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Ponniyin Selvan 1: Mani Ratnam breaks silence on Bollywood’s downfall, says pandemic can’t be an excuse for making bad films

Mani Ratnam’s Ponniyin Selvan Part 1 is scheduled to be have a worldwide theatrical release on 30 September 2022 in both standard and IMAX format.

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The man of few words, Indian director Mani Ratnam is all geared up for the release of his upcoming period drama Ponniyin Selvan Part 1. And during a recent media interaction, the director talked about everything, from the downfall of Bollywood to his movie, the director reiterated this facts.

Mani Ratnam had initiated this big project even before the Pandemic had hit India, but due to the lockdown, Ratnam had to wait for things to fall back into places. And while talking about the same, he said if a film is bad, it’s bad. One can’t use the pandemic as an excuse. Furthermore said that the pandemic had hit everyone. Hence, it’s not at all an argument to say one could have made a better film if not for the pandemic.

Ratnam believes that a director job is to deliver against all odds. And maybe Bollywood took it easy and blamed the pandemic and didn’t take any any of their mistakes into consideration. The Ponniyin Selvan director made a note worthy remark as ever since the theatres have been reopened, most of the Hindi films have failed at the box office.

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Reason being their story and poor direction. Film like Ek Villian, Heropanti 2, Liger should not have even been approved but such films were not only made but the actors had the confidence to even promote it.

However, filmmaker Mani Ratnam is confident that Ponniyin Selvan Part 1 will impress the Indian audience. The film marks the reunion of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Mani Ratnam after Guru in 2007. The duo earlier also collaborated for Raavan co-starring Abhishek Bachchan and Vikram. The first part of the film will go on the floor on September 30, 2022.

Mani Ratnam’s magnum opus is based on the struggles within the Chola empire. The film is set in the uproaring period before Ponniyin Selvan, the son of the Kaveri river, also known as Rajaraja Chola, who went on to become one of the greatest emperors in Indian history. The music of the film has been composed by the legendary AR Rahman and the choreography is by Ravi Varman.

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Veteran actor Vikram Gokhale passes away

The prolific actor was last seen in the 2022 film Nikkamma co-starring Shilpa Shetty, Sherlin Shetty, and Abhimanyu Dassani.

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Veteran actor Vikram Gokhale passed away on Saturday in Pune. The actor was hospitalised earlier this month and was admitted to a private hospital in Pune, reports said.

Reports also said Gokhale was suffering from cancer and doctors refused to reveal any other information.

Earlier, there were several reports that claimed the passing away of the actor on Wednesday. However, his daughter refuted the rumours of her father’s demise and said he slept into a coma but was not dead. Following the rumours, several Bollywood stars including Akshay Kumar, Aly Goni, Ajay Devgn, Jaaved Jaafery, and others shared their condolences.

Vikram Gokhale was popularly known for his acting prowess in films like Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Agneepath, Bhool Bhulaiyaa, Parwah, Khuda Gawah, and others. He also won several prestigious accolades including the National Award for Best Actor in 2010 for his performance in the Marathi film Anumati.

Son of popular Marathi actor Chandrakant Gokhale, the prolific actor who took over the TV industry, Marathi theatre, and Hindi Cinema. Notably, Gokhale’s grandmother Kamalabai Gokhale was the first female child artist of Indian cinema.

After creating a niche of himself in the Hindi cinema, Gokhale also worked in popular TV soap operas. He is popularly known for the show Udaan which premiered on DD National from 1989 to 1991. He also worked in popular shows like Ghar Aaja Pardesi, Alpviraam, Jaana Na Dil Se Door, Sanjeevni, and Indradhanush.

In total, Vikram Gokhale acted in more than 90 films and theatre plays and as many as 70 Marathi films. In 2011, he was honoured with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contributions to theatre.

Vikram Gokhale was last seen in the 2022 film Nikkamma co-starring Shilpa Shetty, Sherlin Shetty, and Abhimanyu Dassani. His last work will be in the upcoming web series Ambedkar-The Legend.

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Richa Chadha Galwan tweet: Prakash Raj slams Akshay Kumar, Swara Bhasker supports Fukrey actor

Several prominent celebrities, including Akshay Kumar, slammed the Fukrey actor for her Galwan says Hi tweet.

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Richa Chadha Galwan tweet: Prakash Raj slams Akshay Kumar, Swara Bhasker supports Fukrey actor

Actors Prakash Raj and Swara Bhasker have come out in support of Richa Chadha, who faced backlash on social media for the Galwan tweet. Several prominent celebrities, including Akshay Kumar, slammed the Fukrey actor for her Galwan says Hi tweet.

Hitting out at Akshay Kumar, Prakash Raj tweeted Didn’t expect this from you, Akshay Kumar. Having said that Richa Chadha is more relevant to our country than you sir. He also came in support of Richa and wrote, Yes we stand with you, Richa Chadha. We understand what you meant, he added.

Earlier, Akshay took to Twitter and shared a screenshot of Richa Chadha’s comment and tweeted Hurts to see this. Nothing ever should make us ungrateful toward our armed forces. Woh hain toh aaj hum hain.

Swara Bhasker also extended support to the actor. She wrote Richa Chadha, strength and love to you along with blue heart emoji.

A massive controversy broke out after Richa tweeted Galwan says Hi in reaction to the Northern Army Commander, Lt General Upendra Dwivedi’s statement that the Indian Army is waiting for orders from the government in reclaiming Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

Anupam Kher also slammed the Gangs of Wasseypur actor and wrote Desh burai karke kuch logon ke beech lokpriya hone ki koshish karna kayar aur chote logon ka kaam hai. Aur Sena ke samman ko daaw par lagana…isse zyada sharmnak aur kya ho sakta hai.

Richa deleted her controversial tweet and issued an apology. She wrote Even though it can never be my intention in the least if the 3 words which are being dragged into a controversy have offended or hurt anyone, I apologize and also say that it would sadden me if even unintentionally my words have triggered this feeling in my brothers in the Fauj of which my own Nanaji has been an illustrious part.

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Bigg Boss 16: Battle between parents of the contestants takes over Weekend Ka Vaar | Watch

Salman gets angry with Sumbul’s father and says that you tried to talk to your daughter on the pretext of illness, and that is wrong.

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Bigg Boss 16: Battle between parents of the contestants takes over Weekend Ka Vaar | Watch

This time Weeknd Ka Vaar of reality show ‘Bigg Boss 16 is going to be very special, with some high voltage drama. Bigg Boss 16’s weekend episode have always been full or drama, scoldings, fights and tears.

And seems like some same is about to happen this time too. In this weeks Weekend Ka Vaar, Salman Khan will take class of all the contestants as well as their parents, which will leave the audience in a tizzy.

In the last episode, Bigg Boss narrates the audio of the conversation between Sumbul Touqueer Khan and his father to the housemates, which heats up the atmosphere in the house. Shalin and Tina’s anger reaches sky high after overhearing the conversation between Sumbul and their father. They even raise this issue in front of Bigg Boss that why the family members of the same contestant are being given a chance again and again?

What Bigg Boss did after this will make the audience’s heart skip a beat. Bigg Boss, who is known for his unexpected moves, this time brought Shalin, Tina and Sumbul’s parents face to face on the stage, after which all three got into a heated argument.

Sumbul’s father, Tina’s mother, and Shalin’s parents will be seen in this episode along with Salman Khan. Later, a fierce debate will also be conducted amongst them. The latest promo shows Salman Khan venting his anger, which will add on to the drama.

Salman gets angry with Sumbul’s father and says that you tried to talk to your daughter on the pretext of illness, and that is wrong. At the same time, Shalin’s father also says yes to Salman. After this, Sumbul’s father asks Tina to apologize for her wrong words, on which Tina’s mother flares up and says that she has not sent her children to any school but to Bigg Boss. And everyone is entitled to play their own games on their terms.

On the whole it is safe to say that this Weekend Ka Vaar is going to be dramatic ad well as will keep the Bigg Boss 16 fans hitched to their TV sets.

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