Reports are that Mohan Das Pai of Dheeraj Enterprises has bagged the remake rights and has set the ball rolling for the remake.
  • Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 20:33
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The Kannada film Mathe Udbhava, which is yet to hit the marquee, is all set to be remade in Tamil and Telugu. And, the film’s remake rights have been sold even before its release; thanks to its strong content. Reports are that Mohan Das Pai of Dheeraj Enterprises has bagged the remake rights and has set the ball rolling for the remake. The project is still in the initial stages with the filmmakers roping in the star cast and crew. The remake will be made to suit the sensibilities of the Tamil and Telugu audiences. 

Mathe Udbhava, starring Pramod and Milana Nagaraj, was directed by Koldlu Ramakrishna. It is the sequel to the hit Kannada movie Udbhava and unlike most other sequels, the story will begin at the point where the first part ended. On this, the director has said in an interview to the New Indian Express, “Going by what today’s generation looks out for, I have diverted the subject from a class project to a mass one, and I will bring in episodes that are close to real-life in this commercial subject.” The director added that he had been looking for a suitable production house to make the sequel and eventually Panther Creations came forward.

In the sequel, Ranghayana Raghu will be playing the role done by Anant Nag in Udbhava. The film, which is bankrolled under the banner Panther Creations, is in the post-production mode and its release is expected to be within a couple of weeks.

Udbhava, released in 1990, starred Balkrishna and Anant Nag in the lead roles with Ashwath and Sundar Raj in pivotal roles. The film was about Raganna, a jobless man, his nagging wife and two sons.

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The film, which is directed by Ranjeet Kamala Sankar and Salil V, is being produced by Jiss Toms Movies.
  • Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 19:57
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It was revealed a few weeks ago that Manju Warrier and Sunny Wayne will be teaming up for a film. Now we have the update that this film officially went on the floors in Thiruvananthapuram with the Kerala Cultural Affairs Minister AK Balan gracing the event as its chief guest.

Touted to be a horror thriller, the film is scripted by Anil Kumar and Abhaya Kumar. Besides Manju Wariier and Sunny Wayne, the film will also have Alencier Ley Lopez in a major role. The film, which is directed by Ranjeet Kamala Sankar and Salil V, is being produced by Jiss Toms Movies.

Manju Warrier’s next film to hit the marquee will be Prathi Poovankozhi, which is slated for release on December 20. Prathi Poovankozhi, directed by Roshan Andrews, is based on Unni R’s short story with the same title. In the film, Manju Warrier will be playing a salesgirl working in a textile shop. Anusree is also playing an important role in the film.

Sunny Wayne currently has Anugraheethan Antony waiting for release. Sunny Wayne and Gouri are sharing the screen space in this film, which will mark the directorial debut of Prince Joy. Incidentally, the film will also mark Gouri’s debut in the Malayalam film industry.

Sunny Wayne is currently busy with the Dulquer Salmaan starrer Kurup in which he plays a pivotal role. Srinath Rajendran is wielding the megaphone for this venture which is based on the life of the most elusive accused till date, Sukumara Kurup. The film is bankrolled by Dulquer Salmaan’s own production house, Wayfarer Films, and M Stars. Kurup is scripted by Daniell Sayooj Nair and K S Aravind, while Jithin K Jose has penned the story.

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Pawan Kalyan will be reprising the role played by Amitabh Bachchan in Hindi.
  • Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 13:47

The shooting of the Telugu remake of Pink will begin next month, say sources and now reports have it that Nivetha Thomas may be reprising the role done by Taapsee Pannu from the original. However, official confirmation on this is awaited.

Pawan Kalyan will be playing Amitabh Bachchan’s role in the film and will be joining the sets in February. The star stayed away from the lime light due to his political commitments and decided to don the greasepaint for Pink remake considering the meaty role he is offered. His last outing at the theatres was with Agnyaathavaasi, which released in 2018.

Agnyaathavaasi, directed by Trivikram Srinivas, had Pawan Kalyan and Keerthy Suresh in the lead roles, with Adhi Pinisetty and Anu Emmanuel in important roles. Despite a very grand opening, it failed to sustain at the box office.

For the Pink remake, Sriram Venu will be wielding the megaphone with ace director Tirvikram Srinivas penning the dialogues. Boney Kapoor and Dil Raju are bankrolling the remake under their respective banners.

Incidentally, Boney Kapoor forayed into the Tamil film industry by bankrolling the Tamil remake of Pink. Titled as Nerkonda Paarvai in Tamil, the remake starred Ajith in the lead role. Directed by H. Vinoth, the film had Shraddha Srinath, Abhirami Venkatachalam and Andrea Tariang in important roles along with journo Rangaraj Pandey and director Adhik Ravichandran. The film had music by Yuvan Shankar Raja with Nirav Shah cranking the camera and Praveen KL in charge of the editing.

Pink was a critically acclaimed film and had won the National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues. It was directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury and starred Amitabh Bachchan in the lead role with Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari, Andrea Tariang, Vijay Varma, Angad Bedi, Dhritiman Chatterjee, Piyush Mishra and Mamata Shankar in pivotal roles.

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The film is said to be a remake of the Telugu flick ‘Brochevarevarura’.
  • Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 13:09

Sumanth Shailendra’s new film is titled Govinda Govinda and it will mark the directorial debut of Tilak. Sumanth plays a college student in this entertainer which has Bhavana and Kavitha Gowda as the female leads. The shooting of this film is already in progress with the team camping in Kaiwara. This is the actor's next venture following Dilwala, and his first film to come out after the actor got married.

The film is bankrolled by Sumanth’s father Shailendra in association with Ravi R Garini. Touted to be a romantic thriller, reports are that it is inspired by the Telugu movie Brochevarevarura. Sources in the know say that the filmmakers have retained the core plot of the Telugu film while making changes to suit the Kannada audiences. Govinda Govinda will mark the debut of music director Hitesh, Actor Pradeep Raj is also a part of the cast, while Kumar is the cinematographer roped in to crank the camera.

It may be noted here that Brochevarevarura, which released in June this year, was a crime comedy that went on to become a big hit. The film was directed Vivek Athreya and produced by Vijay Kumar Manyam under the banner of Manyam Productions. It starred Sree Vishnu, Nivetha Thomas, Nivetha Pethuraj, Satyadev Kancharana in the lead roles with Priyadarshi Pullikonda, Rahul Ramakrishna in important roles. Vivek Sagar had composed music for this film with Sai Sriram taking care of the cinematography and Raviteja Girijala doing the editing.

Sumanth made his acting debut with Aata in 2011 and since then has acted in a number of films. Aata was produced by his father Shailendra and directed by Vijayakumar. However, this debut film bombed at the box office following which the actor underwent rigorous training in acting. He then came up with Diwala, which is termed as his biggest hit till date

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The film is directed by Prajesh Sen who has earlier made the Jayasurya starrer ‘Captain’, that won the actor a state award.
  • Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 01:42

His role in the upcoming film Vellam is the most challenging he has ever done, wrote actor Jayasurya on Facebook, after sharing the first look poster. It shows him standing among bricks, perhaps playing the role of a construction worker.

“After the film Captain, I am joining director Prajesh Sen for the film Water - The Essential Drink. A unique past of a man who lives among us, that’s what Vellam is. One thing is for sure – a person with his character would be there among our friends or family or acquaintances,” the rest of his post said.

Vellam went on the floors with the official pooja held last month and is progressing well. The pooja of the film happened at the Anjumana Devi Temple in Ernakulam. The director of the film, Prajesh Sen, made his debut with the Jayasurya starrer Captain, which won the actor a state award. Samyuktha Menon has been roped in to play the female lead in Vellam. Reports are that it is based on the life of a drunkard based in Kannur. Roby Varghese Raj will be cranking the camera for this entertainer with Bijibal composing the tunes and Bijith Bala roped in for editing. Vellam is produced under the banner Friendly Productions.

It may be noted here that Jayasurya’s next film will be Thrissur Pooram, which will hit the marquee on December 20. Wielding the megaphone for this venture is Rajesh Mohanan and the story and screenplay are by the music composer Ratheesh Vegha. He is also composing music for the film. Deepu Joseph will be in charge at the editing table and RD Rajasekar is cranking the camera. Thrissur Pooram has been shot in different locations in Thrissur, Coimbatore and Hyderabad. Swathi Reddy is playing the female lead in Thrissur Pooram. The others in the cast include Senthil Krishna, Sabumon Abdusamad, Vijay Babu, Gayathri Arun, Mallika Sukumaran and Sreejith Ravi.

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'Pada' has Kunchacko Boban, Vinayakan, Joju George and Dileesh Pothan playing the main roles.
  • Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 01:18

It has been confirmed that Malayalam mega star Mammootty will be making a cameo appearance in Pada. Scenes involving him were shot for four days, we hear from sources. The film is directed by Kamal KM, who has earlier made the critically acclaimed film ID in 2012.

Pada has Kunchacko Boban, Vinayakan, Joju George and Dileesh Pothan playing the main roles. It is bankrolled by E4 Entertainments. Sameer Thahir has cranked the camera for this venture. Reports are that the shooting of this film has been wrapped up and it is in the post production stage.

Kamal’s first film Alif was done in 2010. The film is about a Muslim father and son and the resistance they face when the dad wants the child to become a doctor as against the Muslim neighborhood’s wishes to send him to the orthodox seminary education. ID is about a woman living in Mumbai who is disturbed by the visit of a man who claims to be a painter.

ID’s world premiere was at the prestigious Busan International Film Festival. It was also screened at various film festivals including Abu Dhabi Film Festival, International Film Festival of India (IFFI), International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) and Deauville Asian Film Festival. Geethanjali Thapa played the main lead in the film.

It may be noted here that Kunchako Boban has signed a film titled Anchaam Pathira, which is directed by Midhun Manuel Thomas. The cast includes Sharafudheen, Unnimaya Prasad, Sreenath Bhasi, Remya Nambeesan, Indrans, and Jinu Joseph. Touted to be a thriller, the film went on the floors on August 1. Aashiq Usman is bankrolling the film under his banner. Shyju Khalid is cranking the camera and Sushin Shyam  has been roped in to compose the tunes. 

Kunchacko Boban currently has a slew of films in his kitty with five directors including Shaheed Kader, Jis Joy, Johnpaul George, Soubin Shahir and Dijo Jose Antony.  

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Sivakarthikeyan plays a superhero vigilante in the film which will mark the Tamil debut of actor Kalyani Priyadarshan.
  • Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 00:54

Sivakarthikeyan's upcoming movie Hero, directed by PS Mithran, is slated to hit the screens on December 20, ahead of the Christmas and New Year Holidays.

It is well known to the fans of DC Comic's 'Batman' comics and movies that its famous bat symbol is projected on to buildings across the world as a part of promotions. The makers of Hero are using a similar strategy for the promotions of the film. The symbol logo of the film has been projected on a Mount Road building and S2 Cinemas in Chennai city.

Sivakarthikeyan plays a superhero vigilante in the film which will mark the Tamil debut of actor Kalyani Priyadarshan. The film also has Abhay Deol in an important role. Yuvan Shankar Raja has composed music for the film. RD Raja and KJR Studios are bankrolling this venture. George C Williams and Ruben are in charge of the film’s cinematography and editing respectively.

Siva is currently juggling between three projects – Vingyani, a science-fiction film with Ravi Kumar, Director Nelson's film and Vighnesh Sivan's untitled film.

Siva's film with director Nelson Dhiliplumar of Kolamavu Kokila fame has been titled Doctor. The film would be produced by KJR Studios in association with Siva's home banner Sivakarthikeyan Production in which he had earlier bankrolled Kanaa and Nenjam Undu Nermai Undu Odu Raja.

Ravi Kumar's film Vingyani, tipped to be an alien invasion comedy, has Rakul Preet Singh pairing up with Siva and she will be playing an astronomer. The third film with Vignesh Shivn in the pipeline, will mark the first collaboration of Siva and Vignesh, whose last release was the Suriya starrer Thaana Serntha Kootam (TSK). Currently dubbed as SK 17, it was recently reported that Rashmika Mandanna is in talks for the project which will feature two heroines.

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The groundwork for this project is already on and we hear that the director is busy giving final touches to the script.
  • Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 21:56
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The Kannada star Ganesh will be joining the sets of the Mahesh Gowda directorial in the next few days, we hear. The groundwork for this project is already on and we hear that the director is busy giving final touches to the script.

Reports are that the film is titled Trible Riding, the local pronunciation of the term ‘Triple Riding’. The film will be bankrolled by Ramgopal and Arunkumar. Plans are on to rope in three female leads for Trible Riding and talks are on with some of the actors already. The rest of the star cast has been finalised with Sadhu Kokila, Rangayana Raghu, Ravi Shankar Gowda, Kuri Pratap, Umesh and Dingri Nagaraj being roped in.

Meanwhile, Ganesh is busy with Gaalipata 2. We had reported earlier that the shooting of the Ganesh starrer Gaalipata 2 will begin on December 2 in Kudremukh. Ramesh Reddy is bankrolling Gaalipata 2 under his banner, with Yograj Bhatt wielding the megaphone. Vaibhavi Shandilya, Samyuktha Menon, and Sharmiela Mandre have been roped in to play the female leads in this entertainer with Nishvika Naidu and Anant Nag in crucial roles.

It may be noted that the prequel Gaalipata also had Ganesh in the lead role with the rest of the star cast including Anant Nag, Rajesh Krishnan, Diganth, Daisy Bopanna, Neethu and Bhavana Rao. The film was a commercial success and also won Ganesh the Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Kannada.

Ganesh currently has another project in the pipeline. It will be directed by Suni with whom Ganesh had associated with for Chamak a few years ago. The prep work to get the Ganesh – Suni film on the floors is on with the script work in the final stages. More details are expected to be out soon.

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The film is directed by Puri Jagannadh.
  • Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 17:52

Kiara Advani is in talks to play the female lead in Vijay Deverakonda’s upcoming film. The film, titled Fighter, will have Puri Jagannadh wielding the megaphone. Ever since this film was announced, speculations on Vijay Deverakonda’s lead pair turned out to be the hot topic. Kiara Advani and Vijay had worked together in a commercial and share a good rapport following which the hero reportedly suggested that she would be the apt choice to play the role in Fighter.

Apparently, it is a meaty role and Kiara is interested to be a part of the project. She is currently in the process of adjusting her dates and an official announcement is expected once she signs on the dotted lines.

On Vijay Deverakonda’s role, we hear that he plays a martial arts expert with a stutter. The groundwork for this project is on and the shooting will commence next year.

Vijay currently has the Telugu flick World Famous Lover in his kitty. Directed by Kranthi Madhav, the film has the hero as a playboy.  Also, reports suggest that it will be an out-and-out romantic entertainer. Raashi Khanna, Catherine Tresa, Aishwarya Rajesh and Izabelle Leite have been roped in to play the female leads in this flick.

Vijay Deverakonda’s last release was Dear Comrade. Directed by Bharat Kamma, the film was also produced by Mythri Movie Makers.

Kiara Advani’s debut in Tollywood was with the Mahesh Babu starrer Bharat Ane Nenu, which turned out to be a huge hit. She was then seen playing the female lead in Vinaya Vidheya Rama, which had Ram Charan Teja as her lead pair.

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The movie will be hitting screens on January 31.
  • Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 17:39

The producer of the upcoming film Nishabdham has said in an interview to Cinemaexpress that Anushka Shetty was not the first choice for the film. He was quoted by the Cinemaexpress as saying, “Anushka was not the first choice for the lead role as I had written the script for another female superstar. When I was returning from Mumbai, I spotted Anushka on the same flight. The plane had a punctured tyre and the flight was diverted to Chennai. During this time, I pitched the storyline of Nishabdham to her and within a week she gave the final nod. Casting Anushka, who has been choosy about her projects since Bhaagamathie, worked to our advantage.”

The shooting of the film was wrapped up a few months ago and it is currently in the post production mode. Nishabdham is scheduled to hit the marquee on January 31, confirmed its producer.

Nishabdham is directed by Hemant Madhukar and bankrolled by Kona Venkat and TG Vishwa Prasad under their respective banners Kona Film Corporation and People Media Factory. Michael Madsen of Kill Bill and Reservoir Dogs fame plays a pivotal role in the film. The others playing supporting roles in the film include Anjali, Subbaraju, Shalini Pandey and Srinivas Avasarala. Sources in the know say that Nishabdham / Silence is a crossover movie and a silent film and that it will be a unique attempt by the filmmaker.

The team had shot the film in various locations in the US as the story is set there. The technical crew of Nishabdham / Silence includes Gopi Sunder for music and Shaneil Deo for cinematography. Nishabdham will be released in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi and English.

It may be noted here that Anushka’s last release as heroine was Bhaagamathie and she took more than a year to finalise her next project.

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