Sources say that Priyadarshan may rope in Alphonse Puthren to cut the trailer of this film.
  • Wednesday, October 02, 2019 - 19:10

Finally the release date of Mohanlal's most expected film Marakkar: Arabikdalinte Simham co-written and directed by Priyadarshan has been announced.  Mohanlal has officially confirmed that the film will hit the screens on March 19, 2020. He tweeted," The wait is over! Marakkar Arabikadalinte Simham to be released on the 19th March, 2020. #marakkar (sic)."



The film is currently in the post-production stage and Mohanlal has completed shooting for his portions of the upcoming magnum opus in 104 days. It was wrapped up in March 2019. The makers have planned a year-long post-production as the film requires extensive VFX. Sources say that Priyadarshan may rope in Alphonse Puthren to cut the trailer of this film. Interestingly, Priyadarshan had Alphonse Puthren do the trailer cut for Oppam earlier, which turned out to be a massive hit.

Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham is based on the true-life of Kunjali Marakkar IV. Set in the 16th century, it is based on the battle exploits of Kunjali Marakkars—the naval chieftains of the Zamorin of Calicut. The film will have extensive sea warfare.  It may be noted here that Mohanlal will be seen playing the title role in this film and will have his son Pranav making a cameo appearance. It is a star-studded film with actors like Suniel Shetty, Arjun Sarja, Siddique, Prabhu Deva, Sudeep, Prabhu, Madhu, Manju Warrier, Paresh Rawal, Keerthy Suresh, Kalyani Priyadarshan, Pranav Mohanlal, Suhasini Maniratnam, Nedumudi Venu, Ashok Selvan and others in pivotal roles.

Made on a budget of Rs 100 crore, the film is produced jointly by Antony Perumbavoor, Santhosh T Kuruvilla and CJ Roy under their respective banners Aashirvad Cinemas, Confident Group and Moonshot Entertainment. The film’s technical crew includes cinematographer Tirru and editor MS Ayyappan Nair.  

Recently, a sneak peek from Marakkar Arabikadalinte Simham was showcased at the Aasheervadathode Lalettan event in Kochi.

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The film stars Siddharth and Catherine Tresa and will release on October 11.
  • Wednesday, October 02, 2019 - 18:54

Siddharth, who is basking in the great response for his latest release Sivappu Manjal Pachai is back with yet another film titled Aruvam. The film will be released in Telugu under the title Vadaladu. The Tamil version of this film is scheduled to hit the marquee on October 11 and the release date of the Telugu version is yet to be finalized.

Touted to be a horror-comedy that also deals with food contamination, has been written and directed by Sai Sekar. The film stars Siddharth, Catherine Tresa playing the lead pair. The makers have released the trailer of the film. Going by the trailer, Siddharth essays the role of a food safety officer who is fighting corruption and Catherine Tresa plays the role of a teacher who has no sense of smell.

The film also stars Sathish, Aadukalam Naren and Kaali Venkat in supporting roles. S Thaman has been roped in as music director for the film while cinematography and editing are handled by NK Ekambaram and Praveen KL respectively.

Siddharth's last outing Sivappu Manjal Pachai also starred music director turned actor GV Prakash Kumar in the lead roles and was directed by Sasi of Pichaikkaran fame, and did exponentially well at the box-office. The film also starred Dheepa Ramanujam, Prem Kumar and Yeshwanth in supporting roles.

The film was bankrolled by Ramesh P Pillai under the banner of Abhishek Films. Lijomol played GV Prakash Kumar’s sister and Siddharth’s love interest while Kashmira Pardeshi paired up with GV Prakash Kumar. The technical crew of this film included Siddhu Kumar for music, Prasanna Kumar for cinematography and San Lokesh for editing.


Actor Dhyan Sreenivasan wrote and directed the film.
  • Wednesday, October 02, 2019 - 18:18

Nivin Pauly-Nayanthara starrer Love Action Drama which hit the screens last month during the Onam season has crossed the Rs 50 crore mark worldwide. The makers have released an official teaser declaring the film's collection. Reportedly, the film has been performing well in all the centers not only in Kerala but also in Bengaluru, Chennai and the UAE.

Taking to his social media handle Nivin wrote, "#LoveActionDrama crosses 50 crore plus worldwide! Thank you so much for accepting Dineshan & Shobha! Love you all!"

He also shared a new teaser from the film.

With this, Nivin Pauly has added yet another movie to the prestigious 50-crore club. Earlier, his movies like Bangalore Days, Premam, Kayamkulam Kochunni, etc., have entered the 50-crore club at the worldwide box office.  

Actor Dhyan Sreenivasan wrote and directed the film. According to the director, it is a modern-day take on the 1989 film Vadakkunokkiyanthram, written, directed and starring his father Sreenivasan. Nivin's and Nayanthara's characters are named Dineshan and Shobha, after the names of the lead characters in Vadakkunokkiyanthram.

Both movies deal with troubled heroes. However, in LAD, Dineshan’s insecurities are of a different kind. The movie did not get many good reviews.

The film also starred Aju Varghese, Vineeth Sreenivasan, Dhanya Balakrishnan, Sreenivasan, Renji Panicker, Mallika Sukumaran, Motta Rajendran, Basil Joseph and Durga Krishna among others. The film was bankrolled by Actor Aju Varghese in association with Vishak Subramaniam under the banner of Funtastic Films.

Nivin's much awaited bilingual crime thriller Moothon, directed by Geetu Mohandas, had its world premiere recently at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Ace director Anurag Kashyap co-produced the film along with Ajay Rai and Alan McAlex.

A bilingual crime drama in Malayalam and Hindi, Moothon, which translates to 'the elder one',  is about a 14-year old boy from Lakshadweep who lands up in Mumbai in search of his elder brother. This is Geetu Mohandas’s third outing as a director and her second full-length feature film.

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The film was earlier planned as a Sankranthi release in 2020.
  • Wednesday, October 02, 2019 - 17:37

Director KS Ravi Kumar is busy wielding the megaphone for N Balakrishna starrer, tentatively titled Ruler. The crew is currently camped in Hyderabad where they are shooting a song sequence in an extensive set at Ramoji Film city. The untitled film has Vedhika, Sonal Chauhan and Bhumika as the female leads.  

Initially, the makers were eyeing to release the movie during Sankranthi in 2020, but biggies like Rajinikanth's Darbar, Mahesh Babu's Sarileru Neekevvaru and Allu Arjun's Ala Vaikunthapuramlo have already confirmed their releases during the same time. According to sources, the makers are planning to release the movie in December this year during Christmas. But an official confirmation is awaited.

According to reports about the star cast, we hear that Bhumika Chawla has been roped in for an important role. One of the highlights of the film will be Balayya’s look. He will be appearing in a stylish look which has his fans excited.

The story for this movie is penned by Paruchuri Murali and it is said that Balayya will be playing dual roles in the film. We hear that while one will be that of a cop, the other will be that of a politician. The rest of the technical crew will be Chirantan Bhatt for music and Ram Prasad for cinematography. Ruler is being produced by C Kalyan under his banner Happy Movies.

Balakrishna is looking for a much-needed break as his last release was the biopic on his late father, the legendary actor and politician, NT Rama Rao, which did not do well at the box-office. It was released in two parts as – NTR Kathanayakudu and NTR Mahanayakudu – highlighting both his film and political career. The NTR biopic was helmed by J Krish and produced jointly N Balakrishna along with Vishnu Induri and Sai Korrapati. 

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The film was written by Murali Gopy and has Mohanlal playing a politician named Stephen Nedumballi.
  • Tuesday, October 01, 2019 - 22:33
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Tollywood megastar Chiranjeevi who is gearing up for the release of highly anticipated Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy has officially bought the remake rights of Prithviraj Sukumaran's Malayalam directorial Lucifer starring superstar Mohanlal in the lead. The film was written by Murali Gopy and has Mohanlal playing a politician named Stephen Nedumballi.

Prithviraj posted on his Twitter page“With #Chiranjeevi sir at the Kerala launch of #SyeraNarasimhaReddy What an absolute gem of a man! Humility and grace personified. I’m thrilled that you bought the rights to #Lucifer and will forever be sorry that I couldn’t take up your offer to be part of #SNR sir!”

Set against the backdrop of a family crisis during a volatile political situation in Kerala, the film was released earlier this year and had become the biggest ever earner of Malayalam cinema globally. It went on to collect a whopping Rs 200 crore worldwide.

Recently, the makers even announced the sequel of the film which has been titled Empuraan. The sequel is expected to go on the floors in the second half of 2020. It was disclosed by Prithviraj recently that he is planning Lucifer as a trilogy, which means there will be a third part for it. Murali Gopy, who has penned Lucifer, will be in charge of Empuraan and the third part as well.

Lucifer had Mohanlal, Manju Warrier, Tovino Thomas, Indrajith, and the Bollywood star Vivek Oberoi in pivotal roles. The technical crew of the film comprised Sujith Vasudevan for cinematography and Samjith for editing, while Stephen Devassy was in charge of the music composition. Mohanlal played a politician in the film, which was produced by Antony Perumbavoor under the banner Aashirvad Cinemas.  

Meanwhile, Chiranjeevi's magnum opus 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 megastar Chiranjeevi in the title role with Tammanah playing the female lead. 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. The film is all set to hit the screens on October 2 and will be releasing in multiple languages.

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Soon after the tweet was out, the makers of 'Marjaavaan' edited the trailer giving due credits to D Imman.
  • Tuesday, October 01, 2019 - 18:51

The use of the background score from Viswasam in Hindi film Marjaavaan has upset music composer D Imman. When it was brought to his attention that the BGM from one of his compositions has been used in the Hindi movie Marjaavan, the music director put out an angry tweet: “Totally Not aware of the #Viswasam Bgm score used in the Hindi trailer #Marjaavan No prior notification from the production house nor the audio label.” 

Soon after the tweet was out, the makers of Marjaavaan edited the trailer giving due credits to D Imman.

Marjaavaan is an action drama directed by Milap Zaveri. The film has Riteish Deshmukh, Sidharth Malhotra, Tara Sutaria and Rakul Preet Singh in the lead roles with Nassar, Shaad Randhawa, Ravi Kishan, Varinder Singh Ghuman and Bikramjeet Kanwarpal in supporting roles.

Music for the songs in the film have been composed by Tanishk Bagchi, Meet Bros, Payal Dev, and Yo Yo Honey Singh while the BGM has been scored by Sanjoy Chowdhury. Nigam Bomzan is the cinematographer for this film with Maahir Zaveri doing the edits.

Marjaavaan is bankrolled jointly by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Divya Khosla Kumar, Monisha Advani, Madhu Bhojwani and Nikkhil Advani under the banners T-Series and Emmay Entertainment. The film was initially slated to hit the silver screens in October but now stands postponed to November 8.

Interestingly, when the audio launch of the Ajith starrer Viswasam happened, music buffs made the allegation that the theme music in it has been copied from an action sequence in the Arjun starrer Marudhamalai.

There is also another word doing rounds that the same music was used in Vijay’s Villu. Incidentally, D Imman was the music composer was Marudhamalai which hit the silver screens in the year 2007. Two years later, Vijay’s Villu made it to the silver screens and the music for it was scored by Devi Sri Prasad.

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Lyca Productions will reportedly be bankrolling the film.
  • Tuesday, October 01, 2019 - 17:27

The buzz doing the rounds in Sandalwood is that star Nikhil Kumar and S Krishna will be collaborating for a film. The actor and director have discussed the project and reports say it will go on the floors early next year. Lyca Productions, which has been producing some of the popular, big budget movies in the Tamil film industry, will be bankrolling the film.

According to reports, Nikhil Kumar will undergo a total transformation for the role that S Krishna has carved out for him. It is a very different and performance-oriented role, which was what attracted the actor, say sources.

Further, S Krishna is known as the hat trick director in the Kannada film industry as he has delivered three hits – Gajakesari, Hebbuli and Pailwaan – in a row.

Pailwaan, which Krishna had directed and produced, marked his collaboration with Sudeep for the second time after the massive success of Hebbuli. S Krishna’s wife Swapna debuted as a producer with Pailwaan by making it under the banner RRR Productions.

Sudeep played a boxer and wrestler in this flick and being his first-ever sports drama, he underwent a lot of training to learn the nuances of the martial arts. The technical crew of this film included Arjun Janya for music, Karunakar for camera work and Rubens for editing. Pailwaan was released in multiple Indian languages such as Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi.

Nikhil’s last film release was the mega-budget film Kurukshetra, in which he played the role of Abhimanyu. Kurukshetra, which was directed by Naganna, had an impressive technical crew as well. Jayanan Vincent 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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Reports say the film is a thriller in which Dulquer will be seen playing a cop.
  • Tuesday, October 01, 2019 - 17:09
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Looks like star Dulquer Salmaan and director Rosshan Andrrews will be teaming up for a film that will be scripted by the popular Bobby-Sanjay duo. While there is no official confirmation on this yet, reports doing the rounds in tinsel town suggest that the project may commence in March next year. Apparently, the film is a thriller in which Dulquer Salmaan will be seen playing a cop.

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

On the other hand, Dulquer is busy with a number of films, including Kurup directed by Srinath Rajendran. The film is scripted by Daniell Sayooj Nair and K S Aravind while Jithin K Jose has penned the story. The story revolved around Sukumara Kurup, who is well-known as the most wanted criminal in the history of India. Accused of murdering a film representative named Chacko, Sukumara Kurup faked his own death. It is one of the longest unsolved cases in Kerala till date.

It was recently announced that model and Amazon Original Made in Heaven’s breakout star Sobhita Dhulipala has been roped in to play the female lead in Kurup. The film also stars Indrajith Sukumaran, Shine Tom Chacko and Krrish. Expectations are high on the film as it is being helmed by Srinath who had directed Dulquer’s debut film Second Show.

Nimish Ravi has been roped in to crank the camera for Kurup with Sushin Shyam signed up to compose the music. The film is expected to hit the marquee later this year or early next. With both Rosshan Andrrews and Dulquer busy, we can expect an announcement about their next together when they complete their respective projects.

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Chiranjeevi was in Kochi to promote the Malayalam version of the historical.
  • Tuesday, October 01, 2019 - 16:27
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Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy is all set for a release in multiple languages and the film crew is promoting it extensively. Recently, mega star Chiranjeevi was in Kochi to promote the Malayalam version of the historical and revealed that Prithviraj was in consideration to play a role in the film but it did not happen. Speaking about it in the event, Chiru said that he wanted to cast Prithivi in the film but it did not materialise because the actor was in Spain at that time and could not come down to shoot.

Prithiviraj, who was at the event, lauded Ram Charan Teja for producing Sye Raa on a massive scale. He has been quoted by the cinemaexpress as saying: “I salute Ram Charan for mounting a project on this scale with a legend like you. Everything looks top notch. I personally do not remember you looking more stylish in any other film. You look so good in this.”

On choosing Sye Raa, Chiranjeevi said that he wanted to do the film ever since he heard the story of the freedom fighter but the budget didn’t work out. Now, the market is quite good for films with pan Indian appeal following which the film materialised, he added.

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. It has a bevy of stars from different film industries including Amitabh Bachchan, Vijay Sethupathi, Nayanthara, Tamannaah, 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. 

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The film is directed and produced by Puri Jagannadh.
  • Tuesday, October 01, 2019 - 16:19

The first look of the Telugu film Romantic is out and features the lead pair Akash Puri and Ketika Sharma. From the title and the first look, it is evident that this will be a complete romantic entertainer.

Sharing the first look online, the official twitter handle of the film tweeted: “Romance is always intense and here is #ROMANTIC First Look Starring @ActorAkashPuri and #ketikasharma. A @purijagan @Charmmeofficial Production. Directed by @anilpaduri @PuriConnects #PCFilm.”

Veteran filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma shared the first-look on social media and wrote, “BLOCK BUSTER #issmartShanker team @purijagan and @Charmmeofficial unleash a sizzling first look of #Romantic directed by ⁦@anilpaduri starring @ActorAkashPuri and #ketikasharma ..I happened to see a song last night and never seen a more romantically sensuous song.” 

Romantic, which is bankrolled by Puri Jagannadh and Charmme under their Puri Connects banner, is Akash Puri’s second film. It is directed by Anil Paduri and has been written by the actor’s father Puri Jagannadh. The film’s star cast also includes Mandira Bedi and Divyadarshini aka DD in pivotal roles.  It may be noted here that though Mandira has acted in several Hindi films, Romantic will be her second Telugu flick. Her maiden Tollywood film was the Prabhas starrer Saaho, which is currently under progress.

It may be noted here that Puri Jagannadh and Charmme are collaborating for the second time after the massive success of iSmart Shankar, which the former had directed. iSmart Shankar had Ram Pothineni and Nabha Natesh in the lead roles with Brahmanandam, Rao Ramesh, Tanikella Bharani, and Pavithra Lokesh among others in supporting roles. Mani Sharma had composed music for this flick with Raj Thota cranking the camera and Junaid Siddiqui in charge of the editing. Shaik Jonny was the art director of iSmart Shankar with stunts choreographed by Real Satheesh.

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