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The first suit was filed on January 16, 1950, by a devotee, Gopal Singh Visharad, seeking protection of his right to worship Ram Lalla and a restraint order on authorities from removing idols of the deity from under the central dome where it was placed on the night of December 22, 1949.

A team of officers is working on examining the order threadbare, including its technicalities and nuances, so that the trust can be constituted exactly as per the apex court’s verdict. The country’s top law officers, including the attorney general, as well as the law ministry will be involved in consultations regarding modalities of the proposed trust.

The ‘glue’ which kept the alliance going for 25 consecutive years from 1989 and then again five more from October 2014 has come unstuck, and Sena, if not breaking bread with Pawar, is having more than a cuppa and loads of kandey pohey with the NCP boss.

The ‘Brown to Green Report 2019’, released by the the Climate Transparency on Monday, however, noted that India is the only country among G20 nations that is close to 1.5 degree Celsius temperature rise ‘pathway’ - a scenario which the scientific community has pitched for at this juncture to save the world from the disastrous consequences of average temperature rise.

The petitions are pending adjudication before a bench headed by Justice N V Ramana and are likely to be taken up on November 14. The Centre said the first Presidential Order, under Article 370(1)(d), was passed on January 26, 1950. This was superseded and replaced by another Presidential Order in 1954, which in turn was amended on more than 50 occasions from time to time, it said.

On Monday evening, Sena leader Aditya Thackeray, accompanied by legislature party leader Eknath Shinde, submitted a letter to Koshyari, saying the party has the support of legislators required for government formation and sought time. But Thackeray failed to produce letters of support, and Koshyari rejected the plea for extension of time.

As administrative director of the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) in the 1970s, Seshan drafted the contract signed with SEP, a company that worked for French space agency CNES, to develop Vikas, India’s first liquid propulsion engine. The engine continues to power Isro’s PSLVs and GSLVs used for missions including Chandrayaan and Mangalyaan.

Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s remarks following the results that the numbers should “open everyone’s eyes” and that he was prepared to “wait” till a satisfactory arrangement was worked out had an ominous ring. While Sena’s continued intransigence was not anticipated, BJP decided that it would not give in to demands.

Singing legend Lata Mangeshkar, who was admitted to Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai early on Monday, is battling a serious infection of the lung. Doctors told TOI that the 90-year-old was “critical” and “on ventilator”.

The body of ex-British Army officer James Le Mesurier is found near his office in Istanbul.

A Hong Kong news outlet livestreamed the moment a policeman shot a protester during a demonstration.

Tension is running high with reports of looting and vandalism following Evo Morales' resignation.

The west African nation accuses Myanmar of genocide against its Rohingya Muslim minority at top UN court.

Napoleon expert Oleg Sokolov admits in court he shot his girlfriend in his St Petersburg flat.

The ruling Socialists again fall short of a majority in the election with the far right coming third.

The historic opening of a corridor to a shrine has coincided with the 550th birthday of Sikhism's founder.

Lights were dimmed for the 13-year-old, who her family says died from a "massive asthma attack".

A British Airways insider has revealed airlines deliberately fill planes with extra fuel to cut costs.

Dara Khosrowshahi compared the journalist's killing to his company's failings with self-driving cars.

The rare hoiho becomes the first penguin to take the title, after two weeks of "memes and trash-talk".

The Canadian singer, who lives in California, says he has been told to prove "moral character".

Santiago Abascal's party has become the third force in parliament, gaining 52 seats in the election.

Trump said he wanted to impose stricter gun laws but then he quietly dropped the plans.

Politicians have been criticised for skirting questions on whether climate change is worsening a crisis.

Kenya has released census population figures - but not everyone is happy to stand up and be counted.

Some ex-members of the 'cult-like' MEK have quit - and are now stranded in Albania.

How Lisa Vanderpump juggles being a TV star with running a multimillion dollar business empire.

Nine people, all American citizens, were killed by gunmen in an ambush this week.

Three students launch a bid to tackle Pakistan's government head-on in the fight against pollution.

Pubic hair is there for a reason, and other top tips from the woman known as Twitter's resident gynaecologist.

North Carolina's 'Can Opener' bridge was notorious for cutting the tops off lorries, but now has a new profile.

From puppets in Congress to play-based learning in war zones, here are some of the biggest milestones.

In a televised address, Evo Morales said he would resign as president after a disputed re-election.

The US's former UN envoy criticises impeachment proceedings against Trump in an interview with CBS.

Like Patrol had offered users a way to see which posts their "friends liked" and whom they followed.

Clemmie Hooper apologises for using a different social-media platform to criticise fellow influencers.

The technology lets people browse the web at connection speeds of hundreds of megabits per second.

Apps that try to trick people into handing over cash or lock up phones could be caught by the scanners.

The world's biggest online shopping day beats the previous record set in 2018

Goldman Sachs, which operates Apple Card, discriminates between men and women, it is claimed.

Why better information about your gait could help runners hit a new personal best.

An Amsterdam-based researcher has set up an initiative to spot suicidal Chinese social media users.

British Youtuber KSI beats Logan Paul on a split decision at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Four addicts will have brains "hacked" to control their addictions in the first trial of its kind in the US.

Thirty years after fall of the Berlin Wall, a new experience recreates what life was like.

A Hong Kong news outlet livestreamed the moment a policeman shot a protester during a demonstration.

BBC Click's Lara Lewington looks at some of the week's best technology stories.

The Walking Dead's Norman Reedus stars in the latest release from game designer Hideo Kojima.

Two Sunday League footballers and rising internet stars find out from YouTube royalty.

App-based shopping is growing in Angola's capital Luanda, say the bosses of delivery firm Tupuca.

The BBC's Aaron Heslehurst explains how the satnav became a million dollar idea.

US lawmakers are worried about TikTok's Chinese ownership, despite its data-protection assurances.

Streaming games services will offer an alternative to the traditional console, but will they kill off?

It comes amid criticism of what some say is Twitter's "highly inconsistent" stand on hate speech.

The latest move to curb video game addiction also includes spending limits on gaming accounts.

Students are being unfairly targeted with deposit deductions at the end of their tenancies, the NUS says.

The Chinese company says it will invest £1.2bn in British Steel following rescue agreement.

Official statistics show the economy avoided recession after GDP grew by 0.3% in the third quarter.

Dara Khosrowshahi compared the journalist's killing to his company's failings with self-driving cars.

The world's biggest online shopping day beats the previous record set in 2018

Employers signed up to the voluntary scheme will increase the UK hourly rate to £9.30.

A British Airways insider has revealed airlines deliberately fill planes with extra fuel to cut costs.

Debt charities concerned about the rising popularity of interest-free shopping online.

Threats and violent attacks towards shop workers are rising in the UK, according to a new survey.

In the 12 months to July 2019, a record 29% of customers travelled with Virgin Trains rather than by plane.

Goldman Sachs, which operates Apple Card, discriminates between men and women, it is claimed.

The greetings card chain, which employs 2,500 staff, wants shop closures and rent reductions.

The Tories claim Labour policies will cause an "economic crisis", but the party calls the claim "a work of fiction".

Saudi Arabia oil giant says 0.5% of shares will be offered to retail savers - but there are risks.

Who are the "hard-working" and "ordinary" people that politicians love to appeal to?

Streaming games services will offer an alternative to the traditional console, but will they kill off?

The US-China rivalry is about more than trade - it spans economics, defence, culture and technology.

"Shareholder activists" are increasingly pushing energy firms to do more to address climate change.

Former quality manager says Boeing was driven by cost and schedules above safety, which it denies.

Despite widespread reliance on the system, there is no universal plan to deal with GPS disruption.

US lawmakers are worried about TikTok's Chinese ownership, despite its data-protection assurances.

Murray Menzies is one of scores of small traders facing financial ruin over a pensions scheme.

Gary Lyon lost his senior management job for dating a junior colleague, but now they are married.

Hydrogen cars are green, quick to refuel and have range, so why are battery cars way ahead of them?

Howie Liu's firm AirTable wants to make spreadsheets so simple anyone can use them.

When it comes to deliveries - drivers risk intimidation and serious injury to bring us our food.

Claiming that he has been denied party ticket for December 5 Karnataka assembly bypolls, former BJP MLA Raju Kage on Monday announced his decision to quit the party and join the Congress.

An NGO Bangalore Bus Prayanikara Vedike (BBPV) welcomed the move on Monday to reduce the bus fares.

(This story originally appeared in BangaloreMirror on November 11, 2019)

South Western Railway on Monday introduced a special Main Line Electrical Multiple Unit (MEMU) between KSR Bengaluru – Bangarpet – KSR Bengaluru from November 11.

The number of Peeping Toms caught and cases of prurient invasion of privacy have been on the rise in Bengaluru.

With the BJP government distancing itself from Tipu Jayanti, the birth anniversary of the controversial Mysuru ruler passed off peacefully on Sunday with no public celebrations in Mysuru, Chamarajanagar, Chikkamagaluru, Shivamogga and Hassan districts.

Since he was two, Brais Dacal loved cycling. He has been on a bike every single day that he can remember and by the time he reached 14, he was into national competitions. The 27-year-old is not like any other professional athlete: he lives with type one diabetes and was diagnosed with the condition at the age of seven.

Congress leader and Yamakanamaradi MLA Satish Jarkiholi refused to read much into the meeting between former minister DK Shivakumar and Ashok Pujari, who is reportedly an aspirant for the BJP’s ticket for the bypoll from Gokak. Confirming that there were multiple aspirants for the Congress’ ticket for the bypoll from Gokak.

Nikhil, son of former chief minister and JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy, was briefly lambasted on social media by his own partymen on Sunday for being an “absentee” politician.

Civic body BBMP failed to fulfil its promise of ridding the city of all potholes by November 10, a deadline set by its chief, BH Anil Kumar, and mayor M Goutham Kumar.

A 25-year-old MCA graduate, who spread panic in tony HSR Layout Sector 1 by dropping letters at the doorsteps of residents saying their houses would bombed if they did not pay him a ransom of Rs 5 lakh, recently landed in police net.

The special court for elected representatives in Bengaluru has ordered the Chikkaballapura DySP to investigate allegations that Gauribidanur Congress legislator NH Shivashankara Reddy had threatened to chop off disqualified Chikkaballapura MLA K Sudhakar’s hands.

Karnataka is staring at a sizeable fall in food production this year, thanks to unprecedented rain and floods during both the kharif and rabi seasons.

Karnataka minister CT Ravi on Sunday said the state government will soon attempt an out-of-court solution to decades-old Dattatreya Bababudangiri dargah controversy.

The engine Bengaluru – Karaikal passenger train derailed near Kadusettipatty in Krishnagiri district of Tamil Nadu on Sunday morning. The incident happened around 9.45am.

In terms of air traffic movement, Indigo continues to hold maximum share of overseas operations (17.9%), followed by Air India (9.7%).Among domestic carriers, Indigo leads with 51.2%, followed by SpiceJet (15.7%).

Now, Bengaluru is closer to Mysuru, thanks to South Western Railway bringing down the running time of 11 premier trains between the two cities by up to 30 minutes.

Justice S Abdul Nazeer, one of the five judges on the constitution bench which delivered the Ayodhya judgment on Saturday, has roots in Beluvai village in Moodabidri taluk of Dakshina Kannada district.

The Madras high court on Monday granted conditional bail to former AIADMK counsellor C Jayagopal, who is the prime suspect in Chennai techie R Subashree death case. Jayagopal has been in judicial custody for the last 45 days.

Customs officials at Chennai international airport detected six cases of gold smuggling on Monday. They seized a total of 1.6 kg of gold worth Rs 59 lakh.

A two-year-old boy was crushed to death by a school van at Thirukkalappur in Ariyalur district of Tamil Nadu on Monday morning.

The Vellore additional district fast track court on Monday sentenced a 25-year-old man to life imprisonment for murdering a farmer cum money lender last year.

A fortnight after the crime branch of the Coimbatore city police arrested a couple for duping nearly 600 people of more than Rs 6 crore, at least 50 victims petitioned the district collector on Monday to ensure the couple’s son is also arrested and recover at least a partial portion of the dues.

Anyone would flaunt their BMW if they were to buy one, but M Ayyappan is proud to show off his AMW – the autorickshaw he has lovingly modified and which, he says, is better than any car.

Justice AP Sahi was sworn-in as the new chief justice of Madras high court on Monday. Governor Purohit administered the oath of office the chief justice at Raj Bhavan in Chennai.

A 63-year-old pillion rider died after falling down from a two-wheeler when the rider, her son, attempted to evade vehicle check at Kallakurichi in Villupuram on Sunday.

Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, leader of the opposition M K Stalin and other political party leaders on Monday condoled the death of former chief election commissioner T N Seshan who passed away here on Sunday evening.

Commuters using the Alandur metro rail station will soon be able to cross the busy Grand Southern Trunk Road (GST Road) without a hassle as a foot overbridge with escalators will be opened in a couple of weeks.

Prince of Arcot Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ali on Sunday welcomed the Supreme Court’s verdict on the long-pending Ayodhya dispute.

Bird watcher's paradise Vedanthangal bird sanctuary is sporting a deserted look for the second year in a row.

Residents of West Gandhi Nagar in Avadi have been walking on roads inundated with sewage for the past week. Residents say the situation has worsened with sewage seeping into their homes as well.

Hardening its stand against the Centre further, DMK on Sunday cautioned it from venturing into altering the basic tenets of the Indian Constitution. A special resolution passed by the DMK general council meeting urged Centre not to move ahead with an RSS suggested plan to abolish the 'states and districts' administrative structure in place at present and opt to divide the country into 200 'janpaths'.

Though the haze that covered the city has started to vanish, pollution levels continue to remain high in the city. The particulate matter 2.5 (PM 2.5) level is almost the same as last week, when there was a debate on whether pollution from Delhi has reached the city.

In a few years from now, passengers may have to walk three floors below street level to board a metro train as Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) is going to build deeper and smarter stations.

On the lines of penalising residential and commercial establishments for letting dengue mosquitoes breed on campuses, Greater Chennai Corporation has come up with a proposal to slap fines on those who do not manage solid waste generated in their compounds.

Groundwater levels have gone up by up to 2.5 metres between September and October in areas where most houses have rainwater harvesting structures, according to data collected by Greater Chennai Corporation. Of the 3.05 lakh houses the corporation inspected across the city, around two lakh had RWH structures.

The party has invited applications from desiring partymen willing to contest the local body elections and fixed application fee for different categories of the civic posts.

DMK’s general council meeting, held in Chennai on Sunday, resolved to prevent any attempt by the Centre to tamper with the basic structure of the Constitution. The general council passed several resolutions hardening the party’s stand against the Centre.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Monday slammed Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and former chief minister Chandrababu Naidu for speaking against the state government's bid to convert all government schools into English medium from the next academic year.

Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Monday directed officials to fill up tanks in water-starved Suryapet district with Godavari river water.

At least 12 passengers sustained injuries after two trains collided in Hyderabad on Monday.

Just four hours before his marriage was to be solemnised, a young bridegroom, 24, hung himself from the ceiling at a function hall in Kompally on Sunday.

Telangana witnessed as many as 490 suicide incidents by land owners/cultivators in 2016 as per the ‘Accidental Deaths and Suicides Report 2016’ released recently by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). As per the report, the state is the fourth highest in the country in terms of suicides committed by land owners/cultivators.

This is food for thought. Following a pattern of violent behaviour exhibited by foreign nationals accused of committing cybercrimes and other crimes here, police are now serving them customised food like bread-jam, fried rice, etc, when they are in their custody.

Condemning the lathicharge on women protesters and RTC workers during the ‘Chalo Tank Bund’ programme on Saturday, the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) JAC announced that they would stage protests in front of the residences of MLAs and MLCs.

I heard a loud crumbling sound and rushed to the hall. At the beginning it was difficult to see anything as the place was filled with dust, but soon I realized that a wall erected in the form of a decorative arch had collapsed on people.

Four persons were killed and eight others injured when a wall collapsed at a marriage hall here on Sunday, police said. The incident occurred at Pearl Garden function hall at Golnaka in Amberpet area when guests at a wedding ceremony were having lunch.

Bodies of four out of the nine fishermen who went missing after their trawler capsized off Mousuni Island in West Bengal under the impact of Cyclone Bulbul were recovered in a joint operation by the Indian Coast Guard and the NDRF, a senior Coast Guard officer said Monday.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday conducted an aerial survey of areas affected by Cyclone Bulbul that wreaked havoc in the state over the weekend.

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) claimed that the West Bengal government owed Rs 46 crore to the telecom operator and also urged the state to expedite the payment as it has been facing cash crunch.

The number of people affected by dengue across the state has almost doubled over the past fortnight, according to figures released at a health department review meeting on Saturday. According to the last review meeting held on October 24, as many as 23,000 had been affected by the disease till then. The figure now stands at 44,000.

A third-year geography student weathered a cyclone to give birth to a baby boy, Bulbul, named after the storm that made landfall on Saturday even as she brought him into the world.

Four persons were arrested on Sunday in connection with the robbery at the official bungalow of the block development officer (BDO) of Habra in North 24 Parganas.

Nearly 200 people from nearby villages took shelter at the pilotage station of Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) on Sagar Island even as Cyclone Bulbul made landfall around 8.30 pm on Saturday

The Netaji Nagar police on Saturday started a probe based on a complaint that a couple has been cheating people by posing as representatives of a prominent online job portal. According to the 22-year-old complainant, who is a Netaji Nagar resident, the duo had approached him citing the online job portal to offer him a job of an associate with a Bengaluru-headquartered IT major.

The cyclonic rain played havoc with Bengal crops, especially potatoes, and farmers have become anxious of heavy loss because of delayed harvesting and sowing. Though a section of consumers feared the delay in harvesting might lead to a spike in vegetable prices at city markets, experts said it was too early to say that. On Sunday, farms across Hooghly and Burdwan were found submerged under 6-11inches of water. While vegetable crops may rot, there is likely to be at least a fortnight’s delay in Rabi crops.

Amid the gloom in the wake of cyclone Bulbul, the city has a reason to cheer. The Alipore Zoological Gardens welcomed a new guest — an endangered sangai or Manipuri dancing deer — on Saturday, the day the cyclone made landfall in Bengal. The zoo authorities have named the fawn, which was born around 7am on Saturday, Bulbul.

A homemaker in Nadia’s Kalyani has taken a personal bank loan of Rs 3.3 lakh and sold her jewellery worth Rs 2 lakh against the wish of her husband all for the sake of his love for street dogs. Nilanjana Biswas (45) feeds, treats and arranges vaccination for 400 street dogs and she does all this by herself.

From disabled friendly toilets and tactile studs at floors to low-height flight information display and wheelchair friendly help desks, Kolkata airport has decked itself up with a slew of amenities for passengers with reduced mobility, days after they were criticised following an alleged case of harassment against two prominent disability rights activists at the airport last month.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will make an aerial survey of the severe cyclone Bulbul hit areas around Namkhana and Bakkhali in South 24 Parganas district on Monday, she announced on twitter.

Come December, detective department investigating officers will be seen conducting raids and recording witness statements wearing body cameras. Lalbazar is set to procure 100 body cameras for the department, after which a short training will begin.

Four persons hailing from Burtolla were arrested by the RG Kar Hospital police for allegedly assaulting and threatening the doctors and staff on duty at the transitional care unit (TCU) on Saturday.

The Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) is working on plans to put up fences on both sides of Maa flyover, specially on the southern flank, to prevent alloy-coated kite strings from injuring bikers. KMDA sources said that an agency recently proposed such a fence with polycarbonate sheet.

Nineteen more Bowbazar residents, who were displaced because of the East-West Metro tunnelling disaster, returned home on Saturday.

Bengal’s coastline stretching over 3,500km in the Sunderbans and 79km from Digha to Khejuri in East Midnapore remained on tenterhooks throughout Saturday as heavy rain, accompanied by strong winds, lashed the shores, villages, beaches and towns ahead of Cyclone Bulbul’s landfall on Sagar Island at 8.30pm.

The city was pounded by steady rain accompanied by strong winds as cyclone Bulbul approached land, finally hitting Sagar Island around 8.30pm and then swerving northeast towards Khepupara in Bangladesh.

The state institute of language has plans to prepare and publish new glossaries in the library on science, women studies, tourism, media studies and commerce, said institute director V Karthikeyan Nair here on Friday. He was speaking at a workshop on humanity studies.

A total of 1,797 documents were restored during the campaign, from 2012 applications.

There’s no ‘offseason’ for farmer Varghese Tharakan’s barely three-yearold jacktree farm. His trees bear fruit at least twice a year. Jack trees in Asia normally have three to four month seasons starting March or April depending on the region.

In the wake of the recent controversies over the conduct of the examinations by the state public service commission (PSC), the crime branch has handed over to the PSC a set of recommendations aimed at improving the efficiency of conducting the examinations.

While condemning the arrest of activists in Maharashtra following the Bhima Koregaon violence, CPM politburo had specifically condemned the BJP-led Maharashtra government.

Coffee receives considerable flak from weight watchers, thinking that coffee contains nothing but empty calories. This applies especially to those following a low-carb diet, where the intake has to be minimally moderated.

Gone are the days, when brides wore old outfits for their mehendi ceremony which is one of the most important pre-wedding rituals. The ceremony is full of music, colour and of course a lot of photo opportunities. While most brides like to wear off-beat outfits for this function, we loved how this bride went for a traditional lehenga look for her mehendi function.

Here, we list down some unique English words that Dr Shashi Tharoor taught us. Read on!

Lipstick is one of the most important beauty product every girl has in her bag. It can instantly glam up the look, no matter how tired you are!

When it’s about one’s hard-earned salary, most people struggle to save money to meet their various needs or demands. Here's a little help to meet your goals.

Children are more susceptible to air pollution because they have a higher breathing rate as compared to adults.

While your genetics and nutrition do play a major role in determining your height, you can opt for yoga postures to become taller long after you have left your teenage years behind.

Whether you're getting married or it's your sister's engagement, getting all decked up for the big day is always exciting. And, when it comes to the beauty part of it, your hair needs to look just as amazing as the outfit is.

Getting their children injected is the necessary evil that parents have to learn to deal with.

If someone you like sends you frequent messages and you are at your wits’ end trying to figure out if she is interested or not, here’s a little help.

Author Elizabeth Strout, whose 'Olive, Again' is Oprah Winfrey's latest book club pick, has a pretty good idea about how the plainspoken Olive Kitteridge would have responded.

Who says saris have to look traditional? The new-age saris are modern, stylish and just so trendy. From pre-draped versions to tropical prints, the humble sari has a got a stylish makeover. From everyday wear to parties, it can be worn on any occasion!

Vastu is an essential science for a peaceful life. There are times when one makes constant efforts yet the results are disappointing. Vastu can correct the vibrations around you and set things right. Here are a few vastu tips you can implement in your home to brighten up your love life.

The constant body shaming and being conscious of how I looked all the time drained me. However, the breaking point was when I checked my weight and it had reached a whopping 106.5 kilos!

Want expert advice for your relationship? Send us your query at expertadvice.toi@gmail.com.

What Indian names would you like to add?

Collins Dictionary just announced their Word of the Year for 2019- 'Climate Strike'.

With age, our skin tends to get dull and starts looking lifestyle. From lifestyle habits to pollution, the environment around us can take a toll on the skin. The best way to treat your face is to indulge in homemade and natural beauty treatment, which are time-tested and are not harsh on the skin. The best part? They aren't costly at all!

The pretty actress just shot for her hottest photoshoot ever and we bet, you will love to see the photos.

Karnataka State Police (KSP) has released the hall ticket for the written examination which is being conducted for the recruitment to the KSP Civil Constable post on its official website today i.e. November 11, 2019.

Rajasthan Subordinate and Ministerial Services Selection Board (RSMSSB) has released the mark sheet of the Lower Division Clerk (LDC) Typing Test on its official website.

The Osmania University’s College of Engineering (OUCE) was accredited by the National Board of Accreditation (NBA) on Monday for various courses for a period of up to six years.

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Rishikesh has invited online applications for the recruitment to the Group B Nursing Officer (Staff Nurse Grade-II) on its official website.

Staff Selection Commission (SSC) has released a fresh list of 9551 additional candidates qualifying in the Multi-Tasking (Non-Technical) Staff Examination 2019 Paper-1 to appear in Paper-II (Descriptive Paper).

The Jawaharlal Nehru Students' Union (JNUSU) on Monday staged a protest outside the varsity campus over a reported fee hike and the hostel draft manual, even as Vice President N. Venkaiah Naidu was addressing a convocation cermony.

West Bengal Police Recruitment Board (WBPRB) has released the admit card for the Preliminary Written Test for recruitment to the post of Excise Constable (including Lady Excise Constables) in the subordinate Excise service today i.e. November 11, 2019.

Broadcast Engineering Consultants India Limited (BECIL) has invited online applications for the selection of skilled/unskilled employees purely on contract basis on its official website.

The Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) has begun its weekend film appreciation course, which is being conducted on five Saturdays and four Sundays this month.

Five students of Billabong High International School, Malad bagged multiple wins at a national level Math Bee competition recently held in the city.

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has released the admit card for the entrance examination for the MD/MS/MCh/DM/MDS January 2020 Session on its official website.

The Uttar Pradesh Police Recruitment and Promotion Board (UPPRPB) has released the final answer key of the Civil Police and Reserve PAC recruitment written examination.

To ensure smooth transition from pre-school to primary, the Early Childhood Association on Thursday launched a think tank - Association for Primary Education and Research.

India celebrates National Education Day on November 11 to commemorate the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, who served as the first Minister of Education of independent India.

AP Grama Volunteer Phase II recruitment process will end today i.e. November 10, 2019.

National Testing Agency (NTA) on Saturday released the admit card for the UGC National Eligibility Test (NET) on its official website.

Schools, colleges and other educational institutes will remain closed in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka and Delhi as the Supreme Court delivers its verdict in the decades-old Ayodhya dispute on Saturday.

Candidates who have applied for the UGC-NET December 2019 examination, can download their admit card from the official website - https://ugcnet.nta.nic.in/ - through candidate login.

A warming climate may cause emperor penguins to go extinct by the end of this century, according to a study which cautions that a 'business as usual' approach towards climate change could ensure the complete loss of the birds native to the Antarctic.

The Zero Carbon bill aims to make New Zealand reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to the point the country becomes mostly carbon neutral by 2050. It gives some leeway to farmers, who bring in much of the country's foreign income. The bill would require all greenhouse gases except methane from animals to be reduced to net zero by 2050.

Elephants, zebras, hippos, impalas, buffaloes and many other wildlife are stressed by lack of food and water in Zimbabwe's Mana Pools National Park, whose very name comes from the four pools of water normally filled by the flooding Zambezi River each rainy season, and where wildlife traditionally drink. The word "mana'' means four in the Shona language.

The researchers, including those from the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior in Germany, found the existence of a multilevel society in a small-brained bird called the vulturine guineafowl found in parts of Northeast Africa such as Ethiopia and Kenya.

"Glacial darkening" is where deep purple, bulbous algae sprout on a layer of naturally occurring dust mixed with soot from air pollution and forest fires. Their presence has been confirmed for decades but as temperatures rise, more algae are thriving on the ice surface, staining glaciers the world over.

A new international study re-uated the carbon impacts of forests that were destroyed or degraded between 2000 and 2013, adding up to 49 million hectares (121 million acres), roughly the size of Spain. The carbon released from losses to those "intact forests" will amount to more than six times previous estimates when additional emissions caused by changes to the forest up to 2050 are included, it found.

The fire was started by a lightning strike on Friday in a forest in New South Wales state, 300 kilometers (190 miles) north of Sydney, and has since burnt 2,000 hectares (4,900 acres). Two-thirds of that area was koala habitat, Ashton said.

Biologist Jean Paul Hirwa notes her meal on his tablet computer as he peers out from behind a nearby stand of stinging nettles. The large adult male sitting next to her, known as a silverback, looks at him quizzically. Hirwa makes a low hum "ahh-mmm'' imitating the gorillas' usual sound of reassurance.

The study, published in the journal Conservation Biology, noted that the chicks of noise-exposed birds were smaller than the young ones from quiet nests. The researchers, including those from The Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science in Germany (MPG), studied the effect of traffic noise on stress hormone levels, health, and reproductive success in breeding zebra finches -- birds native to the arid areas of Central Australia.

The high-level task force led by the principal secretary to the prime minister held a meeting on Thursday to analyse factors contributing to the deterioration of air quality in the last week of October, the situation in the run up to Diwali and till mid November. It also reviewed the measures being taken by various agencies to control dust emission in the Delhi-NCR region, a Delhi government official who attended the meeting said.

The climate crisis is causing extreme El Nino events to become stronger and more frequent, according to a study that may lead to better forecasting models for global weather conditions.

"The problem is real, the situation is dire,'' said National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority spokesman Tinashe Farawo. Other animals such as lions at Hwange National Park have been affected.

"39 tonnes of plastic waste end up in the sea in Greece (every day) and a lot of it turns into fish food," Environment Minister Kostis Hatzidakis said at a press conference. "The fight against plastic pollution is a government priority."

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.

Ileana D’cruz in shirt and blazer shows how not to wear print on print. See pics

Malaika Arora in sports bra and distressed tights shows how to rock day-out look in gymwear

Ananya Panday looks dreamy on the November cover of Brides Today. See pics

Mira Rajput and Shahid Kapoor kickstart Monday morning in style with a fitness session

India claim T20I series after Deepak Chahar heroics

Isha Ambani to Radhika Merchant: Who wore what to Mukesh Ambani's niece's pre-wedding bash

Royal Enfield Bullet 350: Here are all the colours available

Shah Rukh Khan and Shahid Kapoor attend pre-wedding bash of Mukesh Ambani's niece. See pics

Shilpa Shetty enjoys Sunday lunch with husband Raj Kundra and family. See pics

Katrina Kaif in sweatshirt and pants is all for casuals at Mumbai airport. See pics

Hrithik Roshan steps out for family lunch with sister Sunaina and dad Rakesh Roshan. See pics

Sara Ali Khan flaunts her figure in crop top and tights at gym. See pics

Tara Sutaria is sexy in denim mini dress for salon session. See pics

Arbaaz and Malaika party with son Arhaan on his birthday. Ananya Panday and Shanaya Kapoor join

Germany marks 30th anniversary of fall of the Berlin Wall, see pics

Mira Rajput is pretty in polka-dot dress on dinner date with Shahid Kapoor. See pics

Malaika Arora heads to yoga class in crop top and mini shorts. See pics

Ananya Panday in tee and distressed denims is all for casual comfort on day out. See pics

Harbhajan Singh carries baby Hinaya, Geeta Basra all smiles at Mumbai airport. See pics

Disha Patani is comfy in casual tee and shorts at gym. See pics

Kriti Kharbanda slips into breathtaking mini dress for Pagalpanti promotions with Pulkit Samrat

Sara Ali Khan adds a zest of lime green to her black-and-white gym look. See pics

Ananya Panday in tee and camo pants just raised the bar for casual fashion on day out

Kareena Kapoor pairs denim-on-denim look with Rs 2.7 lakh bag at airport. See pics

Kareena Kapoor leaves for Chandigarh to shoot Laal Singh Chaddha. Little Taimur tags along

Guv snubs Sena's claim, question of who will be Maharashtra CM still looms

Received Governor's call, will discuss next step with Congress: NCP leader Nawab Malik

My Take: Maharashtra is now a bloody mess with politics broken, perhaps forever

Image of the Day: Former CEC TN Seshan passes away at 86

Maharashtra political impasse: No direct Congress-Sena talks, BJP watches from sideline

Maharashtra deadlock: After BJP, Sena, Governor invites NCP to stake claim to form govt

Is Maharashtra heading for President's rule?

NCP, Congress agreed to support us in principle: Aaditya Thackeray on Maharashtra govt formation

Indian Television Academy Awards 2019 was a star-studded event

Kahaan Hum Kahaan Tum: Rohit and Sonakshi all set to tie the knot

Maharashtra power tussle continues, Uddhav Thackeray speaks to Sonia Gandhi

Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai: Jolly Singh challenges Naira

Congress, NCP, Shiv Sena have to come together to form Maharashtra govt: Arvind Sawant

MHA has started process to set up trust for Ram Mandir construction in Ayodhya: Sources

Ready to form govt in Maharashtra with Sena: NCP leader Nawab Malik

Express, local train collide at Kacheguda station in Hyderabad, 10 injured

JNU students protest outside campus against fee hike

Shiv Sena ready to form Maharashtra govt with Congress, NCP: Sanjay Raut

Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant to resign from Modi cabinet

Legendary poll reformer TN Seshan dead

India Today Group bags top honours at ITA Awards 2019

Maharashtra power tussle: Can Shiv Sena get the support of NCP, Congress?

Won't form govt in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena not backing us, says BJP

Minorities have been wronged: Retired SC judge AK Ganguly on Ayodhya verdict

Ayodhya Verdict: Ground report from the temple town

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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- Scout Tafoya

Just because the official spooky season has drawn to a close, that's no reason not to gift yourself some incredible off-beat horror for the rest of autumn. Here's a look at a director whose become synonymous with her only horror movie, a cult oddity worthy of all the praise that's been heaped on it over the years, and which barely scratches the surface of her incredible and giving body of work. 

Antonia Bird was like Ken Loach in training, desperate to make art for and about the poorest among us. Her movies about sexual abuse are as powerful today as they were when she completed them. "Ravenous" is not the whole story, but it easily could be. Anyone else would be lucky to have one film as good as this, but luckily for us, it's just the tip of the iceberg. 

- The Editors

Sandra Schulberg of IndieCollect will present "Cane River," Horace Jenkins' recently restored 1982 gem, which screened this past April at Ebertfest, at its historic Los Angeles premiere at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's Film Archive on Friday, November 1st (purchase tickets here). The screening will be dedicated to the film's editor, Debra Moore, who passed away on October 23rd. She was originally scheduled to be among the guests in attendance for a Q&A, which will now serve as a poignant tribute to her legacy. The film's lead actors, Tommye Myrick and Richard Romain, will be flying in from New Orleans to join Schulberg, the Academy Archive's Ed Carter and the director's daughter, Dominique Jenkins, for a post-screening discussion moderated by Brickson Diamond about the trailblazing picture. 

UPDATE: Oscilloscope Laboratories just acquired the rights to distribute "Cane River," which is set to open at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York on Friday, February 7th, with national rollout to select locations to follow.

A Romeo & Juliet love story with a delightful surprise ending, "Cane River" is set in Louisiana in one of the first free communities of color. The young couple, played by Romain and Myrick, confront schisms of class and color that roil America to this day. After the untimely death of director Jenkins at the mere age of 41 in 1982, a few screenings followed and then the film was lost from view for nearly 40 years.

Sandra Schulberg, Sacha Jenkins, Tommye Myrick and Dominique Jenkins from "Cane River." Photo by Timothy Hiatt, courtesy of Ebertfest.

"Cane River" was an unknown title in 2013 when an Academy Film Archive team selected the film’s original negative as part of a large group of materials brought from the vault of DuArt Film & Video, and given a home at the Film Archive. After some preliminary research, including a discussion with editor Moore, AFA curator Ed Carter determined that "Cane River" might be worth preservation and re-uation. The Film Archive then struck a new 35mm print, which later became the source of IndieCollect’s 4K digital master, using a Kinetta Archival scanner. With Moore’s guidance, and vital legwork by New York Times reporter John Anderson, IndieCollect was able to trace the cast, crew and heirs to learn more about director Horace Jenkins.

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., showcased "Cane River" in the fall of 2018 and the Museum of Modern Art hosted the New York City premiere in early 2019. Critics have since called the film “a major rediscovery” and “a work of visionary artistry and progressive imagination.” Funding for this project was provided by the Roger & Chaz Ebert Foundation, Just Films / Ford Foundation, and the Amistad Research Center of Tulane University.

To purchase tickets, visit the official site of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

- Matt Zoller Seitz

As of this writing, Todd Phillips’ “Joker" has earned nearly $1 billion globally, making it one of the most successful comic book movies ever released. But the discourse surrounding it will outlive this moment. No comic book-derived film since "Black Panther " has sparked more commentary, although the discussion surrounding this one has been more oppositional than anything else, and clouded by bad faith on every side. 

Before its release, and in the aftermath of its surprise win of the Golden Lion, first prize at the Venice Film Festival, the movie was an object of dread. Some worried that it was going to cause violence by 8chan trolls, because of the widely circulated but incorrect belief that the Aurora, Colorado shooter was dressed as the Joker when he committed his massacre at a midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises”; and because the character of the Joker, as incarnated by Heath Ledger in 2008’s "The Dark Knight," had been adopted by reactionaries (and trolls in general) as an avatar of chaos and malice. On the other side of the divide, superhero movie boosters, who still saw themselves as beleaguered underdogs despite the commercial dominance of superhero films over Hollywood since 2008 (also the year of the first MCU entry, "Iron Man”) saw “Joker” as ultimate proof that this kind of movie could be "serious.” This was an ironic victory, considering that on social media, the most commonly quoted line from Christopher Nolan’s film was the villain asking rhetorically, and vaguely, ”Why so serious?”—a rebuke to anyone who had a negative reaction to the latest superhero blockbuster. 

Regardless, what followed was a commercial smash that didn’t cause any real-world damage, save for a handful of disruptions in theaters that could just as easily have happened at a "Jurassic Park" or "Toy Story” sequel. When the laughing gas cleared and it was possible to uate the movie as a movie, "Joker" seemed more like a sincere and partly successful attempt to deepen the form, unfortunately hampered by the limits of the filmmakers’ imagination.

Joaquin Phoenix stars as Arthur Fleck, a mentally ill introvert with a compulsive laugh. He lives with his mother (played by Frances Conroy) in a retro version of Gotham that evokes the grubby New York dramas that fed the director’s imagination as a teenager. The shadow of Martin Scorsese looms larger than any other (he was attached as a producer before exiting the project), and "Joker" pilfers elements from his films about alienated and/or vengeful loners, particularly "Taxi Driver " and "The King of Comedy.” Arthur is a comedian, and not a good one, and his ambition sits oddly with his corrosive anxiety about interacting with other people. He seems to want to become a stand-up star because the title of the movie is “Joker," not because he seems like the type—and because having Arthur be a standup-wannabe gives Phillips an easy avenue to stage homages to "The King of Comedy.” The biggest one is a piece of casting: Robert De Niro, who starred in Scorsese's film as mediocre comedian turned kidnapper Rupert Pupkin. The concept also owes plenty to Alan Moore’s vastly superior but similar take on the character, "The Killing Joke,” which was likewise set in a sort of retro-Scorsese urban hellscape. And it ties in with trends in auteur-driven DC comics titles from the 80s, like Frank Miller’s "The Dark Knight Returns” and Moore and Dave Gibbons’ “Watchmen," all of which channeled reactionary Hollywood cinema like the "Death Wish” and “Dirty Harry” series, “Cobra,” “Robocop,” and other dark urban fantasies. (In the case of ‘Watchmen,’ the attitude was ambivalent, or at least questioning.) These movies portrayed American cities, which were then ridden by financial distress, class warfare, and racial unrest, as cesspools of violence and despair that could only be saved if they were ruled by a strong, even fascistic, dominating force, preferably wearing armor and jackboots. 

It’s characteristic of Phillips’s crushingly literal idea of homage that he would cast the onetime Rupert Pupkin as the revered host of a New York-based TV talk show, basically promoting him to the Jerry Langford part in "Comedy." That De Niro, despite his prodigious gifts, is unconvincing as an avuncular, cynical but beloved pop culture figure doesn’t impede the movie’s plot machinations at all. Like a lot of stuff in the movie, you just have to accept that it makes internal sense and “works,” otherwise portions of the film become unconvincing. 

The film’s confused social commentary and political allusions are half-baked as well. It’s unclear if it’s trying to be all things to all people and avoid offending anyone too deeply, or if Phillips just hasn’t put a lot of thought into that aspect, but much like Nolan’s "The Dark Knight” and "The Dark Knight Rises,” the movie seems unable to make up its mind which social forces weigh most heavily on its beleaguered hero, or what it thinks of them.  

And, as The New Yorker’s Richard Brody, Okayplayer’s Jourdain Searles, and others have noted, “Joker," like "Taxi Driver " before it, has a powerful undercurrent of white racial resentment, and seems to know better than to plumb it too deeply because the material is unstable enough to blow up in the movie’s face. We see a group of nonwhite teens exacerbating Arthur’s mental illness through cruelty (stealing his sign and beating him up); a social worker (Sharon Washington) failing to grasp the depth of his despair; an employee at a police evidence locker (Brian Tyree Henry) sensing Arthur’s humanity and failing to talk him off the ledge; and a single mother on a bus getting irritated when Arthur tries to entertain her young son, then reading one of his little cards stating that he has a nervous condition and realizing, in the words of Tambay Obenson, that "she is a powerless cog in the wheel of a bullshit bureaucracy, and he is a victim of it; both are members of the disenfranchised." At its worst, the movie seems to want to use black characters to amplify the white hero's feelings of alienation, despair and entitlement while simultaneously wrapping those interactions in a layer of humanism so thin that you can see right through it.  At its worst, the movie seems to want to use white racial paranoia to juice up the movie’s tension level, without having the stones to face what it’s doing head-on. 

It’s worth mentioning here that early versions of Paul Schrader’s screenplay for "Taxi Driver " climaxed with the title character, unhinged and quietly racist cab driver Travis Bickle, mass-murdering a brothel full of African-Americans, but this portion of the movie was reframed so that the victims were mob-adjacent Italians instead. That being said, Scorsese still has a more precise grasp of these aspects than Phillips, who seems to understand the world mainly through the films that people like Scorsese have made about it. Where the climax of "Taxi Driver" verified Scorsese's conscience and fed into the final ironic celebration of Travis as a hero (if he'd killed black people instead of Italian-American mobsters, the public might not have been so quick to lionize him, except in The New York Post), the pivotal confrontation in "Joker" between Arthur and a group of white Wall Street bros feels more like an evasion, setting up a kind of cynical DSA genuflection that the rest of the film does nothing to earn. (The preppy goons tauntingly sing  "Send in the Clowns" at Arthur, as if that’s a song guys like this would have memorized. Were they riding home after attending a meeting of the Citigroup Sondheim Appreciation Society?) This scene climaxes in an orgy of violence that evokes Bernard Goetz’s 1984 shooting of four black teenagers that he said were menacing him on a New York subway—just one more transposition of racial resentment with class resentment by "Joker." And yet there are still echoes of the original "Death Wish"—a movie that, whatever its flaws as urban sociology, at least had the nerve to show the audience its true face. 

It’s impossible to know if Arthur’s mental illness would have accelerated even without these unfortunate encounters, or if any of them can truly be considered society’s "fault, " even if we attribute them to bland collective indifference. All we can know is what the director shows us, or omits. Politically, it's a muddle. Like the imagery of Occupy Wall Street-type protests in "The Dark Knight Rises,” not to mention the authoritarian glamour of characters like Batman and the archvillain Bane, it looks as if "Joker" is not attempting an all-encompassing indictment of American dysfunction, but chucking elements into cinematic gumbo without giving much thought to whether the ingredients are compatible.

All that having been said, I can’t deny that a movie like this is a step in the right direction for the genre. Despite its failings, I can’t think of another big-budget movie based on established superhero IP that is ultimately a character study, standing by itself, focusing on the main character and various supporting players while not getting too hung up on how it fits into a matrix of monetizable film and TV projects and/or merchandise. If Phillips’ goal was to make the film version of something like The Killing Joke, a comic book strongly inspired by a certain brand of American urban nightmare movie, he succeeded. It's far from a masterpiece, but a masterpiece becomes more possible in the genre thanks to works like this, which are at least trying to do something different from the approved corporate templates. Its thefts are baldfaced, but at least it’s rifling through popular art made before the year 2000 and borrowing from projects that made people uncomfortable. The sheer number of 1970s urban drama references may prompt some viewers to look up the real things, just as 1977’s original Star Wars acquainted viewers with John Ford, Akira Kurosawa, Leni Riefenstahl, the original Flash Gordon serials and John Carter books, and all the other sources that George Lucas cited as inspiration for his medium-altering pastiche.

Joaquin Phoenix raises the project up a level. He was handsomely compensated for this, but I think he deserves a bonus anyway for tying together all of the movie’s contradictory and poorly thought out elements through charisma and intelligence. It’s hard to imagine anybody calling this a subtle performance, but he’s playing the Joker for god’s sake. Grand gestures are not only permissible but expected, and he delivers in the manner of a Peter Lorre or Nicolas Cage. So many elements in his performance can stand in for the performance itself, from Arthur’s explosive cackle to the way his emaciated body instinctively slumps over like a beaten dog or curls up in a fetal position.  

And let’s not forget the dance: not just the instantly iconic victory jig on that Bronx staircase—set to Gary Glitter’s  "Rock and Roll Part II,” seemingly a deliberate trolling of "woke” commentators—but also the smaller, more graceful movements that he makes when Arthur is overcome by boldness or euphoria. Like Sigourney Weaver in “Aliens," Jeff Goldblum in "The Fly,” Jeremy Irons as twin gynecologists in "Dead Ringers,” Toni Colette as the disturbed mother in “Hereditary," and of course, Heath Ledger and Jack Nicholson as previous versions of the Joker, this is a performance richly deserving of acclaim, and a reminder (as if we needed any) that genre films are more likely to contain bold, stylized, exciting performances than more “realistic” fare.

One aspect of the movie that hasn’t been remarked upon is the unreliability of its narrative. Like "Taxi Driver,” which alternated between 1st and 3rd person—between things that seemingly, objectively "happened” and things that might have been warped or wholly invented by Travis Bickle’s imagination—it’s not entirely clear which parts of this story are true (whatever that word means in a movie such as this). The movie takes a turn in the final act rather like Mary Harron and Guinevere Turner’s adaptation of "American Psycho,” confirming that at least some of the things that we believe happened may have been figments of Arthur’s imagination, such as his relationship with Sophie (Zazie Beets), who lives in his building. Her character is initially depicted as the kind of nearly mute, adoring stand-by-your-man character familiar from so many American movies about troubled men, including ones that are far more respected than this. (In “Serpico,” the hero’s girlfriend doesn’t have much to do besides warn the whistleblower cop to be careful.) But then we're told that they never had a relationship; she's the fabled Canadian girlfriend transposed to a comic book film. (I’ve been told that a leaked early copy of the shooting script made it seem as if the character’s devotion to Arthur was real, and the relationship climaxed with him a very Scorsese-like scene of Arthur confronting and verbally abusing her over an infidelity; maybe a future oral history of "Joker " will confirm when the decision was made to change this element, and why.)

Once that twist hits, most if not all of the film’s  "reality " starts to seem questionable, including De Niro's Murray Franklin calling on Arthur in the audience, then subsequently humiliating him by airing footage of a failed open mic night performance, something not even the most callous and self-centered talk show host would do. By the end, you might wonder, as I did, whether Arthur really killed Murray on the air. The questions pile up because if some parts of the story seem unreliable, you have to start wondering if it all is. We get glimpses of Arthur's Travis Bickle-style diary; is this movie a screenplay based on it? Did his confrontation with the Wall Street bros on the subway really spark some kind of widespread though vaguely justified protest movement, epitomized by clown masks? Is this an origin story about the super-villain who would go on to torment Batman and repeatedly bring Gotham City to its knees? Or is it the story of, quite literally, some Joker, a character who had a brief and horrible 15 minutes of fame and whose flameout might have incidentally inspired the "real" Joker? Maybe the unnamed character in the clown mask who facilitates Arthur’s escape from the police is the person who eventually becomes Joker, the supervillain? (Arthur doesn't kill Bruce Wayne's parents; that's a different rioter who was inspired by him.)

Give credit to Phillips for planting the seeds for an endless, nerdy discussion of all this. Indeed, the unstable relationship of  "Joker " to the character of the Joker, and to the viewer, is the most fascinating part of the experience of watching the movie. And it at partially exculpates Phillips from charges that he’s not doing the necessary thinking to justify the project's claims on importance. Maybe in the end, this is mainly a text about other texts—and the audience’s relationship to, or ignorance of, those texts, whether they're comics, films, mythology, or something else.

Perhaps it's also further confirmation that, despite their wildly inconsistent quality from film to film, the big-budget DC films are more exciting to think about than all but a handful of the Marvel movies, which practice stricter quality control, but in the manner of cars rolling off a factory assembly line: the engineers and designers seem to offer a great deal of variety when most of the time they’re just changing the placement of knobs on the dashboard, the coloring material of the seats, and the brightness of the headlights. 

In fixating on the obvious failings of "Joker" as social commentary, critics and editorialists miss its richness as a movie, and a bridge to other, better movies, some existing, others as yet unmade. That its richness might be partly the byproduct of trying to do too much, or not knowing exactly what it’s doing, is one more part of the project's chaotic energy. Inside all of that obviousness and clumsiness is something genuinely mysterious and disturbing. The movie is a Joker's trick.

- Chaz Ebert

For years, I didn't pay much attention to my birthday, then Mother told me (and I am paraphrasing) that to honor your birthday is to proclaim to the Universe that "I Am." She was wise like that, so I took her words to heart and started not only celebrating my birthday, but doing things that made me feel more alive. At first it was taking on a physical challenge, like parachuting or hiking or dancing. Of course, no gift compares with the one Roger gave me in this video (in collaboration with Catherine Weissenberg, Scott Dummler and Kelly Eddington), where he asks me to look into my eyes and feel him staring back, thus creating the soul-to-soul connection we continue to share today...

In recent years, I've found my joy in brainstorming ways to make the world a better place or helping to raise money for causes or institutions that give back to the community and that give me joy. So for this October 2019, it gave me great pleasure to celebrate Victory Gardens Theater (VGT), the wonderful performing arts venue and true cultural treasure that partners with Chicago Public Schools to champion the arts for our city's youth (you can donate to them here). VGT recently held its Chicago Stories Gala, where I made my debut as a playwright, and was elated to be joined by three phenomenal women, who were also being honored that evening. 

They included Impact Honorees Phillipa Soo, star of "Hamilton" (far left), actress Justina Machado (far right), known for her roles on "One Day at a Time," "Six Feet Under" and "Queen of the South" She told a heartwarming story about how her encouraging mother Sheila took her to auditions...

...and my fellow playwright also making her debut that night, Stacy Janiak, Managing Partner and Chief Growth Officer at Deloitte, whose play was about a young man who transforms his community. She is involved in many efforts that help improve Chicago. What a perfect night to be there!

Erica Daniels, Executive Director of Victory Gardens Theater, was accompanied by Chay Yew, Artistic Director of VGT, and kicked off the evening with a great speech.

I was thrilled to have Oscar-nominated filmmaker Steve James ("Hoop Dreams," "Life Itself" "Abacus, Small Enough to Jail") introduce my play, "The Great Debate: It's Out of this World"...

If you think you are seeing Sojourner Truth, Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Lincoln onstage during my play, you would be correct. Somehow a triple quantum physics event created a materialization stacking ions in other dimensions...You had to be there!

Each of the actors did a wonderful job of inhabiting their roles: Debra Neal as Sojourner Truth, Jelani Pitcher as Martin Luther King, Jr., Lawrence Grimm as Abraham Lincoln and Steven N. Miller as The Moderator. I had an almost out-of-body experience hearing my words come out of the mouths of those great actors! They were directed by Lanise A. Shelley. This was even better than I imagined because of what they brought to my play about a Presidential debate that was truly from another dimension (you can find the full cast and director bios here). 

The radiantly beautiful and talented actress, singer and director Rashada Dawan also made a surprise appearance, bringing down the house with her singular voice. She is so awesome...

...as is the handsome crooner Jimmy Demers, who flew in from Santa Barbara to add a showstopper patriotic finale. It just brought the whole production full circle! 

I was giddy with emotion when I took to the podium afterwards to share words of hope with the audience...

It was so wonderful to be joined at the event by guests who flew in from different cities to be with us including Jamilah Dorsey, Dr. Rose Moten, and Detroit philanthropist Sonya Smith, and my daughter, Sonia Evans...

...my brilliant and gorgeous granddaughter Raven cheered me on! She is pictured here with me as "The Birthday Queen" (people say we look alike, I should be so lucky)...

...wonderful friends and family including Marlene, Chris, Carolyn, and son Jay...

...and more wonderful friends and family, l-r: Myrin New, Marlene McGuirt, filmmaker Pamela Sherrod Anderson and Carolyn Chambless...

..."Life Itself" filmmaker Steve James and his wife Judy (on left), son Jay on right.

I was also surprised with a birthday cake...

...while being serenaded by Rashada. Actor and college friend LeRoi Whethers from New York looks on from the right.

On my phone, a birthday song was sent to me by family friend, the very talented and beautiful entertainer, Ebonique...

The most enthusiastic live auction followed that evening...The highest Bidder of one gift was Penny Brown, who will receive a special evening in my home including a  gourmet meal for 6 donated and prepared by celebrity Chef Jason Vincent of Giant (BonAppetit #best); while being shown exclusive never-seen clips of a film from award winning filmmaker Mary Mazzio, and partaking of a wine-tasting led by James Beard nominated sommelier Brian Duncan. Wow!  

...We had music from a fab spirited band...

...led by a charismatic band leader...

...and we danced the night away!

My friend, classical pianist George Lepauw, flew in from Paris and serenaded me with a birthday sonata. He will host the 249th Birthday of Beethoven with a variety festival December 13-16 in Chicago. And he is planning a worldwide celebration for the 250th Birthday of Beethoven in 2020. Click here for more information. 

A great time was had by all! And Victory Gardens Theatre raised over $700,000! Now that's what I call a celebration!

Most photos are courtesy of Timothy Schmidt, Victory Gardens Theater. Some photos are courtesy of Myrin New, and videos are from my personal collection.

- Chaz Ebert

The following information contains full profiles of the director and cast of my debut play, "The Great Debate: It's Out of This World," which premiered earlier this month at Victory Gardens Theater's Chicago Stories Gala detailed here. I cannot thank them enough for bringing my words to life.--Chaz Ebert

Lanise Antoine Shelley, director

Lanise Antoine Shelley is a Haitian actress, director, and painter. Selected assistant directing credits include: the world premiere of Plantation (Lookingglass Theatre, dir. David Schwimmer), Nell Gwynn (Chicago Shakespeare), and Snow Queen (American Repertory Theater, AD & Choreographer). Lanise has also worked as a director with 16th St. Theater (also as a movement consultant), with Lookingglass Theatre’s Summer Lab, and directed a staged reading at Stratford Shakespeare Festival. 

She has studied abroad six times and holds a BFA in Directing, Acting, and Playwriting from Cornish College of the Arts and an MFA from ART/MXAT at Harvard University. Lanise also holds a certificate in Classical Theatre from BADA in Oxford, England, and was a Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s Chicago Fellow 2016. Other works can be viewed at www.laniseantoineshelley.com

Lawrence Grimm as Abraham Lincoln 

Founding ensemble member of A Red Orchid Theatre credits include: Small Mouth Sounds (Jeff Nomination – Ensemble), 3C, Trevor (Jeff Nomination - Actor), In a Garden, Pumpgirl, and Abigail’s Party among many others. 

Other Chicago area credits: Hannah and Martin at Shattered Globe (Jeff Nomination- Actor), King Charles III, The Tempest (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), 2666 (Goodman Theatre), The Upstairs Concierge (Goodman – New Stages), My Name is Asher Lev (Timeline Theatre), In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play (Victory Gardens), Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter (Next Theatre), Orlando (Court Theatre), Two by Pinter (Piven Theater Workshop),The Glass Menagerie at Raven Theatre, (Jeff Award - Actor), The Brothers Karamazov, 1984, (Lookingglass), I Never Sang for My Father, Wolf Lullaby (Steppenwolf). Film: Captive State, Welcome to Me, Perfect Manhattan, Cicero in Winter. Television: The Red Line, Chicago PD, Chicago Med. , Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Education: B.A. Kenyon College, M.Ed De Paul University.

Debra Neal as Sojourner Truth

Debrah’s credits include Empire (FOX); The Chi (SHOWTIME); and The Red Line (CBS). On stage she has appeared in what Chris Jones theatre critic with the Chicago Tribune says “she kills”, in Windy City Playhouse’s Chicago Premiere of Booty Candy. He also wrote “I particularly enjoyed debrah neal’s saucy Miss Corinne in the Non-Equity Jeff Nomination (Ensemble) Shakin the Mess Outta Misery, Pegasus Theatre Chicago. Most recently Hedy Weiss, theatre critic with WTTW News calls her “the wholly remarkable debrah neal” in Definition Theatre’s No Child.

Other stage credits include Congo Square Theatre Company’s World Premiere, Sanctified (Black Theatre Arts Alliance Nomination - Best Featured Actress in a Play) and winner of Best Play, Hansberry Theatre Company’s The Old Settler, ETA Creative Arts Foundation’s Heat (African-American Theatre Alliance Nomination - Best Ensemble), Chicago Theatre Company’s (Equity Jeff Award – Best New Work) Love Child and more. debrah’s directing credits include Fleetwood Jourdain Theatre’s Home, Clockwise Theatre’s World Premiere of goodness, Ohio based Living The Dream Touring Company’s What it Be Like, Bowen Park Theatre’s The Meeting and Hansberry Sands Theatre Company’s Ceremonies in Dark Old Men to name a few. Some of her on-camera and print work; State Farm, Jewel Foods, McDonalds, GE Healthcare, Motor City Casino, Bright Lift, and Crest. debrah also has a number of independent and short films to her credit.

Jelani Pitcher as Martin Luther King Jr.

Jelani is the recent winner of Chicago’s Black Theatre Alliance “Best Actor in an Ensemble” award for his role as Booth in Topdog/Underdog (Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre). 

Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, he received his BFA in Acting from Ithaca College. 

Since graduating, some favorite roles include: George in Our Town (Artistry MN), Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in The Mountaintop (Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre), George in Sweet (Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre), Edgar in King Lear (Theatre at Monmouth), Isaac/Adrian in A Home on the Lake (Piven Theatre Workshop), Thami Mbikwana in My Children! My Africa! (Civic Ensemble), Kaleb in Slashes of Light (Kitchen Theatre), and Othello in Othello (4615 Theatre Company).

Rashada Dawan as Surprise Guest

These are just a few words to describe the voice of this down-to-earth, triple threat performer.

Born and raised in the windy city of Chicago, IL, she started with her first ballet class at the notable Southside YMCA at four years old. Upon graduating from Beasley Academic Center, Rashada decided to leave her good friends and go on to Curie Metropolitan High School (which was then deemed as a performing arts high school), where she became the first female conductor for the Curie High School Gospel Choir.  In her senior year, she was bit by the “acting bug” and performed in her first leading role as Deena in the high school’s production of Dreamgirls. Little did she know, a few months shy of graduating from Florida A&M University, she would return to play the role of Deena again in college. While majoring in psychology with a theatre minor, Rashada served as lead vocalist of at least four bands including the innovative Concept Live, toured with the Tom Joyner’s Fantastic Voyage Cruise, sang in the FAMU Gospel Choir, joined Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and served on the University’s Royal Court as Senior Attendant all before graduating with her degree. After graduating from FAMU, Rashada returned home to look for work. She eventually got a call from her best friend to audition for a children’s show at Chicago’s eta Theatre. From there, she quickly got casted in productions with some of Chicago’s finest theatre companies including: Bailiwick Chicago, Chicago Shakes and the Black Ensemble Theatre.  By day, she worked in a mental health community center as a Training Director; by night, she was a star.

Rashada went on to receive her graduate degree in Human Performance and Training Consulting while starting her own production company to later showcase her two original pieces– Israel’s Daughter and For Colored Girls Who Dance Instead. After deciding to pursue acting full time, Miss Dawan received a Black Theatre Alliance Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Aida in Bailiwick Chicago’s Aida. After Aida closed, she and over 500 hopefuls auditioned for Disney’s The Lion King. After waiting for at least 5 hours as #407, Rashada auditioned and was asked to come back to read for the role of principal character “Shenzi.” 2 months later, she was asked to join the Lion King Las Vegas cast and eventually to join the Lion King Gazelle National Tour. Since then, she has returned home to Chicago and is currently up for two Jeff Awards as Best Lead Actress in her performances in Caroline or Change as “Caroline” and as the lead vocalist in Djembe The Musical. 

Currently, she can be seen in various theatre productions throughout the nation, singing with the critically acclaimed soul band, Chicago Soul Spectacular, or serving as the Executive Director of B.Fli Productions, Inc. where the mission is to increase mental wellness and decrease violence through performing arts. 

Jimmy Demers as Surprise Musical Guest

Jimmy Demers is an American singer-songwriter, best known as "the original voice" of the "Always Coca-Cola" ad campaign. He is a contributor to The Huffington Post. Demers was born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts. He moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music and was soon one of the first artists signed by John McClain to Interscope Records. Throughout the 1990s, Demers recorded jingles for many high-profile clients, including Chevrolet, AOL, McDonald's and the groundbreaking worldwide campaign of "Always Coca-Cola". He was a member of an R&B/pop group, Truth Inc.

Demers has traveled widely, singing in, among other venues, Shanghai, where he performed at the closing ceremonies for the Special Olympics World Summer Games, and Versailles. He has been a featured singer to sports organizations in the United States and has sung the U.S. national anthem at the Los Angeles Coliseum, Arthur Ashe Stadium, Dodger Stadium and Chase Field. Shortly after the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, Demers, along with other celebrities and high-profile supporters, went to Kuala Lumpur to lend his support to the Force of Nature concert for Tsunami Aid. While in Kuala Lumpur, Demers sang for the King and Queen of Malaysia at the Royal Palace.

Demers has worked with music industry figures Diane Warren, David FosterGiorgio Moroder and Tim Rice. He has recorded back-up vocals for many artists, including Garth Brooks, Patti LaBelle and Cher. His debut album Dream A Little, produced by Terry Coffey for the Concord Music Group was released to critical praise. His brother Donnie Demers wrote the words and music to several of the songs, including "It's A Lonely World" (which was featured on the Sirius radio show of author Deepak Chopra.) Paula Abdul has referred to Demers as "the greatest male vocalist in the world" and hosted An evening with Jimmy Demers in Los Angeles. A&M Record's co-founder Herb Alpert, Billie Dee Williams and model Cheryl Tiegs were among those who joined Abdul as Jimmy and Donnie performed to a capacity audience. Demers has headlined sold-out shows at the Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel and Lowes Regency Hotel in New York City. He performed at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford, England, with Donnie Demers, for The Skoll World Forum Awards. He currently resides in California and practices Transcendental Meditation.

Steven N. Miller as The Moderator

Steven N. Miller is a founding partner of Origin Ventures. Prior to co-founding Origin, Steve spent 10 years at Quill Corporation, a direct marketer of office products started by his family in 1956. His experience there included running the Canadian distribution center as well as P&L responsibility for a $30 Million product line. Steve’s final two years at Quill were devoted to starting up the e-commerce operation. He wrote the business plan for the company’s first web site, quill.com, and managed the team that executed it to $15 Million in annual revenue. In 1998, the Miller family sold Quill to Staples and achieved a $1 Billion exit.

Steve serves on the boards of Backlot Cars, Impact Engine, and VHT, and was previously a director of doggyloot and Shoutlet. He was on the board of GrubHub (NYSE: GRUB) for the first four years after Origin led the company’s initial round of venture funding. Prior to its sale in 2004, he served on the board of directors of iNest. He was also an investor and advisor at Golf.com, before it was acquired by Time Inc. in 2006.

Steve is president of the board of Victory Gardens Theater and vice chair of the Better Government Association. He is a board member of the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, as well as Stage 773, and serves the Metropolitan Planning Council as an Executive Advisor. Steve is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and the University of Illinois Foundation, and was awarded the 2014 Richard J. Daley Medal by the Illinois Venture Capital Association.

Steve received a B.S. degree in Business Administration/Marketing from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1987, where he now chairs the Dean’s Business Council and serves on the board of the Hillel Foundation. He also provides funding for the Steven N. Miller Entrepreneurial Scholarships, the Diane N. & Steven N. Miller Centennial Chair in Business, and the Origin Ventures Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership at the University of Illinois.

- Chaz Ebert

Two legendary performers, Diahann Carroll and Jessye Norman, recently passed away, and I couldn't resist paying tribute to their legacies. They were truly Divas with a capital "D," in the most positive, complimentary definition of the word, and both were pioneers in their fields. Let's begin with Ms. Carroll, who passed away from cancer on October 4th in Los Angeles at age 84. She made history as the first African-American woman to have a starring role in her own television show in a non-servant role, courtesy of her acclaimed series, "Julia," which premiered in 1968. Carroll played Julia Baker, a nurse whose husband had been killed in Vietnam. Her numerous accolades include a Tony Award for the 1959 Richard Rodgers musical, "No Strings," and a Best Actress Oscar nomination for John Berry's 1974 film, "Claudine."

On Twitter, Ava DuVernay wrote that Carroll had "blazed trails through dense forests and elegantly left diamonds along the path for the rest of us to follow." Defying the trepidation of NBC executives to air the series during the racial unrest of the 1960s, it went on to become an immediate hit, featuring a lead character that Carroll had based largely on her own life. More important, it served as a clarion call that African-Americans could carry a show where the protagonist was proudly black, middle-class, and self sufficient, while living with everyday problems that were other than gangs and violence. Some thought she was too middle-class but she paved the way for other shows that came later. 

Her "No Strings" role was similarly groundbreaking: a high-fashion American model in Paris who has a love affair with a white American author. Her Tony-winning performance famously led critic Walter Kerr to described her as "a girl with a sweet smile, brilliant dark eyes and a profile regal enough to belong on a coin." She went on to tackle roles previously inhabited solely by white actresses in such plays as "Same Time, Next Year," "Agnes of God" and "Sunset Boulevard." Carroll received her Oscar-nominated showcase as a single mother of six in "Claudine" when her friend, Diana Sands, became ill and had to drop out of the project.

Other career highlights onscreen include her fan-favorite role as Dominique Deveraux in the long-running prime-time soap opera "Dynasty." Her appearance was one of the most highly anticipated on the show because her reputation for beauty and elegance was unmatched by anyone in Hollywood. The producers went out of their way to dress her in high fashion clothes with a lifestyle equal to the wealth of her character. She went toe-to-toe with Joan Collins. Not one explanation was offered for why her skin color was different from her relatives, it was just accepted. 

She also shone in a brief, but mysterious turn as a fortune-teller in Kasi Lemmons' astonishing 1997 debut feature, "Eve's Bayou," which we were thrilled to present at Ebertfest. Carroll was born in New York and attended the High School for the Performing Arts. Her father was a subway conductor and her mother a homemaker. She began her career as a model, and got much of her work because of publications such as the black owned magazine Ebony

Photos courtesy of (from left) 20th Century Fox Tv/Kobal/Shutterstock, and Sergei Chirikov/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock.

A prize from Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts TV show led to nightclub engagements, which she would return to in 2006. An early marriage to nightclub owner Monte Kay resulted in Carroll’s only child, Suzanne. Her subsequent husbands included singer Vic Damone, retail executive Freddie Glusman and Ebony magazine editor Robert DeLeon.Her memoir talks about her love affair with Sidney Poitier

We shared hair dressers in Chicago (Leigh Jones and Emory Jones), and Beverly Hills (Elgin Charles). She was even more beautiful in person, if possible, but much more down to earth than I expected. I found her to be warm, funny and very concerned about opportunities in the industry for up and coming women and people of color. After she was treated for breast cancer in 1998, she advocated for funding research and free screening for women who couldn’t afford mammograms. Besides her daughter, she is survived by grandchildren August and Sydney.

The other artistic giant we lost in recent weeks was operatic soprano Jessye Norman, who died on September 30th in New York City at age 74. Her death was attributed to complications from a spinal cord injury she sustained in 2015. As one of five children in a middle-class African American family in Augusta, Georgia, she came of age in the Jim Crow South. Among her heroes were the African American opera singers of previous generations, such as Marian Anderson, Leontyne Price and Mattiwilda Dobbs. After establishing herself in Europe, Norman made her Met debut as Cassandra in Berlioz’s “Les Troyens” on opening night in 1983, opposite Plácido Domingo and under the baton of conductor James Levine. She excelled in the works of the German composers Richard Strauss and Richard Wagner, in Baroque operas such as Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas” as well as modern works such as Poulenc’s “Dialogues des Carmélites” and Janácek’s “The Makropulos Case.” Classic roles of hers include Aida, Verdi’s Ethio­pian princess, and Bizet’s gypsy Carmen. 

Her many honors include four Grammy Awards for her recordings of the works of Maurice Ravel, Wagner’s “Lohengrin” and “Die Walküre,” and Bartók “Bluebeard’s Castle,” as well as a lifetime achievement Grammy in 2006. She sang at the second inaugurations of Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, and was bestowed the National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama in 2009. Norman was born in Augusta as the daughter of an insurance salesman and began singing at an early age. After winning the Munich International Music Competition, she debuted in West Berlin as Elisabeth in Wagner’s “Tannhäuser.” Her civic engagement included work on behalf of AIDS research, the Girl Scouts and music education for disadvantaged youths. 

Ms Norman said that she wished to see more minority musicians on the opera and concert stages. In her 2014 memoir, Stand Up Straight and Sing!, she reflected on coming from “a specific place and time in the history of our nation, in the Deep South, where our people marched, bled, and soldiered their way through the civil rights movement. [...] Every voice needed to find its own place,” she wrote, “its own platform from which the cry for freedom and equality could be heard.”

As an opera lover and patron I know how emotional it was for me to see and hear her perform in all her majesty. Her stature and voice commanded the stage. She sang with such power and conviction as to leave the audience mesmerized, and she earned her many curtain calls. I was privileged to hear her sing gospel songs as well as operatic ones. And she approached them with equal gusto, letting you know that the spirit was truly in the house.

Header photos courtesy of (from left) Aaron Spelling Productions and EPA/Shutterstock.

- Chaz Ebert

I love documentary films and am in favor of seeing them being distributed and seen more widely, and being written about more widely and in more diverse voices. So I am pleased to announce that the International Documentary Association (IDA) has just launched a Documentary Magazine Editorial Fellowship initiative that is currently on the lookout for applicants. It's all in keeping with the organization's ongoing mission "to serve, empower and engage a diverse range of voices, perspectives and experiences from the documentary community." The program, which runs from January through December 2020 will provide four emerging writers from underserved and underrepresented communities stipends of $2,000 each as well as the opportunity to attend an industry event.

The fellowship is funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and will enable participating writers to contribute content to Documentary magazine, the only US publication dedicated solely to documentaries, available via print and online. This program will, according to IDA editor Tom White, help the organization enrich its editorial content, furthering and deepening an ongoing community-wide conversation about the nonfiction form and the issues and themes that are driving the documentary profession. 

Here are the fellowship bullet points and application guidelines, as posted on the IDA's official site...

The writers will: Participate in quarterly editorial meetingsPitch, write and deliver a minimum of 3 print or online articles each between January 2020 and December 2020Participate in 3-4 video mentorship sessions throughout the year with documentary industry representatives who will offer insights on the field. At IDA’s expense, travel to and provide coverage of Getting Real 2020 or another local or regional film festival or industry event. Eligibility Criteria

Candidates for the IDA Documentary Magazine Fellowship must be US-based and eligible to work in the US, and should hail from communities that have been historically underrepresented in the entertainment, journalism, film criticism or nonfiction media fields, including but not limited to:

People of color including ethnic minorities and members of indigenous communitiesLGBTQ+ communityPeople with disabilitiesResidents of under-reported US geographic regions Applicants should submit the following: A letter of interest that articulates your background, your experience in writing and your desire for and qualifications for the IDA Documentary Magazine Fellowship. (Suggested length: 1 page, Format: PDF)Up to three samples of your previously published work (Any length or style, Format: PDF. Alternatively you may provide links to your work online)One original story idea for a reported article or essay that you think will resonate with Documentary Magazine readers. (Suggested length: 1-2 paragraphs, Format: In Application Question) *Be advised that your story idea might be similar to content already in progress or in the planning stages at Documentary magazineA current resume (Format: PDF) Timeline: Application Deadline: Friday, October 25, 2019Notification date: Late November 2019A mandatory Orientation Meeting (approximately 1-hour), via Video Conference, will be held in late December or early January.Fellowship start date: Thursday, January 2, 2020Fellowship End Date: Friday, December 18, 2020

Header photo of Documentary Magazine courtesy of IDA.

- Matt Zoller Seitz

The short film you're about to watch was more than ten years in the making. I directed, edited and cowrote it. It's the story of two friends who lean on each other during a difficult period of their lives. It's also the story of what happens when life gets in the way of art, and also how criticism, however constructive, can become paralyzing, even for a critic. For now, let's just say there are reasons why this film has never been seen by anyone except my closest friends until this very moment, and that I'm going to tell you about them here. Maybe it's best to watch "The Bed Thing" first and then read this piece, so that you don't go in it with any preconceived notions about what it's about, or what it's trying to do. 

The Bed Thing by Matt Zoller Seitz from Press Play Video Blog on Vimeo.

E. Jason Liebrecht plays Jason, who is sleeping on a couch in the living room of his apartment following a devastating event. His best friend Stephen, played by cowriter Stephen T. Neave, comes over to the house to try to get him up and moving again. And that's pretty much all there is to it, although hopefully you learn a bit about their personalities and stories as the movie goes along. 

Jason is basically me, just as the character that Jason played in my first feature, 2005's "Home," was basically me. Jason's best friend Stephen is basically Stephen, another cast member in "Home" who had become one of my closest friends after Jen's death, and who wrote the script with me. 

 "The Bed Thing" was shot in four days in fall, 2008, two-and-a-half years after the death of my first wife, Jennifer Dawson, who had died of a previously undiagnosed heart ailment in April of 2006, leaving me to raise our two children, Hannah and James. It turned out that this was the opening tragedy in an "if it rains, it pours" period of my life. One of my closest friends, Andrew Johnston, the longtime film and television critic of Time Out New York, was dying of cancer, and my stepmother, Genie Grant, had also been diagnosed with cancer around the same time. By the time I finished shooting the movie, Andrew was dead. 

Stephen was going through his own rough period, having recently endured the death of his mother, Dorothy, and one of his closest friends had died as well. The replacement of one bed with another is drawn from my own life: following Jen's death, I started sleeping on the couch in the common area. I just couldn't bear to be in the room where she died, and where she and I had slept side-by-side. My brother Jeremy and my high school friend David came over one day and insisted on taking apart the old bed and replacing it with a new one, hoping that would jump-start me into moving further along in the grieving process. I'll leave it to you to determine whether gestures like that help. 

At the time that I finished a rough cut of "The Bed Thing," I thought it was the best thing I'd done as a filmmaker. I didn't see much that could have been improved in the writing, direction, and cinematography (by Grant Greenberg, and then-young NYU grad from South African who went on to a terrific career). Dave Bunting, a filmmaker, musician and actor who has done a lot of editing and narrating for me on other film projects, played one of the bed salesman. Israel Rivera, Jr. played the other bed salesman. He actually worked at the bed store where we shot the scene where the guys go bed shopping, and the salesman's patter in the movie was rewritten based on my conversations with him. 

I was also proud of the fact that we'd shot "The Bed Thing" on Super 16mm film. Grant originally tried to talk me out of it, arguing that there was no reason to shoot a project like this on film anymore now that high-resolution video had become affordable and versatile. I understood his point, but still wanted to shoot on film because I still think it has a look that's impossible to match in clarity and beauty, particularly when you're shooting outdoors in the daytime during a visually interesting period like the fall. 

I'd planned to have "The Bed Thing" color timed and conformed after editing and then blown up to 35mm with a sync soundtrack right there on the reel, just like the short films I'd watched as a film student coming up in the 1980s. I had set aside some money for that final leg of the process—it was estimated to cost about $14,000 by a local post house back in 2009, although that number is surely higher now. I edited "The Bed Thing" on Final Cut Pro in the same bedroom that you see in the film, working from a low-resolution copy that was provided to me by the postproduction house on a Mini-DV cassette, a format that is now obsolete. I had been saving money to pay for all of this.

Then life got in the way. My son James developed asthma and we didn't have health insurance, which meant I would have to pay for his treatment out-of-pocket. There went the postproduction money!

I did have a contingency plan, though. I showed the film to one of the backers of my feature. He offered to loan me the money to finish "The Bed Thing" properly if it got into a major festival and pay it back over time. 

Unfortunately, "The Bed Thing" didn't get into any festivals. I submitted it to 2010 festivals, including Sundance, Slamdance, Raindance, Tribeca, South by Southwest, and Cinequest (which had premiered "Home"), plus probably four others. They all rejected it, except for Cinequest, bless them. But I didn't think it was worth going through the trouble and expense of finishing a movie shot on film to show it at just one festival. And I couldn't picture screening it from a low-resolution video with timecode at the bottom after going to all that trouble to shoot on film; it just would have been depressing. So I abandoned the idea of taking "The Bed Thing" on the festival circuit.

I was devastated. Also, resentful and mystified. Having been a juror on a lot of festivals over the preceding 15 years, I knew "The Bed Thing" was better than a lot of what was out there, certainly in terms of the photography and performances, although I won't be so bold as to hazard a guess about how the direction or writing compared to whatever festival jurors were seeing in 2009. I recut the film a few times after that, thinking I'd resubmit it, but the notes I got were demoralizing—one friend told me the comedy wasn't working, another didn't like the performances, another said he thought the direction was pretentious. I know you're supposed to have a thick skin about this kind of stuff, but I was not in a good place at that point in my life, and I took it all as certification that I didn't know what I was doing, that the film was garbage, and that I was unable to see this clearly because I was just too close to it.

So I gave up. 

People tell you not to get discouraged by rejection—hell, I tell people that!—but when it happens to you, it's a different story. I figured that I must have poor judgment when it came to my own work, that "The Bed Thing" was not good after all, and that I should probably just file it away under "lost causes" and get on with my life. 

The uncut 16mm negative of "The Bed Thing" is still sitting on my shelf in my workspace, wrapped in plastic.

I have a feeling that if I submitted it today, under my own name, it would get in more places, because I'm better known today than I was back then. But that doesn't testify to the actual quality of the piece one way or the other. And in my opinion that makes the whole situation sadder. Film festivals are filled with work that just isn't that good, because the people who the work are famous or connected—or in my case, semi-famous—or know somebody who runs the festival, or gave money to the festival, etc. I know this because I've suffered through many such movies and had discussions with festival programmers in which I was made privy to the truth of why they were accepted. I don't want to be an example of what I call a festival indulgence. I feel like I had the chance to get in on the merits back when I originally made the movie and it didn't work out, so it's better to accept that and move on.

But since this year is the tenth anniversary of my giving up on "The Bed Thing," I thought I might as well put it out there anyway, if only to justify writing this piece. It's still not really finished -- there are placeholders in the end credits, the sound mix is rough, and the music hasn't been cleared. But it's as finished as it's going to get.

I am still proud of it, and I hope it speaks to people. 

- Chaz Ebert

VICTORY GARDENS THEATER, the wonderful performance venue located in the historic space once known as the Biograph Theater—where famed gangster John Dillinger met his immortal end—will be introducing Stacy Janiak and me as debuting playwrights, and honoring Justina Machado and Phillipa Soo at its annual fundraiser, Chicago Stories Gala, on Saturday, October 5th, in honor of its 45th anniversary. The evening will present two new theatrical works, while also awarding two artists selected as this year's Impact Honorees. 

I have started a tradition of raising money for worthy causes for my birthday. So I encourage you to help me celebrate my birthday by celebrating Victory Gardens Theater either in person, or with a donation. (To order tickets or make a donation, visit the official Victory Gardens site.)  A few years ago, I "danced with the stars" to raise money for the Giordano Dance Troupe (you can read more about that here). 

Among this year's presenters is Steve James, an Oscar-nominated filmmaker whose filmography includes "Life Itself," about my late husband, Roger Ebert. That film was named Best Documentary by The National Board of Review, and The Producers Guild of America, among many others. Steve's previous classic works include "Hoop Dreams," which was nominated for an Oscar for editing, and he also directed and produced Sundance award winner, "Stevie"; "The Interrupters," which won an Emmy, Independent Spirit Award, and the DuPont Columbia Journalism Award;  and "Abacus: Small Enough to Jail," which earned James a fourth DGA nomination, and was one of the National Board of Review’s “Top 5 documentaries of the year,” won the “Best Political Documentary” by The Critics Choice Awards, and was nominated for an Academy Award. His Starz docuseries, "America to Me," premiered at Sundance and was one of the most acclaimed TV shows of 2018. 

I'm honored to be joining Stacy Janiak, Managing Partner and Chief Growth Officer at Deloitte, as one of the two guest playwrights whose whose one-act plays will have their world premiere during the Gala. My play is entitled, "The Great Debate," and is packed with surprises. To say more would spoil the fun.

Both of the 2019 honorees are accomplished actresses: Justina Machado, a Chicago-born actress best known for her roles on the celebrated reimagined “One Day at a Time,” “Six Feet Under,” and “Queen of the South”; and Phillipa Soo, the Tony Award-nominated actress known for originating the role of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton in Broadway's "Hamilton." 

Victory Gardens Theater is such a treasure in Chicago because of its rich diversity of characters, actors and playwrights, as well as its partnership with Chicago Public Schools to illuminate for students the power of the arts. I am honored to be following in the footsteps of the esteemed playwrights who have previously contributed to this gala, including my husband Roger. He made his debut at Victory Gardens Theater in 1993 with a play entitled, ‘Sex, Lies and Theatricals,’ about the selling of films at the Cannes Film Festival. That same year, Roger’s fellow guest playwright was NBA coach Phil Jackson, who led the Chicago Bulls to win six championships. Roger’s play was also restaged in 2013.

“We are incredibly honored to have Chaz serving as a Guest Playwright at this year's Chicago Stories Gala,” said Erica Daniels, Executive Director at Victory Gardens Theater. “She embodies the core values that we celebrate here at Victory Gardens Theater. Her commitment to empowering women, giving voice to women and children through education and the arts, and her passion for spreading empathy, kindness, compassion, and forgiveness are to be lauded. It is our privilege to recognize Chaz alongside Stacy Janiak, Justina Machado, and Phillipa Soo, three other trailblazing women producing powerful work onstage and off.” 

The 2019 Chicago Stories Gala will take place on October 5th at the Four Seasons Hotel, 120 E. Delaware Place, beginning with a 6pm VIP experience, followed by cocktails at 6:30pm and the show joined with dinner at 7:30pm. To order tickets or make a donation, visit the official Victory Gardens site.

- Chaz Ebert

"Say Amen, Somebody," George T. Nierenberg's 1983 documentary about the birthplace of some of the most iconic American gospel music is now receiving a limited theatrical run, and I cannot imagine a better remedy for our current divisive times. In his ecstatic four-star review, my late husband Roger hailed it as "the most joyful movie" he had seen in a long time, with its mixture of exhilarating musical performances and enlightening chronicle of major pioneers in the gospel movement including its father, Professor Thomas A. Dorsey; its mother, Reverend Willie May Ford Smith; and such towering figures as the O'Neal Twins and the Chicago-based trio, the Barrett Sisters.

My mother, Reverend Johnnie M. Hammel, was a minister in the spiritualist church, and at church services we were privy to some of the best gospel music around. She introduced us to many gospel singers, including some of the church-goers in "Say Amen, Somebody." And to this very day, gospel music is some of the most inspiring music to me, as it really gets to your very soul. Mother and Roger bonded over this film and I still have fond memories of him showing it to her for the first time. 

Now the documentary's distributor, Milestone Films, has enlisted the support of the Smithsonian African American Museum of History and Culture and the Academy Film Archive to restore the film in 4K with a spectacular 5.1 soundtrack. It opened on September 6th at New York City's Film at Lincoln Center, and will screen there through  September 26th. Over the weekend, it screened at Chicago's historic Music Box Theatre, and will open at another Windy City venue, the Chatham Studio Movie Grill, on Friday, September 20th, for a week-long run. 

"When so many of us feel dispirited, there couldn’t be a more perfect time to introduce new audiences to 'Say Amen, Somebody,'" Nierenberg told me. "It is an uplifting, intimate, timeless film about the founders of gospel music and the struggles they went through, despite all obstacles, to get their music heard, that will always leave you feeling hopeful and inspired."

For tickets and showtimes, visit the official site of the Chatham Movie Grill, and for more information on the film's re-release, visit SayAmenSomebody.com.

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நடிகர்கள்: வாசி ஆசிப், பூஜா ஸ்ரீ ,சீமான் ,போஸ் வெங்கட் மற்றும் பலர். இசையமைப்பாளர் - ஸ்ரீ காந்த தேவா. இயக்குனர் - R. விஜய் ஆனந்த் - ஆர். சூரியன். சென்னை : இதுவும் விவசாயத்தை மையமாக வைத்து உருவான கதை தான் என்பது மகிழ்ச்சி ஒருபக்கம் இருந்தாலும் இன்னுமாடா விவசயாத்த இப்படி கூவி கூவி

நடிகர்கள்:அர்னால்டுலின்டா ஹேமில்டன்மார்க்கென்ஸி டேவீஸ்கேப்ரீயல் லுனாநட்டாளியா ரைஸ் இயக்கம் : ஜேம்ஸ் கேமரூன் சென்னை : டெர்மினேட்டர் திரைவிமர்சனம் டெர்மினேடர் மற்றும் அர்னால்ட் ரசிகர்கள் பெரிதும் எதிர்பார்த்துகாத்திருக்கும் திரைப்படம் டெர்மினேடர் டார்க் ஃபேட். இதனோடு சேர்த்துஇதுவரையில் 6 பாகங்களாக டெர்மினேடர் தொடர்கள் தொடர்ந்து வெளியாகிரசிகர்களை மகிழ்வித்துவருகிறது. டெர்மினேடர் படத்தின் முதல் பாகத்தை ஹாலிவுட்டின் பிரம்மாண்ட இயக்குனர்என்று அழைக்கப்படும்

சென்னை: ட்ரீம் வாரியர் பிக்ச்சர்ஸ் - எஸ்.ஆர் பிரபு எப்பொழுதுமே தரமான வித்தியாசமான கதைகளை தேர்வு செய்வதில் கெட்டிக்காரர். இந்த முறை நல்ல கதை மட்டும் அல்லாமல் ரிலீஸ் செய்வதிலும் தைரியமும் துணிச்சலையும் காட்டி உள்ளார். எவ்ளோ படங்கள் போட்டிக்கு வந்தாலும், நல்ல கதைகளை மக்கள் ஆதரிப்பர் என்ற அவரது 100% நம்பிக்கை வீண் போகவில்லை.

சென்னை: தீபாவளி எப்ப வரும் வரும்னு காத்துக்கிட்டு இருந்தவங்கள விட, தளபதியோட பிகில் எப்ப வரும் வரும்னு காத்துகிட்டு இருந்தவங்க பலர். தளபதி படம் வெளியாகுது என்றாலே அது மாஸ். அதுவும் தீபாவளிக்கு ரிலீஸ்னா சும்மாவா. தமிழ்நாட்டு ரசிகர்களின் நாடித்துடிப்பை நன்கு அறிந்த இயக்குநர் அட்லீ. சர்க்கார் திரைப்படத்திற்கு பிறகு, மிகுந்த எதிர்பார்ப்பு உள்ள விஜய்

சென்னை: பிகில் படத்திற்கு கலவையான விமர்சனங்கள் வந்துகொண்டிருக்கின்றன. விஜய் - அட்லீ கூட்டணி மூன்றாவது முறையாக இணைந்துள்ள படம் பிகில். கடந்த இரண்டு படங்களும் சூப்பர் ஹிட் என்பதால் இப்படத்திற்கு பெரும் எதிர்பார்ப்பு நிலவுகிறது. பிகில் படம் இன்று ரிலீசாகியுள்ள நிலையில், அதிகாலை சிறப்பு காட்சி பார்த்த ரசிகர்கள் டிவிட்டர் உள்ளிட்ட சமூக வலைதளங்களில் கருத்து தெரிவித்து

நடிகர்கள் : ஷாம்,ஆத்மியா,ஸ்ரீதேவி குமார்,சத்யன்ஒளிப்பதிவு - என்.எஸ்.ராஜேஷ் குமார்இசை - ஷ்யாம் மோகன்பாடல்கள் - மோகன்ராஜ்,படத்தொகுப்பு - அருண்தாமஸ்தயாரிப்பு - 2எம் சினிமாஸ் எழுத்து, இயக்கம் - சாரதி. சென்னை: ரசிகர்களின் கவனத்தை பெரிதும் ஈர்க்கும் மற்றுமொரு த்ரில்லர் திரைப்படம் இன்று வெளியாகியுள்ளது. அறிமுக இயக்குநர் சாரதி இயக்கியுள்ள காவியன் என்ற இப்படத்தில் ஷாம் ஒரு

நடிகர்கள் : வி.சிவா சிறுவன் அஹான் சத்யன் தேஜஸ்வி மற்றும் பலர் இயக்குனர்: பிரதீப் கிளிக்கர் சென்னை: இப்போது தமிழ் சினிமாவில் நாய்கள் சீசன் போல் இருக்கிறது. தொடர்ந்து நாய்களை மையமாக வைத்து எடுக்கப்படும் படங்கள் வெளியாகி வருகின்றன. சமீபத்தில் தான் "பப்பி" என்று ஒரு திரைப்படம் நாய்களுக்கும் உணர்ச்சி இருக்கிறது, அவைகளும் ஒரு உயிருள்ள ஜீவன்

சென்னை: அருவம் படம் எப்படி உள்ளது என்பது குறித்து தெளிவாக அலசியிருக்கிறார் போஸ்டர் பக்கிரி. த்ரில்லர் ஆக்ஷன் படமான அருவம் நேற்று திரைக்கு வந்தது. இந்தப் படத்தில் சித்தார்த், கேத்தரின் தெரேசா, சதீஷ், ஆடுகளம் நரேன், மயில்சாமி, மனோபாலா ஆகியோர் நடித்துள்ளனர். இந்நிலையில் தனது ஸ்டைலில் படத்தின் போஸ்டரை ஒட்டியப்படியே படம் எப்படியிருக்கிறது என அலசியிருக்கிறார் போஸ்டர்

நடிகர்கள்: வருண்சம்யுக்தா ஹெக்டேயோகி பாபு இயக்கம்: நட்டு தேவ்இசை : தரண்குமார்ஒளிப்பதிவு : தீபக் குமார் பாதேதயாரிப்பு: ஐசரி கே.கணேஷ் சென்னை: மிகவும் சீரியஸ் படங்களாக பார்த்து வந்த நம்ம தமிழ் ரசிகர்களுக்கு விருந்தாக மிகவும் யூத்தான ஒரு கதைக்களத்தோடு ரசிகர்களை"பப்பி"திரைப்படம் மூலம் மகிழ்வித்துள்ளார் அறிமுக இயக்குனர் நட்டு தேவ். வேல்ஸ் இன்டர்நேஷனல் சார்பில் ஐசரி

நடிகர்கள்: தமன்னாசத்யன்யோகிபாபுகாளி வெங்கட்டீ எஸ் கேமுனீஷ் காந்த் இயக்கம்: ரோஹின் வெங்கடேசன்இசை: ஜிப்ரான்  காமெடி கலந்த பேய் படமாக உருவாகி உள்ளது பெட்ரோமாக்ஸ். இப்படத்தில், தமன்னாவுடன் இணைந்து சத்யன், முனீஷ்காந்த், மைம் கோபி, லிவிங்ஸ்டன், பிரேம், காளி வெங்கட் ஆகியோர் பலர் நடித்துள்ளனர். இந்த படம் பேய் படம் என்பதால் திரையரங்கில் அதிகமான குழந்தைகளை காண

 சென்னை: சிவப்பு மஞ்சள் பச்சை படத்திற்கு பிறகு சித்தார்த் நடித்திருக்கும் ஒரு வித்தியாசமான ஆர்கானிக் பேய் கதை. கேத்தரின் தெரேசா, சதீஷ், ஆடுகளம் நரேன், மயில்சாமி, மனோபாலா ஆகியோர் நடிப்பில் ஆக்சன் த்ரில்லராக உருவாகியுள்ள படம் தான் அருவம். உருவம் இல்லாத ஒன்றை தான் அருவம் என்று சொல்லுவார்கள். அது போலே பல காட்சிகளில் திகில்

சென்னை: சமூகம் சார்ந்த பிரச்சனை, அரசியல், குடும்ப கதை என பலதரப்பட்ட திரைப்படங்கள் வெளியானாலும் பெண்களை மையமாக வைத்து எடுக்கப்படும் படங்கள் என்றால் மக்களிடம் அதற்கு ஒரு தனி ரெஸ்பான்ஸ் இருக்கும். அப்படி பெண்கள் தங்களது தினசரி வாழ்வில் சந்திக்கும் பல பிரச்சனைகள் குறித்த ஒரு கதை தான் மிக மிக அவசரம் திரைப்படம். வி

சென்னை: நேற்று வெளியான மலையாள படமான ஜல்லிக்கட்டு இணையம் முழுக்க மிக சிறப்பான வரவேற்பை பெற்றுள்ளது. சினிமா ரசிகர்களுக்கு இந்த வாரம் மிக சிறப்பான வாரம் என்றுதான் கூறவேண்டும். தமிழில் வெளியான அசுரன் படம் இணையம் முழுக்க நல்ல விமர்சனத்தை பெற்று வருகிறது. அதே சமயம் இன்னொரு பக்கம் கேரளாவில் இருந்து ஜல்லிக்கட்டு படம் வெளியாகி உள்ளது.

சென்னை: வடக்கூடாரானுக்கும் சிவசாமிக்கும் இடையே நிலத்தகராறு. சிவசாமியின் மூத்த மகன் முருகன் கொல்லப்பட அதற்கு பழி தீர்க்க இளைய மகன் சிதம்பரம் வடக்கூரானை கொலை செய்ய அதற்கு பழிக்குப் பழி வாங்க வடக்கூரானின் ஆட்கள் கத்தியை தூக்க பரபரப்பாக டாப் கியரில் கிளம்புகிறது அசுரன். வெற்றிமாறன் இயக்கத்தில் தனுஷ் நடித்துள்ள நான்காவது படம் அசுரன். பொல்லாதவன்,

சென்னை: தனுஷ் நடித்துள்ள அசுரன் படம் பெரும் வரவேற்பை பெற்று வருகிறது. படத்திற்கு காலையில் இருந்து நன்றாக ரிவ்யூ வெளியாகி வருகிறது. தனுஷ் நடிப்பில் வெற்றிமாறன் இயக்கத்தில் தற்போது அசுரன் வெளியாகி உள்ளது. இந்த படத்தில் தனுஷ் இரட்டை வேடத்தில் நடித்துள்ளார். அதேபோல் மலையாள சூப்பர் ஸ்டார் மஞ்சு வாரியார் இந்த படத்தில் தனுஷ் ஜோடியாக நடித்துள்ளார். இந்த படத்திற்கு ஜி வி பிரகாஷ் இசை அமைத்துள்ளார்.  

நடிகர்கள்: ஹிருத்திக் ரோஷன் டைகர் ஷெராப் வாணி கபூர் அசுதோஷ் ராணா, அனில் ஜார்ஜ், அனு பிரியா, கீத் டல்லிசன் இயக்கம் : சித்தார்த் ஆனந்த்ஒளிப்பதிவு : பெஞ்சமின் ஜாஸ்பரின்இசை : விஷால் தத்லானி சென்னை: வார் ஹிருத்திக் ரோஷன் டைகர் ஷெராப் நடித்து இயக்குனர் சித்தார்த் ஆனந்த் இயக்கியுள்ள படம். தமிழில் பெரிய

சென்னை: எந்த ஒரு படைப்பும் வெளியாகும் காலகட்டம் மிக மிக முக்கியம். சுட சுட இன்றைய ட்ரெண்டுக்கு ஏற்ப எடுத்தால்தான் இளைய தலைமுறை ரசிகர்களை கவரும். இன்றைய காதல் வாட்ஸ்அப் உள்ளிட்ட சமூக வலைத்தலங்களில் சுடச்சுட பறிமாறப்படுகிறது. அவர்களின் ரசனைக்கேற்ப படம் எடுத்தால் மட்டுமே வெற்றியடையும். தெலுங்கில் 2011ஆம் ஆண்டில் நாக சைதன்யா தமன்னா நடிப்பில்

சென்னை: ஜோக்கர் என்ற ஹாலிவுட் திரைப்படம் நேற்று வெளியாகியுள்ளது. இதில் ஜோகுயின் பீனிக்ஸ் ஜோக்கராக நடித்துள்ளார். இந்த படத்தில் அவருக்கு ஆர்தர் என்று பெயர் இட்டுள்ளனர். படத்தில் இவர் சமூகத்தால் ஒதுக்கப்பட்டவர். ஜோக்கர் படத்தின் ட்ரைலர் வெளியான போதே உலகம் முழுவதும் பெரும் வரவேற்பு கிடைத்தது. பேட்மேன் படத்தில் வரும் புகழ்பெற்ற கதாப்பாத்திரமான ஜோக்கரை அடிப்படையாக உருவாகியுள்ள

சென்னை: உய்யலவாடா பகுதியின் நிர்வாக மற்றும் இராணுவ ஆட்சியாளராக இருக்கும் நரசிம்ம ரெட்டி தனது குரு கோசாய் வெங்கண்ணாவின் ஆலோசனையின் படி, எப்படி ஒரு போர் வீரராகவும் தலைவராகவும் மாறி எப்படி குடிமக்களுக்கு நல்லது செய்கிறார் என்பது பற்றின உண்மை கதை தான் சயீரா நரசிம்ம ரெட்டி. இதில் நரசிம்ம ரெட்டியாக சிரஞ்சீவியும் குரு கோசாய் வெங்கண்ணாவாக

சென்னை: நடிகர்கள் : பார்த்திபன், கயல் சந்திரன், சாட்னா டைட்டஸ்இசை : அஷ்வத்ஒளிப்பதிவு: மார்ட்டின் ஜோஇயக்கம்: சுதர் ஐந்து பேர் கொண்ட திருட்டு கும்பல் எப்படி ஒவ்வொரு திருட்டையும் திட்டம் தீட்டி கொள்ளையடிக்கிறது என்பதை மிகவும் நகைச்சுவையோடு மிக அழகாக திட்டம் போட்டு திருடுற கூட்டம் படத்தில் திரைக்கதையாக அமைத்திருக்கிறார் இயக்குனர். கொள்ளை கதை என்பதால்

சென்னை: சிவகார்த்திக்கேயன் நீண்ட நாட்களுக்குப் பிறகு நல்லதொரு கிராமத்து கதையில் நடித்து ரசிகர்களின் மனங்களை அள்ளியுள்ளார். பாண்டிராஜ் தனது பாணியில் புகுந்து விளையாடியுள்ளார். சிவகார்த்திக்கேயன் ஐஸ்வர்யா ராஜேஷ் அண்ணன் தங்கை பாசத்தை கொடுத்து அனைவரையும் சிரிக்க ரசிக்க மட்டுமல்லாது சிலிர்க்கவும் வைத்திருக்கிறார். காமெடி வசனங்கள் கலகலப்பை ஏற்படுத்தினாலும் நம்ம வீட்டு பிள்ளை கிளைமாக்ஸ் பலரது கண்களை

சென்னை: நம்ம வீட்டு பிள்ளை படத்திற்கு கலவையான விமர்சனங்களே கிடைத்து வருகின்றன. இயக்குனர் பாண்டிராஜுடன் சிவகார்த்திகேயன் மீண்டும் இணைந்துள்ள படம் நம்ம வீட்டு பிள்ளை. ஐஸ்வர்யா ராஜேஷ், அனு இமானுவேல், சமுத்திரகனி, பாரதிராஜா, நட்டி, ஆர்.கே.சுரேஷ், உள்ளிட்ட பலர் இப்படத்தில் நடித்துள்ளனர். சன் பிக்சர்ஸ் தயாரித்துள்ள இப்படம் இன்று திரைக்கு வந்துள்ளது. தொடர் தோல்விகளை சந்தித்து வரும்

சென்னை: 'அயன்'என்ற வெற்றிப்படத்துக்கும் 'மாற்றான்'என்ற ஆவெரேஜ் படத்துக்கு பின்னர் சூர்யாவும் இயக்குனர் கே.வி. ஆனந்தும் இணைந்திருக்கும் மூன்றாவது படம் இது. திரைக்கதை அமைப்பதில் - பட்டுக்கோட்டை பிரபாகர், கபிலன் வைரமுத்து மற்றும் கே வி ஆனந்த் மூவரும் இணைந்து தான் செயல் பட்டனர் என்று சொன்னாலும் - கே.வி ஆனந்த் அவர்களுடைய முந்தைய படங்கள் ,

சென்னை: ஒத்த செருப்பு சைஸ் 7 ஒரு கணவனின் தவிப்பு, தகப்பனின் பாசம், சமுதாயத்தில் ஏற்படும் பல விதமான சிக்கல்கள் அதனால் அவருடன் ஏற்படும் வெறுப்பு என அனைத்தையும் ஒன்று சேர்த்து ஒரு கலவையாக நமக்கு படைத்திருக்கிறார் பார்த்திபன். திரையுலகின் பல பிரபலங்களும் இந்த படத்தினை பார்த்து அவர்களுடைய விமர்சனங்களை தெரிவித்து பாராட்டியுள்ளனர். பார்த்திபனின் 15 ஆண்டு

நடிகர்கள்: 'அங்காடி தெரு' மகேஷ், ஷாலு, மனோபாலா, ஆடுகளம் நரேன். இயக்கம் - ராம் சேவா, இசை - அம்பரீஷ் சென்னை: சீன் போடும் காதலியை ஹீரோ கஷ்டப்பட்டு கரெக்ட் செய்யும் நேரத்தில் எதிர்பாராத விதமாக நடக்கும் சம்பவங்களின் தொகுப்பு தான் என் காதலி சீன் போடுறா திரைப்படம். அப்பா, அம்மா இல்லாத மகேஷுக்கு அண்ணன்,

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മലയാള സിനിമയ്ക്ക് പൊതുവെ അന്യമായൊരു ഴോനർ ആണ് സൈ-ഫൈ ഡ്രാമ/എന്റർടൈനർ. സാധ്യതകൾ വിശാലമാണെങ്കിലും കൈ പൊള്ളുമോയെന്ന ഭയം കാരണമാവാം സീനിയർ സംവിധായകർ വരെ ഈയൊരു മേഖലയിലേക്ക് തിരിഞ്ഞ് നോക്കാൻ ധൈര്യപ്പെടാറില്ല. എന്നാൽ ഈയാഴ്ച തിയേറ്ററിൽ എത്തിയിരിക്കുന്ന ആൻഡ്രോയ്ഡ് കുഞ്ഞപ്പൻ വേർഷൻ 5.25 ഒന്നാന്തരം സയൻസ് ഫിക്ഷൻ സിനിമയാണ്. ക്ളീൻ എന്റർടൈനർ. ചിത്രം സംവിധാനം ചെയ്തിരിക്കുന്നത് രതീഷ്

ലാൽജോസിന്റെ ഇരുപത്തഞ്ചാമത്തെ സിനിമയാണത്രെ നാൽപത്തിയൊന്ന്. ഇരുപത് വർഷം മുൻപ് പെരിന്തൽമണ്ണ ജഹനാരാ എന്ന തിയേറ്ററിൽ ഇരുന്ന് ഒരു മറവത്തൂർ കനവ് എന്ന സിനിമ എഫ്ഡിഎഫ്എസ് കണ്ടത് ഇന്നലത്തെ പോലെ ഓർമ്മയുണ്ട്. (ആ തിയേറ്റർ പിന്നീടെന്നോ ചരിത്രത്തിന്റെ ഭാഗമായി). അത് കഴിഞ്ഞ് ചന്ദ്രനുദിക്കുന്ന ദിക്കിൽ കണ്ടത് ഓർമ്മയുണ്ട്. മീശ മാധവൻ, ക്ളാസ്‌മേറ്റ്സ്, അയാളും ഞാനും തമ്മിൽ ഒക്കെ

ടീസറും ട്രെയിലറും സൃഷ്‌ടിച്ച ഹൈപ്പ് , നിവിന്റെ മെയ്ക്ക് ഓവർ, ഗീതു മോഹൻദാസിന്റെ സംവിധാനം, അനുരാഗ് കശ്യപ് ഉൾപ്പടെയുള്ള വമ്പൻ സ്രാവുകളുടെ പങ്കാളിത്തം എന്നിവയൊക്കെ കൊണ്ട് വളരെയേറെ കാലമായി ആകാംക്ഷയോടെ കാത്തിരിക്കുന്ന സിനിമയാണ് മൂത്തോൻ. കാനഡയിലെ . ടൊറന്റോ ഇന്റർനാഷണൽ ഫിലിം ഫെസ്റ്റിവലിൽ ആയിരുന്നു മൂത്തോന്റെ വേൾഡ് പ്രീമിയർ. ഇന്ത്യൻ പ്രീമിയർ ആവട്ടെ മുംബൈ ഇന്റർനാഷണൽ

മന്നാർ മത്തായി സ്പീക്കിംഗ് എന്ന സിദ്ദീഖ് ലാൽ സിനിമയിൽ കൊച്ചിൻ ഹനീഫയുടെ കഥാപാത്രമായ എൽദോയെ സിനിമയിലെടുത്തുവെന്ന് പറയുമ്പോൾ, അദ്ദേഹവും കൂട്ടുകാർക്കുമുണ്ടാക്കുന്ന ആനന്ദലബ്ധിയുടെ വിവിധ ഭാവങ്ങൾ അടങ്ങിയ സീനുകൾ എക്കാലത്തെയും രസകരമായ സീനുകളിലൊന്നാണ്. എന്നാൽ യഥാർത്ഥത്തിൽ എൽദോനെ സിനിമയിലെടുക്കുന്നില്ല. 'മറിച്ച് അത് വെറുമൊരു പ്രഖ്യാപനം മാത്രമാണ്. പക്ഷേ അതുപോലും ആളുകളിൽ എത്ര മാത്രം സന്തോഷമുണ്ടാക്കുന്നുവെന്നത് ഈ രംഗങ്ങളിലൂടെ നമുക്ക്

യാദൃശ്ചികമായിട്ടാണെങ്കിലും ആകാശഗംഗയുടെ രണ്ടാം ഭാഗം മലയാളത്തിലും ടെർമിനേറ്റർ സീരിസിലെ പുതിയ സിനിമ ഹോളിവുഡിലും റിലീസ് ചെയ്യപ്പെട്ടത് ഒരേ ദിവസമായിരുന്നു. നിർഭാഗ്യമെന്നു പറയട്ടെ രണ്ടു സിനിമകളും തിയേറ്ററിൽ സമ്മാനിച്ച കാഴ്ചാനുഭവം സമാനമാണ്. അങ്ങേയറ്റം നിരാശാജനകം. ഡാർക്ക്‌ ഫെയ്റ്റ് എന്നാണ് പുതിയ ടെര്മിനേറ്ററുടെ ശീർഷകം. ഗംഭീരമാംവിധം അന്വർത്ഥമായ നാമകരണമായിപ്പോയി ഇതെന്നു സമ്മതിക്കാതെ വയ്യ. സിനിമയ്ക്ക് ടിക്കറ്റെടുത്ത് തിയേറ്ററിൽ കയറുന്നവന്റെ കൊടൂരവിധി.   പ്രേക്ഷകന്റെ ഡാർക്ക്‌ ഫെയ്റ്റ് എന്ന് അടിവര

കഴിഞ്ഞ വർഷത്തെ ഇൻറർനാഷണൽ ഫിലിം ഫെസ്റ്റിവൽ ഓഫ് ഇന്ത്യയിൽ പനോരമ വിഭാഗത്തിലേക്ക് വമ്പൻ സ്രാവുകൾക്കൊപ്പം തെരഞ്ഞെടുക്കപ്പെട്ടതിലൂടെ ശ്രദ്ധ പിടിച്ചു പറ്റിയ കുഞ്ഞു സിനിമയാണ് മക്കന. കഥ, തിരക്കഥ, സംഭാഷണം, സംവിധാനം റഹിം ഖാദർ. ഈ മേഖലയിൽ പുതുമുഖമാണ്. അയ്യമ്പുഴ പൊലീസ് സ്റ്റേഷനിൽ സിവിൽ പോലീസ് ഓഫീസറുമാണ് ഇദ്ദേഹം.   പനോരമയിലെത്തിയെങ്കിലും വെറും ആവറേജ് എന്ന് അടിവര

1999ലെ സൂപ്പർ ഹിറ്റ് ആണ് വിനയന്റെ ആകാശഗംഗ. മലയാളത്തിൽ ഹൊറർ കോമഡി എന്നൊരു എടപാടിന്റെ അപ്പോസ്തലൻ തന്നെയാണ് വിനയൻ ചേട്ടൻ. വിലക്കിന്റെ കാലത്തും മുൻപുമായി പുള്ളി ആകാശഗംഗയ്ക്ക് ഒരു പാട് പാരഡികൾ ഒരുക്കിയിട്ടുണ്ട്. ഇപ്പോൾ വിലക്കും പിണക്കവും ഒക്കെ കഴിഞ്ഞ് അമ്മയും ഫെഫ്കയുമൊക്കെയായി ജോയന്റായ സമയത്ത് പുള്ളി ദാ ഒറിജിനൽ രണ്ടാംഭാഗവുമായി വന്നിരിക്കുന്നു ആകാശഗംഗയ്ക്ക്. ഹൊറിബിൾ ആയ ഹൊററും ഹ്യൂമറും എന്ന് അടിവര.

കൊക്ടെയിൽ, ഈയടുത്ത കാലത്ത്, ലെഫ്റ്റ് റൈറ്റ് ലെഫ്റ്റ്, കാറ്റ് തുടങ്ങി കുറച്ച് സിനിമകളിലൂടെ ഒരു വിഭാഗം മലയാളപ്രേക്ഷകരെ ഇമ്പ്രെസ് ചെയ്യിപ്പിച്ച സംവിധായകൻ ആണ് അരുൺ കുമാർ അരവിന്ദ് . മേൽപറഞ്ഞ സിനിമകൾ ഒന്നും തന്നെ വിജയങ്ങൾ ആയിരുന്നില്ല എന്നുമാത്രമല്ല ബോക്സോഫീസിൽ നല്ല ഫഷ്റ്റ് ക്ലാസ് തോൽവികളുമായിരുന്നു. ഒരു വിഭാഗക്കാരുടെ അരുമ എന്ന് ആദ്യമേ പറഞ്ഞത് അതുകൊണ്ടാണ്.

ദീപാവലി ആഘോഷങ്ങൾ കളർഫുളാക്കാനായി ഇന്ത്യയെമ്പാടുമുള്ള സിനിമാപ്രേക്ഷർക്ക് മുന്നിൽ സാജിദ് നാദിയാവാല മുതലാളി പ്രദർശനത്തിനെത്തിച്ചിരിക്കുന്ന കളർഫുൾ സിൽമ ആണ് ഹൗസ്ഫുൾ4 . വൻവിജയം എന്നവകാശപ്പെടുന്ന ഹൗസ്ഫുൾ സീരീസിലെ നാലാം ഉരുപ്പടി. കോമഡിയും എന്റർടൈനറുമൊക്കെ ആണെന്നാണ് വെപ്പ്. ബട്ട് സഹിച്ചിരിക്കാൻ വല്യ പാടാണ് തലയുടെ ആണിക്കല്ല് ഇളക്കുന്ന സിനിമ എന്ന് അടിവര

ചെറിയ സിനിമകൾ. പ്രത്യേകിച്ച് ചെറിയ ബഡ്ജറ്റിലുള്ള സിനിമകൾക്ക് പലപ്പോഴും ഒരേ ഘടന കാണാം. എന്നാൽ ഇതിനിടക്കും ചില വിസ്മയങ്ങൾ സംഭവിക്കാറുണ്ട്. അത് ചിലപ്പോൾ സിനിമ മൊത്തത്തിലാകാം. സിനിമയുടെ കഥയിലാകാം. അവതരണത്തിലാകാം. ഗാനങ്ങളിലാകാം. ക്യാമറാവർക്കിലാകാം. ഒരുപക്ഷെ വസ്ത്രാലങ്കാരത്തിലോ മേയ്ക്കപ്പ് മാനിലോ നമുക്ക് ഈ അത്ഭുതം കണ്ടെത്താം. ഈയൊരു രീതിയിൽ സമീപിക്കുമ്പോഴാണ് ടേക്ക് ഇറ്റ് ഈസി വേറിട്ടൊരു സിനിമാ ആസ്വാദനം

നിരവധി സിനിമകളിൽ ചിത്രസംയോജകനായി വർക്ക് ചെയ്തിട്ടുള്ള പീറ്റർ സാജൻ തിരക്കഥ എഴുതി സംവിധാനം ചെയ്തിരിക്കുന്ന ആദ്യ ചിത്രമാണ് ഒരു കടത്ത് നാടൻ കഥ. മുൻപ് ചെറിയ വേഷങ്ങളിൽ അഭിനയിച്ചിട്ടുള്ള ഷഹിൻ സിദ്ദിഖ് ആദ്യമായി മുഴുനീള നായകൻ ആവുന്നു എന്നൊരു സവിശേഷത കടത്ത് നാടൻ കഥയ്ക്കുണ്ട്. അതുല്യനടനായ സിദ്ദിഖിന്റെ മകൻ ആണ് ഷഹിൻ. മൊത്തത്തിൽ പറയുമ്പോൾ കണ്ടിരിക്കാവുന്ന ഒരു നാടൻ കടത്ത് സിനിമ.

പാട്ടും ഡാൻസും സിനിമയിൽ ഒരു അനിവാര്യ ഘടകമാണെന്നതിൽ നിന്ന് മാറി ചിന്തിക്കുവാൻ മുഖ്യധാരാ സിനിമകൾക്ക് സാധിക്കാറില്ല. സിനിമയുടെ കാലാകാലങ്ങളായുള്ള നടപ്പുശീലക്കാർ ഇനിയങ്ങനെയൊരു താൽപര്യമുണ്ടെങ്കിൽ അതിനെ സമ്മതിക്കുകയുമില്ല. എന്നാൽ സിനിമ കാണുവാൻ പ്രേക്ഷകനെ പ്രേരിപ്പിക്കുന്ന --- പോസ്റ്ററിലടക്കം 'No Song, No Romance' എന്നെഴുതി കാണിച്ചു കൊണ്ടൊരുു സിനിമ. ഇതാണ് കൈദി എന്ന തമിഴ് സിനിമയെ കൂടുതൽ

തെറിയും മെർസലും കണ്ടവർക്ക് ഒരു ഏകദേശ ധാരണയുണ്ടാവും വിജയും ആറ്റ്ലിയും ഒരുമിക്കുമ്പോൾ എന്തായിരിക്കും സംഭവിക്കുകയെന്ന്. എന്നാൽ ആ ധാരണകളെയും പ്രതീക്ഷകളെയും മറികടക്കുന്ന ഒന്നൊന്നര വെടിച്ചില്ല് ഐറ്റമാണ് ഇന്ന് പ്രദർശനത്തിന് എത്തിയ ബിഗിൽ. വിജയിന്റെ എവർബെസ്റ്റ് ബ്ലോക്ക് ബസ്റ്ററുകളായ ഗില്ലി, പോക്കിരി, തുപ്പാക്കി എന്നിവയുടെ റെയ്ഞ്ചിൽ പെടുത്താവുന്ന ആദ്യ പകുതിയും സമ്പൂർണമായി സ്ത്രീകൾക്ക് ഡെഡിക്കേറ്റ് ചെയ്തു കൊണ്ടുള്ള

ഉരുവം എന്നാൽ രൂപം എന്നാണ് തമിഴിൽ അർത്ഥം. അരുവം എന്നാൽ രൂപമില്ലാത്തത്. അതായത് 'Shapeless'. ഒരു ഹൊറർ സിനിമയ്ക്ക് ഇടാൻ ഏറ്റവും അനുയോജ്യമായ പേരുതന്നെ.സിദ്ധാർത്ഥ് സത്യനാരായൺ, കാതറീൻ ട്രീസ എന്നിവർ മുഖ്യവേഷത്തിൽ അഭിനയിച്ച് സായി ശേഖർ സംവിധാനം ചെയ്തിരിക്കുന്ന ഉരുവം പക്ഷേ ഒരു ഹൊറർ സിനിമയെന്ന നിലയിൽ നൂറുശതമാനം പൊട്ടയാണ്. യെസ്, നൂറു ശതമാനമെന്ന് പറഞ്ഞാൽ

പടത്തിന്റെ പേരും ഇരുണ്ട ടോണിലുള്ള പോസ്റ്ററുകളും കാണുമ്പോൾ മാലഫിസന്റ്: മിസ്ട്രസ് ഓഫ് ഈവിൾ ഒരു ഹൊറർ സിനിമയോ ഡാർക്ക് ഷെയിഡുകൾ വാരി വിതറിയ കടുംവെട്ട് ഐറ്റമോ ആണെന്ന് തോന്നിപ്പോവും. പക്ഷെ ആ തോന്നലിന്റെ നേരെ വിപരീതമായ കാഴ്ചാനുഭവമാണ് ഈ മിസ്ട്രസ് പകർന്നു തരുന്നത്. കാഴ്ചാനുഭവം എന്നൊന്നും ലഘുവായി പറഞ്ഞാൽ പോര. 'ദി റിയൽ വിഷ്വൽ എക്സ്ട്രാവഗൻസ' --- അതാണ്! അതിഗംഭീരമായൊരു വിഷ്വൽ ട്രീറ്റ് എന്ന് അടിവര

  ലോകസിനിമയിൽ ആദ്യമായി കേൾവിശക്തിയും സംസാരശേഷിയും ഇല്ലാത്ത ഇരുനൂറ് പേര് ഒന്നിച്ചഭിനയിക്കുന്ന സിനിമയെന്ന പോസ്റ്റർ കണ്ടാണ് മൗനാക്ഷരങ്ങൾക്ക് കോഴിക്കോട് ശ്രീ തിയേറ്ററിൽ കയറിയത്. 200 നിശ്ശബ്ദകലാകാരന്മാർ അഭിനയിക്കുന്നു എന്നത് മാത്രമല്ല ഈ വിഭാഗത്തിൽപ്പെട്ട ആളുകൾ മാത്രമേ ഈ സിനിമയിൽ അഭിനയിച്ചിട്ടുള്ളൂ എന്നൊരു വാർത്തയും മൗനാക്ഷരങ്ങളെ സംബന്ധിച്ചു കേട്ടിരുന്നു. രണ്ടായാലും അതൊരു പ്രോത്സാഹിപ്പിക്കപ്പെടേണ്ട ഉദ്യമമാണല്ലോ. സിനിമയ്ക്ക് കയറാൻ ഈ തോന്നൽ പ്രചോദനമായി. ശുദ്ധമായ വെയിസ്റ്റ്‌ എന്ന് അടിവര

ഭേദപ്പെട്ടതും വിഷയവൈവിധ്യമുള്ളതുമായ സിനിമകൾ സംവിധാനം ചെയ്യാൻ താൽപര്യമുളള ആളാണ് എം എ നിഷാദ് എന്ന ഡയറക്റ്റർ. അദ്ദേഹത്തിന്റെ സിനിമകളുടെ ലിസ്റ്റ് എടുത്ത് നോക്കിയാൽ ഈ ഒരു ആത്മാർത്ഥത കൃത്യമായി ബോധ്യപ്പെടും. എന്നാൽ അതിന്റെ ഫലം തിയേറ്റർ പ്രതികരണങ്ങളിൽ ലഭിക്കാറില്ലെന്നത് വേറെ കാര്യം. ഈയാഴ്ച തിയേറ്ററുകളിൽ എത്തിയ തെളിവ് ഏറ്റവും പുതിയ 'നിഷാദ്–സിനിമ'യാണ്. കണ്ടിരിക്കാവുന്ന ഒരു ആവറേജ് സിനിമ എന്ന് അടിവര.  

സ്ത്രീ സുരക്ഷ എന്നുള്ളത് പ്രമേയമാക്കി അധികം മലയാള സിനിമകൾ മുഖ്യധാരാ ചലച്ചിത്ര മേഖലയിൽ പോലും വന്നിട്ടില്ല. ഇവിടെയാണ് പ്രദീപ് കാളിപുറത്തിന്റെ സംവിധാനത്തിൽ ഒരുങ്ങിയ സേഫ് കാഴ്ചക്കാരിൽ ഒരാകാംക്ഷയായി മാറുന്നത്. പെൺവാണിഭ, സെക്സ് മാഫിയയുടെ കെണിയിലകപ്പെടുന്ന സ്ത്രീകളും പെൺകുട്ടികളുമെല്ലാം കൂടി വരുന്ന ഒരു വർത്തമാനകാലത്ത് ഇത്തരമൊരു പ്രമേയത്തെ ഏറെ താത്പര്യത്തോടെയാണ് നോക്കിക്കാണുന്നതെന്നതും ഈ ചലച്ചിത്രത്തിന്റെ പ്രാധാന്യം കൂട്ടുന്നുണ്ട്.  

നൂറ്റിപ്പത്ത് മിനിറ്റ് നേരത്തിന്റെ ദൈർഘ്യമേ ഉള്ളൂ ടൊവിനോയുടെ പുതിയ സിനിമയായ എടക്കാട് ബറ്റാലിയൻ 06 ന്. ഒരു ആവറേജ് ഇന്ത്യൻ കൊമേഴ്‌സ്യൽ സിനിമയ്ക്ക് ഉണ്ടാവാറുള്ള സ്‌ക്രീനിംഗ് ടൈമിനേക്കാൾ വളരെ കുറവ്. പക്ഷെ, ആ 110 മിനിറ്റ് പോലും തിയേറ്ററിൽ സമ്മാനിച്ചത് സഹനത്തിന്റെയും ബോറടിയുടെയും പരകോടിയിൽ, ജീവപര്യന്തം കഠിനതടവ് അനുഭവിക്കുന്നവന്റേത് പോലുള്ള ഒരു പീഡാനുഭവമാണ്. സ്‌കൂൾ

തുരീയം എന്ന സിനിമയ്ക്കായി ഇന്ന് എറണാകുളം സംഗീതയിൽ കയറി ഇരുന്ന ശേഷമാണ് വിചിത്രമായ ആ ടൈറ്റിലിന്റെ അർത്ഥം ഗൂഗിളിൽ തിരഞ്ഞത്. സംഗതി സംസ്കൃതമാണ് സംസ്കൃതം. വേദാന്തത്തിൽ പ്രതിപാദിക്കുന്ന ഒരു അവസ്ഥയാണത്രെ സംസ്കൃതാർത്ഥപ്രകാരം തുരീയം. ജാഗ്രത്, സ്വപ്നം, സുഷുപ്തി എന്നിങ്ങനെ നമ്മൾക്ക് പരിചയമുള്ള മൂന്ന് നിത്യ ജീവിതാവസ്ഥകൾക്ക് അപ്പുറമുള്ള ഫോർത്ത് സ്റ്റേറ്റ് ഓഫ് ലൈഫ്. ഏറക്കുറെ മോക്ഷം

ലോകം ഈവർഷം ഏറ്റവും പ്രതീക്ഷയർപ്പിച്ച്‌ കാത്തിരുന്ന സിനിമ "ജോക്കർ" കഴിഞ്ഞ ആഴ്ച ആയിരുന്നു വേള്‍ഡ് വൈഡ് റിലീസ്‌ എങ്കിലും കേരളത്തിൽ വിരലിലെണ്ണാവുന്ന സെന്ററുകളിൽ മാത്രമേ പ്രദർശനത്തിനെത്തിയിരുന്നുള്ളൂ. തൃശൂരിന് വടക്ക് കോഴിക്കോട്ടെ ഒറ്റ തിയേറ്ററിൽ മാത്രമായിരുന്നു ഷോ. സിനിമാപ്രേമികൾ കേരളത്തിലങ്ങോളമിങ്ങോളമുള്ള തിയേറ്ററുകളുടെ എഫ് ബി പേജുകളിൽ നിരാശ അടക്കാനാവാതെ രോഷപ്രകടനം നടത്തി പൊങ്കാലയിട്ടു . ഏതായാലും ഒരാഴ്ച വൈകിയാണെങ്കിലും

12 കൊല്ലം മുമ്പ് 'പൊല്ലാതവൻ' കണ്ടത് ഇപ്പോഴും ഓർമ്മയുണ്ട്. വെറുമൊരു ധനുഷ്‌ മസാലയെന്ന അലസഭാവത്തിൽ കണ്ടുതുടങ്ങിയ ഞാൻ ബൈസൈക്കിൾ തീവ്‌സ് പോലൊരു ലോകക്ലാസിക്കിനെ അനുസ്മരിപ്പിക്കുന്ന കഥപറച്ചിലും മേക്കിംഗും കണ്ട് അത്ഭുതപ്പെട്ടുപോയി. അന്നേ മനസിൽ എഴുതിയിട്ടു ആ സംവിധായകന്റെ പേര് — വെട്രിമാരൻ. ഞാൻ മാത്രമല്ല, നല്ല സിനിമയുടെ ആരാധകർ മുഴുവൻ മനസിൽ കോറിയിട്ടുണ്ടാകണം വെട്രിമാരനെന്ന പേര്. 2011ൽ

കൊച്ചി മെട്രോയിൽ അസുഖ ബാധിതനായി ഉറങ്ങിപ്പോയ ഒരാളെ മദ്യപനെന്ന് തെറ്റിദ്ധരിപ്പിച്ച് വാട്ട്സ്ആപ്പിൽ ഫോട്ടോ ഇടുകയും അയാളുടെ ജീവിതം തകരുകയും ചെയ്തത് ഒരു സംഭവ കഥ കേരള മനസിനെ പിടിച്ചുകുലുക്കിയിരുന്നു. ഇതിൽ നിന്ന് പ്രചോദനമുൾക്കൊണ്ടു കൊണ്ട് നിർമിക്കപ്പെട്ടതാണ് വികൃതി എന്ന ചലച്ചിത്രം. രണ്ട് കേന്ദ്രകഥാപാത്രങ്ങളാണ് ഈ സിനിമയിൽ. ഒന്ന് ഷാർജയിൽ നിന്ന് നാട്ടിലേക്ക് ലീവിനു വരുന്ന ഷെമീർ

പുതുമുഖങ്ങളായ ഗാബ്രി ജോസിനെയും റിദ്ദി കുമാറിനെയും നായകന്മാരാക്കി കമൽ സംവിധാനം ചെയ്തിരിക്കുന്ന പുതിയ സിനിമയാണ് പ്രണയമീനുകളുടെ കടൽ. വിനായകൻ, ദിലീഷ് പോത്തൻ, സൈജു കുറുപ്പ്, സുധീഷ് മുതലായവർ ആണ് സിനിമയിലെ പ്രധാന താരങ്ങൾ. ലക്ഷദ്വീപ് ആണ് സിനിമയുടെ പ്രധാന ലൊക്കേഷൻ. കടലിന്റെ പശ്ചാത്തലത്തിൽ വിനായകൻ വമ്പനൊരു കൊമ്പൻ മൽസ്യത്തെയും തോളിലേറ്റി വരുന്ന പോസ്റ്റർ റിലീസിന് മുൻപ്

വെള്ളിമൂങ്ങയെന്ന മലയാളത്തിന്റെ എവർഗ്രീൻ കോമഡിഹിറ്റിന് ശേഷം ബിജുമേനോനും ഡയറക്ടർ ജിബുജേക്കബും ഒന്നിക്കുന്ന സിനിമ ആണ് ആദ്യരാത്രി. 1950 മുതൽ മലയാള സിനിമാ നിർമാണ രംഗത്ത് ഉള്ള സെൻട്രൽ പിക്ചേഴ്സ് ആണ് ആദ്യരാത്രിയുടെ നിർമ്മാതാക്കൾ. കഴിഞ്ഞ വർഷത്തെ ഹിറ്റ് സിനിമകളിൽ ഒന്നായ ക്വീന് വേണ്ടി സ്ക്രിപ്റ്റ് തയ്യാറാക്കിയ ഷാരിസ് മുഹമ്മദും ജെബിൻ ജോസഫ് ആന്റണിയും ചേർന്ന് ആദ്യരാത്രിയുടെ തിരക്കഥയും സംഭാഷണവും രചിച്ചിരിക്കുന്നു.   ആദ്യരാത്രി; എന്തിനോ വേണ്ടി തിളയ്ക്കുന്ന സാമ്പാർ.

'ಕಪಟ ನಾಟಕ ಪಾತ್ರಧಾರಿ'...ಇದು ಮೇಲ್ನೋಟಕ್ಕೆ ಆಟೋ ಡ್ರೈವರ್ ಒಬ್ಬರ ರೆಗ್ಯುಲರ್ ಕಥೆ. ಫ್ಯಾಮಿಲಿ, ಲವ್, ವಿಲನ್ ಎಂದು ಊಹಿಸಿದ್ದರೆ ಆ ಊಹೆ ತಪ್ಪು. ಇದು ಕಂಪ್ಲೀಟ್ ಮನರಂಜನೆ ತುಂಬಿದ ರೋಚಕ ಕಥೆ. ಪೂರ್ತಿ ವಿಮರ್ಶೆ ಮುಂದೆ ಓದಿ..... ಚಿತ್ರ: ಕಪಟ ನಾಟಕ ಪಾತ್ರಧಾರಿನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ: ಕ್ರಿಶ್ಕಲಾವಿದರು: ಬಾಲು ನಾಗೇಂದ್ರ, ಸಂಗೀತಾ ಭಟ್, ಕರಿ ಸುಬ್ಬು ಮತ್ತು ಇತರರುಬಿಡುಗಡೆ: 8 ನವೆಂಬರ್  

'ಐ ಯಾಮ್ ವರ್ಜಿನ್.. ಐ ಸ್ವಿಲ್ ಫಿಟ್ ಟು ಹ್ಯಾವ್ ಅಲ್ ರೈಟ್ಸ್ ಟು ಲೀವ್..'' ಇದು ಅತ್ಯಾಚಾರಕ್ಕೆ ಒಳಗಾದ ರಂಗನಾಯಕಿ ಹೇಳುವ ಮಾತು. 'ರಂಗನಾಯಕಿ' ಎದುರು ನಿಂತ 'ದಂಡುಪಾಳ್ಯ' ಗ್ಯಾಂಗ್ ಅತ್ಯಾಚಾರಕ್ಕೆ ಒಳಗಾಗುವ ಒಬ್ಬ ಯುವತಿ ಹೇಗೆ ಆ ಘಟನೆಯಿಂದ ಹೊರಬರುತ್ತಾಳೆ. ಹೇಗೆ ಅದನ್ನು ಧೈರ್ಯವಾಗಿ ಎದುರಿಸುತ್ತಾಳೆ, ಸಮಾಜ ಆಕೆಯನ್ನು ಹೇಗೆ ಸ್ವೀಕರಿಸುತ್ತದೆ ಎನ್ನುವುದು ರಂಗನಾಯಕಿ

ಏಳೆಂಟು ಜನರ ಗುಂಪು....ಕೆಲಸ ಕೇಳುವ ಅಥವಾ ಕುಡಿಯಲು ನೀರು ಕೇಳುವ ನೆಪದಲ್ಲಿ ಒಂಟಿ ಹೆಂಗಸರು ಇರುವ ಮನೆಗಳಿಗೆ ಬರ್ತಾರೆ. ಯಾರೂ ಇಲ್ಲದ ಸಮಯ ನೋಡಿ ಮನೆಗೆ ನುಗ್ಗಿ ಆಸ್ತಿ-ಪಾಸ್ತಿಯನ್ನ ದೋಚಿಕೊಂಡು, ಆ ಹೆಣ್ಣು ಮಗಳ ಮೇಲೆ ಅತ್ಯಾಚಾರ ಮಾಡಿ, ಕೊಲೆ ಮಾಡಿ ಪರಾರಿ ಆಗ್ತಾರೆ. ದಂಡುಪಾಳ್ಯ ಹೆಸರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಈ ಹಿಂದೆ ಬಂದಿದ್ದ ಮೂರು ಚಿತ್ರಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಇದನ್ನು

ಎರಡು ದಿನ ಮುಂಚಿತವಾಗಿ ಕಾಲಿವುಡ್ ಚಿತ್ರರಂಗದಲ್ಲಿ ದೀಪಾವಳಿ ಹಬ್ಬ ಶುರುವಾಗಿದೆ. ಕಾರಣ ಇಳಯದಳಪತಿ ವಿಜಯ್ ನಟನೆಯ 'ಬಿಗಿಲ್' ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಅದ್ದೂರಿಯಾಗಿ ಬಿಡುಗಡೆಯಾಗಿದೆ. 'ಬಿಗಿಲ್' ಸಿನಿಮಾದಲ್ಲಿ ವಿಜಯ್ ಮೂರು ಶೇಡ್ ಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಕಾಣಿಸಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಫುಲ್ ಬಾಲ್ ಆಟದ ದೃಶ್ಯಗಳು ರೋಮಾಂಚಕವಾಗಿವೆ. ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ ಅಟ್ಲೀ ಸ್ಕ್ರೀನ್ ಪ್ಲೇ ಯನ್ನು ಜನ ಮೆಚ್ಚಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ವಿಜಯ್ ಪವರ್ ಫುಲ್ ನಟನೆ ಇಷ್ಟ ಆಗಿದೆ.

90ರ ದಶಕದ ಬ್ಯಾಕ್ ಡ್ರಾಪ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಗಂಟುಮೂಟೆ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಮೂಡಿ ಬಂದಿದೆ. ಹೈಸ್ಕೂಲ್ ಹೊಸ್ತಿಲಲ್ಲಿ ಯುವತಿಯ ಮನಸ್ಸಿನ ತಳಮಳ, ಹದಿಹರಿಯದ ವಯಸ್ಸಿನವರ ಆಸೆಗಳು, ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಮತ್ತು ನಿಜ ಜೀವನ ಎರಡು ಒಂದೆ ಎಂದು ಭ್ರಮೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಬದುಕುವ ವಯಸ್ಸಿನ ಕಥೆಯನ್ನು 'ಗಂಟುಮೂಟೆ' ಮೂಲಕ ಕಟ್ಟಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕಿ ರೂಪ ರಾವ್. ಹೈಸ್ಕೂಲ್ ಹೋಗುವ ಮೀರಾ ಚಿತ್ರದ ನಾಯಕಿ. ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣ ಸಿನಿಮಾಕಥೆ

ಕೆಲದಿನಗಳ ಹಿಂದೆ 'ಭರಾಟೆ' ಸಿನಿಮಾದ ಆಕ್ಷನ್ ಟೀಸರ್ ವೊಂದು ಬಿಡುಗಡೆ ಆಗಿತ್ತು. ಆ ಟೀಸರ್ ತುಂಬ ಫೈಟ್ಸ್ ಗಳು ಇತ್ತು. ಅದೇ ರೀತಿ ಸಿನಿಮಾದ ತುಂಬ ಆಕ್ಷನ್ ತುಂಬಿಕೊಂಡಿದೆ.ಮಾಸ್ ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕರಿಗೆ ಫುಲ್ ಕಿಕ್ ಕೊಡುವಂತೆ ಭರಾಟೆ ಮೂಡಿಬಂದಿದೆ.

ಸಾವಿರ ಸುಳ್ಳು ಹೇಳಿ ಒಂದು ಮದುವೆ ಮಾಡು.....ಎಂಬ ಗಾದೆ ಮಾತಿದೆ. ಆದರೆ, ಸೃಜನ್ ಲೋಕೇಶ್ ಹೇಳುವ ಒಂದು ಸುಳ್ಳು, ಸಾವಿರಾರು ಸುಳ್ಳುಗಳನ್ನ ಹುಟ್ಟುಹಾಕುತ್ತೆ. ಆ ಸುಳ್ಳಿನ ಗೋಡೆ ಮೇಲೆ ಕಟ್ಟುವ ಪ್ರೀತಿಯನ್ನ ಉಳಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳಲು ಸೃಜನ್ ಪಡುವ ಹರಸಾಹಸವೇ 'ಎಲ್ಲಿದ್ದೆ ಇಲ್ಲಿ ತನಕ'. ಮುಂದೆ ಓದಿ..... ಚಿತ್ರ: ಎಲ್ಲಿದ್ದೆ ಇಲ್ಲಿ ತನಕ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ: ತೇಜಸ್ವಿ ಕಲಾವಿದರು: ಸೃಜನ್

ಶರಣ್ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಅಂದ್ರೆ ಕೊಟ್ಟ ಕಾಸಿಗೆ ಮೋಸ ಆಗಲ್ಲ. ಮನರಂಜನೆಗೆ ಕೊರತೆ ಇರಲ್ಲ. ಕಾಮಿಡಿ ಕಿಕ್ ಪಕ್ಕಾ ಎಂಬ ಮಾತುಗಳಿವೆ. ಈ ಎಲ್ಲ ಅಂಶಗಳನ್ನ ಒಳಗೊಂಡಿರುವ ಚಿತ್ರವೇ ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷ ಇನ್ ಅಮೇರಿಕಾ.

ಹದಿನೆಂಟನೇ ಶತಮಾನದಲ್ಲಿ ಈ ಹೆಸರಿನ ಸ್ವಾತಂತ್ರ್ಯ ಹೋರಾಟಗಾರರೊಬ್ಬರು ಇದ್ದರು ಎನ್ನುವುದನ್ನು ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕರ ಮುಂದೆ ತರುವುದು ತಮಾಷೆಯ ಮಾತಲ್ಲ. ಅದೇ ರೀತಿ ಐತಿಹಾಸಿಕ ಅಥವಾ ಪೌರಾಣಿಕ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಮಾಡುವುದೂ ಸುಲಭದ ಕೆಲಸವೇನಲ್ಲ. ಬಹುಕಾಲದ ನಂತರ ಮೆಗಾಸ್ಟಾರ್ ಚಿರಂಜೀವಿ ಪ್ರಧಾನ ಭೂಮಿಕೆಯಲ್ಲಿರುವ 'ಸೈರಾ ನರಸಿಂಹ ರೆಡ್ಡಿ' ಅಕ್ಟೋಬರ್ ಎರಡರಂದು ಮೂರುವರೆ ಸಾವಿರಕ್ಕೂ ಅಧಿಕ ಸ್ಕ್ರೀನ್ ಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ತೆರೆಕಂಡಿದೆ. ಕನ್ನಡ ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕರಿಗೆ

ಮೆಗಾಸ್ಟಾರ್ ಚಿರಂಜೀವಿ, ಬಿಗ್ ಬಿ ಅಮಿತಾಭ್ ಬಚ್ಚನ್, ಕಿಚ್ಚ ಸುದೀಪ್, ವಿಜಯ್ ಸೇತುಪತಿ ಸೇರಿದಂತೆ ದೊಡ್ಡ ದೊಡ್ಡ ಕಲಾವಿದರು ಅಭಿನಯಿಸಿರುವ ಸೈರಾ ನರಸಿಂಹ ರೆಡ್ಡಿ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಇಂದು ದೇಶ ವಿದೇಶದಲ್ಲಿ ಗ್ರ್ಯಾಂಡ್ ಆಗಿ ತೆರೆಗೆ ಬಂದಿದೆ. ಸ್ವಾತಂತ್ರ್ಯ ಹೋರಾಟಗಾರ ಉಯ್ಯಾಲವಾಡ ನರಸಿಂಹ ರೆಡ್ಡಿಯ ಜೀವನಾಧಾರಿತ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಇದಾಗಿದ್ದು ಅಭಿಮಾನಿಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಬಾರಿ ನಿರೀಕ್ಷೆ ಮೂಡಿಸಿತ್ತು. ನಿಯಮ ಮೀರಿ ರಿಲೀಸ್

'ಕಿಸ್' ಸಿನಿಮಾ ನಿನ್ನೆ (ಶುಕ್ರವಾರ) ಬಿಡುಗಡೆಯಾಗಿದೆ. ಮತ್ತೆ ಎ ಪಿ ಅರ್ಜುನ್ ಪ್ರೀತಿಯ ಕಥೆ ಹೇಳಿ, ಹೊಸ ಜೋಡಿಯನ್ನು ಪರಿಚಯ ಮಾಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಈ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಯುವ ಜನತೆಗೆ ಹತ್ತಿರ ಆಗುವ ಕಥೆ ಹೊಂದಿದೆ. ಪಕ್ಕಾ ಲವ್ ಸ್ಟೋರಿ ಆಗಿರುವ ಈ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ರಾಯಲ್ ಹುಡುಗ ಹಾಗೂ ಕ್ಯೂಟ್ ಹುಡುಗಿಯ ಕಿಸ್ಸಿಂಗ್ ಕಥೆಯಾಗಿದೆ. ಮೊದಲ ಸಿನಿಮಾದಲ್ಲಿಯೇ ನಟ ವಿರಾಟ್

'ಅಂಬಾರಿ', 'ಅದ್ಧೂರಿ', 'ರಾಟೆ' ಸಿನಿಮಾಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರೇಮ ಕಥೆ ಹೇಳಿದ್ದ, ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ ಎಪಿ ಅರ್ಜುನ್ ಮತ್ತೆ ಲವ್ ಸ್ಟೋರಿ ಮೂಲಕ ಬಂದಿದ್ದಾರೆ. 'ಕಿಸ್' ಒಂದು ಕ್ಯೂಟ್ ಲವ್ ಸ್ಟೋರಿಯಾಗಿದೆ. ಇದು ಇಂದಿನ ಯುವ ಜನತೆಗೆ ಇಷ್ಟ ಆಗುವ ಒಂದು ಡಿಸೆಂಟ್ ಕಮರ್ಷಿಯಲ್ ಸಿನಿಮಾ.

'ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದಲ್ಲಿ ಕನ್ನಡಿಗನೇ ಯಜಮಾನ, ಕನ್ನಡಿಗನೇ ಸಾರ್ವಭೌಮ....' ಸ್ವಾಭಿಮಾನಿ ಕನ್ನಡಿಗನ ಹೋರಾಟದ ಕಥೆಯ ಜೊತೆ ಸುಂದರವಾದ ಪ್ರೇಮಕಥೆಯ ನಂಟು. ಗಣೇಶ್ ಸ್ಟೈಲ್ ಮತ್ತು ಇಮೇಜ್ ಗೆ ತಕ್ಕಂತೆ ಕಥೆಯೂ ಇದೆ. ಗಣೇಶ್ ಅವರಿಂದ ಏನಾದರೂ ಹೊಸ ರೀತಿ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಬೇಕಲ್ವಾ ಎಂದುಕೊಂಡವರಿಗೆ ಸರ್ಪ್ರೈಸ್ ಕೂಡ ಇದೆ. ಪೂರ್ತಿ ವಿಮರ್ಶೆ ಮುಂದೆ ಓದಿ...

ಗಾಂಧಿನಗರದಲ್ಲಿ ಸದ್ಯ ಪೈಲ್ವಾನ್ ಚಿತ್ರದ್ದೇ ಮಾತು. ಒಂದು ಕಡೆ ಪೈಲ್ವಾನ್ ಚಿತ್ರದ ಪಾಸಿಟಿವ್, ನೆಗೆಟೀವ್ ಅಂಶದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ, ಇನ್ನೊಂದು ಕಡೆ, ಸಾಮಾಜಿಕ ತಾಣದಲ್ಲಿ ಕನ್ನಡದ ಎರಡು ಸ್ಟಾರ್ ನಟರ ಅಭಿಮಾನಿಗಳ ಅನಾವಶ್ಯಕ ವಾಕ್ಸಮರ. ಹಿಂದೊಮ್ಮೆ, ಚಿತ್ರ ವಿಮರ್ಶಕರು ಒಂದು ಮಾತನ್ನು ಹೇಳಿದ್ದರು. ಚಿತ್ರ ನೋಡಿ ಹೊರಬರುವಾಗ ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕ ಚಿತ್ರದ ಕೆಲವೊಂದು ಸನ್ನಿವೇಶ, ಪಾತ್ರದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಮಾತನಾಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾನೆಂದರೆ, ಚಿತ್ರ

'ಪೈಲ್ವಾನ್' ಅಖಾಡಕ್ಕೆ ಇಳಿದಿದ್ದಾನೆ. ಕ್ರೀಡಾ ಹಿನ್ನಲೆಯ ಭಾವನಾತ್ಮಕ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಬಹುಪಾಲು ಜನರಿಗೆ ಇಷ್ಟ ಆಗಿದೆ. ನಿನ್ನೆ (ಗುರುವಾರ) ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಬಿಡುಗಡೆ ಆಗಿದ್ದು, ಎಲ್ಲೆಡೆ ಹೌಸ್ ಫುಲ್ ಆಗಿದೆ. ಸುದೀಪ್ ಅಭಿಮಾನಿಗಳ ಮೆಚ್ಚಿಗೆ ಪಡೆಯುವಲ್ಲಿ ಯಶಸ್ವಿಯಾಗಿದೆ. ಸುದೀಪ್ ಪಾತ್ರ ನಿರ್ವಹಣೆ, ಸಿನಿಮಾದ ಸಂದೇಶ, ಕುಸ್ತಿ ಮತ್ತು ಬಾಕ್ಸಿಂಗ್ ಆಟವನ್ನು ಪರದೆ ಮೇಲೆ ಕಟ್ಟಿಕೊಟ್ಟಿರುವ ರೀತಿ ತುಂಬ ಚೆನ್ನಾಗಿದೆ. Pailwan

''ಬಲ ಇದೆ ಅಂತ ಹೊಡೆದಾಡುವವನು ರೌಡಿ. ಆದ್ರೆ, ಬಲವಾದ ಕಾರಣಕ್ಕೆ ಹೊಡೆದಾಡುವನು ಈ ಪೈಲ್ವಾನ'' 'ಪೈಲ್ವಾನ್' ಕ್ರೀಡಾ ಹಿನ್ನಲೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಬಂದ ಪಕ್ಕಾ ಕಮರ್ಷಿಯಲ್ ಸಿನಿಮಾ. ಮನರಂಜನೆ ಮನಸ್ಸಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಇಟ್ಟುಕೊಂಡು ಹೋಗುವವರಿಗೆ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಇಷ್ಟ ಆಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಸುದೀಪ್ ಅಭಿಮಾನಿಗಳಿಗೆ ಪೈಲ್ವಾನ್ ಹಬ್ಬದಂತೆ ಇದೆ. ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಎಂಬ ಕುಸ್ತಿ ಪೈಲ್ವಾನನ ಸಾಧನೆಯ ಕಥೆಯೇ ಈ ಚಿತ್ರ. ಅದ್ದೂರಿಯಾಗಿ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣವಾದ ಶ್ರೀಮಂತಿಕೆಯ ಸಿನಿಮಾ. ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಸಾಹಸವೂ ಇದೆ. ಸಂಬಂಧದ ಮಹತ್ವವೂ ಇದೆ.  

ಅಭಿನಯ ಚಕ್ರವರ್ತಿ ಕಿಚ್ಚ ಸುದೀಪ್ ಅಭಿನಯದ ಪೈಲ್ವಾನ್ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಇಂದು ದೇಶ-ವಿದೇಶದಲ್ಲಿ ತೆರೆಗೆ ಬಂದಿದೆ. ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಸೇರಿದಂತೆ ಕೆಲವು ಕಡೆ ಬೆಳಗ್ಗೆ 5.30ಕ್ಕೆ ಮೊದಲ ಶೋ ಪ್ರಾರಂಭವಾಗಿದೆ. ಬಾರಿ ನಿರೀಕ್ಷೆಯೊಂದಿಗೆ ತೆರೆಗೆ ಬಂದ ಪೈಲ್ವಾನ್ ಕೆಲವು ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕರ ಮನ ಗೆದ್ದರೆ ಇನ್ನು ಕೆಲವರಿಗೆ ನಿರಾಸೆ ಮೂಡಿಸಿದೆ. ಕೆಜಿಎಫ್, ಕುರುಕ್ಷೇತ್ರದ ಮುಂದೆ ಗೆದ್ದು ನಿಲ್ಲಲೇಬೇಕಿದೆ ಪೈಲ್ವಾನ್ ಮೊದಲ ಶೋ

'ಬಾಹುಬಲಿ' ಸಿನಿಮಾದ ಬಳಿಕ ಪ್ರಭಾಸ್ ಅಭಿನಯದ ಚಿತ್ರ ಬರ್ತಿರುವುದರಿಂದ ಸಹಜವಾಗಿ ಕುತೂಹಲ, ನಿರೀಕ್ಷೆ ಹೆಚ್ಚಿತ್ತು. ಅದಕ್ಕೆ ತಕ್ಕಂತೆ ಸಾಹೋ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಕೂಡ ರಿಲೀಸ್ಗೆ ಮುಂಚೆ ಸದ್ದು ಮಾಡಿತ್ತು. ಸಾಹೋ ಚಿತ್ರಮಂದಿರಕ್ಕೆ ಬಂದಮೇಲೆ ಮಿಶ್ರಪ್ರತಿಕ್ರಿಯೆ ಎದುರಾಗಿದೆ. ಚಿತ್ರ: ಸಾಹೋನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ: ಸುಜಿತ್ ರೆಡ್ಡಿಕಲಾವಿದರು: ಪ್ರಭಾಸ್, ಶ್ರದ್ಧಾ ಕಪೂರ್, ಜಾಕಿ ಶ್ರಾಫ್, ನೀಲ್ ನಿತಿನ್ ಮುಖೇಶ್, ಅರುಣ್ ವಿಜಯ್, ಮಂದಿರಾ ಬೇಡಿಬಿಡುಗಡೆ:

ಬಾಹುಬಲಿ ನಂತರ ಪ್ರಭಾಸ್ ಅಭಿನಯದ ಸಾಹೋ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ತೆರೆಗೆ ಬಂದಿದ್ದು, ಬಾಕ್ಸ್ ಆಫೀಸ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಈ ಹಿಂದಿನ ಎಲ್ಲ ದಾಖಲೆಗಳನ್ನ ಅಳಿಸುಹಾಕುತ್ತೆ ಎಂಬ ಲೆಕ್ಕಾಚಾರ ಮಾಡಲಾಗಿದೆ. ಸುಮಾರು 350 ಕೋಟಿ ಬಜೆಟ್, ಹಾಲಿವುಡ್ ರೇಂಜ್ ಆಕ್ಷನ್, ಶ್ರದ್ಧಾ ಕಪೂರ್ ಹೀರೋಯಿನ್, ಕಲಾವಿದರ ದಂಡು ಇದೆಲ್ಲ ಸೇರಿ ಸಾಹೋ ಮೇಲೆ ಬೆಟ್ಟದಷ್ಟು ನಿರೀಕ್ಷೆ ಹುಟ್ಟಿಕೊಂಡಿತ್ತು. ಇದಕ್ಕೆಲ್ಲಾ ಇಂದು ಸ್ಪಷ್ಟ

ಯಾವುದೇ ಕಾಲ ಇರಲಿ... ಟ್ರೆಂಡ್ ಹೇಗಿಯೇ ಬದಲಾಗಲಿ.. ಇಂಡಸ್ಟ್ರಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಹಾರರ್ ಸಿನಿಮಾಗಳು ಬರುತ್ತಲೇ ಇರುತ್ತದೆ. ದೆವ್ವಗಳಿಗೆ ಯಾವ ಹೊತ್ತು ಬಿಡಿ... ಅಂದಹಾಗೆ, ಈ ವಾರ ಮತ್ತೊಂದು ಹಾರರ್ ಥ್ರಿಲ್ಲರ್ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಚಿತ್ರಮಂದಿರಕ್ಕೆ ಬಂದಿದೆ ಅದೇ 'ರಾಂಧವ'. ನಾಯಕ ರಾಬರ್ಟ್ (ಭುವನ್ ಪೊನ್ನಣ್ಣ) ವಿಚಿತ್ರವಾದ ಗೂಬೆಗಳ ಮೇಲೆ ಡಾಕ್ಯೂಮೆಂಟರಿ ಮಾಡಲು ಹೊರಡುತ್ತಾನೆ. ಹೀಗೆ ಇರುವ ನಾಯಕನಿಗೆ ವಿಚಿತ್ರ ಕನಸುಗಳು

ಸಿನಿಮಾ: ಉಡುಂಬಾ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ: ಶಿವರಾಜ್ ತಾರ ಬಳಗ: ಪವನ್, ಚಿರಶ್ರೀ ಅಂಜನ್, ಶರತ್ ಲೋಹಿತಾಶ್ವ 'ಉಡುಂಬಾ' ಕರಾವಳಿ ತೀರದ ಕತೆ. ಒಂದು ಊರು, ಇಬ್ಬರು ಪ್ರೇಮಿಗಳು, ಪ್ರೀತಿಗೆ ಆಗುವ ಅಡಚಣೆ, ಪ್ರೇಮಿಗಾಗಿ ಹೋರಾಟ, ಖಳ ನಟನ ಸಾವು ಇದಿಷ್ಟು ಈ ಸಿನಿಮಾದಲ್ಲಿ ಬಂದು ಹೋಗುವ ದೃಶ್ಯಗಳು. ಇದರ ನಡುವೆ ಒಂದು ಸರ್ ಪ್ರೈಸ್ ಅಂಶ ನೋಡುಗರಿಗಾಗಿ ಕಾದಿದೆ. ಮೀನು

ನನ್ನ ಪ್ರಕಾರ ಮೂರು ಕಥೆಗಳ ಒಂದು ಸಿನಿಮಾ. ಪೊಲೀಸರು ಒಂದು ಕೊಲೆಯನ್ನು ಭೇದಿಸುತ್ತ ಹೋದಾಗ, ಮತ್ತೆರಡು ಕ್ರೈಂ ಪ್ರಕರಣದ ಕಥೆ ತೆರೆದುಕೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತೆ. ಈ ಮೂರು ಕ್ರೈಂ ಪ್ರಕರಣ ಹೇಗೆ ಒಂದಕ್ಕೊಂದು ಹೆಣೆದುಕೊಂಡಿರುತ್ತೆ, ಈ ಮೂರು ಕಥೆ ಹೇಗೆ ಲಿಂಕ್ ಆಗಿರುತ್ತೆ ಎನ್ನುವುದೇ ಸಿನಿಮಾ. ಪೂರ್ತಿ ವಿಮರ್ಶೆ ಮುಂದೆ ಓದಿ....

ಕನ್ನಡಕದ ಮೇಲೊಂದು ತ್ರೀಡಿ ಕನ್ನಡಕ, ಅಜ್ಜ, ಅಜ್ಜಿ, ಅಪ್ಪ, ಅಮ್ಮ ಕುಟುಂಬ ಸಮೇತ ಚಿತ್ರಮಂದಿರಕ್ಕೆ ದಾಂಗುಡಿಯಿಟ್ಟ ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕ. ಮಹಾಭಾರತದಲ್ಲಿ ಬರುವ ಕ್ಲೈಮ್ಯಾಕ್ಸ್ 'ಕುರುಕ್ಷೇತ್ರ' ಸನ್ನಿವೇಶದಲ್ಲಿ ಬರುವ ಕಥೆ, ಪಾತ್ರಧಾರಿಗಳ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಮಕ್ಕಳಿಗೆ ತಿಳಿದಿರಬೇಕು ಎನ್ನುವ ಕಾರಣವೂ ಸೇರಿದಂತೆ ತುಂಬಿ ಕುಳಿತ ಚಿತ್ರಮಂದಿರ. ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರಗೀತೆಗೆ ಎದ್ದುನಿಂತ ನಂತರ, ಸಿಗರೇಟ್ ಆರೋಗ್ಯಕ್ಕೆ ಹಾನಿಕರ ಎನ್ನುವ ಸಂದೇಶದೊಂದಿಗೆ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಆರಂಭ.

ಚಾಲೆಂಜಿಂಗ್ ಸ್ಟಾರ್ ದರ್ಶನ್ ಅಭಿನಯದ ಕುರುಕ್ಷೇತ್ರ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಕನ್ನಡ ಮತ್ತು ತೆಲುಗಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಅದ್ಧೂರಿಯಾಗಿ ಬಿಡುಗಡೆಯಾಗಿದೆ. ಸಾವಿರಕ್ಕೂ ಅಧಿಕ ಚಿತ್ರಮಂದಿರಗಳಲ್ಲಿ 2ಡಿ ಮತ್ತು 3ಡಿ ವರ್ಷನ್ ಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಕುರುಕ್ಷೇತ್ರ ತೆರೆಕಂಡಿದ್ದು, ಕನ್ನಡ ಕಲಾಭಿಮಾನಿಗಳು ಕಣ್ತುಂಬಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಮುನಿರತ್ನ ಕುರುಕ್ಷೇತ್ರ ನೋಡಿದ ಬಹುತೇಕ ಎಲ್ಲರೂ ಚಿತ್ರಕ್ಕೆ ಭೇಷ್ ಎಂದಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ನಿರ್ಮಾಪಕ ಮುನಿರತ್ನ ಅವರ ಪ್ರಯತ್ನ ನಿಜಕ್ಕೂ ಅದ್ಭುತ. ದರ್ಶನ್ ಅವರ ನಟನೆ

''ಮೀಸೆ ಬಿಟ್ಟವರೆಲ್ಲ ಗಂಡಸರಲ್ಲ, ಮೀಸೆ ತಿರುಗಿಸೋರೆಲ್ಲ ಕೆಂಪೇಗೌಡ ಅಲ್ಲ....'' ಬಹುಶಃ ಕೋಮಲ್ ಚಿತ್ರಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಇಂತಹ ಮಾಸ್ ಡೈಲಾಗ್ ಕೇಳಿದ್ದು ಇದೇ ಮೊದಲ ಸಲ ಅನ್ಸುತ್ತೆ. ಈ ಡೈಲಾಗ್ ನಷ್ಟೇ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಕೂಡ ಸೀರಿಯಸ್ ಆಗಿದೆ. ಇದು ಔಟ್ ಅಂಡ್ ಔಟ್ ಕಮರ್ಷಿಯಲ್ ಚಿತ್ರ.

Stefanos Tsitsipas celebrated victory over fellow ATP Finals debutant Daniil Medvedev like he had won the title on Monday as he finally snapped a jinx against his Russian bogeyman.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp says he feels no extra pressure to deliver the team's first Club World Cup title next month but expects an intense tournament in Qatar amidst a busy run of fixtures across all competitions.

Canada's Davis Cup Finals hopes suffered a blow when Milos Raonic withdrew from the team on Monday with a back injury.

Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Daniil Medvedev 7-6(5) 6-4 in a high-quality battle of the debutants at the ATP Finals on Monday.

The Spanish Super Cup tournament will be played in Saudi Arabia in January 2020, the national soccer association (RFEF) said on Monday, confirming long-mooted plans that have already attracted widespread criticism in and outside Spain.

American Alberto Salazar, who has coached some of the world's top distance runners, has appealed against his four-year ban for doping violations, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Monday.

Kenya's former world half marathon record holder Abraham Kiptum has been banned for four years over an anti-doping violation, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) said https://www.athleticsintegrity.org/downloads/pdfs/disciplinary-process/en/191105-IAAF-v-Kiptum-Decision.pdf.

Australian boxing was in shock on Sunday after local fighter Dwight Richie died in a training accident at the age of 27.

England all-rounder Chris Jordan shone with both bat and ball to steer his side to a thrilling super over win against hosts New Zealand in the rain-truncated fifth Twenty20 international at Auckland on Sunday and a 3-2 series victory.

France emerged teary-eyed and triumphant from a weekend of grit and inspiration to claim their first Fed Cup title in 16 years with a 3-2 win on Sunday over hosts Australia.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff will miss Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix, making it the first race he has not attended since 2013, now that his team have won both Formula One championships for an unprecedented sixth year in a row.

Talking points from the weekend's action in Spain's top flight.

England have gone backwards since their semi-final run at the women's World Cup in June-July and fatigue can no longer be used as an excuse for their poor run of results, head coach Phil Neville said.

Adidas plans to close high-tech "robot" factories in Germany and the United States it launched to bring production closer to customers, saying on Monday deploying some of the technology in Asia would be "more economic and flexible".

AC Milan coach Stefano Pioli was encouraged by his team's performance against champions Juventus even though they suffered their third defeat in five games under his leadership.

The following are three talking points from the weekend's Premier League action:

Cristiano Ronaldo's fitness and attitude has come under the spotlight after he reacted angrily to being substituted during Juventus' win over AC Milan and coach Maurizio Sarri said the 34-year-old had been nursing a knee injury for some time.

Manuel Lanzini is likely to be sidelined for the rest of the year after suffering a fractured collarbone during West Ham United's 3-0 defeat by Burnley in the Premier League.

Liverpool opened up an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League with an emphatic and hugely impressive 3-1 win over defending champions Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday.

There is still more than six months of the Premier League season left, with 26 games and no doubt many plot twists ahead, but Liverpool's 3-1 win over Manchester City on Sunday had the feel of a changing of the guard at the pinnacle of English football.

Gonzalo Demaría is fascinated by the "ghosts" of Argentina's past, in particular the roots of Peronism, the most influential political movement dating back to Juan Peron and his wife Eva Peron that is now set for a return to power.

An annual K-pop festival is not happening in Hong Kong this year due to months-long political unrest, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said on Monday.

LOS ANGELES, (Variety.com) - In a surprise box office win, Roland Emmerich's World War II epic "Midway" took down the competition in North America to land in first place with $17.5 million.

Olajide "KSI" Olatunji prevailed in a split decisionover Logan Paul in a boxing bout between YouTube celebrities on Saturday at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Woody Allen has ended his $68 million lawsuit against Amazon.com Inc for backing out of a four-picture production and distribution agreement and refusing to distribute a film he had finished.

Thousands of Bangladeshis, mostly women and children, huddled in shelters in southwestern coastal areas on Saturday as the country prepared for the expected arrival of cyclone Bulbul, a senior government official said.

Two teams of young video gamers from Europe and China will do virtual battle on Sunday - and there's more than $1 million at stake.

British rocker Pete Doherty has been arrested in Paris for buying drugs, the Paris prosecutor's office said on Friday.

Clothes, furniture and music awards belonging to Keith Flint, the late frontman of the Prodigy, have sold for nearly $450,000 at auction, eight months after the 49-year-old singer was found dead at his home.

Opera singer Placido Domingo has withdrawn from a pre-Olympics theatrical event set for next spring, he said in a statement issued by Tokyo Olympics organizers on Friday, citing the "complexity" of the project.

The famous bellows of "Order!" by former British parliamentary Speaker John Bercow have shimmied their way out of Westminster and into a dance remix gone viral at the hands of Belgian dance musician Michael Schack.

Shows like "Batwoman," "Pose," and "Euphoria" have brought the number of lesbian, gay and transgender characters on U.S. television to a record high, helping to accelerate acceptance of sexual diversity in wider society, according to a report issued on Thursday.

The biggest of Canada's new brand of marijuana producers will join forces with Toronto-born rap star Drake to launch a fully-licenced joint venture in the city to produce and distribute cannabis, the two sides said on Thursday.

Colombian pop superstar Shakira wants to make her performance at the 2020 Super Bowl a celebration of Latino culture - and her own birthday.

Prosecutors are asking a judge to prevent former movie producer Harvey Weinstein from calling a psychologist to testify at his rape trial about false memories, according to a court filing made public on Wednesday.

James Dean is coming back from the dead to appear in a new movie, a Hollywood production company said on Wednesday, causing an uproar about the idea of reincarnating one of America's most beloved film icons.

A partial ceiling collapse at London's Piccadilly Theatre on Wednesday halted a performance of Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman," causing a few minor injuries and prompting an evacuation of the audience.

Famed French actress Catherine Deneuve, 76, was admitted to hospital in Paris after suffering a "limited" stroke, her family said.

Doris Day's four Golden Globe awards, her piano, and a collection of her gowns are among 800 items going up for auction next year, along with dozens of artifacts reflecting her passion for animals, Julien's Auctions said on Wednesday.

A new track recorded by George Michael in his last studio sessions before his 2016 death was released on Wednesday, in which the late British pop idol sings about social ills.

A total of seven cars from the DTM - four Audi RS5 DTMs and three BMW M4 DTMs - will join the regular field of 15 GT500 cars for the pair of races on November 23-24.While almost all of the SUPER GT teams have elected to split driving duties across their two full-season drivers, Audi and BMW's chosen drivers will take part in both races.As previously announced, Marco Wittmann, Kamui ...Keep reading

The American driver, who won the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship crown this season for Acura Team Penske alongside Juan Pablo Montoya, joins Honda IGTC regulars Bertrand Baguette and Marco Bonanomi for the November 21-23 event.He in effect replaces Hideki Mutoh, who raced in the previous round of the IGTC at Suzuka in August alongside Baguette and Bonanomi.Cameron already has extensive ...Keep reading

The organisers of the final round of this year’s World Rally Championship put together a revised and shortened route on Monday, but the decision to cancel was taken on Tuesday morning.Official confirmation of the decision was issued at 1pm local time.Motorsport.com had seen email confirmation from the organisers to the FIA and WRC Promoter confirming the cancellation, with a public ...Keep reading

Rally Australia organisers are set to meet with the FIA, WRC Promoter and the teams at 1600 Australian time (0500 London) to discuss the situation.Privately, the teams are insisting the event has to be called off.Travel to Coffs Harbour is increasingly difficult with flights out of Sydney delayed amid speculation the airport in Coffs will be closed. The Pacific Highway, the main road north ...Keep reading

To be known as the Bathurst International, the event has been given a provisional date of December 4-6 in 2020, subject to confirmation of other international calendars.The format of the TCR feature race has also been confirmed. As expected there will be a two-driver 500-kilometre enduro, with hopes of a capacity 55-car field featuring cars and drivers from around the world.The race won't ...Keep reading

The 19-year-old Australian sustained a back injury when he was launched into a series of flips and into the fencing atop the tyre barrier having run wide at the Parabolica during the opening Monza race, ruling him out of the rest of the season.He will hold an auction at Wrest Point in Hobart on Friday night in which he will sell off the helmet and gloves he wore in the crash along with parts ...Keep reading

Clean air appeared to dominate and passing was at a premium. Unless they were involved in an on-track incident – of which there were few – the eight remaining playoff drivers dominated the top-10 throughout the race.Next season, Phoenix will begin hosting the championship races for the Cup, Xfinity and Truck series. There is a growing concern a championship race at Phoenix may not ...Keep reading

One of the car’s key strengths was in its ground effects, and part of its success is down to an “illegal secret” spotted by technical illustrator Giorgio Piola.In this video, Piola explains the story of how he discovered Ligier’s hidden “clapet” valve system following a big crash for Jacques Laffite at Watkins Glen. Giorgio recounts a run-in with designer Gerard Ducarouge, and how ...Keep reading

Fresh off his trio of Supercars enduro outings, including a podium finish at Sandown, Randle will return to open-wheel competition for the second S5000 round with Team BRM.The 23-year-old has been racing in the Super2 this season, but has a successful background in single-seaters, the highlight being his Toyota Racing Series title triumph in 2017.To prepare for his debut, Randle will get a ...Keep reading

Coming off the back of a crashing out of the fight for the win in Australia, Vinales led from start to finish at Sepang in a dominant display which harked back to the form he showed when he won three of the first five races in his debut Yamaha campaign two years ago. Since then, Yamaha has struggled to mount a solid title charge, with engine and electronics deficiencies dropping them behind Honda ...Keep reading

Hurry up and wait – by necessity, that’s the work methodology in a motorsport offseason. As every series seeks to contain costs for the teams – effectively to save them from themselves! – and also to prevent the financially blessed from stretching their advantage over the less handsomely endowed, the number of days permitted to go testing is severely limited.Long gone is the era where ...Keep reading

DJRTP has now racked up an extraordinary $280,000 worth of fines from Bathurst-related penalties, starting with a record-breaking $250,000 ($100,000 suspended) for the go-slow order given to Fabian Coulthard.The team was then slapped with another $30,000 after the engine used by Scott McLaughlin during practice and qualifying was found to exceed the maximum allowable valve lift during ...Keep reading

Martin Truex Jr. became the first driver locked into the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway with his victory at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway two weeks ago and his No. 19 Toyota team wasted no time in getting to work.Truex has had solid finishes in the two races since his Martinsville win – both sixth-place finishes – but he didn’t lead a single lap at either Texas or Sunday at ISM ...Keep reading

In front of a crowd of thousands at the Sao Paulo Fan Festival, run ahead of this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos, Senna’s 1984 Toleman TG184 and 1985 Lotus 97T were driven by the star names.Read Also:The mystery of Senna's #11 photo solvedGallery: All of Ayrton Senna's F1 race winsEmerson Fittipaldi told Motorsport.com: “For me, it is an honour ...Keep reading

A major revamp of the regulations, including new finance rules and cars that should be better for racing, has been agreed with the hope of making things more unpredictable.But although a future budget cap and a fairer share of revenues may have an impact on long-term performance, Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto thinks for 2021 at least there will not be such a radical shake-up of the ...Keep reading

Chris, going into the race, who were your biggest rivals – Ferrari or the other Ford GT cars?I was driving with Bruce McLaren in the #2 GT40 and we both knew our main competitors would be the other Fords. We ran at Le Mans in ’65 in the GT40 and we were so much faster than Ferrari until we had reliability issues. We knew Ferrari had improved, but so had we, especially on the reliability ...Keep reading

On Tuesday, F1 will announce a major new sustainability push, highlighting the often overlooked efficiency of the current hybrid engines and emphasising the sport’s move towards synthetic fuels in 2021 and beyond.Ferrari driver Vettel says that F1 can have a huge influence over people, and it has to take advantage of that position.“Formula 1 is a worldwide sport,” Vettel told ...Keep reading

As FE did before its first campaign, electric SUV series Extreme E has launched a 'drivers' programme' for potential competitors.Existing members of the scheme include six-time World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier, 2016 FE champion Lucas di Grassi, Le Mans 24 Hours winner turned FE racer Andre Lotterer, 2019's three World Rallycross title combatants Timmy Hansen, Andreas Bakkerud and Kevin ...Keep reading

Hamilton secured his fifth championship with Mercedes in six seasons last week at the United States Grand Prix and is on course for his best-ever campaign in F1.The Briton needs one win from the final two races to match his personal-best victory and podium tallies in a single season and is poised to post his highest-ever points total, having amassed 381 points – 27 fewer than last ...Keep reading

Wolff has been ever-present during Mercedes' impressive run of six consecutive F1 title doubles, but amid the backdrop of other important matters – including future rules and his team's commitment to race on from 2021 – he has chosen to not travel to the Interlagos event."Brazil will be the first race since 2013 that I won't attend," said Wolff. "With both championships secured, it gives ...Keep reading

The Japanese marque suffered its first defeat on the road in the WEC since the 2017 Austin race as LMP1 privateer rival Rebellion took full advantage of the TS050 Hybrid's heavy penalties to score a first win of the 2019/20 season.Rebellion's sole R-13 finished over a minute ahead of the best of the Toyotas, which locked out the remaining spots on the podium despite qualifying behind the Team ...Keep reading

After a flying start to pre-season testing, Vettel and Ferrari were blown away by Mercedes at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix and their chief rival went on to rack up five consecutive one-two finishes and win the opening eight races of the year.Ferrari failed to win a race before the summer break before Charles Leclerc and Vettel won three in a row as the team's qualifying form ...Keep reading

Series boss Gerard Neveu has warned WEC teams that he has worries about whether the race set for February 1 at the home of the Brazilian Grand Prix will go ahead.He explained that the promoter of the event, N/Duduch Motorsports, was contractually "late in different parameters" with less than three months to go before the revival of the Sao Paulo 6 Hours that was last held in 2014 (pictured ...Keep reading

The route for the Coffs Harbour-based event has been hit by bushfires raging up and down the east coast of New South Wales.A bulletin issued by clerk of the course Wayne Kenny outlines a new itinerary pending approval from the FIA.The new timetable includes four stages, two of which are superspecial stages – one in the centre of Coffs Harbour and the other at Raleigh International ...Keep reading

An all-season problem of being able to keep their tyres in the right operating window has led to the Haas drivers often falling down the order in races, with the outfit unable to find a fix the problem in the short term.Steiner has admitted that the frustration is hard to accept – but hopes that if the team sorts the problems out for 2020, then it can quickly move on from what is happening ...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).

The opener scored a composed hundred to drive West Indies home

Offenders under the new rule face a jail term of up to 10 years and potential fines to the tunes of LKR 100 million

Riaz hit 211 as his team finished the opening day at 396/8 when the stumps were drawn

The talented 20-year-old finished as the highest scorer in the three-match series against India

Devdutt Padikkal scored an unbeaten 122 as Karnataka made short work of Andhra's 184

The England batsman was found guilty of a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct

Mohammad Nabi and Hazratullah Zazai too scored half-centuries in a solid batting show

Sayyam was arrested on his arrival at Delhi airport is alleged to have fixed with the help of Bhavesh Bafna

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Snack maker Mondelez will offer more treats in smaller portions and with less sugar, as the company behind Oreo cookies and Cadbury chocolate responds to consumer demands for healthier products, underlined by a survey released on Monday.

(Reuters Health) - Primary care providers often don't realize that hair care can be a barrier to regular exercise for some black women, a new study suggests.

U.S. drugmaker Merck & Co Inc on Monday received approval from the European Commission to market (http://bit.ly/2NZ0QMB) its Ebola vaccine, less than a month after a European medicines panel backed the first-ever vaccine against the deadly virus.

AstraZeneca Plc said on Monday its experimental treatment significantly reduced disease activity in patients with autoimmune disorder lupus, in a late-stage study.

Thousands of people with mental health conditions are held in chains in institutions across Nigeria, Human Rights Watch said in a report published on Monday in which it urged the government to ban the practice.

Roche's bid to rival Biogen and Novartis in treating spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) got a lift on Monday when the Swiss drugmaker said its drug risdiplam improved motor function in a key study.

Roche's bid to rival Biogen and Novartis in treating spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) got a lift on Monday when the Swiss drugmaker said its drug risdiplam improved motor function of patients in a key study.

Roche is testing its "brain shuttle" in humans, with the Swiss drugmaker hoping to rejuvenate the theory that removing amyloid plaques from the brains of patients with Alzheimer's disease will prove effective despite repeated failures.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he will be meeting with vaping industry officials as well as medical and political officials to discuss vaping and e-cigarettes, amid a nationwide outbreak of injuries and deaths linked to the products.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday declined to approve Lipocine Inc's oral drug to treat a condition that results in lower production of male sex hormone for the third time, sending the drug developer's shares down 34%.

One new case of measles was reported this weekend in the United States, with the country suffering its worst outbreak of the highly contagious and sometimes deadly disease in close-to three decades.

The South Korean Army has banned the use and possession of liquid e-cigarettes on its bases for health reasons, the military said on Monday, following a government warning for people to stop using the devices.

Ben & Jerry's has been sued by an environmental advocate who said it deceived consumers by touting that the milk and cream it uses to make ice cream came exclusively from "happy cows."

The United States plans to raise the age limit for vaping to 21, U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday, adding that his administration would issue its final report on such products next week.

Tests of lung samples taken from 29 patients with vaping-related injuries suggest all contained Vitamin E acetate, a discovery U.S. officials described on Friday as a "breakthrough" in the investigation of the nationwide outbreak that has topped 2,000 cases.

(Reuters Health) - When transgender people undergo sex-reassignment surgery, the beneficial effect on their mental health is still evident - and increasing - years later, a Swedish study suggests.

(Reuters Health) - Globally, many countries don't have enough donated blood to meet their needs, a recent study suggests.

(Reuters Health) - Many insured Americans go out of network for mental health services, a new study suggests, despite the higher costs to them and despite a federal law mandating that policies' mental health coverage be at least as good as their physical health coverage

(Reuters Health) - Severely injured patients are more likely to have complications or die if they have a cluster of cardiovascular risk factors like high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity, a recent study suggests.

Celgene Corp's treatment for anemia in patients with beta thalassemia, a rare blood disorder, would be priced at $3,441 for a 25-milligram vial of the drug, partner Acceleron Pharma Inc said.

The nightingale of India is well on the way to recovery. She did give us all a scare, though, when a chest infection landed her in the hospital on Monday. Just days before her hospitalization, I had spoken to her. As always I could sense she was not well from the moment she said her first word on the phone, ‘Hello’.

EXCLUSIVE Lata Mangeshkar is fine and back home

“Didi, what’s wrong?” my voice rose to a shrill near-hysterical pitch. “Calm down. I am fine,” she whispered in a rasping tone. “This is why I don’t tell you when I am unwell. You get so worked up that I end up regretting telling you about it. It’s a routine chest infection. Nothing major. I’ve fever. I feel a little weak but nothing to worry about,” she had reassured me.

But somehow, I wasn’t pacified. I knew this time her ailment was more serious than her cold-and-cough and the upset stomach. But, I didn’t press the point. I quickly reminded her that the last time we had  spoken was on her birthday when my city was  submerged in flood waters. In spite of the  calamitous weather, I had to take her blessings on her birthday. How could I not? I feel every time I miss out on taking her blessings, I lose a precious chance to touch divinity.

So I reminded her that on her birthday this year, I  insisted on wishing her and kept calling her until she came on the phone. “I had to take your call on my birthday because if I did not, you would keep trying until I did. You never give up,”she teased me.

We both laughed at that. Her laughter was frail though. I felt uneasy about her health. And I was right. This is the first time she was hospitalized in the last twenty years. I froze when I got to know of her condition. But even more alarming was  he  conjecture and exaggerations in the media.

“Lata Mangeshkar Critical,”  … “Lata Mangeshkar  On Ventilator…” Really?

Where does all this (mis)information come from? And why are alarmist headlines so popular? Why is  is it more exciting to say ‘Critical’ rather than ‘Stable & Recovering?’

Lataji and I had spoken about alarmist headlines when Mr Bachchan was hospitalized recently. She wondered, “Why are people so eager to hear  alarming news reports on Bachchan Saab? The nation wants him to be well and healthy always.”

As for reports filtering out of hospital sources giving away health bulletins, a source quoted in a leading news agency’s report claims Lataji was brought to the hospital in a 'critical condition”.

If this is not a violation and breach of an individual’s right to  ail privately, then what is? Lataji was neither ‘critical’ when she was admitted into hospital nor was she ever in a high-risk area of health scare.

She was admitted as precautionary measure to ensure her condition remained stable. And it was alarm and dread that were projected in the press.A panic state of pseudo-concern concealing a disturbing glee gotten from celebrity distress.

As Lataji recovers, I remember telling her recently that I wished to come to Mumbai to meet her again. “Aaiye. Zaroor aaiye, Aapko kaun rok sakta hai,” she replied with that sense of mischief in her voice that belongs not to someone 90, but 9.

Keep laughing, Lataji. And don’t scare us again.

Also Read: “I never thought of myself as special”, claims Lata Mangeshkar on turning 90

Popular television actress Shweta Tiwari is all set to make her comeback with the show Mere Dad Ki Dulhan. The actress was last seen on the TV show Begusarai which aired three years ago. Of late, the actress was also in the news because of her personal life and her relation with Abhinav Kohli.

Shweta Tiwari opens up about personal life; says she has cut out all the negativity

She recently spoke about her work and personal life in an interview with a media house. The actress said that one aspect of her life had gone bad, but that does not mean that she is using work to distract herself from that. Shweta said that she has her house, her kids, their school and her electricity bill to take care of and has to squeeze in work among all this.

Talking about taking a break from work, she said that she took a break after her second child was born as she did not spend much time with her firstborn, Palak. Shweta said that during her time away from work she realised that there are several problems in life other than just work, and she enjoys tackling them.

Despite all that has been going on in her personal life, the actress has always filled her Instagram feed with happiness. Shweta Tiwari said that she is indeed happy now and has managed to cut out all the negativity from life. She said that there was an infection, which was hurting her, and people thought she had a hand in it, but it was poisonous and she had to get it out. And that is what she did. She took it out and is healthy now.

Also Read: Shweta Tiwari accuses husband Abhinav Kohli of domestic violence; daughter responds in an Instagram post

Actor Jisshu Sengupta is popularly known for his work in Bengali cinema will be seen playing Vidya Balan’s husband in the film Shakuntala Devi - Human Computer. Talking to a media house, Jisshu Sengupta revealed that he is thrilled to be a part of Shakuntala Devi-Human Computer and to play the role of Paritosh Banerjee. The actor started shooting for the film in October and has already shot some scenes.

Shakuntala Devi-The Human Computer: Jisshu Sengupta to play Vidya Balan’s husband 

This is the second time Vidya Balan and Jisshu Sengupta are collaborating. The two were last teamed up for the NTR biopic. Jisshu Sengupta said that working with Vidya is fun as there is never a dull moment when she is around.

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The film is based on the life of the mathematics genius, or ‘human computer’ Shakuntala Devi who was known for her ability to make incredibly swift calculations. The film also features Sanya Malhotra who plays Vidya Balan’s daughter in the film, while Amit Sadh will be seen playing Vidya Balan's son-in-law in the film.

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The film is presently been shot in Mumbai after a detailed UK schedule. Produced by Sony Pictures Networks Productions and Vikram Malhotra and directed by Anu Menon, Shakuntala Devi will see a worldwide release in the summer of 2020.

Also Read: CONFIRMED! Amit Sadh to play the role of Vidya Balan’s son-in-law in Shakuntala Devi

Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar was reportedly rushed to Mumbai's Breach Candy hospital in the wee hours of Monday after she complained of breathing troubles. As per reports, she was brought in around 1.30 am at night and was kept under the supervision of a senior medical advisor of the hospital.  Reports also state that her condition is stable right now.

Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar admitted to hospital due to breathing trouble

The singer celebrated her 90th birthday on September 28, and was honoured with the Daughter of the Nation title, by the Government of India. She also took to Twitter to thank her well-wishers for the continued wishes, and wrote, 'My dear well-wishers, Namaskaar. Your constant love and good wishes is my pillar of strength and I stand eternally grateful for the same. May god bless you all, always. Thank you for everything'.

My dear well wishers, Namaskaar. Your constant love and good wishes is my pillar of strength and I stand eternally grateful for the same. May god bless you all, always. Thank you for everything.

— Lata Mangeshkar (@mangeshkarlata) September 29, 2019

In September, Mangeshkar also debuted on Instagram, and has over 84,000 followers already. Her last tweet was posted yesterday, wherein she introduced her niece and actor Padmini Kolhapure's first look as Gopika Bai from Ashutosh Gowariker's upcoming film Panipat.

Namaskar. Meri bhaanji Padmini Kolhapure ek bahut acchi kalakar hai aur ab woh Panipat is film mein Gopika bai ka kirdaar nibha rahi hai. Main Padmini ko aashirwad deti hun aur Ashutosh aur unki team ko shubhkaamanayein deti hun. pic.twitter.com/bTZJMUjdYq

— Lata Mangeshkar (@mangeshkarlata) November 10, 2019

Check this space for more updates on Mangeshkar's health!

Veteran actor-director Amol Palekar is set to return to the stage after 25 long years. He will be co-directing a crime drama along with Sandhya Gokhale. Palekar will also play the protagonist in the play brought to the audience by Bookmyshow. Amol Palekar to return to the stage after 25 years with a crime drama

The play, titled Kusur (Mistake), will be premiering at TATA Theatre, NCPA, Mumbai on November 24, the same day the actor will celebrate his 75th birthday. There couldn't be a better day to make a comeback!

In a recent interview, Palekar opened up on his role, revealing that it demanded him to invest huge physical and emotional energy. Gokhale, who wrote the narrative and took inspiration from the 2018 Danish thriller film Den Skyldige, referred to the play as a social thriller.

On the big screen, Palekar was last seen in the 2009 Marthi film Samaantar. His last Hindi outing was Aks, an Amitabh Bachchan starrer thriller that released in 2001. In 2011, he helmed the critically acclaimed Marathi film Dhoosar, which also won the Maharashtra State Film Awards.

If you're in the mood for a good horror comedy, we might have a good news for you. If the grapevines are to be believed, then Katrina Kaif, Siddhant Chaturvedi and Ishaan Khatter are soon to come together for a horror comedy which will be produced by Excel Entertainment and helmed by Gurmeet Singh who earlier collaborated with the banner for popular web shows Mirzapur and Inside Edge.

Katrina Kaif, Siddhant Chaturvedi and Ishaan Khatter to come together for a horror film?

While we do not have any confirmation on the same as of yet, we hear it is going to be a film high on concept, and might go on floors in a month. Siddhant, although only one-film old in the industry, grabbed all eyes with his powerful deliverance in his debut flick Gully Boy, which was also backed by Excel Entertainment. One shouldn't be surprised if he is bagging big films already!

Ishaan, who is going slow and steady post his Bollywood debut Dhadak, is simultaneously filming for Ali Abbas Zafar's Khaali Peeli alongside Ananya Panday and Mira Nair's BBC One drama A Suitable Boy also starring Tabu.

Katrina, who recently turned entrepreneur with her beauty line-up Kay Beauty, now awaits the release of Rohit Shetty's Sooryavanshi, starring her opposite Akshay Kumar.

 

Siddhant Chaturvedi who rose to fame with Zoya Akhtar’s film Gully Boy has reportedly signed his next film opposite Deepika Padukone. The yet-untitled film will be directed by Shakun Batra and produced by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions.

Gully Boy actor Siddhant Chaturvedi to act opposite Deepika Padukone in Dharma film?

Further details of the film are still under wraps. Siddhant Chaturvedi was a part of the web series Inside Edge. However, he tasted success and fame with the film Gully Boy that released earlier this year. The actor played Ranveer Singh’s mentor/friend MC Sher in the film and impressed critics and audience with his work.

Meanwhile, Deepika Padukone who recently wrapped up the film Chhappak will be seen on screen after two years in January. The actress was last seen on screen in the film Padmaavat that released in January 2018. Chhappak is based on the life of the acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal.

Also Read: Siddhant Chaturvedi looks dapper as he keeps it super casual on the July cover of Man’s World

Sholay is among the most iconic Bollywood films ever made. The film stars Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Jaya Bachchan and Hema Malini in the lead. The film also features Sanjeev Kumar and Amjad Khan in pivotal roles. The film that released in 1975 is scheduled to be screened at the 50th edition of the IFFI (International Film Festival of India) which will be held in Goa. The film will be screened in 'Retrospective of Amitabh Bachchan' category.

Sholay to be screened at the 50th edition of International Film Festival of India

A total of 14 Bollywood films will be screened at the festival. These include: Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi(1958), Padosan(1968), Andaz Apna Apna(1994), Hera Pheri(2000), Chennai Express (2013), Badhaai Ho(2018), Uri:The Surgical Strike (2019), Gully Boy(2019), Super 30(2019), Total Dhamaal (2019) among others.

Hellaro and Uyare are the two Indian films, which are competing for the 'best debut feature film of a director' award. Hellaro, a Gujarati film is directed by Abhishek Shah and Uyare, which is a Malayalam film, is helmed by Manu Ashokan.

The festival will commence on November 20 and go on till November 28. Actors Rajinikanth and Amitabh Bachchan will be present at the opening ceremony of the festival which will be hosted by Karan Johar.

Also Read: Rajinikanth to be honoured with special icon of Golden Jubilee award at IFFI 2019 

Daisy Shah who was last seen in Race 3 will now mark her debut in Gujarati cinema with Gujarat 11. The actress will be seen playing the role of a football coach in the film. A headstrong person who stands for what is right! The teaser of her upcoming film is out now and has been receiving great response from the industry. In fact, even Salman Khan is all praises for Daisy Shah’s recent teaser. The actor took over his Instagram to share the news with his fans and wished luck to Daisy for her Gujarati debut, which created quite a buzz on the social media.

Gujarat 11 Salman Khan is all praises for Daisy Shah‘s Gujarati debut’s teaser

Gujarat 11 directed by Jayant Gilatak, is all set to release on 29th November 2019. The film is going to be the first Gujarati sports drama, where Daisy Shah will share screen space with Pratik Gandhi and Kevin Dave. In a recent interview, Daisy Shah spoke about the film and said, "I have no restrictions of not doing regional films. Gujarat 11 is a good script, it is a full package of entertainment, comedy, emotions and has a message for the audience."

Also talking about the preparation for her character she said, "I practiced football for 2 months. Doing a sport film is not easy. I didn’t understand much of football but the director and the team have made me look like a pro."

Post Gujarat 11 the actress will next be seen in Tipsy which is slated to go on floors this month.

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Akshay Kumar is a rare superstar who has multiple releases in a year. With the exception of the year 2017 when he had just two releases, the actor has at least three films releasing every year. In 2012, he created a record by having as many as 5 releases – Housefull 2, Rowdy Rathore, Joker, OMG Oh My God and Khiladi 786! This year, 2019, he has come up with 3 films already – Kesari, Mission Mangal and Housefull 4 – and now awaiting the release of Good Newwz. What’s interesting to note is that he always spaces out his releases well. As a result, there has rarely been a time when promotions of his films have overlapped as no two films have released close to each other.

However, this trend is about to broken, it seems. If all goes as scheduled, then Akshay Kumar will have two releases in less than a month! In the end of 2020, Akshay Kumar will present Bachchan Pandey on the day of Christmas. It is directed by Farhad Samji, who recently helmed Akshay’s Diwali reincarnation comedy, Housefull 4. Produced by Sajid Nadiadwala, it is said to be an adaption of the Ajith starrer Veeram, though it won’t be a scene-to-scene remake. The first look of the film was out with the announcement and it showcases Akshay in a badass, massy avatar that will surely be lapped up by the audiences.

Yesterday, Akshay Kumar fans got a nice surprise as the actor announced that he’s signed a film titled Bell Bottom, co-produced by Vashu Bhagnani and Nikkhil Advani and directed by Ranjit M Tewari. It is said to be inspired by true events and is set in the 80s. Just like it happened with Bachchan Pandey, the makers unveiled the first look of Bell Bottom as well along with the announcement and it got a great response. It features the actor in a very retro look which is in sync with the film’s setting and also the title.

Interestingly, the makers have announced that the film will release on January 22, 2021! This means that Bell Bottom will release 29 days after Bachchan Pandey, which is expected to come out on December 25, 2020. It’ll be hence be an interesting time for Akshay fans as they’ll end 2020 and begin 2021 with two diverse yet entertaining films of their favourite star!

However, a source close to the team of Bachchan Pandey hints that the Farhad Samji-directorial might not make it on the said date. The source says, “The scripting of the film is taking longer than usual. Though a final call is yet not taken, the producers are thinking of postponing the shoot.”

The source further says, “The other reason is that Aamir Khan-starrer Laal Singh Chaddha is also releasing on Christmas 2020. Though his last film Thugs Of Hindostan flopped, his credibility is intact and his films always generated tremendous excitement and emerge as biggest grossers of the year. Laal Singh Chaddha looks excellent and something in Aamir Khan’s zone. Hence, a clash can prove detrimental which is why Bachchan Pandey might move.”

The source before signing off makes it clear, “For all you know, Bachchan Pandey might still make it on Christmas 2020. Even this film is quite exciting. A clearer picture will emerge in the days to come.”

Even if Bachchan Pandey is postponed, Akshay Kumar would still have three releases in 2020 – Rohit Shetty’s action flick Sooryavanshi on March 27, the horror comedy Laxmmi Bomb on Eid and the period drama Prithviraj on Diwali.

Also Read: EXCLUSIVE: Akshay Kumar-Nikkhil Advani’s next is a REMAKE of this successful Kannada film!

Kartik Aaryan, Bhumi Pednekar, and Ananya Panday have stolen everyone’s heart with the recently released trailer of Pati Patni Aur Woh. Fans are loving the chemistry of the trio and it’s getting a positive response from all over.

Pati Patni Aur Woh: Kartik Aaryan, Bhumi Pednekar & Ananya Panday Get Us Grooving With Dheeme Dheeme Song

After treating everyone with the hilarious trailer, the makers have unveiled the first song today which is titled 'Dheeme Dheeme'. The song features Kartik, Bhumi & Ananya grooving on this dance number.

Sung by Tony Kakkar & Neha Kakkar, 'Dheeme Dheeme' is composed by Tanishk Bagchi. The song depicts the vibe of the film and its tune will make you hit the dance floor. The song showcases Chintu Tyagi’s two different worlds. In one frame, he is seen dancing with his Patni Bhumi and in the other, he can be seen setting the dance floor on fire with his Woh Ananya.

Producer Bhushan Kumar says, “'Dheeme Dheeme' is a peppy dance number and we are hoping that the audiences will love the new version too. Kartik, Bhumi & Ananya have taken the song to the next level with their chemistry. Apart from this, the film also has other great songs and we can’t wait for everyone to see them.”

Producer Juno Chopra (BR Chopra) says, “'Dheeme Dheeme' is my personal favourite because it portrays the characters of our film and especially shows Chintu Tyagi living two different lives with the Patni and the Woh. When I heard the song I loved it and especially the hook line “Dheeme Dheeme” is so catchy and stays with you. I had such fun collaborating with Kartik, Bhumi, Ananya, Bosco on this song. I hope that it gets the same kind of love how the original version received.

Singer Tony Kakkar says, “Really happy that 'Dheeme Dheeme' is back again in Pati Patni Aur Woh. It makes me feel special that song features Kartik, Ananya, and Bhumi. I am sure that the audiences will love this new version too.”

Choreographer Bosco Martis says, “It was such a fun ride choreographing this song. Working with Kartik, Bhumi & Ananya, was not at all a teaching experience but more like a party session. Those were the happy dancing days with the trio.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_tG1OSJUsQ

Pati Patni Aur Woh is produced by Bhushan Kumar, Juno Chopra, Krishan Kumar, Produced under the banners T-series and BR Studios. The film is all set to hit the theatres on 6th December 2019.

Also Read: Bhumi Pednekar apologizes on behalf of team Pati Patni Aur Woh for the marital rape monologue

Naveen Polishetty who made his acting debut in the Hindi film industry with the recently released Chhichhore revealed that he was approached for the role because of mistaken identity. Naveen recently appeared as a guest on stand-up comedian Abish Mathew’s show, Son Of Abish, where he spoke about how he landed the role of Acid in Chhichhore.

Chhichhore actor Naveen Polishetty reveals that he was mistaken for Malayalam actor Nivin Pauly by casting director 

Talking about getting a call from the casting director of Chhichhore, Naveen said, “Niteish sir apparently called the casting director and said, 'I want to test for Chhichhore. I want Nivin Pauly's (Malayalam superstar) audition’. So the casting director calls me and told me that, ‘Nitesh sir is asking for your audition. He wants to test you for an important part.' I did the audition and sent it."

Later, when Nitesh Tiwari saw the audition clip, he was left confused and asked the casting director that Nivin looked very different. The casting director then called up Naveen Polishetty and asked him whether he had shaved in the past six months. This was the last Naveen heard from the casting team.

Four months later, a YouTube video featuring Naveen went viral and came into the notice of the director of the film, which then led to him being called for the audition. “I gave a second audition and was then cast for the role,” Naveen said.

Also Read: Sushant Singh Rajput shares video of himself and co-star Naveen Polishetty dancing to Shah Rukh Khan’s song

Producer Viki Rajani known for backing innovative subjects in his films like Table No. 21, Phobia, R…Rajkumar, Munna Michael amongst others has now signed up writer-director Manish Gupta to direct two suspense films based on true events.

Viki Rajani signs Manish Gupta to direct two suspense films produced under Rajani’s new banner Faith Films

Manish Gupta who's presently riding high on the critical acclaim garnered by the recently released Section 375 written by him said, “Viki is a young, dynamic and visionary producer and has an interesting slate lined up for the next two years. I’m associating with him on a long-term basis. Both our films will create two separate franchises; one is a murder mystery franchise and the other a legal drama franchise”

Viki Rajani confirmed the news by saying, “I saw Section 375 and was blown away by the story, screenplay and dialogues written by Manish. I recalled that Manish had previously written the story, screenplay and dialogues for Amitabh-Bachchan-starrer Sarkar. Intrigued by Manish’s work, I saw Rahasya directed by Manish, I realised that Manish is a master in the genre of suspense and I immediately decided to back his vision. I’ve just launched my new banner Faith Films P.L. through which I’m tying up with various studios and distribution houses. One of Manish’s two films will be the first to roll amongst my current slate. The scripts of both films written by Manish are ready and the cast for both films is being finalized. The first film will tentatively hit the floors in a couple of months”

The suffocating smog that has shrouded Delhi for the past two weeks is taking its toll on Bollywood’s keenness to shoot films in the Capital. One hears from reliable sources that the shooting of the Karan Johar production Dostana 2 which was to feature Kartik Aaryan and Janhvi Kapoor has been called off due to the unfriendly climatic condition.

Delhi shooting of Dostana 2 dropped due to pollution

A source clued in to the unfortunate setback reveals, “The cast and crew couldn’t breathe. Visibility was so low that the camera couldn’t capture the shots properly. It was a no-win situation. The team decided to disperse until the weather improves.”

Interestingly a while ago, Priyanka Chopra, who starred in the original Dostana film in 2008, was shooting in Delhi with Rajkummar Rao for The White Tiger. She posted a message about the hostile climate of Delhi and got trolled for it.

But the suffocating air in Delhi has begun to impact Bollywood’s Delhi plans. A number of filmmakers are either waiting for the smog to clear or seriously thinking of re-locating their films to another city.

Also Read: Kartik Aaryan takes Karan Johar’s ‘ashirwaad’ as he heads to Chandigarh for Dostana 2

Telugu superstar Prabhas suffered a bit of a box office blow with the multi-lingual action thriller Saaho. The actor has now moved on to his next. Titled Jaan, it would be an out-and-out romantic film with Pooja Hegde as his significant other.

Post Saaho, no Hindi version for Prabhas’ next Jaan

Sources in the know reveal Jaan, to be directed by Radha Krishna Kumar, would feature minimal action. “Prabhas feels his fans have had their fill of action in Saaho, at least for a while. Jaan will be a romantic film with a large number of songs to be composed by Amit Trivedi.”

More significantly there will be no Hindi version of Jaan. According to sources, Prabhas is done with trying to woo the Hindi belt for now. “He will focus on his primary market for the next couple of films. The Hindi market can wait. Prabhas won’t lose his core audience for a pie in the sky,” says the source.

The Hindi version of Saaho lost a huge amount of money, thereby providing a lesson to all actors from the non-Hindi language making a crossover into the mainstream.

Baahubali was an isolated instance.

Also Read: Prabhas gets a sweet birthday wish from Baahubali co-star Rana Daggubati

Ayushmann Khurrana’s eighth consecutive hit Bala was hit by a roadblock on Saturday when, anticipating unrest after the Ayodhya decision, theatres in some cities in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, specially Bhopal, decided to down shutters. The one-day hit has, however, not put this winner of a film on the back foot. Collections everywhere soared by 60 percent over the weekend.

Ayushmann Khurrana starrer Bala hit by Ayodhya decision

Bihar’s prominent distributor Kishan Damani comments, “The collections of Bala are better and has opened stronger than Ayushmann Khurrana’s previous release Dream Girl with better reviews all across. Yes, collections were hit in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh where theatres were closed to government orders.”

Another prominent exhibitor-distributor from Mumbai who wishes to go unnamed says Bala was initially affected by the release of a similar film a week earlier. “After Ujda Chaman last week audiences felt it was too much to see another film about premature balding. But they went nevertheless only because of Ayushmann Khurrana who has become synonymous with quality products.”

Also Read: “We are sending out a powerful social message with Bala,” says Ayushmann Khurrana who has registered his biggest opening with this film

The recently released film on Netflix, Drive, seemed like an exciting venture when it was launched with lot of fanfare in 2017. It was backed by one of the leading producers of Bollywood, Karan Johar and was helmed by Dostana director Tarun Mansukhani. The pairing of Sushant Singh Rajput and Jacqueline Fernandez also added to the buzz. However, soon this hype began to slip as the film’s theatrical release got pushed on some pretext or the other. Finally, it released on the streaming platform on November 1 and was met with terrible reviews. But even before it was out on the streaming giant, it was clear the film is not upto the mark due to the incessant delays. And a direct release on Netflix added to the film’s harm. The moment Dharma Productions announced about the plan to get the film on Netflix, it became apparent that the film is not well made and hence the makers are not taking the risk of releasing it cinemas, which also adds to the budget.

Actors and directors to soon add a ‘NO DIGITAL RELEASE’ clause in their contracts

This phenomenon of films meant for theatrical release releasing directly on OTT platforms instead is already giving sleepless nights to the actors. One might argue that these platforms also stream web series featuring popular actors like Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, R Madhavan etc. But that’s different since web series like Sacred Games, Breathe, Bard Of Blood, The Family Man etc were always meant to come directly online. It wasn’t like it was supposed to release in cinemas and that the makers then changed their mind. Hence, in that regard, these OTT portals can be quite lucrative. Even a mega star like Akshay Kumar is expected to soon come up with his Amazon Prime original. Also, blockbuster film director Ali Abbas Zafar is coming up with a web series, Tandav, starring Saif Ali Khan, which will be aired on Amazon Prime.

Coming back to Drive, sources say that Sushant Singh Rajput wasn’t happy with this development. He insisted on a theatrical release and tried his best to persuade them for it. But ultimately, Karan had to take a decision that was practical for him. Sushant was hurt and no wonder, that he never posted anything related to Drive on his Instagram handle. On Twitter, he merely retweeted three tweets of Tarun Mansukhani pertaining to the film. Jacqueline Fernandez, meanwhile, regularly shared updates of the film with her million plus followers.

Another source, who has seen the rise of OTT from the inside, says, “At the scripting stage, it becomes difficult for producers at times to know how the film will ultimately shape up. At times, they believe the script has potential and there are times when they refuse to see the reality and end up approving a bad script. It’s only when the see the final product do they realize that they have created a bad film that can entail losses. Earlier, a producer would have no choice but now, OTT platforms are giving them a chance to recover the costs.”

This source further adds, “The producer is relived that he didn’t make a loss, notwithstanding the immense trolling that he might receive, as it happened in the case of Drive. But in the process, the actors of that film can suffer. They sign a film with the hope that it’ll make it to cinemas. A direct OTT release harms the film and also their track record. Sushant, for instance, must have hoped that a film with Dharma Productions would add to his brand. And it was a given that the film will first release in theatres. Hence, he felt shortchanged but there’s nothing he can do about it.”

But going forward, actors will now be careful of this aspect. This source says, “From now on, most of the major and mid-level actors will add a ‘no digital release’ clause in their contracts when they want to do a film. It simply means that the producer will be legally bound to release the film in cinemas and not straightaway on Netflix or Amazon Prime, failing which the actor can sue the producer.” He also states, “The whole industry has observed what happened to Drive and don’t want to be in Sushant’s shoes. As a result, this clause will become commonplace in the days to come.”

Actors and directors to soon add a ‘NO DIGITAL RELEASE’ clause in their contracts

Another row happened last year with Saif Ali Khan whose film on stock market, Baazaar, almost made it to Netflix directly. “The producer Nikkhil Advani wasn’t finding a studio to back the film as Saif had given back-to-back flops. But the actor was dead against skipping a theatrical release. Fortunately for him, his web series Sacred Games, which incidentally streamed on Netflix, did very well and improved his track record. Viacom18 Motion Pictures then came on board and released the film,” says the source and further adds, “The perception in the industry was that Baazaar is not getting buyers and hence, it must be a pretty bad movie. However, all that changed once the trailer was unveiled. It indicated that the film can be quite an entertaining ride. Even at the box office, it wasn’t a huge hit but wasn’t a flop either.”

Not just actors, even directors can soon add this clause in their contracts. Another recent case is that of Lootcase, a comic caper starring Kunal Kemmu, Rasika Dugal, Ranvir Shorey, Vijay Raaz and Gajraj Rao. It is directed by Rajesh Krishnan whose Soda Films is a co-producing banner along with Fox Star Studios. The source says, “Fox was happy with the film but had doubts over its commercial prospects. Hence they took the decision to cancel its theatrical release, scheduled for October 11. Rajesh Krishnan however wasn’t happy with this decision and protested. He also had the right to do so since he was a co-producer as well. This was also a reason why Fox Star Studios management then announced that they’ll go back to their original decision of releasing the film in cinemas as the tussle was becoming too ugly.”

The source then opines, “Even for a director, it can be a harrowing experience if his film, which was to hit cinemas on the big screen, is instead seen by viewers on their laptops or mobile phones. Also, it can affect his remuneration for his next project. And for a director who already has few hits or important films under his belt, a direct-OTT release of his film can be humiliating. A ‘no digital release’ clause will prevent such a situation.”

But isn’t it impractical for an actor or director to expect a theatrical release when the situation warrants a release on digital platforms instead? The source says, “That’s debatable. The producer might argue that actors should put themselves in his shoes and only then they’ll understand why he’d go for a release on OTT. But even the actors and director make the same argument. To avoid such problems and most importantly, to avoid any bad blood, signing the said clause is the best solution.”

Also Read: Post the Sushant Singh Rajput – Jacqueline Fernandez starrer Drive, Netflix to do a quality check

Ajay Devgn's hugely awaited film Maidaan which is based on the Golden years of Indian Football is all set to release on 27th November 2020. The film also stars National Award winner Keerthy Suresh opposite Ajay Devgn.

Ajay Devgn starrer Maidaan to release on November 27, 2020

The shooting of the film s underway and will finish by March 2020. As the film is VFX heavy, the makers want to ensure that the film has top quality VFX. The VFX supervisor has been flown in from LA for this purpose.

Maidaan is based on the Golden years of Indian Football and will see Ajay Devgn essay the role of the legendary coach Syed Abdul Rahim who is also known as the father of Indian football for his achievements in making India a top nation in Football during his lifetime.

Produced by Zee Studios, Boney Kapoor, Akash Chawla, and Arunava Joy Sengupta, Maidaan is directed by Amit Ravindernath Sharma, screenplay and dialogues are written by Saiwyn Quadros and Ritesh Shah respectively.

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Shilpa Shetty is making her comeback in films after 13 years in Sabbir Khan's directorial Nikamma. The film stars Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota actor Abhimanyu Dassani and debutante Shirley Setia. As the actors have been busy shooting in Mumbai, unexpected rains on November 8 ruined their set.

Nikamma: Unexpected rain ruins the sets of Abhimanyu Dassani, Shilpa Shetty's next

Sabbir Khan had three different sets prepared for the shoot - one in Madh Island, another at the Garden Retreat in Kandivali and one at Ellora Studios in Mira Road. Sabbir revealed that they had recreated interiors of the house at Madh Island but everything was ruined due to Friday morning rain. They had week-long stint to shoot but they have now postponed it. The set was insured.

Sabbir Khan revealed that they will now head for the Lucknow schedule. Upon returning, they will shoot the remaining portions that could not be shot due to the rains.

Nikamma is jointly produced by Sony Pictures International Productions and Sabbir Khan Films and is scheduled to release in the summer of 2020.

ALSO READ: Shilpa Shetty to make her comeback after 13 years with Abhimanyu Dassani and Shirley Setia’s Nikamma

Bollywood Hungama was the first to break the news that Akshay Kumar will be collaborating with producer Nikkhil Advani and Vashu Bhagnani in an action packed film. We had also revealed that the film will be directed by Lucknow Central (produced by Nikkhil again) director Ranjit Tiwari.

WE BROKE IT FIRST! Akshay Kumar to star in spy thriller BELL BOTTOM, to release on January 22, 2021

Now, it's been confirmed that Akshay Kumar will be starring in an 80s style rollercoaster action spy thriller titled Bell Bottom. Akshay shared the news on Twitter along with the first look poster. He is dressed in 80s style suit and diving major retro vibes. Along with the poster, the actor also revealed that the film will be releasing on January 22, 2021 ahead of the Republic Day. The shooting will begin in mid 2020.

Get ready to go back to the 80’s and hop onto a roller-coaster spy ride, #BELLBOTTOM! Releasing on 22nd January, 2021.@ranjit_tiwari @vashubhagnani @jackkybhagnani @honeybhagnani @monishaadvani @madhubhojwani @nikkhiladvani @EmmayEntertain @poojafilms pic.twitter.com/iQLR27uKo3

— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) November 10, 2019

As per earlier reports, it was revealed that the film will be a mix of entertainment, drama and action and is apparently inspired by a real life incident. It will be reportedly shot in London. They are currently in talks with top actresses for the leading role part opposite Akshay Kumar.

#BellBottom is not a remake of any film, it is an original screenplay inspired by true events. https://t.co/u4ADS8jf9N

— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) November 10, 2019

Bell Bottom is produced by Vashu Bhagnani, Jackky Bhagnani, Deepshikha Deshmukh, Monisha Advani, Madhu Bhojwani and Nikkhil Advani.

Also Read: EXCLUSIVE: Akshay Kumar-Nikkhil Advani’s next is a REMAKE of this successful Kannada film!

Ayushmann Khurrana is on a roll at the box office and Bala, too, seems to be on course to become a big hit. Riding on positive reviews and good word of mouth from audiences and Ayushmann’s equity to deliver the best content at the box office, Bala opened to 10.15 crore on day 1. Bala beat Ayushmann’s personal best opening of 10.05 crores for Dream Girl. For a star whose two films have released back to back, this is a big feat.

"We are sending out a powerful social message with Bala," says Ayushmann Khurrana who has registered his biggest opening with this comedy Ayushmann says, “With Bala, we are sending out some really strong and powerful social messages in the most entertaining manner possible and I’m delighted that the film has instantly connected with audiences on day one. I only hope that the film entertains the whole of India because only this way we will be able to communicate everything that Bala is trying to say and spark a thought shift.”

The versatile actor who never fails to surprise with his choice of scripts and roles hails Bala’s script as precious. He says, “It’s one of my most precious scripts to date and I’m really happy with the love and adulation that our film is getting. I’m humbled with the response and delighted that I have again backed a film that has its heart at the right place.”

Ayushmann credits the entire team of Bala for the fantastic start. "I share this moment with my director, the supremely talented and intelligent Amar Kaushik, my producer Dinesh Vijan, my two leading ladies who really gave Bala a run for his money - Bhumi Pednekar and Yami Gautam, all the other fantastic cast members and the entire team of the film that believed in the vision and worked tirelessly to achieve it,” he says.

Also Read: Ayushmann Khurrana, Bhumi Pednekar starrer Bala leaked by Tamilrockers

Getting roles chopped and being replaced is something very common among actors, especially for outsiders. In a recent interview, actress Isha Koppikar who has worked in films like Krishna Cottage, Rudraksh and Darna Mana Hai spoke how her Kaante director Sanjay Gupta cut her full-fledged role to just the item song 'Ishq Samundar'. The actress has also worked in several films in the south.

Isha Koppikar reveals that her role in Kaante was chopped

Isha Koppikar said that she had no one to guide her in the industry. When ‘Khallas’ happened, she got type-casted as some with a pretty face and can dance. Talking about Kaante, she said that she was offered several dance numbers at the time she did ‘Ishq Samundar’ but refused to be a part of those. She revealed that she was supposed to have a role in the film but it did not happen. Isha further said that she was informed that her role is that of Sanjay Dutt's girlfriend. Later, she was told that the length of the film was too long and so to shorten it they had to let go off her role. The actress feels that she was too naive and took people for their face value.

Being one of the victims of nepotism in Bollywood, Isha said that a lot of times she was replaced after the parents of star kids would call and take away the role. She also said that there were times when she would be replaced when she did not agree to get in the good books of her co-actor.

Meanwhile, on the work front, Isha will next be seen in Ankur Bhatia's Assi Nabbe Poorey Sau with Divyendu.

Also Read: Isha Koppikhar poised for a comeback in Ram Gopal Varma’s web-series, discusses Bollywood post MeToo

TED Talks India Nayi Baat is back with its second season and we are already inspired by the first two episodes of the show that went on air on Shah Rukh Khan’s birthday on November 2.

TED Talks India: Shah Rukh Khan overwhelmed on receiving special coffee plant from Araku

In the upcoming week, we will see speaker, Manoj Kumar, who shifted from his well-established career in banking to social sector and founded Naandi Foundation. Manoj disrupted the NGO space in India by being the first to create a sustainable model of outsourcing government programs and demonstrating successful large-scale implementation with efficiency and outcomes.

Along with the Adivasis of Araku, Naandi developed not just an organically grown, global award-winning brand, called Araku Coffee, but also a successful agricultural model that can be replicated across the country. Manoj even invited one of his workers, Sundarama along with his son who gifted her Araku Coffee plant to Shah Rukh Khan. He said, “I love coffee. One cup of coffee in the morning keeps me going through the day.”

Sundarama, is the coffee estate owner from Araku, who only communicated in her local language. She told everyone about the gift she bought for King Khan. To everyone’s surprise, Shah Rukh Khan translated everything she said in Telugu on his own and responded back to her that made her smile.

Shah Rukh Khan even expressed his wish to take the beautiful woman and his child for dinner to make them feel comfortable in an unknown city.

Also Read: Shah Rukh Khan deeply moved by Arunabha Ghosh’s views on air pollution on TED Talks India

Ileana D'Cruz recently broke up with her photographer boyfriend Andrew Kneebone whom she had once referred to as her hubby in one of her Instagram posts. Of recent, the actor opened up about seeking therapy without particularly addressing the breakup. She sought therapy after she realized that she cannot rely on others. Talking to a daily, Ileana had said that she thinks she owes it to herself to take care of herself. Once she realised this, she saw a huge difference in her physical and mental health. The actress said that one cannot rely on other people because everyone has to rely on their self.

Ileana D’Cruz opens up about seeking therapy after break-up; says she wishes good for the ‘other person’

Ileana went to a therapist who told her to accept the compliments. The actress has accepted herself and is now doing well. However, she also feels that having a partner makes you feel calm and secure, but mental well-being is of far more importance. Talking about her experience of falling in love, she said that it was a learning experience and it has left her stronger. She said that the way she dealt with the entire thing comes with respect and love for the other person. The actress added that she is in a good place and wishes all good things for him.

Meanwhile, on the work front Ileana will next be seen in Anees Bazmee's film Pagalpanti with John Abraham, Anil Kapoor, Pulkit Samrat, Kriti Kharbanda, Pulkit Samrat, Urvashi Rautela, and Saurabh Shukla. The film is slated to release on November 22, 2019.

Also Read: Ileana D’Cruz celebrates ‘fitting into her Triangl swimsuit’ ahead of her birthday  

Actor Samarth Shandilya, who was recently seen as Rangeela in Perfect Pati, is set to tie the knot next month. The 31-year-old is all set to get married to his long-time girlfriend Nishi Joshi, a dance movement psychotherapist. The ceremony will take place in Delhi on December 6.

Actor Samarth Shandilya to tie the knot in December

Talking to a daily, the actor said that the celebrations will start in the first week of December with the mehendi and cocktail party scheduled for December 4 and 5, respectively. The actor said that the cocktail party will be attended by several of his friends from the industry. He said that their friends from across the globe will be flying down to be a part of the celebrations.

The couple has booked a suite at a five-star hotel in Manesar for seven days after the wedding. The couple will be heading to Santorini in March for their honeymoon.