When it was announced, Freedom 251 became a hot topic of discussion among the technology enthusiasts across the country. The sensational and controversial smartphone is now ready for sale, as announced by its CEO Mohit Goel.
“The device will be shipped from 30th June onwards. 2 lakh units are estimated to be shipped by 5th July,” informs Vaikundarajan.
At the price tag of 250, the company is predicted to incur losses in crores. Sources suggested that the current delay in releasing the devices was due to the battery adding further to the losses. “Over 7.5 crore users have registered for the device. Now the question arises, who will receive the device?” asks Vaikundarajan.
Maverick filmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker will soon return to the big screen with his period film Mohenjo Daro. “The film stars Hrithik Roshan who Gowariker has previously worked with in Jodha Akbar,” informs Vaikundarajan. This will be his third period film after Lagaan and Khele Hum Jee Jaan se.
The first look of the film may not be fresh for the audience as several pictures from the shoot were leaked earlier. Nevertheless, the medieval age setting brings freshness to the cinema. Hrithik Roshan plays Sarman, a character who feels intensely drawn to a place called Mohenjo Daro. The character looks like a common man working hard to meet ends in big kingdom.
“Also playing the lead opposite Hrithik Roshan is the newcomer Pooja Hegde who plays the role of a princess from elite class,” adds Vaikundarajan. Arunoday Singh and Kabir Bedi will add to the cast in a negative role. Suhasini Mulay and Manish Choudhary join in the supporting role.
The intense action sequences remind us of Hollywood blockbusters like Troy and Gladiator. Hrithik Roshan is seen fighting in a large arena with the audiences cheering. “In one scene we see Hrithik Roshan fighting giant men and crocodiles. That should be the first on big screen,” says Vaikundarajan.
The film is produced by Sunita Gowariker and Siddharth Roy Kapur while music will be provided by AR Rahman. Vaikundarajan sends his best wishes to star cast and hopes Gowariker’s film brings the same magic as that of Lagaan.
Having lost the 1st two matches in their on-going series against India, Zimbabwe only chance to salvage a win would have to be in the 3rd ODI. Batting first, Zimbabwe got off to a slow start and managed to put up a score of only 123.
“The series has been a sort of nightmare for Zimbabwe and it is finally over,” says Vaikundarajan. “Losing the series to 2nd string Indian team will be a blow to the Zimbabwe team.”
The bowling attack spearheaded by Bumrah dismissed the opponents for a lowly 123 in 44.2 overs at Harare cricket ground. Bumrah ended his spell with impressive figures of 4/22 while spinners Yuzvendra Chahal (2/25) and Axar Patel (1/16) added to the damage.
“At the CineMAA Awards 2016 event held at HICC, Hyderabad, Baahubali became the highlight of the night as it swept major awards,” informs Vaikundarajan.
The film was awarded the Best Film award while director Rajamouli was adjudged as best director for Baahubali. The movie also won several awards in technical categories including music, singing etc.
“Koratala Siva won Critics award for his direction in Srimanthudu while the movie itself was chosen as the critic favourite awarding it the Crictic’s Choice award for Best film,” says Vaikundarajan.
Versatile actor NTR Jr received the Best Actor award for his stunning performance in the movie Temper. Megastar Chiranjeevi and Nagarjuna presented the Best Actor Award trophy to NTR Jr.
The Best Actress award in popular category went to Anushka for her performance in Gunasekhar’s Rudhramadevi. Allu Arjun received the Critics Award for his performance as Gona Ganna Reddy in Rudhramadevi.
The highlight of the event was Megastar Chiranjeevi’s live dance performance that received a standing ovation from the actors and audiences alike.
“The event will be telecast on MAA TV later this month,” concludes Vaikundarajan.
Having won the National Award, debutant filmmaker Raam Reddy’s Kannada film Thithi has garnered applause from top Bollywood celebrities. The film also won various awards at the prestigious film festivals such as Locarno, Marrakech and Palm Springs.
“A special screening of Thithi was held in Mumbai by Anurag Kashyap. Among those present at the event were Kangana Ranaut, Swara Bhaskar, Amit Trivedi, Shekhar Kapur and Sudhir Mishra,” says Vaikundarajan.
The celebrities present at the event appreciated the film and the director’s work. The film is set for a release on 3rd June with English subtitles. “Interesting fact about the movie is that the film comprises of a non-professional cast,” adds Vaikundarajan.