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South Cinema news on June 5: No direct OTT release for Kangana’s Thalaivi and more

Here are the latest updates on much awaited Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada movies, and your favourite stars down south.

Written by Antara Chakraborthy , Gabbeta Ranjith Kumar | Chennai | Updated: June 5, 2020 5:27:26 pm
Suresh Gopi Rajinikanth Mollywood star Suresh Gopi shared a throwback photo from the 80s with Rajinikanth. (Photo: Suresh Gopi/Instagram)

As the state governments across the country begin to relax the COVID-induced lockdown restrictions, the entertainment industry is slowly moving towards normalcy. The post-production work of movies has already been allowed across the south region. The governments in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka have provided permission to makers of daily soap operas to resume productions.

It is unclear when the situation will be conducive for the production of movies and reopening of theaters.

Also Read | South Cinema news on June 4 and 3

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17:27 (IST)05 Jun 2020
Suriya's Soorarai Pottru is cleared for theatrical release by the censor board with a clean 'U' certificate.
16:16 (IST)05 Jun 2020
A cover version of No Pelli song from Sai Tej's upcoming movie Solo Brathuke So Better was released today.

14:57 (IST)05 Jun 2020
Celebrities share message for 2020 graduates
14:35 (IST)05 Jun 2020
Mahesh Babu is getting ready to resume work

The industry buzz is that Mahesh Babu is preparing to shoot for Sarkaru Vaari Paata from September, which is helmed by Parasuram Petla. However, the project going on the floors according to the plan depends entirely on the government's decision. In the meantime, Parasuram will soon start collaborating with composer Thaman on the film's music album.

14:17 (IST)05 Jun 2020
In conversation with Kannada actor-filmmaker Rishab Shetty.

13:19 (IST)05 Jun 2020
Wild Karnataka debuts on small screens

This documentary will create awareness about the wildlife in Karnataka and the efforts of our forest department and conservationists, says Rishab Shetty, who has narrated the Kannada version of Wild Karnatanaka. 

Read full story. 

12:50 (IST)05 Jun 2020
Anurag Kashyap's Choked gets a glowing review from Nivin Pauly
12:28 (IST)05 Jun 2020
Kangana Ranaut’s Thalaivi to not premiere on OTT platform

Actor Kangana Ranaut, who is awaiting the release of her upcoming film Thalaivi, said that the film was meant for the big screen and it deserves a much larger audience, reported Times of India. The biopic on late Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu J Jayalalithaa was set to release on June 26, but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Helmed by AL Vijay, the film also stars Arvind Swami as politician and actor MGR.

12:13 (IST)05 Jun 2020
Tamannaah Bhatia posts World Environment Day message
11:40 (IST)05 Jun 2020
Makers share stills from Chakra

The makers of Vishal-starrer Chakra released stills from the film today. The movie, which revolves around e-commerce scams, also stars Shraddha Srinath. Its teaser is expected to be out soon.

11:25 (IST)05 Jun 2020
Rakul joins hands with PETA on this World Environment Day

Rakul Preet Singh has partnered with PETA on World Environment Day, and urged fans to save animals and the planet by going vegan.

11:10 (IST)05 Jun 2020
Payal Ghosh backs NTR, says he knows how to respect women
10:55 (IST)05 Jun 2020
Makers of Tuck Jagadish to shoot remaining portions indoors?

Once the guidelines are shared by government authorities, the makers of Nani starrer Tuck Jagadish are, reportedly, planning to shoot the next schedule in specially erected sets indoors. Directed by Shiva Nirvana of Majili fame, the movie also stars Aishwarya Rajesh and Ritu Varma.

10:38 (IST)05 Jun 2020
Shruti Haasan shares a clip from one of her live shows

Shruti Haasan shared a snippet from “one of her last shows before lockdown”. Along with the video, the actress penned an emotional caption about how the song was very difficult for her to write. “Through my work in therapy and accepting parts of myself I have found a voice both mentally and metaphorically to put my experiences in perspective. I hope you love this one,” she said.

10:17 (IST)05 Jun 2020
Amy Jackson takes a stand against racism

With the ongoing protests happening in the US right now, several celebrities have lent their support to the Black Lives’ Matter cause. Amy Jackson took to Twitter to post a long statement about her thoughts on the issue. She said, “I vow to use my privilege and platform to highlight, educate and enforce anti-racism.”

09:58 (IST)05 Jun 2020
Nandamuri Balakrishna celebrates Simha’s birthday

A video of Nandamuri Balakrishna's enthusiastically celebrating singer Simha's birthday has gone viral. According to a source, the video was taken during the recording of a sing, which is expected to release on Balayya's birthday on June 10.

09:43 (IST)05 Jun 2020
Mahesh Babu shares inspiring message with fans on World Environment Day

On the occasion of World Environment Day, Mahesh Babu shared an inspiring message with fans. “The future of humanity depends on us,” the statement said. On the work front, the actor recently announced his project titled Sarkau Vaari Paata, which is being directed by Parasuram Petla.

09:24 (IST)05 Jun 2020
Suresh Gopi shares throwback picture featuring Rajinikanth

Malayalam actor Suresh Gopi, who is relatively new to Instagram, recently shared a throwback photo of himself and superstar Raijinkanth. Taken sometime around the 80s, both the actors look very young and stylish in the picture. The caption read, “Alongside #Thalaivar! #FromTheArchives #GodBlessedBeing.”

 
 
 
 
 
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Alongside #Thalaivar! . #FromTheArchives #GodBlessedBeing

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09:07 (IST)05 Jun 2020
Raashi Khanna shares latest photoshoot pics

Raashi Khanna recently shared photos from an earlier photoshoot. On the work front, Raashi is all set to share screen space with Suriya in Hari's next. Also, her Aranmanai 3 will hit screens soon. (Photo:PR Handout)

08:53 (IST)05 Jun 2020
Prasanna clarifies his stand after alleging that TNEB was on a “looting spree”

Actor Prasanna, who hit out at TNEB on June 2 for “looting”, has posted a statement clarifying his stand. The actor was apparently charged Rs 42,632 for four months and wondered if the employees could not take meter readings due to the ongoing pandemic.  He further added, "It was not a personal issue. I only wanted to find out how many more have been charged exorbitantly. The idea was to see if the government could relax the time to pay the bill. I regret if I have hurt the feelings of any of the employees. I have paid the necessary amount.”

While Jyotika's courtroom drama Ponmagal Vandhal was the big Tamil film that took the OTT route, other south Indian movies like Penguin, Law, French Biryani and Sufiyum Sujatayum are also set to premiere on the web in the coming weeks.