Directed by Naveen of 'Moodar Koodam' fame, the film has been shot in India, Russia and Kazakhstan.
  • Monday, November 25, 2019 - 18:38

Agni Siragugal a multi-starrer has Arun Vijay and Vijay Antony in the lead roles with Shalini Pandey and Akshara Haasan as the female leads.Recently it was confirmed Bollywood actor Raima Sen will be making her Tamil debut with this film.

Directed by Naveen of Moodar Koodam fame, the first schedule was shot in Kolkata and the second schedule happened in Moscow and St Petersburg followed by Almaty in Kazakhstan where some breathtaking action sequences were shot. This is the first Indian film to be shot in Kazakhstan, according to reports. The film is in its last leg of shooting and post-production is expected to begin soon.

Touted to be an action entertainer, it will have emotional content as well. It is rumored that while Vijay Antony will be seen playing a cop in the film, Arun will be seen playing a character with negative shades. Recently, the makers released the character posters in which Vijay Antony plays the role of Seenu, Akshara Haasan will play the role of Viji and Raima Sen will portray a bold and strong character named Smitha.

The others in the star cast include Jagapathi Babu, Nasser, J Satish Kumar and Prakash Raj in important roles. The film's music has been composed by Natarajan Sankaran and KA Batcha is wielding the camera. The film is being bankrolled by T Siva under his banner Amma Creations.

It may be noted here that director Naveen made his debut with 2013 release Moodar Koodam and is working on his next film Alaudhinin Arputha Camera. The film is believed to be a fantasy adventure thriller and is being shot in Switzerland, Italy, and Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, Germany, Ukraine and Slovenia.

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Directed by Srinath Ramalingam, the film is a love story between two dogs.
  • Monday, November 25, 2019 - 18:16
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Anbulla Ghilli is a romantic tale with a difference. Yes, the uniqueness of the film is that it is a love story between two Labrador dogs. We have an update about this romantic entertainer and it is that noted music composer Yuvan Shankar Raja and actor-singer Andrea Jeremiah are singing a duet that will feature the lead canine pair.

Speaking about the song in an interview to Cinema Express, director Srinath Ramalingam said, “The film is a romantic drama, where the dog predominantly narrates the script. There’s a romantic track too for him. For a duet between the two dogs, Radio City RJ Love Guru had written a breezy song, which begins with the lyric ‘Aliya En Thozhiya’. Music director Arrol Corelli and I wanted to try something quirky, and we approached Andrea and Yuvan Shankar Raja to render the duet in their unique styles. They were equally excited, and the song has come out really well.”

The director added that a lot of computer graphics have been added for this particular song to get the lip-sync with the canines right and that it has come out very well. Srinath Ramalingam is certain that the song will be a hit among kids.

Anbulla Ghilli stars Mythreya, Dushara, VJ Aashiq, Chandini, Mime Gopi, Nanjil Vijayan and Mouna Raagam Krithika. The shooting of this film is now in the final stages and the filmmakers are getting ready to set its release date.

Srinath had earlier told TOI, “After my debut film Unakkenna Venum Sollu, I wanted to try something different for my next. It was also a period when I was going through tough life challenges and I was dealing with anxiety. I adopted a dog. But ever since he came into my life, things became different for me. My dog taught me a lot of things, the first lesson being to celebrate life. I realised that dogs provide unconditional love to their masters, more than your mother does. Even your mother can get upset with you, but a dog always showers love on his master. No wonder, they say that a dog is a man’s true friend. It was all this that inspired me to write this script.”

Srinath Ramalingam made his directorial debut with Unakkenna Venum Sollu, a horror film that came out in 2015. It was produced by N Shanmuga Sundaram under the banner Juna Pictures. The film starred Deepak Paramesh, Jaqlene Prakash, Gunalan Morgan and Anu in the lead roles.

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A song from the film was presented as a stage show, rendered by the two singers, as the actors in the film – Nimisha Sajayan, Joju George and Akshil Vishwanath – remain in the audience.
  • Monday, November 25, 2019 - 18:03

Award-winning director Sanal Kumar Sasidharan is busy promoting his upcoming film Chola, scheduled to hit the marquee on December 6. Recently, the director released a song from the film by presenting it as a stage show. The melodious song, written and composed by Basil CJ, is rendered by Harish Sivaramakrishnan and Sithara Krishnakumar on stage, both of them dressed in an old-fashioned way.

The stage show has actors Joju George, Nimisha Sajayan and her Akhil Vishwanath among the audience watching the song. Nimisha and Akhil are shown enjoying the show until she spots Joju among the audience and looks uneasy. Both Nimisha and Joju have won state awards for their performance in the film.

Chola was premiered at the Venice Film Festival under the Orizzonti (Horizons) section with its English title, Shadow of Water. The film garnered a positive response.

It has been written by KV Manikandan and Sanal Kumar Sasidharan with Joju George bankrolling it along with director-producer Karthik Subbaraj.

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.

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The actor plays the character Kadakkal Chandran in the film, directed by Santosh Viswanath and written by Bobby and Sanjay.
  • Monday, November 25, 2019 - 16:54

The first look poster of the Mammootty starrer One is out and is going viral among his fans. The megastar is playing the Chief Minister of Kerala in this film and the name of his character in it is Kadakkal Chandran. In the poster, Mammootty is seen seated on a chair wearing glasses, a white shirt and dhoti.

Vishnu Unnikrishnan, Renji Panicker, Sreenivasan, Joju George and Murali Gopy have been roped in for important roles in One. Ishaani Krishna, sister of Ahaana Krishna, is making her acting debut in the movie. There was also a recent report that Nimisha Sajayan might be part of the film.

The film, directed by Santhosh Viswanath, is written by the duo Bobby and Sanjay. It is bankrolled by ICHAIS Productions. The muhurat of One happened a few weeks ago and the shooting is in progress.

It may be noted here that Mammootty has played the chief minister of Tamil Nadu in the Tamil film Makkal Aatchi way back in 1997. The film, directed by RK Selvamani, was dubbed in Malayalam and released under the title Ente Nadu. However, Mammootty’s look in Makkal Aatchi and One is completely different.

Mammootty is currently expecting the release of Mamangam. The film, directed by noted filmmaker M Padmakumar, has reached the final stages of post-production. It is a heavy budget film made on a budget of Rs 50 crore and is expected to hit the marquee on December 12.

Mamangam is a period film based on a medieval fair for the warriors. With Ganesh Rajavelu aka Jim Ganesh wielding the camera, M Jayachandran scoring the music, Sreekar Prasad in charge of the editing, and Kaecha Khamphakdee choreographing the stunts, the film has a strong technical team. It is bankrolled by Venu Kunnampilly under the banner Kavya Films.

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Sai Pallavi is playing the female lead in this film directed by Sekhar Kammula.
  • Monday, November 25, 2019 - 14:18

As announced earlier, the makers of Naga Chaitanya’s upcoming film, tentatively referred to as NC 19, revealed the first look video of the film to commemorate its hero’s birthday on November 23. From the video, we can gather that Naga Chaitanya plays a youngster working in a gym. He is seen sweeping the gym and playing with the kids, giving the image of a happy-go-lucky youngster.

As the role demands, the hero is seen sporting a short haircut and a beard. In this film, Naga Chaitanya plays a Hyderabadi youngster and will be seen speaking the Telangana dialect, which is another first in his career. Sai Pallavi is playing the female lead in this dance-drama, which is directed by Sekhar Kammula.

On the film’s progress, we hear that the director intends to complete the film’s shooting in three schedules. Narayan Das K Narang and Puskur Ram Mohan Rao are bankrolling the project under their banner Asian Cinemas. On the commencement of the shooting, producer Ram Mohan Rao said that shooting began in Hyderabad on a specially constructed set and the next schedule was shot in a rural backdrop. He added that the shooting will be wrapped up after a long schedule in Hyderabad. Pavan, a product of AR Rahman's KM Music Conservatory, is composing music for this flick.

While this project is underway, Naga Chaitanya’s another film in the pipeline Venky Mama is also making brisk progress. The film 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 is cranking the camera. Raashi Khanna and Payal Rajput have been roped in to play the female leads and will be paired up with Naga Chaitanya and Venkatesh respectively.

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The film is touted to be an out-and-out romantic entertainer.
  • Monday, November 25, 2019 - 14:03

Vijay Deverakonda and director Kranthi Madhav have teamed up for a new film titled World Famous Lover. The film is now set to hit the screens on February 2020 on Valentine's Day. Vijay is in need of a much-needed break as few of his last outings didn’t do well at the box office.

As the first look suggests, the film is touted to be an out-and-out romantic entertainer. There are also reports that Vijay will be seen playing a playboy in it. The film has four heroines- Raashi Khanna, Catherine Tresa, Aishwarya Rajesh and Izabelle Leite.

Bankrolled by K A Vallabha under the banner of Creative Commercials, the film has music by Gopi Sundar, who recently collaborated with Vijay for Geetha Govindam and the film has cinematography by Jayakrishna Gummadi.   

Recently, Vijay turned into a producer and came up with his production venture Meeku Maathram Cheptha. The movie which starred Pellichoopulu fame director Tharun Bhascker in the lead role was released on November but received a mixed response from both critics and the audience.

Vijay also has an untitled film directed by debutant Vinod with V Ananda Prasad bankrolling it under his banner. The film is touted to be a family drama set in Guntur. Reports are that it is about the travails of a middle-class family and Vijay Deverakonda plays a boy from such a family. Varsha Bollamma has been roped in to play the female lead in this family drama.

After wrapping up the current assignment, Vijay would be teaming up with director Puri Jagannadh for his next. The project was announced some weeks ago and now we have the official confirmation that it has been titled Fighter. The pre-production of this film is on and the shooting will begin in January next year.

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The film will reportedly be a political thriller and the shooting will begin in January next year.
  • Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 18:45

Dulquer Salmaan will reportedly be acting in a film to be directed by actor-writer-director Joy Mathew. It will be a political thriller, we hear and the shooting is most likely to commence in January next year. Dulquer’s home banner Wayfarer Films will be bankrolling this venture. Reports are that Joy Mathew has roped in a few of his technical crew and it includes Shameer Muhammed for editing and Renganath Ravee for sound designing.

While the buzz is that Dulquer will be seen as a politician in this film, all that the director revealed in an interview is that it will be a completely different role; something the star’s fans haven’t seen thus far.

Joy Mathew, a well-known actor in the Malayalam film industry, directed his first feature film Shutter in 2012, after being away from the industry for many years. Shutter went on to win several accolades. after premiering in India on December 9, 2012, at the 17th International Film Festival of Kerala. Joy Mathew had been the hero of late legendary director John Abraham’s film Amma Ariyan in 1986. After disappearing for several years to work in a Gulf country, Joy Mathew came back with Shutter, and has since been acting a lot. His next script came for Uncle, in which Mammootty played the male lead and Karthika Muraleedharan the young female lead.

He is now busy with the groundwork for his new project and in the meantime, Dulquer Salmaan will be completing Kurup, a film based on the life of Kerala’s most famous fugitive, Sukumara Kurup. Apart from Dulquer, Kurup also features Sobhita Dhulipala, Indrajith, Sunny Wayne, and Shine Tom Chacko. Srinath Rajendran is wielding the megaphone for this venture. Nimish Ravi has been roped in to crank the camera for Kurup with Sushin Shyam signed up to compose the music.

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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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