Tamil filmmaker Pa. Ranjith, whose period sports action film ‘Sarpatta Parambarai’ has been streaming on Amazon Prime, says cross-regional collaborations will trigger the growth of a “new wave” of Indian cinema.
The filmmaker, who had announced plans to direct his first Hindi film on the life of the freedom fighter Birsa Munda, said in a chat with IANS: “South Indian films, especially Tamil and Malayalam movies, have always been special because of their progressive content. Also, the storytelling formats and quality and the technical aspects of South Indian movies are very good. I believe that with this collaboration (with Amazon Prime), we are creating a new wave of cinema.”
With OTT platforms picking up content from different parts of India, Pa. Ranjith said, the reach of regional cinema has increased effectively. The filmmaker was previously known for movies such as the Rajanikanth-starrers ‘Kabali’ and ‘Kaala’.
Continuing on the subject of the digital media, he said it was exposing people to global cinema. “We have a lot of youngsters who have come into the industry and the digital media has helped them to get to know more about global culture and events happening across the globe and in world cinema,” Pa. Ranjith said.
He concluded by noting: “The digital medium connects easily with a larger audience irrespective of the language. For example, my movie is not only for the Tamil audience, but also for the North Indian audience, such as the Marathi audience, which was especially appreciative of my movie ‘Kaala’. I believe content has greater value today. Many youngsters have come forward to make movies based on the prevailing social and political situation, which I believe is a good and healthy sign.”
Beyonce announces ‘Renaissance’ stadium tour dates
Singer Beyonce has announced a 2023 world tour on Instagram, supporting her multiple-Grammy-nominated 2022 album, ‘Renaissance’.
She also released the dates and cities on her official website, reports ‘Variety’.
The timing of the announcement, which comes just days before the Grammy Awards on Sunday, sparks speculation that the singer may perform or at least appear on the show. Beyonce is the most nominated artist for the awards with nine, all related to ‘Renaissance’.
Sources tell Variety that her husband Jay-Z will perform with DJ Khaled on the show, most likely their nominated song “God Did.”
Beyonce performed her first full concert in four years on January 21 at the new Atlantis the Royal Resort in Dubai.
It was an elaborate and highly theatrical performance — for which sources say she was paid some $24 million — with an all-female orchestra, a battery of dancers, a small lake, fireworks, a 50-foot hydraulic platform, three costume changes for the singer and a guest appearance from her and Jay’s daughter Blue Ivy, but no songs at all from ‘Renaissance’ — a tease that could mean she’ll premiere one or two on the Grammys, or even save them for the tour.
Beyonce has said that ‘Renaissance’ is a three-part project, so it’s possible that the next parts could be another album, a long-form video project or even the tour itself.
Beyonce’s last full tour was the nearly six-month, 49-date ‘Formation’ tour in 2016, which unusually featured no guest appearances until the final show, at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium, where she brought out Kendrick Lamar and Jay-Z.
She did, however, stage an epochal ‘Homecoming’ headlining performance at the 2018 Coachella festival — which was postponed from 2017 due to the birth of her and Jay’s twins — for which she was accompanied by a full marching band in a nod to historically Black colleges and universities.
That blockbuster performance was later released as the ‘Homecoming’ album and — via a three-project deal with Netflix that sources tell Variety is worth $60 million — a feature-length documentary. It seems possible that a future ‘Renaissance’ video project could be part of that deal as well.
Priyanka Chopra finally reveals daughter Malti Marie’s face; photos go viral
Actor Priyanka Chopra and husband Nick Jonas have finally revealed their daughter Malti Marie’s face.
The actor was attending an event in Los Angeles where Nick with his brothers Kevin and Joe unveiled their Hollywood Walk of Fame star.
Photos of Malti Marie has now gone viral on social media. Some netizens even called her a “carbon copy of her dad” Nick.
Priyanka Chopra’s family
Priyanka and Nick welcomed Malti via surrogacy in January 2022 and since her arrival, the actor had posted several photos of her but without revealing her face.
Priyanka and Nick tied the knot in a Christian and a Hindu ceremony in Jodhpur’s Umaid Bhawan Palace on December 1 and 2 in 2018. Later, the couple also hosted two receptions in Delhi and Mumbai.
When Priyanka opened up on Malti’s birth
A few days ago, PeeCee finally broke her silence on her daughter’s birth and revealed why the couple opted for surrogacy. She had mentioned that she had certain medical complications and hence, they decided to go for surrogacy. She also slammed people accusing her of “outsourcing” her pregnancy and stated that her daughter won’t be a part of any gossip.
“I was in the operation room when she came out. She was so small, smaller than my hand. We spent every single day with her on my chest, on my husband’s chest,” PeeCee recalled.
She had also made it clear that people can comment on her as per their whims and fancies, but she will not let her daughter be “gossip”.
Bombay HC extends relief to Rakhi Sawant till February 1 in case filed by Sherlyn Chopra
The Bombay High Court on Tuesday extended relief to Rakhi Sawant till February 1 in a case registered against her by another model.
Justice MS Karnik extended order of no coercive action Ms Sawant till February 1 as the complaint sought to file an intervention application.
A model and actor had filed an FIR against Ms Sawant alleging that the latter circulated her obscene videos to the media and made derogatory statements against her.
Amboli police had booked Ms Sawant and her lawyer Falguni Brahmbhatt on November 8, 2022, under sections 354A (sexual harassment), 500 (defamation), 504 (intentional insult) and 509 (insulting modesty of woman by act, word or gesture) of the Indian Penal Code and section 67 (transmission of obscene content in electronic form) of the Information Technology Act.
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