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Who is playing MGR in Kangana Ranaut’s Jayalalithaa biopic? Read details!

Kangana Ranaut is set to play Jayalalithaa in the political leader’s biopic – Jaya / Thalaivi

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We were one of the first to reveal to you that Kangana Ranaut will soon be playing J Jayalalithaa in a biopic on the legendary actor-cum-politician. CineBlitz also revealed to you exclusively that the movie will showcase her as an actress, who then enters politics and rises to power. Titled Thalaivi in Tamil and Jaya in Hindi, the bilingual film will go on floors in July. That made us wonder who is playing MGR (MG Ramachandran) in the movie? If Jayalalithaa’s political career is being showcased, MGR will surely have to be a part of the biopic.

For those of you who don’t know, MGR was Jayalalithaa’s mentor, He was an actor – filmmaker who formed DMK and became the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. In fact, he was the one who helped her grow in politics and be the fearless leader that she was! So who will play the crucial character of MGR? Vishnu Vardhan Induri revealed to us exclusively, “We are still casting and it is going to be Tamil actor who will essay the role of MGR, who was Jayalalitha’s mentor.” Well we wonder who will play the iconic MGR on the big screen in Jayalalithaa’s biopic? Share with us your thoughts in the comments section below!

Directed by AL Vijay (of Devi fame), the movie is being written by KV Vijayendra Prasad. We even revealed to you exclusively that the niece and nephew of Jayalalithaa gave permission for the biopic to be made. Well, we can’t wait to see this one. In the meantime, with the film set to roll in July, stay tuned to CineBlitz for more news, updates and gossip right here.

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Ishaan Khatter chooses Vishal Bhardwaj over Mira Nair?

Did Ishaan Khatter opt out of Mira Nair’s A Suitable Boy after he was offered Midnight’s Children by Vishal Bhardwaj?

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We had earlier exclusively reported about Ishaan Khatter being in talks with Vishal Bhardwaj for a project. Well, looks like the deal has almost been sealed and finalised. Ishaan will be working in Bhardwaj’s adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s novel Midnight’s Children for the OTT platform Netflix.

However, buzz is that there was a catch. As per insiders, before being approached by Bhardwaj, the Dhadak actor had already committed his dates to Mira Nair’s eight-part series adaptation of Vikram Seth’s 1993 novel A Suitable Boy that the filmmaker was making for BBC. But when Bhardwaj’s offer came by, the young star ditched Nair, opting instead to work with Vishal. He did this because Bhardwaj was the one who gave his brother Shahid Kapoor some of the most career-defining roles, including Kaminey and Haider. He felt Bhardwaj’s adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s novel Midnight’s Children would work more for him as his third project.

Randeep Hooda has finally bagged the role in Mira Nair’s project. Ishaan, on the other hand found it tough to turn down Bhardwaj as the young actor is a huge fan of his films and has always wanted to work with him. While he greatly admires Nair too, when it comes to choosing, the actor has clearly shown his preference.

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Sanjay Dutt to bulk up for THESE two projects!

Sanjay Dutt will be undergoing rigorous physical training to bulk up for his upcoming movies

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Sanjay Dutt will turn 60 soon and he is clearly in the best phase of his life. After quite a few personal and professional trials and tribulations, he is back stronger than ever. His movie Kalank just released, co-starring Madhuri Dixit Nene, Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Sonakshi Sinha and Aditya Roy Kapur.

Recently, CineBlitz had exclusively reported that Sanju will soon be making his debut as a director. Ring a bell? Anyway, now we have some fresh news on what Sanju is currently up to. The actor will soon be undergoing hardcore physical training to bulk back up to his broader frame, for his upcoming film Shamshera, and for the action sequences in Sadak 2. Rest assured, our old Sanju Baba will soon be back in action.

Keep following CineBlitz for latest news and gossip from Bollywood.

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Mental Hai Kya: Indian Psychiatric Society to address media tomorrow

The Indian Psychiatric Society has strongly objected to the title and the teasers of Mental Hai Kya

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The Indian Psychiatric Soceity (IPS) has written to the Central Board of Film and Certification (CBFC) , the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, as well as to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) calling the title of the movie Mental Hai Kya as “discriminative, stigmatising, degrading and inhuman in projecting mental disorders and persons.” Vinay Kumar the Honorary General Secretary of the Indian Psychiatric Society has issued an official statement to the respective bodies. They are also going to hold a press conference tomorrow in Delhi to address the same. Here is the statement-

“The title #MENTAL_HAI_KYA is clearly derogatory to people fighting with their mental maladies. It is sarcastic and ridicules persons in pain. Experts and activists are trying to tell people that nobody is mental or mad. Having mental illness is neither a crime nor a curse. These are diseases which afflict people and are curable and largely manageable. It’s unethical to call them mentally ill. But the title of the film loudly ridicules persons with mental illness which is not only unethical and inhuman but also illegal. 

#Section 92 of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act says :
Whoever,—
(a) intentionally insults or intimidates with intent to humiliate a person with disability in any place within public view; ………….
shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than six months but which may extend to five years and with fine.”

The makers have recently released a poster which shows the two lead actors facing each other as they balance a blade between their tongues. Brilliant imagination! But can we call it creative too? The fact is that this sensational imagination is a perfect example of pathological risk taking behavior. In a time when India is facing rise in delinquency and personality disorders marked by risk taking behaviors such as drug and alcohol use, speedy driving, risky selfie taking etc “creating such provocative ideals” amounts to crime.

Indian Psychiatric Society strongly condemns the title and poster of the film and appeal the producer to withdraw these teasers and revise the title and content too if it has any such provocative sequence, dialogue or song. The logic of creativity and freedom of expression do not permit our creative film makers to hurt the sentiments of sufferers and caregivers and provoke our youngsters to risk their lives.”

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