Mahesh Babu’s Maharishi, Rakul Preet as Sridevi, Karunanidhi passes away – Meet the top 5 newsmakers of South this week

South has been really busy this week. While at one hand fans celebrated Mahesh Babu’s birthday, DMK Chief M Karunanidhi’s death left everyone grief-stricken. Both these events drove the news cycle this week in South. But they weren’t the only ones who were most talked about this week. There were also others and here’s a quick recap of the same.

Mahesh Babu’s Maharishi

It’s customary for the film industries down South to release something about the film a superstar is doing on his/her birthday. It gets the response the makers desire and when it is Mahesh Babu, you can only imagine the impact. His daughters Aadya and Sitara revealed the logo of the film which was previously named SSMB25. This is Mahesh Babu’s 25th flick. Now, on his birthday today, the name and first poster of the film was launched. The film is called Maharishi with Rishi being the actor himself. Vamsi Paidipally has directed the film which was mostly shot in Dehradun. Pooja Hegde stars opposite Mahesh Babu and it is rumoured to be a concept on Satya Narayana Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft. (Also read: First Look Out! Meet Mahesh Babu aka Rishi from Maharishi on his birthday – view pic)

Rakul Preet as Sridevi

Rakul Preet has been signed to play late Sridevi in the NTR biopic. Mid Day quoted a source, “Even though it is a small part in the biopic, Rakul is keen to play Sridevi. The makers have been in talks with her for long. Although Rakul has agreed to do the film in principle, she first needs to inform the producers of her other movies about this development. She will have to reshuffle her dates to accommodate the biopic before she can make a formal announcement about it.” Well small or big, it would be interesting to see Rakul Preet as Sridevi.

Karunanidhi passes away at 94

Gloom fell over the nation when on August 7, DMK Chief M Karunanidhi left for heavenly abode. Everyone from Amitabh Bachchan to Kamal Haasan mourned the loss deeply. Many film shoots and title announcements of films were postponed as a mark of respect. Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth, Ajith and others even attended the legendary politician’s funeral.

Nagarjuna Nani DevaDas poster out!

The makers of DevaDas revealed the first poster of the film starring Nagarjuna and Nani where both of them sloshed. Nani even reminisced the time when he watched Nagarjuna’s films at the theatre. He posted on Twitter, “1996 – Ninne pelladtha .. Nag sir on screen .. me in the queue outside Devi 70MM 2018 – DevaDas – we both on the First Look .. drunk and sloshed #DevaDas #DDFirstLook This is going to be fun.” Well, the poster indeed looks fun. Now the wait is for the trailer which will be out soon.

Ajay Devgn to make his Tamil debut with Kamal Haasan’s Indian 2?

Guess the fact that Akshay Kumar had no qualms working opposite Rajinikanth in 2.0, more A-list Bollywood actors are keen on doing South films. There are reports that Ajay Devgn will be part of Kamal Haasan’s Indian 2. During an interview with a leading lady when Kamal was asked about the same, he replied, “That’s what I have been told. Ultimately, it is the director’s call.” So this could be happening guys!