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Watch: Film critic Baradwaj Rangan on why Kamal’s 'Thevar Magan' remains a classic 25 yrs later

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25 years after it first released, Kamal Haasan’s Thevar Magan remains a landmark film in the Kollywood canon. While a section of fans appreciates the film as a potent call to reform caste-ridden lives with education, many detractors see the film as a celebration of caste pride and a glorification of the Thevar community. »

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Mohanlal's ‘Villain’ set to break one record set by ‘Pulimurugan’ on opening day?

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The Mohanlal starrer Villain is set to break quite a few records and one of it would be the record held by the star’s Pulimurugan that was released last year. There were 125 shows screened exclusively for Mohanlal’s fans on the day Pulimurugan hit the marquee and now Villain is all set to break this record by screening over 130 fan shows. Reports are that the fans associations have managed to get about 120 screens till now and this is expected to increase in the forthcoming days. »

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Mammootty confirms playing Chaaverukal of Valluvanadu in ‘Maamaankam’

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A few days ago, there was news that the Malayalam mega star has signed a deal to star in a historical film to be directed by debutant Sajeev Pillai. The film is based on the Maamaankam festival celebrated during the 17th century. Maamaankam is a fest in which warriors from different parts of the country would arrive on the coast of Bharatapuzha to wage war against each other to prove their superiority. »

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Mahesh Babu and Shekar Kammula to team up for 'Leader 2'?

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Going by the reports doing the rounds in Tollywood, Mahesh Babu and director Shekar Kammula may team up for a film and it could be a sequel to Leader.

Incidentally, Leader, which had Rana Daggubati playing the lead role, turned out to be a dud at the box office, but the TRPs of a private satellite channel goes up whenever it is telecast on the small screen. »

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Trailer of Rajasekhar’s 'Psv Garuda Vega' is out

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Actor Rajasekhar is making a comeback after a hiatus with an action thriller Psv Garuda Vega in a khaki-clad avatar.

Directed by Praveen Sattaru, the film has Dr. Rajasekhar and Vishwaroopam and Uttama Villain  fame Pooja Kumar playing the lead pair.

The theatrical trailer of the film was launched by Nandamuri Balakrishna at a special event in Hyderabad.

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Karthi's next 'Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru' trailer out

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After proving his mettle in khaki with Siruthai, Karthi returns as a straight-forward cop in his next film Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru, and he is teaming up with Rakul Preet for the first time.

The first look trailer of the  film, has been released and it promises to be an intense cop thriller.

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Akshay Kumar will sound different in ‘2.0’ thanks to voice enhancement

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Bollywood star Akshay Kumar is playing the main antagonist in the Rajinikanth starrer 2.0 and he has undergone a major physical transformation to get into the skin of the character. His fans are waiting eagerly to see him in action in this magnum opus considering all the homework he has done. And the latest buzz is that some voice enhancements have been done so that he sounds different. This is essential to suit the looks he will be sporting in the film, say sources in the know.  »

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Jr Ntr and Balakrishna to work together in Ntr biopic?

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Director Teja of Jayam fame, who recently tasted success with Nene Raju Nene Manthri (Nrnm), is planning to cast actor Jr Ntr in the biopic of his grandfather - popular actor and politician Nt Rama Rao. However, Jr Ntr’s role in the film is yet to be announced.

Ntr’s son Balakrishna, also an actor-politician will play the star in the biopic. The film is slated to release on May 28 – Ntr’s birthday. 

Balakrishna was reportedly impressed with Teja’s Nrnm which was a political drama and asked him to direct the biopic. »

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‘Mersal’ review: This Deepavali blockbuster is a mass masala love fest for Vijay

18 October 2017 4:55 AM, PDT

It’s an accepted fact that a mass film revolves around its superstar, with only passing nods to anyone else on screen. But even by those standards, Mersal is an unabashed love fest that spends its almost three-hour runtime worshipping Ilayathalapathy Vijay. »

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Vikram's ‘Sketch’ first look teaser released

17 October 2017 12:21 PM, PDT

The first look teaser of Chiyaan Vikram’s commercial actioner Sketch is released on the occasion of Diwali.

Directed by Vijay Chander of Vaalu fame, Tamannaah Bhatia plays Vikram’s romantic interest in the film. The film is touted to be set in North Chennai and Vikram apparently plays a gangster in the film and Tamannaah plays a college girl. »

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From 'exclusive' pics of actors to dope on their lives: Bogus Malayalam videos rule the internet

17 October 2017 11:41 AM, PDT

Malayalam actor Kunchacko Boban and his wife Priya smile at the camera, dressed in traditional Malayali attire. The moment has all the markings of a candid break during an interview. Then, the video cuts to Kunchacko happily smiling with his mother and his children. 

In the background, an upbeat music track plays along.  »

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Will ‘Mersal’ bring Deepavali cheer to Kollywood? Big hopes from Vijay and Atlee’s latest

17 October 2017 10:57 AM, PDT

Vijay and Atlee Kumar’s Mersal releases on Wedneday, and it isn’t just the Ilayathalapathy who is eagerly hoping for a blockbuster, but all of Kollywood.

Mersal is the first big budget movie to release in Tamil Nadu after the new ticket rates kicked in.  Theatres all over the state saw record sales as soon as pre-booking counters opened, giving hope that people will go to theatres in spite of the higher rates. »

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Anirudh set for second Tollywood film? Trivikram hires composer again, for Jr Ntr’s next

17 October 2017 9:26 AM, PDT

Music Composer Anirudh Ravichander of Kolaveri fame, has bagged another opportunity to work with Trivikram for the second time.

Reportedly, Director Trivikram, who is working with the young music composer for Pawan Kalyan’s 25th  film tentatively titled PSPK25, was impressed with Anirudh’s talent and decided to have his music for his next film too, which would be with actor Jr Ntr. »

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'Raju Gari Gadhi 2' satellite rights get sold out

17 October 2017 9:11 AM, PDT

Raju Gari Gadhi 2 released to packed houses on Friday the 13th, October 2017, and has been holding on to the box office well.

Expectations from this film were high as it stars Tollywood star Nagarjuna and his daughter-in-law Samantha. According to trade reports, the three-day box office collections of this horror comedy is Rs. 12 crore and is likely to go up in the forthcoming days. »

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Upcoming Balakrishna film to have four leading heroines?

17 October 2017 7:32 AM, PDT

Tollywood superstar N Balakrishna and director Ks Ravikumar are teaming up for the first time, which has movie buffs waiting in anticipation for its release early next year.

Yet to be titled, it happens to be Balakrishna’s 102nd film. According to reports doing the rounds, the team has zeroed in on the title Karna but this has not been confirmed yet officially. »

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At Oxfam-mami 'Women in Film' brunch, real-life heroes who overcame odds take centrestage

17 October 2017 7:28 AM, PDT

The Oxfam & Mami’s 'Women in Film' brunch on Wednesday saw some of the strongest women from cinema including actors, writers, producers and directors. What was special this year was the celebration Shadab Jahan’s inspiring story.

Shadab Jahan was a victim of domestic violence who shared her story of oppression and her fight for survival. She came with her daughter Rehana Ali from Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh. They spoke about their fight against violence and patriarchy, and how Shadab Jahan now helps other women through her Ngo, Astitva. »

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Mammootty’s go-ahead for historical film

17 October 2017 6:28 AM, PDT

Malayalam megastar Mammootty, who had starred in a couple of historical films in his career such as Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha and Pazhassi Raja, is gearing up to do one such film in the near future. The star has been roped in to play the lead role in a period flick that is to be directed by Sajeev Pillai.   »

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‘Kanglish’ lands 18-yr-old Bigg Boss contestant Niveditha Gowda in soup: Becomes butt of jokes

17 October 2017 6:26 AM, PDT

Just a day after Bigg Boss Kannada Season 5 kicked off, its youngest contestant, Niveditha Gowda, has become the butt of jokes for her alleged inability to speak Kannada.

When she was being introduced as a contestant, actor Sudeep, who is hosting the reality show, made sarcastic remarks about her inability to speak the language properly.

Commenting on her ‘Kanglish’ (English mixed Kannada), Sudeep asked, “Who taught her Kannada? Do you speak Kannada at home? Then where did this Kannada come from?” »

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Modern Indian cinema lacks realism, quality of films not improving: Vyjayanthimala

17 October 2017 6:20 AM, PDT

By Bhavana Akella

As a one-time Bollywood diva, acclaimed Bharatanatyam dancer and Carnatic singer Vyjayanthimala has seen it all -- from the glitzy world of cinema to the harsh reality of life, including politics.

Over the years, realism in Indian cinema has been lost, lamented the octogenarian celluloid heroine of yesteryears. »

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Yash to play a cop for the first time with 'Raana'

17 October 2017 4:09 AM, PDT

Kannada star Yash is busy right now playing the lead role in the Prashanth Neel directorial Kgf. Soon, after wrapping up this film, the star will move over to Raana which will be helmed by director Harsha.

Interestingly, with Raana, the star will be seen playing a cop for the first time in his career. Sources in tinsel town say that the star was so impressed with the story that he immediately gave his go ahead. In fact, Yash did not even listen to the script before agreeing to be a part of Raana.  »

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