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“Let us begin the bulletin with news on Actor Sai Pallavi. She issued a clarification after her statements about the 1990s exodus of Kashmiri Pandits went viral and erupted into a controversy. The actor had expressed her concerns about the violence in the name of religion and had said that while the exodus was wrong, so was cow vigilantism. This led to a furore online among many.
Sai Pallavi explained that she would never belittle the tragedy, stating that she was trying to say that violence of all kinds was a sin. During a media interview that went viral, Pallavi was asked whether she was influenced by the left-wing movement in her personal life. She clarified that she doesn’t take sides. ”
“Speaking of actor Sai Pallavi, A pre-release event for the movie “Virataparvam” was held in Hyderabad recently. The event saw Venkatesh Daggubati, Sai Pallavi, Rana Daggubati, Eswari Rao, Zarina Wahab, Naveen Chandra, Rahul Ramakrishna, Venu Udugula, Sudhakar Cherukuri, and Srikanth in attendance.
During the pre-release event, Venkatesh heaped praise on the cast and crew of Virataparvam. He said it is “a great movie” with “top-notch performances”. Venkatesh, particularly, seemed impressed by Sai Pallavi’s performance in Virataparvam. He said, “Virataparvam is one of the best films of Sai Pallavi’s career. She played the role of Vennela so wonderfully. She will receive the National Award for her performance of her in the movie”. Virataparvam has hit the theaters today.
Moving on, Actor Samantha Ruth Prabhu, in an interaction with spiritual guru Sadhguru, asked if the injustices that one experiences in their life can be ‘blamed on past karma.’ She posed a series of questions to him, and seemed to be engaging with his answers from him. The questions covered topics such as the quest for spirituality being exclusive to the privileged class, to the idea of individuality. But she was quite interested in knowing Sadhguru’s opinion on a question that had been on her mind lately. Sadhguru replied, “Do you still expect the world to be fair to you?” Samantha had a tumultuous 2021, after splitting from her husband Naga Chaitanya. She subsequently spoke about being trolled mercilessly online.
“In other news, Actor-politician Pawan Kalyan’s son Akira Nandan is a fan of Adivi Sesh’s work in films, and he was also recently spotted at the premiere of Major. Sesh and Akira are left-handed and bond over shared interests. They never hesitate to show their admiration for each other.
Recently Akira surprised Sesh by sending him a video of his piano cover rendition for the chartbuster “Hrudayama” song from Major. In the 140-second video, the 6’4″ tall guy is seen enjoying every note he plays.
Thanking Akira for his cover rendition, Sesh wrote, “Thank you dear #Akira for sending me this. Heart is full. Love you”
Meanwhile, Actor Rana Daggubati recently said Indian projects can go global if the makers focus on “local” stories which are unique to the country. Daggubati, the star of blockbusters like the Baahubali franchise and the political thriller Nene Raju Nene Mantri, said even if the country were to have a global-hit show like Netflix’s Money Heist, it can work if it has local elements woven into it. He said, “India is a land of stories with the greatest mythologies ever written. And they’ve been written at a scale that puts Game of Thrones to shame in that sense. There’ll be two-three directions that’ll automatically take us (global). Because it’s our culture that we are representing”.
“Following up with news on actor Rana Daggubati, he was asked why, despite his national fame, decided not to take the pan-Indian theatrical route for the film. Rana explained that not every film has to be mounted on the same scale and in the case of Virata Parvam, it was a film that needed ‘to be told for a certain region.’
Rana told Galatta Plus that the decision to have a pan-Indian release should serve a ‘film’s functionality’. He said, “Like Baahubali’s functionality was there. So it was important for us to find a way to land it in different parts of the country, and find the right people to land it.”
Moving on, Kamal Haasan has once again proved his star power with the success of his latest release, Vikram, which has broken Baahubali 2: The Conclusion’s box office record in Tamil Nadu. The film has crossed Rs 150 crore in the state alone, surpassing Baahubali 2’s record of Rs 146 crore in 2017. As per reports, the Kamal Haasan-starrer has managed to rake in more than Rs 350 crore globally. It sits second on the list of highest-grossing Tamil films of all time, only behind Rajinikanth’s 2018 blockbuster 2.0, which earned Rs 655 crore worldwide. Kamal Haasan, along with the film cast and crew addressed fans at an event and thanked them.
“Lastly, the 169th titled film of Superstar Rajinikanth has been Jailer. Sun Pictures, which is financially shepherding this much-anticipated project, recently announced its title on social media with a concept poster.
They wrote, “#Thalaivar169 is #Jailer.” The concept poster of Jailer sees a blood-soaked meat cleaver hung to a chain inside an abandoned factory. While the ambience in the frame looks rustic, it also promises a high voltage actioner.
Jailer marks Nelson Dilipkumar’s second directorial for Sun Pictures after Vijay’s Beast. It also marks his first-time collaboration with Rajinikanth.
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