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Sai Pallavi to team up with Sharwanand for Hanu Raghavapudi’s next

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Written by Ashameera Aiyappan | Chennai | Published: December 28, 2017 6:08 pm Sai Pallavi is currently awaiting the release of her debut film in Kollywood, Karu, directed by AL Vijay.

Looks like Fidaa girl Sai Pallavi is quite the toast of the town right now. After bagging Suriya’s 36 film with Selvaraghavan, we now hear that the actor will now star opposite Sharwanand next in Tollywood. The film will be directed by Hanu Raghavapudi and produced by Prasad Chukkapalli and Sudhakar Cherukuri under Sri Lakshmi Venkateswara Cinemas banner.

The film is touted to be a romantic comedy which is Hanu Raghavapudi’s forte. The project is also said to go on floors by the third week of January. Notably, both of Sai Pallavi’s films in Tollywood have been hits thus increasing the expectations from the project. Sharwanand’s latest Mahanubhavudu also opened to positive reviews. In a media statement, the makers said, “We are happy to associate with three talented people — Sharwanand, Sai Pallavi and Hanu Raghavapudi. It is going to be a hilarious romantic entertainer. The film will please youth as well as family audiences. Regular shooting of the movie starts from January 3rd week. We are planning to release the movie in monsoon.”

Sai Pallavi is currently awaiting the release of her debut film in Kollywood, Karu, directed by AL Vijay. She is also part of Dhanush’s Maari 2 helmed by Balaji Mohan apart from being part of Suriya 36. Maari 2 will also star Mollywood star Tovino Thomas. Sharwanand, on the other hand, is part of untitled Sudheer Varma directorial and is paired opposite Kajal Aggarwal and Nitya Menen in the film.

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Bigg Boss 11, December 25 preview: Housemates’ kins to turn padosis in the show

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Written by Sana Farzeen | New Delhi | Published: December 25, 2017 9:20 pm Bigg Boss 11, December 25 preview:The padosis will now try their best to create troubles for the housemates.

After the shocking eviction of Arshi Khan, gear up for some exciting times ahead. Getting back the padosi theme once again, Bigg Boss 11 will see the entry of few neighbours in the house. And guess what, the family members of housemates will enter the show as the new padosis. Their entry will not only bring curiousity and excitement but also a new wave of emotions in the show.

Making way into the glass doored house would be Puneesh Sharma’s girlfriend and ex-contestant Bandgi Kalra, Shilpa Shinde’s brother, Hina Khan’s boyfriend Rocky Jaiswal, Luv Tyagi’s mother, Akash Dadlani’s mother, Vikas Gupta’s mother and Priyank Sharma’s mother. The padosis will now try their best to create troubles for the housemates.

Gharwalon ke rishtedaar aa rahe hai padosi bann kar! Stay tuned to this space to find out more! #BB11pic.twitter.com/8AC0deXO2Q

— COLORS (@ColorsTV) December 25, 2017

Kaun hoga nominations ka shikaar? Jaan ne ke liye dekhiye #BB11 aaj raat 10:30 PM. #BBSneakPeekpic.twitter.com/0dx3HMt3Ao

— COLORS (@ColorsTV) December 25, 2017

Puneesh Sharma is the first contestant to enter the Nomination Dome! Find out if he gets through, tonight at 10:30 PM. #BB11#BBSneakPeekpic.twitter.com/y0KVlXuRIX

— COLORS (@ColorsTV) December 25, 2017

Iss hafte ke nomination task mein gharwalon ko rakhna hoga waqt par pehra! Tune in tonight at 10:30 PM only on #BB11. #BBSneakPeekpic.twitter.com/HmxRwiK7Vj

Bigg Boss 11 December 25, 2017 full episode written update: Priyank and Luv get nominated

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Written by Srishty Arora | New Delhi | Published: December 26, 2017 4:48 am Bigg Boss 11 December 25, 2017 full episode written update: Shilpa, Akash and Puneesh feel excited after qualifying for the semifinals.

Missed last episode of Salman Khan hosted Bigg Boss? Here’s all that happened.

• Bigg Boss starts with the song “Party ab bhi baaki hai”. House is decked up with Christmas decorations.
• Shilpa says Vikas is in depression. Puneesh adds to her by saying he gets into depression whenever someone leaves the house.
• Shilpa makes fun of Puneesh by asking him if he wants to discuss about nomination?
• Puneesh and Priyank act as if they are dumb.
• Hina reads the nomination task in which contestants have to sit in the dome and have to manage the record of time. Housemates have to rings the buzzer at 42 minutes.
• Puneesh discusses his strategy with Priyank. Hina practices her counting with Luv.
• Puneesh is the first one to get into dome.
• Priyank, Hina, Luv and Vikas try to distract him. Hina asks Puneesh about his best moment with Bandgi.
• Luv tries to distract Puneesh with papaya as he hates the fruit.
• Puneesh rings the buzzer.
• Hina says she was also making the record of counting and he was close to 42 minutes.
• Hina says to herself that she will lie to everyone that she is counting.
• Hina thinks to herself that she can count outside and tells Luv to ring the buzzer on time as no one will distract her.
• Vikas says to Priyank that Shilpa, Luv and Puneesh are making their strong team.
• Priyank gets next in the dome, Akash farts in the dome.
• Puneesh distracts Priyank by saying D has arrive. Priyank rings the buzzer.
• Akash gets after Priyank, and doesn’t count in the dome.
• Vikas understands Shilpa and Puneesh’s game that they are counting for him.
• Vikas and Puneesh try to distract Shilpa and Puneesh.
• Akash asks Hina about time, Hina tells Akash time and says not to trust her.
• Akash rings the buzzer and comes outside of the dome.
• Luv goes next in the dome. Puneesh tries to distract Luv by saying zero.
• Shilpa takes Hina inside the house for not helping Luv in the task.
• Vikas puts ice in Luv’s jacket.
• After Luv rings the buzzer, Shilpa gets into the dome.
• Puneesh makes fun of Shilpa by saying how she’ll get into the dome.
• Akash counts for Shilpa. Shilpa rings the buzzer.
• Luv gets upset with Priyank on how Priyank said to Luv that Luv goes to Cyber City for girls.
• Task gets over. Bigg Boss announces that Luv and Priyank get nominated for the eviction.
• Akash picks Puneesh on his back and starts running in the house.
• Akash shows his excitement by hugging Puneesh.
• Shilpa, Akash and Puneesh feel excited as they get saved from the nomination and get into the semifinals.
• Hina comes out of the confession room and tells the contestants about Dominos pizza party. Hina unlocks the Appy Fizz fridge and gives it to everyone.

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Superstar Rajinikanth meets fans in Chennai: LIVE UPDATES

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By: Express Web Desk | Chennai | Updated: December 26, 2017 9:40 am The timing of Rajinikanth meeting his fans in such large numbers have sparked speculations about his much-awaited political debut.

Superstar Rajinikanth on Tuesday resumed meeting his fans in Chennai, which will continue until the eve of New Year. It is the continuation of his meet-and-greet programme, which he began earlier this year.

Fans from around 20 districts will meet the superstar and click pictures with him. The organisers have announced that only the members of fan clubs in Tamil Nadu and those who have valid ID cards will be entitled to a picture with Rajinikanth.

The timing of Rajinikanth meeting his fans in such large numbers have sparked speculations about his much-awaited political debut in Tamil Nadu, where the political situation is volatile since the passing of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.

Follow all the live updates from Rajinikanth’s meeting with fans:

9:35 am: I know the difficulties in politics. Had I not known them, I would have taken the plunge long before. If you go to war, you should win. Not just strength, you also need a strategy to win the war. I will tell you all my decision on my political entry on December 31, says Rajinikanth.

9:25 am: I’m not sure whether who is more curious about my political entry, the people or the media. I’m not new to politics. I entered in 1996 itself, says Rajinikanth.

I am not new to politics. I got delayed.Entering is equal to victory. I will announce a decision on December 31: Rajinikanth pic.twitter.com/0WsH67ZLeS

— ANI (@ANI) December 26, 2017

9:20 am: Avoid reading bad news it’s not good for your mental health, says Rajinikanth

Bigg Boss 11 contestant Arshi Khan: I am ashamed that I got evicted before Puneesh, Luv and Priyank

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Written by Sana Farzeen | Mumbai | Published: December 26, 2017 8:29 am Arshi Khan blames the discussion of nomination for her eviction from the Bigg Boss 11 house.

Getting nominated for the first time in the Bigg Boss 11 season, Arshi Khan sadly had to bow out of the show on Saturday. Shocked and disappointed over her elimination, in an exclusive chat with indianexpress.com, she shared, “The feeling is yet to sink in as I still can’t believe that I am out of the house while people who do not deserve to be in the show like Puneesh Sharma, Luv Tyagi and Priyank Sharma got safe. I really felt ashamed and didn’t like it at all. I was expecting to be in the top five at least.”

As Arshi blamed the discussion of nomination that led to her eviction, talking further about her journey, the Bhopal girl averred, “I really had a great time in the show and I enjoyed every moment. I also believe that I played well and was quite natural in the show. I never indulged in a dirty game and rather played with my heart. I laughed, cried, fought but also had a wonderful time in Bigg Boss.”

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Arshi, who has been known for all the wrong reasons, shattered her negative and controversial avatar, to come out as an entertainer on the show. Ask her if she will get back to the old self or plans to step into a new world, she quipped, “I am known to be bold and the audience saw the same image in the show as it is part of my personality. But yes, now I want to be known as a performer and have decided to focus on my work. Only few lucky ones get the chance to be a part of such a great show and when I have managed to win heart and popularity, I want to maintain that. Leaving behind what has happened, I am looking forward to a great new start. I want to try my luck more in the reality space and would love to do films next. Being a dancer, I would like to do item songs also.”

While Arshi enjoyed a crackling chemistry with co-contestant Hiten Tejwani, her funny banter with Salman Khan was also a pleasure to watch. Speaking about her bond with the superstar, she said, “I developed a great rapport with Salman and for the first time in a decade of watching him on-screen, I have seen him blushing. Whenever I teased him, he would get shy as a kid and be speechless to my taunts. We also had our share of banters and I really enjoyed pulling his legs, while he would retort saying, ‘bas karo naagin’. I have told him that I wish to work with him and I would persuade him to sign me soon (laughs).”

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When asked who she feels would lift the trophy in the finale, the model-actor stated, “I really hope that Vikas Gupta wins the show. He is really playing the game well and he knows how to maintain relationship and also keeps his words. It would be a disgrace if Shilpa Shinde or Hina Khan win as they both play dirty games and don’t deserve to win Bigg Boss.”

While we saw Arshi apologising in front of Salman for abusing Shilpa, this sudden negativity surprised us again. “I apologised for using words like ‘vaahiyat’ to her. Since I considered her as my mother, it was wrong to say that but I don’t want to apologise to her. Shilpa really hurt me with her behaviour in the house and used some really demeaning words against me. It was not acceptable at all,” Arshi said in a serious tone.

Sound of Music actress Heather Menzies-Urich dies at 68

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By: AP | Los Angeles | Published: December 26, 2017 9:05 am Heather Menzies-Urich played one of the singing von Trapp children in The Sound of Music.

Actress Heather Menzies-Urich, who played one of the singing von Trapp children in the hit 1965 film, “The Sound of Music,” has died. She was 68.

Her son, actor Ryan Urich, told Variety that his mother died late Sunday in Frankford, Ontario. She recently had been diagnosed with brain cancer.

“She was an actress, a ballerina and loved living her life to the fullest,” Urich said.

Menzies-Urich played Louisa von Trapp, the third-oldest of the seven von Trapp children, in the film adaptation of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical that starred Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.

“The Sound of Music” captured five Academy Awards, including best picture.

“Heather was part of ‘the family.’ There is really no other way to describe the members of the cast of the movie of ‘The Sound of Music,'” Ted Chapin, president and chief creative officer of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization, said in a statement.

A Toronto native, Menzies-Urich’s other film credits include “Hawaii” and “Piranha.” On television, she appeared as a fugitive in “Logan’s Run” and had guest spots on “Dragnet,” ”Bonanza,” ”Marcus Welby, M.D.” and other series.

Variety reports that Menzies-Urich is survived by two other children, several grandchildren and a great grandchild.

Her husband, actor Robert Urich, died in 2002. After his death, Menzies-Urich established the Robert Urich Foundation to raise funds for cancer research.

Bigg Boss 11: Luv Tyagi or Priyank Sharma, who should walk out of the house? Cast your votes

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By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: December 26, 2017 11:45 am Luv Tyagi and Priyank Sharma failed to perform the nominations task well this week.

Friendships, hatred, fights, planning and plotting, nothing helped in this week’s nominations in the Bigg Boss 11 house. What made a difference was a contestant’s capabilities as Bigg Boss left it entirely on the luxury budget task to decide who should be nominated for evictions this week. In the task, the housemates had to accurately track a total of 42 minutes, whilst confined within the Nomination Dome. Adding to the complication, the rest of the contestants had to distract the one inside the dome and stop them from pressing the buzzer and exiting the dome on the 42nd minute.

While the trio Puneesh, Akash and Shilpa helped each other during the task, Hina Khan played it smart and didn’t help her friend Luv Tyagi in keeping a track of time. As a result, the commoner lost the count of minutes and stayed 9 minutes longer inside the Nominations Dome. Something similar happened with Priyank who came out of the dome 10 minutes earlier and thus got nominated with friend Luv. Now, one of the two friends, Luv and Priyank will leave the house this weekend giving us the semi-finalists of the show.

Who do you think will get evicted from the house this week? Cast your votes here.

Who do you think will walk out of @BiggBoss 11 house this week?

— IE entertainment (@ieEntertainment) December 26, 2017

Luv’s journey inside the Big Boss house has been an interesting one. The contestant for whom surviving the second week inside the house became a challenge, came a long way in the show. Despite being nominated every week, Luv’s survival shocked everyone as other prominent names like Hiten and Arshi got eliminated before him. This is probably because he never played dirty and used his cards intelligently during the show. His friendship with Hina kept him in the limelight and soon the commoner made friends with other strong players too. His chances of staying on the show for another week still looks stronger as Priyank has left his fans upset on several occasions.

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Though a master of reality shows, Priyank has got onto the right track from past two weeks but he has irked Salman Khan and viewers of the show likewise in the initial weeks. Will his changed attitude help him get more votes than Luv will only be known on this week’s Weekend Ka Vaar episode.

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Here’s why good screenwriters are the need of the hour

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By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 26, 2017 1:20 pm A still from Newton

2017 has been full of ups and downs in Bollywood. A film might have had Bollywood’s biggest superstar playing the lead but that did not guarantee success at the box office. With films like Newton, Hindi Medium, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, Bareilly Ki Barfi, Naam Shabana and Lipstick Under My Burkha leaving a mark at the box office, it was proven once again that content is king.

All these films have one thing in common – an interesting storyline. Over the years, there has been a dynamic change in the kind of Hindi films the audiences are consuming. With the popularity of streaming websites and global films on the rise, Indian audiences have got access to great content. The filmgoers are saturated with the routine commercial films and want more. They are looking for good content and gripping stories.

There was a time when writers were not receiving their rightful due both monetarily and in terms of recognition. This, in turn, affected the morale and motivation of several writers. Today, producers are willing to shell out much more for a good script. There is a hunt for good content in the industry today and thus a hunt for good screenwriters.

Commenting on the same, Anjum Rajabali stated, “The script is the heart and soul of a film. More often than not, factors such as direction, acting and music are played up a lot but we have to remember that the script is the basis of the film.”

Cinestaan has come up with India’s Story Tellers Contest that gives aspiring writers a platform to submit their synopsis of a script they have written or intend to write. Following a rigorous reading and assessment process, the shortlisted ones will be asked to submit a complete script. The final shortlisted writers will be invited to make pitch videos, which will receive online public voting. And, their shortlisted scripts will go to the jury where Aamir Khan, Rajkumar Hirani, Juhi Chaturvedi and Anjum Rajabali will assess and deliberate on who the five winners will be. The last date of submission is January 15, 2018. For more details, log on to http://scriptcontest.cinestaan.com/

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New Black Panther clip features stunning visuals and slick action

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Written by Kshitij Rawat | New Delhi | Published: December 26, 2017 12:21 pm Black Panther will release on February 16, 2018.

Black Panther will begin 2017 for Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the hype surrounding the film is rising. Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther, whose real name is T’Challa, debuted in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War (fighting from Tony’s side) and even before the film was released, a standalone film on the character was announced.

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Marvel Studios have released a TV spot as part of promotion of the film. The short 30 second clip showcases a lot of action and the astonishing visual quality of the futuristic but fictional African country Wakanda that we also saw in the trailer. The action and CGI too look slick.

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This would be a crucial test for the young king and his alter-ego. For those who have read the comics, Killmonger is a deadly enemy and more than a match to Black Panther with his fighting skills. Assisting Killmonger is Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue, a black-market dealer. As far as foes go, this duo is going to be more than a handful for Black Panther.

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Black Panther will release on February 16.

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