Postponing movie releases and Grammy awards to Kim Mi Soo’s shocking death, here’s what all is in store in the entertainment world.
With the rising COVID-19 cases in the country, we’ve started our new year with a lot of fear because of the new variant. Little did we know that history would repeat itself and we might have to spend another year amidst a probable lockdown! While we had hope of going back to normal with the vaccine coming out, that might not be the case now. We ended 2021 by going back to theatres and watching some blockbusters like Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui and Sooryavanshi, making travel plans all over again and getting back to those good old days. Let’s hope for the best this year and see what’s in store in the world of entertainment!
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64th Grammy Awards postponed amid COVID, new date to be announced soon
The 64th Grammy Awards, which was to be held on January 31, have been postponed amid rising COVID-19 cases, The Recording Academy announced on Wednesday, adding that a new date will be announced soon. A joint statement by CBS and The Recording Academy said that the health and safety of the live audience and people who produce the show remains their top priority.
Rajkummar to play visually-impaired industrialist Srikanth Bolla
Actor Rajkummar Rao will be portraying visually-impaired industrialist Srikanth Bolla in his biopic tentatively titled ‘Srikanth Bolla’. The film will depict how Bolla battled poverty and his visual impairment and founded Bollant Industries spearheaded by Ravi Kanth Mantha. “It’s indeed a privilege to play such an inspiring persona who…has risen like a phoenix,” Rajkummar said.
Mahesh Babu tests positive for COVID-19 with mild symptoms
Telugu actor Mahesh Babu on Thursday announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and has mild symptoms. The actor shared a post on Twitter writing that he has isolated himself at home. “I urge everyone who’s not taken their vaccination to do so immediately, as it reduces the risk of severe symptoms and hospitalization,” Mahesh wrote.
Ajith Kumar’s action-drama film ‘Valimai’ has been pushed from its release date of January 13 due to a rise in COVID-19 cases, producer Boney Kapoor announced on Thursday. “The safety…of our audiences has always been at the forefront of all our decisions,” he said in a statement. “We’ve decided to postpone the release…until the situation normalises,” the statement further read.
South Korean actress Kim Mi Soo passes away aged 31
Actress Kim Mi Soo, who played a supporting role in the Korean drama ‘Snowdrop’, has passed away at the age of 31. Shortly after the news broke, her agency Landscape Entertainment confirmed the report and also asked fans and the media to refrain from spreading rumours and speculative reports. The cause of her death has not yet been revealed.
Munawar Faruqui’s Hyderabad show on Jan 9 cancelled due to COVID-19 curbs
Standup comedian Munawar Faruqui’s show in Hyderabad on January 9 has been cancelled citing COVID-19 regulations. “The event has been cancelled due to the restrictions and not due to any other reason,” Faruqui was quoted as saying by The News Minute. He added that the event will be held later depending on how the COVID-19 situation turns out.
Prabhas and Pooja Hegde’s ‘Radhe Shyam’ postponed due to COVID-19
Days after rumours about Prabhas and Pooja Hegde’s ‘Radhe Shyam’ being postponed amid a rise in COVID-19 cases, makers have released an official statement confirming the same. “We have been trying our best…but considering growing cases of Omicron variant…we will have to wait for our labour of love to get to big screens…Will see you in cinemas soon,” the statement read.
Actor Sharad Malhotra tests COVID-19 +ve, under home quarantine
Television actor Sharad Malhotra, who portrays Bakshi Jagabandhu in the television series ‘Vidrohi’, has tested positive for COVID-19 and is home quarantined. The cast and crew of the show were tested and the sets were sanitised, a statement from the producers read. Sharad took to Instagram to confirm his diagnosis, writing, “What a positive way to start the year…Masks up.”
A picture of Lord Ganesha’s painting at ‘Money Heist’ actress Esther Acebo’s house has gone viral. Esther is known for her character Mónica Gaztambide aka Stockholm in the series. As per reports, the painting of the Hindu deity was spotted in one of her live videos on Instagram and it appears to be a screenshot from the video.
Hope this new year gives us the chance to cheer up for a bit!