Monthly Archives: May 2021

Sidharth Shukla REACTS to reports of him playing Meghnad, son of Ravana, in Prabhas-Saif Ali Khan starrer Adipurush

Reports have been doing the rounds that Bigg Boss 13 winner Sidharth Shukla would be seen essaying the role of Meghnad, son of Ravana, in Prabhas and Saif Ali Khan starrer Adipurush. His new look where he was seen sporting a moustache had also sparked rumours of him being cast in the film. Putting all rumours to rest, Sidharth has finally responded to the speculations that has left his fans wondering. Also Read – From Shah Rukh Khan to Salman Khan and Ajay Devgn – here’s the LATEST UPDATES on the projects of these 10 Bollywood stars

When Sidharth was asked about being approached by the makers of Adipurush for the role of Meghnad in the film, he told Filmfare, “Honestly, it hasn’t come to me yet. So, I really don’t know if there is any truth to it or not. For me, I really don’t know because nothing has come to me.” Also Read – South News Weekly Rewind: Jr NTR dominates headlines; interesting updates about Prabhas, Kamal Haasan, Allu Arjun’s films grab attention

So far, it has been reported that Om Raut’s directorial will see Prabhas as Ram, Saif Ali Khan as Ravana, Sunny Singh as Laxman and Kriti Sanon as Sita. The film is an adaptation of Ramayan. will be released in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada. Also Read – Tuesday Trivia: Did you know Prabhas didn’t want to be an actor but had THIS profession in mind?

Meanwhile, Sidharth is currently gearing up for his upcoming web series Broken But Beautiful 3 which is a complicated man stuck between love and everything that comes with it. He plays the character of Agastya is the third season in the popular franchise produced by Ekta Kapoor. The show will stream on May 29.

Sidharth recently said that he related to Agastya’s character on a personal level. “As an actor, there are some who look towards method acting. For me, I could relate to Agastya and I feel life is all about experiences. It’s those experiences that make you. I have had many similar experiences and hence I reflected to mine and I performed,” he said.

Sidharth is known for his roles in fiction soaps such as Balika Vadhu and Dil Se Dil Tak, and reality shows such as Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 6, Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi and Bigg Boss 13.

Trending South News: Chiranjeevi demands Bharat Ratna for late NTR, Fans trend Thalapathy Vijay, Pre-look of Nikhil’s 18 pages and more

It was a mega celebration down in the South as people reminisced about late NTR’s films and the legend on his birth anniversary. There were also a lot of announcements, launch of pre-look or first look on social media.

Hola, it’s the end of the day, well, almost. This means it is time to get a news wrap on the latest entertainment news. Today, happened to be late superstar NTR aka Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao’s birth anniversary. It was a mega celebration down in the South as people reminisced his films and the legend. There were also a lot of announcements, launch of pre-look or first look on social media. So, without further ado, let’s have a dekko at the South Entertainment Newsmakers of the day here:
Chiranjeevi demands Bharat Ratna for late NTR

Megastar Chiranjeevi took to his Twitter handle and urged the government to confer the legendary South superstar with a Bharat Ratna. In his tweet, the Acharya actor wrote, “Legendary singer and musician Bhupen Hazarika was awarded Bharata Ratna posthumously. Similarly, Bharata Ratna should be announced for NTR posthumously and it will be a proud moment for the entire Telugu community. We are going to celebrate NTR’s 100th birth anniversary soon and on this occasion, the government should announce Bharata Ratna to the legendary actor.

Kartik Aaryan Quit Shah Rukh Khan’s Production for This Reason?

After Karan Johar’s Dostana, it seems Kartik Aaryan has lost out on another project.

After Dostana, Bollywood actor Kartik Aaryan has reportedly opted out of a Shah Rukh Khan backed-film that is being bankrolled by SRK’s production house Red Chillies. Neither Kartik nor Red Chillies has issued an official statement regarding the exit though. The film was apparently scheduled to go on floors in a few months. According to a report in Times of India, Kartik had creative issues with the film’s director Ajay Bahl and was not pleased with the script. The report suggests that creative difference cropped up in the last 15 days where Kartik expressed his unhappiness over the film’s script to Bahl. Kartik Aaryan apparently had concerns about the casting of the film, too. The film was reportedly a love story.

This comes after Kartik found himself in the middle of a controversy when a few weeks ago, it was reported that he’s exited Dostana 2 due to “creative differences”, after shooting for almost 14 days. Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions announced that they’d be recasting “Dostana 2″ due to “professional circumstances”. Without taking any names, the production house issued a statement about replacement in the film.

Kartik and Janhvi Kapoor had started shooting for the film in Amritsar in November 2019. The shoot was halted in March 2020 due to the outbreak of Covid-19.

KGF 2 star Yash to collaborate with Liger director Puri Jagannadh for his next?

Yash will be next seen in KGF 2, which is directed by Prashanth Neel and also features Sanjay Dutt, Srinidhi Shetty, Raveena Tandon, Anant Nag and Prakash Raj in pivotal roles.

Post the monstrous success of KGF, Yash attended pan-India popularity among the fans. While audience are waiting for the second installment of this period action-thriller, the latest report suggests that the handsome hunk will collaborate ace director Puri Jagannadh for his next. Touted to be a political thriller, the film will be shot in multiple languages. Apparently, the film will be go on floors once the director wraps the shooting of Puri Jagannadh. While the official update on this is still, we hope this news turns out to be true. Also Read – Happy Birthday, Suhana Khan: THESE pics of the star kid with BFFs Shanaya Kapoor and Ananya Panday give major friendship goals.

Talking about KGF 2, it is directed by Prashanth Neel and also features Sanjay Dutt, Srinidhi Shetty, Raveena Tandon, Anant Nag and Prakash Raj in pivotal roles. It is produced by Vijay Kiragandur and Karthik Gowda under the banner of Hombale Films. The film is slated to hit the screens on July 16 at the box office. The action-thriller is the most expensive Kannada film with the budget of Rs 100 crore. Actress Raveena Tandon, who plays the character of a politician in the film, recently revealed details about her character and said, “I am playing a politician, a strong character. She is the hero as well as the villain of the film, with a very interesting story arc.” The Hindi version of the film is presented by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani’s production banner Excel Entertainment. In a recent statement, Rocky Bhai aka Yash said, “KGF 2 is going to be massive. If you’ve seen KGF 1, you’ll have an idea of what kind of movie it is—KGF 2 will be five-folds of KGF 1!” Also Read – THESE sunkissed pictures of Anushka Sharma, Kareena Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor and other Bollywood actresses will make your heart beat faster

On the other hand, Puri Jagannadh is currently with Vijay Deverakonda and Ananya Panday’s pan-India film, Liger. The film marks the first collaboration between the actor and director. Talking about the filmmaker, the Dwarka actor earlier said, “I am a fan-boy of Puri ever since I watched Pokiri. But Fighter remains the one film he has never attempted so far. Though it will still have his trademark touch, it is an out-of-the-box movie for him too.” Liger also features Ronit Roy, Ananya Panday and Ramya Krishnan in key roles. Also Read – South News Weekly Rewind: Jr NTR to collaborate with KGF 2 director Prashanth Neel; Allu Arjun tests negative for COVID-19

Tiger Shroff, Kriti Sanon Get Nostalgic As Debut Film ‘Heropanti’ Completes 7 Years

Tiger Shroff and Kriti Sanon’s debut film Heropanti recently completed 7 years, and the actors took to social media to express gratitude to their fans.

Tiger Shroff who has kept the audience enthralled with his high octane action stints and swift dance moves since his debut in Bollywood reminisced about his journey in the industry so far as his debut film completed seven years. Sabbir Khan directorial Heropanti, which had marked the entry of Shroff in the film industry completed seven years and the actor shared a note of gratitude for his fans on the special occasion.

He said, “Looking back in time, I feel nothing but only and only gratitude, for all the crazy experiences and the love audiences have showered on me. Heropanti will always be a really special film to me, and I just want to thank Sajid sir, Sabbir sir who believed in me and also Kriti for being one of the best co-stars ever to debut with.”

Expressing gratitude to his fans, Tiger says, “Whatever I am today, whatever I have achieved is all because of the Tigerian army. Here’s a big shoutout and big virtual hug to all of them, without you guys I’m nothing!

Taking to Instagram, he also shared a video montage of his favourite action scenes from all the movies he has done, and wrote, “Eternally grateful for all your love support and acceptance just wanted to put together and share some of my fav action clips through my journey as an action hero. Special thanks to my #tigerian army, as long as my legs don’t give out on me hope i can continue to entertain you lots of love always.”

However, Tiger Shroff is not the only actor who debuted in Bollywood with Heropanti; it was Kriti Sanon’s debut film as well, and the actress, too expressed her excitement about completing seven years in the industry. She also has a lineup of seven big-budget films to her name.

Expressing excitement about her upcoming films, she shared, “As an actor, I crave to get diverse roles to be able to explore sides and worlds that I haven’t done before. I’m fortunate to have gotten opportunities in such different genres.”

She added, “It’s challenging but very satisfying and I hope I’m able to do justice to all. I am probably in the most exciting phase of my career so far.”

She also shared a video montage on her Instagram handle and wrote, “7 Years of Heropanti, 7 Years in the industry, 7 years of Loving what i do.. Its been a beautiful journey so far, the best phase of my life..These pictures bring back so many memories.. Missing you guys more today”.

Sardar Ka Grandson Movie Review: Arjun Kapoor Does a Sunny Deol in Pakistan

Sardar Ka Grandson

Cast: Neena Gupta, Arjun Kapoor, Rakul Preet, John Abraham, Aditi Rao Hydari

Director: Kaashvie Nair

First thing first—Sardar Ka Grandson has nothing to do with Son of Sardar, they are different films.

This one is set in and around Amritsar occasionally drifting inside Pakistan. Amreek Singh (Arjun Kapoor) is a goofy, happy go lucky kind of a guy doing odd jobs for a company run by his girlfriend Radha (Rakul Preet) in Los Angeles. His grandmother, who everybody fondly calls Sardar (Neena Gupta), is a 90-year-old loud and boisterous industrialist. She has been a victim of the India-Pakistan partition and wants to see the house she built with her husband in Lahore for one last time. So, what’s the big deal? Well, the Pakistan government has blacklisted her for an angry outburst at a cricket match in Mohali against a senior official from the neighbouring country. She can’t go to the house but the house can come to her. Amreek has now taken it upon himself to bring the same house from Pakistan to Amritsar for Sardar.

The basic premise is definitely absurd but it also intrigues. On paper, it might have sounded easy to change the phrase homecoming to ‘home is coming’, but it’s much more than just an idea. It can fall flat if not done convincingly. Also, it’s tricky to shoot films with many crowd scenes. It can go both ways. You have to manage the sentiments despite quick transitions.

To the director’s credit, Sardar Ka Grandson works because of its core idea but then the actors fail the project. It’s heartening to see Kaashvie Nair attempting something as audacious as uprooting a house and then re-planting it in Amritsar, but the scenes demand more urgency from the actors. Most of the times, they look relaxed and don’t convey the earnestness the situation merits.

They also remain short of establishing a delectable chaos inside Sardar’s house. I am not even talking about the fun quotient here, which is mostly missing.

Neena Gupta and Arjun Kapoor try to shoulder the responsibility but couldn’t do so for a longer period. It needed more secondary characters to rise up and take guard. With De De Pyaar De, Rakul Preet has proved that she could be quite handy in situational comedies, but she has been grossly underutilised.

John Abraham and Aditi Rao Hydari’s cameos could have been extended. They look more in charge of the developments than the lead pair. Hydari, in particular, has evolved a lot in recent times, and this is another good performance from her.

At 139-minutes, Sardar Ka Grandson feels like a stretch, but you can always watch it for Neena Gupta and the audacity of the idea.

Bringing a House from Pakistan: Arjun Kapoor on What Intrigued Him About Sardar Ka Grandson

Arjun Kapoor describes his Sardar Ka Grandson character, Amreek Singh, as a ‘mumbling-jumbling idiot

In Sardar Ka Grandson, Arjun Kapoor is playing Amreek Singh who wants to bring an old house from Pakistan to Amritsar to fulfil his grandmother’s last wish. He says that the role interested him because of its absurdity.

Arjun says, “Sometimes, somebody tells you something so bizarre that you are interested in hearing the concept. How have they written it? I thought it’s not possible but let me hear it. By the end of it, after I went through the process, I stopped doubting anything. It has got a very nice fairytale quality. You always wish somebody to go to this extent to make dreams realise.

He continues, “It was a role which had certain overlaps with my kind of humour, tongue in cheek, one liners, making people smile, having an opinion about everything and you know, being a bit of over-smart buffoon. He might think highly of himself but in reality, he is a mumbling-jumbling idiot who doesn’t know where he is going or coming from.”

I am sure I have been through such phases in my life where I was a bit like that. I think I still have that thing somewhere in my subconscious but yes, it’s always fun to play relatable and believable characters. It was a nicely written character and there are many boys like Amreek who can’t handle their personal relationship with their girlfriends but then they go to any extent for their families,” adds Arjun.

He goes on, “In a way, Sardar Ka Grandson starts from where most films end. The romance is over and the guy is in a situation where he puts his grandmother’s lovestory on priority. There are people who would take their partner for granted but would go to any extent for strangers.

Radhe Overseas Box Office Day 2: Salman Khan Film Earns About Rs 9.3 Crore in 2 Days

According to the latest report on, the Salman Khan starrer has raked in nearly USD 1.3 million overseas in two days.

Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai couldn’t get a wide opening in Indian theatres, but the film has been entertaining fans in cinemas overseas. According to the latest report on, the Salman Khan starrer has raked in around USD 600k on its second day, taking its total overseas collection to nearly USD 1.27 million (Rs 9.3 Crore approx) in two days. The action entertainer is said to be getting a good boost from the Gulf, where it garnered USD 475k on day one and around USD 400k on day two.

With these figures, ‘Radhe’ is expected to cross the $1 million mark for the weekend in the Gulf. Interestingly, his 2019 film ‘Bharat’ had crossed this figure in one day, but the market was not affected by the pandemic at the time. Going by the present momentum, ‘Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai’ is expected to cross the USD 2 million mark at the end of its four-day weekend.

The film is being watched widely on the pay-per-view format in India. Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai is said to have become the most watched film on Day 1, garnering 4.2 million views across various platforms. In India, the film released on ZEE5 with ZEE’s pay per view service ZEEPlex; along with leading DTH operators and it released theatrically in international markets on May 13. Fans of the superstar made it the most-watched movie on the first day itself, sending the servers crashing. Salman took to Twitter to wish fans on Eid and for watching Radhe.

Salman Khan Wishes Happy Eid, Thanks Fans for Making Radhe ‘The Most Watched Film on Day 1’

Salman Khan’s Eid release Radhe is said to have created history by garnering 4.2 million views across various platforms on first day of release in India.

Salman Khan’s Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai is said to have become the most watched film on Day 1, garnering 4.2 million views across various platforms. In India, the film released on ZEE5 with ZEE’s pay per view service ZEEPlex; along with leading DTH operators and it released theatrically in international markets on May 13. Fans of the superstar made it the most-watched movie on the first day itself, sending the servers crashing. Salman took to Twitter to wish fans on Eid and for watching Radhe.

In the UAE, on its opening day with theatre capacities running at 50%, the film is said to have collected USD 379,000, which is not only higher than Salman Khan’s last film Dabbang 3 (2019) but also a higher opening day collection than Godzilla vs. Kong.

Radhe also demonstrates the success of a hybrid release and shows an effective model of releasing a film during these tough times. This would be important not just to the stakeholders of Radhe but to the entire film industry of the country that is reeling under the impact of the pandemic.

Shariq Patel, CBO – Zee Studios, said, “The film has won over audiences and through this unique and never-seen-before distribution strategy we could ensure the widest possible ‘opportunity to see’ this high-on-entertainment, quintessential Salman Khan movie at a place and time of audiences’ choice. With unprecedented circumstances comes the responsibility to make innovative choices that will pave the way for future business models and Zee is at the forefront of it.

Here’s How to Watch ‘Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai’ at Home

Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai’ will be the first big-scale entertainment film of Bollywood that will have a multi-format release on May 13.

Actor Salman Khan’s Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai is slated for a theatrical release worldwide on Thursday (May 13), adhering to the Covid-19 protocol issued by the government. However, the tent-pole film is opening at a time when India is going through an extreme crisis and most producers have pushed back their releases.

Salman’s fans are much excited about the movie which was due to release on Eid last year but was pushed owing to the pandemic and cinema closures. Finally, this year the movie is getting released but fans are worried about how to watch it since most cinemas across the country are non-functional owing to the pandemic. In cities where there is no lockdown, many still want to stay home during this testing time.

But fret not! Looks like one of the most loved actors also thinks about the health and safety of his fans and so he has planned the release of the film on digital platforms too.

Those interested in the movie can watch it on ZEE5 with ZEE’s pay-per-view service, ZEEPlex. Those using DTH platforms like Dish, D2H, Tata Sky and Airtel Digital TVcan also avail the service of ZeePlex at a price of Rs 249. Using ZeePlex, a user can book and watch the first day of the show from the comfort of their homes.

Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai will be the first big-scale entertainment film from the country that will have a multi-format release. In a recent interaction, Salman too said he would not encourage theatre owners to screen his upcoming film as he does not want people to say that they got infected with the virus when they went to watch the movie. He added that he is even incurring losses because of the nearly non-existent theatrical release of the film in India.