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Jayalalithaa’s public rally scenes will be shot through CG in Kangana Ranaut’s Thalaivi

We all know former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa was an exceptional orator. Her public-address rallies were political phenomena that defied all analysis. It, therefore, comes as no surprise to know that the makers of Thalaivi, the multi-lingual Jayalalithaa bio-pic starring Kangana Ranaut were planning to shoot a number of massy meetings with hundreds of junior artistes.

But now, with COVID-19 showing no sign of abatement, Jayalalithaa’s public rally scenes are likely to be simulated on screen through computer graphics.

“Makes sense, don’t you think?” a source close to the project wonders. “It’s going to be months if nor years before any filmmaker can shoot large crowds and mobs. We might as well get used to making do with CGs.

Says Thailavi producer Shaailesh Singh, “Most of the public speeches of Jayalalithaaji we had already shot, only few such scenes are left, what we will shoot now, it will be according to COVID-19 guidelines and in those shots definitely if required we will use CG.

Shri Rajput Karni Sena send legal notice to Akshay Kumar and Kiara Advani’s Laxmmi Bomb

Akshay Kumar’s first movie of 2020, Laxmmi Bomb, set to release for Diwali has landed in some trouble. Reportedly, the makers have received a legal notice from the Shri Rajput Karni Sena demanding a change in the title of the film.

Akshay Kumar and Kiara Advani starrer Laxmmi Bomb is scheduled to release on November 9 on Disney+Hotstar. As per reports, the notice was sent by advocate Raghavendra Mehrotra on behalf of the Karni Sena. According to the notice, Laxmmi Bomb was being considered “derogatory and offensive” to Goddess Laxmi worshipped by the Hindu community. The notice also claimed that the makers deliberately used the title Laxmmi Bomb to lower the dignity of and show disrespect towards the Goddess. It also claimed that the name sends out a wrong message to the society at large towards the “ideology, customs, gods and goddesses of Hindu religion.

 

Rana Daggubati’s trilingual film Haathi Mere Saathi to release on Makar Sankranti 2021

Actor Rana Daggubati’s action spectacle Haathi Mere Saathi, which was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, will now hit the screens on Makar Sankranti in January next year.

Backed by Eros International and directed by Prabhu Solomon, the movie was scheduled to have a nationwide release on 2 April. The trilingual film will be titled Haathi Mere Saathi in Hindi, Kaadan in Tamil and Aranya in Telugu.

“Today, even as we deal with a deadly pandemic, the one faced by our forests, that of human encroachment and deforestation continues to loom over us. Be a part of this thrilling battle with Haathi Mere Saathi, releasing in theatres on Makar Sankranti 2021,” the makers said in a statement on Wednesday.

Also featuring Pulkit Samrat, Shriya Pilgaonkar and Zoya Hussain, the film chronicles the journey of man who fights for the jungle and the animals.

Previously in an interview with Press Trust of India, Daggubati had described the film as a reflection to the environmental crisis across the world.

“It”s a mirror to the society. This happening in many parts of the country, the world. Everywhere there’s an elephant corridor and urbanisation around. There are cities which grow and break the natural habitat.

“As filmmakers, artistes, we have films to voice out certain things. To influence people in the most entertaining way possible,” the actor had said.

Actress Amrita Rao is Pregnant with First Child, Sara Gurpal Gets Evicted from Bigg Boss 14

Actress Amrita Rao is expecting her first child with RJ Anmol. A picture of Amrita is doing the rounds on social media in which she puts her baby bump on display. By the looks of it, Amrita is a few months in and will soon embrace motherhood. The lovely couple was snapped outside a doctor’s clinic and Amrita made no attempts to hide the good news of her pregnancy from the media and fans.

Days after a moving video of an elderly couple from Delhi’s Malviya Nagar became a social media rage, Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma took to her Instagram stories to share a picture of them. The actress had the sweetest things to say about the old couple. Taking to her Instagram handle, Anushka shared a happy picture of the old couple from ‘Baba Ka Dhaba’ and wrote, ‘Acche vicharo ko humesha kitabi shiksha kee avashyakta nahi hoti hai (Noble thoughts do not always require bookish education)

In another news, actress Rhea Chakraborty, accused of abetting the suicide of her actor boyfriend Sushant Singh Rajput, has urged the CBI to take action against her neighbour for giving “false” statements to the media to mislead the investigation in the case.

Meanwhile, Monday’s episode of Bigg Boss 14 had an unpleasant surprise for fans of Punjabi musician Sara Gurpal, who was evicted in the show’s first-ever elimination round. Sara was nominated alongside Jaan Kumar Sanu, Eijaz Khan, Abhinav Shukla, Shehzad Deol, Nishant Singh Malkhani and Rahul Vaidya. But Bigg Boss introduced a twist and asked the ‘Seniors’ of the house – former Bigg Boss contestants Siddharth Shukla, Hina Khan and Gauahar Khan – to pick a contestant for eviction. After much deliberation, they decided to eliminate Sara.

Suraj Venjaramoodu has bagged the Best Actor award in the 50th Kerala State Film Awards. The actor has won the prestigious state award for the film Android Kunjappan Version 5.25 and Vikruthi. The Best Actress award was given to Kani Kusruti for her role in the film Biriyani. The Best Film award went to Vasanthi, directed by the Rahman brothers. The Best Director award was bagged by Lijo Jose Pellissery for Jallikattu. Fahadh Faasil and Swasika Vijay won in the Best Supporting Actors category.

Laxmmi Bomb trailer: Akshay Kumar, Kiara Advani navigate horror comedy in remake of Raghava Lawrence’s Kanchana 2

Laxmmi Bomb will start streaming on Disney+ Hotstar this Diwali on 9 November.

The trailer of Akshay Kumar and Kiara Advani-starrer Laxmmi Bomb released on Friday. The actor tweeted the trailer on his official page and asked all to stop and watch it.

The 3-minute-40-second trailer of the horror-comedy film is packed with funny dialogues. The trailer shows that Akshay visits Kiara’s family house to convince her father for their marriage.

The trailer also shows Akshay wearing a red coloured saree and bangle. He is even seen sporting a big bindi on his forehead. The trailer shows both the actors dancing to the ‘O Burj Khalifa’ song.

Laxmmi Bomb is a remake of super-hit Tamil horror comedy Kanchana and is helmed by choreographer-turned-director Raghava Lawrence. The film will release on Disney+Hotstar on 9 November. Ahead of the release of the trailer, Akshay shared a screenshot from the film where he and Kiara are seen in Arabic attire.

The original Kanchana 2 is a horror-comedy, starring Lawrence, R Sarathkumar, and Raai Laxmi in lead roles. The film follows the journey of an innocent man who is possessed by a couple of vengeful ghosts to get justice for their murders.

The film is one of the seven major Hindi movies to get a direct-to-digital release on Disney+ Hotstar.

Laxmmi Bomb will be the first movie in Akshay’s career that has skipped theatrical release. His other upcoming cop drama Sooryavanshi, is awaiting to hit theatres soon.

The film will also star Tusshar Kapoor, Sharad Kelkar, Tarun Arora and Ashwini Kalsekar.

Salman Khan to resume filming for Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai from 2 October

After shooting In Karjat, near Mumbai for 15 days, the cast and crew of Radhe will return to Mehboob Studios in Bandra, Mumbai.

Salman Khan is set to resume filming for his upcoming action thriller film Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai from 2 October.

Shooting for the feature began early November 2019 and was halted when the government declared a nationwide lockdown in March to contain COVID-19.

The shoot will be at ND Studios in Karjat, near Mumbai. After shooting there for 15 days, the cast and crew will return to Mehboob Studios in Bandra, Mumbai.

“A health and safety officer, along with a doctor and ambulance, will be stationed on the set. Signage and colour bands for bifurcation of the team will be followed, along with government mandates on insurance. A team of specially trained personnel has been inducted to dispose of the PPE kits and masks after use according to the guidelines provided,” producer Sohail Khan told The Times of India.

India Today writes that the makers have decided not to include any elderly actors and kids in this shooting schedule.

A hotel has been booked close to the studio in Karjat where all the crew will be residing. They will not be allowed to meet any outsiders for the duration of the shoot. The crew of the film has also been informed through a video about the protocols that they will have to follow on the set to avoid any last-minute confusions. A health and safety officer along with a doctor and ambulance will be at the set all the time during the shoot.

TOI quoted a source close to the development saying that the first round of COVID-19 tests on the crew have been negative. A second test will be done by those in proximity to set including actors and the core team.

Radhe will be the third collaboration between Salman and filmmaker Prabhu Deva, after Wanted and Dabangg 3. The cast also includes Randeep Hooda, Jackie Shroff and Disha Patani.

Meanwhile, Salman is also shooting for Colors TV reality show Bigg Boss 14, out on 3 October. Precautions are being taken to avert an outbreak of the virus in the Bigg Boss house.

Khaali Peeli, Ka Pae Ranasingam release on 2 October via appointment viewing: How to watch the films on ZeePlex

Khaali Peeli and Ka Pae Ranasingam can be watched on ZeePlex, which is available on DTH networks as well as on ZEE5.

Two of the most anticipated films of October — Khaali Peeli and Ka Pae Ranasingam — start streaming on Friday on Zee Plex, Zee’s new ‘Cinema2Home’ (C2H) service for showcasing new films on TV and digital platforms.

Starring Ishaan Khatter and Ananya Panday in the lead, Khaali Peeli was earlier slated for a theatrical release on 12 June, but it was stalled in the light of the shuttering of cinema halls due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Apart from its digital premiere, the film will also be screened in drive-in theatres in Gurugram and Bengaluru.

On the other hand, Vijay Sethupathi and Aishwarya Rajesh’s Ka Pae Ranasingam will be the first Tamil film to premiere on television on a pay-per-view basis.

Based on real-life incidents, the film focuses on the struggle of farmers and how the corporate sector exploits the natural resources, it is directed by P Virumandi and produced by Kotapadi J Rajesh under the banner of KJR Studios.

(Also read on Firstpost — Aishwarya Rajesh, director Virumandi talk about Tamil cinema’s first pay-per-view model film, Ka Pae Ranasingam)

Here’s how you can access the films on Zee Plex

Khaali Peeli and Ka Pae Ranasingam are available for advance booking on Zee Plex from 1 October, which will be available on services like Dish TV, Tata Sky, D2H, and Airtel Digital TV. Consumers need to pay Rs 299 to access Khali Peeli, and Rs 199 to watch Ka Pae Ranasingam.

 

 

BMC urges Bombay HC to dismiss Kangana Ranaut’s petition of seeking Rs 2 cr in damages

The BMC demolished a part of Kangana Ranaut’s Pali Hill bungalow, claiming that she had made substantial structural alterations without due permission.

Responding to actor Kangana Ranaut’s plea before the Bombay High Court seeking Rs 2 crore as damages for demolition at her bungalow, the Mumbai civic body said on Friday that it was an abuse of the process of law.

In an affidavit, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) urged the court to dismiss Ranaut’s petition and impose a cost on her for filing such a plea.

“The writ petition and the reliefs sought for therein constitute an abuse of process. The Petition should not be entertained and should be dismissed with costs,” it said.

On 9 September, the BMC demolished a part of Ranaut’s Pali Hill bungalow in Mumbai, claiming that she had made substantial structural alterations without due permission.

After she moved the HC on the same day, a bench led by Justice S J Kathawalla stayed the demolition.

On 15 September, Ranaut amended her plea, seeking a compensation of Rs 2 crore from the BMC.

In its reply, filed through advocate Joel Carlos, the BMC alleged that Ranaut falsely stated that the alterations were as per a permission previously granted by it.

On 5 September, during a routine inspection, its officials noticed illegal repairs and alterations being carried out at the bungalow, so a demolition notice was issued and the demolition was subsequently carried out, it said.

Ranaut used the property as office space and had made substantial alterations and additions in violation of the sanctioned Building Plan, the BMC alleged.

Toilets were constructed in parking areas and existing toilet space was converted into cabins and a pantry, it said.

Ranaut could not argue that the demolition should not have been carried out during the coronavirus-induced lockdown, for if she was carrying out alterations during this period, she was liable to face action, the civic body said.

John Abraham’s Satyameva Jayate 2 to release in cinemas on 12 May, 2021

Makers of John Abraham-starrer Satyameva Jayate 2 on Monday announced that the action-drama will release theatrically on 12 May, 2021.

Produced by Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series and Emmay Entertainment, the Milap Zaveri-directed film is a sequel to the 2018 hit. It also stars Divya Khosla Kumar.

The makers released a poster featuring Abraham where he carries a plow over his shoulders.  The gashes on Abraham’s body ooze out the tricolour instead of red.

Zaveri said Eid is the perfect occasion to release the film as Satyameva Jayate 2 is a celebration of “action, music, dialoguebaazi, patriotism and heroism.”

“With Bhushan sir, Monisha Advani, Madhu Bhojwani and Nikkhil Advani backing me once again, I can promise next year on May 12 we will do our best to deliver a festive bonanza for all audiences,” the director said in a statement.

The film is a departure from its original Mumbai setting and will see Abraham fighting corruption in Lucknow. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted that the filming is going to begin from next month. A Times of India report says the actor’s character will be seen quashing corruption in “all spheres from the police to politicians, industrialists, and the common man.”

Zaveri said the decision to change shooting location to Lucknow gave the team a chance to make it “more massy” with a larger canvas.

“Visually also Lucknow adds to the scale and grandeur. The action of this film is gonna be ten times more dynamic, heroic and powerful,” he added.

Filmmaker-producer Nikkhil Advani said the success of Satyameva Jayate has encouraged them to make the sequel bigger and better.

Akshay Kumar turns 53: A look at the actor’s upcoming projects from Laxmmi Bomb to Sooryavanshi

Akshay Kumar, who made his debut with Saugandh in 1991, has multiple upcoming projects.

Kumar will also be featuring in Discovery Channel’s Into The Wild With Bear Grylls. Last week, he shared an action-packed promo, where he said he tasted elephant poop tea and ran into the woods along with Grylls.

The cop comedy was scheduled to release in theatres on 24 March, but had to be postponed due to the shuttering of cinemas. Kumar will play Veer Sooryavanshi, the chief of the anti-terrorism squad; the name seems to be inspired by Salman Khan’s Veer (2010) and Suryavanshi (1992).

With this film, also starring Katrina Kaif, director Rohit Shetty will expand his cop universe. He had previously directed Ajay Devgn in Singham and Singham Returns, and Ranveer Singh in Simmba. Singh and Devgn will also make a cameo appearance in the film.

Raghava Lawrence’s Tamil horror comedy remake, Laxmmi Bomb, will see Kumar as a man haunted by vengeful ghosts. Kiara Advani plays the opposite lead in the Hindi version.

The horror-comedy is set to stream on Disney+Hotstar, bypassing a theatrical release as screens remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. In a virtual press conference in June, Kumar had said OTT release was the only wise option in the current scenario.

Kumar will reunite with frequent collaborator Sajid Nadiadwala for this feature. Housefull 4 director Farhad Samji is at the helm. The makers had shared two different looks of the actor last year. Also starring Kriti Sanon, Bachchan Pandey releases in January, 2021.

Kumar will play Rajput warrior and king, Prithviraj Chauhan in the YRF production, which marks the feature debut of Miss World 2017 Manushi Chillar. On his 52nd birthday, Kumar had shared a brief teaser of Prithviraj.

A source told Mumbai Mirror that the shoot of Prithviraj had to be halted in March due to the pandemic, and after Kumar wraps up Bell Bottom, he will begin work on the historical drama by October.

The Aanand L Rai produced film will feature Tamil superstar Dhanush and Sara Ali Khan in the lead, while Kumar will be seen in a cameo appearance.

“It’s is a challenging character to play, but at the same time, it is such a special role that my heart just couldn’t say ‘no’ to it. I will remember it for the rest of my life. My combination with Sara and Dhanush truly makes it true to its title — Atrangi! And I know that Aanand, in his special and simple way of storytelling, will only add magic to it,” Kumar had previously told Times of India.