The actor plays one of the title roles in the movie, while Prithviraj plays the other.
  • Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 18:13

The shooting of the Malayalam film Ayyappanum Koshiyum is currently progressing in Attapadi in Kerala at a brisk pace but was halted for quite some time after one of its lead actors, Biju Menon, sustained burn injuries. The actor reportedly got hurt in his hands and legs and was given immediate medical aid. Sources in the know say that the shooting resumed soon after Biju Menon was treated for his burn injuries.

Ayyappanum Koshiyum has Prithviraj and Biju Menon playing the title roles. We hear that Biju Menon will be playing the character Ayappan Nair, a police man, and Prithviraj will be seen as a retired army havildar Koshy Kurien, who had put in 16 years of service.

Reports are that Ayyappanum Koshiyum will be about the two heroes in loggerheads over a minor legal issue. Wielding the megaphone for this venture is Sachy (Sachy – Sethu). It may be noted here that Sachy, Prithviraj and Biju Menon have earlier teamed up for Anarkali in 2015 and they are coming together again for Ayyappanum Koshiyum. This time around, they are collaborating for a mass action entertainer.

Jakes Bejoy is composing the tunes for this flick with Sudeep Elamon cranking the camera and Ranjan Abraham roped in for editing. The film is bankrolled by Ranjith under his banner Gold Coin Motion.

Biju Menon currently has Thuramukham besides a host of other films needing his attention. Nivin Pauly plays the lead role in this film and Biju Menon has a crucial role to do. The film is being directed by noted cinematographer-director Rajeev Ravi.

Biju Menon’s last film release was 41, a socio political satire directed by Lal Jose. He played a school teacher with strong communist ideologies, who has to undertake a Sabarimala pilgrimage. Nimisha Sajayan played the female lead in the film.

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The film will be a bilingual in Tamil and Malayalam, directed by Diney George.
  • Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 13:41

A film based on the life of trans woman actor and model Anjali Ameer will begin shooting next year. Anjali will play herself in the film that is directed by Diney George. The film will be shot extensively in Kozhikode, Coimbatore, Pollachi, Bengaluru, etc. It will highlight the problems of the transgender community.

The director said in an interview with the Times of India, “The title will be out in December. It will be a commercial film. The movie also has the train as a major character. Anjali herself will be playing the stages in which she lived as a boy and later as a girl.”

Touted to be a social satire, the film will be a bilingual made in Tamil and Malayalam. The scriptwriter of the film VA Ajith Kumar said, “Through Anjali's life, we also show the plight of the queer community and the many kinds of struggles they go through in life.”

Reports are that the shooting will commence in May next year.

Anjali Ameer became the first transgender woman to play the female lead in a film. She was roped in by the critically acclaimed director Ram to act in Peranbu, opposite Mammootty, and has been receiving rave reviews for her performance in the film. She played a trans woman called Meera in the film, who comes to the lie of the characters played by Mammootty and his onscreen daughter, played by Sadhana. She was selected through an audition after Mammootty met her on a television show her and suggested her name to director Ram. Peranbu which was a bilingual (Tamil and Malayalam) movie gained wide appreciation at International film festivals even before its release in India.

Anjali was also a part of Bigg Boss Malayalam season 1 in which she entered the house as a wildcard contestant. In an earlier interview to TNM, Anjali had spoken about the Big Boss experience and a misunderstanding it caused.

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With Satya Prakash still busy firming up the script, we can expect an official announcement about the project soon.
  • Friday, November 22, 2019 - 23:40
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Reports are that director Satya Prakash is penning a script for a new project. The film will be bankrolled by Puneeth Rajkumar under his banner PRK Productions. And for the first time, Puneeth may be starring in the film produced under his banner. So far, the Power Star has produced a few films but none of it had starred him in the lead role. With Satya Prakash still busy firming up the script, we can expect an official announcement about the project soon. This film will go on to the floors next year. 

Puneeth Rajkumar is currently busy with Yuva Ratna, which is directed by Santosh Ananddram who had collaborated with Puneeth to deliver the smash hit Rajakumaraa. It is bankrolled under the banner Hombale Films. The film has Sayyesha playing the female lead and this is her first film in the Kannada film industry. S Thaman is composing music for Yuva Ratna with Venkatesh Anguraj cranking the camera. On its release, we hear that it will be sometime in early 2020 and the date is yet to be finalised. 

Puneeth will be seen as a college student in Yuva Ratna. The title Yuva Ratna comes with the tagline ‘Power of Youth’ which gives an indication that it would have a political touch. The star cast also includes Prakash Raj in an important role and sources say that he may appear either as a college principal or professor.  Dhananjay will be seen as the main villain in Yuva Ratna with Radhika Sarath Kumar also roped in for a pivotal role.

Santosh Ananddram and Puneeth Rajkumar, as mentioned earlier, had teamed up for Raajakumara before, which turned out to be a huge hit commercially. With the same team back together, it is enough to raise the expectation levels for Yuva Ratna. With the film almost into the post-production mode, fans await its official release date.

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The documentary, that investigates the myth about the Odiyan community, will premiere at the International Film Festival of India in Goa on November 23.
  • Friday, November 22, 2019 - 13:19

Iravilum Pakalilum Odiyan, a documentary that investigates the myth about the Odiyan community in north Kerala region, will premiere at the International Film Festival of India in Goa on November 23. The trailer of this documentary was released by the Malayalam superstar Mohanlal recently on his social media page.

The myth about the Odiyan community is that they can take animal forms and the documentary sets to explore it. Iravilum Pakalilum Odiyan, directed by Novin Vasudev, has been shot in the forests of Nilambur, Kashi and Varanasi. An interesting feature about the film is that it will include interviews of actor Manju Warrier, writer E Kannankutty and members of the Odiyan community. The documentary also features Mohanlal and in the trailer you can hear him say, “Odiyan is a blend of imagination and reality. Like a feeling you get in some evenings when you can't say if it's day or night.”

It may be recalled that Mohanlal played the lead role in the feature film Odiyan. The film was based on the Kerala folklore about men from the Odiyan community having extraordinary abilities that enable them to assume animal form easily. Mohanlal was seen as Manikyan, a master in Odividya and his character aged from 35 to 65 years. Mohanlal was seen in different avatars in this film and also shed about 15 kilos of weight to fit into the role.

It was a high budget movie bankrolled by Antony Perumbavoor under his banner Aashirvad Cinemas. The film was directed by ad filmmaker VA Shrikumar Menon who marked his debut as a director of feature films in the industry. The film was scripted by the National Award winner K Hari Krishnan.

Manju Warrier played the female lead in this film and the rest of the cast included Innocent, Siddique, Manoj Joshi, Nandhu, Narain, Kailash, Sreejaya Nair, Sana Althaf and Appani Sarath.

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The movie has Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt in the lead roles.
  • Friday, November 22, 2019 - 11:31

Tollywood star Nagarjuna was last seen in the Hindi flick LOC Kargil. He is a popular name among the Hindi film audiences having starred in Bollywood films such as Khuda Gawah, Angaaray, Criminal, and Zakhm.

Nagarjuna’s next Hindi film in the pipeline will be Brahmastra in which he plays an archaeologist. His character will be leading a group of students on an expedition to Varanasi to restore an ancient temple and the series of events that happen will be told intriguingly in Brahmastra.

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, Akkineni Nagarjuna, 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.

Meanwhile, reports have emerged that 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. Raid, which released last year, was an action crime film written by Ritesh Shah and directed by Raj Kumar Gupta. It starred Ajay Devgn, Ileana D'Cruz and Saurabh Shukla in the lead roles with Amit Sial, Devas Dixit, Gayathri Iyer and Sheeba Chaddha playing supporting roles.

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The film will hit the marquee for Eid 2020.
  • Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 23:15

The first look poster of the Shane Nigam starrer QALB is out. Releasing the first look, Sajid Yahiya had told Cinemaexpress, “I have been after this dream for the past two years. It’s a small story of human relationships, love and friendship, told from the depth of my qalb (heart).” This is the first time the director and actor are collaborating and have come out with an interesting subject. Sajid and Suhail Koya have penned the script for the story.  

The technical crew of QALB includes Sudeep Elamon of Finals and Pathinettam Padi fame handling the camera, and the National award winner Vinesh Banglan taking care of the production design. The film will hit the marquee for Eid 2020. 

Shane Nigam is currently busy with Valiya Perunal, directed by Dimal Dennies. This film is in the post-production mode. He is also shooting for another Malayalam film titled Ullasam, directed by Jeevan Jojo.

It has been reported recently that veteran cinematographer and director Venu has roped in Shane Nigam for a realistic thriller that he is to direct. In the movie, we hear that Shane Nigam will be playing the role of an IT professional. GR Indugopan is scripting the film which has not been titled yet. Reports are that the shooting will begin during the first week of April and the preparations for it are on now.

Shane Nigam’s last film release was Oolu, which was released on September 20. It is a fantasy film directed by Shaji N Karun and written by T D Ramakrishnan. The film had Indrans, Kani Kusruti, and Esther Anil in the lead role besides Shane Nigam. Oolu, which was produced by A V Anoop, was the opening film at the 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) last year. It was also screened at a few other major film festivals before its theatrical release in India.

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It features a feisty looking Manju Warrier with three cocks masking her face partially. 
  • Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 22:52

The first look poster of Manju Warrier’s Prathi Poovankozhi is out online! The poster was unveiled by Malayalam superstar Mohanlal and is going viral among the movie buffs. It features a feisty looking Manju Warrier with three cocks masking her face partially. 

Rosshan Andrrews is directing the film with Gokulam Gopalan bankrolling it under his banner. The technical crew of this film includes Unni R, who has written it, G Balamurgan for cinematography, Jyotish Shankar for art direction and Gopi Sunder for music. Manju Warrier is playing the main role in Prathi Poovankozhi. Interestingly, the actor’s comeback film, How Old Are You? was directed by Rosshan Andrrews.

Prathi Poovankozhi is based on Unni R’s short story with the same title. In the film, Manju Warrier will be playing a salesgirl working in a textile shop. Anusree is also playing an important role in the film. 

Interestingly, director Rosshan Andrrews is making his acting debut with Prathi Poovankozhi and he will be playing the villain. The rest of the star cast also includes Grace Antony, Saiju Kurup, Alencier Ley Lopez and Sreekumar.

It may be noted that Manju Warrier recently wrapped up the shooting of Kayattam. It is a film about mountaineering. Besides bankrolling the film, Manju is also playing the lead role in it. She had released the first look poster of Kayattam online and it is already going viral among the netizens. 

Sanal Kumar Sasidharan is wielding the megaphone for this venture with Manju Warrier co-producing it along with Shaji Mathew and Aruna Mathew. Apart from donning the director’s robes, Sanal Kumar has also penned the script and is in charge of the editing and sound designing. The technical crew comprises Chandru Selvaraj for camerawork and Ratheesh Eettillam for editing. Kayattam is in the post-production mode right now and will be out at the theatres on December 6.

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The film was originally slated for release on November 1 on the occasion of Kannada Rajyotsava Day.
  • Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 18:08

Kannada actor Darshan’s film Odeya was initially scheduled to release on November 1 to coincide with Kannada Rajyotsava Day. However this was postponed to December 20. Latest reports now state that the film will hit the marquee sooner and will likely be released on December 12. The filmmakers are currently awaiting clearance from the Censor Board, following which the release date will be officially announced.

Odeya is directed by M D Sridhar. The film was earlier titled Wodeyar, but this was later changed to Odeya to avoid any controversies which may arise. The film is being bankrolled by Darshan’s friend Sandesh Nagraj under the banner of Sandesh Productions. Raghavi Thimmayya (Sanah Thimmayya) plays the female lead in this flick. The actor stated in an interview that she landed the role after auditioning for it. She had also said that she learned the nitty-gritty of acting from sharing screen space with veteran actors.

The movie 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 form the supporting cast of Odeya. The shooting of the movie wrapped up in Switzerland last month, where the team had gone to shoot a song sequence.

It may be noted here that Darshan has also wrapped up the shooting of his other film Roberrt and has also completed dubbing for the film. Tharun Sudhir is helming the project as its director. On making this film with Darshan, the director said in a media interaction earlier that he penned the film not as a director but as Darshan’s fan, which means it will completely satisfy the star’s fans.

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The film is being bankrolled by Sun Pictures, who are planning to release the film for Deepavali 2020.
  • Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 17:26

It was recently announced that Veeram, Viswasam fame Siva will next direct superstar Rajinikanth in his next film. Currently dubbed Thalaivar 168, the film is expected to start rolling from the third week of December. Confirmation on the same is awaited.

Reports about Rajinikanth teaming up with Siva first emerged when the latter visited the former at his residence in May. Siva was invited over to congratulate him on the success of Ajith starrer Viswasam which Rajinikanth really liked.

It is wide speculated that the film will be set in the backdrop of a village with trademark Rajinikanth's elements. While 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. 

The film is being bankrolled by Sun Pictures, who are planning to release the film for Deepavali 2020. The makers have confirmed that D Imman will be the composer for the movie who had previously worked with director Siva in Viswasam. Also, Siva's standard technical team - cinematographer Vetri and editor Ruben - have been roped-in.

Meanwhile, Rajinikanth recently completed dubbing for AR Murugadoss directed Darbar and the film is gearing up for release for 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 and A Sreekar Prasad will edit the film.

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Directed by GNR Kumaravelan, the first look has been unveiled to mark the actor’s 42 birthday on November 20.
  • Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 15:22

The first look of Arun Vijay’s upcoming cop film directed by GNR Kumaravelan has been unveiled to mark the actor’s 42 birthday on Wednesday. Titled Sinam, the first look was launched by ace director Mani Ratnam.

The film will see the actor donning khaki once again. Incidentally, he had played a cop in Kuttram 23 earlier. However, the star says that playing the cop is different in every film and therefore requires a lot of effort each time.

In an interview with the Times of India, Arun Vijay had said, “In Kuttram 23, I played an ACP, and in Sinam, I play a sub-inspector. There is a lot of difference between these two roles, including the cadre! So, I had to work on body language. I had bulked up for Boxer, but I don’t have to look beefed up for this role. So, I knocked off a few kilos. This cop is fit but does not flaunt his physical strength. I also believe that the characterisation depends on the script, too. Sinam oru yadarthamana padam. It deals with a subject that is need of the hour. There’s a lot of emotion, and also suspense in it."

The shooting began some time ago with the team completing the first schedule successfully. The second schedule is currently on in Chennai. Palak Lalwani plays the female lead in this entertainer with Kaali Venkat roped in for an important role. The technical crew of Sinam will include Shabir composing the tunes and Gopinath cranking the camera. Movie Slides Pvt. Ltd., is producing the film.

Last seen in Magizh Thirumeni’s crime thriller Thadam,  Arun has an interesting line up of films. He has just wrapped up the shooting of Agni Siragugal, which also stars Vijay Antony. He also has a film called Boxer which will see him in an action-packed role. He is also awaiting the release of Karthik Naren's Mafia. Produced by Allirajah Subaskaran under the banner Lyca Productions, the film also stars Priya Bhavani Shankar and Prassana.

Agni Siragugal is a multi-starrer with Arun Vijay, Vijay Anthony, Shalini Pandey and Akshara Haasan in lead roles. The film is being bankrolled by T Siva under his banner Amma Creations.

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