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Rashmika Mandanna visits Japan for anime awards

Rashmika Mandanna's name is widely recognized in the Indian film scene. Following her recent success in the blockbuster 'Animal' alongside Ranbir Kapoor, where she played Gitanjali, she has been continuously engaged in various projects. Despite the trend of actors focusing on the West, Rashmika is expanding her reach in the East. Notably, she recently traveled to Tokyo, representing India on a global stage. The actress created history as the actress represented India at the global level by attending the prestigious Crunchy Roll Anime Awards in Tokyo. While the world is set to spread wings in the West, Rashmika is all set to capture the East. Rashmika is not only making waves in the Indian film industry but is now venturing onto the global stage for Anime lovers. Today, as the award ceremony streamed live, Rashmika Mandanna was seen presenting the award to Best Art Direction where she presented to Demon slayer! This is truly a proud moment for India as the National Crush represented India on a Global Platform. She even posted pictures of her outfit, where she can be seen wearing a glittering golden-colored off-shoulder dress with a deep neckline that had an intricate metallic design and completed her look with short hair and dewy makeup. She jotted down a beautiful caption about her beautiful trip, "Japan was a place I’ve dreamt of going to for years.. since childhood never thought it would ever be possible.. let alone be a part of an award show giving an award to one of the creators of and in the anime world!!! and finally it came true..!!" "Being able to meet everyone here, receiving the incredible love here, receiving such a warm welcome.. the food, the weather, the place so clean, such lovely people.. It’s amazing! Thank you Japan! Really! I love you! Truly! You are just toooo special.. I am going to keep coming back every year now"           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Rashmika Mandanna (@rashmika_mandanna Meanwhile, on the work front Rashmika has recently wrapped up her next movie 'Chhava,' and has 'Pushpa 2-The Rule,' 'Animal Park,' 'D-51' and 'Rainbow' in her kitty.

03 March,2024 12:54 PM IST | Tokyo | mid-day online correspondent
Nayanthara. Pic/Yogen Shah

Nayanthara's cryptic message on Instagram stirs speculation about Vignesh

Nayanthara, who is known as the Lady Superstar in the southern pantheon, shared a cryptic message on her social media that left her fans worried. The actress took to the Stories section of her Instagram and shared a text that read, "She's gonna forever say 'I got this' even with tears in her eyes." The cryptic message on her Instagram comes after it was rumoured that she has unfollowed her husband, Tamil director Vignesh Shivan. A Reddit user had shard the screenshot of Vignesh being absent from the list of people whom Nayanthara follows on Instagram. Vignesh, though, appears in Nayanthara's 'Following' list on the photo-sharing app. Last week, Nayanthara took to her Instagram stories and shared a black and white picture, in which she can be seen standing beside Vignesh, who has his arms wrapped around her. Nayanthara didn’t write anything, she attached Prateek Kuhad's song 'Kho Gaye Hum Kahan' to her story. Nayanthara, incidentally, last shared the screen with Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan in 'Jawan'. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

03 March,2024 06:52 AM IST | Mumbai | IANS
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Rajinikanth buys 12 acres of land in Tamil Nadu to build hospital for the poor

Superstar Rajinikanth never fails to give back to his fans and well-wishers. On Friday, the 'Jailer' actor was spotted at the registrar's office in Thiruporur in Chengalpet, Tamil Nadu. As per India Today, he purchased land in the area and went to get it registered. As fans learned about his presence, they swamped outside the office to catch a glimpse of their beloved Thalaiva.  Rajinikanth acknowledged the crowd that gathered to see him. He smiled at them and even took a selfie with an elderly woman. Watch the video below.  #Thalaivar latest at Thiruporur, Chengalpet❤️‍🔥😎✨Surrounded by fans 💯🥵❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥#SuperstarRajinikanth @rajinikanth @soundaryaarajni @RajiniTrendPage @Bangalore_RFC @vaisu_tweets pic.twitter.com/rWSe23HyxX — 🖤Rajini 🌟 Vinayak vettiyan ❤️ (@Vinayag88572604) March 2, 2024 As per reports, the superstar has purchased 12 acres of land to build a hospital that will provide free treatment for the poor. However, there has been no official statement or confirmation around the same.  On Friday, Rajinikanth made headlines for ditching the business class on a flight and choosing economy to travel. His actions once again exuded simplicity despite the status he holds in the world of cinema. Meanwhile, on the work front, Rajinikanth has joined hands with ace producer Sajid Nadiadwala. "It's a true honour to collaborate with the legendary Rajinikanth Sir! Anticipation mounts as we prepare to embark on this unforgettable journey together," Nadiawala said in a post on X. More details regarding the duo's collaboration are awaited. It's a true honour to collaborate with the legendary @rajinikanth Sir! Anticipation mounts as we prepare to embark on this unforgettable journey together! - #SajidNadiadwala @WardaNadiadwala pic.twitter.com/pRtoBtTINs — Nadiadwala Grandson (@NGEMovies) February 27, 2024 As of now, Rajinikanth is busy shooting for Vettaiyan directed by TJ Gnanavel. The film also features Amitabh Bachchan, Fahadh Faasil, Rana Daggubati, Dushara Vijayan, and Ritika Singh. The film will be released in the latter part of 2024. Bachchan and Rajinikanth last worked together in the 1991 film 'Hum', directed by Mukul Anand. Rajinikanth was last seen in his daughter Aishwarya's film 'Lal Salaam'. The Tamil-language sports drama tackles themes of caste oppression and religious discrimination and opened to mixed reviews. Lal Salaam stars Vishnu Vishal and Vikranth in the lead roles, while Rajinikanth is seen in an extended cameo as Moideen Bhai. Before 'Lal Salaam', Rajinikanth was seen in 'Jailer,' which was a worldwide box-office hit. He played a man seeking to avenge the death of his cop son. Mohanlal, Shivarajkumar, and Jackie Shroff were seen in important cameos.  (With inputs from ANI)

02 March,2024 11:39 AM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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Rajinikanth ditches business class to fly economy - watch video

Superstar Rajinikanth ditched the business class on a flight and chose economy to travel. Videos of the ‘Jailer’ actor surfaced on social media with passengers visibly thrilled to see Thalaiva among them. Clad in a navy blue collar t-shirt and sea-green trousers, the actor exuded simplicity despite the status he holds in the world of cinema. Watch the videos below.  #Thalaivar at flight ❤️❤️❤️❤️#Rajinikanth | #Rajinikanth𓃵 | #SuperstarRajinikanth | #SuperStarRajinikanth𓃵 | #Jailer | #Thalaivar171 | #Jailer2 | #Vettaiyan | #superstar @rajinikanth pic.twitter.com/b443yrgcU0 — Suresh balaji (@surbalutwt) February 29, 2024 Actor Jiva who was boarding the same flight also shared pictures with Rajinikanth and wrote, "Flying high with The Superstar Rajnikanth sir!"           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Jiiva (@actorjiiva) Undoubtedly, Rajinikanth's unmatched charisma and cinematic contributions have earned him a dedicated following that extends beyond the silver screen. Over the years, Rajinikanth has garnered fans with his performance in films like ‘Thalapathi’, ‘Padayappa’, ‘Baashha’, and  ‘Enthiran’ among others. He has won several accolades including, one National Film Award, seven Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, a Nandi Award and one Filmfare Award. In 2010, he was named by Forbes India as the most influential Indian.  Meanwhile, on the work front, Rajinikanth has joined hands with ace producer Sajid Nadiadwala. "It's a true honour to collaborate with the legendary Rajinikanth Sir! Anticipation mounts as we prepare to embark on this unforgettable journey together," Nadiawala said in a post on X. More details regarding the duo's collaboration are awaited. As of now, Rajinikanth is busy shooting for Vettaiyan directed by TJ Gnanavel. The film also features Amitabh Bachchan, Fahadh Faasil, Rana Daggubati, Dushara Vijayan, and Ritika Singh. The film will be released in the latter part of 2024. Bachchan and Rajinikanth last worked together in the 1991 film 'Hum', directed by Mukul Anand. Rajinikanth was last seen in his daughter Aishwarya's film 'Lal Salaam'. The Tamil-language sports drama tackles themes of caste oppression and religious discrimination and opened to mixed reviews. Lal Salaam stars Vishnu Vishal and Vikranth in the lead roles, while Rajinikanth is seen in an extended cameo as Moideen Bhai Before 'Lal Salaam', Rajinikanth was seen in 'Jailer,' which was a worldwide box-office hit. He played a man seeking to avenge the death of his cop son. Mohanlal, Shivarajkumar, and Jackie Shroff were seen in important cameos.  (With inputs from ANI)

01 March,2024 12:31 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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Varun Tej teams up with fan to screen ‘Operation Valentine’ for 200 orphans 

In a heartwarming gesture, actor Varun Tej has teamed up with a die-hard fan to organise a special screening of his upcoming film 'Operation Valentine' for 200 orphaned children. The initiative began when a fan, through an Instagram video, pledged to arrange a screening if Varun Tej responded. Swiftly acknowledging the gesture, Varun Tej commented, “Such a noble thought. Let me arrange a special screening for those kids from my end. My team will coordinate with you to make it a memorable experience for them.” Expressing her gratitude, the fan responded, “@varunkonidela7 thank you so much varun garu... It means a lot!! Thanks for the support... Hope the kids get inspired by you and the movie.”           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Sreeelatha (@lathakka1808) Known for his compassion towards children, Varun Tej had previously donated hearing aids worth 10 lakhs to hearing-impaired children, showcasing his commitment to making a positive impact. In an interview with mid-day.com Varun shared, "Our script was submitted to the Ministry of Defence [MoD] for approval. We were told that nine to 12 scripts, based on the same events, were awaiting clearance. We did not know about Fighter or Tejas [2023] until their [promos] came out, and by then, we were making our film. The MoD made changes to the script because they technically don't function the way we had written the story. Initially, it was planned as a Telugu film. But I wanted it to resonate with everyone, so [we made it in Hindi as well]. [Making such films] is about inspiring a generation of men and women to be heroic. There is so much happening at the border; it's important to bring that to the big screen." ‘Operation Valentine’ is a bi-lingual film, shot in Hindi and Telugu languages on a real air base and with real fighter planes. The electrifying trailer presents Varun Tej as a fearless IAF pilot, all set to take on the enemy, while Manushi Chhillar portrays the role of a skilled Air Force radar officer. It offers a perfect blend of thrills, emotions, and excitement.  The film is produced by Sony Pictures International Productions, Sandeep Mudda's Renaissance Pictures, and co-produced by God Bless Entertainment (Vakil Khan) and Nandakumar Abbineni. Shakti Pratap Singh Hada, a seasoned ad-film maker and VFX aficionado, will be marking his directorial debut with this film. Written by Shakti Pratap Singh Hada, Aamir Khan, and Siddharth Raj Kumar, the film will be released on March 1, 2024, in Telugu and Hindi. 

01 March,2024 11:19 AM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
Kannada actor and politician K Shivaram

Politician turned Kannada actor K Shivaram dies at 70

Kannada actor and politician K Shivaram passed away at the age of 70 in Bengaluru on Thursday. He was well-known for his performances in movies like Baa Nalle Madhuchandrake (1993) and Tiger (2017). K Shivaram had been facing various health problems and was undergoing treatment in a private hospital in the city for the past few days. The final ceremonies for K Shivaram will take place on Friday, March 1. K Shivaram was born into a less fortunate family, and his father was the theater coach S. Kempaiah. He began his acting career with Nagathihalli Chandrashekar's adaptation of the novel "Baa Nalle Madhuchandrake," where he played a significant role. The romantic thriller unexpectedly became a hit, but despite this success, K Shivaram struggled to establish himself as a prominent actor in Kannada cinema. His only other noteworthy performance was as Shivram Nayak in Nanda Kishore's action film "Tiger," where his brother-in-law Pradeep played the lead role of Ashok Nayak. The movie also featured the late veteran actor Om Puri in a crucial role. Netizens took to 'X' to share their condolences: 'Baa Nalle Madhuchandrake', actor #KShivaram, passed away today after battling critical health conditions. A former IAS officer and active politician, he made history as the first person in India to clear the IAS Exam in Kannada.May his soul find peace, and may his family find… pic.twitter.com/hXhKuUwotx — Bhargavi (@IamHCB) February 29, 2024 I spoke to Mr K Shivaram in Kanteerava Studio in 2017He had then made statements about how Modi was benefiting Dalits, & I questioned him as to basis for his claimsIn spite of my opposition, he listened calmly, smiled, patted me on the back & wished me luckHe will be missed pic.twitter.com/TMfRV8S29E — Chetan Kumar Ahimsa / ಚೇತನ್ ಅಹಿಂಸಾ (@ChetanAhimsa) February 29, 2024 Deeply mourn the demise of IAS (Rtd) officer and actor K.Shivaram. Om Shanti pic.twitter.com/9vfrp4nus7 — Vishweshwar Bhat (@VishweshwarBhat) February 29, 2024 It is a tragic day for everybody in our state & country today. My solemn condolences and prayers go to the family of Shri. K. Shivaram, a jewel of Karnataka, renowned for his roles in bureaucracy, acting, and politics.His career in bureaucracy saw him excel, becoming the… pic.twitter.com/hGKTvUeOpi — N M Ramappa (@NM_Ramappa) February 29, 2024 Kannada actor and former civil servant K. Shivaram no morehttps://t.co/acBu4zy8Dn pic.twitter.com/SnCttQHAYQ — kunal saini (@kunalsaini81275) February 29, 2024 In addition to his acting career, K Shivaram gained recognition for being the first person to successfully clear the UPSC exam in Kannada in 1986, as reported by The Hindu. After serving as a civil servant for several years until his retirement in 2013, he ventured into politics. K Shivaram initially joined the Indian National Congress, later shifted to the Janata Dal (Secular), and eventually settled within the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), where he remained active for seven years.

29 February,2024 09:48 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
Varun Tej in Operation Valentine

Varun Tej: Nine scripts based on it were awaiting clearance

When a guy, who almost became a fighter pilot, offers you a film on the Indian Air Force (IAF), you don’t say no. That’s what Telugu actor Varun Tej believes. It is this belief that has birthed Operation Valentine, directed by Shakti Pratap Singh. “Shakti had applied [to the IAF], but didn’t get through because of his [compromised] eyesight. He has done a lot of research for this film. He’d constantly say one thing—that he wanted Operation Valentine to be technical. We knew we had to tone down the film for the masses, but it’s not a dumb film,” states the actor. Fighter released on January 25 The action thriller, also starring Manushi Chhillar, traces the Balakot air strike conducted by the IAF in 2019. He isn’t worried about the subject being over-exploited, the latest example being Hrithik Roshan’s Fighter. “Our script was submitted to the Ministry of Defence [MoD] for approval. We were told that nine to 12 scripts, based on the same events, were awaiting clearance. We did not know about Fighter or Tejas [2023] until their [promos] came out, and by then, we were making our film. The MoD made changes to the script because they technically don’t function the way we had written the story. Initially, it was planned as a Telugu film. But I wanted it to resonate with everyone, so [we made it in Hindi as well]. [Making such films] is about inspiring a generation of men and women to be heroic. There is so much happening at the border; it’s important to bring that to the big screen.” A jawan’s duty is to protect his country, not to hate his adversary. Are today’s movies truly reflecting the spirit of the armed forces, without adopting a jingoistic tone? Tej explains, “We are mindful of the jingoism, but there is always a threat from another country. China, Bangladesh and Pakistan are threats that we must keep in check. That’s the only extent to which we take this film, keeping it close to the incident it is based on. Our idea was to show how a pilot sitting in the cockpit makes the decision to go 2,000 kilometres into a neighbouring country.” That Fighter didn’t fare well at the box office could be a worrisome precursor. The actor says, “There are people who have passionately spent on this project, and I want them to make a buck. [It can] pave the way for more passionate projects.”

29 February,2024 05:31 AM IST | Mumbai | Mohar Basu
Mrunal Thakur and Vijay Deverakonda

Wrap it up with a romantic number

Love stories are quickly becoming Mrunal Thakur’s forte. After Sita Ramam (2022) and Hi Nanna (2023), the actor will now be seen romancing Vijay Deverakonda in The Family Star. While the makers have announced an April 5 release, we hear the leads have yet to shoot a song for Parasuram’s directorial venture. Thakur is expected to kick off the Telugu offering’s final leg in Chennai this week. The director has apparently charted out a 10-day schedule, which begins with the filming of some talkie portions. A source tells us, “The makers are on a deadline. They have to can an important sequence featuring the leads, which is a dramatic high point in the narrative. After that, the team will move on to the filming of the song. While a part of the number will be canned at Marina beach, they also plan to capture some unseen locations of Tamil Nadu. The town of Kannapuram in Kerala is also on the itinerary.” It will be a hectic month ahead for the unit as they race towards the finish line. The post-production team is simultaneously editing the movie. The source adds, “After he has wrapped up the shoot, the director will lock the final edit.”

29 February,2024 05:30 AM IST | Mumbai | Mohar Basu
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Sandeep bhaiya chale south

Fans of TVF offerings already knew him as Sandeep Bhaiya, his breakout role in Aspirants, the wide popularity of which sparked a spin-off series. But Sunny Hinduja believes Netflix’s The Railway Men (2023)—which featured R Madhavan, Kay Kay Menon, Divyenndu and Babil Khan—introduced him to the mainstream audience. “The Railway Men reached far and wide, and people from across the world lauded our work. I felt grateful for the love that came to me,” says Hinduja. While the appreciation has given him a boost, it has also encouraged the actor to push his boundaries. It reflects in his next step as he ventures into Malayalam cinema with Hello Mummy. The actor is set to join the shoot of the fantasy comedy, helmed by ad filmmaker Vaishakh Elans, in Kochi next month. To Hinduja, it is the realisation of his wish to go beyond Hindi offerings. “I want to do all kinds of roles across different languages. I want to work in different countries too, but it begins at home. I have loved Malayalam cinema. Content matters greatly to this industry.” Before he faces the camera, the actor will have to pick up the basics of the language and perfect his dialogues. The trick, he says, is to not think of language as a barrier. “If you don’t think of it as a barrier, it is not,” he laughs. “I don’t have to speak a lot of Malayalam. When I read the story, I was thrilled with its fresh thinking, and the team’s honesty [towards their work].”

29 February,2024 05:21 AM IST | Mumbai | Mohar Basu
Malayalam actor Lena announces marriage

Actor Lena announces marriage to Gaganyaan astronaut Prasanth Balakrishnan Nair

Lena, the Malayalam actor, shared a surprising update on Instagram. She revealed that she got married to Group Captain Prasanth Balakrishnan Nair, who is also an astronaut selected for the Gaganyaan mission. The couple got married on January 17, 2024, but they chose to keep it private until this announcement. Malayalam actor Lena announces marriage to Gaganyaan astronaut  Lena's revelation about her marriage to Prasanth Balakrishnan Nair coincided with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's announcement of Nair being chosen as one of the astronauts for India's Gaganyaan mission. Lena took to Instagram to share her pride in her husband's accomplishment and celebrated the historic moment not only for the nation but also for her home state of Kerala. In a touching Instagram post, Lena posted a collection of photos with Prasanth Balakrishnan Nair and expressed her emotions. She clarified that the reason for disclosing their marriage was the official announcement by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Lena revealed that their wedding had a traditional setting and was arranged in nature. Malayalam actor Lena announces marriage to Gaganyaan astronaut, see post:           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Lenaa ലെന (@lenaasmagazine) Sharing photos, she wrote, “Today , 27 February, 2024 , our Prime Minister , Modi ji Awarded the First Indian Astronaut Wings to Indian Air Force Fighter Pilot ,Group Captain Prasanth Balakrishnan Nair . It is a historic moment of pride for our Country , our state of Kerala and Me personally. In order to maintain the officially required confidentiality, I was waiting for this announcement to let you know that I got married to Prasanth on 17 January, 2024 in a traditional ceremony through an arranged marriage(sic.)” Lena has had an impressive career, starring in over 100 films across various languages. Some of her notable works include 'Traffic,' 'Snehaveedu,' 'Ee Adutha Kaalathu,' 'Spirit,' 'Left Right Left,' 'Ennu Ninte Moideen,' 'Randam Bhavam,' 'Bachelor Party,' 'Iyobinte Pusthakam,' 'Two Countries,' 'Athiran,' 'Bheeshma Parvam,' 'Omanathinkalpakshi,' 'Ohari,' 'Malayogam,' and 'Thadankalpalayam.' Other news in the Malayalam industry Sonalee Kulkarni sat down with Mid-day.com to discuss her new film that is running in theatres. One may recall Sonalee as a Marathi actress who is well known for her work in films like ‘Natrang’, Jhimma, and 'Mitwa' to name a few. Yes, of course, who can ever forget 'Apsara Ali'. The popular track that had the entire nation grooving was released over a decade ago. Malayalam film director Lijo Jose Pellissery is seemingly a fan of the song. “It was like a hunt. Go find Sonalee from Apsara Ali was Lijo’s word (to his team). Then everybody from the production to direction to casting came hunting me and they finally found me,” says Sonalee adding that the film 'Malaikottai Vaaliban' came to her at a time she was seeking to explore chartered territories. 

28 February,2024 08:13 AM IST | Mumbai
Pawan Kalyan. File pic

Pawan Kalyan's 'Hari Hara Veera Mallu' not shelved; will join shoot after polls

Telugu superstar Pawan Kalyan's upcoming movie 'Hari Hara Veera Mallu' is very much on track. Earlier, there were reports of the film getting shelved but, the producer of the film came forward and cleared the air that the film is still being made and Pawan will join the film once he gets free from campaigning for the elections in Andhra Pradesh. The producer of the film, AM Rathnam addressed a public gathering and busted rumours about the film. As per media reports, he said: " ‘Hari Hara Veera Mallu’ will make him known as a Powerstar nationwide, not just in the Telugu states." "He recently shot some scenes for the film and will resume after the elections. If I wanted to make money; I would’ve insisted on them completing the film within days. The film is set in the 17th century and it takes time.” The film also stars Nidhhi Agerwal, and Bobby Deol, who has been soaring high since the release of ‘Animal’ in December last year. He further mentioned, “I recently saw that a particular website claimed the film has been shelved. Had I responded, it would have been an issue. So, I simply revealed that the VFX work for the film is happening in Iran, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and other places. Not just part one, we also have a part 2 for 'Hari Hara Veera Mallu' in the works.” This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

28 February,2024 07:03 AM IST | Mumbai | IANS
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