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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.

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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.

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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!"



Megastar tests positive for COVID-19

Actor Chiranjeevi has tested positive for COVID-19.

Announcing the same through Twitter, he said,

"Took a test for COVID before resuming 'Acharya' shoot as a protocol and unfortunately tested positive. I am currently asymptomatic and quarantining myself at home. Request all those who met me in the last 5 days to also undergo covid tests, Will update you on my recovery soon."

Pic Courtesy - Chiranjeevi Twitter Handle


T N Krishnan passes away, leaves behind melodious memories

Legendary violinist T N Krishnan died in Chennai on Monday evening. He was 92.

It is reported that he was in good health. However, he experienced a sudden uneasiness last evening and passed away.

The maestro was born on 6 October 1928, in Tripunithura, Kerala. He learned music from his father and was 11 when he performed at his first violin concert in 1939 in Trivandrum.

He is commonly grouped with Lalgudi Jayaraman and M S Gopalakrishnan as part of the violin-trinity of Carnatic Music. He was presented the Padma Bhushan, India's third-highest civilian honour in 1992, and earlier the Padma Shri, India's fourth-highest civilian honour in 1973.

Expressing grief over the demise of the noted violinist, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "The demise of noted violinist Shri TN Krishnan leaves a big void in the world of music. His works beautifully encapsulated a wide range of emotions and strands of our culture. He was also an outstanding mentor to young musicians. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti."


Cinema halls to open tomorrow

Cinema theatres across the country will be open for the public from tomorrow. 

It will be very interesting to see if the people go to theatres again or COVID-19 keeps them away from cinema halls. 

Centre has issued SOPs for film exhibition as follows: 

1. The seating arrangements shall be restricted to 50 per cent of the seating capacity.  

2. Thermal screening of all visitors/staffs. 

3. Multiplex show timings shall be staggered, so as to not have overlap of show timings. 

4. Temperature setting shall be in the range of 24°- 30°c. 

5. Adequate physical distancing should be maintained at all times. 

6. Use of face covers/masks are a must. 

7. Frequent hand washing should be followed. 

8. Provision of hand sanitizers should be ensured. 

9. Respiratory etiquettes, like covering of mouth while coughing, sneezing etc., should be followed. 

10. Digital no-contact transactions should be the most preferred mode for issue/verification/payments for tickets, food, and beverages, etc. by using online bookings, use of e-wallets, QR code scanners, etc. 

11. Contact number shall be taken at the time of booking of tickets to facilitate contact tracing. 

12. The purchase of tickets at the box office shall be open throughout the day and advance booking shall be allowed to avoid crowding at the sale counters. A sufficient number of counters at the box office shall be opened with adequate physical distancing. 

The theatres are also marking "not to be occupied" seats to ensure social distancing. 

#COVID19 #Cinemas #Unlock