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“Let us begin today’s bulletin with news on the much-awaited film “Virataparvam”. A pre-release event for the movie 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. Virataparvam has hit the theaters today. ”
“Speaking of “Virataparvam”, actor Rana Daggubati was asked why, despite his national fame, he decided to not 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.” ”
Meanwhile, here is a mini-review on ‘Suzhal: The Vortex’, 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. And at other times, you get impatient because it gets too stretched. But these do not deflect from the big picture: ‘Suzhal’ stays focussed on advancing the mystery, with its most foul murders, which come wrapped in lies and betrayal.
“Moving on, Tamil superstar Kamal Haasan’s latest movie Vikram is continuing to mint money as it nears the end of its second week at the box office. The film has been the top choice of moviegoers across south India since its June 3 release. Let us just say, this film is moving at an unstoppable pace.
Within 10 days of release, the movie raked in about Rs 315 crore worldwide. Even though it did not make a dent at the box office in the Hindi belt, it is said to have been profitable for the stakeholders there. In the southern states, the film was received enthusiastically, making it the biggest hit of Haasan’s six-decade-long career.”
In other news, AR Rahman recalls the darkest phase of his life after losing his father at age of 9. Rahman’s father, Shekhar was a popular musician and music conductor who worked with some of the leading composers of south cinema. He died in the prime of his life but it’s the goodwill that he left behind for his family of him that became a stepping stone for Rahman during the early days of his music career. Rahman said, “I was a bit secluded. I mainly lived in hospitals with my father getting treatment. And at the age of 11 or 12, I started working. But, I had personal time, which I spent mostly with music which was a blessing.”
“Meanwhile, Filmmaker Shankar recently marked the 15th anniversary of Sivaji: The Boss by meeting the film’s star Rajinikanth. He took to Twitter to share a glimpse of a moment from his meeting with the superstar. Shankar tweeted, “Elated to have met our Sivaji the Boss @rajinikanth sir himself on this very memorable day marking #15yearsofSivaji Your Energy, Affection and Positive Aura made my day!”
Written and directed by Shankar, Sivaji: The Boss was released on June 10, 2007. The movie opened to a ground-shattering response across the country and it broke a slew of box office records in its wake at the time. Not just in India, the film also saw a huge draw at the international box office.
“Moving on, Actor-filmmaker Suriya recently shot for the Hindi remake of his critically acclaimed film ‘Soorarai Pottru’. He will make a cameo appearance in the movie, which is headlined by Bollywood star Akshay Kumar. The Hindi remake is directed by Sudha Kongara, who also directed the Tamil original. The movie is inspired by the life and times of GR Gopinath, who revolutionized the Indian aviation sector by making affordable flights for working-class people.
Soorarai Pottru was released directly on Amazon Prime Video in 2020 owing to the pandemic. The movie garnered a positive response from critics and the audience alike. The Hindi remake, however, will be a theatrical release. ”
“Lastly, the 169th titled film of Superstar Rajinikanth has been Jailer. Sun Pictures, which is financially shepherding this much-anticipated project, on Friday announced its title on social media with a concept poster.
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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