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Director Aashiq Abu’s Virus has hit rough weather even before its release. The film was embroiled in controversy after filmmaker Uday Ananthan moved court accusing the director of copyright infringement. Uday has claimed that he has the right to the title and the story of Virus.

Hearing Uday’s petition, the Ernakulam district court on Thursday stayed the release of the movie. However, Aashiq seems to be unfazed by the controversy as he reportedly said that he will take “necessary action at the right time.”

“My movie is inspired by real incidents. So how can it be termed as a copy of someone’s story,” Aashiq Abu argued. The shooting of the film is currently in progress in Kozhikode, which was touted as the epicenter of Nipah Virus infection.

Virus is based on actual incidents that happened in the backdrop of the disease outbreak. The film is Aashiq Abu’s most ambitious project as he has put together a set of highly-talented actors for this movie. The all-star cast includes Revathy, Asif Ali, Rima Kallingal, Parvathy TK, Remya Nambissan, Tovino Thomas, Kalidas Jayaram, Soubin Shahir, Dileesh Pothan and Chemban Vinod Jose. The filmmaker has also assembled a solid technical crew, including Muhsin Parari, Suhas and Sharfu, cinematographer Rajeev Ravi, composer Sushin Sam. Virus is expected to hit screens this summer.

 

 

Soundarya Rajinikanth, Rajinikanth's daughter, got married on February 11, 2019, to actor-businessman Vishagan Vanangamudi. She got married in a glittering ceremony in Chennai among family and friends. The sangeet ceremony was held on February 10, where Rajinikanth set the dance floor on fire as he danced to Oruvan Oruvan Mudhalali from his 1995 film Muthu. 

 

The grand wedding was attended by prominent politicians like DMK Chief MK Stalin, Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami, MDMK Chief Vaiko, actor-turned-politician Kamal Hassan, and others. Various south celebrities like Sivaji Prabhu, Mohan Babu, Aditi Rao Hydari and filmmaker Mani Ratnam were also in attendance at the wedding. Soundarya's sister Aishwarya and actor-husband Dhanush were also seen at the wedding.

 

This is Soundarya's second marriage; she was married to entrepreneur Ashwin Ramkumar for seven years. They divorced in 2016 and have a son together. The bride looked gorgeous in traditional southern weaves, while the groom was classy in his shirt and veshti. The wedding ceremony was held at 9 am and was followed by a reception for the guests. 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

Mumbai: Actor Sanjay Dutt has been extremely transparent about the fact that he fell prey to drug abuse during his youth and never held himself from speaking about it at various forums. In a recent interview, the actor came on records to talk about his willingness to be a part of a nation-wide campaign against drug abuse, which is being organized at educational campuses in Chandigarh and Hisar on 18 and 19 of this month respectively.

 

Designed to eliminate drug addiction and in order to spread knowledge about the inhumane repercussions, the actor is all set to share his past experiences and how it severely impacted his years as a young man. Not only Sanjay Dutt but B-Townies like Sonakshi Sinha, Parineeti Chopra, Badshah, Sonu Nigam, Kapil Sharma, and Varun Sharma are also coming forward to support the change. They will engage with 25000 students on campuses on both the days, to counsel and discourage them from falling prey to such abuse. Joining the bandwagon we have another one crore students across hundreds of other educational institutions in the country, who will also be able to watch this event through a live broadcast. This would be then followed by a road-show including all the celebrities coming on-board.

 

The blueprint of the idea to eradicate drug abuse goes back to the time when actor Sanjay Dutt was released from Yerwada Jail in 2016. His friends, producer Ajay Arora (Bittoo), lyricist Montoo Bassi and filmmaker Mahavir Jain had an extensive conversation about the growing problem amongst the youth and a year later the idea was run through by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in Bengaluru to seek a way forward.

 

Confirming the development the actor said, “I have experienced the menace of drugs first hand. I know the havoc it creates and so this cause is close to my heart. The aim is to make this campaign India’s largest. It’s very easy to get sucked into drug abuse, but very difficult to get out of it. It all starts when minds are young and impressionable. We have to firmly tell youngsters that drug abuse is not cool. That’s why we want to reach out to the youth of this country and spread the word through campuses.” The actor seems to have taken on this as a mission and he signs off saying, “Na karunga na karne doonga.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mahesh Anand, known for his many negative turns in films of the ‘80s and the ‘90s, has died, according to reports. He was 57. The actor’s body has been taken to Cooper Hospital for a post-mortem.

 

Mahesh was last seen in Govinda’s Rangeela Raja, which released on January 18. He was known for films such as Shahenshah (1988), Majboor (1989), Swarg (1990), Thanedaar (1990), Vishwatma (1992), Gumrah (1993), Khuddar (1994), Betaaj Badshah (1994), Vijeta (1996) and Kurukshetra (2000).

 

The report notes that the actor lived alone in Versova, Mumbai. When PeepingMoon.com contacted his ex-wife, she said that she was not aware of his death. “We are not in touch since 2002,” she said.

 

Rangeela Raja was his first film in 18 years. Ahead of its release, Mahesh in a Facebook post had written that he had only six minutes of screen time, but was excited to be back at work.

 

In an earlier interview to Cinestaan, he had revealed that he had been through financial difficulties during his time away from the industry. “Nobody signed me for 18 years. But god came in the form of a human being and offered me a small role. It’s a stepping stone back into the industry. Actually it has not hit me till now because for 18 years I have lived alone, with no work and no money,” he had said.

 

Mahesh said that when producer Pahlaj Nihalani called him to his office, he didn’t even have money for the autorickshaw fare. “I have worked with some big people, but nobody remembered me,” he had said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mumbai: Vicky Kaushal's  'URI: The Surgical Strike' creates a milestone as it enters the 200 crore club with all the glory, the Indian military drama has no plan to stop its victorious journey at the box office.

 

RSVP's URI: The Surgical Strike is still high on the box office success and the winning saga goes up and above and has created a rage among the masses. Now keeping the josh high at the box office RSVP's URI: The Surgical Strike crossed 200 crores and definitely becomes the first content blockbuster of this year.

 

In its fourth week looking at the feedback and reactions of audiences RSVP's first release of this year, URI: The Surgical Strike is still receiving the great response at the box office after crossing the 200 crores mark.

Vicky Kaushal starrer has shattered a record previously held by the Hindi version of SS Rajamouli’s magnum opus Baahubali 2. The Aditya Dhar directorial has surpassed day 23 and day 24 box office collections of the Prabhas starrer.

URI: The Surgical Strike has made Rs 2.20 crore on Thursday, taking the India collections to Rs 200 crore at the end of its fourth week. Uri: The Surgical Strike is based on the surgical strikes which were carried out by the Indian army in 2016. Besides Vicky Kaushal, the film also features Yami Gautam, Paresh Rawal, Kirti Kulhari and debutante Mohit Raina.

The film has been directed by Aditya Dhar and it has been produced by Ronnie Screwvala. Produced by RSVP movies and directed by Aditya Dhar, the film has Vicky Kaushal, Yami Gautam and Paresh Rawal in key roles. Uri: The Surgical Strike has hit the screens on 11th January 2019 and running successfully on the box office in its fourth week.

 

 

 

 

Last year has proven to be a quite amazing for Deepika Padukone. The actress began 2018 on a high note with the success of Padmaavat and ended it on a high after getting married to Ranveer Singh in Italy's Lake Como. Now, Deepika is all set to be back on the silver screens with Meghna Gulzar's next titled Chhapaak. She will be seen playing the protagonist in the film which is a biopic of acid attack survivor Lakshmi Agrawal.

 

While her fans are used to seeing Deepika in a glam avatar on the big screens, looks like that is not going to happen in Chhapaak. Why do we say so? Well, Meghna Gulzar herself spilled the beans recently and shared that DP will be seen in a disfigured avatar in the film. 

 

Meghna was speaking at the 'Lit for Life 2019' event in Chennai. Talking about her upcoming film with Deepika Padukone, she said, "You won’t be seeing Deepika, you know. You will be seeing a disfigured Deepika. There is an uncanny similarity between the survivor and Deepika." 

 

Chhapaak marks the first collaboration between Meghna and Deepika. Deepika will not just essay the survivor in the film, but will also be producing it. The movie also stars Vikrant Massey as the male lead opposite DP. The prosthetics and other tests for the film were recently conducted and going by the grapevine, the film is ready to begin rolling. 

 

 

 

 

Kiara Advani is taking the Bollywood industry and South film industry by storm. The versatile actress has been steadily building her career graph not just with her impressive choice of films, but also with her outstanding performances.

 

Kiara Advani has an exciting long list of films in her kitty. The best bit is that she will be honoured as 'The Emerging Star of the Year' at Global Village Dubai on February 16 at the 13th edition of the Asiavision Movie Awards.

 

Kiara's career skyrocketed in 2018 when she made her South debut with the massive hit – Bharat Ane Nenu opposite Mahesh Babu. Her Netflix outing – Lust Stories, further helped her climb up the success ladder and made her the rightful challenger for this honour.

 

Asiavision Movie Awards honours the best performers and technicians of Hindi, Malayalam and Tamil film industry and has been held annually since 2006.Kiara Advani will head to the beautiful desert city to collect her 'The Emerging Star of the Year' award.

 

On the professional front, Kiara is currently shooting for Kabir Singh with Shahid Kapoor. The film is a remake of South film titled Arjun Reddy and is produced by Bhushan Kumar, Murad Khetani, Krishan Kumar and Ashwin Varde. She will also be seen in Karan Johar's Dharma Productions film, Kalank in a special appearance. The Lust Stories actor will also share the screen space with Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Diljit Dosanjh in Good News.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bollywood actress Richa Chadha on her recent trip to UK for the promotions of Love Sonia, which released in England last week, turned out to be momentous for Richa Chadha. During her trip, the actor was chosen to pen a hand-written message that will be featured in The House of Commons Book of Tribute to the late Nelson Mandela - thus becoming the only Bollywood actor to earn a place in the special tribute.

 

Conceptualised as an honor to the former South African president who fought against Apartheid and child poverty, the book has personalised messages written by former US president Barack Obama, Sir Paul McCartney, Maya Angelou, Russell Crowe and David Beckham, among others.

 

Richa Chadha says she was honoured when Nic Careem - the man who set the initiative - asked her to be part of it. "I met Nic when I was in London recently. He has been working hard to give shape to this amazingly conceptualised book. Nelson Mandela's fight for the rights of the downtrodden people of his race has made him an inspiring figure. To have heartfelt messages written by such accomplished people is a great way to know that people continue to think of him even today."

 

The book is an effort to take forward Mandela's mission of eradicating poverty. Slated to have a global release in May, the proceeds from the book's sales will go towards fighting child poverty in the respective country.

 

 

 

 

Actors Nayanthara and Sivakarthikeyan are pairing up again for their upcoming film titled Mr. Local. Sivakarthikeyan took to his official Twitter page to share the first look of the movie. In the poster, he is seen sporting a tuxedo and sitting casually with a glass of tea in his hand

 

Mr. Local is said to be loosely based on the hit Rajnikanth film Mannan. Nayanthara and Sivakarthikeyan have previously acted together in Velaikkaran, which was also based on a Rajnikanth film. Directed by M Rajesh of Oru Kal Oru Kannadi fame, Mr. Local is being touted as a family entertainer.

 

Hip Hop Tamizha will be composing the music for the film which also stars Radhika Sarathkumar, Sathish and Yogi Babu in pivotal roles.

 

Sivakarthikeyan was last seen as a lead in Seema Raja. He also made his debut as a producer with the sports drama Kanaa and even had an extended cameo in it. Apart from Mr. Local, Sivakarthikeyan has two other untitled films in the pipeline this year. He is teaming up with Irumbu Thirai fame director P Mithran and is also reportedly working on a big budget sci-fi film.

 

Actress Nayanthara was last seen in Viswasam and is awaiting the release of a number of films including Airaa and Kolaiyuthir Kaalam.

 

 

 

Mumbai: Zoya Akhtar's upcoming directorial venture, Gully Boy has been creating huge buzz ever since the film is announced. Showcasing the life of an underground rapper off streets, Gully Boy presents an emotional journey of a rapper from the slums of Dharavi. 

Starring Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt in the lead roles, the film has been extensively shot in the slums of Mumbai. Both the actors shot for over 25 days at the real slums in Mumbai and has done full justice to their characters. 

Sources reveal, "Ranveer & Alia have shot for as many as 25 days in the slums of Mumbai. All the combination sequences of Ranveer & Alia have been shot at the open area of slums in Mumbai. A few scenes of the actors together are also witnessed in the trailer". 

Gully Boy has been the talk of the town ever since the trailer has come out. Songs like Apna Time Ayega, Asli Hip Hop and many others have gripped the entire nation. Gully Boy starring Ranveer Singh as the street rapper, and Alia Bhatt as his love interest bringing to the screen the fresh chemistry of the duo. The film also stars Siddhant Chaturvedi and Kalki Koechlin in key roles.

Directed by Zoya Akhtar, Gully Boy is produced by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar under the banner of Excel Entertainment in association with Tiger Baby and is all set to release on 14th February 2018.

 

Molestation case has been filed against popular dancer and choreographer  Salman Yusuff  Khan on January 30 at the Oshiwara Police Station. The victim, a dancer herself, alleged that Salman, along with his brother, tried to misbehave  with her on two different occasions. 

According to the FIR filed, the victim was first approached by the dancer's manager while she was in London for work in August 2018. Later, she met Salman at a coffee shop in Oshiwara, Andheri, where he offered her an opportunity to perform in Bollywood Park, Dubai with him. 

The victim claimed that Salman "touched her inappropriately" on the same day when she was offered the opportunity after he offered to drop her home. The FIR filed by the victim further goes on that following the incident, she got a call from the dancer's manager regarding the work and left for Dubai on August 20, along with her dance group. 

The victim alleges that, while in Dubai, Salman asked her, on August 30, to accompany him to Bollywood park resort in Bahrain, for another show. As soon as they reached the airport, Salman introduced her to his cousin brother, who, along with Salman, touched her inappropriately on their journey back to Dubai via car on November 3. 

The victim alleged that Salman and his team harassed her and her troupe for days after the incident, and even threatened her with dire consequences. He forcefully made them terminate their contracts and on November 10 sent her and her troupe flight tickets back to Mumbai when they refused to move. 

These incidents of harassment prompted the victim to file a case against the dancer and his brother. Salman, who rose to fame for his participation in popular reality shows, has also had subsequent stints in Bollywood.

 

Kollywood actor Jiiva, is all set to make his Bollywood debut soon, and that too, with Ranveer Singh starrer 83. The Tamil actor, who is most remembered for his role in the 2011 release Ko, will play Krishnamachari Srikkanth in the film which is directed by Kabir Khan.

 

Confirming the news on Twitter, film critic Taran Adarsh wrote, “Well-known actor of Tamil films, Jiiva, to enact the part of cricketer Srikkanth in 83. The Film… Stars Ranveer Singh as Kapil Dev, Directed by Kabir Khan, Presented by Reliance Entertainment, Produced by Madhu Mantena, Vishnu Induri and Kabir Khan.”

 

Producer Madhu Mantena had also expressed his desire about working with Jiiva and told Pinkvilla, "I have been a huge fan of Jiiva since the time I saw one of my favourite films with him called KO. I have always wanted to remake it here in Hindi. It's awesome that finally, I am getting a chance to work with him. I can't think of anyone better to be able to do justice in playing Srikkanth on the big screen".

Jiiva also spoke about the preparation for 83. He said that he has to lose seven kgs and understand the character. Jiiva mentioned, "For this film, instead of training in the gym outdoor excercises are done more, which is also aiding my preparation for 83. I have a personal trainer who is helping me to build my stamina. The workout routine is intense and there is a fair amount of cardiovascular training involved. I'm focusing on getting Srikkanth's  shades and body language on mark. I have started watching his videos online, and those of the ‘83 matches as well."

 

Interestingly, before the role was going to be offered to Telugu superstar Vijay Devarakonda previously. If Vijay had got the role, it would mark his debut in Bollywood. With Jiiva however, the makers wouldn’t have to work on language since Jiiva is already a Tamil actor.

 

 

 

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