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No big movies around, so Telangana single-screen theatres are shutting shop for 10 days

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Hyderabad, May 15 (IANS) With no Telugu or Hindi blockbusters slated for release this summer, single-screen theatres across Telangana have decided to shut down for 10 days.

The managements of these theatres have decided to stop screening the movies from Friday to mitigate financial losses.

Vijayender Reddy, President of the Fim Exhibitors Association, said there has been a significant decline in audience turnout.

The occupancy in theatres has come down this season because of the absence of any big-budget movies.

Easy availability of content on OTT platforms, Indian Premier League (IPL) matches, and interest in the ongoing elections are cited as the other reasons for the drop in occupancy in single-screen theatres.

Reddy said the single-screen theatre owners are incurring huge losses. The expenses incurred on screening the movies are said to be higher than box-office collections.

Telangana has around 250 single-screen theatres. About 100 of them are in Hyderabad.

Several multiplexes, incidentally, have also reduced the number of shows, but smaller theatres had no option but to stop the screenings altogether.

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After 10 days, the theatre managements will take stock of the situation and decide on reopening the theatres. The majority of them are not likely to reopen even after 10 days as the situation may not improve for them this month.

The movies of major stars are under production and the owners will have to wait longer.

Reddy said if the producers come forward to help the owners in running the theatres, these can be re-opened early.

–IANS

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Kunal Kemmu drives for an hour from Bandra to Mira Road to cast his vote with parents

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Mumbai, May 20 (IANS) Bollywood actor Kunal Kemmu, who recently made his directorial debut with the comedy film ‘Madgaon Express’ stepped out earlier in the day and drove all the way from Bandra to Mira Road to cast his vote as he hold his domicile in Mira Road which comes under the Thane district.

The one side journey from Bandra to Mira Road takes about an hour. The actor’s family shifted to Mumbai after the Kashmiri Pandits’ exodus in the 1990s. It was during this time Kunal ventured into acting as a child artiste with encouragement from his actor father.

After casting his vote, the actor uploaded a selfie on his social media handle showing off his inked finger. In the set of pictures, his family, including his parents and sisters, can also be seen showing off their inked fingers.

Earlier, he also uploaded a video on his Instagram appealing to everyone to step out and vote.

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In his video, he said: “To shape India’s bright future, we all have a responsibility and our voice matters. Voting is a way that can become your voice, that’s tomorrow on Monday, May 20, 2024. Please vote in the Lok Sabha Elections for yourself, your family, and your country. Jai Hind.”

–IANS

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Rajkummar, Janhvi's song 'Agar Ho Tum' from 'Mr & Mrs Mahi' is all about love in Jaipur

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Mumbai, May 20 (IANS) The makers of Rajkummar Rao and Janhvi Kapoor-starrer ‘Mr & Mrs Mahi’ on Monday unveiled the second song titled ‘Agar Ho Tum’ filled with emotions, emphasising the sentiment of love and partnership.

The three-minute and 26-second song showcases the beautiful chemistry between Rajkummar and Janhvi, celebrating the love found in life’s simple joys.

Composed by Tanishk Bagchi, sung by Jubin Nautiyal, and penned by Kausar Munir, the song is set against the picturesque backdrop of Jaipur, capturing Mahima (Janhvi) and Mahendra’s (Rajkummar) relationship’s journey, showcasing love and companionship.

Sharing the song on social media, Rajkummar wrote: “Experience love in all its pureness & power in #AgarHoTum.”

Music composer Tanishk said: “’Agar Ho Tum’ is a fresh romantic element to the album. Kausar Munir’s beautiful lyrics and Jubin’s melodious voice will connect with the audience. It brings out the right kind of emotions and feelings, we hope audiences resonate with the song and enjoy it.”

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Jubin Nautiyal shared that the song is about being in companionship and feeling like nothing else matters ‘if I have you’.

“The emotions and the words align with the situation in the film, and Rajkummar and Jahnvi’s chemistry has shined through the song. The lyrics instantly resonate, and we have tried to infuse the song with deep emotions to truly honour its essence. The perfect choice of words and the brilliant composition bring out the best. Collaborating again with Tanishk was wonderful, and I hope audiences like it,” Jubin said.

Lyricist Kausar said that while writing the lyrics for this song, they aimed to capture the right blend of emotions, expressing the feelings of belonging and togetherness.

“Working with Jubin and Tanishk was an absolute delight. ‘Agar Ho Tum’ has a little bit of each one of us and I am looking forward to seeing everyone’s response to it,” the lyricist said.

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The makers had earlier released the first song from the movie titled ‘Dekhha Tenu’.

Directed by Sharan Sharma, and produced by Zee Studios and Dharma Productions, ‘Mr & Mrs Mahi’ is scheduled for release on May 31.

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Gauahar Khan finally gets to vote after facing 'difficulties' at Mumbai polling booth

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Mumbai, May 20 (IANS) Actress Gauahar Khan claimed on Monday that she finally got to cast her vote after facing a lot of ‘difficulty’ at the polling centre in Mumbai.

“Yes, finally I have done it… Humne vote kardiya. I want to tell you that no matter how difficult and confusing it is, people can help… It can get confusing at the booths. But please guys, go and vote. Thoda mehnat kariye. Apne IDs dhoondiye. Go look at all the addresses to find where your name is, in which booth. Just go and vote because voting is very important in a democracy,” she posted on Instagram.

Earlier, the actress took to her Instagram Stories to slam the polling booth authorities after her name reportedly went missing from the list of potential voters. She, however, deleted the post later.

In the now-removed post, Gauahar said: “I have an appeal — why do we have Aadhaar cards if we are not considered citizens enough to vote? Your Aadhaar card is your identity that you are an Indian citizen and you should be able to vote. But when you go to the voting counter, the booth that has your building members on its list, everyone is there except people who actually live in the building.”

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She also claimed that “people who left the building are still on the list”.

“I am just making a humble appeal that on the basis of your Aadhaar card, you must be allowed to vote as Indian citizens,” she said.

In another video, she asked, “If you are an Indian citizen and you present your Aadhaar card for every important thing in your life… Why not at the voting counters? Why are we being denied our right to vote?”

“The list does not have your names but it has names of people who are not even living in the building. They say it was this year’s survey. But it cannot be, because they left the building three years ago.”

She also appealed to the “Election Commission of India or whichever body that makes decisions for the voting process in India” to allow the use of Aadhaar cards or passports for voting.

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'Bigg Boss' stars Monalisa, Nikki Tamboli vote: 'An expression of our commitment to ourselves'

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Mumbai, May 20 (IANS) ‘Bigg Boss’ fame actors Monalisa and Nikki Tamboli cast their votes at a polling booth in Mumbai on Monday.

Known for her major work in Bhojpuri cinema, Monalisa, who participated in ‘Bigg Boss 10’, took to Instagram and shared a series of pictures from the polling station, flaunting her inked index finger.

The actress wore a plain white shirt and flared dark blue jeans. The ‘Nach Baliye 8’ contestant captioned the post: “Voting is the expression of our commitment to ourselves, one another, this country, and the world… #loksabhaelection #vote #mumbai.”

On the other hand, the video shows Nikki, the second runner-up of ‘Bigg Boss 14’, walking at a fast pace to cast her vote. She opted for a red kurta and paired it with white leggings.

The visuals show Nikki saying to the paps: “Abhi vote karke aati hoon.”

Meanwhile, on the work front, Monalisa has done Bhojpuri films like ‘Ranbhoomi’, ‘Hum Hai Khalnayak’, ‘Jade Mein Balma Pyara Lage’, ‘Nathuniya Pe Goli Maare’, ‘Devra Bada Satawela’, ‘Pocket Gangsters’, and ‘Pawan Raja’, among numerous others.

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She also stars in the show ‘Laal Banarasi’ that airs on Nazara TV.

Nikki was the contestant of ‘Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 11’.

–IANS

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Kareena Kapoor Khan stumbles as she steps out of her car after she arrives with Saif to vote

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Mumbai, May 20 (IANS) Kareena Kapoor Khan stumbled as she stepped out of the car’s front seat after she arrived with her husband Saif Ali Khan to cast their vote in the city.

As Kareena got out of their car, Saif accompanied her inside the polling booth as they walked to the designated polling area.

While Saif was dressed in a beige kurta and matching pants, Kareena opted for a white kurta and blue denim outfit. Both Kareena and Saif wore dark sunglasses.

Voting is currently going on in Mumbai as part of the 5th phase of the Lok Sabha elections. The voting began at 7:00 am on Monday across 13 constituencies of the state.

–IANS

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