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Fugitive gangster Ravi Pujari who is wanted in many heinous crimes, including murder and extortion, was brought in the early hours of Monday from Senegal via France to Bengaluru, police said. The gangster was nabbed in South Africa in a joint operation by the SA police and Senegal security agencies and was later extradited to Senegal, said police sources.

“Environmental issues cannot be hindered by national and international borders. Water and wind flow seamlessly across the earth and even under it. The growth of vegetation affects animals and man. Perhaps, there is the greatest need for a single system of laws in this regard", Justice Bobde said.

Sources said Pujari was taken to an undisclosed location where he was questioned by RAW, IB and Union home ministry officials for more than four hours. A source said he was showing symptoms of high blood pressure and diabetes. He was taken to a hospital for a check-up before being handed over to Karnataka Police.

Chowdhury has slammed the Modi government for not inviting Congress chief Sonia Gandhi to a meeting with Trump, saying it had reduced the foreign dignitary’s visit to a BJP function. His claim of BJP having slighted Sonia appeared to turn the party’s presence at the banquet into a tricky issue. According to a report, Azad ducked queries on the subject after a function in Mumbai.

“I have made my stand on the issue of CAA very clear and we are still discussing the issue with the allies. Though on the surface there seems to be no problems with NPR, a decision to form a committee with members of the three parties has been taken to take a closer look at the problems that could arise with it," said Thackeray on the eve of the budget session.

“A few days ago, at a small place at the Hunar Haat in Delhi, I witnessed hues of our country’s diverse expanse, cultures, traditions, cuisines and the warmth of emotions,” the PM said and shared his experience of interactions with some of the artisans.

Those TOI spoke to – professors, shopkeepers, factory owners – do not follow Trump on social media. Their views on the 73-year-old businessman-turned-politician have been largely shaped by Hindi and English newspapers and news on TV. Mohd Arshad, who teaches sociology in Agra University, reiterates that Trump is trying to project himself as a popular international leader to his domestic constituency.

Hours after US President Donald Trump’s departure from India, two other ‘guests’ whose presence is certain to raise eyebrows, more so in Washington perhaps, will land in New Delhi. The two will be Georgy Muradov and Irina Kiviko, deputy PM and finance minister respectively of Crimea.

Official sources confirmed that Trump will spend some time in the Sabarmati Ashram before heading towards the stadium. The US president will arrive at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International airport in Ahmedabad around 11:40am on Monday.

Violence erupted in the Jafrabad area of northeast Delhi on Sunday evening when two groups of anti and pro-CAA protesters came face to face, leading to heavy stone-pelting and vandalising of vehicles and shops in the area. The police and paramilitary forces managed to restore calm but the area remained tense. 15 people, including 6 policemen and 2 camerapersons were reported injured.

In what seemed like a tit for tat, China on Sunday asked Indian authorities to not block export of China’s “much-needed items” required to control the Coronavirus epidemic. India responded almost immediately with MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar saying the precautions taken by India were in accordance with the WHO’s advisory about the outbreak of coronavirus infection.

Regional and international cooperation will be an important focus area for Trump and Modi when they meet on Tuesday. While the US is expected to encourage India to further promote stability and security in Afghanistan, the Indian side will seek an unambiguous condemnation of cross-border terrorism so as to ensure Pakistan doesn't feel further emboldened.

“I had committed to this trip long time ago. I look forward to it. I hear it’s going to be a big event… the biggest event they ever had in India. That's what the Prime Minister told me,” Trump said in response to a question.

Italy quarantines whole towns, closes schools and cancels sports fixtures as infections increase.

The annual event saw added coronavirus precautions as more than 200 couples tied the knot.

The quake kills at least nine in eastern Turkey, with injuries and collapsed buildings in Iran.

US officials accused “malign” Russian actors of promoting unfounded theories about the virus online.

Tyson Fury wins the WBC world heavyweight title after producing a sensational performance against Deontay Wilder.

"Mad" Mike Hughes, 64, wanted to launch himself into space to prove that the Earth was flat.

The main suspect is the widow of a Dutchman whose body was found in a septic tank in Kenya.

The International Center of Photography is showcasing photos of hip-hop's greatest stars.

Voting ended on Saturday for a president in Togo which has been led by the same family for 53 years.

The French president's doubts come as the UK government is set to publish its demands.

Protesters vow to continue the unrest in Santiago until changes are made to Chile's constitution.

A report by L'Arche finds that Jean Vanier, who died last year, abused women for decades.

Despite claims that Russian prisons are cleaning up their act, inmates and their families tell a different story.

Organisers of the Amani Festival want to show a different side of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Subtitles are the film connoisseur's choice - but Netflix is sounding the dub-a-dub-dub for dubbing.

Teenagers from the Amazon rainforest speak about their hopes for the future.

This visit is a genuine opportunity to explore how the two countries can shape the 21st Century.

The anti-Islam AfD is accused of fuelling racist violence, amid German shock at the Hanau killings.

Passengers have been left stranded after a strong sandstorm caused poor visibility.

About 50,000 people cannot enter or leave several towns in northern Italy without permission.

Methane is being extracted from Lake Kivu in Rwanda to generate electricity.

The elderly female was spotted roaming a residential area in Monrovia, west of Los Angeles.

Voters born after 1980 had the lowest turnout rate in 2016. What will get them to the polls?

Residents' power was cut as firefighters worked for three hours to free the man.

Thousands of Americans die from kidney failure each year, but efforts to find organ donors remain contentious.

"Mad" Mike Hughes, 64, wanted to launch himself into space to prove that the Earth was flat.

Methane is being extracted from Lake Kivu in Rwanda to generate electricity.

Researchers at Brown University found bots were far more likely to post tweets denying climate change.

Ofcom is asking why broadband firms charge people to keep old email addresses after switching providers.

Nintendo confirms its new Animal Crossing game will not let players save progress to the cloud.

Researchers claim it could be used to kill some of the world's deadliest bacteria.

The personal data of about 200,000 people is exposed in a cyber-attack.

Pupils in New Mexico allegedly have had their online data tracked, says the state's attorney general.

The company says it sent the strange "1" alert to Samsung devices by mistake.

At least 2,004 government mobiles were lost or stolen in a year, more than a third from the MoD.

ISS World, a major facilities provider, has been hit by an apparent ransomware attack.

BBC Click’s Paul Carter looks at some of the best technology news stories of the week.

Academic and electronic musician Bertolt Meyer has hacked into his prosthetic arm and connected it to his synth.

TrinamiX has developed a facial recognition software that they say could provide better security.

The BBC meets the medics and lawyers across America who are using the app to help educate the public.

Kitchen hacks and baking videos are hugely popular on YouTube - but do all the tips actually work?

Developers say you can now converse effortlessly using translation tech, but others are not so sure.

An Instagram influencer has faked a holiday to Bali to show followers not to believe everything they see on social media. But how does it compare to these other epic social media pranks?

Firms are encouraging staff to make sharing which personal pronouns they use an everyday practice.

Better sight, better hands and more intelligence are allowing robots to take on more and more jobs.

Levels of electrical and electronic waste are expected to more than double by 2050, according to the UN.

The French president's doubts come as the UK government is set to publish its demands.

Renters speak of struggling to get on the property ladder, amid a shortage of over one million homes.

Ofcom is asking why broadband firms charge people to keep old email addresses after switching providers.

The Ryanair boss says Muslim men should be profiled at airports because "that is where the threat is".

Pressure to hit sales goals led Wells Fargo staff to create fake accounts and collect extra fees.

Waitrose has been rated the best UK in-store supermarket again in Which?'s annual supermarket satisfaction survey.

Plans to secure a trademark have also been abandoned, a spokesperson for the duke and duchess says.

Steve Coogan plays "a larger-than-life" businessman in the movie.

French President Emmanuel Macron said the deadlock showed "we don't need Britain to show disunity".

The Royal Mail is increasing the cost of postage again, with first-class stamps rising 6p to 76p

Activity fell last month for the first time since 2013, according to a closely watched survey.

Landlords are sharing the pain felt on the High Street, and it has shown up in their share prices.

Car dealerships remain closed and buyers stay away as the coronavirus outbreak takes its toll on sales.

Business owners describe how they have been left counting the cost of the floods caused by Storm Dennis.

Around two billion paper £20 notes will be replaced with polymer notes in the next few months.

Airline industry body IATA predicts global air travel demand will fall for the first time since 2009.

New trade deals have re-opened the debate on how to rescue people's careers if their jobs go abroad.

As part of a new BBC blog series, Maura Hannon from Switzerland shares what she spent her money on this week.

Leaders are meeting this week to discuss budget plans in challenging discussions.

As the Irish parliament convenes to try to choose its new leader, concerns about inequality linger.

Technology is making it easier for music artists in Malawi to create and release work to audiences.

Firms are encouraging staff to make sharing which personal pronouns they use an everyday practice.

Priti Patel says businesses should train the 8.5 million economically inactive people. But only two million of them want a job.

Better sight, better hands and more intelligence are allowing robots to take on more and more jobs.

Sophie Trelles-Tvede is the boss of Invisibobble, which is now sold in more than 70 countries.

Metro stations have become busier as more commuters use the service, but operator BMRCL has no plans to install platform screen doors, a key safety feature that protects people from falling onto the tracks and helps maintain some order.

Garbage segregation is now part of extra-curricular activities for students of government schools across the city.

(This story originally appeared in BangaloreMirror on February 23, 2020)

Tourism minister C T Ravi on Saturday said that he has not announced the opening of casinos in Karnataka. However, he said casinos are common in foreign countries.

Union minister for chemicals and fertilizers DV Sadananda Gowda said on Saturday that the slump in GDP was temporary and the economy would bounce back soon.

Tensions eased in Amulya Leona Noronha's hometown, Shivapura village in Chikkamagaluru district, on Saturday, a day after a group hurled stones at her parents' residence.

The comment follows a series of controversies involving students protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, and the proposed National Register of Citizens.

Cybersex leading to depression and financial bankruptcy is the latest internet addiction disorder being treated at National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (Nimhans). Over the past eight months, its Service for Healthy Use of Technology (SHUT) clinic has seen three young men seeking treatment for problems arising out of cybersex addiction.

The Karnataka government has ordered a probe by Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) against the BBMP officials concerned for allegedly misusing funds released by the Centre under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

Over Rs 5 crore worth of Ephedrine, packed inside cards for a fake wedding to be sent to Australia, was seized on Friday at the Kempegowda International Airport. On Tuesday, Rs 5 crore worth of the same drug was seized from garment spools at KIA. On Wednesday, two passengers flying in with gold strapped to their calf muscles were nabbed.

Padarayanapura corporator Imran Pasha reportedly told police on Saturday that he neither invited Amulya Leona Noronha to Thursday's anti-CAA event at Freedom Park nor did he ask her to address the gathering.

Ardra, 24, held a banner with the message: "Muslim, Dalit, Kashmiri, Bahujan, Adivasi, Trans Liberation Now".

A 35-year-old dentist and a resident of Kadur town allegedly committed suicide by jumping in front of a moving train.Dr Revanth's suicide comes five days after his wife was found murdered.

A language stares down the slippery slope of extinction when people who speak the language start to develop a lack of pride about it. Hence it is important for people speaking any language to not only have pride about their language, but also speak it, CT Ravi, minister for Kannada and culture and tourism, said on Saturday.

The city is witnessing a rise in the number of QR code scams. They have the potential to wipe your account clean. A quick response code is similar to a bar code, which is an image that can be read by a machine.

A 16-year-old girl, who gave birth to a child while she was mopping the floor at her employers’ house in Bengaluru, has told investigators she was gang-raped in Odisha in early 2019. The child birth happened in November 2019.

Sending a strong message of communal amity, a madrassa in Belagavi district hosted a mass marriage on its premises on Friday in which 76 Muslim and 25 Hindu couples were married.

A gruesome murder came to light on Friday after villagers of Hemmige found dogs eating parts of a human body.

nataka who had been kept in confinement in Qatar was rescued and brought back to India on Thursday, thanks to joint efforts by The Protector of Emigrants in Bengaluru and Indian Embassy in Qatar.

A 29-year-old man from Thanjavur had a harrowing experience as he got his right hand stuck in a toilet in Madurai while he was trying to recover his car keys, which fell into the hole in the early hours of Sunday morning.

NASA and participate in an international conference.

A total 40 people were booked under the Wildlife Protection Act 1972 for trespassing into a reserve forest in Trichy district for hunting animals on Sunday.

A day after the assembly passed TN Protected Agricultural Zone Development bill, the state government cancelled its notification issued in 2017 declaring 45 villages of Nagappatinam and Cuddalore districts as local planning area for constitution of "Petroleum, Chemicals and Petrochemicals Investment Region (PCPIR)." The state had notified 22,939 hectares for the development of the region.

DMK president M K Stalin on Saturday asked why the ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu that voted in favour of the Citizenship Amendment Act in the Parliament has now written to the Centre asking it to drop five questions in the National Population Register.

A 20-year-old man has been arrested for bludgeoning three beggars and a security guard to death with stones to steal money to buy ganja. Three of the four crimes were reported in the city in the first week of this month, while the 'stoneman' had his first victim in Velankanni in Nagapattinam district in December 2019.

After enduring poor admissions over the last few years, 11 engineering colleges in the state have applied to Anna University to close down from the 2020-21 academic year, while seven others have sought to stop new admissions.

Greater Chennai Corporation officials of the Royapuram zone on Saturday shut down around 20 shops in Chintadripet for not paying rent and renewing licences.

Two people including an autorickshaw driver were murdered in separate incidents on Friday and Saturday, police said.

Cloudy skies and pleasant breeze that kickstarted the weekend are likely to continue till Monday due to strong moisture-laden easterlies converging at the coast, according to experts. While the day time temperatures will be below normal, nights are likely to be warmer with temperatures two or three degrees above normal.

Woman employees cannot be allowed to misuse the Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013, and harass someone with an ‘exaggerated or non-existent allegations’, the Madras high court has said.

Due to non-interlocking work at the Faridabad railway station, 10 trains will be cancelled and two diverted.

Customs officials seized 1.025kg of gold valued at 44.1 lakh on Saturday in two separate incidents.

Pondicherry University students' council termed the justification given by the university to hike fees for all courses as a “set of lies.”

Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Saturday inaugurated a Rs 4.13crore single-plane cath lab and seven haemodialysis units, built at a cost of Rs 50 lakh, in Tuticorin Government Medical College Hospital (MCH).

DMK president M K Stalin on Saturday asked why the ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu that voted for the Citizenship Amendment Act in parliament has now written to the Centre asking it to drop five questions in the National Population Register.

The city’s water managers say there is enough water in the four reservoirs to supply residents for the next six months without any problem. This, they say, is because Andhra Pradesh has released more than 5 tmcft (thousand million cubic feet) of water to Chennai under the Telugu Ganga project. The last time the state received so much water from its neighbout was in 2015.

In a first of its kind , students attached to the Madras University's Ancient History and Archaeology department have excavated a neolithic ash-mound during their field training at Sendoor Malai near Gudiyatham. Though neolithic ash-mounds have earlier been discovered in other parts of south India, including at Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, this is the first time such a mound is excavated in Tamil nadu .

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus in China has pushed that country off the radar for film shootings, with movie makers exploring other locales including in Central Asia and Europe. India’s large eastern neighbour had been a favourite for long, with at least three Tamil movies filmed there in the last 10 years.

Army man who opened fire on a woman on Saturday at Nadimpalli village under Cherukupalli mandal in Guntur district committed suicide at Kolanukonda near Tadepalli in Guntur district. Though he committed suicide on Saturday, he was identified on Sunday.

removing B Phanindra from service, following an inquiry.

Three childhood friends, including two techies, died after their car dashed into a roadside tree and turned turtle. All three friends were allegedly drunk.

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) Act is likely to come into effect soon after the bill is presented in the upcoming budget session in the Assembly in March. The move follows the enactment of the Telangana Municipalities Act, 2019, in all 141 municipalities and 13 municipal corporations in the state. The GHMC Act will be applicable in Greater Hyderabad.

Three labourers died and five others were injured when a mound of earth fell on them while they were erecting pillars on a private paper mill's premises in Kumram Bheem-Asifabad district of Telangana, police have said.

The All India Majlis-e-Inquilab-e-Millat on Saturday filed a police complaint against AIMIM leader Waris Pathan for ‘hate speech’ during a public meeting in Karnataka. Waris Pathan had said that 15 crore Muslims can dominate 100 crore Hindus.

The state government has found that many collectors are not aware of their powers even after implementation of Telangana Municipalities Act, 2019.

The mass felling of 55 trees — all of them at least 10-years-old — at a gated community in Kukatpally, has left residents and environmentalists fuming. The trees were axed to make way for a water tank.

The Telangana government, on Saturday, announced the launch of an action plan to rehabilitate all beggars in Hyderabad as part of a national campaign rolled out by the Union ministry of social justice and empowerment. The first phase of the drive will be simultaneously flagged off in 10 cities including Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru among others, said officials.

Apart from major firms or well-established start-ups, students, some as young as 17-year-old, too are developing safety devices for women that cost no more than Rs 500. Their prototypes were on display at the World Education Summit on Saturday.

A page set up to seek funds to help the family of Telangana man Prashanth Kommireddy, 38, who died in Dallas on Wednesday of a sudden heart attack, has collected $385,463 ( 2.77crore) on Saturday evening with the number constantly rising. The page on gofundme, a crowdfunding platform, was created on Thursday by Prashanth's colleague Woody Green at American Airlines.

A woman allegedly strangled her nine-year-old son after he threatened to reveal her illicit relationship to his father at Buddaram village in Nalgonda district on Friday evening.

Amid continuing anti-CAA protests across the country, Hyderabad commissioner of police Anjani Kumar said Shaheen Bagh-type protests will not be allowed in the city.

A 37-year-old man from Hyderabad has gone missing in Dubai and his family in Jahanuma has no clue about his whereabouts. The worried family has sought the help of the ministry of external affairs (MEA) to trace Mohammed Azmathullah Shareef, who last spoke with them a year ago.

With summer round the corner, residents of Secunderabad Cantonment are hoping that chief minister K. Chandrashekar Rao’s decision on the revision of water tariff for Cantonment areas will bring them much-needed relief.

As Shaheen Bagh in Delhi caught the attention of everyone with its anti-CAA, NRC protest, Hyderabad police commissioner Anjani Kumar on Saturday said that Shaheen Bagh-like protest will not be allowed in Hyderabad and it is 'impossible'.

There is possibility of immense bloodshed in Bengal if NPR is enforced, felt author, communist, teacher and activist Harsh Mander. He was delivering the keynote address at a national conference on ‘Statelessness and the Right to Have Right’, organized by The Legal Aid Society, West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences in association with Cornell Law School Human Rights Clinic in Kolkata

Milk prices in the city look set to head further north this summer. Scarcity of raw milk coupled with a surge in the price of skimmed milk powder may lead to another round of hike in prices from April, traditionally the beginning of the lean period for raw milk production. The rise could be in the magnitude of 10%-15%, say industry insiders.

The biggest government hospital in Bengal is facing a curious problem that even the local traffic guard is finding difficult to solve. Complaints are pouring in from SSKM Hospital about cars and bikes using the wide roads within the compound as a shortcut to reduce journey time and avoid the snarl at the signal .

An ATM of a private bank was broken into at Liluah's Thulia in the early hours of Saturday and the thieves made off with Rs 21.3 lakh.

The Polba carpool accident claimed the life of one of the injured kids, seven-year-old Rishav Singh, eight days after the vehicle — carrying 15 schoolchildren and travelling at a speed of 90 kmph — crashed into a ditch beside Delhi Road.

Throughout the day on Sunday, Metro commuters would spot a gleaming, new rake stopping at all stations in the north-south corridor. However, its doors won’t open and the rake will leave after 20 seconds.

A day after police arrested a surrogate mother, who had left in the sixth month of her pregnancy after willingly deciding to lend her womb for invitreo fertilization (IVF) for a childless couple in return for money, she claimed the foetus had died.

The city could receive a few spells of rain on at least two days between Monday and Wednesday.The Met .

A 60-year-old pedestrian was killed after being run over by an unidentified vehicle on Aurobindo Sarani around 10.55pm. Rajkumar Dutta, a resident of Nimu Goswami Lane, was taken to RG Kar Hospital where he was declared brought dead. Cops are checking CCTV footage to ascertain the driver’s identity.

For quite some time now, Indian Railways has been campaigning against attempts by passengers to get on or off running trains, but people seem to enjoy living dangerously. On Friday evening, a 43-year-old man narrowly escaped death at Midnapore station after getting nearly dragged under the wheels of the Asansol-Kharagpur passenger train

Smoking makes you several times more vulnerable to an attack by the novel coronavirus (nCoV) that has taken more than 2,000 lives across China and southeast Asia so far, warn experts.

The New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA), in consultation with enlisted architects, structural engineers and other stakeholders, has adopted several neighbourhood- and environment-friendly construction practices.

Bengal BJP is yet to get a go-ahead from the police for holding Union home minister Amit Shah’s rally in Kolkata on March 1. The party has lined up a civic reception for Shah on the Shahid Minar ground for steer- ing the Citizenship (Amendment) Act in Parliament.

The last leg of East-West Metro’s tunnelling that resumed on Tuesday will be completed by March next year , international experts involved in the project said on Friday.

A day after a gynaecologist was assaulted at CMRI Hospital following the death of a young woman after childbrith, the Alipore police has registered an FIR on Friday against the accused under non-bailable sections to treat the assault as a cognizable offence.

The New Alipore police has arrested a woman, allegedly involved in a surrogacy racket operating out of a south Kolkata clinic. Police said the gang involves senior doctors and the money that change hands run into lakhs.

The Calcutta High Court has dumped green to go green.

A Bidhannagar court on Friday sent a techie to jail for two years and fined him Rs 26,000 for allegedly threatening and extorting money from his former girlfriend, using social media. This is the first conviction in a case probed by the Bidhannagar Cyber Cell since its inception.

The move to regularize the construction of an explosive magazine built illegally on a wetland for the fireworks display of Uthralikkavu temple festival has failed, at least for the time being.

International Centre for Free and Open Source Software (ICFOSS), the wing that coordinates free software development projects in the state, was awarded the first-ever Bhasha Prathibha Puraskaram instituted by the Malayalam Mission.

Sr Lucy Kalappura said on Saturday that more people will rise against the rape-accused bishop Franco Mulakkal after one more nun came out against him, saying that he had sexually exploited her. This allegation was made in a statement the 35-year-old nun had made to the police, as a witness in the rape case in which Mulakkal, former bishop of Jalandhar, was arrested on September 21, 2018.

The city police have launched a hunt for an auto rickshaw driver who assaulted a migrant labourer on road at Mukkola near Vizhinjam on Saturday night.

APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University has decided to strictly insist pre-registration of students on the varsity's examination web portal.

After his landlord threw him out for not paying rent on time and also destroyed his livelihood, 40-year-old Suresh Kumar lost his mental balance and was admitted to a mental hospital almost a month ago. Since then, his wife, 29, and two daughters aged 10 and 3, who have nowhere to go, have also sought refuge at the government hospital at Peroorkada along with him.

BJP state president K Surendran assumed office on Saturday. Expressing his unflinching faith in BJP’s potential to emerge as a strong third political alternative in the next few years, Surendran said he would be least interested in building up a Surendran faction in the party.

Police are likely to go for a retender of the controversial integrated traffic enforcement system (ITES) project in the wake of differences among the members of a technical committee.

The vigilance case against MLA V S Sivakumar is likely to end up as a damp squib as investigation hasn’t established anything to directly link Sivakumar with the illegal wealth amassment case. The only case with vigilance sleuths is the assets amassed by three of his aides, which are disproportionate to their incomes.

Former minister and Congress MLA V S Sivakumar has said the vigilance case against him is "nothing but a political vendetta".

Armed with the Right to Information Act, 2005, an advocate filed an application seeking certain information on adulteration from the food safety commissioner. Almost two years later, he is still waiting for a satisfactory response.

Kerala on Friday bid adieu to 15 of the 19 people killed in the predawn accident at Avinashi in Tamil Nadu’s Tirupur district on Thursday.

Close to four lakh candidates are expected to appear for the preliminary written examination to the Kerala Administrative Service to be held on Saturday.

Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has suggested changing the working hours of schools and colleges from early morning to noon. He said the culture of college students doing part-time jobs must be fostered and for that 8am to 1.30pm time slot will be ideal.

To aid fast weight loss, experts say that a person needs to walk for a minimum of 45-60 minutes at a brisk rate to shed excess fat. Here are some of the other ways you can ensure walking can help stick to your goals:

A lot of problems would vanish from our lives if we understood everyone expresses love differently

Children are only given breastmilk for the first 6 months of their birth.

Everyone wishes to have a clean and organized closet. If you have a de-cluttered closet, everything will be easier to find. If you're finding trouble organising your clothes, try some of our hacks to make most of your space. One of the biggest reasons of a cluttered closet is disorganised shopping. If you pay more attention to the way you shop and what you shop, you can control the things piling up in your closet adding to the mess.

All you need to know about the K-beauty trend of face taping for toning and non-surgical facial enhancements

From #GreentheRed and #CupandCloth to #GreenPeriodCleanPeriod, and #PeriodofChange – sustainable period management is trending, and how, today. The troubling stats on the environmental impact of non-compostable sanitary napkins and tampons – tonnes of which fill landmines across the world – has prompted an online, as well as offline, conversation on greener menstrual solutions.

Salt has gained a bad reputation, but it is not that harmful when consumed in a proper way.

The actress, who is one of the most popular Indian celebrities on Instagram with close to 2.5 million followers was spotted in Juhu recently along with a friend and this time around, it was her exclusive bag that grabbed out eyeballs.

According to a new research, image-based sexual abuse, also known as 'revenge porn' is not limited to jilted ex-lovers out for vengeance. It is also used by perpetrators of domestic violence and sexual assault, in stalking and sexual harassment, as well as in threats and bullying by peers and other known people

Advantage? Your home will look smart and fun and seeing Lego all around your house will definitely quirk you up every day.

Social media users are nowadays engaged in a bizarre trend of clicking photos of themselves by peeping through toilet paper roll tubes.

Here are some words you might not know were originally Japanese:

While we all know that jaggery is nutritious and a healthier alternative to sugar, what we often miss out on are the benefits it carries for weight watchers!

When blogger Saloni Tandon decided to tie the knot with beau Mayapati Tiwari, she decided to choose the best designer in wedding couture business, Sabyasachi Mukherjee and the ace couturier gave her the most gorgeous lehenga ever.

As we stand on the cusp of another season change, it becomes essential to take extra care of ourselves. Looking after our hair during the transitioning season can be a tricky task as the humidity and heat around us are constantly changing. As the weather changes, keep your hair healthy and safe with these hair care tips

Sometimes we are so blindly in love that we tend to miss signs of a fast approaching break-up. Let's look at a few signs that might save you from an unexpected break-up.

Trust us, cursive handwriting not just looks attractive and clean, it also has a lot of benefits as well. Here are five benefits of practising cursive writing.

In a statement, the students said the last date for submission of second semester fees has been extended upto March 31, 2020, or till the finalisation of the new fee structure, whichever is later.

The shortlisted participating players will be called to Imphal, Manipur for the final selection which will be held on March 7.

Dublin's Trinity College on Friday launched the Engineering, Environment and Emerging Technologies scholarships worth 5,00,000 Euros for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

In its endeavour to identify and promote applications relevant to India in the 5G realm, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has launched '5G Hackathon' in association with a number of government, academia and industry stakeholders.

A school in the city has allegedly denied admission to a boy whose parents did not fill the religion column in the application form, prompting the Kerala education department to seek a report.

There were 15,000 students of AMU, who took to streets, wanted to burn Aligarh city but their game plan was averted by an alert police, Adityanath had stated.

According to the programme '1Lab-1School', IIT-Madras is connecting top graduate laboratories to high schools of rural Tamil Nadu.

​Interacting with the students of the PSG Institutions in Coimbatore about 500 km from here Naidu urged the students to shun negativism and develop a positive and constructive outlook towards life.

A child is ready when they display signs of curiosity or outrightly ask "uncomfortable" questions. There is no cut-off age.

The committee will be headed by the Director of Education (Schools) and will have additional director Education (Schools) and the deputy secretary in the Education department as the other two-members, a statement issued by the Education department said.

A number of students of Gargi College in south Delhi had alleged manhandling and sexual harassment by outsiders who had gatecrashed the campus during the annual cultural fest 'Reverie'.

​Australia has since February 1 barred entry to foreigners arriving directly from mainland China, citing a need to stop the spread of the flu-like virus that emerged in China late last year.

The Silicon Valley pioneer who created the now-ubiquitous computer concepts such as "cut," "copy" and "paste" has died.

The students are explained about the various features in the trains and in stations made for both commuters as well as for daily train operations.

Recent human activity has intensified global warming, which could result in a mass melting of Antarctica, said Zoe Thomas, a research fellow at the University of New South Wales who was part of an international team of scientists that recently published a paper on Antarctic ice melting.

"Climate change is the biggest threat to our planet. I want to work alongside others, both to amplify known ways and to explore new ways of fighting the devastating impact of climate change,' said Bezos who is worth $130 billion.

The latest victims of climate change could be Oreos, as drenched fields across the US make the wheat that’s a key ingredient a scarcer commodity. Winter-wheat plantings fell to their lowest levels in more than a century as the grain got harder to seed. Especially the soft red winter wheat, with sowings slumping 25%, a variety that forms the base for biscuits.

Amid growing threats to a number of bird species in the country, the Union environment ministry has come out with a 10-year comprehensive plan for conservation of birds and their habitats in India through multiple measures including curbing illegal trade of birds and constant surveillance of avian disease to prevent a situation like what Rajasthan had recently witnessed in terms of deaths of thousands of birds at Sambhar Lake.

The coming five years are anticipated to be warmest period on record, Britain's Met Office said on Thursday, warning of an outside chance of Earth breaching the Paris deal 1.5C temperature rise cap before 2024. In a regular "decadal forecast" looking at predicted near-term climate trends, it said that each year between 2020-2024 is set to be 1.06-1.62C hotter than historical averages.

Platypuses were once considered widespread across the eastern Australian mainland and Tasmania. Australia’s devastating drought, and other effects of climate change are pushing the mammal towards towards extinction., say researchers.

Firefighters winched from helicopters to reach the cluster of fewer than 200 Wollemi Pines in a remote gorge in the Blue Mountains a week before a massive wildlife bore down, national parks and wildlife service director David Crust said. The firefighters set up an irrigation system to keep the so-called dinosaur trees moist.

The annual river ice cover will decline by about six days for every one degree Celsius increase in global temperatures, posing economic and environmental consequences, according to a study. The research, published in the journal Nature, is the first to look at the future of river ice on a global scale.

Australia's most populous state of New South Wales declared a seven-day state of emergency Thursday as oppressive conditions fanned around 100 wildfires. Around 2,000 firefighters were battling the blazes, half of which remain uncontrolled, with the support of U.S. and Canadian backup teams and personnel from the Australian Defence Force.

LED lights along the top of floating gillnets cut accidental 'bycatch' of sea turtles by more than 70 per cent, and that of small cetaceans (including dolphins and porpoises) by more than 66 per cent.

Variables in the text around unfulfilled past commitments of historical polluters (rich nations), unwillingness of countries (China, India, Brazil, Japan, Australia and others) towards raising their climate action targets by next year and uncertainties about carrying over (transition clause and cut-off year) carbon credits earned by countries like India, Australia, Brazil and others in pre-2020 period to post-2020 phase were key points of discontentment in the text.

It is learnt that the BASIC joint statement, saying "the progress on the pre-2020 agenda will be the benchmark of success for this COP", sounded an alarm bell in the EU camp which has been resisting linking of Kyoto Protocol pledges (pre-2020) with the progress on Paris Agreement (post-2020) actions.

The iPhone 7 Plus 32GB, 128GB and 256GB will cost Rs 72,000, Rs 82,000 and Rs 92,000 respectively

Apple has announced biggest-ever price drop for its smartphones in India. Under the new pricing, iPhone 6S (128GB), carying an MRP of Rs 82,000, will now be available at an MRP of Rs 60,000. iPhone 6s Plus (128GB) will now be available at an MRP of Rs 70,000, the smartphone too has received a price cut of Rs 22,000. Apple's 4-inch smartphone iPhone SE, too has got a price cut. The 64GB version of iPhone SE will now be available at Rs 44,000.

A public interest litigation in the Delhi High Court (HC) challenges the change in WhatsApp's privacy policy.

iOS 10 reached 14.45% of eligible devices in the first 24 hours of its release. In comparison, iOS 9 was on 12.60% of eligible device within 24 hours of it being released for all users.

Fitness tracking wearables maker Fitbit recently launched its Charge 2 and Flex 2 fitness trackers in India. While the Flex 2 is priced at Rs 9,499, the more expensive Charge 2 bears a price tag of Rs 14,999. The new Fitbit Charge 2 has a heart-rate monitor, a feature previously limited to the 'HR' edition of the Charge only. It comes with a touch-sensitive OLED display, as well as a 3-axis accelerometer, an altimeter and a vibration motor. Fitbit Charge 2 syncs with its companion smartphone app over Bluetooth.

All those Apple fans out there in India waiting desperately to lay there hands on the next iPhones -- iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus -- can now pre-order the new smartphones.

Apple CEO Tim Cook is a man of few words. In an interview to Washington Post, the usually reticent CEO of one of the world's most valuable company talked about a number of things including the 'enormous India opportunity', Steve Jobs, mistakes made during his tenure so far and much more.

​Reliance Communications and Aircel will hold 50% stake each in the new combined entity, which will be listed later. Both companies will also transfer debt of Rs 14,000 crore each. As for the net worth of the new company, it’ll be around Rs 35,000 crore.​

Although a significant increase, Android Marshmallow still lies below Android Lollipop, and Kitkat on the list. As per the latest distribution numbers, Android Lollipop 5.0 and v5.1 together run on 35% Android devices, followed by Android Kitkat 4.4 with a 27.7% share.

To download watchOS 3, users are recommended to install the latest iOS version and keep the Apple Watch’s minimum charge of up to 50%.

Instant messaging platform WhatsApp today opposed in Delhi High Court a plea alleging that privacy of its users has been threatened by a new privacy policy announced by Facebook, saying regulations were in place and the latter does not have access to any data as it provides end-to-end encryption.

The feature lets users browse through groups divided into 25 categories such as parenting, sports, food, buy & sell and more. Each topic page highlights the top suggested groups, based on popularity and group members that users might already know.

Lenovo-owned Motorola is all set to launch its latest budget smartphone – Moto E3 Power, in India. The company has confirmed on its social channels that it will be launching the Moto E3 Power at an event scheduled for September 19. The smartphone will be available exclusively on Flipakrt.

Financial technology startup Finomena lets you buy high-end products and devices through EMIs without a credit score.

Apple's latest mobile operating system -- iOS 10 -- is rolling our to users globally starting today.

Telecom operator Reliance Communications today posted 5.8% rise in consolidated net profit to Rs 54 crore for the three-month period ended June 30.

Several user reports and news websites mentioned that after the installation process the handset showed an error prompting users to plug it to iTunes on a PC. On connecting, another error cropped up which read, “There is a problem with the iPhone 'iPhone' that requires it to be updated or restored.”

Apple has announced that it will be adding the ability to capture RAW images to iPhones, starting with iOS 10. While the stock iOS camera app doesn’t have the functionality to capture RAW images, iPhone users can use Adobe’s Lightroom app for the same.

Videocon Mobiles has launched its latest 4G smartphone, Cube 3 (V50JL) in India. Priced at Rs 8,490, the smartphone will available across all retail stores.

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A payload on board Chandrayaan-2’s orbiter, circling the Moon’s orbit at 100km, has measured solar flares between September 30 and October 1, which will help scientists better understand various processes on the Sun. Currently, the solar cycle is heading towards minima and the Sun has been extremely quiet for the past few months. Therefore, XSM could observe a series of small flares.

Many drugs, especially those made of proteins, cannot be taken orally because they are broken down in the gastrointestinal tract before they can take effect. The researchers at MIT and Novo Nordisk, have designed a new drug capsule that can carry insulin or other protein drugs and protect them from the harsh environment of the gastrointestinal tract.

Nasa's Curiosity Mars rover has found the highest amounts of clay minerals ever found during its mission on the red planet, the US space agency said. It is likely that the rocks in the area formed as layers of mud in ancient lakes. Other than proof that there was a significant amount of water once in Gale Crater, what these findings mean is still up for debate.

Strength training over a short time period may be a fast and effective strategy for reducing the risk of fatty liver disease and diabetes in obese people, a study has found.

Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the US found that depression scores were 26 per cent lower for walnut consumers and eight per cent lower for consumers of other nuts, compared to those who did not eat nuts at all. Walnut consumption was more closely associated with higher energy levels and better concentration, compared to other nuts, a study said.

The repeating FRB was one of a total of 13 bursts detected over a period of just three weeks during the summer of 2018. Additional bursts from the repeating FRB were detected in following weeks. Of more than 60 FRBs observed to date, repeating bursts from a single source had been found only once before. Scientists have now detected the second repeating FRB ever recorded.

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According to researchers from University at Buffalo in the US, 3D-printers leave unique 'fingerprints' on its products, which can be identified by their "PrinTracker". Like a common inkjet printer, 3D printers move back-and-forth while "printing" an object.

Xin Haibo, senior engineer with the Beijing Institute of Gardening Science and a member of the research team, said establishing the plant's genetic mechanism is valuable for breeding and editing the genomes of other co-ordinal plants.

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Enamel, located on the outer part of our teeth, is the hardest tissue in the body and enables our teeth to function for a large part of our lifetime despite biting forces, exposure to acidic foods and drinks and extreme temperatures.

Over the years, several theories have been proposed to explain the reduction in the amount of blood the heart can pump; this was even of interest to the scientists involved in the first summit of Mount Everest in the 1950's.

The discovery, led by researchers at the University of Minnesota in the US, could be used to improve sensors, devices in the computer memory and logic industry, or other devices using magnetic materials.

Researchers at the University of South Florida in the US found that the compound could slow the accumulation of misfolded proteins in the brain, a process associated with Alzheimer's.

Scientists are developing 'happy space suits' that can monitor symptoms of depression in astronauts, and provide real time feedback to improve the atmosphere of the spacecraft as well as boost the occupants' mood.

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- Nick Allen

Joe Gatto, Salvatore Vulcano, Brian "Q" Quinn, and James "Murr" Murray hit comedy gold when they came up with the concept of being the Impractical Jokers—a quartet of friends where one person (with an earpiece) is put into an embarrassing candid camera situation, following the instructions of the other three until they can’t anymore. As their pranks turn real people into marks (with various degrees of patience) it’s like “Jackass” without the inevitability of an emergency room visit, the buddies all sharing big laughs behind monitors. And as much as the show has escalating budget sizes for the set-ups, nothing requires them to be exceptionally funny, just a little creative in their cruelty. You don’t get entirely skilled comedy from the Impractical Jokers, but you do get to see four guys who have turned forcefully messing with each other into a welcoming, idea. 

“Impractical Jokers: The Movie” never provides any good reason for its pranks to be packaged in a movie, but it does speak to the fruitfulness of its concept. The film introduces Joe, Sal, Q, and Murr playing themselves as teenagers in 1992 (a funny idea) who try to sneak into a Paula Abdul concert as security guards, and proceed to wreak havoc. 25 years later, they have evolved into the not-so-practical, professional clowns that the real world knows them as, pranking parents and kids with a Mall Santa segment in the middle of the summer. Afterward, they go to Red Lobster for some blatant product placement (including chatter about the revered biscuits), and Paula Abdul happens to be eating there. Having forgotten that they once trashed her concert, she’s now a fan of theirs and gives them three VIP passes for her show in Miami. But who will be the one left out? The four decide that they’ll go on a road trip and do hidden camera pranks, and whoever loses can’t go. When they crack this plot, they all look right at the camera and pause. 

A prank premise like this doesn’t need a movie to achieve an ultimate form, and these four Staten Island stooges know that but try to have some fun with it. Later on, they even incorporate “tell them the plot of the movie!” as part of the directions they give each other during the candid camera pranks. "Impractical Jokers: The Movie" doesn't worry about establishing characters, and any drama between the guys comes with a big wink. It’s kind of refreshing, if not liberating to see it stop from being the movie you think the show might be mutated into, but it still sometimes feels like you’re one of their marks—you bought a ticket for something you could wait to see at home and binge earlier shenanigans instead. 

Here’s where the conceit of the premise goes a long way. Just as the skits are easy to binge online (especially when seeing all four of the guys take part in a scheme, like a job interview gone wrong), the movie itself can fill up a fair amount of of its run-time time these different hidden camera pranks. The fun factor is very much like the show: Did you like the improvised presentation pranks from earlier episodes? "Impractical Jokers: The Movie" has the biggest one yet, with hundreds of people watching Sal embarrass himself about social media. And like the pranks, it usually comes down to the off-the-cuff stuff that they get each other to say, and if a particular premise is funny enough. “Impractical Jokers: The Movie” made me laugh out loud when Murr has to read off a fake eulogy to a stranger; the words given to him mortify Murr as much as they comically shock us. When the series (and the movie) are successful, it’s that punchy mix of watching embarrassment from a distance, and sharing in everyone's passing laughter. 

Co-writer/director Chris Henchy's minimum effort when it comes to the conceit of plot is more obvious in the cheesy interstitials, where the guys best show off their skills for fake laughs in sequences where ideas just pop into their heads as they drive in Sal's grandma's car to Florida. The editing can be especially junky during these barely amusing scripted bits, as if still taking after the more scattershot approach of assembling candid camera footage. It’s not the type of sloppy cuts that take you out of a film, but the laziness does show a line that was drawn about just how seriously everyone would take this entire project. 

But, as I’m sure you’re thinking: “Is ‘Impractical Jokers: The Movie’ cinema?” Well, it does have the runtime of a feature movie, and a hokey auto-tuned title rap song over the end credits, so yes. Still, it’s not worth the ticket price unless you absolutely need to see the latest episode of "Impractical Jokers" before it becomes available at home. It's a feature film event that still looks like the TV show, where bigger set-ups doesn't necessarily translate to funnier. 

- Chaz Ebert

I was astonished and moved when I listened to "Roger Ebert," the new song inspired by words of my late husband, which serves as the lead track on Forever Just Beyond, a new album from guitarist/vocalist Eef Barzelay as Clem Snide. Barzelay said his life was falling apart around the time when his band members parted ways, and it was only through forging a deeper connection with his spirituality that he was able to overcome these challenges. On his new album, due out on March 27th, Barzelay collaborates with bassist Bill Reynolds and drummer Mike Marsh as well as fiddler Ketch Secor and cellist Joe Kwon. 

Clem Snide (Barzelay) read my December 2013 conversation with writer Chris Jones, which was published in Esquire magazine. I was recalling how Roger would note with amazement that things on this earth weren't quite what they seemed. Whatever world he was tuning into caused him to lose all of his fear of death. Even though we didn't expect him to pass away when he did, he talked about how beautiful his life here had been; how fortunate he was to have found true love, and that even though he experienced illness later, what a beautiful life was waiting for him. If Roger's words in any way served as an inspiration to Clem Snide to not give up, it makes my heart overflow with joy. And Clem Snide (Eef Barzelay), I bet Roger appreciates it too. 

Photo by Ethan Hill of Esquire.

You can read our reprinted article in full here. But here is an excerpt...

The one thing people might be surprised about—Roger said that he didn't know if he could believe in God. He had his doubts. But toward the end, something really interesting happened. That week before Roger passed away, I would see him and he would talk about having visited this other place. I thought he was hallucinating. I thought they were giving him too much medication. But the day before he passed away, he wrote me a note: "This is all an elaborate hoax." I asked him, "What's a hoax?" And he was talking about this world, this place. He said it was all an illusion. I thought he was just confused. But he was not confused. He wasn't visiting heaven, not the way we think of heaven. He described it as a vastness that you can't even imagine. It was a place where the past, present, and future were happening all at once.

Chris Jones, who is a wonderful writer, also wrote a rather fulsome profile of Roger in 2010 for Esquire, "Roger Ebert: The Essential Man." It is very much worth reading.

Below is Clem Snide's audio version of "Roger Ebert." 

- The Editors

The 22nd Annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival (Ebertfest), co-founded and hosted by Chaz Ebert, announced three films for its upcoming April 15-18 event at the Virginia Theater. Ebertfest is a joint project of Chaz Ebert and the College of Media at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, the hometown of the late film critic, Roger Ebert. Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Cotton Club Encore” will open this year’s festival and The Farrelly Brothers’ “There’s Something About Mary” will close it. Following the opening night film will be a live performance by acclaimed composer Kathryn Bostic. Mrs. Ebert also announced that due to popular demand of the Ebertfest audience, an Alfred Hitchcock film will be shown. The rest of the films and guests for the festival will be revealed soon. But the theme for the 2020 edition of the festival is "Transformations."

In the lavish, 1930s-era drama known as “The Cotton Club Encore,” Harlem’s legendary Cotton Club becomes a hotbed of passion and violence as the lives and loves of entertainers and gangsters collide. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, and featuring a cast that includes Richard Gere, Gregory Hines, Diane Lane and Lonette McKee, “The Cotton Club Encore” includes never-before-seen scenes and musical sequences that deepen and enrich the storylines in this remastered and beautifully restored version of “The Cotton Club.” Screenwriter William Kennedy will be in attendance to discuss the film.  

Following the screening, award winning composer and artist Kathryn Bostic will perform live on stage at the Virginia Theatre. Ms. Bostic is a multi-hyphenate composer, pianist, vocalist and music producer for film, TV and live theater. She is the first African-American female score composer to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and has written the scores for such films as Ava Duvernay’s “Middle of Nowhere,” Justin Simien’s “Dear White People,” Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ documentary, “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am,” and Chinonye Chukwu's "Clemency."

“I am especially pleased to introduce Kathryn Bostic to the Ebertfest Family,” said Chaz Ebert. “Last year we showed ‘Amazing Grace’ about Aretha Franklin followed by an uplifting gospel choir from the community. This year, following Francis Ford Coppola's director's cut of 'The Cotton Club Encore,' the multi-talented Ms. Bostic will wow us with torch songs accompanied by a hot jazz trio from the community. Ebertfest is all about love, and community, and tearing the roof off the house with soulful sounds.” 

Cameron Diaz in Peter & Bobby Farrelly's "There's Something About Mary."

In “There’s Something About Mary,” the Farrelly Brothers set this romantic comedy in their home state of Rhode Island. In 1985, when teen-nerd Ted Stroehmann (Ben Stiller) challenges a high-schooler who's bullying Warren Jenson (W. Earl Brown), his concern prompts Warren's sister, the dazzling Mary Jenson (Cameron Diaz) to choose Ted as her senior prom date, a fact Ted's pals find hard to believe. However, on prom night, Ted endures an embarrassing accident, preventing his much-desired date from happening. Living in Providence and waxing nostalgic 13 years later, Ted hires Pat Healy (Matt Dillon) to locate Mary, and the creepy private investigator finds her in Miami, where she lives with her roommate Magda (Lin Shaye). Will Ted finally be able to win the heart of his dream girl?

Co-director Bobby Farrelly and screenwriter John Strauss will participate in a post-screening Q&A immediately following the screening.

Alfred Hitchcock continues to command the attention of film lovers everywhere, and Ebertfest conducted an audience survey to ask which films they wanted to see. The overwhelming choice was "An Alfred Hitchcock Film." Coming in second was "Harold and Maude." Rounding out the top five were "The Big Chill," "Fargo," and "Good Fellas." 

The 22nd Anniversary of Ebertfest will be held April 15-18, 2019 at the Virginia Theatre, the restored movie palace in Champaign, Illinois with related talks and panel discussions to be held at the Hyatt Place in Champaign and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

Passes are now available for purchase and cost $150, plus processing. Four passes purchased together are $510 instead of $600, or 15 percent off. Also available are a small number of U. of I. student passes priced at $100 each. They can be purchased through the festival website, the theater website or the theater box office, 203 W. Park Ave., Champaign, 217-356-9063. Updates will be posted on the festival website. Tickets for individual movies will be available April 1st. 

Those interested in being a festival sponsor should contact Andy Hall, the festival's project coordinator, at amhall2@illinois.edu.

For additional information, please visit http://www.ebertfest.com.

- Nell Minow

Harrison Ford made me believe he was talking to Greedo and Jabba the Hutt in the early "Star Wars" films and those characters were as low-tech as Gumby and Pokey compared to the technology used to create Ford's canine co-star in "The Call of the Wild." And yet, I never bought it. Instead of getting caught up in the story, I kept wondering how they achieved the effects, like the interactions between the CGI dog with the real-life people and props around him. A lot of work clearly went into scanning a dog from every angle, and getting the muscles, fur, weight, and shape to look real. But the dog still seems synthetic compared to the animals in movies like "A Dog's Purpose" and Disney's own annual nature films (even compared to fully animated characters in the original "101 Dalmatians" and "Lady and the Tramp"). And so does the story.

The problem is less the technology, which is very impressive, than it is the uneven storyline, which zigzags from slapstick to poignance to action. The Alaskan and Canadian scenery is spectacular, the production design is exceptional, and Ford brings heart and dignity to his role, including the narration throughout the film. But the movie is uneven in tone and in its sense of its audience—it is too sad and violent for young children and too superficial for older audiences. The many-times-filmed story has here been sanitized a bit for modern audiences (less racism, for example), but it is rougher than the typical PG film, including animal abuse, and sad deaths of both canines and humans.

"The Call of the Wild" is based on the episodic Jack London classic published in 1903 about a pampered pooch who triumphs over abuse to find purpose and community, and then is increasingly drawn to the limitless world beyond civilization. Ford plays John Thornton, a grizzled loner living in the Yukon who drinks to numb the pain of the loss of his son. His grief was so devastating it caused the end of his marriage. John is surrounded by prospectors seeking gold, but all he wants is to be left alone. He somehow knows everything that has happened to Buck, even when he was nowhere near, and everything Buck is feeling, too. He has a couple of encounters with Buck before they end up together out in the wilderness.

Buck, a St. Bernard/Scotch Shepherd mix, lives in a northern California community in the late 19th century. He has the run of the town because he is the spoiled pet of the local judge (Bradley Whitford). When someone breaks off a piece of bread from a sandwich to offer it to him, Buck ignores the offer and grabs the rest of the sandwich instead. The judge's family and their servants patiently rearrange the chaos he creates throughout the house, righting the porcelain vase before it falls after Buck has moved on to knock over something else. Buck is uselessly warned by the judge not to go near the picnic table filled with delicious treats for a party. But it's not that Buck can't resist; he does not even try. Buck has never had to consider anyone but himself.

But then Buck is captured. The Klondike gold rush in the Yukon means that sled dogs are needed, and top dollar is paid. Buck is sold first to a cruel man who clubs him into submission, and then to a couple who delivers mail via dogsled, Perrault (Omar Sy) and Francoise (Cara Gee). At first, Buck has no idea how to be part of a team, but as he learns how to work with others for a purpose he begins to feel a sense of pride, accomplishment, and connection he never had before, especially after he undertakes a dangerous rescue. Caring for others helps Buck realize that the alpha dog at the head of the team is cruel and selfish, and so Buck challenges him, and takes over as leader. This episode is the highlight of the film, and could easily have filled a satisfying feature on its own.

The mail route is canceled, and in a jarring mood shift from a naturalistic style to melodrama so heightened we expect the villain to twirl his moustache, the dogs are sold to an arrogant, greedy city slicker named Hal (Dan Stevens). He has come to the Yukon with his sister Mercedes (Karen Gillan) and her husband to find riches and he will do anything for gold and suspects everyone else of being as much of a cheat as he is. They fill up their sled with a Victrola and a crate of champagne, and they think they can beat the dogs into risking their lives. Just as Buck was awakened to the idea of protecting lives, John finds that he is able to care and rescues Buck (but not the other dogs). 

Once Buck and John are in a remote cabin together, Buck begins to identify with the wild wolves more than his human companion, especially when he sees a beautiful female white wolf in the woods. Just as he learned to adapt to the sled team and to living with John, he begins to adapt to life apart from humans. Or, maybe it is not adaptation or some sort of feral devolution; it is portrayed here as an evolution for Buck to become his truest self. "He was less attentive to his master's commands than to his own instincts," the narrator tells us about Buck early in the film. But what the movie shows is that Buck was acting on his own impulses, and it was understanding his truest instincts that led to nobility and accepting duty. That is the theme that has made this an enduring story for more than a century. Perhaps the next remake will tell it better.

- Odie Henderson

At this year’s Independent Spirit Awards, the co-writer and director of “Premature,” Rashaad Ernesto Green received the appropriately titled “Someone to Watch” award. His film was also nominated for the John Cassavetes Award, which is also appropriate; Green produced this film, financed it and even shot some of it in his own apartment, channeling the spirit of the late filmmaker most associated with the origins of American independent cinema. At times, “Premature” has the same fly-on-the-wall, near-improvisational and casually meandering qualities of a Cassavetes film, though its refreshingly honest and direct depiction of Black sexuality made me think of early Spike Lee or Bill Gunn

I thought of a lot of things as I watched Ayanna (co-writer Zora Howard) and Isaiah (Joshua Boone) navigate the ups and downs of a bittersweet love affair, but this is not to say my mind wandered off. Instead, Green’s direction and the editing by Justin Chan create an atmosphere that, from scene to scene, engages the viewer in conversation with the material. This encourages us to create our own allusions to other movies as well as meditate on our own real-life memories of romance.

“Premature” accomplishes this by being a simple, bare bones love story. While we are occasionally privy to other aspects of the protagonists’ lives, for the most part our focus remains on how their romance unfolds, blossoms and eventually deteriorates. This relationship comes cloaked in a myriad of sensory experiences, from a well-placed jazz song to the textured, tactile cinematography of Laura Valladao, who conducts a master class on how to sensuously light Black skin of all shades. Adding to all this is a strong female voice and perspective that gives an often powerful clarity and depth to Ayanna’s journey toward adulthood and agency.

The city of New York, or more accurately, the village of Harlem, plays an unforgettable role in “Premature.” Its mise en scène runs bone deep in this film’s body: the laundromat where Ayanna and Isaiah have their first real conversation, the park on the Hudson where they share their first kiss, the stoop where Ayanna runs to escape a family argument, the 145th street MTA station where the lovers have their first major fight and the vestibule where their most heartrending moment occurs—these are all supporting characters rather than mere locations. Green frames and presents them as such, making this an additional love poem to his hometown.

Speaking of poetry, Ayanna is constantly jotting down verses in a little notebook she carries. Isaiah is a musician working with powerful singer Dymond (Myha'la Herrold) on some new songs for her club shows. Of course, one can predict that Isaiah and Ayanna will, as a symbolic expression of their love, collaborate on one of Dymond’s tunes. That prediction is validated, though not in the way we expect. In her small role, Herrold acts as kind of an uncredited spokesperson. She not only voices some of the philosophies about music that Isaiah endorses or challenges, she also gives voice to Ayanna’s own personal growth, putting a final gloss on Howard’s excellent, rich characterization. This makes the last scene of the film rather irrelevant, but more on that shortly.

What’s most interesting about Green and Howard’s screenplay is how it challenges our perceptions of the lovers and their actions, both positive and negative. They’re clearly out to elicit a response, not so much in a provocative way but a therapeutic one. No matter how balanced you may try to be as a viewer, you’re going to choose a side predicated on your own experiences (and perhaps even your own gender). And you may feel like the side you’re on is unfair in some moments and justified in others. Like human nature, it gets messy, and there’s even a scene that hints at the kind of heated conversation men and women might have after seeing this picture. Regardless, Boone and Howard’s performances never descend into caricature nor lose their complexities.

So much of what passes for African-American cinema focuses on our trauma. Rather than stitch it into the fabric of the characters’ lives, as reality does, it often sticks out like a sore thumb soliciting sympathy while minimizing all other empathetic avenues. “Premature” is not without its rough moments—there’s talk of a police shooting and a brutally honest examination of unwanted pregnancy and abortion. But these elements exist in the bigger universe of life as orbiting planets rather than as the centered Sun they’d most likely be in other movies. This recalibrates the characters as people who are dealing not just with Black issues but with human issues as well. One of those human items, which I’ll leave you to form your own opinions about, is the age difference between Ayanna and Isaiah. She’s 17, he’s, well, definitely not 17. “He grown!” says one of Ayanna’s supremely entertaining girlfriends.

I don’t know exactly how grown he is, but rather than go there, I’m going to pivot to that aforementioned ending, which I will not spoil. I believe I know why it’s there, but Dymond’s musical number and the party sequence that follows her song resonated so strongly with me that the closing scene felt unnecessary. Call me a grouch, but I think it’s the one time “Premature” dips into romantic movie cliché, barely pulling itself out by striking a note of ambiguity rather than definitely answering the question it poses. I didn’t think that question needed to be asked, but I’m willing to concede I am probably in the minority on that. No matter. This is a good movie, a romantic and richly drawn conversation-starter.

- Godfrey Cheshire

For sheer consistency of both artistic vision and high-quality output, perhaps no current European filmmaker except Pedro Almodovar can match the sustained brilliance of Belgium’s Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. Since first gaining critical attention with 1996’s “La Promesse,” the brothers have made nine features that have kept them in the top tier of international festivals, including Cannes, where they are regular prize-winners.

Their latest, “Young Ahmed,” which won the Best Director trophy at the last Cannes, is consistent with their past work yet also something of a departure. Like all of their films, it takes place in present-day Belgium and deals with characters on the margins of society; like previous Dardenne masterpieces including “La Promesse,” “The Son” and “The Kid with a Bike,” it has an adolescent protagonist. The film’s difference lies in the fact that this protagonist, 13-year-old Ahmed (Idir Ben Addi), is a Muslim and an aspiring terrorist.

Although he looks like a normal teen with his knapsack and blue jeans, Ahmed and his older brother Rachid (Amine Hamidou) have become adherents of Imam Youssouf (Othmane Moumen), a charismatic local clergyman who preaches an austere form of Islam that is not without its political implications. Ahmed, though, has embraced the faith far more seriously than Rachid, who still likes to joke around with friends. Dour and unsmiling, the bespectacled younger boy spends his time obsessing over his ablutions, prayers and memorizing verses from the Quran and hadith.

This newfound fervency is not playing well at home, where Ahmed lives with Rachid, their sister and their mom (Claire Bodson), who evidently wasn’t raised a Muslim and is confounded by her son’s sudden transformation. Only a month before, she recalls, Ahmed stopped playing video games and took down the posters from his bedroom walls. Now he infuriates her by criticizing her drinking wine and berates his sister for her way of dressing. A happy family this is not, and in a certain light, its most significant member may be the absent father.

Another absent figure also plays a role in Ahmed’s outlook: a cousin who sacrificed himself waging jihad against the “Jews and Crusaders” in the Middle East. Ahmed may have given up his video games, but he’s still as plugged into the internet as any teenager, only now he watches videos extolling righteous martyrdom and the glories of armed struggle. And while his imam may vaguely counsel that jihad is for distant lands in future, not right here, right now, Ahmed is several steps ahead of his mentor: he wants to put his new convictions into action immediately.

In the bitterest of ironies, his chosen target is the person who has been kindest to him. His teacher Ines (Myriem Akheddiou) has devoted extra attention to helping him academically, and clearly is fond of the boy, but she has the effrontery to insist on shaking hands with him and generally represents a more liberal and modern form of Islam, all of which makes her an enemy that Ahmed decides he must eradicate. So one day he shows up at her apartment determined to dispatch her, but he botches the deed and is quickly arrested.

In its second half, “Young Ahmed” follows its protagonist through the legal system, which includes a stint on a farm where youthful offenders are given the care of cows and other animals as a form of therapy. In this portion of the story, which almost plays like a Frederick Wiseman documentary on the institutions of criminal justice in Belgium, Ahmed is immersed in a world of police, judges, lawyers, psychiatrists, counselors and wardens, all of whom do their jobs with consummate professionalism and, in many cases, what seems like genuine concern for the young man, who is allowed to continue his ablutions and prayers on his own strict schedule. Here, it almost seems like the Dardennes are asking what a modern, western, secular society like Belgium—with all its skills, tolerance and science—can do to reform a fanatical miscreant like Ahmed. The implicit answer: Not much. As soon as the boy is able to wrest free of his incarceration, he’s back on the jihad trail.

The problem with giving a story synopsis of a film like “Young Ahmed,” though, is that it inevitably misses what’s most crucial to the movie's impact: the narrative tone expressed through the Dardennes’ very precise, carefully understated style. Clearly descending from the humanistic ethos of Italian neorealism, while also influenced by their own work in documentary filmmaking, the directors’ approach is one that looks at all the people in the story with a kind of contemplative compassion. Like all of their films, “Young Ahmed” contains a range of superbly realized performances—young Ben Addi in the title role deserves special commendation—that brings to life not just a disparate set of individuals but an entire social world. Yet it’s the vision of the entire film which makes that world so immediate and affecting.

If that vision can be described as moral, it’s also, at its base, essentially religious. From its beginnings, the Dardennes’ work has evoked comparisons to the films of Robert Bresson, in which a stripped-down, all but minimalist aesthetic is put in service of stories that convey the director’s austere Catholicism. Though it’s hard to imagine Bresson dealing with a Muslim protagonist, “Young Ahmed” has points in common with “The Devil, Probably” and other Bressonian tales of spiritual despair. Yet this film doesn’t give in to despair or easy condemnation. Remarkably, it never ceases to see Ahmed as a human being, not a monster, a boy who is not identical to his beliefs, no matter how poisonous (or obviously connected to sexual pathology) those may be.

It might be said that the Dardennes’ great theme is redemption, the belief that even the most benighted souls can find their way toward the light, given the ineffable assistance of grace. That they are able to discern this Christian concept even in the tale of a desperate fanatic of another faith is what makes “Young Ahmed” one of their most extraordinary masterpieces.

- Monica Castillo

At first glance, Pedro Costa’s “Vitalina Varela” feels like it's challenging its viewer with its distancing avant garde style. It bears little of the trappings of popular movies, has only a little plot for us to follow and it looks more like a stylish photoshoot come to life. Most—if not all—of the shots in the film are static, composed to an extraordinary degree of rigor. This will either capture your attention for the next two hours or frustrate you. Should you surrender yourself to the film’s beautiful cinematography and whispered musings, you’ll find a breathtakingly gorgeous movie about love, death and immigration. 

Taking its title after the name of its star nonprofessional actress, Vitalina Varela leads us through this artful journey as a Cape Verdean woman who travels to Portugal for the first time in the days after her estranged husband’s death. Unfortunately, she arrives late, missing his burial. “There is nothing for you in Portugal,” says a member of the airline cleaning crew, the only person to greet Vitalina as she steps off a plane without shoes and trickling water behind her. Those are the first words spoken in the movie and they are only whispers. Much of the movie’s dialogue will be spoken no louder. Despite the experience, Vitalina decides to make Portugal her new home as she tries to piece together her husband’s last days with the help of neighbors and a local priest (Ventura).

Co-written between Varela and Costa, the film explores the many emotions she feels now that she’s unable to grieve her husband. She floats around his dilapidated house—which should have been their shared home—as if she were a ghost, never at ease but angry and upset. Although they were apart for decades, her love for him has stayed with her and continues even after his death. Costa positions his camera either very close to Varela’s aching expressions of loss or far away, capturing the crumbling part of town outside Lisbon, cloaking it in darkness as if in a painting. The faces of the character look off to the sides of the camera and they talk past each other, connecting with neither each other or with the audience. It’s a stylistic choice that can be unnerving, making this docudrama feel neither realistic nor particularly dramatic, but there are still wells of emotions under the surface that can be appreciated from wherever we’re sitting in the theater.  

Leonardo Simões’ stunning cinematography and Costa’s fondness for stillness enhances the haunting sensation in “Vitalina Varela.” Striking lights pick up certain shapes and create new ones against scraggly surfaces. The film’s colors are subtly darkened to create an even more expressionistic sensation, like the scene when Vitalina stands against a foreboding navy sky or how the brightly colored red and blue doors seem to pop against the drab concrete walls that hold them. At the film's start, a funeral procession of men walks through old cobblestone streets with somber expressions clouding their faces. A still camera observes the action from a distance. One man has fallen, his hand still trembling, and later, he’s revealed to be the priest who becomes Vitalina’s closest companion. But even his presence seems to bring her little comfort, as his potential for falling feels like a physical reminder of her husband’s death. For those who have seen Costa’s previous movie, “Horse Money,” it’s a reversal between Ventura, who played that film’s main character, and Varela, who only had a supporting role. Now, it’s her time to shine and her tremendous performance often speaks more loudly than how she says her lines.

Over many of his previous works, Costa has focused on emotional stories facing impoverished characters, be it a young drug addict of “In Vanda’s Room” or Ventura’s first appearance in Costa’s work as a Cape Verdean immigrant who calls his neighbors his children in “Colossal Youth.” Like those movies, “Vitalina Varela” is filled with imagery that plays on a heightened level of composition over naturalism, layering foreground and background objects that feel minimalistic yet full of life. The camera never follows her around, but it feels acutely attuned to every moment of unspoken sadness or frustration, capturing every whispered thought. This is one of those movies that will play better on a big screen, where you can immerse yourself into this visual landscape and soundscape, absorbing it all without looking away at a distraction. "Vitalina Varela" doesn’t make itself easy to watch but offers many rewards to those who dive in to explore its spaces and emotions.

- Sheila O'Malley

There was a two-year period in the mid-1990s when Emma Woodhouse was everywhere. First came Amy Heckerling’s “Clueless," a modern-day classic with the action of Jane Austen’s 1815 novel transported to 1990s-era Beverly Hills. The following year came two versions, one on film, starring Gwyneth Paltrow, and the other on television, starring Kate Beckinsale (a perfect actress for this type of material; see Whit Stillman’s “Love & Friendship,” based on a story Austen wrote at 14). About 10 years ago, there was a BBC mini-series adaptation. You’d think we would be Emma-ed out by now. Not so. The new adaptation, starring Anya Taylor-Joy, and directed by Autumn de Wilde, is here, and it’s wonderful! 

Emma may live alone on a giant estate with her father (Bill Nighy), but her world is very crowded. She has “taken on” Harriet (Mia Goth), an orphaned girl of unknown parentage, boarding at a local girls’ school. Harriet has a crush on Mr. Martin, a humble widowed farmer (Connor Swindells), and based on Harriet and Mr. Martin’s interactions, her feelings for him are reciprocated. Emma can’t bear this (a farmer? To quote Cher in “Clueless": “As if!”), and basically throws Harriet at the vicar, a smarmy Mr. Elton (Josh O’Connor). This fails spectacularly, since Mr. Elton falls for Emma instead of Harriet. There’s more. (There always is in Austen.) Emma floats above attachments, and yet she is drawn to a man who isn’t even on the scene for half the movie, a Frank Churchill (Callum Turner), who is wealthy and about to be wealthier. A wrench in Emma’s plans arrives in the form of Jane Fairfax (Amber Anderson), the niece of a local woman (Miranda Hart), who floats into town, soaking up all the male admiration, irritating Emma. Emma is a glorious brat. Meanwhile, Mr. Knightley (Johnny Flynn) sees through Emma. The two have known one another since childhood, and she can’t “put on airs” with him. He won’t allow it. He sees what she’s doing, and he doesn’t like it. He calls her on it.

Match-making is tricky. It requires subtlety and finesse. It probably, also, requires a professional. Left in the hands of enthusiastic amateurs, match-making often leads to heartbreak. Jane Austen understood this dynamic all too well, and in Emma—the last novel to be published during her lifetime—she brings us an irrepressible and confident match-maker, albeit a totally incompetent one. Emma thinks she knows best, when in reality she wreaks havoc. Unlike the majority of Austen’s heroines, Emma has her own fortune, and therefore feels no pressing need to marry. She’s seemingly totally un-interested in the subject for herself. 

Autumn de Wilde’s approach to this tale of frenzied and complicated social activity is both elegant and comedic. Charm is one of the hardest qualities to capture (or even explain), and there is genuine charm here. The performances are uniformly excellent, each actor bringing depth and shading to their characters (even the hovering footmen, who never say a word, clearly have opinions about the people they serve. Watch the behavior in the background of scenes!) Jokes set up in the beginning of the film (like the schtick with the fire screen, for example) pay off big in the final scene. This kind of thing takes real care, a sensitive and pointed accumulation of details which add up to the unmistakable sensation that those palatial estates are inhabited by living breathing eccentric people. 

Taylor-Joy, one of the best new actresses today, does not try to make us like Emma, and does not attempt to soft-pedal Emma’s selfishness. She does not try to be adorable. Austen herself knew that nobody (save her) would probably “like” Emma. Instead, we see a woman who rushes headlong into chaos, for her own reasons, some of which she isn’t even aware of herself. Johnny Flynn, a singer-songwriter-actor (who plays David Bowie in the upcoming “Stardust"), is just superb here, a perfect Austen romantic lead. Knightley is independent, a little bit lazy, and also vaguely cranky. He, like Emma, lacks self-awareness. When he takes Emma down a peg (as he does, over and over again), there’s such a sense of conviction in him that the movie holds its breath, especially since it’s overwhelmingly obvious that these two prickly people should get it over with and start kissing one another as soon as possible. 

Autumn de Wilde has a busy career as a photographer and director of music videos and video shorts. This is her first feature, and she comes to it with panache, confidence, and a welcome sense of bravado. “Emma.” has a bold vision and style, with cinematographer Christopher Blauvelt, costume designer Alexandra Byrne, and production designer Kave Quinn, working in sync. The needle drops—of traditional English songs thrumming over the green landscape—are perfectly placed, and all of it pours into the thematic and textual concerns of the film, highlighting not only the artificiality of Regency society (its pretensions, colors and textures) but the swirling undercurrents of human feeling, which the surfaces desperately try to hide and/or suppress. The hats perched on women’s heads look like giant predatory birds. Schoolgirls wear red hooded cloaks, and march in unison through town like a bunch of Little Red Riding Hoods (or Margaret Atwood’s Handmaids). 

The actual title of the film is “Emma.” Period included. This is very intriguing. What does “The End” even mean to Jane Austen? Happily ever after? Not so fast. The portraits of married life Austen provides are not encouraging. There’s the married couple in Sense and Sensibility, complete with squalling baby, echoed in Emma by two other young married couples, neither of which suggest “domestic bliss.” I always think of the final sentence of Sense and Sensibility, which—on the surface—suggests a happy ending, but just count all of the negative words!

Between Barton and Delaford, there was that constant communication which strong family affection would naturally dictate, and among the merits and the happiness of Elinor and Marianne, let it not be ranked as the least considerable, that though sisters, and living almost within sight of each other, they could live without disagreement between themselves, or producing coolness between their husbands. 

Ambivalence, thy name is Austen. De Wilde understands this intimately. Her cast understands this. Emma’s ambivalence towards marriage goes mostly unremarked-upon, although it is the proverbial elephant in the room. The sexual heat and romantic chemistry generated between Emma and Mr. Knightley (and Taylor-Joy and Flynn) could light up those gloomy estates single-handedly. Maybe such heat is worth holding out for.

- Glenn Kenny

For years after the breakup of The Band—the real sundering of musical and personal bonds, occurring some time after the farewell celebration depicted in Martin Scorsese’s movie “The Last Waltz”—its multi-instrumentalist (but mostly drummer) and singer Levon Helm would complain to anyone who would listen (or so it seemed) about what a snake his bandmate Robbie Robertson was. Self-aggrandizing, publishing thief, liar, inappropriate booker of Neil Diamond—you name it, that was Robbie.

Through it all, Robertson kept his own counsel, never publicly responding to Helm. During Helm's final illness and leading to his 2012 death—leaving Robertson and multi-instrumentalist Garth Hudson as the only surviving member of the seminal group, there was talk of a Robertson visit to Helm in the hospital, to make peace. Helm was not conscious for the occasion. (Manuel died in 1986, a suicide, and Danko died in 1999 of heart failure at the age of 55.)

Now Robertson, in the wake of an engaging print memoir called Testimony, tells his own version of the story in song—the movie’s title is taken from a Robertson tune—and cinema. Directed by Daniel Roher (and produced by, among other Sam Sutherland, who was a friendly colleague of mine at the MSNBC Entertainment website many years back) “Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band” rolls out an impressive array of witness and commentators right off the bat. Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Scorsese and blues giant Taj Mahal all weigh in on the greatness and importance of The Band—from its role in backing Dylan to its own mighty catalog of classic, and wonderfully rendered, songs—pretty much right off the bat. And Robertson himself, whose personal charisma came into full flower in “Waltz,” after he lost the glasses, shed the facial hair, and got a couple of scarves that inspired film critic Andrew Sarris to characterize his good looks as “Byronic,” faces the camera to tell his tale.

And quite the tale it is. Born on a reservation. Told at a youthful age that the man who raised him wasn’t his father. Falling in love with rock 'n' roll. Meeting journeyman rocker Ronnie Hawkins and determining to write songs for him while not yet seventeen. Succeeding at writing songs for him. And meeting the Arkansan drummer Helm, three years his senior—a universe of a difference when you’re 16—and finding a mentor and partner.

These days as recounted by Robertson, and bolstered by contemporary interviews with the still-active Hawkins and archival footage, including some interviews with Helm himself, feel glorious. One interviewee marvels that The Band contained not one but three of the most distinctive vocalists in the area of music that would come to be called “Americana”: Helm, bassist Rick Danko, and pianist Richard Manuel. The wizardry of Hudson made The Band’s sound otherworldly. And Robertson’s songs, in the beginning written in tandem with other band members, had a magic both literate and rootsy.

Up in Woodstock, New York they were the first rock band to set the example of “getting it together in the country.” But these guys had their demons and attachments. It’s harrowing to hear Dominique Robertson recount how a wasted Manuel inveigled her to let him drive her new sports car. “I sober up when I’m driving,” he insisted. She believed him. They were clearly very young then. The car was totaled in a ditch.

And then there was heroin. By the time of The Band’s third album, Stage Fright, Manuel, Danko, and Helm were all in its grip. (It’s to somebody’s credit, who can be entirely sure, that you’d hardly suspect such a state of affairs while listening to this excellent LP.) Robertson was looking for a way out even if he didn’t know it. Enter David Geffen, who comes off like an absolute jerk here, albeit one with way too much money. He pursues Robertson to quit Woodstock—“I thought it was a shithole,” he exclaims—and resettle in Malibu. The other fellows follow suit. It’s sunnier, but you can still get drugs there.

As earnest, forthright and poignant as the surviving players wax—and it’s worth pointing out here that the Dylan interview footage is culled from the sessions that were filmed for Scorsese’s “No Direction Home” documentary, and that Garth Hudson did not participate in any interview sessions for this movie—there is a pronounced sense of Robertson taking back a story he clearly feels has been hijacked. There’s a scene early in the movie in which Robertson recounts tracking down the brothers of the father he never knew, and learning that they’re Canadian-Jewish gangsters, more or less. These amiable fellow don’t understand young Robbie’s ambitions—what’s with the rock ’n’ roll and all?—until they put it together and exclaim: “You want to be in SHOW BUSINESS.” For all the grand achievements chronicled here—and the music still sounds pretty great—this still is a show business venture. 

- Simon Abrams

Greed” is what you get when intelligent, righteously pissed-off filmmakers try, sometimes successfully, to make an acidic black comedy about late capitalism. “Greed” is often as fun as that sounds, despite its generally sympathetic criticisms of class-less business tycoons like Sir Richard “McGreedie” McCreadie (Steve Coogan), a Trumpian fashion mogul based on real-life billionaire Sir Philip Green. McCreadie’s a great character, and writer/director Michael Winterbottom (“Tristram Shandy,” “The Shock Doctrine”) once again brings out the best in Coogan, whose comic timing, physicality, and line delivery make McCreadie’s thuggish behavior very funny. But “Greed” is never the sum of its best parts since other actors—especially Jamie Blackley, who, playing young McCreadie in a series of flashbacks, is fine but relatively disappointing—can’t pull off the movie’s delicate balance of broad humor and po-faced drama.

“Greed” is presented as a hagiographic McCreadie biography gone wrong, commissioned by its proudly exploitative subject but written by blinkered freelancer Nick (David Mitchell), a sap who only realizes how vile McCreadie is while he conducts research. Nick’s editorial commentary presumably makes McCreadie look like the ugliest character in his own fawning narrative, especially since it unfortunately climaxes with McCreadie’s disastrous 60th birthday party, an expensive toga-party-themed ‘do that’s attended by musicians, celebrity impersonators, and a real-life lion.

Still: for some reason, Nick’s crisis of conscience takes a while to occur, despite the fact that McCreadie is very proud to have made his fortune by lowballing everybody from sweatshop owners to clothing distributors. McCreadie may not be a real person, but he is apparently evil: he skates by knowing that his money talks much louder than any governmental regulation could (as he argues in a deposition where he points out that most large corporations don’t pay taxes).

It’s easy (and fun) to hate McCreadie since Coogan’s become adept at parodying this type of oafish, Barnumesque personality. But Mitchell’s character is even uglier: Nick’s such a patsy that he, in addition to conducting interviews for McCreadie’s book, also records awkward birthday messages for McCreadie’s birthday party, including a salute from the Sri Lankan sweatshop workers that McCreadie employs. Mitchell’s also very good at playing this kind of spineless loser (see: “Peep Show”), so it’s hard to dismiss his character as just a hateful parody of what the fourth estate has become after being bought up by Murdoch-style McMoguls. There’s also a lot of truth to most scenes where Nick puffs out his chest with a scholarly but inexact quip (he paraphrases Shakespeare and Shelley, but doesn’t seem to have read any). Still, it’s hard to laugh (or just nod grimly) whenever Nick, a walking one-note joke, acts like a wide-eyed mouth-breather whenever he hears McCreadie’s former associates tell on Nick’s scuzzy employer.

Winterbottom also doesn’t make full use of his main hook, namely that “Greed” is a satire whose style—a dramatic Great Man narrative, full of tastefully lit, wide-angle master shots—is at odds with the funny/sad findings of Nick’s investigations. So why is Nick even in “Greed”? He only seems to exist so that Winterbottom can get in a few good (and several ineffectual) digs at the media that he understandably considers to be complicit in Green’s well-publicized extra-legal activities.

Thankfully, Coogan’s characteristically scene-stealing performance is already nuanced and funny enough to land most of Winterbottom’s bold-faced talking points. See Coogan dismiss a group of inconveniently located Syrian refugees (they’re too close to McCreadie’s party) with a wave of his hand and some uncomfortable stammering: “They're refugees! They can find refuge ... somewhere ... " Watch McCreadie airily dismiss a Rod Stewart lookalike as Stewart’s “bitter brother.” Marvel as Coogan makes you believe that a rich dolt like McCreadie could be so blinded by his own self-regard that, when his son (Johnny Sweet) quotes “Gladiator” while acting out, McCreadie can only think to say: "I didn't teach him that. I don't even think that's in the film ... " But even Coogan can’t save material as leaden as McCreadie’s concluding soliloquy, a self-deflating monologue whose impact is soon undercut by a pre-credits, Powerpoint-style presentation on the real-life corporate greed that McCreadie represents.

The makers of “Greed” rarely get out of their own way long enough to let their movie’s acrid sense of humor speak for itself. The film's tone and narrative focus are all over the place, which is a shame, because most of the movie’s contributors are good enough to be great on their own, and even better together. But the makers of “Greed” never manage to top the moment when, after McCreadie’s party inevitably blows up, a soon-to-be-ex-employee (Pearl Mackie) rushes to save herself by pushing aside a Keith Richards impersonator: “F**k off, Keith!” The rest of the movie is frequently clever and true, but rarely smart enough to resonate beyond its biggest laughs.

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நடிகர்கள்: நட்டி, அனன்யா, லால்,இயக்கம்: ஜெகன் ராஜசேகர் சென்னை: கொடூர தாதாவிடம் இருந்து, தனது பத்து வயது மகனை, அமைதியான நட்டி எப்படி காப்பாற்றுகிறார் என்கிற சிங்கம்- மான் கதைதான், காட்ஃபாதர். தான் உண்டு, தன் வேலையுண்டு என்று மனைவி அனன்யா, மகன் அஸ்வத்துடன் அமைதியான வாழ்க்கையை வாழ்ந்து வருபவர் நட்டி. சின்ன பிரச்னை என்றாலும்

நடிகர்கள்: பாரதிராஜா, நட்சத்திரா, மவுனிகா இயக்கம்: பாரதிராஜா சென்னை: வாழ்வை முடித்துக்கொள்ள நினைக்கும் இளம் பெண்ணுக்கும் வாழ்ந்து முடிந்தவருக்குமான நட்பு பயணம்தான், மீண்டும் ஒரு மரியாதை. லண்டனில் செட்டிலாகிவிட்ட மகன், கிராமத்து அப்பா பாரதிராஜாவையும் அம்மா மவுனிகாவையும் அங்கு அழைத்துச் செல்கிறான். அங்குள்ள கலாசாரம் முற்றிலும் வேறாக இருக்கிறது. மவுனிகா எதிர்பாராமல் இறக்கிறார். பிறகு அப்பாவை,

நடிகர்கள்: ஶ்ரீராம், முருகதாஸ், சாயாதேவி இயக்கம்: போஸ் வெங்கட் ஆணவக் கொலைகளுக்கு அரிவாள் தீட்டும் அப்பாவுக்கு மகன் சொல்கிற வன்முறை பாடம்தான், கன்னி மாடம். சென்னையில் ஆட்டோ ஓட்டும் ஶ்ரீராமும் முருகதாஸும் உறவினர்கள். ஊரில் வசதியாக வாழ்ந்த இவர்கள் இங்கு ஆட்டோ ஓட்டுவதற்கு பின்னணியில், பிளாஷ்பேக் ஒன்று இருக்கிறது. ஒரு நாள் அதிகாலையில் ஶ்ரீராமின் ஆட்டோவில்

சென்னை: இயக்குனர் கார்த்திக் நரேன் இயக்கத்தில் நடிகர் அருண் விஜய் நடிப்பில் இன்று காலை வெளியான மாஃபியா படம் கலவையான விமர்சனங்களை பெற்று வருகிறது. இயக்குனர் கார்த்திக் நரேன் பெரிய போராட்டத்திற்கு இடையில் தன்னுடைய இரண்டாவது படைத்தை திரைக்கு கொண்டு வந்துள்ளார். இவரின் முதல் படமான துருவங்கள் பதினாறு பெரிய அளவில் கவனம் ஈர்த்து வரவேற்பை பெற்றது.

நடிகர்கள்: கே.ராஜூ, சுகுமார் சண்முகம், சுபா.முத்துக்குமார் இயக்குனர்: பிரியா கிருஷ்ணசாமி சென்னை: உடல் நிலை முடியாமல் ஓய்ந்துபோன தந்தையை, ஓரமாக வைக்கும் மகன், ஊர் வழக்கப்படி எடுக்கும் அந்த அபாய, அதிர்ச்சி முடிவுதான், பாரம்! வாட்ச்மேன் வேலைப் பார்த்துக்கொண்டு தனது வாழ்க்கையை கழித்துக் கொண்டிருக்கிறார் வயதான கருப்பசாமி.  

நடிகர்கள்: 'ஹிப்ஹாப்' ஆதி, ஐஸ்வர்யா மேனன், கே.எஸ்.ரவிக்குமார் இயக்கம்: ராணா சென்னை: கொலைவெறி தாதாக்களிடம் கோக்குமாக்காகச் சிக்கிக்கொளும் சிரிப்புப் பிரச்னை கொண்ட ஹீரோ, அவர்களிடம் இருந்து எப்படி மீள்கிறார் என்பதுதான், 'நான் சிரித்தால்' ஹீரோ ஆதிக்கு விசித்திர பிரச்னை. அழ வேண்டிய இடத்தில் சிரிப்பு வந்துவிடும். பதட்டமானாலோ, ஓவர் கவலையானாலோ, சிரிக்க ஆரம்பித்துவிடுவார் கண்டபடி. இதனாலேயே

நடிகர்கள்: அசோக் செல்வன், ரித்திகா சிங், விஜய் சேதுபதி இயக்கம்: அஸ்வத் மாரிமுத்து தோழியை காதலித்து திருமணம் செய்யும் ஹீரோவுக்கு வெறுக்கிறது வாழ்க்கை. அவருக்கு இன்னொரு சான்ஸ் கிடைத்தால் என்ன என்பதுதான் ஓ மை கடவுளே! அசோக் செல்வன், ரித்திகா சிங், ஷாரா மூவரும் பள்ளிக்காலத்து தோழர்கள். படிப்பதில் இருந்து பப்புக்கு போவதுவரை சேர்ந்துதான் செல்வார்கள்.

சென்னை : நடிகர் ஜீவா தமிழ் சினிமாவிற்கு எப்போது ரீஎன்ட்ரி கொடுப்பார் எப்போது அவருக்கு நல்ல படம் அமையும் என்று தமிழ் சினிமா ரசிகர்கள் காத்திருக்கும் தருனத்தில் வெளியாகியிருக்கும் படம் தான் சீறு .முழுக்க முழுக்க ஆக்ஷ்ன் படமாக உருவாகி இருக்கும் படம் தான் சீறு . இயக்குனர் ரத்னசிவா இயகத்தில் உருவாகி இருக்கிறது ,படத்தின்

சென்னை : ஒரு அழகான கிராமம் அதில் ஒரு அழகான குடும்பம் சரத்குமார், ராதிகா மற்றும் அவர்களின் குழந்தைகள் மற்றும் சரத்குமார் அண்ணன் அவரை ஒருவர் வெட்டி விடுகின்றனர். வயலிலே அவர் விழுந்து கிடக்கிறார் வெட்டப்பட்ட அரிவாளை சரத்குமார் மகன் எடுக்கிறான். சரத்குமார் மற்றும் ராதிகா குழந்தைகளுடன் கோவிலுக்கு செல்கின்றனர். அச்சமயம் சரத்குமார் மகன் சரத்குமாரிடம் வந்து

சென்னை: நாடோடிகள் படம் 2009ல் வெளியாகி மாபெரும் வெற்றி அடைந்தது .இந்த படத்தின் இரண்டாம் பாகத்தை இயக்குனர் சமுத்திரகணி எடுக்க போகிறார் என்ற அறிவிப்பு வந்தவுடனே ரசிகர்களுக்கு உற்சாகமாகிவிட்டது ,ஒன்றறை ஆண்டுகளுக்கு முன்பே வெளியாகி இருக்க வேண்டிய இந்த படம் மிக தாமாதமாக தற்போது தான் வெளியாகி இருக்கிறது . நடிகர் சமுத்திரகணிக்கும் இயக்குனர் சமுத்திரகணிக்கும் பெரிய

சென்னை: திருச்செந்தூர் பெண்ணை மும்பைக்கு கடத்தும் அசைன்மென்ட்டை ஹீரோ அசால்டாக முடித்தாரா இல்லையா என்பதுதான், டகால்டி. மும்பையில், டகால்டி வேலை செய்யும் சந்தானமும் யோகிபாபுவும் நண்பர்கள். ஒரு தொழில் தவறு காரணமாக, ராதாரவியிடம் மாட்டும் சந்தானம், தப்பிக்கும் முயற்சியில் அங்கு புகைப்படத்தில் இருக்கும் பெண்ணைத் தனக்குத் தெரியும் என்று பொய் சொல்கிறார். கோடீஸ்வர கிரியேட்டர் அசோக்

நடிகர்கள்:அபி சரவணன்,வெண்பா,நரேன்,அப்புக்குட்டி இசை: ராஜ பவதாரணி இயக்கம்: அசோக் தியாகராஜன் சென்னை : அறிமுக இயக்குனரான அசோக் தியாகராஜன் இயக்கி தயாரித்து இருக்கும் படம் தான் மாயநதி .இந்த படத்தில் அபிசரவணன் ,வெண்பா,அப்புக்குட்டி ,ஆடுகளம் நரேன் ஆகியோர் முக்கிய வேடங்களில் நடித்து இருக்கின்றனர் . அப்பா மகள் பாசம் அம்மா இல்லாத மகளை அன்போடு வளர்க்கிறார்

சென்னை: முப்பத்தைந்து வருஷத்துக்கு முன் உயிரிழந்த ரவுடிக்கு மீண்டும் உயிர் கொடுத்தால் அவர் என்ன செய்கிறார் என்பதுதான் டிஸ்கோ ராஜா. லடாக்கில், டிரெக்கிங் செல்லும் இளைஞர்கள், 35 வருடத்துக்கு முன் உறைந்த உடல் ஒன்றை மீட்கிறார்கள். அதை லேப் ஒன்றுக்கு அனுப்ப, அதை பரிசோதனை எலியாகப் பயன்படுத்த நினைக்கிறார் மருத்துவர். 'சப்ஜெக்டான' இந்த உடலுக்கு மீண்டும்

நடிகர்கக்ள் : வைபவ், நந்திதா ஸ்வேதா , யோகி பாபு, பாண்டியராஜன், கலைராணி இயக்கம் : யுவராஜ் சுப்பிரமணி இசை : விஷால் சந்திரசேகர் சென்னை : டாணாகாரன் என்றால் போலீஸ்காரன். டாணாகாரன் வாழ்ந்த ஊரில் தலைமுறை தலைமுறையாக வாழ்ந்து வருகிறார் பாண்டியராஜன் அவரது மனைவி உமா பத்மநாபன். இவர்களது அன்பு மகன் தான் வைபவ்.இவர்கள்

நடிகர்கள்: ஜார்ஜ் மேக்கே, லான்ஸ் கார்போரல் இயக்கம்: சாம் மென்டஸ் சென்னை: போர் பற்றிய படங்கள் என்றாலே, ஹாலிவுட்காரர்களுக்கு அல்வா சாப்பிடுவது மாதிரி அவ்வளவு ஆனந்தம். எத்தனை படம் எடுத்தாலும் அத்தனையிலும் மிரட்டுகிறார்கள். கடந்த சில வருடங்களுக்கு முன் வந்த டன்கிர்க், டார்க்கஸ்ட் ஹவர், த கிங், எ ஹிடன் லைப் உட்பட எந்த போர்

சென்னை : சைக்கோ படத்தின் முன்னோட்டத்தில் இருந்தே தெரிந்து விட்டது . இதற்கு முன் வந்த மிஷ்கின் படங்களின் எதிர்பார்ப்பை விட இந்த படத்தின் வெளியீட்டிற்காக தான் பல ரசிகர்கள் மிகவும் ஆர்வமாய் காத்து இருந்தனர் .அவர்களின் எதிர்பார்ப்புக்கு இடையே படம் தற்போது வெளியாகி இருக்கிறது . சைக்கோ படத்தை மிஷ்கின் இயக்கி இருக்கிறார் .இந்த படத்தில்

பிக் பாஸ் சென்று நல்ல பெயருடன் திரும்பிய சேரனுக்கு ராஜாவுக்கு செக் படமும் நல்ல கம்பேக்கை கொடுத்து உள்ளது .மேலும் நீண்ட நாட்களுக்கு பின் கனா கானும் காலங்கள் இர்ஃபானும் முக்கிய கதாபாத்திரம் ஒன்றில் நடித்து இருக்கிறார் . சேரனும் அவரது மனைவியும் குடும்ப சூழ்நிலை, கருத்து வேறுபாடு என்று பிரிந்து வாழ்கின்றனர். பல வருடங்களாக

அப்பாவை கொன்றவர்களை பழிவாங்க துடிக்கும் மகனின் கதை என்ற அர்த்த பழசான ஒன் லைன் வைத்து கொண்டு தற்காப்பு கலை , தமிழனின் பெருமை, பாரம்பரியம் என்று கமெற்சியல் ட்ரீட்மெண்ட் கொடுத்து எடுக்கப்பட்ட கதை தான் பட்டாசு. பொங்கலான இன்று பட்டாஸ் படம் வெளியாகி இருக்கிறது .பட்டாஸ் படம் மிகுந்த எதிர்பார்ப்புக்கு இடையில் வெளியாகி இருக்கும்

நடிகர்கள் : தீபிகா படுகோனே, விக்ராந்த் மாசே, விஷால், மாதுர்ஜீத் இசை : இஷான் மற்றும் லாய் இயக்கம் : மேக்னா குலசர் மும்பை : தீபிகா படுகோனே துணிச்சலாக ஆசீட் வீச்சால் பாதிக்கப்பட்ட பெண்ணாக நடித்து இருக்கும் படம் தான் ச்சப்பக் .இந்திய சினிமாவிலும் சரி தமிழ் சினிமாவிலும் சரி ஆசிட் வீச்சின் கொடூரம்

சென்னை: சூப்பர் ஸ்டார் ரஜினி மற்றும் ஏ.ஆர்.முருகதாஸ் இனைந்திருக்கும் முதல் படம் தான் தர்பார் .ஏ.ஆர்.முருகதாஸின் இத்தனை வருட காத்திருப்பு தற்போது நிறைவேறி இருக்கிறது . இந்த கூட்டணி திரையில் எப்படி ஜொலித்திருக்கிறது என்பதே ரசிகர்களின் ஆவல் . ரஜினி ரசிகர்களை பொருத்த வரையில் ரஜினியை திரையில் பார்த்தாலே போதும் என்று சொல்வார்கள் .அவர்களுக்கு இந்த

புதையலை தேடி ஒரு பயணம், அப்பாவின் ஆசையை நிறைவேற்ற போராடும் இரண்டு மகன்கள். அதில் எல்லா படங்களை போல வில்லன்கள், புதையலை எடுத்தார்களா ? அப்பாவின் ஆசையை நிறைவேற்றினார்களா ? என்பதை பல டிவிஸ்ட் உடன் சுவாரசியமாக சொல்லி இருக்கும் படம் அவனே ஸ்ரீமன் நாராயணா. அமராவதி என்னும் ஒரு கற்பனை ஊரில் இக்கதை நடக்கிறது.அங்கு

சென்னை : பஞ்சராக்ஷரம் படத்தை பாலாஜி வைரமுத்து கதை எழுதி இயக்கி இருக்கிறார்.பேரடாக்ஸ் புரடக்ஸன் மற்றும் அபியா மோசஸ் படத்தை தயாரித்து உள்ளனர் .படத்தில் சந்தோஷ் பிரதாப் ,மது ஷாலினி,சனா அல்தாஃப்,அஸ்வின் ஜெரோம்,கோகுல் ஆனந்த் மற்றும் சீமோன் ஆகியோர் முக்கிய வேடங்களில் நடித்து உள்ளனர் ,படத்திற்கு இசை அமைத்து உள்ளார் கே.எஸ்.சுந்தரமூர்த்தி .படத்திற்கு ஒளிப்பதிவு யுவா

நடிகர்கள் : அருன் கேஸ்ட்ரோ ,விஷ்ணு ப்ரியா, காயத்ரி , மைம் கோபி , லிஜேஸ் இயக்கம் : பாவல் நவகீதன் இசை : ரோனி ரபேல் வி 1 இந்த படத்தின் முன்னோட்டத்தில் இருந்தே இந்த படத்தை காண வேண்டும் என்ற என்னம் நம்மிடையே ஏற்பட்டுவிட்டது .இயக்குனர் வெற்றிமாறன் மற்றும் பா.இரஞ்சித்திடம் உதவி இயக்குனராக

stat cast: சந்தோஷ் பிரதாப், சாந்தினி, இன்னசன்ட் Director : எல்.ஜி.ரவிச்சந்தர் சென்னை: சினிமாவில் ஜெயித்துவிட்டுதான் திருமணம் என்ற முடிவில் இருக்கும் உதவி இயக்குனர் ஒருவர், யாருக்கும் தெரியாமல் திடீரென தாலிக்கட்டிக்கொண்டால்... அதுதான், நான் அவளைச் சந்தித்தபோது... உதவி இயக்குனர் சந்தோஷ் பிரதாப், வழி தெரியாத பெண்ணுக்கு வழிகாட்ட போய், பிறகு அவர் ஊருக்கே அழைத்து

சென்னை: கவித்துவமான, நான்கு துண்டு கதைகளை ஒன்றாக்கினால் அதுதான், சில்லுக் கருப்பட்டி. குப்பைப் பொறுக்கி குப்பத்தில் வாழ்ந்தாலும் நேர்மைகாக்கும் சிறுவன், நோய் என்று தெரிந்ததும் காணாமல் போகும் வருங்கால மனைவிக்கு மத்தியில், அதை அன்பாக மாற்றும் 'கார் ஷேரிங்' தோழி, காதலை நிரூபிக்க கடைசிவரை திருமணம் செய்துகொள்ளாமல் வாழும் வயதான யசோதா, பணம் தேடி ஓடும்

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ലോകസിനിമ മൊത്തത്തിൽ എടുത്താലും ഏറ്റവും ഗാംഭീര്യമുള്ള ഒരു ബ്രാൻഡ് നെയിമാണ് ഗോഡ്ഫാദർ. ആ പേരിൽ ഒരു തമിഴ് സിനിമ പ്രദർശനത്തിനെത്തുമ്പോൾ സ്വാഭാവികമായും ഒരു കൗതുകമുണ്ടാവും. ഇംഗ്ലീഷ് നാമധേയങ്ങളുള്ള തമിഴ് സിനിമകൾക്ക് തമിഴ്‌നാട്ടിൽ എന്തൊക്കെയോ നികുതി പ്രശ്നങ്ങൾ ഉള്ളതിന്റെ പേരിൽ വമ്പൻ ബാനറുകളും താരങ്ങളും വരെ ഇത്തരം പേരുകൾ മനഃപൂർവം ഒഴിവാക്കുന്ന സാഹചര്യത്തിൽ പ്രത്യേകിച്ചും.

സിനിമാ ആസ്വാദനത്തിൽ സംവിധായകന്റെ ജനന സർട്ടിഫിക്കറ്റ് നിർണായകമായ ഘടകമല്ല. പക്ഷെ 2016 -ൽ ധ്രുവങ്ങൾ 16 എന്ന സിനിമ ശ്രദ്ധേയമായപ്പോൾ അതിന് കൂടുതൽ കൗതുകം പകർന്നത് സംവിധായകനായ കാർത്തിക് നരേൻ ഇരുപത്തൊന്ന് വയസുകാരനാണെന്ന കാരണം കൊണ്ടായിരുന്നു. അതിന് ശേഷം നരകാസൂരൻ എന്ന പേരിൽ കാർത്തിക് സിനിമ ചെയ്തു. എന്നാൽ നിർമാതാവായ ഗൗതം മേനോന്റെ സാമ്പത്തിക പ്രതിസന്ധികൾ

വെടിവഴിപാട് എന്ന ഒറ്റ ഐറ്റത്തിലൂടെ മലയാളസിനിമയിൽ തന്റെ സാന്നിധ്യം കതിനാവെടി പൊട്ടിച്ചറിയിച്ച സംവിധായകനാണ് ശംഭു പുരുഷോത്തമൻ. ഇഷ്ടപ്പെട്ടവർക്ക് ഗംഭീരമായി കേറിക്കൊളുത്തുകയും സദാചാരസമ്പന്നർ അയ്യേന്നും പറഞ്ഞ് തീണ്ടാപാടകലത്തിൽ നിർത്തുകയും ചെയ്ത ഒരു വെടിച്ചില്ല് ഐറ്റമായിരുന്നു വെടിവഴിപാട്. ആറുകൊല്ലത്തിന്ന് ശേഷം ശംഭു മച്ചാൻ അടുത്ത ഇടിവെട്ട് ഐറ്റവുമായി അവതരിച്ചിരിക്കുന്നു. പാപം ചെയ്യാത്തവർ കല്ലെറിയട്ടെ! ശംഭു പുരുഷോത്തമന്റെ ക്ലീന്‍ എന്‍ടെയ്‌നര്‍ ചിത്രമാണ് പാപം ചെയ്യാത്തവര്‍ കല്ലെറിയട്ടെ.

എട്ടുവർഷത്തെ ഇടവേളയ്ക്ക് ശേഷം അൻവർ റഷീദ് സംവിധാനം ചെയ്യുന്ന ട്രാൻസ് പ്രേക്ഷകരുടെ ഏറെ നാളത്തെ കാത്തിരിപ്പിന് ശേഷം ഇന്ന് തിയേറ്ററിൽ എത്തി. ട്രയിലറിലും ഗാനരംഗങ്ങളിലും ഒന്നും സിനിമയുടെ കണ്ടന്റ് എന്താവുമെന്നതിനെ കുറിച്ചു നേരിയ സൂചനപോലും പിന്നണിക്കാർ നൽകിയിരുന്നില്ല. ആയതിനാൽ വൻ പ്രതീക്ഷയോടെയാണ് പ്രേക്ഷകർ ആദ്യഷോയ്ക്ക് തിയേറ്ററിൽ കയറിയത്.   കൂടുതലൊന്നും പ്രതീക്ഷിച്ച് കേറണ്ട എന്ന് അടിവര

ഞങ്ങൾ മൂന്നുപേർക്ക് വേണ്ടിയാണ് വെള്ളിയാഴ്ച ഉരിയാട്ട് എന്ന സിനിമ മലപ്പുറം മല്ലികയിൽ പ്രദർശിപ്പിച്ചത്. ഞങ്ങൾ എന്നുപറയുമ്പോൾ ഒപ്പം ചെന്നവർ ഒന്നുമല്ല. ഞാൻ ചെന്നപ്പോഴേക്ക് സിനിമ തുടങ്ങിയിരുന്നു. ഷോ ഉണ്ടോ എന്ന് ചോദിച്ചപ്പോൾ രണ്ട് പേർ ഓൾറെഡി കയറിയിട്ടുണ്ടെന്ന് പറഞ്ഞ് കൗണ്ടറിലെ പെൺകുട്ടി ടിക്കറ്റ് തരികയായിരുന്നു. സ്വഭാവികമായും ആ തിയേറ്റർ മാനേജ്‌മെന്റിനോട് ആദരവ് തോന്നി. അൻപത് സീറ്റ്‌ മാത്രമുള്ള

വാലന്റൈൻസ് ഡേ പ്രമാണിച്ച് തെന്നിന്ത്യയെ ഇളക്കിമറിക്കാമെന്ന കണക്കുകൂട്ടലുമായാണ് പുതിയ വിജയ് ദേവർകൊണ്ട ചിത്രം 'വേൾഡ് ഫേമസ് ലവർ' പ്രദർശനത്തിന് എത്തിയത്. പേരിന്റെ കനത്തിനൊപ്പിച്ചു നാലു നായികമാരാണ് ദേവരകൊണ്ടയ്ക്ക് ഈ സിനിമയിൽ. രാശിഖന്ന, ഐശ്വര്യ രാജേഷ്, കാതറിൻ തെരേസ, ഇസബെല്ല എന്നിവർ ചിത്രത്തിൽ നായികമാരായുണ്ട്.   മൊത്തത്തിൽ പറയുമ്പോൾ കണ്ണീരും കിനാവും എന്ന് അടിവര

രത്ന ശിവ എന്ന സംവിധായകന്റെ ആദ്യത്തെ സിനിമ ഞാൻ കണ്ടിട്ടുണ്ട്. റെക്കൈ! (അർത്ഥം ചിറക്). നാലുകൊല്ലത്തിന് ശേഷം അദ്ദേഹം രണ്ടാമത്തെ സിനിമയുമായി വരുമ്പോൾ അതിന്റെ പേര് — ചീറ്! ഗർജ്ജനം എന്നർത്ഥം. വിജയ് സേതുപതിയും ലക്ഷ്മിമേനോനും അഭിനയിച്ച റെക്കൈ ഒരു മ്യുസിക്കൽ ലവ്‌ സ്റ്റോറി ആയിരുന്നെങ്കിൽ ജീവാ നായകനായെത്തുന്ന ചീറ് ആക്ഷൻ മസാലയാണ്. ഡി ഇമ്മാന്റെ

ദുൽഖർ ആദ്യമായി നിർമാതാവാകുന്ന സിനിമയാണ് 'വരനെ ആവശ്യമുണ്ട്'. സത്യൻ അന്തിക്കാടിന്റെ മകൻ അനൂപ് ആദ്യമായി സംവിധായകനാവുന്നു. പ്രിയദർശന്റെ മകൾ കല്യാണി ആദ്യമായി മലയാളത്തിൽ അഭിനയിക്കുന്നു. ശോഭനയും സുരേഷ് ഗോപിയും വളരെ നാളുകൾക്ക് ശേഷം തിരിച്ചുവരുന്നു — സിനിമയ്ക്ക് ഇങ്ങനെ സവിശേഷതകൾ നിരവധിയുണ്ട്. ഫ്രഷ്നസ് പ്രതീക്ഷിക്കാതെ പോയാൽ 'കൂൾ  – ഫീൽഗുഡ്' എൻറർടൈനർ എന്ന് അടിവര.

  മോഹിത് സൂരിയുടെ മലങ് ആരംഭിക്കുന്നത് നമ്മടെ അഞ്ചാം പാതിരയെ പോലൊരു അടിപൊളി ത്രില്ലർ സെറ്റപ്പിൽ ആണ്. ചക ചകാന്ന് കൊലപാതകങ്ങൾ. അതും പൊലീസുകാരെ തന്നെ. കോൾഡ് ബ്ലഡഡ് ആയി. പക്ഷെ, കൊലയാളി ആരാന്ന് അതിനും മുൻപേ തന്നെ നമ്മക്ക് കാണിച്ച് തരുന്നത് കൊണ്ട് ആ വകയിലുള്ള ത്രില്ലങ്ങ് പോകും . അപ്പോൾ നമ്മൾ കരുതും. ഇനിയങ്ങോട്ട്

മുള്ളിനെ മുള്ള് കൊണ്ടെടുക്കുക അല്ലെങ്കിൽ കടിച്ച പാമ്പിനെ വിളിച്ചുവരുത്തി വിഷമിറക്കിക്കുക.. എന്നൊക്കെ പറഞ്ഞ പോലെ ഒരു ഇടിവെട്ട് ഐറ്റമാണ് സച്ചിയുടെ "അയ്യപ്പനും കോശിയും" . മലയാളസിനിമ ഇന്നോളം നടത്തിയ ആണത്ത പ്രഘോഷണങ്ങളെയും പുരുഷാധിപത്യ പ്രമത്തതകളെയുമെല്ലാം അയ്യപ്പൻ , കോശി കുര്യൻ എന്നിങ്ങനെ രണ്ടു കൂറ്റൻ മെയിൽ ഷോവനിസ്റ്റ് കഥാപാത്രങ്ങളെ വച്ചു തന്നെ പൊളിച്ച് ദൂരെക്കളയുന്നു .. സിനിമയ്ക്കും പ്രേക്ഷകനും ഒരു ഷോക്ക് ട്രീറ്റ്‌മെന്റ് എന്ന് അടിവര

കാൻ ഫെസ്റ്റിവലിൽ പാം ഡി ഓർ 2019 നേടുന്നതോടെ ആണ് പാരസൈറ്റ് ലോകമെങ്ങുമുള്ള സിനിമാപ്രേമികളുടെ ശ്രദ്ധയിൽ പെടുന്നത്. സംവിധായകൻ ബോങ് ജൂൺ ഹോ മുൻപേ തന്നെ ശ്രദ്ധ നേടിയ ആളാണ് എങ്കിലും ഒരു കൊറിയൻ ചിത്രം കാനിൽ മികച്ചതിനുള്ള പുരസ്കാരം നേടുന്നത് ആദ്യമായിട്ടായിരുന്നു. പാരാസൈറ്റിന്റെ കാര്യത്തിൽ അതൊരു തുടക്കമായിരുന്നു. തുടർന്നിങ്ങോട്ട് ലോകമെങ്ങുമുള്ള വിഖ്യാതമായ ചലച്ചിത്രമേളകളിലായി ചിത്രം

  "ഇത് നല്ല കാലമല്ല... മോശപ്പെട്ട കാലവുമല്ല.." എന്നൊരു നാടൻ പാട്ടുണ്ട്. ചില സിനിമകളുടെ കാര്യവും അങ്ങനെയാണ്. നല്ലതെന്ന് പറയാൻ അതിൽ ഒന്നുമുണ്ടാവില്ല. എന്നാൽ അതൊരു മോശം പടമാണെന്ന് പറയാൻ നമുക്കൊട്ടു തോന്നുകയുമില്ല. രാഷ്ട്രങ്ങൾ അതിർത്തികൾ പുതുക്കി വരയ്ക്കുമ്പോൾ സൃഷ്ടിക്കപ്പെടുന്ന അഭയാർത്ഥി സമൂഹങ്ങളെയും അവരുടെ തീരാ നൊമ്പരങ്ങളെയും വിഷയമാക്കുന്നു എന്നതിനാൽ തന്നെ ഇതൊരു മോശം ചിത്രമല്ല , എന്നാൽ നല്ല ചിത്രവുമല്ല.

'ഏതൊരു ആൺകുട്ടിയുടെയും ആദ്യത്തെ പ്രണയം ഏതെങ്കിലുമൊരു കാറിനോടാവും', ഗൗതമന്റെ രഥം എന്ന സിനിമയിലെ ഡയലോഗ് ആണിത്. ആലോചിച്ചു നോക്കുമ്പോൾ പരമമായ സത്യം. നീരജ് മാധവ് ഗൗതമനായി വരുന്ന സിനിമയുടെ പ്രമേയവും ഈ കാർ പ്രണയത്തിൽ കെട്ടിപ്പൊക്കിയതാണ്. മുഷിപ്പിക്കാൻ ഓങ്ങിക്കൊണ്ട് മുന്നോട്ട് പോവുന്ന ഒരു ഫീൽഗുഡ് രഥമെന്ന് അടിവര  

അന്വേഷണം എന്ന സിനിമയുടെ ഓപ്പണിംഗ് ഷോ കണ്ട് ഗോൾഡ് സൂക്കിൽ നിന്ന് ദാ ഇപ്പൊ ഇറങ്ങുമ്പോൾ , പ്രശോഭ്‌ വിജയൻ എന്ന അതിന്റെ സംവിധായകൻ എങ്ങാനും വന്നുപെട്ടിരുന്നുവെങ്കിൽ അയാളെ ഞാൻ ഒന്നും പറയാതെ കുത്തിന് പിടിച്ച് രണ്ടെണ്ണം പൊട്ടിച്ചേനെ . അത് കഴിഞ്ഞ് അയാളെ കെട്ടിപ്പിടിച്ചു കുറെ നേരം നിന്നേനെ . പടം മോശമായത് കൊണ്ടല്ല ..

"അത്തള പിത്തള തവളാച്ചിചുക്കുമ്മിരിക്കണ ചൂളാപ്പമറിയം വന്ന് വിളക്കൂതിഗുണ്ടാ മാണീ സാറാ കോട്ട്" എന്ന കുട്ടിക്കുസൃതിക്കളിപ്പാട്ടിന്റെ രസികത്തവും അബ്‌സേഡിറ്റിയും ആസ്വദിക്കാത്തവർ ഉണ്ടാവില്ല . അതിന്റെ ഒരു രണ്ട് മണിക്കൂർ ഇലബോറേറ്റഡ് വേർഷൻ ആണ് ജെനിത് കാച്ചപ്പിള്ളി സംവിധാനം ചെയ്തിരിക്കുന്ന മറിയം വന്ന് വിളക്കൂതി എന്ന സിനിമ . ആ അർത്ഥത്തിൽ ടൈറ്റിൽ തീർത്തും കറക്റ്റ് ആണ് എന്ന് പറയാം . സ്മാർട്ട് ആൻഡ് നോട്ടി എന്ന് അടിവര .

രണ്ടായിരത്തി പതിനെട്ടിലെ ഐ എഫ് എഫ് ഐ യിൽ മലയാളസിനിമ ഇന്ന് എന്ന വിഭാഗത്തിൽ തെരഞ്ഞെടുക്കപ്പെട്ട സിനിമയാണ് ബിനുഭാസ്‌കറിന്റെ കോട്ടയം . പേരിന്റെ കൗതുകം കാരണം അന്നേ കാണാൻ ഓങ്ങി വച്ചതായിരുന്നുവെങ്കിലും മിസ്സായി . ഈയാഴ്ച്ച കേരളത്തിലെ മൂന്ന് തിയേറ്ററുകളിലും ബാംഗ്ലൂരിലെ മൂന്ന് തിയേറ്ററിലും നൈറ്റ് വോക്‌സ് ടെക്‌നോളജീസ് എന്ന വിതരണസ്ഥാപനം റിലീസ് ചെയ്തു . നൈറ്റ്

കുറെ കാലമായി ഈ സിനിമയുടെ പോസ്റ്റർ കേരളത്തിലെ റോഡ് സൈഡിലെ ചുമരുകളിൽ കാണാൻ തുടങ്ങിയിട്ട് . ടൈറ്റിൽ ഫോണ്ടിന്റെ ഡിസൈൻ ഓവർകിടു ആയതിനാൽ പേരങ്ങാട്ട് ശരിയ്ക്ക് വായിക്കാൻ തിരിഞ്ഞിരുന്നില്ല . ഈയാഴ്ച സംഭവം റിലീസായി എറണാകുളം സംഗീതയിൽ നിന്ന് കാണാനിടയായപ്പഴാണ് സിനിമയുടെ പേര് വ്യക്തമായി കിട്ടിയത് . കൊച്ചിൻ ശാദി അറ്റ് ചെന്നൈ 03. അടിപൊളി ! സ്തുതിയായിരിക്കട്ടെ എന്ന് അടിവര

എവരിബഡി ക്യാൻ ഡാൻസ് അഥവാ എ ബി സി ഡി സീരീസിൽ പെട്ട മൂന്നാമത്തെ സിനിമയാണ് സ്ട്രീറ്റ് ഡാൻസർ 3 . സീരീസിലെ രണ്ടാമത്തെ സിനിമ നിർമിച്ച വാൾട്ട് ഡിസ്‌നി കമ്പനി ടൈറ്റിലിന്റെ റൈറ്റും കൊണ്ട് പോയതിനാൽ ആണ് എ ബി സി ഡി 3 യ്ക്ക് പകരം ശീർഷകം സ്ട്രീറ്റ് ഡാൻസർ 3 ആയത്. ത്രീഡിയില്‍ ഇറങ്ങിയ ആദ്യ ഡാന്‍സ് സിനിമ! അതിന്റെ കളര്‍ഫുള്‍നെസ് ചിത്രത്തിനുണ്ട്.

മിഷ്കിൻ എന്ന പേര് കേൾക്കുമ്പോ മനസ്സിൽ വരുന്ന ചില ഫ്രയിമുകളും ഒരു മേക്കിംഗ് സ്റ്റൈലുമൊക്കെ ഉണ്ട്. സിനിമയുടെ പേര് സൈക്കോ എന്നുകൂടി ആവുമ്പൊ നമ്മുടെ മനസ്സിൽ മിഷ്കിൻ എങ്ങനെയാവും ആ സിനിമയെ സ്‌ക്രീനിൽ പകർത്തിയിരിക്കുന്നത് എന്നതിനെ കുറിച്ച് അദ്ദേഹത്തിന്റെ സിനിമകൾ കാണുന്നവർക്ക് ഒരു കണക്കുകൂട്ടലൊക്കെ ഉണ്ടാവും. ആ കാൽക്കുലേഷനിൽ നിന്നും അര മില്ലീമീറ്റർ പോലും അപ്പുറമൊ

  കുങ്ഫു മാസ്റ്റർ ആദ്യദിനം അഞ്ചരയുടെ ഷോയ്ക്ക് പട്ടാമ്പി ദേവ് സിനി പ്ലെക്സിൽ ചെല്ലുമ്പോൾ നാലു പേർ എന്നെ കാത്തു നീക്കുകയായിരുന്നു . അവർ എന്നെ ഒരു വിശിഷ്ടാതിഥിയെ പോലെ സ്വീകരിച്ചു അഞ്ചു പേര് തികഞ്ഞാൽ സിനിമ പ്രദർശിപ്പിക്കാമെന്ന് തിയേറ്ററുകാർ കൊടുത്ത വാഗ്ദാന പ്രകാരം . ഞാൻ ചെന്നതും ടിക്കറ് കൊടുക്കുകയും സിനിമ തുടങ്ങുകയും ചെയ്തു. ഹാളിൽ

വൈശാഖൻ മാഷിന്റെ ചെറുകഥയാണ് സൈലൻസർ. അതേ പേരിൽ തന്നെ ഒരു സമാഹാരവും അദ്ദേഹത്തിന്റേതായുണ്ട്. പ്രിയനന്ദനൻ തന്റെ പുതിയ സിനിമയ്ക്കായുള്ള ഉള്ളടക്കം കണ്ടെത്തിയിരിക്കുന്നത് വൈശാഖൻ മാഷിന്റെ പ്രസ്തുത കഥയിൽ നിന്നാണ്. ശീർഷകവും അതുതന്നെ — സൈലൻസർ. സൈലൻസർ — പ്രതിഷേധങ്ങളുടെ തുടർ മുഴക്കം  

മലയാളസിനിമയിൽ അജയ് വാസുദേവ് മാത്രം എടുത്തുപയറ്റുന്ന ചില ഐറ്റങ്ങളുണ്ട്. ടിപ്പിക്കൽ തെലുങ്ക് സ്റ്റൈൽ മസാലാ നമ്പറുകൾ. നല്ലൊരു വിഭാഗം പ്രേക്ഷകരുടെ പുച്ഛത്തിന് പത്രമാവുമ്പോഴും താരഭക്തർ വിഭാഗത്തിൽപ്പെടുന്ന ഫാൻസിന് രോമാഞ്ചമാണ് അജയിന്റെ തെലുങ്ക് സ്റ്റൈൽ മെയ്ക്കിംഗ്. അതുകൊണ്ടാവും മമ്മൂട്ടി രാജാധിരാജയ്ക്കും മാസ്റ്റർപീസിനും ശേഷം വീണ്ടും ഒരിക്കൽ കൂടി ഡേറ്റ് കൊടുത്തതും.   ഷൈലോക്ക് ആരാധകർക്ക് (മാത്രം) സ്റ്റൈലൻ ലോക്ക് എന്ന് അടിവര

കാണാൻ കൊള്ളാവുന്ന ഒരു കോമഡിപ്പടമായിരുന്നു അടി കപ്യാരേ കൂട്ടമണി. ഒരു സീക്വലിനുള്ള സാധ്യതകൾ തുറന്നിട്ടുകൊണ്ടായിരുന്നു അടി കപ്യാരേ കൂട്ടമണി അവസാനിച്ചത്. അതിനെ കുറിച്ചുള്ള ചർച്ചകൾ പലപ്പോഴും സിനിമാഗ്രൂപ്പുകളിൽ ചൂടുപിടിച്ചു നടക്കാറുമുണ്ട്. അതിനിടയിലാണ് അടി കപ്യാരെയുടെ സംവിധായകൻ എ ജെ വർഗീസിന്റെ പുതിയ പടം എന്ന പരസ്യവാചകത്തോടെ ഉറിയടി തിയേറ്ററിൽ എത്തിയിരിക്കുന്നത്.ഉറിയടി — ഗൗരവമുള്ള പ്രമേയം, അലസമായ അവതരണം

കഥയിൽ ചോദ്യമില്ലെന്ന മട്ടിൽ കണ്ടിരിക്കേണ്ട ഒരു ഫാമിലി ആക്ഷൻ ഡ്രാമയാണ് ഇന്ന് റിലീസ് ചെയ്ത മോഹൻലാൽ ചിത്രം ബിഗ്ബ്രദർ. സിദ്ദിഖിന്റെ ഇതിന് മുമ്പത്തെ മോഹൻലാൽ സിനിമയായ ലേഡീസ് ആൻറ് ജെൻറിൽമാൻ, ലാലേട്ടന്റെ ഓണച്ചിത്രമായ ഇട്ടിമാണി മെയ്ഡ് ഇൻ ചൈന എന്നിവയുമായി താരതമ്യം ചെയ്യുമ്പോൾ ബിഗ്ബ്രദർ ഒരു 916 എൻറർടൈനറാണ്. സൊക്കത്തങ്കം.നാർക്കോട്ടിക് ഈസ് എ ഡേർട്ടി ബിസിനസ് ആയതുകൊണ്ട് ഒടുവിലത്തെ വൻ ട്വിസ്റ്റ് തുടക്കത്തിലേ എല്ലാർക്കും കത്തുമെന്ന് അടിവര

കന്യാകുമാരി എന്ന സ്നേഹയുടെ ക്യാരക്ടർ ധനുഷിന്റെ ദ്രവിയം പെരുമാളിനോട് പ്രണയം വെളിപ്പെടുത്തുന്ന ഒരു സീൻ ഉണ്ട്. സിംപ്ലി രോമാഞ്ചദായകം. രോമങ്ങൾ എഴുന്നു നിൽക്കും. തന്നെക്കാൾ പ്രായമുള്ള സീനിയർ നടിമാരെ നായികമാരാക്കി തന്റെ കൂടി പെർഫോമൻസിനെ തിളക്കമുള്ളതാക്കുന്ന ധനുഷിന്റെ പതിവ് അസുരന് ശേഷം പട്ടാസിലും തുടരുകയാണ്. അസുരനിൽ മഞ്ജു വാരിയരുടെ പച്ചൈയമ്മാൾ എങ്കിൽ പട്ടാസിൽ സ്നേഹയുടെ കന്യാകുമാരി.

ಸಸ್ಪೆನ್ಸ್, ಥ್ರಿಲ್ಲರ್ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಬಹಳಷ್ಟು ಬಂದು ಹೋಗಿದೆ. ಆದರೆ, 'ಶಿವಾಜಿ ಸುರತ್ಕಲ್'ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಇವೆಲ್ಲಕ್ಕಿಂತಲೂ ವಿಭಿನ್ನವಾಗಿ ನಿಲ್ಲುವುದು, ಅಚ್ಚುಕಟ್ಟಾಗಿ ಚಿತ್ರಕಥೆ ಹಣೆದಿರುವ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ ಆಕಾಶ್ ಶ್ರೀವತ್ಸ ಅವರಿಂದ. ಶೆರ್ಲಾಕ್ ಹೋಮ್ಸ್ ಶೈಲಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಸಾಗುವ ಇಂತಹ ಸಿನಿಮಾಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಚಿತ್ರಕಥೆ ವೇಗವಾಗಿ ಸಾಗುತ್ತಿರಬೇಕು. ಹಾಗಿದ್ದರೇನೇ ಚಿತ್ರ ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕರನ್ನು ಸೀಟಿನಂಚಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಕೂರಿಸಲು ಸಾಧ್ಯ. ಇಲ್ಲಿ, ಸಸ್ಪೆನ್ಸ್ ಜೊತೆ, ಭಾವನಾತ್ಮಕ ಸನ್ನಿವೇಶಗಳನ್ನೂ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕರು

'ಪಾಪ್ ಕಾರ್ನ್ ಮಂಕಿ ಟೈಗರ್' ಪಕ್ಕಾ ಸೂರಿ ಸ್ಟೈಲ್ ಸಿನಿಮಾ. ಮಂಕಿ ಸೀನ ಹಾಗೂ ಪಾಪ್ ಕಾರ್ನ್ ದೇವಿ ಪಾತ್ರಗಳ ಜೀವನದಲ್ಲಿ ನಡೆಯುವ ಘಟನೆಗಳೇ ಚಿತ್ರದ ನಿರೂಪಣೆ. ರೌಡಿಸಂ, ಮಚ್ಚು, ಬಿಯರ್, ಸಿಗರೇಟ್, ರಕ್ತದ ಜೊತೆಗೆ ಪ್ರೀತಿ, ಮಮತೆ, ಕಣ್ಣೀರು, ಸಂಕಟ, ಸಂಭ್ರಮ ಎಲ್ಲ ಭಾವನೆಗಳು ಇರುವ ಸಿನಿಮಾವಿದು.

'ಶಿವಾಜಿ ಸುರತ್ಕಲ್' ಒಂದು ಪಕ್ಕಾ ಸಸ್ಪೆನ್ಸ್ ಥಿಲ್ಲರ್ ಸಿನಿಮಾ. ಒಂದು ಸಸ್ಪೆನ್ಸ್ ಸಿನಿಮಾಗೆ ಬೇಕಾದ ಎಲ್ಲ ಅಂಶಗಳು ಸಿನಿಮಾದಲ್ಲಿದೆ. ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕರಿಗೆ ಥ್ರಿಲ್ ನೀಡುವುದರ ಜೊತೆಗೆ ಸಿನಿಮಾದ ಭಾವುಕ ದೃಶ್ಯಗಳು ಮನಸ್ಸಿಗೆ ಹತ್ತಿರ ಆಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಕೆಲವು ಹಾರರ್ ಎನಿಸುವ ದೃಶ್ಯಗಳು ನೋಡುಗರಿಗೆ ಭಯ ಬೀಳಿಸುತ್ತದೆ.

ಚಿತ್ರ: 3rd ಕ್ಲಾಸ್ನಿರ್ದೇಶನ: ಅಶೋಕ್ ದೇವ್ತಾರಾಗಣ: ರೂಪಿಕಾ, ನಮ್ ಜಗದೀಶ್, ಅವಿನಾಶ್, ಸಂಗೀತಾ ಮೊದಲಾದವರು. ಜಗ್ಗಿ ಒಬ್ಬ ನಿಯತ್ತಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಬದುಕುವ ಬಡ ಅನಾಥ ಯುವಕ. ಆತ ಬಡವ, ಕೆಳಮಟ್ಟದವನು ಎನ್ನುವ ಕಾರಣದಿಂದಲೇ ದ್ವೇಷಿಸುವ ಶ್ರೀಮಂತ ಯುವತಿ. ಆತನ ಒಳ್ಳೆಯತನ ಅರಿತ ಮೇಲೆ ಆಕೆಗೆ ಜಗ್ಗಿಯೆಂದರೆ ಪ್ರೀತಿ. ಸಿರಿವಂತಿಕೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಬೆಳೆಸಿದ ತಂದೆಯಿಂದಾಗಿಯೇ ಮಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಇಂಥ ಮನಸ್ಥಿತಿ. ಜಗ್ಗಿ

ಜಿಲ್ಕ, ಔಟ್ ಅಂಡ್ ಔಟ್ ಯೂತ್ ಸಿನಿಮಾ. ಇಂದಿನ ಯುವ ಜನಾಂಗಕ್ಕೆ ಸ್ಕೂಲ್, ಕಾಲೇಜ್ ಲೈಫ್ ಹಾಗೂ ಜೀವನದ ಪಾಠ ಪರಿಚಯ ಮಾಡುವ ಸಿನಿಮಾ. ಹಿರಿಯರ ಜನರೇಷನ್ ಗೂ ಇಂದಿನ ಜನರೇಷನ್ ನಡುವಿನ ಅಂತರವನ್ನು ತಿಳಿಸುವ ಒಂದೊಳ್ಳೆ ಚಿತ್ರ. ಪೂರ್ತಿ ವಿಮರ್ಶೆ ಮುಂದೆ ಓದಿ... ಚಿತ್ರ: ಜಿಲ್ಕ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ: ಕವೀಶ್ ಶೆಟ್ಟಿ ಕಲಾವಿದರು: ಕವೀಶ್ ಶೆಟ್ಟಿ,

ಕಷ್ಟದಲ್ಲಿ ಇರುವ ತನ್ನ ಕುಟುಂಬವನ್ನು ನಾಯಕ ಫೈಟ್ ಮಾಡಿ ಕಾಪಾಡುವ ಸನ್ನಿವೇಶ ಎಲ್ಲ ಸಿನಿಮಾದಲ್ಲಿಯೂ ಬರುತ್ತದೆ. ಆದರೆ ಅಂತಹ ಪರಿಸ್ಥಿತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಇಲ್ಲಿ ನಾಯಕನಿಗೆ ನಿದ್ದೆ ಬರುತ್ತದೆ. ದಿನದ 18 ಗಂಟೆಗಳ ಕಾಲ ಮಲಗುವ ನಾಯಕ ತನಗೆ ಬರುವ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಯನ್ನು ಹೇಗೆ ಎದುರಿಸುತ್ತಾನೆ ಎನ್ನುವುದು 'ಜಂಟಲ್ ಮ್ಯಾನ್' ಜರ್ನಿಯಾಗಿದೆ.

1990ರ ಸೂಪರ್ ಹಿಟ್ ಚಿತ್ರ 'ಉದ್ಭವ' ಚಿತ್ರದ ಮುಂದುವರೆದ ಭಾಗ ಎಂಬ ಕಾರಣಕ್ಕೆ 'ಮತ್ತೆ ಉದ್ಭವ' ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಕುತೂಹಲ ಮೂಡಿಸಿತ್ತು. ಆ ಚಿತ್ರಕ್ಕಿಂತ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಮನರಂಜನೆ ಸಿಗಬಹುದು ಎಂಬ ನಿರೀಕ್ಷೆಯನ್ನು ನಿರಾಸೆ ಮಾಡಲಿಲ್ಲ ಮತ್ತೆ ಉದ್ಭವ. ಆರಂಭದಿಂದಲೂ ಅಂತಿಮವರೆಗೂ ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕರನ್ನು ಹಿಡಿದಿಟ್ಟುಕೊಂಡು ಖುಷಿಪಡಿಸುವಲ್ಲಿ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಗೆದ್ದಿದೆ. ಪೂರ್ತಿ ವಿಮರ್ಶೆ ಮುಂದೆ ಓದಿ.... ಚಿತ್ರ: ಮತ್ತೆ ಉದ್ಭವ

ಲವ್ ಸ್ಟೋರಿ ಸಿನಿಮಾಗಳು ಕನ್ನಡ ಚಿತ್ರರಂಗದಲ್ಲಿ ಕಾಮನ್ ಆಗಿ ಬಿಟ್ಟಿತ್ತು. ಆದರೆ, ಈಗ ಔಟ್ ಅಂಡ್ ಔಟ್ ಲವ್ ಸ್ಟೋರಿ ಸಿನಿಮಾಗಳು ತೀರ ಕಡಿಮೆಯಾಗಿ ಬಿಟ್ಟಿದೆ. ಸಿನಿಮಾದಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರೇಮಕಥೆ ಇದ್ದರೂ, ಪ್ರೇಮಕಥೆಯನ್ನೇ ಆಧಾರವಾಗಿ ಇಟ್ಟುಕೊಂಡು ಬರುವ ಸಿನಿಮಾಗಳ ಸಂಖ್ಯೆ ಇಳಿಕೆಯಾಗಿದೆ. ಆದರೆ, ಬಹಳ ದಿನಗಳ ನಂತರ ಒಂದು ಒಳ್ಳೆಯ ಲವ್ ಸ್ಟೋರಿ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಬಂದಿದೆ. ಅದೇ 'ಲವ್

ಶಿವರಾಜ್ ಕೆ ಆರ್ ಪೇಟೆ, ಸಂಯುಕ್ತ ಹೊರನಾಡು ಮತ್ತು ಶ್ವಾನ ಪ್ರಮುಖ ಪಾತ್ರದಲ್ಲಿ ನಟಿಸಿರುವ 'ನಾನು ಮತ್ತು ಗುಂಡ' ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಈ ವಾರ ರಾಜ್ಯಾದ್ಯಂತ ತೆರೆಕಂಡಿದೆ. ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಭಾವನಾತ್ಮಕವಾಗಿ ಚೆನ್ನಾಗಿ ಮೂಡಿಬಂದಿದ್ದು, ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕರ ಮನಸ್ಸು ಮುಟ್ಟುವಂತಿದೆ. ಚಿತ್ರ : ನಾನು ಮತ್ತು ಗುಂಡ ತಾರಾಗಣ: ಶಿವರಾಜ್ ಕೆ.ಆರ್ ಪೇಟೆ, ಸಂಯುಕ್ತ ಹೊರನಾಡು, ಜಿಜಿ ಮತ್ತು ಸಿಂಬಾ (

ದೇಶ ವಿದೇಶ.. ಅಲ್ಲಿನ ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತಿ.. ಅಲ್ಲಿನ ಇತಿಹಾಸ.. ಫಾರಿನ್ ಕಟ್ಟಡಗಳು.. ಹಳ್ಳಿ ಹಳ್ಳಗಳು.. ನಮ್ಮ ಮಣ್ಣಿನ ಮಹತ್ವ.. ಭಾರತೀಯತೆ.. ಮಧುರ ಪ್ರೀತಿ.. ವಿರಹ.. ಮನ ತುಂಬೋ ಭಾವನೆಗಳು.. ನಾಗತಿಹಳ್ಳಿ ಚಂದ್ರಶೇಖರ್ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಎಂದ ಕೂಡಲೇ ಈ ಎಲ್ಲ ಅಂಶಗಳನ್ನು ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕ ಬಯಸುತ್ತಾನೆ. ಅದೇ ರೀತಿ 'ಇಂಡಿಯಾ V/S ಇಂಗ್ಲೆಂಡ್' ಸಿನಿಮಾದಲ್ಲಿಯೂ ಈ ಅಂಶಗಳು ಇವೆ. ಹೀಗಾಗಿ ಇದು ಪಕ್ಕಾ ನಾಗತಿಹಳ್ಳಿ ಚಂದ್ರಶೇಖರ್ ಶೈಲಿಯ ಸಿನಿಮಾ.

ಚಿತ್ರ:ಶ್ರೀ ಭರತ ಬಾಹುಬಲಿ ನಿರ್ದೇಶನ: ಮಂಜು ಮಾಂಡವ್ಯ ನಟನೆ: ಮಂಜು ಮಾಂಡವ್ಯ, ಚಿಕ್ಕಣ್ಣ, ಸರಾ ಹರೀಶ್ ನಾಳೆ (ಶುಕ್ರವಾರ) ಕನ್ನಡದ 3 ಸಿನಿಮಾಗಳು ಬಿಡುಗಡೆ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ ಮಂಜು ಮಾಂಡವ್ಯ ಒಳ್ಳೆಯ ರೈಟರ್. ಡೈಲಾಗ್ ಹಾಗೂ ಕಾಮಿಡಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಅವರು ಎತ್ತಿದ ಕೈ. 'ಶ್ರೀ ಭರತ ಬಾಹುಬಲಿ'ಯಲ್ಲಿಯೂ ಇದು ಮತ್ತೆ ಸಾಬೀತಾಗಿದೆ. ಒಂದು ಹಳ್ಳಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ನಡೆಯುವ, ಸಾಕಷ್ಟು ಕಾಮಿಡಿ ಅಂಶಗಳನ್ನು ಹೊಂದಿರುವ ಚಿತ್ರ ಇದಾಗಿದೆ. ಮನರಂಜನೆ ನೀಡುವಲ್ಲಿ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಯಶಸ್ವಿಯಾಗಿದೆ.  

ಜಾರ್ಖಂಡ್ ರಾಜ್ಯದ ಜಮ್ತಾರ ಎನ್ನುವ ಗ್ರಾಮ ಭಾರತದ ''ಸೈಬರ್ ಕ್ರೈಮ್"ಗಳ ಕೇಂದ್ರಸ್ಥಾನವಾಗಿದೆ. ಬ್ಯಾಂಕ್ ಖಾತೆಗಳ ಒಟಿಪಿ ಹಾಗು ಎಟಿಎಂ ಕಾರ್ಡ್ ಮಾಹಿತಿಯನ್ನು ನಕಲಿ ಕರೆ ಮಾಡುವ ಮೂಲಕ ಪಡೆದುಕೊಂಡು ದುಡ್ಡು ದೋಚುವ ದೊಡ್ಡ ದಂಧೆ ಈ ಗ್ರಾಮದ ಮೂಲಕ ಹೆಚ್ಚಾಗಿ ನಡೆಯುತ್ತದೆ. ಮುಖ್ಯವಾಗಿ ಆ ಗ್ರಾಮದ ಯುವಕರು ಈ ಅಪರಾಧದಲ್ಲಿ ಭಾಗಿಗಳಾಗಿರುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಇದನ್ನೆ ವಸ್ತುವಾಗಿಟ್ಟುಕೊಂಡು ನೆಟ್' ಫ್ಲಿಕ್ಸ್

ಟಾಲಿವುಡ್ ನ ಸ್ಟೈಲಿಶ್ ಸ್ಟಾರ್ ಅಲ್ಲು ಅರ್ಜುನ್ ಅಭಿನಯದ 'ಅಲ ವೈಕುಂಠಪುರಂ ಲೋ' ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಇಂದು ಅದ್ದೂರಿಯಾಗಿ ಬಿಡುಗಡೆಯಾಗಿದೆ. ಟ್ರೈಲರ್ ಮತ್ತು ಹಾಡುಗಳ ಮೂಲಕ ಅಭಿಮಾನಿಗಳ ನಿರೀಕ್ಷೆ ಇಮ್ಮಡಿಗೊಳಿಸಿದ್ದ ಸಿನಿಮಾ, ಇಂದು ಬೆಳಗ್ಗೆ ದೇಶದಾದ್ಯಂತ ತೆರೆಗೆ ಬಂದಿದೆ. ಅಲ್ಲು ಅರ್ಜುನ್ ಗೆ ನಾಯಕಿಯಾಗಿ ಪೂಜಾ ಹೆಗ್ಡೆ ಕಾಣಿಸಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಅಲ್ಲು ಅರ್ಜುನ್ ಹೇರ್ ಸ್ಟೈಲ್ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಕಾಲೆಳೆದ ನಟಿ

ಬಾಲಿವುಡ್ ಹೀರೋ ಅಜಯ್ ದೇವಗನ್ ಅಭಿನಯದ 100ನೇ ಚಿತ್ರ 'ತಾನಾಜಿ: ದಿ ಅನ್ ಸಂಗ್ ವಾರಿಯರ್' ಚಿತ್ರ ಇಂದು ದೇಶದಾದ್ಯಂತ ತೆರೆಗೆ ಬಂದಿದೆ. ಮರಾಠಾ ಚಕ್ರವರ್ತಿ ಛತ್ರಪತಿ ಶಿವಾಜಿ ಮಹಾರಾಜ್ ಬಳಿ ಜನರಲ್ ಆಗಿದ್ದ ಮರಾಠಿ ವೀರ ತಾನಾಜಿ ಮಾಲುಸರೆ ಜೀವನಚರಿತ್ರೆ ಆಧಾರಿತ ಐತಿಹಾಸಿಕ ಚಿತ್ರ ಈ 'ತಾನಾಜಿ: ದಿ ಅನ್ ಸಂಗ್ ವಾರಿಯರ್'. ಅಜಯ್ ದೇವ್ಗನ್,

ಬಾಲಿವುಡ್ ನ ಬಹು ನಿರೀಕ್ಷಿತ ಚಿತ್ರ 'ಚಪಾಕ್' ದೇಶದಾದ್ಯಂತ ಬಿಡುಗಡೆ ಆಗಿದೆ. ಆಸಿಡ್ ಅಟ್ಯಾಕ್ ಸಂತ್ರಸ್ತೆ ಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀ ಅಗರ್ವಾಲ್ ಜೀವನಾಧಾರಿತ ಚಿತ್ರ ಇದಾಗಿದ್ದು, ಸಿನಿಮಾದಲ್ಲಿ ಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀ ಅಗರ್ವಾಲ್ ಆಗಿ ದೀಪಿಕಾ ಪಡುಕೋಣೆ ಅಭಿನಯಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಕಳೆದ ಎರಡು ದಿನಗಳಿಂದ 'ಚಪಾಕ್' ಚಿತ್ರವನ್ನ ಬಹಿಷ್ಕರಿಸಿ ಎಂಬ ಕೂಗು ಸೋಷಿಯಲ್ ಮೀಡಿಯಾದಲ್ಲಿ ಕೇಳಿಬರುತ್ತಿದ್ದರೂ, 'ಚಪಾಕ್' ಚಿತ್ರಕ್ಕೆ ಉತ್ತಮ ಓಪನಿಂಗ್ ಸಿಕ್ಕಿದೆ. ಎಲ್ಲೆಡೆ

'ಬಾಜಿರಾವ್ ಮಸ್ತಾನಿ', 'ಪದ್ಮಾವತಿ', 'ಪೀಕು' ಸಿನಿಮಾಗಳ ಅದ್ಭುತ ನಟನೆಯ ನಂತರ ದೀಪಿಕಾ ಪಡುಕೋಣೆ 'ಚಪಾಕ್' ಸಿನಿಮಾವನ್ನು ಆಯ್ಕೆ ಮಾಡಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದರು. ಇಲ್ಲಿ ದೊಡ್ಡ ಸಾವಲು ಸ್ವೀಕರಿಸಿದ ದೀಪಿಕಾ, ಅದನ್ನು ತುಂಬ ಚೆನ್ನಾಗಿ ನಿಭಾಯಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ನೈಜಕಥೆಯನ್ನು ಪ್ರಾಮಾಣಿಕವಾಗಿ ಚಿತ್ರತಂಡ ತೆರೆ ಮೇಲೆ ತರುವಲ್ಲಿ ಯಶಸ್ಸಿಯಾಗಿದೆ.

ಔಟ್ ಅಂಡ್ ಔಟ್ ಪೊಲೀಸ್ ಸ್ಟೋರಿ. ಒಳ್ಳೆಯ ಪೊಲೀಸ್ ಇರ್ತಾರೆ. ಕೆಟ್ಟ ಪೊಲೀಸ್ ಇರ್ತಾರೆ. ಆದರೆ ಪೊಲೀಸ್ ಹುಚ್ಚನಾದರೆ (ಮ್ಯಾಡ್) ಹೆಂಗಿರುತ್ತೆ ಎನ್ನುವುದು ದರ್ಬಾರ್. ಅದೇ ಎನರ್ಜಿ, ಅದೇ ಜೋಶ್, ಅದೇ ಫೈಟ್, ಅದೇ ಸ್ಟೈಲ್, ಅದೇ ಡ್ಯಾನ್ಸ್...ರಜನಿ ಅಭಿಮಾನಿಗಳನ್ನು ಖುಷಿಪಡಿಸುವಲ್ಲಿ ದರ್ಬಾರ್ ಸಕ್ಸಸ್. ಚಿತ್ರ: ದರ್ಬಾರ್ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ: ಎ ಆರ್ ಮುರುಗದಾಸ್ನಿರ್ಮಾಪಕ: ಲೈಕಾ ಪ್ರೊಡಕ್ಷನ್ಕಲಾವಿದರು: ರಜನಿಕಾಂತ್, ನಯನತಾರ,

ಸೂಪರ್ ಸ್ಟಾರ್ ರಜನಿಕಾಂತ್ ಅಭಿನಯದ ಬಹುನಿರೀಕ್ಷೆಯ ದರ್ಬಾರ್ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಇಂದು ದೇಶ ವಿದೇಶದಲ್ಲಿ ತೆರೆಗೆ ಬಂದಿದೆ. ಕನ್ನಡ ವರ್ಷನ್ ಬಿಟ್ಟು ದಕ್ಷಿಣ ಭಾರತೀಯ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಭಾಷೆಗಳಲ್ಲಿಯೂ ಸೇರಿದಂತೆ ಹಿಂದಿಯಲ್ಲೂ ತೆರೆಗೆ ಬಂದಿದೆ. ರಿಲೀಸ್ ಗೂ ಮೊದಲೆ ಬಾರಿ ಕ್ರೇಜ್ ಹುಟ್ಟುಹಾಕಿದ್ದ ದರ್ಬಾರ್ ಇಂದು ಅದ್ದೂರಿಯಾಗಿ ರಿಲೀಸ್ ಆಗಿದೆ. ಈಗಾಗಲೆ ಅಭಿಮಾನಿಗಳು ಬೆಳ್ಳಂಬೆಳಗ್ಗೆಯೆ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ವೀಕ್ಷಿಸಿ ಅಭಿಪ್ರಾಯ ಹಂಚಿಕೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾರೆ.

ಮೇಕಿಂಗ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕರ ಪ್ರಶಂಸೆಗಳಿಸಿದ ಉಗ್ರಂ, ಟಗರು, ಮಫ್ತಿ, ಕೆಜಿಎಫ್, ಸಾಲಿಗೆ ಸೇರುವ ಇನ್ನೊಂದು ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಸಚಿನ್ ನಿರ್ದೇಶನದ ಬಹುನಿರೀಕ್ಷಿತ ಅವನೇ ಶ್ರೀಮನ್ನಾರಾಯಣ ಚಿತ್ರ. ಅವನೇ ಶ್ರೀಮನ್ನಾರಾಯಣ ಸಿನಿಮಾದ ಪ್ರತಿಯೊಂದು ಫ್ರೇಮ್ ನಲ್ಲೂ ಚಿತ್ರತಂಡದ ಪರಿಶ್ರಮ ಎದ್ದು ಕಾಣುತ್ತದೆ. ಸಿಂಪಲ್ ಸ್ಟೋರಿ ಲೈನ್ ಅನ್ನು ಹೇಗೆ ಡಿಫರೆಂಟ್ ಆಗಿ ತೆರೆಮೇಲೆ ತರಬಹುದು ಎನ್ನುವುದಕ್ಕೆ ಕೊಡಬಹುದಾದ ಉದಾಹರಣೆ ಈ

ಸಿಂಪಲ್ ಸ್ಟಾರ್ ರಕ್ಷಿತ್ ಶೆಟ್ಟಿ ಅಭಿನಯದ ಬಹುನಿರೀಕ್ಷೆಯ ಅವನೇ ಶ್ರೀಮನ್ನಾರಾಯಣ ಇಂದು ರಾಜ್ಯದಾದ್ಯಂತ ಅದ್ದೂರಿಯಾಗಿ ತೆರೆಗೆ ಬಂದಿದೆ. ಕನ್ನಡ ಚಿತ್ರಾಭಿಮಾನಿಗಳು ಭಾರಿ ಕುತೂಹಲದಿಂದ ಕಾಯುತ್ತಿದ್ದ ಶ್ರೀಮನ್ನಾರಾಯಣ ಇಂದು ದರ್ಶನ ನೀಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಶ್ರೀಮನ್ನಾರಾಯಣನಾಗಿ ರಕ್ಷಿತ್ ಶೆಟ್ಟಿ ಮಿಂಚಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಲಕ್ಷ್ಮಿ ಪಾತ್ರದಲ್ಲಿ ನಟಿ ಶಾನ್ವಿ ಶ್ರೀವಾತ್ಸವ್ ಕಾಣಿಸಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ ಸಚಿನ್ ಚೊಚ್ಚಲ ನಿರ್ದೇಶನದಲ್ಲಿ ಮೂಡಿ ಬಂದ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಶ್ರೀಮನ್ನಾರಾಯಣನಿಗೆ ಪುಷ್ಕರ್

ಒಂದು ಅನೂಹ್ಯ ವಾತಾವರಣದ ಒಳಗಡೆ ನಂಬಿಕೆಗಳನ್ನು ಮರೆತು ಪರಸ್ಪರ ಎದೆ ಬಗೆದು ಕೊಲ್ಲಲು ಕಾದ ರಕ್ಕಸರು ಹಾಗು ಎಲ್ಲ ನೋವುಗಳ ನಡುವೆ ಜೀವನಪ್ರೀತಿಯನ್ನು ಕಾಪಾಡಿಕೊಂಡು ಬಂದಿರುವ ಕೂಟದ ನಡುವಣ ನಾರಾಯಣನ ವಿನೋದ ಲೀಲೆಯೇ ಅವನೇ ಶ್ರೀಮನ್ನಾರಾಯಣ ಸಿನೆಮಾದ ಮೂಲ ತಿರುಳು. ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರಚೋದನೆ ಹಾಗು ಭಾವೋದ್ವೇಗಕ್ಕೆ ಜಾಗವೇ ಇಲ್ಲ, ಮನರಂಜನೆಯೇ ಎಲ್ಲ. ಇಂಗ್ಲೀಷ್ ಸಿನೆಮಾಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಸ್ಪಾಗೆಟ್ಟಿ ವೆಸ್ಟರ್ನ್

ಈ ವರ್ಷದ ಬಹು ನಿರೀಕ್ಷಿತ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಅಂತೂ ತೆರೆ ಮೇಲೆ ಬಂದಿದೆ. ವರ್ಷಗಳಿಂದ ಕಾಯಿಸಿದ್ದ ಶ್ರೀಮನ್ನಾರಾಯಣ ಭಕ್ತರಿಗೆ ದರ್ಶನ ನೀಡಿದ್ದಾನೆ. ನಾರಾಯಣನ ಲೋಕ ಬೇರೆಯದ್ದೆ ರೀತಿ ಇದೆ. ದೃಶ್ಯ ವೈಭವದ ಮೂಲಕ ಸಿನಿಮಾದ ಕಥೆ ಹೇಳಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಚಿತ್ರತಂಡದ ಶ್ರಮ ಪ್ರತಿ ದೃಶ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿಯೂ ಕಾಣುತ್ತಿದೆ.

ಭಾರೀ ನಿರೀಕ್ಷೆ ಹುಟ್ಟುಹಾಕಿದ್ದ ಸಲ್ಮಾನ್ ಖಾನ್, ಸೋನಾಕ್ಷಿ ಸಿನ್ಹಾ, ಸುದೀಪ್, ಮುಖ್ಯಭೂಮಿಕೆಯ ದಬಾಂಗ್ ಸರಣಿಯ 'ದಬಾಂಗ್ - 3' ಚಿತ್ರ ಕನ್ನಡವೂ ಸೇರಿದಂತೆ ನಾಲ್ಕು ಭಾಷೆಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಬಿಡುಗಡೆಯಾಗಿದೆ. ಚಿತ್ರದ ಪ್ರಮುಖ ವಿಲನ್ ಆಗಿ ಕಿಚ್ಚ ಸುದೀಪ್ ಅಭಿನಯಿಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾರೆ ಎನ್ನುವ ಕಾರಣಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ಇನ್ನಷ್ಟು ಕುತೂಹಲಕ್ಕೆ ಕಾರಣವಾಗಿದ್ದ ಈ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ನಿರೀಕ್ಷಿತ ಮಟ್ಟದಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕರನ್ನು ಖುಷಿಗೊಳಿಸುವಲ್ಲಿ ಯಶಸ್ವಿಯಾಗಿದೆಯೇ ಎಂದರೆ, ಅದಕ್ಕೆ

ದಬಾಂಗ್, ದಬಾಂಗ್ 2 ಬಳಿಕ ದಬಾಂಗ್ 3 ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಬಂದಿದ್ದು, ಈ ಹಿಂದಿನ ಚಿತ್ರಗಳಂತೆ ಇದು ಕೂಡ ಭರಪೂರ ಮನರಂಜನೆ. ಚುಲ್ ಬುಲ್ ಪಾಂಡೆ ಜೊತೆ ಈ ಸಲ ಕಿಚ್ಚ ಸುದೀಪ್ ಕಾಣಿಸಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದು, ದಬಾಂಗ್ 3 ಮ್ಯಾಜಿಕ್ ಮಾಡಿದೆ. ಪೂರ್ತಿ ವಿಮರ್ಶೆ. ಚಿತ್ರ: ದಬಾಂಗ್ 3 ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ: ಪ್ರಭುದೇವ ನಿರ್ಮಾಪಕ: ಅರ್ಬಾಜ್ ಖಾನ್, ಸಲ್ಮಾನ್ ಖಾನ್

'ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕರಿಗೆ ಸುವರ್ಣಾವಕಾಶ' ಸಿಂಪಲ್ ಸಿನಿಮಾ. ನಾಯಕ, ನಾಯಕಿ ಜೊತೆಗೆ ಒಂದಷ್ಟು ಪಾತ್ರಗಳ ಸುತ್ತ ಕಥೆ ನಡೆಯುತ್ತದೆ. ಸರಳ ಕಥೆಯನ್ನು ಮನರಂಜನೆಯಾಗಿ ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕರಿಗೆ ಹೇಳಿದ್ದಾರೆ. 'ಕೆಲವೊಂದು ಎಂದಿಗೂ ಕಳೆದು ಹೋಗುವುದಿಲ್ಲ.. ಕಳೆದು ಹೋದ ಹಾಗೆ ಅನಿಸುತ್ತೆ ಅಷ್ಟೇ..' ಎಂಬ ಸಂದೇಶ ಇಲ್ಲಿದೆ.

Four of Sunday's Serie A soccer matches, plus a women's rugby international, have been postponed because of an outbreak of the coronavirus in the northern Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto.

Armand Duplantis cleared 6.01 metres easily to win an indoor meeting in Clermont Ferrand on Sunday but for the second time in five days the Swede could not break his own pole vault world record.

Leaders Manchester City and second-placed Chelsea shared the spoils in a pulsating 3-3 draw in an FA Women's Super League clash on Sunday that saw spectacular goals from six different scorers.

Diogo Jota struck twice as Wolverhampton Wanderers pushed Norwich City deeper towards the drop with a 3-0 win over the Premier League's bottom club at Molineux on Sunday.

Manchester United kept alive their hopes of finishing in the Premier League's top four after goals from Bruno Fernandes, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood secured a 3-0 home win over Watford on Sunday.

Opener David Warner scored an unbeaten half-century in vain as Australia blew what appeared to be a comfortable chase and South Africa claimed a 12-run victory in the second Twenty20 International on Sunday.

Defending champion and second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-3 6-4 on Sunday to win the Marseille Open for the second time in a row.

South Africa's Mignon du Preez celebrated her 100th T20 match by hitting a six and a four in consecutive balls in the final over to power her team to a thrilling six-wicket win over England in the Women's Twenty20 World Cup in Perth on Sunday.

A goalkeeper with Uruguayan first division club Cerro Largo faced an uncertain future on Sunday, the day after winding up his opponents led to a red card – only for them to score twice against 10 men in stoppage-time and rescue a draw.

Serie A leading scorer Ciro Immobile grabbed his 27th league goal of the season as irrepressible Lazio won 3-2 at Genoa on Sunday to stay on the tail of leaders Juventus.

Real Madrid forward Eden Hazard is set for another lengthy spell on the sidelines after the club confirmed the Belgian had broken his ankle in Saturday's 1-0 La Liga defeat at Levante.

Britain's Tyson Fury delivered a dominant performance in his heavyweight championship bout with Deontay Wilder on Saturday, overwhelming his opponent to earn a seventh round TKO victory in Las Vegas.

Trent Boult followed up his counter-attacking cameo innings of 38 to take three wickets, including that of Virat Kohli, to put New Zealand on top against India at the end of the third day of the first test on Sunday.

Pakistan will confer honorary citizenship on former West Indies captain Darren Sammy for his "invaluable contribution" towards the return of top-flight cricket to the country, its cricket board said.

Japan's Yoshihito Nishioka fought back from a sluggish start to overpower sixth-seeded Frenchman Ugo Humbert in a rain-interrupted semi-final at the Delray Beach Open in Florida on Saturday.

Top seed Dominic Thiem missed a chance to pass Roger Federer and become the world's third-ranked player when he was knocked out of the Rio Open by Italian qualifier Gianluca Mager in a rain delayed quarter-final match on Saturday.

Spaniard Jon Rahm had a hole-in-one on his way to a course-record 10-under-par 61 that lifted him into contention in the third round at the WGC-Mexico Championship on Saturday.

Greek second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Kazakhstan's Alexander Bublik 7-5 6-3 to advance to his second consecutive Open 13 Provence final in Marseille on Saturday where he will face Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime.

Top seed Simona Halep came back from a set down for the third time in the tournament to beat Kazakhstan's rising star Elena Rybakina 3-6 6-3 7-6(5) to win the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships for the second time on Saturday.

American Justin Thomas has unfinished business when he takes a one-stroke lead into the final round at the WGC-Mexico Championship on Sunday.

One of the stars of "Parasite" said on Sunday he hoped the film would help improve cultural ties between Japan and Korea, which have been strained by disputes including a trade row that ignited between the Asian neighbors last year.

LOS ANGELES, (Variety.com) - After a close box office battle, Paramount's "Sonic the Hedgehog" pulled ahead of Disney and 20th Century's "The Call of the Wild" on North American charts.

Raf Simons will join Prada as co-creative director, marking the first time the Italian fashion house has hired an outsider to work with renowned head designer Miuccia Prada.

Hundreds of people including Roger Waters, co-founder of the Pink Floyd rock group, and designer Vivienne Westwood, marched through central London on Saturday demanding that jailed Wikileaks founder Julian Assange be released.

WarnerMedia is reuniting its "Friends" cast for an untitled, unscripted special for its upcoming streaming service, HBO Max, the company said on Friday.

Cesar Bonilla is still baffled by a surge in demand for the canned potato chips made by his company in northwestern Spain after they appeared in award-winning Korean film "Parasite".

The jury in Harvey Weinstein's sexual assault trial in New York said on Friday they were deadlocked on the most serious criminal charges and suggested they were unanimous on the others leveled against the former Hollywood mogul.

A broken, washed-up genius is roused from drink-sodden seclusion for one last flaring of creative brilliance: actor Johnny Depp hinted that at some level he was able to identify with legendary photographer W Eugene Smith, whom he plays in his latest film.

The cascade of allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein, currently being tried on charges of rape and sexual assault, has "changed everything" for women in the film world, actress Sigourney Weaver said on Friday.

Baby Yoda toys from Walt Disney Co's streaming TV hit "The Mandalorian" will reach store shelves next month, the company said on Thursday, after missing the 2019 holiday shopping season.

The racist killings of nine people in a German town cast a shadow over the Berlin Film Festival on Thursday, where a minute's silence was held to commemorate the victims, and stars who will feature in the festival spoke out.

A pro-North Korea daily praised Academy Awards best picture-winning South Korean movie "Parasite" on Friday, calling it a masterpiece that "starkly exposed the reality" of the rich-poor gap in South Korea.

President Donald Trump on Thursday ridiculed the historic best-picture Oscar win for South Korean film "Parasite," telling a campaign rally he wished for the return of Hollywood classics like 1939's "Gone with the Wind."

New York jurors weighing rape and sexual assault charges against former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein ended their third day of deliberations by asking on Thursday to review testimony from actress Annabella Sciorra.

AT&T Inc's WarnerMedia has expanded its partnership with Alphabet Inc's Youtube TV to feature its upcoming streaming service HBOMax, as well as content from HBO and Cinemax, the companies said https://bit.ly/38LpRnE on Thursday.

Britain's Prince Harry will visit Abbey Road Studios in London on Feb. 28 to meet singer Jon Bon Jovi and members of a military veterans' choir, in one of his last engagements as a senior member of the royal family.

Actor Jeremy Irons said on Thursday he fully supported same-sex marriage and the women's rights movement as he sought to dispel criticism over his role as president of the Berlinale film festival prize jury.

An exploration of what freedom means in a dictatorship by a jailed Iranian director and the story of three people trying to wrest back control of their lives from social media giants are among the films competing in this year's Berlin Film Festival.

Jurors in Harvey Weinstein's rape trial appeared to take a methodical approach in their deliberations on Wednesday, asking to review testimony from a former production assistant who says Weinstein raped her as well as from actress Rosie Perez.

Julie Walters, one of Britain's most famous actresses, said she had undergone surgery to remove 30 cm (12 inches) of her colon and taken a course of chemotherapy after being diagnosed with stage three bowel cancer.

Briscoe dominated much of Sunday’s race, the final 150 laps of which was postponed from Saturday. He easily held off Austin Cindric for the victory in the Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.The win is the third of Briscoe’s career.Ryan Sieg finished third, Noah Gragson was fourth and Harrison Burton completed the top-five.Following the break between Stages 2 and 3, all of ...Keep reading

Ducati introduced a holeshot device to its bike last year – though Miller had been racing it since the 2018 Japanese GP – which allowed the rider to lower the rear of the bike on the grid to give them better starts. An evolution of that was first thought to have been in use by Miller at Sepang last season, with Suzuki’s Alex Rins saying then that he noticed the Pramac GP19 squatting ...Keep reading

The Erebus pair came to blows on the opening lap of yesterday's second race of the season, Reynolds lunging Mark Winterbottom at Turn 9 only to find De Pasquale at the apex.The contact sent De Pasquale into a spin, Scott Pye then clattering into the #99 Erebus Holden moments later to take both himself and the Erebus Holden out of the race.Reynolds was able to continue, finishing eighth ...Keep reading

Blaney moved around teammate Joey Logano to take the race lead with just 12 laps to go in the race. Alex Bowman was able to take over the second position and appeared to be closing in on Blaney when a caution for a spin by Ross Chastain changed everything.Blaney and Bowman opted to pit but several others did not. He restarted back in the 12th position and was only able to secure 11th as a ...Keep reading

After getting caught up in a wreck in last week’s season opener at Daytona, DiBenedetto found himself on the last lap of Sunday’s race at Las Vegas with a chance at his first NASCAR Cup Series victory.But after leader Joey Logano and DiBenedetto took the white flag a wreck erupted in Turn 4 behind them, which forced NASCAR to throw a caution.With the field frozen, Logano earned the ...Keep reading

Gustavo Menezes, Bruno Senna and Norman Nato had a trouble-free run in the polesitting #1 Rebellion R-13, taking advantage of being slowed only by 0.55 seconds a lap under the system of LMP1 success handicaps introduced for the 2019/20 season.The more lightly-penalised of the two Toyota TS050 Hybrids, the #8 car shared by Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Brendon Hartley, was powerless to ...Keep reading

Logano got a jump on the field on the restart with two of 267 laps remaining and just after he took the white flag, a wreck erupted behind him in Turn 4, which placed the race under caution.The win is Logano’s first of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series and his first with new crew chief Paul Wolfe. It’s Logano’s 24th win of his career.Matt DiBenedetto ended up second, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was ...Keep reading

The Losail International Circuit has never been a Marquez stronghold, but even though he hasn't won there since 2014, he has finished in the top five in every Qatar race since.After LCR rider Cal Crutchlow said on Saturday that he was having to ride the newest RC213V like an "amateur" in Qatar, all three of the works-spec bikes finished behind 10th-placed Takaaki Nakagami on the 2019 Honda in ...Keep reading

Roush Fenway Racing president Steve Newmark read a prepared statement from Newman during a news conference Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and provided an update on his desire to return to competition.In Newman’s statement, he said he continues to receive treatment for a head injury but suffered no other injuries.“I was fortunate to avoid any internal organ damage or broken bones. I ...Keep reading

The statement was read by Roush Fenway Racing President Steve Newmark in a press conference Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.Ryan Newman's statement"I’m sorry that I can’t be at the track in person, but I asked Steve to take a moment to express my sincere appreciation and gratitude for all the support that was shown last week to both me and my family. The outpouring of emotion from ...Keep reading

Petronas SRT rider Quartararo topped the Sepang test outright after leading all three days in Malaysia, and was an early pacesetter on Sunday at Losail with a 1m54.974s lap.This stood as the benchmark for some time, before his SRT teammate Franco Morbidelli on the ‘A-spec’ M1 took over with a 1m54.954s with just under four hours to go. Over the next 45 minutes, Ducati’s Danilo ...Keep reading

While most interest surrounding the team has revolved around its bold Dual Axis Steering (DAS) system, the team has pushed the boundaries in a host of other areas in a bid to step clear of the opposition.In a video the team released on Sunday, Mercedes technical director James Allison said the team decided to be as revolutionary as it could with its design – even though last year’s W10 ...Keep reading

The #63 Corvette shared by Rockenfeller and fellow team returnee Jan Magnussen ended up seventh and last of the GTE Pro cars during Saturday evening's qualifying session for the Lone Star Le Mans race, 2.2 seconds off the pace of the pace-setting Aston Martin.Their average time left them 1.7s adrift of the next-slowest car in the class, and behind the fastest three GTE Am runners.Audi DTM ...Keep reading

The latest version of the YZR-M1 has proven to be a strong package for Yamaha, with Petronas SRT’s Fabio Quartararo topping the Sepang test outright on it, while factory rider Maverick Vinales has completed some impressive long runs on the bike this pre-season. After introducing various updates – including its version of the holeshot device - on the ’20 prototype it tested in November ...Keep reading

Red Bull’s RB15 was a demanding car for its drivers to master, but did score three wins with Max Verstappen during the 2019 campaign.Albon, who is starting his first full season with Red Bull after being promoted from Toro Rosso mid-way through 2019, offered his thoughts on the new RB16 after setting the 13th-quickest overall time in the first pre-season test at Barcelona earlier this ...Keep reading

Bautista moves across from Ducati to Honda for the 2020 season after a rookie WSBK season in which the Spaniard trailed eventual champion Jonathan Rea by 165 points.At the most recent pre-season test at Portimao, Bautista's new teammate Leon Haslam was sixth-fastest on the second day of running, while Bautista himself placed 16th.The ex-MotoGP racer feels that the new full-factory effort ...Keep reading

Williams’ 2020 season started in much better shape compared to ’19 – when it missed the first two full days of testing with the FW42 – with Russell handing it the ninth fastest-time in the first Barcelona test, ahead of Haas.When asked if he felt Williams would be closer to the midfield compared to last year, when the team scored just one point, Russell said: “There's no way we'll be ...Keep reading

Waters, who drives a Ford Mustang backed by Monster Energy, stopped on the cool-down lap to offer a lift to his Kiwi rival, whose raced had ended with a suspension failure.While clearly a moment of sportsmanship, it also created an interesting commercial dynamic given that van Gisbergen is a factory Holden driver... backed by Red Bull.Once back at the garage, van Gisbergen was quick to ...Keep reading

Crutchlow revealed at the Sepang pre-season test two weeks ago that the new-spec RC213V is worse at turning than its predecessor, which he was very vocal about across the 2019 season. The LCR rider was 1.295 seconds off the pace in 19th on the opening day of the Qatar test on Saturday and, though he says he “never put any [soft] tyres” on for a time attack, he says the feeling on the bike ...Keep reading

Van Gisbergen looked to be on course for victory in today's second 250-kilometre leg in Adelaide, only for a series of unfortunate events to take him out of the running.While a pitstop blunder initially cost him a crack at victory, it was a suspension failure three laps from home that put paid to a decent bank of points in the top four.The team has been able to ascertain that it was a ...Keep reading

Racing Point stirred some controversy this week when it revealed its new RP20 was heavily inspired by the design of last year’s Mercedes.While some teams are not happy at the prospect of teams copying each other, Horner thinks that anything which helps smaller teams be more competitive is a bonus.“I think collaborations do make sense,” he said. “Otherwise, how do teams like ...Keep reading

Grosjean, who has started 164 grands prix over an 11-year span, has 10 podium finishes to his name and has led laps in seven races, coming close to a maiden win on occasions in 2012 and 2013.But though the Haas team he joined in 2016 has had results that were perceived as it punching above its weight in F1, it has been nowhere near scoring a win since its arrival.Asked ahead of the 2020 ...Keep reading

The pair were slapped with a $2000 fine each, with $1000 suspended until December 31, for the anthem no-show."The deputy race director conducted an investigation following a report from the Supercars media manager that the drivers of cars #34, Zane Goddard, and #35, Garry Jacobsen, both failed to attend the pre-race national anthem as required by V2 of the promotional schedule in breach of ...Keep reading

Some swift work in the pits from the factory Holden squad in the first round of stops looked to have given van Gisbergen the upper hand in a tight battle with rival McLaughlin.However an uncharacteristic error in the second round of compulsory stops saw van Gisbergen fall short of the required fuel drop, van Gisbergen forced into a third tour of the lane as McLaughlin charged to ...Keep reading

The Triple Eight driver made up four spots in the Top 10 Shootout compared to Q2, a 1m19.810s leaving him 0.03s clear of Ford hero Scott McLaughlin.It could easily have been an all-T8 front row, however, with Q2 pacesetter Jamie Whincup looking good for pole before brushing the Turn 11 wall on his Shootout lap.That was enough to drop him down to seventh on the grid and ensure a first ...Keep reading

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is expecting a windfall from the Indian Premier League (IPL) media rights auction, which gets underway here on Monday with top companies from across the globe participating.

"Tickets worth Rupees 52,36,000 were unsold. Why all the tickets were not sold-out? DDCA started online ticket sale quite late that too without proper advertisement," Khanna claimed in a media release.

Axar Patel has become the highest placed India bowler in the latest ICC ODI rankings after breaking into the top-10 bowler's list while legspinner Amit Mishra has vaulted 25 places to enter the top-20.

TOI Sports runs the rule over the performers for India during their 3-2 ODI series win over New Zealand. A report card on the players who featured in India's first ODI series win at home in two years, over NZ across five matches.

Mishra didn't mince words when asked about the frustration of having to sit out, but added that coach Anil Kumble's tips had helped him tide over the low phase.

India completed a 3-2 series win over New Zealand by beating them in the decider at Vizag by 190 runs. Here we look at the several passages of play that stood out during the match.

Amit Mishra finished with 5/18, his second ODI five-wicket haul as India beat New Zealand by a whopping 190 runs at Visakhapatnam to clinch the five match ODI series 3-2. Mishra was named both Man of the Match and the Player of the series.

Dhoni lavished praise on his bowlers for the resounding series-clinching win over New Zealand in the fifth and final ODI, describing the effort as "one of the best performances by the bowlers".

"His (Anil Kumble) mental support is the biggest thing for me. I sat out for the entire Test series but he supported me mentally and told me "don't worry, your time will come"," leg-spinner Amit Mishra said.

Bruised and battered by India after being bundled out for a meagre 79 while chasing 270 in the series-deciding fifth and final ODI, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson today termed the performance of his batting department as "frustrating".

The New Zealanders, after being thrashed in the three-match Test series, were expected to put up a much improved show in the One-dayers – a format which they have done well in over the years.

Dhoni faced the conventional white ball and practised his trademark shots in a lengthy session at the nets. The series poised at 2-2, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli stayed away from the nets.

"I think the guys are pretty excited to do what no other NZ side has ever done before - come over here and win a one-day series. The excitement in the group is very high," Tim Southee said on the eve of the series decider.

​​Jadhav, who's playing in place of an indisposed Suresh Raina, bowled for the first time in international cricket when MS Dhoni gave him the ball ahead of the regular spin duo of Axar Patel and Amit Mishra on a seaming Dharamsala track in the first one-dayer.

After scores of 0, 12, 7* and 3, MS Dhoni was sent up the order to No. 3 against Pakistan and proceed to smash 148 off 123 balls with 15 fours and four sixes, setting the platform for India's 356/9 at Visakhapatnam in April 2005.

With conditions overcast, the last thing India would want is a wash-out. Despite weakening, cyclone Kyant, there's forecast of localised downpours as both the teams will keep their fingers crossed.

"Batting down the order is one of the toughest things to do. You don't get a (ready-made) player who's complete, who bats at No.5, 6 or 7, all the time," skipper MS Dhoni said.

Sourav Ganguly insisted that Mahendra Singh Dhoni should stick to batting at No 4 which will enable him and Virat Kohli could play the finishers' role. The former Indian captain however said India were not becoming too much over dependent on Kohli.

Eyeing a historic bilateral ODI series win in India, New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor said they are hungry to win the five-match series decider on Saturday and make up for the 0-3 whitewash in Tests. "You don't often win series away from home especially in the sub-continent," Taylor said.

India's limited overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said that the job of a finisher is one of the toughest and it is difficult to find a 'complete' player who is adept at batting in lower order and take the team through when the chips are down.

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South Korea declared a "red alert" on Sunday after a surge in coronavirus infections and two more deaths, while China state media warned the outbreak there had yet to reach a turning point despite some signs of easing.

International concern about the spread of coronavirus outside China grew on Sunday with sharp rises in infections in South Korea, Italy and Iran.

French Health Minister Olivier Veran said on Sunday that there were no new cases of coronavirus in France and that he was watching the situation in Italy closely.

Italy raced on Sunday to contain the biggest outbreak of coronavirus in Europe, sealing off the worst affected towns and banning public events in much of the north as a third patient died of the illness.

Some people fled, some stocked up on essentials, others simply called for calm after authorities imposed stringent measures on swathes of northern Italy to try to halt an outbreak of coronavirus.

China will step up policy adjustments to help cushion the blow to the economy from a coronavirus outbreak that authorities are still trying to control, President Xi Jinping was quoted as saying on Sunday.

The Bank of Japan will be fully prepared to take necessary action to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus on the world's third-largest economy, its Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Sunday central bankers will look at options for responding to the fast-spreading coronavirus as needed.

Armenia is closing its border with Iran for two weeks and suspending air traffic after reports of coronavirus cases there, Armenia's Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said in a Facebook post on Sunday.

A third person infected with the coronavirus has died in Italy, a regional official said on Sunday, as the government struggles to contain an outbreak of the illness in the north of the country with more than 130 cases reported since Friday.

The last two days of the Venice Carnival, which draws tourists from around the world, have been canceled because of an outbreak of coronavirus, the head of the Veneto region Luca Zaia said on Sunday.

France should aim to produce more of the goods it deems strategic, such as drugs and electric batteries, as the coronavirus outbreak lays bare the danger of relying on imports from China, the country's finance minister said on Sunday.

South Korea raised its infectious disease alert to its highest level on Sunday as confirmed coronavirus cases in the country jumped to 602 and the death toll rose to six.

Turkey has closed its border with Iran and halted incoming flights as a precaution to stop the potential spread of coronavirus after the neighboring country reported 43 cases of the disease, the health minister said on Sunday.

Iran has confirmed 15 new cases of the new coronavirus, taking the total to 43 with a death toll of eight. Most of the infections have been in the Shi'ite Muslim holy city of Qom.

Israel may quarantine some 200 visitors from South Korea at a military base in a Jewish settlement on the occupied West Bank over coronavirus fears, Israel's Ynet news site reported on Sunday.

A third passenger from the coronavirus-infected Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan died on Sunday, authorities said, as the government promised to introduce fresh steps to contain the outbreak.

French Health Minister Olivier Veran said on Sunday new cases of coronavirus were "very likely" in France and health authorities were ready in case of an epidemic, adding he was "particularly watchful" of the situation in Italy.

Iran said on Sunday an Iranian infected by the new coronavirus died in the country, head of the Medical Science University in the Mazandaran province was quoted as saying, bringing the number of deaths to seven in the Islamic Republic.

China reported a sharp fall in new deaths and cases of the coronavirus on Saturday, but world health officials warned it was too early to make predictions about the outbreak as new infections continued to rise in other countries.

Bhumi Pednekar has been on a roll for the past two years and has been giving back to back hits. With the coming year being just as exciting, Bhumi Pednekar will be seen in Durgavati and now, we hear that she has also signed on another project for the year. With her cameos in Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan and Bhoot: Part One – The Haunted Ship, Bhumi Pednekar has been impressing her fans with every performance.

SCOOP Bhumi Pednekar’s next to be produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Her next project is said to be produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and will be helmed by a debutant director. While all the other details have been kept under wraps regarding this project, a source reveals, “Bhumi Pednekar has been signed for this yet-untitled project that will be produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The makers are yet to finalize the rest of the cast.”

Well, Bhumi Pednekar is definitely going big with this one.

Also Read: Bhumi Pednekar goes bold as she poses in a bathtub for Dabboo Ratnani’s calendar

Hindi cinema’s modern-day hero Ayushmann Khurrana is soaring as India’s first gay romantic comedy Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan released on Friday. The actor has been receiving positive feedback from the netizens. Meanwhile, a surprising reaction came from Donald Trump, President Of The United States Of America.

Ayushmann Khurrana REACTS to President Donald Trump’s praise for Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan

Human rights campaigner and LGBTQ+ activist Peter Tatchell shared a tweet on Friday praised Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan. Taking to Twitter, he wrote, “A new #Bollywood rom-com featuring a gay romance is hoping to win over older people, following the decriminalisation of homosexuality. Hurrah!”

Trump responded to his tweet and wrote, “Great!”

When asked Ayushmann Khurrana about Trump’s reaction, he said it was surprising. Speaking at Hindustan’s Shikhar Samagam 2020, he said “It was a very surprising tweet. I want him to work for LGBTQi rights in his country. I hope the LGBTQi community in US gets his support. He should definitely watch our film, it’s very important for him.”

Ayushmann’s comment is interesting as well as extremely laudable as it seems he is well-aware of Trump administration’s stance towards LGBT+ rights. The government has been drawing fire from several quarters for having curtailed the rights of transgender people - including banning them from military service. His govt has also reportedly urged the Supreme Court to ensure gay employees are not protected under the Civil Rights Act.

He further added, “Doing it through comedy is important because it's a big taboo in small cities. The audience will come for entertainment and will take home a message.” He added that he has made his career out of experiments and said, “I will be over the day I stop taking risks.”

Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan, directed by Hitesh Kewalya, stars Jitendra Kumar, Maanvi Gaagroo, Neena Gupta, Gajraj Rao, Pankhuri Awasthy among others.

ALSO READ: Ayushmann Khurrana starrer Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan gets President Donald Trump’s approval!

In Hollywood, there exists a concept named ‘Black List’ that comprises of most liked scripts which have not been transformed into celluloid. Some famous films and classics like Argo, American Hustle, Juno, The King's Speech, Slumdog Millionaire, Spotlight, The Revenant, The Descendants etc were once a part of this reputed list. If a similar concept starts in Bollywood, the film that would be first mentioned will be Saare Jahaan Se Achcha. It is based on an incredible true story but for various reasons, most actors have turned it down.

SCOOP Salman Khan offered Saare Jahaan Se Achcha by Siddharth Roy Kapur!

However, if reports are to be believed, then Siddharth Roy Kapur, who owns the rights to the script of this film, has now approached none other than superstar Salman Khan. A source reveals, “A few weeks ago, Siddharth Roy Kapur met Salman Khan to discuss the said project. The producer is confident that Salman can pull off this role. It’s a mammoth project. For such an expensive film, they are looking for a superstar and who better than Salman.”

The source adds, “Salman Khan has some dates from March. Hence, he decided to hear out the narration of Saare Jahaan Se Achcha. He has liked the concept but he hasn’t given his nod.”

Saare Jahaan Se Achcha is based on the life of Rakesh Sharma, the first Indian astronaut to fly into space. He is the first and the only Indian citizen to travel in space till date, when he flew aboard the Soviet rocket Soyuz T-11 in 1984. He created history when the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi asked him how India looked from outer space and he famously replied, “Saare Jahaan Se Achcha”. The film will be directed by reputed ad filmmaker Mahesh Mathai, who has also directed the 1999 acclaimed film Bhopal Express. Surprisingly, the film has been offered to numerous actors like Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Vicky Kaushal and Ranbir Kapoor. But all of them walked out. Many in the industry are speculating that the project is jinxed and whether the script is weak.

Aisa kuch nahi hai,” retorts the source and signs off by saying, “No actor refused the film because they didn’t like the screenplay. They were other reasons. And there have been many great films which took a long time in getting the cast. Saare Jahaan Se Achcha will be something to watch out for, not just for its VFX and space element, but also for its emotional quotient. Wait and watch!”

Also Read: Salman Khan to play Sikh policeman, Aayush Sharma as gangster in upcoming action drama

From the trailer of the film with the tag line, “Thappad- Bas itni si baat?”, which created wide banter as well as tremors that indicate the serious impact to a slap to the multi-city ongoing screenings, Thappad is being hailed as the most important film of the year. The makers of the film have been dropping message-driven promo units to garner the right conversations.

Thappad: Taapsee Pannu urges to add disclaimers to films showcasing domestic violence

Taapsee Pannu and the makers have now extended their support to a Change.org petition, asking for disclaimers to be added in films that showcase on-screen domestic violence scenes. To deliver this striking message, Taapsee is seen in a concept video questioning viewers - why don’t we have a disclaimer for ‘Thappad’ on-screen when we have one for alcohol consumption, smoking and animal cruelty? Change.org India and the makers of Thappad have come together to urge the censor board to make it mandatory for films that showcase any kind of domestic violence in their films to carry a disclaimer.

Taapsee Pannu took to her Twitter handle and shared the video.

Kya Thappad pe disclaimer aana bas itni si baat hai? Agar nahi toh petition sign kijiye #Thappad

I support the @ChangeOrg_India petition asking CBFC to make it mandatory for movies depicting violence against women to carry disclaimers https://t.co/Pp1vZ7go6d pic.twitter.com/RXaGLN6XJV

— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) February 21, 2020

Nida Hasan, Country Director, Change.org India, “When most of our films are filled with misogynistic portrayals of women, films like Thappad trigger our collective conscience. Taapsee’s support for Mahika’s petition is a powerful statement for the Indian film industry to take responsibility for the right messaging on domestic violence that affects millions of women in our country every day.”

The actress urges the viewers to sign a petition after the entire video takes stock of everything that is shown as a disclaimer for a film, much in a conversation between the two lead actors. Definitely, the makers are coming up with unique takes with each video. Not only the earlier asset got a strike for being the most reported, as was asked by Taapsee from the audience but even this video is set to become a movement with its impactful message.

The much-awaited film, Thappad is being produced by Anubhav Sushila Sinha and Bhushan Sudesh Kumar, and directed by Anubhav Sushila Sinha, starring Taapsee Pannu is set to release on 28th February.

ALSO READ: Taapsee Pannu on winning the Filmfare award for Best Actress says that she did not have a speech prepared

Chitrangda Singh's Bob Biswas has been in the news ever since it was announced and its first schedule hit the floors in Kolkata. Known for sparing no effort to ease into the character, the gorgeous actress took to learning Bengali for the film that marked her much-awaited homecoming.

Chitrangda Singh consults a language coach to learn Bengali for Bob Biswas

No details of Singh's role in the crime thriller have been out yet except that her character is that of a Bengali native. A source informs that knowing the language was a prerequisite for the actress and she resolved to go all out for the portrayal of her character.

A source says, "Chitrangda had been learning Bengali from a friend in Kolkata and also consulted a professional language coach to master the cadences. She had always loved the language and that sped up the learning process for her."

Chitrangda says, "I was super excited when I was told that I had to learn Bengali for the film. It is one of my favourite languages. Earlier, I understood Bangla a little bit, but I did get the chance to learn it. I'm so happy that Bob Biswas became the reason for me to learn Bengali."

Fans of the actress have a lot to watch out for as the Kahaani spin-off tells the backstory of Bollywood's rare assassin and has her essaying a role she has never tried before. Singh's character in the forthcoming Red Chillies and Sujoy Ghosh production is still a secret. And evidently, there is quite some positive anticipation surrounding the actress's role in the Diya Ghosh directorial.

Along with the Kolkata schedule of Bob Biswas, Chitrangda is also gearing up for her upcoming production, Soorma 2.

Also Read: Chitrangda Singh gets a special gift for Abhishek Bachchan on his birthday

It’s only been a few days since Mr. India 2 has been officially announced. Bollywood Hungama, on February 16, reported that Ali Abbas Zafar is working on Mr. India 2. And that Ranveer Singh was in talks to lead the film. This was confirmed on February 17 by Zee Studios and the director as he informed us that they are working on a trilogy. Ali wrote on Twitter, "Excited to partner with @ZeeStudios_ for an epic trilogy #MrIndia! It is a huge responsibility to carry forward an iconic character loved by everyone. Currently, working on the script, no actor has been locked till now. Once we lock the first draft of the script, casting begins!"

Shah Rukh Khan does a test shoot for Mogambo with Ranveer Singh for Ali Abbas Zafar’s Mr. India 2?

Soon, reports suggested that Shah Rukh Khan has been approached for the role of Mogambo, the iconic villain which was essayed by late Amrish Puri. Ranveer Singh is reportedly set to play Arun Verma aka Mr. India that was earlier played by Anil Kapoor. If the latest reports are anything to go by, SRK and Ranveer came face to face during the test shoot promo which will be heavy on VFX by Red Chillies Entertainment. SRK will be donning costume rich in texture whereas Ranveer will sport simple clothes but the hat and blazer remain as it became a trademark.

Since the film is announced, the original makers and team do not seem to be happy with the way this was shaped. Shekhar Kapur, the director of the film, slammed the makers for not consulting him before the project was announced. "No one has even asked me or mentioned to me about this film called Mr. India 2. I can only guess that they using the title to get a big weekend. For they cannot use the characters/story without permission from the original creators of the film,” he wrote on Twitter earlier this week.

Even Sonam Kapoor is miffed that her father Anil Kapoor and Shekhar weren’t informed about the development of the project that has been very dear to them. She took to social media to share her displeasure over the project and wrote, “A lot of people have been asking me about the MR. India remake. Honestly my father didn’t even know the film was being remade, we found out about it through social media when @aliabbaszafar tweeted. It’s quite disrespectful and underhanded if it is true since no one bothered to consult my father or Shekhar uncle, two people who played a major role in making the film what it was and is. It’s sad because that was a film made with heart and hard work and is very sentimental to my father, beyond commerce and announcements, it’s a part of his legacy. consult my father or Shekhar uncle, two people who played a major role in making the film what it was and is. It’s sad because that was a film made with heart and hard work and is very sentimental to my father, beyond commerce and announcements, it’s a part of his legacy.”

Meanwhile, Zee Studios is looking at festive release for Mr. India 2 in 2022.

ALSO READ: Sonam Kapoor Ahuja MIFFED with the makers of MR. INDIA 2 for not even informing Anil Kapoor about the remake

Singer Mika Singh’s manager, Soumya Zoheb Khan, was found dead at his studio in Andheri on February 3. The 30-year-old manager had been going through depression and overdosed on sleeping pills, according to the police. Soumya was also the wife of music composer Zoheb Khan. According to the reports, her body was found by her co-workers at around 10:15 pm on the first floor of Singh’s studio after she failed to show up on the ground floor till evening.

RIP Mika Singh’s manager found dead in his studio; police says it’s a case of drug overdose

They headed up to figure out what was wrong only to find her lying on the ground. After she was rushed to the nearest hospital, she was declared dead and the post mortem reports do not suggest a foul play.

Mika Singh took to his Instagram handle to express his sincere condolences to her family and friends.

Take a look at his post.

 

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Waheguru ji ka Khalsa Waheguru ji ki fateh . Very sad to Announce that ,Our dear @saumya.samy has left us for heavenly abode, leaving behind with us her Beautiful memories she left this world at a very young age. May God bless her soul rest in peace . My heartfelt condolences to her family and her husband @official_zohebkhan ...

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May her soul rest in peace.

Also Read: “Such performers will do anything for money in any part of the world” – Ashoke Pandit blasts Mika Singh after his apology to FWICE

It’s happening! The highly anticipated Friends reunion has been confirmed for HBO Max special. The untitled unscripted special will mark the return of Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer for the celebration for the long-running sitcom.

Friends cast confirm reunion for HBO Max special

In a statement revealed to Variety, Kevin Reilly, chief content officer at HBO Max and president of TBS, TNT, and truTV said, "Guess you could call this the one where they all got back together — we are reuniting with David, Jennifer, Courteney, Matt, Lisa, and Matthew for an HBO Max special that will be programmed alongside the entire ‘Friends’ library. I became aware of ‘Friends’ when it was in the very early stages of development and then had the opportunity to work on the series many years later and have delighted in seeing it catch on with viewers generation after generation. It taps into an era when friends – and audiences – gathered together in real time and we think this reunion special will capture that spirit, uniting original and new fans.”

The report further states that each cast member will receive $ 2.5 million dollars for being a part of the HBO special.

 

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It’s happening... @hbomax @jenniferaniston @lisakudrow @mleblanc @mattyperry4 @_schwim_

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it’s happening!! @HBOMax @_schwim_ @jenniferaniston @courteneycoxofficial @lisakudrow @mattyperry4

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ALSO READ: Justin Theroux wishes ex-wife Jennifer Aniston on her 51st birthday; Friends co-star Courteney Cox shares an adorable photo

It was only last week that Ali Abbas Zafar announced Mr. India 2 and has been working on this dream project silently for quite some time. The film is most likely to be titled as Mr. India 2, with a fresh take on the classic. The film will also see a festival release in 2022 and this news has left Shekhar Kapur and Sonam Kapoor Ahuja quite upset. When Ali Abbas Zafar announced the trilogy in association with Zee Studios, Shekhar Kapur, who has directed the original starring Anil Kapoor, Sridevi, and Amrish Puri, called him out on Twitter.

Sonam Kapoor Ahuja MIFFED with the makers of MR. INDIA 2 for not even informing Anil Kapoor about the remake

Shekhar Kapur claimed that the makers were only using the name to get a big opening at the weekend and also mentioned that they cannot make the film without the permission of the original’s makers. After Shekhar Kapur, even Sonam Kapoor Ahuja took to her Twitter to address the lack of approval from the makers.

Sonam revealed that Anil Kapoor was not even aware that such a project was in the making. He was not even informed about the project. She tweeted, "A lot of people have been asking me about the MR. India remake. Honestly my father didn’t even know the film was being remade, we found out about it through social media when @aliabbaszafar tweeted. It’s quite disrespectful and underhanded if it is true, since no one bothered to.'

She further posted a message to the creators of Mr. India 2 stating, “consult my father or Shekhar uncle, two people who played a major role in making the film what it was and is. It’s sad because that was a film made with heart and hard work and is very sentimental to my father, beyond commerce and announcements, it’s a part of his legacy.”

Harshvardhan Kapoor also seemed upset about it and commented on the same saying that filmmaking is an art form and the sensitivity towards the artists is diminishing as everything has become about money and greed.

Take a look at her tweet and statement, along with Harshvardhan Kapoor’s comment.

 

 

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#FYI

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consult my father or Shekhar uncle, two people who played a major role in making the film what it was and is. It’s sad because that was a film made with heart and hard work and is very sentimental to my father, beyond commerce and announcements, it’s a part of his legacy.

— Sonam K Ahuja (@sonamakapoor) February 22, 2020

It's quite clear that just like original director Shekhar Kapur, even lead actor Anil Kapoor of the original Mr. India is quite miffed with the way the remake has been planned without their blessings. It is to be seen how the makers of the remake handle the situation from here.

Also Read: Shekhar Kapur slams Mr. India 2 makers and Ali Abbas Zafar, says no one asked for his permission

The show Sanjivani has been loved this entire season especially Surbhi Chandna’s impeccable acting skills and her chemistry with both the co-stars, Namit Khanna and Gaurav Chopra, has been highly appreciated by the audiences. The ongoing season will end with a lovely surprise and two new cameos. It is not the end for Sanjivani - on prime time, as made to believe. Not only are there talks for a brand new season but this show is also planned end with a few surprises and two cameos thrown in.

Surbhi Chandna and Gaurav Chopra starrer Sanjivani to go off-air; the show MAY come back with a fresh season

This information was divulged by the serial's creative producer and director Siddharth P. Malhotra. With regard to the ongoing season, Malhotra added that the audience loved the new pair - Gaurav and Surbhi. "In fact, there’s a fan divide and while some love #Navisha, others like #Sidisha and this division of fans would not have happened had the audience not likes Gaurav and Surbhi."

When asked whether a change of time slot played a role in the serial going off-air, Malhotra replied in the negative.  "No, no, the change of time slot wasn’t the reason at all. The channel took the call which is always the case and there were some branding issues apparently."

While we’re really disheartened with the news of the show going off-air, we can’t wait to see what more is in store for the audience.

Also Read: HILARIOUS: Surbhi Chandna makes ‘pakodas’ for the first time, Gaurav Chopra says he will review it if he’s alive!

Raghubir Yadav, known for his roles in Lagaan and Peepli Live, is going through a tumultuous time in his personal life. The actor’s wife Purnima Kharga has filed a divorce at the Bandra Family Court after 32 years of marriage. Purnima, who is a former Kathak dancer, has alleged cheating and desertion. Raghubir and Purnima have a 30-year-old son.

Raghubir Yadav’s wife files for divorce after 32 years of marriage, demands alimony of Rs 10 crore

In her petition, she has informed that Raghubir Yadav cheated on her with a co-star in 1995. At the time, she had filed for divorce but withdrew it later. She reportedly receives alimony of Rs. 40,000 but it is not paid to her on time. In her latest petition, she has demanded the maintenance of Rs. 1 lakh and final alimony of Rs 10 crore. She has mentioned his partner and manager Roshni Archeja a party to the petition. The petition filed through the lawyers Ishika Tolani and Tuooba Khan states that under the circumstances of cheating and living in an adulterous relationship that has created marital discord, Raghubir is entitled to a Decree of Divorce under section 13(1)(I) and 13(i-a) of the Hindu Marriage Act.

Raghubir Yadav, on the work front, was last seen in Newton with Rajkummar Rao. He has been part of several movies including Salaam Bombay, Bandit Queen, Rudaali, 1947 Earth, Lagaan, Peepli Live and Water among others.

After learning martial arts for her character in Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota (2019) and gaining 12 kgs for Pataakha (2018), Radhika Madan had to change her body-type from a martial artist to a schoolgirl. Changed her nutrition, workout regime and actually turned vegan in the process!

Radhika Madan turns vegan for Angrezi Medium

Radhika, otherwise a foodie — who also believes in staying fit, reveals that she had only a month to get into the character. She says, “I was eating read meat for Pataakha and had a lot of fat on my body when I went in to audition for Angrezi Medium. Dinesh Vijan (producer) and Homi Adajania (director) loved the screen test. It was their conviction that helped me make up my mind and take the challenge of getting into shape.”

The actor says that it was tough to follow a strict regime. “I had to look like a 17-year-old college student so I couldn’t gain muscle. I had to show some amount of baby fat. So, I could only do yoga and cardio to look lean. I also decided to turn vegan, which I did and it really helped me get into the skin of the character. I had to follow a strict diet where I couldn’t even eat an extra grape. It was all measured. Apart from that I was working out twice a day, but I feel the hard work has really paid off,” she says.

She adds that following the regime helped her get into the skin of the character. “My body language changed completely. I actually thought that I was going back to college. Also, many people don’t believe that food plays an important part in the way you think. I turned vegan and it just makes your mindset completely unadulterated and gives you a better perspective of things,” concludes the actor.

Jio Studios and Prem Vijan present Dinesh Vijan's Angrezi Medium, a Maddock Films production, directed by Homi Adajania, releases on March 13th, 2020.

ALSO READ: Radhika Madan begins shooting for Shiddat opposite Sunny Kaushal 

After Amyra Dastur was announced as a prominent part of Ali Abbas Zafar's next web series on Amazon Prime, starring Saif Ali Khan, Amyra has bagged yet another biggie. She will be seen playing an important role in Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani's next production venture - Dongri To Dubai being directed by Shujaat Saudagar (Rock On 2).

Amyra Dastur bags a role in Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani's next production venture, Dongri To Dubai

Ask Amyra how it all came about and she smiles confirming the development, "This came about as most offers do. I got a call from a casting director asking me to come in for an audition. They didn't tell me what it was about, who was going to be in it or who was backing it. They just gave me a character brief and dialogues to memorize. I did my best and after a few days, I was called back for a second audition because they wanted to check if I could do the scenes in a different way to show my versatility. Everyone seemed happy with my performance and Shujaat called me to the office for a narration. I loved what I heard and then requested the team to send me all the episodes to read before I gave them an official confirmation."

The digital series is adapted from Hussain Zaidi's book 'Dongri to Dubai: Six Decades of the Mumbai Mafia'. The show revolves around the life of Dawood Ibrahim but also captures his early life, the big mob bosses at the time and his gang. Details about Amyra's role have been kept under wraps but we hear she plays a Parsi girl in the series.

Amyra says it's the 'content' and character that appealed to her. "For me, it's all about the script and the set-up. This show is adapted from a gripping book that I’ve read and loved! The power-crazed gangsters and world of crime are what interested me the most.”, she further continues.

"It's set in the 70s and 80s so you get to see a different side to Mumbai, the birth of Mumbai in a way. I have never done a period based project and the fact that we get to go back in time with this one was magic to my ears. The fact the Excel Entertainment is producing it was the cherry on the cake.” Dongri To Dubai will have a ten-episode season one.

With the digital renaissance becoming the order of the day, several big actors are jumping on the web bandwagon. Amyra reasons, "At the end of the day, Web or OTT has a much further reach than anything today. It doesn't matter when or where you watch it because it's going to be there forever. That's the beauty of the web."

Apart from her Amazon Prime Video projects, Amyra will be seen in the T-Series' Koi Jaane Na co-starring Kunal Kapoor (Rang De Basanti).

ALSO READ: Amyra Dastur joins Saif Ali Khan in Ali Abbas Zafar’s next political thriller Tandav

Salman Khan, who is currently shooting for his Radhe - Your Most Wanted Bhai, has a couple of projects in the pipeline already. The actor has already announced Eid 2021 release, Kabhi Eid Kabhi Diwali. Now, it seems like he is ready to return to cop avatar but this time in a different way.

Salman Khan to play Sikh policeman, Aayush Sharma as gangster in upcoming action drama

If the reports are anything to go by, Salman Khan will essay the role of Sikh policeman in an upcoming drama. He will be a no-nonsense man on a mission, upright. He won't have a leading lady. Besides him, Aayush Sharma will play the role of a gangster and is working to bulk up since he has several confrontations with Salman. The hunt for the leading lady is on who will star opposite Aayush. The project will be helmed by LoveYatri director, Abhiraj Minawala.

Salman has played the role of cop before but this time he is a Sikh cop. He will be growing a beard and wearing a turban. The actor is set to undergo multiple look tests in the coming week. Abhiraj Minawala will be finalizing the script soon before this project goes on the floor.

Salman Khan has allotted the bulk dates for the film as the film goes on the floor soon and will be wrapped up by September 2020. Post which, he will start work on Kabhi Eid Kabhi Diwali. He is looking forward to releasing this untitled drama early next year under his production, Salman Khan Films.

ALSO READ: BREAKING: Salman Khan-starrer Radhe – Your Most Wanted Bhai has this similarity with Tere Naam!

Shilpa Shetty and her husband Raj Kundra are parents again. The couple made an announcement on Maha Shivaratri that they have been blessed with their second child, a baby girl. Shilpa took to Instagram to make the announcement that their little angel Samisha Shetty Kundra arrived on February 15, 2020.

Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra welcome daughter Samisha via surrogacy

"Our prayers have been answered with a miracle. With gratitude in our hearts we are thrilled to announce the arrival of our little Angel. Samisha Shetty Kundra. Born on 15th February 2020 Junior SSK in the house,” she posted on Instagram.

She went onto explain that how they name their child. "'Sa' in Sanskrit is 'to have', and 'Misha' in Russian stands for 'someone like God'," she added.

 

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||Om Shri Ganeshaya Namah|| Our prayers have been answered with a miracle... With gratitude in our hearts, we are thrilled to announce the arrival of our little Angel, ???????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????? ???????????????????????????? Born: February 15, 2020 Junior SSK in the house???? ‘Sa’ in Sanskrit is “to have”, and ‘Misha’ in Russian stands for “someone like God”. You personify this name - our Goddess Laxmi, and complete our family. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ~ Please bestow our angel with all your love and blessings????????❤ ~ Ecstatic parents: Raj and Shilpa Shetty Kundra Overjoyed brother: Viaan-Raj Kundra . . . . . . . . . #SamishaShettyKundra???? #gratitude #blessed #MahaShivratri #daughter #family #love

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Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra tied the know in November 2009 and welcomed their son Viaan, in May 2012.

Shilpa Shetty, after 13 years, is returning to films with Sabbir Khan's upcoming film Nikamma. The actress will be seen sharing screen space with Abhimanyu Dassani and Shirley Setia. She will also be seen in Priyadarshan's Hungama 2. The film also stars Paresh Rawal, Meezaan Jafferi and Pranitha Subhash.

ALSO READ: WATCH: Shilpa Shetty enters the Bigg Boss 13 house to teach the contestants Yoga

Celebrity couple Karanvir Bohra and Teejay Sidhu are currently working on a web series which will be conceptualized and created by them. The series titled Yatra will see the couple along with their twins visit spiritual places in India. However, Karanvir says this show will not be preachy, but looks at making the show child-friendly and explores spiritual places in India in a way never seen before. In an exclusive conversation with Bollywood Hungama, Karanvir Bohra spoke about his upcoming show Yatra and how it stands apart from other travel shows on the internet.

Exclusive: Karanvir Bohra speaks about mixing spirituality and religion in his upcoming web series Yatra

Talking about why they thought of a travel show for their first web series, Karanvir said, "We (Karanvir and Teejay) have been thinking of this idea since the time our babies were one year old. But that time it was too difficult to handle the babies as well as the travel show. So we were just waiting for our children to start understanding people and places. They just started communicating and they have too many questions. So, we just realised this is just the right time to start a travel show with the babies called Yatra. Everybody travels, but what we thought was how can we incorporate value systems, spirituality, religion and fun.”

Karanvir further went on to speak about how his childhood experiences has influenced to take up this show. "I remember when I was a kid, my mom used to take me and my sister to Jodhpur, that is where I am from. Every summer my grandmother and my uncle would organise spiritual sojourns. So I have visited all the Jyotirlingas, all the chardhams, and not only that, most of the mosques, churches and gurudwaras. They would take us everywhere and that is why we are so liberal in our thinking also. It is a beautiful thing that I get to relive all these things with my children," he said.

Karanvir will be taking his three-year-old twins on this journey. On asking, whether they have been prepping the kids to face the camera, he said, "We are not prepping them at all. They are very camera friendly. They are very people friendly. Basically, I myself am so active on social media that my camera is always on them. I want to capture their moments. I catch their expression whenever they see me after so long, so they are okay with it all. And Teejay and my thing is not about making them camera friendly. We are going to be open parents. Whatever they want to pick up we will give them all the platforms they need."

Talking further about the show, Karanvir said, "We will mix spirituality and religion and make it fun for the kids to watch. We don't want to make it too preachy. I don't want it to be heavy. We will also be covering and exploring the fun activities of those places. It will be a full-fledged travel show."

This will be the first-ever production under Karanvir & Teejay’s production house ‘Belvie Productions’ named are their children – Bella and Vienna. This travel web series will be shot in February and will be released shortly on Twin Baby Diaries, the official YouTube channel of twin baby girls, Bella and Vienna.

Karanvir Bohra and Teejay will be speaking about the show and unveiling the trailer at Godrej L’Affaire in Mumbai on Saturday, February 22.

Also Read: Exclusive: Karanvir Bohra who played Dhruv in Shararat talks about a reboot of the show for digital 

Aanand L Rai’s next directorial Atrangi Re featuring  Dhanush, Sara Ali Khan and Akshay Kumar (no, it is not a love triangle) is set in rural Bihar. However, the film to be shot in one long schedule, will be shot in the mofussil Ballia town of Uttar Pradesh.

Scoop: Aanand L Rai moves to Ballia for his Akshay Kumar, Dhanush, Sara Ali Khan romantic comedy Atrangi Re

No major or even, minor Bollywood film has been shot in Ballia before. The stars would have no luxury hotels to  put up in. There are no touristic  comforts in Ballia. The crew requires a massive bandobast to control the swelling surge of superstar Akshay Kumar’s fans who are likely to converge at the shootings.

“The local administration has ensured Aanand and  his team their full co-operation. Why only Akshay?  Even Sara Ali Khan is a big star now after  Kedarnath and Simmba. So Aanand expects a crowd-management problem.”

But no one is worried. The shooting is expected to go smoothly. “Akshay is  known to be a terrific crowd manager. The junta listens to him. They’d do nothing to disrupt the shooting.”

Also Read: Atrangi Re: Sara Ali Khan to play double role of sorts in Akshay Kumar – Dhanush starrer

Arjun Kanungo has been impressing the audience with his music and small stints in the videos for quite some time now. The ‘Baaki Baatein Peene Baad’ singer is all set to make his big Bollywood debut with Salman Khan in his next, Radhe – Your Most Wanted Bhai. In a recent interview he gave to a leading daily, Arjun Kanungo has spoken in detail about how he landed the role in the film and expressed his excitement to be working with Salman Khan.

Arjun Kanungo reveals how he landed a role in the Salman Khan starrer Radhe – Your Most Wanted Bhai

He says that he first met Salman Khan two years ago and after exchanging pleasantries, he said that he likes his aforementioned song a lot. Salman Khan even offered him to sing a song for his film, Race 3. The song featured Saqib Saleem and Jacqueline Fernandez, however, it was not released. After the music video of ‘Baarishein’ was released, he showed it to Salman Khan who said that he looks good on screen and wanted him to work in his next.

However, Salman Khan did not want Arjun Kanungo to play the role of a good boy and wanted something out of the box for him. Praising the superstar, Arjun Kanungo said that when Salman Khan walks in, he makes his presence felt and that there’s no one like him. He also says that he has been learning a lot from Salman Khan and Prabhu Dheva has been mentoring him.

Slated to release on Eid, Radhe – Your Most Wanted Bhai will be directed by Prabhu Dheva.

Also Read: Salman Khan’s Radhe cop to be seen mouthing the ‘Commitment’ line

Priyanka Chopra Jonas had announced long ago that she will be portraying the role of Ma Anand Sheela, in her biopic. For those living under the rock, Ma Anand Sheela was the right hand of Bhagwan Rajneesh or Osho and the duo was involved in the biggest bioterror attack in Oregon. The two hailed from India and were quite controversial during their peak days.

Ma Anand Sheela’s biopic starring Priyanka Chopra Jonas to have a digital release!

While there weren’t any details out about the project, the word is that this Barry Levinson directed project will release on Amazon. The film has been titled as Sheela and Priyanka Chopra Jonas had announced on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that the Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson had approached her for the project and she is super excited for it.

Ma Anand Sheela was Osho’s personal secretary through 1981-1985 and became the word of the town after Wild, Wild Country, a docuseries was released on Netflix.

Also Read: Alia Bhatt’s Osho movie plans shelved because of Priyanka Chopra’s Ma Sheela project?

Taapsee Pannu's Thappad has been making the right noise for a while now. The film not only takes a strong stand against domestic violence but seems to have presented the subject in a powerful manner, therefore convincing everyone that solutions to domestic violence is the need of the hour.

Meanwhile, Taapsee took to Instagram to share an adorable photo with her on-screen father Kumud Mishra. In her caption, she also emphasised on how a woman's expectations from her life partner are deeply influenced by the love and encouragement she receives from her father. "Being daddy’s girl is what made things easy and difficult for Amrita. The fact she always thought her life partner will be someone like her father got her expectations soar high but when they crashed, he was there to hold her from falling. Witness this beautiful father daughter relationship from 28th feb 2020," she wrote.

Filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj recently hosted a special screening of the film in Delhi, and it met with great response. Anurag Kashyap is also set to organise a screening while Hansal Mehta has announced that he will hold one in Jaipur.

The film, directed by Anubhav Sinha, releases on February 28.

Also Read: Thappad and Kabir Singh producer Bhushan Kumar says both films have no connection

Bad news for movie buffs in Dubai and the Middle East. Ayushmann Khurrana and Jitendra Kumar’s love story won’t be screened in those parts. Nothing personal. It’s just that films with a gay theme are automatically banned in the Middle Eastern countries.

Breaking Ayushmann Khurrana starrer Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan banned in Dubai & UAE

A source from Dubai informs me, “We knew this was coming. Or, rather not coming. We really wanted to see what Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan has to say, since it is the first Bollywood film that normalizes a gay relationship. Sadly, all films with a gay content are banned in these parts.”

Apparently Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan producers offered to edit out the smooch between Jitendra and Ayushmann. But they were sharply reminded that it wasn’t about the kiss but the content.

Okay then.

Also Read: Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan: Jitendra Kumar reveals about the time when an HR guy proposed to him

Optimystix Entertainment, India’s flagship television production company, announced strategic partnership with Ashwin Varde, one of India’s most prominent film producers, to launch a new film production company, Wakaoo Films. The joint venture will comprehensively engage in content development and production across feature films and digital media. The new entity will produce a minimum of 3 to 4 feature film projects this calendar year and a few web-series for OTT platforms.

Optimystix Entertainment & Ashwin Varde join hands to launch Wakaoo Films

Commenting on this strategic association, Vipul D.Shah, Founder & Chairman, Optimystix Entertainment said, “We have been successfully scripting our success story in highly competitive TV arena with an array of leading fiction & non-fiction shows since almost two decades. Having produced 125+ prime-time TV shows including the long-running Comedy Circus & Crime Patrol we have created an ecosystem of Comedy & Crime that currently exists in the TV space. Our vision is to build a similar content driven ecosystem in the film & OTT business. I began my career as a film writer & it feels good to finally come back home. I am equally very excited to announce this joint venture with Ashwin Varde who is a credible force to reckon with in the film industry & this association will help us further in creating more significant value in our business and will channelize us to harness the growth across Feature films & OTT content business.”

Ashwin Varde, who produced one of last year’s biggest blockbusters Kabir Singh, also has to his credit prominent movies like Mubarakan, Boss, The Shaukeens, Notebook and others, is excited about this new development. He said, “I am extremely happy to form this joint venture with Optimystix, one of India’s leading content creators. With Wakaoo Films, the idea is to redefine content and create your own dazzle in the film and digital world. The word ‘Wakaoo’ is an expression of joy; it’s a burst of innovation. That’s what we intend to do with the content we create. The best part is that both Vipul and Rajesh share the same vision - to create something exceptional. Let’s say Wakaoo to a great new beginning”.

Further elaborating on Optimystix Entertainment's first ever creative collaboration with Indian producer to form a film production company, Rajesh Bahl, Director & Group CEO Optimystix Entertainment said, “Wakaoo Films is the beginning of an exciting new chapter for Optimystix. At the heart of this partnership is our love for cinema and content creation. With so much to his credit, Ashwin Varde brings immense knowledge, industry relationships and unique insights about the business of cinema and storytelling. I am sure with this collaboration, Wakaoo Films will be able engage & entertain the audience with a range of films and web shows.”

He added, "We have been working on our slate for next 2-3 years and a number of big and interesting feature film and digital projects are in the works that we will be announcing shortly under this partnership.”

Also Read: Kabir Singh producer, Ashwin Varde BAGS Allu Arjun’s BLOCKBUSTER Ala Vaikunthapurramloo for a THIS amount

Filmmaker Rohit Shetty has created a cop-universe in Bollywood with successful films like the Singham franchise and Simmba. He is currently gearing up for the release of Sooryavanshi, which will be the latest addition to his cop-universe.

As Rohit Shetty completes a decade on television, he credits the medium for putting a face to his name

While talking to a tabloid, the filmmaker said that the Akshay Kumar starrer Sooryavanshi brings with it immense pressure. Of the 14 films Rohit Shetty has made, 11 of them have been blockbusters. He said that he is blessed to have received so much love from the audience.

While Rohit Shetty is still giving final touches to Sooryavanshi which is to release in March, the filmmaker will turn anchor for the new season of Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi. Rohit Shetty said that the show was shot in Bulgaria and that it was he who recommended the place. He said that he had shot Dilwale in Bulgaria and was familiar with the stunt team there. Rohit Shetty who made his small screen debut as one of the judges on Comedy Circus is about to complete a decade on television, He said that Television made him a household brand. He further said that people knew him as a filmmaker, but being on TV put a face to his name.

Also Read: After Sooryavanshi, the next instalment in Rohit Shetty’s cop universe to be Singham 3!

Ayushmann Khurrana will next be seen playing a homosexual character in the upcoming film Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan. The actor is paired opposite Jitendra Kumar who makes his debut in Bollywood with the film. In an interview with a daily, the actor said that this is not another Ayushmann film about a non-mainstream topic.

Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan: Ayushmann Khurrana plays an instigator instead of a victim

Ayushmann Khurrana is known for making socially relevant films and especially on topics that are considered taboo in society. He said that his upcoming film is not message-oriented or some in-depth look at same-sex relationships. Rather, he said that it is a comedy film and a family entertainer.

Ayushmann said that more than a love story, the film is about the reaction of the parents and the family on finding out that their son is gay. The actor said that he plays the instigator in the film while Jitendra plays the son.

Talking further about his character, Ayushmann said that he was given a choice to pick the character he wants to play. He said that he chose the role of the instigator as he did not want to play a victim anymore as he did in films like Bala, Badhaai Ho, and Dum Laga Ke Haisha. He said that his character is more confident about his sexuality as opposed to Jitendra's character who is still in the closet.

Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan directed by Hitesh Kewalya also stars Gajraj Rao, Neena Gupta, and Maanvi Gagroo. The film is slated to hit the theatres on February 21.

Also Read: EXCLUSIVE: Ayushmann Khurrana and Hitesh Kewalya reveal why it was necessary to add humour while telling gay love story like Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan

Flying Machine brings aboard a fresh new face, India's heartthrob Kartik Aaryan as the wingman to this youth brand. India’s first homegrown denim brand, Flying Machine, launches its new campaign of the season, with the new face of Kartik Aaryan. With this new collaboration, the brand seeks to connect with the fun, quirky and cool youth that Kartik Aaryan is said to lead and influence.

Kartik Aaryan roped in as new brand ambassador of Flying Machine jeans

Alok Dubey, CEO of Arvind Lifestyle Brands said, “Kartik Aaryan is immensely popular with youth and truly represents the brand persona of being The New Cool besides being quirky, witty and very versatile with his fashion choices. This makes it a terrific collaboration.”

The campaign shows Kartik Aaryan flaunting the freshest and coolest styles of the coming season, with the youthful candour and appeal that only he can. “I am very happy to collaborate with India’s first homegrown denim brand Flying Machine. Denims are something which is a part of my daily life and the Flying machine has the comfort, style and a range of variety, with which I could relate totally.” said the actor.

The collection boasts of edgy colours and flattering denims, that add oomph to the Spring-Summer collection of 2020.

 

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