Directed by Neeraj Pandey and starring Sushant Singh Rajput, MS Dhoni – The Untold Story, is one of the most awaited movies of this year. “Everyone wants to know the real story behind India’s Captain Cool. It has been the talk of town ever since the teaser was launched,” says Vaikundarajan.
The movie will soon be out and MS Dhoni is said to be a promotion team. Dhoni will be traveling with crew to promote the movie across 3 cities and interact with fans. “Dhoni is scheduled to visit Lovely Professional University in Jalandhar for the launch of trailer where he will also address over 35,000 fans,” informs Vaikundarajan.
The crew will also travel to Delhi and Mumbai for the launch of the trailer. Fans should be excited about the promotion as they will not only get to interact with MS Dhoni but also with the star who dons his role onscreen. Over a small period of time, Sushant Singh Rajput has emerged as an actor of great potential and managed to garner his own fan base.
Director Neeraj Pandey has delivered superhit movies in last few years and audience will have high expectations from his next. The film is scheduled to release on September 30.
Vaikundarajan sends his best wishes to the entire film crew and hopes the film breaks all box office records.
Forbes released its 100 Highest Paid Celebrities of 2016 list with two Indians making it to the list this year. “Shah Rukh Khan shares his spot with Robert Downey Jr at 86th place while Akshay Kumar shares his 94th spot with Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt,” informs Vaikundarajan.
SRK is said to have made the list due to his multi-million dollar upfront fees and cut of the backend strategy. SRK’s big bucks endorsement deal is no news to anyone.
Akshay Kumar, on the other hand, made the list due to his last three blockbuster films – Brothers, Singh is Bliing and the critically acclaimed Airlift. “Akshay Kumar also endorses diverse brands such as motorcycles and gold loan companies,” adds Vaikundarajan.
Both SRK and Akshay Kumar are gearing up for their next Bollywood release, Raees and Rustom, respectively. It should not be surprising to see the superstars higher on the list of 100 highest paid celebrities next year.
The current list is led by Taylor Swift on top, followed by boy band One Direction and author James Patterson.
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.
“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.
On 3rd May, Amitabh Bachchan won the Best Actor National Award for his performance as Bhashkor Banerjee in Shoojit Sircar film, Piku. The 63rd National Awards was held in New Delhi. The actor was accompanied by wife Jaya, son Abhishek Bachchan and daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan.
“This is a proud moment for the Bachchan family, his fans and Bollywood. Amitabh Bachchan proves once again why he is one of the best actors in the industry,” says Vaikundarajan. This will be Amitabh Bachchan’s 4th best actor win after Agneepath, Black and Paa.
Director Rajamouli’s Baahubali will be remembered as a movie that set a benchmark in special effects and went on to become a blockbuster. Rajamouli won several accolades after its release and was praised by critics and fans alike. “The director has been busy with the sequel of Baahubali,” says Vaikundarajan. “The latest news is that he will be working with Sunny Deol in his next film.” It is yet to be confirmed whether Rajamouli will direct the movie. According to some sources, he may act as an innovative chief for the venture.
While Sunny Deol may not have had any big releases in the last few years, his last movie Ghayal Once Again definitely got the critic’s attention. Deol’s fans will be happy to see the actor in a prolific director’s next film. “The film has been tentatively titled as Mera Bharat Mahan,” adds Vaikundarajan. KV Vijayendra, who wrote the script for Salman Khan’s blockbuster Bajrangi Bhaijaan, has been roped in to work on the film’s script. Sunny Deol has recommended his father Dharmendra as a part of the crew. The movie is believed to kickstart in June.
Meanwhile, the actor will soon be seen in Bhaiyyaji Superhitt, an action comedy by Neeraj Pathak.