Kollywood
Based on reports, Lyca Productions is spending a whopping Rs 40 crore to shoot this action sequence which will include over 2000 junior artistes.
  • Friday, October 18, 2019 - 18:52

The team of Shankar’s Indian 2 has moved to Bhopal after wrapping up two schedules in Rajahmundry and Sriperumbudur. In the latest schedule, a massive action sequence will be shot over a period of four weeks and the makers have roped in National award-winning stunt choreographer Peter Hein to oversee and execute the action scene.

Apparently, Lyca Productions is spending a whopping Rs 40 crore to shoot this action sequence which will include over 2000 junior artistes, based on a report by DT Next. Kamal Haasan is yet to join the sets for the latest schedule very shortly.

Meanwhile, it was recently speculated that actor Anil Kapoor has been roped in to play the antagonist in Indian 2. It’s worth mentioning that Shankar and Anil Kapoor had previously worked together in Nayak, the Hindi remake of Mudhalvan.

The first poster of Indian 2 was unveiled on the occasion of Pongal earlier this year. The makers are now geared up to complete shooting the project as planned within a span of next three months across Chennai, Andhra and Taiwan.

The first poster featured Haasan displaying his ‘varma-kalai’ skill as the Octogenarian vigilante Senapathy from Indian. The film, which is being produced a lavish budget by Lyca Productions has music by Anirudh Ravichander. Recently, Haasan went clean-shaven to shoot Indian 2 and his upcoming project, Thalaivan Irukkindran.

The film stars Rakul Preet Singh in an important role. On being signed for Indian 2 and being cast with Kamal Haasan for the first time, Rakul had told Times of India: “It’s a sequel to one of the biggest hits in Indian cinema and I’m really kicked about being a part of it. I was excited when I was offered the role because it’s a Shankar-Kamal Haasan combination and getting a chance to work with legends like that so early in my career is an opportunity I did not want to miss,” she said.

The film also stars Siddharth and Priya Bhavani Shankar in crucial roles.

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Reports are that the film’s director SS Rajamouli is currently in London for the special screening of 'Baahubali: the Beginning'.
  • Friday, October 18, 2019 - 18:51

The shooting of the magnum opus RRR has been progressing steadily for the past several months but has now come to a standstill. Reports are that the film’s director SS Rajamouli is currently in London for the special screening of Baahubali: the Beginning

The film will be screened along with live music with full symphony orchestra by the film’s music composer MM Keeravani’s score at prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London. The screening will happen on October 19 and prior to that, director SS Rajamouli and music composer MM Keeravani will be answering the queries posed to them. Baahubali’s lead actor Prabhas is also in London to attend the prestigious event.

Baahubali was directed by SS Rajamouli on a huge budget. Produced by Shobu Yarlagadda and Prasad Devineni, the first part was released in 2015 and the second part in 2017. MM Keeravani had composed music for this flick, which was written by KV Vijayendra Prasad. KK Senthil Kumar has cranked the camera with Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao editing the film. 

The director will begin concentrating on RRR soon after his return. While Ram Charan plays the role Alluri Seetharamaraju, Jr NTR will be seen as Komaram Bheem. Both of them play freedom fighters in this fictional drama that is set in the pre-Independence era. Alai Bhatt will be seen playing the role of Sita in it. Incidentally, both Ajay Devgn and Alai Bhatt will be making their debut in the south Indian film circuit with this film.

On the technical crew roped in for the project, MM Keeravani is on board to compose the tunes and KK Senthil Kumar for cinematography with A Sreekar Prasad roped in for editing. RRR is being bankrolled by DVV Dhanayya under his banner DVV Entertainments on a budget of Rs. 300 crore. The director has signed up Tamil actor and director Samuthirakani for a role.

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The actor will become the first woman to do so.
  • Friday, October 18, 2019 - 18:43

Actor-Producer Radikaa Sarathkumar who has been ruling the television kingdom for more than a decade as an actor and producer is all set to make her debut as a television host. The veteran actor will be hosting the Tamil version of Kaun Banega Crorepati becoming the first woman to do so.

The show has been titled Koteeswari which will be premiering on Colors Tamil channel. This will be the first time the actor would be collaboration in an another Tamil channel as she had earlier collaborated with Sun Tv for the past 25 years. Confirming her venture Radikaa tweeted "Happy to be the first woman to host the #KBC franchise on #Colorstamil #ColorsTv . Super excited to meet some fantasy women".

The same format of the show was previously aired on Vijay TV titled 'Nengalum Vellalam Oru Kodi'. The show had three seasons of which the first season was hosted by actor Suriya, the second was hosted by Prakash Raj and the third by Arvind Swami.

Last seen in Sivakarthikeyan's Mr Local directed by M Rajesh, Radikaa has a slew of films in the making. Sarathkumar and Radikaa Sarathkumar will be sharing the screen space for a movie titled Peranthal Parasakathi and the star cast also has Sarathkumar’s daughter Varalaxmi playing an important role.

The husband and wife duo are also busy with Vaanam Kottatum, which is being directed by ace director Mani Ratnam’s protégé, Dhana. The film is bankrolled by Mani Ratnam and A Subhaskaran under their respective banners Madras Talkies and Lyca Productions.

She also has director Saran’s upcoming film Market Raja MBBS starring Bigg Boss season 1 title winner Aarav. She also has Gautham Menon's long-pending directorial, Dhruva Natchathiram which has Vikram playing the lead role with Aishwarya Rajesh and Ritu Varma in important roles.

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The earlier plan was to release the film in December.
  • Friday, October 18, 2019 - 18:00

Nithin’s Bheeshma turned out to be one of the expected films of the year after a poster of the film with the hero in a brand new look went viral among the netizens. It has Rashmika Mandanna as his lead pair. Venky Kudumula is the director of Bheeshma and it is bankrolled by Naga Vamsi. Music composer Devi Sri Prasad is the music composer.

The plan earlier was to release the film in December this year but according to reports doing the rounds now, it has been postponed to next year. Bheeshma will be making it to the theatres on February 21st to coincide with the Mahah Shivaratri festival, say sources.

With Bheeshma coming to an end, Nithin will be concentrating on the Chandrasekar Yeleti directorial, which remains untitled as of now. Rakul Preet Singh has been roped in to play the female lead in it and Priya Warrier will be the other heroine romancing the hero. While the muhurat took place, the filmmakers are yet to disclose details about the shooting schedules.

Besides these two films, Nithin also has Rang De needing directed by Venky Atluri who earlier directed ‘Tholi Prema’ and ‘Mr. Majnu’.This film was launched on October 8th on the Dusshera eve, Illustrious director Trivikram gave clap over to the lead actors Nithin and Keerthy Suresh. Keerthy Suresh will be playing the female lead in this flick, which is being bankrolled by Naga Vamsi under the banner Sithara Entertainments, Devi Sri Prasad is the music director and it is set for a summer 2020 release.

Nithin’s last film was Srinivasa Kalyanam, which released last year. The star took nearly one year to pick his next film and has come back with three projects in a row!
 
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Tipped to be a highly action-packed story of a bodyguard, the film is said to be titled 'Joshua: Koolipadai'.
  • Friday, October 18, 2019 - 17:44

Filmmaker Gautham Vasudev Menon was supposed to team up with actor Vijay for a project titled Yohaan many years ago. For various reasons unknown, the highly anticipated project never took off and was eventually shelved.

The latest update is Gautham has revived the project with actor Varun, who was recently seen in Tamil adult comedy Puppy. Tipped to be a highly action-packed story of a bodyguard, the film is said to be titled Joshua: Koolipadai.

Apparently, he has already completed shooting the first schedule of the project which is being bankrolled by Vels Films International. The film will be shot on a lavish budget and will be centered on a bodyguard who is handed over the responsibility of looking after a high profile woman who travels to Chennai from London.

An official announcement on Joshua can be expected to be made very soon. Meanwhile, Gautham awaits the release of Dhanush starrer Enai Noki Paayum Thota. The film is finally expected to hit the screens in November.

The project marks the first-time collaboration of Dhanush and Menon. Meanwhile, there are reports that Suriya and Gautham are set to reunite soon. A few years ago, both of them were supposed to team up for a project titled Dhruva Natchathiram, which the latter went on to make with Vikram and is due for release soon.

When Suriya opted out of Dhruva Natchathiram just weeks before the project was scheduled to go on the floors, it affected his relationship with Gautham and both were not on talking terms for a long time.

In a recent media interaction, while promoting his upcoming release Enai Noki Paayum Thotta, Gautham confirmed that a project with Suriya is in the offing. However, he refused to divulge more details as he felt it should come from the makers. Apparently, Gautham flew to London where Lyca is headquartered to finalise things on the project. If everything goes as planned, the film will take off early next year.

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The actor is currently working on ‘Kadamattathu Kathanar’ and ‘Sufiyum Sujathayum’.
  • Friday, October 18, 2019 - 15:19

Actor Jayasurya, who recently won a Kerala State Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of the legendary footballer VP Sathyan, is all set to collaborate with Prajesh Sen. The new project has been titled Vellam.

The new project which is the second collaboration between Jayasurya and Prajesh Sen will be about the life of a drunkard based in Kannur. Captain, the story of VP Sathyan, was Prajesh Sen’s directorial debut and starred Anu Sithara as the female lead with Renji Panicker, Siddique, Deepak Parambol, Saiju Kurup, Kamal Varadoor and Lakshmi Sharma in supporting roles.

Nimisha Sajayan has been roped in to pair up with Jayasurya in Vellam and the shooting of the film is expected to begin in November.

There are also reports that Jayasurya’s another upcoming film will be a fantasy thriller based on the life of the legendary priest Kadamattathu Kathanar who lived in Kadamottom. Jayasurya will play the titular role of Kathanar in the movie and is working with Producer Vijay Babu on the film. Jayasurya and Vijay Babu are currently working together for Sufiyum Sujathayum and will begin work on Kadamattathu Kathanar after the present movie is wrapped up.

Sufiyum Sujathayum is an intense romantic tale with Aditi Rao Hydari playing the female lead role of a Kathak dancer and Jayasurya’s wife. Jayasurya and Aditi will play two stages of their lives in the movie. Apart from the lead actors, Siddique, Hareesh Kanaran, Vijay Babu, Mamukkoya, Manikandan Pattambi, Kalaranjini and Navas Vallikkunnu have been roped in to play supporting roles.

Sufiyum Sujathayum, a romantic-thriller with dark humour, is directed by Naranipuzha Shanavas and it is produced by Vijay Babu under his banner Friday Film House. Anu Moothedath is handling the cinematography and M Jayachandran is the music composer of the movie. 

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The actor has been signed to play the lead role in ‘Ranga Marthanda’, reportedly a remake of the acclaimed Marathi movie ‘Natsamrat’.
  • Friday, October 18, 2019 - 13:34
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Actor Ramya Krishnan will soon be making a film with her husband director Krishna Vamsi. This is the third time the couple will be collaborating. The first film they worked together was Chandralekha (1998) before they got married while the actor later appeared in a guest role in Krishna Vamsi’s Sri Anjaneyam (2004).

The director has signed Ramya Krishnan to play the lead role in his upcoming film titled Ranga Marthanda. Sources in the know say that the film is the remake of the acclaimed Marathi movie Natsamrat. Further, award-winning actor Prakash Raj has been roped in to play the male lead in the film.

Krishna Vamsi’s last film was Nakshatram, an action entertainer written and directed by him, which released in 2017. The film was jointly produced by K Srinivasulu, S Venugopal and Sajju under the banners Sri Chakra Media, Butta Bomma Creations and Win Win Win Creations. The film starred Sundeep Kishan in the lead role with Sai Dharam Tej in an extended cameo. Tanish, Regina Cassandra, Pragya Jaiswal, Prakash Raj, JD Chakravarthy and Sivaji Raja formed the rest of the star cast. It has been two years since the release of Nakshatram and film buffs have been waiting eagerly for news on the director’s next. With the announcement that his upcoming film will feature the talented Ramya Krishnan, fans are excited.

It may be noted here that Ramya Krishnan is currently busy with the Telugu flick Romantic. It is directed by Anil Paduri and has been written by Puri Jagannadh. The film’s star cast also includes Mandira Bedi and Divyadarshini aka DD in pivotal roles. Romantic, which is bankrolled by Puri Jagannadh and Charmme under their Puri Connects banner, is Akash Puri’s second film. The first look poster of Romantic was released a few days ago and turned out to be the talk of the town.

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The actor will play a reserve forest officer in the film, which revolves around forest and wildlife conservation.
  • Friday, October 18, 2019 - 12:32

Shraddha Srinath has bagged a role in the Rishab Shetty directorial Rudraprayag. The plot of the film reportedly revolves around forest and wildlife conservation. In the movie, Shraddha will play a reserve forest officer in charge of the forest in Belgavi. The film will also star Anant Nag in a lead role.

On choosing the title Rudraprayag, the director had said in an interview earlier to the New Indian Express, “Prayag means sangama (confluence) in Hindi, and the subject will have relevance to Rudraprayag, which is established if you turn the poster upside down. This is a point of confluence of two rivers – Alaknanda and Mandakini – and they are of different characters. While one is completely calm, the other river is very vibrant. It then forms the river Ganga. That’s the speciality of this place.”

The shooting of this film will begin next month and the director is planning on releasing it in summer next year. The director added that he will be roping in about eight actors for Rudraprayag but the content will be the main hero. Reports say that some actors are in talks with the director already and their inclusion will be announced as and when they come on board. Further, a cheetah will be playing one of the main characters in the film and it will be an interesting watch, we hear.

Last seen in Ajith’s Nerkonda Paarvai, the official Tamil remake of the Hindi Pink, Shraddha Srinath was recently roped in for Vishal’s Irumbu Thirai sequel. She made her debut in the Kannada film industry with U Turn in 2016. A mystery thriller, the film was written, produced and directed by Pawan Kumar. A heroine-centric film, Shraddha played the lead role with Roger Narayan, Dilip Raj and Radhika Chetan in supporting roles. Shraddha won the Filmfare Best Actor – South and the SIIMA Award for her performance in the film.

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Sivakarthikeyan was in Hyderabad for the shoot of the film ‘Hero’.
  • Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 19:18

Tollywood actor and Nagarjuna's son, Akhil Akkineni, hosted a dinner for the crew of the film Hero, who were in Hyderabad recently.

The young star posted a pic with the film's lead star Sivakarthikeyan and captioned it, “What a lovely evening with the Chennai crew! All the best for Hero guys ! Godspeed @sivakarthikeyan @george_dop @psmithran.”

Besides Sivakarthikeyan, Hero’s director PS Mithran and cinematographer George C Williams also attended the event.

Responding to Akhil’s online message, Sivakarthikeyan wrote, “Very happy to meet u brother had a great time ther. See u soon and all the best for ur movie wit Baskar sir.”

Pairing up with Sivakarthikeyan in Hero will be two heroines, Kalyani Priyadarshan and Ivana, as the female leads with Arjun, Vivek and Robo Shankar forming the supporting star cast. RD Raja and KJR Studios are bankrolling this venture. George C Williams and Ruben are in charge of the film’s cinematography and editing respectively.

This film will have Bollywood actor Abhay Deol as the main villain. On choosing the actor for this role, director Mithran said in an interview to a Tamil daily that he wanted someone who has a smiling face but should be able to create terror in the minds of the audiences when his true identity is revealed.

Sivakarthikeyan, who is basking in the great response for his latest release Namma Veettu Pillai, will soon resume shooting for his upcoming yet-untitled science-fiction Tamil film with director Ravikumar. Tipped to be an alien invasion comedy, the film also stars Rakul Preet Singh.

The actor also has an upcoming project with director Nelson of Kolamavu Kokila fame; a yet-untitled film with director Siva that will reportedly go on the floors from December or early next year; and another film with Vignesh Shivn in the pipeline.

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The actor has been lying low following the flop of his last film, ‘Manmadhudhu 2.’
  • Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 19:03

Tollywood’s ‘King’ Nagarjuna is currently hosting the popular TV show Bigg Boss, which is taking away a major chunk of his time. The star, therefore, hasn’t signed any new films. His last release was Manmadhudu 2, which sank at the box office without creating any ripples as had been expected. This has led to the actor taking time to choose his next.

According to reports, Nag is not in a hurry to don the greasepaint soon as he is studying the type of roles offered to him. The star wants to come up with a big hit and his choosing the project with great care. However, he first intends to wrap up the Bigg Boss show which is nearing completion.

Sources in the know say that Nag is considering a remake of the hit Hindi movie Raid. He may be reprising the role done by Ajay Devgn as the IRS Deputy Commissioner of Income Tax. Raid, which released last year, was an action crime film written by Ritesh Shah and directed by Raj Kumar Gupta. It starred Ajay Devgn, Ileana D'Cruz and Saurabh Shukla in the lead roles with Amit Sial, Devas Dixit, Gayathri Iyer and Sheeba Chaddha playing supporting roles.

Amit Trivedi had composed the original music and background score for this film with Tanishk Bagchi being the revamp composer. Alphonse Roy had handled the film’s cinematography and Bodhaditya Banerjee had edited it. Made on a budget of Rs. 51 crores, Raid made around Rs. 143 crores at the box office.

Manmadhudu 2 was directed by Rahul Ravindran of Chi La Sow fame. Rakul Preet Singh played the female lead in this flick with Nag’s daughter-in-law Samantha Akkineni making a guest appearance in it along with Keerthy Suresh. The film was bankrolled jointly by Nag’s Manam enterprises and P Kiran’s Anandi Art Creations.