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A film like Black Panther after Trump’s alleged ‘shithole country’ remarks on some African nations functions like a curt reply to those who ever doubted the people of colour. What could have been a mourning of good old days, contrasts with the expectations of the Marvel fans who are used to only White superheroes.

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HYDERABAD: An FIR was registered on Wednesday against Omar Lulu, the director of Malayalam movie 'Oru Adaar Love', police said. The Hyderabad police on Wednesday booked the makers of upcoming Malayalam film Oru Adaar Love over a song that has “objectionable references” to a love story between Prophet Mohammad and his wife Khadijah Bivi in Mecca.

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Film: Mayanadi (2018)

Scene A: Mathan sees the Jacuzzi tub. He seems excited and prepares a bubbling bath with aromatic candles and expensive bath salts. He soaks himself and relaxes.

Scene B: Mathan lies on the belly of Aparna, after they make love. He asks if he can make arrangements for relocating to Dubai, intending that since they had sex, she’d give her consent. Aparna replies “Sex is not a promise, Matha”

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As far as career tangents go, NivedithaPrakasam has had an interesting ride. From having a degree in Automobile Engineering to working as a language editor to winning the Queens of Comedy show on TLC last year, this young comedian has now garnered the attention of a nation for her witty one-liners and her sarcastic look at the world.

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For a band that has been part of the musical landscape of Chennai for over a decade, Grey Shack has barely had any contenders to take their spot of being the city’s only hard rock outfit, heavily influenced by rock legends such as The Who, Led Zeppelin,and AC/DC.

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MUMBAI: Actor Dhanush, who has shared a poster and teaser of his Hollywood debut "The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir", says it has indeed been a journey extraordinaire. Based on a bestseller book "The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe", the film is an English-French comedy-drama directed by Ken Scott.

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What the audience saw today on screen was definitely not Madhavikutty. And so says the Director before the opening credits- ‘fictional’ portrayal..! -a very convenient word to excuse the misrepresentation. The film Aami ended up as a whitewashing of the writer’s image which, according to the director, badly needed a repairing.

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MUMBAI: Filmmaker R. Balki says the biggest commercial element in his latest film "Pad Man" is lead actor Akshay Kumar. Balki attended a panel discussion 'Say No To Stigma And Taboos Period', which was organised by the ladies wing of Indian Merchants Chamber (IMC) on Thursday here. Balki was asked if he wasn't tempted to make the movie in a commercial zone.

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MUMBAI: After more than a year of launching massive protests against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati, later christened Padmaavat, for allegedly distorting history, Karni Sena announced on Friday that it decided to take back its protest and accepted that the movie glorifies the valour of the Rajputs.

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As the lyrics go in the Beatles song “Hey Jude”, Shyamaprasad took a sad story, this time to make it better. With the hero and the heroine, equal in shortcomings and amazing in the chemistry together, the film marked a serious phase in Nivin’s acting career and proved once again that Shyamaprasad’s characters can get under our skin each time.

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MUMBAI: The fans of Rani Mukerji should have wait for the much awaited film "Hichki". The film will now hit the screens on March 23. The film was earlier supposed to release on February 23. The marketing and distribution team took the decision to shift the release keeping in mind the post exam scenario for students and families.

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BEIJING: Indian film "Secret Superstar," starring Bollywood actor Aamir Khan, dominated the Chinese film market in the week ending Jan. 28, earning 223 million yuan (about 35.2 million U.S. dollars), China Film News reported Tuesday. Aamir Khan is one of the most recognized Indian actors in China.

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There was only one single emotion on the faces of audience in the theatre today- Affection. As Pranav Mohanlal cuts his teeth on the silver screen today in Aadhi, the cinemas ran full house. Pranav had everyone’s blessings. And today was his day.The parental love- it was as clear as day, seen in the eyes of the women and the men, and all of us in the show today.

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Oscar 2018 nominations were announced on Tuesday in Beverly Hills. Nine pictures are nominated for ‘Best Picture’ category.

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Davos: Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who is in Davos to receive an honour at the 24th Annual Crystal Awards, hopes to feel the warmth of love and friendship in the alpine resort town. "Bhai sahib kaafi thand hai (It's quite cold)!!! Hope to find some love and friendship to keep me warm here. Thank you World Economic Forum for the honour and for having me over. Davos diaries," Shah Rukh tweeted on Monday.

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Those who love films can’t forget the name Sergei M Eisenstein, the father of Montage theory and the practitioner.  Today is his 120th birth anniversary. Google honored this great Soviet film director on his 120th birth anniversary with a doodle. On The doodle we can see a series of film rolls in movement depicting iconic imagery in some of Eisenstein's films.

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BANGALORE: Baahubali, the upcoming 2.0 and the most expensive Radamoozham- The entire South India is beaming with big budget films. The release of KGF will be a significant milestone for Kannada film industry. These are the times when films throw larger digits to budget and some wondered why such a change is taking so long in Sandalwood. Here’s why.

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MUMBAI: The makers of "Padmaaavat", through front page advertisements in newspapers on Monday, listed disclaimers clarifying that it never had dream sequence featuring Alauddin Khilji and Rani Padmavati, and that it is a movie every Indian will be proud of. The ad comes a day after the controversial movie's producers -- Bhansali Productions and Viacom18 Motion Pictures --

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NEW DELHI: Bollywood producer and entrepreneur Ronnie Screwvala doesn't mince words to censure the practice of selling satellite rights and rights to a digital medium before a film opens in theatres. He says producers are "killing the industry" by adopting this business model, as it is a big threat to the existence of theatres in India.

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KOZHIKODE: An honest face of patriarchy, a man who treats his women as mere toys and a child’s complex understanding about god and his own self- Fresh themes and unique talents joined hands in IEFFK 2018 in Calicut. Mananchira Tower and the Open Theatre were literally being an open platform for independent and experimental cinema.

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Verdict: Full house on First day First show. But the Chiyaan fans missed a powerhouse hero, the grand entry and a good stunt. Vikram’s transformation from the dapper hero of his last film to the rugged Sketch was more sober than expected. But, certainly, the film has an unexpected climax and it is worth the long first half.

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MUMBAI: Actress Taapsee Pannu feels social media has given people the power to mock someone easily, and says that it can "genuinely crush someones confidence". "I think with the power social media has given us, it is so easy to mock someone nowadays. What people don't understand is that it can genuinely crush someone's confidence.

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This Pongal is a tricky timing for Kollywood. Five films are in queue to get released.

1. Surya’s Thaanaa Serndha Koottam

Director: Vignesh Shivan

Music: Anirudh Ravichander

Cast: Surya, Keerthy Suresh, Karthik, Ramya Krishnan

The film is said to be a remake of Akshay Kumar’s Special 26. The story is inspired from a real life incident in 1987 when a group posing as CBI raided a jewellery showroom in Mumbai and stole around 35 lakhs. The film is expected to be a family entertainer.

2. Vikram’s Sketch

Director: Vijay Chandar

Music: S Thaman

Cast: Vikram, Thamannaah, Soori , Ravi Kishnan

Vikram does the titular character ‘Sketch’ who is a rowdy. The film will have a ‘stylish’ take on Vada Chennai (North Chennai) which is otherwise shown rural and rustic in films, says the director.

3. Prabhu Deva’s Gulaebaghavali

Director: Kalyaan

Music: Vivek-Mervin

Cast: Prabhu Deva, Hansika, Revathy

The film is set to be a lavish costume drama. Hansika plays the role of a con artist and thief. Another highlight of the film is that there is a replica of the hanging garden of Babylon used for a song. With the help of CGI, the film will have some spectacular scenes.

4. Kalakalappu 2 –ensemble cast

Director: Sundar. C

Music: Hiphop Tamizha

Cast: Jiva, Jai, Shiva, Nikki Galrani, Catherine Tresa

The film is a sequel of Kalakalappu (2012). The movie will be a complete comedy entertainer.

5. Madura Veeran

Director: P.G Muthiah

Music: Santhosh Dhayanidhi

Cast: Shanmuga Pandian Meenakshi, Samuthirakani, Vela Ramamoorthy

The title is borrowed from MGR’s 1955 film. The story is on Jallikattu (bullfight) and the politics associated with it. The film shows scenes of Marina beach protests against Jallikattu ban in Tamil Nadu. The director states that the film will be favouring the tradition rather than the politics behind the bullfight ban.

However, the major clash will be between Surya’s and Vikram’s films. Once both films have grabbed enough theatres, the other films will have to be content with the rest and look forward to slowly pick up the pace.

 “There are currently around 1,162 screens in Tamil Nadu, out of which 950 to 1000 are fit for new releases... if a star-powered film manages to get released in 450-500 screens in Tamil Nadu, smaller films will probably get about 150-200 screens, depending on the clout of the distributor.” (Sreedhar Pillai,

The fans are eagerly waiting for this Friday for Sketch and Thaanaa Serndha Koottam. Pongal is celebrated from January 14 to 17.

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Why Kamal’s much awaited Aami will be more than a biopic or just another female lead Malayalam film? It’s not that the film is about Madhavikutty, the acclaimed writer; it is also the story of a Hindu upper cast woman writer, later opting Islam for love. Among the hubbubs of a superstar trapped in a feminist argument and another breaking the internet with his trimmed down weight, everyone had forgotten about the upcoming Manju Warrier film Aami for a while.

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Indian-American actor-comedian Aziz Ansari has won Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy for "Master of None" at the 75th Golden Globe Awards here. "I genuinely didn't think I'd win because all the websites said I was going to lose. Also, I am glad we won this one because it would have really sucked to lose two of these in a row," Ansari said in his acceptance speech at the gala on Sunday night.

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A real picture of Kannur, a plausible love story; and the Romeo and Juliet are at the mercy of the viewer’s imagination when the film ends. The villain is, predictably, the bloody politics of Kannur.Assumably, the film began with an aerial shot of Kannur , a Hartal day. The theme was introduced. The hero and the heroine meet. We all know who the villain is when the red and saffron flags under their families believe in are shown.

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MUMBAI : For those awaiting to see how Ranbir Kapoor brings alive the story of Sanjay Dutt on the big screen, the wait has become a little longer. The biopic on the "Khalnayak" star will now release on June 29 instead of March 30.

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NEW YORK: Newest publication "Sylvan Elf Chronicles: Kaleen the Discovery: Book One" from Fulton Books author Christianne Van Keuren is the tale of a young she-elf named Kaleen. Through Kaleen, the powerful Lynerin will be reborn and the fall of the evil Nalas made possible.   Born in Poughkeepsie, New York, Christianne moved to Clinton Corners, New York with her parents and four siblings.

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A much awaited trailer of Zero is finally out on Monday. Shah Rukh bursts into a New York ballroom in his undergarments, then in jeans and in a waistcoat later, singing and dancing- only this time he is too ‘short’ for the big screen.

Director: Anand Rai

Written & Screenplay by: Himanshu Sharma

Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma

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The film is a visual treat. And it makes full sense when we say the director Michael Grey is also a visual effect artist. A well made musical with an outstanding cast. Hugh Jackman surely gave a lively performance, something cheerful after playing the sulky Logan early this year. Yet the real hero of the film is not Jackman or Zac Efron; it is their Circus- the performers.

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CHENNAI : Actor Kamal Haasan, who is planning to take a plunge into politics, on Sunday extended a warm welcome and greetings to megastar Rajinikanth in the political arena.

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After Ezra, Tiyaan and Adam Joan Prithviraj marks the end of this year with a film based on a young man and his aeronautical dreams. The debutant director Pradeep M. Nair certainly didn’t disappoint the young students who rushed to the cinemas since schools closed for Christmas. An inspirational-slash-love story, a great concoction for a family film and finally a climax of reunion of the old sweethearts- in short, the viewer goes home happy, satisfied.

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MUMBAI: The highest earning film in India this year -- "Baahubali 2: The Conclusion" -- was neither an original Hindi movie nor featured an established star. That says a lot about the changing dynamics of Bollywood which, in 2017, saw a mixed bag of projects that drew audiences mainly with solid content, notwithstanding star power. Salman Khan's "Tubelight", Shah Rukh Khan's "Jab Harry Met Sejal" and Ranbir Kapoor-starrer "Jagga Jasoos" are cases in point.

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The year 2017 is one that the Malayalam film industry would perhaps like to forget, given the unexpected and shocking after-effects of the abduction of a popular actress. The industry was stunned when news broke in February that the young actress had been kidnapped after sunset when she was on her way to a friend's place in the commercial capital of the state, Kochi.

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MUMBAI: If during the year 2017, the scarcity of new acting talent was scary, the abundance of directorial talent instantly lifted the spirit and made sore expectations soar. Yes, there is hope for Bollywood.

Around 28 new directors made their debut during the year that was. Here's looking at the finest directorial talent that broke into the Hindi cinema in 2017:

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Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who has shared an emotional bonding with late Shiv Sena founder-president Bal Thackeray, on Thursday promised to contribute his bit in the making of the upcoming biopic titled 'Thackeray'.

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MUMBAI : Filmmaker Ali Abbas Zafar says Bollywood superstar Salman Khan and actress Katrina Kaif shared a beautiful bond while working on the sets of upcoming spy thriller film "Tiger Zinda Hai". "Salman and Katrina share a beautiful bond and sparkling chemistry. Salman's wicked sense of humour would crack her up, just like all of us," Zafar said in a statement.

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MUMBAI : Director Rahul Rawail says filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, whose forthcoming film "Padmavati" is surrounded by controversy, has the right to re-interpet history according to his imagination.

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AMRITSAR : Bollywood composer-singer Adnan Sami "bumped" into the "lovely guy" and former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) superstar The Great Khali. Sami on Sunday met Khali at the airport here and later shared a photograph. In the image, the "Bhardo jholi" hitmaker can be seen struggling to fit into the selfie, clicked by Khali. 

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MUMBAI : The Indian Film and TV Directors' Association (IFTDA) has called a meeting of like-minded directors, technicians and representatives of the film industry on Monday, said an IFTDA member on Sunday. Speaking at a press conference, filmmaker Ashok Pandi said he felt very strongly about the protests against Padmavati.

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NEW DELHI : The Supreme Court on Friday refused a plea seeking to ban the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's controversial "Padmavati" epic drama featuring Deepika Padukone as a Rajput queen. The court said it could not intervene since the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) was yet to decide about its certification. The film, which also stars Shahid Kapoor as Rawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as invader Alauddin Khilji, is set for release on December 1.

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MUMBAI : Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry is in India and enjoying getting "lost" in the streets of the country's financial and film capital here. Berry, known for films like "Monster's Ball", "Die Another Day" and "X-Men", revealed through her Instagram account that she is in India. "Caught a sunrise in Mumbai today," the actress posted on Wednesday, along with a photograph capturing a skyline full of high-rises as the sun rays add an orange tinge to the sky.

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