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Akshay Kumar’s digital debut will go on floors by second half of 2021

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In March 2019, Akshay Kumar had announced his foray into the digital world with the Amazon Prime Video action thriller, The End. At the event — which also saw the superstar setting himself on fire as part of the stunts planned for the evening — Jennifer Salke, head, Amazon Studios, had expressed her excitement about the series as she stated, “The scale at which The End is being conceived is enormous. The storyline and the action sequences have been brilliantly crafted.”

The series, one of the biggest projects for the streaming giant’s Indian arm, was to go on floors in 2020. However, with the pandemic playing spoilsport, the shoot of the ambitious venture has been deferred by seven months. “The show was to roll in December tentatively, with Akshay joining us in January 2021. But, it has been four months [into the lockdown], and it will be a few more months before normalcy is restored. Akshay, too, has other commitments. So, we are hoping to get into production by the second half of 2021,” says producer Vikram Malhotra of Abundantia Entertainment.

Vikram Malhotra
Vikram Malhotra

Malhotra says the team is mindful that the series be mounted on a scale befitting the superstar. “It isn’t a project that we, as makers, can tweak and start [shooting] next month. We’ve used the time to improve the material.” While the show was to be filmed in India and key locations abroad, he admits that the venues can only be finalised “after the situation stabilises.”

For now, the producer has his eyes on Shakuntala Devi that drops online today. The makers had faced much criticism when they, like director Shoojit Sircar, sought a digital premiere of their film. “The director, actors, writers and other producers unanimously decided that it was best not to hold off the release, given the uncertain times. Vidya [Balan] and I wanted the story to be told to the audience because our material was ready by March.”

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Amitabh Bachchan gets a homecoming tribute from Amul as he returns home after beating the Coronavirus

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Bollywood veteran Amitabh Bachchan has received a special tribute ad from Amul Butter after testing Covid negative and being discharged from hospital. Also Read – Coronavirus pandemic: Director Teja of Chitram and Nijam fame tests positive for COVID-19

Keeping with their tradition of creating iconic advertisements about incidents of national and global value, the dairy giants have now created an ad that serves as a “homecoming gift” to the actor. Also Read – Amitabh Bachchan SLAMS woman who claimed she lost respect for him; says, ‘My respectability is not going to be judged by you’

In a new Instagram post, Big B posted a picture of the advertisement in which he sits on a sofa, checking his phone. The iconic Amul girl stands by him. Also Read – Rakshabandhan 2020: Shweta shares a beautiful post for brother Abhishek Bachchan; asks him to ‘get back home’

“AB beats C… Homecoming gift,” goes the punchline.

“Thank you AMUL for continuously thinking of me in your unique poster campaigns .. ” wrote the actor.

Several Bollywood celebrities took to the comment section.

Ranveer Singh commented: “Hell yeah”

“Welcome back,” wrote Richa Chadha.

Bhumi Pednekar posted: “Best”.

On August 2, Amitabh was discharged from the hospital after testing negative for Covid-19.

Confirming the news, his son, actor Abhishek Bachchan, tweeted: “My father, thankfully, has tested negative on his latest Covid-19 test and has been discharged from the hospital. He will now be at home and rest. Thank you all for all your prayers and wishes for him.”

Abhishek also informed his fans: “I, unfortunately due to some comorbidities, remain Covid-19 positive and remain in hospital.”

He thanked all his well-wishers for “your continued wishes and prayers for my family. Very humbled and indebted. I’ll beat this and come back healthier! Promise”.

Earlier, Big B’s granddaughter Aaradhya and daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai Bachchan tested negative for coronavirus and were discharged from hospital.

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