Aarav Bhatia (L), Akshay Kumar

Aarav Bhatia (L), Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar has revealed that his millennial son Aarav prompted his deal for Amazon Prime’s ‘The End’.

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  • Last Updated: June 5, 2020, 12:53 PM IST

Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar has been in the film industry for close to three decades now. The actor made waves when he announced his collaboration with Amazon Prime for a web series, titled The End, in March 2019. Not many details related to the project have surfaced but Akshay has revealed during a recent interaction that it was his son Aarav who nudged him to enter the digital space.

Read: PM Narendra Modi Pulls Akshay Kumar’s Son Aarav’s Ear in This Viral Pic

While many A-list stars may still be apprehensive of appearing on web shows, it was Akshay’s decision in 2019 that became a talking point for many. It has now also been revealed that Akshay has signed USD 10 million (Rs 75 crore) deal with Amazon Prime for the multi season, action-thriller web series.

Coming back to Akshay’s first venture into the digital space, it was the actor’s elder son Aarav who convinced him to say yes to Amazon Prime’s The End. Akshay said during an interaction with Forbes that it was Aaarv who asked him why wasn’t he working on a digital series, which prompted Akshay to say yes to Amazon for The End.

He adds, “The way Indian audiences have matured and content has evolved is huge, and I want to be a part of it.”

Meanwhile, Akshay has also made it to the list of Forbes 100 celebrities who were the world’s highest paid in 2019-2020. He stands at 52 spot with estimated Rs 336 crore in earnings between during June 2019 to May 2020.

Read: Akshay Kumar in Forbes 100 List of World’s Highest Paid Celebrities with Earnings of Rs 366 Cr

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Chernobyl

Chernobyl

The British Academy Television Craft Awards will be announced online on July 17.

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  • Last Updated: June 5, 2020, 12:48 PM IST

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts will celebrate the best of television broadcast in the United Kingdom during 2019 in a live show at the end of July – though with stars and studio audience absent.

Chernobyl, HBO’s critically acclaimed dramatisation of events surrounding the world’s worst nuclear accident, tops the roll-call of nominations announced on Thursday, with 14.

“We’ve had over 500 entries this year… (so) it was really fiercely contested,” BAFTA chair Krishnendu Majumdar told Reuters TV.

Nominations fall into two categories, television and television craft, with winners of the former to be announced at the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards ceremony on July 31.

As things stand with the coronavirus pandemic, nominees are expected to film their speeches rather than appear in person and there are no plans for a big audience. There will however be a live element to the BBC show, which actor and filmmaker Richard Ayoade will present.

“All those details are being worked out at the moment because the social distancing rules are changing. What we can say at the moment is that there will be a show in a studio and we’re working out the participants,” Majumdar said.

Chernobyl nominations include leading actor for Jared Harris, supporting actor for Stellan Skarsgard, and mini-series.

The Crown, the warts-and-all account of the reign of Queen Elizabeth that aired its third season last year, has seven nominations, with Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s black comedy Fleabag and Anglo-Japanese thriller Giri/Haji on six each.

The British Academy Television Craft Awards will be announced online on July 17.

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Here's How Deepika Padukone Reacted to Ranveer Singh, Vaani Kapoor's 23 Kisses in Befikre

Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor had as many as 23 kisses in Befikre. Here’s how Ranveer’s actress wife Deepika Padukone reacted to it.

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  • Last Updated: June 5, 2020, 12:41 PM IST

Before Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh tied the knot, the two dated for a couple of years. Reportedly, they were seeing each other in 2016, when Ranveer was shooting for Befikre with Vaani Kapoor.

While the film tanked at the box office, Ranveer and Vaani’s chemistry became a talking point. The film is said to have as many as 23 kissing scenes between the actors.

During a media interaction, when Deepika was asked about her reaction to the same the actress said that if the script’s demand then an actor has to do it. Setting the record straight, she had said that she has no problem with it because even she has done kissing scenes in her earlier films.

Meanwhile, Deepika and Ranveer have been married for over a year now and are currently quarantining together in Mumbai. The duo is making the most of their time together during the lockdown and keeps sharing their day to day activities with their fans on social media.

On the work front, Deepika was last seen in Meghna Gulzar’s Chhapaak. She will be next seen sharing the screen space with Ranveer in Kabir Khan’s ‘83.The sports drama narrates the tale of India’s historic cricket world cup victory in 1983. Pankaj Tripathi, Boman Irani, Ammy Virk, Tahir Raj Bhasin, among others are part of the project.

She also has Shakun Batra’s next coming up, where she shares screen space with Ananya Panday and Siddhant Chaturvedi.

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Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s niece has filed a sexual harassment complaint against the actor’s brother. Now, she claims that the Siddiqui family is threatening her to withdraw it.

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  • Last Updated: June 5, 2020, 12:14 PM IST

Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s niece, who filed a sexual harassment complaint against the actor’s brother, now alleges that his family is threatening her to withdraw the police complaint.

“A family relative was told to inform us that we’ll be in trouble if we don’t take the case back. That’s why I’m worried,” she told Hindustan Times.

The accuser further claims that after she filed the complaint, Nawazuddin called her for the first time in five years. “Nawaz bade papa called on Tuesday night and said ‘you’re like my daughter, you know how much I love you. Unhone yeh bhi bola ki unko yeh sab pata nahi tha’ and that he’s there for any help I need. He has never spoken to me in all these years. The entire family had boycotted me after I got married, and they’ve been filing one case after another and threatening my in-laws in Budhana,” she said.

Recounting the horror that she faced during childhood, the 21-year-old says she mustered the courage to come out and speak against the family after actor’s estranged wife Aaliya filed for a divorce.

Narrating her ordeal, she said that her father didn’t allow her to study beyond class 8 and at age 13 her uncle tried to sexually exploit her. When she told her father, Almas Siddiqui, Nawazuddin and everyone about it, no one supported her.

The publication reports that when they contacted Nawazuddin, the actor refused to comment on his niece’s complaint filed against his brother.

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