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Rajinikanth issues public notice on infringement of rights, warns legal action

South Indian Superstar Rajinikanth has issued a public notice on the infringement of rights, and warned of legal action against those who commercially exploit the actor's name, image, voice, etc., without taking his consent. His advocate S. Elambharathi issued a public notice warning civil and criminal proceedings against those who infringe upon the actor's personality, including his voice, image, name, and other unique behaviour of his. The notice issued on Saturday stated that only the actor has the control over the commercial utilization of his personality, name, voice, image, etc. The notice also said that several mediums, platforms, product manufacturers were misappropriating his name, image, voice, caricature image, and artistic image, and AI-generated images to create confusion among the public and to entice them to buy certain products or to access the medium through which the actor's manners were misused. Also Read: Tamannaah Bhatia confirms being part of Rajinikanth's 'Jailer', shares first look The notice said, "His charisma and nature as an actor and human being has earned him the title of 'Superstar' called by millions and millions of his fans across the world. The sheer proportion of his fan base and his respect across the film industry is unmatched and indisputable. Any damage to his reputation or personal life would entail a great loss to our client." It is to be noted that Rajinikanth is presently shooting for the big-budget movie, 'Jailor' in which Malayalam superstar Mohanlal is playing a cameo role. 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

29 January,2023 01:30 PM IST | Mumbai | IANS
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Here’s the reason why SS Rajamouli thanked the Japanese people

Ever since the time the prolific filmmaker had announced ‘RRR’, it has been making news, for all the right reasons. Be it the film’s powerful casting or the magnetic music or even the arresting background score, the list is endless for the film to be spoken about almost everywhere. Only a few days back, the film’s smash hit track ‘Naatu Naatu’ not just got itself the prestigious ‘Golden Globe’ award, but also won itself the much-coveted Oscar nomination. Also Read: S.S Rajamouli's film ‘RRR’ adds one more feather in its cap Well, besides the film creating a boxoffice tsunami in India, the film has been creating records and also breaking records worldwide. One such country wherein the film has been welcomed with open arms is Japan, whereby the film has completed 100 glorious days. On the occasion of ‘RRR’ completing 100 days in Japan theatres, the film’s director SS Rajamouli took to social media to express his heartfelt gratitude towards the Japanese people. Back in those days, a film running for 100days, 175 days etc was a big thing. The business structure changed over time...Gone are those fond memories...But the Japanese fans are making us relive the joy ❤️❤️Love you Japan... Arigato Gozaimasu...🙏🏽🙏🏽 #RRRinJapan #RRRMovie pic.twitter.com/bLVeSstyIa — rajamouli ss (@ssrajamouli) January 28, 2023 He took to social media and wrote, “Back in those days, a film running for 100 days, 175 days etc was a big thing. The business structure changed over time...Gone are those fond memories...But the Japanese fans are making us relive the joy. Love you Japan... Arigato Gozaimasu...#RRRinJapan #RRRMovie”. For the uninitiated, the term ‘Arigato Gozaimasu’ in the Japanese language means ‘Thank you’. Also Read: SS Rajamouli confirms RRR 2 And for all those who were eagerly waiting for the film’s sequel, well, here is some good news for you. A few days back, SS Rajamouli had confirmed that 'RRR 2' is in the works and said that he is working on the story with his father V Vijayendra Prasad. At an event in Chicago the filmmaker had said that his father was the story writer for all his films and that they had discussed a bit about ‘RRR 2’ and that his father is working on the story.

28 January,2023 07:41 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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Happy Birthday Shruti Haasan: 5 must-watch regional movies of the South diva

Daughter of legendary actor Kamal Haasan, Shruti Haasan is a multi-talented actress, singer, and music composer who has made a name for herself in Bollyoowd as well as down south. With a career spanning over a decade, Shruti has starred in a variety of films across multiple languages, but she is particularly known for her performances in regional movies. While Shruti made her acting debut with the Hindi movie, 'Luck' in 2009, she gained recognition as an actor after starring in Tamil and Telugu films like 'Oh My Friend', 'Anaganaga O Dheerudu' and '7aum Arivu' to name a few. In addition to her acting skills, Haasan is also known for her singing abilities and has lent her voice to several songs in her films. As the multi-faceted star turns a year older today, let's take a look at some of the best regional movies of Shruti Haasan, which cemented her place as an impressive and impactful actor in Tamil and Telugu cinema.  Anaganaga O Dheerudu: This 2011 Telugu fantasy film, directed by Prakash Kovelamudi, starred Shruti Haasan in the lead role and received critical acclaim for her performance. The film was a commercial success and earned Haasan several awards and nominations for Best Actress. Balupu: Released in 2013, the Telugu action comedy film was directed by Gopichand Malineni, and starred Shruti Haasan and Ravi Teja in lead roles. The film was a box office hit and Haasan received positive reviews for her performance as the leading lady. Srimanthudu: Headlined by superstar Mahesh Babu, this 2015 Telugu action drama film was helmed by Koratala Siva and starred Shruti opposite Babu as the stunning female lead. The film was a declared blockbuster and Haasan received positive reviews for her performance as the female lead. Katamarayudu: Starring Pawan Kalyan, Kamal Kamaraji along with Shruti Haaasan, this 2017 Telugu action drama is directed by Kishore Kumar Pardasani. The film was a commercial success and Haasan's portrayal of a classical dancer, who is a simple village girl was widely appreciated.  Krack: This Telugu action film, directed by Gopichand Malineni, starred Shruti Haasan opposite Telugu megastar, Ravi Teja. The 2021 Shruti-starrer was a commercial success and Haasan received praise for her performance as the female lead.

27 January,2023 09:27 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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Actor Taraka Ratna faints during Nara Lokesh's padyatra

Tollywood actor Nandamuri Taraka Ratna fainted during padyatra of TDP General Secretary Nara Lokesh in Kuppam in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. Taraka Ratna was taken to hospital and his condition is stated to be stable. The incident occurred when there was a stampede like situation outside a mosque visited by Lokesh soon after launching his 4,000 km-long padyatra. Also Read: TDP's Twitter account hacked A large number of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) workers surge forward after Lokesh came out of the place of worship. In the melee, the actor fell down and fainted. Local TDP leaders rushed him to a private hospital in Kuppam. Taraka Ratna's uncle and popular actor N. Balakrishna called on him at the hospital. The young actor was later shifted to a hospital in Bangalore. Also Read: Veteran director T Rama Rao passes away at 84 Taraka Ratna is the grandson of TDP founder, legendary actor and former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. T. Rama Rao. He is the cousin of Junior NTR, Kalyan Ram and Lokesh. Taraka Ratna, who made his film debut in 2002 and has acted in about a dozen movies and web series, is reportedly keen to contest next year's Assembly elections.

27 January,2023 08:13 PM IST | Mumbai | IANS
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When Shruti Haasan revealed why she secretly dances to nineties music

Actress Shruti Haasan had once revealed what she claims is a formula for fitness -- she secretly dances to nineties music for hours. "Back to training hard!!! Loving that burn and glow knowing I'm strengthening my body and my mind -- only the toughest steel for the... getting into a double workout today cause like many people this lockdown I took it a little easier than I should have but what counts is getting back on the routine and not punishing yourself mentally but pushing yourself further and rewarding yourself with a new mindset #letsgo tell me what workouts you love ??" Shruti had shared in an Instagram post back in the day. "I'm obsessed with fight training and mixing it up with good old fashioned cardio and most secretly I dance to 90s music for HOURS," she added. Also Read: Shruti Haasan to judge innovative goth looks posted by people on social media           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Shruti Haasan (@shrutzhaasan) On the work front, Shruti Haasan started her year as the female lead in Balakrishna's 'Veera Simha Reddy' and Megastar Chiranjeevi's 'Waltair Veerayya'. Both movies collected more than Rs. 300 crore at the box office. She will next be seen in the film 'Salaar' starring Prabhas as the male lead. The film directed by Prashant Neel of KGF fame will be released in theatres on September 28. The film is being shot in Kannada and Telugu languages, and will be dubbed in Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam. Shruti will also be seen in the Tamil film 'Laabam' alongside Vijay Sethupathi. Also Read: Shruti: We live in a time where there is a certain amount of easy negativity 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

27 January,2023 07:13 PM IST | Mumbai | IANS
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Shruti Haasan says she got her broken nose fixed after first film

Actress Shruti Haasan, had once admitted to having done a nose job. The actress shared that she had a broken nose and getting to fix her nose is her right. She said that after doing her first film with the old nose, she chose to do the surgery. While talking to 'Hauterfly' magazine, the actress said, "I did get my nose fixed and it was very obvious I got my nose fixed. My nose was broken and quite different from before and I did my first film with my old nose. She also revealed how people taunted her by saying that she was using deviated septum as an excuse to fix her nose. Also Read: Fashion Friday: Shruti Haasan is Bollywood's daredevil actress and these leather looks are proof She further mentioned, "And people are like she's just using the deviated septum excuse. No, I did have a deviated septum, it hurt. But if I could make it prettier, it's my face, why wouldn't I? It was that simple." In addition, she also spoke about getting fillers and said that it is her body and those who want to do something to it or don't want to do something, it is their choice just like it was hers. On the work front, Shruti Haasan started her year as the female lead in Balakrishna's 'Veera Simha Reddy' and Megastar Chiranjeevi's 'Waltair Veerayya'. Both movies collected more than Rs. 300 crore at the box office. She will next be seen in the film 'Salaar' starring Prabhas as the male lead. The film directed by Prashant Neel of KGF fame will be released in theatres on September 28. 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

27 January,2023 07:10 PM IST | Mumbai | IANS
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Former Indian captain MS Dhoni forays into film production with a Tamil film

After having won immense laurels for the country umpteen times, the former Indian captain MS Dhoni has now forayed in the world of entertainment with the announcement of his film production venture, ‘Dhoni Entertainment’. Besides announcing the launch of the production company, the ace cricketer also announced the production company’s maiden venture ‘Let's Get Married’, which happens to be a romantic drama in Tamil. Also Read: MS Dhoni will be captain in IPL 2023, confirms Super Kings CEO MS Dhoni also released the film’s first look with the help of a motion poster. As for the film ‘Let’s get Married’, while it will be directed by Ramesh Thamilmani, it will have the southern stars Harish Kalyan and Ivana in the lead roles. While announcing the film, MS Dhoni took to social media through Dhoni Entertainment’s handle and posted, "We’re super excited to share, Dhoni Entertainment’s first production titled #LGM - #LetsGetMarried! Title look motion poster out now." Pictures from the puja of Dhoni Entertainment’s first production in Tamil - #LGM which took place today morning.@msdhoni @SaakshiSRawat @ActressNadiya @iamharishkalyan @i__ivana_ @Ramesharchi pic.twitter.com/QtmkOUgHyw — Dhoni Entertainment Pvt Ltd (@DhoniLtd) January 27, 2023 Also Read: Bigg Boss 16 Day 118 LIVE Updates: New ration task announced; two rooms locked  For the unversed, the film’s main lead Harish Kalyan has been a former Bigg Boss contestant (Tamil format) and also has a few films like ‘Dharala Prabhu’ and ‘Oh Manna Penne’ to his credit. As for the film’s female lead Ivana, she was, of late, seen in ‘Love Today’ which was released recently. Besides the leading pair Harish Kalyan and Nadiya Moidu, the rest of the cast and crew of the film has been kept under the wraps and is yet to be announced. As for MS Dhoni, we are sure that everyone must be eagerly awaiting to see him in action on the field all over again. For the unversed, MS Dhoni had been named as the captain in IPL 2023, something which was confirmed by the Super Kings’s CEO KS Viswanathan. Let us also add that, the Super Kings have now released Dwayne Bravo, Adam Milne, Chris Jordan, N. Jagadeesan, C. Hari Nishaanth, K. Bhagat Varma, KM Asif and Robin Uthappa, who had announced his retirement.

27 January,2023 06:20 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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EXCLUSIVE: Naga Chaitanya launches ‘Madhivihangmayye’ from Avika Gor’s ‘Popcorn'

South actor Naga Chaitanya recently showed his support to Avika Gor’s ‘Popcorn’. He launched a song titled ‘Madhivihangamayye’ from the film. He not just posted the link of the song, but also the film’s poster. He captioned it as, “Happy to be releasing this. Best wishes to @avika_n_joy @saironak3 & the entire team of #PopCorn”. Avika’s association with Naga Chaitanya goes way back. The superstar actor was also present at Avika’s first Telugu movie pre-release event. The two were seen together in the film ‘Thank You’ last year. Also Read: Naga Chaitanya says his South Indian Hindi is the reason he rejected Bollywood offers Recently, Akkineni Nagarjuna even attended the launch event of ‘Popcorn’ recently. At the event, actress Avika Gor spoke about how she has always been a big fan of his and has loved watching his films.  She said, “His presence was the biggest gift that he could have ever given to me. It was this one line that I told him that 'I want you to be there and it's my first production' and even before I could talk about the movie or give more details he just said 'okay I will be there'. I think that will stay with me forever”. Also Read: Makers of 'Custody' release teaser with Naga Chaitanya in action mode As for Naga Chaitanya, his Telugu-Tamil bilingual project 'Custody' which is being directed by leading filmmaker Venkat Prabhu had gone on the floors a couple of months back. The film’s makers had released a special glimpse of the upcoming film with elements that made everyone excited about the film. Besides Naga Chaitanya, the film has Krithi Shetty as the female lead. Besides them, there is Arvind Swami who will be seen playing the plays the antagonist, while Priyamani will be seen in a powerful role. The film also stars Sampath Raj, Sarathkumar, Premji, Vennela Kishore, Premi Vishwanath, among others.      

26 January,2023 05:28 PM IST | Mumbai | Satish Sundaresan
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Priyadarshan's Appatha starring Urvashi to open at Shanghai Film Festival

Jio Studios’ and Wide Angle Creations’ upcoming Tamil film 'Appatha' directed by Padma Shri and National Award-winning filmmaker Priyadarshan and starring National Award-winning actress Urvashi in her 700th film, has been selected as the opening film at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Film Festival organised by the Government of India, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting through the National Film Development Corporation in association with the SCO Council of Heads of States. The screening will be held in Mumbai on 27th January 2023 at Films Division Complex.  Talking about the film’s selection Priyadarshan shares, “We are honoured Appatha has been selected as the opening film at this prestigious occasion. I would like to thank my producers Jio Studios and Wide Angle Creations for bringing this simple and lovely story to me. It has been a pleasure collaborating on this film and wonderful to be working with a phenomenal talent like Urvashi on her milestone 700th film. 'Appatha' is something different from anything I have attempted earlier and I am looking forward to seeing to how the audiences react to it.” Written by Hardik Gajjar, with screenplay by Priyadarshan and Deepthi Govindarajan, and directed by Priyadarshan, 'Appatha' is a beautiful tale of an unlikely bond and sows the values of respecting your parents and finding oneself. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization Film Festival is being organized from the 27th - the 31st of January, 2023, in Mumbai, by the Government of India, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting through the National Film Development Corporation, in association with the SCO Council of Heads of States. It is being organized to mark India’s Presidency at SCO from Sep 2022 to Sep 2023.  Also Read: Priyadarshan: This is the last era of superstars  

26 January,2023 04:39 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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Ritabhari Chakraborty’s recent fashion outing gave a wow Wednesday moment!

Ritabhari has always created a great stir on the big screen with her incredibly versatile characters. The actress is now making headlines for her jaw-dropping transformation in her upcoming Fatafati. Her recent outing gave us the perfect wow Wednesday moment. Keeping the glam quotient high, the actress is seen wearing a silver sequin dress with statement ruffled sleeves & multi-layered net patterns. The actress rocked her side partition curls. The show stealer was her magenta-pink shoes. The actress had us go WOW when she walked in with the look. The sneakers added the extra oomph to the whole look & we have archived it for our next night out.  Speaking of her upcoming film Fatafati,  it’s directed by Aritra Mukherjee. She will be sharing the screen space opposite Abir Chatterjee for the first time, and popular TV actress Swastika Dutta in a pivotal role. Story & Screenplay is by Zinia Sen, and Dialogues are given by Samragnee Bandyopadhyay, produced by Windows. Fatafati is Ritabhari's second film with Windows after Brahma Janen Gopon Kommoti. In a recent conversation with mid-day.com, the actress had said, "2020 was a rough year, like it was for most people. I had two surgeries and was physically unwell. I couldn't do my usual workout regime and ended up gaining 7-8 kgs, which is a lot for an actress. I was contractually bound to show up at some advertisement shoots and when I did with those extra 7-8 kgs, the trolling was insane. I couldn't believe it because I had never been on that side of the spectrum. I had always been the skinny, petite, the one with abs and people would talk about how stunning my waistline was!" Also Read: BAFTAs shut out 'RRR', but 'All That Breathes' in the race for best documentary

25 January,2023 04:41 PM IST | mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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Oscar nominations: Naatu naatu in the final five

Nominations for the 95th Academy Awards were announced by Allison Williams and Riz Ahmed last evening. Three Indian films managed to get in the final five. Naatu naatu, which triumphed at the Golden Globes earlier this month, seems to be on a roll, MM Keeravani’s peppy composition from SS Rajamouli’s RRR, featuring Ram Charan and Junior NTR earned the nod in Best Original Song category. The other contenders are Applause (Tell It Like A Woman), Hold my hand (Top Gun: Maverick), Lift me up (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever) and This is a life (Everything Everywhere All At Once). Shaunak Sen’s All That Breathes clinched the nomination in the Best Documentary Feature Film Category. Revolving around two brothers who have made it their lives’ mission to rescue and treat injured birds, especially the Black Kites, it has already won awards at the Sundance Film Festival and Cannes International Film Festival. It vies with All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, Fire of Love, A House Made of Splinters and Navalny for the top spot.  Kartiki Gonsalves’s The Elephant Whisperers made the cut in the Best Documentary Short Film category. It is based on a couple in south India who have devoted their lives to caring for an orphaned baby elephant named Raghu, forging a family like no other that tests the barrier between the human and the animal world. Haulout, How Do You Measure A Year?, The Martha Mitchell Effect and Stranger at the Gate are the other nominees in this category. Pan Nalin’s acclaimed Chhello Show (The Last Film Show) failed to earn the nod. Also Read: Ram Charan reveals his ligament tore during 'Naatu Naatu' shoot- 'Was off the set for three months' The absurdist sci-fi comedy drama, Everything Everywhere All At Once, scored the highest nominations, 11, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress. Anti-war film All Quiet on the Western Front, and the dark tragic comedy The Banshees of Inisherin tied with nine nods each. While Tom Cruise expectedly didn’t make it in the final five of the Best Actor category, Top Gun: Maverick earned him a nod as a producer. The Top Gun sequel tied with Todd Field’s Tár with six nominations. The psychological drama also earned Cate Blanchett her sixth Oscar nod. She has previously won Best Actress honours for Blue Jasmine, and Best Supporting Actress for The Aviator. James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water earned only four nods, including Best Picture. Nominess for the best picture are.. >> Everything Everywhere All At Once >> Avatar: The Way of Water >> All Quiet tn the Western Front>> Top Gun: Maverick >> Elvis >> The Banshees of Inisherin >> The Fabelmans>> Tar>> Triangle of Sadness >> Women Talking

25 January,2023 08:33 AM IST | Mumbai | Agencies
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