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First(s) women of Indian cinema

Earlier, women were not supposed to work in the Indian cinema or entertainment industry as that was considered "downgrading". But, soon, some women broke this barrier and became the "first ever woman in their respective fields".

Women who broke the societal barrier and started working in the Indian cinema were:

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Actress Kangana Ranaut has talked about how her weight adjustments for her latest 'Thalaivii' that "messed up many things" in her body

Actress Kangana Ranaut has talked about how her weight adjustments for her latest 'Thalaivii' that "messed up many things" in her body and left her with "permanent stretch marks". For her role in the film, based on the life of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and former actress J. Jayalalithaa, Kangana had to gain 20kg and undergo major physical transformation several times.

She took to Instagram to share her experience, detailing that doing all that over the six months period left her with "permanent stretch marks". "Gaining 20 kgs in 6 months and loosing it all within 6 months that too in my thirties messed up many things in my bodya I also have permanent stretch marks as well but art comes to life with a price and more often than not price is the artist him/herself," she wrote.

"Thalaivii" showcases the varied aspects of Jayalalithaa's life, tracing her journey as an actress at a young age to becoming the face of Tamil cinema, as well as the rise of the revolutionary leader who changed the course of the state's politics. Talking about her upcoming works, Kangana currently has 'Dhaakad'.

She is also shooting for her next 'Tejas', where she plays a fighter pilot. The Indian Air Force was the first of the country's defence forces to induct women into combat roles in 2016. The film takes inspiration from the landmark event. 'Tejas' is directed by debutant Sarvesh Mewara. The film will be RSVP's second film which pays a tribute to the Indian military after the immensely successful film "Uri: The Surgical Strike" which was released in January 2019. (IANS/ MBI)


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The queen of Hindi cinema, Madhuri Dixit, has said that digital platforms have opened up the world for her personally and also for Marathi-language content. | Wikimedia

The queen of Hindi cinema, Madhuri Dixit, has said that digital platforms have opened up the world for her personally and also for Marathi-language content. In a conversation with filmmaker and Planet Marathi CMD, Akshay Bardapurkar, at the launch of the OTT platform, Madhuri said: "Where offline content reaches a couple of hundred people in a single action, digital platforms open up the world for you. I believe Planet Marathi OTT is the instrument that can make the Marathi language global."

A Vistas Media Capital Company, Planet Marathi OTT unveiled the first-ever exclusively Marathi OTT platform on August 31. Madhuri tapped a button and the platform came to life, making 1,000-plus hours of binge-worthy content accessible worldwide. At the launch event, Madhuri said she was proud of the achievements of Marathi cinema and appreciated Bardapurkar's vision to create an OTT platform for Marathi content. Sharing her personal experience, the actress said her 'Dance With Madhuri' platform and her personal body of work had all undergone a transformation after the digital wave.

madhuri dixit holding a phone Madhuri Dixit: Planet Marathi OTT will make Marathi-language content global. | IANS

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A screen shows the logo and a ticker symbol for the Walt Disney Company on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, Dec. 14, 2017.

Disney announced Friday that all of its films slated for release by the end of the year will be exclusively screened in cinemas first, bringing relief to theaters anxious to reconnect with audiences after the coronavirus pandemic devastated their industry. The animated film Encanto will be released on the big screen Nov. 24 and will not appear on Disney's on-demand video platform until Dec. 24, the company said in a statement.

Other planned projects, including The Last Duel by Ridley Scott, Eternals by Marvel Studios and West Side Story by Steven Spielberg, will be screened in theaters for at least 45 days before they are released elsewhere. The decision was eagerly awaited by traditional cinemas after the entertainment giant recently chose to release a series of big productions such as Black Widow, Jungle Cruise and Cruella on its Disney+ platform, diverting part of their revenue.

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