The film, a biopic on the late Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, YS Rajasekhara Reddy, is set for a grand release on February 8, while the premiere will be held in the US on February 7.
  • Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 17:20

The biopic on the late chief minister of Andhra Pradesh YS Rajasekhara Reddy has reached the final stages of production. The film, in which Mammootty plays YSR, is set for a grand release on February 8th and its premiere in the Unites States of America will happen a day prior to it, on February 7th. Also, the film - titled Yatra - will be released in three languages, Telugu, Malayalam and Tamil. It will be based on the famous Yatra that YSR undertook in 2003 which eventually put him on the chief minister’s chair.

Directed by Mahi V Raghav, the biopic has a bevy of stars in the cast including Jagapathi Babu, who plays YSR's father YS Raja Reddy, Rao Ramesh as KVP Ramachandra Rao, who was YSR's closest friend from his medical college days and Suhasini Mani Ratnam as the former minister Sabitha Indra Reddy. It also has Anasuya Bharadwaj, Posani Krishna Murali, Vinod Kumar and Sachin Khedekar in supporting roles. The director had decided to do away with YSR’s son Jegan Mohan Reddy’s character in the film altogether. Sources say that the director doesn’t want to deviate from concentrating on the famous Pada Yatra due to which he decided to remove Jegan’s character as it may shift the focus.

The film is produced by Vijay Chilla and Shashi Devireddy under the banner 70 MM Pictures and its technical crew includes K for music, Sathyan Sooryan for cinematography and A Sreekar Prasad for editing.

It may be mentioned here that the trailer of the YSR biopic Yatra was unveiled a few weeks ago. From the trailer, it is evident that the dialogues in it will be hard hitting and something to watch out for. Mammootty, it is believed, has done a lot of research to get into the skin of the character.

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The team, including hero Nivin Pauly and director Rosshan Andrrews, gathered at the PVR Lulu in Kochi to celebrate the 100th day of the film’s theatrical run.
  • Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 17:02

It was a special celebration for the Kayamkulam Kochunni team who had gathered at the PVR Lulu in Kochi recently. The team was there to celebrate the 100th day of the film’s theatrical run and it was not a mean achievement. Those present to celebrate the feat were Kayamkulam Kochunni’s hero Nivin Pauly, director Rosshan Andrrews, writers Bobby and Sanjay and a host of others.

At a time when films are being pulled out of the theatres within a couple of days of its release, Kayamkulam Kochunni has managed to hold on for 100 days! Well, that certainly called for a grand celebration where the film is still being screened.

It may be noted here that soon after the film’s theatrical release, it fell prey to piracy and was available online for free. Despite such hurdles, Kayamkulam Kochunni did well at the box office.

The film had a large star cast of including Mohanlal, Nivin Pauly, Priya Anand, Priyanka Thimmesh, Sunny Wayne and Babu Antony. Mohanlal was seen in an extended cameo in this film, as Ithikkara Pakki. 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 for editing. Kayamkulam Kochunni was produced by Gokulam Gopalan under his banner Sree Gokulam Films on a budget of Rs 40 crore.

It may be noted here that Kayamkulam Kochunni was the fastest in the Malayalam film industry to cross the Rs 50 crore mark and it went on to cross Rs 70 crore on its 25-day run at the box office. Finally the film made a whooping entry into the 100 crore club. The film is based on the life of a highwayman who lived in the 19th century in the Central Travancore region.

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Usually, Vijay Antony has doubled up as composer for all his projects so far.
  • Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 15:46

Actor-producer Vijay Antony, last seen playing a cop in Thimiru Pudichavan, gears up to commence shoot of his next project Tamilarasan from Friday. To be produced by SNS Movies, Babu Yogeeswaran is directing the project which will have music by maestro Ilayaraja.

The makers made the announcement via a statement and it’s worth mentioning that it’s the first time Ilaiyaraaja would be scoring music for Vijay Antony, who has usually doubled up as composer for all his projects so far.

The film had its formal launch ceremony on Friday and it will feature Remya Nambeesan as the leading lady.

Talking about roping in Ilaiyaraaja for the project, the director was quoted by Deccan Chronicle: “The film has lot of emotions and background score is of utter importance. Except Raja sir no one can do justice to my script’s BGM. Hence, we opted for Isaignani.”

He also clarified that the film is not based on the life of controversial personality Ponparappi Tamilarasan, a Naxalite. The film marks the acting debut of filmmaker Mohan Raja’s son Pranav in a crucial role.

With two projects in different stages of production, Antony is expected to commence work on this project very soon. Having completed shooting his portion for Kolaigaran, Antony will soon start shooting for a multi-starrer project with Arun Vijay. Produced by T Siva, this film has been directed Moodar Koodam fame Naveen. Recently, it was announced that the film will also star Arun Vijay as one of the leads. Shalini Pandey has been signed as the leading.

On the career front, Antony’s last few releases haven’t done well and he’s desperately on the lookout for a hit.

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The shooting of this entertainer will start rolling from January 21 in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan where the first schedule will proceed until the end of next month.
  • Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 15:34

Director Thiru’s next film in the pipeline will be the Gopichand starrer which has not been titled yet. The shooting of this entertainer will start rolling from January 21 onwards in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan where the first schedule will proceed until the end of next month.

According to sources in the know, the director is planning to can some action sequences during this schedule.

The untitled film, which is touted to be a complete action entertainer, will be bankrolled by Sunkara Ramabrahmam under the banner 14 Reels Entertainment.

Vishal Chandrasekhar will be composing the tunes for this flick with Abburi Ravi penning the dialogues. While the star cast of this film is yet to be announced we hear that there will be two heroines sharing the screen space with Gopichand.

Gopichand’s debut was in the Telugu film industry with Tholi Valapu in the year 2001 and he was then seen in negative roles in a number of films later on. His role as the villain in Jayam shot him to the limelight. Gopichand’s last outing as hero was with Pantham last year which also happened to be his landmark 25 film.

Director Thiru, on the other hand, made his directorial debut with the 2010 release Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai, which had Vishal in the lead. His other films are Samar and Naan Sigappu Manithan also starring Vishal. The director’s last film to hit the marquee was Mr Chandramouli which released on July 6, 2018.

This film starred the father-son duo Karthik and Gautham Karthik in the lead roles.

With Gopichand’s film, Thiru will be foraying into the Telugu film industry. More details about this project is expected to be revealed as the shooting progresses.

Gopichand's long pending project Aaradugula Bullet, action entertainer directed by B Gopal Reddy and produced by Thandra Ramesh under the banner Jaya Balaji Real Media is yet to hit the silver screen.

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The Yash starrer, which hit the silver screens on December 21st last year, was directed by Prashanth Neel, who had also written the story, screenplay and dialogues.
  • Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 15:25

The Kannada film KGF: Chapter 1 was dubbed in four languages – Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu – and released simultaneously last month. The film received an overwhelming response from the audiences and celebs alike.

While the reviews were good, many celebrities took to social media to heap praises on the team. The latest addition to this is the Tamil star Vijay. He had expressed his desire to see the film and a special screening was arranged for him in Chennai.

Soon after the show, he lauded the efforts of the KGF team for coming up with an excellent movie and congratulated on the grand success. Members of the film unit present during the special screening were elated over the praise coming from none other than an icon in the Tamil film industry.

The Yash starrer KGF, which hit the silver screens on December 21st last year, was directed by Prashanth Neel, who had also written the story, screenplay and dialogues. Vijay Kiragandur had bankrolled the project under his banner Hombale Films.

The film has Srinidhi Shetty playing the heroine. While Yash and Srinidhi Shetty play the lead pair in it, the rest of the star cast includes Achyuth Kumar, Nassar, Anant Nag and Vasishta N. Simha. The film was narrated by Anant Nag. 

The technical team comprised music director Ravi Basrur, cinematographer Bhuvan Gowda, and art director Shivakumar.

KGF team is currently busy shooting scenes for KGF: Chapter 2. It may be noted here that the team had already shot about 15 percent of the sequel while making the first part and will be filming the remaining portions to ensure a speedy release.

Sources say that Yash has put his other project on hold to concentrate in the sequel so that he could cash in on KGF’s success.

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Megha Akash is in talks with director Vikram Kumar but the deal has not been struck as yet.
  • Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 11:04
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Director Vikram Kumar is gearing up to take his next project on to the floors very soon. The director has signed up Nani to play the lead role in this flick. According to reports doing rounds about the heroine, we hear that Megha Akash is the top contender. She is in talks with the filmmaker but the deal has not been struck as yet. Sources in the know say that call sheet and remuneration are the two crucial factors and if these work out favourably, she will be onboard.

Megha Akash made her debut with the Telugu film Lie in 2017 and was seen in Chal Mohanaranga as well. She was in the star cast of the Rajinikanth starrer Petta in which her performance was well received.

Yet another interesting development about this yet to be titled film is that it will also feature Siddharth in the star cast. But the star will be playing the main antagonist. Sources in the know say that Siddharth accepted the role as it would give him enough scope for performance.

Reports are that this Nani starrer will belong to the horror genre. Interestingly, Vikram Kumar had directed Yavarum Nalam / 13 B, a horror flick which turned out to be a smash hit in 2009. This film starred R Madhavan and Neetu Chandra as the lead pair.

Meanwhile, sources told Indian Express, “The preparation is still going on. When it comes to the story, it will not be an ordinary narrative. It will have drama, romance, twists and all other commercial elements. And it is going to be told in a little out-of-the-box manner for sure.”

It may be noted that the director was working on a project for Allu Arjun but it has been put in the cold storage for various reasons. Allu Arjun has moved on to another film following which Vikram Kumar has decided to begin this horror flick with Nani.

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While the first part is about the rise of the legendary actor NT Rama Rao as a film star, the second part will be about his journey in the political arena and his phenomenal success.
  • Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 10:49

The first part of the NTR biopic, Kathanayakudu hit the marquee as Sankaranthi release and had a lukewarm reception at the box office. Now the filmmakers are gearing up for the release of its second part Mahanayakudu.

While the first part is about the rise of the legendary actor NT Rama Rao as a film star, the second part will be about his journey in the political arena and his phenomenal success.

Mahanayakudu was planned for release on February 7 but now we hear that the release has been postponed by a week. Sources in the know say that the team took a four-day off to celebrate Sankaranthi festival following which the shooting could not be completed on time.

This caused a slight delay, which prompted the filmmakers to reschedule the release date. Now, Mahanayakudu will be hitting the silver screens on February 14.

The NTR biopic is helmed by J Krish and produced jointly N Balakrishna along with Vishnu Induri and Sai Korrapati. The film has an impressive star cast with Vidya Balan, Mohan Babu, Sumanth, Keerthy Suresh, Rana Daggubati and others.

It has Balayya is playing the role of his dad NTR with Nandamuri Kalyan Ram as Nandamuri Harikrishna, Bharath Reddy as Daggubati Venkateswara Rao, Manjima Mohan as Nara Bhuvaneswari, Sumanth playing Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Vidya Balan as NTR’s wife Basvatharakam, and Rana Daggubati as N Chandrababu Naidu.

MM Keeravani is the music composer for this venture with Gnana Shekar VS cranking the camera and Arram Ramakrishna editing it.

It may be noted here that initially Teja was roped in to direct the film but he was later replaced by J Krish. Sources say that creative differences between Teja and Balayya was the reason for the former’s exit from the project.

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The film, an action entertainer directed by Vysakh, is a sequel to the 2010 film ‘Pokkiri Raja’.
  • Friday, January 18, 2019 - 19:41

The first look poster of MaduraRaja is out. Mammootty, wearing a white dhoti and shirt, is seen wielding a weapon and looks every bit deadly.

MaduraRaja, an action entertainer, is directed by Vysakh with the scripting done by him in association with Uday Krishna. The first schedule of the film has been wrapped up successfully and the second schedule is currently on. The team will be wrapping up the entire shooting with the third schedule after which the post production will begin. MaduraRaja is scheduled for Vishu release this year.

According to reports, the MaduraRaja team is shooting a fight sequence between Mammootty and Jagapathi Babu. This will be a long schedule and a very important fight sequence for which 25 days have been allotted.

The film is a sequel to the hit 2010 film Pokkiri Raja which was directed by Vysakh and starred Mammootty and Prithviraj in the lead. Prithviraj will be seen in a cameo role in the sequel with Sunny Leone roped in for a dance sequence. 

While Tamil actor Jai will be seen in a prominent role in MaduraRaja, the rest of the cast include Siddique, Aju Varghese, Anna Rajan, Anusree, Nedumudi Venu, Vijayaraghavan, Salim Kumar, Dharmajan Bolgatty, Bala, Bijukuttan and Manikuttan.

The technical crew of the film includes Gopi Sunder for music, Shaji Kumar for cinematography and John Kutty for editing. The film is bankrolled by Nelson Ipe under his banner on a big budget.

Mammootty will also be seen in Ganagandharvan, a film directed by comedian-turned-filmmaker Ramesh Pisharody. He will also be working with director Ranjith in which he is playing the world's richest Keralite, and with actor-filmmaker Nadirshah for a film titled I am a Disco Dancer. In addition, there is also his Tamil film Peranbu and the Telugu biopic on YSR, Yathra, releasing in February.

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In the film, directed by Manu Ashok, Parvathy plays an air hostess who survives an acid attack.
  • Friday, January 18, 2019 - 19:12

The first look poster of the Parvathy starrer Uyare has been released introducing the character she plays as Pallavi. In this film, she plays an air hostess who survives an acid attack. She looks different in long straight hair, in contrast to the curly short one the actor wears off screen.

Being a performance-oriented role, Parvathy has done a lot of homework to get into the skin on her character.

As she will be playing an acid attack victim, it requires special make-up to ensure that she looks perfect for the role and a special team has been entrusted with the job. Further, the director will be shooting some of the scenes at the Sheroes Hangout, a café run by the acid attack survivors for their community in Delhi.

Uyare is directed by Manu Ashok, an erstwhile associate of the late filmmaker Rajesh Pillai. Speaking about the project, script writer Sanjay of the Sanjay – Bobby duo, told in an interview to onlinemanorama much earlier, “Manu, who was Rajesh’s associate, was really close to him. In fact Rajesh used to talk about Manu quite often. He was extremely weak while he was doing Vettah and it was Manu who supported him the most during that time. Rajesh used to tell me that he wished to let Manu do one of his movies. That is how we arrived at this project. You could say that Rajesh left the world leaving Manu with us. An invisible presence of Rajesh could truly be felt by us.”

The film will be bankrolled by Shegna, Sherga and Shenuga, the daughters of producer PV Gangadharan, under the banner Grihalakshmi Films. The music for Uyare will be composed by Gopi Sunder, and Mahesh Narayan will be taking charge at the editing table. Director Manu’s wife Shreya will be the film’s costume designer. 

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The movie, which was slotted to release last year was pushed to January 18.
  • Friday, January 18, 2019 - 18:49
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Multiple delays continue to haunt Kannada Superstar Shiva Rajkumar’s fans, as his latest movie Kavacha’s release has been postponed.  

Kavacha, which was supposed to hit the screens last year, was slated to release on January 18, Thursday. However, sources from within the industry say that the movie has been postponed further and will now release on a date which is yet to be announced.

The movie, bankrolled by MVV Sathyanarayanan under the banner Hayagriva Movie Adishtana, is directed by GVR Vasu. Shiva Rajkumar plays the lead role in Kavacha with Kruthika Jayakumar as the female lead. The star cast also includes Isha Koppikar, Baby Meenakshi and Vasishta N Simha in pivotal roles. According to sources, Shiva Rajkumar will appear as a blind man in the movie. Rahul Shrivastav has handled the camera for Kavacha and the music has been composed by Arjun Janya.

Kavacha was in fact inspired from the Malayalam blockbuster Oppam, which was directed by ace director Priyadarshan. Speaking about Kavacha in an interview, its director GVR Vasu told, “Ours is not a copy of the original. Also, Shiva Rajkumar does not prefer remakes and accepted the film only after the script was redrafted. This action-thriller has new elements, which is what Shivanna’s fans look forward to.” Sources say that director Vasu has included new twists in the tale which will be different from Mohanlal’s Oppam.

The Malayalam movie Oppam had Mohanlal in the lead with Samuthirakani, Anusree, Nedumudi Venu, Vimala Raman etc alongside. The movie was based on a story by Govind Vijayan and was directed by Priyadarshan. The film was a big hit and had won several prestigious awards.

Besides Kavacha, Shivanna’s fans can also expect Rustum, SRK and Drona to hit the screens this year.

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