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Filmmaker K Bhagyaraj and actor Poornima Bhagyaraj test positive for coronavirus

Filmmaker K Bhagyaraj and actor Poornima Bhagyaraj test positive for coronavirus
CoronavirusActor Shantanu Bhagyaraj took to Twitter on Friday to announce the news. Tnm StaffFacebookActor Shantanu Bhagyaraj took to social media on May 7 to inform his followers that his parents, veteran actor and filmmaker K Bhagyaraj and actor Poornima Bhagyaraj have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Sharing the news on Twitter, Shantanu said that everyone who was in contact with his parents, including the staff at their residence, have quarantined themselves. He requested everyone who has been in contact with them to get tested and urged followers to pray for their speedy recovery. “My parents #KBhagyaraj #PoornimaBhagyaraj tested Positive fr #Covid19 today. All of us incl. staff hve quarantined ourselves @ home as per our doctors instructions Requesting everyone who were in contact with any of us last 10days to get tested Pls pray fr their speedy recovery,” Shantanu wrote. My parents #KBhagyaraj #PoornimaBhagyaraj tested Positive fr #Covid19 today. All of us incl.
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Actor Andrea Jeremiah tests positive for coronavirus

Actor Andrea Jeremiah tests positive for coronavirus
CoronavirusAndrea was last seen in the Lokesh Kanagaraj directorial ‘Master’. Tnm StaffDigital NativeMany actors have tested positive in the second wave of coronavirus in the country. Kollywood actor Andrea Jeremiah took to social media recently to share with followers that she has contracted Covid-19. The actor and singer posted a video where she is seen singing the song ‘If this world were mine’. She extended her gratitude to her family members and followers who conveyed their wishes and for taking care of her. “Dear all, Last week I tested positive for Covid-19. I’m grateful to all of my friends & family members who reached out and took care of me. Im still under home quarantine, but recovering well," Andrea wrote in her Instagram post on Wednesday. Further announcing that she took a break from social media recently, Andrea wrote, “Took a break from social media, partly because I was sick
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Fahadh joins cast of Kamal Haasan and Lokesh Kanagaraj's 'Vikram'

Fahadh joins cast of Kamal Haasan and Lokesh Kanagaraj's 'Vikram'
KollywoodLokesh Kanagaraj also tweeted that the shoot of the film will begin soon.Tnm StaffWith elections coming to an end, Makkal Needhi Maiam chief Kamal Haasan is all set to don his actor’s cape. Ulaganayagan, as he is called by fans, will now resume the shoot of Vikram that will be directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj. The latest update is that actor Fahadh Faasil, most loved by both Tamil and Malayalam fans, will be joining the two in Vikram. Fahadh confirmed the news in an interview with Film Companion. Notably, it was speculated last year that Fahadh may be part of Vikram. There’s also confirmation from the director that the film’s shooting will commence soon. Sharing a picture with Kamal Haasan, Lokesh tweeted “Aarambikalangala?” (Shall we begin?). This phrase has become popular ever since the team put out a teaser video earlier this year. Aarambikkalaangala #Vikram pic.twitter.
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First-look poster of Vijay Sethupathi’s Bollywood debut ‘Mumbaikar’ is out

First-look poster of Vijay Sethupathi’s Bollywood debut ‘Mumbaikar’ is out
CinemaThe poster of ‘Mumbaikar’ was released on Saturday on the occasion of lead actor Vikrant Massey’s birthday. Tnm StaffTwitter/Vikrant MasseyActor Vikrant Massey, who turned 34 on Saturday, unveiled the first-look poster of his upcoming movie Mumbaikar on the occasion of his birthday. The Hindi action thriller also stars popular Tamil actor Vijay Sethupathi, Tanya Maniktala, Sanjay Mishra, Ranvir Shorey and Sachin Khedekar in pivotal roles. Sharing the poster on social media, Vikrant wrote, “This birthday is doubly special for me. Thank you for all your heartfelt wishes and love. I’m glad to share with you all, the first look of my next film – #Mumbaikar. Gratitude.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Vikrant Massey (@vikrantmassey) Mumbaikar marks the Bollywood debut of Vijay Sethupathi, who is fondly known as ‘Makkal Selvan’ in Tamil Nadu. The film is directed, written, edited as well as produced by Santosh Sivan.
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Watch: Nazriya and brother Naveen groove to 'Enjoy Enjaami'

Watch: Nazriya and brother Naveen groove to 'Enjoy Enjaami'
MollywoodJust days ago, actor Dulquer had heaped praises on the Tamil indie song released by Ar Rahman’s Maajja earlier this month.Tnm StaffInstagramThe steady stream of fans for Arivu and Dhee’s ‘Enjoy Enjaami’ indie single is only growing by the minute. The latest to groove to this song is actor Nazriya Nazim Fahadh. In a short clip posted on her Instagram page, the actor is seen grooving to ‘Enjoy Enjaami’ along with her brother actor Naveen Nazim. From her post, it’s understood that the two were heading to a wedding. Just days ago, actor Dulquer had heaped praises on the Tamil independent song released by Ar Rahman’s Maajja earlier this month. "The most epic track and an equally awesome video! Listening on loop the past few days and I’m still discovering new sounds and feels!!” Dulquer wrote. View this post on Instagram A post shared
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Vijay Sethupathi reveals new look from Bollywood debut ‘Mumbaikar’

Vijay Sethupathi reveals new look from Bollywood debut ‘Mumbaikar’
Cinema'Mumbaikar’ is the Bollywood remake of the popular 2017 Tamil movie ‘Maanagaram’. Tnm StaffTwitter/ Vijay SethupathiKollywood actor Vijay Sethupathi, who is also popularly known as ‘Makkal Selvan’ took to Twitter on Monday to reveal a still from his upcoming Bollywood debut Mumbaikar. The actor is seen with a child in a school uniform who is tied up, keeping in line with the film’s action-thriller theme. #Mumbaikar ☺️@santoshsivan sir. pic.twitter.com/PpOotUuohs — VijaySethupathi (@VijaySethuOffl) March 22, 2021 Mumbaikar, which is the Bollywood remake of 2017 Tamil film Maanagaram is directed, written, edited as well as produced by Santosh Sivan. The actioner will star Vikrant Massey, Tanya Maniktala, Sanjay Mishra, Ranvir Shorey and Sachin Khedkar in pivotal roles. The movie has music by Prashant Pillai, who made his debut as a composer in 2010 with the Malayalam movie Nayakan. Vijay Sethupathi is likely to reprise Munishkanth’s role from the original Maanagaram. The Tamil movie Maanagaram (2017) starred Sri,
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Dulquer praises Dhee and Arivu’s ‘Enjoy Enjaami’, calls it the ‘most epic track’

Dulquer praises Dhee and Arivu’s ‘Enjoy Enjaami’, calls it the ‘most epic track’
EntertainmentMany other celebrities including Sai Pallavi, Dhanush, Pa Ranjith and Selvaraghavan had earlier praised the independent single. Tnm StaffFacebookMalayalam actor Dulquer Salmaan took to Instagram on Tuesday to shower praises on Santhosh Narayan, Arivu and Dhee for their latest single ‘Enjoy Enjaami’. The 34-year-old actor wrote, “The most epic track and an equally awesome video! Listening on loop the past few days and I’m still discovering new sounds and feels!!” The song had earlier garnered praise from other celebrities such as actors Dhanush, Sai Pallavi and Siddharth; music composer Ar Rahman; singer Shweta Mohan; directors Vignesh Shivan, Lokesh Kanagaraj, Pa Ranjith, and Selvaraghavan, among others. Here are the tweets posted by them. Super glad to share the first independent single music video of my super fav dhee , arivu and my brother santosh :) song on loop already https://t.co/SZokvNSst7 @talktodhee @therukuralarivu @joinmaajja — Dhanush (@dhanushkraja) March 7, 2021 I’ve
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Vijay Sethupathi-Sriram Raghavan Hindi film likely to be just 90 mins long?

Vijay Sethupathi-Sriram Raghavan Hindi film likely to be just 90 mins long?
CinemaRumoured to be titled ‘Merry Christmas’, the film stars Katrina Kaif as the female lead.Digital NativeVijay Sethupathi is on a signing spree in Bollywood. After being signed for a crucial role in the Hindi remake of the Tamil Maanagaram, the actor is all set to team up with filmmaker Sriram Raghavan for his next project. Rumoured to be titled Merry Christmas, the project is expected to go on the floors in April and will be entirely shot in Pune. As per reports, it will be a 90-minute film and the complete shooting will be wrapped up in just 20 odd days. Like Sriram’s last film Andhadhun, this project is also said to be inspired by a short story. Katrina Kaif has been signed as the female lead. Vijay Sethupathi, who was recently seen in the Vijay starrer Master, was supposed to make his Bollywood debut with Aamir Khan’s Laal Singh Chaddha.
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Watch: Nazriya and Aleena Alphonse dance along to 'Vaathi Coming' from 'Master'

Watch: Nazriya and Aleena Alphonse dance along to 'Vaathi Coming' from 'Master'
EntertainmentThe hit song ‘Vaathi Coming’ from Vijay’s ‘Master’ has racked up more than 54 million views on YouTube within a month of its release.Tnm StaffScreengrab from Instagram/ @nazriyafahadh Fans of south Indian actor Nazriya Nazim were in for a surprise, when the actor uploaded a video of herself dancing to the popular Tamil dance number ‘Vaathi Coming’. The actor was seen grooving to the song with her friend Aleena Alphonse. ‘Vaathi Coming’ is featured in Vijay-starrer Master. The Lokesh Kanagaraj directorial was released in theatres on January 13. The song, composed by Anirudh Ravichander, has gained massive popularity. It racked up more than 54 million views within a month of its release. Many social media users, including celebrities, have uploaded videos of themselves performing the hook step of the song. Nazriya captioned her video: "Cuz Vaathi is trending ......why not? @aleenaalphonse (sic),” Nazriya wrote while sharing the video on Instagram. View
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'Thalapathy 65' will be a pan-Indian project: Cinematographer Manoj Paramahamsa

'Thalapathy 65' will be a pan-Indian project: Cinematographer Manoj Paramahamsa
KollywoodThis film is being directed by Nelson Dilip Kumar.Digital NativeCinematographer Manoj Paramahamsa has confirmed that he’s on-board Vijay’s next film with director Nelson Dilip Kumar. Manoj confirmed the news via a tweet which has now gone viral. Manoj wrote on his Twitter page: “Excited to start yet another journey with this wonderful human being loved by the entire state and very soon by the entire nation! Looking forward to work from where we left #nanban. kindling the memory lane. #thlapathy65 going to be an pan India affair! Get ready folks (sic).” The project marks Manoj’s reunion with Vijay after a decade. The duo had previously worked together in the latter’s film Nanban, a Tamil remake of 3 Idiots. Manoj made his debut as a cinematographer with Tamil thriller Eeram. It was his collaboration with filmmaker Gautham Menon in Vinnaithandi Varuvaaya that really got his work noticed.
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Watch: ‘Master’ deleted scene shows Vijay standing up against sexual harassers

Watch: ‘Master’ deleted scene shows Vijay standing up against sexual harassers
KollywoodThe scene is probably a continuation of the film’s introductory fight sequence.Tnm StaffActors Vijay and Vijay Sethupathi’s Master was the first big Tamil theatrical release this year. While it has already released on the Amazon Prime Video Ott platform, a deleted scene from the film is now being shared virally on social media. This scene, in which Vijay is seen standing up for his students, especially women, has the actor’s fans bowled over. The scene is probably a continuation of the film’s introductory fight sequence. Vijay plays Jd aka James Durairaj, a college professor who is loved by his students. The actor is introduced in a fight sequence that jumps from a public bus to a metro train, in which he tries to bring back two students who flee after a case of sexual harassment is filed against them by another student. The now-viral video
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Pooja Hegde may pair up with Vijay in 'Thalapathy 65'

Pooja Hegde may pair up with Vijay in 'Thalapathy 65'
KollywoodPooja, who made her acting debut with Mysskin’s 'Mugamoodi', is returning to the industry after eight years.Digital NativePooja Hegde, who was last seen on screen in Allu Arjun’s Ala Vaikuntapuramloo, is all set to make a big comeback in Tamil cinema with Vijay’s next project, currently dubbed Thalapathy 65. Reliable sources have confirmed that Pooja has been signed as the leading lady in the film which will be directed by Nelson Dilli Kumar of Kolamavu Kokila fame and produced by Sun Pictures. Pooja, who made her acting debut with Mysskin’s Mugamoodi, is returning to the industry after eight years. Following the failure of Mugamoodi at the box-office, she predominantly worked in Telugu cinema apart from few films in Bollywood as well. She is all set to team up with Vijay for the first time in this rumoured action-drama. Thalapathy 65 will mark the first-time collaboration of Vijay and Nelson.
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Watch: Vijay Sethupathi in trailer of Telugu movie 'Uppena'

Watch: Vijay Sethupathi in trailer of Telugu movie 'Uppena'
EntertainmentThe plot revolves around a love story set in a fishing hamlet.Digital NativeThe trailer of Telugu movie Uppena has been unveiled online, garnering the attention of film buffs. From the teaser, it is evident that it will be a Romeo-Juliet type love story set in a fishing hamlet. Sources in the know say that it will deal with a sensitive subject in today’s times – caste killings. Uppena is directed by debutant Buchi Babu Sana, the scriptwriter of the hit movie Rangasthalam, and produced by Y Naveen, Y Ravi Shankar and CV Mohan under the banner Mythri Movie Makers and Sukumar Writings. The film was slated for release on April 2 last year, but with the coronavirus scare, it was postponed. Uppena is now all ready to hit the marquee and its release date is set to be February 12. Tollywood megastar Chiranjeevi’s nephew and Sai Dharam Tej’s younger brother,
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'I died laughing seeing the toothpaste one': Malavika Mohanan on 'Master' memes

'I died laughing seeing the toothpaste one': Malavika Mohanan on 'Master' memes
KollywoodThe actor is currently working on her next film with Dhanush. Digital NativeWhile most actors would be annoyed and vexed when it comes to memes on them, Malavika Mohanan has taken it sportively. The actor shared a few memes that were made on her character from the film Master and posted them on her social media page with the caption, “I’m a little late to my own meme-fest, but this is hilarious guys. Sharing some of my personal favorites which cracked me up(I died laughing seeing the toothpaste one). Life is too boring if you can’t laugh at yourself, right?” On the work front, Malavika has a number of films needing her attention. She has the untitled Dhanush starrer. Malavika recently posted a picture of herself with the film's script in hand and wrote: “One week down and many more to go - can’t wait to share this film with everyone!
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Cricketer Ajinkya Rahane reveals he has watched Suriya's 'Soorarai Pottru'

Cricketer Ajinkya Rahane reveals he has watched Suriya's 'Soorarai Pottru'
CinemaRahane revealed this in an Ask Me Anything session with his Instagram followers.Digital NativeIndian cricket team vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane was at the helm of India's second-ever Test series win in Australia, and led the team in the absence of Virat Kohli. In an Ask Me Anything session with his Instagram followers, when one of his followers asked him if he had watched any Tamil series or movie, Rahane revealed that he watched Suriya's Soorarai Pottru and loved the film and had asked cricketer Ashwin to recommend more Tamil movies to him to which Ashwin suggested Vijay starrer Master directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj. Directed by Sudha Kongara, Soorarai Pottru is based on the life of Captain Gr Gopinath – founder of the budget airline Air Deccan. Amid the pandemic, several filmmakers released their movies on Ott platforms. Suriya, too, followed the trend and Soorari Pottru was released on Amazon Prime
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Int’l Critics Line: Anna Smith On India’s Hit Action Thriller ‘Master’

Int’l Critics Line: Anna Smith On India’s Hit Action Thriller ‘Master’
After an impressive start at India’s box office, the Tamil-language film Master has hit Amazon Prime Video across the globe, and looks set to maintain the star power of leading actor Vijay. Two years after playing a charismatic soccer coach in Bigil, Vijay dances into the role of a charismatic professor in Master. He’s John Durairaj, aka “Jd,” the Dean of Student Affairs at a prestigious college in Chennai. He’s so beloved that the students won’t turn up to events without him. And he’s so fond of a drink, that they frequently have to show up at his house and drag him there. It’s clear that Vijay’s faintly comical drunk act will give way to sobriety and a more serious plot line, but there’s plenty of song and dance to be had first, with an energetic score from Anirudh Ravichander.

Director Lokesh Kanagaraj
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‘Master’: India’s Hit Action Thriller To Expand Globally As Amazon Prime Sets Streaming Release

‘Master’: India’s Hit Action Thriller To Expand Globally As Amazon Prime Sets Streaming Release
After opening as the No. 1 film worldwide over India’s harvest festival weekend earlier this month, Tamil action thriller Master is making its way to Amazon Prime Video on Friday, January 29. From that date, the film will be available to Amazon Prime members in India and across 240 countries and territories.

The story centers on an alcoholic professor (Vijay) who is sent to a juvenile correction school, where he clashes with a gangster (Vijay Sethupathi), who uses the children of the school for criminal activities.

The movie, as we reported this past weekend, is estimated to have grossed around $30M worldwide, having opened in cinemas in India, the Middle East, Australia, Singapore and other markets. Its India performance has also helped bring hope to local producers, distributors and exhibition that people are ready to return to moviegoing after a lengthy Covid-induced lockdown period.

Several big-ticket movies went exclusively to streaming platforms during the lockdown,
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Theatre owners, distributors urge ‘Master’ crew to delay Ott release

Theatre owners, distributors urge ‘Master’ crew to delay Ott release
Ott releaseThe movie makers have announced that Master will premiere on Amazon Prime on January 29.Tnm Staff Theatre associations and distributors across Tamil Nadu have expressed disappointment over the release of actor Vijay's latest film Master on Ott platform Amazon Prime. The concerned parties have urged the movie makers to delay the release of the film, which came out in theatres on January 14. The makers of Master on Tuesday announced that the movie will officially be released online on January 29. M Subramaniam, president of Tamil Nadu theatre and multiplex owners association, said, “We are conducting talks with the producer of the movie regarding the release on Ott platforms. We have requested him to delay the release.It’s just 10 days since the movie released in theaters and they are still running.” “We have also asked for other options from the producer. So, we are hopeful of reaching a conclusion and
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Pooja Hegde, Arun Vijay on board Vijay’s next film with Nelson?

Pooja Hegde, Arun Vijay on board Vijay’s next film with Nelson?
KollywoodThe makers are yet to officially announce the cast details of ‘Thalapathy 65’. Digital NativeActor Vijay will be joining hands with director Nelson Dilip Kumar for his upcoming project, which is currently dubbed Thalapathy 65. The film, which will be bankrolled by Sun Pictures, was officially launched last month. The project will go on the floors from February 2021. The latest update is that Pooja Hegde and Arun Vijay are said to have been signed for this project. The makers are yet to officially announce the cast details; however, multiple reports have confirmed that Pooja Hegde has been signed as the leading lady while Arun Vijay has been roped in to play the antagonist. Nelson rose to fame with his Tamil crime comedy Kolamavu Kokila, which featured Nayanthara in the role of a local drug peddler. He currently awaits the release of Tamil action comedy Doctor, which stars Sivakarthikeyan in the lead.
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Vijay as the flawed hero: The politics of 'Master'

Vijay as the flawed hero: The politics of 'Master'
Film CommentaryFrom alcoholism to women’s empowerment, the film tries to tell a story with a heart but its politics is as flawed as its hero.Bharathy SingaravelAt the outset, I have to admit, however begrudgingly, that Master is the Vijay film I’ve had the most fun at. Jd is a likeable character. The man he finds himself pitted against well-written— a rarity in recent Tamil cinema. Vijay Sethupathi’s Bhavani has perfect comic timing as much as he is ruthlessly driven. The music, impeccably scored. However, though Master tries to tell a story with a heart, its politics is as flawed as its hero. Jd (Vijay), an alcoholic professor, tunes out everything he can’t handle with whiskey and a great taste in classic rock and blues. He’s loyal to his students. They seem to be the closest thing he has to a family. He’s deeply
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