Sandalwood
Meanwhile, Darshan is gearing up for the release of 'Odeya' on November 1st to coincide with the Kannada Rajotsava Day.
  • Monday, October 14, 2019 - 19:23

Vakkantham Vamsi, a popular writer in Tollywood, made his directorial debut with the Telugu movie Naa Peru Surya, which had Allu Arjun in the lead role. The film, that released last year, received a lukewarm response among cine buffs following which there was no news about the director’s next.

Several months after the release of Naa Peru Surya, news has emerged that Vakkantham Vamsi is gearing up to wield the director’s baton again. Sources say that he is in talks with Kannada actor Darshan and may soon foray into the Kannada film industry. However, nothing has been finalised yet and we need to wait for an official word from the concerned parties.

Meanwhile, Darshan is gearing up for the release of Odeya on November 1st to coincide with the Kannada Rajotsava Day. Apparently, Odeya will have Darshan in two different roles. Wielding the megaphone for Odeya is MD Sridhar.

His other film in the pipeline is Robert. Darshan had wrapped up the shooting of Robert some time ago and also completed dubbing for the film. Donning the director’s robes for Robert is Tharun Sudhir. On making this film with Darshan, the director told in an interview earlier that has penned the film not as a director but as Darshan’s fan, which means it will have all elements that the star’s fans would love to watch on the silver screens.

When this film was announced, it was revealed that Drashan’s character in it is named Robert but the director put an end to all guesswork when he revealed that the character will have nothing to do with the star’s cameo role in Chowka. According to reports, the film will feature Vinod Prabhakar, son of actor Tiger Prabhakar, in an important role and Tollywood actor Jagapathi Babu.

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The launch event is planned on a big scale and will happen at a shopping complex on Monday, October 14th.
  • Monday, October 14, 2019 - 19:02
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Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator: Dark Fate is all set for release soon. And it is all set to be dubbed in Malayalam. While excitement over Terminator: Dark Fate being released in Malayalam is high among the action movie buffs, we hear that Tovino Thomas will be releasing the Malayalam trailer. The launch event is planned on a big scale and will happen at a shopping complex on Monday, October 14th. 

Terminator: Dark Fate is scheduled to hit the marquee in India on November 1 and will be out at the theatres in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada languages. 

Terminator: Dark Fate is a science-fiction action film directed by Tim Miller, with a screenplay by David S. Goyer, Justin Rhodes and Billy Ray. James Cameron, Charles Eglee, Josh Friedman, Goyer and Rhodes are credited for its storyline. James Cameron and David Ellison are bankrolling the film under their banner. It has Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Gabriel Luna, Diego Boneta and Edward Furlong in the star cast. Junkie XL has composed music for Terminator: Dark Fate with Ken Seng cranking the camera and Julian Clarke editing it.

It may be noted that Tovino Thomas is one of the busiest actors in the Malayalam film industry. He currently has a number of films in different stages of production. He is expecting the release of Edakkad Battalion 06 this week. Wielding the megaphone for this venture is debut director Swapnesh K Nair. Reports are that Edakkad Battalion 06 has been inspired by a true story, the details of which are kept under wraps for now. Tovino Thomas is playing an army officer in it. Tovino also has 563 St. Charles Street, Kilometers and Kilometers, Minnal Murali, Joe and a few other projects. Of this, Kilometers and Kilometers is in the post-production mode.

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The shooting will begin in north Chennai and proceed to different parts of the country, we hear.
  • Monday, October 14, 2019 - 18:43
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Badri Venkatesh will soon be wielding the megaphone for an untitled film that will have Rio Raj and Remya Nambeesan playing the lead pair. He is known for directing Baana Kaathadi and Semma Botha Aagathey, and Rio Raj had starred in Nenjamundu Nermaiyundu Odu Raja, which was produced by actor Siva Karthikeyan’s home banner. The director, before directing feature films, had directed the short film Vidiyalai Nokki, which won the National Film Award for Best Short Fiction Film and this was the first Tamil Short Fiction Film to win this accolade. 

On choosing Remya Nambeesan to play the female lead in his film, director Badri had told in an interview to the cinemaexpress, “I wanted a mature actor who can carry out a strong character who appears throughout the film. Remya fit the bill perfectly and she can also speak the language really well. Her performances speak for themselves. She plays the lead of a software firm.” The film will have MS Bhaskar, Aadukalam Naren, Rekha, Viji Chandrasekar, Bala Saravanan, Munishkanth, Robo Shankar, and Livingston forming the support cast.

According to the director, it will be a film that will be shot in different parts of the country. The shooting will begin in north Chennai and proceed to different parts of the country, we hear. AC Karunamoorthy has penned the film and the rest of the core technical crew include Yuvan Shankar Raja for music, Rajasekar for cinematography and Sam for editing. There are reports doing the rounds that a top female actor from the south Indian film circuity will be making a cameo appearance in this flick and an announcement about this will be made soon.

Last seen in Aashiq Abu’s film Virus — a film based on the Nipah virus outbreak in Kerala, Remya Nambeesan has Kunchako Boban's Anchaam Pathira which will be directed by Midhun Manuel Thomas. She also has Aalathoorile Ethiri Vettam, Ranger and Thamilarasan in different stages of production.

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The mega star will reportedly be reprising Mohanlal’s role from the original.
  • Monday, October 14, 2019 - 12:20

Tollywood mega star Chiranjeeve has bagged the remake rights of the hit Malayalam movie Lucifer which marked the directorial debut of actor Prithviraj.

Lucifer starred Mohanlal in the lead role along with a bevy of stars including Manju Warrier, Indrajith Sukumaran and the Bollywood star Vivek Oberoi. Kalabhavan Shajon, Sai Kumar, Saniya Iyappan, director Fazil, Sunil Sughatha, Thara Kalyan, Praveena Thomas, Nyla Usha and Mala Parvathy all played supporting roles.

The technical crew of the film comprised of Sujith Vasudevan handling cinematography, Samjith editing and Stephen Devassy in charge of the music composition. Veteran writer and actor Murali Gopy penned the script for the political thriller. It was produced by Antony Perumbavoor under the banner Aashirvad Cinemas.

With Chiru keen on reprising the role done by Mohanlal in Lucifer, speculations are buzzing the grapevine about who will be brought on to direct the Telugu version. Reports have stated that Allu Arjun starrer Arya-fame director Sukumar will be brought on board for the remake. The film will be produced by Chiru’s son and actor Ram Charan Teja under their banner Konidela Production Company.

Director Sukumar shares a good rapport with both Chiru and Ram Charan. He had earlier directed Rangasthalam which had Ram Charan playing the lead role. Rangasthalam released on 30th March last year and turned out to be a massive hit. The film joined the 100 crore club indicating that it was a massive success at the box office. Devi Sri Prasad had composed music for this venture with Rathnavelu cranking the camera and Navin Nooli editing it. It was bankrolled by Naveen Yerneni, Y Ravi Sankar and Mohan Cherukuri under the banner Mythri Movie Makers and was distributed by Ram Charan’s Konidela Production Company.

Sandalwood
The sequel will be a 10 episode web-series and will go on floors by November or December this year.
  • Monday, October 14, 2019 - 11:37

Radio jockey-turned-actor Danish Sait earlier this year announced that he would return with the sequel of Humble Politician Nograj directed by Saad Khan. Now it is said that the sequel will not hit the silver screens but will be released on a streaming platform directly.

The sequel will be a 10 episode web-series and will go on floors by November or December this year. The release date will be announced later.

Incidentally, Humble Politician Nograj created a buzz by becoming the first Kannada film to be picked up by Amazon Prime for a huge price. Danish Sait was quoted by Cinema Express as saying," Working on Nograj sequel is getting a lot crazier. A film limits your creativity, which will not be the case with a series. The 10-episode series in Kannada will also have a mix of Hindi and other languages, depending on the character’s native language."

The film was about politician Nograj who speaks broken English as a way to deceive people. The satirical take on the country’s broken political system clicked with the audience and critics. While Danish Sait played the lead role in the film, it also starred Vijay Chendoor, Sumukhi Suresh, Roger Narayan, Sruthi Hariharan and Srinivas Prabhu in important roles.

The film was written by Danish Sait, Saad Khan and Vamsidhar Bhogaraju and its technical crew also included Sricharan Pakala, Jeet Singh, DJ Jasmeet and Prajwal Pai for music, Kam Chawla for cinematography and Jagadeesh, Ram Sabare and Chandni Asnani for editing. It was bankrolled by Pushkara Mallikarjunaiah, Hemanth Rao and Rakshit Shetty under the banners Pushkar Films, Lost & Found Films and Paramvah Studios.

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Controversy
The actor tweeted that 'Bigg Boss' host Kamal Haasan had got her replaced in the film with Akshara Haasan.
  • Monday, October 14, 2019 - 11:23

Recently Indian model turned actor Meera Mithun claimed that she has been removed from Arun Vijay's upcoming film Agni Siragugal directed by Naveen. The actor took to Twitter and alleged that she has been removed from the film.

“Am removed from the movie and all of ya all know who has been roped in now in my place for the movie @agnisirugugal @NaveenFilmmaker @TSivaAmma (Sic)”, she said in an apparent allusion to Akshara Haasan.

Now, the actor has accused Kamal Hassan of being the reason behind her removal from the project. She tweeted saying, "So it's clear now that nepotism is at its peak in Kollywood. The clout of Kamal Haasan ensured I am out of this movie and his own daughter is cast in this movie. Also, (director) Naveen and producer T Siva, your double standards are exposed."

However, director Naveen hit back and claimed that she was never a part of the film and that Akshara was replacing Shalini Pandey as the female lead.

Meera had also recently accused director Pandiraj and Sun Pictures of removing her scenes from Nammaveetu Pillai starring Sivakarthikeyan. She was allegedly told that her scenes will be removed as she participated in the Bigg Boss show which was telecast onVijay TV.

When Meera was inside the Bigg Boss house, she accused Cheran of "manhandling" her and using "harsh physical violence" during a particular task. Later during the weekend show, Kamal Hassan probed the issue further. Meera continued to stand by her view and said that she didn’t feel good about the way Cheran had behaved. Later Kamal played a short film of the incident and said that he didn't think Cheran had behaved badly. The other female housemates also supported him. 

Meera Mithun made her acting debut with 8 Thottakkal directed by Sri Ganesh and she was also a part of Suriya's Thaanaa Serndha Koottam directed by Vignesh Shivn in which she was seen playing Madras fame Kalaiarasan's wife. Her recent release was Chandru KR’s Bodhai Yeri Budhi Maari.

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Alia Bhatt will be seen playing the role of Sita.
  • Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 18:34

t is already confirmed that that Bollywood star Ajay Devgn is playing an important role in the SS Rajamouli directorial RRR, which is currently under progress. Ever since this was revealed, fans were eager to know what his role would be. If the sources are anything to go by, the latest we hear is that, Ajay Devgn will play the mentor for both Ram Charan and Jr NTR. Reports suggest that the Bollywood star was impressed with the way his character was shaped up and agreed to hop on board this magnum opus as it was performance-oriented.

While Ram Charan plays the role of Alluri Seetharamaraju, Jr NTR will be seen as Komaram Bheem. Both of them play freedom fighters in this fictional drama that is set in the pre-Independence era. Alia Bhatt will be seen playing the role of Sita in it. Incidentally, both Ajay Devgn and Alia Bhatt will be making their debut in the south Indian film circuit with this film.

On the technical crew roped in for the project, we hear that MM Keeravani is on board to compose the tunes and KK Senthil Kumar for cinematography with A Sreekar Prasad being roped in for editing. RRR is being bankrolled by DVV Dhanayya under his banner DVV Entertainments on a budget of Rs. 300 crore. The director has signed up Tamil actor and director Samuthirakani for a role. Plans are on to release RRR in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam. The film’s director had made an announcement already that the film will release on July 30 in 2020.

The shooting of this film began in Hyderabad where one schedule was completed and the other was wrapped up in Gujarat. RRR is a massive project from the Baahubali director that will involve oodles of computer graphics. The film’s release is scheduled for mid-2020.

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The movie stars Mohanlal in the lead role and has Bollywood actor Arbaaz Khan, Anoop Menon, Sarjano Khalid and Satna Titus playing other roles.
  • Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 17:46

Months after treating the fans to an intriguing pose in the first look, the Big Brother team is back with another new poster featuring the movie’s lead actor Mohnalal. In the second look poster, Mohanlal is seen dressed in black, running, with a bunch of men following him with weapons.

Big Brother is directed by Siddique and jointly produced by Siddique, Jenso Jose, Philipose K. Joseph, Manu Maliackal and Vaishak Rajan under the banners S Talkies, Shaman International, and Vaishaka Cynyma on a budget of Rs. 25 crores. The first look of the movie was released in July, showing Mohanlal in half-sleeved shirt, jumping over a wall.

The film has the Bollywood actor Arbaaz Khan, Anoop Menon, Sarjano Khalid, Satna Titus and others in the cast. While Mohanlal, Anoop Menon and Sarjano Khalid play brothers in this flick, Arbaaz will be seen as a police officer. Deepak Dev is composing music for Big Brother with Jithu Damodar handling cinematography and KR Gourishankar in charge of the editing. The shooting of Big Brother is currently under progress and is scheduled to hit the screens in December this year.

Besides Big Brother, Mohanlal also has Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham in the post-production mode. Directed by Priyadarshan, the film has Mohanlal playing the title role. Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham, made on a budget of Rs. 100 crores, is being produced jointly by Antony Perumbavoor, Santhosh T. Kuruvilla and C.J. Roy under their respective banners Aashirvad Cinemas, Confident Group and Moonshot Entertainment. The film’s technical crew includes cinematographer Tirru and editor MS Ayyappan Nair. The film is based on the true-life of Kunjali Marakkar IV, who is the most popular of the Marakkars. It will have extensive sea warfare sequences which will be its highlight.

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According to reports, Surender Reddy is keen to take on the ‘Saaho’ star for his next venture.
  • Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 17:09

Director Surender Reddy managed to capture the attention of the film buffs with his latest release Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy. The film on the legendary freedom fighter was released recently and turned out to be a huge hit. It had the mega star Chiranjeevi playing the title role with a bevy of other stars in the cast. Sye Raa was bankrolled by Chiru’s son and actor Ram Charan Teja under his home banner Konidela Production Company on a budget of Rs 200 crores.

It had several stars from different film industries including Amitabh Bachchan, Vijay Sethupathi, Nayanthara, Tamannaah, Jagapathi Babu, Kiccha Sudeep, Pragya Jaiswal and Brahmaji.

R. Rathnavelu is the cameraman for this film, with A Sreekar Prasad handling editing and Amit Trivedi wielding the music baton.

With the massive success of Sye Raa, all eyes are on Surender Reddy to know what his project would be and who will be playing the lead role in it. According to reports, the director is keen on having Prabhas on board for his next venture. Reportedly, he has a story that would suit the actor and is planning to narrate it to him. The buzz is that Prabhas is currently abroad on a holiday and will decide on it after he is back.

Prabhas's recent release Saaho had sunk at the box-office. The actor is currently focusing on director KK Radha Krishna's Jaan. The film is being bankrolled jointly by Gopi Krishna Movies and UV Creations and Chandrasekar Yeleti has penned the story. It is being shot simultaneously in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu, with plans on to release it for Christmas this year. Amit Trivedi has been roped in to compose the tunes for this flick with Manoj Pramahamsa handling the cinematography department. Jaan is slated to release next year.

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'Bilal' is the sequel to 'Big B'.
  • Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 16:36
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Reports about the mega star Mammootty and director Amal Neerad doing a sequel to Big B surfaced a couple of years ago but there was no news about its progress. Recently, Mammootty stirred the attention of his fans by stating that the groundwork for this film is on and more details would emerge when things are ready. Further, Soubin Shahir has posted a pic on Instagram with Amal Neerad and had captioned it Big B. This is a clear indication that the prep work to get Bilal on to the floors has begun in full swing. Unni R, in association with Suhas and Sharfu of Varathan fame, will be penning the script for Bilal.

Big B starred Mammootty in the title role with Nafisa Ali playing the female lead. The others in the star cast in supporting roles included Manoj K Jayan, Bala, Sumit Naval, Shereveer Vakil, Pasupathy and Vijayaraghavan. The technical crew of Big B comprised Samir Thahir for cinematography, Alphons Joseph for composing music for songs, Gopi Sundar for background score, and Vivek Harshan for editing.

It is indeed good news that Bilal is still in the pipeline and will start rolling with an official announcement. Meanwhile, Mammootty’s fans should be happy with the news that One is in progress. The film is a political drama that has Mammootty playing the Chief Minister of Kerala. Vishnu Unnikrishnan, Renji Panicker, Sreenivasan Joju George and Murali Gopy have been roped in for important roles.

Popular writers Bobby and Sanjay are working on the script and it’s the first time they are collaborating with Mammooty. Santhosh Viswanath of Chirakodinka Kinavukal fame is wielding the megaphone for this venture and it is bankrolled by Ichais Productions. One is currently in the pre-production mode and will start rolling soon.

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