Vidya Balan’s Natkhat to have its world premiere at Tribeca Enterprises’ ‘We Are One: A Global Film Festival’ on June 2

Versatile actress Vidya Balan created quite a stir recently when she dropped the intriguing first look poster of her debut short film, Natkhat. The hard-hitting film, which addresses patriarchy and toxic masculinity, while dealing with several issues such as gender inequality, rape culture, domestic violence etc., has now been selected by the Mumbai Film Festival to be world premiered at the one-of-a-kind, We Are One: A Global Film Festival on June 2, 2020. Produced and organized by New York’s Tribeca Enterprises, this 10-day digital film festival will be hosted on YouTube and will encompass programming from 20 festivals, including Mumbai Film Festival, Berlin, Cannes, Venice, Sundance, Toronto, New York, BFI London, Karlovy Vary, Locarno, and more.

While Vidya is also acting in the film, Natkhat marks her debut as a producer. Speaking about Natkhat's world premiere on such a prestigious platform, Vidya said, “Due to this unimaginable and mind-numbing COVID-19 crisis, while film ..

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Bollywood actor Kiran Kumar has recovered and tests negative for COVID-19 

Actor Kiran Kumar who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on May 14 had recovered and tested negative for the third time. The actor was asymptomatic and was under home quarantine after he tested positive.

Talking to a news agency Kiran Kumar revealed that his family is under isolation as a precautionary measure. The actor went to the hospital on May 14 for a medical check-up where the COVID-19 test was mandatory. He said that he tested positive even though he had no symptoms before the test or even after getting tested. He said that his family lives on the second floor of the building and he has quarantined himself on the third floor.
Kiran Kumar has featured in films like Dhadkan, Mujhse Dosti Karogi, Bobby Jasoos among several others.
ALSO READ: Two members of Karan Johar’s household staff test positive for COVID-19; filmmaker’s family members and other staff tests negative

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Shah Rukh Khan’s Kolkata Knight Riders extends support to battle the aftermath of Cyclone Amphan

Shah Rukh Khan and his team have been supporting those impacted during this lockdown due to coronavirus outbreak. Now, his Indian Premier League cricket team Kolkata Knight Riders along with Meer Foundation have announced several initiatives to support the ongoing efforts of the Government to battle the aftermath of Amphan.

West Bengal Chief Minister’s Relief Fund:
Kolkata Knight Riders has committed to contributing to the fund.
KKR Sahayata Vahan:
The cyclone has left many homeless and devoid of basic necessities, The KKR Sahayata Vahan initiative will cater to multiple locations across West Bengal and help distribute essential kits to people affected especially in satellite towns/districts
Tree Plantation:
The KKR Plant A 6 Campaign, under the leadership of Juhi Chawla Mehta, has worked relentlessly over the years in planting trees in Kolkata. KKR pledges to plant and replenish the 5000 trees that were lost in the cyclone over a period of time.
Announcing these initiatives Ve..

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Actor Zoa Morani donates plasma for the second time, says it got a patient out of ICU the last time

Actor Zoa Morani, who recovered from Covid-19 over a month back, recently donated her plasma for the second time, to medically aid the treatment of other patients. She took to Twitter to share a photo of herself lying on the hospital bed, and shared how her first round of plasma donation helped a patient come out of ICU.

“Plasma donation round 2 ! Last time it helped get a patient out of ICU , Note from my Doctor “hoping all recovered covid patients come out and donate their blood , u may be able to help someone,” she wrote.
Plasma donation round 2 ! Last time it helped get a patient out of ICU , Note from my Doctor “hoping all recovered covid patients come out and donate their blood , u may be able to help someone” #NairHospital #IndiaFightsCorona #plasmatherapy
— Zoa Morani (@zoamorani) May 26, 2020

Zoa, her sister Shaza and father, producer Karim Morani, had tested positive for Covid-19 in April, back to back in a matter of few days. Post her recovery..

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Vidya Balan unveils the first look of her debut short film Natkhat

Vidya Balan has unveiled the first look of her debut short film Natkhat, which she has co-produced along with Ronnie Screwvala. The film is directed by Shaan Vyas.

In the poster shared by Vidya Balan on social media, the actress can be seen deep in thought as she massages a child's head. The first look shows Vidya dressed as a village woman. “Ek kahaani sunoge…?” Presenting the first look of my first short film both as actor and producer .#Natkhat,” she wrote on Twitter.
“Ek kahaani sunoge…?” Presenting the first look of my first short film both as actor and producer .#Natkhat @[email protected] @FontOfThinking @SanayaIZohrabi @mesopystic
— vidya balan (@vidya_balan) May 26, 2020

Natkhat talks about the importance of consent in relationships. With Vidya Balan in the lead, the film revolves around a mother who inculcates the ideas of gender equality and respect for women, in her son from a tender age.
Vidya Balan, while talking to a tab..

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Akshay Kumar donates Rs. 45 lakhs to CINTAA to help the industry impacted during lockdown

Actor Akshay Kumar is doing everything to help those who have been impacted amid nationwide lockdown due to coronavirus outbreak. With the film and TV shootings being halted since March, the daily wage workers and many industry members are facing financial crisis with no jobs in hand. Akshay Kumar has donated Rs. 45 lakhs to Cine & TV Artistes’ Association (CINTAA) amid this grave crisis.

Akshay Kumar has already been working towards helping those in need. He donated Rs. 25 crores to PM Cares Fund followed by donation to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. He also donated Rs. 2 crores to Mumbai Police, and Rs. 3 crores to BrihanMumbai Municipal Cooperation for the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), masks and rapid testing kits, in the fight against the pandemic.
He also donated 1,000 smartwatches to Mumbai Police and 500 wristbands to the Nashik police after positive cases increased drastically.
Akshay Kumar has been continuously urging the citizens of India to stay indoors in orde..

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No coronavirus in Fukrey 3, says Director

Reports that the next instalment of the Fukrey franchise will incorporate plot points pertaining to the coronavirus have been effectually shut down by director Mrighdeep Lamba who denies having ever made any such statement.

Says Lamba, “It is not true at all. This is hardly an issue that can be slipped into a plot as an afterthought. This is a misreport.”
Lamba, who is currently writing Fukrey 3, says the incorporation of the coronavirus in this film is out of the question. “This story has nothing to do with Covid 19. Even I was surprised when I read that I was incorporating the virus in my film when infact I said we won’t incorporate such a grim and sensitive issue forcibly into Fukrey 3.”
However, he doesn’t rule out making a fresh independent film based on the virus. “If I get a good idea for a film on the coronovirus, I will do it. But, I repeat Fukrey 3 has nothing to do with the virus.”
Also Read: Fukrey 3 makers plan to incorporate COVID-19 situation in the film

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Crime Patrol actress Preksha Mehta, aged 25, commits suicide

In one of the most tragic news, TV actress Preksha Mehta reportedly committed suicide at the age of 25. The actress had starred in TV shows like Crime Patrol, Laal Ishq, and Meri Durga. As per reports, the actress was suffering from depression.

Preksha Mehta’s found her body hanging from the ceiling fan on May 26, 2020. Her body has been sent for post-mortem. She even left behind a suicide note citing disappointments faced in her career and relationships. On May 25, she had left a cryptic message on her Instagram story that read, “Sabse bura hota hai, sapnon ka mar jaana (The death of the dreams is the worst).”
“During our initial investigation, we believe that she was suffering from depression. We are carrying out a detailed investigation in this case,” police told PTI.

Preksha Mehta had recently gone back to her hometown in Indore amid the nationwide lockdown imposed due to coronavirus outbreak.
This is the second incident that has come into limelight amid lockdown. A few days ..

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Music composer Pritam Chakraborty’s father passes away from Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease

Music composer Pritam Chakraborty lost his father Prabodh Chakraborty on May 24 after his two year battle with Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease. His father was in the hospital for the past three months.

Pritam, his mother and sister were there with him until his last breath. His last rites were performed in Amboli, Mumbai. Amid the lockdown, the religious formalities were performed in the presence of immediate family members.
On the work front, Pritam Chakraborty's next work includes Kabir Khan's 83, Ayan Mukerji's Brahmastra, and Aamir Khan's Laal Singh Chaddha.

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From providing essential supplies to healthcare kits, here’s how Amitabh Bachchan has been helping people during lockdown

Apart from being at the forefront of public awareness for Doctors, Essential workers and the Centre and State Governments for India, superstar Mr Amitabh Bachchan has instructed his office to undertake and commence activities on his behalf to help the underprivileged at this difficult time. Managing Director of AB Corp Ltd, Mr Rajesh Yadav is spearheading commendable work for the needy on behalf of Mr Bachchan.

He with the help of Haji Ali Trust and Pir Makhdum Saheb Trust started with the distribution of 4500 packets of cooked food on a daily basis since 28th March 2020 to till date on the various locations in Mumbai as stated hereunder –
Haji Ali dargah
Kolsa bunder/reti bunder
Arab Galli
Antop hill
Garib Nawaz Nagar
Babulnath Mandir
Worli lotus
Mahim dargah
Sion 90 feet road
Nargis Dutt Nagar Bandra
Nehru Nagar Juhu etc
They have also distributed about 10,000 ration packets of dry ration to 10,000 families which would suffice each family ration requirement for a month. Th..

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