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Jnanpith winner Girish Karnad dead @ 81

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Jnanpith winner and noted theatre personality, actor and playwright Girish Karnad passed away at his home here on Monday, the Karnataka Chief Minister’s Office confirmed. He was 81.

Awarded the Padma Shri in 1974 and the Padma Bhushan in 1992, Girish Karnad was born on May 19, 1938, in Mumbai (then Bombay Presidency), and was a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, where he wrote his first play – the critically-acclaimed “Yayati” in 1961.

Other acclaimed plays written by him include “Tughlaq” (1964), “Hayavadana” (1972).

He was also active in the world of cinema; he made his acting and screenwriting debut in a Kannada movie “Samskara” in 1970.

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Missed mentioning about Puri and Pokiri: Mahesh

Superstar Mahesh Babu got quite emotional at the pre-release event of his 25th film ‘Maharshi’ held last night.

He thanked all the directors who were part of his journey and mentioned directors’ names who made him a star hero. But Mahesh missed out dashing director Puri Jagannadh’s name.

Realizing this, Mahesh took to his official Twitter handle and wrote that, “It was Pokiri that made him superstar and that film will always be remembered.” Then Mahesh thanked director Puri.

Reacting to this tweet, Puri acknowledged Mahesh’s gesture and about ‘Maharshi’ trailer, Puri said it’s rocking and looking forward for it.

‘Maharshi’ is directed by Vamshi Paidipally and is releasing on May 9th.

Saaho Heroine Turns down Rajamouli’s Offer

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Shraddha Kapoor who is making debut in Tollywood opposite Prabhas in “Saaho” is in much demand.

Though she is good friends with Prabhas, Shraddha reportedly turned down an offer from Prabhas’s guru S S Rajamouli.

According to Bollywood media, Rajamouli offered a role to Shraddha Kapoor for his upcoming film “RRR” to star opposite NTR Jr.

Since Alia Bhatt has been cast opposite Ram Charan in the film and the foreign actress Daisy walked out of the movie for family reasons, Rajamouli reportedly changed his decision not to cast another foreign actress and approached Shraddha Kapoor.

As per Bollywood media, she has turned down the mega project as she is tired of being part of big films that take many months’ time to get finished.

She has been shooting for “Saaho” for the past two years and doesn’t want to do a similar big-budgeted movie like “RRR” that is being mounted on large scale with estimated budget of Rs 350 Cr.

“RRR” has NTR, Ram Charan, Alia Bhatt and Ajay Devgn as the principal cast. DVV Danayya is producing this movie.

Varun Tej’s Menacing Look in Valmiki

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Varun Tej has transformed into complete new look for “Valmiki” that is directed by ‘Gabbar Singh’ Harish Shankar.

On Thursday, Varun Tej joined the movie sets and he shared a photo of his look for the movie which is based on Tamil hit “Jigarthanda”.

He is sporting thick beard, curled hair and an earring. This is quite departure from his suave image.

Varun Tej is playing a role that was originally played by Bobby Simha in the original Tamil movie. This role has negative shades. Varun is experimenting in this film.

Sai Pallavi Eyes Bollywood Records Now!

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he magic of Sai Pallavi and Prabhu Deva continues to create ripples on the YouTube.

Video of Rowdy Baby song has surpassed 400 Million views and is now posing a challenge to the Bollywood’s highest viewed videos of all time. Only ten videos from Bollywood were able to cross 400 Million mark till now!

Given the vast majority of people viewing Bollywood videos, Rowdy Baby getting 400 Million views is no mean feat.

The song is still getting millions of views every week and is set to cross the 500 Million mark very soon. Maari 2 is a flop at the box office, but the Rowdy Baby song has struck a chord with all the music lovers across the nation.

Yuvan Shankar Raja’s peppy tune and Prabhu Deva’s dance moves should get the credit, but it is Sai Pallavi’s fluid and graceful dance moves that made the viewers abuse the repeat button on YouTube.

It is a shame that none of the Telugu films had given Pallavi enough scope to exhibit her dancing skills. After all, Sai Pallavi has shot to fame with Dhee program, a reality dance show aired on ETV.

A Preview of Maharshi’s Everest Anchuna

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The promotions of Mahesh Babu’s upcoming Summer attraction Maharshi are on full swing.

Recently launched teaser has clocked over 17 Million views on YouTube. Two songs that were released earlier are slowly climbing the charts.

Now a song promo is ready to be launched. Preview of the song Everest Anchuna will be launched on this Friday at 4 PM.

Mahesh released the first look poster of the song on his social media handles. Fans are excited to catch a glimpse of Maharshi’s song in two days.

The makers of Maharshi are keeping the buzz alive with constant promotional activities. A grand pre release event will be conducted in a few days.

Maharshi is a landmark film in Mahesh’s career as he completes 25 films as the main lead.

Vamsi Paidipalli is the director for Maharshi produced by Dil Raju, PVP and Aswini Dutt.

Saaho: Prabhas-Shraddha get romantic in leaked pic

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“Baahubali’ star Prabhas is all set to foray into Bollywood with the upcoming actioner ‘Saaho’, co-starring Shraddha Kapoor.

The film that will have a multi-lingual release will see the two stars share the frame for the very first time and fans can’t wait to see how their pairing plays out on the big screen.

Amidst much hype and anticipation surrounding the film, a new leaked photo from the sets has emerged online.

The team that is currently in their final stages of the shoot have reportedly roped in a 50-member Hollywood crew to bring a sense of newness to the action sequences of the film.

After ‘Baahubali’, Prabhas will be seen packing more than just punches with the team behind the ‘Transformers’ franchise taking over the action choreography for the film.

Said to be the second-most expensive film ever made in India, the action-thriller will release on 15 August.