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Celebrated Vietnam Colony Director Siddique Passes Away

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Prominent Malayalam filmmaker and screenwriter, Siddique Ismail, has passed away at the age of 63. He was widely recognized for his contributions to cinema, with notable works including “Friends” (2001), “Engal Anna” (2004), “Sadhu Miranda” (2008), “Kaalavan” (2011), and “Bhaskar Oru Rascal” (2018). His final directorial project was the 2020 action thriller “Big Brother,” featuring acclaimed actors Mohanlal, Arbaaz Khan, Anoop Menon, and Honey Rose.

Siddique embarked on his directorial journey alongside Lal as the dynamic ‘Siddique-Lal’ duo. They introduced themselves to the industry with the timeless comedy “Ramji Rao Speaking” (1989), a venture-backed by Fazil. This marked the beginning of a string of remarkable successes in the history of Malayalam cinema, including iconic titles such as “In Harihar Nagar” (1990), “Godfather” (1991), “Vietnam Colony” (1992), “Kabooliwala” (1993), and “Hitler” (1996).

Born on August 1, 1960, in Kochi to Ismail Haji and Zainaba, Siddique Ismail attended St. Paul’s College in Kalamassery. He entered into wedlock with Sajitha on May 6, 1984, and the couple was blessed with three daughters: Sumaya, Sara, and Sukoon. Siddique commenced his professional journey as an assistant director under the guidance of Fazil. The collaborative efforts of Siddique and Lal caught Fazil’s attention during their performances with the Cochin Kalabhavan troupe. Although the Siddique-Lal partnership eventually dissolved, Siddique continued to pave his way in directing, while Lal transitioned into acting and production.

Siddique’s filmography predominantly centers around the comedy genre, and many of his Tamil works were adaptations of his own Malayalam creations. His contributions have left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment.

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Alencier’s Remarks on Kerala State Film Award Statuette Spark Gender Row

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At the 53rd Kerala State Film Awards ceremony, actor Alencier Le Lopez received the Special Jury Award for his performance in the film Appan. In his acceptance speech made before Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan, he made a number of controversial remarks about the award statuette, which is a stylized figure of a woman.

Alencier said that he was insulted by the statuette and that he expected an award statuette with a male figure. He also said that the female figure was “luring” him and that he was planning to head home after taking the award because the statuette was too heavy.

Alencier also criticized the prize money for the Special Jury Award, which is Rs. 25,000. He said that it was an insult to give him such a small amount of money, and that he deserved more. He also said that he was requesting Gautam Ghosh, the head of the jury, to look into the matter.

Alencier’s remarks have been met with widespread criticism. Many people have accused him of sexism and misogyny. Some have also said that his remarks were disrespectful to the women who have won the award in the past.

Speaking to media on Friday, Alencier refused to apologize for his remarks and said he had said nothing wrong. He also slammed Indira Gandhi for imposing Emergency. Alencier’s remarks are in line with a long history of sexism and misogyny in the Malayalam film industry. The Kerala State Film Awards have been criticized in the past for their lack of gender parity. Alencier’s remarks are a reminder of the need for greater awareness of gender issues in the Malayalam film industry.

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Shah Rukh Khan Undergoes Surgery in the US

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Reports suggest that Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan encountered an accident while filming one of his projects in Los Angeles. It is said that during the mishap, Khan injured his nose and subsequently underwent a minor surgical procedure to address the bleeding.

According to a source quoted by ETimes, Khan was shooting in Los Angeles when he accidentally hurt his nose, resulting in bleeding. He was promptly taken to a nearby hospital for immediate medical attention. The doctors assured Khan’s team that there was no cause for concern, but a minor surgery was necessary to halt the bleeding. Following the operation, Khan was seen with a bandage on his nose. Currently, he has returned to his home in India to recover.

No official statement has been released by the actor or his team regarding the incident.

Earlier this year, Shah Rukh Khan made a remarkable comeback to the silver screen with Sidharth Anand’s film “Pathaan.” Starring Khan, Deepika Padukone, and John Abraham, the movie was released on January 25 and surpassed the impressive milestone of earning over Rs 1,000 crore at the global box office. Expressing gratitude for the film’s worldwide success, Khan thanked the audience for revitalizing the cinema industry.

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Income Tax Raids on Popular Kerala YouTubers including Actress Pearle Maaney

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A surprise inspection was carried out by the Income Tax department at the residences and offices of prominent YouTubers in Kerala. Among those targeted were popular figures such as actor Pearle Maaney, Sebin, and Saju Muhammed, with income tax officials conducting the raids on Thursday morning.

According to reports, IT raids were carried out in the houses and offices of Unboxing Dude, Fishing Freak, M4Tech, Akhil NRD, Arju, Jayaraj G Nath (Popular tech Youtuber), Castro Gaming, and Raister.

The action by the Income Tax department was prompted by complaints of tax evasion against these YouTubers. According to estimates, these content creators in the state earn annual revenues ranging from Rs 1 crore to Rs 2 crore per year through the video platform.

Recognizing the earnings of YouTubers, the government has included them in the GST regime. The applicable tax rate for YouTube ad revenues is 18%, comprising 9% CGST (Central Goods and Services Tax) and 9% SGST (State Goods and Services Tax).

Under the new regulations, content creators are required to obtain GST registration and file regular returns to declare their ad revenues and pay the corresponding GST. However, it has been reported that many content creators are disregarding these existing laws.

That being said, social media is abuzz with trolls that these Youtubers will convert these raids into hot content to earn more subscribers and views.

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