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Exclusive: #MeToo accused Rajkumar Hirani under self-imposed house-arrest? Read on for details

Buzz is the Sanju filmmaker, Rajkumar Hirani has lost several kilos and is looking visibly harrowed following his name being embroiled in the #MeToo controversy

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Rajkumar Hirani seems to be reeling under the allegations of sexual misconduct that were made against him early this year. Following the complaint made against him by a female member of the technical team of Sanju, the filmmaker’s name was unceremoniously dropped from the credits as the co-producer of Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s recent release, Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga. While the makers did not confirm at any point that Hirani’s ouster days before the release was due to the #MeToo allegations, they did not deny it either. But besides, losing out on the project, the allegations seem to be taking a heavier toll on Hirani. Even as several like Dia Mirza and Sharman Joshi have stepped up in the filmmaker’s support, the nature of the complaint seems to be weighing heavy on Hirani who has apparently withdrawn from an active social life.

We have learnt that the filmmaker has not stepped out of the house since the allegations have come about. In fact, a neighbour who resides in the same vicinity as Hirani reveals that the filmmaker who used to be a regular with his morning walks has not been seen in a long while now. But that’s not all. Those who did get a glimpse of Hirani have shared that he has lost several kilos and looked visibly harrowed. Our source shared, “Hirani has undoubtedly lost a lot of weight. Since the allegations surfaced, no one has seen him leave the premise. It’s almost like he is under self-imposed house-arrest.”

While the exact nature and the status of the complaint is unclear, we do know that such allegations – not only against Hirani, but also against others – are being taken seriously by the industry. The allegations have led to the ouster of Sajid Khan and Subhash Kapoor from big-budget projects. Sajid was dropped as the director from Housefull 4, while Subhash had to quit Mogul. The accusation against Vikas Bahl had also led to the breaking up of his production house, Phantom Films, that he had co-founded with Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane and Madhu Mantena. The Federation of Western India Cine Employees issued a six-month ban on Alok Nath, who was accused of rape by director Vinta Nanda. What do you have to say about this? Do let us know in the comments section below.

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Bollywood & TV series shooting to resume

Maharashtra allows film and TV shows to restart shooting and post production but with riders

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The Maharashtra Government has allowed the Media and Entertainment industry to return to work but with some important riders that include only 33 percent crew members of a set.

According to the GR issued by the state government  there will be a ceiling on the actors entourage.The actors have been asked to wait in their vehicles and avoid sitting in the common area of the set.

Though there is no instructions on reduction of main cast, but the crew is to be kept minimum and all crew members have to follow social distancing and wearing of masks and gloves on sets.

There is an indication to avoid hair and makeup of secondary artistes.

But PPE suit will be mandatory while doing hair and makeup for principal cast. Staggered lunch breaks, sanitation and temperature checks before entering the set and last but not the least no audience on reality show till the scare of COVID 19 persists : these are some of the stringent norms laid down by the government.

Produxer JD Majethia said, “We had a virtual meeting with Uddhav Thackeray ji last week. He promised to do his best for the entertainment industry. And here we are, shooting set to restart even before we imagined! The industry cannot thank you enough sir. The wait for fresh content is about to end.”

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It’s hard to ignore the truth of migrants on streets: Sobhita Dhulipala

Sobhita who turns 28 today expresses her concern about the migrants.

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Made in Heaven actor Sobhita Dhulipala who turns 28 today says she has never been a fan of elaborate birthday celebrations. ”This birthday will be an intimate affair. I’m going to cook a dish which my mum used to cook when I was a child. I’ll also read some poetry and listen to jazz music,” she adds.

 Talking about the current situation, she says, “In this situation of Lockdown it has made us realise how fortunate we are — we just have to stay at home to protect ourselves, more so when we look at the situation of migrants in the country”

“It is just so hard to ignore the truth on the streets. It’s very convenient to forget how privileged we all are, because obviously we always tend to look at what we don’t have, and we aspire towards it, feeling ‘shit we are stuck at this point in our lives, itna karna hai, I have to earn this’. You forget the people who have so little!”

Expressing her helplessness on the plight of migrant workers, she says, “I think this whole migrant crisis is heartbreaking. I read about the lady who dies on the train, and the child walked around her body trying to wake her up. It was heart-wrenching.”

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Digangana Suryavanshi shoots ad-film with mega-star Akshay Kumar

The former Bigg Boss-9 housemate shot Dollar wear-the- change commercial just before the lockdown was announced

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By Chaitanya  Padukone

The former Bigg Boss-9 housemate shot Dollar wear-the- change commercial just before the lockdown was announced

Popular TV star-turned- Bollywood-actress Digangana Suryavanshi, who has this unique record of  two of her debut Hindi movies ‘Jalebi’ and ‘FryDay’  releasing on the same day, seemed to be in an upbeat  euphoric mood.

Despite the ongoing stay-at-home confinement’  That’s because the ‘Dollar’ consumer product ad-commercial which she shot with mega-star Akshay Kumar is now out and is being widely appreciated  by  viewers.   Shares the articulate Digangana, speaking exclusively to CineBlitz,, “Working with Akshay Kumar -Sir was truly amazing. Fortunately, we had shot this ad film a few days before the lockdown. And what’s really amusing and amazing to me is that in the ad I am referred to as the ‘Princess’, which also happens to be the name that my fans fondly gave me. So, there’s that special element to it.

She further says, “In fact it’s my first ad film, and I’m so glad that it was with none other than Akshay-sir . who is known for his consistent super-hit box-office success records,  that too experimenting with diverse contrasting lead roles,  What a charismatic presence. Yet he is so extremely grounded. I’d love to work with him again, in a Hindi movie. Hopefully very soon,’’she smiles.

Since optimistic Digangana has experienced the ‘Bigg Boss-9’ spacious house and garden-area confinement few years ago, she was apparently aware, as to how to creatively reconcile with a ‘lockdown’ situation. .Minus the volatile showdown conflicts, of course. Elaborates the style-savvy ‘Hippi’ actress, “Although the reason for social lockdown is absolutely unfortunate, I think it’s given us all a lot of time to introspect. I’ve always been a creative person, and since I’m getting time being off shoots right now, Am investing my time in catching up with my hobbies. I haven’t had the time to paint since a long time, and now that I do, I’ve created quite a few classy artworks. Am exploring my musical side as well.Even written stories and a song about Covid-19 and expressed my outlook on the current situation. Spending lots of ‘quality-time’ conversing with both my parents at home and on cell-phone with my outstation relatives,” shares Digangana. The actress who has been working in  Southside big-banner regional movies, last year, is now discreetly gearing up to also feature in her fourth Hindi movie with a top-male star, very soon.

( The writer Chaitanya Padukone is an eminent Sr. film-journalist &  author of book R D Burmania )

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