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Don’t think ‘Bigg Boss’ is tarnishing Tamil culture: Kamal Haasan

Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan on Wednesday said he doesn’t believe the reality show “Bigg Boss” through which he made his television debut as a host, is tarnishing Tamil culture and the people of Tamil Nadu.

His statement came in wake of the demand by Hindu Makkal Katchi on Wednesday to ban the show and arrest him for “hurting sentiments of people in Tamil Nadu by depicting obscene content”.

“I’m not answerable to those who have filed the complaint. I’m not worried about the case. I have immense faith in law and in our government. I don’t think ‘Bigg Boss’ is tarnishing Tamil culture. I have done kissing scenes in the past. Perhaps, they are seeking my arrest late,” Kamal Haasan told reporters here.

“These people perhaps have not watched similar shows. ‘Bigg Boss’ is as necessary as cricket in India. I’m in a very difficult profession. People who celebrated me while making ‘Vishwaroopam’ are now against me,” he said.

In its police complaint, the nationalist Hindu party demanded that the contestants of the show — such as Oviya, Gayathri Raghuram, Namitha, Ganja Karuppu and Harathi among others — be arrested as well.

On the use of cuss words in the show, Kamal Haasan said, “When we can’t stop using a bad word called caste, I hope the words used in the show aren’t as bad as they proclaim.”

Asked about controversies surrounding Rajinikanth’s rumoured political entry, he said: “If he joins politics, I will question him if he doesn’t act properly in a situation. Irrespective of the government in power, I will continue to voice my opinions.”

On another note, commenting on the arrest of Malayalam actor Dileep in connection with a leading actress’s abduction and molestation case, he said: “My support is with the victim. I respect the law.”

“It doesn’t matter if she is a heroine or a normal woman. It is the duty and responsibility of every single man, including me, to safeguard and protect women,” he said, adding the name of the actress should not be hidden.

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SS Thaman for Young Tiger

Young Tiger NTR signed his first ever television show Big Boss which is said to be the costliest ever show. Tarak will start shooting for the show soon and he is currently busy preparing for it. Young music composer SS Thaman composed the title track for the show and he took twitter to reveal the news. Made on a budget of Rs 45 crores, Tarak is said have been paid whopping amount for Big Boss which will be aired on Star MAA. Tarak will shoot for the show in Mumbai in a specially erected house set.

NTR is currently shooting for Jai Lava Kusa in the direction of Bobby which is said to be a mass entertainer. The actor will be presented in three different roles and the shoot is currently taking place in a specially erected set in Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad. Nivetha Thomas and Rashi Khanna are the female leads in the film which is bankrolled by Kalyanram’s NTR Arts. The film has been aimed for September release.

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Tarak opts Mumbai for Big Boss


Big Boss which has been adopted from a UK based tv show Big Brother is getting wide response in the country. Bollywood Superstar Salman Khan completed 10 seasons already and Tamil Superstar Kamal Haasan already started shooting for the Tamil version. Big Boss Telugu is said to be the costliest ever television show and Tarak is said to have been paid hefty for the show. The makers are in plans to spend a bomb for the show.

Tarak opted out to shoot for the show in Mumbai instead of Hyderabad. The country’s top technicians are currently being roped and the shoot of the show will commence soon. Whilee Nag and Chiru shot for Meelo Evaru Koteeswarudu in Annapurna Studios, Hyderabad, Tarak wanted the things to be done in Mumbai. He is even personally overlooking into the developments as hosting a tv show is quite challenging. With Megastar getting poor response for Meelo Evaru Koteeswarudu, the pressure is completely on NTR and we have to wait and see how he handles his first ever television show as host.

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Bigg Boss Telugu Budget 45 Cr!!

Big Boss Telugu Budget

The reports of NTR Jr making his debut on small screen as the host of Bigg Boss Telugu turned official on Tuesday after the star himself announced the big news on social media. With a star like NTR taking the mantle, Star Maa is splurging money to make this show look as grand as possible.

Star Maa, which has faced a setback in the form of the latest season of MEK, is investing a whopping R 45 crore on the first season of Bigg Boss Telugu. Dolling tout such high sum on a Telugu TV show spanning just three months (from July to September) can be termed as a new record.

Although the number is not made official, it is certain that lion’s share of this show’s budget will go into NTR’s pocket. Whatmore, NTR’s pay is said to be around double to the amount paid by Star Maa to Megastar Chiranjeevi for hosting MEK.

Bigg Boss Telugu first season will be telecast on Star Maa on every Saturday and Sunday starting from July to September. The show will be almost like a live one since the episodes will be telecast within 1-2 hours of shooting. Noted celebs from TV, film, political and cricket fields will be roped in as contestants. The prize money is also said to be huge.

Bigg Boss has become quite popular in Hindi belt thanks to host Salman Khan’s star power and the controversial contestants. Star Maa hopes for a similar magic from NTR.

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Official: NTR in Big Boss

Young Tiger NTR is all set to feature himself in a television show for the first time in his career. The actor is all set to make his debut with Big Boss which will be telecasted on Star MAA. The actor will start shooting for his part soon as he is currently occupied with the shoot of Jai Lava Kusa. The details about NTR’s shoot are expected to be out soon. Dressed in a black suit, Tarak looks stylish in the poster promising fun.

Tarak’s fans are left thrilled with Tarak making his small screen debut. Recently Nag and Chiranjeevi impressed the audience with the tv show Meelo Evaru Koteeswarudu. After shattering the box-office records in Tollywood, NTR is all set to impress the small screen audience. We have to wait and see how Tarak will handle Big Boss. Kamal recently signed for the Tamil version and Salman Khan is hosting the Hindi version. NTR has interesting films lined up and he is all set to allot time for Big Boss tv show along with balancing films.

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Rs 1000 cr Coal Scam in Andhra Pradesh


“A ‘Coalgate” surfaced in Andhra Pradesh in which Andhra Pradesh government has imported huge quantity of coal from unknown countries at the higher rates fixed in 2013 when prices were on higher side. Even though the coal prices have fallen from $ 70 to $ 50 because of lack of demand globally. TDP government continued coal imports at the old rates causing huge loss to exchequer. In the process, about Rs 1000 crore have been pocketed by the Big Boss and Small Boss of Telugu Desam party.”

This is the charge leveled by Andhra Pradesh PCC president N Raghuvira Reddy on Sunday. According to Reddy, the coal was imported through two companies- Adani Group and Maheswari. Adani Groups is most favored company of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said.

Revealing the details of Coal Scam to media, Raghuvira Reddy said in 2013, to meet the demand of VTPS, KTPS and Rayalaseema Thermal plant, the then Congress government imported 12 lakh MTs of coal. As per the norms, the government can import 20 per cent more coal over and above the quantity specified in the contract. But, the TDP government continued the same old suppliers and old rates by renewing their contracts five times unmindful of the fall in the prices. Reddy, said the state government procured 20.25 lakh MTs that is 200 per cent more coal than that of specified in the contract. Even though the charges for the transportation of the coal to the sites of power plants was also included in the contract, TDP government had paid transport charges to tune of Rs 100 crore to these companies , he said

Raghuvira Reddy’s charges against the TDP government are:

  1. State government paid $72 per ton when the prevailing price is just $ 50
  2. Instead of inviting fresh bids for the supply of coal in changed global prices, TDP government renewed the old contracts with old rates which were signed when the prices were on higher side.
  3. Contracts were renewed because Adanis are involved in the supply of coal. The groups is owned by a businessman close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  4. The principal beneficiaries of ‘Andhra Coalgate’ are chief minister Chandrababu Naidu and his party.
  5. Tender norms have been modified to suit Adani Group.
  6. This is all happened under the nose of chief minister Naidu, who is also the power minister.

The APCC president said government should place all the records related to the procurement of coal from abroad before a meeting of all parties. He said his party would launch a movement against the brazen corruption of TDP government in the state.

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