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Marvel’s The Punisher: All you need to know about Netflix’s latest vigilante anti-hero show

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The last time we saw Frank Castle, he was helping Matt Murdock in Daredevil dish out some vigilante justice in Hell’s Kitchen. The vengeful ex-marine is now back to continue his crusade in his own Netflix spin-off, The Punisher.

Starring The Walking Dead alumnus Jon Bernthal in the titular role, The Punisher tells the story of a broken man who goes on a bloody rampage as he seeks revenge for the murder of his wife and children. And expectedly, there’s plenty of grit, guns, guts and gore in the new Netflix series. The Punisher is the latest in a string of Marvel series to hit Netflix in recent years after Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and this summer’s The Defenders.

Joe Bernthal as Frank Cage in a still from Netflix's The Punisher

Joe Bernthal as Frank Cage in a still from Netflix’s The Punisher

Created by writer Gerry Conway and artists John Romita Sr and Ross Andru, the comic made its debut in 1974 in an issue of The Amazing Spider-Man. The character of Frank Castle, a Vietnam War veteran, was born out of an era of social upheaval and cynicism. After his family’s murder, he goes on a one-man mission to ‘punish’ criminals by adorning his body armor with a symbol of a death’s head skull and taking on the name Punisher. In his various vigilante battles, Castle crossed paths with other costumed Marvel vigilantes, like Spider-Man and Daredevil but these encounters often ended with him in prison.

Bernthal described his role in an interview with Awards Daily: “He has no superpower. His superpower is his humanity. It’s his drive, his rage, and his loss. I could never have played this part if I weren’t a husband or father. Until you really understand what it’s like to love somebody more than yourself and to willingly give your life for them, only then can you understand what it would mean if they were taken from you.”

Picking up from the end of Daredevil’s second season, after speedily bringing his family’s murderers to justice, Castle looks to assimilate into New York and shuffle back to normal life in the Big Apple considering everyone presumes he’s dead. But suffering from a severe case of PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder), the transition is not as easy.

The show hopes to delve into the humanity behind the anti-hero as he uncovers a larger conspiracy behind his family’s death with the help of Daredevil‘s Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll), a Homeland Security special agent named Dinah Madani (Amber Rose Revah) and best friend Billy Russo (Ben Barnes). “The Frank Castle you find in this story is not The Punisher. He’s reeling from the loss of his family. He’s driven by rage and is on a singular mission to find these people who took his family from him, and do it as brutally as possible,” says Bernthal speaking to Awards Daily.

The show is created by Steve Lightfoot, who worked as an executive producer and writer on the critically acclaimed NBC drama Hannibal. The 13-episode season will be available for streaming on Netflix on 17 November.


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Namitha weds Veerandra Chowdhary in Tirupati; R Sarathkumar, Bigg Boss Tamil contestants attend

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Celebrity couple Namitha and Veerandra Chowdhary are finally hitched. In a private wedding ceremony, the actors got married early morning on Friday at the Tirupati ISKON temple, reports International Business Times.

Veerandra Chowdhary and Namitha. Facebook page of Wedding Street India

Veerandra Chowdhary and Namitha. Facebook page of Wedding Street India

As Namitha’s love affair with long time boyfriend Veerandra has been in the news for quite a time, the news of marriage was not a shocker. Both the celebrities’ fans started sharing congratulatory wishes, and pictures as soon as they hit social media. The pictures of Namitha’s mehendi, sangeet and other pre-wedding rituals went viral.

In the mehendi and sangeet pictures, Namitha is seen wearing jewellery made of flowers and a baby pink silk suit that add to her wedding glow. The couple clicked lovey-dovey selfies together that have taken the internet by storm. Veerandra looked uber happy in all the pictures donning a groom to be look in a blue kurta.

As per the same report, they tied the knot by following all the Hindu marriage rituals. There were priests present at the temple who chanted the Vedic mantras. The wedding was completed around 5.30 am after Veerandra and Namitha exchanged the final vows.

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Veerandra Chowdhary and Namitha. Facebook page of Wedding Street India

For the D day, initially, Namitha was seen in an electric blue sari coupled with gold jewellery. She looked absolutely flawless. Veerandra wore a sherwani with a contrast of blue and brown.

Finally, the couple stole the show in their wedding avatars as they entered the temple for the final rituals. Namitha, in a peach sari, and Veerandra, in a gorgeous sherwani, looked like the most sought after couple of this wedding season.

The wedding was attended by both the bride and groom’s friends, colleagues and relatives. R Sarathkumar, with wife Radhika, Harathi Ganesh and Shakthi were the mains among the invitees. Bigg Boss Tamil contestants also showed up for the special occasion. The couple will also host their colleagues from Kollywood at a reception party in Chennai soon.

(Also read — Zaheer Khan, Sagarika Ghatge wedding: Couple ties the knot, reception to be held on 27 November)


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Film Bazaar 2017 in Goa: A microcosm of the movie business, and haven for cinema lovers

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The Film Bazaar (held in Goa from 20 to 24 November) is a bit like the microcosm of the film world.

A National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) enterprise, The Bazaar, as it is mostly called, is a marketplace (or sorts) where films in various stages of development seek their perfect home among directors, producers, distributors, sales agents or festival programmers.

The Film Bazaar, over the last decade, has established a reputation for being a place where new voices are formed, films are realised and connections are renewed. But does that mean the most radical voices in cinema are continuously being honed in India?

Image courtesy Facebook: @NFDCIndia

Cameron Bailey, Festival Director of Toronto Film Festival, is probably someone who knows and has seen the wide range of India cinema more that most Indians. Bailey wonders if the winds of commerce that blow hard and strong in a country like India is slowly taming the most radical voices and independent styles. Rima Das’s Village Rockstars programmed at the Toronto Film festival this year was the result of the Viewing Room section from the Film Bazaar a couple of years back. That’s where the triumph of the Bazaar is; where every year there are people who leave behind the apprehensions that surround the lonely uphill struggle of a filmmaker and merge in the competition and the community created by the Film Bazaar.

Akshay Indikar is one of the five directors whose projects are a part of the Work in Progress lab this year. His first time at the Bazaar, Aranya (Forest) is a part of the Work in Progress Lab, a segment which selects 5 films at the rough-cut stage. Over the four days of the Bazaar, five directors and their films undergo extensive mentoring and honing. The lonely passion of a filmmaker, working against odds throughout the year, dissolves into a pursuit of hope and realisation.

Just like cinema brings to us stories and people we would have otherwise never met in modern societies, the Bazaar too gets together people bound by endless passion of making cinema and their unique journey, much like Indikar’s. “I come from a folk tradition, my family carries the Gondhli tradition in Maharashtra and it is only the last two generations who have houses. Traditionally we have been nomadic community,” he informs.

His film is about migration and everything that is lost in the process. I ask him what drove him to make films, and his answer comes without a thought — it was a moment etched in his memory. As a young high school student living in Pune, separated from his village and lonely in the city, Akshay decided to go to National Film Archives to watch a film. The film they were showing that day happened to be Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali and for the young student a universe of possibilities opened, a world of city and the village and the divide that lay between. And just like that a filmmaker was born.

It is a story which most of us may not know about, but within the energy of the Bazaar, it is a story that stays with you and gives you a sense of the power of cinema and the journey of a storyteller.

But the Bazaar is not just about filmmakers. It is also about spaces, and far-flung towns. Farooq Khan, Administrator of Union Territory of Lakshadweep, is in Film Bazaar for a different reason. To remind the film fraternity that the most beautiful land of ocean, light and corals lie across the islands of Lakshadweep. And he is here with the Film Federation Office with the simple objective, to encourage filmmakers to not just use Lakshadweep as a location for shoots but to look the unique life and culture of the place as a setting for a story.

A short conversation with Farooq Khan made me look at the way the Bazaar draws people from diverse places. And they all believe one thing: Cinema is larger than life, or perhaps life itself.


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Shah Rukh Khan reportedly asks for Priyanka Chopra to be replaced by Deepika Padukone in Don 3

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Since the producer of the Don franchise, Ritesh Sidhwani teased that the Don 3 might be under development; speculations on the highly anticipated third installment are rife.

Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone. Images from Facebook

Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone. Images from Facebook

The latest is that Shah Rukh Khan as asked Farhan Akhtar to rope in Deepika Padukone for Don 3, and replace Priyanka Chopra who had essayed the role of Roma in both Don and Don 2: The King Is Back, as reported by Deccan Chronicle.

The reason for this major change is being attributed to the cold vibes between Shah Rukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra who were rumoured to have been involved. In fact, social media had gone berserk when Priyanka Chopra had appeared on a US chat show wearing a leather jacket that belonged to her ex, and which was being concluded to be Shah Rukh’s jacket from old pictures, as reported by India Today.

However, it is also being said that Shah Rukh simply wants Deepika as his co-star because he considers them a hit pair with blockbusters like Om Shanti Om, Chennai Express, and Happy New Year under their belts. He wants to recreate the chemistry between the two for the box office success of Don 3, as reported by India Today.

Priyanka Chopra is busy abroad with her American projects and is currently shooting for the third season of her hit TV show Quantico. Deepika on the other hand is embroiled in a massive public storm against the release of her film Padmavati.

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