Tollywood
She shot fame with Vishnu Vishal's Tamil psychological thriller 'Ratsasan' directed by Ram Kumar.
  • Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 10:49

'Ammu' Abhirami, who was last seen in the Dhanush starrer Asuran, has updated details about her next film. The actor is successfully juggling her career between the Tamil and Telugu film industries and has confirmed that her next will be a Telugu film.

She wrote on her social media page: “#Tollywood. After #Rakshasadu my next Telugu movie Pooja happened today at Hyderabad, Really excited to do the lead role in this upcoming wonderful movie, Details will be updated soon by the production house.”

While more details about this project are expected to be out soon, 'Ammu' Abhirami will be seen playing a role in the upcoming Jyothika and Karthi starrer. Titled Donga in Telugu and Thambi in Tamil, the film will have Jyothika and Karthi playing the main leads as sister and brother.

Jeethu Joseph is directing this family entertainer. It was confirmed that veteran actor Sathyaraj has been roped in to play a pivotal role in the film, and later that Ammu Abhirami made it to the star cast by bagging a role besides Malayalam actor Anson Paul.

The filmmakers then made a new addition to the star cast by roping in Nikhila Vimal C. 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. Sources in the know say that this film is likely to make it to silver screens soon but the date has not been fixed yet.

The young talent Abhirami made her acting debut in the H Vinoth directorial Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru. She shot fame with Vishnu Vishal's psychological thriller Ratsasan directed by Ram Kumar.

She played the role of Vishnu Vishal's niece - Ammu - in the film. It was the success of this movie which gave her the name 'Ammu' Abhirami. Later Abhirami herself was signed on to reprise her role in the Telugu version too titled Rakshasudu starring Bellamkonda Sreenivas and directed by Ramesh Varma.

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Kollywood
An official confirmation is still awaited.
  • Monday, November 18, 2019 - 19:07

Actor Teejay, who played the roles of Dhanush's elder son in Asuran directed by Vetrimaaran received good appreciation from the audience and critics for his performance.

Recently the actor posted a photo of him on his social media account, captioning it "I've Started working on the next Transformation Look. Very Excited to Board this Fabulous Team. 2 months of Continous Gym for an #ActionThriller Lets Get fit! #Style #Action #Movie #Actor #TeeJay #Shooting #December #ARRahman #music (sic)"

Following which speculations roes that is he being a part of Vikram's next yet-untitled project with director Ajay Gnanamuthu. However, an official confirmation is still awaited.

Currently dubbed as Vikram 58, the project marks the first-time collaboration of Vikram and Ajay, who is best known for helming Demonte Colony and last year’s Imaikka Nodigal starring Nayanthara.

There are rumors that Vikram might be seen playing a photographer in the film which will be an action-thriller. The project went on floors recently and the shooting is currently progressing in Chennai.

The film has KGF-actor Srinidhi Shetty as the female lead. Besides, Srinidhi Shetty, the film will also have Cricketer Irfan Pathan who will be making his acting debut with this flick.

On his role in the film, Irfan has been quoted saying by Times of India, “Director Ajay had even come to my house in Vadodara to talk about it. My first question to him was, ‘Why me?’ But he was clear that the role suits me and after that, I was convinced. It will be a real honour to work with Vikram, who is an amazing actor and has done some fabulous movies. I’ve played for India at the highest level, in front of thousands of spectators. No nervousness can be compared to that feeling. At least I will have retakes here."

Bankrolled by 7 Screen Studio in association with Viacom 18 Studios the makers plan to release it in April 2020. Oscar-winning music composer AR Rahman is composing music for this flick with Siva Kumar Vijayan cranking the camera.

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The event is being organised by his grandson Siddharth and Nambiar’s second son Mohan Nambiar and will be taking place on November 19.
  • Monday, November 18, 2019 - 18:44

MN Nambiar is famous for playing the villain in Tamil movies and no Tamil movie in the MGR and Sivaji's era would be complete without the presence of this iconic actor who dominated the industry in the role of villain for around 50 years. He has done over 1000 films in Tamil, and he has acted in Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi as well.

The family of the veteran actor will now be organising a grand event in his memory as part of his centenary year. The event is being organised by his grandson Siddharth and Nambiar’s second son Mohan Nambiar and will be taking place on November 19.

The event is being expected to be graced by stars from all film industries. Speaking to DC, Siddharth Nambiar, the actor's grandson said, "We are celebrating the centenary of my legendary grandpa on November 19, with Isaignani Ilaiyaraaja and DGP Vijayakumar as chief Guests."

The organisers have also invited Superstar Rajinikanth, Ulaga Nayagan Kamal Haasan, Shivaraj Kumar, Bhagyaraj, P Vasu and Venniradai Nirmala.

Nambiar was a great devotee of Sabarimalai Aiyappan and undertook annual pilgrimages to the shrine for over 65 years. He was one of those instrumental in popularising the comparatively unknown deity over the years. Starting from Bollywood Superstar Amitabh Bachchan, Kannada star Rajkumar, Sivaji Ganesan and Rajinikanth and many others from the film industry have been a part of his Sabarimala pilgrimage groups.

Earlier this year his grandson Dipak Nambiar authored a book on his grandfather titled "Nambiarswamy: The Good, the Bad and the Holy" that captures the significant cinematic and cultural events that took place from 1940 to 2006. The book was released on March 7, 2019, which marked Nambiar’s 100 birthday.

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The film based on the life of Captain GR Gopinath, founder of the budget airline Air Deccan.
  • Monday, November 18, 2019 - 18:16

Actor Suriya had recently wrapped the shooting of his next film Soorarai Pottru with director Sudha Kongara, who last directed Irudhi Suttru. While Aparna Balamurali plays the female lead, veteran Telugu actor Mohan Babu stars in a crucial roles. The music for the film has been composed by GV Prakash.

The lastest news is that Suriya will be rapping in the film's title song "Maaraa". The young composer tweeted saying, "Mr.Maara raps ... #maaratheme will be rapped by @Suriya_offl sir #sooraraipottru #sudha #arivu".

The first song of the film has been written by Yegadesi and will be sung by Super Singer title winner Senthil Ganesh who is known for the hit "Chinna machan" song.

Soorarai Pottru a film based on the life of Captain GR Gopinath – founder of the budget airline Air Deccan. Produced by Suriya’s 2D Entertainment, the film marks the southern debut of well-known Bollywood producer Guneet Monga, who will be co-producing this project.

Veteran Bollywood actor Paresh Rawal, who has predominantly played character and comic roles over his three-decade-long career, is all set to make his Tamil debut with this film.

Sudha had pitched the story of Soorarai Pottru nearly three years ago but Suriya couldn’t immediately give his nod because he was occupied with multiple commitments. The project marks Suriya’s first-time collaboration with a female director.

The Singam star also has a project with director Siva in the pipeline and it is most likely to go on the floors later next year. It is said the film will go on floors after Siva completes his film with Superstar Rajinikanth which was announced recently.

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Shome Makhija will be wielding the megaphone for this venture with Sujoy Ghosh being its creative producer.
  • Monday, November 18, 2019 - 17:55

Actor Nayanthara and Aval fame Milind Rau have joined hands for a new project which has been titled Netrikann. Tipped to be a woman-centric thriller, the film is believed to be an official remake of Korean thriller Blind. The film is about a blind woman who gives testimony in a hit-and-run case and is then forced to confront the killer on her own.

While the makers haven’t officially confirmed whether the film is a remake, going by the title font which is written in braille, it’s safe to assume that Nayanthara plays a blind character. The film marks the debut of Nayanthara’s partner Vignesh ShivN as a producer. He will bankroll the project under the banner of Rowdy Pictures.  

According to the latest reports, Sonam Kapoor has signed the deal to star in the Hindi version of Netrikann. Shome Makhija will be wielding the megaphone for this venture with Sujoy Ghosh being its creative producer.  

Last seen in Vijay’s Bigil, Nayanthara has a few interesting projects up her sleeve. She is expecting the release of Darbar for Pongal next year. It is an action thriller film written and directed by AR Murugadoss and produced by Allirajah Subaskaran under the banner of Lyca Productions.

The film has Rajinikanth and Nayanthara as the lead pair with the Bollywood star and Sunil Shetty in an important role. Anirudh Ravichander is the music composer of this flick with cinematography and editing by Santhosh Sivan and Sreekar Prasad, respectively. The film is scheduled to hit the marquee on January 10, 2020.

Sonam Kapoor’s last film release was The Zoya Factor, which hit the marquee this year. The film was based on the novel with the same title penned by Anuja Chauhan. It was about an advertising agency executive, Zoya Singh Solanki getting to meet the Indian Cricket Team and turning out to be their lucky mascot which eventually helps the team to lift the Cricket World Cup in 2010. Malayalam star Dulquer Salmaan played the lead role in this flick.

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She debuted in the industry with the Malayalam film 'Geethanjali' in 2013.
  • Monday, November 18, 2019 - 16:50

Keerthy Suresh is an accomplished heroine in the southern film circuit and has come a long way in south Indian cinema since her debut. Keerthy, daughter of producer Suresh Kumar and actress Menaka, debuted in the film industry with the Malayalam movie Geethanjali in 2013 and since then has been lucky enough to bag some of the best projects in both Tollywood and Kollywood.

The actor has now completed six years in the film industry and Keerthy took it to social media thanking fans for accepting her as an artist.

“6 years ago, I was born as an actor. I’ve been fortunate enough to have lived many lives, as different characters. Thank you for accepting me and showering your love and blessings. I’m super grateful to be having the opportunities that come my way to live my dream over and over again. Eternally thankful to my family, fraternity and well-wishers. Take a seat and grab your popcorns. You and I have a long way to go (sic),” the actor wrote on her Twitter handle.

This year is much special to the actor as she won her first National Award for her flawless performance in Telugu film Mahanati in which she reprised legendary actor Savitri.

Keerthy has a slew of projects in her kitty. She had recently wrapped shooting for the female-centric multi-lingual film Penguin produced by Karthik Subbaraj’s Stone Bench Films helmed by Eashvar Karthic.

She will also be making her Bollywood debut with Maidaan. She is paired opposite Ajay Devgn in this film which is directed by Amit Sharma. The film is bankrolled jointly by Boney Kapoor, Akash Chawla and Arunava Joy Sengupta under their respective banners. The shooting of Maidaan began last month and is progressing well. The film will hit the marquee on November 27 next year, confirmed its makers.

In Tollywood, Keerthy has Rang De in which she is paired opposite Nithin, helmed by Venky Atluri. Veteran cinematographer PC Sreeram is already on board to crank the camera for this venture and Devi Sri Prasad will be setting the music score. She has also signed on to play a pivotal character in Mani Ratnam's Ponniyin Selvan with Amitabh Bachchan, Vikram, Karthi, Jayam Ravi, Prabhu, Jayaram, Parthiban, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Trisha.    

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Mollywood
Directed by Girish Nair, 'Puzhikkadakan' has actor Jayasurya in a crucial cameo.
  • Monday, November 18, 2019 - 14:55

The motion poster of the upcoming Malayalam film Puzhikkadakan is out, creating a buzz. The poster was released online by Aju Varghese through his official media handle recently. He wrote: "All the very best to Chemban chettan , Jayaettan , Vijay Babu Sir and our LAD girl Dhanya Balakrishna.. (sic)."

It shows Chemban Vinod, Dhanya Balakrishna, Vijay Babu, Balu Varghese and others in various domestic scenes, including a group effort to trap a chicken, and then a trophy being lifted by Chemban.

Directed by Girish Nair, Puzhikkadakan has Chemban Vinod Jose playing the lead role with Jayasurya in a crucial cameo. Dhanya Balakrishna, who was also seen in Love Action Drama, plays the female lead in this flick, with Vijay Babu, Balu Varghese, and Sudhi Koppa forming the supporting cast. The film’s screenplay and dialogues have been written by Shyal Satheesh and Hari Prasad Koleri. Sam and Noufal are bankrolling this movie under the banner Evaab Productions.

Chemban Vinod is busy with Big Brother, which has Mohanlal in the lead role. Big Brother, directed by Siddique, 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. Big Brother was supposed to release for Christmas this year but now it stands postponed to next year.

Chemban Vinod was last seen in Lijo Jose Pellissery’s critically acclaimed film Jallikattu. He played Varkey, a meat seller, who tries to kill a buffalo one night but fails to and the animal runs into the wilderness. The chase to find the animal lasts till the end of the movie.

Read: 'Jallikattu': How Lijo dissolves the differences between man and beast

Before Jallikattu, Chemban was much hailed for his performance in Porinju Mariam Jose, in which he played Jose, the dance-loving, bosom friend to Joju George’s Porinju.  

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Also read: ‘Kattathe Kilikkoodu’: Bharathan’s film is a commentary on the yin and yang of marriage

Mollywood
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.

Also read: Meet the man who became Amir in ‘Moothon’: Roshan Mathew interview

Kollywood
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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