According to a DNA report, actress Vidya Balan will play Bengali cinema’s Mahanayika Suchitra Sen in her next film. Vidya, who is known for playing lead in female-oriented films like Kahaani and Ishqiya, will play the legendary actress in the upcoming biopic film. The actress will learn Kathak, before the shooting begins.
In light of Chinmayi’s #MeToo revelations against lyricist Vairamuthu and the support she has received for her decision to come out, several social media users observed that Suchitra Karthik, who levelled sensational accusations against several film industry figures last year, was not given the same treatment.
An adult man, no matter how good his intentions are, cannot touch a girl or woman without her consent, especially a minor who is yet to fully understand the concept of ‘good touch, bad touch’.To his statement, “I might have done it spontaneously but in today’s environment, to touch a girl child, however innocent your thoughts are, is not advisable.
Suchitra Krishnamoorthy has said that she wants a more healthy, open debate about religion, and how it is being used for vote bank politics.
While his tweet did brew up a controversy, including a ‘fatwa’ issued by a member of the West Bengal Minority United Council, who announced a reward of Rs 10 lakh to anybody who would shave the singer’s head and garland him with old torn shoes, no questions were raised about Nigam’s daily routine, or his moral values.
The sauciest article in this issue of Cine Blitz from 20 years ago is the one that features Bengali actress Moushumi Chatterjee, who takes digs at other Bengali actresses in Bollywood.From terming Suchitra Sen a “bad actress” to calling Sharmila Tagore a woman with “the human touch missing”, the interview is nothing short of controversial and would have been at par with the nepotism debate in this age. “I have no respect for him (lyricist Gulzar) as a person.
However, love becomes more expansive when intimacy is not about being there, but being able to cry on someone’s shoulder, of being held when long travels of life are conveyed.That Sanjeev Kumar could have pulled off the role of being a husband who takes a step back to wait and watch the unfolding of political ambition and success in his wife’s life is also particularly appropriate.
Although Meghna made some minor tweaks to the adaptation, the film has been received very well by the audience and was appreciated for its unbiased message.That said, the film did miss out a few moments that were much appreciated in the book. What makes the film worth watching over reading the book is the climax – the Tamil style wedding.
For Pushpak, I wanted someone who would work according to my commands rather than someone like Ilaiyaraja who would want to compose music according to their liking. That approach wouldn’t work in a movie like Pushpak for which I had particular music in mind.Also, there are people who want to express themselves. Balu Mahendra, towards the end of his life, made a movie that cost very little money.
The series, directed by Hansal Mehta based on the book The Scam: Who Won, Who Lost, Who Got Away by Sucheta Dalal and Debashish Basu, has shone a light on Gandhi’s performance and ensured that he is flooded with offers.Post the success of the show Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story on SonyLiv, Gandhi who played the role of the protagonist Harshad Mehta, has had to spend a minimum of four hours each day on interviews.
The trailer of Masaba Masaba starring debutant Masaba Gupta in the lead has dropped. Helmed by Sonam Nair, the series is being bankrolled by Ashvini Yardi’s Viniyard Films. It stars herself and mother Neena Gupta in the lead roles.
On July 15, several Bollywood celebrities took to social media to release videos and boomerangs (videos on Instagram) of themselves waiting to announce something significant but refraining from doing so while shouting out loud the words ‘Come On Netflix’. Their posts also carried the words as a hashtag which went viral piquing the curiosity of Twitterati and people on the ‘Gram. Netflix also put out a tweet with three of the zipped mouth emojis and the hashtag.
Produced by Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment (also behind last year’s irredeemable Bard of Blood) Betaal unfolds in the span of one day in Chattisgarh’s Nilja village and revolves around a clash between the tribals and a special task force called the Baaz Squad.In that sense, Betaal, Netflix India’s newest offering, created, co-directed and co-written by Patrick Graham, who earlier used the miniseries format to his advantage with Ghoul, comes packaged with an upper hand.
The makers of Amazon Prime’s web series The Family Man have brought on board actress Samantha Akkineni to essay a major role in the second season of the show which commenced shoot a few days back. The series starring National Award winners Manoj Bajpayee as ‘Srikant Tiwari’ and Priyamani as ‘Suchitra’ in lead roles has garnered good reviews for the first season comprising ten episodes that premiered on the OTT platform on September 20.
He made his acting debut with a cameo role in Ethir Neechal. He is best known for his characters in Naanum Rowdy Dhaan, Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru, Pugazh and Vadacurry. Even though he didn’t have a major role in Thaana Serndha Kootam, his performance in the film was a comic one.RJ Senthil Kumar is a television serial actor who played the lead character in the sensational Saravannan Meenatchi. He made his debut as a film actor in Thavamai Thavamirundhu.
Not the ideal situation for a child born of parents from well-to-do backgrounds, but after Chinmayi’s mother Padmhasini was abandoned by and later divorced from her father, Chinmayi got used to a life where stretching a rupee was the norm, and where it was commonplace to graciously accept help from a generous periyamma (aunt) and grandfather. “We knew where our next meal would come from, but were never sure what would happen the next week.
Ever since Sri Reddy began talking about the casting couch, social media has been abuzz with updates, statements, and bizarre developments on what is regarded as a huge controversy for the Telugu film industry.Ever since the actor’s …impassioned speech at the Kollywood-organised protest for Cauvery – in which he momentarily revealed one of the faces behind those randomly attributed quotes floating on the Internet – there have been a slew of memes that have made good use of his lines.
On April 7, a few days after initiating the topic, Sri Reddy went topless, as protest against sexual harassment and the prevalence of casting couch in Tollywood, in public at the Telugu Film Chamber of Commerce office in Hyderabad. She also said that she has sent several nude photographs and videos, on request, to the producers and directors asking for a chance to act in films. “They see the videos and give no roles.
Yet to be screened are films such as the Marathi Sairat, Malayalam Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum (Best Malayalam film, Best Original Screenplay at the National Film Awards 2018), and Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s S Durga, which is the closing film.Sadananda Suvarna, and among the ones screened so far are To Let, cinematographer Chezhian’s slice-of-life film that won the Best Tamil Film, the much-celebrated Village Rockstars from Assam, the meditative Mukti Bhawan (Hindi, 2016, Special Jury Award), and the Malayalam, Take Off, that won actress Parvathy a special mention.
Swara Bhasker, who recently wrote an open letter to Sanjay Leela Bhansali, slamming Padmaavat for glorifying jauhar, has been predictably facing a lot of vitriol on social media. Published by The Wire, Swara’s open letter titled ‘At The End of Your Magnum Opus… I Felt Reduced to a Vagina – Only’ draws attention to the misogyny portrayed in the film.
Singer Chinmayi Sripada, who not so long ago launched a petition against online abuse, requesting Twitter to get rid of accounts that use rape threats against women, was trolled when she supported actress Renu Desai. Desai, in a recent interview for a Telugu news channel, spoke of how she might remarry in the future. She and her ex-husband, Telugu actor/politician Pawan Kalyan, divorced in 2012.
He followed this with the claim that Suchi’s account had been hacked, and that the tweets were not her work. Karthik Kumar even released a video in which he alluded to Suchi’s ’emotional state’ and apologised for her actions.When her account was hacked, her husband, former actor and stand-up comic Karthik Kumar said that she has been dealing with depression and was having a mental breakdown.
Singer Chinmayi Sripada, who has been threatened with rape and acid attacks on Twitter, has started an online campaign to make Twitter safe for women. At the time of publication, the campaign had over 47,000 signatures. The campaign wants Twitter to delete accounts of those people who threaten such “dire consequences” online, and try to teach women “a lesson” – all for speaking their mind. Chinmayi is frequently threatened because of her outspoken views.