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Respect Deepika’s freedom: Kamal Haasan

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Tamil film actor Kamal Haasan stands in support of “Padmavati” actress Deepika Padukone and says he respects the actress’ freedom. He also urged “cerebral India” to wake up.

“I want Deepika’s head.. saved. Respect it more than her body. Even more her freedom. Do not deny her that. Many communities have opposed my films. Extremism in any debate is deplorable.

“Wake up cerebral India. Time to think. We’ve said enough. Listen Ma Bharat,” Kamal tweeted on Monday night.

A reward of Rs 10-crore was announced for beheading filmmaker Sanajy Leela Bhansali and Deepika over their film “Padmavati”.

Kunwar Surajpal Singh Ammu, a ruling BJP leader in Haryana, on Monday said he firmly stands by his announcement of Rs 10-crore reward for beheading the two.

Ammu, chief media coordinator of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state, said he gave the statement as a “Rajput” and not as an office-bearer of the party.

Ammu said he had doubled the bounty on the heads of Deepika and Bhansali to Rs 10 crore. Ammu also issued a threat to break the legs of actor Ranveer Singh.

Shri Rajput Karni Sena, an organisation of the Rajput community, has been protesting against “Padmavati” for the last few months and now they want a ban on the film.

In “Padmavati”, Ranveer essays the role of Alauddin Khilji, the Delhi Sultan obsessed with legendary 13th century queen of Chittor Rani Padmavati essayed by Deepika.

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Kamal congratulates Rajinikanth for winning NTR Award

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Tamil movie icon Kamal Haasan has congratulated superstar Rajinikanth for bagging the NTR National Film Awards for 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Kamal on Tuesday took to Twitter and thanked the Andhra Pradesh government, who on Tuesday announced the Nandi state film award winners and also the winners of the NTR, B. N. Reddy, Nagi Reddy-Chakrapani (all national) and Raghupathi Venkaiah film awards.

“Congratulations, superstar Rajinikanth for the NTR National award in 2016. Thank you Andhra for honouring me also, yet again. I am indebted to your continued support, which started early in my career. Kruthagnyathalu,” Kamal tweeted.

Rajinikanth also wrote: “I convey my heartfelt thanks and happiness for the prestigious Nandi Awards granted to me.”

The Nagi Reddy-Chakrapani award was won by filmmakers R. Narayana Murthy, M. M. Keeravani and K. S. Rama Rao.

Krishnam Raju, Eshwar and Chiranjeevi will receive the Raghupathi Venkaiah awards for lifetime achievement and their contribution to the Telugu film industry.

N. Balakrishna (Legend), Mahesh Babu (Srimanthudu) and Junior NTR (Nannaku Prematho and Janatha Garage) won the Nandi awards for best actor for 2014, 2015 and 2016 respectively.

The jury committee announced the Nandi awards in 64 categories for films, theatre and television.

The state government had not announced the awards since 2014 due to bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.

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Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth win NTR Award

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Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth win NTR Award

Veteran actors Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth and film director K. Raghvendra Rao have bagged the NTR National Film Awards for 2014, 2015 and 2016.

The Andhra Pradesh government on Tuesday announced the Nandi state film award winners and also the winners of the NTR, B. N. Reddy, Nagi Reddy-Chakrapani (all national) and Raghupathi Venkaiah film awards.

Directors S.S. Rajamouli, Trivikram Srinivas and Boyapati Srinivas won the BN Reddy Award.

The Nagi Reddy-Chakrapani award was won by filmmakers R. Narayana Murthy, M. M. Keeravani and K. S. Rama Rao.

Krishnam Raju, Eshwar and Chiranjeevi will receive the Raghupathi Venkaiah awards for lifetime achievement and their contribution to the Telugu film industry.

N. Balakrishna (Legend), Mahesh Babu (Srimanthudu) and Junior NTR (Nannaku Prematho and Janatha Garage) won the Nandi awards for best actor for 2014, 2015 and 2016 respectively.

The jury committee announced the Nandi awards in 64 categories for films, theatre and television.

The state government had not announced the awards since 2014 due to bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.

Committee members Balakrishna, Murali Mohan, Giri Babu, Jeevitha and others announced the awards in upcoming capital Amaravati, which the Andhra Pradesh government plans to develop as the new hub of the Telugu film industry.

The Best Actress awards will go to Anjali for “Geetanjali”, Anushka Shetty for “Rudhramadevi” and Ritu Varma for “Pelli Choopulu”.

“Legend”, “Baahubali” and “Pelli Choopulu” were adjudged the Best Films for 2014, 2015 and 2016 respectively.

Naga Chaitanya won the award in the Best Supporting Actor category in 2014 for “Manam” while Allu Arjun won under the Best Character Actor category for “Rudhramadevi” in 2015.

Ramya Krishnan won the Best Supporting Actress award for her role as Sivagami and Rana Daggubati, who played Bhalladeva, won the Best Villain Award.

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I’m a fan of Big B, Kajol: Kamal Haasan

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Tamil movie icon Kamal Haasan says he is a fan of megastar Amitabh Bachchan and actress Kajol.

Kajol, 43, had previously shared a photograph of herself along with Big B and Kamal on Twitter.

She captioned the image: “Selfie time with two legends. Couldn’t resist.”

Kamal, 63, on Sunday shared the same photograph and said that though he is not a fan of taking selfies, he is a fan of the actors.

“Please spare Kajolji. I am not a fan of selfies. Though I am a fan of them both. Troll not a kind gesture,” he added.

Kamal and Amitabh have together worked in films like “Khabardar” and “Geraftaar”.

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Is Kamal’s Sabash Naidu shelved?

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Padmashri Kamal Haasan has been busy with back to back films and is making massive plans for his political debut. The actor wrapped up the shoot of Vishwaroopam 2 long ago but the film has been waiting for a release date as the post-production work got delayed. A team of Kamal’s associates are currently wrapping up the post-production work in USA. His next film Sabash Naidu completed 30% of its shoot after which the film has been put on hold as Kamal injured himself.

Kamal took a long break to recover from the injury after which he got busy with his political engagements. There have been no signs of planning fresh schedules till date however he is keen on wrapping up the film whenever he finds time. Kamal is yet to decide about them however a source also informed that the film has been already shelved. We have to wait and see if Kamal wraps up the film or leaves it half done.

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Kamal Haasan meets Mamata amid speculation

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Kamal Haasan meets Mamata amid speculation

Tamil movie icon Kamal Haasan, who has plans for a political plunge, on Friday lauded West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her enthusiasm to celebrate cinema through the Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF).

Kamal, who was attending the inaugural ceremony of the 23rd edition of KIFF, met Banerjee during the day amid speculation of him reaching out to the Trinamool Congress supremo.

“This film festival is not just an annual ritual … it is a celebration of what we love as part of life. Most of us on stage … even if we were not working in the industry, we would be cinema buffs,” Kamal said during the opening ceremony presided over by Banerjee.

He thanked the West Bengal Chief Minister for the invitation.

“And to see that we belong to an august crowd like you (the audience) that celebrates cinema every year like this … that too when films has become digital and you still pursue your love for cinema… I am happy to be part of this,” he said.

Kamal said he was astounded by the energy and enthusiasm of “your Chief Minister who makes this effort year after year”.

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Sridevi wishes Kamal Haasan ‘all the best’

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Sridevi wishes Kamal Haasan

Actress Sridevi, who has worked with Kamal Haasan in over 20 films, on Tuesday wished him well for his “new ventures” on his 63rd birthday.

Asked what she’d like to wish for Kamal, Sridevi told IANS over phone from Mumbai: “He’s a great actor, everyone knows about it. I wish him all the best — whatever his new ventures. And well, till he told me, I never realised I did 24 films with him. It was great working with him.”

The actors have teamed up for Hindi, Tamil and Telugu films. One of the best remembered projects in Hindi is “Sadma”.

Sridevi was wary of commenting on Kamal’s decision to take the plunge into politics.

On his birthday, Kamal announced the launch of a new app, which marks a step towards his political debut. He hinted he will launch a party in January 2018.

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Kamal hints at party launch by January, says he’s not anti-Hindu

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Kamal hints at party launch by January

Short of announcing the launch of his political party, actor Kamal Haasan indicated on Tuesday that he may come up with its name by next January and sought to project that he was not anti-Hindu nor did he want to deliberately hurt their sentiments.

Addressing a press conference on his 63rd birthday here, he announced the launch of an app #KH with several links like “maiamwhistle” (centre whistle) and “theditheerpomvaa” (let us search and resolve). It will act as a digital platform for people to complain and interact with him.

“I plan to undertake a tour of Tamil Nadu to reach out to people. The dates will be announced later,” Kamal said at an hour-long media interaction, which was marked by his trademark replies in riddles.

In his opening statement, Kamal said people would be asking him questions as to when he would launch the party about which he has been speaking, and answered saying: “A lot of prepatory work is being done. I am consulting experts and friends and will make the announcement at the appropriate time.

“Why should I announce a party separately as I am already there.”

Answering one of the questions, he said like one of the links to his digital platform, he would be neither be going “left nor right”.

Asked about the perception that he was anti-Hindu in view of his recent statements, Kamal sought to suggest that he was only talking about Hindu extremism and not Hindu terrorism.

“I am not starting a party to hurt Hindus. I come from a Hindu family and I do not want to lose the affection of my family first. I am not trying to hurt Hindus but when mistakes are done, I will speak about it.

“I am only talking reality when I speak of violence. All Hindus should understand and discuss. Nobody should indulge in such violence. It applies to Hindus and Muslims. When I say extreme, it doesn’t mean terror. But there is violence,” he said.

To another question about Hindutva elements attacking him, Kamal said: “I only spoke truth. If punishment is given for that, I am ready to accept it.”

He was apparently referring to threats to his life from some Hindutva organisations after his recent statement slamming Hindu extremism.

“I have friends and relatives in all communities, though some people are calling me anti-Hindu. I have moved away from my Brahmin moorings. It is a search. There is no pride or shame in it. I am being called an atheist by believers but I am a rationalist.”

Explaining why he was not in a position to give details of his political plans, he said he was looking at larger goals and a longer time.

“You have to give me time for coming out with a manifesto, a name. I am working on the structural part of it. I am in no hurry, there is no need to hurry, I need your support,” he said.

Talking about the app, he said the name was derived from the Ashoka Chakra which is a virtuous cycle that has become a vicious circle. He wanted people to be whistleblowers.

“Tomorrow, I may also get some political responsibility and the whistle should be blown against me too. Even I should be questioned,” he asserted.

Asked how he would keep away tainted people and money from his organisation, Kamal said he was working on such things too. He added that even in his film career, there has been no black money.

He said already people, especially the poor, have contributed Rs 30 crore to the kitty of his fans’ association, which is audited.

Kamal visited a medical camp earlier in the day.

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Just another day: Kamal on 63rd birthday

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Tamil actor Kamal Haasan, who turned 63 on Tuesday, says it’s just another day for him.

In a post titled “To those who love me and dislike the idea of my cancelling my birthday celebrations”, Kamal tweeted on late Monday night: “Tomorrow, is just another day if you celebrate and fail to seize it. If we can make it in pursuit of a cause, then we become the change we seek.”

Kamal has decided against celebrating his birthday as people here are distressed by heavy rains. He will visit a medical camp and a rain-affected area.

As the first step towards his political plunge, he will also launch of a mobile software app as it will enable him to be in touch with the fans and as well as enable book-keeping.

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Kamal Haasan should be shot dead, says Hindu outfit leader

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A senior leader of a Hindu outfit — Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha — on Friday slammed veteran Tamil actor Kamal Haasan for his “Hindu terror” remarks and said people like him should be “shot dead”.

Referring to the statement made by Haasan on Thursday in a column in a weekly magazine, Mahasabha leader Pt. Ashok Sharma said these people accused the followers of Hinduism of Hindu terror only to “push their own biased communal agenda”.

“There is no other way to handle people like Kamal Haasan but to either hang them or shoot them dead,” he said.

Angered by the uncharitable remarks of Kamal Haasan, Sharma — the national Vice President of the Hindu group — said that people who used such language or were so biased against the Hindu religion and its faithfuls had no right to live.

Members of the Mahasabha have also announced to boycott all films of the 62-year-old actor and all actors from his family, including his daughter Shruti Haasan, who acts in Hindi films. The outfit has also exhorted others to follow the suit and boycott films of such artistes.

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Trailer of superstar’s long delayed film coming soon

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Versatile South superstar Kamal Haasan’s is not deterred by the fact that Vishwaroopam, his 2013 spy thriller, ran into a lot of troubles and invited many controversies on him. He is now ready to release the second part in the franchise. Vishwaroopam 2, the long delayed big budget film, is getting ready to hit the screens very soon. The post production activities are on the verge of completion and the release date will be revealed shortly.

In meantime, it is learnt that the film’s first trailer will be unveiled in a few days. Composer Ghibran, who is handling the music department for this highly anticipated film, has revealed that the trailer is ready and it will be out any time soon. Though he didn’t spill the beans on the date of release, he dropped enough hints that the trailer may be out on Kamal Haasan’s birthday.

Directed and produced by Kamal Haasan, the film has Pooja Kumar and Andrea Jeremiah in pivotal roles.

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Case against Kamal Haasan for ‘Hindu terror’ comment

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Case against Kamal Haasan for Hindu terror comment

A case was filed against veteran film actor Kamal Haasan in a court in Varanasi on Friday for his comments on “Hindu terror”.

The case has been filed under several sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) that pertain to defamation, attempt to cause offence, intent to hurt religious feelings and to incite communal disharmony.

In an article in a Tamil magazine that came into public domain on Thursday, the film actor has observed that “Hindu right-wing groups have unprecedentedly started indulging in acts of violence”.

The court has listed the case for hearing on Saturday.

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Prakash Raj backs Kamal on ‘Hindu extremism’

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Actor-filmmaker Prakash Raj on Friday supported actor Kamal Haasan’s views on “Hindu extremists”.

“If instilling fear in the name of religion… culture… morality is not terrorizing… then what is it. Just asking,” tweeted Prakash Raj, a popular name in the Kannada, Telugu and Tamil film industries.

In an accompanying post titled “To whomsoever it may concern”, Prakash Raj wrote: “If abusing and manhandling young couples on the streets of my country in the name of morality is not terrorizing… If taking law into hands and lynching people on slightest doubt of cow slaughter is not terrorizing… If trolling with abuse, threat… to silence even a slightest voice of dissent is not terrorizing… Then what is terrorizing… Just asking.”

His comment came after Kamal wrote in a Tamil magazine that earlier rightwing Hindus used to argue but without indulging in violence. But as their “cunningness” started to fail, they began to resort to violence.

“Extremism has spread into their camp as well,” said Kamal, who is said to be preparing for a political plunge. “This extremism is not a victory or progress to those who call themselves Hindus.”

A month ago, Prakash Raj had condemned the “silence” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on certain sections “celebrating” the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh on social media. He had said Modi’s silence was “chilling”.

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There are Hindu extremists too: Kamal Haasan

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Tamil movie actor Kamal Haasan, who is planning to jump into active politics, says there are “Hindu extremists” too.

Writing in a Tamil magazine, Kamal said that earlier rightwing Hindus used to argue but without indulging in violence.

But as their “cunningness” started to fail, they began to resort to violence, he said.

“Extremism has spread into their camp as well,” the actor said. “This extremism is not a victory or progress to those who call themselves Hindus.”

He moaned that these days festivals had been commercialized.

According to him, the older generation upper caste people who get jittery on seeing equality in society were now trying to impose Sanathana Dharma on the youth by coating it with honey.

This was being done through festivals, culture and art, he said.

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Kamal Haasan warns of flood threat in north Chennai

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Actor Kamal Haasan on Friday voiced his concern on the environmental impact due to the dumping of the ash waste by power plants in river Kosasthalaiyar and also warned about possible flooding of north Chennai.

In a series of tweets, Haasan said that the Vallur Thermal Plant and North Chennai Thermal Plant are dumping their ash waste in the river, and cited expert opinion to warn that north Chennai would get flooded even during normal rains.

He also noted that the forecast now is more than normal rainfall which, in turn, puts at risk 10 lakh people in that area.

The actor said a good government should find a permanent solution for the problems faced by the people.

Haasan also warned the government and the people that it would be dangerous for Chennai if the Ennore Creek is ignored.

According to him, the government did not look at the issue when the environmentalists took up the issue of dumping of waste by the power plants, or when the local people also joined them.

In addition, Haasan alleged that Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum have built their facilities in the river.

The actor also said he is hearing about attempts to encroach upon 1,000 acres under the guise of expansion of Kamarajar Port in Ennore, near here.

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Political party announcement not at media’s prodding: Kamal

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Veteran actor Kamal Haasan on Thursday doused his fans’ expectations of launching a political party, saying he can’t make any such announcement under media pressure.

Kamal, 62, tweeted that public announcements will be made in the “people’s court”.

He said on November 7 — his birthday — meeting his fan club members has been a tradition for years.

His comment assumes significance amidst heightened speculation that he may launch his political party on his birthday as he had earlier said that an important announcement would be made on that date.

Kamal has been active of late with comments on the political situation, both at the national and state level, often being critical of the ruling parties.

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2.0 Audio event will have enough surprises

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Sensational director Shankar who is known for promoting his films on larger scale is all set for his next movie 2.0. The film is the sequel for Robo and it features Rajinikanth, Amy Jackson and Akshay Kumar in the lead roles. The audio event has been planned to take place in Burj Park, Dubai. All the necessary permissions have been acquired and it will take place on October 27th at 7 PM (Local Time).

Oscar winning composer AR Rahman will perform live during the event and the 12000 tickets for the event have been sold out in minutes. The King of Dubai has been specially invited for the event and he is expected to wish the team making his presence. Padmashri Kamal Haasan is expected to grace the event as Chief Guest. The makers allotted Rs 2 crores to set up LED screens across the Shopping Malls and movie plexes across Dubai for the event to be shown live.

Rahman will perform for all the five songs during the audio event along with 125 musicians live. This is the first ever audio event taking place in Bhurj Khalifa. To pay the tributes to Rajinikanth, Shankar and AR Rahman, Bosco Dance Group will have a dance performance. All the actors and technicians will fly to Dubai in special chartered flight and the budget of the audio launch is said to be 2 million USD.

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Versatile actor to launch 2.0 audio ?

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2.0 Audio Launch, Kamal Haasan 2.0 chief guest

With just three days left for the grand audio launch event of the Rajinikanth – Shankar’s upcoming film 2.0, the buzz among the audience is touching new heights. Termed as one of the biggest and the costliest musical events ever, the audio launch is going to happen in Dubai amidst grandiloquent arrangements. It has already been confirmed that composer AR Rahman will be performing live in this event.

If the latest grapevine in the Tamil media circles is to be believed, Shankar and Rajinikanth have invited versatile actor Kamal Hassan as the chief guest for this extravagant audio launch event. However, it is yet to be known whether he attends the event or not. Also, there is uncertainty prevailing over Rajinikanth’s attendance to the event.

It is well known that Shankar invited international star Arnold Schwarzenegger for the audio launch of I.

2.0 stars Akshay Kumar and Amy Jackson in important roles. The film is slated to hit the screens for Republic Day next year.

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Counter criticism with logical response: Kamal Haasan on ‘Mersal’

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Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan has come out in support of actor Vijays film “Mersal”, which has come under attack from BJP leaders in Tamil Nadu over references to the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Haasan said those opposed to the film must “counter criticism with a logical response”.

“‘Mersal’ was certified. Don’t re-censor it. Counter criticism with logical response. Don’t silence critics. India will shine when it speaks,” Haasan tweeted on Friday.

Vijay has been panned for his dialogues in the film that takes a dig at GST and digital India. The actor, who had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi during electioneering ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, had even lauded demonetisation last year.

Earlier, BJP’s National Secretary H. Raja on Twitter raked up Vijay’s Christian origins.

“Joseph Vijay’s hatred for Modi is ‘Mersal’,” Raja posted on Friday.

Referring to the actor’s dialogue in the movie, Raja tweeted that in the last 20 years, 17,500 churches, 9,700 mosques and 370 temples were built. Out of these what should be avoided to build hospitals, Raja posted.

Raja even said “Mersal” shows Vijay’s ignorance in economic matters as the Goods and Services Tax (GST) is not a new tax and the tax on liquor is over 58 per cent.

Besides him, Tamil Nadu BJP President Tamilisai Soundararajan demanded removal of the dialogues relating to GST, digital payments and temples from the movie as they spread a wrong message.

She also wondered whether Vijay had asked his fans to distribute milk to poor children instead of pouring it on his cutouts erected outside the theatres.

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Bharateeyudu 2 – After Dil Raju’s exit, Lyca comes forward

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bharateeyudu 2 updates, Indian 2 updates

A few days ago, Tollywood producer Dil Raju announced that he will pool resources to the Shankar – Kamal Hasaan’s dream sequel Bharateeyudu 2. The ace producer’s decision came as a huge surprise for many because he is known for his prudent filmmaking style in terms of the budget and it may not sink with Shankar’s grandiose plans.

Telugu360 has carried out an exclusive news in the last week regarding Dil Raju’s exit from the project. We reported that Dil Raju is not happy with the exorbitant remunerations quoted by Shankar and Kamal Hassan. Also, he is wary of the fact that he cannot oversee the production formalities from Hyderabad. So, he has decided to reconsider his decision and backed out from the project.

Now, it is learnt that Lyca Productions, one of the leading production houses in South, has decided to take up the project. Lyca is currently bankrolling India’s most expensive film 2.0, which is being directed by Shankar. So, Bharateeyudu 2 is happening for sure, but with a change in the production house.

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