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    Coronavirus update: Salman Khan to donate directly to 25,000 cine workers as industry remains shut

    With the film industry paralysed by the 21-day lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, many daily-wage workers have found themselves struggling to get by without any income. Now, film star Salman Khan has decided to play the hero in real life and help these workers with a direct donation to their accounts. The Tiger Zinda Hai (2017) actor has...

    • 57 min ago
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    More avenues have opened up: Cargo director Arati Kadav on the benefits of lockdown, sci-fi, and stories

    Having made her debut with Cargo (2019) at the 21st MAMI Mumbai Film Festival, Arati Kadav had been travelling with the film around the world. However, like the many science fiction novels that she loves, the world itself came to a grinding halt with the coronavirus pandemic. That, in turn, has led the writer-director down other avenues to...

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    Coronavirus update: Akshay Kumar donates Rs25 crore to the PM CARES fund

    Akshay Kumar is the latest star to donate money to help out those affected by the national lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. The actor announced on Saturday that he will be donating Rs25 crore to the public charitable trust, Prime Minister's Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM CARES Fund). The actor tweeted: 'This is that time...

    • 3 hrs ago
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    Super Deluxe, Hellaro, Gully Boy take top honours at Critics' Choice Film Awards

    The second edition of the Critics' Choice Film Awards was originally supposed to be held on 14 March, but the ceremony was cancelled in the wake of the growing coronavirus pandemic and announced online instead. The winners were announced in eight languages and the films Super Deluxe (2019, Tamil), Hellaro (2019, Gujarati) and Gully Boy (2019, Hindi) walked away...

    • 22 hrs ago
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    Working with Nemai Ghosh was the experience of a lifetime, says still photographer Rana Lodh

    Nemai Ghosh's work was far more eloquent than any documentation on him. Chronicler of Satyajit Ray's life and works, Ghosh died on 25 March at the age of 86. His collection of more than 100,000 photographs is a fascinating treasure trove that not only covers the journey of Ray, but also those of all the artistes who were associated with the...

    • 2 days ago
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    Coronavirus lockdown: Daily-wagers hit the hardest in this hour of uncertainty

    The coronavirus pandemic has seen the country being almost shut down. The booming film and television industries have suspended all work since 19 March and this suspension will continue till mid-April at least. With theatres and malls shut, all film releases, including those of big-budget multi-starrers like Sooryavanshi and 83, have been postponed and producers and...

    • 2 days ago
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    Must have done good karma in past life to receive such love, says Nitish Bharadwaj aka Krishna

    The government of India has started telecasting a few old serials that were shown on Doordarshan in the 1980s so that people can spend their time in the lockdown. This also includes BR Chopra's Mahabharat and Ramanand Sagar's Ramayan. Actor Nitish Bharadwaj, who is known for playing the role of Lord Krishna in Mahabharat phenomenally, is...

    • 2 days ago
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    Director Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri offers online film classes

    After painting some artwork to sell for daily-wagers, filmmaker Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri is using his time to offer online film classes and help others hone their skills. The director of The Tashkent Files (2019) said in a press release, "I have decided to conduct these free masterclasses every alternate day till the time we are quarantined. My idea is to help people learn new skills...

    • 2 days ago
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    Doordarshan starts telecast of popular serials Circus and Byomkesh Bakshi with Ramayan and Mahabharat

    The old teleserial Circus, featuring Shah Rukh Khan before he had made his entry into cinema, and Byomkesh Bakshi, starring Rajit Kapur, are joining the ranks of popular mythological serials Ramayan and Mahabharat as they are broadcast once again on Doordarshan's National channel. With the entire country in lockdown, the government-owned...

    • 2 days ago
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    British Council's sixth edition of Five Films for Freedom begins

    The sixth edition of Five Films for Freedom, a digital festival that streams five LGBTQ-themed short films, began on the British Council Arts channel on YouTube yesterday, 27 March. Viewers from any part of the world can watch these films free till Sunday 29 March. The five short films are After That Party by Caio Scot (Brazil), Pussy Palace by Laura Kirwan Ashman (UK), Something...

    • 2 days ago

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