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“Let us begin today’s bulletin with news on ‘Superstar’ Rajinikanth’s daughter and filmmaker Aishwarya Rajinikanth. She has opened up about the challenges of being a star kid. She said at a recent award ceremony, “People have this misconception that celebrity kids have it easy and get everything, but I believe that is never the case,”
“It’s difficult since we need to prove ourselves, without making any mistakes. People believe that we are incapable of making mistakes. Newcomers have an easier time making errors and getting away with them. People anticipate us to be perfectionists. We have our blessings, but I can’t say it’s all uphill from here,””
“Meanwhile, Vijay Sethupathi’s recently-released film ‘Maamanithan’ has bagged the top award at Tokyo Film Awards. The movie, which stars Vijay Sethupathi and Gayathrie in the lead roles, has won the Best Asian Film award, Golden Winner, at the festival.
The director of the film, Seenu Ramasamy took to Twitter to share the news with his fans and followers. He wrote, “Happy to share our #Maamanithan feature film Won Tokyo Film Awards 2022.” He thanked the film’s producer-composer Yuvan Shankar Raja and crew members. Other big winners at the Tokyo Film Awards include Takahiro Kawabe’s Love song at 5p.m – Silver – and Mart Bira’s Nomadic Doctor – Bronze.
“Moving on, Director Shankar, one of the prolific Tamil filmmakers known for his larger-than-life movies like Anniyan, Indian, and Enthiran, is set to receive an honorary doctorate from the popular Vels University in Chennai. Recently, the university honoured Simbu with a doctorate.
Notably, this is Shankar’s second honorary doctorate. He received the same honour from MGR University back in 2007 along with actor Vijay.
Shankar, who made his debut with Gentleman in 1993, quickly became an ace filmmaker in Tamil cinema. His films are known for lavish budgets, huge sets, and take against corruption. Most of these films have a vigilante, who fights the system and the people to restore order in society.
In other news, director Lokesh Kanagaraj, who is basking in the success of his film Vikram, is taking a break from social media. The director also said that he will be back soon with news about his next film. In a tweet, the director wrote, “Hey guys I’m taking a small break from all social media platforms… I’ll be back soon with my next film’s announcement. Till then do take care. With love Lokesh Kanagaraj”. The filmmaker is reportedly teaming up with Vijay for his next film. Tentatively called Thalapathy 67, the film marks the second collaboration of Lokesh and Vijay, who struck gold at the box office with Master in 2021.
“Singer Dhee shared her statement about the ongoing controversy surrounding ‘Enjoy Enjaami’. In an earlier social media post, Arivu implied that he was not credited with the song when it was performed at the opening ceremony of the 44th Chess Olympiad in Chennai.
Dhee took to social media and wrote, “At no point, have I diminished or downplayed both of their (Arivu and Santhosh Narayanan) importance in Enjoy Enjaami. I’ve only ever wanted to celebrate and highlight their work and I have been doing that at every step and stage. I don’t have any control over the way our work is being shared and promoted by external sources.”
“Moving on, even before the release of the actor’s first film, Aditi Shankar has already signed up for another big project. Aditi, daughter of ace filmmaker Shankar, is all set to make her debut with Karthi’s upcoming film Viruman. Now, it is confirmed that Aditi will next be paired opposite Sivakarthikeyan in the film Maaveeran.
Maaveeran is directed by Madonne Ashwin, who recently won the National Award for Best Debut Director for the film Mandela, which was released on Netflix. Ashwin said, “Definitely happy about it. We all knew Suriya sir will win the Best Actor award even before the announcement. It is a much-deserved victory. Director Sudha Kongara mam also received many accolades for Soorarai Pottru.”
“Meanwhile, actor Shraddha Srinath, who is known for her work in Tamil, Kannada, and Telugu films, took to Twitter and posted a series of messages for those who confuse her with Hindi actor Shraddha Kapoor and Telugu actor Shraddha Das.
In a Twitter thread, Shraddha complained that those ‘who handle accounts of big films’ should get her name correct ‘for the sake of journalism school they never graduated from.” The actor also clarified that she chooses to write her mother’s name Rama as her middle name and while she has already made changes on her official Instagram handle, she plans to make those changes to her Twitter bio as well.”
“We end this bulletin with news on actor Naga Chaitanya. He is quite upbeat about his role in Laal Singh Chaddha suggesting that it was the perfect launch pad that he had been waiting to make his foray into the Hindi film industry.
Chaitanya told indianexpress.com, “I was always looking out for something to do in Hindi. I was waiting for the right opportunity for the transition. I wasn’t too sure who would have been accepted if I made my debut as a lead actor. Instead, I wanted to be hand-held and brought into the industry and presented in the right way. There is already so much talent there and the audience there have already accepted those talents.”
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