With months of meticulous planning behind them, Pooja Entertainment is Bollywood’s first production house off the block to shoot a complete schedule of its big-budget spy thriller Bellbottom with Akshay Kumar in the lead. Using the latest technology, the film team is all set for an extended shoot beginning soon. Besides medical-grade masks and face shields, after consulting medical experts, the production house is making it mandatory for all cast and crew to wear a wrist watch that will constantly monitor their oxygen levels, body temperature, blood pressure, stress levels and pulse. A centralized dashboard will constantly record the parameters of the entire unit and keep a check for any changes in readings.
Commenting on this, Jackky Bhagnani says that as a producer, the health of his unit is of utmost importance. “I am truly grateful to Akshay Sir without whom this film and this shoot would have been impossible. He is a rock and our guiding light. It is only after every department and every individual was assured of the measures taken that we are embarking on this journey. From a doctor on the set at all times to keeping the entire set disinfected at all times, safety first is our mantra. It’s a challenge but it makes Bellbottom even more special for all of us.”
Actor Akshay Kumar says, “The new normal has made us realise a different way of working that none of us could have imagined. As much as I’m happy to be back on the sets, it’s also important for us to take care of everything around us. Pooja Entertainment has laid down a safety plan for our shooting schedule abroad. We hope these measures help us accomplish a smooth and safe shoot.”
Bellbottom’s on-set guidelines will also include maintaining social distancing of no less than 6 feet wherever possible; hand sanitizing stations will be made available throughout the set area; all surface areas and equipment to be disinfected frequently using alcohol-based sanitizers before and after every shoot.
Bellbottom, a retro drama with Akshay Kumar, Vaani Kapoor, Huma Qureshi and Lara Dutta was announced late last year. Pooja Entertainment took the decision to shoot a start to finish stint keeping the global health crisis in mind.
Bellbottom Director Ranjit M Tewari adds, “It is going to be a challenging shoot given the circumstances, but I am extremely confident of the health and safety protocols put in place by Pooja Entertainment. Every member of the Bellbottom family is exhilarated and geared up to kick start work.”
Producer Deepshikha Deshmukh says, “Medical waste is as big an issue and we are taking all possible steps to make sure we are an environmentally conscious film unit. We are immensely grateful towards the entire unit for trusting us to look after them. Our film unit is like our family and we wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Production Designers Amit Ray and Subrata Chakraborty say, “It is a challenging time to shoot a film no doubt, but we look at it as a creative challenge – to manage all that is happening around us, keep all protocols in place and despite that help create a special feel for this film.”
Sushant – head of spot boy team for Bellbottom says, “Sab spot boys aur technical staff ko saare processes samjha diye gaye hain. Hum sab ko samjhaya gaya hai ki set par jane se pehle aur set per kya kya precaution lena hai. Sab log kaam per jane kay liye utsuk hain.”
While the actors are excited to resume shooting, they are also relieved that their health is in safe hands. The Bellbottom team is expected to take off any time soon.
Pooja Entertainment presents in association with Emmay Entertainment ‘Bellbottom’ Produced by Vashu Bhagnani, Jackky Bhagnani, Deepshikha Deshmukh, Monisha Advani, Madhu Bhojwani and Nikkhil Advani. Bellbottom written by Aseem Arrora & Parveez Shaikh is set to release on 2nd April, 2021.
“I have always been a Hansal Mehta fan. His stories are inspiring” shares Nushrratt Bharuccha
Nushrratt Bharuccha will be next seen in Chhalaang directed by Hansal Mehta, co-starring Rajkummar Rao
Nushrratt Bharuccha has time and again impressed us with her charismatic on screen appeal. Having worked with incredible directors, Nushrratt will next be seen in Chhalaang, helmed by Hansal Mehta. Nushrratt has always aspired to work with ace director Hansal, and with Chhalaang her dreams came true.
Speaking about her experience on working with Hansal Mehta, Nushrratt said “I have always been a Hansal Mehta fan. I think his world, his stories are just so inspiring and so different yet so real at the same time. It stirs some emotion in you that compels you to take some action or it provokes a thought or it provokes some sort of action within yourself in terms of how you want to live ahead, what choices you make and what your thoughts should kind of be.
Adding furthermore she said, “The stories that he dwells in are very thought provoking and I always felt that doing something with him would kind of change me as an artist and as a person and I just really wanted to work with him. It was one of those bucket list things that I have to do a film with him and I have to be part of his world and his cinema. It was bottom right, downright that greed of mine that my career has to have a film with him and an experience with him actually. I am really really glad and thankful that I got a chance to do that – that also on a platform and in a film like this where for the first time is making a light-hearted fun film which is not so serious and not so dark. It is a light-hearted humour film but it’s still at the end of the day provokes the same sort of action or the thought in a person which his other cinema would. So deep down inside he says something with his work and his films and I am really glad and blessed to be a part of this with him.”
Nushrratt has shown remarkable growth in her career graph with every character that she has played. With Chhalaang she will be seen acing her Haryanvi accent and in a simple North Indian girl. Fans are already loving the refreshing and vibrant chemistry of Nushrratt with Rajkumar Rao.
Siddhant Chaturvedi is raising the temperatures with his outdoor workouts!
Earlier today, the actor shared a couple of videos of himself working out and they are drool worthy
Siddhant Chaturvedi is one of the most promising new talents that Bollywood has to offer. The actor made a lasting impact with his debut on the silver screen as Mc Sher in Gully Boy and there’s been no stopping for him ever since. The actor is currently in Goa shooting for his next film with Shakun Batra and every now and then, the actor shared videos of himself doing workouts outdoors, in the park or at the beach and one can understand why he’s the national crush.
Earlier today, the actor shared a couple of videos of himself working out and they are drool worthy, check them out!!!
Siddhant has a huge line up of films with major production houses. He recently wrapped up shooting for Yash Raj films’ Bunty Aur Babli 2 and is currently shooting for Shakun Batra’s next where he will star alongside Deepika Padukone and Ananya Panday. The most recent film in his kitty is the Excel Entertainment production ‘Phone Bhoot’ where he will share the screen with Katrina Kaif and Ishaan Khatter.
Sidharth Malhotra’s Fankind campaign to raise funds for children battling cancer
Sidharth’s fans now have an opportunity to interact with him over a video call, while helping raise funds for a cause
Founded by Anshula Kapoor, online fundraising platform Fankind has launched yet another campaign and this time it’s with actor Sidharth Malhotra. Sidharth’s fans now have an opportunity to interact with him over a video call, while helping raise funds for a cause that is close to Sidharth’s heart – to provide nutrition & hot meals to children battling cancer.
Through this campaign, Malhotra will raise funds for Cuddles Foundation under their FoodHeals Program. The proceeds of this campaign will be used to provide trained nutritionists to government and charity cancer hospitals, share food and supplements with patients and families and support cancer caregivers with the knowledge to make the right food choices.
To participate in the campaign, fans can donate on fankind.org/Sid and 5 lucky fans will get an opportunity to play dumb charades virtually with their favourite actor.
Sidharth says, “It’s humbling to be a part of a cause such as this which would help in supporting the children battling with cancer with all the nutrition they need. Childhood cancer is curable, however 40% of the children battling this disease are malnourished, I am glad that I have got the opportunity to help these children through Fankind. Also, I am super excited to meet my fans for a games night, virtually of course.”
The campaign which goes live today will end on 30th October 2020.
Fankind.org is an online fundraising platform founded by Anshula Kapoor, that brings fans, celebrities & charities together by curating one of a kind celebrity-related experiences for fans while helping raise funds for social causes. They help raise funds for NGOs across the country who are doing important work on the ground, as well as provide access to fans by helping them interact with their favourite celebrities.
About Cuddle Foundation:
Cuddles Foundation provides holistic nutrition support and food to underprivileged children fighting cancer across India. Through the FoodHeals Program, pediatric nutritionists customise the nutritional needs of each child based on their medical needs. They monitor the child’s progress, create diet plans, educate their parents in home-based nutrition, provide the children and their families with hot meals, nutritional supplements and ration baskets so that the kids have the strength to fight their cancer.
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