Controversy has erupted over the removal of a large portrait of Superstar Rajinikanth’s look from ‘Petta’ from the ‘Bigg Boss Tamil’ 3 house.
  • Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 11:39

Reality show Bigg Boss Tamil aired on Star Vijay has always attracted controversy and looks like season 3 will be no different. While news about the contestants for the show is making the rounds, controversy has erupted over the removal of a large portrait of Superstar Rajinikanth’s look from Petta from the Bigg Boss 3 house.

A few media persons were given a tour inside the Bigg Boss 3 house recently and many revealed that two pics – one of Kamal Haasan from Virumaandi and Rajini from Petta – were seen adorning one of the walls of the house.

However, when the show was telecast, Rajini’s portrait was missing, much to the shock of Superstar fans. While several of his hardcore fans are reacting to it with condemnation, actor and musician Premji Amaren has said that though the pic was removed from the Bigg Boss house, Rajini will always find a special place in the hearts of his fans worldwide.

Sources told Dtnxt, “Rajini’s image shows him smoking a cigarette. That’s one of the reasons why the creative team of the show decided to remove it. However, the fans took it personal.”

It may be noted here that Kamal Haasan had hosted the first two seasons of the show and is hosting the current third season as well. While Bigg Boss season 1 had 19 participants and the second had 16, this time around the show has 15 participants and 2 special entries who will come in later.

The show landed in controversy even before it aired, when an advocate from Chennai named Sudhan filed a petition asking for a ban on the reality show. When the case came up for the hearing last Wednesday, Justice Manikumar and Subramaniam Prasad had issued notices to nine respondents, including the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), and posted the next hearing in two weeks.

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Soundarya who is the creative director of the series will be co-producing the under the banner May 6th Entertainment along with Mx Player.
  • Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 11:28

For the past several years, many top directors have expressed their desire to adapt the most popular historical novel, Ponniyin Selvan into a film. The book traces the life of the most popular among the Chozha kings, Raja Raja Chozhan I. It is in fact about his early life when he was known as Arul Mozhi Varman.

Recently, Soundarya Rajinikanth has announced that she will be bringing this history to life through a web series. She took to Twitter to reveal, “Ponniyin Selvan - This is THE EPIC. I have to and want to do justice to it and do it right. Taking all efforts to ensure the initial work is done with all clarity. Will surely update all on progress god bless us !!! #WorkingToSeePonniyinSelvanOnTheDigitalScreenSoon.”

Soundarya who is the creative director of the series will be co-producing the under the banner May 6th Entertainment along with Mx Player. The series will be directed by Sooriyaprathap S who is a history scolar and had also worked with veteran director KS Ravikumar and Soundarya earlier. The series will be streamed on MX Player.

Soundarya Rajinikanth’s last film as director was Velaiilla Pattadhari 2. It is an action-comedy film that was shot simultaneously in Tamil and Telugu. The film had Dhanush and Amala Paul as the main leads with Vivek, Hrishikesh, Saranya Ponvannan, and Samuthirakani in pivotal roles. Bollywood actor Kajol played the baddie in it.

Besides playing the lead role, Dhanush had also co-produced the film with N Ramasamy. He had penned the story and dialogues for it as well. Sean Roldan had set the tunes for the film and it was released worldwide on 11 August 2017.

Soundarya's first directorial venture was Kochadaiiyaan  in 2014. Written by KS Ravikumar and directed by Soundarya, it was India's first photorealistic motion capture film, featuring characters design. Rajinikanth, also Soundarya's father, enacted and voiced the two lead roles.

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This movie is the sequel to blockbuster 'Soggade Chinni Nayana' that had Nagarjuna and Ramya Krishnan in the lead roles.
  • Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 11:11

Keerthy Suresh is currently busy with the Sakhi. The team recently flew down to Europe where they will be camping for the next 45 days. According to sources close to the Sakhi unit, a team of 50 cast and crew have flown down for this schedule. Plans are on to shoot a few songs in some exotic locations in Spain, we hear. 

This schedule will be wrapped up later next month and the team will be returning back to complete the rest of the shooting in Hyderabad. Rajendra Prasad will be playing Keerthy Suresh’s grandfather in this entertainer with Naresh and Nadhiya roped in to play her parents.

Bhanushree Mehra and Kamal Kamaraju are also part of the star cast. Donning the director’s robes for this flick is debutant Narendra Nath and Mahesh S Koneru is bankrolling it under his banner. Reports are that Sakhi is slated for release this Dusshera. Also, Keerthy Suresh will be playing a cameo in the upcoming Nagarjuna starrer Manmandhudu 2.

Besides these films, she has the Nagesh Kukkunoor directorial. Being a female-centric film, Keerthy is sure to have a performance oriented role in this flick. Devi Sri Prasad had been roped in to compose the tunes. Reports are that Reliance Entertainment will be bankrolling it. 

The gorgeous actor will also be adding one more project to this impressive line-up of films. Keerthy has been signed to play Naga Chaitanya’s lead pair in his upcoming film Bangarraju. This movie is the sequel to blockbuster Soggade Chinni Nayana that had Nagarjuna and Ramya Krishnan in the lead roles. Interestingly, Nagarjuna is also part of Bangarraju.

Kalyan Krishna who had directed Soggade Chinni Nayana will be wielding the megaphone for the sequel too. Nagarjuna will produce it under his own banner Annapurna Studios.

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The movie is the Telugu remake of hit Tamil movie 'Jigarthanda'.
  • Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 10:37

The pre-teaser of the upcoming film Valmiki has been unveiled and is getting the attention of the film buffs. The teaser featured the lead stars Varun Tej, Pooja Hegde and Atharvaa. Interestingly, Tamil hero, Atharvaa is making his debut in Tollywood with this flick. On the teaser launch, Varun Tej wrote on his social media page, “Me in #Valmiki like you’ve never seen before! Hope you guys like it..Here is the link to #ValmikiPreTeaser. @harish2you @DoP_Bose @Atharvaamurali @hegdepooja.”

From the teaser that has no dialogues, we can see that Varun Tej will be sporting a new look in the film. He can be seen sporting a beard with a scar on his face.

Valmiki is the remake of the hit Tamil movie Jigarthanda that was written and directed by Karthik Subburaj. The film has Varun Tej reprising the role done by Bobby Simha in Tamil. Atharvaa Murali will be seen in the role done by Siddharth in the original. Harish Shankar will be wielding the megaphone for this remake and Devi Sri Prasad has been roped in to compose the tunes. Valmiki will be bankrolled by Ram Achanta and Gopi Achanta under their banner.

On the technical front, Mickey J Meyer has been roped in to compose music for this flick with Ayanaka Bose handling the camera. Chota K Prasadill edits the film.

It may be noted here that the original version in Tamil was written and directed by Karthik Subburaj with Lakshmi Menon playing the female lead with Nassar, Ambika, Karunakaran and Sangili Murugan playing the supporting roles. The film fetched the National Film Awards for best supporting actor for Bobby Simha and best editing for Vivek Harshan.  The film was bankrolled by Kathiresan under his banner SMS Pictures. Made on a budget of Rs 10 crore, it fetched around Rs 35 crore at the box office.

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Asif Ali, Mukesh, Jean Paul Lal and Farhaan Faasil are playing important roles in the film, directed by Arun Kumar Aravind.
  • Monday, June 24, 2019 - 19:03

The teaser of Asif Ali starrer Underworld has been released recently. The film, touted to be a thriller, is directed by Arun Kumar Aravind and bankrolled under the banner D14 Entertainments. The teaser with the chilling music, gun shots and gambling rooms, points to the film being a thriller. Asif Ali, Faraan Faasil, Jean Paul Lal and veteran actor Mukesh appear in the teaser. 

The poster too has been unveiled recently and shows Asif, Farhaan and Jean Paul Lal sitting together. The scripting for this entertainer has been done by Shibin Francis and the rest of the technical crew includes Alex J Pulickal for cinematography and Yakzan Gary Pereira and Neha Nair for music composition.

Mukesh will also be playing a pivotal role. While Asif Ali’s character is named Stalin John, Farhan Faasil will be playing the role named Majeed, Mukesh as Padmanabhan Nair and Lal Jr. as Solomon.

Asi Ali has a slew of other projects in different stages of production in his kitty apart from Underworld. He and Amala Paul have been roped in to play the lead pair in the upcoming Malayalam film Parannu Parannu. To be directed by Sugeeth, this will be a romantic comedy entertainer. Asif and Amala have earlier worked together in Ithu Nammude Katha.

Besides Amala Paul, Parannu Parannu will have two more women playing important roles but their names are yet to be revealed. According to Sugeeth, the film will be shot entirely in Dubai barring two important scenes, which will be shot in Kerala. The groundwork for this project is on and the shooting is expected to commence later this year. Being a rom-com, its makers are aiming for Valentine’s Day release next year.

Asif’s film Kakshi: Amminippilla, will release this Friday. The trailer has showed interesting visuals of Asif as a lawyer, taking up a case of Amminipilla, played by Ahmed Siddique.

Asif Ali’s other projects in the pipeline include Kettyolaanu Ente Malakha, Kunjeldho and the yet to be titled Rajeev Ravi directorial.

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The matter has been brought to the Telugu Cine Writers’ Association and veteran writer BVS Ravi is mediating in the issue.
  • Monday, June 24, 2019 - 18:43

Dr Rajasekhar’s upcoming film Kalki has landed in trouble after charges of copyright violation. Writer Karthikeya aka Prasad has claimed that the story of Kalki is his and he came to know that it has been used without his knowledge after watching the film’s teaser that was released recently. The matter has been brought to the Telugu Cine Writers’ Association and veteran writer BVS Ravi is mediating in the issue between the Directors’ Association and the Cine Writers Association.

In fact, BVS Ravi started the Katha Hakkula Vedhika a year ago to deal with such issues after too many complaints regarding copyright violations came to the fore. The idea behind Katha Hakkula Vedhika is to resolve such issues without the intervention of courts.

On the Kalki issue, BVS Ravi said in a recent interview to Deccan Chronicle, “The script submitted by Karthikeya and that of Kalki are different and there are no primary similarities. If, after our intervention, they are still not satisfied, we will take discussions further. In cases where there are similarities, the original writer will be given credit and also paid remuneration (sic).” Talking about how decisions are arrived at, he added, “Telugu Film Directors Association President and Secretary N Shankar and Ram Prasad guide us to take a decision.”

Directed by Awe fame Prasanth Varma, Kalki stars Dr Rajasekhar in the role of a cop. The star cast includes Adah Sharma and Nanditha Shwetha as the female leads. Poojitha Ponnada, Scarlett Mellish Wilson, Rahul Ramakrishna, Nassar, Ashtosh Rana, Siddu Jonnalagadda, Shatru, Charandeep, Venugopal, Vennela Ramarao, DS Rao, Amith Sharma and Sathish will feature in supporting roles.

The shooting of this film began on September 19 last year and it is now in the post-production mode. Sets for the film were erected in the Patancheru area in Hyderabad, where the first schedule began. The cost of this set alone was estimated to be around Rs 2 crore. Sources in film circles say that Kalki will be the costliest film ever by Dr Rajasekhar till date.

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The actor will be the first among Sandalwood stars to enter the digital media platform.
  • Monday, June 24, 2019 - 18:28

Kannada superstar Shiva Rajkumar will be the first among Sandalwood stars to enter the digital media platform. The star himself made the announcement recently in a media interaction. He has been quoted by Cinema Express as saying, “Our production house, Sree Muthu Cine Services, which is handled by my daughter Niveditha, is already into making web series, and has completed the shoot for Hate You Romeo and Honey Moon. This OTT platform is a new experience, and I thought it’s time for me to try something in the digital arena.”

He further said, “We plan to go with the title Omkara, as it is the beginning of all new things. An official announcement will be made at the right time.”

Meanwhile, the star’s Rustum is gearing up for release on June 28. Directed by stunt master Ravi Varma, the film is produced by Jayanna and Bhogendra under the banner Jayanna Combines. Shraddha Srinath has been roped in to play the female lead in it while Mayuri will be seen as Shiva Rajkumar’s sister. Bollywood star Vivek Oberoi will be seen playing an important role in this flick.

On making his Kannada debut, Vivek Oberoi said in an interview that Shiva Rajkumar wanted to cast him in a Kannada film when he was 18 years old but he could not take up the offer as he was about to pursue higher studies abroad. But when the offer came up again after all these years, Vivek felt that it was not something that he should let go easily.

Rustum will have Anoop Seelin scoring the music and Mahendra Simha wielding the camera. According to reports, Shiva Rajkumar plays a cop in this flick and will be sporting a new look. Touted to be an action entertainer, fans can expect to see some daredevil stunts in the film.

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The actor was caught in a fire accident during the shooting of his upcoming film ‘Edakkaad Batallion 06’.
  • Monday, June 24, 2019 - 16:25

Tovino Thomas suffered mild burn injuries on the sets of his upcoming film Edakkaad Batallion 06 but there is nothing to worry, confirm sources. A video of the star caught in the fire accident was released online by the film’s producer Sandra Thomas. It was posted with the caption, “Nothing can stop this man from being so passionate about movies. Hats off to Tovino Thomas for his dedication. He did all the fight sequence without dupe. There are more videos to come. #EB06 #Tovinothomas #Samyukthamenon #fight #nodupe #accident #dedication #passion.”

Reports are that the director of Edakkaad Batallion 06 had suggested that a dupe be used for canning the risky shot but Tovino being a true professional wanted to do it on his own. He was nearly caught in the fire, engulfing on all sides, but was rescued on time. However, Tovino suffered minor burn injuries which were treated immediately.

Sandra Thomas heaped praises on the lead star for his commitment and professionalism.

Wielding the megaphone for this venture is debut director Swapnesh K Nair. P Balachandran has penned the script for this flick and he will be seen playing Tovino Thomas’ dad in it. Rekha is playing his mom. Joy Mathew, Sudheesh, Samyuktha Menon and Abu Saleem have been roped in to play pivotal roles. Reports are that Edakkad Battalion 06 has been inspired by a true story, the details of which are kept under wraps for now. Tovino will be playing an army officer in it.

Meanwhile, Tovino is gearing up for the release of Luca on June 28. Wielding the megaphone of this investigative thriller is debut director Arun Bose. He has scripted the film in association with Mridul George. The technical crew of Luca comprises Sooraj S Kurup to compose the tunes, Nimish Ravi for cranking the camera and Nikhil Venu for editing. The film is being bankrolled jointly by Linto Thomas and Prince Hussain under the banner Stories and Thoughts Productions.

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Bigg Boss
From news anchor Fathima Babu to 'Nerkonda Paarvai' actor Abhirami, the house has an interesting mix this time.
  • Monday, June 24, 2019 - 10:21
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Bigg Boss Tamil, the popular reality TV show that has been all the rage for the last two years, is back again with its most awaited third season. The first season premiered on Vijay TV in June 2017 and the second season premiered last year. The third season's premiere happened on Sunday evening and the contestants were revealed one after the other.

While Bigg Boss Season 1 had 19 participants and the second had around 16, this time around, Bigg Boss Season 2 has 15 participants and 2 special entries who will come in later. Here’s the complete list of participants this year:

Fathima Babu - Veteran news anchor

Madhumitha - Actress - Ok Ok fame  

Saravanan - Actor Paruthiveeran fame

Mohan Vaidya  - Musician and actor

Sandy - Choreographer

Sakshi Agarwal - Actor

Abhirami Venkatachalam  - Ner Konda Paarvai actress

Losiya - Sri Lankan Newsreader

Kavin - Actor - Vijay TV's Saravanan Meenaksi fame

Vanitha Vijayakumar - Actor - Daughter of veteran actor Vijay Kumar

Cheran - Actor and director

Sherin - Actor

Tharshan - Sri Lankan model

Mugen Roa -  Malaysian actor and singer

Reshma - Air hostess and anchor

With the successful completion of season 1 and 2, there are huge expectations for the third season. Also, there was speculation that Kamal may not do the show again as he is busy with his political assignments, but finally Kamal came on board. While the first season gained immense popularity, the second season had a drop in the ratings as there were many controversies.  The first season was won by Arav and Riythvika emerged victorious in Bigg Boss Tamil Season 2.

The participants will be locked inside for the 100 days and every week, usually, there will be one elimination. The contestants will be eliminated from the house in stages based on their popularity rating. After eliminations, the top four contestants will fight for the trophy and the prize. For the first week, Kamal Haasan announced that there will not be any eliminations. Each episode will be 60 minutes long on weekdays and 90 minutes long on weekends.

The controversy has already started with Sudhan, an advocate from Chennai, who filed a petition asking for a ban on the reality show. When the case came up for the hearing last Wednesday, Justice Manikumar and Subramaniam Prasad had issued notices to nine respondents including the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and posted the next hearing in two weeks.

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The film by Rathish Ambat will be written by actor-writer Murali Gopy who has penned ‘Kammara Sambhavam’ as well as Prithviraj’s first directorial, ‘Lucifer’.
  • Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 21:01

Prithviraj and director Rathish Ambat of Kammara Sambhavam fame will soon be teaming up for a film that is scripted by Murali Gopy. Rathish Ambat said in an interview to the Times of India, “The movie will be set in the current era. We are hoping to start the shooting in March 2020, after Prithviraj finishes work on Aadujeevitham. Murali is currently working on the script, so any details about the character or the plot would be premature at this stage.”

Murali Gopy shares a good rapport with both Prithviraj and Rathish Ambat. He penned Prithviraj’s maiden directorial Lucifer and worked with Rathish in Kammara Sambhavam.

Lucifer is not only a big success in Kerala but across the globe as well. The film did well abroad as well, with the box office collections soaring. Being Prithviraj’s first directorial, there were huge expectations on Lucifer and it paid off well at the box office.

Lucifer had Mohanlal, Manju Warrier, Tovino Thomas, Indrajith, and the Bollywood star Vivek Oberoi in pivotal roles. Mohanlal played the lead character of Stephen Nedumpally in the political thriller, produced by Antony Perumbavoor.

It was revealed that Prithviraj and Murali Gopy will be teaming up for a sequel to the film, titled Empuraan. Mohanlal announced the title on his Facebook page with a short video clip.

While the groundwork for this is on, Prithviraj will complete his work for Aadujeevitham, directed by Blessy. This film is based on the novel of the same title, penned by Benyamin. The story revolves around a migrant worker from India who is forced to herd goats in the deserts of the Middle East and lead a slave like existence. Oscar winning musician AR Rahman, who last composed for a Malayalam film 27 years ago, is behind the music of Aadujeevitham.

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