Actress Kangana Ranaut says 'Thalaivii' is the best film of her career so far and is confident that it will bring audiences back to the theatres.
Kangana earlier attended the premiere of her film in Hyderabad and expressed her disappointment with multiplexes for not screening the film due to the gap between its big screen and digital release.
On Monday, the actress took to her Instagram Story and shared a poster of 'Thalaivii', a biopic based on the life of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and former actress J. Jayalalithaa, and wrote: "What a gratifying experience to watch 'Thalaivii' best film of my career so far."
Kangana also shared a note, saying: "'Thalaivii' is a theatrical experience hopefully Hindi multiplexes will also play it. I am confident it will bring audiences back to the theatres @pvrcinemas_official @inoxmovies."
The film, which will be released in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu, showcases the varied aspects of Jayalalithaa's life, tracing her journey as an actress at a young age to becoming the face of Tamil cinema as well as the rise of the revolutionary leader that changed the course of the state politics.
It is set to release in cinemas on September 10.
Actress Arshi Khan is appalled at how many people are trying to hog the limelight over actor Sidharth Shukla's death. She calls this behaviour "disgusting".
"It is disgusting that people look out for self-benefit whenever a popular celebrity dies. I'm disappointed with many people I know, who are coming out as 'wannabes' over Sidharth Shukla's death. Their action and statements in media is sounding like overacting and fake. Later they themselves will feel sorry about it," Arshi tells IANS.
The actress, who rose to popularity with 'Bigg Boss 14', suggests that such people should focus on themselves instead.
"People claiming they are 'numb', and are 'unable to come out of it' need to be involved in prayers and meditation and pray for Sidharth's soul. It will be more helpful then involving themselves in giving bytes. They can also do some good cause like feeding less fortunate people or doing charity in Sidharth's name," she says.
Sidharth Shukla died on September 2 due to a heart attack.
Actors Shah Rukh Khan and Nayanathara were reportedly spotted in Pune, shooting for their much-talked about film together. The two prolific actors have come together for Tamil director Atlee's next project.
While no official confirmation has come from either the stars or the director, the pictures have gone viral on social media.
It is being speculated than an action scene was being shot when the two got papped. The team will have a 10-day shooting schedule in Pune.
The film is said to have a great cast, which includes Sanya Malhotra, Sunil Grover and Priyamani. Telugu actor Rana Daggubati is also expected to join them later in the shoot.
This film marks the first collaboration of Atlee with Shah Rukh, who will also be seen in YRF's 'Pathan'.
Actress Kangana Ranaut has praised multiplex chains for screening the Telugu and Tamil version of her upcoming film 'Thalaivii'. She calls it a ray of hope.
After hearing the news, Kangana, who had earlier taken to Instagram to request the multiplex owners for 'Thalaivii's' screening, said she was moved by the decision and penned a long note.
She wrote: "PVR's decision to screen the Tamil and Telugu versions of the film is a ray of hope for Team Thalaivii as well as all those cinegoers who are waiting to rush back to their favourite multiplex chain for a cinematic experience. I am personally moved by the kind words used for me and Team Thalaivii."
The actress hopes that the Hindi version of the film, based on the life of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and former actress J. Jayalalithaa, gets to see the light of day.
"And I hope with talks, and a passion for the theatrical experience, we can come together to find a solution so that the Hindi version can also find love and appreciation on the big screen @pvrcinemas_official - Lots of Love, Kangana."
A statement on behalf of Kamal Gianchandani, CEO, PVR Pictures Ltd, Chief of Strategy, PVR Limited read: "We are thankful to 'Thalaivii' team for offering a 4 week theatrical window for its Tamil and Telugu language versions. We are delighted to be able to play 'Thalaivii' in Tamil and Telugu language at our cinemas, however, we are disappointed that for the Hindi language version, 'Thalaivii' team has decided to offer only a 2 week window.
"We would like to appeal to Ms Kangana Ranaut, Mr Vishnu Induri & Mr. Shailesh Singh to keep a uniform window of 4 weeks across all language versions and therefore allow all cinemas across the country to showcase 'Thalaivii' to audiences, on the big screen."
The statement further read: "Considering the severe impact of the ongoing pandemic on our business, PVR cinemas has already agreed to reduce the 8 week theatrical window to 4 weeks, for all films releasing in the near future.
"This is a temporary step by PVR cinemas to assist our producer partners in realizing full commercial potential of their films, while keeping the sanctity of theatrical experience, intact."
The film, which will be released in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu, is based on the life of the late Jayalalithaa.
'Thalaivii' showcases the varied aspects of her life, tracing her journey as an actress at a young age to becoming the face of Tamil cinema as well as the rise of the revolutionary leader that changed the course of Tamil Nadu politics.
It is set to release in cinemas on September 10.
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan and his actress-politician wife Jaya Bachchan's first film together titled 'Bansi Birju' has clocked 49 years of its release in Hindi cinema. Amitabh treated his fans on social media with a black-and-white picture of the film.
The cine icon on late Saturday night posted a monochrome still from the film. In the image, the couple are seen hugging.
"Our first film together .. 'Bansi Birju'.. released Sept 1, 1970 .. that's 49 years ago," Big B wrote as the caption for the image, which currently has 349,000 likes on the photo-sharing website.
Directed by Prakash Verma, 'Bansi Birju' is about the love story between Birju, a villager and his lady love Bansi who is a sex worker.
Following 'Bansi Birju', Jaya, an FTII graduate and daughter of famous journalist Taroon Coomar Bhaduri, co-starred with Amitabh in 'Ek Nazar'.
Amitabh and Jaya got married in June 1973. The two were seen in the film 'Zanjeer', which turned out to be a massive success. They were also seen in a slew of movies such as 'Abhimaan', 'Chupke Chupke', 'Mili' and 'Sholay'.
Big B and Jaya share two children -- actor Abhishek Bachchan and Shweta Bachchan Nanda.
Actress Kangana Ranaut is heartbroken that her forthcoming film 'Thalaivii' is facing a roadblock as three national multiplex chains have reportedly decided to not accommodate the film, which is set to release in theatres on September 10.
Kangana took to her Instagram Story where she shared a news article, which talked about national multiplex chains in no mood to screen 'Thalaivii'.
She captioned it, "This is heartbreaking."
The actress then shared a note for the multiplex owners.
She wrote, "No films are choosing theatres, very few and very brave like my producers @vishnuinduri @shaaileshrsingh are compromising on huge profits and letting go off exclusive streaming options only for the love of cinema."
"In these times we must support each other and not bully or arm twist; it's our fundamental right to recover the cost of our film which we did, we may have two weeks window for Hindi version but for South we have four weeks window yet multiplexes ganging up on us and stopping our release there as well."
Kangana called it "unfair and cruel".
"In these testing times when major territories like Maharashtra are also shut, please let's help each other in order to save theatres."
On Saturday morning, she shared another message on her Instagram Story. She talked about how the multiplex chains have "different rules when it comes to big heroes and films".
She wrote, "They just released 'Radhe' simultaneously on OTT and theatres. They have released 'Master' with 2 weeks window, releasing Hollywood movies with simultaneous OTT release in th US, but refusing to screen even the South of 'Thalaivii' which have a
"@pvrcinemas_official @inoxmovies the system makes sure that no woman rises and then complains why don't we have women superstars bringing audiences to theatre on her own like men do."
She then talked about how content makers have "options" to showcase their work.
"@pvrcinemas_official @inoxmovies says they are on ventilator but even then bullying and harassment and ganging up seems their top most priority. Simply explains why they are in this state in the first place. Hope better sense prevails."
"Content makers have, too, many options to showcase their work but we need multiplexes' support to save them.
'Thalaivii', based on the life of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and former actress J. Jayalalithaa, is set to release in cinemas on September 10. It will be released in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.
Based on the life of the late Jayalalithaa, 'Thalaivii' showcases the varied aspects of her life, tracing her journey as an actress at a young age to becoming the face of Tamil cinema as well as the rise of the revolutionary leader that changed the course of Tamil Nadu politics.
The film will be released on September 10 as announced.
Theatres are currently allowed to operate with 50 per cent occupancy across the country as a strict guideline due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif urges people to opt for disciplined eating and control their intake of sugar as she believes we look what we eat.
The actress has become the face of 'Fitness ka Pehla Kadam' campaign as part of the low-calorie sweetener brand Suger Free.
Talking about health and fitness, Katrina said, "As a fitness enthusiast I know how important discipline is; especially when it comes to what we eat."
Mentioning her association with Sugar Free, she further added, "There is a natural synergy in the way we see fitness and getting healthier as an organic lifestyle movement allowing you to make the choices that are right for each individual.
"I hope we can together motivate people to take their first baby steps to get fitter with Sugar Free Green which uses sweetness from natural stevia leaves."
Katrina will be next seen in 'Phone Bhoot', 'Tiger 3' and 'Jee Le Zaara'. Currently, she is busy shooting with Salman Khan in Turkey for 'Tiger 3'.
Singer Enrique Iglesias has announced his next album titled 'Final'. This could be the popular popstar's last musical album.
The album, which will in two volumes, and will be released on September 17.
In an Instagram Live with pop singers Ricky Martin and Sebastian Yatra, Enrique said while he won't stop writing songs, this album was something that he has been thinking for a long time.
"I feel good about it. I have been working on it for a while now. I take forever to come up with albums... clearly the title 'Final' has a lot of meaning to it," the pop singer said.
Asked by Ricky Martin what is he trying to tell them, Enrique said, "I am trying to tell you that this might be my final album. It's not something that I have been thinking just for a few months. It's something that I have been thinking about over the past few years.
"There is going to be Volume 1 and 2 but they are going to be final... That moment in my life, that chapter in my life when I feel this is the right time to put it out."
In a big relief to his fans, the 'Rhythm Divine' singer said he "will not be away from creating music ever".
"I have been thinking about it since 2015. I will never stop making music or writing songs. I love to write songs but I am going to do them in a different way, meaning they don't have to be packaged as an album. So this project to me is important," he said.
Mumbai, Aug 31 (IANS) Popular 'Bigg Boss 13' contestant Shehnaaz Gill stunned all her fans and followers as she looked gorgeous in her picture on social media.
Shehnaaz posted a set of pictures on Instagram, where she is seen wearing a black lacy leotard. She is seen sitting on the floor as she posed for the camera.
The actress and singer, who is fondly called 'Katrina Kaif of Punjab', completed her look with reading glasses, a leopard print scarf and chose a long-bob haircut.
"With some stories, you really can't rush things. And it's often best just to sit back and enjoy the journey for what it is..."she wrote as the caption.
Shehnaaz and her 'Bigg Boss 13' close friend and actor Siddharth Shukla recently entered 'Bigg Boss OTT' as guests.
Kriti Sanon has found her feet in Hindi cinema in just seven years. She has worked on hits such as 'Heropanti', 'Bareilly Ki Barfi' and 'Lukka Chuppi' among others. The actress does not want to stop as she says she is not satisfied with where she is and is sure that there is still a lot more inside of her to discover.
Kriti made her Bollywood debut in 2014 with 'Heropanti', where she was paired opposite actor Tiger Shroff. Looking forward, the actress, whose latest release is 'Mimi' has her diary full as her line-up includes 'Hum Do Humare Do', 'Bachchan Pandey', 'Bhediya' and 'Adipurush'.
In a chat with IANS, Kriti spoke about how she sees her journey in Bollywood.
Kriti said: "I think my journey has been very fruitful and I believe that your journey should have an upward curve and a graph it shouldn't go stagnant at any point. There should be something that you are constantly learning and growing and I am not from a film background and I didn't think of becoming an actor for the longest time."
The 31-year-old actress, who secured a degree in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering, added: "I am an engineer, who happened to find her luck in acting and found what she is meant to do. With Dimpy (her character in 'Heropanti'), I was still finding my way and mark I have always been a thinker so I tend to think and question a lot. I want to learn."
Kriti is also a "quick learner" and says she wants to grow.
The actress said: "I want to become better than what I am already doing and that has always been a driving force for me. I am just happy to see that I have growna I have learned a lot more about my craft. I know a lot more emotions and acting as a process of a craft of mine."
"I am not satisfied with where I am, I am sure that there is still a lot more inside me to discover. So, that is what is exciting."
Here's a look at highlight films, shows and series that are scheduled to drop in the digital space this week.
Helmet (film on ZEE5, Sept 3)
Cast: Aparshakti Khurana, Pranutan Bahl, Abhishek Banerjee
Direction: Satramm Ramani
A quirky comedy from the heartland of India, it touches upon the topic of condoms that is considered embarrassing for most people in India and will showcase the same in a hilariously entertaining manner.
Money Heist Season 5, Vol. 1 (series on Netflix, Sept 3)
Cast: Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Úrsula Corberó
Creation: Alex Pina
Money Heist will pick up from that cliffhanger, with quite a few plot strands to resolve when the show returns. Previously in Money Heist, the gang attacked the Royal Mint of Spain (parts one and two), while parts three and four revolved around the gang's attempt to melt all the gold inside the Bank of Spain and take it for themselves.
Reminiscence (film on HBO Max, Sept 3)
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Ferguson, Thandiwe Newton
Direction: Lisa Joy
A private investigator of the mind navigates the darkly alluring world of the past by helping his clients access lost memories. His life is forever changed as he uncovers a violent conspiracy while trying to solve the mystery behind a missing client.