Superstar Rajinikanth appreciates TN Govt action on Kandha Sashti Kavacham issue!
By MKV | Galatta | 01:03 PM
Tamil Nadu has always been a largely secular state with not many clashes happening due to religion but there have been some such issues now and then! In recent times, the raging issue has been the derogatory statements against the religious prayer song 'Kandha Sashti Kavacham' made by a YouTube channel called Karuppar Koottam! Lord Murugan is one of the most followed gods in Tamil Nadu and one of the most popular religious songs sung in his praise is the 'Kandha Sashti Kavacham'! Recently, an episode released on the YouTube channel had claimed the verses in the 'Kandha Sashti Kavacham' to be vulgar and in bad light. This caused quite a furore in TN and many people voiced their opinions & thoughts against this. Legal action was also initiated against the channel and two of its members were arrested!
Now, Superstar Rajinikanth, who is known to be very spiritual, has issued a statement with regards to this issue! He has praised the swift action taken by the Tamil Nadu Government against the people who had hurt the religious sentiments of millions of Tamil people! He criticised the Periyarist group Karuppar Koottam for making the derogatory video against Lord Murugan and thanked the government for their strong action against it. Rajinikanth also appreciated that all the videos of the said channel had also been taken down and expressed hope that atleast now the attacks on religion and God would end and demanded that they should end! He rounded off his statement praising Lord Murugan and at the same time, stated that all religions are equal and no religion should be attacked!
Ever since this controversy broke out, many Hindu outfits as well as individuals had called for a ban on the YouTube channel as well as legal action against those running it. The BJP Tamil Nadu President L Murugan had filed a case against the owners of the channel and the Chennai Central Crime Branch (CCB) registered cases under Sections 153, 153(A)(1)(a), 295(A), 505(1)(b) and 505(2) of the Indian Penal Code. Senthilvasan, one of the members of Karuppar Koattam channel and the presenter Surendran have been arrested and remanded under judicial custody. The BJP claims that the notion behind this derogatory video was to create social unrest and law & order problems in Tamil Nadu. Stay tuned for further updates...
Check out Rajinikanth's statement here:
Superstar Rajinikanth spotted during lockdown - new crazy picture goes viral!
By Arvind Sundaram | Galatta | 06:36 PM
A new photo featuring Superstar Rajinikanth is now doing great rounds on social media and has gone viral in a matter of minutes after the release. In this new picture, we see Rajinikanth driving a Lamborghini car. He is captured wearing the seat belt and of course, the face mask, which happens to be mandatory during this pandemic situation. He is seen dressed up in all white and as always, the fans have been pleasantly surprised with this newly released picture. One doesn’t know the backstory of this picture, but who needs to know about it when the personality attracts you?
This picture is being shared on all fan pages on social media and it is surely garnering a lot of attention. We haven’t seen Rajinikanth on the driver’s seat much and hence this picture appeals much more than his other pictures.
On the professional side, Rajinikanth was last seen in the action drama, Darbar, directed by A.R.Murugadoss and produced by Lyca Productions. Despite getting mixed reviews from the critics, Darbar managed to satisfy the fans to a major extent. His next film will be Annaatthe, directed by Siva and produced by Sun Pictures. Annaatthe happens to be Siva’s next directorial after the blockbuster hit Viswasam and hence the expectations are humongous.
This rural family entertainer features four female leads and that includes Khushbu Sundar, Meena, Keerthy Suresh and Nayanthara. Prakash Raj, Soori, Sathish form the supporting cast. The film has music by D Imman, cinematography by Vetri and editing by Ruben. This movie is expected to showcase Rajinikanth in a completely different dimension and the fans are excitedly waiting to witness it on screen.
It has been quite a while since we saw Rajinikanth in the rural backdrop (excluding the minimal flashback portions in Petta) and it is going to be an interesting makeover to watch out for. The film is tentatively scheduled to hit the screens for next year’s Pongal, but the plans are subject to change as per the development in the pandemic situation.
Simultaneously, on the other side, Rajinikanth is also focusing on the political side of his career as Rajini Makkal Mandram is doing its best to help the needy during these testing times. For now, check out the newly released picture of Rajinikanth below:
"Sathiyama Vidave Koodadhu", Rajinikanth breaks silence | Sathankulam Incident
By Arvind Sundaram | Galatta | 12:29 PM
The lockup death of Jayaraj and Bennix (aka Bennicks,Fenix) at Sathankulam has created a huge controversy and has been a hot topic in the state for the past one week. It has also created a massive outrage on social media, where people are demanding for justice, raising their voices against the crime. After a 15-hour long investigation, the Kovilpatti Judicial Magistrate, MS Bharathidasan, and his team have filed a report that reveals shocking details about the death of the father and son. Surprisingly, a woman police officer (Head Constable) named Revathi was the only one officer who came forward and revealed what exactly happened at the police station that night, while other officers behaved in an intimidating way, including a police officer named Maharajan who reportedly said, “Unnaala Onnum Pudunga Mudiyadhu (You can’t do anything)”.
Revathi revealed that Jayaraj and Bennix were beaten to death by the male police officers in the station and added that their lathis had bloodstains. Revathi’s statement comes as a solid proof of eye-witness and thousands of people have come in support of her for speaking the truth and revealing the harsh reality. This incident has garnered a lot of attention among the celebrities across the state and we saw many people expressing their respect and gratitude towards Magistrate Bharathidasan, Head Constable Revathi and others for restoring the faith and hope in justice. Now, Superstar Rajinikanth has issued a statement, condemning the behaviour of the other police officers who ignored to show some respect towards the Magistrate.
Rajinikanth, in his official statement, said, "(loosely translated in English) Even after the entire state condemned the brutal inhumane lockup death of the father and son, it is utterly shocking to read about the intimidating behaviour of a few police officers towards the Magistrate. The officers who are behind this incident should definitely be punished in the right way. They shouldn't be left free. Sathiyama Vidave Koodadhu". This statement has gone viral on social media and the fans are already trending it with the hashtag #சத்தியமா_விடவே_கூடாது.
On the work front, Rajinikanth would next be seen in Annaatthe, which is directed by Siva and produced by Sun Pictures. This rural family action entertainer features four leading ladies including Khushbu Sundar, Meena, Nayanthara and Keerthy Suresh. For now, check out Rajinikanth’s official tweet below:
UNSEEN: ''No, it was not CGI, Thalaivar Rajinikanth was pained''
By Galatta | 01:06 PM
It is well known across the globe that Superstar Rajinikanth is the King of Kollywood and one of the biggest stars not just in India but across the world. He has an avid fan following in many countries and almost every new movie of his is celebrated by fans and audiences everywhere. Whatever the year maybe and whenever one of his movies release, it becomes the highlight of the year. Rajinikanth is called the one and only Superstar for a reason. Rajini rocked 2019 with his Pongal release Petta, however this year’s Pongal wasn’t as fruitful for Rajinikanth as expected, his Darbar movie which released on the 9th of January couldn’t get the box office registers ringing as much as the producers wanted.
After the release of Darbar, Rajini also appeared on Television for a special show. Yes, after all these years on the big screens, Rajni recently made his TV debut by being a special guest on the Discovery Channel show Into the Wild, with Bear Grylls. This popular show hosted by Bear Grylls has a very good following and there have been many celebrities on this show, including our Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former American President Barack Obama, Julia Roberts, Roger Federer, Kate Winslet and others. Even Rajinikanth’s show turned out to be a huge success. It was aired during the initial stages of the Corona lockdown.
Ace cinematographer Richard M Nathan has shared an unseen photoshoot image of Rajinikanth which was taken for Enthiran promotion in the year 2008. Richard shared two stills from the photoshoot, only one of them was used for the promotions of Enthiran, none of us have seen the other photo which he has shared just now. Many believed this was a CGI design when released but Richard has clarified that Rajinikanth strained hard to get this look right - “This was a photoshoot I did for #enthiran in 2008. Ppl thot it was CGI, it's not. Thalaivar was pained for the shoot. Check the unreleased second photo. #throwback #alwaysthalaivar #superstar”
Richard M Nathan began assisting KV Anand and worked on Khakee and Sivaji. He got acquainted with Shankar while working in Sivaji and that’s how he got the chance to be involved in Enthiran’s promotional shoot. Richard Nathan made his debut as cinematographer with Vasanthabalan's Angadi Theru, where he shot on the streets of the crowded Ranganathan street in Chennai. He has then gone on to work in movies like Ko, Samar, Naan Sigappu Manithan, Vanakkam Chennai, Mr Chandramouli, Kaali, and Thimiru Pudichavan.
Petta 2 with Rajinikanth on cards? Director Karthik Subbaraj reveals!
By Arvind Sundaram | Galatta | 10:36 AM
Superstar Rajinikanth’s Petta is a very special film for all the fans. The film showcased the nostalgic classic side of Rajinikanth with ample number of ‘Thalaivar’ moments and it set the screens on fire. The fans were delighted to see a completely energetic, enjoyable, and charismatic side of Rajinikanth after a long time and it turned out to be a big hit at the box office. The film was produced by Sun Pictures and directed by Karthik Subbaraj, who himself is an ardent fan of Rajinikanth.
In a recent interaction with Bollywood Life, Karthik Subbaraj revealed if there are any possibilities to do Petta 2 with his favourite star. He was quoted as saying, “While making the film we didn't have anything in mind about that and all (a sequel). But after it released, it got quite interesting the way the fans thought about it (possibility of a sequel) and kept asking and even suggested the way it should go. They message us with their ideas of Petta 2 on social-media platforms, which were all quite interesting.
Some even came forward with theories of possible stories for Petta 2. As of now, I wouldn't say that I have a story of Petta 2. But it could happen in future." Currently, Karthik is busy with the post-production works of his next, Jagame Thandhiram, that stars Dhanush in the lead role. Karthik will also helm Chiyaan 60 that will feature Chiyaan Vikram and his son, Dhruv sharing screen space together for the first time. Chiyaan 60 is produced by Lalit Kumar’s 7 Screen Studios and will have music scored by Anirudh Ravichander.
Hattrick for Superstar Rajinikanth - Fourth time for director Siva | Annaatthe New Release Date
By Arvind Sundaram | Galatta | 05:44 PM
A few hours back, it was officially announced that Superstar Rajinikanth’s Annaatthe would hit the screens for Pongal, next year. This news has taken everyone by pleasant surprise and it has excited the fans who were eagerly waiting for an update. Directed by Siva and produced by Sun Pictures, Annaatthe has an exciting star cast in the form of Khushbu Sundar, Meena, Nayanthara, Keerthy Suresh, Prakash Raj, Soori, Sathish, and others. This new change of plan in the release has happened due to the current outbreak of coronavirus and many other big films are expected to follow suit.
This new release date for Annaatthe has come as a hat-trick of sorts for Superstar Rajinikanth and it looks quite interesting. Rajinikanth’s Petta had released for the festive occasion of Pongal 2018 and it was a huge hit at the box office. Similarly, Darbar released for this year’s Pongal and it also satisfied the fans and family audience. Annaatthe will mark Rajinikanth’s third consecutive Pongal release in a row.
Notably, Pongal is also a proven success sentiment for director Siva who has already delivered three blockbuster hits that were released during the festive occasion - Siruthai (2011), Veeram (2014) and Viswasam (2018). Both Rajinikanth and Siva would be looking forward to continuing their success streaks with Annaatthe. Theatre owners have opined that it is a great decision to release the film for Pongal, as the film has a celebratory and festive mood to it. Having said that, we can be sure of the film’s grand box office opening! Get set to witness Annaatthe from Pongal 2021.
This cult hit Rajinikanth film removed from OTT
By Galatta | 03:25 AM
In this age of technology, almost everybody owns and uses a smartphone and use multiple online & OTT (Over The Top) platforms or apps like Facebook, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hotstar and other such. With almost entire India is under lockdown mode for 40 days, as ordered by the Central Government, people do not have much to keep them occupied. Most people are turning to online platforms for their source of entertainment. Superstar Rajinikanth enjoys a huge fan base across the world, however, only very of his celebrated classic hits can be found on OTT platforms. On top it, his film Padaiyappa has now been removed from OTT.
Padaiyappa was streaming on Amazon Prime and all of a sudden, the film has been removed from the platform. It is reported that this sudden removal is due to agreement discrepancy issues between the production house and Amazon. Padaiyappa is written and directed by KS Ravikumar which also featured veteran actor Sivaji Ganesan. The soundtrack album and background score were composed by A. R. Rahman. Padaiyappa was released on 10 April 1999 on the eve of Tamil New Year's Day. This was the first Tamil film to be released worldwide with 210 prints and 700,000 audio cassettes sold. It became Tamil cinema's highest-grossing film at that point.
Pooja Hegde says she loves her challenging job & calls Superstar Rajinikanth a Legend!
By MKV | Galatta | 08:17 PM
The COVID-19 Novo Corona Virus Pandemic has caused the whole nation to go into lockdown mode and most people are isolated within their houses. All shooting has been cancelled and the Cinema industry has come to a standstill. Some celebrities are using this downtime to interact with their fans and followers through their social media handles and the gorgeous Pooja Hegde to resorted to a Q&A session with her followers on Twitter.
During this session, one of her followers asked Pooja if being an actor was the same as a regular office job or if it was exciting. Responding to this, Pooja said that acting is definitely not like a regular job and that she was genuinely excited to get up each morning and head to work! She also mentioned that though it is not always easy and got to be challenging on some days, it was definitely worth it to be an actor! Another of her followers asked her to talk about Superstar Rajinikanth and she replied with one word - Legend!
Check out the tweets here:
It’s definately not like a regular job...it’s very dynamic in nature...but o am genuinely excited to get up early in the morning and heard to work...It’s not that it’s always easy, it can get very challenging some days...but it’s definitely all worth it. #AskPooja https://t.co/mUOuPFspWC— Pooja Hegde (@hegdepooja) April 1, 2020
Corona Effect: Superstar Rajinikanth donates 50 lakhs for FEFSI Workers!
By Arvind Sundaram | Galatta | 12:42 PM
The Corona Virus spread is getting severe and intense with every single passing day and it has indeed impacted the daily livelihood of people around the globe. In light of the Corona pandemic, the FEFSI Union, headed by R.K.Selvamani, stated that all film shootings shall stop until the situation comes under control. Most of the workers in the FEFSI Union earn their wages from daily shoots as beta and salaries. However, with the shooting getting stopped due to this, they were left with no options to earn.
On that note, leading stars have been coming forward with their financial aid to support the FEFSI workers. Earlier yesterday, we saw Sivakumar, Suriya, Karthi, and Sivakarthikeyan donating a few lakhs for the welfare of the daily workers. It has now come to our notice that Superstar Rajinikanth has donated an amount of Rs 50 Lakhs to FEFSI and it would be split and given to the workers.
The official announcement was made a few minutes back, through the PR of FEFSI Union. With no clear picture about resuming film shootings, many other actors are expected to come forward and lend their helping hands for the FEFSI workers. Stay tuned for more such updates.
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VIRAL VIDEO: Rajinikanth teaches Bear Grylls to wear sunglasses in Thalaivar style! Don't Miss!
By Arvind Sundaram | Galatta | 05:00 PM
Superstar Rajinikanth would be featured in the world famous Television show, Into the Wild, along with popular adventurer and television presenter, Bear Grylls. The duo recently shot together for an episode of Into the Wild and ever since then, the fans have been eagerly waiting to witness this exciting episode on the televisions. The promos managed to create huge hype and buzz on social media and Thalaivar fans were highly delighted seeing the energy of their favourite star. The highly awaited episode is all set to premiere tonight at 8 PM on Discovery Tamil channel and we can be sure that the channel’s TRP is going to reach a new high.
However, the episode is already out on Discovery+ mobile app and the premiere happened at 6 AM this morning. A section of fans have seen the episode and have cut special snippets from the full show. One such snippet, where Rajinikanth teaches Bear Grylls to wear sunglasses in his classic trademark style, is going viral on social media. The fans have been delightfully sharing this small video and we can expect more such videos to surface on social media from tonight.
With a good mix of real adventure and highlight ‘Thalaivar’ moments, we can expect this show to be a great hit. The sneak peek videos and promotional teasers have created enough curiosity and expectations among the South Indian audience and on that note, tonight’s social media feed is going to be filled with posts about the show and Rajinikanth. Check out the viral snippet video from Into the Wild ft Rajinikanth and Bear Grylls here (below the images):
🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥#Thalaivar Teaching his Glass Style to @BearGrylls#ThalaivaOnDiscovery@Actor_Vivek @KavithalayaaOff @actorsathish @soundaryaarajni @karthiksubbaraj @vp_offl @anirudhofficial pic.twitter.com/FzDdXpTqC0— Rajinikanth Fans 🤘 (@Rajni_FC) March 23, 2020
— NEXT CM 💧 (@anandvoice) March 23, 2020