Madhur Bhandarkar making Covid-themed film ‘India Lockdown’
After getting positive response to his comedy-drama ‘Babli Bouncer’, national award-winning director Madhur Bhandarkar, is set to direct another film, and no marks for guessing, it will be Inspired by true events like his earlier films like ‘Chandni Bar’, ‘Page 3’, and ‘Fashion’.
Titled ‘India Lockdown’, the film will follow four parallel stories and the repercussions of the covid pandemic on the people of India, and is the first Indian feature film on covid pandemic.
The movie stars Shweta Basu Prasad, Aahana Kumra, Prateik Babbar, Sai Tamhankar and Prakash Belawadi in key roles.
Commenting on the occasion, Madhur Bhandarkar said, “Lockdown was a tough phase for many as people struggled to make ends meet and that gave seed to a thought to make a film on people affected by the lockdown. ‘India Lockdown’ is a product of my observations, and it depicts raw stories of real people across various walks of life. This is a film that will resonate with many in some or the other way and I am glad that it will be released on ZEE5 and reach out to so many people across the world”.
Written by Amit Joshi and Aradhana Sah with Madhur Bhandarkar, ‘India Lockdown’ explores the lives of disparate characters who are catapulted into an unforeseen dramatic situation instigated by the lockdown due to the corona pandemic.
The four parallel stories explored are that of a father-daughter duo who are stuck in different cities during a crucial high point in the daughter’s life; a sex worker and the hardships she goes through in her personal and professional life due to the lockdown, a migrant worker who barely manages to provide bread and butter for his family and an airhostess who for the first time has some downtime compelling her to introspect.
The film will be produced by Dr. Jayantilal Gada of PEN Studios, Madhur Bhandarkar’s Bhandarkar Entertainment and Pranav Jain’s P J Motions Pictures.
Dr. Jayantilal Gada, Chairman & MD of Pen Studios said in a statement, “We at Pen Studios have always associated with great content and talented directors. ‘India Lockdown’ is just that. It has a very relevant story, and everyone shall identify with it in one way or another as no one is a stranger to pandemic. Madhur Bhandarkar is a master storyteller, and we are happy to associate with him and such content driven cinema.”
‘India Lockdown’ will exclusively premiere on OTT platform ZEE5.
Bhojpuri singer booked for abetment to suicide of actress
Police in Uttar Pradeh’s Sarnath have registered a case against Bhojpuri singer Samar Singh and his brother Sanjay Singh under sections including abetment to suicide in the Akansha Dubey death case.
Police has taken this action on the complaint of the late actress’s mother who reached Varanasi from Mumbai.
Akanksha’s mother Madhu said that her daughter was very courageous and that she could not have committed suicide.
She appealed to the police and administration for justice.
Akanksha’s mother and brother reached the police station on Monday morning while her father Chhote Lal Dubey is still on the way.
Madhu told reporters that she had spoken to Akanksha on phone on Saturday evening and she seemed happy.
She told the police that Samar Singh often used to beat and torture Akanksha.
“Samar Singh wanted Akanksha to work only with him and not with anyone else. He did not give money for working together and used to beat her if she worked in someone else’s project,” she said.
According to her, Akanksha Dubey was in a live-in relationship with Samar Singh.
She also questioned the fact that Akansha’s body was found sitting on the bed with a dupatta tied around her neck.
“How can anyone hang herself while sitting on the bed? It is a clear case of murder,” she stated.
Akansha Dubey was found dead in her room on Sunday in Sarnath but no suicide note was found in the room.
Mumbai Police detain Jodhpur man for sending threat mail to Salman Khan
Mumbai Police have detained a 21-year-old man from Rajasthan’s Jodhpur for sending a threat email to Bollywood star Salman Khan.
The man has been identified as Dhankad Ram Vishnoi.
The accused had also threatened Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala’s father, and hence a police team from Punjab was also in Jodhpur recently.
Police officials said that the Mumbai Police tracked down Dhakad through technical assistance after they got hold of his Internet protocol addresses that showed his location in Luni village of jodhpur district.
A case was registered against the accused by the Bandra Circle Mumbai City Police Station for sending an email threatening to kill film actor Salman Khan. In this regard, a team from Mumbai came to Jodhpur on Sunday under the leadership of ASI Bajrang Jagtap.
On the instructions of Jodhpur Commissioner Ravidutt Gaur, aid was made available from Luni police station (Jodhpur) under the supervision of ADCP Boranada Jayaprakash Atal, said DCP West Gaurav Yadav.
He further said that the father of singer Siddu Moosewala of Punjab was recently threatened by the Jodhpur-based accused Dhakad Ram Vishnoi. A team of Sadar police station in Punjab’s Mansa district came to Jodhpur on Friday, March 24, to arrest the accused.
A Luni SHO Ishwar Chandra Pareek team detained the accused Dhakad Ram Vishnoi and handed over to the Mumbai Police. The accused has also been arrested under the Arms Act earlier. On September 12, 2022, the team of police station Sardarpura arrested Dhakad Ram along with illegal weapons.
Police officials said that Dhakad sent the email impersonating gangster Lawrence Bishnoi’s associate Goldy Brar. He mailed the threat letter after gangster Bishnoi in an interview said that his goal was to eliminate Salman Khan. He also added that the matter will conclude after Khan apologises to the Bishnoi community for allegedly killing blackbuck, an endangered species protected under the Wildlife Protection Act.
Salman Khan lends his voice to Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan song Jee Rahe The Hum, shares teaser amid death threats
The teaser of Salman Khan’s third song from Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan was officially shared by the makers on Monday. The song, Jee Rahe The Hum (Falling In Love), will be released on March 21.
Salman Khan’s fans are in for a treat as the actors has picked up the mic once again for Amaal Malik’s composition.
Salman Khan shares teaser of his new song
The 57-year-old actor is seen in a joyous mood with his on screen love interest Pooja Hegde. Raghav Juyal, Jassie Gill and Siddharth Nigam are also seen in the teaser of the song.
Well, it will be interesting to see if visuals and melody of the romantic song impress the audience.
In 2015, Salman Khan sang the Amaal Malik composition, Main Hoon Hero Tera, for his home production Hero. The song was a run away hit back in the day. Salman has reunited with Amaal after eight years.
Before Jee Rahe The Hum, others songs like Naiyo Lagda and Billi Billi were released by the makers earlier.
About Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan
Meanwhile, the trailer of Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan was dropped along with Shah Rukh Khan’s Pathaan in theatres on January 25. Directed by Farhad Samjhi, the film is touted to be a family entertainer. It also stars Jagapathi Babu, Vijender Singh, Bhumika Chawla, Shehnaaz Gill, Palak Tiwari, Vinali Bhatnagar and Abhimanyu Singh.
The film is all set to release on Eid 2023 and will be a Zee Studios worldwide release.
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