Maruti Suzuki reports zero sales for the first time due to coronavirus lockdown
By Vivek Raj | Galatta | 12:44 PM
India's largest car manufacturer Maruti Suzuki India Limited on Friday in a press release reported zero monthly sales in the domestic market in April and is the first time ever in the history of the company, which includes sales to the original equipment manufacturer (OEM). Maruti has stated that this was in compliance with Government orders that all production facilities be closed during the lockdown period to stop the spread of the coronavirus across the country. The company has also stated that all guidelines were followed during the shipment of 632 units from the Mundra port in the Gulf of Kutch in Gujarat upon the resumption of port operations.
Operations at Maruti Suzuki were brought to a halt on March 22 after Prime Minister Narendra Modi had ordered for a nationwide lockdown starting on March 25 till April 14, which eventually got extended to May 3. The Gurugram district administration had authorized the auto giant last month to restart its Manesar plant on a single shift basis while fixing the total number of employees at 4,946. A decision was then formed to resume operations once continuous production and sale of vehicle units was going to be maintained. MSI Chairman RC Bhargava in a statement said, "We will start operations whenever we can maintain continuous production and sell it (vehicles), which is not possible at this point of time."
Coronavirus Tamil Nadu: 49 new positive cases | Zero deaths reported
By Vivek Raj | Galatta | 06:25 PM
The Tamil Nadu Health Minister C. Vijayabaskar issued a statement on Saturday regarding the number of new coronavirus positive cases saying 49 people have been identified to have contracted the disease over the past 24 hours. Overall, the state's total recorded positive cases count is currently standing at 1,372 with 82 people recovering and getting discharged, which is a big improvement yet again after Friday. The total number of recovered/discharged/migrated cases in TN is at 365 after 103 people were sent home yesterday. Another major reason to feel relieved is that there have been no deaths reported over the past two days and is a major positive sign in the battle against the COVID-19 virus.
The Government of Tamil Nadu has conducted more than 5000 tests on Saturday alone, which has led to the identification of 49 new positive cases. So far, the TN government has carried out over 35,000 tests with the process expected to take speed in the days ahead with Minister C. Vijayabaskar adding four people are under intensive care with appropriate treatment being administered. He further added saying three more testing labs approved by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in Delhi taking the total to 31 laboratories. Vijayabaskar stated that TN currently is the leading state in the number of patients recovering from the virus and being sent for home quarantine.
Coronavirus Chennai: Ambattur and Manali zones record zero positive cases
By Vivek Raj | Galatta | 12:43 PM
The number of people testing positive for the coronavirus around the world has only been increasing with the passage of each day. As the global count for positive cases has topped two million with over 1 lakh declared dead and 5 lakh people having recovered from the dreaded disease, the numbers in India too have seen a significant rise over the past few days. So far, 12,380 positive cases for the COVID-19 virus have been recorded in India while 414 people succumbed to the fatal disease and 1,489 managed to recover, get discharged or migrated with appropriate treatment.
Among the cases in India, Chennai in Tamil Nadu has been declared to be the number one hotspot as the total number of people affected by the coronavirus disease in the city stands at 214 as on Thursday (16.04.2020) at 10AM. In a zone wise breakup of COVID-19 positive cases in Chennai, the Chennai Corporation has now released a list showing the areas in the city affected by the virus.
Among the 15 zones, Ambattur and Manali have recorded zero positive cases to date with Royapuram showing the most number of affected numbering at 64 people. As for the other 12 zones, Thiru-Vi-Ka Nagar has recorded 30 positive cases followed by Kodambakkam with 24, Anna Nagar with 22, Tondiarpet with 19, Teynampet with 16, Adyar and Perungudi with 7 each, Valasaravakkam with 5, Thiruvottriyur with 4, Alandur and Madhavaram with 3 and Sholinganallur with 2 while a total of 4 other cases cross notified to other districts.
Tamil Nadu's total stands at 1,242 people confirmed to have been affected by the coronavirus disease's symptoms while the death toll has risen to 14 and the recovered, discharged or migrated stands at 118. The state saw 38 fresh cases being recorded on Wednesday for the second consecutive day after Tuesday and are the lowest numbers for people affected by the disease considering the previous low was on April 8 when 48 people tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.
RRR: Makers zero in on British actress for Jr NTR!
By Galatta | 06:04 PM
While many big films have become the talking point of the town currently, SS Rajamouli’s RRR surely takes the cake away from all the others. The film which will see Jr NTR and Ram Charan coming together for the first time, is currently progressing at a fast pace. It is already known that Alia Bhatt will be seen as Ram Charan’s pair. As for NTR, the makers had zeroed in on Daisy Edgar Jones. But, after she walked out of the project, they were on the lookout for another actress for him. Now, according to a leading media, the makers have finally found a perfect British actress for NTR!
The report also mentions that the actress will start shooting for the same from October. The makers are very tight-lipped about the actress as they do not want a repeat of the Daisy incident. The report also mentions that the name of the actress will be revealed at the right time. Now that the makers have zeroed in on the actress, the shoot of the film should go on without any hassles. RRR is being made simultaneously in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam. This big budget film is set in the 1900s and the characters of Ram Charan and Jr NTR are based on Alluri Sitaramaraju and Komaram Bheem.
"I have zero involvement with Bigg Boss": Actress issues strong statement
By Vivek Raj | Galatta | 07:19 PM
One of the few TV shows that has captured the imagination of the entire nation, Bigg Boss, first went live on air in Hindi and has enjoyed a successful run for 12 seasons till date. With the hit reality TV show going on to become a massive success in Hindi, it was only a matter of time that it would be made in other regional languages including Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, and Malayalam. The response for Telugu too has been nothing short of exceptional in the first two seasons of Bigg Boss, which were hosted by Jr. NTR and then Nani. With the third season of the show all set to go on air soon, there have been reports stating popular actress Sobhita Dhulipala was a probable candidate to enter the Bigg Boss house in Telugu for which she took to Twitter to outright deny the reports that were being circulated in the media and across social networking forums.
Sobhita Dhulipala made her acting debut in Anurag Kashyap's critically acclaimed thriller film, Raman Raghav 2.0, starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and followed it up with commendable performances in Saif Ali Khan’s Chef and last year’s black comedy, Kaalakaandi. She has since gone on to appear in the Telugu spy film, Goodachari. She also made heads turn in the hit web series, Made in Heaven and was also roped in for the second season of the hit show, Sacred Games, on Netflix.
The third season of Bigg Boss in Telugu too is soon going to be telecast with Akkineni Nagarjuna rumored to be the host for the third season with an official statement expected to made in the days ahead. As with the format in all the other languages, the list of candidates for Bigg Boss Telugu has not yet been revealed and will likely come out on the day when the inauguration ceremony takes place. With the Telugu version yet to kick off, the third edition of Bigg Boss in Tamil began airing earlier this week to a rousing reception among fans under Kamal Haasn as the host.
Tamil Hero In ShahRukh Khan's Zero !
By Nikhil Viswanathan | Galatta | 03:30 PM
Director Aanand L Rao who has given the audience film such as Tanu Weds Manu, Raanjhana etc is all set to present Zero, with not just an outstanding cast and super talented supporting cast but also intriguing special appearances. It is also known that the late Sridevi will be making a special appearance in the film, it is also revealed that Tanu Weds Manu star R Madhavan Will be seen making a cameo in the film playing an important part of Aafia aka Anushka Sharma’s life. While not much has been revealed of Abhay Deol’s character, the actor will be seen collaborating with the director again after Raanjhaana for a special role.
Zero showcases Shah Rukh Khan as the vertically challenged Bauua, Anushka Sharma as Aafia, a girl who is a scientist living with cerebral palsy and Katrina Kaif as a Bollywood Superstar named Babita Kumari. Red Chillies Entertainment and Colour Yellow Productions come together to bring Zero. Produced by Gauri Khan, Zero is all set to release on 21st December 2018.
Kajol Song In Zero ?
By Nikhil Viswanathan | Galatta | 04:38 PM
In all the hype regarding the release of Shah Rukh Khan's Zero. There's another news making rounds that the Shah Rukh Khan starrer will be recreating the chartbuster ‘Kali Kali Aankhein’ from Baazigar for the upcoming film. After treating the fans with three songs- ‘Mere Naam Tu’, ‘Issaqbaazi’, and Husn Parcham’, the makers are all set to unveil the next song which is a recreated version of Shah Rukh Khan’s all-time chartbuster ‘Kali Kali Aankhein’.
Showcasing Shahrukh Khan as a dwarf, Anushka Sharma as a CP Patient and Katrina Kaif as a Bollywood Diva Zero has undoubtedly been on the most anticipated film this year.
Red Chillies Entertainment and Colour Yellow Productions have come together to bring ZERO, produced by Gauri Khan, starring Anushka Sharma, Katrina Kaif and Shah Rukh Khan, the film will hit screens on 21st December 2018.
Wow: Issaqbaazi Song from Zero is Here !
By Nikhil Viswanathan | Galatta | 01:23 PM
Finally, the wait is over. The much-awaited song from Zero Titled Issaqbazi featuring Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan is here. Issaqbazi was the song which all fans were highly anticipating for. After a long time, fans will get to see Shah Rukh Khan and the Bhaijaan Salman Khan shake a leg together in the silver screen.
The exciting part about the song is that Shah Rukh will be seen playing the role of Bauua Singh, the character he will be portraying in the film, and Salman Khan will be seen making a grand entry into the song. The other exciting aspect about the song os that Choreographers Remo D'Souza and Ganesh Acharya will also be seen shaking a leg with SRK and Salman. It is for sure that both the Khan's have set the Dance Floor on fire. The film release on December 21 and now the anticipation will hit the maximum among fans.
Here's a look at the song
Major Update from the Sets of Zero !
By Nikhil Viswanathan | Galatta | 12:32 PM
The Shah Rukh Khan starrer zero is nearing completion. The film is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated releases this year. As the film is on the last stage before all the work is completed, reports state that fire broke on the sets of the film. The cast and crew are on the last leg of finishing the project. As per further reports Shahrukh Khan was on the set at the time of the incident. Fire engines were rushed to Mumbai Film City to control the fire on the sets. As of now, no casualties have been reported.
The fire was confined to electric wiring and installation, shooting material, ropes, and curtains. The trailer of Zero released earlier this month on Shah Rukh Khan's birthday and it was an instant hit on social media. The film is set to release on December 21.
Shah Rukh Khan Comments On Sridevi's Role in Zero !
By Nikhil Viswanathan | Galatta | 05:49 PM
Shah Rukh Khan is doing his best to ensure Zero is the best box office success this year. The posters and trailer have left all fans anticipating the release of the film. The team recently released the track Mere Naam Tu and the song has been on top of the charts and left all fans to fall in love with Shah Rukh Khan all over again.
Latest reports state that SRK has planned another surprise element in the film which will relate to Late actor Sridevi. Sridevi apparently shot the song along with Srk, Alia Bhat and Karishma Kapoor. However, Shah Rukh Khan does not want to Unveil the song until the release of the film but wants fans to watch it directly on the big screen.
Zero marks Sridevi's last big screen appearance. The film is all set to roll out to screen on December 21 and features Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif in leading roles.