Though the character is named Richie, the film, to be directed by debutant PA Rahul, is not a sequel to ‘Ulidavaru Kandanthe’.
  • Monday, August 20, 2018 - 14:32

Film buffs in Sandalwood will never be able to forget the character of Richie in Ulidavaru Kandanthe. The role was portrayed very well by Rakshit Shetty and it catapulted him to stardom.

The good news for fans out there is that Rakshit Shetty will be seen once again as Richie. Yes, in his upcoming film, which will not be a sequel to Ulidavaru Kandanthe, his character is named Richie. Interestingly, this film will be directed by debutant PA Rahul, who worked as an associate director in Ulidavaru Kandanthe. The project will be bankrolled by Rakshit Shetty and Pushkar. According to sources, the film’s shooting will begin early next year, with plans to release it by mid 2019.

Meanwhile, Rakshit is busy with his upcoming period romantic comedy Avane Srimannarayana. Starring Rakshit and Shanvi Srivastava in the lead, the cast will also include Achyuth Kumar and Balaji Manohar. While there were reports that Avane Srimannarayana would go on the floors late last year, the team was busy with the groundwork that its commencement was postponed to March this year.

The film’s story is set in the 1980s in a fictional village. The film is directed by Sachin Ravi and written by Rakshit Shetty along with The Seven Odds – Rakshit Shetty, Rishab Shetty, Abhijith Mahesh, Kiran Yakssha, Dhananjay Ranjan, Kiranraj K and Chandrajith PB. Charan Raj has been roped in to compose the music for the film with Karam Chawla signed up as the cinematographer while director Sachin will edit the film himself.

Produced jointly by HK Prakash, Rakshit Shetty and Pushkara Mallikarjunaiah under the banners Shree Devi Entertainers, Paramvah Studios and Pushkar Films, Avane Srimannarayana is being made on a budget of Rs 30 crore.

Apart from Avane Srimannarayana and the PA Rahul directorial, Rakshit Shetty also has 777 Charlie in his kitty needing his attention.

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The bilingual film has Samantha, Adhi Pinisetty and Rahul Ravindran in the lead roles.
  • Monday, August 20, 2018 - 13:47

Releasing the official trailer of the upcoming film U Turn’s Telugu version on Friday, Samantha had posted on Twitter: “//  Here we go !! #UTurnTheMovie #UTurnonSept13 @pawanfilms @AadhiOfficial @23_rahulr @SS_Screens Can’t say much about our own film except that we gave it a 100pc.. hope you like #UTurnTelugu.”

The trailer of the Tamil version was released simultaneously by Anirudh Ravichander. On the trailer launch, he wrote, “Very happy to present to you the trailer of #UTurn. @Samanthaprabhu2 always takes the path less taken and succeeds! And this time is no different. Kudos and best wishes to Pawan and the whole team.”

The bilingual film has Samantha, Adhi Pinisetty and Rahul Ravindran in the lead roles.

The film is a remake of a Kannada film of the same name directed by Pawan Kumar that hit the marquee in 2016 and had turned out to be a major hit. A mystery thriller, U Turn had Shraddha Srinath, Radhika Chetan, Dileep Raj and Roger Narayan in the star cast.

With the Tamil and Telugu versions of U Turn gearing up for a Vinayaka Chathurthi release, the director has plans to remake to the film in Hindi as well. But sources in the know say that the producer to bankroll the film in Hindi has not been finalised yet. However, it is reported that Pawan Kumar will be donning the director’s robes for the Hindi remake as well. The cast has not been signed up as yet as well.

Written and directed by Pawan Kumar, U Turn was bankrolled by him under his banner Pawan Kumar Studios on a budget of Rs 2.5 crore. The film was both a commercial as well as critical success. The technical crew of U Turn comprised Poornachandra Tejaswi for scoring the music, cinematographers Advaitha Gurumurthy, Sathya Hegde and Siddharth Suni cranking the camera and Suresh Armugam for editing.

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Both films are slated for release on August 24.
  • Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 18:19

Come August 24 and two important films in the Tamil film industry will be out at the theatres. Clashing at the box office would be Prabhu Deva’s Lakshmi and Vijay Sethupathi’s production venture Merkku Thodarchi Malai.

Interestingly, Merkku Thodarchi Malai has been screened at the 21st International Film Festival of Kerala and was  honoured with the award for Best Cinematography at the Bioscope Global Film Festival, Punjab. In IFFT 2017 (12th International Film Festival of Thrissur), it was selected for K W Joseph All India debut film competition and won the KW Joseph award in 2017. It was also selected at the Singapore South Asian International Film Festival and Chicago South Asian Film Festival.

Merkku Thodarchi Malai is directed by debutant Lenin Bharathi and stars Antony, Gayathri Krishna and Abu Valayankulam in leading roles. The film is bankrolled by Vijay Sethupathi under his banner Vijay Sethupathi Productions. The technical crew of this flick includes Ilayaraja for music composition, Theni Easwar for cinematography and Mu. Kasi Viswanathan for editing.

On August 24, another Tamil film, Lakshmi will also hit the marquee. Written and directed by AL Vijay, the film has Prabhu Deva in the lead role with Ditya Bhande and Aishwarya Rajesh as heroines. Sam CS is the music director for this flick with Nirav Shah cranking the camera and Anthony editing it.

Lakshmi is bankrolled by Prateek Chakravorty, Shruti Nallappa and R. Ravindran under the banner Pramod Films Trident Arts. This film is based on the Hindi movie Lakshmi directed by Nagesh Kukunoor in 2014.

With both Merkku Thodarchi Malai and Lakshmi lined up for release on August 24, film buffs can expect a treat at the box office.

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The director is upbeat about their first film together, ‘Kayamkulam Kochunni’, on the legendary highwayman by the same name, which will be released soon.
  • Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 20:26

Director Rosshan Andrrews is reportedly going to work with actor Nivin Pauly again, after their upcoming film Kayamkulam Kochunni has released. It is believed to be a thriller penned by Rosshan’s favourite scriptwriter duo Bobby and Sanjay.

The director seems upbeat about Kayamkulam Kochunni. In an interview to the Decccan Chronicle, he said, “The historical genre is something I have not touched. It was Sanjay who asked me to read up on Kayamkulam Kochunni and after I finished, I was intrigued as a filmmaker. There was romance, treachery, betrayal and friendship, which I felt was the right mix for a commercial film.”

Kayamkulam Kochunni is a film on the legendary highwayman by the same name, who lived during the early 19th century. He was a Robin Hood type thief who stole from the rich to feed the poor. Apart from Nivin Pauly as Kayamkulam Kochunni, there is also an extended cameo by veteran actor Mohanlal who plays the role of Ithikara Pakki.

The cast also includes Priya Anand, Priyanka Thimmesh, Sunny Wayne and Babu Antony. The technical crew of the film includes Gopi Sunder for scoring the music with Binod Pradhan, Nirav Shah and Sudheer Palsane handling the camerawork and A Sreekar Prasad doing the editing.

The film’s post production is currently underway and it is scheduled for release soon.

A big Mohanlal fan, the filmmaker recalled instances of sneaking in on the sets of Mohanlal’s films during his schooldays to have a glimpse of the star. Now an accomplished filmmaker, he has directed the superstar in three films – Udayananu Tharam, Ividam Swargamanu and Casanova. Kayamkulam Kochunni will be their fourth film together.

Stating how important the project is to him, he added, “This is my biggest film budget-wise, making-wise and effort-wise, posing a challenge to me as a director.”

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The film also stars Ma Ka Pa Anand and Bala Saravanan in important roles.
  • Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 19:09
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Basking in the success of Pyaar Prema Kadhal, which has been received very well, actor Harish Kalyan is ready with his next film. The yet-untitled project will be directed by Ranjith Jeyakodi, who had previously directed the thriller Puriyatha Puthir with Vijay Sethupathi.

According to a report by Times of India, Harish plays a biker as well as boxer in this film. The film has been extensively shot in Chennai and Ladakh, and it also stars Shilpa Manjunath as the leading lady.

Talking to Times of India, Ranjith said: “My first film, Puriyatha Puthir, was a thriller. But this one is an out-and-out romantic project. However, I have not approached the film in a stereotypical manner. Doing away from his chocolate boy image, Harish plays a stubborn guy in this film. He is a boxer as well as biker. He even took some boxing lessons before we started shoot. But the film is not about a boxer’s life. Shilpa plays a fashion designing student.”

The film also stars Ma Ka Pa Anand and Bala Saravanan in important roles. The makers are planning to announce the title soon. If everything goes as planned, the film will be released in the next couple of months.

Meanwhile, Harish is also said to have signed two more new projects following the runaway success of Pyaar Prema Kadhal, which has struck gold at the box-office.

Pyaar Prema Kaadhal a breezy romantic entertainer with loads of comedy is doing well at the box office. The film stars Harish Kalyan and Raiza Wilson as the lead pair. The movie which is set on the backdrop of the city has Harish playing the role of an innocent middle-class guy and Raiza as an outgoing girl.

The film also stars Rekha, Anand Babu, Raja Rani Pandian and Porkodi in the supporting cast. Written and directed by Elan, the film is bankrolled by Yuvan Shankar Raja, SN Rajarajan and Irfaan Malik under the banners YSR Films and K Productions. Yuvan Shankar Raja has composed music for this venture with Raja Bhattacharjee cranking the camera and S Manikumaran editing it.

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Impressed with her work in Majid Majidi’s 'Beyond the Clouds', in which she played a girl from Dhobi Ghat, Karthik is said to have signed her for his film.
  • Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 19:01
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Actress Malavika Mohanan, daughter of renowned cinematographer TU Mohanan, is most likely to make her Tamil debut opposite superstar Rajinikanth in his next project with Karthik Subbaraj.

According to the industry grapevine, Malavika has been signed to play Rajinikanth’s pair in the film. Impressed with her work in Majid Majidi’s Beyond the Clouds, in which she played a girl from Dhobi Ghat, Karthik is said to have signed her. Not long ago, reports emerged that Simran plays Rajinikanth’s pair in the project.

The yet-untitled also stars Vijay Sethupathi in a pivotal role.  The film, according to several reports, also stars Simran and Bobby Simhaa in crucial roles. While an official confirmation is awaited, the news about them being signed is making waves.

Even before this casting could be verified, fresh reports have emerged that Megha Akash, who made her acting debut opposite Dhanush in Enai Noki Paayum Thota, has been signed for the project. This film marks the Tamil debut of Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who has been signed for a pivotal role.

On teaming up with Rajinikanth, Subbaraj said in a chat with Sun TV recently: “Even though I’ve made four films in my career so far, I grew fascinated towards cinema because of superstar Rajinikanth sir. To get to direct him is the best moment of my life,” Subbaraj said, adding that he plans to go on the floors in the next two months and wrap up the project this year itself.

Asked if the project will be as ambitious as Sun Pictures produced Enthiran in terms of scale, Subbaraj said his film will be quite different from Enthiran. “It’ll be a proper Rajini film,” he said. He also sees collaborating with the superstar will come with its set of expectations and high responsibility. “I see it as an enjoyable challenge.” Anirudh Ravichander has been finalised to compose music.

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The star cast of Ammana Mane also has Rohini Nagesh playing a pivotal role.
  • Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 17:50

Kannada star Raghavendra Rajkumar is all set to stage a comeback with Ammana Mane in which he plays the lead role. The film went on to the floors recently and is scheduled for release early next year.

While more details about the project is being awaited, the latest we hear is that B Jayashree, a popular dubbing artiste and actor has been roped in to play his mother. Incidentally, the film is a family entertainer that will have Raghavendra Rajkumar heading a family. 

Nikhil Manju is wielding the megaphone for this venture. Ammana Mane will be a multi-starrer and the director is in talks with a few other heroes to play important roles in it. On the film, the director had in an interview to the Indian Express earlier: “It is a family drama, which looks at work, life and family balance. In his role, Raghavendra Rajkumar has to play the role of a man who has to finely balance his work pressure and keep his family happy.” The star cast of Ammana Mane also has Rohini Nagesh playing a pivotal role.

The film is bankrolled by Athmashree and R S Kumar. While Nikhil Manju is wielding the megaphone for the venture, its story is penned by Sreelalithe and B Shivanand has written the dialogues. Sameer Kulkarni is composing music for the lyrics written by Manojava Galagali. PVR Swamy is cranking the camera and N Aditya Kunigal has been roped in as the editor. 

It may be mentioned here that initially it was announced that the star would make his comeback with Manoranjan’s Chillum in which he was supposed to play a negative role. However, on his fans insisting that his comeback shouldn’t be with a negative role, he opted out of the film and the role went to Tollywood actor Jagapathy Babu.

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The film has opened to good reviews and box office collections.
  • Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 17:37

Geetha Govindam, which premiered in the US on August 14 and in India a day later is doing well at the box office. It is well received by film buffs, critics and even celebs. The latest to join the list of celebrities to heap praises on the film is Mahesh Babu. He took to Twitter to post to mark his appreciation.

Geetha Govindam is about the lead pair – Geetha played by Rashmika Mandanna and Govind played by Vijay Devarakonda. The story revolves around Govind with a roving eye for women and his girlfriendGeetha. What happens to the lead pair forms the story of Geetha Govindam. Bankrolled by Bunny Vas under his banner GA2 Pictures, the film is directed by Parasuram, whose last outing was Srirastu Subamastu. Ace producer Allu Aravind will be presenting Geetha Govindam.

The actors playing supporting roles in the film are Vennela Kishore, Subbaraju, Rahul Ramakrishna, Sandhya Janak, Kalyani N and Abhay Bethiganti. The technical crew of Geetha Govindam includes Gopi Sunder for music, Martand K. Venkatesh for editing, Manikandan for camerawork, and Ramana Vanka for art direction.

According to trade reports, the film’s BO collections stood at Rs 16.1 crores on day one. The breakup from sources in the trade are that the film collected Rs 8.4 crores at the prestigious Nizam and Andhra region while in the US it was Rs 4.2 crores and in the other regions it amounted to Rs 3.5 crores.

Considering the fact that Geetha Govindam is a medium budget film, the day one collections at the box office is too good, opine trade analysts.  Interestingly, the film’s pre-release business amounted to Rs 15 crores. And the collections are sure to soar high over the weekend.

With Geetha Govindam opening to positive reviews and good box office collections, Vijay Devarakonda’s star status has just gone up. He has three other films – Taxiwala, NOTA and Dear Comrade lined up for release and in different stages of production.

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Actor Mukesh was the guest on Day 52 as part of the luxury budget task and this episode is planned as an Antham special.
  • Friday, August 17, 2018 - 19:31
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Recently, Kamal Haasan appeared on the Bigg Boss Malayalam show, which is hosted by Malayalam superstar Mohanlal. The episode turned out to be a lively one with the housemates getting an opportunity to perform some of the roles done by Kamal Haasan right in front of him.

Bigg Boss Malayalam began its first season on June 24 this year on Asianet TV channel, at a grand house that has been set up in Lonavala.

On day 48 of the show, Kamal Haasan, Pooja Kumar, Mahesh Narayan, Anant Mahadevan and Ghibran appeared as celebrity guests on the show promoting their film Vishwaroopam 2.

Malayalam actor Mukesh was the guest on Day 52 as part of the luxury budget task and this episode has been planned as an Antham special, which denotes the beginning of the Onam festival.

As a part of the luxury budget task, the housemates were given the task of finding the body of a Ukrainian man, while Ranjini Haridas and Sabumon Abdusamad had destroyed the head. Following this, Mukesh entered the house to interrogate the participants. After interrogation, Mukesh found out that Sabumon was the culprit and later Ranjini herself accepted that she was also part of the crime.

Mukesh later spoke to the contestants about the importance of Independence Day, saying that he is a proud Indian. The actor also gifted the housemates special gifts for Onam and wished them.

The contestants on the reality show are Shweta Menon, Srinish Aravind, Ranjini Haridas, Archana Suseelan, Pearle Maaney, Anoop Chandran, Diya Sana, Sreelakshmi Sreekumar, David John, Basheer Bashi, Aditi Rai, Aristo Suresh, Deepan Murali, Hima Shankar, Manoj Varma, Sabumon Abdusamad, Shiyas Kareem and Anjali Ameer. The winner will walk away with a prize money of Rs 1 crore.

Bigg Boss Malayalam is turning out to be very entertaining with some interesting twists and turns in the form of eviction, nomination and tasks. With the Mukesh episode touted to be a luxury budget task, viewers should be in for a delightful treat.

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Prajwal Devaraj and Bhavana play the lead in the flick which will feature Ramesh Aravind as the villain.
  • Friday, August 17, 2018 - 18:49

It was revealed a few weeks ago that the Sandalwood star Darshan will be making a cameo appearance in Inspector Vikram, which has Prajwal Devaraj playing the lead role. And now we hear from sources in the know that Darshan plays the role of freedom fighter Bhagat Singh in the movie.

The star joined the sets earlier this month and shot for his portions for a week. He wrapped up the shooting of his portions last weekend.

Prajwal Devaraj and Bhavana play the lead pair in this flick which has Ramesh Aravind as the villain. The technical crew of the film comprises Anoop Seelin for music, Naveen Kumar for cinematography and Sathish and Sreenivas for art direction.

Darshan, meanwhile, is waiting for the release of his 50th film, Kurukshetra. The star plays Duryodhana in this historical based on the epic Mahabharata and the story is told from his perspective. One of the most expensive films to ever be made in the Kannada film industry, Kurukshetra is being bankrolled by Muniratna under his banner KCN Movies.

Kurukshetra has a bevy of stars in the cast including Ambareesh, Arjun Sarja, V Ravichandran, Bharathi Vishnuvardhan, Sneha, Hariprriya, Meghana Raj and P Ravishankar. The shooting of this film is over and it is currently in the post-production mode. Darshan has completed dubbing for the film as well but there is still no clarity about its release date.

The star has moved on to his next film titled Yajamana. Darshan plays the lead role in the film while Rashmika Mandanna plays the lead opposite him along with Tanya Hope as the second heroine. Bankrolled by Shylaja Nag and B Suresha, the former confirmed that the team finalised the title Yajamana after considering a couple of other titles and clarified that Darshan’s Yajamana has nothing to do with the Vishnuvardhan starrer of the same name that was released more than a decade and a half ago.

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