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, 04 Sep 2021 13:40:04 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/7-t-v-shows-every-fashion-lover-should-watch/ 7 T.V. Shows every Fashion lover should watch https://jfwonline.com/article/7-t-v-shows-every-fashion-lover-should-watch/ Fashion has evolved over the years. It is no more about just clothes. It has evolved to become a medium of comfort, expression, pride, and style. People these days even use it as a mode of communication. Few prefer to wear a full-on glam-red dress on a sad-depressing day whereas few wear a comfort Pyjama on a happy-cozy day. It’s revolutionized to become a channel of perspective therapy and self-realization.

Here’s a list of a few Fashion shows to get your fashion game on point and channel your inner MUA’s and stylists.

Gossip Girl:

Gossip Girl is an American teen drama series with full-on fashion and friendship goals adapted from the book of the same name. It revolves around the life of the high school kids of the Upper East Side with Blake Lively playing Serena Van der Woodsen and Leighton Meester playing Blair Waldorf as leads. Rumor has it every girl is a combination of a socialite Serena and a stylist Blair.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

 

Glow up:

Glow Up is a British makeup TV show on the hunt to search for Britain’s next makeup star. The show is hosted by Maya Jama and judged by world-renowned makeup artists Val Garland and Dominic Skinner with 10 makeup artists competing against one another to win the prestigious title. If makeup is your art, grab your brushes and try out the unique looks from this show.

Where to watch: Netflix

 

 

Girl Boss

Girl Boss is an American TV series based on the book #Girlboss written by Sophia Amoruso. The series shows the early struggles and rise of her multi-million dollar fashion label, Nasty Gal. Britt Robertson playing Sophia in the series has done a pretty convincing job in inspiring us all to pursue our dreams.

Where to watch: Netflix

 

Next in Fashion

Next in Fashion is a reality TV show where fashion designers across the globe battle one another to win $250,000 with a chance to make it big in the fashion world. It is hosted by Alexa Chung and Tan France with a total of 10 episodes featuring the most trending accessible yet fashionable numbers.

Where to watch: Netflix

 

The Bold Type

Bold type is an American fashion drama revolving around the life of three young women employees of the lifestyle-fashion magazine Scarlet trying to make it big individually in their domains. This magazine not just teaches Fashion but also Friendship and Feminism.

Where to watch: Netflix

 

Making the Cut

This is an American reality television series hosted and created by Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn where 12 designers cum entrepreneurs with their label compete against each other to win $1Million, Amazon Fashion mentorship, and a chance to become a global brand.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

 

 

Self Made

Self Made is a limited Netflix series adapted from the real-life story of the first African-American self-made millionaire Madam C.J. Walker. This is a fictional depiction of the true story of how she built her empire of hair care. A must watch not just for hair care regime but also for motivation to build your dream.

Where to watch: Netflix

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Fri, 03 Sep 2021 10:48:55 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/what-if-jaanu-had-married-ram/ What if Jaanu had married Ram? https://jfwonline.com/article/what-if-jaanu-had-married-ram/ Tamil cinema is known for its innocent and epic love stories and we have celebrated every take on romance by our filmmakers. One such beautiful love story was from the movie 96. How the tale would have twisted if things went as we expected for our iconic love couple Ram and Jaanu? Would their narrative still have been celebrated?

Being used to the happily ever after since our childhood and idolizing iconic romances and fantasizing about our very own fairytales, it is inevitable that we expect the same when we watch movies – especially romantic movies. That desire spiked when we saw  96. We were on the edge of our seats when Jaanu peeked outside from her college window to look who exactly called for her but we were heartbroken when she looked at the other guy and not Ram. To be honest, the girl to whom Ram would enquire about Jaanu and ask to bring her down was the most hated character than any other villain. She indeed was a villain for their love.

How about looking at the flip of the coin? What if the girl had remembered Ram’s name and Jaanu had run to her Ram and they both kick-started their love story? What if they had married and Jaanu had never gone abroad? What if Jaanu had pursued her passion just like Ram? What if Ram had decided to stop Jaanu’s marriage?

 

What if the story went like this…..

Instead of Jaanu sitting helpless when Ram left the school, she decides to somehow track him and they never lost in touch. They realized their love for one another during their separation and understood they cannot live without each other and were soulmates. Ram being the constant cheerleader and admirer of Jaanu’s singing, compels her to take up classical training and education in the Music Academy. Meanwhile, Ram decides to take up Arts and finds out what he wants along the way. Jaanu also moves to Madras for her highers and the two would catch up almost every day after their college. The two would have the time of their life, catching up, hanging out. During his course, Ram realized his passion for photography and decided to take up a course under a big-time National award-winning Photographer. On the sidelines, Jaanu too was getting big in her singing training and was introduced to pretty great singing offers but nothing on the lead.

 

The two continuously kept supporting each other, their struggles, celebrated their wins, mourned their loss, they surpassed it all as a team. Then things started escalating as they wanted. Ram got a big-time offer to assist his mentor on an International forest tour to cover the world’s endangered species and Jaanu got an offer to sing as a lead. Nothing could be more right than this, but with Ram leaving during her biggest break and Jaanu soaked up in practices amongst his departure, they realized they had to sacrifice a bit to go big in their career for a better future tomorrow.

So, they decided to pursue their dreams without having to give up on their love. It was hard but they did make it out of the long-distance in a year. Once Ram was back, Jaanu had grown big in her career. She even had sung many hits with her ever favorite Janaki amma. They wanted to make things official; they decided to tie the knot. Almost a decade of love and the celebrations to felicitate that, they went big. They had their dream destination wedding with the people they love.

And they lived Happily ever after.

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Fri, 03 Sep 2021 10:15:09 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/money-heist-season-5-releases-today/ Money Heist Season 5 releases today https://jfwonline.com/article/money-heist-season-5-releases-today/ Foreign series have never gotten much traction or popularity in South India until very recently or to be specific until Money Heist. It is one of the most celebrated Foreign series that was seen and referenced to our Tamil actors and songs too. So, today is the day our very own Professor and his crew are back.

Money heist is a Netflix thriller series of the Spanish language now available in the Indian vernacular languages as well. As the name suggests, the story revolves around a heist carried out by the mastermind Professor and his unique team of trained thieves.

The 5th and final season of this international fame consists of 10 episodes releasing in two volumes. The 1st volume of 5 episodes is being screened today (3rd September 2021) at 12:30 pm on Netflix and the final volume of the remaining episodes will be released on 3rd December 2021 exclusively on Netflix.

This blockbuster stars Úrsula Corberó as Tokyo, Álvaro Morte as The Professor, Alba Flores as Nairobi and Itziar Ituño as Lisbon and many others.

The 90 second La casa de Papel part 5 trailer not only gave us hints on what may happen but also chills when Professor was held at gunpoint by cop Alicia Sierra played by Najwa Nimri.

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Fri, 03 Sep 2021 09:58:37 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/jyotika-hits-a-million-in-less-than-2-days/ Jyotika hits a million in less than 2 days https://jfwonline.com/article/jyotika-hits-a-million-in-less-than-2-days/ Here are a few toughs, hitting a million on Instagram, Marrying the love of your life. Well, Kollywood actor, Jyotika has done it all! When we think of couple goals the first couple that pops onto our mind is Surya and Jyotika and this duo has given their fans yet another star-struck moment.

Jyotika joined the trending social media platform – Instagram two days back with a colorful carousel of her Himalayan trek on Independence Day with the caption,“ Hello everyone! On social mdia for the very first time! A lot of positivity to share from my lockdown diaries. At the Himalayas on Independence Day, The beautiful Kashmir Great Lakes, 70km trek with the awesome team of Bikat adventures – Rahul, Sachin, Raul and Ashwin, n the Kashmir team Mushtaq n Riyaz bhai. Thank u. Life is only an existence, unless we start living it!! India is gorgeous! Jai hind!”. Just seconds after her post, her husband Suriya becomes the first to comment, “My pondatti Strongest!!! Thrilled to see you on Insta <3”. This gesture screams goals and makes us go Awww….. It’s just been two days since her joining, and she’s hit 1.5million followers already. That’s how excited fans are to see their ever-glowing expression queen on Instagram.

The couple got hitched in 2006 and she had left us yearning for her return to big screens ever since. She made her comeback with a bang in 2015 through 36 Vayadhinile. She was last seen on her OTT release Ponmagal Vandhaal in 2020 and has Udanpirappe movie in her pipeline.

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Sun, 29 Aug 2021 04:31:59 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/10-binge-worthy-movies-series-on-ott-that-released-in-august/ 10 Binge Worthy Movies & Series On OTT That Released In August! https://jfwonline.com/article/10-binge-worthy-movies-series-on-ott-that-released-in-august/ By Jayabhuvaneshwari B

Ever since the lockdown began, OTT platforms have become famous and have made it easier for binge-watchers to watch movies and shows from home. On the other hand, various platforms are also releasing  a variety of  movies and series on their respective platforms. Here are 10 August movies and series that have released or are yet to be released on OTT:

  • Navarasa:

Navarasa, created by Mani Ratnam and Jayendra Panchapakesan became the talk of the town. 9 directors, 9 stories, 9 emotions and a bunch of actors have come together for this Anthology streaming television series that has been released on Netflix.An ensemble cast consisting of Vijay Sethupathi, Revathy, Prakash Raj, Remya Nambeesan, Ashok Selvan, Yogi Babu, Prasanna, Aravind Swami, Aditi Balan, Rohini, Delhi Ganesh, Gautam Menon, Bobby Simha, Riythvika, Ammu Abhirami, Sri Raam, Parvathy Thiruvothu, Siddarth, Atharva, Anjali, Suriya and Prayaga have acted in the series. 

Where to watch: Netflix

 

  • Boomika:

Starring Aishwarya Rajesh and Tamil debutant Avantika Vandanapu, Boomika is an eco action thriller television film. Directed by Rathindran R Prasad, this film is touted as the first film with its genre of eco action thriller. The story is centered on a young couple, Samyuktha (Aishwarya Rajesh) and Gautham (Vidhu) and their son, who move into an abandoned school building with the intention of turning it into a residential complex and make profits out of the deal. Aishwarya Rajesh’s role was commended in the film. 

Where to watch: Netflix

 

  • Netrikann:

Directed by Milind Rau, Netrikann is a Tamil crime-thriller film starring Nayanthara and Ajmal Ameer in lead roles. The story revolves around Durga (Nayanthara) who loses both her eyesight and her brother in an accident. How she becomes a witness to a kidnapping and finds the culprit forms the rest of the story. Nayanthara received a lot of appreciation for playing the role of a visually-challenged character. 

Where to watch: Disney+ Hotstar

 

  • Bhuj: The Pride Of India:

Starring Ajay Devgn, Sanjay Dutt, Sonakshi Sinha and Nora Fatehi in lead roles, Bhuj:The Pride Of India is a Hindi-language war film. Directed by Abhishek Dudhaiya, the movie shows the story of  300 Gujarati women who helped the Indian Airforce during the Bangladesh and Pakistan War. Although the film did not fare very well story wise, it was complimented for its visuals. 

Where to watch: Disney+ Hotstar

 

  • Kuruthi:

Directed by Manu Warrier, Kuruthi stars Prithiviraj Sukumaran, Roshan Mathew, Srindaa and Mamukkoya in lead roles. This Malayalam action-thriller film revolves around a police officer (Murali Gopy) barging in one night along with an accused in a religious hate crime into the household of Ibru (Roshan Mathew), who is grieving the loss of his wife and daughter in the landslide.What happens next forms the crux of the story. The movie is basically about the idea of enduring human relations transcending boundaries during a struggle to survive trials of hatred and prejudice.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

 

  • Shershaah:

Starring Siddarth Malhotra, Kiara Advani and Shiv Pandit in lead roles, Shershaah is a biographical war film directed by Vishnuvardhan. It follows the story of Param-Vir Chakra awardee Captain Vikram Batra from his entry into the army until his martyrdom in the Kargil War. The movie was released around Independence Day to celebrate our nationalism and patriotism. The movie received mixed reviews, but is a must-watch to relive the life of a martyr like Vikram Batra. 

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

 

  • #Home:

Directed by Rojin Thomas, #Home is a Malayalam drama film starring Indrans, Sreenath Bhasi, Manju Pillai and Nalsen K Gafoor in lead roles. The story is about Oliver Twist, (Indrans) who wants to be tech-savvy and become a better companion to his two sons who spend more time on their phones than with their loved ones. The movie was initially not promoted much and was therefore not known to many. But, it received good reviews after it got advertised. 

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

 

  • Dial 100:

Starring Manoj Bajpayee, Neena Gupta and Sakshi Talwar in lead roles, Dial 100 is a Hindi thriller Drama film, directed by Rensil D’Silva. The story is about Officer Nikhil, who receives a call from a hysterical woman determined to commit suicide. As officer Nikhil tries to calm her down, he discovers that the hysterical woman has bought a gun. When asked, she tells him to stay tuned to find out about her real intentions. But as time progresses, Nikhil realises his family is in danger. The rest of the movie is about how he saves his family. 

Where to watch: Zee5

 

  • Engineering Girls:

Season 1 of Engineering Girls, a comedy-drama streaming television series, was released in 2018. Post this, season 2 of the series has been released recently. Starring Krithika Avasti, Barkha Singh and Sejal Kumar, Engineering Girls revolves around the life of three engineering students and the struggles they face in college. It is a limited series with 5 episodes in each season. The first season is available on Netflix. 

Where to watch: Zee5

 

  • Kasada Thapara:

Starring Sudeep Kishan, Shanthanu Bhagyaraj, Harish Kalyan, Priya Bhavani Shankar and Premgi Amaren among many others, Kasada Thapara is a Tamil Drama film directed by Chimbu Devan. Following the theory of the butterfly effect, the movie talks about the lives of a few individuals who get impacted, both in good and bad ways, by the actions of others who are hardly connected to them. The movie has received great reviews on its release. 

Where to watch: SonyLiv

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Mon, 23 Aug 2021 02:54:00 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/are-we-really-progressing-with-our-battle-against-everyday-sexism/ Are We Really Progressing With Our Battle Against Everyday Sexism? https://jfwonline.com/article/are-we-really-progressing-with-our-battle-against-everyday-sexism/ By Jayabhuvaneshwari B

In today’s world, there is not one day where a woman can live without facing blatant sexism. In their workplaces, their respective homes, schools and colleges, women end up being victims of sexism in some way or the other. While this is something so common that we have accepted and have chosen to ignore it, there is also another kind of sexism that we are all guilty of. This sexism is not blatant but subtle and is over normalised as the right thing to do. Unconsciously, this kind of sexism has become deep-rooted into our society and has been accepted as the right thing by people of all genders. 

  • When we buy gifts for children:

This kind of unrealised sexism comes from little things which may not seem like a big issue. For example, it is always a Barbie Doll for a girl child and a Car or a Superhero toy for a boy child. No matter how aware we are of the sexist standards in society, when we go and stand in a toy shop to choose a toy for a child, the gender of the child does come in to help you make the decision. 

  • Examples of various professions in Textbooks:

This kind of sexism exists in all aspects of our daily life. If you have a young child at home, open her textbooks to notice this. Generally to illustrate a teacher or a nurse and woman’s photo will be available. On the other hand, for examples of pilots and engineers, a man’s photo will be illustrated. This may seem like no big of a deal. But, in reality, at a very young age, these gender stereotypes are registered in a child’s mind. And even if they want to  break such stereotypes in the future, the question of society and judgement brings in their self-doubt. 

  • What children are taught at a young age:

This is also found commonly in households. Crying is never an expression of weakness, but when a boy/man cries, they’re always asked, “Why are you crying like a girl? Stop whining!” asserting that it is okay for women to cry considering that they’re weak. Similarly, the minute a girl sits a little comfortably, she hears a voice shouting, “Sit properly, like a girl.” This extends to other scenarios as well. Women are often termed ‘Tom-boys’ if they’re interested in sports or know how to ride a bike. We may say that as a society we have developed enough to normalise these things, but even today, if a girl is riding a bike, we do open our mouths wide with surprise. 

  • Driving and Workplace Sexism:

In terms of driving, or a job that needs technical qualification, women go through the same tests and interviews to pass or get through, as men. But, a lot of times, it is assumed that men know more technicalities while women are only employed for bringing colour and creativity into the organisation. When it comes to driving, of course we are tired of hearing the infamous, “Women are bad drivers!” Women also have to pass the same driving test as men. Generalising and branding women as bad drivers is not correct, and although we think people don’t do that anymore, it continues to be said. 

When it comes to women and the workplace, beauty vs. talent is a battle women have to fight on a daily basis. When a woman, who dresses and carries herself well, gets a promotion, it is always assumed that it is because of her physical attributes and not because she is actually talented and deserves to get promoted. 

Similarly, when a male boss is tough and hard upon his employees, he is considered to be a good boss who knows how to get his job done. On the contrary, when a female boss shows the same amount of toughness, she is considered to be arrogant and eccentric. This has also led to the problem where men find it very difficult to take orders from their female bosses and even work under them. 

  • Media’s portrayal of Men vs. Women:

Moving on, media portrayal of women is also not helping the fight against sexism in any way. In every kind of household related ads like cooking items, kitchenware, home-cleaning items, etc. women are the ones selling those products to us. This may seem very acceptable and valid, but it roots deeply that only women perform these duties and actions and not men. Similarly, men are shown in advertisements of bikes, cars, electrical appliances, finance related ads, etc. because it establishes that it is men who handle these things generally. As the media is taken as an example for everything, this registers and normalises sexism as the right thing to do. 

 

In addition to this, some ads are also very unrealistic in portraying women. In men’s perfume advertisements, it is often shown as though women are completely attracted to a man who wears a good perfume, and then the brand is promoted. Attracting women is not the only motive behind wearing perfumes. In fact, perfumes are adorned for an entirely different reason. But, almost every single perfume advertisement shows only this aspect of why the perfume should be used. 

  • Sexism in terms of strength and power:

Oftentimes, in places of education or work, if something heavy, like a chair or a table had to be moved from one place to another, only boys or men are called for it. Women never wonder or ask why we aren’t called for help, although we are perfectly capable of doing the same. Similarly, in a household, when an event or a function is organised, women are assigned with taking care of food, decorations and everything inside the house, while men go out for purchases and handle finance. This is another stereotype that is normalised and isn’t fought against much. 

  • Establishing women as the caretaker of the household:

When we have guests over at our homes, it is expected of the women to set the table and serve lunch or slog the kitchen, while men sit along and chat, probably with a glass of drinks. We never ask the men to do it while we sit and chatter with our friends. It is always the other way around. Furthermore, there is of course the fact that women are the ones responsible for the kitchen. Even if we have evolved otherwise in terms of sexism, this one perspective of it continues to exist widely. 

Apart from this, when women become mothers, they are forced to give up their professions and careers to take care of their child. Even if they come up with ways to balance work and motherhood, they’re shamed for not giving enough time for their children and nourishing them with care. These all happen to women, but not once are these pressures put on men. Sometimes, men themselves take the leap of faith and decide to be house-husbands, who want to work from home and take care of their children. But society doesn’t spare them as well, making their life equally difficult. They are taunted for their choices, and are often forced to go back to work. 

  • Objectifying Women:

One comment that women hear a lot but is not spoken about much is, “you should smile more.” This comment comes from the expectation that women should always be appealing and warm, no matter what the situation is. It is often infuriating for women when they are forced to smile even if they don’t want to. On the contrary, men are always expected to be strong, grim and proper. At all times, they’re expected to handle situations rationally and not emotionally. They’re not allowed to express their emotions in most situations. 

  • The problems of this kind of sexism:

The problem with this obvious under-rooted sexism is that it not only affects women, but also men. Men who want to cry in public, cannot, because of this kind of sexism, which is established at grassroot levels. Men face a lot of internal pressure and conflict because of these sexist standards and stereotypes that the society has set for them. We don’t see many men classical dancers, because it makes them graceful, and grace is stereotypically not associated with men. Such problems exist in every arena of daily life. 

Similarly, women are always the victims of this stereotyping. This is age-old, yet normalised and accepted in many ways. When stereotypes like these are fed to young minds, they grow up to become people who believe in such sexism and stereotyping. This not only affects society on the whole, but also every single individual who aspires to beat this stereotype and be something different. Over the years, we have evolved a lot as a society in many ways. Beating sexism and stereotyping is a huge step for humankind. How do we do it? Let us start with buying gender-neutral toys for children or with buying pink for boys and black for girls!

 

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Sun, 22 Aug 2021 04:36:35 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/meet-the-women-of-mani-ratnams-navarasa/ Meet The Women Of Mani Ratnam’s Navarasa! https://jfwonline.com/article/meet-the-women-of-mani-ratnams-navarasa/ Navarasa is a netflix series which brings out 9 different emotions through 9 different stories. Stories has its ups and downs, some conveyed the emotions while some tried it best. This Mani Ratnam’s presentation has a special space for women. The series have huge, significant women characters and they conveyed the emotions. Women had a definite edge, they portrayed compassion, bravery, fear, love, anger, disgust and so on. They were just there in all the nine rasas. Scroll down to meet the extraordinary and strong female leads of Navarasa, who are sure to leave you spellbound with their performances.

  • Savithri: (Edhiri – Compassion)

 

This is the story of a middle-aged woman named Savithri, who has not spoken to her husband in the last ten years. Savithri lets her husband’s murderer to leave the house without making a fuss, though this episode aimed on showing Savithri a compassionate woman, it didn’t happen the right away. There was this conflict between grief, guilt and morality throughout. Her character is constantly transforming and she evolves with each scene and this made us crave for her screen presence more and more. Making Savithri take the blame in the end for the actions two men is not fair!

  • Lakshmi: (Summer of 92 – Laughter) 

 

A calm, composed teacher looks for the good in everyone, especially her students. She had a great love for dogs and took good care of them. Simple and beautiful she played a satisfactory role in the episode. Played by Remya Nambeesan, she did justice to the role allotted to her.

  • Bhagyalakshmi: (Payasam – Disgust)

 

Bhagyalakshmi played by Aditi Balan didn’t have a major portion, yet she is the one who delivers the rasa of the episode ‘Bheebhatsa’. Widowed at a young age, she did face a lot of difficulties, challenges and unpleasant treatment as a woman in the episode. Bhagya runs errands and does chores without confining herself in a corner of the house. This shows her bravery. Picking her up, carrying a smile effortlessly is what inspire us as a woman and also a human. She takes care of her father and did convey her opinion in a single expression, when he upturns the pot containing the ceremonial sweet dish— payasam.

  • Vaalamba: (Payasam – Disgust)

 

Valamba is the late wife of Samanadhu (Subbu’s uncle). She reminds Samanadhu all the good deeds, financial help and moral support Subbu did to their family when he bitches about his nephew. She is the epitome of morality, Samanadhu is constantly judged, guided and pampered by her. Valamba acts with her conscience as her moral guide. She is there for her aged husband with so much love and affection, at the same time she didn’t let go of her morality for her husband’s sake.

  • Anbukarasi: (Roudhram – Anger)

 

Anbu who is shown nerdy, ambitious and playful initially grows up into stubborn and angry police woman. Anbu, the anger that she started to feel all those years ago hasn’t gone away and is directed at herself. She knows that everything her mother did was for her family and she deeply resent herself for it. Her self-loathing is so enormous and all-consuming. The rage gets built within her, this gets reflected in her job years later also it didn’t allow her to visit her mother who is in her deathbed. Anbu hopes to break free from the clutches of poverty and beat the patriarchy with her education in her childhood days, she did become a police officer but is suffering a chronic pain of rage and indignation.

  • Muthulakshmi: (Thunindha Pin – Courage)

 

Muthulakshmi played by Anjali, is pregnant and is waiting for her husband’s arrival who is a newly appointed army official. We wished more of Muthulakshmi in the story as her courage of waiting for her loved one despite police’s words stunned the audience. Her dialogues, attitude and character are potent and stubborn. One of the strongest women of Navarasa series and we missed seeing more of her onscreen.

  • Wahida: (Inmai – Fear)

 

Wahida played by Parvathy Thiruvothu is a middle aged woman. She plays an intense character with a negative shade. Married to a wealthy, terminally ill man, Wahida raises the issue of women living in fear. Intelligent and bold, she loots the money from her earlier life and lives a lavish calm life in her thirties. She is in a constant guilt and fear for the stuff she did in her past and this consumed her whole mind and body. Eventually Wahida kills herself. She displayed the rasa ‘Bhaya’ in this episode. Ammu Abhirami did a fabulous job as a young version of Wahida.

  • Nethra: (Guitar Kambi Mele Nindru – Love)

 

A straightforward, happening girl in her twenties is Nethra. Realistic and practical she charms both Suriya and us with her attitude and her will to get what she wants in life. There is a common notion, that women should not take the first step in a relationship. Here, Nethra expresses her love and attraction towards Kamal in the very first meeting of theirs. A modern, fun loving and ambitious woman, she knows what she wants in life.

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Sun, 15 Aug 2021 08:51:56 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/netrikann-review-a-decent-crime-thriller-with-a-brilliant-performance/ Netrikann Review:  A Decent Crime-Thriller With A Brilliant Performance! https://jfwonline.com/article/netrikann-review-a-decent-crime-thriller-with-a-brilliant-performance/ Director: Milind Rau

Cast: Nayanthara, Ajmal Ameer, Manikandan, Sharan Shakthi, Kanna

Nayanthara’s Netrikann is a remake of a Korean movie ‘Blind’. The movie shares the same name as one of Superstar’s oldest movies. Directed by Milind Rau this is a psycho-thriller that covers a wide range of emotions. It follows the story of Durga, an ex-cop who loses her eyesight after an accident and takes up the task of catching a serial-kidnapper and killer. 

The movie starts by introducing the protagonist, Durga and her brother Adithya. From the dialogues and body-language  itself you know something unhappy is going to follow in the next 5 minutes. And as expected, Durga gets into an accident losing her eyesight and her brother forever. With dialogues itself, the first scene establishes who Durga is, where she is from and who Adithya is to her. 

After this first scene, for the next 2 plus hours, Nayanthara plays a visually-challenged character. Except for one scene, she does not cover her eyes with glasses or such anywhere. It is a huge challenge to play this role because the eye-performance is important but at the same time there should be no focus in the eyes. Nayanthara has nailed that aspect of her performance and has really done justice to the role. 

For the first 30 minutes, the movie progresses in a gentle yet quirky pace. After her loss of eyesight, there is a whole sequence of montages to describe how she’s coping up with this sudden loss and also introduces another important character. Kanna, her support dog is undoubtedly one of the best supporting characters in the movie. 

Ajmal’s character is simultaneously introduced into the movie. Although we know that he is the antagonist and that he is torturing girls, the movie initially does not reveal more than what was already revealed in the trailer. The movie takes its expected steep turn when the two main characters meet. Durga gets into his car thinking of him as her cab driver. The sequence that follows sets the rest of the story in action. 

Two other important characters are SI Manikandan (Manikandan) and Gautham (Sharan Shakthi). SI Manikandan is an innocent police official who has risen to ranks but is not able to prove himself and therefore fails to command respect in his station. He goes to great lengths to find this killer initially because he wants to gain the respect, but later because he really wants to save the victims. 

Gautham plays the role of a primary suspect in the case. The director brings in the ‘Akka-Thambi paasam’ sentiment here as Durga sees her Adithya in Gautham. The sentiment actually works really well and this story is also a beautiful side track in the movie. Although Gautham gets introduced only well into the movie, he has really done wonders with his role. 

Every single time Nayanthara and Ajmal come in contact with each other, the former fights him to escape. None of these fight scenes seem intangible given that they establish that she is an ex-cop. But apart from that aspect as well, the scenes show only what a visually-challenged person with great presence of mind can do, and does not exaggerate anything for the sake of showing heroine-ism. 

In the middle of the movie, when we start finding the origins of Ajmal’s character, there is one scene that shows him as a doctor involved in covetous work. The screenplay forces us to think that’s the reason for him kidnapping and torturing his victims. But, later when the real origin to his psychological problem is revealed, we are left pretty surprised. 

With a major chunk of the movie left, we have identified who the antagonist is and why he is doing what he is doing. We wonder how thrilling the rest of the movie is going to be. The only problem however is that the climax is a little stretched out to show how Durga tackles him in spite of her challenge. If it  was cut-short a little, it would have been even more enthralling to watch. 

After the first half, the thrill factor reduces on a large scale mostly because the movie is unnecessarily stretched out. If the movie was shortened a little more, it would have managed to keep its audience engaged till the very end. 

The movie deals with a variety of emotions and sentiment including guilt, redemption, anger, sibling-sentiment, etc. In spite of being a psychological-thriller, the movie has packed this variety of emotions in the best way possible. The Background score is pretty good but not something new. Generally, a villain theme for a psycho-killer is a great opportunity for a good score. But, that is absent in this movie, as the score is something normal. The song ‘Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum’ however, is really a soothing song that helps you heal.

Ajmal’s flashback story explains a lot but also does not do complete justice in establishing his actions. While we’re shown too much of his history to understand why he has become the animal he is today, not much of what he actually does to his victims is shown all through the movie. The main fear-element in a psycho-thriller is to know what the antagonist does to his victims. That is what makes us pray that the protagonist should not fall into his trap. As that is missing, the fear-element itself goes missing at some places. 

There is not much consistency in dialogues. In the main scene where Ajmal is arrested, Durga has a lot to say and those dialogues are well-spoken. In fact, she says something about the choices made by women which we think would be something about feminism. But, she says no matter what choices she makes, nobody has the authority to punish her for it. But, in other scenes the dialogue delivery is not that great as they’re very short and don’t solve the purpose. 

The cinematography is commendable. The shots where Kanna steps in to save Durga are just too good. After he does, with just two shots they’ve managed to convey Kanna’s fate. Similarly, in one scene, Durga gets angry as someone reminds her of her guilt. The angles in that scene portray her anger more than Durga herself, as she loses her balance and walks away without wanting any help. 

The movie has a very serious and dramatic tone to it. It is generally difficult to bring in humour in such movies. But with a few scenes, the director has also managed to bring in comedy that is not over done, but is exactly as required. Scenes with Manikandan and an abortion agent to whom Durga has to act as she can see, manages to hit our funny bone as well. 

Coming to the main point, i.e.Nayanthara’s acting.  Nayanthara has played a main character with so much depth after ages. Although she has done a lot of female-centric films in the recent past, none of those roles were as challenging as this one. Nayanthara has portrayed all the emotions with ease and perfection. In scenes where she grieves, she grieves so much that we start to grieve. At the same time, in scenes she’s enraged, she ensures that our blood boils as well. As a visually-challenged person, her acting is flawless and has set a standard for anyone who is to take up such roles in the future. 

On the whole, although the movie resembles any other psycho-thriller movie, it is a must watch for screenplay and performance. The only negative of the movie being its length can also be sidelined as the plot and acting takes over that negative. The story of a visually-challenged person tackling a criminal is not the first of its kind in Kollywood, but Milind Rau has made us believe that it is. 

 

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Sat, 14 Aug 2021 06:16:20 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/7-ways-to-reduce-stress-and-rejuvenate/ 7 Ways To Reduce Stress And Rejuvenate! https://jfwonline.com/article/7-ways-to-reduce-stress-and-rejuvenate/ We are in stress constantly, be it at home, workplace, with friends stress has just become an integral part of our lives and in long term this can affect our mental stability, health, productivity and relationships. Taking some time off, de-stressing your body, soul and hormones will help you rejuvenate and enhance your attitude towards life. Has stress been holding you back? If it has, this is the right time to switch everything else off and snooze your mind. Here are eight ways you can reduce your stress and make it less debilitating for yourself:

  • Breathe

First breathe, let go of everything happening at the moment and take some quality time to breathe. Inhale, exhale! If you are looking for an instant relief, this will be your life saver. Stress can affect your respiratory and heart rate, the body is conditioned to breathe faster during the stress response. A couple of minutes of deep breathing will ease your body.

 

  • Eat Better

Be mindful of what you eat, it’s not that you should be eating greens all day every day. Eat fruits for desserts, try to follow an 80-20 rule. Replace your carbonated/bottled juices with tea, coconut water or buttermilk. There are healthy options that taste way better than junk food. Having a balanced diet and eating clean food reduce the negative effects of stress on your body and help in building a strong immune and nervous system. Being too stringent with your diet can contribute to stress, it’s completely fine to have some sugar or junk cravings.

 

  • Exercise

Move your body, whether you love it or not. Regular exercise is directly linked to better mood and coping abilities. Exercise reduces anxiety, negative thoughts and stress and boosts your spirits and positive energy. It reduces the levels of stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol. People who exercise regularly tend to have better sleeping and eating patterns. A 5-10 minutes’ walk is better than nothing. Keep moving your body to feel the difference!

 

  • Find A Hobby

Indulge yourself in some activity, keep yourself engaged with your favourite activity. Dancing, singing, drawing, gardening which ever you love, Get going with it. If you have a major stressful day or event ahead spend some time doing your favourite activity. Having a hobby can increase your motor skills, sharpen your memory and boost your confidence level.

 

  • Keep A Gratitude Journal

Everyone has something to be grateful for every day, keeping a gratitude journal will help in overall functioning of your body and mind. Be thankful for small things you get to do in a daily basis and maintain the journal for all day, all week and all month. You will feel the difference. A gratitude journal will keep you positive and happy and this in turn improves your relationships in personal and professional space.

 

  • Organise

Get rid of the clutter in your wardrobe/house to clear your mind. Simple act of clearing things out can ease your mind. Try to be more organised, have schedules, plan your day ahead and stick to your plan of action. Last minute tension and scrambling can be avoided. It keeps you calm, relaxed and happy.

 

  • Sleep Better

After a long exhausting day all you need is a good night’s sleep. Your body deserve the rest and sleep it seeks. Stress and sleep are interconnected, stress can adversely affect your sleeping patterns, lack of sleep can increase stress levels. Have quality sleep, fix a bed time and abide to it.

 

Megavarshini S G

 

 

 

 

 

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Thu, 12 Aug 2021 03:33:36 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/sneha-and-prasanna-wish-their-son-with-the-most-adorable-photos/ Sneha And Prasanna Wish Their Son With The Most Adorable Photos! https://jfwonline.com/article/sneha-and-prasanna-wish-their-son-with-the-most-adorable-photos/ One Kollywood couple who make the Tamil audience go ‘awww with admiration’ is surely Sneha and Prasanna. The couple, who acted together in ‘Achamundu Achamundu’, started dating and eventually tied the knot in 2012. In 2015, they were blessed with a baby boy whom they named Vihaan. Last year in January, they had their second child, a girl, whom they named Aadhyantaa. Ever since the birth of their children, Sneha and Prasanna are not only couple goals, but are also Parent goals. 

Both of them are active on their social media and keep sharing pictures of each other and their adorable children. Recently, Vihaan celebrated his 6th birthday and both mother and father had the most adorable post for him. 

Sneha wrote, “My love, my happiness, my strength…. My baby turns 6 today!! U taught me to love without expectation, u taught me to b patient, ur smile made me strong through my tough times.I love u very very much kanna🥰🥰❤❤💓💓💓Happy birthday my laddooooo💖💖💖,” and posted the cutest pictures of her son. 

 

 

 

Prasanna on the other hand, had a very similar and cute post for his son. “Happy birthday to my avenger, my spidie, my bumblebee, my gym pal, my buddy Buddha, my idly bum #vihaan. I know you’ll make me a proud dad. Soar high fearlessly my champ. Am there to watch your back. Will be there as ur bestie always. Love u immeasurably 🥰😘😘😘,” Prasanna wrote and gave us his share of photos of Vihaan. 

 

 

 

 

Prasanna was last seen in the popular Netflix web series Navarasa created by Mani Ratnam and Jayendra Panchapakesan. He played the role of Krishna in Karthick Naren’s episode ‘Project Agni’. Sneha was last seen on screen opposite Dhanush in the movie Pattas last year. 

 

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Wed, 11 Aug 2021 06:47:11 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/congratulations-raadika-sarathkumar-completes-43-years-in-the-industry/ Congratulations: Raadika Sarathkumar Completes 43 Years In The Industry! https://jfwonline.com/article/congratulations-raadika-sarathkumar-completes-43-years-in-the-industry/ Raadika Sarathkumar has been in the entertainment industry for forty-three years, she is been in films, serials and this journey for hers is very special to her fans, family and friends. Raadika Sarathkumar may have been a star kid but, during her times, star kids were treated very differently. She always mentions that is an accidental actor. Her father (the late M. R. Radha), was the famed villain of the cinema industry and her siblings had ventured into films as well; yet, Raadika was not interested in acting. “I used to go to the sets with my father and see him perform, but never gave it much thought. I used to sit in a corner and read books, I was in my own world,” she said in one of her interviews. There is no doubt she has worked her way up and today she is one of the finest actress with a huge fan following. Raadika Sarathkumar is suave yet simple and is moulded from a different kind of clay. Tried and tested by time and people, she has grappled with the hardest and tackled all the issues head on.

The actress made her acting debut with the 1978 film ‘Kizhakke Pogum Rail’, which was directed by Bharathiraja. From Kizhakke Pogum Rail to Vaanam Kottatum, Raadika has brought to life some unforgettable roles over the years. She has acted in Telugu, Hindi, Kannada and Malayalam films. She is one of the icons of the television industry and one cannot pass through a serial list without mentioning Chithi or Vaani Raani in it.

Raadika started her own company, Radaan, producing programmes for television. As a woman and an entrepreneur the actress faced numerous struggles and challenges and today she is one of the leading businesswoman and actor in the television industry.

The actress took to her social media and thanked all the directors and producers who offered her quality roles and she also mentioned her first film’s director Bharathiraja and reminisced their good old days. She thanked her fans for their support, love and affection. Check out her post below

 

‘AV 33’ team congratulated Raadika for completing 43 successful years in the cinema and the team organized a big cake to surprise the actress during the shoot. The production company shared the celebration video on their official twitter page and the actress seems happy celebrating her milestone with the team.

Actor and Raadika’s husband Sarathkumar took to his twitter and wished her the best.

Usually, actresses get ruled out once they get married or give birth. Breaking this norm and becoming more successful than ever Radhika proved herself and stands as an inspiration. Currently she is working in Arun Vijay’s ‘AV 33’ and Silambarasan’s ‘Vendhu Thanidhathu Kaadu and she is busy shooting for these films.

Wishing the talented actress a lifetime of health and happiness!

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Sun, 08 Aug 2021 11:48:21 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/navarasa-review-a-netflix-series-with-a-few-hits-and-a-lot-of-misses/ Navarasa Review: A Netflix Series With A Few Hits And A Lot Of Misses! https://jfwonline.com/article/navarasa-review-a-netflix-series-with-a-few-hits-and-a-lot-of-misses/ Navarasa, created by Mani Ratnam and Jayendra Panchapakesan has recently become the talk of the town. 9 directors, 9 stories, 9 emotions and a bunch of actors have come together for this Anthology streaming television series that has been released on Netflix. This series which has 9 stand-alone episodes has been directed by 9 talented directors and produced by Mani Ratnam’s Madras Talkies and Jayendra Panchapakesan’s Qube Cinema Technologies. 

The 9 episodes of the series represent the Indian concept of Navarasas. The ancient Indian book Natya Shastra written by Bharatha talks about these 9 Rasa aesthetics which play an important role in theatre and dance. The nine emotions are, Karuna (Compassion), Hasya (Laughter), Adbuta (Wonder), Bibhatsa (Disgust), Shanthi (Peace), Roudhra (Anger), Bhayanaka (Fear), Veera (Valour) and Shringara (Love).

The idea of the series was conceived by Mani Ratnam and Jayendra Panchapakesan when they decided to help daily-wage workers and other members from the Film Employees Federation of South India (FEFSI), affected by the Covid-19 Pandemic, by generating funds from this. Marking the digital debut for Mani Ratnam and the production studio Madras Talkies, the company teamed up with FEFSI and Bhoomika Trust for the fundraising activities.

The directors who have come together for this series are, Bejoy Nambiar, Priyadarshan, Karthick Naren, Vasanth, Karthik Subburaj, Aravind Swami, Rathindran R. Prasad, Sarjun K M, and Gautham Vasudev Menon. An ensemble cast consisting of Vijay Sethupathi, Revathy, Prakash Raj, Remya Nambeesan, Ashok Selvan, Yogi Babu, Prasanna, Aravind Swami, Aditi Balan, Rohini, Delhi Ganesh, Gautam Menon, Bobby Simha, Riythvika, Ammu Abhirami, Sri Raam, Parvathy Thiruvothu, Siddarth, Atharva, Anjali, Suriya and Prayaga have acted in the movie. 

The series also has a list of music directors, cinematographers, dialogue writers and other people from the industry come together for this cause. The series was announced in October 2020 and Kollywood audiences have been anticipating it ever since. Out of the lot, some episodes were a hit while some were misses. While it is a great way to convey 9 stories with the performances of brilliant actors, not all the movies hit the mark we expected. 

 

1.Edhiri – Karuna:

Cast: Vijay Sethupathi, Revathy, Prakash Raj, Ashok Selvan

Director: Bejoy Nambiar

Bejoy Nambiar’s ‘Edhiri’ had a lot of potential to tap from its actors and the characters that they played, but fell short of conveying the idea of the story.

https://jfwonline.com/article/navarasas-edhiri-an-episode-that-didnt-utilise-the-full-potential-of-its-actors/ 

 

 

2. Summer of 92’ – Hasya:

Cast: Yogi Babu, Remya Nambeesan, Nedumudi Venu

Director: Priyadarshan

Priyadarshan’s ‘Summer of ‘92’ was a big misfit in this series of emotions as it surely did not make the audience laugh even for a minute!

https://jfwonline.com/article/navarasas-summer-of-92-an-episode-that-was-a-misfit-in-the-series/ 

 

3. Project Agni – Adbuta:

Cast: Aravind Swamy, Prasanna, Sai Siddarth, Poorna

Director: Karthick Naren

Naren’s Project Agni has done solid justice to the idea that he has tried to represent and has really made us open our mouths wide in surprise! 

https://jfwonline.com/article/navarasas-project-agni-an-episode-that-pretty-much-blew-our-minds/ 

 

4.Payasam – Bibhatsa:

Cast: Delhi Ganesh, Rohini, Aditi Balan, 

Director: Vasanth

Disgust is neither an easy emotion to portray, nor one to evoke in the audience. Disgust may be easy to evoke by showing something not appealing to the eye. But, it is not easy to convey by mere emotions and actions. Vasanth’s Payasam has done that job perfectly!

https://jfwonline.com/article/navarasas-payasam-an-episode-that-did-justice-to-its-emotion/ 

 

5. Peace – Shanthi:

Cast: Gautham Vasudev Menon, Bobby Simha, Sanath, Master Tharun 

Director: Karthik Subburaj

Karthik Subburaj’s Peace was a good story of emotions to watch, but confused its audience with its portrayal of Peace! https://jfwonline.com/article/navarasas-peace-an-episode-that-confused-us-with-its-emotion/ 

 

6. Roudhram – Raudra:

Cast: Riythvika, Sree Raam, Abhinayashree, Ramesh Tilak, Geetha Kailasam

Director: Arvind Swami

The sixth episode Raudra tells the story of the crippling poverty that has thrown a family into disarray. 

https://jfwonline.com/article/navarasas-roudhram-an-episode-with-a-potent-plot/ 

 

7. Inmai – Bhaya:

Cast: Siddharth, Parvathy Thiruvothu, Ammu Abhirami, Pavel Navageethan

Director: Rathindran R Prasad

Inmai, the seventh episode leaves the audience in fear, suspicion, shock and a mixed lot of emotions. A must watch! Undoubtedly one of the best episodes of Navarasa as it conveyed the emotion it tried to explore precisely.

https://jfwonline.com/article/navarasas-inmai-an-episode-with-a-gripping-narrative/ 

 

8. Thunintha Pin – Veera:

Cast: Atharvaa, Anjali, Kishore

Director: Sarjun KM

Sarjun’s Thunintha Pin is an Episode With An Interplay Of Courage And Confidence!

https://jfwonline.com/article/navarasas-thunintha-pin-an-episode-with-an-interplay-of-courage-and-confidence/ 

 

9. Guitar Kambi Mele Nindru – Shringara:

Cast: Suriya, Prayaga Martin

Director: Gautam Vasudev Menon

Guitar Kambi Mele Nindru: An earnest Suriya and soothing music are the primary takeaways from the last episode of Navarasa.

https://jfwonline.com/article/navarasas-guitar-kambi-mele-nindru-an-episode-of-brilliant-music-with-equal-lows-and-highs/ 

 

On the whole, the Top 2 episodes in the series are undoubtedly Rathindran’s Inmai representing the Bhaya Rasa and Karthick Naren’s Project Agni, representing the Adbhuta Rasa. The 2 that were not upto the mark are, Priyadarshan’s Summer of ‘92 representing the Hasya Rasa and Sarjun’s Thunintha Pin representing the Veera Rasa. The other 5 episodes are one time watch with amazing performances from their respective cast!

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Sat, 07 Aug 2021 14:30:51 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/navarasas-guitar-kambi-mele-nindru-an-episode-of-brilliant-music-with-equal-lows-and-highs/ Navarasa’s ‘Guitar Kambi Mele Nindru’ : An Episode Of Brilliant Music With Equal Lows And Highs! https://jfwonline.com/article/navarasas-guitar-kambi-mele-nindru-an-episode-of-brilliant-music-with-equal-lows-and-highs/ Cast: Suriya, Prayaga Martin

Director: Gautham Vasudev Menon

Navarasa, an anthology of 9 emotions, created by Mani Ratnam and Jayendra Panchapakesan has brought together 9 directors and a huge star cast to convey 9 stories. Guitar Kambi Mele Nindru is one of the nine episodes. The episode explores the rasa ‘Shringara’ means erotic love/romantic love and in simple words it is attraction.

‘Hi Malini, its Krishnan’ It’s been more than ten years since the duo (Gautham Vasudev Menon – Suriya) created magic onscreen. The episode begins on the sets of a musical stage in a foreign country where seasoned musician Kamal performs and here comes the flashback. Kamal lives in Tamilnadu with his mother and the release of the film he has composed music for has been delayed again. His mother consoles him and says people will listen to your music no matter what, while Kamal convinces his mother to shift to London to explore his art.

Kamal’s mom admiring his music 

 

Later the mamma’s boy Kamal meets Nethra in his studio and goes head over heels seeing the twenty-two year old girl. In turn, the girl expresses that she is a huge fan of his music and the musician is struck by how much her words echo the supportive words of his mother and what follows is a musical love story with cheesy, romantic lines. On the tenth day both Kamal and Nethra confess their love for each other and admits that it is forever. After two years Kamal in his musical stage admits she is not his life anymore says ‘Not important how or why’. The director didn’t focus on a happily ever after love story, he tried to deliver the Shringara rasa, the emotion and is evidently seen throughout.

When Kamal owned the stage with his music and charm.

 

Suriya after an intense performance in Soorarai pottru is back with his charm. Prayaga Martin tries to do justice to the role within the limited scope of the screenplay. Karthik took over the film and the emotion with his music. The transition from Beethoven’s to Tamil melody leave the audience in awe.

Guitar Kambi Mele Nindru doesn’t follow an interesting story plot but the visuals and the songs keep the audience engaged. The episode closes with scenes of Kamal and Nethra played in reverse, stopping just before the moment they meet for the first time. ‘Aval parandhu ponale, ennai marandhu ponale’ the last episode ends with this heart-breaking yet magical song. An earnest Suriya, romantic melodies and amazing visuals are the primary takeaways from this episode of Navarasa.

Check out the detailed Navarasa review here

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Sat, 07 Aug 2021 13:39:55 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/navarasas-thunintha-pin-an-episode-with-an-interplay-of-courage-and-confidence/ Navarasa’s ‘Thunintha Pin’ : An Episode With An Interplay Of Courage And Confidence! https://jfwonline.com/article/navarasas-thunintha-pin-an-episode-with-an-interplay-of-courage-and-confidence/ Cast: Atharvaa, Anjali, Kishore

Director: Sarjun KM

Navarasa, an anthology created by Mani Ratnam and Jayendra Panchapakesan has brought together 9 directors and a huge star cast to convey 9 different stories, 9 different emotions. The eighth episode ‘Thunintha Pin’ explores the rasa Veera means valour/courage. Gunshots and bloody murders run through the plot.

Naxalite leader Kishore in his mission

The story is set inside the forest, police officials tries to take down naxalites. The episode is about a new police official Vettri transporting a badly wounded rebel leader back to police headquarters. The conversation that builds between the two differently opinionated men is powerful but it was cut short. Vettri did reveal a lot of information regarding the rules, mission to his enemy in the meantime, the police officer even fell few times for Kishore’s trick. Vettri overcomes hurdles on the way and reaches the hospital but the Comrade Kishore gives him a slip. Comrade’s words linger in the ears of Vettri and this motivates him to build the courage and bravery within himself.

Muthulakshmi waiting for her husband’s arrival

Though the episode revolves mostly around Vettri and the comrade, Anjali’s part as a pregnant wife played a major role. We wished more of Muthulakshmi in the story as her courage of waiting for her loved one despite police’s words stunned the audience. Her dialogues, attitude and character are potent and stubborn.

The story is open-ended and finishes without offering details on what happened to Vettri. The episode has stunning aerial shots that captures lush green forests. The actors has done justice to their roles, the short didn’t convey the emotion exactly, but it did make an effort to do so.

This is the second episode in the series that is set in war backdrop and much like the first one, it lacks an an emotionally engaging core. The episode hinges too much on telling rather than showing, with the Naxal struggle explained in generic terms. There’s hardly anything that sticks, and you don’t feel for either character. There is a whole lot of action but strictly limited novelty. ‘Courage is more than possessing a weapon’ is the takeaway from this episode of Navarasa. The episode has it’s lows and highs.

Check out the detailed Navarasa review here

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Sat, 07 Aug 2021 11:42:49 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/navarasas-inmai-an-episode-with-a-gripping-narrative/ Navarasa’s ‘Inmai’ : An Episode With A Gripping Narrative! https://jfwonline.com/article/navarasas-inmai-an-episode-with-a-gripping-narrative/ Cast: Siddharth, Parvathy Thiruvothu, Ammu Abhirami, Pavel Navageethan

Director: Rathindran R Prasad

Navarasa, an anthology created by Mani Ratnam and Jayendra Panchapakesan has brought together 9 directors and a huge star cast to convey 9 different stories, 9 different emotions. The seventh episode Inmai explores the rasa ‘Bhaya’ means fear/panic. Starring Siddharth and Parvathy Thiruvothu this episode is sure shot a hit among the audience.

Set in Pondicherry, the episode opens with a mellow conversation between a rich lady Wahida and her visitor Farooq. Farooq impresses Wahida with his knowledge of calligraphy, and she asks him to help her with decorating a room with art pieces. What follows next is a series of unexpected events. Through flashback portions, the director reveals the identity of Wahida and slowly instil the idea of black magic and supernatural element while in the end it turns out to be a whole new story.

Wahida in her younger age requesting for a djinn to kill her husband

The story of great violence and surprise revelations is presented through a beautiful bubble. Finally the episode ends with Farooq (Jaffar’s son) revealing the actual truth to Wahida, this is a whole new revelation. Wahida’s death is the result of the fear with which she is been living through for years. Her actions hint that she feared the djinn, who is a metaphor for punishment. Her fear drives her to slit her own throat without knowing the full truth. This episode leaves the audience in fear, suspicion, shock and a mixed lot of emotions. A must watch!

Farooq impresses Wahida with his knowledge of calligraphy

Undoubtedly one of the best episodes of Navarasa as it conveyed the emotion it tried to explore precisely. The cast is spectacular, Siddharth and Parvathy Thiruvothu nailed their characters. The actors has put in their heart and flesh and carried the emotion of the story and it is visibly seen. Ammu Abhirami needs a special mention, she led the show as young Wahida.

The background score for this film has been created by Vishal Bhardwaj and it elevates the storyline perfectly. There are a lot of pauses in Inmai which are filled with great music. Even technically, the episode did its best. Camera angles, locations, costume and lightning everything was on point. With the amazing screenplay, visuals and background score Inmai is just WOW! Every episode in the series is supposed to portray an emotion and Inmai does its job brilliantly, while many others fail.

 

Check out the detailed Navarasa review here

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Sat, 07 Aug 2021 11:02:47 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/navarasas-roudhram-an-episode-with-a-potent-plot/ Navarasa’s ‘Roudhram’ : An Episode With A Potent Plot! https://jfwonline.com/article/navarasas-roudhram-an-episode-with-a-potent-plot/ Cast: Riythvika, Sree Raam, Abhinayashree, Ramesh Tilak, Geetha Kailasam

Director: Arvind Swami

Navarasa, an anthology created by Mani Ratnam and Jayendra Panchapakesan has brought together 9 directors and a huge star cast to convey 9 different stories, 9 different emotions. The sixth episode Raudra tells the story of the crippling poverty that has thrown a family into disarray. The episode presents the relevant issues, anger and the impact the existing wealth gap creates among the suppressed community of people.

The story starts with a young boy hitting a man with a hammer and he is under police custody. On the other hand, the story follows a police investigator; we assume we are following the same timeline, but it turns out she is the sister of the boy who hit the older man.

Arul dreams a happy, peaceful life with his mother. Arul has a younger sister named Anbu, who aspires to rise above her circumstances and make something of her life. He ends up assaulting a man in the daylight as he finds out his mother is offering sexual services to the man as the family needs money for their survival. Arul carries the rage even before this incident, he is shown bashing his mother when she points out his similarity with his father who abandoned the family.

Arul with his mom and sister

Anbu discovered the truth behind her mother’s income within minutes after her brother. Anbu who is shown nerdy, ambitious and playful initially grows up into stubborn and angry woman. Anbu, the anger that she started to feel all those years ago hasn’t gone away and is directed at herself. She knows that everything her mother did was for her family and deeply resents herself for it. Her self-loathing is so enormous and all-consuming. The rage gets built within her, this gets reflected in her job years later also it didn’t allow her to see her mother who is in her deathbed.

Anbu grows into an angry young woman

The red hues, lighting and expressions set the exact mood of the story. Santhosh Shivan’s cinematography wowed us as the red tone is carried throughout the episode. The emotion worked very well, the cast ensemble is spectacular. Arvind Swami’s directional debut coupled with dialogues by Madhan Karky and Selva make the episode an intriguing watch. AR Rahman as always held us with his background score and music. Put together the episode built ‘Raudra’ – anger among the audience.

Check out the detailed Navarasa review here

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Sat, 07 Aug 2021 10:21:31 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/navarasas-peace-an-episode-that-confused-us-with-its-emotion/ Navarasa’s ‘Peace’ : An Episode That Confused Us With Its Emotion! https://jfwonline.com/article/navarasas-peace-an-episode-that-confused-us-with-its-emotion/ Cast: Gautham Vasudev Menon, Bobby Simha, Sanath, Master Tharun 

Director: Karthik Subburaj

Navarasa, an anthology of 9 emotions, created by Mani Ratnam and Jayendra Panchapakesan has brought together 9 directors and a bunch of popular actors to convey 9 stories. While it is a great way to convey 9 stories with the performances of brilliant actors, not all the movies hit the mark we expected. 

The 5th episode revolved around the Shanthi Rasa or emotion of Peace. Directed by Karthik Subburaj, this episode is set in Srilanka where Master (Gautham Menon), Nilavan (Simha) and Cheran (Sanath) play LTTE men who are safe-guarding the front-line of a battle torn territory. A young boy runs without worrying about dying, across the battlefield when Nilavan stops him. When asked why, the boy says that he wants to save his brother whom he locked in his house. How Nilavan steps up and saves that boy’s brother forms the rest of the story. 

Nilavan saving the young boy as he runs across the battle-torn field

Although it does not dive very deep into the Eelam struggle, Karthik managed to convey its essence through this episode. Surely, he did greater justice to the Srilankan storyline than his portrayal of the same in Jagame Thandhiram. 

The episode entirely runs on emotions such as love, guilt, redemption, sacrifice, gratitude, etc. and not much on the story itself. Nilavan is in for a shock when he goes to save the brother, but does so even after being misinformed. The shots where Nilavan runs across the battle-field to reach the little boy’s house are wonderfully taken. 

The problem with the story however is that we really wonder how it portrays peace. The episode ends with a card saying ‘Peace?’ which does not do poetic justice to the idea of Shanthi. At the same time, both Gautham Menon and Bobby Simha did not have a great chance at utilising their full potential. 

Towards the end of the episode, the story takes an expected by unhappy turn which makes us wonder what emotion should indeed be felt. Apart from the fact that it did not convey the emotion of Peace, this episode did was a pretty good one to watch, especially for its screenplay and shots.

Nilavan in hiding after being shot on his rescue mission

The Srilankan accent spoken by both actors is a little flawed because there is no consistency in it. Also, until and unless the audience is familiar with the Srilankan Tamil issue, it is really difficult to empathise with the leads in the story. On the whole, Karthik’s Peace was a good story of emotions to watch, but confused its audience with its portrayal of Peace!

Check out the detailed Navarasa review here

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Sat, 07 Aug 2021 09:45:14 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/navarasas-payasam-an-episode-that-did-justice-to-its-emotion/ Navarasa’s ‘Payasam’ : An Episode That Did Justice To Its Emotion! https://jfwonline.com/article/navarasas-payasam-an-episode-that-did-justice-to-its-emotion/ Cast: Delhi Ganesh, Rohini, Aditi Balan, 

Director: Vasanth

Navarasa, an anthology of 9 emotions, created by Mani Ratnam and Jayendra Panchapakesan has brought together 9 directors and a bunch of popular actors to convey 9 stories. The fourth episode is set in Kumbakonam 1965, in a typical agraharam set-up and is supposed to portray the Bibhatsa Rasa or the Emotion of Disgust. At the end of the episode, the characters convey the emotion and make us feel disgusted at the same time. 

Delhi Ganesh has nailed his role as Subbu’s Chitthappa (uncle) by just spilling his jealousy over his nephew with every dialogue. Rohini plays Ganesh’s dead wife, whom he talks to imaginarily. He is jealous of his nephew because he managed to find his many daughters good grooms and also conduct every wedding with pomp and grandeur. Ganesh, who is the father of Bhagyam (Aditi Balan) rants about how he couldn’t find the best of grooms for his daughter but still managed to get her married. But unfortunately he also died because of Cholera, leaving her a widow. 

Subbu’s Chitthappa spews his jealousy over Subbu to his wife

The whole 30 minutes revolves around the wedding house, Ganesh giving reasons for his jealousy and Aditi Balan going around helping the people in the house. As it is set in 1965 the episode indirectly focuses on Child marriage as well as the high mortality rate back then, although it does not really convey it through dialogues. When the episode starts, we think the disgust is going to come around how Aditi is treated as a widow. However, it comes from a very unexpected angle in the end. 

The way a Brahmin wedding takes place and the way the cooks behave and joke around typically is portrayed really well in the episode. The importance of the Wedding Payasam in a Brahmin wedding is also narrated in detail so that we understand its significane at the end of the episode.

Aditi Balan’s one expression in the end of the episode gives the essence of the episode in entirety. That one look of Disgust on her face is enough for us to feel disgusted at that point. The importance of a wedding payasam and how the whole story revolves around that is also very witty. Although the screenplay was a little stretched out, it was required for such a story. Ganesh, Rohini and Aditi did a brilliant job portraying their respective characters. The Brahmin slang was also perfectly spoken by all the actors. 

Bhagyam’s face as she realises what her father has done

Disgust is neither an easy emotion to portray, nor one to evoke in the audience. Disgust may be easy to evoke by showing something not appealing to the eye. But, it is not easy to convey by mere emotions and actions. Vasanth’s Payasam has done that job perfectly!

Check out the detailed Navarasa review here

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Sat, 07 Aug 2021 08:58:47 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/navarasas-project-agni-an-episode-that-pretty-much-blew-our-minds/ Navarasa’s ‘Project Agni’ : An Episode That Pretty Much Blew Our Minds! https://jfwonline.com/article/navarasas-project-agni-an-episode-that-pretty-much-blew-our-minds/ Cast: Aravind Swamy, Prasanna, Sai Siddarth, Poorna

Director: Karthick Naren

Navarasa, created by Mani Ratnam and Jayendra Panchapakesan, was a very new take on anthology series in Tamil cinema. 9 stories, 9 directors, 9 emotions and a bunch of talented actors.Out of the lot, some episodes were a hit while some were misses. The third episode called ‘Project Agni’ was based on the Adbhuta Rasa or the Emotion of Wonder. Directed by Karthick Naren, this episode pretty much did its job of surprising us. 

The episode is entirely set in the sci-fi world. Now, the sci-fi genre has not really been successful for Kollywood. Only 1 or 2 movies here and there have been successful with fully exploring the genre. It is evident from this episode that Kartick Naren is an ardent fan of Christopher Nolan. While Nolan is a Genius when it comes to sci-fi, Karthick has tried his level best to bring some of the essence to Tamil cinema. 

The story revolves around Vishnu (Aravind Swamy) and Prasanna (Krishna). A newbie Sai Siddarth plays the important role of Kalki, Vishnu’s assistant. Actress Poorna plays Lakshmi, Vishnu’s wife. Now, Vishnu is a scientific genius who makes a wonderful discovery combining the past, present and future. He calls his dear friend Krishna who works in ISRO to convey the same to him so that the scientific world can benefit from such a discovery in a safe way. 

Kalki, Vishnu’s Assistant experimenting his newfound discovery

Every minute of the story has a new revelation and you keep thinking about what Vishnu is going to reveal next. An important thing that has to be noted about the episode is the choice of names for the characters being Vishnu, Kalki, Krishna and Lakshmi. The naming makes a lot of sense after we watch the entire episode. Naren has also done justice to the typical sci-fi set-up in a Scientist’s house. Digital Screen – Check, Green Ray of Light – Check, Weird Head Hat – Check! 

Poorna’s role in the episode, though short, did not seem significant at all. Similarly, it will take you sometime to believe that Aravind Swamy is a Scientific Genius who discovered so much. Apart from these points, the acting on the whole was pretty good. Costume design for the respective characters was also commendable. Prasanna’s role in the movie is surely compliment worthy as he lead the show with his acting and style. 

 

Vishnu and Krishna in a deep conversation about Vishnu’s newest discovery

At the end of the episode you really start wondering who you are and what is your purpose. That creates enough wonder to blow your mind. Ofcourse, the sci-fi part of the episode cannot be compared to Hollywood sci-fi. But, on the whole, Naren has done solid justice to the idea he has tried to represent and has really made us open our mouths wide in surprise!

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Sat, 07 Aug 2021 07:05:49 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/navarasas-summer-of-92-an-episode-that-was-a-misfit-in-the-series/ Navarasa’s ‘Summer of ‘92’ : An Episode That Was A Misfit In The Series! https://jfwonline.com/article/navarasas-summer-of-92-an-episode-that-was-a-misfit-in-the-series/ Cast: Yogi Babu, Remya Nambeesan, Nedumudi Venu

Director: Priyadarshan

Navarasa, an anthology of 9 emotions, created by Mani Ratnam and Jayendra Panchapakesan has brought together 9 directors and a bunch of popular actors to convey 9 stories. The second story, ‘Summer of ‘92′ was supposed to represent the Hasya Rasa or Laughter. The episode however did not even come close to representing that emotion. 

Yogi Babu played the role of Veluswamy who comes back to his school’s 100th year anniversary celebrations and narrates how he failed 4 times in 9th grade before actually becoming the successful actor he is today. While initially it starts as some kind of motivational story, it goes on to narrate how Velu was purposefully failed because of the small mischiefs he caused around the school and for his teachers. 

Velusamy welcomed to his school’s 100th Anniversary celebrations

The idea the director went for was to make Velu’s failure story funny, but it was mixed with emotions of disgust and boredom more than comedy. The apparent body-shaming that Velu went through during his childhood was supposed to be a matter of laughter. But, calling a child a ‘Pig’ did not really hit anyone’s funny bone. It was more irritating to watch the forced comedy in this episode. 

There is another reason why the episode did not make sense. It is the nature of teenage children to be naughty and adventurous. And it is the duty of teachers to reform them. But instead, this episode showed that the teachers took their revenge by failing him every year and retaining him in the same class. That was a very wrong portrayal of the education system itself. 

The story went forward and backward where Velu narrated the situations that led to his failure 4 times. After the second story the audience could guess what was coming and the other two situations felt like a repitition. The way the different teachers treated him was supposed to be funny for the viewers but these were issues that could permanently affect the mental health of a child. These were the aspects of the episode that made it a misfit.

Yogi Babu, Remya Nembeesan and Nedumudi Venu’s performance had no flaws. In fact if the episode was a sinking ship then the actor’s respective performance were the life jackets. The boy who portrayed Yogi Babu’s younger version also did a good job at his role. And ofcourse, the dog was also really cute and adorable. These aspects of the episode are noteworthy!

Lakshmi going about her day as a teacher

On the whole, ‘Summer of ‘92’ was a big misfit in this series of emotions as it surely did not make the audience laugh even for a minute!

Check out the detailed Navarasa review here

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Sat, 07 Aug 2021 06:29:23 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/navarasas-edhiri-an-episode-that-didnt-utilise-the-full-potential-of-its-actors/ Navarasa’s ‘Edhiri’ : An Episode That Didn’t Utilise The Full Potential Of Its Actors! https://jfwonline.com/article/navarasas-edhiri-an-episode-that-didnt-utilise-the-full-potential-of-its-actors/ Cast: Vijay Sethupathi, Revathy, Prakash Raj, Ashok Selvan

Director: Bejoy Nambiar

Navarasa, an anthology of 9 emotions, created by Mani Ratnam and Jayendra Panchapakesan has brought together 9 directors and a bunch of popular actors to convey 9 stories. This series was a very new take on anthology series in Tamil cinema. Out of the lot, some episodes were a hit while some were misses. While it is a great way to convey 9 stories with the performances of brilliant actors, not all the episodes hit the mark we expected. 

The first episode ‘Edhiri’ directed by Bejoy Nambiar was based on the Karuna Rasa or Compassion. The opening scene shows us parallel shots showing Revathy and Vijay Sethupathi going about their day with the song ‘Manithan Enbavan’ in the background. The shot looks like a callback to Thalapathi where Superstar goes searching for his mother. The purpose of the shot however is not understood until the end of the episode. 

The Parallel shots entailing the lives of Dheena and Savithri

Revathy as Savithri has done full justice to her role and thanks to the director we see every single expression that she’s capable of emoting. The episode revolves around Revathy being a doting wife yet we sense some kind of conflict between her husband and herself. On one fine day when she goes about her tuition classes as usual, an uninvited guest (Vijay Sethupathi) enters the house and goes straight into her husband’s bedroom. Dheena commits a crime at a fit of his rage, but what are its repercussions? 

This episode talks a lot about guilt, remorse and revenge, but falls short of actually conveying the Compassion part. The 30 minutes of the episode does not give you enough to understand why it portrays Karuna Rasa. The characters in the episode have a lot of depth but it is not explored given the fact that it is a short film. After seeing the respective performances of Vijay Sethupathi, Revathy and Prakash Raj you want to know more about their individual characters. At the end of the episode the audience is left abruptly with a lot of questions in their minds. 

When Savithri expresses her feelings through a single expression at the end of the episode

On the whole, ‘Edhiri’ had a lot of Potential to tap from its actors and the characters that they played, but fell short of actually conveying the idea of the story. 

Check out the detailed Navarasa review here

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Thu, 05 Aug 2021 10:05:28 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/5-times-genelia-proved-she-is-a-cool-wife-and-mom/ 5 Times Genelia Proved She Is A Cool Wife And Mom! https://jfwonline.com/article/5-times-genelia-proved-she-is-a-cool-wife-and-mom/ Genelia, her smile, her acting, her charm and of course her social presence have never failed to win our hearts. The talented and gorgeous is been super active on social media and is winning hearts with her pictures and videos. Genelia is married to Riteish Deshmukh and is blessed with two loving boys. Here are 5 times Genelia proved she’s a cool wife and mom:

 

  • When she hugged her son Riaan tight and showed the world that she is there for her first born. We went aww when she posted a heart-warming letter along with the pictures. One of the most cute and adorable wish and the kid would definitely be proud of his mom when he grows old.

 

  • When she posted an adorable video of herself and her kids vibing to ‘Main Tera Boyfriend’. She always adds an element to the picture/video by writing an emotional letter and here, she encouraged all the mothers with her kind words. She wrote “So to all Moms- You are the Best and don’t let anyone make you feel otherwise❤️❤️❤️”. The reel proves that she is a super cool mom right?

 

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  • When she had this cutest moment with her husband, even with her fractured hand the actress didn’t fail to entertain herself and also us. She was sick and cool too!

 

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  • When she caught the cute little expressions of her boys on camera and also treated us visually by posting it. Halloween was made happier for us and her kids, a picture to be cherished.

 

  • When she shared a video of her pet being possessive of her when her husband tried to kiss her. One of the most happening, liked and viral video across social media this was. We just can’t take our eyes away from this star family.

 

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Wishing the coolest mom and wife the best in life!

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Thu, 05 Aug 2021 04:17:13 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-the-cast-of-mani-ratnams-ponniyan-selvan-is-revealed/ TRENDING: The Cast of Mani Ratnam’s Ponniyan Selvan Is Revealed! https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-the-cast-of-mani-ratnams-ponniyan-selvan-is-revealed/ Kollywood Town has been buzzing about as the cast and roles list for the Ponniyin Selvan movie was recently released on Social Media. The Tamil audience have been waiting eagerly for updates on this movie because of the grandeur of the story as well as the ensemble cast. Now, a list with actors and the respective roles they will be playing has been released. 

Prakash Raj who is replacing Amitabh Bachchan will be playing Sundara Chozhar. Apart from this Vikram, Jayam Ravi, Karthi, Trisha, Aishwarya Rai and Aishwarya Lekshmi are playing Aditya Karikalan, Arulmozhi Varman, Vandhiyathevan, Kundavi, Nandhini/Mandakini and Poonguzhali respectively.  The list also tells which actor pairs with which actress in corresspondence to their roles in the movie. 

The movie, given its historical enormity, is going to be released as two parts. The shooting of the movie has already begun in Puducherry taking all precautions to stay away from the Pandemic. A few pics that were shared from the set went viral on social media. The shooting for the 2nd part of the movie is also to be completed soon. The first part will be hitting the big screens earlier in 2022. AR Rahman is scoring the music, and the film is produced by Lyca Productions in association with Madras Talkies.

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Wed, 04 Aug 2021 06:43:12 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/actress-yashika-anand-shares-her-health-update/ Actress Yashika Anand Shares Her Health Update! https://jfwonline.com/article/actress-yashika-anand-shares-her-health-update/ Everyone’s favorite, Yashika Anand, who gained massive popularity with her stint in the reality TV show Bigg Boss Tamil met with an accident and was admitted in an intensive care unit. The actress was shifted from ICU to the general ward yesterday (August 2) after the surgery.

On July 24, the actress and three of her friends met with an accident while driving from Mahabalipuram. Yashika’s best friend Valli Chetty Bhavani passed away in the mishap. The police have filed a case against the actress and her driving license has been confiscated, following the accident.

Recently, Yashika took to her social media handle to express her grief for her late friend and she also shared important updates. In an Instagram post she wrote “Apart from all the negativity, I’m grateful for all the prayers and well wishers. Thankyou for your love n care

Health update;
Multiple fractures in pelvic bone and right leg fractured. I’m resting post my surgeries. I won’t be able to walk or stand for the next 5 months. I have been bed ridden all day and I have to pass motions on the same bed. I can’t turn right or left also. I’ve been stiff for these many days. My back is fully injured. Luckily nothing happened to my face but this is definitely a rebirth for me. Which I didn’t ask for.

Mentally and physically I’m injured. God has punished me. But this is nothing compared to what I’ve lost”

 

As the actress lost her friend in the accident, she expressed her grief in one of her posts.

Wishing the actress a speedy recovery!

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Wed, 04 Aug 2021 05:52:48 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/all-you-need-to-know-about-master-actress-malavika-mohanan/ All You Need To Know About Master Actress Malavika Mohanan! https://jfwonline.com/article/all-you-need-to-know-about-master-actress-malavika-mohanan/ A debutante actress who’s name is heard all around in recent times is surely Malavika Mohanan. After her performance in Petta and Master, she has become quite the talk of the town. As the daughter of K U Mohanan, the popular cinematographer, Malavika was aware of the cinema industry from her childhood days. But, she has faced her fair share of difficulties to enter into the industry and create a name for herself. 

A Malayali by birth, Mohanan grew up in Mumbai as her parents shifted to the city during her childhood days. However, she recollects, “I was brought up in a proper Malayali household and observed all Malayali customs. I grew up watching a lot of Malayalam movies as well. However, having friends from different cultural backgrounds and languages, I can easily adapt to a diverse range of settings.” 

Malavika entered the film industry with a Malayalam movie starring Dulquer Salman called Pattam Pole. Although the movie did not fare well commercially, she had caught critics’ attention in a positive way. Malavika bagged this opportunity when she accompanied her father for a commercial shoot and was asked by Mamooty himself to act in the movie. However, talking about the movie’s success, she said, “I cannot put into words how broken I was when the film did not fare successfully. To add insult to injury, the trolls online had a field day at my expense. These trolls attack women specifically, an issue that many have spoken out about. I was body-shamed after the release of my first film and I was absolutely taken aback.” 

Next she acted as a ballet dancer in Nirnayam, where she received great appreciation for her performance but the movie was again not a great success commercially. Then, after her debut into the Kannada industry with a movie called Nannu Maata Varalakshmi, she got the opportunity to collaborate with Academy Award winning Iranian director, Majid Majidi. “Honestly, I have no idea how I landed this film. I remember receiving a call from one of the casting directors. The director was leaning towards a fresh face and I ended up getting the project,” she said when asked about this movie where she acted alongside Ishaan Khatter. 

She had a grand entry into the Tamil film industry with her debut movie itself being a Superstar movie. She recalled that Karthik Subbaraj’s team called her a year before Petta for her to act in a movie starring Dhanush. While she never received a call -back for that movie, she was called a year later for Petta. “I was almost certain this wouldn’t pan out either for me . But what do you know, they asked me to fly down to Chennai and do a photoshoot for them in the Madurai-Saree look. Finally, I was onboard! I love doing an out-and-out commercial film but my role must add some value to the story. I knew I was not playing the lead in Petta but I wanted my role to make a difference which it did. Of course, acting with Superstar Rajinikanth was something on my bucket list and I got to tick it off,” she declared proudly.

It is the dream of many in the industry to work with a Star like Rajinikanth. Malavika narrated her first meeting with such a star saying, “Me being a part of Petta is so instrumental to who I am today as a person. The first time I met Rajini sir was a day before my shoot began. My mother and I were really excited to meet him, basically just to be able to say hello to him. For the two to three minutes that we met him, he was so endearing, warm and welcoming. It was just unreal for me to even be in the same room as him and learn from him.”

The very next movie after Petta which made her known to the whole audience of Tamil cinema was Lokesh Kanagaraj’s Master. “The team from Master gave me a call and Lokesh quickly narrated the script to me; we had little time. I had watched Kaidhi and I really loved the film so I knew that his stories would be terrific. And of course, what better way to start as a lead in Tamil than with Vijay sir himself! Not only that, this was a whole dream team featuring Vijay Sethupathi sir and Anirudh so I did not even think twice before agreeing to do the film,” said Malavika. 

Malavika’s social media handles are a sight to behold. While talking about who she is on social media, she revealed, ““I know, I know, but being yourself is the best way at it. I mean, if you start being fake on your social media how long do you think you could keep up the act? Honestly, I am very lazy to do that. Apart from that, I have a terrific team who knows what’s best for me and I am eternally grateful to them for helping me reflect myself on social media or in reality.”

Malavika is currently working on two other projects, Maaran in Tamil and Yudhra in Hindi. Maaran is a Karthick Naren film Starring Dhanush. In Yudhra, Malavika is acting opposite Siddhant Chaturvedi. While talking about her future she said, “I am very clear about my path. Five fears from now, I see myself doing some spectacular films with some memorable roles that will remain in my heart forever.” The Kollywood audience can’t wait to see her more on-screen with many more amazing and powerful roles!

 

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Tue, 03 Aug 2021 16:09:11 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/my-story-it-all-started-in-my-sixth-grade-when-boys-in-my-class-used-to-mock-me/ My Story: It All Started In My Sixth Grade When Boys In My Class Used To Mock Me! https://jfwonline.com/article/my-story-it-all-started-in-my-sixth-grade-when-boys-in-my-class-used-to-mock-me/ From small, I’ve always been the typical heroine’s friend/comedian as shown in South Indian movies. I’m stout, dark and I don’t meet the beauty standards of the society. I was called ‘Karuppi’, ‘Gundu’, ‘Brinjal’ and what not. I was born dark, I didn’t grow tall and I’m chubby.

It all started in my sixth grade when boys in my class used to mock me when I walked with my gal pals, they were slim and fair. I was a pretty good Bharatanatyam dancer and teachers would call me for any cultural event or competition that happened in school. My mom put me in dance school when I was three, it was more of her dream to see me dance on stage. With my body weight and color I was mocked by my mates with phrases like ‘Irutula ne epdi stage la theriva’, ‘Ne aadina stage odanjidum’ whenever I was called for practice.

This put me through hell and I was a thirteen year old kid. I couldn’t take it in nor give them back, instead I stopped dancing. I lied to my teachers, I said my mom was busy and she couldn’t make it to the event. And vice-versa to my mom. I gave up my mom’s dream and my talent as I feared for the comments. I thought everything will stop by then, but it didn’t. I was continuously mocked for my size, color and height.

I heard weddings were joyous occasions but it was my cousin’s wedding that pulled me down. I was asked ‘yen ivlo karuppa iruka’ and a whole lot of body shaming questions. I quietly listened to them and later I ran to the bathroom and cried. I’ve had sleepless nights. There were days I starved completely, I’ve felt the acid reflex in my stomach. My mom cried, once she blackmailed me and said I won’t eat if you didn’t, I made my mom to starve and I feel really terrible now. I’m sorry mom!

Years passed with insults, I completed my school and moved to the next phase of life, college. Same story again, I was mocked mocked and mocked! From being an extrovert, who loved to talk and roam, I locked myself in my room, in my space where there were none to comment on my waist size and body color. Being locked in, I felt the world inside was much better than the world outside the room.

I’m 29 now and I still have problem sitting, dressing up, eating, literally everything. No matter what I try, I look and feel the same. I am done trying to get the perfect body, fair and lovely color and to become 5’4, the ideal height for girls. I’ve not got the courage nor the attitude to face the comments and abuses. I do feel insecure. But the thing is, I have come forward to write what I’ve got in my mind, I hope there comes a day when I get to stand up and speak for myself and accept the way I am and love my body, color, heart and soul.

 

 

 

 

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Tue, 03 Aug 2021 13:01:19 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-sivakarthikeyan-reveals-the-name-of-his-baby-boy/ TRENDING: Sivakarthikeyan Reveals The Name Of His Baby Boy! https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-sivakarthikeyan-reveals-the-name-of-his-baby-boy/ Actor Sivakarthikeyan and his wife Arthi were blessed with a son and K-town was buzzing around with the happy news. The actor took to twitter with an emotional post to announce the birth of his son few days back.

He posted a picture of his father and wrote an emotional message in Tamil. Now, the actor has posted a picture of himself kissing his baby boy with an announcement. Yes! He has named his son as ‘Gugan Doss’. Check out the post below!

 

The couple already have a daughter named Aradhana. Aradhana was featured in the song ‘Vaayadi Petha Pulla’ from Kanaa and the song was a tremendous hit. Sivakarthikeyan was last seen in ‘Hero’. The actor is awaiting for the release of Doctor, also he is working on ‘Ayalaan’ which is in its post-production stage and ‘Don’ for which he is still filming.

Wishing the couple and the baby boy the best!

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Mon, 02 Aug 2021 12:10:55 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/indias-olympic-wins-are-women-power-at-its-finest/ India’s Olympic Wins Are ‘Women Power’ At Its Finest! https://jfwonline.com/article/indias-olympic-wins-are-women-power-at-its-finest/ In India, we have Women from different fields who make us proud on a daily basis. There are many successful women who have overcome various odds in their lives and have proved themselves at international levels. This year, Indian women have scripted History with their historic Olympic wins in Tokyo. It goes unsaid that this is not an easy affair given that sports is still widely male dominated in India. 

 

The shower of good news started with Mirabai Chanu winning the first Medal for this year. On 24th July, she won the Silver medal in weightlifting in the 49Kg category. Undoubtedly Indians roared with pride. But, what was more shocking was the background from which she comes. A Manipuri by descent, Mirabai comes from a very ordinary family and a home with not many resources. From the pictures she shared on her twitter, it is easy for us to deduce that her victory did not come easily and that she has worked really very hard for this win. 

 

Next, we heard that Lovlina Borgohain won against her opponent from Taiwan and entered the Semi Finals where she will be boxing against a participant from Turkey in the 69Kg category. A 23 year old from Assam, Lovlina has assured our country a Bronze at least, by entering into the Semi-finals. With her match on Wednesday, the whole of India is waiting eagerly just to see her fight with all of her spirit to win for her motherland. 

 

Our most recent news was from PV Sindhu who has made us proud yet again with a Bronze in Badminton. She not only made India proud but also created history as she became India’s first woman to win 2 olympic medals. PV Sindhu has won this country so many laurels that we don’t have enough fingers to count them. This win has added another feather to her cap and ours. 

 

Although Hockey is not India’s national sport, over the years we have believed so because of the number of victories the Indian team has had in competitions all over the world. This Olympics the Indian Women’s Hockey Team has taken a step forward to make us all unbelievably proud. The team has qualified for the Semi-finals by winning against Australia. What makes this even better is that India beat the Australian team which is number 2 in the world and unbeaten in the past. But, the Indian Women’s team wanted to prove a point with this brilliant win. 

 

CA Bhavani Devi won India’s first ever fencing match in the Olympics this year. She won against her opponent from Tunisia and qualified to fight with France where she lost. Although she didn’t win a medal, this fencer from Tamil Nadu made India very proud with her fight in Fencing. When she started she practiced with Bamboo sticks because her family couldn’t afford fencing swords. Today, she stands proud by making India win for the very first time in a fencing match. 

 

Apart from this a big victory we expected was from the Boxing Champion, Mary Kom. She gave a very tough fight to her opponent from Colombia but could not win a medal. Yet, with her hardwork and attempts, she has made us very proud. 

 

In India today, we still live amidst a patriarchal society. It is a society where women have to face sexist comments when they say they have an interest in sports or technology. But the women of India in the Olympics have let their medals and performances speak for themselves. We know there are many more victories to come this season! Go Girls!

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Sun, 01 Aug 2021 14:02:32 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/pv-sindhu-bags-bronze-the-first-indian-woman-to-win-two-olympic-medals/ PV Sindhu Bags Bronze; The First Indian Woman To Win Two Olympic Medals! https://jfwonline.com/article/pv-sindhu-bags-bronze-the-first-indian-woman-to-win-two-olympic-medals/ PV Sindhu beat China’s eighth seed He Bingjiao in women’s singles bronze medal match on Sunday in Tokyo. Though she was out of the gold medal race yesterday, the champion made the nation proud by bagging the bronze medal. She beat her Chinese opponent 21-13, 21-15.

Shuttler PV Sindhu becomes the first Indian female Olympian to win two medals and second Indian Olympian with two medals after Wrestler Sushil Kumar.

Celebrities, political leaders, fans and the entire nation is congratulating the champion for the tremendous victory. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished PV Sindhu and called her the pride of the nation.

Among the millions wishing her, here’s a look at some of the stars who wished the badminton champion in all social media platforms.

 

 

Olympic medalist Saikhom Mirabai Chanu congratulated PV Sindhu for her win.

PV Sindhu won a silver in Rio Olympics 2016 and made the nation proud after a tremendous game. She won the World Championships gold in the year 2019, and also won silver medals at the World Championships in 2017 and 2018. Sindhu also won the silver medal at the 2018 Asian Games and 2018 Commonwealth Games.

 

 

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Sun, 01 Aug 2021 08:09:33 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/thittam-irandu-plan-b-movie-review/ Thittam Irandu (Plan B) Movie Review https://jfwonline.com/article/thittam-irandu-plan-b-movie-review/ With a title like Thittam Irandu (Plan B), it is no wonder that we are always waiting for the other shoe to drop in Vignesh Karthik’s latest release. For the most part of the movie, when the shoe does drop it ends up landing exactly where you had anticipated, leaving no room for further suspense. The penultimate scene is the whopping twist in the tale, and is unlike other Tamil thrillers, but does that carry the weight of the entire film?

Eerie opening scene – check; dark rainy night – check; mystery guy with a limp dressed in black with a helmet – check; background score to match – check; textbook opening scenes for a thriller, right down to the perfect murderer’s uniform. Watching the helmet clad mystery person’s limp, one couldn’t help being reminded of a certain antagonist from a pretty big OTT series.

Aishwarya Rajesh has done a creditable performance as Athira, a police official newly transferred to Chennai. One of the first cases she works on is that of her missing friend Deepa Surya and this leads to her exhaustive investigation. The course of her investigation uncovers several layers, eventually making it her own personal vendetta. Her every hunch deems correct, concluding every clue way too fast and then quickly jumping to the next revelation. Some of the scenes drag on while some go by in a fleeting instant.

With an ongoing murder/missing person investigation, that too of her dearest friend, she somehow finds time for romance in her life. It is also a bit implausible to consider that a police officer would fall for a stranger she just met – one whose name she doesn’t know.

There’s an unexplainable magnetic pull that Athira feels, one filled with a sense of comfort and familiarity that she harps on more than once during the film. Though the rest of the scene feels a bit forced, the scene where officer Athira, after having one too many, explains that she too would like to have someone to dance in the rain with, get surprises or snuggle under a blanket with stays with you, humanizing the police officer we see through the rest of the movie.

Although Aishwarya Rajesh has given a commendable performance throughout the movie, be it as the stern police officer or the shy woman who falls for a stranger, her potential as an actor has seriously been underutilized. Debutant Subash Selvam as Arjun, has some real moments during the first half of the film with his goofy smile as he salutes Athira or his genuine concern for her when he brings her food.

The investigation portion of the film aims to offer twists and turns that ended up being predictable and too quick. The screenplay does do a good job of keeping the audience guessing, as different characters from scorned lovers and rejected spouses make an appearance. Much like too much of a good thing is a bad thing, the excess of surprises with fake number plates, fake limps (for no reason), secret cellphones all muddle the storyline of this whodunit, leaving the audience with something of a hodgepodge.

The climax that follows is the heart of the film and makes an attempt to carry the storyline across the finish line. The climax is massive and something many of us don’t foresee. But does that justify the beginning three-fourths of the plot that the audience went through?

Even if we forgive the many loose ends in the film, where Vignesh Karthik completely missed the mark was the disconnect with the audience. Whether it was Athira’s romance or her friendship with Deepa Surya, the lack of an emotional connection was a shortcoming that rang through the entire movie. Even scenes where Surya saves Athira’s life landed up falling flat. Except for the last 25 minutes or so, as an audience we didn’t feel an urge to find the culprit or feel any emotion for Athira who obsesses about her missing friend.

The social message does get conveyed, though it seemed rushed and sloppy.  With several perspectives, different angles of the social message all crammed into the last 25 minutes of the feature, you are suddenly left bombarded with a narration that lacked depth. Though the message hits home, maybe some subtle elements of bias or societal norms would’ve added some much needed emotional connect with the audience. Even the all-important message in the film, somehow comes across as preachy rather than tugging at your strings.

Predictable as it may be, Thittam Irandu starts off as a fast paced mystery thriller, but come the climax, the entire tone of the movie suddenly shifted, just as quickly as Athira’s chase sequence with the mystery man. From a textbook whodunit to a semi-sensitive take on a pertinent social issue, the director finally allows the audience to form an emotional connect with a character, only to have the closing credits follow.

Overall, it is a decent one-time-watch. An intriguing movie, that will get you as the audience to form multiple theories on what happened and keep you interested till the very end. Even though, Thittam Irandu may leave you pretty confused, hoping for a Thittam Moondru, the final message comes across loud and clear (as rushed as it may be).

Rating – 3/5

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Fri, 30 Jul 2021 15:22:39 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-ar-rahman-shares-the-cutest-rendition-of-chinna-chinna-aasai/ TRENDING: AR Rahman Shares The Cutest Rendition Of ‘Chinna Chinna Aasai’! https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-ar-rahman-shares-the-cutest-rendition-of-chinna-chinna-aasai/ AR Rahman is one of the popular and legendary composer of India and the musician made us proud by winning two Oscars. He debuted as a music director through the film ‘Roja’ and is been winning hearts since then. Recently, AR Rahman debuted as a storywriter and producer in ’99 songs’ and the film was received well by the audience.

The composer has now shared a video of a kid singing ‘Chinna Chinna Aasai’ in Hindi and Tamil from his very first film ‘Roja’. He shared the video in his official Instagram handle. This is one of the cutest renditions of ‘Chinna Chinna Aasai’ song and the composer has brought the talented kid to spotlight by sharing it.

 

 

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On the work front, his recent project ‘Mimi’ got released in Netflix and the composer has a handful of films in all languages.

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Fri, 30 Jul 2021 12:18:47 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/tokyo-olympics-2020-pv-sindhu-enters-semi-finals/ Tokyo Olympics 2020: PV Sindhu Enters Semi-Finals! https://jfwonline.com/article/tokyo-olympics-2020-pv-sindhu-enters-semi-finals/ PV Sindhu enters semi-finals of the women’s singles badminton at Tokyo Olympics 2020 today. The Reigning world Champion kept India’s hopes of winning a first-ever Olympic gold in badminton alive as she reached the semi-finals with a fighting straight-game win over world no 5 Japanese Akane Yamaguchi. Now, she is the lone player in Badminton representing India as men’s singles player and doubles pair failed to qualify for the knockout stage.

After the match, Sindhu said “I wasn’t nervous even though she was at game point, my coach was saying: ‘It’s okay, keep the focus and you’ll get there’. He was constantly supporting me and that got me by and I’m happy I got back in two games”.

On Thursday, Sindhu had notched up a straight-game triumph over Denmark’s Mia Blichfeldt, 13th seed, in the pre-quarterfinals. She remained unbeaten in the Group Stage, defeating world No. 34 Hong Kong’s NY Cheung 21-9 21-16 to top Group J.

PV Sindhu won a silver in Rio Olympics 2016 and made the nation proud after a tremendous game. She won the World Championships gold in the year 2019, and also won silver medals at the World Championships in 2017 and 2018. Sindhu also won the silver medal at the 2018 Asian Games and 2018 Commonwealth Games.

PV Sindhu will be facing Tai Tzu Ying, Taiwanese badminton player in the semi-finals. A tough match awaits for PV Sindhu as she will be competing against World No. 1 in the semis tomorrow.

 

 

 

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Thu, 29 Jul 2021 12:28:46 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/11-filmy-friendships-that-are-better-than-a-love-story/ 11 Filmy Friendships That Are Better Than A Love Story! https://jfwonline.com/article/11-filmy-friendships-that-are-better-than-a-love-story/ So much is been said and done about great romances, but it’s great friendships that always warm our hearts. Lovers may come and go but friends are forever right? Friends will be our go to home, comfort zone and more than that we can count on them like family. Here are eleven filmy friendships that are way better than a love story!

Thalapathi: (1991)

 

‘Natpuna enna theriyuma, nanban na enna theriyuma’ is an inevitable dialogue in every friendship gang. Thalapathi exhibited a modern day friendship of Karna and Duryodhana from the tale ‘Mahabharata’. This film is studded with big stars like Rajini, Mammooty, Arvind Swamy, Banupriya and so on. The friendship which Suriya and Deva shared remains in our heart forever.

Magalir Mattum: (1994)

 

The film revolves around three women deciding to gang up on their lecherous office boss who constantly harasses them. A girl gang is not quite popular, but the film portrayed female friendships in a very diligent manner. This film addressed workplace harassment, the friendship which bloomed between the three women gave them the courage and strength to react against the patriarchy in this film.

Friends: (2001)

 

Aravindan, Chandru and Krishnamoorthy are childhood buddies and have considered their friendship above everything ever since then. Due to some complications, Aravind falls off a cliff and goes to a vegetative state and wakes up after years when his beloved friend Chandru cries. We can never get past a friendship film list without ‘Friends’.

Panchathanthiram: (2002)

 

A star studded and energetic film. This film taught us how to handle situations in life lethargically. A group of friends is always fun to be with, but friends from different cultural backgrounds and languages is an added topping. Ram’s friends planned him a surprise and got him into a problem like friends usually do and they never left his side at any point and that’s what friends are for right?

Boys: (2003)

 

Five young boys while away their time in streets stalking girls, drinking and playing. As the story goes ahead, the boys are forced to earn a living for themselves as Munna, one of the five gets married against his parents’ wish. All five did their best to support each other financially, emotionally and physically. We grieved when they lost one of their friend, we shed happy tears when the gang rocked the stage with ‘Sa Re Gama’. This film will be our go to friend when we miss our college buddies!

Pithamagan: (2003)

 

Pithamagan is an emotionally draining film about two friends Chithan (Vikram), a socially outcast person and Sakthi (Suriya), a conman. Chithan’s affection and friendship towards Sakthi is shown through his loyalty. Sakthi protects Chithan in jail and tries to rescue him. Chithan, being an outcast understands emotions and takes avenge when he loses his dearest friend. This film though leave us teary eyed, projected friendship, love and loyalty in the way it is and showed that be it an outcast or conman friendship is inevitable not only in fiction but also in real life.

Priyamana Thozhi: (2003)

 

In the era where a boy and girl has to be in love if they are very close and affectionate together, this film broke the stereotype and led the audience in a thoughtful path. Ashok and Julie are childhood besties and they share a happy, loving bond and has been there for each other in hardships and happiness. A sweetheart like Nandini is always there, but very few lucky ones get Julie in life. If you have missed watching it, get ready for an emotional and friendly ride!

Autograph: (2004)

 

Senthil on his journey comes across his trusted friend Divya, who instills confidence and elucidates him to the life lesson that one has to move on in life and helps in improving his work profile. She persuades him to lead his life unapologetically. A trustworthy friend, brave, honest and matured Divya captured our hearts by being there for Senthil. The ups and downs of friends sharing their lives and problems were portrayed well in this film.

Chennai 600028: (2007)

A gala boy’s gang explore their friendships, romance and sport in this comedy drama. The rivalry between the Sharks and the other team, conflicts evoked between their friendships, humor elements just made us miss our street friends and local cricket matches. Directed by Venkat Prabhu, the film in an out and out entertainer. Though the director treated us with second innings, first innings will always be our favorite. ‘Arputhamaana nanbargal sernthal vetrigal kuviyumada’!

Nanban: (2012)

 

A millennial college story which revolves around three friends, Kosaksi Pasapugazh, Sevalkodi Senthil and Venkat Ramakrishnan. The actors display a terrific chemistry onscreen and the film did justice for a remake. Be it 3 idiots, but Nanban will be our favorite. The director after boys has given us an happening and youthful film. Nanban will be an enjoyable experience and it’s always a bliss to relive this magic.

Madras: (2014)

 

It is a political film and it spoke the difficulties and issues people face in slums. Areas of friendship and love is been explored by the director realistically. Kaali and Anbu, the duo is been loved and cherished by us. Though, the film follows the usual path of one friend taking revenge on the opponent as the other gets killed, we will never be tired of a plot which supports friendship right?

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Wed, 28 Jul 2021 04:22:10 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/happy-birthday-bum-nazriya-fahadh-prithviraj-and-others-wish-the-actor-on-his-birthday/ Happy Birthday Bum: Nazriya Fahadh, Prithviraj And Others Wish The Actor On His Birthday! https://jfwonline.com/article/happy-birthday-bum-nazriya-fahadh-prithviraj-and-others-wish-the-actor-on-his-birthday/ Happy Birthday Dulquer Salman! As the Mollywood actor turns 35, his friends, family and fans are sending their wishes and blessings to the actor through social media and they look so cute and adorable. Nazriya has always been the first to wish the actor with an adorable message, this year the actress wrote a cute little letter and posted it with a selfie. Actor Prithviraj wished his brother man the best with a happy picture of them together. His wife Supriya Prithviraj wished the actor in the sweetest way possible on Instagram.

Here’s who all wished Dulquer Salman!

 

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On the professional front, the actor is awaiting for the release of his Malayalam film Kurup. Directed by Srinath Rajendran the film is a biographical crime thriller. He has Hey Sinamika in Tamil which stars Aditi Rao Hydari and Kajal Aggarwal in lead roles.

Wishing the talented actor a Happy Birthday!

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Wed, 28 Jul 2021 04:21:17 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/kalidas-jayaram-roped-into-kamal-haasans-vikram/ Kalidas Jayaram Roped Into Kamal Haasan’s ‘Vikram’! https://jfwonline.com/article/kalidas-jayaram-roped-into-kamal-haasans-vikram/ An upcoming movie that is highly anticipated by the Kollywood audience is Lokesh Kanagaraj’s ‘Vikram’. The movie has excited K’Town because of its star cast including Kamal Haasan, Vijay Sethupathi and Fahadh Faasil. Tamil movie buffs went crazy when the director announced that Fahadh Faasil is also a part of the movie. Now, there’s yet another news to make Kamal fans even more enthralled. 

Reports suggest that actor Jayaram’s son Kalidas Jayaram is to be roped into the film. The rumours are that he would be playing the son of Kamal Haasan in the movie. The makers  were in search of a popular face for the role and Kalidas fit their requirements. Jayaram himself has done quite a few movies with Kamal including Thenali and Panchathanthiram. Kalidas recently gained fame after his role in Sudha Kongara’s Thangam from Paava Kadhaigal.

The shooting for this highly anticipated movie was kick-started a week back. Fahadh Faasil also posted a photo on his Instagram sharing moments with Kamal Haasan from the shooting spot. The first look poster consisting of Kamal, Vijay Sethupathi and Fahadh Faasil was released not so long back and fans became super excited on its release. We wonder what other surprises Director Lokesh has in store for us. 

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Mon, 26 Jul 2021 07:33:57 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/10-binge-worthy-movies-series-on-ott-that-released-in-july/  10 Binge Worthy Movies & Series On OTT That Released In July! https://jfwonline.com/article/10-binge-worthy-movies-series-on-ott-that-released-in-july/ By Jayabhuvaneshwari B

 

Ever since the lockdown began, OTT platforms have become famous and have made it easier for binge-watchers to watch movies and shows from home. On the other hand, various platforms are also releasing  a variety of  movies and series on their respective platforms. Here are 10 July movies and series that have released or are yet to be released on OTT:

 

  • Toofan:

Starring Farhan Akhtar, Mrunal Thakur and Paresh Rawal in lead roles, Toofan is a Hindi movie about boxing directed by Rakyesh Omprakash Mehra. The storyline revolves around Aziz Ali, an up-and-coming boxer from Dongri, who gets banned for 5 years. Once the ban ends, he proves himself to the world. The movie received a lot of appreciation on its release and Farhan Akthar’s role received a lot of compliments. 

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

 

  • Cold Case:

Directed by Tanu Malik, Cold Case is a Malayalam Crime Thriller starring Prithviraj Sukumaran and Aditi Balan in lead roles. The plot follows two parallel investigations of a paranormal murder case by IPS officer M. Sathyajith (Prithviraj) and investigative journalist Medha Padmaja (Aditi), who eventually cross paths. This movie is a good watch for thriller and horror lovers. 

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

 

  • Haseen Dillruba:

Released early in July, Haseen Dillruba starring Vikrant Massey and Taappsee Pannu is a Hindi romantic mystery thriller movie. The movie revolves around a woman who reveals details of their thorny marriage when under investigation as a suspect in her husband’s murder that seem to only further blur the truth. The movie which is directed by Vinil Mathew was received well for Taapsee and Vikrant’s brilliant performance. 

Where to watch: Netflix

 

  • Feels Like Ishq:

Directed by a number of directors like Tahira Kashyap, Ruchir Arun, Anand Tiwari and Jaydeep Sarkar, Feels like Ishq is an anthology series with 6 episodes. It stars famous stars like Rohit Saraf, Amol Parashar, Tanya Maniktala, Radhika Madan, Saba Azad, etc.. All the stories revolve around small concepts and situations of love and romance. The series, is a limited one with just 6 episodes, is a different experience with 6 different stories. 

Where to watch: Netflix

 

  • Sara’s

Directed by Jude Anthany, Sara’s is a Malayalam romantic-comedy starring Anna Ben and Sunny Wayne. The plot revolves around Sara Vincent, a girl in mid 20’s who has no desire of giving birth to a child. She marries Jeevan Philip, a guy in his early 30’s, who is in line with her vision of not having a child. The film then goes on to tell of the challenges and crises that befell Sara in her life and work. The movie garnered huge attention for the topic it spoke about. 

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

 

  • Malik:

Starring Fahadh Faasil and Nimisha Sajayan, Malik is a Malayalam Political-thriller movie directed by Mahesh Narayanan. The story is about a young man who rises to prominence through his unswerving fight against political and police corruption in his village. The movie is undoubtedly the best release of the month and is a hundred percent worth a watch. Fahadh Faasil’s performance in the movie is entirely flawless and versatile. 

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

 

  • 14 Phere:

Directed by Devanshu Singh, 14 Phere is a Hindi romantic-comedy movie starring Kriti Kharbandha and Vikrant Massey. The story revolves around Sanjay, a Rajput from Jehanabad who is in love with Aditi, a Jat from Jaipur. They want to get married, but don’t want to hurt their families. So they plan to get married by arranging a fake set of parents. Whether they will succeed forms the rest of the story. The movie is a funny take on inter-caste marriages and honour killing issues. 

Where to watch: Zee5

 

  • Vaazhl:

Directed by Arun Prabu Purushothaman, the director of Aruvi, Vaazhl is a Tamil movie starring Pradeep Anthony in the lead role. It is about an IT employee who leads a monotonous life experiences a roller-coaster ride after meeting two women of contrasting personalities. The movie is an unconventional one taken in an unprecedented way. 

Where to watch: SonyLiv

 

  • Sarpatta Parambarai:

Directed by Pa Ranjith, Sarpatta Parambarai is a Tamil movie set in the mid 70’s and stars Arya, Dushara Vijayan, Pashupathy, Kalaiarasu, Sanchana Natarajan and John Vijay in lead roles. The movie is about two boxing dynasties Sarpatta and Idiyappam and the clash and rivalry to prove their respective clans. The movie is set in the 1975 emergency period and has many shades of the Dravidian politics in Madras at that time. 

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

 

  • Mimi:

Mimi is a Hindi comedy-drama film directed by Laxman Utekar which is yet to release on OTT. It stars Pankaj Tripathi and Kriti Sanon in lead roles and is an adaptation of the Marathi movie Mala Aai Vhhaychy. It revolves around Mimi (Sanon), a young woman who is introduced by Bhanu (Tripathi) to an American couple for surrogacy. As the couple offer ₹20 lakh for surrogacy and later want it aborted, a pregnant Mimi decides to deliver it claiming Bhanu as the father of her child. The movie’s release is much awaited as the concept is unprecedented in its form in Bollywood. 

Where to watch: Netflix

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Sun, 25 Jul 2021 07:23:28 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/breaking-yashika-anand-injured-in-a-major-car-accident-friend-passes-away/ BREAKING: Yashika Anand Injured In A Major Car Accident; Friend Passes Away! https://jfwonline.com/article/breaking-yashika-anand-injured-in-a-major-car-accident-friend-passes-away/ Everyone’s favourite, Yashika Anand, who gained massive popularity with her stint in the reality TV show Bigg Boss Tamil has met with a major accident. The accident is said to have happened around midnight on Saturday. Fellow motorcyclists rescued the injured actress and her two friends and rushed them to a nearby hospital. According to the reports, the actress is in critical condition as she suffered major injuries. Valli Chetty Bhavani, who was travelling with her, unfortunately, died on the spot.

The police officials have registered a case against Yashika under three sections. She is said to have driven the car. They are also investigating if she was intoxicated.

Pictures of the mangled vehicle have been doing the rounds on social media.

 

Yashika Aannand is a popular model in Tamil Nadu. She played supporting roles in films like Kavalai Vendam, Nota and Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru. She played one of the leads in Iruttu Araiyil Murattu Kuththu. The actress has paired opposite SJ Surya for the film Kadamaiyai Sei, which is yet to see the light of the day. Her co-star has wished the actress a speedy recovery.

Here’s hoping that the actress makes a recovery soon.

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Sat, 24 Jul 2021 14:39:54 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/empowering-farmers-nature-and-people-greentatwa-agri-techs-timely-initiative/ ‘Empowering Farmers, Nature And People’, Greentatwa Agri Tech’s Timely Initiative! https://jfwonline.com/article/empowering-farmers-nature-and-people-greentatwa-agri-techs-timely-initiative/ For generations, our soil has been harmed by chemicals and toxins that have corrupted our produce which in turn has affected our health both mentally and physically. Clean, nutritious and healthy food is what we as commoners look and crave for in today’s fast food world.

Greentatwa Agri Tech LLP have come up with an innovative idea of replenishing the nutrients of nature to prepare truly fresh and organic produce. Greentatwa is a company focused on farming, supplying, and distributing pesticide or residue-free grains and vegetables and in providing healthy and nutritious food to its consumers. The objective of the company is to ‘empower farmers, nature and people’. Empowering farmers and providing good edible food to the common people is their main goal.

 

The firm is promoted by Roopa Maganti and Dr. Rama Rao Peddi. Roopa Maganti, graduated from Anna University, Chennai she is a certified trainer in Training and Capacity Building from International Labour Organization ILO Turin, Italy. Over the past two decades, Roopa worked in various capacities in a wide range of socially relevant initiatives that are transformational in nature. These initiatives were focused on the empowerment of women, youth, and children.

“Agriculture is the base, it lays the foundation of the nation’s economy and doing it right is crucial. I’m from an agrarian background, this sums it up why I’m so obsessed with empowering farmers, nature and people. As a mother, it is my responsibility to provide healthy and chemical free food to my kid and as an individual I strongly believe our society and people need quality produce. This thrived me to establish a start-up in the year 2019” says Roopa Maganti.

“With the pandemic, people realized the importance of nutritious food and this is positive sign. We had our own struggles like other businesses with the lockdown restrictions, the team was held up and couldn’t travel to farmlands but our heroes, the farmers did an amazing job and yes it is a push market. We are elated as a team with the response from people, especially millennials” opines Roopa.

Apart from focusing on B2B, the company has just started creating a ‘community of consumers’ who would be willing to buy its products on regular basis through Greentatwa’s e-commerce brand Sudhanya.

 

What makes Greentatwa special and significant is that it is a women driven start-up. Be it employees, farmers, vendors, micro and macro enterprises, consumers the organization is proudly associated with women at every level. Greentatwa assures that its basket is going to be big as large number of farmers are joining hands with them to pursue pesticide and chemical free farming practices.

 

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Sat, 24 Jul 2021 13:52:33 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/priyamani-responds-to-allegations-made-by-her-husbands-first-wife/ Priyamani Responds To Allegations Made By Her Husband’s First Wife! https://jfwonline.com/article/priyamani-responds-to-allegations-made-by-her-husbands-first-wife/ Recently. Priyamani became the talk of the town after her husband Mustafa’s first wife Ayesha claimed that they were not legally separated yet and that his second marriage was invalid. Now, in an interview, Priyamani has revealed that her relationship with her husband is very ‘secure’. 

Priyamani said that even if they’re in different time zones because of her shooting schedules, they take time out of their day to talk to each other. “At least if not what has happened every day, then just ‘hi’ or ‘hello’. If he’s busy with work, he’ll probably call me or text me once he’s free. Or vice versa, if I’m busy with shooting, I would do that.”

She revealed the ‘key’ to a healthy relationship by saying, “Communication is the key. If you’re asking about the relationship between me and Mustafa, by far… We are definitely very secure in our relationship, even though right now, he is in the US; he’s working there.”

She also added, “We definitely make it a point to communicate with each other. If not anything, just a small thing like ‘Are you OK?’ That really goes far; if he’s tired or if I am, if somebody is there to ask him, it speaks volumes about the person and what they feel about you. We are very secure, we make it a point to talk to each other, and that is the key to every relationship.”

This statement comes at a time where Ayesha has just said that their marriage is invalid. Mustafa and Ayesha allegedly separated in 2013. Mustafa then married Priyamani in 2017.

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Sat, 24 Jul 2021 04:43:40 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-arya-and-sayyesha-blessed-with-a-baby/ TRENDING: Arya And Sayyesha Blessed With A Baby! https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-arya-and-sayyesha-blessed-with-a-baby/ This past year has seen a lot of celebrities entering into parenthood. A newest addition to this list is Kollywood actor and actresses Arya and Sayyesha. They have been blessed with a baby girl. Ever since this announcement was made, celebrity colleagues and fans have been pouring their wishes all over social media. 

Arya and Sayyesha got married in 2019 in a grand ceremony. They met and fell in love on the sets of Ghajinikanth in which they acted together. The most excited celebrity after hearing this news was actor Vishal who tweeted his wishes to the couple. 

Arya was last seen in Sarpatta Parambarai which was released very recently. Before this both Sayyesha and Arya were seen together on screen in Teddy. Now, Arya has signed up for Enemy and Aranmanai 3. 

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Fri, 23 Jul 2021 06:42:47 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/7-movies-of-suriya-that-proved-that-he-is-a-versatile-actor/ 7 Movies Of Suriya That Proved That He Is A Versatile Actor! https://jfwonline.com/article/7-movies-of-suriya-that-proved-that-he-is-a-versatile-actor/ By Jayabhuvaneshwari B

When it comes to popular Kollywood actors, one name we always hear is Suriya. He started his career in 1997 with Nerukku Ner and has given us upto 45 movies till now. His journey was not always an upward graph because he has also had his fair share of failures and successes in the industry. But, today he stands as one of the most versatile actors in the Kollywood industry with performances that are iconic, unique and difficult to forget. Here are 7 performances of Suriya that proved his versatility in acting. 

  • Nandha:

Nandha was a movie where Suriya’s performance came out to be very new and unexpected. He plays the character of Nandha who has seen things he should not have seen as a child and then faces the consequences of what he saw. Even after experiencing a sentence for his actions, he is not forgiven by society and is always seen as an ex-convict. Nandha gave Suriya the chance to showcase his talent to fit into the character of someone who is grim because of his experiences but only wants approval and mother’s love in his life. With Nandha, being his eighth film, Suriya set a very different standard for himself. 

 

  • Kaakha Kaakha:

Even today, Gautam Vasudev Menon’s ACP Anbuselvan is a character that has been etched in our hearts. The reason for this is Suriya’s flawless performance and charisma. When Kaakha Kaakha was released, women only looked if they could find an Anbuselvan for themselves. With a mix of action, heroism and romance, Suriya’s Anbuselvan was one of the most charismatic police officers we would have seen on screen. When Suriya played Anbuselvan, we wished we could be Maya even if it was to just die in his arms. Anbuselvan is a character that cannot be performed to such perfection other than Suriya himself.

 

  • Pithamagan:

After giving us Anbuselvan, Suriya immediately gave us Shakthi, a supporting role in the movie, Pithamagan. With Vikram playing the lead as Chithan, Suriya only played the friend and confidante of Chithan in the movie. However, Suriya still managed to make his presence permanent in the movie. He perfectly complemented Vikram’s role and did a wonderful job even if he wasn’t given the main character. Vikram won a lot of laurels for his performance in Pithamagan, but Suriya got equal recognition for establishing himself as Shakthi and playing the role wonderfully in the movie. 

 

  • Perazhagan:

Perazhagan was the first movie where Suriya did a double role. Both roles were completely different given the storyline. Yet, he managed to do wonders out of both. While the role of Karthik is one that he has done in the past, the role of Chinna was entirely new to him. As a hunchback, Suriya nailed his performance as Chinna. Seeing both his characters on screen, many wondered if Chinna was actually Suriya in reality, or someone else. The way he differentiated between both roles and his portrayal of a hunchback was just too brilliant. With Perazhagan, Suriya proved that he can fit into the sleeve of any character, with versatality. 

 

  • Ghajini:

Ghajini is an unbelievable movie with Suriya’s character creating history in Tamil cinema. Although the movie was inspired from Christopher Nolan’s Memento, Ghajini’s concept was entirely new to Indian cinema. And yet, even with a brand new concept, Suriya aced the role of a character with anterograde amnesia seeking revenge. Suriya’s two roles, one as a famous businessman and another as an amnesia patient were performed brilliantly. He gave us equal parts charisma and action or aggression with the two roles. The change in body language and expressions after he is diagnosed with Amnesia was a beautiful transition in the movie. Ghajini was a brand new milestone for Suriya in his Cinema journey. 

 

  • Vaaranam Aayiram:

With yet another double role, Suriya showed us that young or old, he can perform any character with perfection. Another collaboration with Gautam Vasudev Menon, Vaaranam Aayiram is a movie filled with a variety of emotions such as love, affection, pain, addiction, depression, etc. At every instance in the movie, Suriya perfectly expressed the emotion required for the scene or situation. So much so that, Vaaranam Aayiram was released as a movie but now it has become an experience. Suriya’s versatility in nailing both his roles, as Krishnan and Suriya was beautiful and surprising at the same time. Tamil cinema has seen a lot of double roles where the same actor plays father and son. But, Suriya’s Krishnan and Suriya from Vaaranam Aayiram are class apart and gave a new definition to such double roles. 

 

  • Soorarai Potru:

Sudha Kongara’s Soorarai Potru is partly inspired from Captain G R Gopinath’s life story. Suriya, as Nedumaaran Rajangam, was the very character we all needed when we were not doing so well during the lockdown. The movie, which had an OTT release, became a massive hit because of the attitude and persona with which Suriya performed as the protagonist in the movie. He lived up to the character so much that we wonder if he could have really been G R Gopinath, whose story he portrayed. Suriya garnered huge support and recognition for his role in the movie and the efforts he took for the movie bore fruit when all he received was positive comments and compliments for his performance.

 

Suriya has had a journey of 24 years in the Tamil film industry. He has given us multiple hits over these years, some we cannot forget even if we want to. He has now signed up for a number of movies. He is also acting in one of the segments of Navarasa, an upcoming Netflix original series, created by Mani Ratnam and directed by a number of directors. He is a part of Gautam Vasudev Menon’s segment in the series. Suriya’s fans went crazy after seeing him in the teaser of Navarasa. Even today, after 24 years, the Tamil audience wants to see many more mind-blowing performances of Suriya, that goes onto prove his versatility in acting. 

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Thu, 22 Jul 2021 15:31:12 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-priyamanis-marriage-with-mustafa-raj-is-invalid-claims-first-wife-ayesha/ TRENDING: Priyamani’s Marriage With Mustafa Raj Is Invalid – Claims First Wife Ayesha! https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-priyamanis-marriage-with-mustafa-raj-is-invalid-claims-first-wife-ayesha/ Popular South Actress Priyamani has come to limelight recently after her recognition for her role in ‘The Family Man’ series. She has come up in the News because her marriage with Mustafa Raj has been challenged by his first wife Ayesha. She has slammed a case on Mustafa calling his marriage to Priyamani invalid. 

Mustafa and Ayesha allegedly separated in 2013. Mustafa then married Priyamani in 2017. On asking Ayesha about the case, “Mustafa is still married to me. Mustafa and Priyamani’s marriage is invalid. We have not even filed for divorce and while marrying Priyamani, he declared in the court that he was a bachelor.” she said. 

On asking Mustafa’s side of the story, he said, “The charges against me are false. I am paying the children’s maintenance to Ayesha regularly. She is simply trying to extort money from me.” He also said that Ayesha and him have lived separately since 2010 and got a divorce in 2013. He then asked why Ayesha waited for so long to file a case against him.

As for the delay, Ayesha said, “As a mother of two children, what can you do? One tries to sort it out amicably but only when it doesn’t work out, some steps need to be taken because you don’t want to lose out on time which he has been using against me now.”

Priyamani was last seen in Narappa, the Telugu remake of Asuran where she reprised the role of Manju Warrier. She recently gained a lot of fame after the release of the second season of The Family Man. Apart from these, she is currently working on a number of films in Tamil, Telugu, Hindi and Kannada. 

 

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Tue, 20 Jul 2021 07:17:55 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/9-on-screen-romances-that-stole-our-hearts/ 9 On Screen Romances That Stole Our Hearts! https://jfwonline.com/article/9-on-screen-romances-that-stole-our-hearts/

By Jayabhuvaneshwari B

Movies come in varieties of genres. Yet, one genre that doesn’t have many haters is Romance. Romance movies or Romantic Comedies are liked by most and some are even crazy about these movies. Why? Because, these movies tend to ensure that we travel into some kind of fantasy land, ignoring the reality we are living in. For the duration of the movie, we forget who we really are, and step into the shoes of the character who is a hopeless romantic. Although it’s fiction, we believe in the kind of love that is portrayed in these movies. By the end of the movie, which generally ends happily, we ship the couple on screen, as though their story is real. That is the magic of Romance! For all you Rom-Com lovers, here are 9 on screen Romances that Stole our Hearts! 

 

  • Pooja and Giri from Om Shanthi Oshana:

Om Shanthi Oshana is one of the most adorable Malayalam movies, which you should watch if you want to forget your worries for a few hours. Narrated by Pooja (Nazriya Nazim), this movie tells the story of her life and how she fell in love with Mr. Perfect Giri (Nivin Pauly). In the entire movie, the time where Pooja and Giri actually have a screen presence and dialogues together is very very little. For most of the movie it is Pooja crushing on Giri and following him wherever he goes. It is only at the very end that they even hold hands and come together in the movie. Yet, this movie makes us yearn for a love story like theirs because of the way the movie was taken and because of how natural Pooja’s love for Giri is. Nazriya’s child-like emotions and expressions when she sees Nivin every single time, is way too cute. The movie, at the very end makes us realise how adorable this couple is, when we see that all along Giri also had feelings for Pooja. 

 

 

  • Theeran Thirumaran and Priya from Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru:

Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru is basically a story based on true events of crime. It narrates the story of Operation Bawaria headed by DGP Jangid. In no world would we think a movie like this would have an absolutely adorable love story. But, that love track is what makes the movie even more significant and emotional. The first half of the movie is all about this romance. Theeran (Karthi), who’s at his hometown for holidays, falls in love with his innocent yet lovely neighbour, Priya (Rakul Preet Singh) and makes her fall in love with him too. Their love story is something unique, because all she expects from him is his love, and nothing else. He literally gets transferred so many times and she still  doesn’t mind as long as she’s with him. He also goes to great lengths to ensure that his wife is happy. When Priya is attacked by the antagonists of the movie, Theeran is put in a situation of dilemma to choose between his wife and his duty for the country. He chooses the latter, a choice which does not come easily to him, given the love he had for his wife. This part of the movie makes their love a little more special and sentimental for us. 

 

 

  • Lilly and Chaithanya from Dear Comrade:

Typically, in this movie, Lilly (Rashmika Mandanna) has no reason to fall in love with Chaithanya (Vijay Devarakonda) given his rogue ways and incapability to control his anger. Still, she falls in love with him and tries to change him. The first half of Dear Comrade feels like a simple love story, where Chaithanya loves Lilly and confesses the same to her. She asks him to change his rogue ways, and he actually tries his level best to do that for her. That love, where you change for the one you love, seems like a stretch, but feels heartwarming and satisfying. Ofcourse, the movie then takes a steep turn where they separate ways and Chaithanya does not come back into Lilly’s life for 3 whole years. The movie becomes a story about how Lilly was Sexually Harassed, and how that has changed her forever. What we love about these two on screen is, Chainthanya doesn’t give up till the very end to fight for Lilly and Lilly finally gets the courage from him to open up about her experience. The fact that in spite of their flaws, they were with each other at the toughest of times, makes us want to live a life like theirs. 

 

 

  • Arjun and Sarah from Bangalore Days:

Bangalore Days is a movie that is filled with the concept of Love. Ajju, Kuttan and Kunju’s love for each other and Bangalore, Kunju’s love for Das, Das’ love for Natasha, Kuttan’s love for a traditional Malayalee girl and ofcourse, Ajju’s love for Sarah. While there were 3 couples in the story, it was Arjun (Dulquer Salman) and Sarah’s (Parvathy Thiruvothu) love story that stole our hearts. Arjun falls in love with Sarah, even before he meets her, just by listening to her voice on the radio. He is shocked after seeing that she is disabled and hesitates to meet her. But, eventually he realises that she doesn’t need his sympathy and that she needs to be seen for her strengths. This love story is special because it normalises this kind of love, which is not commonly portrayed in movies. Arjun has his own flaws and issues, starting with a dysfunctional family. Sarah’s mothers being cautious and caring for her, advises her to set the perfect career for herself rather than wasting her life. She is originally also not very fond of Arjun. In the end, however, it is them feeling happy for each other’s successes, and them feeling comfortable in each other’s arms that makes their love story something unique. 

 

  • Anu and Arjun from Oh My Kadavule:

Oh My Kadavule is a typical rom-com story that has equal parts romance and comedy. Anu (Rithika Singh) and Arjun (Ashok Selvan)  are the couple of your dreams because they are best friends turned partners. Their daily life struggles to start living as a couple is something very natural and relatable. This movie revolves around the concept that we do not understand the importance of something that is always with us, until we lose it at some point. Anu is always with Arjun and he doesn’t realise her value, until he tries to redo his life and realises what he is actually missing. Their small squabbles and fights are so damn adorable and makes the audience go ‘Awwww’ with admiration. A best friend turning into a life partner is the biggest blessing you could ask for because they know every inch of you and are still willing to accept you just the way you are. Anu and Arjun stole our hearts, because they proved this. 

 

  • Varun and Bhanumathi from Fidaa:

Varun (Varun Tej) and Bhanumathi’s ( Sai Pallavi) lifestyles are completely different and bear no resemblance whatsoever. However, fate ensures their meeting and also does the additional job of making them fall for each other. It is their lifestyle differences that forces them to part ways. Their dreams, career goals, and ideas about life are entirely different. But, there’s one thing they can’t live without; eachother. That’s what brings them together in the end. How much ever they try to be in denial about their love for eachother, it becomes impossible for them to ignore it, so much that Varun makes the ultimate sacrifice for Bhanu. Fidaa’s Varun and Bhanu were loved so much because of the things that they did for love and because they let their Love win over their Ego. 

 

  • Roselyn and Ali Ikka from Malik:

Malik is a political movie which has shades of Nayakan and Godfather in it, establishing the concept of a Don or a Leader. In a movie like this, you do not generally expect to see a significant love track. Even if they have one, it will be there only to establish a heroine for the Hero. The primary reason why Ali Ikka (Fahadh Faasil) and Roselyn (Nimisha Sajayan)  stand out is because their love track is as significant as the political part of the movie or the part that narrates Sulaiman’s past. Roselyn is the perfect partner for Ali Ikka because she compliments him in every way possible. He becomes street-smart from his experiences of smuggling and politics right from his childhood days. But, Roselyn just watches and learns from him so much that she completely fits in as his other half. When Ali Ikka is arrested, she doesn’t think twice to know what is to be done. Being the wife of a leader of sorts, is not easy. Yet, Roselyn stays with him, through thick and thin, even when there is constant fear of danger and death for all of them and even after she loses her son. Afterall, isn’t this the kind of love we all want in life? 

 

 

  • Suriya and Meghna from Vaaranam Aayiram:

Varanam Aayiram is a movie that reinforces the idea of Love At First Sight. It only takes Suriya (Suriya) one look at Meghna (Sameera Reddy) for him to fall head over heels in love with her. He instantly writes a song about her, goes down on one knee amidst a busy railway station and travels all the way to America without an address to find this girl he met one night in a train. These define the actions of the hopeless romantic that Suriya is in this movie. Meghna on the other hand doesn’t believe in love at first sight and doesn’t trust Suriya in the beginning. But she realises that his love is serious and true when he comes with no information whatsoever, to a place all new for him, only to find her. That makes her trust and confide in him. Their love, though short-lived, is very romantic because Meghna takes time to understand him and then eventually falls in love with him. The process that makes her fall in love with him, and the love he has for her that can be seen in his very eyes makes it all the more difficult for the watchers to digest the fact that they’re not going to unite after all. 

 

  • Poorna and Sravani from Majili:

Poorna (Naga Chaitanya) and Sravani (Samantha) are not the first ones to come to our mind when we talk about adorable and romantic couples. In fact, they may even seem unfit in this list of On Screen couples that stood out. But the main reason why they’re included in this list is because this movie showed the real life scenario of many couples who are forced into marriage, eventually start loving each other but don’t know how to express that love. The way Poorna treats Sravani makes you want to hate a character like his. But, the story of his first love makes you realise the pain he goes through and also why Sravani is patient with him. Sravani has loved Poorna from a very young age, but she has never expressed it to him. Poorna’s past blinds him from seeing the amount of love Sravani has for him. Their life becomes living hell as they fail to express their care for each other. The ending of Majili gives hope to a lot of real life couples who suffer from the same problem. It encourages them to communicate and express their feelings and end their life of misery. While all the other couples in this list are adorable for their fictional characters and performances, Poorna and Sravani stand out because they narrate the story of many couples’ reality. 

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Tue, 20 Jul 2021 05:36:41 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/7-female-film-characters-we-loved-watching-in-tamil-cinema/ 7 Female Film Characters We Loved Watching In Tamil Cinema! https://jfwonline.com/article/7-female-film-characters-we-loved-watching-in-tamil-cinema/ Rarely does one offers heroines good and meaty roles and very few gets noticed and appreciated. In countable instances, we come across female characters that are etched sensibly. Kalki released in the year 1996, spoke male chauvinism and patriarchy. The film portrayed Kalki as a carefree and independent woman and this led to a lot of controversies and people couldn’t get away with her character. With years, people are more open to independent, bold and fierce women.

Here are seven Tamil film characters that did not carry the ‘kudumba kuthuvelaku’ title. They were not glam dolls nor the usual sacrificial types. These women were loved for their perseverance, boldness and morals.

Indra – Kannathil Muthamittal (2002)

 

A quintessential working woman, mother of three children Indra has all settled and gathered in her cute little family. Indra played by Simran is the anchor of her family-ship and when she has to reveal her daughter that she was adopted, the mother let her ball slip for a while. How would a mother make her girl understand that nothing has changed after revealing this truth? Seeing Amudha seeking comfort in her father and aching for her biological mother shattered her. Indra sure shot will be one of the best female characters ever written in Indian cinema.

Divya – Autograph (2004)

 

Divya is the only breadwinner of her family. She was let down by the man of her dreams and unfortunately she is left all alone with her paralyzed mother. In spite of her situation, Divya instills confidence and guides Senthil to lead his life unapologetically. A trustworthy friend, brave, honest and matured Divya captured our hearts with the lines ‘oru kanavu kandal athai thinam muyandral oru naalil nijamagum’.

Archana – Mozhi (2007)

 

Archana played by Jyothika, a deaf and mute doesn’t like others to sympathize on her. The woman doesn’t let her disabilities affect her and leads a happy and contented life. 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 straight forward approach, indubitable decisions and friendly nature not only made Karthik to fall for her but also us.

Kalpana – Ghajini (2008)

 

Kalpana is nice, warm and cozy and a girl that craves for a man’s heart. Pleasing to the eye, she impressed us with her pretty attire, effervescent character and humor element. The girl next door image of hers bursts when she finds a human trafficking racket of a huge businessman. Though she was killed, the girl fought for justice and didn’t give up till in the end.

 

Aruvi – Aruvi (2016)

 

From being daddy’s little girl to an independent woman, the transition is not been easy for her. Aruvi played by Aditi Balan gets kicked out of her house when she tests positive for HIV-AIDS. Aruvi is been subjected to molestation and harassment in her different walks of her life. The fierce, independent girl gets back in style through a reality show and questions the society. Aruvi is a whole new level of feminism.

Kousalya Murugesan – Kaana (2018)

 

This ‘Vaayadi petha pulla’ ruled our hearts with her blue jersey and bowling techniques.  She is the daughter of a farmer who belongs to a village where people have fallen on hard times. The girl gets hit by her mother for playing cricket with the village boys, the rage that gets build is reflected in her sport. She is the boost every sports girl/woman needs right now in this male dominant field.

Bommi – Soorarai Pottru (2020)

 

One of the most loved and adored female character in recent times by all genders of the society. Bommi broke quite a number of stereotypes, the rules she put forth before marrying Nedumaaran, the way she gives back to every patriarchal thought thrown her way just wowed us.  Intelligent and feisty she is an independent woman who supports her partner’s dreams but didn’t give up on hers either. It feels heartening to see such a character get as much love.

 

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Thu, 15 Jul 2021 12:57:55 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/just-in-the-first-episode-of-jfws-flatmates-is-out-watch-now/ JUST IN: The First Episode Of JFW’s Flatmates Is Out; WATCH NOW! https://jfwonline.com/article/just-in-the-first-episode-of-jfws-flatmates-is-out-watch-now/ We at JFW are constantly innovating to keep our audiences entertained, engaged, and informed. You all would have enjoyed watching the trailer of Flatmates and whole heartedly thank you people for making it a success. We are so elated to inform you all that we are here with the very first episode of the series which will simply blow your mind away. WATCH HERE:

Team JFW has always been coming up with the most interesting and entertaining ideas. From providing exclusive and innovative video content to the most happening and trending stories for the magazine, we have been giving the best of entertainment for our women audience. And now, we are setting up the bar even high. You all would have enjoyed Chennai ku Pudhusu an empowering tale of young woman. It’s time for another enthralling and happening ride. Flatmates will be one of a kind series with a classy plot and breath-taking cinematography.

The series follows an interesting and engaging plot. An intense story of 4 individuals – their emotions, personalities, friendships, relationships – different and strong in its own wild way lays the foundation of this drama series. This narrative for the web series will be a first of its kind in the South Indian content space!

Flatmates, written and directed by Karthik Baskar, the cast include Dipshi Blessy, Akash Premkumar, Biglee Murali, Sindu Priya KS. The trailer on release went viral and has created a lot of curiosity and engagement among netizens. Stay Tuned and follow our JFW YouTube Channel and enjoy watching all the episodes. Happy Watching!

CREW MEMBERS:

Written and directed by: Karthik Baskar

Creative Producer: Dipshi Blessy

DOP: Mallika Arjun

Editor: Amuthan

Music & Sound Design: Nijil Dhinakar

Brand Solutions Manager: Uthra Rajendran

Art Director: Vikneshwar V

Executive Producers: Uthra Rajendran & Thameem

Co-Director & Costume Stylist: Kaushi Kumar

Associate Directors: Siva Shankar & Sachin Maze

DI Colorist: Kowshik K S

Lyricist: Kumaran Kumanan

Singers: Prithivee, Ahmed Meeran, Kaushik Krish, VishnuPriya Rangarajan, Nijil Dhinakar

 

 

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Thu, 15 Jul 2021 08:17:00 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/examining-the-race-stereotype-of-women-in-tamil-cinema/ Examining The Race Stereotype Of Women In Tamil Cinema! https://jfwonline.com/article/examining-the-race-stereotype-of-women-in-tamil-cinema/ Megavarshini S G

The obsession over fair flawless skin is been there for very long time. Though, racism is being addressed a liking towards fair skin tone still exists and obviously in Tamil film industry it is there. Describe a beautiful woman, words like white skin and fair skin are always in the play.

We have the ladies singing, ‘Karupputhan enaku pudicha colouru’ but it’s always ‘white skinnu girl uh girl uh’. Here are three instances from films in which women were mocked for their dark skin tone, while men were been praised or accepted for the same.

  • Magudam (1992)

Comedy tracks usually revolve around a man going for a girl seeing ceremony and discovering that the prospective bride is dark-skinned. Manasthan (Senthil) shows Thanisami (Goundamani) an actress picture and brings him to marry his dark-skinned sister. Thanisami finds this and color shames the girl to a huge extent. In the end, he is forced to marry the girl and a man from the crowd calls Thanisami a ‘thyagi’ for marrying the girl. What’s with the misogyny?

 

  • Rajakumaran (1994)

In this film, postman (Senthil) and Maarusamy, milkman played my Goundamani initially compete for a girl and later finds the bride to be dark-skinned. They mock and make fun of her, irony is that both the men are dark-skinned themselves. What’s more misogynistic is that Maarusamy exults in joy and keeps repeating the word ‘escape’ while him himself being in black tone.

 

  • Sivaji (2007)

Sivaji proposes Tamizhselvi (Shriya), she rejects his proposal and would say that his skin color is the issue. Arivu Mama (Vivek) outbursts the very moment and gives a long speech detailing the significance of black color. While Angavai-Sangavai, the twin sisters were mocked by the same Arivu mama for their skin tone when Thondaiman, played by Solomon Pappaiah suggests Sivaji to marry one of his daughters.  People laughed off this scene, while was angry when Shriya mocked the star for his tone.

What’s more horrifying is that girls stereotypically remain silent with a bowed head in all these instances. It doesn’t end with these three films, it is a pattern. Women being judged, mocked and abused for their size, color and character are portrayed very normally in Tamil Cinema. Dark-skinned heroes are popular and usually love white girls. While women have to be white and should never say no to a man. Dark complexion should never be used as an element of humor and it is nothing to be made fun of. Today with pandemic, story narratives are changing drastically. Writers are handling scripts sensitively and we are loving how Cinema is revolutionizing with new directors. Hoping for a change!

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Tue, 13 Jul 2021 07:28:52 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/8-epic-comedy-classics-of-kamal-haasan/ 8 Epic Comedy Classics Of Kamal Haasan! https://jfwonline.com/article/8-epic-comedy-classics-of-kamal-haasan/ By Jayabhuvaneshwari B

Kamal Haasan is one of India’s most versatile actors. He has aced almost every single film that he has ever acted in. He is known for a variety of performances and his perfect acting, no matter what character he is given. He has acted in more than a 100 films over the years in not only Tamil, but a number of Indian languages. He is aptly given the title ‘Ulaganayagan’ for his talent and skills. 

As mentioned above, Kamal has done a variety of performances or roles. He has done serious ones, negative ones, unexpected ones, and even heroic ones. One side of the actor that not many other actors have explored is his comic side. Kamal Haasan has given us a bunch of Comedy films that can be cherished and rewatched multiple times, till date. These are movies where he himself gets knee-deep into comedy and gives a performance that ensures that the audience go into a laughter riot. Here are 8 movies of Kamal that made us laugh like no other:

 

  • Michael Madana Kama Rajan:

This movie is undoubtedly one of the earliest classics of Kamal. With four different character arcs and storylines, Kamal proved his acting skill with this movie. It is difficult to nail one comic character itself, leave alone four. But Kamal proved that it is not impossible with Michael Madana Kama Rajan. With a mix of identity crisis and confusion, this movie makes you wonder how somebody came up with such a story. Although born together, all 4 characters are poles apart and the only thing they have in common is their looks. Kamal would have beautifully differentiated between the characters while also making us laugh at every instance that at one point we start to wonder if this is one person or 4. Even though all 4 characters are equally funny, I think we would all agree that Kameshwaran made us laugh the most with dialogues like, “Yaarukku kalyanam? Nekka??? Nokka??? Nekkum nokkumaa?” 

 

  • Sathi Leelavathi:

Kamal does not even play the lead in this movie, and yet leaves an impact as a comic at the end of the movie. While Ramesh Aravind and Kalapana play the lead, Kamal and Kovai Sarala play supporting characters in the movie. Kamal’s role in the movie, an innocent yet righteous man, is just very adorable. He goes to great lengths to make his friend understand the reality and help Kalapana win her husband back. What is unexpected however, is the comedy in the movie. One can generally not expect comedy in a movie that deals with infidelity. But, Kamal’s Sathi Leelavathi is different. It is his body language and timely comedy along with Kovai Sarala that made the movie a hit and made us feel content at the end of the movie. Through this movie Kamal also proved that romance can also become comedy. His entire journey with Kovai Sarala in the movie and the end was and adding point to the humour in the movie. 

 

  • Avvai Shanmughi:

This movie was adapted from the English Movie Mrs. Doubtfire. Any movie that is adapted from a foreign movie or concept has to be tweaked to cater to the needs of the local audience. That way, Kamal’s performance did the deed for us. Not once would you think that this movie was actually adapted from another english movie, if the information was not open to the public. Kamal’s ease into sliding simultaneously into Pandian and Shanmugi is just too good. The way he changed body language, expressions, tone and voice with both characters was just awe-striking. But what was more surprising was Kamal’s ability to bring comedy into his acting. The immediate change in character arc as he shifts characters while also maintaining the humour sense is not an easy task. Just the mere actions of Kamal in scenes where he tries to fool others that it is Shanmughi who is taking a bath, is enough to start us on a laughter riot. It is a heartwarming movie with a lot of scope for fun and laughter. 

 

  • Kaathala Kaathala:

Initially, the movie seems like it has no storyline. And then, you realise the entire purpose of the movie is to make you laugh until you cry for 2 whole hours. The punnery, characterisation of each and every character, and dialogues in this movie is just incomparable. But, without Kamal’s acting, this movie may have still failed. Kamal was the anchor to this movie’s ship. He casually dropped jokes into his scenes and it may have looked like they weren’t funny, but it surely cracked up the audience. Kamal’s performance in the movie made the audience laugh so hard that after a point they were out of breath. The continuous comedy, one after the other, supported by other characters as well has made it the lovely movie that it is today. 

 

  • Thenali:

When Thenali Soman starts narrating his fears to the doctor, you wonder if such a condition actually exists and how dangerous it could be. But, once Kamal starts speaking about the things he fears, you immediately realise that this is going to be yet another hilarious journey. Kamal is an actor who turned a raw concept of ‘fears’ into a fully bloomed flower filled with comedy and romance. While juggling between his Srilankan Tamil accent and naive body-language, Kamal created a character that has not existed in the Kollywood world before. In the very first part of the movie, Kamal’s mastery over acting can be witnessed. He would have just narrated the reason behind his fears while speaking about his mother’s death, with tears in his eyes. With the very next dialogue, he goes back to making us laugh and forget the tragedy he just explained. His actions, complemented with those of Jayaram, was the major cause of comedy in the movie. 

 

  • Pammal K Sambandham:

Pammal Kalyana Sambandam is a fun-loving character you wish you had in your life at the end of the movie, even if not initially. The main reason is because of the way Kamal portrayed this character. Maybe, in the beginning you’re not very fond of Mr. Sambandham, but as the movie moves forward, Sambandham is all you want in life. With an unimaginable sense of humour, which he does not intend to have, Kamal makes you laugh so much that you want to ask him to stop. Dialogues like, “Don’t put word in my mouths!” seem like they aren’t funny, but crack you up every single time. Most phrases used in the movie come in handy when you want to make funny and relatable references with your friends. As a stunt master and an unruly person, Kamal gave a whole new definition to a thug in this movie. 

 

  • Panchathanthiram:

I think it goes without saying that Panchathanthiram is Kamal’s best movie so far. This is one movie that has no haters, no matter what. The movie’s storyline can essentially be explained in 2 lines, but somehow also can’t be. It can’t be, because of the confusion created by Kamal and his friends. Now, the screenplay and the dialogues are not the only things that made the movie a hit. If not for Kamal’s acting along with the support of his 4 friends, Jayaram, Sriman, Ramesh Aravind and Yugi Sethu. The way he gets caught into a spider’s web which he is not able to escape that easily, is just too funny. It becomes even more hilarious when he tries to unwind from the chaos and run, only to make it worse. Although the movie’s comical success was the contribution of multiple actors, it would have not made it without Kamal’s contribution. 

 

  • Vasool Raja MBBS:

This movie was a remake of the Hindi movie Munna Bhai MBBS. It is generally difficult to meet the expectations of the audience and make the movie a success if it is a remake because the viewers often tend to compare it with the original and criticise it. With Vasool Raja MBBS, Kamal did not have that problem at all, because he nailed his performance so well that it could not be compared to the original. A rowdy becoming a doctor is something unheard of in the past. The storyline may be taken from a Hindi movie, but the way Kamal made the story come alive by perfectly fitting into the sleeve of his character is unimaginable. Kamal gave us timely comedy and also gave us heartwarming moments. Many parts of the movie had a sad or worrisome connotation to it. But, when we think of the movie, we are only reminded of the comedy, and the sole reason behind it was Kamal Haasan along with Crazy Mohan’s acting and script. Vasool Raja MBBS is a cherishable movie that can be watched time and again just for Rajaram’s charm. 

 

The most important thing that must be noted about all of these movies is that they all have a common scriptwriter; Crazy Mohan. Kamal was able to give us such hilarious performances and comical characters that we remember for life because of Crazy Mohan’s dialogues and script work. Together, they were so powerful that they could surely make you laugh, no matter what mood you were in. Kamal did full justice to the characters and roles he was given, along with the script written for them. That’s why we can proudly call him a Comedy King! 

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Mon, 12 Jul 2021 16:06:35 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-actor-sivakarthikeyan-blessed-with-baby-boy/ TRENDING: Actor Sivakarthikeyan Blessed With Baby Boy! https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-actor-sivakarthikeyan-blessed-with-baby-boy/ Remo actor Sivakarthikeyan and his wife Arthi are blessed with a son and K-town is buzzing around with the happy news. The actor took to twitter with an emotional post to announce the birth of his son. 

He posted a photo of his father and wrote a message in Tamil, which translates to, “After 18 long years, my dad is holding my finger as my son. To ease years of my pain, my wife Aarthi has endured this pain. I thank her with tears in my eyes. Baby and mom are fine.” 

The couple already have a daughter called Aradhana.  Aradhana was featured in the song ‘Vaayadi Petha Pulla’ from Kanaa. Sivakarthikeyan was last seen in ‘Hero’. He is now waiting for the release of ‘Doctor’, which might mostly release on OTT. He is also working on ‘Ayalaan’ which is in its post-production stage and ‘Don’ for which he is still filming.

 

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Mon, 12 Jul 2021 10:37:59 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/nivetha-pethuraj-completes-level-one-of-the-formula-race-car-training-says-motorsports-arent-just-for-the-men-but-women-as-well/ Nivetha Pethuraj Is All Set To Be In The Race!! Read On For More Details. https://jfwonline.com/article/nivetha-pethuraj-completes-level-one-of-the-formula-race-car-training-says-motorsports-arent-just-for-the-men-but-women-as-well/ Nivetha Pethuraj is one of the busiest actress in Tamil and Telugu film industry. She is been busy managing her shoot schedules, recently the actress has surprised her fans and followers by sharing photos of herself in a race suit and is seen taking the car out for a spin on the track. Nivetha has completed the Level 1 of the Formula Race Car Training program hosted by Momentum – School Of Advanced Racing.

Sharing the news, actress Nivetha Pethuraj says, “My interest towards car started during my school days when I was studying in 8th std when an aunt in my neighborhood purchased a sports car. It inspired me with a strong curiosity towards sports cars, and it kept brewing in me for years. In 2015, I purchased a “Dodge Challenger” sports car, and I was the second girl in UAE to get it. In fact, my father wasn’t happy as he was concerned with the V6 Engine, which has a fast racing power. Nonetheless, I was confident driving it and felt so cool indeed. Besides, I have worked in several Dubai Motor shows, F1, and brands like Lexus, Rolls Royce, and Chevrolet, which kept escalating in me the fascination towards cars. When I came down to Chennai, I had visited few motor tracks, but never imagined that one day I would be there steering my way. My heavy rush for cars got rebooted when BMW approached me to test drive the car for a week, which made me revisit my passion. When me and my brother Nishanth visited Momentum  – School of Advance Racing in Coimbatore, I was scared if I could make it through. I had to enroll three months earlier for the program, and each session would have only 8 people, and I was the only girl amidst them. As I got used to the tracks, I started feeling more confident, and by the end, my Lap timings were almost on par with the other guys. This has propelled in me a huge lease of self-confidence that Motorsports aren’t just for the men, but women as well. Even now, there aren’t Formula 1 and Formula 2 championships for women, and I hope, it becomes a reality soon.”

When asked if she would be taking part in championships, she said “I am already approached for many championships. But it needs lots of investment and dedication of time on track practice. Besides, it’s easy for me to get sponsors as I have become a familiar face in the industry. It’s a costly sport as every race will cost around Rs.15 Lac. So, I will be getting on with it only if I am interested. For now, my interest and desire are all about completing different levels.”

She also took to her Instagram handle and shared a few photos and videos of herself in her race car, the actress looks fierce and stunning in her track suit.

 

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On the film front, the actress has recently completed shooting for the movie Paagal opposite Vishwak Sen. She is also working on a comedy thriller directed by Chandoo Mondeti. Nivetha Pethuraj will also be seen in October 31st Ladies Night, a bilingual women-centric movie directed by Vijay and is also part of Prabhu Deva’s action thriller Pon Manickavel.

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Sun, 11 Jul 2021 03:25:47 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-pooja-kumar-to-play-kamals-wife-in-papanasam-2/ TRENDING: Pooja Kumar To Play Kamal’s Wife In Papanasam 2? https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-pooja-kumar-to-play-kamals-wife-in-papanasam-2/ Recent reports say that Kamal Haasan and Jeethu Joseph are planning on starting the shooting of ‘Papanasam 2’ very soon. It is most likely that Kamal is going to finish this movie before Lokesh Kanagaraj’s ‘Vikram’. The first movie had Gautami playing the leading lady. Now, however, reports say that Pooja Kumar is to  replace her. 

A few weeks back, there was talk that Meena was to replace Gautami in the sequel. Gautami and Kamal parted ways in 2016, and it is speculated that it is one of the reasons why Gautami will not be joining the sequel. Meena played the leading lady in both Drishyam 1 and 2. She was therefore considered appropriate for the role. 

However, a subsequent update suggested that actress Nadhiya may be offered the role. While Nadhiya is a very famous actress who has a separate fanbase, she has never acted alongside Kamal Haasan. She had a lot of conditions to act along with Kamal and therefore has been replaced.

The latest buzz in K-town is that Pooja Kumar is all set to play the role. Pooja Kumar has acted as Kamal’s co-star in quite a few movies. There were even rumours once that Pooja and Kamal were in a relationship. But, she disproved the rumours recently by posting a picture with her husband and child. 

 

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Sat, 10 Jul 2021 17:09:03 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/here-it-is-the-first-look-poster-of-kamal-haasan-starrer-vikram/ HERE IT IS: The First Look Poster Of Kamal Haasan Starrer Vikram! https://jfwonline.com/article/here-it-is-the-first-look-poster-of-kamal-haasan-starrer-vikram/ Kamal Haasan has unveiled the first look of his upcoming action thriller Vikram. On Friday, director Lokesh Kanagaraj announced that the first look poster will be out on Saturday, July 10. Kamal Haasan shared a poster of the much-awaited film on his Twitter account on Saturday.

The poster features actors Vijay Sethupathi, Fahadh Faasil and Kamal Haasan’s monochrome close-up shots. In November 2020, the team released a title teaser  and since then fans are been waiting for the next official update. The first look poster looks fierce and has become the talk of the town. Anirudh Ravichander has composed the music of Vikram, Girish Gangadharan handles the cinematography and Philomin Raj is in charge of editing. Apart from Kamal Haasan, the film stars Vijay Sethupathi and Fahadh Faasil, two most important and promising actors of South Indian cinema.

Interestingly, Kamal Haasan has also starred as the lead in a 1986 Tamil film titled Vikram directed by Rajashekar. The new Lokesh Kanagaraj’s Vikram is produced by Kamal Haasan’s home banner Raaj Kamal Films International. The actor-politician Kamal Haasan will also be seen in the upcoming Tamil film Indian 2, directed by Shankar.

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Sat, 10 Jul 2021 07:15:55 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/bigg-boss-archana-to-undergo-a-surgery-in-the-skull/ Bigg Boss Archana To Undergo A Surgery In The Skull! https://jfwonline.com/article/bigg-boss-archana-to-undergo-a-surgery-in-the-skull/ Archana Chandhoke is a successful TV host, judge, RJ, video jockey and actress on small screen and has appeared in Tamil films as well. She participated in Bigg Boss Season 4 Tamil and was subjected to lot of love and hate. The actress recently turned into a radio jockey and she is also hosting Mr and Mrs Chinnathirai season 3 and is been busy in her career.

The avid social media user recently took to her social media to announce that she will be undergoing a Cerebrospinal fluid leak (commonly known as CSF leak) re-construction surgery on Saturday. Archana shared a few pictures from her hospital bed and wrote a strong and positive note for her followers.

Archana Chandhoke has been presenting TV shows since 2002 and has been a part of several shows including Ilamai Pudhumai, Kalakka Povathu Yaaru, Namma Veetu Kalyanam, Celebrity Kitchen, Athirsta Lakshmi, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Lil Champs (season 1 and 2), Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Seniors (season 1 and 2) and Super Mom. In the film front, she was seen in Naan Sirithal and will next be seen in Sivakarthikeyan’s Doctor.

Wish the actress a speed recovery!

 

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Sat, 10 Jul 2021 06:45:53 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/15-light-hearted-tamil-films-you-can-watch-to-get-over-all-that-work-stress-this-weekend/ 15 Light Hearted Tamil Films You Can Watch To Get Over All That Work Stress This Weekend! https://jfwonline.com/article/15-light-hearted-tamil-films-you-can-watch-to-get-over-all-that-work-stress-this-weekend/ You would have been working all week, now a perfect weekend is what you are looking for right? For many of us, fun movies are an antidote and a perfect escapism we need right now. However, with so many titles to choose from, it can be hard to know which films will leave your spirits high. Trying to find a cheery, feel good film to stream online this weekend? We are here to help!

Here is a list of 15 Tamil films you can count on to lift your spirits and get over that work stress.

Pammal K. Sambandam: A complete entertainer by late writer Crazy Mohan and Kamal Haasan. Hanuman devotee Pammal Kalyana Sambandam and Doctor Janaki keep us occupied with their quarrels and love-hate relationship.

Thozha: A convict on parole finds appointment as the care-taker of a paralysed millionaire. Seenu (Karthi) lifts the spirits of Vikramadithya (Nagarjuna) and helps him to re-discover life, love and happiness.

Avvai Shanmughi: Yet another hilarious ride by Kamal Haasan. Pandiyan disguises himself as a nanny to win back his divorced wife and his daughter.

Sillu Karupatti: A love anthology, four stories revolving around people of four different age groups. In the end, what binds them is pure, unconditional love!

Thillu Mullu: A classic comedy by Rajinikanth, Chandran to secure his job is forced to lie to his boss that he has a twin brother. A sequence of events following this lie moves the story forward.

Kushi: An appealing college love story, Jenny (Jyothika) and Shiva (Vijay) part ways due to a misunderstanding, how their love towards each other wins despite their egos is the story.

Aandavan Kattalai: Gandhi (Vijay Sethupathi) to get a tourist visa fakes his marriage and names his wife as Karmeghakuzhali, due to certain circumstances he wants his wife’s name to be removed from his passport. He quests for a girl (Ritika Singh) with the same name and files for a divorce.

Kadhala Kadhala: A laughter ride! Two friends share a common name, this leads to a comedy of errors between their girlfriends and their families.

Oh My Kadavule: A refreshing and humorous ride of friendship and love. The fantasy element helps in keeping the curiosity going.

Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum: A local gangster spots a girl in his apartment and a beautiful bond develops between them. As the name suggests this is not a typical romance story, a small town girl loses her job and is ignorant to go back to her town. The hardships she face and the exploration of her friendship/love is the story.

Abhiyum Naanum: A beautiful father-daughter relationship is presented with elements of humor, friendship, love and life. An emotional and fulfilling ride!

Nanban: Three boys explore their friendship, career, love and life in their college. An ideal campus story, it points out the faults in the existing education system in a witty-humorous way.

Mozhi: A musician meets a strong deaf-mute woman and eventually realizes his love for her, with its soul-stirring content, slapstick comedy, exhilarating performances and heartwarming music the film is just wow!

Panchanthanthiram: Ram’s (Kamal Haasan) friends hire Maggie, a call girl, to help him get over his wife, who mistakenly believes him to be a philanderer. However, they get in trouble when Maggie ends up dead. A star studded film with amazing plot twists and comical dialogues.

Maara: If you missed watching Charlie, then it’s a definite watch. Paaru (Shraddha Srinath) finds a painting on the walls of a coastal town, she sets out to find the painter who turns out to be Maara (Madhavan).

 

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Fri, 09 Jul 2021 12:14:35 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/here-it-is-the-most-awaited-trailer-of-jfws-flatmates-watch-now/ Here It Is: The Most-Awaited Trailer Of JFW’s Flatmates; WATCH NOW! https://jfwonline.com/article/here-it-is-the-most-awaited-trailer-of-jfws-flatmates-watch-now/ We at JFW are constantly innovating to keep our audience entertained, engaged, and informed. JFW, South India’s largest digital company for Women is all set to release its new web series ‘Flatmates’.

Team JFW has always been coming up with the most interesting and entertaining ideas. From providing exclusive and innovative video content to the most happening and trending stories for the magazine, we have been giving the best of entertainment for our women audience. And now, we are setting up the bar even high. You all would have enjoyed Chennai ku Pudhusu an empowering tale of young woman. It’s time for another enthralling and happening ride. Flatmates will be one of a kind series with a classy plot and breath-taking cinematography.

The series follows an interesting and engaging plot. An intense story of 4 individuals – their emotions, personalities, friendships, relationships – different and strong in its own wild way lays the foundation of this drama series. This narrative for the web series will be a first of its kind in the South Indian content space!

Watch The Trailer Of Flatmates

Flatmates, written and directed by Karthik Baskar, the cast include Dipshi Blessy, Akash Premkumar, Biglee Murali, Sindu Priya KS. Presented by Casagrand and Nippon paints, the background score and sound design is done by Nijil Dhinakar.

The trailer on release went viral and has created a lot of curiosity and engagement among netizens. A fast paced, nail biting experience awaits. Stay Tuned and follow our JFW YouTube Channel for the release of the episodes. Happy Watching!

 

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Thu, 08 Jul 2021 12:27:11 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/7-adorable-performances-of-actress-revathi-in-recent-times/ 7 Adorable Performances Of Actress Revathi In Recent Times! https://jfwonline.com/article/7-adorable-performances-of-actress-revathi-in-recent-times/ By Jayabhuvaneshwari B

If we look back to the 90’s, there was one iconic actress who ruled the screens when it came to Tamil Cinema. The Tamil audience went crazy over her movies and often went to the theatre only to watch her perform. With almost 70+ movies in Tamil itself and many more in Malayalam, Hindi and Telugu, this actress has a huge fan following, even today. Yes, you guessed it right! It is none other than actress Revathi. 

Revathi, who’s real name is Asha Kelunni is known for movies like Punnagai Mannan, Magalir Mattum, Mouna Ragam and Vaidehi Kathirundhal. She has acted along with almost all major actors back in the 80’s and 90’s and is continuing to act till date. While we probably remember Revathi as Divya from Mouna Ragam or as Chitra from Anjali, she has also nailed some amazing performances in recent times. Here are 7 adorable performances of Revathi in recent times:

 

  • As Radha Swaminathan in 2 States:

2 States is a movie that we all love for various reasons. But, one character that is unforgettable in the entire movie is surely Radha Swaminathan. Radha is the strict mother of Ananya who worries constantly about the wellbeing of her daughter. She portrays the role of a typical house-wife who is often not allowed to speak much. Her perseverance in singing is just too inspiring in the film. Her passive-aggressive dialogues and dilemma towards Krish was wholesome. Revathi nailed the character of Radha, a mother who wants to accept her daughter’s lover, but is also worried about society and her family. 

 

  • As Poonthendral in Power Paandi:

In Power Paandi, Revathi gave a whole new definition to old-age romance. Playing the older-self of Madonna Sebastian, along with Rajkiran, Revathi actually proved that young love can be rekindled at any point in your life. With a child-like character and a heart full of love, Poonthendral really makes us want to be in her place. The entire film soared only in the portions where Revathi played her role as she made the movie worth-watching, at least for her performance. 

 

  • As Masha in Gulebaghavali:

Masha in Gulebaghavali is a revival of Revathi’s role in Arangetra Velai. There and here she acts as a small-time thief who tries her best at trickery and fraud. Ofcourse, Gulebaghavali gave a very different character arc to Revathi, considering her to be the major comic-relief in the movie. She had quite the serious role in Arangetra Velai. One thing for sure is, Revathi is the cutest and the most adorable petty-thief you could ever find. As an older con-woman, she does an excellent job even at stunt-scenes, even though she doesn’t do much,  because of the energy and purpose she puts into her character. Revathi’s Masha is a performance you should watch if you want to have a good laugh. 

 

  • As C K Prameela in Virus:

Virus being the real-life story of the Nipah Virus spread in Kerala, has Revathi playing C K Prameela, the role of Shailaja Teacher who was the then Health Minister of Kerala. The movie is a very serious one, talking about the difficulties that the people of Kerala faced and also the way the state actually tackled the spread. Revathi portrayed the Shailaja Teacher in the best way possible and her role is one that stands out in the movie. She handles the role of a Minister beautifully and in a way that pays tribute to her contributions.  

 

  • As Dr. Nandhini in Amma Kanakku:

Revathi plays a supporting character in this movie which has Amala Paul in the lead. In spite of a lesser screen-time, Revathi made her character worthwhile. Shanti works as a maid in the house of Dr. Nandhini, who guides her in every aspect of life and acts as her well wisher. Even when Shanthi’s daughter doesn’t wish to study, it is Nandhini who asks her to challenge her daughter. As Nandhini, Revathi showed confidence and care towards her maid, something we do not find commonly. Nandhini is that well-wisher we all wish to have in our lives.

 

  • As Mashavaani in Jackpot:

Jackpot is a movie that did not fare well. But if people tend to remember it, it is mostly because of Revathi’s performance as Maasha. Again, Revathi nails the role of a con-woman, this time a stylish one, almost heroic, speaking punch-lines and dancing to heavy beats. The movie is soulfully entertaining and just too hilarious only because of Revathi’s performance. The comic side of the actress is completely revealed in this movie. 

 

  • As Shubhangini Damle in Margarita With A Straw:

It is not easy to be a mother. Especially not when you believe in something and your child believes in something else. As Aai (mother) in this movie, Revathi is a dull middle-class mother who wants to protect and support her daughter and at the same time ensure that she doesn’t make a mistake in her life. As a mother to a daughter with cerebral palsy, Revathi wonderfully portrays the role of a concerned mother who has still not understood the LGBTQ+ community. The way she comes over her differences with her daughter towards the end is just heartwarming. 

 

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Thu, 08 Jul 2021 04:36:03 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/8-books-to-read-to-uplift-your-mood/ 8 Books To Read To Uplift Your Mood! https://jfwonline.com/article/8-books-to-read-to-uplift-your-mood/ A good book is the purest essence of human soul. Books tend to keep you occupied, happening and it is a journey. Grab a thriller, it pushes you off in the edge of your seat, a love story sure shot will make you cry. Each genre, each book is a journey. With the Covid pandemic and lockdowns necessitated, people are mentally exhausted and books can definitely act as a friend and help you get through this phase of life.

Here is a list of eight books to read to lift up your mood.

  • Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella

Lara is a twenty-seven-year-old girl. At the funeral of her great-aunt Sadie, she gets visited by her ghost and receives a demand. Lara unravels a lot in this journey and also gets entangled in a love story of her own. An engaging, funny and happening story.

 

  • Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

A satisfying remedy for pandemic anxiety. An inept bank robber accidentally interrupts an apartment open house, taking the would-be buyers hostage. This leads to hours of confusion, revelations and connections. It’s laugh-out-loud funny and will also help you restore your faith in humanity.

 

  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird, takes you through Scout Finch’s perspective of racism and prejudice in Southern America. It is an unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it.  It was published in 1960 and was instantly successful.

 

  • The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak

The Forty Rules of Love tells two parallel stories that mirror each other across two very different cultures and seven intervening centuries. It is not an easy story that Elif Shafak tells, there are costs she seems to say, to living an authentic life. But, as the novel shows, the costs of not living one are far greater.

 

  • The old man and his god by Sudha Murthy

The author goes about her work with the villagers, common men and women of India, listens to their stories and records them. This novel is a collection of snapshots of the varied facets of human nature, struggles and hardships. A mirror to the souls of people of India.

 

  • Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Now a major motion picture, Eat Pray Love is a story in which a divorced woman in her thirties goes for a quest and finds enlightenment in her journey. It is a defining work of memoir and will inspire women to take a bold step in life. A good and realistic read.

 

  • The Lido by Libby Page

Eighty six year old Rosemary and twenty six year old Kate are united by their campaign to save a local swimming pool. Libby Page’s debut is heart-warming story about friendship, community and the power of believing in yourself.

 

  • Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

A funny, voyeuristic look at the lives of a group of extremely rich families in Singapore. Concerned with their status, appearances, and possessions, the news that one of their own is marrying Rachel, an American of modest background, causes an uproar. Rachel herself is thrown into the fray with no warning that her fiancé, Nick, came from such wealth. An enjoyable read.

 

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Tue, 06 Jul 2021 01:18:50 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-actress-saranya-ponvannans-daughter-priyadarshini-got-married/ TRENDING: Actress Saranya Ponvannan’s Daughter Priyadarshini Got Married! https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-actress-saranya-ponvannans-daughter-priyadarshini-got-married/ The South Indian cinema industry, when in need of a loving, doting mother doesn’t look beyond Saranya Ponvannan. Saranya was one of those actresses who had an exclusive league of fan following for herself back in the day. In an era that was filled with retro glamour and cabaret sequences, she was like a breath of fresh air for the audiences. People loved her for the demure, modest heroine that she was.

Saranya then married her fellow costar Ponvannan and the couple has ever since lived happily. Passing on that happily ever after to her daughter, Saranya Ponvannan is now a mother-in-law. The actress’ daughter is happily married and the pictures are simply beautiful! Check it out:

On January 2021, Priyadarshini Ponvannan got engaged to Vignesh in an intimate ceremony at The Westin, Chennai.

Due to the ongoing pandemic situation, the actress and her family have only called their closest of family members and friends for the wedding. But, the newly wed were graced by the presence of Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister M K Stalin and his family. His son Udhayanidhi Stalin and Saraya Ponvannan shared screen together in films like Oru Kal Oru Kannadi (Ok Ok) and Idhu Kathirvelan Kaadhal.

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Mon, 05 Jul 2021 13:11:46 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/all-you-need-to-know-about-the-soorarai-pottru-director-sudha-kongara/ All You Need To Know About The Soorarai Pottru Director Sudha Kongara! https://jfwonline.com/article/all-you-need-to-know-about-the-soorarai-pottru-director-sudha-kongara/ By Jayabhuvaneshwari B

The Tamil film industry is one which has a wide variety of genres and storylines in terms of movies. While we watch movies for entertainment, we also want them to generally surround a good theme and have a meaningful storyline. One director, whose name has been associated with worthwhile and significant stories in recent times is Sudha Kongara. While she became famous after Irudhi Suttru in 2016, Sudha has been in this field for more than 15 years. 

The director, though born in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, grew up in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. She graduated from Women’s Christian College with a degree in History and Mass Communication. The director started her career as a screenwriter. She was the screenwriter for Revathi’s ‘Mitr, My Friend’, an Indian English movie which went on to win a National Award. This was her entry into the industry.

She then became an associate director and worked under famous director Mani Ratnam. When she was once asked how she entered the Cinema world she said, “We are a film-crazy family. After watching ‘Pagal Nilavu’ I decided Mani Ratnam should be my mentor and joined him.” She worked as his assistant for more than 6 years and was a part of movies like ‘Yuva’ and Ayutha Ezhuthu. She even said that actor Siddarth, who was once the assistant director to Mani Ratnam, left the position to become an actor and that is how she filled up the spot. 

Sudha’s very first film as a director was Andhra Andagadu, a Telugu movie in 2008. The movie did not fare very well and is not known by many till date. In just 2 years, Sudha directed Drohi, starring Srikanth and Vishnu Vishal. Again, the movie is not very well known, but it did pretty well amongst the Tamil audiences. 

6 years after Drohi, Sudha came up with her next film. She directed Irudhi Suttru which was dubbed as Saala Khadoos in Hindi. The movie, which focused on womens’ boxing, fared extremely well in the box-office. Sudha gained fame only with this movie in Kollywood. She roped in Madhavan, who had actually taken a sabbatical from acting at that time. 

The movie was so successful that the next year it was remade as Guru in Telugu. The Telugu version of the movie replaced Madhavan with Telugu actor Venkatesh. After this, Sudha’s next movie came out only in 2020.

The famous Anthology film Putham Pudhu Kaalai had a segment called ‘Ilamai Idho Idho’ directed by Sudha. The film starred Jayaram. Urvashi, Kalidas Jayaram and Kalyani Priyadarshan in lead roles. The story, which was a romantic one set in this pandemic period, was received pretty well. The movie had an OTT release and came on Amazon Prime Video. 

After this short film, Sudha’s most awaited biographical movie on Captain GR Gopinath was released on the same platform, later in the same year. Soorarai Pottru starring Surya and Aparna Balamurali, became a big hit and garnered massive appreciation for the director as well as the actor of the movie. The movie gained a lot of fame and it was watched by people across India and not only the Tamil audience. Captain GR Gopinath had himself appreciated the movie and had given a review about how his life was represented in the movie.

Sudha’s most recent work is in Netflix’s Paava Kadhaigal which is again an anthology film. She directed the segment, ‘Thangam’ which starred Kalidas Jayaram and Shanthanu Bhagyaraj in lead roles. The movie that revolves around the life of a transgender was very well taken and spoke the reality about most transgendered people in India. The movie left the watchers with tears and both the director and Kalidas were appreciated for the movie. The Tamil audience has been waiting for more of Sudha Kongara’s work ever since. 

In an interview Sudha opened up that she lived in Adyar most of her life and used to frequently visit Eros Cinema. As a movie-buff her career choice was without doubt the cinema field. She faced a lot of opposition from her family. But, post marriage, her husband has been very supportive of her career and dreams. The Kollywood world and Tamil audience wish her all success and are waiting eagerly to see more of her amazing work!

 

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Sat, 03 Jul 2021 20:47:23 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/aamir-khan-and-kiran-rao-announce-separation-after-15-years-of-marriage/ Aamir Khan And Kiran Rao Announce Separation After 15 Years Of Marriage! https://jfwonline.com/article/aamir-khan-and-kiran-rao-announce-separation-after-15-years-of-marriage/ Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao, who have been together for 15 long years, announced their separation on Saturday morning. One of the India’s power couples got married in 2005 and welcomed their son Azad in 2011. This marriage brought one of the biggest stars in Indian cinema and an aspiring writer-director together. The couple met on the sets of the Ashutosh Gowariker-directed Lagaan (2001), one of the most commercially successful Indian movies, where the former was an assistant director.

Kiran Rao was a co-producer of several critically acclaimed as well as commercially successful films made by Aamir Khan Productions. When Rao wrote and directed Dhobi Ghat (2010), Khan appeared as one of the protagonists. In 2016, Rao and Khan co-founded a non-proft, Paani Foundation, that works towards making rural Maharashtra drought-free.

In a joint statement, they said “In these 15 beautiful years together we have shared a lifetime of experiences, joy and laughter, and our relationship has only grown in trust, respect and love. Now we would like to begin a new chapter in our lives – no longer as husband and wife, but as co-parents and family for each other. We began a planned separation some time ago, and now feel comfortable to formalise this arrangement, of living separately yet sharing our lives the way an extended family does. We remain devoted parents to our son Azad, who we will nurture and raise together. We will also continue to work as collaborators on films, Paani Foundation, and other projects that we feel passionate about. A big thank you to our families and friends for their constant support and understanding about this evolution in our relationship, and without whom we would not have been so secure in taking this leap. We request our well wishers for good wishes and blessings, and hope that – like us – you will see this divorce not as an end, but as the start of a new journey. Thanks and love, Kiran and Aamir.”

The former couple came together for a video message for their fans, they held hands and assured everyone that they are still a part of the same family. Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao sat next to each other as he addressed the fans.

In the video, translated in English, he said ” You all must be saddened and shocked by the news. We just want to tell you that we are very happy and we are a part of one family. Our relationship has changed. But we are still with each other, so please don’t think otherwise”. He added “Paani Foundation is like our son, Azad, for us. We will always be family. Please pray for our happiness. This is all we wanted to say”.

 

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The actor was previously married to Reena Dutta, with whom he has a daughter named Ira Khan and a son named Junaid. Khan and Dutta got divorced in the year 2002. Khan said in some interviews, his and Kiran Rao’s romance bloomed  when the actor was going through the process of legal separation from his first wife, Reena Dutta. In December 2020, Aamir and Kiran along with Azad and the actor’s daughter Ira Khan were seen celebrating their 15 th wedding anniversary at the Gir National Park.

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Sat, 03 Jul 2021 08:39:06 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-vanitha-vijayakumar-quits-bb-jodigal-says-was-harassed-humiliated-and-treated-unfairly/ TRENDING: Vanitha Vijayakumar Quits BB Jodigal, Says Was Harassed, Humiliated And Treated Unfairly! https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-vanitha-vijayakumar-quits-bb-jodigal-says-was-harassed-humiliated-and-treated-unfairly/ Vanitha Vijayakumar has been in the film industry for a long time now and she has always been straight-forward and courageous about her opinions and that garnered her a lot of followers when she contested in the popular reality show Bigg Boss.

The actress was seen in many reality shows like Cook with Comali, KPY in Vijay television after Bigg Boss and now she is a participant in BB Jodigal. BB Jodigal, a dance-based reality show, has been entertaining the audience since May 2, 2021. The show features famous contestants from all the four previous seasons held so far and one pair among them is Vanitha Vijayakumar and Suresh Chakravarthy. Actress Ramya Krishnan and actor Nakhul Jaidev have been the judges of the show. Vanitha seems to have walked out of the show after being harassed, humiliated and treated unfairly.

She put out a long statement that read:

Recently, Vanitha dancing in the guise of Kali went viral on the internet. She thanked her fans and well wishers for supporting and appreciating her Kali avatar in the reality show.

 

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Fri, 02 Jul 2021 11:25:24 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/shruti-haasans-boyfriend-styles-her-for-a-stunning-photoshoot/ Shruti Haasan’s Boyfriend Styles Her For A Stunning Photoshoot! https://jfwonline.com/article/shruti-haasans-boyfriend-styles-her-for-a-stunning-photoshoot/ From giving a heart-warming performance in 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.

Well, Shruti is equally known for her fashion choices and leaves no stone unturned to put her best fashion foot forward. Recently, the actress has treated us with another stunning look in a velvet slip dress that she paired with a mesh top. This look is special because, Santanu Hazarika has styled it for the actress.

One might have noticed that Santanu Hazarika, a doodle artist and an illustrator based in Delhi is constantly featured on Shruthi Haasan’s social media posts. Shruti Haasan recently took to her Instagram stories to share childhood photos of her boyfriend Santanu Hazarika. She called him a cutie pie and baby hottie. Though Shruti and Santanu have not officially confirmed their relationship, they seem happy with each other.

Shruti wrote on Instagram, “it’s Friday but the hustle never ends .. styled by @santanu_hazarika_art.”

 

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On the film front Shruti Haasan is waiting for the release of director SP Jananathan’s Laabam starring Vijay Sethupathi. She also has director Prashanth Neel’s Salaar with Prabhas.

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Wed, 30 Jun 2021 01:46:34 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/vijay-sethupathi-shakes-a-leg-in-the-sets-of-masterchef-tamil/ Vijay Sethupathi Shakes A Leg In The Sets Of MasterChef Tamil! https://jfwonline.com/article/vijay-sethupathi-shakes-a-leg-in-the-sets-of-masterchef-tamil/ Vijay Sethupathi will be taking on a new avatar soon, that of a cooking show host with the latest version of the popular MasterChef series. The popular cooking reality show MasterChef Tamil is set to hit the screens soon on Sun TV.

The Master star, who has anchored shows earlier, appeared in a promo on Sun TV’s official social media handle, confirming his presence on the upcoming cooking reality series.

The actor is known for his spontaneity, in the sets of MasterChef Tamil he was spotted dancing to lighten up the mood in between shots. This video is been viral on all social media handles, the dapper looking Vijay Sethupathi is seen blissfully grooving to fun beats with folk dancers. Vijay Sethupathi is also seen getting in touch with his musical side by playing the traditional thara tappatai.

On the film front, Vijay Sethupathi has a slew of movies that are currently in different stages of production. The upcoming Hindi movie Mumbaikar will mark the actor’s Bollywood debut. He will be seen in movies such as Kaathu Vaakula Rendu Kaadhal, Article 19(1)(a), Maamanithan, Laabam and Yaadhum Oore Yaavarum Kelir among others.

 

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Tue, 29 Jun 2021 07:18:02 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-nayanthara-to-romance-chiranjeevi-in-lucifer-telugu-remake/ TRENDING: Nayanthara To Romance Chiranjeevi In Lucifer Telugu Remake! https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-nayanthara-to-romance-chiranjeevi-in-lucifer-telugu-remake/ Reports have been pouring in saying that Lady Superstar Nayanthara is all set to play the role of Manju Warrier in the Telugu remake of the Malayalam film Lucifer. However, on the contrary, Mohan Raja who is directing the remake, has made significant changes to the script to include a flashback where Chiranjeevi will have a romantic story. This bit will have Nayanthara playing the love interest of Chiranjeevi. While, the movie is only a political-thriller, the director has added a romance angle to it to satisfy both Telugu audiences and the Megastar’s fans.

The script has been re-worked to make Nayanthara’s role in a the movie a bit more significant. Nayanthara will be acting along side Chiranjeevi for the second time now. She was also his love interest in Sye Ra Narasimha Reddy which also had Tamannah Bhatia playing another lead role.

The shooting for this movie is set to commence in the month of August after the shooting or Chiranjeevi’s Acharya shooting is wrapped-up. Initially, apparently directors like Sujeeth and V V Vinayak made changes to the script that Chiranjeevi was not very happy about. He therefore, roped in Tamil director Mohan Raja to make the film a mass-centric one filled with equal amounts of love, thrill and emotion.

Nayanthara was last seen on Nizhal in Malayalam and Mookuthi Amman in Tamil. She is now filming for three films, Netrikann, Annatthhe, and Kaathu Vaakula Rendu Kaadhal.

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Mon, 28 Jun 2021 02:09:52 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/dhanush-to-spend-rs-150-crore-on-his-new-home-in-poes-garden/ Dhanush To Spend Rs 150 crore On His New Home In Poes Garden! https://jfwonline.com/article/dhanush-to-spend-rs-150-crore-on-his-new-home-in-poes-garden/ Dhanush is one of the greatest actors in Kollywood who has gone to Bollywood and now Hollywood. With his sheer hard work and acting skills he has carved a niche for himself in not only Tamil cinema but is also considered as one of the biggest stars in Indian cinema as well.

Actor Dhanush, who recently performed bhoomi pujan for his new house at Poes Garden in Chennai, is reportedly spending a whopping ₹150 crore on its construction. Dhanush’s house is being built on eight grounds (approximately 19000 sq ft) and it’ll be a four-storey building. Actor Rajinikanth attended the bhoomi pujan ceremony which took place earlier this year in February.

Here are the pictures of the pooja conducted to commence the building work of Dhanush’s new house.

On the work front the actor has an impressive line-up of big projects. ‘Atrangi Re’ co-starring Sara Ali Khan in Bollywood,  ‘Naane Varuven’  and ‘Aayirathil Oruvan 2′ directed by Selvaraghavan and his Hollywood film “The Grey Man” directed by the Russo Brothers and co-starring Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans.

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Sun, 27 Jun 2021 15:43:34 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/director-shankars-daughter-aishwarya-marries-rohit-cm-mk-stalin-attends/ Director Shankar’s Daughter Aishwarya Marries Rohit; CM MK Stalin Attends! https://jfwonline.com/article/director-shankars-daughter-aishwarya-marries-rohit-cm-mk-stalin-attends/ Director Shankar’s daughter Aishwarya has officially tied the knot with cricketer Rohit Damodharan. Due to the current pandemic situation, the director and his family have only called the closest of family members for the wedding. But, the newly wed were graced by the presence of Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister M K Stalin. 

The Chief Minister’s son and politician Udhayanidhi Stalin and Minister for Medical and Family Welfare Ma Subramanian also attended the wedding and wished the couple. The wedding took place in a grand manner in the Welcome Hotel, East Coast Road, Mahabalipuram. 

Aishwarya is director Shankar and his wife Eshwari’s elder daughter. Rohit Damodharan on the other hand is the son of the industrialist Damodharan who is also the owner of Madurai Panthers Cricket Team in TNPL. While Aishwarya is a doctor by profession, Rohit is a cricketer and the captain of the Madurai Panthers team. 

Reports say that Shankar is planning to host a grand reception once the current situation improves so that he could invite all the Tamil Film Industry stars and celebrities. 

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Fri, 25 Jun 2021 10:07:39 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/nivetha-pethuraj-finds-cockroach-in-food-swiggy-off-boards-chennai-restaurant/ Nivetha Pethuraj Finds Cockroach In Food, Swiggy Off-Boards Chennai Restaurant! https://jfwonline.com/article/nivetha-pethuraj-finds-cockroach-in-food-swiggy-off-boards-chennai-restaurant/ Recently, Nivetha Pethuraj took to her social media to show the world that she had received a dish she had ordered with a cockroach in it. She had ordered it from Moonlight takeaway and had used the Swiggy app for delivery. She took to her Instagram story and wrote, “ I have no idea what standards Swiggy India and the restaurants nowadays are maintaining. I found cockroaches twice lately in my food. It’s very vital to inspect these restaurants on a regular basis and fine them heavily if not upto standards” She also shared a picture of the cockroach in the box of food that was delivered to her. 

The actor then went on to share messages from other people as well who have had a similar experience. “And from the messages I’m receiving, this is apparently not the first time the restaurant added a cockroach to their food. How can the restaurant be so reckless? Requesting Swiggy India to remove this restaurant from the app.” 

A few hours later, she tweeted a message from Swiggy India saying that the restaurant was off their app and henceforth restaurants would only be added after quality audits. The response said, “Firstly and as discussed on the call, the outlet has been off-boarded from our platform with immediate effect. Secondly, we have arranged for a private audit check to be carried out on the outlet.”

After this happened, she again took to her Instagram to thank people for sharing their experiences. She said it was only because of the joint effort, action was taken. She also said, “I’m really sorry some of your voices weren’t heard before with regard to the same.”

Nivetha Pethuraj was last seen in Sangathamizhan in Tamil and Red in Telugu. She is now working on a number of projects including ‘Virata Parvam’, ‘Paagal’, etc. 

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Thu, 24 Jun 2021 05:57:54 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/dowry-harassment-takes-away-the-life-of-a-daughter/ Dowry Harassment Takes Away The Life Of A Daughter! https://jfwonline.com/article/dowry-harassment-takes-away-the-life-of-a-daughter/ 22-year-old Vismaya had written an exam after which she had moved to stay with her husband in Sasthamkotta, Kollam district. Her family received a call on 21st June saying that their daughter was in a critical condition. However, on reaching the hospital they realized that she was brought dead and suspected it to be a suicide.

 

Vismaya was married to Kirankumar, an inspector in the Motor Vehicles Department, last year. Her father had given 100 sovereigns of gold, more than an acre of land and a Toyota Yaris car as dowry during the wedding in March 2020. However, Kiran was unhappy with the car’s mileage and wanted cash instead. Kiran had assaulted Vismaya in front of her family a few months ago after which the couple stayed separated for a while. Three months ago, Kiran took Vismaya back to his house. 

 

Kiran was taken into police custody a day after Vismaya was found dead. The FIR registered by the police has invoked provisions of dowry harassment and domestic violence Acts.He was interrogated for many hours before being arrested on Tuesday, 22nd June. He admitted that he assaulted his wife and was the reason behind many of the injuries inflicted on her which she shared as pictures with her mother. 

 

Kiran revealed that he and Vismaya had a fight in the wee hours of Monday after which she told him that she wanted to go home. The issue was later resolved by Kiran’s parents. She ended life following this quarrel. Vismaya went to the bathroom after the fight and did not come out for a long time. As Vismaya remained in the bathroom for over 20 minutes, he broke open the door and found her dead, according to his statement. Meanwhile the police said that they will interrogate Kiran’s family also. Earlier, Vismaya’s parents alleged that Kiran’s mother had also beaten up Vismaya.

 

Women and Child Welfare Minister Veena George, Kerala Women’s Commission member Shahida Kamal, Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala and DYFI state secretary A A Rahim were among the persons who visited the parents of Vismaya and promised all support. N K Premachandran, MP, demanded a comprehensive probe into the incident and steps from the government to put an end to such atrocities in the society. The family members told all visiting leaders that they believed the incident was a clear case of murder. 

 

“Doctors told us that my sister was brought to the hospital two hours after her death. None from Kirankumar’s family informed us about her death. Instead, they told us that she was admitted in the private hospital in Sasthamcotta. Later, when I called the hospital to check on her condition, they informed me that she was brought dead there,” said Vijith, Vismaya’s brother.

 

“I am thankful for the government’s timely intervention in speeding up the probe and suspending Kirankumar from (motor vehicles department) service. I request the government, public and media that this should not be another hashtag or just a day’s issue. We all should fight till the system changes. No other sister or daughter should suffer such a fate,” said Vijith.

Vismaya’s mother often received texts that Kirankumar would assault her and abuse her. She had sent a text to her cousin, Aswathy Chavara, last week about the injuries she had and how abusive the place was for her.  “There were injury marks on her neck and a cut mark on her wrist. These pieces of evidence show that it was a murder. Kirankumar had blocked my father’s and my number on her phone and she was only allowed to call my mother, that too not frequently,” said her brother. Her mother, Sajitha Nair, said “In the last call she made to me on Sunday afternoon, she asked for `5,000 for paying her examination fee. When I said I didn’t have that much amount at the time and told her to ask Kiran, she told me he won’t give it but would only abuse her. I told her that I would arrange some money and send it to her by Monday. I never imagined that I won’t be able to talk to her anymore.” Sajitha also said that Vismaya had asked her not to message her as it would irk Kiran. “She was scared he would break her phone. He had already broken four of her phones in a fit of anger.”

 

Trivikraman Nair, Vismaya’s father, claimed that his wife had not informed him or Vismaya’s brother about the incidents of assault. 

Kirankumar’s parents have been providing different versions of the story in every interview conducted by various media houses. They are covering up by stating that they entered the room only because of the loud noises. In another interview, they mentioned that Vismaya had a disease. One thing that was made very clear was the fact that they weren’t happy with the Toyota Yaris car that was gifted and they had many fights over this.

 

Vismaya’s brother Vijith Nair told Asianet News that people can blame them for giving dowry, but the reality was different. “People can ask why you gave dowry, but reality is different. Dowry has to be stopped completely, no other woman should suffer this,” he said.

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Thu, 24 Jun 2021 04:07:55 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/is-child-marriage-an-unspoken-consequence-of-covid-19/ Is Child Marriage An Unspoken Consequence Of Covid 19? https://jfwonline.com/article/is-child-marriage-an-unspoken-consequence-of-covid-19/ Megavarshini S G

Covid 19 has adverse effects on education, economy and people’s lives. It has disproportionately affected the lives of girls, especially in rural India. With lockdowns necessitated by a second wave of the pandemic and rising unemployment, girls are being forced into early marriage. Domestic violence and crimes against women soared this lockdown. The pandemic also led to a decline in decades of progress on child marriage and pregnancy.

In March 2021, UNICEF stated “Ten million additional child marriages may occur before the end of the decade, threatening years of progress in reducing the practice, according to a new analysis”. This statement was released on International Women’s Day, a day were we celebrate and empower women. Girls in parts of South Asia, Africa and Latin America are most vulnerable.

India is one among the five countries that account for half the number of child brides in the world. Child marriages were outlawed 90 years ago in the country. Despite the laws and other restrictions, the practice remains prevalent especially in rural areas. India, being an active member of the United Nations one of its major sustainable goal is to eradicate child marriages by 2030 and with the Covid 19 and lockdown attaining this goal seem to be a distant dream.

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Covid 19 related school closures have interrupted the education of children especially the ones who belong to financially and socially distressed families. For many girls, online classes are simply inaccessible due to an existing digital gender gap. At home girls are been considered as a financial burden, instead of an asset and hence families from economically and socially disadvantaged backgrounds tend to marry their girls at a very young age.

Millions lost their jobs due to the prolonged lockdown, many of them young men returned to their hometowns because of loss of work. Parents of young girls are worried for their safety and anxious about the future prospects of their girls. Parents consider marriage as a safety net, they are afraid to leave their girls at home alone as chances of harassments and rapes are high. Evidently, domestic violence and crimes against women and girl children soared this pandemic.

Another reason is that, with the covid restrictions big fat weddings are been called off and hence parents with poor financial conditions have been quick to take up marriage offers as they need not pay much for their child’s wedding.

 

There were incidents where the girls agreed to marry and was not forced into this. Even with the consent of the child, it is legally not right and safe. Girls who marry in childhood face immediate and lifelong consequences. They are subjected to domestic violence and harassments, early and unprotected sex and pregnancies result in maternal complications and mortality. Girls are been pushed into a new home and adapting to the life changes is difficult. With the covid restrictions, travel and access to health care, community services and hospitals is difficult. Girls are stuck home, locked in with abusers and this takes a mental toll on them. They are been isolated from friends, school, teachers and their family.

One year into the pandemic, we are already losing lives, economy and everything we did to better the lives of children and women, the most suppressed section of the society. Patriarchal families may prevent girls from going back to school, lockdown has brought back the gender practices we were battling these years and not only child marriage/labor. We need immediate and strict actions to put an end to this ruthless practice.

If you need help to protect yourselves from child marriage, call child helpline number 1098 or call 100.

 

 

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Mon, 21 Jun 2021 11:00:30 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/rowdy-baby-pair-to-team-up-again-for-a-multilingual-film/ ‘Rowdy Baby’ Pair To Team Up Again For A Multilingual Film? https://jfwonline.com/article/rowdy-baby-pair-to-team-up-again-for-a-multilingual-film/ Dhanush announced his next with the National-award winning director Sekhar Kemmula. The director is well-known for his feel-good dramas like Anand, Happy Days and Fidaa. After Vijay, he is the next actor to sign a film with a Tollywood director. The untitled film is touted to be a breezy entertainer.

Produced by Tollywood production house Sree Venkateswara Cinemas LLP, this will be multilingual film. Announcements were made in the production house’s official twitter handle.

The latest buzz is that Sai Pallavi will be roped in as a lead for the film, she has become the favorite heroine of Sekhar Kammula that the director had already worked with her in films like Fidaa and Love Story. Earlier Dhanush and Sai Pallavi has teamed up for Maari 2. The iconic Rowdy Baby pair hit one billion views on YouTube, first ever Tamil film song to reach this mark.

Dhanush’s much awaited Jagame Thandhiram got released recently and Sai Pallavi will wrap up shooting for Sekhar Kemmula’s The Love Story with Naga Chaitanya.

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Sat, 19 Jun 2021 15:11:23 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/kajal-aggarwals-husband-wishes-on-her-birthday-sharing-romantic-pictures/ Kajal Aggarwal’s Husband Wishes On Her Birthday Sharing Romantic Pictures! https://jfwonline.com/article/kajal-aggarwals-husband-wishes-on-her-birthday-sharing-romantic-pictures/ Kajal Aggarwal is celebrating her 36th birthday today. Celebrities and her fans have been sending her their warm regards and wishing the actress a happy and blessed birthday. On this special occasion, her husband Gautam Kitchlu took to Instagram to share a special video, which is a compilation of 30 pictures of the couple from when they were best friends to the present.

Gautam wrote, “30 pictures that sum up 300,000+ happy memories (sic).” He captioned the video, “Love is probably about sharing that popcorn. Or giving up your ‘me time’ so that you can have more ‘us’ time. It’s about being a pillow on long journeys. Or agreeing to watch the same show on telly. Love is being excited about ice-cream when you want piping hot cocoa instead. It is about waking up just to watch the sunrise when all you wanted to do was sleep in till noon. Love is….about declaring my feelings in a post like this once in a while 😀 P.S – I’m not complaining about the last movie we watched OR the ice-cream OR the sunrise. #loveisbeautiful (sic).”

 

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On the work front, Kajal was last seen in Mosagallu. The actress will be next seen in Acharya alongside megastar Chiranjeevi. Kajal also has in her kitty two Kollywood films, Indian 2 and Hey Sinamika.

 

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Sat, 19 Jun 2021 06:10:26 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/jagame-thandhiram-a-predictable-gangster-movie-with-flawless-performances/ Jagame Thandhiram: A Predictable Gangster Movie With Flawless Performances! https://jfwonline.com/article/jagame-thandhiram-a-predictable-gangster-movie-with-flawless-performances/ Cast: Dhanush, James Cosmo, Joju George, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Kalaiyarasan. 

Director: Karthik Subbaraj 

Gangster movies are in abundance in the Kollywood world. Every director has tried to establish his/her own style of what they conceive to be a gangster film. Karthik Subbaraj is not new to this concept and has already established his style with Jigarthanda and Petta. Jagame Thandhiram follows this very same style of a gangster movie which makes it very predictable and monotonous. 

In the opening scenes of the movie, we are introduced to 3 main characters, Peter Sprott (James Cosmo) a ruthless thug in London, Sivadoss (Joju George) his rival and a Srilankan Tamilian and, of course Suruli (Dhanush) a small-time rowdy in Madurai. Till the end of the movie, it is the flawless performances of these three characters that makes us want to watch it in entirety. The movie follows the story of Suruli who is hired by Peter in the UK, to destroy Sivadoss and his lucrative business. Suruli, being someone who aspires to earn a lot of money, does everything Peter asks him to do until he does something that he cannot take back. It takes Attila (Aishwarya Lekshmi) to tell the truth and actually change his mind about what he has actually done. 

 

The first half of the movie is very engaging as it keeps the audience hooked with good comedy. The dialogues written by the director himself and the references to early 80’s-90’s pop culture including Thalaivar, are the main interesting aspects of the movie. Karthik Subbaraj, having established a style for gangster movies and the twists and turns in such movies, has failed to keep us curious to know what’s next. Within the first half hour of the movie, one can easily predict what is to follow for the next 2 odd hours. 

The movie talks about the Tamil Eelam issue on one hand and racism or white privilege on the other. While the refugee crisis becomes the main issue on hand, White Supremacy and Xenophobia, which are introduced into the movie, are just concepts left hanging loose. At one point, the focus shifts entirely to the Tamil Eelam issue, while actually trying to convey the backstory of Sivadoss. It is at that part that the entire flow of the movie is diverted to a completely different direction. A fun Suruli, who is known for his dark humor and untimely comedy, suddenly turns into a serious gangster in search of redemption. This doesn’t fit perfectly because Suruli is introduced in a completely different way and it becomes almost unlikely for him to just change overnight. 

The film has its own entertaining bits with Dhanush wearing a ‘Veshti’ in the climax scene or when he spies into Sivadoss’ activities to understand his secretive business. All other characters except for the three main gangster ones are not given much screen time or importance in the movie. Aishwarya Lekshmi tries to do justice with the little time she does get on screen. Just like any other Kollywood cliche, the female lead of this movie too is only used for a small contribution to the continuity of the story. She is as usual a name-sake heroine. However, actors like Kalaiyarasan and Vadivukkarasi are completely underutilised in the movie. 

 

Jagame Thandhiram is Karthik trying his hand at Tarantino like gangster films. While he may have not entirely pulled it off, he has done quite the justice to what seems like an International gangster film. The movie also provides enough scope to show around the UK. While the climax of the movie felt like a callback to the climax of Petta, there is a John Wick-like touch to the way the climax moves. 

In many parts of the movie, Karthik tries to convey his so-called ‘Karuthu’ which does not really workout because the movie focuses on too many things. While the title of the movie is a reference to the 1979 song Siva Sambo from ‘Ninaithale Inikkum’, it is apt considering how this movie involves unpredictable people from different parts of the world. 

Apart from the performances, another excellent aspect of the movie is its cinematography. The frame continuity and some shots in the movie are just too good. Of course, the scene right in the middle of the movie, where Peter meets Sivadoss, is not unseen in Karthik’s movies. But, the spinning shot showing the changing expressions of the characters just kept the audience at bay for a while longer. The screenplay of the movie has quite a few flaws and has led to the monotony of the story. 

The music composed by Santosh Narayanan is one of the biggest blessings in the movie. The apt background score for various scenes is what helped carry the movie forward. Dhanush’s acting is on a whole different level with him doing complete justice to the different emotions he was provided with. On the whole, Jagame Thandhiram is a one-time ‘entertainer’ with Dhanush’s performance as Suruli leaving a mark in your mind!

 

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Fri, 18 Jun 2021 09:01:50 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/9-binge-worthy-movies-series-on-ott-that-released-in-june/ 9 Binge Worthy Movies & Series On OTT That Released In June! https://jfwonline.com/article/9-binge-worthy-movies-series-on-ott-that-released-in-june/ By Jayabhuvaneshwari B

Ever since the lockdown began, OTT platforms have become famous and have made it easier for binge-watchers to watch movies and shows from home. On the other hand, various platforms are also releasing  a variety of  movies and series on their respective platforms. Here are 9 June movies and series that have released or are yet to be released on OTT:

  • Maharani:

Directed by Karan Sharma, Maharani is a web-series in Hindi starring Huma Qureshi. It revolves around the protagonist Rani Bharti who is a simple homemaker and the wife of the Chief Minister of Bihar. She desires to go to her hometown after her husband resigns from the post, but things take a turn when she is named as his successor. How she handles the situation forms the rest of the story. The series is a Political drama with 1 season containing 10 episodes. 

Where to watch: Sony Liv

 

  • The Family Man 2:

Starring Manoj Bajpayee, Priya Mani and Samantha Akkineni, The Family Man makers have released their second season in Hindi. The series went through a lot of controversies and backlash before its release but has fared well after. The second season introduces a new enemy while fighting with the already existing adversary. Manoj Bajpayee’s Srikant is given the task of handling the twin tasks and saving his people. The 2nd season has 9 episodes. 

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

 

  • Skater Girl:

Skater Girl is an Indian-American sports drama in Hindi, directed by Manjari Makijany. Starring newbie Rachel Saanchita Gupta, the movie tells the story of Prerna, a teen in rural India who discovers a life-changing passion for skateboarding. She faces a rough road as she follows her dream to compete in a national competition against society’s expectations and norms. The movie is a coming-of-age story revolving around confidence and courage. 

Where to watch: Netflix

 

  • Sunflower:

Directed by Vikas Bahl, Sunflower is a crime-thriller series in Hindi starring Sunil Grover and Ranvir Shorey in lead roles. The story revolves around a murder-mystery based in a middle-class housing society in Mumbai, called Sunflower. It is a typical whodunnit series which keeps you anxious till the very end. The 1st season of this series has 8 episodes in total. 

Where to watch: Zee5

 

  • Shaadisthan: 

String Kirti Kulhari, Medha Shankar and Nivedita Bhattacharya in lead roles, Shaadisthan is a Hindi musical-drama movie directed by Raj Singh Chaudhary. It tells the story of a road trip taken by a conservative family who want to get their 17-year-old daughter married. On the trip, they have a musical band for company. The rest of the story is about how friendships and relationships evolve in the road-trip and how the journey gets crazier. 

Where to watch: Hotstar VIP (Multiplex)

 

  • Rang De:

Rang De is a Telugu Romantic-comedy movie starring Keerthy Suresh and Nithiin in lead roles. After initially releasing in the theaters, the movie is now released on OTT. The film is a cute romantic story involving two characters Anu and Arjun who have been neighbours since their childhood but have different perspectives about their relationship with each other. How they unite forms the rest of the story. 

Where to watch: Zee5

 

  • Jagame Thandhiram:

Starring Dhanush and Aishwarya Lekshmi in lead roles, Jagame Thandhiram is the latest release on OTT. It is a Tamil action-gangster film directed by Karthik Subbaraj. The film also stars Joju George and James Cosmo in supporting roles. The story is about a clever, carefree gangster who is recruited to help an overseas crime lord take down a rival. He is caught off guard by the moral dilemmas that follow. It is a much awaited movie that has just dropped on OTT. 

Where to watch: Netflix

 

  • Sherni:

Starring Vidya Balan, Sherni is a Hindi Drama movie directed by Amit Masurkar. Its story revolves around an upright Forest Officer who strives for balance in a world of man-animal conflict while she also seeks her true calling in a hostile environment. It also stars Mukhul Chadda and Vijay Raaz in supporting roles. The movie is one revolving around wildlife and nature while also concentrating on a strong female-lead. 

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

 

  • Ray:

Sayantan Mukherjee’s Ray is yet to be released on OTT. It is a tribute to writer and auteur Satyajit Ray who was a legendary film director and one that created history in Indian cinema. The series is to have 4 short stories comprising satirical and psychological thriller genres. Amongst others, Manoj Bajpayee, Ali Fazal, Radhika Madan, Swetha Basu Prasad are playing important roles. The series is releasing on 25th June. 

Where to watch: Netflix

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Fri, 18 Jun 2021 05:20:07 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/nayanthara-and-vignesh-shivan-off-to-kochi-on-their-private-jet/ Nayanthara And Vignesh Shivan Off To Kochi On Their Private Jet! https://jfwonline.com/article/nayanthara-and-vignesh-shivan-off-to-kochi-on-their-private-jet/ Nayanthara, who is hailed as Lady Superstar yesterday jetted off to Kochi with Vignesh Shivan. Vignesh Shivan has shared pictures and video of them in his official Instagram handle. Their pictures from the airport have gone viral in social media since then.

Here’s why the actress took off to Kochi. Nayanthara was roped in to play the female lead opposite Fahadh Faasil in director Alphonse Puthren’s Paattu. Paattu will be Alphonse’s third directorial after the hugely popular films Neram and Premam. The film will be bankrolled by Zacharia Thomas and Alwin Antony of UGM Entertainments. Anand C Chandran, who worked in both of his earlier films, will do the cinematography. Reportedly, Nayanthara will begin shooting for the film shortly. The film was launched last year, and the covid lockdown and shooting restrictions have delayed the film process.

Nayanthara has been working alongside Vijay Sethupathi and Samantha Akkineni in Vignesh Shivan’s ‘Kaathu Vaakula Rendu Kaathal’. She will also be seen in Rajini’s next, ‘Annaatthe’ which is based in a rural setting.

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Thu, 17 Jun 2021 13:40:09 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/fahadh-reveals-the-way-he-captured-nazriyas-heart/ Fahadh Reveals The Way He Captured Nazriya’s Heart! https://jfwonline.com/article/fahadh-reveals-the-way-he-captured-nazriyas-heart/ One celebrity couple that has had fans go ‘awww’ with admiration for 7 years now is surely Nazriya Nazim and Fahadh Faasil. Nazriya uses her social media account, especially Instagram, to share the most adorable pictures of them together. On the other hand, Fahadh has never been that active on Social Media, especially with personal posts. However, recently Fahadh has come out with letter writing about how Fahadh and Nazriya actually got married. 

The letter talks about a lot of things including his accident in the sets of Malayankunju and the OTT release of his upcoming film Maalik. He has written in detail about the accident and his recovery. He has also written about the OTT release of Maalik which was expected to have a theatre release, but is not having one now because of the current situation. Talking about Nazriya and their marriage comes as a part of the letter, but that part was the one that gained a lot of attention. 

Talking about the way he proposed marriage to her, he says, “I loved being around Nazriya. But my thoughts were random. I don’t know if it sounds well now, but at that point, there was a lot Nazriya had to give up choosing me. It absolutely worried me and I kept fluctuating. It’s just when I thought it was all going to be over because I am not strong enough she said, ‘Hello, method actor, who do you think you are? It’s just one simple life. pack your bags with everyone and everything you need.” 

 

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In between the letter, he also talks about his career focusing on his college life in particular. He opened up in detail about the way he changed his major in college and came back to India without a degree, to try his hand at acting, again. He then goes back to talking about Nazriya saying, “Pretty much all my small achievements are after I started sharing my life with Nazriya. I know for sure I didn’t do any of this alone. I wonder what my life would have been if Nazriya didn’t feel strong about us.” 

Nazriya and Fahadh fans have not known their love story till date as it is believed that their respective family played a major role in getting them hitched. This letter and revelation by Fahadh has made fans happier and more admirative towards them. Read the full letter below:

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Thu, 17 Jun 2021 07:09:38 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-fans-expect-thalapathy-66-update-on-his-birthday/ TRENDING: Fans Expect ‘Thalapathy 66’ Update On His Birthday! https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-fans-expect-thalapathy-66-update-on-his-birthday/ Thalapathy fans, who have been awaiting updates on untitled ‘Thalapathy 65’ have another update to anticipate for. Vijay will be celebrating his 47th Birthday on 22nd of June. There is a speculation that Vijay will surprise his fans with news about ‘Thalapathy 66’ on that day. Generally, Vijay never reveals his movies until it is completed. So fans have to eagerly wait till the day arrives. 

Meanwhile, rumors and speculations regarding the movie have been making rounds. Some believe that Vijay is collaborating with Atlee again while some believe it is Lokesh Kanagaraj. Some also say that this time the actor might be joining hands with Valimai’s H Vinoth. It is also expected for the actor to team up with Telugu director Vamsi Paidipally for ‘Thalapathy 66’. 

Fans are also anticipating an update and a poster release for ‘Thalapathy 65’ for his 47th birthday. Pooja Hegde is playing the leading lady in the movie while Aparna Das and Yogi Babu are playing supporting characters. It is directed by Nelson Dilipkumar and produced by Sun Pictures. The first part of the film’s shooting took place in Georgia. The team shared pictures of Vijay in shooting. The second part is to be done in Chennai but is currently halted due to the pandemic. It is reported that a multiplex-like set has been built for this purpose. 

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Thu, 17 Jun 2021 04:37:35 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-meena-to-replace-gautami-in-papanasam-2/ TRENDING: Meena To Replace Gautami In Papanasam 2? https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-meena-to-replace-gautami-in-papanasam-2/ Recent reports say that Kamal Haasan and Jeethu Joseph are planning on starting the shooting of ‘Papanasam 2’ very soon. It is most likely that Kamal is going to finish this movie before Lokesh Knagaraj’s ‘Vikram’. However, reports also say that actress Gautami, who played the leading lady in the first movie, will not be joining the cast. Instead, Meena is apparently going to be roped in for the role. 

It is to be noted that Meena played the lead role in both ‘Drishyam 2’ (Malayalam) and ‘Drushyam 2’ (Telugu). It is also to be noted that Kamal Haasan and Gautami were in a relationship when Papanasam was shot. However, they parted ways in 2016, and it is speculated that it is one of the reasons why Gautami will not be joining the sequel. 

Meanwhile, Kamal Haasan has been deeply involved in politics for the past 2 years. He was last seen on ‘Vishwaroopam 2’ after which he has only been involved in ‘Indian 2’ and ‘Vikram’. The shooting for Vikram had started but has come to a halt due to the current Covid situation. Meena on the other hand was last seen on Drishyam 2. She is currently working along with Rajinikanth on Annaatthe in which she will be playing the leading lady. 

 

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Wed, 16 Jun 2021 08:42:05 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/arun-vijays-borrder-to-get-a-theatrical-release/ Arun Vijay’s Borrder To Get A Theatrical Release? https://jfwonline.com/article/arun-vijays-borrder-to-get-a-theatrical-release/ Arun Vijay’s Borrder film shooting was wrapped up sometime ago. Directed by Arivazhagan, the movie was expected to be released on OTT due to the current pandemic situations. However, recent reports say that the movie is most likely to have a theatrical release in the month of August this year. 

The film starring Stefy Patel and Regina Cassandra in lead roles is all set to release during the Independence Day weekend, likely on 12th August in theatres. The film is said to be a spy thriller produced by All In Pictures Vijay Raghavendra. Sam CS is reported to be the music composer for the movie as well. 

Arun Vijay was last seen in Karthick Naren’s ‘Mafia: Chapter 1’. He is currently filming for a list of movies including ‘Sinam’, ‘Agni Siragugal’ and ‘Boxer’. Stefy Patel is a debut actress, who’s entering the Kollywood world with this movie.  

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Tue, 15 Jun 2021 07:10:26 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/pic-talk-sai-pallavi-on-vacation-mode-with-her-squad/ PIC TALK: Sai Pallavi On Vacation Mode With Her Squad! https://jfwonline.com/article/pic-talk-sai-pallavi-on-vacation-mode-with-her-squad/ Sai Pallavi has always given her audience the girl-next-door vibes and her social media reflects the same. The actor was missing in action on Instagram because of the second wave of the pandemic and lockdown. The actor came back with a burst of posts and it looks refreshing and extremely relatable.

 

Chilling with cousins in an amazing resort is a memory of every child. The actor recreated this with her recent posts on Instagram in which she poses and flaunts her no-makeup look. The actor captioned it saying “Madhuve squad 😎”…looks like a code to crack. The actor posted a bunch of pictures and it surely makes us miss our squad.

 

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On the professional front, the actor will be seen alongside Naga Chaitanya in ‘Love Story’. The movie was set to release on 16 April but got postponed due to the second wave. The production house tweeted, “Safety first! Keeping the increase of COVID cases in mind we at @SVCLLP would like to give an official announcement of postponing the release of #LoveStory New release date to be announced soon”. The actor will be seen alongside Rana Daggubatti in ‘Viraata Parvam’ which is a Telugu-Tamil bilingual release.

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Tue, 15 Jun 2021 05:04:59 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/pic-talk-ram-charan-and-upasana-celebrate-9-years-of-togetherness/ PIC TALK: Ram Charan And Upasana Celebrate 9 Years Of Togetherness! https://jfwonline.com/article/pic-talk-ram-charan-and-upasana-celebrate-9-years-of-togetherness/ The Tollywood power couple Ram Charan and Upasana Konidela celebrated 9 years of togetherness on June 14, 2021. The couple tied the holy knot in 2012. Ram Charan and Upasana have always served some serious couple goals in all their posts and appearances.

 

Raising a toast to the beautiful journey of 9 years, Upasana took to her Instagram and put up a picture of the two which was casual yet cute. She raised a toast by writing “to us for keeping it real, robust & radiant.” Wishes have been pouring for the young couple from various people in Tollywood including Varun Tej, Allu Sneha and many more. A couple of years ago, speaking about Ram, Upasana had said, “‘However crazy this may sound – Ram Charan doesn’t believe In falling in love ! He believes in growing in love.” Now we know the secret of their successful marriage life. Definitely, setting major couple goals and how! 

 

On the professional front, Ram Charan will be seen in SS Rajamouli’s larger-than-life RRR alongside Jr NTR. Bollywood stars Alia Bhatt and Ajay Devgn will be playing important roles as well. RRR is a fictional story about India’s freedom fighters, Alluri Sitarama Raju (Charan) and Komaram Bheem (Rama Rao). The movie is set to be a multilingual release across the country on 13 October 2021.

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Mon, 14 Jun 2021 10:59:19 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/chinmayi-reveals-that-samantha-faces-pressure-for-supporting-her/ Chinmayi REVEALS That Samantha Faces Pressure For Supporting Her! https://jfwonline.com/article/chinmayi-reveals-that-samantha-faces-pressure-for-supporting-her/ Singer Chinmayi Sripada took to her Instagram and shared how actress Samantha Akkineni has always been a pillar of support. Chinmayi has dubbed and sung for Samantha in various movies and the artists have shared a very close bond for years now. 

 

A few days back, Chinmayi showed her support to Samantha for handling trolls and the backlash that came with the release of ‘The Family Man 2’ with so much strength. The singer recently shared another post where she wrote that she has dubbed for Samantha in an advertisement and thanked Samantha for always being there for her in Radha Ravi’s world. In 2018, Chinmayi was banned from the Dubbing Union for non-payment of subscription fees for reportedly two years, without taking the issue to trial by the President Radha Ravi. 

 

Samantha will be seen next in Vignesh Shivan’s ‘Kaathu Vaakula Rendu Kaathal’ alongside Vijay Sethupathi and Nayanthara. The actor is also being appreciated for her performance in ‘The Family Man 2’. The actor is also working on the mythological drama ‘Shaakuntalam’ alongside Dev Menon and Aditi Balan.

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Mon, 14 Jun 2021 07:51:18 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/nayantharas-netrikann-to-have-a-direct-ott-release/ Nayanthara’s ‘Netrikann’ To Have A Direct OTT Release? https://jfwonline.com/article/nayantharas-netrikann-to-have-a-direct-ott-release/ At 9:00 AM on June 9th , the makers of ‘Netrikann’ released the song ‘Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum’ sung by Sid Sriram. The #Healing Song gained a lot of positive response from the audience and made them more excited for the release of the movie. The movie is said to be an adaptation of a Korean Thriller ‘Blind’.

 

There is a buzz that the makers plan to release Nayanthara’s ‘Netrikann’ directly on the OTT platform, Disney + Hotstar. The movie has been the talk of the town for a while now with the exciting release of posters and teasers on the birthday of crew members. The project is helmed by ‘Aval’ fame Milind Rau and is being bankrolled by Vignesh Shivan’s Rowdy Pictures. This movie will mark Vignesh Shivan’s debut as a director. ‘Netrikann’ also has Ajmal Ameer, Saran, Indhuja, Manikandan among others.

 

Nayanthara has been working alongside Vijay Sethupathi and Samantha Akkineni in Vignesh Shivan’s ‘Kaathu Vaakula Rendu Kaathal’. She will also be seen in Rajini’s next, ‘Annaatthe’ which is based in a rural setting. The actor is also said to be starring opposite Fahadh Faasil in his upcoming film ‘Pattu’ directed by Alphonse Putheren.

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Sat, 12 Jun 2021 10:18:32 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/breaking-siva-shankar-baba-doesnt-show-up-for-investigation/ BREAKING: Siva Shankar Baba Doesn’t Show Up For Investigation! https://jfwonline.com/article/breaking-siva-shankar-baba-doesnt-show-up-for-investigation/ Following the complaints of sexual harassment and subsequent arrest of G Rajagopalan, a commerce teacher in PSBB Chennai, several other students, both alumni and present from various schools across Tamil Nadu started coming out with the assaults, harassments and gaslighting they have faced in their respective institutions.

For instance, dozens of students from Chennai, Chettinad Vidyashram, opened up on Instagram about instances of sexual harassment and sexist behaviors. Students from Maharishi Vidya Mandir, Sushil Hari International Residential School, Julia Rexi (Spartan Schools), Velammal Matric and a lot more opened up to influencers in Instagram. Students confessed that the school management didn’t take the necessary action when complaints were raised against the teachers.

After receiving complaints of sexual abuse, The Tamil Nadu Commission for Protection of Child Rights (TNCPCR) has summoned six schools including Sushil Hari International Residential School, Kelambakkam. Students from the school stated Siva Shankar Baba, proclaims himself a godman and called girls to his bungalow and sexually assaulted them.

An alumna said young girls were told that “previous birth’s karma will forever fade away,” if they did what he asked them to do.

An alumna, in her complaint had mentioned that when she was in Class 9, she had seen a few of her friends and other students going to other rooms at night. “Later, one of my friends had informed me that she was sexually harassed and I couldn’t believe it at that time. A few months later, I was called to a room where the guru, Shiva Shankar Baba, asked me to strip off my clothes. When I refused, he got angry and asked me to go out of the room. This continued even when I was doing my higher studies,” the girl said in the complaint. She also claimed that many parents knew about this.

The allegations include molestation, intoxicating minors with alcohol, showing pornography to minors and even rape. Many more accounts of systematic sexual harassment and predatory behavior by him has come to light. What’s horrifying is, a student who made one of the allegations said that the school is aware of everything happening and they are misusing the position of power. The management also considers this normal and is within the ‘cult’ behavior of the community.

When called for interrogation by the Child Rights Commission, Sushil Hari International Residential School Founder Siva Shankar Baba did not show up.

 

 

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Fri, 11 Jun 2021 10:49:04 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/malavika-mohanan-to-play-a-key-role-in-shankar-ram-charans-next/ Malavika Mohanan To Play A Key Role In Shankar-Ram Charan’s Next? https://jfwonline.com/article/malavika-mohanan-to-play-a-key-role-in-shankar-ram-charans-next/ Malavika Mohanan is the new girl on the block and the actress made a grand debut with Superstar Rajinikanth’s film Petta. Eventually Malavika grabbed the lead role in Thalapathy Vijay’s Master directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj and the film was a huge hit and soon she is all set to do Dhanush’s next with director Karthick Naren, which is tentatively called ‘D43’.

The latest buzz is that Malavika Mohanan is likely to play one of the female leads in Shankar’s next big project. Ram Charan is playing the lead role and it will be a pan-Indian film. Produced by Dil Raju and Shirish under the banner of Sri Venkateswara Creations, the film will be released in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi. This is the first time Shankar will be directing a Telugu hero and if Malavika Mohanan confirms the news this will be her Telugu debut.

A girl of Malayalam origin, Malavika was born and brought up in Mumbai. The actress’ father is a cinematographer and his passion towards creativity made her develop interest in her love for cinema. Malavika is one of the most followed actresses on social media.

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Fri, 11 Jun 2021 09:35:02 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/celebrating-crazy-mohan-top-10-movies-that-show-his-writing-brilliance/ Celebrating Crazy Mohan: Top 10 Movies That Show His Writing Brilliance! https://jfwonline.com/article/celebrating-crazy-mohan-top-10-movies-that-show-his-writing-brilliance/ By Jayabhuvaneshwari B

It was two years ago when the entire Kollywood industry went into shock and mourned the death of veteran Tamil playwright and actor Crazy Mohan. It was sudden and unexpected, and a huge loss to the Tamil film industry. Crazy Mohan was Kollywood’s very own Charlie Chaplin and his sense of humor made the lives of millions happier. More than an actor, he was a humorist who wrote plays and scripts or dialogues for movies. All of these movies can be watched on repeat a thousand times and it will still make you laugh, even though you already know the joke. That’s the power of Crazy Mohan’s scripts. All of these movies are masterpieces and lighten up a sad or tiring day. Celebrating Crazy Mohan, here are 10 movies that were written by him that simply cannot be replaced by any other movie. 

 

  • Apoorva Sagodharargal:

Apoorva Sagodharargal was the first movie where Kamal Haasan and Crazy Mohan worked together. The film being a comedy-drama movie, has its fair share of comedy and sentiment. While the movie recognised for Kamal’s role as Appu, a dwarf, the movie became a success because of all the comedy scenes, which gave the viewers a comical relief while watching a movie that was mainly based on revenge. Mistaken identity is Crazy Mohan’s forte and this is just his first movie with that concept. He smartly used Janagaraj and RS Shivaji to bring in identity confusion, with the latter playing the role of Sambandham, an admiring assistant who goes “Saar, Neenga engeyo poiteenga Saar!” at his boss at every turn. While this movie is not entirely of a comedy-genre, it felt like one because of Crazy Mohan’s dialogues. 

 

  • Micheal Madana Kama Rajan:

As mentioned earlier, mistaken identity is Crazy Mohan’s forte and with Michael Madana Kama Rajan, it’s more and merrier. Kamal and Mohan came together the very next year for this movie, with not 2 but 4 roles, all played by Kamal Haasan. Off the lot, Kamal’s Kameshwaran, the naive Palakkad chef and his love interest Thirupurasundari played by Urvashi is the main track that sends the audience on a laughter riot. While it would have been challenging enough for Kamal to wear four different character sleeves, Mohan made it all the more worthwhile with different personalities and way of rendering dialogues for each and every character. Till date, one can never forget the punnery and the wise use of words like in the dialogue “Gramam-um kukk, neengalum cook!” Ofcourse, the words ‘Beem Boy Beem Boy’ and the entire rendition and body language of Kamal’s Kamesh, will stay in your mind rent free for eternity. 

 

  • Sathi Leelavathi:

The story of this movie seems to be a very serious one at first, as it talks about cheating on one’s spouse. But, 10 minutes into the movie and you already know that you’re going to be out of breath from laughing. Sathi Leelavathi, yet another Kamal and Mohan combo is proof that even a very serious issue like infidelity can be dealt with in a very light manner. The story is about Leelavathi who tries to regain her husband’s love for her. Sakthi, played by Kamal, is Arun’s friend and the first to know that he is cheating on his wife with another woman. How Arun tries to teach his friend the right thing and how he helps Leelavathi reunite with her husband forms the rest of the story. Kovai Sarala plays the role of Kamal’s wife and the jokes and puns in their dialogues are uncountable. Kamal talks in ‘Kongu’ or Coimbatore accent of Tamil along with Kovai Sarala and the dialogues were also written to suit their characters. One memorable dialogue which shows Crazy Mohan’s writing brilliance is: “Brakeku pudikaladi!” Sakthivel tells his crying wife and she replies, “Ennaye pudikala, ini brake pudikaatti enna!” 

 

  • Avvai Shanmughi:

It is a well known fact that Avvai Shanmughi was majorly inspired from the English movie Mrs. Doubtfire. But, without Mohan’s writing, a story like that would have never sold in Tamil Nadu. When this movie was released, the audience could not fathom the concept of this movie and the humour that it came with. The movie is very sentimental as it speaks of the separation of a father and his daughter. However, the lengths that father travels to and the risks he takes is the entire story itself. The dialogues, not only for Kamal but for every supporting character including Nagesh, Gemini Ganesan, Manivannan and Delhi Ganesh were just brilliantly written. Again, this is a movie with 2 identities for Kamal and a lot of characters confusing themselves with these identities, giving it a lot more scope for comedy. The scene where Kamal has to convince Mudaliar that Shanmughi is indeed bathing in the bathroom and Pandian is out there with them is literally etched in our hearts.

 

  • Arunachalam:

While the above movies we saw were a Kamal-Mohan team work, this is the first Rajinikanth movie for which Crazy Mohan was the writer. This again is a movie about family sentiment and money, but Mohan still managed to fit comedy into it. He paired Rajini with the best, Janagaraj and Senthil. In scenes where Vedhavalli first meets Arunachalam or where Arunachalam transforms from Rags to Riches, the comic timing of Senthil and Janagaraj along with Rajinikanth himself is just too good. However, this movie is not only about Crazy Mohan’s comedy writing, but dialogue writing in general as well. Till date, the dialogue, “Aandavan Solran, Arunachalam Seiran” echoes in our ears whenever we think about the movie. 

 

  • Kaathala Kaathala:

After Michael Madana Kama Rajan, Kaathala Kaathala is one solid movie with the case of mistaken identity and confusion surrounding that. While in the past, movies with mistaken identities had 2 or more people who looked similar, this movie had 2 people with the same last name but completely different faces. With first their lovers getting confused and then their parents, this movie is a rollercoaster ride which makes you keep waiting for the part where the identities are corrected and not mistaken. The jokes and the roles played by MS Vishwanathan, Vadivelu, Kovai Sarala and Haneefa are more than worth your time. While the storyline is a simple one-liner, the way the movie is taken makes you want to watch it again and again. The famous dialogue of Vadivelu who is a doubting Thomas where he goes “Enakku oru santhegam” brings a smile to your face every single time. 

 

  • Thenali:

Thenali is a movie that was surprisingly different with the way it handled the problem of Phobia. That too, not of one kind, but all kinds of phobia. Kamal saying “Elaam Baya mayam” in the Srilankan Tamil accent is one of the most cherishable dialogues from the movie. The character arc of Kamal, where he doesn’t try to be funny, but his naivety and innocence makes him funny, is very well written. This movie also has a lot of comedy involving actions over dialogues, like the bus scene where a rat gets into Kamal’s basket. Starting from naming Kamal’s character as Thenali Soman rather than the famous Thenali Raman, every single aspect of the movie is made to give you a good laugh. Ramesh Khanna’s “Thenali Thakkali” confusion, where he never tends to remember his name, is just too funny and memorable. 

 

  • Panchathanthiram:

Out of this entire list, this is one of the masterpieces of the Kamal-Mohan duo. This is a movie that is filled with an unlimited amount of wordplay and punnery. Be it the scene where the cops question the gang when they’re trying to get rid of the body asking, “Munnadi Pinnadi enna irundhudhu?” or the scene where Reddy Garu goes, “Chinna kallu bedha labham.” it doesn’t fail to surprise you and make you go for a good laugh at the same time. The ensemble cast were given unique yet funny character arcs and the way they portrayed their respective characters was what made the movie a success. This is one of those movies where you never stop laughing, and any list containing top comedy Tamil movies will be incomplete without this movie in it. The genius of Mohan is seen through the character played by Devayani. While she hardly has a screen-time of 5 minutes, she is the primary troublemaker for Ram and Mythili. Her dialogues are very well thought of and placed at the perfect timing to get a laugh out of the audience. While we know Ram’s life is getting ruined, we still can’t control the smile in the corner of our lips. That’s the magic of Crazy Mohan. Dialogues like “Enakku oru Kadha sollu Ram” or “En maathra, naan dhaan Salt and Pepper oda saapten” are some that can make you laugh at any point, just with their recollection. 

 

  • Pammal K Sambandam:

This is a simple story where 2 unlikely people fall in love, but only in the very end. The whole movie revolves around bringing them together. With Kamal playing the role of a stuntman and Simran, a doctor, who is not very fond of him, you initially think how the movie could be funny. But, in reality, the way fate brings them together, with their friends going through a divorce or Simran stitching a watch inside Kamal’s stomach are unfathomably hilarious. The comedy track with Simran and her nurse Kalpana trying to inject an anesthetic into Sambandam to get the watch out of his stomach is just a very nicely timed comedy that surely makes you laugh. Till date, “ENT doctor” and “Don’t put word in my mouths” are dialogues that you use as references for a good laugh with your friends. 

 

  • Vasool Raja MBBS:

This movie happens to be one with a good amount of laughter and sentiment, till the very end. Raja’s character is written in such a beautiful way that even though he is a rowdy, who threatens people for money, you can’t help but fall in love with him. The dialogues written for 3 primary characters, Kamal, Prakash Raj and Prabhu come at times that are not expected at all but still manages to bring that laughter from inside. Crazy Mohan also plays an important role in the movie as Dr. Margabandhu who is initially a victim of Kamal, but eventually realises his nature when he saves his father’s life. The scenes revolving around the two with phrases like “Margabandhu Mudhal sandhu… Kavithai Mari illa?” or “Manam irundhal Margabandhu” are really good wordplay, which can only be found in Mohan’s scripts. Even today “What is the procedure to change the room?” stands out as an amazing phrase. 

 

Crazy Mohan is a legend and with his movies he has left behind a legacy that nobody else can bear on their shoulders. Another speciality about Mohan is, just like Marvel Comic Writer Stan Lee who makes a cameo appearance in all the marvel movies, Mohan also makes at least a cameo appearance with a small comedy scene, in every single movie that he has written. Crazy Mohan also redefined comedy plays in the theatre world. His absence is and will always be missed in the Tamil film industry. 

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Fri, 11 Jun 2021 05:02:07 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/kamal-haasan-remembers-his-dearest-friend-crazy-mohan-on-his-second-death-anniversary/ Kamal Haasan Remembers His Dearest Friend Crazy Mohan On His Second Death Anniversary! https://jfwonline.com/article/kamal-haasan-remembers-his-dearest-friend-crazy-mohan-on-his-second-death-anniversary/ There is not one film of the Kamal and Crazy Mohan duo that would bore you. Beginning with Aboorva Sagodharargal up until Vasool Raja MBBS, their chemistry was a firecracker. It was a rare actor-dialogue writer combo but what’s more aching is the fact that we would never get to see this chemistry onscreen anymore in any new films. That’s all that there is – a treasure that must be preserved for generations to see and realize what an epitome of progressive humour is, what witty one-liner is and what punchy dialogues are.

It’s been two years since the legendary writer passed away. Kamal Haasan shared a throwback picture of himself and Crazy Mohan and wrote how he changed the landscape of theatre and how well he conveyed serious philosophy through his plays under the veil of humour.

In the official page of Raaj Kamal Films International, the actor recollects his memories with Crazy Mohan in length.

Ulaganayagan reminisces good old memories with his dearest friend through a series of tweets.

The actor completes the note saying that Crazy Mohan was a golden find and he filled the void left behind by those like Cho, Nagesh ad Mouli. “He was a true golden find when he did enter tamil cinema as he effortlessly filled the void left by Mr Cho Mr Nagesh and Mr.Mouli as they moved on to serious cinema (sic).”

The actor, satirist, screenwriter Crazy Mohan passed away on June 10th 2019 as he suffered a massive heart attack. We miss you sir!

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Fri, 11 Jun 2021 03:36:54 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/vanitha-vijayakumar-clarifies-rumours-about-her-love-life/ Vanitha Vijayakumar Clarifies Rumours About Her Love Life! https://jfwonline.com/article/vanitha-vijayakumar-clarifies-rumours-about-her-love-life/ Vanitha Vijayakumar has been in the film industry for a long time now and she never ceases make it to the headlines. Be it a property dispute with her family or her estranged relationships, Vanitha’s professional and personal life always makes news but the actress has always held a confident and a bold attitude to such news. She has always been straight-forward and courageous about her opinions and that garnered her a lot of followers when she contested in the popular reality show Bigg Boss.

After being in the limelight for her third wedding with Peter Paul last year, which didn’t last long due the latter’s alcoholism, there were reports of Vanitha getting married again for the fourth time. The actress took to her social media to clarify the rumours on her fourth marriage. Vanitha wrote, “Just to let you guys know…am very much single and available…. staying that way…don’t spread any rumours nor believe them.” (sic)

“Well said Media has to stop this shit..my life is nobody’s problem.. why is this even a news or gossip.. there is so much to worry in this world today and your own lives.stop worrying about me people..I’m grown up enough to take care of my life..thanks for those who get it,” she added in another tweet.

She posted a picture of hers with a caption Single and happy.

The actress also replied to a comment made by an user, Here’s the tweet.

In the professional front Vanitha Vijaykumar is contesting in a reality dance show where bigg boss contestants are paired up as a couple. She is also playing a key role in Simran-Prashanth’s Andhagan.

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Thu, 10 Jun 2021 11:32:10 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-samantha-to-feature-in-a-trilingual-netflix-series-next/ TRENDING: Samantha To Feature In A Trilingual Netflix Series Next? https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-samantha-to-feature-in-a-trilingual-netflix-series-next/ The Family Man 2 released recently on Amazon Prime and ever since Actress Samantha has been getting a lot of attention, both positive and negative. While most actresses and viewers of the series have appreciated her for her part, some politicians and Tamil social media users are still demanding the ban of the series because they believe that the series shows the Tamil Eelam in bad light. Samantha has however not reacted to these negative comments and backlash. 

Now, reports say that Samantha will be starring in her second web series from Netflix which will also be a trilingual one. This announcement comes at a time where fans have been awaiting an update on her next movies. However, Netflix has not given out any other details yet. 

Apart from the series, Samantha has been busy filming for a few films. Samantha was last seen on screen in ‘Jaanu’, the Telugu remake of the Tamil film ’96’. She is currently working on Vignesh Shivan’s ‘Kaathu Vaakula Rendu Kaadhal’ which is a Tamil romance film with Nayanthara and Vijay Sethupathi in lead roles. She is also working on Telugu movie called ‘Shaakuntalam’ which is based on the Sanskrit writer Kalidasa’s work on the same name. 

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Thu, 10 Jun 2021 08:22:34 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/dhanush-i-dont-see-myself-directing-any-film-for-the-next-3-years/ Dhanush: I Don’t See Myself Directing Any Film For The Next 3 Years! https://jfwonline.com/article/dhanush-i-dont-see-myself-directing-any-film-for-the-next-3-years/ Dhanush is known as one of the greatest actors in Kollywood who has gone to Bollywood and now Hollywood. But, a rarely seen avatar of Dhanush that is often forgotten is his Directorial side. His debut as a director was with the movie Pa Pandi, in which he also did a small role in the backstory along with Madonna Sebastian. Earlier in 2018, it was reported that Dhanush started working on his 2nd film with Nagarjuna, Aditi Rao Hydari and S J Suryah in lead roles.

However, in 2019 reports said that the film was dropped. Fans have been awaiting an update on Dhanush’s second movie ever since. However, in a recent interaction at a Twitter Spaces, Dhanush has revealed that he doesn’t see himself directing anytime soon because of all of his acting commitments. The actor has been in the Us for the past 4 months shooting for the Hollywood film The Gray Man directed by the Russo Brothers.

In the interaction, Dhanush said, “Actually, I am also highly interested in directing a film. I have an exciting script that is so close to my heart and I want to do it soon. But, it is all about the right time. By God’s grace, I have been continuously getting opportunities to work with exciting talents. As an actor, I am able to work with directors like Mari Selvaraj, Karthik Subbaraj, Ram, and I recently met a couple of other young and talented filmmakers. The announcements regarding those projects will be made when the time is right. Fortunately, I have been getting nice opportunities as an actor and I want to capitalize on that. I don’t see myself directing any film for the next three years.”

On the work front, as the shooting for The Gray Man has been wrapped up, Dhanush is expected to fly back to Chennai with his family soon. He has completed filming for Atrangi Re, a Hindi film and Jagame Thandhiram by Karthik Subbaraj which is to release on Netflix in a week’s time. His next project is an untitled ‘D43’ directed by Karthick Naren. 

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Thu, 10 Jun 2021 04:24:05 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-vishal-files-complaint-against-jiivas-father-r-b-choudary/ TRENDING: Vishal Files Complaint Against Jiiva’s Father R B Choudary! https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-vishal-files-complaint-against-jiivas-father-r-b-choudary/ Vishal is yet again in the headlines, this time for filing a complaint against famous producer and father of actor Jiiva, R B Choudary. The actor has filed this complaint because the producer has failed to return the actor’s pronote, cheques and Bonds even after months after spying back the loan he had taken from the latter. 

Vishal runs a production banner under which he produced movies like Kathakali, Aambala, Poojai and Irumbu Thirai. The actor had taken a loan from R B Choudary for Irumbu Thirai which he has returned a longtime back. However, the producer has still not returned his Cheques, Leaves, bonds and promissory notes of the actor. Vishal took to twitter to inform the public about this complaint. 

The actor had been asking the producer to give the promissory note and related documents for the last four months, but they have been saying that it was lost. Vishal wanted to make this official and has filed a complaint at T Nagar DC’s office.

Meanwhile, Vishal was last seen in the film ‘Action’. He has now signed up for ‘Chakra’, ‘Thupparivalan 2’ and ‘Enemy’. 

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Thu, 10 Jun 2021 03:47:13 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/linguswamys-next-to-have-madhavan-and-arun-vijay-as-villains/ Linguswamy’s Next To Have Madhavan And Arun Vijay as Villains? https://jfwonline.com/article/linguswamys-next-to-have-madhavan-and-arun-vijay-as-villains/ Last year, popular film director N Linguswamy announced that his next film will be a bilingual one in Tamil and Telugu starring Ram Pothineni in the lead roles. WIth this film, N Linguswamy is entering the Tollywood world as the director. The shooting that was supposed to start in May this year, has been delayed owing to the 2nd wave of the pandemic. Now, reports say that R Madhavan and Arun Vijay are to be roped as the main antagonists of the film. 

A recent report said that the director has had talks with both Madhavan and Arun Vijay for playing antagonists and that they have also listened to the script. However, there is no further update on whether they have agreed to play the role. Super 30 and Uppenna fame Kirthi Shetty is supposedly playing the leading lady in the movie, marking her Kollywood debut. 

Linguswamy was last seen as the director of Sandakozhi 2, the sequel of his movie Sandakozhi. Madhavan has been waiting for the release of his first film as director, ‘Rocketry: The Nambi Effect’, in which he is also playing a role. Madhavan was last seen in the movie ‘Nishabdham’ along with actress Anushka Shetty. Arun Vijay on the other hand was seen last in Karthick Naren’s ‘Mafia: Chapter 1’. He is currently filming for a list of movies including ‘Sinam’, ‘Agni Siragugal’, ‘Boxer’ and ‘Borrder’.

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Wed, 09 Jun 2021 07:58:14 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-vikrams-chiyaan-60-latest-updates-out/ TRENDING: Vikram’s ‘Chiyaan 60’ Latest Updates Out! https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-vikrams-chiyaan-60-latest-updates-out/ After Jagame Thandhiram, Karthik Subbaraj has been working on Vikram’s untitled 60th film referred to as ‘Chiyaan 60’. Reports said that Vikram is acting along with his son Dhruv Vikram, who is playing a lead character. Latest reports say that the shooting for this film has been halted, and will resume after the Lockdown, due to the 2nd wave of the pandemic. 

Karthik Subbaraj recently said that 50 percent of the shooting is completed, while the rest will resume after the lockdown is released. The movie also stars Actress Simran, Vani Bhojan and Bobby Simha. The Director also added that the scenes involving Vikram and Vani Bhojan are scheduled to be filmed soon. 

The movie is produced by 7 Screen Studio. Initially it had Anirudh Ravichander as the Music Composer. But, latest reports have said that Santosh Narayanan will be composing music for this movie. This movie, being Vikram’s 60th, is most anticipated by fans. 

Vikram’s Cobra and Dhruva Natchathiram are all set to release this year. The release of both movies have been delayed due to the lockdown for the Covid-19 pandemic. The directors are trying to get a theatrical release for the same. Vikram is also a part of the ensemble cast of Mani Ratnam’s Ponniyin Selvan. 

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Wed, 09 Jun 2021 07:45:47 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/4-refreshing-rural-romances-of-vijay-sethupathi-and-aishwarya-rajesh/ 4 Refreshing Rural Romances Of Vijay Sethupathi And Aishwarya Rajesh! https://jfwonline.com/article/4-refreshing-rural-romances-of-vijay-sethupathi-and-aishwarya-rajesh/ Megavarshini S G

Romances never go out of style, it just evolves with time and phase. And in films, the admiration and love for onscreen pairs also increases along with the love stories. Creating magic onscreen is arduous than thought, an onscreen couple who caught people’s eyes with their unbeatable chemistry and intimacies are Vijay Sethupathi – Aishwarya Rajesh.

Rural subjects are their go to genre, a vintage car ride, fishing in local ponds, dancing in grass fields seem to be more poetic than a fancy coffee date or a candle light dinner for this duo. With their realistic love stories, boy/girl next door image and admirable performances they won people’s hearts. Scroll to go down a memory lane of Vijay Sethupathi – Aishwarya Rajesh films.

Rummy:

 

Aishwarya Rajesh was paired with Vijay Sethupathi for the first time in this romantic drama directed by debutant Balakrishnan. Starring Inigo Prabhakaran, Vijay Sethupathi, Gayathri Shankar and Aishwarya Rajesh in the lead roles, the film is about two college students who fall in love with two sisters. When the girls’ family learns about this, they go to any extent to save their honor. ‘Koodamela Koodavechi’ song composed by D Imman was a huge hit and the pair shined among people in their very first film together.

Pannaiyarum Padminiyum:

 

Following Rummy, this film got released in the year 2014 and was directed by debutant S U Arun Kumar. The film revolves around the life of a Pannaiyar and love for his vintage car. Murugesan’s (Vijay Sethupathi) love for Malarvizhi (Aishwarya Rajesh) was so realistic and ‘Enakkaga Poranthaye’ song won hearts. Though Pannaiyar and his wife Chellama’s intimacy took main stage, this pair had their own share of love and romance.

Dharma Durai:

 

After working for two projects, the duo was seen in Seenu Ramasamy’s Dharma Durai. The film had big names like Raadhika Sarathkumar, Tamannah Bhatia, Srushti Dange, M S Baskar and Aruldoss. Jeeva Subramanian, a Trans woman was cast in the film in a dignified and sensible manner. Anbuselvi commits suicide as she couldn’t marry the man of her dreams, Dharmadurai becomes an alcoholic after this. The film addressed dowry system in India and how it affected the lives of innocent women. The couple created an impact with their naturalistic performances.

Ka Pae Ranasingam:

 

Ariyanachi (Aishwarya Rajesh) and Ranasingam (Vijay Sethupathi) meet when he comes to figure out the flow of water in the former’s farmland, Ranasingam was also a social activist and this impressed Ariyanachi. They fell in love with each other and Ranasingam treated her equally and also believed she had every right as his better half. The love Ariyanachi had for her husband was evidently seen in the second half of the film.

We would definitely love to see more of them onscreen, a good script is all the duo needs to come together again. Aishwarya Rajesh shared an emotional moment with the actor in JFW awards 2019, she thanked Vijay Sethupathi for supporting her professionally while receiving Best Actress Critic for Kaana. We could see the respect and the beautiful relationship they both shared off-screen.

 

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Wed, 09 Jun 2021 06:43:49 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-raashii-khanna-starts-a-new-initiative-to-help-those-in-need/ TRENDING: Raashii Khanna Starts A New Initiative To Help Those In Need! https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-raashii-khanna-starts-a-new-initiative-to-help-those-in-need/ During the Second wave of this pandemic, a lot of actors and actresses have come forward to do their part to help those in need. Some have contributed to the CM General Fund. Some have taken efforts to spread awareness and clarify misconceptions regarding the vaccine. Some have used their social media following to share messages of blood and bed  requirements. Now, Raashii Khanna has started a new initiative to help those in need. 

Called #BeTheMiracle Raashii Khanna has started helping the poor families who have been hit very badly due to Covid. Talking about the initiative, the actress said, “The ground reality of people suffering through the pandemic is heartbreaking. #BeTheMiracle is my way of doing as much as I can for them.” 

The actress along with her team have swung into action to help those in poverty. They have documented a video to spread awareness about the groundbreaking reality of the suffering that people are going through now. She has collaborated with the ‘Roti Bank’ Hyderabad, which is an initiative that provides food to the poor. She urged her followers on social media to contribute if possible to this initiative by saying, “If you cannot feed a hundred people, at least feed one – Mother Teresa”

 

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On the work front, Raashii has signed for 5 films this year out of which 3 have been completed. She is currently filming for 2 Telugu films ‘Pakka Commercial’ and ‘Thank You’. She has also signed up for 2 more movies that are to be released next year. 

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Wed, 09 Jun 2021 05:24:48 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/dhanush-to-return-to-chennai-after-4-months-in-the-us/ Dhanush To Return To Chennai After 4 Months In The US! https://jfwonline.com/article/dhanush-to-return-to-chennai-after-4-months-in-the-us/ Asuran actor Dhanush has been in the US for the past 4 months, shooting for his Hollywood film The Gray Man directed by famous Marvel Movie directors Russo Brothers. In February, Dhanush, Aishwarya Dhanush and their sons flew down to the US for his shooting. Pictures of Dhanush in the Chennai Airport also surfaced on the Internet during that time. Now, it is reported that Dhanush is all set to fly back to Chennai. 

Yesterday, there was a tweet from the Russo Brothers’ official twitter page saying that their shooting is wrapped up. Following this, speculations are that Dhanush will return to Chennai. In a recent Twitter Spaces interaction it was revealed that Dhanush had only 20 days of shooting in the movie but had a month of training beforehand. Due to the current pandemic situation, the star actor had to stay in the U.S for four months. 

In December last year Dhanush tweeted that he was onboard The Gray Man team and that he is looking forward to working with them. He wrote in one of his tweets, “Elated to announce that I will be joining the team of Netflix’s “The Grey Man” starring Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans, directed by The Russo Brothers (Avengers, Captain America: Winter Soldier).”

The Gray Man also stars top Hollywood stars, Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans. It is an action-thriller based on a debut novel written by Mark Greaney. Meanwhile, Dhanush’s Jagame Thandhiram directed by Karthik Subbaraj is all set to release on  Netflix on June 16th. Dhanush is also signed up for an untitled Karthick Naren project. 

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Wed, 09 Jun 2021 04:31:12 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/6-easy-yoga-techniques-to-increase-your-lung-capacity/ 6 Easy Yoga Techniques To Increase Your Lung Capacity! https://jfwonline.com/article/6-easy-yoga-techniques-to-increase-your-lung-capacity/ By Humsika J

 

Breathing, a process that we often take for granted, has become so important today because of the ongoing pandemic. The constant need for cylinders and beds has shown us how integral our respiratory system is and thus it is our responsibility to take good care of it. All the news around us might make us feel anxious and stressed. But all we have to do now is breathe…not just breathe but breathe right.

 

Here are a few simple meditation practices which you can follow to relax yourself and listen to your breath. You can sit in a cross-legged position, padmasana(lotus pose) or even on your chair or sofa:

 

  1. Guided meditation

We are surrounded by technology and various resources today. We can access meditation techniques and follow experts at the comfort of our homes. Listen to every word. You might get zoned out at times and that is completely okay. Try bringing back your focus on your breath and become aware of your body and breathing. Choose a timing that works for you and slowly increase it, start off with 5 minutes and slowly increase it. This will relax you, bring in positive energy and make you feel more focused.

 

     2.Kapalabhati

Yoga is timeless. Certain practices help us make most use of the organs in our body. ‘Kapalbhati’ helps with abdominal breathing. Sit straight with your spine erect. Push out air while exhaling and try pushing your abdomen to your spine. The inhaling happens automatically. Practice this 10 times in one round. Perform 3 such rounds to feel your ‘kapala’ (skull) ‘bathi’(brighten up/shine).

 

     3.Blowing candles

It might not be your birthday, but it is time to blow some candles. But here is the catch, there are more than 30 to 40 candles in front of you. Blowing them is going to require a lot of inhaling and exhaling. Take a deep breath through your nose and while exhaling, push all the air out through your mouth. Pull your stomach in and exhale all the air out. Practice this 5-10 times in one round.

 

     4.Bhastrika pranayam

The meaning of the word ‘bhastrika’ is ‘bellows’. The technique involves inhaling and exhaling quickly ten times like the bellows of the blacksmith. Constantly dilating and contracting. Close your palms and make a light fist. Place them near the shoulders. While breathing in, open your fist and raise your hands up like you are reaching out for something. While breathing out, bring your hands back down and make a light fist again. Each round consists of 10 breaths. Perform 3 such rounds. People with hypertension and cardiac problems can stop with one round.

 

     5.Bhramari pranayam

Bhramari means bees and in this pranayam, you will essentially be humming like a bee. Place your hands on your face in such a way that the thumbs are on the ears, the index finger is placed lightly in the socket of the eye, the middle finger is on the nose, the ring fingers meet at the cupid’s bow and the little fingers are placed near the chin. While inhaling, take a deep breath. While exhaling, hum in a high pitched voice and rhythmically open and close your ears with your thumbs. Repeat this 5-10 times.

 

      6.Nadishuddhi (Anulom Vilom)

 

‘Nadishuddhi’ essentially means the cleansing of the breathing system. For this practice, you must place your right hand on your face in such a way that the thumb is on the right nostril, the index finger and middle finger are on the eyebrow bridge and the ring finger is on the left nostril. For the first round, inhale and exhale only through the right nostril. For the second round, inhale and exhale through only the left nostril. This way, the intake of air from both nostrils are equated. For the third round, inhale through the left nostril and exhale through the right nostril. Then inhale through the right nostril and exhale through the left nostril. Each round consists of 10 breaths. Do not perform it in a hurry, take deep breaths. Ensure the posture is right. Don’t force yourself beyond your comfort level. 

 

All the practices are proven to be beneficial to one and all. However, it is safe for those with hypertension and other cardiovascular issues to consult their physician before performing any of the pranayams. Don’t go beyond your comfort level. Start off with 5 breaths a round and slowly increase the number of breaths. With the lockdown imposed, we have more time to look after our mind and body. It is time to unwind and look deeper into ourselves. 

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Tue, 08 Jun 2021 15:06:37 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-vignesh-shivan-shares-update-on-nayantharas-netrikann/ TRENDING: Vignesh Shivan Shares Exciting Update On Nayanthara’s Netrikann! https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-vignesh-shivan-shares-update-on-nayantharas-netrikann/ Lady superstar Nayanthara will be seen next in the most awaited revenge thriller titled, Netrikann. From its inception, the film has kept the audience eagerly looking forward to what’s in store for them. Meanwhile, filmmaker Vignesh Shivan, who is the producer of the movie, has shared an exciting update about the film’s first song. First song Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum from Netrikann will be out tomorrow on June 9. Sharing it on Instagram, he wrote: “#Netrikann First song from June 9th.”

 

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The first single of Netrikann is said to be a soulful and healing song. Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum is composed by Girishh Gopalakrishnan and is sung by the popular singer Sid Sriram. The lyrics of the song are penned by Karthi Netha. The teaser of the song was released recently on Sid Sriram’s birthday. 

Though makers have yet not officially confirmed, the buzz is Netrikann is an official adaptation of the Korean crime thriller Blind. Directed by Milind Rau, who rose to fame after his film Aval. Netrikann also has Ajmal Ameer, Saran, Indhuja, Manikandan among others. 

Meanwhile, speculations are doing rounds that the film will get an OTT release due to the pandemic. However, there is no official word regarding the same. Vignesh Shivan is bankrolling the film under his home banner Rowdy Pictures.

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Tue, 08 Jun 2021 12:09:38 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/pic-talk-bigg-boss-fame-mahat-and-wife-prachi-blessed-with-a-baby-boy/ PIC TALK: Bigg Boss Fame Mahat And Wife Prachi Blessed With A Baby Boy! https://jfwonline.com/article/pic-talk-bigg-boss-fame-mahat-and-wife-prachi-blessed-with-a-baby-boy/ Bigg Boss fame Mahat Raghavendra and his wife Prachi Mishra have been blessed with a baby boy. Mahat took to his social media and shared the first photo of them with the newborn from the hospital. He also expressed his happiness at being a dad now through the caption. He wrote, “God has blessed us with a cute little baby boy today morning! Prachi & me are overjoyed with this bundle of happiness. Thank you everyone for all your love and good wishes.So excited to be a dad.” 

The celebrity couple is being showered with congratulatory messages in the comment section of Mahat’s Twitter post. Mahat Raghavendra and Prachi dated each other for a few years and tied the knot in 2020.  The couple had a beautiful beach wedding last year ahead of the pandemic and it was attended by several celebrities including Silambarasan. Prachi is a former Miss India who runs a fashion business in Dubai. 

 

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The couple shared various pictures throughout their pregnancy and kept their fans updated. Keeping in mind the present situation, they celebrated an intimate baby shower with only their near and dear ones. Wishing the couple all success on this newly embarked journey!

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Tue, 08 Jun 2021 06:15:22 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-bharathiraja-demands-ban-of-the-family-man-2/ TRENDING: Bharathiraja Demands Ban Of ‘The Family Man 2’! https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-bharathiraja-demands-ban-of-the-family-man-2/ The second season of Samantha Akkineni, Manoj Bajpayee and Priyamani starrer ‘The Family Man’ got released on Amazon Prime a couple of days back. Even before the release, there was a massive outrage on social media and a section of Tamil speaking audience wanted the show to be banned. Even after the release of the season, the outrage did not stop.

While fans have been expressing their disappointment, legendary filmmaker Bharathiraja has now issued a statement, where he has demanded the video streaming platform Amazon Prime to stop streaming the series. He alleged that the season portrays the Eelam Tamil people in a bad light and stated that failing to stop streaming the season will result in Tamil people boycotting the OTT platform. Starring Manoj Bajpayee, Priyamani and Samantha Akkineni in the lead roles, the series was directed by Raj and DK.

A few weeks back, the Tamil Nadu government had placed a request to the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting to either stop or ban the release of the second season. It was alleged in the request that the series has depicted the Tamil Eelam in a negative light. In a letter to I&B minister Prakash Javadekar, Tamil Nadu IT Minister T Mano Thangaraj wrote that the trailer presented Tamilians in a “highly objectionable manner”. Before this, Bharathiraja raised his voice against the biopic of Srilankan cricketer Muttiah Muralidharan, and eventually, it was called off.

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Mon, 07 Jun 2021 09:53:53 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/7-indian-movies-that-give-you-an-insight-into-journalism/ 8 Indian Movies That Give You An Insight Into Journalism! https://jfwonline.com/article/7-indian-movies-that-give-you-an-insight-into-journalism/ By Jayabhuvaneshwari B

Whether we realise it or not, journalism plays a very important role in our daily lives. The news we consume decides the kind of day we will be having. The news also keeps us informed about the rest of the world, while we sit at our homes. Journalists go through a lot of struggle to gather and present the news that you read everyday. Today, even good journalists with a lot of integrity are criticised because of the other ones who don’t report the truth and have bias in reporting. A lot of common people don’t really know how journalists work. To make that easy for us, some movies have represented journalists and their lives. Here are 8 Indian journalism related movies that give you an insight into the field:

 

  • Wake Up Sid:

Starring Ranbir Kapoor and Konkona Sen Sharma, Wake Up Sid was one movie that made us think that we were maybe missing out on a journalist’s lifestyle. With Konkona being a writer at Mumbai Beat and Ranbir eventually joining as a photojournalist, this movie gave us major FOMO (fear of missing out) about working in a magazine. Although the movie was mainly about ‘Sid’ and his life, journalism played an important role in it and made us wonder about the field. Filled with beautiful articles and photographs, Wake Up Sid is that journalism movie you should watch if you want to know what it is to work for a magazine.

 

  • Anasuya:

Anasuya, a 2007 Telugu-language film, follows a female journalist working  with a local television channel. After her big breakthrough through her first investigative report, she gets involved in a series of murders performed by a serial killer. The rest of the movie revolves around how she uses her presence of mind as a journalist and finds who the killer is. While the movie is mostly a thriller one, the protagonist being a journalist gives it a different angle when compared to other serial killer movies. With Bhoomika Chawla playing the lead, the movie is a must watch for the love of investigative journalism.

 

  • Page 3:

Page 3 is a sensational journalism movie that involves a deep sense of satire and in-depth look into celebrity gossip and scandals. It entails the story of Madhavi (Konkona Sen Sharma) who comes to Mumbai to become a journalist and finds herself assigned to Page 3 of a newspaper, i.e., celebrity gossip. The story deals with a whole lot of issues like drug-peddling, depression leading to suicide, child prostitution, cheaing spouses etc., through various characters in the story. It also shows the crime beat side of journalism, which Madhavi decides to take upon after she gets frustrated with celebrity scandals. Page 3 is that movie which opens up about all the issues in the media industry. 

 

  • Ko:

Ko is a 2011 Tamil movie directed by K V Anand. The director himself being a photojournalist entrails the life of a photojournalist and two other journalists in this film. It deals with how these journalists get involved into politics and also portrays the part journalism plays in politics, i.e., it can make or break a political party or ideology. This movie gives us a view inside a daily-newspaper and the kinds of ideas and stories they have to come up with to write news for their paper. It also involves the threats that journalists face for covering or exposing the true colours of politicians. With journalism and politics entwined with each other, this movie is an insight into the working of a daily news media house.

 

  • Pathram;

A 1999 Malayalam film, Pathram stars Suresh Gopi and Manju Warrier in lead roles. It tells the story of two journalists Nandan and Devika, who unite to fight against a common villain Vishwanathan. Now, Vishwanathan is a powerful man with a lot of money. So the only way the protagonist can win is with proper evidence regarding his crimes and to expose him with the same. The movie shows the role of journalists in exposing criminals and actually bringing their criminal endeavors to limelight. Pathram takes you into the lifestyle of daring journalists who want to fight against crime and establish justice through their journalistic reporting.

 

  • Kavan:

Starring VIjay Sethupathi and Madonna Sebastian in lead roles, Kavan is yet another journalism movie directed by K V Anand. Unlike other movies that give a look only into the lifestyle of journalists, this movie was one that exposed the real biases and corruption that is seen inside a media house. It follows the story of a couple of journalists who work for a leading news channel but are asked to report news in a biased manner and only cover the good side of certain celebrities, who are needed for the media house to run. It also talks about how reality shows are often scripted and are not what they really show. The rest of the movie is about how these journalists join another mediocre media house and still establish themselves as journalists, after they’re fired from the first one. This movie is a good watch if you want to know what it takes to be a journalist and what actually happens inside a media house. 

 

  • Noor:

Starring Sonakshi Sinha as a journalist, Noor talks about morality and integrity in journalism. The movie begins in an entertaining where Noor is a journalist who is given only entertainment related or non news-worthy articles to be covered. She is frustrated with her job, until a good investigative news lead gets in her way. The rest of the story is about what she finds through the investigation and the struggles she faces to publish the story. While this seems like just another journalism movie, Noor also talks about story-theft where Noor’s friend and fellow journalist steals the story from her to hit Breaking before her news channel does. If you want to understand the responsibilities of a journalist and why integrity is important for them, Noor is the movie you should watch. 

 

  • Mrityunjayam from Kerala Cafe:

Kerala Cafe is a 2009 anthology film with 10 short-films directed by various directors. Mrityunjayam is one segment of the movie, starring Fahadh Faasil in the lead role. While it does not entirely talk about journalism, Fahadh plays the role of a journalist who is assigned to do an investigative report on an old, seemingly haunted ‘mana’ or a bungalow. While it ends up being more of a horror film, this small look into a journalist’s investigative reporting shows the risks with which it comes. It is a small yet significant movie highlighting the threats journalists can face at any point of time.

 

On the whole, these movies took different aspects of journalism to enlighten the world about the positives and the negatives of the field. However, journalism is not represented that much in Indian cinema. While there are a lot of cop-centric or teacher-centric movies, journalism-centric movies are comparatively fewer. Journalism movies with appropriate representation are even lesser. Indian cinema needs to represent journalism a lot more and we need many more movies like the ones above!

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Mon, 07 Jun 2021 08:30:02 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/pride-month-history-traditions-and-all-you-need-to-know-about-pride/ Pride Month: History, Traditions And All You Need To Know About Pride! https://jfwonline.com/article/pride-month-history-traditions-and-all-you-need-to-know-about-pride/ Megavarshini S G

Pride Month, a month where the LGBTQ celebrate themselves, embrace their genders, fill their lives with more love and happiness and finally breathe fresh air.  LGBTQ community have been put through hell for years, harassed, subjugated and thwarted. Even in the 90’s people weren’t more open to this community of people. ‘It didn’t really exist, there wasn’t really any such thing.’ Of course everyone was still at it. It’s just people met, loved and cared each other secretly.

Every year in June, world celebrates Pride month in honor of the LGBTQ community members and this month is all about teaching acceptance, pride in one’s sexual identity and most importantly love. Global Pride Day is celebrated on June 28, colorful parades, massive rallies, marches and events are held across the globe to attract participants. Dolled up, glittering the LGBTQ community flaunt their love, happiness and freedom in style.

Here’s all you need to know about Pride!

History:

 

 

It all started with the Stonewell Uprising in New York City on June 28, 1969. Following the invasion of police in Gay Bar located in Greenwich Village, riots, demurs, protests ensued throughout the city. Marsha P Johnson, a black, Trans and a bisexual woman led the movement and carried it forward for the next six days. People from different parts of the world endorsed this movement. This fight brought a revolutionary change in the world.

Pride Month was officially fledged by bisexual activist Brenda Howard, ‘The Mother of Pride’. After a year of Stonewall Riots, she organized a Gay Pride Week and Christopher Street Liberation Day. This acted as a catalyst and now we have the resplendent and glorious Pride marches, festivities and celebrations.

The Stonewall Inn was declared a historic landmark by the city of New York in 2015 and later named a national monument by President Barack Obama in 2016.

Rainbow Symbolism:

 

 

During the Pride month, people proudly carry rainbow flags in their rallies and festivities in June. They represent it as a symbol of LGBTQ pride.

In 1978, a gay man and a drag queen Gilbert Baker designed a flag to support their mission, which is to come out of the lie and live an open life. Rainbow, a natural flag from the sky with its eight colors and stripes was adopted. Each color had its significance, Hot pink – Sex, Red – Life, Orange – Healing, Yellow – Sunlight, Green – Nature, Turquoise – Art, Indigo – Harmony and Violet – Spirit. Later, due to the production issues two strips were removed and now the most commonly used variant of the rainbow flag has six stripes with Red, the color which stands first in the actual rainbow, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet. Colors in the flag represent togetherness, as LGBTQ come in all races, sexes, genders.

The internationally acknowledged and beautiful rainbow flag is used by the LGBTQ in promising times and also in crisis.

Pride Traditions:

 

 

Typically involve a series of events and is capped by parade of marchers. LGBTQ’s fears, vulnerabilities and oppressions are confronted and a sense of inclusiveness arises in this Pride march. The parade seek to create community and honor the history of the movement. Commemorations and memorials are held for people who lost their lives to hate crimes. Campaigns and rallies to promote the history and also the well-being of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans queers. Just wear your colors, grab a rainbow, bisexual or Trans flag and go dance, run or walk in the parade with Pride!

Pride 2021:

 

 

Last year marked the 50th anniversary of Pride Month. Due to pandemic, the celebrations, love and happiness were shared virtually. This year, parade events may resume in person depending on the viral spread and place you live. However, most of the celebrations are happening online. Celebrate Pride virtually: Support Pride organizations by donating, host a Pride movie night, hang a Pride flag outside your place, embrace and spread love.

There’s always a way to shower Love!

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Mon, 07 Jun 2021 06:15:54 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/pic-talk-tovino-thomas-celebrates-son-tahaans-birthday/ PIC TALK: Tovino Thomas Celebrates Son Tahaan’s Birthday! https://jfwonline.com/article/pic-talk-tovino-thomas-celebrates-son-tahaans-birthday/ Tovino Thomas took to social media on Sunday and shared photos from the birthday celebration of his son Tahaan. Tovino was seen along with his wife Lidiya, daughter Izza and son Tahaan. Sharing the photos, Tovino penned a heartwarming birthday wish. He mentioned that the birth of his son was the silver lining of lockdown, as he was able to spend a lot of time with him.

 

He wrote, “Happy Birthday My Boy. You arrived during the last lockdown, becoming our silver lining then. We’re again locked down a year later, but for me it’s been a blessing in a way- I was able to spend a whole lot of time with you this one year. Wishing you happier returns of the day.” In June last year, he announced the arrival of Tahaan by sharing a glimpse of his photo.

 

The actor had tied the knot with his long-term girlfriend Lidiya on October 24, 2014. His elder daughter, Izza Thomas was born in the year 2016. On the professional front, Tovino Thomas has a lineup of films including Minnal Murali, Ajayante Ajayante Randam Moshanam. Minnal Murali which is directed by Basil Joseph went on floors in December last year. It is being said that the film will be multilingual and it is being scripted by Arun Anirudhan. Ajayante Ajayante Randam Moshanam, on the other hand, will be directed by Jithin Lal who has worked in films such as Godha, Kalki and Ennu Ninte Moideen as a chief associate director.

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Mon, 07 Jun 2021 05:24:36 +0000 https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-kiruthiga-udhayanidhis-next-film-with-kalidas-jayaram-and-tanya-ravichandran/ TRENDING: Kiruthiga Udhayanidhi’s Next Film With Kalidas Jayaram And Tanya Ravichandran! https://jfwonline.com/article/trending-kiruthiga-udhayanidhis-next-film-with-kalidas-jayaram-and-tanya-ravichandran/ Director Kiruthiga Udhayanidhi has roped in Kalidas Jayaram and Tanya Ravichandran to act in her next film. She says that the movie is based on travel. “Travel is also a metaphor for searching for one’s self,” begins the filmmaker and elaborates, “Every human has his own troubles and all of us handle them in different ways. Life has its own share of struggles and sorrows, but despite all that, we try to be happy and find peace. With this story, I am trying to explore what could be the best way to handle the issues that we face in life.”

 

The director wanted performers who could emote subtly and hence chose the young actors. “When an actor has that sensibility to understand what the filmmaker wants and performs accordingly, it becomes easier to work with them,” she states.

 

“Kalidas has been doing extremely well in recent times and is proving himself as a versatile actor who can do any kind of role. Right from the beginning, I had him in mind for this role. When we were discussing this script, he mentioned how he bunked college to go and watch Vanakkam Chennai, and that he loved the film. I told him that this film, too, will be in a similar vein, and he immediately said that he wanted to be part of it. This role will be a challenge for him,” she says.

 

Kiruthiga says that she hasn’t watched Tanya’s films, but was impressed with her performance in a song in Karuppan. “I think she took a small break post that and has come back to acting now. Somebody suggested Tanya for the heroine’s role. I was looking at everyone else, but kept going back to her because I felt she would be perfect for the role. I like very unconventional and relatable heroes and heroines, and I think both my lead actors are that way,” she says.

 

The supporting cast and the music composer are yet to be finalised, adds Kiruthiga. She has retained cinematographer Richard M Nathan, editor Lawrence Kishore and art director Sakthee Venkatraj, whom she frequently works with, as her crew. “This will be a breezy film like Vanakkam Chennai and since it involves travel, we will be shooting it across many states. It will be a visual treat,” she signs off.

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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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Sameera Reddy is an active mom blogger and also an inspiration for women!

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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.