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Actors and actresses of North and South Indian film industries joining hands are not new. Bollywood and South stars collaborating on-screen have been a trend in the past with the likes of Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Chiranjeevi, Nagarjuna, Prabhu Deva, and many others collaborating with Aishwarya Rai, Deepika Padukone, Sonakshi Sinha, Manisha Koirala, Raveena Tandon, and Kajol, etc.
While the trend had slowed down in between, the new generation of stars seems to be reviving the idea. Calling it the “pan-India” film for maximum reach, many new-generation stars from North and South are coming together in some of the biggest ventures, over the coming months. The idea, of course, is to maximize the audience base and revenues at a time uncertainty rule over the film business.
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Over the next months, Vijay Deverakonda stars with Ananya Panday in Liger, while Alia Bhatt and Ajay Devgn will be seen in RRR with Ram Charan and Jr NTR. Prabhas, Kriti Sanon, and Saif Ali Khan co-star in Adipurush, and Prabhas teams up with Amitabh Bachchan and Deepika Padukone in an untitled film. These are just a few instances.
The trend has ensured such films are released in multiple languages such as Hindi, Tamil Telugu, and Malayalam — which helps in reaching out to a bigger audience. This, in turn, helps stars gain fandom beyond their own respective region.
IANS takes a look at some of the biggest North-South collaborations coming up in mainstream Indian cinema:
Bollywood actors Alia Bhatt and Ajay Devgn will be seen in this magnum opus by SS Rajamouli. The film also features South stars Ram Charan and Jr. NTR. The film is set against the backdrop of the independence era. The period drama centers around the life of freedom fighters Komaram Bheem and Alluri Sita Ramaraju. It will be released in Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada, and other Indian languages.
Bollywood actors Kriti Sanon and Saif Ali Khan will be seen sharing screen space with Telugu star Prabhas in the film, reportedly an adaptation of Ramayan. Adipurush will be released in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, and Kannada. Kriti is set to essay Sita while Saif will be seen essaying Ravan and Prabhas will feature as Lord Ram in the Om Raut directorial.
Telugu star Vijay Deverakonda’s upcoming ambitious action film also features Bollywood actress Ananya Panday. The film is set to release in five languages — Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, and Malayalam. It is scheduled to hit the screens on September 9. Vijay will be seen playing a boxer in the film directed by Puri Jagannadh directorial.
HAATHI MERE SAATHI
The film stars Rana Daggubati along with Hindi film actors such as Pulkit Samrat, Shriya Pilgaonkar, and Zoya Hussain. It has three different titles for three different versions — Haathi Mere Saathi is called Aranya in Telugu version and Kaadan in Tamil. The release of the Hindi version has been affected due to the spike in Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra.
UNTITLED AMITABH BACHCHAN-PRABHAS-DEEPIKA PADUKONE STARRER
Superstars Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, and Prabhas have joined hands for a mega multi-lingual film, which has not been titled yet. This is the first time Prabhas collaborates with Big B and Deepika. However, it has not been reported as to how many languages the film will release. The film is slated to open next year. (IANS/SP)
Action has been a perennial favorite genre among lovers of mainstream cinema, especially in the Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, and Malayalam film industries. The larger-than-life heroism of southern superstars is now in for a period twist. Many top actors are exploring the idea of reorganizing the action genre through retro themes pertaining to historicals, mythological, or crime drama set in the seventies, eighties, or nineties.
While the action brings in its quota of masala, the grandeur of period cinematography adds to the impact, giving fans something more to observe and engage in. Here is a list of highly-anticipated upcoming films from the South, which promise action in a different era:
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MARAKKAR: LION OF THE ARABIAN SEA
This Mohanlal starrer is set for theatrical release on May 13. The National Award-winning film is set in the 16th century and tells the story of a naval commander. The film was scheduled to release worldwide across 5,000 theatres in 2020 but was postponed due to the pandemic.
“Bahubali” maker SS Rajamouli’s upcoming ambitious film stars NTR Jr and Ram Charan with Alia Bhatt and Ajay Devgn. The film is set in the 1920s and is a fictional account of two freedom fighters who fight against the British and Nizam of Hyderabad. The film said to be one of the costliest ever made in India, is scheduled to release on October 13.
The film is a Telugu remake of the National Award-winning Tamil film “Asuran”, which is based on the 1968 Kilvenmani massacre in Tamil Nadu. “Narappa” features superstar Venkatesh and is under production. The film is directed by Addala.
K.G.F: CHAPTER 2
Kannada superstar Yash returns with the sequel to his 2018 blockbuster, ” K.G.F: Chapter 1″. This Kannada film is a period crime drama set against the backdrop of the Kolar goldfields and Yash returns as Rocky Bhai, the flamboyant retro don who makes style statements in bell-bottoms, sunglasses, and polka dot shirts. The story is set between the 1950s to 1980s. (IANS/SP)
When they were first published, Gracy’s stories shocked readers with their sexual candor and frank celebration of female desire. She is now widely recognized as one of the most important contemporary writers in Malayalam.
Her short stories, which vary from half a page to novella-length, draw the reader into the world of modern men and women caught in quagmires of desire, lust, jealousy, and vengeance – emotions that they often carry even into the afterlife. In these pages we will find: the bitter defiance of a daughter going to her mother’s funeral in her most alluring sari; a contemporary retelling of the story of Draupadi; the sinister coming-of-age tale of a young girl.
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“I enjoy mining deep into the recesses of the human mind while writing. Often, my stories tend to be woman-centric, as they can’t help but be fierce responses to male intrusions, and dominance over female bodies,” author Gracy says, adding: These stories attempt to evoke a sense of woman’s identity, even as they try to meet the challenge of exploring diverse themes and concerns.”
“I am looking forward to the responses of new readers who, I hope, would take to my stories in Baby Doll'”, she says.
Gracy’s first collection of short stories, “Padiyirangippoya Parvathi”, came out in 1991. It was followed by nine more short-story collections. She has published three memoirs and a short autobiography. She has also made her mark in writing for children. Her work has been translated into Tamil, Kannada, Hindi, etc. Some of Gracy’s stories have also been translated into English and Oriya.
She has been the recipient of many awards, including the Lalithambika Antharjanam Award (1995) instituted for women writers, the Thoppil Ravi Award (1997), the Katha Prize for the Best Malayalam Short Story (1998), and the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award (2000).
Translator Fathima says: “I am delighted that this long-overdue translation of Gracy’s stories is now set to reach a wider set of readers. Gracy occupies a unique position among Malayali women writers who challenged the seemingly inviolable male bastions in the Malayalam literary field.”
“Though she was initially associated with the ‘Pennezhuthu’ movement (changing the historiography of women’s writing in India and the images of certain writers and writing trends) of the 1990s, Gracy has always preferred to walk alone, rattling conservative readers with her unapologetic assertion of female sexuality and clinical exposure of the slippery slopes of kinship and marital bonds,” Fathima says.
Layered with biblical and mythical resonances, her stories allow the living and the undead to jostle for space, amid an array of lost and listless men and women, bewildered children, lethal predators, and misfits, as much as spunky and sensitive women. They carry a distinctly edgy, sardonic humor and a style that varies from the acerbic to minimalistic, to lyrical. Gracy’s refusal to romanticize the harsh realities of life is often a calculated affront against the patriarchal values that inform Kerala society, the faultlines of which her writing continues to expose,” Fathima adds. (IANS)
Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan has revealed what keeps him warm in trying circumstances.
Amitabh, who is currently hospitalised with Covid-19, took to Instagram, where he posted a picture of his woollen clogs and compared them with the wooden clogs from the Netherlands.
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“The beautiful Dutch clogs of the Netherlands .. and my own woollen clogs to keep me warm in these trying circumstances,” he wrote alongside the image.
He then posted another photograph of himself on the photo-sharing website and deciphered the meaning of “Vivek”.
He wrote: “Vivek – Sapience, sense of right-wrong, discretion, prudence, conduct… Vivek is used in every Indian language… add a suffix ‘um’ for Telugu, Tamil, Kannad, Malayalam… or an ‘ah’ for Punjabi, Jut, Marathi, Gujarati, Kashmiri etc… The word Vivek means the same…”
Big B’s son Abhishek Bachchan is also being treated for Covid-19 in hospital, while his daughter-in-law Aishwarya and granddaughter Aaradhya have been discharged after testing negative for the virus. (IANS)