Aamir Khan to Play Exhibition Chess Match with Viswanathan Anand for Covid-19 Relief

Bollywood actor Aamir Khan will face off against chess grandmaster and former world champion Viswanathan Anand for a charitable cause. A versatile actor and ardent chess lover, Aamir will be virtually playing an exhibition match against Viswanathan Anand as part of a celebrity edition, which shall feature Bollywood celebrities and corporate leaders from across the nation.

Held in association with The Akshaya Patra Foundation, all proceeds of this event will go towards serving individuals and families from vulnerable communities who have been affected by the global pandemic. The match between Aamir and Anand will be held on June 13, 2021 at 5pm. This will be live streamed on the YouTube Channel, Chesscom India, according to a press release.

Aamir and Anand have been opponents across the chess board for events earlier too. In 2019, the five-time world chess champion had said that Aamir was the best suited amongst all actors to play him in a biopic if it happens in the future. “Aamir plays and understands chess. He is a great method actor… I can only hope he is interested,” Anand had said at a function that was organised to launch his autobiography, Mind Master.

On other hand Aamir Khan’s son Junaid Khan resumed shooting of Maharaja in Mumbai. The film will mark his Bollywood debut. The shooting of many shows and films resumed after the Maharashtra government eased lockdown restrictions. Aamir Khan’s son Junaid Khan’s debut film Maharaja is among the first few films that have resumed shooting post the Covid-19 curfew.

According to The Indian Express, Maharaja’s shooting began with the film’s primary cast, including 25 junior artistes and select crew members. “On Sunday (June 6), over 100-plus cast and crew members, including those who have taken the first dose of the vaccine, underwent RT-PCR test. Of the people who tested negative, only 25 junior artistes have been summoned to the set, along with the main cast. Only a few key members of the production team have been asked to join in. The idea is to keep the on-set team to the bare minimum,” a source told the website.

Junaid will play the role of a journalist in Maharaja. The film will be directed by Siddharth P Malhotra. Apart from Junaid, the film stars Shalini Pandey, Sharvari Wagh and Jaideep Ahlawat in lead roles. According to reports, the film is based on the Maharaj Libel Case which took place in 1862. The story is about the head of a religious group who filed a case against a newspaper that exposed his sexual liaisons with his female devotees.

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