Entertainment http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment.rss en Thu Oct 28 16:33:44 IST 2021 https://www.theweek.in/privacy-an-settlement.html abhay-deol-karan-deol-velle-release-december-10-theatres <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/17/abhay-deol-karan-deol-velle-release-december-10-theatres.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2019/5/15/abhay-deol-netflix.jpg" /> <p>Bollywood actor Abhay Deol's upcoming film<i> Velle</i> is slated to release on December 10 in theatres, the makers announced on Wednesday.</p> <p>Also featuring Deol's nephew, actor Karan Deol, the crime-comedy is produced by superstar Ajay Devgn and directed by debutante Deven Munjal. The film is said to be the Hindi adaptation of 2019 Telugu movie <i>Brochevarevarura.</i></p> <p>Devgn's banner Ajay Devgn Ffilms launched the poster of <i>Velle,</i> featuring Karan in a never-seen-before comical avatar, and the release date on their official Twitter account.</p> <p>The makers also said that the trailer will be unveiled on Thursday. "Har Velle Ka Din Aata Hai #Velle trailer out tomorrow, 12 noon," the tweet read.</p> <p>Abhay, 45, was last seen in Disney's <i>Spin</i>, which released in August 13 in the US.</p> <p>Karan, 30, who made his debut in Bollywood with <i>Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas</i> in 2019, will also be seen in the Apne 2, alongside his grandfather Dharmendra, uncle Bobby Deol and father Sunny Deol.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/17/abhay-deol-karan-deol-velle-release-december-10-theatres.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/17/abhay-deol-karan-deol-velle-release-december-10-theatres.html Wed Nov 17 13:36:11 IST 2021 churuli-dhamala-your-honour-tiger-king-releases-ott-this-week <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/17/churuli-dhamala-your-honour-tiger-king-releases-ott-this-week.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2021/11/17/ott-collage-nov.jpg" /> <p>A handful of interesting OTT releases are lined up for the third week of November. Here is a quick look at series, documentaries and movies you should watch out for on streaming platforms this week.</p> <p><b>Dhamaka: Netflix</b></p> <p><b>Release date: Nov 19</b></p> <p>The Kartik Aaryan-starrer follows the story of an ambitious ex-news anchor Arjun Pathak, who is given another chance to go live on prime-time television when a terrorist calls him with a bomb threat. Directed by Ram Madhvani of <i>Aarya </i>and <i>Neerja </i>fame, the film also features <i>Sacred Games </i>star Amruta Subhash, Vikas Kumar and Vishwajeet Pradhan in pivotal roles. Dhamaka has been written by Puneet Sharma and Madhvani. The film is backed by Ronnie Screwvala's RSVP Films and Ram Madhvani Films.</p> <p><b>Churuli: SonyLIV</b></p> <p><b style="font-size: 0.8125rem;">Release date: Nov 19</b></p> <p>The much-awaited Lijo Jose Pellissery film features Chemban Vinod Jose, Vinay Forrt, Joju George and Jaffer Idukki in the lead. &quot;A few people who go in search of a man named Mayiladuparambil Joy, get trapped in a terrifying time loop in this sci-fi/horror tale of insanity, fear and 'aliens'?,” SonyLIV tweeted, announcing the released date of the movie.</p> <p><i>Churuli</i> is Pellissery’s second collaboration with writer S. Hareesh, who wrote the screenplay for <i>Jallikattu. </i>Touted to be a science fiction thriller, the movie has been screened at various film festivals, including Tokyo International Film Festival and International Film Festival of Kerala.</p> <p><b>The Mind Explained, season 2: Netflix</b></p> <p><b>Release date: Nov 19</b></p> <p>The documentary series that explores how the breain controls our dreams, fears and actions is back with the next season featuring five episodes. Emma Stone returns as narrator as the dcoumentary explores what is happening inside our brains and how our personality traits affect our behaviour.</p> <p><b>Your Honour, season 2: SonyLIV</b></p> <p><b>Release date: Nov 19</b></p> <p>Jimmy Shergill is back as judge Bishan in the courtroom thriller series that had received positive reviews for its first season. The series also features Gulshan Grover, Zeishan Quadri, Mahie Gill, Mita Vashisht, Suhasini Mulay, Richa Pallod and Pulkit Makolin in prominent roles. 'Your Honor' is an official adaption of the Israeli series 'Kvodo'. The Indian counterpart is directed by E. Niwas.</p> <p><b>Tiger King, season 2: Netflix</b></p> <p><b>Release date: Nov 17</b></p> <p>Netflix's hugely popular docus-series returns for the second instalment with more mystery and drama around Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin. Season 1 centred on the bizarre life of Joe Exotic, the owner of The Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park, and his battle with Big Cat Rescue’s Carole Baskin. It ended with the sentencing of the show’s main character, Joe Exotic, and this series will kick off from there. The second season drops amid a legal tussle as Baskin recently sued Netflix for using footage of her in the series.</p> <p>Baskin alleged that Royal Goode Productions has breached contract by continuing to use footage of her and her husband in<i> Tiger King 2,</i> since they only signed appearance release forms for the first part of the documentary.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/17/churuli-dhamala-your-honour-tiger-king-releases-ott-this-week.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/17/churuli-dhamala-your-honour-tiger-king-releases-ott-this-week.html Wed Nov 17 12:36:14 IST 2021 complaints-against-vir-das-isnulting-india-us <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/17/complaints-against-vir-das-isnulting-india-us.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/gallery/shots/2018/december-23-2018/people/72-Vir-Das.jpg" /> <p>Complaints have been registered against comedian Vir Das for allegedly using derogatory language against India during an event in the US. One of the complaints was filed at the Tilak Marg Police Station in Delhi, ANI reported. Another was lodged with the Mumbai Police by high court lawyer Ashutosh Dubey.</p> <p>Das, who is currently in the US, on Monday uploaded a video on YouTube, titled "I come from two Indias", that was part of his recent performance at the John F Kennedy Centre in Washington DC. In the six-minute video, Das talks about the duality of the country and mentions some of the most topical issues India is facing, from its battle against COVID-19, incidents of rapes, crackdown against comedians to the farmers' protests.</p> <p>A section on Twitter posted clips and pictures from his monologue, specifically the part where the comedian said, I come from an India where we worship women during the day and gang-rape them during the night."</p> <p>Kangana Ranaut also reacted to Das's monologue, and called it 'soft terrorism'. Slamming the video, Kangana wrote on her Instagram Stories, “When you generalise all Indian men as gang-rapists it gives rise and encouragement to racism and bullying against Indians all over the world...after Bengal Famine Churchill famously said, ‘These Indians breed like rabbits they are bound to die like this...’ he blamed Indians’ sex drive/fertility for the death of millions because of hunger... Such creative work targeting an entire race is soft terrorism... strict actions must be taken against such criminals."</p> <p>Das on Tuesday issued a statement clarifying that his comments were not intended to insult the country.</p> <p>"The video is a satire about the duality of two very separate India's that do different things. Like any nation has light and dark, good and evil within it. None of this is a secret. The video appeals for us to never forget that we are great. To never stop focusing on what makes us great.</p> <p>"It ends in a gigantic patriotic round of applause for a country we all love, believe in, and are proud of. That there is more to our country than the headlines, a deep beauty. That's the point of the video and the reason for the applause," his statement read.</p> <p>He added: "Please do not be fooled by edited snippets. People cheer for India with hope, not hate. People clap for India with respect, not malice. You cannot sell tickets, earn applause, or represent a great people with negativity, only with pride. I take pride in my country, and I carry that pride across the world.”</p> <p>-with PTI inputs</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/17/complaints-against-vir-das-isnulting-india-us.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/17/complaints-against-vir-das-isnulting-india-us.html Wed Nov 17 11:10:59 IST 2021 kangana-ranaut-mocks-mahatma-gandhi-says-offering-another-cheek-gets-bheek-not-freedom <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/16/kangana-ranaut-mocks-mahatma-gandhi-says-offering-another-cheek-gets-bheek-not-freedom.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/9/10/Kangana-Ranaut-politics.jpg" /> <p>Keeping the controversy cauldron bubbling, Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut on Tuesday said Subhas Chandra Bose and Bhagat Singh got no support from Mahatma Gandhi and went on to mock his mantra of ahimsa by saying that offering another cheek gets you <i>bheek</i> not freedom.</p> <p>In making the <i>bheek</i> comment, Ranaut wound the clock back to last week when she described India's Independence as <i>bheek</i>, or alms, and declared that freedom came in 2014, when the Narendra Modi-led government came to power.</p> <p>In a series of posts on Instagram, Ranaut this time targeted Mahatma Gandhi and said choose your heroes wisely.</p> <p>The <i>Manikarnika</i> actor, still in the eye of the proverbial storm for her comments, on Tuesday shared an old news clipping headlined 'Gandhi, others had agreed to hand over Netaji'.</p> <p>The report claimed that Gandhi, along with Jawaharlal Nehru and Mohammed Ali Jinnah, came to an agreement with a British judge that they would hand Bose over if he were to enter the country.</p> <p>"Either you are a Gandhi fan or Nataji supporter You can't be both... Choose and decide," Ranaut, whose Twitter account has been suspended, captioned the news clipping.</p> <p>In another post, Ranaut, who has courted many a controversy with her incendiary and provocative statements, then claimed, "Those who fought for the freedom were 'handed over' to their masters by those who had no courage burning/ boiling hot blood to fight their oppressors but they were power hungry and cunning.</p> <p>She then went on to target Gandhi, even claiming that there was evidence suggesting he wanted Bhagat Singh to be hanged.</p> <p>"Those are the ones who taught us, 'If someone slaps you offer another cheek for one more slap' and that is how you will get <i>Aazadi</i>. That's not how one gets <i>Aazadi</i>, one can only get <i>bheekh</i> like that. Choose your heroes wisely(sic)," the 34-year-old actor said.</p> <p>The actor said it is about time people know their history and their heroes.</p> <p>"... Because just placing them all in one box of your memory and every year wishing them all birth anniversaries is not enough infact it's not just dumb but highly irresponsible and superficial," she added.</p> <p>Ranaut's <i>azaadi</i> statement at an event organised by a news channel last week came two days after she was presented the Padma Shri by President Ram Nath Kovind.</p> <p>She has been under attack ever since with politicians from across the spectrum, historians, academics, fellow actors and others lashing out at her for views and many saying she should return her award.</p> <p>On Monday, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar trashed Ranaut's statement, saying that such comments are only made for "publicity". "How can anyone publish this? We should not even take notice of it. Should we even pay attention to it? One should not give importance to such statements. In fact, it should be made fun of," Kumar said.</p> <p>However, she got support from veteran Marathi actor Vikram Gokhale on Sunday.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/16/kangana-ranaut-mocks-mahatma-gandhi-says-offering-another-cheek-gets-bheek-not-freedom.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/16/kangana-ranaut-mocks-mahatma-gandhi-says-offering-another-cheek-gets-bheek-not-freedom.html Tue Nov 16 20:50:00 IST 2021 puneeth-rajkumar-to-be-conferred-with-karnataka-ratna <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/16/puneeth-rajkumar-to-be-conferred-with-karnataka-ratna.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2021/11/1/puneeth-hoarding.jpg" /> <p>The Karnataka government decided to honour late actor Puneeth Rajkumar with Karnataka Ratna, the highest civilian award in the state.</p> <p>Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, on Tuesday, announced the decision to confer the award on the actor posthumously, news agency <i>ANI</i> reported.</p> <p>Considered the Kannada cinema's reigning star, Puneeth, youngest of five children of thespian and matinee idol Dr Rajkumar, had died of a cardiac arrest on October 29 at the age of 46.</p> <p>After the actor's death, there were demands from various quarters for 'Padma Shri' award him. Many political leaders, including Agriculture Minister B.C. Patil, Minister for Tourism Anand Singh and Senior Congress leader and leader of opposition in the state, Siddaramaiah, had sought Padma Shri for the late actor for his achievements and contributions he made to Kannada cinema.</p> <p>Puneeth, popularly known as 'Appu' and 'power star', by his fans, made debut on screen when he was just six-months-old and went on to win a national award as a child artist for the film <i>Bettada Hoovu</i>. He then re-emerge as a lead actor in 2002 and went on to star in 29 films, delivering some big hits.</p> <p>—<i>With PTI inputs</i></p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/16/puneeth-rajkumar-to-be-conferred-with-karnataka-ratna.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/16/puneeth-rajkumar-to-be-conferred-with-karnataka-ratna.html Tue Nov 16 17:27:48 IST 2021 racist-comments-assam-participant-tv-show-sparks-outrage <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/16/racist-comments-assam-participant-tv-show-sparks-outrage.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2021/11/16/raghav-juyal-insta.jpg" /> <p>Purported racist comments by a host of a television reality show against a participant from Assam has sparked outrage, with Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday calling it a "shameful" incident and asserting that racism has no place in the country.</p> <p>In a video clip that has gone viral, Raghav Juyal, host of 'Dance Deewane' show aired on Colors channel, was seen introducing a young participant from Guwahati in a "Chinese" gibberish, using words like 'momo' and 'chowmein'.</p> <p>Judges of the show, including actor Madhuri Dixit and choreographer Remo D'Souza, along with the audience were seen laughing at this.</p> <p>Juyal, however, later shared another video on Twitter where the participant, Gunjan Sinha, was seen telling Dixit that she likes to speak Chinese and then the host shares some light moments with the participant by conversing with her in the gibberish.</p> <p>"This is what happened actually," Juyal said in the post.</p> <p>Reacting to the controversy, Sarma tweeted, "It has come to my notice that a popular reality show host has used racist rhetoric against a young participant from Guwahati. This is shameful and totally unacceptable. Racism has no place in our country and we should all condemn it unequivocally."</p> <p>TIPRA chairman Pradyot Bikram Manikya Deb Barma also condemned the incident and tweeted, "A third rate comedian - making an insensitive audience laugh! Then these people justify and question us Northeastern people why we don't feel like we are part of mainstream India?"</p> <p>He said the fact that the audience laughed and clapped at this "terrible joke" is more saddening.</p> <p>Assam Police Special Director General L R Bishnoi has also urged the cyber cell of the state police to take cognisance.</p> <p>"HQ Cyber Cell team @assampolice pls look into it! Sheer ignorance on the part of those involved!" Bishnoi tweeted.</p> <p>All Assam Students' Union (AASU) chief advisor Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharjya also expressed his anguish and tweeted, "We have time &amp;amp; again been treated as objects of ridicule for not looking 'Indian' enough. Discrimination based on racial profiling is tormenting."</p> <p>"NE is not a repository of rich resources or exotic culture alone.@ColorsTV &amp;amp; @TheRaghav_Juyal's racist slurs are condemned &amp;amp; punishable," he added.</p> <p>Netizens have condemned the incident and demanded an unconditional apology as well as police action against the show and the host.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/16/racist-comments-assam-participant-tv-show-sparks-outrage.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/16/racist-comments-assam-participant-tv-show-sparks-outrage.html Tue Nov 16 15:17:12 IST 2021 vijay-deverakonda-shoots-liger-mike-tyson <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/16/vijay-deverakonda-shoots-liger-mike-tyson.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2021/11/16/vijay-deverakonda-mike-tyson.jpg" /> <p>Boxing legend Mike Tyson and south star Vijay Deverakonda have started filming for their film <i style="font-size: 0.8125rem;">Liger</i> in the US, the makers said on Tuesday.</p> <p>The upcoming sports drama feature is directed by Puri Jagannath of<i> Pokkiri</i> fame. He is also producing the movie along with Karan Johar's Dharma Productions.</p> <p>In a Twitter post, Dharma Productions shared the update about the latest shooting schedule of the film with an on-set photograph of Tyson and Deverakonda.</p> <p>It's time! The legend vs. Liger #Liger #USAscheduleBegins, the tweet read.</p> <p>In the film, Deverakonda features as a boxer and though the makers haven't shared details about Tyson's role, the two will reportedly have a face-off in the ring.</p> <p>Deverakonda, 32, expressed his excitement to shoot with the boxing icon and said the film will forever be special.</p> <p>This man is love. Every moment I am making memories! And this one will forever be special.. #Liger Vs The Legend.. When I came face to face with Iron @MikeTyson, he wrote.</p> <p>Tyson, one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time, has been part of movies like Hollywood hit <i>The Hangover,</i> its 2011 sequel <i>The Hangover Part II,</i> in which he played a fictionalised version of himself, and 2015's Ip Man 3. He is making his Bollywood debut with Liger.</p> <p>Also featuring Ananya Panday, <i>Liger </i>will be released theatrically in five languages—Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, and Malayalam.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/16/vijay-deverakonda-shoots-liger-mike-tyson.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/16/vijay-deverakonda-shoots-liger-mike-tyson.html Tue Nov 16 12:47:22 IST 2021 rohit-shetty-sooryavanshi-people-told-nobody-come-to-theatres <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/16/rohit-shetty-sooryavanshi-people-told-nobody-come-to-theatres.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/gallery/shots/2020/may-03-2020/people/72-Rohit%2520Shetty.jpg" /> <p>Director Rohit Shetty says the blockbuster success of his latest film <i>Sooryavanshi </i>is yet to sink in as the movie's release was a tough battle of 19 months, where his team "fought" the pandemic, nationwide lockdown and naysayers who thought no one will step into a cinema hall to watch the cop action drama.</p> <p>The film, headlined by superstar Akshay Kumar, released during the Diwali weekend and saw an overwhelming response at the domestic box office minting Rs 151.23 crore till Sunday.</p> <p><i>Sooryavanshi </i>is credited as the film which has revived the exhibition sector for Hindi cinema after the industry was severely hit due to the coronavirus pandemic. The film was originally planned to be released in March 2020, but was delayed indefinitely after cinema halls shut following the nationwide lockdown. When a new release date of March this year was announced, the makers had to push the movie again due to the second wave of the pandemic.</p> <p>In an interview, Shetty said holding on to the project for 19 months was not easy and recalled how his decision to release the film in theatres was being deemed a fatal move.</p> <p>"We fought for almost 19 months, where everyone told me my decision was wrong. Even till Thursday a lot of people were like, 'He has gone mad, nobody is going to come to theatres.' But there was a belief that they would come. We analysed a lot of things - the Ganesh Utsav, Navratri, how schools and malls started opening up, and how people started going back to work.</p> <p>"When all of this was happening, I knew people would come to the theatres. Someone had to take the first step. I knew I had to take the risk and now I think it was worth taking. It was not just about me but the livelihood of all those connected to the theatrical business," the filmmaker said.</p> <p>While he patiently held fast to the film, the director said several streaming platforms had approached him with lucrative offers to buy the project for a digital release.</p> <p>Shetty, however, was certain that he wanted to see his film only on the big screen, even as people were writing off the future of cinema halls. "People said, 'Cinema halls are dead, there is no future of films theatrically' but I wasn't worried. There were offers from OTT for the film, there was a lot of discussion in my office that we should move on. But I didn't want to, I wanted to wait.</p> <p>"We would have been in huge, much more profit when it would have come 19 months or 15 months ago when we started getting the offers. But I had a firm belief that it was made for cinema (halls) and it should come there," he added.</p> <p>The 47-year-old director said the long, hard wait for the theatrical release of "Sooryavanshi" should help remove the tag that commercial films are only made to mint money.</p> <p>If monetary gain was the aim, Shetty said, he could have made more money by selling the film to any OTT platform.</p> <p>"I am a guy who waited for 19 months, if I had to earn money I would have done that earlier. I make films with absolute honesty. With this film, I was only worried that I should not go wrong with the belief that people will come to the theatres.</p> <p>"I could not sleep the night before the release, I was awake till 12.30 in the afternoon. I had my sleepless nights because nobody knew what was going to happen. The one tag that will change after 'Sooryavanshi' is that commercial films are made for money," he promised.</p> <p><i>Sooryavanshi </i>marks Shetty's fourth film in the cop universe after the<i> Singham</i> franchise led by Ajay Devgn and S<i>immba</i> featuring Ranveer Singh. The film follows the story of Mumbai's Anti-Terrorism Squad chief DCP Veer Sooryavanshi (Kumar), who stops a deadly terror attack on the city. It also stars Katrina Kaif and features Devgn and Singh in extended cameos.</p> <p>His biggest challenge with the film, the director said, was how to make the character of Sooryavanshi stand apart from Singham and Simmba, two popular and much-loved characters from the cop universe.</p> <p>"The most important thing for us was that Sooryavanshi should not look, behave or be like Singham or Simba. Even the film's attitude should be different. When you see the film, you realise that it is different.</p> <p>"There is no Jaykant Shikre (antagonist of 'Singham' played by Prakash Raj), Durva Rande (antagonist of 'Simmba' essayed by Sonu Sood) or even the setting of Goa. I didn't want people to come out and say, Sooryavanshi is like Singham, or the villain is like 'Simmba'," he added.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/16/rohit-shetty-sooryavanshi-people-told-nobody-come-to-theatres.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/16/rohit-shetty-sooryavanshi-people-told-nobody-come-to-theatres.html Tue Nov 16 11:53:33 IST 2021 rajkummar-rao-patralekhaa-get-married <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/15/rajkummar-rao-patralekhaa-get-married.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2021/11/15/raj-kumar-rao.jpg" /> <p>Actors Rajkummar Rao and Patralekhaa, on Monday, tied the knot after dating for more than a decade, and said they were fortunate to be companions in this journey of life.</p> <p>The couple, who got engaged on Saturday, exchanged wedding vows in an intimate ceremony at The Oberoi Sukhvilas Spa Resort, New Chandigarh.</p> <p>For the ceremony, Rao, 37, dressed in ace couturier Sabyasachi's ivory ethnic wear with badhgala jacket while Patralekhaa wore a red lehenga from the designer.</p> <p>Rao took to Instagram and posted pictures from the wedding.</p> <p>"Finally after 11 years of love, romance, friendship and fun, I got married to my everything today, my soulmate, my best friend, my family. Today there is no greater happiness for me than being called your husband @patralekhaa Here's to forever .. and beyond," his post read.</p> <p>Patralekhaa also shared photographs from the ceremony on her Instagram page.</p> <p>"I got married to my everything today; my boyfriend, my partner in crime, my family, my soulmate...My best friend for the last 11 years! There is no greater feeling than to be your wife! Here's to our forever.," the 32-year-old wrote.</p> <p>The couple was congratulated by several of their industry colleagues, including Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Taapsee Pannu, Sanya Malhotra, Dia Mirza, filmmaker Vikramaditya Motwane among others.</p> <p>The duo have featured together in filmmaker Hansal Mehta's 2014 film <i>Citylights</i> and ALTBalaji series <i>Bose: Dead/Alive</i>.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/15/rajkummar-rao-patralekhaa-get-married.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/15/rajkummar-rao-patralekhaa-get-married.html Mon Nov 15 20:16:26 IST 2021 kangana-ranaut-remarks-should-be-made-fun-of-says-nitish-kumar <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/15/kangana-ranaut-remarks-should-be-made-fun-of-says-nitish-kumar.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2021/10/27/kangana-savarkar-instagram.jpg" /> <p>Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday rubbished Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut's remark about India getting Independence in 2014, saying, one should not even take notice of such things.</p> <p>Talking to reporters on the sidelines of his weekly public interaction programme 'Janata Ke Darbaar Mein Mukhyamantri', the Bihar CM said he does not pay attention to people who make such statements for publicity.</p> <p>"How can anyone publish this? We should not even take notice of it. Should we even pay attention to it? One should not give importance to such statements. In fact, it should be made fun of," he said.</p> <p>The actor had, in a recent interview, remarked that India got its freedom in 2014 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power and what it got in 1947 was "bheekh (alms or handout).</p> <p>Her comments sparked outrage among politicians and common citizens alike. Many said she had insulted the country's freedom fighters and their sacrifice, while some demanded that the government withdraw the Padma Shri award conferred on her recently.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/15/kangana-ranaut-remarks-should-be-made-fun-of-says-nitish-kumar.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/15/kangana-ranaut-remarks-should-be-made-fun-of-says-nitish-kumar.html Mon Nov 15 20:03:07 IST 2021 jai-bhim-lands-in-controversy-suriya-gets-threats-makers-of-the-movie-receive-legal-notice <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/15/jai-bhim-lands-in-controversy-suriya-gets-threats-makers-of-the-movie-receive-legal-notice.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2021/10/31/jai-bhim-suriya.jpg" /> <p>&nbsp;The Vanniyar Sangam, on Monday, issued a legal notice to actor Suriya, his wife and actor-producer Jyotika, director T.J. Gnanavel and Amazon Prime, the makers of the movie <i>Jai Bhim</i>, seeking unconditional apology and demanding removal of scenes which allegedly shows the Vanniyar community in Tamil Nadu in poor light. They also demanded a compensation of Rs. 5 crore “within a period of seven days from the time and date of receipt of this notice.”</p> <p>In the notice, Pu. Tha. Arulmozhi, president of Vanniyar Sangam, which was founded by Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK), founder Dr. S. Ramadoss in the1980s, asked the makers of the movie to refrain from publishing malicious and defamatory remarks against the community. The notice has been sent by advocate K Baalu, who heads the PMK’s legal wing.</p> <p>Observing that one of the cops in the movie, who tortures innocent tribals, has been given a Vanniyar name, the notice stated: “While the real names of all the other characters have been used in the film, the name of the sub-inspector has been deliberately changed and is called Gurumoorthy. In the real story, the sub-inspector who is involved in the custodial death of the undertrial was called Anthonysamy, who was Christian by religion.”</p> <p>According to the Vanniyar Sangam, the name Gurumoorthy indirectly represents Kaduvetti J. Guru, former PMK strongman, who died a year ago.</p> <p>The notice claimed as “malicious” the scene in which a calendar with the image of ‘agni kundam’, a symbol associated with the community, is shown. “The makers had kept the image in the calendar deliberately to defame the Vanniyars,” the forum said, and demanded that the calendar with the image be removed from the frame.</p> <p>In a YouTube interview, former PMK strongman Kaduvetti Guru’s relative threatened that “if Suriya doesn’t apologise, we will burn theatres when his films are released.”</p> <p>Earlier, Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss, Rajya Sabha MP and son of PMK founder leader Dr. S. Ramadoss, sent a series of questions to Suriya along the line of legal notice. After Anbumani’s questions to the actor and the makers of <i>Jai Bhim</i>, leaders from the Vanniyar community openly threatened Suriya and demanded an apology.</p> <p>In his reply to Anbumani Ramadoss, Suriya said the core theme of the movie was <a title="Justice Chandru, whose life inspired ‘Jai Bhim’, was a lawyer who fought for people’s rights" href="https://www.theweek.in/theweek/cover/2021/11/11/justice-chandru-whose-life-inspired-Jai%20Bhim-was-a-lawyer-who-fought-for-people-rights.html">how Justice K. Chandru fought a legal battle</a> for the marginalised against those in power, and how justice was delivered. Taking social media, the actor said in a statement, “Through the film, questions have been raised against those in power. It should not be turned into a political issue.”</p> <p>Suriya made it clear that neither he nor the <i>Jai Bhaim</i> team had <a title="Justice Chandru’s story should reach every corner of the world: Suriya Sivakumar" href="https://www.theweek.in/theweek/cover/2021/11/11/justice-chandru-story-should-reach-every-corner-of-the-world.html">any intention of insulting any community</a>. “I hope you are aware that corrections were carried out as soon as some people pointed out mistakes.” The actor signed off his statement saying, "Let us all continue in our respective paths for equality and brotherhood to grow."</p> <p>This is not the first time Ramadoss and his PMK targets an actor. The PMK had criticised Rajinikanth for "glamorising" smoking in his 2002 movie <i>Baba</i>. In a public meeting in August 2002, Ramadoss senior made caustic remarks against Rajinikanth. Cinema distributors had feared that there would be an attack by the members of the party. In retribution, Rajinikanth, in 2004, asked his fans to ensure the defeat of PMK in the assembly polls in all the six constituencies the party contested. The party lost the polls.</p> <p>In 2015, the party slammed Dhanush for playing a ruffian who smokes and gets involved in fights in the movie <i>Maari</i>. PMK asked him to quit onscreen smoking. The party had claimed that this was part of their fight against tobacco and smoking.</p> <p>Meanwhile, BJP’s H Raja, who is known for courting controversies, too criticised Suriya and called him “selfish". In a tweet he said, "The person who says that our children shouldn't study three languages (under NEP) will release his movie (<i>Jai Bhim</i>) in five languages. Let's understand the selfish lot."</p> <p>While <i>Baba</i> and <i>Maari</i>, did not receive critical acclaim,<i> Jai Bhim</i> has been a super hit both among viewers and critics, crossing several million views in the very first week of its release.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/15/jai-bhim-lands-in-controversy-suriya-gets-threats-makers-of-the-movie-receive-legal-notice.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/15/jai-bhim-lands-in-controversy-suriya-gets-threats-makers-of-the-movie-receive-legal-notice.html Mon Nov 15 22:35:33 IST 2021 astroworld-tragedy-what-happened-travis-scott-history-chaotic-concerts <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/15/astroworld-tragedy-what-happened-travis-scott-history-chaotic-concerts.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2021/11/15/astrowrold-travis-ap.jpg" /> <p>A 9-year-old boy, who was in a medically-induced coma after suffering serious injuries during the crowd surge at the Astroworld music festival, died on Sunday. The death toll now stands at 10, with several others hospitalised. Hundreds were injured at the tragedy that struck the sold-out concert headlined by rapper Travis Scott, on November 5 in Houston.</p> <p>Scott and the organisers of Astroworld are now being sued in hundreds of lawsuits by families of victims and injured concert-goers.</p> <p><b>What happened during the concert?</b></p> <p>According to reports, cries for help were heard around 9:30pm when exuberant concert-goers began pushing to move forward during Scott's performance. Almost 50,000 people were present at the venue when the incident happened. Twenty five people were hospitalised and eight were confirmed dead on the spot.</p> <p>It is considered one of the deadliest crowd-control disasters at a concert in the United States after the 1979 Who concert stampede that took 11 lives.</p> <p>According to witnesses and public safety authorities, the crowd began to surge towards the front of the stage, crushing people in the front. “The crowd for whatever reason began to push and surge towards the front of the stage, which caused the people in the front to be compressed — they were unable to escape that situation,” Houston fire chief Sam Pena told CNN.</p> <p>Madeline Eskins, an ICU nurse who was present at the festival said it started getting packed half an hour before the rapper's entry. But it soon became fierce when Scott started performing his first song.</p> <p>Another concert-goer Alexis Guavin told CNN: “Luckily, I have mosh pit experience and am six feet tall so I could at least put my head up to breathe, but others [were] not so fortunate.”</p> <p>It is still unclear what prompted the crowd to surge forward but Houston mayor-Sylvester Turner has vowed to uncover this. He said during a press briefing: “It is a very very active investigation, we will probably be at it for quite some time to determine what exactly happened.”</p> <p><b>Who is to blame</b></p> <p>Two videos that surfaced online showed two different crowd reactions. In the first clip, a girl goes up to the camera man who was livestreaming the event and yells at him to stop the show but the staff was seen driving her away. The second video that went viral was of a crowd that was unbothered about the emergency panic—they chose to dance over the ambulance and block the rescue operation.</p> <p>Netizens say one proved that the authorities could have controlled the situation but chose to ignore it, whereas the other showed an unconcerned crowd not ready to choose a life over fun.</p> <p>Some blame the rapper as he did not stop the concert even after observing the panic situation. In another video which went viral, the rapper was seen asking fans to raise their fingers only to see if they are fine when he spotted an ambulance in the crowd. The crowd responded positively and he reportedly resumed singing.</p> <p><b>Travis Scott’s reaction</b></p> <p>Just the day after the tragedy, Scott tweeted: “I’m absolutely devastated by what took place last night.My prayers go out to the families and all those impacted by what happened at Astroworld Festival. Houston PD has my total support as they continue to look into the tragic loss of life.”</p> <p>Later, responding to the criticisms, he uploaded a video on Instagram where he said he was not aware of ‘the severity of the situation.’ If known he would have surely stopped the event and helped people, he said.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Scott’s girlfriend, Kylie Jenner who was also present during the concert with their three-year-old daughter, also said they were not aware of the gravity of the situation. She wrote: “I want to make it clear we weren’t aware of any fatalities until the news came out after the show and in no world would have continued filming or performing.”</p> <p><b style="font-size: 0.8125rem;">Victims</b></p> <p>John Hilgert, 14, a ninth-grader at Houston’s Memorial High School</p> <p>Brianna Rodriguez, 16, a junior at Houston’s Heights High School</p> <p>Axel Acosta, 21, a computer science student at Western Washington University</p> <p>Danish Baig, 27, the oldest among the victims who died while trying to protect his fiance</p> <p>Rudy Peña, 23, a fan who travelled from Laredo</p> <p>Franco Patiño, 21, a mechanical engineering student at the University of Dayton</p> <p>E. Jurinek, 20, an art and media student at Southern Illinois University</p> <p>Madison Dubiski, 23, a varsity cheerleader and a member of the national charity league</p> <p>Bharti Shahani, 22, an Indian-origin student who attended the event with her sister and cousin</p> <p>Ezra Blount, 9, the youngest victim who lost his life after days of being in a medically-induced coma</p> <p><b>Similar experiences at Travis Scott’s earlier concerts</b></p> <p>Scott, who is loved for his chaotic energy, has a history of being charged for disorderly conduct at his concerts. In 2015, he was arrested by the Chicago police for his reckless conduct. He urged fans to climb over security barricades and reach the stage. Similarly, in 2018 at a Rogers, Arkansas concert, local police had reported that he encouraged fans to reach onstage.</p> <p>In 2017, Scott, who was performing in New York, encouraged a fan to jump off the second floor balcony. He said “I see you but are you gonna do it.'' At the same concert, Kyle Green, a fan, got paralysed after she was pushed off from a third floor balcony. She sued the rapper for his provokative statement.</p> <p>In 2019, during the second Astroworld festival, hundreds of people rushed over metal barricades to break into the event. Three people were hospitalised with minor leg injuries.</p> <p><b>Response of other celebrities</b></p> <p>Rapper Roddy Ricch, who also performed at the Astroworld concert, announced that he will donate his festival earnings to the families of those impacted by the tragedy. He shared this on his Instagram story where he wrote: “Please have the families of those who we lost yesterday reach out to @shawnholiday. I'll b (be) donating my net compensation to the families of this incident.”</p> <p>Drake, who made a surprise appearance at the Astroworld, also expressed regret. He wrote: “I will continue to pray for all of them, and will be of service in any way I can.”. He has also removed Instagram pictures of the event where he was seen performing with Scott.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/15/astroworld-tragedy-what-happened-travis-scott-history-chaotic-concerts.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/15/astroworld-tragedy-what-happened-travis-scott-history-chaotic-concerts.html Mon Nov 15 16:55:42 IST 2021 alia-bhatt-gangubai-kathiawadi-pushed-february-averts-clash-rrr <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/15/alia-bhatt-gangubai-kathiawadi-pushed-february-averts-clash-rrr.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2021/9/30/alia-gangubai.jpg" /> <p>The release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's <i>Gangubai Kathiawadi,</i> starring Alia Bhatt in the lead, has been pushed to February 18, 2022. It was earlier scheduled to hit theatres in January 2022 where it would have clashed with SS Rajamouli's much-awaited period drama <i>RRR.</i></p> <p>"We are glad to announce that Sanjay Leela Bhansali's <i>Gangubai Kathiawadi </i>has a new release date. Produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Jayantilal Gada (Pen Studios), the film will release on February 18, 2022," a statement from the team read.</p> <p>Rajamouli also took to Twitter to thank Bhansali and the team for their decision to postpone the film's release.</p> <p><i>Gangubai Kathiawadi </i>was initially scheduled to release on July 30, but was delayed due to lockdowns and the second wave of the pandemic. The film has been produced by Bhansali and Dr Jayantilal Gada from Pen Studios. </p> <p>The film has been adapted from one of the chapters of noted author Hussain Zaidi's book <i>Mafia Queens of Mumbai</i>. Alia features as Gangubai, one of the most powerful, loved and respected madams from Kamathipura during the 1960s. The film also stars Seema Pahwa and has cameo appearances by Ajay Devgn and Huma Qureshi.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/15/alia-bhatt-gangubai-kathiawadi-pushed-february-averts-clash-rrr.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/15/alia-bhatt-gangubai-kathiawadi-pushed-february-averts-clash-rrr.html Mon Nov 15 14:29:34 IST 2021 akshay-kumar-prithviraj-tried-to-present-life-authentically <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/15/akshay-kumar-prithviraj-tried-to-present-life-authentically.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2021/11/15/prithviraj-akshay-kumar-twitter.jpg" /> <p>Superstar Akshay Kumar on Monday said his upcoming historical film<i> Prithviraj, </i>based on the life of Samrat Prithviraj Chauhan, is a homage to the emperor's "bravery and courage" showcased in the most authentic manner by the team.</p> <p>In the Yash Raj Films-backed project, Kumar essays the titular role of the warrior, who fought "valiantly against the merciless invader Muhammad of Ghor", a statement from the production house read.</p> <p>The film is directed by Chandraprakash Dwivedi, best known for helming the television epic <i>Chanakya</i> (1991) and the 2003 film adaptation of Amrita Pritam's novel <i>Pinjar.</i></p> <p>Kumar unveiled the teaser of the film, scheduled to release worldwide on January 21, 2022, on social media. "The teaser of 'Prithviraj' captures the soul of the film, the essence of the life of the legendary warrior Samrat Prithviraj Chauhan, who knew no fear. This is our tribute to his heroism and his life. The more I read about him, the more I was awed by how he lived and breathed every single second of his glorious life for his country and his values," the 54-year-old actor said in a statement.</p> <p>Calling Prithviraj a legend, Kumar said he was one of the "bravest warriors, upright kings" of the country.</p> <p>"We hope that Indians worldwide love our salute to this mighty braveheart. We have tried to present his life story in the most authentic way possible and the film is a homage to his unmatched bravery and courage," he added.</p> <p>The film also stars Sanjay Dutt, Sonu Sood and marks the screen debut of Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar, who plays the role of Sanyogita.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/15/akshay-kumar-prithviraj-tried-to-present-life-authentically.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/15/akshay-kumar-prithviraj-tried-to-present-life-authentically.html Mon Nov 15 12:04:45 IST 2021 bts-ed-sheeran-shine-mtv-europe-music-awards <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/15/bts-ed-sheeran-shine-mtv-europe-music-awards.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2021/11/15/ed-sheeran.jpg" /> <p>South Korean superstar band BTS and British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran emerged big winners at the 2021 MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) ceremony, which was held in Budapest, Hungary.</p> <p>While BTS swept the most awards with four, including best pop, best K-pop, best group, and biggest fans, Sheeran took home the top twin trophies of best artist and best song for "Bad Habits".</p> <p>Canadian singer Justin Bieber, who was leading the nominations with eight bids, didn't win any awards.</p> <p>According to Variety, the show was hosted by Saweetie, who won the best new artist trophy. During her hosting stint, she interacted with superhit Korean drama series<i> Squid Game</i>-inspired soldiers in hot pink suits and MTV-branded masks. Saweetie also performed a medley of her hits, including "Best Friend", "Tap In" and "OUT OUT".</p> <p>Sheeran opened the ceremony with a rendition of his latest single "Overpass Graffiti" and later on performed his hit number "Shivers".</p> <p>Colombian singer Maluma, who won the EMA for best Latin, said: "Colombia is not Pablo Escobar anymore - Colombia is Maluma, baby."</p> <p>The EMAs also saw the world premiere performance of Maluma's "Mama Tetema". Italian rock band and 2021 winners of the Eurovision Song Contest Maneskin were voted as the best rock act.</p> <p>Lead singer Damiano David said, "We also want to say that people usually told us that we were not going to make it with our music well, I guess you were wrong."</p> <p>Nicki Minaj scored the EMA in the best hip-hop category, with Olivia Rodrigo clinching the trophy for best push.</p> <p>YUNGBLUD, who won the award for best alternative, said the win was a "tribute to individualism".</p> <p>"... this is an award for the 13-year-old boy from the north of England who was absolutely terrified to be who he was. If you are out there and you feel like you cannot be who you are, you can be. Keep fighting. Keep being brilliant," the English musician added.</p> <p>"Kiss Me More" by Doja Cat featuring SZA took home the prize for the best collaboration. David Guetta won the best electronic EMA, with Billie Eilish earning the video for good award.</p> <p>Among the regional local act categories, Taylor Swift won for the U S and music group Little Mix for the U K and Ireland.</p> <p>Kim Petras made EMAs history as the first trans artist to perform at the show. They presented a medley of two unreleased songs—"Coconuts" and "Hit It From The Back".</p> <p>For the first time, the 'MTV EMA Generation Change Award' winners were recognised during the EMAs main show.</p> <p>This year's honourees—Amir Ashour, Matthew Blaise, Sage Dolan-Sandrino, Erika Hilton, and Viktoria Radvanyi—were described as "five young changemakers who are furthering equality and love while fighting against anti-LGBTQ+ policies".</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/15/bts-ed-sheeran-shine-mtv-europe-music-awards.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/15/bts-ed-sheeran-shine-mtv-europe-music-awards.html Mon Nov 15 11:13:02 IST 2021 pains-me-to-see-my-reputation-damaged-shilpa-shetty-on-fir-against-her <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/14/pains-me-to-see-my-reputation-damaged-shilpa-shetty-on-fir-against-her.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2018/6/17/shilpa-shetty-afp.jpg" /> <p>Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty Kundra said she was "shocked" to see an FIR filed against her and her husband Raj Kundra and said it pains her to see her reputation getting tarnished.</p> <p>A Mumbai-based businessman lodged a cheating case against the actor, her husband and a few others, accusing them of duping him of Rs 1.51 crore.</p> <p>The complainant alleged that in July 2014, Kashiff Khan, the director of SFL Fitness company, along with Shetty, Kundra and others asked him to invest Rs 1.51 crore into the enterprise to earn a profit.</p> <p>He claimed he was assured that the company would provide him a franchise and open a gym and spa at Hadapsar and Koregaon in Pune, but it did not materialise. Later, when the complainant sought his money back, he was allegedly threatened, a police official said quoting the complaint.</p> <p>Based on the complaint, the Bandra police registered an FIR.</p> <p>Shilpa Shetty, in a social media post, said “Woke up to an FIR registered in Raj and my name! Shocked!! To set the record straight, SFL Fitness, a venture run by Kashiff Khan. He had taken naming rights of brand SFL to open SFL Fitness Gyms around the country. All deals were struck by him and he was signatory in banking and day-to-day affairs."</p> <p>“We are not aware of any of his transactions not have we received a single rupee from him for the same. All franchisee's dealt directly with Kashiff. The company closed in 2014 and was entirely handled by Kashiff Khan. I have worked very hard over the last 28 years and it pains me to see that my name and reputation is getting damaged and dragged so loosely to get eyeballs. My rights as a law-abiding proud citizen in India should be protected,” her statement read.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/14/pains-me-to-see-my-reputation-damaged-shilpa-shetty-on-fir-against-her.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/14/pains-me-to-see-my-reputation-damaged-shilpa-shetty-on-fir-against-her.html Sun Nov 14 22:37:58 IST 2021 rohit-shetty-plans-to-start-filming-singham-3-next-year-says-that-journey-will-take-time <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/14/rohit-shetty-plans-to-start-filming-singham-3-next-year-says-that-journey-will-take-time.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2018/12/21/rohit-shetty.jpg" /> <p>Filmmaker Rohit Shetty says he is aware about the audience's excitement for the third installment of his cop-action drama <i>Singham</i>, but the director says the film won't start rolling until late 2022.</p> <p>At the end of his latest blockbuster <i>Sooryavanshi</i>, Shetty teased a third installment of his popular <i>Singham</i> franchise, headlined by superstar Ajay Devgn.</p> <p>The climax of the film led to several speculations that the maker would set the film in Kashmir, against the backdrop of the revocation of Article 370.</p> <p>When asked about the same, Shetty told PTI, "I read that it's set in Kashmir and Article 370 is there... I was like, even I don't know! People are saying... But that happens with any big scale film. People write their stories, so it's fine."</p> <p>Shetty said the team has a "basic idea" of what the story of the film would be but he is yet to pen the final draft.</p> <p>The filmmaker said <i>Singham 3</i> is a long way ahead as he is already occupied with his upcoming Ranveer Singh-starrer comedy <i>Cirkus</i> and Devgn also has a slate of pending films.</p> <p>"We have a basic idea of what the story will be, because it continues from where <i>Sooryavanshi</i> left. The reality is, we are making <i>Cirkus</i>, we leave for the film's last schedule in Ooty on December 2. We will finish that film first.</p> <p>"Ajay sir already has a backlog because of the pandemic. So we are not starting shooting the film till next year's end. I can understand because of <i>Sooryavanshi</i> euphoria, people want <i>Singham</i>, but technically, we won't be releasing the film till 2023," he added.</p> <p>The first installment of <i>Singham</i>, featuring Devgn as the titular righteous cop, released in 2011 to a thundering response. Its sequel <i>Singham Returns</i> (2014) was also a blockbuster.</p> <p>Shetty said even the third installment will be high on action and it will take time to mount the project.</p> <p>"If by November, December 2022 we start shooting... It's a big action film so it'll take me seven months to finish. There's a lot of time to write the final draft, think about if we want to bring in more characters, analyse <i>Sooryavanshi</i> to figure what should not be repeated. That journey will take time," he added.</p> <p><i>Sooryavanshi</i>, featuring Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif, released to packed shows across India during the Diwali weekend and is being credited for reviving the film exhibition sector which was badly hit due to the coronavirus pandemic.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/14/rohit-shetty-plans-to-start-filming-singham-3-next-year-says-that-journey-will-take-time.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/14/rohit-shetty-plans-to-start-filming-singham-3-next-year-says-that-journey-will-take-time.html Sun Nov 14 18:27:03 IST 2021 taylor-lautner-engaged-to-girlfriend-taylor-dome <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/14/taylor-lautner-engaged-to-girlfriend-taylor-dome.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2021/11/14/taylorlautf.jpg" /> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Twilight star Taylor Lautner has announced that he is engaged to his girlfriend Taylor Dome, a former registered nurse/YouTuber.<br> Lautner, who rose to fame as a teen idol post his role as the shapeshifter Jacob Black in <i>The Twilight Saga</i>&nbsp;films, shared the news on his Instagram page Saturday, adding that he popped the question on &quot;11.11.2021.&quot;</p> <p>&quot;And just like that, all of my wishes came true,&quot; the 29-year-old actor captioned photos from the romantic proposal.</p> <p>In the pictures, Lautner is dressed in a suit and down on one knee in front of Dome, 24, who is barefoot and covering her face in shock.</p> <p>The actor proposed in front of a fireplace with a neon red 'Lautner' sign hanging underneath dozens of red roses while the floor they were standing on was covered in petals and candles.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>A second photo shows Dome kneeling down in front of Lautner with their foreheads pressed together.</p> <p>&quot;My absolute best friend. I CANNOT WAIT TO SPEND FOREVER WITH YOU,&quot; Dome captioned one of the pics on her Instagram account.</p> <p>The couple have been together since 2018, and became Instagram official shortly after.</p> <p>Lautner has previously dated many celebrities like Billie Lourd, Taylor Swift, Lily Collins, Maika Monroe, Maria Avgeropoulos and Selena Gomez.<br> </p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/14/taylor-lautner-engaged-to-girlfriend-taylor-dome.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/14/taylor-lautner-engaged-to-girlfriend-taylor-dome.html Sun Nov 14 12:00:00 IST 2021 sooryavanshi-not-my-success-alone-rohit-shetty <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/13/sooryavanshi-not-my-success-alone-rohit-shetty.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2019/4/22/sooryavanshi.jpg" /> <p>Filmmaker Rohit Shetty is grateful for all the love and support pouring in for his latest film<i> Sooryavanshi </i>as he says the credit for the success does not belong to him alone.</p> <p>Shetty was felicitated by the Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE), who hosted a special event to celebrate the success of his film<i> Sooryavanshi,</i> which released in over 3,000 screens across India and earned Rs 77 crore in its opening weekend.</p> <p>The Akshay Kumar-fronted film opened to thunderous response in theatres on November 5, following multiple delays due to the coronavirus pandemic. The director urged the audience to shower their love on all the films that will be released in theatres in the coming days.</p> <p>"<i>Sooryavanashi </i>is not my success alone, it is a success because of your blessings. We all will continue to work together. Thank you for your love and continue to shower your support on all our films.</p> <p>"We all will stand together whenever any adversity comes," Shetty, who had also extended financial support to cine workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, said at the event on Friday evening.</p> <p>Kamal Gianchandani, CEO of PVR Pictures, lauded Shetty for holding on <i>Sooryavanshi</i> for more than a year and releasing it only in cinema halls.</p> <p>"He (Rohit) is the hero of the film industry. What he has done for films and cine workers is huge. He did wait for two years and delivered a film which, like a magnet, has pulled audiences to theatres. We will remember this gesture of yours," Gianchandani said.</p> <p>Veteran actor Anupam Kher, who was present at the event to felicitate Shetty, praised him for extending his support to the industry and its people. "When a person keeps patience then the result turns out to be good. He has created history not only as a successful filmmaker but as a human being," he added.</p> <p><i>Sooryavanshi </i>is the fourth film in Shetty's cop universe, which also features extended cameo of Ajay Devgn and Ranveer Singh – who have played police officers in the director’s previous movies <i>Singham </i>franchise and <i>Simmba</i> respectively.</p> <p>Also starring Katrina Kaif, the movie is presented by Reliance Entertainment and produced by Rohit Shetty Picturez in association with Dharma Productions and Cape of Good Films.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/13/sooryavanshi-not-my-success-alone-rohit-shetty.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/13/sooryavanshi-not-my-success-alone-rohit-shetty.html Sat Nov 13 16:45:59 IST 2021 anushka-says-first-trimeste-awful-worried-if-hate-her-body <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/13/anushka-says-first-trimeste-awful-worried-if-hate-her-body.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2021/2/1/anushka-virat.jpg" /> <p>One of the most adored celebrity couples, Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli, have been setting major parenting goals after they welcomed their daughter Vamika. Anushka Sharma in her recent interview with <i>Grazia </i>recalled her pregnancy days and how Virat was her 'cheerleader' during the first trimester.</p> <p>She shared how hard it was for her during the initial days but easily overcame it with the cricketer's support as there were no matches due to Covid-19.</p> <p>She said: “It allowed Virat and me to spend a lot of time together because he wasn’t playing any matches at the time. Had he been travelling, I wouldn’t have been able to accompany him in my condition. My first trimester was awful, so it was nice to have him by my side, to handhold and be my cheerleader.”</p> <p>She also said she was worried about hating her postnatal body as women are often pressurised to suit a certain standard. The actor revealed that a week ago she had a discussion with her friend regarding the pressure she was facing to look ‘a certain way’. “I was worried. I kept thinking, am I going to hate my body? My body is not the same as it used to be. It is not as toned as it was earlier. I am working towards it because I like to be fit," the actress was quoted as saying.</p> <p>Anushka said one should accept the body that has done something profound and miraculous. She added: “I’d never want my daughter to grow up with that sense of lacking that we’re always made to feel like women. Ultimately, it’s all about perspective.”</p> <p>Anushka and Virat became parents to Vamika in January this year. Since then the couple has kept their daughter away from the spotlight. They have also asked paparazzi not to invade their privacy or shoot photos of their child.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/13/anushka-says-first-trimeste-awful-worried-if-hate-her-body.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/13/anushka-says-first-trimeste-awful-worried-if-hate-her-body.html Sat Nov 13 14:17:54 IST 2021 best-day-ever-britney-spears-free-court-ends-conservatorship <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/13/best-day-ever-britney-spears-free-court-ends-conservatorship.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2019/5/19/Britney-Spears.jpg" /> <p>A Los Angeles judge Friday terminated the controversial conservatorship that has controlled pop star Britney Spears' life for the past 13 years.</p> <p>Sharing a video of her fans celebrating the verdict, Britney shared on Instagram: &quot;I think I'm gonna cry the rest of the day.&quot; The singer has over 36 million Instagram followers.</p> <p>The formal end to the guardianship comes after the pop princess's father Jamie Spears was removed from his position in charge of her finances and estate at a hearing in September. Friday's hearing ended a years-long campaign by Britney and her fans to end the conservatorship that began after her highly public 2007 breakdown, when the star attacked a paparazzo's car at a gas station.</p> <p>Britney, who has two children with her former husband, the rapper Kevin Federline, has previously alleged in court that she was prevented by her father from having a contraceptive IUD removed, despite wanting more children. Jamie Spears denied the allegation.</p> <p>In September, she anounced her engagement to long-time boyfriend Sam Asghari.</p> <p>In an emotional post on Instagram earlier, Britney slammed her father’s ‘control’ over what she wears or says, and said she has ‘quit’ live performances. She wrote: “I'm not gonna be performing on any stages anytime soon with my dad handling what I wear, say, do, or think.”</p> <p>In March, the New York Times documentary ‘Framing Britney Spears’, brough attention back on Britney and her controversial life. The highly-acclaimed documentary is about the iconic singer's rise to fame, her mid-2000's struggles, the highly-restrictive conservatorship under her father, and the #FreeBritney social media movement that arose as a result. Britney had said that she &quot;cried&quot; for two weeks as she felt &quot;embarrassed&quot; by the light the documentary put her in.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>-with agency inputs</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/13/best-day-ever-britney-spears-free-court-ends-conservatorship.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/13/best-day-ever-britney-spears-free-court-ends-conservatorship.html Sat Nov 13 11:38:13 IST 2021 venkatesh-drushyam-premiere-amazon-prime-video <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/12/venkatesh-drushyam-premiere-amazon-prime-video.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2021/11/12/drushyam-2-amazon.jpg" /> <p>Amazon Prime Video on Friday announced that Venkatesh Daggubati-starrer <i>Drushyam 2</i> will premiere on the streaming platform on November 25.</p> <p>The Telugu-language thriller drama is a sequel to the actor’s much-loved 2014 superhit <i>Drushyam</i> and is a remake of the Malayalam film “Drishyam 2” starring Mohanlal, which also premiered on Amazon Prime Video in February.</p> <p>Directed by Jeethu Joseph, the film features actors Meena, Nadhiya, Naresh, Kruthika, Esther Anil, Sampath Raj and Poorna in pivotal roles. Set six years since the events of 'Drushyam', the film delves deep into the life of Rambabu (Venkatesh), a changed man now. However, a criminal investigation ensues threatening the well-being of his family.</p> <p>"As tables turn, it’s upon Rambabu to give it his all and protect his close ones yet again in this gripping tale of deceit, lies and mystery," the plotline reads.</p> <p><i>Drushyam 2</i> is produced by D Suresh Babu, Rajkumar Sethupathy and Antony Perumbavoor of Suresh Productions, Rajkumar Theatres and Max Movies.</p> <p>Prime members in India and across 240 countries and territories will be able to stream the thriller movie.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/12/venkatesh-drushyam-premiere-amazon-prime-video.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/12/venkatesh-drushyam-premiere-amazon-prime-video.html Fri Nov 12 16:27:54 IST 2021 vicky-kaushal-kiara-advani-bhumi-pednekar-govinda-naam-mera <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/12/vicky-kaushal-kiara-advani-bhumi-pednekar-govinda-naam-mera.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/magazine/theweek/leisure/images/2021/10/13/66-Vicky-Kaushal-new.jpg" /> <p>Filmmaker Karan Johar on Friday announced his next home production film, titled "Govinda Naam Mera" and starring Vicky Kaushal, Kiara Advani and Bhumi Pednekar.</p> <p>Touted as a light-hearted family entertainer, the film will be written and directed by Shashank Khaitan, who earlier collaborated with Johar on projects including <i>Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania</i>, <i>Badrinath Ki Dulhania </i>and <i>Dhadak.</i></p> <p>Johar took to social media to unveil the new film from his Dharma Productions, along with a poster of Kaushal, who will essay the role of the film's protagonist Govinda Waghmare.</p> <p>"Meet Govinda Waghmare! Heart of gold and dance moves are bold! Presenting #GovindaNaamMera, where there will be unlimited laughter, confusion and chaos!" he tweeted.</p> <p>Johar further said that the film will release on June 10, 2022 in theatres countrywide. In the subsequent posts, Johar shared the details of Pednekar and Advani's characters.</p> <p>Pednekar will essay the role of Mrs. Waghmare, the wife of Kaushal's character.</p> <p>"Mrs.Waghmare is a force to be reckoned with! Meet her in #GovindaNaamMera," Johar posted.</p> <p>Advani has been cast for the part of "naughty girlfriend" in the movie. "What’s a story without a few twists? And what’s a story without a gorgeous lady to bring them! #GovindaNaamMera, a package of entertainment for you is coming to cinemas" the filmmaker tweeted.</p> <p><i>Govinda Naam Mera</i> is produced by Johar's Dharma Productions, Khaitan and Viacom18 Studios.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/12/vicky-kaushal-kiara-advani-bhumi-pednekar-govinda-naam-mera.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/12/vicky-kaushal-kiara-advani-bhumi-pednekar-govinda-naam-mera.html Fri Nov 12 13:50:29 IST 2021 aditya-chopra-yrf-ott-venture <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/12/aditya-chopra-yrf-ott-venture.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/biz-tech/images/2019/5/8/video-streaming.jpg" /> <p>Aditya Chopra has reportedly set his eyes on the digital space as the filmmaker plans to invest a whopping Rs 500 crore for the OTT venture of his banner Yash Raj Films.</p> <p>Chopra, the director of hits like <i>Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge</i> and <i>Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, </i>aims to reshape the digital content market with YRF's OTT venture, which will be called YRF Entertainment.</p> <p>"Aditya Chopra wants to contribute towards raising the bar of digital content production in India. He wants to match global standards of vision and storytelling with stories that are rooted in India. These scripts are being homegrown in YRF as we speak.</p> <p>"This could be the moment that reshapes the OTT space forever. YRF has huge plans and they will roll out their strategy soon," according to an industry source.</p> <p>The 50-year-old filmmaker and his studio have been working on floating the OTT venture for the past two years and they have already lined up several new projects, the insider said.</p> <p>"When YRF decides to start something new, it does so at a scale that is unmatched. He has earmarked 500 crore to start his new venture. Aditya Chopra’s plans are in fruition now and this is probably the most exciting thing that has happened in the Indian OTT space.</p> <p>"YRF has always backed raw, new talent and really original and exciting scripts. A massive studio like this looking to nurture the OTT landscape in India is a true milestone moment," it added.</p> <p>Chopra believes that as the true blue Indian studio, YRF is best poised to tell the best stories to global audiences in the visually grand way possible, the source said.</p> <p>"Platforms like this are now bridging the language barrier and exposing cultures and talents to the world. Aditya Chopra wants to shift a gear and really scale up the OTT space in India to match international standards," the it added.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/12/aditya-chopra-yrf-ott-venture.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/12/aditya-chopra-yrf-ott-venture.html Fri Nov 12 10:50:15 IST 2021 marakkar-arabikkadalinte-simham-heads-to-theatres-mohanlal-starrer-to-hit-cinemas-on-december-2 <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/11/marakkar-arabikkadalinte-simham-heads-to-theatres-mohanlal-starrer-to-hit-cinemas-on-december-2.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2021/1/2/mohanlal-marakkar-imdb.jpg" /> <p>Amid rumours that the Mohanlal-starrer <i>Marakkar: Arabikkadalinte Simham</i>&nbsp;may be heading to an OTT platform, it has now been decided that the film will be released in theartes on December 2.</p> <p>Kerala Minister for Culture Saji Cherian made the announcement on Thursday after holding talks with representatives of the film producers association and the producer of the movie Antony Perumbavoor. </p> <p>Antony had earlier told reporters that he can't wait any longer to release the movie. "I am thinking about whether to release it in theatres or on OTT. There are bigger films than Marakkar waiting to be made," he had said.</p> <p>The minister said the producer made a "big sacrifice" by agreeing to release the movie in theatres. "He has done so by taking into account those who are dependent on films and for the survival of the industry."</p> <p>The movie has been delayed by two years in the hope that it could be released in theatres. “When we made this film, we made it for theatres. We also waited for it. We are now considering all possibilities to decide on this,” <i>Indian Express</i>&nbsp;quoted the producer of the movie as saying.</p> <p><i>Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham</i>, made on a budget of 100 crore and directed by Priyadarshan, follows the life of Kunjali Marakkar IV, who was the naval chief of the Zamorin of Calicut. The movie, with Sunil Shetty, Arjun Sarja, &nbsp;Prabhudheva, Manju Warrier, Keerthy Suresh, Pranav Mohanlal and Kalyani Priyadarshan in the lead besides Mohanlal, has won three National Awards, including Best Feature Film, Best Special Effects and Best Costume Design.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/11/marakkar-arabikkadalinte-simham-heads-to-theatres-mohanlal-starrer-to-hit-cinemas-on-december-2.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/11/marakkar-arabikkadalinte-simham-heads-to-theatres-mohanlal-starrer-to-hit-cinemas-on-december-2.html Thu Nov 11 19:36:15 IST 2021 churuli-release-date-revealed-movie-to-stream-on-sonyliv-on-november-19 <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/11/churuli-release-date-revealed-movie-to-stream-on-sonyliv-on-november-19.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/7/1/churuli-trailer.jpg" /> <p>Finally, the much-awaited Lijo Jose Pellissery movie, <i>Churuli</i>, has a release date.</p> <p><i>Churuli</i>, starring Chemban Vinod Jose,&nbsp;Vinay Forrt,&nbsp;Joju George and Jaffer Idukki in the lead, will be released on OTT platform SonyLIV on November 19. </p> <p>"A few people who go in search of a man named Mayiladuparambil Joy, get trapped in a terrifying time loop in this sci-fi/horror tale of insanity, fear and 'aliens'?,” SonyLIV tweeted, announcing the released date of the movie.</p> <p>Touted to be a science fiction thriller, the movie has been screened at various film festivals, including Tokyo International Film Festival. </p> <p>The shooting of the movie, produced by Pellissery and Chemban Vinod Jose and writted by S. Hareesh, was completed along with the director's previous film <i>Jallikkattu</i>.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/11/churuli-release-date-revealed-movie-to-stream-on-sonyliv-on-november-19.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/11/churuli-release-date-revealed-movie-to-stream-on-sonyliv-on-november-19.html Thu Nov 11 18:05:01 IST 2021 dulquer-pens-thank-you-note-as-kurup-trailer-lights-up-burj-khalifa <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/11/dulquer-pens-thank-you-note-as-kurup-trailer-lights-up-burj-khalifa.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2021/11/11/dulquer-salman-kurup-instagram.jpg" /> <p>Ahead of Malayalam film <i>Kurup</i>’s theatre release, actor Dulquer Salmaan's long-awaited crime flick became the first Malayalam film to feature on the Burj Khalifa in the UAE. The film had earlier become the first Indian film to launch NFT collectibles.</p> <p>A video was shared on Dulquer’s Instagram handle, where he is seen enjoying the trailer along with his wife, Amal Sufiya, and daughter, Maryam.</p> <p>“Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine a trailer of a film of mine let alone my name, playing on the iconic Burj Khalifa. A huge thanks to the people who made this possible,” wrote Dulquer.</p> <p>His fans gathered in large numbers to witness the screening of the trailer on the world's tallest building. Thanking the fans Dulquer said: “I wish to always return your love ten fold through my films.”</p> <p>After several delays, the movie is set to release worldwide tomorrow.</p> <p><i>Kurup </i>is a biographical crime-thriller based on the life of Kerala’s most wanted fugitive Sukumara Kurup, who has been on run since the mid 1980’s after executing a planned murder to avail his insurance amount. The film will unfold the mastermind murder story which is now part of folklore in Kerala.</p> <p>The movie directed by Srinath Rajendran stars Dulquer Salman in the lead role along with Indrajith Sukumaran, Sobhita Dhulipala, Sunny Wayne, Bharat Srinivasan, Shine Tom Chacko, Surabhi Lakshmi and Vijayaraghavan Pillai in supporting roles.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/11/dulquer-pens-thank-you-note-as-kurup-trailer-lights-up-burj-khalifa.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/11/dulquer-pens-thank-you-note-as-kurup-trailer-lights-up-burj-khalifa.html Thu Nov 11 15:22:43 IST 2021 adipurush-shoot-wrapped-up-om-raut-calls-wonderful-journey <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/11/adipurush-shoot-wrapped-up-om-raut-calls-wonderful-journey.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2021/11/11/adipurush-insta.jpg" /> <p>Director Om Raut on Thursday completed shooting for his next directorial venture <i>Adipurush,</i> starring Prabhas and Saif Ali Khan.</p> <p>The multi-lingual period saga is an adaptation of the Hindu epic Ramayana and features Prabhas as Lord Ram, Khan as Lankesh and Kriti Sanon as Janaki.</p> <p>The filmmaker, known for Ajay Devgn-starrer <i>Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior</i>, took to social media and said the team finished shooting in 103 days and they are now keenly awaiting to bring out the movie for the audience.</p> <p>"It's a shoot wrap for Adipurush!!! A wonderful journey has come to its finish line. Can't wait to share with you the magic we have created. #Adipurush #103DaysOfShoot,” he wrote, alongside a picture with the cast.</p> <p>The film, backed by T-Series, commenced shooting in February this year.</p> <p>Described as a film celebrating the victory of good over evil, <i>Adipurush</i> is slated to be released in theatres on August 11, 2022.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/11/adipurush-shoot-wrapped-up-om-raut-calls-wonderful-journey.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/11/adipurush-shoot-wrapped-up-om-raut-calls-wonderful-journey.html Thu Nov 11 14:01:53 IST 2021 twitter-slams-kangana-ranaut-saying-india-got-true-freedom-2014-bheek-1947 <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/11/twitter-slams-kangana-ranaut-saying-india-got-true-freedom-2014-bheek-1947.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/9/9/kangana-maha-cm.jpg" /> <p>Actress Kangana Ranaut is facing the heat on social media for her recent comments on India’s independence. In a video that is being shared on Twitter, the actress is seen saying that India got real independence in 2014, and that what we got in 1947 was ‘bheek’ [alms].</p> <p>The actress, who was speaking at a media conclave, is being called out by Twitter users who said her Padma Shri should be taken back for insulting freedom fighters. Some of them even said the actress should be booked for sedition.</p> <p>Actor Swara Bhasker reacted to the clip and wrote, &quot;Who are the idiots who are clapping is what I want to know.&quot;</p> <p>In January this year, Kangana was called out for allegedly glorifying Nathuram Godse, the man who assassinated Mahatma Gandhi. On Gandhi’s death anniversary on January 30, the actress had posted few photos of Godse and tweeted, &quot;Every story has three sides to it, yours, mine and the truth .... A good story teller neither commits nor conceals... and that’s why our text books suck ... full of exposition #NathuramGodse&quot;</p> <p>Kangana was awarded the Padma Shri on Monday. She had said that the award is a reply to all those who question her statements on national issues.</p> <p>Kangana, who has always claimed to be a nationalist, triggers controversies with her comments and social media posts. Earlier this year, Twitter permanently suspended her account for &quot;repeated violations of Twitter rules”. This came after the actress posted a series of tweets on the alleged violence that took place in West Bengal after the assembly election results were declared. Her account was briefly suspended after she posted a tweet in reference to the controversy surrounding Amazon Prime Video series <i>Tandav.</i> In the tweet, the actor had used the phrase &quot;time to take their heads off&quot;, which was reported by many users as offensive.</p> <p>Speaking at the conclave, the actress said that in the next five years, she sees herself being married with kids. On being asked if there is someone special in her life, Kangana said a polite “Yes.” When asked about the identity of her partner, Kangana said, “Everyone will know soon.”</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/11/twitter-slams-kangana-ranaut-saying-india-got-true-freedom-2014-bheek-1947.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/11/twitter-slams-kangana-ranaut-saying-india-got-true-freedom-2014-bheek-1947.html Thu Nov 11 11:51:33 IST 2021 zoya-akhtar-to-direct-netflix-live-action-musical-film-the-archies <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/11/zoya-akhtar-to-direct-netflix-live-action-musical-film-the-archies.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/gallery/shots/2019/july-14-2019/people/72-Zoya-Akhtar.jpg" /> <p>Filmmaker Zoya Akhtar is set to collaborate with streamer Netflix for a live-action musical film based on Archie Comics character Archie Andrews.</p> <p>Netflix is partnering with Archie Comics for the film, which has been titled <i>The Archies</i> and will be set in 1960s India, the streaming service said in a statement.</p> <p>Akhtar, the director of critical hits like <i>Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara</i>, <i>Dil Dhadakne Do</i> and <i>Gully Boy,</i> will helm the coming-of-age story that will introduce the teenagers of Riverdale to a new generation in India.</p> <p>The filmmaker previously worked with Netflix when she directed short films for anthology films <i>Lust Stories</i> (2018) and <i>Ghost Stories</i> (2020).</p> <p>The new project will be produced by Akhtar and Reema Kagti for Tiger Baby as well as Graphic India.</p> <p>"I am super excited to have the chance to bring The Archies to life. It was a large part of my childhood and teenage years. The characters are iconic and globally loved, which is also why I am a little nervous.</p> <p>"I have to make sure the film stokes the nostalgia of a generation that grew up on the comic and yet resonates with the young adults today," Akhtar said.</p> <p>Archie Comics CEO/Publisher Jon Goldwater said he feels proud that the Archie Comics characters and stories continue to resonate with fans globally, especially in India.</p> <p>"We are thrilled to partner with Netflix and trust Zoya Akhtar and her creative team to deliver a truly unique and exciting take on Archie and friends through the lens of Indian cinema.</p> <p>"We know that these characters have global appeal and translating them into other settings and cultures is just the start of what we have planned for future multimedia adaptations," he added.</p> <p>Pratiksha Rao, Director of Films and Licensing at Netflix India, said that the characters, adventures and friendships in Archies have found fans across the world for generations.</p> <p>"With Archie Comics, Graphic India and Tiger Baby, we have an extraordinary opportunity to recreate the world of Archie comics, this time as a live action musical.</p> <p>"Zoya has an incredible and unique ability to make stories and the characters in them relatable, making them feel like they are an extension of our own self. We are thrilled to partner with her in bringing to life the world of Archies to fans and our members in India and around the world," Rao said.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/11/zoya-akhtar-to-direct-netflix-live-action-musical-film-the-archies.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/11/zoya-akhtar-to-direct-netflix-live-action-musical-film-the-archies.html Thu Nov 11 10:53:43 IST 2021 rajkummar-rao-patralekhaa-tie-knot-today <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/10/rajkummar-rao-patralekhaa-tie-knot-today.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2021/11/10/rajkummar-patralekhaa.jpg" /> <p>Actor Rajkummar Rao and his long-time girlfriend, actress Patralekhaa, will get married in Chandigarh on Wednesday, according to reports. The couple will have a close-knit wedding ceremony with only selected guests from film industry, Times of India reported.</p> <p>&quot;Rajkummar and Patralekhaa wanted to keep the wedding small and private due to Covid-19 concerns. That's why they have a limited guest list and have opted for Chandigarh,&quot; TOI quoted a source as saying. The couple, however, has not made any announcement about their rumoured wedding yet.</p> <p>Patralekhaa had shared a heartfelt post for Rajkummar on his birthday in August this year. “You know what you mean to me.I always wish that you out do yourself in every character that you play because I know that’s what you wish for yourself. Thank you for being rock solid through this difficult period. I love you,” she wrote.</p> <p>Patralekhaa made her debut in Bollywood opposite Rajkummar in <i>CityLights</i> in 2014. Rajkummar was last seen in <i>Hum Do Hamare Do</i> on Disney plus Hotstar. He will next be seen in <i>Badhaai Do</i> opposite Bhumi Pednekar. He will also feature in Netflix film <i>Monica, O My Darling </i>along with Radhika Apte, Huma Qureshi and Sikander Kher.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/10/rajkummar-rao-patralekhaa-tie-knot-today.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/10/rajkummar-rao-patralekhaa-tie-knot-today.html Wed Nov 10 13:41:50 IST 2021 squid-game-creator-confirms-seaspn-2 <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/10/squid-game-creator-confirms-seaspn-2.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2021/11/10/squid-game-reuters.jpg" /> <p>The creator of Netflix's <i>Squid Game</i> has confirmed that the hugely popular South Korean series will be back for a season two. Netflix, however, has not formally announced a second season.</p> <p>Due to the show's global success, Hwang Dong-hyuk said, "I almost feel like you leave us no choice."</p> <p>"There's been so much pressure, so much demand and so much love for a second season," he said at a red-carpet celebration for the show Monday night, according to reports. Hwang said he was in the planning process and that it is too early to say when it is going to happen. “I will promise you this, Gi-hun will be back and he'll do something for the world," he said.</p> <p>The dystopian survival drama is said to have become Netflix's biggest-ever TV show. The nine-part show follows 456 people struggling with debt in Seoul who sign on to play a series of deadly competitions based on Korean children's games, the winner of which will receive 45.6 billion won (USD 38 million). It stars Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, Wi Ha-jun, Jung Ho-yeon, O Yeong-su, Heo Sung-tae, Anupam Tripathi, and Kim Joo-ryoung.</p> <p>Just like the Oscar-winning Korean language film <i>Parasite</i>, directed by Bong Joon-ho, the show has been lauded for highlighting the widening gulf between the ''haves'' and ''have nots''.</p> <p><i>Squid Game</i> had also attracted attention for its colourful and fantastical production design by Chae Kyung-sun--the green and pink tracksuits worn by the contestants and the game referees have sparked a merchandise race.</p> <p>-with PTI inputs</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/10/squid-game-creator-confirms-seaspn-2.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/10/squid-game-creator-confirms-seaspn-2.html Wed Nov 10 13:01:24 IST 2021 students-protests-shooting-jana-gana-mana <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/10/students-protests-shooting-jana-gana-mana.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2021/11/10/jana-gana-mana-prithviraj.jpg" /> <p>Professors and students of the Maharaja college in Mysuru have protested against the shooting of Malayalam film <i>Jana Gana Mana</i> on the campus. According to reports, students were unhappy with the movie being shot on campus during working days Monday and Tuesday.</p> <p>They said they did not have any objection with shooting on the premises on Sundays or holidays. The campus is a much-loved shooting location and has been featured in multiple south Indian films.</p> <p>Directed by Dijo Jose Antony, the film features Prithviraj Sukumaran and Suraj Venjaramoodu in lead roles. The film is bankrolled by Prithviraj’s wife Supriya Menon for their home production banner Prithviraj Productions.</p> <p><i>Jana Gana Mana</i> reunites Prithviraj and Suraj after the duo’s box office hit <i>Driving Licence in </i>2019.</p> <p>Prithviraj was last seen in Kuruthi which premiered on Amazon Prime Video.&nbsp;<i></i></p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/10/students-protests-shooting-jana-gana-mana.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/10/students-protests-shooting-jana-gana-mana.html Wed Nov 10 15:42:22 IST 2021 tappsee-pannu-wraps-mithali-raj-biopic-shabaash-mithu <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/10/tappsee-pannu-wraps-mithali-raj-biopic-shabaash-mithu.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/1/29/taapsee-mithali.jpg" /> <p>Actor Taapsee Pannu on Tuesday said she has finished filming for her upcoming movie <i>Shabaash Mithu</i>, the biopic of Indian cricketer Mithali Raj.</p> <p>In the film, the <i>Thappad </i>star essays the role of the Indian women’s cricket team captain.</p> <p>The 34-year-old actor took to Instagram and posted a picture announcing the wrap. "I was 8 when someone made me dream that one day, cricket won't be just a gentleman's game. Even we will have our team, an identity. 'Women in Blue'. We are coming soon. #ShabaashMithu It's a film wrap! Get ready to cheer for the World Cup 2022! #WomenInBlue," Pannu wrote.</p> <p><i>Shabaash Mithu</i> is directed by Srijit Mukherji, who replaced filmmaker Rahul Dholakia after the latter had to quit the project owing to change in schedule.</p> <p>Backed by Viacom18 Studios, <i>Shabaash Mithu</i> went on floors in Mumbai in April, but its shoot was put on hold due to the the second wave of COVID-19.</p> <p>The makers have also shot the film at the iconic Lord's cricket ground in London. Pannu was recently seen in another sports drama<i>, Rashmi Rocket</i> and has a packed slate with films like<i> Looop Lapeta, </i>Anurag Kashyap's <i>Dobaaraa </i>and thriller<i> Blurr, </i>her maiden production venture.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/10/tappsee-pannu-wraps-mithali-raj-biopic-shabaash-mithu.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/10/tappsee-pannu-wraps-mithali-raj-biopic-shabaash-mithu.html Wed Nov 10 11:30:46 IST 2021 kirron-kher-returns-judge-india-got-talent <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/10/kirron-kher-returns-judge-india-got-talent.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2021/11/10/kirron-kher-insta.jpg" /> <p>BJP MP and actor Kirron Kher will be returning to judge the latest season of the TV show <i>India’s Got Talent.</i></p> <p>The 69-year-old actor, who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma--a type of blood cancer--earlier this year, will be joining the show as a judge along with actor Shilpa Shetty Kundra and rapper Badshah.</p> <p>The veteran actor has been associated with the show since its inception in 2009. This is the show's ninth season and will premiere on Sony TV.</p> <p>"<i>India’s Got Talent</i> has always been close to my heart. This being my 9th year with this prestigious talent reality show, returning as a jury member is a wonderful experience. It feels like I am coming back home," Kirron Kher said in a statement.</p> <p>"Year on year, <i>India’s Got Talent</i> is known to encourage and put the spotlight on varied and exceptional talent from across the country and every time, I am left in awe as the quality of talent just keeps getting better and better," she added.</p> <p>In April, her actor-husband Anupam Kher released a statement informing that Kirron Kher was undergoing treatment in Mumbai and was on her path to recovery.</p> <p>Later in June, Kirron Kher made her maiden video appearance since her diagnosis during her son, actor Sikandar Kher's Instagram live and thanked her well-wishers for their good wishes.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/10/kirron-kher-returns-judge-india-got-talent.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/10/kirron-kher-returns-judge-india-got-talent.html Wed Nov 10 10:51:42 IST 2021 miss-ton-chansemia-s--are-you-ok---recently-released-under-galax <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/12/miss-ton-chansemia-s--are-you-ok---recently-released-under-galax.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2021/11/12/Ton-Chansemia.jpg" /> <p>Miss Ton Chanseima is Cambodia's top singer and her song "Are You Ok?" Which is Famous on TikTok is also officially released M / V today, which features melodies and lyrics By Cambodian real estate tycoon Leng Navatra, who owns the GALAXY NAVTRA song production, written in English by Heng Long and composed by TEMPO TRIS, directed by Rawyer - Juedy - Run Sokheng.</p> <p><b>&nbsp;</b></p> <p><b>"Are You Ok?" Khmer songs which is popular all over the world</b></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In Tik Tok, People found a song called "Are You Ok?" Is rocking with a lot of participation from big countries around the world, which can be said to be the first song that Cambodia has such a global popularity, and this song is a song of GALAXY NAVATRA Production sung by Miss Ton Chanseima, the top young singer in Cambodia.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>WOW "Are You Ok?" Khmer song is very famous around the world</b></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Many countries around the world have been playing the song "Are You Ok?" On the TikTok network to the surprise of millions. The song is originally from Cambodia and is sung by Miss Ton Chanseima in GALAXY NAVATRA Production. This song was written by the owner of the production that is rocking in the world, and today the song is also officially released as an MV, you can watch the full song at the link below:<br> </p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/12/miss-ton-chansemia-s--are-you-ok---recently-released-under-galax.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/12/miss-ton-chansemia-s--are-you-ok---recently-released-under-galax.html Tue Nov 16 12:43:47 IST 2021 raveena-tandon-debut-series-aranyak-to-release-on-december-10-on-netflix <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/09/raveena-tandon-debut-series-aranyak-to-release-on-december-10-on-netflix.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/2/18/Raveena-Tandon-complaint.jpg" /> <p>Bollywood actor Raveena Tandon's digital debut series <i>Aranyak </i>will release on Netflix on December 10, the streaming platform announced on Tuesday.</p> <p>In a social media post on their official Twitter account, the streamer announced the release date.</p> <p>“Lights, camera, action. @TandonRaveena is back with a bang, in these serene hills which have a secret to hide. #Aranyak arrives on Netflix, December 10th. #AranyakOnNetflix,” the tweet read.</p> <p>The crime thriller is about how after the disappearance of a foreign teenage tourist in a misty town, a harried, local cop (Tandon) must join hands with her city-bred replacement (Parambrata Chatterjee), on a big-ticket case that digs up skeletons and revives a forgotten myth of a bloodthirsty, serial killing entity in the forest, the official synopsis read.</p> <p>The 47-year-old actor, a popular star of 90s and early 2000s, is known for movies like <i>Mohra, Dilwale, Laadla, Ziddi, Andaz Apna Apna, Shool, Daman, Satta</i>, among others.</p> <p>Produced by Roy Kapur Films and Ramesh Sippy Entertainment, the series is directed by Vinay Vyakul from a script by Charudutt Acharya.</p> <p>Filmmaker Rohan Sippy is the showrunner.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/09/raveena-tandon-debut-series-aranyak-to-release-on-december-10-on-netflix.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/09/raveena-tandon-debut-series-aranyak-to-release-on-december-10-on-netflix.html Tue Nov 09 20:01:29 IST 2021 kangana-karan-johar-ekta-react-to-being-conferred-padma-shri <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/09/kangana-karan-johar-ekta-react-to-being-conferred-padma-shri.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2021/11/9/karan-johar-kangana-ranaut-kovind-pti.jpg" /> <p>Bollywood stars who received their Padma Shri on Monday for their contribution in arts expressed their happiness and gratitude on social media. Karan Johar, Ekta Kapoor, Adnan Sami Khan and Kangana Ranaut were among the 102 people who were honoured with the prestigious award at Rashtrapati Bhavan.<br> </p> <p>Director and producer Karan Johar penned an emotional note, calling it a “truly memorable moment”. “I knew I would have made my father so proud and was so happy to have my mom there by my side,” he wrote.</p> <p>In another post, he shared a video of him receiving the award and said: “Today felt surreal! I am honoured and humbled that the prestigious Padma Shri Award was bestowed on me.... This is a monumental day for me, my mother, my kids and my company, and will forever be etched in my memory.”</p> <p>Television producer Ekta Kapoor thanked her followers and dedicated the award to her family. Posting her video she wrote, “It is an absolute honour to receive the Fourth Highest Civilian Award for my humble contribution in the field of performing arts.... I want to thank my family, friends, my team at Balaji Telefilms and most importantly the audience, for believing in me and supporting me. I hope to always push the envelope, challenge norms, give talents a platform that they truly deserve, instil pride and give back to the country that has fuelled my ambition and dreams. JAI HIND.”</p> <p>Kangana Ranaut used the opportunity to slam her haters. She shared a video where she recalled her journey and thanked the Indian government for acknowledging her with the award.</p> <p>“I have received a lot of love and respect many times, but today, for the first time, as an ideal citizen, I have received an award from the country, I am grateful for that. When I started my career, I did not succeed for many years. But when I succeeded after 8-10 years, I started working in many different ways rather than enjoying success.</p> <p>“I boycotted many things like fairness creams, item numbers and big production films. I even made enemies more than money. I raised my voice against what is happening against the country, whether it is Jihadists, Khalistanis or other countries that spoke against our country. I already have cases against me. This honour will silence many people. I have great respect for this country. Jai Hind.”</p> <p>Singer and musician Adnan Sami Khan posted his pictures on Instagram and called it “the greatest honour”</p> <p>“I am forever indebted to my beautiful people of India who have loved me unconditionally and been an integral part of my journey which has brought me here.”</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/09/kangana-karan-johar-ekta-react-to-being-conferred-padma-shri.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/09/kangana-karan-johar-ekta-react-to-being-conferred-padma-shri.html Tue Nov 09 14:03:06 IST 2021 poonam-pandey-husband-arrested-hitting-injuries <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/09/poonam-pandey-husband-arrested-hitting-injuries.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/9/11/poonam-pandey-insta.jpg" /> <p>Model and actress Poonam Pandey’s husband Sam Bombay was arrested by the Mumbai Police on Monday after she accused him of physical assault. Poonam lodged a complaint against him at the Bandra police station, ANI reported.</p> <p>According to reports, Poonam has been admitted to a hospital. She suffered injuries to her head, eyes and face, the Times of India reported.</p> <p>Poonam had earlier, in September 2020, lodged a complaint against Sam for assaulting and molesting her. The complaint was filed in Goa where the couple had gone for their honeymoon after tying the knot earlier that month. He was arrested, and later released on conditional bail.</p> <p>Poonam and Sam, who were in a live-in relationship for two years, got married at their home in Bandra on September 1 last year. Sharing a picture from their wedding, she wrote on Instagram, “Here’s looking forward to seven lifetimes with you.”</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/09/poonam-pandey-husband-arrested-hitting-injuries.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/09/poonam-pandey-husband-arrested-hitting-injuries.html Tue Nov 09 10:02:25 IST 2021 naachna-band-karo-says-an-annoyed-salman-khan-to-a-fan <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/08/naachna-band-karo-says-an-annoyed-salman-khan-to-a-fan.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/gallery/shots/2021/june-20-2021/people/72-Salman-Khan.jpg" /> <p>In a video posted on social media, actor Salman Khan is seen getting irritated at a fan who was trying to take a selfie. The star was promoting&nbsp;his movie&nbsp;<i>Antim: The Final Truth</i>&nbsp;that also stars Aayush Sharma at an event, where he was seen&nbsp;taking pictures with his fans on request. But one of the fans was determined to take a selfie even though the paparazzi were already taking pictures for them. The actor was seen telling him once “le raha hai na vo” (the cameramen are already taking the pictures) which the cameramen also assured. Ignoring all this, the fan went on adjusting his phone to get a better angle, which annoyed the actor. Salman said, “naachna band karo” (stop dancing) after which the fan finally gave up.</p> <p>Fans took this in good humour and one among them commented under the post, “accha hua is bar phone china nahi” (good that he didn’t snatch fan’s phone this time) as the star had done previously.&nbsp;</p> <p>Salman's latest film,<i> Antim: The Final Truth,</i> is set to release on Novermber 26 in cinemas. Apart from him, the movie also stars his brother-in-law Aayush Sharma, Mahima Makwana, Pragya Jaiswal. This movie, an adaptation of the Marathi film <i>Mulshi Pattern </i>is directed by Mahesh Manjrekar and produced by Salman Khan Films.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/08/naachna-band-karo-says-an-annoyed-salman-khan-to-a-fan.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/08/naachna-band-karo-says-an-annoyed-salman-khan-to-a-fan.html Mon Nov 08 17:25:43 IST 2021 vicky-kaushal-into-the-wild-bear-grylls-episode-premiere-nov-12 <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/08/vicky-kaushal-into-the-wild-bear-grylls-episode-premiere-nov-12.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/magazine/theweek/leisure/images/2021/10/13/66-Vicky-Kaushal-new.jpg" /> <p><i>Sardar Udham</i> star Vicky Kaushal is set to appear on an episode of Discovery's adventure show <i>Into The Wild With Bear Grylls</i>, which is scheduled to premiere on Friday.</p> <p>The episode will stream on discovery+ and the streaming platform unveiled the first look of the episode on Monday.</p> <p>Kaushal also shared the first look of the upcoming episode on his Instagram page.</p> <p>"An adventure of a lifetime with none other than survival expert @beargrylls, let's see what he has planned for me. 'Into The Wild', premieres on November 12, on @discoveryplusin #discoveryplus #IntoTheWild #Survival," he posted.</p> <p>Prior to Kaushal, superstars Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgn have appeared alongside ace adventurer Bear Grylls on the show.</p> <p>In 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi featured in an episode of "Man vs Wild with Bear Grylls and PM Modi".</p> <p><i>Into the Wild with Bear Grylls</i> is an innovative format inspired by <i>Man vs Wild,</i> one of the most-watched wilderness survival television series globally.</p> <p>On the film front, Kaushal will next be seen in <i>Sam Bahadur</i>, a Meghna Gulzar-directed biopic on Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/08/vicky-kaushal-into-the-wild-bear-grylls-episode-premiere-nov-12.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/08/vicky-kaushal-into-the-wild-bear-grylls-episode-premiere-nov-12.html Mon Nov 08 14:40:21 IST 2021 madhuri-dixit-lauds-son-donatinghair-cancer-patients <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/08/madhuri-dixit-lauds-son-donatinghair-cancer-patients.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2018/5/27/madhuri-dixit-afp27518.jpg" /> <p>Proud parents Madhuri Dixit and Dr. Shriram Nene took to their Instagram handle to share their younger son Ryan’s deed. In the video, Ryan was having a haircut and was seen donating his hair to cancer patients.</p> <p>Bursting with pride, Madhuri Dixit posted this video on National Cancer Awareness Day (observed on November 7). The actress shared how thrilled they were when Ryan wanted to do this and on his ‘final step’ she recalled how it almost took him 2 years to accomplish this.</p> <p>She penned down a note along with the video that said “NOT ALL HEROES WEAR CAPES… But mine did”. On this occasion of National Cancer Day, I would like to share something really special. Ryan felt heartbroken seeing several folks who were undergoing chemo for cancer. With everything they go through they lose their hair. My son took a call of donating his hair to the cancer society. We as parents were thrilled with his decision.&nbsp; As per guidelines, it took him almost 2 year to grow the required length of hair. And this was the final step.”</p> <p>Madhuri Dixit’s friends and fans were seen lauding her son on taking this step. Filmmaker and choreographer Farah Khan said “How extremely sensitive and kind...” Actress Shilpa Shetty wrote “Such a beautiful thought bless him.”</p> <p>Bollywood has already witnessed a few cancer warriors, their struggle and the journey through their social media platforms. Some of them include Sonali Bendre, Kirron Kher, Manisha Koirala, Anurag Basu, Tahira Kashyap and many more who had announced their fight against cancer.</p> <p>Manisha Koirala shared her picture and wrote: “On this National Cancer Awareness Day, I want to wish everyone who is going through this arduous journey of cancer treatment, a lot of love and success. “I know this journey is tough, but you are tougher than that.” I want to pay my respect to those who succumbed to it and celebrate it with those who conquered it.”</p> <p>Recently Kirron Kher was also seen opening about her struggle after getting diagnosed with multiple myeloma. She said “it’s something I had to accept”.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/08/madhuri-dixit-lauds-son-donatinghair-cancer-patients.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/08/madhuri-dixit-lauds-son-donatinghair-cancer-patients.html Mon Nov 08 13:40:02 IST 2021 varun-dhawan-kiara-advani-wrap-second-schedule-jug-jug-jeeyo <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/08/varun-dhawan-kiara-advani-wrap-second-schedule-jug-jug-jeeyo.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/magazine/theweek/cover/images/2018/12/29/25-Varun-Dhawan.jpg" /> <p>Actors Varun Dhawan and Kiara Advani on Sunday said they have finished shooting for the latest schedule of their upcoming film Jug Jugg Jeeyo".</p> <p>The duo took to Instagram and posted a picture from the film's set. They began filming its latest schedule in August. "Looking forward to the final schedule as we wrap this one!" Dhawan and Advani wrote on Instagram.</p> <p>The duo tagged other cast members, Anil Kapoor, Neetu Kapoor, Maniesh Paul and Prajakta Koli and wrote, "missing the family."</p> <p>Anil commented, "Missing you all too", to which Dhawan replied, "See you soon sir." Backed by Karan Johar's Dharma Productions, the family comedy drama is directed by Raj Mehta, who made his directorial debut in 2019 with the hit comedy <i>Good Newwz.</i></p> <p>Last December, the shooting of <i>Jug Jugg Jeeyo</i> was briefly halted after Mehta, Neetu and Dhawan tested positive for COVID-19.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/08/varun-dhawan-kiara-advani-wrap-second-schedule-jug-jug-jeeyo.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/08/varun-dhawan-kiara-advani-wrap-second-schedule-jug-jug-jeeyo.html Mon Nov 08 10:53:17 IST 2021 chorus-demanding-padma-shri-award-for-puneeth-rajkumar-grows <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/07/chorus-demanding-padma-shri-award-for-puneeth-rajkumar-grows.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2021/10/31/kid-kissing-puneeth.jpg" /> <p>Chorus demanding 'Padma Shri' award posthumously to Kannada film star Puneeth Rajkumar, who died recently, seems to be growing, as two ministers of the Karnataka government, on Sunday, urged Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai to make a recommendation to the Centre in this connection.</p> <p>Considered the Kannada cinema's reigning star, Puneeth, youngest of five children of thespian and matinee idol Dr Rajkumar, had died of a cardiac arrest on October 29 at the age of 46.</p> <p>Agriculture Minister B.C. Patil said, Puneeth should have been given Padma Shri when he was alive for his achievements, but unfortunately as he is no longer with us physically, it has to be given to him posthumously .</p> <p>"As a fan, I too join other fans (in their demand). Being part of the government, I urge the chief minister to recommend the same to the Centre. Puneeth is qualified for it not only as an actor, but also for his service to the society," the actor-turned- politician said, adding that if the matter comes before the cabinet it will get unanimous consent.</p> <p>Minister for Tourism Anand Singh too in Haveri said, "Puneeth is a person who had a mentality to serve mankind, he had joined us in several campaigns of public good like pulse polio campaign, when I was into social service... I extend my support to the demand seeking Padma Shri to him."</p> <p>Kannada actor Prem too wished that Puneeth be given the Padma Shri award at the earliest.</p> <p>Senior Congress leader and leader of opposition in the state, Siddaramaiah had recently urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to award Padma Shri posthumously to Puneeth.</p> <p>"The love and affection power star Puneeth Rajkumar has gained is bigger than any title or award. I urge the Prime Minister of India to award Padma Shri posthumously to Puneeth Rajkumar. His acting and &nbsp;contribution to society deserves even more accolades," he had tweeted.</p> <p>Recently, CM Bommai, responding to a question by the media on such a demand, said, "There are rules on when and people from which sectors should be recommended for Padma awards, it will be in a way unanimous recommendation for Puneeth Rajkumar. &nbsp;As a government considering everything, we will take a decision."</p> <p>He said the entire state and the government has love and respect for Puneeth.</p> <p>Padma Shri is one of the highest civilian honours of India announced annually on the eve of Republic Day, for distinguished service.</p> <p>Puneeth, popularly known as 'Appu' and 'power star', by his fans, made debut on screen when he was just six-months-old and went on to win a national award as a child artist for the film Bettada Hoovu. He then re-emerge as a lead actor in 2002 and went on to star in 29 films, delivering some big hits.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/07/chorus-demanding-padma-shri-award-for-puneeth-rajkumar-grows.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/07/chorus-demanding-padma-shri-award-for-puneeth-rajkumar-grows.html Mon Nov 08 14:41:05 IST 2021 drugs-case-special-investigation-team-of-ncb-summons-aryan-khan-for-questioning <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/07/drugs-case-special-investigation-team-of-ncb-summons-aryan-khan-for-questioning.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/magazine/theweek/current/images/2021/10/14/aryan-khan.jpg" /> <p>A special investigation team (SIT) of the Narcotics Control Bureau, which took over six cases, including the drugs-on-cruise case, summoned Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan, for questioning on Sunday.</p> <p>The SIT has also summoned other accused in the case, Arbaaz Merchant and Achit Kumar, for questioning, say media reports. The team, headed by NCB deputy director general Sanjay Singh, is also likely to record the statement of Sameer Khan, son-in-law of Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik, in connection with the case.</p> <p>However, according to <i>Times of India</i>, Aryan is unlikely to appear before the SIT on Sunday because of health reasons. "Those in the know have revealed that Aryan may appear before the SIT for further questioning and investigation tomorrow," <i>ETimes </i>quoted as source as saying.</p> <p>The SIT had reached Mumbai on Saturday, &nbsp;a day after the agency transferred the investigation from the Mumbai bureau following allegations of extortion, involving its zonal director for Mumbai, Sameer Wankhede.</p> <p>When asked whether the cases would be re-investigated, &nbsp;Sanjay Singh had said, "Let me first see the case by case records and the progress in the investigation so far, then we will decide. Right now, only further investigation will be conducted in those cases."</p> <p>Aryan, who was arrested in the drugs-on-cruise case on October 3, &nbsp;was released on bail from the Arthur Road jail on October 30.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/07/drugs-case-special-investigation-team-of-ncb-summons-aryan-khan-for-questioning.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/07/drugs-case-special-investigation-team-of-ncb-summons-aryan-khan-for-questioning.html Sun Nov 07 18:54:41 IST 2021 kamal-haasan-urges-fans-to-extend-help-amid-chennai-flood-alert-as-his-birthday-gift <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/07/kamal-haasan-urges-fans-to-extend-help-amid-chennai-flood-alert-as-his-birthday-gift.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/india/images/2021/3/31/kamal-haasan-pti.jpg" /> <p>Actor-politician Kamal Haasan, on Sunday, appealed to his fans to reach out to the needy in Chennai after authorities sounded a preliminary flood alert in the Tamil Nadu capital following heavy rains.</p> <p>The authorities sounded the alert to people as two city reservoirs—Chembarambakkam and Puzhal, that serve as important sources of drinking water to the Chennai city—would be opened to let out surplus rain water.</p> <p>Haasan, who turned 67 on Sunday, asked his admirers to help those affected by the rains. "Dear friends, hurry up and help the poor people who are suffering from the floods. That could be the best birthday gift you can give me," the actor, who also heads the political party Makkal Needhi Maiam, tweeted in Tamil.</p> <p>From Saturday morning, Chennai and several suburbs in Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts witnessed intermittent rains and showers became non-stop since night that led to inundation in many areas, inconveniencing people.</p> <p>The state water resources authorities advised district collectors of Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur to evacuate people living in low-lying areas and house them in safe locations.</p> <p>On the work front, Haasan is currently hosting the fifth season of the reality TV series ‘Bigg Boss Tamil’ and will be next seen in films like the Tamil action-thrillers <i>Vikram </i>and <i>Indian 2</i>.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/07/kamal-haasan-urges-fans-to-extend-help-amid-chennai-flood-alert-as-his-birthday-gift.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/07/kamal-haasan-urges-fans-to-extend-help-amid-chennai-flood-alert-as-his-birthday-gift.html Sun Nov 07 17:08:10 IST 2021 tel-ganesan_s-take-on-being-a-tech-moghul-to-a-film-producer <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/10/tel-ganesan_s-take-on-being-a-tech-moghul-to-a-film-producer.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2021/11/10/Ganesan.jpg" /> <p>Tel Ganesan, who comes from a humble background, has risen to prominence in the IT field and is poised to dominate the film industry. Movies, in whatever language, are accessible to everyone. It's a media that recounts previously untold stories, draws people together at gatherings, and leaves an indelible impact on the brains of its viewers. Each year, about 3000 films are produced, with a global revenue of $42.5 billion USD in 2019. With an average of 1500 films made each year in various languages; India is at the top of the list.</p> <p>"While movies have always captivated me, I never saw myself producing them. However, when life hands you lemons, you take them and make the best of them, and that is precisely what I did," says Tel when asked how a technologist like him got into the movie business. He recalls that "Fast and Furious 7," which received the greatest box office gross of the entire franchise, received a positive reception from the Indian public as well. The death of Paul Walker was widely grieved by Indian audiences, demonstrating the emotional bond that Indians share with cinema."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Tel Ganesan is quick to point out that international film producers see India solely as a market, but ignore Indian talent, which is a sad fact.&nbsp; Koreans and the Chinese are demonstrating their prowess in world cinema by releasing films such as parasite, which has received numerous prizes on the international arena. Apart from A R Rehman's appearance at the Oscars, Indian talent and cinema are not as well-known as they should be, according to Tel Ganesan, who wants to include versatility and new talent in the films he is producing. Tel Ganesan, who has four unreleased films in the works, adds, "I'm doing my share in getting fledgling and emerging performers from India to be a part of Hollywood films."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/10/tel-ganesan_s-take-on-being-a-tech-moghul-to-a-film-producer.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/10/tel-ganesan_s-take-on-being-a-tech-moghul-to-a-film-producer.html Wed Nov 10 18:09:06 IST 2021 shia-personal-law-board-sends-notice-to-mira-nair-netflix-over-a-suitable-boy <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/07/shia-personal-law-board-sends-notice-to-mira-nair-netflix-over-a-suitable-boy.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/magazine/theweek/leisure/images/2020/8/6/69-Ishaan-Khatter-and-Tabu.jpg" /> <p>A legal notice has been sent to Mira Nair and others by the All India Shia Personal Law Board for the depiction of a ‘tazia’ in the web series <i>A Suitable Boy</i>. The notice alleges that the religious sentiments of millions of people have been hurt and their religious beliefs insulted.<br> </p> <p>The notice has been drafted by Syed Mohammed Haider Rizvi who is the president of the legal cell of the Board.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The objection in the notice is to episode 4 of Season 1. “…at 43:30 minutes…you have desecrated a “Tazia” when you have shown it falling to the ground. This particular scene has not just hurt the sentiments of lakhs of people (belonging to different religions, faiths, beliefs and walks of life) who consider a “ Tazia” to be the most sacrosanct and keep it at the highest pedestal, but has also invoked religious fervour of sorts amongst them”, it reads.</p> <p>The notice further mentions “Tazia is a replica of the mausoleum of Imam Hussain … who stared into the eyes of imminent annihilation but refused to bow down to evil and an oppressive ruler Yazid, who in consequence killed him and almost his entire family on the sands of Karbala in Iraq. Imam Hussain, though martyred centuries ago, but his message of peace and humanity still resonates in the hearts and minds of people at large and has been a source of solace and courage during their testing times..”<br> </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>A tazia, notes the letter is not just any religious object but something so sacrosanct that the entire Taziadar community preserves and protects with their lives till it is “laid to rest” on the 10th of Moharram or the Chehallum or different dates during the period of Muharram mourning”.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>While the notice grants that the makers enjoy the Freedom of Speech and Expression, it also draws attention to Section 295 of the Indian Penal Code which reads, “Deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings… Whoever, with the deliberate and malicious intention of outraging the religious feelings of any class of citizens of India, by words, either spoken or written, or by signs or by visible representations or otherwise, insults or attempts to insult the religion or the religious beliefs of that class, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>It calls for deleting the offensive scene from the series and issuing a public apology for depicting the same. “It is needless to say that any act of yours which is contrary to what has been instructed above would invite initiation of criminal proceedings against you inter-alia under section 295 A Indian Penal Code, besides initiating further suitable action against you, at your risks, costs and consequences throughout”, concludes the notice.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The notice has been sent to Nair, who is the director of the series, and her co-director Shimit Amin. Others named in. the notice are Lydia Dean Pilcher and Aradhana Seth (producers), BBC studio, Vinyard Films and Netflix (distributors) and ministers Anurag Thakur (Information and Broadcasting) and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi (Minority Affairs).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The six-episode first season of <i>A Suitable Boy</i>- an adaptation of Vikram Seth’s novel premiered on Netflix on July 26, 2020, in Bengali, Hindi, English and Urdu.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>It has attracted controversy even earlier when the Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra objected to a scene in which two characters are kissing in the premises of a temple.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/07/shia-personal-law-board-sends-notice-to-mira-nair-netflix-over-a-suitable-boy.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/07/shia-personal-law-board-sends-notice-to-mira-nair-netflix-over-a-suitable-boy.html Sun Nov 07 15:22:46 IST 2021 ed-sheeran-out-of-isolation-says-his-daughter-had-also-tested-positive-for-covid-19 <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/07/ed-sheeran-out-of-isolation-says-his-daughter-had-also-tested-positive-for-covid-19.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2018/6/30/ed-sheeran-ap.jpg" /> <p>Grammy-winning singer Ed Sheeran has recovered from COVID-19 and has revealed that his one-year-old daughter Lyra, whom he shares with wife Cherry Seaborn, also tested positive for the virus at the time.<br> </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The British singer-songwriter had shared his diagnosis late last month and in a recent interview with Howard Stern, he detailed his experience with the coronavirus. ''I tested for COVID and I announced it a couple days afterwards because I had to cancel [some] stuff. As soon as I got a cold, I just started testing every single day. I was just like, I want to make sure I don’t have it,” said Sheeran ''My wife was away, so, I was there with my daughter. Basically, it was me and my daughter for a week. She had it, too, so it was kind of heavy. Three days of really, really bad symptoms, I think,'' he added. Sheeran, best known for songs like '<i>Shape of you</i>', <i>Bad habits </i>and <i>Afterglow</i>', appeared as the musical guest on the latest episode of the late-night sketch comedy series <i>Saturday Night Live</i>, alongside <i>Succession</i>&nbsp;star Kieran Culkin as the host.<br> </p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/07/ed-sheeran-out-of-isolation-says-his-daughter-had-also-tested-positive-for-covid-19.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/07/ed-sheeran-out-of-isolation-says-his-daughter-had-also-tested-positive-for-covid-19.html Sun Nov 07 13:54:16 IST 2021 challenge-to-find-your-path-when-you-come-from-film-family-says-akhil-akkineni <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/07/challenge-to-find-your-path-when-you-come-from-film-family-says-akhil-akkineni.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="" /> <p>While being born in a film family is a privilege, the 27-year-old actor said it can be daunting when one is trying to make their mark. Over the years, the actor said he has realised that the only way to make a space for himself is by investing in his work rather than succumbing to the pressure of being compared with others in the family.<br> </p> <p>Actor Akhil Akkineni, son of South star Nagarjuna and actor Amala, says it is not easy to emerge out of the shadows of acting legends in a film family.<br> </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Akhil, whose grandfather was iconic actor-producer Akkineni Nageswara Rao, believes as star kids they are under constant scrutiny and expectation to excel with every film. While being born in a film family is a privilege, the 27-year-old actor said it can be daunting when one is trying to make their mark. &quot;It has been a challenge to find my own path. When you have a lot of actors at home, you are born in their shadows, as their son or grandson. It takes a lot to break out of that. There is a lot of pressure from their fans, our fans, to deliver from day one.&quot;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;While there is an immense amount of privilege that I am very well aware of, there is an immense amount of pressure also. There are pros and cons to it. I take it in my stride,&quot; Akhil told PTI.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>A year before his debut as the leading actor, Akhil appeared in a cameo in the 2014 Telugu fantasy drama Manam, which featured him alongside Nageswara Rao, Nagarjuna and his half brother, actor Naga Chaitanya - in their only screen outing together. Over the years, the actor said he has realised that the only way to make a space for himself is by investing in his work rather than succumbing to the pressure of being compared with others in the family. ''I am well aware of who I am and where I have come from. I deal with it by putting in as much hard work as I can. I am here to work, push my limits and see where I can go. Concentrating on my work rather than over-thinking these things is the best way to go about it.'' Akhil recently starred in the Telugu romantic comedy <i>Most Eligible Bachelor'</i>&nbsp;He will be next seen in the spy thriller feature '<i>Agent</i>', co-starring veteran star Mammootty.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The actor said Agent, directed by Surender Reddy, will be a departure from the love stories he has featured in like<i> Hello </i>(2017) and <i>Mr Majnu</i> (2019).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;It is a spy film. I am attempting a new genre. It will be an action-entertainer. I will be going all out with that film. Let's see where that leads. We have begun shooting and are in that process. This is a departure from what I have done and I am truly enjoying it,&quot; he said.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/07/challenge-to-find-your-path-when-you-come-from-film-family-says-akhil-akkineni.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2021/11/07/challenge-to-find-your-path-when-you-come-from-film-family-says-akhil-akkineni.html Sun Nov 07 13:21:41 IST 2021