Sex scandals, new releases, and the Marathi influence in Rajinikanth’s Kaala- The New Indian Express

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Sex scandals, new releases, and the Marathi influence in Rajinikanth’s Kaala- The New Indian Express

Jeevitha sends young girls for sex 

A woman named Sandhya has accused that actress Jeevitha, has threatened many women to make them fall prey to the sexual desires of her husband doctor Rajasekhar. Controversial Telugu actress Sri Reddy has recently created a ruckus by accusing that offers for sex are prevalent in Tollywood. In such a scenario a meeting was held by a TV channel, during which a social activist named Sandhya spoke. During her speech, she said that actor and producer Jeevitha Rajasekhar has often been involved in threatening young girls and sending them to her husband doctor Rajasekhar for satisfying his sexual thirst, and this talk from Sandhya shocked everyone. It should be noted that the couple has 2 daughters. She added that Jeevitha has targeted girls staying in hostels and sent them to Rajasekhar for his desires. She said that girls in Ameerpet were troubled and threatened by Jeevitha to have sex with Rajasekhar. Her remark that Jeevitha never saw women as women but only as an addiction and pleasure stuff has sent shock waves across Tollywood.


Debate in Telugu film industry gathers steam

Telugu’s female film artistes shared their horrific experiences of sexual exploitation, being discriminated because of their color, and getting less pay, in a press conference held recently in Hyderabad. Several Telugu character artistes, women activists, NGO’s, advocates and Tollywood actress Sri Reddy participated in the press conference. A junior artiste named Shruti said, “We are denied roles because we are dark skinned and fat, by the same men & coordinators who slept with us promising us a role in their movies.” Progressive Organization of Women (POW) state president Sandhya said, “The issues raised by Sri Reddy in the past few days echoed in a discussion. There are sad stories behind each women artiste in the industry. The situation has to be changed. There is an urgent need to conduct a study about casting couch in the film industry. The Government should also set up a toll-free number for women to make a complaint against casting couch”. An actress Apoorva said, “We are working in film industry due to lack of employment. No hero is coming in open to support us. Film industry shall positively come in support of this fight against the casting couch”. Several women said that they are being exploited by the film actors, producers & directors.

Sri Reddy

Sri Reddy strips in protest against ‘casting couch’ of Telugu film industry

Hollywood DOP for Allu Arjun’s upcoming movie

Stylish Star Allu Arjun is known for working with Bollywood technicians like cinematographers & music directors. Bollywood music composer duo Vishal-Shekhar is composing music for his upcoming film Naa Peru Surya Na Illu India and National Award winning Bollywood cinematographer Rajeev Ravi is handling the cinematography. Meanwhile, the Naa Peru Surya Naa illu India team has hired Hollywood cinematographer Joseph Labisi for Lover Also Fighter Also song from the same film.  Joseph Labisi has handled the cinematography for pop songs & music albums in the past. He has also worked for Hollywood films. As Allu Arjun aka Bunny is known for his mercuric dance moves & stylish looks, Joseph Labisi’s cinematography will surely enhance the feel of the song for sure. The Naa Peru Surya Naa Illu India team is confident that this song will be one of the major highlights of the film. 

Allu Arjun

Tollywood beauties caught 

Whenever an MMS scandal breaks out in Bollywood, it creates a lot of furore, be it big stars like Kareena Kapoor – Khan or Preity Zinta or a TV actress like Mona Singh. One would assume the conservative South would be free of such scandals but even Tollywood, over the last few years, has seen some really top names involved in such a sleazy affair. Whether these clips that go viral and bring infamy to the people concerned are true or morphed is open to debate but the fact is that even Southern beauties are not immune to these controversies. Simbu & Nayanthara broke up a few years ago after the objectionable pictures of the two of them were leaked. The images showed the stars engaged in a liplock and they have resurfaced once again after reports emerged of them doing a movie together. Their intimate pics are all over the cyberspace. Naturally, it may have been quite an embarrassment to the stars but they have little or no control over it. Another actress who was caught in more than one MMS scandal is Trisha. First, it was a clip that showed her (or someone like her) taking a shower while another one was a massage video allegedly taken during her modeling days. Trisha denied it was her in the videos but somehow they have come to be associated with her. Similarly, another actress Jyothika (Nagma’s sister) was caught in a terribly embarrassing situation when a small MMS of her being groped in a crowd was leaked. What makes actresses particularly vulnerable is the fact that they command a huge fan following in South and any sleazy material spreads like wildfire. Fortunately, the stars have played it cool. For instance, Nayanthara has remained mum about her recent on-screen reunion with Simbu (who incidentally has split with Hansika officially) and has remained tight-lipped about the pics that went viral.

Nayantara and Simbu

Rajinikanth’s new film has a heavy Marathi influence

The new Rajinikanth starrer Kaala which was to open on 27th April 2018 has now once again being rescheduled. The movie Kaala has a very heavy Marathi influence. Not only does one of the characters take Rajinkanth’s original  Marathi name, that is  Shivaji Rao Gaekwad, Nana Patekar who plays the main antagonist is a Maharashtrian in the film and speaks his lines in Marathi. The very talented Anjali Patil seen giving stellar performances in recent films like Newton in Hindi and the Marathi movie named The Silence, features in a prominent role as one of the Marathi characters. Says Anjali, “My character too takes her name after Rajini Sir’s real name. I am named Puyal Charumati Gaekwad. I play a feisty young Tamil-speaking Marathi girl born & brought up in Dharavi.” What Anjali found most interesting about the film was its heavy Marathi influence. One half of the film was shot in Maharashtra (Mumbai) and the other half in Tamil Nadu. It does have a strong Marathi element in the storytelling. Apparently, Rajnikanth had the final say in the casting. It was he who thought Anjali suited the role of the feisty Marathi character.


‘There was no day or night, just Kaala all around’

Tamil Nadu theatre owners strike called off  

Cinema owners in Tamil Nadu heaved a sigh of relief when the Kollywood strike was called off after 48 days. The stakeholders came to a positive agreement through the tripartite talks chaired by the State Government between the Tamil Film Producers’ Council (TFPC), exhibitors and digital service providers recently. And it was expected that the movies will start screening soon.  When asked if Rajinikanth’s Kaala will release on 27th April 2018 as announced earlier, Vishal, president of Tamil Film Producers’ Council (TFPC) and secretary of South Indian Artistes Association (SIAA), said, “Films will release based on a particular order. We will discuss with all the producers and announce it. More importantly, we have formed a release regulation committee to ensure that every week accommodates 3 releases without any trouble. Both big & small films will get a fair number of screens henceforth.” So while we haven’t heard anything about Rajinikanth’s next, reports about Avengers: Infinity War releasing in South India on 27th April 2018 holds true. 

Kaala, Irumbu Thirai, Vishwaroopam 2 -all set to release this summer

After a long protest against the Digital Service Providers, the Tamil film industry has finally called off their strike and on Fri, 20th April, 2018, the first Kollywood film got released in theaters after a very long time. With Prabhudeva’s Mercury having been already released across India and with Mahesh Babu‘s Bharat Ane Nenu releasing last week, these 2 were the first ones to hit the silver screen in Tamil Nadu. But there was no clarity which films will follow suit! However, after a meeting with all the producers, a list of films that will release this Summer is as follows, starting from April, 2018 end to June 2018 end. The line – up of Tamil films releasing this Summer includes Kamal Haasan’s Vishwaroopam 2, Rajinikanth’s Kaala, Samantha Akkineni’s Irumbu Thirai, Jayam Ravi’s Tik Tik Tik, amongst others. With no film being released over the past few weeks, the Tamil audience is eager to see a Kollywood movie. And hence, people will flock to the theaters to see these upcoming films. Post Vishwaroopam 2, Kaala, Tik Tik Tik Irumbu Thirai will be the biggest money spinners this Summer.


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