Kollywood
The makers are yet to make an official announcement about the inclusion of Anil Kapoor in the project.
  • Monday, October 07, 2019 - 13:52

Actor Anil Kapoor, who was last seen in a south Indian movie over three decades ago (Vamsa Vruksham in Telugu in the year 1980) has been signed to play a crucial role in Shankar’s Indian 2, which marks the reunion of Kamal Haasan and Shankar after two decades.

A few days ago, a picture of Anil Kapoor from the sets of Indian 2 in Chennai surfaced on social media and it immediately went viral. While it is confirmed that he’s already started shooting, some reports suggest that he will be seen playing the antagonist, a role that was originally offered to Ajay Devgn.

The makers are yet to make an official announcement about the inclusion of Anil Kapoor in the project, which also stars Siddharth, Rakul Preet Singh and Priya Bhavani Shankar among others.

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 in a span of the 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.

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."

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Tipped to be a gangster drama, there are rumours that the film will feature Vijay in the role of a college professor with a violent past.
  • Monday, October 07, 2019 - 13:36

It has already been made official that Thalapathy 64 will mark the first-time collaboration of actor Vijay and director Lokesh Kanagaraj, who rose to fame with Maanagaram and currently awaits the release of Karthi’s Kaithi. The yet-untitled project had its official launch ceremony on Thursday in Chennai and the entire team was in attendance.

Tipped to be a gangster drama, there are rumours that the film will feature Vijay in the role of a college professor with a violent past. The film will be predominantly shot against a college backdrop. It’ll be the first time Vijay will be seen playing a professor.

The film will see Vijay Sethupathi play the antagonist and he’s believed to be essaying a deadly character. Malavika Mohanan, last seen playing a key role in Karthik Subbaraj’s Petta, has been signed as the leading lady. The film, which will have music by Anirudh Ravichander, also stars Antony Varghese and Shanthnu Bhagyaraj in key roles.

Sathyan Sooryan will crank the camera while Philomin Raj will take care of editing. The regular shooting will commence later this month and Vijay will join the sets immediately while Vijay Sethupathi will join a little later as he’s occupied with multiple projects.

Vijay currently awaits the release of Bigil with director Atlee. The film, which is gearing up for release this Deepavali, will see him play a football coach in a women’s team.  The film, being produced by AGS Entertainment, was officially launched last November in Chennai.

Meanwhile, it is being said that Vijay was recently trained by a special physical trainer to prepare for his role. Sixteen women will star as sports players in the film, which also stars Nayanthara, Jackie Shroff, Kathir, Yogi Babu and Vivek in crucial roles.

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The first look poster features Aju Varghese in an intense get-up.
  • Monday, October 07, 2019 - 12:44
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Kamala, directed by Ranjith Shankar and starring Aju Varghese in the lead role, has started rolling in Chalakkudy, Thrissur and was wrapped up recently. The first look poster of the film was unveiled by director Ranjith Sankar. Going by the first look, the film's title has a tagline ‘One beautiful puzzle, 36 hours’, as it is said it must be a race-against-time thriller. The first look poster features Aju Varghese in an intense get-up.

The film has Ruhani Sharma playing the female lead in the film. Touted to be a thriller where Aju plays a funny and complicated hero, the movie will see Ranjith returning to the thriller genre. He has previously directed two thrillers—Passenger and Arjunan Sakshi. Aju Varghese has acted in most of the movies directed by Ranjith Sankar. Su..Su..Sudhi Vathmeekam, Punyalan Agarbathis, Ramante Edanthottam and Pretham were the movies in which the duo worked together.

Produced by Ranjith under his own banner Dreams N Beyond, the film also stars Anoop Menon, Sajin Cherukayil, Sunil Sugatha, Motta Rajendran, and Biju Sopanam among others. Anand Madhusoodanan, who has previously worked with Ranjith on six films, will be writing the lyrics and music for the film. Shehnad Jalal is handling the camera while Adil N Ashraf is in charge of the editing.

Aju has a slew of films in his kitty. He has Jack N Jill helmed by ace cameraman Santosh Sivan and is also a part of Dileesh Pothen's Thangam which has Vineeth Sreenivasan playing the lead role. Aju was a part of the recent release Love Action Drama. He was also the co-producer of this film that stars Nivin Pauly and Nayanthara and is directed by Dhyan Sreenivasan.

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The Malaysian actor-singer won the trophy and the cash prize of Rs 50 lakh, taking home the prize after spending 105 days in the house.
  • Sunday, October 06, 2019 - 23:29
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Bigg Boss Tamil’s third season which premiered on June 23 was a major success compared to the previous two seasons. The finale was a gala affair, just as we thought it would be. Fans of Bigg Boss Tamil were waiting for this day with bated breath and the whole episode was a nail-biting affair for every fan. Sandy, who regularly commences the show with a power-packed performance dedicated to the show in the grand finale during the previous seasons, was seen as a contestant this season.

Malaysian actor-singer Mugen Rao won the trophy and the cash prize of Rs 50 lakh, taking home the prize after spending 105 days in the house. The runner-up of the show was choreographer Sandy while Sri Lankan newsreader Losliya came third. Actor Sherin was the final contestant to be evicted from the show. According to reports, a total of 20 crore votes was recorded in the finals polls, out of which winner Mugen received over 7 crore votes.

Mugen Rao, who was the direct finalist by winning the ticket to the finale contest, was competing against Sandy, Sherin and Losliya. Though Mugen did take home the trophy, it seemed like the real star of the show was Tharshan. Audiences who attended the finale reportedly cheered the loudest for Tharshan, along with the rest of the eliminated contestants even as they were waiting for the result.

Hosted by Kamal Haasan, the show began on with 16 contestants from various fields. Tharshan Thiyagarajah, Sandy, Mugen Rao, Meera Mithun, Fathima Babu, Losliya Mariyanesan, Sakshi Agarwal, Jangiri Madhumitha, Kavin, Abhirami Venkatachalam, Saravanan, Vanitha Vijayakumar, Cheran, Sherin Shringar, Mohan Vaidya and Reshma Pasupuleti were the contestants who entered the show on the opening day. Later, Meera Mithun and Kasthuri Shankar made wild card entries into the show.

From the beginning of the show till the curtains dropped, the contestants and the host were mired in many controversies. Despite these, the show’s popularity continued to rise. This season had two eliminations. Actor Saravanan was eliminated for admitting to molesting and groping women on buses on one episode while Kamal was discussing an issue between director Cheran and Meera Mithun. Later Madhumitha was eliminated after she attempted to inflict self-harm after an argument with the other housemates.

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Keerthy Suresh will be playing the female lead in this flick, which is being bankrolled by Naga Vamsi under the banner Sithara Entertainments.
  • Sunday, October 06, 2019 - 17:16

Nithiin’s Bheeshma is progressing swiftly with the shooting all set to be completed by next month. The film 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. Nithiin will be sporting a brand new look in this film and his look has already gone viral among the movie buffs.

With Bheeshma coming to an end, Nithiin will be concentrating in 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 in this film. While the puja took place, the filmmakers are yet to disclose details about the shooting schedules.

Besides these two films, Nithiin also has the Venky Atluri directorial Rang De. This film will be launched on October 8 on the eve of Dasara. Keerthy Suresh will be playing the female lead in this flick, which is being bankrolled by Naga Vamsi under the banner Sithara Entertainments.

Confirming Rang De officially, Nithiin tweeted earlier, “#Nithiin29 is titled as RANG DE! Working with the Young n talented dir Venky atluri, costarring @KeerthyOfficial n produced by @vamsi84 @SitharaEnts AND cinematography by my ALL TIME FAV D.o.P @pcsreeram sir #RangDe #gimmesomelove.” The film’s poster has been unveiled and from it, it is evident that Rang De will be a summer release next year.

Veteran cinematographer PC Sreeram is already on board to crank the camera for this venture and Devi Sri Prasad will setting the music score. About this film, PC Sreeram wrote on his social media handle, “-#RangDe. Make life more colourful. Written and Directed Venky_Atluri, @KeerthyOfficial @Actor_Nithin@Devi Sri prasad @vamsi84.”

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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To be directed by Muhsin Parari, the film will also have Soubin Shahir playing another lead.
  • Sunday, October 06, 2019 - 16:55

Tovino Thomas’s next movie was revealed on Saturday. To be directed by Muhsin Parari, the film is titled Thallumaala. Tovino took to social media and unveiled the title. The film also has Soubin Shahir playing another lead in the film. The film marks the first time collaboration of Tovino and Soubin.

The film is the second directorial venture of Muhsin Parari, who started his career by directing KL 10 Patthu released in 2015. Though the film was critically acclaimed it did not perform well at the box-office. He later co-wrote Sudani from Nigeria with director Zakariya Mohammed, which became a blockbuster hit. His recent work is Virus, directed by Aashiq Abu. Muhsin co-wrote the script with Suhas and Sharafu.

To be bankrolled by Aashiq Abu and Rima Kallingal under the banner OPM, the technical crew of Thallumaala consists of Jimshi Khalid for cinematography and music by Sushin Shyam. The film is slated to hit the screens by 2020 September.

Tovino Thomas currently has a slew of projects on hand, including Edakkad Battalion 06. The star will be seen playing an army officer in the film, which is directed by Swapnesh K Nair. Reports say that Edakkad Battalion 06 is inspired by a true story, the details of which are kept under wraps for now. Tovino also has 563 St. Charles Street, Kilometers and Kilometers, Minnal Murali, Joe and a few other projects. Of this, Kilometers and Kilometers is in the post-production mode.

While Soubin Shahir’s Vikrithi has hit the screens and is doing well, he is also 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 needing his attention. Jack and Jill, directed by ace cinematographer Santhosh Sivan, has reached the post-production stage; Third World Boys and Trance, directed by Anwar Rasheed and starring Fahadh Faasil, are in the filming stage while Android Kunjappan Ver. 5.25 and Joothan are in the pre-production stage.

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The film introduces five technicians, including the debut director Shamzu Zayba and the cinematographer Sajad Kakku.
  • Sunday, October 06, 2019 - 13:02

Film buffs have been waiting eagerly to know the title of Dulquer Salmaan’s first production venture and finally the announcement is out officially. The official social media handle of the production house put out the title poster with the caption: “Here is the title poster for Wayfarer Films Production number one. Maniyarayile Ashokan. It’s a special film and we are introducing 5 technicians with the film. It’s important for me to introduce new talent. Debutant director Shamzu Zayba, debutant DoP Sajad Kakku, debutant writers Vineeth Krishnan & Magesh Boji, debutant music director Sreehari K Nair, debutant still photographer Shuhaib SBk. It’s a sweet and fun idea and we’ve put in everything to make sure it translates to that on screen. A big shoutout to Ramesh Pisharody for suggesting the name.”

Anupama Parameswaran, Nikhila Vimal and Anu Sithara will be playing the female leads in this film with Jacob Gregory playing the male lead. Anupama Parameswaran will also be working as an assistant director in the film. Dulquer would also be playing a small role in his production venture.

Meanwhile, the star is busy with the Srinath Rajendran directorial Kurup. The film is scripted by Daniell Sayooj Nair and KS Aravind while Jithin K Jose has penned the story. Kurup is based on one of the longest unsolved cases in Kerala till date. Reports are that a lot of research has gone into the project.

Dulquer is also expecting the release of two Tamil movies – Vaan and Kannum Kannum Kollaiyadithaal this year. Vaan directed by RA Karthik is a travel-based script. The film is being shot in multiple locations. Priya Bhavani Shankar, who was last seen in Karhi's Kadai Kutty Singam has been roped in to play Dulquer’s romantic interest in the film. It also stars Kalyani Priyadarshan and Kriti Kharbhanda as the other leads.

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Also read: From Mollywood to acting in 'The Family Man': Neeraj Madhav interview

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The popular film that released in 1988 is reportedly getting a sequel directed by actor-singer-filmmaker Vineeth Sreenivasan.
  • Sunday, October 06, 2019 - 12:42

One of the most popular Malayalam movies of all time, Chithram, released in 1988, will soon be getting a sequel, suggest some reports. While Chithram was helmed by Priyadarshan, the sequel will reportedly be directed by actor-singer-filmmaker Vineeth Sreenivsan. Incidentally, Chithram had Mohanlal playing the lead role and the sequel will apparently have his son Pranav Mohanlal playing the lead role. Kalyani Priyadarshan will reportedly play the female lead in this entertainer.

Chithram, released in 1988, was written and directed by Priyadarshan and produced by PKR Pillai under his banner Shirdi Sai Creations. It had Mohanlal, Ranjini, Nedumudi Venu, Poornam Vishwanathan, Sreenivasan, MG Soman, Sukumari, Lissy, Maniyanpilla Raju, and Shanavas in the cast and Thikkurissy Sukumaran Nair made a cameo appearance. The songs were composed by Kannur Rajan and music was composed by Johnson. Mohanlal won the Kerala State Film Award - Special Jury Award for his performance in this film.

While the sequel to Chithram is taking shape, Pranav’s next film release will be Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham in which he plays a guest role. The film has his father Mohanlal as the main lead. The film is based on the true-life of Kunjali Marakkar IV, who is the most popular of the Marakkars. It will have extensive sea warfare sequences which will be its highlight.  

Vineeth Sreenivasan’s last release was Manoharam, in which he played the lead role. The film, which is directed by Anwar Saddiq, is bankrolled by Jos Chakkalakal under the banner Chakkalakal Films. Vineeth played a struggling artist in the film, trying his best to set up a printing unit in his town, while falling in love with his teacher at the computer centre, played by Aparna Das.

Read: ‘Manoharam review’: Vineeth Sreenivasan plays stereotypical role in ‘feel-good’ film

Vineeth also played a role in his brother Dhyan Sreenivasan’s directorial debut Love Action Drama, in which Nivin Pauly and Nayanthara played the lead pair.

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Sources in the know say that Nimisha Sajayan has been roped in to play the female lead in the film.
  • Saturday, October 05, 2019 - 20:57

Jayasurya and director Prajesh Sen are teaming up for a film called Vellam. Sources in the know say that Nimisha Sajayan has been roped in to play the female lead in the film.

Jayasurya and Prajesh have earlier teamed up for the latter’s debut directorial Captain, a biopic on the legendary footballer VP Sathyan. The film starred Anu Sithara as the female lead with Renji Panicker, Siddique, Deepak Parambol, Saiju Kurup, Kamal Varadoor and Lakshmi Sharma in supporting roles. Jayasurya won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor for his performance in Captain.

Meanwhile, reports have surfaced that another upcoming film of Jayasurya will be a fantasy thriller, which is based on the life of the legendary priest Kadamattathu Kathanar who lived in Kadamottom. The priest was believed to have possessed some supernatural powers which helped him perform miracles. Jayasurya will be playing the priest.

Actor-producer Vijay Babu and Jayasurya are teaming up for the film on Kadamattathu Kathanar. They are also working together for a film called Sufiyum Sujathayum. Vijay Babu has said that the biopic will commence after Sufiyum Sujathayum is wrapped up.

Sufiyum Sujathayum is an intense romantic tale, we hear. The film has Aditi Rao Hydari playing the female lead and she will be seen as Jayasurya’s wife. Wielding the megaphone for this venture is Naranipuzha Shanavas, director of the critically acclaimed film Karie. The film is bankrolled by Vijay Babu under his banner Friday Film House. Vijay Babu has said in an interview to the Times of India that it is a romantic thriller with dark humor thrown in. He also said that Jayasurya will be seen in a different avatar altogether. It may be noted here that Vijay Babu and Jayasurya have earlier collaborated for Aadu and Aadu 2 both of which turned out to be popular.

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Also read: From Mollywood to acting in 'The Family Man': Neeraj Madhav interview

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Kalyani has bagged her first Malayalam film as a female lead in which she will star with Dulquer Salmaan.
  • Saturday, October 05, 2019 - 19:11

Kalyani Priyadarshan made her acting debut in Tollywood with the Akhil Akkineni starrer Hello and is slowly making inroads in the film industry. Her second film, Chitralahari released to positive reviews. Directed by Kishore Tirumala the film had Sai Dharam Tej in the lead with Sunil, Nivetha Pethuraj and Vennela Kishore in supporting roles. The film was bankrolled by Mythri Movie Makers. She then starred in Ranarangam, which did not fare too well at the box office.

Kalyani is all set to debut in the Malayalam film industry with her dad Priyadarshan’s directorial, Marakkar: Arabikadlinte Simham. She will be making a cameo appearance in this history film that has Mohanlal playing the title role.

While Marakkar is in the post-production stages, Kalyani has bagged her first Malayalam film has a heroine. She is paired opposite Dulquer Salmaan in this untitled film that will mark the directorial debut of Anup Sathyan, son of veteran director Sathyan Anthikad.

Anup Sathyan will not only be wielding the megaphone for this venture but also scripting it. Plans are on to release this flick next year. The technical crew signed up includes Alphonse for music and Mukesh Muraleedharan for cinematography. More details about the debut of Anoop Sathyan are expected to be out soon.

Happy over the way his daughter’s career is taking shape, Priyadarshan tweeted, “My daughters 1st Malayalam film started shooting. Every parent feel proud whn they get2 see the success of their children. Me and ur mother will b proud 2c u on screen especially in Malayalam film along with Dulquer Salmaan. My wishes to Anoop Sathyan’s Debut Film.”

The shooting of this film began in Chennai recently and is under progress.

Kalyani will be making her Tamil debut with Sivakarthikeyan's next tentatively titled Hero helmed by PS Mithran who made Irumbu Thirai. The film also stars Ivana as the second female lead and it has Bollywood actor Abhay Deol playing the baddie.

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