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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Dileep's 'Professor Dinkan' set to create history with 3D magic

Popular actor Dileep who came back strongly after a bad patch with the blockbuster success of Two Countries, is all set to amaze us with a 3D film as well. The first look poster of his upcoming 3D film is out and the title of the film is Professor Dinkan. The film will be the directorial debut of popular cinematographer K Ramachandra Babu and the screenplay will be written by Rafi. The cinematography of the film will also be done by director Ramachandra Babu and the flick will start shooting after Dileep completes his ongoing projects.
Rafi is the one who written the script for Dileep’s recent blockbuster Two Countries, which is directed by Rafi’s brother Shafi. Now, the super hit writer-actor combo is all set to rock again with a 3D film. As per the first look poster, it seems that Dileep will be playing a magician in this film. It is sure that the film will be aimed at Children and family and will be a fun film for sure. The budget and canvas of the film is not available now and everybody hopes that it will be made on a grand canvas and stand up to the level of any superb fantasy films made in South India.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Mohanlal to be Bheema in record Rs 1,000 crore 'The Mahabharatha'

It is official. Noted ad man V.A. Shrikumar Menon will helm the Mohanlal-MT project based on the Jnanpith winner's classic novel 'Randamoozham B.R. Shetty, the UAE-based Indian businessman, is investing Rs.1,000 crore (USD 150 million) to produce India's biggest-ever motion picture, 'The Mahabharata. Mohanlal, who will be playing the lead, posted this video on Facebook. The actor says, "like many of us, I grew up to the tales of the Mahabaratha. I consider myself lucky to be named to play Bheema who is the pivotal character in Randamoozham. I am thankful to everyone who believes in me
The cast would have the best of talent from Indian cinema, as well as some big names from Hollywood. The technical crew would include some of the great names in world cinema, including some Academy Award winners.  It will be produced in two parts and is scheduled to go on the floors by September 2018 for a release in early 2020. The second part will be released within 90 days of the first.
The film will be a coming together of the creme de la creme of Indian and global cinema in terms of cast and crew.  "The film will be shot primarily in English, Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil, and Telugu and will be dubbed into major Indian languages and leading foreign languages," a release from a company owned by Shetty  said.

Photos of young women in Sabarimala: Govt orders probe

The State government has ordered an inquiry into photographs circulating on social media, purportedly showing some women in the Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa Temple despite a ban on their entry.

Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran directed the Devaswom Vigilance to initiate a probe and find out the veracity of the photographs.
There are restrictions on the entry of women between 10- 50 years of age in the hillock shrine, where the presiding deity, Lord Ayyappa is considered as a naishtika brahmachari (perennial celibate) by devotees.
The minister said he had received a complaint that a Kollam-based businessman had got special privileges for conducting darshan at the shrine, located in Pathanamthitta district.
"As per the complaint, some women of banned age group had allegedly visited the shrine along with him. There are no restrictions for women to offer worship at Sabarimala, adhering to the tradition of age limit," Surendran said.
It is illegal if anyone has tried to gain any favours in the name of VIP darshan, he said, adding that action would be taken to stop such practises.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Dileep lashes out against detractors

In an exclusive interview with Manorama online portal, actor Dileep has opened up against the various controversies that he was linked to during recent times. He makes it clear that Kavya Madhavan was not the reason for his separation from Manju Warrier. It was after his divorce that he decided to marry Kavya. Now there are some yellow journalists who try to spread the news that there is rift between Kavya and his daughter Meenakshi. He attacked a prominent news anchor for attacking him after the recent kidnapping incident involving an actress.

The first report of linking him to the kidnapping incident came from a Mumbai based portal and Dileep says he is well aware about the person or the group who worked behind this. A film journalist has been repeatedly targeting him with several serious allegations, but Dileep says the journalist is angry after some demands were denied. Dileep has also reacted strongly to the campaign which said his forthcoming US show would be boycotted by many. The hero makes it clear that the campaign has been initiated by an individual and the shows are already sold out.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Amala Paul looks ravishing in this latest photoshoot

The newly single Amala Paul is sizzling! She looked smokin’ hot in a high neck dress that had a sheer fabric neckline and a border.

This was for a launch event of a brand she endorses. Amala teamed her stylish outfit with stiletto sandals and her sleek hair-do completed the look. A look at these pictures, and one could never tell, the gorgeous actress recently split with her husband AL Vijay of two years. Looks like, the actress is now moving on into a a new phase in her life, in a brand new avatar.

For Arvind Kejriwal And AAP, Another Election Loss - No 3 In Delhi

Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party, which held west Delhi's Rajouri Garden assembly constituency, has lost Delhi, placing a faraway number three in by-elections held to the state on Sunday.

A BJP win means another seat for the party in a 70-member assembly dominated by Arvind Kejriwal's AAP. The party took its tally from three to four. But the major impact will be on the crucial civic polls to be held later this month in Delhi.

The BJP will hold up a win in the by-election as proof of Delhi's support for it. The elections to three civic bodies, dominated by the BJP for years, is being bitterly fought between the BJP, AAP and the Congress. Today's loss batters an Aam Aadmi Party already reeling from the shock of Punjab, where it came in a poor second last month behind the Congress after predictions that it would win the state. In Goa, it was a non-starter.

The BJP has taken its tally from three to four in the 70-member Delhi assembly after winning the assembly by-election in Rajouri Garden seat.

So confident was AAP of a win in the Punjab assembly elections that its Rajouri Garden legislator Jarnail Singh had resigned earlier this year to take on former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal of the Akali Dal. Jarnail Singh lost. For the by-election made necessary by Mr Singh's resignation, rival parties have emphasised on what they call AAP's abandonment of the constituency that elected it in the 2015 assembly elections.

Congress' Delhi chief Ajay Maken, who is a voter in Rajouri Garden had said the by-election will be a "referendum" of Chief Minister Kejriwal's work in the last two years. Mr Kejriwal had swept the Delhi elections then, winning 67 of the 70 seats. The Congress had won no seat, the BJP had won three. Last month, the AAP legislator from Delhi's Bawana joined the BJP.

Voter turnout in Rajouri Garden in Sunday's voting was low - 46.23 per cent compared to 72 per cent in the previous election.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Mohanlal’s second look in Villain revealed!

Director B Unnikrishnan's upcoming film Villain promises to be packed with surprises. The director recently revealed the younger look of Mohanlal's character in the film, which is currently being shot.
The actor had earlier flaunted a salt and pepper look for the film complete with a fully grown out beard. The latest look has the actor sans his beard and with dyed hair. The look is reported to be part of the flashback portions of the film, which has Mohanlal playing a retired cop.
The movie, which is also scripted by Unnikrishnan, also has Manju Warrier, Vishal, Hansika and Rashi Khanna. Telugu star Srikanth will also make his Mollywood debut with the film.

Manju in Dileep film?

Rumours are doing the rounds that Dileep will be having a role in the film Odiyan, Sreekumar Menon is going to direct with Mohanlal and Manju Warrier in lead roles.
It is said that Dileep agreed to do a guest role in the big-budget film following a special request by the director.
The official announcement in this regard is yet to happen.
Antony Perumbavur is producing the film under Aashirvad Cinema’s banner.
The investment for the film is said to be a whopping amount of Rs 50 crore. Peter Hayne is the action director.

Triple talaq impacts dignity of Muslim women

The Centre has told the Supreme Court that the practices of 'triple talaq', 'nikah halala' and polygamy impact the social status and dignity of Muslim women and deny them fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution.
In a fresh written submission filed before the apex court, the government has reiterated its earlier stand and said these practices render Muslim women "unequal and vulnerable" as compared to men of their community as well as women belonging to other communities.
"The practices which are under challenge, namely, triple talaq, nikah halala and polygamy are practices which impact the social status and dignity of Muslim women and render them unequal and vulnerable qua men belonging to their own community, women belonging to other communities and also Muslim women outside India," the Centre said.
"There are unreasonable classifications which arise from practices such as those under challenge in the present petition, which deny Muslim women the full enjoyment of fundamental rights guaranteed under the Constitution," it said.
The apex court had on March 30 observed that practices of 'triple talaq', 'nikah halala' and polygamy among Muslims were important issues involving "sentiments" and a Constitution bench would hear the pleas challenging these from May 11.
The Centre, in its written submission, has termed these practices as "patriarchal values and traditional notions about the role of women in society" and said that "the right of a woman to human dignity, social esteem and self-worth are vital facets of her Right to Life under Article 21."
"Gender inequity has ripple effect on the rest of the community, preventing it from partaking in full, liberties guaranteed by a modern Constitution," it said.
Seeking to declare these practices as unconstitutional, the government has said reforms in Muslim personal law have not taken place for over six decades in the past and Muslim women, who comprises eight per cent of the population, have remained "extremely vulnerable" due to fear of instant divorce.
"Even though it may be true to say that only some women are directly and actually affected by triple talaq and polygamy, the fact remains that every woman who is subject to the said law lives under threat, fear or prospect of these practices being invoked against her, which in turn impacts her status, her choices, her conduct and her right to life with dignity," the Centre has said.
It has also raised a fundamental issue and said in a secular democracy, whether religion can be a reason to deny equal status and dignity, which is available to women under the Constitution.
"The conferment of a social status based on patriarchal values or one that is at the mercy of menfolk is incompatible with the letter and spirit of Articles 14 and 15," it said.
"Practices such as polygamy cannot be described as being sanctioned by religion in as much as historically, polygamy prevailed across communities for several centuries including the ancient Greeks and Romans, Hindus, Jews and Zoroastrians. It had less to do with religion and more to do with social norms at the time," the submission said.
Influential Muslim organisations like the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) have opposed the court's adjudication of these matters, maintaining these practices stemmed from the Holy Quran and were not justiciable.
Several Muslim women have challenged the practice of 'triple talaq' in which the husband, quite often, pronounces talaq thrice in one go, sometimes over phone or text message.
'Nikah halala' is a practice intended to curb incidence of divorce under which a man cannot remarry his former wife without her having to go through the process of marrying someone else, consummating it, getting divorced, observing the separation period called 'Iddat' and then coming back to him again.
The apex court had earlier said it would decide issues pertaining to the legal aspects of the practices of 'triple talaq', 'nikah halala' and polygamy among Muslims but would not deal with the question whether divorce under Muslim law needs to be supervised by courts as it falls under the legislative domain.
The Centre had on October 7 last year opposed in the apex court the practice of 'triple talaq', 'nikah halala' and polygamy among Muslims and favoured a relook on grounds like gender equality and secularism.
The AIMPLB had told the court that pleas challenging such practices among Muslims were not maintainable as the issues fell outside the realm of judiciary.
The apex court had taken suo motu cognizance of the question whether Muslim women faced gender discrimination in the event of divorce or due to other marriages of their husband.
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