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Akhil Movie Teaser || Akkineni Nagarjuna Birthday Special

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Akhil Debut Movie is written by Veligonda Srinivas and directed by V. V. Vinayak. The film is being produced jointly by actor Nithiin and his father Sudhakar Reddy on Sreshth Movies banner, features Akhil Akkineni and Sayesha Saigal (grand niece of legend actor Dilip Kumar) in lead roles marking their debut as lead actors in Telugu cinema. Anup Rubens & S. Thaman together composed the film’s music.

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Aruvi movie review: Aditi Balan is pitch-perfect in this gutsy film that’s Kollywood’s best in 2017

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Here is the verdict on Aruvi: This is a gutsy and outstanding film. ‘Aruvi’ means a mountain stream, an apt title as the movie itself is a flow of emotions. In an era of a shallow and fraudulent films masquerading as good cinema, here is something which is pure, and at the same time, entertaining. A big hug for debutant director Arun Prabhu Purushothaman, who was willing to take the road less travelled, and actress Aditi Balan for doing a role which no mainstream heroine would dare take up.

Aruvi is a well-conceived satire on money-minded modern society. The film is emotionally moving; as mentioned earlier, it is also entertaining, but is underlined by a tone of gloom. It is written brilliantly to provide drama, tension, laughter, black humour, anger, frustration, some tragic moments and to create an awareness of something we dread.

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Is 24-year-old Aruvi (Aditi Balan) a terrorist? That’s what we think when the film opens in a police station where she is being interrogated. There are enough red herrings thrown by the director, like why was she forced out of her home by her loving father? Was she pregnant?

Her best friend is Emily (Anjali Varadhan), a transgender woman who understands her best. One day they are called to audition for a reality television show called Solvadhellam Sathyam (Whatever is Told is the Truth) run by a former actress, now a famous television personality (Lakshmi Gopalaswamy).

The channel runs purely on the TRPs provided by this tacky show, where people make outrageous remarks and wild accusations. Aruvi gets onto the show because she wants to bring to justice three men who (in a way) spoiled her life. It’s payback time for Aruvi; held hostage by society for all these years, her revenge spree unfolds in a television studio.

The director uses satire and black humour to make his point. The film is a triumph of honest writing. The scene where Aruvi delivers a stunning speech to her hostages in the TV studio to speak out against TRP-run reality shows, is an eye opener. The idea is everything in, modern society is driven by the craze for money and human values are taking a backseat. The director takes a dig at everyone from money-minded medical companies to those in Kollywood making crappy commercial movies!

Aruvi is powered by an outstanding performance in the title role by Aditi Balan — she is simply fantastic. She inhabits Aruvi: you can feel the earnestness of her intentions and at the same time, the wetness of her tears, especially the final breakdown. The supporting characters — all mostly newcomers — elevate the film. The musical score by Bindu Malini and Vedanth Bhardwaj heightens the mood and is in perfect sync with the narration.

If you want to nit-pick, the film slides a bit by taking a preachy tone and overstretched melodrama towards the end. But these are just minor flaws in arguably the year’s best film to have emerged out of Kollywood.


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Michael Jackson’s estate and Sony Music extend partnership recording agreement

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Sony Music and the estate of Michael Jackson agreed to a landmark recording deal that will continue the label’s 42-year relationship with Michael Jackson and his music. The recording deal was announced on Friday by Sony Music’s chief executive officer Rob Stringer, and by John Branca and John McClain, the co-executors of the estate of Michael Jackson.

Sony Music will extend their term of administration of Michael’s record catalog and will also have the opportunity to partner on additional projects that the estate may produce during the term of the agreement. The deal will be effective from 1 January, 2018.

Michael Jackson/Image from Twitter @DailyMirror

Michael Jackson/Image from Twitter @DailyMirror

“Michael Jackson was an unsurpassed genius and an iconic force in music entertainment. The music—and videos—he made as an artist as part of the Sony Music family are essential to pop culture history. We’re proud to be part of that history, and to find new innovative ways to make Michael’s music available to future generations of fans”, said CEO Stringer.

John Branca and John McClain said, “We couldn’t ask for more creative and innovative partners than Sony and Rob Stringer (whose history working personally with Michael goes back to the 1990s). Michael continues to inspire generations of artists who have come after him and attract new fans who understand that his music and message are more important than ever.  We look forward to continuing to preserve and develop his remarkable musical legacy with Sony.”

To date, Michael Jackson has achieved 40 Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certifications and 40 #1 chart positions and 102 Top 5 chart positions. Michael Jackson’s overall worldwide record sales exceed the 1 billion threshold which includes over 100 million sales of Thriller; the biggest selling album in history. Last year, Thriller became the first and only album in RIAA history to pass the triple Diamond mark with a 33X platinum certification; Bad also achieved Diamond status.

Michael ranks in the top five for both audio and video streaming for 2017, as well as in the top 5 of all artists for the combined audio and video streaming for 2013 – 2017 alongside contemporary artists The Chainsmokers, One Direction, Beyoncé and Sia.

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Marlon Brando biopic, based on George Englund’s memoirs, could be in the works

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Los Angeles: A new film focusing on the life and career of Hollywood legend Marlon Brando is in the works.

Marlon Brando in Godfather

Marlon Brando in Godfather

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Brian Oliver’s New Republic Pictures has taken up the book, The Way It’s Never Been Done Before as the basis for a biopic on the Godfather star.

The book is former director George Englund’s memoir, who was Brando’s longtime friend.

Talking about the project, Oliver said, “George and Marlon’s friendship spanned five decades and covered all the ups and downs in the actor’s career and personal life.

“It makes for both an epic portrayal of the greatest actor ever to grace the silver screen and an intimate story of two men with an almost brotherly bond.”

Other films that have been made on the Oscar-winning actor in the past include — TCM biopic Brando: The Documentary (2007) and Marlon Brando: The Wild One.

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