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News Roundup: Pathaan Announcement, Ponniyin Selvan Release & BFI Flare 2022

Yash Raj Films OFFICIALLY Announce Pathaan 

Production giants Yash Raj Films officially declare their next major venture Pathaaan will release on Republic Day (January) 2023 release marking the company’s 50-year celebrations. The date announcement video teases a glimpse of Shah Rukh Khan in the titular avatar as co-stars Deepika Padukone and John Abraham give a sneak peek into the role. The clip opens with the Indian flag flying high in mountainous terrain, with Abraham standing next to a bike. The action-thriller is helmed by War‘s Siddharth Anand and marks Khan’s comeback after a 5-year hiatus. It releases in the Hindi, Tamil and Telugu languages.

Ponniyin Selvan: I Secures Release Date

Mani Ratnam’s magnum-opus Ponniyin Selvan finally sees the light of day as it secures a September 30 2022 release date. First looks posters of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as Nandini, Vikram as Aditya Karikalan, Jayam Ravi as Arulmozhi Varman, Karthi as Vandhiyathevan and Trisha as Kundavai are revealed. Ponniyin Selvan is based on the Tamil novel of the same name, penned by Kalki Krishnamoorthy. It narrates the story of Arulmozhi Varman and the Chola dynasty. Amid political turmoil, the film will show how the Chola dynasty emerged as the most powerful empire. AR Rahman returns to Ratnam’s creation as the composer. The screenplay is written by Mani Ratnam, Elango Kumaravel and B Jeyamohan. Lyca Productions and Madras Talkies jointly produce.

BFI Flare 2022 Programme Revealed

The inaugural BFI Flare: London LGBTQIA+ Film Festival announces its 2022 industry programme. It opens on 16 March this year with the UK premiere of Alli Haapasalo’s coming-of-age drama, Girl Picture. The world premiere of Kevin Hegge’s feature documentary TRAMPS! will conclude the fest on 26 March. This year’s festival will take place in person after it took place virtually in 2021 due to COVID-19. The industry programme will include events covering topics such as authentic authorship in filmmaking, past and present censorship in LGBTQIA+ cinema and queer interdisciplinary storytelling.

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