Krystle D'souza recalls meeting Amitabh Bachchan for first time on 'Chehre' set

Indian television star Krystle D'souza, who has debuted on the silver screen with Anand Pandit's mystery thriller 'Chehre', has recalled the memories of meeting megastar Amitabh Bachchan on the sets of the film.

Indian television star Krystle D'souza, who has debuted on the silver screen with Anand Pandit's mystery thriller 'Chehre', has recalled the memories of meeting megastar Amitabh Bachchan on the sets of the film. The Amitabh Bachchan and Emraan Hashmi starrer mystery thriller 'Chehre' has been in the news since its inception. The movie has managed to grab the attention of the audience with an intriguing trailer which was launched recently by the filmmakers.

Helmed by Rumy Jafry the movie leads the audience through a puzzling path stacked with mystery, anticipation, truth, allegations, defence, and struggle. Recalling the moment she met Bachchan for the first time on the set, Krystle said, "I can never forget that day, it feels like just yesterday. I went up to him and introduced myself and he introduced himself back and I said of course I know!!!"

"He was so warm and welcoming and so jovial at the same time. We did a few line rehearsals and went straight into the take while my mom stood in a corner teary-eyed!" she added. The film is all set to hit the screens on April 9. (ANI)

Amitabh Bachchan hints at receiving COVID-19 vaccine

Mumbai, March 21: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan on Sunday hinted he will receive the first dose of the corona virus vaccine as soon as he recovers from his eye surgery.

Earlier this month, the 78-year-old actor had opened up about his first eye surgery and said that the recovery is "slow and difficult". Last week, Bachchan underwent successful surgery for his other eye.

Taking to his blog, the screen icon voiced concerns around rising COVID-19 cases and the box office performance of his upcoming film "Chehre".
"There is now the fear of another strain, getting free box office results and that is unnerving... The vaccination has become mandatory and soon there shall be the conditioning for yours truly to be one such in the queue.

"Well as soon as the work in progress eyes get settled... till then it's a wild world ain't it," Bachchan wrote.

Recently, cinema veterans Sharmila Tagore, Dharmendra, Hema Malini, Mohanlal, Nagarjuna, Paresh Rawal, Satish Shah, Jeetendra, Kamal Haasan, Anupam Kher, Rakesh Roshan and Johnny Lever received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Bachchan also shared pictures from a dubbing, adding that other work can be produced and executed "without hesitation".

On Friday, the "Gulabo Sitabo" actor was honoured with the FIAF Award for his dedication and contribution to the preservation of the world's film heritage by the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF).

He thanked his fans, whom he calls his "extended family", for their congratulatory messages. In the post, the actor also marvelled at the technological advancement which made it possible for the event to be held virtually amid the pandemic. During the virtual event, Hollywood filmmakers Martin Scorsese and Christopher Nolan hailed Bachchan as a "celebrated actor" and "living legend".

Bachchan is the first Indian film personality to be honoured with the award.

'Rhea Chakraborty was, is and will always be an integral part of Chehre'

Producer of Chehre Anand Pandit claims there was 'never a question' of not having Rhea Chakraborty in the final edit of the movie.

A lot was said and speculated when actor Rhea Chakraborty did not feature in the poster and teaser of Amitabh Bachchan-Emraan Hashmi's upcoming thriller, Chehre. With her appearance in the trailer that came out Thursday, film's producer Anand Pandit has finally spoken on the controversy.

Chehre is Rhea's first release after the death of her boyfriend, late actor Sushant Singh Rajput.

"There was never any question of not having Rhea in the film. She was, is and will always be an integral part of Chehre. I don't believe in getting swayed so easily," Anand told Zoom TV.

 

Interestingly, it was just a day before that the producer had maintained mystery about Rhea's appearance. "We did not react because we have decided not to talk about Rhea at this moment. We will answer questions regarding her at the right time. At this juncture, there is nothing more I can say," he had told Mid Day.

Sushant's family had accused Rhea of misappropriating funds, abetting suicide and keeping the Chichhore star away from his family. She denied all the charges, but spent nearly a month in jail in drug-related charges last year. Rhea was later released on bail.

Directed by Rumy Jafry, Chehre shows the fight for justice against one crime and a "verbal conflict" will be seen between Amitabh and Emraan. Annu Kapoor, Dhritiman Chatterjee, Raghubir Yadav, Krystle D'Souza and Siddhant Kapoor will also be seen in the movie that is slated to hit the theatres on April 9.

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Amitabh Bachchan to be felicitated with FIAF Award

Mumbai, Mar 10:  Megastar Amitabh Bachchan will be honoured with an award by the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF).

The veteran actor will be the first Indian cinema personality to be bestowed with the FIAF Award for his dedication and contribution to the preservation of the world's film heritage.

Hollywood filmmakers and previous recipients of the FIAF Award -- Martin Scorcese and Christopher Nolan -- will present the award to Bachchan during a virtual showcase scheduled to take place on March 19, 2021.

The FIAF is a worldwide organisation, comprising of film archives and museums from across the world.

"This year FIAF celebrates the twentieth anniversary of its annual Award. To mark this momentous occasion, there could be no better recipient than one of the world's greatest movie stars, and one who has understood, embraced, and publicised the cause of film preservation for years," Frederic Maire, President of FIAF, said in a statement.

"By presenting our prestigious FIAF Award to Amitabh Bachchan, we want to show the world how rich and diverse, but also how fragile, this unique film heritage is, and we want to publicly thank Bachchan for his role as a high-profile advocate for the rescue of this heritage, in India and beyond," he added.

Bachchan's name was nominated by the FIAF affiliate Film Heritage Foundation.

Founded by filmmaker and archivist Shivendra Singh Dungarpur, Film Heritage Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the preservation, restoration, documentation, exhibition, and study of India's film heritage.

Bachchan said he is honoured to receive the award for a cause he is "deeply committed".

"It was when I became the ambassador of Film Heritage Foundation in 2015, that I realised the extent of the neglect and colossal loss of our precious film heritage and how we continue to lose more of our legacy every day.

"Recognising the urgency of the situation, I have been working closely with Film Heritage Foundation since its inception to do everything in our power to save our films and to build a movement for film preservation in our part of the world," the 78-year-old actor.

Bachchan stressed that it is important that the idea of film archiving is strengthening and promoted in India.

"I do hope that we are able to garner further support for this most essential cause from my colleagues in the film industry and the government, to enable us to realise our dream for building a centre that will preserve and showcase our magnificent film heritage," he added.

Nolan, who has been a vocal advocate of celluloid films, said it is imperative that representatives of the film industry around the world come together to ensure the preservation of film heritage.

"I want to congratulate Amitabh Bachchan on receiving the 2021 honour. As the ambassador for Film Heritage Foundation, he has played an essential role in putting the cause of film preservation on the map in India and the subcontinent," he added.

Dungarpur said India's record in film preservation has been dismal as the country lost almost 70 per cent of its films.

"This has been a cause that has been much neglected in our part of the world, and we have been fortunate enough to enjoy the unstinting support of our ambassador, Amitabh Bachchan, who has championed the cause of saving our film heritage and constructively wielded his influence to amplify the cause on a war footing in our part of the world.

"This is the reason we nominated him for the award, and he was unanimously voted by all FIAF members to be given the award," he said.

Previous recipients of the FIAF Award include Manoel de Oliveira, Ingmar Bergman, Geraldine Chaplin, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Peter Bogdanovich, Nelson Pereira dos Santos, Rithy Panh, Liv Ullmann, Kyoko Kagawa, Agnes Varda, Jan Svankmajer, Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Jean-Luc Godard and Walter Salles.

 

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Amitabh Bachchan hints at undergoing surgery

Mumbai,  Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has shared that he has a "medical condition" for which he needs to undergo a surgery.

It is unclear if the medical procedure is complete.

In a one-line, cryptic message on his personal blog, the 78-year-old actor gave an update to his fans and followers.

"medical condition .. surgery .. can't write (sic)" Amitabh Bachchan wrote on Saturday.

The actor recently shared the details about the projects his family members -- wife Jaya Bachchan, son Abhishek Bachchan and daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai Bachchan -- were currently working on.

Amitabh Bachchan had also said he would soon start shooting for filmmaker Vikas Bahl's next.

The screen icon was last seen in Shoojit Sircar's "Gulabo Sitabo", which had a digital premiere last year in the wake of the coronavirus-induced shutdown.

One of the busiest stars in the Hindi film industry, Amitabh Bachchan was recently shooting for "MayDay", directed by and starring Ajay Devgan.

The veteran actor, who regularly keeps in touch with his followers whom he calls his 'extended family' via social media, was also one of the first Indian film personalities to be diagnosed with coronavirus last year.

Amitabh Bachchan, along with Abhishek Bachchan, 45, and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, 47, had tested positive for COVID-19 in July 2020. His granddaughter, Aaradhya (nine) too had contracted the virus.

They were admitted to a private hospital here for treatment and were discharged later.

Amitabh Bachchan will next be seen in sports-drama "Jhund", directed by Nagraj Popatrao Manjule, which debuts in theatres on June 18. His other release for the year, "Chehre", will open theatrically on April 30.

 

Around midnight, he shared a picture of himself with his hand on his cheek and wrote in caption, "!!!!!! ?????" keeping his fans guessing about his health.  PTI

Bollywood Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan remembers late father on his birthday

Mumbai: Bollywood Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan penned an emotional note and also shared one of the most memorable pictures of her father late Krishnaraj Rai on the occasion of his birth anniversary.

It's been 3 years since Aishwarya Rai Bachchan lost her father.

Here's what Aishwarya and Abhishek Bachchan have posted today in memory of him.

Aishwarya wrote, HAPPY BIRTHDAY Daddyyy- Ajjaaa. Our Ever-Smiling Guardian ANGELLOVE YOU ETERNALLY"; Abhishek Bachchan too took to Instagram to post a note for his late father-in-law saying, "Happy birthday dad. Miss you".

Upon his death, actor Amitabh Bachchan had posted a long tweet: “Death has but one end .. and words cannot define it .” He also wrote on his blog, “Death.. the inevitable end… That call you wait anxiously knowing that it will come, and come it does to end all other calls .. glimpses of reactions in the mind, of the lost one, of those that shall reflect on the lost one .. and suddenly then in the midst of sorrow and grief among the grieved and grieving. That walk to the ultimate destination and the reality… Embracing the tragedy, the discussions on its transport, its rituals, its formalities… The custom, the tradition, the visitors with the sadness and the embrace of consolation, the last rites, the carriage, the placement, the cremation… What to say what to put out where to put to… All laden with grief and departure.”

Notably, Krishnaraj Rai was a former Army biologist, Krishna Rai was in the intensive care at the Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai before he died on March 18.

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Bollywood celebs wish Mega Star Amitabh Bachchan on his 78th Birthday

New Delhi: As the Bollywood veteran and Megastar Amitabh Bachchan celebrates his 78th birthday on Sunday, his fans and members of the film fraternity wished him on social media.

While some Bollywood stars shared their memories with the actor in the form of throwback pictures, others wrote heartfelt notes for Amitabh Bachchan on their Twitter handles.

Ajay Devgn, who has co-starred with Big B in films like Satyagrah, Khakee, Major Saab and Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag, among many others, posted a throwback picture with the veteran actor and wrote: "Many happy returns of the day dear Amit ji. Prayers and best wishes for a great year ahead Sir."

Hrithik Roshan, who co-starred with Big B in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham..., tweeted, "Dearest Amit uncle, I wish for you good health, happiness and peace. Thank you for inspiring millions like me, will forever be your fanboy. Happy Birthday."

Katrina Kaif, who has worked with Big B in films like Sarkar and Thugs Of Hindostan, wrote: "Happy birthday, Amitabh Bachchan. May you have the most wonderful year. You are an inspiration.

"Happy Birthday Amitabh Sir. Thank you for always inspiring us. We are blessed to have witnessed some of your finest performances. You are truly a legend," wrote Anushka Sharma.

Prabhas, who will soon be sharing screen space with the actor, wrote in his greeting for Big B: "Many, many happy returns of the day to the legendary Amitabh Bachchan sir. Thank you for inspiring us all."

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Kangana terms Jaya Bachchan as 'hypocrite' over drug debate

Guwahati: Bollywood Actress Kangana backfires to veteran actress Jaya Bachchan’s counter comments on Ravi Kishan in the Rajya Sabha saying “She has tested positive for Being Hypocrite”.

In her back to back tweets, Kangana also raised questions for why being megastar Amitabh Bachchan didn’t speak a word on injustice with actor Sushant Singh Rajput & alleged ‘Gunda Gardi’ (hooliganism) being done by (Maharashtra Govt).

Kangana in her first tweet said, “Amitabh ji doesn't speak a word on injustice wid SSR & GundaGardi being done by Babur Army, Also he doesn't speak on druggie Bollywood #JayaBachchan in the Lok Sabha support Criminal From industry And Slamming Ravi Kishan For Raising voice. What a Hypocrisy.”

She further tweeted, “#Jaya Bachchan's counter comments on Ravi Kishan is unwarranted and objectionable. Instead of supporting the efforts of cleaning the industry from drug menace engulfing Bollywood, the most loved family is either keeping mum or Passing sarcasm & Gyan.”

Kangana ends her tweet saying, “#JayaBachchan has tested positive for Being Hypocrite.”

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Bollywood Megastar Amitabh Bachchan tests negative for COVID-19, Discharged

Mumbai: Bollywood Megastar Amitabh Bachchan was discharged from Mumbai’s Nanavati Hospital after being tested negative for COVID-19 on Sunday afternoon.

Taking to Twitter, Senior Bachchan tweets, “T 3613 - I have tested CoVid- have been discharged. I am back home in solitary quarantine. Grace of the Almighty, blessings of Ma Babuji, prayers & duas of near & dear & friends fans EF .. and the excellent care and nursing at Nanavati made it possible for me to see this day.”

Also, Junior Bachchan Abhishek took to Twitter, saying, “my father, thankfully, has tested negative on his latest Covid-19 test and has been discharged from the hospital. He will now be at home and rest. Thank you all for all your prayers and wishes for him.”

He continued saying, "I, Unfortunately due to some comorbidities remain Covid-19 positive and remain in hospital. Again, thank you all for your continued wishes and prayers for my family. Very humbled and indebted. I’ll beat this and come back healthier! Promise."

Earlier, Bollywood Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and her daughter Aaradhya was discharged from the Mumbai’s Nanavati Hospital after testing corona negative on July 27, 2020.

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Aish & daughter Aaradhya test negative for COVID-19, Discharged

Mumbai: Bollywood Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and her daughter Aaradhya was discharged from the Mumbai’s Nanavati Hospital after testing corona negative on Monday.

Informing about this, Junior Bachchan Abhishek took to twitter saying, “Thank you all for your continued prayers and good wishes. Indebted forever. Aishwarya and Aaradhya have thankfully tested negative and have been discharged from the hospital. They will now be at home. My father and I remain in hospital under the care of the medical staff.”

He also said that his father Amitabh Bachchan and himself are recovering from the disease and might get discharged this week from Nanavati Hospital. While Amitabh and Abhishek had tested positive for COVID-19 on July 11, Aishwarya and Aaradhya had tested positive for coronavirus a day later. While Aishwarya and Aaradhya were initially advised home quarantine, they had to be admitted to Nanavati Hospital on July 17.

As far as Aish’s work is concerned, she is looking forward to the release of Mani Ratnam’s epic drama Ponniyin Selvan. She was last seen in Fanney Khan co-starring Anil Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao.

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