Cinema
Yash also reportedly arranged a meeting between the debut director and actor.
  • Tuesday, July 09, 2019 - 13:50
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Yash is basking in glory over his last outing at the theatres, KGF 1, turning out to be a huge hit. He is currently concentrating on its sequel. According to an in.com report, Yash happened to get an impressive script from a debut director and has passed it on to his friend, Tollywood actor Prabhas. Apparently, Yash felt that the script suited the Baahubali actor well and therefore wanted him to take a call on it. He also reportedly arranged a meeting between the director and actor. If things go well, this project may materialise.

After the phenomenal success of KGF: Chapter 1, Yash is gearing up for the sequel KGF: Chapter 2. Both the chapters are directed by Prashanth Neel, who has also written the story, screenplay and dialogues. Vijay Kiragandur produced the project under his banner Hombale Films. The film has Yash playing the lead role and paired up opposite him is Srinidhi Shetty.

Meanwhile, Prabhas is expecting the release of his magnum opus Saaho. The film is directed by Sujeeth and bankrolled by V Vamshi Krishna Reddy and Pramod Uppalapati under the banner UV Creations on a budget of Rs 300 crore. Its star cast also includes Neil Nitin Mukesh, Lal, Arun Vijay, Mandira Bedi, Jackie Shroff, Vennela Kishore, Mahesh Manjrekar and Chunkey Pandey in supporting roles. While Prabhas plays the male lead in this action entertainer, sharing screen space opposite him is Bollywood actor Shraddha Kapoor. The technical crew of this film includes R Madhi for cranking the camera and A Sreekar Prasad for editing. Saaho is in the final stages of post-production with its release planned on August 15, Independence Day.

Prabhas is also working simultaneously on his other project, which is directed by KK Radha Krishna. Titled Jaan, Pooja Hegde has been roped in to play the female lead in this film. It is being bankrolled jointly by Gopi Krishna Movies and UV Creations. Jaan is being shot simultaneously in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu, with plans to release it for Christmas this year. According to reports, Jaan is a high budget film.

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The film, which marks the directorial debut of actor Dhyan Sreenivasan, is also written by him.
  • Monday, July 08, 2019 - 19:33

The first look of Dhayan Sreenivasan directorial Love Action Drama is out. The film has Nivin Pauly and Nayanthara pairing up for the first time. The poster shows both of them having a lighter moment together, standing with their coffee mugs in hand.

The shooting of the film has been wrapped up successfully. Besides directing the film, Dhyan, actor turned director, has also penned the script, following on the footsteps of his dad Sreenivasan and brother Vineeth.

Love Action Drama is currently in the post production stage and we hear that its makers are planning it as an Onam release this year. The film has Sreenivasan, Urvashi, Aju Varghese, Dhanya Balakrishnan and director Antony Joseph playing pivotal roles in it. 

The film will also make a comeback of Nayanthara to Malayalam after three years. The last Malayalam film she did was Puthiya Niyamam, opposite Mammootty, in 2016.

We hear that Nayanthara will be seen playing a Palakkad native, fluent in both Malayalam and Tamil. Nivin Pauly is playing a character called Dineshan in the movie. Hailing from a well to do family, Dineshan strives to make it big all by himself and what ensues during the course forms the rest of the story.

It was recently reported that television anchor and actor Prajin would be playing the villain in the film.

Dhyan has roped in a strong technical team for Love Action Drama. Shaan Rahman is the music composer while the lyrics have been penned by Dhyan’s brother Vineeth Sreenivasan. Jomon T John is cranking the camera and the editing is done by Vivek Harshan with art direction being taken care of by Ajay Mangadu. The film has been shot extensively in Chennai, Bengaluru and Kochi.

Actor Aju Varghese is producing this film in association with Vishak Subramaniam under the banner of Funtastic Films.

Meanwhile Sachin, in which Dhyan plays the male lead, will release this Friday.

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Sandalwood
The star had a muscle tear on his right shoulder and has been advised surgery.
  • Monday, July 08, 2019 - 19:23
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The Kannada superstar Shiva Rajkumar will undergo a surgery in the UK on July 10, we hear. The star had a muscle tear on his right shoulder and has been advised surgery. Completing all his current assignments, Shiva Rajkumar has decided to take a break for the surgery and for recuperation.

Shiva Rajkumar’s Rustum had hit the marquee on June 28 and is running to packed houses at the theatres. The film is produced by Jayanna and Bhogendra under the banner Jayanna Combines. Shraddha Srinath was roped in to play the female lead in it and Mayuri is appearing as Shiva Rajkumar’s sister. A romantic action entertainer, Rustum has Anoop Seelin scoring the music and Mahendra Simha wielding the camera. Shiva Rajkumar plays a cop in this flick and he sports a new look in it. 

He currently has a slew of films such as SRK, Bhajarangi 2, Anand and Drona in different stages of production.

It may be noted that Shiva Rajkumar and director A Harsha are teaming up for the third time for Bhajarangi 2. There is a word that the filmmakers are planning to reveal the star’s first look on his birthday which falls on July 12. Incidentally, the first look of Bhajarangi was released on the same day way back in 2008. On choosing the title, the director had reportedly said that it 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 the screen space with Shiva Rajkumar. She will reportedly be joining the sets from June 24.

Meanwhile, Shiva Rajkumar will be the first among the Sandalwood stars to enter the digital media platform. The star himself made the announcement recently in a media interaction.

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Earlier, when the film was announced, there were reports that Fahadh plays a priest in it.
  • Monday, July 08, 2019 - 17:25

Fahadh Faasil starrer Trance was announced over a year ago. The film has been progressing slowly and steadily and is nearly reaching the post production phase. Reports are that an important schedule was completed in Amsterdam recently and the team headed back to India. 

Sources close to the Trance team say that some important scenes will be canned in Ernakulam for a week and then it will go into the post production stage. 

The first look poster of Trance was released a few months ago. It featured Fahadh Faasil sitting on what appears to be a cot, with two pairs of legs hanging right above him. Trance is directed by Anward Rasheed and scripted by Vadakkan Vincent. Bankrolled by Anwar Rasheed under his banner Anwar Rasheed Entertainments, the film stars Fahadh in the lead role with Vinayakan, Soubin Shahir, Chemban Vinod, Sreenath Bhasi and Alphonse Puthran also included in the 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 the wraps. The release is expected to be on April 28.

Fahadh Faasil and Anwar Rasheed have earlier teamed up for one of the segments in the anthology Anchu Sundarikal and this is their second venture together.

Anwar Rasheed is directing a film after a gap of six years. The last full-length feature film he directed is Usthad Hotel, scripted by Anjali Menon, with Dulquer Salmaan in the lead.

Fahadh, meanwhile, had two releases in Malayalam this year – as the antagonist in Kumbalangi Nights and a man visiting a mental health centre in Athiran. There was also one in Tamil with Vijay Sethupathi – Super Deluxe.

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Tollywood
The actress was last seen in 'Sita', directed by Teja.
  • Monday, July 08, 2019 - 16:59

Director Teja’s last outing at the theatres was Sita, a heroine-centric film. It had Kajal Aggarwal playing the lead role. Though the actor was lauded for her performance in the film, it did not fare well at the box office.  Sita was a romantic entertainer that had Bellamkonda Sreenivas in the lead role with Sonu Sood in a crucial role. Anoop Rubens composed the tunes for this flick with Sirsha Ray in charge of the cinematography and Venkateswara Rao Kotagiri as editor.

Putting this box office dud behind him, Teja is all set to move forward with his next. The groundwork for this venture is on and we can expect an official announcement soon. Meanwhile, there is a buzz that Kajal may be roped in for this project too as she shares a good rapport with the director.

Prior to the release of Sita, Teja has directed Nene Raju Nene Mantri, which had Rana Daggubati in the lead role. Interestingly, this film also had Kajal Agarwal playing the female lead along with Catherine Tresa.

Kajal is currently expecting the release of Paris Paris, which is the Tamil remake of the hit Hindi flick Queen. The film is directed by Ramesh Aravind and produced by Manu Kumaran.

Queen, which fetched Kangna Ranaut the coveted Nation Award for Best Acting, was also a big commercial success. The film, directed by Vikas Bhal, starred Kangana Ranaut, Rajkummar Rao and Lisa Haydon in the lead roles. Queen was produced by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures in association with Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane and Madhu Mantena on a budget of Rs 12.5 crore and it went on to collect Rs 108 crore at the box office.

Kajal also has two films, Komali in Tamil and Rana Rangam in Telugu in her kitty right now.

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Tollywood
The complaint has been filed by the Valmiki community for allegedly tarnishing the image of the great sage Valmiki by making a film.
  • Monday, July 08, 2019 - 16:51

The Telugu film Valmiki is the remake of the hit Tamil movie Jigarthanda that was written and directed by Karthik Subbaraj. The film has Varun Tej reprising the role of Bobby Simha in Tamil. Atharvaa Murali has been roped in to do the role done by Siddharth in the original. Harish Shankar is wielding the megaphone for this remake. Valmiki is bankrolled by Ram Achanta and Gopi Achanta under their banner. On the technical front, Mickey J Meyer has been roped in to compose music for this flick with Ayanaka Bose handling the camera. Chota K Prasad will edit the film.

While the shooting of this film has been progressing well, the stumbling block came in the form of a police complaint filed by the representatives of the Valmiki Reservation Porata Samithi. Their allegation is that the filmmakers are trying to tarnish the image of the great sage Valmiki by making a film.

Reacting to this police complaint, director Harish Shankar wrote online, “Valmiki poojinchina Ramudu Kooda Dharmam Kosam fighting chesadu.... anyways we will respect and consider the concerns of #Valmiki Community.” (sic)

Clarifying that Varun Tej’s character isn’t even named Valmiki in the first place, he added, “And before getting into anything I would like to clearly state that the hero’s name is NOT “Valmiki “ in the film .... So our hero isn’t named after the great VALMIKI.”

The pre-teaser of Valmiki was unveiled recently and has been received well by fans. The teaser featured the lead stars Varun Tej, Pooja Hegde and Atharvaa. Interestingly, Tamil hero, Atharvaa is making his debut in Tollywood with this flick. From the teaser that has no dialogues, we can see that Varun Tej will be sporting a new look in the film. He can be seen sporting a beard with a scar on his face.

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Entertainment
The show now has 14 contestants left.
  • Monday, July 08, 2019 - 11:49
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Veteran newsreader Fathima Babu became the first contestant of Tamil reality show Bigg Boss season 3 to be evicted on Sunday. Fathima Babu was a newsreader of DD Podhigai, the Tamil version of Doordarshan news, and later for Jaya TV. She's also a theatre artist and actor who has performed in serials and a few films.

The show was launched with 15 contestants from various fields. Fathima Babu, Losliya Mariyanesan, Sakshi Agarwal, Jangiri Madhumitha, Kavin, Abhirami Venkatachalam, Saravanan, Vanitha Vijayakumar, Cheran, Sherin Shringar, Mohan Vaidya, Tharshan Thiyagarajah, Sandy, Mugen Rao, Meera Mitun and Reshma Pasupuleti were the contestants who entered the show on opening day.  With Fathima getting evicted, the house strength has become 14 now. Kamal Haasan said during the launch that there will be one more surprise entry in the show in the coming weeks. 

With no eviction during the first week, the second week had Meera Mitun, Sakshi Agarwal, Fathima Babu, Saravanan, Kavin, Madhumitha aka Jangiri Madhumitha and Cheran being nominated for eviction. During the weekend special show on Saturday, Kamal Hassan first revealed that Madhumitha has been saved by the audience. The eviction was announced only on Sunday.

With other contestants getting a lot of support from their fan armies, Fathima has found little support online and this might be the main reason for her getting evicted from the Bigg Boss house. Meanwhile, Madhumitha fans aka Madhumitha army  started canvassing for Fathima on Twitter after their favourite was saved on Saturday.

Kamal Haasan and other contestants appreciated Mohan Vaidya's captaincy during the second week. Fathima was given a special opportunity by Kamal to select the leader contestant of the house for the third week, following which she selected Abhirami Venkatachalam, Sandy, and Tharshan Thiyagarajah. One of them will get elected after a task which will be conducted on Monday.

With the show getting into the third-week, there have been a lot of fights and other issues inside the house throughout the second week, While the audiences feel contestants Saravanan and Fathima have remained mute spectators over the issues, they believe Cheran seems to be playing a safe game.

In the second week, Vanitha was visited by the Telangana police due to a custody battle over her daughter. The police questioned her via video conferencing. The second week also saw choreographer Sandy's birthday being celebrated in the house. He was surprised by Bigg Boss with an audio-visual of his daughter. 

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Mollywood
Sai Pallavi, who plays the female lead in the film, has managed to strike a chord with the Telugu audience through her film ‘Fidaa’.
  • Sunday, July 07, 2019 - 14:18

Sai Pallavi managed to strike a chord with the Telugu audience with her debut film Fidaa. It went on to become a huge hit with the collections soaring at the box office. In order to cash in on the popularity of the actor, the makers of the Malayalam movie Athiran – in which Sai Pallavi played the female lead -- are planning to dub the film in Telugu.

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 did the editing. It is a psychological thriller with its backdrop being a psychiatric hospital in Ooty. 

In the Malayalam version, Fahadh Faasil who plays the male lead in the film introduces himself as a doctor coming to a mental health centre in a remote green place, that’s not named. Sai Pallavi is one of the inmates.

Read: ‘Athiran’ review: Sai Pallavi and Fahadh Faasil are brilliant in this scary thriller

Sai Pallavi recently inked the deal to star in the Telugu flick Virata Parvam 1992 in which she will be sharing screen space with Rana Daggubati. The official launch of Virata Parvam 1992 happened recently with veteran actor Venkatesh sounding the clapboard and the Addanki MLA Gottipati Ravi switching on the camera.

According to reports, Virata Parvam 1992 will be a romance film, but will also have a lot of action and politics included to make the narration interesting. The film has Rana Daggubati playing a cop while Sai Pallavi will be seen as a naxalite in love with the cop. The film is directed by Venu Udugula of Naadi Needi Oke Kadha fame.  Tabu, Priyamani, Eswari Rao and Zareena Wahab have been roped in to play supporting roles in it. 

Virata Parvam 1992 is bankrolled by Rana’s father Suresh Babu Daggubati in association with Sudhakar Cherukuri. Suresh Bobbili has been roped in to compose music for this flick.

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Also read: ‘Ennum Eppozhum’ to ‘Achuvinte Amma’: How single mothers are shown in Malayalam films

Mollywood
The final schedule of the film is being shot in China, according to reports.
  • Sunday, July 07, 2019 - 13:54

The shooting of the Mohanlal starrer Ittymaani: Made in China began a couple of months ago and is progressing well. According to the latest reports, the team is currently in China where the final schedule is on. A picture of Mohanlal in China has been circulating online much to the delight of his fans. “China has significance in a story that is set in Kunnamkulam, where you get all types of duplicate goods,” said director Joju in an interview to the Times of India.

Ittymaani: Made in China is directed by debut directors Jibi and Joju and bankrolled by Anthony Perumbavoor under his banner Aashirvad Cinemas. The title poster of the film was unveiled some time ago and it featured a laughing Buddha indicating that it will be a comic caper. Speaking about the film, one its directors, Joju, said in an interview earlier, “It’s a total fun movie that would remind the audience of Lalettan’s yesteryear superhits such as Vellanakalude Naadu, Chithram and Kilukkam.”

A poster revealed a couple of months ago showed Mohanlal in Margam Kali costume, dancing with 512 others, in front of a church. Radikaa Sarathkumar, who had acted opposite him in the 1985 film Koodum Thedi, will also act in this film.

Mohanlal also has the film Big Brother directed by Siddique in his kitty. The film has the Bollywood actor Arbaaz Khan along with 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.

Meanwhile, the post-production of Mohanlal’s upcoming film Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham, directed by Priyadarshan, is also going on. The film is based on the true life of Kunjali Marakkar IV. The title ‘Kunjali Marakkar’ was bestowed on naval chiefs during the 16th century and these naval chiefs fought valiantly against the Portuguese army. There were four Kunjali Marakkars during that era, of which the fourth is the most valiant and popular.

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Kollywood
"I pitched the story to him but he didn’t show interest, so I went ahead and cast someone else,” said Manikandan.
  • Saturday, July 06, 2019 - 19:48
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Kaaka Muttai fame director Manikandan, who is getting ready with his next project Kadaisi Vivasayi, which has a 70-year-old in the titular role of a farmer, has revealed that he had originally approached superstar Rajinikanth with the offer to play the lead role in the film. In his recent interview to a Tamil daily, Manikandan said he felt Rajinikanth would be apt to play the protagonist who swears by farming. “If Rajini sir plays such a character, you can’t even imagine the kind of impact it will have on the audiences about farming. I pitched the story to him but he didn’t show interest, so I went ahead and cast someone else.”

The film features Vijay Sethupathi in a cameo. Having worked together in Aaandavan Kattalai, Manikandan felt Sethupathi’s presence will add lot of weight to the film. “Vijay Sethupathi plays Ramaiah, a Lord Murugan devotee. His role demanded a lot of physical work, like climbing hills. If he was playing a hero, I would have told him to do this without hesitation. But I felt bad to tell him to do all this when he is only playing a supporting character. But, Sethupathi being who he is, he did all that which was essential for the character,” Manikandan was quoted in a report by in.com.  

Kadaisi Vivasayi has been produced by Eros International. On bankrolling the project, Eros had said in a statement: “It is really sad to know that Cola factories and corporate industries are playing hide and seek with farmers’ lives. Farmer suicides are most rampant in India. They are the starting point of our entire food chain but the occupation in itself is on the verge of becoming obsolete. When Manikandan narrated Kadaisi Vivasayi to us, we knew that the film will hit the right chords with all audiences, regardless of any age, gender or class.”

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