rishi Kapoor and Irrfan Khan


Last month, Bollywood witnessed the sad demise of actors Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor. Zee TV that is set to air a 25-hour fund raising concert Ek Desh Ek Raag will pay an ode to these stars through musical performances.

Sa Re Ga Ma Pa's Ek Desh Ek Raag host Shaan in a statement said, “It is extremely unfortunate that the Hindi film industry and the country as a whole, on consecutive days, lost 2 legendary actors. Rishi ji and Irrfan never ceased to take charge and re-define set boundaries. As actors they took their artistic liberty and went on to create masterpieces. I’m glad that a platform like Sa Re Ga Ma Pa during such critical times  and on the occasion of its 25th anniversary is paying such a mega tribute to these legends. I feel there is no better way to give a tribute to any artiste than to celebrate their work and that's what we are trying to do. I have been a massive fan of Rishi Kapoor’s work. I have grown up listening to songs featuring him and I must say he’s inspired me as an artist. Irrfan was an incredible human being too and I am honoured that I could do my bit in paying a tribute to them through Ek Desh Ek Raag.”

Apart from Shaan, previous Sa Re Ga Ma Pa former contestant-turned-singing sensations Debojit Saha and Sanchita Bhattacharya have also collaborated to perform a medley of Main Shayar Toh nahi, Hum Tum Ek Kamre Mein Band Ho and Ek Main Aur Ek Tu as a heartfelt tribute to Rishi ji.

19:07 (IST)21 May 2020
Hina Khan posts breezy pictures on Instagram

Bigg Boss 11 finalist Hina Khan has been quite active on social media during the lockdown. From her day-to-day activities, workout to cooking for her family, she has been chronicling her lockdown diary. On Thursday, the actor posted some beautiful pictures of herself. Dressed in a blue salwar kameez, Hina Khan's breezy pictures will take your weekday blues away.

 
 
 
 
 
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18:18 (IST)21 May 2020
Guess why Divyanka Tripathi hates coronavirus

Popular television star Divyanka Tripathi recently shared a post reminiscing about her old times. Sharing a picture with husband Vivek Dahiya, the Yeh Hai Mohabbatein actor shared that she is travel starved. And since she doesn't see that happening anytime soon, she hates coronavirus for it.
The actor wrote, "I'm already #TravelStarved...and I don't see it happening anytime soon!! That's something I HATE THE MOST ABOUT CORONA!☹️ Share, what do you #HateCorona for? (Sorry..my first ever #HatePost 🙈😅)."

17:31 (IST)21 May 2020
Vikas Khanna dedicates new dish to Sonu Sood

Vikas Khanna has been helping out people across India suffering due to the coronavirus-led pandemic. Even though he is stuck in New York, he has been coordinating with NGOs and volunteers to provide ration to millions. On the other hand, Bollywood star Sonu Sood has taken upon himself to send migrant labourers back home from Mumbai. In a bid to appreciate Sood for his contribution, the celebrity chef has named his next dish after the actor's home town.

In an Instagram post, Vikas Khanna shared, "Applauding for the true heroes. My first in the list is a dear friend @sonu_sood #GettingFamiliesHome. So, yesterday I named a dish in honor of his birth place and called to MOGA. Jai Ho Veerji. #TrueHero. Tandoori Masala Salmon-English Cucumber Salad-Coconut Garlic Foam."

 
 
 
 
 
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Read | Sonu Sood organises buses for migrants stuck in Mumbai

16:00 (IST)21 May 2020
Ashiesh Roy in dire need of financial aid

Ashiesh Roy, who has been undergoing dylasis at a Mumbai hospital, recently spoke to Bombay Times about his financial crisis. The Mere Angne Mein actor said that he wants the hospital to discharge him given that he cannot afford the treatment. Roy had recently posted on Facebook and seeked aid from his friends to clear his medical bills. He has been in the ICU from May 14.

His good friend, actor Sooraj Thapar has been now reaching out to industry bodies and NGOs so that Ashiesh Roy can continue his treatment.

Read | Ashiesh Roy in ICU, Hansal Mehta requests film bodies to help actor

15:03 (IST)21 May 2020
Shoaib Ibrahim hits back at troll

Actor Shoaib Ibrahim recently hit back at a troll, who asked him about his wife Dipika Kakar's religion. Ibrahim recently had an AMA session on Instagram where someone asked him whether Kakar was a Hindu or Muslim. To this the actor replied, "Insaan achchi hai kya sirf itna hi kafi nahi hai (She is a good human being, isn't that enough?"

14:02 (IST)21 May 2020
SAB TV launches a new short format show

SAB TV has launched a new short format show Kuch Smiles Ho Jayein…with Alia. The 12-minute show will air twice a week every Monday and Friday at 9 PM and will witness prominent artistes of the SAB family coming together to entertain the audience through fun filled and exciting tasks while being at home. The completey shot and executed at home show will be hosted by Anusha Mishra and Balraj.

13:11 (IST)21 May 2020
Himanshi Khurana's work-from-home fashion show

Bigg Boss 13 contestant Himanshu Khurana has been keeping her fans entertained with her social media posts. The Punjabi singer-actor staged a 'Quarantine Fashion Show' at her home. She walked down her drawing room in various looks, while her family cheered for her. The video has already garnered more than one lakh views.

 
 
 
 
 
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Khurana's latest single Suit Dwade will also be released this week.

With shoots not happening, a majority of cast and crew have been facing issues due to lack of finances. Recently, actor Manmeet Grewal committed suicide after struggling with dwindling finances amid lockdown. On the other hand, the team of Humari Bahu Silk has also been appealing to CINTAA and FWICE to get their dues cleared from the show's producer.