The Aashiq Abu directorial, a fantasy film scripted by Unni R, is expected to go on the floors first.
  • Monday, November 18, 2019 - 13:48

Soubin Shahir has signed two new deals and both of them sound exciting. While one film is with Aashiq Abu, the other will be directed by Amal Neerad.

Reports are that the Aashiq Abu directorial will go on the floors first. This is touted to be a fantasy film scripted by Unni R. An interesting detail about this film is that Soubin will be playing a gandharvan (celestial musician according to Hindu mythology) in it. Details about the rest of the cast and crew of this film are expected to be out soon. On Soubin’s film with Amal Neerad, we hear that it will commence after the latter completes his upcoming film Bilal.

While these films are taking shape, Soubin is busy with Jack n Jill and Trance.

Jack n Jill, directed by veteran director and cinematographer, Santosh Sivan, is touted to be a thriller. Apart from Soubin, the film’s cast includes Nedumudi Venu, Aju Varghese, Basil Joseph, Ramesh Pisharody and Suraj Venjaramoodu in important roles. Sources in the know say that Jack n Jill will be a bilingual releasing in Malayalam and Tamil. The film is bankrolled by the Dubai based company Lensman Studios. Its technical crew comprises debut music director Ram Surendar with BK Harinarayanan penning the lyrics. Santosh Sivan is cranking the camera for this venture with Renjith roped in for editing.

Trance has been scripted by Vadakkan Vincent and bankrolled by Anwar Rasheed under his banner Anwar Rasheed Entertainments. The film stars Fahadh Faasil in the lead role with Vinayakan, Soubin Shahir, Chemban Vinod, Sreenath Bhasi and Alphonse Puthran also in the cast. Apart from directing and producing the film, Anwar Rasheed is also handling the camera.

Soubin’s last release was Android Kunjappan Ver 5.25 in which he played a 34-year-old son to Suraj Venjaramood.

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The teaser was released on Saturday.
  • Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 14:52

The first look and title of Karthi and Jyotika's next directed by Jeethu Joseph were released on Friday. While the Tamil version is titled Thambi, the Telugu version has been titled Donga.

Following the first look and title, the makers on Saturday released the teaser of the film and is going viral among the netizens. The teaser was released by Karthi's brother Suriya who tweeted saying," I'm very happy that Jo & Karthi are sharing screen space! Here’s my #Thambi @Karthi_offl ‘s #ThambiTeaser".

The teaser suggests that Karthi's character is named Saravanan (which is incidentally Suriya's real name) and he indulges in petty crimes. Jyotika plays his older sister Parvathi who's protective of him.

While the Tamil title Thambi is the title of Madhavan's previous hit film, the Telugu title Donga happens to be the title of Chiranjeevi’s blockbuster hit film. Directed by A. Kodandarami Reddy, the film starred Chiranjeevi and Radha in the lead roles. 

Touted to be a thriller, Thambi is the first time that Karthi and Jyotika are sharing screen space in a feature film. The film also stars Sathyaraj, Nikhila Vimal, and Anson Paul. While Jyotika will be seen playing Karthi's sister, Sathyaraj will be seen as their father in the film. The film is scripted by Jeethu Joseph along with Rensil D’Silva and Manikandan.

Bankrolled by Parallel Minds Productions, along with Viacom18 Studios, the film has music by Govind Vasantha and cinematography by RD Rajasekhar.

Karthi will start shooting for Mani Ratnam's epic historical drama Ponniyin Selvan soon. The shooting of the film is expected to kickstart in December and the first schedule has been planned in Thailand. The cast so far includes Vikram, Jayam Ravi, Karthi, Keerthy Suresh, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Parthiban and Jyotika among a few others. Apparently, most of the actors have already started prepping for the project.

Karthi's recent release Kaithi has been declared a blockbuster hit. During a recent media interaction, Karthi confirmed that a sequel is in the offing. Kaithi is the story of a prisoner, Dilli, who is released and is out to see his daughter. He gets embroiled in a face-off between cops and drug lords. The entire story unfolds in the span of a single night within four hours. The film was highly praised for not having unnecessary romance or songs. Kaithi also featured Narain and Harish Uthaman in key roles. Narain played an injured cop who seeks Dilli's help to save his colleagues from being killed by drug lords.

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The actor and BJP politician is hosting season 5 of the television game show, after having hosted the first four seasons in previous years.
  • Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 12:12

Actor and BJP Member of Parliament Suresh Gopi is once again hosting the television game show Ningalkkum Aakaam Kodeeshwaran, the Malayalam version of Kaun Banega Crorepati. The star hosted the show in 2012, which turned out to be a big success following which he hosted the season 2 in 2013, season 3 in 2014, and season 4 in 2017.

After the new season began, a clip of the star’s interaction with one of the contestants has gone viral. To a question for which the correct answer is porotta, the famous Kerala bread, Suresh Gopi asks the contestant what he usually orders at a restaurant, and the immediate reply is ‘porotta and beef’. The BJP politician gives an uncharacteristic monosyllabic reply ‘Oh’.



The clip became viral because of a previous incident when Suresh Gopi denied having beef at the time the Maharashtra BJP government imposed a beef ban in the state. After this, an old video of his interview to a radio channel was dug up, in which he said that he put on weight in Zurich after having beef for four days.

Not just Suresh Gopi, other Kerala BJP leaders have been pulled up in the past for imitating their colleagues in the north and opposing the meat in the state. A few have been trolled with pictures of them allegedly consuming beef, though their stand in public was different.

It is after a gap of four years that Suresh Gopi is hosting the game show again. 

On the acting front, Suresh Gopi is working on the Anoop Sathyan directorial that is not titled. The film is produced by Dulquer Salmaan under his banner Wayfarer Films and he plays the lead role in it.  Veteran actor Shobana will also acting in the film. There is also Kalyani Priyadarshan, who has been signed to play a pivotal role in the project. Anoop Sathyan is not only wielding the megaphone for this venture but also scripting it. The technical crew includes Alphonse for music and Mukesh Muraleedharan for cinematography.

Suresh Gopi is also acting in the film Kaaval by Kasaba director Nithin Renji Panicker. The film will also have another veteran Lal in an important role. It is touted to be a family drama that will revolve around two generations of a family. The cast also includes Zaya David, Muthumani, IM Vijayan, Sujith Sankar, Alencier and Kannan Rajan P Dev. Joby George is bankrolling the film under his banner Goodwill Entertainments. National award-winning cinematographer Nikhil S Praveen will crank the camera with Mansoor Muthootti doing the editing and Ranjin Raj composing the tunes.

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The release date was postponed to avoid clash with the star’s historical film ‘Mamangam’ that’s coming out on December 12.
  • Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 11:31

Following the delayed release of Mammootty’s historical film Mamangam, another upcoming film of the star, Shylock, too has been postponed. Shylock will now make it to the silver screen only next year on January 23. The film was supposed to release on December 20 but the filmmakers decided against it as both the films will be at the box office around the same time affecting each other’s prospects at the ticket counter.

Mamangam was scheduled to release on November 21 but the release had to be postponed due to the delay in post production. The new release date announced for this historical is December 12.

Mamangam is a historical directed by M Padmakumar. With Ganesh Rajavelu aka Jim Ganesh wielding the camera, M Jayachandran scoring the music, Sreekar Prasad in charge of the editing, and Kaecha Khamphakdee choreographing the stunts, it has a strong technical team. The film is being bankrolled by Venu Kunnampilly under the banner Kavya Films.

It is a historical that revolves around the life of the warriors known as Chaaverukal, who plotted against the Zamorin rulers to overthrow them. The film is based on the Maamaankam festival celebrated during the 17th century, in which warriors from different parts of the country would arrive on the banks of the Bharatapuzha to fight against each other to prove their superiority.

Shylock is directed by Ajai Vasudev, who is teaming up with Mammootty for the third time. The film has Meena playing the lead role with veteran Tamil actor Raj Kiran in an important role. It will mark the debut of Raj Kiran in the Malayalam film industry. Shylock is a bilingual that will be released in Tamil and Malayalam. Touted to be a family entertainer, the film is scripted by debutants Bibin Mohan and Aneesh Hameed. Joby George is bankrolling the venture under his banner Goodwill Entertainment. Gopi Sunder has been roped in to compose the tunes for this film, for lyrics penned by Harinarayanan. Renadive will be cranking the camera for this venture.

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In the video, the actor can be heard saying a popular funny line spoken by Jagathy Sreekumar in the 1992 movie.
  • Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 11:07

Malayalam actor Jayasurya is on vacation in Nepal and is sharing some of the pictures and videos shot there on his social networking page. Recently, the actor posted a video of him traveling in what appears to be an auto rickshaw and washeard saying the popular dialogue from the 1992 hit movie Yoddha. This dialogue by Jagathy Sreekumar is remembered till date by Malayali film buffs.

In Nepal.....With kutti maama....

Posted by Jayasurya on Sunday, November 10, 2019

The actor does not appear in the short clip, but can be heard speaking the line “Njan Kuttymamene kandapo njetti mama (I was shocked to see you Kuttymama).”

Yoddha was directed by Sangeeth Sivan and written by Sasidharan Arattuvazhi. Mohanlal played the lead role Thaiparambil Ashokan, rescuer of Rimpoche of a Nepalese Buddhist monastery from the magicians practicing black magic. The cast also comprised Madhoo, Siddharth Lama, Jagathy Sreekumar, Puneet Issar, and Urvashi.

The technical crew of Yoddha included AR Rahman for music, Santosh Sivan for camerawork and A Sreekar Prasad for editing. Yoddha went on to win four Kerala State Film Awards for Best Child Artist – Siddharth Lama, Best Editor – Sreekar Prasad, Best Sound Recordist – Arun K Bose and Best Male Singer – MG Sreekumar.

Jayasurya currently has Aadu 3 in his kitty. The film also has Sunny Wayne and Vinayakan in its cast. All three actors were part of Aadu and Aadu 2. In Aadu 3, Jayasurya will reprise his role of Shaji Pappan while Sunny Wayne and Vinayakan will be reprising their characters Sathan Xavier and Dude respectively. Reports are that some new characters may be introduced in Aadu 3

Plans are on to release the film for Onam next year and the filmmakers are planning the project on a large canvas, we hear. Further, the buzz is that Aadu 3 may get a 3D version too. The shooting of this film is expected to begin in April / May next year.

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Sridevi will posthumously get the ANR Award for 2018, and Rekha, for 2019.
  • Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 10:51

Sridevi and Rekha will be felicitated with the ANR Award for their accomplishments in the film industry. Sridevi will posthumously get the ANR Award for 2018, and Rekha, for 2019, confirmed Nagarjuna during a press meet held to announce the awards. Tollywood megastar Chiranjeevi will be gracing the occasion as the chief guest. The ANR Award was instituted by the Akkineni family in memory of the superstar Akkineni Nageswara Rao.

A tweet from the official handle of Annapurna Studios reads: “The ANR Awards for the year 2018 & 2019 were announced today. Late Sridevi B Kapoor & Ms Rekha will be awarded at a ceremony on Nov 17th. Mr Chiranjeevi Garu will attend as a special guest for the occasion.@acfmofficial third convocation will follow the ceremony.”

Sridevi was last seen making a cameo in the 2018 film Zero, which was released after her demise. The actor passed away on February 24, 2018.

Rekha is currently expecting the release of Panipat this year. It is gearing up to hit the marquee on December 6. The film, based on the Third Battle of Panipat, stars Arjun Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt, and Kriti Sanon in pivotal roles. Ajay – Atul are composing music for this venture with CK Muraleedharan for cinematography, and Steven Bernard is editing it. Directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, Panipat is produced by Sunita Gowariker and Rohit Shelatkar under the banners Ashutosh Gowariker Productions and Vision World Films.

Akkineni Nageswara Rao (September 20, 1924 – January 22, 2014) was an actor and producer. His career spanned over a period of 75 years during which he acted in several blockbusters. He is considered one of the greatest and most successful actors of Indian cinema. ANR established Annapurna Studios in 1975 in Hyderabad.

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'Ratnakar: A New Myth of Love' which hit the screens on October 11 has been declared a blockbuster hit.
  • Friday, November 15, 2019 - 23:59
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Assamese superstar Jatin Bora starring Ratnakar: A New Myth of Love which hit the screens on October 11 has been declared a blockbuster hit. The film which has been directed by Jatin Bora and produced by himself is said to be loosely inspired from Thalapathy Vijay's Theri directed by Atlee.  

The film is about the struggle of a single father played by Jatin and the adorable bond he shares with his daughter played by Dubori.

Ratnakar got a positive response from the audiences and critics. The film reportedly got an occupancy of 80% and has collected Rs.49 lakh on its opening which is the highest for any Assamese movie.

The film also stars Barsha Rani Bishaya, Nishita Goswami, Rina Bora and Ashramika Saikia. Bankrolled by Jatin and Navanita Sharma under the banner of J.B. Production, it has music composed by Zubeen Garg, cinematography by Pradip Doimari, and Pratim Khaound is in charge of editing.

Theri was the maiden collaboration of Thalapathy Vijay with Director Atlee. Bankrolled by Kalaipuli S. Thanu, the film had Vijay and Samantha Ruth Prabhu in the lead roles, while Amy Jackson, Mahendran, Prabhu and Raadhika amongst others formed an ensemble cast.

Theri created several box office records. The film grossed a huge collection at the international box office and officially joined Rs 100 crore club. The film's storyline resembled Vijaykanth's blockbuster hit Chatriyan which was written and produced by Mani Ratnam. Theri and Chatriyan's storylines bear an uncanny resemblance. Both films are about honest police officers who go into exile to bring up their children. Vijay and Vijaykanth settle their scores with the villain when their children's lives are at risk.  

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Directed by Jocky, the film stars Krishna Ajai Rao and Sanjana Anand in the lead roles.
  • Friday, November 15, 2019 - 19:46

The Kannada film Shokiwala, starring Krishna Ajai Rao and Sanjana Anand, is progressing well with the shooting happening at full swing. Updates about this film are that a song sequence involving the lead pair is being shot in Mysuru and a huge amount of money has been pumped in for it.

Apparently, this song will be the highlight of the film and we hear that the filmmakers have set aside Rs 40 lakh for it alone. The set cost about Rs 30 lakh and another Rs 10 lakh has been shelled out for the decorations.

Shokiwala is directed by Thimmegowda aka Jocky, who is making his debut as a director. Touted to be a romantic duet, the song featuring Krishna Ajai Rao and Sanjana Anand has been written by Jayant Kaikini while the music has been composed by Sridhar V Sambhram. Dance master Mohan has choreographed the duet. The rest of the technical crew for the film include Prasanth Rajappa for dialogues and Shiva Seena for handling the camera. TR Chandrashekhar is bankrolling the film under his banner Crystal Park Cinemas.

In an interview with Cinema Express, Shokiwala’s director Jocky had said earlier, “The title is completely based on Ajay’s character, who is a village youth with a carefree attitude.”

On the progress of this film, the director had said that major portions of the film have been shot already. Shokiwala has been shot in various locations in and around Channapatna and Maddur, we hear.

Krishna Ajai Rao was last seen in the movie Thaayige Thakka Maga, which was written, directed and produced by Shashank and also starred Ashika Ranganath and veteran actor Sumalatha. Ajai has also signed a new movie titled Krishna Talkies, which is directed by Vijayanand and will also star Apoorva and Sindhu Lokanath.

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Films that won the National Awards in 1969, the year the International Film Festival of India was started, will be featured in the Golden Lining Films section.
  • Friday, November 15, 2019 - 19:19
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The International Film Festival of India (IFFI) is celebrating its golden jubilee this year. To commemorate this, the event organisers have decided to screen all the films that won the National Awards in 1969, the year IFFI was started. The Telugu Varakatnam directed by legendary actor late NT Rama Rao and the Tamil Iru Kodugal directed by veteran director late K Balachander are among the films featured in the Golden Lining Films section.

The golden jubilee edition of the film festival will take place from November 20 to 28 at Panjim, Goa. Besides Varakatnam and Iru Kodugal, films in Odiya, Bengali, Kannada, Hindi, Assamese and Malayalam will also be screened in the Golden Lining Films section.

Varakatnam featured NT Rama Rao himself in the lead role with Savitri and Krishna Kumari playing the women leads. It was produced by NTR’s younger brother N Trivikrama Rao under the banner Ramakrishna & NAT Combines. The technical crew of this film included TV Raju for music, Ravikant Nagaich for cinematography and GD Joshi for editing. Varakatnam won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu.

K Balachander’s Iru Kodugal, which will also be screened, had Gemini Ganesan, Sowcar Janaki and Jayanthi playing the lead roles with Nagesh, VS Raghavan and SN Lakshmi in pivotal roles. Iru Kodugal won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil. After it became a huge box office success, it was remade in Kannada as Eradu Rekhegalu, in Telugu as Collector Janaki and in Hindi as Sanjog.

Deccan Chronicle reports that around 200 films from 76 countries will be screened during this fest. Twenty-six feature films and 15 non feature films will be screened in the Indian panorama section. Around 10,000 people are expected to attend and participate in the 50th year edition of the IFFI.

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Prithviraj is now acting with Biju Menon in the movie 'Ayyappanum Koshiyum', both of them playing leads.
  • Friday, November 15, 2019 - 18:48

Prithviraj Sukumaran will soon be teaming up with director Lal Jose for a film to be scripted by PG Prageesh. The actor revealed this while interacting with his fans online.

He is acting along with Biju Menon in the movie Ayyappanum Koshiyum, both of them playing leads. Biju Menon’s last release was Nalpathiyonnu, by the same team Prithvi is going to work with – director Lal Jose and writer PG Prageesh.

Biju Menon, Nimisha Sajayan and Anand Bal played the lead roles in Nalpathiyonnu. Award-winning music director Bijibal composed the music and Rafeeq Ahamed wrote the lyrics. Ranjan Abraham is the editor.

In Ayyappanum Koshiyum, we hear that Biju Menon will be playing the character Ayappan Nair, a police constable, and Prithviraj will be seen as a retired army havildar Koshy Kurien, who had put in 16 years of service.

Reports are that Ayyappanum Koshiyum will be about the two heroes in loggerheads over a minor legal issue. Wielding the megaphone for this venture is Sachy (Sachy – Sethu). It may be noted here that Sachy, Prithviraj and Biju Menon have teamed up for Anarkali in 2015. This time around, they are collaborating for a mass action entertainer. Jakes Bejoy is composing the tunes for this flick with Sudeep Elamon cranking the camera.

Prithviraj’s next film release will be Driving License, directed by Jean Paul Lal alias Lal Jr. Prithviraj is bankrolling the project under his home banner Prithviraj Productions in association with Listin Stephen’s Magic Frames. Touted to be a thorough commercial entertainer, Driving License is about a superstar crazy about luxury cars.

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