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Curtain Raiser – 29 July, 2016

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From the Kannada Film Festival in Chennai, to the refusal of certificate for a movie, here’s everything happening in the world of cinema (or not):

Signed

Composer Anirudh Ravichander to compose the official anthem for the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL).

Rathindra Prasad, who composed the viral ‘Kodaikainal Won’t‘ video, has been roped in to direct a Tamil film starring Ashwin Kakumanu.

Heard On The Street

Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada (AYM) starring STR and Manjima Mohan is reported to release in August.

Director Vijay’s father confirms the divorce between Vijay and actress Amala Paul.

After filming their song ‘Hymn For The Weekend’ starring Beyonce and Sonam Kapoor, band Coldplay might perform in India sometime in November.

The director of Sultan, Ali Abbas Zafar, is expected to deliver a much bigger film this year.

Releases, Releases

Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne and the Suicide Squad are set to release in India on 5 August.

Vikram Prabhu’s Wagah will release on 12 August.

Steven Spielberg’s The Big Friendly Giant (BFG) and John Abraham-Varun Dhawan starrer Dishoom are releasing in India today.

Tamil film Maayavan‘s official teaser to release on 2 August.

Spotlight

Writers Gnanakoothan and Mahasweta Devi died at the age of 78 and 90, respectively.

Comedian Tanmay Bhat found himself in trouble again, this time making fun of Priyanka Chopra. Her fans, however, did not take the joke too lightly.

Malayalam LGBT film Ka Bodyscapes refused certification for allegedly insulting Hindu religion.

The Kannada Film Festival in Chennai officially starts today and will go on until 31 July. Here’s the schedule: Kannada Film Festival 2016.

Newsworthy

Directors Vishal Bharadwaj and Vidhu Vinod Chopra will direct original content for Amazon Video, competing with India’s Netflix.

The Directors and Writers Association in Tamil Nadu want more transparency in registering film titles.

Let Them Eat Cake!

Actor Radha Ravi, Star Wars‘ Wil Wheaton, and How I Met Your Mother‘s Josh Radnor turn a year older.

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