Sunny Deol is the latest Bollywood actor to test positive for Covid-19. He is asymptomatic and currently in home isolation at a farmhouse in the Himalayan resort town of Manali.
"I got myself tested for coronavirus and the result has come back positive. I am in isolation and feeling well. I request that all those who came in contact with me recently should isolate themselves and get tested,” the 64-year-old action hero tweeted on Wednesday.
Sunny, also a ruling BJP parliamentarian, has been resting at the farmhouse in Manali since undergoing a shoulder surgery in Mumbai. The Bollywood actor got himself tested for Covid on Tuesday in Manali before coming back to Mumbai.
Sunny will soon be seen in the sequel for Apne, featuring his father Dharmendra, brother Bobby Deol and son Karan Deol. The film is slated for late next year release.
“With the blessings of Babaji and your love, all of us will be seen together, again. Feeling blessed to get a chance to work with my father, brother again this time with my son. #Apne2, in cinemas Diwali 2021,” the actor had tweeted.
A number of Bollywood celebrities, right from singer Kanika Kapoor to Amitabh Bachchan and his son Abhishek, had been tested positive for the deadly virus. Luckily, all of them have recovered from Covid.
Sunny made his Bollywood debut opposite fellow debutante Amrita Singh in blockbuster Betaab in 1983. Subsequently, he went on to star in a number of successful flicks in the 1980s and 1990s, and is considered as one of the most successful stars of that time.
A special court in the Indian city of Mumbai on Wednesday finally granted bail to Bollywood actress Rhea Chakraborty's brother Showik in the drugs scandal that gripped the country's Hindi film industry following the death of her actor-boyfriend Sushant Singh Rajput in June this year.
Rhea and Showik were arrested in September by India's narcotics control authority in connection with the drugs case. Both the siblings were charged under multiple sections of the anti-narcotics law. The actress was, however, released on bail in October by Mumbai High Court.
"The special court has finally given bail to Showik almost three months after his arrest as the narcotics sleuths failed to file a chargesheet in the case within the mandatory 90-day period. We are preparing the necessary documents so that he can walk out of jail latest by Thursday," a lawyer told the media.
Rhea was, in fact, arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on September 9, following days of questioning, in connection with the death of 34-year-old Sushant Singh, whose body was found hanging from a ceiling fan in his Mumbai flat on June 14. She was accused of procuring cannabis for her late actor-boyfriend.
Immediately after the arrest of Rhea, the names of at least 20 top Bollywood celebrities — from actors to filmmakers to designers — surfaced in the drugs case. Several of them, including leading female Bollywood actors — Rakul Preet Singh, Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan and Shraddha Kapoor — were subsequently grilled by NCB.
The grilling came in the wake of WhatsApp chats retrieved from Rhea's mobile phone indicating that they procured banned substances like cannabis, weed and hash from dealers with links to foreign countries. All the actors have, however, reportedly denied any links with such drug dealers.
After buying teams in the multi-billion-dollar cricketing tournaments, Indian Premier League (IPL) and the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has invested in the future of American cricket.
Shah Rukh's Knight Riders Group has bought the Los Angeles franchise that is slated to play in the upcoming Major League Cricket in the US. Bollywood actress Juhi Chawla and her husband Jay Mehta are co-owners of the Knight Riders Group.
In a statement on Tuesday, 55-year-old Shah Rukh said, "For several years now, we have been expanding the Knight Riders brand globally and closely watching the potential for T20 cricket in the USA."
"We are convinced that Major League Cricket has all the pieces in place to execute on its plans and we look forward to making our partnership an enormous success in the coming years," the superstar, also known as King Khan, added.
Cricket in the US is a sport played at the amateurs, clubs, intercollegiate and international competition levels with little popularity.
Venky Mysore, CEO of Knight Riders Group, said, "As T20 cricket expands internationally, we are flattered by the regular inbound requests to play a major role in growing the sport abroad. Our expansion into the US is consistent with our long-term strategy."
Shah Rukh, who began his acting career with appearances in several TV series in the late 1980s, made his Bollywood debut in 1992. He has acted in over 80 films in his nearly 30-year career.
Early in his career, Shah Rukh was recognised for portraying villainous roles in the films, Baazigar (1993), Darr (1993), and Anjaam (1994). However, he shot to fame in a romantic blockbuster, 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge', in 1995.
After a series of hits from 1997 to 200, he went on to earn critical acclaim for his portrayal of an alcoholic in 'Devdas' (2002), a NASA scientist in 'Swades' (2004), a hockey coach in 'Chak De! India' (2007) and a man with Asperger syndrome in 'My Name Is Khan' (2010).
Apart from the two cricket teams, Shah Rukh owns motion picture production company, Red Chillies Entertainment. He is also a frequent television presenter and stage show performer.
Renowned lyricist, poet and writer Latiful Islam Shibli, known for his many iconic song lyrics including popular tracks of rock legends Ayub Bachchu and James, has tested positive for COVID-19.
The songwriter has shared this news himself from his verified Facebook profile on Sunday night.
"Everything is useless when the command of Allah and the decision of destiny does not favour a person - no matter how one keeps doing exercise or maintain a fit body. I have been tested positive for COVID-19. Alhamdulillah, I'm fine so far, just a slight fever and cough, and currently in isolation. Keep me in prayers," Shibli wrote on his post.
Known as one of the most prominent lyricists of rock music in Bangladesh from the ’90s, Shibli has penned many iconic and superhit songs including Hashte Dekho Gaite Dekho, Keu Shukhi Noy, Koshto (Ayub Bachchu); Jail Theke Bolchhi, Priyo Akashi, Mannan Miyar Titash Molom, Natore Station (James), Tumi Amar Prothom Shokal (Shakila Zafar and Tapan Chowdhury), Hajar Borsha Raat (Souls) and more.
As a novelist, Shibli has penned three bestseller novels ‘Darvish (2017), Dokhol (2018) and Asman (2019).
He has also been known as a model and acted in television drama and advertisements.
As a dramatist, Shibli wrote popular drama for television including Rajkumari, Highway to Heaven, The Good Citizen, Nuru Mia the painter and more. He also acted in the drama Rajkumari, as one of its main characters Mirza Galeeb.
Shibli has published three poetry books: Icche Holey Chhutey Pari Tomar Oviman (1995), Tumi Amar Kosto Gulo Sobuj Kore Dao Na (2010) and Mathar Upor Je Sunnota Tar Naam Akash, Buker Vetor Je Sunnota Tar Naam Dirghoshash (2014).
He is the author of a book entitled Bangladesh-A Band Sangit Andolon, sponsored and published by the Bangla Academy in 1997 as a complete research book on band music of Bangladesh, first of such kind in the country.
His first music Album Niyom Vangar Niyom (2018) was tuned, written, composed and sung by the artist himself
In 2015, his debut feature film as a writer titled Podmo Patar Jol won National Film Award in two Categories and BACHSAS award in five categories.
Not only the sports world, many celebrities across the globe, including in Bangladesh, are struggling to reconcile with the sudden loss of Argentine football legend Diego Maradona.
From India's Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan to the iconic British rock band Queen to Bangladeshi filmmaker Mostofa Sarwar Farooki and Dhallywood heartthrob Shakib Khan, the tributes to the football great keep getting more heart-wrenching.
In his condolence message, internationally award-winning Bangladeshi filmmaker Mostofa Sarwar Farooki wrote on Facebook: “With him, a big part of my childhood is gone! I was never a fan of Argentina! I was actually in the opposite camp to be precise. Our job was to spread hatred when it came to any Argentine player. But secretly we had this uncontrollable crush on him! Secretly we knew there was no one like him.”
“He was the Porsche among a legion of low tech mass cars. He could change the course of a game single-handedly. He was magical, crazy, angry, and divine! And last but not the least, he was the REBEL! Goodbye, Maradona! It was hard not to love you! #maradona #diegomaradona,” he added.
Dhallywood superstar-cum-producer Shakib Khan also mourned the football legend's untimely death on social media: “May his soul Rest In Peace. One of the greatest footballers ever I saw. He was the Best of the Best. #DiegoAmandoMaradona #Legend.”
Actor Arifin Shuvoo, who made his debut on silver screen with the 2010 Bangladeshi sports drama film based on football titled 'Jaago: Dare To Dream', shared his curt condolence message: "Goodbye Magician. RIP."
Khijir Hayat Khan, the writer and director of that film, shared an image of the famous jersey number 10 that Maradona wore in his football career, saying: "RIP DIEGO ......You refined LEGENDS".
Siam Ahmed, another heartthrob who has recently been signed for the Swadhin Bangla Football Team-inspired movie 'Damaal', also echoed similar sentiments. "Rest in peace..... Legend," he wrote on social media, tagging an image of Maradona holding the 1986 World Cup.
Popular actress Jaya Ahsan bid farewell to the iconic soccer-star, with a one liner: "Goodbye, the prince of football."
Through a long yet profound eulogy, popular actor-singer Chanchal Chowdhury shared his fond childhood memories. "Maradona is a name that has been synonymous with the golden memories of our childhood when I was in school. He is no more. The nostalgia is taking me back to those days, when I used to have notebooks printed with his image on the cover. It is impossible to make everyone understand what exactly I am going through right now."
"There was only one television set in the chairman's house of our village. We used to stay awake the whole night during the world cup season and watch the matches on that battery-run black and white television. Uncountable and unforgettable memories. Good bye, Maradona. May his soul rest in peace," the actor wrote on his Facebook.
TV personalities also expressed shock at Maradona's sudden death.
"2020 would be the year where we lost most of our Gems. Diego Maradona had been the one & only Football Rockstar this world has ever seen. What a talented player he was, what a lifestyle he had and how successfully he put his country ‘Argentina’ on the World's Map!" was renowned TV director Ashfaque Nipun's message on social media.
Actor and popular food-vlogger Adnan Faruque Hillol wrote from his YouTube channel's official Facebook page: "The flamboyant 'mad' footballer has left us. I still remember my crazy experience as a fan during the year of 1990, when I bought the Argentine jersey number 10 that Maradona made famous - while driving my father crazy in search of that in the market. Rest in Peace Legend."
Sharmin Sultana Sumi, the vocalist of popular Bangladeshi band Chirkut, wrote on Facebook: "Departure of the magician of football. Rest in peace, the man who made our childhood colourful."