The film is directed by Prashanth Neel, who has also written the story, screenplay and dialogues.
  • Monday, October 15, 2018 - 19:29

It was recently announced that the Yash starrer KGF will be out in theatres on November 16, but it has now been confirmed that the release stands postponed. According to trade sources, KGF will release on December 21 to cash in on the long Christmas weekend. Yash has had the best of hits released during the Christmas season and wants to make the most of it during this year as well, we hear.

The plan earlier was to release the Kannada, Tamil and Telugu versions of the film simultaneously and later the Hindi and Malayalam dubbed versions. With the shifting of the release date to December 21, all the five versions of KGF will be out on the same date. It may be noted here that KGF was first planned as a Christmas release and then advanced to November. But now, the filmmakers have decided to stick to the original release plan.

Touted to be one of the high budget movies in Sandalwood, KGF is directed by Prashanth Neel, who has also written the story, screenplay and dialogues. Vijay Kiragandur is bankrolling the project under his banner Hombale Films. The technical team comprises music director Ravi Basrur, cinematographer Bhuvan Gowda and art director Shivakumar. While Yash and Srinidhi Shetty play the lead pair, the rest of the star cast includes Achyuth Kumar, Nassar, Ramya Krishnan, Anant Nag and Vasishta N Simha. The film is narrated by Anant Nag.

The USP of KGF would be a retro number featuring Tamannaah and Yash. Choreographed by Jani master, it is a reinvented version of the song ‘Jokae naanu balliya minchu’ from the 1970 Dr Rajkumar starrer Paropakari. Reports say that Tamannaah was paid a whopping Rs 50 lakh just for this performance.

On doing a retro number for the first time in her career, Tamannaah reportedly told TOI, “This is the first time I will be doing a retro number. I’ve never had such a fun-filled fulfilling experience like I did on this dance sequence. It is a retro cabaret set-up and I’ve never attempted to do this before so, it was a learning experience of sorts.”

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Some daredevilry stunts and chase sequences have been shot in the Middle East with the Hollywood stunt coordinator Kenny Bates choreographing it.
  • Monday, October 15, 2018 - 18:28

Prabhas starrer Saaho was announced last year and the shooting is still under progress. Being a very high budget film, Saaho is being shot in various locations in India and abroad. According to reports, some daredevilry stunts and chase sequences have been shot in the Middle East with the Hollywood stunt coordinator Kenny Bates choreographing it. According to latest reports about the film, there is a 20-minute village sequence included and will be the highlight of Saaho. This update has certainly created a lot of anticipation about Saaho.

Saaho, directed by Sujeeth, is bankrolled by V. Vamshi Krishna Reddy and Pramod Uppalapati under the banner UV Creations on a budget of Rs 300 crores. The film’s star cast also includes Neil Nitin Mukesh, Lal, Arun Vijay, Mandira Bedi, Jackie Shroff, Vennela Kishore, Mahesh Manjrekar and Chunkey Pandey in supporting roles. While Prabhas plays the male lead in this action entertainer, sharing the screen space with him as his heroine is Shraddha Kapoor.

The shooting of Saaho began several months ago and the team completed canning an action block in Abu Dhabi, following the wrap of a 60-day action sequence shoot in Abu Dhabi. The technical crew of this film includes Shankar – Ehsaan – Loy for composing music with R Madhi cranking the camera and A Sreekar Prasad editing. Saaho is a trilingual that will be released in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi. The shooting of this film is expected to be completed later this year and it will out at the theatres during the first half of next year.

What makes Saaho the most anticipated movie besides its huge budget is that it happens to be Prabhas’ first film after the astounding success of Baahubali. The star had been associated with Baahubali for nearly five years and had earned a huge fan base throughout India, which has upped the expectation levels for Saaho.

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'Yatra', 'Anthariksham' and 'Padi Padi Leche Manasu' are lined for release on the long festive weekend.
  • Monday, October 15, 2018 - 13:16

Come December 21, it will be a three-cornered contest at the box office with three Telugu films gearing up for release. The Christmas weekend is the most awaited one among the filmmakers to release their films to cash in on the long festive weekend. The three Telugu movies lined up for release this year are the YSR biopic Yatra, Varun Tej’s Anthariksham and Sharwanand’s Padi Padi Leche Manasu. Interestingly, all the three films belong to different genres giving the film buffs a good choice to select.

Yatra, starring Mammootty as YS Rajashekar Reddy, is directed by Mahi V Raghav. The film is being produced jointly by Vijay Chilla and Shashi Devi under the banner of 70MM Entertainments. It has Suhasini Mani Ratnam and Jagapathi Babu in pivotal roles.

To be released in Telugu and Tamil, Mammootty will be dubbing with his own voice in both the versions to lend credibility for his role. The Yatra team had already caught the attention of the film buffs and netizens by releasing the first look poster featuring Mammootty as YSR.  The technical crew of the film includes K for composing the tunes, Sathyan Sooryan for camera and A Sreekar Prasad for editing.

Director Sankalp Reddy of The Ghazi Attack is wielding the megaphone for Antariksham. Known for making a positive impact with his debut flick, expectations are high on this space thriller. Varun Tej plays the lead role in Antariksham, which has two heroines – Lavanya Tripathi and Aditi Rao Hydari – in the star cast.

The Hanu Raghavapudi directorial Padi Padi Leche Manasu stars Sharwanand and Sai Pallavi as the lead pair.  It is touted to be a rom-com, which is something that Hanu Raghavapudi excels in.

The film is being produced by Prasad Chukkapalli and Sudhakar Cherukuri under the banner Sri Lakshmi Venkateswara Cinemas. Vishal Chandrasekar is composing music for this venture.

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Kamal made the announcement when asked his upcoming project at 'Kelvikenna Bathil', a TV chat show that was held in Salem.
  • Monday, October 15, 2018 - 12:45
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After the dismal performance of Vishwaroopam 2, it looks like actor-filmmaker-politician Kamal Haasan won’t hang his boots without a fight. While it has already been confirmed that Haasan will soon join hands with Shankar for Indian 2, which is expected to start rolling towards the end of this year or early 2019, reports emerged over the weekend that he has announced a sequel to his cult hit Thevar Magan.

The announcement has taken everybody by surprise, including his fans who can’t seem to contain their excitement. However, one wonders if the project will take off, given the actor’s recent decision to plunge into full-time politics. 

Kamal made the announcement about Thevar Magan 2 when asked his upcoming project at 'Kelvikenna Bathil', a television chat show that was held in Salem. Thevar Magan, released in 1992, was directed by Bharathan and it starred late Sivaji Ganesan, Kamal Haasan, Gauthami, Nasser, Revathy and Vadivelu in crucial roles.

The story revolves around two warring brothers and how their fight against each other affects the villages they stay in.  The film won five national awards and featured music by Ilayaraja.

Interestingly, this will be the third sequel for Haasan in a row after Vishwaroopam 2 and Indian 2. Not long ago, the news about Indian 2 was announced in Tamil Bigg Boss. There are also reports that Kamal might revive Sabash Naidu, the spin-off based on the character Balram Naidu  in the 2008 hit film Dasavatharam which had Kamal playing 10 different characters.

The project went on the floors couple of years ago and the team even shot a schedule in the US. Following an unfortunate incident where Haasan fell from his office stairs and sprained his leg, the project was put on the back-burner.

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Binu S who made 'Ithihasa' would also direct the sequel, which appears to follow the 'magical' thread in the first film, involving a pair of rings.
  • Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 13:46

There is going to be a sequel to the film Ithihasa, which had released four years ago, and was a massive hit at the time. According to reports, director Binu S, who made Ithihasa, would direct the sequel too, and Indrajith Sukumaran would play the lead role. The rest of the cast and crew are yet to be revealed.

Ithihasa had been the first directorial of Binu, and he brought with him a bunch of new actors in the cast.  The film was a fantasy comedy, that seemed to be an adaptation of the 2002 Hollywood film The Hot Chick. In place of  a teenage girl and criminal in the English film, the Malayalam movie revolved around a female software engineer and a petty thief. They both unwittingly wear one each of a pair of rings with magical powers which results in their bodies getting swapped. The sequence of events that follows are told hilariously.

From the title poster of the sequel, which also has a ring, it appears that the director may continue the thread.

Ithihasa saw actors Anusree, Shine Tom Chacko, Swapna Menon, Balu Varghese, and Divya Prabha in the cast. Deepak Dev had scored the music for this venture while Sinoj P. Ayyappan had cranked the camera and Jovin John had edited it. The film was produced by Rajesh Augustine and Arun Sol under the banner ARK Media. Made on a budget of Rs. 2.5 crore, Ithihasa collected Rs. 4.35 crore at the box office.

Indrajith is currently busy with the Malayalam film Lucifer, which is being directed by his sibling, actor Prithviraj. He plays an important role in it and is sharing screen space with actors Mohanlal, Manju Warrier, Tovino Thomas, Vivek Oberoi and Mamta Mohandas. Lucifer is slated for release in April next year and the shooting is currently in progress.

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This grand success has of 'Aravindha Sametha' has paved way for Allu Arjun and Srinivas to team up again.
  • Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 16:28

Allu Arjun’s fans have been waiting for an announcement regarding his next project but there is no concrete news about it till now. The star’s last film release was Naa Peru Surya which did not fare too well at the box office. Following this, he has been looking out for a good script to shift his focus.

Allu Arjun was in talks with director Vikram Kumar but the film failed to take off on time with the script not being satisfactory. The director is reportedly working on tweaking it to suit the star’s expectations.

According to the latest buzz, the star may team up with director Trivikram Srinivas and an announcement may be made soon.

The director’s Aravindha Sametha, starring Jr NTR, hit the marquee recently and is doing well at the box office. The film, on its opening day, earned over Rs 8 crore and grossed Rs 60 crore worldwide. The film was released across 194 screens and eventually crossed the $1 million mark, breaking the record of Ram Charan's Rangasthalam's in the US.

Aravindha Sametha also turned out to be a saving grace for the Srinivas for his last film, Pawan Kalyan starrer Agnyathavaasi turned out to be a box office dud.

This grand success has of Aravindha Sametha however paved way for Allu Arjun and Srinivas to team up again. They had worked together in Julayi and S/o Sathyamurthi in the past and both the films have done well at the box office. With their third time association, it could be hat trick!

Aravindha Sametha’s success and the delay in Vikram Kumar’s project could well turn out to be beneficial for Allu Arjun and Trivikram Srinivas. Now, only the official word is awaited.

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The four remakes will reportedly also have a simultaneous release.
  • Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 16:11

Bollywood film Queen was not only commercial success at the box office but also earned its lead actor Kangana Ranaut the National Award for Best Actor for her performance in it. Following this success, Queen is being remade in all the four south Indian languages – Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada.

According a latest updates, the first look poster of all the four remakes will be out on October 19th to coincide with the Vijayadasami festival. The four remakes will reportedly also have a simultaneous release.

The Kannada version has Parul Yadav reprising the role done by Kangana Ranaut, while in Malayalam it is Manjima Mohan. In the Telugu remake, it is Tammannah Bhatia and in Tamil, it is Kajal Agarwal in the lead. According to reports, the directors of all these remakes have made some changes to the script to suit the sensibilities of the respective audiences.

The Malayalam version is being directed by Neelakantan, while the Kannada, Tamil and Telugu versions are being helmed by Ramesh Aravind. Titled Butterfly in Kannada, its Tamil version will be released under the title Paris Paris and the Telugu and Malayalam versions will be titled Queen and Zam Zam respectively.

The original Queen was directed by Vikas Bahl, who is presently facing accusations of sexual assault in the ongoing Me Too movement. Apart from Kangana, the film starred Rajkummar Rao and Lisa Haydon in the lead roles. Queen was produced by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures in association with Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane and Madhu Mantena on a budget of Rs 12.5 crores and it went on to collect Rs 108 crores at the box office.

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This will be her first Tamil film in three years after Aishwarya Dhanush’s 'Vai Raj Vai' that came out in 2015.
  • Friday, October 12, 2018 - 17:51
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Three years since she was last seen in Aishwarya Dhanush’s Vai Raj Vai, Taapsee returns to Tamil cinema with upcoming thriller Game Over, which will predominantly unfold inside a house.

The film’s first look poster and titled were announced on Wednesday and the project started rolling with a customary pooja in Chennai from Thursday. To be directed by Ashwin Saravanan of Maaya and Iravaakaalam fame, Game Over will feature Taapsee in a wheelchair for about 70 percent of the film.

Talking about the project, Ashwin told IANS: “It’ll be a quirky thriller set inside a house. It’ll feature very few characters. Ever since I saw Pink, I’ve wanted to work with Taapsee. I’m glad everything fell in place for this project and I’m excited to be working with her. She’s someone who is not really screen-conscious and can really get under the skin of a character,” Ashwin said, adding that he doesn’t see the film as woman-centric. “I don’t think to make a film with a woman as the protagonist alone makes it woman-centric. Let’s look at Anushka Sharma’s NH10. It’s primarily a thriller about honor killing featuring a woman as the strong protagonist. My film is also a thriller and it features Taapsee as the protagonist.”

Game Over is jointly produced by Y Not Studios and Reliance Entertainment. The film, which will have music by Ron Yohann, will be a bilingual and will be simultaneously shot in Telugu as well.

Having shifted her base to Bollywood post Pink, Taapsee has been very choosy about her southern project. She was recently seen in Telugu film Neevevaro, a remake of Tamil film Adhe Kangal. There are rumors doing the rounds that she might also star in the Tamil remake of Pink with Ajith Kumar.

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A serial-killer thriller, the film has been the talk of the town ever since its release in Tamil.
  • Friday, October 12, 2018 - 17:44

The last two weeks have been really good for Tamil cinema with films such as Chekka Chivantha Vaanam, Pariyerum Perumal, 96 and Ratsasan raking in good numbers at the box-office and at the same time impressing audiences as well as critics.

Vishnu Vishal’s Ratsasan, a serial-killer thriller, has been the talk of the town ever since its release as it turned out to be a surprise hit, leaving everybody in the trade quite stunned. Despite being a violent film about a police officer’s chase to catch a serial killer, the film has worked big time with multiplex audiences and is now all set to be remade in Kannada.

If the industry grapevine is anything to go by, E4E Entertainment, the company which has produced the Tamil remake of Arjun Reddy, has acquired the Kannada remake rights of the film.

The official announcement is yet to be made but reliable sources have confirmed that the remake rights have been snapped for a fancy price. There’s also excellent buzz for film’s Hindi and Telugu remake rights. Directed by Ramkumar of Mundasupatti fame, the film also stars Amala Paul, Kaali Venkat and Muniskanth Ramdoss in crucial roles.

At a press meet recently in Chennai, director Ramkumar said that over a dozen actors turned down the script of Ratsasan before it finally went to Vishnu Vishal, with whom the former had worked in Mundasupatti.

The buzz is that actor Sudheer Babu may star in the film’s Telugu remake. Meanwhile, Ratsasan is believed to have already recovered the investment of the makers and continues to run to packed houses everywhere. Produced by G Dilli Babu, the film has music by Ghibran whose work has been raved by one and all.

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Sasha who is a musician, model and actress from Dehradun made her Telugu debut with the film 'Operation Gold Fish' (OGF).
  • Friday, October 12, 2018 - 17:37
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Sasha Chettri who shot in fame with the  Airtel 4G TV Campaign has bagged a role in Prabhas' next which is being helmedby directorr Radhakrishna Kumar. The film stars Pooja Hegde opposite Prabhas and Sasha reportedly plays a pivotal role.

Sasha who is a musician, model and actress from Dehradun made her Telugu debut with the film Operation Gold Fish (OGF) helmed by Vinayakudu and Kerintha director Sai Kiran Adivi. Much before the release of her debut film, she has bagged a big project.

Touted to be a romantic entertainer, this untitled movie is the actor's 20th film and it will not just be released in Telugu, but also in Tamil and Hindi. So like Saaho, this one will also be trilingual.

We also hear that the film will be set in 1940s and then move over to the current era, set in European backdrop. Veteran actor Krishnam Raju, who happens to be Prabhas’ uncle, will also be a part of the star cast playing a pivotal role.

The film will be produced by jointly by UV creations and Gopi Krishna movies. This is Prabhas’ second consecutive collaboration with producers UV Creations after Saaho. Amit Trivedi has been roped in to compose the tunes for this flick with Manoj Pramahamsa handling the cinematography department.  

Prabhas last seen in the epic-drama Baahubali 2, which did well at the box office and earned rave reviews along the way, is currently busy shooting for Saaho, which also stars Shraddha Kapoor and Neil Nitin Mukesh.

An action-thriller, this is being directed by Sujeeth and will hit screens in 2019.  Besides Prabhas, it also features Shraddha Kapoor and Neil Nitin Mukesh in the lead. The Saath Khoon Maaf actor will be seen playing a negative role in this one.

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