Almost after a month of social media detox, actress Jennifer Winget has made a comeback on Instagram with a gleaming picture.
“Coming up for air on popular demand. Not MIA but RIA (Resting In Action)…and lot’s of it. A li’l Social media detox didn’t hurt nobody! No?,” Jennifer wrote on Instagram announcing her comeback.
She also shared a picture wherein she flashes her smile as she poses for the camera. She kept her tresses open, and flaunts her glowing skin sans make-up. She is seen wearing a plain blue T-shirt.
The picture has garnered nearly 9 lakh likes, with fans commenting how much they missed Jennifer on social media.
One fan wrote, “Finally you posted. Miss you so much.” Another excited fan commented, “Oh my god, you are back!”
Back in May, Jennifer garnered nine million followers on Instagram. She has lately impressed fans with her performance as Maya Mehrotra in Beyhadh 2. In fact, her role of Maya, across two seasons since 2016, has been a major reason of her soaring popularity.
However, Beyhadh 2 was pulled down with an abrupt end due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. In her interview with a news portal, Jennifer earlier said that Beyhadh was very close to her heart and the decision of the makers to axe the show made her feel sad, but she’s sure something better would come out of this. She also added that she’s sure that Beyhadh 2 fans would understand the circumstances.
Her other popular performances on the small screen are Kumud Desai in Saraswatichandra and Zoya Siddiqui in Bepannah.
Like many other shows, filming of the soap, Kasautii Zindagii Kay was put to a halt due to the lockdown in the country. However, as the nation veers into normalcy, the makers of daily soap started shooting. Recently, Erica Fernandes who plays the female protagonist, Prerna Sharma, in the show was seen returning on sets.
Fernandes uploaded a story on Instagram in the morning while traveling to work. She wrote, “After 3 months.” A few visuals showing Fernandes resuming work for KZK also started doing rounds online. In the images surfacing on social media platforms, one can see Fernandes dresses in a blue salwar suit paired with a red dupatta.
Kasautii Zindagii Kay’s male lead, Parth Samthaan had already shared a comeback post a few days ago. Parth aka Anurag Basu posted a behind-the-scenes still revealing he joined the cast and crew for shooting. He can be seen dressed in a dark coloured shirt and a white tie over a striped neatly tailored suit with matching trousers.
Sharing a few images of himself, he wrote, “Back to Shoot after 3 months. Back to normalcy ! #unlockindia.”
Pooja Banerjee who plays Nivedita Basu, sister of Anurag Basu, replied in the comments saying, “See you soon.”
Before the show terminated abruptly, the plot revolved around how Anurag Basu did not care about Komolika’s whereabouts. He also celebrated Prerna’s win as she successfully stepped towards Basu industries. Fans are excited to watch their beloved on-screen couple on television soon.
Actor Akshay Kumar on Monday said theatres have the “first birth right” over movies and though he”s excited his upcoming “Laxmmi Bomb” will stream digitally, he feels sad it couldn”t release on the big screen.
The horror-comedy is set to stream on Disney+Hotstar, bypassing a theatrical release as screens remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The streamer announced its slate of seven film which will have a direct-to-digital release, including Ajay Devgn’s “Bhuj: The Pride of India”, Abhishek Bachchan starrer “The Big Bull”, and “Sadak 2”, featuring Alia Bhatt.
In a virtual press conference, Akshay said OTT release was the only wise option in the current scenario.
“To be honest, today I am excited for this platform. But yes, I’ll say that I am also sad for theatres. After all, movies are theatres first birth right. But in the current situation, everyone’s safety is of utmost priority.
“Today with theatres being shut and people watching movies on OTT platforms, if I can make my fans happy by releasing film on Disney+Hotstar— which is a big platform with a massive reach—then I am glad,” Akshay told reporters.
“Laxmmi Bomb” would be the actor’s first digital release in a career of nearly three decades.
His “Sooryavanshi” co-star and longtime friend, Devgn, said he was equally thrilled to see his patriotic drama “Bhuj: The Pride of India” release on the platform.
“First thing that you want when you make a film is that more and more people get to watch it. The base of Disney+Hotstar is so huge that when ‘Bhuj’ will come every person will try to watch the film, besides the fact that the film should be good. We have tried to make a good film,” the actor told reporters.
Adding to Akshay’s comments, Uday Shankar, President, The Walt Disney Company APAC and Chairman, Star and Disney India, said no one but only fans of artistes have the right over films.
“If anyone has birth right over films, it’s the film goers and film fans. Fans of the actors, directors who want to see these films and it is our duty to show them films.
“What’s going to happen now is that our industry will grow bigger, be more successful, more people will be able to work, we will be able to produce more films. Theatres as well digital screens will survive and grow together with films.”
Shankar was of the view that a similar debate arose when TV first started airing films, with many fearing that people would stop going to cinema halls.
“But that didn’t happen. Cinema halls grew, more people started watching films, our screens grew, the economics of our films also grew.
“The digital premiere will give industry a new lease of life. It”s going to create a completely new world. Theatres will continue to be very important because it”s an experience in itself to go there,” he added.
As theatres continue to remain shut, release of many films have been affected.
Gulabo Sitabo and Shakuntala Devi biopic were among the first films to opt for a digital release on Amazon Prime Video, a move that had irked theatre owners and exhibitors.
Shankar said the digital medium will become an essential outlet for the industry.
“People visit a cinema hall maximum five times a year but watch more number of films on their TV and mobile phones… This will become a huge outlet for our industry to showcase more work. We should see this as big leap for our film industry today,” he added.
Rohit Shetty’s Sooryavanshi starring Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif and Kabir Khan’s 83 with Ranveer Singh in the lead are reported to have a theatrical release this year on Diwali and Christmas, respectively. While there has been no official confirmation from the filmmakers or the actors yet, multiplex chain INOX shared the information via their official Twitter handle.
The tweet read: “Mark your calendars! We are getting ready to bring you Rohit Shetty’s Sooryavanshi on Diwali and Kabir Khan’s 83 on Christmas THIS YEAR!”
Mark your calendars!
We are getting ready to bring you Rohit Shetty’s Sooryavanshi on Diwali and Kabir Khan’s 83 on Christmas THIS YEAR!! pic.twitter.com/bzPh8w4aqS
Akshay Kumar’s film was set to hit the screens on March 24. The makers of Sooryavanshi were expecting massive box office numbers because the release had been strategically planned to coincide with Gudi Padwa holiday (new year for Marathi and Konkani community). But the country went into full coronavirus lockdown on March 24. Made on a reported budget of Rs 135 crore, Sooryavanshi also features Katrina Kaif and Ranveer Singh and Ajay Devgn in an extended cameo.
Likewise, Ranveer Singh’s upcoming film 83 was earlier slated to hit the screens on April 10. The Kabir Khan-directed 83 tells the story of India’s first-ever cricket World Cup victory in 1983. The film also stars Ranveer’s wife Deepika Padukone, who will be seen playing Kapil’s wife Romi. It also features Tahir Raj Bhasin, Ammy Virk, Sahil Khattar, Hardy Sandhu and Saqib Saleem.
Meanwhile, on Monday it was announced that seven Bollywood movies will be releasing directly on Disney+ Hotstar. These are Akshay Kumar-starrer Laxmmi Bomb, Ajay Devgn’s Bhuj: The Pride Of India, Sadak 2 starring Alia Bhatt, Sushant Singh Rajput’s last film Dil Bechara, The Big Bull starring Abhishek Bachchan, Vidyut Jammwal-starrer Khuda Haafiz and Lootcase featuring Kunal Kemmu.
Earlier, in May, spanning five Indian languages, Amazon Prime Video had announced the release of Amitabh Bachchan-Ayushmann Khurrana’s Gulabo Sitabo along with Anu Menon’s Shakuntala Devi with Vidya Balan in lead, legal drama Ponmagal Vandhal starring Jyotika in addition to Keerthy Suresh starrer Penguin (Tamil and Telugu), Sufiyum Sujatayum (Malayalam), Law (Kannada) and French Biryani (Kannada).
The announcement had led to a massive debate of films releasing directly on OTT platforms vs traditional theater.