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Bigg Boss 14: No Double Beds, No Physical Tasks, Contestants to be Tested Weekly for Covid-19

The pandemic may have delayed movie productions in India as well as around the world. However, there are a few things that have stayed unaffected by the coronavirus outbreak. These include the famous T20 Indian Premier League and Salman Khan’s hit reality show Bigg Boss because the show must and will go on.

The much-awaited reality show locks up a few selected contestants in the house, cutting them off from the outside world. These stars are expected to co-exist in a mansion, maintaining and taking care of ‘their’ house whilst competing with one another to survive the roughly 90-day ordeal. The 14th season of the reality TV show is expected to reach everyone’s living rooms on October 3.

The producers are leaving no stone unturned this year and have issued a slew of safety precautions to be followed due to the pandemic. According to reports, all the contestants will follow safety measures, social distancing norms prior to their entry into the house.

In fact, to keep their stay safe in the house, reports from a famous BB fan page suggest there will be no double beds or contestants will not be sharing a bed as well as their utensils during the first few weeks. Moreover, all the BB contestants will go through a weekly Covid-19 test.

The new format might also do away with Bigg Boss’ infamous physical tasks between the contestants in order to avoid physical contact in the initial weeks. Last but not the least, Bigg Boss 14 house is said to feature a mini theatre, mall, restaurant corner and a spa, among many other things.

Meanwhile, Bigg Boss 13 contestants Sidharth Shukla, Shehnaaz Gill, Asim Riaz, Himanshi Khurana, Paras Chhabra and Mahira Sharma are expected to spice up the show during the first few days.

With the announcement of Bigg Boss and many other shows, it looks like we all have an action-packed October for entertainment ahead of us. We can hardly wait, can you? So, hang on to your remotes and stay tuned.

Jagga Jasoos: Anurag Basu opens up about Ranbir, Katrina and shooting without a physical script

Anurag Basu is one of those people who has the habit of finishing his sentences very fast while communicating. This only means you have to be extra cautious while listening to him, lest you miss out on words.

When I meet him at the Disney office, he seems relaxed in a blue floral half-sleeved shirt and loose trousers. Along with Ranbir, he has just delivered a succession of TV interviews and is still raring to go. The relaxed vibe could also be attributed to a different technique that he has been employing for his films.

Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif in Jagga Jasoos. Image from Firstpost

“For both Barfi and Jagga Jasoos, I went ahead and shot the climax first. It gives you a sort of confidence and the entire film is clear in your head. I do this only because the climax of a film is the most difficult portion to shoot and if you are able to finish the most difficult portion first, then it’s like catching the bull by its horn,” explains Basu.

The germ of his latest venture Jagga Jasoos lies in his own daughter. After he showed Barfi to her and met with a disapproval, he was on the lookout for a subject that could appeal to his daughter and replace the Hollywood flicks synonymous with Disney and Pixar. Jagga Jasoos was thus born, a musical with a tinge of thriller.

The film also marks the second collaboration of Anurag with his ‘muse’ Ranbir Kapoor. “Ranbir is a great person and that’s why he makes a great actor” says Basu.

For the filmmaker, it was a task explaining the genre of the film to his investors. “It was very tough to explain, as there was no reference for this musical thriller. It was more like walking a completely dark path but then slowly as you move ahead, the vision became clear,” he says. Basu is a sucker for musicals and counts Mary Poppins, Sound of Music and the more recent La La Land as his favorites. He also cites a film that was made in his mother tongue Satyajit Ray’s Heerak Rajar Deshe, as one of his favourites.

To borrow words from Ranbir Kapoor, chaos is what best describes Basu’s sets. He reportedly never carries a ‘physical’ screenplay, as it’s all there in his head. Ranbir has admitted that when he was given the first narration of Jagga Jasoos, the entire movie was in his head but nothing on paper. “It’s just not possible to shoot a film without a screenplay. You have to have a graph with a beginning, middle and the end. You just cannot land on the sets and start shooting scenes. It’s just not possible. The script is definitely there somewhere, it’s either in the head, or in some drawer or in the back pocket of the director,” says the director, without revealing where he kept his script.

While the initial days of the film were marred with casting issues, there were also reports of some early scenes of the film being scrapped. As per Basu, only two small scenes were scrapped and nothing was reshot. The build-up to all this also resulted in negative publicity for the film.

“It’s difficult for both Ranbir and I to keep explaining and justifying. Ranbir is not on social media and I am hardly active. The film should speak for itself and there is no point giving justifications,” he clarifies.

Rumours related to Katrina Kaif’s commitment towards the film after her alleged split with Ranbir also did the rounds. Quiz Basu about it and he talks more about her professional commitments: “She has been amazing actually, and Ranbir and her compliment each other. They gave each other lots of space when on the sets. Both of them have behaved in a professional manner throughout the film.  It’s also very difficult for actors to give consistency when a film is in making for long. It was tough for them and they could have easily lost their interest.”

Basu also clarifies about the image of Govinda that’s been floating on social media these days. He clarifies that he did shoot with Govinda for a special appearance in the film, but because of some changes it could not find a place in the final cut.

Right at the helm of the film, I wonder what occupies the director’s mind. He jokingly reveals a grudge he has towards Ranbir. “I really want to work with most actors from the industry, but he is just not allowing me to. Kamina, karne hi nahi deta hai. There was a film planned with Shah Rukh Khan but something happened at the end moment, I am hopeful that after Jagga Jasoos it might just happen,” reveals Basu.