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Thilagar

Thilagar is a 2015 Tamil-language action-drama film written and directed by Perumal Pillai. The film stars Kishore and Dhruvva in the lead roles while Mrudhula Bhaskar, Anumol and'Poo' Ram among others form an ensemble cast. Music for the film was composed by Kannan, the film opened to mixed reviews in March 2015. Kishore as Bose Pandian Dhruvva as Thilagar Mrudhula Bhaskar Anumol'Poo' Ram as Ukkirapandi Rajesh K. Narayanan Sujatha Master Neetu Chandra as item number "Bim Bam Bim" Perumal Pillai revealed that the film was based on a real-life incident from the 1990s, which revolved around two opposition clans in South Tamil Nadu; the film was predominantly shot around Tirunelveli, while the team managed to feature a Dussehra festival live in Thiruchendur, as a part of the script. Dhruvva, a debutant actor from the USA, was cast in the title role of the film, while Mrudhula Bhaskar was signed on as the female lead. In preparation for her role, she researched her character by looking up similar roles played by actress Sripriya.

An item number featuring Neetu Chandra was shot at Binny Mills to increase the film's commercial viability. The film held a press meet for the launch of its trailer and soundtrack in September 2014. During the launch, director Ameer criticised the makers of the film for adopting the title Thilagar for an action film, stating it instead should have been used for a biopic of Bal Gangadhar Tilak. In return, Perumal Pillai expressed his disappointment at Ameer's remark and retorted that Ameer's Raam had no link to the Ramayana; the soundtrack was composed by Kannan. The film opened in March 2015 to mixed reviews, with a critic from Sify.com stating "what prevent Thilagar from being a classic is the unwanted romantic track, loud melodrama and abrupt ending", giving it an "average" verdict. Behindwoods.com gave the film a middling review, adding "overall, Thilagar is a seen before, heard before story, supported by good performances from Kishore and Dhruwa". The Hindu noted that the film had a "lot of gun powder, but no explosion".

Despite garnering average reviews, the film went unnoticed and performed poorly at the box office

Eistnaflug

Eistnaflug is an indoor metal festival that has taken place in Iceland, annually on the second weekend of July each year since its inception, 27 August 2005. The festival began as a one-day party for a few Icelandic bands and their friends to attend. Back all of the visitors and bands fit into a 50 person bus; the festival has since grown into a four-day festival where metal, punk and indie bands share the stage. In 2017 the number of attendees was more with 2000-2500 rockers enjoying music on the edge of the world; as the festival continued over the years it attracted a wide variety of not only metal and rock fans but fans of genre-bending music. In 2019 the festival remains four days but will go back to its roots, being held in a more intimate setting at Neskaupstaður's Egilsbúð facility; the line up consists of 30-40 bands, most of which are Icelandic. Some non-Icelandic bands that have performed at the festival are At The Gates, Napalm Death, Secrets of The Moon, The Monolith Deathcult and Cephalic Carnage.

A few domestic bands that have performed at the festival include Auðn, Saktmóðigur, Legend, Skálmöld, Sólstafir, The Vintage Caravan and many more. Musically, Eistnaflug is a remarkable melting pot, with a few selected, prime acts from abroad stacking up against a massive selection of all the great things the Icelandic music scene has to offer every year. There are no boundaries – from indie rock to hardcore to black metal, everything that’s good is accepted and embraced at Eistnaflug. Eistnaflug's home, Neskaupstaður, Iceland, is a quaint little town located on the Norðfjörður fjord in the municipality of Fjarðabyggð on the eastern coast of Iceland, 700 km away from Reykjavík. Bannað að vera fáviti! is Eistnaflug's motto and they mean it. Eistnaflug is proud that the people of Neskaupstaður welcomes Eistnaflug each year and that there has never been any negative incidents with the festival guests. Behemoth Carcass Enslaved Inquisition Kvelertak Rotting Christ Amorphis Belphegor Immolation Marduk Melechesh Meshuggah Opeth Akercocke Anaal Nathrakh Atari Teenage Riot Bloodbath The Dillinger Escape Plan Max & Igor Cavalera Return To Roots Neurosis Purturbator Anathema Batuska Gus Gus Hatesphere Kreator Perturbator Tyr Watain Hate Graveyard Primordial Official website