South newsmakers of the week: Ram Gopal Varma’s reaction to Big B touching ‘Kalki 2898 AD’ producer’s feet; Rajinikanth’s ‘Kaala’ ranked among 25 best films of the century, Urvashi takes a stand against body shaming jokes

south newsmakers of the week: ram gopal varma’s reaction to big b touching ‘kalki 2898 ad’ producer’s feet; rajinikanth’s ‘kaala’ ranked among 25 best films of the century, urvashi takes a stand against body shaming jokes

South newsmakers of the week: Ram Gopal Varma’s reaction to Big B touching ‘Kalki 2898 AD’ producer’s feet; Rajinikanth’s ‘Kaala’ ranked among 25 best films of the century, Urvashi takes a stand against body shaming jokes

This week in the South film industry has been eventful with several notable moments making headlines. From Bollywood director Ram Gopal Varma's reaction to Amitabh Bachchan touching ‘Kalki 2898 AD’ producer’s feet to legendary actress Urvashi's strong stance against body shaming jokes in films and TV programs, here are some of the top trending entertainment stories.

Ram Gopal Varma’s reaction

'Kalki 2898 AD' makers hosted a grand pre-release event in Mumbai on June 19, where Prabhas, Amitabh Bachchan, Kamal Haasan, and Deepika Padukone were seen showcasing a unique rapport. During the event, Mr. Bachchan touched producer Ashwini C Dutt’s feet after receiving the first ticket for the film from him. This humble gesture won over social media, prompting director Ram Gopal Varma to react to the incident. Varma posted on his X account, “Here is the UPPER LIMIT of achievement for Ashwini Dutt by Amitabh Bachchan doing this. I doubt from N T Rama Rao onwards till the latest young heroes anybody would have done this. I have never seen Big B also do this to any other producer. Hats off to Dutt Garu.”

‘Vidaamuyarchi’ release

Expectations are high for the upcoming Ajith starrer ‘Vidaamuyarchi’. Ajith's manager, Suresh Chandra, confirmed in his chat with Puthiya Thalaimurai that 'Vidaamuyarchi' is planned to be released for Diwali. The team has departed for Azerbaijan today (June 19) for the film's final schedule.

‘Kaala’ listed among top 25 films

Rajinikanth's 2018 Tamil release 'Kaala' has garnered global recognition by being named among the 25 best films of the century. The British Film Institute has selected these films from various languages to honor outstanding achievements in visuals and sound.

Urvashi’s stand against body shaming

During the promotional interview for ‘Ullozhukku’, the legendary actress Urvashi revealed that she gets irritated when someone passes body-shaming jokes in movies or even comedy TV programs. The actress further said that she is completely against those who pass such jokes to another person and Urvashi also revealed her happiness regarding such a topic being widely discussed nowadays.

‘Gaganachari’ gets wide praises

Mollywood actors Ganesh, Anarkali Marikar, Aju Varghese, and Gokul Suresh starrer ‘Gaganachari’ have finally hit the big screens and the movie is receiving good reviews from the audiences. Twitter users are praising the film’s quirky and fun style narrative to sci-fi genre.

Update on Darshan controversy

Kannada film industry star Darshan Thoogudeepa, widely known as the "Challenging Star," has found himself embroiled in a significant controversy following his arrest by Bengaluru police last week. The actor is accused of orchestrating the murder of 33-year-old pharmacy worker Renuka Swamy. According to a report by Aaj Tak, Darshan admitted in his statement to the police that he borrowed Rs 40 lakh from a friend. He used this money to pay his associates to destroy evidence connected to the murder. Furthermore, he reportedly paid Rs 30 lakh to other individuals to surrender and take the blame for the crime, in an attempt to divert attention away from himself.

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