The film will be releasing in five languages – Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil and Hindi.
  • Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 13:20

The makers of Rakshit Shetty’s Avane Srimannarayana will be releasing the trailer of the film on Thursday. Directed by Sachin Ravi, this film is bankrolled by Pushkar Mallikarjunaiah and H K Prakash. Charan Raj has been roped in to compose the music for the film with Karam Chawla signed up as the cinematographer while director Sachin will edit the film himself. The film’s story is set in the 1980s in a fictional village. 

Avane Srimannarayana will be releasing in five languages – Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil and Hindi and the trailer will be launched by the leading stars in the respective film industries.

The Tamil version will be unveiled by Dhanush while Nani will be launching the Telugu version. Nivin Pauly will be releasing the Malayalam version and Rakshit Shetty will be releasing the Kannada and Hindi versions.

On getting Dhanush to do the honours for him, Rakshit had said in an interview to Cinema Express, “Dhanush, according to me, is an actor known for his versatility, and for the variety of characters and subjects he takes on, I felt he was the best person to launch our film’s trailer.”

Rakshit Shetty revealed that he first got in touch with Nani with the request to launch the trailer and the star readily agreed. Calling Nani a “super sweet person”, Rakshit said he felt that the actor could connect with all types of people which made him want Nani to release the trailer.

On having Nivin to release the trailer for the Malayalam version, Rakshit said, “Nivin is releasing the trailer in Malayalam. Our association goes back to the time he watched my directorial, Ulidavaru Kandante. Since then, he has been a good friend of mine and has always extended support to me. He has been helping me in all ways, right from distribution to the release of Avane Srimannarayana.”

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‘Damayanthi’, which has Radhika Kumaraswamy playing the main lead, seems to be the frontrunner to score it big at the box-office.
  • Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 11:36
A still from ‘Damayanthi’

The Kannada film industry will witness a unique occurrence this week. Nine movies are set to hit the marquee on a single day, Friday, November 29. The films that are set for release are Damayanthi, Mundina Nildana, Brahmachari, Margaret, Ranahedi, Kiru Minkanaja, Naane Raja, Reveal and Tundu Haikla Sahavasa.

Of these nine films, Damayanthi seems to be the frontrunner to score it big at the box office. It is touted to be a heroine-centric film with Radhika Kumaraswamy playing the main lead. Set in the 1980s, Damayanthi is directed and produced by Navarasan. Radhika will appear in three different get-ups in the film and she has reportedly done a lot of homework for her character.

Radhika’s looks in the film have been revealed already and movie buffs now wait eagerly for the film’s release. With the film set in a different time period, its VFX work took nearly three months to be completed, we hear. Besides Radhika in the title role, Damayanthi also stars Bhajarangi Loki, Anusha Ravi, Vishal’s dad GK Reddy, Raj Bahadhur, Sadhu Kokila and Tabla Nani in important roles.

Brahmachari is another biggie to release this Friday. Touted to be a romantic entertainer, the film is directed by Chandra Mohan and produced by Uday K Mehta. The star cast includes Sathish Ninasam and Aditi Prabhudeva in the lead roles. Dattanna, Shivaraj KR Pete, Ashok Sharma and Padmaja form the supporting cast. Dharma Vish has scored the music.

Mundina Nildana is a youth-centric suspense drama written and directed by TV host and fashion designer Vinay Bharadwaj. Ranahedi is directed by Manu K Shettahalli and bankrolled by DM Suresh. Karna Kumar and Aishwarya Rao play the main leads in this film. V Manohar has scored the music. Kiru Minkanaja, a suspense thriller with a love story as its backdrop, is directed by Manju M and has Ravichandra and Varshika Nayak in the lead roles. B Suresh Babu, the cinematographer, forms the part of the technical crew.

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The film is expected to hit the marquee early next year.
  • Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 11:15

The shooting of the Jyothika starrer Pon Magal Vandhal has been wrapped up. Directed by JJ Fredrick, it is a female-centric film that has the actor playing the central character. An interesting feature of Pon Magal Vandhal is that it has four renowned directors – K Bagyaraj, R Parthiban, Pandiarajan, and Pratap Pothen in important roles.

The technical crew of this film includes Govind Vasantha for music, Ramji for cinematography and Ruben for editing. Jyothika’s husband actor Suriya is bankrolling the film under his banner 2D Entertainment.

With the shooting of Pon Magal Vandhal over, it has gone into the post-production mode. The film is expected to hit the marquee early next year.

Meanwhile, Jyothika has another film, titled Thambi in the pipeline. The actor shares the screen space with her real-life brother-in-law Karthi in this flick. Reports are that they play siblings in this entertainer that is directed by Jeethu Joseph. The film is slated to hit the screens on 27 December.

It has been confirmed that veteran actor Sathyaraj has been roped in to play a pivotal role in the film, and Ammu Abhirami also made it to the star cast by bagging a role besides Malayalam actor Anson Paul.

The filmmakers made a new addition to the star cast by roping in Nikhila Vimal as well. The technical crew of this film has Govind Vasantha for music and RD Rajasekar for cinematography. The film is jointly bankrolled by Viacom 18 and Parallel Minds Productions.

Jo’s last film release was Jackpot written and directed by Kalyaan. The film had Jyothika and Revathi, in lead roles, with Samuthirakani, Mansoor Ali Khan, Yogi Babu and Anandaraj playing supporting roles. The film was produced by actor Suriya under his production banner 2D Entertainment. Jackpot was released on 2 August 2019.

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Uday Kiran, who won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu for the film ‘Nuvvu Nenu’ in 2001, took his own life in 2014.
  • Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - 17:42
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Sundeep Kishan will be playing the lead role in the biopic of late Tollywood actor Uday Kiran. Debut director Chandu will be helming the project, which will be based on the life of the actor who took his own life in 2014. Uday Kiran’s first three films, Chitram (2000), Nuvvu Nenu (2001) and Manasantha Nuvve (2001), were smash hits, which earned him the title ‘hat-trick hero’.

On getting to play Uday Kiran in the biopic, Sundeep Kishan said in an interview to Cinema Express that he connected to the role almost immediately after the narration. The actor added that he will be looking into the full-bound script soon and after a detailed narration will take a call on whether to bankroll the biopic under his own banner.

Sundeep added in the interview, “Uday Kiran was a typical Telugu boy-next-door actor and his story makes for an interesting film. I watched his journey in the industry. There is no need to delve into any controversy as there was so much drama in his life. We just need to depict it properly.”

In 2001, Uday Kiran won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu for the film Nuvvu Nenu and became the youngest winner of the Filmfare best actor award after Kamal Haasan. However, the actor’s success spree was halted by a string of flops.

Sundeep Kishan’s next film release will be A1 Express, which is touted to be a sports drama. Incidentally, this is the star’s first sports drama. The first look poster showed Sundeep in a jersey that read A1, wielding a hockey stick and facing a packed stadium. The film is directed by Dennis Jeevan Kanukolanu, who is making his debut, and is bankrolled by TG Vishwa Prasad, Abhishek Agarwal, Sundeep Kishan and Daya Pannem under the banner People Media Factory, Abhishek Agarwal Arts and Venkatadri Talkies. Hiphop Tamizha has been roped in to compose the tunes for this flick.

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If rumours are to be believed, the film would be bankrolled by Ishari Ganesh of Vels Films International.
  • Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - 15:17

Superstar Rajinikanth who is currently awaiting the release of Darbar directed by AR Murugadoss, will start shooting for his next with Veeram and Viswasam fame director Siva. This film has been currently dubbed as Thalaivar 168.

There are reports that Rajinikanth's next film, 169th, would be directed by Gautham Menon. This speculation was sparked off after certain reports said that Rajini had heard Gautham's script recently. If these rumours are to be believed, the film would be bankrolled by Ishari Ganesh of Vels Films International. An official announcement is expected soon.

Ishari Ganesh is releasing the Gautham Menon's long-delayed Enai Nokki Paayum Thotta and is also producing his next titled Joshua: Imai Pol Kaakha starring Puppy fame Varun in the lead.

Gautham has also signed two more films under his banner which might star Suriya and Anushka. Reports are that Gautham Menon’s next will be an adaptation of noted writer and filmmaker Govind Nihalani’s script. The director intends to make a female-centric film with Anushka Shetty in the lead role. 

It may be noted that last year Gautham Menon revealed that he had earlier pitched Dhruva Natchathiram to superstar Rajinikanth as well, which was supposed to be bankrolled by Kalaipuli S Thanu, producer of Menon’s Kaakha Kaakha. Eventually, Pa Ranjith landed the opportunity to direct Rajinikanth in Kabali.

Superstar's next, Thalaivar 168, is expected to start rolling from the third week of December. It is widely speculated that the film will be set in the backdrop of a village with trademark Rajinikanth elements. Jyothika and Keerthy Suresh are the frontrunners to be playing the female leads. Soori has been roped in to play a role in the film.

Meanwhile, Rajinikanth recently completed dubbing for AR Murugadoss directed Darbar and is gearing up for release this Pongal 2020. The film 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 Anirudh Ravichandran and this will be his second successive film with Rajinikanth after Petta. While Santosh Sivan will crank the camera, leading stunt director duo – Ram and Lakshman – will choreograph the action sections while A Sreekar Prasad will edit the film.

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The film which was supposed to go on floors by September this year was pushed due to various reasons, including Vishnu's injury.
  • Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - 15:01

Vishnu Vishal's next titled FIR - Faizal Ibrahim Raiz was announced in July this year. Directed by Manu Anand who is a former associate of Gautham Menon, the film went on floors on Monday.

The film which was supposed to go on floors by September this year was pushed due to various reasons, including Vishnu's injury. Though the film was initially announced that it would be bankrolled by Anand Joy under the banner Sujataa Entertainments it was recently announced that the film would be bankrolled by Vishnu Vishal himself under his own banner. The film, which marks Vishnu's fourth production venture, will be a Summer 2020 release.

Touted to be an action thriller the film will have three heroines - Manjima Mohan, Reba Monica John and Raiza Wilson in the star cast. “A young Muslim man living in Chennai is caught up in an inexplicable situation which completely changes his life upside down. This action-thriller storyline captures his journey back to life under the current socio-politico-economic scenario, which is biased with prejudices, in a most entertaining and emotionally powerful way,” read a statement earlier about the film.

The film will also stars RNR Manohar, Shabeer, Gaurav Narayanan, Abhishek Joseph George, Rakesh Brahmanandan, Praveen K Nair, Prashanth (itisprashant), Vinod Kailash.

Ace cinematographer PC Sriram’s assistant and Kirumi fame Arul Vincent will do the film's cinematography while Ashwath will compose its music. GK Prasanna is the editor while Indu Lal Kaveeth is the Art director.

Vishnu Vishal was last seen in Silukkuvarupatti Singam, an action comedy film directed by Chella. The film starred Regina Cassandra as the female lead. Leon James had composed music for this film with J Laxman cranking the camera and Rubens doing the editing.

Vishnu also awaits the release of Jagajaala Killadi. Directed by Ezhil, the film has Yogi Babu, Nivetha Pethuraj and Motta Rajendran in the star cast playing pivotal roles. There are also reports are that Vishnu Vishal has been approached for the Tamil remake of Jersey to reprise the role done by Nani in the original. He is a cricketer in real life and is considered an apt choice for the role.

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The S Krishna film will be bankrolled by A Subaskaran under the Lyca Productions banner.
  • Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - 14:37
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Following the success of the Sudeep starrer Phailwan, director S Krishna has shifted his focus to his next. The film will have Nikhil Kumar playing the lead role and will be bankrolled by A Subaskaran under his banner Lyca Productions. While the shooting for this film will begin early next year, the groundwork for it has begun already.

According to industry sources, the film will be based on a true story but no further details about the film are available currently. We also hear that Nikhil Kumar will be doing a lot of homework and undergoing a total transformation for his role in the film. Besides working on the script, director Krishna is also busy finalising the rest of the star cast and crew.

In Krishna’s last film release Phailwan, Sudeep played a boxer and wrestler. The actor had to undergo a lot of training to learn the nuances of the martial arts. He even flew to Thailand where he underwent rigorous training under the guidance of some experts. Going by the amount of hard work Sudeep had put in for Phailwan, sources in tinsel town say that director Krishna will ensure that Nikhil also undergoes rigorous training in all the aspects that his role would require.

Nikhil’s last film release was Kurukshetra, which was directed by Naganna. A mythological drama based on the epic Mahabharata, Darshan played Duryodhana in this film. Kurukshetra also starred the late star Ambareesh, Arjun Sarja, Sonu Sood, V Ravichandran, Bharathi Vishnuvardhan, Sneha, Hariprriya, Meghana Raj and P Ravi Shankar in pivotal roles.

Kurukshetra had an impressive technical crew as well. Jayanan Vincent has cranked the camera for this film with Jo Ni Harsha doing the editing. Inspired by the poem Gadhayuddha, penned by the Kannada poet Ranna, the screenplay for the film was written by JK Bharavi.

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He was last seen in the Telugu remake of 'Raatsasan'.
  • Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - 13:13

Bellamkonda Sreenivas was looking to score a hit and it finally happened with Rakshasudu. With the film doing well at the theatres, Bellamkonda Sreenivas took his own time to sign up for his next film.

The grand launch of his next will be happening on November 29 at Ramanaidu studios which will be helmed by Santosh Srinivas of Kandireega fame. The shooting of the movie would commence from December.

The latest is that the actor would be sporting an eight-pack for his next. Posting a picture of himself showing off his eight-pack abs titled “Monday motivation”, Sreenivas seems to be ready for his next outing. He wrote, “This time I am coming with everything they said that I couldn’t have."

The film is bankrolled by G Subrahmanyam under Sumanth Movie Productions. Popular cinematographer Dudley who worked for films like Singham, Chennai Express will crank the camera, wherein Avinash Kolla is the art director and the film will have music by Devi Sri Prasad.

Santosh Srinivas began his career as a cinematographer and cranked the camera for films such as Khatarnak, Takkari, and Rainbow. His first film as a director was Kandireega, which turned out to be a massive hit. Starring Ram and Hansika in the lead roles, the film was made on a budget of Rs 15 crore which collected Rs 30 crore worldwide. Santosh Srinivas has directed Rabhasa, featuring Jr.NTR and Samantha in lead roles and Hyper with Ram Pothineni and Raashi Khanna as the main leads.

Bellamkonda Sreenivas's recent release was Rakshasudu, the remake of the Tamil thriller Raatsasan directed by Ramesh Varma. The film which released in August was a box-office hit. The film has music by Ghibran, Amar Reddy was incharge of editing and cinematography by Venkat.


Solomon was the script writer for 'Oopiri', one of Nagarjuna's biggest hits in his career.
  • Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - 12:56

Here’s the news that all Nagarjuna fans have been waiting for! The actor’s last film release Manmadhudu 2 failed at the box office following which the star took his time on finalising his next. While fans have been waiting patiently for an announcement about hit next, we hear that writer Solomon will be directing the star. It may be noted here that Solomon had written the screenplay for Oopiri, which was one of the biggest hits Nag’s career.

Reports about the role that the star will be playing in the film is even more interesting as we hear that he will be seen as a cop. The groundwork for this project is on and the shooting will begin early next month. 

Nagarjuna’s next Hindi film in the pipeline will be Brahmastra in which he plays an archaeologist. Directed by Ayan Mukherji, the film has Amitabh Bachchan in an important role with Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt as the lead pair. The others in the star cast are Mouni Roy, Dimple Kapadia, Prateik Babbar, Divyenndu, Vishal Karwa, Saurav Gurjar and Rashi Mal. Shah Rukh Khan will be seen in a cameo in this flick.

Pritam, Steel Banglez and Tanishk Bagchi are composing the tunes for this flick with V Manikandan and Patrick Duroux cranking the camera and editing by Akiv Ali and Manik Dawar. The shooting of Brahmastra began in Bulgaria last year and is progressing well with the team filming in various locations in Mumbai, Varanasi, Tel Aviv, Sofia and London. The film is scheduled to hit the marquee next year.

Also, Nag is considering the 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.

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Directed by Raghu Kovi, the yet-to-be-titled film will star Priya Prakash Varrier as the female lead.
  • Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 19:24
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Dhruwan, son of noted producer SA Srinivas, is all set to make his acting debut with a yet to be titled film to be directed by Raghu Kovi. The film was launched recently with Shiva Rajkumar and Darshan sounding the clapboard.

Happy with the way things are progressing, Dhruwan said in an interview that it was indeed a big moment for him that two of the biggest stars from the Kannada film industry were there for his film launch. He added that Darshan was always there for him as a guiding force. The film is expected to go on the floors from December second week in Bengaluru. Priya Prakash Varrier has been roped in to play the female lead in this project. For the technical crew, director Raghu Kovi has roped in Arjun Janya for music and Satya Hegde for cinematography.

Dhruwan who is also the nephew of the late Parvathamma Rajkumar, has undergone training in dance and stunts in Chennai and also done an acting course at Ninasam and Tent Cinema. Dhruwan considers Darshan his mentor and has also gained practical knowledge as an assistant director in two of the star’s films, Airavata and Tarak.

It may be noted here that Priya Prakash Varrier will be debuting in the Kannada film industry with Vishnu Priya. The film has Shreyas Manju, son of ace producer Jack Manju, playing the male lead. Veteran VK Prakash is the director of Vishnu Priya. Before the shooting, the director held a series of workshops so that the actors concerned would be able to get into the skin of the character. The lead actors Shreyas Manju and Priya Prakash Varrier took part in these workshops to hone their acting skills. This film is set to release in May next year.

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