Ektaa Kapoor, Jennifer Winget, Tanuj Virwani spill the beans on ‘Code M 2’

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Mumbai, May 28 Television czarina Ektaa R Kapoor, actress Jennifer Winget and actor Tanuj Virwani open up on Season 2 of ‘Code M’ as the trailer is out now.

Talking about reviving her character, Major Monica Mehra, Jennifer says: “‘Code M’ was my OTT debut in 2020 and the first season was received so well, that there were no two ways about returning for a sequel. With the dearth and variety of content across platforms, there are also not too many shows where actresses get to play the hero. And to top it all, ‘Code M’ revolves around the Indian army.”

“So, I am beyond thrilled that I get to play the brave and badass Major Monica Mehra once again. The upcoming season delves into Monica’s journey after she separates from her husband. Entrusted with the responsibility of the Kargil Diwas event, Monica must chase after an assassin. During her quest to apprehend the culprit, a series of events unfold, which forms the core of the plot.”

Commenting on his character in ‘Code M Season 2’, Tanuj adds: “It was exhilarating to be a part of the second edition of ‘Code M’, where I essay the role of Angad Sandhu, a retired army officer. This character is sensitive and powerful, with its own nuances, which makes it really fulfilling for me as an actor.

“I got the closest glimpse of army life, the dynamics of their relationships, their families, the sacrifices, the bravery so much more. Above all their warrior heart. I consider this as one of the best experiences of my career.”

Ektaa concludes with: “After the successful first season, the expectations were sky high with the next installment and Juggernaut productions have mounted the show very well and scaled it up giving it an edge-of-the-seat twist. We are confident our fans won’t be disappointed, as Season 2 promises to raise the drama, mystery, and suspense to the next level.”

Alongside Jennifer, Tanuj and Swanand Kirkire will also be seen returning to ‘Code M Season 2’ in key roles.

Helmed by Akshay Choubey, Presented by Jio Studios, Created by Ektaa R Kapoor, Produced by Jio Studios and Juggernaut Productions, the eight-episodic series with story and screenplay by Aniruddha Guha, dialogues by Aparna Nadig and additional screenplay by Niharika Puri,

‘Code M Season 2’ premieres on June 9 on Voot Select.

 

‘F3’ logs biggest opening for Venkatesh, Varun Tej

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Hyderabad, May 28 Director Anil Ravipudi has delivered ‘F3’, the sequel to his blockbuster ‘F2’, as promised. Despite failing to garner critical acclaim, the film appears to be doing well with family audiences.

‘F3’ earned Rs 4.06 crore in Nizam, Rs 5.05 crore in Andhra Pradesh, and Rs 1.26 crore in Ceded, bringing the first-day total to Rs 10.37 crore, according to the film’s unit.

This is expected to be Venkatesh and Varun Tej’s biggest day one collection. Dil Raju’s strategy of not going with low ticket prices is paying off handsomely for the film.

Surprisingly, the film’s last two shows grossed significantly more than its first two shows in Telugu states. This is a good sign for the film, which received mediocre reviews from the audience.

Bookings for the film on Saturday and Sunday seem to be decent.

On the other hand, the film had a strong overseas debut, grossing $500,000 on its first day, including the premiere show.

Inspired by KGF’s ‘Rocky Bhai’, 15-yr-old Hyderabad lad tries smoking, lands in hospital

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Hyderabad, May 28 After smoking a pack of cigarettes for the first time, a teenager in Hyderabad, developed a severe cough and throat ache complications needing medical attention.

Doctors at Century Hospital, a leading multi-specialty healthcare provider in the city, on Saturday announced they have successfully treated a teenager who inspired by “Rocky Bhai”, a character of the KGF movie series, smoked cigarettes and fell severely sick. The boy needed immediate medical attention to provide relief from the after-effects of smoking cigarettes, along with strong counseling.

A resident of Rajendranagar in Hyderabad, the 15-yr-old boy, whose name has been withheld to protect the child’s identity, was rushed to Century Hospital when his parents learned that he smoked a packet of cigarettes after watching the KGF2 movie three times in just two days. The boy watched the movie in the second week of its release in theaters and was inspired by the “style” of the lead character ‘Rocky Bhai’ and wanted to ape him by smoking for the first time, only to fall severely sick in the process, the hospital officials stated.

Commenting on the case, Dr. Rohith Reddy Pathuri, Consultant Pulmonologist, Century Hospital said: “Teenagers do get easily influenced by characters like ‘Rocky Bhai’. In this case, this young boy took to smoking and fell severely sick after consuming a full packet of cigarettes. Movies are a highly influencing element of our society, and it is important that moviemakers and actors have a moral responsibility to not glamorize acts like smoking or chewing tobacco, or consuming alcohol. Characters like ‘Rocky Bhai’ have a cult following and young minds do get influenced by the acts of these demigods on the screen.”

“Parents of adolescents must ensure they keep a watch on what their children are doing, and what factors are influencing their child’s acts. Instead of regretting later, it is important parents play a role in creating awareness about the ill effects of acts like smoking tobacco and consuming alcohol. Beating up children post the act, like in this case, might not always produce the best result,” added Dr. Rohith Reddy.

Doctors say that smoking during childhood and adolescence causes significant health problems among young people, including an increase in the number and severity of respiratory illnesses, decreased physical fitness, and potential effects on lung growth and function. Most importantly, this is when an addiction to smoking takes hold, often lasting into and sometimes throughout adulthood.

Makers of ‘NBK107’ release Balakrishna poster on NTR’s 100th birth anniversary

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Hyderabad, May 28 To commemorate the 100th birth anniversary of legendary actor, filmmaker, and former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N.T. Rama Rao, the makers of Nandamuri Balakrishna’s upcoming movie ‘NBK107’ released a brand new poster featuring Balakrishna in a ferocious avatar.

Nandamuri Balakrishna and Gopichand Malineni, who delivered the biggest blockbusters of their careers with their previous films ‘Akhanda’ and ‘Krack’, respectively, are collaborating for this highly-anticipated movie.

The ‘Akhanda’ actor is depicted in the poster wearing white and white, as he is seen in action mode, striking his opponent with a weapon.

The film, with its working title ‘NBK107’, is being produced by Tollywood’s leading production house Mythri Movie Makers.

Actress Shruti Haasan plays the female lead opposite Nandamuri Balakrishna, while Tamil actress Varalaxmi Sarathkumar will be seen in an important role as well.

Duniya Vijay, a noted Kannada celebrity is making his Tollywood debut with this film, in which he plays the antagonist.

Team ‘Major’ goes for lowest ticket prices in recent times

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Hyderabad, May 28 The producers of Adivi Sesh-starrer ‘Major’ have asked the distributors and exhibitors to keep ticket prices as low as possible for both single screens and multiplexes across the Telugu states.

Adivi Sesh, who reprises Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan in ‘Major’, took to his Twitter to make an announcement regarding the same as well.

“It is our movie. So, we decided to give you the LOWEST PRICES for ANY film post-pandemic. Sharing my love, sharing my heart,” Adivi Sesh wrote on his Twitter timeline.

In Telangana, movie ticket prices for the Shashi Kiran Tikka’s directorial have been set at around Rs 150 per single screen and Rs 195 per multiplex.

In Andhra Pradesh, however, ‘Major’ will earn Rs 147 for single screens and Rs 177 for multiplexes.

The decision was made to appeal to the family audience in order for the story of a martyr to reach every person in the country.

‘Major’ is co-produced by Mahesh Babu’s GMB Entertainments.

‘Major’ will be released in Telugu, Hindi, and Malayalam theatres on June 3

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Now fire breaks out at EV maker Ather Energy’s premises in Chennai

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Chennai/New Delhi, May 28 As EV fires continue to make headlines in the country, a fire broke out at electric scooter manufacturer Ather Energy’s experience centre in Chennai.

The company said in a tweet that there has been a minor fire incident on its premises in Chennai.

“While some property and scooters got affected, thankfully all employees are safe and things are under control. The experience centre will be operational shortly,” the EV company said late on Friday.

It, however, did not reveal what caused the fire incident. The company was awaiting a report from the local fire brigade officials.

This was the first time Ather Energy came in news for a fire incident as several top EV players are facing government inquiry over battery explosions and fire incidents across the country.

A Hero Photon Electric scooter in Odisha caught fire this week while it was being charged. The incident left the scooter partially damaged.

“When contacted, the customer explained that he heard abnormal cracking sounds and discovered that fumes were coming from the electric switchboard of the home, adjacent to the e-scooter and sparks were continuously falling onto the floor and a can of paint lying nearby,” the company said in a statement.

“By the time he went on to switch off the mains and get back to try and put off the fire, it spread and burnt the rear part of the scooter and some household belongings,” it added.

EV makers such as Ola Electric, Pure EV, Jitendra EV Tech and Okinawa have been involved in earlier EV fire incidents.

Meanwhile, a government panel probing EV fire incidents is set to submit its report next week.

The Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) which was tasked with investigating EV fire incidents by the Union Road Transport and Highways Ministry, has found serious defects in the batteries, including the designs of the battery packs and modules.

These defects occur because the electric two-wheeler manufacturers like Okinawa Autotech, Pure EV, Jitendra Electric Vehicles, Ola Electric and Boom Motors may have used “lower-grade materials to cut costs”.

The Centre for Fire, Explosive and Environment Safety (CFEES) at the DRDO has submitted its fact-finding report to the Ministry.

Earlier this month, the Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA), which comes under the Union Consumer Affairs Ministry, sent notices to Pure EV and Boom Motors after their e-scooters exploded in April.

The consumer watchdog is also examining more cases of e-scooter fires and will serve similar notices to other EV makers too.

 

PM Modi plays Gujarati card in Rajkot

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Rajkot, May 28 Prime Minister Narendra Modi, keeping the election year in mind, smartly played Mahatma Gandhi’s Swadeshi card, reminding him how the Sardar Sarovar project was completed against all odds. He was in Rajkot on Saturday to inaugurate a hospital.

Modi said that before 2001, Gujarat had not seen development and growth, but it was due to his initiative, that the state has now developed in education, industries, and infrastructure.

Playing the regional card, Modi said his government abides by Mahatma Gandhi’s Swadeshi ideology and so is implementing Swadeshi Arth-niti. Gandhi and Patel were always concerned about the upliftment of the poor, and this is the cause upheld by the Modi government. Reaching out to locals, he addressed Gujarati.

The Prime Minister inaugurated the 200-bed K.D. Parvadia hospital at Atkot in Rajkot district of Saurashtra region. The super-specialty hospital is developed with an investment of Rs 40 crore. The facility was established by the Leuva Patidar leader, BJP’s Bharat Boghra, and his family. Boghra is vice president of BJP’s Gujarat unit.

Speaking at the event, the Prime Minister said that before 2001, there were just nine Medical colleges with 1100 seats, but in 21 years, the state has 30 medical colleges with 8000 seats. The government targets one medical college in every district so that no poor family’s child dreaming to be a doctor is disappointed due to the unavailability of seats.

Without naming the Congress rule, he criticized that in past, industrial development was limited between Vapi and Vadodara and the pharma sector remained in just one or two districts. He added that the previous governments never focused on expanding trade, businesses, and industries, which his government did.

He even alleged that when he was Chief Minister, Gujarat’s projects were not cleared by the (Congress-led) Centre and that Congress was anti-Gujarat.

During his tenure as Prime Minister, three crore poor families were allotted pakka ghar, 10 crores got toilets, nine crore women were given gas cylinders, and 2.50 crore houses got electrification.

It was further enumerated that during the Pandemic, the Modi government gave free rations to the socially and economically backward groups, giving them a dignified life – something no other government had ever done.

Lata Mangeshkar was an avid photographer, reveals Sonu Nigam

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Mumbai, May 28 An artist in the true sense, Lata Mangeshkar was a legendary personality who had ruled the singing industry with her magical voice.

Apart from singing, Lata had some other interests too that talked a lot about her creative personality, which the television show ‘Naam Reh Jaayega’ is bringing to the fore.

Not many people are aware that Lata was an ace photographer and would take her camera along every time she traveled.

Singer Sonu Nigam has revealed her interest in photography. He said, “Lataji used to love clicking photos. Whenever she had time she used to go on jungle safaris and used to click a lot of photos. In fact, she had a huge collection of photos, and very soon we will be expecting a book launch of her photographic collection.”

Star Plus’ 8-episode series ‘Naam Reh Jaayega’, has more than 20 of the biggest Indian artists join hands to pay tribute to the legendary Lata Mangeshkar.

Conceived and produced by Gajendra Singh, singers featured on the show include Sonu Nigam, Arijit Singh, Shankar Mahadevan, Nitin Mukesh, Neeti Mohan, Alka Yagnik, Sadhana Sargam, Udit Narayan, Shaan, Kumar Sanu, Amit Kumar, Jatin Pandit, Javed Ali, Aishwarya Majumdar, Sneha Pant, Pyarelal Ji, Palak Muchhal and Anwesha.

Year-long NTR’s 100th birth anniversary celebrations begin

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Hyderabad, May 28 The one-hundredth birth anniversary celebrations of legendary actor, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) founder, and former chief minister of Andhra Pradesh N.T. Rama Rao (NTR) began on a grand note, across Andhra Pradesh and beyond, on Saturday.

The celebrations will continue over the next year in Andhra Pradesh and beyond.

NTR is credited with promoting the Telugu identity and self-respect at a time when all South Indians were clubbed as ‘Madrasis’.

His children include Telugu actor Balakrishna and former union minister Daggubati Puranderswari. Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu is a son-in-law of NTR.

Balakrishna had earlier announced that the family members would tour across the world to participate in the celebrations which will continue till May 23, 2023.

In Hyderabad, several members of the NTR clan including his grandson and film star Jr NTR made a beeline for NTR Ghat, the patriarch’s final resting place, to pay homage.

While Balakrishna is kickstarting the celebrations from NTR’s birthplace, the TDP has arranged a massive public meeting at Ongole where the Mahanadu, or organizational meeting is being held.

Born on May 28, 1923, at Nandikooru in Andhra Pradesh, Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (NTR) cemented his position as the doyen of the Telugu cinema industry. He was famous and revered for his on-screen portrayal of Lord Rama, Krishna, and myriad Hindu gods, mythological, and historical figures. He also effortlessly portrayed modern characters as well. Apart from acting, NTR also tried his hand at the direction and production of movies.

But it was as a politician that NTR made his mark. Single-handedly setting up the Telugu Desam Party, he made his way to the record books when he campaigned for nine months, won the Assembly elections, and became the first non-Congress chief minister of Andhra Pradesh in 1983. He became chief minister for the third and final time in December 1994.

He was a leading member of the National Front Alliance which formed the government at the Centre in 1989.

NTR died on January 18, 1996, in Hyderabad.