Ram, who directed Mammootty’s ‘Peranbu’ has written the dialogues for the Tamil version of ‘Mamangam’.
  • Wednesday, December 04, 2019 - 17:18

The Malayalam film Mamangam, starring Mammootty in the lead role, is currently in the post-production stage and is all set to hit the screens on December 12.

The film, originally shot in Malayalam, will be dubbed in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi and all four versions will be released simultaneously. Director Ram of Thangameengal fame who had recently collaborated with Mammootty for Peranbu has penned the dialogues for the Tamil version.

Ram was quoted by Onlykollywood as saying, “Much alike Indravizha festival we came across in the book of Silapathigaaram, this one too is based on the festival that happens in Kerala from the ancient times. I wouldn’t say that it’s a Malayalam movie, but it’s an original Tamil film as Chera Kingdom was also a part of Tamil Nadu during the ancient times. When I was approached for the role of penning dialogues, I couldn’t say no. The entire process of working in Mamangam was a phenomenal experience.”  

Touted to be the biggest film in Mammooty's career, the makers have spent extensively on the making of the film. They erected a mega set of a battlefield in 20 acres of land, worth over Rs 10 crore, which was built with more than 2000 workers in months. The film stars Mammootty as a fiery ‘Chaaver’ (warrior) and Unni Mukundan will be seen in the pivotal role of Chandroth Panicker. The film began its production with debut director Sajeev Pillai wielding the megaphone. But due to differences with the producer, he was replaced by director M Padmakumar.

The film has four heroines -- Prachi Desai, Prachi Tehlan, Malavika Menon and Abhirami V Iyer in the cast and those playing supporting roles include Neeraj Madhav, Sunil Sukhada, Meghanathan and Sohan Seenulal. The film has ace cinematographer Manoj Pillai wielding the camera, M Jayachandran scoring the music, Sreekar Prasad in charge of the editing, and Kaecha Khamphakdee choreographing the stunts. B-town music composer Sanchit Balhara is handling the background score. The film is bankrolled by Venu Kunnampilly under the banner Kavya Films.

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It was earlier announced that actors Pranav Mohanlal and Kalyani Priyadarshan are playing the lead roles in the film.
  • Wednesday, December 04, 2019 - 16:07

Actor Darshana Rajendran has been roped in to play a pivotal role in Hridayam, a film directed by Vineeth Sreenivasan. It was earlier announced that actors Pranav Mohanlal and Kalyani Priyadarshan are playing the lead roles in the film.

The film will be bankrolled by Visakh Subramaniam in association with Noble Thomas.

There is a buzz going on in tinsel town that Vineeth has approached Nivin Pauly to play a cameo in Hridayam and the actor may be playing the hero’s mentor. 

Interestingly, the lead pair – Kalyani and Pranav -- has recently acted together in the upcoming film Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham. The film, which is yet to release, has Pranav’s dad Mohanlal in the lead role with Kalyani’s father Priyadarshan directing it.  Pranav will reportedly be seen playing the younger version of his dad in it.

Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham is based on the true life of Kunjali Marakkar IV. Set in the 16th century, it is based on the battle exploits of Kunjali Marakkars—the naval chieftains of the Zamorin of Kozhikode. It will have extensive sea warfare sequences which will be its highlight. The film’s technical crew includes cinematographer Tirru and editor MS Ayyappan Nair.

Vineeth Sreenivasan, also an occasional actor, last acted in Manoharam in which he played the lead role. The film, which was directed by Anwar Saddiq, shows him as a struggling artist trying to set up a printing unit and falling in love with a new woman in town.

The last movie Vineeth directed is Jacobinte Swargarajyam with Nivin Pauly in the lead. The film, based on a real life story, released in 2016.

Darshana Rajendran is active in theatre and has appeared in a few films like Koode (playing Nazriya’s friend), Mayanadhi (playing Aishwarya’s friend) and latest in Virus, as Asif Ali’s infected wife.

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The film has Sai Pallavi playing the female lead.
  • Wednesday, December 04, 2019 - 13:15

Expectations on the Naga Chaitanya-Sai Pallavi starrer have been rising high ever since its announcement. The film is being directed by filmmaker Shekar Kammula and is progressing at a brisk pace. On Naga Chaitanya’s birthday recently, the first look of the star was revealed. From the first look video, we could decipher that Naga Chaitanya plays a youngster working in a gym. He is seen sweeping the gym and playing with the kids, giving the image of a happy-go-lucky youngster.

While the title of this film has not yet been officially announced, reports surface that it is titled Love Story. However, there is no confirmation on it yet. Also, there were speculations that the director was planning it as a Valentine’s Day release but now sources in the know have confirmed that it will be out at the theatre on April 2.

In this film, Naga Chaitanya plays a Hyderabadi youngster and will be speaking the Telangana dialect, which is another first in his career. He underwent special training to get his accent perfect, we hear. Sai Pallavi is playing the female lead in this dance drama.

On 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 Asian Cinemas. On completion of shooting, producer Ram Mohan Rao said the film will be wrapped after a long schedule in Hyderabad. Pavan, a product of AR Rahman's KM Music Conservatory, is composing music for this flick.

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The filmmakers are eyeing the summer release to cash in on the holiday season.
  • Tuesday, December 03, 2019 - 22:57
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The Kannada superstar Shiva Rajkumar’s next film Bhajarangi 2 will hit the marquee in April 2020. The filmmakers are eyeing the summer release to cash in on the holiday season. The film’s progress was slowed down following its lead star’s shoulder surgery in London some months ago and his recuperation thereafter. Shivanna joined the sets of Bhajarangi 2 a couple of months ago and has been actively part of the shooting schedules since then.

Harsha is wielding the megaphone for this venture which has raised the expectation levels as the duo 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 he chose the title 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. The technical crew of Bhajarangi 2 will be Arjun Janya for music composition, J Swamy to handle the camera and Deepu S Kumar for editing.

Shivanna’s last film to release was Ayushman Bhava on November 15. Besides Shivanna in the lead role, veteran actors Prabhu and Suhasini Mani Ratnam played pivotal roles in this flick. Rachita Ram played Shiva Rajkumar’s heroine and Nidhi Subbiah was seen in an important role. The star cast also included Ananth Nag, Sadhu Kokila, and Rangayana Raghu in supporting roles. Produced by B. S. Dwarakish and Yogish Dwarakish Bunggale, the technical crew of Ayushman Bhava included Guru Kiran for music, Gautham Raju for editing and PKH Doss for cinematography. The film was bankrolled by B. S. Dwarakish and Yogish Dwarakish Bunggale under the banner Dwarakish Chitra. The star’s other ongoing projects in the pipeline are Drona and SRK.

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The film will officially go on the floors on December 6 in Bengaluru.
  • Tuesday, December 03, 2019 - 22:47
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The muhurat of the upcoming Darshan starrer Gandugali Madakari Nayaka happened at Chitradurga on Monday, December 2. The team conducted special poojas at the Shri Barageramma and Ekanatheshwari temples to commence the proceedings with the blessings of the deities. The film will officially go on the floors on December 6 in Bengaluru. Directed by Rajendra Singh Babu, Gandugali Madakari Nayaka will be produced by well-known producer Rockline Venkatesh under his banner.

Gandugali Madakari Nayaka is inspired by the historical novel penned by BL Venu and the director has done extensive research as well to get the characterisation right. The technical crew of this film will comprise Hamsalekha for music and Ashok Kashyap for cinematography. The film will be shot at various locations in Chitradurga, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Rajasthan.

Darshan currently has Odeya gearing up for release on December 12. Wielding the megaphone for Odeya is MD Sridhar. The film is bankrolled by Darshan’s close friend Sandesh Nagraj under the banner Sandesh Productions. Raghavi Thimmayya (Sanah Thimmayya) plays the female lead in this flick. The actor had mentioned earlier that she got the offer to star in Odeya after she had auditioned for it, and the competition was tough.

Oedya has Krishna Kumar cranking the camera with the background score by V Harikrishna, and music by Arjun Janya. Yashas, Pankaj, Niranjan, Samarth, Ravi Shankar, Devaraj, Sadhu Kokila, Chikkanna, and Avinash are forming the supporting cast of Odeya. The shooting of Odeya was wrapped up in Switzerland last month with the team canning a song sequence in the picturesque locations. It may be noted that Darshan had wrapped up the shooting of his other film Roberrt some time ago and also completed dubbing for the film. Tharun Sudhir is helming the project as its director.

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The film will bring together Venkatesh and nephew Naga Chaitanya on the silver screen for the first time.
  • Tuesday, December 03, 2019 - 18:29

Tollywood star Venkatesh’s fans have been waiting eagerly for the star’s film Venky Mama to hit the silver screen. The film will be hitting the big screen on December 13. Announcing the news of the film's release date, Venkatesh shared a post on Instagram.

There are big expectations on this film as it will bring together the real-life uncle Venkatesh and nephew Naga Chaitanya on the silver screen for the first time. It is a complete fun entertainer with oodles of comedy. Venkatesh’s comedy in F2: Fun and Frustration received excellent response and looks like the star will be continuing it with Venky Mama.

Venky Mama has Raashi Khanna and Payal Rajput playing the female leads. There are various predictions and theories regarding the film and one is that Venkatesh plays a villager while Naga Chaitanya is an army man who arrives in the village and makes tremendous social reforms. However, there is no clarity on this storyline yet.

The project will be bankrolled jointly by Suresh Productions and Blue Planet Entertainment on a very big budget with Bobby aka KS Ravindra wielding the megaphone. SS Thaman has been roped in to compose tunes for Venky Mama and Prasad Murella will be cranking the camera. 

Venkatesh’s first film release of the year, F2: Fun and Frustration released to packed houses and has been declared a hit. It was a multi-starrer that has Venky sharing the screen space with Varun Tej. The film was directed by Anil Ravipudi, has been bankrolled by ace producer Dil Raju under his banner Sri Venkateswara Creations.

It was announced recently that Venkatesh would be staring in the Telugu remake of Dhanush-Vetrimaran's Asuran. The remake will be bankrolled by Suresh Babu and the original producer Kalaipuli S Thanu under Suresh Productions and V Creations and will be helmed by Director Srikanth Addala who is known for films like Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu and Brahmotsavam.

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Biju Menon had to opt out due to date clashes in the film, directed by Mahesh Narayanan.
  • Tuesday, December 03, 2019 - 18:01

After actor Biju Menon had to opt out of the film Malik, Joju George has been brought to replace him. The film is directed by Mahesh Narayanan, the director of Take Off.

Biju Menon was roped in to play an important role but he had to opt out due to date clashes. Fahadh Faasil plays the male lead in the film.

The shooting of Malik is happening at a brisk pace in Kochi after which the team will be moving to Thiruvananthapuram and then Lakshadweep. The technical crew of Malik includes Sanu John Varghese for cinematography, Sushin Shyam for music, Vishnu Govind and Sree Sankar for sound designing and Santosh Raman for production designing.

We hear that actors Nimisha Sajayan, Dileesh Pothan, Vinay Forrt, Indrans, Sudhi Koppa, Chandhunath, and Jalaja are in the cast. Malik is expected to hit the marquee next year.

Reports are that Malik is based on a true story and that it covers different time periods starting from the 1960s. It is said to be a film set in the coastal region where the minorities are under threat to dislocate and the hero will start a rebellion. Fahadh Faasil will be seen sporting four different looks for the film, we hear.

Fahadh’s other upcoming project Trance is in the post-production stage and is scheduled for release in February next year. Trance has been scripted by Vadakkan Vincent. Bankrolled by Anwar Rasheed under his banner Anwar Rasheed Entertainments, the film also has Nazriya, Vinayakan, Soubin Shahir, Chemban Vinod, Sreenath Bhasi and Alphonse Puthran included in the cast. Apart from directing and producing the film, Anwar Rasheed is also handling the camera. Jackson Vijayan is composing the music for this film with Oscar winner Resul Pookutty taking care of the sound design.

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The film is reportedly a police drama and Dulquer will be playing a cop.
  • Tuesday, December 03, 2019 - 17:46

Dulquer Salmaan and director Rosshan Andrrews are all set to team up for a new project and we hear that it will start rolling in April. The groundwork for this film is on and in the meantime, both the star and the director are busy with their respective assignments.

Noted writer duo Bobby – Sanjay will be scripting the Dulquer Salmaan starrer. An interesting detail that has surfaced about this film is that it is a cop drama and Dulquer will be seen donning the khaki. Details about the rest of the cast and crew of this project are expected to be out once things are finalised.

Meanwhile, Rosshan Andrrews’s Prathi Poovankozhi is getting ready for release. It was revealed some time ago that the director will be making his debut as an actor with this film, in which Manju Warrier plays the lead. While there are various speculations about the character that he plays in the film, his character intro poster was unveiled recently as a reflection Manju stares into, on a broken mirror. Reports have it that the director was looking for a suitable actor for the role but nothing worked out favorably following which he decided to don the greasepaint himself.

In the recently released trailer, Manju Warrier appears to play a saleswoman in the backdrop of a crime. Saiju Kurup plays the cop, Anusree a friend, and Alencier another close acquaintance.

The film is written by Unni R, a change for Rosshan’s films which are mostly written by Sanjay and Bobby. The film is produced by Gokulam Gopalan and co-produced by VC Praveen and Baiju Gopalan. G Balamurugan is the cinematographer and Sreekar Prasad is the editor. Music is by Gopi Sunder.

The film is expected to release on December 20.

Rosshan had also directed Manju Warrier’s comeback film How Old Are You five years ago.

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‘Katha Sangama’ is an anthology film comprising seven short films directed by seven directors.
  • Monday, December 02, 2019 - 18:50

Taking to social media, actor Rishab Shetty posted the release date of Katha Sangama, his upcoming film as actor and producer. He wrote that the film had been certified U and will hit the marquee on December 6. The film is produced jointly by HK Prakash, Pradeep NR and Rishab Shetty under the banners Rishab Shetty Films and Shree Devi Entertainers.

Rishab Shetty wrote on Twitter: Censor done! Happy faces! #Kathasangama releasing on Dec 6! Guess the certificate #kathasangamaDec6 @Prakash_HK

Katha Sangama is an anthology film comprising seven short films directed by seven directors, including Kiranraj K, Chandrajith Belliappa, Shashi Kumar P, Rahul PK, Jamadagni Manoj, Karan Ananth and Jayashankar A. Seven cinematographers, musicians and editors have worked on the anthology. Katha Sangama features Hariprriya, Rishab Shetty, Kishore, Raj B Shetty, Yagna Shetty, Prakash Belawadi, Avinash, Balaji Manohar, Pramod Shetty, Hari Samasthi and others. Rishab Shetty is said to have created the concept for the film as an ode to late veteran director Puttanna Kanagal, who had directed the hit film of the same title in 1976.

The audio launch of Katha Sangama was held in Bengaluru recently and the audio was unveiled by Kannada Power Star Puneeth Rajkumar. The audio launch itself was very unique with Puneeth Rajkumar playing the song ‘Irula Chandiranu’ on a gramophone. He was also presented a pic of his late father Dr Rajkumar and of director Puttanna Kanagal, which was the highlight of the event. The music album, according to the filmmakers, was again a tribute to Puttanna Kanagal. Speaking at the event, Puneeth said that Puttanna Kanagal was instrumental in making socially relevant movies during his time and praised the Katha Sangama team for coming up with such a film.

A diploma holder in film direction from the Government Film and TV Institute in Bengaluru, Rishab started off in Sandalwood as an assistant director to AMR Ramesh for the movie Cyanide. Making his acting debut in 2012 in Tuglak, he then played a key role in the 2014 film Ulidavaru Kandante, directed by Rakshit Shetty.

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The web series has been directed by Ram Subramanian, a former associate of director Ram Kumar of ‘Ratsasan’ fame.
  • Monday, December 02, 2019 - 18:37

Taking a cue from her contemporaries in the film industry, Tammannah is making her debut in the digital circuit with a new web series. The actor posted a pic from it online and it has garnered positive responses from her fans in a big way. Posting the pic on Instagram, she wrote, “Wrapped up the first schedule of The November Story, my maiden Tamil web series, eagerly looking forward to the next schedule curated by a young passionate talented lot.”

Titled The November Story, the shooting of this web series has been completed already. The web series has been directed by Ram Subramanian, a former associate of director Ram Kumar of Ratsasan fame. Produced and distributed by Ananda Vikatan, the web series will be out on Hotstar. The November Story is a crime thriller that will have Tammannah playing the central character with GM Kumar in a pivotal role.

Tammannah currently has the Hindi flick Bole Chudiyan in her kitty. Directed by Shamas Nawab Siddiqui, it has Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Tamannaah, Kabir Duhan Singh, Anurag Kashyap and Aditya Srivastava in the star cast. Amit Trivedi, Tanishk Bagchi and Ram Sampath are composing music for this venture with the background score handled by Sanchit Balhara and Ankit Balhara. Ravi Varman is cranking the camera for Bole Chudiyan and Aarti Bajaj is in charge of the editing.

Besides this film, Tammannah also has That is Mahalakshmi which is the Telugu version of the award-winning film Queen. She is reprising the role done by Kangana Ranaut in the original. That is Mahalakshmi is currently in the post-production mode and its release date is expected to be announced soon.

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