Legendary singer, Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar has contributed Rs 700,000 to Maharashtra Chief Minister's Relief Fund for taking up Covid-19 related works, an official said here on Saturday.
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has expressed his gratitude to the renowned singer for her public-spirited gesture to help the Covid-19 efforts.
The CM also appealed to people to contribute whatever they can for the Covid-19 war and the ongoing free vaccination drive for 18-44 age group which was taken up in the state from today, May 1, which is also Maharashtra Day and International Labour Day.
Earlier in the week, the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) allies, Nationalist Congress Party and Congress have contributed around Rs 2-crore each, comprising legislators' salaries and other donations, to the CMRF.
Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said that despite facing a financial crunch, the MVA government has decided to give the free vaccine jabs to all youth - around 5.70 crore - in the 18-44 age group.
The state continues to bear the brunt of the Coronavirus pandemic even in the second wave with 68,813 deaths and 46,02,472 cases, till date, both highest in the country, besides daily recording high figures of fatalities and infections.
Actress Kangana Ranaut is all set to make her digital debut as producer with the upcoming film "Tiku Weds Sheru", a love story and a satire. Kangana dives into web space with her production house Manikarnika Films, and launches its logo on Saturday.
"With 'Tiku Weds Sheru', Manikarnika Films is venturing into digital space. It's a love story and a satire with dark humour. In digital space, we will do more edgy, new-age and niche content," she said.
"We will also launch new talents and take risks with new concepts. We feel the digital audience is slightly more evolved than the regular cinema-going audience," she added.
Details related to the upcoming film are still under wraps.
Late actor Rishi Kapoor passed away last year on this day. His daughter and jewellery designer Riddhima Kapoor Sahni has penned a note along with two photographs featuring her dad.
Riddhima posted two pictures on Instagram. The first features Riddhima as a toddler with Rishi Kapoor holding her. The second photograph has a grown-up Riddhima posing with her father.
"If only i could hear you call me mushk once more … ‘Until we meet again we think about you always, we talk about you still, you have never been forgotten, and you never will. We hold you close within our hearts and there you will remain, to walk and guide us through our lives, until we meet again.' -- Dorothy Mae Cavendish… I love you always," she wrote as the caption.
Rishi Kapoor passed away in Mumbai on April 30 last year after a two-year battle with leukemia.
Sunil Grover has been making people laugh with his antics as a funnyman on television for years. He has also impressed with the odd serious role, as he did recently in the web series "Tandav", or the Akshay Kumar-starrer film "Gabbar Is Back". The advent of social media has been a boon for new-age talent over the recent years and Sunil, too, has benefitted from the platform.
"You have to see so much talent has come forth because of social media. Everyone has got a platform to express themselves and people can watch whatever they like," he said.
If the advent of social media and OTT is changing art of storytelling, Sunil noted this is something that happens every few years. From theatre to films to television to social media and OTT now, viewers have proved they can adapt easily.
"Change is inevitable. When films started coming, people thought that may be audience for plays would be affected but theatre has continued. Eventually, social media came and now we have OTT. With time, people adapt to evolution," he said.
For him, as an artiste, a variety in platforms means a better chance to experiment, which in turn throws new challenges.
"I love taking up challenges. I recently did a show on OTT and the challenge there was that it was a very serious role and I was worried about what if people laugh at that. Of course, it worked for me and I liked the fact that in 'Tandav' the audience accepted me as something different. I think what the audience wants is good performance and not anything else. They want to an amount of freshness, too," he said.
"I have been doing similar kind of things for a while, so when I do something different and it works, the audience appreciates it and I like (the fact) that I got to do something fresh," he added.
Sunil will soon be seen in the upcoming comedy show "Hasee Toh Phasse", where 10 comedians will be locked in a house, trying to make each other laugh. The challenge for them is to not laugh, and the last contestant who can stay without laughing, wins the show.
"The show's format is different and it has a mental mechanism that I have never dealt with before," said Sunil about the show, which will drop on Amazon Prime Video.
Without Remorse (film on Amazon Prime); Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Guy Pearce, Jamie Bell, Jodie Turner-Smith, Brett Gelman, Colman Domingo, Lauren London; Direction: Stefano Sollima; Rating: * * (two stars)
With remorse, they ought to admit they goofed up. "Without Remorse" ticks all the boxes one expects in a Hollywood action/ espionage/ patriotic thriller. There's a hunk gunning for revenge, lots of synchronised ultra-violence, trusty American military acing the Russians. There's the dirty insider in the ranks too, as it happens in all spy dramas on screen. Yet the film forgets to tick the all-important box of cohesive storytelling. It turns into an incoherent mess as the minutes pass.
The fact doesn't help that this has been aggressively pushed as a spin-off of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan universe. "Without Remorse" is based on Clancy's 1993 novel of the same name, which traces the origin of John Clark (a.k.a John Kelly), billed as Clancy's second-most popular creation after Ryan. It's a hype that such a poorly-executed film can ill-afford.
The re-imagined screenplay (Taylor Sheridan and Will Staples) bears substantial departures from Clancy's book, except that Michael B. Jordan's protagonist is an elite US Navy SEAL named John Kelly. The film begins with John leading an elite team of SEALs to rescue a CIA operative from ex-Russian military forces in Syria. A few months later, a squad of armed Russian gunmen kill John' s pregnant wife Pam (Lauren London) in their home, in an attack clearly aimed at him.
The incident, on American soil, triggers tension and Washington, DC is concerned. Secretary of Defense Thomas Clay (Guy Pearce) meets Ex-SEAL Lt. Commander Karen Greer (Jodie Turner-Smith) and CIA operative Robert Ritter (Jamie Bell) to thrash out an effective measure. A few twists later, Kelly is after the assassins, along with Greer (Jodie Turner-Smith), Ritter (Jamie Bell) and a few others. The action-laced mission will expose a sinister plan that could lead to potential war.
If that synopsis reads like the script straight out of nineties Hollywood mainstream, it's precisely what the film is. Stefano Sollima, who helms this assembly-line product, drew attention of Hollywood buffs in the past directing the Italian neo-noir crime drama "Suburra" and the action crime drama "Sicario: Day Of The Soldado" for the big screen and, more recently, the web series "ZeroZeroZero". Sollima's style, as these efforts would endorse, is about serving cutting-edge drama mixed with stark realism.
In "Without Remorse", Sollima tries incorporating a cinematic idiom that in many ways echoes the Jack Ryan films from back in the day when John McTiernan made "The Hunt For Red October" (1990) or Phillip Noyce helmed "Patriot Games" (1992) or "Clear And Present Danger" (1994). Those were spectacular adventures, and absolutely engrossed upon release. Nearly three decades later, too many filmmakers in Hollywood have aped that spy thriller template too many times.
Of course, Sollima's film tries updating Ryanverse logic by upping the brutality, and he gets amped-up CGI for better impact. Importantly, in Michael B. Jordan, he gets a new-age action star who stepped into John Clark's boots with an already massive global fan base, thanks to "Creed" and "Black Panther".
It could be because of the tone of the storyline that, despite the cosmetic makeover given to script and characters, Jordan's protagonist -- as well as every other character -- seems to be stuck in a time warp. Consider the scene where Kelly takes on a dozen-odd highly-trained, fully-armed special operatives in the much-touted jailhouse fight sequence. It is the sort of action scene filmmakers all over -- Bollywood included -- have learnt to reject by now.
Jordan isn't Hollywood's first John Clark/Kelly. Given the character's association with Jack Ryan, we have seen Willem Dafoe portray Clark in "Clear And Present Danger" and Liev Schreiber in "The Sum Of All Fears" (2002). Those, though, were supporting acts in Jack Ryan films. Jordan kicks off Hollywood's John Clark franchise with this solo outing.
The advantage is frittered away because neither the film nor the character has anything new to offer to lovers of the action spy thriller genre.
Noted director and cinematographer K.V. Anand passed away on Friday morning here following a cardiac arrest. He was 54.
Starting his career as a photojournalist, Anand later moved to the movie world as a cinematographer and then as a movie director.
After shooting pictures for leading Tamil magazines, Anand in early 1990s joined cinematographer P.C. Sreeman as his assistant.
Anand made his movie debut as a cinematographer in the Malayalam movie Thenmaavin Kombath for which he had won a national award.
His first Tamil movie was Kadhal Desam and later went on to work in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi movies.
He had worked with Director Shankar in the popular movies Mudhalvan and Rajinikanth starrer Sivaji.
It was in 2005 Anand turned into a movie director in the film Kana Kandaen. He had directed movies like Ayan, Ko, Maattraan, Kaappaan and others.
Priyanka Chopra Jonas has set up a fundraiser to help India amid the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. In an Instagram video she posted on Thursday, she talks how it is important for everyone to come forward and help the country.
"India, my home, is suffering the world's worst Covid crisis, and we all need to help! People are dying in record numbers. There is illness everywhere, and it's only continuing to spread and kill at great speed and scale," she wrote alongside the clip.
She added: "I have set up a fundraiser with GiveIndia, the largest organization on the ground in India providing Covid relief. Whatever you can spare, truly makes a difference. Nearly 63 million people follow me on here, if even 100,000 of you donate $10, that's $1 Million, and that's huge.
"Your donation will go directly to healthcare physical infrastructure (including Covid care centres, Isolation centers, and oxygen generation plants), medical equipment, and vaccine support and mobilization."
She shared that no one is safe unless everyone is safe.
"Please please donate. Nick and I already have and will continue to contribute. We have all seen how far and wide this virus can spread, an ocean between us makes no difference. No one is safe unless everyone is safe. It's so heartening to see so many people stepping up to help in so many ways. We need to beat this virus, and to do that requires ALL of us. From the bottom of my heart THANK YOU!" she said.
Bollywood took to social media on Thursday to remember Irrfan Khan, who passed away a year ago on this day in the city.
Radhika Madan, who played Irrfan's daughter in his last film "Angrezi Medium", posted a picture on her Instagram account with the actor in remembrance.
"I remember I was playing with his beard before the shot and he told me you know what maybe this is the reason 'Champak' would not have cut his beard...I was like exactly! And we laughed. We had created our own pool of memories, our own bubble..where there were no words..Silences spoke out loud..where I was trying very hard not to be this 'I wanna learn everything from you' fan girl and he was unknowingly teaching me either about life or art every single day.Irrfan To endless silent teachings and love.. To this phenomenon people call Irrfan.
Celebrating you every single day Legend. Miss you," Radhika wrote.
Chandan Roy Sanyal posted a clip of the actor from the nineties television show "Kahkashan", in which he played a poet called Makhdoom Mohiuddin. He captioned the image as: "As Makhdoom mohiuddin in Ali Sardar Jaffri's Kahkashan -- one year of his departure. We will always miss you Sahab and celebrate your beshkimti work. #irrfankhan."
Divya Dutta posted a picture with Irrfan and captioned it: "One year #irfankhan ! Cinema ain't t same without you!! That shy innocent smile, those magical eyes !! And the lovely you!! God bless you wherever you are! Thanks for such amazing legacy of work!! Am lucky to see your magic unfold on sets!"
Randeep Hooda tweeted: "I suppose in the end, the whole life becomes an act of letting go.. #irrfan."
Arjun Kapoor posted a picture of Irrfan on Instagram story and wrote: "The outstanding legacy you have left behind will always be cherished by all of us. "
Many others including Dia Mirza and Piyush Mishra posted in Irrfan's memory through the day.
Sunny Leone has urged everyone to fight Covid-19, saying it is time to get vaccinated.
Sunny posted a picture on Instagram where she is seen a blue lace leotard paired with a tan jacket, smiling at the camera.
"Let's take the fight to #covid_19. It's time to get Vaccinated!! Vaccinate yourself and your loved ones to give everyone especially the Frontline warriors a fighting chance against the pandemic!!" Sunny wrote alongside the image.
Sunny is currently in Kerala to shoot her upcoming film, the psychological thriller "Shero". It is directed by Sreejith Vijayan and will be released in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu and Malayalam.
She had recently shot for the reality TV show "MTV Splitsvilla" in the state.
Dwayne Johnson's personal strength and fitness coach Dave Rienzi says the Hollywood superstar never needs to take drastic measures or over-stress his body to obtain a certain look.
"We hold his conditioning in a very tight window to allow him to be ‘scene ready' at any moment. Keeping him at striking distance ensures that we never need to take drastic measures to obtain a certain look, or over-stress his body. The bottom line is that he always needs to be able to perform at his best on screen," said Rienzi, according to femalefirst.co.uk.
Johnson, who shot to fame as The Rock in the world of professional wrestling before cracking Hollywood, is also on a very strict diet, says his coach.
"The execution of his diet and training needs to be as nuanced and complimentary as possible to allow him to do that consistently," he said in an interview with Muscle & Fitness magazine.
Telugu star Allu Arjun has tested positive for Covid-19 and has isolated himself at home. The actor posted a note on Instagram on Wednesday to share the health update.
"Hello everyone! I have tested positive for Covid. I have isolated myself at home and have been following all the protocols," Arjun wrote.
He urged those who have come in contact with him to get themselves tested.
"Stay home, stay safe and get vaccinated when you get the chance,"he added.
The actor shared that he is doing fine and that his fans need not to worry.
"I request all my well wishers and fans not to worry about me as I am doing fine," he concluded.