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The film stars Sai Dharam Tej and Raashi Khanna in the lead roles who were last seen in the 2016 hit film ‘Supreme’.
  • Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 13:46

The motion poster of Sai Dharam Tej’s Prathi Roju Pandage was released on the occasion of the actor’s birthday on October 15th and it promises to be a wholesome family entertainer. The film’s director Maruthi took to Twitter to share the video.

“Let's Celebrate Life With Joy & Laughter, Here is the #GlimpseOfPratiRojuPandaage,” he wrote.

The film stars Sai Dharam Tej and Raashi Khanna in the lead roles. Incidentally, the lead pair shared the screen space in Supreme in 2016, which turned out to be a massive hit. With the two getting back together for Prathi Roju Pandage, expectations are very high. Supreme was an action comedy which was produced by Dil Raju under his banner Sri Venkateswara Creations and directed by Anil Ravipudi. The film’s technical crew included Sai Karthik for music, Sai Sriram for cinematography and MR Varma for editing.

Prathi Roju Pandage is directed by Maruthi and is bankrolled by Bunny Vas under his banner in association with UV Creations. S Thaman is composing music for this flick with Jayakumar cranking the camera and Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao taking care of the editing. Deva Datta is in charge of the script.

The film features the features the veteran actor Sathyaraj in an important role with Vijay Kumar, Rao Ramesh, Murali Sharma, Ajay, Praveen, Srikanth Ayyangaar, Sathyam Rajesh, Sathya Srinivas, Subhsh Bharath Reddy, Gayathri Bhargavi, Hari Teja, Mahesh, Suhas and others forming the rest of the star cast.

Sai Dharam Tej’s last film release was Chitralahari, which hit the marquee earlier this year. Directed by Kishore Tirumala the film had Kalyani Priyadarshan playing the female lead with Sunil, Nivetha Pethuraj and Vennela Kishore in supporting roles. It was bankrolled by Mythri Movie Makers. Director Kishore Tirumala made his debut with the Tamil film Pillaiyar Theru Kadeisi Veedu and went on to direct the Telugu movie Second Hand.

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Releasing the first look poster, Mamta Mohandas said that it is her first independent music collaborative work.
  • Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 23:27

Mamta Mohandas is a talented actor who is very selective about her projects. Besides donning the greasepaint for movies, she caught the attention of the music buffs with the announcement of her first music album.  

Releasing the first look poster of Thedal – The Search, Mamta Mohandas said that it is her first independent music collaborative work which wouldn’t have been possible without the support of Nikon Middle East. She also thanked Sachin Warrier and the rest of the team for making it possible. 

Other than this music album, Mamta Mohandas is busy with the Malayalam film Forensic. The film has Tovino Thomas playing the lead. Explaining about Mamta Mohandas’ role, Akhil Paul, one of the directors of the film, had said in an interview to the Times of India earlier, “Mamta is not Tovino’s pair in the film, but she is the female lead. Revealing anything more about the character would give away the plot.”

Forensic was supposed to be directed by cinematographer Sujit Vasudev but he walked out due to date issues following which Akhil Paul and Anas Khan took over. The shooting of Forensic will commence in October and the filmmakers are busy scouting for locations in Kerala.

Mamta also has the Tamil film Oomai Vizhigal in her kitty. Debutant VS has penned the film and will be wielding the megaphone. The technical crew of Oomai Vizhigal includes Vishnu Ramakrishnan for cinematography, AH Kasif for music, K Aaruchamy for art direction and Satish for stunt direction. Mamta Mohandas has been roped in to play the female lead in this flick and she will be sharing the screen space with the multi-talented Prabhu Deva. Oomai Vizhigal, incidentally, is the title of the yesteryear hit movie that had Vijayakanth in the lead role.

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The teaser features a robot cooking and we can make out that it will be an interesting film to watch out for.
  • Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 23:16
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The teaser of the upcoming film Android Kunjappan Version 5.25 has gone viral among the film buffs. The teaser features a robot cooking and we can make out that it will be an interesting film to watch out for.

Ratheesh Balakrishnan Poduval is directing this entertainer with Soubin Shahir playing the lead role along with Suraj Venjaramoodu. Saiju Kuruppu, Mala Parvathy and Megha Mathew form the rest of the star cast. The film is bankrolled by Santhosh T Kuruvila under the banner Moon Shot Entertainments. 

The film’s technical crew includes Sanu John Varghese for camera, Saiju Sreedharan for editing and Bijibal for music. Android Kunjappan Version 5.25 is set for release on November 8 and the post-production is happening in full swing.

It may be noted that Soubin Shahir and Suraj Venjaramoodu last shared the screen space in Vikruthi, which had hit the marquee earlier this month. Besides Soubin Shahir and Suraj Venjaramoodu, the film also starred Vincy, Surabhi Santosh, Mamukoya, Baburaj, and Sudheer Karamana in important roles. Well known ad filmmaker MC Joseph debuted as a director with Vikruthi and AD Sreekumar bankrolled it along with Ganesh Menon and Lakshmi Warrier. Ajeesh P Thomas has penned the story for this film and Bijibal is composing the tunes.

While Android Kunjappan Version 5.25 is getting ready for release, Soubin is 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 including Jack and Jill, Trance, Joothan, etc., needing his attention.

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Apparently, Siva has retained the same technical team from 'Viswasam' for his next project which is tipped to be a rural-based action entertainer.
  • Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 19:12

It was recently announced that Veeram and Viswasam fame Siva will next direct superstar Rajinikanth in his next film, which is currently dubbed Thalaivar 168. Sun Pictures will bankroll the project which will go on the floors from November.

Just days after the official announcement, reports have emerged that D Imman has been signed as the film’s composer and this will be his second collaboration with Siva after Viswasam, which was a chartbuster album. Apparently, Siva has retained the same technical team from Viswasam for his next project which is tipped to be a rural-based action entertainer.  

According to a Hindustan Times, reports about Rajinikanth teaming up with Siva first emerged when the latter visited the former at his residence in May. Siva was invited over to congratulate on the success of Ajith starrer Viswasam which Rajinikanth really liked.

“The speculations doing rounds regarding director Siva and Thalaivar meeting this morning are not true. The meeting was only to seek his blessing on the success of the former’s film Viswasam which released early this year,” Rajinikanth’s publicist had tweeted.

During the course of meeting, Rajinikanth appreciated Siva for making Viswasam and specially pointed out that he was really touched by the father-daughter relationship angle in the film. Viswasam starred Ajith and Nayanthara in the lead roles and the film went on to be a box-office hit.

Meanwhile, Rajinikanth currently awaits the release of AR Murugadoss directed Darbar, which also stars Nayanthara, Sunil Shetty, Pratiek Babbar, Nivetha Thomas and Yogi Babu in key roles. The film marks the return of Rajinikanth in the role of a cop after 25 years since he donned khaki in Pandian. Produced by Lyca Productions, the film has music by AR Rahman and is gearing up for release Pongal 2020.

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The film is set for release on November 1 to coincide with Kannada Rajyothsava Day.
  • Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 18:33
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Expectations are high on the P Vasu directorial, Ayushman Bhava, which has the Kannada megastar Shiva Rajkumar in the lead role. The film is set for release on November 1 to coincide with the Kannada Rajyothsava Day. The shooting of this film was wrapped up some time ago and it is currently in the post-production mode.

It may be noted here that P Vasu and Shiva Rajkumar are collaborating for the second time, with their first outing Shivalinga being a big hit. Rachita Ram is playing Shiva Rajkumar’s heroine in the film and Nidhi Subbiah will be seen in an important role. According to reports doing the rounds, veteran actors Prabhu and Suhasini Maniratnam have been roped in to play important roles in this flick. However, their roles are being kept a secret for now. The technical crew of Ayushman Bhava includes Guru Kiran for music and PKH Doss for cinematography.

While details about Ayushman Bhava are being kept strictly under wraps to up the suspense factor, people close to the team have hinted that it belongs to the horror genre. This news certainly has film buffs and Shiva Rajkumar fans excited and waiting eagerly for Ayushman Bhava.

Shiva Rajkumar currently has a slew of films such as SRK, Bhajarangi 2 and Drona in different stages of production. It may be noted here that Shiva Rajkumar and director A Harsha are teaming up for the third time for Bhajarangi 2. On choosing the title, the director had reportedly said that it will have no connection with Bhajarangi but that he chose it because his team liked the name. 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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Reports suggest that the film will be a sports drama.
  • Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 18:17

Naga Shaurya is currently busy with Ashwathama, which is directed by debutante Ramana Teja and produced by Usha Mulpuri under the banner of Ira Creations. Mehreen Pirzada plays Naga Shaurya’s love interest in the film, with Sargun Kaur in an important role. The technical crew of this film includes Sricharan Pakala for music and Manoj Reddy for camerawork.

Recently, Naga Shaurya was in the news for the injuries he sustained during the shoot of this film. Reports said that the actor got hurt while shooting a high octane stunt sequence without opting for a body double.

The actor’s other film in the pipeline is titled Mooga Manasulu. The film will be bankrolled by Sithara Entertainment and directed by debut director Lakshmi Sowjanya. Sources in the know say that it is a family entertainer. The prep work is on and the shooting will begin next month, we hear. An official word about the film’s star cast and crew should be out soon. Plans are on to release this film for summer next year.

While two of the actor’s films are in the making, the muhurat of another film happened recently. Santhossh Jagarlapudi is wielding the megaphone for this venture. A press release about the film on social media reads: “@IamNagashaurya’s New film launched today. Directed by #SanthosshJagarlapudi. Produced by #NarayanaDasNarang, @sharrath_marar, #RamMohanRao in #SreeVenkateswaraCinemaLLP & @nseplofficial. First Clap by #AlluAravind. Camera Switched on by #DilRaju. @AsianSuniln @AsianCinemas_”

The muhurat was a well-attended event with ace producer Allu Aravind sounding the clapboard first and Dil Raju switching on the camera. Reports suggest that it is a sports drama but no further details about the story are confirmed as of now.

Naga Shaurya was last seen in Oh Baby starring Samantha in the lead. The film turned out to be a box-office success with positive reviews pouring in. Directed by Nandini Reddy, Oh Baby is the official remake of the South Korean comedy-drama Miss Granny. The story is about a woman in her 70s who finds herself magically in the body of her 20-year-old self after having herself photographed at a mysterious photo studio. Samantha played the younger version and veteran actor Lakshmi played the senior version in the film.

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The director, a native of Telangana, had earlier helped Sai Pallavi for ‘Fidaa' and will now be doing the same for Naga Chaitanya's next.
  • Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 17:33

Ace director Sekhar Kammula made Fidaa with Sai Pallavi which went on to become a hit. The film had Sai Pallavi speaking the Telangana slang of Telugu, which is not an easy feat. But with the guidance of the director, the actor was able to do it perfectly.

The director is now reportedly making another film with actor Naga Chaitanya in which he will be seen speaking in the Telangana dialect.

However, as Naga Chaitanya is not well versed in the slang, Sekhar Kammula himself has decided to train the actor. The director is a native of Telangana himself.

Of the film’s progress, we hear that the director intends to complete the film’s shooting in three schedules. Narayan Das K Narang and Puskur Ram Mohan Rao are bankrolling the project under their banner. On the commencement of the shooting, producer Ram Mohan Rao had said, “A 10-day schedule has begun today in a specially constructed village set in Secunderabad. Then, another schedule in a rural backdrop followed by a long schedule in Hyderabad and that's a wrap.”

We hear that the film is a romantic tale of a boy and a girl moving into the city from the village and what ensues further. Detailing about the film in an interview to Cinemaexpress, the director had said earlier, “Naga Chaitanya has been trying to master the Telangana dialect for his part. He's completely surrendered himself with great interest to pull off his part. Also, Sai Pallavi could spring a surprise for the audience. I believe the lead pair's performances will stand out.” Pavan, a product of AR Rahman's KM Music Conservatory, is composing music for this flick.

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Irfan Pathan has been roped in to play a role in the upcoming Vikram starrer that is being directed by Ajay Gnanamuthu, while Harbhajan will make his debut in a Santhanam film titled 'Dikkiloona'.
  • Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 11:24

Popular cricketers Irfan Pathan and Harbhajan who have good number of fans in Chennai, after having played for Chennai Super Kings IPL cricket team, are all set to make their Kollywood debut soon.

Irfan Pathan has been roped in to play a role in the upcoming Vikram starrer that is being directed by Ajay Gnanamuthu, while Harbhajan will make his debut in a Santhanam film titled Dikkiloona.

Confirming the news, director Ajay tweeted a picture of himself with Irfan and wrote, "Welcome on board @IrfanPathan Can't wait to unleash your new avatar to the audience!! Time for some solid action!!"

On roping in Irfan for the role, the director has said in an interview to the Times of India that he was scouting for a suitable actor who needed to look like a Turk and felt that the cricketer would be the apt choice.

The director said, “I happened to see a couple of Dubsmash videos by Irfan Pathan and thought he would be apt for the role. So, I met him and spoke to him about the film. He was kicked about it and expressed his interest, but also admitted that he wasn’t sure if he could act. He kept asking me if he would be right for the role. But I did all the convincing and eventually, he agreed.”

About his role in the film, Irfan had said that acting in completely new to him, he had done reality shows and cricket commentary and is now excited to give acting a try. He was quoted as saying, “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.”

Vikram's untitled film referred to as Vikram 58 for now, is currently in progress with the shooting happening in Chennai. Plans are on to wrap up the shooting by January next year. The film will have music by AR Rahman and Sivakumar Vijayan will be responsible for cinematography.

Dikkiloona which stars Santhanam is being directed by Karthik Yogi. The film is produced by KJR Studios in association with Soldiers Factory.

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More details about 'Sajan Bakery Since 1962' including the rest of the star cast and crew will be out soon.
  • Monday, October 14, 2019 - 19:30

Aju Varghese is all geared up to don a new avatar. The actor has penned a script for a movie that will start rolling soon. The film is titled Sajan Bakery Since 1962 and will be directed by Arun Chandu. More details about Sajan Bakery Since 1962 including the rest of the star cast and crew will be out soon.

It may be noted here that director Arun Chandu had directed the Gokul Suresh and Dhyan Sreenivasan starrer Sayanna Varthakal which is getting ready for release soon. Sayanna Varthakal is a socio-political satire film written and directed by debutant Arun Chandu. The film is produced under the banner D14 Entertainments. Incidentally, the film also has Aju Varghese playing an important role. Music for the film has been composed by Prashant Pillai and the cinematography is handled by Sarath Shaji with editing by Amal Ayyappan.

Aju Varghese, besides taking up interesting roles, has produced films as well. He turned producer with Love Action Drama this year. The film, directed by Dhyan Sreenivasan, was produced jointly by Vyasakh Subramaniam and Aju Varghese under the banners Funtastic Films and M-Star Little Communications.

Dhyan had roped in a strong technical team for Love Action Drama. Shan Rahman was the music composer for this flick while the lyrics were penned by Dhyan’s brother Vineeth Sreenivasan. Jomon T John cranked the camera and the editing was done by Vivek Harshan with Art by Ajay Mangadu. The film was shot extensively in Chennai, Bengaluru and Kochi.

Aju Varghese is currently busy with a number of films including Vritham. The film is directed by Gauthami Nair and has Sunny Wayne in the star cast. Reports are that Aju will be playing a character with shades of grey.

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Meanwhile, Darshan is gearing up for the release of 'Odeya' on November 1st to coincide with the Kannada Rajotsava Day.
  • Monday, October 14, 2019 - 19:23

Vakkantham Vamsi, a popular writer in Tollywood, made his directorial debut with the Telugu movie Naa Peru Surya, which had Allu Arjun in the lead role. The film, that released last year, received a lukewarm response among cine buffs following which there was no news about the director’s next.

Several months after the release of Naa Peru Surya, news has emerged that Vakkantham Vamsi is gearing up to wield the director’s baton again. Sources say that he is in talks with Kannada actor Darshan and may soon foray into the Kannada film industry. However, nothing has been finalised yet and we need to wait for an official word from the concerned parties.

Meanwhile, Darshan is gearing up for the release of Odeya on November 1st to coincide with the Kannada Rajotsava Day. Apparently, Odeya will have Darshan in two different roles. Wielding the megaphone for Odeya is MD Sridhar.

His other film in the pipeline is Robert. Darshan had wrapped up the shooting of Robert some time ago and also completed dubbing for the film. Donning the director’s robes for Robert is Tharun Sudhir. On making this film with Darshan, the director told in an interview earlier that has penned the film not as a director but as Darshan’s fan, which means it will have all elements that the star’s fans would love to watch on the silver screens.

When this film was announced, it was revealed that Drashan’s character in it is named Robert but the director put an end to all guesswork when he revealed that the character will have nothing to do with the star’s cameo role in Chowka. According to reports, the film will feature Vinod Prabhakar, son of actor Tiger Prabhakar, in an important role and Tollywood actor Jagapathi Babu.

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