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Panguni Uthiram 2020: All You Need to Know about the Tamil Festival

April 06, 2020 Add Comment

Panguni Uthiram is an annual Hindu festival celebrated by the Tamil community across the globe. It falls on a full moon day when the moon transits in the nakshatra of Uttara-phalguni or Uthiram.

According to the Hindu mythology, the festival marks the wedding day of Parvati and Lord Shiva, Murugan and Deivanai, and Aandaal and Rangamannar. The festival which is considered as one of the most auspicious days of the year is celebrated in a grand manner.

The 10-day long festivities are held at the Palani temple while other Murugan temples too witness huge crowds of devotees. Since Panguni Uthiram celebrates the essential event in the lives of different Hindu Gods, people offer prayers at various temples with their friends and family.

Is Warner Pictures Group releasing Wonder Woman 1984 online?

March 21, 2020 Add Comment

Is Wonder Woman 1984 going to bypass theaters altogether and head straight to streaming? Warner Bros. is reportedly mulling over what to do with their upcoming superhero sequel as the fate of movie theaters remains up the air. The coronavirus has shut down many theaters across the globe, and there’s no telling when they’ll back up and running. For the time being, many studios – including Warners – have decided to release several of their recent titles on digital early.

The Wrap is reporting that Warner Bros. is considering releasing Wonder Woman 1984 to digital instead of theaters, “probably as a direct-to-consumer offering rather than as part of Warner’s soon-to-launch subscription service HBO Max.” Nothing is official yet, and the studio’s preference is to stick to a theatrical release – that’s how they make their money, after all.

But the theatrical landscape is in a weird place right now. The coronavirus has shut down theaters across the world, and there’s no clear indication of when they might open up again. On top of that, there’s a real concern that many theater chains – like AMC – can’t survive a long shutdown. Meaning that whenever this current crisis ends, some theaters might not even be able to re-open.

Still, this is a rumor for the time being, and nothing is written in stone. Warner President of Domestic Distribution Jeff Goldstein even went on record to say that there haven’t been streaming discussions, adding: “We’re looking to release the movie theatrically, that’s our plan.” Director Patty Jenkins has also reportedly not been involved with any discussion to release the film to streaming first, he said. An individual close to the film confirmed that Jenkins has had no discussions with the studio about a streaming option.

And then there’s the money factor. Warners would have to “hit tens of millions of streaming purchases” to make back the movie’s budget, and make it a success. Executive producer Charles Roven said: “It’s ludicrous if you consider how big a movie this is. Everybody recognizes that, as interesting as streaming might be, if you want a huge, global worldwide box office, you’ve got to release it in a movie theater.”

Discussions are taking place involving people like Warner Pictures Group Chairman Toby Emmerich and his advisers and as per director Patty Jenkins and producer Charles Roven haven't been involved as well. Though the theatrical release is a priority, Warner is planning a direct-to-consumer offering through their subscription service HBO Max. While an official clarification is awaited, it must be noted that initially the Gal Gadot starrer “Wonder Woman 1984” was planned to release on June 4.

Meanwhile, IndieWire says Warner Bros. has flat-out told them the movie will go to theaters. That could change, of course, but for now, they’re sticking with theatrical.

Miss India Anukreethy VAS debuts with a Tamil film!

March 18, 2020 Add Comment

Actor Prashanth was one of the young superstars of Tamil cinema during the eighties and was well ahead of Vijay and Ajith at that time as the most favorite with the audience.  His wrong choices of movies led to flops and has been on a hiatus for a few years but is now making a comeback with a bang with the Tamil remake of 'Andhadhun' directed by Mohan Raja which will go on floors soon.

While there are reports making rounds that Ramya Krishnan will play the role played by Tabu, here's an update on the heroine of the movie. Speculations are making the rounds that Miss India Tamil Nadu Anukreethy Vas who was supposed to pair with Prashanth in a movie directed by Venkatesh will be signed to play the role played by Radhika Apte in Andhadhun, in its Tamil remake. An official clarification on the speculation is expected soon.

Meanwhile, the hot buzz is that Prashanth has signed on to play the male lead in another new movie directed by Ashwin Saravanan of 'Maya' and 'Game Over' fame.  The female-centric film has Samatha in the title role and the official confirmation is expected pretty soon.

Actress private photos leaked on social media! Casting director arrested.

March 17, 2020 Add Comment

Oshiwara police arrested a 28-year-old casting director for allegedly uploading private photographs of a 27-year-old actress on social media platforms. The accused Mahavir Tak alias Nakul had allegedly uploaded the actress' photographs with another casting director.

As per police the accused identified as Mahavir Tak also known as Nakul gave 3 lakhs to her boyfriend who is also a casting director for a serial few months ago. However, her boyfriend was unable to start on the project which angered Mahavir who then demanded him to return his money and took away her mobile phone.

On being alerted by her friend she immediately approached Oshiwara Police station where she filed the complaint against Mahavir. The police then swung into action and arrested the accused who then revealed he created a fake account on various social media platforms to leak the images. He did this to take revenge from her boyfriend who didn't return his 3 lakh rupees.

"We have arrested the accused on the charges of molestation and under the sections of Information Technology Act. He was produced before the court on Sunday which remanded him in police custody," an Oshiwara police station officer said.

Coronavirus threat : Tamil Nadu shuts Schools, Colleges,Gyms, bars until March 31.

March 16, 2020 Add Comment

As part of preventive measures against coronavirus, Tamil Nadu government on Monday (March 16) announced that all educational institutions, liquor outlets, theatres, malls and resorts will remain closed till March 31.However, board exams for the Class X, XI and XII will happen as per the schedule and the medical colleges too will continue to function.

The TN government taking high precautions has also asked the public not to plan any public function including marriages till the end of the month and only the ones that had already procured permission will be allowed.

The order has been received positively by all concerned as though Tamil Nadu is one of the least affected states in India and the world by the coronavirus these proactive steps could help in battling the threat.

Globally, novel coronavirus has infected more than 1,60,000 people and killed nearly 6,500. So far India has reported nearly 115 positive cases of Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. These include two people who have died due to the disease 13 patients who have been discharged after being cured.

The crisis has forced Indian governments at the Centre and in various states to put in place several restrictions aimed at reducing the arrival of people from other countries, cutting down the rate of interaction between people and stopping the spread of the virus, which has no cure or vaccine yet, at large.