Sanjay Leela Bhansali Image Credit: GN Archives
As Bollywood fans grapple with the news of actor Ranbir Kapoor testing positive for COVID-19, reports have now emerged that celebrated filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali is in the same boat as his ‘Saawariya’ discovery.
According to a report in Indian Express, the National Award-winning director was filming the Alia Bhatt-led ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ in Mumbai’s Goregaon Film City when he learned he was positive. The daily quoted an insider as their primary source who claimed that Bhansali was doing fine and was in isolation.
“SLB has tested positive for COVID-19, and he is under self-quarantine. Alia too has quarantined herself since SLB and Ranbir both have tested positive. Everybody who has come in contact with Sanjay has taken the test,” said the unnamed source in the daily. The report also added that Bhansali’s aged mother has tested negative.
“After Sanjay tested positive, the first thing he did was to get his mother tested too. She has tested negative for the virus and is doing fine but she has also quarantined herself as a precautionary measure,” the source added.
Bhatt’s test results are awaited. An official confirmation from Bhansali’s team is yet to be made.
Earlier today, Kapoor, who was launched into Bollywood with Bhansali’s ‘Saawariya’, tested positive for the coronavirus. His mother Neetu Kapoor, who had also battled COVID-19 earlier, stated her son was doing fine in an Instagram post.
“He’s on medication and recovering well. He is in self-quarantine at home and is following all precautions,” said Kapoor’s mother.
Several actors in Bollywood have tested positive for COVID-19 in the recent past. Actors including Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Ranvir Shorey and singer Kanika Kapoor have recovered well after their battle with the virus.
Monica Dogra: OTT could surpass Bollywood in terms of content
Actress Monica Dogra, who is currently seen on the web series The Married Woman, is sure that content on OTT will soon surpass what is shown in films. The actress says that soon talent will replace stardom in Bollywood.
“I think it could surpass Bollywood. Certain OTT shows have gone to the Golden Globe. I think the more that that happens, the more we will see a shift away from Bollywood to people who are just purely talented and making amazing content,” she told IANS.
Monica adds that the “landscape of entertainment” is transforming.
“I think OTT allows for more freedom in editing and storytelling. That is the way it is designed right now. OTT platforms prove that the content is often times more powerful and watched than other platforms. I think the whole landscape of entertainment is shifting,” she says.
She says that when it comes to accepting newer plots and storylines, the audience is slowly opening up.
“I think we have come a long way but we still have a long way to go. I think that storytelling and music are evolving. If you watch a show and resonate with it and it identifies with the box that you live in, you would love to watch it,” she says.
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Bollywood star Ranbir Kapoor tests positive for Covid
© Provided by Khaleej Times Bollywood star Ranbir Kapoor tests positive for Covid
Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor is the latest star to test positive for Covid-19. According to a report in entertainment portal Pinkvilla, the star’s uncle Randhir Kapoor, said that he was unwell without giving out further details.
However, CNN18 new channel has confirmed that the actor has indeed tested Covid positive.
“Actor Ranbir Kapoor tests positive for #COVID19.” The television channel tweeted on its official handle.
The actor is reportedly under quarantine, CNN18 added.
Earlier, Ranbir’s mother, actor Neetu Singh Kapoor had contracted the coronavirus, while shooting for the movie Jug Jug Jeeyo, starring Varun Dhawan was too tested Covid positive.
Ranbir has been busy working on simultaneous film projects, including Brahmastra, alongside his beau Alia Bhatt, as well as projects starring Shraddha Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra.