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Not many of us see the hard work of people behind the screen. Line producers are regarded as an important pillar of support by filmmakers. Gopi Krishna Narravula has been one such widely-respected line producer in the Telugu film industry. Taking to Twitter, Mahesh Babu has congratulated him on bagging his 100th film.

“Glad to know that Gopi Krishna Narravula has completed his 100th film as a line producer/foreign shoot coordinator with #SarkaruVaariPaata (the ‘Sarileru Neekevvaru’ actor’s upcoming movie). It all began with ‘Bazaar Rowdy’ in 1988 which I was a part of (sic),” Mahesh wrote.

He described Gopi Krishna as a “hard-working and dedicated member of our film fraternity”. Mahesh added, “Had some wonderful memories working with him all these years. Congratulations and wish you the best always Gopi garu!!”

‘Sarkaru Vaari Paata’, directed by Parasuram Petla, will go on the floors later this year. Starring Keerthy Suresh as the heroine, it will hit the screens in 2021.

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Prassthanam Review: Sanjay Dutt’s ‘masala’ Multistarrer Is Complicated

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Sanjay Dutt hasn’t enjoyed a good time at the box office for some time now. Instead of relying on others, the actor takes matters into his own hands, producing his next Prassthanam. He also takes a ‘safe bet’ by remaking a Telugu hit of the same name. Will this finally help Sanjay Dutt bring a change of his fortunes at the ticket windows? Read on: 

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Director: Deva Katta 

Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Ali Fazal, Satyajeet Dubey, Jackie Shroff, Chunky Pandey, Manisha Koirala, Amyra Dastur 

Genre: Political-action drama 

Date released: September 20, 2019 

CBFC rating: U/A 

Duration: 2 hours, 21 minutes 

Reviewer rating: 2/5 

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Setting the scene 

Prassthanam opens in Lucknow, 25 years ago, when Baldev Pratap Singh (Sanjay Dutt), the right-hand man of a political leader, takes on the enemies of the family, but fails to save the patriarch’s son. On his death bed, the leader requests Baldev to marry his widowed daughter Saroj (Manisha Koirala) and accept their two children. Cut to present, Baldev is now a wealthy four-time MLA, adored by his constituency, as he gears up to be elected for the fifth time. However, apart from his political rivals and the upcoming election, he also has to find a solution for the histrionics of his rogue son Vivaan (Satyajeet Dubey), the political elevation of his stepson Ayush (Ali Fazal), a mining baron Khatri (Chunky Pandey) and a past secret. 

Plot 

Prassthanam traces the story of a Lucknow family, amid the complicated equations among the members of the family and on the political field. The story is about Saroj’s three children, two from her first marriage and one with Baldev. Vivaan, though the only child of Baldev-Saroj, is furious about his father’s preference for Ayush and hates the behaviour of his family towards him. Ayush follows in the footsteps of his father, in terms of his goodwill for the locals, while they both try to control the damage created by Vivaan. However, things take a turn for the worst when he sexually assaults the daughter of Baldev’s right-hand man Badshah (Jackie Shroff) and kills her. 

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Verdict

Prassthanam, directed by Deva Katta, who had also helmed the original, has a grand premise consisting of numerous characters and a lot is happening throughout the movie. While the movie aims to come across as this gripping and nail-biting story amid family turmoil and political rivalry, the execution is where it falters. The first half still somehow manages to hold your attention to an extent, but after that, the plot crumbles into a mess by the time the end credits come on screen. The so-called ‘twist’ towards the end and the revelation of the ‘secret’ is far-fetched and doesn’t leave any impact. 

As far as the performances are concerned, Sanjay Dutt is inconsistent in his performances as a power-hungry politician. He looks laboured in the action scenes, his dialogue delivery is unimpressive at many places and makes an impact only in some of the other scenes.  

Manisha Koirala is only crying throughout the film, while Jackie Shroff is only brooding. Amyra Dastur (who you might mistake as Jacqueline Fernandez in some angles) has nothing much to do. 

In a film starring so-called ‘veterans’, Satyajeet Dubey surprisingly is the pick of the lot as the spoiled brat, who’d go to any lengths.  

Ali Fazal is good, but his act might bring memories of his ‘Mirzapur’ role. Chunky Pandey is among the better performers of this cast. Zakir Hussain is impressive and brings the only comic relief in the movie.   

The action scenes seem slow and unconvincing. The music, composed by Ankit Tiwari, is complete in the sense there’s one of every genre, be it romantic, a Qawwali or a full-fledged item number. But nothing quite elevates the film. 

Overall, Prassthanam is complicated, much like the equations in the family of the story.  Only hardcore Sanjay Dutt fans or those who love the ‘masala’ genre might still find something to cheer about here. 

What works: Fairly gripping first half, Ali Fazal and Satyajeet Dubey’s performances 

What doesn’t: Action sequences, performances, screenplay 

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What Happened To Toby Mac’s Sister? Singer Posts Heartfelt Message On Instagram

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American Singer Toby McKeehan, who is popularly known as Toby Mac, recently took to his social media handles to inform his fans about the tragic loss of his sister. Toby Mac’s sister Kristen McKeehan Carroll recently passed away at the age of 52. The 55-year-old singer, Toby Mac expressed his grief and mourned the loss of his beloved sister by posting a heartfelt message on his Instagram handle on September 17. The hip hop artist had also lost his 21-year-old son Truett Foster in 2019. Read on to find out, “What happened to Toby Mac’s sister?”

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What happened to Toby Mac’s sister?

On September 17, Toby posted a series of pictures on his Instagram handle that featured his late sister Kristen Mac and her family. In the caption, Toby shared a heartfelt message with his fans, informing that he had lost his younger sister on September 3, 2020. The Christian Hip Hop artist expressed that she was the best sister, daughter and mother he had known. 

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Reminiscing on the memories of his late sister, Toby claimed that she was always laughing and was the light of the family. The singer further wrote, “She was tough as nails and soft as butter. She always looked beautiful and let you know that you were too. She’s loved by God and our King Jesus paid her debt…..in full.” The cause of Kristen Mac’s death is yet to be revealed by the McKeehan family. 

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Kristen McKeehan was highly active on her Instagram handle. She often posted pictures of her kids, family and friends. Her latest post on the social media platform was on August 29. Kristen posted a picture with her kids and wished happy birthday to her 24-year-old son Conner. Kristen Mac is survived by her six children and her siblings including Toby Mac.

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Toby Mac lost his 21-year-old son in 2019

In 2019, fans of the hip hop artist were shocked when he announced the tragic death of his son Truett Foster McKeehan. According to a report on Distractify, Truett who was 21 at the time was an aspiring rapper and started his solo career as Truett Foster at 21. The young singer was found dead at his home in Nashville on October 23, 2019, when the Nashville Fire Department responded to a cardiac arrest report. Truett’s autopsy had revealed that he had died from an accidental drug overdose of fentanyl and amphetamines.

 

 

 

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Mysskin’s Birthday Bash: Mani Ratnam, Gautham Menon, Shankar And Others Who Attended

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Filmmaker Mysskin celebrated his 49th birthday on September 20, 2020. On this occasion, he had a special celebration with his close friends from the Tamil film industry. Photos from the birthday bash are making rounds on social media and are loved by his fans. As per the images shared, director Mani Ratnam hosted the birthday party for Mysskin and it was attended by many celebs including Gautham Menon, Shankar, Balaji Sakthivel, Sasi, and Lingusamy.

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Mani Ratnam hosts a birthday party for Mysskin’s birthday

Ramesh Bala took to his Twitter handle to share images from the birthday bash. It looks like the theme of the birthday party was black. Except for Mani Ratnam, Vetri Maaran, and Mysskin, other directors can be seen donning in black attires and keeping in the theme of the get-together. Moreover, Vetri Maaran joined the party a bit late and spent some quality time with his friends. Mani Ratnam and others also organised a cake cutting session for Mysskin. Here are some of the photos from the birthday bash. Take a look:

 

On the work front

On the occasion of his 49th birthday, director Mysskin announced his upcoming film titled Pisasu 2. The horror movie is a sequel to the hit film of the same name, which was released in the theatres in the year 2014. The upcoming movie Pisasu 2 will feature Andrea Jeremiah playing the lead role. Reportedly, the shooting of the much-anticipated will commence sometime in November this year. Produced by T Muruganantham, the movie will mark the comeback of well-known composer Karthik Raja.

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Pisasu had a great run at the box-office and was considered one of the best horror movies ever made in the Tamil film industry. Unlike other horror films, the ghost in this film was trying to protect the people and not scare and kill anybody. The film was produced by Bala’s B-Studios and released by Thenandal Films in 2014. The movie marked the debut of Naga and Prayaga Martin. After receiving positive reviews from the critics and fans, it was remade in Kannada as Raakshasi and in Hindi as Nanu Ki Jaanu.

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