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Is Naga Chaitanya shooting during COVID?

By SUBHASH K JHA
May 04, 2021 14:11 IST
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Photograph: Kind courtesy Naga Chaitanya/Twitter

It has been reported that the shooting of Naga Chaitanya's new rom-com Thank You, featuring him with Raashi Khanna, has been suspended in Italy after the Italian government stopped Indians from flying into the country.

Is it true?

Nagarjuna's son denies the report.

'Our shooting of Thank You has not been cancelled. It is going on as per schedule here in Italy. We are taking all precautions and following the COVID guidelines strictly,' Naga Chaitanya texted Subhash K Jha.

Vikram Kumar's Thank You is among the last to be able to shoot during the second surge of COVID.

IMAGE: Kind courtesy Naga Chaitanya and Samantha Akkineni in Majili.

Meanwhile, Nag is all praise for his actress wife, Samantha Akkineni.

"Samantha is constantly pushing the envelope and she is doing more work now and far more challenging roles than she did before marriage," he says. "Those old theories of audiences not wanting to see married actresses are done with."

Recalling when they first met, Nag says, "We met during the making of Ye Maaye Chesave; we played young lovers discovering love. Then we did a couple of other films together, including the family film Maanam where our relationship on screen and in our personal life evolved. In Majili, we played a married couple going through the process of adjusting with one another."

Nag admits it wasn't easy being rude to his wife in Majili.

"But we had decided that whenever we work together, we would leave our personal relationship at home. Also, we were sure of one thing: Whatever we do together on screen has to take our combination ahead of our previous films together."

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