Shreya, Sam CS team up to deliver third single for ‘Ramarao on Duty’


Mass Maharaja Ravi Teja’s action thriller ‘Ramarao On Duty’ is done with its shooting and the movie is gearing up for its theatrical release on July 29th. As part of musical promotions, the movie’s third single ‘Naa Peru Seesa’ will be released on July 2nd. In an Interim, the promo of the song has been launched.

Post-production work is underway for the movie directed by debutant Sarath Mandava and produced by Sudhakar Cherukuri under SLV Cinemas LLP and RT Teamworks.

The promo of this number has enthused music lovers and raised anticipation for the lyrical video. Sam CS rendered this song that has lyrics by Chandrabose. Shreya Ghoshal and Sam CS lent vocals for the song that featured Anveshi Jain who looks glamorous in the promo.

Based on real incidents, ‘Ramarao On Duty’ features two heroines, Divyansha Kaushik and Rajisha Vijayan. Venu Thottempudi will be seen in a vital role.

Sam CS rendered the soundtracks and the first two songs of the movie enthused melody song lovers. The film’s cinematography has been handled by Sathyan Sooryan; Praveen KL is the editor.


‘Pushpa’ act gets Rashmika ‘Animal’ role opposite Ranbir Kapoor


Actor Rashmika’s performance as ‘Srivalli’ in ‘Pushpa – The Rise’ has made her an overnight sensation and she has been unstoppable ever since. The star’s famous ‘Saami Saami’ step remains the most trendy step on social media.

Thanks to her impressive performance in ‘Pushpa’, Rashmika Mandana has been roped in for Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s ‘Animal’ alongside Ranbir Kapoor.

Talking about the same, Rashmika says, “The makers of ‘Animal’ approached me for the film after they saw my performance in ‘Pushpa’. I did not think twice before saying yes to the film because I was confident that the audience would get to enjoy a new side of me.”

The Allu Arjun starrer, ‘Pushpa – The Rise’ was the surprise hit of 2021 and have a fresh impetus to pan-India movies made in Tollywood.

Rashmika played the role of a rural girl in the movie with great conviction and came out with a natural performance that made her a household name as India’s ‘national crush’.

Rashmika is currently the IT girl of the industry, with a lineup of big-budget films from across all industries in her kitty. Apart from ‘Goodbye’, she will be next seen in ‘Pushpa 2’.

In ‘Animal’ Rashmika stars opposite Ranbir Kapoor, and in ‘Mission Majnu’, she stars opposite Sidharth Malhotra and Varisu.

Team ‘Liger’ wishes boxing champ Mike Tyson a happy birthday


The team of director Puri Jagannadh’s upcoming film, ‘Liger’, starring actor Vijay Deverakonda in the lead, on Thursday released a special video in which the entire team sent its birthday wishes to boxing legend Mike Tyson, who is making his debut in Indian cinema with the film.

Karan Johar, Vijay Deverakonda, Charmme Kaur, Vishnu, Ananya Pandey, and Puri Jagannadh wished Tyson on his birthday in the video.

What’s more, the video also had to make visuals from the film’s US schedule. As is known, the scenes of Mike Tyson were filmed in the US.

Ananya Pandey will be seen playing the female lead opposite Vijay Deverakonda in the film.

In association with Puri Connects, the film is being produced jointly by Bollywood’s leading production house Dharma Productions.

Puri Jagannadh, Charmme Kaur, Karan Johar and Apoorva Mehta together are bankrolling the film on a grand scale.

The film has cinematography by Vishnu Sarma and stunts by Kecha from Thailand.

‘Liger’ is currently in its post-production phase. Being made in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, and Malayalam, the pan-Indian movie is scheduled to release in theatres worldwide on August 25 this year.

Kamal Haasan, Vikram Prabhu congratulate Suriya for Academy honour


Actors Kamal Haasan and Vikram Prabhu were among scores of people from the Tamil film industry who congratulated actor Suriya for having been invited by the prestigious Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which presents the Oscar Awards each year, to join it in 2022.

Taking to Twitter, actor Kamal Haasan, considered to be one of the iconic actors in the film industry, wrote: “Glad my brother Suriya treads the ground of stars. In spite of gravity, which makes wings weak. We created angels and stars. Hence be a proud brother to join the crowd of excellence.”

Suriya responded to Kamal’s tweet, saying: “Thank you anna.” Only recently, Kamal had presented his favorite Rolex watch was present to Suriya for his mind-blowing performance in the blockbuster ‘Vikram’.

Kamal Haasan wasn’t the only one to congratulate Suriya. Actor Vikram Prabhu, the grandson of the legendary Sivaji Ganesan, too took to Twitter to congratulate Suriya.

Quoting Suriya’s acceptance tweet to the Academy, he wrote, “This is wonderful news anna! Congratulations! Wishing our industry’s deserving work gets more recognition in the coming years! This is for Tamil Nadu. This is for India!”

‘Panni Kutty’ cleared for release with clean ‘U’ certificate


Director Anucharan’s much-awaited entertainer ‘Panni Kutty’, featuring comedians Yogi Babu and Karunakaran in the lead, has been cleared for release by the Censor Board of Film Certification with a clean ‘U’ certificate.

Lyca Productions, the firm producing the film, made the announcement on social media. On its Twitter timeline, the firm said, “‘Panni Kutty’ is censored with a clean ‘U’ and is ready to meet you all at the cinemas on July 8th.”

The film, whose title in English means ‘piglet’, has created interest for several reasons. The first among them is that director Anucharan Murugaiyan’s just released web series on Prime Video, ‘Suzhal -The Vortex’ has garnered a lot of praise.

Apart from the two comedians playing the lead, the film also has several other comedians in its cast, giving rise to the hope that it will be a laugh riot.

This apart, the film will mark the return of well-known Tamil orator and comedian Dindugal Leoni back to the big screen.

The theatrical rights of the comedy film for the states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Karnataka have already been acquired by Dr. Prabhu Thilak’s 11:11 productions.

Shot by cinematographer Sathish Murugan, Panni Kutty has music by K and has been edited by director Anucharan himself.


Suriya accepts Academy’s invite, thanks Tamil Nadu CM for wishes


Actor Suriya has written to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which presents the Oscar Awards each year, accepting its invitation to join it in 2022.

Taking to Twitter, Suriya responded to a tweet from the Academy saying: “Thank you The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the invitation, which I humbly accept. My heartfelt thanks to all those who wished me, will always strive to make you all proud!!”

The actor also thanked Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin who had wished him the unique honour.

Thanking the Chief Minister in Tamil, he wrote: “Your wishes not only make me happy but also underline my responsibility. I will continue to strive to deliver good films. My heartfelt gratitude for your love.”

On Wednesday, Stalin, while congratulating Suriya, had said that the latter had become the first South Indian actor to receive an invite from the prestigious Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to be a part of it.

The invite was a recognition of Suriya’s evolved acting skills and his choice of stories that were focused on societal well-being, he added.

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invites Suriya to be a part of it.

Modi to gift new projects to Varanasi in July


Varanasi will receive 13 new projects worth Rs 1,200 crore when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits his parliamentary constituency in July.

Modi will also inaugurate around 33 ready projects worth Rs 600 crore during his visit.

Divisional commissioner Deepak Agrawal and district magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma said that the final date for the Prime Minister’s proposed visit has not been received from the PMO so far, but there is a possibility of his coming to Varanasi between July 7 and 10.

The officials are finalizing the list of projects ready for inauguration by the Prime Minister.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed officials that only the projects which would start operating immediately after inauguration, should be included in the list.

Among 33 ready projects worth Rs 600 crore, a maximum of 11 are of the urban development department and are being executed by Smart City Limited.

Officials said these 11 projects include phase-I work of Namo Ghat, bathing jetty, CNG boats, urban placemaking and infrastructure development under Lehartara-Chowkaghat flyover, market complex at Dashaswamedh, and sewage projects.

Besides, 22 projects of PWD, the home department including new police station building, sports, electricity, higher education, women and child welfare, tourism, religious affairs, and Jal Shakti departments have been included in the list.

Major projects, the foundation of which will be laid by the Prime Minister, are the six-lane conversion of Lehartara BHU-Vijaya crossing worth Rs 242 crore, four-lane widening and strengthening of Kutchehari-Sandada road of over Rs 242 crore, and four-lane widening of the road from Pandeypur flyover to ring road, among others.

Phase-I work of Namo Ghat is one of the 33 projects to be inaugurated by Modi in July.

Munich: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the Indian Diaspora at a Community event in Munich on June 26, 2022. (IANS/PIB)

Active Covid caseload in India crosses 1L-mark after 4 months


India reported 18,819 new Covid cases in a span of 24 hours, which is a considerable rise from the previous day’s count of 14,506, taking the caseload to over one lakh mark after a gap of four months, said the Union Ministry of Health and Family Affairs.

In the same period, the country reported 39 more Covid deaths, taking the nationwide death toll to 5,25,116.

The active caseload has also surged to 1,04,555 cases, accounting for 0.24 percent of the country’s total positive cases. The last time the active Covid caseload crossed the one lakh mark was on February 28 when it reached 1,02,601.

The recovery of 13,827 patients in the last 24 hours took the cumulative tally to 4,28,22,493. Consequently, India’s recovery rate stands at 98.55 percent.

Meanwhile, India’s daily positivity rate has also surged to 4.16 percent, while the weekly positivity rate in the country currently stands at 3.72 percent.

Also in the same period, a total of 4,52,430 tests were conducted across the country, increasing the overall tally to over 86.23 crores.

As of Thursday morning, India’s Covid-19 vaccination coverage exceeded 197.61 crores, achieved via 2,57,19,005 sessions.

Over 3.66 crore adolescents have been administered a first dose of Covid-19 jab since the beginning of the vaccination drive for this age bracket.


K’taka man kills son, dumps body in the water tank over IPL betting addiction


A 32-year-old man allegedly smothered his 12-year-old son and dumped the body in a water tank here, police said on Thursday. The boy had revealed his father’s IPL betting addiction to his mother.

The accused has been identified as Manikanta, a barber. According to police, Nikhil Kumar had told about his father’s addiction to IPL betting and huge financial losses incurred to his mother which infuriated the accused.

According to police, the accused had lost huge money during the IPL season on betting. The victim Nikhil noticed many money lenders coming to his father’s shop and asking for repayments.

He had shared this information with his mother who questioned the accused which led to a major fight between the couple.

Enraged over it, the accused took his son on a motorcycle on Tuesday on the pretext of dropping him to school and committing the crime. Police said that he had smothered the boy to death near the water tank of Setty Madamangala village in the Kolar district. Later, he dumped the body into the water tank.

The police initially presumed it to be a case of drowning and the accused feigned ignorance. However, on being grilled, he confessed to the crime.

Further investigation is on.

Man kills 2 daughters as wife elopes with paramour in K’taka


A man was arrested for killing his daughters after his wife eloped with her paramour in the Kalaburagi district, police said on Thursday.

Lakshmikantha (34), a resident of Bhovi Galli in Bamboo Bazar of Kalaburagi, was an auto driver by profession.

According to police, the accused had married Anjali after falling in love with her. The couple had four children together. His wife had eloped with her paramour four months ago.

The accused suffered from severe mental trauma and got into an agitated mindset since then. He also took alcohol. After the woman eloped, the children lived at their grandmother’s place.

On Tuesday, Lakshmikantha went to meet his children and took two of them — Soni (10) and Mayuri (8) — to a park within the limits of M.B. Nagar police station and smothered them to death in his vehicle.

Investigations revealed that the accused had dumped the bodies of his children below the back seat and roamed all over the city. Police also say that many people had traveled in his auto not having any idea of two bodies beneath their seat.

He had roamed all over the city till Wednesday afternoon and later turned himself in to the police.

Further investigation is on.


5 women burnt alive as high tension power lines fall on three wheeler in AP


At least five women were reportedly burnt alive in Andhra Pradesh’s Satyasai when high tension power lines snapped and fell on a three-wheeler vehicle passing by.

All the victims were farm laborers who were traveling from Gundampalli to work in the sweet lime farms at Chillakondayyapalli in the district.

One survivor was rushed to a hospital in Dharmavaram town. His condition is stated to be serious.

Police have reached the spot and registered a case.

Further investigation into the mishap is underway.


UP: Elder sister gets sibling raped, murdered by friends


In a shocking revelation, it has been found that a 19-year-old sister was responsible for the gang rape and murder of her 12-year-old sibling in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri district.

The elder sister was in a relationship with a youth and the victim came to know about the affair.

The elder sister asked her boyfriend and five of his friends to ‘teach a lesson’ to the victim.

A 12-year-old girl was gang-raped and brutally murdered by six men who gouged her eyes out, before strangling her with a dupatta.

The minor’s mutilated body was found in a cane field.

The police said that the elder sister herself took her sibling to the site where her six friends were waiting to commit the crime.

Four of them took turns raping her while two ensured that no one entered the field.

The woman allegedly held the victim’s hands to restrain her the entire time.

Superintendent of Police (SP), Sanjeev Suman, said, “The incident reveals the extent of hatred in the accused’s mind for her younger sister. After her sister was murdered, she returned home and behaved as if everything was normal. When her parents started searching for their missing daughter, she told her mother that she had gone to a particular cane field to relieve herself.”

“All the accused are adults and have been arrested and sent to jail,” the SP added.


Tamil Nadu CM Stalin congratulates Suriya on being invited by the Academy


Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin congratulated actor Suriya, who on Wednesday became the first actor from south India to receive an invite from the prestigious Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which presents the Oscar Awards each year, to join it in 2022.

The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, while congratulating Suriya, said, the latter had become the first south Indian actor to receive an invite from the prestigious Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines the winners of the Oscar Awards each year, to be a part of it.

The invite, the Chief Minister said, was a recognition of Suriya’s evolved acting skills and his choice of stories that were focused on societal well-being.

Late on Tuesday, the Academy released the list of 397 distinguished artists and executives it had invited to join the organization in 2022.

Membership selection, the Academy said, was based on professional qualifications, “with an ongoing commitment to representation, inclusion, and equity.”

This year’s class of invitees includes 71 Oscar nominees, including 15 winners.


Kartik Aaryan was overwhelmed by the global response to ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2’ on OTT


Bollywood actor Kartik Aaryan says he feels overwhelmed by the response he is receiving from the global audience after his latest film “Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2” was released on the OTT platform Netflix.

The film was released in the theatre on May 20 and received huge success at the box office. Now that the film is released on Netflix, and is topping the list of non-English films among the global audience, Kartik said: “It’s been absolutely surreal to see the support from my fans, and so exciting to witness the appreciation pouring in from audiences all around the world.

“Our film is trending as the number one Non-English film globally and in 19 countries since its release on Netflix. BB2 continues to get so much love in cinemas even today and it feels even more special when this love becomes universal and people around the world are connecting to it through the internet and breaking the language barrier.”

Adding to that, producer Bhushan Kumar said: “My heart is full of gratitude as Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 becomes the #1 non-English film globally on Netflix. It’s wonderful to see audiences in 190 countries enjoying the film on Netflix, and we hope to continue entertaining more and more fans in different parts of the world!”

The horror-comedy, starring Kartik Aaryan, Tabu, Kiara Advani, Rajpal Yadav, and Sanjay Mishra among others.


SS Rajamouli launches trailer of Lavanya Tripathi-starrer ‘Happy Birthday’


‘RRR’ director S.S. Rajamouli on Wednesday launched the theatrical trailer of Lavanya Tripathi-starrer ‘Happy Birthday’.

“Ritesh Rana ‘s surreal comedy and @kaalabhairava7’s intoxicating music. A potent combination for a box office success. Ritesh is creating a niche for himself. Fantastic trailer. My best wishes to @Itslavanya and others. #HappyBirthday,” Rajamouli wrote on social media, as he shared the trailer of ‘Happy Birthday’.

The trailer shows a tavern where no one is allowed unless they carry a gun, introducing the viewers to the crazy world of weapons.

The main protagonists of the movie make an attempt to snatch a lighter with diamond accents. Well, aside from introducing the major characters, the trailer pretty much sums up the humor in the story.

The ‘Happy Birthday’ theatrical teaser teases the non-stop excitement that moviegoers can expect in the theatres. Even though the plot appears to lack any semblance of logic, it is obvious that Ritesh Rana’s frictional fragmentation is intended to amuse the viewer.

Written and directed by Ritesh Rana, and starring Lavanya Tripathi and Vennela Kishore in lead roles, ‘Happy Birthday’ is scheduled to premiere on July 8.

Is ‘KGF’ star Yash doing a cameo in Prabhas-starrer ‘Salaar’? Rumours abound!


Of late, there have been talks that ‘KGF’ actor Yash will make a brief appearance in Prabhas’ most-anticipated action-thriller ‘Salaar’. Insiders claim that director Prashant Neel has a ploy for ‘Salaar’, in which he could accommodate ‘Rocky Bhai’ Yash in a cameo alongside Prabhas.

If the rumors are confirmed, it will be South India’s biggest collaboration, as both pan-India stars Prabhas and Yash will be seen in a single frame. As the talks about this possible cameo of Yash in ‘Salaar’ has sparked discussions online, folks think it would be a wonderful treat for the fans and audience to see the legends together on screen.

‘Salaar’ is being made under the banner of Hombale Films, with Vijay Kiragandur producing the movie on a large scale. The film will see Prithviraj Sukumaran, Sruthi Haasan, and Jagapathi Babu playing significant roles. Prabhas will be seen in an unusual role, while Prashanth Neel will direct the big-ticket movie.

Bavuma ruled out of SA’s entire tour of England; Miller, Maharaj named stand-in skippers


South Africa’s white-ball captain Temba Bavuma Thursday has been ruled out of the team’s entire tour to England after sustaining an elbow injury during the five-match T20I series in India. In Bavuma’s absence, Keshav Maharaj and David Miller will take over the reins and lead the ODI and T20I teams respectively.

Bavuma had sustained the elbow injury during the fourth T20I against India in Rajkot, forcing him to retire hurt for eight, and was ruled out of the series decider at Bengaluru, which was abandoned due to rain. In its official statement, Cricket South Africa (CSA) said Bavuma’s projected recovery time from the elbow injury is eight weeks, whereafter his return to play program will begin.

“The T20 format is a high priority for us at the moment because of ICC T20 World Cup coming up in a few short months in Australia. We are looking to give opportunities to players that we are interested in seeing and working out the best combinations, while also trying to balance our desire to maintain enough consistency within the setup that the players are used to playing together as a team by the time they reach Australia for the World Cup. This series will go a long way in helping us achieve all of those objectives,” said Victor Mpitsang, CSA Convenor of Selectors.

In other selection news, young pacer Gerald Coetzee has been handed his maiden call-up to the T20I squad with all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo making a return too. Hard-hitting batter Rilee Rossouw has also been recalled to the T20I squad for the first time since the 2016 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in India.

Rossouw, 32, who had signed a Kolpak deal with Hampshire later in 2016, has scored 498 runs in 12 Vitality T20 Blast matches for Somerset this year, with six half-centuries, an average of 55.33, and a strike rate of 191.53. Pacer Kagiso Rabada will be rested for the ODI series as part of his workload management.

“This will be a very long tour for several members of the team who will participate in all three formats and the entire coaching and support staff. On behalf of the Selection panel, I would like to wish Mark (Boucher), our two stand-in, white ball captains, Keshav (Maharaj) and David (Miller) and Test captain, Dean (Elgar), all the very best for the tour. We anticipate exciting matches and nail-biting finishes against a strong opposing team that I know our Proteas enjoy facing off against,” added Mpitsang.

South Africa’s tour of England will run from July 19 to September 12, consisting of three One-Day Internationals (ODIs), as many T20Is and Tests respectively apart from two T20Is against Ireland to be played in Bristol.

“With ICC World Test Championship points at stake, the team has everything to play for. While the ODI series is not for Super League points, the 50-over format is of vital importance as we look ahead to the 2023 ICC World Cup in India. The combinations tried and the performances we yielded will go a long way in our build-up to that tournament,” concluded Mpitsang.

Proteas ODI Squad: Keshav Maharaj (captain), Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Marco Jansen, Heinrich Klaasen, Janneman Malan, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen, Lizaad Williams, Khaya Zondo and Kyle Verreynne.

Proteas T20I Squad: David Miller (captain), Gerald Coetzee, Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Rilee Rossouw, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tristan Stubbs and Rassie van der Dussen.

Proteas Test Squad: Dean Elgar (captain), Sarel Erwee, Marco Jansen, Simon Harmer, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Duanne Olivier, Keegan Petersen, Kagiso Rabada, Ryan Rickelton, Lutho Sipamla, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne (wicketkeeper), Khaya Zondo and Glenton Stuurman.


Khushbu urges caution in reporting Vidyasagar’s death


producer and politician Khushbu Sundar on Wednesday urged the media to report responsibly after a section of it wrongly reported that Vidyasagar, the husband of actress Meena, had passed away due to Covid.

Vidyasagar (48) had been admitted to a private hospital in Chennai for a lung ailment.

Taking to Twitter, the actress said, “I very humbly request the media to be (a) little responsible. Meena’s husband had Covid three months back. Covid worsened his lung condition. Please do not send out the wrong message and create any kind of fear or cause flutter by saying we lost Sagar to Covid. Yes, we need to be cautious, but please.”

The actress also expressed her condolences to the actress and her family.

She wrote, “Waking up to terrible news. Heartbroken to learn actor Meena’s husband, Sagar, is no more with us. He was battling a lung ailment for a long. My heart goes out to Meena and her young daughter. Life is cruel. At a loss of words to express grief. My deepest condolences to the family. #RIP”

The funeral of Vidyasagar is to take place on Wednesday at the Besant Nagar Crematorium in Chennai.

Actress Pavitra Lokesh lodges complaint with K’taka Cyber police


Multilingual actress from Karnataka Pavitra Lokesh, who is in news for alleged links with Tollywood actor and Telugu superstar Mahesh Babu’s brother, has lodged a complaint with the cybercrime police in Mysuru, police said on Wednesday.

She has stated in her complaint that many fake accounts have been created in her name and defamatory posts have come up in those accounts. Lokesh has also stated that miscreants after creating fake accounts are spreading rumours and false news about her.

The cyber crime police have lodged a complaint in this regard and taken up the investigation. Pavitra Lokesh, daughter of senior Kannada actor Late Mysuru Lokesh, is an established small-screen as well as a big-screen actor in Kannada and Telugu languages.

She has made a mark in both industries as a character artist. Her husband Suchendra Prasad and brother Aadi Lokesh have also established actors in the Kannada film industry.

It was rumoured that Tollywood actor Naresh is in relation with Pavitra Lokesh. Naresh has already been married 3 times and divorced three times. Pavitra Lokesh has divorced her first husband and is presently living with her second husband.

The rumours and media reports claim that Pavitra Lokesh and Naresh have married secretly.


‘Shamshera’ director is chuffed with the response to film’s trailer


Karan Malhotra, the director of the upcoming Ranbir Kapoor-Sanjay Dutt starrer period actioner ‘Shamshera’ is thrilled with the response to the film’s trailer and has assured us that the key video unit is just the tip of the iceberg as it doesn’t reveal much about the story.

Elaborating on the same, Karan, who made his directorial debut with the 2012 action-drama ‘Agnipath’, said in a statement, “I’m overwhelmed and humbled by the response that we have got for ‘Shamshera’. It validates that Hindi cinema, told in its most genuine and most authentic form, will always connect to the people who want to witness a big-screen spectacle. Adi’s unconditional belief in my vision and an outstanding creative collaboration with my cast and crew have brought this revenge-action entertainer to life.”

He adds, “What thrills me is that the trailer is just the tip of the iceberg. There is so much more to Shamshera than what the audiences have seen in the trailer. So many more layers, so many more characters, and so many more mysteries will unfold when they watch this splendor on the big screen.”

Ranbir Kapoor, who returns to the silver screen four years after his last release ‘Sanju’, is playing a larger-than-life quintessential Hindi film hero in the film. Ranbir is mightily impressed with the trailer as without giving out important aspects of the film’s plot, the trailer has made such a huge impact.

The actor said, “As an artist when you and the entire team put in all the hard work trying to make a big-screen visual spectacle, it is always heartening and validating to see such unanimously positive responses. I have to congratulate the captain of the ship, Karan Malhotra, YRF, and the entire team of ‘Shamshera’ at this moment. It’s a really special feeling for all of us. But what’s most exciting is that the trailer doesn’t give us the entire story.”

“It has been intelligently handled because the trailer is not linear. It hardly tells you anything about Shamshera’s life. It doesn’t tell you anything about Balli’s emotional arc. It doesn’t show Sanjay Dutt’s insane villainy and the havoc he wreaks. For that, you have to wait for the film”, he added.

‘Shamshera’ is set in the fictitious city of Kaza, where a warrior tribe is imprisoned, enslaved, and tortured by a ruthless authoritarian general Shuddh Singh. It tells the story of the titular character, who became a slave, a slave who became a leader, and then a legend for his tribe. He relentlessly fights for his tribe’s freedom and dignity.

The film, produced by Aditya Chopra under the banner of YRF, is set to release theatrically in Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu on July 22, 2022.