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‘2.0’ Teaser Out: Akshay Kumar, Rajinikanth battle face-to-face

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Chennai, Sep 13: The much-awaited teaser of ”2.0”, a film that stars south superstar Rajinikanth and Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar sharing screen space for the first time is finally out.

The teaser shows an ultimate showdown between its two stars, Akshay and Rajinikanth, who are seen as the “biggest rivals” battling it out between good and evil.

On the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi on Thursday, Akshay, who will be seen playing a supervillain named Richard, tweeted: “On the auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi, doing Shree Ganesh of India’s Grandest Film: ‘2.0’ ! Here’s a glimpse of the biggest rivalry, good or evil… Who decides.”

The over one-minute teaser, which sees a high dose of CGI work, begins with a shot of birds circling over city skies, which later is being seen taken over by flying cell phones. People seem confused as the swirl of phones create havoc.

Akshay as a mysterious supervillain has the superpower to control crows and mobile phones. He takes over the world with this ability.

Rajinikanth, who is reprising his role as Dr Vaseegaran and also Chitti, suggests that they take out Chitti the Robot and make him their weapon in the battle against Akshay’s character.

He is heard saying: “This is beyond science, for this we need a superpower… Chitti the robot.”

The second half of the teaser sees Akshay’s evil character destroying the city as Chitti takes it upon himself to save the world from an apocalyptic disaster.

The flick will hit the silver screens on November 29 this year.

“2.0” marks the Tamil debut of Akshay and his first film with Rajinikanth. The film also stars Adil Hussain and Sudhanshu Pandey. It is a sequel to the 2010 blockbuster “Enthiran (Robot)” which also featured Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.

Directed by Shankar Shanmugham, the movie also stars Amy Jackson who plays a droid. The music is by Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman.

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Emphasis on opening weekend biz damaging art of cinema: Swara Bhasker

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Mumbai, Feb 16 (IANS) Actress Swara Bhasker says the constant emphasis on a films box office collection is damaging the art of cinema.

“The whole system of emphasising the opening weekend business of a film is damaging the art of cinema. I believe there is no connection between the box office collection and the value of a film or to the artistic part of it,” Swara said during a session at ActFest here on Saturday.

“I understand that cinema is an art that involves a huge amount of finance and it demands a steady economy… But the business part of a film should not overpower the core of a cinema — storytelling,” the actress said.

The “Veere Di Wedding” star continued: “Some of the cult films were flops at the box office when they were released. Now, when we revisit those films, we call them classics. I think this system needs to be changed.”

Swara expressed her views during a session with filmmaker Raj Kumar Gupta along with film critics like Rajeev Masand.

ActFest is being organised by the CINTAA (Cine and TV Artistes’ Association). The two-day festival features popular artists participating in discussions, conducting workshops or giving lectures on various aspects of the art. The event, which started on Friday, is conceived and designed by The 48 Hour Film Project, India.

Talking about how film critics’ opinions played a part in her journey, Swara said: “I am grateful to critics because I started my career with small independent films. And when I played some of the pivotal roles like the one in ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ even though that wasn’t a lead role, critics repeatedly mentioned my performance and according to them I was good.”

The actress feels “somewhere positive reviews helped me to gain visibility”.

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Gurugram, Feb 16 (IANS) Over 500 members of different Hindu organisations held protests at the Leisure Valley Park where a private company had organised a musical show on Saturday.

The protesters claimed it was wrong for the company to organise a musical show for enjoyment and raising funds when the entire country was mourning the death of 49 CRPF troopers, killed in a terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Thursday.

Protesters threatened to disrupt the event if the organisers did not cancel the programme.

“We have written to the Police Commissioner and the Deputy Commissioner of Gurugram to initiate the process of cancelling the event. Musical shows are meant for celebration, not when there is sadness across the country. This is not acceptable,” said Pramod Goyal, the convener the of Bharat Tibet Sahyog Manch.

“We have objections over celebration, not against any private company. The time they have chosen for organising the event is wrong. Even if preparations for the event began before Thursday’s terror attack, the organisers should have postponed it and stood with the country to show solidarity,” said Kulbhushan Bhardwaj, senior Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader, who led the protest along with members of Bajrang Dal, Hindu Kranti Dal, Hindu Jagran Manch, Hindu Sena and Shiv Sena.

Subhash Bokan, PRO of Gurugram Police, said: “We are aware of the protest and have deployed extra security personnel at the venue to maintain law and order and prevent loss of property. We are waiting for organisers to take a decision.”

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Navjot Singh Sidhu sacked from The Kapil Sharma Show for comments on Pulwama attack

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Navjot Singh Sidhu met with harsh criticism after he spoke about the Pulwama terror attack.

New Delhi, Feb 16: Cricketer turned Politician Navjot Singh Sidhu has been sacked from the ‘The Kapil Sharma Show’ following his controversial comments on the Pulwama terror attack.

“The channel has already started with the process of removing Navjot and will replace him with Arachana Puran singh, news agency ANI quoted the sources as saying.

Reacting on the Pulwama terror attack, which left 40 CRPF personnel killed, Sidhu on Friday had stated “For a handful of people, can you blame the entire nation and can you blame an individual? It is a cowardly act and I condemn it firmly. Violence is always condemnable and those who did it must be punished,”.

The former cricketer’s comments were met with harsh criticism and since then social media has been flooded with posts demanding his exit from The Kapil Sharma Show.

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This is not the first time Sidhu has landed himself in soup for his soft stand on our neighbouring country.

Sidhu had triggered a controversy last year when he attended Pakistan Prime Minister, Imran Khan’s swearing-in-ceremony. He was much criticised for hugging Pakistan Army chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa as well.

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