From Mullum Malarum to Johnny Top 5 evergreen movies of J Mahendran

first_imgJ Mahendran in TheriVeteran Tamil actor-director J Mahendran passed away on April 02, 2019. Mahendran has been undergoing treatment of age-related illness in a Chennai hospital since March 27. The news of Mahendran’s death has been confirmed by his son John.Even though Mahendran started his career as a story writer, he later forayed into direction, and during the last stages of his career, he established himself as a character actor too. As the entire Kollywood is mourning the death of the legendary filmmaker, International Business Times, India presents you the list of five evergreen Mahendran movies which you should not miss.Mullum Malarum’Mullum Malarum’ directed by Mahendran was released in 1978 on the auspicious Independence Day. The film starred Rajinikanth in the lead role, and this movie’s box-office success played a crucial role in elevating the Superstar’s stardom which was at that time in its early phase. In the movie, Rajinikanth played the role of Kaali, a winch operator at a village power plant and this spectacular performance garnered him appreciation from all corners.During those times, J Mahendran was a mentor figure to Rajinikanth, and in many interviews, the actor has made it clear that he is very much obliged to Mahendran for shaping his career.UthiripookkalJ Mahendran’s ‘Uthiripookkal’ is considered a landmark in the history of Tamil cinema. With newcomers like Vijayan, Ashwini, Madhumalini, Charuhasan, Master Haja Sheriff and Baby Anju in the lead roles, J Mahendran crafted a heart-touching flick that still lives in the minds of Tamil movie lovers.For ‘Uthiripookkal’, J Mahendran won the best director (Tamil) honour in Filmfare awards. In 2013, IBN included ‘Uthiripookkal’ in the list of 100 greatest Indian films of all time.Nenjathai Killathe’Nenjathai Killathe’ is a critically acclaimed movie directed by J Mahendran, and it was released in 1980. The film starred Suhasini, Sarath Babu, Mohan and Pratap K. Pothen in prominent roles. The film won three awards each at the 28th National Film Awards and Tamil Nadu State Film Awards in 1981. As the film became a huge hit at the box-office, it was dubbed and released in Telugu as Mouna Geetham.JohnnyJ Mahendran made ‘Johnny’ with Rajinikanth in 1980. The film featured Rajinikanth in dual roles, and it also had Sridevi playing another prominent role. Ilayaraja’s scores in this film are still considered evergreen and are very much demanded in Tamil music channels and radio.Upon its release, the film emerged as a critical and commercial success, and audiences praised Rajinikanth and Sridevi for their fantabulous performances.Theri and Petta’Theri’ directed by Atlee and ‘Petta’ directed by Karthick Subbaraj featured J Mahendran playing strong character roles. Even though J Mahendran started acting in the final stages of his career, he proclaimed that he is a wonderful performer both on and off screen.In ‘Theri’, J Mahendran played the role of Vanamaamalai, a labour minister with grey shades. However, in ‘Petta’, Mahendran played a positive role, that of Rajapandi, a character that gets killed by his own son.last_img read more

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5 injured as gunfire shot on JaPa rally

first_img.At least five people sustained bullet injuries as miscreants opened fire on a campaign of Jatiya Party candidate from Chattogram-16 at Chambal in Bashkhali upazila on Friday evening.The rally of JaPa candidate Mahmudul Islam Chowdhury came under the attack in the evening, said Md Kamal Hossain, officer-in-charge of Bashkhali police station.Afruzul Haque Tutul, additional police superintendent (South) of Chattogram, said Mahmudul’s supporters protested the attack by blocking Bashkhali-Chattogram road and disconnecting electricity supply in Bailchhari.The JaPa activists alleged that the supporters of Awami League MP and the party nominated candidate of the constituency Mostafizur Rahman carried out the gun attack.Meanwhile, police brought the situation under control around 9 pm, said Afruzul Haque.Police were conducting operation to arrest the attackers, he added.last_img read more

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As More Texas Women Seek SecondTrimester Abortions State Bans Most Common Type

first_imgMartin Do Nascimento/KUTPlanned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive Rights are suing over Texas’ new ban on dilation and extraction abortions.The state’s new ban on dilation and evacuation (D&E) abortion procedures leaves doctors and patients with few options, says one of the state’s few full-time abortion providers.“We know that about 95 percent of abortions in the second trimester are performed using the D&E procedures,” Dr. Bhavik Kumar with Whole Woman’s Health says. “So, the alternatives are not really real alternatives.”State lawmakers outlawed D&Es during the regular legislative session. Two weeks ago, abortion providers filed a lawsuit – landing the state back in court over an abortion restriction.“Ultimately what this is doing is really restricting us to options that are less safe and options that a lot of doctors aren’t trained in,” Kumar says.He says all the second-trimester abortions he performs are done using D&Es. The ban, which hasn’t been enforced yet, will leave his patients in a tough spot.“Obviously, it would be a conversation that I would need to have with my patients,” he says. “We’d have to assess what the options are, be real about what we know and don’t know, and help my patients make the best decisions for them.”Another concern for Kumar is what this means for him as a medical provider, having to perform less common and safe procedures.“It would be difficult to practice substandard medicine out of fear from persecution from the state,” he says.Kumar says if the ban goes into effect there could be a spike in medical complications.The ban comes as women in Texas are having more second-trimester abortions.“What we know in terms of second-trimester abortions in Texas is that there was a big jump … in procedures between 2013 and 2014,” says Dr. Daniel Grossman, an investigator with the Texas Policy Evaluation Project.He says there was a roughly 27 percent increase in second-trimester abortions in 2014. That was the first full year House Bill 2 was in effect. The Supreme Court struck down parts of the sweeping abortion bill last year.When the law went into effect, though, many abortion providers were forced to close in Texas.Grossman says it’s hard to prove a causal link, but the women he spoke to about the clinic closures did provide some insight.“We heard from them about how it took time to even find which clinics were open,” he says. “It took time to get money together to pay for transportation, to find someone who could drive them, to get time off from work, to arrange childcare. And all of those things ended up creating delays. And some women then were pushed even into the second trimester.”Grossman says wait times at the clinics that were still open also got longer. In some cases, he says, wait times were weeks long, which could also push a woman into a second-trimester abortion.The number of second trimester abortions aren’t steadily climbing anymore, but Grossman says the numbers have stayed pretty high.The ban has been a longtime priority for anti-abortion groups in Texas who say the method of abortion is gruesome. Courts have overturned similar attempts by other states to outlaw D&Es. Sharelast_img read more

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