Touted to be a mythological epic, the project is expected to begin from September this year.
  • Wednesday, July 03, 2019 - 17:44

Veteran writer KV Vijayendra Prasad will be foraying into the Malayalam film industry soon. He has been roped in to pen the screenplay for a mythological film that will be directed by Vijeesh Mani.  According to sources, the budget of this film is going to be huge and it is going to be based on a mythological epic. The groundwork for this project is on and the rest of the cast and crew are yet to be finalized. The project will start rolling from September this year.

KV Vijayendra Prasad made his debut as a writer with Janaki Ramudu and has written several films in his long career including Vijay's Atlee directorial Mersal (2017), Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (2017), Jaguar (2016), Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015) and Baahubali: The Beginning (2015).

Though KV Vijayendra Prasad has worked in several films in his career and was a success, it was the Baahubali franchise that turned out to be the game changer. His recent release was the Bollywood movie Manikarnika, which had Kangna Ranaut playing the female lead, directed by Krish Jagarlamudi. It was an epic biographical film based on the life of Rani Laxmi Bai of Jhansi. He also scripted SS Rajamouli directorial ‘RRR’, a multi starrer that has Ram Charan Teja and Jr NTR as heroes. Made on a budget of Rs 300 crore, the project is being bankrolled by DVV Dhanayya under his banner DVV Entertainments. 

Vijayendra Prasad is also roped in for late Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa's biopic titled Thalaivi, helmed by director AL Vijay. The film will have Bollywood star Kangna Ranaut in the lead and is produced by Vishnu Vardhan Induri.

On the other hand, director Vijeesh Mani had made his directorial debut with the movie Vishwaguru, a film that made its way to the Guinness World Records for being the fastest film ever shot and produced. Vishwaguru was shot, edited and released in 51 hours and two minutes.

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The upcoming movie directed by Atlee will see the star in a dual role.
  • Wednesday, July 03, 2019 - 17:18

Vijay’s upcoming film with director Atlee is progressing at a brisk pace. The title, the first and second look of the film was released by the makers last week. Titled Bigil,  Vijay is speculated to play a dual role in the film, that of a father, and a son. One among them will be a football player or coach in the film.

Touted to be a sports drama, The film, being produced by AGS Entertainment and will be hitting the screens this Diwali. With the pre-release business already open and Popular Tamil distributor and producer  Screen Scene entertainments have bagged the Tamil Theatrical right of the film for a whopping price. While the overseas rights of the film have been bagged by United India Exporters and X Gen Studio have jointly the for a whooping price. While the reports are that the pre-release business of the film will touch a benchmark price of Rs.220 crores.

Screen Screen Entertainment known for some big films for quite some time now. Their recent releases were Arun Vijay's Thadam, Hip-hop Tamizha's Natpe Thunai, Prabhu Deva's Devi 2, Vishal’s Ayogya. It was recently announced that they will bankroll the Tamil remake of Bollywood flick Vicky Donor is all set to be remade in Tamil as Dharala Prabhu starring Bigg Boss fame Harish Kalyan.

There are also reports that Bollywood Filmmaker Karan Johar is in talks to acquire the Hindi remake rights of the film, while there is no official word on the same.

The film which also stars Nayanthara, Jackie Shroff, Kathir, Yogi Babu and Vivek in crucial roles has music by AR Rahman and he had in a recent interview confirmed that the film will have a sports backdrop. It’s worth mentioning that AGS Entertainment had said in a statement that the film will be a pucca mass entertainer and will deal with a genre that will be first-of-its-kind for Vijay.  

The actress is currently shooting in the US for 'Nishabdam'.
  • Wednesday, July 03, 2019 - 17:02

Anushka Shetty became popular ever since she essayed the titular character in Arundathi. It was a historical and the role fitted her perfectly. Later, she was seen other in other historical movies such as Rudrama Devi and Baahubali: The Beginning and Conclusion.

And now, we hear that she is playing the role of Rani of Jhansi, Laxmi Bai, in the upcoming historical Sye Raa. It is well known that Jhansi Rani’s role in the 1857 revolt was very important, therefore, we can expect her cameo to be crucial.

Recently, there were reports of Anushka suffering a fracture in the leg while shooting for Sye Raa and this had her fans worried. However, we hear that she is fine and currently is in the US shooting for her upcoming film Nishabdam.   

Putting an end to all rumours about her health condition by writing on her social media page, “I am hale, healthy and happy shooting in Seattle. Love you all.”

Actress Tammannah Bhatia is also playing an important role in Sye Raa. The actor reportedly is wearing some of the best and expensive costumes in the movie. According to reports, she will be seen in a new light in this period flick and her performance will be top notch. We also hear that Nayanthara is playing the role of Sidhamma in the film.

Sye Raa is being bankrolled by Chiru’s son and actor Ram Charan Teja under his home banner Konidela Production Company on a budget of Rs 200 crore. The film has Telugu mega star Chiranjeevi in the titlular role. It also has a bevy of stars from different film industries including Amitabh Bachchan who will be seen making a guest appearance as Gosayi Venkanna. Apparently, he plays Uyyalalwada Narasimha’s mentor in the film.

The others in the star cast are Vijay Sethupathi, Jagapathi Babu, Kiccha Sudeep, Pragya Jaiswal and Brahmaji. R. Rathnavelu is the cameraman for this film, with A Sreekar Prasad editing it and Amit Trivedi wielding the music baton. It is a trilingual that will be released in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi.

The post-production of Sye Narasimha Reddy is progressing at a good speed with its release scheduled later this year.

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Though the Tamil - Telugu bilingual was announced several months ago, the project has not taken off till now.
  • Wednesday, July 03, 2019 - 15:58
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Several months ago, there were reports that director Lingusamy will be wielding the megaphone for a bilingual in Tamil and Telugu that will have Allu Arjun in the lead. However, for certain reasons, this project did not take off, making film buffs wonder if it was still in the pipeline. But it has become clear from the latest reports that Allu Arjun will not be a part of the movie. It has also been revealed that Havish will be facing the arc lights in the Lingusamy directorial.

Havish made his debut as an actor with the Telugu film Nuvvila in 2011 with a small role. Later in 2015, he was seen in the main role in Ram Leela but the film turned out to be a box office dud. Recently, he played the hero in the Tamil – Telugu bilingual Seven directed by Nizar Shafi.

Sources in the know say that Allu Arjun opted out of the Lingusamy directorial due to his busy schedule.

Meanwhile, Allu Arjun’s project with Trivikram Srinivas went on the floors a couple of months ago and the team has completed the first schedule successfully. The second schedule is currently on. 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.

The star cast of this film includes Pooja Hegde as the heroine. Veteran actor Tabu is also a part of the star cast and Sushanth of Chi La Sow fame has recently been roped in to play a pivotal role in the film. There is no official word yet on the title and the filmmakers seem to be tight-lipped about it for now. More news on this project is awaited.

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The actor will play a hockey agent in the film titled ‘Christmas Coupon’.
  • Wednesday, July 03, 2019 - 11:23
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Popular Tamil character artiste Napoleon, best known for playing sickle-wielding, dhoti-clad and moustache-twirling characters over the years, has landed a pivotal role in a Hollywood film titled Christmas Coupon. The film is directed by independent filmmaker Daniel Knudsen.

The actor was in Chennai to promote the film along with his co-star Sheena Monnin, a former Miss Pennsylvania beauty pageant titleholder. The story revolves around a famous ice hockey, played by actor Aaron Noble, and Napoleon will play Kumar, his agent. The flick is produced by Napoleon’s friend Ganeshan.

Last seen in Sivakarthikeyan’s Seemaraja, this is the second Hollywood project for Napoleon. His first Hollywood film was Devil’s Night: Dawn of the Nain Rouge, directed by Sam Logan Khaleghi.

Talking at the trailer launch of Christmas Coupon about how he landed the project, the actor was quoted by Sify saying, “A lot of Tamil film offers are coming my way but as I’ve moved to the US for my son, couldn’t accept so many projects. Last year worked with Sivakarthikeyan in Seemaraja, planning to sign another big Tamil film this year. An official announcement will be out soon.”

“My first English film is Devil’s Night, a horror thriller, where I portray the role of a museum curator. It is yet to hit the marquee. It has lots of CG and hence takes more time. In Christmas Coupon, I portray a key character and it is shot completely in Detroit, Michigan. Except Rajini sir who had acted in Hollywood movie Blood Stone, which was shot in Mysore, no one else had acted in a straight English film. I am proud that I could make it to Hollywood and I have also signed my third English film (sic),” the actor revealed.

Napoleon is known for his 90s flicks such as Seevalaperi Pandi and many other movies where he mostly played the villain. He contested in the Tamil Nadu Assembly election in 2001, winning in the Villivakkam constituency. In the 2006 Assembly election, he contested from the Mylapore constituency but was defeated by actor S Ve Shekher. Later in the 2009 Lok Sabha election, he contested and won from the Perambalur constituency, and became the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment in the union government.

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The project will most likely take off towards the end of this year or early next year.
  • Tuesday, July 02, 2019 - 21:48
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Dhanush and Selvaraghavan, who had previously worked together in films such as Kadhal Kondein, Pudhupettai and Mayakkam Enna, are set to join hands for the fourth time as reports have emerged that the brothers will work on a new project which will be produced by Kalaipuli S Thanu. Even as an official announcement is awaited from producer Thanu, the industry grapevine suggests that Dhanush has already given his nod and Selvaraghavan is currently working on the final draft of the script. The project will most likely take off towards the end of this year or early next year.

Thanu is currently producing Dhanush’s Asuran, which is being directed by Vetrimaaran. Having completed the shooting of Asuran, a revenge-based thriller based on Tamil novel Vekkai; Dhanush has joined back the sets of Durai Senthil Kumar’s next yet-untitled project. Dhanush also has a fantasy comedy with Ratsasan director Ramkumar and a film with Pariyerum Perumal director in his kitty. Therefore, the rumoured project with Selvaraghavan will only go on the floors next year.

Dhanush also has Vetrimaaran’s Vada Chennai 2 in the offing. In his recent interview to Cinema Express, he confirmed already shooting 30 minutes footage of the film. “Everyone, who worked in the film, including me, is eagerly waiting for the project to take off. I wouldn't like to disclose how much shooting I have completed for my second directorial, but, yes, it is going on too.” In the same interview, Dhanush also confirmed playing the lead in Selvaraghavan’s next film. 

Dhanush’s first ever international film, the English – French movie The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir released to positive reviews. In the movie, the National Award winning actor plays a street magician who cons people into believing that he possesses supernatural powers. His character as Ajatashatru Lavesh Patel has caught the attention of the critics in a big way.

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The film is set in the 1980s and will be completely in the Telangana dialect.
  • Tuesday, July 02, 2019 - 17:38

The trailer of Dorasani was unveiled by director Sukumar and has managed to get the attention of the film buffs. From the trailer, it is evident that it is a love story delving on class disparities. The heroine is a Dorasani named Devika while the hero is a painter name Raju. It is their love story and how they suffer due to caste oppression. The trailer begins with Raju narrating his love story after being jailed for well over thirty years.

Star kid Shivatmika, daughter of Rajasekar and Jeevitha, and Anand Deverakonda, brother of Vijay Deverakonda, are pairing up for Dorasani. Shivatmika plays the title role in this film which is about the daughter of a landlord, known as ‘Dora’ in Telugu.

On the film, debutant director KVR Mahendra said, “A young dorasani named Devaki, who’s the daughter of a dora (landlord), lives in a suppressed world that she yearns to break free from. Her life changes, for better or worse, when she dares to fall in love with a commoner named Raju, son of a labourer. Unfortunately for them, the world they live in is not yet ready to accept their love.”

Dorasani is a romantic tale set in the 1980s. On choosing Shivatmika for the role, the director had told in an interview to the Times of India, “It took me three years and eight months to research on the topic and I wrote 42 versions of the script before being satisfied with the one I have now. But, while writing the tale, it was always Shivatmika I wanted to cast in the role because she exudes the kind of grace required to pull it off.”

Dorasani is being bankrolled by Madhura Sreedhar Reddy and Yash Rangineni. The technical crew of this flick include Prashanth Vihari for music and Navin Nooli for editing. The story of Dorasani will be completely in the Telangana dialect.

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The director is currently busy scouting locations in Nepal, where he said the next schedule will begin.
  • Tuesday, July 02, 2019 - 17:24

Actor Vikram, who was last seen playing a cop in Saamy Square, is gearing up for the next schedule of his long-awaited project Mahavir Karna, directed by RS Vimal. Vimal is currently busy scouting locations in Nepal, where the next schedule will begin.

While some rumours were doing the rounds that the project may be shelved, Vimal has quashed the same. In an interaction with TOI, he said, “I don’t know how such news crops up. We have completed a schedule in Hyderabad, and we will decide on the date for the upcoming schedules in a while.”

Reports say that the film will have an ensemble cast from different film industries in India and abroad. While the rest of the cast and crew are yet to be announced, the makers are planning to make an official announcement with a teaser. “We are yet to finalise when we should release the teaser, but movie buffs can expect it soon,” Vimal added.

It may be noted that recently the filmmakers received a rude shock over a casting scam. With reports reaching the Mahavir Karna team that some fraudsters are luring wannabe actors by offering roles in the magnum opus by charging whopping amounts of money, the director filed a police complaint and sent a letter to the Kerala Chief Minister’s grievance cell.

Though the project was announced last year and was scheduled to go on the floors earlier this year, it got delayed as Vikram got busy with his son Dhruv’s debut film, Adithya Varma, which he is keen on getting released this year. Incidentally, the film was shot as Varma by director Bala but the project was scrapped after the entire shooting was wrapped up.

Mahavir Karna is touted to be trilingual to be made in Malayalam, Tamil and Hindi on a budget of Rs 300 crore. The film is bankrolled by New York-based production house United Film Kingdom.

Meanwhile, Vikram will next be seen in the thriller Kadaram Kondan, directed by Rajesh M Selva. The film is expected to hit theatres on July 19 while the film’s trailer is planned to be launched on July 3.

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The movie has Naga Chaitanya and Venkatesh playing the lead roles.
  • Tuesday, July 02, 2019 - 16:56

The shooting of Venky Mama was going on in Kashmir for nearly a month and has been currently wrapped up. Reports are that the team will be shooting in Visakhapatnam for the next few days. This will be an important schedule as some crucial scenes involving Venkatesh and Naga Chaitanya will be canned.

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 into the village and makes tremendous social reforms. However, there is no clarity on this storyline yet.

The shooting of this film began late February and is progressing well. Venky Mama is bankrolled jointly by Suresh Productions and Blue Planet Entertainment on a very big budget with Bobby aka KS Ravindra wielding the megaphone. Anup Rubens has been roped in to compose tunes for Venky Mama and Prasad Murella will be cranking the camera. Raashi Khanna and Payal Rajput have been roped in to play the female leads in this flick and will be paired up with Naga Chaitanya and Venkatesh respectively.

The shooting of Venky Mama will go on for some more days after which the post production will begin. We hear that the film will be hitting the marquee later this year.

There are big expectations on this film as it will bring together the real life uncle Venkatesh and nephew Naga Chaitanya on the silver screens for the first time.

Meanwhile, Naga Chaitanya's next with director Sekhar Kammula, who has directed several hit movies in his career like Anand, Happy Days and Fidaa started rolling recently. Sai Pallavi will be playing the female lead in it.

On the other hand, Venkatesh's next would be Telugu remake of Ajay Devgn's hit Hindi movie De De Pyaar De. To be bankrolled by Suresh Babu under his banner Suresh Productions, the makers have approached Tabu to play Venkatesh's  wife in the movie but there is no confirmation on it yet. Interestingly, she has done the role in the original as well.

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Directed by Santosh Ananddram, the film has Sayyesha playing the lead opposite Puneeth.
  • Tuesday, July 02, 2019 - 16:26
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The shooting for the Kannada film Yuva Ratna has been progressing for quite some time and little bits of information about the film is being revealed to the media from time to time. This certainly has the movie buffs anticipating its release eagerly. According to the latest reports, Prakash Raj has been roped in to play an important role in this flick, which has Power Star Puneeth Rajkumar in the lead role.

Sources in the know say that Prakash Raj may appear either as a college principal or a lecturer in this entertainer, but there is no official word on his role yet. Interestingly, Puneeth will be seen as a college student in the film. The title Yuva Ratna comes with the tagline ‘Power of Youth’, which gives an indication that the film might have a political touch.

Yuva Ratna is directed by Santosh Ananddram, who had earlier collaborated with Puneeth to deliver the smash hit film Rajakumaraa. The film is bankrolled under the Hombale Films banner. The production house had recently tasted success with the hit film KGF starring Yash.

Yuva Ratna has Sayyesha playing the female lead and this is her first film in the Kannada film industry. Actor Triveni Rao, who has seen in the Shiva Rajkumar starrer Tagaru, is playing an important role in this film apart from Mamatha Sanathkumar, the popular woman bodybuilder from Karnataka. V Harikrishna is composing music for the film, which is likely to hit the marquee later this year though the release date is yet to be finalised.

Besides Yuva Ratna, Puneeth Rajkumar also has James in his kitty. The film will be helmed by director Chetan Kumar and bankrolled by Kishore Pathikonda. According to reports, James will be a complete entertainer with all the massy elements included. The groundwork is progressing briskly to ensure that it goes on the floors soon.

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