Huma Qureshi, who was part of Rajinikanth-starrer Kaala, is off to Hollywood to star in Zack Snyder’s film. She asserts that she believes in growing and essaying different characters that are outside her comfort zone.
She is in Los Angeles to start working on Netflix original film, Army of the Dead.
“It’s a great opportunity for me to explore such varied genres. The idea of working with Zack is amazing considering his films in the past, especially for audiences in India,” Huma said, of her upcoming zombie flick.
“This genre is vastly unexplored for Indian audiences. Right now is the time for successful experimentation. Actors are trying to do something they have never done before, which is extremely gratifying. The team behind the film needs no introduction, and it’s truly an honour for me to be part of this special project,” said the actress, who will be in Los Angeles till September.
Army of the Dead follows a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas even as a man assembles a group of mercenaries to pull off the greatest heist ever. Army of the Dead marks Snyder’s return to the zombie genre, having previously made his directorial debut with Dawn of the Dead.
The film also stars Ella Purnell, Ana de la Reguera and Theo Rossi.
Madhavan is all set to play the lead in a Hindi venture, titled Dahi Cheeni. The Vikram Vedha actor will be paired opposite music mogul Gulshan Kumar’s daughter, Khusali Kumar, who is making her Bollywood debut with this film.
Produced by T-Series, the film is directed by debutant Ashwin Neal Mani.
Dahi Cheeni is scheduled to go on the floors in August this year. Ashwin Neal Mani is a former associate of Mani Ratnam and had worked as a trainee assistant on Baz Luhrmann’s Australia (2008), starring Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman.
Madhavan’s last full-fledged Hindi release was Saala Khadoos (Irudhi Suttru in Tamil). He also appeared in the first season of Breathe, on Amazon Prime, and the Telugu film Savyasachi.
In spite of his busy schedule, music director Anirudh takes time to sing for composers, too. Now, he has crooned for Prabhas in the mega venture Saaho.
He, along with Hindi singer Dhvani Bhanushali, recorded Kadhal Psycho, a peppy love track. It is composed by Tanishk Bagchi.
Saaho is produced by Vamsi-Pramod for UV Creations. Written and directed by Sujeeth, the film has Shraddha Kapoor opposite Prabhas.
Jackie Shroff, Neil Nithin Mukesh, Arun Vijay, Lal, Murali Sharma, Vennela Kishore, Prakash Belavadi, Evelyn Sharma, Supreeth, Lal, Chunky Pandey, Mandira Bedi, Mahesh Manjrekar and Tinu Anand are also in the cast.
Saaho has action sequences choreographed by Kenny Bates, Peng Zhang, Dhilip Subbarayan, Stunt Silva, Stefan, Bob Brown and Ram-Lakshman. Madhie has cranked the camera while Sabu Cyril handles production design.
Sreekar Prasad takes care of editing and visual effects are by R C Kamala Kannan. The film will have a worldwide release in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam 15 August.
Chennai: After Kolaigaran, actor-music director Vijay Antony began his next venture in Chennai. It will be directed by Ananda Krishnan and produced by Chendur Film International T D Raja.
The production house had earlier bankrolled Prashanth’s Jambavan, Arjun starrer Vallakottai and Sasikumar’s Raja Vamsam.
It is a political thriller. Uru fame Johan is composing the music and N S Udayakumar will handle cinematography. The film is co-produced by Raja Sanjay along with T D Raja. Remember Raja Krishnan shot to fame with Metro before.
Chennai: Call it a shocking new for team Bigil. A peppy motivational song titled Singa Penne from Vijay’s upcoming film Bigil has been leaked online months ahead of the film’s release.
The film, directed by Atlee, has music composed by AR Rahman. On Tuesday, a track from Bigil titled Singa Penne has found its way to the Internet and is going viral on social media.
The song in question has been sung by AR Rahman himself and has lyrics written by Vivek.
It is said that the peppy track is a motivational song on the lines of ‘Ella Pugazhum Oruvanuke’ (Azhagiya Tamizh Magan) and ‘Aalaporan Tamizhan’ (Mersal).
A sports-based film, Bigil is bankrolled by AGS Entertainments. Vijay will be seen in two roles, Nayanthara is tipped to be playing the role of a physiotheraphy student. The shooting of Bigil is expected to be wrapped up in August. Plans are on to release the movie for Deepavali. Jackie Shroff, Vivekh, Indhuja, Varsha Bollamma, Kathir and Yogi Babu are also in the cast.
Chennai: There were rumours that sequel to Dhanush’s Vada Chennai has been shelved. A section of media said that since is busy with handfull of films, Vada Chennai 2 may not begin.
Dhanush has a film with Durai Senthil Kumar of Kodi fame, Karthik Subbaraj, a film with Maari Selvaraj of Pariyerum Perumal fame.
Apart from these he also has films with Ramkumar, who helmed Raatchasan and with his brother Selvaraghavan in the pipeline.
He also will be seen in a Hindi film that will be directed Aanand L Rai.
However, Dhanush put an end to rumours and said that the project is on.
He wrote in his social media page, “Don’t know what caused this confusion among my fans. Vada Chennai 2 is very much on, unless you see any official confirmation from my Twitter handle please do not believe rumors regarding any project of mine. Thank you. Love you.” (sic)
Dhanush is currently busy with the shoot of Asuran which is being directed by Vetrimaran that also marks their fourth collaboration after Polladhavan, Aadukalam and Vada Chennai.
Chennai: Skoda Auto India has unveiled a limited edition of its Rapid sedan, at an introductory ex-showroom price of Rs 6.99 lakh.
Named the Rider, the limited edition model has black design elements, dual-tone ebony sand interior, with premium ivory slate upholstery, has features like dual airbags and anti-lock braking system as standard across its product portfolio.
The car also has more features such as rear parking sensors, anti-glare interior rear view mirror, rear windscreen defogger with timer, height adjustable three-point seatbelts at the front, rough road package, and engine immobiliser with floating code system. It will come with a 1.6 litre petrol engine.
Chennai: “Right now I am very happy and secure. I feel that only now I am trying to work as an actor by doing quality films and putting my 100 per cent commitment,” says actor Amala Paul, whose film Aadai is up for release, 19 July.
The movie’s trailer has already gained much attention due to Amala Paul’s bold avatar and speaking about what attracted her towards the role, she says, “Kamini’s character is a mix of both a positive and negative role. She is very dominating, bossy, career-oriented and self-centered. Usually we don’t get such characters and that’s what attracted me towards Kamini.”
Excerpts from the interview Q: Who is Kamini ? Tell us about the role in the film Aadai.
A: Kamini is just opposite to any usual female character in Tamil films. Usually in films, a female character will either be portrayed in a good way or in a negative role. Kamini’s character is a mix of both. She is very dominating, bossy, career-oriented and self-centered.
Usually we don’t get such characters and that’s what attracted me towards Kamini. Kamini is someone who is unapologetically herself. She wants to explore herself and life and achieve her dreams. She is a rebel without a cause.
Q: How did you prepare for the role?
A: After hearing the script, I decided that I wanted to look my best physically, so I went to gym. Kamini is also someone who is in her early 20s and very independent. In order to prepare for the role, I had to break myself and started hanging out a lot to many malls to see and observe the girls of that age and prepare myself. Physically and mentally I wanted to give my 100 per cent towards the role.
Q: Do you think that by doing a film like Aadai you will get similar kind of roles?
A: Absolutely not. This kind of stereotypes have never happened to me. At the age of 23, I did a film like Amma Kanakku and after that apart from Bhaskar Rascal, I didn’t get any other mother role. So if you are an actor, these are the fears that you put in your head. If you can prove yourself as an actor, I think you are not going to stop getting different roles.
Q: How relieved were you after doing Aadai?
A: I felt extremely powerful. I knew that doing this film would be a challenge but thanks to all the things that happened in my life that it got me stronger. While doing the film, I had fear and insecurity at the back of my mind but after the film I got extremely comfortable with my body and I also got immense confidence. Aadai was the reason why I became a producer for Cadaver.
Q: During Mynaa you would have had many aspirations about your career as an actor. Are you still the same?
A: No, a lot has changed over the years. After Mynaa, there was a sudden success and I didn’t know how to handle it. I think the main emotion at that time was insecurity. Hence I started doing six-seven films at a time and it was a mad run. Right now I am very happy and secure. I feel that only now I am trying to work as an actor by doing quality films and putting my 100 per cent commitment.
Q: What is your take on the female-centric films that are being made in the industry.
A: I feel that films need to tell the stories of the society right now. This primitive way of telling the story of a girl who is very good and homely will not work anymore. Only if we go out, we can see how advanced the girls have become. They are very independent and are confident about what they want to do in life. So this kind of a society must come into the films. This is also my fight.
Q: What kind of films will you be interested to work on from now?
A: I want to see original content. All the masala films which are entirely dependent on a big hero is not working anymore. I don’t want to do those kind of films. I want to act in a film where I am involved as a team. For me content is important. It is so nice that actors like Ajith are doing a film like Nerkonda Paarvai. When these actors do these kind of films it will create an impact in the society.
Chennai: Kewal Kiran Clothing Ltd (KKCL), the makers of Killer Jeans, has announced that it is looking for franchisee partners for all its leading brands that include Integriti, Easies, Desi Belle, etc.
The company commenced opening branded stores under franchisee model in 2004 and has so far opened more than 320 stores across India, it said in a release.
The recent acquisition of fusion wear brand Desi Belle has further strengthened the company’s brand portfolio, said the release, adding that this would help franchisee owners to increase footfalls to their stores.
“As a large and organised domestic player in the branded apparel segment, our aim has been to offer the best, innovative and unique products to our consumers spread across the country. Reigning for over three decades, now our core strength has been our network of more than 320 franchisees spread across 29 States and 209 cities covering the entire country. We have worked very closely with our franchisees to grow their business, in turn we have grown our business. For us our franchisees are our family and we have supported them both financially and emotionally through their thick and thin of the times. As our volume of business is growing, we are looking for more franchisee partners for life. Once we sign with an entrepreneur, as our franchisee partner we would like to work with them and their second and third generation,” stated chairman and MD, KKCL, Kewalchand P Jain.
Chennai: “Mindtree would be kept distinct from L&T Infotech (LTI), L&T Technology Services (LTTS) and the recently-formed business division L&T-Nxt,” L&T CEO and MD S N Subrahmanyan has said.
After acquiring Mindtree in a hostile takeover, Larsen and Toubro (L&T) sought to assuage investor concerns, saying it can provide further impetus to the IT company’s growth by way of board-level oversight and relevant client connect.
Addressing the shareholders of Mindtree for the first time after the takeover, Subrahmanyan said the IT firm would be operated at arm’s length from the group’s entities. With its experience and track record of managing two successful IT businesses, he said L&T can add value to Mindtree and its stakeholders.
“Mindtree originated with a set of professional founders who had nothing other than their skills and a shared sense of purpose to create something special. This shared mission, passion and spirit of ownership contagiously spread across multiple layers of employees, leading to a unique organisational culture that delivered exceptional results for clients and shareholders,” he said during the annual general meeting in Bengaluru.
Mindtree would be kept distinct from L&T Infotech (LTI), L&T Technology Services (LTTS) and the recently-formed business division L&T-Nxt, he added.
“L&T can provide further impetus to long-term growth of Mindtree by way of board-level oversight and relevant client connects. We will be able to harness these relationships for the benefit of Mindtree’s stakeholders… L&T plans to leverage its 360-degree relationship with clients for accelerated growth of Mindtree,” he noted.
Subrahmanyan, along with Jayant Damodar Patil and Ramamurthi Shankar Raman, have been appointed to Mindtree board. Mindtree co-founders and board members – Krishnakumar Natarajan (chairman), Rostow Ravanan (CEO), and Parthasarathy NS (VC) – who had strongly resisted the takeover, left the company after the acquisition.
Subrahmanyan complimented Mindtree founders and former promoters, who were first-generation entrepreneurs, for building a ‘unique culture’ and creating a billion-dollar revenue business entity.