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Expresso Regional Cinema News Update at 7.30 PM 11th May

You are listening to the Expresso Entertainment Update. Here is the latest news from the world of South Indian Cinema brought to you by The Indian Express.
“Let us begin with the top news of the day: Dhanush took to Twitter to express his gratitude as he completed 20 years in the film industry. He said “I can’t believe it’s been two decades since I started my journey in this film industry. Time flies, never did I even dream I’d come this far when I started Thulluvadho Illamai, God has been kind. I can’t thank my fans enough for the continuous love and support, you are the pillars of my strength, I love you all. I would also like to thank the cinema lovers all around the globe for showering me with their unconditional love.” Dhanush made his debut with 2002 campus drama Thulluvadho Ilamai.


“Meanwhie: Tamil superstar Kamal Haasan heaped praises on music composer Anirudh Ravichander, who has composed music for his upcoming film Vikram. He tweeted saying: “All the while I was thinking about what a great lineage you belong to. From your great grandfather to YOU, what abundant talents and achievements in one family. You are truly living up to your family standards of excellence. More power to you my young friend.”

Anirudh on Tuesday had tweeted about the recording session with Kamal. The latter has sung a song titled ‘Pathala Pathala,’ which will be released on May 11, kick-starting the promotions for Vikram.”
“In other news: Actor Sai Pallavi has been roped in for director Rajkumar Periasamy’s untitled film, which is bankrolled by superstar Kamal Haasan’s banner Raaj Kamal Films International.
The announcement coincided with the 30th birthday celebration of Pallavi on Monday. The upcoming film stars Sivakarthikeyan in the lead role. The movie was announced last year during the finale of the fifth season of Bigg Boss Tamil. Kamal Haasan recently kickstarted the promotions of his much-awaited movie Vikram. Written and directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj, the film also stars Vijay Sethupathi and Fahadh Faasil in the lead roles. The movie will be released in multiple Indian languages, including Hindi.


“Moving on: Telugu superstar Mahesh Babu is known for his no-nonsense demeanour and straight-faced humor that shows up during his interactions with the Telugu media.

Mahesh was asked when he would do a movie in Hindi. The actor said:“I don’t know if I’d sound arrogant. I did get a lot of offers from Hindi. But, the simple thing is I don’t think they can afford me. I can’t waste my time. The kind of respect I get here. The kind of stardom I get here. I never really thought of leaving my industry and going to another. I always thought when you do films here it will become bigger. My belief is becoming true now. I can’t be happier.””


“Meanwhie: Vijay Deverakonda celebrated his 33rd birthday with a lot of fanfare. A day after the celebration, Deverakonda wrote a heartfelt note expressing gratitude for all the wishes and love he received from everyone.

The actor posted a picture of himself with his mother on Instagram and wrote“To someone who stopped celebrating birthdays when I was 15 – your love has made me care about them 🙂 8 years back, You didn’t know of my name, my existence, today you cheer me, support me, fight for me, believe in me and lots of you give me unconditional love. I just want to let you know, it shall be returned.”””
“In other news: Parvathy has been at the forefront of the battle against onscreen sexism in Malayalam cinema. She even called out the blatant misogyny in Malayalam superstar Mammootty’s Kasaba. And her remarks about her had snowballed into a huge controversy, the shadow of which still hangs around the professional relationship between Parvathy and Mammootty.

Screenwriter Harshad was skeptical when he approached Parvathy for Puzhu as he thought she might not be happy about sharing screen space with Mammootty. Parvathy said: “I didn’t think twice before saying yes to Puzhu. There are a very few times I have said yes over a phone call to a film.””


“Moving on: Marking the success of F3’s trailer, the makers of the movie held a special event titled F3 Trailer Fun Blast on Monday night in Hyderabad. Actors Venkatesh Daggubati, Varun Tej, Tamannaah Bhatia, Mehreen Pirzada, Sonal Chauhan, Ali, producer Sirish and director Anil Ravipudi graced the event.

Speaking at the event, F3 director Anil Ravipudi expressed his confidence in the film’s success at the box office. He said, “Thanks to the audience for the response to F3’s trailer and giving us the energy. F3 has so many comic elements. I never thought of making F3 for commercial reasons. I decided to continue the franchise only to give the audience more reasons to laugh in theatres.”””
“And finally, Mohanlal released the official trailer for the upcoming movie Panthrand, scripted and directed by Leo Thaddeus. Mohanlal wished Leo Thaddeus and the team the best as he released the trailer. Shine Tom Chacko, Vinayakan, Dev Mohan and Lal will play pivotal roles in the movie.

Leo has earlier scripted movies such as Lonappante Mamodisa, Oru Cinemakkaran and Payyans. However, going by the trailer, Panthrand looks entirely different from the kind of movies Leo usually writes.

The trailer suggests that Panthrand is a gangster drama based in a coastal area. The stunning visuals by Swaroop Shobha Shankar will be a treat to watch on the big screen.”

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