Mollywood
The actor will play a superstar who is crazy about luxury cars in this film that will make the directorial debut of Kalabhavan Shajohn.
  • Friday, July 12, 2019 - 18:41

Prithviraj’s next film has been launched with the official pooja. Titled Driving License, the film will be helmed 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. The script for Driving License has been penned by Sachy. 

Touted to be a thorough commercial entertainer, the film is about a superstar who is crazy about luxury cars. It goes without saying that Prithviraj will be playing the role of the superstar in this flick. Driving License also stars Suraj Venjaramoodu in a prominent role and he will be seen as a vehicle inspector.

The technical crew of this film includes Ranadive for wielding the camera and Sushin Shyam to compose the tunes.

Besides Driving License, Prithviraj also has Brother's Day and Aadujeevitham in his kitty. Actor Kalabhavan Shajohn will be making his directorial debut with Brother’s Day. The team has returned from Greece where they wrapped up a schedule recently. Listin Stephen will be bankrolling the film under his banner Magic Frames on a budget of Rs 15 crore. Miya, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Prayaga Rose Martin and Aima Sebastian have been roped in to play the female leads in this film.

The other film that Prithvi is busy with – Aadujeevitham -- is directed by Blessy. The film’s technical crew includes Resul Pookutty for sound designing, KU Mohanan for cinematography and Raja Muhammed for editing. Aadujeevitham will bring back the Oscar winning music director AR Rahman back into the Malayalam film industry, 25 years after he composed music for the film Yoddha. On his music composition for the film, the musician has earlier been reported to have said that that he completed setting the tunes for two songs, one of which was rendered by singer Chinmayi. The film is bankrolled by KG Abraham under the banner KGA Films.

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Tollywood
The film is expected to go on floors later this year.
  • Friday, July 12, 2019 - 17:43

On Allu Arjun’s birthday this year, it was announced that his next film is titled Icon with the tagline ‘Kanapadutaledu’. The first look poster of the film showed Allu Arjun riding a bike and we hear that the story revolves around this bike. Reports are that this bike gets stolen and Allu Arjun tries to file a police complaint to no avail. What happens next forms the crux of Icon. When the film was announced, there were reports of it being inspired by the Filipino film Kita Kita but that has been quashed. Icon will be directed by Venu Sriram and produced by Dil Raju under his banner Sri Venkateswara Creations. The director is currently working on the script and is expected to take the project on to the floors later this year.

According to the latest reports, Raashi Khanna is in the fray to play the female lead in this flick. The director has approached the actor for her dates and she is expected to join the star cast officially. More details about this project are expected to be out soon.

Meanwhile, the shooting of Allu Arjun’s next film with Trivikram Srinivas did commence some months ago. The film is being bankrolled jointly by Allu Aravind and S Radha Krishna under the banners Geetha Arts and Haarika & Hassine Creations respectively. The technical crew of this film includes S Thaman for music, PS Vinod for cinematography and Naveen Nooli for editing. Pooja Hegde has been roped in to play the female lead in AA19.

Allu Arjun and Trivikram Srinivas had worked together in Julai in 2012 and S/O Satyamurthy in 2015 and with AA19 being their third film together, fans are expecting a hat trick from the duo. Apart from these films, Allu Arjun also has the Sukumar directorial in his kitty.

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The actor, who is in London where he underwent surgery for a shoulder injury, will be back in India soon after which an announcement about the film is expected.
  • Friday, July 12, 2019 - 13:16
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Director R Chandru is basking in glory over his recent film release I Love You, starring Upendra in the lead role, turning out to be a huge hit. I Love You, which stars Rachita Ram opposite Upendra, was directed and produced by Chandru. Sonu Gowda plays a pivotal role in this flick besides a host of actors in supporting roles. The technical crew of I Love You includes music by Kiran Thotambyle and cinematography by Naveen Kumar. The Telugu version of this bilingual film was released in the Telugu-speaking states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana to positive reviews as well.

According to the latest reports, Chandru had narrated a one-liner to Kannada megastar Shiva Rajkumar and it appears that the actor may hop on board.

Shiva Rajkumar is currently in London where he underwent surgery for a shoulder injury that he had sustained earlier this year and is recuperating. The star had completed all his pending films prior to taking a break and going to the UK for his surgery. On Thursday, he tweeted to let his followers know that he was recovering well.

The star is expected to be back in India soon after which an official announcement regarding the project with Chandru will be made.

It may be noted here that the actor currently has a slew of films such as SRK, Bhajarangi 2, Anand and Drona in different stages of production. Incidentally, he and director A Harsha are teaming up for the third time for Bhajarangi 2. Reports say the filmmakers are planning to reveal the star’s first look on his birthday which falls on Friday. On choosing the title, the director had reportedly said that the film will have no connection with Bhajarangi but he chose it because his team liked it. So, from what we gather, Bhajarangi 2 will be a completely different story. The film will have Bhavana sharing screen space opposite Shiva Rajkumar.

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Mollywood
Well known ad filmmaker MC Joseph will be debuting as director with 'Vikruthi'.
  • Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 22:24
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It was announced a while ago that Soubin Shahir and Suraj Venjaramoodu have been roped in to play the lead roles in a new film. And now, the first look poster of this film has been unveiled with the title revealed as Vikruthi. Fahadh Faasil released the first look online through his Facebook page. 

Besides Soubin Shahir and Suraj Venjaramoodu, the film will also star Vincy, Surabhi Santosh, Mamukoya, Baburaj, and Sudheer Karamana in important roles. Well known ad filmmaker MC Joseph will be debuting as director with Vikruthi, and AD Sreekumar is bankrolling it along with Ganesh Menon and Lakshmi Warrier. Producer AD Sreekumar has said that Vikruthi will be a family entertainer and is based on some true life incidents. He was quoted by the Indian Express as saying, “As we don’t want to reveal some details yet, all we can say at the moment is that it will be a family drama. It’s a story based on real-life incidents.”

Ajeesh P Thomas has penned the story for this film and Bijibal is composing the tunes. The film is in the final stages of shooting with reports that the last schedule will commence on the 19th of this month in Kochi.

While Vikruthi is taking shape, Soubin is also busy with his directorial. The film, which will be his second as a director, has Kunchacko Boban in the lead role. Besides this directorial, he also has a number of acting assignments needing his attention. Ambili, Jack and Jill and Trance are in the filming stages with Android Kunjappan Ver. 5.25 and Joothan in the pre-production mode. 

Suraj Venjaramoodu, meanwhile, has Pathinettaam Padi, Evide and Shubharathri in his kitty.

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The film has been titled 'Malik' and Sushin Shyam has been roped in to compose music for it.
  • Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 20:16
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Director Mahesh Narayan’s directorial debut was with Take Off which had Fahadh Faasil in the lead role. And now, the director is gearing up to go ahead with his next project. His second film will also have Fahadh Faasil in the lead. The film has been titled Malik and Sushin Shyam has been roped in to compose music for it.

While the groundwork for Malik is on, Fahadh is busy completing his upcoming film Trance. This film is scripted by Vadakkan Vincent and bankrolled by Anwar Rasheed under his banner Anwar Rasheed Entertainments. Trance stars Fahadh Faasil in the lead role with Vinayakan, Soubin Shahir, Chemban Vinod, Sreenath Bhasi and Alphonse Puthran also included in the star cast. Apart from directing and producing the film, Anwar Rasheed is also handling the camera. Earlier, when the film was announced, there were reports that Fahadh plays a priest in it but the filmmakers are keeping every other detail about it under wraps. To know more about Trance, we will have to wait until its release.

Fahadh Faasil and Anwar Rasheed had teamed up for the anthology Anchu Sundarikal earlier and this is their second venture together. Further, Anwar Rasheed is wielding the megaphone after a gap of five years, which is another reason to look forward to Trance.

It may be mentioned that Fahadh Faasil is on a roll with his films continuously doing well at the box office. His last release was Athiran which was also a big hit. Directed by debutant Vivek, Athiran’s technical crew includes music director Jayahari for soundtrack and Ghibran to score the background music while Anu Moothedath cranked the camera and Ayoob Khan is the editor. It is a psychological thriller with its backdrop being a psychiatric hospital in Ooty.

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Kollywood
If reports are to be believed, Vijay’s 'Bigil' and Vijay Sethupathi’s 'Sanga Thamizhan' are both eyeing the same release date.
  • Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 16:06

Box office clashes between films of top stars are becoming a thing of past. Earlier, it was common for a MGR and Sivaji Ganesan starrer or Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan starrer hitting the marquee on the same day. Recently we saw Rajinikanth's Petta and Ajith's Viswasam clash at the box office but such schedules have become rare.

Box office clashes between the biggies are now consciously avoided by the producers so that each film can reap the maximum benefits. Even festival releases are spaced out in such a way to ensure the collections are good.

While this is the present scenario, we hear that two biggies may clash at the box office this Deepavali. If reports are to be believed, Vijay’s Bigil and Vijay Sethupathi’s Sanga Thamizhan are both eyeing the same release date.

Bigil, directed by Atlee Kumar, has Nayanthara playing the female lead. The director had worked with Vijay in Mersal and the film turned out to be a big success. He is associating with Vijay for the third time.

The Oscar-winning music composer AR Rahman has been roped in to compose the tunes for this flick, which will be bankrolled by AGS Entertainments. GK Vishnu is cranking the camera for this film with Anthony L Ruben being signed up for editing.

Besides the lead pair Vijay and Nayanthara, the star cast also includes Kathir, Daniel Balaji, Yogi Babu, Sai Dheena, Vivek, Anandraj and others. There are reports doing rounds that it is a sports drama which will have Vijay playing a football coach. 

The storyline of Sanga Thamizhan, which is being directed by Vijay Chander, is set in North Chennai and the director has done a lot of research for it. From what we hear, it is sure to be an intense film that is set to thrill all Vijay Sethupathi’s fans.

The film is bankrolled by Vijaya production. Rashi Khanna and Nivetha Pethuraj are playing the female leads in it. Vivek Mervin is in charge of the music, while Velraj and Praveen KL are taking care of the cinematography, and editing respectively.

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Kollywood
R Chandru, who directed the original, has reportedly been roped in to wield the megaphone again.
  • Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 13:07

The Kannada movie I Love You, starring Upendra, hit the marquee recently and has been doing well at the Sandalwood box office. The Telugu version of this bilingual was released in the Telugu-speaking states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana to positive reviews.

Following its success, the makers of I Love You are planning to remake the film in Tamil. Reports say that a top production house will be bankrolling the venture with R Chandru, who had directed the original, roped in to wield the megaphone again. It appears that Karthi will be reprising the role done by Upendra.

I Love You, starring Upendra and Rachita Ram in the lead, is directed and produced by Chandru. Sonu Gowda plays a pivotal role in this flick besides a host of actors in supporting roles. The technical crew of I Love You includes music by Kiran Thotambyle and cinematography by Naveen Kumar.

Meanwhile, Karthi is expecting the release of Kaithi. The shooting of this film has been completed and it is currently in the post-production mode. Kaithi is an action thriller film written and directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj. The film also stars Narain and George Maryan. It is produced jointly by SR Prakashbabu and SR Prabhu under the Dream Warrior Pictures banner and is co-produced by Tiruppur Vivek under the Vivekananda Pictures banner. The film’s soundtrack is composed by Sam CS, with Philomin Raj handled the editing and Sathyan Sooryan cranking the camera. Kaithi’s release date is expected to be out soon.

Karthi is also busy with an untitled film which is being directed by Jeethu Joseph, in which he will be sharing screen space with his sister-in-law Jyothika. Well-known veteran actor Sowcar Janaki, who was last seen on screen in the Telugu film Babu Bangaram, has also been roped in for a key role in the film.

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Tollywood
The actor also has the sequel to 'Goodachari' on cards.
  • Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 12:59

Following the success of Goodachari, Adivi Sesh revealed that his next would be a bilingual titled Major. Mahesh Babu is making his debut as a producer with this project and is bankrolling it under his banner Ghattamaneni Mahesh Babu Entertainment (GMB) in association with Sony Pictures Productions. Sashi Kiran Tikka has been roped in as the director. While movie buffs were expecting the filmmakers to announce the release date of Major, Adivi Sesh came out with a tweet out of the blue to announce that his next will be Evaru and it will hit the marquee on August 23. 

He tweeted, “After Goodachari, Happy to announce my next #EVARU! Shot in secret to preserve the twists @reginacassandra @Naveenc212 @murlisharma72 Dialogues by my guru @abburiravi garu #Sricharan @Garrybh88 @Vamsi_P1988. Directed by talented Venkat Ramji. Releases August 23! #EvaruOnAug23.”

Evaru is directed by Venkat Ramji with dialogues by Abburi Ravi. The technical crew of this flick includes Sricharan Pakala for music composition and Garry BH for editing. Regina Cassandra has been roped in to play the female in this flick with Naveen Chandra and Murli Sharma in pivotal roles.

With these two films gearing up for release, Adivi Sesh has announced that he will be working on the sequel to hit movie Goodachari. More details about this project are expected to be out soon.

It may be noted here a few months ago there was an announcement that Chetan Bhagat’s novel ‘2 States: The Story of My Marriage’ will be adapted as a film in Telugu with Adivi Sesh and Shivani, daughter of Dr Rajashekar, roped in to play the lead pair. But the producer of this film, titled 2 States, scrapped the project over some creative differences with the director MLV Satyanarayana.

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Kollywood
'Maamanithan' has Vijay Sethupathi in the lead with Gayathrie S as his lead pair.
  • Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 18:54

The shooting of the Vijay Sethupathi starrer Maamanithan was completed several months ago but there was no news about its progress or release. And finally here is an update that all movie buffs have been waiting for. Reports are that the makers of Maamanithan are planning to release it in the month of September but the date has not been fixed as yet. The post production is currently on, we hear.

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

Directed by the award winning director Seenu Ramasamy, the film has music by maestro Ilaiyaraaja and his sons Yuvan Shankar Raja and Karthik Raja. Maamanithan is bankrolled by Yuvan Shankar Raja under his banner YSR Productions along with K Productions and Vasan Movies and this happens to be his second production venture after Pyaar Prema Kadhal.

The shooting of this film began in Madurai and progressed in various places including Varanasi, Kerala and Rameswaram.

Seenu Ramasamy and Vijay Sethupathi had first teamed up for Then Merkku Paruvakaatru, which went on to win the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil. They then worked together in Dharma Durai which also fetched a positive response from the audiences.

However, Idam Porul Yeval is yet to see the light of the day. Counting the unreleased Idam Porul Yeval, Maamanithan will be their fourth time association.

Vijay Sethupathi currently has a number of films needing his attention including Kadaisi Vivasayi, Sanga Thamizhan, Laabam in Tamil and Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy in Telugu, which will be his debut in Tollywood. The actor is all set to make his debut in the Malayalam film industry with Marconi Mathai.

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Kollywood
The director was clarifying rumours that began circulating soon after he announced that he has roped in Samantha for his next project.
  • Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 18:42

The Nayanthara starrer Aramm was one of the biggest hits in her career. This heroine-centric film, which was directed by Gopi Nainar, was released a couple of years ago. Since then, there have been speculations that the director may go ahead with a sequel. 

So, when the announcement came that Gopi Nainar will be associating with Samantha Akkineni for a new project, rumours started off that the sequel will star Samantha instead of Nayan.

But, the director has refuted it outright in an interview to In.com. He has said, “Talks have been on and discussions are happening. But, it is not the sequel of Aramm. This is a fresh script and it is a women-centric film. Aramm 2 will happen only with Nayanthara and no one else. She is very busy right now, so that project will take some time to shape up.”

In Aramm, Nayan played a district collector. Kotapadi J Rajesh bankrolled the film under his banner KJR Films. Ghibran had composed music for this film with Om Prakash being its cinematographer and Gopi Krishna editing it. The star cast of Aramm includes the Kakka Muttai fame Vignesh and Ramesh, Sunu Lakshmi, Vinodhini Vaidyanathan, Ramachandran Durairaj and PV Anandakrishnan.

While Aramm 2 is still in the initial stages, the director is busy making a film with Bobby Simha in the lead. Reports are that he will be making a biopic on the tribal leader Birsa Munda very soon.

In the meantime, Nayanthara will be completing the Vijay starrer Bigil, directed by Atlee Kumar in addition to the AR Murugadoss directorial Darbar in which she pairs up with the Superstar Rajinikanth. Besides these Tamil biggies, she will also be seen in the Telugu magnum opus Sye Raa and the Malayalam film Love Action Drama.

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