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Tovino Thomas to play superhero in Netflix film ‘Minnal Murali’

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Tovino Thomas will be seen playing a superhero in the upcoming Malayalam Netflix film ‘Minnal Murali’. The actor says he has been attached and committed to the character of Minnal Murali from the very beginning.

Tovino said: “I’ve been attached and committed to the character of Minnal Murali from the very beginning. I spent all my time communicating with my director to ensure the best possible outcome and immense amounts of work went into creating ‘Minnal Murali’.”

He said that he learnt a lot and is grateful that during these strange times, people can still appreciate cinema from the comfort of their homes through Netflix.

Tovino said: “I hope everyone who watches the film loves ‘Minnal Murali’ just as much as I do.”

‘Minnal Murali’ is produced by Weekend Blockbusters (Sophia Paul) and the film is directed by Basil Joseph.

Tovino will star as the superhero ‘Minnal Murali’, which is a story of an ordinary man-turned-superhero Murali, who is struck by a bolt of lightning, which bestows him with special powers.

Director Basil Joseph said: “We wanted to create a superhero that people could relate to and connect with on an emotional level. Though the essence of a superhero movie is the action, our genuine efforts were focused on having a strong narrative that could stand on its own while backing the action.”

The film also stars Guru Somasundaram, Harisree Ashokan and Aju Varghese in pivotal roles. Giving fans the chance to meet their new favourite superhero, the film will premiere with dubs in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi and English.

Talking about the production of the film Sophia Paul from Weekend Blockbusters said, “As a producer, this was my most challenging yet gratifying experience. I am proud of this journey. We brought together the best team of actors, technicians and platforms for the rise of this ‘local’ superhero – Minnal Murali.

“This superhero movie transcends languages, as at the core, it’s a human story of emotions and circumstances. I am thrilled and proud of Minnal Murali.”

Pratiksha Rao, Director, Films and Licensing, Netflix India added: “Malayalam cinema has gripped the audiences with innovative storytelling and incredible filmmaking craft.”

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Ravi Teja all set to explore the Hindi market with ‘Khiladi’

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Ravi Teja, who was last seen in ‘Krack’, will soon be seen playing a double role in his upcoming film ‘Khiladi’.

With an intent to explore the existing craze for Telugu movies in Hindi, the makers of ‘Khiladi’ are eyeing to release the movie in Hindi as well.

A report says that the producers of ‘Khiladi’ have sold the Hindi-dubbed version rights to Pen Studios. Since the Allu Arjun starrer ‘Pushpa’ has become a big hit in the Hindi market, ‘Khiladi’ might make a good impression as well.

The movie’s Hindi-dubbed release rights have reportedly been bought by Pen Marudhar. Pen Studios, who has previously been associated with several Bollywood movies, is currently producing the Alia Bhatt starrer ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’.

As there aren’t any notable Hindi movies releasing in the near future, the Ravi Teja starrer might be received well, the makers believe.

‘Khiladi’ will head to theatres on February 11. Starring Meenakshi Chaudhary and Dimple Hayathi, Ravi Teja will be seen in a dual role in ‘Khiladi. Helmed by Ravi Shankar, the movie is said to be a commercial action drama.

After ‘Khiladi’, Ravi Teja will be seen in ‘Ramarao On Duty’ followed by ‘Dhamaka’, ‘Ravanasura’ and ‘Tiger Nageshwarao’.

Ravi Teja is the only actor with back-to-back movies in his kitty even during the pandemic.

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Lata Mangeshkar shows ‘marginal improvement’, still in ICU

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Legendary singer Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar is showing ‘marginal improvement’ and continues to be in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), according to a statement shared by the Mangeshkar family.

The statement reads: “There is a marginal improvement in Lata Didi’s health and she continues to be in the ICU under treatment of a team of doctors, headed by Dr Pratit Samdani.”

“It’s not possible to give updates daily as that is a direct intrusion in the privacy of the family. We request each one of you to be sensitive to this issue.”

Mangeshkar, 92, was admitted to Breach Candy Hospital near her home in south Mumbai with Covid-19 and related health issues.

“India’s Nightingale” had tested positive on Tuesday (January 11) after reportedly contracting the virus from one of the house helps.

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Bigg Boss 15: Tejasswi Prakash calls Shamita Shetty an ‘aunty’

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As the ‘Bigg Boss 15’ finale is just around the corner, the contestants were given one last task ‘BB Hotel’, where Tejasswi Prakash and Shamita Shetty got into a heated fight.

In the upcoming task, Tejaswwi and Shamita were the hotel staff. Other contestants were hotel guests. A live audience was also seen entering the ‘Bigg Boss 15’ and are supposed to vote out one member from the show in the new episode.

During the task, Tejasswi was supposed to give a massage to co-contestant and beau Karan Kundrra, who was not impressed by her skills and said: “Aesi kaunsi hotel staff hoti hai Yeh bakwaas massage kar rahi hai (Which hotel staff does this. This is such a bad massage she is giving me).”

Moments later, Shamita is seen giving Karan and Tejasswi pulls her by her leg.

Tejaswwi gets insecure and says: It’s Karan Kundrra and not Raqesh Bapat. Isse pahele aapne apne task ko kabhi nahi liya tha (You have never taken any task seriously.)”

Shamita defends herself by saying it’s just a massage. She later is seen giving a back massage to Prateik Sahajpal.

An angry Tejasswi, said: “That aunty is on top of this one too.”

This bothers Shamita, who retaliates saying: “There is an audience here, we are doing it for them — respect the audience.”

“It’s a task and you have no business calling me an aunty (Pointing at Karan) You should be ashamed that you did not take up for me.”

“She is crossing her lines and because of you I keep my mouth shut.. Karan, she has pulled me — Something in the outer world I would have handled very differently . How Dare she touch me and pull me,” Shamita said on the Colors show.

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