Kollywood
The flick is touted to be on the life of a boxer.
  • Sunday, July 14, 2019 - 13:10
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Director Pa Ranjith, who had last directed Superstar Rajinikanth’s Kabali and Kaala back-to-back, is currently focusing on the biopic of the tribal leader Birsa Munda. While this film is expected to go on the floors soon, the latest is that the director will be collaborating with Arya next. The flick is touted to be on the life of a boxer.

Pa Ranjith had announced that he will be producing a biopic on Birsa Munda on the birthday anniversary of the leader last year. Bankrolled by Namah Productions, the project is touted to be on a massive scale. According to reports, Pa Ranjith plans to have north Indian actors for this project as it is set in the northern parts of India. The film will be based on Mahasweta Devi’s novel Aranyer Adhikar and the director is doing extensive research.

Sources told Cinema Express, “The director has locked the script for the biopic and the team is currently busy with pre-production. It will be a grand film that requires a lot of work and attention, so Ranjith is currently focussed only on this project. Ranjith’s next Tamil film will only be after the Hindi project and it might star Arya.”

Pa Ranjith’s Neelam Productions made its debut with the critically-acclaimed Mari Selvaraj film, Pariyerum Perumal, which chronicles caste-based issues in Tamil Nadu. Featuring Kathir in the role of a youngster from a backward caste who faces discrimination, the film impressed both critics and audiences alike and has been identified as one of the most important films in recent times.

The director’s third production venture, announced recently, will be directed by Suresh Mari, who has been Ranjith’s assistant for quite some time. Featuring Kalaiarasan and Arvind Akash, the project will go on the floors soon and is expected to hit the screens in the first half of 2020. He is also producing Irandaam Ulagaporin Kadaisi Gundu, which stars Attakathi Dinesh and is directed by Athiyan Athirai.

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'Vada Chennai' is the third collaboration of Dhanush and Vetrimaaran, which became the highest-grossing film in Dhanush’s career.
  • Sunday, July 14, 2019 - 12:14

The sequel to Dhanush-Vetrimaaran’s iconic movie Vada Chennai, which chronicled 30 years in the life of an accidental gangster in north Chennai, may have been shelved, say reports.

The team, which had announced that the movie will get two more sequels when the movie had released in 2018, had shot around 20% of the second part when the decision to drop the project was taken, say sources.  “Though Vada Chennai did well at the box office, the residents of north Chennai weren’t happy about the way their lifestyle has been portrayed on-screen. Vetri Maaran is now finding it tough to shoot for the remaining sequences in the same locality. Moreover, a couple of artistes who played pivotal roles in Vada Chennai got busy with other projects. That’s why the film has been shelved,” reported DTNext.

Meanwhile, Vada Chennai will get a prequel titled Rajan Vagaira. The announcement was made by director Vetrimaaran during a media interaction, who added that the prequel will be a web series for a digital platform.

“We’d like to explore the prequel idea. I think it’d be best suited as a web series on some digital platform. The prequel will be called Rajan Vagaira, and it will track the rise of Rajan’s character in Vada Chennai and how he built his empire,” he said.

Vada Chennai is the third collaboration of Dhanush and Vetrimaaran and has succeeded at the box-office breaching into the Rs 50-crore club. Vada Chennai also surpassed Dhanush's blockbuster Velai Illa Pattathari to emerge as the highest-grossing film of his career.

Vetrimaran has completed the shooting of Dhanush- starrer Asuran, a revenge-based thriller based on Tamil novel Vekkai.  GV Prakash Kumar has composed music for the movie while Velraj has handled the camera. Vivek Harshan has taken care of editing the movie. Asuran is bankrolled by Kalaipuli S Dhanu under his banner V Creations.

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The project, which marks the third time union of Vikram and Rahman after 'Raavanan' and 'I', was officially announced in May and will be currently dubbed as 'Chiyaan Vikram 58'.
  • Sunday, July 14, 2019 - 10:30

Maestro AR Rahman has been signed as the composer of Vikram's next yet-untitled project with director Ajay Gnanamuthu. The makers made the announcement via a special poster which was unveiled by Ajay on his Twitter page.

"Super Duper excited to have the musical genius @arrahman sir on board. Dreams do come true #ChiyaanVikram58 #ChiyaanVikram @Lalit_SevenScr @AndhareAjit @iamarunviswa @proyuvraaj @LokeshJey @sooriaruna," Ajay tweeted. The rest of the cast and crew are yet to be officially announced.

The project, which marks the third time union of Vikram and Rahman after Raavanan and I, was officially announced in May and will be currently dubbed as Chiyaan Vikram 58. To be produced by 7 Screen Studio in association with Viacom 18 Studios, the project will go on the floors from August 2019 and the makers plan to release it in April 2020.

“This film will be a Pan-Indian project catering to the Tamil, Hindi and Telugu audience. It will be produced on a massive scale in association with Viacom 18 Motion Pictures. The cast and technicians will have big names of all industries collaborating for this film,” read a statement from the makers.

The project marks the first time collaboration of Vikram and Ajay, who is best known for helming Demonte Colony and last year’s Imaikkaa Nodigal starring Nayanthara. Talking about the project, Ajay told Times of India: “The only thing I can divulge right now is that Vikram’s role will be a challenging one. Of course, he has always taken up challenging roles, but I think this one will be better than all of those.”

The first look poster, which was released in June, features what appears to be Vikram in multiple avatars. There are rumours that Vikram might be seen playing a photographer in the film which will be an out-and-out action-thriller.

Vikram’s last release was Samy Square in 2018, and the actor will next be seen in upcoming thriller Kadaram Kondan, being directed by Rajesh M Selva. It is reported that the film is expected to hit the screens on July 19.

Bankrolled by Kamal Haasan under his banner Raaj Kamal Films International. The film stars Vikram and Kamal’s daughter Akshara Haasan as the lead pair. 

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In a press note, the music composer had stated that it is disheartening that the event could not happen and blamed it on the organisers.
  • Sunday, July 14, 2019 - 10:21

Yuvan Shankar Raja’s music concert Yuvan Shankar Raja - Your First Love was scheduled to happen on Sunday, July 13th in Singapore but due to some unforeseen circumstances, the event has been canceled.

In a press note, the music composer had stated that it is disheartening that the event could not happen and blamed it on the organisers. Yuvan added that he will be more careful henceforth on partnering with organizers.

He also made his stance clear that he would cancel an event only if it is likely to create law and order problems or due to natural calamities. But in this case, it seems to be neither. The musician also blamed the organizers for wasting his time and that of the singers and troupe members who had put in a lot of efforts for Yuvan Shankar Raja - Your First Love. Yuvan added that he is ready to hold the concert if the event organizers gave him the go-ahead signal.

The music director is currently busy with a number of films including Santhana Devan, Mannavan Vanthanadi, Madai Thiranthu, Maamanithan, Kazhugu 2, Nerkonda Paarvai, Eriyum Kannadi, Maanaadu, Kuruthi Aattam, Hero, Alice and Kasada Thapara.

Among these films, Maamanithan is bankrolled by Yuvan Shankar Raja under his banner YSR Productions, in association with K Productions and Vasan Movies and happens to be his second production venture after Pyaar Prema Kadhal.

Maamanithan has Vijay Sethupathi in the lead with Gayathrie S as his lead pair. Manasvi, who was seen in Imaikkaa Nodigal, will apparently by playing the couple’s child. The star cast also has Guru Somasundaram and Shaji Chen playing pivotal roles.

Award winning director Seenu Ramasamy is wielding the megaphone for this venture. The shooting of this film began in Madurai and is progressing in various places including Varanasi, Kerala and Rameswaram.

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According to reports, the Telugu rights of this biggie has been bagged by Sai Korrapati’s Vaaraahi Chalana Chitram.
  • Sunday, July 14, 2019 - 10:15

Kannada film Pailwaan, starring Kiccha Sudeep, is one of the most expected films of the year. It is well known that the star gives his all when it comes to his acting assignments and for Phailwaan too he has undergone rigorous martial arts training to play the role of a wrestler.

It may be mentioned here that a video has been released on the making of Pailwaan and it has caught the attention of the movie buffs massively. In the video, there are clippings that show the efforts the star had put in to transform himself into a professional wrestler.

According to reports, the Telugu rights of this biggie has been bagged by Sai Korrapati’s Vaaraahi Chalana Chitram and has been titled Pahalwan. Sources in the know say that Pahalwan will hit the marquee on August 29th. 

Directed by S Krishna, Pailwaan marks his collaboration with Sudeep for the second time after the massive success of Hebbuli in 2017. Pailwaan is being bankrolled by Krishna’s wife Swapna under their banner and it is their maiden production venture.

Arjun Janya has been roped in to compose the tunes for Pailwaan while Karunakar will be cranking the camera. The film has Bollywood star Suneil Shetty in a pivotal role with Sushant Singh and Kabir Duhan Singh also included to the star cast. Reports are that plans are on to release Pailwaan in multiple Indian languages.

Reports are that the filmmakers will soon be sealing the deal with the distributors in Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi film industries and the production house targeting approximately 2,500 screens worldwide. Sources in the know say that three production houses are in the fray to bag the Hindi theatrical rights of this film and an official word would be out once the deal is struck.

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The 1991 song from the Mohanlal film ‘Abhimanyu’ will be recreated for the movie ‘Ka’, with the music remixed by Jakes Bejoy.
  • Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 17:36
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The song ‘Ramayanakatte’ from the movie Abhimanyu was one of the most popular songs of the early 1990s starring Mohanlal. A Times of India report said that this song is now all set to be recreated for the movie Ka. Actor Priya Prakash Varrier and actor-dancer Neeraj Madhav will be seen shaking legs for it. The music for this remixed version of the song has been done by Jakes Bejoy.

The film is directed by Rajeeshlal Vamsha. According to reports, Priya is not the heroine in Ka and will be seen only in this remix song.

It may be noted here that the original version of the song ‘Ramayanakatte’ in Abhimanyu was composed by the late musician Raveendran and its lyrics penned by Kaithapram. The song was rendered by MG Sreekumar and KS Chithra.

Abhimanyu, which had hit the marquee in the year 1991, was a crime drama that was directed by Priyadarshan and written by T Damodaran. The film starred Mohanlal, Geetha, and Shankar in the lead roles.

Neeraj Madhav, meanwhile, will be doing a cameo act in Mammootty starrer Maamaankam. He has posted a short video of doing a Kalaripayattu stunt for the film, which is a periodical that revolves around the life of the warriors known as Chaaverukal, who plot against the Zamorin to overthrow them.

Priya Varrier, who shot to fame with her wink in her debut movie Oru Adaar Love, has recently sung a song in the movie Finals, with Naresh Iyer. The song ‘Nee Mazhavillu Polen’ is composed by Kailas Menon. Priya is also gearing up for her Tollywood acting debut. She has been roped in for Nithiin's upcoming movie to be directed by Chandrashekar Yeleti. Before this she made her Bollywood debut with the film Sridevi Bungalow that is yet to release. She also has another film titled Love Hackers in her kitty, a crime thriller directed by Mayank Prakash Srivastava. 

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Also read: 'Marconi Mathai' review: An excruciating romance that goes on FOREVER

Tollywood
Nandini Reddy and Samantha have worked together in two films - 'Jabardasth' and 'Oh Baby!'
  • Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 16:41

Samantha Akkneni and director Nandini Reddy are basking in glory over the grand success of their film Oh Baby! The film has turned out to be a box office success with positive reviews pouring in.

According to reports, the actor-director duo is planning to team up again for a new project. It is still in the initial stages and more details are likely to emerge sooner. Interestingly, Nandini Reddy and Samantha have worked together in two films - Jabardasth and Oh Baby! – and their third venture together should put them on to the road of a hat trick.

Oh Baby! is the remake of the South Korean comedy-drama film that was directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk. Na Moon-hee starred as a woman in her 70s who magically finds herself in the body of her 20-year-old self after having herself photographed at a mysterious photo studio.

Samantha played the younger woman, and veteran actor Lakshmi played the woman’s senior self in the film. The star cast also included Rao Ramesh and Naga Shaurya in important roles. The film was bankrolled by Sunita Tati under the banner People's Media Factory and Suresh Productions. Mickey J. Meyer composed music for this film.

Samantha is busy with a couple of films in the pipeline currently. She has a cameo in the upcoming Nagarjuna starrer Manmadhudu 2. Samantha will also be seen in the remake  of 96 in Telugu. C Prem Kumar, who had directed the original version, is directing this venture as well, with Dil Raju bankrolling the project under his banner Sri Venkateswara Creations.

The Tamil film 96 turned out to be one of the biggest hits last year following which its remake rights for Telugu and Kannada have been lapped up. The remake stars Sharwanand and Samantha as the lead pair.

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Some top names like Anushka, Nayanthara and Tammannah are also in the fray.
  • Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 12:56
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With the shooting of Sye Raa wrapped up, Telugu megastar Chiranjeevi is gearing up to move to his next project, which will be directed by Koratala Siva. The groundwork for this project is on and we hear that search for the female lead is underway.

According to sources in the know, Chiru is keen on having the former Miss World, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as his heroine and the filmmakers have initiated talks with the actor. It needs to be seen if she will hop on board this biggie.

Some top names like Anushka, Nayanthara and Tammannah are also in the fray. There are reports that Koratala Siva is keen on roping in Kiara Advani after working with her in the Mahesh Babu starrer Bharat Ane Nenu. Let’s wait for an official announcement on this.

With Koratala Siva working on the script, fans should be excited as he will be teaming up with the mega star for the first time. We hear that the script is being drawn up keeping in mind the star’s image. The film will be bankrolled jointly by Ram Charan under his banner Konidela Production Company in association with Matinee Entertainment.

Chiru has wrapped up the shooting of his magnum opus Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy and this film has gone into the post-production mode. Sye Raa, which has Chiru in the title role, is being bankrolled by Ram Charan Teja under his home banner Konidela Production Company on a budget of Rs. 200 crore. It has a bevy of stars from different film industries including Amitabh Bachchan who will be seen making a guest appearance as Gosayi Venkanna. Apparently, he plays Uyyalalwada Narasimha’s mentor in the film. 

The others in the star cast are Vijay Sethupathi, Nayanthara, Tamannaah, Anushka Shetty, Jagapathi Babu, Kiccha Sudeep, Pragya Jaiswal and Brahmaji. It is a trilingual that will be released in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi. The technical crew of Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy includes Amit Trivedi for music, editor Sreekar Prasad in charge of the editing with Randy Rathnavelu handling the camera.

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"After 'NKP' we are working on the action film. While I would love to have him on board for a Hindi film, he has not confirmed anything," wrote the producer.
  • Friday, July 12, 2019 - 19:53

Bollywood producer Boney Kapoor is currently awaiting the release of his first Kollywood production venture Nerkonda Paarvai starring Ajith which is a Tamil remake of Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu starrer Pink.

The producer recently clarified that there have been no confirmations on doing a third Hindi project with Ajith. "Seeing false reports of 3 film deal between Ajith and me in the media. Want to straighten the record. After # Nkp we are working on the action film. While I would love to have him on board for a Hindi film, he has not confirmed anything,” wrote Boney on his Twitter page.

Recently, Boney Kapoor expressed his desire to produce a film with Ajith in Bollywood for which he has 3 action scripts waiting. After watching the rushes of Nerkonda Paarvai, Kapoor heaped praises on Ajith.

Taking to Twitter he posted, "Saw the rushes of #NerkondaPaaravai. Happy... What a performance by Ajith.... I hope he agrees to do Hindi films soon. Have 3 action scripts, hope he says yes to at least one of them. #NerkondaPaaravai #Ajithkumar." 

On his decision to produce a Tamil film, Kapoor had said in a statement: "Tamil industry has always been special for me. In fact, it’s been a long journey involving Ajith to collaborate for a film, which he took up as a sheer commitment from the time he shared screen space with my wife in English Vinglish. Accordingly, what we both earnestly searched for suitable content that will add a special mileage to our respective works. We are now delighted to have joined hands for Pink."

Nerkonda Paarvai was wrapped up in just three months and it features Ajith in the role of a criminal lawyer while Shraddha reprises Taapsee’s role from the original. The film, which marks the Tamil debut of Vidya Balan in a crucial role, also stars Andrea Tariang, Rangaraj Pandey, Adhik Ravichandran, Arjun Chidambaram, Abhirami Venkatachalam, Aswin Rao and Sujith Shankar.

Bollywood diva Kalki Koechlin will make her debut with Nerkonda Paarvai. The actor will be seen in a special dance sequence that will have rap portions by a popular Malaysian rapper. 

It was recently reported that the film might have a release in China later this year after its Indian theatrical release. According to reliable sources, will most likely release in China in November or December. However, the makers are yet to make an official announcement regarding China release.

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It is being said Atlee might team up with Tollywood star Jr NTR or Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan next.
  • Friday, July 12, 2019 - 19:41

Director Atlee is currently busy with Thalapathy Vijay's Bigil. It is being said Atlee might team up with Tollywood star Jr NTR or Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan next. 

Sources told DTNxt, “It is true that Atlee has bagged call sheets of Jr NTR and SRK. But we do not know which project will take off first. Atlee and Jr NTR have in fact signed the dotted line that they will be doing a film together. Talks for SRK film is in its early stage. We will only know after the release of Bigil.”  

Earlier it was reported that Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan will be featuring in an extended cameo in the film. Recently there were rumors going around that Shah Rukh Khan will shake leg along with Vijay for a song. Refuting the rumors, sources from the film's camp told TNM that there are no such plans of roping in Shah Rukh Khan and these are baseless rumors.

Shah Rukh Khan's Zero, that released in December last year starring Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif bombed miserably at the box office, after which he has not signed any project. On the other hand, Jr NTR is currently busy with the Telugu multi starrer RRR. The shooting of this film commenced a couple of months ago and is under progress. It will go on for the next few months and the film is scheduled for release early next year.

Bigil, touted to be a sports drama, is being produced by AGS Entertainment and will be hitting the screens this Deepavali. Reports are that the pre-release business of the film will touch a benchmark price of Rs 220 crores.

The film which also stars Nayanthara, Jackie Shroff, Kathir, Yogi Babu and Vivek in crucial roles has music by AR Rahman. It is worth mentioning that AGS Entertainment had said in a statement that the film will be a pucca mass entertainer and will deal with a genre that will be first-of-its-kind for Vijay.

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