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Chennai news 30 July

I really hope that things are coming back to normal in SA. Let us hope that the win by Tatjana Schoenmaker at the Olympics helps to unite the nation. I am really looking forward to the strong sprinting contingent
on track. Let us hope that they can also bring in some medals.

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Vaazhl is a Tamil-language drama film directed by Arun Prabu Purushothaman of Aruvi fame and produced by Sivakarthikeyan under his banner. The film features a predominantly new cast and crew, which includes Pradeep Anthony, TJ Bhanu, Diva Dhawan, Aahrav and SN Bhatt and all have done brilliantly. The music is by Pradeep Kumar and is just out of the world. The cinematography by Shelley Calist is breath-taking especially those of the nature. The movie is about searching for your inner self through travel. The story is about a IT professional who is in a rut. He is forced to take a journey due to the people he meets. Actually we see three journeys here each different from the other. One of the girls he meets tells him that everyone should take a 30 day holiday every year on their own leaving all responsibilities. Well this is something that I use to do from over forty years ago. However most times I used to add in some unpaid leave and have a six week holiday. The movie does not fit any particular genre and is more of an out of the box thinking. It is showing on SonyLiv however I am sure you can find it elsewhere.

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Kamali from Nadukaveri is a completely feelgood movie. It has shades of Pygmalion where the young village girl is tutored by a former professor to become a winner. It has the feel of one of those princess diary movies however not the actual storyline. Kamali is a happy-go-lucky girl in the small village Nadukkaveri. She does not have a big dream until she sees the interview of an exam topper Ashwin who joins IIT Madras. She decides that she wants to join the prestigious IIT to meet him. Through the journey helped by a retired professor she learns the importance of education and ends up as a big inspiration to the young students in her village. Although the story seems a bit too simplistic it does tell us a lot about the lack of education facilities in the villages and small towns. It also highlights the problems that out of city students face in big institutions. However, the movie is not preachy but very entertaining. Kayal Anandhie is the apt choice for the role of Kayali as she has that innocent expression. Pratabh Pothen (my MCC college mate) as the retired professor is just too good as is the present professor played by TM Karthik. The guy looked the part. I saw it on ZEE 5.

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Feels like Ishq is a series of short movies of about 30 minutes duration on Netflix. It can be seen in Hindi or English. I have seen two episodes so far and it is quite entertaining. I am really looking forward to the Tamil web-series Navarasa on the Netflix OTT platform releasing on August 6. Those that are into Bharatanatyam will know that the navarasas refers to the nine emotions. The series was created by a collaboration of Mani Ratnam and Jayendra Panchapakesan to produce the series through their respective banners Madras Talkies and Qube Cinema Technologies. Each of the nine episodes represents a different emotion such as anger, compassion, courage, disgust, fear, laughter, love, peace and wonder. Nine different directors and nine sets of artists are involved.

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Congratulations to Yovani Naidoo for being one of the ten singers reaching the semi-finals of the NRI Telugu IDOL 2021. She is the only one from SA in a field dominated by USA and the UK. We wish her all the best in making it to the Finals. Those wanting to learn new songs can tune in to TM Krishna’s YouTube channel. As he says “Whatever I know, I learnt, I shared and I imparted is now for all of you to experience, imbibe, express and enjoy! On my YouTube channel”

Pallavi Darbar will be conducted from today till Aug 2 from at 6 pm onwards (2.30 pm SA). The four-day program includes concerts by eminent musicians as well as interactive sessions and Pallavi contests. can be seen on Facebook pages of IMPL2020 and Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha as well as the IMPL’s YouTube channel.

Maduradhwani will conduct a series of daily concerts from tomorrow July 31st at 6.15 (2.45 pm SA) and can be seen on their Facebook page and YouTube channel. Tomorrow the artistes are Ashwath Narayanan accompanied by Vittal Rangan (violin), Delhi Sairam (mridangam) and S Krishna (ghatam).

India recorded 43,509 new cases and 525 deaths yesterday. A slight increase in numbers from last week. I wonder if this is because states have opened up too quickly. The figures in Tamilnadu (80 million people) are coming down very slowly with 1,859 new cases and 2,145 recoveries yesterday. The death count for yesterday is 28. We still have 21,207 active cases and 34,023 total deaths. There was a slight increase from the day before so hopefully this is just an aberration and not the trend. Almost everything is open except cinemas, sports stadiums and concert halls. Numbers at weddings and funerals are still restricted at 50 and 20 respectively.

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