Touted to be an action thriller the film will also star Manjima Mohan, Reba Monica John and Raiza Wilson.
  • Monday, November 11, 2019 - 18:55

Vishnu Vishal’s next, titled FIR to be helmed by Manu Anand was launched recently. Touted to be an action thriller the film will have three heroines Manjima Mohan, Reba Monica John and Raiza Wilson in the star cast.

Initially, the film was announced to be bankrolled by Anand Joy under the banner Sujataa Entertainments. And the latest update is that the film would be bankrolled by Vishnu Vishal himself under his own banner.The film is currently in the pre-production stage and it is expected to go on floors soon.

“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 star RNR Manohar, Shabeer, Gaurav Narayanan, Abhishek Joseph George, Rakesh Brahmanandan, Praveen K Nair, Prashanth (itisprashant), Vinod Kailash as the supporting casr. Ace Cinematographer PC Sriram’s assistant and Kirumi fame Arul Vincent will handle the camera, Ashwath will handle the music. G K Prasanna is the editor while Indu Lal Kaveeth is the Art direction.

Vishnu awaits the release of Jagajaala Killadi. Directed by Ezhil, the film has Yogi Babu, Nivetha Pethuraj, Motta Rajendran in the star cast playing pivotal roles. 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 an apt choice for the role.

Vishnu Vishal’s last film release was Silukkuvarupatti Singam, an action comedy film directed by Chella which was also produced under his own banner. 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.

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The song will be featured in the actor’s upcoming film ‘Ala Vaikuntapurramlo’.
  • Monday, November 11, 2019 - 16:06

Allu Arjun is currently in Paris to shoot a song for his upcoming film Ala Vaikuntapurramlo which is directed by Trivikram Srinivas.The star has shot for a song titled Samajavaragamana alongside Lido dancers. Le Lido is a popular live show that has been entertaining Parisians for the last thirty years.

The film went on the floors a couple of months ago and the team completed shooting a major portion of the film. Pooja Hegde has been signed on to play Allu Arjun’s lead pair in it. Touted to be a family entertainer, the first look poster of the film, which had Allu Arjun seated on a dusted stool, garnered attention from film buffs. With the poster increasing curiosity levels, Ala Vaikuntapuramlo is gearing up to be released for Sankranti. It may be noted here that Trivikram Srinivas and Allu Arjun are teaming up for the third time after tasting success with Julayi and Son of Sathyamurthi.

Veteran actor Jayaram has been roped in to play Allu Arjun’s father in it. Interestingly, another versatile actor Sathyaraj will be seen as the hero’s grandfather. Tabu will be making a comeback into the Telugu film industry with this film and she will reportedly be seen playing the hero’s mother. The film is being bankrolled jointly by Allu Aravind and S Radha Krishna under the banners Geetha Arts and Haarika & Hassine Creations respectively. The technical crew of this film includes S Thaman for music, PS Vinod for cinematography and Naveen Nooli for editing.

On completing this film, Allu Arjun will start shooting for his next to be directed by Sukumar. Reports are that this untitled film is based on red sand mining. The director is planning to shoot the film in Seshachalam forests in Nellore and Chittoor districts, we hear. Sources in the know say that Allu Arjun will be learning the Chittoor dialect for this untitled film and will begin formal training soon. Recently the makers roped in Vijay Sethupathi as an antagonist for this upcoming film. Sources in the know say that Rashmika Mandanna will be pairing up with Allu Arjun for this flick. The film will be bankrolled by Mythri Movie Makers. More details are expected to be revealed soon.

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The song from director Omar Lulu’s upcoming film ‘Dhamaka’ was trolled for being a ‘copy’ of the 1990s song.
  • Sunday, November 10, 2019 - 20:10

The ‘Potti Potti’ song in the upcoming Omar Lulu directorial Dhamaka is the center of attraction among the trollers on the internet. While the song is gaining popularity, a number of netizens has come out with the allegation that the tune has been copied from the hit song ‘Didi’, sung by the Algerian singer Khaled in the 1990s. But Omar Lulu has clarified that ‘Potti Potti ‘is indeed the remix version of ‘Didi’ and this has been revealed before. The song has been set to tunes by Gopi Sundar.

On a Facebook post he wrote: “It is your choice to like or not like a song, brothers. The song was released as a remix of Didi song. Can’t you check the title credits before you start the trolls?”

Nikki Galrani plays the female lead in the film. Arun Kumar, who played a young boy in Mohanlal’s Olympian Anthony Adam, will be the hero in Dhamaka. Others in supporting roles include Urvashi, Mukesh, Dharmajan and Hareesh Kanaran. The film is bankrolled by MK Nasser.

Earlier, Dhamaka was caught in another controversy with the Bollywood actor Mukesh Khanna alleging that the filmmakers have used his popular tele-serial character Shakthiman without his permission. Apparently, an actor of Dhamaka was to sport the Shakthiman get-up for a funny sequence in the film and the picture was released as part of the promos. But it did not go too well with the makers of the Shakthimaan.

Mukesh Khanna, the actor and producer of the original Shaktimaan serial for Doordarshan, threatened legal action against the makers of Dhamaka for re-producing the character without their permission. Omar Lulu had then written a long apology note to Mukesh Khanna and also explained his reasons for using the Shakthimaan costume in the film.

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The director of the film is Prajesh Sen, who made his debut with another Jayasurya starrer, 'Captain'.
  • Sunday, November 10, 2019 - 19:13

The pooja of the upcoming Malayalam film Vellam happened at the Anjumana Devi Temple in Ernakulam recently. Helming the project is Prajesh Sen, who made his directorial debut with the Jayasurya starrer Captain. For Vellam again, he has chosen Jayasurya as his lead actor.

Samyuktha Menon has been roped in to play the female lead in Vellam. Reports are that it is based on the life of a drunkard based in Kannur. Roby Varghese Raj will be cranking the camera for this entertainer that is produced by Friendly Productions.

Acting in Prajesh’s Captain has won Jayasurya the Kerala state award for best actor. The film is a biopic of former Indian football team captain VP Sathyan.

Jayasurya’s next film release will be Thrissur Pooram. Wielding the megaphone for this venture is Rajesh Mohanan and the story and screenplay are by the music composer Ratheesh Vega. He has also composed the music of the film. Deepu Joseph will be in charge at the editing table and RD Rajasekar has been signed up to crank the camera. Thrissur Pooram has been shot in different locations in Thrissur, Coimbatore and Hyderabad. The others in the cast include Senthil Krishna, Sabumon Abdusamad, Vijay Babu, Gayathri Arun, Mallika Sukumaran and Sreejith Ravi.

Further, there are reports that another upcoming film of Jayasurya will be a fantasy thriller, based on the life of the legendary priest Kadamattathu Kathanar who lived in Kadamottom. The story of the mysterious Kadamattathu Kathanar is all set to be made into a film with Jayasurya roped in to play the role of the priest.

Actor-producer Vijay Babu and Jayasurya are teaming up for the film. They are already working together for another film, titled Sufiyum Sujathayum. Vijay Babu has earlier said that the Kadamattathu Kathanar biopic will commence after Sufiyum Sujathayum is wrapped up.

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The Tamil superstar came to watch the Malayalam film, in which his long time co-star Y Gee Mahendra plays an important role.
  • Sunday, November 10, 2019 - 18:52

Veteran drama artist and comedian, Y Gee Mahendra, has played a pivotal role in the Malayalam film Shyama Raagam and a special screening was organised by him recently for which several noted film personalities were invited.

But the biggest surprise for the audience was the presence of the Tamil superstar Rajinikanth. The star was present for the screening along with his wife Latha and daughter Aishwarya Dhanush. It may be noted here that Y Gee Mahendra and Rajini are close relatives and have worked together in several films during the early days of their career.

Veteran actors Vyjayanthimala Bali, Rajashree, Sachu, Lakshmi and Vennira Aadai Nirmala were also present at the event along with noted classical dancer VP Dhananjayan and singers Chithra and Jaya Rajagopalan.

We hear that Shyama Raagam is an art film that is based on Carnatic music and dance. It is directed by Sethu Eyal.

The film has Shanti Krishna playing the lead role. She said in an interview to the Times of India last year that being a professional Bharatanatyam dancer in real life, she was excited about the role.

The actor-dancer, who took a long break from her career, said that she is slowly reviving both her acting and dance career. Shanti Krishna was quoted as saying, “I am doing small dance programmes. I am practising it whenever I get time. I am glad I am part of Shyama Ragam. It is a small film but has a very interesting subject, dance. I play a dancer in it.”

Shanti Krishna, after a gap, acted in the film Njandukalude Naattil Oru Idavela, in which Nivin Pauly played the main lead. The film that revolved around a family that was dealing with cancer was also the acting debut of Aishwarya Lekshmi. It was directed by Althaf Salim.

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The film, directed by Sanal Kumar Sasidharan, will release on December 6.
  • Sunday, November 10, 2019 - 15:25

Award winning Malayalam film Chola will release in theatres on December 6, actor Joju George announced on his Facebook page. Joju and Nimisha Sajayan had both won state awards for their performance in Chola, directed by Sanal Kumar Sasidharan.

Joju also informed on his post that Tamil filmmaker Karthik Subbaraj is joining the team as a co producer. Joju is the other producer. Subbaraj has recently wrapped up his film with Dhanush in the lead. The film will also mark the Tamil acting debut of Joju. The duo is associating again for Chola.

“Thank you Sanaletta for this wonderful movie,” Joju wrote.

The film had premiered at the Venice Film Festival under the Orizzonti (Horizons) section with its English title, Shadow of Water.

Chola is written by KV Manikandan and Sanal Kumar Sasidharan. Along with Joju and Nimisha, an important role is played by debutant Akhil Vishwananth.

Sanal had recently been in a controversy when he withdrew his film from the 24th edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala. The film has been selected under the Kaleidoscope section. He wrote on his Facebook: “Chola has been invited to the Kaleidoscope section in the 24th IFFK. I am much humbled by the invitation but I have sent a mail stating that I am withdrawing the film from the festival, protesting against its overtly biased and unprofessional way of the selection process in the Malayalam cinema today section.”

Sanal is now working on his next film, Kayattam with Manju Warrier in the lead. She is also co-producing it along with Shaji Mathew and Aruna Mathew. Sanal has also penned the script and is in charge of the editing and the sound designing. The technical crew comprises Chandru Selvaraj for camerawork and Ratheesh Eettillam for editing.

Sanal has won several awards for his films, including international honours. He was awarded the 2015 Kerala State Film Award for Best Film for directing Ozhivudivasathe Kali.

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The movie, the third in the ‘Aadu’ series directed by Midhun Manuel Thomas, is expected to release next year.
  • Saturday, November 09, 2019 - 19:58

During the 100th day celebrations of the Jayasurya starrer Aadu 2, the filmmakers had revealed that plans are on to release its third part next year. And now we have the news that Sunny Wayne and Vinayakan have been signed up to team with Jayasurya in Aadu 3. Incidentally, all three stars were part of Aadu and Aadu 2.

 In Aadu 3, Jayasurya will be playing the role Shaji Pappan while Sunny Wayne and Vinayakan will be reprising their characters Sathan Xavier and Dude respectively. Reports are that some new characters may be introduced in Aadu 3. Plans are on to release the film for Onam next year and the makers are planning the project on a large canvas, we hear. Further, the buzz is that Aadu 3 may get a 3D version too.

Written and directed by Midhun Manuel Thomas, Aadu 2 starred Jayasurya in the lead role with Vinayakan, Vijay Babu, Sunny Wayne, Saiju Kurup and others in pivotal roles. The film was bankrolled by Vijay Babu under his banner Friday Film House. Shaan Rahman composed music for this venture with Vishnu Naraynan cranking the camera and Lijo Paul editing it. Aadu 2 was a box office success and it went on to collect Rs 2.45 crore on the first day of release and Rs 8 crore during the first weekend in Kerala. Its collections at the UAE box office stood at $548,189 during the three-week run and Rs 20.43 lakh at the US box office during its four-week run.

Midhun has earlier said that he is planning the new film as a laugh riot just as the prequels and is confident of succeeding. The shooting of this film is expected to begin in April / May next year.

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The Megastar was last seen in ‘Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy’ which was produced by Ram Charan.
  • Saturday, November 09, 2019 - 16:37

Chiranjeevi’s upcoming film with director Koratala Siva will soon commence shooting with a song and a few other scenes planned first. As per latest updates, the untitled film may also see Chiranjeevi’s son Ram Charan Teja play a crucial role in it.

Earlier reports stated that the Megastar would be seen in two roles in the movie, one as a 30-year-old man and another as an elderly man. It now seems that his son Ram Charan will be assaying the role of the younger man, upon the insistence of director Koratala Siva.

Chiranjeevi will be playing the role of a man named Acharya, who is a Naxalite turned social reformer. An official confirmation regarding his role is expected to be out soon.

South Indian actor Trisha has been signed up to play the female lead in this flick and the makers of the film are still on the lookout for another heroine. Trisha earlier worked with Chiranjeevi in Stalin earlier. This is the first time that director Koratala Siva will be teaming up with the Megastar.

The film will be bankrolled jointly by Ram Charan under his banner Konidela Production Company and Niranjan Reddy’s Matinee Entertainment.

The Megastar was last seen in Sye Raa, which was based on the legendary freedom fighter, and ended up being a massive hit. Chiranjeevi played the titular role. Sye Raa was bankrolled by his son, actor Ram Charan Teja under his home banner Konidela Production Company on a budget of Rs 200 crores. It had a bevy of stars from different film industries including Amitabh Bachchan, Vijay Sethupathi, Nayanthara, Tamannaah, Jagapathi Babu, Kiccha Sudeep, Pragya Jaiswal and Brahmaji.

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An official announcement from the makers is expected to be made soon.  
  • Saturday, November 09, 2019 - 16:30
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Actor Karthi, who is currently basking with the success of his recent release Kaithi, is awaiting the release of his next with director Jeethu Joseph. The film also stars Jyothika who will be sharing the screen space for this first time with brother-in-law Karthi. 

The film has been shot in Goa and Ooty. It is learned from reliable sources that the film will feature Jyothika and Karthi as siblings and the industry grapevine is that the film has been reportedly titled Thambi. An official announcement from the makers is expected to be made soon.  

The film is scripted by Jeethu Joseph along with Rensil D’Silva and Manikandan. Jointly bankrolled by Viacom 18 and in association with Suraj of Parallel Minds Productions, it is scheduled to hit the screens in December. The film also stars veteran actor Sowcar Janaki, Master Ashwanth who had stolen the show in Super Deluxe in the character Raasukutty. Sathyaraj and Anson Paul will be seen essaying important roles. The film has music by Govind Vasantha of 96 fame and cinematography by RD Rajashekar.

Jeethu Joseph is not new to the Tamil film industry as he had made his debut in the year 2015 with the Kamal Haasan starrer Papanasam. It was the remake of the hit Malayalam film Drishyam. While the Malayalam version had Mohanlal and Meena in the lead roles, in the Tamil version, it was Kamal Haasan and Gauthami. Drishyam had a universal appeal with an engaging plot, so much so that it was remade in Hindi, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu and struck a chord with the audiences in a big way.  

Meanwhile, Karthi is expected to complete shooting for his upcoming film titled Sultan with director Bakkiyaraj Kannan of Remo fame. The film has Rashmika who will be making her Tamil debut with this film. Tipped to be high on action and comedy, it is being bankrolled by Dream Warrior Pictures. More details regarding the film are yet to be revealed by the team.

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It is a sci-fi action thriller that will be directed by Rajesh Anand Leela.
  • Saturday, November 09, 2019 - 15:50
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In the upcoming bilingual titled Dr 56, the award-winning actor Priya Mani has been roped in to play a CBI officer. It is a sci-fi action thriller that will be directed by Rajesh Anand Leela. Praveen Reddy will be sharing the screen space with Priya Mani in this flick. Incidentally, the hero is also in charge of the film’s story and screenplay.

Talking to the Deccan Chronicle about Dr. 56, its director had said, “Priya was highly impressed when I narrated the script to her. She took the time to prepare for the role of an upright CBI officer. She stumbles upon a scam and will be investigating a series of murders in the city. There’s no romantic pair to her, but it is not a female-centric movie. Priya, Praveen and others are all characters in the narrative.”

The director also went on to reveal that he is filming every scene twice, one for the Kannada version and the other for the Tamil version. Besides Dr. 56, Priya Mani also has the Telugu flicks Virata Parvam and Sirivennala in her kitty. 

Virata Parvam is bankrolled by Rana’s father Suresh Babu Daggubati in association with Sudhakar Cherukuri. 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. The shooting of this film will begin soon and the groundwork is currently on. Suresh Bobbili has been roped in to compose music for this flick.

Sirivennela will be directed by Prakash Pulijala and produced by A N Bhasha and Rama Seetha under their banner. It may be noted that Priya Mani’s last film release was Nanna Prakara in which she played a doctor.

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