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A judge in Gibraltar had ordered the release of the detained tanker a day before the warrant was issued.

The 1969 cult classic, which Fonda also co-wrote and produced, earned him an Oscar nomination.

The financier awaiting trial for sex trafficking killed himself in jail, says post-mortem in New York.

Police and protesters are locked into a spiral of provocation - is there any way out?

Some countries are seeking extra protection while others want to re-open ivory markets at key trade meeting in Geneva.

Gas company P&ID has been locked in a legal dispute with the Nigerian government for almost a decade.

Passengers posted footage online of long queues at airports across the country.

Donald Trump isn't the first US leader to seek expansion using taxpayer dollars. But did those deals work out?

Russian crew are hailed as heroes for saving everyone aboard an Airbus jet hit by a flock of gulls.

Rashida Tlaib said permission to see family in the West Bank was subject to "oppressive conditions".

At a rally, the president misdirected his ire at a man he thought supported a group of protesters.

Actress Liu Yifei reposted a comment supporting Hong Kong's police on social media platform Weibo.

The Kenya Airports Authority has overseen auctioned planes abandoned at Nairobi's Wilson Airport.

Social app Hornet says Google moderators in Malaysia targeted its app several times.

Amazon says its warehouse ambassadors are authentic, but critics accuse them of being "paid to lie".

The French daredevil unfurled a banner showing China and Hong Kong shaking hands.

Rupert Hogg steps down after "challenging weeks for the airline" over the Hong Kong demonstrations.

Akihiko Kondo is one of a growing number of Japanese people turning their back on real-world romance.

Hugh Gilmour failed to qualify for the Fortnite World Cup, so has turned to coaching instead.

The families of Lucas Fowler, Chynna Deese, and Leonard Dyck left with questions as manhunt ends.

The fungus was only discovered 10 years ago, but is now a problem in hospitals across the world.

Shocking images on packages would be the first change since 1984 - other countries have gone much further.

State media censor Hong Kong reports and blame protests on a violent minority and foreign interference.

The government hopes to boost agriculture but will it lead to higher prices?

One of the Caribbean island's greatest tourist attractions is also one of its biggest headaches.

Amazon says its warehouse ambassadors are authentic, but critics accuse them of being "paid to lie".

Social app Hornet says Google moderators in Malaysia targeted its app several times.

The network on Facebook and Instagram helps combat online radicalisation, says Home Office.

Police warn of delays to investigations and court cases after the attack led to a backlog of 20,000 samples.

The owner of Sheffield's Meadowhall centre says data was "immediately deleted" after the trial.

Uganda and Zambia reject a report that they used Chinese telecoms firm Huawei to spy on the opposition.

ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! mocked an emergency presidential alert issued to warn of major threats.

The UK's data protection watchdog probes how facial recognition is being used at King's Cross.

YouTube denies it discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Biometric security software Biostar 2 was found to have exposed sensitive user data online.

US prosecutors claim other companies were hit by a software developer accused of stealing Capital One customer data.

BBC Click’s LJ Rich looks at some of the week’s best technology stories.

An art project is looking at how machines might perceive the world compared to humans.

Human taste buds tire very quickly, but the machine can maintain accuracy regardless of the heat.

BBC Click's Dan Simmons looks at some of the week's best technology stories.

Newsbeat has been to visit the first school in the UK to introduce gaming into its curriculum.

Valencia is one of the cities in Europe fighting back against holiday rental websites.

Hugh Gilmour failed to qualify for the Fortnite World Cup, so has turned to coaching instead.

Investing in digital currencies is fraught with danger, not just because the prices are so volatile.

Demonstrators make use of high-tech services to keep their struggle alive and evade being tracked.

How Facebook’s Libra could be stopped in its tracks

Virtual reality headsets, aimed at reducing the pain of women in labour, are being trialled.

Electric cars have to be as cool as petrol ones to really take off, and these engineers think they can be

The site's owner says a million people are now "looking for a home" after 8chan was driven offline.

Why are people selling the very core of their identity to private firms?

Months of political unrest in Hong Kong is prompting firms to question its appeal as a business hub.

The chancellor says he is a "low tax guy" and he wants to see "simpler" taxes when he delivers his Budget.

Rupert Hogg steps down after "challenging weeks for the airline" over the Hong Kong demonstrations.

Turkey's military pension fund reaches a tentative deal to take over the insolvent steelmaker.

Amazon says its warehouse ambassadors are authentic, but critics accuse them of being "paid to lie".

Trading in the biggest shares was delayed until 9:40 while a technical problem was investigated.

Calls to reform the system are growing amid anger over rising fares and poor punctuality.

A third of people in the UK have reined in spending due to Brexit uncertainty, a survey suggests.

The brand will start selling its line of children's clothes through Next stores next year.

Huawei, at the epicentre of the US-China trade war, is under fire over its representation of Taiwan.

Ownership of the Port Glasgow yard has transferred to the Scottish government in a bid to secure its future.

Administrators for the Belfast shipyard say they are hopeful of a credible offer for the business.

Shares in General Electric tumble after Harry Markopolos alleges firm hid huge losses.

The UK's data protection watchdog probes how facial recognition is being used at King's Cross.

Lithium is being mined in Chile to make batteries, but at what cost to the local environment?

Being a skilled negotiator may help, but other factors play a much bigger part.

It's a family business which has been around since 1942 - but now the last remaining cows are being sold off.

More than 200 MPs have called for a suspension and independent review of a controversial tax policy.

British coins celebrate everything from the Olympics to Sherlock Holmes - and many end up on eBay.

Despite having no direct experience of the postal service, Rowland Hill invented the Penny Post.

A guide to what inflation is and why it matters for household finances

The flagship airline finds itself in a storm over continuing anti-government protests in the territory.

How Facebook’s Libra could be stopped in its tracks

President Macri has pledged to revive the south American country's economy, but are his hopes now over?

"Love the problem", advises Sean Petterson whose firm makes monitors to curb workplace injuries.

Police commissioner Bhaskar Rao felicitated a cab driver for returning valuables, including foreign currencies, left behind by a New Zealander in his car on August 14.

With his 14-day police custody with the special investigation team ending on Friday, Mohammed Mansoor Khan, prime accused in the alleged Ponzi scam operated by I Monetary Advisory (IMA), was sent to Central Prison, Parappana Agrahara.

(This story originally appeared in BangaloreMirror on August 17, 2019)

If one has seen wooden chariots, palanquins and mahadwaras (main door) in temples in Karnataka and neighboring states, they are most likely to have been carved in Hole Alur village in Gadag district. This village with a population of 15,000 has about 25 woodcraft units which support more than 150 families.

Dakshina Kannada district police have rendered extraordinary service during the recent flood relief operations. The have walked long distances on difficult terrain, and rescued several people stranded inside homes due to floods.

Seven persons, including four women, travelling in an SUV which plunged into the Krishna river near Hipparagi barrage in Jamkhandi taluk on Friday, were rescued, thanks to quick thinking and timely help from locals.

With the rain and flood damaging vehicles in Belagavi district, owners are making a beeline to service centres and garages in the city to have them repaired. Garages and showroom authorities are struggling under the flood of customers. Some garages do not even have sufficient space to park the vehicles.

An 11-year-old boy, who ran away from home after his mother beat him up for not doing homework, was rescued by a home guard working with Parihar Vanitha Sahayavani (the women’s helpline) of the city police on Tuesday and reunited with his parents.

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike’s (BBMP) plan to finalise catering tenders for Indira Canteens has run into hurdles, thanks to the state govenrment’s inoperative e-procurement portal that was recently hacked.

A team of experts from Geological Survey of India will inspect cracks around Aiyappa Betta in Virajpet, Kodagu district and ascertain the cause.

Mallasajjan English Medium School is no conventional name for an institution. Malla, in Kannada, means strong and sajjan translates into virtuous. To know why this Dharwad state-board school — from kindergarten to class 12 — got this peculiar name, one needs to dig into its past.

(This story was originally published in BangaloreMirror on August 16, 2019)

With an aim to bring policing to grassroot level, newly appointed city police commissioner PS Harsha took to street on Friday evening. He interacted with residents between Kandathpalli and Kudroli.

Sharp and moderate rain gave Chennai a great start to the weekend. Weathermen have forecast more showers for the next 48 hours.

Two sanitary workers died after inhaling toxic gas while cleaning a sewer line at a housing unit in Nambiar Nagar in Nagappattinam district on Friday. One more sanitary worker fell unconscious

The butter given as ‘prasad’ after prayers at temples may contain cancercausing dyes, mustard oil and vanaspati, say food safety officials

With 22% vacancy in judges strength and 32.5% vacancy in staff strength, Madras high court has managed to dispose 43% more cases in 2018 compared to 2017

Hoping to harvest the current showers and the coming northeast monsoon and replenish the groundwater table, the Lake Area Residents Association (LARA) is digging recharge wells along nine streets in Nungambakkam with the help of experts from the Rain Centre

Chennai generates 429 tonnes of plastic waste every day —have failed to submit annual reports to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) on implementing plastic waste management rules

A Class X boy was found hanging from a tree on the banks of the Sankarabarani river between Rajampuliyur and Gandhi Nagar on Friday

Two weeks after a circular was issued by the director of school education, asking educational institutions to stop discrimination of students based on their ‘caste’ wrist bands, the state government is caught in the crosshairs of a controversy

A few people quietly having lunch at a restaurant in Tiruttani, 90km from Chennai, on Friday afternoon were shocked out of their wits when four men viciously hacked a man to death in their midst before calmly walking out

: You could soon walk into a metro station with your pockets empty and still grab a cuppa or a tasty snack before boarding a train only with your rechargeable smart card

A referral laboratory for fish feed testing and quality certification was inaugurated on the Tamil Nadu DR J Jayalalithaa Fisheries University’s postgraduate campus at Vaniyanchavadi on the OMR here on Friday.

The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board has issued guidelines for immersion of idols in water bodies as part of Vinayaka Chaturthi celebrations.

Two sanitary workers died of asphyxiation while cleaning a sewer line in a housing unit at Nagappattinam in Tamil Nadu on Friday. Another sanitary, who fell unconscious, was hospitalised.

Southern Railway has announced that 36 trains will remain cancelled on the Chennai Beach-Velachery MRTS section on August 18 (Sunday) due to engineering work.

Southern Railway has cancelled trains running between Nagercoil and Mumbai due to engineering work in Solapur – Wadi section.

Physical education teachers (PETs) in Tamil Nadu schools have been given the task of regulating traffic outside the school premises after classes end.

Staff Selection Commission (SSC) has announced that it will soon recruit individuals to fill 1,351 central government vacancies.

The MDMK high command has asked party workers to abstain from bursting crackers while receiving party general secretary Vaiko to functions.

The Tamil Nadu government on Friday announced a solatium of Rs 10 lakh to the kin of a Tasmac employee in Krishnagiri district who was murdered by unidentified men two days ago. The CM has also assured employment to the victim’s wife, based on her education qualification.

The Union ministry of environment and forest (MoEF) has granted environmental clearance to the state government’s move to mine uranium in the reserve forests of Nagarjunasagar wildlife management division in Nalgonda district. But the move could become a flashpoint among tribals, environmental activists and the government as the division falls within the Amrabad Tiger Reserve (ATR).

E-commerce giant Amazon’s largest campus building in the world is all set to open its doors in Hyderabad.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday attached properties worth Rs 300 crore of prime accused Nowhera Shaikh and Heera Group of companies as part of an investigation into the Heera gold scam.

Congress leader Gajjela Kantham, was booked by Banjara Hills police on the charge of allegedly cheating a person by taking Rs 15 lakh in cash. The money was taken by making a false promise of providing a Harithaharam contract in the year 2016.

Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Friday trapped a tax inspector and bill collector of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) for accepting a bribe of Rs 80,000 from a person to reduce property tax during re-verification.

A couple reportedly lost around 15 tola gold ornaments while travelling in an AC two-tier coach of Bangalore Express in the early hours of Thursday. Later, they lodged a complaint with the Kacheguda railway police.

Three minor boys were taken into custody by police on Thursday for allegedly raping a minor girl in Gadwal district on Wednesday.

The Hyderabad Metro Rail on Wednesday set a new record in patronage with nearly 3.06 lakh passengers taking the Metro ride in a day. HMRL managing director NVS Reddy said the number of passengers using the service created a new record and Metro stations had registered a record 3.23 lakh footfall (3.06 lakh ridership) on Wednesday.

A year after the Cybercrime Police Station was formed in Visakhapatnam, detection of cybercrime in the city has increased to a significant extent. Vigilant policing has also seemingly acted as a deterrent to cybercrime.

A day after TRS working president K Taraka Rama Rao asked officials to look into the problems affecting Kapra lake, residents have taken to social media to raise a variety of issues affecting the city’s lakes. Encroachment and pollution being among the major concerns.

Riverbank villages in Krishna and Guntur districts were put on high alert following the release of huge quantum of water from Pulichintala project to the downstream.

The old and dilapidated buildings might collapse in heavy showers, fear Kolkata Municipal Corporation buildings officials who face the challenging task of evacuating highly insecure houses to avert any untoward incident.

A 27-year-old youth, who reportedly works for a human rights organization, allegedly shot a stray dog in the Kalighat Road area on Wednesday afternoon. Accused Sougata Banerjee was arrested and was granted bail on Thursday.

Monsoon 2019’s first heavy downpour in Kolkata left the city with that familiar sinking feeling, leaving a trail of deaths, inundating both city-centre and outlying neighbourhoods and stalling traffic all over the city.

Atmospheric scientists and researchers warn of more fatalities from lightning strikes if urgent measures are not taken to curb air pollution.

A retired engineer from north Bengal was duped of Rs 57,546 when he ordered liquor from an unverified website on August 12. A case of cheating has been registered at Survey Park police station against an unknown caller.

A young NGO worker, who came to Victoria Memorial with his family to celebrate his wife’s birthday, died and 16 others had to be taken to SSKM Hospital after being struck by lightning just outside one of the the city’s most-visited tourist hot spots during Friday afternoon’s monsoon mayhem.

Seven members of a family travelling in an SUV from Kolkata airport to Bishnupur’s Dakshin Gouripur died after the vehicle skidded on Julpia-Chakdah Road and fell into a pond on Friday morning.

Actor and BJP Rajya Sabha MP Roopa Ganguly’s son Akash Mukherjee, 21, was arrested after he reportedly rammed his car into the boundary wall of a south Kolkata club on Thursday night while allegedly driving at a high speed on Prince Gulam Mohammad Shah Road in the Golf Garden area.

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu on Friday visited the campus of West Bengal's Vishva Bharati University here to inaugurate the renovated 'Shyamali' building, a mud house which was often used by Rabindranath Tagore as his summer retreat.

Former bishop of Kolkata diocese of the Church of North India Ashoke Biswas lost his petition for reinstatement in the Calcutta High Court on Wednesday.

Police are going on an overdrive to keep central Kolkata moving as the Sealdah flyover will go out of bounds from 6pm on Thursday. On Wednesday, they announced a slew of new measures, including removing hawkers temporarily from the area in and around the flyover, to make way for vehicles.

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said the state will set up Kanyashree colleges in all the districts, along with the Kanyashree University.

A resident of Mandeville Gardens, who now lives in New Jersey, was defrauded of Rs 1.6 crore by a Nigerian illegally residing in India. The money had been transferred from the NRI account of the US-based Utpal Sengupta to four different accounts.

The family of 19-year-old Manisha Roy, who was declared brain dead on Wednesday afternoon, has consented to donating the organs of the teenager, which could ensure a fresh lease of life for three persons. The Maniktala resident’s liver and kidneys will be retrieved and transplanted through the night. However, in the absence of a matching recipient, the heart could not be retrieved. This donation comes just a day after Organ Donation Day.

A 60-year-old man, who had stuck his head out of the window while travelling on a bus, was killed after hitting a lamp post on Diamond Harbour Road near Mominpur post office on Wednesday.

Three key persons involved in the Tollygunge police station attack on Sunday were arrested following raids on the Chetla area. The fresh arrests take the total number to seven.

A 45-year-old man died after falling 40ft from a Maa flyover ramp on the busy Park Circus seven-point crossing when the bike he was riding pillion hit the guard wall on Wednesday evening. The rider has sustained multiple fractures and is undergoing treatment at SSKM Hospital.

A 48-year-old man working as a bartender, who occasionally joined crooners to sing a few lines at a popular central Kolkata bar, was found dead under mysterious circumstances on Tuesday late evening.

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The food that you eat is 70 per cent responsible for your weight, which makes it of utmost importance to lose weight.

Jealousy can wreak havoc on the most stable relationship. Here are a few tips to resolve such a situation without losing the loved one.

From eagerly awaited sequels to new books by our favourite authors to celebrity debuts and other mystery finds, there are a variety of books which are being published this year.

This is one of the weirdest yet funny drunk wedding incidents that you must have heard about. While the husband was drunk and sat on his bride’s lap, he accidentally left a poop stain on his bride Sarah Grant's white ball gown.

The hot temperature can take a toll on your skin. The humidity aggravates the sebum production, causing acne, clogged pores and blackheads.

Tea is not just another beverage rather it is an escape from the monotony of life!

According to a study, bald men are considered to be more attractive, powerful and strong by people around them.

'Treasures within Dreams' is a sweet children's book that teaches us every life has value.

From being body-shamed to being the best possible version of herself, her weight loss journey is an inspiration through and through.

However, washing it daily may also not be the best thing to do as your hair will start losing moisture. So buy a targeted shampoo that removes chlorine from your hair and cleanses your scalp as well as the hair.

Sunny and her cherubic trio melt the internet and you can't miss their photos.

Last month, we told you about the ‘Garbage Cafe’ in Chattisgarh which gives meals in return for plastic waste to the needy garbage pickers, who are unable to earn their bread and butter. The hidden motive of the cafe is to protect the planet from the dangerous effects of plastic. It seems like other states are getting inspiration from the cafe, as an alumni group of Goethals Memorial School along with efforts of the Nishkam Khalsa Sewa in Siliguri are distributing free food in exchange for 500 grams of plastic waste.

Who says you can't wear black in summer? This classy shade can never be out of style and can be worn in summers too! Take a cue from Madhuri Dixit who has a never-ending love affair with saris. Recently, the actress was spotted wearing a black sari by Aisha Rao for an event and looked beautiful as ever!

Checkout these amazing book cafes where you can eat, drink and read to your heart's content.

Fight acne, save money, keep contamination at bay and get the desired look

After following a crash diet and doing extreme outdoor cardio, he started battling loose and saggy skin.

Here are a few real-life blind date stories that might show you the real picture.

The ratio of youth suffering from mental health is increasing year on year.

Here is a list of healthy recipes you can indulge in without any guilt.

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Populations of the world’s tallest mammals, the Giraffe are quietly, yet sharply, in decline. Giraffe numbers across Africa fell 40% between 1985 and 2015, to just under 1,00,000 animals, according to the best figures available to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

A team from the University of California at Riverside used data from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to assess the impact of warming on the distribution of Joshua trees (Yucca brevifolia) in their namesake Joshua Tree National Park.

July 2019 was the warmest month across the globe ever recorded. With continued greenhouse gas emissions and the resulting impact on global temperatures, records will continue to be broken in the future, said Jean-Noel Thepaut, head of the Copernicus Climate Change Service.

The results indicated that water treatment alone was sufficient to cause an 18 per cent reduction in roundworm (Ascaris lumbricoides) infection rates. Adding sanitation and handwashing increased reduction to 22 per cent. The other parasitic infections examined did not have significant reductions from any of the interventions.

The heatwave that smashed high temperature records in five European countries a week ago is now over Greenland, accelerating the melting of the island’s ice sheet. The area of the Greenland ice sheet that is showing indications of melt has been growing daily, and hit a record 56.5% for this year on Wednesday.

In a stunning photo, a wildlife photographer has captured a sea lion falling into the mouth of a humpback whale in what he calls a "once-in-a-lifetime" moment. Chase Dekker, who is also a marine biologist, took the spectacular shot during a whale-watching boat trip off the coast of Monterey Bay, in California, last week.

Britain’s weather service says the country’s 10 hottest years since the 19th century have all occurred since 2002. The Met Office said in its State of the UK Climate report on Wednesday that 2014 was the warmest year in records going back to 1884. The runners-up are 2006, 2011, 2007, 2017, 2003, 2018, 2004, 2002 and 2005.

Henderson Island is an uninhabited coral atoll that lies halfway between New Zealand and Peru, with 5,500km of the ocean in either direction. Despite its extreme isolation, a freak confluence of geography and ocean currents means Henderson has one of the highest concentrations of plastic pollution on the planet with an estimated 18 tonnes of accumulated plastic.

A wildlife photographer and a marine biologist, Chase Dekker, captured a sea lion falling into the mouth of a humpback whale in what he calls a "once-in-a-lifetime" moment. He took the spectacular shot during a whale-watching boat trip off the coast of Monterey Bay last week. Dekker clarified that the sea lion managed to escape as the whale didn't close its jaws.

Underwater melting of tidewater glaciers is occurring much faster than previously thought, according to a study which could lead to improved forecasting of climate-driven sea level rise. The study, published in the journal Science, shows that the prevailing theory for melt significantly underestimates melt rates.

The tiger population in the country is likely to show a rise of 400, which is an 18-20% hike over the 2014 number of 2,226. PM Narendra Modi is expected to announce the final figure on Monday, which is Global Tiger Day. People in the know told TOI that it would be in excess of 2600. In 2006, the tiger count was 1,411 followed by 1,726 in 2010.

Only 150 Great Indian Bustard are left, with the maximum number in Jaisalmer. They are dying at the rate of 15 per cent annually due to collision with high voltage power lines. The GIB population has been reduced by 75 per cent in the last 30 years.

China's massive steel sector is a key battleground in the country's war on pollution, with air quality in major steel-producing cities like Tangshan and Handan routinely listed among the most toxic. Tougher environmental laws and a 2016 campaign to shut substandard capacity were designed to both cut smog and boost the share of law-abiding but unprofitable state firms by forcing out smaller, irresponsible rivals.

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

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

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

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

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.

Alia Bhatt is all for comfort in tee and pants on day out. See pics

Shraddha Kapoor is classy in white dress and black boots at Mumbai airport. See pics

Vidya Balan is resplendent in red attire for Mission Mangal promotions. See pics

Tara Sutaria sets the bay on fire as she steps out in sexy backless slip dress. See pics

SIIMA 2019: KGF star Yash, Vijay Deverakonda and Keerthy Suresh set the stage on fire. See pics

Ananya Panday keeps it simple in tee and distressed denims on day out. See pics

Alia Bhatt is boss girl in gorgeous shirt and pants at promotional event

Janhvi Kapoor slays the neon game in crop top and mini shorts at gym in Mumbai. See pics

Dance India Dance: Karisma Kapoor sets the stage on fire with her killer moves

Pooja Hegde exudes elegance in kurti and flare pants on day out. See pics

Malaika Arora slays gym look in tank top and mini shorts with sister Amrita Arora

Taapsee Pannu is all for comfort in sleeveless dress for salon session. See pics

Manisha Koirala at 49: Ruling Bollywood to defeating cancer, journey in pics

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan shares photos of Rakhi celebration with Navya, Agastya and Aaradhya Bachchan

Rakul Preet flaunts washboard abs in crop top and pants at airport. See pics

Shraddha Kapoor is chic in denim-on-denim outfit at Mumbai airport. Take fashion cues

Happy Birthday Saif Ali Khan: Rare pics with Sara Ali Khan, Ibrahim and Taimur. Trending now

Salman Khan and Prabhudheva celebrate Raksha Bandhan with Bina Kak in Jaipur. See pics

Nora Fatehi leaves Mumbai gasping for breath in thigh-slit dress at airport. See pics

Sunny Leone's daughter Nisha celebrates Raksha Bandhan with brothers Noah and Asher. See pics

Bhumi Pednekar makes heads turn in elegant ethnic attire on lunch date in Mumbai. See pics

Hina Khan, Rocky Jaiswal spend some romantic time in New York. See pics

Taapsee Pannu is elegance personified in royal blue saree at Mission Mangal event. See pics

Sonam Kapoor in one-shoulder hot pink jumpsuit is as sexy as it gets

Sanya Malhotra is casually pretty in blue dress on day out. See pics

Vish: Aditya romances Sabrina post his wedding with Alia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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(TrendHunter.com) Urban Decay may have discontinued its very first (and bestselling) Naked Palette, but now the brand is dropping a similar product dubbed the Naked Honey Palette. Similar to the original, this new...

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(TrendHunter.com) Personalization has a massive impact on consumers who like to showcase their individuality, and Calvin Klein's #MY CALVIN'S CUSTOM responds to this need with an innovative underwear...

(TrendHunter.com) 2(X)IST’s Pride collection for 2019 is perfect for anyone wanting to celebrate pride while giving back to the LGBTQ+ community. The company, founded in 1991 by Gregory Sovell,  is based in...

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(TrendHunter.com) The expansive list of April 2019 fashion trends embodies progressive design elements that are translated through the construction and delivery of the pieces. The Spring season arrives and along with...

(TrendHunter.com) In addition to launching a new collection of bridal dresses and occasion wear for the spring season, H&M is introducing a range of bridal lingerie that can be worn on one's special day....

(TrendHunter.com) Feather Bra is an incredibly comfortable bra that allows women to feel confident and comfortable. The result of this endeavor is the bra of the future. All bras in this collection are free of...

(TrendHunter.com) Uniwlo works in collaboration with designer Alexander Wang once again on the impressive AIRism collection full of summer-ready goods. The duo's previous work prepared for the colder seasons...

(TrendHunter.com) Most adjustable sports bras only offer straps that can be modified to create a better fit but Molly T's innovative and patented sports bra design is capable of being worn in a number of...

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(TrendHunter.com) Iconic streetwear imprint Off-White introduces a series of boxer shorts that are highlighted by the signature industrial belt branding over the elastic waistband. The new set of boxers are...

(TrendHunter.com) These 2019 fashion trends generate new ideas, without ignoring their respective heritage. There are multiple examples of fashion that draw inspiration from previous eras and those that predict a...

(TrendHunter.com) The talented Spanish designers, Custo and David Dalmau, have revealed a more nocturnal side with the futuristic ‘AfterSun' collection, which was featured on the 080 Barcelona Fashion days....

(TrendHunter.com) The advocacy for body inclusivity has seen a rise in popularity among brands and this is continuing as the message finds its way through this supermarket campaign by Sainsbury's. While before...

(TrendHunter.com) To give people in London the chance to try its new LQD Cell trainers in a fun way, Puma created the Puma Endorphin Store, which shares six-minute mood-boosting fitness treatments to get hearts...

(TrendHunter.com) Converse introduced a new construction of the signature Chuck 70 Hi sneaker model and it boasts weatherized materials to combat different terrain. The classic sneaker model ensures waterproof...

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- Brian Tallerico

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The long-awaited second season of David Fincher’s “Mindhunter” affirms the program as Netflix’s strongest drama. Even more ambitious and mesmerizing than the first season, this nine-episode installment concerns something that crime programs rarely ever attempt to capture: the fact that we can never know exactly every detail and motive. If the first season was about a team of people trying to find a better way to profile murderers, the second is about how much will always remain unknown. Fincher and his writers very purposefully filter the fictional part of their story through cases with variables that remain divisive to this day, especially that of the Atlanta Child Murders, for which Wayne Williams was convicted but many consider unsolved in its entirety. If season one was about trying to get closer to certainty, season two is about the truth that doubt will always remain. Doubt that the murderer didn’t get away; doubt that we can truly know our partners or children; doubt that anyone can ever be certain of the size of the gap between us and the dark side.

The season picks up right after the end of season one with Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) shaken after the panic attack he had after visiting Edmund Kemper. He puts himself back together quickly after learning that the Behavioral Sciences Unit he’s heading with Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) and Wendy Carr (Anna Torv) has a new ally in a position of power, Ted Gunn (Michael Cerveris). With more freedom to do their work, the unit dives back into interviewing serial killers in an effort to uncover their motives and pathologies. The opening of the season focuses a lot on ritual, especially as Tench is called in to investigate the BTK Killer (who we see even more of in prologue sequences like last season). Why do killers take souvenirs? Why do they return to the scene of the crime? Why do they write letters and give themselves names? And why do some victims become killers? Early episodes include interviews with people like Tex Watson, who killed on Manson’s orders, and Elmer Wayne Henley, who was almost a victim of Dean Corll’s before becoming his lover and procuring victims for him. How do you profile these men who were more persuaded to become serial killers than fit the Ford model of sexual sadism?

All three of our protagonists get pulled away from their work by different forces. We spend a lot of time in a new relationship with Wendy in a subplot that doesn’t quite pay off like I wished it would, but does offer Torv a chance to do solid character work with a part that’s still underwritten. More effective is the arc of Bill Tench this season, which I won’t remotely spoil but fits in perfectly with the show's overall themes about how difficult it can be to truly know someone’s motives. And this theme echoes in season two’s story of Holden Ford, which tells the investigation of the Atlanta Child Murders in 1981.

From 1979 to 1981, young boys were being murdered in Atlanta. In the show’s version of this case, which is slightly different than the real one, Holden Ford assists with every aspect of the investigation, being drawn into the case by a group of mothers with missing children (John Douglas, the inspiration for Ford, did notoriously profile the case but the quasi-fictional Ford feels far more hands-on than reality). Using what he’s learned, Ford quickly becomes convinced in his profile of the suspect as a young black male, despite evidence that the KKK may be involved. And so the question that lingers from there on out is if he is pushing the investigation to meet his profile or if his methods are actually solving the case. In the real world, Wayne Williams was charged with two murders, and officials closed the investigation, but someone, possibly Williams, possibly not, killed at least 26 other people. There's still a great deal of controversy around the case.

Once again, “Mindhunter” is as tight as television gets in terms of craft. The first three episodes were directed by Fincher himself, marking his first work behind the camera since the last season. The stunning mid-section is directed by Andrew Dominik (“The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”) and the season is closed out by Carl Franklin (“One False Move”). There’s no fat on this season, even though so much of it defies what we've come to expect from a crime show. The biggest difference is the lack of visualization of murder. We see crime photos. We hear interviews. But we don’t see recreations of crime. A majority of the approaches to this story would include visualization, but “Mindhunter” is stronger by keeping viewers with the POV and knowledge base of its protagonists. The interview scenes are so vibrant—and often based on real interviews—that we can sense the danger even more strongly than if the show tried to bring it to life with actors.

Speaking of actors, they’re all once again great, but the season belongs to McCallany, who captures a man stuck in a nightmare. Season one Bill Tench was a bit of a straight man, the Joe Friday to Holden’s more extreme tendencies, and he’s still the more old-fashioned of the two, but McCallany finds the vulnerability in the stoic demeanor. This season Tench goes through one of those situations in which work comes way too close to home. It first seems a bit overwritten, but McCallany sells it and then it ties back in a way that feels thematically satisfying.

Crime shows are a billion-dollar business, but most of them exist to comfort us. Sure, there may be grisly activity on something like “Criminal Minds,” but the bad guy usually gets caught. That’s one of the reasons shows like that are so reliable—people like closure. The real world doesn’t give us much of that. And that’s what makes “Mindhunter” so captivating. It defies traditional storytelling, accepting the unknown in ways that remind me of Fincher’s masterpiece, “Zodiac.” Holden Ford and Robert Graysmith are men who seek answers but become myopic through their obsession. Great fiction has been written about people who find the abyss looking back at them when they stare at it for too long. That was season one of "Mindhunter." Season two asks: what if we're all in the abyss, just fumbling around in the dark, never quite sure what we can hold onto?

Whole season screened for review.


- Nick Allen

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Gurinder Chadha’s “Blinded by the Light” contains a cinematic sight that’s as timeless a song—watching a character have their life changed forever by discovering a piece of art that feels like it’s always been waiting for them. In the case of Chadha’s film, that art is Bruce Springsteen, and the deeply moved character is Javed, a teenage British Asian struggling to find his voice as a writer, and his place in the world, until he listens to Springsteen for the first time. Based on the memoir Greetings from Bury Park by Springsteen super-fan Sarfraz Manzoor, “Blinded by the Light” is an ebullient, song-filled celebration of Javed’s newfound passion, and reminds you with its personal story as to why Springsteen’s dramatic, poetic, hopeful music reigns. (Be sure to read Sheila O'Malley's review of the film here.) 

Javed is played by Viveik Kalra, who makes his debut in film acting in this lead role, carrying a story about identity, culture, and the Boss through numerous triumphant, albeit unabashedly feel-good sequences. RogerEbert.com sat down with Kalra to discuss the film's world premiere at Sundance last January, how he handled the responsibility of leading his debut feature project, his long term career goals and more. 

I remember seeing this film at Sundance, where Gurinder [Chadha] lead the entire theater in a singalong of Bruce Springsteen’s “Hungry Heart.” I’ll never forget that. 

She is just an amazing person to be around. That wasn’t mentioned to us before, or anything. I think she just did it on the spot, which is an amazing thing to do. Just to think, You know what, I’m going to sing in front of all these people, and everyone joined in. Which was lovely, such a wonderful sort of experiment to be a part of. And she’s a lovely director to work with. She’s a confident woman, and has an incredible energy. 

And for your first feature to be around that, that’s a high bar to work with. 

I think in ways she lifts you up and helps you to feel more confident, which is amazing. She’s an actor’s director, and she makes you feel good and tells you what you need to do, and this and that. And then she comes to set with more energy than everyone else on set. But to come to set and have more energy, people my age a little bit younger or a little bit older, people who were 17, 16, and other people who were like 20, 22. And she made more energy than everyone, every day. 

What was your audition for this movie? Did you sing?

I did sing; I sang “Born to Run.” Which, I didn’t know at the time was one of the most iconic songs of all time. 

How do you wrap your head around performing the scene where Javed hears Springsteen for the first time?

You know what was wonderful: that was sort of happening to me simultaneously as a person and as an actor as well. I hadn’t listened to any Bruce beforehand. I’d heard his name, but I hadn’t heard his music. So to have that revelation, that realization that this man’s music is actually blooming amazing, and at the same point playing this character that has this revelation, it sort of makes things and let things work out in a way that I couldn’t have predicted. Maybe if I’d heard Bruce before, the sort of euphoria you see on the character’s face in the experience and in Bruce wouldn’t have been the same, but maybe because I was listening to Bruce for the first time as well as a person, that came through like that. 

Has the experience of this film made you more eager to be in more film projects? 

I’ve got exciting things coming in the pipeline and stuff, which is incredible to be able to say. I guess technically it’s sort of very first-world job to have, and you know you see that in the film, through the character who wants to be a writer, but his dad is going, “What are you talking about? Writing is not a job.” And which I think is sort of wonderful to say as a character, because there’s no like, hatred in there. There’s no going, “You shouldn’t be a writer because this, this, this, this.” For me, what was wonderful about the actor who played my father in the film, [Kulvinder Ghir], is that he’s not a bad guy, he just comes from a different place and a different time, and having an actor like that who can portray things like that wonderful nuance, was amazing. And taking generations past and presenting them on a massive screen and internalizing them in film and uplifting them. 

Did you work with Kulvinder to create chemistry? You have so many strong scenes of him getting so close to crushing Javed’s dreams. 

Kulvinder was really, he’s just a great actor and a great sort of person to act with. I had rehearsals with Kulvinder, I had rehearsal with family and Shazia, and Mira, and the mother. I had so many rehearsals prior to filming, which was amazing because it helped get everything …. I think the most sort of intimidating rehearsal was the one with Hayley [Atwell]. Hayley came in for a rehearsal, and I was obviously massively intimidated because she was like a big sort of well known person. And coming into that room, I was madly intimidated. But she was really nice, and that made everything so much easier. The rehearsal process was just so nice because it helped you get across things to see what worked and what didn’t work, and getting on set. 

The thing with Gurinder is that she’s a very generous director and a person, in that we did get on set, and then she went, “Oh, that’s not working,” but we’d done this before, I got to figure out my journey and we helped each other, like she helped me prepare for the part, and she was just really helpful. I couldn’t think of a better director to have worked with me on a specific project for this specific part, because it’s like she really helped me distance myself from that character and that person. I’m from different circumstances than that character. I remember she took me behind a monitor when we were filming, and she pointed at the screen and she said, “That’s not you. That’s Javed.” And I thought that was a rather wonderful thing to say and that helped me sort of separate the two. 

Who are some actors whose careers you look up to? 

When I see … well, put it simply, when I see a brown face on the TV, I’m watching. I think, I can’t imagine what it would have been like for the generation before mine, but I don’t think particularly remember seeing many Asian faces on TV growing up. And I remember seeing a couple, but you look at them in hindsight, retrospectively, and those characters that were played by probably good actors were stamped into two-dimensional-ness, which is very sad. So, now that there’s an influence of stuff with Asian people, and Black people, it’s incredible. I’m very excited to be a part of this thing, because somehow, we are now marketable, which is amazing. And an amazing thought.

It’s so unfortunate that it has to be be put like that. 

Yes—this is marketable, which is amazing! But you see films of course, like everyone and their grandma has seen “Black Panther,” and just the cultural impact that had as a film was just amazing. I remember going to see that with pretty sure every Asian person I knew, and I thought it was just a wonderful thing.

Especially with this movie, where it’s about a Springsteen fan but it’s not about New Jersey white kid, people are encouraged more and more to identify more outside with other perspectives. 

I think there is more of a realization now that you don’t have to be this one thing. People are opening their minds to be people being more than one thing, the person that drives you to work in the morning is not just a driver, they’re more than that. Same with the person who serves you in a restaurant, they’re not just a waiter, they’re more than that. That, what I’m talking about now, is their job title, but what I think has happened is that people who had been defined by stereotypical things about their race ... I think that will slowly but steadily sort of dissipate. 

Do you have any long term goals in your acting career? 

I just want to do good stuff. And I think it will be stuff that’s varied, and stuff that interests me. What’s very important for me is, like with this film, I think anything that I’m involved in that is remotely cultural, what’s important for me is to be uplifting to that. Shine a light on that, in a positive manner. Because, me, myself, Sarfraz Manzoor, and Gurinder Chadha, we’ve been given the opportunity to showcase this story of a British Asian and his family, and so it’s important to … if you’re going to internalize that, internalize that in as positive light as can humanly be. And not say that it’s faultless—point out the faults, but then uplift it. 

- Christy Lemire

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The good boys of “Good Boys” try very, very hard to be bad. But despite their adult aspirations over the course of a wild couple of days, it’s their sweet-natured innocence that ultimately sees them through every misadventure.

That’s the inherent conflict—and the chief source of humor—in director Gene Stupnitsky’s extremely R-rated feature debut. The trio of sixth graders at the film’s center are shockingly profane and adorably clueless at once. They know just enough to be dangerous, but they’re also smart enough to find their way out of real danger—over and over again. And while the premise eventually grows thin and the jokes turn repetitive by the third act, the chemistry between the movie’s three stars is both lively and substantial enough to keep the antics enjoyable.

The script from Stupnitsky and his writing partner, Lee Eisenberg—whose previous collaborations include “Year One,” “Bad Teacher” and several episodes of “The Office”—captures with squirm-inducing accuracy the heightened sense of drama that exists in middle school, where every social interaction carries major stakes. It’s a time in your life that sucks no matter who or where you are—you’re not a kid anymore and you’re not yet a teenager, but you are a jumble of confusing hormones. Stupnitsky and Eisenberg have created a trio of distinct characters to navigate this minefield, and the actors playing them bring them refreshingly to life.

The preternaturally gifted Jacob Tremblay plays the group’s de factor leader, the hopeless romantic Max. Brady Noon is Thor, a would-be tough guy with a love of hair products and musical theater. And scene-stealer Keith L. Williams plays Lucas, the biggest and tallest of the three but also the most guileless. With his open, angelic face, deadpan delivery and keen sense of physical comedy, Williams is the most delightful of them all and he needs to be cast in everything starting right now. 

The convoluted plot finds these slightly nerdy kids ditching class and scrambling all over town to replace Max’s dad’s drone, which they broke while trying to spy on some teenagers down the street (Molly Gordon and Midori Francis). If they don’t replace it by the time Max’s father (Will Forte, among the many comedians in the supporting cast) gets home from a work trip, Max will be grounded. That means he won’t be able to attend the cool kids’ kissing party, where he’d hoped to have his first kiss with the sweet, shy girl he has a crush on, Brixlee (Millie Davis). (One nice touch: Even the so-called popular kids put on a grown-up act, with their leader, the diminutive Soren [Izaac Wang], hilariously spouting street-wise aphorisms like, “You feel me, dog?” and “I ride or die for my squad, too.”)

Max, Thor and Lucas’ antics—which involve porn, drugs, stolen beer, sex toys and an especially alluring CPR doll—escalate until they reach an all-out brawl at a fraternity house.   

These are kids who drop F-bombs left and right, but they also giggle as they ride their bikes through the sprinklers. And for a while, Stupnitsky finds a charming balance between who they really are and who they’re pretending to be. But pretty soon, it becomes clear that this is a one-joke movie—Oh my god, these cute 12-year-olds are swearing!—and once that one joke has run its course, it feels like a struggle just to reach the 90-minute mark.

But “Good Boys” aims to be about more than just graphic dialogue and gross-out humor. It also depicts the bittersweet moment when you realize you’re growing apart from the childhood playmates with whom you’d promised to be friends for life. Max, Thor and Lucas refer to themselves with great solemnity as the Beanbag Boys, and they try to fight off the nagging sensation that perhaps their interests are changing and they don’t have as much in common as they once did. It’s the same kind of emotionally truthful premise that drove the misfits-on-a-rampage high school comedy “Superbad,” which “Good Boys” resembles in myriad ways, including the presence of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg as producers.

There’s an honest heart beneath the racy laughs. If only sixth-graders themselves could actually see it.

- Sheila O'Malley

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There's a moment in "Blinded by the Light," a new film from writer/director Gurinder Chadha ("Bend It Like Beckham," "Bride & Prejudice"), when the young protagonist, a kid named Javed (Viveik Kalra), watches the video for Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" for the first time. Javed is obsessed with Springsteen's music, but the look on his face as he drinks in Springsteen's powerful meat-and-potatoes stage presence is a visual echo of the awestruck look on Courtney Cox's face as Springsteen pulls her out of the audience in the same video (which was directed by Brian de Palma). It's more than excitement; what Javed feels hits at a deeper level. There's a surfeit of feeling on Javed's face, so perfectly evocative of what it feels like -- particularly as a teenager -- to suddenly get really into something - music, a movie, a celebrity - and that something hits you in just exactly the right way at exactly the right time. It's like having a house fall on top of you. Or mainlining a powerful drug. You never see the world in quite the same way again. That's what Bruce Springsteen did for journalist Sarfraz Manzoor, whose memoir Greetings From Bury Park: Race. Religion. Rock'n'Roll is the basis for "Blinded by the Light" (Manzoor co-wrote the script). "Blinded by the Light," at its very best, captures the experience of being a fan, the pure exhilaration of it, and the sense of your vision opening out to vistas beyond your horizon. 

Set in the 1980s in the small town of Luton, Javed's family struggles to make ends meet in the crushing recession of the late Thatcher era, battling economic strife, rising nationalism, and racist attacks. Javed's mother (Meera Ganatra) works out of their home as a seamstress, and his father (Kulvinder Ghir) works at a nearby factory. Layoffs loom. Parental expectation weighs heavily on Javed, who hides not just his dream of being a writer from his parents, but almost every other aspect of his personality. He's not allowed to have a social life, a girlfriend, independence. (Javed's father says to him at one point, "Pakistanis do not go to parties." Javed replies, "I thought I was British.") His best friend Matt (Dean-Charles Chapman) is swept up in the New Wave scene, and Javed writes lyrics for Matt's songs, feeling frustrated and trapped. 

Bruce Springsteen isn't a presence at all in these early sequences, an accurate representation of what it was like in the early 1980s teenage music scene. Maybe your dad had Born to Run, or Nebraska in his collection. But Springsteen was from the past, he had nothing to do with "now." "Now" was Madonna and Prince and Pet Shop Boys and Tiffany and Michael Jackson. That is, until the 1984 juggernaut of Born in the U.S.A., filled with catchy tunes, but seething with political and social anger. The album is a real rager, verbalizing the loss, hardship, and poverty of the American working-class as Springsteen saw it all around him. (The xenophobes who consider "Born in the U.S.A." their anthem clearly haven't listened to the actual lyrics of the song). 

One day, a Sikh classmate named Roops (Aaron Phagura) hands Javed a couple of Springsteen cassettes, sensing the troubled Javed may need it. As Javed listens to "Dancing in the Dark," his entire inner life explodes in a moment of revelation, reflected in the outer world as a gigantic wind storm wreaking havoc in his neighborhood (the Great Storm of 1987). It's like Springsteen himself created that apocalyptic storm. As Javed listens to “The Promised Land,” Springsteen's lyrics float through the air, projected onto the sides of buildings, walls, the music literally actualized in the air, in Javed's world. Javed never knew music could be like this, that music -- made by an American guy from some place called New Jersey -- could speak so directly to him, the son of immigrants in far-away England. Javed becomes an evangelist for Bruce. He dresses like him. He commandeers the school radio station. He plasters his wall with posters. His parents think he has lost his mind. 

People make fun of teenagers for this kind of thing, but the emotions of fandom are so pure! The root of the word "fanatic" is "fanum" -- meaning "temple," a place where zealots come to worship. Every fan has their deity, whether it's the teenagers in Robert Zemeckis' "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" trying to score tickets to the Beatles' appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," or the Elvis-obsessed Japanese teenagers wandering around Memphis in Jim Jarmusch's "Mystery Train." Javed's discovery of Springsteen's music leads him into all kinds of unexpected terrain, a tentative romance with a classmate (Nell Williams), conflict with his father, and tension with his best mate Matt. 

There are exuberant sequences in "Blinded by the Light" that are basically from out of a movie musical. Entire village squares erupt into coordinated dance movements. It's cheesy, but it's infectious too. If you haven't been a fan of something to such a degree that it transforms your whole entire world, you're missing out! Springsteen allowed use of his capacious catalog, so his songs dominate throughout the film. Chadha's approach is open-minded and affectionate, and it's also filled with sharp insights about growing up the child of immigrants. There's a great sequence involving Javed's sister Shazia (Nikita Mehta), who is not quite as obedient as she seems to be on the surface. Like "Bend It Like Beckham," "Blinded by the Light" is very smart on the tensions within an immigrant family, the push of the younger generation to assimilate, the fears of the older traditional generation of loss of their culture. 

All of the actors are wonderful, but Kulvinder Ghir is especially poignant, bringing a potent blend of gravitas, pain and humor to his performance. This strong proud man doesn't understand the Springsteen thing. He doesn't like what he doesn't understand. He fears losing his job. Seeing him humiliated is extremely painful. The entire family is affected by the father-son clashes. Among its many other positive attributes, "Blinded by the Light" is an emotional father-and-son relationship drama. Holding it all together is Bruce Springsteen's music. 

Recently, my sister and I took her two kids, ages five and three, to a local pool. On our way there, they chanted from their car seats in the back, "Fire Song! Fire Song! Fire Song!" I assumed it was a kid's song learned in pre-school. Turns out they were requesting "Dancing in the Dark," which they call "Fire Song" ("You can't start a fire/You can't start a fire without a spark"). The kids heard the song once on the radio, and became obsessed. They know all the words. They wonder if "Bruce" can come over and play a song in the backyard. The weirdest thing is that the "Bruce" thing was not imposed on them by my sister. The kids chose him all on their own. The torch has been passed.

- Glenn Kenny

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Water, water, everywhere. That’s your very capsule review of “Aquarela,” a new film from Russian documentarian Victor Kossakovsky.

The movie begins, though, and for a very long time stays with, ice. Ice on a body of water that’s too thin to support the weight of a car. The movie doesn’t tell you exactly where it is at any given time, but here it’s with some police figures who drill and hammer through ice and then very gingerly try to hoist a submerged car. As the filmmaker widens his perspective, we understand the presence of a lake, or perhaps a bay, on which lunatics speed their vehicles. He actually captures, at 94 frames a second, one of those cars going under broken ice. Moving in for a closer view, we come to understand that one of the passengers has drowned. On the shore, a large village building is burning.

No narrator will come to our rescue here. Without any expositional assistance, we are going to spend the next hour and twenty minutes and change watching—and hearing—the awesome implacable power of water.

For some time people disappear from the camera’s view. Icebergs fall off of glaciers and into water, and rise up again, the noise accompanying them rather like an earthquake.

Sometimes the camera will just sit between ocean and sky, or hover above churning, roiling water. The abstract patterns it creates are dizzying and terrifying.

They get more terrifying when the sky turns gray. A sailing yacht is seen as a storm starts churning up. Two crew members turn wheels, climb masts, executing their moves with deliberation and trying to avoid haste. While knowing they need to work quickly. All this is conveyed without words.

Some will recognize Miami as it is pummeled by Hurricane Irma. Here one of the courageous (and, one has to say, foolhardy) filmmakers ventures outside and runs up a boulevard, its traffic lights hanging by wires after being unmoored from their posts, palm trees getting their fronds ripped off by the brutal winds.

People turn up again, in what appears to be a flooding cave. Here the amazing imagery attains a level of terrifying abstractness.

This is a purely sensationalistic cinematic experience that paradoxically encourages reflection and contemplation. Although the use of some (admittedly pretty good) heavy metal music on the soundtrack feels like a bit of overreaching. The guitar riffs rhyme with the growth of a tidal wave to such an extent you’re almost waiting for a gravelly bass voice to announce “EXTREEEEEEEEME WEATHERRRRR!!!!” The genuine awesome on display here doesn’t need that cheese injection. 

- Godfrey Cheshire

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Starting out as an investigation into whether United Nations Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld was murdered rather than dying accidentally in a plane crash in 1961, then spiraling outward into a probe of various strange individuals and organizations, “Cold Case Hammarskjöld” is a tremendously absorbing film, a documentary that plays like a first-rate thriller hinging on key issues of the Cold War and African decolonization.

I almost wrote “purported documentary” because when I came out of my first viewing of the film, I was unsure of whether parts of it may have been invented or embellished for dramatic (or sensationalistic) purposes. Partly, that’s due not just to the fact that some of this tale does seem fantastical, but also because filmmaker Mads Brügger, a Danish journalist, keeps the viewer off balance by playing with, even joking about that quality. Early on, he allows, “This could either be the world’s biggest murder mystery or the world’s most idiotic conspiracy theory.”

Having seen the film again and read up on it and the issues it evokes, I’m now convinced that it’s a real documentary, not a fake one. One aspect of the film, though, is constructed or staged for dramatic effect. Repeatedly through the film we see Brügger in an African hotel room dictating his evolving narrative to two female African secretaries, who alternate with each other and frequently ask him questions. Not only a way of helping clarify a very complicated story, this device, according to the filmmaker, came about because it “dawned on me that I was potentially working on a film without any women or black Africans.”

Fair enough. And whether or not the two women are actresses or actual secretaries, they fulfill their roles admirably. But it says something that in this tale of intrigue in modern Africa the only Africans who play prominent roles—villainous ones, in some cases—are white South Africans; otherwise the director and his accomplice, white-haired Swedish private investigator Göran Björkdahl, spend years in Europe and Africa conducting interviews with, as Brügger puts it, “elderly, white, liver-spotted men.”

Most of these dappled gents have some connection to the mystery that Brügger starts with. Hammarskjöld, a Swedish aristocrat, was a towering figure in mid-20th century world affairs. Heading up the U.N. beginning in 1953, he took a special interest in helping newly independent African countries wrest free from their former colonial masters. Naturally, this stance earned him many enemies. When the plane he was in went down in central Africa on September 18, 1961, he was trying to negotiate a peace agreement in the Congo region, which had been ruthlessly exploited by Belgium for centuries (for details on this horror, see Adam Hochschild’s superb book King Leopold’s Ghost and the documentary of the same title).

Although the crash was officially blamed on pilot error, foul play was suspected from the first, and Brügger and Björkdahl uncover evidence—including interviews with Africans who witnessed the crash— suggesting the diplomat’s plane was shot down by another. They even identity a British-Belgian fighter pilot they think carried out the assassination (other researchers, however, have pointed to a French mercenary). And then there’s this chilling detail: a photo of Hammarskjöld’s body with an ace of spades resting on the collar—the calling card (literally), we are told, of the CIA.

But midway through the film, Hammarskjöld’s death opens onto a larger subject that commands the rest of the narrative. The connection is the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that South Africa mounted in the wake of apartheid’s end, and in which certain papers were revealed that linked Hammarskjöld’s death to a group known the South African Institute for Maritime Research. Called SAIMR for short, it may have had something to do with looking for sunken treasure at some point, but in more recent history it seems to have been a mercenary outfit dealing in coups, assassinations and other nefarious business, and funded, supposedly, by intelligence agencies such as MI6 and the CIA.

The filmmakers become fascinated with a SAIMR leader named Keith Maxwell, a self-styled “commodore” who always wore white except when he donned an 18th century admiral’s uniform complete with tricorn hat and flowing coat. Maxwell, who died some years ago, was supposedly involved in Hammarskjöld’s murder and was even photographed at the scene before investigators arrived. But in delving into his history, the filmmakers come upon an even more scandalous charge: that he posed as a doctor inoculating Africans against AIDS in the 1990s when in fact he was spreading the disease in an effort to eradicate blacks.

This accusation is of course explosive, and as an end title in the film states, AIDS experts say it is practically impossible. But is there no truth to it? In the film’s last quarter, Brügger and Björkdahl light upon “the guy we’ve been looking for six years.” He’s a former SAIMR operative named Alexander Jones, a hardboiled military type who is ready to spill the beans on the group because he wants “closure.” His interview is the most fascinating part of the film. I kept thinking, “If this guy’s an actor, he deserves an Oscar.”

Jones gives the filmmakers plenty of detail regarding Maxwell, the structure and operations of SAIMR (he says it involved 5000 people at one point), and the murders and other dirty business it was involved in across Africa. As for the AIDS story, he confirms it. But a New York Times story of Jan. 27, 2019, says that the filmmakers’ notes indicate Jones denied any knowledge of the AIDS project in pre-interviews, but by the time the camera was turned on, his testimony “evolved” to the point of including familiarity with things the filmmakers had told him about.

In other words, the whole thing ends up a bit murky. But then, this entire area of history is composed of endless layers of murk, and sometimes the best any investigator can do is to shine a light through a few layers, and leave the viewer to contemplate the many questions that remain.

Footnotes: Last week the New York Times reported that the government of Sweden, after asking the governments of the U.S., Britain and other countries to open their files on the Hammarskjöld case, has refused to open its own files “on grounds they are classified under national security laws.” Meanwhile the U.N. is mounting another investigation into the case which is due to be released next month “though it may be delayed,” according to the Times.

- Brian Tallerico

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In an early scene in “Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles,” the visionary filmmaker Luis Buñuel flashes back to a formative day in his childhood. As a young boy, he is racing to catch up with a group of drummers in a square. He falls, his hands bloodied. When he finally gets to the front of the group and begins drumming, his blood splashes the drum. If it were in a traditional biopic, the very literal commingling of the human with the artistic may feel too direct, but it sets the stage for what’s to come in a very nontraditional telling of film history. Watching this unique film, I was struck by something Brad Bird told me years ago, which could basically be paraphrased as “animation is a form, not a genre.” The fact that this site is reviewing an American animated sequel to a film based on a mobile video game (“The Angry Birds Movie 2”) and this Spanish production about the filming of a barely-seen short documentary film in the career of Luis Buñuel in the same week could be the greatest proof yet of Bird’s statement, especially since these two films, which couldn’t be further apart in terms of purpose and tone, are both getting the same star rating.

Luis Buñuel’s 1933 “Las Hurdes: Tierra Sin Pan” is a fascinating short documentary that the filmmaker shot decades before he would become an international icon, at a tumultuous time both in his career and the fate of his country. As the Spanish Civil War lurks on the horizon, Buñuel struggles to find his identity as a filmmaker, coming off the success of “Un Chien Andalou” (but the shadow of Salvador Dali) and the controversy that greeted its follow-up, “L’Age d’Or” in 1930, a film which got him branded a heretic. Buñuel chose to go to a mountainous region of Spain that was so remote that it had only recently had a road constructed to it and discovered how to make bread (hence the title of his new project, which translates to "Las Hurdes: Land without Bread"). At least according to this film, the Las Hurdes region proved a fertile location for Buñuel’s interests as a filmmaker and his surrealist bent. The animated film is intercut with footage of the actual documentary, and it’s a fascinating blend of the surreal and the realistic. The main source of income in this village is taking in orphaned children, for whom the government pays a subsidy. So there are kids everywhere, all of them incredibly poor, and generations of in-breeding has led to health issues, but no real medical help.

How Buñuel approaches his subjects becomes the main thrust of “Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles,” and the divisions that arise between him and his collaborators, including a producer friend who used lottery winnings to pay for the production. Is Buñuel mocking these people? And do his filmmaking needs outweigh the actual ones of the residents of Las Hurdes? Buñuel was notoriously and openly manipulative in the filmmaking. For example, when a goat doesn’t fall off a ridge to give the filmmaker the shot he wants, the crew shoots it. He reportedly covered a sick donkey with honey to have bees attack it and kill it. 

If you’re thinking this is a lot of artistic philosophy for one animated film, you’re not wrong, but director Salvador Simó has a light touch that mingles surrealism with history lesson. He regularly returns to dreamscapes that Buñuel would admire, very rarely in a way that underlines the internal struggles of the filmmaker at the time but that highlight how his visions co-existed with his reality. At its best, “Buñuel and the Labyrinth of the Turtles” is as caught between dream and reality as the film that Buñuel made in the mountains of Spain. Assisted by a gorgeous score by Arturo Cardelús, it is a film that flows back and forth between animated vision and a more traditional story of process and filmmaking. Buñuel’s lottery-winning producer butts heads with the filmmaker and their relationship dominates the final minutes of the film in ways that I didn’t expect and I’m not sure completely works, but it does remind one of the legacy of a man who would soon become a victim of the Spanish Civil War.

Why tell this story now? And why do it in animated form? The latter question is partially answered by the surreal dreams that would be near-impossible on a small budget in live-action form, but it’s also I think because of how much the film-within-a-film played with the medium. As “Las Hurdes” blurred documentary and fiction, this film blurs what we traditionally expect from animation. As for why to tell this story, it’s all really there in an opening discussion about the impact of art and what is gained from dissecting it vs. just experiencing it. Questioning why we make art, and how specific chapters in the lives of some of our most influential artists shaped their entire careers, will never get old, especially for film lovers. And that’s true for whatever form, not just genre, that the art takes. 

- Nick Allen

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The laughless mess of “Sextuplets” proves that Marlon Wayans still has a big obstacle in the way of his comedic greatness—himself. You’d be better off streaming one of his potent, whip-silly episodes of his sitcom “Marlon” then picking this new movie on Netflix, which arrives today from director Michael Tiddes, of 2017’s much more enjoyable and clever “Naked.” In that Netflix project, Wayans spent most of a “Groundhog Day” plot scurrying around with no clothes on. But “Sextuplets,” a movie with multiple Marlon Wayans performances? Shrug. When Robin Williams keeps popping up in the film—on a TV screen, on a character's shirt, and even as a doctor’s name—it’s for a reason, as Wayans knows his gift for hamminess has the same potential as the beloved late comedian. But it’s all a sad reminder that while Wayans has a similar comedic energy and charisma, he needs better scriptwriters, stat. 

As conceived by writers Marlon Wayans, Mike Glock, and Rick Alvarez, most of the comedic energy within “Sextuplets” is spent on flat character work and even more wholesale kooky sequences, as stapled together by chintzy idea of family. In the long history of the movies about unlikely family reunions, “Sextuplets” is one of the most blatantly indifferent, setting Wayans’ orphan Alan up to find his biological mother (and then the siblings he learns about) because it sounds like a good idea after all these years, so long as he’s back before his wife gives birth to his first kid. The movie doles out its siblings one underwhelming sequence at a time, and it all doesn’t build towards a sense of unity so much as exhaustion. It’s all too fitting that the last word heard in "Sextuplets" is “family,” followed up by someone making a fart sound. 

Wayans handles his many characters with the same limits of care: he gives them a definitive physical appearance, a distinct way of speaking, and sometimes makes them discernible mostly by stereotypes. The comedy will write itself, or so he reckons, and scenes often have him heightening absurdity of any newly introduced sibling, while Alan takes some type of beating as a bland straight man. For example, Wayans plays Alan's sister Dawn as loud and abrasive as possible, mixing in Cardi B chirps in between her threats to fight someone. Then there’s brother Ethan, who is like Steve Harvey as a stereotypical 1970s pimp, gold teeth cap and all. Or, there’s the doughy and dorky Russell, the first sibling that Alan meets, who speaks out the side of his mouth and provides both the film's core fat jokes and the cereal product placement. For what egregious stereotypes the movie uses for its characters--a common jumping off point for Wayans' comedy—it still feels quarter-baked. 

The filmmaking behind “Sextuplets” is notable—not in terms of the plethora B-roll of cars driving, and lazily designed scenes that punctuate on the same beat of someone suddenly getting hit, hard. But with multiple versions of Wayans on the screen at once, “Sextuplets” boasts impressive hair and make-up. There's also a seamlessness here in putting characters shot at different times in the same scene, an advancement for all comedians who want to keep playing various characters at once. 

Hardly a road trip movie, or even a movie, “Sextuplets” can’t even be funny as a free-for-all for Wayans, who makes abundantly clear the difference between wackiness and cleverness. Everything is presented bluntly, and small doses of absurdity—such as the film’s fixation on jokes inspired by “The Rockford Files”—can’t even punch up the story. Here’s Marlon Wayans in many different costumes, the film wagers, and thinks that’s all we need. But there’s no heart beyond the dedication to his impersonations, and there’s no fun, either. 

- Monica Castillo

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A child changes everything, or so the familiar parenting adage tells us. For the main character in Richard Linklater’s new film “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” becoming a parent not only changed her lifestyle; it seeped into her art, career and changed her as a person in the process. It’s a theme worth exploring deeply—especially as more women are sharing candid stories from the frontlines of motherhood—but unfortunately, it’s not given its proper due in the movie’s try-hard script. 

As pieced together from voiceover narration and an unbelievably high-quality video essay, Bernadette Fox (Cate Blanchett) was once a rising star in the architecture world. However, after one crushing professional setback and a fraught transition into motherhood, she retreated into the confines of a stately old mansion in Seattle with her husband Elgie (Billy Crudup) and their precocious daughter, Bee (Emma Nelson). When the now teenaged Bee asks her parents for a trip to Antartica, it sets off a panic in the agoraphobic recluse, causing an avalanche of problems that sends her off on a journey towards self-rediscovery—without her family knowing quite where she’s taken off to. 

Based on Maria Semple’s book of the same title, the movie version of “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” shifts the perspective of the story from Bee’s search for her runaway mom onto Bernadette’s shoulders. However, this character is not interested in making it easy for the audience to empathize with her. Linklater can’t seem to strike the right tone for Bernadette’s story, so in some moments, she’s comically ill-equipped to handle the slightest of domestic chores and foists a number of her personal tasks on an unseen digital assistant based in India. Then when her helplessness and anxiety are portrayed in a more tragic light, it leaves a guilty aftertaste for viewers who laughed at those earlier scenes. Add in Blanchett’s barbed performance as a woman on the edge of needing a mother’s little helper just to pick up her kid from school, and that’s yet another layer on the already conflicted movie. At times, Bernadette can be casually racist to her digital assistant and her holier-than-thou attitude towards just about everyone else feels less like a defense mechanism and more of a justification for treating others dreadfully. In her eyes, they don’t deserve better and that goes double for Bernadette’s arch-nemesis, her PTA-obsessed neighbor, Audrey (Kristen Wiig). It’s tiring keeping track of the movie’s number of mood swings. 

Perhaps inadvertently, “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” also becomes a study of a difficult artist who hates just about everyone who isn’t her daughter. Almost everyone else in the movie tolerates her because she’s an avowed genius in her field. Others (sometimes rightfully) despise her because of her behavior. But will the pass for creative men with bad attitudes be offered to Bernadette as well? Usually, what endears these kinds of prickly antiheroes are some sense of pathos, something to connect with or feel for, but this movie doesn’t offer enough to explain or absolve Bernadette’s actions. By the time the credits roll to the well-worn tune of Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time,” I’m not convinced Linklater knew where his movie should end or what he wanted to say by telling this story. 

Nor does there seem to be a clear visual style beyond constant grey and rainy skies hovering over the movie’s version of Seattle. It’s not that it’s terribly shot by cinematographer Shane F. Kelly, it’s that it’s so blandly competent, it barely feels like a Richard Linklater film. His movies tend to feel so much more empathetic towards their characters. From the blossoming romance between characters played by Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke in the “Before” trilogy, the rowdy college boys of “Everybody Wants Some!!” and even the unserious substitute teacher played by Jack Black in “School of Rock,” these worlds in these movies reflected the stories playing out on Linklater’s stages. That that connection is missing in “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” speaks to its discord. 

Perhaps its the present day fatigue that makes this movie about a wealthy white woman who abandons her family to find herself feel so terribly out-of-place. Bernadette lives in a very comfortable bubble: her family owns their home, she’s married to a supportive husband with a high salary job at a tech company (Microsoft, in case they don’t say it enough times in the script co-written by Linklater, Holly Gent and Vincent Palmo Jr.). She doesn’t shut her daughter down when asked for a trip to Antartica, which no, most Americans would not be able to afford. The book is not yet a decade old and already it feels like the self-fulfillment worries of another lifetime. In this world, it seems only wealthy artists can afford the luxury to create, to run away from their family without warning, sweet talk their way into a fairly restricted part of the planet and claim it as something they needed to do for their genius work. It’s a privileged perspective with nothing to share for the rest of us.

- Peter Sobczynski

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The original “47 Meters Down”—which told the story of a pair of sisters (Mandy Moore and Claire Holt) on a boat tour promising close-up encounters with sharks who found themselves trapped at the bottom of the ocean floor inside a damaged cage with too little air in their tanks, too many meters to the surface to make a safe ascent and too many CGI sharks in the area who were feeling a bit snacky—was slated to go direct-to-video until it was picked up for theatrical release two summers ago. The resulting film was not particularly good—it squandered its intriguing premise and the appealing performances from Moore and Holt on a series of increasingly banal shock moments before culminating with one of the stupidest endings to grace any film in recent memory. For whatever reason, it went on to become a sleeper hit. And thus, like clockwork, “47 Meters Down: Uncaged” is upon us and it is no small irony that this one was always destined for a theatrical release because between its B-minus-level cast, tatty visual effects and a storyline that goes far beyond the long line of shark-related films preceding it to find elements to pilfer, it is the one that feels more like a direct-to-video item that inexplicably wound up in theaters in search of a few bucks from bored late-summer audiences.

Since the list of surviving characters from the first film was fairly short and it would be unrealistic to expect them to base a follow-up around the misadventures of Matthew Modine’s hapless boat captain (though his tale might have inspired the late Oscar Wilde, were he alive and into junky shark movies, to muse “To lose one group of ninnies to sharks may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose two looks like carelessness”), “Uncaged” has no narrative connection to its predecessor. Set in Mexico, the film stars Sophie Nelisse as Mia, an American girl who has recently moved to Mexico with her undersea explorer father (John Corbett), his new wife (Nia Long) and stepsister Sasha (Corinne Foxx, daughter of Jamie), who fails to protect her from the school mean girls who bully her for no evident reason. The next day, Dad tries to get the two to share some quality time together by getting them tickets for a glass-bottomed boat excursion but when Sasha’s friends, Alexa (Brianne Tju) and Nicole (Sistine Stallone, niece of Frank), turn up with a better idea, she goes with them and brings Mia along for the ride.

The better idea turns out to be a remote lagoon adjacent to the entrance to a submerged Mayan city that Mia’s dad recently discovered. Luckily, his research team has left four sets of scuba gear around and the four decide to take a quick peek at the city’s first entry point. It is all fun and games for a bit but when one of them panics when a fish lunges at her, it inspires a chain reaction that sends much of the entrance crashing down and cutting them off from the surface. It's only then that the promised shark makes its long-overdue appearance—in this case, it is a great white who is blind from having spent so long in the underwater depths without sunlight but whose other senses are heightened as a result. Now, with dwindling air supplies and a blind and cranky shark at their heels, the four are forced to negotiate the twisty, increasingly cramped surroundings in a desperate effort to save themselves from drowning and being digested. A couple of additional characters pop up from time to time, but their fates are so overtly preordained that they may as well be wearing red scuba suits.

Not even the most devoted of Mandy Moore fans would mistake “47 Meters Down” for a good movie by any means, but it at least played reasonably fair with viewers (until the appalling ending, that is)—it allowed the characters to do all the right things to combat their plight and still found ways to turn the screws on them. Apparently returning co-writers Johannes Roberts and Ernest Riera used up all their borderline clever ideas to keep a story like this moving along and have instead elected to tell one that requires practically everyone to act like an absolute idiot at every moment to get from Point A to A-. Otherwise, the big innovation here seems to be that the two spend as much time ripping off “The Descent” as they do the usually litany of shark movies, though one of the latter pilferings is so blatant that it is almost breathtaking in its audacity. 

As for the characters, they are so devoid of actual personality that once they don their scuba helmets and dive underwater, it is all but impossible to tell them apart at any given moment. Like most films that are set almost entirely underwater, this is not a particularly appealing film from a visual perspective—it is way too dark and murky for its own good—and when Roberts does put together one decent water-based attack sequence involving an incongruous musical accompaniment, it only serves as an echo of a similar sequence that proved to be the only memorable moment of his previous film, “The Strangers: Prey At Night.” Beyond that, the only thing that works here, ironically enough, is the ending, which is just as nonsensical as the originals, but is nevertheless goofy enough to bring some sorely needed energy to the proceedings.

In recent years, I seem to have become this site’s go-to guy for movies focused on sharks gnawing on people. On the grand scale of such things, “47 Meters Down: Uncaged” is probably somewhere smack in the middle—it is no “Jaws” (or even “Jaws 2”) but it is slightly better than whatever shark-related nonsense is currently airing on SyFy as I am writing these words. Actually, if you are seized with some weird desire to see this, waiting for it to turn up on SyFy in a few months might actually be the smart bet—you won’t lose anything visually and the commercials might help break up the monotony. 

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சென்னை: கோமாளி திரைப்படம் குறித்து ரசிகர்கள் டிவிட்டர் கருத்து தெரிவித்து வருகின்றனர். பிரதீப் ரங்கநாதன் இயக்கத்தில் ஜெயம் ரவி நடித்துள்ள படம் கோமாளி. இப்படத்தின் டிரெய்லரில் ரஜினியின் அரசியல் பிரவேசத்தை கேலி செய்யும் வகையில் காட்சிகள் அமைக்கப்பட்டிருந்தது. இதற்கு கடும் எதிர்ப்பு கிளம்பியதைத் தொடர்ந்து அக்காட்சிகள் நீக்கப்பட்டன. இந்நிலையில், சுதந்திர தினத்தையொட்டி கோமாளி திரைப்படம் இன்று வெளியாகியுள்ளது.

சென்னை: தன்னை கொலை செய்ய வரும் ஒரு மர்ம மனிதனுடன் நயன்தாரா விளையாடும் கண்ணாமூச்சி ஆட்டம் தான் கொலையுதிர் காலம். பிறவியிலேயே வாய் பேச முடியாதவர், ஆனால் அபார ஓவிய திறமை கொண்டவர் நயன்தாரா. இந்தியாவில் ஒரு ஆசிரமத்தில் வளரும் அவரை, லண்டனை சேர்ந்த மல்டி மில்லினியர் அபா லான்சன் தத்தெடுக்கிறார். தாய் லண்டன் சென்றுவிட, இந்தியாவில்

சென்னை: நேர்கொண்ட பார்வை படத்தில் இருக்கு அஜித் ரசிகர்களுக்கு வேட்டை இருக்கு. அமிதாப் பச்சன், டாப்ஸி உள்ளிட்டோர் நடித்து இந்தியில் வெற்றி பெற்ற பிங்க் படத்தை அஜித், வித்யா பாலன், ஷ்ரத்தா ஸ்ரீநாத் உள்ளிட்டோரை வைத்து நேர்கொண்ட பார்வை என்ற பெயரில் ரீமேக் செய்துள்ளார் ஹெச். வினோத். மறைந்த நடிகை ஸ்ரீதேவியின் கணவர் போனி கபூர் தயாரித்துள்ள

சென்னை: பெண்கள் பற்றி பொதுபுத்தியில் இருக்கும் பார்வையை மாற்ற துணிந்திருக்கிறது அஜித்தின் நேர்கொண்ட பார்வை திரைப்படம். ஷ்ரத்தா, அபிராமி, ஆண்ட்ரியா ஆகிய மூன்று பேரும் தோழிகள். ஒரு நடன நிகழ்ச்சியில் இருந்து திரும்பும் போது, ஆதிக் ரவிச்சந்திரன் மற்றும் அவரது நண்பர்களுடன் இரவு ஒரு ஹோட்டலுக்கு செல்கிறார்கள். அவர்களிடம் தவறாக நடக்க முயலும் ஆதிக்கின் நண்பரை

சென்னை: நேர்கொண்ட பார்வை படத்தை சிங்கப்பூரில் பார்த்தவர்கள் அது குறித்து ட்விட்டரில் கருத்து தெரிவித்துள்ளனர். ஹெச். வினோத் இயக்கத்தில் அஜித், வித்யா பாலன், ஷ்ரத்தா ஸ்ரீநாத் உள்ளிட்டோர் நடித்துள்ள நேர்கொண்ட பார்வை படத்தின் ப்ரீமியர் ஷோ இன்று சிங்கப்பூரில் நடந்தது. மேலும் மீடியாவுக்கும் இன்று இந்த படம் திரையிடப்பட்டுள்ளது. ப்ரீமியர் ஷோவை முன்னிட்டு போனி கபூர், வித்யா

சென்னை: ஒரு பொக்கிஷத்தை கைப்பற்ற ஜோதிகாவும், ரேவதியும் செய்யும் அதிரடி அட்டகாசங்கள் தான் ஜாக்பாட். "இந்த கதையை சொல்லத் தொடங்க வேண்டுமானால் பல ஆயிரம் ஆண்டுகளுக்கு முன்பு பயணிக்க வேண்டும்" என தசாவதாரம் கமல் ரேஞ்சுக்கு ஒரு பெரிய பிளாஷ் பேக்குடன் ஆரம்பமாகிறது படம். அள்ள அள்ளக் குறையாத 'அட்சய பாத்திரம்' என ஒரு பாத்திரத்தை

சென்னை: எளிய மனிதர்களுக்கு இடையேயான காதலை, அடர் வனத்தின் பின்னணியில் குளிர்ச்சியாக கூறும் படம் கழுகு 2. கொடைக்கானலில் ஓர் அடர்ந்தக் காடு. அதில் செந்நாய்களின் ஆட்சி. மனிதர்களை வேட்டையாடும் செந்நாய்களுக்கு பயந்து, அந்த காட்டுக்குள் நுழையவே பயப்படுகின்றனர் ஊர் மக்கள். சுயநலம் கொண்ட ஒரு வியாபாரி மரங்களை வெட்டி லாபம் பார்ப்பதற்காக அந்த காட்டை

சென்னை: பலரும் மறந்து போன கீதாரிகளின் வாழ்க்கையை மண்மணத்துடன், நட்பு, காதல், குடும்பம், துரோகம், பகை, பழிவாங்கல் என உணர்வுப்பூர்வமாக சொல்கிறது தொரட்டி. தமிழில் ஒவ்வொரு வாரமும் நான்கைந்து படங்கள் வெளியாகின்றன. அதில் ஏதாவது ஒரு படம் தான் நம் மனதில் தடம் பதிக்கும். அப்படிப்பட்ட ஒரு வாழ்வியல் சார்ந்த படம் தான் தொரட்டி. நமக்குள்

சென்னை: நம் வீட்டு பெண்களின் வளர்ச்சிக்கு நாம் உறுதுணையாக இருக்க வேண்டும் எனும் கருத்தை காதலின் மூலம் உரக்கச் சொல்கிறது டியர் காம்ரேட். தமிழில் தூத்துக்குடி தான் கதைக்களம். கல்லூரி மாணவரான விஜய் தேவரகொண்டா ஒரு காம்ரேட். அதாவது எதற்கும் அஞ்சாத ஒரு போராளி. அதனாலேயே ஸ்டூடன்ஸ் யூனியன் தலைவராக செயல்பட்டு வருகிறார். எதற்கெடுத்தாலும் அடிதடி

சென்னை: சந்தானத்தின் அக்மார்க் கலாய் வசனங்கள் நிரம்ப காமெடி காதல் கதையாக வந்துள்ளது அக்யூஸ்ட் நம்பர் 1. உலகிலேயே உத்தமர் என்றால் அது ஏ1 படத்தின் நாயகி தாராவின் தந்தை அனந்தராமன் தான். அப்படிப்பட்ட உத்தமர் பெத்த பொண்ணுக்கு தளபதி ரஜினி கேரக்டரில் ஒருவரை காதலித்து கல்யாணம் செய்ய வேண்டும் என்பது ஆசை. ஆனால் அவர்

சென்னை: அப்பா, மகன் இடையேயான உறவை காதல், காமெடி கலந்து கமர்சியலாக சொல்கிறது கொளஞ்சி. பெரியாரிஸ்டான சமுத்திரக்கனிக்கு ஒரு மனைவி (சங்கவி), இரண்டு மகன்கள். மூத்த மகன் பெயர் தான் கொளஞ்சி (கிருபாகரன்). வாலுப் பையனான கொளஞ்சி, நண்பன் நசாத்துடன் சேர்ந்து சேட்டை செய்துகொண்டு ஊர்ச்சுற்றி திரிகிறான். இதனாலேயே அப்பாவிடம் அடி வாங்காத நாளே இல்லை

சென்னை: சிந்தனை ஆற்றல் வழியாக செவ்வாய்கிரகத்திற்கு செல்ல விடாமுயற்சி செய்யும் ஒரு இளைஞனை பற்றிய கதையே சென்னை பழனி மார்ஸ். நாயகன் பிரவீன் ராஜாவின் குரலில் தான் படம் துவங்குகிறது. விஞ்ஞானியான பிரவீனின் தந்தைக்கு செவ்வாய்கிரகத்திற்கு போக வேண்டும் என்பது வாழ்க்கை லட்சியம். அதற்காக அவர் இஸ்ரோவில் வேலைக்கு சேராமல், ராவணன் போல் சிந்தனை ஆற்றலின்

சென்னை: விஜய் தேவரகொண்டா, ராஷ்மிகா மந்தனா நடித்துள்ள டியர் காம்ரேட் படத்திற்கு நல்ல வரவேற்பு கிடைத்துள்ளது. விஜய் தேவரகொண்டா மற்றும் ராஷ்மிகா மந்தனா நடிப்பில் உருவாகியுள்ள டியர் காம்ரேட் திரைப்படம் தமிழ், தெலுங்கு, கன்னடம் மற்றும் மலையாளம் ஆகிய மொழிகளில் இன்று உலகம் முழுவதும் வெளியாகியுள்ளது. புதுமுக இயக்குனர் பரத் கம்மா இப்படத்தை இயக்கியுள்ளார். ஸ்ருதி ராமசந்திரன்,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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രമേശൻ ഒരു പേരല്ല എന്ന സിനിമയുടെ ഇടവേള സമയത്ത് തിയേറ്ററിൽ ഇരുന്നപ്പോൾ ഞാൻ ഓർത്തത് പണ്ട് സോവിയറ്റ് യൂണിയൻ ഉണ്ടായിരുന്ന കാലത്തെ ഒരു കോമഡി ആണ്. സൗഹൃദസന്ദർശനത്തിന് മോസ്‌കോയിൽ എത്തിയ അമേരിക്കൻ പ്രസിഡന്റുമായി റഷ്യൻ പ്രസിഡന്റ് ചെസ്സ് കളിക്കുകയും അതിൽ പരാജയപ്പെടുകയും ചെയ്തു. പിറ്റേന്നത്തെ പ്രവ്ദയിൽ ഹെഡിംഗ് ഇപ്രകാരമായിരുന്നു. രാഷ്ട്രത്തലവന്മാർ പങ്കെടുത്ത ചതുരംഗമത്സരത്തിൽ റഷ്യൻ പ്രസിഡന്റിന്

ശക്തൻ മാർക്കറ്റ് എന്ന സിനിമയ്ക്ക് പോവുമ്പോൾ ഷോ നടക്കുമെന്ന യാതൊരു ഉറപ്പുമില്ലായിരുന്നു.. കാരണം, ഇതുപോലെ താരരഹിതമായ പോസ്റ്ററുകൾ ഒട്ടിച്ച പുതുമുഖ പിന്നണിപ്രവർത്തകരുടെ എത്രയോ സിനിമകൾ പ്രേക്ഷകർ എത്താത്തതിനാൽ ആദ്യ ഷോ പോലും പ്രദർശിപ്പിക്കാതെ പിൻവാങ്ങുന്നതിന് നിരവധി സന്ദർഭങ്ങളിൽ ഞാൻ തന്നെ സാക്ഷിയാണ്. പക്ഷെ ശക്തൻ മാർക്കറ്റിന് പത്ത് നാൽപതോളം ആളുകൾ തിയേറ്ററിൽ എത്തിയിരുന്നു. ആദ്യദിനം അല്ലാതിരുന്നിട്ടും. ഇതിനപ്പുറം ശക്തൻ മാർക്കറ്റ്‌ ഒരു പരാമർശമർഹിക്കുന്ന സിനിമയാവുന്നില്ല.

ആക്സിഡന്റിനെ തുടർന്ന് 16 വർഷം കോമയിൽ കിടന്ന ഒരു മനുഷ്യൻ പെട്ടെന്നൊരു നാൾ ജീവിതത്തിലേക്ക് തിരിച്ചുവരുമ്പോൾ സമകാലിക സാമൂഹ്യവസ്ഥകളുമായി പൊരുത്തപ്പെടാൻ അയാൾ നേരിടുന്ന ബുദ്ധിമുട്ടുകൾ ആണ് ജയം രവിയുടെ പുതിയ സിനിമ-കോമാളി-കാണിച്ചുതരുന്നത്. കോമാളി എന്നാൽ ജോക്കർ എന്ന് മാത്രമല്ല കോമായെ ആളിയവൻ എന്നും അർത്ഥം. അതുകൊണ്ടുതന്നെ വെറും കോമാളിക്കളി മാത്രമല്ല സിനിമ, ഇത്തിരി സെന്റിമെന്റൽ കൂടി

സൂപ്പർ താരങ്ങളുടെയും സൂപ്പർ ഡയറക്ടർമാരുടെയും മധ്യസ്ഥത കൂടാതെ ഒറ്റയ്ക്ക് സിനിമയെ ചുമലിലെടുത്ത് സൂപ്പർ ഹിറ്റാക്കാൻ കെൽപ്പുള്ള തെന്നിന്ത്യയിലെ ഒരേയൊരു ലേഡി സൂപ്പർസ്റ്റാറാണ് നയൻതാര. പരീക്ഷണങ്ങളിലാണ് കമ്പം. പൊതുവെ പാളാറില്ല. പക്ഷെ, ആയമ്മയ്ക്ക് ഹൊറർ ജോണറിൽ ആരോ കൈവിഷം കൊടുത്തിട്ടുണ്ടോ എന്ന് സംശയമുണ്ട്. അവരുടേതായി ഇറങ്ങുന്ന സിനിമകളുടെ ലിസ്റ്റ് എടുത്താൽ നല്ലൊരു പങ്കും ഹൊറർ ത്രില്ലറുകളാണ്. പരിചരണത്തിൽ മികച്ചതായ ഒരു ആവറേജ് ഹൊറര്‍ അനുഭവം.

കുട്ടികളുടെ മനസിലെ നിഷ്കളങ്കതകൾ മാത്രമല്ല കാപട്യങ്ങളും തനിക്ക് കൈകാര്യം ചെയ്യാനാവുമെന്ന് ഗപ്പി എന്ന ആദ്യ സിനിമയിലൂടെ തെളിയിച്ച സംവിധായകൻ ആണ് ജോൺ പോൾ ജോർജ്. തന്റെ രണ്ടാമത്തെ ചിത്രത്തിൽ ജോൺ പോൾ ജോർജ് പരിചയപ്പെടുത്തുന്നത് കുഞ്ഞുങ്ങളുടെ മനസുള്ള ഒരു നായകകഥാപാത്രത്തെ ആണ്. നായകന്റെ പേര് തന്നെ സിനിമയ്ക്കും.. അമ്പിളി. സംവിധായകന്റെയും നായകന്റെയും കയ്യൊപ്പുള്ള ഒരൊന്നൊന്നര ദൃശ്യാനുഭവം എന്ന് അടിവര.

വിശ്വാസം എന്ന 200കോടി ക്ലബ് ഇൻഡസ്ട്രി ഹിറ്റിന് ശേഷം തല അജിത്കുമാർ.  തീരൻ അധികാരം ഒണ്‍ട്ര്‌ എന്ന സമാനതകളില്ലാത്ത സീറ്റ് എഡ്ജ് ത്രില്ലറിന് ശേഷം എച്ച് വിനോദ് എന്ന സംവിധായകൻ. ഈ രണ്ടു ഘടകങ്ങൾ ചേരുമ്പോൾ തന്നെ ഒരു സിനിമയിൽ പ്രേക്ഷകരുടെയും ആരാധകരുടെയും പ്രതീക്ഷയുടെ ലെവൽ എത്രയായിരിക്കുമെന്നു ഊഹിക്കാം. അതിന്റെ കൂടെ ആ സിനിമ, 2016

ഷൂട്ടിംഗ് തുടങ്ങിയ അന്ന് മുതൽ തുടങ്ങിയ പബ്ലിസിറ്റിയിലൂടേയും ടീസറുകളിലൂടെയും ട്രെയിലറുകളിലൂടെയും റിലീസിന് മുൻപേ തന്നെ ഉണ്ടാക്കിയ വൻ ഹൈപ്പുമായിട്ടാണ് കൽക്കി ഇന്ന് തിയേറ്ററുകളിൽ എത്തിയത്. കൊമേഴ്‌സ്യൽ പോലീസ് സിനിമകളിൽ ലോജിക്കും യാഥാർഥ്യവും തിരയുന്നത് വിഢിത്തമാണെന്ന കാര്യം സിനിമയുണ്ടായ കാലം മുതൽ നമ്മൾക്കറിയാം. കൽക്കിയുടെ ടീസർ-ട്രെയിലറുകൾ സമ്മാനിച്ച മുൻ വിധികളും മറിച്ചൊന്നല്ല. ഇക്കാരണത്താൽ പ്രതീക്ഷയുടേതായ യാതൊരുവിധ മുൻവിധികളുമായിട്ടായിരുന്നില്ല

ലോകത്തിലെ ഏറ്റവും പൊക്കം കുറഞ്ഞ നായകൻ സംവിധായകൻ എന്നിങ്ങനെ രണ്ടു കാറ്റഗറികളിൽ ഗിന്നസ് റെക്കോർഡുകൾ കരസ്ഥമാക്കിയ ഗിന്നസ് പക്രു എന്ന അജയ്കുമാർ ആദ്യമായി നിർമാതാവിന്റെ വേഷത്തിൽ എത്തുന്ന സിനിമയാണ് ഫാൻസി ഡ്രസ്സ്. നിർമാതാവ് എന്നതിന് പുറമെ ഫാൻസി ഡ്രസിന്റെ കഥയെഴുതിയിരിക്കുന്നതും സംവിധായകൻ രഞ്ജിത് സ്ക്കറിയയ്ക്കൊപ്പം സ്ക്രിപ്റ്റ് രചനയിൽ പങ്കാളി ആവുകയും ചെയ്തിരിക്കുന്നു അജയകുമാർ. 76 സെന്റീമീറ്റർ

കഴിഞ്ഞ ആഴ്ച ഇറങ്ങിയ 'തണ്ണീർമത്തൻ ദിനങ്ങൾ' തിയേറ്ററുകളിൽ നിറഞ്ഞ് തിമിർക്കുന്നതിനിടയിൽ ഈയാഴ്ച അടുത്ത പ്ലസ്‌ടു സിനിമ കൂടി മലയാളത്തിൽ ഇന്ന് റിലീസ് ചെയ്തു. വിവേക് ആര്യൻ സംവിധാനം ചെയ്തിരിക്കുന്ന "ഓർമ്മയിൽ ഒരു ശിശിരം". C/o സൈറാ ബാനു, സൺഡേ ഹോളിഡേ, ബി ടെക് തുടങ്ങിയ ഭേദപ്പെട്ട സിനിമകൾക്ക് ശേഷം മാക്ട്രോ പിക്‌ചേഴ്‌സിന്റെ നാലാമത്തെ ചിത്രം എന്നൊരു

ലിസ്റ്റിൻ സ്റ്റീഫൻ എന്ന പേരിനും മാജിക് ഫ്രെയിംസ് എന്ന പോഡക്ഷൻ house നും മലയാളത്തിലെ സിനിമാസ്വാദകർക്കിടയിൽ സവിശേഷമായ ഇമേജ് ഉണ്ടായിരുന്ന ഒരു കാലം ഉണ്ടായിരുന്നു. ചെറിയ പ്രായത്തിൽ ലിസ്റ്റിൻ നിർമിച്ചതും മലയാളസിനിമയുടെ സെൻസിബിലിറ്റിയെ പുതുക്കി പണിയുന്നതിന് നിർണായക പങ്ക് വഹിച്ചതുമായ ട്രാഫിക്, ചാപ്പകുരിശ്, ഉസ്താദ്ഹോട്ടൽ പോലുള്ള സിനിമകൾ തന്നെ കാരണം. ഇന്ന് പുരത്തിറങ്ങിയിരിക്കുന്ന മാർഗംകളിയുടെ നിർമാതാവിന്റെ

തങ്കഭസ്മക്കുറിയിട്ട തമ്പുരാട്ടിയെന്ന സിനിമ കണ്ടു കൊണ്ടിരിക്കുമ്പോൾ ആർക്ക് തങ്കക്കുറി ചാർത്തണമെന്ന ചോദ്യം മുന്നോട്ടു വരുമ്പോൾ ആദ്യം നമ്മുടെ മുന്നിൽ വരുന്നത് കലാഭവൻ നവാസെന്ന നടനെയായിരിക്കും. കാരണം എസ് ഐ രാജൻ എന്ന കഥാപാത്രത്തിലൂടെ ഒരിടക്കാലത്തിനു ശേഷം ശക്തമായ തിരിച്ചുവരവാണ് ഈ അനുഗ്രഹീത നടൻ നടത്തിയിരിക്കുന്നത്. സ്വാഭാവികാഭിനയത്തിന്റെ വേറിട്ട രീതിയെന്തെന്ന് ഒരു കൊല്ലത്തുകാരനായ എസ് ഐ കഥാപാത്രത്തിലൂടെ

തെലങ്കാന സംസ്ഥാനത്തിലാണ് നൽഗൊണ്ട ജില്ല.. നൽഗൊണ്ടയിലാണ് ദേവരകൊണ്ട മുനിസിപ്പാലിറ്റി. അവിടെ ജനിച്ചുവളർന്ന വിജയ് എന്ന മുപ്പതുകാരൻ പയ്യൻ എങ്ങനെയാണ് മലയാളി യുവാക്കളുടെ പ്രിയപ്പെട്ടവനായി മനം കീഴടക്കുന്നത് എന്നതിന് ഒരിക്കൽ കൂടി ഇന്ന് കേരളത്തിലെ സ്ക്രീനുകൾ സാക്ഷിയായി... 'ഡിയർ കോമ്രേഡ്' എന്ന പുതിയ വിജയ് ദേവരകൊണ്ട സിനിമ കാണുമ്പോൾ ഇങ്ങ് കേരളത്തിന്റെ വടക്ക് ഭാഗത്തുള്ള മഞ്ചേരിയിലെ തിയേറ്റർ

പ്ലസ് ടു സ്‌കൂളുകളും വിദ്യാര്ഥികളുമാണ് കുറച്ച് നാളായി മലയാള സിനിമയുടെ ഒരു പ്രധാന വേട്ടമൃഗം.. തമിഴിലും തെലുങ്കിലും വർഷങ്ങൾക്ക് മുൻപ് തന്നെ വന്നുകഴിഞ്ഞ പ്ലസ് ടു ട്രെൻഡ് ഈ കൊല്ലമാണ് മലയാളത്തിലേക്ക് കത്തിപ്പിടിച്ചിരിക്കുന്നത്. തിയേറ്ററിൽ എത്തുന്ന ഭൂരിപക്ഷപ്രേക്ഷകരുടെ പ്രായവും ടേസ്റ്റും എന്താണെന്ന കൃത്യമായ തിരിച്ചറിവിൽ നിന്നുണ്ടായതായിരിക്കാം ഈ മാറ്റം. കണ്ടുമടുത്ത മുഖങ്ങളിൽ നിന്നൊരു ആശ്വാസം എന്ന

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

ದುರ್ಯೋಧನ ಮತ್ತು ಭೀಮನ ನಡುವಿನ ಗದಾ ಯುದ್ಧದಿಂದ ಶುರುವಾಗುವ 'ಕುರುಕ್ಷೇತ್ರ' ಸಿನಿಮಾ, ಕೊನೆಗೆ ಅದೇ ಗದಾ ಯುದ್ಧ ಮೂಲಕ ಅಂತ್ಯ ಆಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಮಹಾಭಾರತ ಎಂಬ ಮಹಾ ಕಾವ್ಯವನ್ನು ಅಷ್ಟೇ ಚೆನ್ನಾಗಿ ತೆರೆ ಮೇಲೆ ತರುವಲ್ಲಿ ಚಿತ್ರತಂಡ ಯಶಸ್ವಿಯಾಗಿದೆ. 'ಕುರುಕ್ಷೇತ್ರ' ಕದನ ಬಲು ಸೊಗಸಾಗಿದೆ. ಪೌರಾಣಿಕ ಪ್ರೇಮಿಗಳಿಗೆ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಖುಷಿ ನೀಡುತ್ತದೆ.

Kurukshetra Movie Twitter Review :' ಕುರುಕ್ಷೇತ್ರ' ಸಿನಿಮಾಗಾಗಿ ಸುಮಾರು ಎರಡು ವರ್ಷಗಳಿಂದ ಕಾತುರದಿಂದ ಕಾಯುತ್ತಿದ್ದ ಅಭಿಮಾನಿಗಳಿಗೆ ಇಂದು ಆ ಅದ್ಭುತ ಕ್ಷಣ ಬಂದಿದೆ. ಮಹಾಭಾರತದ ಕಥೆ, 3 ಡಿ ಎಫೆಕ್ಟ್, ದರ್ಶನ್ 50ನೇ ಸಿನಿಮಾ, ಬಹುದೊಡ್ಡ ತಾರಾಬಳಗ ಹೀಗೆ ಸಾಕಷ್ಟು ವಿಶೇಷತೆಗಳಿಂದ ಚಿತ್ರಮಂದಿರಕ್ಕೆ ಎಂಟ್ರಿ ಕೊಟ್ಟಿದೆ. ಮದ್ಯ ರಾತ್ರಿಯಿಂದನೆ ಕುರುಕ್ಷೇತ್ರ ಪ್ರದರ್ಶನವಾಗುತ್ತಿತ್ತು ಅಭಿಮಾನಿಗಳು ಸಿನಿಮಾ ನೋಡಿ

ನಾವು ಪ್ರೀತಿಸುತ್ತಿರುವುದು, ನಮಗೆ ಸಿಗಬೇಕು ಅಂದ್ರೆ ಹೋರಾಟ ನಡೆಸಬೇಕು. ಹೋರಾಟ ಎನ್ನುವುದು ನಮ್ಮ ಒಳಗೆ ಆಗುವ ವಿಷಯ. ಅದು ಹೊರಗಡೆ ಆದ್ರೆ, ಅದೇ ಹೋರಾಟ ಮತ್ತೆ ನಮ್ಮ ಬಳಿ ಬರುತ್ತದೆ. ನಾವು ಇಷ್ಟಪಟ್ಟಿದನ್ನು ಹೋರಾಟ ಮಾಡಿ ಪಡೆದರೆ, ನಮ್ಮನ್ನು ಇಷ್ಟಪಡುವುದೆಲ್ಲವೂ ಹುಡುಕಿ ನಮ್ಮ ಬಳಿ ಬರುತ್ತದೆ. ಈ ಕಾರಣಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ರಶ್ಮಿಕಾ ಚಿತ್ರರಂಗಕ್ಕೆ ಬರುವುದು ಬೇಡ ಎಂದಿದ್ದರಂತೆ ತಂದೆ-ತಾಯಿ

ಹಳ್ಳಿಯ ಒಬ್ಬ ಮುಗ್ದ ಹುಡುಗ ಸಿಟಿಗೆ ಬಂದರೆ ಏನಾಗಬಹುದು...? ಎನ್ನುವುದನ್ನು ತಮಾಷೆಯಾಗಿ ಹಾಗೂ ಥ್ರಿಲ್ಲರ್ ರೂಪದಲ್ಲಿ ಹೇಳುವ ಪ್ರಯತ್ನವೇ 'ಡಿಜ್ಕಿ ಡಿಸೈನ್' ಸಿನಿಮಾ. ಹಳ್ಳಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಹುಟ್ಟಿ ಬೆಳೆದ ಮಹಾದೇವನಿಗೆ ಒಂದೇ ಆಸೆ. ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ದುನಿಯಾ ನೋಡಬೇಕು ಎಂಬುದು. ಹೀಗಾಗಿ ಕಷ್ಟ ಪಟ್ಟು ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ತಲುಪುವ ಆತ ಯಾವ ರೀತಿ ಹಾಳಾಗುತ್ತಾನೆ ಎನ್ನುವುದು ಚಿತ್ರದ ಕಥೆಯಾಗಿದೆ. ಪ್ರೀತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಬೀಳುವ

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Another seven Russian weightlifters have been provisionally suspended for doping violations, joining five compatriots already banned from the sport earlier this week.

World number one Naomi Osaka will "probably" defend her U.S. Open title, even if it means defying her doctor's orders, she said after retiring from the Cincinnati Masters with a knee injury on Friday.

Two-times welterweight world champion Jose "Mantequilla" Napoles died on Friday in Mexico City aged 79, the World Boxing Council announced on its website.

High levels of E.coli bacteria forced Tokyo officials to cancel the swimming segment of Saturday's Paratriathlon World Cup, a test event for next year's Paralympics.

Novak Djokovic wore down Lucas Pouille after an even first set, dispatching the Frenchman 7-6(2) 6-1 in a Cincinnati Masters quarter-final in Ohio on Friday.

Japanese world number one Naomi Osaka retired from her Cincinnati Masters quarter-final with an apparent knee injury on Friday.

La Liga champions Barcelona fell to their first opening day defeat of the season in 11 years when they were beaten 1-0 at Athletic Bilbao thanks to a sensational late overhead kick from veteran striker Aritz Aduriz.

Barcelona's record signing Philippe Coutinho is set to move to Bayern Munich on loan for the remainder of the season, the Spanish champions said on Friday.

Japan's Yoshihito Nishioka withdrew from the Cincinnati Masters on Friday due illness, tournament officials said.

After a miserable opening day 3-0 loss at the hands of Burnley, Southampton's fans are pinning their hopes on incoming Kevin Danso to shore up their calamitous defence.

England fought back on the third day in the second test of the Ashes on Friday, picking up three top order wickets to reduce Australia to 80-4 before rain wiped out the final two sessions at Lord's.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard can overcome a tough start as a Premier League boss and is the "perfect fit" for the club who are now looking to promote young talent, his Leicester City counterpart Brendan Rodgers said on Friday.

Everton's ability to shut out rivals is a sign of their steadily improving defence but they will only win matches by being more clinical at the other end, manager Marco Silva said on Friday.

Manchester City will be up against Europe's second best side when they host Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend, manager Pep Guardiola said on Friday.

Former Nigeria national team coach Samson Siasia has been banned from the game for life following a match-fixing probe by world governing body FIFA.

Chelsea coach Frank Lampard says he felt "disgusted" when he heard about the racist abuse striker Tammy Abraham received following their UEFA Super Cup loss to Liverpool and urged social media companies to take stricter action.

Ravi Shastri will continue as head coach of the Indian senior men's cricket team up to 2021 after pipping New Zealand's Mike Hesson and Australia's Tom Moody, the country's cricket board (BCCI) said on Friday.

Real Madrid's preparations for the new season hit an untimely snag as marquee signing Eden Hazard was ruled out of Saturday's La Liga season opener against Celta Vigo after sustaining a muscle injury in Friday's training session.

Tottenham Hotspur playmaker Christian Eriksen is in contention to start Saturday's Premier League clash at Manchester City but doubts remain if he will stay at the club beyond the European transfer deadline, manager Mauricio Pochettino said on Friday.

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has vowed to treat Gareth Bale as any other member of the squad despite previously declaring his intention to sell the Wales forward, as his side prepare to begin the new La Liga season at Celta Vigo on Saturday.

Oscar nominated actor Peter Fonda, who played a cool and introspective motorcyclist in the 1969 film "Easy Rider" that captured the spirit of the era's counterculture movement, died on Friday at age 79, his family said in a statement.

Three limited-edition bottles of Heinz Tomato Ketchup based on the tattoos of British songwriter Ed Sheeran, a dedicated fan of the condiment, sold at auction in London on Thursday, with one going under the hammer for 1,500 pounds ($1,816).

A jury found a man nicknamed the "Hollywood Ripper" guilty on Thursday of knifing to death two women, including actor Ashton Kutcher's date, and attempting to murder a third victim during a seven-year span.

Mick Richards was among the 450,000 people at Woodstock in 1969, but he did not think much about his "uneventful" 24 hours there until years later, when his teenage son started asking about the festival.

Simulated wireless alert tones used in a "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" skit making fun of a presidential alert test have cost Walt Disney Co's ABC $395,000 in civil fines with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.

With Argentina once again reeling from a financial crisis, a film released on Thursday shows residents from a village outside Buenos Aires pursuing the dream of many of those left penniless by the country's 2001 debt default: getting their money back.

American heavy metal band Metallica has donated 250,000 euros to a Romanian association building the country's first pediatric oncology hospital, they said.

U.S. rapper A$AP Rocky was convicted in Sweden on Wednesday of assault over a Stockholm street brawl, but spared time in jail after a high-profile trial that had led President Donald Trump to accuse Sweden of treating him unfairly.

Jason Stone played hooky from summer camp and tripped on LSD-spiked watermelon, Graham Nash was so high his memories of performing are hazy, and Robin Naylor, at 15, saw her first naked man.

The Los Angeles Opera said on Tuesday it will investigate accusations of sexual misconduct against Spanish tenor Placido Domingo, as two organizations canceled planned appearances by him.

Guns N' Roses has settled a lawsuit in which it accused the Colorado brewery Oskar Blues of trademark infringement for selling Guns 'N' Rosé ale and merchandise without permission.

American rapper A$AP Rocky learns his fate on Wednesday in a trial over a street brawl in Sweden that led U.S. President Donald Trump to champion his cause.

Michael Wadleigh never played a note and is not a household name, but he may be the person most responsible for securing Woodstock's place in history as the epitome of Sixties counterculture.

A trio of Pennsylvania judges on Monday appeared deeply skeptical of Bill Cosby's effort to have his sexual assault conviction overturned, as the comedian's lawyers argued in court that the trial judge had deprived him of a fair trial.

South Korean boy band, BTS, will take their first long holiday in six years after a series of global hits, their managers said, asking fans to respect the band's privacy if they see them in "a chance encounter".

In El Paso, Texas, there are books for third-grade students, many of whom have none at home. Disabled students in Dayton, Ohio, will get bouncy chairs to help calm them for learning. Science kits will go to fifth graders in Gilroy, California.

Universal Pictures on Saturday canceled the release of "The Hunt," a satirical thriller about a group of Americans who are captured to be hunted and killed for sport, following apparent criticism by President Donald Trump and a recent series of mass shootings.

Attorneys for real estate scion Robert Durst, charged in Los Angeles with murdering his confidante Susan Berman in 2000, have asked a judge to declare that prosecutors "consulted, coordinated and collaborated" with filmmakers behind an HBO documentary series who uncovered key evidence in the case.

The man behind the failed Woodstock 50 anniversary festival said on Friday he was "pretty bummed" at losing out on a chance to encourage people to take action on global warming.

Cyndi Lauper has settled a lawsuit by songwriter Benny Mardones that accused her of lifting elements of his song "Into the Night" for the finale of her 2013 Tony Award-winning musical "Kinky Boots," according to a court filing.

Reddick, who was forced to start from the rear of the field and had to serve a pass-through penalty down pit road because his No. 2 Chevrolet failed pre-qualifying inspection four times, had been running down then-leader Justin Allgaier but got an unexpected gift.With nine of 300 laps remaining, Allgaier had a tire go down and had to pull off the track, which allowed Reddick to inherit the ...Keep reading

One of the last five of 39 drivers to qualify, Hamlin’s average lap speed of 129.230 mph just edged Chevrolet driver Kyle Larson (129.004 mph) for the top starting position in Saturday night’s Bass Pro Shops Night Race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.Kurt Busch qualified fourth and Aric Almirola completed the top-five.The pole is the first for Hamlin this season and remarkably the ...Keep reading

Nearby CCTV cameras filmed the crash, allowing NTSB investigators to identify that the right-side main landing gear collapsed after the plane made a second or third heavy ‘bounce’ along the runway as it attempted to land.Senior investigator Ralph Hicks said: “We were able to obtain surveillance footage from buildings around the area that include footage of the accident happening. It ...Keep reading

DiBenedetto, who learned this week he will be out at Leavine Family Racing at the conclusion of the 2019 season, led the way in final practice at 128.848mph.Ryan Blaney was second on the speed charts but the session did not end the way he would have wanted. While lapping, he suffered a power steering failure and dropped fluid around the track."Just blew the power steering pump, blew the ...Keep reading

Speaking ahead of second practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Bristol Motor Speedway, Letarte told NBCSN viewers about his meeting with his friends on Thursday: “I feel very fortunate that I got to spend a little bit of time with Dale, Amy and Isla, and much like the reports said it was a scary situation, and they’re doing relatively OK, healthy, no major medical issues. Now ...Keep reading

Mike Harding and George Steinbrenner IV have run what amounts to a fifth Andretti Autosport entry this year, with the team run by Brian Barnhart but populated by Michael Andretti-employed principals.These have included Herta’s race engineer Nathan O’Rourke and fellow engineer Andy Listes, who have had a free and open data exchange with the engineers for AA’s four established drivers – ...Keep reading

Long-time F1 team technical director Gary Anderson joins Edd Straw for this video to give his verdict on how and why things have become “a shambles” at Ferrari this season – from the car concept to the way the team has operated – and also considers whether the impressions from testing were simply wrong.Looking ahead to after the summer break, Anderson offers reasons why Spa and Monza ...Keep reading

Denny Hamlin ended up fastest in Friday’s 50-minute session at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway as Toyota drivers claimed four of the top-five speeds.Hamlin’s average lap speed of 128.606 mph topped his Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota teammate Erik Jones (128.151 mph) and Ford driver Joey Logano (127.852 mph).Completing the top-five were Toyota drivers Matt DiBenedetto and Kyle ...Keep reading

Petty, who is a colleague of Earnhardt’s with broadcaster NBC, was speaking ahead of practice for this weekend’s Bristol night race. He said seeing the images of Earnhardt’s crash reminded him of the death of 1992 Winston Cup champion Alan Kulwicki in a private jet crash at the nearby Tri-Cities Regional Airport in 1993.Read Also:Dale Earnhardt Jr. survives fiery plane ...Keep reading

The 13-time WSBK race winner last rode for SMR when it fielded Aprilia machinery in 2017 and 2018, following a two-year stint in MotoGP with the Aspar (now Angel Nieto) team.Laverty was not retained by SMR when it linked up with BMW for its return to the series as a full works entity, but was picked up by the Go Eleven team aboard the new Ducati V4 R.Enduring a season blighted by injury ...Keep reading

Following Red Bull’s decision to oust Dan Ticktum from its driver development programme, O’Ward replaced the British driver in Super Formula from the fourth round at Fuji.The Mexican driver not only had to familiarise himself with a new car and a new track, but he headed into a rain-affected race with very limited experience of Yokohama’s wet tyre.Read Also:Motegi Super ...Keep reading

The team co-owned by McLaren CEO Zak Brown revealed last month it was switching from a Ligier JS P217 to an Oreca 07 for the 2019/20 season, and was immediately on the pace with its new car in the pre-season Prologue test at Barcelona.Ex-Formula 1 racer Paul di Resta set the second-fastest time in class for United during the test, behind only the Racing Team Nederland Oreca piloted by Nyck de ...Keep reading

Hamashima led Bridgestone’s F1 programme until it quit the championship at the end of 2010, before serving as Ferrari’s director of tyre development between 2012-14.He returned to Japan in 2016 as team principal for Inging, working on both the squad's Super Formula and SUPER GT operations. During his tenure, Inging won back-to-back teams’ titles in Super Formula, and Hiroaki Ishiura beat ...Keep reading

Abiteboul says his engineers have looked at how alternative layouts at Paul Ricard could have created a better race this year, following the criticism of the dull French GP.The F1 organisation has already made efforts in-house to optimise circuit layouts, and its head of vehicle performance Craig Wilson, who previously worked at BAR, Honda, Brawn and Williams, has been closely involved in the ...Keep reading

Kent made history in 2015 when he secured Britain’s first world title in any class of grand prix racing since the legendary Barry Sheene’s second 500c championship win in ’77.The 25-year-old pleaded guilty at Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court this week to having possession of a knife while involved in an altercation in a car park in March.A BBC report claims the scuffle was started ...Keep reading

After sitting out the 2018 season due to illness, former Tech 3 rider Folger was hired by Yamaha to head up its newly-formed European test programme.Since then, the German has also made a racing comeback in Moto2 with the Petronas Sprinta team, deputising for the squad's injured regular rider Khairul Idham Pawi, but Yamaha dismissed the notion that Folger could make wildcard outings in the ...Keep reading

A three-day selection process will take place at the Almeria circuit in southern Spain on September 16-18, where the second stage of this year’s selection process was also held.The top 12 finishers from the 2019 championship - including Chadwick, runner-up Beitske Visser and Brands Hatch race winner Alice Powell - have all won the option of a guaranteed return to the series for its second ...Keep reading

The 2017 WRC2 champion contested the opening two rounds of the 2019 season in a third M-Sport-run Ford Fiesta WRC, finishing eighth on home soil in Sweden.Now he is set for a first gravel outing of the year in Turkey, an event he contested last year in a works Skoda Fabia R5."I'm so excited to be back in the FIA World Rally Championship, and back with the M-Sport team – I've been waiting ...Keep reading

Verstappen’s Red Bull team split with Renault to partner with Honda for 2019, and the 21-year-old has won two of the 12 races before F1’s summer break.Both have come since a breakthrough in form for Red Bull at the Austrian Grand Prix, where a revised front wing on the car coincided with Honda eking more performance from its Spec 3 engine.Verstappen told Motorsport.com that “I’m of ...Keep reading

Hirakawa’s blistering time of 1m31.925s came in the dying minutes of the session, and he ended up 0.376s clear of his nearest challenger Palou.Palou (Nakajima Racing) managed to successfully return on track towards the end of practice after getting beached in the gravel at the 20-minute mark. The Spaniard’s off-track excursion necessitated a red flag that lasted nearly 15 minutes, and ...Keep reading

Moffitt led 66 laps en route to the win, his third of the 2019 season and tenth of his career. The victory also secures his place in the second round of the playoffs.The final stage kicked off with a jumbled up running order. First, Chastain was sent to the rear of the field with a safety violation on pit road.Ben Rhodes and Parker Kligerman were the first two drivers off pit road with two ...Keep reading

It was difficult to forget what she had witnessed just hours earlier.Around 3:38 p.m. ET Thursday, Moody, who works across the street from Elizabethton (Tenn.) Municipal Airport at The Alliance for Business & Training, had rushed to her office windows after hearing a “loud thud.”“The plane was sliding down to the road, it was already in flames and smoke billowing,” she said ...Keep reading

Rossi and Hinchcliffe will share a third Holden Commodore entered by Walkinshaw Andretti United in Supercars’ blue-riband event this October, the car carrying Rossi's #27 from his Andretti Autosport IndyCar. It will mark Rossi’s Supercars debut and Hinchcliffe’s second appearance in the series following his 2012 Gold Coast 600 outing with Garry Rogers Motorsport.“I can’t wait to ...Keep reading

The two open-wheel aces will spearhead a WAU wildcard entry, which will be staffed by not just the Supercars team, but Andretti Autosport and United Autosports as well.The one-off entry will be backed by William Sandbrook and Virgin Australia, with the car set to run the famous Andretti #27 that Rossi uses in IndyCar.Read Also:IndyCar stars' Bathurst wildcard "a big deal" for ...Keep reading

The Carter County Sheriff's Office confirmed that Earnhardt Jr.’s plane crashed on Thursday in Tennessee, and photos from the scene show the jet burning in a fierce fire with emergency workers on the scene.Read Also:Witness to Dale Jr. plane crash: "There are people in there!"Earnhardt Jr. was transported to Johnson City Medical Center with "minor injuries." He was ...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).

Catch all the live updates from the Galle Test between Sri Lanka and New Zealand

The first game of the day that was called off was between Lancashire and Warwickshire

The 19-year-old, who will captain India Blue in the Duleep Trophy beginning on Saturday, said his focus is on performance and not rewards

David Warner and Cameron Bancroft average 4.33 and 9.33 respectively so far in the series

Warwickshire fast bowler had made his Test debut against Ireland last month

The England all-rounder's first 13 overs in Test cricket went for just 18 runs and featured six full maidens and his first dismissal

Five of the nine sessions over three days of the Lord's have now been washed out

The veterans will help the batsmen prepare for the two-Test series in a pre-series camp in Antigua

High levels of E.coli bacteria forced Tokyo officials to cancel the swimming segment of Saturday's Paratriathlon World Cup, a test event for next year's Paralympics.

Increasing numbers of middle-aged Americans appear to be developing cancers that can be associated with obesity, new data suggest.

AbbVie Inc has priced its new rheumatoid arthritis treatment at $59,000 a year after gaining U.S. approval on Friday, a big boost for the drugmaker struggling with rising competition for Humira, its blockbuster therapy for the same condition.

Roche Holding AG has priced its personalized cancer treatment, Rozlytrek, at about $17,050 per month, nearly half of the monthly price of a rival drug from Bayer AG and Eli Lilly and Co that was approved last year.

Court-ordered anti-smoking ads sponsored by the tobacco industry reached only around 40% of adults and about half of all smokers in the U.S., a recent study suggests.

Hospital workers often come to work with contagious respiratory illnesses, against the recommendations of public health regulators, a Canadian study suggests.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved Celgene Corp's Inrebic to treat certain rare forms of bone marrow cancer called myelofibrosis, making it the second approved drug to treat the disease.

Tyson Foods Inc is recalling nearly 40,000 pounds of its Weaver chicken patties after some consumers found pieces of rubber in the product, the no. 1 U.S. meat processor said.

Heart valve systems from Edwards Lifesciences Corp and Medtronic Plc have been approved for use in a condition that restricts blood flow from the heart in patients at low-risk of death linked to open-heart surgeries, the FDA said on Friday.

(Reuters Health) - Nordic walking, an aerobic activity performed with walking poles similar to ski poles, may benefit patients with breast cancer, according to a review of existing research.

A woman and her child were the first two cases confirmed with Ebola in Congo's South Kivu region this week, opening a new front in the fight against the outbreak.

China's pig herd shrank by 32.2% in July from the same month a year ago, its agriculture ministry said on Thursday, as African swine fever continues to spread through the country.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed that cigarette packs carry graphic new health warnings including pictures and text outlining lesser-known risks of smoking like bladder cancer and diabetes as well as lung cancer.

(Reuters Health) - Less than 10% of U.S. stroke patients get a treatment that evidence shows is most effective for a certain type of stroke – and the odds are even lower for patients who are black and Hispanic, a U.S. study suggests.

(Reuters Health) - Surgeons are no better at determining which patients might benefit from operations to treat torn knee cartilage than if they just flipped a coin, a new study suggests.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Roche Holding AG's personalized cancer treatment, which targets tumors with specific genetic mutations, irrespective of where in the body the disease started, the agency said on Thursday.

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Genetic research that reconstructed the past population dynamics of the cave bear, a prominent prehistoric denizen of Europe, implicates Homo sapiens rather than climate cooling in the Ice Age extinction of these brawny plant-loving beasts.

Thailand will ban the import of pigs from Myanmar for 90 days, the country's livestock department told Reuters on Thursday, after the neighboring country confirmed its first case of the African swine fever this week.

"I am starting Inshallah in 5 days so tremendous excitement and tremendous nervousness right now," said Alia Bhatt in an exclusive interview with Bollywood Hungama's Faridoon Shahryar.

Why did Alia Bhatt literally jump when she was offered Inshallah

Alia Bhatt's pairing with megastar Salman Khan in epic filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Inshallah is being looked at with a tremendous curiosity. What was Alia's response when she was offered the film and was told that she will be starring opposite Salman? "I literally remember myself jumping. I was not in town, I was out of the country and I was doing something and I got a call and I was like.. literally I ran to the corner and I jumped up and down for 5 minutes because I was so excited," Alia said gleefully.

Alia is one of the biggest stars in India and she is part of some red hot projects. This is what she has to say about some of her most eagerly awaited films and that too with top stars, "Sadak 2's shooting has begun, Brahmastra also is on, more or less almost over as well. The film is gonna be out next summer. So yeah next year is again gonna be very exciting year for me because you know working with Sanjay Leela Bhansali for the first time, working with Salman for the first time, working with Ranbir for the first time, Ayan for the first time, Mr. Bachchan, like a lot of first time, my dad for the first time. So next year actually is gonna be super super super special and I really hope it goes well."

Also Read: Jio Studios on the forefront to lock RECORD DEAL for Salman Khan – Alia Bhatt starrer Inshallah

Gangster drama Mumbai Saga written and directed by Sanjay Gupta features John Abraham, Emraan Hashmi, Suniel Shetty, Jackie Shroff, Amol Gupte, Prateik Babbar, Gulshan Grover and Rohit Roy. Being one of the biggest multi-starrers, the movie’s star cast is really on point and is one of the most awaited ones.

Mumbai Saga’s release date finalized, the multi-starrer to release on June 19, 2020!

The film is set in the 1980s-'90s and revolves around all that went into transforming Bombay into Mumbai. An action-packed film with a star-cast that is bound to take back to the good old days of the nineties, Mumbai Saga is also the first project that will have John and Emraan starring together. The makers have finally announced the release date of the film, June 19, 2020, and we can’t wait for the trailer.

Gulshan Kumar presents, T-Series and White Feather Films production, Mumbai Saga, produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar and Anuradha Gupta is directed by Sanjay Gupta.

Also Read: These actresses have been roped in for Sanjay Gupta’s multi-starrer Mumbai Saga!

Taapsee Pannu has never shied away from putting her point of view forward and her recent spat with Rangoli Chandel has been the talk-of-the-town for quite some time now. Kangana Ranaut’s sister/manager called Taapsee a ‘sasti copy’ after she appreciated her performance in the trailer of Judgementall Hai Kya. Things kept getting worse from there and now, it has taken a new turn.

Taapsee Pannu’s spat with Rangoli Chandel takes another ugly turn as she questions Kangana Ranaut

During one of her promotional interviews for Mission Mangal, Taapsee Pannu questioned Kangana asking why Kangana hasn’t praised her film since it has 5 lead actresses in it. She has also elaborated saying that even though she has not been a part of as many films as Kangana, she has worked in a decent number of films and deserves to be appreciated. Rangoli Chandel did not hold back and has asked Taapsee to speak to her directly.

Take a look at Rangoli’s tweets, right here.

(Contd)...kaun sa praise?? Making nasty remarks about a great artist isn’t enough what is there to your credit, you arnt a kid you are also 32 years Kangana’s age, what have you achieved for what we should praise you?? ...(contd) @taapsee

— Rangoli Chandel (@Rangoli_A) August 15, 2019

(contd).....Look at all your interviews only one thing they call you for is to discuss Kangana Ranaut, don’t ask you any other question, show me one question which is about your work or achievements? ???? @taapsee

— Rangoli Chandel (@Rangoli_A) August 15, 2019

Don’t run to the media answer me here, please I am asking openly please respond openly not slyly ???? @taapsee

— Rangoli Chandel (@Rangoli_A) August 15, 2019

Taapsee Pannu starrer Mission Mangal has managed to make Rs. 29 crores in just two days and also happens to be Akshay Kumar’s biggest opener till date.

Also Read: Taapsee Pannu says she cannot change Rangoli Chandel’s perception about her ‘double filter’ comment

Veteran actor Nana Patekar has been lying low ever since he was accused of harassment by Tanushree Dutta. The actress took the nation by storm with the #MeToo movement in which the veteran actor was accused. Now, the actor has come to the rescue of the flood-affected families. The actor, who also runs the NGO Naam Foundation, announced that he would be building 500 houses for the victims in the region of Shirol, Kolhapur.

Nana Patekar to build 500 homes for flood hit families in Shirol, Kolhapur

"When I came to Shirol, I got to see the situation, that's why we have decided to construct 500 houses. We are going to review the situation for 3,000 houses in Taklewadi. The government too, has its limitations. Therefore, we all have to try and pitch in to rehabilitate our flood-affected citizens," Nana Patekar said in the statement.

Many Marathi celebrities have been providing financial aid to the victims of the floods in Maharashtra. Riteish Deshmukh has donated Rs. 25 lakhs to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis' Relief Fund.

ALSO READ: Me Too: Tanushree Dutta’s case against Nana Patekar COLLAPSES as the veteran actor is given CLEAN CHIT by the Mumbai Police

The first-ever Indian Film Festival in Kenya was inaugurated in a grand ceremony in Nairobi coinciding with Indian Independence Day by the Indian High Commissioner Rahul Chhabra. Awardees included popular actor Arjun Rampal & top filmmakers Raju Chadha, Rahul Mittra & Umesh Shukla and Dharmindra Mehra and Ajay Arora.

Arjun Rampal, Raju Chadha, and Rahul Mittra awarded at the first Indian Film Festival in Kenya

Minister for Information, Communication & Technology Joe Mucheru pledged to review the decades-old Films and Stage Plays Act to make it friendlier to movie makers and said that the government would line up tax holiday and rebates to lure Indian movie makers to invest in Kenya. “I see a lot of opportunities in Kenya and was elated at the warm reception. I look forward to shooting a film here soon,” added Raju Chadha, top producer and film presenter who was awarded for his immense contribution to Indian cinema.

Filmmaker Rahul Mittra’s address at the round table got a standing ovation where he spelled out the way forward for the Kenyan Government in order to attract filmmakers from India & rest of the world, which was noted by the minister. The five days Indian Film Festival Kenya 2019 was curated by Captain Rahul Sudesh Bali and organized by The Indian Film Festival Worldwide (IFFW) under the aegis of the High Commission of India in Kenya and supported by Kenya Film Commission & Sarova Hotels & Resorts.

The Bollywood celebrities were also taken to spectacular locations including the breath-taking Masai Mara & Mombassa, apart from hosting a round table conference along with top Kenyan filmmakers & government functionaries. Also present were Cricketing legend Aasif Karim, CFO Safaricom Sateesh Kamath, Chairman Kenya Tourism Jimmi Kariuki, CEO Kenya Film Commission Timothy Owase & Rajay Singh of Safari Trails.

Also Read: Arjun Rampal and girlfriend Gabriella Demetriades get cozy in their latest photo

The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) 2019 officially closed its tenth edition with the screening of Gurinder Chadha’s Blinded by the Lights. Complete with Bollywood performances by children, Chadha will grace the occasion to take questions for the audience post-event.  Based on the book by journalist Sarfaraz Manzoor, Blinded by the Lights has been lauded for its fresh narrative. It’s said to be amongst the best coming of age stories from the sub-continent talking about the quintessential immigrant inside story from a lived-in perspective. It’s also a tribute to Bruce Springsteen’s and his works

WOAH! Gurinder Chadha’s Blinded by the Lights was the closing film at IFFM 2019

The film was first screened at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and bagged a mega worldwide distribution deal. It’s scheduled for an Indian release this week. The movie, featuring Viviek Kalra and Hayley Atwell along with Nell Williams in the lead, is Chadha’s offering post Bend It Like Beckham and Bride and Prejudice.

Mitu Bhowmick Lange said, “Soaked in all issues and things close to our hearts, this is the film that will have a strong connect with the audience.  Every Indian in Melbourne will feel in sync with the story as it is a narrative replete with stories close to their hearts. The universal story of immigrants said with the most personal touch.” This year, the IFFM screened over 60 films in over 20 languages, including Vijay Sethupathi’s Super Deluxe, National award-winning Bulbul Can Sing, Bhoga Khirkee and the Oscar-winning Period: End of Sentence.

Also Read: Shah Rukh Khan says he has 20 – 25 years of good cinema left in him

Vidya Sinha, who lit up many of Basu Chatterjee’s rom-coms in the 1970s and 80s, is no more. She breathed here last in a hospital in Mumbai on August 15, the day of independence for our country and a bizarrely opportune time for Vidya to be freed of the burden of living.

Remembering Vidya Sinha

The last years were not kind to this pretty quiet dignified actress. The heroines’ roles had died out long ago and Vidya had switched to television where she played matronly roles in serials like Kkavyanjali, Qubool Hai, and Ishq Ka Rang Safed. But even the serials had stopped coming her way now. In 2009 Vidya had filed a police complaint against her second husband Netaji Bhimrao Sulunkhe accusing him of torture and extortion. She finally won a long court battle with her husband in 2011 for maintenance.

Vidya had a short but glorious innings as a leading lady. She was a favourite with two filmmakers B R Chopra and Basu Chatterjee.

With the formidable B R Chopra she did the memorable marital comedy Pati Patni Aur Woh as well as the disastrous love triangles Karm and Mukti (both produced by B R Chopra and directed by Chopra’s son-in-law Raj Tilak).

It was Basu Chatterjee who gave Vidya her fleeting fling with fame. Chatterjee introduced Vidya in the arthouse hit Rajnigandha in 1974 and followed it up with another success Chotisi Baat. It is these two films that she is remembered by to this day. Vidya went on to do other films directed by Basuda, like Tumhare Liye (co-starring her Pati Patni Aur Woh leading man Sanjeev Kumar), and Safed Jhooth. But she did not find much success in cinema after her initial spurt of nominal arthouse stardom with her first two films.

Curiously she worked with the biggest of directors during her brief spell of stardom in the 1970s, including Gulzar (Kitaab, Meera). But somehow her career never took off in a big way.Vidya once confessed she never took her career seriously. The truth is the reverse. Her career never took her seriously.

Famous songs filmed on Vidya Balan

1. 'Rajnigandha Phool Tumhare': Rajniganda

2. 'Na Jaane Kyon Hota Hai Yun Zindagi Ke Saath': Chotisi Baat

3. 'Jaan-E-Man Jaan-E-Man Mere Do Nayan': Chotisi Baat

4. 'Tumhe Dekhti Hoon Toh Lagta Hai Aise': Tumhare Liye

5. 'Thande Thande Pani Se Nahana Chahiye': Pati Patni Aur Woh

Also Read: Veteran actress Vidya Sinha passes away at 71, celebs mourn the loss of Pati Patni Aur Woh star

Muscling in with a big-budgeted blockbuster at the last minute is now becoming a norm. Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidwani did it once earlier to Hrithik Roshan when in January 2017; they released their Shah Rukh Khan starrer Raees alongside Roshan’s Kaabil although the Roshans had announced their film from long before.

Farhan Akhtar takes on Hrithik Roshan yet again

Sidhwani and Farhan are doing it again. They are all set to release the Hindi version of Telugu cinema’s most expensive film to date Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy on the same day as Hrithik’s big action starrer War for Yash Raj films.

A source close to War says Ritesh and Farhan’s move is unethical. “Aditya Chopra and Yash Raj Film had announced War for 2nd October, months ago. Suddenly Excel (Farhan and Ritesh’s company) comes up with this dubbed Hindi film. It just upsets everything.”

And to think Farhan and Hrithik are close friends. This is the second time Farhan is doing this to Hrithik.

Looks like the war has just started.

Also Read: Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani’s Excel Entertainment to distribute Chiranjeevi – Amitabh Bachchan’s Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy

R Madhavan recently posted a picture with his father and son where the trio celebrated Raksha Bandhan, Independence Day, and Avani Avittam. The internet couldn’t stop gushing over the three generations smiling wide as they posed for the picture. While the internet couldn’t stop being in awe of them, there were a certain group of trolls who ended up over-analyzing a picture.

R Madhavan shuts a troll down for her hate comment with absolute class and perfection!

In the background, a holy cross could be spotted next to Lord Ganesha’s idol. Making a mountain out of a molehill, a troll decided to highlight and point out the “problem” in the picture. Making derogatory comments about losing respect for Madhavan, she tried to attack the Rang De Basanti actor but got beautifully shut down by the actor. He posted a note pointing out how he has blessings from all the religions and respects every religion as his own. He also pointed out that he was surprised the troll did not spot the framed picture of Golden Temple in their “sickness”. Take a look at the conversation between them.

Why do they have a across in the background?! Is that a Mandir? You just lost my respect. Do you find Hindu Gods in Christian churches? All this is fake drama you did today! pic.twitter.com/w5mdrSKxRL

— JIXSA (@jiks) August 15, 2019

???????????? https://t.co/Imw3SqR2Zb pic.twitter.com/x79cX50aRn

— Ranganathan Madhavan (@ActorMadhavan) August 16, 2019

Can we all just take a moment and appreciate R Madhavan for being one of the purest souls in the industry? He will next be seen in Rocketry – The Nambi Effect.

Also Read: Details of Shah Rukh Khan’s cameo in R Madhavan starrer Rocketry The Nambi Effect out!

Parineeti Chopra is now in London shooting for the Hindi remake of a very dark brooding intense British drama The Girl On The Train for which the marvellous Emily Blunt was nominated for the BAFTA award for the best actress. The role is that of an alcoholic woman who has delusional images of horrible happenings in a home that she sees from a train every day.

Parineeti Chopra says no booze please, despite playing an alcoholic character

Ms Blunt drank her way through the performance. Apparently, she was on alcohol right through the shooting of the film to remain in character. Parineeti has no such ambitions. “I am not drinking, just acting,” she divulges,

This brings us to the actors who have actually been on a high while playing an alcoholic. Highest on the ‘high’ list is the mighty Dilip Kumar who actually drank to look convincing as the sozzled lover in Bimal Roy’s Devdas. The closest we came to this level of (drunken) dedication was Aamir Khan who doesn’t touch a drop of alcohol in real life but drank himself silly for a song where he had to act drunk.

It remains to be seen how convincing Parineeti looks as an alcoholic without being drunk.

Also Read: Watch: Parineeti Chopra shoots for The Girl On The Train in London

Laal Kaptaan, directed by Navdeep Singh, stars Saif Ali Khan in the leading role. The film is set in a tumultuous era of Indian history. There has been massive anticipation surrounding the film ever since it was announced, given that it portrays Saif in a never-seen-before avatar. The star steps into the shoes of a Naga Sadhu, out on a dramatic journey is ridden with drama, revenge, and deceit.

Laal Kaptaan: On Saif Ali Khan's birthday, makers release intriguing teaser, film to release on October 11

As Saif Ali Khan is celebrating his birthday today, the makers of the film unveiled the teaser of the upcoming film which is very intriguing. The actor is seen showcasing his look while staring straight at the camera. Along with the teaser, the makers revealed that the film will release on October 11, 2019.


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The film was supposed to release in September but due to patchwork, some portions had to be worked on. Produced by Eros International and Colour Yellow Productions, Laal Kaptaan releases nationwide on October 11, 2019.

ALSO READ: Laal Kaptaan starring Saif Ali Khan to avoid clash with Chhichhore?

Sonakshi Sinha, in February, was accused in a fraud case in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh. A case was registered against Sonakshi Sinha under sections 420 (cheating) and 406 (criminal breach of trust) of the Indian Penal Code. In the police complaint, the complainant Pramod Sharma had said that an amount of Rs 32 lakhs was transferred to Sonakshi's account for an event but she did not turn up.

Sonakshi Sinha reaches Moradabad to record her statement in a fraud case

On Wednesday, August 14, Sonakshi Sinha reached Moradabad to record her statement in a fraud case.  The reason she was summoned to Moradabad is because she could not meet the police in Mumbai. After recording the statement, she flew to Jaipur to continue her shoot for Dabangg 3.

Sonakshi Sinha had earlier released a statement and dismissed the allegations made against her. “An event organiser who couldn’t live up to his commitment obviously thinks he can make a fast buck by maligning my crystal clear image in the press. There is full cooperation with the authorities from my end for the investigation to be conducted. Would request the media not to fan these bizarre claims of an unscrupulous man,” the actress had tweeted.

ALSO READ: Sonakshi Sinha looks ravishing in her latest Anamika Khanna ensemble

Veteran actress Vidya Sinha, known for her roles in Rajnigandha and Pati Patni Aur Woh, passed away at the age of 71 on Thursday. The actress was suffering from lung and heart ailments. She was kept on ventilator support. Vidya Sinha was a part of many films including Bodyguard, Chhoti Si Baat, Love Story among others. She was last seen in TV show Kulfi Kumar Baajewala.

Veteran actress Vidya Sinha passes away at 71, celebs mourn the loss of Pati Patni Aur Woh star

Bollywood celebrities like Lata Mangeshkar, Bhumi Pednekar, Shabana Azmi, Madhur Bhandarkar offered their last respects to the actress.

Aaj guni abhinetri Vidya Sinha ka aaj swargwas hua ye sunke mujhe bahut dukh hua. Bhagwan unki aatma ko shanti de.

— Lata Mangeshkar (@mangeshkarlata) August 15, 2019

Breaks my heart to know that #VidyaSinha ma'am has passed away. My heartfelt condolences to her family and everyone whose life has been touched by her. May her soul rest in peace. ????

— bhumi pednekar (@bhumipednekar) August 15, 2019

RIP Vidya Sinha https://t.co/NqgWQsIdHG

— Azmi Shabana (@AzmiShabana) August 15, 2019

Sad to hear demise of actress Vidya Sinha, she will be always remembered for her superlative performances in films like Rajnigandha, Chhoti si Baat & Pati Patni Aur Woh. My condolences to her family & friends. #OmShanti ???? pic.twitter.com/9nXLSl2L1n

— Madhur Bhandarkar (@imbhandarkar) August 15, 2019

An actress who was talented, beautiful and dignified and who we all loved in the 70’s, passes on to her next journey. #RIP #VidyaSinha pic.twitter.com/Unbz0XP2ta

— Jaaved Jaaferi (@jaavedjaaferi) August 15, 2019

ALSO READ: Veteran actor Vidya Sinha on ventilator in Mumbai hospital

Salman Khan has been working nonstop for his upcoming film Dabangg 3 in which he returns as the quirky cop, Chulbul Pandey. After completing the schedule in Phaltan, Maharashtra, the cast has flown to Jaipur for the last leg of the schedule. The cast has been shooting for 75 days and another eight days will be required in Jaipur to shoot near the monuments.

Dabangg 3: Salman Khan kicks off last schedule in Jaipur

Salman Khan flew to the Pink City and began shooting on Independence Day. They are filming at a remote village Basca near Agra road. A huge crowd had gathered to catch a glimpse of their favourite star. In this schedule, Prabhu Deva will capture the beautiful moments during the song shoot sequence. After that, it's a wrap for both the actors.

Salman Khan will fly to the US for a short break after the wrap before he begins Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Inshallah. The film was supposed to go on floor in August itself bur due to date issues they will now begin in the first week of September in Mumbai. Like his previous films, this Bhansali film will also be shot for 100 days. This will overlap with Salman's shoot for Bigg Boss 13.

Coming back to Dabangg 3, the film is slated to release on December 20, 2019.

ALSO READ: Salman Khan starrer Dabangg 3 to have a song featuring Nach Baliye 9 winner

South Indian actor Vijay Sethupathi recently confirmed that he would be working with Bollywood actor Aamir Khan in a film. The confirmation comes in after Khan met Sethupathi on the sets of Sanga Tamizhan at Pollachi.

Vijay Sethupathi and Aamir Khan to collaborate for a film 

Aamir Khan is currently working on the film titled Lal Singh Chaddha. The movie is an official remake of Robert Zemeickis’ 1994 Hollywood classic Forrest Gump. If reports turn out to be true, the film will mark Vijay Sethupathi’s debut in the Hindi film industry.

Aamir Khan and Vijay Sethupathi have one more connection. The Dhoom 3 actor will reprise Vijay’s role of Vedha in the Hindi remake of Tamil blockbuster Vikram Vedha. Saif Ali Khan will be playing the role Madhavan did in Tamil.

Aamir Khan was last seen on screen in the 2018 film Thugs of Hindostan alongside Amitabh Bachchan, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Katrina Kaif. On the other hand, Vijay Sethupathi is an Indian actor, producer, lyricist and dialogue writer who works prominently for the Tamil film industry. He has proved his mettle as an actor in films like Pizza, Vikram Vedha, and Super Deluxe among others.

Recently the Super Deluxe actor was in the news for his comment on the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir. The actor in a radio interview said that it is against democracy. 

Also Read: Here’s how Aamir Khan plans to shed 20 kilos for Lal Singh Chaddha


The Saaho trailer has been living right up to its hype. The trailer which was released in four languages has managed to cross 70 million in just 48 hours. After the trailer launch, Prabhas is gearing up for his city tour of Hyderabad. The makers of Saaho have organized a pre-release event in Ramoji Film City on 18th of August, 5 PM onwards which will see one of the biggest events of all times.

Prabhas gears up to meet a crowd of 100,000 at the Saaho pre-release event at Hyderabad’s Ramoji Film City!

Prabhas himself was a pretty important part of the planning of such a mammoth event which is being organized at such a grand scale. The event will have an expected crowd of 100,000 people who are all going to be fans of the heartthrob who are dying to meet him. It’s also interesting to note that Prabhas will be visiting Ramoji Film city to meet his fans after a long duration of 2 years, as the last time he interacted with his fans was when Bahubali 2 was released!

The event will see Prabhas present at the venue alongside co-star Shraddha Kapoor and it will be the first public interaction of Prabhas for the upcoming release of Saaho. The event will see the makers treat the audience by giving them a further sneak peek into the world of Saaho by releasing a snippet.

Having Prabhas, an actor who enjoys pan India appeal paired with gorgeous Shraddha Kapoor, the movie is being shot in three languages, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu, simultaneously. The movie also has a superlative ensemble cast of Jackie Shroff, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Mandira Bedi, Chunky Panday, Mahesh Manjrekar, Arun Vijay, Murali Sharma, amongst others.

Saaho is a high octane action thriller which is presented by T-Series, produced by UV Creations and directed by Sujeeth and is set to hit the theatres on August 30, 2019.

ALSO READ: Prabhas shot with 100 fighters for the climax of Saaho

Raisin - a contemporary line of fusion wear for the modern women of today, hailing from Surat, has recently signed Bollywood actor Bhumi Pednekar as their brand ambassador. Bhumi is known for her spectacular roles in Dum Laga ke Haisha, Toilet - Ek Prem Katha, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan and many others.

Bhumi Pednekar signed as brand ambassador for Raisin

Bhumi Pednekar said, “Raisin stands for the new-age Indian girl, someone who is independent; looking for her freedom, fun yet traditional in her essence and that resonates with me completely!”

Founders of Raisin, Mr. Vikash Pacheriwal and Mr. Vishal Pacheriwal said, “We are extremely excited to have Bhumi on board yet again, this time as Brand Ambassador. She resonates the brand in the best way possible. While traditional marketing has been the brands focus and approach Bhumi fits in right as she is loved by entire India.”

Raisin was launched in August 2018 and has been growing massively. The brand is present in more than 160 stores across India and available in metros and mini metros totalling to 57 cities in India. The main objective of the brand is to help connect the consumer directly with the manufacturer and effortlessly fuse classic styles with unique modern designs without compromising on the quality and still keeping it affordable.

Also Read: “I’m constantly hungry for great content!” – Bhumi Pednekar

Actress Richa Chadha will next be seen in the thriller Section 375 directed by Aditya Bahl. The actress who was recently present at the trailer launch of the film along with the director and her co-stars was asked about her views on providing sex education in school.

Absence of sex education turns boys and girls to pornography, says Section 375 actress Richa Chadda

Answering the question she said that it is very wrong at the very base level when the absence of sex education leads to young boys and girls turning towards pornography in order to learn about it. She also said that at a time when data is freely available, cases of juveniles committing rape and upload the videos online are heard. She further added that if parents feel uncomfortable talking about it at home, it should be discussed at school in order to improve the overall upbringing of young kids.


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Richa plays a public prosecutor fighting to get justice for her client who claims she has been raped by a movie director (Rahul Bhatt), who is being defended by Akshaye Khanna’s character.

Akshaye Khanna who plays a criminal lawyer while talking about the film said, “When you watch the film, I am sure you will recognise that the director has made this film with a lot of maturity as it is quite nuanced. Whether it is the story or the dialogue, it is very fresh. His take on this particular law, the judicial system and the relationships between the characters is commendable. His extremely high level of writing is what really attracted me to do this film.”

Section 375 is directed by Ajay Bahl and produced by Kumar Mangat Pathak, Abhishek Pathak & SCIPL co-produced by Sanjeev Joshi and Aditya Chowksey. The film revolves around a director played by Rahul Bhat being accused of rape by costume assistant played Meera Chopra.

Also Read: Richa Chadha takes a break from shoot schedule of Inside Edge 2 to wrap up her autobiography

Actress Nithya Menen is a popular face in the Southern film industry. The actress is all set to make her Hindi debut with the multi-starrer Mission Mangal. She will be playing one of the ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) scientists. The film also stars Vidya Balan, Akshay Kumar, Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari and Sonakshi Sinha.

Here’s why Nithya Menen chose the multi-starrer Mission Mangal for Hindi debut

Nithya said that she chose this film as her debut because she did not want her first Hindi film to be a rom-com, as is the norm. The actress who has featured in several South Indian languages said that she has always chosen unconventional films from the beginning. Menen feels her movie choices are unconventional because she never really wanted to become an actor. She does a film only if she loves the story.

So when the actress decided to enter the Hindi film industry, she was not looking for a conventional rom-com. The OK Kanmani actress believes that the film should be bigger than an actor as that is the only way to make good films. Nithya Menen also said that the film becomes mediocre when the actor becomes bigger than the story and hence creates an imbalance.

Nithya Menen has worked in several movies in the Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu industry. Initially she wanted to become a journalist, but dropped the thought during her time at college. It was tough for her to convince her parents, as she came from a family where creative jobs were not much encouraged.

Also Read: Nithya Menen responds to allegations of being insensitive in the wake of Kerala floods

Actor Akshaye Khanna will next be seen in the thriller film Section 375, directed by Ajay Bahl. At the trailer launch of the film, the actor was asked about the sequel of the film Dil Chahta Hai. The cult classic film recently completed 18 years of release. The film was directed by Farhan Akhtar and had Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan along with Akshaye Khanna play the lead characters. The film traces the journey of  three friends.

Asked Farhan to wait till we are 50 plus Akshaye Khanna on Dil Chahta Hai sequel

Responding to the question on the sequel of the film, Akshaye Khanna said, “I have always told Farhan that wait till all of us are fifty plus, then make Dil Chahta Hai 2. Then it will be fun. It is no fun if you make it in 10-15 years. Aamir is 50+ and Saif will be there soon. I’ll take a little more time, but then we’ll see.”

Akshaye Khanna will be seen playing the role of a criminal lawyer who has shades of grey. When asked about his role, the Hulchul actor said, “I did the film because I was totally impressed and inspired by Ajay’s (Bahl) writing. I had not come across this kind of writing in the longest time. He seems to have given all his heart and soul to it, and it shows because it is so mature and in-depth.”

Khanna talking about the film said, “When you watch the film, I am sure you will recognise that the director has made this film with a lot of maturity as it is quite nuanced. Whether it is the story or the dialogue, it is very fresh. His take on this particular law, the judicial system and the relationships between the characters is commendable. His extremely high level of writing is what really attracted me to do this film.”

The film also stars Richa Chadha as parallel lead, who also plays a lawyer. Section 375 is scheduled to release on September 13.

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Boman Irani shot for the first project of his production house Irani Movietone recently. The ad shoot took place in Mumbai and it was a 1-day schedule. An interesting part of this project is that the project was directed by Boman Irani's younger son Kayoze Irani, line produced by his elder son Danesh Irani and stars Boman Irani.

Boman Irani collaborates with his sons under his home production

Talking about his experience of working with his sons, Boman Irani shared, "Initially, it felt odd when they started calling me Boman Sir on the set, instead of dad. But I guess that’s the first rule of being professional and the rest follows. Overall it was a great experience working with them and this is just the beginning."

Boman Irani launched his production house Irani Movietone earlier this year. He will be next seen in the film Made In China co-starring Rajkummar Rao and Mouni Roy, which will release later this year.

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Actress Shraddha Kapoor has been busy juggling between the sets of three films — Saaho, Chhichhore and Street Dancer 3D, this year. This year is not only a busy year for Shraddha but the actress has taken it a notch higher with good projects. And now, she will have two projects releasing within a span of one week – Saaho and Chhichhore. But what's the good part is Shraddha whose Saaho and Chhichhore were releasing on the same day on 30th August; the makers have shifted Chhichhore to 6th September so it's a sigh of relief to Shraddha.  However, the makers of Nitesh Tiwari’s directorial shifted the college caper a week ahead, making way for Saaho to be a solo release. As a result, the Stree actress will have two releases back-to-back.

Shraddha Kapoor opens up about shooting for 3 films together as she gears up for back-to-back releases!

Talking about her films, Shraddha Kapoor says, “Throughout this year, I’ve been juggling the shoot of three films and traveling to different places for them. Now, it is ironic that two of those films are releasing just one week apart. It is the first time that something like this is happening to me. As actors, we keenly wait for these Fridays, but this is double the happiness for me. Promoting two films at the same time is going to be hectic, but I am excited about both the projects, especially, because they are so different from one other. There’s been so much learning, shooting for these films together, playing vastly different roles”. Shraddha Kapoor is the perfect definition of versatility! In all her projects Saaho, Chhichhore, and Street Dancer 3D, the actress will be portraying extremely different roles. In Saaho trailer, the actress looks extremely stunning where Shraddha personifies action woman holding a gun in hand, wearing boots and going all the way formals looking more professional like always in the cop avatar is a witness that Shraddha knows how to blend in any role that she takes up.

Chhichhore is a blend of typical college-going look and a middle-aged woman where Shraddha fits the bill perfectly acing both the characters. Shraddha who has already left an impact on the hearts of her fans with her dancing prowess in ABCD 2, the actress is leaving no stone unturned in her upcoming Street Dancer 3D and is taking it a level higher where she is sure to leave the audience in awe with her dancing skills. Shraddha Kapoor is winning hearts not only of the audience but the actress is also the top choice of Filmmakers. The actress is the first choice went it comes to franchises and films like Baaghi and now Street Dancer 3D is proof of her coming back in the sequels.

This year is going to be a treat for Shraddha’s fans as she has two releases lined up, Saaho alongside Baahubali fame Prabhas, Nitesh Tiwari’s Chhichhore and both have her looking extremely different from each other.

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Sidharth Malhotra has already started shooting for his next, Shershaah as soon as Jabariya Jodi release. Despite the turmoil in Kashmir, the team is trying their best to catch up on the missed out time due to the delay in equipment and crew members’ arrival. The actor has been appreciated for his role in Jabariya Jodi and the reviews have also been turning out to be positive. While the fans loved his never-seen-before avatar, Sidharth Malhotra in his recent interview spoke about failure and criticism.

Sidharth Malhotra says criticism and failure add fire to his belly!

When asked about how he takes failure, he said that an actor’s growth should not be defined by his performance in just one film. Failure does affect him and he’s aware that some of his films didn’t do as well as the others, but he knows how to deal with failure. He makes sure to maintain a positive outlook. While failure and criticism hold a few people back, Sidharth says it only motivates him to try something new every single time. He elaborated further how it adds fire to his belly and also spoke about how there are superstars who still work hard. At the end of the day, all he does is keep working hard towards his goal.

He will be seen in Shershaah with Kiara Advani where he will portray the role of Captain Vikram Batra.

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Veteran actress Surekha Sikri won the National Award for Best Supporting Actor (female) for her role in Amit Sharma's directorial, Badhaai Ho. The film starred Ayushmann Khurrana, Sanya Malhotra, Neena Gupta, and Gajraj Rao. The actress, who is in her 70s, has not worked since her last release and there is a reason for it.

National Award winner Surekha Sikri suffered brain stroke 10 months ago

Surekha Sikri recently revealed why she hasn't worked in movies or Television for the past 10 months and the reason is her health. The actress had a brain stroke ten months ago after she fell and hit her head in the bathroom while shooting in Mahabaleshwar. Since then she has not been able to work and has been recovering. She assured that the doctors have said that she will be fine soon.

Surekha Sikri further said that she is quite thrilled to win the National Award. She expected Badhaai Ho to win Best Screenplay as well as the script awards since the content is the king.

Surekha Sikri has earlier won two National Awards - one in 1988 for Best Supporting Actress in Tamas and 1995 for Mammo.

ALSO READ: Veteran actress Surekha Sikri returns to the big screen with Badhaai Ho!

The All India Cine Workers Association (AICWA) has banned singer Mika Singh after he performed in Karachi for Pervez Musharraf’s relative. Several people called out on the singer on social media for performing in Karachi, Pakistan.

Singer Mika Singh gets a ban after performing in Karachi

A week ago, the Indian Government revoked Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. This decision by the Government drew some strong reaction from the Government. Pakistan banned the screening of Indian films. Following this, the All Indian Cine Workers Association (AICWA) had demanded blanket ban on Pakistani artists, diplomats and bilateral relations with Pakistan and its people.

Mika Singh's performance in Karachi received a lot of flak from his fans. The All India Cine Workers Association has issued an official statement banning singer Mika Singh for his performance in Karachi.

Reportedly, the AICWA has said that it will not allow anyone in the industry to work with the singer as he is being banned. The organization feels that Mika Singh did not care much about the country's pride when he decided to perform in Karachi for a wedding which was for Pervez Musharraf's relative. This step by the singer did not go down well with anyone from the All India Cine Workers Association. Now, AICWA has asked the I&B Ministry to look into this case

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