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Akshay Kumar Covid-19 Positive

Akshay Kumar Hospitalised Day After Testing Covid-19 Positive

Bollywood Actor Akshay Kumar has been admitted to a city hospital as a precautionary measure a day after testing positive for the novel coronavirus.

In an official statement, the actor posted the information on his official Twitter page stating that he is doing fine and hopes to be back home soon. He quoted – “Thank you, everyone, for all your warm wishes and prayers, they seem to be working. I am doing fine, but as a precautionary measure under medical advice, I have been hospitalised. I hope to be back home soon. Take care.”

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While starting the shoot of his action-adventure drama movie “Ram Setu”, the actor was tested positive for the virus. apart from him, as many 45 crew members working on the film have tested positive for COVID-19.

BN Tiwari, President, Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE), stated in an official statement that a crew of nearly 100 was set to begin filming in Madh Island from April 5 but when the mandatory COVID-19 tests were done, 40 junior artists tested positive. All of them are been quarantined after testing positive. Out of those, 40 were junior artists while the rest were Akshay Kumar’s make up team, their assistants. Due to the case, the shooting has been halted.

Mumbai recorded its highest single-day spike of 11,163 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, pushing the city’s caseload to 4,52,445.

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Virat Kohli Most-Valued Indian Celeb, Beats Akshay Kumar & Ranveer Singh

Indian cricketer and the captain of Indian Cricket Team Virat Kholi ranked as the most valuable celebrity leaving behind the top Bollywood actors with a brand value of USD 237.7 million.

This is Virat’s fourth year ranked as the most valuable celebrity list with a brand value of USD 237.7 million. Virat is also one of the top-ranked batsmen on the International Cricket Council (ICC) batting charts. He has also taken the top spot in the elite list as the charismatic leader of the Men in Blue which was reportedly crowned the most valuable celebrity for the fourth consecutive year in 2020.

As per the brand valuation agency Duff & Phelps, Bollywood actors Akshay Kumar bagged the second position with a brand value of USD 118.9 million, an increase of 13.8 per cent. Actor Ranveer Singh bagged the third spot with a brand value of USD 102.9 million. Shah Rukh Khan is in fourth place, with a valuation of USD 51.1 million, followed by Deepika Padukone with the brand value of USD 50.4 million and Alia Bhatt with USD 48 million as her brand value.

Ayushmann Khurrana with a brand value of USD 48 million moved up four notches to sixth place, but Salman Khan (USD 45 million) was down to eighth. Amitabh Bachchan occupies ninth place with USD 44.2 million and is followed by Hrithik Roshan who has a brand value of USD 39.4.

Even the COVID-19 pandemic affected the economy worldwide, Virat Kholi’s valuation remained the same and the others in the top 20 lost 5 per cent of their combined value in 2020.

As per the agency’s official statement the rankings are based on the celebrities’ individual brand value from their product endorsements and relevant social media presence.

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Bollywood Celebrities In Forbes List, Asia Top 100 Digital Stars

The Forbes List of Most Influential Celebrities on Social Media in the Asia-Pacific region is out where Bollywood celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Katrina Kaif, Anushka Sharma, Jacqueline Fernandez, Shahid Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Hrithik Roshan and singers like Shreya Ghoshal and Neha Kakkar have secured their place in the list but without any ranking.

Recently in the inaugural of the 100 Digital Stars list, Forbes Asia highlights celebrities who have managed to be active in their social media accounts, interacting with their fans, and successfully managed to raise awareness on many important issues and inspiring optimism. Even without any physical events and activities, celebrities have helped causes like COVID-19 relief. These Bollywood celebrities were listed along with some international stars like Hugh Jackman, Chris Hemsworth, South Korean girl band Blackpink, boy band BTS, actor, singer Jay Chou, Lee Min-ho, and actors Mahira Khan.

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Forbes Asia’s 100 Digital Stars list is evaluated by the candidates’ social media reach and engagement. Their recent work with the impact and advocacy on the society, brand endorsements, and business endeavours is considered while picking up the candidates. Even their recognition profile on a local, regional, and global level was also viewed.

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As per the list reports, Amitabh Bachchan has been applauded for raising $7 million for Covid-19 relief this year. Even Akshay Kumar also donated $4 million to Covid-19 relief in India. He also took part in the “I For India” fundraising concert on Facebook Live in May, which raised Rs 520 million for GiveIndia’s Covid-19 fund along with Hrithik Roshan, whose Instagram post of the event drew over 2 million views.

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Akshay Kumar A Proud “Son-In-Law As He Shares Filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s Note For Dimple Kapadia

Bollywood Actor Akshay Kumar wrote down to share a note by filmmaker Christopher Nolan addressed to his mother-in-law, actor Dimple Kapadia, as she recently was part of Nolan’s latest film, which was released in India on Friday. 

Akshay shared the note of appreciation, written by Nolan for Dimple, as he feels like the proud son-in-law. Nolan penned a note for Dimple praising her work and thanking her for working with him. Note wrote – “To Dimple, all my love, respect & admiration. Dimple, what can I say? Working with you has been a delight. Watching you bring Priya to life all around the world has been fantastic. Thank you for your great skill and hard work and for lending your talent to ‘Tenet’. Best Wishes.”

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With this message from Nolan, Akshya wrote in the social media account – “Here’s my proud son-in-law moment! #ChristopherNolan pens a heartfelt note to #DimpleKapadia on the eve of their release. Had I been in her place, I wouldn’t have been able to move in awe but having watched her working her magic in #Tenet, I couldn’t be more happy and proud of Ma.”

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Dimple Kapadia also shared her feeling of working with Nolan as a life-changing experience and felt like a beautiful dream. Nolan’s original sci-fi spectacle Tenet features John David Washington in the lead alongside Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Kenneth Branagh, Aaron Taylor Johnson, Michael Caine, and Clemence Poesy.

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Laxmii Movie Review: Akshay Kumar Is Back With The Worst And Problematic Film Of 2020

Laxmii Movie Review: Akshay Kumar Is Back With The Worst And Problematic Film Of 2020

The CO-VID 19 pandemic has concocted a new normal in every sphere of life. India’s entertainment industry also had to adjust itself to the new norm by postponing most flicks and releasing the rest on the OTT platforms. Well, when we have one Akshay Kumar release in the whole year, we are all certain of the focal changes this pandemic has prefaced. Like me, all movie lovers and critics were excited to watch Laxmii movie for a great Akshay Kumar fun ride. However, the flick adorned to be tiresome, problematic, and the worst OTT experience of 2020. Let us have a detailed Laxmii movie review-

Laxmii Movie Review: Akshay Kumar Is Back With The Worst And Problematic Film Of 2020
Laxmii Movie Review: Akshay Kumar Is Back With The Worst And Problematic Film Of 2020

Cast- Akshay Kumar, Kiara Advani, Manu Rishi Chadha, Ashwini Kalsekar, Rajesh Sharma, Ayesha Raza Mishra, Sharad Kelkar, Tarun Arora

Director- Raghava Lawrence

Rating- Half a Star

Laxmii Movie Review: Akshay Kumar Is Back With The Worst And Problematic Film Of 2020
Laxmii Movie Review: Akshay Kumar Is Back With The Worst And Problematic Film Of 2020

Director Raghava Lawrence tried to recreate his south movie Muni 2: Kanchana, after nine years, which, too, was known for its loud and over the top presentation.

However, the remake Laxmii was an exhibition of the callous acting, crass storyline, and the age-old Hinduphobic Bollywood Script.

Numb Acting

When there is an ensemble star-cast of Akshay Kumar, Kiara Advani, Rajesh Sharma, and others in a movie, there’s an expectation of powerhouse acting. However, sadly, it seemed the cast of Laxmii, including Akshay, never gave their hearts and souls in the movie. It all seemed that the actors had been conveyed from places and put together to put forward their dialogues. 

Laxmii Movie Review: Akshay Kumar Is Back With The Worst And Problematic Film Of 2020
Laxmii Movie Review: Akshay Kumar Is Back With The Worst And Problematic Film Of 2020

Therefore, neither was there an element of a laugh nor horror in the film, the genre that Laxmii boasted of. The flick’s only positivity is the mind-blowing performance of Sharad Kelkar, portraying the original Laxmi’s role. He was powerful and impactful in whatever screen-time he could get.

Preposterous Song Placement

Laxmii Movie Review: Akshay Kumar Is Back With The Worst And Problematic Film Of 2020
Laxmii Movie Review: Akshay Kumar Is Back With The Worst And Problematic Film Of 2020

Before the release of the movie, the songs Burj Khalifa Bam Bholle made instant chartbusters.

However, in the film, the placement of the songs was ridiculous. When it came to Burj Khalifa, it seemed that the flick’s thinking-tank had to forcefully shoot a dance number in a foreign location to gain the audience, which would not have else stuck to watch this pathetic film of over hours.

While Bam Bholle was an action-packed song, but the sequence before and after the revenge dance item is so loosely based, the high-octane dance number seemed boring to the eyes. 

Just take an example of similar chartbusters like Khalibali from Padmavaat or Malhaari from Bajirao Mastani. Both the songs had a firm purpose, either after the victory for a fierce battle (in the case of Malhaari) or a dance to prepare a war to get the most desirable wish (in the case of Khalibali). However, in Bam Bholle, neither of the actions seemed to create a goosebump effect of thrill and chill in the audience. 

Again an out of context and the most vexatious song of the film was Start-Stop at the beginning of the movie. The lyrics, the beat, the music, and the cinematography were jarring and torture to the eyes and ears.

Age-old Hinduphobic Script

Laxmii Movie Review: Akshay Kumar Is Back With The Worst And Problematic Film Of 2020
Laxmii Movie Review: Akshay Kumar Is Back With The Worst And Problematic Film Of 2020

Within a few days of the announcement of Laxmii, the director and the actor of the original flick Muni 2: Kanchana, Raghava Lawrence, decided to part ways with the movie due to creative differences. After making a lot of headlines, Raghava was convinced and bought back to the project.

However, we can now assume what might be the actual reason for the “creative-differences.”

The lead characters in the original movie were named Raghava and Priya. The remake, however, has changed the name to Aasif and Rashmi. The predicament doesn’t lie while showcasing a Muslim man marrying a Hindu woman. Of course, love has no confinement on age, caste, religion, and gender.

However, the biggest problem here is the Hindu religion’s demeaning exhibition right from the word go.

As an audience, we are straight away induced to the fact that the majority of the Hindu priests are fraud in the introductory scene of Aasif. While throughout the movie, we see Aasif emphasizing the generosity, genuineness, and big-hearted feature of the Muslim community, while the Hindu community is shown as backward, orthodox, rigid, and cruel through the portrayal of Rashmi’s and Laxmi’s family. The way it was pinpointed, it was incredibly problematic, and probably the movie’s thinking tank was determined to show the prejudice.

On the whole, Laxmii is a painful experience of nearly two and a half hours. While the movie tries to empower the transgender community, the lack of effort right from the beginning to the end kills the viewers’ patience to watch it. With an IMDB rating of 2.2, you can surely understand why missing this flick will save your time and energy. I will go with half a star for Laxmii.

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Review By- Sayak Karmakar, Resident Editor, Interview Times

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Laxmmi Bomb: Kiara And Akshay Set To Arrive With Biggest Party Anthem Tomorrow

Actors Akshay Kumar and Kiara Advani are all set to treat the fans with the first song from their upcoming film Laxmmi Bomb tomorrow.

The film titled Burj Khalifa, and the song featured in the film trailer that was released a few days ago and left the fans excited.

It is said that Akshay Kumar wanted a grand launch for this song, but the COVID19 pandemic played a spoilsport. Taking to his social media, the superstar announced the release of the song and wrote, “Get ready for the first and biggest party anthem of the year tomorrow, #BurjKhalifa Song out tomorrow.

Laxmmi Bomb is a Hindi remake of director Raghava Lawrence’s Tamil film Kanchana. While earlier, it was said to be titled Kanchana in Hindi as well, the makers changed it to the Laxmmi Bomb.

Raghava Lawrence recently revealed why the film’s title was changed from the original title ‘Kanchana’ and said that the film is a firecracker and needs to resonate with the Hindi audience.

On asking about the reason behind changing the title for the Hindi remake of his Tamil film Kanchana, Lawrence said, “Our Tamil film was named after the main lead character Kanchana. Kanchana means ‘gold’ which is a form of Lakshmi. Earlier I considered going the same way for the Hindi remake but we decided that the name must appeal to Hindi audience as well and what better than Laxmmi.” “By god’s grace, it was turning out to be a cracker of a film, so we named it ‘Laxmmi Bomb’. 

The filmmaker further added why why he chose to film a story that emphasizes on transgender community.

 To which the filmmaker responded, saying that, “I run a trust and a few transgenders approached my trust. When I heard their story, I felt like I wanted to tell their story to everyone through the character called Laxmi in this movie. After watching the film audiences will know what I am talking about.”

 

Written By- Mousami Jena
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