Kollywood
The film also stars Nayanthara, Prateik Babbar, Nivetha Thomas, Dalip Tahil, Yogi Babu and Suniel Shetty in important roles.
  • Friday, November 15, 2019 - 17:56

AR Murugadoss’s Darbar, starring Rajinikanth in the role of a cop after 25 years is currently in its post-production stage. Director Murugadoss took to Twitter on Thursday morning to announce that the crew is all set to start working for the dubbing of the film. He posted, "Thalaivarin Darbar Dubbing starts today!!!#DarbarThiruvizha."

The film also stars Nayanthara, Prateik Babbar, Nivetha Thomas, Dalip Tahil, Yogi Babu and Suniel Shetty in important roles. Prateik won’t play the main antagonist and will be seen playing the son of the actor who plays the primary villain. The film will hit the screens during the Pongal festival next year.

Popular lensman Santosh Sivan has been roped in for this film. The film will mark Sivan’s reunion with Rajinikanth after Mani Ratnam’s Thalapathi. Anirudh Ravichander has been signed to compose music with lyricist Vivek penning the lyrics. This will be his second successive film with Rajinikanth after Petta. Leading stunt director duo – Ram and Lakshman – to choreograph the action sections and A Sreekar Prasad for editing.  

The film was originally supposed to be bankrolled by Sun Pictures, who backed out after the recent Sarkar controversy. Lyca Productions, the makers of 2.0, took over the reins of the project and are going all out to make this a lavish project. This would be the third outing for Lyca Productions with Rajinikanth after Kaala was distributed and magnum opus 2.0 was produced.

Meanwhile, Superstar is set to collaborate for his next with director Siva. Currently dubbed as Thalaivar 168 the shooting of the film is set to begin soon which will be bankrolled by Sun Pictures. It was announced recently that D Imman has been roped in as the composer.

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The film also stars Gopichand Malineni, Tamil actor Samuthirakani, and Varalaxmi Sarathkumar in important roles.
  • Friday, November 15, 2019 - 15:59

The first look poster of Ravi Teja’s upcoming film is out and the title has been revealed to be Krack. The poster featuring Ravi Teja with the title has been received well by netizens. The lead star sports a new look with a twirled moustache and beard. The first look also indicates that Krack will be an action entertainer. It has been reported that Ravi Teja will be playing the role of a cop and that Shruti Haasan has been roped in to essay the role of the female lead.

“My film is loosely based on real events that happened a few years ago. The story follows the life of a ruthless yet fierce police officer and presents Ravi Teja in a new avatar,” the actor had stated earlier to the Cinema Express.

Samuthirakani and Varalaxmi Sarathkumar are also playing crucial roles in the film which is being directed by Gopichand Malineni. Krack commenced shooting on November 14.

Ravi Teja and Gopichand share a good rapport having worked together in the hit movie Balupu and Don Seenu. Both these films have turned out to be hit and this is their third venture together giving rise to speculation that they will come up with a hat trick. Also, Samuthirakani has directed Ravi Teja in Shambo Shiva Shambo, the Telugu remake of the hit Tamil movie Nadodigal.

On the releasing the first look, director Gopichand had tweeted: “Here comes our Mass Maharaj @RaviTeja_offl in and as #Krack Muhurtham Today Filming the story based on True Incidents, Summer 2020.”

Veteran producer Allu Aravind had sounded the clapboard and Paruchuri Venkateswara Rao switched on the camera to mark the beginning of the film at its muhurat yesterday. Shooting has begun began for the film which is expected to hit the marquee during summer of 2020.

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The film stars Venkatesh Daggubati and his nephew Naga Chaitanya in the lead roles.
  • Friday, November 15, 2019 - 15:26

Tollywood actor Venkatesh’s fans have been waiting eagerly for the star’s upcoming film Venky Mama to hit the silver screens. Fans are particularly excited to see the actor alongside his real-life nephew Naga Chaitanya in the film. The film is touted to be packed with comedy, which fans are looking forward to, especially after Venkatesh’s previous comedy film F2: Fun and Frustration.

It seems that the shooting of the film has been wrapped up and the filmmakers are now eyeing a release date. Sources in the know say that the film is expected to be out on December 13 on actor Venkatesh’s birthday. While an official confirmation is awaited, the makers of the film are working hard to ensure that they meet this deadline.

There are several speculations about the film and its plot. We hear that Venkatesh plays the role of a village man while Naga Chaitanya is an army person who comes to village and makes a lot of social reforms. However, there is no clarification about the storyline yet.

The shooting of Venky Mama began in late February and is progressing well. An extensive schedule of this film was shot in Kashmir in some picturesque locations and the shooting also happened in Visakhapatnam among other places.

Venky Mama is bankrolled jointly by Suresh Productions and Blue Planet Entertainment on a very big budget with Bobby aka KS Ravindra wielding the megaphone. Anup Rubens has been roped in to compose tunes for the film and Prasad Murella is cranking the camera. Raashi Khanna and Payal Rajput have been roped in to play the female leads and will be paired up with Naga Chaitanya and Venkatesh respectively.

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The megastar is seen in a never-seen-before avatar in it which has raised the expectations several notches up.
  • Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 23:53
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Mammootty’s Maamangam was to have hit the marquee on November 21 but was postponed to December 12 due to a delay in VFX works. The film is currently in the last leg of post-production. While expectations are high on it, a pic from Maamangam, featuring Mammootty made it to the popular Malayalam magazine Vanitha recently. The megastar is seen in a never-seen-before avatar in it which has raised the expectations several notches up. Mammootty, sporting long locks of hair adorned with large ear studs and bindi, has created a sense of curiosity among his fans.

Reports are that Maamangam will be released in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu besides Malayalam. Recently, Unni Mukundan had revealed that he has dubbed for his portions for the Hindi version with his own voice as he is proficient in the language.

Besides Mammootty and Unni Mukundan, it also has Kaniha, Anu Sithara, Tarun Raj Arora, Prachi Tehlan, Sudev Nair, Suresh Krishna, Manikuttan and Siddique playing important roles.

Maamangam began its production with debut director Sajeev Pillai wielding the megaphone. But due to creative differences with the producers, noted filmmaker M Padma Kumar was brought in by the filmmakers.The film has 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. Maamangam is being bankrolled by Venu Kunnampilly under the banner Kavya Films.

Maamangam is a historical film 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.

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Producer Mathiyazhagan of Etcetera Entertainment has alleged that Atharvaa has cheated him to the tune of Rs 6 crores.
  • Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 19:49

Producer Mathiyazhagan of Etcetera Entertainment has filed a police complaint at the Commissioner Office in Chennai against the Tamil star Atharvaa. In his complaint, the producer has alleged that Atharvaa has cheated him to the tune of Rs 6 crores and sought action against the actor in this regard.

A detailed report about the complaint states that Mathiyazhagan procured the rights of the Tamil film Semma Botha Aagathey from Atharvaa for Rs 5.5 crores but the film did not do well at the box office. Following this, the producer and actor entered into another agreement according to which Atharvaa agreed to do another for the producer to settle the losses.

The complaint now is that Atharvaa is refusing to cooperate with the producer after it was agreed. In his complaint, the producer has stated that Atharvaa agreed to star in the film Minnal Veeran, directed by Saravanan but is refusing to cooperate even after several reminders.

Atharvaa recently made his debut in Tollywood with Gaddalakonda Ganesh, the remake of the hit Tamil film Jigarthanda. He reprised the role done by Siddharth in the original. Harish Shankar is the director of Gaddalakonda Ganeshand it had Varun Tej and Pooja Hegde playing the main leads.

The film had Varun Tej reprising the role done by Bobby Simha in Tamil. It was bankrolled by Ram Achanta and Gopi Achanta under their banner. On the technical front, Mickey J Meyer was roped in to compose music for this flick with Ayanaka Bose handling the camera and Chota K Prasadi edited the film.

Atharvaa currently has Othaikku Oththai in the post-production mode. It is touted to be an action drama written and directed by Barnesh. The film has Atharvaa and Sri Divya in the lead roles, with Narain, Chandhana and Vidya Pradeep in pivotal roles.

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The team is currently in Nandi Hills where some crucial scenes are being shot.
  • Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 19:22

Puneeth Rajkumar is currently busy with the shooting for Yuva Ratna, which is directed by Santosh Ananddram who had collaborated with the star earlier to deliver the smash hit film Rajakumaraa. Yuva Ratna has Sayyesha playing the female lead and this is her first film in the Kannada film industry.

An update that we have about this entertainer is that the shooting has reached the last phase. Reports say that the team is currently in Nandi Hills where some crucial scenes are being shot. Soon after this schedule is wrapped up, Yuva Ratna will go into the post production mode. Regarding its release, we hear that it will be sometime in early 2020 but the date is yet to be finalised.

Puneeth will be seen as a college student in Yuva Ratna, we hear. It also has veteran Bollywood actor Boman Irani playing an important role and reports suggest that he will be playing a college principal. Dhananjay will be seen as the main villain in Yuva Ratna with Radhika Sarath Kumar also roped in for a pivotal role.

Yuva Ratna is bankrolled under the banner Hombale Films. The production house recently tasted tremendous success with the film KGF, starring Yash. The technical crew for this flick includes S Thaman for music while cinematography is by Venkatesh Anguraj.

Santosh Ananddram and Puneeth Rajkumar, as mentioned earlier, had teamed up for Raajakumara before, which turned out to be a huge hit commercially. With the same team back together, it is enough to raise the expectation levels for Yuva Ratna. With the film almost reaching the post production stage, fans wait eagerly for its official release date.

Puneeth Rajkumar also has James in his kitty. The film will be helmed by director Chethan Kumar and bankrolled by Kishore Pathikonda. According to reports, James will be a complete entertainer with all the mass elements included and the groundwork is progressing briskly to ensure that the film goes on the floors soon.

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The film also stars Srinidhi Shetty of 'KGF' fame.
  • Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 19:21

Vikram's next yet-untitled project with director Ajay Gnanamuthu went on floors recently. The film is currently dubbed as Vikram 58. After a long promotional tour for his son Dhurv's debut film Adithya Varma, Vikram has joined the sets recently.

The shooting of the film is currently underway in Alleppey where a grand song sequence is being canned and Vikram is sporting a long hair look for the sequence. Tthe team is planning to shoot for nearly 10 days in Kerala.

The project marks the first-time collaboration between Vikram and Ajay. The director is best known for helming Demonte Colony and last year’s Imaikka Nodigal starring Nayanthara.

The film will be a pan-Indian project catering to the Tamil, Hindi and Telugu audience. There are rumors that Vikram might be seen playing a photographer in the film.

The film also stars Srinidhi Shetty of KGF fame. Cricketer Irfan Pathan will be making his acting debut with this flick and has an important role to play in it. Director KS Ravikumar was roped in to play a pivotal role as well.

AR Rahman has been signed as the composer of the film and the project, which marks the third time union of Vikram and Rahman after Raavanan and I. Bankrolled by 7 Screen Studio in association with Viacom 18 Studios and the film will is expected to hit the screens during Summer 2020.

Soon after wrapping up the Ajay Gnanamuthu directorial, Vikram will be shifting his focus on Mani Ratnam’s film. This is an ambitious project inspired by the classic novel Ponniyin Selvan. The book traces out the life of the most popular among the Chozha kings, Raja Raja Chozhan I. Vikram’s last release was Kadaram Kondan, directed by Rajesh M Selva bankrolled by Kamal Hassan's Raaj Kamal International. The film had bombed at the box office.

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The yet-to-be-titled film will be helmed by Saravanan, who had directed ‘Kathukutti’ earlier.
  • Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 18:48
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Sasikumar and Jyothika are all set to team up for a new film. Reports say that Saravanan, who had directed Kathukutti, a film on the importance of farming, will be wielding the megaphone for this venture.

On the film, we hear that it will revolve around the strong bond between siblings played by Sasikumar and Jyothika. While Sasikumar will be playing the older brother, Jyothika will be seen as his younger sister. Samuthirakani and Soori have also been included in the star cast. The prep work for this project is currently going on and the director is busy assembling the rest of the cast and crew.

Besides this film, Jyothika has another film in her kitty, in which for the first time she and her brother-in-law Karthi will be sharing screen space, which has created a lot of expectations. Apparently, they play siblings in the untitled film. The film is directed by acclaimed Malayalam filmmaker Jeethu Joseph. The shooting for the film began some months ago and is progressing at a good pace, say reports.

While it is confirmed that veteran actor Sathyaraj has been roped in to play a pivotal role in the film, Ammu Abhirami also made it to the star cast by bagging a role besides Malayalam actor Anson Paul. Another new member joined the star cast when the filmmakers roped in Nikhila Vimal.

The technical crew of this film comprises Govind Vasantha for music and RD Rajasekar for cinematography. The film is jointly bankrolled by Viacom 18 and Parallel Minds Productions. One schedule of the shooting took place in Ooty and was wrapped up successfully. Sources in the know say that the film is likely to make it to the silver screens soon but the date has not been fixed yet.

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The original film starred Naveen Polishetty and was met with positive reviews upon its release.
  • Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 18:27

The Telugu film Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya, starring Naveen Polishetty in the lead role, did well at the box office and won positive reviews. The film was directed by Swaroop RSJ with Naveen playing the lead role. He also co-wrote the story along with the director.

The film was produced by Rahul Yadav Nakka. Shruti Sharma, Darbha Appaji Ambarisha and Suhas played important roles in this entertainer, which is about the dangers of a Nellore-based detective, who investigates the case of an abandoned dead body found near a railway track, has to endure during the course of an investigation.

With excellent box office records, plans are on to remake this comedy thriller in Tamil. Reports are that the comedian turned hero Santhanam is in talks to reprise the role done by Naveen in the original. Manoj Beedha of Vanjagar Ulagam fame is likely to direct the remake.  There are also reports of Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya being remade in Hindi but details about it are yet to be disclosed.

Recently Santhanam signed a new film in which he will be essaying triple roles for the first time in his career. To be written and directed by Karthik Yogi, the film will be produced by Balloon director Sinish in association with KJR Studios, who had recently bankrolled Nayanthara’s Airaa. It is worth mentioning that Santhanam has previously played a dual role in the Karthi-starrer All in All Azhagu Raja. The upcoming yet-untitled project will go on floors soon and the makers are planning to release it in April 2020. The film will have two female leads, and if the industry grapevine is anything to go by, then Oviya is said to have been approached for one of the roles. 

The actor's last releases Dhilluku Dhuddu 2 and A1 earlier this year were well-received by audiences. He currently has Dagaalty in the making. Also, three of his films Oodi Oodi Uzhaikanum, Mannavan Vanthanadi and Server Sundaram, which have been in the cans for a long time, are yet to hit the marquee.

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The actor, who had called it quits after a series of flops, is now back in the limelight, only this time as a producer.
  • Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 18:07

Tollywood actor Manchu Manoj’s career took a downslide with a string of flops. Following this, the actor had announced that he would be quitting films. However, it looks like Manoj has been bitten by the movie bug again.

According to latest information from sources, a new director impressed him with a strong storyline which he is looking forward to play a role in. Manoj will also be bankrolling the film. 

Nabha Natesh is most likely to pair up with the actor in this entertainer. Talks are on to rope in the rest of the cast and crew and we can expect an official word soon.

The star recently launched his production house MM Arts. Marking Diwali, the actor made an official announcement and has promised content-oriented movies on the banner. Announcing his new venture Manoj tweeted saying, "New Journey has begun, My Own Production House MM Arts is born and my upcoming movies work has begun with full Force under MM Arts. I am looking forward to meet, bring in Many new talents and I am excited to meet new talents and promise some great movies in the future."

Manchu Manoj’s last film release was Okkadu Migaludu in 2017. The film was directed by Ajay Andrews and Ajay Nuthakki and its technical crew included Siva Nandigama for music, VK Ramaraj for cinematography and Karthika Srinivas for editing. It was produced by S N Reddy and H Laxmikanth Reddy.

Manoj began his career as a child artiste and was mainly seen as the child version of his father Mohan Babu. He made his debut as hero in 2004 with Donga Dongadi and since then has acted in a number of films. It may be noted here that the actor was facing personal struggles and announced his divorce recently. 

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