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‘Visaaranai’ left everybody mentally, physically drained: Vetrimaaran

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Mumbai: Filmmaker Vetrimaaran says the experience of working on his latest Tamil directorial “Visaaranai” was mentally and physically draining for all his actors and himself too.

The film, which is about police brutality, had its Asian premiere at the ongoing 17th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival on Sunday.

“My actors went through a lot of pain. Although we used fiber batons for the beating sequences, the actors were really beaten. It left them both physically as well as mentally drained,” Vetrimaaran told.

The film features Dinesh, Murugadoss and Samuthirakani in lead roles.

“There were instances where Dinesh’s skin would break open but he’d still continue shooting. He wanted everything to look authentic as possible. I don’t think any other actor would’ve been as accommodating as him for this project,” he said.

It wasn’t easy for the actors who played the policemen too.

“For those who played the police officials, it was hard to erase the images of pain and violence from their heads. All of us had to undergo counselling sessions to let go of everything and return to our normal self,” he added.

The film earned critical acclaim earlier this year when it had its world premiere at Venice International Film Festival.

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Akshay Kumar’s ‘Gold’ to release in China on Dec 13

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Mumbai: Superstar Akshay Kumar-starrer sports drama “Gold” is slated to release in China on December 13.

Announcing the news, Akshay on Wednesday took to Twitter and wrote: “‘GOLD’ releasing in China on 13th December, 2019!”

Directed by Reema Kagti, “Gold” released last year on August 15. The film traces the golden era of Indian hockey through the journey of Tapan Das, a young assistant manager who dreamt of playing for an independent nation.

The film also stars Mouni Roy, Amit Sadh, Kunal Kapoor and Sunny Kaushal.

Also, “Gold” was released in Saudi Arabia last year and according to Akshay Kumar, it’s the first Hindi film to release there.

“The story of India’s first Gold medal victory for the first time in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Happy to share, ‘Gold’ is the first ever Bollywood movie to release in the Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia,” Akshay had tweeted.

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