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I've pushed myself as an artiste with 'Leila': Huma

As Shalini, who sets out on an arduous 16-year-long search for her missing daughter born out of a 'mixed' marriage in the latest dystopian show "Leila", actress Huma Qureshi felt challenged to push her boundaries and play the role with full justice and honesty.

Based on Prayaag Akbar's 2017 novel of the same name, "Leila" showcases the fight of Huma's character for her lost daughter amidst undesirable situations and frightening experiences in the fictional world of Aryavarta.

"It has been a gratifying journey for me. It have never played such a strong character before this show. With this character, I have pushed myself as an artiste. I really had to go deep into the story.

"Playing a mother on-screen was quite difficult because it was not only about being a mother...it was more about inheriting the qualities of Shalini who fights against the evils to find her daughter. Shalini
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'Leila' trailer intrigues with Huma's motherly act

The trailer of Huma Qureshi's Netflix show "Leila", which was dropped online on Friday, showcases the search of a mother for her missing daughter in an imagined world, where there is discrimination.

Pegged as "India's first dystopian story", "Leila" is set in the imagined world of "Aryavarta" in which there is great suffering, extreme and totalitarian rules of engagement and fictional extremes constructed around an obsession with purity, communal and divisive societal dramas and grit, read a statement.

The show is helmed by Deepa Mehta, Shanker Raman and Pawan Kumar.

Its two-minute long trailer opens in Aryavarta, a digitised Indian city. It introduces Shalini (Huma), who marries outside her community and has to face harsh treatment. Her fight to get back her daughter, who gets kidnapped over her "mixed blood", forms the crux of the show.

Huma is seen in most bits of the trailer, but actors Siddharth and
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Superstar Rajnikanth's co-star debuts into the digital world!

Known for her popular role as Zareena, Huma Qureshi had won million hearts with her performance in Superstar Rajinikanth’s Kaala. The film also featured Nana Patekar, Eswari Rao, Samuthirakani and others in the supporting roles. Directed by Pa.Ranjith, the film was produced by Dhanush.

Meanwhile, the actress, Huma made her debut into the digital world with Netflix Original series, ‘Leila’. Directed by Deepa Mehta, Shanker Raman and Pawan Kumar, the Indian dystopian drama web television series has unveiled the first look and the release date of the series.

Taking to her social media, Huma tweeted the first look and wrote,...

Huma Qureshi starrer Leila gets a release date

Huma Qureshi starrer Leila will release globally on June 14. Netflix on Friday announced the release date of their next Indian original series Leila.? Based on a book by Prayaag Akbar, Leila also stars Siddharth, Rahul Khanna, Sanjay Suri and Arif Zakaria. Deepa Mehta is the Creative Executive Producer. Huma is thrilled to essay the role of Shalini "whose unique mix of strength, grace and optimism is what gets her through all kinds of obstacles".?

"So it really has been an honour to portray a character that has not only pushed me as an artiste but I believe will resonate with a lot of young women," Huma said in a statement.?

The six-episode series is a dystopian work of fiction set in the near future and follows the journey of Shalini, a mother in search of her daughter - Leila whom she lost one summer. Shalini deals with various hardships in the course of her search.
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Mohammad Nazim: My fan told me he loves to hate me

If there is anyone who can make you fall in love with a negative character, it has to be actor Mohammad Nazim. The actor, who is currently seen as Samro in the hit show Roop, has been getting a lot of appreciation for the role. He is flooded with messages on social media with compliments for his performance. Fans are saying that they love him in spite of him playing a negative role. ?This role is very different from the one I did in Saathiya. Here, I am getting to explore the desi dimensions of my personality. The confrontation scenes with my co-star Shashank Vyas are appreciated,? he says

On being asked what is the best compliment he has got so far, he says, ?One of my fans told me, ?I love to hate you' and ?You look very real and I wait for your entry in every episode.? That means so much to me.
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‘Chambal’ review: Sathish Ninasam shines as an upright Ias officer in this thriller

SandalwoodMost films follow a clichéd formula when it comes to narrating a good vs evil story, but director Jacob Varghese manages to keep it realistic.Aravind ShwethaThe very name Chambal, made famous by dacoits, can send a shiver down one’s spine. All thanks to Bollywood films, the name is synonymous with loot, robbery and atrocities. The Chambal valley has, for decades, been home to generations of outlaws. But now times have changed, people there have changed, and it is not a tainted land anymore. However, the level of atrocity in the form of corruption and land grabbing has now spread across the country and the makers of the film Chambal have tried to explore one such act of barbarism through the eyes of an Ias officer. The film, however, landed in controversy after a few people argued that late Ias officer Dk Ravi’s story was part of the film.
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Shraddha Srinath’s Bollywood debut film ‘Milan Talkies’ to release on March 15

CinemaDirected by Tigmanshu Dhulia, Shraddha shares screen space with Ali Fazal in this love story.Digital NativeDigital NativeShraddha Srinath’s debut movie in Bollywood is all set for release on March 15. The film, titled Milan Talkies, is directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia, who had won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film for Paan Singh Tomar in 2013. Ps Chhatwal is bankrolling this project under the Filmy Keeda Productions banner. Sharing screen space with Shraddha in this flick is Ali Fazal as the hero. The others in the star cast include Ashutosh Rana, Sikander Kher, Sanjay Mishra and Reecha Sinha. Shraddha is elated over her Bollywood debut and is looking forward to the release, which is touted to be a small town love story. Shraddha Srinath made her acting debut with the Malayalam movie Kohinoor in 2015 but it was the Kannada film U Turn that catapulted her to star status. Offers
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From 'Vada Chennai' to 'Kolamaavu Kokila', 37 Tamil films from 2018 now online

CinemaFrom critically acclaimed films like 'Merkku Thodarchi Malai' to blockbusters like 'Kadaikutty Singam', several 2018 releases are now legally available on online streaming platforms.Anjana Shekar2018 saw streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hotstar, etc up their ante with respect to Indian films. A good number of new releases made it to their dashboard, making films accessible to more and more people from across the country with the click of a button. This makes one wonder how different the fate of critically acclaimed films like Aaranya Kaandam (2011) and Madubana Kadai (2012) would have been if such streaming options had been available at the time of their release. At any rate, several Tamil films from 2018 - big and small - are now available for you to watch from the comfort of your homes. Merkku Thodarchi Malai (Netflix) This is the latest Tamil film to make it to Netflix. Directed by Lenin
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Deepa Mehta Among Directors for Netflix's Indian Series 'Leila'

Netflix has unveiled the directors for its upcoming Indian original series Leila, including Deepa Mehta, who also serves as the creative executive producer for the show.

Mehta, known for her acclaimed trilogy Fire, Earth and Water in addition to the film adaptation of Salman Rushdie's book Midnight's Children, will be joined by Shankar Raman (Gurgaon) and Pawan Kumar (Lucia).

Urmi Juvekar, known for such Bollywood titles as Oye Lucky! Lucky! Lucky Oye! And Detective Byomkesh Bakshy, serves as Leila's showrunner.

Based on the book of the same name by Prayaag Akbar, Leila is a dystopian drama set in the near future and revolves around ...
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Experimental Kannada cinema: What commercial challenges filmmakers face

SandalwoodWhile single screen theatres are not profitable for small films, multiplexes offer a very short window to decide a film's success.D Meera ChithirappaavaiThe Kannada film industry boasts itself as one of the very few industries that produce a good ratio of parallel/bridge/experimental cinema to that of mainstream commercial cinema. While its experimental films are usually way ahead of their time, the mass entertainers or the commercial flicks, as they are known, lack relevance when compared to the other industries. A huge part of the credit for the growth of experimental cinema goes to legendary filmmakers like Puttanna Kanagal, Girish Kasaravalli, P Sheshadri and the set of new wave filmmakers like Pawan Kumar, Rakshith Shetty and others. However, despite the quality and quantity of experimental films in Kannada, the going isn't easy for filmmakers who want to make such cinema. To understand the struggles and obstacles experimental films face in Sandalwood,
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'Sandakozhi 2', ‘Vada Chennai’ allegedly leaked by TamilRockers soon after release

KollywoodThe leaks came despite Vishal’s move to not screen the film in nine theatres, that the Tamil Nadu Film Producers’ Council claimed had a hand in piracy.Tnm StaffHours after Vishal’s 25th film, Sandakozhi 2, released on Thursday, it was leaked online allegedly by the notorious piracy group, Tamil Rockers. It was also reported that the Telugu version of the film, Pandem Kodi 2, and Dhanush-Vetrimaaran’s Vada Chennai, that released on Wednesday, too were leaked on the website. This despite the Tamil Nadu Film Producers’ Council’s move to not screen the films in nine theatres that, they alleged, had a hand in pirating films. The Tamil Nadu Film Producers’ Council (Tfpc), headed by Vishal, issued a circular on Tuesday, conveying their collective decision to refrain from screening new releases in nine theatres – seven in Tn and two in Karnataka – for their alleged hand in pirating Tamil movies.
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Like Nayanthara and Anushka, Samantha proves she's ready to lead films with 'U Turn'

TollywoodSamantha has been stuck in the 'glam doll' roles for years now, but 2018 is proving to be her breakthrough year.Mridula R"As female leads in the south industry, we are automatically expected to become dumber.” That’s what Samantha said during the U Turn press meet and it’s probably the truest statement given by a southern actor in recent times. For the longest time, we have been writing off Tamil and Telugu mass entertainers as a one ‘man’ show. We have walked out of theatres, tired of watching the male leads fighting goons, while our female leads, otherwise addressed as ‘glam dolls’, are placed in these films just for the sake of foreign locale songs and romance. Except for the times when there is an Anushka Arundhati style release and more recently, a ‘Nayanthara’ film. Samantha Akkineni belongs to the generation of heroines who mostly add no weightage
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Telugu version of ‘U Turn’ starring Samantha leaked online hours after its release

PiracySamantha’s other release, ‘Seema Raja’, too was reportedly leaked, but it was removed a few hours later.Tnm StaffThe Telugu version of actor Samantha’s U Turn that was released on Thursday, coinciding Vinayaka Chaturthi, was leaked online for full viewing just a few hours after its release. The Pawan Kumar directorial was made available on Movierulez, a torrent site. It was also reported that Samantha’s other Tamil release, Seema Raja, too was leaked online on Tamil Rockers immediately after its release. However, it was reportedly removed in a few hours. The film is a bilingual that released simultaneously in both Tamil and Telugu. While it clashed with the Sivakarthikeyan-Samantha starrer Seema Raja at the box-office in Tamil Nadu, in Telugu, it released alongside Naga Chaitanya’s Shailaja Reddy Alludu. In January this year, widely acclaimed movie Aruvi was leaked just a day after its release, but
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'U Turn' review: Samantha pulls off a well-made thriller

KollywoodWhile the first half is a solid thriller, the climax is disappointing.Anjana ShekarU Turn, with actor Samantha in the lead, is the bilingual (Tamil and Telugu) remake of Pawan Kumar’s Kannada thriller by the same name that released in 2016. The film stays true to its original version, with the director retaining the character names in the remake as well. U Turn, as the name suggests, has to do with traffic regulations and the film follows the events that happen over a flyover. Rachana (Samantha) works as a reporting intern at Times of India. Having moved cities for her work, she stays alone in an apartment. The film, in fact, begins with an auto ride during which Rachana’s mother goes on and on about her daughter’s still single status, a conversation many employed, single women can relate to. As a reporter, Rachana is working on her breakthrough
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U Turn Tamil Movie Review

U-Turn is a Tamil remake of its Kannada namesake, which was also directed by Pawan Kumar. This helps the movie at various places, as the director certainly knows the essence of the original. This Samantha starrer is the story of a reporter who is writing a story on the accidents that happen on a particular flyover. However, that leads her into big trouble. Whether she is able to come out of it or not forms the crux of the story.

Samantha has made a string of good signings post-marriage and this one too follows suit. She plays a terrific Rachana...

Sam’s UTurn a Soulful Mystery Thriller Premieres Today!!

Magnus Movies wishes you all a very Happy Vinayak Chaturthi!!

Here we bring a mind-blowing thriller movie experience to all movie lovers on this festive occasion.

We are presenting the most awaited mystery thriller “U-turn” Telugu & Tamil language grand premieres today on Sep 12th, 2018 across 130 screens in USA.

This is an official remake of blockbuster Kannada film U-Turn, this Tamil, Telugu bilingual is directed by Sandalwood filmmaker Pawan Kumar, who shot to fame through the blockbuster Lucia.

The Karma theme song composed by Anirudh, starring Samantha is applauded with over ~9Million views within...

Guess what is Samantha's marriage anniversary gift!

Samantha is a busy star nowadays, as she has two of her films releasing tomorrow. She is acting in Sivakarthikeyan's Seemaraja, directed by Ponram. It also starrs Soori, Napoleon, and Simran playing crucial roles. She is also acting in a female centric thriller titled U-Turn, which is directed by Pawan Kumar.

The Mersal actress is also having a lot of projects in the pipeline. Speaking to the media at U-Turn's promotion event, she said her next film that has her husband Naga Chaitanya as the lead, will go on floors on October 6. “Our new film will go on the floors...

Samantha's U-Turn censor certificate and runtime details

Samantha will be having 2 big releases this week, Seema Raja, and U-Turn. Both the movies will hit the screens on September 13th, coming Thursday.

U-Turn is directed by Pawan Kumar and produced by Srinivasa Chitturi and Rambabu Bandaru. The latest update on this film is that it has cleared the censor test with a 'U/A' certificate.

The certificate reveals the final run-time of the film, which is 128 minutes - 2 hours 08 minutes. The runtime looks crisp and perfect for a thriller. Some of the theatres have already opened bookings online while the other theatres are likely to start...

Big release for Samantha's U Turn in USA!

Samantha's intense mystery crime thriller, U-Turn is releasing worldwide on September 13, on account of the Vinayagar Chathurthi weekend. Co-starring Aadhi Pinisetty, Bhumika, Rahul Ravindran, and others, the film is directed by Pawan Kumar and produced by Srinivasa Chitturi and Rambabu Bandaru

This Tamil - Telugu bilingual is going to be distributed by Magnus Movies in the United States of America (USA), in a grand manner. Here is the complete list of theatres where the film will be screened. People in America, check this out: 

U-Turn A Soulful Mystery Suspense Thriller in Telugu & Tamil with USA Premiers on...

'U Turn' climax will be different in the remake: Director Pawan Kumar to Tnm

InterviewIn this interview with Tnm, the director talks about his upcoming bilingual and his thoughts on the changing face of cinema.Anjana ShekarFacebook/Director Pawan KumarWhen the film Lucia released in Kannada, in 2013, it made heads turn across the country. This film, in fact, was the first crowdfunded feature film in Kannada. Lucia was a major success in Sandalwood and was later remade in Tamil as Enakkul Oruvan starring Siddharth and dubbed in Telugu as Naalo Okkadu. Director Pawan who is in the eye of the changing face of Kannada cinema has chosen to foray into Tamil and Telugu industries with his U Turn. Remade from his Kannada original with the same name, U Turn with actor Samantha in the lead is eagerly awaited by his fans. Lucia earned Pawan Kumar a Filmfare Award for Best Director – Kannada. However, he made his directorial debut with Lifeu Ishtene in 2011. Previously, he
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