"I pitched the story to him but he didn’t show interest, so I went ahead and cast someone else,” said Manikandan.
  • Saturday, July 06, 2019 - 19:48
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Kaaka Muttai fame director Manikandan, who is getting ready with his next project Kadaisi Vivasayi, which has a 70-year-old in the titular role of a farmer, has revealed that he had originally approached superstar Rajinikanth with the offer to play the lead role in the film. In his recent interview to a Tamil daily, Manikandan said he felt Rajinikanth would be apt to play the protagonist who swears by farming. “If Rajini sir plays such a character, you can’t even imagine the kind of impact it will have on the audiences about farming. I pitched the story to him but he didn’t show interest, so I went ahead and cast someone else.”

The film features Vijay Sethupathi in a cameo. Having worked together in Aaandavan Kattalai, Manikandan felt Sethupathi’s presence will add lot of weight to the film. “Vijay Sethupathi plays Ramaiah, a Lord Murugan devotee. His role demanded a lot of physical work, like climbing hills. If he was playing a hero, I would have told him to do this without hesitation. But I felt bad to tell him to do all this when he is only playing a supporting character. But, Sethupathi being who he is, he did all that which was essential for the character,” Manikandan was quoted in a report by in.com.  

Kadaisi Vivasayi has been produced by Eros International. On bankrolling the project, Eros had said in a statement: “It is really sad to know that Cola factories and corporate industries are playing hide and seek with farmers’ lives. Farmer suicides are most rampant in India. They are the starting point of our entire food chain but the occupation in itself is on the verge of becoming obsolete. When Manikandan narrated Kadaisi Vivasayi to us, we knew that the film will hit the right chords with all audiences, regardless of any age, gender or class.”

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Apparently, Koratala Siva has requested Chiru to shed some weight as the character he has etched out for him so demands.
  • Saturday, July 06, 2019 - 19:31
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Movie buffs are waiting eagerly for more news on the mega star Chiranjeevi’s film with director Koratala Siva. While it was speculated that the shooting would commence soon after Chiru is done with Sye Raa, we hear that there may be some delay. Apparently, Koratala Siva has requested Chiru to shed some weight as the character he has etched out for him so demands.

With Koratala Siva working on the script, fans should be excited as he will be teaming up with the mega star for the first time. We hear that the script is being drawn up keeping in mind the star’s image. The film will be bankrolled jointly by Ram Charan under his banner Konidela Production Company in association with Matinee Entertainment.

We hear that the official pooja of this film will be held soon but the shooting will commence in September so that the star has ample time to shed some weight. Reports are that the shooting for this film may begin without its lead star and the director may proceed with shooting the scenes that does not require his presence.

Meanwhile, on the progress of Chiru’s Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy, we hear that shooting is in the last leg and the post-production will begin soon. Sye Raa is being bankrolled by 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 who will be seen making a guest appearance as Gosayi Venkanna. The others in the star cast are 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. It is likely to hit the marquee for Dusshera this year.

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Music composer D Imman shared the first look poster on Twitter.
  • Saturday, July 06, 2019 - 16:36

The first look of the Arun Vijay starrer Boxer has been revealed and it is impressive. From the poster, it is evident that the star has undergone rigorous training to play the character. Posting the first look on his Twitter handle, music composer D Imman wrote: “Here is the First Look of the much awaited #BOXER #பாக்ஸர் @arunvijayno1 @MathiyalaganV9 @EtceteraEntert1 
@Vivek_Director@ritika_offl @krishnanvasant @peterHeinOffl @ganesh_madan@stunnerSAM2 @hinasafaa234 @SureshChandraa @itsjosephjaxson @ProRekha @DoneChannel1 Praise God!”

Boxer will have music composed by Leon James, with the London-based cinematographer Markus A Ljunberg on cinematography, and editing by Madan. Ritika Singh plays the female lead and will be seen playing a sports journalist in the film. This is Vivek’s debut directorial as well.

As the title indicates, Arun Vijay plays a boxer in this film and has done complete homework for it. The actor underwent special training in Mixed Martial Arts at the Lienphong Martial Center in Vietnam for this film, we hear.

Arun Vijay also has Agni Siragugal in his kitty, an action thriller directed by Naveen and produced by T Siva under his banner Amma Creations. The film has Vijay Anthony playing the lead role with Arun Vijay. Shalini Pandey is the heroine with Nasser and Prakash Raj in supporting roles. Achu Rajamani is composing music for this film with Sathyan Sooryan cranking the camera and NB Srikanth editing it.

The actor’s other project in the pipeline is Saaho. Directed by Sujeeth, it is produced by V Vamshi Krishna Reddy and Pramod Uppalapati under the banner UV Creations on a budget of Rs 300 crores. While Prabhas plays the male lead in this action entertainer, sharing the screen space with him is Shraddha Kapoor. The technical crew of this film includes Shankar – Ehsaan – Loy for composing music with R Madhi on cinematography and A Sreekar Prasad on editing.

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Kishore Tirumala has been roped in direct this remake, with Sravanthi Ravi Kishore producing it.
  • Saturday, July 06, 2019 - 13:07

Arun Vijay starrer hit film Thandam is all set to be remade in Telugu. Reports are that Ram Pothineni and Nivetha Pethuraj will be playing the lead roles in it. Kishore Tirumala has been roped in direct this remake, with Sravanthi Ravi Kishore producing it.

Thadam is an action crime thriller film that was written and directed by Magizh Thirumeni and produced by Inder Kumar under the banner Redhan – The Cinema People. The film had Arun Vijay, Tanya Hope, and Vidya Pradeep playing the main leads. The music was composed by Arun Raj, with cinematography by Gopinath and editing by NB Srikanth.

While the groundwork for the remake of Thadam is in progress, Ram Pothineni is busy with iSmart Shankar. In the film directed by Puri Jagannath, Ram plays the title role. The heroine, Nabha Natesh, will be seen as a civil engineer, along with Nidhi Agarwal, who will be playing the role of a doctor. iSmart Shankar has Brahmanandam, Rao Ramesh, Tanikella Bharani, Pavithra Lokesh and others in supporting roles. Mani Sharma is composing music for this flick with Raj Thota on cinematography, and Junaid Siddiqui in charge of the editing. Shaik Jonny is the art director of iSmart Shankar with stunts choreographed by Real Satheesh. 

Nivetha Pethuraj, on the other hand, has the Allu Arjun starrer on her plate on right now. The Allu Arjun-Trivikram Srinivas project went on the floors a couple of months ago and the team had completed the first schedule successfully. The second schedule is currently on. The film is being produced 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.

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The groundwork for this new film is underway and an official announcement is expected soon.
  • Saturday, July 06, 2019 - 11:35

Kiccha Sudeep is busy with the number of films across languages and he is likely to team up with producer Manjunath Gowda and director Anup Bhandari. Reports are that Anup has floored the star with an impressive script, so much so, that Sudeep has decided to shelve Billa Ranga Baashaa, which was announced earlier. The groundwork for this new film is on and an official announcement is expected soon. 

Meanwhile, Sudeep is gearing up for the release of Phailwan, which is in the final stages of production. Phailwan, which has been in the making for a long time, will hit the marquee on August 8, confirm sources. Produced and directed by S Krishna, this film marks their collaboration for the second time after the massive success of Hebbuli. Incidentally, S Krishna will be making his debut as a producer with Phailwan under his banner RRR Productions. Sudeep plays a boxer and wrestler in this flick and this being his first ever sports drama, he underwent a lot of training to learn the nuances of the martial arts. The actor flew down to Thailand where he underwent rigorous training under the guidance of some experts. Arjun Janya has been roped in to compose the tunes for Phailwan while Karunakar will be cranking the camera.

Another movie starring Sudeep will be releasing this year is the Kannada film Kotigobba 3. While Sudeep himself has penned Kotigobba 3, the movie being directed by debutant Shiva Karthik. Arjun Janya is composing music for this venture while Shekar Chandru is handling the camera. Madonna Sebastian will be playing the female lead in this flick with Bollywood actor Aftab Shivdasani in an important role. This film is scheduled to hit the screens on November 1 this year, which is celebrated as the Rajayotsava Day in Karnataka.

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Produced jointly by Aravind Dharmaraj, NA Ramu, and Saravanan Ponraj, the film has been penned and directed by Pavel.
  • Friday, July 05, 2019 - 18:51

Pavel Navageethan, who was seen in critically acclaimed films such as Kuttram Kadithal, Peranbu, and Vada Chennai, garnered the attention of the film buffs with his performance. He is now all set to debut as director. His first directorial has been titled V1 and the first look of this film was unveiled by the Vada Chennai director Vetrimaaran.

The first look, in animated form, shows the details of a murder. It also has the caption “Find the Hidden Murder Date” which makes it interesting.

Produced jointly by Aravind Dharmaraj, NA Ramu, and Saravanan Ponraj, the film has been penned and directed by Pavel. It stars Lijeesh as the male lead. V1 will also has actor Linga, who was seen in the Vijay Sethupathi starrer Sindhubaadh.

On making his directorial debut, Pavel, had told in an interview to the New Indian Express much earlier, “Vetri sir saw the film and he said he liked it. I even told him that I was worried that Vada Chennai could brand me as an actor, while I preferred direction. But he told me to continue acting so I could learn more from those working around me.”

He added, “I was waiting for a good banner to release the film. Vada Chennai has made that process easier. I was roaming around with a script for eight years, but no one paid heed. But now that I’m a known actor, it opens up more avenues for me. I suppose it gives them a sense of confidence that I can make a good film. I’ll speak about it more when the film is ready for release.”

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In a recent media interaction, Vetri has revealed that remake offers from Bollywood have already started to pour in.
  • Friday, July 05, 2019 - 18:41

Tamil film Jiivi, which has been made on a shoestring budget, is currently the talk of the town as it has taken both audiences and critics by surprise. The film follows an intelligent man, who decides to steal from his landlady's house, after being heartbroken by romance.

Directed by Gopinath and written by Babu Tamizh, the film stars Vetri in the lead. Karunakaran, Rohini and Mime Gopi play crucial roles in this thriller, which has been produced by the same banner which bankrolled 8 Thottakkal a couple of years ago.

Both 8 Thottakkal and Jiivi were produced by Vetri’s father. The actor has reportedly signed two more films, outside of his home banner. Jiivi has opened to good reviews, and Vetri, who is elated about the response, attributes the film’s success to its content.  

In a recent media interaction, Vetri has revealed that remake offers from Bollywood have already started to pour in. “The response for Jiivi is overwhelming and we couldn’t have asked for more. Our last film 8 Thottakkal was received very well by audiences and critics but the film didn’t generate profits. We could only recover half of the investment. However, the support we got from the audience was heartening and that’s what encouraged us to pick a script like Jiivi. We’ve received inquiries for Jiivi from Bollywood and talks have already been imitated for the remake. The film might also be remade in Telugu,” Vetri told reporters.

Jiivi is currently in its second week in cinema. The film may not have raked in big numbers but Vetri believes it’s earned him a lot of love from the audience. “I know my limitations as an actor, they will support come what may,” he said in a media interaction.

Meanwhile, Vetri is currently listening to scripts. He has received an offer from a production house and the announcement is expected to be made soon.

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Initially, it was reported that Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan will be featuring in an extended cameo in the film.
  • Friday, July 05, 2019 - 18:34

Vijay and director Atlee, who had previously delivered two blockbusters in the form of Theri and Mersal, have joined hands for the third time for Bigil. The film, being produced by AGS Entertainment, was officially launched last November and is slated to hit the screens for this Diwali.

Initially, it was reported that Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan will be featuring in an extended cameo in the film. Recently there were rumors going around that Shah Rukh Khan will shake a leg along with Vijay for a song. Refuting the rumors, sources from the film's camp told TNM that there are no such plans of roping in Shah Rukh Khan.

Tipped to be a sports drama featuring Vijay in a dual avatar, the makers had built a massive football stadium on a budget of Rs 6 crores. The predominant portion of the film was shot in this set.

Recently popular Tamil distributor and producer Screen Scene entertainments acquired the Tamil theatrical right of the film for a whopping price. The overseas rights of the film have been bagged by United India Exporters and X Gen Studio jointly, once again for a huge price. 

There are also unconfirmed reports that Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar is in talks to acquire the Hindi remake rights of the film. Reports are that the pre-release business of the film will touch a benchmark price of Rs 220 crores. 

The film which also stars Nayanthara, Jackie Shroff,  Kathir, Yogi Babu and Vivek in crucial roles has music by AR Rahman. This film marks the third consecutive collaboration of AR Rahman and Vijay after Mersal and Sarkar. 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.  

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Tipped to be a thriller that revolves around a family, the film will see Jyothika and Karthi play siblings.
  • Friday, July 05, 2019 - 18:22

Well-known veteran actor Sowcar Janaki, who was last seen on screen in Telugu film Babu Bangaram, has been roped in for a key role in Jyothika’s next yet-untitled project with director Jeethu Joseph, who returns to Tamil filmdom with this project, which also stars Karthi.

Tipped to be a thriller that revolves around a family, the film will see Jyothika and Karthi play siblings while Sathyaraj and Anson Paul will be seen essaying important roles. The film's latest addition is Master Ashwanth who had stole the show in Super Deluxe as Raasukutty.

Rensil D’Silva and Manikandan have associated with the director for the scripting work and the film is being jointly bankrolled by Viacom 18 and 2D Entertainment which is owned by Karthi's brother Suriya.

The project went on the floors in May and Jyotika is expected to join the sets from next week. Karthi, who has already started shooting for the project, will juggle between the sets of this project and his upcoming romantic comedy with Remo director Bakkiyaraj Kannan.

Jeethu Joseph also awaits the release of his Bollywood flick, Body, scheduled to release this year. It is currently in the post-production mode and will hit the marquee during the middle of the year. The film has Emraan Hashmi, Vedhika Kumar and Rishi Kapoor in the lead roles.

Last seen in Raatchasi which features her in the role of a teacher, Jyothika also has other projects in the making. Raatchasi, directed by debutant S Gowtham Raj, also stars Poornima Bhagyaraj, Sathyan, Hareesh Peradi and Kavitha Bharathi among other actors. Sean Roldan has been roped in to compose music while Gokul Benoy has cranked the camera.

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The actor reportedly walked out after having differences of opinion with the film's director.
  • Friday, July 05, 2019 - 17:48

Reports are that Tammannah has walked out of Raju Gari Gadhi 3 and that Kajal Aggarwal has been roped in as a replacement. Different reasons have been attributed to Tammannah’s ouster from the film. While one section says that it is due to call sheet issues, the other version is that she had differences of opinion with the film’s director Omkar. Apparently, Tammannah isn’t too happy with Omkar’s brother Ashwin given prominence in the franchise. Incidentally, Ashwin played a pivotal role in both Raju Gari Gadhi and Raju Gari Gadhi 2

Raju Gari Gadhi, the first of the franchise, was released in 2015. It was a horror comedy directed by Omkar. Ashwin Babu and Dhanya Balakrishna played in the lead roles in it. The film was bankrolled by Varahi Chalana Chitram, AK Entertainments Pvt. Ltd and OAK Entertainments Pvt. Ltd. Sai Karthik composed the film's soundtrack with Gnanam handling the cinematography.

Directed by Omkar, Raju Gari Gadhi 2 was released in 2017. It was produced by Prasad V Potluri under the banners PVP Cinema, Matinee Entertainments & OAK Entertainments. While the story has been written jointly by Omkar and Ranjith Sankar, Omkar had written the screenplay and Abburi Ravi had penned the dialogues. The film is based on the story of the Malayalam blockbuster Pretham. Starring Nagarjuna Akkineni in the lead role, the film had Samantha Akkineni playing the ghost. The star cast also included Seerat Kapoor, Ashwin Babu, Rao Ramesh, Vennela Kishore, Praveen, Nandu, Shakalaka Shankar, Naresh and Avinash. S Thaman composed music for Raju Gari Gadhi 2 and the cinematography was handled by R. Diwakaran with Madhu editing it.

Tammannah's last Telugu outing F2: Fun and Frustration starring Venkatesh, Varun Tej and Mehreen Pirzada was a blockbuster hit and the film went on to reach the 100 crore club making it a massive success.

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