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Actors Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt with filmmakers Zoya Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani during a photo shoot ahead of release of their upcoming film "Gully Boy" in New Delhi on Feb 12, 2019. (Photo: Amlan Paliwal/IANS)

Mumbai, Sep 21 : ‘Gully Boy’ is India’s entry at the Oscars 2019, and the films heroine Alia Bhatt still cannot believe it.

“This is such a big first for me… my first film to go to the Oscars. It is a big deal for me. It is such an exciting moment for team ‘Gully Boy’. I can’t tell you my feelings right now. For now there’s just hope that we make it to five final nominations for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars. But being selected as India’s official entry to the Oscars in itself is a big big deal for me,” said Alia.

The film’s director Zoya Akhtar is elated, naturally. “This has been a great year and I am so overwhelmed with the response our work is getting. I am thrilled and very grateful that ‘Gully Boy’ has been picked as India’s official entry for the Oscars,” she said.

Aparna Sen, the chairperson of the committee that selected India’s entry this year, was apparently impressed with the film’s originality, vivacity and motivational mood.

The originality bit however remains somewhat questionable as similarities between ‘Gully Boy’ and Hollywood films such as ‘Straight Outta Compton’ and ‘8 Mile’ have not gone unnoticed.

Siddhant Chaturvedi who rose to fame playing MC Sher is above the moon. “I am super-excited. My first web show ‘Inside Edge’ got nominated at the Emmys last year and now my first film is going to the Oscars!! It’s a special moment! It is all about Zoya (Akhtar) ma’am’s genius, Ranveer Singh’s uplifting bromance, and (producers) Ritesh Sidhwani and (Farhan Akhtar) sir’s mentorship! Credit goes to the whole crew.”

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Urvashi Rautela attends Natalie Portman’s online master class

“It’s a first time, first women in class. There is unlimited access. She will be giving all her experience, all her insights from her 25-year long career,” Urvashi added.

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New Delhi, May 27 : Actress Urvashi Rautela has been attending an online master class by Hollywood star Natalie Portman.

“This pandemic has taught me to explore more about myself and now I have been taking an online master class from Natalie Portman, she is an Oscar-winning actress and she was part of my favourite films ‘Black Swan’ and ‘Jackie’,” Urvashi told IANS.

“It’s a first time, first women in class. There is unlimited access. She will be giving all her experience, all her insights from her 25-year long career,” Urvashi added.

The actress, who has worked in films like “Great Grand Masti” and “Pagalpanti”, calls acting a joyful experience.

“Acting is a very joyful experience for me and I think she (Natalie) the best choice. It’s all about learning the technicality, she will be sharing all the direct approaches towards acting including how to build a character map, how to research for the character, how to work with the director, how to build the physicality and consciousness to each character,” she said.

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Ayushmann replies to Mumbai Police’s ‘Gulabo Sitabo’ inspired meme

This is not the first time Mumbai Police has used a reference from a Bollywood film to create awareness.

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Mumbai, May 27 : Bollywood actor Ayushmann Khurrana has replied to the COVID-19 meme inspired by his upcoming film, “Gulabo Sitabo”, which has been shared by Mumbai Police.

Mumbai Police on their official account tweeted a still from the film, featuring Ayushamann with his co-star Amitabh Bachchan.

The caption, in Marathi, read: “Home is yours, land is yours, choice is yours, but for going out, permission is ours, for your safety. The safest place to stay away from Coronavirus is your haveli. Do not go out without any reason. Stay safe”

Ayushmann replied to the tweet: “Agdi barobar @DGPMaharashtra Police Gharat Surakshik, baher sadhya nahi (absolutely true Maharashtra Police, home/staying indoors is safe, outside isn’t).”

This is not the first time Mumbai Police has used a reference from a Bollywood film to create awareness.

Previously they have tweeted with stills and dialogues from films like “Main Hoon Na” and “Stree” among many others.

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Italian music icon Andrea Bocelli survives COVID-19

Last week in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, the singer revealed his family had been sick with COVID-19.

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Los Angeles, May 27 : Italian music icon Andrea Bocelli has confirmed that he had tested positive for the coronavirus in March, adding that he made “full recovery” before his historic Easter Sunday webcast at the Milan cathedral.

In a Facebook post shared on Tuesday, the opera singer explained he did not reveal his diagnosis earlier because he wanted to protect his family’s privacy, reports variety.com.

The 61-year-old added that he hid the news because he didn’t want to “unnecessarily alarm” his fans, saying that he has donated his blood to help researchers find a cure for coronavirus.

“The pandemic which has shaken the world has also affected — albeit mildly — me and certain members of my family,” Bocelli said, adding: “I certainly didn’t want to unnecessarily alarm my fans and also wished to protect my family’s privacy.”

He continued: “We were fortunate enough to have a swift and full recovery by the end of March. Given the chance to donate blood to help find a cure for Covid, my response was an immediate ‘yes’. A modest — but fundamental — gesture, through which I am playing my small part.”

Last week in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, the singer revealed his family had been sick with COVID-19.

“I was able to be with my entire family and we all got infected. We had a fever, then we were cold, and then we got a little bit of a cough,” he said.

Bocelli, who has been blind since age 12, broke YouTube records last month on Easter Sunday with his “Music For Hope” concert. The performance was viewed by more than 28 million people worldwide in its first 24 hours and has currently been viewed more than 40 million times.

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