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Samantha Akkineni says Vishal has delivered his career best performance in Irumbu Thirai

The teaser of Vishal’s Irumbu Thirai was launched yesterday with the entire cast and crew in attendance, except Action King Arjun, who plays the baddie in the movie. Directed by debutant PS Mithran and produced by Vishal Film Factory, Irumbu Thirai has Vishal and Samantha Ruth Prabhu as leads. The movie is slated to hit screens worldwide on 26 January during the Republic Day weekend alongside Anushka Shetty’s Bhaagamathie and Jayam Ravi’s Tik Tik Tik. 

PS Mithran, Vishal and Samantha Akkineni at the teaser launch of Irumbu Thirai

PS Mithran, Vishal and Samantha Akkineni at the teaser launch of Irumbu Thirai

Earlier, the film was announced as a Pongal 2018 release. Clarifying about the delay, Vishal said, “I know so many friends who were praying that I shouldn’t contest in RK Nagar elections. Director PS Mithran was also one of them (laughs). He wanted to complete the project and release it for Pongal 2018. But since I was busy with the election, we had postponed our shoot, and that’s why the release date has been changed to 26 January.”

“I know that I’m honest and I’m faithful to my conscience,” says Vishal

Talking about various allegations leveled against him of late, Vishal, in an ambiguous tone, said, “Ever since we took charge in Producers Council and Nadigar Sangam, we have faced both brickbats and encouraging words from various people. But, I’ve never cared about those who continuously try to bring us down with their slanders. Whenever I face the mirror, it reflects my real self. I know that I’m honest and being faithful to my conscience.”

Vishal is quite upbeat about how Irumbu Thirai has shaped up. The team will wrap up the entire shooting today, after which the post-production will kick-start in full swing.

“I always wanted to be a part of a stylish film that connects with today’s youngsters. That’s when Mithran narrated me the story of Irumbu Thirai. I thought it would be a perfect follow up to Thupparivaalan. Cinematographer George C Williams’ enthusiasm encouraged me more to take up this project. And George has a great track record with Samantha in two super-hit films (Vijay’s Kaththi and Theri). So, I believe the success story continues in Irumbu Thirai too. The audio launch of our film will happen in Malaysia on 6 January at the grand Natchathira Kalaivizha (Stars’ Night), which will see the likes of Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan in attendance,” said Vishal.

“Irumbu Thirai is going to be a very important film in my career,” says Vishal

On sharing screen space with Samantha for the first time, Vishal said, “Irumbu Thirai is going to be a very important film in my career. I enjoyed working on this project, both as an actor and a producer. It’s my first-time collaboration with Samantha. She’s such a lovely person first, and by profession, she’s a beautiful heroine. She truly lit up the sets whenever she was shooting, and we had great fun working together. Having a great co-artist is nice. The highlight of the film will be the love track between us, and it has come out really well. The entire film has been a fantastic journey.”

Irumbu Thirai talks about the ill effects of technological advancements. How others can exploit our information without our knowledge is presented neatly in the film. We wanted to show how dangerous the cyber world is through this movie. It’s almost like cyber-terrorism. Since we have talked about real issues, we made sure that there are no preachy dialogues in the film,” he added.

“Nobody in the industry treats me differently after marriage,” says Samantha

Asked if she is being treated differently by the film fraternity after marriage, Samantha said, “I started shooting three days after my marriage. Nothing has changed now. I don’t feel any different and nobody treats me differently. 2018 has arrived, and I have seen a lot of change.”

Samantha sounded very confident about the film, which has music composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja. “I felt like Vishal was younger than me because he had incredible energy on the set. It was wonderful working with him. His look and performance in the film are definitely his best. The film looks very stylish because of George’s excellent cinematography. I’m very very confident that Irumbu Thirai will work,” said Samantha.

“Irumbu Thirai has been a magnificent journey for me,” says director Mithran

Director PS Mithran thanked Vishal for trusting him with the project, which has changed his life. “Irumbu Thirai has been a magnificent journey for me. From conceiving the story of this film to wrapping up the shooting tomorrow, it’s been four years. This movie has already witnessed three elections of Vishal (laughs). I have narrated this story to a lot of producers in the industry. When Vishal heard the narration, he immediately gave his consent. Likewise, when I told the story to Samantha in Hyderabad, she agreed to come on board the same day.”


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Diljit Dosanjh on picking projects in Hindi films: ‘Unlike in Punjab, I’m not in a position to choose roles in Bollywood’

A few years ago people would wonder whether a turbaned sikh guy could be a mainstream Bollywood hero but Diljit Dosanjh has put those doubts to rest. Not only is the singer-actor having back to back releases in Bollywood but is also being cast opposite A-list heroines. After making a promising debut and an earnest performance in Udta Punjab opposite Kareena Kapoor, he was seen with Anushka Sharma in Phillauri. In his upcoming release, Welcome To New York, he will be seen with Sonakshi Sinha and then with Taapsee Pannu in Soorma, a biopic on hockey player Sandeep Singh, which will hit the theatres in June. He is currently shooting with Kriti Sanon for Arjun Patiala.

Diljit Dosanjh. Image from Twitter/@diljitdosanjh

Diljit Dosanjh. Image from Twitter/@diljitdosanjh

Naturally, Diljit’s confidence has taken a boost. In his initial days, he would have probably wondered in self doubt when asked if there was a limitation to the kind of roles offered to him, but today he confidently states in a mix of Hindi and Punjabi, “Isn’t there a turbanator in every field? Sikhs are there in Navy, Army, the police force…there is no profession left where there is no sikh. So how can I have any such limitations?”

He further adds, “In the beginning when I started with music in Punjab and was keen on acting as well, people would dismiss me saying it wasn’t possible as no sikh had ever been seen as a Punjabi film hero and that I should be restricted to music. My first Punjabi film didn’t but I slowly started delivering hits, some of which even became top grossers. (Diljit has been appreciated for his versatile performances in Punjabi films like the Jatt & Juliet series, Punjab 1984 and Ambarsariya). Later, people said that I won’t be successful in Bollywood because I wear a turban, but my turban helped me get films here.”

Not easily accessible and also considered media-shy, Firstpost tracks him down on the sets of the singing reality show, Rising Star, where the jovial and happy go lucky jatt is the centre of attention. He is in the midst of young singers and some big names from the music industry – Shankar Mahadevan and Monali Thakur. Sporting a shiny yellow jacket and black turban, Diljit seems to be enjoying every bit of it. “I am enjoying both, acting as well as singing, I just wanted to do some good work which I am doing, let’s see where my life takes me. I enjoy each day of my life. Sometimes I have my mood swings but I still try to maintain a balance,” says the singing star, who candidly talks about his upcoming stage-show reality film, Welcome To New York which is based on an award show. “There are so many actors in it, and I, too, have a small part. But if you ask me the experience of doing the film, I really didn’t understand anything. I don’t know how they shot the film in so much chaos. I have no idea. It was difficult to shoot but I kept taking orders from the director and went on doing what I was told,” he laughs.

Known for his rustic charm and simplicity, Diljit might have a lot in the pipeline, but he isn’t someone who would succumb to stereotypes. He wants to do roles that are integral to the story. “I won’t do as many films now. It is just that I had lesser commitments and hence I can be seen in so many films. Last year I refused three to four films. If I don’t like anything I say no to it. Even in Punjab, I did just one film a year and I will follow the same in Bollywood provided I am offered one. I am in no hurry, no greed, as I am getting more than what I am capable of. I would like to use the remaining time on my singing and churn out more Punjabi films for my fans. I also have fans in the US, UK, Canada and I would like to continue doing stage shows for them. Whatever I have to say from my heart, I do it through Punjabi music,” he says without displaying an ounce of stardom.

“I enjoy making music more because there are no limitations as compared to movies. You have a team with who you gel and make music. But the film is not under your control. You listen to the story and script but what finally comes on the canvas could be different, whereas in music you can reject your own composition if you don’t like it and try something different. But films are huge projects; a lot of money is invested and directors have their own point of view,” he adds.

Secondly, Diljit says, he finds more freedom in the choice of movies back home. “I am not in a position to choose roles right now in Bollywood but in Punjabi films I have that choice. Producers are friends there but in Bollywood whatever is being offered I am taking up. My upcoming Punjabi film, Rangroot is on World War I which was something I was passionate about,” he says.

Considering the fact that Diljit never played any sport earlier in his life, one would expect the Shaad Ali-directed Soorma to be one of his most challenging roles of that of a hockey champion. Diljit says jokingly, “When I was a kid, I didn’t get the opportunity to play much sports as my parents would tell me to study. And now when I am getting paid to play so why not? (laughs) But I didn’t face any difficulty while shooting for Soorma. I didn’t have to do much training in the sport, I just had to play the game. I am very happy that in the second year of my acting career in Bollywood I got to do a biopic. Actually, I don’t find my work difficult. Just that when I am acting, I try to feel for the character I’m portraying but every take of mine tends to be different. I don’t treat myself as an actor who has a process, I perform with instinct.”

And even as Bollywood is showering love on him, Diljit prefers to meet people only for work as he doesn’t like “bothering people unnecessarily”. “I don’t stay in touch with industry folks much. I am here only to work. I never got work because of networking or meeting producers in parties. I don’t believe in PR,” signs off the endearing star.

Published Date: Feb 22, 2018 08:57 AM | Updated Date: Feb 22, 2018 08:57 AM


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The Joker origin film, directed by Todd Philips and produced by Martin Scorsese, to roll from 1 May


Feb,22 2018 09:29 23 IST

Los Angeles: Filmmaker Martin Scorsese’s untitled The Joker origin film is scheduled to start production in May.

Jack Nicholson as the Joker. Image courtesy: Facebook

Jack Nicholson as the Joker. Image courtesy: Facebook

The production house Tracking Board’s Jeff Sneider announced the news on social media. Sneider posted what appears to be a part of a press release which featured the project’s logline and listed a start date of 1 May, reports

The post, which was shared by him on Wednesday, also revealed the status of three-time Oscar-nominated actor Joaquin Phoenix, who was recently revealed to be in talks with the studio for the role of the Clown Prince of Crime, as “interested”.

Sneider, however, wrote that the details are subject to change. Details on the upcoming Joker origin movie’s plot are currently unknown though the film is set in Gotham City in the early 1980s and has more of the look of a gritty crime drama than comic book movie.

It is also said that the film will be separate from the DC Extended Universe in an effort to create new and unique storylines.

Acclaimed filmmaker Scorsese will serve as a producer for the project. Todd Phillips is set to direct the standalone film from a script he co-wrote with Scott Silver. Release date has not been locked for the Joker stand-alone film yet.

Published Date: Feb 22, 2018 09:29 AM | Updated Date: Feb 22, 2018 09:29 AM


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‘Beyonce needs to auto-tune’, says TV host Wendy Williams; Twitterati roast her for remark

Los Angeles: American TV host Wendy Williams has faced backlash from fans for criticising singer-actress Beyonce Knowles and saying she needs auto-tune.

Beyonce. Image from Twitter.

Beyonce. Image from Twitter.

Williams criticised the singer on her show on Tuesday, where she said, “There are only a few people who can sing raw dog and Fergie is not one, she needs autotune. Jennifer Lopez needs autotune. Janet Jackson needs autotune. Beyonce needs auto-tune.”

Her remarks sparked rage on social media. While one user tweeted, “Wendy Williams, Beyonce has autotune where?”; another posted along with a clip of Beyonce flawlessly hitting high notes during a live performance.

Another shared a clip of the singer at a cappella performance of ‘Halo‘ and wrote, “Wendy Williams: ‘Beyonce needs auto-tune to sing.”

Beyoncé the ONLY!! And I repeat ONLY bitch we got that sounds better than her studio recordings live. And NO I DONT want to hear about your out of breath ass, throat surgery needing, can’t hold a note for dear life faves!!!! I SAID WHAT I FUCKING SAID!!!!

— 💎 (@KnowlesCarta) February 21, 2018

With inputs from IANS.


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