JFW Just for women | - Feed https://jfwonline.com India's leading Women's magazine portal https://wordpress.org/?v=5.6.4 https://jfwonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/cropped-Untitled-11-32x32.png media-rss – JFW Just for women https://jfwonline.com 32 32 Sat, 05 Jun 2021 13:19:42 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-arjun-das-in-kamal-haasans-vikram/ TRENDING: Arjun Das In Kamal Haasan’s Vikram? https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-arjun-das-in-kamal-haasans-vikram/ Director Lokesh Kanagaraj is in the process of putting together a dream crew for his next film titled ‘Vikram’, which stars Kamal Haasan in the lead role. Vikram is said to be an action political thriller, the title teaser of the film was released months back by the team and it was a huge hit.

Earlier, Malayalam superstar Fahadh Faasil confirmed that he has accepted a key role in Vikram, and he’s excited about joining the shoot. Then there were speculations that Vijay Sethupathi will be doing an important role in the film. It is known that Vijay Sethupathi had played the villain in Lokesh Kanagaaraj’s ‘Master’ starring Vijay.

Meanwhile, the latest buzz is that Arjun Das who was earlier seen in Lokesh’s Kaithi and Master is also part of Vikram. Music for the film is done by Anirudh Ravichander. The film is expected to begin soon, after the COVID-19 situation and lockdown gets better.

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Sat, 05 Jun 2021 06:58:27 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/kamal-haasan-pens-an-emotional-note-on-legendary-singer-spbs-birth-anniversary/ Kamal Haasan Pens An Emotional Note On Legendary Singer SPB’s Birth Anniversary! https://jfwonline.com/article/kamal-haasan-pens-an-emotional-note-on-legendary-singer-spbs-birth-anniversary/ Legendary singer SP Balasubrahmanyam would have turned 75 on June 4th 2021. SPB is no more and it truly breaks our heart to even comprehend the fact that he is no more. But what we could cherish forever and pass on to generations to come would be his voice, his emotions, and his soul through his songs. “Intha thegam marainthalum isaiyai malarven”, his innocence, charismatic giggle and playfulness will be definitely missed by fans and family.

On the birth anniversary of  SP Balasubrahmanyam several celebrities have been sharing their good old memories with the legendry singer. Actor, Politician Kamal Haasan shared a great rapport with SPB, remembering his birth anniversary Kamal Haasan shares an emotional note along with a black and white picture of himself and the singer in a recording studio in his twitter handle.

The singer has sung over 40,000 songs in multiple languages and has worked with music composers from various generations. You will live in our hearts through your songs forever, sir!

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Sat, 05 Jun 2021 04:13:43 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/congratulations-actress-yami-gautam-ties-the-knot-with-director-aditya-dhar/ CONGRATULATIONS: Actress Yami Gautam Ties The Knot With Director Aditya Dhar! https://jfwonline.com/article/congratulations-actress-yami-gautam-ties-the-knot-with-director-aditya-dhar/ Actress Yami Gautam surprised her fans with her wedding picture this Friday, she got married to Aditya Dhar, the director of 2019 movie Uri. Yami Gautam was seen as an undercover raw agent in the film. The actress took to her social media platforms to share the happy news with her fans and followers. Yami also gave a glimpse of her wedding ceremony as she shared her stunning photo with Aditya. In the wedding photo, Yami looks breathtakingly gorgeous as the new bride, Aditya Dhar complemented her in a white and cream sherwani.

Yami shared a statement that reads, “In your light, I learn to love – Rumi With the blessings of our family, we have tied the knot in an intimate wedding ceremony today. Being very private people, we celebrated this joyous occasion with our immediate family. As we embark on the journey of love and friendship, we seek all your blessings and good wishes. Love, Yami and Aditya.”

 

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Here are some inside pictures from their beautiful intimate wedding. These pictures are doing rounds in the internet.

 

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Fans, friends and family are pouring their best wishes to the newly married couple. Dia Mirza, Vaani Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez, Neha Dhupia, Bhumi Pednekar, Sobhita Dhulipala and Vikrant Massey were among the first celebs to wish them “a wonderful journey ahead!”

Wish Yami Gautam and Aditya Dhar a happy life ahead!

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Fri, 04 Jun 2021 12:15:52 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/pride-month-10-movies-and-series-that-had-an-authentic-representation-of-homosexuality/ Pride Month: 10 Movies and Series That Had An Authentic Representation of Homosexuality! https://jfwonline.com/article/pride-month-10-movies-and-series-that-had-an-authentic-representation-of-homosexuality/ By Jayabhuvaneshwari B

It is that time of the year where we wave multi-coloured flags with love and Pride. Yes, it’s Pride month, a month where people from the community and those who don’t belong to it, come together to make the world understand what LGBTQIA+ actually means. It is a month where people belonging to the community are celebrated. Section 377 was decriminalised in India on 6th September 2018, i.e., almost 2 and a half years ago. India has come a long way since then, but still the people of that community are not recognised the way they should be. The idea is still not normalised and there a lot of homophobic people who still hate them. 

Over the years, a few movies and shows in the Indian film industry have tried to do their best to create awareness and spread the message of ‘Love is Love’. While there have been movies and series that have misrepresented the community, some of them have tried to do justice to the idea. There are quite a few movies and shows that have dealt in entirety with homosexual relationships and the problems homosexuals face in society. Here are 10 Tamil and Hindi movies and series that represented Homosexuality in the right way. 

  • Mango Soufflé:

Way back in 2002, Mahesh Dattani introduced male homosexual relationships into the world when nobody else spoke about it, through the movie Mango Soufflé. Mahesh Dattani is known for his Dance Like A Man and other such plays that deal with really heavy topics like patriarchy, sexism, etc. Mango Soufflé is one such movie which openly showed gay-love in 2002, when it was not even close to normalised. It revolves around a gay fashion designer Kamlesh (Ankur Vikal) recovering from his recently ended relationship who calls some of his friends over for dinner to make a special announcement about his personal life. But then Kamlesh’s sister (Rinke Khanna) enters the party with her fiancé (Atul Kulkarni), a man with a secret. This movie is pretty unknown and it is also underrated but it is a great movie in terms of representing homosexuality. 

 

  • Ajeeb Dastan Hai Yeh from Bombay Talkies:

This movie Ajeeb Dastan Hai Yeh which is a part of the anthology, Bombay Talkies, is directed by Karan Johar. It tells the story of a gay man and another who is supposedly in a ‘happy marriage’. Although it is only one segment of the entire film, it deals with the concept beautifully and in the right manner. It also talks about Homophobia, where the protagonist Avinash leaves his parents’ house because they can’t accept the fact that he is Gay and labels him as a Eunuch. The movie involves a lot of emotions and keeps you engaged till the very end, where you wished it could have been a happy ending, 

 

  • Margarita With A Straw:

Starring Kalki Koechlin and Sayani Gupta, Margarita With A Straw is a movie that deals not only with bisexuality but also disabilities like blindness and cerebral palsy. The protagonist, Laila is someone with cerebral palsy who tries to figure out her sexual orientation when she goes to America to pursue her higher education. She gets caught in a loop when she develops feelings for a man as well as a woman. How she figures out her sexual orientation and how the people around her, including her mother, accept her for being herself, forms the rest of the story. The movie on the whole deals with bisexuality and lesbians. This is again an underrated masterpiece, that represented the community in the right manner. 

 

  • Aligarh:

The movie is based on the real life story of Prof. Ramachandra Siras who was homosexual and was suspended from the college he was working because of the same reason. The story revolves around the court case fought by Siras to revoke his suspension. He wins the court case and his suspension is revoked, but he is found dead in his apartment. The rest of the movie deals with the death of the professor. While this is biographical drama movie, it really pains the audience to see the kind of homophobic judgements and actions Siras becomes prey to. The director did not use unwanted melodrama to evoke empathy, the movie itself pulls you at your heartstrings. The underlying message of the movie itself is to decriminalise homosexuality. This movie came out in 2015, before 377 was decriminalised. 

 

  • Kapoor And Sons:

This movie starring Siddarth Malhotra and Alia Bhatt in lead roles, mainly deals with family drama and emotions. But, the movie also talks about homosexuality, Fawad Khan’s character, who identifies himself as gay. His parents are proud of him because he became a successful writer. But, when his mother comes to know of his sexual orientation, she can seem to accept that for her son. The movie shows his mother accepting and normalising his sexual orientation in the end. While homosexuality was not the main plot of the movie, it was given a very important part in the movie. 

 

  • Kallachirippu:

Kallachirippu is a tamil thriller series on Zee5 starring Amrutha Srinivasan as the protagonist. The series on the whole is a murder mystery, dealing with 24 year old Mahati through a series of misadventures that begin after being forced into an arranged marriage. Then the newly married Mahati accidentally stabs her husband to death in self-defense after a heated argument. This sets off a chain of events that reveal the true nature of every character involved in this marriage. While the thrill factor is the most predominant in this series, the series also deals with homosexuality. Mahati’s husband is found in a homosexual relationship, which happens to be the first problem in their marriage. The underlying message of the story is the extent homosexuals have to travel to, because they are not accepted as normal in society. This is the first tamil series that actually deals with homosexuality. 

 

  • Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Lagha:

Starring Sonam Kapoor, Anil Kapoor and Regina Cassandra, this film was the first to represent homosexuality in Bollywood after section 377 was decriminalised. It revolves around Sweety who identifies as lesbian and falls in love with Kuhu. Her entire family is against is homophobic and consider their life ruined because of her sexual orientation. How Sweety makes her family accept homosexuality and normalise it forms the rest of the story. After 377 was decriminalised, a lot of people did not have much of an understanding about the community and they still don’t have. This movie however, did its part in creating awareness and normalising the idea.

 

  • Made In Heaven:

Made In Heaven, an Amazon Original series starring Arjun Mathur and Shobhitha Dhulipala in lead roles, focused on different kinds of marriages and problems that it had. While the lead actors are wedding planners, their own love and married life seems to take a dip, forming the irony of the story. Although the series released in 2019, it is set in a period before decriminalising section 377. Arjun Mathur plays the role of Karan, who becomes a serious victim of homophobia starting from his parents, who are not proud of him. He explores various relationships with men while suffering because he is forced to hide his love life from the public to avoid being penalised by law. The life of Karan really makes you question the law and the homophobic nature of society. Although homosexuality is not a criminal offence now, this series makes you wonder about all the struggle the community would have faced before 6th september 2018.

 

  • 4 More Shots Please:

This series  on Amazon is one that entirely deals with Feministic ideas. The series follows the story of four unapologetically flawed women (two in their 30s and two in their early 20s) as they live, love, make mistakes and discover what really makes them tick through friendship and shots of tequila in millennial Mumbai. One of the four, Gurbani J, plays Umang who identifies as bisexual. Umang loves a girl who loves her back, but ends up marrying Umang’s brother because she is not brave enough to face the brunt of homophobia and non-acceptance. Umang then moves to the city and falls in love with an actress who also does not want to come out of the closet and acts embarrassed of Umang in public. The series deals with the problems faced by Umang and how she makes Samara, her lover, accept her sexual orientation. 

 

  • Gheeli Pucchi from Ajeeb Dastaans:

Starring Konkona Sen Sharma and Aditi Rao Hydari, Geeli Pucchi is one segment of the anthology, Ajeeb Dastaans. It deals with Bharti who identifies as Lesbian and Priya, who is in a marriage but not in a happy one. While it majorly deals with caste discrimination, Geeli Pucchi talks about lesbian relationships and how many just marry a man even though they’re lesbian, because they want to avoid being victims to homophobia. 

 

All but 1 in this list are series and movies from Bollywood. Kallachirippu, is the only Tamil series that has represented homosexulity appropriately. While there have been 1 or 2 movies talking about homosexuality, they are often misrepresented. Regional content has not started focusing on this aspect of the LGBTQ+ community yet, while there are still quite a few movies on transgenders and their struggles. Recently, a movie called ‘En Magan Magizhvan’ was released in Tamil, but it has not gained much popularity. It received awards for its concept, but Tamil audiences are not even aware of such a movie. Not only Kollywood, but even Mollywood and Tollywood need to represent homosexuality more, and it should be done in the right way. 

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Fri, 04 Jun 2021 10:34:50 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/witco-oldest-retail-brand-from-chennai-shuts-down-due-to-the-pandemic/ Witco: Oldest Retail Brand From Chennai Shuts Down Due To The Pandemic! https://jfwonline.com/article/witco-oldest-retail-brand-from-chennai-shuts-down-due-to-the-pandemic/ Witco (India) Private Limited, one of the oldest business organization shuts down due to the ongoing Covid crisis. The announcement was made on April 5 in the company’s Facebook page. They stated, the chain was impacted with Covid 19 pandemic and couldn’t cope with the business as the lockdown called for International travel restrictions.

“The decision to close down this business was not an easy one, but unfortunately due to COVID-19 and the restrictions on international travel it was not sustainable for us. We would like to thank all of our customers and our esteemed clientele for their patronage over the last 70 years,” Witco’s statement on its website read.

Witco started its operations in the 1950s in George Town, Chennai, and was called West India Plastic Trading Co. It dealt in plastic ware, travel goods and accessories. They had stores in Chennai, Trichy, Bangalore, Kozhikode and Kochi. However, its primary presence was in Chennai and had 10 stores within the city.

People from Chennai got emotional and took to twitter to reminisce their memories with the iconic brand. Many said they purchased their school bags every year or when they left to abroad to study or work from Witco. Some commented that they still have Witco bags and would definitely miss the company.

Witco offered not only travel bags, but also bags for the regular commuter. Products it sold ranged from travel and laptop bags, backpacks, school bags for kids, as well as handbags. They even sold brands like Samsonite, Delsey, American Tourister, Case Logic, Nike, Puma, Fiorelli, Blues & Blues, VIP, Skybags, Baggit, Hidesign, Wildcraft and more. It also sold products on e-commerce websites such as Amazon and Myntra.

 

 

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Fri, 04 Jun 2021 07:38:45 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/santhanams-still-from-his-bollywood-debut-goes-viral/ Santhanam’s Still From His Bollywood Debut Goes Viral! https://jfwonline.com/article/santhanams-still-from-his-bollywood-debut-goes-viral/ Actor, Producer and Comedian Santhanam has given number of hit films like Dhilluku Dhuddu, Dhilluku Dhuddu 2, A1 and so on. These films attained its success for its humour content and Santhanam’s timing sense. Currently, the actor is starring in the film ‘Dikkilonna’ and will be seen in a triple role. Directed by Karthik Yogi, the film stars Indian bowler Harbhajan Singh, Anagha, Shirin, Yogibabu, and many more. His future projects include Server Sundaram, Madha Gaja Raja and Sabhaapathy.

He made his Bollywood debut with the film Chinnu Mannu. In this film he played the role of a short man like Kamal Haasan’s Appu in the film Apoorva Sagodharargal. The picture of his debut film is doing rounds in social media recently, though the film have been shelved.

The actor was last seen in Parris Jeyaraj, a single called ‘Pulli Manga Pulip’ from this film had a tremendous hit with 40 million views in YouTube.

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Fri, 04 Jun 2021 03:19:14 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/check-out-simbus-maanaadu-official-update/ Check Out: Simbu’s Maanaadu Official Update! https://jfwonline.com/article/check-out-simbus-maanaadu-official-update/ Simbu’s Maanaadu trailer released on February 3rd and has escalated his fans excitement. The trailer which got released received tremendous response from the audience. Following this fans are eagerly waiting for the next update. The first single which was planned for a May release got postponed due to the second wave of Covid 19 and the sudden demise of the director’s mother.

Directed by Venkat Prabhu, the film has Silambarasan and Kalyani Priyadarshan as the lead pair while S.J. Suryah, SAC, Aravind Akash, Karunakaran, Manoj K Bharathi, and Premgi Amaran play other important characters.

Suresh Kamatchi, the producer requested fans to wait for the lockdown to end and also tweeted that it is inhumane to release Maanaadu’s single during the crisis. Here’s what he tweeted.

The producer also shared a picture from the film.

However, Yuvan Shankar Raja, the music director of Maanaadu released an update yesterday in his Twitter account. He posted “Hey tweeps #maanaadu single is coming very soon!!”. He also tagged the film’s important cast and crew members.

Even as Venkat Prabhu is busy wrapping up his film Maanaadu he has announced his next with Muruganantham’s production house. He tweeted “A Venkat Prabhu ‘QUICKIE’ #VP10 @Rockfortent #BlackTicketCompany (sic).”

Wishing the film’s cast and crew the best!

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Thu, 03 Jun 2021 11:50:14 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/rahman-to-compose-for-simbus-next/ Rahman To Compose For Simbu’s Next? https://jfwonline.com/article/rahman-to-compose-for-simbus-next/ After Eeswaran, actor Silambarasan has been busy with the shoot of Maanadu, directed by Venkat Prabhu. While the shoot is yet to be completed, the actor has signed up for his next movie, Pathu Thala, directed by the famous Obeli Krishnan of Sillunu Oru Kaadhal Fame. 

Recent reports say that music director A R Rahman is the music composer for this new Simbu film. While the shoot for the movie has been postponed because of the current covid situation, the latest claim is that Rahman has already started composing songs for the film. In fact, 2 songs have already been completed for the movie. 

A R Rahman was last seen as the producer of 99 songs directed by Vishwesh Krishnamoorthy. The movie was Rahman’s original story starring the debutante Ehan Bhat. He is also the composer for upcoming movies like Cobra, Ponniyin Selvan, Ayalaan, etc.  

While there is no official announcement about this movie, reports say that Simbu will be playing the role of a gangster while Gautam Karthik plays the role of a cop. Rahman is collaborating with the director after so many years since his compositions for SIllunu Oru Kadhal. Simbu fans await official announcement and updates on this movie. 

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Thu, 03 Jun 2021 07:11:16 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/suhasini-clarifies-rumours-about-mani-ratnam/ Suhasini Clarifies Rumours About Mani Ratnam! https://jfwonline.com/article/suhasini-clarifies-rumours-about-mani-ratnam/ Yesterday, the whole of social media including Twitter and Instagram were drowning with messages and posts from fans celebrating the birthdays of two legends associated with the Kollywood industry, Director Mani Ratnam and Music Director Ilaiyaraaja. A lot of celebrities had also conveyed their wishes to Director Mani Ratnam through their social media accounts. 

While wishes were pouring in, there was also a rumour that the Director has joined twitter officially, according to Suhasini Mani Ratnam. She therefore made it a point to take it to her own twitter page to refute those claims and rumours. 

Meanwhile, the last Mani Ratnam film was Vaanam Kottatum that was released in 2020. The director is currently working on Ponniyin Selvan that has a lot of anticipation from the Tamil movie buffs. The movie is a big-budget one with an ensemble cast consisting of Vikram, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Jayam Ravi, Karthi, Trisha, Vikram Prabhu, etc. in lead roles. It is produced by Mani Ratnam’s Madras Talkies in association with Lyca Productions. And the film’s music is by AR Rahman.

Suhasini was last seen on Putham Pudhu Kalai where she played a role and directed one of the films in the anthology, ‘Coffee, anyone?’

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Thu, 03 Jun 2021 05:10:16 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-wesupportsamantha-trends-after-backlash-from-tamil-netizens/ TRENDING: #WeSupportSamantha Trends After Backlash From Tamil Netizens! https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-wesupportsamantha-trends-after-backlash-from-tamil-netizens/ Ever since the trailer for ‘The Family Man 2’ was released, there has been a lot of backlash from the Tamil netizens against it. Even Tamil politician Seeman demanded a ban on the series saying that the series shows the Tamil Eelam in bad light. This backlash has come against Samantha, who is playing the role of a Tamil Eelam girl in the series. 

Last week, the Tamil Nadu government had placed a request to the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting to either stop or ban the release of show’s second season. In a letter to I&B minister Prakash Javadekar, Tamil Nadu IT Minister T Mano Thangaraj said the trailer presented Tamilians in a “highly objectionable manner”. However, in spite of these requests and demands, the series is all set to release on June 4. 

2 days before the release, on June 2nd #ShameOnYouSamantha was trending on twitter with a lot of social media users criticizing Samantha for taking up the role. 


While this was trending initially, Samantha fans collectively took effort to trend the #WeSupportSamantha yesterday.  Now, a lot of Samantha fans and fanclubs have made it possible to trend the same and to prove that they stand in solidarity with the actress. Now, it stands as the number 1 trending on twitter. 

Meanwhile, the directors of the show Raj and DK have issued a statement to answer to the backlash. As a part of their statement they said, “we are very cognizant of the sentiments of the Tamil people and Tamil culture and have nothing but the utmost love and respect towards our Tamil people.”


Some fans are also urging people to wait for the series to release so that they could watch it and then make a judgement. The series releases tomorrow on Amazon Prime Video and only after watching it we will know if they have disrespected the Tamil Eelam or not. 

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Wed, 02 Jun 2021 11:56:55 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/celebrating-a-genius-mani-ratnams-unique-perspective-to-social-issues/ Celebrating A Genius: Mani Ratnam’s Unique Perspective To Social Issues! https://jfwonline.com/article/celebrating-a-genius-mani-ratnams-unique-perspective-to-social-issues/ By Humsika J

 

Mani Ratnam, the name represents an era of cinema which has created history in the present. There is no single genre that his movies belong to. The movies are an amalgamation of romance, action, drama and adventure. He brought the entire country together with bilingual movies and created international sensations with A R Rahman and the memorable albums they co-created. The man is a magician who looked at something very mundane in the most exploratory angle and presented a visual extravaganza on screen. 

 

Terrorism Trilogy:

 

At a time when people questioned patriotism, the director brought a beautiful trilogy of three romances in the midst of a chaotic national milieu. With ‘Roja’, he showed how a normal citizen values his nation, even more than his own life. The story stays relevant till date for the issue it dealt with and the values it stood by. ‘Bombay’ was an attempt to unite the nation at times of extreme communal clashes in the country. An interesting thing about the casting was how Nasser played the role of a staunch Hindu while Kitty played the role of the conservative Muslim. The idea of communal harmony was not just part of the script but was a virtue shared by every member of the crew. ‘Dil Se..’ was the last movie of the trilogy and it explored terrorism caused by deprivation. At times, it is the injustice done by your own people that turns you against them. The story revolved around Amar but it was truly incomplete without Moina. This trilogy is a treat because of the goosebump-inducing background score by A R Rahman, the charming presence of Aravind Swamy(dubbed for Shah Rukh Khan in Dil Se..) and stunning visuals by Santosh Sivan and Rajiv Menon. The movies were also screened at the 2015 London Indian Film Festival, in the retrospective series Politics as Spectacle: The Films of Mani Ratnam.

 

Adaptations of Mythology:

 

 

The epics of India ‘Ramayanam’ and ‘Mahabharatam’ have always been a structure and many stories have been built over this. Mani Ratnam adapted these epics in a contemporary setting with light references thrown here and there. ‘Thalapathi’, an adaptation of the ‘Mahabharatam’ , was depicted through the eyes of Karna(Rajinikanth). His friendship with Duryodhana(Mammootty) was the highlight of the film. The most beautiful addition to the narrative was the visual storytelling by placing the sun’s glisten in every scene which had Rajini. ‘Raavanan’ was another beautiful masterpiece which made us think if it was actually wrong of a brother to avenge the harassment of his sister. It made us think if we were right in any way to think low of the ones who live one with nature, is it right to call them barbarians. The major twist to the tale was the Stockholm syndrome which the abducted goes through and it was interesting to see how with time one can really see where true evil lies. The movies made us empathize with the character who is often portrayed as the antagonist and showed us that good and bad is just a point of view.

 

Real Life On Screen:

 

 

While many characters on screen are seen to have a lot of superhero capabilities, it often becomes difficult to make characters who we are familiar with. It becomes difficult to show reality on screen. Mani Ratnam’s hack would probably be his silences. We would still remember the moment Chitra(Revathy) saw Anjali(Shamili) walk towards her. A colony with children who play every evening, the small rivalry between gangs, the reality of autism and how difficult it is for a parent…all these small details made ‘Anjali’ a very relatable watch experience. Amutha, the catalyst, helped weave a tale that told us the struggles of Eelam Tamils. ‘Kannathil Muthamittal’ also opened conversations about adoption and the psychology of a small child. Many small little sensitive things put together. Can a gangster movie be enjoyable by all? ‘Nayakan’ proves this with the gripping storyline, impeccable acting, immense research into character development and the lilting background score. Politics has shades…we witnessed this in the larger-than-life ‘Iruvar’. Though based on real incidents, the story was packed with powerful monologues and visual narratives which made the movie stay etched in our memories. When politics became rotten with the grey hair making decisions, he brought ‘Aayutha Ezhuthu’ to empower the youth in the country. It surely was a journey from black and white in ‘Iruvar’ to red, blue and green in ‘Aayutha Ezhuthu’. How can a real human’s life be brought on screen? ‘Guru’ was a path-breaking effort to show the struggle of Dhirubhai Ambani and not only did it do justice to the life story but it also allowed people to think and rethink. It inspired people to dream with ‘Ore Kanaa’ beaming in A R Rahman’s voice during the credit role.

 

What sets him apart from all the other directors is his attention to detail. Every movie is well-researched and packaged with many elements that make watching these an experience of a lifetime. Each and every technician working on his movie becomes a magician. We all await the magnum-opus ‘Ponniyin Selvan’ to see yet another facet of this director, recreating literature on the silver screen. He is truly a man who believes in art over numbers and that is what keeps him on top of the list forever!

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Wed, 02 Jun 2021 10:51:31 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-yuvan-shankar-raja-wishes-dad-with-an-adorable-video/ TRENDING: Yuvan Shankar Raja Wishes Dad With An Adorable Video! https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-yuvan-shankar-raja-wishes-dad-with-an-adorable-video/ The entire Kollywood industry is celebrating the birthdays of not one but two geniuses, Director Mani Ratnam and Music Director Ilaiyaraaja. Amongst the two, the latter is celebrating his 78th birthday today and a lot of celebrities have taken to their social media to wish the legend. The most adorable wish however, came from Music Director Yuvan Shankar Raja who is also the son of Ilaiyaraaja. 

He wished his father with a throwback video where Ilaiyaraaja is seen teaching his grandchildren to play the Piano. Coincidentally, he is also happening to teach them the tune to the Happy Birthday Song. The video was very adorable and fans went ‘awww’ in admiration after it was shared. 

 

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Reputed to be the world’s most prolific composer, Ilayaraja has composed more than 7,000 songs, has scored music for more than 1,000 movies and performed in more than 20,000 concerts. Ilaiyaraaja’s nickname is “Isaignani” (musical genius). 

Apart from songs for films, Ilaiyaraaja recently released a single called Bharath Bhoomi which was a tribute to all the COVID-19 warriors and frontline workers such as doctors, police officers, sanitation workers, etc. The song was sung by the late legend S P Balahsubramaniyam and was released on 30th May in Tamil and Hindi on Youtube. 

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Wed, 02 Jun 2021 08:40:47 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-shreya-ghoshal-reveals-the-name-of-her-newborn/ TRENDING: Shreya Ghoshal Reveals The Name Of Her Newborn! https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-shreya-ghoshal-reveals-the-name-of-her-newborn/ After almost 2 weeks since announcing that Shreya Ghoshal has been blessed with a baby boy, she has posted a picture of herself, her husband and her newborn on Instagram and Twitter and has also revealed the name of her child. She revealed that her son is called ‘Devyaan Mukhopadhyaya’. The photo shows her husband and she holding their son, but the newborn’s face is not revealed. 

 

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Previously, She took to Instagram and Twitter to announce the birth of her son. She wrote, “God has blessed us with a precious baby boy this afternoon. It’s an emotion never felt before. @shiladitya and I along with our families are absolutely overjoyed. Thank you for your countless blessings for our little bundle of joy.”

The singer initially announced her pregnancy on Instagram in the month of March. She did so, by posting a beautiful picture of her baby bump. Ever since she has been posting quite a few photos of herself in her baby bump. To announce her pregnancy she wrote, “Baby #Shreyaditya is on its way!@shiladitya and I are thrilled to share this news with you all. Need all your love and blessings as we prepare ourselves for this new chapter in our lives.”

The singer tied the knot with Mukhopadhyaya, 37, in 2015 after a courtship of almost a decade. On the work front, the songs sung by this singer were heard in ‘Saina’ and ‘Tuesdays and Fridays’. She also released her single with Tony Kakkar called ‘Oh Sanam’, recently. The actress began her career as a Playback singer in 2002 with the song ‘Bairi Priya’ from the movie Devdas. She has sung so many songs ever since in a variety of Indian languages. 

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Wed, 02 Jun 2021 06:52:43 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/pic-talk-kajal-aggarwals-latest-no-makeup-look/ PIC TALK: Kajal Aggarwal’s Latest No Makeup Look! https://jfwonline.com/article/pic-talk-kajal-aggarwals-latest-no-makeup-look/ The 2nd wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in India has led to a lot of uncertainties in our lives. With solid lockdown periods again and increasing cases, we are all just wondering when this pandemic will come to an end. Productivity and positivity is taking a toll for many. There has been no motivation for many to stay positive. Amidst these testing times, actress Kajal Aggarwal has taken to twitter to reiterate and spread positivity. 

The actress shared a no-makeup photo of herself and said “Sometimes all you need to do is breathe.” She shared a few more pictures of herself and fans have not been able to take their eyes off her. 

The actress has been using her social media quite a lot to spread positivity during these unpredictable times. A month back she posted a photo of her newest hobby, Knitting and wrote about how it is better for everyone to take up something to focus upon in times where we feel helpless and anxious. 

On the work front, Kajal is working on quite a few Tamil and Telugu films, namely, ‘Hey Sinamika’, ‘Acharya’, ‘Indian 2’ and ‘Paris Paris’. For this year, she has signed up for 7 films in total, out of which 2 have been completed and 5 are still under production. In Kollywood, the actress was last seen in the movie Comali, along with Jayam Ravi. The actress also shocked fans recently with her statement that she will quit acting if her husband asks her to. 

 

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Tue, 01 Jun 2021 10:07:11 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/25-years-of-maddy-from-chocolate-boy-to-a-versatile-actor/ 25 Years of Maddy: From ‘Chocolate Boy’ To A Versatile Actor! https://jfwonline.com/article/25-years-of-maddy-from-chocolate-boy-to-a-versatile-actor/ By Jayabhuvaneshwari B

The Kollywood film industry has had a ton of talented actors over the years who have proved themselves through their performances. Most of them are celebrated so much that they have separate fan clubs. And then there are also fans of one actor who are against another actor who is considered to be their Hero’s rival. Rajini-Kamal, Thala-Thalapathy, and so on.. But, the entire Tamil audience and even other Indian audiences love one actor unconditionally, irrespective of who’s fan they are. That actor is none other than R Madhavan also referred to as Maddy. 

With almost 50 plus films in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu, Maddy is one actor whom we can’t take our eyes off, when on-screen. He has been in the industry for the past 25 years with his fair share of successes and failures. Over these 50 plus films, Maddy has acted as the Hero, the villain and has even done some supporting characters. Maddy is also fondly called ‘Chocolate Boy’ because of some of his romance movies. He got that nickname because of all the irresistible characters that he played as a Lover-boy in Tamil movies. Over the years however, Maddy has grown from just a Lover-Boy to a Versatile Actor. Here are 10 unforgettable movies of our dearest Maddy!

 

  • Alaipayuthey:

Mani Ratnam’s Alaipayuthey was the breakthrough movie for Madhavan. That was his debut into the Kollywood industry. He had acted in three movies before but had not gained much recognition for those performances. With Alaipayuthey, Maddy became the heartthrob of Tamil cinema. It is generally not easy for actors to nail their debut performances and find a place in the hearts of the audiences. But Madhavan did it with ease and made girls go crazy over him. Mani Ratnam’s direction also played a very important role in this character of Madhavan. It was during this time that boys started using the, “Naa unna virumbala, un mela aasai padala, nee azhaga iruka nu nenaikala aana ithellam nadanthidumo nu bayama iruku. Yosichu sollu.” dialogue to confess their love to their lovers. Till today, this dialogue and this movie stands as a classic in Tamil cinema.

 

  • Minnale:

Minnale was Gautham Vasudev Menon’s debut film as director and he chose Madhavan as the lead for obvious reasons. Minnale, another beautiful love story, became a success because of Maddy’s Rajesh Shivakumar. He played the antagonist and was portrayed like a stalker in the film and yet he made the audience yearn for a lover like him who would go at lengths to take risks. His charisma in the movie was just too good and the audience genuinely felt bad when Reena Joseph breaks-up with Rajesh on learning the truth. The songs in the movie were also a contributing factor for Maddy’s popularity after Minnale. One of the reasons Gautham Menon’s first film became a success is with no doubt Madhavan’s performance. 

 

  • Kannathil Muthamittal:

After establishing himself as a lover boy with the above movies and also movies like Dumm Dumm Dumm, Madhavan moved onto a movie that proved his acting brilliance. He collaborated yet again with Mani Ratnam just to give us another wonderful and warm movie. Although he acted as Amudha’s father in the movie, he made us crush on him with his performance. The risks he took and the lengths he went for Amudha made us all think of him as an amazing father one could get. Of course, Mani Ratnam’s storyline and direction played a key role, but the movie would not be what it is today without Maddy as Thiruchelvan.

 

 

  • Run:

Immediately after Kannathil Muthamittal, Madhavan starred in N Linguswamy’s Run along with Meera Jasmine. Yet another role that added the lover-boy feather to his cap. Madhavan’s Siva who would do anything for his Priya was such an unbelievably believable role and as usual Madhavan just became the darling of Tamil cinema. Run was a blockbuster hit and it was one of the first movies for Madhavan with a lot of action. Although the story is about the Hero winning-over the hand of his heroine, Maddy made it seem like something new and different. Well, that’s the magic of Maddy. 

 

  • Anbe Sivam:

Sundar C’s Anbe Sivam provided a great breakthrough for Madhavan, as he nailed his character as Anbarasu. For the first time, Madhavan acted as a commercial director with his own opinions and ideologies. He is someone who is critical of everything and not very fond of optimism. It is generally difficult to give a versatile performance alongside an actor who has defined versatility for Tamil cinema. Madhavan was appreciated for his role in Anbe Sivam because of the way in which he complimented Kamal Haasan’s performance as Nalla Sivam. His transformation from a self-centered ‘A Arasu’  to a selfless ‘Anbarasu’ is captured wonderfully in the movie. 

 

  • Nala Damayanthi:

Moulee’s Nala Damayanthi is one of the underrated movies of Maddy. This is the first movie where he nailed his performance as a comical character. Maddy’s Ramji Narayanaswamy Iyer, a naive Palakkad Brahmin who gets lost in Australia is just the character you will want to see on-screen on a dull day. Again, this movie is also of a romance genre, but the comical side of Maddy is more predominant in this movie. Through this movie Maddy showed that he could do justice to any kind of character and not only the romantic ones. The movie can be watched anytime of the day, and the audience will surely be left with tears from laughter. 

 

 

  • Ayutha Ezhuthu:

After quite a few romantic movies like Jay Jay and Priyamana Thozhi, Madhavan turned to a very different character with Ayutha Ezhuthu. For a change, Madhavan played the antagonist of the movie. With all his lover boy roles, Madhavan’s rowdy look in this movie was a refreshing change for the audience. However, till date, Inbasekar remains a role that not many would associate with the actor. He did more than needed to prove himself as the perfect villain. So much that it is almost as though the Darling Maddy and Rowdy Maddy are two different people altogether. Ayutha Ezhuthu proved that any Mani Ratnam and Madhavan combo would work because it became a Hat Trick hit for the actor. For all Maddy fans, Inbasekar remains one celebrated and praised role for the actor because of his unexpected and unconventional acting in the movie. 

 

  • 3 Idiots:

Based on Chetan Bhagat’s Five Point Someone, Rajkumar Hirani’s 3 Idiots showed Madhavan as that loving friend everybody would want. The movie was a big hit in the Bollywood industry. But, that would not have been possible without Maddy’s Farhan Qureshi. As a matter of fact, Ranchhoddas is nothing without his Farhan and Raju. Madhavan, as a grateful and loving friend, is the character we need at all times. The scene where Farhan convinces his father about taking Photography as a career is just heart-warming and emotional. With equal parts comedy and sentiment, Maddy’s Farhan was one his cutest and most adorable characters. 

 

  • Irudhi Suttru:

After a few not very successful movies in Tamil, Sudha Kongara’s Irudhi Sutru acted as a comeback for the actor. As a character who is very serious about his sport and does not deal with crap, Maddy still managed to win our hearts. We were all head over heels in love with Prabhu Master, just like Mathi in the movie. The determination with which he trains Mathi and the things he does to ensure her victory made him super admirable, in spite of his serious nature. 

 

  • Vikram Vedha:

Madhavan’s badass cop character in Vikram Vedha was just a role that his fans needed to celebrate and cherish him even more. Madhavan along with actor Vijay Sethupathi (Vedha) gave an epic entertainer from start to finish. Maddy’s role as the ‘no-nonsense’ police officer in the chase to fight evil, even if it required putting bullets in one’s head, was unforgettable. Throughout the movie you’re made to believe that Vikram is the protagonist and Vedha is the Antagonist, until the very end. Only because of their respective character arcs and performances did we doubt their respective righteousness in the very end as well. Vikram’s love for Priya and the conflict they faced because of Vedha was also beautifully played by Maddy. The movie became a blockbuster hit only because of Madhavan and Vijay Sethupathi’s performances. 

 

Over the years, Maddy has evolved as an actor. But he is one actor who has been impressing his fans from Day 1. Madhavan also entered the web-series world  with his performance in ‘Breathe’, which he also nailed. Now, Maddy has stepped into yet another venture; Direction, with Rocketry: The Nambi Effect. It is an upcoming Indian biographical drama film based on the life of Nambi Narayanan, a former scientist and aerospace engineer of the Indian Space Research Organisation who was accused of espionage. The movie is expected to release sometime this year. 

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Tue, 01 Jun 2021 09:42:32 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/a-glimpse-of-aishwarya-rajeshs-stellar-performances-onscreen/ From Kaaka Muttai To Ka Pae Ranasingam, Nine Unforgettable Performances Of Aishwarya Rajesh! https://jfwonline.com/article/a-glimpse-of-aishwarya-rajeshs-stellar-performances-onscreen/ By Megavarshini S G

Performance based actresses are one of a kind and very rare to find in the industry. Usually a duet, few intimate romances, a cute or hot dance in the rain and boom it’s a box office hit! And the actress become the industry’s sensation. There are actresses who caught people’s attention through their realistic and refreshing performances and definitely Aishwarya Rajesh will be on this list.

Talk about choosing wise scripts, she comes first to mind. She started her career with small budget films and now she is the go to star of many A-listed directors like Mani Ratnam, Gautham Menon, Vetrimaaran etc. She made her debut in 2010 with the Tamil film Neethana Avan and in 2012 she did Attakathi. In 2014 she starred alongside Vijay Sethupathi in Rummy and Pannaiyarum Padminiyum. From there to being a mother of two children in Kaaka Muttai to rebellious Ariyanachi she has owned the characters she has portrayed, completely. Here’s a list of characters the actress played, which made her one of the finest performers in the K-town!

  • Malarvizhi – Pannaiyarum Padminiyum (2014)

As Malarvizhi, a rural spunky girl she falls in love with the Pannaiyar’s driver and the romance between them is beautiful and refreshing. After Amudha in Atta Kathi this film made people to recognize and love her.

 

  • Kaaka Muttai’s mother – Kaaka Muttai (2014)

She received a state award for the film. Mother of two children, single mom and a breadwinner of the family she did an amazing performance. Any actress who is in the start of her acting career wouldn’t take such a risk. Kaaka Muttai was worth the shot!

 

  • Anbuselvi – Dharma Durai (2016)

Anbuselvi, a simple village girl is shown vulnerable and she commits suicide as she couldn’t marry the man of her dreams. With her subtle performance the actress connected with the audience and did her part well.

 

  • Kausalya Murugesan – Kaana (2018)

Young, bold and daddy’s girl, she played the role of a cricketer. The actress did justice as Kausalya Murugesan and shined bright as diamond in the women centric Kaana. Kaana did fulfill her Kaana as an actress and a performer. One of the best films in her acting career.

 

  • Padma – Vada Chennai (2018)

A very raw and realistic Vada Chennai girl paired alongside Dhanush. Be it the intimate romances, boldness and her timely advices to Anbu, she did her best. North Chennai’s slang, body language and attitude was perfect and Padma will be the north chennai’s rowdy in our hearts forever.

 

  • Renuka Thiyagarajan – Chekka Chivantha Vaanam (2018)

This film had a massive cast, the entire screen was star studded and she stood out shining in Mani Ratnam’s multistarrer Chekka Chivantha Vaanam. Renuka Thiyagarajan was a Sri Lankan girl and wife of one of the gangster brothers. She did a small part and as always she did an impressive and satisfying work in this film.

 

  • Thulasi – Namma Veetu Pillai (2019)

A girl next door, a strong and sensitive sister. She signed in as a character artist and played the sister of Sivakarthikeyan. A beautiful family entertainer and a commercial hit. Thulasi will be the sister every brother would love to have.

 

  • Mangai – Vaanam Kottattum (2020)

Following CCV, this film had a stellar cast and she did shine with her bubbly and natural performance. She played the role of Vikram Prabhu’s sister Mangai. Her innocence lights up the screen. A best friend, a overprotective sibling and a business partner what else could you ask from Mangai.

 

  • Ariyanachi – Ka Pae Ranasingam (2020)

Ariyanachi will be one of the best performances in her film career. The amount of hard work and the dedication she put in Ariyanachi is evidential and not only today, Ariyanachi’s determination and love for her husband will make you cry even after ages.

 

Not a glam doll, does not have a fair skin tone or a film background. She proved people and now stands high as an inspiration in the Kollywood industry. She is been doing films in Tollywood and Mollywood industry too. Aishwarya Rajesh will definitely become one of the gem performers in future. Wish the talented actor a happy and successful career ahead!

 

 

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Tue, 01 Jun 2021 05:35:33 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/dhanushs-jagame-thandhiram-trailer-out-now-gangster-suruli-wins-hearts/ Dhanush’s ‘Jagame Thandhiram’ Trailer Out Now, Gangster Suruli Wins Hearts! https://jfwonline.com/article/dhanushs-jagame-thandhiram-trailer-out-now-gangster-suruli-wins-hearts/ Dhanush starrer ‘Jagame Thandhiram’ is all set to make an OTT Release on 18th June. The trailer of the movie was released today at 10 AM. Fans got a glimpse of the crazy gangster world created by Karthik Subburaj. 

 

Dhanush stars as ‘Suruli’, a reckless gangster from Madurai who happens to get recruited by a London-based politically affluent gang leader (James Cosmo) and his men to understand and break into the illegal underworld operations of the ‘Sivadoss’ (Joseph ‘Joju’ George) and his gang which is rising in power, taking control of the illegal weapons and gold business of London, according to Netflix India.

 

The trailer is packed with action and Dhanush fits in perfectly with the chaotic pool of Karthik Subburaj and Santosh Narayanan. Aishwarya Lekshmi makes her debut in Tamil in this film.The gangster movie is ready to wow its audience and it’s surely time for fans to say ‘Rakita Rakita Rakita’!

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Tue, 01 Jun 2021 05:07:42 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/bangalore-days-turns-7-anjali-menon-shares-struggles-while-shooting/ Bangalore Days Turns 7: Anjali Menon Shares Struggles While Shooting! https://jfwonline.com/article/bangalore-days-turns-7-anjali-menon-shares-struggles-while-shooting/ It’s celebration time for the cast of ‘Bangalore Days’ as it marked 7 years of release recently. The movie was appreciated by many for its simplicity and the connection it made with the audience. ‘Bangalore Days’ was an actors’ gala with Dulquer Salmaan, Nivin Pauly, Nazriya Nazim, Fahadh Faasil and Parvathy Thiruvothu playing lead roles. 

 

The director of this movie, Anjali Menon, was delighted to see the celebration of this movie and shared a few BTS pictures with the audience. In the caption, Anjali wrote about the struggles she and the entire team had faced while shooting for Bangalore Days. “7 years of love is what Bangalore Days has received from all of you! Deeply cherish every good wish and thank you so much. This film was not an easy fun ride as many assume… the making was wrought with challenges but each one shaped our journey and took us to a better place. My handwriting scrawl appeared on that white board a week before shoot! So yes, we had a thousand doubts and fears about what we were doing but fortunately they actually motivated us,” she wrote.

 

 She expressed her heartfelt gratitude to the people who put in a lot of effort but whose names often don’t get recognized and prayed for their well-being. “Some of our faces are always associated with this film but there are hundreds of others who put in so much hard work to make it happen. These unseen faces are the backbone of our industry. I hope all of them and their families keep safe and well during the current lockdown times. With much love to them and the audiences for holding us in a tight, wholehearted embrace for the past 7 years! We love you too,” Anjali added.

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Tue, 01 Jun 2021 04:02:12 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/7-ways-to-celebrate-your-birthday-alone-this-lockdown/ 7 Ways To Celebrate Your Birthday Alone This Lockdown! https://jfwonline.com/article/7-ways-to-celebrate-your-birthday-alone-this-lockdown/ By Megavarshini S G

With the ongoing COVID- 19 pandemic people are stuck at home and of course you are missing out birthday parties, celebrations and surprises which you are used to for every birthday. With the lockdown restrictions you cannot do a dinner at fancy restaurant, go out for shopping or go to the saloons, it doesn’t mean that you can’t make your birthday special.

You are celebrating your birthday consecutively for the second time in lockdown?. Just let it go and here are seven happy and efficient ways you can celebrate your birthday alone this lockdown.

1) Bake your own cake
A birthday can never end without a cutting a cake. So, why don’t you bake your own cake? Doesn’t it sound fun and also healthy rather than ordering it during the pandemic. Go ahead baker, you will love it! If possible share your recipe on Instagram and a little show off is totally fine.

2) Decorate your home
Don’t miss out on decorations, if you don’t have party poppers, balloons and stuff. Googling will help, look for DIY ideas and have a happy time decorating for yourself. Make cards, handmade gifts and present it to your self. Show some self love birthday baby!

3) Make it a self care day
Is the birthday baby in need of a break? Pick up some sheet masks, snacks and magazines to pamper yourself. Make some cool cucumber water or lime drink to make it a whole experience. And what follows next is a big meal and a sound sleep.

4) Movie marathon
Pick up your all time favorite films, grab some snacks, make your bed and yes a hair bun and pajamas would make it even more better and comfy. Happy watching!

5) A dress up zoom party
Host a dress up party. Invite your friends to a virtual birthday party and inform them the dress code. Plan some games and quizzes and keep yourself and your friends engaged. Of course don’t forget to do a virtual photoshoot in the end! When you look back to lockdown birthdays, this will help.

6) Try something new
Build a hobby or start on things you’ve been pushing aside for years. Be it starting a YouTube channel, a online boutique, learning a new language, painting, cooking etc. You couldn’t find a much better and an auspicious day than your birthday.

7) Make a donation
However small or big, just donate what you can afford to. Small donations make a big difference. It cheers you up and also completes your day!

Have a happy and blessed birthday!

 

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Mon, 31 May 2021 09:50:48 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/tamannaah-voices-out-why-should-i-showcase-my-help-to-covid-patients/ Tamannaah Voices Out: Why Should I Showcase My Help To COVID Patients? https://jfwonline.com/article/tamannaah-voices-out-why-should-i-showcase-my-help-to-covid-patients/ With the spike in cases of coronavirus, the country came to a complete standstill. Lockdown was imposed in most states. Many people had to struggle to find beds and oxygen cylinders. Celebrities amplified requirements through their social media handles, they started fundraisers as well. Tamannaah Bhatia, however, has voiced her opinion on the ‘pressure’ actors are under during the pandemic.

 

In a chat with Hindustan Times, Tamannaah said she doesn’t like talking about helping people in need. She expressed that in these trying times, there has been pressure on stars to share their act of goodness. “I don’t like talking about it because it doesn’t make sense to me as to if I’m busy helping someone, why should I be showcasing? I don’t connect that way,” she said. The actress also explained that most people believe actors have a lot of money. She added that they’re like everyone else. Tamannaah also said that actors have to work hard to earn their living. “Someone has not just given it to us. Some people have all these notions and, and hence, they have these expectations as well. Somewhere, I feel, they confuse the image that they see on screen to what they are as people,” she explained.

 

Tamannaah will be seen in various Telugu projects like ‘Seetimaar’ and ‘That Is Mahalakshmi’. She is also working opposite Nithin in ‘Maestro’, the Telugu remake of ‘Andhadhun’.

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Mon, 31 May 2021 07:46:14 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/7-years-of-bangalore-days-a-movie-that-feels-like-a-tight-hug/ 7 Years Of Bangalore Days: A Movie That Feels Like A Tight Hug! https://jfwonline.com/article/7-years-of-bangalore-days-a-movie-that-feels-like-a-tight-hug/ Jayabhuvaneshwari B

There was a time in 2014 when a movie became the major talk of the town. Every place you went to, every person you met would ask you, “Did you watch Bangalore Days?”, and then you would have at least a small discussion about the movie before you went back to whatever you were doing. The movie became so popular among the entire South Indian audience and also travelled a little to the North Indian movie watchers. For many, it became the movie that made them start watching other Malayalam movies. Bangalore Days was that cult movie that dealt with a modern subject. Now, 7 years later, this movie is still the talk of the town, and there are many reasons as to why. 

The best part about the movie is its ensemble cast. While it is generally difficult to assign equal parts weightage to all the characters in a movie, Anjali Menon did justice to that idea. With Aju’s (Dulquer Salmaan) craze for bikes and his determination to prove himself, it may look like he was the hero of the movie. But, Kunju (Nazriya Nazim) and Kuttan (Nivin Pauly) were given equally heavy parts with just the required backstory for each character. It is generally difficult to accept a few actors as cousins or siblings on-screen, especially when they’ve acted as love interests in previous movies. While Nazriya has acted with both Dulquer and Nivin as love interests, it was not difficult for us to accept them as cousins, mainly because of their character arc and the way they were portrayed. 

After this movie was released, most viewers started wishing for cousins like the three. With three entirely different characters, their bond and friendship was something that was envied by most. Aju happens to be a stubborn man who does not fall for societal pressures and only does what he wishes to do. Kuttan on the other hand, is a very traditional and naïve person from the backwaters of Kerala, who is still trying to figure out where he fits in the modern world of Bangalore. Finally Kunju, a bubbly and innocent girl who’s aspirations are very simple and yet not respected. She is forced into marriage, but still tries to make the best out of it. The movie is beautiful because these characters, who are poles apart form a bond which is by blood but is also defined by some kind of friendship. The craziness of this bond is captured very well in the wedding scene where Kunju exhales deeply while she sits next to the groom, only for smoke to escape her mouth!

The movie worked not only because of this bond, but also because of the craze around Bangalore. In an interview Anjali Menon said that, for a lot of Malayalis, Bangalore is a dream city because of the modernity and freedom it comes with. The beauty of the film is the balance created by the director. Anjali shows both the countryside and the city. Through Kuttan, she also shows the difference between people who live in both places. But, in no scenario does she justify or prove that one lifestyle is right or the other is wrong. 

Bangalore Days is a movie about relationships. While all lead characters have their respective love lives, those are not the only relationships portrayed in the movie. Kuttan’s relationship with his father is one that makes him understand the decision that the latter took. Later, his relationship with his mother, who has been waiting for an opportunity to escape from country-life, is also captured beautifully through Kuttan’s frustration. Sarah’s relationship with her mother, a mother who asks her daughter to get settled first before thinking about marriage, is also unconventional and different. The love Chinamma, Das’ caretaker, has on him is enviable, especially when she calls him ‘Daspaapa’. The bond Kunju creates with Natasha’s parents for redemption on her husband’s behalf was one of the warmest bonds created in cinema. 

Even in terms of love relationships, the movie did justice in a very different way. Kunju never thought that she would marry someone as stiff and silent as Das. At one point she even believes that her married life is ruined once and for all. But, once she becomes aware of the truth, the lengths she travels to correct her husband’s past is just admirable. Das also realises his mistakes and while he may not have the capability to express his love directly, he does so adorably by filling his fridge with his wife’s favorite Mango Drink. 

Sarah and Aju’s relationship is also a bit unusual. While generally a character like Sarah is pitied and sympathised for their disability, Aju falls in love with her boldness. He never underestimates her and saves her from all the pity that the world is already showering on her. Their understanding is captured wonderfully in the scene where Aju takes her wheelchair for a ride at full speed at the park, with his bike helmet on. And when Aju says “I want to be with you,” to Sarah, for a minute, all of us want to become Sarah just to experience that love. 

When Meenakshi leaves Kuttan for her ex-boyfriend, you feel entirely hurt, as though you are the one who is going through a heartbreak. While Meenakshi’s intentions to date Kuttan became very evident, it was something that Kuttan needed to make a choice in terms of his partner. Kuttan is always talking about a traditional and beautiful girl who should even call him ‘chetta’ after their marriage. He falls head over heels in love with Meenakshi because he believes that she is the girl of his dreams. The heartbreak made him realise that his understanding of a ‘perfect woman’ has its own flaws. The movie shows unpredictability when Kuttan, who has always wanted a village girl, married a foreigner and still finds whatever he expected from his dream girl. 

Natasha and Shiva’s love story is the most emotional part of the movie, even though it only lasts for a very short-time. In spite of a very small screen-time, Nithya Menen made a lot of the watchers become desperate for a lover like her. Her death really shattered the hearts of many. Fahadh Faasil also did a great job fitting into the sleeve of his character. Fahadh is generally seen with a gleaming smile in most of his movies. So, when the audience saw a stiff and reserved Fahadh in the movie, they were pretty surprised. But he not only managed to justify the character, he also did it wonderfully. Fahadh has two characters in the movie, with Natasha and without her. Those characters were wonderfully distinguished by name. While the bikers called him Shiva, Kunju and her family know him as Das. 

Anjali’s directorial brilliance is captured in an elegant way when Kunju and Das finally get together and make love. They have no words for each other, but a lot of emotions. The tattoo on his back showed the inner person he was hiding all this while with Kunju. Another scene that caught the audience with tears in their eyes, is the one where Kunju and Das go to Natasha’s parents seeking redemption for his past mistakes. 

The dreams of the three cousins, their tour of Bangalore, and the situations they face while they’re in the city, is the movie in entirety. The three have their own load of issues to deal with. But, when they meet each other they live the moment and try to laugh as much as possible. In every scenario, however, they show that they have each other’s back. Bangalore Days looks like a story with a very well-known idea, but it is a movie that gives you a different perspective on life. Although this movie is taken in modern times in the modern city of Bangalore, it is a movie with conventional yet unpredictable concepts, situations and relationships. In short, it is a movie of surprises!

 

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This movie has won three Kerala State Film Awards and many more such awards. This is one movie that has not lost its audience even now. After 7 whole years, the movie is still rewatched by many because of the warmth and the content feeling it leaves you with. This movie was, is and will always be a great one because it is one of those rare movies that feels like a tight hug! 

 

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Mon, 31 May 2021 04:57:45 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/thalpathy66-thalapathy-vijay-to-make-his-debut-in-tollywood/ #Thalpathy66: Thalapathy Vijay To Make His Debut In Tollywood! https://jfwonline.com/article/thalpathy66-thalapathy-vijay-to-make-his-debut-in-tollywood/ After the success of ‘Master’, Thalapathy Vijay has been working with different directors and exploring the field. The latest buzz of a Telugu debut has excited the Telugu fans of the actor. 

 

The latest buzz is that Vijay would be signing up a project with Maharishi fame Vamshi Paidipally. Social media has been trending #Thalapathy66 and fans believe it is this Telugu project. According to reports, the ace director confirmed the same while speaking to Telugu media. The film will be produced by Dil Raju. Work for this project would begin as soon as the actor wraps up his shoot for Nelson’s Thalapathy 65.

 

Thalapathy 65 is being directed by Doctor fame Nelson Dilip Kumar. Work has been paused due to the ongoing pandemic. Pooja Hegde will be seen as the leading lady. Anirudh Ravichander will be composing music and Sun Pictures will be producing the project. The movie is said to be a Pan-India project with a massive budget.

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Mon, 31 May 2021 03:36:05 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/tamil-nadu-state-assembly-elections-2021-only-five-percent-of-the-elected-representatives-are-women/ Tamil Nadu State Assembly Elections 2021: Only Five Percent Of The Elected Representatives Are Women! https://jfwonline.com/article/tamil-nadu-state-assembly-elections-2021-only-five-percent-of-the-elected-representatives-are-women/ This is a significant drop from the previous assembly election in 2016, where the State elected 21 women (about nine per cent) into power.

Though Tamil Nadu has witnessed powerful women politicians including our former Chief minister, Ms J Jayalalithaa, only five percent of the total (234) elected candidates are women in the recently concluded Assembly elections, i.e. there are only 12 women MLAs – seven from the DMK team and five from the AIADMK team.  This is one of the lowest ratio of women MLAs in the country at the moment. It is to be noted that this is a drop from the previous elections. In the 2016 State election, we had 21 women MLAs, 16 from AIADMK team and 5 from DMK team. That was 9%. So clearly there’s a decline in the number of women elected this year though the number contested was higher than the last time.

To be precise, in 2016 about a total of 3776 candidates contested in the State Assembly elections out of which 323 were women (323/3776), approximately 8.5 percent. In 2021, the total number of candidates were around 3998 among which 411 were women (411/3998), approximately 10 percent.

We see political parties (be it the major parties like DMK, AIADMK or the younger ones like MNM AND NTK) constantly insisting on more women participation. Almost all political parties across the country are advocating for a Women’s Reservation Bill, but in reality the seats allotted for women are substantially less.

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) had fielded a total of 12 women candidates from its list of 173, about 6.9 percent of the total candidates, a ratio that is even lesser from the party’s own allocation during the last elections. All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) fielded 14 women candidates from its list of 171, barely 8 percent. However, Naam Tamilar Katchi (NTK) allotted 50 percent of its seats to women candidates.

In a state where 50 percent of the population comprises of women, it is unfortunate to have such low numbers being fielded by the major political parties. We have very few women venturing into politics even after all these years. There is a compulsive need for higher women representations in the State politics.

Commenting on why the percentage of women coming to the contesting level is very low, Tara Krishnaswamy, Co-founder of Political Shakti said, “We have women at the grassroots level, but they aren’t coming to the contesting level because parties are denying them tickets. In Tamil Nadu State Assembly Elections 2021, both the main parties hardly gave any seats to women candidates (6 – 8 percent). So, the real problem is not the lack of interest of women in politics, the real problem is that the
parties are patriarchal entities and are not giving a chance for women to contest. In such a scenario where is the question of winning? Across the country this is a problem. In Tamil Nadu, despite being a state where educational achievements, employment opportunities and gender equity are better, political empowerment of women is very low.

The second biggest challenge is that when women run for elections, the entire political atmosphere is dismissive. Nasty comments are made. When it comes to women they take it personal and sexual comments seem very common and men think it is perfectly fine. This type of behaviour keeps women away from politics. The Third challenge is the lack of role models; I’m not talking about one Jayalalithaa, one Sonia Gandhi. Just like we see hundreds of women IT professionals and teachers we need many more women politicians for young women to aspire politics and take it up as career, “opines Tara.

By demographic, female voters outnumbered their male counterparts in the State elections. About 50 percent of the State’s population constitute women and only five percent are at the helm making policies and decisions. Though we have a lot schemes focusing on women’s safety, education and jobs already and the parties have promised a lot of schemes for women in their manifestos we do lack behind in power.

With the Women’s Reservation Bill or The Constitution (108th Amendment) Bill, 2008, pending in the Parliament of India which proposes to amend the Constitution of India to reserve 1/3rd of all seats in the Lower house of Parliament of India, the Lok Sabha, and in all State legislative assemblies for women, the states need more women to take up politics as a career option and we need the political parties to move away from its Patriarchal mind sets and be more encouraging of the common woman’s participation.

By Megavarshini S G

 

 

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Sun, 30 May 2021 08:12:14 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/breaking-two-more-teachers-booked-for-sexual-harassment-in-chennai/ BREAKING: Two More Teachers Booked For Sexual Harassment In Chennai! https://jfwonline.com/article/breaking-two-more-teachers-booked-for-sexual-harassment-in-chennai/ After the arrest of G Rajagopalan, a commerce teacher in a PSBB Chennai, 2 other teachers have been booked for sexually harassing minors. J Anand, a teacher from Maharishi Vidya Mandir in Chetpet and P Nagarajan, a sports coach who is also a superintendent in the GST Commissionerate in Chennai, have been booked after many students alleged them of sexual harassment on social media. 

 

The school in Chetpet also released a statement on May 27, stating that Anand has been suspended. Complaints against him will be referred to the school’s Internal Committee for inquiry. P Nagarajan was accused by an athlete of inappropriately touching her under the garb in the pretext of physiotherapy. A report in Times of India said that when Nagarajan came to know of the police booking him, he tried to end his life and was admitted to Royapettah Government Hospital. Many anonymous Twitter accounts began defending him claiming they hadn’t experienced harassment from him.

 

The Crimes Against Women and Children division has received two more official complaints against Rajagopalan. He has been remanded to judicial custody. Deputy Commissioner of Police Jayalakshmi who is investigating the case has urged survivors to come forward to give formal complaints to the police so that the accused persons can be booked and arrested. She has also assured that the identity of survivors will be kept confidential and has requested to call on 9444772222.

 

With the help of social media, many survivors from schools across the city have come out with their horrific stories of harassment or inappropriate behaviour by teachers and staff in the premises. The cases are being dealt with extreme sensitivity as it involves minors. Alumni from various institutions are helping in amplifying as well as taking steps towards a meaningful change.

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Sat, 29 May 2021 14:50:12 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/gayathri-raghuram-slams-vishal-for-sexual-harassment/ Gayathri Raghuram Slams Vishal for Sexual Harassment! https://jfwonline.com/article/gayathri-raghuram-slams-vishal-for-sexual-harassment/ Actor and Choreographer Gayathri Raghuram gained popularity through reality show Bigg Boss though she has done several films in the industry. Gayathri Raghuram has been one of the most active persons on Twitter. She has always voiced out her opinions – right or wrong and never feared the consequences. Recently, she accused actor Vishal and complained that many women have been victimized sexually by him.

Vishal expressed his anger on Twitter on the school harassment issue and it went viral.

Following this, she took to her Twitter mentioning his official twitter account and wrote “Being in cinema industry first condemn the sexual predators and harassments. Look at what’s happening with new entry girls. Look at the harassment on female lead actors. You and your friends come from same clout to use and throw. many women affected by you people.”

“You should have shown the heroism when your film Industry girls needed your help but instead it was the other way around. Do you know the Hindu bashing exist because of DKs and evangelist? Get your reality checked. Literally female leads run away from you. You should know that. Because of your continuous approach.” she added.

At present she is an active member in BJP.

 

 

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Sat, 29 May 2021 12:15:40 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/madhan-karky-calls-chinmayi-a-liar/ Madhan Karky Calls Chinmayi A Liar! https://jfwonline.com/article/madhan-karky-calls-chinmayi-a-liar/ Chimayi Sripada has been a part of the South Indian Film Industry for over a decade now. She has given various unforgettable melodies and has dubbed for all top actresses in the industry. In the wake of the #MeToo movement, the singer shared her story because of which she faced a lot of backlash from the Tamil industry. In a recent Twitter spaces session, Chinmayi said that it was only because of Madhan Karky‘s compulsion, that she invited his dad Vairamuthu for her wedding.

Madhan Karky remained silent and didn’t respond to any of the accusations against his dad till date. But the lyricist recently hit back at Chinmayi calling her as a liar. Responding to Chinmayi’s statement, Madhan Karky said, “This is just another lie. She wanted to invite my dad for her wedding. But my dad did not give appointment as he was upset with her. She requested me to get an appointment. I got it for her. She went to his house alone, touched his feet, got blessings and invited him.” (sic)

Further he revealed why his dad Vairmuthu was upset on Chinmayi, he posted “My dad penned a song for this 2011 event and coordinated a concert with a few singers. She agreed to perform. The day before the event she called him to say she cannot come as she had accepted another event. He was upset with her unprofessional behaviour.” (sic)

Chinmayi Sripaada did not respond to Madhan Karky’s tweets. Instead, she put up a quote that kind of reflected that they are lying.

Chinmayi Sripaada has filed a complaint against Vairamuthu in 2018.

 

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Sat, 29 May 2021 06:54:48 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/6-sisters-in-tamil-movies-who-won-our-hearts-with-their-unconditional-love/ 6 Sisters in Tamil Movies Who Won Our Hearts With Their Unconditional Love! https://jfwonline.com/article/6-sisters-in-tamil-movies-who-won-our-hearts-with-their-unconditional-love/ By Jayabhuvaneshwari B

Most Tamil Cinema viewers like a good sister-sentiment movie like the old Pasamalar or the new Namma Veetu Pillai. Movies like these were completely based on the sister-brother relationship and sentiment. However, in some Tamil movies, some actresses have played a  small supporting character, as the sister of the Hero or the Heroine. Their screen-time may not have been a lot, but they have justified the role of a sister in every possible way. Here are 6 sisters, as supporting characters, who won our hearts with their performances.

 

  • Bhuvana from Ghilli:

Bhuvana or ‘Bhuvi’ played by Jennifer, was one iconic sister anybody would wish for. She was brutal when it came to ensuring that her brother does not escape. But, at the same time she supported her brother so much when she knew he was doing the right thing. Throughout the course of the movie, we see that Bhuvi keeps taunting and teasing her brother Velu. But, she is the one who makes Dhanalakshmi feel comfortable. Even in the end, she stands up for her brother and begs her father to let him play one last game. This movie showed a very natural relationship between siblings, where they fight most of the time and look like they have no love for each other. But in reality, they would stand against the world for their sibling if required. ‘Bhuvi’ by Jennifer is a very important role in the movie and without her Velu could never have protected Dhanalakshmi. 

 

  • Pooja from Yaaradi Nee Mohini:

Anandhavalli or Pooja played by Saranya Mohan, made an appearance in the movie only in the second half. Pooja, the younger sister of Keerthi ends up being an immature and innocent girl back in Keerthi’s native. She falls in love with Vasu which makes things even more difficult for them. While she is hardly seen in the movie in a few scenes, she leaves a mark with her famous “Akka… I think I’m in love with Vasu ka.” dialogue. While she seems like a very annoying person, her role in the movie really helped make the movie a little lighter and also helped Keerthi realise her love for Vasu. The role was probably not given much importance, but Pooja’s naivety and harmless nature made the audience remember her very well. 

 

  • Kalyani from Jayam:

While the movie Jayam is quite old and forgotten, one character that cannot be forgotten from the movie is Kalyani, Sujatha’s sister played by Kalyani. Again, the movie gives more importance to the hero, heroine and the villain than this sister character. But, with her witty and sarcastic dialogues, Kalyani made her presence known. She plays that sister that teases her older sister but will not let anybody else do that to her. She worries when her sister is engaged to the wrong man and helps her escape with the man she loves. Kalyani is the cute young sister who is required to lighten up every household. 

 

  • Poorni from Alaipayuthey:

Poorni played by Swarnamalya is that older sister we all need in our lives. It is not easy to love someone against your family’s wishes and also marry the same person without their knowledge. Shakthi becomes capable of that only because of Poorni’s support. Even when Poorni’s alliance is called-off because of Shakthi’s marriage, she does not despise her sister and in fact supports her. She is that sister who cares for the welfare of her younger sister over anything else. All of us need a Poorni in our lives to support the impulsive decisions that we take and to give us hope that there is always a shoulder to cry on, no matter what.

 

  • Sumi from 3:

Sumi from the movie ‘3’ played by Gabriella Charlton was a soft and sweet younger sister who supported all her sister’s actions. Even though she was mute, she helps her sister meet and talk to her lover Ram. Her time in the movie is very less, but her role was extremely important. While Janani burns her passport and ruins the efforts taken by her mother, it is Sumi’s persuasion that makes them let Janani go to Ram. Sumi who has not spoken since her birth, speaks, only to convince her parents so that her older sister Janani leads a happy life. That small scene in the movie was very emotional and beautifully portrayed the true love of a sister. 

 

  • Sanjana from Thuppakki:

Deepthi Nambiar, a new face, played the role of Sanjana in Vijay’s Thuppakki. She hardly made a presence in two scenes in the movie, but she establishes and justifies the role of a good sister in one scene itself. Her brother sends her to take the place of a girl who was to be originally kidnapped. She gets kidnapped instead and experiences terror, something she never thought she would experience in her whole life. Of course, her brother comes to save the day and brings her back safely. In spite, she sparks a fight with her brother for risking her life for his purpose. The small banter between the two, and the demands she makes with her brother for risking her life was considered entirely adorable. While she is not remembered that well for her role, she was one sister who made a difference. 

 

These characters made a difference because of the love they had for their siblings and the extent they went to prove that love. It is not only about the characterisation, but also about the small supporting actors who perfectly fit into the sleeve of the character given to them. These characters played an important role in the movie because without them the movie does not go forward. They are the ones who supported the motives and intentions of the Protagonist. And in spite, they have not gotten the recognition they deserve. These sisters need to be celebrated as much as we celebrate the Protagonist or the Antagonist of a movie!

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Sat, 29 May 2021 06:06:02 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/breaking-actor-producer-and-writer-venkat-subha-passes-away-kollywood-mourns/ BREAKING: Actor, Producer and Writer Venkat Subha Passes Away, Kollywood Mourns! https://jfwonline.com/article/breaking-actor-producer-and-writer-venkat-subha-passes-away-kollywood-mourns/ Popular actor, writer, producer and creator Venkat Subha passed away on May 29th at 12.48 am after failing to respond to treatment after he tested positive for Covid 19. He was undergoing treatment for the past ten days in a private hospital in Chennai. Reportedly, his health condition worsened after which he was shifted to the ICU and the actor breathed his last. His close friend and producer Amma Creations T Siva took to twitter to share the sad news with his followers.

His tweet in Tamil is translated as, “With extreme sadness, I would like to inform everyone that my friend, a great thinker, writer, creator and actor Venkat left for his heavenly abode at 12.48 am.”

Kollywood mourns the demise of Venkat Subha. Many celebrities including Parthiban, Prakash Raj, Radikaa Sarathkumar and Arivazhagan took to social media to pay their last respects to Venkat Subha.

Venkat Subha has worked in films Mozhi, Azhagiya Theeye and Kanda Naal Mudhal. He also acted in several Tamil serials. He was a YouTube film reviewer for the channel, Touring Talkies.

 

 

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Sat, 29 May 2021 04:20:06 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/sameera-reddy-love-your-flaws-and-imperfections-imperfectlyperfect/ Sameera Reddy: Love Your Flaws and Imperfections! #imperfectlyperfect https://jfwonline.com/article/sameera-reddy-love-your-flaws-and-imperfections-imperfectlyperfect/ Actress Sameera Reddy has always been vocal about speaking against body shaming and is being a powerful voice for body size discrimination, fat shaming and discrimination. She is never the one to shy away and is an inspiration for many women to love and embrace themselves. Her Instagram page is always a safe place for people to discuss anything in the world. The actress has addressed various issues including curbing fears, depression, anxiety, body-positivity, confidence, woman-power to name a few.

On Friday, the actresses opened about different facets of shaming in her Instagram reels video. She does this often with the hashtag #imperfectlyperfect.

“We’ve all been shamed at some point: sometimes by society. Sometimes we do it to ourselves. Today’s #fitnessfriday post is dedicated to #mentalhealthawarenessmonth Pause and ask. ‘is hate , fear , expectation, shame , self-doubt driving you to question yourself ? We all do it. I do to. It’s only human. But going past it with kindness and acceptance of yourself and others can set you free. Loving your ‘flaws’ & ‘imperfections’ as they call it is your ticket to move towards a happy you .Take time to talk and listen to someone. It’s ok not to feel ok all the time. We are all #imperfectlyperfect,” she captioned her video.

 

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Fri, 28 May 2021 11:20:40 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/onv-award-to-vairamuthu-to-be-re-examined-after-massive-criticism/ ONV Award To Vairamuthu To Be Re-Examined After Massive Criticism! https://jfwonline.com/article/onv-award-to-vairamuthu-to-be-re-examined-after-massive-criticism/ The ONV Cultural Academy released a statement saying that they will re-examine their decision of presenting this year’s ONV Award to poet-lyricist Vairamuthu. The Academy’s initial decision faced massive criticism and many called it a shame to the Jnanpith-award winning poet ONV Kurup, in whose memory these awards are presented annually. The jury was questioned as to why the award was being presented to an accused of sexual harassment. The decision to reconsider was made on the advice of the jury, said a statement released by the Academy on May 28.

 

The Cultural Academy chairman is renowned director Adoor Gopalakrishnan. Initially he had given a statement saying the award is given for excellence in writing and not after examining a person’s character. “Vairamuthu was considered by the jury for his excellent writing. I do not know if the jury knows he is a person facing such charges. My personal opinion is that awards should not be decided on the basis of character. As chairman of the Cultural Society, I do not interfere in the decisions of the jury,” he had said to Malayalam web portal The Cue. On 28 May, the chairman said that they will reconsider the decision.“At the instance of the selection committee, the award is now under reconsideration,” the statement said.

 

Kerala Chief Minister Pinrayi Vijayan is Chief Patron of the academy and prolific writer MT Vasudevan Nair and singer KJ Yesudas are the patrons. The decision was shocking to many as the Academy consisted of renowned personalities. Many from the Malayalam Film Industry voiced out their concern regarding the decision of the jury. Members of the Women in Cinema Collective (WCC) including Parvathy Thiruvothu, Reema Kallingal, Geethu Mohandas and many others questioned the jury to present the award to a poet who has allegations from nearly 17 women including singer Chinmayi. 

 

The prestigious ONV Award is presented annually to people who have created an impact in the field of literature. This year, for the first time, the jury consisting of poet Prabha Varma, Malayalam University Vice-Chancellor Anil Vallathol and writer Alankode Leelakrishnan decided to present to a non-Malayali writer. The award includes a statue, a citation and a cash prize of Rs.3,00,000. The honour is huge and the criticism was made in order to ensure that there is no careless handing over of the award itself. The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin shared a picture congratulating Vairamuthu for the award. This stirred up more conversation with regard to the MeToo movement and the political backing of the poet.

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Fri, 28 May 2021 10:42:26 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/samantha-akkineni-signing-for-the-family-man-season-2-was-my-biggest-accomplishment/ Samantha Akkineni: Signing For The Family Man Season 2 Was My Biggest Accomplishment! https://jfwonline.com/article/samantha-akkineni-signing-for-the-family-man-season-2-was-my-biggest-accomplishment/ Following the biggest hit of The Family Man Season 1 series, the makers have come up with the next season. Samantha Akkineni, is set to make her digital debut with the Raj and DK directed espionage drama, starring Manoj Bajpayee in the lead role. She plays the main antagonist Raji in The Family Man Season 2 and has already grabbed attention with her scenes in the web show’s trailer.

After the initial release of the trailer of The Family Man 2, there was a lot of appreciation to Samantha for her very first role in a TV Series. Later a lot of accusations were put forth by the Tamil people against her role, as it portrayed the LTTE in a bad light.

However, on the other hand the actress feels signing The Family Man Season 2 was an accomplishment for her. She added “I saw the reviews on the first day, and I had high expectations. I think doubts were cleared moments after its release. Everyone was hooked. I was feeling mighty proud. It was my biggest accomplishment.”

The show also features actors from Tamil cinema, including Mime Gopi, Ravindra Vijay, Devadarshini Chetan, Anandsami and N Alagamperumal.

Speaking on the controversies, the team have given an official clarification from their side. The makers urged everyone to wait for the entire series and not judge by just the trailer. They also promised a “sensitive, balanced and riveting story”.

The Family Man 2 is set to release on Amazon Prime Video on June 4th 2021.

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Fri, 28 May 2021 09:31:01 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/8-tv-series-you-should-watch-if-you-miss-your-girl-gang/ 8 TV Series You Should Watch If You Miss Your Girl Gang! https://jfwonline.com/article/8-tv-series-you-should-watch-if-you-miss-your-girl-gang/ By Jayabhuvaneshwari B

The lockdown has made many of us miss our friends and gangs. We are not able to have a great social life or go shopping or even to watch movies because of this situation. Apart from work or studies, the only other thing that acts as consolation is watching movies or series online. But if you really want to cherish your friendship and take a trip down your memory lane, here are 8 series you could watch.

 

1.The Bold Type:

Starring Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee and Meghann Fahy, The Bold Type is an American comedy-drama series on Netflix. Created by Sarah Watson, this series is inspired by the life and career of former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine Joanna Coles, who is also the executive producer of this series. It portrays the lives of three millennial women, who are employed in the fictional magazine called ‘Scarlet’ in New York. It deals with all social issues like gender identity, racism, white privilege, etc. It also delves very deep into the working of a magazine and has an interesting take on Journalism on the whole. The series is loved by many because of the friendship of the three lead characters, who stick together no matter what goes wrong. The first 4 seasons of the series are on Netflix while the last and final season has started premiering on Freeform and Hulu on 26th May, 2021.

 

2. Girls Hostel:

With 2 seasons, Girls Hostel is a Hindi comedy-drama series that is available on Sony Liv and Netflix. Starring Ahsaas Channa, Parul Gulati, Srishti Shrivastava and Simran Natekar, this series is directed by Chaithanya Kumbhakonam. While it shows a lot of girls who live in the same hostel, it focuses on 4 girls who come from different backgrounds and become friends once they join SVM Dental College. The rest of the series is filled with how they deal with different conflicts and politics that arise within their hostel. It also shows how the Dental girls come together to fight against the Medical hostel girls. The series is very short with just 5 episodes in each season. However, within these 10 episodes, the director has managed to convey a complete story with very relatable conflicts and comical scenarios that one really experiences in a hostel. One gets the desire to live in a hostel at least once in one’s lives after watching this series. 

 

3. The Trip:

Starring Swetha Tripathi, Lisa Haydon, Sapna Pabbi and Mallika Dua, The Trip is a Bindass original series available on YouTube. It tells the story of 4 girl friends who go on a road trip in Thailand as a part of the bride’s bachelorette. The journey though, turns into an emotional roller coaster. The second season is a little different with Amyra Dastur playing the lead role of a runaway bride and the trip the other three girls take along with her. Lisa Haydon does not play a part in the second season. This series makes you want to take that ‘Friends Trip’ you have been planning with your girl gang. It makes it even more emotional to watch during the lockdown because we don’t know when we can travel next. 

 

4. Ginny and Georgia:

Created by Sarah Lampert, Ginny and Georgia is an American comedy-drama series streaming on Netflix. In 1 season, it tells the story of Georgia who has Ginny in her teenage years and keeps moving from one city to another with her children. It follows Ginny Miller, a “15-year-old who is more mature than her 30-year-old mother”, Georgia, in a New England town where Georgia decides to settle down with her daughter Ginny and son Austin to give them a better life than she had. In the series, Ginny gets settled in the new town with her girl gang and the story revolves around the conflicts and drama they face within the gang. Starring Brianne Howey and Antonia Gentry in lead roles, Ginny and Georgia is the high-school drama entertainment that will make you want to go back to your own high-school days. The series is now renewed for a second season.

 

5. Sweet Magnolias:

Sweet Magnolias is a romantic-drama streaming Television series on Netflix, based on the Sherryl Woods novels with the same name. Developed by Sheryl J. Anderson, this series stars JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Brooke Elliot, and Heather Headley in lead roles. It follows the lives of three South Carolina ladies who are childhood friends and who help each other with complexities surrounding romance, career and family. It has a wonderful take on family-life and gives importance to the concept of women having solid careers for themselves. While it steers through the lives of these three friends, it also deals with the lives of their children giving it an old and new look at the same time. The series tends to remind the viewers of their childhood friendships and might even make you reconnect with them, if you are not already in touch with them. The series is also renewed for its second season.

 

6. Trinkets:

Trinkets is an American teen drama streaming television series, based on the 2013 novel of the same name by Kirsten Smith. With only 2 seasons, this series stars Brianna Hildebrand, Kiana Madeira and Quintessa Swindell in lead roles. It follows the story of three high-school girls from completely different backgrounds, who unite after finding each other at a Shoplifters Anonymous Meeting. The characters have different personalities and personas in school, keeping their friendship a secret: Elodie is an introvert; Moe favors punk style; while Tabitha comes from a wealthy family. They form a deep bond after finding out that they all have a shoplifting habit. Each also find in the others’ strength, as they navigate their own problems such as family and school issues. The series talks about a range of issues including gender identity, domestic and sexual abuse, and self-harm. The unlikeliness of their friendship is the main factor carrying the series forward. The series is entirely available on Netflix.

 

7. 4 More Shots Please:

Starring Sayani Gupta, Kirti Kulhari, Manvi Gagroo and Gurbani Judge, 4 More Shots Please is an Amazon Prime Original series with 2 seasons. Directed by Anu Menon and Nupur Asthana, this series entirely deals with Feministic ideas. The series follows the story of four unapologetically flawed women (two in their 30s and two in their early 20s) as they live, love, make mistakes and discover what really makes them tick through friendship and shots of tequila in millennial Mumbai. The first season gained a lot of reception because of its unique storyline showing women as raw as they are. Its second season came out a year ago and was also received very well. This series encourages you to explore and experiment life along with the support of your girl gang!

 

8. Good Girls:

Good Girls is an NBC original crime-comedy drama series starring Christina Hendricks, Retta and Mae Whitman  in lead roles. Directed by Jenna Bans, the story revolves around three suburban Michigan mothers, two of whom are sisters, who are having a hard time trying to make ends meet. They are tired of having everything taken away from them so they decide to pull off an unlikely heist by robbing a supermarket, only to discover that they are in for more than they expected. The series has 4 seasons out of which 3 are available on Netflix. The latest season released only in March 2021. While the plot of this series may not be entirely believable, the performances of the lead actresses are very strong and worth watching for. 

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Fri, 28 May 2021 05:49:14 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/jagame-thandhirams-villain-james-cosmo-opens-up-about-shooting-in-india/ Jagame Thandhiram’s Villain James Cosmo OPENS UP About Shooting In India! https://jfwonline.com/article/jagame-thandhirams-villain-james-cosmo-opens-up-about-shooting-in-india/ Dhanush’s Jagame Thandhiram is all set to release on June 18. Directed by Karthik Subbaraj, the story takes place in New York and it’s an action thriller with gangster elements. The director found the perfect villain for Jagame Thandhiram in James Cosmo, he had acted in many acclaimed projects including Braveheart, Troy and Game of Thrones, among others. Produced by Sashikanth of Y Not Studios, the film features Sanchana Natrajan, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Joju George, Kalaiyarasan and Vadivukkarasi. The film was initially planned for a theatre release, but due to current pandemic situation it is set to stream on Netflix.

James Cosmo recently took to twitter to open up about his love for India. James Cosmo’s tweet read, “I had the best time filming in India – what an amazing country! You guys are incredible! So excited! #JagameThandhiram (sic).”

The project marks the first-time collaboration between actor Dhanush and ‘Jigarthanda’ fame director Karthik Subbaraj. Dhanush had also recently announced that he has teamed up with director Mari Selvaraj for another project.

 

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Fri, 28 May 2021 03:38:15 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/suriyas-40-will-be-a-treat-for-his-fans-says-pandiraj/ ‘Suriya’s 40 Will Be A Treat For His Fans’ says Pandiraj! https://jfwonline.com/article/suriyas-40-will-be-a-treat-for-his-fans-says-pandiraj/ The most anticipated Suriya’s 40 directed by Pandiyaraj will be a rural drama which is the go-to genre of director Pandiraj. After consecutive successes like Kadaikutty Singam and Namma Veetu Pillai, the directed has once again opted for the village subject. The film which is tentatively called Suriya 40 will feature Suriya and Priyanka Mohan in the lead roles. Sathyaraj, Saranya Ponvannan, Devadarshini, Jayaprakash and Ilavarasu will be seen in character roles. D Imman has been roped in for music and the film is produced by Sun pictures.

While the shooting of the film started in February this year, it got stalled due to the current pandemic situation. Recently, the director interacted with his fans on twitter and he assured that the film will be a visual treat for Suriya’s fans.

“Just like how Karthi sir’s fans enjoyed Kadaikutty Singam, Suriya sir’s fans will enjoy my next. We have been taking extra care to make sure that each scene in the film comes out well. So far, we are happy with the progress.” he said.

Here’s a tweet the director posted while shooting for the film during March 2021.

Suriya was last seen in Soorarai Pottru, which became a huge hit among his fans. The film was based on the life of Air Deccan founder GR Gopinath and was directed by Sudha Kongara.

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Thu, 27 May 2021 15:38:12 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/chinmayi-protests-onv-award-for-metoo-accused-vairamuthu-parvathy-lends-support/ Chinmayi Protests ‘ONV Award’ For MeToo Accused Vairamuthu, Parvathy Lends Support! https://jfwonline.com/article/chinmayi-protests-onv-award-for-metoo-accused-vairamuthu-parvathy-lends-support/ The Tamil poet and lyricist Vairamuthu has been chosen for the fifth ONV literary award instituted by the ONV Cultural Academy in Kerala. This is the first time that the award is being presented to a non-Malayali writer, according to reports. The ONV award has been presented annually in memory of great poet O.N.V Kurup. Chinmayi Sripada and many others have protested this decision of the jury as they plan on felicitating a person who has been accused by nearly 17 women of sexual misconduct. 

 

In 2018, Singer Chinmayi Sripada took to her Twitter and highlighted claims of sexual harassment in the Indian Music Industry. She had accused Vairamuthu and gave a voice to many others who were harassed by OS Thyagarajan, Raghu Dixit, Mandolin U Rajesh and the list goes on. The case has not seen the day of light, however, the singer has been facing a ban from the Tamil Nadu Dubbing Union without going into proper trial. This not only reflects the state of women in the industry, but also the power dynamics that work in this space. 

 

The singer recently raised her voice against the sexual harassment and misconduct that took place in a reputed educational institution in Chennai. To this, even DMK’s Kanimozhi extended her voice and promised to take action against the perpetrators. It was oxymoronic to see the political leader take her side for one case while she didn’t respond at all to the other. The highlight however has to be the power play as the poet donated to the COVID relief fund, thereby seeking refuge in the ruling party. This makes him invincible for the next few years for sure. A few months ago, when the election campaigns were in full swing, DMK was criticised for giving a #MeToo accused a platform. He was asked to chair the event and was addressed as the ‘Thalapathy Thalaivar Mudhalvar’. 

 

Minister of Parliament, A Raja, explained in an interview that the entire accusation has been denied by the poet even after being told that nearly 10 women have accused the same man of harassment. He even added that this is the work of ONE WOMAN and that it is baseless until and unless there is a legal complaint. A Tamil Politician also took to Youtube and used abusive language against the singer as she had accused the ‘Pride of Tamil Nadu’ Mr. Vairamuthu and he also called all of this a Brahmin conspiracy. Mr. Thol Thirumavalan called the #MeToo movement a master plan of Modi in a video. The singer wrote that it seems like ‘Overall every man who said he is pro feminism and women’s rights in politics gave Mr.Vairamuthu the innocent certificate. Why? What’s your guess?’ The singer has presented her followers with screenshots of all these accusations on her Instagram account. 

 

Malayalam actor, Parvathy Thiruvothu, joined hands with the singer and expressed her anger and frustration at how the ONV Award was handed over carelessly to a man who has been accused of sexual assault. She wrote “ONV sir is our pride. His contribution as a poet and lyricist is incomparable; how it has nourished our culture. Our hearts and minds have benefited through his body of work. This is exactly why it is immense disrespect to give such an honour in his name to the accused of sexual assault crimes.” She also took to the caption and wrote “17 women have come out with their stories. We don’t know how many more have been wronged. There seems to be enough whataboutery to continue wronging those who are wronged. Only to uphold the reputation of those in power. Nothing is more important than humanity. If you come at me with the art vs artist debate, let me tell you that for me the humanity of the person creating the art is the only thing I’d choose to look at. I can live without the “art” of those who hollow out lives with absolute impunity.” 

 

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She reshared the stories of Chinmayi along with the stories of Smriti Kiran, an artistic director. The stories mainly speak about how the giants in the industry get away easily. The fight isn’t an easy one but it surely needs more people to join hands. Quoting the cases of Tarun Tejpal and Harvey Weinstein, she spoke about how the ecosystem is so toxic that it would take many more voices to serve justice for all those who went through any form of assault or harassment. When one uses religion or caste as an identity and to call that merit, they are blind to all the privileges they access. She reiterated the fact that this battle requires more people to join and stand in solidarity. Providing a few glimpses of the Tarun Tejpal case, she also shared how absurd it was to expect a particular behaviour of sexual assault survivors. She added, “ There will be all the reasons in the world to wrong a woman who has been wronged. Not enough reason though to bring her justice.” She also shared a video in which there is a debate between Humanity and Reputation. How powerful people give up on the most basic virtue in order to maintain their name and fame. 

 

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Filmmaker-actress Geetu Mohandas and filmmaker Anjali Menon have also expressed their support on social media. Director Anjali Menon wrote “ONV Sir’s name resounds with deep sensitivity, dignity and respect for any Malayalee. Therefore very disturbed to know that ONV Academy has chosen an alleged perpetrator (called out by 17 women) for the #ONVAward. Are these the values they celebrate?”

 

Vocalist TM Krishna tweeted: “This is how our society validates and gives more strength to someone who has been called out by several women as a sexual predator.  Utterly Shameful!”

 

The battle is still going on. The people in power are still being questioned. But the numbers aren’t enough. There is a need for more people to come together and stand for one another in this fight. Parvathy has often been vocal about her beliefs and it is great relief to see people within the industry stand for one another . It looks like time to lend a voice. It looks like time for justice. 

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Thu, 27 May 2021 12:22:48 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-prabhas-in-tom-cruises-mission-impossible-7/ TRENDING: Prabhas In Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible 7? https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-prabhas-in-tom-cruises-mission-impossible-7/ Recently actor Prabhas’ fans flooded the internet with speculations that Prabhas will be joining Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible 7. Following these speculations, few Indian publications such as Times of India and Pinkvilla, amongst others also reported the possibility of Prabhas being roped into the movie. However, very much to the disappointment of fans, the director of the movie Christopher McQuarrie has clarified against these speculations and rumours. 

The director took to his Twitter page to clarify the same. On Wednesday, he responded to a curious fan, who asked for some clarification over actor Prabhas’ being associated with Mission Impossible 7. In his tweet, Christopher McQuarrie wrote: “While he’s a very talented man, we’ve never met. Welcome to the internet.” 

Earlier, a tweet was made from a fan-club twitter account stating that Prabhas met the director when he went to Italy to shoot for his upcoming movie Radhe Shyam. This is considered as the source that triggered the series of discussions and speculations by fans.

On the professional front, Prabhas, who was last seen on Saaho, has signed up for ‘Radhe Shyam’ where he is acting along with Pooja Hegde and ‘Adipurush’ which is based on Ramayana and is being directed by Om Raut. He is also a part of ‘Salaar’ starring Shruthi Haasan as the leading lady. All three films are in the shooting stage. 

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Thu, 27 May 2021 08:31:24 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/how-food-helped-me-get-through-the-lockdowns/ How Food Helped Me Get Through The Lockdowns! https://jfwonline.com/article/how-food-helped-me-get-through-the-lockdowns/ We are amidst one of the most trying times for humankind. Not just the virus, but the treatment, the natural calamities, the restrictions, the ‘lockdowns’, everything gets our mind spinning. It’s a mix of so many feelings, that one cannot really decide if its scare or frustration, lack of human contact or the four walls of our living room that are coming down on us. The only feeling that we have been able to make sense of, is hunger!

The initial restrictions allowed us to stock up on essentials, so we all made lists. We bought our quotas of groceries and non-perishables along with a reasonable amount of vegetables and fruits. The menus were planned in ways that we would start by eating all the fresh produce and then move onto eating various dals and rice. The challenge was to use wisely and not luxuriously. So, the first few weeks went by eating comfort food and we didn’t complain, because it was the first time we saw the world shut down.

Slowly the grocery stores opened up, stocking up on baking ingredients, exotic ingredients because people now wanted to cook restaurant style food at home. As the weeks went by, the degree of difficulty went high. We had graduated from making loaves of bread to trying Sourdoughs, Chinese food got surpassed by Korean food, we were experimenting for our own good. So much so, that I even know of a few uncles who attempted to make their own beer!

Most of us have sailed through the first lockdown baking! And this time around, it’s the ice cream, kulfi making that is getting us through each day. And with mango season upon us, we are thrilled.

Even the ones, who barely ate to live, now live to curate menus, cook and relish! But why do you think we turned to the good old kitchen for comfort? It’s not just eating the food, but the whole process around it was a family event. We would sit around a dining table, make our lists, strategize what time to hit the supermarket and make it a whole mission. From making chicken pot pie to even homemade pasta, we tried our hand at everything.

Some of us living away from family, spoke to our mothers for guidance in the kitchen. Small doubts like the right amount of water to cook dal, difference between jeera and fennel seeds, how to make chapathi dough- we were constantly video calling. For them, food was only a means to survive, a simple khichdi, or a potato curry would suffice. But the call was what they looked forward to all day. Food became the reason to call, it became the foundation of a stronger bond.

This time around, food takes another meaning. People all over the country have opened up their kitchens and hearts to helping covid infected individuals. A lot of us lost our family to the virus, some of us beat the virus ourselves, and all this made us realise the flip side of the disease. It’s a long recovery process and food plays a vital role. You need good balanced meals to help your body regain the energy post infection. And here is where community helped. We cared for our neighbours, sent them home cooked meals and that’s how we got about dealing with the situation. In addition to the front line workers, the medical staff, we did our bit as covid warriors.

Food is love in the simplest form. Homemade sambar rice with a dollop of ghee and some pickle on the side is the most wholesome meal. Comfort food is not lavish or extravagant, it’s simple and nostalgic. The pandemic and the last one and a half years have made us realise the importance of a healthy, nutritious home cooked meal.

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Thu, 27 May 2021 05:45:01 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-dulquer-salmaan-to-star-in-balkis-next/ TRENDING: Dulquer Salmaan To Star In Balki’s Next? https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-dulquer-salmaan-to-star-in-balkis-next/ R Balki, the Bollywood director is famous for movies like ‘Cheeni Kum’, ‘Pad Man’, ‘Ki & Ka’, ‘Shamitabh’ and ‘Paa’. One thing in common with all of these movies are, PC Sreeram who was the Cinematographer for these films. In a similar way, PC Sreeram will also be the cinematographer for Balki’s next untitled project. While the movie’s details are still kept as a secret, Sreeram took to his twitter to reveal that Dulquer Salmaan will be a part of the movie. 

“My next project  with Balki will have Dulquer Salmaan. It’s a psychological thriller . Eagerly waiting to start work.#RBalk i@dulQuer” tweeted the famous cinematographer. Dulquer Salmaan and Sreeram have already worked together in Mani Ratnam’s O Kadhal Kanmani. Now, they will be reuniting for Balki’s next. 

After ‘Karwaan’ and ‘The Zoya Factor’, this untitled psychological-thriller will be Dulquer’s third movie in Hindi. The actor was last seen in Desingh Periyasamy’s ‘Kannum Kannum Kollaiyadithaal’ which released in 2020. Now the actor is working on 2 Malayalam movies ‘Kurup’ and ‘Salute’. ‘Hey Sinamika’ in Tamil and ‘Yuddham Tho Rasina Prema Katha’ in Telugu are yet to be announced. 

The actor recently shared the poster of ‘Salute’ on Instagram and Twitter and said, “Some day when all this passes, we will get back to making movies that you all want to watch. And when you do, just maybe, for those brief moments it will be like none of this ever happened.” Dulquer was busy shooting for the movie before the second wave of the Covid-19 infections brought the entire country to a halt.

 

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It is reported that the filmmakers are most likely to shoot the film during the monsoon season in Mumbai. It is also anticipated that Amitabh Bachchan may be a part of this movie, because most Balki movies have had a role played by Big B. Fans eagerly await the official announcement of the movie’s name and more updates.

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Thu, 27 May 2021 04:27:01 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-gouri-kishan-opens-up-about-her-traumatic-school-experience/ TRENDING: Gouri Kishan Opens Up About Her Traumatic School Experience! https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-gouri-kishan-opens-up-about-her-traumatic-school-experience/ Recently, students of a Chennai school, PSBB, voiced their concern against Mr. Rajagopalan, a teacher who has sexually and  verbally abused the students in unimaginable ways. Following this confession, a lot of other school students also spoke-up about the different kinds of harassment and abuse they faced in their respective schools. Many popular Chennai schools like Chettinad Vidyashram and Maharishi Vidya Mandir have also been mentioned in this list. Now, as an addition to this list, the ’96’ movie actress Gouri G Kishan has opened up about the problems she faced during her school days. 

Gouri took to her Instagram stories to call-out bullying, casteism, slut-shaming, body-shaming, objectification, etc. that she and many of her classmates experienced during their school days in Hindu Senior Secondary School, Adayar. “Most of us from HSSS, myself included, have faced all of the above, first hand,” she said. 

After sharing her personal experience, she urged others also to open up about the problems they have faced so that it can be taken to their respective school managements and can be handled professionally. She said, “Having recalled this unpleasantness has been traumatic but a huge burden off my chest. Now I wish, more of you come out with your personal accounts in order to take this up with the school administration formally, so that we can at least hope that the forthcoming batches don’t face similar abuse!”

This issue came to limelight only after Model Kripali Samadariya started a campaign on Instagram and urged students to narrate their experiences so as to expose the perverts. She received hundreds of messages from students, narrating their experiences during and after school. After she started sharing these, singer Chinmayi, actress Lakshmi Priya Chandramouli and Politician Kanimozhi also took it to their respective social media to share their opinion. 

While the PSBB management has responded by suspending the teacher awaiting further investigation, students are opening up little by little about their respective experiences as well. Schools are slowly being added to this list and it seems like no Chennai school has been left out. 

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Wed, 26 May 2021 11:04:14 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/five-strong-female-characters-who-stood-up-for-themselves-tamil-cinema/ Five Strong Female Characters Who Stood Up For Themselves In Tamil Cinema! https://jfwonline.com/article/five-strong-female-characters-who-stood-up-for-themselves-tamil-cinema/ By Megavarshini S G

In Tamil industry, there is a trend where heroines usually from North come in romance the actors, does duets and leave.  However once in a while, in countable instances we do come across women characters that are etched beautifully. Characters where their presence is not merely to add eye candy to the film and its promotions.

Here are five female characters who lived for themselves. They are not glam dolls, not the bubbly ones who dance in rain and not the usual sacrificial ones.

  • Thenmozhi – Mandela (2021)

Thenmozhi runs the local post office, she is a strong headed woman and doesn’t like people ill-treating Mandela (Yogi Babu) just because he doesn’t belong to any particular caste. When Mandela takes in privileges given by the electoral candidates, she kept accusing him for taking them in. At one point she left him, rather than enjoying the luxury he gets instead she stood up for her morals and though Mandela shined more in this film, it wouldn’t be complete with Thenmozhi which is played by Sheela Rajkumar.

 

 

  • Althea Johnson – Taramani (2017)

Ram’s Althea played by Andrea Jeremiah is an independent, unapologetic woman. Althea is an Anglo-Indian woman and has a kid from her previous marriage. She is modern not because she wears skirts, drinks, smokes and have a social life, after knowing her husband’s sexuality she let him go and have a peaceful, she took the antagonist part in their broken marriage and let people to assassinate her character. Faced the situations life put forth her bravely, she is a free-spirited woman and determined mother. She also proved just because a woman is social and drinks it doesn’t mean she is open to sexual relationships, she stood against her boss for the same. Althea Johnson being herself, which too unapologetically is what we look up to.

 

 

  • Malarvizhi – Iraivi (2016)

A very small screen space was given to Malar, played by Pooja Devariya. A realistic, practical woman and also a victim of male chauvinism in her previous marriage. She was forced to stay independent from her past and that’s why she denies when Michael (Vijay Sethupathi) proposes her marriage, in spite of being in love with him. She is a mystery and that made Michael to come back to her again and again. Malar is aware of what marriage would do to her and she chose not to play a victim role again. Her clear vision on the aspects of love, lust and marriage made her stand unique.

 

 

  • Geetha Rani – Raatchasi (2019)

Though the film follows a usual narrative pattern, like a teacher would turn a school around Geetha Rani’s character (Jyothika) stood unique and to be precise powerful. A Lieutenant Colonel takes up the position of a headmistress and works on developing a poorly functioning government school. When her dad died, she did all the customs a son is meant to do, according to the society and returned to work the same day afternoon. Daddy’s girl stood strong there, though she broke down when she hears his voice message. The beautiful relationship she had with the kid made us smile and the determination she showed throughout the film is what not only women, men should also look up to. Raatchasi for a reason.

 

 

  • Rudra – Kodi (2016)

Rudra is dignified, ruthless woman. She killed Kodi (Dhanush), yes she played an antagonist role. What stands unique is that, in the era where women give up career, life and everything for the sake of their love or family, Rudra stood up for her and what she wants. Though she loved Kodi, she had her own political desires and opinions and stayed in the party in spite of Kodi being in the opposition. Rudra stood for her dream, desires and didn’t let emotions bring her down at any cost.

 

We need more women characters to break the stereotypes and lead the show!

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Wed, 26 May 2021 07:21:22 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-nidhhi-agerwals-timely-initiative-to-help-those-in-distress/ TRENDING: Nidhhi Agerwal’s Timely Initiative To Help Those In Distress! https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-nidhhi-agerwals-timely-initiative-to-help-those-in-distress/ Nidhhi Agerwal who rose to fame through Eeswaran in the Kollywood industry, spent most of her 2020 lockdown spending time with her loved ones and learning new things like cooking and the Tamil Language. However, during this lockdown, she has decided to actively participate in helping those who have contracted the virus but cannot find beds or are in need of Plasma. Apart from sharing bed requests on social media, she is also opening a website where people in need of dire help can register their requests. 

“There’s no point of me being famous and having a voice if I can’t use that voice to help others. I feel it’s my responsibility, as an actress and as an individual, to do whatever I can in a crisis like this,” said Nidhhi. She said that she found it really difficult when all her family members contracted the virus and she was the only one who escaped. It was very difficult for her because she could not be in the same room as them and care for them. She also said that coordinating for beds and requirements was not easy. “That’s when it struck me how the situation would be for others, who are struggling to even meet their basic needs,” added Nidhhi.

Nidhhi has two teams in place, one in Chennai and another in Hyderabad. The Bhoomi actress has also tied up with a few charitable organisations for the same. “I chose Chennai and Hyderabad because I do a lot of work in Tamil and Telugu films and I know quite a lot of people here. These teams comprise young social workers and digital guys who have connections across the country,” she said. 

She said that she chose to go for a website because, while social media is helpful, a lot of them share their requests on the comment section and it is very difficult to verify the genuineness of the same. When it comes to a website, they will have to fill in a lot of details and provide  their addresses which will make it easy to check for authenticity. The actress also added that the website will continue to function after the pandemic for basic health-related requirements. “I’ve already been buying rations and medicines and getting them home delivered to people with the finance I have, but I want to extend it to even finding beds, oxygen supplies… any kind of need that people would have,” she added.

On the professional front, after Bhoomi, Nidhhi has signed up for 1 Tamil film and 2 Telugu films that are still filming. The actress has recently garnered a lot of fan following amongst the Tamil audiences. 

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Wed, 26 May 2021 05:24:53 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/jayaraj-bennix-custodial-death-case-sc-declines-bail-plea-by-cop/ Jayaraj-Bennix Custodial Death Case: SC Declines Bail Plea By Cop! https://jfwonline.com/article/jayaraj-bennix-custodial-death-case-sc-declines-bail-plea-by-cop/ On Tuesday the Supreme Court declined the urgent listing of a Bail Plea filed by Raghu Ganesh, a police officer from Tamil Nadu, who has been chargesheeted by the CBI in the case related to the custodial deaths of father-son duo Jayaraj and Bennix in June 2020. A vacation bench comprising of Justices Vineet Saran and B R Gavai declined this urgent listing and Justice Saran said, “This is a very bad case. This is a case for which you should be in jail for some time.”

Advocate Anjana Prakash, representing the petitioner submitted that her client was not present at the station during the time of the crime. The counsel argued that one of the accused died due to COVID-19 while in custody, and pressed for consideration of the bail plea during the vacation.

When Prakash pressed for an urgent listing of the bail plea filed by sub-inspector, Raghu Ganesh, the justices noted that this was a case where a father and his son were brutally “beaten black and blue” to death in custody for merely violating lockdown norms. On June 19 2020, Jayaraj and Bennix were taken into custody on the allegation that they had kept their mobile phone shop open beyond the permissible hours during the lockdown. After their death in custody, the Tamil Nadu government handed over the investigation to the CBI, which chargesheeted nine police personnel in connection with the case.

“Our investigation revealed that the father-son duo was arrested on the evening of June 19 and was allegedly tortured at the Sathankulam police station by the accused in the evening as well as in the intervening night, consequent to which both of them succumbed to the injuries and died in the intervening night of June 22 and June 23,” The CBI had said.

The bench declined the urgent listing of the bail plea during the vacation and said that there was an eyewitness to prove that Raghu Ganesh was involved in the crime. Raghu Ganesh had moved to a higher court challenging the Madras High Court’s order, but got his bail application dismissed. The top court bench has listed the matter for hearing after the summer vacation, which ends on June 28.

 

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Wed, 26 May 2021 04:36:21 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-karthis-kaithi-2-updates-out-on-his-birthday/ TRENDING: Karthi’s Kaithi 2 Updates Out On His Birthday! https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-karthis-kaithi-2-updates-out-on-his-birthday/ Lokesh Kanagaraj’s Kaithi which was released on Diwali in 2019 was a big hit and a great film for Karthi. It came along with Vijay’s Bigil and fared well in theatres. Karthi’s role was very much appreciated and fans have been awaiting an update on its sequel. Now, producer S R Prabhu has said that Kaithi 2 is in the works.

As soon as Kaithi released, Director Lokesh said that the movie surely has a sequel and Karthi also revealed that he will be working with the Director again. However, the director moved on to work with Actor Vijay for Master which was released a few months back. While fans anticipated that the director would team up with Karthi again for the sequel, Lokesh announced his movie ‘Vikram’ with Kamal Haasan. Fans have been waiting for an update on Kaithi 2 ever since. 

Now, Producer S R Prabhu has confirmed through a Twitter Spaces interaction that Kaithi 2 is in the works. Kaithi’s story revolves around Dilli, an ex-convict, who endeavors to meet his daughter for the first time after leaving prison. However, his attempts are interrupted due to a drug raid planned by Inspector Bejoy. 

After the announcement by the producer, fans wonder what the sequel would be about. Director Lokesh however, has left a hint in the first movie itself where the character Adaikalam saying that Dilli does have connections with their gang. It is therefore anticipated that the sequel will focus on the connection between the two. 

On the work front, Karthi is currently filming for Sardaar and Ponniyin Selvan. Karthi’s Sulthan alongside Rashmika Mandanna was recently released on OTT after a brief Theatrical release. 

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Tue, 25 May 2021 13:28:30 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-a-r-rahman-to-direct-p-susheelas-biopic/ TRENDING: A R Rahman To Direct P Susheela’s Biopic? https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-a-r-rahman-to-direct-p-susheelas-biopic/ A R Rahman’s maiden production, ‘99 songs’, has created a lot of buzz and positive reviews are pouring in for this grand, larger than life movie. It was initially released in theaters on April 16th before lockdown was imposed. It was released on Netflix on 22nd May and many who watched believed that it was meant for the big screens.

 

The Oscar-winner recently conducted an interaction with fans on Twitter Spaces to promote the OTT release, where he was asked the biggest compliment he had received for this movie. He recalled his interaction with veteran playback singer, P Susheela and said “I was talking to the great south Indian singer P Susheela ma yesterday (on Saturday), and I asked her if she had watched 99 Songs. I told her that it is out on Netflix, and she asked me what’s that. Later, her brother, who was with her spoke, to me and I told him to show her the Telugu version of our film on OTT. After watching, she called back and said, ‘This is very good’. And then she added, ‘I want my story to be made this way, will you help it? That was epic. She is one of the legends and she has sung like so many thousands of songs and has been there for seven generations. And she is one of my favourite singers and seeing someone from that generation responding to my film that way was lovely.”

 

The composer has been working on projects in various languages. He is part of Mani Ratnam’s magnum opus ‘Ponniyin Selvan’ and has given his music to Vikram’s ‘Cobra’. He has also composed music for Aanand L Rai’s ‘Atrangi Re!’ starring Dhanush, Akshay Kumar and Sara Ali Khan.

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Tue, 25 May 2021 11:30:43 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/anikha-opens-up-about-the-scariest-proposal-she-ever-received/ Anikha OPENS UP About The Scariest Proposal She Ever Received! https://jfwonline.com/article/anikha-opens-up-about-the-scariest-proposal-she-ever-received/ Anikha Surendran has been an online sensation lately. She has been very active on social media sharing many of her photoshoots. She uses the space to interact with her fans as well and answers many of their questions. A question in her recent Q & A session showed the various things she faces beyond the glam life.

 

The actor was asked “What would you do if a die hard fan of yours proposes you and say that he would suicide if you wouldn’t agree”. To this, the actor replied that she has in fact faced such a situation and she wasn’t sure as to what needs to be done in this case. Hence she let the mail be and didn’t respond. Anikha was also asked if she had tips to increase in height to which she responded saying no one has to be insecure about being short because it has its own perks. Her interactions really inspire a large bunch of teenagers and her positive vibes really help influence a whole generation.

 

On the professional front, Anikha has been working on Maamanithan starring Vijay Sethupathi. The movie is being directed by Seenu Ramasamy and music is being composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja and Ilayaraja.

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Tue, 25 May 2021 10:08:04 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/happy-birthday-karthi-6-characters-that-made-him-an-influential-actor-of-k-town/ Happy Birthday Karthi: 6 Characters That Made Him An Influential Actor Of K-town! https://jfwonline.com/article/happy-birthday-karthi-6-characters-that-made-him-an-influential-actor-of-k-town/ Popularly known as Surya’s brother, Actor Karthi made his mark in the Kollywood industry with his stellar performances and block busters. He is not a quintessential mainstream Tamil hero, he had his own way of choosing films and characters. On the occasion of his 44th birthday, let’s take a look at the six notable performances the actor has given on screen.

  • Paruthiveeran (2007)

The actor bagged a Filmfare award in his debut film. He played a village thug in this heart-wrenching rural drama and delivered a raw and powerful performance with left the audience in awe. Karthi aced the role of Paruthiveeran by sporting thick beard, dirty shirts and lungis. Even today, we see people going crazy for his “Enna mama Sowkiyama” dialogue.

 

  • Aayirathil Oruvan (2010)

Following his biggest hit, the actor did a fantasy film with Director Selvaraghavan. In this film, Karthi was a taskmaster and leads a team of portals in a high-risk archaeology mission. He was a local Chennai guy, with a rustic and foul behavior and a good heart. Though this film didn’t hit the box office, it has gained a cult status among movie fans since.

 

  • Siruthai (2011)

A dual role subject, Karthi did the role a sincere police officer and contrary to that his other character was a thief. The 2011 action film was the remake of director SS Rajamouli’s Vikramarkudu, Karthi proved that he could excel in comedy and action at once. Siruthai was again a block buster hit and Karthi earned a huge fan base in this Action-comedy.

 

  • Madras (2014)

After a series of flops, Karthi gave a comeback with Pa Ranjith’s Madras. Karthi played a dynamic youngster with a quick fuse whose loyalty to his childhood friend is the reason behind his downfall and eventual redemption. The film discussed caste, politics in modern-day Chennai. The film gave a new lease of lives to all the actors and technicians associated.

 

  • Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru (2017)

Well researched and delivered, Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru is not a usual cop story. The film narrates a real-life police operation conducted by the Tamil Nadu cops in the early 2000s. Directed by H Vinoth, the film was unanimously appreciated by critics and eventually went on to become a commercial hit. And it has Karthi delivering one of the best performances of his film career.

 

  • Kaithi (2019)

After Virumaandi, Kaithi captured audience with its action sequence. Not all stars have guts to act in a film which lack heroine and songs. Karthi understood the importance of strong script and played Dilli. Everyone loved Karthi’s performance in the film which went on to become a massive blockbuster.

His upcoming projects include Sardar directed by Mithran PS and Ponniyin Selvan directed by Mani Ratnam.

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Tue, 25 May 2021 07:34:57 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/7-tamil-movies-with-unexpected-endings-that-gave-us-a-nail-biting-experience/ 7 Tamil Movies With Unexpected Endings That Gave Us A Nail-Biting Experience! https://jfwonline.com/article/7-tamil-movies-with-unexpected-endings-that-gave-us-a-nail-biting-experience/ By Jayabhuvaneshwari B

Movies are an easy escape from reality. For 2-3 hours straight, you disappear mentally into the world of the protagonist and then come back to reality only after the movie ends. Sometimes, when movies are very predictable, it is very irritating to watch them because you can easily guess what comes next. Only when movies are unpredictable will you be biting your nails, sitting at the edge of your seats till the end. Tamil cinema has a fair share of such movies that have done justice to the idea of finishing with an unexpected turn. Here are 7 movies with unexpected endings that made them even more worth it! 

1.Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru:

Released in 2016, Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru, also called D-16 by fans, is directed by Karthick Naren and stars Rahman in the lead role. The story starts with Deepak (Rahman) narrating a Police Incident that led to his limp to the son of another Police Officer. The latter comes under the pretext of taking career advice from the former. Deepak narrates the case which involves a murder which he tried to solve along with a new Police officer Gowtham but ended up getting into an accident. The identity of the murderer and why the murder happened is not revealed till the very end, which makes the movie even more interesting. Karthick Naren received a lot of appreciation for this debut movie of his. 

The Twist: The man who poses as a police officer’s son is actually Gowtham, who lost his entire career and life because of the burns he experienced during the accident. When he comes to Deepak’s house in an earlier situation to solve the case, he sees the murderer in the house, who is then revealed to be Deepak’s son. Deepak does not solve the case entirely in order to save his son. Gowtham figures this out and visits Deepak to take his revenge.

 

 

2. Jigarthanda:

Jigarthanda is a 2014 film directed by Karthik Subbaraj starring Siddarth and Bobby Simha in lead roles. The movie was Karthik’s second one with a very different take on a gangster/don story. The story seems like a proper don movie until the interval where you are really kept anxious as to what is the fate of Karthik (Siddarth). The story is about Karthik wanting to make a movie like Nayakan or Thalapathi and therefore trailing Assault Sethu to base the movie on his life. He gets caught by Sethu and his men who are ready to even kill him, but change their minds after Karthik opens up about his intention. Sethu then threatens Karthik that he will be the one who acts in the movie as well. How Karthik makes Sethu act and how the movie turns out, forms the rest of the story. The twist in the story is placed at a very crucial space which makes the audience lose their minds. 

The Twist: The film directed by Karthik featuring Sethu turns out to be a comical one. He replaces ‘Assault Kumar’ with ‘Azhuguni Kumar’, a don who cries to get his way. He uses all the documentation that he does when he forces Sethu to attend an acting class because he doesn’t know how to act. The film becomes a big success leaving the audience with tears from laughter. However, Sethu realises it only after the release of the movie and is angered by the same. 

 

 

3. Pizza:

Pizza was the first Karthik Subbaraj movie which was also a success because of its massive twist in the end. Starring Vijay Sethupathi and Remya Nambeesan, Pizza is a horror-thriller that was released in 2012. The story revolves around Micheal Karthikeyan, a pizza delivery boy who lives with his girlfriend Anu. They live together and get married after Anu announces her pregnancy.They are desperate for money as they both do not earn much. The story moves to a day where Micheal’s boss asks Micheal to deliver a package to his house while delivering Pizza. However, Micheal comes back shocked, bruised and empty handed. He narrates that he had a scary and horrific experience in a Bungalow where he came in contact with supernatural beings. Micheal’s boss is distraught to find out that he left the pizza delivery bag at the Bungalow itself, because he had left Diamonds worth Millions in them. But, he does not even think about entering the place, given his supernatural belief. The audience thinks that the movie ends with Micheal’s colleagues considering him mentally unstable and helping him out. But in reality, the twist comes after, which blows the minds of many. 

The Twist: Michael actually finds the diamonds on the way to his delivery and takes it home to Anu. They both plan to escape with the same because it would help them financially with the baby. Anu, who is aspiring to become a Horror story writer, gives this idea to Micheal while she escapes with the diamonds to Kochi via Bangalore. Micheal makes his friends and boss believe that there was no Anu because none of them have actually seen her. The boss also does not enquire into it because of his belief in supernatural beings. 

 

4. Ko:

Ko is a 2011 movie directed by KV Anand, starring Jiiva and Ajmal Ameer in lead roles. The story seems like one which is not capable of twists as it involves only a couple of journalists and some politicians. The story is about Ashwin (Jiiva), a photo journalist and Renuka, a fellow journalist who writes and publishes stories outing a corrupt politician and also supporting Vasanthan, a good politician who tries to establish himself as a leader. The movie involves Naxalites who try to create problems for Vasanthan. The movie also reveals that Ashwin and Vasanthan were actually college friends and that he fully supports him in his political journey. The movie showcases a detailed look into journalism, and therefore a twist was completely not expected in such a general storyline. The twist indeed made the movie way more worth it to watch. 

The Twist: Vasanthan actually only pretends to be a good politician caring about the welfare of the people. In reality he has ties with Naxalites with whom he scripts some scenarios of bombing and fire accidents, only to win the sympathy of the common man and win the election. The unexpected turn that Vasanthan is the real antagonist is safeguarded perfectly because of Ajmal Ameer’s performance in the movie. 

 

 

5. Kannum Kannum Kollaiyadithaal:

Desingh Periyasamy’s Kannum Kannum Kollaiyadithaal is a 2020 movie starring Dulquer Salman and Ritu Verma. The movie is one with several twists and turns that does not reveal its true purpose till the very end. It is about two boys Siddarth (Dulquer) and Kallis (Rakshan) who seem like techies but are actually con-artists in reality. They fall in love with two girls respectively who also come from a very poor background. Siddarth and Kallis’ ploy is investigated by DCP Pratap (Gautam Menon). However, the two boys try to mend their ways and decide to move to Goa with all their wealth to lead a better life with their girls. How the DCP finds these boys forms the rest of the story. This is a movie with not one or two but many many twists. Everytime you think that you have predicted the movie, it comes with a brand new twist to keep you in shock. The movie, being a general entertainer, fared well amongst audiences. 

The Twist: While Siddarth and Kallis are con-artists, the two girls they love who are later identified as Madhu and Varsha are bigger con-artists. They act like falling in love with rich men and then loot all their money. While the boys think that the DCP comes in search of them, he actually comes in search of the two girls. The movie only begins after this twist and goes on with the boys teaming up with the girls to perform the perfect loot. The last twist comes from DCP Pratap who gets involved in finding the girls only because he was cheated and looted by Madhu in the past.

 

 

6. Mankatha:

The Ajith-starrer Mankatha directed by Venkat Prabhu was released in 2011. This movie with an amazing cast list also has Arjun, Trisha, Lakshmi Rai, Andrea, Vaibhav, and Premji to name a few. The movie is majorly based on a money-heist that is planned by a group of youngsters. A team of youngsters try to hijack a container full of black money with the help of retired police officer Vinayak (Ajithkumar). On the other hand, a team of police officers under the leadership of Prithviraj  (Arjun) are on a hunt to stop this crime. Did they successfully hijack or did the police rush before them to stop the crime is the rest of the story. The story has a lot of twists as there will be betrayal and kidnaps happening at various stages of the film. As a movie with a lot of twists, it becomes completely unpredictable towards the end. The ultimate twist however, is placed towards the very end and does good to the audience in a very unexpected way. Being Ajith’s 50th film, Thala fans celebrated the movie in a grand way. 

The Twist: The big twist comes at the end where Vinayak and Prithviraj are shown as accomplices or Partners in Crime who worked together playing Good-cop/Bad-cop to ultimately take all the money for themselves. Both of them attend the Police camp and train to become Police officers together and start devising this detailed heist as soon as they receive intel about the money. 

 

 

7. Chekka Chivantha Vaanam:

With a star cast including Vijay Sethupathi, Aravind Swamy, Simbu, Arun Vijay, Prakash Raj, Jyothika and Aditi Rao Hydari, Chekka Chivantha Vaanam is a 2018 tamil Gangster film. Directed by Mani Ratnam, the movie outlines the story of three brothers who conspire against each other in order to take over their father’s criminal empire after his ‘so-called’ sudden and unexpected demise. The movie moves very fast in the second half, with the brothers figuring out that they have each betrayed each other and then also planning revenge against one another. Vijay Sethupathi, who is suspended from the Police force, is a common friend of all three and plays a very important role in trying to sort out the issue between the brothers. The ending of the movie, though super unexpected, was very much required and made the movie all the more fruitful. The movie with a very fast-moving storyline and a lot of violence, impressed the audience with its surprise ending. 

The Twist: Rasool Ibrahim (Vijay Sethupathi) is actually not suspended from the force. Rasool was actually still working undercover to eliminate Senapathi’s (Prakash Raj) empire, and the rift between the brothers created a chance for him to bring down their empire of crime. After Thyagu (ArunVijay) kills Varadhan (Aravind Swamy), Ethi (Simbu) kills Thyagu. Rasool then narrates a story of why he joined the force and his hatred for gangsters to Ethi before shooting him as well and reporting to his Officials that Operation Red Sky was finally completed.

 

 

When you start watching these movies, you sit with a mind-set to get entertained for the next couple hours. However, what these movies actually end up doing is give you a lot of content to think about and leave you shocked for a long time. In fact, these are movies that are worth a couple re-watches to actually see how the twist builds itself and leaves you surprised towards the end!

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Tue, 25 May 2021 04:28:38 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-rashmika-urges-fans-to-spread-positivity-in-these-tough-times/ TRENDING: Rashmika Urges Fans To Spread Positivity In These Tough Times! https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-rashmika-urges-fans-to-spread-positivity-in-these-tough-times/ Geetha Govindam actress Rashmika Mandanna has recently tweeted a video in which she has urged her fans and followers to adopt a positive outlook and spread the same during these tough times. She said, “Hey guys, I hope you are keeping safe in these crazy and unpredictable times. COVID-19 has been challenging us in ways we could never imagine and we weren’t prepared for something like this. The sudden changes in our daily lives, coupled with anxiety and uncertainty, has been overwhelming to a lot of you and has been extremely overwhelming to me personally as well. It took me a while to digest the fact that this was happening all over again.”

However, after speaking about the challenging times we are in, she also requested her followers to spread positivity by sharing positive stories of frontline workers whom she labelled as ‘ordinary heroes doing extraordinary stuff’. She said that she will be sharing a few positive and success stories that helped bring a smile to her face. “It made me realise that when we are fighting against something like this, there’s absolutely no barrier of language or where they are from, which is amazing. It makes me extremely proud. I’m doing this to bring a smile on your face and give a little hope and thank these heroes personally. Lots of love to you. Lots of strength to you. We will get through this. Be well, be safe,” she added. Check out her full video here:

On the professional front, the actress was last seen in her Tamil debut, the Karthi-starrer Sulthan. She has now signed up for 2 Telugu films and 2 Hindi films and she will be debuting into the Bollywood world with the movie ‘Mission Majnu’. 

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Mon, 24 May 2021 15:51:03 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-more-school-names-come-up-as-young-victims-narrate-their-horrific-stories/ TRENDING: More School Names Come Up As Young Victims Narrate Their Horrific Stories! https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-more-school-names-come-up-as-young-victims-narrate-their-horrific-stories/ Following the Commerce teacher, Rajagopalan’s issue students from various other schools started reporting the harassments and sexual abuses they face in social media.

Students of Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan (PSBB), a group of schools in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, called out a teacher named Rajagopalan for sexually harassing, passing inappropriate comments and abusing them. This led to an outburst in all social media platforms. Earlier the management said legal actions will be taken and now it has announced an immediate suspension for Rajagopalan, the accused teacher.

 

Minister for School Education Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi said that he has asked officials from the School Education Department to look into the allegations.

“The CEO under whose jurisdiction the school comes has enquired with the school management about the allegations. The school has told us that they will be setting up a committee to look into the issue and inform us about it. Appropriate action will be taken,” he said.

When asked about the allegations against the school, that they have ignored the complaints raised in the past by students the minister said the school has refuted these allegations. “However, if we find out that past complaints have been neglected, we will take action,” he added.

Following this, students from various schools like Chettinad Vidyashram, Maharishi Vidya Mandir, Sushil Hari International Residential School, Julia Rexi (Spartan Schools), Velammal Matric, St. Patricks and a lot more are opening up to people in Instagram. Alumni as well as present students narrate their experiences, the sexual harassments and abuses they’ve gone through these years.

 

An Instagram account called ‘youfriendlyschoolers’ has been created for students to share the trauma they faced in school.

 

The students are been continuously voicing out and is exposing their teachers and school managements. This issue which was initially about PSBB and now it’s like all over Tamil Nadu. Almost all the girls who went to school seem to have faced sexual abuses and harassments and what’s shocking is that students continue to face these harassments in online classes too.

 

 

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Mon, 24 May 2021 12:10:55 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/november-story-review-a-whodunit-with-a-raw-and-breathtaking-cinematography/ ‘November Story’ Review: A Whodunit With A Raw and Breathtaking Cinematography! https://jfwonline.com/article/november-story-review-a-whodunit-with-a-raw-and-breathtaking-cinematography/ By Megavarshini S G

Cast: Tamannaah Bhatia, GM Kumar, Pasupathy, Vivek Prasanna and Aruldoss

Director: Indhra Subramaniam

Ganesan (GM Kumar), a crime novelist suffering from Alzheimer’s is spotted at a murder scene with no memory of what happened. His daughter goes to extreme lengths to save her father who is the prime suspect of the murder.

November Story opens with a bus accident (1995), dead bodies and blood spotted all over the place. There seem to be no survivors except for a little girl, who is weeping inconsolably. Later to be revealed that the little girl is Anuradha Ganesan played by Tamannaah Bhatia. Cut to the present day, we see Anuradha, an ethical hacker struggling with problems. Her father is an Alzheimer’s patient and is becoming difficult to live with. She needs money to fund his treatment, so she decides to sell a family property and needs her father’s consent for the same. Ganesan denies and is adamant regarding the property’s sale yet Anuradha keeps meeting brokers and potential buyers. On the other hand she has to deal with illegal hacking happening at her workplace. Later, she finds her father with a dead woman, she met earlier on train with a mentally ill girl, who turned to be her sister. Much later she understands that all these issues are interconnected and starts her quest.

November Story has few strong ideas, for the first time we get a close look at the life of the doctors who perform post-mortems. It is not an easy job as it is both physically and emotionally taxing. Kuzhanthai Yesu’s flashback portions were shot well and his character is complex and intriguing too.

Tamannaah Bhatia did her part well, dialogue delivery and dubbing didn’t suit well at places. Pasupathy is the scene-stealer, though his portions were predictable, as an actor he proved himself. GM Kumar fits the bill aptly and deserve special appreciation. Vivek Prasanna didn’t have much screen space, but the scenes in which he is seen works well.

When it comes to writing, the story plot is little complicated, it is poised as a whodunit. The characters, the incidents are in bits and pieces in the first five episodes making it difficult for the viewer to stay intact with the series. Eventually, the revealing takes place in the ‘Truth’ episode and it is kind of shaky and predictable.

Vidhu Ayyanna’s cinematography is top notch, it kind of saved the sinking ship with haunting and raw visuals. Unlike other Tamil shows, in November Story we sense a clear aesthetic guiding the cinematography, production design, music and the sound design.

Overall, November Story though didn’t work well as anticipated, encourages more web series to get made in Tamil. It would have been a great murder mystery, if not for its length and logical loopholes.

November Story is now streaming on Hotstar.

 

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Mon, 24 May 2021 11:25:22 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-priya-bhavani-shankars-kind-gesture-wows-her-fans/ TRENDING: Priya Bhavani Shankar’s Kind Gesture Wows Her Fans! https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-priya-bhavani-shankars-kind-gesture-wows-her-fans/ Priya Bhavani Shankar has been winning hearts of many with her stellar performances on screen. Her ‘girl-next-door’ vibes makes her very connected to the masses and she engages very actively with her fans and followers on social media as well.

 

The actor’s recent tweet caught the attention of many and people praised the stance taken by her. When one of her fans sent in an artwork that took hours to make, the actor retweeted saying, “Sweetie as much as I appreciate ur effort, pls put ur studies first! Actors come,entertain you,make money & go & the next comes. It’s ur education & knowledge dat makes u stand tall in dis world.I might sound boring, but speaking facts.Thank you fr dis next time all this aftr ur exams.” This was a caring gesture by the actor and it also shows the reality very evidently. The overwhelmed fan said that she was indeed studying but didn’t know when her exams were. To which, Priya replied that she was glad that she had nothing to do. “Sorry about that, Frustrating right! for once I’m thankful to God, that I’ve nothing to do.”

 

Priya Bhavani Shankar was last seen opposite Arun Vijay in ‘Mafia: Chapter 1’. She will be seen playing the lead in ‘Oh Manappene’ with Harish Kalyan. The actor is also part of Shankar’s vigilante action thriller, Indian 2 starring Kamal Haasan, Nedumudi Venu, Kajal Aggarwal and Vivek.

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Mon, 24 May 2021 09:12:28 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/breaking-sexual-harassment-at-chennai-school-comes-to-light-after-students-call-out-a-teacher-for-sexual-misconduct-chinmayi-steps-in/ BREAKING: Sexual Harassment At Chennai School Comes To Light After Students CALL OUT A Teacher For sexual Misconduct; Chinmayi Steps In! https://jfwonline.com/article/breaking-sexual-harassment-at-chennai-school-comes-to-light-after-students-call-out-a-teacher-for-sexual-misconduct-chinmayi-steps-in/ Several students of Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan (PSBB) school have raised complaints of sexual harassment of a teacher named Rajagopalan.

Students of Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan (PSBB), a group of schools in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, called out a teacher for sexually harassing them. On May 23rd 2021, it all started with a Twitter space where some participants alleged casteism being practiced in the school premises. Soon after, both alumni and the current students started sharing their horrifying experiences with one particular teacher identified as Rajagopalan, who is reportedly from one of the PSBB schools at Chennai’s KK Nagar.

Model Kripali Samdaria started a campaign on Instagram and urged students to narrate their experiences so as to expose the pervert. She received hundreds of messages from students, narrating their experiences during and after school. One student made a shocking revelation where Rajagopalan attended his class semi-naked. She wrote, “He came to class straight out of his bathroom with only a towel tied to his waist.” The student also shared a screenshot of the teacher with the towel for poof.

 

 

Singer Chinmayi Sripada tweeted “Wish parents of students at PSBB to file a case. Not sure how many could do it since they shut their own kids down fearing ‘dignity’ and ‘family honor’. These offenders use to their advantage. People like Rajagopalan, Ramesh Prabha should’ve been in jail for Child Sexual Abuse”. She added that the screenshots of students sharing their experiences are been posted in Kripali’s Instagram account and also attached statement letter she got from the affected students.

 

 

Kripali kept sharing students messages on her Instagram. One student reported that he asked her out for a movie. She said that he was ignoring her request to check her project and when she sent a message begging him to check the project, he agreed. Later, he had asked “Ur free tonight can we go to a movie.” Then he claimed that it was by mistake when she accused him for asking out a minor.

 

 

Another student alleged that he shared pornographic link in the class group. She also mentioned in one of her DMs that he asked for late night video calls and photos from girl students. The girl also shared a WhatsApp screenshot of him inappropriately appreciating a student’s dress.

 

 

“He would select some a few of us as his ‘targets’ and constantly slut-shame and make horrible sex jokes about us to the point of breaking down in the class. A few times when we were expected to stay back in small groups, he would give us disgusting looks, touch us ‘by accident’ and even so much say things like ‘you are making me horny (in Tamil),” told one student to Kripali in DMs.

A former student said that he tried to hug her in front of class, another student shared an inappropriate joke on a girl’s breast. Several students said that his behaviour is often normalized by fellow students and even the school administration.

What caught people shocking is that a male student came forward and shared that Rajagopalan touched his private parts while frisking him, alleging he brought gadgets to school.

 

 

Sadly, Rajagopalan was head of the sexual harassment committee.

Other teachers were also called out, students shared the inappropriate actions and behaviours by other teachers as well. A female biology teacher was mentioned in the stories, who would flirt openly with the male students, used derogatory language for girls, and used cuss words in class. She also made sexual remarks and jokes with students.

One of the students talked about a former Sanskrit teacher who would abuse students, slap them for no apparent reason and flirt openly with girl students. He would “accidentally” walk into the girls’ changing room and inappropriately touch both boys and girls.

 

 

 

Students also mentioned that the school management ignored all the complaints received, even if it was from parents. They turned a blind eye and also threatened the students that their future will be spoiled if they didn’t remain silent. Several complaints were ignored, and the students were allegedly made laughing stock for complaining against Rajagopalan or any other teacher in PSBB.

Celebrities, film fraternity and the politicians urged the PSBB management to take strict action against the accused. Archana Kalpathi, Karnan fame Lakshmi Priya, Politician Kanimozhi expressed their disappointments on twitter.

Harassing students, abusing them sexually and verbally and the management ignoring all this stuff is horrifying and unacceptable. Kudos to all the girls who finally took out the courage to expose this pervert.

And the school management has now responded to the allegations stating that the management isn’t aware of the issues and wouldn’t tolerate any behaviour that affect the well-being of students. Further, they stated that necessary steps will be taken to address the issue in a transparent manner.

 

 

Further investigation awaits as this case could further legally be handled.

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Mon, 24 May 2021 07:17:47 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/top-9-netflix-original-hindi-series-that-you-cant-miss/ Top 9 Netflix Original Hindi Series That You Can’t Miss! https://jfwonline.com/article/top-9-netflix-original-hindi-series-that-you-cant-miss/ By Jayabhuvaneshwari B

Has the Lockdown gotten you super bored? Can’t relate to the Hollywood content on various OTT platforms? Want something more Bollywood to pass your time? Well, you have come to the  right place! Here are Top 10 can’t-miss Netflix Original series in Hindi for you:

1.Sacred Games:

Based on Vikram Chandra’s 2006 novel with the same name, Sacred Games is an Indian Crime Thriller streaming television series directed jointly by Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane and Neeraj Ghaywan. It stars Saif Ali Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in lead roles and Radhika Apte, Pankaj Tripathi, Kubbra Sait and Kalki Koechlin in supporting roles. The series begins with Sartaj Singh, a troubled police officer in Mumbai who receives a phone call from gangster Ganesh Gaitonde, who tells him to save the city within 25 days. The series chronicles the events which follow. The series has 2 seasons and has been nominated for a 2019 Best Drama International Emmy Award.

2. Delhi Crime:

Delhi Crime is an Indian Crime Drama streaming Television series directed by Richie Mehta and stars Shefali Shah, Rasika Dugal and Rajesh Tailang in lead roles. Released in 2019, the series is based on the 2012 Delhi Gang Rape case. This crime drama follows the Delhi Police investigation into the finding of the men who perpetrated the crime. The first season on this series won the International Emmy Awards for Best Drama Series in 2020. This series is also renewed for a season 2. 

 

3. Taj Mahal 1989:

Written and directed by Pushpendra Nath Misra, Taj Mahal 1989 is an Indian Comedy Drama Romance web television series starring  Neeraj Kabi, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Sheeba Chaddha and Danish Husain in lead roles. With 1 season consisting of 7 episodes, this series is set in Lucknow, 1989. The story follows the intersecting lives of a Lucknow University professor couple, their students, a long lost friend and his lover, and a schoolgirl in love with an older boy. Through the daily struggles and triumphs of the characters, the series explores the different shades of love over the ages as it mutates and matures. Set in past times, this series explores a lot of old-age romance and is a treat to all poem-lovers. 

4. Jamtara – Sabka Number Ayega:

Directed by Soumendra Padhi, Jamtara-Sabka Number Ayega is an Indian Crime Drama streaming Television series, written by Trishant Srivastava. It stars Amit Sial and Dibyendu Bhattacharya in lead roles. This 2020 series has 1 season and revolves around a bunch of small-town young guns who operate a successful phishing racket, but then they come across a corrupt politician who wants a share of their business. Finally there’s a cop who wants to fight against them all. This series brought out the Phishing crimes into light and created a lot of awareness amongst people. This low-budget series was considered a big-hit because of the topic it dealt with. It is now renewed for a Season 2.

5. Ghoul:

Starring Radhika Apte, Ghoul is an Indian horror streaming television series written and directed by Patrick Graham. It is the second Netflix Original from India after Sacred Games. The story is set in India in a dystopian future where fascism is at its top, and the story’s main plot is the interrogation of a dreaded terrorist Ali Saeed in a secret government internment camp that ignites a series of horrifying and supernatural events in the aftermath. This series has only 3 episodes but has beautifully taken the story ahead. It gives you the shivers and eerie feeling and makes you sleepless. It is the perfect series for Horror-lovers.

6. Masaba Masaba:

Masaba Masaba, is an Indian Biographical Drama streaming television series based on the life story of Masaba Gupta the daughter of Neena Gupta. It stars Masaba and Neena Gupta playing their respective real-life characters. It also stars Neil Bhoopalam and Satyadev Mishra in supporting roles. The series is a scripted version of the life of Masaba Gupta, featuring her family, her love life and her career as a fashion designer. When it comes to Indian series, this stands number one in terms of Fashion. This short series was very well received by Fashionistas and has been trending ever since. The series is now renewed for a Season 2. 

7. She:

Starring Aaditi Pohankar She is an Indian Crime Drama streaming Television series that came out in 2020. It is directed by Arif Ali and Avinash Das and created and written by Imtiaz Ali and Divya Johry. She follows the story of a poor female constable in the Indian Police Force who has been inducted in the Anti Narcotics Group to fight a major drug lord As a part of the mission, Bhumika gets dressed to roam in the by-lanes of Mumbai city. Meanwhile, during the day Bhumika has to fight off her drunkard-husband to finalize divorce. She is the sole earning person of her family, while her mother is an ill person at home and her sister is a college student. The show depicts the idea that a woman’s body can work well to control her surroundings. The female-lead and the role played by Vijay Varma was appreciated. 

8. A Suitable Boy:

Directed by Mira Nair, A Suitable Boy is based on Vikram Seth’s 1993 novel with the same name. It was written by Andrew Davies and stars Tabu, Ishaan Khatter, Tanya Maniktala, Rasika Dugal and Namit Das in lead roles. A Suitable Boy is set in 1951, a newly post-independence, post-partition India. The novel follows four families during 18 months, and centres on Mrs. Rupa Mehra (Mahira Kakkar) and her efforts over the arrangement of the marriage of her younger daughter, Lata Mehra (Tanya Maniktala), to a “suitable boy”. Lata is a 19-year-old university student who refuses to be influenced by her domineering mother or opinionated brother, Arun Mehra (Vivek Gomber). Her story revolves around the choice she is forced to make between her suitors. The series was well-received for its beautiful portrayal of the mind-set of people during the Post-Independence era. It is a miniseries with 6 episodes that covers most parts of the original novel. 

9. Mismatched:

Starring young heartthrobs Rohit Saraf and Prajakta Koli, Mismatched is a 2020 Indian coming-of-age Romantic Drama web series on Netflix, based on Sandhya Menon’s 2017 novel When Dimple Met Rishi. It was adapted by Gazal Dhaliwal and directed by Akarsh Khurana and Nipun Dharmadhikhari. The story revolves around Dimple Ahuja who wants to be a tech wizard and Rishi Singh Shekhawat who is a young guy who believes in traditional way of dating: meeting in person, being drunk on love, and has come to Aravalli Institute to find his ‘Future Wife’. Dimple is driven and Rishi’s bewitched, and wants to tie the knot with her. This 6 episode series became trending among the youth for its take on romance and because of the cast. It is now officially renewed for a second season. 

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Mon, 24 May 2021 04:58:12 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/menstrual-cups-your-convenient-and-sustainable-period-partner/ Menstrual Cups: Your Convenient And Sustainable Period Partner! https://jfwonline.com/article/menstrual-cups-your-convenient-and-sustainable-period-partner/ By Jayabhuvaneshwari B

You may ask any woman on her period how she feels about it, and most probably the reply would be that it is the most painful and annoying week of the month for her. Menstruation comes differently to different women. Some have it for 7 days a month while some have it for just 3. Some have painful cramps along with their period, while some just have a heavy flow. There are even some who have irregular periods, who are actually happy and excited to get their menses. But, one thing that is common to all menstruating women, is the pain of managing their periods, especially if they are to step outside their houses. 

In a country like India, there are so many economically backward girls who do not even have access to Sanitary Napkins, which according to them is a luxury. However, out of those who do have access, most of the menstruating women in India are introduced to sanitary pads and continue using the same for the rest of their lives. Most menstruating women would agree that periods feel like more of a hassle because of the sanitary napkins that they use. Irrespective of the brand or quality, some common pad problems include, rashes, stench, leakage, etc. Not only that, women are also expected to carry an entire packet of napkins while they travel and also carry materials to dispose-off the same, after use.

Apart from the issues faced, pads are also considered unhealthy for use during periods. Synthetic sanitary napkins have a chemical called Dioxin which happens to be a Carcinogen. Though pad makers consider the effect of Dioxin insignificant, over a period of time, this chemical, if accumulated in the body can cause problems like ovarian or cervical cancer. The small amount of plastics in these pads also make them non-biodegradable, making them unfit and harmful for the environment as well. 

What other option do we have? Well, recently a lot of environmentally concerned NGOs who are also concerned about women’s health have introduced cloth pads that are reusable and are much safer for the users as well as for the environment. However, cloth pads are not convenient because of a variety of reasons. Firstly, it is very difficult to remove the stain from the pad while washing them off. Due to its thin frame, it does not stay sturdily in its position while fixed in the inner wear, which leads to leakage. So, what could be considered as a safer option to normal sanitary napkins, seems to be way more inconvenient than that.

 

Another option that Indians have not ventured into is Tampons. This product again comes with a lot of risk similar to the sanitary napkins, and it is worse because it is literally inserted inside the vagina during menstruation. It is also associated with Toxic Shock Syndrome, which has been problematic for many young menstruating women. 

One option that is similar to Tampons but has not been marketed for the right reasons is the Menstrual Cup. Every time you see an advertisement about a menstrual cup, it’s probably about how it is better for the environment or for women’s health. While these are important factors to consider their usage, the main reason to switch to menstrual cups is that it is way more convenient than any other sanitary product. You’re probably wondering how a product that has to be inserted would be easier and convenient than a product that is just stuck to your innerwear. Well, the inhibitions and the lack of awareness surrounding the menstrual cup is the reason why many do not opt for it. 

The first doubt that arises in the minds of many when they think about this product is, “What if my Hymen tears?” For all those who are not aware of the hymen, it is a thin piece of mucosal tissue that surrounds or partially covers the external vaginal opening. It acts as a partial barrier to the vaginal opening. However, the hymen is porous and is not opaque or thick. In fact, only because it is porous do we bleed during our menstrual cycle every month. Women who have imperforate hymen cannot bleed and it is a medical condition that requires treatment. 

The hymen can tear at any time in a girl’s life. Strenuous exercises like dancing, swimming, Yoga, acrobatics, etc., can also lead to the tearing of the hymen. So, menstrual cups are not the only thing that tears one’s hymen, and it does not necessarily mean the losing of one’s virginity. 

A lot of people think twice about switching to cups because of the pain it may cause while inserting. Generally, the pain and discomfort is only experienced for the first time while using the cup. The feeling also differs from person to person. Any change is difficult for the first time. However, once you get the hang of it, there is nothing like using a menstrual cup. Menstrual cups can be kept inside for unto 12 hours, depending upon your menstrual flow. It is made of medical grade silicone and therefore is not harmful to the body.

How to use a cup? The first step is to buy the perfect size of the cup. Every cup company makes a clear distinction of sizes along with a guide to help you make an easy choice. Once you have made a choice and bought the product, an important thing to be remembered is to not use the cup before your menstrual cycle starts. The cup is made for insertion during the menses, where the fluidity of the vagina makes it easier for insertion. There are different types of folds that you can venture out to insert the cup, as it cannot be inserted as a whole. Once inserted, you will just have to ensure that a vacuum seal is created and Voila! You can forget that you are on your period,  at least for the next couple of hours. 

While removing the cup, one has to break the vacuum seal to pull it out. After this is done, the blood collected in the cup can be dumped into the toilet, the cup can be washed and then it can be inserted right back in. This is not for a matter of 1 cycle or a year of menstruation. An average cup, if used the right way can last for at least 5 to 10 years before it needs a change. This leads to the next advantage. 

Menstrual cups are way more economical than an average sanitary napkin. An average, low-quality napkin costs Rs. 5 to Rs. 12 in India. On an average, a woman uses 16,000 or more pads in her entire lifetime. Even if the cost is fixed at the lower end, which is Rs. 5, an average woman will have to spend at least Rs. 80,000 only on sanitary napkins, in her entire lifetime. In reality, good quality pads are not that cheap, and the real amount will at least be double than the average. 

The menstrual cup on the other hand costs somewhere between Rs. 300 to Rs. 1000. The average number of menstruating years for women are 35 years. Even if a woman changes her menstrual cup every 5 years, and if it costs Rs. 1000, she would only be spending Rs. 7000 on her menstrual product throughout her life. However, this is only an average, and in reality a cup lasts for 10 years and cups start at Rs.300, so the cost can be even lesser. This product is even more economical for lower-income groups as it is reusable and can be made subsidised for their benefit.

As mentioned earlier, as the cup is made of medical grade silicone, it is not harmful for your body. Also, because it is reusable, it also turns out to be safer for the environment. With cups, you no longer have to carry packets of pads and worry about their disposal if you’re in a place out of your comfort zone. When you use a menstrual cup, you are not reminded that you’re on your period every time you use the restroom. In fact, it is almost like cancelling your period once it comes with a menstrual cup. 

Again, the reason why we are not very familiar with this product is because of the lack of awareness and the various inhibitions we have towards it. A lot of us are not aware of our own bodies and therefore have so many doubts regarding this product. It is essential that schools bring in menstrual and menstrual product education for their teenage students, so that they make the right and comfortable choice. In recent times, a lot of people including singer Chinmayi Sripada and Gynaecologist Dr. Tanaya have created many videos to answer and clarify doubts regarding the use of cups. 

If researched and studied about well, a menstrual cup is the best switch and anybody who uses it once, correctly, will never go back to using any other menstrual product. However, one must not make this switch without doing thorough research and without consulting their gynecologists’. In most ways, the pros outweigh the cons, but some conservative ideas and irrational fears are stopping young women from making this switch. Every society should head towards development. Similarly, the usage of menstrual cups is a much required development for the women of this country. 

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Sat, 22 May 2021 13:00:47 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-singer-shreya-goshal-blessed-with-a-baby/ TRENDING: Singer Shreya Ghoshal blessed with a baby! https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-singer-shreya-goshal-blessed-with-a-baby/ Popular singer Shreya Ghoshal and her husband Shiladitya Mukhopadyaya have been blessed with a baby boy. She took to Instagram to announce the good news. She wrote, “God has blessed us with a precious baby boy this afternoon. It’s an emotion never felt before. @shiladitya and I along with our families are absolutely overjoyed. Thank you for your countless blessings for our little bundle of joy.”

 

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The singer initially announced her pregnancy on Instagram in the month of March. She did so, by posting a beautiful picture of her baby bump. Ever since she has been posting quite a few photos of herself in her baby bump. To announce her pregnancy she wrote, “Baby #Shreyaditya is on its way!@shiladitya and me are thrilled to share this news with you all. Need all your love and blessings as we prepare ourselves for this new chapter in our lives.”

 

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The singer tied the knot with Mukhopadhyaya, in 2015 after a courtship of almost a decade. On the work front, the songs sung by this singer were last heard in ‘Saina’ and ‘Tuesdays and Fridays’. She also released her single with Tony Kakkar called ‘Oh Sanam’, recently. The actress began her career as a Playback singer in 2002 with the song ‘Bairi Priya’ from the movie Devdas. She has sung so many songs ever since in a number of Indian languages. 

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Sat, 22 May 2021 09:41:43 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/celebrating-the-strong-women-of-aaytha-ezhuthu17-years-of-a-powerful-tale/ Celebrating The Strong Women Of Aaytha Ezhuthu:17 Years Of A Powerful Tale! https://jfwonline.com/article/celebrating-the-strong-women-of-aaytha-ezhuthu17-years-of-a-powerful-tale/ By Humsika J

‘Aaytha Ezhuthu’ belongs to the category of movies which weren’t celebrated at the time of release but entered the list of classics over time. Directed by Mani Ratnam, this movie was made in association with some of the greatest artists and technicians of the early 2000s. While decoding the movie, one thing we observe is the colours : Red for Inba, Green for Michael and Blue for Arjun. Each of these characters had their own track running in the story, but these tracks are incomplete without the women in their lives. 

 

   1.Sasi

 

Inba is a character who believes that the world has wronged him. After being a victim for years, he transforms into a rebel who is hungry for power and all the things he was deprived of in life. He wants change, but the route he takes is that of a rogue. A firecracker enters his life in the form of Sasi. She loves her husband unconditionally and wants to be with him forever. When she senses the danger around him because of the work he indulges in, she tries stopping him. Quite similar to Caesar’s wife when she stops him from attending the Senate. Sasi takes love and anger in equal measure but one thing she never gives up on is her self-respect. She doesn’t stop herself from expressing her thoughts: good or bad. She smothers Inba with her love saying “Saiva mutham kudutha, othu poga maaten. Saahasatha kaatu, sethu poga maaten”. She keeps him at check by showing what is right and what is wrong. The best thing about Sasi is that she never gives up, she catches a train and travels towards a better future hoping to be with Inba some day. She was a cheerleader, a well wisher, a mad lover, a doting wife and a bold woman.

 

   2.Geethanjali

 

The conflicts in life may be with society, within a family or within ourselves. While Michael fights to bring change on a macro level, Geetha does her part within the house. She breaks all barriers set by the world and does what she believes is right. Even though it was told in a jovial context, she says a powerful line “ Why do women always blame other women when anything goes wrong?” She creates a beautiful bond with Michael’s mother and sisters, a lot of fun and immense trust. Geetha is the force that stays by Michael no matter what, she takes huge decisions impulsively just so that it is right for Michael. The relationship between Michael and Geetha is between love and lust…between adolescence and adulthood. Geetha could be the ‘woke’ woman at times and the one who thinks ‘what will the society say’ at other times. Her presence in the movie adds a touch of humour and charm…even if it is just for a few minutes. On the whole, Geetha represents a confused millennial who does things but also finds it necessary to justify her stance everytime.

 

   3.Meera

 

The new generation love, going out for a coffee, a beach date and then returning to reality : that’s Meera and Arjun’s story. Meera is so aware of herself and her future. She knows what is the reality of life and uses her experiences in Chennai as a form of escape : just like how you would walk into a theater, watch a movie for 3 hours, imagine yourself in the story, eat some popcorn and then walk out to face the reality of life. Her terms are clear when she begins dating Arjun and remains as strong as a rock till she gets hit by all the pent up emotions she had kept away till then. In a fast-paced world, all she wanted was some stability. Her idea of settling down in an arranged marriage with a lot of security was what she desired. That’s probably what she didn’t find in a dreamer like Arjun. Though she was attracted to him, she remained a realist and didn’t let her emotions take over. It was only after she saw the genuinity and zeal to fight for a cause that she actually felt that Arjun was the one for her. Meera is the personification of a journey from the brain to the heart. 

 

At the crucial point of this story, all the characters hit a turning point in their relationship with the women in their lives. Inba broods over his broken-yet-not-broken marriage, Michael plans a future with his girlfriend and Arjun proposes to his lady love. The characters moved in the story and created new paths with every interaction with their ladies. ‘Aaytha Ezhuthu’ is beyond the colours and politics: it is an emotion which is given shades and hues, it is a treasure chest that gives more as we dig deeper.

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Sat, 22 May 2021 04:32:23 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-seeman-demands-a-ban-on-samantha-akkinenis-the-family-man-2/ TRENDING: Seeman Demands A Ban on Samantha Akkineni’s The Family Man 2! https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-seeman-demands-a-ban-on-samantha-akkinenis-the-family-man-2/ After the initial release of the trailer of The Family Man 2 starring Manoj Bajpayee, there was a lot of appreciation to Samantha for her very first role in a TV Series. Soon after a lot of social media users started writing against her role because it portrayed the LTTE in a bad light.  There has been so much backlash that #FamilyMan2_against_Tamils has been trending on Twitter. Now, in addition to all of this, Naam Tamizhar Katchi leader Seeman has asked for a ban on the series entirely. 

In a tweet written in Tamil, Seeman said, “If ‘The Family Man 2’ which insults the Tamil people is released, then serious consequences will follow.” He has also attached a much detailed letter to the tweet which completely conveys his opinion. The letter says that he was shocked to see visuals from the trailer that shows Sri Lankan LTTE as a terrorist group and Tamils as violent people.

Seeman also went on to say that movies like Inam and Madras Cafe were banned on the same lines, especially because they faced backlash after their release. Both Inam and Madras Cafe showed LTTE in a wrong way and because of the subsequent backlash, the movies faced consequences. Inam was removed from theatres altogether and Madras Cafe did not make it to the screens in Tamil Nadu and also in the United States and United Arab Emirates, with its sizable Tamil audience.

Seeman said, “Shifting the location of a Hindi web series to Chennai, bringing in the character of a Tamil Eelam girl, basing the colour of her dress to that of the LTTE uniform and associating Pakistan’s ISI to LTTE are not actions that happened coincidentally.” The politician has said time and again that if the series is premiered as planned on June 4 then they will face serious repercussions. 


Meanwhile, the team initially faced backlash from Netizens and is now facing the same from Seeman. However,  the team has not given a reply or a clarification regarding this yet.

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Fri, 21 May 2021 12:17:20 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/9-may-movies-on-ott-that-you-must-watch/ 9 May Movies On OTT That You Must Watch! https://jfwonline.com/article/9-may-movies-on-ott-that-you-must-watch/ By Jayabhuvaneshwari B

Ever since the lockdown began, OTT platforms have become famous and have made it easier for movie-buffs to watch movies from home. On the other hand, various platforms are also releasing  a variety of movies on their respective platforms. Here are a few movies that have released or are yet to be released on various platforms, that are worth your time. 

1. Nayattu:

Nayattu, which was recently released on Amazon Prime is a malayalam-language social thriller tragedy film. directed and co-produced by Martin Prakkat and written by Shahi Kabir. It stars Kunchako Boban, Joju George and Nimisha Sajayan in the lead roles. The story revolves around Three police officers who are on a run for life, escaping the outbreak against them due to the unlawful arrest and torture of a civilian.

 

2. Nizhal:

Nizhal, is another Malayalam-language mystery thriller which was released on Netflix. It was directed by Appu N. Bhattathiri and written by S. Sanjeev and stars Kunchako Boban and Nayanthara in the lead roles. The story is about John Baby, who is recouping from a traumatic accident,  who meets Nitin, a young boy who interests him with murder stories. When Baby explores the possibility of Nitin’s stories by mapping the events, it matches with the real-time incidents.

 

3. Sulthan: 

The Tamil movie which initially had a theatrical release was released on Disney+ Hotstar recently. It stars Karthi and Rashmika Mandanna in lead roles and is an action film directed by Bakkiyaraj Kannan. The story is about Sulthan, a motherless child raised by a group of hardened criminals who work for his father Sethupathi. He loves these 100 men as brothers but despises their taste for violence. Following the death of his father, the responsibility to take care of these men falls on the shoulders of Sulthan.

 

4. Karnan:

Mari Selvaraj’s Karnan is a Tamil-language movie starring Dhanush, Lal, Yogi Babu and Gouri G Kishan in lead roles. The movie which initially had a theatrical release, has been released on Amazon Prime as well. The story is about Karnan, a fearless village youth who must fight for the rights of the conservative people of his village. The storyline is loosely influenced from the 1995 Kodiyankulam caste violence that happened in Thoothukudi district.

 

5. Kavalthurai Ungal Nanban: 

This Tamil-language crime thriller is yet to release on Zee5 and is directed by Ranjith Manikandan (RDM) and stars Suresh Ravi and Raveena Ravi in lead roles. The story revolves around a terrible series of events that occur when a public employee unexpectedly enters a police station. What happens next forms the major twists in the story.

 

6. Hero:

Hero is a Kannada dark comedy film written and directed by debutant director M Bharath Raj. The  movie, which is available on Zee5, stars Rishabh Shetty and Ganavi Laxman in lead roles. The story is about a barber who stumbles upon his ex-lover in the home of a notoriously bloodthirsty gang leader. Misadventures follow when he tries to help her escape with the gangster’s men in hot pursuit.

 

 

7. Shadow:

Directed by Ravi Gowda, Shadow is Kannada-language action drama that has Umesh Anna, Sharath Lohitashwa, Khiladi Lokesh, Vinod Prabhakar in its lead roles. The movie which is on Zee5 is about a common man who lodges a complaint about his missing shadow at the police station. The investigation and revelations of the common man hints at an accident that might have been a murder.

 

8. Cinema Bandi:

Cinema Bandi is an upcoming Indian Telugu-language comedy drama film written and directed by debutant Praveen Kandregula. It was released on Netflix  and stars debutante actors like Sandeep Varanasi, Vikas Vasistha, Rag Mayur in lead roles. The plot of the movie revolves around a struggling rickshaw driver’s life which takes a turn when he comes upon an expensive camera and decides to make a film with his fellow villagers.

 

9. Nenjam Marappathillai:

Nenjam Marappathillai on Zee5 is a Tamil-language horror film written and directed by Selvaraghavan and stars S J Suryah, Regina Casssandra and Nandia Shwetha in lead roles. The story revolves around a  pious young woman who takes a job as a nanny to a wealthy family and tries to stay out of the way of her married employer’s perverse and lustful plans.

 

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Fri, 21 May 2021 09:19:04 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/suriya-and-jyothika-7-times-the-couple-created-magic-on-screen/ Suriya and Jyothika: 7 Times The Couple Created Magic On Screen! https://jfwonline.com/article/suriya-and-jyothika-7-times-the-couple-created-magic-on-screen/ By Humsika J

 

Suriya and Jyothika have always been couple goals in the Tamil Film Industry. The love that exudes every time they talk about each other makes everyone yearn for someone like the two to enter their lives. The couple has acted in many movies and their onscreen pairing has always had a separate fanbase. It is always amazing to see equal screen space for both the male and female lead in all their movies. Scroll to go down a memory lane of Suriya-Jyothika blockbusters:

 

      1. Poovellam Kettuppar

‘Poovellam Kettuppar’ released right after Jyothika made a smashing debut in Vaali opposite Ajith Kumar. Jyothika was paired with Suriya for the first time in this Crazy Mohan Universe created by Director Vasanth. Suriya and Jyothika were seen as the children of friends-turned-rivals in the music industry and their love brings both the friends together again. The story is filled with funny moments and witty dialogues by Crazy Mohan. Yuvan Shankar Raja created magic with his music, his tunes are hummed even today: Poove poove for a happy mood, Chudithar Aninthu for some romance, Irava Pagala for a heartbreak. This movie was probably the fetal stage of the couple’s romance.

 

      2. Uyirile Kalanthathu

‘Uyirile Kalanthathu’ was a movie with many big names: from Sivakumar, Raghuvaran, Radhika to Suriya and Jyothika. The movie mainly dealt with the sibling rivalry between Suriya and Raghuvaran’s character. Jyothika played the love interest of Suriya’s character. The movie was the directorial debut of K. R. Jaya and it was appreciated for dealing with an untouched topic with a lot of sensitivity. Deva’s music played a major role in taking the movie to the next level for which he won the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Music Director in 2000 (Along with the albums of ‘Kushi’ and ‘Sanditha Velai’)

 

      3. Kaakha Kaakha

After working for two projects, the duo was seen in Gautham Vasudev Menon’s Cop-Thriller ‘Kaakha Kaakha’. Interestingly, Jyothika was the one who suggested Suriya’s name to the director for the role of Anbuselvan. Love blossomed between the two while shooting for this film. The movie was a new take on the life of a cop and the impact of their profession on their personal lives. The realistic portrayal by Suriya won a lot of praise and acclaim. The movie had positive reviews pouring in and bagged many awards in the year 2003. Harris Jayaraj’s music and Anthony’s editing created a universe within a universe.

 

      4. Perazhagan

‘Perazhagan’ was an experimental film in which both the actors took a risk with their characters. Suriya took up the role of a hunchback while Jyothika played the role of a blind girl. However, there exists another world where there are two other characters who are from well-off families and no deformities played by the same actors. When the people from these two worlds meet, the story takes shape. The actors were appreciated for the roles they played and they went on to win various awards as well. Comedian Vivek gave dimension to the movie with his one-liners and subtle jokes.

 

     5. Maayavi

Singampuli’s ‘Maayavi’ was an action dramedy movie with a lot of hilarious components in an unconventional script. The actors always had an eye for quality of content over anything else. They have always been a little better than what they were in their previous projects. The story goes like this: A thief with no plans gets into the apartment of an actor and keeps her hostage at her own place. A very crazy plotline, this movie was a laugh riot from beginning to end with a few sequences of romance here and there.

 

     6. June R

June R, a Jyothika starrer, was a based on a novellette written by Revathy Varma. While the author wanted to release it in Hindi, Jyothika insisted that it be made in Tamil first. The movie explored adoption and ageism in a new light with a beautiful storyline. Suriya played a cameo role of being the love interest of Jyothika’s character, June, and this really shows the mutual respect the couple holds for each other. They are complete professionals and don’t let their egos get in the way. The movie saw Kushboo’s strong cameo appearance as well in the role of a lawyer.

     7. Sillunu Oru Kadhal

A movie which sealed the deal, we must say. Jyothika and Suriya were the celebrity couple everyone was rooting for and their wedding announcement created all the hype for this movie. ‘Sillunu Oru Kadhal’ showed how arranged marriages can be perfect too. It showed a mature tale of how a past baggage doesn’t necessarily create animosity in the present relationship. The movie went on to become a box office hit. It still remains to be a cult classic in the romance genre. 

 

The couple gave us a slice of their life with their ‘Sunrise’ advertisements before Jyothika took a break from acting. After a long gap, while we see both of them working in the industry, we do want to see them sharing screen space as well. But, the dichotomy between the mature roles Jyothika is taking up and the youthful stories Suriya is taking up might be the reason behind not being able to see the offscreen couple on screen. However, as Jyothika says in all the shows and interviews, a good script is all that they are looking for. Till then, we have seven movies to watch and rewatch, laugh and cry!

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Fri, 21 May 2021 06:55:35 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/veteran-comedian-janagaraj-enters-the-social-media-world/ Veteran Comedian Janagaraj Enters the Social Media World! https://jfwonline.com/article/veteran-comedian-janagaraj-enters-the-social-media-world/ Popular comedian and actor who celebrated his 65th Birthday yesterday has stepped-into a new venture by making his social media debut on Twitter. There was a lot of confusion because fans were concerned whether it was a fake account or a real one. However, a lot of PROs and even actors including Shanthanu Bhagyaraj retweeted the actor’s tweet and welcomed him into the social media world, confirming that it is an official account.

The actor who was last seen on ‘Dha Dha 87’ in 2019, made his comeback in 2018 with the movie ‘96’ after 10 years. His small role as a watchman in 96 won the hearts of many, and took them down a trip through memory lane. The actor started his career with Kizhake Pogum Rail in 1978 and has acted in almost 200 movies since. 

He is celebrated for his sense of humor and unique body language and way of speaking. He rose to fame through his roles in films like ‘Rajadhi Raja’, ‘Baasha’, ‘Aboorva Sagodharargal’ and ‘Agni Nakshathram’. With phrases like “En Pondatti Oorukku Poita”, one can never forget an actor like Janagaraj. 

Now, Janagaraj has surprised his fans by joining Twitter. He has not only posted a tweet, but also a picture of himself. He said, “I am extremely happy to start my journey on twitter on the occasion of my Birthday,” in Tamil. Checkout the tweet below:

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Fri, 21 May 2021 05:42:47 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-jyothika-to-play-prabhas-sister/ TRENDING: Jyothika To Play Prabhas’ sister? https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-jyothika-to-play-prabhas-sister/ ‘Salaar’ an upcoming Prabhas movie starring Shruti Haasan in a leading role is directed by Prashanth Neel. The movie is being shot in Kannada and Telugu and being dubbed in Hindi, Malayalam and Tamil. The movie, which is touted to be an action-thriller has only released three cast members as of now, including Madhu Guruswamy who will be playing a pivotal role in the movie. Now, speculations are that Tamil actress Jyothika is all set to play Prabhas’ sister in the movie. 

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While fans have been awaiting a much needed update about the movie, the rumours have made rounds across social media. However, there is no official update from the team about this. Prashanth Neel is famous for the movie ‘K.G.F’ that became a success. Prabhas fans have been anticipating updates regarding this collaboration. However the only thing we know for now is that Prabhas is going to be playing a violent character and that he is undergoing intense training sessions to get a beefed-up look. 

The film was formally launched in Hyderabad in January 2021 with actors like Yash, Ram Charan and several others attending it. On the professional front, Prabhas, who was last seen on Saaho, has also signed up for ‘Radhe Shyam’ where is acting along with Pooja Hegde and ‘Adipurush’ which is based on Ramayana and is directed by Om Raut. All three films are in the shooting stage. 

On the other hand, Jyothika was last seen in ‘Ponmagal Vandhal’ in 2020 after her role as Karthi’s sister in the film ‘Thambi’ in 2019. Fans await the official announcement of this amazing collaboration. 

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Fri, 21 May 2021 04:55:54 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-netizens-slam-samantha-for-her-role-in-the-family-man-2/ TRENDING: Netizens Slam Samantha For Her Role In ‘The Family Man 2’ ! https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-netizens-slam-samantha-for-her-role-in-the-family-man-2/ Actress Samantha’s very first web series’ trailer had come out yesterday and initially fans were pouring appreciation all over. Amongst many others, Samantha’s husband Naga Chaithanya and Kangana Ranaut were 2 known people who commended the ‘Theri’ heroine for her new role. However, the internet does not seem very happy about the role that she has accepted. In fact, a lot of social media users went onto thrash and criticise Samantha for taking up a role that is against the Tamil identity. 

The trailer establishes that there is a hostage situation in Chennai and the scene moves to introduce Samantha who talks with a unique Tamil accent which is generally associated with the Jaffna or Srilankan accent. She is also seen wearing the Liberations Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) uniform almost throughout the trailer. The LTTE is an organisation that seeks to establish an independent Tamil state named ‘Eelam’ in Srilanka. 

Ever since this backlash, #Family Man 2 Against Tamilians has been trending on twitter. Popular film reviewer Prashant Rangaswamy wrote, “FamilyMan2_against_Tamils tag trending . Hope Samantha has not done the grave mistake of standing against her own people,” on Twitter. Some tweets against the actress are as follows. 


The Family Man team has not come back with any kind of official clarification or update on this matter. Meanwhile, Samantha has been thanking all those who have lauded her with appreciation. On the work front, Samantha is busy shooting for ‘Kaathu Vaakula Rendu Kadhal’ and ‘Shaakunthalam’. 

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Thu, 20 May 2021 13:07:01 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/television-actress-soundarya-calls-out-a-sexual-harrasser-for-sending-her-inappropriate-messages/ Television Actress Soundarya CALLS OUT A Sexual Harrasser For Sending Her Inappropriate Messages! https://jfwonline.com/article/television-actress-soundarya-calls-out-a-sexual-harrasser-for-sending-her-inappropriate-messages/ Popular Television actress and Super singer Soundarya Bala Nandakumar was seen advising girls to be careful about it.

Soundarya Bala Nandakumar, a popular television actress and singer started her career in Vijay television. She came in as a Super singer contestant and was seen as one of the leads in Pagal Nilavuserial paired opposite Vignesh Karthick. She made her debut with Kabal where she played the role of a pub singer. Soundarya Bala Nandakumar was seen in Thalapathy Vijay and Vijay Sethupathi starrer actiondrama Master. Lately, she was seen in Vanakkam Da Mappilei directed by M. Rajesh.

Soundarya recently exposed a college professor who sent obscene texts to her on Instagram. She wrote “And that’s the way a professor talks to a woman. Damn shame! His profile says he is a professor in Madurai. I hope the girls in his college stay safe around him”. She also shared screenshots of themessage the college professor sent her where he asks her to sleep with him.

 

 

 


The actress went on to warn the college girls that this same man might be their lecturer and they should be careful about it.
 She also thanked Instagram for the new feature, this feature not only allows her from blocking this man’s current Instagram account, but also all the accounts he may create in future.

Social Media harassment is becoming normal and kind of habitual and actresses who have open accounts are mostly exposed to these kind of virtual harassments. Few days back Singer Maalavika Sundar took it to Instagram and was seen giving interviews regarding the same issue.

It is appreciable that all these actresses and singers voice out and made sure to teach such people a lesson for sending such inappropriate texts on social media. 

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Thu, 20 May 2021 10:31:23 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/comali-fame-samyuktha-hegde-tests-positive-for-covid/ ‘Comali’ fame Samyuktha Hegde tests Positive for COVID! https://jfwonline.com/article/comali-fame-samyuktha-hegde-tests-positive-for-covid/ Amidst the 2nd wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in India, a lot of actors from the Kollywood film fraternity have tested positive for the virus. The latest addition to this list is ‘Comali’ fame Samyuktha Hegde who took to her Instagram story to announce the same. 

The actress who is quarantined at home said, “Hello you guys, Hope you all are doing well. I have tested positive for COVID-19 today. I’m in self isolation and taking all the necessary measures as advised by my doctor. Take care of yourselves. Stay positive, test negative,” on her Instagram story. 

She had shared that both her Mother and Father had tested positive for the virus in the month of April. The young actress took care of them who were treated at their home. She therefore also gave an update on her parents’ health by saying, “Also my parents are recovering really well. I’m thankful to the universe that I got it after they were nursed back to good health.”

“Also have to add BBMP people called me an hour after I got my report which was quite efficient compared to 25 days back when all of us tested and they called 11 days after to enquire about mom and dad,” added Samyuktha.

On the work front, Samyuktha has signed up for 2 movies in 2021. One, in Tamil called ‘Theal’ is still under filming and another Kannada film called ‘Thurthu Nirgamana’ is in its post-production stage. The actress has also been actively sharing resources and information related to COVID for the benefit of her followers. 

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Thu, 20 May 2021 07:00:25 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/opinion-has-the-tamil-film-industry-done-justice-to-unconventional-voices/ OPINION: Has The Tamil Film Industry Done Justice To Unconventional Voices? https://jfwonline.com/article/opinion-has-the-tamil-film-industry-done-justice-to-unconventional-voices/ By Humsika J

 

For years together, a single female voice would remain throughout the album in many movies. This way, fans associated singers with the actors and many singers went on to become dubbing artists as well. However, these voices weren’t very inclusive. The industry included various singers but the voices were all high pitched and shrill. This portrays the stereotypical woman and what a man believes an ideal woman possesses. Most of the times, the songs were set in the pitch which is comfortable for a man and the lady vocalist had to strain in order to reach the higher notes. 

 Deep voices were often used in seductive songs or item songs and this further engrained the fact that an ideal woman doesn’t possess a low pitched voice. The stereotype was used in many songs in the industry but today, we are slowly moving towards a more accepting space. 

Here are a few songs in which the deep voices broke records:

  1. Vaseegara from Minnale

Bombay Jayashri and Harris Jayaraj have been a magical duo: be it Ondra Renda from Kaakha Kaakha, Mudher Kanave from Manjunu or Paartha Mudhal Naale from Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu. Vaseegara was a chartbuster back in the day and even teenagers today jam to this song. The song is a perfect blend of passion and love. This is probably what they call pitch perfect. Bombay Jayashri’s lullaby for little Pi put the entire world to deep sleep and reached the Oscars as well. It just goes to prove that a deep voice doesn’t necessarily mean just lust and can translate into various emotions. 

 

       2.Hey Goodbye Nanba from Aaytha Ezhuthu

Sunitha Sarathy’s voice has always been considered to have a western touch and because of this, her discography is filled with songs which were for girls from the town and city. Hey Goodbye Nanba, in a way, broke a stereotype of the lead lady possessing a husky voice and it became a part of the movie’s narrative to showcase the bold character of Meera(Trisha). Though there were hardly 8 lines in the song, the variations brought by the singer made listeners get hooked to the song. 

 

           3. Sarigame from Boys 

Vasundhara Das is the most versatile artist of the 2000s. She never settled for mediocrity in any field. From Shakalaka Baby to Machakaari, she stole the breath of all music lovers. Her voice always carried a unique tone and style which complemented the genre of the song and the co-singer. Sarigame was the youth anthem of the early 2000s, it brought in a new flavour of music and made new voices familiar. It would be great to see a comeback of Das in the industry!

 

            4 . Happy New Year from Kuruvi

Sunidhi Chauhan is known for her power-packed and bold voice. The song was an explosion of energy bombs from Sunidhi and Yogi B. Sunidhi not only rocked the north but created a trademark in most indian music industries. Just like Shreya Ghoshal, she ensures that each word is pronounced the right way though she doesn’t know the language. A perfect performer from Shalala to Enga Annan, we must say. ‘Thana ne thanda naane’ is the latest trend on Instagram reels and it is winning hearts for sure. 

 

         5.Sattru Munbu from Neethane En Ponvasantham

Ramya NSK has a very different style of singing. She struggled her way into the industry though she has an influential background. The song from NEP celebrated the heartbreak of a woman, which is often a forgotten concept in many movies. The song was a new take on Raja’s music and was celebrated as something fresh and new for Gen Z.

 

       6.Kathadi pola from Maayavi

Kalpana has appeared in many singing reality shows but her discography deserves all the fame she has. The singer has worked with many legends like MS Viswanathan, Ilaiyaraaja, AR Rahman, SP Balasubramaniam and KS Chitra. Though she has a strong voice, her voice has a folk touch to it making it closer to the indian tones. Kathadi pola was an audio visual treat with a gripping tune and memorable choreography.

 

          7.Enga Pona Raasa from Maryan

Shakthisree Gopalan has created a genre for herself in the industry. Her soulful melodies like Nenjukkule or firecracker songs like Bhoomi Bhoomi keep the audience yearning for more. Enga Pona Raasa has a beautiful story of being the fastest composition in the album of Maryan with the backing of Keba Jermiah’s guitar. The best part of the song must be the humming and the octave change which leaves the listener speechless. 

 

      8. Who’s the Hero from Manmadhan Ambu

Andrea is an all-rounder who has surprised her fans with stellar performances as an actor and headbang-worthy songs as a singer. It’s interesting to see that many define the western genre with ‘Who’s the Hero’ and it still sounds loud and fresh. ‘Idhu Varai’ from Goa was a complete game changer in her career and the song was so liberating as it showcased a woman expressing her love. 

 

       9.Un Vizhigalil from Maan Karate

Shruti Haasan has given lilting tracks like Kannazhaga and concert jams like Vaanam Elai. Her most praiseworthy piece was the small portion from the ‘Semmozhi’ anthem. ‘Un Vizhigalil’ , though being a duet, was a one-woman show of Shruti with her harmonies and crescendos. 

 

       10. Malai Mangum Neram from Rowthiram

Ranina Reddy isn’t essentially a low-pitched singer but she recalled in a reality show that the music director played the track and wanted her to sing in a low-pitch. She said that she was terrified but she was convinced and motivated by the composer that she can sing it for sure. The song is a romantic number and it brought a new flavour of romance like the flame of a candle.

 

While the industry seems to be more inclusive today, directors still prefer these voices for the characters which are often perceived as ‘rebels’ or the ones who don’t fit in to be the ‘ideal woman’. The idea however should come from the way directors write scripts, provide dimension to characters and create love stories with equality. That is when all the other elements will fall in place. With albums and originals coming in the digital space, many singers have the opportunity to explore and get discovered. This is the time for change, this is the time for inclusivity.

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Thu, 20 May 2021 06:18:06 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-premam-director-alphone-puthren-to-collaborate-with-rajinikanth/ TRENDING: Premam Director Alphonse Puthren To Collaborate with Rajinikanth? https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-premam-director-alphone-puthren-to-collaborate-with-rajinikanth/ ‘Premam’ fame director Alphonse Puthren has recently expressed his wish to join hands with Superstar Rajinikanth for a film. Actor Rajinikanth, who decided to quit politics after he faced  a few health hazards, has just wrapped up the shooting for Annaatthe by director Siva. The movie is all set to release on Diwali this year. 

Earlier there were speculations that ‘Kannum Kannum Kollayadithaal’ fame Desingh Periyasamy who also happens to be a die-hard fan of the actor, had narrated a story to Rajinikanth. However, these rumours were dismissed by the director through a tweet. Now, Alphonse Puthren has shared his interest to narrate a story and collaborate with Superstar for a movie. 

Alphonse Puthren started as a director with ‘Neram’ in 2013. After his famous ‘Premam’ it is reported that he is working on ‘Paattu’, a Malayalam movie starring Fahadh Faasil and Nayanthara. The director who has an active fan following of 2 lakhs plus on social media, recently replied to a followers question. “I don’t know if you would read my comment. I want to see Rajinikanth in your film. Do you have a story for him ??” the fan questioned and the filmmaker was kind enough to take time to write an elaborated reply to him. 

 

“I do have a story for Rajini sir. I have tried to meet him several times after completing “Premam”. Still I couldn’t meet him. I would definitely make a film by having Rajinikanth in the lead role if it is fate. Let’s wait for the correct time. I have a hope that God would take care of a job if we complete it half way through. I think God is busy destroying COVID 19. Will try after the situation settles” Alphonse said in his comment in Tamil. 

The comment on Facebook was screenshot and tweeted by popular film reviewer Abishek Raaja to Soundarya Rajinikanth, urging her to set a meeting between the director and Rajinikanth. 

Now, all that fans could do is to wait for such a collaboration to happen and for an official announcement from the director. 

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Thu, 20 May 2021 05:06:59 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-kajal-aggarwal-says-she-will-quit-acting-if-her-husband-asks-her-to/ TRENDING: Kajal Aggarwal Says She Will Quit Acting If Her Husband Asks Her To! https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-kajal-aggarwal-says-she-will-quit-acting-if-her-husband-asks-her-to/ Vivegam actress Kajal Aggarwal recently opened up about taking a break from acting in an interaction on an online portal. The actress who recently Tied the knot with Gautam Kitchlu opened up that she is finally ready to take a break from the film industry. 

Kajal Aggarwal has been sharing photos with her husband on social media and fans are just going ‘Awww’ about their couple goals. At this point, Kajal said that she is getting great support from her husband and family members which is helping her concentrate on her job. However, she is not sure for how long she will be acting. She further added that she will quit acting if her husband Gautham asks her to. Still, she is now working hard to complete all the prior commitments she has made. 

This statement comes at a time when fans have been waiting for updates on her new movies. For this year, she has signed up for 7 films in total, out of which 2 have been completed and 5 are still under production. In Kollywood, the actress was last seen in the movie Comali, along with Jayam Ravi. 

On 6th October last year, the actress announced her marriage with Gautam Kitchlu and the couple got hitched on 30th October in a private ceremony back in Mumbai. The couple had known each other for almost 10 years, where they dated for 3 and remained friends for 7. In an interview, Kajal opened up that the lockdown was the main factor that made them realise that they were made for each other. Gautam is the founder of an Interior Designing firm called Discern Living that sells Furniture and Decor items. 

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Thu, 20 May 2021 04:38:58 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-nayantharas-befitting-response-to-trolls-on-her-vaccination/ TRENDING: Nayanthara’s Befitting Response To Trolls On Her Vaccination! https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-nayantharas-befitting-response-to-trolls-on-her-vaccination/ Recently, pictures of Nayanthara and Vignesh Shivan taking the jab surfaced on Instagram, through Vignesh Shivan’s instagram post. He shared a needed message to his followers in the caption of the post as well. However, after netizens could not find an actual syringe in the photo, trollers started criticising the Lady superstar for her fake stint. 

 

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After Vignesh  Shivan wrote, “Please please get vaccinated, Stay safe, stay indoors. this too shall pass. idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum” in his post, a lot of his followers could not find the syringe in the photo. Some of them also asked why the actress was getting vaccinated in her right hand not in her left hand. A lot of them went a step ahead and said that the nurse who was injecting Nayanthara was not holding a syringe at all and was pretending for the actress’ stint. A lot of memes and trolls were created and posted on social media to criticise the actress. 

After a day of trolls, Nayanthara’s team has posted a better picture to clear the air. The new photo is taken from a different angle and clarifies that only because of the angle, the viewers could not actually see a syringe. The new photo shows the syringe and gives a fitting reply to all the trolls. After her reply, a lot of fans became extremely happy and hared their exciement through follow-up tweets. 

On the professional front, Nayanthara’s Nizhal, a Malayalam movie, just got released on Amazon Prime.She is also working on other movies like ‘Kaathu Vaakula Rendu Kadhal’, ‘Netrikann’ and “Annatthe’ which are yet to release. The actress has a tight shooting schedule because all three movies are scheduled to release this year. 

 

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Wed, 19 May 2021 13:42:11 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-shruti-haasans-life-lessons-are-something-we-must-all-learn/ TRENDING: Shruti Haasan’s Life Lessons Are something We Must All Learn! https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-shruti-haasans-life-lessons-are-something-we-must-all-learn/ The pandemic has kept us confined to our homes and there are many things that we dearly miss from the pre-pandemic world. This could be travel, exotic food or good health. These are often things we take for granted and the time we have now is teaching us the value of all these things. Actor Shruti Haasan also felt the same and shared her thoughts on her social media feed. 

 

Sharing a bunch of her travel pictures, the actor wrote “The “I majorly miss the rest of the world “ photo dump – never again will I take travel good health or new experiences for granted !Praying we heal from this sooner rather than later !! ALSO this is the time we have to have compassion and understanding with a global perspective – everyone is truly connected – #1 all of us getting vaccinated asap is what will help #2 such a good time to reflect on how human we are and how vulnerable we are the last thing we need is to be acting like the war mongering brats we’ve always behaved like – this world is ours it is beautiful ! Let’s heal and let’s spread love” Many fans have responded that they feel the same way as well. 

 

On the professional front, Shruti has been working on ‘Laabam’ alongside Vijay Sethupathi. She is also part of Prabhas-starrer ‘Salaar’, which is being shot in Kannada and Telugu languages, and will be dubbed in Hindi, Tamil, and Malayalam.

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Wed, 19 May 2021 13:37:45 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/tinas-beautiful-story-in-a-world-of-stereotypical-beauty-be-what-colour-you-want-to-be/ Tina’s Beautiful Story: In A World Of Stereotypical Beauty, Be What Colour You Want To Be! https://jfwonline.com/article/tinas-beautiful-story-in-a-world-of-stereotypical-beauty-be-what-colour-you-want-to-be/ In a world that has stereotyped beauty, growing up is really hard for GenZ that swears by the social media rule book. They idolise beauty influencers, ‘fit’ body shapes, perfect skin filters and end up fighting mental battles everyday to fit into the league of ‘beautiful girls’ who they think score a perfect 10. It’s heart-breaking to see how skin lightening products are a multi-billion dollar industry globally and how so many women are ready to risk their natural skin to become a definition of beauty that is utterly delusional.

Such is the story of Christina Dass, daughter of Manoj Dass & Sneha Smitha, both of whom are entrepreneurs in Tamil Nadu. ‘Tina’ as she is fondly called always received acceptance, abundant love and attention at home and was given the freedom to be everything she wanted to be.

However, through adolescence and teenage, Tina fell prey to the pressure that today’s social media stratosphere puts on women to be flawlessly beautiful. From being bullied for being dark-skinned to being sidelined by friends because she did not belong, Tina’s confidence went in a downward spiral to a point of depression. Then slowly creeped in the scary suicidal thoughts. This was the breaking point for her parents, who had until then tried to boost her confidence through therapeutic talks and motivational gestures.

 

 

But the derogatory comments on her skin colour from her peers wouldn’t stop. Tina’s inferiority complex about her beauty because of her dark-skinned colour, was worsening every minute. Sneha and Manoj, both knew that they needed to pull Tina out of this painful crevasse.

This meant catapulting Tina to a space of social acceptance to heal her wounds using the very element that incarcerated her identity. It was a risk, but it had to be taken. Tina’s father who has a great rapport and connection, especially within the film industry in Tamil Nadu concocted an idea to organise a ‘Confidence Photo Shoot’ for the apple of his eye, Tina, to give her a new perspective of beauty from the percentage of people who truly realise the meaning of non-judgemental. He left no stone unturned in reaching out to his network and found a saviour in Mr. Rejoy Krishnan, a Professional photographer | Creative Director | Concept & Ideation Specialist, who agreed to take this project up and support Manoj & Sneha, in giving Tina, the true perspective of herself, which was lost while she was succumbing to unwanted negativity from a few others.

 

 

 

What was initially a risky experiment (considering we have people who thoughtlessly comment on social media!), turned out to be the best decision that Tina’s parents had ever made to help her out. With the help of Mr. Krishnan, the negatives of photos he developed turned out to be the strongest aid for Tina and her mental health. The response from people was overwhelmingly encouraging. Though Mr. Rejoy Krishnan’s talent is impeccable, Tina’s true beauty came to life through these photos. She beamed with confidence through her uber attractive features, so much that the colour of her skin was so miniscule in comparison. With just one look, we remembered the likes of Khoudia Diop, Lupita Nyong or Leomie Anderson. Simply stunning!

Colourism is a discrimination that has been prevalent for years in our country and has silently rooted itself deep into our conditioning, thought processes and upbringing, especially within the same ethnic group. “I was quite young when I was exposed to social media and the first mistake I made was to compare myself to society’s ideation of perfect beauty. I was made fun of in school, where name-calling was thought to be fun. I believed in the new names I was called – darkness, charcoal, blacky. The first thing my peers would say to me was, “You’re dark!” There was always such a negative tone to it. It was piercing”, says Tina recalling the mental harassment she went through. “The rejectful eyes of people in my own community, when they first meet me, was gut-wrenching. They sadly do it with a smile”, she adds.

But today, as she burst out of her cocoon into a butterfly that’s ready to fly to her world of beautiful dreams, she wants to talk about her experiences openly and be a support to other young girls just like her, who are going through similar experiences in their life. That too, in our society that is being portrayed as reformed, modernised and evolved.

 

 

 

“What’s wrong with being dark?” is Tina’s confidence statement, as she boldly faces such negativity with a broad smile, today. She knows fully well that there exists a large part of society that accepts and loves her for who she is, just the way she is. She has even nicknamed herself DSB (Dark Skinned Beauty) – because truly, everyone is beautiful, colour no bar. In the words of Eartha Kitt, “Just because you are different, does not mean that you have to be rejected”.

Beautiful is not what we see, but the way we see it. There is no perfection to beauty, it’s the people we are within and the positive energy we emit from within us, that makes us beautiful – no matter what our size, shape or colour is.

“If someone ever tells you that you are not beautiful, tell them that you feel pity seeing their colorless mind and heart.” ― Jyoti Patel. The glory of South Indian ethnicity predominantly comes with a darker skin tone and it is rather unfortunate that this gorgeously natural characteristic is still the reason for many women from the region developing insecurities based on colour. The centuries-old conditioning of attributing ‘beauty’ to ‘fair skin’ is stopping the beauty of so many South Indian women from being exposed and appreciated. So here’s what Tina has done to help many others like her. Tina has planned to create a safe space for other DSBs like her to come out and speak about their feelings and their painful experiences of colourism.

 

 

Of course, her benevolent nature can be attributed to her parents, who are always ready to help the needy. Mr. Manoj Dass says, “Beauty is not just external but it has a lot to do with how we think and feel internally. I have made sure that while encouraging her to become confident externally, I have also instilled the values in her of how to be a beautiful human being internally, so as to be ready to serve the community right from a young age. And I am proud of how Tina wants to help others now. She is indeed my beautiful girl”.

Every person, man or woman should be allowed to be anyone they want to be, and in any colour they want to be. Even the sky turns pink and looks just as gorgeous, when it is blue! Who are we to judge what colour is right for a human then?

If Tina’s story resonated with you or anyone you know, feel free to reach out to her on @DSBtinadass
If you love how gorgeous Tina is, she’s also available for brand collaborations and modelling assignments and can be contacted on +91 95511 10010.

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Wed, 19 May 2021 10:38:35 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/samantha-akkineni-shares-her-first-ott-trailer-hubby-naga-chaitanya-reacts/ Samantha Akkineni Shares Her First OTT Trailer; Hubby Naga Chaitanya REACTS! https://jfwonline.com/article/samantha-akkineni-shares-her-first-ott-trailer-hubby-naga-chaitanya-reacts/ The day started with the release of the trailer of Amazon Prime’s ‘The Family Man’ Season 2. The trailer was beyond the expectations of the fans of the series. Many appreciated the performance of Manoj Bajpayee and Samantha Akkineni. With this, Samantha will be making her debut in the world of web series. 

 

Samantha shared the trailer on Twitter and wrote, “Hope you like”. Her husband, actor Naga Chaitanya, retweeted and wrote “Love it. 10/10.” This reaction from the actor has won the hearts of many. The couple stands for one another at every step of their journey, be it a song release from Naga Chaitanya’s ‘Love Story’ or a trailer release from Samantha’s ‘The Family Man’. The second season of ‘The Family Man’ is primarily based in Tamil Nadu and Samantha plays the role of an LTTE activist named Raji. The series is said to be released on June 4th, 2021. Along with Manoj Bajpayee and Samantha, Devadharshini, Priya Mani and Mime Gopi will also be seen sharing screen space.

 

Samantha is currently working on Vignesh Shivan’s ‘Kaathu Vaakula Rendu Kaadhal’ alongside Vijay Sethupathi and Nayanthara. She is working on a Telugu project named ‘Shakuntalam’ which is a mythological drama. Naga Chaitanya, on the other hand, will be seen in Telugu projects ‘Love Story’ and ‘Thank You’. He will be making his Bollywood debut with Aamir Khan’s ‘Laal Singh Chadda’.

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Wed, 19 May 2021 08:33:38 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/20-years-and-over-40-films-the-fascinating-journey-of-actor-fahadh-faasil/ 20 Years And Over 40+ Films: The Fascinating Journey Of Actor Fahadh Faasil! https://jfwonline.com/article/20-years-and-over-40-films-the-fascinating-journey-of-actor-fahadh-faasil/ By Jayabhuvaneshwari B

The lockdown period has been one which has given non-malayali audiences an enlightenment about the quality and worthiness of Malayalam movies. The trend of watching malayalam movies has spiked up to a large extent. Out of the lot, one actor who has gained a lot of fame and recognition recently has to be Fahadh Faasil. This Mollywood actor has come a long way from Kaiyethum Doorath in 2002 to Joji in 2021. Let us see what his journey has been like over a period of 19 years:

As the son of Director Fazil, Fahadh started his career at the age of 19 with Kaiyethum Doorath, which was directed by his father. When the movie did not fare well in the box-office, he said, “Don’t blame my father for my failure because it was my mistake and I came into acting without any preparation of my own”. He then took a five year break to complete his masters M.A Philosophy, in the University of Miami, United States.

He came back with a bang into the Mollywood industry in 2009 playing the role of a journalist in ‘Mrityunjayan’ a segment of the anthology film Kerala Cafe. He played small yet significant roles in his next movies like Pramani, Cocktail and Tournament, which were all released in 2010.
He then won the 42nd Kerala State Film Award for supporting actor for his role in the movie Chappa Kurishu in which he played the character of a head of a construction business.

 

 

He had a long-kissing scene with his co-actor Remya Nambeesan, which was apparently the first in Malayalam cinema and sparked controversies as soon as it was released.
After some successful movies like 22 Female Kottayam, Annayum Rasoolum, and Amen, Fahadh was recognised for his character arc in Akam. The movie was a contemporary adaptation of a psycho-thriller novel Yakshi where Fahadh played the role of Srinivas, a young architect, who starts suspecting that his beautiful wife is a yakshi.

 

 

Few movies in which Fahadh stands out for his negative character are 22 Female Kottayam Diamond Necklace, and Kumbalangi Nights. His consecutive negative roles in the first two movies, came as a shock to fans, but were accepted with open arms. Kumbalangi nights brought out his acting potential and led him to win the Kerala State Film Award for Best Character Actor. In totality, Fahadh has a National Film Award, two Kerala State Film Awards and three Filmfare Awards South under his name.

Movies like Njan Prakashan and Oru Indian Pranayakadha showed the funny and comical side of Fahadh. Movies like Bangalore Days, Varathan and Kumbalangi Nights were consecutive successes and gave him his much required recognition in the film industry. It was in the sets of Bangalore Days that he met Nazriya Nazim, where they both fell in love and got married in 2014. Even today, their respective Instagram pages make fans yearn for a relationship like theirs.

 

 

Fahadh entered the Kollywood industry with Velaikkaran in 2017, playing the antagonist against Sivakarthikeyan. His role in Super Deluxe was also appreciated by Kollywood audiences. Since 2019, Fahadh has been acting in a lot of hit movies like Athiran, Trance, etc. Movies like Irul and Joji which were released very recently on OTT have also proved to be spelling success for the actor. Fahadh is all set to act opposite Ulagnayagan Kamal Hassan in his upcoming movie directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj. He is also debuting into the Tollywood industry with the movie ‘Pushpa’ which is yet to release.

Being the son of a successful director, it has taken a longtime and a fair share of failures for Fahadh to reach the recognition and position he is at today. In 20 odd years, Fahadh has starred in 40 plus movies with fundamentally brilliant roles and outstanding performances. Many actors do not take risks with their career and stick to very conventional and commercial roles. Fahadh is one actor, who has taken a lot of risks by doing different and difficult roles and has proved that hard work, patience and talent leads to success.

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Wed, 19 May 2021 07:23:49 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-vignesh-shivans-powerful-message-to-fans-as-he-and-nayanthara-get-vaccinated/ TRENDING: Vignesh Shivan’s Powerful Message To Fans As He And Nayanthara Get Vaccinated! https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-vignesh-shivans-powerful-message-to-fans-as-he-and-nayanthara-get-vaccinated/ The Corona Virus has taken a toll on everyone’s lives. Many have lost their lives and we still hear pleas for beds and oxygen. The vaccine is the only ray of hope for the country. Though the process is slow, it will surely help the country stay protected from the virus. Many Kollywood stars have received their dose and urge their followers and fans to get vaccinated as well. 

 

Recently, Lady Superstar Nayanthara got her first dose of vaccination. Director Vignesh Shivan posted a picture of the couple getting vaccinated on his social media feed. He wrote, “ Please please get vaccinated. Stay safe, stay indoors. #thistooshall pass #IdhuvumKadandhuPogum”. He also took to his stories and urged people to wear masks if there is an urgent need to go out and he asked people to stay indoors as much as possible. 

 

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Nayanthara was busy working on multiple projects before the lockdown was announced. She completed shooting for Rajini starrer ‘Annaatthe’. She will be seen in Vignesh Shivan’s first production venture ‘Netrikann’. Vignesh Shivan is also directing ‘Kaathu Vaakula Rendu Kaadhal’ starring Vijay Sethupathi, Nayanthara and Samantha Akkineni. 

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Wed, 19 May 2021 06:42:56 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/top-10-must-watch-tamil-serial-killer-movies/ Top 10 Must-Watch Tamil Serial-Killer Movies! https://jfwonline.com/article/top-10-must-watch-tamil-serial-killer-movies/ By Jayabhuvaneshwari B

In this long extended period of lockdown, a lot of us turn towards cinema and entertainment for an escape. Be it TV series or movies, they are the ones that make us forget the tough reality we are facing everyday. But, how good is a movie that does not give you nail-biting anxiety? Bored of action, romance and comedy movies? Here are 10 Tamil psycho-thrillers for you to test your anxiety levels:

1.Ratsasan:

Starring Vishnu Vishal and Amala Paul in lead roles, Ratsasan is a 2018 psychological thriller directed by Ram Kumar. The story revolves around a young man who aspires to become a director but is forced to enter the Police field after the death of his father. He is given the challenging task of tracking down a serial killer who is murdering young girls ruthlessly and in a manner unseen before. How he finds the killer and stops him forms the rest of the story. The eerie BGM by Ghibran and the interval scene that keeps you hooked to the rest of the film acts as the plus points to the film. The film is a one of a kind psycho-thriller that Tamil Cinema has seen. 

 

 2. Anniyan:

Shankar’s iconic Anniyan starring Vikram and Sadha in lead roles, is one of the best early psycho-thriller movies. It became a big-hit when it released back then. The movie is about Ambi, who is an innocent yet rightful citizen who gets concerned and agitated by the Public Negligence and Social Apathy. He therefore develops 2 other personalities, Remo a modern Romeo and Anniyan a psycho-killer vigilante who kills all those who don’t abide by the rules of the country or are involved in corruption activities. The movie was one of a kind that dealt with 2 psychological issues, Multi-personality disorder and Serial-Killing. The supporting roles played by Vivek, Prakash Raj and Nasser are well appreciated. 

 

3. Sigappu Rojakkal:

An iconic 70’s Bharathirajaa movie Sigappu Rojakkal starring Kamal Haasan and Sridevi in lead roles, is one of the earliest movies that talked about serial-killers and their psychology. It is about a young boy, Dileep who has a terrible sexual abuse experience as a child and grows up to a misogynist. Years go by and he grows up to have sex with young women and then murder them right after. He falls in love with Sarada (Sridevi) and marries her. Sarada eventually finds out about his murders. She believes in him in spite of this and although he gets caught by the Police, she doesn’t remarry and instead keeps visiting him in the hope for their marriage to work. The movie also stars Goundamani and Bhaghyaraj who also has written the dialogues for this movie. 

 

4. Vettaiyaadhu Vilaiyaadu:

28 years after Sigappu Rojakkal, Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu is yet another Kamal Haasan movie that deals with psycho-killers. It is a Gautham Vasudev Menon movie that deals with 2 serial killers who rape and murder young girls only for sadistic pleasure. The movie also deals with other topics like suicide, homosexuality, etc. The movie was a massive hit because of the casting and the way the movie was taken on the whole. It also starred Kamalinee Mukherjee and Jyothika in lead roles. It ticks a lot of boxes because it is not only a psycho-thriller but also an Action Cop-thriller. 

 

5. Imaikaa Nodigal:

Nayanthara’s Imaikkaa Nodigal is a one of a kind serial-killer movie, because it is the only one that has a Female lead. Directed by Ajay Gnanamuthu, the movie also stars Anurag Kashyap, Atharvaa, Raashi Khanna, and Vijay Sethupathi among others. It is a psychological action thriller based on how a CBI officer tries to apprehend a serial-killer who is on the loose. The movie was appreciated for its unpredictable twists and for holding onto the thrill-factor until the very end. Nayanthara was appreciated for choosing yet another wise role that suits her character. 

 

6. Aalavandhan:

Aalavandhan, yet another Kamal Haasan starrer, is based on his novel Dhayam and was released in the year 2001. It shows Kamal Haasan in a dual role along with Raveena Tandon, Manish Koirala and Sarath Babu in supporting roles. The film, directed by Suresh Kissna, focuses on two brothers Vijay Kumar and Nanda Kumar, both of whom had an abusive childhood. While Vijay Kumar is rescued by his uncle and becomes a Military officer, Nanda Kumar is left to grow up in a traumatic environment. As he becomes a schizophrenic and a psycho because of his childhood trauma, he decides to kill his brother Vijay’s wife Teju, because he assumes her as their dead abusive step-mother. How Vijay saves Teju from Nanda forms the rest of the story. Kamal Haasan received a lot of critical appreciation for his role as Nandu because of the way he wonderfully portrayed a schizophrenic. Although the movie was not a big-hit, it is one that can be enjoyed by those who loved a good psycho-thriller.

 

7. Manmadhan:

Silmabarasan’s Manmadhan directed by A J Murugan, was the first film where Simbu played a dual role. It stars Jyothika, Santhanam, Goundamani and Atul Kulkarni in supporting roles. It deals with Madhan who kills morally corrupt young girls after seducing them and then rendering them unconscious before burning them. Jyothika finds out that Madhan could possibly be the reason behind many missing girls in the city. Atul Kulkarni plays the investigating officer who is given the task of finding the serial killer. Manmadhan became very famous for Simbu’s infamous nosebleed. The movie is a good entertainer with a message about betrayal and true love. 

 

8. Nibunan:

Nibunan, directed by Arun Vaidyanathan, has Arjun, Prasanna and Varalakshmi Sarathkumar in lead roles. It is a proper serial-killer movie where the three in lead roles are police officers who investigate a series of murders that happen in their city. The serial killer leaves a few symbols and signs for the police officers to find them. How they find him and why he murdered the victims forms the crux of the story. The film’s sub-plot is loosely based on Arushi Talwar’s 2008 Noida Double Murder case. 

 

9. Spyder:

A R Murugadoss’s Spyder, starring Mahesh Babu, Rakul Preet Singh and S J Suryah in lead roles was a 2017 action-thriller film that was based on a series of Serial-killings. The story is about Shiva, an intelligence officer, who develops a phone software that helps him track those in need of help. He sets out to save the people of Hyderabad when he realises that a serial killer is on the loose. More than Mahesh Babu, the character played by S J Suryah was very well-received by the audience. The sub-plot showcasing how he turns into a serial-killer was very new and unventured. Although a lot of aspects in terms of logic and story failed to meet the expectations of spectators, the movie can be watched mainly for S J Suryah’s performance and the sub-plot. 

 

10. Psycho:

Udhayanidhi Stalin’s Psycho by Mysskin is a recent psychological-thriller that was released in 2020. The movie also stars Nithya Menen and Aditi Rao Hydari in leading roles. The movie is loosely based on the concept of the story Angulimala, who makes a necklace of a 1000 fingers. Similarly, the psycho-killer in Psycho kills women and takes their head as his trophy. A blind Udayanidhi gets involved when his love-interest Aditi Hydari gets abducted by the killer. As he is blind, he joins hands with Nithya Menen, an ex-police officer in order to find the serial-killer. How they find him and how they rescue Aditi forms the plot of the story. The movie is known for its music which was composed by the legendary Ilaiyaraaja. The movie is a good edge-of-seat entertainer for a one-time watch. 

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Wed, 19 May 2021 05:16:03 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/wewantchinmayiback-fans-lend-their-support-after-chinmayi-opens-up-about-her-ban-on-social-media/ #WeWantChinmayiBack: Fans Lend Their Support After Chinmayi OPENS UP About Her Ban On Social Media! https://jfwonline.com/article/wewantchinmayiback-fans-lend-their-support-after-chinmayi-opens-up-about-her-ban-on-social-media/ Chimayi Sripada has been a part of the South Indian Film Industry for over a decade now. She has given various unforgettable melodies and has dubbed for all top actresses in the industry. In the wake of the #MeToo movement, the singer shared her story because of which she faced a lot of backlash from the Tamil industry. In a recent interaction with her fans, she sang some of her songs and spoke a few lines which she had dubbed for in her movies. Her fans wanted her back in the industry for which they started trending a hashtag named #WeWantChinmayiBack.

 

 Chinmayi had called out actor Radha Ravi during the #MeToo movement. Radha Ravi, being the president of South Indian Cine, Television Artistes and Dubbing Artistes Union, blacklisted Chinmayi’s name. She was banned from dubbing in Tamil. She added that despite the court staying the dubbing union’s decision to remove her, on the charge that she had failed to pay her membership fees, the body was still preventing her from working in the industry.The artist recently connected with her fans on Twitter’s new feature, ‘Spaces’, where she sang many songs and made her audience feel nostalgic with some dialogues she had dubbed in movies.. Chinmayi also thanked director PS Mithran, who, she noted, had chosen to ignore the unofficial diktat and roped her in to dub, for Kalyani Priyadarshan’s character in Hero, during the last couple of years.After listening to the dialogues, her fans wanted her to get back into the industry and  have begun to trend the hashtag #WeWantChinmayiBack to ensure that the singer gets opportunities to dub for films.

 

Chinmayi has always been vocal about some issues in the industry and in the world ever since #MeToo movement entered India. She has also helped many tell their stories. The artist has proven her versatility with the various genres she has sung and her knowledge of languages has always blown people away. She has remained a popular singer in Tamil, Telugu and the Hindi industry. She still continues to be a singer in all industries but remains a dubbing artist only in the Telugu industry. Hope the new hashtag helps get her justice.

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Wed, 19 May 2021 04:57:35 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/covid-positive-mothers-can-breastfeed-their-children-dr-priya-selvaraj-reveals/ COVID Positive Mothers can Breastfeed Their Children: Dr. Priya Selvaraj REVEALS! https://jfwonline.com/article/covid-positive-mothers-can-breastfeed-their-children-dr-priya-selvaraj-reveals/ By Jayabhuvaneshwari B

The first wave of Covid-19 pandemic last year posed a variety of challenges to medical professionals all over the world. In the beginning of this year, citizens got hope in the form of the vaccine which was supposed to ensure the steady decrease of cases. Amidst problems like vaccine politics and people refusing to take the vaccine, the second wave has initiated and is way more virulent than the first one. With all of these issues, there have been various gynaecological and vaccine related rumors and misconceptions that have scared and discouraged people from taking the vaccine.  Dr. Priya Selvaraj, gynaecologist and daughter of famous doctor Kamala Selvaraj, has taken efforts to clarify doubts regarding Covid, pregnancy and other gynaecology related issues. 

Dr. Priya took to social media to clarify doubts regarding the vaccine and pregnancy. When asked if women suffering from gynae-related medical conditions can take the vaccine, she said, “Issues like PCOD, endometriosis, etc. are not related to the vaccination at all and they can go ahead with the vaccine dose. Until and unless they come to us with an acute emergency like excessive bleeding or pain in the abdomen, which needs to be taken care of first. Then we treat that problem and then worry about the vaccine. Apart from that there is no relation to these issues and administering the vaccine.” She also added that it is a myth that menstruating women should not take the vaccine because it has no direct effect on the menstrual cycle..

In terms of vaccination for pregnant women she said, “The three regulatory bodies that we abide by are the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India(FOGSI). The first two bodies have specifically asked us not to administer the vaccine to pregnant and lactating women. This is because there is relatively less data on how Covishield and Covaxin affect pregnant women in India. But, FOGSI released a position statement last week that would work as a guideline for the government to consider vaccinating pregnant women. So, as of now pregnant women cannot receive a vaccination.”

“A low risk pregnant woman is no more at risk than a non pregnant individual. However, if the former contracts the virus, depending on her immunity, usually the infection can get more severe than that for a non pregnant individual. That is because of the physiological and functional adaptations that the immune system and lungs undergo during pregnancy,” she said.  She also clarified that a Covid positive mother generally does not pass on the virus to the child. While there have been cases of mid-trimester miscarriages, premature births and growth restrictions due to placental involvement, generally the child does not contract the virus from his/her mother. Babies of Covid positive mothers undergo testing once he/she is born, which is  performed on the 2nd and 7th day in postnatal life. 

In the aspect of breastfeeding, Dr. Priya reassured that a Covid positive mother can breastfeed her child provided she takes the necessary precautions like sanitizing her hands, wearing a mask, ensuring the breast area is clean, etc. “Now, nurses train Covid-positive mothers to ensure that their breastfeeding is done hygienically. Either the mother can choose that or she can pump her breast milk to feed the child. Either way, there is no need to deprive the child of mother’s milk because she is infected as there is no evidence of transmission,” she added.

The doctor said that she advises her patients to ensure that they take all kinds of precautions while they are pregnant. “ Even if their husbands go out for work or for groceries. I ask the women to maintain social distancing. I have also advised them to limit the crowd if they insist on religious ceremonies like ‘Valaikappu – Seemantham’. They must use hand sanitizers generously, ensure that they are wearing their masks properly while they are outside and also take the prescribed medicines without fail,” she added. She reassured that even if a patient contracts Covid, she is definitely treatable if she approaches the doctor on time. 

 

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Wed, 19 May 2021 04:31:54 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/no-cabinet-for-shailaja-teacher-kerala-stands-against-decision-a-timeline-of-what-happened/ No Cabinet For Shailaja Teacher: Kerala Stands Against Decision; A Timeline Of What Happened! https://jfwonline.com/article/no-cabinet-for-shailaja-teacher-kerala-stands-against-decision-a-timeline-of-what-happened/

During her period, Kerala health sector witnessed a tremendous growth and her role was widely praised for Covid Management in the state.

The Left Democratic Front (LDF) had a tremendous win in the Kerala Assembly elections held in April for which the results were announced on May 2nd 2021.

Communist Party of India (Marxist) CPI (M) on Tuesday announced the nominees for the party cabinet led by Pinarayi Vijayan, the biggest surprise was the exclusion of KK Shailaja, health minister in the ongoing LDF government. The decision was made by the state committee of the party, consisting Pinarayi Vijayan, Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, MA Baby and K Ramachandran Pillai.

The party claims the decision was to have all news faces in the cabinet.

KK Shailaja is a senior leader and was elected from the Mattannur assembly seat with a historic margin of sixty thousand odd votes. Shailaja has won laurels in society cutting across the political spectrum for her show as health minister. During her period, the State witnessed an unprecedented growth in the health sector at the grassroots level, which has helped the State to handle the ongoing pandemic effectively.  One of the biggest advantages of LDF is its health sector and it has done remarkable achievements, particularly during the Nipah outbreak and the Covid pandemic. KK Shailaja’s leadership during the days of health crises has been hailed.

Shailaja was excluded in the second innings of the Vijayan government and this led to an outrage in the media and has also led to an outburst of celebrities like Anupama Parameswaran, Parvathi and Rima Kalingal. They all expressed their disconsent by posting it on Instagram.

 

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Shailaja teacher was one of the strongest contestants and a major reason behind the Party’s strong vote bank this election. The people of Kerala are hellbent on getting her back into the cabinet.

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Tue, 18 May 2021 10:19:04 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/the-bigg-boss-love-somsekhars-recent-adorable-i-love-you-video-dedicated-to-ramya-pandian-fans-question/ The Bigg Boss Love: Somsekhar’s Recent Adorable “I Love You” Video Dedicated To Ramya Pandian? Fans Question! https://jfwonline.com/article/the-bigg-boss-love-somsekhars-recent-adorable-i-love-you-video-dedicated-to-ramya-pandian-fans-question/ Somshekar, a dashing young man who entered season 4 of the superhit reality show Bigg Boss, won the hearts of many. There was a small track in the show where he crushed on fellow participant Ramya Pandian and the other housemates often pulled their leg. Though an underrated couple, they created some cute moments while jamming to songs or cracking jokes.

Som recently posted a reel on his Instagram page in which he says “I love you too”. The internet went crazy with many people commenting that the reel was meant for Ramya Pandian. There are some comments hinting at the chocolate he kept with himself while others are about wedding bells in the house. The two are rumoured to be dating and might tie the knot as well. Ramya Pandian’s brother entered the Bigg Boss house and called Som his machaan(brother-in-law) , he also lovingly teased the couple several times when he was there. This got all the fans very excited! It would be awesome if the two spill the tea as there are many fans waiting for an answer.

 

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Som has been spotted in many movies playing supporting characters like ‘Soorarai Potru’. He is also participating in the latest dance reality show titled ‘BB Jodigal’ partnering with fellow housemate Shivani Narayanan. Ramya, on the other hand, was spotted in an OTT release named ‘Mugilan’ in which she gave a commendable performance. She has also signed a project with Suriya’s 2D Entertainment in which she has been cast with Vani Bhojan. 

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Tue, 18 May 2021 07:10:23 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-superstar-rajinikanth-donates-50-lakhs-to-the-covid-relief-fund/ TRENDING: Superstar Rajinikanth Donates 50 Lakhs To The COVID Relief Fund! https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-superstar-rajinikanth-donates-50-lakhs-to-the-covid-relief-fund/ As the number of Covid cases are rising in the state, the government is taking a variety of measures to curb the number. Ever since the Chief Minister M K Stalin made a request to make contributions to the Chief Minister General Relief Fund, a lot of actors, technicians and celebrities have been contributing generous amounts for the welfare of the state.

After actors Ajith, Udayanidhi Stalin and Sivakumar along with Karthi and Suriya, Superstar Rajinikanth has donated an amount of Rs. 50 Lakhs to the relief fund. He met the CM on Monday and handed over the money personally. In addition he urged his followers to abide by the guidelines and regulations issued by the government. “To eradicate corona, I have donated ₹ 50 lakhs to Tamil Nadu CM Relief Fund. People should follow whatever the rules and regulations are given by the government to overcome the Corona,” said Rajinikanth.

A week back Rajinikanth’s daughter Soundarya Rajinikanth along with her husband Vishagan, sister-in-law, and father-in-law S S Vanangamudi handed over a contribution of Rs. 1 crore to the CM Covid-19 relief fund. “My father-in-law Mr S.S.Vanangamudi, husband Vishagan, his sister and I visited the honorable Chief minister @mkstalin sir this morning to hand over our contribution of 1cr for the chief ministers #CoronaReliefFund from our pharma company Apex laboratories, Makers of #Zincovit (sic).”

On the professional front, Rajinikanth’s Annaatthe movie directed by Siva has wrapped up their shooting. The shooting had to previously halt during the month of December 2020, because 4 crew-members tested positive for Covid and also due to Rajinikanth’s ill-health. The film is scheduled to release for Diwali this year, as of now. 

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Tue, 18 May 2021 06:38:47 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/vakeel-saab-a-commercialisation-of-nerkonda-paarvai-and-pink/ Vakeel Saab: A Commercialisation Of Nerkonda Paarvai And Pink? https://jfwonline.com/article/vakeel-saab-a-commercialisation-of-nerkonda-paarvai-and-pink/ By Jayabhuvaneshwari B

Indian Cinema has dealt with a wide range of topics including all kinds of social and political issues. Bollywood, Kollywood, Mollywood and Tollywood have had their fair share of movies speaking about issues like sexual abuse, rape, harassment, child abuse, domestic abuse, etc. Sexual abuse is a topic that has been dealt with by Indian filmmakers for a very long time. Out of all the movies that speak about this issue, one movie that stood out with its very famous phrase “NO! Means NO!” is ‘Pink’ that was released in 2016.

The Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu movie directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury was jointly written by Shoojit Sircar, Ritesh Shah and the director himself. At the time of its release, Sexual Harassment and abuse were topics that required a lot of awareness in society. The way the story was written, with the first blame falling on the women for not being cautious, carried the story forward and spelled success for the movie on the whole. A lot of young girls were inspired after the movie was released, and the importance of ‘CONSENT’ was clearly conveyed through the movie. 

 

Due to its success in Bollywood, moviemakers decided to remake it in other languages. In Tamil, H Vinoth who is also directing Valimai for Ajith, took the story of Pink and remade it as ‘Nerkonda Paarvai’ with slight tweaks in the story to suit the Tamil Audience. This movie was released in 2019, and was produced by Boney Kapoor who wanted to produce a movie for Ajith after Sridevi and Ajith became acquaintances in the English Vinglish movie. The movie starring Shraddha Shrinath, Arjun Chidambaram and Vidya Balan, became quite a hit in the Tamil film industry as well. 

 

After a success in two languages, a Telugu film maker thought about making the movie more relatable and understandable for the Telugu audience, considering the importance given to the topic discussed in the movie. Starring Pawan Kalyan, ‘Vakeel Saab’ released in 2021 and the storyline though changed a little was mainly based on Pink and Nerkonda Paarvai. The movie was written and directed by Venu Sriram and stars Nivetha Thomas, Anjali and Shruthi Hassan in lead roles. 

 

Although they carry the same story and message, the movies were remade with slight changes and was cast with leading actors to favour the taste and preferences of different audiences. When compared to Nerkonda Paarvai and Pink, Vakeel Saab saw more numbers in terms of Box Office. Although Pink was made for a wider Hindi-audience and starred Amitabh Bachchan, Nerkonda Paarvai and Vakeel Saab had a better reach with their respective audiences. However, none of the movies became a blockbuster hit, probably because the topic dealt with is one with limited appeal. 

Generally, the Telugu audience love their movies with a great amount of Heroism and violence. It is not a rare sight to see car doors flying when the Protagonist of a Telugu movie is fighting the Gundas of the villain. Therefore, although the underlying idea of the movie Pink was carried forward into Vakeel Saab, the movie had a lot of dramatic effects which were considered unnecessary by other audiences. Of course, the movie has still fared the best at Box Office out of the three. But in terms of critical reception, the movie has been criticised for its steady show of patriarchy. 

Yes, patriarchy! You read it right. This original movie is majorly based on how in a rape case victim-blaming is way more prevalent than punishing or investigating the accused. But, the Telugu version of the movie has majorly shown Pawan Kalyan as the Hero who is the only one capable of saving the day. In Pink and its Tamil counterpart, both the characters of Amitabh and Ajith are supporting roles, where they stand along with the girls to speak their truth, in a society that does not listen to a woman. 

However, in Vakeel Saab, Pawan Kalyan’s role is shown more as the Knight in Shining Armour who has come to save not 1 but  3 Damsels in distress. Apart from the fact that he helps the girls in spite of giving up his profession because of the loss of his wife, we also see that Pawan Kalyan was a physics scholar who enters the field of Law only because a poor farmer dies by suicide after his land is taken over by the government for development. So, more than the storyline relating to the struggles of rape and abuse victims, the Telugu version concentrated a lot on showcasing Pawan Kalyan as the ultimate Hero. 

The exaggerations in terms of violence in the Telugu version were also criticised. While, both the Hindi and Tamil version show their respective Lawyers as angry and aggressive ones, Vakeel Saab shows that it is okay for Pawan’s character to thrash people in a metro station, a park or even a bathroom. The infamous scene where he screams ‘Objection!’ pushing the table and chair away in the courtroom felt very unrealistic to most of the audience. 

The flashback story is a little different in all three movies. While the scene is not given much importance in the Hindi version, the Tamil and Telugu versions base their Lawyer characters’ lives completely on their flashback and the love that they had for their wives. In Pink, Amitabh Bachchan is shown as a Bipolar. In Nerkonda Paarvai Ajith goes into depression after losing his wife and quits his profession because of his mental instability. The Telegu movie goes one step forward and shows Pawan as an alcoholic, which he becomes after he loses his wife. The cameo-appearance of both Vidya Balan and Shruti Haasan in their respective movies made a huge difference. This sentiment was slightly missed in the original movie, but it did not make a big difference for the Hindi-audience.

In terms of commercialisation and masala, Pink was the only movie that was very realistic and had no other added elements that compromises on the seriousness of the story. However, the commercial elements in the Tamil and Telugu remake have found out to be much required for their respective audiences.  

When compared to Pink, both Nerkonda Paarvai and Vakeel Saab had a better BGM track that made the movie even more serious and anticipatory. Out of the three, Yuvan Shankar Raja has done the most justice to music in Nerkonda Paarvai followed by S S Thaman in Vakeel Saab.

One common problem found in all three movies, is the need for a male-figure to come and save the day. This aspect was questioned when Pink was released initially, and continues to be questioned after the release of the two remakes as well. A lot of critics felt that a women-centric movie could have dealt with the women standing up for themselves, rather than waiting for a man to do so. Some felt that the movie could have been without the main Hero character at all and instead with just some female leads. However, in reality, Indian Cinema does not work very well with ideas as such and therefore Amitabh, Ajith and Pawan were required to make the movie a whole. 

On the whole, all three directors have proven that there is no one way to tell a story. In their own way, they have done justice to the movies that they have written and directed. They have proven this by showing the success they have received with their respective audiences. The lead actors, irrespective of whether it is Amitabh Bachchan, Ajith or Pawan Kalyan or Taapsee, Shraddha or Nivetha, have done justice to their respective roles and have surely helped in ensuring that the movie becomes a hit in their respective languages. The effort to remake the movie is not only about making hits and profits but also about spreading the message of ‘Consent’ which all three movies have done beautifully. 

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Tue, 18 May 2021 06:12:42 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-rashmika-mandanna-reveals-that-she-wishes-to-marry-a-tamilian-heres-why/ TRENDING: Rashmika Mandanna REVEALS That She Wishes To Marry A Tamilian; Here’s Why! https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-rashmika-mandanna-reveals-that-she-wishes-to-marry-a-tamilian-heres-why/ Rashmika Mandanna has become the ‘national crush’ with her appearance in hits like Kirik Party, Geetha Govindam and Dear Comrade. The star began her journey in the Kannada industry. She was seen in the trendsetting ‘Kirik Party’ in 2016. She went on to work in the Telugu film industry. The actor made her Tamil debut opposite Karthi in ‘Sulthan’. While shooting for the movie, she fell in love with the culture of Tamil Nadu and also that she would like to get married to a Tamilian.

 

“I really got attracted to the culture of Tamil Nadu and especially the food. I fell in love with the Tamil food and it’s really delicious. Hopefully, I will marry a Tamilian and become the daughter-in-law of Tamil Nadu,” said the actor in a recent interaction with the media. The actor has been in the news for quite some time now for her link with Dear Comrade co-star Vijay Deverakonda. The 25-year-old has been busy with her shoots and projects, we will wait for her to reveal.

 

Rashmika went live on Instagram where she thanked her followers saying, “Each day it is your love that keeps me going. Thank you for the love. I know, I had been away because I’m working but as soon as work gets easier and lighter, you will have all of me.” The actor will be seen opposite Allu Arjun in the pan-India movie, Pushpa. She will be seen making her Bollywood debut next year!

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Tue, 18 May 2021 05:17:04 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/when-ranbir-revealed-that-he-has-a-crush-on-anushka-shetty/ When Ranbir REVEALED That He Has A Crush On Anushka Shetty! https://jfwonline.com/article/when-ranbir-revealed-that-he-has-a-crush-on-anushka-shetty/ Baahubali’s Devasena was a dreamy beauty who won the hearts of people all over the world. Anushka Shetty’s charisma and skill blended perfectly to give the ultimate persona of the character. The role grabbed the attention of Bollywood’s heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor and he was blown away by the character and the actor. 

In 2017, Ranbir Kapoor attended South Indian International Movie Awards or SIIMA along with Katrina Kaif. In a brief interaction with the host on the red carpet, Ranbir Kapoor was asked who he would like to work with from the South Indian Industry. The actor quickly replied saying, “There are many I want to work with but after Baahubali, I have a mini crush on Anushka Shetty. I would definitely want to work with her one day..” 

Katrina Kaif responded to the same question saying she would like to work with Baahubali fame Prabhas. There are strong rumours that the 2 stars are being cast in a project directed by Siddharth Anand, however there is no official confirmation regarding this. 

Anushka Shetty’s ‘Nishabdham’ alongside Madhavan and Anjali was released on Amazon Prime last year. Ranbir and Alia’s wedding is the talk of B-town. Once the pandemic situation relaxes, the couple will be ready to tie the knot. On the professional front, the actor has Shamshera and Brahmastra lined up.

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Mon, 17 May 2021 16:24:21 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/kalidas-jayarams-reveals-his-crush-on-trisha-her-response-is-just-adorable/ Kalidas Jayaram’s Reveals His Crush On Trisha; Her Response Is Just Adorable! https://jfwonline.com/article/kalidas-jayarams-reveals-his-crush-on-trisha-her-response-is-just-adorable/ ‘Aval ulaga azhagiye’ has remained true for Trisha from Lesa Lesa to the present. She has earned fans from across the country with her youthful charm. One such fan had his moment in an award function which caught the eyes of netizens and made many other fans a little envious.

Paava Kadhaigal actor Kalidas Jayaram recently conducted a Q&A session on his Instagram and there was one question that went like “You sighted Trisha in an award function?!”. He replied by posting the picture which went viral and wrote, “Well u see the thing is….😂”.

 

 

Trisha responded to the story with a smiley as well. This small banter has become a meme in the past few days. It is amazing to see the stars keep their fans entertained even midst a pandemic through small interactions with fans like these.

 

 

 

Kalidas Jayaram was seen in the blockbuster anthologies by Sudha Kongara, Putham Pudhu Kaalai and Paava Kadhaigal. His movie Jack and Jill is in the post production stage while another Malayalam movie titled Rajni is in the filming stage. Trisha has been working on Mani Ratnam’s magnum opus Ponniyin Selvan alongside Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Jayam Ravi, Karthi, Chiyaan Vikram and many others. She is also working on the Tamil remake of Anushka Sharma starrer NH-10 as well as a Malayalam project with Mohanlal titled ‘Ram’.

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Mon, 17 May 2021 11:45:56 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/the-kollywood-queen-we-all-miss-take-a-look-at-the-extraordinary-journey-of-everyones-favourite-asin/ The Kollywood Queen We All Miss: Take A Look At The Extraordinary Journey Of Everyone’s Favourite Asin! https://jfwonline.com/article/the-kollywood-queen-we-all-miss-take-a-look-at-the-extraordinary-journey-of-everyones-favourite-asin/ By Humsika J

Asin, the ‘Queen of Kollywood’ as her fans proudly call her, was known for her phenomenal acting skills and gained fans across the country in the short period she spent on screen. Let’s find out more about her iconic journey in the industry, keep scrolling:

The actor made her debut in the Malayalam movie Narendran Makan Jayakanthan Vaka in 2001, at the age of 15. She took a break after this to pursue her education.

Asin came back to the industry with her breakthrough performance in  Amma Nanna O Tamila Ammayi opposite Ravi Teja, in which she took up the character of a Tamil girl. With this, she got her first Filmfare Award for Best Actress in the year 2003.

Her Tamil debut was M. Kumaran S/O Mahalaxmi, the remake of Amma Nanna O Tamila Ammayi, in which she played the role of a Malayali girl. The movie was a superhit and thus, began her success stride in Kollywood.

 

2005 was filled with blockbusters in Tamil. Her movies with three mega stars in the industry became massive hits: Ghajini with Suriya, Majaa with Vikram and Sivakasi with Vijay.

She played the female lead alongside both Thala and Thalapathi in multiple movies. She aced her roles with ease and won people’s hearts in movies like Varalaru and Pokkiri even when the storylines were bigger than the lovetrack.

The way she rocked a chudithar in M. Kumaran S/O Mahalaxmi or a madisaar in Sivakasi gave her audience all the ‘girl-next-door’ vibes. All her costumes were comfortable and yet classy. She was a woman who made strong and wise choices even when the industry was still evolving.

A milestone in her career must be Dasavatharam, in which she played the role of an Iyengar girl whose sole aim was to protect her Lord. Her witty dialogues, comic timing and flustered actions added a lot of dimension to the character.

 

 

 

With all the success, Asin was ready to rock Bollywood with her talent. Her first movie was the remake of Ghajini alongside Aamir Khan. The movie went on to become a massive hit and the actor received her a Filmfare Award for Best Debut in Hindi.

 

 

She played the love interest in many movies like Ready, Khiladi 786, Bol Bachchan, Housefull 2 and All is Well with big names in the industry like Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar and Abishek Bachchan. Asin’s performance in all these movies were praised by many critics. They said, “Asin does well, though her screen time is limited. Nonetheless, her amiable looks and stimulating smile add to her charisma!!”.

The one thing that set her apart from all the heroines of her time was the fact that she dubbed for all her movies in all the languages. The actor is a polyglot, which means she is fluent in multiple languages. She can speak seven languages; being well-versed in Malayalam (her mother tongue), Tamil, Telugu, Sanskrit, English, Hindi and French. A little bit of Italian, a little Marathi which she learned for her movie Khiladi 786, German in progress and a beginner in Spanish. Her love for languages keeps growing with every new trip or experience.

The actor won the most prestigious Kalaimamani award from the Tamil Nadu Government in 2009 and the Annual Award from the Kerala Government in 2012. In her short span in the industry, she received awards from Filmfare, SIIMA, IIFA, Vijay Awards and International Tamil Film Awards. She was part of the Times of India Most Desirable Women for three consecutive years as well.

She has appeared in various commercials, the most memorable one being her Mirinda advertisements. She worked with Lux, Spinz talc, Parachute, Tanishq and many other brands.

 

 

Asin married Micromax co-founder Rahul Sharma in 2016. She calls Akshay Kumar their cupid and the friendship stands strong till date. The couple has a little princess named Arin Rayn. She says her daughter’s name is a combination of Rahul and her first names. ‘Rayn’ is pronounced ‘Ra’- ‘in’ but spelt with a twist. She calls it a short, simple name, gender neutral, secular, free of religion, caste and patriarchy. Every year, Asin throws a larger than life birthday party for her little girl and shares it with her Instagram followers.

Asin has been amazing on screen and has spread her sparkle in all the industries she was part of. Many fans would love to see her comeback in the industry but it looks like she has taken a strong decision about her life. We have movies to watch and rewatch to reminisce about the ‘Asin Era’ for sure. The early 2000s were truly her period. We wish the actor more and more happiness in the life she has chosen.

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Mon, 17 May 2021 05:19:09 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/breaking-director-arunraja-kamarajs-wife-passes-away-due-to-covid/ BREAKING: Director Arunraja Kamaraj’s Wife Passes Away Due To COVID! https://jfwonline.com/article/breaking-director-arunraja-kamarajs-wife-passes-away-due-to-covid/ The second wave of the Corona Virus pandemic has hit the country worse than before and we stay in extremely dangerous times. The virus has attacked many and the cases have crossed the 3 lakh mark. The film industry has seen many get affected and a lot of deaths in the recent past. Last evening, Director Arunraja Kamaraj’s wife Sindhuja passed away and it was reported that she was affected by the Corona virus.

Reports say that she contracted the virus recently and her condition worsened quickly. Though Arunraja Kamaraj could get her hospitalized, his wife didn’t respond to treatments and passed away.

The Tamil film fraternity extended their heartfelt condolences to the family through social media.

Arunraja Kamaraj’s career booster were his powerful lyrics. After being a successful lyricist, he made his directorial debut under Sivakarthikeyan’s production named ‘Kanaa’. The female sports film gained a lot of praise from the audience. He is currently working on the remake of ‘Article 15’ with Udhayanidhi Stalin.

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Sat, 15 May 2021 16:34:25 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/pic-talk-bigg-boss-fame-arav-and-raahei-celebrate-eid-in-style/ PIC TALK: Bigg Boss Fame Arav And Raahei Celebrate Eid In Style! https://jfwonline.com/article/pic-talk-bigg-boss-fame-arav-and-raahei-celebrate-eid-in-style/ BiggBoss Season 1 title winner Arav recently posted a picture on his Instagram with his wife Raahei wishing his fans Eid Mubarak. The couple got married last year in the month of September at a small private ceremony which was attended by all of Arav’s BiggBoss friends. Being their first Ramzan together, both Arav and Raahei have posted the same picture to convey their wishes on Instagram.

Arav who was working as a Mechanical Engineer in a company, entered the modelling world with the help of celebrity photographer V S Anandhakrishna who held a photoshoot with him and got a Dubai-based garment company to approach him. Once he was introduced into the South Indian film industry, he played some small roles. He played a supporting role as a colleague of Dulquer Salmaan in O Kadhal Kanmani. The first major role he bagged was as a negative supporting character in the movie Saithan alongside Vijay Anthony.

In 2017, he became famous with BiggBoss season 1, especially because of his controversial relationship with actress Oviya and her subsequent leaving of the house. While rumours said that they continued their relationship, both Oviya and Arav stated that they were only friends in interviews. Arav went on to become the title winner which led him to sign the film Market Raja MBBS.

Amidst his shoot for his second film, Raja Bheema, Arav and Raahei got married. Raahei is the lead actress of Joshua Imai Pol Kaakha, a Gautam Menon movie, starring Varun in the lead role. The movie was supposed to have a theatrical release in October 2020, but has been delayed because of the Covid-19 spread.

 

 

It is reported that Arav and Raahei had been in love for quite a longtime and that they kept it a secret from fans and the media. While posting about his wedding on Instagram, Arav wrote ‘Imai Pol Kaapen’ under a photo of him and her in their wedding attire. Ever since their wedding, both Arav and Raahei have been posting pictures with each other on their social media, giving fans a lot of excitement. Along with their wedding pictures and their first Diwali pictures, their very first Eid picture makes all the fans go ‘Awwwww’ in admiration.

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Sat, 15 May 2021 11:29:37 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-sudha-kongara-all-set-to-join-hands-with-tollywood-star-prabhas/ TRENDING: Sudha Kongara All Set To Join Hands With Tollywood Star Prabhas! https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-sudha-kongara-all-set-to-join-hands-with-tollywood-star-prabhas/ Irudhi Suttru fame Sudha Kongara is all set to direct her next film with Bahubali fame Prabhas. Sudha Kongara who first started in the Tollywood industry, shot to fame with Irudhi Suttru which was released in multiple languages. She then gave a hit movie with the most anticipated Soorarai Potru that was released last year during the pandemic. After this, she also became famous through her respective short films in Putham Pudhu Kalai and Paava Kadhaigal; especially the latter that dealt with the issues faced by a transgender.

Now it is reported that she is most likely to join hands with Prabhas. It is believed that the director initially narrated the script to Mahesh Babu, but he politely rejected the role. Now, it is reported that the script has been shared with Prabhas and they’re most likely to collaborate.

Sudha was to direct the next Ajith movie after Valimai but that anticipation failed after Ajith showed signs of reuniting with Valimai director H. Vinoth for yet another movie. After the success of Soorarai Potru, Sudha was to collaborate with Karthi. The untitled film is expected to be given an official announcement and be launched soon.
Prabhas, who has been in the Tollywood industry since 2002, became famous only after SS Rajamouli’s Bahubali which was released in 2015. He is currently working on projects such as ‘Radhe Shyam’, ‘Salaar’ and ‘Adi Purush’. The official announcement of this collaboration is much awaited by fans.

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Sat, 15 May 2021 11:16:38 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/karnan-movie-review-dhanush-delivers-his-best-in-this-powerful-tale/ KARNAN Movie Review: Dhanush Delivers His Best In This Powerful Tale! https://jfwonline.com/article/karnan-movie-review-dhanush-delivers-his-best-in-this-powerful-tale/ Cast: Dhanush, Lal, Rajisha Vijayan, Yogi Babu, Gouri G Kishan, Lakshmi.

Director: Mari Selvaraj

Karnan might seem like a familiar tale of struggle between the oppressor and oppressed, but Mari Selvaraj’s detailing makes the film feel unique and incomparable.

The K-town have witnessed so many stories that depicts a fight between the oppressed and the oppressor. Karnan is one such film, a rebel who keeps fighting for his village throughout the film. Mari Selvaraj’s most anticipated film, following his biggest hit Pariyerum Perumal is Dhanush starrer Karnan. Unlike Pariyan (Kathir), Karnan is seen rebellious and froward and hits back with a ferocity to match his aggressors.

Karnan opens with a shot of a girl suffering from fits lying on road helpless, buses keep moving both the sides of the road but not a single one stops and she dies. She is seen throughout the film with a goddess mask as ‘Kaatu Pechi. Podiyankulam is a village, it lack bus facilities and people have to walk to the neighbouring village to get a bus with whom they have issues already. They have been denied basic rights, without access to transport people suffer for medical emergencies and education.

Karnan, a youngster is seen battling whenever they are been abused and brutalised. Initially, the villagepanchayat opposed him for his anger as this would aggravate the policemen and the neighbouring village people. But then, circumstances lead people to stand with Karnan and this transition is backed beautifully by the song Uttradheenga Yeppov. Podiyankulam’s battle with the policemen lead to number of loses, Karnan lost his Thathov YeamaRaja. With the saying, “This is a war to end all warsPodiyankulam fought and the film ends with a victory dance.

Mari Selvaraj’s casting choices have proved impeccable. The actors have given justice to their characters, as always Dhanush aka Karnan has given a stellar performance. Padmini (Lakshmi Priya), Lal(Yeama Raja), SP Kannabiran (Natarajan Subramaniam) and Vadamaalaiyan (Yogi Babu) brought in the emotions so precisely.

Santhosh Narayanan’s music did its part, perfectly cementing each scene in place.

Overall the film reflects the pathetic reality and it is hard-hitting. The end seems satisfying!

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Sat, 15 May 2021 10:58:43 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/pic-talk-inside-the-beautiful-yet-bright-baby-shower-of-bigg-boss-fame-mahat-and-wife-prachi/ PIC TALK: Inside The Beautiful Yet Bright Baby Shower Of Bigg Boss Fame Mahat And Wife Prachi! https://jfwonline.com/article/pic-talk-inside-the-beautiful-yet-bright-baby-shower-of-bigg-boss-fame-mahat-and-wife-prachi/ Amidst the 2nd wave of the CoronaVirus pandemic in India, 2 celebrities set an example of how to celebrate a happy occasion, with the closest of family members and also without compromising much on the rituals. Mahat and Prachi who have been married for more than a year, are expecting their baby, and they celebrated the same in the safest way ever.

Mahat and Prachi started dating in 2017 and got hitched in February 2020. Now after a year, as they are expecting their first child, Mahat and his family decided to throw a baby shower ritual with their pet dog Coco and Mahat’s family. Mahat said that although they wanted to celebrate it with all their family members and close relatives, they decided against it and celebrated it in a simple manner at home because the cases are continuously going up in Chennai.

Prachi hails from Uttar Pradesh where her parents reside. Due to the current situation they could not fly down to Chennai and therefore the event was live telecast to them and Mahat’s sister who lives in Australia.

On her Instagram, Prachi posted an image of herself in a white saree and Mahat next to her and captioned, “Just us and a small baby shower I look like a mumma bear already and was happy to do something even small but it’s good to feel the positivity and festivity.”

 

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Mahat announced prachi’s pregnancy through a tweet in February which said, “And we officially turned one blessed with another little one! Coming soon in May 2021!!! Thank you God! Prachi Mishra thank you baby for the best gift…love you”.

Mahat is known for movies like Mankatha, Jilla and Biryani while Prachi won the Miss Earth title in 2012. Fans are waiting or yet another newborn celebrity baby just like many others that were born during the pandemic.

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Sat, 15 May 2021 06:56:29 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-actor-ajith-kumar-donates-25-lakhs-to-the-covid-relief-fund/ TRENDING: Actor Ajith Kumar Donates 25 Lakhs To The COVID Relief Fund! https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-actor-ajith-kumar-donates-25-lakhs-to-the-covid-relief-fund/ Amidst the 2nd wave of the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown in Tamil Nadu, the government is trying its best to curb the spread of the virus. One such effort is by the Chief Minister M.K. Stalin where he requested everyone to make donations and contributions to the Chief Minister’s General Relief Fund. After his request, several actors and technicians have made their respective contributions to the fund.

As per latest reports, actor Ajith Kumar has made a contribution of Rs. 25 Lakhs to the CM’s General relief fund on 14th May. This news was confirmed by the actor’s manager and publicist, Suresh Chandra on twitter which said, “Sri Ajith Kumar has has donated 25 lakhs to the Chief minister relief fund today via bank transfer.”

On the cinema front, Thala fans have been waiting for a much required update on his latest
film Valimai. It is reported that the movie’s shooting is almost done except for one action
scene that is to be shot abroad. The release first-look poster of the movie has also been
delayed because of the pandemic.
Apart from Ajith, actors Suriya, Karthi and Sivakumar made a contribution of Rs.1 Crore to
the relief fund. They personally handed over the cheque to the Chief Minister after which
actor Sivakumar urged all his fans to contribute as well. Director A R Murugadoss and actor
and Politician Udhayanidhi Stalin have also contributed Rs.25 lakhs each.

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Fri, 14 May 2021 13:30:22 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/more-than-an-influencer-heres-all-you-need-to-know-about-bigg-boss-fame-shivani-narayanan/ More Than An Influencer: Here’s All You Need To Know About Bigg Boss Fame Shivani Narayanan! https://jfwonline.com/article/more-than-an-influencer-heres-all-you-need-to-know-about-bigg-boss-fame-shivani-narayanan/ By Jayabhuvaneshwari B

BiggBoss Season 4 fame Shivani Narayanan recently turned 20 on 5th May. She released a video on Instagram where she was shown celebrating with the closest of family and friends including her mother and her BiggBoss friend Balaji Murugadoss. Let’s see how her journey has been so far.
Shivani started her career as an actress in Vijay TV’s Pagal Nilavu in 2016, at the age of 15.

She rose to fame with her performance along with her co-actor Azeem. She was in the serial for 3 years after which she played guest roles in a few serials. She replaced Iraa Agarwal in a serial called Kadaikutty Singam, where she again acted along with Azeem. In 2018, she also became a participant of the Jodi Number One Fun Unlimited reality show on Vijay TV, along with Azeem. They became the third runner-up in the show.

Shivani moved to Zee Tamil for a show called Rettai Roja where she played a double role. She has now been replaced by Chandini Tamilarasan. Her main claim to fame came from BiggBoss Season 4 Tamil, where she was a contestant until almost the end of the show. She became famous because of the controversial friendship she has with Balaji Murugadoss inside the house. Now, she is a part of BB Jodigal, which is a reality dance show on the same channel.

Shivani is known for her daily Instagram posts which led her to an increased follower count. She currently has a fanbase of 2.8 million followers on Instagram alone. She receives more likes on her dance posts than most actresses. While most fans appreciate her good looks and dressing sense, she also gets body shamed and trolled on social media. She has received a lot of backlash and hate comments for her revealing pictures on Instagram.

In one such scenario where she received a lot of hate on her social media, she gave a fitting reply saying, “This post is To all those creeps who are posting 3rd rate comments on my comment section as well to some troll pages on YouTube who earn money and live out of making cheap contents on others .. And the very pity part about that is to hear a female voice over for such cheap trolls , don’t you feel ashamed?”
In terms of her personal life, Shivani is the only daughter of Akila and Narayanan. While her mother, Akila made an appearance on BiggBoss, her father Narayanan is not known by many, even through social media. Her father is a businessman based in Chennai.

Shivani is also an avid animal lover and has a pet Dog called Diamond. She was born in Sattur, near Virudhunagar, Tamilnadu, where she stayed until the age of 10 years.

“My grandparents lived in Chennai and we came to visit them during vacations. It was my childhood dream to move to Chennai and we shifted when I was doing my 5th grade,” Shivani said in an interview. Shivani entered the modelling industry when she was 14 years old. She said that her mother was a great inspiration for her to take up acting. When asked how she entered the industry she said, “I used to upload TikToks or Dubsmash on my Instagram page back then. A coordinator saw those videos and decided to give me an opportunity.”

Although Shivani’s mother was initially upset about her friendship with Balaji inside the BiggBoss house, it seems like they have become close friends again. In a recent interview at her BiggBoss friend Aajidh Khalique’s studio opening, Shivani said that she has gotten an opportunity to sign up for 3 movies after BiggBoss. As a 20-year old model and actress, Shivani is an inspiration to all young and aspiring girls who want to enter the modeling industry.

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Fri, 14 May 2021 12:17:19 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/revealed-tamannaah-bhatias-very-interesting-role-in-her-upcoming-web-series-november-story/ REVEALED: Tamannaah Bhatia’s Very Interesting Role In Her Upcoming Web-Series November Story! https://jfwonline.com/article/revealed-tamannaah-bhatias-very-interesting-role-in-her-upcoming-web-series-november-story/ A crime based thriller series staring Tamannaah Bhatia in a lead role will be streaming on Disney+ Hotstar from May 20. The seven episode series would unfold the shocking story behind a horrid murder. Tamannaah who is playing the role of an ethical hacker who embarks on a quest to solve a perplex case and save her father .The series is directed by Ram Subramanian and produced by Ananda Vikatan. The series was originally shot in Tamil and has been dubbed in Telugu and Hindi. The series also stars Pasupathy, GM kumar, Aruldass and vivek Prasanna.

Director Ram Subramanian said in a statement, “November Story is a classic murder mystery where the quest to find the truth behind the crime unveils a series of hidden truths. We wanted to bring the Tamil audiences a crime thriller unlike any other they’ve seen before, in terms of both the storyline and the way it’s brought to life. All the actors have delivered extraordinary performances and I am confident that the unique theme and genre of the series will grab the attention of audiences, with the added advantage of Disney+ Hotstar VIP releasing it in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.

Tamannaah Bhatia made her acting debut in 2005 with Hindi film titled Chand Sa Roshan Chehra and made her digital debut with Telugu web series titled 11th hour. “Anuradha is a young, independent, fearless and intelligent woman who takes it upon herself to save her father from being punished for a cold-blooded murder. Portraying such a strong female character who is the hero of the story was one of the most gratifying experiences in my career so far. With its compelling storyline and unique narrative, November Story will keep audiences on the edge of their seats and hooked till the end as the mystery around the murder is uncovered,” said Tamannaah while talking about the character she is playing in November story.

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Fri, 14 May 2021 09:58:19 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/watch-dhanushs-love-for-wife-aishwarya-is-evident-through-this-adorable-dance/ WATCH: Dhanush’s Love For Wife Aishwarya Is Evident Through This Adorable Dance! https://jfwonline.com/article/watch-dhanushs-love-for-wife-aishwarya-is-evident-through-this-adorable-dance/ Recently a video of Dhanush rendering the song Illamai Thirmbuthae from his father-in-law’s Petta was shared on Social Media and became extremely viral. The video shows Dhanush singing the song and Aishwarya coyly hiding her face with her hands. It was found that Dhanush dedicated the song to his wife on her birthday. A lot of young social media users reshared the video and expressed their wish to find such a partner for themselves.

Aishwarya and Dhanush got married all the way back in 2004, which means 17 years of marriage. Their relationship has been a test of time because they continue to be together in spite of all the controversies that came against the actor. As an actor in the industry for 19 long years, Dhanush has not reached the position he is at without a fair share of rumours and allegations against him. Still, they have not only managed to make their marriage work, but also continue to show their love for each other.

Surprisingly, their marriage was an arranged one as Aishwarya was a friend of his sister Vimalageetha. They hardly had a time period of 6 months to understand each other before their marriage. They actually got to know each other only after their marriage took place. Now after 17 years and 2 sons, they still continue to love each other.

It is a well-known fact that Dhanush is a hardworking actor who has taken immense efforts to reach the position he currently is at. He is all set to act in his very first Hollywood movie, The Gray Man along with Star Hollywood celebrities as its cast. This means that these 19 years the actor must have taken up tight schedules of shooting to give solid performances to the Kollywood audience. This could have caused issues between the couple, but the story has turned out to be a little different. Even after 17 years, their relationship and family life continues to be strong. Dhanush is still taking efforts to please his wife and make her happy even after so many years, just to rekindle their love.
A lesson that can be learnt from this video is that there is no expiration date for a marriage and if you are determined, you can make it work even if the universe is against you.

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Fri, 14 May 2021 06:45:58 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/covid-requests-10-south-stars-who-are-actively-volunteering-during-such-trying-times/ COVID Requests: 10 South Stars Who Are Actively Volunteering During Such Trying Times! https://jfwonline.com/article/covid-requests-10-south-stars-who-are-actively-volunteering-during-such-trying-times/ The second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in India has led to a lot of fear and confusion in the minds of citizens. The circulation of the vaccine has also initiated rumours about who can and cannot take it. While various state governments and doctors are trying their level best to clarify these misconceptions and handle the growing cases, some celebrities have also stepped in to do their part to help create awareness about the same.

 

1) Chinmayi Sripada

 

 

Chinmayi Sripada has been using her voice for social causes ever since the #METOO movement. After noticing misconceptions about the vaccination and its effect on menstruating women, she did an interview with a Gynaecologist Padmashree Dr Manjula Anagani. She busted all the myths related to the vaccine and how it does not affect menstruation to give reassurance and motivation to the public to get vaccinated. She has been doing this also while simultaneously posting about sexual harassment, skin care routines, etc.

 

 

2) Shraddha Srinath

 

 

 

Shraddha Srinath who was advised to quarantine after a shoot, earlier in the month of April has been using twitter to spread messages related to blood and hospital bed requirements. She said in an interview that while the internet is filled with a lot of negativity, she shares these messages to give hope and help patients out during these tough times. Her shoot has also been cancelled due to the second wave and she has spoken about various health measures she has been taking to be precautious.

 

3) Sameera Reddy

 

 

To deal with a different angle, Actress Sameera Reddy, who gave birth to her daughter a year back, interviewed Dr. Nihar Parekh, a pediatrician and child-specialist based in Mumbai, to clarify FAQs on how to deal with children who have contracted the virus. The actress who has been always open about ageism and body-positivity took this step to encourage new mothers.

 

4) Nakkhul Jaidev

 

 

 

Nakkhul recently shared a tweet which urged his followers to follow guidelines and take precautions with a video message that reiterated the same. “I got scared after seeing the video of Ambulances lined up outside a Government Hospital. I realised how worse the situation has become. The government has passed on some regulations. Please follow these regulations,” he said ahead of the new lockdown guideline that the Tamil Nadu government announced recently.

 

5) Raashi Khanna

 

In an alternative and modern way, Raashi Khannna tweeted just one meme to reinforce the importance of wearing a mask. She used fashion and sense of humor to clearly convey the message of ‘mask-up’ by putting it under 4 categories; ‘overdressed’, ‘dressed’, ‘underdressed’, and ‘dressed to kill’. In a subtle yet satirical way, Raashi Khanna has shown the importance of following precautions.

 

6) Nani

 

Famous telugu actor Nani also did his part by resharing the videos posted by Dr. Sivaranjani, a pediatrician, in Tamil, Telugu, English and Hindi explaining what medicines should be administered to children if they test positive for the virus.

 

7) Samantha Akkineni

 

 

Recently actress Samantha Akkineni also took to social media asking all her fans to contribute generously to help with the Covid crisis.She wrote on Instagram, “Big thanks to all those who donated and have helped spread the word across. Continuing to raise funds for added requirements. I am doing and will continue to do my bit to help. I urge you to please do yours.”

 

8) Jwala Gutta

 

 

Jwala Gutta clarified on her instagram story that women can take the vaccine during their menses and that it has no correlation. Fans appreciated her efforts to create awareness even on the day of her wedding with Kollywood actor Vishnu Vishal.

 

9) Shruti Hassan

 

 

Daughter of Kollywood’s Ulaganayagan, Shruti Hassan shared a post on her instagram that created awareness about children who lost their parents to Covid. She shared the link and helpline number of an organisation that takes care of the children who lost their parents.

 

 

10) Sudeep Kishan

 

 

 

Tollywood actor Sudeep Kishan went onto a very personal level and tweeted that if anybody knew any children who have lost their parents to Covid, he and his team is ready to verify the same and support them with food and educational needs as much as possible.

Celebrities are always expected to make comments about their opinions and create awareness. This expectation exists because they have a huge fan following and they have the power to influence and educate the public. These actors stepping in to play their part during these tough times has actually proved to be helpful and effective.

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Thu, 13 May 2021 06:58:29 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/5-best-diy-summer-masks-that-will-keep-your-skin-hydrated-through-the-season/ 5 Best DIY Summer Masks That Will Keep Your Skin Hydrated Through The Season! https://jfwonline.com/article/5-best-diy-summer-masks-that-will-keep-your-skin-hydrated-through-the-season/ Skincare has become the talk of the town. Summers make skin care more difficult as the requirements of the skin completely change. Harsh sun rays, pollution and dust can really affect the glow and hydration of our skin. However, branded skincare can get a little over budget at times. Try out these fun masks which you can make with ingredients in your kitchen. Super budget friendly and highly effective too!

 

  1. Ice apple (nungu) mask

 

After you take off the peel and savour a bite of your nungu, voila! You have your face mask ready. Take each part of the peel and put it on the face like you fit a jigsaw puzzle. Let it stay on your skin for a few minutes and then remove the peel and wash your face with just water. Your skin will remain hydrated throughout the day. The fruit contains Vitamin A and C. The bitter peel has flabelliferrins which is a saponin(used in making soaps and medicinals).

 

  1. Fenugreek seed mask

 

In a covered bowl, soak the fenugreek seeds in water overnight. The next day, blend the seeds with honey and make a paste. It will be thick, don’t worry. Apply this paste all over your face. Rinse it off with lukewarm water after 20 minutes. We know that fenugreek is a natural coolant, a mask is the best one can ask in the summers.

 

  1. Aloe vera and cucumber mask

 

Cut an unpeeled cucumber into slices and put it in a blender. Mix it till it becomes watery. Add two tablespoons of aloe vera gel and blend until the mixture is smooth. Wash your face before applying the mask. Massage the paste into your face and neck. After 15 minutes, rinse it off. Cucumber and aloe vera are hydrating ingredients and make the face supple and soft.

 

  1. Tomato and lemon mask

 

It is very important to keep the face fresh in summers. Using soothing ingredients like tomatoes really helps the skin. Blend some tomatoes and add in some lemon juice. Apply it all over the face and leave it for 10 minutes. Tomato’s antioxidant property helps keep the skin young and glowy.

 

  1. Mint and turmeric mask

 

Mint goes with everything: biryani, mojito or mask. Blend some mint leaves and add turmeric to it. Leave it on the face for 15-20 minutes and rinse it off with warm water. Mint is an amazing coolant while the antibacterial properties of turmeric help heal acne and scars.

 

It’s lockdown time. It’s self love time. Make these masks and treat your skin. It’s time to be ‘as cool as a cucumber’.

By Humsika J

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Wed, 12 May 2021 11:12:10 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/pic-talk-rashmika-mandannas-picture-with-rumoured-beau-vijay-deverakonda-is-going-viral/ PIC TALK: Rashmika Mandanna’s Picture With Rumoured Beau Vijay Deverakonda Is Going Viral! https://jfwonline.com/article/pic-talk-rashmika-mandannas-picture-with-rumoured-beau-vijay-deverakonda-is-going-viral/ Vijay devarakonda celebrated his 32nd birthday on Sunday, may 9 along with his family and friends at home, due to the novel corona virus pandemic. The actor received a plethora of wishes from his friends, fans and co starts. Vijay has a very loyal fan base across the country. He rose to exceptional fame with his performance in Arjun Reddy directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga. Many celebrities and fans took to social media to wish the star. Among those wishes is Vijay’s Dear Comrade co-star and rumoured girlfriend Rashmika Mandanna. Most recrntly, the couple were infact spotted in the gym working out together and hanging out during several of theor off-days.

Rashmika shared an adorable happy selfie of herself and Vijay Devarakonda on her instagram story and wrote  ” I know I am super late.. but happiest birthday Mr Deverakonda..”Although the two of them have worked with each other only in geethagovindam and dear comrade, they shared great on screen chemistry that left a huge impression on the audience minds.

 

 

Rashmika Manadanna recently went live on Instagram and answered various questions of her fans related to her upcoming movies and skin care. In the Instagram live Rashmika was also asked about working with Vijay Devarakonda again for which she answered “If there is a director who would cast us with a good script, then why not. That would be exciting.”

Rashmika was recently seen in S.R Prakash Babu and S.R Prabhu’s Sulthan alongside Karthi and Yogi Babu and she will soon be seen in Sukumar directorial Pushpa alongside AlluArjun. The actor is ready to set foot into Bollywood with Vikas Bahl’s Goodbye and Misson Majnu with Sidharth Malhotra.

Talking about Vijay Devarakonda , the actor will be seen opposite Bollywood actress Ananya Pandey in Liger, a sports drama directed by Puri Jagannadh which is being shot in Telugu and Hindi and will be dubbed in Many languages.

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Wed, 12 May 2021 08:17:41 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/unsung-unprotected-warriors-of-covid-19-the-women-workers-bravely-fighting-against-covid-19/ Unsung, Unprotected Warriors of Covid 19: The Women Workers Bravely Fighting Against Covid 19! https://jfwonline.com/article/unsung-unprotected-warriors-of-covid-19-the-women-workers-bravely-fighting-against-covid-19/ By Megavarshini


Masked up, ASHA workers go door to door checking temperatures, providing food and medicines, arranging ambulances and beds since March 2020 and now their job include getting people vaccinated.

An accredited social health activist (ASHA) is a community health worker instituted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare as a part of the National Rural Health Mission. ASHAs are local women trained to act as health educators andpromoters in their communities, they act as a key communication mechanism between the healthcare system and the rural populations.

ASHA: Accredited Social Health Activists, have been at the forefront in the battle against Covid 19 and they are the backbone of country’s healthcare at the grass root level. For every health scheme, launched by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare it’s the ASHA workers who implement them and make sure that it reaches the rural, illiterate and interior section of people. However the healthcare schemes, funds and insurances announced for frontline workers doesn’t count in ASHA workers.

 

 


In this pandemic, they’ve been put in 14 hour shifts, seven days a week. They go door to door checking people’s temperatures, especially children, pregnant women and old people. They prepare a list and it
isupdated every day. They disseminate Covid 19 precautions to their flock, trace primary and secondary contacts, ensure that the migrants are observing their quarantine period and provide them with basic necessities, which includes milk and food. They are subjected to constant calling, people informing about the arrival of migrants, requesting medical help like ambulances, beds and hospitals. At some places, people who tested positive are denied food and the ASHA workers take up the responsibility to attend the Covid positive patients, not minding the risk of them getting infected.

These strong women didn’t complain when they were denied Covid precaution kits (PPE kits, masks and sanitizers). But disturbingly, the government didn’t come up with any schemes and insurance for these workers. Worse is that they’ve been denied their salaries for almost a year, they didn’t go for a strike as people’s lives mattered more for them.

 

 


With the second wave, taking control of the country. ASHA workers are affected the most. They are easily exposed to the deadly virus, a huge number
of ASHA workers, also single moms lost their lives to this virus leaving their innocent children on roads.

The country announced its biggest vaccination drive on March 1, 2021. Though we could witness people coming forward to take up the dose, they are from the educated and urban class. The rural population stood silent, it was the responsibility of ASHA workers to educate people about the importance of vaccination and get them their respective shots.

At the forefront of India’s health care system which is now creaking under the weight of the pandemic, nine lakh ASHA workers are soldiering on- unarmed, unprotected and poorly paid. Their job is thankless.

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Wed, 12 May 2021 07:20:15 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/breaking-actor-and-comedian-nellai-siva-passes-away/ BREAKING: Actor And Comedian Nellai Siva Passes Away! https://jfwonline.com/article/breaking-actor-and-comedian-nellai-siva-passes-away/ When it comes to Vadivelu comedy, the tamil audience have some catch phrases like “Aahaan ”, “Adhu valiba vayasu”, etc that immediately comes to their mind. But, one catchphrase that a lot of us use without actually giving thought to it is “Adichu kooda kepaanga sollidadheenga!” This catch phrase became famous because of the popular comedian’s performance with another less known comedian Nellai Siva. After 36 years in the tamil film industry, Nellai Siva passed away yesterday evening, at his residence in Tirunelveli.

Starting all the way back in 1985 with the movie Aan Pavam, Nellai Siva has acted up till 2021, where he played a role in Trisha’s Paramapadham Vilaiyaatu. He has acted with almost all famous actors of the Kollywood industry including, Kamal Hassan, Vijay, Dhanush, Vikram, etc. His most famous performances are in movies like, Saamy, Thirupaachi, Imsai Arasan 23am Pulikesi, Winner, and Run.

He played a role in the serial Mama Maaple. He was also acting in the Tamil Soap Opera ‘Pandian Stores’ of Vijay Television and played the role of Kumaresan Mama. Actors of the serial such as Kumaran Thangarajan and Hema Raj Sathish have conveyed their condolences through their social media. In addition to all the losses, the Tamil film industry has lost yet another gem of a comedian this year.

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Tue, 11 May 2021 06:41:51 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/i-want-to-fall-in-love-and-get-married-when-trisha-opened-up-about-her-marriage-life-her-fellow-leading-ladies-and-more/ I Want To Fall In Love And Get Married: When Trisha OPENED UP About Her Marriage Life, Her Fellow Leading Ladies And More! https://jfwonline.com/article/i-want-to-fall-in-love-and-get-married-when-trisha-opened-up-about-her-marriage-life-her-fellow-leading-ladies-and-more/ Trisha has been very open about her personal relationships. She has always gone out of her way to clear any kind of rumour and has done it with a lot of courage. In a throwback interview with journalist Sreedhar Pillai, Trisha candidly opened up about various rumours and controversies which surround her. The topics included her marriage plans to her secret behind sustenance in the industry. Trisha gave extremely frank and honest answers to all the questions and it gives us belief that the film space can be a healthy ecosystem.

Addressing the questions about her marriage plans, the actor said that she is open to speaking about it but she doesn’t like the way people ask her. She quotes people who said, “When are you getting married?” She says that she would like to meet a person with whom she can fall in love with and spend the rest of her life with. She doesn’t believe in divorce and she knows she is someone who can likely go for one. She has seen many unhappy couples staying in relationships or marriages because of obligations and she doesn’t want to be obliged to stay in one, she wants to fall head over heels in love and stay the same till the end. The actor is okay if love and marriage don’t happen in her life as well.

Being on top of the charts translates to competition for the position. When speaking regarding the tiffs with colleague Asin, the actor explained that she never had tiffs with any of her contemporaries. She said that most of these were rumours created by the media. With regard to this, she recalled the generosity of Asin, “The first time I met Asin was when I won a Filmfare Award for Varsham. And I have to say this, she went out of her way. She was sitting a few metres away. She came up and said ‘you did such a good job, congratulations’. We’ve never had a tiff. It is probably media created competition because we did so well and had a similar body of work. We worked with the same actors as well, Vijay, Surya, Vikram.” She added on saying that to have a tiff with someone, you have to be in close contact with them. Asin and Trisha have always had a professional relationship and never been best friends to have a tiff.

Years have passed and new faces have entered the industry. When asked about how she felt about the new competition that came up the actress opened up by saying that a few years back, she didn’t take it very well. She didn’t feel threatened but it was probably the realization that other people can be No. 1. She realized that this is progress and growing in the industry, not about taking a step down but moving into another phase of work. She further added, “I don’t consider the newcomers as my competitors, this isn’t coming from a place of arrogance. They are probably going through what I did when I came into the industry. Today, I am secure with my place in the industry. I feel there is a bubble and only I exist in that bubble.”

Staying on top as an actress isn’t an easy task. The average lifetime of a heroine in the industry is considered to be 3-4 years. Having ruled the industry for so long is truly a task. Maintaining oneself and their youth is another task as the actress has remained the same from ‘Lesa Lesa’ to ‘Kodi’. The actor said that she is metabolically blessed and that she doesn’t put on a lot of weight. She has had to reinvent herself throughout, taking a break for sometime. It doesn’t necessarily mean coming back with a blockbuster script. “The industry requires some emotional healing periodically to start fresh, everyday needs to be a new day.” She does what an actor as a cliché has to do, take care of oneself, take care of what to eat, sleep for 6 to 8 hours before a shoot, bring in a workout every now and then. She said all of this is important as it is her USP. When asked about how she has reverse aged, the actress said that aging has worked in her favour. She added on by saying that she didn’t like the way she looked a few years back, that it was awkward.

The actor has a beautiful and bold personality that is loved by the masses. She has created many unforgettable characters and she still continues to do so. With each year passing by, Trisha has taken up a wide range of scripts and characters to provide something new to the audience. We wish more success to the actor in the personal as well as professional front.

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Tue, 11 May 2021 05:14:58 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/shraddha-srinaths-guilt-for-leaving-covid-requests-unattended-is-the-status-of-many-volunteers-today-heres-her-story/ Shraddha Srinath’s Guilt For Leaving COVID Requests Unattended Is The Status Of Many Volunteers Today; Here’s Her Story! https://jfwonline.com/article/shraddha-srinaths-guilt-for-leaving-covid-requests-unattended-is-the-status-of-many-volunteers-today-heres-her-story/ Working on the Covid 19 crisis can take a toll on Mental health of the volunteers, Shraddha Srinath on twitter felt bad for a setback on volunteering.

The overwhelming crisis of Covid 19 has not only affected people who have contracted the virus, but the people who are trying to help out the victims. We have people volunteering, be it in providing food, medical resources (beds, oxygen concentrators, ventilators) and other essential needs during these trying times. Engaging themselves hours and hours in searching beds and ventilators and seeing people gasping for breath and dying is a nightmare for these volunteers.

They do need a break, a day-off where they can just switch off their gadgets and spend some quality time for themselves. But what stops them from taking a break, it’s the guilt. Guilt of not helping people, unattended calls and texts doesn’t allow them to sleep and a fear of setback.

Celebrities are already in lending their hands to the Covid 19 victims, Shraddha Srinath, she’s seen constantly re-tweeting people’s requests and helping them find resources. Yesterday, she took it on twitter to express her current state of mind after taking a day-off from volunteering.

I took a day’s break from amplifying requests on Twitter and the next day I came back and saw many unread notifications and all the requests I did nothing about and then I went into this deep downward spiral of some not very nice feelings. One day break snowballed into many days,” Shraddha wrote.

After this, her followers started pouring in lots of love and power messages and thanked her for what she is doing. There’s been a constant struggle for people and celebrities who volunteer, their mental and physical health is at risk. It’s okay to not feel guilty, it’s okay to take a break.

Come back strong and efficient!

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Tue, 11 May 2021 04:10:55 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/check-it-out-sai-pallavis-first-look-as-bengali-dancer-is-winning-the-internet/ CHECK IT OUT: Sai Pallavi’s First Look As. Bengali Dancer Is Winning The Internet! https://jfwonline.com/article/check-it-out-sai-pallavis-first-look-as-bengali-dancer-is-winning-the-internet/ Sai Pallavi was spotted in a traditional Bengali sareeholding a burning trident in the first look poster of Shyam Singha Roy. Co-starring Nani, Krithi Shetty and Madonna Sebastin, the film is set in the backdrop of Kolkata.

Our Premam actress, Sai Pallavi celebrated her 29thbirthday yesterday, May 9. On marking this special occasion, Shyam Singha Roy film crew released the first look poster of the actress, which left the audience speechless. Earlier on Nani’s birthday, the makers released the first look of Nani, he was spotted in a Bengali look and it was an eye-candy to all the Nani’s fans and it also had an immense response.

 

Following this, actress Sai Pallavi was spotted drapping a traditional Bengali saree, what amazed the audience was that she was holding a burning trident and she looked majestic with her expressions.

The Natural star Nani’s most awaited film Shyam Singha Roy features Sai Pallavi, Madonna Sebastinand Krithi Shetty as the female leads. Set in the backdrop of Kolkata, Shyam Singha Roy is directed by Rahul Sankrityan and backed by VenkatBoyanapalli. The film has Jisshu Sengupta, Rahul Ravindran, Murali Sharma and Abhinav Gomatamplaying important characters.

It’s the first time Nani and Rahul Sankrityan are coming together for a project and what stands unique is that Nani has never been spotted in this getup in his earlier films. The team completed a crucial shooting schedule recently, a huge Kolkata set was erected in a ten acre land by art director AvinashKolla in Hyderabad.

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Mon, 10 May 2021 08:06:15 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/covid-care-10-stars-who-opened-up-about-battling-covid-to-their-fans-and-followers/ COVID Care: 10 Stars Who OPENED UP About Battling COVID To Their Fans And Followers! https://jfwonline.com/article/covid-care-10-stars-who-opened-up-about-battling-covid-to-their-fans-and-followers/ With Covid 19 doing its rounds across the country, here we have few South Indian celebrities who tested positive and have also battled this deadly virus. Apart from recovering, they provide some functional tips and methods to build our immune and also wish good mental and physical health while battling this novel coronavirus.

 

1) Tamannaah Bhatia 

 


Following mild fever,
Tamannah Bhatia tested positive last October. She has successfully battled the virus and is now waiting for her ‘November Story’ series to be streamed in Hotstar VIP.

2) Rakul Preet Singh

 


South and B-town’s sensation
Rakul Preet Singh shared her recovery journey in her YouTube channel and suggested some tips for us to follow during this pandemic situation.

3) Ram Charan

 


He tested positive with no prior symptoms last December. The Mega Power Star home quarantined himself and has also recovered.

4) Varun Tej Konidela

 

Following Ram Charan, Varun Tej contracted the virus and the Telugu actor further shared his negative test report with lot of joy and gratitude.

5) Sameera Reddy

 


The Messy
 Maama did a Q&A session on Covid and Kids with Dr. Nihar Parekh in her Instagram handle to help young parents after her kids tested positive for Covid 19. She also shared how she kept her spirits high during her recovery.

6) Nivetha Thomas

 

 


After testing positive, she entertained her fans with a music cover of Rahman’s classic hit ‘New York
Nagaram’. The Vakeel Saab actress has battled the virus and is now posting her artistic skills, acquired this lockdown.

7) Gouri G. Kishan

 


The young and beautiful actress contracted the virus last month. After following doctor’s advice she seems to be doing great and is back with a bang!

8) Aishwarya Lekshmi

 

 


Jagame
Thanthiram’sactress tested positive last month. The young actress also emphasised on the need to follow the restrictions, she is doing good and awaits for her movie release.

9) Allu Arjun

 


The
Butta Bomma star tested positive a week ago and is doing fine with very mild symptoms, he further requests his fans to stay safe and get vaccinated.

10) Andrea Jeremiah

 


After taking a break from social media, once she tested positive
Andrea gives a comeback with a melody. She is hoping for better days ahead and is under home quarantine.

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Neelambari to Rajamatha Sivagami Devi is a journey worth all the praise and love in the world. Ramya Krishnan has aged like fine wine for sure. Her iconic laugh, her roaring voice and the elegance with which she carries herself create her personality. Her filmography is filled with a variety of roles. This is her journey through a millennial’s eyes:

 

Industry’s Amman

 

 

Most millennials would probably picturize Ramya Krishnan when they think of Amman, the goddess. Her eyes were always the highlight, it would always seem like she had a halo behind her at all times. Her strong personality made it easier for many to believe that she truly has the power to protect the ones in distress.

 

Bharatanatyam to Salsa

 

 

It’s no secret that Ramya Krishnan was a trained dancer in Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi and Western Dance. Her dance numbers possess energy, grace and perfection. She has created sizzling chemistry in Aiyo Pathikichu and tore the screens down with Pottu Thaaku. Her graceful Minsaara Poove is celebrated till date which prove to be the perfect melange of classical and western. Thoodhu Varuma was a surprise which this world wasn’t ready for.

 

Most loved vamp

 

‘Padayappa’ is incomplete without Neelambari. Though she was portrayed as a vamp, the entire audience was empathetic towards the fact that her love was true but remained unrequited. The character was a sketch of the urban woman who is vocal but unfortunately she was misunderstood. It was honestly liberating to see a woman being expressive about her desires and be bold and dignified even moments before dying. No one other than Ramya Krishnan could have pulled off this role with such ease, she pretty much lived the character. She embraced the youth with her attitude, she embodied elegance with the greys.

 

Fun factor

 

 

If fun and confusion had to be personified, it would be Maggie from ‘Panchathanthiram’. Witty dialogues, over-the-top clothes and terrible timing to crack jokes pretty much summarizes the character. The early 2000s saw an influx of women from various parts of the country who pulled off any form of clothing and Tamil girls were always expected to dress modestly. Ramya Krishnan broke this stereotype into pieces when she put on a latex mini-skirt or a fishnet dress. The ultimate dance showdown in ‘Vandhaen Vandhaen’ is still etched in our memories. Her monstrous laugh was a show stealer for sure.

 

The Bold Mother

 

 

 

A perfect comeback is probably defined by Sivagami Devi in ‘Bahubali’. The strength encapsulated by the character is something beyond one’s imagination. The fire in her eyes to let justice prevail, the cold tone when she kills traitors, the valour with which she rules the kingdom and the tender hug into the bosom while raising her children made her character wholesome. Ramya Krishnan did not just prove herself but set a really high standard for what a comeback should look like.

 

A new platform

 

 

While many thought the OTT space was only for the youth, a single woman broke the myth and entered with a lot of confidence. ‘Queen’ is such a perfect title for the shining star. The character wasn’t gimmicked or copied, in fact, the character was brought to life with just voice and attitude. The series was an adaptation of Late. J Jayalalitha’s life and the tale was depicted with utmost honesty. We can’t wait for the next season to release!

A lot of times, women get boxed into the mother’s role and are not given a lot of scope to portray different roles. It’s the time to get more variety in scripts and characters to rope in true actors. Ramya Krishnan has done conventional and experimental roles to strike the right balance in her career, a pretty smart move. We would love to see more of her and enjoy her presence on screen forever!

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Sun, 09 May 2021 12:13:09 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/dear-mammas-this-mothers-day-let-us-promise-to-never-judge-each-other/ Dear Mammas, This Mother’s Day Let Us Promise To Never Judge Each Other! https://jfwonline.com/article/dear-mammas-this-mothers-day-let-us-promise-to-never-judge-each-other/ Motherhood is an uphill battle, from conception to raising a human being; the journey is filled with small and big obstacles. Most of us do this effortlessly; in fact we do it so well that being a mother looks simple from the outside.  Whatever said and done, its fulfilling, the smile on your child’s face when you make his favourite ice cream or when you give them permission to stay over at a friend’s, its ultimate.

This letter is addressed to all those fellow moms who judge me and other moms for their choices. If I chose to breastfeed or bottle feed my baby, it’s my choice. You don’t know what struggles I go through every day or what is best for my baby. Why do I get judged for the simple things that make my life and my child’s easy? Yes, I let him watch TV for an extra hour in the evening, it gives us both some space to breathe and let loose. You know what,I’ve started enjoying watching Peppa Pig much more than watching the news these days.

Don’t get me started on my child’s food habits. This is an area all moms like to go overboard with. I might be different, I might let him eat ice cream first thing in the morning on Sundays, it makes us start the day so much happier. The joy it brings to my house, it fills it up with positive vibes on a lazy Sunday. So I decide to pick joy over stress of feeding him a banana! But, no, I don’t judge you other moms for doing what suits you or seems right for you. To each, their very own.

Isn’t it easier to support each other withoutany judgements? I have a Mom tribe of my own, a group of fellow moms that have my back no matter what. We are very different, we have our unique ideas about parenting but we are catering to the needs of our children. We don’t advise each other, we rather laugh over our child’s antiques over a cup of coffee. And that makes life sweet, easier to get through every day.

When the judgement stops, the competition begins. My child got a 90%, my child learnt 4 languages, my child can recite shlokas by heart, it never ends. My idea about learning can be different, I want him to be able to make himself breakfast, make his own bed, be kind to animals and then focus on academics. I want him to grow up to be a decent human being who respects others and has compassion. You and I want different things for our children, but we both want the best for them. Isn’t that the right way to mother?

Every child is different, so is every mother and every home. If you believe in having a routine for your child, I believe in open ended days, we are both right. There isn’t just one way of bringing up a child, there are millions of rightones. There are enough people in our families and extended families who like to dish out advice every minute of every day, and they criticise us enough. We don’t need that from our peers, we need some unconditional support and a lot of laughs.

So, cheers to Mommy-hood! And this Mother’s day, let’s raise our wine glasses or a cup of tea, to every mom on this planet! Always remember, however tough, in the eyes of your child, no one does it better than you!

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Sun, 09 May 2021 11:05:08 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/real-life-wonder-women-5-children-write-heartwarming-open-letters-to-their-moms-this-mothers-day-read-on/ Real Life Wonder Women: 5 Children Write Heartwarming Open Letters To Their Moms This Mother’s Day; READ ON! https://jfwonline.com/article/real-life-wonder-women-5-children-write-heartwarming-open-letters-to-their-moms-this-mothers-day-read-on/ By Megavarshini


Mother’
s day is back and this year our supermoms deserve more, we all are sitting at home happily binge watching series and demanding munchies. She is the one who is running errands, washing and cleaning our stuff and feeding us nutritious home cooked food. She does all the precautions to keep us safe in this pandemic, undoubtedly she is our guardian angel. Hope we all give our supermoms a day off and pamper her at least today.

Here are five open letters of gratitude to real life superheroes from their happy kids, these letters will definitely help you find solace in these difficult times. It is full of love and happiness:

Megavarshini, Student

 

Dear Amma,

I’ve been the most notorious and troublesome kid of yours. It’s been solid nineteen years and I’ve never wished or thanked you on Mother’s day. I kind of feel shy and uncomfortable, you know me amma. You’ve been there for me, in my tears, failures, laughter and joy. Thanks amma!

Being a mom is never easy and a working mom is really challenging, you’ve been tirelessly doing this for almost nineteen years. You cook us food, do us laundry and housekeeping and support the house financially. I still wonder how you never complain. Thanks amma!

Thank you for giving me the best life any daughter could ask for. You are my therapist, teacher, friend, personal stylist, cook, advice giver and constant supporter. You’ve pushed me to bring out the best version of myself and now I’m living my life hale, healthy and confident only because of you. Thanks amma!

I’ve felt jealous of people who do reels with their moms and post stories. But yeah! Each bond is different and beautiful in its own way. And ours is my most favourite. Lots and lots of hugs and kisses to you amma, I love you. Happy Mother’s day!            

 

Somasundaram, Professor.

 

 


Amma,

I’m fifty-four and yet if I feel low and anxious, the first person I call is you. For me you are always young, happening and beautiful. The care and affection you’ve shown all these years is unimaginable, how did you manage with five kids? I already struggling with two. Amma, sometimes I feel that you deserve more love and happiness, I’m sorry for disappointing you at times.

I still remember the days when I was bedridden and you were the one who took care of me like baby. Even now, when I tested positive for Covid 19 you were my strength. At seventy, you stood strong when I broke down mentally and emotionally. I admire your power and stability amma.

I promise that I will be with you till my last breath and you will always be a major part in my life however old I become or young you become. I’ve never said this to you in my life, I love you. Happy Mother’s day amma!

 

Manjari, Student

 

 


To my hero,

While stories of courage and resolve adorn the columns of newspapers and magazines during this pandemic, Amma, you, a middle-class working wife that has to deal with three children, is not a stereotypical archetype of a lead in a rags to riches story. You are as real and humane as it can get. You have always been a sensible and supportive mother that trusts your children to be their own people.

This pandemic, thankfully, did not drastically alter our lives and we have been privileged enough to be able to sustain ourselves. Our major conundrums during these difficult times, have purely been mental. Bouts of anxiety and worry have invaded our minds during sleepless nights. The sheer pressure of completing assignments and presentations in the midst of an ongoing pandemic that doesn’t seem to be ending was too much to handle.

When I decided to confront the fear of failure and inability to progress, I found myself going to you Amma, my source of strength. The things you said still resonates with me and that was the moment I realised that you will forever be my hero just for being that, my Amma. You said that, to you, my mental health is far more important than anything else, even grades and that you only wanted me to be happy as can be. That was when I realised just how unconditional the love you have for me is. You are my hero because you have been the embodiment of strength and honesty in your daily life. No words of gratitude could suffice just how grateful I am to have you, who trusts, loves and gives unconditionally. Happy Mother’s day Amma!

 

Hari, Designer

 

 

 

From my first meal of the day to the last person I speak with, you has always been a major part of everything. Where the covid – 19 and lockdowns hit every family drastically, you remained the only source of positivity in our family. Making your home a workplace, working hours and hours, solving financial problems, keeping us emotionally strong though you yourself getting hit emotionally, Wow, never seen someone as strong as you.

Not only these, but also making these days better with your childish sense of humour, sharing your experience with problems, which is far more tragic than what I’ve experienced which makes my problems look small, and with a tinch of smile through all tragedies, god you are a lovely woman. Being a lovely woman is not a happy stay. You can take a break, rest yourself as you deserve all the peace in the world, once, for once you can take care of yourself. But the fact you chose family not even giving a thought about you, all these days, years, the selflessness which makes you a true superhuman, asupermom. Happy mother’s day!

 

Janani Gokul, Mom-to-be

 

 


Dear ma,

One thing I miss the most after my marriage is spending time with you mom I miss hogging all your delicious food. Your presence has blossomed myentire life especially in this pandemic situation, I never knew I could be this happy and safe by just being at home with you, you kept me happy and entertaining during such difficult times and just like that you turned into my best friend, soul sister, doctor, binge partner and the best gossip and movie partner I’ll ever have. Spending some quality time with you these months was a blessing. I would definitely cherish those for my entire life.

No one understands me more, no one loves me more and no one inspires me the way you do ma. Though we fight and argue, no matter what I know that you will be always there for me amma. Home is definitely where you are ma. Now as I enter into this new phase of my life I really hope and wish to build a happy little home for this little one that’s about to arrive, like you did for me. I hope I give this little one, the purest form of love. You will be my go-to-person forever and I will always be your baby girl no matter however old I grow. There’s always so much to learn from you ma. I Love you abundantly, Happy Mother’s day!

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Sat, 08 May 2021 13:56:42 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/tn-complete-lockdown-all-that-is-and-is-not-functional-during-these-two-weeks-of-complete-shutdown/ TN Complete Lockdown: All That Is and Is Not Functional During These Two Weeks Of Complete Shutdown! https://jfwonline.com/article/tn-complete-lockdown-all-that-is-and-is-not-functional-during-these-two-weeks-of-complete-shutdown/ Tamil Nadu goes for a Complete Lockdown till May 24: Dos, Don’ts and available services.

The second wave of Covid 19 seems far more dangerous than expected. We are already out of medical resources, we have hundreds of people irrespective of their age and medical conditions losing their lives to this deadly virus.

On the other hand, we witnessed a great win of DMKand now a new rule awaits. Mr. M.K.Stalin after taking an oath as Chief Minister of Tamilnadu, the very next day announced a complete lockdown for two weeks (from May 10- May 24) understanding the seriousness of the viral spread.

“In view of the total lockdown, the government has allowed all shops and institutions to function for two days, May 8 and 9 (Saturday and Sunday), between 6am and 9pm for the public and institutions to make prior arrangements,” chief minister M K Stalin said in the release.

From May 10 onwards, here’s a list of what’s allowed and what’s not:

What’s allowed:

1) Vaccination centres
2) Non air-conditioned grocery stores, meat stalls will remain open until 12 p.m with 50 percent customers.
3) Amma canteen will continue to function, Takeaway service in restaurants and hotels between 6am and 10am, noon and 3pm and 6pm and 9pm. Delivery services through food apps will be permitted only on these timings.
4) Banks, ATM’s and bank related transport are allowed with 50 percent employees.
5) Ration shops, between 8 a.m and 12 noon.
6) Tea shops will remain open only till 12 p.m.Roadside flower shops and vegetable shops can function till 12 p.m.
7) Volunteers and Organisations taking care of elderly people, differently-abled, care-givers and caterers can allowed to move, with id-cards.
8) Judiciary, Courts and Media will continue their usual regime.
9) Essential services, newspaper supplies, postal and courier services, medical laboratories and diagnostic centres are allowed.
10) Cabs and Private transport allowed for weddings, funerals, job interviews and hospitals with proper supporting documents.
11) Essential departments like Secretariat, Health, Revenue, Police-fire, Electricity, Drinking water and Administration are allowed to function.
12) Passengers from abroad through air or rail will be monitored through E-registration and will be provided with passes for reaching airports and railway stations.
13) In-situ constructional activities, Telecommunication and related firms, Data centres, IT-infra relates firms can function.

What’s not allowed/open:

1) TASMAC retail liquor shops.
2) Non-essential inter-district and intra-district vehicular movement including public transport.
3) Places of worships, spiritual gatherings and meetings.
4) Beauty parlours, saloons, spa and gyms.
5) E-commerce activities, except food delivery sites.
6) All social, political, cultural and educational gatherings, not to be held indoors or outdoors.
7) Recreational clubs, swimming pools, summer camps, entertainment parks and auditoriums.
8) Tourist hubs such as Ooty, Kodaikanal and Nilgiris.
9) Beaches, Botanical gardens, Monuments and parks.
10) Retail sales in Koyambedu and wholesale market premises.
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Fri, 07 May 2021 15:57:02 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trishas-last-birthday-as-a-bachelor-best-friend-charmmee-kaur-reveals/ Trisha’s Last Birthday As A Bachelor? Best Friend Charmmee Kaur REVEALS! https://jfwonline.com/article/trishas-last-birthday-as-a-bachelor-best-friend-charmmee-kaur-reveals/ South India’s ‘Jessie’, Trisha Krishnan, recently celebrated her 38th birthday. Her fans celebrated the South Indian Queen’s birthday with a lot of wishes on all social media platforms. Many celebrities wished the actress on her birthday and one such wish has stirred up some speculations about the actress’ wedding.

 

Popular actress Charmme Kaur wished Trisha on her birthday. She also mentioned that this would be her last birthday to celebrate as a bachelor. This wish surely created some buzz among the fans and they are now guessing the groom-to-be. This isn’t the first time Charmme has created any controversy while sending wishes. In 2019, she asked Trisha to marry her while wishing her on her birthday. Having acted together in films like ‘Pournami’ and ‘King’, the actresses have been close friends for a long time. However, it is best if the birthday girl breaks the news herself and clears the air.

Trisha has been working on Mani Ratnam’s much-awaited project, ‘Ponniyin Selvan’. She has been cast along with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Chiyaan Vikram, Karthi and Jayam Ravi. She will also be seen in the Tamil remake of NH-10, ‘Garjanai’, and a Malayalam project with Mohanlal titled ‘Ram’.

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Fri, 07 May 2021 08:11:52 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/six-simple-ways-to-cope-with-covid-19-anxiety/ Six Simple Ways to Cope With COVID 19 Anxiety! https://jfwonline.com/article/six-simple-ways-to-cope-with-covid-19-anxiety/ We have been locked in for almost a year in the first wave of Covid 19 and now we are already in the peak of the second wave which is turning out to be far more dangerous and fatal. As the Covid 19 crisis worsens by the day, so does the toll it is taking on our mental health. So, if you are feeling anxious and depressed that’s normal and you can eventually get through it.

Here are six ways that help you cope Covid anxiety.

  • Connect with your loved ones:

Talking with your loved ones will make you feel light and content. Stay in touch, stay connected and speak your heart out with your loved ones. Eventually you will feel better and refreshing.

 

  • Take a break:

Take a break from social media, stop binging on news channels. Just get your daily updates and switch off your television and gadgets. The more anxious you feel the more you should stay away from news and social media.

 

  • Go easy on yourself:

Doing just the bare minimum is totally acceptable right now. Don’t push yourself to be productive all day, just keep moving with what you can. If you feel burned out, you are not allowed to cry. Don’t feel bad about it, it’s healthy.

 

  • Focus on the present:

Focus on what you can. Live in the present, rather than worrying about the future. Take all necessary precautions and stop concentrating on physical symptoms. If you cough, it can be a regular one and need not be covid always. Sit and relax.

 

  • Look after your body:

Physical health play a major role on how we feel. Move your body, going for a walk even in your backyard or terrace can really help you lift your mood. Try to eat healthy, have a balanced diet and stay hydrated. Don’t compromise your sleep. Good-quality sleep makes a big difference to how we feel mentally and physically, it’s important to get enough.

 

  • Seek professional help:

You don’t need to do this alone. Seek for medical and professional help if you are experiencing an escalation of anxiety. Therapists are available online anytime and hence make wise use of the resources.

BY Megavarshini

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Fri, 07 May 2021 07:12:13 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/21-years-of-classic-facts-you-never-knew-about-your-favourite-kandukondain-kandukondain/ 21 Years Of Classic: Facts You Never Knew About Your Favourite Kandukondain Kandukondain! https://jfwonline.com/article/21-years-of-classic-facts-you-never-knew-about-your-favourite-kandukondain-kandukondain/ It has been 21 years and Kandukondain Kandukondain still remains fresh in our minds like we just watched it yesterday. The movie was the romantic drama that blew us away with AR Rahman’s music, Sujatha’s dialogues and the gorgeous stills of Ravi K Chandran. The cast is nothing short of an actors’ gala with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Tabu, Mammootty, Ajith Kumar, Abbas and many more veteran actors supporting the drama.

The man behind this project shared some interesting pieces of information which we probably never knew before. The mammoth task at hand was of course to bring such a big starcast together. “It was very difficult to get everybody together, but once they came together, it was great fun,” says the director.

As we know, this movie had a stellar cast. But how did each piece fit perfectly into the jigsaw puzzle? Each character has its own story. “I had imagined someone like Parthiban, but there was some issue going on between him and the producer at that time. I tried Arjun, but he was doing films like Mudhalvan, so there was no need for him to play one among five characters. I felt Mammooty would be great as this aggressive character and reached out to him. Mammukka was cool and he said OK,” says Rajiv.

Inspiration is all around you, they say. Some characters are just a reflection of what we see. “I had a very close relationship with my father’s mother because she stayed in my room after he(my grandfather) passed away. I used to spend time talking to her, and the relationship that you see between Tabu’s character and her grandfather is based on that.” At times, our life can be a story worth sharing.”Certain elements of me are in Manohar’s character. One of the scenes that is very close to me is the one where you see the character doing wedding photography. I’d precisely done that in my life,” says Rajiv. The characters came to life because of how grounded and real they were.

We often call a movie a visual treat. This isn’t possible if the frames and lights don’t work in accordance with the story. “The visual style for this movie was based on the elegant dignity of characters who are living in a plush place, which they are not the owners of and do not have money — classy, but not rich. That treatment exists even in the colours that I used for Aishwarya’s Meenakshi (blues and greens), the ones that I used for Tabu’s Sowmya (earthy and sombre).” says Rajiv reminiscing his experience working on this masterpiece.

Be it Minsara Kanavu, Kandukondain Kandukondain or Sarvam Thaala Mayam, music has been an integral part of the entire project. After experimenting with Broadway and Western music in Minsara Kanavu, Rajiv Menon wanted to try some folk tunes with Rahman. “I knew that Rahman had the ability to do great folk music, and it was so beautiful. Each of the songs has a history. The first composition we did was the title song,” says Rajiv Menon. Every song in this movie is hummed even today and that shows the power of the album.

This evergreen movie will remain immortal. The scenes, the dialogues, the songs and the huge starcast: this movie will probably remain to be one in a million. Every year, we will discover something new, every watch will feel like the first watch.

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Fri, 07 May 2021 06:17:12 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/priya-bhavani-shankar-trolled-on-social-media-for-her-political-views-gives-a-befitting-response/ Priya Bhavani Shankar Trolled On Social Media For Her Political Views; Gives A Befitting Response! https://jfwonline.com/article/priya-bhavani-shankar-trolled-on-social-media-for-her-political-views-gives-a-befitting-response/ Priya Bhavani Shankar has always given us the ‘girl next door’ vibes, be it Madhumitha in ‘Meyaadha Maan’ or Meghala from ‘Monster’. The actress worked as a news presenter before she entered the industry and she has always been vocal about the happenings in the state through her social media. A recent comment on the Tamil Nadu State elections stirred up a lot of controversy and she handled the situation by giving a witty reply to the trolls.

Recently, she congratulated MK Stalin on the victory of the DMK alliance in the recent assembly elections in Tamil Nadu. She stated in her tweet that after a long time the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister is selected by people. This comment was trolled on social media for which the actress gave a fitting reply. She replied by stating that she knows enough about elections and politics as she has studied beyond her 6th grade civics textbooks. She dissed the allegation that her comment was an act of ignorance. She also laughed off a troll which mocked her for supporting Thirumurugan Gandhi years ago and asked the fan to scroll through her timeline as she has been vocal ever since she worked in the field of news.

On the professional front, the actress has completed work for multiple projects including Oh Manappene alongside Harish Kalyan and Kuruthi Attam with Atharvaa. The actor is also part of Shankar’s vigilante action thriller, Indian 2 starring Kamal Haasan, Nedumudi Venu, Kajal Aggarwal and Vivek.

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Thu, 06 May 2021 14:27:59 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-trishas-word-of-advice-to-her-fans-is-winning-the-internet/ TRENDING: Trisha’s Word Of Advice To Her Fans Is Winning The Internet! https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-trishas-word-of-advice-to-her-fans-is-winning-the-internet/ From being molagapodi Bhuvana in Saamy to ‘96 Jaanu, Trisha has won hearts of fans across South India. Apart from being an actress, she has been a UNICEF celebrity advocate as well as an animal rights advocate.

The actress recently celebrated her 38th birthday on May 4th. Celebrating this occasion, her fans sent her innumerable wishes and heartwarming messages. #HBDSouthQueenTrisha was trending on Twitter as fans showered their heartfelt wishes on the platform. Trisha penned a beautiful note and posted it on her Instagram thanking each and every one who took the time to wish her on her special day amidst terrible times the country is going through.

 

Taking to social media, she wrote, “Amidst these terribly distressing and heartbreaking times the world and especially our country is going through, I would like to say thank you to each and every one of you who took the time out to send me your love and wishes on my birthday. As always I am overwhelmed and hope we can connect and celebrate when the world goes back to normal. Until then, let’s do our bit, stay safe and I send out a little prayer of healing and strength to anyone who needs it. Love, Trish.”

 

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‘Paramapadham Vilayattu’ was her recent OTT release in which she played the role of a doctor. The actress has been working on Mani Ratnam’s magnum opus ‘Ponniyin Selvan’ alongside stalwarts from the industry including Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Chiyaan Vikram, Karthi and Jayam Ravi. Trisha will also be seen co starring with Mohanlal in the Malayalam movie ‘Ram’.

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Thu, 06 May 2021 13:17:18 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/unsung-heroes-these-4-incredible-home-cooks-open-up-about-feeding-the-covid-patients/ Unsung Heroes: These 4 Incredible Home Cooks OPEN UP About Feeding The COVID Patients! https://jfwonline.com/article/unsung-heroes-these-4-incredible-home-cooks-open-up-about-feeding-the-covid-patients/ The second wave of COVID has hit us harder than imagined and all we want to do is stay home, stay safe and eat healthy. But what about those massively affected and have no access to nutritious meals? In conversation with Radhika Ramesh, four home cooks narrate their tale of serving food to patients in need.

These are trying times there is no denying. All every person wants is to keep breathing every single day. As India continues to battle the COVID variants, every citizen is doing their best to save another, they are doing the best they can to keep one another afloat and as disheartening as it is to see people struggle, it beautiful knowing how far unity could take us forward. These four home cooks and entrepreneurs who are extremely passionate about food are today equally passionate about providing reasonably priced healthy meals to those in need of good food today.

Neeta Jessani, Monkey Temptation

 

 


A designer and cook by profession, Neeta’s love for food and design go hand-in-hand she believes. But her ultimate goal was to feed as many people as she could. This Pandemic has opened up that chance for her and she does it wholeheartedly today. “
A chef I look up to started this initiative on a google sheet (Pan India) initially and I instantly signed up. Feeding people has always given me immense joy. I started cooking young out of Passion and in the current scenario when I saw it could actually help people heal faster, there was no holding back.  For the past year I’ve also started making desserts as a Home chef I enjoy both Design and cooking equally. I believe a little kindness goes a long way and no act is small. Also one should never limit how much they give. I am also running a bake sale on my page wherein 100% proceeds from a batch of the Chocolate Souffle jars I make would go to HemkuntFoundation. Along with an Eid offer wherein all profits from orders until Eid will be donated to Hemkunt Foundation again,” she says.

Neeta has actively been making meal packs for those affected by COVID or those in need of these nutritious meals. “We receive about 75-100 calls every day and it’s overwhelming to say the least. There are families who actually need help and it’s a privilege to be on the other side healthy and safe. I urge more people to join in, it doesn’t matter if you can cook just one meal extra every day, and if 20 people start doing that 20 more families would be fed good quality, home cooked food, “says Neeta further adding, “The main idea is giving people healthy, comfort food through these testing times as they are restricted to their spaces and also don’t have the strength to cook for themselves or their family. We want to give them that feeling of a hot khichdi bowl our mothers give us when we’re unwell so they can recover faster and also feel a little less lonely.

 

 


Ingredients are properly inspected and only the best meal packs are provided by her. “
The quality of ingredients used is very important when serving patients along with the right usage of oil and spices, they are kept at bare minimum. Also we make sure to cook in a clean, sanitised environment. The delivery happens through third party delivery partners aka heroes like Dunzo and Swiggy,” she concludes signing off.

@monkeytemptation – You can contact Neeta for meals on 9952946032 

Sharada Murthy, sharustories

 

 


Engineer by Educat
ion and Marketer by chance, Sharada is a true-blue Madras girl who loves beaches as much as food. Her passion for food is what drove her to help those in need. With a full-time job in hand, Sharada manages to juggle both these huge tasks with a smile. “What started as an effort to collate the list of caterers around the city soon turned into wanting to server meals to Covid positive people in my area. We (@archkc, @meerathenmozhi, @harshnisreedhar & @theidlytales) decided to all came together to collectively distribute food in our locality. Three days in and with 20 more volunteers later we were already covering almost all of Chennai city,” says an elated Sharada.

Catering to patients is no easy task and Sharada is doing the best she can. “I did not even imagine it would scale up to where we are today. 10 days in, we are now a team of 50+ volunteers. We started at 25 meals a day and now we are close to 200 meals a day (All this while most of us hold a full-time job.),” she says. The team is in fact very specific about every single customer’s food preference no matter how long the list is. “Make note of allergies, food rejections, and dietary restrictions.

 


 

 

Cleanliness while preparing and packing. Less salt, less spice, less sugar, and healthy nutritious freshly cooked balanced meal. The secret ingredient would be hope, love, and care to keep them going. We make use of pick-up and drop services available in the city. We also inform the delivery executives to double-mask themselves and that the receiver is COVIDpositive. This ensures they are also cautious and drop the delivery off at their doorstep,” adds Sharada.

Finally, she concludes by saying, “I have had the gratifying experience of serving people who are desperately in need of a decent meal that will keep them going. The ultimate joy is when they call to tell you that the Rasam was amazing or send you little love notes on WhatsApp talking about how the food was just like how their mother makes them.

Contact @sharustories for your exclusive meal plans.

Kanyaa Rajesh

 

 


Residing in Australia,
Kanya wanted to return home to be with her family during these tough times. “I had ever since been looking at how people have been bringing together home cooks and caterers to supply to those in need which I thought was a wonderful initiative. That is when a friend of mine wanted me to help with her father who never ate during the full lockdown. I wanted to cook something for him and take it to him. This was very upsetting to see people struggling without basic needs like food. That is when I decided to help other people as well. I did my research, gathered a couple of my friends and we decided to cater to a larger audience – this way we help more people and give more to the society,” says Kanya about the initiative.

It started off as ten orders a day for Kanya and today she serves upto 53 people. “I have been trying to allocate and space out over 50 orders for lunch and around 15 orders for dinner. It was initially overwhelming but so satisfied and content with myself that I am of service to all the COVID positive patients and the elderly,” she adds. Irrespective of the health conditions, Kanya believes that it is always best to offer food that is lower on the salt, spice and the oil.

 

 


“I avoid water vegetables and add in more green vegetables for the patients to give them a more fibrous diet. I also ensure to add a lot of protein like
Sundal to the meal pack. For dinner, it’s either Upma, Khichdi or predominantly Idli as they are easily digestible. I add no preservatives to my food. Meanwhile, delivery is the usual through Swiggy, Dunzo, WeFast among others. I make sure my delivery partners follow all the necessary protocols,” says Kanya.

“Providing a happy and healthy meal will be of immense help to so many. There is nothing happier than filling people’s heart and stomach with food and smile. First this, then comes the rest,” concludes Kanya signing off.

Contact Kanya for your meal preparations @kanyaa_rajesh or 9790914485

Manisha Kumbhat, the Food Saga

 

 


Manisha started out as a bespoke caterer in Chennai from the 1990s. What started out as a business catering to family and friends spread all across Chennai too. She specialises in global cuisine and all her food is plant-based. But the astonishing part is that she manages and cooks the orders as a single person. “
During the first wave of covid, I was helping known friends and family who were unwell by dropping off simple meals. With the onset of the second wave, the number of calls requesting for daily meals crept up. It was very evident the new strain with increased virulence is affecting entire families which was not the case in the first wave leaving no one available to take care of the required nutrition for the recovery. It prompted me to carve out different options for the people to choose from,” says Manisha.

Today her everyday orders keep her busy and she begins her day at 4 AM. “It is hectic. The incessant phone calls and messages are truly heart breaking especially if they are in a location which is not serviceable from our home via delivery (Chetpet),” adds Manisha.

 

She follows a simple note to provide the patients a healthy meal – Simple, healthy and satisfying. “Delivery is quite hectic. At this point the regular delivery apps are constantly changing their rules with lockdown restrictions changing every 10-14 days. The main concern is making sure the food reaches on time despite rush hour,” she quotes.

Finally, Manisha concluded saying, “Peace of mind that they will get homemade food that is satisfying, made hygienically and fresh. The meal would also provide a source/sense of comfort much required for anyone going through the healing journey during COVID.”

Contact Manisha for your meal preps through @thefoodsaga or 9566099998

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Thu, 06 May 2021 11:03:49 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-malavika-mohanan-lends-her-hand-to-the-people-of-chennai/ TRENDING: Malavika Mohanan Lends Her Hand To The People Of Chennai! https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-malavika-mohanan-lends-her-hand-to-the-people-of-chennai/ Master Actress Malavika Mohanan joined hands with the Greater Chennai Corporation for a Covid 19 Awareness video.

The second wave of Covid 19 in India has been far more mutilating than the first wave. Celebrities and common people are doing their bit to give a hand to the victims of Covid 19. The most needed thing of the hour is awareness. Going with the age-old saying ‘Prevention is better than cure’, our Master girl Malavika Mohanan has contributed for the same.

“To all my Chennai people, I have been seeing so many questions, doubts and misinformation about COVID-19, so @chennaicorp and I decided to associate and seek answers from a medical professional, as awareness is extremely crucial at the moment given the situation,” she said.

On Tuesday, she collaborated with the Greater Chennai Corporation to answer the general queries and doubts regarding the novel coronavirus. She did an interaction with Dr Jayanthi Rangarajan MD FRCP (Dean, Omandurar Government College and Hospital) for a detailed video documentation. She has been a medical professional for the last 30 years and has been one of our frontline COVID-19 warriors since the first cases emerged in the country back in early 2020. Hope this helps you and your loved ones,” she said.

The video answered basic and frequently asked questions about covid vaccination, home quarantining, symptoms, vitamin consumption, anti-viral drugs and its demand among others.

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Thu, 06 May 2021 02:29:24 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/viral-warriors-6-people-share-their-experience-of-fighting-the-covid-second-wave/ Viral Warriors: 6 People Share Their Experience Of Fighting The COVID Second Wave! https://jfwonline.com/article/viral-warriors-6-people-share-their-experience-of-fighting-the-covid-second-wave/ While there has been much focus on the most recent Indian variant of Covid-19 it is now obvious that the country is gripped by the second wave. We talk to five people who were affected by the COVID virus in recent times amid panic and news of hospitals being full. How they coped, what they experienced and even their symptoms are so different from each other. These stories will help you stay aware, be prepared and more informed in dealing with the crisis.

Anaonymous, IT Professional

I was shocked when I tested positive. I’ve always ensured that I double mask myself whenever I step out and empty a 50 ml sanitizer bottle even if it is a small visit. I’m thirty and healthy with no prior medical conditions. Just another day, I was doing my office work all of sudden I felt uncomfortable and numb. As usual I went to bed at 11 and within an hour, I had severe fever my temperature was about 102 F and I couldn’t move my body that night. The next morning, I approached nearby government camp for medical help and they prescribed me medicines for the following day. I was asked to get tested if the fever pertained.

On April 21st 2021, I took a swab test and even before the result I isolated myself. It was long day, I could feel the stress getting on to me. I got my result the next day and it was positive. The first hour was so hard and panicking, I received calls from three set of people. The first call was from the hospital enquiring about my body conditions and current state, the second was from the municipality regarding the Covid notice which was stuck in my wall later and the third was from heath care and volunteers, they inspected my home and gave me a demographic form, I was asked to go to the allotted hospital. A CT scan and blood test were done, my oxygen saturation levels and medical history were checked. Examining all these, I was offered a certificate stating that I was eligible for home quarantine. A diet chart, set of tablets for fifteen days was also offered.

On the other hand, I was pale and sick, my body temperature was alarming and I lost my sense of taste and smell. I lived my darkest hours in the first three days, my bones were aching and my anxiety pulled me down. The fourth day, I felt motivated and my fever levels dropped to an extent. By the end of seventh day I got back my sense of taste and smell. Eleventh day, I was totally fine and felt recovered, in fact I started working.

But keeping to the government norms I am quarantining myself for fourteen days. Today is my last day! Recovering from Covid 19 wasn’t a cake walk as it required a lot of patience and determination. Stay safe and don’t panic, this too shall pass.

 

Amritha mandarin, Architect/Actor 

On 17th this month (it was a Saturday) I had a weird feeling. I felt fatigue and was starting to develop slight body pain, especially lower back pain. And my body temperature raised to 101-102. The fever would not just go away even after taking tablets. This continued for two days. But I had no other symptoms.

I had my appetite, smell and taste was fine, no cough , had absolutely nothing .  On Wednesday again I developed a very mild fever, I decided to get myself tested on that day. And my result was Covid positive. But to be honest I was already starting to feel better. After the first two nights I had no symptoms, intact I was energetic. I didn’t had to take any medicines after 3 days. By day 8 I was totally normal and had no sign of covid .

Through out I had my family and friends freaking out. But it didn’t scare or bother me. I’ remained optimistic and strong and coped pretty well. Sad part was I had so much energy from day 4 but I was isolated in my room. So had no other go than to explore hidden talents in drawing , singing etc

 

Samyutha, Student 

 

With everything coming back to normal in late March, it didn’t seem very dangerous to step outside for a 19 year old masked girl. Taking all sorts of precautions and following safety protocols, I didn’t imagine in my wildest dreams to contract the virus. The fact that I had absolutely no symptoms made it even more unbelievable that I had tested positive. Due to a case in the neighborhood, the officials initiated tests in the locality after which I knew that I was positive. My family tried getting a bed in a private hospital but due to shortage, we chose home quarantine. I stayed in a room all by myself for 14 days and those days were predominantly me being struck with boredom or having terrible mood swings throughout the day. With the summer heat setting in and the precaution of not using AC, I felt extremely irritable most of the time.The best part was the care that came with home quarantine…as they say food is medicine. My mother’s ‘kabasooraneer’ was such a blessing in disguise. Leaf juices in the morning, having fruits,sprouts and vegetables in the diet and steaming thrice a day really helped me get back on track. I have tested negative now and feel perfectly fine.

 

Anonymous

I am an 18 year old who was attending college in Bangalore when I contracted the virus. I had contracted the virus on April 14th and exactly three days later I could experience symptoms. I could sense that I was sick with all the symptoms my body showed and I told my warden that I would stay in the room quarantined. This was a precautionary measure that I could take from my side. Yet, the people from the hostel wanted me to get a test report which said positive and hence I went to the BBMP testing center (government testing center) and gave my test. I had a severe headache and nausea. The fever was under control as I was under paracetamol for a week. There was joint pain because of which I couldn’t even move. Even if I had to throw up, I would place a bucket close to bed and pass out. The headache felt like something pushing into the skull. Though I tested negative a few days back, I feel the virus has weakened my entire system be it the lungs, muscles, joints…every part of the body. The fatigue was so extreme that I couldn’t even walk up a flight of stairs. The most rewarding thing about this journey however was the care that my aunt provided: from driving me from Bangalore to Mysore or giving protein rich food every two hours and monitoring if it was eaten, she became the backbone of my recovery. The most difficult part however is getting back to normal and that can be as small as getting the sleep cycle back in place. I also believe that eating hot and protein-rich food, steaming everyday and talking to loved ones really helps keep check on both physical and mental health. I believe life is a celebration regardless of one’s age and one should never give up while fighting a battle because each day is a new experience worthy of a fight!

 

Pritika, Student 

 

I have a hostel COVID story which shows how a ‘home’ really is the need of every person going through any form of sickness. My roommate and I  tested positive and her first reaction on being tested positive was fear and sadness. I wanted to go back home, but this news made my stay in the hostel last longer. From being inconsolable to consoling my parents, I realized that it was my responsibility to ensure that my parents don’t panic and worry about my wellbeing. After being tested positive, I had to shift to a ‘sick room’ in the hostel with my roommate. Even though we had to shift with belongings and necessities, we forgot some things like a knife to cut fruits or a shampoo. We learned how to manage with what we had. The first week was filled with symptoms, be it a pricking pain in the right side of the throat or a sensation at the sinus of the nose. Online classes added on as I was weak and couldn’t do assignments as my hands were trembling. Even my emotions were all over the place in the first week. The second week however was a period of no symptoms and I got to shift to a room with my best friend. Those days really helped us bond : from stargazing to listening to music, from missing home to being there for each other. After quarantining for 17 days, I wanted to get tested but her warden didn’t let me. After a few more days, once I got my negative test results I was the happiest person. This journey wouldn’t have been possible without the daily dose of food from the hostel which was given in disposables or the really good friends who sent fruits during quarantine. However, I do have one thing to say. It is extremely important to keep the mind positive and keep giving affirmations as much as possible. The mind will surely do its trick on the body. It’s extremely important to keep in touch with loved ones because they really show why this battle is worth fighting. After testing negative, I went back home finally.

 

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Wed, 05 May 2021 09:50:28 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/pregnancy-abortion-suicide-and-what-not-how-ileana-boldly-dealt-with-insensitive-rumours-on-the-media/ Pregnancy, Abortion, Suicide And What Not: How Ileana Boldly Dealt With Insensitive Rumours On The Media! https://jfwonline.com/article/pregnancy-abortion-suicide-and-what-not-how-ileana-boldly-dealt-with-insensitive-rumours-on-the-media/ Ileana D’Cruz made her Tamil debut as the naive Aarthi in ‘Kedi’ and went on to star with Vijay in Shankar’s ‘Nanban’. She has given some powerful performances in Hindi and Telugu cinema through the years from Kick, Barfi! and Rustom to name a few. In a recent interview, the actress opened up about some bizarre rumours and spoke about being a victim of fake news more than once.

The actress was in a relationship with photographer Andrew Kneebone in 2018 when there were rumours that she was expecting her first child. The rumours also stated that she had undergone an abortion. In order to prevent false information from spreading, the actress clarified on social media that she wasn’t pregnant. “There was one where apparently I was pregnant and had an abortion. It is kind of sad, honestly, that people actually wrote stuff like that. It was bizarre. There was another one where I had committed suicide, not attempted. (That it’s) Very sad that I committed suicide but I survived and my maid had confirmed the news. I didn’t have a maid, I didn’t attempt suicide, I was alive,” she added.

The actress recently had a big OTT release with The Big Bull working alongside Abishek Bachchan. She has completed shooting for her next project, Unfair and Lovely, which is a social comedy film exploring India’s obsession with fair skin.

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Wed, 05 May 2021 08:17:01 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-shruti-haasan-finally-opens-up-about-her-relationship-with-santanu-hazarika-and-lockdown-with-him/ TRENDING: Shruti Haasan Finally Opens Up About Her Relationship With Santanu Hazarika And Lockdown With Him! https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-shruti-haasan-finally-opens-up-about-her-relationship-with-santanu-hazarika-and-lockdown-with-him/ From giving a heartwarming performance in Aishwarya Dhanush’s 3 to rocking the OTT platform with anthologies in Tamil and Telugu, Shruti Haasan has proven to be a promising actress. She has used her social media to not only promote her projects but also to spread awareness about mental health, the rising cases of COVID and the elections as well. In the last few months, we have seen a new addition in her posts and this has created a lot of buzz in the industry.

One might have noticed that Doodle artist Santanu Hazarika is constantly featured on Haasan’s social media posts. From celebrating each other’s birthdays to being spotted together in airports, Shruti Haasan has managed to grab eyeballs over her rumoured relationship with Santanu Hazarika.

In a recent interview with Pinkvilla, Shruti was quoted saying, “I don’t know if I believe in the concept of dating. Therefore I shall evade smoothly out of that. I will tell you what it is, it is not that I want to hide anything and never been the one to hide. But I have very things in my life that are personal. I grew up in front of people because of my parents… and everyone knows, everything to know so I’m not hiding anything but I think, I don’t feel the need to put a label on it. I’m really thankful for our friendship. he is really very talented, very unique. I’m happy to have that equation in my life.”

After the successful releases of Krack and Vakeel Saab, Shruti is all ready for her next project Salaar, co-starring Prabhas. The film is being directed by KGF fame Prashant Neel. She will also be seen in Late. S.P. Jhananathan’s movie, Laabam, alongside Vijay Sethupathi. The film will mostly hit the screens towards the end of the year.

 

 

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Wed, 05 May 2021 06:40:13 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/five-tamil-film-women-characters-that-broke-the-stereotypes-and-led-the-show/ Five Tamil Film Women Characters That Broke The Stereotypes And Led The Show! https://jfwonline.com/article/five-tamil-film-women-characters-that-broke-the-stereotypes-and-led-the-show/ The K-town have evidently evolved in terms of stories, cinematography, background score, editing and other technical advancements. In spite of numerous creative and technical advances, what still hasn’t advanced is the depiction of women protagonists in films. However once in a while we, in countable instances we do come across omen characters that are etched beautifully. Characters where her presence is not merely to add eye candy to the film and its promotions.

Here are five women protagonists who didn’t rely on glamour to attain commercial success instead they’ve led the show through their performances.

  • Bommi (Soorarai Pottru):

Bommi aka Sundari played by Aparna Balamurali, one of the best women characters created recently in Tamil cinema. Intelligent and feisty she is an independent woman who supports her partner’s dreams but didn’t give up on hers either. But what makes Bommi fascinating is that she always gives back to every patriarchal thought thrown her way. When Maara (Surya) says that she was rejected by 20 men, she gives back saying 24 banks have rejected him. It feels heartening to see such a character get as much love.

 

  • Iraivi:

Kamalini Mukherjee, Anjali, Pooja Devariya and Vadivukarasi are not those female fictional characters who make a dreamy or glamorous intro, they are shown in their raw element. Pooja Devariya as Malar expressed that she had physical needs but she is not ready for a committed relationship like marriage at any cost. Anjali as Ponni, though she was silent and committed to her husband she stayed stubborn when Michael questioned her character. Instead of regular empowering dialogues, women in Iraivi were powerful in their own way.

 

  • Aruvi:

Brought up as daddy’s girl, Aruvi (played by Aditi Balan) gets kicked out of her house when she tested positive for HIV-AIDS. From there starts her rebellious life, she gets molested, judged by the society. Her way of getting back against those faulty men through a reality show turns the other way round. Aruvi is a free-spirited independent girl who questions this materialistic society. Aruvi is a whole new level of feminism.

 

  • Archana (Mozhi):

Archana played by Jyothika, a deaf and mute doesn’t like others to sympathise on her. When Karthik (Prithvi Raj) tries to imagine a voice for her, she avoids him as she didn’t want a person who expects something that she didn’t possess. Though she had her own fears and insecurities, she was bold and strong. Archana’s role is still remembered and is cited as an example for a bold strong woman.

 

  • Kalki:

What’s amazing is that a film like Kalki, which spoke male chauvinism and patriarchy was released in 1996. Kalki was an independent, fierce woman with a carefree attitude. She made her own choices, be it with her body, career and life. She gave a tight slap to Prakash (Prakash Raj), a male chauvinist and sexist who abuses and ill-treats women of his life.

BY Megavarshini SG

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Tue, 04 May 2021 08:17:58 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/anushka-shetty-to-tie-the-knot-check-out-the-details-about-the-groom/ Anushka Shetty To Tie The Knot; Check Out The Details About The Groom! https://jfwonline.com/article/anushka-shetty-to-tie-the-knot-check-out-the-details-about-the-groom/ Anushka has garnered attention and praise nationwide for her powerful role as Devasena in the Baahubali films. She was rumored to be in close ties with her Baahubali co-star Prabhas. Eventually, there talks about the actress tying the knot with filmmaker Prakash Kovelamudi. However, Anushka has always rubbished these rumours. Her simple answer has always been, “I will let you know once I decided to tie the knot.”

However, this time seems to be quite different for the actress. When asked about her recent wedding rumours she has decided to stay mum about it. It has been reported that Anushka Shetty is all set to tie the knot to a businessman from Dubai. It has been further stated that it is purely an arranged wedding. A source close to the actress said that Anushka has not planned on signing any big projects for now and wishes to concentrate on her personal life.

Anushka was Seen last in the Telugu film Nishabdam, opposite actor Madhavan in which she plays a deaf and mute character. Directed by Hemant Madhukar, the film also features Anjali, Shalini Pandey, Subbaraju, Srinivasa Avasarala and Hollywood star Michael Madsen who is renowned for his performance in Thelma and Louise, Die Another Day and a handful of Quentin Tarantino movies. The film is highly anticipated and is set to release in Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam, and English. Anushka was also last seen in Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy which was a period film starring opposite Chiranjeevi.

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Tue, 04 May 2021 06:23:11 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-keerthy-sureshs-love-and-adoration-for-samantha-akkineni-is-empowering-read/ TRENDING: Keerthy Suresh’s Love and Adoration For Samantha Akkineni Is Empowering; READ! https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-keerthy-sureshs-love-and-adoration-for-samantha-akkineni-is-empowering-read/ Keerthy Suresh’s acting skills has garnered her a lot of fans ever since she gave a magnificent performance in the biopic of the legendary actress Savithri titled Mahanati. Keerthy Suresh as Savithri was not just convincing but was a classic reprise of the character. The actress was appreciated globally for her performance so much so that she won the National Award for it as well. But, Keerthy is honestly one of the most grounded actresses one could think of. She not only appreciates her peers for their stellar work but also encourages them to do more of it.

Keerthy Suresh and Samantha Akkineni have always expressed their fondness for one another ever since they did Mahanati together. As Samantha recently celebrated her birthday, Keerthy had the most empowering message for her. “A woman who is true to her roots! A performer, a social activist and a lovely human being who truly believes in the change she wants to make ❤️ Happy Birthday Gorgeous,” wrote Keerthy on her social media sharing some wonderful pictures along with it.

Samantha Akkineni has also been equally appreciative of her costars. Samantha’s empowering and inspirational wish to her costar Nayanthara on her birthday was much appreciated by both fanbases. It is wonderful to see that despite all the fake feuds the media creates, women are uplifting one another shattering stereotypes.

On the professional front, Keerthy Suresh has Goodluck Sakthi and Annathae starring Rajinikanth, Khushbu Sundar, Meena Sagar, Nayanthara and Soori among others. Meanwhile Samantha has Kaathuvaakkula Rendu Kadhal alongside Vijay Sethupathi and Nayanthara.

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Fri, 30 Apr 2021 05:19:49 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/tamil-director-cinematographer-kv-anand-passes-away-in-chennai-at-54/ Tamil director-cinematographer KV Anand Passes Away in Chennai at 54! https://jfwonline.com/article/tamil-director-cinematographer-kv-anand-passes-away-in-chennai-at-54/ Leading cinematographer and film director K V Anand died in Chennai in the early hours of Friday after suffering a cardiac arrest. Anand, who felt discomfort, drove himself to a private hospital in the city where he died.
KV became a director with “Kana Kanden”and went on to direct several hit films including “Ko”, “Ayan” “Kavan” and “Kaappaan.”
He was 54. Born in 1966, Kumar Venkatesan Anand began his career as a photojournalist for several newspapers and magazines. He then switched to cinematography when he had the opportunity to work under cinematographer PC Sreeram for a few films.
Anand worked as a cinematographer in a number of director Shankar films – “Mudhalvan,” “Boys” and “Sivaji.”
Fans and members of the industry have been tweeting in condolence after the news broke, expressing shock over his sudden demise.
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Thu, 29 Apr 2021 13:39:30 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/dearest-sameera-reddy-thank-you-for-changing-the-life-of-a-struggling-mother/ Dearest Sameera Reddy, Thank You For Changing The Life Of A Struggling Mother! https://jfwonline.com/article/dearest-sameera-reddy-thank-you-for-changing-the-life-of-a-struggling-mother/ Dear Sameera Reddy,

I’m a mother of a baby girl and I have often looked at awe at all the mothers who have been doing a terrific job of taking care of their children because I truly believed that I was failing terribly as one. I had no confidence whatsoever and being a working one at that, guilt would gobble me up most of the times. I would doubt myself on whether or not I am doing enough and already being so low on self-confidence, judgemental eyes would find their way to me and the shrewd talks would immediately get to my weak heart.

Months passed and I had learned to live with myself. That is when I had come across your profile. To me, you were that beautiful-looking actress I had watched in films like Vaaranam Aayiram and Nadunisi Naaygal. That is all I knew you as until I met you virtually as a mom blogger on social media. Dear Sameera, you’ve changed my life and there is no other way to say this but you are few of those very rare people who teaches humans to live like humans in this sexist, patriarchal, fascist world full of negativity waiting to being down one another in order to shine brighter.

My lady, you shine brighter than sunshine when you send out such beautifully positive thoughts through your posts, pictures and videos. I sometimes envy you for how beautifully you have learned to handle life only to realise that to reach where you are today, you must have fought those brave battles hard enough to reach the point. I envy your relationship with your two beautiful kids, I envy your relationship with your mother-in-law but most importantly, I envy the positivity that you completey own. I’m sure you must be having your dull days like any other person but what I envy is the way you come out of it eventually. Oh, this is envy is not the bad kind, I can promise you that.

I have had my doubts as a teenager and your message on body positivity and how you dealt with it from a very young age motivated me to trust my body. Size is not what I worry about anymore, I don’t fall sick and I pat myself for that. The way you beautifully construct relationships in your life has made me realise that I need to give everything the time to bond, it’s not a cookie to just get baked and come out, right? I don’t feel guilty about my work-life and personal life balance. Although I haven’t completely worked that out yet, I’m learning on my own time.

Thank you for normalising different skin, hair and overall, different beauty standards – I wear my grey hair like a crown today as well and ALL THANKS TO YOU. I have taken a lot of tips from how your bringing up your children with sensitivity, love and care. When they grow up, their love is what this world would be in desparate need of. I promise to teach my children to share as much love as they could.

But most importantly, you are teaching me to shun negativity slowly but surely out of my life. You are motivating me to stay positive and are teaching me to feel every emotion that I feel because it is only valid to feel what we feel – that is the only way to come out of it.

I have honestly never believed that social media would be life-changing but in my case, I am so glad I found a successful woman, a mother and a human being helping me out with her posts and videos so much so that, you hardly realise you’re making my life a better world to live in with every post of yours.

I am so glad you chose this line of career.

Thank you for everything, Sameera! I owe you one someday.

Yours faithfully,

Your biggest fan-mom.

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Thu, 29 Apr 2021 11:50:42 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-vijay-deverakonda-proposes-to-rashmika-on-one-knee-watch/ TRENDING: Vijay Deverakonda Proposes To Rashmika On One Knee; WATCH! https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-vijay-deverakonda-proposes-to-rashmika-on-one-knee-watch/ Born in the small town of Madikeri in Karnataka, Rashmika had a simple upbringing. Her parents, not being ready to send their daughter to the big city, let her pursue her high school in Mysore, before moving to Bangalore to pursue her undergraduate degree in psychology, journalism, and literature. Two weeks into college, one of Rashmika’s friends signed her name up for the Fresh Face Bangalore competition. Rashmika, who was completely unaware of what she was getting into, didn’t have a clue about what the competition was all about and found out that her name was enrolled only a day before. However, she went for it.

From Geetha Govindham to Sarilerru Neevvaru, Rashmika has been unstoppable. But, it was really her first with Vijay Deverakonda that made things unstoppable for the young actress. The two have remained best friends ever since and they even did another film titled Dear Comrade together.

Social media trends everytime these two are spotted together and this time a few videos and pictures of the duo have been giving fans the sweetest shock. We see a beautifully calm Rashmika watching Vijay Deverakonda propose to her on one knee. Well, we were wondering the same until we realised that it was for an ad shoot. Watch:

In a throwback interview with TNM, Rashmika stated that she was once afraid with her co-star Vijay Devorkonda. “Nothing has changed. I was scared when I first shot with him as I’m scared of new people. But then, Vijay is a very chill fellow and I found it easy to work with him. Shooting for this film was easier as I knew his frequency, his vibe and it was easy to match up to it – I didn’t even have to try as we’ve been friends for quite a long time now. Our characters rub off on each other and the best part about our friendship is that I don’t have to try hard to understand the guy.”

On the professional front Rashmika Mandanna has Allu Arjun’s Pushpa in Tollywood after two hits Sarrileru Neekevvaru and Bheeshma. She made her Kollywood debut with Karthi’s Sultan. 

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Wed, 28 Apr 2021 13:31:21 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/read-an-open-letter-from-an-anxious-mother-to-the-pandemic-ridden-world/ READ: An Open Letter From An Anxious Mother To The Pandemic-Ridden World! https://jfwonline.com/article/read-an-open-letter-from-an-anxious-mother-to-the-pandemic-ridden-world/ *Image for Graphical representation ONLY.


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was the last time you dreamed of a beautiful future for your children? Let me tell you, it’s been more than a year that I have imagined a life that is anything but about masks, sanitisation, social distancing, vaccinations, tests, labs, hospitals etc. Is that the normal our children are going to grow into?

I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl a few years ago. While I knew she would have to fight a lot of battles for being who she is, there was one that wasn’t taken in account. When COVID 19 hit our lives last year, we saw numerous posts about how we have brought it upon ourselves, how we neglected to take care of our planet, how we have been careless about our lives, how , at the end of the day we blamed the humankind for the doom. We struggled last year, we stayed at home for months, we quarantined for weeks, we prayed for a vaccine and so this year, the efforts of all paid off and we were off to a good start in 2021.

Little did we know that we had to prepare for the worst, that 2020 was just the tip of the iceberg. This year, while parks and schools are shut, rallies and leagues take centre stage. When our children should have started their academics and made new friends, they have to sit at home and wonder what they did wrong. It’s heart breaking to make a 4 year old understand the importance of wearing a mask or stay indoors when all she wants to do is play with her friend. When adults are struggling with anxiety and depression, these little ones are feeling things they can’t even put into words. This isn’t the world that we told them stories about, the world that was full of beautiful adventures and a world that was their oyster, it is a scary world when you have to think twice before talking to your neighbours.

Her childhood was supposed to be drastically different; I pictured a happy, social child who was enjoying school each day every day.  How can a toddler make sense of this world when I am myself struggling to deal with reality? So now we have made our own version of reality, we live in castle like Jasmin from Aladdin who isn’t allowed to step into the village, we are trapped like Sleeping Beauty who lives locked away, and we wait for the world to become better. These fairy tales are our escape from this, we watch one movie every day and sleep with their stories in our minds. Hoping that in our dreams we live in their worlds where at the end, everything becomes alright and they live happily ever after…

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Wed, 28 Apr 2021 11:44:27 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/relatives-use-late-actor-viveks-ashes-to-do-the-most-empowering-deed-read-on/ Relatives Use Late Actor Vivek’s Ashes To Do The Most Empowering Deed; READ ON! https://jfwonline.com/article/relatives-use-late-actor-viveks-ashes-to-do-the-most-empowering-deed-read-on/ It is impossible to even fathom the loss of someone as legendary as actor Vivek. A humble human being, a social activist and a versatile actor. At 4:35 AM on the actor was pronounced dead due to cardiac arrest and the film industry rushed to pay their respects to the actor’s mortal remains. Vivek has not just touched the hearts of his fans but of several youngsters going by the principles of his Master and the late President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.

The entire Indian film industry mourned the loss of a stellar actor like Vivek and expressed their grievances. But, to him only one thing mattered, to take his Green Kalam initiative further ahead. He loved trees and plants – he simply had the most tender heart for them.

Keeping that in mind, Vivek’s family took the liberty of taking his ashes and with the use of it (as a fertiliser), planted several saplings in the burial ground. Vivek’s relatives conducted a puja in Perungotoor, his ancestral village and his ashes were then used to plant saplings. After being cremated at the Virugambakkam crematorium amidst his family members and fans, his ashes were sent to his ancestral village Perungotoor near Madurai.

Meanwhile, Bigg Boss 4 fame Ramya Pandian planted 59 trees to mark his age at the SP office, Thiruvallur.
Ramya Pandian wrote, “As a tribute to Vivek sir, we’ve planted 59 saplings at SP office thiruvallur… He has been an inspiration to me and I promise to continue the legacy that he has left behind. He will live in our hearts always! Thank you @communitreeindia and thank you so much Aravindhan sir Superintendent of police Thiruvallur district… Happy Earth day”.
Several other celebrities took up this opportunity and paid tribute to this legendary man by planting saplings.
In 2009, the Government of India awarded Vivek the Padma Shri for his contribution to the arts. He launched the Green Kalam initiative in 2010 with the mission of planting one billion trees across Tamil Nadu.
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Wed, 28 Apr 2021 11:08:55 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-nayantharas-debut-film-was-supposed-to-be-this-popular-film-with-actor-simbu/ TRENDING: Nayanthara’s Debut Film Was Supposed To Be This Popular Film With Actor Simbu! https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-nayantharas-debut-film-was-supposed-to-be-this-popular-film-with-actor-simbu/ Nayanthara is one of the biggest stars in the South Indian film industry today. She is doing films in all languages and has a massive fan-following. It all started when Nayanthara made her debut with the film Ayya also starring Sarathkumar and eventually did her second film with the superstar himself titled Chandramukhi which was a blockbuster hit. Ever since, Nayanthara has been unstoppable and has explored all the languages.

But, looks like it there was a different debut path waiting for the actress. In a recent interview with a popular entertainment portal, ace producer Kalaipuli S Dhanu revealed that Nayanthara was supposed to make her debut opposite to actor Simbu who she even dated down the line.

He stated that when they were assembling the cast for Thotti Jaya he came across Nayanthara’s picture (Diana Mariam Kurian) on a magazine and tracked her down to be part of the film. Apparently, though he was keen to cast Nayanthara in the film, director VZ Durai and cameraman RD Rajasekar had given a word to actress Gopika while in the Malayalam film Four The People.

The film has actress Gopika playing the female lead opposite Silambarasan aka Simbu. Until now, it was believed that director VZ Durai’s first choice for the female lead was Nayanthara, but she couldn’t be part of the film as she turned busy in Tamil after her debut Ayya. Dhanu concludes saying that he regrets not launching Nayanthara.

On the professional front, Nayanthara has Rajinikanth starrer Annathae directed by Siva, Kaathuvaakkula Rendu Kadhal alongside Vijay Sethupathi and Samantha, Nizhal alongside Malayalam actor Kunchackoo Boban and Netri Kann produced by her beau Vignesh Shivan.

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Wed, 28 Apr 2021 10:54:36 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/telugu-actor-allu-arjun-tests-positive-for-covid/ Telugu Actor Allu Arjun Tests Positive For COVID! https://jfwonline.com/article/telugu-actor-allu-arjun-tests-positive-for-covid/ COVID cases are increasing by the minute in India. The number of cases affecting each state is scarily high and many of our near and dear ones are also seen getting affected from the same. Celebrities are no exception to this viral spread. As and when they shoot, many are contracting COVID and are isolating themselves as a result. The latest to be affected would have to be Telugu’s stylish Star Allu Arjun.

Taking to social media, the actor confirmed the news. “Hello everyone, I have tested positive for covid. I have isolated myself at home and have been following all the protocols,” the actor wrote in his post and added: “I request those who have come in contact with me to get tested. Stay home, stay safe and get vaccinated when you get the chance,” wrote the Ala Vaikuntapuramloo actor.

Fans, followers and his fellow colleagues are sending him get well soon messages on social media.

On the professional front, Allu Arjun has Pushpa alongside Rashmika Mandanna. This will be a multilingual film and one of the actor’s most anticipated.

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Tue, 27 Apr 2021 06:16:01 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/thatha-and-ammamas-love-story-a-granddaughters-heartbreaking-yet-beautiful-story-of-her-grandparents-is-winning-the-internet/ Thatha And Ammama’s Love Story: A Granddaughter’s Heartbreaking Yet Beautiful Story Of Her Grandparents Is Winning The Internet! https://jfwonline.com/article/thatha-and-ammamas-love-story-a-granddaughters-heartbreaking-yet-beautiful-story-of-her-grandparents-is-winning-the-internet/ Waking up to beautiful stories and beautiful people is always a blessing. One such story the internet has been blessed with today is the beautiful love story of an 84-year-old grandpa and his wife who was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Popular social media page Humans of Bombay posted the story of the granddaughter narrating their story. Read this:

“In 2015, Ammama, my grandma, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s–she’d forget to eat & sleep for 13 hours a day. Thatha was heartbroken, ‘Why doesn’t she speak to me?’ he’d ask. But he never left her side; from cooking, to oiling her hair to taking her to the loo–he did it all. We asked him to move in with us but he refused–‘All my life, she’s taken care of me. It’s my turn now,’ he said.
He tried hard to revive her memory, but she couldn’t recollect anything. Eventually we hired a caretaker as Ammama’s condition worsened. After the lockdown, I couldn’t visit them often, so on mom’s birthday in June, Thatha asked me to stay with them; I promised I would.
But within a few days, Thatha fell & injured his back. Because of covid, only Mom could go to the hospital. The doctors said he’d suffered a silent heart attack & also tested positive for covid. I couldn’t believe it–Thatha never stepped out of the house!
After, mom, dad, my brother & I all tested positive; we isolated. 2 days in, the doctor told us Thatha was better. Mom & I video called him–mom told him, ‘I’ll take care of Ammama,’ But I wanted him to hold on & said, ‘Soon, you’ll be with us’; he didn’t react.
The next day, Thatha succumbed. I was shattered. We spoke to Ammama’s doctors & they advised us not to tell her the truth because of her fragile health.
We all moved in with Ammama after testing negative–it’s been 4 months now but she still hasn’t realised that Thatha is no more. Upon waking up, she asks me, ‘Has he left me?’ but before I can say anything, she reassures herself–‘I know he loves me, he’d never leave me.’ The pain & guilt is unbearable.
So whenever she feels restless, we tell her that Thatha’s gone to buy groceries, but within minutes she forgets & asks again. If the doorbell rings, she excitedly looks at the door, only to be disappointed.
She’s never stopped believing that Thatha will come back. Just yesterday she spoke to me about their wedding day.
I know there may come a day when she forgets me but even then, she’ll remember Thatha. Her faith in him is so strong that she makes me want to believe he’ll come back someday. It makes me believe that love surpasses everything; even death.”

 

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“In 2015, Ammama, my grandma, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s–she’d forget to eat & sleep for 13 hours a day. Thatha was heartbroken, ‘Why doesn’t she speak to me?’ he’d ask. But he never left her side; from cooking, to oiling her hair to taking her to the loo–he did it all. We asked him to move in with us but he refused–‘All my life, she’s taken care of me. It’s my turn now,’ he said. He tried hard to revive her memory, but she couldn’t recollect anything. Eventually we hired a caretaker as Ammama’s condition worsened. After the lockdown, I couldn’t visit them often, so on mom’s birthday in June, Thatha asked me to stay with them; I promised I would. But within a few days, Thatha fell & injured his back. Because of covid, only Mom could go to the hospital. The doctors said he’d suffered a silent heart attack & also tested positive for covid. I couldn’t believe it–Thatha never stepped out of the house! After, mom, dad, my brother & I all tested positive; we isolated. 2 days in, the doctor told us Thatha was better. Mom & I video called him–mom told him, ‘I’ll take care of Ammama,’ But I wanted him to hold on & said, ‘Soon, you’ll be with us’; he didn’t react. The next day, Thatha succumbed. I was shattered. We spoke to Ammama’s doctors & they advised us not to tell her the truth because of her fragile health. We all moved in with Ammama after testing negative–it’s been 4 months now but she still hasn’t realised that Thatha is no more. Upon waking up, she asks me, ‘Has he left me?’ but before I can say anything, she reassures herself–‘I know he loves me, he’d never leave me.’ The pain & guilt is unbearable. So whenever she feels restless, we tell her that Thatha’s gone to buy groceries, but within minutes she forgets & asks again. If the doorbell rings, she excitedly looks at the door, only to be disappointed. She’s never stopped believing that Thatha will come back. Just yesterday she spoke to me about their wedding day. I know there may come a day when she forgets me but even then, she’ll remember Thatha. Her faith in him is so strong that she makes me want to believe he’ll come back someday. It makes me believe that love surpasses everything; even death.”

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Such a beautiful yet a rare form of love to find. Such motivational stories do make us believe in humanity for sure.

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Tue, 27 Apr 2021 04:11:51 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/11-fun-and-healthy-ways-to-keep-your-kids-engaged-during-lockdown/ 11 Fun And Healthy Ways To Keep Your Kids Engaged During Lockdown! https://jfwonline.com/article/11-fun-and-healthy-ways-to-keep-your-kids-engaged-during-lockdown/ There are no two ways about it: Having to keep kids indoor all the time seven days a week are oppressive and they make kids irritable. The onus falls on us, as parents, to keep them occupied and happy. Here are 11 ways to make sure they have the time of their lives.

 

  1. Mind Your Language: Children pick up languages very fast. There is no better time than the summer hols to teach them the nuances of various languages.  Help them refresh their knowledge of their second language at school or introduce them to a foreign language like French, German or Italian. You can take online courses in any of these and be prepped up to teach your kids. Create small games based on grammar and vocabulary for them and make learning fun. 
  2. Inks and Paper: Pen is indeed mightier than video games when it comes to keep kids creatively occupied. Give them the required stationery and you will be amazed at what they can come up with. If your child is a born artist set up a cosy corner and let her be. Her colourful village scenes and glorious sunsets will be worth framing. If she is a beginner, help her with the basic strokes and colour combinations so that she can soon have a masterpiece on her hands. 
  3. Origami Expertise: Discover the traditional Japanese art of paper folding and unleash your child’s imagination. Pretty butterflies, cute cranes, sweet roses and lively rabbits: it is a whole new world to explore together. You can also unravel the secrets of Kirigami, a variation of origami that includes the art of paper cutting. 
  4. Treasure Hunt: As far as games go, this is an eternal favourite among the young and the old alike, and it is easy to play. Hide a few things in and around the house and sprinkle clues all over. Let your kids don their Sherlock Holmes cap and discover the treasure, literally. You can even turn it into a neighbourhood scavenger hunt by involving the adults in the family. Feel the excitement in the air as they sniff for clues and search in nooks and corners for that elusive prize. 
  5. Junior Gardeners: Most kids have green fingers. Right from growing sprouts to pasting and labelling different kinds of leaves for their school project, they know a thing or two about gardening. Why not develop that inkling of an interest into a full blown passion? Gardening is therapeutic for you too as you dig the soil, plant a sapling and dirty your fingers in quest of the perfect bloom. Doing some preliminary research on what grows best in summer will ensure your plants thrive and flourish. 
  6. Get Creative in the Kitchen: Ditch the takeaways this weekend and rustle up some simple dishes with the help of your little sous chef. Sandwiches, soups, salads, juices, popcorn, French fries: the menu can feature endless goodies for you to cook and serve. Play a DVD, flop down on the sofa and tuck into the dishes with relish.
  7. Karaoke Nights: Karaoke nights can not only let your child channel her inner Shakira, it will also help her in losing her inhibitions. Mark an area in the house for karaoke and set up the necessary equipment. Then let go of yourself in full force as you pump up the volume and notch up chartbusters. Of course, if karaoke is not quite your thing, have an impromptu dance party. Just play your favourite music CD and boogie the evening away.
  8. Have a pillow fight: Simple but effective, a pillow fight is the perfect way for your bubbly little one to expend the extra energy. And believe it or not, it is a great stress buster for you too as you unwind after a hectic day with some good old ‘down’ sizing. Once you are exhausted, use the same pillow to rest your head on as you chat away nineteen to the dozen with your kid and bond like never before. 
  9. Nostalgic collage: Before digitisation invaded our homes, we had good old albums with their moth eaten corners and yellowed photos. There is no better way to get your child acquainted with your growing up years than to team up with her in making a collage. As you scout for photos, make sure you tell her who is who so she gets an idea of her family history.
  10. Indulge in a floor jigsaw puzzle: Jigsaw puzzles never fail to fascinate kids and here, size does matter: the bigger, the better. Search for a good quality, floor length puzzle and attack it when you are in the mood for some hard work. Pick a themed puzzle like a world map or a multiplication chart so that fun gets blended with knowledge in a subtle way. 
  11. Process Knowledge: When your kids asked you at breakfast one day where the cheese on their plate comes from, did you give them a blank look and feel embarrassed at not being able to answer their query? Well, not any more. Find out about a dairy farm or a biscuit factory in or near your city and fix up a tour. Explain the ‘raw material to finished goods’ process to your precious one as her eyes pop out at the wonder of men and machine. 

 

 

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Tue, 27 Apr 2021 01:33:56 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/appreciating-gautham-vasudev-menon-the-unique-names-of-women-and-their-out-of-the-box-characters/ Appreciating GVM: The Master And The Mindful, Unique Names Of His Women Characters! https://jfwonline.com/article/appreciating-gautham-vasudev-menon-the-unique-names-of-women-and-their-out-of-the-box-characters/ Rarely does Tamil cinema offer good and meaty roles to its heroines and Gautham Menon is one of those few directors who writes great characters for the women in his films. The heroines in his movies are effortless and steal the show with their performances. His women are so unique that their characters and names are etched in your minds long after the movie is over. He was the first  to move away from the cliche of naming heroines ‘Priya’ and named them realistic, like Aaradhana, Jessie, Malini and Hemanika.

But, there is a certain reason the director deeply believes in – names represent characters. Each name holds a meaning to GVM and the mastermind works further develop his character arc further from there. Gautham also brings in a lot of strength in his women but it is completely contrasting to Mani Ratnam’s women. While the latter believes in bringing a certain amount of modernity in the storyline, his women characters are beautiful, old souls. While Gautham’s women characters are very progressive and independent in nature, the storyline holds old school dear. Gautham’s way of portraying progressiveness throughout old-school narration is what makes him an “actress’s” director.

He simply falls in love with the roles he writes and that ultimately leaves his audience awestruck.

Take Simran’s Malini for example – a stunning character who is much undervalued. Malini is the epitome of a progressive woman and indirectly she is her son’s role model although he is a papa’s boy in this film. His father himself reflect’s Malini’s character that sticks on with the son. The complexity of her character is the beauty of it making a simple storyline wondrous.

Here are some of the most memorable female characters from Gautham Vasudev Menon’s movies we have analysed:

 

Reema Sen as REENA JOSEPH

 

 

You may think that Reena is probably one of the most common characters in Tamil Cinema but if you dig deep you would understand that Reena is that new age woman believing in old school love. To her, falling in love with the person is more important that falling in love with the name. We would like to believe that it was since then than GVM fell in love with choosing unique names. Reena looked past everything physical and worldly. She fell in love with the soul – a soul that thought her to love herself and taught her the art of letting go if anything or anyone ever hurt her (see the progressiveness here?)

Trisha as Hemanika

 

 

She is stunning, there is no doubt. She is a terrific dancer, a strong single mother who doesn’t let the society’s futile judgement bother her. She believes in life after losing loved ones and she chooses them wisely as well. Trisha as Hemanika is very clear and confident with what she wants from life – be it her confidence in dance or be it choosing Sathya (Ajith) not just for herself but a wonderful father to her daughter too. Hemanika in Sanskrit literally means crown of confidence and she has definitely worn it beautifully and graciously on her head.

Anushka Shetty as Thenmozhi

 

 

 

Depicting a beautiful Tamil name, Thenmozhi is as vulnerable as she is strong. She is a woman of strength and valor but Anushka Shetty as Thenmozhi is just yearning for a situation where she could be happily sensitive and vulnerable which is as good as strength. Infact, Isha (Anika Surendran) is her one final hope she could latch on to. Being a child, she could mend in with her easily and let herself lose – that is, just by simply being sweet and sensitive just like her name.

Simran as Malini Krishnan

 

There is nothing Simran can’t do. The roles she chooses are stellar and one among them is Malini. Simran is one of those rare actors who has had fantastic characters both as Indira (Kannathil Mutthamittal) and Malini (Vaaranam Aayiram). Two strong yet contrasting mothers from two directors who solely believe women are the backbone of any story. With Indira, she is a worldly mother – her love knows no bounds and they are equal for all her children but she knows the value of another mother’s aching heart and she always holds justice close to her heart. Meanwhile, Malini is very silent, observant and very progressive – she lets then men in her house take over emotions and she lets them deal with it their way but they both know that Malini is their only solution when it comes to a combination of love and logic. Oh, Simran the way you have played the roles of two contrasting mothers makes us fall in love with you even more.

 

Samantha Akkineni as NITHYA

 

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Neethaane En Ponvasantham was a love story that follows the life of childhood sweethearts, Nithya and Varun. Starring Samantha and Jeeva the movie was expected to be a breezy love story, instead Gautham refused to take the usual route and focused on the problems the couple go through at different points in their life. Nithya played by Samantha is courageous and is someone most girls could relate to. She cries over her break up but is very quick to bounce back and focuses her energy into something good. When we all expect Nithya to take Varun back when he apologizes, she takes a stand and refuses to budge. With Nithya, she is as positive and sweet as she can get but the inner strength lying within is very appreciable. Like anyone in live, when they fall out of it, being sensitive about it is the way to go and she does it beautifully bouncing back after that. She is true believer of love and power albeit what she shows outside is only a percent of her beautiful self.

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Mon, 26 Apr 2021 07:49:54 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/pic-talk-check-out-the-extravagant-reception-of-the-newlywed-jwala-gutta-and-vishnu-vishal/ PIC TALK: Check Out The Extravagant Reception Of The Newlywed Jwala Gutta And Vishnu Vishal! https://jfwonline.com/article/pic-talk-check-out-the-extravagant-reception-of-the-newlywed-jwala-gutta-and-vishnu-vishal/ Actor Vishnu Vishal has done some phenomenal films in his career. Films like Velai Nu Vandhuta Vellaikaran, Raatchasan and Jeeva were the topmost films in the actor’s career graph. He chooses very unique roles and scripts that gel well with it. But, apart from that, the actor has also been in the headlines for his personal life too. The actor’s interview about his divorce last year created a controversy. Recently, the actor made it to the headlines for his adorable pictures with badminton player Jwala Gutta.

The couple is quite active on social media too. In a recent, the couple confirmed that they are engaged and shared some pictures too. The Raatchasan actor had recently confirmed his wedding with his lady love and this is what he had to say: “We are going to tie the know real soon and I am going to become a Telugu alludu (son-in-law) now. I am extremely happy about it. I will announce the wedding date soon.”

Jwala Gutta later took it to social media to further confirm the news of their wedding with an invitation. “Life is a journey… embrace it… have faith and take the leap…Need all your love and support as always,” wrote Jwala and posted her invitation which confirmed that the couple would be tying the knot on April 22nd.

Eventually they also held an intimate reception post the wedding. Check it out:

 

 

Congratulations to the lovely couple!

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Mon, 26 Apr 2021 06:10:32 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/thalapathy-65-actress-pooja-hegde-tests-positive-for-covid/ Thalapathy 65 Actress Pooja Hegde Tests Positive For COVID! https://jfwonline.com/article/thalapathy-65-actress-pooja-hegde-tests-positive-for-covid/ COVID cases are increasing by the minute in India. The number of cases affecting each state is scarily high and many of our near and dear ones are also seen getting affected from the same. Celebrities are no exception to this viral spread. As and when they shoot, many are contracting COVID and are isolating themselves as a result. The latest to be affected would have to be the popular actress Pooja Hegde.

Taking to social media, the actress even confirmed the news. “Hello everyone. This is to inform you all that I have tested positive for COVID-19. Following all the protocols, I have isolated and home quarantined myself. I request all those who’ve come in contact with me recently to get tested too. Thank you for your love & support. I am currently recuperating well Please stay home, stay safe & take care,” she wrote.

 

A fanpage of actor Vijay was quick to wish the actress a speedy recovery too. “Wishing our #Thalapathy65 Heroine @hegdepooja for a speedy recovery. To clarify she was ‘not’ part of the recent Georgia schedule,” they confirmed in their tweet.

It was only recently when Sun Pictures confirmed the leading lady for Vijay’s next untitled Thalapathy 65 directed by Nelson Dilipkumar of Kolamaavu Kokila fame. The first schedule of the film was being shot in Georgia. It is being reported that the unit had planned to shoot a romantic song, featuring her and Vijay, and a stunt sequence. But the team has returned to India from Georgia, where they had shot for 17 days.

Pooja had not been able to join the team because she was working on a Telugu film as well.

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Mon, 26 Apr 2021 03:21:00 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/curbingcovid-all-that-you-can-and-cannot-do-in-tamil-nadu-from-today/ #CurbingCOVID: All That You Can And Cannot Do In Tamil Nadu From Today! https://jfwonline.com/article/curbingcovid-all-that-you-can-and-cannot-do-in-tamil-nadu-from-today/ Every State Government is coming up with its own rules, regulations and restrictions to curb the deadly COVID virus that is spreading at an alarming rate in India. While statistics and analytics predict that we have worse days coming ahead of us before they again begin to fall flat, stringent fines and Law is being created against those failing to wear a mask or maintain a social distance. Maharashtra having the highest number of cases in the country, has imposed section 144 on its citizen, the lesser severe states have come up with their own ways to reduce the damage being done.

The latest being TN, the State Government has now decided to close all forms of public meeting anf gathering amongst other rules imposed. Beginning from today, here’s what you can and cannot do if you’re residing in TN.

 

What’s allowed:

 

– Provisional shops with 50% customers.

– Vegetable shops with 50% customers

– Restaurants with takeaway facilities only.

– Tea shops with takeaway facilities only.

– Weddings with 50 members max.

– Funerals with 25 members max.

– Cabs can take upto 3 pssengers excluding the driver.

– Autos can take upto 2 passengers excluding the driver.

– E-commerce services.

– Private and Government bus services with only sitting passengers.

– Other shops following the protocol.

 

What’s not allowed?

 

– cinema theatres

– Gyms

– Public gatherings at religious places

– Beauty parlours.

– Salons

– Recreation and meeting halls

– Bars

– Malls and shopping complexes

– Provisional and vegetable stores at shopping complexes.

– Sports training academies.

Apart from this, TN will continue to follow its night curfew timings from 10PM up until 4AM and will have 144 continuing on Sunday’s.

 

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Sun, 25 Apr 2021 11:50:08 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-late-actor-viveks-last-audio-message-to-his-colleague-will-make-you-cry-a-river/ TRENDING: Late Actor Vivek’s Last Audio Message To His Colleague Will Make You Cry A River! https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-late-actor-viveks-last-audio-message-to-his-colleague-will-make-you-cry-a-river/ It is impossible to even fathom the loss of someone as legendary as actor Vivek. A humble human being, a social activist and a versatile actor. At 4:35 AM on the actor was pronounced dead due to cardiac arrest and the film industry rushed to pay their respects to the actor’s mortal remains. Vivek has not just touched the hearts of his fans but of several youngsters going by the principles of his Master and the late President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.

The entire Indian film industry mourned the loss of a stellar actor like Vivek and expressed their grievances. One of them was actor Kottachi who has acted along with Vivek in several films. He has recently shared a heartwarming video of am audio note sent by Vivek and it is winning the internet. Check it out:

 

In the audio, the Tamil actor is heard praising Kottachi for his short film debut. He also shared his thoughts on helping his unfortunate friends in the industry who have suffered due to pandemic lockdown. Vivek also sent best wishes and blessings to Kottachi and his family.

In 2009, the Government of India awarded Vivek the Padma Shri for his contribution to the arts. He launched the Green Kalam initiative in 2010 with the mission of planting one billion trees across Tamil Nadu.

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Thu, 22 Apr 2021 11:40:50 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-happy-married-life-vishnu-vishal-and-jwala-gutta/ TRENDING: Happy Married Life Vishnu Vishal And Jwala Gutta! https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-happy-married-life-vishnu-vishal-and-jwala-gutta/ Actor Vishnu Vishal has done some phenomenal films in his career. Films like Velai Nu Vandhuta Vellaikaran, Raatchasan and Jeeva were the topmost films in the actor’s career graph. He chooses very unique roles and scripts that gel well with it. But, apart from that, the actor has also been in the headlines for his personal life too. The actor’s interview about his divorce last year created a controversy. Recently, the actor made it to the headlines for his adorable pictures with badminton player Jwala Gutta.

The couple is quite active on social media too. In a recent, the couple confirmed that they are engaged and shared some pictures too. The Raatchasan actor had recently confirmed his wedding with his lady love and this is what he had to say: “We are going to tie the know real soon and I am going to become a Telugu alludu (son-in-law) now. I am extremely happy about it. I will announce the wedding date soon.”

Jwala Gutta later took it to social media to further confirm the news of their wedding with an invitation. “Life is a journey… embrace it… have faith and take the leap…Need all your love and support as always,” wrote Jwala and posted her invitation which confirmed that the couple would be tying the knot on April 22nd.

Check out all the beautiful pictures from their two day celebrations:

 

 

The wedding festivities began earlier yesterday beginning with the Sangeet, Haldi and now the Wedding.

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Wed, 21 Apr 2021 14:29:14 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/andhra-popular-tiktok-user-funbucket-bhargav-arrested-for-allegedly-raping-a-minor/ ANDHRA: Popular TikTok User Funbucket Bhargav Arrested For Allegedly Raping A Minor! https://jfwonline.com/article/andhra-popular-tiktok-user-funbucket-bhargav-arrested-for-allegedly-raping-a-minor/ In a turn of shocking events Chippada Bhargav, also known as FunBucket Bhargav by his TikTok fans was arrested on Tuesday night for allegedly raping a 14-year-old in Vishakapattinam, Andhra Pradesh. Bhargav resides in Hyderabad where the Police nabbed him and have now booked him under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act along with other sections of the Indian Penal Code.

The gruesome incident reportedly came to light when the family members found the 14-year-old four months pregnant. Eventually, family members lodged a complaint with the Pendurthi police station under the Visakhapatnam commissionerate on April 16th. Bhargav was then arrested by the Andhra police in Kompally, Hyderabad. The accused has now been brought to Vishakapattinam.

Speaking to The News Minute, police personnel from Pendurthi said that they arrested the accused in Hyderabad, and since it’s a POCSO case, they have transferred it to the Disha Police in Visakhapatnam. Disha police stations were set up to investigate crimes against women and children in Andhra Pradesh after the horrific gangrape and murder of a Hyderabad-based vet in 2019.

During a press conference,Disha Assistant Commissioner of Police Prem Kajal said that the accused had promised the survivor offers in media channels after seeing her in TikTok videos.

“He had proposed to the survivor and she had rejected him. But he blackmailed her saying he had her explicit videos. The survivor is also pregnant,” she said.

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Wed, 21 Apr 2021 13:03:14 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/samantha-akkinenis-timely-help-to-a-woman-in-need-is-winning-the-internet/ Samantha Akkineni’s Timely Help To A Woman In Need Is Winning The Internet! https://jfwonline.com/article/samantha-akkinenis-timely-help-to-a-woman-in-need-is-winning-the-internet/ Samantha Akkineni has been one of the most dedicated philanthropists. From her Ekam Early learning for kids to the Prathyusha Foundation for children in need, Samantha has done it all. She has always been open about supporting and encouraging other women and has even helped uplift several. One such motivational story of the actress has come to light through her fanclubs and followers. In a recent, fans on Twitter talked about the help Samantha did for a woman in need.

It is reported that during her talk show Sam Jam, she heard the story of Kavitha, an auto deiver with seven sisters who is driving day and night to support her family. She further added that both her parents had passed away and her entire family is dependent on her for very basic necessities.

Keeping this in mind, Samantha has gone ahead and purchased a 12.5 Lakh worth car so that being a Taxi Driver could definitely help her earn more.

 

 

The Majili actress’ fans took to Twitter to share the news. “She Promised to auto driver in #SAMJAMSHOW That He would give a car as a gift, She gifted 12L worth of car to that auto driver. Its really Worth a applausE Samantha!! Do Continue this good work,bReally a heartfelt appreciation from @MsAnushkaShetty Fans,” wrote one on social media.

 

On te professional front, Samantha Akkineni has Kaathuvaakula Rendu Kadhal in Tamil alongside Vijay Sethupathi and Nayanthara. She also debuts in Hindi with the series The Family Man season 2 where she is seen playing the role of an antagonist. Sam is yet to announce further projects.

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Wed, 21 Apr 2021 12:02:31 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-bigg-boss-besties-shivani-narayanan-balaji-murugadoss-dance-away-happily/ TRENDING: Bigg Boss Besties Shivani Narayanan, Balaji Murugadoss Dance Away Happily! https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-bigg-boss-besties-shivani-narayanan-balaji-murugadoss-dance-away-happily/ Shivani Narayanan may have not won her Bigg Boss title but her controversies certainly caught the attention of her fans and audience. Her love story with Balaji Murugadoss was the biggest of them all. Several found Shivan stuck in this toxic relationship and wasn’t seen playing her game. In fact, during one of the episodes, Shivani’s mother visited her in the House and lashed out at her daughter for looking needy and desperate onscreen.

She further had told in the process Shivani had completely lost her game play as a result. However, after everything that’s happened the duo remains to be friends with one another and maintain a strong bond. Recently, they were seen grooving together with Samyuktha and the video went viral. Check it out:

 

 

In a recent interview, Shivani finally revealed why her mother burst out. “She has never gotten mad at me and has never been disappointed with any of my activities. But she told me certain things inside the house, and I realised that she was hurt terribly,” added Shivani.

She further stated, “Though she was a little disappointed that I could have played my game better, she was happy with my last task, where I had to stand in a certain position for hours together.”

She further stated, “Though she was a little disappointed that I could have played my game better, she was happy with my last task, where I had to stand in a certain position for hours together.”

It is to be noted that Shivani was lauded by her fans and followers as she stayed calm and composed even when her mother yelled at her. Host Kamal Haasan too lauded her for the same and gave her mother one more chance to interact with her without yelling at her.

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Mon, 19 Apr 2021 23:33:09 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/when-eyes-speak-women-through-the-lens-of-the-legendary-mani-ratnam/ When Eyes Speak: Women Through The Lens Of The Legendary Mani Ratnam! https://jfwonline.com/article/when-eyes-speak-women-through-the-lens-of-the-legendary-mani-ratnam/ Time and again the best director of the era Mani Ratnam keeps proving us that he is a very sensitive person on the inside. This we know because the female leads in his movies have characters that are strong, deep, sensitive and absolutely stunning. Over the years, characterisation of women in Mani Ratnam’s films have changed with time but we see women in all forms only hold their ground strong and firm.

What started out as Roja and Senthamarai, is now going on strong as Tara and Leela. The reason the audience evidently remembers names of these women from the film is the uniqueness they carry with their character, the utmost sensitivity with which they’re treated but mostly, they are relatable to women from every generation.

Mani Ratnam has a knack looking deep into the hearts of women. It’s like these women come tell him their deepest secrets and eventually he carves characters out of their secrets. The actors who choose to portray the director’s characters, we see them melting into their roles just through their eyes – sadness, happiness, fear, frustration, fury, love, emptiness, almost every emotion.

To play the role of any woman character in a Mani Ratnam’s movie, an actor has to invest emotionally and physically to flow and enact exactly what this magician of a director has in his mind. Even with a character like Leela from Kaatru Veliyidai, it takes a great amount of courage to step into the shoes of an educated woman who simply allows the love of her life to abuse her to any extent and let him dominate her as much as he wishes to. Although the director faced criticism for the role, he probably is the only person to understand what actually went through Leela’s mind. Making a note of Mani Ratnam’s magic, here are 11 characters that portrayed an emotion that is not explainable:

 

revathi

 

1. Revathi as Divya: Of course, who can forget one of the most epic love stories ‘Mouna Raagam’ starring Mohan, Karthik and Revathi. The character of Divya was so beautifully portrayed. She is that woman who is stuck between her past love and her present marriage. She is the woman of two minds.

 

Bombay. Photo: nowplayingfilm.blogspot.com

 

2. Manisha Koirala as Banu: Even in the late 90s if women married a man from another religion, they were supposed to leave theirs for his. But, Banu from the movie ‘Bombay’ was a fighter. she loved her husband, his family but never gave up on her faith, her family, her love and her fight for togetherness. Yes, she leaves her family to marry a Hindu Brahmin but no she does not give up her faith.

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Mon, 19 Apr 2021 12:02:43 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-nayanthara-pens-down-an-emotional-note-for-the-late-actor-vivek/ TRENDING: Nayanthara Pens Down An Emotional Note For The Late Actor Vivek! https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-nayanthara-pens-down-an-emotional-note-for-the-late-actor-vivek/ It is impossible to even fathom the loss of someone as legendary as actor Vivek. A humble human being, a social activist and a versatile actor. At 4:35 AM the actor was pronounced dead due to cardiac arrest and the film industry rushed to pay their respects to the actor’s mortal remains. Vivek has not just touched the hearts of his fans but of several youngsters going by the principles of his Master and the late President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.

The entire Indian film industry mourned the loss of a stellar actor like Vivek and expressed their grievances. One among that was actress Nayanthara. In her press note, the actress wrote, “Will always cherish the wonderful memories I had while working with him throughout the years and especially in ‘Viswasam”! Gone too soon! Unbelievable & shows how unpredictable life has become! My condolences to the family and I wish that God gives them the required strength to face this loss!”

 

 

Breaking hearts of millions of his fans and followers, actor and comedian Vivek has passed away at the age of 59. In a turn of shocking events, actor and comedian Vivek has been admitted at a hospital in Vadapalani as a result of heart attack. The actor was admitted in SIMS Hospital, Vadapalani after a massive cardiac arrest. He was observed over the night but failed to respond to medications as a result.

He underwent an angioplasty and stenting procedure on Friday for a complete block in a critical blood vessel of the heart. He was put on an ECMO support in the intensive care unit. “He passed away at 4.35am,” a medical bulletin from the hospital said.

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Sun, 18 Apr 2021 15:53:25 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/life-before-a-mask-pooja-hegdes-pre-lockdown-picture-breaks-our-heart/ Life Before A Mask: Pooja Hegde’s Pre-Lockdown Picture Breaks Our Heart! https://jfwonline.com/article/life-before-a-mask-pooja-hegdes-pre-lockdown-picture-breaks-our-heart/ Do you remember the last time we went out without a mask? Exactly. But, it’s getting scarier outside. COVID cases in India are scarily rising and while we wait for the Government’s next step to control this pandemic that is putting millions of lives at risk. Cases are reaching the 2.5 Lakh mark across the country and while we are lacking medical facilities, here we are at home wondering when it was the last time we went out to buy groceries without being harmed by a deadly viral infection.

Actress Pooja Hegde was one of them. Talking about roaming “freely” without a mask and how we have taken life for granted was what Pooja spoke about. “Back when people didn’t wear masks and roaming around freely was a thing… 🥺 There’s so much we took for granted! #majormissing #takemeback#throwbackthursday,” wrote Pooja in her social media platform.

 

 

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Pooja Hegde is quite active on social media and interacts with her fans often.

Actress Pooja Hegde is one of the top actresses in Telugu. Her entertaining films and her chemistry with actor Allu Arjun has been appreciated. Her latest film Ala Vaikunthapuramlo was a blockbuster hit and she has been a heartthrob ever since she was seen grooving to the tunes of the famous Butta Bomma song. pooja is now all set to re-enter the Tamil film industry with a masisve film alongside actor Vijay and directed by Nelson Dhilipkumar. Produced by Sun Pictures, the film will have Anirudh Ravichander compose music.

Apart from her films in Telugu and Hindi, Pooja is an active social media user. The actress has conducted several interactive sessions with her fans and has received a lot of positivity in return.

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Sun, 18 Apr 2021 13:56:05 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/walking-away-from-your-loved-one-is-hard-nayantharas-method-of-moving-on-from-toxic-relationships-is-noteworthy/ Walking Away From Your Loved One Is Hard: Nayanthara’s Method Of Moving On From Toxic Relationships Is Noteworthy! https://jfwonline.com/article/walking-away-from-your-loved-one-is-hard-nayantharas-method-of-moving-on-from-toxic-relationships-is-noteworthy/ Known to many, Prabhu Deva and Nayanthara were in a relationship for quite a long time and also in a serious one. According to reports, Prabhu Deva’s wife Ramlath filed a legal case against him and urged the court to direct Prabhu Deva to live with her. In a statement, she said that Prabhu Deva would never come home to his kids or her, which urged her to take up this decision. This urged them to break-up and had to drop their plans of getting married. After her successful comeback in ‘ Raja Rani ‘ and ‘ Arrambam ‘ in 2013 ever since she has been unbeatable and is now fondly known as the Lady Superstar of the Kollywood film industry.

Nayanthara was asked if her relationship with PrabhaDheva affected after reports started doing rounds of them having problems because of his ex-wife and that she didn’t agree with him on certain things.  To this, she replied, “Yes. Like I said, it’s your personal space. Just because you are actors or in the show business doesn’t mean that your private life is on show for everyone else. Whatever we share with each other is private and when any news leaks out, it’s blown out of proportion and made out to be something else.”

How was the situation for her personally? “That’s too personal to get into a break-up for anyone is the most difficult phase in their life. When you have to go away from someone you love or vice-versa, whatever the reason, it really shatters your life. But how you deal with it is important. I can’t get into how I dealt with it but I have to if I want to move on and live my life,” she said.

Further, she was asked if she has changed as a person after being into a relationship with the director-choreographer, to this, she replied, “Yes, I have changed a lot as a person. I don’t know whether it’s for the good or the bad but I have definitely changed. (Laughs) It usually happens as when you are in a relationship you change for the other person. I think everyone does and I’m no different.”

Nayanthara is now happily in a relationship with writer and director Vignesh Shivan. The couple is currently living together. The duo met during the sets of Naanum Rowdy Dhaan and then on fell in love. Nayanthara now has Kaathuvaakkula Rendu Kadhal, Netri Kann and Annaathae with Superstar Rajinikanth.
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Sun, 18 Apr 2021 12:02:42 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/the-actor-the-legend-just-15-roles-of-actor-vivek-that-will-crack-you-up/ The Actor, The Legend: Just 15 Roles Of Actor Vivek That Will Crack You Up! https://jfwonline.com/article/the-actor-the-legend-just-15-roles-of-actor-vivek-that-will-crack-you-up/ It is impossible to even fathom the loss of someone as legendary as actor Vivek. A humble human being, a social activist and a versatile actor. At 4:35 AM the actor was pronounced dead due to cardiac arrest and the film industry rushed to pay their respects to the actor’s mortal remains. Vivek has not just touched the hearts of his fans but of several youngsters going by the principles of his Master and the late President APJ Abdul Kalam.

Together they created a silent revolution. From educating children about the environment to planting around 45 Lakh trees, the number of humane activities this legend has conducted is innumerable. But, what remains in our head is all the goodwill humour he never failed to give. From caste discrimination to road safety, the actor has covered simply every aspect of societal injustice with his public voice, wit and humour. Here are 15 films of his we can never forget:

 

1. Saamy

 

 

Apart from the quick comic timings and huge laughters, Vivek’s role as Kudumi Venkataraman covered more serious issues including caste, the continuing conflict between Saivites and Vaishnavites, marginalisation of the underprivileged etc.

2. Run

 

This would definitely have to be Vivek’s best performance as Mohan. From the famous Anju Roobai Kaaka Biryani to realising the environmental changes in the city of Chennai, the comedy timings were simply impeccable.

3. Kushi

 

 

Vivek as Vicky Master is simply unmissable in film starring Vijay and Jyothika. His imitation of a dance step Thakku Chikku dhum still remains to be a crowd-puller. Similar to every comic role of his, Vicky master is straightforward wit and simply humourous.

4. Dhool

 

 

Yet another finest comic set of Vivek would definitely be Vikram’s Dhool also starring Jyothika and Reema Sen. Imagine, if we would ever see a Jalebi in Thirupathi, Vivek’s Vendudhal for Reema Sen’s “Cancer” is what we would be reminded of and would be left with nothing but a grin.

5. Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal

 

 

His role may have been short but that did not stop him from creating a mark in this film alongside actor Rahman and directed by K Balachander. Secretary Vittal cannot simply be forgotten. This being his second film, the actor was yet to find his style as a comedian but a very retro-looking Vivek made the audience take note with just his demeanour and his talent for mimicry. Vivek’s mimicry, in fact, was among the things that made director Balachander take note of his talent. In the film, Vivek’s character mimics the voice of Nambiar and Rajinikanth over the phone to annoy his boss’s mother-in-law.

6. Vaali

 

 

Also starring Ajith, Simran and Jyothika, the film hwd noteworthy comic scenes from Vivek in this SJ Suryah directorial. Salesman Vicky’s famous I’m a beggar boy, you have to give me Kassu song will never cease to play on repeat mode in our heads ever.

7. Anniyan

 

 

What a legendary performance from Vivek  this was. Chaari is the kind of friend we all need in our lives to guide us through to our crush. Chaari’s mimicking comment Ubayakushalobari on Ambi’s letter, his ultimate comic timings in the train scene and his Kunnakkol Mama dialogue will crack you up anytime of the day.

8. Dumm Dumm Dumm

 

Jim (Vivek), the lawyer with a knack for photography and is totally in love with his girlfriend. But Adithya (Madhavan) wants to stop his wedding with Ganga (Jyothika) and asks Jim’s  girlfriend to be his pretend girlfriend for a couple of days and all the adorably heartbreaking scenes that take place as a result, Jim’s reactions and his comic love triangle is all simply fascinating yet funny to watch onscreen making us wonder about the spontainity Vivek brings in his scenes.

9. Alli Thandha Vaanam

 

 

Who wouldn’t have watched Tamizhkirukkan onscreen? A true lover of his language who cannot withstand Tamil being brought to ground by the so-called modern people of the city of Chennai. When he goes to a TV channel to interview for the role of an anchor, the comedy that unfolds as a result will simply leave you breathless. Modern dress ah paathu mayangadheenga Ilainyargale, Ullu kulla oru Mini cooum ae iruku is an unforgettable dialogue and one of an audience favourite.

10. Sivaji: The Boss

 

 

Stylish, classic comedy and witty humour was Arivu, Sivaji’s uncle. From dialogues like Idha Anga Veikkava to idhu Kumbi baagam pa Arivu is the kind of relative we need in our lives. Vivek looked as stylish as the superstar himself in the film and his comic timings were unmissable. There were several times when director Shankar and Rajinikanth talked about how Vivek improvised scenes directly onscreen that made the film what it was – a blockbuster hit.

11. Enaku 20 Unaku 18

 

 

Who could forget Kapil? A peon in the college but is actually Sridhar’s (Tarun) close friend and aide. From making fun of abdomen guards to Shriya’s choice of beverage, Kapil was probably Vivek’s most light-hearted roles ever.

12. M Kumaran S/O Mahalakshmi

 

 

 


Nee illadha Idamey illai friend aale romba thollai 
is still used by group of friends even today. The film saw Vivek in the character of Ganesh, the ultimate Appavi friend who gets into all kinds of trouble and mishap as a result of his friend’s behaviour and his love for another woman. Don’t we all have a Ganesh in our group of friends?

13. Maappillai

 

 

Yet another light-heart role of his, Vivek as Child Chinna and then a the rich JP was easily one of Vivek’s best imitation games. Just his simple Owww in the film would make us go bonkers laughing. Maram ellam aaduthu, poo ellam adhuva kottudhu heroine entry aaga pogudhu da is the ultimate dig on cliche women entries in Tamil cinemas, don’t you think?

14. Singam

 

 


Erimalai eppadi porukkum 
followed by his impeccable Thoothukudi accent has made us fall in love with Vivek’s role in Suriya-starrer Singam. There is always that one employee who thinks he is too serious but in reality a sirippu police.

15. Padikkadhavan

 

When Rocky falls in love with Gayathri (Tamannaah) the daughter of an don from Andhra (Suman). In order to get some help, he goes to Assault Arumugam (Vivek) to help him kidnap his lover. Among several brilliant comic scenes, Arumugam is seen telling another Rowdy how holding a weapon is also fine compared to non-consentually touching a woman.

Among all the 220+ films this legendary actor has acted in, these are only few of our several favourites. His roles in films like Utthama Puthiran, Perazhagan, Ullam Kollai Pogudhe, Kadhal Sadugudu, Aaindham padai, Lesa Lesa, Whistle and Budget Padmanaban will stand out forever. His comic timing, sensible dialogues and monologues but more than that, his humanitarian efforts made him the human being everybody loved.

We miss you Vivek sir!

 

 

 

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Sun, 18 Apr 2021 06:13:22 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/sneha-prasannas-exclusive-picture-with-her-daughter-is-the-cuteness-you-need-for-today/ Sneha Prasanna’s Exclusive Picture With Her Daughter Is The Cuteness You Need For Today! https://jfwonline.com/article/sneha-prasannas-exclusive-picture-with-her-daughter-is-the-cuteness-you-need-for-today/ Power couple Sneha and Prasanna have always taken time out of their busy schedule to make time for their little munchkin Vihan’s birthday party every year. From Bike-themed to Marvel-themed, they have done it all. Last year, with the latest addition of another tiny family member Aadhyantha, the four hosted a wonderful birthday party yet again but that was the first birthday of Aadhyantha. While Sneha looked gorgeous as always, Prasanna looked simply dapper and top-notch handsome.

Ever since, Sneha has been posting some lovely pictures with her kids but the latest one is simply winning the internet.

 

 

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Aren’t they the cutest?

Earlier Sneha had posted a picture that gave a fitting response to haters. “I dont give anyone a reason to hate me. They create their own drama out of pure jealousy.Happy Sunday!!” she wrote as she posted some beautiful pictures with her kids in bed.

 

 

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Sneha and Prasanna had been in a relationship for a long time and got married a few years ago. Prasanna attended all the modeling shows and movies that Sneha featured in. The couple has acted together in the film Achchamundu Achchamundu. They got married in 2012. They have a son Vihan who was born in the year 2015 and daughter Adhyantha who was born last year.

Although they haven’t been seen in many films together, the couple has always been adored for their real life PDA and their cutesy advertisements. There is a separate fanbase for this couple and their family.

 

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Sat, 17 Apr 2021 11:07:02 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/bigg-boss-fame-ramya-pandian-has-this-hidden-talent-shivani-narayanan-reveals/ Bigg Boss Fame Ramya Pandian Has THIS Hidden Talent; Shivani Narayanan Reveals! https://jfwonline.com/article/bigg-boss-fame-ramya-pandian-has-this-hidden-talent-shivani-narayanan-reveals/ Shivani Narayanan was initially seen in regional series like Pagal Nilavu and Rettai Roja and those two were her big breaks into the hearts of her fans. She then turned out to be a 19-year-old social media influencer with a huge fan following. From dance moves to stylish pictures, Shivani keeps her social media on fire. Shivani with her fame on social media then went on to become a contestant in the popular reality show Bigg Boss and created a stir with her controversial relationship with Balaji her fellow contestant. The duo was supposedly “in love”, however, after the show both confirmed that they are single and remain to be good friends.

In fact, once when Shivani’s mother visited her in the Bigg Boss House she warned the former to not have any kind of commitment with Balaji as that’s spoiling her game strategy and makes her look weak.

Eventually Shivani did get evicted due to a lack of a good game strategy and to have failed to engage her audience. However, Balaji turned out to be a runnerup next to the winner Aari. Shivani has now gotten back to postimg pictures regularly and engaging with her fans.

Shivani still maintains a rapport with her friends from the Bigg Boss House. One of them being Ramya Pandian, Shivani has revealed this hidden quality of hers on her social media page. Shivani posted a stunning picture of her and provided the photography courtesy to her friend Ramya. Several of the fans have appreciated Ramya for her photography skills and how this has been her hidden talent.

Well, our friends always turn out to be our best photographers, don’t you think?

Ramya Pandian is currently doing a women-centric film alongside Vani Bhojan and it is being produced by Suriya’s 2D Entertainment.

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Sat, 17 Apr 2021 01:57:02 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/breaking-news-actor-and-comedian-the-legendary-vivek-passes-away/ BREAKING NEWS: Actor And Comedian, The Legendary Vivek Passes Away! https://jfwonline.com/article/breaking-news-actor-and-comedian-the-legendary-vivek-passes-away/ Breaking hearts of millions of his fans and followers, actor and comedian Vivek has passed away at the age of 59. In a turn of shocking events, actor and comedian Vivek has been admitted at a hospital in Vadapalani as a result of heart attack. The actor was recently shooting in Chennai for a film when he fainted on-sets. The actor then complained of chest pain once he was helped by his crew members. He was immediately rushed to the nearby hospital. The actor was in the ICU as his condition was critical, the hospital PRO stated.

This morming at 4:35 AM he lost his life battling. Vivek was admitted to SIMS Hospital in Vadapalani where he underwent an angioplasty and stenting procedure on Friday for a complete block in a critical blood vessel of the heart. He was put on an ECMO support in the intensive care unit. “He passed away at 4.35am,” a medical bulletin from the hospital said.

Actor Vivek debuted in the film Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal as a comedian and there was no looking back for him ever since. His sharp, witty tongue combined with light-hearted human is what had made his sense of comedy unique from others.

His roles in films like Run, Anniyan, Sivaji, Maappillai, Padikaadhavan, Dhool, M Kumaran S/O Mahalakshmi among several other brilliant films were most enjoyable.

Apart from there, Vivek had always been a social activist where he constantly fought for the goodness of the environment and created awareness among his fans regarding the same. This happened after he met with the then President of India APJ Abdul Kalam when he propagated the importance of growing trees. He planted thousands of trees in his campaign to Go Green.

Vivek has left behind his two daughters and wife. His son passed away due to dengue only recently.

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Fri, 16 Apr 2021 07:40:25 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/breaking-actor-vivek-rushed-to-the-hospital-for-chest-pain/ BREAKING: Actor Vivek Rushed To The Hospital For Chest Pain! https://jfwonline.com/article/breaking-actor-vivek-rushed-to-the-hospital-for-chest-pain/ In a turn of shocking events, actor and comedian Vivek has been admitted at a hospital in Vadapalani as a result of heart attack. The actor was recently shooting in Chennai for a film when he fainted on-sets. The actor then complained of chest pain once he was helped by his crew members. He was immediately rushed to the nearby hospital. The actor is in the ICU as his condition is serious, the hospital PRO stated.

A day before this, Vivek had taken his first dose of the COVID vaccination at the Omaandurar Government Hospital. The actor had even taken it to social media and urged his fans and followers to get vaccinated. He had further thanked the doctors who helped him get vaccinated. “People should not be afraid of any side-effects for these vaccines. Both Covishield and Covaxin will only save us. In case they don’t prevent Covid completely, the vaccines will at least reduce infection severity. Siddha and Ayurveda medicines are all secondary. It is our primary weapon to beat the virus,” stated actor Vivek during a press conference post his first dose.

On the professional front, Vivek has Indian 2 in his kitty.

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Fri, 16 Apr 2021 05:46:34 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/watch-keerthy-suresh-tells-her-fans-how-to-win-her-heart/ WATCH: Keerthy Suresh Tells Her Fans How To Win Her Heart! https://jfwonline.com/article/watch-keerthy-suresh-tells-her-fans-how-to-win-her-heart/ Keerthy Suresh is very interactive and reciprocative with her fans and followers on social media. She loves engaging in Question and Answer sessions and gives a glimpse into her personal life as well. This gets her fans fall in love with her even more. Apart from choosing versatile scripts, Keerthy also encourages several other activities outside films. She loves to play the violin and loves drawing and painting as well.

On International Art Day, Keerthy Suresh talked about winning her heart through art and shared some of her fan drawings too along with it. “This is just a few of the lot ❤️ Thank you so much for all your love! #InternationalArtDay,” she wrote as she shared a video.

 

While the southern diva Keerthy Suresh has always been on the news for her performance, films or social media interactions now she is making headlines about her love life.  From the weekend the news on Keerthy Suresh and music composer Anirudh Ravichandran set to get married has been going viral. According to media reports the two have been dating for a while now and are all set to tie the knot this year. However an official confirmation from them is still awaited.

The rumors started sparking up when Keerthy Suresh took to Twitter to wish the music composer on his birthday. The two share the birthday on the same month with just a day apart. In her wish where she referred to him as her dear she playfully reminds him to go wish her back.

However, these rumours have been confirmed as baseless.

On the professional front, Keerthy Suresh has Goodluck Sakhi, Sarkara Vaari Patta alongside Mahesh Babu, Vaashi, Saani Kaayidham alongside Selvaraghavan and Annathae alongside Rajinikanth, Nayanthara, Khushbu Sundar and Meena.

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Thu, 15 Apr 2021 16:42:30 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-nayanthara-shows-her-fans-her-stunning-vishu-look/ TRENDING: Nayanthara Shows Her Fans Her Stunning Vishu Look! https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-nayanthara-shows-her-fans-her-stunning-vishu-look/ Here we are with our favourite couple who have taken over the social media by storm with their pictures of them travelling all the way to Kochi. There were several speculations floating around their travel. However, here’s the real reason why the couple flew all the way to Kochi.

It has been reported that Nayanthara and Vignesh Shivan have made sure to celebrate all festivals of Nayanthara’s nativity. They flew down last year in a private jet to celebrate Onam and this weekend the couple has flown down to Nayan’s hometown to celebrate Vishu. The couple has taken a break from their work to have their little family moment.

Vignesh Shivan had earlier posted pictures of the couple travelling in a private jet to Kochi. Now, the latest buzz is all the beautiful pictures of Nayanthara from her Vishu celebrations. Check it out:

 

 

 

 

Nayanthara will join the sets of Annathae and eventually join her beau for the second schedule of Kaathuvaakula Rendu Kadhal alongside Vijay Sethupathi and Samantha Akkineni post her short vacation.

Nayanthara and Vignesh Shivan have been dating for over four years and the couple has been living together for a while now. According to reports, the duo is all set to make it official. The couple was rumoured to have gotten married last December but that did not happen.

However, it was then reported that the couple will be tying in the knot in a rather private ceremony with limited guests. The couple is reportedly getting married in a temple. However, there has been no official confirmation from the couple and an official statement is awaited shortly.

On the professional front, Nayanthara has Kaathuvaakkula Rendu Kadhal, Netri Kann, and Nizhal. She will also be seen doing a cameo in Rajinikanth’s Annathae. 

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Thu, 15 Apr 2021 13:33:32 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/breaking-director-shankar-and-producer-ravichandran-get-into-war-of-words-over-anniyans-copyrights/ BREAKING: Director Shankar And Producer Ravichandran Get Into War Of Words Over Anniyan’s Copyrights! https://jfwonline.com/article/breaking-director-shankar-and-producer-ravichandran-get-into-war-of-words-over-anniyans-copyrights/ In a turn of shocking events, Aascar Production House’s V. Ravichandran and director Shankar have spiteful conversations with regards to the Copyrights of the film Anniyan’s storyline. Taking to Twitter, the producer of the 2005 film stated that he is the sole owner of all the rights to the film’s script and making it in Hindi without his knowledge is nothing but illegal and unprofessional.

In the letter, he wrote, “I am utterly shocked to know, that, you are likely to undertake the Direction of a Hindi film by adopting the story of the movie Anniyan. You are well aware that I am the Producer of the said movie Anniyan. The entire story rights was purchased by me from the writer Sujatha (alias late Rangarajan) for which the payments were done by me to him and necessary records are also available. I am the whole and sole owner of the rights of the storyline. As such, any such adoption or remaking or copying the main plot of the movie, without my permission, is totally illegal.”

Take a look at his entire letter:

 

 

An outraged director Shankar has now outrageously responded to the letter stating that no one but he owns the Copyright of the film. In his letter, Shankar stated, “You as a producer have gained substancially from the film Anniyan and are needlessly trying to unjustly enrich yourself even in my future endeavours which have no correlation to you. Needless to say, I can only hope good sense will prevail upon you after this clarification and you will stop agitating such baseless claims.”

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It was only yesterday when Shankar confirmed the news that he would be remaking Anniyan in Hindi with Bollywood star Ranveer Singh. The original film starred Chiyaan Vikram, Sadha, Prakash Raj and Vivek in lead roles and is till date touted to be one of the biggest hits in the industry.

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Thu, 15 Apr 2021 11:06:15 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/feature-women-societal-evil-and-how-the-south-film-industry-has-encouraged-it/ FEATURE: Women, Societal Evil And How The South Film Industry Has Encouraged It! https://jfwonline.com/article/feature-women-societal-evil-and-how-the-south-film-industry-has-encouraged-it/ MOVIES! Movies are everything today – the one source of entertainment, visually grasping and its concept seeps deep into our heads.
During the lockdown, stories have majorly improvised. From Paava Kadhaigal to C U Soon some storylines have simply won hearts and have been exceptional genres. However, things were not the same recent years ago when lead actors and actresses would choose roles that were not just meaningless.

Remember when Keerthy Suresh gave a blockbuster hit like Mahanati and went on to do films like Sandakozhi 2 and Sarkar? Movies like Remo did not  just give meaningless roles but also encouraged societal malpractices women have been fighting for so long to get rid of. No, we aren’t saying movies are the reason for the increasing number of crimes against women in India. However, is there a need to pamper stalking, molesting and rape on the big screen? Scriptwriters may argue that they are showcasing what’s happening in the society. But showing a popular actor stalking and abusing the leading lady only makes it look a lot normal to some pervert and sick minds. Why not avoid it completely? But, this trend did not begin only recently.

There was a trend during the 80s and 90s not only in South cinema, and in Bollywood, where the villain rapes the protagonist’s sister in a bid to take revenge. Really? How does that make you look as a filmmaker? Every word or dialogue written comes from one’s imagination. How well are our thoughts when our writing involves a revenge rape?

There are stories which have been super successful at the box office and did not involve rape, molestation or stalking. The typical Ranjeet, Mohan Babu, Radha Ravi, Anand Raj or Shakti Kapoor characters have for too long pampered this ridiculous trend and we are glad it is coming to a standstill.

“If she says no, she means yes” kind of a trend on the silver screen only make this totally acceptable for the ‘fans’ and questionably impressive audience of these popular stars. We don’t generalize that all the members of the audiences are in love with this trend, but if it was a part of almost every other blockbuster back then, then that says a lot about what seems to be  acceptable.

Some ‘brilliant’ minds had also written about how a rape victim is banished from the society unless she marries her rapist. Or, how she should no longer live and jump of a high-rise building for bringing dishonor to her family. We can do better than that, can’t we? Here are some of the crimes against women the film industry doesn’t seem to stop showing:

1. Stalking

We cannot count on the number of crimes where women have been stalked in the name of “love, murdered or attacked when they reject a person they have no interest in. Can you relate? Of course, we can. ‘Idharku Dhaney Aasai Pattai Balakumara’, ‘REMO’, ‘Arya’, ‘Singara Velan’ to name a few have glorified stalking so much that it is dangerously scary. We are not saying that these movies are the sole reason stalking has increased drastically over the years, but are definitely a major one.

‘Kumudha is truly not happy Annachi and the director should have well-realised that stalking is not funny. Extracting humour out of us is just unacceptable and how unfortunate is this that a hero had to name himself ‘ReMo’  and had to dress up as a woman just to take stalking to another level and when the heroine confronts, he calls it love and is also upset over the fact that she doesn’t realise his l0ve for her. Uhmm, she doesn’t know you?

Knowing that a woman was in a relationship already Arya will literally be everywhere around her, make her fall in love and now he will then be made the protagonist by the scriptwriter and the director while the heroine’s lover would now turn into the coward who left her. This movie was remade in Tamil as ‘Kutti’ too. (WOW!Top priority).

2. Rape

‘Naan Sigappu Manithan’ was a huge clap for the arrival of ‘Robinhood’ on the silver screen. The blockbuster film was all that the audiences needed for an entertaining film. However,the director thought why not give the villain a chance to rape, go scoot free and then rape again, so the victim commits suicide. Then arrives the good old Robinhood brother who takes a revenge and teaches the villain a lesson. There couldn’t be another verdict given to the rape victim’s character in the film but suicide! Unhealthy and a dangerous trend!

Taking the favourite sequence of most of the filmmakers forward to the 90s, this director made sure the victim married the rapist. The movie Nattamai was a huge blockbuster. However, everyone clapped their hand at the brilliant justice of the Panchayat head who decides to get the victim married to her rapist. She’s obviously grateful to him for saving her “honour” and for the rest of her life, she’s physically abused by her rapist husband. Talk about making the cut!

Similarly, Nimajjanam was a brilliant story, until it decided to make it all about how a rape victim must have sinned and should commit suicide! The movie won the National award for the Best Feature Film in Telugu and Sharada won it for Best Actress. The filmmaker could not think of a better climax than to immerse the sinned rape victim in the holy Ganga to wash off her sins of being raped? Even writing about it makes us cringe. Why should a rape victim feel she’s the one who’s wrong and needs to be punished. We believe an important film as this one should have been written more responsibly.

3. Molestation

The1983 blockbuster ‘Moogavani Paga’ garnered thousands of fans. Way back in 1958, ‘Chalti Ka Naam Gadi’ popularized the trend of romance in the rain. ‘Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhaagi si’ topped the charts, hence, paving way for many other romantic songs shot in the rain. May be, just may be the director of ‘Moogavani Paga’ wanted to take a leaf out of this trend when he brought in and replaced romance in the rain to rape in the rain. The antogonist is a drunk, rich brat who wants a ‘girl’ for the night! He lures over a ‘deaf and dumb’ victim who’s shown getting wet in the rain. Soon his inner so-called animal awakens and there he goes and starts molesting her. To show the protagonist as the good Samaritan, he quickly comes into the scene and saves the victim. How tight is our imagination when he needs to introduce a good Samaritan by using the rape factor?

4. Harassment

Do you remember the story of famous ‘Boyz’? One of the young boys wanted to prove this woman in the film that his “love for her was true”. Hence, he decides to run around naked just to impress her. Like seriously?  Public nudity is the way to go? In a film like Sethu, where the heroine seems to be minding her own business, the so-called “protagonist” has to harass her, forcefully make her fall in love and oddly after she sees the “real him”, she falls in love with the protagonist. Why is there so much of misconception around love?

Women are objectifyed in item numbers and even normal lead actresses are objectified in the name of introduction. These actresses are also demeaned and degraded in the name of songs like “Kolaveri Di” and “Indha Ponungaley Ippadi dhan”. There is no point in supporting or fighting against people like Radha Ravi shaming and threatening women. Films like ‘Irudhi Surttru’, ‘Soorarai Pottru’, ‘Sillu Karupatti’, ‘Mission Mangal’, ‘Padman’, ‘Nerkonda Paarvai’, ‘Kanaa’, ‘Nadigayar Thilagam’, ‘Magalir Mattum (1994)’ and ‘Paava Kadhaigal’ classic examples of good films with impeccable messages. It’s time the film industry brings about stories where women aren’t literal arm candies in the entire film but actually have an impact on the story!

Today with pandemic, story narratives are changing drastically. Writers are handling scripts sensitively and we are loving how Cinema is revolutionising with new directors following the footsteps of the Malayalam film industry. We see more change and we want more change!

 

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Thu, 15 Apr 2021 10:34:18 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-allu-arjuns-shocking-confession-about-his-wife-to-samantha-akkineni/ TRENDING: Allu Arjun’s Shocking Confession About His Wife To Samantha Akkineni! https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-allu-arjuns-shocking-confession-about-his-wife-to-samantha-akkineni/ Allu Arjun is one of the top actors in the Tollywood film industry. Apart from being super handsome and the heartthrob of every woman, ‘Bunny’ as he is lovingly known is truly a superstar on and off screen. He broke millions of hearts in the year 2011 when the actor married industrialist and producer Chandrasekar Reddy’s daughter Sneha Reddy. However, we do realize why he did because she is truly gorgeous on the inside-out.

Several times, Allu Arjun has talked about how it has been love-at-first-sight for him with his wife. Eventually the duo dated for a long time discreetly. In fact, only two of them knew that Sneha was Arjun’s girlfriend. In a recent Television chat show with his friend and actress Samantha Akkineni, Allu Arjun said, “I don’t know why did I share with you…it was very random.” To this Samantha replied, “I was very excited that he shared it with me.”

He further stated, “I liked two qualities about her, she is very dignified. Even at 2 AM at the night club, there was nothing obscene about her. She has got so much dignity and number 2, she is very balanced.”

Allu Arjun and Sneha Reddy socially met at a mutual friend’s wedding at the United States. Little did he know he would even end up with her. Although Sneha knew he was an actor, she had never watched any of Allu Arjun’s films and she has admitted to it in many of her interviews.

Allu Arjun’s father Allu Aravind eventually came to know of the couple’s fondness for one another and so did Sneha Reddy’s father Chandrasekhar Reddy. However, the family disapproved of their togetherness due to different family backgrounds and contrasting careers. Sneha completed her Masters in Computer Science and Allu Arjun was a superstar in Telugu. However, the couple was inseparable and that left the parents with no choice but to get them together.

Allu Arjun married Sneha Reddy in March 2011 and couple has two kids namely Allu Ayaan and Allu Arha. The media had widely covered their wedding ceremony and the grandeur of it was the talk of the town.

 

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Thu, 15 Apr 2021 07:46:54 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-dhanushs-emotional-post-dedicated-to-his-mother-is-the-positivity-we-need-today/ TRENDING: Dhanush’s Emotional Post Dedicated To His Mother Is The Positivity We Need Today! https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-dhanushs-emotional-post-dedicated-to-his-mother-is-the-positivity-we-need-today/ Dhanush is reaching great heights and is a huge global star icon today. The actor is not just a superstar in the Tamil film industry but he is dearly loved in Bollywood and Hollywood too. Dhanush just gave a superhit success film Karnan which was critically acclaimed by all. Dhanush, however, never forgets to spend time with his family. Be it with his wife, his sons, his sisters or his mother, Dhanush makes sure he gives them all equal quality time but is not the kind to express it on social media.

After quite sometime the actor has posted a rather emotional birthday wish for his mother and has won over the internet. Posting a picture, he wrote, “Happy birthday my goddess my mother ❤❤❤🙏🙏🙏 its because of your unconditional love and prayers I have come so far. Long live my Goddess. Can never do anything to repay for what you have endured for the family. I will keep working on myself to be a better son and to make you proud and happy. I love you to the moon and back ❤❤❤.”

 

 

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Earlier, Dhanush’s wife and director Aishwarya Dhanush had posted an image of her hugging her husband and talked about how proud she was of a film like Karnan. “கண்டா வரச்சொல்லுங்க
கர்ணன கையோட கூட்டி வாருங்க
#karnan #thankfulgratefulblessed,” she wrote.

 

On the professional front, Dhanush has Atrangi Re in Hindi, The Gray Man in English alongside Chris Evans and Ryan Reynolds, Jagame Thandhiram directed by Karthik Subbaraj and Naane Varuven directed by Selvaraghavan.

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Wed, 14 Apr 2021 18:42:24 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-actor-sathish-wants-priya-bhavani-shankar-to-be-his-heroine-the-actress-response-is-hilarious/ TRENDING: Actor Sathish Wants Priya Bhavani Shankar To Be His Heroine; The Actress’ Response Is Hilarious! https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-actor-sathish-wants-priya-bhavani-shankar-to-be-his-heroine-the-actress-response-is-hilarious/ Priya has had a whirlwind of a journey that has led her to where she is today. Having always enjoyed attention as a child, she has never regretted seeking the limelight. Look at where she is now! All eyes follow her as she strides on with her striking personality. She has three consecutive hits to her credit, with a delicious line-up of films coming soon, making her one to watch out for in current Kollywood.

While personally Priya has a great sense of humour. She has jokingly pulled the legs of several of her costars and her recent target was actor Sathish. Priya posted a stunning picture of herself and asked her fans, “What am I thinking?” To this an enthusiastic Sathish replied, “Sathish kooda heroine aa nadikka mudiyaama poche.”

A hilarious Priya then said, “Adhelam ille Gopal.” She went on to post a hilarious image of the actor as well. Check it out:

Twitter just got its savage response for the day!

On the professional front, Priya has her next with actor Arun Vijay. Apart from that she has eight films in Tamil – Kuruthi Aattaam, Hostel, Bommai with SJ Suryah, Indian 2, Rudhran, Pathu Thala with Simbu, Oh Mana Penne with Harish Kalyan and Kalathil Sandhippom.

Meanwhile, Sathish will be seen donning an important role in Simran and Trisha starrer Sugar apart from the several other films he is doing. He would also be playing the lead in a film where Cook with Comali fame Pavithra Lakshmi would be the female-lead.

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Wed, 14 Apr 2021 17:35:44 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/here-it-is-jwala-gutta-and-vishnu-vishal-confirm-wedding-with-an-invitation/ HERE IT IS: Jwala Gutta And Vishnu Vishal Confirm Wedding With An Invitation! https://jfwonline.com/article/here-it-is-jwala-gutta-and-vishnu-vishal-confirm-wedding-with-an-invitation/ Actor Vishnu Vishal has done some phenomenal films in his career. Films like Velai Nu Vandhuta Vellaikaran, Raatchasan and Jeeva were the topmost films in the actor’s career graph. He chooses very unique roles and scripts that gel well with it. But, apart from that, the actor has also been in the headlines for his personal life too. The actor’s interview about his divorce last year created a controversy. Recently, the actor made it to the headlines for his adorable pictures with badminton player Jwala Gutta.

 

The couple is quite active on social media too. In a recent, the couple confirmed that they are engaged and shared some pictures too. The Raatchasan had recently confirmed his wedding with his lady love and this is what he had to say: “We are going to tie the know real soon and I am going to become a Telugu alludu (son-in-law) now. I am extremely happy about it. I will announce the wedding date soon.”

Looks like it that the festivities have already begun. Jwala had infact posted pictures from her bridal shower and today, we see couples posting pictures of them together at their Sangeeth ceremony.

Now Jwala Gutta has taken it to social media to further confirm the news of their wedding with an invitation. “Life is a journey… embrace it… have faith and take the leap…Need all your love and support as always,” wrote Jwala and posted her invitation which confirmed that the couple is tying the knot on April 22nd.

 

The adorable couple got engaged last year in December on Jawala Gutta’s birthday. Sharing a picture from their engagement ceremony, Jwala Gutta wrote on Instagram, “It doesn’t matter who hurt you or broke you down what matters is who made you smile again!”

The couple has opened up about the proposal story, engagement and more. “I decided to do this impromptu. It’s her birthday today and at 11.30pm last night, I thought I should surprise her. I called our common friend and told him I needed a ring ASAP. He then got me this ring, which might not actually look like an engagement ring, but it’s the intention that counts, right?,” states Vishnu Vishal.

How did the proposal happen? “She was shocked, because I am not really good with surprises. But she is also happy. We have been talking about taking our relationship ahead and had talked about engagement. But she didn’t expect it to happen just before her birthday. There was no family around, just a bunch of friends,” he stated in an exclusive with TOI.

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Wed, 14 Apr 2021 09:14:54 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/confirmed-director-shankars-next-with-bollywood-actor-ranveer-singh/ CONFIRMED: Director Shankar’s Next With Bollywood Actor Ranveer Singh! https://jfwonline.com/article/confirmed-director-shankars-next-with-bollywood-actor-ranveer-singh/ About 28 years ago, a young man made his foray into cinema off-screen. His debut film Gentleman had known faces albeit not the top stars most people were used to. However, the film surpassed all that and emerged as one of Tamil cinema’s brilliantly made films in the 90s. Shankar Shanmugham’s entry into cinema is said to have happened by accident. When SA Chandrasekhar accidentally caught a drama stage that was written by Shankar. While he had dreams of becoming an actor, he chose to be behind the lens, a move that fans welcome.

Clocking in almost 28 years in the industry, making vigilante, patriotic, love-infused, and now technologically high films, Shankar has come a long way and is now regarded as one of the top directors from the industry. Someone whom everybody wants to work with and whose works are eagerly awaited.

Shankar’s Indian 2 may have dropped but the director has already confirmed to doing two huge Pan-Indian films. One with Telugu actor Ram Charan and what seems to be the latest confirmed news is that it would be with Bollywood’s superstar Ranveer Singh.

Confirming the exciting news, actor Ranveer Singh wrote, “

Proudly announcing my collaboration with the pioneering visionary of Indian cinema, the maverick master craftsman SHANKAR @shanmughamshankar 🎥💫 powered by veteran film producer Dr. Jayantilal Gada @jayantilalgadaofficial @penmovies 🧿🙏🏽.”

 

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Shankar will soon begin shooting for Ram Charan’s next. His film with Kamal Haasan Indian 2 has been shelved for now. Meanwhile, Ranveer Singh has Sooryavanshi, Cirkus, 83 and Jayeshbhai Jordaar.

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Mon, 12 Apr 2021 16:46:43 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-marriage-with-actor-krishna-on-the-cards-actress-sunaina-reveals/ TRENDING: Marriage With Actor Krishna On The Cards? Actress Sunaina REVEALS! https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-marriage-with-actor-krishna-on-the-cards-actress-sunaina-reveals/ Sunaina has enjoyed a resurgence in 2019, with the long-awaited release of EnaiNokiPaayum Thota and the critically praised romantic anthology film SilluKarupatti, directed by Halitha Shameem of PoovarasamPeepee fame. She was also seen in the Zee5 web series Fingertip, which she starred in alongside fellow big-screen actors Akshara Haasan, Ashwin Kakumanu and Gayathrie Shankar.

Talking about her movies, Sunainaa said in a statement, “In the last year and a half, I am getting a lot of offers, especially a variety of roles. Also, some directors have written roles specifically keeping me in mind, which is quite exciting.”

Before signing off, when asked about frequent reports of her getting married to actor Krishna, Sunainaa dismissed them as all rumours and said, “marriage is definitely not on the cards” and she is fully focused on her career. She expressed hope that people would stop writing about it and instead write about her work.

Earlier during a fan interaction, fans asked her the question yet again. She laid the issue to rest by calling it fake news. Not only did she state that she was not married, but she also went on to say that her marriage will happen with clear announcements and communication, and urged her fans to not believe these stories.

Sunaina will be seen next sharing the spotlight with Nakul in the R. Kannan directed EriyumKannadi, marking their third movie together after her Kollywood debut KadhalilVizhunthen and 2009 hit Maasilamani. She also has a Telugu film Raja Raja Chora. 

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Mon, 12 Apr 2021 15:09:22 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/samantha-akkinenis-perfect-handstand-is-the-motivation-we-need-today/ Samantha Akkineni’s “PERFECT” Handstand Is The Motivation We Need Today! https://jfwonline.com/article/samantha-akkinenis-perfect-handstand-is-the-motivation-we-need-today/ One of South leading ladies Samantha is in a great phase in her life. Her happiness is quite evident when she talks to her fans in social media. Samantha is also very vocal about personal health and is always happy to share her fitness goals. The actress in a Q and A session revealed that she works out 4 times a week. During the lockdown, Samantha began practising Yoga more often than not. She is also practising meditation on a regular basis and promotes the advantages of it too.

She often posts several videos and pictures of her working out especially Yoga and meditation. The actress has posted her perfecting a headstand today and her efforts must be appreciated. Check this video out:

 

Isn’t it cool?

Be it fitness or opinions, Samantha has always been vocal on social media. On Women’s Day, Samantha had talked about how the pay-gap is unbelievably huge in every industry.

In a recent interview with Film Companion, Samantha stated that an actress who demands a hike is seen as problematic by producers, while an actor wanting a hike is seen as a cool hero. Three years ago Anushka Shetty had also spoken out about the stark pay difference. She stated that male actors draw audiences to theaters and that’s why they get paid more and that just seems to be an unfair comparison.

On the professional front, Samantha Akkineni has an untitled next with Ashwin Saravanan alongside actor prasanna. She also has Vignesh Shivan directed Kaathuvaakkula Rendu Kadhal alongside Vijay Sethupathi and Nayanthara.

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Mon, 12 Apr 2021 08:15:50 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-rajinikanth-and-kamal-haasan-to-clash-after-16-years/ TRENDING: Rajinikanth And Kamal Haasan To Clash After 16 Years! https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-rajinikanth-and-kamal-haasan-to-clash-after-16-years/ Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan remain to be the reigning superstars in Tamil Nadu and global actors. The duo has always had a competition professionally. From providing different content to power-packed entertaining films, the two legendary actors have given their fans and audience everything. These two superstars are now going to clash!

Yes! Kamal and Rajini’s films Annathae and Vikram will clash in the theatres on Diwali and fans are truly excited. After several speculations, Superstarstar Rajinikanth has begun shooting for his upcoming film with director Siva titled Annathae also starring Keerthy Suresh, Khushbu Sundar, Meena Sagar and Nayanthara among others.

Rajinikanth is currently shooting for the final schedule, meanwhile, Nayanthara will join the sets soon to complete her portions. Produced by Sun Pictures, the songs of the film is being composed by D. Imman.

Meanwhile, Kamal’s Vikram will be directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj. The rest of the cast and crew details will be confirmed soon by the team including the female lead, the antagonist among many others. The film stars Kamal Haasan in the lead where he is the producer of the film as well. It has been reported that the actor would be paid a whopping salary for the role as well. An official confirmation is awaited from the team.

Kamal and Rajini clashed in the year 2005 with their films Chandramukhi and Mumbai Xpress. 

Fahadh Faasil is being considered for the role of a villain and so is Vijay Sethupathi. Official confirmation is awaited on the same.

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Mon, 12 Apr 2021 06:08:30 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-heres-the-real-reason-why-nayanthara-and-vignesh-shivan-flew-to-kochi/ TRENDING: Here’s The Real Reason Why Nayanthara And Vignesh Shivan Flew To Kochi! https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-heres-the-real-reason-why-nayanthara-and-vignesh-shivan-flew-to-kochi/ Here we are with our favourite couple who have taken over the social media by storm with their pictures of them travelling all the way to Kochi. There were several speculations floating around their travel. However, here’s the real reason why the couple flew all the way to Kochi.

It has been reported that Nayanthara and Vignesh Shivan have made sure to celebrate all festivals of Nayanthara’s nativity. They flew down last year in a private jet to celebrate Onam and this weekend the couple has flown down to Nayan’s hometown to celebrate Vishu. The couple has taken a break from their work to have their little family moment. Post that, Nayanthara will join the sets of Annathae and eventually join her beau for the second schedule of Kaathuvaakula Rendu Kadhal alongside Vijay Sethupathi and Nayanthara.

 

 

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Nayanthara and Vignesh Shivan have been dating for over four years and the couple has been living together for a while now. According to reports, the duo is all set to make it official. The couple was rumoured to have gotten married last December but that did not happen.

However, it was then reported that the couple will be tying in the knot in a rather private ceremony with limited guests. The couple is reportedly getting married in a temple. However, there has been no official confirmation from the couple and an official statement is awaited shortly.

On the professional front, Nayanthara has Kaathuvaakkula Rendu Kadhal, Netri Kann, and Nizhal. She will also be seen doing a cameo in Rajinikanth’s Annathae. 

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Fri, 09 Apr 2021 14:53:27 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-radikaa-sarathkumar-rubbishes-rumours-about-testing-positive-for-covid/ TRENDING: Radikaa Sarathkumar Rubbishes Rumours About Testing Positive For COVID! https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-radikaa-sarathkumar-rubbishes-rumours-about-testing-positive-for-covid/ Radikaa and Sarathkumar had been busy campaigning until before the elections. However, on the day of the elections a brand new case was filed against the couple. A one-year jail term by a special court here in a cheque bouncing case was imposed on them. The court also imposed a penalty of Rs 5 crores in connection with the case.

It had then been reported that the actress was tested COVID positive immediately after the imprisonment news came out. According to the recent update, Radikaa had been tested positive for COVID-19. Sarathkumar and Radikaa have filed an appeal seeking a stay of the sentence.

Radikaa and Sarathkumar have been campaigning actively across Tamil Nadu for the past few weeks. Earlier, Sarathkumar was diagnosed with coronavirus a month ago and he recovered.

“Thanks everyone for the love and affection, I am not down with corona virus, just body ache after second vaccine. On line press are just filing rubbish about health and case. We will fight it in higher courts. I am back at work, have a good day(Sic).” she tweeted.

 

Further updates with regards to the case is expected.

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Fri, 09 Apr 2021 13:04:11 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/breaking-prince-philip-passes-away-at-99/ BREAKING: Prince Philip Passes Away At 99! https://jfwonline.com/article/breaking-prince-philip-passes-away-at-99/ Buckingham Palace has confirmed now that Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has passed away at the age of 99. In a heartbreaking statement released by the Queen, it read, “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. Further announcements will be made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”

Prince Philip was admitted at the King Edward VII Hospital on February 17th after he felt unwell. The palace later confirmed that he was being treated for an infection. On March 1, he was transferred to St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, also in London, where doctors continued to treat the infection as well as undertake testing for a pre-existing heart condition. After heart surgery, the duke was discharged from hospital in mid-March.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Palace is unsure whether or not to hold a public tribute. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson paid tribute to the duke, saying that he’d “earned the affection of generations here in the United Kingdom, across the Commonwealth, and around the world.”

The Prince married the then Princess Elizabeth in 1947 after a courtship that charmed a country still reeling from the ravages of World War II.

 

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Fri, 09 Apr 2021 10:31:30 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/5-decor-ideas-for-building-a-romantic-luxurious-bathroom/ 5 Decor Ideas For Building A Romantic, Luxurious Bathroom! https://jfwonline.com/article/5-decor-ideas-for-building-a-romantic-luxurious-bathroom/ More often than not, many people look at their bathrooms as a ‘functional’ space, forgetting that it is an intimate sanctuary that is ripe for romance. Creating a romantic bathroom is all about setting the right mood, so the space feels warm and inviting.

These days a bathroom shouldn’t just be a place where you shower and clean – it should be a romantic oasis, so that you can have your own private and pampering retreat. Most homeowners are aiming beyond just a regular bathroom and are opting for something that’s a little more spectacular. As you are aware, in order to achieve that you’ll need a comforting and relaxing ambience! From deep soaking tubs, candles and wine, spa features and other luxurious elements, turn your bathroom into your very own escape. Here are five fabulous romantic bathroom ideas to get you started:

Go Warm

When envisioning your romantic bathroom design scheme, start with the colours you want to incorporate. Red is the colour that is associated with love and romance, so be sure to add a few touches of it – an accent wall, floor mats, curtains, throw rugs, bath towels, flower vases and shelves will do the magic. If you and your partner are not ‘red’ people, then use different hues and tones of the colours like pink and peach as softer and lighter shades also create an atmosphere that yields romance and relaxation. If you are looking for something more dramatic, pairing shades of red with complementary colours like blues, yellows and greens or even gold and silver will add vivid sparks.

Tip: Layer your bathroom with inviting colours; it will make the space cosier and intimate.

 

Mood Lighting

As you are aware, if you control the lighting, you control the mood. When romance is on the agenda, the right lighting can make or break the mood and it is absolutely essential in creating a space that oozes romance and seduction. Striking overhead light fixtures and flattering lights combined with other wall fixtures will make a bold design statement. And remember, whatever the lighting designs are, make sure it can be easily controlled and adjusted for various dispositions. When you are feeling particularly romantic, have candles placed in your bathroom – this will provide an intimate feel to the room.

Tip: If you don’t want to ruin your floor with wax, place the candles on a few stone pedestals for a dramatic look.

 

Luxurious Bathtub

A romantic design also involves additional luxurious elements essential for that much needed sensual mix. Lavish fixtures like a soaking tub is bound to make you and your partner pampered all year round and help you create a romantic frame of mind. On a daily basis, a shower is probably the most convenient option for your bathroom; however, you can opt for a shower and tub combo. For an elegant look, a standalone option is your best bet – you can place your shower stall in a corner and let the tub take centre stage in the middle of the room.

Tip: If you cannot fit a tub and a shower stall in your bathroom, attach a handheld shower head to the tub.

Window Effect

If your bathroom has magnificent views, then you must opt for this! Although it is more convenient for a secluded property, this effect has luxury stamped all over it. Instead of having the same old small window in your bathroom, have a big window overlooking an incredible view to top off the romance feeling. Doing so will definitely boost the desirable ambience and leave you feeling comfortable and cosy no matter what the weather. Whilst soaking in the tub, enjoy the city’s skyline by leaving your big windows open!

Tip: If you have neighbours relatively close by, just opt for some screen blinds to ensure privacy.

 

Indulge Your Senses

Apart from the ambience of your bathroom, you should engage as many of your senses as possible if you want to turn up the romance factor a notch. Instead of using plain candles in the bathroom, choose scented options such as rose, earthy sandalwood and lavender to set the right mood. And music helps in setting the right mood as well – listen to your favourite romantic songs as you soak in the tub. You can even use scented bath oils and petals in the tub to heighten your mood.

Tip: Don’t forget to enjoy yourself while setting up the romantic ‘mood’.

 

TIP FROM THE BOX

You should always use elements that will develop a romantic mood and make your bath quite sensuous. 

  • You can make a heart with rose petals at the entrance of the bathroom and place a candle in the centre.
  • Have a large mirror in your bathroom – as you and your partner are getting steamed up in the bathtub, your mirror will get steamy as well.
  • Lavender is considered to be an aphrodisiac, a substance that increases passionate feelings – don’t forget to mix lavender essence with water to have a wholesome experience.
  • Always remember, dim light and soothing music is enough to set the mood.
  • And do not forget to pop open a bottle of bubbly!

 

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Fri, 09 Apr 2021 08:04:12 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/sunny-interiors-6-easy-and-budget-friendly-ways-to-get-your-homes-summer-ready/ Sunny Interiors: 6 Easy And Budget Friendly Ways To Get Your Homes Summer Ready! https://jfwonline.com/article/sunny-interiors-6-easy-and-budget-friendly-ways-to-get-your-homes-summer-ready/ It is time to upgrade your abode to welcome the warm weather. Preethi Shanker helps you get your home summer ready.

 

The proof that summer is here is often written on our tanned and sweaty faces. The diehard optimists probably say they enjoy the increase in Vitamin D during summer, but the downside of the heat waves and the frequent power cuts is the struggle to stay in the confines of our homes during the hot summer days. Well, you can now imbibe the restful and cooling properties of any summer resort by making your home ready to handle the heat. No, this in no way implies a full on remodelling by changing every room or throwing out all your furniture; just a few additions and simple summer decorating ideas that will give you instant results and a cool abode to come home to.

 

Bring Summer Inside

The first rule of summer interiors is to keep it as simple as possible. Fewer items in a room automatically increase its virtual dimensions.  This is your chance to de-clutter and rejuvenate at the same time. However, an interesting addition to your living room (if you don’t already have one) could be a day bed. What better way to lounge and relax in your own living area. Decorate it with throw pillows and it will make the perfect cosy corner you require during the hot summer days.

 

With the blazing heat during the day, let us face it: even taking a walk outdoors is out of the question. So it is time to bring the outdoors inside. Plants, flowers and fresh fruit baskets add that touch of nature to your house and always bring with them a pleasant fragrance. If you do not have a green thumb, infuse bamboo into your interiors in the form of baskets and possibly furniture.

 

TIP: Ask your kids to raid your garden and make arrangements for you, so you can fill your house with fresh cut flowers.

 

Summer Shades

This summer, take a page out of the fashion books and warm up to colour. It is a common misconception that warmer colours like yellows, reds and oranges work for the summer. Be it walls or fabrics, the wiser choice for colours are the cooler shades of blue, green, aquamarine or even lilac and lavender. Pale green walls can be paired with walnut coloured furniture to give the illusion of a resort. For a soothing colour palette opt for soft, pale blues. These blues can easily be paired with white, cream, tan, brown and black and they go great with silver, glass and white marble.

 

White is one of the hottest colours on the runway this season and it translates well into summer interiors too. White is a wonderful coolant and to prevent a washed out look, utilize different shades of white and infuse textures into the room. 

 

You can opt for a tone on tone colour scheme as well. Whether it is by painting vertical strips of the same colour with alternate matte and satin finishes, or layering wallpaper or fabric against a similar coloured background, tone on tone is the latest trend for summer. With the right colour choice, you will notice that it is not just the room that has changed – you would have too.

 

TIP: Swap all your bed sheets for pure white ones to give the whole room a bigger, brighter and refreshed summery feel.

 

Breezy Fabrics 

 

The same rules for summer clothing apply to your summer upholstery and drapery as well. The more the fabric breathes, the cooler and airier your home will be. Make the transition from cotton sheets to a linen set. Linen will keep you cooler, decreasing your need for an air conditioner or fan. For an eco – friendly alternative for area rugs try materials like bamboo, hemp and jute. As mentioned earlier, stick to shades of white and neutral tones or the cooler colours of the spectrum like blues and greens. 

 

To keep out the summer sun during the day, invest in good curtains. Replace heavy velvet or silk drapery with crisp linen panels. Pairing light curtains with sheer ones can give you a versatile option for the hot months. If cost is not a factor, muslin curtains instantly make the room lighter and airier.

 

TIP: Convert your inexpensive cotton sheets to summer curtains and get a crisp and light effect in your rooms. 

 

Kid ready

 

Your children’s summer vacation can seem like a bane rather than a boon when you find yourself constantly on the edge about them creating a mess. Give yourself a breather by making sure that upholstery, pillow and cushion cover are not only casual and fun but also machine washable. Kids would love to spend their summer holidays doing paint or art projects if you give them the liberty to. After all, kids will be kids. 

 

TIP: Put away all breakables and memorabilia for the two vacation months.

 

Hidden Spaces

With the living room, kitchen and bedrooms all summer ready do not ignore the often-overlooked bathroom. Your bathroom is the part of the house that is most associated with the cooling effects of water. The simplest summer enhancement for your bathroom would be to add a cooling shower curtain paired with other accessories. The bathroom, being a small area can also be painted in an ocean theme with pale blue or sand colour. Seashells can be the perfect summer embellishment in any bathroom. Place seashells in an ornamental bowl and add some aromatic oils to give your bathroom a spa-like feel. 

 

TIP: Use a large seashell as a candleholder. Place the shell face down on the counter and use a tea light in the centre of the shell.

 

Outdoor Summers

Your garden or veranda sometimes seem like the last place you would visit during the summer. Go outside and see where you can add shade. Install awnings over your windows; build a pergola covered with shade cloth or plant trees. Outside shading is more efficient than indoor shading. Enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. Your veranda or sit out can benefit from the summer makeover as well. Paint the ceiling a pale blue and keep the walls white for an unexpected and soothing effect. Outdoor does not always have to mean wicker furniture. You can pair your wicker sofas with a modern glass and wrought iron table. Another interesting piece for the porch is a mirror. Not only does it give the look of a complete room in itself, but it also reflects any candle or garden lights improving the overall ambience.

 

If you live in an apartment, paint all your flowerpots in vibrant colours and arrange them randomly across your balcony. Add a reclining chair and make it your leisure corner to unwind.

 

TIP: For outdoor seating, choose fabrics that are lemonade and sangria proof.

 

Since not all of us have the luxury of taking months away from our lives and not to mention our work, with a few adjustments here and there, you can now convert your home into your very own hillside retreat. So go ahead and take advantage of all that summer has to offer.

 

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Fri, 09 Apr 2021 06:35:05 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-ex-boyfriend-rakshit-shettys-video-dedicated-to-rashmika-is-going-viral/ TRENDING: Ex-Boyfriend Rakshit Shetty’s Video Dedicated To Rashmika Is Going Viral! https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-ex-boyfriend-rakshit-shettys-video-dedicated-to-rashmika-is-going-viral/ Rakshit Shetty is a famous Kannada actor who has a large fanbase for his entertaining films. The actor’s film ‘Kirik Party’ which also starred Rashmika, gave the actress a break and recognition in South cinema. Post which she was unstoppable. She is easily one of the most wanted actresses in Tollywood and Kollywood today apart from Kannada films. The 36-year-old star, however, dated the ‘Geetha Govindham’ actress and they were all set to get engaged in the year 2017. However, due to compatibility issues, the actress called off the engagement. Some also state that Rashmika wanted to concentrate on her career due to which she had to take the decision of parting ways.While Rashmika had already spoken out about the same, Rakshith never did.

The couple, however, have remained good friends ever since. On Rashmika’s birthday, Rakshit Shetty posted a rather thoughtful tweet of her from her Kannada film Kirik Party. “Sharing this beautiful memory of yours from the @KirikParty audition. You have travelled so far since then, chasing you’r dreams like a real worrier. Proud of you girl and Happy Birthday to you. May you see more success,” he wrote as he shared this video.

 

To this, an elated Rashmika replied, “Ahhhh.. I remember this sooooo clearly.. thankyou so much @rakshitshetty means a lot.”

Post their very public breakup in 2018, Rashmika had also taken it to social media to talk about her relationship after she was mercilessly trolled by the actor’s fans for her private decisions. She stated, “Sorry I’ve been silent for so long..but I’ve been watching a lot of stories, articles, comments, and trolls about me..it has been disturbing me on how I was being portrayed and everything blew out of proportion and yes I definitely don’t blame you guys for it..because that’s what you’d believe and I am not here to justify anything or anyone..just want to tell you guys that Rakshit, me or anyone in the industry should not go through this. And also need to add that just as how every coin has two sides, so does every story. Please let us who work in our industry, work with a little peace of mind. That’s my two cents, let me conclude by saying I will CONTINUE DOING KANNADA FILMS… I AM HERE TO STAY.. be it any language, any industry, I’ll give my best shot.. thank you.”

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Fri, 09 Apr 2021 05:28:00 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-cook-with-comali-contestant-shakeela-and-her-daughter-to-join-bigg-boss-5/ TRENDING: Cook With Comali Contestant Shakeela And Her Daughter To Join Bigg Boss 5? https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-cook-with-comali-contestant-shakeela-and-her-daughter-to-join-bigg-boss-5/ Shakeela is easily one of the favourite contestants in the popular television show Cook With Comali. She is dearly loved by all and has a charm and an infectious charisma thta attracts her fans towards her. Unlike her several audience, the show has given her a set of audience that simply adore her for her onscreen presence and conversations. Shakeela is not just a genuine person on-screen but off-screen as well.

Shakeela never decided to get married for several reasons unknown. However, that did not stop her from adopting a trans-woman daughter a few years ago. Naming her Milla, Shakeela grew very fond of her daughter and provided her with all the comfort required that the society has otherwise been restricting for transpersons.

Shakeela recently had brought her daughter to the limelight and has introduced her in the show Cook With Comali.

The mother-daughter duo has ever since been an audience favourite. The latest report is that the team of Bigg Boss 5 is in talks with both the mother and the daughter to be contestants for this season. The team is guessing that they could convince either one of them to get into the reality show. If Milla agrees to do it, she would be the first transperson contestant in the show which is a great start!

It is reported that the groundwork for the fifth season of the reality show is going on in full swing. The forst four seasons were hosted by Kamal Haasan, however, the team has not revealed whether or not he would continue being the host of this season as well. Speculations are rife that Simbu is being considered for the host position if Kamal Haasan backs out. Further reports are awaited on the same.

Shakeela, in the 90s was famous for her soft porn films in Malayalam, however, she called it quits in the year 2002 and did minute roles in films like Boss Engira Baskaran among several others. Shakeela received a warm welcome where she was first seen as a contestant in the show Cook with Comali that airs in Vijay Television.

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Fri, 09 Apr 2021 03:45:31 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/karnan-actress-rajisha-vijayan-opens-up-about-her-role-experience-with-dhanush-and-more/ Karnan Actress Rajisha Vijayan OPENS UP About Her Role, Experience With Dhanush And More! https://jfwonline.com/article/karnan-actress-rajisha-vijayan-opens-up-about-her-role-experience-with-dhanush-and-more/ Dhanush becomes unstoppable as he gives yet another massive hit with Mari Selvaraj’s Karnan. Rajisha Vijayan, a talented actress from the Malayalam film industry simply grabbed the role for good. Rajisha has ever since been making the headlines as to how she ended up with a role in a film as unique as Asuran among several other Tamil-based actresses.

During a recent press interaction while promoting Karnan, Rajisha opened up about how she landed up with the role in Mari Selvaraj’s film. Mari had met Rajisha in the office of producer Kalaipuli S. Dhanu and that is exactly where he narrated the story to her as well. On hearing the narration and being captivated by the story, the actress agreed to be a part of the film and also, director Mari was happy to have her after watching her super hit film June.

Rajisha also feels that her role in a film matters more than her dress or looks. She also went on to give due credit to her director for her layered character in the upcoming film.

Rajisha also spoke about how watching her all time favourite actor Dhanush perform in front of the camera helped her learn to take on intense roles with better understanding and attitude.

Rajisha has done some brilliant films in Malayalam including Love, June and Finals. 

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Thu, 08 Apr 2021 06:12:39 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/6-summer-trends-we-are-leaning-into-for-2021/ 6 Summer Trends We Are Leaning Into For 2021! https://jfwonline.com/article/6-summer-trends-we-are-leaning-into-for-2021/ Women have always been more bent towards new trends and fashion in the market. With the summer already here, looking for clothes that match the weather and the fashion weeks is a given. With vacations, parties and brunches, summer is apt for trying new styles. Be ready everyday to face the sun in some ultra fashionable clothing this season.

  • The store racks for women are flooded with new styles, so it’s difficult to pick and chose trends that are doing the rounds the most.
  • Maxis are synonymous with summer, and this time the boldly striped ones are our top most pick. Its flary, it’s colorful and it’s in. Maxis have been flooding markets since a while now but this time go with the striped ones, they elongate the body frame making you look taller and leaner.
  • The slip dress, though most of us would be skeptical to try this trend out in the open, it’s a beautiful piece of clothing. It’s sensuous, ladylike and resplendent. Negligees have been a shush piece of clothing for ages now and wearing it outdoors seems a little off but celebrities have already worn it for red carpet events and so you must own one of your own too. Wear it with a floral over coat and a belt at your waist and you are covered for the day.
  • Popping colors and a lot of it are the next new trend this summer. Mix and match all the colors in your wardrobe because more is less. Runways saw Christopher Kane, Gucci etc in this fabulous style. Match your outfit with subtle accessories, nude footwear and open hair. 
  • No list is complete without a pair of shoes. So for summer, let our feet also see some light. Strappy sandals are a must, and if it’s colorful than even more ravishing.  Designers have flooded the stores with these and its time to pick a few in heels and flats for you too.
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Thu, 08 Apr 2021 05:39:32 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/food-for-life-nutritional-needs-for-the-seven-stages-of-life/ Nutritional Needs And Essential Diet For Every Stage In A Woman’s Life! https://jfwonline.com/article/food-for-life-nutritional-needs-for-the-seven-stages-of-life/ Our nutritional needs change at different stages of life. To be fit and healthy, it is important to take into account the extra demands and changes in your body throughout the evolutionary process from infancy to the geriatric phase. 

Babies – Newborn to 6 months

Infants usually double their length and triple their weight between birth and one year of age. Breast milk generally supplies a baby with the required amounts of nutrients, fluids and energy up to about 6 months of age, which is usually the recommended exclusive breastfeeding period. Breast milk is preferred to infant formula wherever possible, as it contains many protective and immunological factors that benefit the baby’s development. In case of individual requirement, appropriately prepared infant formula can be used. 

6 months to 1 Year 

To meet the infants’ increasing nutritional and developmental needs, they should be gradually introduced to common foods as adults. However, breastfeeding should be continued till 1 year of age or beyond, or for as long as the mother has adequate secretion or till the child desires. Culturally appropriate foods and preparation methods should be encouraged as long as they are nutritionally adequate. The baby should be gradually weaned from breast or bottle feeds and new foods should be introduced starting from clear liquids (e.g. clear vegetable juice), full liquids (e.g. milk), semi solids (e.g. porridge), soft solids (e.g. well mashed rice) and then the solid foods (e.g. idly). 

Toddlers

Once the child starts eating solids, offer a wide range of foods to ensure adequate nutrition. Like energy needs, a child’s need for protein, vitamin and mineral also increase with age. Repeated trial with foods and choices may be required for a child to accept the new food. Appropriate weight gain and development will indicate whether the food intake is appropriate. Food-related problems for young children include being overweight, obesity, tooth decay and food sensitivities. By the time they cross 1 year of age, children prefer to eat with their finger. Hence the food items have to be grip friendly and easy to hold. Some of the toddler super foods include cooked sweet potatoes, cut fruits, vegetable salads, eggs, nuts, paneer/tofu cubes, kebab varieties, tikias and finger foods.

Adolescence and Teenage

The growth spurt, as children move into their adolescence, needs plenty of energy and nutrients. For girls, this generally occurs around 10 to 11 years of age and for boys it occurs later, at around 12 to 13 years of age. During this phase, a child is going through many changes in his/her body – hormonal, skin, height, weight, etc. The child observes these changes and makes amendments in the eating habits without appropriate guidance. The extra energy required for growth and physical activity needs to be obtained from foods that also provide nutrients instead of just empty calories. Takeaway and fast foods need to be balanced with nutrient dense foods such as wholegrain breads and cereals, fruits, legumes, nuts, vegetables, fish and lean meats. Milk, yoghurt, curd and cheese (reduced fat) should be included to boost calcium intake, which is especially important for the growing bones. Cheese should preferably be a low salt variety. This is the time to inculcate food and exercise habits which ensure good health forever. 

Young Adults

This is the most fascinating stage in one’s life juncture, where he/she gets transformed from the child cadre to adulthood. Moving away from home, starting work or study, and the changing lifestyle can cause dietary changes that are not always beneficial for good health. 

Like all people, young adults require a balanced diet that incorporates fruits, vegetables, dairy, meats, proteins and healthy fats. Calorie requirements for young adults are higher than those for older adults.
Wholegrain breads, pastas, cereals and rice also provide healthy sources of carbohydrates and fiber without excess starch and sugars. Healthy fats, such as olive oil and sunflower oil, can be used for cooking and to create lighter, healthier sauces and dressings. Young adults should monitor their intake of processed and packaged foods, as these items often tend to be high in both sodium and unhealthy fats. Eating well-balanced meals that fall within the nutritional standards will help young adults avoid health risks such as high blood pressure, high blood sugar or high cholesterol as they move toward middle age. 

Pregnancy and Lactation

From time immemorial it has been widely understood that a pregnant and lactating woman should concentrate in increasing her nutrient intake, rather than the calorie intake alone, particularly in the first and second trimester. One of the most important determinants of the baby’s health and development is the mother’s diet. Regulation and attention to the diet should begin before pregnancy. It is essential that you be at an optimal weight – neither under nor over weight – before you become pregnant. You should preferably have no vitamin or mineral deficiencies prior to pregnancy. The nutritional relationship between the mother and child continues for some more time after delivery. The newborn baby is given only breast milk for the first 3 months of life so the mother’s diet should be adequate with all needed nutrients. Nutritional needs increase during lactation because for three major reasons – for producing sufficient breast milk for the infant, for providing enough nutrients for the growing infant and for the mother’s daily requirement.

Menopausal stage

Every woman experiences different menopause symptoms. Most women have some hot flashes, some feel irritable, a smaller number of women battle headaches, nausea or night sweats. Whatever your menopause symptoms be, smart food strategies just might help make your years around menopause a little more comfortable. Eat more tofu and soy, be a grazer and not a gorger, avoid high fat, high sugar foods, choose the beverages wisely, add flaxseeds to your diet regularly and follow a systematic physical exercise pattern. Aging does not have to equal weight gain. Women do tend to put on .5 to 1 kg a year in their 40s and 50s, but it is more likely due to a drop in activity rather than hormones. Thinning of bones is common in post-menopausal women because of hormone related changes. So be open to adequate amounts of milk and milk products. 

 

Old age

Many people eat less as they get older. This can make it harder to make sure your diet has enough variety to include all the nutrition you need. Remain healthy with well-balanced eating and regular exercise. Eat foods that are nutrient dense rather than energy dense, including eggs, fish, low fat daily products, nuts and seeds, legumes, fruits and vegetables, wholegrain breads and cereals and lean meats. Limit foods that are high in energy and low in nutrients such as cakes, sweets and soft drinks. Choose foods that are naturally high in fiber to encourage bowel health. If possible, try spending sometime outside each day to boost your Vitamin D synthesis for healthy bones. Be as active as possible to encourage your appetite and maintain muscle mass. 

 

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Wed, 07 Apr 2021 10:20:41 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/12-essential-skincare-tips-to-follow-this-summer/ 12 Essential Skincare Tips To Follow This Summer! https://jfwonline.com/article/12-essential-skincare-tips-to-follow-this-summer/ Skin care in summer calls for special attention because during the summer season the skin’s natural oils start flowing freely which makes the skin appear dull, oily and flecked. The increased susceptibility to the UV rays of the sun results in skin tanning, and also adds to the problems of dark patches and wrinkles. Here are a few skins care tips to help keep your skin supple this summer season.

Getting tanned is one of the major problems during summer, and most people try to find a quick solution to get rid of it by using chemical loaded products or opt to undergo other cosmetic procedures. These quick solutions have several side effects and can cause severe damage to the skin. Therefore, it is good to know how to protect your skin from the blazing summer sun and enjoy being outdoor without the fear of getting tanned by with these simple tips.

Daily Skin Care Routine

The air is filled with pollutants and the skin is exposed to a lot of battering because of the increase in pollution, it is therefore important that we take of this wonderful asset gifted to us by the creator.

Cleanse Away…

Cleansing of the face is a process of removing dead skin cells, dirt, dust, excess oil and other pollutants from the surface of the facial skin. We are never serious about washing our face and do not invest time on this regime. Cleansing is a crucial step for a glowing skin and following it religiously will help maintain a healthy skin for a long time.

Always wash your face twice a day, in the morning and at night. Use soaps that are chemical free or less in percentage, to wash your face. If you have a dry skin, use coconut oil or olive oil to wash your face. Coconut oil is a great natural cleanser and if your skin type is oily, use gel or foam cleansers instead of a soap to cleanse your face.

Honey is a handy cleanser that goes well with all skin types. Take ½ teaspoon of honey and apply in a circular motion on the face. Wash it off using warm water after 20 minutes.

Tone it!

Toning helps lower the skin’s pH and eradicates any dirt and oil that regular cleansing fails to remove. This skin care step is only recommended for people with oily skin. An alcohol-based astringent with salicylic acid is well suited for oily skin.

Natural toning is a great way to take care of your skin, although toners with glycolic or alpha hydroxyl acid are best for almost all types of skin. Apply the toner with a cotton ball over your face excluding the eyes and lips. Wipe the toner in upward and outward direction.

Mix fresh cucumber juice with yoghurt and use this combination as an astringent and a natural toner, for normal and dry skin.

 

The combination of egg white and honey mixed with few drops of lemon juice is also a good toner for oily skin.

 

Keep it Moist

Moisturising your skin will help keep the skin looking radiant and glowing through the day. Moisturisers help restore and retain moisture on the skin. It helps improve skin texture and covers the imperfections. Facial moisturisers play an important role in fighting dryness and prevent damage. Choose oil-rich moisturisers especially those with sun protection factor (SPF). Use your finger tips to gently massage the moisturiser on your face and neck. The skincare routine is not complete if it does not give significance to moisturising. After you have finished cleansing your face with the appropriate cleanser for your skin type and toning it; you must immediately apply a suitable moisturiser. Do not over use moisturizer as it will clog your pores and lead to black heads and pimples. A moisturiser can also act as a protective base for make-up. 

Weekly Skin Care Routine

Exfoliation is the removal of dry/dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, and is the most important part of your skincare routine. Exfoliation increases the blood circulation, besides preventing many skin problems. We suggest exfoliating twice a week, as part of your beauty regime for both the face and body. It is important to remove dead skin as it is equally important to retain the natural oils.

Tips for a healthy skin

  • It is important to keep yourself hydrated at all times by drinking water throughout the day. This also helps to prevent dryness and keeps the skin moisturized.
  • Apply sunscreen creams and lotions on the skin before stepping out into the sun; this helps in protecting the skin from the harsh UV-A and UV-B rays. The sunscreen lotion/cream should be applied at least 15 to 30 minutes before leaving indoors
  • Use higher SPF if you have to spend a lot of time in the sun. It helps in prevent sunburn, rashes and blisters. 
  • Use a hat or a cap to prevent direct rays from falling on the face.
  • Swimming in chlorinated water speeds up the tanning process, so it is mandatory to cleanse your skin and hair with fresh water after taking a swim in the pool.
  • The psoralen present in perfumes react with the sun rays, especially citrus perfumes because they can stain your skin permanently, therefore do not apply perfume on your skin while out in the sun.
  • Take bath in cold water to keep the skin fresh and hydrated, as warm showers during the summer season can make your skin very dry.
  • Reduce the intake of sugar and processed foods, include skin-friendly foods such as vegetables and fruits to pack antioxidants, a lot depends on the right foods to flaunt a healthy skin.
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Wed, 07 Apr 2021 06:48:08 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/5-ways-to-choose-a-dress-according-to-your-body-type/ 5 Ways To Choose A Dress According To Your Body Type! https://jfwonline.com/article/5-ways-to-choose-a-dress-according-to-your-body-type/ The perfect dress for you and your moment awaits! Pick it out, slip it on and watch yourself make heads turn.

Let’s face it, none of us just walk into a closet and choose the outfit that’s closest to reach. But here to simplify the task of going through your entire collection is the time-saving guide to match your body type and your moment with a zinger of a dress!

Slip Dress

The slip dress is a manifestation of minimalist appeal. A classic slip dress usually is of one tone with spaghetti straps and midi length. It typically comes in satin material and is one of the 90s’ favourite reappearance. The most popular colours are black, silver, yellow, olive green, blush, and beige. A satin slip dress is perfect evening wear. If you are worried about it being too revealing you can team it with a blazer or a plain white T-shirt. 

 

Maxis

Most appeared in the catwalks of the season – Dior, Alberta Ferretti, Valentino, Erdem, and Michael Kors- this romantic trend comes in many variations from draped, baby doll, backless, and sheer. And because they are in tune with seasonal trends, these floor-sweeping dresses are the perfect Valentine’s date allies.

 

Button-down dresses: 

If you are leaning more towards a casual style opt for button-down shirt dresses. Oversize button-down tops and dresses are the summer’s basic everyone needs in their closets. There are so many amazing ways to style the piece. Styled underneath a sweater vest and belted at the waist, choose bright colours and billowing silhouettes for extra drama and a romantic appeal. 

 

Monochrome dresses

 Spare your little black dress this Friday night! Designers showed a predilection for black and white – most often, together and made a case for monochrome cocktail dresses this season. Chequered, colour-blocked, stripes – black and white dresses are perfect elegant evening wear that would work for most occasions from formal meetings to dinner dates. 

The off-shoulder floral

 

When it comes to floral, keeping it flirty is key after light and breezy. Sleeved florals spell formal so keep it chilled with off shoulder or cold shoulder dresses. 

 

Ensemble

 

Swap the strappy sandals for ankle length boots for a more chic look. You can even try net stockings to give the floral a sexier look. A dark cardigan or shrug will be the best match if you like a little closure to the whole outfit. 

 

Accessories

 

  • A matching crunchie for the hair
  • Floral is mostly worn outdoors so if that’s where you are going, opt for tote bags or satchels if you don’t have much to carry. 
  • Nix neck accessories and if jewellery is a must have, opt for a charm bracelet. 

 

The pencil cocktail

 

Suave, sexy and simply superb the pencil can be worn by women of all shapes and sizes alike. 

 

Ensemble

Pair with a blazer for a more corporate look. Strap on some sandals, preferably with kitten heels or bows tie ankle. 

 

Accessories

 

  • A thick bangle 
  • Hoops or long-drop earrings should substitute studs.
  • Jeweled clutches are a must have. 
  • A long thin necklace will really compliment your neckline. 

How to choose the right dress for your figure!

Pear-Shaped Figure 

If you have a slender elongated upper-body with a smaller bust and hips, and thighs larger than the upper-body, then an empire waistline or a dress with an A-line cut would compliment your figure the best. You can also choose cocktail dresses that come with padded shoulders so that they de-emphasize your lower half and gives a proportionate structure.  

Straight Figure 

Petite and slender all the way? Look for dresses that are layered. Since knee-length ruffle ballerinas are back, it would be the perfect match for a V-neck blouse or a wrap shirt top. Or are you slightly on the athletic side? A cocktail dress with a ruffled top, collars, and embellishments around the chest will create volume around this area. You can also go for a peplum dress that would give you a curvaceous figure. 

Hour Glass Figure  

Narrow waist with curvy/large chest and hips? Firstly, embrace those curves!! Secondly, you would never go wrong with tight-fitted dresses, strapless or off-the-shoulder. You can choose monotone colours and get flashy with accessories. A-line would also be perfect for an hour-glass figure. But you need to keep away from anything that flair from the waist. It’s also important to be cautious about your dress length. Choose the right length that stops at thinner parts of your legs, if not, the dress might make you look shorter. 

Round Figure 

Wear those curves with confidence. Go for cocktail dresses that have V-shaped necklines and empire waistlines. And don’t forget to bling out with eye-catching jewellery. Long earrings, bold rings, and chokers will look fabulous on you. And to say the least, don’t forget your heels.

Inverted Pyramid Figure 

If you have broad shoulders with a narrow waistline, asymmetrical hemlines would be your best bet. Dresses with more detailing below the waist are ideal; the flair bottom with a minimalistic shade on top will nicely highlight your waistline and accentuate your figure.

 

Everything said, no matter how killer your dress is, it’s your attitude that reflects your style the best. So whatever you chose to wear, wear it with a pleasant smile and a stride of confidence. Let’s give Cupid some busy work this Valentine’s!

 

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Wed, 07 Apr 2021 05:58:32 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/10-most-common-health-myths-you-hear-everyday-busted/ 10 Most Common Health Myths You Hear Everyday Busted! https://jfwonline.com/article/10-most-common-health-myths-you-hear-everyday-busted/ In today’s world, we are constantly bombarded with health advice from various sources. While all of it comes with good intentions, it is not always backed with evidence. General physician Dr Venkat, debunks some common health myths.

We have all had wisdom from parents and grandparents that range from washing  hands only with warm water to not having ice creams when you have a cold. While there is a kernel of truth somewhere in these words, not all of them are completely true. While the common cold is ridden with myths, there are other health myths that we do tend to follow rather blindly. The field of medicine is full of myths and half-truths and sometimes, the doctors alsohumour us by allowing us to believe in our myths as long as wedo not get carried away.

MYTH: COLD CAN SPREAD ONLY IF SOMEONE SNEEZES OR COUGHS

Truth: Truthfully, this is just one way in which a virus can spread. A cold can and does spread even if you sit next to the affected person and hold his/her hand. Viruses live on furniture, phones, toys and other household or office surfaces for several hours. This means that the virus can spread even if you touch the things previously touched by the affected person.

MYTH: COLD CAUSES FEVERS

Truth: A fever actually is an indicator of other happenings in your body and does not usually have a connection with cold. Though fever is listed as a symptom of common cold everywhere, in adults, however, it is very rare. It is more common for cold to cause sore throat and cough rather than fever.

MYTH: CHILLY WEATHER CAUSES COLD

Truth: The weather has got nothing to do with cold. The common cold is caused by a virus called Rhinovirus. Unless this virus is nearby, chances of catching a cold are zero. On a lighter note, even if you freeze, you will not have a cold! On the same lines, sleeping with a wet head or shampooing your hair in the night will not give you a cold in the morning.

MYTH: EATING COLD FOODS LIKE ICE CREAM WILL INCREASE COLD

Truth: There is no connection between cold and eating cold foods like ice cream or curd. It all in fact depends on the metabolism of a person. If you are in general, low in immunity, or have certain allergies, you should stay away. Lifestyle plays a very important role.

MYTH: DRINK 8 GLASSES OF WATER PER DAY

Truth: The number 8 is not based on any scientific data and no one knows where the idea came from. The idea is to keep the body hydrated but that can be done with the fluids we drink anyway – tea, coffee, juice and more. Most people don’t realise that we get water from our food too. Foods contain water and are broken down during digestion to release carbon dioxide and water. So unless you want to be sweating buckets, there is no reason to drink 8 glasses of water!

MYTH: CRACKING KNUCKLES CAUSES ARTHRITIS

Truth: It is a completely baseless myth. The sound that comes from cracking your knuckles is actually air escaping from the pockets. This has no connection with your bones whatsoever. People do it as a mode of relaxation and while it is annoying to those near you, it has no adverse health effects.

WATER KILLS GERMS EFFECTIVELY

Truth: It is true that heat kills bacteria and it is advisable to boil water before drinking it but the same does not apply for washing hands. The water would have to be scalding hot for the bacteria to die. So long as hands are scrubbed properly, normal room temperature water is good enough to wash hands. On the same note, hand sanitizers do not replace water. They should only be used in extreme emergencies and in the next available chance, should be washed with water.

MYTH: TAKING VITAMIN C HELPS YOU RECOVER FASTER

Truth: All the Vitamin tablets in the world would not help you stave off a cold or make it go faster. If you get a cold, you have to give it time to let it pass through your system. There is no use of taking Vitamin C supplements because the body flushes it out. All the Vitamin C you ever need will be there if you just take a balanced diet.

MYTH: PUBLIC TOILET SEATS CAUSE INFECTION

Truth: There are more chances of infections spreading from the toilet flush handle than the actual seat. Only very few people wash their hands before and after using public restrooms and thus viruses spreading from their hands on to the handles is more likely than anything else. Try using your foot to flush since the toilet handle is where germs congregate!

MYTH: TILTING YOUR HEAD BACK CURES NOSEBLEEDS

Truth: Nosebleeds are common occurrences in places with extreme heat but these days, a lot of people experience this primarily because of lifestyle changes. It might be immediate intuition to tilt your head backwards but you should actually sit up straight and tilt your head slightly forward. Tilting it backwards can cause choking and the blood going to your stomach which can in turn cause stomach upset.

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Tue, 06 Apr 2021 14:04:49 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/tn-elections-2021-ajith-rajini-kamal-vijay-and-several-other-stars-cast-their-vote/ TN Elections 2021: Ajith, Rajini, Kamal, Vijay And Several Other Stars Cast Their Vote! https://jfwonline.com/article/tn-elections-2021-ajith-rajini-kamal-vijay-and-several-other-stars-cast-their-vote/ TN and Kerala elections are almost complete and the turnout as of 3 PM has been quite disappointing. However, several celebrities from the Kollywood film industry turned up to exercise their Right. Vijay, Ajith, Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Bharathiraja, Vijay Sethupathi, Sivakarthikeyan, Vikram, Suriya, Karthi, Jayam Ravi, Trisha among several others. From riding a bicycle to the Polling Booth to denying a selfie, a lot of drama took place but after all, it did happen and it went well. Check out these pictures:

Bharathiraja

 

 

Rajinikanth

 

 

Ajith Kumar

 

 

Suriya and Karthi

 

 

Vijay

 

 

 

KS Ravikumar

 

 

Vijay Sethupathi

 

 

Sivakarthikeyan

 

 

Arun Vijay

 

Simbu

 

 

AR Murugadoss

 

 

Venkat Prabhu

 

 

Shankar

 

Jayam Ravi

 

 

Sasikumar

 

 

Harish Kalyan

 

 

Trisha

 

 

 

Premji

 

 

Keerthy Suresh

 

 

 

Khushbu Sundar

 

 

Radikaa Sarathkumar

 

 

Kamal Haasan, Shruti and Akshara Haasan

 

 

 

Chiyaan Vikram

 

 

Vijay Anthony

 

 

Varalaxmi Sarathkumar

 

 

Nikki Galrani

 

 

Ramya Pandian

 

 

Aishwarya Rajesh

 

 

Sneha and Prasanna

 

 

 

Arya

 

 

Mohan Raja

 

 

Janani Iyer

 

 

Lokesh Kanagaraj

 

 

Shanthnu Bhagyaraj

 

 

Ganesh Venkatram

 

 

SV Sekhar

 

 

Sathyaraj

 

 

Siddharth

 

 

Kalidas Jayaram

 

 

Devayani

 

 

Priya Bhavani Shankar

 

 

Anjana, Dhivyadharshini and Ramya Subramaniam

 

 

 

 

Vishnu Vishal

 

 

Andrea Jeremiah

 

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Mon, 05 Apr 2021 07:43:53 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/an-abusive-marriage-starvation-and-struggle-this-dosai-aunty-sells-rs-10-per-plate-and-her-reason-would-make-you-cry/ An Abusive Marriage, Starvation And Struggle: This Dosai Aunty Sells Rs.10 Per Plate And Her Reason Would Make You Cry! https://jfwonline.com/article/an-abusive-marriage-starvation-and-struggle-this-dosai-aunty-sells-rs-10-per-plate-and-her-reason-would-make-you-cry/ Sharda Chouragade resides in Nagpur, Maharashtra and her way of income is running a Dosa stall there. Despite all the struggles she has been through, Sharda is always positive in life. “I believe that everything will be fine no matter what,” says the fondly known as Dosa Ajji (Dosa Grandma).

Sharda has walked out of an abusive marriage, lost her mother at an unexpected time and has starved for several days but today she loves feeding her customers no matter what. Sharda started her dosa (and idli) stall in 2004 to sustain her family. However, to everyone’s surprise, she decided to sell the food for a really low price (Rs 2) when she started out.

 

 

“There have been days when my son and I couldn’t even afford a single meal and I know what starvation does to your mind and body. I didn’t have any support for the longest time, but once I was in a fairly better position I wanted to try and help others in the hope that it could make a difference. Besides, I started the stall to serve fresh and hot dosas to school children and labourers, and had to ensure that it was affordable for them,” adds Sharda to The Better India.

Her optimism and her kindness is what gets her frequent customers.

Over the years, as other stalls in the city raised their prices due to inflation, Sharda also followed suit but again, it was bare minimum. A couple of years ago, she started selling two dosas and four idlis at Rs 10. 

While she confesses that the dirt cheap prices take a toll on her monthly earnings, she is quick to state that she never compromises on the quality of the food.

“I get around 40 customers daily and I earn up to Rs 10,000 every month. Most of this income is spent on purchasing the ingredients for the stall and vegetables for the house. But it does not matter if I get profits or not. At the end of the day, seeing customers satiate their hunger happily at my stall is enough and that’s my reward,” she says. 

 

 

Although many people have told her to increase the rates, she refuses each time. 

“Sometimes we cannot understand her passion cum stubbornness to keep the prices low. But every time I visit her stall, the vibe is always so positive. So seeing that, I try not to convince her. She is really a lady with nerves of steel and a very kind heart,” Geeta, Sharda’s daughter-in-law tells The Better India.

Sharda excitedly recalls one of her most cherished memories at the stall when a frequent visitor surprised her with a banner for the stall. 

“She was a college student and would often hang out with her friends at my stall. One day out of nowhere, she got a huge banner for my stall and told me this would attract more customers. The banner did help people recognise my food stall. It is very rare to find kind people like her these days.” 

But, her past has not been kind to her. She was married to a man who would physically abuse her everyday.

“He would get drunk, hit me with wooden sticks and humiliate me for no fault of mine. I traded my self respect in return to save my marriage. For months I questioned myself and put myself through undeserved torture. For nearly seven months of my pregnancy, I had no medicine or hospital visits. My health was deteriorating but he did not stop hitting me. One day, I gathered courage for my unborn kid and me and walked out of the house. I came back to my parents’ house and started living on my own terms,” she recollects with a heavy voice.

 

 

She knew that being a single mother would be very hard. But for the sake of her 2-year-old toddler she had to keep herself financially independent. She started out as a domestic help and did other odd jobs to educate her son.

Eventually when she earned enough, she decided to open up her own stall. Today her son is married and has a child of his own.

“I hit rock bottom when I was in my early twenties, so somewhere I knew nothing could be more terrible than this. Ending my marriage was very liberating, and now I can face any challenge that comes my way. That’s the thing about being content in life… all you need is a moment of confidence and courage to turn around your life,” she concludes.

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Mon, 05 Apr 2021 07:18:29 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-sai-pallavis-ultimate-wardrobe-transformation-is-the-talk-of-the-town/ TRENDING: Sai Pallavi’s Ultimate Wardrobe Transformation Is The Talk Of The Town! https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-sai-pallavis-ultimate-wardrobe-transformation-is-the-talk-of-the-town/ Premam fame Sai Pallavi is one of the most natural actresses of recent times. She is known for her simplicity and brilliant screen presence. The actress recently finished a medicine in Georgia; she’s an actress, dancer and now a doctor. Sai Pallavi has yet again managed to steal our hearts with her stellar performance in Vetrimaaran’s Orr Iravu, a short story in the Netflix anthology titled Paava Kadhaigal. Sai Pallavi has yet again proved her mettle by choosing wise roles and brilliant directors.

Sai Pallavi has been unstoppable but also, she is a very simple person in real-life holding her values very close to her heart. She has remained grounded and maintains a harmony not many in her industry do.

The actress also has a set of rules when it comes to choice of clothes. She has been denying wearing any kind of short-sleeved tops or any short clothes. However, during her latwst promotion of her upcoming film Love Story alongside Naga Chaitanya, Sai Pallavi was seen wearing a short-sleeved ensemble that took her fans by surprise. She was seen promoting her film in Rana Daggubati’s talk show Yaari No. 1.

 

 

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Well, Sai Pallavi is on top of the ladder today and she is awaiting the release of her next titled Love Story in Telugu also starring Naga Chaitanya, helmed by Sekhar Kammula. She also has Rana Daggubati’s Virata Parvam all set to release.

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Mon, 05 Apr 2021 05:18:51 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/pic-talk-lovebirds-vignesh-shivan-and-nayanthara-celebrate-easter-in-style/ PIC TALK: Lovebirds Vignesh Shivan And Nayanthara Celebrate Easter In Style! https://jfwonline.com/article/pic-talk-lovebirds-vignesh-shivan-and-nayanthara-celebrate-easter-in-style/ Easter is the time to celebrate the gift of life and to spread love and humanity. Several of our stars have posted pictures of them celebrating the festive day. One among them were lovebirds Nayanthara and Vignesh Shivan. Taking to social media, the director posted a loving picture of the couple and wished his fans and followers on the auspicious day of Easter.

“Easter 🐣 day … was a happy day 😇😍🥳🤩😇,” wrote Vignesh sharing the picture.

 

 

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Nayanthara and Vignesh Shivan have been dating for over four years and the couple has been living together for a while now. According to reports, the duo is all set to make it official. The couple was rumoured to have gotten married last December but that did not happen.

However, it was then reported that tcouple will be tying in the knot in a rather private ceremony with limited guests. The couple is reportedly getting married in a temple. However, there has been no official confirmation from the couple and an official statement is awaited shortly.

The couple never spoke about their relationship though. Recently, Vignesh Shivan shared a closeup of Nayanthara’s hand, most importantly her finger that has left the fans speculating whether the couple is actually engaged now.

On the professional front, Nayanthara has Kaathuvaakkula Rendu Kadhal, Netri Kann, and Nizhal. She will also be seen doing a cameo in Rajinikanth’s Annathae. 

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Sun, 04 Apr 2021 14:19:42 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/man-of-simplicity-this-young-actress-is-all-praises-for-her-her-costar-vijay-heres-why/ Man Of Simplicity: This Young Actress Is All Praises For Her Her Costar Vijay; HERE’S WHY! https://jfwonline.com/article/man-of-simplicity-this-young-actress-is-all-praises-for-her-her-costar-vijay-heres-why/ Actor Vijay has a million fans today. With his latest release Master and with the announcement of his next with director Nelson Dhilipkumar has gained him more fans and followers. The actor’s recent film Bigil was reportedly a top entertainer and the film gained so much popularity that the song Singapenne was a humungous hit.

Amritha Iyer, Indhraja, Indhuja, Reba Monica among several others played a huge part in the film as well alongside the leads of the film Nayanthara and Vijay.

Now, in a recent interaction with her fans on social media, Indhuja called actor Vijay an inspiration of great humanity when asked a few words about the star actor.

She said, “Vijay sir is an inspiration of great humanity and incredible talents. I admire him a lot.”

After the massive success of ‘Bigil‘, Indhuja is currently shooting for ‘Khaki‘ opposite Vijay Antony. Meanwhile sharing her best moment in life, Indhuja said it was moment she witnessed herself on screen for the very first time in Vaibhav and Priya Bhavani Shankar starrer ‘Meyaadha Maan‘.

Meanwhuke actor Vijay will soon begin shooting for his next with Nelson Dhilipkumar. Produced by Sun Pictures, the female lead of the film is Pooja Hegde and the music is being composed by Anirudh Ravichander.

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Sun, 04 Apr 2021 09:33:49 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/pic-talk-nagarjuna-and-amala-akkineni-invite-a-special-guest-over-dinner/ PIC TALK: Nagarjuna And Amala Akkineni Invite A Special Guest Over Dinner! https://jfwonline.com/article/pic-talk-nagarjuna-and-amala-akkineni-invite-a-special-guest-over-dinner/ Nagarjuna and Amala Akkineni have hosted several house parties and love inviting rather special guests.  The latest to have joined the guestlist would be none other than Bollywood’s legendary actor Anupam Kher. The veteran actor launched his new book last year and has been presenting it to many celebrities and politicians. He decided to visit Nagarjuna and clearly, they had a gala time together. Anupam Kher with Nagarjuna and Amala discussed films, food and good old memories.

Taking to social media, Anupam wrote, “Thank you dearest @amalaakkineni1 @iamnagarjuna for a wonderful evening. We revived our memories of working together. Talked about film schools, pandemic & cinema . Loved the trailer of his film releasing tomorrow #WildDog. Was happy to give them my book #YourBestDayIsToday.”

 

With back to back hits, Amala was at the peak of her career when she decided to marry Nagarjuna. With a blush on her face and glitter in her eyes, she shares her sweet little love story, “Well like movies, love and marriage also happened. Nag surprised me out of the blue and asked me to marry him. After all the euphoria and excitement subsided, I asked him, “Will we move to Hyderabad?”

He said, “Yes.” I said, “I don’t have to rush to work?” He said, “If you don’t want to you need not my dear. You can do whatever you like to do.” I was so excited at that thought. I was tired of continuously working and living life out of a suitcase. About 50 films in 8 years is a lot, so I was really exhausted. When Nag proposed to me, I felt like I was going on a long holiday. It’s been 23 years now and it has been a very beautiful journey with him.”

 

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Sun, 04 Apr 2021 05:12:19 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/5-traditional-easter-desserts-you-must-try-today/ 5 Traditional Easter Desserts You Must Try TODAY! https://jfwonline.com/article/5-traditional-easter-desserts-you-must-try-today/ Easter is about the right time for digging into sweet delicacies. However, not many know that we could add some great twists to traditional Easter desserts. Here are 5 amazing traditional recipes with a sweet twist:

Marshmallow Easter Eggs:

 

 


Ingredients:

  • 25 cups all-purpose flour (about 8 pounds)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup, divided
  • 3/4 cup hot water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 pound dark chocolate candy coating, melted
  • Candy coating disks, multiple colors

Method:

 

  • Spread 7 cups flour in each of three 13×9-in. pans and 4 cups flour in a 9-in. square pan. Carefully wash the egg in a mild bleach solution (1 teaspoon chlorine bleach to 1 qt. warm water); dry. Press washed egg halfway into the flour to form an impression. Repeat 35 times, 2-in. apart; set aside.
  • In a small bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over cold water; set aside. In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, 1/2 cup corn syrup and hot water. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly, until a candy thermometer reads 238° (soft-ball stage). Remove from the heat; stir in remaining corn syrup.
  • Pour into a large bowl. Add reserved gelatin, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high speed until candy is thick and has cooled to lukewarm, about 10 minutes. Beat in vanilla.
  • Spoon lukewarm gelatin mixture into egg depressions; dust with flour. Let stand for 3-4 hours or until set.
  • Brush excess flour off marshmallow eggs. Dip each egg in chocolate candy coating. Place flat side down on waxed paper. Let stand until set. Drizzle each colored candy coating over eggs.

 

Easter Sugar Cookies

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • Tinted frosting or colored sugar

 

Method:

  • In a bowl, cream butter, cream cheese and sugar. Beat in egg yolk and extracts. Combine the flour, salt and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours or until easy to handle.
  • Preheat oven to 375°. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a 2-1/2-in. cookie cutter dipped in flour. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake until edges begin to brown, 8-10 minutes. Cool for 2 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Decorate as desired.

 

Strawberry trifle

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cold whole milk
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped
  • 8 cups cubed angel food cake
  • 4 cups sliced fresh strawberries

Method:

 

  • In a large bowl, beat the milk, sour cream, pudding mix and orange zest on low speed until thickened. Fold in whipped cream.
  • Place half of the cake cubes in a 3-qt. glass bowl. Arrange a third of the strawberries around sides of bowl and over cake; top with half of the pudding mixture. Repeat layers once. Top with remaining berries. Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.

 

Banana bars with cream cheese frosting

 


Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 medium ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)

For the frosting:

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3-3/4 to 4 cups confectioners’ sugar

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, sour cream and vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in bananas.
  • Spread into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (do not overbake), 20-25 minutes. Cool.
  • For frosting, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla until fluffy. Gradually beat in enough confectioners’ sugar to achieve desired consistency. Frost bars. Store in the refrigerator.

 

Traditional hot cross buns:

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 2 cups warm whole milk (110° to 115°)
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 6 to 7 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup dried currants
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons water

For the icing:

  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 4 to 6 teaspoons whole milk

Method:

  • In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm milk. In a large bowl, combine eggs, butter, sugar, salt, spices, yeast mixture and 3 cups flour; beat on medium speed until smooth. Stir in currants, raisins and enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until dough is smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch down dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide and shape into 30 balls. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Cover with kitchen towels; let rise in a warm place until doubled, 30-45 minutes. Preheat oven to 375°.
  • Using a sharp knife, cut a cross on top of each bun. In a small bowl, whisk egg yolk and water; brush over tops. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool slightly.
  • For icing, in a small bowl, mix confectioners’ sugar and enough milk to reach desired consistency. Pipe a cross on top of each bun. Serve warm.
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Sun, 04 Apr 2021 04:27:21 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/sameera-reddys-take-on-body-positivity-is-a-must-read/ Sameera Reddy’s Take On Body Positivity Is A MUST-READ! https://jfwonline.com/article/sameera-reddys-take-on-body-positivity-is-a-must-read/ Sameera Reddy has always been vocal about speaking against body shaming and is being a powerful voice for body size discrimination, fat shaming and discrimination. She is never the one to shy away and is an inspiration many women to love and embrace themselves. Motherhood is truly a beautiful and amazing experience but definitely one of the most difficult processes that women go through. A pure and beautiful process of creation is being derogated these days and we are only appalled to see all the abuses and shames a woman has to face for just even existing these days.

Among several other trends existing on social media, Sameera took the latest one and has given it a beautiful body-positive twist. Adding the post, she wrote, “From Padded bras, coloured contact lenses, airbrushed, enhanced perfect pictures 👉🏼To today’s pure freedom to be myself. No judgement . No pressure . Just me❤️ #transformation#redefined#messymama#imperfectlyperfect#throwback#keepingitreal ✨.”