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Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan Actor Ayushmann Khurrana: Its Important To Make Films On Gay Rights

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Bollywood actor Ayushmann Khurrana, who is giving back to back hits at the box office, lately spoke in length about his upcoming film Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan. He also deliberately talks about gay rights in India and why the film is so important to him.

Last year, he gave two major hits in a period of just one month – Andhadhun and Badhaai Ho. This has catapulted his career and make him a major star in the Bollywood sphere.

Ayushmann, who rose to limelight with Vicky Donor,says that it is important to make films on gay rights. And it is important that the film to release in the commercial mainstream space so that it didn’t turned out to be preachy. Interestingly, in Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan, Ayushmann is planning to essay the role of a gay man.

Earlier, Dostana (2008) starred Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham also based on gay theme but it was more of fun than to convey the message in a serious way. This seems to be the first time, that a subject like this to be explore in a mainstream way and that too with some serious tone.

It will be a sequel to 2017 sleeper hit Shubh Mangal Saavdhan. Directed by Hitesh Kewalya, the film also stars  Neena Gupta and Gajraj Rao in key roles. The film will face off with Kartik Aaryan and Sara Ali Khan’s romantic film on February 14, 2020.

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Raveena Tandon: Delhi is almost gasping for breath

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Actress Raveena Tandon says she is disturbed by the oxygen shortage in the capital amid the second wave of Covid, and has taken it upon herself to send oxygen cylinders to the city.

Raveena has started an initiative called Oxygen Seva On The Wheels Mumbai To Delhi, where she is sending oxygen cylinders through her non-profit organisation, Rudra Foundation to the Capital.

“Just look around you, how can what’s happening not need you to do something, instead of just sitting and tweeting about it. As you can see, Delhi is almost gasping for breath, and this is the initiative a few likeminded people along with me decided to take up,” Raveena told IANS.

The actress says they are reaching out to those who are well-off for funding, and acknowledges the cooperation of Chintu Kwatra and Khushiyan Foundation.

“I have dispersed a lot of 300 cylinders and for the rest, we are trying to generate funds from likeminded people, whether it is our friends or anyone who has extra money. We are not pressuring people, the common man to come forward and donate. At this moment, everyone needs to save for emergency that they might face. But yes, we are reaching out to people who can make a difference and asking them to chip in,” she says.

Not only shortage of oxygen, but people are also being forced to pay exorbitant prices for medical necessities. Talking about the same, the actress says: “Be it ambulances or hospitals, oxygen, oximeters, concentrators, the amount of money being charged is ridiculous. People in dire need of these things are desperate, anything to save their near and dear ones, and are shelling out their life’s savings. What can I say about these people taking advantage of the needy at the moment?” she says.

However, she adds that she has also been a lot of support for her initiative. “Many of my family members have chipped in, my extended family, cousins, like-minded friends, people have called me from various places and it is an initiative that is being supported by a lot of people,” she says.

Raveena adds that she is making sure to deliver the oxygen to the right people, so that it can go to those who need it, free of cost.

“What we are doing is a drop in the ocean of what is required, but the fact is that we have tied up with people where we know for sure this will go free of cost to the needy. We have tied up with DCP South Delhi, the police, and we are handing over a part of the lot that is going now. Then we are giving Radha Soami Satsang Beas cylinders because they have a centre at Chattarpur, which is free of cost. We are giving part of it to the army and another NGO, which has tied up with us. We are going through Twitter and verifying whoever is most needy at that time and sending cylinders there. It’s a personal one- to -one thing that we are doing,” she says.

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Kangana Ranaut tests Covid positive, calls it ‘nothing but a small time flu’

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Kangana Ranaut on Saturday shared the news that she has tested positive for Covid-19 and has quarantined herself. The actress posted the health update on Instagram, along with a picture that shows her performing Sukhasana.

“I was feeling tired and weak with slight burning sensation in my eyes for past few days, was hoping to go to Himachal so got my test done yesterday and today the result came I am covid positive,” she wrote in the post.

The actress urged everyone not to be scared, calling the disease “nothing but a small time flu”.

“I have quarantined myself, I had no idea this virus is having a party in my body, now that I know I will demolish it, people please don’t give anything any power over you, if you are scared it will scare you more, come let’s destroy this Covid-19 it is nothing but a small time flu which got too much press and now psyching few people. Har Har Mahadev,” she wrote.

The news comes days after her Twitter account was suspended, after she posted a series of tweets perceived to be controversial.

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Anushka Sharma and Virat start Covid fundraiser, contribute Rs 2cr

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Celebrity couple Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli have started a fundraiser campaign to help people deal with the Covid crises at hand.

The couple has collaborated with crowd-funding platform Ketto for the campaign #InThisTogether and has donated Rs 2 crore for this initiative. They aim to raise 7 crore for Covid relief in India

Talking about the same, Anushka said: “India is going through an extremely difficult time and the second wave of the deadly Covid-19 pandemic has pushed our country to a state of crisis. It is time for all of us to come together and do our bit for our fellow countrymen who are in serious need of support.

“Virat and I have been hugely pained looking at the inexplicable suffering that people are going through and we hope that this fund will aid in our fight against the virus that we are all helplessly witnessing. We are praying for everyone’s safety. We hope that you join us in our prayers to save as many lives as possible because we are all in this together.”

Virat said: “We are going through an unprecedented time in the history of our country and our nation needs all of us to unite and save as many people as possible. Anushka and I have been shocked to see humans suffering since last year. We have been working towards helping as many people as possible all through the pandemic and now, India wants our support more than ever.

“We are starting this fundraiser with the confidence that we will be able to raise substantial funds to aid those in dire need. We are confident that people will come forward to support fellow countrymen in crisis. We are in this together and we shall overcome this.”

#InThisTogether will run for seven days and the proceeds raised will be directed to ACT Grants, the implementation partner for this campaign.

“Having strong voices like Anushka and Virat help drive fundraising efforts will go a long way towards helping us realise this goal. On behalf of India’s startup ecosystem, ACT Grants is truly grateful to have them join this mission,” said Gayatri Yadav, spokesperson ACT Grants.

“We are delighted to collaborate with Virat Kholi and Anuskha Sharma for their philanthropic endeavour to support our Covid relief programme,” said Varun Sheth, CEO & co-founder, Ketto.org.

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