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Staff at dubbing studio visited by Abhishek Bachchan test negative for COVID-19

After Abhishek Bachchan was found to be coronavirus positive on July 11, the dubbing studio he visited last week to dub for Breathe: Into the Shadows was shut down. All the employees at the studio have now been tested negative for the virus.

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As per reports the owner of the studio has confirmed that all of the staff have been found negative and he also concluded that the actor might not have contacted the virus from the studio. However, the studio will continue to remain closed. 

On July 11, Amitabh Bachchan was first tested positive for coronavirus followed by Abhishek Bachchan. Both father and son were immediately shifted to Nanavati hospital in Mumbai. The following day Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and her daughter Aaradhya Bachchan were also tested positive, however, they were asked to self quarantine at home. 

All the people who came in contact with the Bachchan family are being tested for the virus. Reportedly, the staff at the Bachchan household will also go through a round of antibodies test to find out how the family contacted the virus.

ALSO READ: Amitabh Bachchan & Abhishek Bachchan recovering fast from Covid; likely to be home next week 

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2020-07-15 15:13:45

Remo D’souza fills in for Malaika Arora on India’s Best Dancer show, to reunite with DID judges Terence Lewis and Geeta Kapoor

Television shoots have resumed adhering to the government’s safety protocol. Many shows are set to air soon. Sony TV’s variety series India’s Best Dancer will be back on the small screen from this coming weekend. Malaika Arora is one of the judges on the show along with Geeta Kapur and Terence Lewis. She will be absent for the next couple of episodes. Uncertain about the next few episodes, filmmaker and choreographer Remo D’souza has stepped as the judge making it the reunion of Dance India Dance original judges’ panel.

Remo D’souza fills in for Malaika Arora on India’s Best Dancer show, to reunite with DID judges Terence Lewis and Geeta Kapoor

Remo D’souza is excited to get back to work and reunite with his old pals. Geeta Kapoor added that all the necessary precautions have been taken care of and the crew has been well-equipped.

Terence Lewis also said that this was in a way trip down the memory lane for them. He said that everyone is going through a difficult time and this spirit of powering through is inspiring.

ALSO READ: “I will never forget choreographing Madhuri Dixit with Sarojji”, says Remo D’Souza

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2020-07-15 11:54:18

Tiger Shroff takes singing seriously during lockdown; may sing for Heropanti 2

Joining Salman Khan, Alia Bhatt and other singing stars soon will be Tiger Shroff. Tiger has used quarantine time to sharpen his singing skills. His father Jackie Shroff too is an ardent music buff. The senior Shroff enjoys singing the songs of Dev Anand.

Tiger Shroff takes singing seriously during lockdown; may sing for Heropanti 2

Says Tiger, “During this lockdown I’ve been enjoying singing a lot, so I have been working on a project along those lines.” In all likelihood Tiger may sing for his next film Heropanti 2 which he starts shooting after the lockdown.

In the meanwhile, how is Tiger Shroff coping with the lockdown? “I’ve been coping by channelizing all my energy into exercising and meditation. I shifted some equipment from my gym to my house. So that’s been a life saver. I continued to work-out from home during the lockdown.”

What has this phase taught Tiger? “This phase has definitely allowed me to spend a lot more time with family. I never had so much time in recent years to be with my parents and my sister. So in a way that’s probably the only positive I can think of during this phase.”

Also Read: “Jab daadi nahi aati thi” – Tiger Shroff shares a throwback picture

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2020-07-15 05:44:25

Salman Khan to begin Bigg Boss 14 in September, finds potential candidates

Salman Khan is currently at his Panvel farmhouse in self-quarantine with some of his family members and friends. Amid this, the actor will reportedly get back to work in August and has been also busy working on promos for Bigg Boss 14.

Salman Khan to begin Bigg Boss 14 in September, finds potential candidates

There have been reports that state that the show might have a lockdown connection. Meanwhile, the makers probably will kick off Bigg Boss 14 in the next two months. The actor, who has been hosting since season 4, is set for the 14th season.

Interestingly, talks are on with many celebrities to join the show including Naagin 4’s Nia Sharma, Vivian Dsena, and Adhyayan Suman. If the reports are anything to go by, these three actors have been reportedly approached to join the show.

Nia Sharma became popular on Television with her role in Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai. This was followed by Jamai Raja, Ishq Mein Marjawan, and now Ekta Kapoor’s show Naagin 4. She also participated in the Khatron Ke Khiladi season 8.

Vivian Dsena gained attention after his leading role in Pyaar Ki Ek Kahaani, Madhubala – Ek Ishq Ek Junoon, and Shakti – Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki. He participated in the seventh season of Khatron Ke Khiladi.

Adhyayan Suman, son of Shekhar Suman, made his Bollywood debut Haal-e-Dil and went onto star in Raaz – The Mystery Continues amongst other films. He grabbed headlines for his relationship with his ex-girlfriend Kangana Ranaut. But, the actor has denied these reports stating he will be a contestant. “False news of me being a part of big boss! Thanks but no thanks! Disrespectful to say the least! #BigBoss @ColorsTV please clarify this! Regards,” he wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.

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While it is yet to be confirmed, more participants will be revealed soon before the show kicks off in September.

ALSO READ: “Respect to all the farmers” – says Salman Khan as he is seen soaked in mud at his Panvel farm

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2020-07-15 04:15:19

BREAKING: Netflix wins the race against Amazon to bag Bhumi and Konkona’s Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare

Ever since the cinema halls have shut in March owing to the coronavirus pandemic, Bollywood producers have moved to the OTT platforms for their film’s release. While Ajay Devgn, Akshay Kumar, Alia Bhatt, Vidya Balan, Amitabh Bachchan, Ayushmann Khurrana and Abhishek Bachchan among others have already confirmed the release of their films on various OTT platforms, there are many other stars who are gearing up for the digital debut. Bollywood Hungama has exclusively learnt that streaming giant Netflix has bagged Ekta Kapoor’s Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare featuring Konkona Sen Sharma and Bhumi Pednekar.

BREAKING: Netflix wins the race against Amazon to bag Bhumi and Konkona’s Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare

“Since May, the team of Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare have been talking to various digital players, including Netflix, Amazon and Hotstar. After taking into consideration the monetary offers by all platforms, it was Netflix who bagged the film by paying the maximum amount,” revealed a source close to the development, adding further that Amazon was also keen to have the film in their library considering that director, Alankrita Shrivastava’s last release, Lipstick Under My Burkha grabbed some eyeballs on their platform. “She also helmed Made In Heaven with Zoya Akhtar for Amazon. However, after a lot of discussions, her directorial finally went to Netflix.”

The story of the film revolves around two cousins Dolly and Kajal and about a secret shared by them. Major chunk of the film was set at a studio in Mumbai and also features Vikrant Massey in a pivotal role. The film is said to be a strong take on women empowerment and feminism, and considering a digital release, it is expected to grab more eyeballs than what it would have in theatres.

Also Read: In lockdown, Bhumi Pednekar discovers uncanny similarity with her character in Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare

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2020-07-14 10:23:24

Amitabh Bachchan expresses ‘unending gratitude’ for well-wishers after COVID-19 diagnosis

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan took to social media on Sunday to thank his well-wisher for all their prayers and concern for him, Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and Aaradhya Bachchan, who have all tested positive for COVID-19.

Amitabh Bachchan expresses 'unending gratitude' for well-wishers after COVID-19 diagnosis

“My dearest extended family, your concern, your prayers, and your wishes for Abhishek, Aishwarya, Aaradhya, and me for a speedy recovery has filled me with unending gratitude. I thank you all,” Amitabh wrote.

“T 3592 – It shall not be possible for me to acknowledge and respond to all the prayers and wishes expressed by them that have shown concern towards Abhishek, Aishwarya, Aaradhya and me ..I put my hands together and say ..????
Thank you for your eternal love and affection,” he added.

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… to them that have expressed their concern, their prayers and their wishes for Abhishek Aishwarya Aaradhya and me .. my unending gratitude and love ..♥️ I put my hands together and say thank you???? वो सब जिन्होंने अपनी प्रार्थनाएँ अभिषेक, ऐश्वर्या आराध्या और मुझे , व्यक्त की हैं , मेरा हृदय पूर्वक आभार ????

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There’s been an outpouring of messages from industry members and fans all across for the Bachchan family. While Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan have been admitted to Nanavati hospital, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Aaradhya Bachchan are in-home quarantine.

Their staff members have also given the swab tests and waiting for their results. A civic official revealed that the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has declared Bachchan family’s four bungalows – Jalsa, Pratiksha, Janak, and Vatsa – as containment zones and sealed them.

The security has been beefed up both at their bungalows and at Nanavati hospital.

ALSO READ: Abhishek Bachchan informs that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Aaradhya will quarantine at home

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2020-07-13 03:59:57

Jaya Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Aaradhya test negative for coronavirus

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan and his son Abhishek Bachchan have been tested positive for Covid-19. The news was confirmed by the actors on July 11 after they were admitted to Mumbai’s Nanavati hospital. Amitabh complained of breathing problems and was admitted immediately.

Jaya Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Aaradhya test negative for coronavirus

As the family was waiting for the results of other family members, it has been confirmed that Jaya Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and Aaradhya have tested negative for coronavirus. The results of their swab tests are awaited.

After being admitted to the hospital, Amitabh Bachchan posted a picture and wrote, “T 3590 -I have tested CoviD positive .. shifted to Hospital .. hospital informing authorities .. family and staff undergone tests , results awaited ..All that have been in close proximity to me in the last 10 days are requested to please get themselves tested!”

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Abhishek Bachchan also took to Twitter to reveal his diagnosis and wrote, “Earlier today both my father and I tested positive for COVID 19. Both of us having mild symptoms have been admitted to hospital. We have informed all the required authorities and our family and staff are all being tested. I request all to stay calm and not panic. Thank you. ????????.”

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In another tweet, he added, “The BMC has been in touch and we are complying with them. ????????.”

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ALSO READ: After Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan tests positive for COVID-19

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2020-07-12 04:21:17

Arjun Kapoor resumes work with an ad shoot, says every one of us will have to adjust to the new normal

India went into lockdown four months back and that pulled the curtains down on Bollywood, an intimately functioning industry where scores of people manage a set and actors always work in proximity. With social distancing the norm now, the unlocking period is seeing the industry and its stars trying to restart operations. Arjun Kapoor is one of the earliest celebs to be back on the sets and he is advocating for work to resume.

Arjun Kapoor resumes work with an ad shoot, says every one of us will have to adjust to the new normal

Arjun says, “I think every one of us will have to adjust to the new normal and slowly start resetting our lives. Things have changed forever but we will all have to work, we will all have to support our families. So, everyone concerned will make their environment as safe as possible so that all are protected and we resume some sort of normalcy on our work front. I shot for the first time after 4 months.”

The actor reveals that adequate safety measures on the sets of his commercial shoot put him at complete ease! “I have to admit that I was a bit jittery at the start but seeing all the safety measures in place, I became absolutely fine in no time. Naturally, the initial days of us stepping out to work again will be a little difficult for all of us psychologically. But today, I’m more confident of shooting and being around people on the sets because I have seen the extensive preparations that people are taking to ensure we have the highest safety measures on the sets.”

Arjun has a number of shoots lined up in the days to come. “It felt very good to resume work and I’m looking forward to my next shooting days,” he ends.

ALSO READ: Arjun Kapoor and Rakul Preet Singh to resume shoot in Mumbai, Europe schedule put on hold

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2020-07-11 04:53:21

Vidya Balan starrer Sherni to only resume shooting post monsoon

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, many film and TV productions are slowly resuming the shooting adhering to government rules. As per the latest reports, Vidya Balan starrer Sherni will only resume shooting post-monsoon.

Vidya Balan starrer Sherni to only resume shooting post monsoon

Vidya Balan plays the role of a forest officer in the film who wants to find a solution to the conflict between man and animal. Three weeks into the shooting, the schedule was called off after they had begun filming at World Wildlife Day on March 3 in Madhya Pradesh. Since a chunk of film requires to be shot at real locations, shooting in monsoon is not feasible.

Amit Masurkar, director of Sherni told a daily, that they only plan to resume shooting after September. They don’t want to endanger the lives of their cast and crew. So they are waiting and will chalk of the schedule post-August.

Sherni is directed by Amit Masurkar and produced by Bhushan Kumar, Vikram Malhotra, Krishan Kumar, and Amit Masurkar, the film is written by Aastha Tiku.

ALSO READ: “The beautiful energy that she has on and off set, is something very inspiring”, says Sanya Malhotra about Vidya Balan

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2020-07-10 10:59:13

Ajay Devgn starrer Maidaan makers dismantle football arena set, to rebuild makeshift field before November

Film and TV productions are resuming slowly after restrictions have been lifted amid lockdown due to the novel Coronavirus. Production houses are suffering losses due to schedule delays and many have even dismantled some of their sets because it remains unused. Ajay Devgn starrer Maidaan was supposed to begin the next schedule in March. The team had begun making makeshift stadium in Mumbai for football scenes. Reportedly, over Rs. 7 crores have been spent on the set.

Ajay Devgn starrer Maidaan makers dismantle football arena set, to rebuild makeshift field before November

But, now they have dismantled the football arena set and will rebuild it before the schedule begins in November.  Given the rains would destroy the set completely; the makers decided to pull it down and will have it rebuilt from October onwards right before the next schedule. The rebuilding will also add to the expenses. Since the shooting is still pending, the makers have shifted the release to August 2021.

Maidaan is a story of one of the finest football coaches that emerged from India, the one who put India on the world map. It is based on the Golden years of Indian Football and will see Ajay Devgn essay the role of the legendary coach Syed Abdul Rahim who is also known as the father of Indian football for his achievements in making India a top nation in Football during his lifetime.

Produced by Zee Studios, Boney Kapoor, Akash Chawla, and Arunava Joy Sengupta, Maidaan is directed by Amit Sharma, screenplay, and dialogues are written by Saiwyn Quadros and Ritesh Shah respectively. The film will release on August 13, 2021.

ALSO READ: CONFIRMED: Ajay Devgn starrer Maidaan to release worldwide in theatres on August 13, 2021

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2020-07-10 04:51:50