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Bollywood Actress tests positive for COVID19


Bollywood Actress Katrina Kaif has tested positive for COVID-19.

She informed the same through her Instagram Account.

Ms Kaif has isolated herself and is currently under Home Quarantine. She has asked those who came in contact with her to get themselves tested immediately.

#COVID19 #KatrinaKaif

Rajinikanth honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke Award


The Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2019 was announced today by Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar and the recipient is none other than iconic actor Rajinikanth.

"Happy to announce Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2019 to one of the greatest actors in history of Indian cinema Rajnikant ji. His contribution as actor, producer and screenwriter has been iconic. I thank Jury - Asha Bhosle, Subhash Ghai, Mohanlal, Shankar Mahadevan and Biswajeet Chatterjee," Mr Javadekar wrote on Twitter.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated the legendary actor for the same. He wrote on Twitter, "Popular across generations, a body of work few can boast of, diverse roles and an endearing personality...that’s Shri Rajinikanthji for you. It is a matter of immense joy that Thalaiva has been conferred with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award. Congratulations to him."


DD Free Dish crosses 40 million subscribers


DD Free Dish has crossed an estimated 40 million subscribers according to the EY FICCI Media Entertainment Report 2021.

DD Free Dish is a multi-channel Free-To-Air Direct to Home (DTH) service of Prasar Bharati. Its growth has been attributed to less expensive television sets, economic issues, the launch of the DD Retro Channel and return of big broadcasters to the Free Dish platform. Free Dish distributors have mentioned year on year growth in sales as well as the inability to keep up with demand due to a shortage of China-manufactured chipsets. Television households will continue to grow at over 5 per cent till 2025, driven by connected TVs which could cross 40 million by 2025 and DD Free Dish could cross 50 million, a release issued by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting said.

Presently DD Free Dish hosts 161 TV channels including 91 Doordarshan channels (comprising of 51 cobranded educational channels), 70 private channels and 48 radio channels. With effect from 1st April 2021 DD Free Dish private TV channel bouquet would comprise of 10 Hindi GEC, 15 Hindi Movies, 6 Music, 20 News, 8 Bhojpuri, 3 Devotional and 2 Foreign channels. DD Free Dish is presently under upgradation and is expected to add another few channels to its bouquet by May 2021. Recently an online web app has also been released that helps consumers in finding DD Free Dish Set Top Box dealers based on their nearest location.

The 2021 edition of the FICCI-EY report on the Indian media and entertainment (M&E) sector released in March 2021 showcases the present and future growth scenario of every segment of Media and Entertainment viz. TV, radio, print, digital, etc. in the light of demand patterns shift aided by the growth of digital infrastructure accompanied by accelerated digital media adoption.


Prakash Javadekar meets representatives of OTT platforms


Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar yesterday held an interaction with representatives of various OTT platforms including Alt Balaji, Hotstar, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Jio, Zee5, Viacom18, Shemaroo and MxPlayer.

Addressing the representatives of the industry, the Minister stated that the Government has done several rounds of consultation with the OTT players in the past and stressed the need for self-regulation.

Mr Javadekar stated that he had received representations from cinema and TV industries that while there were regulations for them, none existed for the OTT industry and therefore it was decided that the Government would come out with a progressive institutional mechanism for OTT players and develop a level playing field with the idea of self-regulation. The Minister appreciated that many OTT platforms had welcomed the rules.

Informing the industry representatives about the provisions of the rules, the Minister said it merely requires them to disclose information and that there is no requirement of registration of any kind with the Ministry. The Minister added that a form for this will be ready soon. Furthermore, the rules focus on the self-classification of content instead of any form of censorship. Further, OTT platforms are expected to develop an effective grievance redressal mechanism.

Putting a rest to rumours, the Minister clarified that in the self-regulating body, no member will be appointed by the Government.

Speaking on the power of the Government, under the rules, Mr Javadekar informed that the Government will create Inter-Departmental Committee to look at complaints that remain unresolved at the self-regulatory level.

While concluding the Minister stated that the Ministry is open to any clarification or queries from the industry.

#PrakashJavadekar #OTT

Stellar line up of movies for international competition during 51st IFFI


The 51st International Film Festival of India (IFFI) has released the line-up of international movies for competition during the festival to be held in Goa from January 16 to 24.

Best of the feature-length fiction films from all over the world are selected to compete in the section. These 15 films compete for the Golden Peacock and other awards.

The Best Film (Golden Peacock) award carries a cash prize of Rs 40,00,000.

The movies that are part of the stellar line up include:

  1. The Domain by Tiago Guedes (Portugal)

  2. Into The Darkness by Anders Refn (Denmark)

  3. February by KamenKalev (Bulgaria, France)

  4. My Best Part by Nicolas Maury (France)

  5. I Never Cry by Piotr Domalewski (Poland, Ireland)

  6. La Veronica   by Leonardo Medel (Chile)

  7. Light For The Youth by Shin Su-won (South Korea)

  8. Red Moon Tide by Lois Patiño (Spain)

  9. Dream About Sohrab by Ali Ghavitan (Iran)

  10. The Dogs Didn’t Sleep Last Night by RaminRasouli (Afghanistan, Iran)

  11. The Silent Forest by KO Chen-Nien (Taiwan)

  12. The Forgotten by Daria Onyshchenko (Ukraine, Switzerland)

  13. Bridge by Kripal Kalita (India)

  14. A Dog And His Man by Siddharth Tripathy (India)

  15. Thaen by Ganesh Vinayakan (India) 


Rajinikanth makes important announcement


Actor Rajinikanth today announced that he will not be launching a political party.

He has taken the decision owing to his health condition and the COVID-19 crisis. He has also apologised to his fans for the same.

He made the announcement in a three-page letter posted on Twitter.


Rajinikanth to be discharged from hospital with conditions


Actor Rajinikanth who was admitted to the Apollo Hospital, Hyderabad, will be discharged today. 

A press release by Apollo Hospital said that due to improved medical conditions he is being discharged from the hospital today. 

In view of post-transplant status, labile hypertension and age, the following advice has been given to him by the hospital in addition to the medications and diet. 

  1. Complete bed rest for a week with regular monitoring of blood pressure.
  2. Minimal physical activity and avoiding stress

In view of the above conditions, he has also been counselled to avoid any activity that increases the risk of contracting COVID19.

In the present scenario, the actor's plans of announcing details of his party on 31st of December is clouded by uncertainity.

#ApolloHospital #Rajinikant

Rajinikanth progressing well


Renowned film actor Rajinikanth, who was admitted to the Apollo Hospital in Hyderabad yesterday due to severe fluctuations in blood pressure and exhaustion, is stated to be progressing well.

A statement issued by the hospital said that he has had an uneventful night and his blood pressure is still on the higher side although under better control than yesterday. His investigations have not revealed anything alarming so far. He is scheduled for a further set of investigations today, reports of which will be available by the evening.

His blood pressure medications are being titrated carefully and he will continue to be closely monitored. He has been advised complete rest and visitors are not being allowed to meet him.

The statement said that based on his investigations and control of blood pressure, a decision on his discharge will be taken by the evening.


Rajinikanth admitted in Apollo

Renowned Film Actor Rajinikanth has been admitted to the Apollo hospital in Hyderabad due to severe fluctuations in blood pressure and exhaustion.

According to a statement released by the Apollo Hospital, he will be under examination by the doctors until the blood pressures come to normal. He will be monitored closely before being discharged. Apart from fluctuating blood pressure and exhaustion, he doesn't have any symptoms as of now and is hemodynamically stable.

Rajinikanth recently started his film shooting for Annathai in Hyderabad. He underwent a COVID19 test after a couple of unit members tested positive for the virus. However, his tests report came negative.   


Chiranjeevi tests COVID negative


Telugu Film Star Chiranjeevi has tweeted today that he is not COVID positive which was as per the report on November 9th. He stated that his earlier reports were incorrect due to faulty testing kit.

In a tweet he said, 

"A group of doctors did three different tests and concluded that I am Covid negative & that the earlier result was due to a faulty RT PCR kit. My heartfelt thanks for the concern, love shown by all of you during this time. Humbled!"