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Happy Birthday Dhanush: From Aadukalam to Asuran, five best performances by The Gray Man actor

On the occasion of Dhanush’s 39th birthday, let’s have a look at five best performances by the National award-winning actor.



Happy Birthday Dhanush

Dhanush, the actor who is all over the world now, turned a year older on July 28.

From starting as a Tamil actor to making people crazy about his talent with his Bollywood debut Raanjhanaa and now leaving a spark on the global map with his Hollywood debut, The Gray Man, the actor has done everything right at the correct time.

And today on his 39th birthday, let’s have a look at the five best performances by the National award-winning actor.


Aadukalam was the first film that won Dhanush his first National Award in the Best actor male category. The movie has released in 2011 in the Tamil language and the film also featured Tapsee Pannu and Kishore, Naren and Murugadoss.

Aadukalam revolves around a master called Pettaikaran, who is famous in town for an impeccable track record of successes in rooster fights. And things turn interesting when one of his aides, Karuppu, goes against his word in a fight. The movie had not only released to critical acclaim but also won five awards at the 59th Filmfare Award South.

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Dhanush broke the assumption that he could not carry character burned throughout a film, with Polladhavan. The Tamil actor not only pulled off heavy roles with ease in that year but also effortlessly played the boy-next-door who lands up in an extraordinary situation in Polladhavan.

The thriller not only film established Dhanush as an actor who can deliver in acting and still play with a starry image, but also impressed critics.


Raanjhanaa will always be a film, which should be applauded for its versatility. The makers and director Anand L Rai did bring the real essence of UP and Banaras through his characters like Bindiya (Swara Bhaskar), Zoya (Sonam Kapoor), Murari (Mohammed Ayub) and Akram (Abhay Deol), but the show stealer will always be Dhanush’s character Kundan Shankar.

The film marked the Bollywood debut of Dhanush and also won him the Filmfare Award in the best actor category. The 39 years old, did not only enter the skin of his character but portrayed his vulnerability, USPs and defects with pride.


Asuran won Dhanush his second National Award in the best actor male category. The fourth collaboration of Dhanush and Vetrimaaran treated the audience with a blood-soaked tale of revenge and redemption. The movie was based on the best-selling novel Vekkai by Poomani.

The story of the rural backdrop with two warring families and a social class divide could not have been made more effective. Not only Dhanush should be applauded for his work in Asuran, who played double roles of a forty years old man and a fearless youngster in his 20’s but also filmmaker Vetrimaaran should be hailed as handling these complexities with ease is not an easy job.

The Gray Man

The Gray Man may be criticised for dealing with too many things at once, but the acting done by Dhanush is top-notch. The Tamil actor made the entire nation proud by marking his Hollywood debut with Marvel filmmakers Russo Brothers and earning good acclaim from co-stars, Chris Evans and Ryan Gosling.

The film revolves around the CIA’s top asset, whose identity is unknown and how he uncovers and triggers a global hunt by assassins set loose by his ex-colleague. The movie may have not been able to impress the audience but the critics have even applauded Dhanush’s acting in the Gray Man.  

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Bigg Boss 16: Sumbul Touqeer Khan to get evicted from Salman Khan show a week before Finale

The contestants who have reached the finale week are Priyanka Chahar Choudhary, Archana Gautam, Shalin Bhanot, MC Stan, Shiv Thakare, and Nimrit Kaur Ahluwalia.



Bigg Boss 16: Sumbul Touqeer Khan to get evicted from Salman Khan show a week before Finale

Sumbul Touqeer Khan has been eliminated from the Bigg Boss 16 show a week before the Grand Finale. Despite being the popular face of the Indian television industry, the Imlie actor could not reach the top spot. Fans are wondering if Sumbul herself was the reason behind her eviction.

The contestants were divided into two teams in the nomination task, Mandali consisting of Shiv Thakare, MC Stan and Sumbul Touqeer Khan vs Archana Gautam, Priyanka Chahar Choudhary and Shalin Bhanot. Each of them was supposed to count 9 minutes, however, Sumbul Touqeer took the highest time of 17 plus minutes which led to Mandali being nominated.

Though the Mandali got nominated because of Sumbul, the other nominated contestants Shiv and Stan, did not blame her. However, during the Weekend Ka Vaar episode, hosted by Karan Johar, the filmmaker called out Shiv for not questioning Sumbul about his nomination. Later, he asks Shiv to walk out of the show as he got the lowest number of votes.

Well, contrary to the promo, The Khabri has tweeted out saying that Sumbul Touqeer Khan will be eliminated from Bigg Boss 16 during the Weekend Ka Vaar.

The contestants who have reached the finale week are Priyanka Chahar Choudhary, Archana Gautam, Shalin Bhanot, MC Stan, Shiv Thakare, and Nimrit Kaur Ahluwalia. There are also reports that Shalin Bhanot will also get evicted from the show later in the week.

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Celebrated filmmaker K Viswanath dies at 92, celebs pay tribute



Celebrated filmmaker and Dadasaheb Phalke awardee Kasinadhuni Viswanath passed away at a private hospital in Hyderabad on late Thursday night. He was 92. Vishwanath, a five-time national awardee, was unwell for some time and died due to age-related issues, family sources said.

The veteran filmmaker passed away around midnight on Thursday.

Popularly known as ‘Kalatapasvi’, Viswanath was born in February 1930 in Andhra Pradesh and started his career in filmmaking as a sound engineer under director Adurthi Subba Rao. Later, he went on to work as an assistant director for Telugu film Pathala Bhairavi in 1951.

Viswanath went on to direct award-winning films like Sankarabharanam, Sagara Sangamam, Swati Mutyam, Saptapadi, Kaamchor, Sanjog and Jaag Utha Insaan during his illustrious career.

Viswanath, who made 50 movies since 1965, is a household name in the Telugu film industry and also renowned for his work in Tamil cinema and the Bollywood industry. The veteran artiste also had a successful stint as an actor in movies such as Swarabhishekam, “Pandurangadu”, “Narasimha Naidu”, “Lakshmi Narasimha” and “Seemasimham”, “Kuruthipunal”, “Kakkai Siraginilae” and “Bagavathi”, among others.

Viswanath’s directorial debut Aatma Gowravam, starring Akkineni Nageswara Rao, won the Nandi Award for the best feature film and followed more hits like Chelleli Kapuram, O Seeta Katha, Jeevana Jyoti and Sarada.

Viswanath was felicitated with the Dadasaheb Phalke award, the highest recognition in Indian cinema, in 2017, as its 48th recipient. Over a four-decade long career, the illustrious director was conferred with the Padma Shri in 1992 and has also collected five 20 Nandi Awards (given by the Andhra Pradesh government) and 10 Filmfare trophies including the Lifetime Achievement award.

Several big-wigs of the Indian film industry paid tributes to the legendary filmmaker.

RRR director SS Rajamouli in his tribute posted on Twitter said that Viswanath’s signature on Telugu cinema and art in general will shine brightly forever.

Jr NTR in his condolence pointed out the late director’s contributions to Telugu cinema, saying that Viswanath holds a high place among those who spread the fame of Telugu cinema across the continents. “He gave many incredible films like Shankarabharan and Sagara Sangam. The loss without him is never-ending. My deepest condolences to his family and may his soul rest in peace.”

Calling Viswanath his Guru, Veteran Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor shared a picture of himself with the late director and thanked the filmmaker for teaching him the ropes during the actor’s early years. He wrote: “K. Vishwanath Ji you taught me so much, being on set with you during Eeshwar was like being in a temple… RIP My Guru.”

In an emotional note, Tamil superstar Manmooty wrote: “Deeply saddened by the demise of Sri K Viswanath Garu. Had the privilege of being directed by him in Swathikiranam. My thoughts and prayers with his loved ones.”

AR Rahman wrote, “Anjali tradition, warmth, heart, music, dance, love …..your movies filled my childhood with humaneness and wonder! #ripkviswanathji.”

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao also expressed his condolences over the death of Viswanath.

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The Alchemist writer Paulo Coelho heaps praises on Shah Rukh Khan, recommends My Name Is Khan to the West

The Brazilian novelist took to his Twitter and wrote that Shah Rukh Khan is a king, a Legend, a Friend, but above all he’s a great actor.



The Alchemist writer Paulo Coelho heaps praises on Shah Rukh Khan, recommends My Name Is Khan to the West

The best selling author Paulo Coelho has given a shoutout to Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan. SRK has shared a video of fans gathered outside his house Mannat in Mumbai and seems like that love and affection also pulled Coelho’s attention. The writer had the most heart warming reaction on the video.

The Brazilian novelist took to his Twitter and wrote that Shah Rukh Khan is a king, a Legend, a Friend, but above all he’s a great actor. He further wrote that for those who don’t know SRK in the West, should watch Khan’s 2010 film, My name is Khan.

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However, this is not for the first time that Coelho has heaped prasied or Shah Rukh or his film My Name Is Khan. Back in 2017, when the SRK-Kajol starrer had completed 7 years, the writer had once again congratulated the team on 7th anniversary of a wonderful film. The Alchemist writer also shared a photo quoting his own statement which read that Paulo Coelho has only watch one Bollywood film, which is My Name Is Khan.

He further wrote that, it is not only a excellent film but Shah Rukh Khan also deserved an Oscar for Karan Johar directorial only if Hollywood was not manipulated. Shah Rukh had also responded to the tweet. After thanking Coelho, King Khan had written that his next journey is to try and meet the writer in person.

On the current status, Shah Rukh Khan’s Pathaan’s roar on the box office does not seem to stop. The film made with a huge budget of Rs 250 crore has earned more than Rs 300 crore in India only. The film is directed by Siddharth Anand, and apart from Shahrukh Khan, John Abraham and Deepika Padukone are in lead roles. It has been 8 days since the film was released and it has destroyed many records. The film has collected a total of Rs 667 crore at the worldwide box office within eight days.

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