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Nawazuddin Siddiqui wraps up ‘Jogira Sara Ra Ra!’ shoot

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The shooting of Kushan Nandy’s upcoming film “Jogira Sara Ra Ra!”, which features Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Neha Sharma, has been wrapped up in a start-to-finish schedule.

The film has been shot primarily in Lucknow and the old city of Varanasi.

“I am happy that we finished the shoot without any hassle. It is important to be safe in these challenging times. With the pandemic around, shooting a film was different for sure but Lucknow has been an amazing host and I enjoyed shooting the film there,” Nawazuddin said.

“Jogira Sara Ra Ra!” is a quirky tale of two people who are in love.

Barring the songs, the cast and crew have completed the principal photography and the shoot within the planned time frame.

Kushan added: “With Covid around, it was challenging. I am relieved that with precautions and safety measures, we have managed to complete the film without any setback.”

The film, written by Ghalib Asad Bhopali, is expected to release theatrically in the second half of 2021.

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Actress Katrina Kaif tests negative for Covid

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Actress Katrina Kaif has tested negative for Covid-19. The Bollywood star took to Instagram to share the news with fans on Saturday.

Katrina shared a picture on Instagram dressed in yellow, and thanked everyone who had checked on her health while she was down with Covid.

“Negative (everyone who checked up on me thank u, it was really sweet felt a lot of)” she wrote, completing a sentence with a yellow heart sign. Traditionally, a yellow flag is used to denote quarantine.

The actress tested Covid positive at the beginning of the month. She had shared the health update on Instagram and asked everyone who had been in touch with her to get themselves tested.

Meanwhile, the release date for Katrina’s “Sooryavanshi” has been postponed again. She will share the screen with Akshay Kumar in the film. The actress also has “Bhoot Police” lined up, which also stars Siddhanth Chaturvedi and Ishaan Khatter. She will also be seen with Salman Khan in “Tiger 3”.

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Actor Sonu Sood tests Covid positive

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Actor Sonu Sood has tested Covid positive. He took to social media to share the news with fans on Saturday, asking them not to worry.

He posted a picture that read: “Hi Everyone, this is to inform you that I have tested positive this morning for COVID-19. As a part of precautions, I have already quarantined myself & taking utmost care. But don’t worry this gives me ample time to solve your problems. Remember I’m always there for you all. — Sonu Sood.”

He captioned the post as: “Stay safe Stay positive.”

The actor was recently appointed brand ambassador of Punjab’s Covid vaccination programme by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.

Sonu has been actively helping people cope with the Covid crises. Last year, he helped thousands of migrants reach houses during lockdown and also provided e-rickshaws to the unemployed.

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Aditi Rao Hydari: I am dying to go back to theatres

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Aditi Rao Hydari says while OTT is doing a great job at entertaining the audience, she does miss the big screen.

The actor says there is a sense of “magic” in theatres, which has always been there and will never go away.

“I miss it because there’s the magic associated with the theatre, there’s a whole childhood nostalgia, and it’s a very immersive experience. You go there and you become a part of the world there,” Aditi told IANS.

However, she said that since last year, OTT platforms have really gained prominence.

“In lockdown, OTT platforms have been our best friends. With OTT, there has been amazing writing, content, and the way the audience has consumed the content, that’s been really incredible,” she said, adding that the platform has given a lot of work to people in the industry.

“As an actor, there is so much more to do on it, in fact, for directors, writers, and everyone in the industry it has opened a whole new world,” she said, adding there will come a time when both platforms will be at the same level.

“Of course, I am dying to go back to theatres, but I feel there will be a time when there will be a value of the theatres and there will be the same value for OTT because each platform is powerful in its own way,” she says.

The actress adds that the kind of content that plays on both platforms is diverse.

“For writers, directors, actors, it has opened up a new world in terms of stories that one can only make for OTT which is different from (what) one makes for the theatres. Quite often, the theatrical films are larger-than-life and mounted differently. A producer might tell it better, how it is structured. OTT is different because the pressure is different,” she says.

“As an artist, I have the same passion and the same love. It’s just the medium and the way it is done for each platform, that is a whole producer and the finance thing, that’s different. So, it doesn’t make a difference in how I work. I do believe, the variety can be more and it is, the kind of topic people are making films and shows on, might not be conducive to the theatre or the way stories they tell like in 6 to 7 seasons, in theatre you just have 2 hours. That’s different,” she says.

Aditi is currently seen on the OTT-released film “Ajeeb Daastaans”, and will soon be seen in the Tamil film “Hey Sinamika”, “Maha Samudram”.

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