Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa In a previous interview with Andrew McNicol of the South China Media Post, Bryant shared an adorable story of how Gianna was irked by fans who kept calling him the “G.O.A.T.”“It’s me, my wife [Vanessa], my eldest daughter Natalia and our middle child Gianna,” he shared. “And fans throughout the park keep walking by me saying ‘you’re the GOAT, you’re the GOAT!’“Finally, Gianna turns to one of them and shouts ‘how rude.’ I asked her what was wrong, and she says, ‘they keep calling you a goat, that is so rude!’Kobe clarified that it meant “The Greatest Of All Time” and Gianna went on to thank the fan.Shortly after his retirement in 2016, Bryant shared that he was looking forward to spending more time with his wife and three daughters.By the looks of it, he is certainly cherishing every moment. /raRELATED STORY:WATCH: Kobe’s 11-year-old daughter drains jumpshot a la ‘Black Mamba’ Read Next Bryant posted a couple of videos of their 1-on-1 workout on his personal Instagram account, which has accumulated a combined 3 million views as of this writing.“@wnba finals rematch got us hype! A lil one on one with my baby,” Bryant captioned the first video, which showed Gianna clearing some space and draining a jump shot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary A follow-up video showed Kobe’s “mambacita” hitting another shot from deep, followed by a strong drive to basket over her legendary father. Fans may no longer see Kobe Bryant suit up in the hardwood, but it looks like he has found a worthy successor—his 11-year-old daughter, Gianna.After admitting that the WNBA Finals rematch between the Los Angeles Sparks and the Minnesota Lynx has got them all hyped up, the father-daughter duo went on to work and put on shots of their own.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president EAC, Letran triumph Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments
Manganti game-winner lifts Adamson past UP BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Cocolife tabbed Santa Clara University alum Taylor Milton and Tai Manu-Olevao of University of Hawaii as its imports while Sta. Lucia got Canadian nationals Marisa Field and Kristen Moncks and Bulgarian star Slavina Koleva.Generika hired American open hitter Katelyn Driscoll and Croatian Katarina Pilepic, who played for University of Arizona.American Katelyn Driscoll and Venezuelan national Maria Jose Perez will banner F2-Logistics.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients A jubilant Lindsay Stalzer. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netA familiar face is coming back to the Philippine Superliga, although she’ll be wearing a different hue of blue.The prolific Lindsay Stalzer will suit up for Petron in the import conference after leading Foton to two straight Grand Prix titles.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES Ironically, it was Petron that Foton beat for its back-to-back Grand Prix titlesStalzer joins Yuri Fukuda, her one-time teammate for PSL-F2 Logistics in the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship, and Hillary Hurley at the Foton side.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn response to Stalzer’s departure from their camp, the Tornadoes tapped the services of Serbian national Sara Klisura, Montenegro national Dragana Perunicnic, and libero Katarina Vukomanovic of Serbia.Cignal HD recruited middle blockers Beth Carey, who represented Australia in the 2017 World Grand Prix, and Michigan State University product Alexis Mathews, and libero Mami Miyashita. Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ View comments
Read Next But Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn is also eyeing an all-British showdown with Fury next year.Fury, 29, this week contacted Trump on Twitter to ask him to join his ringwalk, asking the US president who he thinks would win a bout with Joshua.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“@realDonaldTrump who do you think wins the fury vs AJ fight? You can walk me out if you want, be a part of the biggest fight ever,” he tweeted.A number of personal issues have kept Fury on the sidelines since November 2015, when he defeated Wladimir Klitschko for the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles, and he remains without a boxing licence. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort MOST READ LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC ‘K-and-K’ tandem with Ravena excites Alas Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “AJ & Wilder I’m coming back for you pair my mission is seek & destroy the only thing on my mind is destruction who ever gets in my way will be dealt with accordingly.“There’s only 1 winner & that’s the fans! Let’s make the heavyweights great again, fight the best in the division.” But he believes a bout with Joshua would resemble Muhammad Ali’s legendary “Rumble in the Jungle” with George Foreman in Kinshasa in 1974.Fury posted an image of the two all-time great combatants on Instagram, along with the caption: “This is what’s to come!“The old champ coming back to fight a man who every1 thinks will ko me, same as Ali vs Forman the stylish Ali vs the mummy Forman! We all know what happens in this fight!“I know you all got me whooped, but I will not lay down or be afraid of some muscles & I have the mentality of a winner a man who has never lost a fight.”Fury, who is still waiting for a final ruling from UK Anti-Doping on a suspended drugs ban after the hearing was adjourned in July, also laid down the gauntlet to Wilder.ADVERTISEMENT British heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury (C) signs autographs following a press conference to publicise his forthcoming world heavyweight title fight against Ukranian heavyweight Wladimir Klitschko, at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, north-west England on April 27, 2016.Wladimir Klitschko has insisted he was “glad” to have lost his world heavyweight titles to Tyson Fury in December 2015, ahead of a re-match with the British boxer on July 9, 2016. With Klitschko’s loss to Fury, the belts are now spread far and wide, with Fury holding the WBA and WBO titles, fellow Briton Anthony Joshua the IBF champion, and Deontay Wilder of the United States, the World Boxing Council’s heavyweight title. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFFormer world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury wants US President Donald Trump in his corner as he mulls “the biggest fight ever” against reigning IBF and WBA champion Anthony Joshua.Last weekend Joshua, 28, successfully defended his titles against Carlos Takam in Cardiff and either WBO champion Joseph Parker or WBC champion Deontay Wilder appear the most likely next opponents.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View comments
For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ AFP official booed out of forum Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Quarters: 12-9, 27-20, 37-37, 57-52. Read Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Red Lions swept the Pirates in the NCAA Season 93 Finals three months ago.Ateneo banked on the leadership of Ravena, who had 11 points and eight rebounds.The Scores:SAN BEDA 57 — Mocon 21, Tankoua 15, Soberano 6, Cabanag 4, Penuela 4, Abuda 3, Doliguez 2, Ejercito 2, Bahio 0, Ndzana 0, Oftana 0, Presbitero 0, Tongco 0.ATENEO 52 — Ravena 11, Verano 8, Maagdenberg 7, Ma. Nieto 7, Asistio 3, Tio 3, White 3, Go 2, Mallillin 2, Mamuyac 2, Mendoza 2, Mi. Nieto 2, Andrade 0.ADVERTISEMENT Marcelino stars as Lyceum advances to PCCL Finals LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Mocon led the way with 21 points and four rebounds to make up for the absence of Bolick, who sat out due to minor knee issues.“I really commend my players for stepping up in the absence of Robert,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez, who will face the Pirates in the finals. “It’s really a big shoes to fill for us with Robert out.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDonald Tankoua scored eight of his 15 markers, including the go-ahead three-point play with 51.0 seconds remaining to give San Beda a 55-52 lead. The Nigerian also got 13 rebounds and a huge block on Thirdy Ravena in the waning seconds.San Beda will renew its rivalry against Lyceum, which knocked off San Sebastian in the other semifinals duel, on Thursday, still at the Arena in San Juan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIt will be San Beda and Lyceum for all the marbles once again.Sans Robert Bolick, the Red Lions leaned on Javee Mocon to escape Ateneo, 57-52, and advance to the Philippine Collegiate Champions League Finals Monday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving It couldn’t have been an easier passage for the five-time European champions, either, as they coasted to a 0-0 draw against Porto on Tuesday to clinch a 5-0 aggregate win in the last 16.Having scored five goals without reply in a dazzling first-leg display in Portugal three weeks ago, this was always going to be a procession for Liverpool at Anfield — a ground that has been something of a fortress this season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAt times, it felt like the English club was going through the motions, especially since it faces a huge Premier League game against Manchester United in the Premier League on Saturday.No major injuries were sustained — captain Jordan Henderson had strapping applied to his right thigh after the game, but Klopp said it was nothing more than a dead leg — and Liverpool rarely looked like conceding. Liverpool’s Sadio Mane, right, attempts a shot at goal during the Champions League round of 16, second leg, soccer match between Liverpool and FC Porto at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England, Tuesday March 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)LIVERPOOL, England — There’s a familiar name back in the quarterfinals of the Champions League.“It’s time we showed up again,” Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said after his team secured a place in the last eight for the first time in nine years.ADVERTISEMENT Cavs star Love reveals battle with panic attacks Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus MOST READ Now, a member of European soccer’s royalty can look forward to the draw for the quarterfinals on March 16. They return as the competition’s top scorers this season with 28 goals and will be feared by the other qualifiers.“This year, we belong there,” Klopp said, “it should not be a surprise. There will be seven other very good teams — maybe four of them will be from England, which doesn’t make to easier, to be honest. But we have a chance, for sure, to go through to the semifinals.”Porto coach Sergio Conceicao was even more confident about Liverpool’s chances.“Liverpool are definitely one of the teams that can win the competition,” he said. “They are a really strong team, everyone knows that.”Also in the draw for the last 16 will be Real Madrid, which beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 away on Tuesday to clinch a 5-2 aggregate win in the marquee matchup in the round of 16.ADVERTISEMENT Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Cristiano Ronaldo was one of the scorers for Madrid, the Portugal forward netting for the ninth straight game in the Champions League. PSG’s wait to win Europe’s most-prized trophy goes on, despite the hundreds of millions of dollars spent since Qatar Sports Investments bought the French club in 2011.A year ago this week, Barcelona became the first team to overturn a 4-0 first-leg deficit in the Champions League knockout stage when beating PSG 6-1.Porto, the Portuguese league leader, had to go one better but Klopp’s decision to field a strong team rendered that unlikely scenario even more inconceivable. The joint-top scorer in the Premier League — Mo Salah — and world’s most expensive defender — Virgil van Dijk — were on the bench for Liverpool, but most of its other big names played.And it was the hosts who had the better of the chances, with Sadio Mane — the scorer of a hat trick in the first leg — hooking a volley over the bar and then striking a low shot against the post in a low-key first half.Roberto Firmino ran clear but ended up having a shot blocked on the hour, before immediately being taken off by Klopp as Liverpool’s main striker was protected ahead of the United game.Porto pressed late on but to no avail, as it failed to collect a first away win over an English opponent in the Champions League at the 13th attempt. The visitors became the first team to stop Liverpool from scoring in this season’s competition, not that Klopp minded too much.“It feels good, to be honest,” he said. “It’s a long time. I know about it … It’s a good development at Liverpool at the moment. It’s a good moment.” Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
The Commonwealth Games got off to a scintillating opening three days ago but a tight security apparatus, far-away venues and several ticketing issues are still keeping spectators away from the mega sporting event.While empty stadiums are giving sleepless nights to Games organisers, spectators complain that procuring a ticket itself is a big problem and once they get one, reaching the venues offers more challenges.The Organising Committee has set up ticket booths outside venues after the intervention of the Games Federation which was clearly unhappy with the poor attendance at the stadiums.Spectators complain that reaching the venues were a big problem due to traffic restrictions.”One has to walk a long distance in sun, may be three kilometres or more, to reach the venues. You have to park your vehicle some five-seven kilometres away. It is hell reaching a stadium,” said Sushil Das, who went to Yamuna Sports Complex.Another concern of the spectators was the “unnecessary” security restrictions.”It was very hard for me to convince the policemen at the access point that I will not harm anyone with my car keys.They kept saying they cannot allow me inside with car keys.This is ridiculous,” said Ranjan Saxena, who visited the Indira Gandhi stadium.A senior Organising Committee official said security apparatus apparently was turning away spectators from the stadiums.People also complained about long queues at ticket counters and the time taken for giving tickets.”It is not rocket science. One should get a ticket in minutes after the payment is done. Here one has to wait for more than 15 minutes sometimes,” Anjana Shukla, who went to Indira Gandhi stadium, said.advertisementAnother problem was the “high-priced” food at the venues.”We are not allowed to take food. The prices are very high at the venues. Who can afford this?” asked Dipak Gupta, a spectator.However, spectators were more livid at the security arrangements for the event. “Police comes up with new instructions everyday. I have to part with coins when it is not in the list of prohibited items,” said a spectator.In one case, wife of noted writer William Dalrymple claimed that she lost all “barred items” which was kept by police personnel at the R K Khanna Stadium where she had gone to watch tennis match. Delhi Police however said they have not received any such complaints.
It’s cool, says she. No, It’s hot, says he. Rajinikanth and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in The Robot.He can shoot bullets with his finger, kill with a handbag, make mosquitoes apologise, clone himself a hundred times, even seduce the gorgeous Aishwarya Rai Bachchan with the cheesy line, ‘come on, baby, give,It’s cool, says she. No, It’s hot, says he. Rajinikanth and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in The Robot.He can shoot bullets with his finger, kill with a handbag, make mosquitoes apologise, clone himself a hundred times, even seduce the gorgeous Aishwarya Rai Bachchan with the cheesy line, ‘come on, baby, give a beautiful kiss to the king’. So is it surprising that Rajinikanth, 61, has just starred in India’s most expensive film which is also set to become India’s most successful movie?The Maths Of MagicBudget RS 200 crore,including Rs 45 crore to Rajinikanth, Rs 50 crore on promotion and Rs 6 crore to AishwaryaTotal revenue in first two weeks Rs 300 crore, including Rs 88 crore from Tamil theatrical, Rs 50 crore from overseas rights, Rs 23 crore from Hindi rights, Rs 27 crore from Telugu rights, Rs 25 crore from satellite rights, Rs 17 crore from home video, Rs 10 crore from audio rightsTotal number of prints 2,250 across 3,000 screens Three years after his last big hit, the Rs 60-crore, 1,000-print Sivaji: The Boss made Rs 128 crore; two years after the Rs 64-crore Kuselan tanked at the box office making just Rs 8 crore; and a year after his daughter’s ambitious animated film Sultan ran into production and legal troubles, Shankar’s Endhiran: The Robot has created a buzz that will translate into a Rs 300- crore box office gross on Sun Pictures’ publicly listed balance sheet and act as a neat little pre-Diwali gift to Tamil Nadu’s ruling family.With the opening weekend gross alone being Rs 90 crore, he has also proved himself worthy of the tag of being Asia’s second highest paid actor at Rs 45 crore. Whether it is shooting down policemen as the evil robot with the memorable Terminator-like line, ‘Happy Diwali, folks,’ or wooing Aishwarya with copies of A Briefer History of Time and Freakonomics, the hero-of-10-wigs has proved himself irresistible to all psychographics, young and old, MIT alumni and Mylapore maamis, urban sophisticates and rural fanatics.advertisementPart urban legend now with the 99 Rajinikanth jokes (a sample, water boils faster when Rajinikanth stares at it) and part global phenomenon (The Robot has become India’s highest grossing opening weekend film in the US at $2.5 million), he has established that he is The Superstar, with a box office collection surpassing India’s biggest hit so far, 3 Idiots.A superstar who draws fans to the first day, first show of his film at 3 a.m. in Chennai’s Rohini theatre; whose film has had the widest release across 3,000 screens worldwide; whose movie tickets were sold for up to $40 in some US theatres during the opening weekend; and whose releases are greeted with special prayers, milk abhishekams and public tonsuring, Rajinikanth proves that no matter where you are from (a Kannadiga who speaks Marathi) or how you began in life (as a bus conductor), success can be grasped faster than he can utter his “punch” dialogues.With 3,000 screens multiplied by four shows a day, the number of people who watched the film nationwide on the opening day was 15 lakh. For Sun Pictures, who spent Rs 200 crore on production and marketing, it was a trophy project. Sun Network Chairman Kalanithi Maran wanted a Tamil film for the international audience with an “international” standard, says Hansraj Saxena, COO, Sun Pictures. “After Eros’s Ayngaran International pulled out because of the recession and there were no takers for Endhiran, Maran took on the project. He was sure he would get back the money he invested,” says Tamil writer Vaasanthi.Sun’s marketing muscle, enveloping the state in surround sound, helped. Sun Pictures is part of the Sun TV network, which owns a dozen newspapers and magazines, 21 TV channels, 43 FM radio stations and controls 30 per cent of movie theatres in Tamil Nadu. Sun Network channels-Sun TV, K TV and Gemini TV-have been running trailers, its magazines like Kungumam, newspaper Dinakaran and the evening daily Tamil Murasu have done cover stories, and even the film’s five-minute trailer, released in over 20 per cent theatres in Tamil Nadu, ran housefull at Rs 120 a ticket. Everything was to be done bigger and better, whether it was A.R. Rahman’s music, Resul Pookutty’s sound or Stan Winston Studio’s special effects, making it a milestone in Indian cinema.Rajini RageHe doesn’t care for wigs offscreen, doesn’t sell films but presents them to the nation, and is not even a native of Tamil Nadu. But his rise from his first film in 1975, K. Balachanders Apoorva Raagangal, is the stuff of legend.Badsha (1995) Based on the Hindi film Hum, in which he had played a role, it made him a superstar with thousands repeating his dialogue: “If I say it once, I’ve said it a hundred times.”advertisementMuthu (1995) Made him a cult in Japan when it was released as The Dancing Maharaja. It got him a mention in Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s 2006 speech to the Diet. The landmark line? “When I will arrive, or how I will arrive, nobody will know, but I will arrive when I ought to.”Padaiyappa (1999) In his 150th film, he played Sivaji Ganesan’s son, an engineer who returns to his village. The movie earned Rs 20 crore and ran for 100 days. Its music, by A.R. Rahman, was hugely popular. As was the dialogue: “En vazhi? Thani vazhi.” (My way is a unique way).Chandramukhi (2005) The longest running Tamil movie of all time, at 800 days in one theatre, was a remake of the Malayalam hit Manichithrathazhu. It saw him play a psychiatrist who could read minds by following facial expressions. He sported 15 different wigs. Movie made over Rs 55 crore.Sivaji: The Boss (2007) He played a software engineer who returns to clean up the city. He changes the colour of his skin at will, bounces chewing gum around, and dances in front of the Guggenheim Bilbao. He was paid Rs 26 crore. Movie made Rs 128 crore. Public tonsuring, praying, bathing his cutouts with milk, Rajinikanth movies are events.What’s more, the film was smartly pre-sold. The Hindi theatrical rights were sold to Manohar Prasad’s Gemini Film Circuit for Rs 23 crore, Telugu rights to Thota Kanna Rao of Sri Krishna Traders for Rs 27 crore, Kannada and Malayalam for Rs 14 crore, the Tamil overseas rights for Rs 17 crore, the music rights for Rs 10 crore, home video in all languages for Rs 17 crore, and tv rights for Rs 25 crore. The Legend of RajinimanLike Chuck Norris, Rajinikanth has a series of jokes devoted to him on the InternetRajnikanth never sells a movie. He gifts it to the nation.Rajinikanth once kicked a horse in the chin. Its descendants are today called giraffes.Rajinikanth will attain separate statehood in 2013.Rajinikanth never wet his bed as a child. The bed wet itself in fear.Rajinikanth has already been to Mars. Thats why there are no signs of life there.Rajinikanth doesnt breathe. Air hides in his lungs for protection.Rajinikanth puts the laughter in manslaughter.Rajinikanth can speak Braille.Rajinikanth got small pox when he was a child. As a result, small pox is now eradicated.Rajinikanth goes to court and sentences the judge. In Tamil Nadu, Sun Pictures retained the distribution rights, while in Chennai it sold them to a trusted lieutenant of dmk leader M. Karunanidhi, T. Nagar District Secretary J. Anbhazhagan, for Rs 27 crore. With a projected Tamil theatrical box office revenue of Rs 88 crore, the film will make more than a tidy profit. With 3,000 screens multiplied by four shows a day and at least 500 seats per show, the number of people who watched The Robot nationwide on opening day was an astounding 15 lakh. Add to all this Rs 20 crore earned by the Sun Network channels from the movie’s promotional programmes, with ad costs averaging Rs 35,000 for 10 seconds. advertisementThis story is simple enough. It’s the war between man and machine. Rajinikanth is Vazikaran, the Cornell and Stanford trained scientist who creates Chitti, a robot who will replace soldiers, by acting and thinking like a human. But he falls in love with Aishwarya, a medical student named Sana, who is already in love with Vazikaran. Naturally there is an evil Green Goblin kind of scientist, Bohra, played by Danny, who wants to exploit this weakness in Chitti’s silicon heart.The last 40 minutes is a real celebration for Rajini fans, as he struts on screen as Chitti, upgraded version 2.0, enjoying his wickedness, morphing from snake to giant man to enormous tower in one breath, intent on creating a new species, Robo sapiens. Industry sources say around Rs 50 crore was spent on the last 40 minutes and Rs 3 crore was spent for Rajinikanth’s make-up alone. The sets for the climax cost Rs 5 crore. Beats zari borders and San Francisco skylines anytime.For all its lightness of spirit and comic book humour, The Robot is also a triumph of technology. Domes light technology has been used to shoot 3D images of Rajinikanth for the first time to match the skin tone lighting for both the human and the Rs 4.8-crore robot. The camera report for the entire movie runs to around 1,600 pages and 40 per cent of the budget of the film has been spent on special effects.”There are 1,500 CG shots in the film, of which 200 are complicated shots. Twenty-two scenes of the movie have been shot using animatronics and special make-up,” says director Shankar, who last worked with Rajinikanth on Sivaji: The Boss. Everything is in excess. Fifty-seven costumes for Aishwarya and 55 for Rajinikanth were designed by Mary E. Vogt; dance moguls like Prabhu Deva, Raju Sundaram and Lawrence Raghavendra choreographed the five songs; and the locations varied from Vienna to Machu Picchu in Peru.Having raised the bar with The Robot, Rajinikanth will now have to do bigger and better. “After Chandramukhi in 2005, he was a superstar not just for Kollywood but also a top actor for the international audience,” says software professional Simply Sundar, who also runs a fansite devoted to Rajinikanth. The actor’s registered fan base has now crossed two crores, with 50,000 registered fan clubs and 50,000 unregistered.The last 40 minutes, which make it count for the fans, are worth Rs 50 crore. Rajinikanth’s make-up alone cost rs 3 crore. In keeping with the apolitical nature of Endhiran, Rajinikanth has made it clear that politics is not his next act. He may have gone to meet Bal Thackeray during his Mumbai visit, but all he will publicly say about what is next is that he is planning a holiday. So it seems is Sun Pictures. With no direct productions in the pipeline, it intends to acquire distribution rights of the Rs 38-crore Vijay-starrer Kavalan. Topping the man who can divide by zero or drown a fish, as the jokes go, will not be easy.
Maharana PratapsinhIndia’s erstwhile royals may have lost their perks and privileges decades ago but not their pomp and splendour. This was evident last week in Wankaner where the 100th birthday of the erstwhile ruler of the princely state, Maharana Pratapsinh Jhala, was celebrated. Present on the occasion were a number,Maharana PratapsinhIndia’s erstwhile royals may have lost their perks and privileges decades ago but not their pomp and splendour. This was evident last week in Wankaner where the 100th birthday of the erstwhile ruler of the princely state, Maharana Pratapsinh Jhala, was celebrated. Present on the occasion were a number of fellow royals who had come to greet the man who, in his time, used to wear many hats apart from his princely crown. Pratapsinh is a founder member of the Cricket Club of India, the senior-most member of the Bombay Natural History Society and played host to the then viceroy Lord Wellingdon and cricketing legend Ranjitsinh, the Jam Sahib of Nawanagar, after whom the Ranji Trophy is named, apart from Mahatma Gandhi and a host of other royalty and notables.Ranjitvilas PalaceThe memories may have faded but the Ranjit vilas Palace, the abode of the former king was splendid in its grandeur, a fitting backdrop to the centenary celebrations that included an impressive guest list-from Ranjitsinh Gaekwad, the great grandson of Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad of Baroda; Meghraj Jhala of Dhangradhra, the only surviving ruler who actually signed the merger document that paved the way for the integration of the princely state with the Indian Union; Pragmulji of Kutch; Raghurajsinh of Sirohi; Jyotindrasinh of Gondal; and the rulers or princes of Bhavnagar, Dungarpur, Limbdi, Rajkot, Jasdan, Mansa, Sayla, Chuda, Muli, Lathi, Lakhtar, Khijadia and Poshina. It was an occasion that brought back memories of pre-1950 era. The rituals that followed could have made anyone forget that this was the 21st century.The day began with safa-clad Rajput boys from six villages of the Jhala clan led by horse-mounted riders taking out a procession through the streets of Wankaner and bursting crackers. Once the procession reached the palace, Pratapsinh was brought in a chair to the dais where the assembly of maharajas and his former subjects awaited. He was then felicitated by Meghraj who placed the Makwana pagdi, the trademark headgear of the Jhala Rajputs, on his head.advertisementThough the former maharana can barely speak, he spoke to Savshi, his faithful hunter who often accompanied him in the 1940s on big game shoots before he gave up the sport and became an animal lover.Fellow royalities greets Pratapsinh JhalaThe dinner saw royals recalling memorable episodes from the past, including those involving Gandhi whose father was the Diwan of Wankaner from 1878 to 1880. It was under Gandhi’s advice that Wankaner state declared free education for Harijans. Observed Pratapsinh, “As I complete a century today, I lament the ruination of the environment and fall of values. In princely times the economic progress you see today might not have been there but there was respect for nature and human values.”Like its occupant, the Ranjitvilas Palace, perched a top a hill overlooking Wankaner city, also completes a century of its construction. The palace has been converted into a heritage hotel by the royal family and is run by his son Digvijaysinh. The father and son now occupy only a section of the grand building. Incidentally, the foundation of the palace was laid in 1907 by Ranjitsinh, who was Pratapsinh’s guardian in England while he was studying law at Oxford.In fact, Ranjitsingh’s association with Wankaner is just as solid as the palace. When his ascension to the throne was in jeopardy due to palace intrigues, he was forced to scout for support amongst fellow royals, which he got in ample measure from Pratapsinh’s father Amarsinh.The celebrations over, the grand old man of Indian royalty slipped back into his simple life with only the splendid sandstone palace as a reminder of his days of power and glory.
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