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Rahman, Shruti Haasan thrilled about Cannes debut

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Chennai, May 19: Double Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman and actress Shruti Haasan are thrilled to have made their maiden appearance at the 70th edition of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.

Both are representing their upcoming trilingual historic drama “Sanghamitra”, a story set in the eight century AD.

On Thursday, the first look posters of the film were launched in Cannes.

The project sees Rahman team up with director Sundar C for the first time.

“This is my first time at Cannes. I’m so overwhelmed to be surrounded by wonderful people,” Rahman told IANS on the phone from Cannes.

“It’s a very ambitious film. Six months back when I heard just 30 minutes of the narration, it was good enough for me to come on board,” he said about the rumoured Rs 150 crore project.

Rahman added “Sanghamitra” not only has great story but “Sundar has good vision for music too”.

“Nothing as compelling as ‘Sanghamitra’ came my way in recent times. The project is in rights hands,” he said, heaping praise on the makers – Sri Thenandal Studios.

The film features Shruti in the role of a fierce warrior.

Talking about being in Cannes for the first time, Shruti told IANS on the phone: “The atmosphere is lovely and there’s so much of excitement around that you get sucked in. It feels special to be in this place at the beginning of my career.”

Has being at Cannes made her happy?

“I’m usually happy around people. I’m a nomad and I find happiness irrespective of the place I’m in,” she said.

In preparation for her role, Shruti has been training in sword fighting in London over the last few weeks.

“It’s going to be a physically taxing role. I’m getting myself ready not just physically but also mentally. Being fit also means building stamina and that’s precisely what I’m trying to achieve,” she said, expressing absolute joy over being part of this project.

Talking about her character, she said: “It’s not a straight-forward role where I follow the instructions of my director and act. The character is layered and I have been waiting for a long time to essay such a role.”

On joining hands with Sundar C, she said it’s going to be “one epic combination”.

“As a director, he is someone who understands the audience’s pulse like nobody. This time with an epic subject in hand, we can only imagine the magic he can weave,” she said.

The project is slated to roll from August. It also stars Jayam Ravi and Arya.

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COVID-19 lockdown: Salman Khan deposits money into accounts of ‘Radhe’ crew

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Mumbai, April 4 (IANS) Despite shoot being stalled owing to the pan-India lockdown, Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has deposited money into the bank accounts of the crew of his forthcoming movie “Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai”.

Money has been deposited into the accounts of all workers who were supposed to be part of the unit between March 26 and April 2.

Confirming the news, makeup artist Subhash Kapoor told news portal Spotboye: “What a great thing to do. I thank Salman sir from the bottom of my heart. Times are so tough.”

Salman’s gesture follows his decision to extend help to 25,000-odd daily wage workers of the film industry whose lives have been affected by the lockdown.

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Julie Bennett dies voice actress for Yogi Bear and Spider Man

She lent her voice to the character of Cindy Bear on “The Yogi Bear Show” from 1961 to 1962, and later reprised her character for a 1964 spin-off film titled “Hey There, It’s Yogi Bear”.

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Los Angeles, April 3 : Julie Bennett, actress who voiced cartoon character Yogi Bear’s love interest has passed away from coronavirus complications. She was 88.

Bennett died at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center here on March 31, her agent and friend Mark Scroggs confirmed, according to a report in aceshowbiz.com.

Bennett started her acting career with on screen appearances in 1950s series like “Adventures of Superman”, “Leave It to Beaver”, “Highway Patrol”, and “The George Burns” and “Gracie Allen Show”, before discovering her talent as a voiceover artist, beginning with 1960’s “The Bullwinkle Show”.

She lent her voice to the character of Cindy Bear on “The Yogi Bear Show” from 1961 to 1962, and later reprised her character for a 1964 spin-off film titled “Hey There, It’s Yogi Bear”.

She continued to voice Cindy in projects, such as “Yogi’s Gang”, “Scooby’s All Star Laff-A-Lympics” in 1977, and “The New Yogi Bear Show” in 1988.

Her other animation credits include names like “The Huckleberry Hound Show”, “The Bugs Bunny Show”, “Mister Magoo”, “The Real Ghostbusters”, and “Spider-Man: The Animated Series”.

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Aamir Khan trends after Babita Phogat’s tweet, wrestler clarifies

Aamir’s 2016 release “Dangal” was an all-time blockbuster that narrated the story of the Phogat sisters Babita and Geeta, who were coached into becoming champions by their ex-wrestler father Mahavir Phogat.

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Mumbai, April 3 : Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan started trending on Twitter early on Friday for no rational reason. It all started after netizens noticed a cryptic tweet by Commonwealth Games gold medallist wrestler Babita Phogat, which she posted late on Thursday night.

A section of Twitterati felt Phogat’s words were objectionable. Also, replying to the tweet, some users said that Babita’s claim to fame was Aamir Khan’s “Dangal”, and that people hardly knew her before that film. As a result, the actor-filmmaker’s name started trending on Twitter.

Aamir’s 2016 release “Dangal” was an all-time blockbuster that narrated the story of the Phogat sisters Babita and Geeta, who were coached into becoming champions by their ex-wrestler father Mahavir Phogat.

Even as a section of netizens were being critical of Babita Phogat, the wrestler tweeted a clarification. She said her tweet was aimed at denouncing the acts of those people who are attacking the police, doctors and nurses across the country.

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