Dhaka, July 4 (UNB) - It was a star-studded evening in the city on Wednesday as Kamal Haasan launched the trailer of Kadaram Kondan, much to the excitement of Vikram fans. The event was attended by the film’s crew—director Rajesh Selva of Thoongavanam fame, music director Ghibran, editor Praveen KL, and the ensemble cast—Akshara Haasan, Abi Hassan and Lena among others, reports The Indian Express.
Vikram was confident Kadaram Kondan would create a new set of audience for him, besides satisfying the existing ones. “Kamal sir has a huge influence on my acting career and is one of the reasons I signed the film. I have been an ardent fan of his since my schooling. In particular, I have loved Nayakan and Vaazhve Maayam,” he said, expressing interest in starring in the remake of Pathinaaru Vayathinile. “I know I can’t do what Kamal sir did,” he added.
Kamal Haasan was all praise for the Dhruva Natchathiram actor and assured Kadaram Kondan will be on par with international films. “Not everyone can pull off roles with panache and Vikram is one such actor who can be effortlessly stylish. He is the ultimate hero,” he said.
Ulaganayagan had a message for Vikram fans. “The audience needs to support the right kinds of films. If you fail to support a good product, it will confuse the actor. Don’t let it happen anymore. Had you not supported Sethu, Vikram wouldn’t be doing a quality film like Kadaram Kondan. I am glad you did,” he noted.
“It took years for Vikram to become what he is today, but I wish it happened earlier. I knew he would go places even back then. I remember watching Meera (1992) and was impressed by his self-confidence. This place (cinema) is unfair. It feeds biryani to some and leaves some hungry,” Kamal Haasan said.
Bankrolled by Raajkamal Films International, in association with Ravindran of Trident Arts, Kadaram Kondan is scheduled to release on July 19. The film is Raajkamal Films International’s 45th venture.
Dhaka, July 4 (UNB) - Rami Malek was excited to play a James Bond baddie but the actor said he was willing to walk away from his role of a terrorist if a religion or ideology was attached to the character, reports The Indian Express.
The actor, who has often spoken fondly about his Egyptian heritage, said he signed up when director Cary Fukunaga assured him that his character will not be identified like that.
“It’s a great character and I’m very excited. But that was the one thing that I discussed with Cary. I said, ‘We cannot identify him with any act of terrorism reflecting an ideology or a religion. That’s not something I would entertain, so if that is why I am your choice then you can count me out’,” Malek told UK’s The Mirror.
“But that was clearly not his vision. So he’s a very different kind of terrorist. It’s another extremely clever script from the people who have figured out exactly what people want in those movies.”
Malek, who won the Best Actor Oscar this year for his role of Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, has spoken about growing up listening to Egyptian music and films by Omar Sharif.
The actor said playing the villain in Bond 25 is a huge responsibility.
“I feel a substantial weight on my shoulders. I mean, Bond is something that we all grow up with,” he added.
Daniel Craig will reprise his role as Agent 007 for the fifth and the last time. Returning cast members of the franchise include Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw, while Lashana Lynch and Ana De Armas are new members.
The film, set for release in April next year, has hit the headlines for production troubles.
Initially, Danny Boyle was supposed to direct the film but he left the project due to creative differences with the producers.
Craig, 51, injured himself while shooting for the film in Jamaica and had to undergo a minor ankle surgery.
Beijing, July 4 (Xinhua/UNB) -- "Spiderman: Far from Home," the new sequel to the 2017 "Spiderman: Homecoming," continued leading the Chinese mainland box office on Wednesday, China Movie Data Information Network said Thursday.
On the sixth day since its debut, the lastest American superhero film set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe raked in about 59.47 million yuan (8.67 million U.S. dollars), accounting for about 68 percent of the daily total.
The Oscar-winning Japanese animated film "Spirited Away" ranked second, grossing about 10.96 million yuan.
It was followed by the fourth installment of Pixar's trademark "Toy Story" series, which generated about 4.08 million yuan.
"Spiderman: Far from Home" earned a total box office of 884 million yuan since its June 28 debut on the Chinese mainland.
New York, Jul 4 (AP/UNB) — Halle Bailey, half of the sister duo Chloe x Halle, will next be going under the sea, starring as Ariel in the upcoming adaptation of "The Little Mermaid."
The live-action version will include original songs from the 1989 animated hit as well as new tunes from original composer Alan Menken and "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. Some of the tunes include "Under the Sea," ''Part of Your World" and "Kiss the Girl."
Bailey will join Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina in the film, which will be directed by Rob Marshall, who helmed "Mary Poppins Returns."
Marshall says that Bailey "possesses that rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence, and substance — plus a glorious singing voice — all intrinsic qualities necessary to play this iconic role."
Dhaka, Jul 3 (UNB)- A court here on Tuesday granted interim relief from arrest to Bollywood actor Aditya Pancholi till July 19 in connection with a case of rape filed against him by a 36-year-old woman, reports the Indian Express.
He had filed an anticipatory bail application in the Dindoshi sessions court.
Seeking pre-arrest bail for the actor, his lawyer Prashant Patil argued that the woman had lied in her complaint.
Her date of birth was different in her complaint and in her passport, and such discrepancies show “her intention to lie”, the lawyer said.
The woman waited for 15 years after the alleged crime, and filed the complaint only when Pancholi got a favourable order from a magistrate’s court in a defamation case he has filed against her, advocate Patil argued. The police opposed the plea for anticipatory bail.
“My client has been granted interim bail by the Hon’ble Sessions Court at Dindoshi till further orders. We submitted before the Hon’ble court that the complaint was filed after a delay of 15 years. Entire complaint is ex-facie false even to the knowledge of the prosecutrix. My client had initiated certain criminal complaints against the prosecutrix since May 2019 before police station, however no cognisance was taken by the police. Prima facie no case is made out against my client,” Pancholi’s lawyer Prashant Patil told indianexpress.com.
Judge HB Gaikwad adjourned the hearing to July 19 and granted Pancholi interim relief. ‘If he is arrested during this period, he must be released on an interim bail until further orders on executing a personal bond of Rs 30,000,’ the judge said.
The suburban Versova Police has registered a case against Pancholi under IPC sections 376 (rape), 323 (assault), 328 (causing hurt by means of poison) and 384 (extortion).
The woman has accused, among other things, that Pancholi extorted Rs 50 lakh from her after threatening to send her private photographs to her relatives and friends. Pancholi has claimed that he is being implicated in a false case.