Chennai News 6 August

Wishing all the ladies in SA for Women’s Day on 9th August. Normally there are many programs organised on this day however not sure if this is so during Level 4. However, I was told by Lexy Shunmoogam that the SA Musicians against Covid19 and the SA Tamil Federation have organised an exciting two-day festival to mark this day. See poster for more info. 

All eyes were on Phoenix yesterday however luckily by all accounts the march by the EFF went off peacefully. Well done to those people who spoke to EFF and managed to change the theme to a Solidarity March from the original one which was racist in nature. Hopefully peace will prevail and those people trying to create racial divisions will fail. 

Navarasa: I am really looking forward to the Tamil web-series Navarasa on the Netflix OTT platform which was released today. The series was created by a collaboration of Mani Ratnam and Jayendra Panchapakesan and all profits will go for the benefit of the workers in the film industry who were hard hit by Covid restrictions. 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. The directors are Bejoy Nambiar, Priyadarshan, Karthik Narain, Vasanth Sai, Karthik Subbaraj, Arvind Swamy, Rathindran R Prasad, Sarjun and Gautham Menon. The caste includes Vijay Sethupathi, Suria, Revathy, Prakash Raj, Siddarth, Parvathy, Anjali, Atharva. 

Thittam Irandu (Plan B) can be seen on Sony Liv and stars one of my favourite actresses Aishwarya Rajesh as Athira. It is a crime thriller written and directed by Vignesh Karthick. Athira is a police officer who is transferred to Chennai. On her first day she is called by her childhood friend’s husband who tells her that ahe is missing. This starts a cat and mouse search for her friend Surya and every time you think you know what is happening the story changes. The deduction work by Athira is very good. Also running parallel to the investigation is a love track between Athira and Arjun who she meets on the overnight bus to Chennai. There is a real twist in the end which I will not divulge however this is one of the few movies that I have watched where I could not guess the end. There is also a very topical subject portrayed which I will leave you to discover. 

Aruvi. After watching Vazhl last week I decided to re-watch director Arun Prabu’s first movie Aruvi which is on Amazon Prime. The movie stars Aditi Balan (Aruvi) who was excellent in this movie and also Pradeep Anthony (Vazhl). However, Aditi thereafter concentrated on her studies and qualified as a lawyer. I could not remember too much of the movie, which is six years old, but I must say that I was blown away as to how good it was. If you have not seen this movie or also saw it a long time ago then this is definitely worth a watch. Also, a bonus is that little Praniti (Sun Singer) acts as the young Aruvi. Besides being entertaining it also discusses the topic of Aids and transgenders and gives you an insight how talk shows are rigged. 

We watched the animated movie Raya and the Last Dragon a few days ago on Disney Hotstar. The movie can be watched in many languages, but we watched it in Tamil as my sister-in-law Pritham gave the voice for the Sisu the dragon which was one of the main roles. 

Watching the Olympics, I am amazed how some of the small countries did so well. Like Bahamas with a population of just under 400,000 winning the gold medal in 400 men’s and a chance to win another one in the woman’s race. Grenada (112,000) won the bronze. Bermuda with a population of just 64,000 winning the gold in the Woman’s triathlon and a bronze in rowing. I was also very impressed the athletes of Namibia especially the young Christine Mboma who won the silver in the 200. 

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” 

India recorded 44,643 new cases (slight increase) and 464 deaths (slight decrease) yesterday. The figures in Tamilnadu (80 million people) actually went up in this last week to 1,997 new cases and 1,943 recoveries yesterday. This is the first time since I have been following the stats that the new cases is more recovery rate. The death count for yesterday is 33. We still have 20,138 active cases and 34,230 total deaths. 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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