Mohar Basu (MID-DAY; August 8, 2017)

After Aamir Khan and wife Kiran Rao were diagnosed with swine flu over the weekend, another B-Town star has fallen prey to the H1N1 virus. Richa Chadha has been down with swine flu since last week. The actor, however, is certain that she will not skip the trailer preview event of Fukrey Returns that will be held in Mumbai today. Chadha will attend the event wearing a mask, as advised by the doctor.

She tells mid-day, “I fell sick almost immediately upon my return from the US. I was diagnosed H1N1 positive last week, but I can move around a little, since yesterday. I have a commitment, so I will take the necessary precautions and permission from my doctor, and will be there for my Fukrey team.”

Starring Pulkit Samrat, Varun Sharma, Manjot Singh and Ali Fazal alongside her, Fukrey Returns is a sequel to the 2013 sleeper hit, Fukrey. Directed by Mrigdeep Singh Lamba, the first instalment ended with Chadha’s character landing behind bars. The sequel will see her character, Bholi Punjaban, returning to seek revenge.

Without divulging much about the plot, Chadha says, “Shooting for the sequel has been an absolute blast. Returning to that space of zany Delhi humour has been so fulfilling — as artistes, we are always looking to try out different roles, we’re always seeking variety. Fukrey made me the actor I am today. So, it [the series] will always remain special to me.”