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Mohanlal elected unopposed as President of actors body AMMA for second term

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Kochi, June 19 (IANS) Superstar Mohanlal has been elected unopposed as the President of the Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes (AMMA) for a second term of three years.

His election came after the last date of withdrawal of nominations ended Tuesday.

Upcoming star Unni Mukundan was also elected unopposed as the Treasurer of the AMMA.

However, elections will be held for the posts of the General Secretary, two Vice Presidents, and the Joint Secretary.

Edavela Babu, who has been the General Secretary of the AMMA for a while, opted out this time, and popular character actor Siddique sought to succeed him. But Kuku Paramaseshweran and Unni Shivapal also entered the fray. For the two Vice President’s posts, there are three candidates – veteran actor Jagdish, Manju Pillai, and Jayan Cherthala.

Likewise, Baburaj and Anoop Chandran are in the race for the Joint Secretary’s post.

The elections will be held alongside the Annual General Body Meeting to be held here on June 30.

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Meanwhile, according to sources, a nomination for the post of President was filed by a panel led by Paramaseshweran, but this was withdrawn at the last moment, enabling Mohanlal to get elected unopposed.

The AMMA has 506 members, of which around 120 get a monthly dole of Rs 5,000 each. Anyone not drawing the monthly pension is eligible to contest for the various posts starting from the President to that of a member of its Committee.

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DJ Abhay Deol spins the console at Kolkata gig: ‘A place ain’t lit till the people ain’t dancin’

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Mumbai, July 14 (IANS) Actor Abhay Deol, who was recently seen in the streaming series ‘Trial By Fire’, turned the tables at his recent gig in Kolkata.

The actor has found a new interest in DJing and has performed in Kolkata.

On Sunday, he took to Instagram and shared a video of himself playing music at the console under neon pink lights as the crowd grooved to the beats.

In the caption, Abhay wrote: “The place ain’t lit till the people ain’t dancin.” Kolkata, you are definitely lit. Some snippets from the night, listen with headphones on if you wanna get a glimpse of my set. #dj #music #fun #play #dance #beautifulpeople.”

Earlier, the actor invited suggestions for a DJ name, asking his followers to help him with a new moniker.

On the professional front, Abhay starred in the crime drama series ‘Trial by Fire’, written by Prashant Nair and Kevin Luperchio, and directed by Prashant Nair, Randeep Jha, and Avani Deshpande.

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The series also stars Ashish Vidyarthi, Anupam Kher, Rajshri Deshpande, Rajesh Tailang, Ratna Pathak Shah, and Shilpa Shukla in pivotal roles.

Additionally, his road trip movie ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ is set to celebrate 13 years since its release on July 15.

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Gurmeet Choudhary feels connected with ‘Bihari family’ as he speaks Maithili

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Mumbai, July 14 (IANS) Actor Gurmeet Choudhary, who has been receiving positive responses for his recently released streaming series ‘Commander Karan Saxena’, shared a video on his Instagram on Sunday, speaking in his native Maithili language.

In the video, he spoke in Maithili and expressed his dedication to his titular role in the series.

The actor said: “A lot of people from Bihar are today in the administrative forces, they’re IAS, IPS, RAW agents, and in diverse roles.”

Gurmeet encouraged his followers from Bihar to work diligently before promoting his show and urging them to watch it on OTT platforms.

The actor captioned the video: “Today’s Mood: Speaking in my Maithili language, feeling connected with my Bihari family.”

Maithili is native to the Mithila region, which covers parts of Bihar and Jharkhand, as well as the Nepalese Koshi and Madhesh Provinces.

Gurmeet, who is also a martial artist, was born in Bhagalpur, Bihar. His television career spans two decades, during which he has starred in many prominent shows.

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Regarding his show ‘Commander Karan Saxena’, the series revolves around a RAW agent navigating political intrigue and betrayal.

Gurmeet portrays the role of Commander Karan Saxena, based on a character created by writer Amit Khan.

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‘Kill’ director Nikhil Nagesh Bhat says he doesn’t portray violence as a part of bravado

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Mumbai, July 14 (IANS) Director Nikhil Nagesh Bhat has been garnering praise from all quarters for the portrayal of violence in his recently released movie ‘Kill’. Unlike ‘Animal’, the violence in his film is receiving appreciation for its thoughtful depiction rather than mere sensationalism.

Nikhil spoke with IANS and shared how the portrayal of violence was well thought out.

“I’m not trying to make violence for someone’s greed or selfishness,” he said.

The director shared that in his narratives, those involved in violence endure significant pain, grief, and loss.

Nikhil told IANS: “Violence, be it at the protagonist’s side or the antagonist’s side, you will end up feeling defeated.”

This perspective also resonated in his earlier film, ‘Apurva’, starring Tara Sutaria, where the female protagonist kills those who have abducted her.

The director further mentioned, “I don’t portray violence in film as a part of bravado or through the lens of glorification. Violence has consequences, which are much more ghastly than the reasons for violence. I’m not trying to glamourise violence; rather, I don’t believe in attaching swag to violence.”

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Nikhil may look at the on-screen violence through a certain lens. But, what about filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino, who like to be a little indulgent while portraying violence on screen, case in point being ‘Pulp Fiction’ or ‘Kill Bill 1 and 2’, what is his opinion on filmmakers who like to take this route?

The director said: “Quentin Tarantino is a legendary filmmaker. As a viewer, you get a certain high, and you feel so energised given the experience is so immersive. It’s nearly impossible to not be influenced by his storytelling. Every filmmaker has a voice which grows with time, and that’s what make the platter of stories so delectable. What’s the fun if everyone starts making the same stuff?”

Talking about his biggest influences, Nikhil told IANS: “Not just Tarantino, I have a huge penchant for Shaolin films, Bruce Lee’s work, and Jackie Chan’s movies.”

The story of ‘Kill’ had brewed in Nikhil’s mind for nearly two decades, a testament to his enduring passion for creativity.

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Reflecting on maintaining objectivity in filmmaking, he stressed the importance of patience.

“I feel patience is something which every filmmaker needs to have. It’s a talent to have because every film has its own journey, and takes its own time to be made.”

He continued, “Even while writing the script, casting, and taking a shot, all you need is patience. Only a lot of patience and hard work will get you the reward.”

Nikhil faced personal challenges during the film’s production, suffering a slipped disc just a month before shooting began. Despite the physical pain, he remained dedicated, personally demonstrating action sequences to his team from a nearby bed.

The director told IANS: “Given it’s an action film, I had to brief the actors and the team by showing them what I wanted, and it required body movements.”

So, there was a bed next to me, every time I was done explaining to them what I wanted in a sequence, I would come back and lie down on the bed,” he added.

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‘Bigg Boss OTT 3’: Ranvir Shorey predicts Chandrika Dixit’s eviction from show

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Mumbai, July 14 (IANS) In the upcoming ‘Weekend Ka Vaar’ episode, actor Ranvir Shorey has predicted that the “viral vada pav girl” Chandrika Dixit will be evicted from the ‘Bigg Boss OTT 3’.

In a promo shared by the channel for the episode, host Anil Kapoor is seen discussing the impending eviction of a contestant.

The caption of the video read: “Aa gayi faisle ki ghadi, kya hoga janta ka decision? Kiska ‘Bigg Boss OTT 3’ ka safar aaj hoga khatam?”

The clip starts with Anil asking Ranvir for his prediction on who will be evicted.

“Aaj kisi ek sadsiya ko ghar se beghar hona hai. Aapko kya lagta hai Ranvir,” Anil asked.

Ranvir replied, suggesting that Chandrika’s social media influence is not as strong as that of Vishal Pandey, Lovekesh Kataria, and Shivani Kumari.

“Shivani Vishal aur Lovekesh inki social presence Chandrika se kayi zyada hai,” Ranvir said.

Anil then asked Shivani if she believed she would be saved. She expressed hope that her fans would support her and prevent her eviction.

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Ranvir posed the same question to Sai Ketan Rao, who admitted he was unsure about who would be evicted this time.

In the previous episode, Chandrika faced criticism from Anil for not having her own “muddas” (issues) to present and consistently portraying herself as a ‘victim’ in the house.

However, on Sunday, reports about her eviction were doing the rounds.

Reports also claimed that Armaan Malik and Chandrika were among the bottom two contestants in the show, which airs on JioCinema Premium.

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Rajeev Khandelwal: 'Downfall' is a wrong term used for stars and public figures

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Mumbai, July 14 (IANS) Actor Rajeev Khandelwal makes no bones about failure being a part of life. However, he strongly opposes the frequent use of the term “downfall” when describing setbacks faced by stars and public figures.

Since his debut as an actor in the show ‘Kahiin to Hoga’, Rajeev has had his share of hits and misses with his work, which has been as different as chalk and cheese.

The actor said that in the journey of life, there will be successes and failures.

“Failures will be a part of life. Downfall is a very wrong term which is used very frequently for stars, superstars, and public figures,” Rajeev told IANS.

The 48-year-old actor stepped into the world of films in 2008 with the acclaimed movie ‘Aamir’. Subsequently, he appeared in films like ‘Shaitaan’, ‘Table No. 21’, ‘DOA: Death of Amar’, ‘Salaam Venky’, and ‘Bloody Daddy’, among others.

“Most of the actors will always come down the ladder; doesn’t go up all the time. The other side of the ladder takes you back from where you came from. That’s the journey of life. There will be failures, but there will be success in anyone and everyone’s life…” he said.

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“The moment you start accepting that some projects will work and some will not work, it becomes okay.”

Rajeev is candid about the fact that some of his projects did not work.

“Yeah, many projects of mine have worked and not worked. I am not the maker of that project, I cannot take credit nor can I take the blame for any of my projects because it is always a team effort. The team failed. As long as our intentions were good.” he said.

Rajeev stands his ground, stating that he has always judged projects with intention.

“I will always judge projects where the intentions were not to make a good project but the idea was just to make money. Then there is corruption involved, and that is where…”

“Thankfully, I have not been part of any project where I have been corrupt in my approach. I have been honest in my approach, it does not make me feel bad,” added the actor, who is currently starring in ‘Showtime’ on Disney+ Hotstar.

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