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Congress on Saturday explored pros and cons of going ahead with its petition to seek Supreme Court’s clarification on its July 17 order that said the 15 rebel MLAs can’t be compelled to attend the legislature session by issuing whip. “The order goes against the 10th Schedule of the Constitution (Anti-defection Act) as the party legislators’ leader has every right to issue the whip,’’ said a Congress source.

Ever since he posted his resignation given to party president Rahul Gandhi on last Sunday, Sidhu has remained incommunicado. He is believed to have met Priyanka Gandhi in Delhi on Thursday. Sources said Sidhu had been asked to ‘lie low’ for some time to avoid any escalation of conflict in the state leadership.

In a step towards controlling high prices of commonly used medical devices, the govt is set to identify a list of “essential medical devices”, expected to be a precursor to anti-profiteering measures such as capping trade margins in the range of 30-50%. While some sections call for cap on MRP, the govt is inclined to checking trade margins which might find higher acceptance in the medical-pharma sector.

The Centre on Saturday appointed new governors in four states. Former MP and noted Supreme Court lawyer Jagdeep Dhankhar has been named West Bengal govenor, replacing Keshari Nath Tripathi. Anandiben Patel, who was appointed MP governor last year, has been shifted to UP where current governor Ram Naik has completed his term.

The government has approached Iran for release of Indian nationals who are among the crew on board a British-flagged oil tanker seized by Tehran in the Strait of Hormuz. According to a media report, there are 23 crew members on board the British-flagged oil tanker. 18 among them are Indians.

The statistics and programme implementation ministry has notified a “code of professional ethics” for all members of committees set up by it or by any institution under its control, which bars even former members from sharing any confidential deliberations or data. The new instructions come after the leak of a job data report prepared by NSSO showed unemployment at a 45-year high.

Girls went from being over a third the number of boys who migrated out of their state for education in 1992-2001 to almost half the number of boys by the 2011 census, which recorded a total of 5.4 million migrating for education within India. This change in the gender skew was highest in states such as Bihar, Odisha, MP, Rajasthan and UP.

Sheila Dikshit had undergone multiple surgeries over the past few years, but was doing well till Friday. On Saturday morning, the former Delhi CM complained of breathlessness. She suffered a sudden cardiac arrest on her way to the hospital, and was declared dead at 3:55 pm

Sheila Dikshit's contribution in 'transforming' Delhi plays out in the many flyovers, launch of the Delhi Metro rail network and outreach to the civil society through the Bhagidari movement steered by residents’ welfare associations. She will be remembered for tough decisions like implementing the SC verdict on relocating polluting industries & implementing the shift of Delhi's public transport to CNG.

“Jammu and Kashmir will be terrorism free soon as the international community has joined hands to collectively fight against terrorism,” Rajnath told mediapersons at a brief media interaction at Kathua. He slammed separatist leaders in the Valley for “using our children to pelt stones” when their own offsprings are studying abroad.

Footage emerges of the moment Iranian forces captured the British-flagged Stena Impero in the Gulf.

The airline halts all flights to the Egyptian capital for a week as a security "precaution".

On 20 July 1969, Apollo 11 landed - and hours later Neil Armstrong took his historic first steps.

Temperatures in some US cities are dangerously high, with the east coast particularly hard-hit.

The site said it suspended the accounts because of alleged harassment of Baha'is.

Two burial chambers are being examined in the search for a teenager, missing since 1983.

Stephen McDonell was reporting live from a pro-China rally, ahead of more pro-democracy protests in the city.

Manny Pacquiao beats Keith Thurman on points to become the WBA welterweight Super champion at the age of 40.

Demonstrators call for anti-Putin activists to be allowed to run in September's Moscow elections.

The German leader uses the 75th anniversary to call on citizens to counter rising right-wing extremism.

The 64-year-old was attacked while speaking at a promotional event in the city of Zhongshan.

The longest-serving chief minister of Delhi dies in the capital after a long illness.

Much of the US is baking this weekend. But several cities are doing innovative things to combat rising temperatures.

Two BBC presenters put Impossible Foods' meat-free burger to the taste test. How does it shape up?

Sandizile Malindiza learnt to make the traditional clothing of her country, formerly known as Swaziland, at 11-years-old.

President Donald Trump has pledged to take radical steps to reduce prescription drug prices in the US.

Accused of widespread abuses, the Rapid Support Forces sprang from "Janjaweed" militias linked to genocide in Darfur.

Two BBC presenters put Impossible Foods' meat-free burger to the taste test. How does it shape up?

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The congresswoman returned to her home state and was met with "welcome home" chants and signs.

The minutes before landing were tense, as fuel was feared to be low and connections were lost between the lunar module and mission control.

The unidentified man was unharmed, but four others were taken to hospital for smoke inhalation.

The suicides have put India's competitive exams in the spotlight amid allegations of errors in marking.

Bird experts say there's been an "incremental increase" in attacks, as people encroach on bird habitats.

A Zimbabwean football fan travels from Cape Town to Cairo by road and finds "Africa is not friendly to Africans".

In his first interview, YouTube's UK managing director defends the platform's algorithms.

The "red team" will be employed to imagine future military threats – and how how to prevent them.

Shows like Love Island, Gavin & Stacey and Victoria will be on ITV and the BBC's streaming service.

Passengers will be able to make calls and go online anywhere on the Tube network by the mid-2020s.

The House of Commons' Science and Technology raises concerns about accuracy and bias.

European police forces are scrambling to develop tools that help them track criminals using 5G networks.

Passengers reportedly paid 100 times more than they should have after Uber's payments system goes awry.

The number of likes is a measure of how well content is doing on the social media platform.

An app that transforms photos of people's faces into younger and older versions has gone viral.

Senior Democrat Chuck Schumer says the photo app's use of personal data is "deeply troubling".

Young developer Cari Watterton, who works for a games firm located in Dundee, offers her tips for getting into the business

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

Conspiracy theories surround the Moon landings but BBC Click seeks to dispel some of the myths.

Many people who believe the Earth is not round first heard the idea on YouTube. But how important was the video-sharing website in helping the flat Earth movement grow?

Drivers can score points by shooting virtual monsters while racing each other.

Humans and robots working together in a factory may excite some tech geeks, but worry others who fear job losses.

Scientists and architects in London have developed 'bio-curtains' to act as an alternative to urban trees.

The motor industry is trying to reduce its carbon footprint in a number of innovative ways.

Small, cheap satellites can help us track pollution, crop yields and congestion like never before.

As politicians call for more regulation, you share your stories about children spending money within games.

May saw the world's first unmanned commercial shipping operation.

Exposure from mobile networks including 5G fall well below limits set by international regulators.

The boss of the new high-speed rail link has reportedly warned the project will exceed its £56bn budget.

The pound may be falling, but there are still plenty of places it goes a long way. We look at five.

A second tanker is now back on its way after it was boarded by armed guards in the Strait of Hormuz.

The plan is part of a package of measures aimed at improving the rights of low-paid flexible workers.

The retail giant says it held off raising prices for as long as it could, and insists it is still competitive.

Commuters have been "let down by a programme that is well behind schedule", a committee of MPs says.

Higher debt interest payments and increased spending on services contributed to a sharp rise in borrowing.

The charge will wipe out profits, but Boeing says it hopes the aircraft will resume flying this year.

The sport's governing body in New Zealand said the tickets had been re-sold on the secondary market.

A plan to ban section 21 notices - sometimes called revenge evictions - will backfire, say landlords.

In his first interview, YouTube's UK managing director defends the platform's algorithms.

Dentists, teachers and police officers are reportedly to get pay increases of between 2% and 2.9%.

Shows like Love Island, Gavin & Stacey and Victoria will be on ITV and the BBC's streaming service.

Retailers and hotels are among the firms seeing business hit by ongoing protests in Hong Kong.

The Office for Budget Responsibility says borrowing could surge if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

The motor industry is trying to reduce its carbon footprint in a number of innovative ways.

A simple look at how rent controls work and how effective they are.

As more of us worry about our carbon emissions, how can you offset your air travel?

Controversial cannabis firm Ignite's UK launch is causing a backlash in the nascent industry.

Small, cheap satellites can help us track pollution, crop yields and congestion like never before.

Golf has realised it needs to make the sport more attractive to women, on and off the playing course.

May saw the world's first unmanned commercial shipping operation.

When tech entrepreneur Hiroki Takeuchi was paralysed in a cycling accident, he was back in work just three months later.

India's cricketers didn't make the World Cup final, but its bookmakers are still making millions.

Farmers are struggling as coffee prices drop to historic lows, so why is the cost of a latte rising?

A Special court for elected representatives in Bengaluru on Saturday rejected an application for discharge filed by former minister G Janardhana Reddy, his close confidant KM Ali Khan and BV Srinivas Reddy, a partner of M/S Sree Minerals.

Karnataka Lokayukta P Vishwanath Shetty directed the revenue authority concerned to allocate a different and spacious site to house the Beggars Rehabilitation Centre for this coastal city.

(This story originally appeared in BangaloreMirror on July 20, 2019)

Incessant rainfall lashing Sakleshpur-Subrahmanya Ghat section since Thursday has disrupted operation of train services on the Bengaluru-Mangaluru route.

There were occasions when BS Yeddyurappa’s fiery speeches as leader of the opposition virtually singed treasury benches. His oratory skill was such that saffron party members coined the slogan, ‘Yeddyurappa gudugidare…Vidahana Soudha naduguvudu’ (If Yeddyurappa roars, Vidhana Soudha will tremble).

You could end up paying Rs 1,000 or more for chatting on the mobile phone while driving as revised traffic fines come into effect from Saturday. Traffic police say while chatting on the phone using headphones or bluetooth sets will invite penalty, there is a relaxation for using the phone for navigation.

Observing that a full-fledged police force is important for maintaining law and order, the high court on Friday directed the government to fill all vacant posts in the department by the year-end.

Four officers of the special investigation team, formed by Karnataka govt to investigate IMA Ponzi scheme, flew to UAE in June after IMA founder-owner Mohammed Mansoor Khan was tracked in Dubai. The officers pretended to be dry fruit merchants and were eventually able to arrange a meeting with Khan who was left with no choice but to cooperate and return to India.

A father's extramarital affair was discovered by his son while playing games on his dad's mobile phone. The son stumbled upon obscene messages and audios exchanged between his father and another woman and showed it to his mother. The mother has approached Bengaluru police seeking action against her husband, whom she has also accused of assaulting her.

Dengue scare has been growing and more so over the last two weeks, thanks to increasing mosquito menace propelled by intermittent rain.

Hours after water from Wednesday night’s rain flooded their apartment basements and homes, BTM Layout residents, including senior citizens, on Thursday barricaded 29th Cross to protest against BBMP for failing to address their complaints to fix civic problems.

The arrest of IMA scam mastermind Mohammed Mansoor Khan by the Enforcement Directorate in New Delhi on Friday has turned the heat on many top leaders in the Congress-JD(S) coalition. The leaders fear they could be questioned about their alleged links with Khan.

The decomposed body of a 26-year-old research scholar at Indian Institute of Science (IISc) was found in his hostel room on Friday evening. Police suspect KV Pawan Kumar may have consumed poison about two days ago.

A decomposed body of a 26-year-old research scholar at Indian Institute of Science (IISc) was found at his hostel room on Friday evening, along with a death note.

(This story originally appeared in BangaloreMirror on July 19, 2019)

A 22-year-old pork seller was killed after a sports bike he was riding was hit by a speeding truck from behind at Bandapura Gate near Hosakote on Thursday.

South Western Railway on Thursday said that free WiFi facility has been provided at 153 stations so far and it is planning to provide it at another 125 stations by August.

Irked over her poor culinary skills, husband allegedly stabbed his wife to death at Kallapadavu, Puttur on Thursday evening.

Less than a week after arresting two terror suspects from Nagapattinam district, and getting custody of 14 more deported from UAE, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) swooped on various locations across Tamil Nadu on Saturday.

A city civil court has directed the dean of the Institute of Child Health and Hospital here to pay Rs 20 lakh as compensation to a boy for transfusion of HIV-infected blood after a surgery.

The Tindivanam all women police station (AWPS) personnel on Friday evening arrested eight men – all closely related – for sexually assaulting two siblings, aged 9 and 7, for the past two years at a village near Brammadesam in the district

For aspiring filmmaker Mohammad Kalimullah Syed, it was a lesson learnt the hard way — how not to script a plot

After ravaging burial grounds in Puducherry, the sand mafia seems to have laid claim to its latest victim — the more than 2,000-year-old archaeological site Arikamedu

The Mylapore police have arrested a former hockey player, who broke into locked houses across the city and looted valuables. The man was identified as Harris Philips Michael (55) from Tirupathur. He had stolen gold and cash from as many as 55 locked houses across the state in the last few years.

Parents and activists are up in arms against the Tirupur corporation’s decision to demolish a 70-year-old school on Palladam Road to make way for a multi-level parking lot as part of the bus terminus project under the Smart City scheme.

Police in Tamil Nadu can now detain sexual offenders and cyber criminals under the Goondas Act, which means they can be locked up without trial for up to a year

The state might have imposed a blanket ban on single use plastic, but going by data recorded by city scientists, it looks like the toxic material has crawled back into use again. More than 60% of the nearly 100kg garbage collected during a coastal clean-up at Kovalam was plastic

Travel portal Thomas Cook on Friday announced the launch of a new outlet at Parry’s Corner in Chennai. The store would offer consumers travel and travel-related financial services.

he Tamil Nadu government has moved a bill in the legislative assembly to allow deaf and speech impaired people and lepers to contest the local body elections.

As many as 29 trains will be cancelled on every Sunday starting July 21 till August end in view of a line block to facilitate engineering work between Chennai Egmore and Tambaram.

Tension prevailed at a private college in Trichy when various Dravidian parties besieged a hall on the campus where officials from education department were participating in a regional workshop on the National Education Policy (NEP) – 2019. The protesters alleged that the workshop was conducted secretly without informing all stakeholders.

The Centre would bring new bills on cyber security, cyber terrorism and also to check crimes against women and girls, Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said Saturday.

A magisterial inquiry into the killing of two adivasis has been set up in Andhra Pradesh after human rights and activist groups had urged the government to file criminal cases against the suspected policemen who had allegedly shot them to death in March.

The VIP break darshan facility at Tirumala temple, which mostly caters to the high and mighty, will soon be available for common devotees. The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) plans to launch a new scheme that will allow common devotees to get the ‘VIP’ privilege

Chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Friday said he felt Hyderabad and Secunderabad should have been two separate districts given their burgeoning populations

On July 16, Krishnaveni Talent School , Hyderabad, held model elections to choose class representatives. Charan Kumar, a class 8 student lost the fight by six votes and was upset over it. Kumar was found dead near railway tracks on Friday morning. No suicide note was found but his family claims that he might have committed suicide as he was depressed over elections.

For the first time in the history of Osmania University, the students of University College of Engineering have created a racing car ‘XLR8’.

A 25-year-old BTech graduate was nabbed by Special Operation Team in Rachakonda on Friday for groping a 19-year-old in LB Nagar

A couple who operate an interior design firm on Banjara Hills Road no 1, was convicted by the Nampally criminal court on Friday for cheating three victims, including a firm

In a setback to the development of capital city, Amaravati, the World Bank has refused to fund its key infrastructure projects.

The Telangana government has set the ball rolling to develop six airports in the state. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has been roped in to conduct techno-feasibility studies, both at existing airstrips and for greenfield airports, and it will be paid Rs 4.5 crore consultancy fee for the job.

To curb rampant illegal constructions in Telangana, the new Municipal Bill -2019 proposes either imprisonment up to three years for anyone raising unauthorised buildings or a penalty of 25 per cent of the total value of the land/ building fixed by the registration department.

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) on Thursday proposed to install 200 additional traffic signals in the city.

With reports emerging that the TRS government may raze some heritage structures to build new Assembly and Secretariat complex, chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Thursday clarified that a high-level committee, comprising experts, will be constituted to identify buildings, guest houses, palaces and forts that have heritage value and preserve them.

Telangana home minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali is in the eye of the storm after his grandson Furqan Ahmed purpotedly made a TikTok video, sitting on a police vehicle. As the video went viral, netizens lost no time in identifying that the vehicle belonged to the Police Transport Organisation.

A conman who posed as a producer of many Tollywood films, and claimed close contacts with prominent director such as SS Rajamouli, was arrested by Task Force sleuths on Thursday for duping a woman advocate of Rs 50 lakh by assuring her of providing a character artiste role in the upcoming movie RRR.

Three persons from the city were arrested by the Kolkata Police Detective Department for allegedly duping several people by pretending as officials of a noted e-commerce company, a senior police officer said Saturday.

The youngest patient to get the rarest-of-rare Bombay blood transfusion in Bengal passed away, at the age of 14 days, on Friday, defeating the best efforts of the state healthcare system and a band of committed activists.

Demolish the concrete base built around trees by the city roads so that the roots could access water, soil and air, ordered the Calcutta High Court on Friday. The division bench of Chief Justice T B N Radhakrishnan and Justice Arijit Banerjee of the HC asked the Kolkata Municipal Corporation commissioner to furnish an action-taken report by August and directed the civic body to take help of the police in case they faced threats during the drive.

Eight persons were arrested for allegedly operating two fake BPOs — one inside Meera Towers in Sector V and another at a high-rise in Chinar Park — for the past few months. Sources said the companies had employed around 150 people.

McDonald’s has reopened its outlet at City Centre II after a change in ownership of the franchise, setting the ball rolling for other outlets in the state to resume business.

The Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (Hidco) will start a campaign from Saturday, urging people to stop eating ‘khoka’ or small hilsa. The authorities will organize a rally, an awareness campaign and a hilsa festival in New Town with the slogan ‘Eat Large, Save Small’.

Two men in their 30s were arrested at the Kolkata airport for carrying unaccounted 1.04 lakh US dollars worth Rs 71.64 lakh hidden in the false bottom of their hand baggage on Friday afternoon.

Amid controversy over raising of Jai Shri Ram slogans in West Bengal, Trinamool Congress leader Madan Mitra is planning to organise a 'Ram Katha' event on July 24 in his home turf Bhowanipore.

After Saturday’s accident at the Park Street station, Metro Railway will try and expedite its plan to introduce a smartphone-based ticketing app that will allow people to book tickets without standing in queues at counters.

A 52-year-old man, who suspected his 26-year-old third wife had fled with a neighbour, allegedly plotted the mass murder of the paramour’s relatives and rigged their building with a live wire. One of the relatives and two other neighbours in the building at Akra in South 24 Parganas were electrocuted.

The city will continue to reel under heat as there is hardly any possibility of a downpour any time soon, the Met office has predicted. Kolkata has to be content with a shower here and a drizzle there. But such scanty rain will not make much of a difference to the mercury.

Bidhannagar mayor Sabyasachi Dutta resigned from his post on Thursday, ending four months of speculation over his politic-al future sparked by BJP leader Mukul Roy’s March visit to his Salt Lake residence for a plate of luchi-alur dom.

In yet another case of UPI fraud in the city, a 56-year-old resident of Netaji Nagar has been reportedly cheated of Rs 67,000 on false assurance of settling the complainant’s grievances related to purchases from a leading online apparel firm.

Kolkata will continue to reel under heat as the Met office sees no rain respite for now. The city has to be content with a shower here and there. But such scanty rain will not make much of a difference to the mercury.

The BJP held statewide demonstrations in West Bengal on Thursday in protest against TMC leaders taking "cut" money from the beneficiaries of government schemes.

Not everybody tries to shove his arm through the closing doors of a Metro coach when he is unable to get in, even under extreme circumstances.

An assistant sub-inspector and a BJP councillor were among five persons injured in bombings that continued unabated on Tuesday night in trouble-torn Bhatpara-Kankinara. This was despite a fresh prohibitory order under CrPC Section 144 clamped on Monday evening.

Though there were apprehensions that the monsoon clouds might play spoilsport for those who wanted to watch the partial lunar eclipse in the early hours of Wednesday, the afternoon rain on Tuesday came as a blessing.

Next time you try to pry open the doors of a Metro coach to get on board, you may spend up to six months in jail.

Travel & Tourism Fair (TTF), the oldest and the biggest travel trade show network in India concluded its 30th edition of TTF Kolkata with a record turnout of more than 10,000 visitors.

Governor P Sathasivam on Friday summoned the vice-chancellor of Kerala University VPMahadevan Pillai to personally inquire about the malpractices in the university exams allegedly committed by certain students of the University College

With sea turning rough following heavy rain, one more house collapsed at Karuppayi Road near Valiyathura on Friday afternoon

After a long gap, the meeting of board of Kerala Rapid Transit Corporation Ltd (KRTL) will be held on coming Wednesday

The state is staring at a serious resources crisis which has prompted the finance department to seek a 35% cut in the plan fund for the ongoing financial year

Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan demanded that Malayalam should be one of the languages in which the Supreme Court verdicts should be available

The World Bank (WB) choosing Kerala as its development partner, which is for the first time ever in its history, is a recognition to the excellence shown by the state in dealing with the flood and post-flood activities, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said.

Director of environment now burdened with all its responsibilities

The city police here on Thursday arrested a 30-year-old man, who was wanted in connection with a case related to sexually exploiting a woman after offering help to get her a high paying job.

The adalat held by local self-goverment (LSG) minister A C Moideen to clear pending applications related to buildings in city corporation has thrown up a puzzling challenge for the state government and corporation regarding issuance of occupancy certificate for high rises which have not received no-objection certificate (NOC) from Airport authority of India (AAI).

The police team probing the University College violence could not conduct the important procedure of evidence collection, despite having the two main accused in custody, as they gave priority to duties related to law-and-order maintenance.

In the last few years, Bollywood weddings influenced a lot of fashion and beauty trends. And, when it comes to accessories, kaleeras made a quite a statement! From colourful kaleers, floral designs to bold and big ones, brides are now experimenting with off-beat designs and colours.

Everybody has a different body and different weight loss goals, following the same diet and workout routine would not give everyone the same result.

Here's a list of Liane Moriarty's books for adults, which explore deep human emotions and complex relationships. Add these books to your reading list!

Do you look at your old photos and often feel that your skin looks duller than before now? We get you! From pollution to early signs of ageing, the skin starts to lose its glow, making it look dull and lifeless. Instead of purchasing high-end creams and going for clinical treatments, you can invest in just one oil. Yes, you read that right. We're talking about jojoba oil, which can do wonders to your skin. We've charted five beauty benefits of this beauty potion that will convince buy one right away:

Here are a few ways that would help a couple to fix marital issues they face after childbirth.

Most people having a plant-based diet lack essential micronutrients such as iron and vitamin B12, which is found in abundance in the animal-based food products.

If you're stuck in a salad rut with just one basic recipe, whip up these delicious dressings...

Online workouts are increasingly gaining popularity. People both in the gym and at home are working out under the guidance of online trainers. Many people fail to understand the intensity of these exercises and end up hurting themselves. The online workout sessions harp on "one size fits all" mantra which the doctors say is dangerous as there is no supervision.

The new mom was shamed online when she was spotted holding her baby Archie.

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'Tune for the Dead' by Debashish Irengbam and Anshul Vijayvargiya is the first book in what seems to be a promising series.

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After the scorching heat of May and June, the breezy days of July and August are a sign of the arrival of the month of Shravan- an auspicious month dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is believed that worshipping Lord Shiva and observing fast during this month brings prosperity and happiness. Read to know more about the significance of fast and what people eat during the fast.

If a pregnant woman tells you that giving birth is an accomplishment in itself, you better believe her.

From being incredibly under confident because of her weight to losing massive 50 kilos, her story is all the motivation you need to kick-start your weight loss journey.

Planning to adopt a pet? Here are a few suggestions about the type of pets you can consider making a part of your family as per your zodiac sign.

The southern sensation is setting Instagram on fire with her quirky sartorial picks.

Preeti Shenoy's 2011 book 'Life Is What You Make It' was an instant bestseller. Now, roughly eight years later the author released its sequel 'Wake Up, Life is Calling' in 2019.

In the last few years, highlighters became a cult beauty product for all the make-up lovers out there. From face highlighters to body highlighters, getting that glow-from-within just got easy. And, now you can even make your vagina all shiny with a vagina highlighter, yes that's a product!

The Directorate of Government Examinations, Government of Tamil Nadu, has released the time table of the state board exams 2020.

The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) has extended the examination fee payment date for Class 10th and Class 12th October/ November 2019 examination.

The Cabinet approved the long-awaited National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, 2019 that aims to set up a National Medical Commission to replace the Medical Council of India (MCI) and usher comprehensive reforms in the medical education sector. The bill, aimed at overhaul of medical education in India, seeks to repeal Indian Medical Council Act 1956.

Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), Southern Region, has released an advertisement for the recruitment of Trade & Technician Apprentice vacancies on its official website.

Directorate of Technical Education, Tamil Nadu (TN DTE) has released the Round 2 allotted list of Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions 2019 (TNEA 2019).

National Testing Agency (NTA) has released the Delhi University Joint Admission Test (DU JAT) Result 2019 for BBA (FIA), BMS and BA Business Economics (H) programs on its official website.

The Commissioner of Entrance Examination, Kerala (CEE Kerala) has released the KEAM 2019 third allotment list online on its official website.

CA CPT Result 2019: Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, ICAI has declared the result of CA Common Proficiency Test (CPT) on its official website today, i.e., July 18, 2019.

National Testing Agency (NTA) has declared the result of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) All India Entrance Examination for Admission (AIEEA) on its official website today, i.e., July 17, 2019.

The Kerala High Court on Tuesday sought the views of the state government on a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by a consortium of CBSE and ICSE schools in Kollam alleging inaction to curb frequent educational bandhs.

Directorate of Technical Education, Maharashtra has released the provisional allotment of CAP Round 1 for admission to Post HSC Diploma Technical Courses in Pharmacy, Surface Coating Technology and Hotel Management & Catering Technology on July 17, 2019.

The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) has activated the 'Know Your Status' link for candidates who have applied for the recruitment of Multi Tasking Staff (Non Technical) vacancies.

Board of Secondary Education, Haryana (BSEH) has released notification for the recruitment of Principal, PGT, TGT, Librarian, Clerk & Accounts Clerk vacancies under AAROHI School on contract basis.

Maharashtra State Common Entrance Test Cell (MSCETC) will publish the MHT CET MBA/MMS 2019 provisional allotment result for CAP Round 1 today (July 17) on its official website.

The Delhi University Teachers' Association (DUTA) ended its two-day strike on Tuesday after its concerns over hasty implementation of reservations for economically weaker sections in teaching posts was taken up in the Academic Council meeting.

Ambedkar University on Tuesday released its third cut-off list with some courses seeing a significant dip in marks required for admission in undergraduate courses.

The Directorate of Training Rajasthan is likely to publish the Rajasthan ITI 2019 Provisional merit list today (July 17, 2019) on its official website.

Where there's a will, there's a way! This proverbial truth aptly applies to Ramjal Meena, a security guard at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, who cracked the varsity's entrance examination and will be studying Russian.

The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) on behalf of Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) has published the results of the second round allotment list of NEET UG counselling 2019 on July 17, 2019.

The Progressive Education Society’s Modern College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Ganeshkhind has organised a one-day national seminar on July 26 on the topic ‘innovative and best practices in higher education’.

The man-made lake in Novosibirsk, Russia, has attracted hundreds of Instagram users thanks to its vibrant blue hue. But, it’s actually an ash dump from a coal plant. The bright colour of the water, which has led some to dub it the “Siberian Maldives”, comes from calcium salts and metal oxides dissolved in it which gives it a high alkaline content.

Nine deer at a famed park in western Japan have died recently after swallowing plastic bags. Nara Park has more than 1,000 deer and tourists can feed them special sugar-free crackers sold in shops nearby. The crackers don't come in plastic bags, but people still carry them. A veterinarian says the deer may associate the plastic with food.

Companies that break New Zealand's ban will face heavy penalties, including fines of up to $67,000. Plastic pollution has become a growing global concern, with a million birds and more than 100,000 marine mammals injured or killed every year by becoming entangled in packaging or ingesting it through the food chain.

UN chief Antonio Guterres said climate-related devastation was striking the planet on a weekly basis and warned that urgent action must be taken to avoid a catastrophe. "We are here because the world is facing a grave climate emergency," Guterres told a two-day Abu Dhabi Climate Meeting to prepare for a Climate Action Summit in New York in September.

The group published a report Thursday arguing that tens of thousands of endangered sharks are killed each year because of a lack of measures to protect them in international waters.

A forest fire in Spain raged out of control on Thursday amid a Europe-wide heatwave, devouring land despite the efforts of hundreds of firefighters who worked through the night, local authorities said. The blaze broke out on Wednesday afternoon in Torre del Espanol in the northeastern region of Catalonia and by Thursday it had destroyed more than 4,000 hectares (10,000 acres), the region's interior minister Miquel Buch said.

Greenland may lose 4.5 per cent of its ice by the end of this century - contributing up to 13 inches of sea level rise - if worldwide greenhouse gas emissions remain on their current trajectory, a study has warned.

Leaders during an ASEAN meeting over the weekend are expected to sign a "Bangkok Declaration" on fighting maritime waste -- a first of its kind. Just five Asian countries -- China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand -- dump more than half of the eight million tonnes of plastic waste that end up in oceans every year, according to a 2017 Ocean Conservancy report.

The number of crocodile attacks could rise due to global warming, an Australian expert said on Sunday. Adam Britton, a zoologist from the Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods at Charles Darwin University, said that as temperatures rise, crocodiles will move into areas that they never previously inhabited, reports Xinhua news agency.

Diplomats meeting in the western city of Bonn starting Monday will focus on resolving issues that couldn't be agreed upon at last December's climate summit in Poland. This includes the rules governing the international trade in carbon certificates, which allow rich countries to offset emissions by paying for projects in poor nations.

For polar bears, the insulation provided by their fat, skin, and fur is a matter of survival in the frigid Arctic. For engineers, polar bear hair is a dream template for synthetic materials that might lock in heat just as well as the natural version.

Exposure to light at night has the potential to make amphibians more susceptible to the effects of additional stressors, like road salt and parasites. The light at night on itself might not have too much negative effect, however, since wildlife rarely encounter just one stressor in their natural habitat, its combination with additional stressors may have negative impacts.

Melting glaciers worldwide could result in almost 10 inches of sea level rise by the end of this century, a study warns. The research, published in the Journal of Glaciology, indicates that the smaller glaciers could play a much larger role in sea level rise than researchers had previously thought.

An estimated 414 million pieces of plastic - including nearly one million shoes and 370,000 toothbrushes - have been found washed ashore on the beaches of remote Cocos (Keeling) Islands in the Indian Ocean, according to a study. Plastic pollution is a well-documented threat to wildlife and its potential impact on humans is a growing area of medical research.

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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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.

Mars is a planet of two halves. In places, the northern hemisphere of the planet sits a full few kilometres lower than the southern; this clear topographic split is known as the martian dichotomy, and is an especially distinctive feature on the Red Planet's surface.

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.

The causative agent of tuberculosis, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, is a highly successful pathogen which can survive and grow in humans for decades. Researchers have identified a novel regulatory mechanism, which when deactivated, results in the death of tuberculosis pathogen, an advance that could pave the way for new drugs to prevent the disease.

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.

The water appears to be present day and night, though it's not necessarily easily accessible, said Nasa in a statement.

A massive chunk of a martian meteorite will be carried onboard NASA's Mars 2020 rover mission, to serve as target practice for a high-precision laser on the rover's arm.

The findings, published in the journal Science, will help scientists solve the half-century-old mystery of how 'jets' of particles travelling at nearly the speed of light shoot out of black holes' magnetic fields, while everything else is sucked into their abysses.

A compound commonly used in hair bleach, hydrogen peroxide, was the vital ingredient in rock pores around underwater heat vents that set in train a sequence of chemical reactions that led to the first forms of life, according to lead researcher Rowena Ball from the Australian National University (ANU).

Scientists have successfully treated a child suffering from extensive skin damage due to a genetic disease using transplants derived from genetically modified cells.

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Boldness is a facet that comes within the DNA of a lot of movies programmed at Fantasia, especially as rising filmmakers use their independence to tell a genre story in a different way. That’s especially the case with two thrillers making their the world premieres at the Montreal festival, both being projects that are defined by the risks its storytellers are willing to make. 

The first stroke of brilliance within Matthew Pope’s exceptionally confident debut “Blood on Her Name” is how it kicks off its neo-noir as a “why-dunit,” after making it unmistakable about the who (a woman named Leigh), where (a car repair shop) and what (a skull-cracking murder). From this opening sequence, which starts with a pool of blood and a corpse on the ground, the script by Pope and Don M. Thompson thinks forward—a lot of other storytellers would use this as means to go to a flashback, but this movie excitingly tackles its crime in the present, building its tension out of what happens next and carefully, naturally painting a full backstory in the process. The story's only flashbacks are for Leigh as she reflects upon being at a similar moral crossroads during her childhood, a traumatic event that motivates all of her current decisions.  

This is where Bethany Anne Lind’s visceral performance as Leigh takes over, playing someone who has committed the unthinkable and is yet trying to hold all of it together in front of her son (Jared Ivers), her dirty cop father (Will Patton), and Rey (Jimmy Gonzales), the repair shop owner. Lind gives an incredibly vivid sense of the turmoil within Leigh, especially as she’s at a loss about what to do with the body, and how to clear up any of her tracks. In a sharp storytelling manner in which no scene or piece of dialogue feels spared, “Blood on Her Name” takes us step by step through her emotional journey. All the while, Lind keeps us on edge, and we deeply feel her struggle of trying to be a good person in a whole mess of bad.  

It’s not just Leigh—all of the characters here are pushed to a tangible edge, and at the same time you believe that they have the capacity to point a gun at someone and perhaps take a life, especially as part of the resounding theme of parents protecting their children by any means necessary. Within this script’s lean and mean course of events, the consequences are generational, and the morality is gorgeously complicated. 

This is the kind of original storytelling that takes after the greats—I love the previous comparisons that my colleague Katie Rife made with the likes of “Blue Ruin” and “Cold in July,” and would add the likes of “Blood Simple” and “One False Move,” those two titles in particular helping pronounce the ingenuity of their respective writers and directors in an unforgettable way. I can only imagine the same will happen for the people behind “Blood on Her Name”—they’ve quickly defined themselves as storytellers who get down and dirty with inspired original ideas, and can orchestrate spectacular genre entertainment in the process. 

Writer/director David Marmor’s “1BR” starts off without much promise, but gets much better once its inspired narrative decision takes full control. Before then, though, it’s dangerously bland visually and story-wise almost to the point of parody, following a young woman named Sarah (Nicole Brydon Bloom) who moves into an apartment complex in Los Angeles. She’s too obviously a horror screenwriter’s idea of fresh meat—a self-proclaimed daddy’s girl, with an interest in study fashion that’s distracted from with a thankless job in a cubicle. Her world is composed of other queasy creations, like a friend at work whose sole purpose is to either ask her questions or be sassy, or one new apartment neighbor who always leers at her with a sheepish look with an eyepatch. As Sarah starts to hear strange sounds at night in her new one bedroom apartment, there’s not a lot of hope that what’s behind the walls could be all that enticing. 

But “1BR” is worth sticking around for when it gets to its main horror, a Scientology-like cult that consumes the residents and makes them part of a mini-utopia that’s truly unsettling. With confident direction, Marmor takes viewers through the step-by-step process of how Sarah is broken and then ingratiated into this cult that preaches about selflessness and community, while never making it clear where the next scene is going to take us. 

The movie also shows a tactfully nasty side, even just by teasing grotesque violence that’s a part of initiation, but also its sincerity to the focal cult, whose intent is more complicated than cultivating evil. Instead of “1BR” playing out in a way that feels average, it takes the bolder route of immersing us in the horror of losing free-will, while Bloom’s nimble, frightened and then submissive performance does not lose sight of the woman she once was before she started to accept the ways of the group. All of this boldness pays off—the film’s third act might end at an expected place, but “1BR” stands out with how it gets there, and the unique horror along the way. 

- Nell Minow

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It is often said that you can’t go home again, but “Cobra Kai” has been a homecoming for its stars, its characters, and its creators, bringing together the cast of “The Karate Kid” and its sequels, united by three friends who have been passionate fans of the series since they were young children. “This is very high level fan fiction,” series-co-creator and writer John Heald said at a Comic-Con press event. With Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, Heald had worked on raunchy R-rated comedies, but “Karate Kid” was “a series we are fans of and obsessed with.” They said that there were influences and references to the series even in their silliest comedies. 

Bringing the “Karate Kid” story up to date 34 years later, “Cobra Kai” has original stars Ralph Macchio as Daniel LaRusso and William Zabka as his rival, Johnny Lawrence. Martin Kove returned in season 2 as John Kreese, who played Johnny’s coach in the original series. In the present day, Johnny and Daniel run rival dojos. While Daniel teaches the philosophy of balance he learned from his teacher and namesake of his dojo, the late Mr. Miyagi. (Pat Morita), Johnny’s students learn a more aggressive “no mercy” style of fighting.  

The series, which appears on YouTube Premium, includes a cast of newcomers as the dojos’ students, and the dual generation storylines have made it popular with families. Heald, Hurwitz, and Schlossberg explained that the luxury of a television series storyline made it possible for them to give the characters more nuance. It isn’t just about good guys and bad guys anymore. Everyone is struggling in one way or another.  ‘YouTube Premium is treating this like it’s their ‘House of Cards,’” Hurwitz said. “It gives us more levels to play with. We used to think of a two-hour movie as the highest form of narrative. But this gives us a much bigger landscape, even than ‘Lord of the Rings.’ TV can give you a canvas that changes the whole industry. It’s not a limiting thing.” Kove made the same point in talking about what audiences learn about Kreese that makes him more sympathetic because you know where his philosophy of fighting comes from. “My favorite part is the more vulnerable moments…That’s why the show is so good, because they’re writing gray. They’re not writing black and white anymore….I never thought of him, even in the movies, as a villain. He’s a purist…He’s not an emotional man. He’s not a sensitive man. He’s not committed to the dark side. He’s committed to winning.  He lost his most valuable player because they showed mercy, and they don’t want that to happen again. In a tournament you can knock your opponent down and walk away but God forbid that happens in the street. You have to make sure he stays down.”

The third season will be another kind of homecoming, as the backstories of Mr. Miyagi and John Kreese will be explored. “We’re going to find out in this season why we are the way we are,” Kove told us.  Daniel returns to Mr. Miyagi’s home in Okinawa and learns more about his sensei’s past.

The last season left us with many unanswered questions. Zabka says, “We have to see how Miguel is doing; we have to check his pulse. Johnny’s out of Cobra Kai. He gave a second chance to his mentor/father figure who took advantage of him. I always say, ‘Why would Johnny go back to the dojo after what happened?’ It was his chance to do it right and had the legs kicked out from under him. He’s a man without a home right how. He’s dojo-less.” His character will continue to try to reach out to his estranged son. Zabka says he keeps coming back to Johnny’s original line, “We have one year to make it work.” “Johnny’s always trying to make it work, to put the pieces together.” Johnny will have to deal with letting down the people he cares most about. He wants to make things right, but “I don’t think he feels that he is worthy of that. He feels like a failure.” 

Macchio says “there will be a lot of stakes for all the characters in season 3. Any time you can tie into the current show pieces of ‘The Karate Kid’ universe that we all remember from the films, that’s what the writers have done beautifully. It’s nostalgia and present-day relevance, like the best meal your grandmother ever made and you get to eat it again, but with new ingredients added.” He says his character had all good intentions in season 2, “but he’s always been that 'acts first, thinks later' guy. So he’s going to have to deal with the repercussions of that, as we saw last season when he took the picture down and said, ‘I’m sorry.’ Or when he said in season 1, ‘I wish you were here right now.’ I love those moments.”

- Allison Shoemaker

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This moment—the TV revival moment—has had, to this point, meager upsides. True reboots can be wonderful (see “One Day At A Time,” lately at Netflix and now migrating to PopTV, as one such example) but most of the shows that have taken the “Will & Grace” route have stumbled, at best. That’s the only question such series seem to ask: Why do something new when there’s that first thing that worked 10, 15, 20 years ago? The fourth season of “Veronica Mars” is the exception that proves the rule. This Veronica is the Veronica we met in the aughts, no question, but that’s a feature, not a bug. Here, Rob Thomas, Kristen Bell, and company treat the built-in strangeness of the revival as an essential part of the storytelling. Who is this woman? How has she changed? And perhaps, most importantly, in what ways is she the same?

The result is a captivating, deliberately frustrating season of television that’s very nearly as good as the show’s first and considerably more compelling than its second or third (to say nothing of the sporadically vibrant and tissue-thin movie). “A long time ago, we used to be friends,” the theme song says (now sung by Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders), and for the first time, it sounds true. The truth, as it so often does, hurts—but it’s great television.

The events of this unexpected fourth season (hopefully, considering the strength of these eight episodes, not the show’s last) pick up about five years after the events of the fan service-heavy film. (The storyline includes the events of two Veronica Mars novels, released after the film, but neither is essential to following the plot here.) Veronica (Bell, as good as she’s ever been), two fancy-ass degrees in tow, is still in Neptune, using the P.I. license she got for her 18th birthday and harboring the same well-worn resentments. Sure, she’s got a new dog (Pony, taking over for poor old Backup) and a new rent-controlled beachfront address, and sure, she’s still in a relationship with the new and improved mostly-stable Logan (Jason Dohring, appealing as ever), but the damage is all very familiar. She’s stuck, tied inextricably to the person she was at age 16, but she’s nevertheless showing signs of wear and tear. That invaluable capacity for empathy is a little harder to access; that hope for something better and kinder greatly diminished.

That’s not true of everyone in her orbit. Poor old Weevil (Francis Capra, terrific) has lost his grip on the stable, chino-wearning life he built for himself, and once again rides at the front of the 09ers (a group that now includes “American Vandal’s” Tyler Alvarez), but Wallace (Percy Daggs III) has a wife and a son now, having left the days of swiping files from the principal long behind him. Logan’s change is even more dramatic. Revealed to be a Navy pilot in the 2014 film, he’s now an intelligence officer who’s on great terms with his therapist and concerned by his girlfriend’s apparent desire to get the old rage-filled, self-destructive Logan back from time to time. And then there’s Keith (Enrico Colantoni, doing series-best work in a career-best role), still recovering from a brutal car accident five years after the fact with little-to-no hope of improvement, but trying to make way on the long, hard path that leads to whatever comes next.

Most of all, however, it’s Neptune that remains the same. There are some new faces, namely J.K. Simmons as a mysterious associate of Richard “Dick Sr.” Casablancas, Patton Oswalt as a pizza guy with terrible timing, Izabela Vidovic as a local kid with a whole lot of trouble on her plate, and Clifton Collins Jr. as a new ruthless adversary, but the stark class divide and the simmering tension that comes with it is as prominent as ever—perhaps moreso. The biggest difference on the Neptune front, however, is how beautifully it’s shot. Never do the show’s directors descend into what you might (with great respect) call “Brick” territory; there’s the occasional atmospheric, intentionally Dassin-esque shot, particularly in the Mars Investigations office, but for the most part, the noir elements can be found in tone, dialogue, and story. Instead, we see Neptune as Veronica and Keith Mars see it: Sometimes small, sometimes grand, nearly always either empty or totally claustrophobic. That’s always been true, but now there are fancy cameras and Hulu money; never, not even in the film, has the show looked this good.

Still, none of the thoughtful camerawork would matter one lick if the acting and writing weren’t so damn good. “Veronica Mars” has never come anywhere near the realm of comedy, but all these years later, it remains one of TV’s most reliably lively dramas, with dialogue that sizzles and pops. More importantly, it makes for a hell of a character study, perhaps now more than ever before, with Bell and Colantoni in particular doing layered, often upsetting work with the terrific scenes and stories given to them. If there is any justice in this world, and “Veronica Mars” doesn’t seem to think there is, both will finally be in the awards conversation for their turns in this season.

This has always been a show about a young woman whose trauma, compulsions, and (on the positive side) bone-deep desire to fight for the underdog regularly lead her, and those who love her, into danger, but it’s in this fourth season that the costs of those compulsions become most clear. There are also mysteries, and those are entertaining, too. Upsetting, but entertaining. There are hiccups, to be sure—a few too-obvious plugs for Hulu (just wait for when Veronica and Logan can’t wait to catch “Harlots”) and an affecting but uneven finale keep this from entering the realm of the straight-As—but overall, these eight episodes are likely to leave you with a crowded mind, a sore heart, and a potent longing to see whatever comes next, in the pitiful hope that things might bet better.

It’s a painful show. It always has been. A passing one-liner reveals that the new Mars family motto suggests they’re no longer angry and instead are trying to be amused, but Veronica seems pretty angry. The hits, as always, keep on coming; the hurt never truly goes away. But part of taking steps toward healing involves acknowledging the anger, the pain, the fear, and the emptiness. This isn’t a season about healing and happiness, but it just might be one about nearing those places, by inches, by baby steps only. The hurt runs deep, a band-aid won’t do it, and the past seems to always become more and more present. A long time ago, the song says, we used to be friends; the ‘we’ might be unclear, but the ‘long time’ and the ‘used to’ carry a hell of a sting.


- Nell Minow

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Marvel comic writer/artist Jim Starlin has created many iconic characters, but only one put on a giant glove studded with infinity stones and snapped his fingers to wipe out half of the universe. Thanos, played by Josh Brolin in the Avengers movies was the first character Starlin created for Marvel and he has developed and deepened the character over the years. In an interview with RogerEbert.com at San Diego Comic-Con, Starlin talked about what it takes to be a great super-villain, the quote from Norman Mailer that inspires him, and what comics can do that movies, even with unlimited computer graphics and the best acting and directing and composing talent, cannot.  

What does it take to make a great super-villain?

Complexity. There are so many one-dimensional characters, two-dimensional characters out there. If you add layers to it, you add dimension to it. With Thanos, I had 40 years to play with him, and so there’s 40 years of different little aspects thrown in that weren’t there the previous year. He’s become interesting because he’s not your cut-out bad guy. He’s a little off-kilter and his approaches, if anything, are sometimes too direct and horrifying to be acceptable. You know, fifty percent of everybody gone, that kind of throws people off a little. 

He thinks he is saving the other half, though, doesn’t he?

Well, we’re all heroes in our own story. Why should he be any different?  I don’t think Lex Luthor gets up in the morning and says, “What bad thing can I do today?” It’s more like, “What can I do today to advance my own story?”

Comics are the rare narrative where the characters go on forever, with different artists and writers, endlessly re-imagined, but still, as you said, you’ve had 40 years with Thanos and you have taken over characters invented by others. The characters go on, but the stakes are always life and death.

Norman Mailer said, “Every true story ends in death.” But there are other characters that go on, the Roman gods, you could say the same thing; they were the same as the Greek gods and then they diverged off. James Bond, Doc Savage. This is something that comes with the 20th century and the rise of corporations and business entities owning the characters rather than individuals.

So how do you keep the continuity but still make them vital and up to date enough to keep the fans engaged?

I always take pride in the fact that I think I’m the most self-indulgent artist I know. I do not put into consideration what the fans are looking for.  You play to someone’s anticipation, you’re going do uninteresting stories. I’d rather have a story that I enjoy than one that anyone else will and it seems to have worked out pretty well for me over the years. Readers who get upset because a writer or character did something that they did not want to see happen are not being realistic about what they’re looking for a story on. If they want to stay consistent through the entire thing, they can watch broadcast television. If you want something that’s going to give you a little mental exercise, go for something where you can’t predict what is going to happen. That’s the point where you’re forced to do some thinking and it gives you more pleasure that way.

You also created Gamora. What inspired her?

She was brought in because the Warlock series was kind of a sausage-fest: Thanos, Pip, Worlock, and I figured I needed something else other than testosterone. So I brought her in. It’s kind of embarrassing how the visualization happened, not the most feminist-friendly source.  

I had a friend, Al Weiss, who did very photo-realistic artwork. He had a lot of European skin magazines in his studio. One day I was leafing through it while I was talking to him and I came across this image of a woman in a fishnet outfit with long dark hair, and I thought, “That’s kind of cool!” That was the basis of where Gamora came about. The funny thing was, there was a Spanish artist, Esteban Maroto, and he obviously saw the same photo essay, and then a few months later — they almost came out simultaneously — he had a character in Eerie or Creepy, a horror comic, based on the same pictures. So, a character who became a feminist icon is based on the least reputable source I can think of.

For a long time, comics had the great advantage that if you wanted to show superpowers or another planet, there was no place you could get visual images as powerful as those drawn by comic book artists. It would have been unthinkable to try to make a movie about the Avengers until very recently. Is there anything comics can still do better than the movies?

We can do thought process better. Those little round balloons with the dots on them. Like a novel, we can do the internal characters better than movies and TV can.  They have to be a surface story with a little bit of depth into the character. But you can’t go completely into a person’s soul in that media without losing your audience.

- Jana Monji

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“The Gathering” was the kind of evening you’d imagine Bruce Wayne would attend—a tasteful evening fundraiser for a new museum. This wasn’t Gotham, but San Diego’s eclectic Balboa Park, home to the world-famous San Diego Zoo and future home of the Comic-Con Museum, scheduled to open in 2021. The pop-up museum was hosting an inaugural fundraiser, “The Gathering,” in what used to be San Diego Hall of Champions which closed in June 2017. 

For this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, the 50th anniversary of what started out as a small event for comic-book fans, the museum inducted Batman into the Comic-Con Character Hall of Fame. There were plenty of Batmans wandering the museum’s three floors. Green-suited Riddlers delighted in meeting Jokers dressed in purple suits. Catwomen stalked the waiters for a few tasty nips of chicken, and a harried journalist named Clark Kent searched for a telephone booth out of Lois Lane’s scrutiny. A string quartet played mostly Batman-related music, but no Batman got down and did the Batusi. 

The stage was dominated by a six-foot-tall statue of Batman. Based on Todd McFarlane’s 1988 cover for “Batman” Vol. #423, the figure is all about the cape. Sorry Edna Mode. The statue was one of the items auctioned off to help raise funds for the museum and it went for $6,000. The statue is the 100th addition to the DC Collectibles’ Batman: Black & White line. Downstairs, the more reasonably scaled examples of the Black and White line were 

With so many Batmen in the crowd of 400-plus, DC Publisher and Chief Creative Officer Jim Lee had to accept on Batman’s behalf. Of the inaugural inductee of the museum’s Hall of Fame, Lee said, “Batman is real in every person who summons the strength and resilience to keep going. That is a superpower. There’s no other way to describe it.”

The crowd previewed “The Batman Experience Powered by AT&T,” the largest ever collection of Batman-related posters, drawings, movie props, costumes and vehicles. While this generation may know Batman from movies, DC Publisher Dan DiDio reminded the crowd that the caped crusader started as a published story. “Comic books are the test lab for Batman. It’s where we take chances, where we experiment with new ideas, new concepts and storylines.” He added, “Those experiments in turn inspire other artists, filmmakers, and writers. I love to see stories we’ve worked on become the basis for other media like video games, movies, and TV shows.”

On the first level, besides the Bat-signal, were the Van Kilmer Batmobile from the 1995 “Batman Forever” and the somewhat phallic  Batmobile from Tim Burton’s 1989 “Batman” and “Batman Returns.” The Batman suits were also on display display alongside the villains he faced such as Scarecrow, the Joker, Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy also made an appearance. The militant missile penguins, Michelle Pfeiffer’s whip and boots from her Catwoman days and some Bat weaponry were also ready to be admired. 

“The Batman Experience Powered by AT&T" isn’t just to be viewed. Downstairs a Batcave Gaming Lounge brought generations of Batman video and arcade games to San Diego, straight from the DC archives. New video games were demoed. You could even get into the Adam West era Batman mindset by hitting the punching bag with a famous villain’s face project on it. Projection mapping and lights to trigger classic animations and sounds on screens. Pow! Wham!

If you can’t make it out to San Diego for this free exhibit, part of it may come to you. The first ever traveling exhibit from Mondo Gallery in Austin Texas will give you a taste. “Mondo Gallery: 80 Year of Batman” features 19 iconic comic book covers reproduced as screen-printed posters. 

The pop-up museum (2131 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101) will be open every day of SDCC from 9:30 a.m., Thursday through Sunday. Thursday through Saturday, closing time is 7 p.m. on Thursday-Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday.  Parking and admission are free. 

- Matt Zoller Seitz

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It may be a long time before viewers can appreciate the 2019 remake of "The Lion King" as a freestanding work, instead of judging it against the original. The 1994 version was "Hamlet" plus "Bambi" on the African veldt: a childhood-shaping, Oscar-winning blockbuster, the second-highest grossing feature film of its calendar year, one of the last great hand-drawn Disney animated features (Pixar's original "Toy Story" came out 18 months later), and a tear-producing machine. This remake was controversial long before it opened, mainly because it seemed to take the Walt Disney company's new branding strategy—remaking beloved animated films as CGI-dependent "live action" spectaculars—to its most drastic conclusion. It serves up the same story with different actors, different arrangements of beloved songs and soundtrack cues, a couple of original tunes, a few fresh scenes and sequences, and, of course, photorealistic animals. The latter are the movie's main selling point, so believable that one of my kids remarked afterward that sitting through the film was like watching a nature documentary on mute while the soundtrack to original "The Lion King" played in the background.

But here's the thing: the movie is helmed by a Disney veteran, actor-director Jon Favreau, who's great at this kind of thing. And this might be his best-directed film, if you judge purely in terms of how the scenes and sequences have been framed, lit, and cut together. The cinematographer is Caleb Deschanel, who shot some of the greatest live-action animal adventures in movie history, including "The Black Stallion," and this production straightforwardly owns the notion of "realness," modeling its animals on actual creatures, defining character more through body type and ingenious details of movement than through facial expressions, which might've looked kinda creepy here, honestly. (The animals are a little bit creepy at times, though not as creepy as in Andy Serkis' "Mowgli," where you sometimes felt as if you were watching top secret footage of gene-spliced animal-humans.) 

Favreau broke into filmmaking with such hip indie comedies as "Swingers" and "Made," then improbably transformed himself into a junior version of Steven Spielberg or James Cameron, overseeing the biggest of big-budget properties, including the first two "Iron Man" films and Disney's recent hyper-real remake of "The Jungle Book." This may be his most daunting challenge yet, or at least his most provocative if you cherish the source material. The very idea of presuming to remake Disney's most financially successful late-period animated film with the latest in computer-generated imagery, while continually reminding people of the original by recycling the same story and music (and many of the same iconic shots and locations, including the lions' distinctively shaped Pride Rock), is as close as Hollywood gets to courting charges of blasphemy. 

Visually, the original was 88 minutes' worth of stylized paintings in motion, like a child's storybook come to life, but with expressionistic or psychedelic elements (like the freaky green highlights in the "Be Prepared" sequence, and the stylized hellfire and skewed camera angles during the end battle) that tickled the sensibilities of film-buff parents. In contrast, this new "Lion King" is rooted deeply in the real, from its plain, sometimes drab colors to the animals' intricately rendered bone structures, muscles, and fur. Even when the characters are singing the familiar songs and repeating the familiar lines (or, in one hilarious and oddly postmodern interlude, quoting another Disney movie) the entire crew is working double-overtime to convince you that these creatures exist, that they shed fur and drop scat on the jungle floor. 

Favreau and Deschanel's camera (or "camera"—this is a digital movie built from ones and zeros) follows closely behind the animals as they gallop through grasslands, scale cliffs and hills, tumble and wrestle and fight, and romp through water and rain. It's as as if they were real animals with intelligence and agency who allowed camera crews to follow them rather than eating them. (Disney always released animal documentaries in addition to their animated and live-action features, and this one sometimes feels like a very basic one from the 1950s, where an editor would cut to an unremarkable close-up of a bear panting in the summer heat, and the narrator would tell you it was sad because it missed its mom.)

It's impossible to deny that this movie represents a technical milestone. We've seen digitized versions of real animals before (perhaps most strikingly in the recent "Planet of the Apes" movies, and in Favreau's "Jungle Book") but they're presented so matter-of-factly by Favreau that if they didn't talk and sing, and if you squinted just a bit, you'd never know they weren't the real deal. And the filmmaking itself adds credibility. The "camera" (again, there is no camera, just CGI) seems to have weight. When it "flies" over "Africa," you'd swear it had been attached to an actual helicopter. When the elder lion king, Mufasa (James Earl Jones, the only actor from the original reprising his part), scales the walls of a canyon to rescue his son  from rampaging wildebeests unleashed by his evil brother Scar (Chiwetel Ejiofor), it's clear that the filmmakers have put a lot of thought into how a 400-pound alpha predator would do such a thing, whereas the original was content with "the lion climbs up the rock."

Of course there's something to be said for sticking to "the lion climbs up the rock" rather than proving you that know how to answer the question "How does a 400-pound lion climb up a rock?" The Dad Joke answer is, "Any way he wants to," but animators need more direction than that. It's easy to make a case that lions and hyenas and baboons and hornbills and antelopes drawn with ink and paint, with an eye towards the simple yet daring gesture rather than Nature Channel texture, register as more emotionally "real" than things that might be mistaken for photos, especially when they're doing vaudeville wordplay and delivering sad monologues and singing songs by Elton John and Tim Rice

But that doesn't fly, not anymore, because the movie industry has conditioned audiences to think that "reality" and "believability" are the greatest of all creative virtues, and that the live-action blockbuster is the classiest, most respectful way to tell a story. That's why visually daring animated films like "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" only make a fraction of the box office haul of more literal-minded live-action Marvel movies. And it's why almost every spectacle-driven live action (or "live action") blockbuster, from Marvel and DC to the "Star Wars" franchise and the American Godzilla films, and the Transformers, and even Pixar, are obsessed with making sure that countertops and pavement and glass and hair and skin and fur and fire and water look photographically real, and that everything moves believably even you're watching wisecracking toys or combat droids or city-destroying kaiju. To quote a friend, if you follow this creative impulse too slavishly, it's like using a magic wand to make a toaster

Where you fall on this stuff is anyone's guess, if you care about it at all. You might not, and that's OK. But it should be said that even if you're not obsessed with cinema minutia, this film is still a fascinating aesthetic experiment, less reminiscent of Favreau's previous photorealistic Disney animal picture, "The Jungle Book," than of Gus van Sant's 1998 remake of Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho," a curiosity that wasn't quite shot-for-shot but got eerily close. Watching this new "Lion King" reminded me of seeing the "Psycho" remake in a theater and hearing people scream their heads off at the film's jump scares, even though they were near-exact reproductions of things Hitchcock had done 28 years earlier, with the same music, but in color instead of black and white, and with different actors. 

Who deserves credit for inspiring that powerful emotional reaction in 1998? Alfred Hitchcock, for making "Psycho" in the first place? Or Gus van Sant, for realizing that the master's work was so fully realized that if he copied it as closely as possible, audiences would still scream in the same places 38 years later? If you retain as much of an original work as possible while reimagining it, is it a gesture of respect or timidity? Is the result a thought experiment, or just an easy way ("easy" in terms of imagination, not effort) to make lots of money by creating a slightly different version of a thing people already know they like? Maybe films like the new "Lion King" take the phrase "give the people what they want" absolutely literally, and that's the whole (cynical?) point of their existence. But is slavish fidelity to an old text really what "the people" want? Or is it possible—to paraphrase a different showbiz maxim that's equally true—"the people" don't actually know what they want until someone shows it to them?

There are parts of the new "Lion King" where that second maxim comes into play, and it's beguiling, sometimes glorious. Like many "live action" Disney remakes of animated movies, this one is much longer than the original, and yet (like Favreau's "Jungle Book," still the best entry in this photorealistic remake series) it uses the extra length to make a statement, creating a sense of stillness. This might sound odd in a review of a CGI-driven 2019 Disney movie, but Favreau often appears to be trying to create a mid-twentieth-century motion picture made with the shiniest new tech—the kind of movie that took its time and gave viewers a bit of mental breathing space, permitting them to contemplate what they were seeing as they saw it.

There are times when the movie clears out music and dialogue and just lets you hear natural sounds and watch lions, giraffes, elephants, birds, rodents, and insects move through the frame. This movie uses the motif of "light" more subtly than the original, because it's striving to look "real" rather than stylized, and the result is a great example of how CGI animation can achieve a different kind of poetic effect that's different from the kind that old-fashioned cel animators might attempt. 

When Mufasa tells young Simba that his domain is "everything the light touches," the scene is illuminated by a golden, dawn-like glow, and when they have what proves to be their final conversation before Mufasa's death (that's not a spoiler, folks—"Hamlet" is 400 years old) the sunlight ebbs and gives way to darkness, and the sky fills with stars, foreshadowing Mufasa taking his place among the ghosts of kings and queens up above. A sequence two-thirds of the way through takes a brief transitional bit from the original—Rafiki the baboon realizing that Simba is still alive by catching his scent in the wind—and builds a lengthy, chain-reaction sequence around it, with a tuft of Simba's fur traveling, like the "Forrest Gump" feather, from the Eden-like jungle where he's exiled himself to the pridelands. 

And while the photorealism of the animals snuffs out any possibility of subtle "human" facial expressions, the creatures' bodies provide more characterization detail than you might expect. Especially impressive is the way Scar's physique contrasts with Mufasa's. The former is angular and raw, a Mick Jagger or David Bowie sort of body that lopes and limps, while the latter is a magnificent bruiser like Dave Bautista or Dwayne Johnson, so thick and powerful that when he moves, you can imagine the air parting around him. When Scar licks his paw and grooms himself absentmindedly as his brother pontificates, the gesture comes across as decadent and contemptuous even though it looks like something a real lion would do. That's filmmaking magic of a different kind than was contained in the source, and it's not necessarily lesser. 

What distinguishes all these choices is that they aren't blatantly trying to re-create or pay homage to something that viewers loved in an original work, in order to comfort us and press our nostalgia buttons. That means they can stand on their own two paws, making unflattering comparison harder. When the movie is doing its own thing, you don't think about whether Donald Glover's performance as the adult Simba is better or worse or merely different from Matthew Broderick's Simba (he's different—more internalized and shell-shocked), or whether Beyonce gives a better acting performance as Nala than Moira Kelly (she doesn't, except when she sings), or whether Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen are a funnier meerkat-warthog duo than Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella (call it a tie, and ties go to actors with Broadway-caliber singing voices). The movie is never less interesting than when it's trying to be the original "Lion King," and never more compelling than when it's carving out negative space within a very familiar property and strutting to the beat of its own, new music. 

The worst thing you can say about this movie, and perhaps the highest compliment you can pay it, is to say it would be even more dazzling if it told a different story with different animals and the same technology and style—and maybe without songs, because you don't necessarily need them when you have images that sing. 

- Q.V. Hough

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Persona” lives in the darkest corners of 2019 cinema. Ingmar Bergman’s 1966 classic not only influenced how modern filmmakers approach psychological horror, but also foreshadowed modern film culture trends. “Persona” organically incorporates identity politics and contrived personalities. From a 2019 perspective, the Persona Filter can be used to better understand one’s sense of self, and to better understand the complexities of being so detached from reality through social media - also known as “extremely online” behavior. 

On the surface, “Persona” appears to be about the power dynamics between nurse Alma (Bibi Andersson) and Elisabet Vogler (Liv Ullmann), a well-known actress. When Elisabet stops speaking - a personal challenge of willpower - she travels to a Swedish cottage with the admiring Alma in tow. The two women bond and seemingly learn to understand each other, yet Alma does all the talking, only to realize she’s being studied. Bergman’s final act suggests that Elisabet and Alma are the same person.

Surrealistic montages bookend “Persona,” and imply that the narrator could be a man; someone attempting to process and cope with grief. “Persona” may have a black and white palette, but it can be interpreted in a variety of colorful ways. It depicts the pursuit of an authentic image; a journey to a moment of truth. 

For modern streamers, “Persona” may not seem like the ideal viewing option. Bergman’s themes are heavy and complex. The visuals are surreal; the dialogue is cryptic. There’s much to unpack. However, we can use "Persona" to reach small epiphanies while analyzing some of 2019’s most polarizing psychological horrors.  

When applying the Persona Filter to Ari Aster’s “Midsommar,” a fever dream meditation comes into focus. After a devastating tragedy, Florence Pugh’s Dani travels to Sweden with her boyfriend. A college friend invites her to participate in a communal midsummer celebration, one that takes place every 90 years. Upon arriving, Dani meets a local named Ingemar, the brother of host Pelle (Vilhelm Blomgren). Aster has been on record about Bergman’s cinematic influence, so the nomenclature - and the setting - isn’t a huge surprise. 

At its core, “Midsommar” focuses on Dani’s search for self. In the vast Swedish countryside, she’s immersed into a cult of relatability; people who laugh and cry together. They share each other’s pain. From act to act, Dani learns to accept basic truths; the writing is literally on the wall. Dani finally lets go and breaks down, with the female locals mirroring her posture and tone. There’s genuine empathy and deeply disturbing behavior depicted in “Midsommar.” And it’s not hard to see a snapshot of 2019 social media culture. Dani connects with others through a shared ritual; she becomes the May Queen. Dani finds her place in the world while setting others ablaze.

Performance drives the most unforgettable horror films, and Pugh provides the goods in “Midsommar.” She walks like Harriet Andersson’s Karin in the Bergman classic “Through a Glass Darkly” (1961); she moans like Andersson’s Agnes in “Cries and Whispers” (1972). Pugh doesn’t have many loud moments in “Midsommar,” much like the central leads in “Persona.” These performances build towards an emotional release. Bergman and Aster both meditate on specific modes of behavior; the imitators and the followers. In “Persona,” Ullman excels as the Double; a woman that Alma can’t quite reach. Alma’s push and pull with Elisabet strangely connects to the film’s provocative opening sequence: a boy reaches out towards a female face, one that’s familiar yet distant. With “Persona,” Bergman meditates on two women, but he could indeed be processing his own childhood experiences. In a way, “Persona” documents Bergman’s state of inception, with Ullman and Andersson assisting in the conceptual execution through grounded and relatively balanced performances. 

Visually, Bergman emphasizes the distance between the two “Persona” leads, only to slowly bring them together, both literally and figuratively. With “Midsommar,” Aster similarly underlines his lead’s isolation through physical space. By the final act, the May Queen’s dance competition parallels the swirling thoughts in Dani’s head. Within this particular cult of relatability, Dani has almost found her safe zone. In relation to “Persona,” Aster’s final “Midsommar” image complements Bergman’s most affecting fourth-wall character shots. Dani essentially winks at the audience. I see you … do you see me? Like Bergman, Aster copes with personal issues through female character catharsis. Both “Persona” and “Midsommar” are meditative lucid dreams. 

In Jordan Peele’s “Us,” the Persona Filter reveals the Double in the far corner of one’s mind. Whereas “Midsommar and “Persona” are simmering meditations, “Us” functions as a chase for clarity. The Wilson family vacations in California, and the cult of relatability factor comes into play once again. As with the racially-charged and enlightening “Get Out,” Peele explores a cultural divide, all the while underlining a sense of unity. Like “Midsommar” and “Persona,” “Us” can be viewed as a search for emotional resolution while processing traumatic memories. Interestingly, Peele incorporates action and thriller elements to discombobulate the audience. And whereas “Persona” hints at its Double theme, “Us” makes the concept blatantly clear. Once again, the richness and depth of the central female performance allows the director to execution his vision, and build towards a final act magic trick. 

In “Us,” Lupita Nyong’o delivers one of the year’s finest performances as Adelaide Wilson and the “Tethered” character Red. When paired with “Persona,” the double concept is disjointed yet fluid; Andersson and Ullman riff back and forth, but they favor restraint over melodrama. And because Nyong’o plays two roles in “Us,” she essentially applies the Persona Filter to create two distinct characters. One represents Adelaide’s roaming mind, the Other is symbolic of past trauma. Like "Midsommar'"s Dani, Adelaide emotionally flees from a cult-ish group, but she’s confronted by an immediate threat, evidenced by Red’s menacing dialogue and unnerving voice, the result of Nyong’o researching a condition known as “Spasmodic Dysphonia.” 

Character silence connects “Persona” and “Us.” In Peele’s film, the child version of Adelaide refuses to speak; she’s traumatized by a real-life confrontation with her Double. In “Persona,” Bergman is more subtle. Elisabet refuses to speak in order to establish psychological control over her double, or so it seems. Maybe it’s just a game to pass the time; a way for Elisabet to psychoanalyze herself through Alma. Early on, a female doctor gets straight to the point while discussing “the hopeless dream of being.” She seems to know that Elisabet subconsciously hopes to be “unmasked” or even “annihilated.”

Like “Midsommar,” “Persona” is a slow-burn meditation on identity. In contrast, “Us” details the chase for clarity; the act of setting upon a specific persona. For many, an online persona correlates with the cult of relatability concept. Some individuals have purely self-serving reasons for presenting a contrived image, while others merely seek out practical connections. “Persona,” “Midsommar” and “Us” collectively underline one’s search for assimilation and self-acceptance. 

“Lords of Chaos” reveals the dark side of celebrity culture and the cult of relatability. Directed by Swedish filmmaker Jonas Åkerlund, the horror thriller is loosely based on the Norwegian Black Metal scene, specifically the band Mayhem and its co-founder Øystein Aarseth aka Euronymous. In “Lords of Chaos,” the Persona Filter spotlights the main character’s moment of truth, an extension of Midsommar’s meditation and Us’ cerebral acrobatics. Åkerlund pinpoints the dangers of constructing a contrived persona for commercial success. As Euronymous, Rory Culkin doesn’t provide an all-time performance like the aforementioned Andersson, Ullman, Pugh and Nyong’o, but he does indeed embody all the necessary charisma that so many people utilize to sustain a relatable persona, whether it’s online or in real-life.  

<span class="s1" The behavior of Culkin’s Euronymous mirrors the “extremely online” persona of 2019. Åkerlund’s antihero absolutely understands his crowd; a cult of edgy followers who relate to his music, physical appearance and rebel yells. But Euronymous doesn’t understand himself. Still, this particular character appreciates the beauty of a contrived persona. Euronymous presents a customized image - death metal to the core - but ultimately reveals himself to be a fraud, somebody who actively seeks to manipulate others; a social pariah. When applying the Persona Filter, Euronymous appears to be an older version of the young boy from Bergman’s opening montage in “Persona”; someone trying to understand why he was left behind. In “Lords of Chaos,” Euronymous meditates on a formula for success, and then chases after clarity. In the process, he reaches a moment of truth. Unfortunately, Euronymous is murdered by one of his own, stabbed to death by a musical Double who resents the Mayhem singer’s fraudulent persona.

Alma, Elisabet; Dani, Adelaide and Euronymous - these characters battle personal demons in pursuit of an acceptable persona. But as with real life, the main characters in “Midsommar,” “Us” and “Lords of Chaos” shouldn’t be completely reduced to simple archetypes and concepts. There’s always something new to learn, there’s always different perspectives to consider. 

To quote Roger Ebert’s 2001 essay on “Persona,” “Most of what we think of as ‘ourselves’ is not direct experience of the world, but a mental broadcast made of ideas, memories, media input, other people, jobs, roles, duties, lusts, hopes, fears.” Much has changed since the beginning of the 21st century, and certainly since’s Roger’s passing. But Bergman’s film remains timeless and timely, and so incredibly important as new cinematic voices emerge.

- Brian Tallerico

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Tilman Singer’s “Luz” was one of the most buzzed about titles on the genre festival circuit in 2018, earning raves at Montreal’s Fantasia Fest and Austin’s Fantastic Fest. It’s easy to see why. With echoes of everything from Dario Argento to Peter Strickland, “Luz” is a major announcement of a new talent. Singer has what horror fans look for in young directors – a very strong eye, a unique set of influences, a gift with sound design. His debut work sometimes feels more like a student film than a complete project – and not just because it’s barely 70 minutes – but it’s one of those genre pics that instantly raises the bar for whatever he does next. It may have fallen a bit short of my expectations after its remarkable first 15 minutes and the general buzz the film came with, but I am all-in for whatever Singer does next. Someone give him a blank check to do whatever he wants.

Shot on 16MM on only a couple of sets, “Luz” is a Eurohorror nightmare from a filmmaker who clearly admires the Giallo masters of the ‘70s. From the very first shot, an extended, grainy, grimy take in which a cab driver named Luz (Luana Velis) walks into an empty lobby and moves as if she’s in a daze, it’s clear that this is not your typical ‘10s horror film. It shares more in common with Strickland or David Lynch than modern slasher pics or even the work of someone like Jordan Peele. It is about sound and mood more than plot or character, designed to mesmerize you into a cinematic trance. You know how often your dreams don’t make perfect sense? That’s the way to approach “Luz.”

With that in mind, a plot recap seems almost silly. In the opening scenes, the hat-wearing, slightly-injured Luz seems lost and confused. Meanwhile, a woman in a bar named Nora (Julia Riedler) chats with the only other person there, a doctor (Jan Bluthardt). We learn that Luz summoned a demon years earlier with a profane prayer at her religious school. And now that entity wants to find its way back to Luz. The opening parallel sequences are remarkable, easily my favorite part of “Luz.” Singer displays a mastery of composition and startling sound design from the very beginning and the first 20 minutes of “Luz” could have made for a great short film on their own.

Singer lost me a bit in the mid-section of “Luz,” which gets surreal in a way I wasn’t expecting. An interrogation of Luz starts to feel like experimental theater as lines are spoken in Spanish, German, and English, and Singer plays around with space and sound. Luz seems to be recounting what happened earlier that night in much the same way a theatre major would tell a story to her class, complete with pantomime, but Singer drops in the sounds of what Luz is describing like gear shifts and traffic. It’s all right on that line between “interesting” and “effective.” I was never bored during this stretch of the film, but the mesmerizing impact of the opening scenes seemed to fade away.

Singer brings “Luz” in for an effective ending, but it still feels like a movie that just barely works as a feature film, and almost would have been better as a 45-minute, extended short. Still, while this may read like only a mild recommendation for most readers, it is a hearty one for genre fans. We are lucky enough to be in a very strong era for horror, and I have a feeling Singer is going to be a major part of it. 

- Glenn Kenny

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Louis Garrel was introduced to U.S. moviegoers (for all intents and purposes) as the male half of impossibly attractive, skirting-with-incestuous bisexual twins in Bernardo Bertolucci’s 2003 “The Dreamers.” (The female half was played by Eva Green.) He hasn’t pursued much in the way of a full international profile since (although he will appear in Greta Gerwig’s upcoming “Little Women”) but has nonetheless established a solid rep as one of French cinema’s more sultry leading men.

Albeit one with often adventurous taste in roles. And he’s also a French cinema legacy. His grandfather was the actor Maurice Garrel, and his father, Philippe Garrel, is a director and sometimes actor whose moody, often despairing romantic dramas pinpoint the malaises of the children of ’68 with unsparing melancholy acuity. In recent years, father Garrel has used Louis in several notable films, including the epic 2005 “Regular Lovers” (in itself a fascinating “answer film” to “The Dreamers”).

Recently, Garrel turned to directing, first with 2015’s “Two Friends,” inspired by a play by Alfred de Musset, and now with “A Faithful Man,” which Garrel cowrote with Jean-Claude Carriere, the redoubtable longtime screenwriter who assisted Luis Buñuel in his magnificent '60s-'70s run of films. One would not be blamed for wondering to what extent Garrel fils is a chip off the old and frequently depressive pere.

The answer is yes and no. “A Faithful Man” begins the way many a Phillippe film does: with a little bit of voiceover and then a dialogue in a Paris apartment of a soon to be unhappy couple. “Got a sec?” Marianne (Laetitia Casta, who’s married to Garrel in real life) asks Abel (Garrel). The hapless Abel says sure, and she proceeds to inform him that she’s pregnant … and that he’s not the father…and that the father is a mutual friend … and that she’d like Abel out of the house in ten days so she can marry the guy.

This is all said very quietly and all civilized-like, but one doesn’t sense a contradiction when Abel characterizes the exchange as “brutal.” The French, they’re like that. And this scene, with its understated acting, attractive but unfussy lensing (by Irene Lubtchansky, a longtime collaborator with Jacques Rivette), and incipient cloud of gloom suggests that Garrel could run with his father’s torch if he wanted to.

But wait. What “A Faithful Man” soon shows itself as is a sly romantic comedy. Eight years pass, and a scruffier Abel learns that Paul, the mutual friend, has died in his sleep and left Marianne a widow. Marianne’s got a precocious eight-year-old child, Joseph (Joseph Engel, funny and a little scary) who’s keen on police procedurals and soon wants to convince Abel that Marianne poisoned her late husband. The late husband’s sister, Eve (Lily-Rose Depp) has been crushing on Abel since she was a kid. She sees his renewed presence in her circle as a chance to stake a claim.

This make for a peculiar thicket of a love quadrangle, to be sure. But Garrel disposes of it in a brisk 75 minutes. He shows genuine springy inventiveness as a director, particularly with respect to Eve’s sometimes self-correcting flashbacks.

Casta and Garrel generate wary warmth as a couple rediscovering each other, while Depp and Engel provide the comedic ballast. Depp often puts on a facial expression that doesn’t suggest space cadet so much as it does full-fledged extraterrestrial, while young Engel give his character a credible assurance, depicting him accurately guessing the killer at a family outing to the local rep cinema to check out “The Strange Love of Martha Ivers.” The music score by veteran composer Philippe Sarde, who also scored “Two Friends,” is pleasantly melodic and ever so slightly lush, lending the movie a splendid little accent.   

- Peter Sobczynski

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“Into the Ashes” tells a blood-soaked story of violence, betrayal, and revenge that's so familiar that if one of the actors on the screen inexplicably forgot what to say, a viewer could feed them their lines without hesitation. The problem is not that it tells a story that's been done many times before, but that it never finds a new or interesting way of approaching the familiar material. Instead, it merely goes about with the kind of plodding predictability that makes you wonder why anyone involved with the project felt that it needed to be told in the first place. And on the very rare occasions when it threatens to try something different, it only takes a few minutes for it to hurry back to the safety of the well-beaten trail.

Set in rural Alabama, the film is centered around Nick Brenner (Luke Grimes), a man who seems to have everything that a guy like him needs for a reasonably good life—a steady job, a loyal best pal in Sal (James Badge Dale) and, most significantly, a loving wife in Tara (Marguerite Moreau). As it turns out, Nick also has a secret that he has kept from everyone—he used to be part of a violent criminal gang and stole the proceeds from their last job, taking off as the boss of the group, Sloan (Frank Grillo), was going to prison. Having just been released, Sloan, along with a couple of cohorts, sets off to track his former partner down and in the inevitable confrontation, they take away the most important element of Nick’s world before putting a couple of bullets in him for good measure. He survives and, to quote from the film’s promotional material, “Nick must decide if he will stay on his new path or indulge in his need for revenge and force his enemies to pay for what they have done.” Naturally, I would not dream of revealing which path he chooses but considering the number of people brandishing guns on the poster, the answer should not be too difficult to figure out.

As you can probably surmise, one does not exactly have to be a walking version of IMDb to realize that “Into the Ashes” is not exactly teeming with originality or innovation. Film buffs could even amuse themselves by watching it by coming up with their own individual lists of films that evidently inspired writer/director Aaron Harvey along the way. However, there is never any real sense of what it was about this particular story that compelled him to make it in the first place. The storyline is fairly superficial, the characters are thinly drawn and the insights that it offers regarding violence and revenge in conversations between Nick and his grieving father-in-law (Robert Taylor), who also happens to be the local sheriff, veer between the empty and the vaguely insulting. There is essentially one sequence in the film where things threaten to become interesting—a sudden cut to the aftermath of a bloody shootout that is both eerie and disconcerting in the way that it simply and quietly observes the result of a few moments of unimaginable brutality without indulging in the expected orgy of blazing guns. Alas, it must have proved to be a little too disconcerting because only a few minutes after this surprisingly subtle touch, Harvey essentially takes it back by inserting a flashback that offers up all the flying bullets and spurting blood anyway.

“Into the Ashes” is not marginally different from the kind of violent revenge dramas that Charles Bronson used to crank out back in the day. Granted, most of those films were not very good either but at least benefitted from his considerable and often underrated screen presence. Alas, this film rests on the shoulders of Luke Grimes and he simply doesn’t have the presence or pull to make it work. He isn’t bad, per se, but you just never really buy him as a person at any given point—there is no real sense of the happiness that he is supposed to be feeling about the second chance he has been given with Tara nor the sense of rage and helplessness that he is mean to be consumed by after she is taken away. What makes this especially frustrating is that the film contains two actors—Frank Grillo and James Badge Dale—who have both the acting chops and screen presence that could have been successfully deployed but who are instead relegated to supporting roles.

Every once in a while, a little crime drama will come out of nowhere and impress with its combination of style and originality—that happened this year with a nifty little effort called “The Standoff at Sparrow Creek,” which you should really check out. This, however, is not the case with “Into the Ashes.” To be scrupulously fair, it is not necessarily a terrible movie. (If it had been truly terrible, it might have contained the kind of energy sorely lacking here.) It has been made with some degree of style and Grillo and Dale manage to overcome the cliched dialogue and characters that they have been handed. It's just that "Into the Ashes" never comes to life. 

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சென்னை: பெண்கள் இப்படி தான் இருக்க வேண்டும், நடந்துகொள்ள வேண்டும் எனும் பிம்பத்தை கிழிக்கிறது அமலா பாலின் ஆடை. தலைக்கனம் அதிகம் கொண்ட, திமிர் பிடித்த பெண் காமினி (அமலா பால்). சுதந்திர கொடி என பெற்றோர் வைத்தப் பெயரை, 'பெயரில் மட்டும் சுதந்திரம் இருந்து என்ன பயன்' என அந்த பெயரை மாற்றி தனக்கு

சென்னை: ஒரு திருடனும், டாக்டரும், போலீசுடன் நடத்தும் யுத்தம் தான் கடாரம் கொண்டான். படத்தின் முதல் காட்சியில் மலேசியாவின் டிவின் டவரின் ஒரு மாடியில் இருந்து கண்ணாடியை உடைத்துக்கொண்டு வெளியே குதித்து உயிர் தப்பி ஓடி வருகிறார் விக்ரம். அவரை இரண்டு பேர் விரட்டி வந்து கொல்ல முயற்சிக்கிறார். அப்போது எதிர்பாராத விதமாக அதிவேகத்தில் வரும்

சென்னை: கடாரம் கொண்டான் படத்தை பார்த்தவர்கள் அது குறித்து ட்விட்டரில் கருத்து தெரிவித்து வருகிறார்கள். ராஜேஷ் எம். செல்வா இயக்கத்தில் விக்ரம், அக்ஷரா ஹாஸன், நாசரின் மகன் அபி ஹஸன் உள்ளிட்டோர் நடித்த கடாரம் கொண்டான் படம் இன்று ரிலீஸாகியுள்ளது. படத்தை உலக நாயகன் கமல் ஹாஸன் தயாரித்துள்ளார். கடாரம் கொண்டான் தெலுங்கில் டப் செய்யப்பட்டு மிஸ்டர்

சென்னை: சூழ்ச்சியால் வீழ்த்தப்படும் ஒரு சிங்கக் குட்டி, வளர்ந்து பெரியவனாகி சிம்மாசனம் ஏறும் கதையே தி லயன் கிங். கார்ட்டூன் வெர்ஷனில் தி லயன் கிங் படம் பார்த்தவர்களுக்கு இந்த கதை ஒன்றும் புதிதல்ல. இன்னும் புரியும்படி சொல்வதென்றால், பாகுபலி கதையை லைட்டாக பட்டி, டிங்கரிங் பார்த்து காட்டுக்குள் ஓடவிட்டால், அதுவே தி லயன் கிங்கின்

சென்னை: தீவிரவாதிகளிடம் இருந்து பிணையக் கைதிகளை காப்பாற்றும் யோகி பாபுவின் கதையே கூர்கா. கூர்கா வம்சாவளியை சேர்ந்த பகதூர் பாபு (யோகி பாபு) காவல் துறையில் சேர தீவிர முயற்சி செய்கிறார். ஆனால் அந்த முயற்சி தோல்வியில் முடிகிறது. காவலர் தேர்வு நடக்கும் இடத்தில் யோகி பாபுவை போலவே சொதப்பும் அண்டர்டேக்கர் எனும் நாயும் யோகிபாபுவுடன்

சென்னை: ஒரு வங்கி கொள்ளை சம்பவத்தை நகைச்சுவையாக சொல்ல முயன்றிருக்கிறது கொரில்லா திரைப்படம். காலையில் அரசு பேருந்தில் திருட்டு, அடுத்தது ஒரு மருந்துக்கடையில் ஏமாற்று வேலை, மாலை போலி டாக்டர் என ஊரை ஏமாற்றி சம்பாதிப்பதே ஜீவாவின் தொழில். சதீஷும், விவேக் பிரசன்னாவும் ஜீவாவின் நண்பர்கள். பொருளாதார மந்தநிலையால் சதீஷுக்கு வேலை பறிபோகிறது. சினிமாவில் ஹீரோவாகும்

சென்னை: அரசு பேருந்து மோதியதால் இரண்டு கைகளையும் இழக்கும் நாயகன், இழப்பீட்டுக்காக படும்பாடுதான் தோழர் வெங்கடேசன் படத்தின் ஒன்லைன். யாரிடமும் கைக்கட்டி வேலை பார்க்க விருப்பமில்லாத அரிசங்கர், காஞ்சிபுரத்தில் உள்ள தனது வீட்டிலேயே சின்னதாக ஒரு சோடா கம்பெனி நடத்தி வருகிறார். தாய் - தகப்பனை இழந்த அரிசங்கருக்கு அவரது ஒண்ணுவிட்ட சித்தப்பா தான் ஒரே

சென்னை: தனது தந்தையின் லட்சியத்தை நிறைவேற்ற மகன் விளையாடும் கபடி ஆட்டம் தான் வெண்ணிலா கபடி குழு 2. கதை நடக்கும் ஆண்டு 1989. தென்காசியில் கேசட் கடை நடத்தி வரும் விக்ராந்த், தான் உண்டு தனது வேலை உண்டு என வாழ்பவர். நாயகி அர்த்தனா பினுவை கண்டதும் காதல் கொள்கிறார். இவரும் டூயட் பாடி ஊரை

சென்னை: தெரியாத்தனமாக செய்யும் தவறு ஒரு இளைஞனின் வாழ்வை எப்படி எல்லாம் மாற்றிப் போடுகிறது என்பதை தலைச்சுற்ற காட்டுகிறது போதை ஏறி புத்தி மாறி திரைப்படம். மறுநாள் திருமணத்தை வைத்துக்கொண்டு நண்பனின் வீட்டுக்கு செல்கிறார் நாயகன் கார்த்திக் (டாக்டர் தீரஜ்). அங்கு அவரது நண்பர்கள் குடியும் குடித்தனமாக கூத்தடித்துக் கொண்டிருக்கிறார்கள். அந்த நண்பர் கூட்டத்தில் ஒருவர்

சென்னை: வெட்டியாக ஊர் சுற்றி திரியும் ஒரு இளைஞன், களவாணித்தனம் செய்து ஊரின் தலைவராவதே களவாணி 2. முதல் பாகத்துக்கும் இரண்டாம் பாகத்துக்கும் இருக்கும் ஒற்றுமை நடிகர்கள் மற்றும் ஒரத்தநாடு, அரசனூர் போன்ற கதைக்களம் மட்டுமே. மற்றப்படி, முந்தைய படத்துக்கும், இதற்கும் எந்த சம்மந்தமும் கிடையாது. வேலை வெட்டிக்கு போகாவிட்டாலும், கஞ்சி போட்டு வெரப்பாக நிற்கும்

சென்னை: உருப்படாமல் இருக்கும் ஒரு அரசு பள்ளியை மாவட்டத்தின் சிறப்பான பள்ளியாக மாற்றும் ஒரு தலைமை ஆசிரியையின் கதை தான் ராட்சசி. ஆர்.புதூர் அரசு மேல்நிலைப்பள்ளி தான் படத்தின் கதைக்களம். கவனிக்கப்படாத ஒரு அரசு பள்ளி எப்படி இருக்குமோ அதற்கு கொஞ்சமும் தப்பாமல் அப்படியே இருக்கிறது ஆர்.புதூர் பள்ளியும். மோசமான ஆசிரியர்கள், மோசமான கட்டமைப்பு, ஒழுக்கமில்லா

சென்னை: மாமன் மகளை திருமணம் செய்ய முடியாமல் தவிக்கும் நாயகனின் புலம்பலே 'எனக்கு இன்னும் கல்யாணம் ஆகல'. காரைக்குடி அருகே உள்ள ஒரு கிராமத்தில் வெட்டியாக ஊர் சுற்றிக்கொண்டிருப்பவர் நண்டு ஜெகன். அதே ஊரில் டீக்கடை நடத்தி வரும் மாமன் மகள் மனிஷாஜித்தை காதலிக்கிறார். போலீசாகி, ஐஜியிடம் கைக்குலுக்கினால் தான் தனது மகளை திருமணம்

சென்னை: எமலோகத்தை பின்னணியாக வைத்துக்கொண்டு தமிழக மற்றும் இந்திய அரசியலையும், அரசியல்வாதிகளையும் நையாண்டி செய்கிறது யோகி பாபுவின் தர்மபிரபு. பல ஆயிரக்கணக்கான வருடங்களாக எமன் பதவியில் இருக்கும் எமதர்மராஜா ராதாரவி வயோதிகத்தின் காரணமாக ஓய்வுபெற விரும்புகிறார். அடுத்த எமனாக யாரை தேர்வு செய்வது என ராதாரவி யோசித்துக்கொண்டிருக்கும் போது, தனது மகனை (யோகிபாபு) தான் அடுத்த

சென்னை: வலுவான கதை, சுவாரஸ்யமான திரைக்கதை, திறமையான நடிகர்கள் என ஒரு அருமையான படமாக வந்துள்ளது ஜீவி. தொடர்பியல் முக்கோண அறிவியலின் அடிப்படையில் இருவேறு குடும்பங்களுக்கு இடையே நடக்கும் ஒரே மாதிரியான சம்பவங்கள், ஒரு மையப்புள்ளியில் நிற்பது தான் ஜீவி படத்தின் ஒன்லைன். இதை படிக்கும் போது, ஏதோ இயற்பியல் பாடத்தில் வரும்

சென்னை: வெளிநாட்டில் சிக்கலில் மாட்டிக்கொள்ளும் மனைவியை காப்பாற்ற கடல் கடந்து செல்லும் கணவனே சிந்துபாத். நம்ம தாத்தாக்களில் இருந்து, இப்போதைய தலைமுறை வரை எல்லோருக்குமே சிந்துபாத் கதை நல்லாவே தெரியும். இன்னமும் கடல் கடந்து போய்டே தான் இருக்கார் சிந்துபாத். அதே கதையை காமெடி, ரொமான்ஸ், ஆக்ஷன் கலந்து தனது ஸ்டைலில் மாஸாக சொல்லியிருக்கிறார் இயக்குனர்

சென்னை: 2015 சென்னை மழை வெள்ளத்தின் பின்னணியில் ஒரு காதலை மென்சாரலாய் கொண்டாடுகிறது ஹவுஸ் ஓனர். 2015 டிசம்பர் 1,2 தேதிகளில் சென்னையில் ஏற்பட்ட மழை வெள்ள பாதிப்பை வரலாறு மறக்காது. எத்தனையோ ஆயிரம் மக்கள் பல ஆண்டுகளாக கஷ்டப்பட்டு சேர்த்து வைத்த உடைமைகளை இழந்தார்கள். பல இடங்களில் உயிரிழப்புகளும் ஏற்பட்டது. அப்படிப்பட்ட ஒரு இழப்பை

சென்னை: பார்வையாளர்களை ஒரு உலக சுற்றுலாவுக்கு ஜாலியாக கைப்பிடித்து அழைத்து செல்கிறது பக்கிரி. 'தி எக்ஸ்ட்ரா ஆர்டினரி ஜர்னி ஆஃப் தி ஃபகிர் ஹூ காட் ட்ராப்ட் இன் ஆன் இகியா வார்ட்ரோப் (The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe)' என்ற பிரெஞ்ச் நாவலைத்

சென்னை: ஒரு பெண் புலியை காப்பாற்ற போராடும் மூன்று இளைஞர்களின் கதையே தும்பா. நாயகன் 'கனா' தர்ஷனுக்கு டீக்கடை தொடங்க வேண்டும் என்பது நீண்ட நாள் ஆசை. ஆனால் அதற்கு பணம் இல்லாததால், கிடைத்த வேலைகளை செய்து வருகிறார். இந்நிலையில் நண்பன் தீனாவுடன் சேர்ந்து, டாப்ஸ்லிப்புக்கு பேயின்டிங் வேலைக்கு உதவியாக செல்கிறார். ஒயில்ட்

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சென்னை: வங்கி கொள்ளையர்களுக்கும், போலீசுக்கும் இடையே நடக்கும் சண்டையில் தீவிரவாதிகளும் நுழைந்தால், அதுவே சுட்டுப்பிடிக்க உத்தரவு. விக்ராந்த்தும், சுசீந்திரனும் மேலும் இருவருடன் சேர்ந்து ஒரு வங்கியை துப்பாக்கி முனையில் கொள்ளை அடிப்பதில் இருந்து படம் தொடங்குகிறது. பொதுமக்களையும் காவல்துறை அதிகாரிகளையும் சுட்டுவிட்டு அவர்கள் தப்பிக்கிறார்கள். அவர்களை பிடிக்கும் பொறுப்பை காவல் அதிகாரி மிஷ்கின் எடுத்துக்கொள்கிறார்.

சென்னை: மறைந்து போன மனிதாபிமானத்தை மீட்டெடுக்க முயற்சித்திருக்கிறது நெஞ்சமுண்டு நேர்மையுண்டு ஓடு ராஜா திரைப்படம். அனாதை ஆசிரமத்தில் ஒன்றாக வளர்ந்த ரியோவும் விக்கியும் யூடியூப் சேனல் நடத்தி வருகிறார்கள். அவர்களுடன் ஆசிரமத்தில் தங்கி இருந்த சுட்டி அரவிந்த் அவர்களைப் பார்த்துக்கொள்கிறார். யூடியூபுக்காக செய்யும் ஒரு நிகழ்ச்சி மூலம் பெரும் பணக்காரரான ராதாரவியின் தொடர்பு கிடைக்கிறது. இவர்கள்

சென்னை: ஒரு சைக்கோ கொலைகாரனிடம் இருந்து தப்பிக்க, ஒரு பேயின் உதவியுடன் நாயகி ஆடும் ஆட்டம் தான் கேம் ஓவர். பொதுவாக தமிழ் சினிமாவில் பேய் மற்றும் சைக்கோ படங்களுக்கு எப்போதுமே மவுசு அதிகம். அதுவும் சமீபத்தில் பேய் படங்களும் சைக்கோ திரில்லர் படங்களும் மாபெரும் ஹிட்டானதால், இதுபோன்ற பல படங்கள் ரிலீசுக்கு வரிசைக்கட்டி நிற்கின்றன.

சென்னை: டாப்ஸி நடிப்பில் இன்று வெளியாகியுள்ள கேம் ஓவர் படத்தை பார்த்தவர்கள் அனைவரும் அவரை புகழ்ந்து கொண்டிருக்கிறார்கள். அஸ்வின் சரவணன் இயக்கத்தில் டாப்ஸி நடித்த கேம் ஓவர் படம் இன்று ரிலீஸாகியுள்ளது. இந்த படம் தமிழ், தெலுங்கு மற்றும் இந்தி ஆகிய மூன்று மொழிகளில் வெளியாகியுள்ளது. படத்தை பார்த்தவர்கள் அது குறித்து சமூக வலைதளங்களில் கருத்து தெரிவித்து

சென்னை: ஒரு கொலையும், அந்த கொலையை செய்த குற்றவாளியைக் கண்டுபிடிக்க போலீஸ் நடத்தும் விசாரணையும் தான் கொலைகாரன் படத்தின் கதை. கொலைகாரன் ஒரு க்ரைம் திரில்லர் படம். எனவே இதன் முதல் பாதி கதையை எழுதினால், படம் பார்க்கும் சுவாரஸ்யம் குறைந்துவிடும். ஆதலால், படத்தின் கதையை மேலோட்டமாக மட்டுமே எழுதுகிறோம். படத்தின் துவக்கத்தில்

சென்னை: ஒரு ஆணுக்கும், ஆறு பெண்களுக்கு இடையே உள்ள தொடர்பு தான் 'செவன்' படத்தின் ஒன்லைன். படத்தின் முதல் காட்சியில் தனது கணவர் கார்த்திக்கை (ஹீரோ - ஹவிஷ்) காணவில்லை என போலீஸ் அதிகாரி ரகுமானிடம் புகார் கொடுக்கிறார் நந்திதா ஸ்வேதா. தனக்கும் ஹவிஷ்க்கும் எப்படி காதல் மலர்ந்து, திருமணம் நடந்தது என்பதை விவரிக்கிறார். அதன்

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ആടൈ കണ്ടിറങ്ങുന്ന ഏതൊരു പ്രേക്ഷകന്റെയും മനസ്സിൽ ആദ്യം ഉയരുന്ന ചോദ്യങ്ങളിലൊന്ന് , എന്തിനായിരുന്നു ഈ സിനിമയുടെ പേരിൽ ഇത്രകോലാഹലങ്ങൾ എന്നതാണ്. അതിനു മാത്രം എന്താണ് ഈ ചലച്ചിത്രത്തിലുള്ളത്. അമല പോൾ പൂർണനഗ്നയായി പ്രത്യക്ഷപ്പെടുന്നതാണോ, ഇത്ര വലിയ കാര്യം (സിനിമയുടെയും മാറിയ കാലത്തെയും സാങ്കേതികതയും മറ്റും വികസിച്ചതിനെക്കുറിച്ചറിയാത്ത ഒരു മന്ദബുദ്ധിയാണ് എന്തായാലും ഈ വിവാദത്തിന്റെ പിന്നിൽ) -

മലേഷ്യയിലെ വടക്കുപടിഞ്ഞാറൻ പ്രവിശ്യയിൽ പെട്ട ഒരു സ്റ്റേറ്റ് ആണ് കെദാഹ് ദാറുൽ അമീൻ. കടാരം എന്നത് അതിന്റെ തമിഴ് പേരാണ്. എഡി രണ്ടാം നൂറ്റാണ്ടിൽ എഴുതപ്പെട്ട തമിഴ് സഹിത്യങ്ങളിൽ വരെ കടാരത്തെ കുറിച്ചുള്ള പരാമർശങ്ങൾ ഉണ്ട്. അതിനുമുന്പേ തന്നെ തമിഴ് രാജവംശങ്ങൾ കടാരത്തിൽ ആധിപത്യം സ്ഥാപിച്ചിരുന്നു എന്ന് ആർക്കിയോളജിസ്റ്റുകൾ കണ്ടെത്തിയിട്ടുമുണ്ട്. ചിയാൻ വിക്രം നായകനായി ഈയാഴ്ച

ഒരു മുൻവിധിയും കൂടാതെ ആണ് ചിലപ്പോൾ പെണ്കുട്ടി എന്ന സിനിമയ്ക്ക് കയറിയത്. സിനിമയെ സംബന്ധിച്ച മീഡിയാ ന്യൂസുകളും പ്രൊമോഷൻ പരിപാടികളും ഒന്നും ശ്രദ്ധിച്ചിരുന്നില്ല. ടൈറ്റിൽ കണ്ടപ്പോൾ കൗതുകം തോന്നി. ചിലപ്പോൾ മാത്രം പെണ്കുട്ടി ആണെങ്കിൽ ബാക്കി സമയം ആണ്കുട്ടിയും സിനിമ കൈകാര്യം ചെയ്യുന്നത് ട്രാൻസ്ജൻഡർ പൊളിറ്റിക്സ് പോലുള്ള കനപ്പെട്ട പ്രമേയമാകും എന്നൊരു പ്രതീതി ജനിപ്പിച്ചു. ലയൺ

പതിനൊന്നാമത്തെ പുതുമുഖസംവിധായകനെ അഭിമാനപൂർവം അവതരിപ്പിക്കുന്നു, എന്ന് എഴുതിക്കാണിച്ചുകൊണ്ടാണ് വിജയ്‌ബാബു എന്ന നിർമാതാവ് തന്റെ പുതിയ സിനിമ തുടങ്ങുന്നത്. സിനിമയുടെ പേര് ജനമൈത്രി. സംവിധായകൻ ജോൺ മന്തിരിക്കൽ. തുടർന്ന് മിഥുൻ മാനുവൽ ഫോണിൽ ജോണിനെ വിജയ്ബാബുവിന് പരിചയപ്പെടുത്തുന്നതും മൂപ്പരെ ജോൺ വിളിക്കുന്നതും ഓഫീസിൽ നേരിട്ട് വന്ന് കഥ പറയുന്നതും രണ്ടുപേരും ചേർന്ന് കാസ്റ്റിങ്ങ് തീരുമാനിക്കുന്നതും മറ്റുമൊക്കെയായുള്ള സംഭാഷണങ്ങൾ

സ്റ്റോറി ഓഫ് എ നിഷ്കു എന്ന ടാ​ഗ് ലൈനോടെ തിയേറ്ററിലെത്തിയ സിനിമയാണ് ഷിബു. സിനിമയിലെത്താനുള്ള ബുദ്ധിമുട്ടുകളും ലക്ഷ്യം നേടാനായി കണ്ടെത്തുന്ന വള‍ഞ്ഞവഴികളും നിറഞ്ഞൊരു സിനിമ. ചിരിക്ക് വകനല്കുന്ന സന്ദർഭങ്ങളും കഥാ​ഗതി മാറ്റുന്ന രണ്ടാംപകുതിയും ​ഗാനങ്ങളും ഷിബുവിനെ വ്യത്യസ്തമാക്കുന്നു. തമാശയും പ്രണയവും നിറഞ്ഞ ഷിബു പ്രേക്ഷകര്‍ക്ക് കണ്ടിരിക്കാവുന്ന ചിത്രം തന്നെയാണ്.

തന്റെ കൂട്ടുകാരന് മൂന്നാമത്തെ കുഞ്ഞുപിറന്ന വാർത്ത അറിയുകയും അതുകേട്ട് അമ്മയുടെ കുത്തുവാക്ക് കേൾക്കുകയും തത്സമയം കണ്ടുകൊണ്ടിരിക്കുകയായിരുന്ന ക്രിക്കറ്റ് മാച്ചിൽ ഇന്ത്യ ആവേശോജ്വലമായി വിജയിക്കുകയും ചെയ്തതിന്റെ സമ്മിശ്രവികാരങ്ങളോടെ ആണ് വിശ്വനാഥൻ ഭാര്യയെയും കൊണ്ട് വാതിലടച്ചത്. പിന്നെ കാണുന്നത് ഹോസ്പിറ്റലിലും ലേബർറൂമിന്റെ പരിസരവുമാണ്. ഫാർമസിയിൽ ക്രിക്കറ്റ് മാച്ച് കണ്ടുകൊണ്ടിരിക്കുന്ന വിശ്വനാഥൻ, പിറകിൽ നിന്ന് കേൾക്കുന്നു ഭാര്യ പ്രസവിച്ച വാർത്ത

ഗോറില്ലയുടെ മുഖംമൂടി വച്ച നാല് ചെറുപ്പക്കാർ ചേർന്ന് ബാങ്ക് കൊള്ളയടിക്കാൻ കയറി ബാങ്കിനകത്തുള്ളവരെ ബന്ദികളാക്കി വിലപേശുന്നതാണ് ഈയാഴ്ച ഇറങ്ങിയ ഗൊറില്ല എന്ന സിനിമയുടെ ഉള്ളടക്കം. ഇവരുടെ ഒപ്പം നായകൻ വീട്ടിൽ വളർത്തുന്ന ഒരു ഒറിജിനൽ ഗോറില്ലയുമുണ്ട്. ബാങ്കിനുള്ളിൽ ബന്ധിയാക്കപ്പെട്ട കസ്റ്റമേഴ്‌സിൽ ഒരാളായ യോഗി ബാബുവിന്റെ ക്യാരക്റ്ററും ഐക്യദാർഢ്യ പ്രഖ്യാപനത്തോടെ കൊള്ളസംഘത്തോടൊപ്പം ചേരും. ഒടുവിൽ ക്ളൈമാക്സിന്ന് ശേഷം

ടൈറ്റിൽ റോളിലും പോസ്റ്ററിൽ കേന്ദ്രസ്ഥാനത്തും വരുന്ന കോംഗ് എന്ന ചിമ്പാൻസി ആണ് ജീവയുടെ പുതിയ സിനിമയായ ഗോറില്ലയുടെ മുഖ്യ ആകർഷണം. ഒരുകാലത്തു മൃഗങ്ങളെയും വന്യജീവികളെയും ഒക്കെ കേന്ദ്ര സ്ഥാനത്ത് നിർത്തി കൊണ്ടുള്ള ഇന്ത്യൻ സിനിമകൾ ധാരാളമായി ഇറങ്ങിയിരുന്നെങ്കിലും വനം വന്യജീവി സംരക്ഷണ നിയമമൊക്കെ സ്ട്രിക്ട് ആയ ശേഷം ആരും ഈ ഒരു ജോണർ സിനിമയ്ക്കായി പൊതുവെ

മലയാളത്തിൽ ഒട്ടേറെ ആരാധകരുള്ള തെന്നിന്ത്യൻ സൂപ്പർതാരം സെൽവൻ വിജയ് സേതുപതി ആദ്യമായി മലയാളത്തിൽ എന്ന പരസ്യവാചകവുമായി എത്തിയ സിനിമയാണ് മാർക്കോണി മത്തായി. കുടുംബസദസ്സുകളുടെ നായകനായ ജയറാമും കൂടെ ചേരുമ്പോൾ പ്രേക്ഷകരുടെ ആകാംക്ഷ ഇരട്ടിക്കുന്നതും സ്വാഭാവികം തന്നെ. ​ആ വെല്ലുവിളി ഏറ്റെടുത്ത സംവിധായകൻ ഒരുപരിധി വരെ വിജയിച്ചു എന്നുതന്നെ പറയാം. പ്ര​ണയം, ​ഗൃഹാതുരത്വം, സുഹൃദ്ബന്ധം, സം​ഗീതം, ബാന്റ്മേളം

മലയാള സിനിമയിലെ ന്യൂ ജനറേഷൻ സിനിമകൾ അവതരണത്തിലും പേരിലുമെല്ലാം ഒരു ന്യൂ ജനറേഷനായി മാറുകയാണ് ഇത്തരത്തിലുള്ള പാന്ഥാവിലുള്ള ഏറ്റവും പുതിയ ഉദാഹരണമാണ് സത്യം പറഞ്ഞാൽ വിശ്വസിക്കുമോ?തൊണ്ടിമുതലും ദൃക്സാക്ഷിയും എന്ന സിനിമയിലുടെ പുതിയൊരു കാഴ്ചാരീതിയെ മലയാളിക്ക് പകർന്നു നല്കിയ സജീവ്പാഴുരിന്റെ രചന, വീണ്ടും തീർത്തും വ്യത്യസ്തമായ ഒരു പ്രമേയത്തിലേക്കാണ് പ്രേക്ഷകനെ കൊണ്ടു പോകുന്നത്. അതും അവതരണത്തിന്റെ പുതുമയേറിയ

വ്യാസൻ കെ പി തിരക്കഥയെഴുതി സംവിധാനം ചെയ്തിരിക്കുന്ന ശുഭരാത്രിയുടെ ടാഗ്‌ലൈൻ ലൈലത്തുൽ ഖദ്ർ എന്നാണ്. ആയിരം രാത്രികളെക്കാൾ വിശുദ്ധമായ ഒരു രാത്രി എന്ന്‌ ഇസ്ലാമിക വിശ്വാസപ്രമാണപ്രകാരം വിശേഷിപ്പിക്കപ്പെടുന്ന ലൈലത്തുൽ ഖദ്ർ എന്നാൽ പ്രവാചകൻ മുഹമ്മദിന് വിശുദ്ധ ഗ്രന്ഥമായ ഖുർ ആൻ വെളിവാക്കപ്പെട്ട രാത്രി ആണ്. ശുഭരാത്രി എന്ന ടൈറ്റിൽ കൊണ്ട് കൂടുതൽ എന്തൊക്കെയോ സംവിധായകൻ ഉദ്ദേശിക്കുന്നുണ്ട്

ഉറുമി എന്ന ഒറ്റ തിരക്കഥയിലൂടെ മലയാള സിനിമാരംഗത്തെ വിവിധ മേഖലകളിലേക്ക് കസേര വലിച്ചിട്ടിരുന്ന മനുഷ്യനാണ് ശങ്കർ രാമകൃഷ്ണൻ. ഉറൂമിയ്ക്ക് ശേഷം നത്തോലി ഒരു ചെറിയ മീനല്ല , മൈസ്റ്റോറി എന്നിങ്ങനെയുള്ള സിനിമകളുടെ തിരക്കഥകൾ കൂടി എഴുതിയെങ്കിലും എഴുത്തുകരാണെന്നതിലുപരി ആക്ടർ എന്ന നിലയിൽ ആണ് മൂപ്പർ കുറേക്കൂടി ശ്രദ്ധേയനായത്. സംവിധാനരംഗത്തേക്ക് കൂടി ശങ്കർ രാമകൃഷ്ണൻ തന്റെ മേഖല

നാല്പത്തഞ്ച് ദിവസമായി തന്റെ ഭർത്താവിനെ കാണാനില്ലെന്നും എന്തെങ്കിലും വിവരം കിട്ടുന്നവർ ഉടൻ കട്ടപ്പന പോലീസ് സ്റ്റേഷനിൽ അറിയിക്കണമെന്നും വേവലാതിയോടെ പറയുന്ന ആശാ ശരത്തിന്റെ ഒരു വീഡിയോ ഇന്നലെ വൈറലായിരുന്നു. ഇന്ന് പുറത്തിറങ്ങാനുള്ള 'എവിടെ' എന്ന സിനിമയുടെ പ്രൊമോഷന്റെ ഭാഗമായിരുന്നു അത് എന്ന് മനസിലാകാത്ത പല അപ്പാവികൾ അതിന്റെ വാലിൽ തൂങ്ങി കുറെ ബഹളമുണ്ടാക്കി. അവരുടെ ഭാഗത്തും

ഇന്ത്യന്‍ ഭരണഘടനയുടെ മൂന്നാം അനുച്ഛേദത്തിലെ ആര്‍ട്ടിക്കിള്‍ 15 ഇന്ത്യയിലെ ഏതൊരു പൗരനും മതം, വര്‍ഗം, ലിംഗം, ജനനസ്ഥലം തുടങ്ങി എന്തിന്റെ പേരിലും രാജ്യത്ത് തുല്യമായ അവകാശം ഉറപ്പുനല്കുന്നുണ്ട്. എന്നാല്‍ ഇന്ത്യയുടെ പലയിടങ്ങളിലും പ്രത്യേകിച്ച് ഉത്തരേന്ത്യയില്‍ ഇതിനുനേരെ വിപരീതമായാണ് കാര്യങ്ങള്‍ നടക്കുന്നത്. തൊട്ടുകൂടായ്മയും തീണ്ടികൂടായ്മയുമെല്ലാം ഈ ടെക്‌നോളജി യൂഗത്തിലും നിര്‍ബാധം അവിടെ അരങ്ങേറുകയാണ്. സവര്‍ണ മേല്‍ക്കോഴ്മയുടെ

"നിങ്ങൾ ആണുങ്ങൾക്ക് ഒന്നിലേറെ പെണ്ണുങ്ങൾ ഉണ്ടായാൽ അത് നിങ്ങളുടെ മിടുക്ക്.. എന്നാൽ ഞങ്ങൾ പെണ്കുട്ടികൾക്ക് ഒന്നിലേറെ ബന്ധമായാൽ അവൾ പോക്കുകേസ്.." എന്ന നായികാസംഭാഷണവും 'ഒരു ഭയങ്കര കാമുകി' എന്ന ടാഗ്‌ലൈനുമായി ഇറങ്ങിയ ടീസർ കണ്ടപ്പോഴേ 'ദി ക്വീൻ ഓഫ് നീർമാതളം പൂത്ത കാലം' എന്ന സിനിമയെ സവിശേഷമായി നോട്ട് ചെയ്തിരുന്നു. നീർമാതളം പൂത്ത കാലം എന്ന ടൈറ്റിലിനൊപ്പം

ദിൻജിത്ത് അയ്യാത്താൻ എന്ന പുതുമുഖസംവിധായകനും സനിലേഷ് ശിവൻ എന്ന തിരക്കഥാകൃത്തും ചേർന്ന് ഒരുക്കിയിരിക്കുന്ന ഓപി 160/18 കക്ഷി:അമ്മിണിപ്പിള്ള എന്ന സിനിമ അതിന്റെ കൗതുകകരമായ ശീർഷകം കൊണ്ട് തന്നെ ശ്രദ്ധ പിടിച്ചു പറ്റിയിരുന്നു. ആസിഫ് അലി നായകനാവുന്ന ചിത്രത്തിൽ പക്ഷെ, ടൈറ്റിലിൽ കാണുന്ന അമ്മിണിപ്പിള്ളയുടെ റോൾ ചെയ്തിരിക്കുന്നത് ആസിഫ് അല്ല എന്നതാണ് മറ്റൊരു കൗതുകം. അഹമ്മദ് സിദ്ദിഖ്

ടൊവിനോ തോമസ് അഭിനയിച്ച് ഈ വർഷം പുറത്തുവരുന്ന അഞ്ചാമത്തെ സിനിമയാണ് ലൂക്ക. മിനിമം ഗ്യാരണ്ടിയുള്ള നായകനടൻ (പ്രൊഡ്യുസർക്കും പ്രേക്ഷകർക്കും) എന്ന സൽപ്പേര് വളരെ കുറച്ചുകാലം കൊണ്ട് തന്നെ നേടിയെടുത്ത ടൊവിനോയ്ക്ക് പക്ഷെ ഇപ്പോഴും അതിന്റെ അഹങ്കാരമൊന്നുമില്ല. ഉയരെ, ലൂസിഫർ, വൈറസ് എന്നീ സിനിമകൾ തന്നെ ഉദാഹരണം. നായക കേന്ദ്രീകൃത സിനിമകളിൽ മുഴുനീളം നിറഞ്ഞു നിൽക്കുക എന്ന

റിയൽ ലൈഫ് നാച്ചുറൽ ആക്ടിംഗും ലാർജർ ദാൻ ലൈഫ് ഹീറോ പരിവേഷവും തനിക്ക് ഒരുമിച്ച് ചുമക്കാൻ പറ്റിയ ഒന്നല്ല എന്ന് രാജാപാലയത്തുകാരൻ 'മക്കൾ സെൽവൻ വിജയ് സേതുപതി മുൻപും തെളിയിച്ചിട്ടുള്ള കാര്യമാണ്. റെക്ക, ജുങ്ക, കറുപ്പൻ എന്നിവയൊക്കെ ഉദാഹരണം. എന്നിട്ടും ഒരിക്കൽ കൂടി മക്കൾ സെൽവൻ ഇമേജ് വിട്ട് ദളപതി വിജയ് ഇമേജിലേക്ക് ചേക്കേറാനുള്ള വിജയ്

'വർഗീയത തുലയട്ടെ" എന്ന ക്യാമ്പസ് ചുമരെഴുത്ത് നടത്തുന്നതിനിടെ വർഗീയ തീവ്രവാദികളുടെ കൊലക്കത്തിക്ക് ഇരയായി മാറിയ അഭിമന്യു മലയാള മനസാക്ഷിയുടെ ഒടുങ്ങാത്ത നൊമ്പരമാണ്. വട്ടവട പോലൊരു ഉൾനാടൻ ഹൈറേഞ്ച് ഗ്രാമത്തിൽ നിന്നും എറണാകുളം മഹാരാജാസ് കോളേജിലെത്തിയ ആ മിടുക്കൻ പത്തൊൻപത് വയസിനിടെ തന്റെ പ്രതിഭയും വ്യക്തിത്വവും തെളിയിച്ച് രാഷ്ട്രീയ എതിരാളികളുടെ പോലും മതിപ്പ് പിടിച്ചുപറ്റിയിരുന്നു. അതിനാൽ തന്നെയായിരുന്നു

സിനിമയിൽ കഥ മാത്രം നന്നായതു കൊണ്ട് കാര്യമില്ല മറിച്ച് ആ കഥാതന്തുവിനെ സീനുകളിലൂടെ പറഞ്ഞ് പ്രതിഫലിപ്പിക്കുവാൻ പറ്റിയ രീതിയിലുള്ള ഒരു തിരക്കഥ കൂടി ഉണ്ടായാലേ സിനിമ പ്രേക്ഷകന് അനുഭവവേദ്യമാകൂ. പക്ഷേ ഇത് പലപ്പോഴും തിരിച്ചറിയാൻ സാധിക്കാതെ പോകുന്ന അവസ്ഥയുണ്ടാകാറുണ്ട്. സമാനമായ ഒരവസ്ഥയാണ് വകതിരിവ് എന്ന സിനിമയുടെ ആദ്യ കാഴ്ചയും നല്കുന്നത്. കുടുംബ പശ്ചാത്തലത്തില്‍ കഥ പറയുന്ന വകതിരിവ് മാതാപിതാക്കളും മക്കളും കണ്ടിരിക്കേണ്ട സിനിമ തന്നെയാണ്‌.

ആൻഡ് ദ ഓസ്കാർ ഗോസ് ടൂ വിലെ സലീം കുമാറിന്റെ കഥാപാത്രമായ സഖാവ് മൊയ്തു ഒരു സന്ദർഭത്തിൽ സിനിമയിൽ ഇങ്ങനെ പറയുന്നുണ്ട്, സിനിമയും ജീവിതവും തമ്മിൽ വലിയ അന്തരമുണ്ട്. ഒരു പക്ഷേ ഈ തിരിച്ചറിവ് തന്നെയാണ് സലീം അഹമ്മദിന്റെ ഓസ്കാർ ഗോസ് ടു വേറിട്ട ഒരു ചലച്ചിത്രമാക്കുന്നതിന്റെറ പ്രധാന ഘടകവും. മനുഷ്യന്റെ സാമൂഹ്യ ജീവിതത്തിൽ താങ്ങും

സാത്താൻ, യമൻ, പിച്ചക്കരൻ, തിമിരുപിടിച്ചവൻ, കാളി, നാൻ എന്നിങ്ങനെ വിജയ് ആന്റണിയുടെ സിനിമകളുടെ പേര് തന്നെ എപ്പോഴും വെറൈറ്റി ആയിരിക്കും. ആ നിരയിൽ പെട്ട പുതിയ ഐറ്റമാണ് കൊലൈകാരൻ. ഒരുകാലത്ത്, തെന്നിൻഡ്യയെ ഇളക്കിമറിച്ച മ്യുസിക് ഡയറക്‌ടർ ആയി വന്ന വിജയ് ആന്റണി പിന്നീട് നായകനായി മാറിയത് നടനെന്ന നിലയിലുള്ള തന്റെ പരിമിതികൾ എല്ലാം അറിഞ്ഞുകൊണ്ട് തന്നെയാണ്,

ഫസ്റ്റ് അനൗണ്സ്മെന്റിൽ പരിഹാസച്ചുവ പടർത്തിയതും അശ്ളീലട്രോളുകൾക്ക് കാരണമായതുമായ ഒരു സിനിമാ ടൈറ്റിൽ ആയിരുന്നു 'ഉണ്ട' എന്നത് . ട്രോളുകളുടെ ബഹളം തീർന്നപ്പോഴാണ് പടത്തിന് പിറകിലുള്ള അണിയറ പ്രവർത്തകരെ ശ്രദ്ധിച്ചതും സംഭവം വെറും ഉണ്ടയല്ല ഇന്ന് പ്രേക്ഷകർ തിരിച്ചറിഞ്ഞതും.. അതോടെ പടത്തിൽ നല്ല പ്രതിക്ഷയായി. ഒരു സംഘം പൊലീസുകാർ പഞ്ചറായ ലോറിയുടെ ടയർ മാറ്റിയിടാനായി കൂട്ടായി അധ്വാനിക്കുന്ന

അങ്ങനെ, അബ്ദുൽ റഷീദ് സലിം സൽമാൻ എന്ന സൽമാൻ ഖാന്റെ പതിനാലാമത്തെ സിനിമയും -ഭാരത്- നൂറുകോടി ക്ലബിൽ കയറി. അതും റിലീസിന്റെ നാലാമത്തെ ദിവസം 130കോടി കളക്ഷനോടെ... താരങ്ങൾ പലഭാഷയിലായി ഇൻഡ്യയിൽ ഒരുപാട് ഉണ്ടെങ്കിലും, ആരാധകർ സ്നേഹത്തോടെ സല്ലുഭായി എന്നു വിളിക്കുന്ന സൽമാന് അല്ലാതെ ഇത്തരം ഒരു നേട്ടം മറ്റാർക്കും ക്രെഡിറ്റിൽ ഇല്ല. ഈ പതിനാലു

സക്കറിയയുടെ ഗർഭിണികൾ, കുമ്പസാരം എന്നീ സിനിമകളിലൂടെ ശ്രദ്ധേയനായ സംവിധായകൻ ആണ് അനീഷ് അൻവർ. ബഷീറിന്റെ പ്രണയലേഖനം എന്ന അത്ര ശ്രദ്ധിക്കപ്പെടാതെ പോയ സിനിമയ്ക്ക് ശേഷം മൂന്നുവർഷത്തെ ഇടവേളയെടുത്ത് പുറത്തിറങ്ങിയിരിക്കുന്ന അനീഷ് അൻവർ സിനിമയാണ് മൈ ഗ്രെയ്റ്റ് ഗ്രാൻഡ്ഫാദർ. ജയറാമിനെയാണ് നായകസ്ഥാനത്തേക്ക് കാസ്റ്റ് ചെയ്തിരിക്കുന്നത് എന്നതാണ് അനീഷ് ഇത്തവണ ചെയ്തിരിക്കുന്ന ഏറ്റവും വലിയ സാഹസികതയും വ്യത്യസ്തതയും. ശരാശരിയിലും താഴെ നിൽക്കുന്ന , കാലഹരണപ്പെട്ട ഒരു സിനിമാനുഭവം..

ಶಾನೆ ಟಾಪಗವ್ಳೆ ಹಾಡಿನ ಮೂಲಕವೆ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಸದ್ದು ಮಾಡಿದ್ದ 'ಸಿಂಗ' ರಾಜ್ಯದಾದ್ಯಂತ ರಿಲೀಸ್ ಆಗಿದೆ. ಚಿರಂಜೀವಿ ಸರ್ಜಾ ಮತ್ತು ಅದಿತಿ ಪ್ರಭುದೇವ ಅಭಿನಯದ 'ಸಿಂಗ' ಚಿತ್ರಕ್ಕೆ ಅಭಿಮಾನಿಗಳಿಂದ ಮಿಶ್ರ ಪ್ರತಿಕ್ರಿಯೆ ವ್ಯಕ್ತವಾಗಿದೆ. ಟ್ರೈಲರ್ ಮತ್ತು ಹಾಡುಗಳ ಮೂಲಕ ಚಿತ್ರಾಭಿಮಾನಿಗಲ್ಲಿ ಭಾರಿ ನಿರೀಕ್ಷೆ ಮೂಡಿಸಿದ್ದ 'ಸಿಂಗ' ನೋಡಿದವರಿಗೆ ಕೊಂಚ ನಿರಾಸೆ ಮೂಡಿಸಿದೆ. ಆಕ್ಷನ್, ಪಂಚಿಂಗ್ ಡೈಲಾಗ್, ಸೆಂಟಿಮೆಂಟ್ ಎಲ್ಲವು

ಮದುವೆ ಬಳಿಕ ನಟಿ ರಾಧಿಕಾ ಪಂಡಿತ್ ಅಭಿನಯಿಸಿದ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಆದಿಲಕ್ಷ್ಮಿ ಪುರಾಣ. ಬಹಳ ನಿರೀಕ್ಷೆಯೊಂದಿಗೆ ತೆರೆಗೆ ಬಂದಿರುವ ಈ ಚಿತ್ರದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಮಿಶ್ರಪ್ರತಿಕ್ರಿಯೆ ವ್ಯಕ್ತವಾಗಿದೆ. ಯಾವುದೇ ರೋಚಕತೆ, ಟ್ವಿಸ್ಟ್, ಥ್ರಿಲ್ಲ ಇಲ್ಲದಿರುವು ಸಾಮಾನ್ಯವಾದ ಮನರಂಜನೆ ಇದು ಎಂಬ ಅಭಿಪ್ರಾಯವನ್ನ ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕರು ವ್ಯಕ್ತಪಡಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಸುಮಾರು ಎರಡೂವರೆ ವರ್ಷದ ನಂತರ ರಾಧಿಕಾ ಪಂಡಿತ್ ಅವರನ್ನ ತೆರೆಮೇಲೆ ನೋಡೋದೆ ಒಂದು ಮಜಾ.

ಆದಿ ಒಬ್ಬ ಅಂಡರ್ ಕವರ್ ಪೊಲೀಸ್... ಲಕ್ಷ್ಮಿ ಟ್ರಾವೆಲ್ ಏಜೆನ್ಸಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಕೆಲಸ ಮಾಡುವ ಹುಡುಗಿ.. ಇವರಿಬ್ಬರ ಲವ್ ಸ್ಟೋರಿಯೇ 'ಆದಿ ಲಕ್ಷ್ಮಿ ಪುರಾಣ'. ಬಾಯಿ ಬಿಟ್ಟರೆ ಸುಳ್ಳು ಹೇಳುವ ಲಕ್ಷ್ಮಿ ಹಾಗೂ ಸುಳ್ಳಿನ ವಾಸನೆ ಕಂಡರೂ ಆಗದೆ ಇರುವ ಆದಿ, ಇವರಿಬ್ಬರು ಸೇರಿದರೆ ಏನೆಲ್ಲ ಆಗುತ್ತದೆ ಎನ್ನುವುದನ್ನು ಹಾಸ್ಯದ ಜೊತೆಗೆ ಹೇಳುವ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಇದಾಗಿದೆ.

ರಿಯಲ್ ಕಥೆ ಇಟ್ಟುಕೊಂಡು ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಮಾಡುವುದರಲ್ಲಿ, ಬಾಲಿವುಡ್ ಸಿನಿ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕರು ಎತ್ತಿದ ಕೈ ಎನ್ನುವುದು ಮತ್ತೆ ಸಾಬೀತು ಆಗಿದೆ. ಈ ಹಿಂದೆ 'ಕ್ವೀನ್' ಎಂಬ ಸುಂದರ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಮಾಡಿ ಗೆದಿದ್ದ, ವಿಕಾಸ್ ಬಹ್ಲ್ ಮತ್ತೆ ಗೆಲುವಿನ ಸೂಚನೆ ನೀಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಸೋಲು ಗೆಲುವು ಎಲ್ಲದಕ್ಕಿಂತ ಹೆಚ್ಚಾಗಿ ಒಂದು ಒಳ್ಳೆಯ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಮಾಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ. 'ಸೂಪರ್ 30' ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಹೆಸರಿಗೆ ತಕ್ಕ ಹಾಗೆ ಸೂಪರ್ ಆಗಿದೆ.

ಐದು ಗೆಳೆಯರು ಪ್ರವಾಸ ಹೋಗುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಆ ಪ್ರವಾಸದಲ್ಲಿ ಭಯಾನಕ ಘಟನೆಗಳು ನಡೆಯುತ್ತವೆ. ಆ ಘಟನೆಗಳ ಹಿಂದಿನ ಚಿತ್ರಕಥೆಯೇ 'ಚಿತ್ರಕಥಾ' ಸಿನಿಮಾ. ಕಥೆಯ ಒನ್ ಲೈನ್ ಕೇಳಿದರೆ, ಈ ರೀತಿಯ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಈಗಾಗಲೇ ಬಹಳ ಬಂದಿವೆ ಎನಿಸಿದರೂ, ಇದು ಕೊಂಚ ಬೇರೆ ರೀತಿ ಇದೆ. ಥ್ರಿಲ್ಲರ್ ಜಾನರ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಬಂದಿರುವ ಈ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ನೋಡಲು ಬೇಸರ ಆಗಲ್ಲ. ಹೊಸಬರ

ಪ್ರಿಯಾಂಕಾ ಉಪೇಂದ್ರ ಅಭಿನಯದ ದೇವಕಿ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಜುಲೈ 5 ರಂದು ರಾಜ್ಯಾದ್ಯಂತ ತೆರೆಕಂಡಿದೆ. ಸಿನಿಮಾ ನೋಡಿದ ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕರು ದೇವಕಿ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಖುಷಿಯಾಗಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಸಖತ್ ಥ್ರಿಲ್ಲಿಂಗ್ ಆಗಿದೆ, ಒಳ್ಳೆಯ ಸಸ್ಪೆನ್ಸ್ ಮಿಸ್ಟರಿ ಕಥೆ ಹೊಂದಿದೆ ಎಂದು ಅಭಿಪ್ರಾಯ ವ್ಯಕ್ತಪಡಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ ಲೋಹಿತ್ ಅವರ ಕೆಲಸಕ್ಕೆ ಮೆಚ್ಚುಗೆ ವ್ಯಕ್ತವಾಗಿದ್ದು, ತಾಂತ್ರಿಕವಾಗಿ ದೇವಕಿ ರೋಚಕತೆಯಿಂದ ಕೂಡಿದೆಯಂತೆ. ಮಮ್ಮಿ ಸಿನಿಮಾದ ನಂತರ

ಇದು ಅಮ್ಮ ಮಗಳ ಕಥೆ. ಹಾಗೆಂದ ಮಾತ್ರಕ್ಕೆ ಸೆಂಟಿಮೆಂಟ್ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಅಲ್ಲ... ಇಲ್ಲಿ ರೌಡಿಗಳ ಕೌರ್ಯ ಇದೆ ಹಾಗೆಂದು ಇದು ರೌಡಿಂಸಂ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಅಲ್ಲ... ಮಾಫಿಯಾ ಜಗತ್ತಿನ ಅನಾವರಣ ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಮಾಡಲಾಗಿದೆ. ಆದ್ರೆ, ಇದು ಅಂಡರ್ ವರ್ಲ್ಡ್ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಅಲ್ಲವೇ ಅಲ್ಲ.... ಆದರೆ, ಇಷ್ಟೂ ಅಂಶಗಳು ಬೇರೆಯದ್ದೆ ಶೈಲಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಇರುವ ಪಕ್ಕಾ ರಿಯಲಿಸ್ಟಿಕ್ ಸಿನಿಮಾವೇ 'ದೇವಕಿ'.

ಹ್ಯಾಟ್ರಿಕ್ ಹೀರೋ ಶಿವರಾಜ್ ಕುಮಾರ್ ಅಭಿನಯದ ರುಸ್ತುಂ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ನಿನ್ನೆ ತೆರೆಕಂಡಿದೆ. ಕಂಪ್ಲಿಟ್ ಆಕ್ಷನ್ ಮಸಾಲೆ, ಮಾಸ್ ಪ್ರಿಯರಿಗೆ ಹೇಳಿ ಮಾಡಿಸಿದ ಚಿತ್ರ, ಶಿವಣ್ಣ ಅಭಿಮಾನಿಗಳು ಫುಲ್ ಥ್ರಿಲ್ ಆಗಿದ್ದಾರೆ ಎಂಬುದು ಸಿನಿಮಾ ನೋಡಿ ಬಂದ ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕರ ಅಭಿಪ್ರಾಯ. ಫಿಲ್ಮಿಬೀಟ್ ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲೂ ರುಸ್ತುಂ ಚಿತ್ರದ ವಿಮರ್ಶೆ ಮಾಡಲಾಗಿದೆ. ಚಿತ್ರದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಇಟ್ಟುಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದ ನಿರೀಕ್ಷೆಯನ್ನ ಹುಸಿಮಾಡದ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ ರವಿವರ್ಮ,

ಹ್ಯಾಟ್ರಿಕ್ ಹೀರೋ ಶಿವರಾಜ್ ಕುಮಾರ್ ಅಭಿನಯದ ಬಹು ನಿರೀಕ್ಷೆಯ 'ರುಸ್ತುಂ' ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಇಂದು ರಾಜ್ಯದಾದ್ಯಂತ ತೆರೆಗೆ ಬಂದಿದೆ. ಸಾಹಸ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ ರವಿವರ್ಮ ಮೊದಲ ಬಾರಿಗೆ ಆಕ್ಷನ್ ಕಟ್ ಹೇಳಿರುವ ಸಿನಿಮಾ. ಕನ್ನಡ ಸೇರಿದಂತೆ ಹಿಂದಿ, ತಮಿಳು, ತೆಲುಗು ಚಿತ್ರಗಳು ಸೇರಿದಂತೆ ಸಾಕಷ್ಟು ಭಾಷೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಸಾಹಸ ನಿರ್ದೇಶನ ಮಾಡಿರುವ ರವಿವರ್ಮ ಮೊದಲ ಬಾರಿಗೆ ಆಕ್ಷನ್ ಕಟ್ ಹೇಳಿ ಸೈ

ಸಾಹಸ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ ರವಿವರ್ಮ ನಿರ್ದೇಶನ ಮಾಡಿರುವ ಮೊದಲ ಚಿತ್ರ. ಬಹುಶಃ ಸಿಕ್ಕಾಪಟ್ಟೆ ಆಕ್ಷನ್ ಇರಬಹುದು. ಅದೇನ್ ಮಾಡಿರ್ತಾರೋ ಅಂದುಕೊಂಡು ಹೋದವರಿಗೆ ರುಸ್ತುಂ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಖಂಡಿತಾ ನಿರಾಸೆ ಮಾಡಲ್ಲ. ಸಖತ್ ಕಿಕ್ ಕೊಡುವುದರ ಜೊತೆಗೆ ಇಷ್ಟವಾಗುತ್ತೆ. ಪೂರ್ತಿ ವಿಮರ್ಶೆ ಓದಿ....

ಬಾಲಿವುಡ್ ನ ಹ್ಯಾಂಡ್ ಸಮ್ ಹಂಕ್ ಶಾಹಿದ್ ಕಪೂರ್ ಅಭಿನಯದ ಕಬೀರ್ ಸಿಂಗ್ ಇಂದು ದೇಶದಾದ್ಯಂತ ತೆರೆಗೆ ಬಂದಿದೆ. ಕಬೀರ್ ಸಿಂಗ್ ತೆಲುಗಿನ ಸೂಪರ್ ಹಿಟ್ ಅರ್ಜುನ್ ರೆಡ್ಡಿ ಸಿನಿಮಾದ ಹಿಂದಿ ರಿಮೇಕ್ ಎನ್ನುವುದು ಗೊತ್ತಿರಲಿ. ವಿಜಯ್ ದೇವರಕೊಂಡ ಮತ್ತು ಶಾಲಿನಿ ಪಾಂಡೆ ಅಭಿನಯದ ಅರ್ಜುನ್ ರೆಡ್ಡಿ ಚಿತ್ರಕ್ಕೆ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ ಸಂದೀಪ್ ವಾಂಗ ಆಕ್ಷನ್ ಕಟ್ ಹೇಳಿದ್ದರು.

ಸ್ಟಾರ್ ನಟರ ಸಿನಿಮಾಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಸಣ್ಣಪುಟ್ಟ ಪಾತ್ರಗಳನ್ನ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದ ವರ್ಧನ್ ತೀರ್ಥಹಳ್ಳಿ ನಾಯಕನಾಗಿ ನಟಿಸಿರುವ ಚಿತ್ರ ಹಫ್ತಾ. ಪೋಸ್ಟರ್ ಮತ್ತು ಟ್ರೈಲರ್ ಬಹಳ ಗಮನ ಸೆಳೆದಿತ್ತು. ಎರಡು ವಿಭಿನ್ನ ಶೇಡ್ ಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಕಾಣಿಸಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದ ವರ್ಧನ್ ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕರ ಗಮನ ಸೆಳೆದಿದ್ದರು. ಇದೀಗ, ಸಿನಿಮಾ ರಿಲೀಸ್ ಆಗಿದೆ. ನಿರೀಕ್ಷೆಯಂತೆ ವಸೂಲಿ, ಕೊಲೆ, ಜೊತೆಗೊಂದು ಲವ್ ಸ್ಟೋರಿ ಜೊತೆ ಥಿಯೇಟರ್ ಗೆ ಬಂದಿದೆ.

ರಿಯಲ್ ಸ್ಟಾರ್ ಉಪೇಂದ್ರ ಮತ್ತು ರಚಿತಾ ರಾಮ್, ಸೋನು ಗೌಡ ಅಭಿನಯಿಸಿದ್ದ ಐ ಲವ್ ಯೂ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಜೂನ್ 14 ರಂದು ರಾಜ್ಯಾದ್ಯಂತ ತೆರೆಕಂಡಿದೆ. ಉಪ್ಪಿ ಶೈಲಿಯ ಟಿಪಿಕಲ್ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಎಂದು ಭಾರಿ ನಿರೀಕ್ಷೆ ಮೂಡಿಸಿದ್ದ ಐ ಲವ್ ಯೂ ಚಿತ್ರ ನೋಡಲು ಉಪ್ಪಿ ಅಭಿಮಾನಿಗಳು ಮುಗಿಬಿದ್ದಿದ್ದರು. ಆಮೇಲೆ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ನೋಡಿ ಹೊರಬಂದ ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕರು ಐ ಲವ್

''ಲವರ್ ಗಿಂತ ಹೆಂಡತಿ ಮುಖ್ಯ.. ನಾವು ಪ್ರೀತಿಸೋ ಲವರ್ ಗೆ ಐ ಲವ್ ಯೂ ಹೇಳುವ ಬದಲು, ನಮ್ಮನ್ನು ಪ್ರೀತಿಸೋ ಹೆಂಡತಿಗೆ ಐ ಲವ್ ಯೂ ಹೇಳಬೇಕು'' ಇದು ಐ ಲವ್ ಯು ಸಿನಿಮಾದಲ್ಲಿ ಸಿಗುವ ಸಂದೇಶ. ಈ ಸಂದೇಶವೆನೋ ಉತ್ತಮವಾಗಿದೆ. ಆದರೆ, ಈ ಒಂದು ಮೇಸೆಜ್ ಕೇಳಲು 2 ಗಂಟೆ 2 ನಿಮಿಷ ಚಿತ್ರಮಂದಿರದಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕರು ಕಷ್ಟಪಟ್ಟು ಕೂರಬೇಕು.

'ಟೈಗರ್ ಜಿಂದಾ ಹೈ' ಹಾಗೂ 'ಸುಲ್ತಾನ್' ಸಿನಿಮಾಗಳ ಬಳಿಕ ಮತ್ತೆ 'ಭಾರತ್' ಚಿತ್ರದಲ್ಲಿ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ ಅಲಿ ಅಬ್ಬಾಸ್ ಜಾಫರ್ ಹಾಗೂ ಸಲ್ಮಾನ್ ಖಾನ್ ಒಂದಾಗಿದ್ದಾರೆ. 'Ode to my Father' ಎಂಬ ದಕ್ಷಿಣ ಕೊರಿಯಾ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ರಿಮೇಕ್ ಇದಾಗಿದೆ. ಭಾರತ್ ಎಂಬ ಮಿಡಲ್ ಕ್ಲಾಸ್ ಹುಡುಗನ ಕಲರ್ ಫುಲ್ ಕಥೆ ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕರಿಗೆ ಇಷ್ಟ ಆಗುತ್ತದೆ.

'ಅಮರ್' ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಹೇಗಿದೆ..? ಅಭಿಷೇಕ್ ಹೇಗೆ ನಟಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ..? ಇದು ಎಲ್ಲರಿಗೆ ಇದ್ದ ಕುತೂಹಲ. ಅದಕ್ಕೆ ಕಾರಣ ಅಂಬರೀಶ್ ಪುತ್ರನ ಮೊದಲ ಸಿನಿಮಾ. ಇಂತಹ ಆ ಪ್ರಶ್ನೆಗಳಿಗೆ ಉತ್ತರ ಸಿಕ್ಕಿದೆ. 'ಅಮರ್' ಸಿನಿಮಾ ನಿನ್ನೆ (ಶುಕ್ರವಾರ) ಬಿಡುಗಡೆಯಾಗಿದೆ. ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕರಿಂದ ಸಿನಿಮಾಗೆ ಮಿಶ್ರ ಪ್ರತಿಕ್ರಿಯೆ ಸಿಕ್ಕಿದೆ. ಅದೇ ರೀತಿ ವಿಮರ್ಶಕರು ಸಹ ಸಿನಿಮಾಗೆ ಮಿಶ್ರ ಪ್ರತಿಕ್ರಿಯೆ ನೀಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಕೆಲವರಿಗೆ ಚಿತ್ರ

ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ ನಾಗಶೇಖರ್ ಲವ್ ಸ್ಟೋರಿ ಮಾಡುವುದರಲ್ಲಿ ಎತ್ತಿದ ಕೈ ಎಂದು ಈಗಾಗಲೇ ತೋರಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಅದೇ ರೀತಿ ಇಲ್ಲಿಯೂ ಒಂದು ಸುಂದರ ಪ್ರೇಮಕಥೆಯನ್ನು ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕರಿಗೆ ಹೇಳಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಅಪ್ಪನಂತೆ ಗತ್ತು ತೋರಿಸುತ್ತ, ಡೈಲಾಗ್, ಫೈಟ್ ಜೊತೆಗೆ ಲವರ್ ಬಾಯ್ ಆಗಿ ಅಭಿ ಆಗಮನ ಆಗಿದೆ.

ಹರಿಪ್ರಿಯಾ ಮತ್ತು ಸುಮಲತಾ ಅಭಿನಯದ ಡಾಟರ್ ಆಫ್ ಪಾರ್ವತಮ್ಮ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ನಿನ್ನೆ (ಮೇ 24) ರಾಜ್ಯಾದ್ಯಂತ ತೆರೆಕಂಡಿದೆ. ಇದೊಂದು ಮಹಿಳಾ ಪ್ರಧಾನ ಸಿನಿಮಾವಾಗಿದ್ದು, ಇದೇ ಮೊದಲ ಬಾರಿಗೆ ಆಕ್ಷನ್ ಒರಿಯೆಂಟೆಡ್ ಚಿತ್ರದಲ್ಲಿ ಹರಿಪ್ರಿಯಾ ನಟಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಈ ಕಾರಣಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ಡಾಟರ್ ಆಫ್ ಪಾರ್ವತಮ್ಮ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಬಹಳ ನಿರೀಕ್ಷೆ ಹುಟ್ಟುಹಾಕಿತ್ತು. ನಿರೀಕ್ಷೆಯಂತೆ ಹರಿಪ್ರಿಯಾ ಸಕ್ಸಸ್ ಆಗಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಚಿತ್ರಕ್ಕೂ ಒಳ್ಳೆಯ ರೆಸ್ಪಾನ್ಸ್

ಸಿಐಡಿ ಆಫೀಸರ್ ವೈದೇಹಿ. ಯಾವುದೇ ಪ್ರಕರಣ ಆದ್ರೂ ಕೂಲ್ ಆಗಿ ಡೀಲ್ ಮಾಡೋ ರೆಬೆಲ್ ಅಧಿಕಾರಿ. ಒಂದು ಕೊಲೆ, ಅದರ ಸುತ್ತ ಹಲವು ಅನುಮಾನ. ಕ್ರಿಮಿನಲ್ ನಿರ್ಮಿಸಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದ ಚಕ್ರವ್ಯೂಹ ಭೇದಿಸಿ ಅದು ಕೊಲೆನಾ ಅಥವಾ ಆತ್ಮಹತ್ಯೆನಾ ಎಂದು ಇತಿಶ್ರೀ ಹಾಡುವ ಲೇಡಿ ಸಿಂಗಂ ಕಥೆ ಡಾಟರ್ ಆಫ್ ಪಾರ್ವತಮ್ಮ.

ಜೀವನ ಎಂಬ ನಾಟಕದಲ್ಲಿ ನಾವು ಕೆಲವೊಮ್ಮೆ ನಮ್ಮ ಪಾತ್ರದ ಬದಲಿಗೆ ಬೇರೆ ಪಾತ್ರವನ್ನೇ ಮಾಡುವ ಪರಿಸ್ಥಿತಿ ಬರುತ್ತದೆ. 'ಸೂಜಿದಾರ' ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಕೂಡ ಅಂತಹ ಪರಿಸ್ಥಿತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಇರುವ ಎರಡು ಪಾತ್ರಗಳ ಕಥೆಯಾಗಿದೆ. ಸೂಜಿದಾರವನ್ನು ಬಟ್ಟೆ ಹೊಲಿಯಲು ಮಾತ್ರವಲ್ಲದೆ, ಮೈ ಮನವನ್ನು ಹೋಲಿಯಲು ಬಳಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಎರಡು ಪಾತ್ರಗಳ ಈ ಭಾವನಾತ್ಮಕ ಕಥೆ ಇಷ್ಟ ಆಗುತ್ತದೆ.

ಒಬ್ಬ ನಿಜವಾದ ಕಲಾವಿದನಿಗೆ ಅಳಿವಿಲ್ಲ ಹಾಗೂ ಅವನ ಕೊನೆಯುಸಿರಿರುವವರೆಗೂ ಆತ ಜೀವಂತ ಅನ್ನೋದನ್ನ ಮತ್ತೋಮ್ಮೆ ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್ ಅವರು ಸಾಬೀತು ಪಡಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಒಂದು ಮನೆಯಲ್ಲಿಯೇ ನಡೆಯುವ ಸಾಮಾನ್ಯ ಘಟನೆಗಳು, ಅವುಗಳ ತಾಳ, ಮೇಳ, ಲಯ ತಪ್ಪಿದಾಗ ಏನಾಗುತ್ತದೆ ಎನ್ನುವುದೇ ಈ ಪ್ರೀಮಿಯರ್ ಪದ್ಮಿನಿಯ ವಿಶೇಷ. ಮೊದಲನೆಯದಾಗಿ ಈ ಪ್ರೀಮಿಯರ್ ಪದ್ಮಿನಿ ಚಿತ್ರವನ್ನು ನಿರ್ಮಾಣ ಮಾಡಿದ ಶೃತಿ ನಾಯ್ಡು ಹಾಗೂ

8ಎಂಎಂ ಸಿನಿಮಾದ ಬಳಿಕ ನಟ ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್ ಮಾಡಿರುವ ಹೊಸದೊಂದು ಪಾತ್ರ. ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್ ಶೈಲಿಯ ಸಿನಿಮಾಗಳನ್ನ ಮೀರಿದ ಚಿತ್ರವಿದು. ಈ ಚಿತ್ರದಲ್ಲಿ ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣವಾಗಿ ಹೊಸ ರೀತಿಯ ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್ ನೋಡಬಹುದು ಎಂದು ಹೇಳಲಾಗುತ್ತಿದ್ದ ಚಿತ್ರ ಪ್ರೀಮಿಯರ್ ಪದ್ಮಿನಿ. ಹೇಳಿದಂತೆ ಇದು ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್ ಅವರನ್ನ ಹೊಸ ರೀತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಕಾಣಬಹುದಾದ ಚಿತ್ರವಿದು. ನಿನ್ನೆಯಷ್ಟೇ ಪ್ರೀಮಿಯರ್ ಪದ್ಮಿನಿ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ತೆರೆಕಂಡಿದೆ. ಭಾವನಾತ್ಮಕ ಮನರಂಜನೆ ಮೂಲಕ

ಕನ್ನಡ ಚಿತ್ರರಂಗದಲ್ಲಿ ಕೌಟುಂಬಿಕ ಸಿನಿಮಾಗಳು ಕಡಿಮೆಯಾಗುತ್ತಿವೆ ಎಂಬ ಆಪಾದನೆ ಇದೆ. ಈ ಆಪಾದನೆಗೆ ತಕ್ಕ ಉತ್ತರ ಈ ಪ್ರೀಮಿಯರ್ ಪದ್ಮಿನಿ. ಮದುವೆ, ವಿಚ್ಛೇದನ, ಪ್ರೀತಿ, ಸ್ನೇಹ, ಬಂಧ, ಸಂಬಂಧ, ಭಾವನೆಗಳು ಸೇರಿದ ಮಿಶ್ರಣ ಇದರಲ್ಲಿದೆ. ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣವಾಗಿ ಕೌಟುಂಬಿಕ ಮನರಂಜನೆ ಹೊಂದಿರುವ ಸಿನಿಮಾ. ಪೂರ್ತಿ ವಿಮರ್ಶೆ ಮುಂದೆ ಓದಿ...

ನಿರ್ಮಾಪಕ ಕೆ ಮಂಜು ಅವರ ಮಗ ಶ್ರೇಯಸ್ ಅಭಿನಯದ ಚೊಚ್ಚಲ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಪಡ್ಡೆಹುಲಿ ರಾಜ್ಯಾದ್ಯಂತ ಈ ವಾರ ಬಿಡುಗಡೆಯಾಗಿದೆ. ರಾಕ್ ಸ್ಟಾರ್ ಹುಡುಗನ ಕಥೆ ಹೊಂದಿರುವ ಈ ಚಿತ್ರಕ್ಕೆ ಮೊದಲ ದಿನ ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕರಿಂದ ಒಳ್ಳೆಯ ಅಭಿಪ್ರಾಯ ಸಿಕ್ಕಿದೆ. ಮೊದಲ ಸಿನಿಮಾದಲ್ಲೇ ಅಭಿನಯ, ಡ್ಯಾನ್ಸ್, ಫೈಟ್ ಎಲ್ಲದರಲ್ಲೂ ಗಮನ ಸೆಳೆದಿರುವ ಶ್ರೇಯಸ್ ಯಂಗ್ ಟೈಗರ್ ಆಗಿ ಮಿಂಚಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಒಬ್ಬ

ಪ್ರತಿಯೊಬ್ಬರ ಜೀವನದಲ್ಲೂ ಸೋಲು ಮತ್ತು ಗೆಲುವು ಇದ್ದೇ ಇರುತ್ತೆ. ಸೋತು ತಕ್ಷಣ ಅದೇ ಅಂತಿಮವಾಗಲ್ಲ. ಆ ಸೋಲುಗಳನ್ನೇ ಮೆಟ್ಟಿಲು ಮಾಡಿಕೊಂಡು ಗೆಲುವಿನ ಗುರಿ ಮುಟ್ಟಬೇಕು. ಇದೇ ಸೂತ್ರ ಇಟ್ಟಕೊಂಡು ಜೀವನದ ಗುರಿಯನ್ನ ಸಾಧಿಸಲು ಹೊರಟ 'ರಾಕ್ ಸ್ಟಾರ್ ಪಡ್ಡೆಹುಲಿಯ' ಕಥೆ ಇದು. ಕೆ ಮಂಜು ಮಗ ಶ್ರೇಯಸ್ ಅಭಿನಯದ ಮೊದಲ ಸಿನಿಮಾ. ನಿರೀಕ್ಷೆಯ ಮಟ್ಟ ತಲುಪಿಲ್ಲ ಅಂದ್ರೂ

Sun Yang eased through to the 400 freestyle final at the world swimming championships on Sunday as doping questions continue to dog the triple Olympic champion, while Adam Peaty flirted with his own world record on the way to the 100 breaststroke semis.

Manny Pacquiao beat defending champion Keith Thurman on a split points decision on Saturday to take the WBA Welterweight Super Championship in Las Vegas.

Played in the searing heat of the Egyptian summer, against a backdrop of chaos in the regional governing body CAF and enlarged to an unwieldy 24 teams, this year's Africa Cup of Nations defied logic and, on the pitch at least, turned into a surprising success.

Englishman Tommy Fleetwood is preparing himself for a wall of noise at Royal Portrush on Sunday when he attempts to reel in fan favourite Shane Lowry and win the British Open.

Thailand's Jasmine Suwannapura and American Cydney Clanton teamed up for an emphatic six-stroke win at the Great Lakes Bay Invitational in Midland, Michigan on Saturday.

If there were any nerves concealed behind Shane Lowry's thick beard they had no impact on his golf as the Irishman took the British Open by the scruff of the neck with a sensational course record in Saturday's third round.

Brooks Koepka is well-placed to complete one of the greatest major seasons as he goes into the final round of the British Open in equal fourth place on Sunday.

Nearly three years after reversing his decision to retire from the sport, Hungarian qualifier Attila Balazs reached his maiden ATP final with a 6-2 6-4 victory over third seed Laslo Djere at the Croatia Open on Saturday.

They chanted his name, they rose as one for a standing ovation and long after Shane Lowry had departed the 18th green to sign for a course-record 63, the crowd were still following him across the course, singing and celebrating with abandon.

Shane Lowry knows from personal experience that a four-shot lead starting the final round of a major championship is hardly insurmountable, never mind the wicked weather expected to throw an extra layer of uncertainty into the British Open mix on Sunday.

Lee Westwood's latest bid to secure an elusive major championship got off to a blistering start on Saturday, but he heads into Sunday's final round needing a major turnaround to have any hope of lifting the Claret Jug.

Jim Herman played with precision to make a president proud, matching his career-best score on the PGA Tour with a 10-under-par 62 in the third round at the Barbasol Championship in Kentucky on Saturday.

Eddie Nketiah continued his fine pre-season form with two goals as Arsenal produced a 3-0 victory over Fiorentina in the International Champions Cup in Charlotte on Saturday.

Bayern Munich beat Real Madrid 3-1 in an entertaining International Champions Cup match in Houston on Saturday.

Arsenal manager Unai Emery said he is happy to be patient in the transfer market and will wait for the right player to become available.

Champion Geraint Thomas admitted he felt "quite weak" as he lost further ground on race leader Julian Alaphilippe and other top contenders in the first big mountain test of the Tour de France on Saturday.

New Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri said on Saturday he was a fan of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba but he did not know if the Frenchman would be leaving England to join the Seria A champions.

South African Akani Simbine pulled off something of a surprise in the London Diamond League 100 metres on Saturday, holding off local hope Zharnel Hughes and former world champion Yohan Blake to come home in 9.93 seconds.

The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system will undoubtedly cause controversies in its English top-flight debut next season but any flaws will be ironed out in future, the Premier League's interim chief executive Richard Masters has said.

Teenage forward Mason Greenwood rifled home in the 75th minute to give a dominant Manchester United a 1-0 victory against Inter Milan in their International Champions Cup opener in Singapore on Saturday.

Walt Disney Co's Marvel Studios on Saturday unveiled a star-packed slate of superhero films for the next two years that includes Angelina Jolie in "The Eternals," Mahershala Ali in a remake of "Blade" and Natalie Portman as a female "Thor."

Marvel Studios superhero movie "Avengers: Endgame" will claim the top of the global box office charts by Sunday, distributor Walt Disney Co said.

The upcoming "Star Trek" series about Jean-Luc Picard will reunite the beloved starship commander with android officer Data and other characters from the long-running space franchise, the cast revealed to fans at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday.

Swedish prosecutors on Friday extended American rapper A$AP Rocky's detention by six days amid their ongoing investigation into a street fight in Stockholm as U.S. President Donald Trump said he planned to call Sweden's prime minister about the case.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday that he would vouch for the bail of detained American rapper A$AP Rocky, who was arrested in Sweden in connection with a street fight that occurred in June.

An unknown assailant stabbed Hong Kong actor Simon Yam on Saturday during a promotional event in mainland China but Yam's injuries were not life-threatening, Chinese state media reported.

President Donald Trump said on Friday he would call Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven about the case of U.S. rapper A$AP Rocky, who has been detained in Sweden pending an investigation into a street fight in Stockholm.

The star-laden movie version of hit stage musical "Cats" released its first trailer on Thursday, but first impressions were far from cuddly.

Wall Street brokerages stuck to a positive outlook on Netflix Inc on Thursday, betting that a strong content slate for the rest of 2019 would reverse shock second-quarter losses in U.S. subscribers that sank its stock price.

(Reuters - British broadcasters ITV and the BBC said on Friday they would launch streaming service BritBox in the UK at nearly 6 pounds ($7.51) per month, giving subscribers access to hit shows such as "Love Island", "Gentleman Jack" and "Coronation Street".

"Top Gun" roared back on Thursday when Tom Cruise made a surprise appearance at Comic-Con to show the first trailer for the long-awaited sequel to his military action movie.

Paul McCartney is adding another string to his bow - writing his first musical.

Massachusetts prosecutors on Wednesday dropped a criminal case accusing former "House of Cards" star Kevin Spacey of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old man at a Nantucket bar in 2016 after the alleged victim refused to testify.

"Gossip Girl," the show that became a youth culture phenomenon with its trend-setting fashion and chronicling of the romantic lives of elite New York teens, is on its way back to television, this time in a new series for upcoming streaming service HBO Max.

South African singer and songwriter Johnny Clegg, one of the few white artists to openly confront the apartheid government in the late 1970s and 1980s, died on Tuesday aged 66, his agent said.

R&B singer R. Kelly pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to a raft of federal charges accusing him of running a scheme to force women and girls to provide sex for himself and others, and a judge ordered that he remain in jail without bail.

Medi fantasy "Game of Thrones" scored a record 32 Emmy nominations on Tuesday, but the contenders for the highest honors in television were dominated by newcomers, many of them women, and shows about political and social justice.

AT&T Inc's premium cable network HBO scored a record 137 Emmy nominations on Tuesday, topping streaming service Netflix Inc in what has become an annual battle for bragging rights in the contest for television's biggest awards.

Lawyers for Meek Mill on Tuesday asked a Pennsylvania appeals court to overturn a 2008 drugs and gun conviction that has kept the rapper on probation for a decade and made him a celebrity advocate for U.S. criminal justice reform.

Walt Disney Co has taken a high-tech route to remake animated classic "The Lion King" with the look of a nature documentary, an update it hopes will lure audiences to a new version of a film considered a masterpiece the first time.

One week after his top rival Cole Custer picked up his series-leading fifth win of the season, Bell matched that total with a dominating performance of his own.Bell led 186 of 200 laps and easily held off Custer to win Saturday’s Roxor 200 at New Hampshire – giving him wins in both series starts at the track.Bell and Custer are now tied with a series-leading five wins and the victory ...Keep reading

GT Le MansThe Porsche 911 RSRs of Laurens Vanthoor and Nick Tandy retained their advantage at the start of the race ahead of Connor De Phillippi in the #25 BMW M8, Dirk Muller’s Ford GT and the two Corvettes C7.Rs of Antonio Garcia and Oliver Gavin.Positions stayed the same until on Lap 39 Muller passed De Phillippi for third by which time the Porsches were 7sec up the road. Almost ...Keep reading

The grid for Sunday morning's race is based on the reverse current championship order, meaning that Chadwick will line up as the last of 20 drivers, with Megan Gilkes on pole.Reserve driver Sarah Bovy will line up alongside Gilkes on the front row, ahead of Shea Holbrook and Vivien Keszthelyi, while Beitske Visser will join her championship rival Chadwick on the back row. Assen Race ...Keep reading

The 50-year-old New Zealander has won 12 times at the TT since his debut in 1996, but was forced to miss the last two events due to a battle with cancer. Now in better health, the popular Anstey will return to competition for the first time since 2017 in the Classic Lightweight TT next month aboard a Padgetts-run Honda RS250.Anstey has won the class twice at the Classic TT, and set a the ...Keep reading

Blaney’s average lap speed of 133.572 mph topped Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Denny Hamlin (133.226 mph) and Kyle Busch (132.739 mph).Kevin Harvick was fourth and Martin Truex Jr. completed the top-five.Rounding out the top-10 in practice were pole-winner Brad Keselowski, Aric Almirola, Kyle Larson, Daniel Suarez and Jimmie Johnson.Blaney also led the way among the drivers who ran at ...Keep reading

Di Resta lost over 30 seconds in the pitlane after a team error meant Jake Dennis stopped on the same lap and inadvertently cause a double-stacked pitstop, with Di Resta forced to wait behind his teammate.Kamelger said Dennis had pitted on the seventh lap of 31 because it was believed Di Resta had stopped on track with a problem, when in fact the 2010 DTM champion had paused to clear oil ...Keep reading

Rast qualified on the front row alongside polesitter Wittmann and, once the safety car race start had cleared, the Audi driver hounded Wittmann through the opening corners and the pair ran side-by-side after the De Strubben hairpin.A safety car caused by Daniel Juncadella moments later paused the battle, with Wittmann able to gradually pull away from Rast late on.Rast and Wittmann agreed ...Keep reading

Late in the session, Jones posted his session-best average lap speed of 133.427 mph, topping the pole-winner for Sunday’s Foxwoods Casino 301, Brad Keselowski (133.394 mph). Jones, who will start fourth Sunday, has made three starts at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, with a best finish of sixth in 2017.Read Also:Brad Keselowski tops Kyle Busch for New Hampshire ...Keep reading

Kimilainen had set the pace on Friday and taken her first series pole in qualifying, lining up beside Alice Powell at the front of the grid.Powell initially took the lead as the lights went out, but the race was almost immediately neutralised by a safety car as Tasmin Pepper spun across the track and was struck by Miki Koyama, who was unable to take avoiding action.The race got underway ...Keep reading

Tandy set the fastest first sector in the #911 Porsche, but Vanthoor clawed that deficit and more back over Sectors 2 and 3 to claim pole by 0.052sec.Vanthoor’s margin of less than 0.2sec over the fastest non-Porsche was perhaps less than expected given the 911 RSRs' pace in practice, but a bigger surprise was the identity of their nearest challenger.Connor De Phillippi set a brilliant ...Keep reading

Side-drafting, aggressive bump-drafting, blocking – all of these things have been a part of NASCAR racing, but in recent years their frequency seems to have increased.Every inch of the track – and sometimes parts not on the racing surface – are used to a driver’s advantage in order to gain a win, a good result or simply another position.Read Also:Truex fastest in final ...Keep reading

But while the idea of a full-length diffuser is different to the last time cars were designed like this, the aim is identical: produce the maximum amount of downforce possible through undercar aero.Full coverage of F1 2021 plans:Revealed: F1 commits to ground effect for new-look 2021 carExplained: F1’s 2021 blueprint aimed at making the racing betterTech analysis: F1’s ...Keep reading

Wittmann had taken pole for the race in the morning but came under immediate pressure from Rast in the race when the safety car-led first three laps ended.The BMW driver held off Rast through the slow first sector, taking in the Haarbocht right-hander through to the De Strubben hairpin exit, before the battle came to a close when R-Motorsport driver Daniel Juncadella stopped his Aston Martin ...Keep reading

Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen hit each other on the opening lap of the British Grand Prix, an incident that caused both to eventually retire and ruined Haas’s chances of gathering data for a crucial car experiment.They clashed earlier this season in the Spanish Grand Prix, and collided in Britain last year as well.Steiner said after the race did not “know the solution” because ...Keep reading

Bottas made his competitive rallying debut aboard a Ford Fiesta WRC in January’s Arctic Rally and has since tested M-Sport’s Fiesta R5.Toyota Gazoo Racing sporting director Kaj Lindstrom told Motorsport.com that Bottas’ outing in the Yaris was just for fun.Lindstrom joked: “There is no contract. He was happy in the Arctic Rally, but we have the best car and he wanted to try ...Keep reading

Wittmann's first pole position since the Zolder opener in May came after he edged out Audi's Rene Rast on the first flying runs by just 0.158s thanks to a 1m25.434s lap.That time went unbeaten and the second flying lap runs were delayed when R-Motorsport Aston Martin driver Jake Dennis slowed to a halt at the Ramshoek bend and caused a red flag.Once Dennis's Aston Martin Vantage was towed ...Keep reading

Kimilainen, who missed the Zolder and Misano rounds due to injury, had been the fastest driver of the day in the first free practice session on Friday and set the early benchmark time of 1m35.562s in the first stages of the 30-minute qualifying.She was deposed briefly by home favourite and title contender Beitske Visser around the halfway mark, with Alice Powell also occupying the top spot on ...Keep reading

The heavily-criticised French Grand Prix has been followed up by two exciting races in Austria and Britain, where the Red Bull Ring and Silverstone circuits regularly produce entertaining contests.  Five-time world champion Hamilton said adding different races to the F1 calendar is a good thing but believes better decisions can be made with track layouts, even though he accepts that ...Keep reading

Poleman Pagenaud's best time came on fresh tires at the start of his first stint – the fourth of the 84 laps he turned in total – and he sounded less happy with his car over in the second half of the session.Nonetheless, he retained top spot with that 174.462mph lap although Newgarden ran him close with a 173.775.The driver who made most progress compared with his qualifying effort ...Keep reading

Vanthoor, championship leader along with Earl Bamber, was the first to turn a 49sec lap, with a 49.938, but Tandy left it until the final minute to grab P1 with a 49.782, following it up with another lap under Vanthoor’s best.This Porsche domination left Richard Westbrook’s Ford GT more than half a second adrift in third, although for many teams the session was about race-runs and pitstop ...Keep reading

Keselowski has three wins already this season but had yet to win a pole. He filled in that blank on Friday using an average lap speed of 136.384 mph to claim the top starting position for Sunday’s Foxwoods Casino 301.Last week’s race winner, Kurt Busch, was the last car to qualify and appeared to have a chance to topple Keselowski but slotted in third (136.238 mph) when he completed the ...Keep reading

Following Busch’s wild victory over brother Kyle last weekend at Kentucky, much of the talk centered on whether the win would provide Kurt an opportunity to continue driving at CGR beyond the one-year deal he signed in off-season.On Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Busch was asked if discussions had started over the past week about next year.“It doesn’t matter if I’m driving ...Keep reading

Earnhardt and sponsor iK9 announced Friday that Earnhardt would be sponsored in seven more races this season – six in the Xfinity Series and one in the Cup Series.Earnhardt is scheduled to compete four times in Xfinity in Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 18 Toyota. The first of those four remaining races is Aug. 10 at Mid-Ohio. The others are Road America, Phoenix and Homestead.Earnhardt, 30 ...Keep reading

Connor de Phillippi’s #25 BMW M8 swapped the fastest time with Jesse Krohn in the #24 RLL-run sister car early on, but they were both pipped by Garcia’s 50.302s lap of the 1.474-mile course in Connecticut, set in the closing four minutes of the hour-long second session.This effort was some way short of the 50.065s laptime set by Nick Tandy’s #911 Porsche in the far cooler morning ...Keep reading

Pagenaud lapped the 0.894-mile oval Iowa Speedway in 17.8479 and 17.8976sec (180.324 and 179.823mph respectively) to beat Power’s two-lap average by 0.0963sec and claim his second pole position at the venue.Newgarden’s first lap was quicker than Power’s first, but his second dropped the championship leader to third. He’ll be joined on the second row by Takuma Sato in the Rahal ...Keep reading

"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.

A look at the major talking points from the fourth ODI between India and New Zealand played at Ranchi's JSCA International Stadium on Wednesday where the hosts went down by 19 runs allowing the Kiwis to level the series 2-2

India won by 45 runs (DLS method). Ind 129/3 (26.0 Ovs).

England won by 2 runs. RSA 328/5 (50.0 Ovs).

With a mountain to climb, England refused to think out of the box and, in all likelihood, have handed Australia the Ashes even before the Test ends

Opener Billy Godleman remained unbeaten on 70 in the run chase as Derbyshire defeated Yorkshire by five wickets

The ICC-imposed suspension also puts at risk Zimbabwe's participation in the T20 World Cup Qualifiers

Never the heartbeat of neutral fans but this World Cup might just be the end of that for England

England skipper Eoin Morgan admitted that it wasn't fair to decide the winner on the basis of the number of boundaries scored

The opener will lead the side in the three-match series in Mashrafe Mortaza's absence

The former Bangladesh skipper, who has been appointed as the interim coach of the national side, observed that the board has to believe in the ability of local coaches

India A have already clinched the five-match series by winning the first three games

Bulgaria reported on Saturday an outbreak of African swine fever at a breeding farm for pigs near the Danube city of Ruse in the north east of the Balkan country.

Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Co Ltd said on Friday the U.S. health regulator failed to approve its treatment for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, sending its shares down nearly 6% in extended trading.

Two people have died following a multi-state outbreak of salmonella infections linked to backyard poultry, U.S. health officials said on Friday.

(Reuters Health) - It's long been known that the highly effective acne medication isotretinoin - marketed as Accutane and Roaccutane - is tied to the risk of severe birth defects. But even with a special program in place to prevent conception in women taking the drug, each year two to three hundred women in the U.S. become pregnant while taking it, a new study shows.

(Reuters Health) - Complications after skin cancer surgery may be more common in smokers and former smokers, a U.S. study suggests.

(Reuters Health) - People with pets may be able to use their companion animals to practice techniques for managing chronic pain without medication, researchers say.

The Canadian health regulator said on Friday it would keep importing U.S.-based Kaleo Inc's epinephrine auto-injectors and expects adequate supply of the devices in the country over the coming months.

(Reuters Health) - Heart attack rates dropped among older adults in Scotland in the decade after a nationwide indoor smoking ban took effect, a new study suggests.

A Congolese woman who may have spread the deadly Ebola virus in Uganda did not go to Rwanda or the Congolese city of Goma while contagious, the World Health Organization said on Friday.

Novartis's Gilenya multiple sclerosis drug has won approval in China, the Swiss drugmaker said on Friday, as the company expands further into the world's most-populous country's growing healthcare sector.

(Reuters Health) - Female cancer experts are more likely than their male colleagues to skip scientific meetings that could offer networking opportunities and a chance to catch up with the latest developments in their field, a new study finds.

Canada opposes any U.S. plans to buy Canadian prescription drugs that might threaten the country's drug supply or raise costs for its own citizens, officials have told U.S. authorities, in a new setback to the Trump administration's efforts to tackle high drug prices, according to documents obtained by Reuters.

Illinois will defy enforcement of the Trump administration's rule barring federally subsidized family planning clinics from making abortion referrals, the governor said on Thursday, vowing the state would step in to fund most of those clinics itself.

The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday said it will not ban the use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos, which has been linked to health issues in children, from use on U.S.-grown fruits and vegetables.

An Ohio drug wholesale distributor and two former executives were charged on Thursday with profiting from the U.S. opioid epidemic by selling millions of pills despite signs the addictive drugs were being misused.

Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden and rival Bernie Sanders are waging a public battle this week over universal healthcare, staking out competing turf on an issue that has become the most divisive in the party's primary campaign.

The World Health Organization on Thursday withdrew a report that said an Ebola patient may have entered Rwanda, suggesting the deadly virus could spread to that country for the first time.

(Reuters Health) - Pregnant women who work nights or long hours may be more likely to have a miscarriage or preterm delivery than mothers with day jobs, a research review suggests.

(Reuters Health) - People who have recently used cannabis may be more likely to experience memory deficits or difficulties with cognitive function than those who don't use the drug, a recent study suggests.

When young women use abortion services, the adolescent men who avoid becoming teenaged fathers go on to have better educational and financial futures than peers who do become teen fathers, a U.S. study suggests.

Not too long ago, it was being said that Satte Pe Satta will now have a remake and it will feature Hrithik Roshan. The latter, who is riding high on the success of Super 30, will be essaying the double role played by Amitabh Bachchan in the original. Now the recent update on that front is that Katrina Kaif has been roped in to essay the character of Hema Malini from the film.

Not too long ago, it was being said that Satte Pe Satta will now have a remake and it will feature Hrithik Roshan. The latter, who is riding high on the success of Super 30, will be essaying the double role played by Amitabh Bachchan in the original. Now the recent update on that front is that Katrina Kaif has been roped in to essay the character of Hema Malini from the film. There have been many changes that Satte Pe Satta remake has witnessed in the past few months, from change in male leads to change in female leads. There were also rumours in between that Deepika Padukone too was approached for the role. A source close to the film confirmed the development and said, “Yes, the makers were considering many top A-list actresses for the role. Considering that it was Hrithik Roshan and also owing to the fact that they needed to fill in the shoes of Hema Maliniji, the makers had a tough choice to make. But eventually they thought Katrina would fit the bill. In fact, Katrina is quite honoured at the opportunity and she is also excited to play this interesting role.” Prod the source about further details on casting and the source maintained, “Satte Pe Satta indeed had an ensemble cast and it will take a while for the makers to put in the cast together. As of now, talks are just on and as soon as all of it is finalized, the announcement regarding the same will be made.” Readers would be aware that the cult Satte Pe Satta is a drama revolving around seven brothers with Amitabh Bachchan playing the eldest sibling; whereas, Hema Malini plays the role of his ladylove and wife. The remake will be produced by Rohit Shetty and directed by Farah Khan.

There have been many changes that Satte Pe Satta remake has witnessed in the past few months, from change in male leads to change in female leads. There were also rumours in between that Deepika Padukone too was approached for the role. A source close to the film confirmed the development and said, “Yes, the makers were considering many top A-list actresses for the role. Considering that it was Hrithik Roshan and also owing to the fact that they needed to fill in the shoes of Hema Maliniji, the makers had a tough choice to make. But eventually they thought Katrina would fit the bill. In fact, Katrina is quite honoured at the opportunity and she is also excited to play this interesting role.”

Prod the source about further details on casting and the source maintained, “Satte Pe Satta indeed had an ensemble cast and it will take a while for the makers to put in the cast together. As of now, talks are just on and as soon as all of it is finalized, the announcement regarding the same will be made.”

Readers would be aware that the cult Satte Pe Satta is a drama revolving around seven brothers with Amitabh Bachchan playing the eldest sibling; whereas, Hema Malini plays the role of his ladylove and wife. The remake will be produced by Rohit Shetty and directed by Farah Khan.

Also Read: BREAKING! Hrithik Roshan signs Rohit Shetty and Farah Khan’s Satte Pe Satta remake

A while back Dangal director Nitesh Tiwari had shared a behind the scenes making of the poster of his film Chhichhore. Starring Sushant Singh Rajput and Shraddha Kapoor, the film which went on floors sometime back was slated to release on August 30. However, now we hear that the makers of the film have decided to postpone the release of the film by a week.

Release of Sushant Singh Rajput - Shraddha Kapoor starrer Chhichhore pushed to September 6?

"Yes, in all likelihood the release of Chhichhore will be pushed by a week since Saaho which was slated to release alongside Mission Mangal and Batla House shifted to August 30. Because of this shift Chhichhore will face competition at the box office and to avoid this the makers of the film are contemplating delaying its release by a week to September 6", says a source close to the film. If this is true, thanks to the delay in its release Chhichhore will hit screens only in September.

Though an official confirmation on the same is awaited, the official spokesperson for the film says, "As of now there is no update on the postponement of Chhichhore. As and when the makers take a call an official announcement will be made.”

As for the film, Chhichhore that stars Sushant Singh Rajput and Shraddha Kapoor is directed by Nitesh Tiwari. Produced by Sajid Nadiadwala the film follows the life of a group of friends from college as they progress into middle-age life and go their own separate ways.

Also Read: Director Nitesh Tiwari shares the making of Chhichhore’s official poster featuring Sushant Singh Rajput and Shraddha Kapoor

Just earlier today, we had mentioned that Jacqueline Fernandez is keen on exploring different things in the Indian film industry. In fact, the actress is also expected to make her digital debut with Mrs. Serial Killer that will be a series on the OTT platform Netflix. Now the latest update on the Bollywood front is that the actress may be considered for the role of the leading lady in the Aayush Sharma film Kwatha that is also expected to star Sanjay Dutt.

SCOOP: Jacqueline Fernandez approached for this Aayush Sharma film that also stars Sanjay Dutt?

However, sources have it that it is too early to talk about details. A source close to the development said, “Yes, the makers are keen to have a renowned face paired opposite Aayush Sharma in Kwatha. He has already played the role of a boy next door in his debut film. This will be a much stronger role for the newbie. On the other hand, having a known face will only enhance the film. As for Jacqueline Fernandez, all I can say is that, yes, they are considering her for the role. As of now, everything is in the initial stages and talks are still going on. They have narrated the script to her and she has liked it. But if she is finalized or no and if she will be signing the dotted line or no, is a different question altogether.”

Coming to what we know about Kwatha, the film will feature Aayush Sharma in a different role compared to LoveYatri. Reports have it that the actor will be seen in the role of an army officer. It is also being said that the film will set in the gangster era when the world saw the rise and fall of the underworld. Although there hasn’t been any clarification much on the role that will be essayed by Sanjay Dutt, we hear that the makers were keen on bringing the actor on board owing to the concept and plotline of the film.

Also Read: Aayush Sharma to play an Army Officer in his next titled Kwatha

Aashiqui actor Rahul Roy hasn’t been quite active on the Bollywood circuit. But recent reports reveal that the actor is planning to make a comeback and it will be with Kanu Behl’s film. Kanu Behl gained fame as his film Titli received critical acclaim in many festivals. Further speaking of the film titled Agra; this one too will be an unconventional film revolving around a dysfunctional family.

Aashiqui actor Rahul Roy to make a comeback with this film!

In reports, Kanu Behl also spoke about getting Rahul Roy on board wherein he stated that the actor has got a lot of untapped potential and that he wanted to channelize his energy through this medium. He was all praises for the actor further mentioning about how he understood the intricacies of the role and how he is willing to take the plunge as the protagonist of Agra.

Explaining about the film, Behl maintained that Agra is a story of a family and revolves around the subject of exploration of space as the world is becoming a crowded place to live in. He also went on to describe the film as the quest for a sexual odyssey of an individual. Yoodlee Films is expected to back the project and further details on it are yet to be revealed.

As for the casting, the makers have locked on the major cast which includes Priyanka Bose, Mohit Agarwal, Vibha Chibber, Sonal Jha, Ruhani Sharma, Aanchal Goswami amongst others.

#Update: #Titli director Kanu Behl starts new film... Titled #Agra... Rahul Roy - who shot to fame with #Aashiqui - makes a comeback with the film... Has an ensemble cast... Will be filmed in and around #Agra... 2020 release... Produced by Yoodlee Films. pic.twitter.com/s5xzQmqfKn

— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) July 20, 2019

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A while back, the Bhatts announced the sequel to the film Sadak, and also revealed the cast of Sadak 2 that comprised of Sanjay Dutt, Pooja Bhatt, Alia Bhatt and Aditya Roy Kapur. While shooting of the film began in earnest earlier this week in Ooty, it is learnt that Alia joined the crew on Thursday. Speaking about Sadak 2 and what she feels like to shoot with Alia, Pooja Bhatt spilled the beans on why the film is so special to her.

Pooja Bhatt spills the beans on what she feels like when shooting with Alia Bhatt for Sadak 2

Talking about her sequences with Alia, Pooja revealed that though the two are yet to shoot, she is excited and nostalgic at the same time. Interestingly, the said sequence that Pooja and Alia will be shooting for is a rather emotional one that comes at an integral juncture in the film. Further talking about her special bond with Sadak 2, Pooja went on to say that while she has worked with her father Mahesh Bhatt earlier in the role of an actor, producer and director this will be the first time she will be assisting him. This coupled with the memories of shooting Sadak have made Pooja equally excited and nostalgic, as she says.

While it certainly will be interesting to watch the Bhatt family working together on one project, Sadak 2 is directed by Mahesh Bhatt. A sequel to the 1991 film Sadak, Sadak 2 is being readied to hit the screens in July 2020.

Also Read: Birthday Vibes! Pooja Bhatt calls Alia Bhatt ‘magical one’ as they snuggle up with Sadak 2 co-star Sanjay Dutt

Priyanka Chopra and Mindy Kaling are coming together for the first time for a Netflix original film. While in earlier reports, it was being said that it will be like Crazy Rich Asians meet My Big Fat Greek Wedding, now it has also been learnt that the film will have an extensive Indian actors. The film is expected to be a cross cultural comedy and now reports have it that Priyanka has hired casting agents to hire as many as 20 Indian actors for the film.

Priyanka Chopra and Mindy Kaling are coming together for a cross cultural wedding comedy [Read On]

While she is making her comeback in Bollywood with The Sky Is Pink, Priyanka Chopra also has many projects including ventures of her production house Purple Pebble Pictures. Amidst the same, the actress decided to collaborate with Mindy Kaling who will be writing the screenplay with Dan Goor. She will also be starring in the film that will also feature Priyanka. If reports are to be believed, we hear that the film will focus on portraying the diverse characters that explores the variety of ethnicity in India.

In fact, it is being said that the film has space for many actors to showcase their talents and that too not in cardboard characters. It has also been mentioned that the makers are keen on casting a few Tamil actors for some specific roles. Further, reports also suggest that the production team in India has started work on it and the recce in India will kick off somewhere in October. The film is expected to go on floor by the end of this year.

On the other hand, Priyanka Chopra will be reuniting with Dil Dhadakne Do co-star Farhan Akhtar in The Sky Is Pink that also stars Zaira Wasim as their daughter. The film is inspired by the real life events and is directed by Shonali Bose. The film will release on October 11, this year.

Also Read: Priyanka Chopra teams up with Mindy Kaling for a wedding comedy

After entertaining us in the 90s with jokes and gags, David Dhawan directorial Coolie No. 1 is all set to get a contemporary twist. The fun roller coaster film will now be remade with Varun Dhawan essaying the role of Govinda and Sara Ali Khan playing Karisma Kapoor. Now the latest update on that front is that Johny Lever has joined the cast.

Coolie No. 1 Remake: Johny Lever joins the cast of the Varun Dhawan, Sara Ali Khan starrer

In recent reports, it has been mentioned that Johny Lever will essay the role of police officer in the Coolie No. 1 remake which was originally essayed by Tiku Talsania. On the other hand, it was revealed recently that the role of Kader Khan where he essayed the character of Karisma Kapoor’s father will be played by Paresh Rawal. The latter will be seen as the father of Sara Ali Khan in the remake.

Speaking up with excitement of joining the cast of Coolie No. 1 remake, Johny stated that it is great to team up with the director of the film David Dhawan. The actor mentioned about how he has worked with the filmmaker in his past films like Deewana Mastana, Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge, Judwaa 2 amongst others further adding that this film will see him in a wonderful role. He was also all praises for David Dhawan as he stated about how the filmmaker has an understanding of comedy and is also in sync with it since the 90s.

Varun Dhawan, Sara Ali Khan starrer Coolie No. 1 remake is yet to get a title and the film is expected to go on floors on August 5 in Bangkok. It is expected to release on May 1 next year.

Also Read: CONFIRMED: Coolie No 1 starring Varun Dhawan, Sara Ali Khan to go on floor on August 5, Paresh Rawal to take over Kader Khan’s role

Sonakshi Sinha made her debut with Dabanng and has come a long way since then. The actress, who is currently gearing up for her next release Khandaani Shafakhana, is busy promoting the film across the country. But away from films, Sonakshi recently made some revelations about her personal life, saying that she even secretly date a celebrity!

WOAH! Sonakshi Sinha reveals she SECRETLY dated a celebrity, and also talks about her parent’s idea of an ideal husband for her

Talking about dating, Sonakshi Sinha stated that she was in a relationship with a celebrity, but no one knew about the same. However, the actress was cautious not to reveal any names and divulge details of the said relationship. Further talking about marriage, Sonakshi claimed that her parents’ want her to marry a ‘susheel ladka’, but unfortunately no one from the industry fitted the bill. If that wasn’t all, Sonakshi went on to talk about cheating in a relationship and said that, if her boyfriend were to ever cheat on her, he wouldn’t live to see the next day!

As for her film, Khandaani Shafakhana is directed by Shilpi Dasgupta and follows the story of a young girl who inherits her dead uncle's sex clinic in Punjab. The film is slated for release on August 2.

Also Read: Dabangg 3: Salman Khan and Sonakshi Sinha get mobbed by fans on the sets in Phaltan

Aditya Pancholi, who has been embroiled in a major controversy, recently had to face severe and heinous charges of rape and drug abuse filed by a prominent actress from B-town. While in the past, a lot has been said about his relationship with the said actress, this time around matters turned worse and legal when the actress and her family lodged police complaint against the actor on charges of spiking and rape. Along with denying these claims, Aditya Pancholi had applied for an anticipatory bail which was granted to him until this month and during the hearing on Friday, it has been extended until August 3.

Court extends anticipatory bail period for Aditya Pancholi till August 3

Readers would be aware that Aditya Pancholi was accused of spiking drinks and raping a Bollywood actress along with blackmail from the year 2004 to 2006. While the actress has refused to speak about the case to the media since the matter is under subjudice, it is being said that she filed an FIR against on June 28 this year. Followed by this, there were a series of accusations that were directed towards Pancholi which the latter has firmly denied. On the other hand, he immediately had applied for interim protection from arrest and as directed by the court, the anticipatory bail for Pancholi was granted until July 19. On the said date, the court once again adjourned the hearing on the case and has also extended the anticipatory bail until August 3.

Advocate of Aditya Pancholi, Prashant Patil too has confirmed the developments in recent reports. The actress, in her complaint, reportedly claimed that Aditya met her at a party where he spiked her drinks and tried to establish a physical relationship with her. He later apparently took photographs of her and continued to blackmail her in maintaining a relationship with him.

Also Read: Bollywood actress accuses Aditya Pancholi of drugging her and raping her in a car!

While we haven’t got a glimpse of Jacqueline Fernandez post Race 3, the actress, we hear, is keen on experimenting with the kind of work she has been doing the industry. After a break in Los Angeles, the actress, who has signed the web-series Mrs. Serial Killer, will kick off work on the same. On the other hand, another interesting project that she has in mind is her production house. Not only is she contemplating on producing her first film but reports assert that the actress has found her first script to produce which is an action franchise.

Woah! Jacqueline Fernandez to kick off her debut production with this action franchise!

Recent reports have asserted that Jacqueline Fernandez, after attending acting classes, has decided to explore the film industry further from the eyes of the producer too. The actress, who has been a part of Race 2 and Race 3, has time and again expressed her interest and keenness towards the action genre and hence it is believed that the actress will also be producing an action franchise for her production company. In fact, these reports suggest that the initial prep for the same has even kick started as writers have already started writing the script of the first film in the series. It is being said that if all goes well, the film will go on floors by the end of this year.

Furthermore, it has also been learnt that Jacqueline Fernandez will be playing as the leading lady and that she will be seen in the role of a complete badass who will be kicking some ass in the high octane action sequences in the film. On the other hand, let us tell you that Jacqueline has always loved combating and martial arts. In fact, she considers it to be a great stress buster and often attends the classes for the same reason. The actress has also mentioned in one of her interviews that she has learnt weaponry.

On the film front, Jacqueline Fernandez is expected to feature in Sushant Singh Rajput starrer Drive, which is a remake of the Hollywood film by the same name. The film, which has been in the pipeline for long, is yet to receive a release date.

Also Read: REVEALED: This is the reason behind Jacqueline Fernandez hiding her face from the paparazzi!

Amidst the bevy of brand endorsements that often land on the lap of Bollywood superstars, here’s another interesting endorsement deal that was bagged by Dabangg 3 actor Salman Khan. The Bollywood actor, who has bagged many such deals and campaigns in his career, has now become the brand face of Somany Ceramics. And what more? He will soon be kicking off an extensive ad campaign, if current reports are to be believed.

Salman Khan turns brand ambassador for Somany Ceramics

Somany Ceramics is a complete décor provider which has been one of the senior players in the industry and the current Managing Director, Abhishek Somany has expressed his happiness about his new ad campaign. In fact, these reports have it that an extensive 360 degree campaign is being planned with Salman Khan as their brand ambassador and it will involve touching on every aspect of advertising – from outdoor to TVC [ad commercial] to social media. While Abhishek Somany has spoken about having Salman as their brand face, the superstar is yet to make a comment on the same.

Coming to the Bollywood front, Salman Khan is currently shooting for the much talked about Dabangg 3 that is directed by Prabhu Dheva. The film will also feature Sonakshi Sinha, Kiccha Sudeep, and Dimple Kapadia amongst others and is produced by Salman’s brother Arbaaz Khan. On the other hand, the actor also has the Alia Bhatt starrer Inshallah with Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Kick 2 with Sajid Nadiadwala in the pipeline.

Also Read: Salman Khan greeted with loud cheers on the sets of Dabangg 3 (video)

It is difficult to say who between Deepika and Ranveer the bigger box office star is. But we can tell you that Deepika’s latest much talked-about role as acid victim Laxmi Aggarwal in Meghna Gulzar’s Chhapaak happened because of Ranveer.

Heard this Ranveer Singh was the reason Meghna Gulzar commenced work on the Deepika Padukone starrer Chhapaak

Here’s how. Director Meghna Gulzar actually wanted to make a male-centric film after Raazi. She was all set to do a bio-pic on Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw with Ranveer in the lead.

Says a source close to the development, “Meghna Gulzar had the project scripted and ready. She was keen on Ranveer Singh to play Manekshaw. They met, and Ranveer seemed maha-excited. But when it came to a narration, Ranveer seemed to have no time. Meghna simply decided to move to the next project, on acid attack victim Laxmi Aggarwal. That’s how Deepika came into the picture.”

Meghna intends to return to her Manekshaw bio-pic after Chhapaak. But now the coveted role has gone to Vicky Kaushal who played Alia Bhatt’s Pakistani army-husband in Meghna Gulzar’s Raazi.

I guess every role has its own destiny and casting karma.

Also Read: Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh to be first guests on Rendezvous With Simi Garewal

While Article 15 continues to make waves, Anubhav Sinha has already moved on to his next. Reveals Sinha, “It’s a film called Thappad and it’s a subject based on women’s empowerment. I can’t reveal anything more, unless you promise not to write about it.”

Anubhav Sinha’s next Thappad is one for International Women’s Day

As I am unable to make any such promise, Anubhav says, “It’s my first subject based on a female protagonist. Tapsee Pannu plays the lead. I became enamoured of the idea of working with her again after she did Mulk with me. She is so comfortable to work with and such a powerful actress without overdoing anything. Tapsee and Ayushmann Khurrana are my favourites.”

Regrettably Ayushmann does not feature in Thappad. We would have liked to Anubhav and Ayushmann work together again after Article 15. “There is no scope for him in Thappad. Most of cast will comprise women actors. This film is my homage to womanhood. It will release on the occasion of International Women’s Day 2020. All I can tell you on-record is, it will be even more hard-hitting than Mulk and Article 15.”

Take that.

Also Read: Anubhav Sinha REVEALS how he acquired Bob Dylan’s ‘Blowin In the Wind’ for Article 15

In May, we had exclusively reported that Bollywood producer Sajid Nadiadwala decided to join hands with Abhishek Chaubey for a rather interesting project. At that time, the details of the same were kept under wraps. In recent reports, it has been confirmed that indeed the producer – director are collaborating and it is for the remake of a South film titled Jigarthanda. The Tamil film featuring Rang De Basanti star Siddharth will now get a Bollywood remake but there have been no further details on casting.

Woah! Tamil blockbuster Jigarthanda to get Bollywood remake and it will be directed by Abhishek Chaubey

However, let us tell you that this is not the first time where Bollywood has expressed its interest in this Tamil film. There have been many speculations in the past about Jigarthanda remake but there hasn’t been much progress on the same. This time around, it is being said that Sajid Nadiadwala has bought the rights of the film and the producer is quite keen on making it on a grand scale.

As for the film, Jigarthanda is a commercial potboiler revolving around the story of a struggling filmmaker, who decides to make a film on a gangster to attain his dreams and goals. After being rejected in a competition, he believes that his film on a renowned gangster will give him the fame and recognition as a director. The original featured Siddharth as the filmmaker and Bobby Simha as the gangster with Lakshmi Menon playing the female lead. The 2014 gangster comedy was directed by Karthik Subbaraj.

Coming to Abhishek Chaubey, he last directed the film Sonchiriya based on Chambal dacoits and the film featured Sushant Singh Rajput and Bhumi Pednekar in lead roles.

Also Read: BREAKING! Sajid Nadiadwala ropes in Abhishek Chaubey for his next production

Ashutosh Gowariker’s period film is all set to release and there is a lot of buzz about the same. Lead actor Arjun Kapoor was in the news for his brand new look especially for the film. He is playing Sadashiv Rao and Kriti Sanon will be playing Parvati Bai.

Panipat Kriti Sanon plays a healer who turns into a WARRIOR (role details out)

Kriti revealed recently that she absolutely had no clue about who Parvati Bai was because firstly there is no information about her and secondly, that Kriti never was a good history student. So she relied heavily on her director’s take on the character.

What we know so far is that Parvati Bai will be portrayed as a physician in the movie and her character falls in love with Sadashivrao [Arjun Kapoor]. She accompanies him to the war.

Panipat: The Great Betrayal also stars Sanjay Dutt in a pivotal role and marks the first venture where Arjun and Kriti will be seen sharing the screen space.

Also Read: Kriti Sanon talks about learning Marathi lingo for Panipat: The Great Betrayal

Super 30 starring Hrithik Roshan is rather doing really well. The film has already minted Rs 70 crores at the box office. The actor is starring as Anand Kumar, mathematician, who teaches underprivileged students for IIT-JEE. The film has been made tax free in Bihar. Now, Rajasthan has followed the suit.

On Thursday, Ashok Gehlot, the Chief Minister of Rajasthan, took to Twitter to declare Super 30 tax-free in Rajasthan. "#Super30 based on the real story of Mr. #AnandKumar is an inspiring film of recent times. It is an excellent example of exceptional willpower and determination, that despite all odds- success is achievable. We must take inspiration from such films and imbibe the value of 'excellence in education' in the youth of our society today. I hereby declare this film tax-free in the state of #Rajasthan. #Super30."

We must take inspiration from such films and imbibe the value of 'excellence in education' in the youth of our society today. I hereby declare this film tax-free in the state of #Rajasthan.#Super30

— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) July 18, 2019

Hrithik was quick to respond and thanked for his gesture. "Thank you so much honourable @ashokgehlot51 Ji for blessing us with this privilege.," he wrote.

Thank you so much honourable @ashokgehlot51 Ji for blessing us with this privilege. ???????? https://t.co/0npa7u6MsA pic.twitter.com/BJStDM8kY5

— Hrithik Roshan (@iHrithik) July 18, 2019

Super 30 stars Mrunal Thakur, Pankaj Tripathi, Nandish Sandhu, and Amit Srivastava. The film hit the theatres on 12 July, 2019.

ALSO READ: Hrithik Roshan, Sajid Nadiadwala and Super 30 team meet Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu

Prabhas’s Saaho date has been pushed to August 30, as speculated. The makers put out a statement with regard to this and claimed that the date has been pushed because they did not want to compromise on the quality of action sequences, for which they need some more time.

We told you first that Prabhas – Shraddha Kapoor’s movie will NOT release on the scheduled time, August 15 because two more movies are coming up on this date: Mission Mangal and Batla House. Also two major South films - Ranarangam and Evaru are slated to release on the same day.

The official statement claims that the makers are committed towards giving the best visual experience to their audience but also don’t want to miss out on releasing the film in August, hence have decided the date accordingly.

A spokesperson for the producers' shares, “We want to bring the best to the audience. For bringing finesse to the action sequences we need some more time. Although we are shifting the date from Independence Day but we want to stick to the month of Independence and patriotism with Saaho. We are dedicated to bringing the biggest movie on the largest scale.”

No compromise on the content and quality! The action begins in cinemas from 30th Aug. #Saaho releasing worldwide on 30.08.2019.#Prabhas @ShraddhaKapoor @NeilNMukesh @arunvijayno1 @sujeethsign @UV_Creations @itsBhushanKumar @TSeries #30thAugWithSaaho pic.twitter.com/Clne9tuiVS

— UV Creations (@UV_Creations) July 19, 2019

Saaho, will release in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi. The Sujeeth directorial will also star Neil Nitin Mukesh, Jackie Shroff, Mahesh Manjrekar, Mandira Bedi amongst others.

ALSO READ: SAAHO: Will the release date of the Prabhas, Shraddha Kapoor starrer be pushed to August 30?

Ajaz Khan, better known as the ex Bigg Boss contestant, was arrested by Mumbai Police for making and circulating objectionable videos on Tik Tok. He mocked Mumbai Police and also instigated masses by promoting communal differences.

After a complaint was registered against him, he was nabbed shortly by the police. Police state that Ajaz was held because he was promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, creating hatred amongst people at large.

Ajaz was in trouble a few years ago after the narcotics cell found a stash of illegal drugs and substances, including ecstasy with him. He got out on bail.

Also Read: Ajaz Khan ARRESTED for possession of banned narcotic drugs

Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff have been in the news since the teaser of their movie, War, as dropped on the internet. The movie has Tiger taking over Hrithik. The highlight of this film is of course that Hrithik and Tiger going at each other in carefully choreographed action sequences. Needless to say, both are looking sleek, suave and uber hot while they are at it.

According to latest reports, director Sidharth Anand has not left any stone unturned to make sure to impress masses with this much awaited movie. The makers have roped in Paul Jennings, Franz Spilhaus, SeaYoung Oh and Parvez Shaikh – four top notch action directors from all over the world to give us a world class experience.

Hrithik and Tiger have a combination of moves which they will display on the land, air and even water! Yash Raj Films has gone BIG with this movie which also stars Vaani Kapoor.

Ironically, it is releasing on Gandhi Jayanti – October 2.

Also Read: WAR: Vaani Kapoor sizzles in a PINK BIKINI in Hrithik Roshan – Tiger Shroff’s action entertainer

Ranveer Singh is easily one of the most bankable stars in the industry right now. The actor has given two major hits in 2018 with Padmaavat and Simmba. Starting the year 2019 with Gully Boy, the actor had yet another blockbuster. With that being said, Ranveer Singh will receive the Dubai star soon alongside Shah Rukh Khan, cricketer Virat Kohli among others.

Ranveer Singh earns Dubai star alongside Shah Rukh Khan, Virat Kohli, Jackie Chan, Dwayne Johnson, Korean band BTS

Just like Hollywood's Walk Of Fame in Los Angeles, Dubai will have its own Walk of Fame. They plan to kick off the Walk Of Fame with 400 stars in October 2019 in Downtown Dubai along the sidewalk of Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard. They plan to have 10,000 stars by the time it is complete.

Lebanese fashion designer Elie Saab was the first recipient of the Dubai star. Shah Rukh Khan will be the second recipient of a Dubai Star. After SRK, Ranveer Singh will also be receiving his star. Besides them, cricketers MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli will be honoured as well.

Hollywood stars include Dwayne Johnson, Rami Malek, Zachery Levi, international superstar Jackie Chan, K-Pop megastars BTS, Argentinian football player Lionel Messi among others.

ALSO READ: '83: Ranveer Singh and team can't stop laughing as Chirag Patil breaks the bat during net practice

Sidharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra are set to impress us with their crackling chemistry in Jabariya Jodi. The trailer has been getting rave response and well, the couple is not leaving any stone unturned to make sure that the movie is promoted well on all platforms.

They recently came on The Kapil Sharma Show for the same and entertained the masses with some interesting anecdotes.

Sidharth admitted that he flunked ninth grade. He said, “Yes, my attention was diverted by girls. But this (the failure) turned out to be a positive thing in my life as I was eventually moved to a co-ed school where I learned better. And I passed my 10th and 11th grade with good grades.”

Later, they were asked who they want to kidnap in Bollywood as their movie is based on kidnapping grooms for marriage. Parineeti said, "Saif Ali Khan. I have even told Kareena Kapoor how much I admire Saif.” Sid claimed that he would abduct Kareena's son, Taimur.

Also Read: Sidharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra were twirling with joy at the Jabariya Jodi trailer launch

Akshay Kumar, on Thursday, launched the trailer of the much-awaited space film Mission Mangal with his team Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha, Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari, Nithya Menen, and Sharman Joshi. During the trailer launch, the actor was questioned about the controversy that happened between Kangana Ranaut and PTI journalist Justin Rao.

Mission Mangal Trailer Launch: Akshay Kumar RESPONDS to Kangana Ranaut and media controversy

Speaking to the media during the trailer launch, Akshay Kumar said, “Humein aapki bahut zarurat hai (We all need you). The relation between media and an actor is very deep; like husband and wife. There will always be some nok-jhonk [tussle]. I just hope that it gets resolved because we need you [media] a lot.  It is only through you that whatever I have to say reaches the people and vice versa. I hope this misunderstanding gets solved. I am not too clued in into this matter because I was in London. It is unfortunate, but I hope everything gets solved.”

"Media aur ek actor ka bohot hi gehra sambandh hai, Miya-Biwi jaisa sambandh hai":@akshaykumar#BollywoodHungama pic.twitter.com/x5TR7fKyRJ

— Bollywood Hungama (@Bollyhungama) July 18, 2019

A few days ago during JudgeMentall Hai Kya song launch, Kangana Ranaut ended up in a feud with PTI journalist for bashing Manikarnika. When the journalist introduced himself during Q&A, she said, “You were bashing Manikarnika. Have I done anything wrong by making a film on nationalism? You called me a jingoistic woman who is making a film on nationalism.”

To which the journalist replied, “You cannot intimidate a journalist because you are in a power position."

Coming back to Mission Mangal, backed by R. Balki and Akshay Kumar, directed by Jagan Shakti, presented by Fox Star Studios, produced by Cape of Good Films, Hope Productions and Fox Star Studios, Mission Mangal releases this Independence Day!

ALSO READ: Mission Mangal Trailer Launch: Akshay Kumar speaks up on his film's clash with John Abraham's Batla House and Prabhas' Saaho

Akshay Kumar, on Thursday, launched the trailer of India's very own space mission film Mission Mangal with his team of space scientists including Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha, Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari, Nithya Menen, and Sharman Joshi. While the multistarrer is set to release on Independence Day, the film will be facing off with two films - John Abraham's Batla House and Prabhas starrer Saaho.

Mission Mangal Trailer Launch: Akshay Kumar speaks up on his film's clash with John Abraham's Batla House and Prabhas' Saaho

Speaking about the same at the trailer launch event, Akshay Kumar talked about why in future it will become a major problem with many films clashing at the box office. The actor said, "In a year, more than 180 Hindi films release and then there are about 30 to 40 Hollywood films as well so there would be a lot of congestion. In the future, there will be more problems as maybe at that time four to five films may clash at the same time. There is no element of surprise in this and we should not blame anybody or blame each other and just go along with it."

Mission Mangal is an incredible true story based on a Mars mission accomplished by a team of scientists at India’s Space Research Organization (ISRO). While we know who is playing which character, we are waiting to watch the trailer to see how this team comes together to achieve a seemingly impossible task of reaching Mars in India’s maiden attempt, making it the only country in the world to set this record.

When asked why he encourages more patriotic films, Akshay said, "If such a great script comes to me, how can I not be a part of it? There is such a great cast. Bringing five female actors together was such a difficult task. I had to do the film."

Mission Mangal is based on a true story. This is director Jagan's first film. I have known him for a very long time. He used to assist AR Murugadoss and R Balki too. He is the guy who brought the story to me and told me all about ISRO. I don't know if our film will be a hit or not, but as I have told all my colleagues, we will always be very proud of the film. I have done around 150 films, but this is the film I am most proud of," says Akshay Kumar.

Backed by R Balki and Akshay Kumar, directed by Jagan Shakti, presented by Fox Star Studios, Produced by Cape of Good Films, Hope Productions and Fox Star Studios, Mission Mangal releases this Independence Day!

Don't Miss: @akshaykumar finally responds to #MissionMangal clashing with #BatlaHouse and #Saaho on this #IndependenceDay#BollywoodHungama pic.twitter.com/WUSOkLvRG7

— Bollywood Hungama (@Bollyhungama) July 18, 2019

ALSO READ: BREAKING: Mission Mangal’s trailer to be unveiled at a GRAND EVENT in Mumbai on July 18; trailer to be attached with The Lion King

Arjun Rampal is over the moon. Proud father of two lovely daughters, he now has son. Arjun’s partner Gabriella Demetriades gave birth to a healthy baby boy on Thursday morning at a hospital in Mumbai.

And it’s a baby boy for Arjun Rampal and Gabriella Demetriades

Arjun couldn’t contain his excitement. “How do I feel? Exhausted and exhilarated. I haven’t got much sleep. I’ve been here in the hospital, as tense and nervous as I was when my daughters were born; it feels amazing to be a father again. We were equally excited about a boy or a girl. But now that it’s baby boy I am happy to welcome him into our family.”

Apparently Arjun’s two daughters Mahikaa and Myra were with their father to welcome their baby brother. Says Arjun, “Mahikaa and Myra were with us when our boy was born. It feels like a complete family. I couldn’t ask for more.”

Arjun divorced his wife of 20 years Mehr Jessia in 2018 announcing the painful separation with the following joint statement: “After a 20-year-long beautiful journey filled with love and beautiful memories, we would like to share, that all journeys have different paths. We feel that it is time for us to move on to different destinations henceforth."

Soon after he plunged into a relationship with Gabriella.

Also Read: PICS - Arjun Rampal hosts a baby shower for girlfriend Gabriella Demetriades

One of the biggest blockbusters of the year, Saaho which kick-started shooting in 2017 marking the return of Prabhas on the big screen after SS Rajamouli's Baahubali franchise. What is more interesting is that the film which has international stuntmen namely, Kenny Bates already- later, the makers roped in Rush Hour 3 fame Peng Zhang to choreograph the climax of Prabhas' Saaho which was shot in Abu Dhabi.

Prabhas shot with 100 fighters for the climax of Saaho

Earlier, the director Sujeeth had said that the shooting has taken even longer than expected because of the action which demanded almost two years of prep. The makers have shot an eight-minute-long action-packed climax, recreating a desert in Abu Dhabi. “A set resembling a ruined place was erected on a 10-acre land and special black soil was strewn over it to give it an authentic desert look. A team of 100 fighters from across the globe were hired for a larger-than-life action sequence involving Prabhas and the baddies. It cost Rs 70 crore and was choreographed by the internationally-acclaimed action director Peng Zhang of Hollywood biggies like The Last Samurai, Hellboy II: The Golden Army and Rush Hour 3,” revealed a source close to the development.

Last month, leading lady Shraddha Kapoor had flown to Austria to film a lavishly mounted romantic track and some scenes. In the same schedule, the team had also shot a dance number composed by Badshah with Jacqueline Fernandez in a special turn. After that, the team had reunited in Hyderabad for some patchwork with Prabhas. The multilingual, presented by Bhushan Kumar in Hindi, was finally wrapped up on July 15 in the Telangana capital.

Saaho is one of the most anticipated films, starring Prabhas. Paired with Shraddha Kapoor, the movie is being shot in three languages, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu, simultaneously. The movie also has a superlative ensemble cast of Jackie Shroff, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Mandira Bedi, Chunky Panday, Mahesh Manjrekar, Arun Vijay, Murali Sharma, amongst others. Saaho is a high octane action thriller which is presented by T-Series, produced by UV Creations and directed by Sujeeth and is set to hit the theatres on August 15, 2019.

ALSO READ: SAAHO: Will the release date of the Prabhas, Shraddha Kapoor starrer be pushed to August 30?

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