Nagarjuna is reportedly playing the role of a gangster while Nani will be seen as a doctor
  • Friday, June 22, 2018 - 18:46

One of the biggest announcements in Tollywood for the year is a multi-starrer that will have Nagarjuna and Nani playing the lead roles. There have been enough speculations already about the film where Nagarjuna plays a gangster while Nani will be seen as a doctor.

The 2003 Bollywood flick Munnabhai MBBS, starring Sanjay Dutt in the lead role, had the two main characters playing a gangster and doctor. Could this mean the Nag–Nani film will also be on similar lines? Well, for that we need to know more about what the filmmakers have in store.

Confirming about the upcoming project, Nagarjuna has been reported saying, “This new film that I am doing with Nani is very much in the Rajkumar Hirani territory. I play a gangster and Nani plays my doctor. It is a very warm-hearted funny script. And I’ve a feeling that director Sriram Adittya will make something special out of it.”

Having no qualms over teaming up with younger actors, Nag said that he has never felt threatened over sharing screen space with younger talents. The star is also looking forward to work again with his sons Akhil Akkineni and Naga Chaitanya. Nagarjuna and Naga Chaitanya shared screen space in Manam which had Akhil making a cameo appearance.



This film will mark the ‘Munna Bhai MBBS’ actor’s Tamil debut.
  • Friday, June 22, 2018 - 18:19
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It has already been confirmed that Suriya, upon wrapping up NGK with Selvaraghavan, will join hands with KV Anand for a yet-untitled project. The actor has already worked with the director in Ayan and Maattrraan.

It was announced recently that Malayalam superstar Mohanlal and Allu Sirish will also be part of the project. The film marks Allu Sirish’s debut in Kollywood and the return of Mohanlal to Tamil cinema four years after the 2014 Vijay starrer Jilla. This will be the first time that Allu Sirish will be sharing screen space with Suriya, whom Sirish had previously confessed to be a fan of.

Now the makers have roped in Boman Irani and Samuthirakani as a part of the mega project. “The team is elated that Boman Irani has agreed to be a part of the film. He is known to be extremely choosy about his scripts. In fact, director Shankar and Anand himself had tried to get him for one of their previous films, but that did not happen. This film will mark the Munna Bhai MBBS actor’s Tamil debut,” a source informed TOI.

The film, which will start rolling from 23 June in London, will be shot in nearly ten countries. According to sources, the crew has already zeroed in on some picturesque locations in New York, Brazil, England, Hyderabad and New Delhi. The film, bankrolled by Lyca Productions, is touted to be the costliest project in actor Suriya’s career.

Meanwhile, the first time collaboration of Suriya and filmmaker Selvaraghavan, officially titled NGK and its abbreviation rumoured to be Nanda Gopalan Kumaran, is confirmed as a Deepavali release. The star will be teaming up next with director Sudha of Irudhi Suttru fame for Suriya 38. He also recently said that he was in discussions with director Hari who delivered the highly popular Singam franchise. However, the actor confirmed that it won’t be another Singam project.

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Saaho, which is due for release next year, has Shraddha Kapoor in the female lead
  • Friday, June 22, 2018 - 18:05

Following an increased fan base after the massive success of Baahubali I and II, Tollywood star Prabhas has announced his next project Saaho. Touted to be a complete action entertainer, the film is currently on the floors with Sujeeth wielding the megaphone. The shooting of the film is underway.

Meanwhile, Prabhas will be teaming up with director Radha Krishna of Jil fame for his next. Poojaa Hegde has been signed up to play his lead pair in this romantic entertainer. According to sources, the shooting of this film is expected to commence in July this year and the film will be shot in Europe.

While art director Ravinder who has worked for films like Magadheera, Eega, Maryada Ramanna and Mahanubhavudu is busy setting up massive sets, the film’s crew is busy designing dummy helicopter, trains and ships for the movie. With no bar on the budget, Ravinder has even toured Europe to get a clarity on European transit.

The film will be bankrolled by Vamsi Krishna and U Pramod under the banner of UV Creations.

Saaho, which is due for release next year, has Shraddha Kapoor playing the female lead. The movie also casts Arun Vijay, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Evelyn Sharma and Jackie Shroff in supporting roles. Shankar – Ehsaan – Loy is composing music with R Madhie cranking the camera and A Sreekar Prasad editing it. Reports are that extensive VFX will be used in the film and a major portion of the budget has been earmarked for it.

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Duniya Soori, is planning to make a sequel to 'Tagaru' and the film will have Puneeth playing a role in it along with Shiva Rajkumar.
  • Friday, June 22, 2018 - 17:52
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One of the biggest wishes for every Kannada movie buff is to see the two stars of the industry – Shiva Rajkumar and Puneeth Rajkumar – sharing the screen space. Despite being in the film industry for a long time and being siblings from the first family of Sandalwood, they did not get an opportunity to work together.

In past, a production house was set on casting the three sons of Dr Rajkumar – Shiva Rajkumar, Puneeth Rajkumar and Raghavendhra Rajkumar – in a film but it did not materialize due to financial constraints. Further, ace stunt director Ravi Varma had plans to make a film with Shiva Rajkumar and Puneeth Rajkumar which did not take off.

Now, director Duniya Soori is intending to make a film with the two brothers. During the 100th day function of Tagaru, the director said that the wish of every Kannadiga will come true soon. Duniya Soori, who is close to both the brothers, is planning to make a sequel to Tagaru and the film will have Puneeth playing a role in it along with Shiva Rajkumar.

Will Duniya Soori be able to pull it off? Well, for that we need to wait for an official confirmation. Shiva Rajumar’s first film release this year was Tagaru, which was released on February 23. The film, directed by Duniya Soori, was made on a budget of Rs 18 crores and collected Rs 90 crores at the box office.

Shiva Rajkumar played the lead role in Tagaru with Devaraj, Dhananjay, Vasishta N Simha, Manvitha and Bhavana in supporting roles. Music composer Charan Raj is the music director of this film with Mahendra Simha being the DOP and Deepu S Kumar doing the editing.

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The film's main character is a Chimpanzee named Kong.
  • Friday, June 22, 2018 - 16:52
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The first look poster of Jiiva’s upcoming film titled Gorilla was released by its makers on Thursday. Helming the affairs of the film is director Don Sandy who had directed the crime thriller Mahabalipuram earlier.

The film's main character is a Chimpanzee. The Chimpanzee which is named Kong, is from the world renowned Samut training station of Thailand, which boasts of training animals for Hollywood films like Hangover 2, Planets of the Apes hence the shooting of a major chunk of Gorilla is taking place there, a source reveals.

In an interview the film's director told TOI, "We have had scenes in Tamil cinema that show bank robberies. But no Tamil film has explored the idea in totality, in a full-length film. This movie will be like those bank robbery movies in Hollywood. It will be an out-and-out comedy where the lead cast heads off to loot a bank. They all have a short flashback as to why they are doing it, too. It will be an interesting subject for Tamil audiences.”

Shalini Pandey of Arjun Reddy fame has been roped in to play the female lead and the film also has a bevy of stars in the cast including Radha Ravi, Sathish, Muniskanth, Yogi Babu and Mottai Rajendran. It may be mentioned here that RJ Balaji was initially roped in to play a pivotal role in this entertainer but later he was replaced with Sathish.

The film is bankrolled by Vijayaraghavendra under his banner All In Pictures, who bankrolled movies such as Masala Padam and Rum. The music for this comedy entertainer will be composed by Sam CS of Vikram Vedha fame. Vetri Mahendran will crank the camera and Ruben is in charge of the cuts.

Jiiva will be teaming up with Joker fame Rajumurugan for his next titled Gypsy. The pre-production work has begun and soon the team will start shooting for the movie. Unlike Raju Murugan's earlier movies, Cuckoo and Joker, sources say Gypsy will be a commercial entertainer with a subtle social message. It will be a travel based film which will be shot across the country.

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Anjali had last directed the Malayalam movie ‘Bangalore Days’, which released in 2014 and went on to become a big hit.
  • Friday, June 22, 2018 - 15:21
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Anjali Menon is back after a long hiatus. She had last directed the Malayalam movie Bangalore Days, which was a big hit. Released in 2014, the film had an ensemble star cast that included Nazriya Nazim, Nivin Pauly, Dulquer Salmaan, Fahadh Faasil, Isha Talwar, Parvathy and Nithya Menen.

The film was not only a commercial success but also went on to win several awards, including three Kerala State Film Awards – Best Actor and Best Actress awards for Nivin Pauly and Nazriya Nazim respectively, and Best Screenplay for Anjali Menon.

On her long break and upcoming film Koode, she recently told Manoramaonline in an interview, “My son had just turned two when I did Bangalore Days. So after the movie got over, I had to spend some time with him. Meanwhile, I had begun to write the screenplay for the movie which was to be directed by actor Prathap Pothen. But I stopped midway when I lost the interest in collaborating with him. Producer M Renjith who was supposed to finance that movie, however, offered to do a movie with me. That is how I began writing Koode one and a half years ago.”

Apart from Anjali being back in the director’s robes for Koode, what has shot up the expectation levels for the film is that it will mark actor Nazriya’s comeback to movies after four years. The star cast of Koode also includes Prithviraj and Parvathy. With Anjali Menon coming up with an impressive script that deals with the emotional bond between a brother and sister, Nazriya reportedly decided to don the greasepaint again.

Before going ahead with the shooting, Anjali Menon ensured that the entire cast and crew attended a 10-day camp in Ooty to understand the film and the roles each one had to play. She revealed that the camp was successfully spearheaded by theatre artist Vinu Francis.

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The star kid is playing the younger version of his dad as Kunjali Marakkar
  • Friday, June 22, 2018 - 12:22

Pranav Mohanlal will make a special appearance in his dad’s upcoming film Marakkar – Arabikadalinte Simham, it was announced on the official page of the Priyadarshan movie. “Yes… It really happens… Pranav Mohanlal will make a special appearance in Marakkar – Arabikadalinte Simham as the young #KunjaliMarakkar… We all are excited…,” read the Facebook post. The star kid made his acting debut earlier this year with the film Aadhi.

It was earlier reported that Marakkar will also feature Tamil star Prabhu, who will play a pivotal role in the Mohanlal starrer. It was more than 20 years ago that Mohanlal and Prabhu came together for Kaalapani / Siraichaalai, a period film on freedom fight, which was also directed by Priyadarshan. There are also reports that Bollywood actors Suniel Shetty and Paresh Rawal and Tollywood star Nagarjuna will be playing important roles in Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham, but this has not been confirmed yet.

Interestingly, cinematographer-turned-director Santosh Sivan had also announced that he will be making a film on Kunjali Marakkar IV with Mammootty in the title role. Both the directors - Priyan and Santosh - have apparently reached an understanding on taking their Marakkar films from different perspectives.

According to Wikipedia, “Kunhali Marakkar or Kunjali Marakkar was the title given to the Muslim naval chief of the Zamorin (Samoothiri), by Hindu king of Calicut (Kozhikode), in present-day state of Kerala, India during the 16th century. There were four major Kunhalis who played a part in the Zamorin's naval wars with the Portuguese from 1502 to 1600. Of the four Marakkars, Kunjali Marakkar II is the most famous.”

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The actor was speaking about her role in the film where she played a star-obsessed fan
  • Friday, June 22, 2018 - 11:29

Mohanlal - the movie, not the star - was more a family entertainer, than a feminist movie, said actor Manju Warrier, who played the star-obsessed fan in the film. In a recent interaction coming more than two months after the movie was released, Manju spoke about her  role, and about the two stars who have been ruling the Malayalam film industry for decades - Mammootty and Mohanlal.

“It is difficult to determine whether Mohanlal or Mammootty is the best actor since both of them are extremely talented. And also whoever likes Mammootty will like Mohanlal too,” she said, when someone asked if she faced the wrath of Mammootty fans for playing a Mohanlal fan in the film.

“The viewers got what we wanted to convey and the base of the film was its unique script. I have got a lot of positive feedback from the audience which I believe is a great recognition,” Manju added. She also shared the experience of working for Odiyan, an upcoming Mohanlal film. It was interesting, she said, to go from one set where she played a fan of the star to the other where she works with him.

Directed by Sajid Yahiya, Mohanlal was produced by Anil Kumar under the banner Mindset Movies. While Manju Warrier played the central character in the film, it also featured Indrajith Sukumaran, Salim Kumar, Aju Varghese, Shebin Benson, Soubin Shahir and Siddique in pivotal roles. The music was composed  by Tony Joseph Pallivathukal and the background score was done by Prakash Alex. Shaji Kumar cranked the camera for this venture with Shameer Muhammed editing it.

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The film is in the post-production mode with the makers yet to zero in on a proper release date.
  • Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 15:48
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Maverick film director Mani Ratnam’s Chekka Chivantha Vaanam went on to the floors early this year and the shooting has been wrapped up recently. The film is in the post-production mode with the makers yet to zero in on a proper release date.

It is a multi starrer that features stars such as Vijay Sethupathi. Aravind Samy, Simbu, Praksash Raj, Jyothika, and Aishwarya Rajesh in pivotal roles. Dayana Erapa, a well-known model, will be making her debut with this flick.

Upbeat over it, the actor has shared her experience of working in a film in an interview to the Deccan Chronicle thus, “I literally had butterflies in my stomach and was scared! I even forgot my lines (smiles) and totally went blank. Only after a few scenes, I slowly got the hang of it. The film gave me a great insight about how different films are from modeling.”

On her role in it, she added, “I play a fun, adventurous and independent girl; that’s how I am in my real life, so I could pull it off. In fact, Mani Ratnam sir asked me to be myself for the part so that it looks natural.” Lauding the director for his vision and clarity of thoughts, Dayana said that she was fortunate to make her debut with this film.

Chekka Chivantha Vaanam has a brilliant technical crew with the Oscar-winning music composer AR Rahman scoring the music, Santosh Sivan cranking the camera and A Sreekar Prasad editing it.

The film is produced jointly by Mani Ratnam, Subaskaran, K Chinna Durai, Kiran, Bejoy Nambiar, Mini Purushot and Siva Ananth under the banners Madras Talkies and Getaway Films. It will be distributed by Lyca Productions. Chekka Chivantha Vaanam’s release date is yet to be announced officially and the makers are expected to do it any time soon.

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The reports also went on to add that the film will have Atharvaa playing the lead role.
  • Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 14:08
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There have reports recently that the Lady Superstar Nayanthara will be venturing into production by floating her own production house. The reports also went on to add that the film will be helmed by Vignesh Shivan with Atharvaa playing the lead role.

However, sources close to the actor have confirmed that there is no truth in it. Nayanthara is busy with a number of films that are in various stages of production right now and she has no time to venture into production. Also, Vignesh Shivan is scripting a new film with a top star in mind to play the lead role in it. With this being the scenario, there is no chance of Nayan turning a producer at this point of time, we hear.

The Nayan starrer Imaikkaa Nodigal, which also has Atharvaa in the lead role, is into the post-production mode with the filmmakers planning its release soon.

She also has the biopic Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy, an ambitious project directed by Surendhar Reddy featuring Chiranjeevi, Vijay Sethupathi and Amitabh Bachchan. It is a biopic on the late freedom fighter Uyyalalwada Narasimha Reddy.

Nayan’s heroine-centric film, directed by Nelson Dilipkumar, Kolamavu Kokila, is also scheduled for release this year. Then she has the big ticket Viswaasam starring Ajith as her lead pair. Directed by Siva, the film is scheduled for release this Diwali. And then she has Kolaiyuthir Kaalam, another heroine-centric film featuring her in the lead role. The film, directed by Chakri Toleti will hit the silver screens this year.

It was also recently announced that her project with director Arivazhagan of Eeram and Kuttram 23 fame has not been shelved and the team is on a lookout for a new producer. With as many as five films scheduled for release this year and early next, Nayan doesn’t have the time to turn producer, say sources.

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