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Lingaa distributors get Rs. 10 cr.

Actor Rajinikanth has refunded one-third of the Rs. 33-crore loss reportedly incurred by distributors and exhibitors of his recent release, Lingaa. Sources close to the actor said that Rajinikanth decided to pay Rs. 10 crores ‘on a humanitarian basis’ to the distributors and exhibitors, who have been demanding a full refund and had threatened a ‘begging protest’ in front of his residence in Poes Garden.

After the announcement, it is learnt that the distributors have dropped the idea. While the original demand was Rs. 33 crore, sources close to the actor say he felt Rs. 10 crore was a fair amount. A distributor admitted that they are ‘unhappy’ with the actor’s decision to repay only one-third of the money, but said that they have no other go. “A businessman can plan and factor in a loss of 20-30%, but in this case, we have lost our entire investment. We expected Rajinikanth to refund a substantial amount, but it has not happened,” he said.

Actor Sarath Kumar, who has been involved in the negotiations between Rajinikanth, the film’s producer Rockline Venkatesh and distributors, made it clear that Rajinikanth had paid back a part of the losses purely on compassionate grounds. “It has been made very clear that he (Rajinikanth) has no obligation to repay the money. After all, distributors don’t pay back when they make profits,” he said. One of the distributors said that a deal amongst themselves is yet to be reached. “We are yet to arrive at a consensus on who would get how much,” he said.
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‘Thala’ Ajith undergoes surgery

Here’s some happy news for Thala fans. Yennai Arindhaal star Ajith Kumar has undergone septoplasty and functional endoscopic sinus surgery this morning. He was treated by ENT surgeon Dr M.K. Raja Shekar and is recovering well, reads a statement from his publicist.

The actor is on a professional and a personal high of late. His last offering at the box office, Yennai Arindhaal, which saw him teaming up with Gautham Menon with the first time, has been declared a hit. His performance as a cop has been appreciated by fans and critics.

On the personal front, Ajith became a father for the second time recently, with his wife Shalini giving birth to a baby boy. Within hours, the boy was named ‘Kutty Thala’ by fans and started trending on social media.

Apart from being an actor, Ajith is well-known to be a racer and had taken up racing professionally in the past. He has previously undergone major back surgeries.
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Spellbinding: Kamal Haasan To Solve The Missing Case Of Malaysian Flight MH370?

Kamal Hasan is known for dishing out some unconventional movies. Some, so unconventional that it subsequently becomes almost impossible to complete it. Maruthanayagam for instance is a prime example and there are several other movies in that list. With Uttama Villain hitting the screens on April 10th and with films like Papanasam and Vishwaroopam 2 waiting in the wings to be released, speculations are rife about Kamal Haasan's upcoming film which might be based on the missing Malaysian flight, MH370.

The missing case of MH370 is one of the greatest aviation mystery till date and a film on it would truly be compelling if the project materializes. Few sources have also claimed that this film would be directed by Prabhu Deva and that it is for this film Kamal is eyeing on locations near Mauritius. However, there is no official confirmation on whether Ulaganayagan's location hunting in Mauritius is pertaining to the MH370 film.

Also, the fate of this exciting project could depend on the success of three waiting to be released Kamal films. Kamal Haasan is known for his perfectionism and hence a few years could be dedicated on researching about the disappeared flight which had 227 passengers on board if at all he decides to make a movie on it. Sources have also indicated that if the project takes shape, it will be made in Tamil and will also be released in Telugu and Hindi languages simultaneously. Stay tuned to make sure you don't miss any key information on the movie about the missing flight.

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Renowned Director And Father Of Dhanush, Kasthuri Raja Joins BJP!

Renowned filmmaker and father of director Selvaraghavan and actor Dhanush, Kasthuri Raja has joined BJP, according to the latest report. He has enrolled himself into the party in Coimbatore in the presence of BJP's president Amit Shah.  "Kasthuri Raja has been impressed with the ways of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his administration skills.

He would take the policies and principles of the BJP to the people. He feels that it is the right party to serve the nation", revealed a reliable source close to the veteran director. Kasthuri Raja has directed 17 Tamil films so far in his career that started in 1991 with his movie En Rasavin Manasile starring Rajkiran and Meena in the lead roles. His last film as of now Idhu Kadhal Varum Paruvam, came in the year 2006 and Kasthuri Raja has been concentrating on his political career ever since.

Of late many prominent films personalities joined politics in an attempt to serve the nation. Famed actress Khushboo joined Congress not very long ago. BJP too has started to attract many celebrities. Yesteryear actor and Union Minister Napoleon too joined the Bharatiya Janata Party followed by music composer-lyricist Gangai Amaran.

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Holi, a special day for Rajnikanth

While celebrating the auspicious festival called Holi, let us also roll a few years back to 1975. So what happened on this festival day back in 1975? Well, it was the beginning of something substantial. This day announced the arrival of 'Rajinikanth'. 

Superstar Rajinikanth Gets The Biggest Gift Of His Life On This Auspicious Festival Day! Rajinikanth had mentioned in an interview that it was on the festival day of Holi, he was given three options by the legendary director K Balachander. Srikkanth, Rajinikanth and Chandrakanth were the names offered by the Apoorva Raagangal director to then Shivaji Rao Gaekwad. Shivaji Rao chose Rajinikanth and then Rajinikanth was chosen by destiny.

From that day onwards, it is said that Rajinikanth made it a point to make a phone call to K Balachander as a mark of gratitude on the propitious day of Holi each and every year. However, at a recent function, Balachander reminded Rajinikanth that he had not been getting his routine phone calls of late.

Rajinikanth then promised him that he would start making calls from the following year and excused himself for not making those calls due to his busy schedule and commitments. As we all know that the maverick director passed away recently, this Holi might not be as auspicious as it was for Rajinikanth all these years. Also, going forward the star actor will not be able to make those routine calls to his mentor on the festival day of Holi.

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National Cinema Was Born In Chennai, Not In Mumbai Nor Kolkata: Kamal Haasan

Expressing his condolence to fans and family of legendary producer Daggubati Ramanaidu, Kamal Haasan spoke about the legacy the famed producer has left behind and his contribution to Indian cinema as a national producer. 

Interestingly Kamal also revealed that national cinema was born in South India especially in Chennai and not in Bollywood. He said, "the strongest point about South India, especially Chennai is that the national cinema sprang from here. It is not in the north that you found national cinema, not in Kolkata nor in Mumbai, but it is here." Kamal Haasan in the past, has always spoken about the quality of films made in South India and how it often goes unnoticed at a global stage. He has also mentioned that people should stop addressing Tamil films as Kollywood as movie buffs in the foreign countries might not recognize it.

It is to be noted that regional films made in India often gets recognized overseas only because of the star value if and when the movie has a big star associated to it. It is high time that quality movies made in regional language reaches wide range of audiences and considering all these films as Indian movies is the first step forward, according to the Ulaganayagan.

Meanwhile, Uttama Villain is expected to swoop into the big screens on April 2nd. Directed by Ramesh Aravind, the movie has legendary filmmakers K Viswanath and late K Balachander among others. The film's music will be taken care by Ghibran of Vaagai Sooda Vaa fame who will be seen working with Kamal Haasan for the first time.

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Mass begging protest outside Rajnikanth's house

Mass begging protest outside Rajnikanth's house

Distributors of Rajinikanth starrer film Lingaa faced massive losses due to the film’s unsuccessful earnings. For which they had submitted a plea asking refund of Rs 35 crores. Due to the rejection of the plea the distributors have now decided to go on a mass begging protest.

According to the distributors the film has earned more than 100 crores from Eros International. “Last month it was decided we would be compensated after extensive accounting of the losses. And for this, Rajini sir had appointed his friend and distributor Tirupur Subramaniam, who ascertained the quantum loss suffered by us. However, the producer is unwilling to pay Rs.35 crore,” distributor Singaravadivelan stated.

He further added, “The amount we claim as refund is far less than the salary paid to Rajinikanth. If Eros had paid so much to buy the film, we don’t understand why it is difficult for producer Venkatesh to refund us when he had promised us that the film will do better business than ‘Enthiran’.”

After the hunger strike done by the distributors, producer Venkatesh had offered a 10 percent reimbursement. The distributors turned down the offer and are now prepping to go on a mass begging protest right outside superstar Rajinikanth’s house.

“They’ve made us beg for the refund. And we will do it as we’ve run out of options. We will beg right outside Rajinikanth’s house,” the distributor Singaravadivelan stated.

Eros International’s Lingaa is touted to be one of the biggest films of Rajinikanth as his fans get to see him in live action after a gap of more than 4 years after Robot, starring Superstar Rajinikanth, Sonakshi Sinha and Anushka Shetty.

“Lingaa” is Directed by KS Ravikumar and Produced by Rockline Venkatesh.
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Samantha and Surya ready to be paired up again

Samantha has been finalised as the heroine for yet another Tamil film - 24 - opposite Suriya. This news comes right on the heels of the film she's bagged with Vijay, the one we'd told you about recently. And for 24, to be directed by Vikram Kumar of Manam fame, Samantha will start shooting in a couple of months. Sam is currently working on finishing 10 Endrathukulla with Vikram; she has also signed on for Dhanush's upcoming film.

A source says, "As Samantha had earlier worked with Vikram in Manam, she was the obvious choice as the female lead in 24. Talks were on with her for quite some time and now, things have been finalised. She will start shooting for this film, which has AR Rahman on board, too, in April."
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