Vijay’s 65th Film Titled Beast, Poster Released on Birthday Eve

Tamil superstar Vijay’s 65th film has been titled Beast and the poster has been released on the eve of his birthday on June 22.

South superstar Vijay will be next seen in the Tamil film titled Beast. The actor will be collaborating with director Nelson Dilipkumar for the first time on the project.

The poster and the title of the film have been unveiled on Vijay’s birthday eve. He will be turning 47 on June 22. The official Twitter account of Sun Pictures shared the poster, tweeting,

According to reports, Pooja Hegde will star opposite Vijay as the leading lady. The film went on floors earlier this year and the first schedule was filmed in Georgia. Anirudh Ravichander has been roped in to compose the music of the action-thriller.

According to a report in Hindustan Times, Vijay will be playing a a special agent in the movie. The makers are planning to release the film during Pongal next year.

Nelson Dilipkumar rose to fame with the film Kolamavu Kokila starring Nayanthara. The film is getting a Hindi remake titled Good Luck Jerry starring Janhvi Kapoor. Good Luck Jerry is being directed by Sidharth Sengupta and produced by Aanand L Rai.

On the work front, Vijay’s last release was Master, which co-starred Vijay Sethupathi and Malavika Mohanan. Vijay collaborated with director Lokesh Kanagaraj for the first time on the film. It is available for streaming on Zee5 and Amazon Prime Video.

Sherni Movie Review: Vidya Balan roars in this man-animal jungle on Amazon Prime

Directed by Amit Masurkar, Vidya Balan plays a forest officer trying to resolve man-animal conflicts in Sherni. The film started streaming on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, June 18.

Movie Name: Sherni
Cast: Vidya Balan
Director: Amit Masurkar

Sherni opens to a panoramic view of the forest. You know you have landed in the middle of dense, raw danger. So does Vidya Balan, who plays Divisional Forest Officer Vidya Vincent, in the film. Vidya is here to resolve human-animal conflicts – stuff we read about in the newspapers every day. But her battles go beyond just that. She has to find her own footing as a woman in a man’s world.

Just like the central force of the film – tigers – Vidya also lies low, not from fear, but for aim. She subtly finds her way through the jungle, just as Sherni attempts to journey Hindi cinema to a terrain that has been probed, but not explored.

In Amit Masurkar’s Sherni, we are introduced to India’s wild spaces, which face seemingly unstoppable threats from poaching, deforestation and overgrazing. That’s one side of the story. On the other, there are communities that rely on forest returns for their livelihoods. Meanwhile, cattle and men venturing into the jungle are turning up dead. Yes, a wild cat is on the loose. Caught in the middle of this are forestry officials and our protagonist Vidya Vincent.

Sherni is reminiscent of Avni or T1’s case. The tigress was accused of killing 13 people. After months-long hunt, she was shot dead in 2018 in Yavatmal, Maharashtra, by a civilian hunter-led search accompanied by some forest department officials. Many activists described it as ‘cold-blooded murder’ and the case even reached the Supreme Court of India. The case is still going on with officials trying to find whether Avni was a man-eater or not.

Coming back to Sherni, Vidya soon realises that humans and tigers are both endangered. This fact hits her when lives are lost in the jungle and a politician grabs the opportunity to make big promises about showing the tiger its rightful place – sending it to a zoo or a circus, that is. Even the forest department remains complacent and corrupt. Things are not that different in reel or real lives.

Jagame Thandiram Movie Review: Weak Script, Careless Editing Make Dhanush-starrer a Bore

Kartik Subbaraj’s Jagame Thandiram, starring Dhanush sets itself a lofty goal, but begins to limp in the first few minutes due to its weak script.

Jagame Thandiram

Director: Karthik Subbaraj

Cast: Dhanush, Aishwarya Lekshmi, James Cosmo

Tamil cinema still, in this day and age, believes that a film must pack into its runtime every aspect of life and living or just about. Director Karthik Subbaraj’s almost three-hour long gangster adventure mostly set in London, Jagame Thandhiram, just does this, giving us a taste of dances, fights with bullets narrowly missing one’s ears and the radical side of British politics. Yes, you heard me right, with some of that country’s leaders trying to stop immigration of especially brown and Black people – with special reference to Sri Lankan Tamils — and deport them.
Immigration may be a pressing issue in countries across continents, but that a young man from Madurai – who runs a “parotta” eatery by the day turning into a sickle-weaving thug after sunset — should pop into London to “sort” things out appears farfetched, even with our thinking hats off. And this young man is none other than Suruli, played by Dhanush (who is increasingly copying father-in-law Rajinikanth’s mannerisms), a small-time gangster from Madurai.

With his marriage being called off at the eleventh hour, Suruli becomes an even bigger desperado willing to place his neck on the block, and flies to London.. While Suruli is turning the city into a bloody mess, I began to wonder what the heck Scotland Yard was doing! Come on, England is not the badlands somewhere in Africa or closer home. But with blazing guns and whizzing bullets, Suruli vanquishes the foes, taking on dozens of men singlehandedly to emerge supreme. This is imagination gone berserk.

Penned by Subbaraj, the movie is just a one line plot: Suruli is hired by racist British mobster, Peter (James Cosmos), in faraway Madurai to kill his rival, Sivadoss (Joju George), a Sri Lankan Tamil. Suruli’s girlfriend, Attila (Aishwarya Lekshmi), is at best a flower-vase on the mantlepiece, but she does turn him into a Sri Lankan Tamil sympathiser, and it takes just one weepy story from her to convert our man.

The film sets itself a lofty goal, but begins to limp in the first few minutes. Scripted shabbily and edited with little care, it fails to invest in this theme. Instead, it goes all out to make a hero out of Dhanush, who has been coming up with the same, jaded performance for a long time. He probably has potential, but would need a good and imaginative director to get him out of his comfort zone. And, the kind of bloody violence that Subbaraj dishes out can be difficult to stomach, and his tendency to be another Quentin Tarantino is a pointless exercise.

Vijay Deverakonda, Ram Charan, Nagarjuna – 5 Telugu stars who need to rediscover their mojo at the box office

Vijay Deverakonda, Ram Charan, Nagarjuna – here is a look at five Telugu actors who desperately need a hit in the coming months at the box office

 

The pandemic has meant that we have had very few releases at the cinema halls. This has presented a very unusual situation for everyone. Actors who are going through a lean run need not worry too much about box office numbers, but then you cannot gauge exactly how well your film has done. There are a few top stars from the Telugu film industry who need a hit at the box-office to reinstate their stamp of being bankable. Here are the top five names…. Also Read – Chiranjeevi – Ram Charan, Nagarjuna – Naga Chaitanya and other famous father-son duos who are ruling the South Film industry – view pics

Vijay Deverakonda
Well, the Arjun Reddy has not had a clean hit since Taxiwaala in 2018. This was after the success of Geetha Govindam. After that, his films have fared badly at the box-office. NOTA, Dear Comrade and World Famous Lover failed to please the critics. They were no great shakes at the box office either. He has a biggie, Liger lined up but it is crucial that it does well at the ticket windows. Vijay Deverakonda has the fan following and acting chops, he just needs that right script now to bounce back. Also Read – Nagarjuna’s Wild Dog receives a THUNDEROUS response upon its OTT release on Netflix

Ram Charan
The actor delivered a blockbuster with Rangasthalam. The film made by Sukumar was a critical and commercial hit. He gave his best-ever performance as Chitty Babu. But it was followed by a complete disaster in Vinaya Vidheya Rama. The film tanked at the box office. Also Read – Vishnu Vishal, Pawan Kalyan, Dileep, Kamal Haasan: 7 South stars who took a second chance at marriage — view pics

Ravi Teja
Mass Maharaja Ravi Teja had a string of flops before he bounced back with Krack. The film also had Shruti Haasan with him. Krack made more than Rs 50 crore at the box office and kind of redeemed his status. However, he needs to follow it up with more successes.

Nandamuri Balakrishna
The veteran actor also needs a hit. His last few films, Ruler and the NTR biopic made by Krish tanked at the box office. He has a film, #NBK106 and his latest was announced on the occasion of his birthday.

Nagarjuna
Nagarjuna’s last film Manmadhudu 2 tanked at the box office. It did not even recover even 50 per cent of the costs of production. His latest was Wild Dog that came on an OTT platform. It was a decent success. But he does need a hit at the cinema halls.

Vidya Balan in powerful new song Main Sherni celebrates real women. Watch video

A new song from Amazon Prime Video’s Sherni just dropped. The powerful track features Vidya Balan along with four real-life shernis – Mira Erda, Natasha Noel, Eshna Kutty and Trinetra Haldar, among others.

In just four days, Vidya Balan’s Sherni will drop on Amazon Prime Video, and the excitement is palpable. But, ahead of the release of Sherni, the makers on Tuesday, June 15, unveiled a new track, Main Sherni, to celebrate the real shernis of the world. The powerful track features Vidya Balan along with Mira Erda, Natasha Noel, Eshna Kutty and Trinetra Haldar and celebrates their stories of resilience. The song is sung by Akasa and Raftaar.
MAIN SHERNI TRACK CELEBRATES REAL SHERNIS OF THE WORLD

Main Sherni is a nod to the courage and resilience of the real-like shernis, women who have beaten the odds and managed to carve a niche for themselves, all the while ensuring they do not conform to the norms. The music video features Vidya Balan, along with Mira Erda, F4 Racer and Driver Coach; Natasha Noel, body-positivity influencer and Yoga trainer; Eshna Kutty, a social-media influencer and hula-hoop dancer; and Trinetra Haldar, one of the first transgender doctors in Karnataka.

Apart from these, the song also features Jayshree Mane, a frontline warrior at BYL Nair Hospital; Riddhi Arya, a student who delivers food to frontline warriors; security guard Anita Devi; Seema Duggal, a teacher; house help Archana Jadav, among others.

VIDYA BALAN ON MAIN SHERNI

Speaking about the track, Sherni actress Vidya Balan said, “The music video Main Sherni is our tribute to all the women across the globe who have this indomitable spirit of never giving up. Sherni is special for all of us and with this film and music video, we are celebrating women who have shown us that there is nothing a woman can’t do. Just like Vidya Vincent, my character in the movie, we want to show that women are fearless and powerful … and that you don’t have to roar to be a tigress. This is what we have tried to capture in this anthem.

VIDYA BALAN’S PREP FOR SHERNI

The storyline of Sherni follows the journey of a female forest officer navigating through her marriage with her rather unusual job. Talking about how she prepared for her role, Vidya Balan said, “I actually met with a couple of forest officers to understand what exactly their job entails – the study involved in training to be a forest officer, the various postings and the challenges they posed. The nature of the job is such that it can be physically arduous and even dangerous at times which was therefore traditionally male dominated but these female officers shared how they then negotiate their way around the patriarchal mindset, all of which was very helpful.

ABOUT AMAZON PRIME’S SHERNI

Vidya Balan’s Sherni will release on Amazon Prime Video on June 18. Sharing the trailer of the film earlier on Instagram, Vidya Balan had written, “#SherniTrailer is out Be courageous. Be strong. Be fearless. It’s time for the #Sherni to roar! #SherniTrailer out now: https://youtu.be/o2wg-11MWFU Meet #SherniOnPrime, June 18 (sic).

Haseen Dillruba song Dil Melt Karda out. Vikrant is desperately in love with Taapsee

Haseen Dillruba’s new song Dil Melt Karda is out. The film stars Taapsee Pannu, Vikrant Massey and Harshvardhan Rane in lead roles.

Taapsee Panny, Vikrant Massey and Harshvardhan Rane-starrer Haseen Dillruba’s new song Dil Melt Karda is out. The song chronicles Vikrant and Taapsee’s love story from meeting for the first time to getting married.

DIL MELT KARDA OUT

The song shows Rishu (Vikrant) falling head over heels in love with Rani (Taapsee) the moment he lays his eyes on her. This is followed by him getting a tattoo of her name. He also reads Rani’s favourite book – Dinesh Pandit’s thriller novels – to impress her. Dil Melt Karda is composed by Amt Trivedi. It is sung by Navraj Hans and Nikhita Gandhi. Lyrics are written by Varun Grover.

ABOUT HASEEN DILLRUBA

Directed by Vinil Mathew, Haseen Dillruba is a murder-mystery. The film synopsis reads as – A woman whose heart longs to live like words captured in a novel, finds herself entangled in the murder of her own husband. Will she get lost in the chaos of her real-life-novel or find her innocence?

Haseen Dillruba was earlier supposed to release in September 2020, but due to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, the release date had to be postponed. The story of Haseen Dillruba has been written by Kanika Dhillon.

Shaadisthan Movie Review: Memorable Performances Make It Relevant and Meaningful

Shaadisthan, starring Kirti Kulhari, is refreshing storytelling powerfully backed by sensitive and memorable performances from the lead cast.

Shaadisthan

Cast: Kirti Kulhari, Nivedita Bhattacharya, Rajan Modi

Director: Raj Singh Chaudhary

Here’s something you don’t see every day: a non-preachy, uncliched feminist story. Directed and co-written by Raj Singh Chaudhary, Shaadisthan is a moving drama about women breathing under patriarchy.

The film follows a conservative couple Sanjay (Rajan Modi) and Kamla Sharma (Nivedita Bhattacharya) from a small town of Rajasthan and their teenage daughter Arshi (Medha Shankar) who are forced to travel with four young, rebel musicians Freddie (Apurva Dogra), Jigme (Shenpenn Khymsar), Imaad (Ajay Jayanthi), and Sasha (Kirti Kulhari) to Ajmer for a family wedding.

As their contrasting ideologies collide inside a camper van, they reluctantly begin to share parts of their ordinarily segregated lives. In Sasha’s world, women can do whatever the hell they want to do. And for Sasha, that means a songwriter, a musician and a free spirit. On the other hand, Arshi is not even allowed to speak and verging on the breakdown, thanks to her father who is planning to marry her off as soon as she turns 18.

Chaudhary’s Shaadisthan is also about the roles of stay-at-home mothers from small towns of India. Kamla has been ignored, her spirit broken. It’s a tribute to the realness of the film and Nivedita Bhattacharya’s earnest performance that you end up wondering: What kind of life did Kamla dream of, this generous woman who ended up with a regressive partner and no room to breathe? Nivedita beautifully depicts the fears, insecurities, and pain that women deprived of social and economic independence go through. She slips into the skin of Kamla’s character so well that you feel for her throughout the movie.

Kirti Kulhari’s filmography is full of female-led stories. Take Falak Ali in Pink, Inspector Dalbir Kaur Bagga in The Girl on the Train, Advocate Anjana Menon in Four More Shots Please and her most recent award-worthy performance in Criminal Justice. But when she strips off the makeup and is embraced into the hippie group of young men to embody Sasha, the actress really roars as a woman. A scene where she schools Sanjay for calling their music “shor (noise)” is easily one of the best moments in the film.

However, Sasha’s feminism often comes across as privileged. She is educated, financially independent who can afford to leave her family and travel anywhere and everywhere, but she doesn’t realise that it’s not easy for Kamla to fight the entrenched societal sexism and patriarchy the way she does. Kamla is a non-working middle-class woman who is constantly facing an existential threat wherein freedom could mean loss of security and protection that patriarchy offers. Sasha reeks of privilege and naivety of the real world outside her insulated bubble when she tells Kamla, “Women like us fight so that women like you don’t have to fight in their world.”

Medha channels a teenager’s vulnerabilities and simmering frustrations with utmost honesty and sincerity that acts as a catalyst for the family to address issues they’d rather leave unspoken. Besides, the men of Shaadisthan- Apurva, Shenpenn, and Ajay- deserve a special mention for delivering memorable performances. Their camaraderie with Kirti seems extremely natural and real. Rajan Modi brilliantly plays the strict patriarchal father who thankfully has a change of heart at the end.

Shaadisthan is refreshing storytelling powerfully backed by sensitive and memorable performances from the talented cast. PS: Its women look exhausted by the end, but also freed, open, honest- just as they should be.

Shaadisthan is currently streaming on Disney+ Hotstar.

The Family Man 2: Raj and DK Explain Why There are Long Tamil Sequences in the Show

The Family Man 2 features long sequences in Tamil. The creators–Raj and DK–explain why they chose to keep it this way.

The second season of web show The Family Man, featuring Manoj Bajpayee as a constantly deceiving detective, is making all the right noises. The creators—Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK—opens up about how lying adds a dimension to Bajpayee’s character.

“The irony in the first part was that Srikant lied and Musa probably believed him, but guess what, Srikant also bought into Musa’s lies so convincingly. In this season, Raji straightaway caught his lie and spoke the truth,” said DK.

To this, Raj added, “What’s amazing is that the character of Srikant Tiwari is so flawed. You’re not only lying to your wife and kids but even to Milind who is going through PTSD. We don’t know if it was real or not but probably he lied there as well. It’s not for effects but for the greater good as per Srikant. The idea is to accept the flaws, and as long as there is some integrity then there is a hero.

DK said, “I can also imagine and we were aware of it. For us, we wanted to tell a story in the most authentic way. We had to have a character speaking in Tamil and everybody speaking in their language for that matter. But purely for the length of the scene, you can’t start cutting down them. Thinking that there is too much Tamil, so let’s cut it seems like compromising the character in the milieu. We had to give it the same time and treatment as a character that’s speaking Hindi. For example, if you want to know more about Prime Minister Basu or Milind, you give them the time to speak their mind, so we deliberately did the same for the Tamil characters in the story. We gave them the time so that people could understand their motivation and feel their emotions.”

Here’s Why Makers of Salman Khan Starrer ‘Tiger 3’ Have Incurred Rs 9 Crore Loss

Film producer Aditya Chopra wants the entire crew of about 300 people to be vaccinated before the shoot resumes. Meanwhile, the set up has been demolished as there were additional costs for its maintenance.

Bollywood actors Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif’s Tiger 3 is one of the much-awaited films of 2021 but its shooting is facing many hurdles. Just as they started shooting for their action entertainer, Katrina was found positive with Covid-19. Soon after, the Maharashtra government had imposed a lockdown in the state due to a surge in cases and the shoot was again halted. Adding to the woes, the heavy rains in Mumbai had massively damaged the movie’s set. So, the filmmakers have decided to demolish it.

Recently, a source informed ETimes that the set was constructed in March this year with the help of nearly 250-300 workers. Yash Raj Films had erected the set at SRPF ground in Goregaon, depicting the Dubai market. But since it could not be used and its maintenance was costing a lot, the makers decided to pull it down this month. Around 100-150 workers have been assigned to this task. Due to this decision, the producers have incurred a huge loss amounting to about Rs 8-9 crore. YRF has decided to build a new set whenever the lockdown norms ease and shooting resumes as it would be more feasible.

A source close to the project’s development had earlier revealed that even if the government eases the lockdown restrictions in mid-June, the studio is going to be very cautious. YRF’s Chairman Aditya Chopra wants the entire crew of about 300 people to be vaccinated before the shoot resumes.

Tiger 3 will be helmed by Maneesh Sharma and will feature Emraan Hashmi besides Salman and Katrina. Emraan will be seen in the role of an antagonist. In order to perfect his avatar, he has been regularly working out in the gym.

Haseen Dillruba to release on Netflix on July 2. Taapsee Pannu announces with teaser

Haseen Dillruba will premiere on Netflix on July 2. The film stars Taapsee Pannu, Vikrant Massey and Harshvardhan Rane in pivotal roles.

Taapsee Pannu-starrer Haseen Dillruba will be releasing on Netflix on July 2. The actress took to social media to announce the same with a new teaser video. The shooting of the film was completed in October 2020. Directed by Vinil Mathew, Haseen Dillruba also stars Vikrant Massey.

HASEEN DILLRUBA TO PREMIERE ON NETFLIX

Haseen Dillruba will skip the theatrical release and will premiere on Netflix on July 2. Taapsee Pannu took to social media to announce the news. Sharing a teaser video, Taapsee wrote, “Kahani Aashiqana. Raaz Katilana. #HaseenDillruba coming soon. Only on Netflix.

WHEN TAAPSEE PANNU ANNOUNCED HASEEN DILLRUBA WRAP

In October, Taapsee Pannu announced the shoot wrap of Haseen Dillruba. In her post, she gave the audience an insight into her role of Rani Kashyap. The actress also talked about working under severe conditions during the making of the film. Along with the note, she shared a picture from the sets of the film which features the actress grinning ear to ear, Vikrant Massey and director Vinil Mathew.

ABOUT HASEEN DILLRUBA

Directed by Vinil Mathew, Haseen Dillruba is a murder-mystery. The film also stars Vikrant Massey and Harshvardhan Rane in pivotal roles. The film was earlier supposed to release in September 2020, but due to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, the release date had to be postponed. The story of Haseen Dillruba has been written by Kanika Dhillon.