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!”

Film trade analyst, Akshaye Rathi too tweeted about the same.

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.

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KOLKATA: The KMC health department had recorded over 100 dengue cases amid the Covid-19 crisis. The cases were reported from Cossipore, Belgachhia, Rabindra Sarani, Burrabazar, Chittaranjan Avenue, Rajabazar, Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Road, Bhowanipore, Kidderpore, Behala and areas off Eastern Metropolitan Bypass.
“The most alarming factor is that we have noticed a spurt in dengue cases in past one month. Usually, we witness such spike in cases from early July. We have asked the dengue response team to accelerate their work in dengue-prone areas,” said a KMC health department official.
The twin attack of Covid-19 and dengue has kept the civic body’s health workers on tenterhooks. “We don’t have additional manpower to take care of both. Add to it the fact that the health department ia strained because of a continuous drive against coronavirus. Now the spurt in dengue cases has shifted our focus. However, we know we have to continue with our drive against both, which appears to be an uphill task,’ said a KMC health department official.
As part of its dengue prevention plan, the KMC brass has started taking feedback from officials of borough that have been earmarked as dengue-prone. A KMC health department official conceded at least six boroughs have been identified for immediate vector control activities. “We are concerned about large areas under boroughs IX, X, XI, XII, XII & IV.
Civic sources confirmed that special vector control teams were being sent to Borough X that had registered the highest number of dengue cases and maximum number of deaths last year. “This time the challenge appears to be stiff and the KMC needs to be extra vigilant,” said Debasish Mukherjee, ward coordinator.



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Asim Riaz shared a picture of his brother Umar, who is a doctor by profession, wearing a PPE kit and doing his job.

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Bigg Boss 13’s first runner-up Asim Riaz’s brother Umar is a doctor by profession, and is currently serving COVID-19 patients. Asim shared a picture of his brother on his Insta story while he is on his duty, and hailed him as frontline warrior.

In the picture, Umar can be seen wearing a PPE kit doing his job. Umar was Asim’s biggest supporter during Bigg Boss 13.

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Asim became a household name after his stint on Bigg Boss 13, where he finished as a runner-up, with Sidharth Shukla winning the coveted trophy. After the popular reality show ended, he starred alongside Jacqueline Fernandez in a music video titled Mere Angne Mein.

Asim’s romance with his Bigg Boss 13 co-contestant Himanshi Khurana became one of the highlights of the show, with fans giving them the moniker ‘AsiManshi’. He even went down on one knee and proposed marriage to her when she re-entered the show for a special episode.

There have been rumours that post lockdown is lifted, Asim and Himanshi will participate in the dance reality show Nach Baliye 10. Reacting to the same, Himanshi told Zoom, “Talks are going on but I can’t say anything now. So, talks are definitely on but I don’t know (what will happen) as we’re in lockdown now. We don’t know exactly when things will go on the floors.”

Meanwhile, just like Asim, Umar had also become quite a favourite on social media all thanks to his good looks. Fans even linked him with popular TV actress Rashami Desai, who shared a great rapport with Asim during their stint on the show.



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Actor Kartik Aaryan has said that he is ready to accept a pay-cut to help the film industry deal with losses due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In an interview with Film Companion, Kartik spoke at length about the hit that the film industry has taken due to the ongoing nationwide lockdown, and how the industry can resume work.

When FC’s Anupama Chopra asked the actor if he was planning to cut down on his team, he replied, “I wouldn’t want to cut down on people’s jobs. There has to be a solution wherein that problem also doesn’t crop up and producers (who are getting hit), they too are saved. There has to be solution and a balance will come out. Whatever it takes for the industry to get together and start working, I think, I am up for it. I would do whatever collectively we decide to do.”

The film industry is abuzz with reports of shooting budgets getting slashed and actors taking pay cuts due to the coronavirus pandemic.

When asked about the same, Kartik told Film Companion, “Whatever it takes, for the industry and for all of us to get together again to start working, I am up for it. I would do whatever collectively they decide to.”

Kartik is the first actor to publicly announce that he will take a pay-cut to help the film industry beat the loses.

Moreover, during a Twitter Q&A session with Filmfare, Taapsee Pannu was asked if actors were taking pay cuts like most other industries.

To which, the actress said that it hadn’t happened so far but she was expecting that it would.

“Abhi toh kyuki koi shooting nahi ho rahi toh koi salary nahi mil rahi. Aur taiyaar hu aage humari salary mein bhi katauti hogi (Because we are not shooting anything these days so we aren’t getting any salaries either. And I’m ready that our salaries will also get slashed,” she said.

Meanwhile, on the work front, Kartik Aaryan was last seen in Imtiaz Ali’s directorial Love Aaj Kal opposite Sara Ali Khan. Before the lockdown, he was shooting Bhool Bhulaiya 2 with Kiara Advani and Tabu. The actor also has Karan Johar’s Dostana 2 in the pipeline with Janhvi Kapoor and newcomer Lakshaya.


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