Kollywood
Shankar, producer of the ‘Imsai Arasan’ sequel, had earlier complained to the Producers’ Council about the actor for stalling shooting of the film.
  • Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 19:37
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In an illustrious career, actor-comedian Vadivelu is known for many memorable roles but his portrayal of twin brothers Pulikesi and Ukraputhran in the 2006 historical comedy Imsai Arasan 23rd Pulikesi, directed by Chimbu Deven, is undoubtedly one of his best performances.

A decade after the release of the film, its sequel Imsai Arasan 24am Pulikesi went on the floors last year in Chennai’s EVP World, where a huge period set was erected and where key scenes were planned to be shot in the first schedule. Since then the project has been stalled allegedly due to Vadivelu’s non-cooperation on various issues like costumes, selection of supporting actors and remuneration.

Following this, Shankar, who happens to be the film’s producer, had approached the Producers’ Council which forwarded the complaint to the Nadigar Sangam to resolve the issue. Since the complaints emerged, rumours have been doing the rounds that the project has been shelved.

The latest update is that two more producers have complained about Vadivelu’s unprofessional behaviour. According to a report, actor-producer RK had roped in the actor to star in the horror comedy Neeyum Naanum Naduvula Peyum. However, according to RK, the actor did not turn up for shooting despite receiving a huge sum for the film. RK has now filed a complaint against the actor for non-compliance. Similarly, producer Stephen, who had signed Vadivelu in a crucial role in GV Prakash Kumar’s upcoming film with Ram Bala, has also raised a red flag against the actor’s behaviour.

Reports say that both Nadigar Sangam and the Producers’ Council have issued notices to Vadivelu asking for an explanation.

Last seen on screen in a key role in Vijay’s Mersal, the Imsai Arasan sequel was expected to be Vadivelu’s grand comeback, especially after his recent appearances in Kathi Sandai and Sivalinga were not received well. In 24am Pulikesi, Parvathy Omanakuttan is paired with Vadivelu, along with a battalion of supporting cast. Ghibran has been roped in to compose the music.

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Kollywood
Rajinikanth’s ‘Kaala’ is set to release on the date which was earlier reserved for ‘2.0’.
  • Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 14:59

It’s been disappointment after disappointment for superstar Rajinikanth’s fans as their wait to catch the highly anticipated magnum opus 2.0, which has been postponed once again. The makers, who after multiple postponements, confirmed that they’ll hit the screens on April 27, had to change dates yet again owing to delay in completion of extensive VFX work. Rajinikanth’s Kaala has been confirmed to release on April 27 in place of 2.0. The industry grapevine is that the makers of 2.0 now are eyeing two release dates.

According to multiple sources, the team hopes come out for Independence Day or Diwali as they feel these two most popular holiday weekends. An official confirmation is still awaited, but the team is hopeful that all pending work should be wrapped up for August 15 release and even if it gets pushed by a month or two, then they should be ready forDiwali.  Directed by Shankar, the film marks the southern debut of Akshay Kumar, who plays the antagonist. Akshay plays a scientist who turns into a bird-man after an experiment goes awry.

Akshay’s look in the film was highly spoken about when audiences got a glimpse a few months ago. Talking about his role at the recently concluded event in Dubai, Akshay said that it’d take him five hours to get ready to play his character. “It’d take me 3 and half hours to put on the makeup and another hour and a half to take it off.” In order to play his role, he said he didn’t have to rehearse much because all he was required to do was follow the instructions of Shankar blindly. 2.0 will mark the return of Rajinikanth as Dr Vaseegaran and Chitti. Made on a lavish budget of Rs. 450 crore, the film which has music by A.R Rahman, will also be released in Hindi and Telugu.

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Kollywood
The trilogy, set in north Chennai, will track 30 years of the life of a gangster.
  • Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 14:47

National award-winning filmmaker Vetrimaaran and actor Dhanush have teamed up for the fifth time in Vada Chennai, a trilogy set in north Chennai. Earlier this week, sources from the team confirmed that shoot of the first part has been wrapped up and a picture featuring the cast of the film surfaced online. The picture featured Vetrimaaran along with the important cast members of the film except Dhanush. Apparently, the post-production work has already kicked-off and the team hopes to bring the film out this year and subsequently start filming the second part.

The story will track 30 years in the life of a gangster, played by Dhanush, who has already set aside over 200 days for this epic project. Tipped to be the most ambitious project in the career of Vetrimaaran, most popular for helming Aadukalam and Visaaranai, the film will be shot in the most realistic manner featuring raw and hard-hitting action, rather than just focusing on the lifestyle of a gangster, it will also focus on their emotional side. The film also stars Kaaka Muttai fame Aishwarya Rajesh in a key role which was originally offered to Amala Paul. The film also features Andrea Jeremiah, Daniel Balaji, Kishore and a bevy of actors in crucial roles.

Most of the first part was shot in an elaborate jail set that was erected in Chennai on a lavish budget. The film also stars filmmaker Ameer in an important role and the rumour has it that this role was originally offered to Vijay Sethupathi, who opted out of the project for reasons unknown. Produced by Dhanush’s Wunderbar Films, Vada Chennai has music by Santhosh Narayanan.

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Entertainment
The 'Tagaru' star reportedly said that he will feel complete as an actor only if he acts in all genres.
  • Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 14:32

Kannada superstar, Shivrajkumar’s Tagaru finally hit the silver screens on February 23rd after being postponed on a couple of occasions. The film opened to good reviews and is doing well at the theatres. Earlier, speaking at a press meet as part of the film’s promotions, Shiv Rajkumar lauded his Bollywood counterpart Akshay Kumar for selecting different genres of films. At the press meet, he said "He (Akshay Kumar) started as an action hero and now he has transformed himself into one of the finest actors. Look at his films Toilet Ek Prem Katha or Padman. I personally had the opportunity to work in all kinds of genres. I worked in films like Jogi and even tried ones like Ammarava Ganda and Anna Thangi, and have been part of novel-based films. I have worked in action as well as family entertainers. Only if I act in all genres, I will feel complete as an actor.”

Tagaru, an action-cop thriller, has Shivrjakumar in the cop avatar with Manvitha and Bhavana playing the leading ladies and Dhananjay in an important role. Produced by KP Srikanth under the banner Venus Entertainers, the film also has Vasishta N. Simha and Devaraj in the star cast. It may be noted here that the star and director are collaborating for the second time after the release of Kaddipudi in 2013.

Charan Raj has composed music for this venture with Mahendra Simha cranking the camera and Deepu S Kumar doing the editing. The film has been directed by Duniya Soori and this is his second association with the hero after Kaddipudi.

With Tagaru hitting the marquee, Shivrajkumar is expecting the release of The Villain soon, in which he shares the screen space with Kiccha Sudeep. He also has Kavacha and SRK lined up for release this year.

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Kollywood
The film will be directed by writer-turned-director Arunraja Kamaraj.
  • Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 11:24
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Best known for playing a mother of two slum kids in National award-winning film Kaaka Muttai, actress Aishwarya Rajesh has come a long way with a variety of roles.

Having bagged plum roles in Gautham Menon’s Dhruva Natchathiram, Vetrimaaran’s Vada Chennai and Mani Ratnam’s Chekka Chivantha Vaanam, she’s all set to play a woman with cricketing dreams in Sivakarthikeyan’s debut production, a sports drama, being directed by writer-turned-director Arunraja Kamaraj, popular for penning the hit number Neruppuda from Kabali. 

On bagging the role, Aishwarya told Times of India, “The film is based on women’s cricket and I play a cricketer, who hails from a small town. How she makes her mark and realises her dream form the crux.”

She’s thrilled about playing a cricketer. “It is not easy to play this game despite knowing the basics. I have already begun training for it. Also, to be honest, I had never watched women’s cricket before signing this film, but now, I have started following it. I love the body language of the women cricketers and the attitude with which they carry themselves. It’s an honour to play a woman cricketer on screen,” she says, adding, “This one’s close to my heart and I have been working sincerely on the project. The film is sure to reach pan-Indian audiences.”

Veteran actor Sathyaraj plays Aishwarya’s father in the film. On donning the producer’s hat for his best friend Arunraja Kamaraj, Sivakarthikeyan has said in a statement: “Film industry had given me the name and the fame. I owe a lot to the industry. I feel it is my responsibility to help my friends realise their dreams, the same friends who have stood beside me through thick and thin, we have always shared the same dream of achievement and glory.  Arunraja Kamaraj is very talented and he had shown a glimpse of promise as a director when he was a student itself. When he narrated this script to me I was able to connect as I also hail from a middle-class family. The dreams and ambitions of the protagonist are the fulcrum of the movie.”

Siva and Kamaraj go a long way back as friends. They were classmates from college and hail from the same town. The film will have music by Dhibu Ninan Thomas, who also happens to be the classmate of Siva and Kamaraj.

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Mollywood
The film is a biopic on the acclaimed football player, who led Kerala to victory in the Santosh Trophy.
  • Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 10:59
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Jayasurya played VP Sathyan in his latest film Captain, a biopic on the acclaimed football player who led Kerala to victory in the Santosh Trophy.

In an interview to Manoramaonline, the star opened up about the role he got to play in Captain and admitted that he never knew Sathyan personally but was told on a number of occasions that he did resemble the footballer.

He had admitted, “Sathyan was a talented footballer who loved the game unconditionally and earned the Santosh Trophy for Kerala. That was his persona on the ground. We had to present him as an individual too. I knew neither of those Sathyans. Yet, I felt his presence during my preparations to essay the role.”

However, Jayasurya being a talented actor soon got into the skin of the character so much so that he transformed into VP Sathyan while shooting some scenes. Recalling one such incident, Jayasurya told in the interview that when he had to slap his co-star Anu Sithara, who was playing VP Sathyan’s wife Anitha in the movie, he hit her hard on the face.

On this, he said, "I told you I was going through a lot of emotion. The acting was so intense that I actually slapped co-actor Anu Sithara during the shoot. That was an unrehearsed shot. I had warned the cameraman that I was not sure of what I was going to do. Just shoot whatever I do. I realized that I hit Anu Sithara only after the shoot was finished. I was worried about facing her after the incident, but she was sporty.”

Captain was directed by Prajesh Sen, a debutant.

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Cinema
Being his first film after the massive success of 'Baahubali', Prabhas' fans will get to see him in a different avatar.
  • Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 16:08

Expectations are mounting for the multi-lingual Saaho, which has Prabhas in the lead. Being his first film after the massive success of Baahubali: the Beginning and Baahubali: the Conclusion,for which he worked for five long years, his fans will get to see him in a different avatar.

The film went on floors last year and is progressing at a breakneck speed with the team gearing up to fly abroad for the next schedule. Initially, there was a buzz that Prabhas' co-star in Baahubali, Anushka Shetty, may be cast opposite him, but later the role went to Bollywood actor Shraddha Kapoor.

Bollywood star Neil Nithin Mukesh is playing the antagonist. A multi-lingual film to be released in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi, Saaho's star cast also includes Mandira Bedi, Arun Vijay, Jackie Shroff and Lal.

According to latest reports, Amy Jackson has been approached to make a cameo appearance in the film and we hear that she is all set to shake a leg with Prabhas in the film.

Meanwhile, the next few schedules of the film will take place across Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Romania, where most of the film’s high-octane action scenes will be shot. Touted to be an action entertainer, the film will have a high octane fight sequence that is planned to be shot at the Burj Kalifa in Dubai, which is the tallest building in the world. Hollywood stunt director Kenny Bates will be choreographing this stunt.

The mega budget action extravaganza is said to be made on a budget of over Rs 150 crore. Saaho is a science-fiction thriller that is being directed by Sujeeth Reddy. The film is being produced by V Vamsi Krishna Reddy and U Pramod under the banner UV Creations on a budget of around Rs 180 crores. Music for Saaho is being composed by Shankar – Ehsaan – Loy with R Madhie cranking the camera and A Sreekar Prasad editing it.

 

Entertainment
Pia will be sporting a bald look as it is essential for the character she plays.
  • Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 12:30

Pia Bajpai had no qualms over tonsuring for her upcoming film Abhiyum Anuvum in which she shares screen space with Tovino Thomas. The film will mark Tovino’s debut in the Tamil film industry. A bilingual, the film will be released in Malayalam and Tamil.

Pia will be sporting a bald look as it is essential for the character she plays.

In a press statement from the actor, it has been mentioned, "I'm having a bald look for a couple of scenes in the film and it's been very challenging for me. It used to take three to four hours just to place that properly and have that look. For a fact, if I had to start the shoot at 7 a.m., I had to start getting ready at 3 a.m. And more than that the whole day for 12-13 hours having that on my head, was very difficult. I couldn't move my head much or laugh. Even if my head got itchy, I couldn't do anything about that. With so much spray and glue. I just couldn't wait to get home and get that off. And it used to take easily that many hours to even remove that.”

Titled as Abhiyum Anuvum in Tamil and Abhiyude Katha Anuvinteyum in Malayalam, the romantic drama is being directed by veteran cinematographer BR Vijayalakshmi. Written by Uday Mahesh, the film tells a very intense love story of two youngsters living in different situations. Tovino plays a software engineer and Priya Bajpai plays the character of a peasant.

The Tamil dialogues for the film has been penned by K Shanmugam. Abhiyum Anuvum is being bankrolled under the banner Yoodlee Films. Dharan Kumar has composed music for this venture. Akilan is the cinematographer and Sunil Shree Nair is the editor. Vikram Mehra and BR Vijayalakshmi are the producers of this film and ace cinematographer-director Santosh Sivan is the executive producer.

Both the Tamil and Malayalam versions of the film will hit the silver screens on March 9 and the team is currently busy with the promos.

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Entertainment
Known for eating enormous quantities of food, Theeta Rappai participated in several eating competitions and won prizes for his achievement.
  • Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 11:21

Now, a film on Rappai, commonly known as Theeta Rappai, who became popular for his large appetite, is being made. Interestingly, it will have RLV Ramakrishnan, the brother of late actor Kalabhavan Mani in the lead.

Reports are that the film is planned as a family entertainer with debut director Vinu Ramakrishnan doing extensive research to develop the story and screenplay. It may be mentioned that Vinu Ramakrishnan was an erstwhile associate of veteran director Vinayan. The film will be produced by KK Vikraman under his banner KBM Creations. While the story is written by director Vinu Ramakrishnan, it has been scripted by journalist CA Sajeevan. Anwar Aman will be composing the tunes for the songs which have been penned by Rafeeq Ahmad while the cinematography will be done by Ajayan Vincent.

Known for eating enormous quantities of food, Theeta Rappai participated in several eating competitions and won prizes for his achievement. His name had been included in the Limca Book of World Records but his desire to enter the Guinness Book remained unfulfilled as he had to retire from participating in the eating competitions due to ill health. He was diagnosed with diabetes and hypertension and passed away while undergoing treatment at the Jubilee Mission Hospital in Thrissur on December 9, 2006, at the age of 67.

According to some reports about Theeta Rappai, he would easily polish off 75 idlis for breakfast, a couple of buckets of rice and curries for lunch, and 60 rotis for dinner. Reports are that he would eat 250 idlis and 15 kg of pudding and halwa in a single sitting. In one of the eating competitions, he reportedly consumed 750 idlis, 25 kg appam, hundreds of bananas, and buckets of payasam.

Well, a film on him would certainly be interesting!

Tollywood
The movie is touted to be a romantic thriller, and has two heroines in the lead.
  • Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 10:53

Bellamkonda Srinivas’ upcoming film went on floors a few days ago with the official puja in the presence of several leading film personalities from the Telugu film industry.

The film will be directed by debutant Srinivas, and will be bankrolled by Naveen Sontineni, under the banner of Vasundhara Creations.

Among those present at the launch were the Telangana FDC Chairman Rammohan Rao and the Gurajala constituency MLA, Yarapathineni Srinivasa Rao. Ace director VV Vinayak clapped the first shot on the day of the muhurat.

The film, which does not yet have a title, is said to be a romantic thriller with two heroines in the lead. According to reports, the heroines have not been finalized and the team is working on signing up two leading ladies soon.

With the official pooja done, the shooting should commence on March 2, 2018, say sources close to the team. The technical crew of the film includes Chota K Naidu for cinematography. He is teaming up with Bellamkonda for the second time after Alludu Seenu.

Deccan Chronicle reported Bellamkonda saying, “I liked the story that Sreenivas narrated to me and found it unique, so I decided to do it. I am sure that this film will not only do good to my career, but it will also be a path-breaking film in Telugu.”

Boasting of an interesting script, Bellamkonda is sure that he will score a grand success at the box office.

The hero, son of popular producer Bellamkonda Suresh, made his acting debut with Alludu Seenu, which won him the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut – South. He then went on act in 
Speedunnodu, Jaya Janaki Nayaka and Saakshyam.

His last release Saakshyam was directed by Sriwass and starred Pooja Hegde as the heroine. R. Sarathkumar and Meena played pivotal roles in this flick.