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In what could be perceived as a shocking setback to the Rajinikanth legend, his latest release “Kaala” has opened to an underwhelming response.

It is one of the lowest-recorded openings in recent times for a Rajinikanth starrer.


What gives?

Actor-activist Vishal Krishna who heads the Tamil Nadu Films Producers’ Council (TFPC) says it’s too early to make any predictions.

” ‘Kaala’ has been unnecessarily embroiled in the Cauvery controversy. How much this has affected the film’s opening, I don’t know. What I do know is that at the end of the day Rajini sir is Rajini sir.

“Any film of his evokes a massive response. The opening of ‘Kaala’ may be on the lower side — I haven’t found the time to check — because his last film with the same director (Pa. Ranjith) had not been appreciated that much.”

However Vishal adds that “Kaala” may well surprise all the naysayers.

“Rajini Sir’s fan club is stronger than ever. And I am a member. They will ensure a smooth run for ‘Kaala’. Let’s not forget, this is the Ramzan week and a sizable chunk of the audience likes to refrain from watching films during this period even if it is Rajini Sir’s film. I intend to see ‘Kaala’ the soonest possible.”

Trade analyst Atul Mohan says that the buzz for this one is low despite having known faces from Hindi cinema like Nana Patekar, Huma Qureshi and Pankaj Tripathi


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“This may be due to some of the factors like couple of postponements in release date, Ramzan period , particularly the week before Eid which is dullest for business , as next Friday the big film of Salman Khan releases. Rajinikanth is still a huge craze as the character Chitti of ‘Robot’ and fans are waiting for the sequel ‘2.0’ .

“Also his last few films haven’t done well. The promos of ‘Kaala’ haven’t established a connect with Hindi audiences. It looks like a 1990s’ film. But we hope they have some great story to be shared which may be liked and the film does well,” said Mohan.

Atul Mohan also warns about the competition.

“‘Kaala’ has to compete with a Steven Spielberg franchise ‘Jurassic World’ which is a huge event. Also, a section of Rajinikanth’s audience is not happy with his entry into politics,” said Mohan.

Oscar-winning sound designer Resul Pookutty who has worked repeatedly with Rajini on “Ra.One”, “Robot” etc, agrees that Rajini’s politics could be a negative force in his career.

“I have not been following ‘Kaala’ release or its prospects, but I would imagine, the socio-political stand Rajini Sir has taken in the past one year people might have started looking at him differently from the demi-god that he used to be,” he said. (IANS)


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Upcoming medical colleges in Uttar Pradesh will be named after saints and sages

The new medical colleges being opened in Uttar Pradesh will be named after saints and sages.

The state government has issued an order naming four district hospitals that are being converted into medical colleges.

These district hospitals are in Bijnor, Fatehpur, Chandauli, and Siddharth Nagar.

The Bijnor medical college has been named after Mahatma Vidur, a philosopher during the Mahabharata era and uncle of the Pandavas and Kauravas.

The Chandauli medical college has been named after Baba Keenaram, said to be the founder of the Aghori sect.

The Siddharth Nagar district hospital will be called Madhav Prasad Tripathi Medical College after the BJP politician from the region. Tripathi, popularly known as Madhav Babu, was also the first Uttar Pradesh BJP chief. He was elected MP from Domariyaganj in 1977, besides being two times Jan Sangh MLA and also a member of the UP legislative council.

The Fatehpur hospital has been named Amar Shaheed Jodha Singh Ataiya Thakur Dariyawn Singh Medical College, after the freedom fighter of 1857.

It is said that he was among the first to use Guerrilla warfare against the British, as taught by freedom fighter Tatya Tope.

Meanwhile, according to official sources, the medical college in Deoria will be named after Maharishi Devraha Baba and the medical college of Ghazipur in the name of Maharishi Vishwamitra.

The medical college of Mirzapur will be in the name of Maa Vindhyavasini, the medical college of Pratapgarh in the name of Dr. Sonelal Patel and the medical college of Etah will be named after Veerangana Avantibai Lodhi. (IANS/JB)

Keywords: Medical Colleges, Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, India, Politics


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Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has picked India as the favourite to win the ongoing ICC Men's T20 World Cup in Oman and United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Inzamam feels that the Virat Kohli-led India have a greater chance of winning the trophy as the conditions in the Gulf nations are similar to the subcontinent, which makes India the most dangerous side in the event, according to Inzamam.

"In any tournament, it cannot be said for certain that a particular team will win' It's all about how much chance do they have of winning it. In my opinion, India have a greater chance than any other team of winning this tournament, especially in conditions like these. They have experienced T20 players as well," said Inzamam on his YouTube channel.

He said more than the Indian batters, the bowlers have a lot of experience of playing in the conditions. The Indian Premier League (IPL) was played recently in UAE and most of the Indian bowlers did well in that leg.

Inzy heaped praises on the Men in Blue for the confident manner in which they chased the target against Australia on a challenging track without needing Kohli's batting prowess.

"India played their warm-up fixture against Australia rather comfortably. On subcontinent pitches like these, India are the most dangerous T20 side in the world. Even today, if we see the 155 runs they chased down, they did not even need Virat Kohli to do so," he added.

Though he did not pick any favourite, Inzamam termed the India-Pakistan clash in the Super 12 on October 24 as the 'final before the final' and said the team winning it will go into the remaining matches high on morale,

"The match between India and Pakistan in the Super 12s is the final before the final. No match will be hyped as much as this one. Even in the 2017 Champions Trophy, India and Pakistan started and finished the tournament by facing each other, and both the matches felt like finals. The team winning that match will have their morale boosted and will also have 50 percent of pressure released from them," Inzamam added. (IANS/JB)

Keywords: India, Pakistan, Sports, ICC T20 World Cup, UAE.


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