The meeting was well attended with top stars in Kollywood including Simbu, Suhasini Manirathnam, Varalaxmi, Karthi, Arvind Swamy and Arya among other gracing it.
  • Monday, April 23, 2018 - 20:32

The meeting convened by the Nadigar Sangam on April 21st at a hotel in the city had a good turn out with some top actors attending. On what was discussed during this meet, we hear that the major issue was to reduce the production costs. Some of the ideas mooted to reduce production costs include pay cut for actors, lowering caravan usage wherever possible, assistant directors, make up artistes, costume designers to be paid as per FEFSI standards, computerization of ticket sales, etc.

It was also decided that event organizers roping in artistes for events should be making a donation to the Nadigar Sangam before doing so. The meeting was well attended with top stars in Kollywood including Simbu, Bharath, Suhasini Manirathnam, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, Karthi, Arvind Swamy, Arya etc., gracing it.

Actor Simbu , who campaigned against Vishal's team Pandavar Ani during the elections attended the meeting for the first time. Vishal warmly welcomed Simbu to the event by hugging him, which came as a pleasant surprise to the other stars.

Earlier, the 47-day strike called by the Tamil Film Producers Council was called off following an agreement with the Digital Service Providers. A team, comprising members of the Tamil Film Producers’ Council, theater owners and digital service providers met the Minister of Information and Publicity, Kadambur Raju to discuss about the computerization of tickets.

Soon after the meet, the President of the TFPC, Vishal was quoted by as saying, "We are happy with the outcome of today's meet. The government has assured to pass an order to computerize ticketing system in all theaters across the state from June 1. We have also got a nod for flexible ticket pricing and the rates will be based on the budget of movies. The VPF of D Cinema has been brought down from 9,000 to 5,000 and in the full run, VPF cost has been reduced from 22,000 to 10,000. Another meeting will be held to fix the VPF cost for D Cinema.”

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Pakru made his acting debut with the Malayalam film ‘Ambili Ammavan’ in 1985 and has acted in a number of Malayalam and Tamil films.
  • Monday, April 23, 2018 - 15:04
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Actor and director Guinness Pakru aka Ajay Kumar has created a new record by collecting three record certificates in a day. After making it to the Guinness World Record some years ago for being the shortest hero, he has now added his name to the Universal Records Forum, Limca Book of Records and Best of India Records book for being the shortest hero.

Pakru made his acting debut with the Malayalam film Ambili Ammavan in 1985 and has acted in a number of films, including Joker, Athbhutha Dweepu, Kilukkam Kilukilukkam, Ee Pattanathil Bhootham, Bodyguard, Ring Master and Punyalan Private Limited. Other than Malayalam movies, he has also acted in Tamil film such as Dishyum and 7aam Arivu. In 2013, Guinness Pakru turned director with his maiden venture Kuttiyum Kolum, which starred himself in the lead role with Munna, Adithya Ayota, Sanusha, Vijaya Raghavan and Ponnama Babu also featuring in the star cast.

Pakru has two Guinness records to his credit – Guinness World Records (2008 edition) for being the shortest actor to play a lead character in a full length movie and the Guinness World Records (2013 edition) for being the shortest film director in the world to direct a full length movie. He has also won several prestigious awards in his career, including the Kerala State Film Award – Special Mention for Athbhutha Dweepu in 2006 and the Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize for Dishyum in 2006.

Guinness Pakru has been making heads turn by scaling great heights with his performances. The actor has inked a deal to star in a film titled Ilayaraja which will feature him in the lead role. The shooting for this flick is expected to begin on April 27.

Pakru’s daughter Deepthakeerthi recently made her screen debut in a short video titled Ente Vishu. It features the artist’s Vishu celebrations with his family, in which the nine-year old is seen arranging the ‘Vishu Kani’ at home.

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The actor was quoted as saying, “It is an honour to do the scene, be the character.”
  • Monday, April 23, 2018 - 13:06
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The Mahesh Babu starrer Bharat Ane Nenu released to packed houses on April 20 and is doing well, thanks to good word-of-mouth and positive reviews. The film’s box office collections are soaring and is likely to break a few records.

Those who have seen Bharat Ane Nenu just aren’t able to stop raving about one particular scene – the Assembly sequence – which goes on for 13 minutes. In an interview to a private television channel, the film’s director Koratala Siva revealed that the idea to shoot that scene at one go came from none other than its hero Mahesh Babu. The star was intent on doing it in a single shot and managed to do it convincingly, which has won him accolades.

In an interview with TV host Pradeep Machiraju, the director was quoted as saying, “Cut by cut would have harmed the scene. What Mahesh sir said is to master the entire scene. That is his habit. Other actors might get scared to do so. He likes to do a complete scene by heart in one take. Assembly would have the beauty of master. We rehearsed two-three times with the entire cast, from the speaker to other actors who played politicians, just to give it a realistic sense.”

Adding to what Siva recounted, Mahesh Babu said, “I cannot read or write Telugu. So, they would tell me dialogues and I would memorise them. By god’s grace, I have a good memory. But in this film, there is a difference in language. The political language, the kind of words they use. We do not even know the pronunciation. It was difficult. So, I would constantly ask and question him (Koratala Siva). He would patiently make me understand. It is an honour to do the scene, be the character.”

BAN, which is the second outing from Koratala Siva and Mahesh Babu after the massive success of Srimanthudu, has the hero playing a chief minister for the first time.

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The film is expected to be a Deepavali release.
  • Monday, April 23, 2018 - 12:00
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After the debacle of Vivegam, Ajith has pinned high hopes on Viswasam, which was officially launched earlier this year.

The project was supposed to go on the floors last month. However, it had to be postponed due to the Kollywood strike, courtesy a stand-off between Tamil Film Producers' Council and Digital Service Providers.

It has been learnt from reliable sources, as Kollywood limps back to normalcy after 48 days of strike, that the shoot of Viswasam will commence on May 5. The shoot will begin in a specially erected set in Hyderabad’s Ramoji Film City.

The project, to be bankrolled by Satyajothi Films, features Nayanthara as the leading lady. The project marks the fourth consecutive collaboration of Ajith and Siva. Ajith, who popularised the salt-and-pepper look in his last three outings, will dye his hair black and sport a new look for the film. In a first time collaboration, D. Imman has been finalised to compose music. He recently revealed that he’s thrilled to be part of the project. The rest of the cast and crew is unknown; however, it is rumoured that Shraddha Srinath might have bagged an important role.

Viswasam will be made on a much lesser budget than Vivegam, which was a whopping Rs. 120 crore action spectacle. The project is gearing up for Deepavali 2018 release and it is believed that it will clash with the Vijay-Murugadoss film and Suriya’s next film with director Selvaraghavan at the box-office. If the three projects make it for Deepavali, it’ll be the biggest clash the industry would have ever witnessed.

If Viswasam doesn’t make to the screens this Deepavali, then it will be a Pongal 2019 release. Unlike Suriya’s NGK and Vijay’s Thalapathy 62, which have already shot some portions of the film, Viswasam is all set to start from May 5. 

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The motion poster shows Mohanlal in a car which is dangling from a cliff.
  • Monday, April 23, 2018 - 11:20

The Mohanlal starrer Neerali, which is bracing up for release this Ramzan, has caught the attention of film buffs in a big way with its motion poster that was released recently. The motion poster, shows Mohanlal inside a car which is dangling from a cliff, making the viewers want to see more. Well, for that, we need to wait for the release date.

The motion poster was released by Mohanlal on his Facebook page. Soon after it was put out by the actor, the motion poster went viral with fans beginning to share and like it in big numbers. Playing the lead character Sunny George in the film, Mohanlal will be sharing screen space with Parvatii Nair in Neerali. The others in the star cast include Suraj Venjaramoodu, Saikumar, Dileesh Pothan, Nadhiya, Nassar and Megha Mathew.

The screenplay for the film has been penned by Saju Thomas and it has been directed by Ajoy Varma, who is also in charge of the editing. The director is an accomplished editor in Bollywood and he will be making his directorial debut with this Mohanlal starrer. The songs for Neerali have been composed by Stephen Devassy while the background score is done by Ronnie Raphael.

Neerali is touted to be an action flick and is scheduled to hit the silver screens on June 14 worldwide. Neerali is produced by Santhosh T. Kuruvilla, John Thomas and Mibu Jose Nettikadan under the banner Moon Shot Entertainment.

According to the film’s director Ajoy Varma, Neerali is a drama thriller that has been shot extensively in Mumbai, Pune and Sri Lanka. The film was announced officially by Mohanlal on October 3 and the shooting commenced late last year. According to reports, the entre shooting of Neerali was wrapped up in 35 days and it is now into the post production mode.


Starring Jyothika in the lead, the Tamil version will be helmed by director Radha Mohan.
  • Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 18:56

Jyothika is making some interesting career moves. After playing a ruthless, no-nonsense cop in Bala’s Naachiyaar, she will be seen playing a housewife who struggles to find her identity in the Tamil remake of Tumhari Sulu to be directed by Radha Mohan.

The makers have revealed that the remake has been titled Kaatrin Mozhi, and that it’ll start rolling from May. It’s interesting to note that Kaatrin Mozhi is a popular number from Jyothika and Radha Mohan’s last outing, Mozhi. The makers are eyeing an October release for the film.

Apparently, Mohan and Jyothika have been planning to work together for quite some time and both felt that the Vidya Balan starrer Tumhari Sulu, which struck gold at the box office, would be the best option. In the film, Vidya plays a hard-working homemaker who works as an RJ on a late-night show.

National award-winning editor KL Praveen and cinematographer Mahesh Muthusamy have been roped in for the remake, which will also star Vidharth and Lakshmi Manchu in crucial roles. While Vidharth will be seen playing Jyothika’s husband, Lakshmi will reprise Neha Dhupia’s role from the original.

On signing the project, Jyothika said in a statement: “I’m a big Vidya (Balan) fan. I love her voice and command over Hindi, which is rare in Bollywood today. I’ve watched every Vidya film and Tumhari Sulu, in my opinion, is her most lovable work. I feel honoured to be stepping into her shoes. Kudos to the producers and to director Suresh (Triveni) for making such a lively, honest, real and feel-good film.”

It is rumoured that before she commences work on Kaatrin Mozhi, Jyothika will wrap up her portion for Mani Ratnam’s Chekka Chivantha Vaanam. Teaming up with the Roja filmmaker for the first time, she’s believed to be playing Aravind Swami’s pair in the film.

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Vijay says that the film would fit into multiple genres.
  • Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 16:27
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Vijay Devarakonda’s upcoming film Taxiwala is all set for release next month. With the summer vacations on, the film is sure to cash in on the season. Speaking at the film’s teaser launch, the young actor termed the film as “a high concept stress buster.”

Elaborating on this, Vijay Devarakonda said that the film cannot fit into one genre as it has elements of sci fiction, comedy and paranormal activities.

During the launch, he has been quoted by the Deccan Chronicle as saying, “We are a young team and our boss Allu Aravind gave us total freedom to do things in our own style. It’s a new kind of cinema and I can’t say it’s one genre since it has supernatural elements, science fiction and comedy too, so I’ll call it a high concept stress buster.”

On why Taxiwala is the part three of the series, he had said that Pelli Choopulu is part one while Arjun Reddy and Taxiwala are part 2 and 3 respectively. The star had said, “Pelli Choopulu is part one, Arjun Reddy is part two and Taxiwala is part three. The film has a new director (Rahul Sankrityan), a crazy script, all new technicians and a young team. He added, “I have checked Geetha Arts and U.V. Creations the two big production houses that were on my checklist.”

Taxiwala, written and directed by Rahil Sankrityan, has been produced by Allu Aravind under the banner Geetha Arts. The film has music by Jakes Bejoy. Set for release on May 18 this year, the film stars Vijay Deverakonda, Priyanka Jawalkar and Malavika Nair.

With Taxiwala being Vijay Devarakonda’s next after the massive success of Arjun Reddy, expectations are high. Further, his fans want to see him in action in a different avatar from what he was in Arjun Reddy.

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The film has Prithviraj playing the lead while the rest of the star cast is yet to be revealed.
  • Friday, April 20, 2018 - 19:19

Prithviraj and wife Supriya’s debut venture from their production house, Prithviraj Productions, went on the floors on April 9 and is reported to be progressing well. Though not much is known about the storyline or the genre of the film, which is titled Nine, sources in the know say that it is a horror and sci-fi film that has its lead star playing a scientist. However, those associated with the project are tight-lipped about it.

Prithviraj recently tweeted to let fans know that the Nine team had wrapped up the Kerala schedule and was heading to the foothills of the Himalayas: “And that’s a schedule wrap for #9 in Kerala. Headed for the foothills of the mighty Himalayas now! @PrithvirajProd @SonyPictures @9MovieOfficial.”

The film, which will also mark the entry of Sony Pictures into the Malayalam film industry, has Prithviraj playing the lead role while the rest of the star cast is yet to be revealed.

Written and directed by Jenuse Mohamed, Nine is bankrolled by Supriya Menon and SPE Films jointly. With the film’s production underway, it is expected that it will hit the silver screens later this year. As for Nine’s technical crew, Shaan Rahman has been roped in to compose the soundtrack while the BGM will be done by Sekhar Menon. Abinandhan Ramanujam and Shameer Muhammed will be working on the camera and editing respectively.

Apart from Nine, Prithviraj has a number of films lined up in different stages of production, including Kaaliyan, Aadujeevitham, Ranam, My Story and the untitled Anjali Menon directorial.

Prithviraj’s next film release is Ranam, which is gearing up for release on May 4. Directed by Nirmal Sahadev, the film has been bankrolled by Anand Payannur, and Rani and Lawson Biju under the banners Yes Cinema Production and Lawson Entertainment. Isha Talwar plays the female lead in this flick with Rahman featuring in a crucial role.

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The shooting came to an end with the team completing a song sequence on the lead pair on Wednesday.
  • Friday, April 20, 2018 - 15:45

The shooting of Naa Peru Surya has finally been wrapped up with its lead stars Allu Arjun and Anu Emmanuel confirming it by posting a selfie from the sets. The shooting came to an end with the team completing a song sequence on the lead pair late on Wednesday.

With this, it is now certain that NPS will hit the marquee on May 4 as planned. Earlier, the film was planned for release on April 27 but it was postponed to May 4 following an announcement by the makers of the Rajinikanth starrer Kaala that the film would be out on that day.

Ace writer Vakkantham Vamsi is making his directorial debut with Naa Peru Surya which is touted to be an action film. Allu Arjun plays the title role while Anu Emmanuel plays the leading lady. The others in the star cast include Arjun Sarja, R Sarathkumar, Thakur Anoop Singh, Boman Irani and Vennela Kishore. According to reports, Allu Arjun plays an army officer in this film and had undergone rigorous training in the US to fit into the character he plays in it.

The latest buzz about this film is that its Tamil version will be released simultaneously with its Telugu version. It will be titled En Per Surya En Naadu India. Known to be a perfectionist, Allu Arjun will be dubbing for the Tamil version as well. Incidentally, the star was born and brought up in Chennai which makes him proficient in the language. Penning the dialogues and lyrics of the Tamil version would be Pa Vijay and he has already begun the task to meet the deadline.

The film is bankrolled by Sirisha Lagadapati, Sridhar Lagadapati, Bunny Vasu, Sushil Choudhary and K Nagendra Babu under the banner Ramalakshmi Cine Combines. Bollywood duo Vishal-Shekar are the music directors for NPS while Rajeev Ravi has cranked the camera and Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao had edited it.

Naa Peru Surya is one of the most anticipated films of the year and that was evident when its teaser was released online on 1 January, 2018. Within 29 hours of its release, the teaser registered 10 million digital views.

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While Nivin Pauly will be playing the title role in the film, Mohanlal will be seen in an extended cameo.
  • Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 19:06

It is well known that Mohanlal will be playing the character Ithikara Pakki in the upcoming film Kayamkulam Kochunni. While Nivin Pauly will be playing the title role in the film, Mohanlal will be seen in an extended cameo. A few weeks ago, the star joined the sets of this film and it is now confirmed that he has wrapped up shooting for his portions. The film’s director Roshan Andrews posted a pic on his Facebook page showing a still of Mohanlal from the film and it is gone viral ever since.

Kayamkulam Kochunni, which is based on the life of the Robin Hood style highwayman who lived in the early 19th century in the Central Travancore region, has been scripted by the National Award winning duo Sanjay and Bobby.

The shooting for this flick started in Udupi in late September last year and has been progressing well. It was indeed a pleasant surprise for film buffs when it was announced that Mohanlal had been roped in for a guest role and that he would be sharing screen space with Nivin Pauly.

Kayamkulam Kochunni is bankrolled by Gokulam Gopalan under his banner Sree Gokulam Films. The film’s star cast includes Priyanka Thimmesh, Sunny Wayne, Babu Antony, Manikandan R Achari, Thesni Khan, Jude Anthany Joseph and Sudev Nair.

On working with Mohanlal, Nivin Pauly had tweeted: “It’s a blessing to work with a legend who inspires you in more ways than one! The experience was an unforgettable one. Miss you on set, Laletta! #KayamkulamKochunni.”

The shooting will go on for some more weeks and the film is likely to hit the silver screens later this year. With Mohanlal and Nivin Pauly coming together on screen, their fans just can’t wait to see them in action on the silver screens.

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