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Inside Forbes India’s first-ever South celebrity special edition; Nayanthara, Dulquer Salmaan, Yash

Inside Forbes India’s first-ever South celebrity special edition



Inside Forbes India's first-ever South celebrity special edition; Nayanthara, Dulquer Salmaan, Yash

This time in our annual edition focusing on the movies and its superstars, instead of focussing squarely on Bollywood, we have narrowed the spotlight down to four industries in South India—Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada—for a couple of reasons. Read on, and subscribe to Forbes India to get early access to our inaugural South celebrity special issue

arlier this year, in his column for Forbes India on the future of the entertainment industry in 2021, Siddharth Roy Kapur, founder of Roy Kapur Films, made an interesting observation. He said that in the wake of the first Covid-19 wave in the country, Hindi films being screened in theatres in the first quarter of 2021 saw a tepid response, with single-digit occupancies of 5 to 7 percent, going up to 30 percent in rare cases. There was just one exception to the rule: Southern states, where occupancies varied between 30 and 100 percent.

Tamil film Master, starring Vijay, ran to packed houses even in movie theatres despite after arriving on an OTT platform. Telugu film Uppena did good business, while Kannada film Roberrt raked in nearly Rs 60 crore on its four-day opening weekend alone, Roy Kapur said. “Film industries in the South have managed to instill a confidence that had begun to wane in producers and filmmakers alike,” he wrote.

Even along the way this year, as theatres in Maharashtra remained shut for longer and Covid-19 related curbs affected Hindi-speaking markets, big-budget films in the Hindi film industry started deferring release dates. Examples include Rohit Shetty directorial Sooryavanshi, starring Akshay Kumar, Ranveer Singh, Ajay Devgan and Katrina Kaif; and 83, a film on the Indian cricket team’s historic 1983 World Cup victory, headlined by Ranveer Singh and directed by Kabir Khan. In contrast, the Telugu industry, which is the second biggest industry in India after Hindi in terms of number of film releases every year, saw as many as 125 theatrical releases so far in 2021 despite the pandemic, according to an October 7 report in The Hindu.

One of our columnists in this edition, entertainment industry tracker Sreedhar Pillai, points out that South India has among the highest theatre-going audiences in the country. While that might seem to have limited significance in the emergence of the OTT era, the strong-rooted fan bases that South-Indian film industries enjoy in their respective regions, has kept the spirit of and excitement for cinema alive, both on the big screen whenever possible, and in OTT.

When it comes to OTT, our other columnist, filmmaker Anjali Menon, says that the South, particularly the Malayalam film industry, has had a much quicker response to the pandemic compared to other industries including Hindi. This ranges from adapting to different ways of filmmaking given restrictions, to coming up with experimental, interesting ‘Covid-cognisant’ narratives.

Industries in the South have shined over OTT this year too, with big budget or superstar-led releases like Soorarai Pottru starring Suriya in Tamil, Tuck Jagadish with Nani in Telugu, Malayalam film Drishyam 2 starring Mohanlal or Fahadh Faasil’s brilliant back-to-back roster of direct-to-digital Malayalam releases like Joji, Malik, and Irul. This has bolstered the march, which had already started, of films in Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada appealing to a pan-Indian audience by transcending geographical boundaries.

This year’s three-cover celebrity edition of Forbes India, therefore, attempts to capture and represent the four vibrant South-Indian language industries, with a mix of actor and filmmaker profiles and interviews, along with extensively reported stories on how films and shows from the South have captured the attention [and money] of OTT platforms, and how the ‘non-Hindi-English’ social media influencers from the South are scripting their success stories. We also have a list of Top 30 most influential Instagram stars from South India, curated exclusively for Forbes India by Social Samosa and Qoruz. No prizes for guessing which industry dominates the influence index, but, overall, it is an interesting mix of young and veteran stars.

Our covers feature actors who have attained popularity across regions and languages, and have projects, both recent and in the pipeline, that will strengthen their pan-India appeal. The first of our three cover stories decodes the enduring superstardom and longevity of actor-producer Nayanthara across the male-dominated Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam film industries. As an actor who is known to draw in people to the movies largely on her name, her popularity across languages and regions remains uninterrupted, if not growing stronger. For the second cover article, we talk to actor Dulquer Salmaan on reasons for his tepid OTT presence compared to his peers in the Malayalam industry since the pandemic, and why that is no way an indication of him slowing down his drive to become a bankable pan-India presence in the movies. The third cover story, finally, is about the fascinating journey of actor Yash—how he ran away from his hometown in Mysuru to make it big in the Kannada film industry in Bengaluru, and went on to achieve national popularity to a level that has made the second installment of his film, KGF: Chapter 2, one of the most awaited theatrical releases of 2022.

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Madhuri Dixit Nene’s Homemade Haircare Tips

Madhuri Dixit Nene’s Homemade Haircare Tips



When it comes to skincare or hair issues, Madhuri Dixit Nene knows what to do.
She regularly updates her Instagram and Youtube channels, sharing insights into her hair care, skincare, and more. And today we are going to explore Madhuri Dixit Nene’s Homemade Hair Mask.
In order to re-vitalise her radiance and healthy locks, the timeless beauty swears by pantry staples. Her Instagram account is full of easy packs or concoctions that will get your hair bouncy, from DIY hair masks to quick hair oil.
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“Drink enough water in the day and have a healthy lifestyle, I think that will contribute a lot for healthy hair”, states the actor in her video posted on Instagram.

It is important to nourish our hair in the same manner we consume food. When applied, hair products penetrate the scalp and, most often, the hair shaft. Natural products that are calm on the hair and not harsh are ideal for strengthening our hair follicles and enhancing hair growth.

Step 1: Heat the oil slightly and add the methi seeds.

Step 2: Once it starts spluttering a bit, add the grated onion.

Step 3: Now let it boil for a few minutes and remove from the heat.

Step 4: Apply to your scalp and hair once every 3-4 days.

It is well known that coconut oil protects our hair from damage and breakage caused by environmental factors, curry leaves are anti-oxidants and provide moisture to your hair, methi seeds are excellent for treating scalp irritation, dandruff, and hair loss, and onion can effectively reduce hair loss.

Madhuri Dixit Nene’s Homemade Hair Mask

Ingredients: 1 ripe banana, 2 tablespoons of yoghurt and 1 teaspoon of honey


Step 1: Combine all ingredients and whisk well.

Step 2: Apply the mask thoroughly to your mane.

Step 3: Make sure you wear a shower cap to prevent leaks and mess.

Step 4: After allowing it to rest for 30-40 minutes, rinse off with water and follow the same hair care routine without conditioning.

This concoction can help make your hair smooth and frizz-free. Especially in cases of dandruff, yogurt works well for all hair types.

Honey has emollient properties and humectant properties that provide moisture to the hair follicles. In addition to restoring shine and luster to frizzy, dry, curly, or dull hair, banana for hair helps nourish, soften, and condition it deeply. In addition to being rich in potassium and silica, they are a superfood for your hair.

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Viral `wink girl` Priya Prakash Varrier turns mermaid in blue bikini in Thailand

Priya, who is an avid social media user, has dropped some jaw-dropping photos on Instagram. The stunning photos show her enjoying picturesque beauty of Thailand.



South actress and model Priya Prakash Varrier became an overnight sensation in 2019 after her deadly wink in the film ‘Oru Aadar Love’ became viral and made her one of the most searched figures on the internet. In the latest, the actress has been making all the headlines for her breathtaking photoshoots.

Priya, who is an avid social media user, has dropped some jaw-dropping photos on Instagram. The stunning photos show her enjoying the picturesque beauty of Thailand. The 22-year-old is also slaying the bikini look as she is seen posing while sitting on a boat. 

Here are her latest bikini looks from Thailand:

Priya can be seen donning a light blue bralette and a pair of black shorts. She is seen striking a candid pose and flashing a subtle smile.

The pictures made the fans gush in the excitement of Priya’s stunning avatar. They took to her comment section to shower oodles of praise on her. 

“Jal pari” 
“Queen, love you a lot” 
“Super baby”
“Looking damn hot in bikini”

On the work front, Priya was last seen in the film Ishq where she was cast opposite Teja Sajja. 

She has an exciting lineup ahead with filmmaker Ranjith Sankar’s directorial ‘4 years’. She has been roped into essay the female lead character Gayathri in the movie. The cinematography of ‘4 years’ is being handled by Madhu Neelakandan, and Shankar Sharma is providing the tunes for the flick. Meanwhile, the sound design will be performed by Tapas Nayak.

In the meantime, Priya Prakash Varrier will also be making her Hindi feature debut with ‘Love Hackers’. She will be seen as a teenager who escapes a cyberattack in the upcoming crime thriller which is inspired by true events. 

In the meantime, Priya Prakash Varrier will also be making her Hindi feature debut with ‘Love Hackers’. She will be seen as a teenager who escapes a cyberattack in the upcoming crime thriller which is inspired by true events. 

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Nayanthara and Vignesh Shivan welcome twin boys

Vignesh Shivan took to Twitter on Sunday evening to announce the arrival of his twin boys.



Four months after a dreamy wedding, actor Nayanthara and filmmaker Vignesh Shivan have welcomed twin boys. Vignesh announced the news on social media and posted adorable pictures where the duo is seen kissing the feet of their twins.

An excited Vignesh captioned the photos, “Nayan & Me have become Amma & Appa ❤️We are blessed with Twin Baby Boys❤️❤️ All Our prayers,our ancestors’ blessings combined wit all the good manifestations made, have come 2gethr in the form Of 2 blessed babies for us❤️😇 Need all ur blessings for our Uyir😇 & Ulagam😇 Life looks brighter & more beautiful 😍 God is double great 🥰❤️☺️😇😍😍😌😌😌😌.”

After dating each other for a few years, Nayanthara and Vignesh Shivan finally tied the knot on June 9 in a resort in Mahabalipuram.

The couple fell in love while they were shooting the film Naanum Rowdy Dhan. Two years later, they made an appearance together as a couple at an award function in Singapore.

In 2021, Nayanthara appeared on Vijay Television to promote her film where she spoke about her secret engagement. She said, “It was my engagement ring. We are private people so we didn’t want to have a grand ceremony. When we decide to get married, we will definitely inform our fans. Our engagement happened in the presence of our immediate family members.”

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