09062021-LSTC-01.qxd 08-06-2021 23:15 Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Be wary Amitabh Bachchan has reminded netizens that they should not be lax about Covid protocols even if restrictions are being eased. He also shared his prayers for those who are suffering. IANS LUDHIANA | WEDNESDAY | 9 JUNE 2021 As film shoots in Mumbai take off again, producers and directors opine that though conditions will be tough they are willing to take the risk Gurnaaz Kaur SEHER ALY LATIF RIP, Seher A Casting director-turned-producer Seher Aly Latif passed away on Monday (June 7) following a cardiac arrest. She was in her early forties. Seher breathed her last at Mumbai’s Lilavati hospital, where she was admitted for renal failure. Seher was known for casting in Indian as well as international projects such as The Lunchbox, Shakuntala Devi, Furious 7, Viceroy’s House, McMafia and Sense 8, to name a few. In 2020, she bankrolled Swara Bhaskar’s Netflix series Bhaag Beanie Bhaag under her production house Mutant Films. Seher was also the executive producer for movies like Gold and Noblemen. As soon as the news broke, several Bollywood celebs took to social media to express grief. The Lunchbox director Ritesh Batra tweeted, “I don’t believe it, unfair parting with a kind soul and real friend. Goodbye Seher, I hope there is another side.” While Huma Qureshi wrote, “I cannot believe you are gone.” Richa Chadha tweeted, “Good bye Seher. Gone too soon... tragic. Just numb. Speechless. Gutted. So many dreams remain... will miss you. Can’t believe this. God have mercy.” Sharing a picture of Seher on Twitter, Nimrat Kaur wrote, “One of the kindest, most loving people Mumbai gifted me with. Still trying to process this unreal news.... Travel on into the light my dearest, sweetest Seher. The unpredictable, ghastly shortness of life remains baffling... Await to meet you on the other side.” Rajkummar Rao, Angad Bedi, Anurag Kashyap, Swara Bhaskar, Shibani Dandekar, Rohit Saraf, Mitali Palkar, Harshvardhan Kapoor, Sanya Malhotra, Nora Fatehi, Masaba Gupta, Maanvi Gagroo and many other celebs also took to their respective social media accounts to mourn Seher’s demise. Bollywood mourns the demise of casting director Seher Aly Latif Lights, camera, FTER close to two months, Maharashtra has started partial relaxation in its lockdown rules. Under the unlock plan, the state government has permitted shooting, but the film and TV industry will have to work in a bio-bubble and that too for limited hours. In the new nine-to-five shift from a usual 12-hour routine, the entertainment industry has to make-do with whatever they have. Many producers have moved their sets to other cities where shoots were allowed to be able to keep their shows on air. While there is no choice but to resume work, how conducive is the situation? Director Abhijit Das says, it is far from being favourable but it’s now a matter of survival, “Last time, getting permission to shoot was just about wearing masks, washing hands and thinking all will be fine. It was all like a joke! The crew was supposed to operate at 30 per cent, but rules were flouted and cases NUSHRRATT BHARUCCHA IS BACK TO WORK started pilMore than anything else, ing up.” far too director Sanjeev Vig This mencomplition of the cated and believes the entire cast and crew should be vaccinated past comes finding with a realisabalance will before they hit the sets, ABHIJIT DAS tion that it’s a be our focus,” “Most producers that we are talking to are working tightrope walk from Abhijit adds. towards vaccinating the cast here on. “Shoots have startand crew. It is the right thing ed for an eight-hour shift, SAFETY FIRST to do for any industry that but that is not enough. Director-screenwriter There is cost implication. Habib Faisal, who has a web involves a group of people Then comes working in a series to complete, says, working together. If vaccinabio-bubble; in a country like “The producers may have a tion becomes mandatory, we India, how is that even pos- bigger responsibility to fol- may have to wait longer.” sible when the major part of low safety norms, but we all But that’s not really an crew comprises daily- have a role to play here and option anymore. As Abhijit wagers who come from remain cautious.” Apart puts it. “I guess the situation chawl-like set-up where from that, Habib says the is far from ideal to open up there are 10 persons in one entire crew has to go shoots, but we don’t have a small room and hygiene through a rapid test every choice anymore; it is a question of survival now.” isn’t the top priority? It is fourth or fifth day. precaution! Back in business With the partial relaxation of the lockdown in Maharashtra, many actors and filmmakers have started getting back to work. With all her safety gear and precautions in place, actress Nushrratt Bharuccha too has stepped out to dub for her upcoming film Chhori. A source close to the actress revealed, “Nushrratt went out on Monday to start the process of dubbing Chhori. She is very excited for the film, and is extremely happy to resume work. The shoot schedule of the film was wrapped up in December, in a 40-day schedule, and now Nushrratt has started dubbing for it.” Immunity boosters “We have completed 70 per cent of my upcoming film Roop Nagar Ke Cheetey and have resumed the shoot for the remaining part. My team’s immunity, mental and physical health is of prime importance, which is why I provide them with immunity boosters daily. We also have a doctor on the sets, who regularly monitors each and every crew member. Since it is a relatively smaller crew, it’ll be easier to manage. Nevertheless, utmost care will be taken. Zero compromise on health!” MANNAN SHAAH, PRODUCER ❝ MOST PRODUCERS ARE WORKING TOWARDS VACCINATING THE CAST AND CREW. IT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO FOR ANY INDUSTRY THAT INVOLVES PEOPLE WORKING TOGETHER. SANJEEV VIG, DIRECTOR Richie rich The production company of pop-star and actress Jennifer Lopez’s has inked a multiyear first-look deal with video streaming platform Netflix. Her Nuyorican Productions will create feature films, TV series and unscripted content, supporting diverse female actors, writers and filmmakers. Together, forever multi-year Jennifer Lopez signs etflix N production deal with Ankit Gera ties the knot with Rashi Puri in Chandigarh Ankit Gera, who has been a part of several TV shows, including Chhoti Sardarni, surprised fans on Tuesday by revealing that he had tied the knot with Rashi Puri, an NRI from Nigeria, on June 5 in Chandigarh. The actor says it was a low-key ceremony, which was attended by just 10 close family members. He also added that it was an arranged marriage and that they met for the first time in April this year. “Our parents were looking for suitable partners for us and that’s when they suggested that we should talk. We got in touch in April,” he says. The actor adds, “Rashi flew down to India around three weeks ago before the wedding to meet me. Even though it was a short span, we got to know each other better and decided to take the plunge. Rashi had no clue about my work as an actor. She liked me for who I was as a person and not for my profession. That’s what made me fall in love with her.” With a noble aim YRF Studio turns into a vaccine centre for the film fraternity ADITYA CHOPRA Yash Raj Films had recently pledged to vaccinate the members of the Hindi film industry and the production house has now started this much-needed vaccination drive. Aditya Chopra has opened the doors of his sprawling YRF studios for this vaccination drive Tragic loss Mahhi Vij lost her brother to Covid-19 on June 1. The actress on Monday (June 7) shared a post on Instagram thanking actor Sonu Sood for all his help during her brother’s treatment. She penned a long and heartfelt note while sharing a screenshot of Sood’s tweet. The tweet read, “A 25year-old boy whom we were trying to save lost his battle to Covid c m y b for at least 4,000 workers in its first phase. YRF has pledged that it will do its best to vaccinate 30,000 registered members of the FWICE (Federation of Western India Cine Employees). The company has already vaccinated its employees in an earlier drive. Actress Mahhi Vij loses her 25-year-old brother to Covid-19 today. All these days despite knowing that his survival chances were minimal, I would speak to the doctor with hope. Never had the guts to share the reality with his parents...” In her note, Mahhi thanked Sood. She wrote, “Thank you @sonu_sood for helping us get a bed for my brother. At times when I had no courage, you gave me hope. I am forever thankful to you...” The Hustlers star, who coruns the banner with production partner Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, is already working on two Netflix features — The Mother and The Cipher. “I am excited to announce my new partnership with Netflix. Elaine, Benny and I believe there is no better home for us than a forwardleaning content creation company that seeks to defy conventional wisdom and directly market to the millions across the globe, who no longer view art and entertainment with the kind of boundaries and limitations of the past,” said Lopez. Scott Stuber, Netflix’s head of global films, said they were looking forward to showcase ‘impactful’ stories in collaboration with Lopez. “Throughout her career, Jennifer Lopez has been a force in the entertainment industry. In partnering with her and Nuyorican, we know she will continue to bring impactful stories to audiences,” he said. Lopez will start shooting for Niki Carodirected The Mother later this year. The film is scheduled to release in 2022. — PTI
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