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District and sessions judge Surendra Kumar Yadav is due to retire on September 30 and his tenure is set to be extended till he delivers the verdict. He has written to the apex court that police protection and other facilities given to him would be taken away after his retirement date and urged the court to ensure that the facilities and protection continues till he decides the case.
The clip took a day to cover the 1,000km to a small town in Raisen district of Madhya Pradesh, where a family saw it and leapt for joy. It was their 17-year-old, Class X fail, runaway son Ajay, who had not been seen or heard from since leaving home on August 17. “At least, we know he is safe,” the boy’s father, Swaroop Singh who runs a sweet shop in Begumganj, told TOI on Friday.
The companies being probed by the agency in this case are located or have bases in these five countries. These companies allegedly paid huge sums to the Chidambarams and were later granted FIPB approvals. Sources also said Chidambaram was questioned briefly on Thursday night after he was brought to the CBI headquarters from the court.
As senior advocate Salman Khurshid, appearing for the petitioners, argued that there was no need for the Centre to bring the law as triple talaq had ceased to exist after the apex court declared it illegal and unconstitutional, a bench of Justices N V Ramana and Ajay Rastogi asked what would happen if the practice was still followed despite it being declared illegal and what would be the remedy in that case.
Muzibur Rahman, a BSF assistant sub-inspector who has risen through the ranks since joining the paramilitary force 32 years ago, would have remained in the dark about his citizenship status but for an NRC re-verification hearing that his father attended last week. The NRC authorities told Muzibur's father that his son and daughter-in-law were no longer eligible to make a claim for inclusion in the citizenship rolls because of the tribunal's verdict.
A day after senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said it was wrong to “demonise” Prime Minister Narendra Modi, several party colleagues, including Abhishek Singhvi, Shashi Tharoor and Sharmishtha Mukherjee, echoed his sentiment. At a book launch on Thursday, Ramesh had said it was time Congress recognised the PM’s work that won him a repeat mandate in 2019.
The Congress leader, who was sent to CBI custody by a trial court on Thursday, will however remain with the investigating agency till Monday when the lower court as well as the apex court will hear the case. As he is already remanded in custody, the court did not hear his plea for bail in the CBI case and took up only the ED matter.
However, Suresh Ram, a resident of Babhaul village in Patna district, ran out of luck recently, thanks to the comprehensive financial management system (CFMS). With the new financial tool registering details like Aadhaar, date of birth and PAN of all Bihar government employees, his fraud came to light.
Sources said the Centre and the directorate came across this discrepancy when they were going through the 2011 Census data. These 460 villages are part of 14 newly-created districts, which were carved out in October 2016 when the TRS government rejigged the district map of the state.
Pakistan was found to be non-compliant on 32 parameters out of 40. On 11 effectiveness parameters, Pakistan was found to be “low” on 10. Pakistan had sent a high level team under the governor of its central bank, to make its case at the Canberra plenary, but given that its actions on the ground did not match its promises it failed to convince the group.
Jammu and Kashmir is set to figure in India’s key discussions with world leaders on the sidelines of the G7 meeting in Biarritz this weekend, but the Modi-Macron talks, with an emphasis on bilateral resolutions, could be in a direction that India is comfortable with.
The visit is seen as a political point as the delegation may be turned back from the airport. Rahul had earlier responded to Malik’s remarks that he should come and see things for himself. Later Malik “withdrew” the invitation, saying the Congress leader was imposing conditions that were unacceptable.
Addressing the Indian community at the Unesco headquarters in Paris, Modi said the government had acted quickly on several issues and taken “major decisions”, such as bringing a legislation to ban and make the practice of triple talaq punishable, after winning a second term in office.
Curfew-like restrictions were reimposed on Friday in parts of the Valley where the lockdown had been eased last week, the return of barricades and concertina wires to places like Srinagar’s nerve centre Lal Chowk reflecting J&K’s new normal of living each day not knowing what will change.
Mr Macron says Brazil's leader lied to him as UK and German leaders voice concerns over the fires.
Members of Brazil's Mura tribe vow to defend their land, as wildfires rage in the Amazon rainforest.
The 11th richest man in the world and his brother had a huge influence on the conservative movement.
Six EU countries are to host 356 African migrants, who were stranded at sea for two weeks.
The president vows retaliation after China announces new tariffs on 5,000 products imported from the US.
The financier, who was facing sex charges in the US when he killed himself, had a home in Paris.
The world's first such facility begins a long voyage across the Arctic ocean to Russia's far east.
Demonstrators throw stones at police, who respond with tear gas in the restive city of Srinagar.
Eighty people - most described as Nigerian citizens - are accused of stealing millions of dollars.
Emine Bulut, 38, was stabbed to death in a cafe in Turkey by her ex-husband in front of her child.
The Molotov-Ribbentrop pact doomed half of Europe for decades, say the Baltics, Poland and Romania.
The girl had been hiking with her brother and father when an explosive device was detonated.
You had many questions about the fires burning through the Amazon. Here are some of the answers.
Social media connected a couple looking to adopt with a baby. Or so they thought.
The lonely death of Han Sung-ok and her son, possibly by starvation, has South Korea asking "if only"...
A complex and painful history lies behind violent protests erupting across Indonesia.
Thousands of fires are ravaging the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. How bad are they?
Fires in the archipelago have now been burning for more than two weeks.
The documentary shining a new light on the Satanic Temple and its battle for human rights.
Social media influencers are getting younger and younger, but at what cost to their wellbeing?
Vertical farming is fast-expanding but the costs are high and the food range is limited - for now.
The nations share a complicated history, tied to atrocities committed when Japan colonised Korea.
Thousands of people held hands to form a human chain of peaceful protest against a suspended extradition bill.
Tokyo is set to host the next Paralympic Games in 2020 - but how accessible is the Japanese capital?
These are the stories of a mother desperate for news of her son and a wife waiting for her husband to come home.
The supermarket chain had issued a lawsuit against Tesla over a series of solar panel fires.
The next version of the Android operating system (OS) will not be named after a dessert.
Rumours online that gamers could swap their Switch for an updated version turns out to be untrue
Apple advises owners of its new credit card to keep it away from leather and denim.
A robot bird is one of the innovations on show at the World Robot Conference in Beijing.
Eight Mile Style is seeking £30m from the music streaming service.
Research during Ireland's abortion referendum highlights risks for social networks.
The firm said it would no longer listen in to players using the console.
The technology could give a further layer of security when paying with your card in shops.
The UK Home Office is considering a system which would let you walk through immigration without showing your passport.
New technology has been developed to detect how happy the animals are.
Millions of people have shared #bulletjournal or #bujo hashtags on Instagram, so how do they work?
Unwanted devices can contain elements that the world is running out of - so how can you help?
Some riders are calling for regulation rather than an outright ban.
How a community of online students on YouTube helped people studying for their exams.
Radio-frequency identification, famously used to bug the US embassy in Moscow, is a cheap way to track objects and data.
#BulletJournal: The new trend that is helping people to save money.
Hugh Gilmour failed to qualify for the Fortnite World Cup, so has turned to coaching instead.
Gaming is a near billion-dollar industry, but what kind of pressures do young e-sports stars face?
Website content moderators have to see some very disturbing material. How do they cope?
The president vows retaliation after China announces new tariffs on 5,000 products imported from the US.
British Airways pilots will strike on 9, 10 and 27 September in a dispute over pay, union Balpa says.
The US president asks if the Federal Reserve head is a bigger enemy than China's premier Xi Jinping.
The transport firm, known for its green and red lorries, revealed a £2m discrepancy in its accounts last month.
Ryanair has been rated worst for customer service out of 100 big British brands, according to Which?.
An investigation is launched after staff from multiple stores complain of poor working conditions.
The US toy maker will expand its entertainment portfolio with other preschool brands including PJ Masks.
Universal credit is causing tenants to fall behind with rent, warns the Residential Landlords Association.
The 11th richest man in the world and his brother had a huge influence on the conservative movement.
Management are not abiding by an agreement on pensions and pay, says a union.
Some food producers say a no-deal Brexit could put them out of business within three days.
Employees tell the BBC they try not to talk politics at work in case colleagues are pro-Beijing.
Vertical farming is fast-expanding but the costs are high and the food range is limited - for now.
Social media influencers are getting younger and younger, but at what cost to their wellbeing?
Australia maybe a newcomer in growing black truffles but is now the world's fourth-largest producer.
#BulletJournal: The new trend that is helping people to save money.
Part one of the high-speed railway between London, the Midlands and North of England is due to open in 2026.
Radio-frequency identification, famously used to bug the US embassy in Moscow, is a cheap way to track objects and data.
Website content moderators have to see some very disturbing material. How do they cope?
When we retire we often pretend that we're still working according to one Harvard academic.
Laila Pence fled war in Egypt to go on and become a multimillionaire US businesswoman.
Will the big polluters clean up their acts if the people who actually own them say they must?
The UK Home Office is considering a system which would let you walk through immigration without showing your passport.
The BBC's Aaron Heslehurst explains how bingo became a multi-million dollar idea.
The technology could give a further layer of security when paying with your card in shops.
Immediately after the trust vote on July 31, BS Yediyurappa secured vote on account to spend Rs 54,414 crore till September end. With a little over a month left before this interim financial measure expires, his government is scrambling to put together a proper budget for 2019-20.
Observing that public streets are for movement of vehicles and not for shops, the high court on Thursday asked BBMP to remove all 88 shops occupying a portion of the service road on M adiwala-Sarjapur Road.
Although the Naada Habba is slated to be a low-key affair this year, the district administration is nevertheless keen on ensuring that Mysuru Dasara lives up to its reputation as a carnival where piety meets spectacle.
SA Ramadas, the BJP MLA from Krishnaraja constituency in Mysuru and his brother Srikanth had a narrow escape after the car they were travelling met with an accident in Jalsuru in Dakshina Kannada district on Friday.
Doddabetta peak, the highest in southern India, is yet to be open for public after it was closed more than a month ago. The peak, one of the most sought tourist spot in Ooty, was closed given the reason that the road leading to the peak from the junction on the Ooty-Kotagiri main road had been undergoing repair work.
There is no dissidence in BJP over my elevation as a minster, said new minister Laxman Savadi. Any dissidence will be looked after by chief minister B S Yediyurappa and other senior party leaders, he added.
On Friday evening, a third cohort of Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 women entrepreneurs will walk out of the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) campus having completed their academic training programme at the top-ranked B-school.
The BBMP’s commissioner for over three years, N Manjunatha Prasad, was on Thursday transferred despite intense lobbying by city MLAs of ruling BJP and their disqualified colleagues from Congress and JD(S) that he be retained at least for six more months
Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa is fighting fires on three fronts — disqualified MLAs want to ensure they’re taken care of, disgruntled MLAs want ministerial berths and inducted ministers are seeking plum portfolios
Green fireworks without barium nitrate will be available this festival season, while the apex court’s decision is awaited on the improved fireworks in which barium is used in lesser quantity with additives prescribed by the National Environmental Engineering and Research Institute (NEERI), said chief scientist and head of environmental materials division, CSIR-NEERI, Dr Sadhana Rayalu
The century-old Ooty Race Course, launched by the Madras Race Club, may soon find a new home at a new location near Kotagiri. If the proposal awaiting club officials’ nod goes through, Nedugula village in Kotagiri will be the new stable for the club’s horses.
A newborn baby abandoned on the roadside in Melur was rescued by police on Thursday morning. Its condition was stated to be stable after being treated at Melur government hospital. The baby boy, which doctors said was preterm by four weeks, was later shifted to Government Rajaji hospital for observation.
Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) chairman Y V Subba Reddy on Thursday said the board was contemplating a bigger and spacious temple in Chennai to cater to devotees from Tamil Nadu. He said a majority of the people coming to Tirumala were from Tamil Nadu.
The Madras high court has ordered that a 27-year-old dentist who wanted to convert from Hinduism to Islam be set free and allowed to follow any faith of her choice. The woman is now in a rescue home for women, where the police had put her under pressure from her parents, who had earlier detained her at home when she said she wanted to convert.
The falling Indian rupee, which on Thursday plunged to its lowest value in eight months, has made overseas tours costlier, forcing many from the city to put off international trips. While on paper the appreciating US dollar has made tour packages for foreigners attractive, on the ground the number of inbound tourist bookings to Tamil Nadu for September dropped by more than 50%.
Rough weather resulted in seawater entering fishing hamlets near Colachel in Kanyakumari district on Thursday, and women staged a protest condemning the Tamil Nadu government’s failure to construct a seawall in the area.
Varalakshmi Vratham was celebrated on a massive scale at Sri Bhusametha Sri Venkateswara Swamy temple in Dokiparru village of Gudlavalleru mandal in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh on the occasion of last Friday of auspicious Sravana month.
In a setback to the state government and relief to Navayuga Engineering Company Limited (NECL), the Andhra Pradesh high court on Thursday suspended the pre-closure orders issued by AP Power Generation Corporation (APGENCO) cancelling the Polavaram Hydro-Electric Project (PHEP) contract. The HC also directed the state government not to entrust PHEP work to any third party. The state government had issued fresh tender notification on Aug 17.
A surprise inspection by GHMC officials in the IT corridor revealed unhealthy sanitation practices by grade A IT parks and buildings. In two days, Rs 10 lakh penalty was imposed on commercial establishments littering in public places.
As many as 30 camels were rescued in Kadapa by animal welfare groups from Hyderabad, including the Greater Hyderabad Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (GHSPCA), Bharatiya Prani Mitra Sangh (BPMS) and Gau Gyan Foundation (GGF).
Days after body of a 70-year-old retired railway employee, Maruthi Suthar, was found chopped into pieces and stuffed in six buckets, the victim’s son, wife and daughter were arrested on Thursday for the murder. Police said that the accused family members had searched online the ways to kill the victim. The accused have been identified as Ganga Bai (58), wife of the deceased, his son Kishan Suthar (40) and daughter Prapulla (29).
Emphasizing on the need for better blood pressure clinical management, leading cardiologists and nephrologists from the city on Wednesday highlighted a high prence of undetected hypertension in the state. Nearly 36% of people from the state who participated in the study conducted by India Heart Study (IHS) are suffering from undetected blood pressure and are susceptible to misdiagnosis.
Tiger conservationists have started a signature campaign and Facebook pages to build resistance against proposed uranium mining in Amrabad tiger reserve. In the petition, they said that the reserve is home to the Chenchus, a vulnerable tribe, and many threatened and endangered wildlife species such as the tiger, leopard and pangolin.
Aurobindo Setu, connecting Ultadanga with Khanna Crossing, was shut late on Thursday night — around 11pm — to allow KMDA engineers to conduct load test for condition assessment and preparation of detailed project report (DPR) for repairing and retrofitting work of the bridge.
Arsalan Parwez (22), who was arrested last Saturday after he surrendered to cops, taking on his elder brother Raghib’s blame, was released on bail on Thursday. But the court set a condition that he would have to submit his passport to police and meet investigating officer as and when needed.
When 25-year-old Raghib Parwez took an evening flight to Dubai on August 17, hours after the Jaguar had crashed into a Mercedes-Benz on Theatre Road, it may not have been the first time he had done so.
Raghib Parwez, the elder brother of Arsalan Parwez, was not alone in the Jaguar when it crashed into the Mercedes at the Shakespeare Sarani-Loudon Street crossing early on Saturday, killing two Bangladeshi pedestrians and injuring another, investigators claimed on Thursday, in yet another twist to the case.
After two days of dry weather, Kolkata was lashed by a spell of intense shower on Thursday evening, slowing down peak-hour traffic. The Met office has forecast 'light to moderate' showers on Friday and Saturday. The rain could continue till Sunday.
Two employees of the agency appointed by Kolkata airport authorities to collect parking fee and keep the driveway congestion-free were arrested on Thursday morning for clamping the wheels of a consulate vehicle that was parked in the airport’s no-parking zone. The duo was later released on bail.
Building owners who had not fully utilized the floor area ratio (FAR) allotted to them at the time of getting construction plans sanctioned will be eligible for extra FAR. This will enable them to gain additional space of up to 3,000sqft for construction.
A 60-year-old woman's body was recovered from the Hedua pool in the wee hours of Thursday. Police said the victim, Karuna Mondal, was a resident of Goabagan Street, located less than 500 metres from the spot where she was found dead.
A packed Metro coach travelled the entire distance from Dum Dum to Kavi Subhas stations with one of its doors open during the morning peak hour on Wednesday, horrifying several passengers and raising, once again, the question of safety in an ageing fleet of rakes.
Chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday accused police and civic volunteers of extorting common people in the name of the ‘Safe Drive Save Life’ campaign. During the administrative meeting of East Midnapore at Digha, Banerjee said there were allegations regarding this from across the state.
The Jaguar-Mercedes crash that killed two Bangladeshi tourists on Shakespeare Sarani early on Saturday morning had a dramatic twist on Wednesday with one Biryani Brother replacing another as the prime accused.
When Bhanu Guruk and Dipak Sharma visited Digha with friends in November 2017, they ended up tying the knot at a Kali temple there. After staying with his family in Kota for over a year, Bhanu, or Bhanupriya as some people in Rajasthan called her, is back in Kolkata with her husband for their reception. The event was hosted in Phoolbagan on Wednesday and was attended by over 150 guests.
Arsalan Parwez, 22, can apply for his bail before the judicial magistrate, who had remanded him to an 11-day police custody on Sunday, but to be completely discharged of the criminal charges, he will have to wait till police complete their probe and submit the chargesheet.
Raghib Parwez had stepped on the gas after hitting Theatre Road as he was addicted to the growl of the engine as it revved up. This is what he revealed to the cops when asked why he was speeding through red lights.
Roads division of the public works department (PWD) has estimated a loss of Rs 83 crore in the flood and landslides reported in the district. PWD officials are planning to complete the damage rectification and maintenance work of the damaged roads in a phased manner based on fund availability.
Minister for ports and museum Ramachandran Kadannappally has said the project to revive Kanampuzha river in his assembly constituency, Kannur, would be expedited and minister for water resources K Krishnankutty has promised all support.
A meticulous investigation supervised by ADGP (crimes) is required into the alleged misappropriation of Rs 3.4 crore from the funds of United Nurses’ Association (UNA) by its national president Jasminsha M and others, the high court has ordered.
Do you look at your old photos and often feel that your skin looks duller than before now? We get you! From pollution to early signs of ageing, the skin starts to lose its glow, making it look dull and lifeless. Instead of purchasing high-end creams and going for clinical treatments, you can invest in just one oil. Yes, you read that right. We're talking about jojoba oil, which can do wonders to your skin. We've charted five beauty benefits of this beauty potion that will convince buy one right away:
Optical illusion srae fun and one of the most attractive engagements on social media. A video was shared on Twitter by podcaster Dan Quintana with the caption: "Rabbits love getting stroked on their nose" and people got confused if it was a rabbit or a bird.
Health fads are taking over the world. Health conscious people are easy to target with fads because of the rewards they are promised with the product. An athlete will easily be convinced by a product that guarantees increased stamina, and a gym freak can easily be swayed by a product that promises quick muscle recovery. New products with such benefits are being made by the hour, and people are willing to use them in a bid to see a change in their body. One such product that is being marketed and has already gained traction is spinach supplement. Let’s take a look at why it has caught the attention of health fanatics.
According to skin experts acne is caused due to different factors including the skin producing too much oil, which clogs pores, dead skin cells buildup, which has the same effect, presence of bacteria in the pores and inflammation of the skin.
Ranging from ceramic and bone china, the table and cookware also have a variety of dishes available in porcelain, clay and stone. Are you confused about which is the best one to get home? We simplify it for you.
In its decennial year of existence, the Vishwa Konkani Student Scholarship Fund (VKSSF), established by World Konkani Centre, will award Merit Cum Means Scholarships worth Rs 3.5 crore to 2000 plus students from Konkani Community at a function to be held at the TV Raman Pai Convention Centre here on August 25.
CHANDIGARH: Former director at the Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH) based in Chandigarh, Dr Anil Koul has been appointed as vice president and head of Discovery, Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health (GPH) at global multinational Johnson and Johnson. He is one of the few scientists to be assigned this role in which he will oversee a major research and development activities and help drive breakthroughs and innovations in new research areas. Dr.Koul will oversee a multi-disciplinary research teams with a focus on the discovery of small and large molecules to facilitate the cure of severe infectious diseases as well as also diseases of global heath concern like tuberculosis, malaria etc, which are often neglected from innovation, investment and new drug discovery perspectives. With more than 18 years of experience in pharmaceutical drug research, Dr Koul was one of the key scientist involved in discovery of Bedaquiline - a new drug for treatment drug-resistant tuberculosis. Bedaquiline is currently in WHO’s list of essential medicines and recognised as major orphan disease innovation of last decade and awarded with Prix Galien award in 2016. Dr Koul was awarded with a Johnson Medal and recently Sun Pharma Award by India’s honourable heath minister for his contributions to bedaquiline. In 2016, government of India appointed Dr Koul as director of India premier research institution IMTECH, a constituent laboratory of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research based in Chandigarh. On the appointment of Dr Koul, the current officiating director IMTECH, Dr Manoj Raje said, “This shows that India’s scientists and research is in demand by topmost people in the world. I believe it shall hopefully bring in lot of value to area of public heath and neglected diseases - things critical from India’s standpoint”. Dr. Koul has several publication in leading journals like Science and Nature and holds several patents to his credit.
Weeks after they were booked for harassing a group of freshers, Allahabad University’s (AU) anti-ragging committee on Thursday recommended a year-long expulsion and a lifelong ban on allocation of hostel rooms for the seven accused students.
Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) has announced the result of Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) or Class 12 supplementary exam on its official website today i.e., August 23, 2019.
Soon, treatment of fungal infections and leishmaniasis (commonly known as black fever) will be affordable, thanks to oral tablets produced by a team of researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad (IIT-H).
To bust the misconception that Miyawaki methodology used to grow a forest is essentially a Japanese one which does not work everywhere , Shubhendu Sharma, the renowned practitioner of the Miyawaki method has explained a number of incorrect ways of application, owing to which people form negative notion about it .
The Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) has started a first of its kind six-month course on writing for television and web series considering the growing popularity of web series among young filmmakers and newcomers in film industry.
The Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) has decided to double the fine amount imposed on teachers who have erred in totaling of marks for class X and class XII board examination papers.
The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) on Wednesday suspended two of its employees for their alleged negligence that led to serious injuries to a BSc first year student who fell into a swimming pool on Monday evening.
British supermarkets are starting to go “nude". Big brand shops have begun taking steps to strip their shelves of plastic wrapping over concerns about saving the oceans from waste. “Nude zones” and “Food in the Nude” campaigns are already being rolled out in places such as New Zealand and South Africa.
Single-use plastics have been banned in the Everest region to reduce the amounts of waste left by mountaineers. The new ban in Khumbu Pasang Lhamu rural municipality, home to Mount Everest, covers all plastic of less than 30 microns in thickness as well as drinks in plastic bottles.
Portugal has scrambled to find solutions to wildfires that have ravaged the country in recent years. Part of Portugal’s problem is that inland villages have shed their populations. The absence of shepherds, goatherds and farmers has left forest lands overgrown, allowing fires to spread and burn faster.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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In a sense, every commercial is a promise. Eat this and you’ll be happy. Buy this and you’ll be happy. Go here and you’ll be happy. So many people are constantly scrambling to find that happiness, something that feels just out of reach. Showtime’s excellent “On Becoming a God in Central Florida” is about the pursuit of happiness in a country in which it feels like the pursuing never ends. Creators Robert Funke & Matt Lutsky use the world of a company that’s based on a pyramid scheme to dig into something profound about human nature and that generalized anxiety and dissatisfaction that often makes people feel like a failure but is really just a part of the experience. We may not be able to directly relate to the characters caught up in a strange business in Florida in the early ‘90s, but few shows have felt as current as this one. It’s smart, insightful, and very funny television, anchored by two phenomenal performances and storytelling that zigs left when you expect it to zag right. Kind of like life.
The wonderful Kirsten Dunst plays Krystal Stubbs, a waterpark employee with a new baby and a lot of unpaid bills. Her husband Travis (Alexander Skarsgård) is a part of a business called FAM, and partners with a rambunctious young man named Cody Bonar (Théodore Pellerin). Cody and Travis are a few tiers down a pyramid that promises the American Dream. It’s one of those classic schemes that demands its workers not only sell boxes of mediocre product – Krystal has a lot of toilet paper in her garage – but that they recruit new members for the capitalist cult. Travis barely sleeps because he’s so busy trying to build and maintain his “downline,” the people who report to him and will someday make him a millionaire. Or so he’s been promised.
The main voice of those promises is the mysterious Obie Garbeau II (Ted Levine), the King of FAM in the Southwest – I specify region because different “families” of the company become an amazing subplot later in the season. (Imagine the mafia family conflicts of “The Sopranos” but with snake oil salesmen who are basically scamming everyone they meet.) Cody and Travis bow completely at the altar of FAM and Garbeau, buying into his bullshit platitudes and career advice. They’re constantly talking about how many Americans are hooked on their “J-O-B” and the “stinker thinkers” who make up the economy of this country. You see, Cody and Travis are free. Everyone else is just a slave. Krystal is skeptical.
In ways I won’t spoil, Krystal gets sucked into the world of FAM, forced to become one of its major players. One of the many great things about “On Becoming a God” is that it deftly walks that line that writer/directors like Joel and Ethan Coen have through most of their careers in which you start to question whether or not it’s mocking its characters just before it disabuses you of that notion. Yes, Cody is a silly, silly man, one who makes very bad decisions, but Pellerin and the writers keep him genuine. He’s fascinating, especially as his background starts to fill in. Like so many people on this show and in the world, he needs to believe in something, and so he believes in FAM all the way. It starts to become like watching a slow-motion car crash, particularly in the performance of Mel Rodriguez as Ernie, a co-worker and friend of Krystal who gets sucked into the world of FAM. We know he’s so far down the pyramid that he will never get out from under it. But the show doesn’t make fun of him. In fact, it asks for empathy for people who have been given so little to hold onto in life that they desperately need to believe that the parachute they’ve been handed will stop their freefall.
The only problem with “On Becoming a God in Central Florida” is one of season length. It feels like a show that could have accomplished more in 7 or 8 episodes than it does in 10. The pacing drags at times, but the cast and creative team always get it back. Some great young directors have been brought in to help with that, including Charlie McDowell (“The One I Love”) and The Daniels (“Swiss Army Man”).
As great as the writing can be and as buoyant as the show has been directed, this show simply doesn’t work without Dunst. Krystal Stubbs is one of the most fascinating characters of 2019, a woman who realizes the falsity of the pyramid of the American Dream and finds a way to turn it to her advantage. And her scenes with Pellerin are absolutely wonderful. It’s so refreshing to see two performers who so completely get what a show is going for overall while also sketching three-dimensional characters at the same time. They’re both worth considering for Emmys.
Adulthood is about navigating those promises of life. A better job, a healthier diet, a happier home – these are all promises. What’s so brilliant about “On Becoming a God in Central Florida” is that it takes the seemingly unrelatable world of a company built on taking advantage of people and weds it to something we can all understand. And it does so with wit and charm. In a way, I feel about his show like Cody believes in the lies that have been sold to him by Garbeau. He honestly thinks FAM is the future and the truth. For TV fans, this show may be too.
Whole season screened for review.
There's about half a movie in "Overcomer." The other half or so is a pretty half-hearted sermon. Neither half is particularly worthwhile, and the whole is cheap, cheesy, and, to put it charitably, churchy.
That's the method of director Alex Kendrick, who has helmed and, with his brother Stephen, co-written several faith-based movies. (The brothers wrote this screenplay, too). To call this one merely "faith-based" seems like an understatement, and to call it a "movie" feels especially generous.
It doesn't start that way, though. In fact, the first act of Kendrick's newest seems like a legitimate narrative. Indeed, it opens with a prologue (featuring a nifty drone shot that flies over some trees, through the window of a Christian high school and into the gymnasium, where a basketball game is underway), establishing a community on the brink of economic disaster. A nearby manufacturing plant is closing its doors and laying off most of the employees. The school's fate is in jeopardy, because most of the families have someone who works at the plant.
That's one setup established. Then, we get another, as teacher and basketball coach John Harrison (played by the director, whose performance certainly sells the idea that the filmmakers pulled a random high school basketball coach, with no acting experience but a genial personality, out of nowhere and put him in the leading role) is in a tough spot. With parents leaving town and students leaving the school, the coach's team looks ready to collapse.
Plus, the school's principal (played by Priscilla C. Shirer) wants him to coach the cross country team. John doesn't even think running is a real sport, and the only student who tries out is Hannah (Aryn Wright-Thompson), a transfer student whose parents are dead, who lives with her grandmother Barbara (Denise Armstrong), and, who, more pertinent to long-distance running, has asthma.
That's three narrative threads, right there for the taking: the coach who has something to learn, the student who has something to prove, and the economic insecurity of the small town threatening all of it. None of these threads is revolutionary by any measure, but they at least form the foundation of an actual story.
At some point, though, the Kendricks simply decide to abandon just about all of that. Through a chance meeting at a hospital, where John is visiting a fellow parishioner with his church's pastor, the coach just happens to discover Thomas (Cameron Arnett). Through some painfully on-the-nose dialogue during a later visit, John learns that Thomas, blind and having more health issues on account of diabetes, is actually Hannah's long-believed dead father.
Now, of course, there's the conundrum: Does John tell Hannah, or does he respect the wishes of Barbara, who has kept the fact that Thomas is still alive hidden from Hannah? It doesn't matter, because, even before he learns that his daughter is so close, Thomas begins the preaching, insisting that maybe John isn't the best Christian he can be. After all, John dares to list several other things about him and his life before he even thinks about calling himself a Christian.
Then, the principal gets into the game, proselytizing Hannah to reject her terribly sinful ways and become a Christian. There are three scenes in a row that exclusively show or climax with different characters praying, and Hannah's big training montage—which is to be expected, even when the movie seems to have abandoned everything but the sermons from the story—is intercut with her doing a Bible study.
Eventually, the Kendricks' screenplay gets back to the racing plot thread. Mind you, it's just for the Big Race (which we only learn is the state championship after it's finished), so it's more of a requirement than an actual story point. Even then, Hannah wears an earbud with her father coaching and, obviously, preaching to her. In theory, this is a rather clever way to make a lengthy sequence of a long-distance race involving, but in practice, it's just more sermonizing.
Apparently, "Overcomer" isn't for an audience that cares about being told a story. It's aimed at an audience that doesn't mind too much if a story occasionally interrupts a homily.
The first time I saw the title and synopsis of “Brittany Runs a Marathon” at Sundance, I cringed. I didn’t want to see some version of my own health struggles at a time when I was not sleeping well, not eating healthy and not getting any exercise aside from standing in line for my next movie. Fortunately, when I finally watched the film months later, I was overwhelmingly charmed. Yes, this movie’s title says it all—there is a character named Brittany (Jillian Bell) who runs a marathon (New York’s, one of the biggest running events in the country). But there’s a surprising amount of nuance in Brittany’s story. The movie unpacks the emotional baggage of how society treats you differently when your dress size is in the double digits, how the scars of bad relationships past (if you’ve had relationships at all) can pool up insecurity and how endless self-loathing can curdle into an attitude that hurts others. Far from being just a simple comedy about fitness and weight loss, Brittany’s journey includes the healing and forgiveness it takes to really meet those goals.
Before Brittany was a runner, she was a party girl who loved to stay up late, drink and eat goodness knows what and dabble in drugs most doctors would frown on. After a reality check from a concerned physician, Brittany decides to reshape her life with something she normally would never do: run. With the help of a neighbor (Michaela Watkins) she used to hate and a fellow out-of-shape-getting-into-shape running buddy (Micah Stock), Brittany learns to take care of herself and the people that matter to her.
Beyond obvious training montages and scenes of those painful first steps into a fitness routine, it’s apparent that Brittany has more to work on than just her high blood pressure. Her struggles are similar to that of many other millennials: she’s a rainy day away from going broke, making do with the low-paying gig economy, her roommate situation is less-than-ideal and romance eludes her on dating apps. Any one of the issues would have been enough dramatic tension for her to deal with, but when coupled with her extreme health makeover and a tragic backstory, it lends this comedy some authenticity. Because she’s coping with so much, Brittany’s self-defenses are always on guard, ready to lash out at those trying to help her. She can even get cruel or selfish, which are not characteristics you usually see in feel-good sports movies. She’s who you want to cheer for, but her tendency for self-sabotage threatens her progress, her friendships and the audience’s connection to her.
Thankfully, Bell and writer and director Paul Downs Colaizzo empathize with their main character’s struggles, giving her room to be messy and imperfect but also a chance for redemption. Downs Colaizzo based Brittney on a close friend of his yet doesn’t spare his cinematic version of her from a few less-than-stellar moments. It’s perhaps the reason why the film feels less like some guy’s fabrication of what it’s like for a woman to go through what Brittany experiences. Bell’s performance balances her character from being too earnest or too hard on herself and really gets at the insecurity she feels about her athletic abilities, her financial situation and her personal life. She can be bubbly or bitter, determined or defeated. Bell shows off a range that many of her previous roles never gave her. In much of the same way seasoned runners make a marathon look easy, Bell makes leading this comedy look effortless.
Since a good portion of the drama plays out on New York City’s never-ending sidewalks and park paths, cinematographer Seamus Tierney’s landscapes look more like a blur, with close-ups of our main characters and bright colors of running gear popping against each frame. The movie still has its independent scrappiness intact, which is most obvious during the digitally rendered marathon map tracking Brittany’s progress through the race. But that does not detract from the powerful emotions captured at the climactic event: the enormous scale of thousands of runners pouring through the city’s five boroughs, hundreds of volunteers scattered throughout the course and miles and miles of strangers—maybe even a few friendly faces—cheering for hours as people cross the finish line. It’s a moment so perfectly encapsulated in the final stretch of “Brittany Runs a Marathon,” that it earns a place among some of the best sports movies.
The sleepy, dopey action bonanza “Angel Has Fallen” is disappointing, and not just for the reasons you might expect. Being the second sequel to “Olympus Has Fallen,” “Angel Has Fallen” doesn’t even have a high bar to clear. “Olympus Has Fallen” was a by-the-numbers revenge-fantasy about ruthless North Koreans and emasculated, savior-thirsty Americans that’s mostly distinguished by its considerable displays of over-the-top violence. Basically, America is graphically imperiled for the sake of confirming a slogan coined by then-interim President Trumbull (Morgan Freeman): “As a nation, we are never stronger than when we are tested.”
“Olympus Has Fallen” is, at the very least, a credible survivalist wet dream. In that movie, America is (temporarily) made great again, but only after the Washington Monument is toppled, the President is tied up, and the Secretary of Defense is punched in the face and kicked in the belly, right before she’s dragged across the floor as she defiantly screams the Pledge of Allegiance. To defeat the North Koreans, Banning does what no officially sanctioned US agents can: he kills a bunch of bad guys without any remorse or reprisal, like the North Korean hostage that he shoots in the head, just to spook the other North Korean agent he has tied up (“Your friend seemed like a funny guy”). “Olympus Has Fallen” isn’t a good movie, but I couldn’t stop watching it.
By contrast: I couldn’t wait to stop watching “Angel Has Fallen,” an indifferently assembled cash-in shot with way too many shaky, unfocused close-ups which seem designed to re-assure viewers of this otherwise bland drama’s surface-deep intensity. Being a timid lament about contemporary American trust issues (the Russians are to blame, but almost incidentally), “Angel Has Fallen” sics Banning—now rickety from concussion-induced migraines and insomnia—on a group of disloyal American mercenaries led by, well, you’ll figure that part out soon enough.
The makers of “Angel Has Fallen” don’t seem to care as much about their characters (or patriotic ass-whoopings) like their predecessors did. Instead, we get a few tentative signs of introspection from Banning—he’s sick, has a family to protect, and an estranged dad, too!—that are immediately glossed over for the sake of pumping up a few flat set pieces that hail from the Tony Scott School of Frenzied Action Filmmaking, only they’re not as dynamic or good-looking as Scott’s jittery photography. If you’re going to be mean-spirited and exploitative, at least do it convincingly.
The makers of “Angel Has Fallen” struggle most when they have to make Banning look like a rebel who also knows that he must inevitably “ride a desk” to retirement. Their version of Banning is more like John McClane in “A Good Day to Die Hard” than in “Die Hard 2: Die Harder.” He complains (and periodically shows symptoms) of the action-movie equivalent of PTSD, but never succumbs to those ailments, especially not when he needs to cut through handcuffs, light up a phalanx of armed mercs, or run away strategically. This is apparently what life is like for a trained ex-soldier: a sad, vague awareness of your own mortality that’s mostly off-set by shoot-outs, drone attacks, and improvised explosions that confirm your megalomaniacal sense of self-worth. After all, Banning’s got an important job to do: protect Trumbull, a steadfast leader who vows to never rush our nation into war, but also wants us to be ready in case it’s ever Boom Boom Go Time. Banning’s moral righteousness sharply contrasts with the movie’s immoral, Russia-colluding baddies, all of whom sell out their country because they miss going to war and also really like money.
I’d care more about Banning and his values if his creators had invested more care into their movie’s action scenes, dialogue, characterizations, and basic plot. The editing and sound design is fine enough, but that’s about it. Close-ups of Butler's and Freeman’s blotchy-but-determined faces only hammer home the movie’s general please-like-me desperation, as do action scenes that over-stress smoke, gunfire flashes, and flying debris instead of choreography, visual coherence, or human personality. Even the scenes where Banning’s dad (no spoilers!) blows up some faceless goons somehow feel perfunctory and underwhelming.
These key moments, like any scene featuring great character actors like Tim Blake Nelson and Lance Reddick, are raced through with negligible conviction and even less inspiration. If this type of no-brow entertainment is your thing, you may find something to like in “Angel Has Fallen,” but that doesn’t mean you need what these guys are reselling.
“Liberty” is a word so deeply ingrained in American culture that our nation’s most iconic statue supposedly serves as an embodiment of it. So often has the term been used that it has lost all trace of meaning. It’s easy to forget that liberty, as defined by our dictionaries, is “the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions by authority on one’s way of life.” Having personally observed how my mother, her body rendered nearly immobile by Multiple Sclerosis, has struggled to remain at home, despite the efforts of insurance companies to locate her elsewhere, it’s clear to me that “liberty” is not a top priority of the United States. Her fully functional brain has no place in a nursing home, and the same could be said of Zak (Zack Gottsagen), the protagonist with Down syndrome who escapes his incarceration in “The Peanut Butter Falcon.” That film’s hopeful theme of love transcending bureaucratic inertia is shared by another of this year’s aspiring crowd-pleasers, Kirill Mikhanovsky’s “Give Me Liberty.” Both pictures deserve praise for their inclusive casting and unpatronizing portrayal of people with disabilities, but does their optimism really ring true?
I suspect those viewers all-too-familiar with the relentless stresses of caregiving and being cared for will find little hilarity in Mikhanovsky’s Job-like portrait of a young medical transport driver, Vic (Chris Galust), who carries the weight of a broken system on his slender shoulders. Perhaps I would’ve laughed more at his plight if I wasn’t busy having a panic attack. As the film opens, he’s already running late in busing various clients to appointments, since the sheer ineptitude of America’s health care apparatus has caused him to take on more responsibilities than one can adequately tackle. Upon realizing that a van hasn’t arrived for an elderly group of singing mourners—including his grandfather—on their way to a funeral, Vic can’t resist cramming them into his vehicle alongside others bound for Eisenhower Center, the nonprofit job training program for people with disabilities in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Tagging along for the ride is Dima (Maxim Stoyanov), an irreverent con man posing as a long-lost nephew of the deceased. After swiping candy from a passenger, he’s mortified to see her endure a diabetic attack, prompting the funeral goers to make an emergency stop at the Center, where they’re faced with an empty vending machine and dog treats. Left stranded in the vehicle is Tracy (Lauren “Lolo” Spencer), a woman with ALS who dryly quips, “I’m so glad the accordion got off the van before I did.”
This is one of a handful of moments that did elicit a chuckle from me, in part because the incessant shouting matches had temporarily subsided, allowing the absurdity of the situation to sink in. Spencer, a YouTube star de-stigmatizing people who use wheelchairs on her channel “Sitting Pretty,” proves here to have a riveting screen presence, exuding the inherent frustration of her circumstances without ever allowing herself to be defined by them. It’s a pity that many of her most affecting scenes are fragmented by Mikhanovsky’s tirelessly visceral editing, which is so restless that it causes some key sequences—particularly the climax—to verge on incoherence, with the soundtrack periodically becoming out of sync with the footage. The best thing that can be said about the script, penned by acclaimed playwright Alice Austen, is that it never sounds written. Most of the dialogue seems as if it were improvised by the film’s remarkable ensemble, particularly when scenes of prolonged verbal altercations reach Cassavetes-level decibels. Long before the film’s first half has concluded, Vic has run up against enough obstacles to permanently freeze his face into a replica of Edvard Munch’s “The Scream,” yet he keeps plugging along for reasons he keeps to himself, much to the bewilderment of his mother.
If this movie is actually intended to be a comedy, then its overarching gag may be that our country’s failure to care for those in need requires a “scam artist” like Dima to ensure that things get done rather than remain in stagnation. Though he initially appears to be a nuisance offering little more than strained comic relief, he eventually emerges as somewhat of a good luck charm for Vic, helping him open an apartment for a post-funeral gathering by putting the moves on a jaded security guard. I didn’t buy this scene any more than I did Dakota Johnson’s abrupt transformation from a rule-abiding nursing home employee to a carefree spirit upon falling for the oily charms of Shia LaBeouf in “The Peanut Butter Falcon.” Time and again, both films build up to conflicts that would likely result in a dire outcome before backing away from them with a shrug and a smile. A serious conversation about a young man’s future suddenly devolves into laughter. A violent brawl somehow evaporates before anyone gets mortally wounded. A guaranteed firing is prevented merely by the forces of luck. In the production notes, Mikhanovsky refers to Austen and himself as idealists who believe that the American Dream is still within reach for all who carry it within them. I appreciate this sentiment, though their film’s inability to follow through on what it sets up is more indicative of denial than enlightenment.
That being said, there’s a great deal to admire about this picture, not least of all the fact that it was shot entirely in Milwaukee, a town not known for its filmmaking incentives. As he did in his debut feature, 2006’s Brazil-set “Fish Dreams,” Mikhanovsky directs a cast comprised largely of non-actors, none of whom are reduced to caricatures. The end credit roll pointedly begins with the full names of its leads starting with Galust, an electrician randomly discovered by the casting director in a bakery, and concludes with Mikhanovsky and Austen, referred to only by their last names. In a sense, the film’s very existence is as miraculous as that of Benh Zeitlin’s “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” another audacious ode to Americans dued by their own government. Zeitlin served as an executive producer on “Give Me Liberty,” while his former gaffer, Wyatt Garfield, reaffirms his status as a sublime cinematographer, on the heels of lensing such gems as “American Fable” and “Porto.” I especially like how he turns Dima’s flirtation with Vic’s sister, Sasha (Darya Ekamasova of “The Americans,” one of the few veteran performers in the cast), into a spiral of conflicting emotion, capturing their humor, sorrow and budding attraction as they pirouette before the camera in long, near wordless takes.
Many of the stories in the script were apparently inspired by Mikhanovsky’s own experiences of driving a medical transport van, while the film’s “Whose Streets?” march could very well be mirroring the 2016 Milwaukee protests following the fatal shooting of a 23-year-old African-American man by police. What “Give Me Liberty” aims to express is that even in a city as segregated as Milwaukee, America’s melting pot enables a diverse wealth of races, cultures and physical capabilities to blend together in beautiful and unexpected ways, just like the colorful trees drawn by Eisenhower Center resident Gregory Merzlak. Vic reminds me quite a bit of my father, who has sacrificed his retirement years to ensure that my mother’s dream of living at home can be sustained as long as possible. Mikhanovsky nails the harrowing reality of Vic’s predicament so thoroughly that I couldn’t stomach the film’s escapist flourishes, however well-intentioned they were. By the end, I felt neither amused nor uplifted. I was simply wrung out.
It’s not surprising that Guillermo del Toro has been a vocal advocate for Issa López’s “Tigers Are Not Afraid.” The film was clearly deeply influenced by Del Toro’s “The Devil’s Backbone” and “Pan’s Labyrinth,” which merge fantasy and supernatural elements with real-life horrors. In those films, and López’s, the real monsters are flesh and blood. They carry guns and victimize the innocent. At its best, López’s movie has that del Toro signature style, and she also proves herself a deft director of children, another element she shares in common with the Oscar winner. There are moments in the midsection of “Tigers” in which I wished the film had more urgency and rising tension, but then the film lands with a breathtaking final shot. I mean that literally—I gasped. And it’s a shot that will linger with me, a perfect closing beat for a film that has become one of the most-buzzed of 2019 for a reason.
One important element that separates “Tigers” from a masterpiece like “Backbone” is that López’s film is not a period piece. For a lot of viewers, it will feel like something they can’t relate to, but it tells a very current story, especially given how much the drug war on the border of Mexico and the state of immigration dominates our political discourse. López opens by reminding us how many people have been murdered and disappeared in Mexico since 2006, when the drug war intensified and riddled the air with violence to such a degree that there are entire cities that have become ghost towns.
Our story is set in one of these cities, where children have been orphaned by the violence that surrounds them, forming a sort of “lost boys” group of their own on a rooftop. They steal food and the supplies to keep them alive, and they’re led by an angry young man named Shine (Juan Ramon López). In an early scene, Shine steals a phone and a gun from a local thug named Caco (Ianis Guerrero), and nearly shoots him in the back. Not long after this decision, a quiet girl named Estrella (the incredible Paola Lara, whose commitment holds the whole film together) comes home after a school shooting to find her mother is missing. She joins Shine’s gang, and they tell Estrella that her mother was likely kidnapped and either trafficked or murdered. And then Caco and his men come looking for his phone.
You may be wondering how fantasy plays into such a dark, realist narrative. López opens with a teacher asking her students to write a fairy tale, and some of the elements of that instruction weave their way through the film. There’s a mysterious blood trail that follows Estella; she is haunted by something in the shadows that may or may not be her mother; she’s even been granted three wishes, which will play major roles in how her story unfolds. While some filmmakers would have used the magical elements of Estella’s life to provide an escape from reality, López is more interested in using them to enhance the danger and symbolism of her story. Don’t come into this wanting answers about what’s real and what isn’t—you won’t find them. López merges the horrors of real life with fairy tale structures and storytelling in a way that’s ambitious and consistently fascinating.
The union of the two doesn’t always click, though. To be blunt, what del Toro does is very difficult to maintain tonally, and “Tigers” doesn’t quite come together like his best work. There’s a sense of mounting danger in the best films like this that is just a bit lacking in “Tigers.” I wanted to feel the monsters closing in on Estrella and Shine more than I did, as the film kind of plays on one level, even as López proves she’s willing to take some risks in terms of presenting the real danger of this world. Still, when a film opens with a school shooting and a child pointing a gun, it’s hard to build from there in terms of danger and urgency. Consequently, “Tigers Are Not Afraid” is more a film that I appreciated instead of becoming enveloped in its world and fully invested in the plight of its characters.
That is until that final shot. Without spoiling anything, López uses color and space in a way she doesn’t otherwise in the film, and the result casts everything before it in a poignant light. These ghost towns of orphans are so violent and tragic that perhaps the only way we can even possibly understand and relate to what’s happening there is through a fairy tale. “Tigers Are Not Afraid” may be imperfect, but you can feel the passion and creativity of its filmmaker in every decision. She’s fearless.
Despite what some purists may think, there’s nothing inherently wrong with remaking a great movie, especially one that’s almost three decades old. I’m all for taking the themes of a film and reworking them in a way that makes them feel fresh and new for a modern audience -- two great examples of this being John Carpenter’s “The Thing” and David Cronenberg’s “The Fly.” What frustrates me is when a remake deconstructs what works about an original film and then doesn’t seem to have any interest in reconstructing it into something interesting again. Even worse is when it feels like a movie inherently doesn’t understand what really worked about the source material from which it’s working, which is the case with David Rosenthal’s inept, long-delayed remake of Adrian Lyne’s “Jacob’s Ladder.” Lyne’s best film emerged from a country still damaged by Vietnam and weaved the distrust engendered by the veteran experience into a Kafka-esque vision of horror. The remake has some scary faces and a tacked-on commentary about PTSD and government intervention that feels cheap and unearned. Only the commitment from the always-solid Michael Ealy saves it from being one of the worst movies of the year, although just barely.
Ealy plays Jacob Singer, a medic in Afghanistan who is startled to discover that the latest body on his stretcher belongs to his brother Isaac. After returning home and settling down with his wife (Nicole Beharie) and new child, Jacob begins to have terrifying visions, although most of them are of the jump-scare variety instead of the slow-burn horror approach used by Lyne. A clearly traumatized vet (Ealy’s co-star from “The Intruder,” Joseph Sikora) warns him that something is wrong before meeting a grisly fate. Or does he? Could Jacob just be going crazy? When he finds out something shocking about his brother, played by Jesse Williams, and learns about a new drug that seems to be replacing PTSD with addiction, the line between what’s real and what’s imagined blurs to another degree.
Rosenthal and his collaborators drop in visual beats that will be familiar to fans of the original -- both films have a fascinating visual motif of motion as subway trains and speeding cars come racing through history to catch up with Jacob Singer. But this version of “Jacob’s Ladder” can’t find the right tone, jumping wildly from a story about PTSD to a story about brotherhood to a waking nightmare without ever figuring out how to merge the three. Consequently, it gives us a version of Jacob Singer who simply bounces from plot point to plot point, occasionally terrified by a jump scare but never resonant in a way that makes his plight feel relatable. Lyne’s original has become an influential piece of cinema for its visuals and final twist, but Tim Robbins’ performance there remains one his most underrated. It’s a film that works not just because of its narrative or atmosphere but because of how Robbins grounds it. Try as he might, Ealy’s version of Singer gets lost here. It sometimes feels like the filmmaking is actively working against him.
Although he certainly makes out better than the supporting cast. Beharie and Williams’ characters might as well be named ‘Plot Device 1’ and ‘Plot Device 2’ given how little they have to work with beyond their relationship with Jacob Singer. Like so much of the 2019 “Jacob’s Ladder,” they’re shallow. It feels like a project that worked from a checklist more than any sort of artistic impetus to rework an influential film. And it often feels like a project that’s trying to merge different projects together. There’s a movie in here about brotherhood, one about PTSD, one about addiction, and a remake of “Jacob’s Ladder” but they never come together to form a satisfying whole.
The first question any remake needs to ask is “Why?” Not only is it painfully obvious that this was never once answered during the production of the new “Jacob’s Ladder,” it doesn’t seem like anyone considered asking it.
As comprehensive as it is dry, Stanley Nelson’s “Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool” will educate those who aren’t aware that the legendary Kind of Blue was improvised lightning in a bottle, or about the era in which Miles Davis was influenced by Indian music. But if those pieces of music history are old hat for you, this doc has little to offer other than its catalogue, and the poignant musings offered by a cadre of musicologists, writers, and loved ones who knew the jazz genius closely in one way or the other. For either newcomers or fans, the documentary’s cradle-to-grave, talking-head approach too readily threatens to take the zip, romance, and funk out of a fascinating subject who would be nothing without those very elements.
One aspect that shines within Nelson’s doc is the tangible sense of evolution—it is instructive on how to hear the different quintets and styles within Davis’ catalogue. And with its expansiveness, it connects the many dots to show how different collaborators (or journeys, as when Davis spent time in Paris and returned a balladeer) influenced the way Davis played trumpet and changed jazz forever, again and again. Nelson’s doc treats pivotal albums more like general eras than milestones—even the record that inspired this film’s title feels glossed over—but it creates a full sense of his career, and the many languages he created using the same 12 notes.
Words written by Davis accompany different historical moments and presented by Carl Lumbly, who has that scratchy raspy voice of Davis’ that many people in the film talk about, and sometimes imitate. But the movie is so touch and go with his artistic breakthroughs and heartbreaks—of which he had many—that the self-reflection in Davis’ trumpet is a colorful, lonely voice up against waves of monochromatic filmmaking.
Nelson’s doc thankfully eschews hagiography—it’s for the fans, but it reckons with the ugliness that equally informed his art. His ex-wife, the late Frances Taylor Davis, talks about the abuse and misogyny she faced when with the violent and jealous Davis, who essentially removed her from her dreams of dancing, virtually forced her to stay home, and accept domesticity. Davis’ drug habits are covered in all of their tragedy too, and in the doc's honest coverage of the pain he felt, a complicated morality emerges for a truly blood-sweat-and-tears composer and performer.
And yet whenever there’s a sudden burst of energy, it creates an overall herky-jerky rhythm. Nelson will introduce a decade with quick cuts of stock footage, and before one can get a strong enough rush it’s back to more talking heads, surveying Davis’ career like civil war docs do battles. Even some jokes within included footage fall flat amongst the editing, as with the inclusion of Walter Cronkite calling jazz “musical noise” in a news clip before the doc shrugs and goes on to its next talking point.
Nelson’s film was likely always meant to be constructed like this—probably from its conception—so it doesn’t seem entirely fair to knock it for its more pedagogical intent and form. Still, an information dump feels like a shortcut. “Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool” won’t transport you back to Davis’ pivotal performance or immerse you in his different states of mind, but it will kill whenever there’s a substitute teacher for music history class.
“Vita & Virginia” wastes the talents of four people—its two subjects and the two women that play them. It is a deeply frustrating movie, a film that not only can’t find the right tone from scene to scene but feels disjointed in individual moments too. It is a bit of a chamber piece, a bit of a romance, a bit of a commentary on creativity, a bit of social commentary, even a bit of magical realism. At a certain point, I started to wonder if the disjointed nature of “Vita & Virginia” was designed purposefully to replicate the structure and themes of Woolf’s Orlando, but decided I was giving a messy movie too much credit. Sometimes a mess is just a mess.
Gemma Arterton plays Vita Sackville-West, a famous socialite and writer in her own right, who meets a woman already famous but soon to be legendary, Virginia Woolf, played by the great Elizabeth Debicki. There’s an immediate connection between the two—although one of the many problems in Eileen Atkins’ script, based on her own play and co-written with director Chanya Button, is that it’s one of those films that’s constantly telling us about the spark between its leading ladies instead of actually showing it. Vita is coming off a scandalous affair with another woman, although it’s more of an issue for society and her mother (played forgettably by Isabella Rossellini) than her husband (Rupert Penry-Jones), with whom she seems to be in a “don’t ask, don’t tell” variation on open marriage.
The Woolf captured here is just starting to become the one we know today. She’s dealing with mental illness and anxiety over the publication of Mrs. Dalloway when she becomes infatuated with Vita, the yin to her yang. The idea that Vita should be a more vibrant, outgoing personality to counter Virginia’s reticent, wallflower personality is fine on a creative level, but it leads to a film with two performances at its center that feel like they’re from different movies. Arterton goes broad in line reading and facial expressions, but Debicki goes too far in the other direction. If Arterton is playing to the back row of the theatre, Debicki is playing to the people who could afford the front. They’re both very good taken on their own, but it creates a lack of chemistry in the center in which it doesn’t just feel like the two women have different personalities but like they’re in different movies. Arterton and Debicki are excellent actresses, but it was Button’s responsibility to pull them together as a director, and that just never happens.
Part of the problem is that the script never allows for depth of character, making the exaggerated over- and under-acting more apparent. This is a film filled with people who say what they want, feel, and need all the time. A character literally says, “You must remember that Virginia is vulnerable under all her brilliance.” Oh, really? Thanks. The film constantly telegraphs the intended depths of its storytelling without ever actually doing the digging. The result is an experience that’s oddly flat when it’s not spiraling off into flights of fancy, usually through a bouncy but slightly incongruous score or a bit of magical realism with Virginia, who has visions like birds attacking her or vines growing in her house.
In those moments, “Vita & Virginia” becomes another movie. It becomes the story of a famous, troubled writer who finds peace and comfort in the arms of another woman. If the entire project had been reworked from that perspective, it might have worked. Debicki is more than up to the challenge dramatically. But it jumps around in such a way that it tries to tell so much more stories than just its most interesting narrative throughline. Vita is so underwritten and yet dominates so much of the screen time. And it just becomes harder and harder to care about what happens to either of them. Someone once said that Orlando was a love letter from Virginia to Vita. You’d learn more about their relationship if you just read it instead of seeing this movie.
Liza Mandelup's documentary "Jawline," about 16-year-old Austyn Tester's desire to achieve social media fame, is an interesting experience. Mandelup has taken great care in how she presents Tester, as well as how she approaches this whole world of social media stars and the mostly tween-age girls who adore them. If you're over 14 years of age, all of it may seem like you've entered an alternate and very confusing dimension, but Mandelup presents without judgment, and in so doing provides understanding. There are disturbing undercurrents in this world, so present it's almost like white noise, and Mandelup avoids much of it, or touches lightly on it before moving on. This is a mistake. "Jawline" left me feeling wistful and very protective of Tester. Like his brother Donovan says early on, "Austyn is soft-hearted." A portrait of a kid determined to add "positivity" to the world through YouTube videos may sound like pretty grim viewing, especially to the cynical, but "Jawline" works gently, slowly, presenting its subject and sub-culture with not just affection but sympathy, a sympathy very close to tenderness.
At first, watching Tester—a cute kid from Kingsport, Tennessee—make his YouTube broadcasts from a corner of his bedroom, chatting with the fans who sign on, it's hard to tell what exactly is the point of what he is doing. He doesn't have any skills like singing or dancing. His whole thing is presenting a kind and sweet persona, providing pep talks to his fans, all of whom are young girls: "Be yourself. Go after your dreams. Don't let anyone stop you." It's all very vague, but the girls giggle and squeal and when he interacts with them one on one it's as though Mick Jagger is on the line. Tester talks constantly about how he wants to add positivity to the world. It's almost heartbreaking. And, despite his obvious naiveté, he knows what "sells"; he studies the videos made by Julian and Jovani Jara, twins who present an unthreatening boyish friendliness, and have a gigantic following. He knows what he needs to do and be.
Tester lives with his mother and brother in a house full of cats. The family clearly has no money, and the abusive father left a long time ago. Mandelup films without condescension, and the cinematography by Noah Collier and Ben Whatley is poetic and emotional: Tester and his friends leaping into the river on a hot day, or wandering the night streets, past rusting cars on cinder blocks, a Coca Cola machine on the side of the road, an empty Dairy Queen drive-thru. There's a beautiful shot of Tester and his best friend lying in a hammock in the woods, bare legs flopped over each other, both of them engrossed in their phones. Considering his environment, it's not hard to see why Tester latches onto fame. Is it any different from the kids in Suzannah Herbert and Lauren Belfer's documentary "Wrestle," who depend on getting scholarships to college? In essence it's the same, but there's one crucial difference: the kids in "Wrestle" have a skill, a skill that provides a future (education, coaching). Tester has ... what?
Tester says things like, "I want to move to LA because that's the place where dreams come true." He means this. I feared for him. This fear grows when Mandelup moves the action to Los Angeles, following Michael Weist, a "manager" who helps kids achieve the social media fame they want. Weist shops on Rodeo Drive, and is only a couple of years older than the teenagers he promotes. All of his clients live with him in his palatial house (which is also a pig-sty, a frat house for camera-ready 15-year-old boys). Weist pays for everything, and they all sit around making videos and getting massages. It is truly La-La Land. (Weist became notorious last year when he "produced" something called "TanaCon," which ended in disaster. It wasn't as big a debacle as Fyre Festival but it—and he—made headlines.) The majority of "Jawline" sticks with Austin, as he acquires a "manager" from Houston (interviewed, creepily, in an empty office). Tester gets placed on a "tour," and returning to Kingsport is a tough adjustment. He finds it hard to put out "positivity" into the world, he stops making videos. This is the emptiness of creating a persona for online consumption: what happens when you don't feel it?
Mandelup made a very smart choice in interviewing the girls who flock to the "tours." These interviews help contextualize the "shows," where coiffed boys walk around on a stage, doing nothing but taking selfies with girls and signing autographs, causing mass pandemonium. But when these girls talk about being bullied, or feeling lonely, or having a rough home life, the comfort they find in these friendly non-judgmental boys who are like the really popular boys at school, except caring and considerate ... it makes sense. This is a pre-sexual "scene". It's kids finding comfort and creating a community where they feel safe.
The whole situation, though, seems ripe for abuse and exploitation. Michael Weist does himself no favors with his own chosen persona, and is barely an authority figure with his "charges." They all bicker like the kids that they are. Ominously, Weist has also been accused of sexual harassment. Tester's "manager" in the empty office seems like a a grifter, a scammer, and Tester is too wide-eyed gullible to notice any red flags. Mandalup does not follow these threads, does not dig in deeper to the seedier side of this hastily erected "business".
"Jawline" is not Bert Marcus' "The American Meme," a brutal documentary about adult social media stars like Paris Hilton, Kirill Bichutsky (aka "The Slut Whisperer), and Josh Ostrovsky, people who create "empires" with their "personalities." Watching "The American Meme" may make you want to unplug and move to a cabin in the wilderness for ten years, but watching "Jawline" makes you want to send Tester a supportive message, telling him to hang in there, he's doing fine. He adds positivity to the world already. He's a sweet kid and it's a scary world out there. Hopefully he finds his way.
Morgan Freeman has one of the most recognizable voices in Hollywood. And he has used it to great effect in a number of movies, including several acclaimed documentaries. We are here to list the best documentaries featuring the Academy Award-winning actor's smooth voice.
The arch nemesis to Henry Golding's Snake Eyes has been found!
This just keeps escalating!
Martin Scorsese's crime epic is just the latest point of contention between the streaming service and the exhibition industry.
The man has a certain presence.
The actor could return to haunt our nightmares once more, but he's focused on the future of the iconic horror villain.
The last entry of the X-Men film series may have affected Spidey's cinematic future.
Rocko's Modern Life and Invader Zim just got new entries on Netflix but there are tons of other classic kids' shows that deserve their own revival. Here are a few.
So many trailers, so little time.
It's the best of both worlds!!
The based-on-a-true-story film also stars Lili Reinhart, Constance Wu, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Cardi B and Lizzo.
Harley Quinn in a team up movie. Haven't I seen this one already?
He said he'd be back.
It's ok, we have time.
This is just to stay busy until Alita 2, right?
When can you book a ticket to Avengers Campus?
An iconic moment recreated in live action.
The so-called “Secret Project” has been a fertile source of theories and conversations among hardcore Disney fans since it was added to the D23 schedule at the beginning of August. It was given its own panel, and fans were told the subject would be announced on August 22nd.
This is going to end well, sure...
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Kirsten Dunst starred in Interview With a Vampire with Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise 25 years ago as a child actress.
சென்னை: விக்ராந்த் நடிப்பில் வெளியாகியுள்ள பக்ரீத் படத்தை பார்த்தவர்கள் அனைவரும் பாராட்டுகிறார்கள். நண்பர்கள் துணையுடன் திரையுலகில் முன்னுக்கு வர போராடிக் கொண்டிருக்கிறார் விக்ராந்த். ஜெகதீசன் சுப்பு இயக்கத்தில் விக்ராந்த் நடித்த பக்ரீத் படம் இன்று வெளியாகியுள்ளது. ஒரு ஒட்டகத்தின் மீது பாசம் வைத்துள்ள விவசாயியாக நடித்து அசத்தியுள்ளார் விக்ராந்த். படத்தை பார்த்தவர்கள் சமூக வலைதளங்களில் என்ன சொல்கிறார்கள் என்று பார்ப்போம்.
சென்னை: பெண்கள் கபடியில் தேசிய அளவில் நடக்கும் ஊழலும், அந்த தடைகற்களை தாண்டி வெற்றி பெறும் தமிழக வீராங்கனைகளுமே கென்னடி கிளப் படத்தின் மையக்கரு. திண்டுக்கல் மாவட்டம் ஒட்டன்சத்திரத்தில் கென்னடி க்ளப் எனும் பெண்கள் அணியை நடத்தி வருகிறார் ஓய்வு பெற்ற ராணுவ அதிகாரியான பாரதிராஜா. தனது ஓய்வூதியத்தைக் கூட கபடிக்காக செலவழிக்கும் அளவுக்கு ஈடுபாடு
சென்னை: ஒரு எளிய மனிதனுக்கும், ஒரு ஒட்டகத்துக்கும் இடையேயான பாசப் பயணம் தான் பக்ரீத். நம்முடைய மண்ணில் இன்னும் இன்னும் எத்தனையோ சொல்லப்படாத கதைகள் புதைந்து கிடக்கின்றன. அவை நம்மை சுற்றியே தான் இருக்கின்றன. நாம் தான் அதை கவனித்து தோண்டி எடுக்க வேண்டும். அப்போது தான் அதில் உண்மைத்தன்மை இருக்கும். இதுபோல் ஒரு சில
சென்னை: படத்தின் ஒன்லைன் ஏற்கனவே நமக்கு தெரிந்தது தான். 16 வருடங்கள் கோமாவில் இருந்துவிட்டு மீண்டெழும் ஜெயம் ரவி, இந்த உலகின் மாற்றங்களை எப்படி எதிர்கொள்கிறார், அவரை இந்த உலகம் எப்படி கோமாளியாக பார்க்கிறது என்பது தான் படத்தின் கதைக்கரு. ஜெயம் ரவி ஒரு 90ஸ் கிட். பிளஸ் 2 படிக்கும் அவர், தன்னுடைய பள்ளி
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
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റോഡ് മൂവി എന്നത് അധികം മനസ്സിലാക്കപ്പെടാതെ പോയിട്ടുണ്ട് മലയാള സിനിമാലോകത്ത്. ഒരു ബസ്സിലോ കാറിലോ കഥ നടക്കുന്നുവെന്നതിനപ്പുറം ഈ വാഹനം സഞ്ചരിക്കുന്ന പ്രദേശത്തിന്റെയും അവിടത്തെ ജനതയുടെയും സംസ്കാരം കൂടി കഥാപാത്രങ്ങളിലൂടെ കടന്നു വരുമ്പോഴാണ് സിനിമ യഥാർത്ഥ ജീവിത ഗന്ധമുള്ളതായി മാറുന്നത്. ഇങ്ങനെ വർത്തമാനകാല കേരളത്തിലെ സാധാരണ ജീവിതത്തിലേക്കുള്ള ഒരെത്തിനോട്ടമാണ് മൊഹബ്ബത്തിൻ കുഞ്ഞബ്ദുളള എന്ന ഷാനു സമദിന്റെ
ഉള്ളത് കൊണ്ട് ഓണമാക്കുന്ന സംവിധായകൻ ആണ് കണ്ണൻ താമരക്കുളം. ജയറാം എന്ന നടനെ തിരിച്ചുകൊണ്ടുവന്നേ അടങ്ങൂ എന്ന് വാശിയുള്ള ഡയറക്ടർ എന്നും കണ്ണൻ താമരക്കുളത്തിന് ഖ്യാതി ഉണ്ട്. തിങ്കൾ മുതൽ വെള്ളി വരെ, ആട് പുലിയാട്ടം, അച്ചായൻസ് എന്നീ സിനിമകൾക്ക് ശേഷം കണ്ണനും ജയറാമും ഒന്നിക്കുന്ന നാലാമത്തെ ഉദ്യമമാണ് പട്ടാഭിരാമൻ. മൊത്തത്തിൽ പറയുമ്പോൾ ഉദ്ദേശശുദ്ധിയുള്ള ഒരു മോശമല്ലാത്ത സിനിമയാണ് പട്ടാഭിരാമന്.
ജോസഫിന്റെ ബമ്പർ വിജയത്തിന് ശേഷം ജോജുവിനെ നായകനാക്കി മലയാളത്തിലെ സീനിയർ സംവിധായകൻ ജോഷി ഒരുക്കുന്ന സിനിമ എന്ന നിലയിൽ ആയിരുന്നു പൊറിഞ്ചു മറിയം ജോസ് ഫസ്റ്റ് അനൗണ്സ്മെന്റ് നാൾ മുതൽ വാർത്തകളിൽ നിറഞ്ഞത്. 2013, 14, 15 വര്ഷങ്ങളിലായി ഇറങ്ങിയ ലോക്പാൽ, സലാം കാശ്മീർ, ലൈലാ ഓ ലൈലാ എന്നീ മൂന്നു സിനിമകളുടെ സമ്പൂർണ പരാജയത്തിന്
വിപണി അറിഞ്ഞു വിളമ്പുകയെന്നത് സിനിമാലോകത്ത് പ്രത്യേകിച്ച് ബോളിവുഡിലെ ചെലവ് കൂടിയ സിനിമാ നിർമാണത്തിന്റെ വർത്തമാനകാലത്ത് ഏറെ പ്രാധാന്യമുള്ള കാര്യങ്ങളിലൊന്നാണ്. ഇതിനെ സമർത്ഥമായി ഉപയോഗപ്പെടുത്താൻ സാധിച്ചുവെന്നുള്ളതാണ് മിഷൻ മംഗലിന്റെ മാർക്കറ്റ് വിജയത്തിന്റെ ഏറ്റവും വലിയ രഹസ്യം. അക്ഷയ് കുമാറിന്റെ മിഷന് മംഗള് ആദ്യം മുതല് അവസാനം വരെ പ്രേക്ഷകരെ പിടിച്ചിരുത്തുന്ന ചലച്ചിത്രാനുഭവമാണ് നല്കുന്നത്.
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
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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 ടാഗ് ലൈനോടെ തിയേറ്ററിലെത്തിയ സിനിമയാണ് ഷിബു. സിനിമയിലെത്താനുള്ള ബുദ്ധിമുട്ടുകളും ലക്ഷ്യം നേടാനായി കണ്ടെത്തുന്ന വളഞ്ഞവഴികളും നിറഞ്ഞൊരു സിനിമ. ചിരിക്ക് വകനല്കുന്ന സന്ദർഭങ്ങളും കഥാഗതി 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
ಯಾವುದೇ ಕಾಲ ಇರಲಿ... ಟ್ರೆಂಡ್ ಹೇಗಿಯೇ ಬದಲಾಗಲಿ.. ಇಂಡಸ್ಟ್ರಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಹಾರರ್ ಸಿನಿಮಾಗಳು ಬರುತ್ತಲೇ ಇರುತ್ತದೆ. ದೆವ್ವಗಳಿಗೆ ಯಾವ ಹೊತ್ತು ಬಿಡಿ... ಅಂದಹಾಗೆ, ಈ ವಾರ ಮತ್ತೊಂದು ಹಾರರ್ ಥ್ರಿಲ್ಲರ್ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಚಿತ್ರಮಂದಿರಕ್ಕೆ ಬಂದಿದೆ ಅದೇ 'ರಾಂಧವ'. ನಾಯಕ ರಾಬರ್ಟ್ (ಭುವನ್ ಪೊನ್ನಣ್ಣ) ವಿಚಿತ್ರವಾದ ಗೂಬೆಗಳ ಮೇಲೆ ಡಾಕ್ಯೂಮೆಂಟರಿ ಮಾಡಲು ಹೊರಡುತ್ತಾನೆ. ಹೀಗೆ ಇರುವ ನಾಯಕನಿಗೆ ವಿಚಿತ್ರ ಕನಸುಗಳು
ಸಿನಿಮಾ: ಉಡುಂಬಾ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ: ಶಿವರಾಜ್ ತಾರ ಬಳಗ: ಪವನ್, ಚಿರಶ್ರೀ ಅಂಜನ್, ಶರತ್ ಲೋಹಿತಾಶ್ವ 'ಉಡುಂಬಾ' ಕರಾವಳಿ ತೀರದ ಕತೆ. ಒಂದು ಊರು, ಇಬ್ಬರು ಪ್ರೇಮಿಗಳು, ಪ್ರೀತಿಗೆ ಆಗುವ ಅಡಚಣೆ, ಪ್ರೇಮಿಗಾಗಿ ಹೋರಾಟ, ಖಳ ನಟನ ಸಾವು ಇದಿಷ್ಟು ಈ ಸಿನಿಮಾದಲ್ಲಿ ಬಂದು ಹೋಗುವ ದೃಶ್ಯಗಳು. ಇದರ ನಡುವೆ ಒಂದು ಸರ್ ಪ್ರೈಸ್ ಅಂಶ ನೋಡುಗರಿಗಾಗಿ ಕಾದಿದೆ. ಮೀನು
ನನ್ನ ಪ್ರಕಾರ ಮೂರು ಕಥೆಗಳ ಒಂದು ಸಿನಿಮಾ. ಪೊಲೀಸರು ಒಂದು ಕೊಲೆಯನ್ನು ಭೇದಿಸುತ್ತ ಹೋದಾಗ, ಮತ್ತೆರಡು ಕ್ರೈಂ ಪ್ರಕರಣದ ಕಥೆ ತೆರೆದುಕೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತೆ. ಈ ಮೂರು ಕ್ರೈಂ ಪ್ರಕರಣ ಹೇಗೆ ಒಂದಕ್ಕೊಂದು ಹೆಣೆದುಕೊಂಡಿರುತ್ತೆ, ಈ ಮೂರು ಕಥೆ ಹೇಗೆ ಲಿಂಕ್ ಆಗಿರುತ್ತೆ ಎನ್ನುವುದೇ ಸಿನಿಮಾ. ಪೂರ್ತಿ ವಿಮರ್ಶೆ ಮುಂದೆ ಓದಿ....
ಕನ್ನಡಕದ ಮೇಲೊಂದು ತ್ರೀಡಿ ಕನ್ನಡಕ, ಅಜ್ಜ, ಅಜ್ಜಿ, ಅಪ್ಪ, ಅಮ್ಮ ಕುಟುಂಬ ಸಮೇತ ಚಿತ್ರಮಂದಿರಕ್ಕೆ ದಾಂಗುಡಿಯಿಟ್ಟ ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕ. ಮಹಾಭಾರತದಲ್ಲಿ ಬರುವ ಕ್ಲೈಮ್ಯಾಕ್ಸ್ 'ಕುರುಕ್ಷೇತ್ರ' ಸನ್ನಿವೇಶದಲ್ಲಿ ಬರುವ ಕಥೆ, ಪಾತ್ರಧಾರಿಗಳ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಮಕ್ಕಳಿಗೆ ತಿಳಿದಿರಬೇಕು ಎನ್ನುವ ಕಾರಣವೂ ಸೇರಿದಂತೆ ತುಂಬಿ ಕುಳಿತ ಚಿತ್ರಮಂದಿರ. ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರಗೀತೆಗೆ ಎದ್ದುನಿಂತ ನಂತರ, ಸಿಗರೇಟ್ ಆರೋಗ್ಯಕ್ಕೆ ಹಾನಿಕರ ಎನ್ನುವ ಸಂದೇಶದೊಂದಿಗೆ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಆರಂಭ.
ಚಾಲೆಂಜಿಂಗ್ ಸ್ಟಾರ್ ದರ್ಶನ್ ಅಭಿನಯದ ಕುರುಕ್ಷೇತ್ರ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಕನ್ನಡ ಮತ್ತು ತೆಲುಗಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಅದ್ಧೂರಿಯಾಗಿ ಬಿಡುಗಡೆಯಾಗಿದೆ. ಸಾವಿರಕ್ಕೂ ಅಧಿಕ ಚಿತ್ರಮಂದಿರಗಳಲ್ಲಿ 2ಡಿ ಮತ್ತು 3ಡಿ ವರ್ಷನ್ ಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಕುರುಕ್ಷೇತ್ರ ತೆರೆಕಂಡಿದ್ದು, ಕನ್ನಡ ಕಲಾಭಿಮಾನಿಗಳು ಕಣ್ತುಂಬಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಮುನಿರತ್ನ ಕುರುಕ್ಷೇತ್ರ ನೋಡಿದ ಬಹುತೇಕ ಎಲ್ಲರೂ ಚಿತ್ರಕ್ಕೆ ಭೇಷ್ ಎಂದಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ನಿರ್ಮಾಪಕ ಮುನಿರತ್ನ ಅವರ ಪ್ರಯತ್ನ ನಿಜಕ್ಕೂ ಅದ್ಭುತ. ದರ್ಶನ್ ಅವರ ನಟನೆ
''ಮೀಸೆ ಬಿಟ್ಟವರೆಲ್ಲ ಗಂಡಸರಲ್ಲ, ಮೀಸೆ ತಿರುಗಿಸೋರೆಲ್ಲ ಕೆಂಪೇಗೌಡ ಅಲ್ಲ....'' ಬಹುಶಃ ಕೋಮಲ್ ಚಿತ್ರಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಇಂತಹ ಮಾಸ್ ಡೈಲಾಗ್ ಕೇಳಿದ್ದು ಇದೇ ಮೊದಲ ಸಲ ಅನ್ಸುತ್ತೆ. ಈ ಡೈಲಾಗ್ ನಷ್ಟೇ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಕೂಡ ಸೀರಿಯಸ್ ಆಗಿದೆ. ಇದು ಔಟ್ ಅಂಡ್ ಔಟ್ ಕಮರ್ಷಿಯಲ್ ಚಿತ್ರ.
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.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said he had doubts whether David Silva would succeed in the Premier League but was "happily wrong" as the midfielder prepares to play his 400th match in his final season with the reigning champions.
Australia are closing in on the victory that will see them retain the Ashes after opening up a 194-run lead over England on day two of the third test at Headingley, in command at tea on 82-3 in their second innings.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said he had doubts whether David Silva would succeed in the Premier League but was "happily wrong" as the midfielder prepares to play his 400th match in his final season with the reigning champions.
Rangers have been ordered by UEFA to close a section of their Ibrox Stadium for Thursday's Europa League meeting with Legia Warsaw due to racist behaviour which includes "sectarian singing" by their supporters.
Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino said experimenting was best left to scientists, as he bristled at a question on whether he would use Sunday's Premier League clash against Newcastle United to tinker with his starting lineup.
Celtic great Henrik Larsson has quit as manager of Swedish side Helsingborg two months after taking charge after receiving verbal abuse from the team's own fans, the club said in a statement on Friday.
Pakistan will host Sri Lanka in three one-day internationals and the same number of Twenty20 internationals starting in September before two tests as part of the World Test Championship in December, the cricket boards of both countries said on Friday.
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says he cannot imagine his team parting ways with triple Champions League winning goalkeeper Keylor Navas, even as reports gather pace that the Costa Rican has asked to leave the Spanish club.
New Zealand's seam bowling pair of Tim Southee and Trent Boult struck twice each to reduce Sri Lanka to 144 for six wickets in their first innings on a rain-truncated second day in the second and final test in Colombo on Friday.
India's dope testing laboratory has already addressed most of the concerns raised by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) about its standards and will apply within three weeks for its early reinstatement, a key government official told Reuters on Friday.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says Arsenal could try to fight fire with fire on Saturday by deploying him in a front three alongside Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe when they travel to face Liverpool in the Premier League.
The Rolling Stones have rocked stages around the world in their more than 50-year career. But now their influence has gone into space after NASA's Mars InSight Mission named a rock on the planet after the band.
A judge in Chicago on Friday named a special prosecutor to probe the case involving former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett's allegation that he was the victim of a racist attack, which authorities have ruled a hoax.
Former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday morning on an indictment in connection with his upcoming criminal trial, a spokesman for the Manhattan district attorney said on Thursday.
A Bosnian-Dutch film about a girl leaving the Netherlands and returning to her native Bosnia to visit the sick father she has never met was chosen on Thursday as the best movie at the Sarajevo Film Festival (SFF), celebrating its silver jubilee.
A former publicist for Michael Jackson on Thursday announced plans for a charitable foundation not affiliated with the late pop singer's family or estate, intended to defend and promote the legacy of the controversial entertainer.
Novelist and Matrix co-writer Aleksandar Hemon worries that growing U.S. social divisions could bring about the partition of the United States, saying present-day America reminds him of his native Bosnia, ethnically divided after war in the 1990s.
Amazon.com Inc's next original series will take viewers to "Carnival Row," a lavish Victorian-era fantasy world where mythical creatures are forced from their homeland and must live uneasily alongside humans.
Mexican musician Celso Pina, famed as "the rebel of the accordion" for mixing eclectic styles with traditional Colombian cumbia, died on Wednesday of a heart attack in his hometown of Monterrey, his record label La Tuna Records said.
Hollywood star Tim Roth, who launched his acting career playing a racist skinhead in 1980s Britain, said on Wednesday that the "odium of populism" had led to a deterioration in British politics and beyond.
A new HBO series on the killing of a Palestinian youth after three Israeli teens were murdered in a deadly summer five years ago is stirring up painful memories for bereaved families on both sides of the conflict.
LOS ANGELES, (Variety.com) - The Bean Bag Boys, the self-appointed nickname for the trio of best friends in Universal's "Good Boys," are conquering much more than sixth grade. They are also leading the domestic box office, exceeding expectations and collecting $21 million on opening weekend.
Baby boomers dressed in tie-dye, rolling wheelchairs and chasing a memory of peace and love flocked to Bethel, New York, for the weekend to mark the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, the music festival that defined 1960s counterculture.
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.
The session had barely got going when it was red flagged for debris, Macauley Jones the culprit thanks to a run-in with a foam sign on the outside of the last corner.To that point the quick man was Cam Waters, who had set a 1m49.720s on his opening run.That time didn't last long once the session restarted, McLaughlin firing straight to the top with a 1m48.931s.Once in front, there was ...Keep reading
Team Penske-Chevrolet’s 2017 champion – and 2017 winner here at Gateway – set a two-lap average of 186.508mph to beat Sebastien Bourdais of Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan by just under 0.6mph, which equates to 0.15sec around the 1.25-mile oval.Several drivers were annoyed by the speedy-dry cement which had been thrown down in Turns 1 and 2 to soak up oil from the vintage Indy ...Keep reading
A NASCAR spokesman confirmed Friday evening the 19-year-old native of Walllkill, N.Y., has been suspended for actions detrimental to stock car racing, including a violation of the sport’s code of conduct.Dippel was scheduled to compete in Sunday’s Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario.There was no immediate word from Young’s Motorsports ...Keep reading
Despite predictions of rain, the session stayed dry. Pilet surged to the top of the times in his #911 RSR with 13 minutes remaining, lapping in 1m41.234s to topple Antonio Garcia’s Corvette from the top spot.Earl Bamber was third quickest in the #912 Porsche, a tenth of a second off the pacesetting sister car. Richard Westbrook was the quickest Ford, just 0.006s behind Bamber in the #67 GT ...Keep reading
Allgaier has shown no secret of his disappointment of not yet being able to secure a win this season in the Xfinity Series with his No. 7 JRM team but he still sees racing with the organization as “a great fit.“I will be back next year. Same deal. Everything is good,” Allgaier said Friday at Road America. “We’re doing the same thing next that we are doing right now. First and ...Keep reading
The attempt by the pilots to attempt another landing was outlined in Friday’s preliminary accident report on the accident released by the National Transportation and Safety Board.Earnhardt, his wife Amy, their daughter Isla, a family dog and two pilots all escaped serious injury when the Cessna 680A on which they were flying ran off the runway upon landing on Aug. 15.Earnhardt was on his ...Keep reading
As part of an ongoing feud between the pair, Reynolds was quoted by a tabloid newspaper saying that McLaughlin has become "boring" and "corporatised" since leaving Garry Rogers Motorsport for DJRTP.McLaughlin has responded with a cheeky dig at Reynolds about 'growing up', along with a more serious reflection on his life as a title contender. "I guess it's just one of those things. It's ...Keep reading
Dale Coyne Racing driver Ferrucci’s 184.804mph / 24.3501sec around the 1.25-mile course was enough to beat Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports' Ericsson by just 0.0366sec.The Rookie of the Year contenders beat championship protagonists Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda and 2017 Gateway winner Josef Newgarden of Team Penske-Chevrolet.Perhaps with some bearing on single-car ...Keep reading
While my own racing career is pretty important to me, there's another side of my life that I get a lot of questions about. My son, Kevin, races in F1 with the Haas F1 Team and I'm so incredibly proud of everything that he's accomplished over the years.Kevin Magnussen, Haas F1 Team VF-19, leads Lance Stroll, Racing Point RP19, and Daniel Ricciardo, Renault F1 Team R.S.19Photo by ...Keep reading
But there have been times in F1's history where teams have produced a disappointing title challenger, yet have still managed to steal a surprise win – whether through good luck or circumstance.We count down what we consider to be the top 10 worst F1 cars ever to have won a grand prix, from Sebastian Vettel's 2008 first taste of victory in the STR03 to Jim Clark's heroics in the Lotus 43 and ...Keep reading
DiBenedetto said his “priority” is to win in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series because he believes that’s the only way he will continue to climb the career ladder in NASCAR.“The attention and support we got from fans in general, that was unreal,” DiBenedetto said Friday at Road America. “The crowd cheering when I was about to get interviews on the big screen, everybody ...Keep reading
The Repsol Honda rider ended up 21st-fastest during Friday practice for this weekend's British Grand Prix, some 3.7 seconds off the pace established by Fabio Quartararo.Lorenzo was forced to miss the Dutch TT at Assen after sustaining a fractured vertebra in a high-speed crash during practice, and then missed the subsequent German, Czech and Austrian rounds.Speaking after FP2 at ...Keep reading
Their afternoon battle replicated their morning form - Neuville quickest on the opening stage then WRC points leader Tanak fighting back on the next two.Hyundai driver Neuville managed to halve Tanak's previous 3.2-second lead on the Stein und Wein stage, but Tanak inched the gap back up to 2.8s by the day's conclusion.Blighted by understeer in his Citroen all morning, Sebastien Ogier ...Keep reading
The session was run in hot and dry conditions, but rain is predicted for this afternoon’s session.The #912 Porsche had a grassy off in Vanthoor’s hands after a handful of laps. After a pitstop to clean it up he lapped in 1m41.529s, which he soon lowered to 1m41.296s to top the times.“My first run felt pretty good, but obviously we still have a lot more homework to do,” said ...Keep reading
Click here for the weekend scheduleTrack: 1.25-mile tri-oval in Madison, ILRace distance: 248 laps/ 310 milesFirestone tires per entry: 11 sets for use throughout the weekend.2018 race winner: Will Power (Team Penske-Chevrolet). No driver has won the race more than once, but Team Penske has won five of the nine Indy car races held here, including the last four.2018 pole winner ...Keep reading
Suzuki test rider Guintoli has made two prior appearances as a wildcard rider this year and is standing in for the injured Joan Mir in the works team’s main roster at the British Grand Prix.KTM rider Espargaro came up on Guintoli in the final sector of his fastest FP2 lap, with the Frenchman rolling out wide at Brooklands to allow Maverick Vinales, Karel Abraham and Aleix Espargaro through ...Keep reading
Russell has performed well in difficult circumstances in his rookie F1 season, after joining the Williams line-up as Formula 2 champion.Williams’s struggles have left Russell almost exclusively fighting teammate Robert Kubica at the tail of the field, but Russell’s performances have led some to link him with a possible move to Mercedes, which has backed him since his title-winning GP3 ...Keep reading
Formula 1 race winner Maldonado was due to join Anthony Davidson and Roberto Gonzalez in JOTA's #38 Oreca 07 for the new campaign, the trio having all moved across together from the DragonSpeed team they raced for in 2018/19.However, on Friday, the Venezuelan wrote on his Instagram account that he has parted ways with the team ahead of next weekend's Silverstone season opener.He wrote: "I ...Keep reading
Quartararo had fired in a 1m59.225s late on with a fresh soft rear tyre, smashing the existing Silverstone MotoGP lap record by more than seven tenths.However, he swiftly had his laptime disallowed due to a track limits infringement at Chapel, and an error at Brooklands on his final attempt meant he had been consigned to 11th in the classification.Marquez's 1m59.476s effort stood as the ...Keep reading
Matsushita returned to F2 at the start of 2019 after a year away in Super Formula, having received Honda’s blessing to revive his F1 bid.Honda has made clear its desire to place a Japanese driver in F1 with either Red Bull or Toro Rosso, and Matsushita is currently its best short-term bet unless Naoki Yamamoto - who has the required superlicence points - makes a shock move to grand prix ...Keep reading
Note: This schedule is subject to change. All times local (Central)For list of international carriers of IndyCar broadcasts, click here. Friday, August 239.00am-12.45pm, NASCAR K&N Series testing1.00-2.00pm,NTT IndyCar Series first practice (NBC Sports Gold, IndyCar Radio + affiliates)2.15-2.45pm, Indy Pro 2000 first practice3.00-3.45pm, Indy Lights first practice4.00-5.00pm ...Keep reading
Coulthard - who is the Chairman of W Series’ advisory board - was referencing the continued criticism that the DTM support series has faced from other high-profile female racing drivers that the series segregates women from male competition in motorsport.Speaking at the Brands Hatch finale, Coulthard urged W Series critics to work together “collectively” for a common goal.While the ...Keep reading
The team formerly known as Sauber ended 2018 fighting regularly for top-10 finishes, but had a small slip in performance at the start of this year.New signing Kimi Raikkonen has led the team’s progress to the head of the midfield battle again, and Alfa only trailed McLaren in the races leading into F1’s summer break.Vasseur told Motorsport.com he was splitting the championship ...Keep reading
Hyundai driver Neuville had snatched first place from Thursday evening pacesetter Tanak's Toyota by going quickest on the opening Stein und Wein stage, taking a 0.7-second lead.But Tanak - who is chasing a third straight Germany victory and already leads the WRC standings - retaliated with stage wins on Mittelmosel and Wadern-Weiskirchen, putting him 3.2s clear as they headed for midday ...Keep reading
Zarco shocked the MotoGP paddock when KTM announced an early end to his two-year contract in the wake of this month's Austrian Grand Prix, a move that will almost certainly leave him without a place on the MotoGP grid in 2020.Read Also:Zarco feared "failing my career" by staying with KTMEspargaro: "Brave" Zarco/KTM split good for both partiesMiller admits KTM 2020 chance ...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.
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.
"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".
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.
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
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(Reuters Health) - As legal cannabis use becomes increasingly common in the U.S., most parents say they keep their pot out of children's reach, but fewer keep it locked away, a study in Colorado suggests.
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg aims to prevent one million deaths by 2028 from addiction and mental illness under a plan he released on Friday aimed at tackling the country's opioid and substance abuse crisis.
Merck Canada and a group of pharmaceutical companies are challenging the constitutionality of new regulations meant to lower patented drug prices, the company said in a statement on Friday, in a late bid to derail reforms that would hurt pharmaceutical companies' earnings.
A person in Illinois who vaped has died after being hospitalized with severe respiratory illness, the state's health authorities said on Friday, amid reports that dozens of people had been sickened with lung problems linked to vaping.
Ebola appears to be under control in the city of Goma in Congo but it has flared in other parts of the country, where aid workers are combating insecurity and disinformation on social media, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.
A proposed move to universal health coverage in South Africa will be rolled out in stages as the budget improves, a senior presidential aide told Reuters, forecasting the landmark reform would cost $2.2 billion per year by 2025/26.
GlaxoSmithKline said an experimental multiple myeloma treatment has shown a meaningful response in patients that have run out of three previous treatment options, in a boost for the British drugmaker's cancer drug business.
LONDON, Aug 23 - Eradicating malaria is biologically feasible and a lofty aim, the World Health Organization said on Friday, but the focus for now should be getting the funds, tools and political will to control it.
The U.S. health regulator on Thursday categorized the recall of Edwards Lifesciences Corp's Sapien 3 Ultra delivery system as extremely serious, highlighting health risks associated with its use, but the products will remain on the market.
Retrophin Inc said on Thursday it was discontinuing the late-stage study for its rare neurological disorder treatment after it failed to improve patients' ability to conduct daily activities such as eating and walking, sending shares down 30%.
(Reuters Health) - Hospitals appear to be treating Medicare patients in emergency departments (EDs) and observation areas to avoid readmissions and the financial penalties associated with them, according to a new U.S. study.
Nigeria marked three years free of endemic wild polio on Wednesday, with health officials saying the nation's progress in fighting the crippling viral disease could result in the whole of Africa being declared polio-free early next year.
India's health ministry has proposed a ban on the production and import of electronic cigarettes, documents seen by Reuters showed, potentially jeopardizing the expansion plans of big firms like Juul Labs and Philip Morris International.
Bayer AG is in mediation to potentially settle thousands of U.S. lawsuits claiming that the company's Roundup weed killer causes cancer, but some legal experts said the cases raises novel questions that may prevent an easy settlement.
GlaxoSmithKline's experimental HIV injection is as effective when given every other month as monthly, according to a study, a convenience that could help the British drugmaker in its battle against a rival drug from Gilead Sciences.GSK's two-drug injection was as effective as a monthly dose of the same regimen in maintaining viral suppression at 48 weeks in a late-stage study, said ViiV Healthcare, GSK's HIV unit.
Ayushmann Khurrana starrer AndhaDhun won accolades from critics and audience when it released in October last year. The film went onto win several awards and Ayushmann and Tabu were highly lauded for their performances. Since then, Ayushmann even ended up winning the National Award for Best Actor among other awards that came his way.
Now, the Sriram Raghavan starrer AndhaDhun is all set to release in South Korea. The announcement was made on Friday, August 24 that the film will release in SK in 90 screens. With that being said, the new Korean posters were also released.
Meanwhile, Ayushmann Khurrana has many projects in the pipeline including Dream Girl, Bala and Shubh Mangal Zyaada Savdhaan.AlSO READ: Sriram Raghavan opens up about big stars refusing AndhaDhun and how Ayushmann was ready to learn the piano for the role
Superstar Mahesh Babu is a show stealer and his fans, globally believe that with his charming personality and successes, he is the star they are rooting for! He has a huge fan base not just down south but nationally and internationally, beyond borders. Mahesh Babu’s box office collection in the past has proven that he is the most bankable actor who has given phenomenal box office records and has been in the industry for a long time. His films are not only appreciated in metropolitan cities but are appreciated in Punjab region as well which makes his appeal larger and bigger!
In a recent interview Mahesh Babu was asked about his take on success and he had this to say, “You have to have hunger I feel otherwise I am very insecure even now if you ask me and that’s a good thing to have because you can’t just that okay I am successful and layback because that’s not how it’s done because every Friday it gets decided that’s how it is and I am very very insecure and that’s a good thing that keeps me driving”.
Mahesh Babu is currently shooting for Sarileru Neekevvaru portraying the role of an army officer. He was recently seen in Kashmir shooting for the film. According to the news, the film is a revenge action drama. The actor was even trained by a linguist to get the pronunciation correct. Mahesh Babu's 26th film Sarileru Neekevvaru is all set to hit the theatres on Sankranti 2020 and the fans are looking forward to watching the star on the big screen.
Priyanka Chopra has found herself to be the subject of controversy after she tweeted in support of the Indian armed forces. The entire matter started when Priyanka took to Twitter saying, “Jai Hind #IndianArmedForces” along with the Indian flag and a Namaste icon. Following this tweet, and more so after the Indian government scrapped Article 370, nullifying Kashmir’s special status, an online campaign for UNICEF to drop Priyanka as the Goodwill Ambassador was started by the neighbouring country.
Now, the latest is that a UN spokesperson has addressed the issue stating that Priyanka Chopra was only expressing her personal views, and was not doing so as the ambassador for peace. In this regard, Priyanka had all the right to say what she thought. If that wasn’t all, Priyanka has also been showered with support from her fans, well-wishers and industry folk.
For the uninitiated, Priyanka took to Twitter to express her views after the Balkot Strike carried out by Indian Air Force. Post her tweets, Pakistan's Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari wrote this week to UNICEF Executive Director, Henrietta Fore demanding Chopra's removal as a Goodwill Ambassador accusing her of "jingoism and support" for the Indian armed forces.
Back on the work front, Priyanka Chopra will next be seen in Shonali Bose’s film The Sky is Pink.Also Read: Priyanka Chopra shares romantic moments with Nick Jonas, supports him during ‘Only Human’ music video shoot
John Abraham and Nikkhil Advani are enjoying the success of their recent release, Batla House. The makers wanted to host a special screening for Mumbai cops. But, due to the court case, the screening was put on hold. Now that the film has released and is doing well at the box office, the makers to keep their word and hold a special screening which will take place at Inox Theatre, Nariman Point, Mumbai.
Nikkhil Advani said that they wanted to host a screening before the film's release but due to pending court case they couldn't do it. Now, they have finally locked in the date for the screening and many top police officers will be in attendance along with their families. He added that this isn't a promotional strategy but an honest approach from them to felicitate the officers.
John Abraham plays the role of Delhi Police Special Cell DCP Sanjeev Kumar Yadav in the film inspired by the 2008 Batla House police encounter.ALSO READ: John Abraham to team up with his Batla House director Nikkhil Advani for period sports drama titled 1911
Lisa Haydon recently walked the ramp at Lakme Fashion Week as Amit Aggarwal’s showstopper with cricketer Hardik Pandya and was the talk of the town for multiple reasons. One of the major reasons being, she is one of the few models who walked the ramp with a baby bump and ruled it! She is pregnant with her second baby and had recently taken to her Instagram to announce it to her fans. Topping our list for hot mommies, Lisa Haydon has always been the one to break the glass ceiling!
After walking the ramp, she gave interviews to the media present there and spoke about coming back to work after giving birth to her second baby. She said that she does not mind doing a bit of work and will be taking a break from the baby-making phase and then hopefully, her fans will see her back in movies. The actress has been rocking the bump and was seen sashaying down the ramp in a purple draped sari gown with micro plissé pallav and high slit skirt.
How excited are you to see Lisa Haydon back in movies? Be sure to let us know.
Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff, two of the biggest action heroes of our generation, are pitted against each other for a massive showdown in YRF’s visual extravaganza War. The action entertainer will see the two superstars going after each other as they pull off jaw-dropping, death-defying stunts in a bid to win over each other. From the teaser itself, we can say that War will be a spectacle for action film lovers and YRF wanted to do a grand, action-packed trailer launch that would wow media and audiences. However, they hit a massive roadblock!
A source close to the production house reveals, “The team was working incessantly to produce a hugely mounted, action-packed trailer launch that has never been seen before. But after working for about 4 months on several different plans, they realized that no matter how big the event shaped up, it would still look way smaller in comparison to the visual spectacle that the trailer promises to audiences.”
The informer adds, “War is the biggest action film that Bollywood has ever produced and YRF took a strategic call that there was no point doing this event. No event idea could live up to the grandness of scale and there was no point doing an event where two of the biggest action superstars were simply doing a routine stunt or using choppers, etc as the mode of transportation to create an entry because all this was really very small visually for this film’s positioning. The trailer of the film will show audiences across the world that a Bollywood action film is at par with the biggest Hollywood action films and the makers want audiences to get wowed by the mind-blowing visuals and jaw-dropping action choreography.”
Just for the record, War has been shot in 7 different countries and 15 world cities. Four action directors have been roped in to choreograph the biggest never seen before action spectacles on screen.
When contacted, director Siddharth Anand confirmed saying, “Yes, this information is accurate. The team tried to create a visual spectacle for the trailer launch but no matter how big the plans were, the event was not being able to match the scale of the film. An event for a film like this needs to be at par with what we are promising to audiences and it’s impossible to create this spectacle from an event logistics point of view. So, we have decided to scrap the idea of the launch and want to leave audiences with only the visuals of the trailer. We are very excited about the trailer. It’s a big asset and we are hoping audiences will love what they see!”ALSO READ: Yash Raj Films demands Thugs of Hindostan terms for Hrithik Roshan – Tiger Shroff starrer War; exhibitors fume
Ayushmann Khurrana and Kriti Sanon’s chemistry in Bareilly Ki Barfi is still talked about among the fans and the film counts as one of the bests for both the stars. While the two were loved as an onscreen couple, their off-screen chemistry is nothing short of cute! Ayushmann and Kriti are two of the closest friends in the industry and are usually seen commenting on each other’s pictures and videos on social media.
After their performance was applauded in the film, a source close to the stars has revealed that the two will be seen as the face of this well-known property website, Magicbricks. It is a division of Times Internet Limited and is a common platform for buying, selling, and renting properties. Ayushmann and Kriti have recently been roped in to be the new faces of the brand and we just can’t wait to see them back on screen again!
Ayushmann Khurrana will next be seen in Dream Girl, Bala, and Gulabo Sitabo. As for Kriti Sanon, she will be seen in the period drama, Panipat: The Great Betrayal.
Sidharth Malhotra is set to star in Milap Milan Zaveri’s revenge drama, Marjaavaan. The film also stars Riteish Deshmukh, Tara Sutaria & Rakul Preet Singh. As it marks the reunion of Ek Villain duo Riteish and Sidharth, their second outing is more intense.
And we finally have the first look of the film and it looks pretty intriguing. Sidharth Malhotra shared first look of Riteish Deshmukh as a dwarf and wrote, “Har cheez ki height bataane ka bahut shauk hai na tujhe. Aaj tujhe pata chalega BADLE ki height kya hoti hai. #Marjaavaan releasing on 22nd November 2019.”
With the first look, Sidharth also shared the new release date which is November 22, 2019. It has been shifted from October 2. The VFX work is still to be worked on and it will require time.
Earlier, on Riteish’s dwarf-sized villain role, Milap Zaveri told Bollywood Hungama, “Riteish’s villainous role had to be better than the last time. I decided to raise the bar by scaling him down in size. Even though he is a dwarf, his character is larger than life. The part is extremely wicked with dark humour, great punch lines and some crazy face-off scenes with Sid.”
Marjaavaan is produced by Nikkhil Advani & T-Series and directed by Milap Zaveri.ALSO READ: EXCLUSIVE: Sidharth Malhotra starrer Marjaavaan release deferred to avoid clash with Hrithik Roshan – Tiger Shroff’s War
Aamir Khan's kids Junaid Khan and Ira Khan have stayed away from limelight. It's only in last two years, his daughter Ira Khan has grabbed media attention. While it's expected for the star kids to follow the footsteps of their star parents, it seems like Ira Khan is opting for behind the scenes approach.
Instead of acting, Ira Khan will be making her directorial debut with a stage play Medea, based on the ancient Greek tragedy on Jason and Medea written by Euripides.
Sources close to her reveal that she has already commenced work on her directorial in full force where the premiere of her play is scheduled to happen in December, this year. The rehearsals for the play will be starting soon and will happen in Mumbai itself.
Talking about her debut, Ira shares, "There's no particular reason that I decided to start with theatre. I love theatre, its magical and all-consuming; in its classical form, in the world of technology, its very real and physical. I love the suspension of disbelief that the audience allows for because then there's so much you can express".
Interestingly, ever her brother Junaid Khan decided to opt for theatre with a play named Mother Courage and Her Children in 2017.ALSO READ: Aamir Khan’s daughter Ira Khan is missing her boyfriend; netizens wonder what happened
After starring as Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his biopic earlier this year, Vivek Oberoi bagged the rights to make a film on Balakot airstrike. The actor is all set to back the project to salute the bravery of the Indian Air Force (IAF). After the Pulwama Attacks, the IAF carried out airstrikes which led to capture of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. The film will go on the floor later this year and will be shot in Jammu & Kashmir, Delhi, and Agra.
Taking up the subject of the Balakot Attack, Vivek Oberoi is making a trilingual feature film in Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu depicting the true facts, story and bravery of the Indian Air Force and their quick thinking, strategic planning with a strong political willingness. To ensure that the makers will take help of the team who witnessed the true events that happened.
Vivek Oberoi shared, “As a proud Indian, a patriot and a member of the film fraternity, it’s my duty to highlight what our armed forces are truly capable of. This film is a powerful tool to underline the achievements of brave officers like Abhinandan, who went behind enemy lines and did what makes every Indian proud of them. The Balakot airstrike was one of the most well-planned attacks by the IAF. I followed everything in the news, right from the attack in Pulwama to the airstrike. There was a lot that was speculated and spoken about back then; this film will put all of that to rest, once and for all. I thank the IAF for trusting us with this story and we hope to do justice to it.”
It will encapsulate a string of events that took place starting with the attack in Pulwama where 40 jawans were martyred, followed by India’s well documented air-strike behind the enemy lines in Balakot. As a result of this, the Indian Air force foiled off an attack by Pakistan on Indian soil but the bravery of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman ensured that Pakistan’s plans were foiled. In the process, he ended up being in the enemy territory, but with the ingenious strategy of Indian Government and Indian Air Force, Wing Commander Abhinandan was released quickly and safely.
The film will unfold a gripping story of events including the release of Wing Commander Abhinandan, Squadron leader Minty Agarwal and many unknown heroes of Indian Air Force. Amongst all these speculations and presumptions as to what had actually happened.ALSO READ: Vivek Oberoi just shared a meme on his past relationship triangle with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Salman Khan leaving us all shook!
Varun Dhawan, who will next be seen in Remo D’souza’s Street Dancer 3D, is thrilled to be working with the director for the second time. Even though the team has wrapped the shoot for the film and are clearly missing each other’s company way too much, they are usually seen sharing fun behind-the-scenes videos and photos. Varun even took to his YouTube channel to share a few glimpses from his journey on sets.
We, at Bollywood Hungama, had reported that Varun Dhawan will be seen sporting a Michael Jackson tattoo on his right forearm in every film he does with Remo. The director-actor duo is a huge Michael Jackson fan and Remo went on to say that this tattoo has become an integral part of Varun Dhawan’s character in the film. Apart from this, Varun will also be seen sporting a player controls tattoo under his right collarbone, a detailed tattoo of Lord Natraj on his right bicep, and a three-tier belt on his left forearm.
We can’t wait to hear Varun talk about his tattoos in detail! Street Dancer 3D also stars Shraddha Kapoor and Nora Fatehi and is slated to release on January 24, 2020.
Suniel Shetty will be returning to the screen after a gap of four years with the Kannada film Pehlwaan alongside South star Kichcha Sudeep. On Thursday at the trailer launch of the film, the actor spoke about the fear that engulfed him during his sabbatical.
Suniel Shetty who makes his debut in Kannada cinema said that he fears that his four years gap has him doubting his acting ability. “For four years I didn’t work. I was in a frame of mind where I didn’t know what to do. I was in a confused state whether I wanted to continue working or I didn’t want to work. But when something good comes to you, you also want to test the waters,” he said.
The actor was not in a good frame of mind. He said, “You get this feeling of doubt, do you even remember to act? I was going through that stage.”
However, it is the subject of the film Pehlwaan that helped him take up the project despite his fears. “It’s Kannada, not that I was very familiar with the language because I speak Thullu, but it’s also my turf, territory. It was a good subject and up my alley. I don’t think I even debated,” he said.
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He feels that he is safe with this film as this film has an ‘X’ amount of audience because of Sudeep and Krishna (the film’s director). “I am happy I did it. There’s cross-pollination. Actors are doing films across the board so, I am glad I took the decision,” he added.
Suniel plays Sudeep’s mentor in the film and is more than happy to play his actual age. He said that Sudeep and Krishna have managed his character very well and it has come out very well.
The film will be released on September 12 in Kannada, Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, and Malayalam simultaneously.
Sara Ali Khan who is two films old has managed to win many hearts with her acting and her wit displayed during her interviews. Recently, during an interview, Sara Ali Khan opened up about her family life and the star of their family Taimur Ali Khan.
Talking about her parents Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh, she said that she feels that she has imbibed their quality of being free-spirited. Another common habit of her parents that she has imbibed is that of doing the right thing without worrying about external judgements.
Speaking about the most popular person in their family, Sara revealed that Taimur is the apple of everyone’s eyes. She said that Taimur has the ability to lighten up everybody’s mood by just being there.
Sara said that she is happy for her father as he is enjoying fatherhood with Taimur. She further said that Saif has been a great father to her and her brother Ibrahim but he is now at an age and stage where he can enjoy fatherhood as it should be. The Simmba actress said that Taimur has helped her family bond like never before.
On the work front, Sara completed the shoot for her third film Aaj Kal which is directed by Imtiaz Ali and co-stars Kartik Aaryan. She is currently shooting for Coolie No 1 and has been paired opposite Varun Dhawan for the film.
Harshvardhan Kapoor, who made his debut in the commercially unsuccessful Mirzya and followed it up with a critically acclaimed but nonetheless box office failure Bhavesh Joshi, will now be seen in a home production.
Rhea Kapoor, who is Harshvardhan’s sister will produce the large-screen version of Anuja Chauhan’s bestselling novel The Battle for Bittora, the story of advertising copywriter who ends up fighting a national parliamentary election. The film, which has been on the anvil for nearly four years, was to be originally made with Sonam Kapoor and Fawad Khan, the pair fresh off the shelf after the release of Khubsoorat in 2014. However, the project had to be put on hold when Fawad fled the country, while Rhea Kapoor and her sister collaborated on two other projects the successful Veere Di Wedding and the on-release The Zoya Factor (also based on an Anuja Chauhan novel).
We now hear of The Battle For Bittora being revived with Sonam Kapoor in the lead. And yes, brother Harshvardhan will play a pivotal role in the quirky political satire to be directed by Shashanka Ghosh. That’s good news Harshvardhan who has been trying to find his bearings. All hopes were pinned for young Kapoor on the biopic on shooter Abhinav Bindra. But, that has now been delayed. Hence, the family film.
Singer Mika Singh, whose career faced an imminent ban after he was caught performing at a wedding in Pakistan, faced the wrath of the Federation Of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) before being made to apologize publicly at a press meet in Mumbai on Thursday afternoon.
Ashoke Pandit, Chief Adviser of the FWICE, reveals, “Quite frankly, we are not convinced by Mika’s public display of repentance (for performing in Pakistan). They could be crocodile tears. Such performers will do anything for money in any part of the world. How do we know he won’t go back to Pakistan once all the uproar had died down?”
Angrily Pandit says, “We summoned Mika Singh. He arrived with dozens of bullies to show his strength. We asked him to drop his act of bravado and face up to a lifelong ban. We also reminded him that we knew where the funds for these stage shows all over the world featuring Indian and Pakistani artistes are suspected to come from.”
Says Pandit, “Could be. But we are not a legally sanctioned organization. We can only send out a strong signal in the film industry about what we feel to be the morally right stance in a situation like Mika’s. In that, we succeeded in a big way.”
After the sound dressing-down Mika Singh apparently dropped his aggressive act and meekly agreed to comply with whatever the Federation decided.
“We made it very clear to him that we were not convinced by his insincere apology. We insisted on a public media-covered apology so that his statement of regret would be on –record. We now dare Mika to cross the border again,” says Pandit angrily.
Actress Esha Gupta met with a car accident in Mumbai on Wednesday. However, the accident was not serious in nature and the actor reportedly did not sustain injuries. But Gupta took to social media and posted a picture of the car which hit her car.
Soon after the accident, the actress posted a picture of a car revealing the details of the number plate and tagged Mumbai Police. She wrote: “Need help, this car banged my car badly today outside Lilavati hospital @MumbaiPolice please help.”
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Mumbai Police was quick to reply and wrote back, “We have followed you. Please share your contact details on DM.” Later Esha tweeted thanking the Mumbai police for their action, though she did not mention what action was taken. She wrote: “Thank you so so much @MumbaiPolice you’ve been so prompt n helpful.”
Luckily Esha did not get injured and the actress was back to work as she walked the ramp at the ongoing Lakme Fashion Week. She posted a bunch of pictures as she walked the ramp for fashion designer Pallavi Mohan. Meanwhile, Esha Gupta was last seen in the film Total Dhamaal.
Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar has bagged the fourth spot in the Forbes list of the highest-paid actor. He is the only Indian actor to be named in the top 10 of the list. Akshay Kumar made his way up the list with his earnings of $65 million.
This achievement by the actor does not come as a surprise considering the number of films he does and its fate at the box-office. The actor has had two successful box office runs this year with Kesari and Mission Mangal. His film, Mission Mangal managed to enter the 100-crore club in just 5 days of its release. The film is still having a successful run at the box office.
Meanwhile, Akshay Kumar still has two more films yet to be released this year which include Housefull 4 and Good News. Housefull 4 is an out-an-out comedy film and Good News stars Kareena Kapoor Khan, Diljit Dosanjh, and Kiara Advani and will focus on the subject of surrogacy and infertility.
Akshay Kumar also has several projects lined up for next year. The actor is working on Rohit Shetty directorial Sooryavanshi and Laxmmi Bomb, which is the Hindi remake of the south Indian comedy horror film Muni 2: Kanchana.
Baahubali Prabhas is moving away from his grand image to yet another interesting big-budget movie, Saaho. The film is touted to one of the biggest films of the year which will release in several languages. This will also be the actor's first Hindi film as well. Since the film is made on a massive budget, the actor apparently took a pay cut. When asked about it, Prabhas confirmed that he indeed took 20 percent pay cut. He said for films like Baahubali or Saaho, one can't take any remuneration since the actor is in demand. Instead, that money can be made to make the film bigger in scale. He added that films like these require a lot of research to be made on that scale.
Prabhas said that he is excited about the project since his friends are involved in it. He said that director Sujeeth is excited and with thoughts who spent a lot of time on pre-production, script and planning. He got big names on board for the film. He said that there were internal flights but Sujeeth didn't fight or showed his anger.
While Prabhas in a way is making his Hindi debut, Shraddha Kapoor is making her Telugu debut. The actor revealed that he was shocked on the first day when Shraddha spoke in Telugu. He said that she must have practised a lot as she was excited to shoot the Telugu portions. He said it was the same as he learnt Tamil for Baahubali since it was his first time.
Prabhas starrer Saaho is set to hit the theatres on August 30, 2019, and his next movie under the direction of ‘Jil’ fame Radha Krishna Kumar. The working title of the movie is Amour along with Pooja Hegde.ALSO READ: BREAKING: Saaho passed by CBFC with U/A certificate; film’s runtime and other details inside!
Alia Bhatt is among the very few Bollywood celebrities who have managed to stay away from ugly controversies and continues to maintain good relations with people. The actress enjoys a massive fan following and is one of the most talented actresses of Bollywood with major projects in her kitty.
Recently, Alia Bhatt spoke about her ability to maintain cordial relations in Bollywood despite the ever-growing competition. The actress revealed that she has never had any negative thoughts towards anyone in the industry and has steered clear of rumours.
The Highway actress believes that if a strain in a relationship is really not there then the rumour will not hold long and will eventually fizzle out. Alia emphasized that people in the industry actually help and support each other.
Alia Bhatt thinks that if there is any negativity within you, it will kind of really come up there.
However, she also mentioned that the only thing that triggers a response from her is when someone messes with her family. Alia feels that there is no need to have negativity towards anyone unless someone tries to get personal.
On the professional front, the actress has all her dates booked with some major films lined up. Sanjay Leela Bhansali had recently announced his next Inshallah with Alia Bhatt and Salman Khan. The film is expected to go on floors in September. Meanwhile, Alia will also be seen in Ayan Mukerji's Brahmastra alongside Ranbir Kapoor. The film is scheduled to release in the summer of 2020. The actress recently featured in her first music album titled Prada, composed by the Doorbeen brothers.
Alia Bhatt will also be seen in Karan Johar’s next directorial Takht along with Vicky Kaushal, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Anil Kapoor, Bhumi Pednekar, Ranveer Singh and Janhvi Kapoor. With SS Rajamouli’s RRR, Alia will be working with Telugu superstar Ram Charan and Jr NTR.
Actress and philanthropist Alia Bhatt has announced the next installment of her closet sharing initiative ‘Mi Wardrobe is Su Wardrobe’. After Anushka Sharma and Sonakshi Sinha, Varun Dhawan is the third celebrity guest to share handpicked favorites from his personal wardrobe, for charity. Proceeds from this wardrobe will support the Salaam Bombay Foundation, which works with adolescents growing up in urban slums, to keep them in school through multiple programs that impact their education, health, and livelihood.
Talking about Varun Dhawan’s wardrobe contribution, Alia Bhatt stated, "Varun is making his MiSu debut and I’m really thankful for his support! We need to start adopting a more conscious approach to buying and discarding garments. We want to encourage more and more people to consider adding quality, preowned garments to their wardrobes and to help our environment by reducing waste.”
Speaking on the association, Varun Dhawan said, “Sharing a garment is the most fun form of recycling it and keeping it away from landfills. Mi Wardrobe is Su Wardrobe not only gives fans across the world the opportunity to own a garment from my personal closet but together, we’re also doing our bit for the environment."
Mi Wardrobe is Su Wardrobe is a closet sharing initiative conceptualized by Alia Bhatt. The first 2 installments of MiSu saw Alia's wardrobe on sale, proceeds from which supported the Liter of Light program and The Corbett Foundation respectively. The third installment featured fellow eco-warrior Anushka Sharma's wardrobe and the fourth had Sonakshi Sinha’s support. Proceeds from which have supported various causes that the actors have been associated with. Alia Bhatt has been championing the cause of conservation at multiple levels. She started an ecological and animal welfare initiative called Coexist, 2 years ago, followed by Mi Wardrobe is Su Wardrobe last year.
It was recently reported that Hrithik Roshan might be a part of Nitesh Tiwari and Ravi Udhyawar’s upcoming 3D project, Ramayana. The movie is being said to be one of the most expensive projects till date and Hrithik was rumored to be a part of the same. In an exclusive conversation with Nitesh Tiwari, we learned that the rumor might not be true. Nitesh Tiwari during his tête-à-tête with us revealed that the script is not yet completed.
After his upcoming release, Chhichhore, Nitesh Tiwari will be devoting all his time to Ramayana and is really looking forward to it. When asked whether Hrithik will be a part of the project, he revealed, “No, we are still working on the draft, we will not move and ask anyone till we are not happy and sure of what’s there on the table and what exactly we’re going to do. The casting and other aspects come in later. Sridhar Raghavan is writing the screenplay and once we know where we stand on paper only then we would be moving ahead with the rest of the things.”
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The star cast of Chhichhore, Shraddha Kapoor and Sushant Singh Rajput, will soon start promoting the film that is slated to release on September 6.
Disha Patani is the name to reckon with in today’s times. Given her delightful debut with the film MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, the actress has left no stone unturned to carve out a strong niche for herself in the industry and has managed to gain a humongous fan following. So much so, that she has been roped in as the new brand ambassador for popular beverage brand Pepsi. The gigantic popularity of the brand is synonymous with the massive popularity of the superstars who have endorsed the brand in likewise fashion.
The first of the names which were the brand ambassadors of Pepsi India include Aamir Khan, model and ex-Miss World Aishwarya Rai Bachchan followed by the likes of Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Rani Mukherjee, Kajol, Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, as well as the national cricket team, amongst many others. Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone were signed for Pepsi's Youngistan campaign which targeted the youth.
And now, Disha is the latest icon to be the face of Pepsi and this comes as no surprise as the star is winning hearts worldwide! With her enchanting smile, well-worked upon the body, and her various skills such as dancing, martial arts amongst others, she is all set to promote Pepsi to the best of her capabilities! Only three years and three films old in Bollywood, Disha Patani is already known for her wise choices, be it MS Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016), Baaghi 2 (2018), and now Bharat which all spell success at the box office every time. Actress Disha Patani has aced the act in each one of her projects- raking up to a streak of all 100 crore club films.
Owing to her humongous fan base, the actress is famous for her brave choices of films. The actress is not only loved and adored by her fans but film-makers also. She is the face of several international brands and the constant sneak peeks of her dance and fitness videos are a treat to the fans all across. She is all set to be seen in Mohit Suri’s Malang with Aditya Roy Kapur, Anil Kapoor, and Kunal Khemmu.
Hailed as the global icon Deepika Padukone has charted the most successful journey from when she began in the industry. In the recent interview with Vogue, Deepika opened up about her journey so far. Talking about her initial days Deepika shares, “I had no training, no mentors,” she claims, recalling her start in Bollywood. “I worked it all out on my own. Sure, I had some failures, personal and professional. But sheer determination fuelled me. It was empowering.”
The actress was very young when she joined Bollywood and sharing upon how she landed up doing films she shares, "As a family, we saw maybe two films a year,” she recalls. “I don’t know why,” she shrugs, “but whenever I watched a movie, I knew that one day I’d be doing this. I’d start with modeling and then go into films. And that’s exactly how it happened.” Everyone has their own way of dealing with stardom and this is how our leading lady Deepika Padukone has dealt with it as she talks about it, "When I’m complimented for my work, but you know what’s most rewarding for me?” she says confidingly, “When people tell me I haven’t changed. That I am still myself.” Recently, Deepika featured back to back on the International covers and the actress has slayed and how. Both the magazines have given us back to back cover looks of Deepika where she continues her rule, taking the nation on the world map as always.
Deepika is known for her versatile choice of films and her role for Chhapaak of Lakshmi is proof that the actress is a perfect blend of a critically and commercially proven actor who has essayed a variety of strong and powerful roles. She has actively been involved in prepping for both the characters and is grasping the nuances so as to get into the skin of both which also happen to be in stark contrast with each other.
The year 2020 will be special as both her upcoming films are releasing in the same year and interestingly, both the characters Laxmi Agarwal and Romi Dev are real-life characters with the heavy background behind them, making it a year of promising portrayals by the actress.
Actor Anil Dhawan has played quite a few promising roles in his career. His most recent one being Pramod Sinha in Sriram Raghavan’s AndhaDhun, Anil Dhawan was lauded for his short yet impactful role. Playing one of the most pivotal characters in the film, Anil has never ceased to amaze his fans. Even though the plot revolved around Ayushmann Khurrana and Tabu, Anil’s role is quite the crux of the film since the story actually begins post his murder.
Now, if the sources are to be believed, Anil Dhawan will be seen making an appearance in Varun Dhawan and Sara Ali Khan starrer Coolie No. 1. The first schedule of the film has already begun in Bangkok and Varun has shared a few glimpses from his role in the film. He has been a part of his brother, David Dhawan’s films earlier including Hero No. 1, Mr. and Mrs. Khiladi, Jodi No. 1, and Haseena Maan Jayegi among the others.
While there aren’t any more details revealed regarding his role in the film, we can’t wait to see how he takes on the remake of Coolie No. 1. Slated to release in 2020, Coolie No. 1 is definitely one of the most anticipated films of the year.
Bollywood actress turned international icon, Priyanka Chopra Jonas found herself in the midst of a controversy, when confronted about a past tweet celebrating the Indian army’s attack on Pakistan. Priyanka though defended her tweet and her views on the situation. But her being a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Pakistan’s Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari and many others penned open letters and signed petitions to urge UNICEF to remove the Bollywood actress for her alleged “hypocrisy.”
Even in India, not many in the Bollywood film industry came out in support of the star, until now. Actress Kangana Ranaut, who was last seen in Judgementall Hai Kya, has risen in support of her peer Priyanka and even defended her views over the controversy while admitting that is “not an easy choice.” In an interaction, Kangana said, “It’s not an easy choice to make... when you are stuck between your duty and your emotions, being a UNICEF goodwill ambassador sure you can’t limit your identity to one nation, but how many of us choose heart over mind every day."
Kangana Ranaut will next be seen playing the lead role in Jayalalithaa’s biopic and has already started her prep for the same. As for Priyanka Chopra Jonas, she will be seen in The Sky Is Pink, a Shonali Bose directorial.
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