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Expresso Regional Cinema News Update at 7.30 PM on 21st June, 2022


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 today’s news with the latest on Tamil superstar Kamal Haasan’s latest blockbuster Vikram. It is essentially dominating the national movie industry at the moment and has created a new benchmark at the box office in Tamil Nadu. In its third week, the film has emerged as the biggest ever hit in the state, overtaking the earnings of Baahubali: The Conclusion in Tamil Nadu.

The collection of Vikram in Tamil Nadu stands at Rs 155 crore. For the last five years, Baahubali 2 held the record of collecting about Rs 152 crore in Tamil Nadu, and now that has been beaten.

Last week, Kamal Haasan hosted a grand party in Chennai to celebrate the success of Vikram. ”
Meanwhile, Actor Vignesh Shivan and Nayanthara are at a private resort in Thailand for their honeymoon. The couple had tied the knot on June 9 in the presence of close friends, family and a handful of colleagues from the film industry. While Nayanthara and Vignesh had addressed the press after their marriage, they had not disclosed the location of their holiday. Recently, Vignesh’s Instagram story revealed that the newlyweds are in Thailand. Apart from this, their photos with fans from Thailand have gone viral as well. Vignesh Shivan and Nayanthara tied the knot after being in a relationship for over seven years. The couple got married at Mahabalipuram.
“Moving on, Actor Ajith Kumar is touring across Europe on his motorbike. The photos from Ajith’s trip were first shared by his manager. It showed the actor at a gas station fueling his motorbike. Several other photos of Ajith’s Europe trip have surfaced online.

In the photos, Ajith is seen hanging out with his friends, traveling on a train, heading to his room in a hotel, and enjoying the sights of Belgium. It has become a ritual of sorts for Ajith to take a bike tour after the shoot of a film. Earlier, the actor traveled across North India after he finished shooting for his last release Valimai.”
“Director SS Rajamouli’s RRR continues to garner praise from the foreign press since its debut on Netflix and the #encoRRRe event. The latest comes from USA Today, which has assigned the movie number 1 spot on its list of best movies of 2022 so far. RRR has been rated by this media as the best action movie beating Hollywood blockbusters such as The Batman and Top Gun Maverick. Recently, the film also received better coverage from Israel’s longest-running newspaper Haaretz. The review of the movie gave it a big thumbs up.
The description for RRR in the list said, “SS Rajamouli’s exuberant and bromantic 1920s-set Indian musical epic – is the one movie everyone must see,””
In other news, Rumors of Tollywood actor Naga Chaitanya and Made In Heaven star Sobhita Dhulipala dating each other have been flooding social media since Monday. Now, a new report claimed that it is Naga’s ex-wife Samantha Ruth Prabhu who is spreading the rumors as she wants to portray him in a bad light. The same report states that her actions have left Naga Chaitanya’s fans and his team upset with her. Reacting to the report, Samantha has urged people to “move on” as both she and Chaitanya have moved on from their relationship.
“Moving on, 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. My heart is full. Love you. @SricharanPakala Check out Akira’s beautiful cover rendition of #Hrudayama/#Saathiya.””
Meanwhile, we bring you a mini-review on “Suzhal: The Vortex”. Several coiled strands present themselves in the eight-part Tamil original web series created and written by Pushkar and Gayathri and co-directed by Bramma and Anucharan. The characters have a nice degree of depth. No one is black or white; they are your garden variety of flawed humans. At times, some twists and turns appear to be quite forced. Some things feel shoehorned into the plot, and a couple of plot points are left dangling. But these do not deflect from the big picture: ‘Suzhal’ stays focused on advancing the mystery. You willingly let yourself be drawn deeper and deeper because you can’t wait to know what lies on the other side.
“Lastly, Malayalam actor-filmmaker Prithviraj Sukumaran returned home on Monday after camping in the deserts of Jordan for about two months to shoot for his upcoming movie Aatuveevitham. He captioned the photo “Back home!,” of him hugging Malayalam superstar Mohanlal.

The superstar duo share a strong personal bond besides their frequent collaboration on the big screen. Both live in the same neighborhood too. Prithviraj has directed Mohanlal in two movies, Lucifer and Bro Daddy. In addition to directing these films, Prithviraj has also played key supporting roles in them.”

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