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First look and title of Sivakarthikeyan's next to be out soon

KollywoodDirected by Ponram, the film will mark the return of Sivakarthikeyan to a rural avatar.Digital NativeDigital NativeSivakarthikeyan is on cloud nine with his continuing Midas touch. His last release, Velaikkaran was a hit and his upcoming film with Ponram is progressing at a breakneck speed. After Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam and Rajini Murugan, actor Sivakarthikeyan and director Ponram have teamed up for the third time for a rural comedy. The film’s makers on Thursday announced that the first look and title of this project would be unveiled on February 17 on the occasion of Sivakarthikeyan’s birthday. According to the industry grapevine, the project is rumoured to be titled Seemaraja and it also marks the first time collaboration of Sivakarthikeyan and Samantha Ruth Prabhu. Samantha will be seen playing a village belle, but the highlight of her character will be some sequences. In order to play her character, she learned silambam briefly and had even posted a video of her learning the traditional martial art form last year. The film, which marks the return of Sivakarthikeyan in a rural avatar, has been predominantly shot in places such as Tenkasi, Madurai, and Theni. The makers are hopeful of bringing to the film to cinemas this summer. Tipped to be a rip-roaring laugh riot, the film features Simran in a negative role. “She’s not playing the villain but it’s a role that has negative shades. Simran loved the fact that she was approached to do such a different role and not play a regular mother or sister role,” a source said Tnm. Last seen in a brief role in Vishal’s Thupparivaalan, Simran also has an interesting role in Vikram’s Dhruva Natchathiram. The project marks her reunion with Gautham Menon after Vaaranam Aayiram. She will be sharing screen space with Sarath Kumar, Radikaa, Parthiepan, Ritu Varma and Aishwarya Rajesh in the film. (Content provided by Digital Native)
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Triple treat: Actor Samantha has three back-to-back films lined up for release

TollywoodThe actor will soon join the sets of 'U Turn' remake.Digital NativeDigital NativeSamantha Akkineni’s fans are in for a big treat with three of her films slotted for back-to-back releases. Reports coming in from the tinsel town are that Irumbu Thirai, a Tamil film in which she is paired opposite Vishal, is scheduled for release on March 29 and on the same day, the multi-lingual – Mahanati/Nadigayar Thilagam will also be out. The next day, her fans will get to see her in Rangasthalam in which she will be sharing the screen space with the Tollywood star Ram Charan. Irumbu Thirai features Samantha Ruth Prabhu as the lead heroine, marking her first-time association with Vishal and Action King Arjun is playing the antagonist in the film. Directed by Ps Mithran, the film is produced by Vishal under his banner Vishal Film Factory. Yuvan Shankar Raja has composed music for this venture with George cranking the camera and Ruben editing it. Mahanati/Nadigayar Thilagam is a biopic on the legendary actor Savitri. Directed by Nag Ashwin, the film has Samantha playing a journo and the film is told from her perspective. Bankrolled under the banner Vyjayanthi Movies it has Mickey J Meyer composing music with cinematographer Dani Sanchez-Lopez cranking the camera. In Rangasthalam, she is paired opposite Ram Charan Teja for the first time in her career. The film is directed by Sukumar and produced by Naveen Yerneni, Y Ravi Shankar and Mohan Cherukuri under the banner Mythri Movie Makers. Devi Sri Prasad has composed music for this flick with R Rathnavelu wielding the camera and Navin Nooli editing. With three of her films gearing up for release, Samantha is ready to join the sets of the U Turn remake. This Kannada movie will be made in Tamil and Telugu and Pawan Kumar, who had directed the original, will be wielding the megaphone for it.
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'Arjun Reddy' TV premiere leaves fans disappointed

EntertainmentThe film was telecast with several cuts and marred the experience of watching a cult hit. Digital NativeThe cult hit movie Arjun Reddy, which hit the marquee last year, premiered on the small screens recently. Being a bold film, there were mixed reactions to its premiere but in the end, the fans were left disappointed. The film was telecast with several cuts and marred the experience of watching a cult hit. Arjun Reddy, incidentally, has recorded a Trp of 13.6 which is quite a good number considering the fact that it has some adult scenes as well. The film, made on a small budget, released to good reception from the movie buffs last year and went on to garner Rs. 50 crores at the box office. Its remake rights in other languages got sold out like hot cakes. The film’s Tamil version, titled as Varma, is being directed by ace director Bala with actor Vikram’s son Dhruv making his acting debut. The original was directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga with Pranay Reddy Vanga producing it under his banner Bhadrakali Pictures. The film starred Vijay Deverakonda as Arjun Reddy Deshmukh and Shalini Pandey as Preethi Shetty who played the lead pair, with Rahul Ramakrishna, Jia Sharma, Sanjay Swaroop, Kamal Kamaraju, Kanchana, Gopinath Bhat, Amit Sharma, and Priyadarshi Pullikonda playing supporting roles. The film is about a Telugu boy falling in love with a Tulu girl and their whirlwind relationship. Reports are that the film may go on to gross $1 million at the Us box office and estimates are that it will rake in Rs. 30 crores at the Andhra and Telangana box office. While the soundtrack for this album has been composed by Radhan, the Bgm has been done by Harshavardhan Rameshwar. Raju Thota had cranked the camera for this venture and Shashank Mali had edited it. On its release, Arjun Reddy received rave reviews with film personalities like Mahesh Babu, Samantha Ruth Prabhu and director SS Rajamouli heaping praises on it. While Samantha and SS Rajamouli lauded its novel concept, Mahesh Babu had said that the direction is top-notch and it is a path-breaking film.
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Sivakarthikeyan has an interesting line-up, including director Ponram's film

KollywoodThe actor’s upcoming film with director Ponram is touted to be a village-based film.Digital NativeDirector Vignesh Shivan (left) and actor Sivakarthikeyan (right). Digital Native.Sivakarthikeyan is on cloud nine with his Midas touch continuing. His last release, Velaikkaran, is a hit and his upcoming film with Ponram is progressing at breakneck speed. Touted to be a village-based film, the latter as-yet untitled flick will have Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Simran, Napoleon and Soori in pivotal roles, with 24 Am Studios producing it. The latest we hear about his next project is that he is in talks with Thaana Serntha Kootam director Vignesh Shivan and that the talks are moving in the right direction. Reports indicate that the film, with the working title Kaathuvaakla Rendu Kadhal, will be bankrolled by Ke Gnanavel Raja under his banner Studio Green and the project is expected to go on the floors from March. After wrapping up his film with Vignesh Shivan, Siva will be moving over to the R Ravi Kumar directorial, which is touted to be a biggie. The Indru Netru Naalai fame director will be wielding the megaphone for this venture, which will have Oscar winner Ar Rahman composing the tunes with 24 Am Studios bankrolling it. Indru Netru Naalai was a science fiction comedy film that had Vishnu Vishal and Mia George playing the lead pair. Released a couple of years ago, the film opened to positive reviews and did well at the box office. With Sivakarthikeyan having an interesting line-up of films in his kitty, his fans are in for an exciting treat this year. Meanwhile, his Velaikkaran, which was directed by Mohan Raja, is doing well at the box office. The film that released on 22 December last year is estimated to have collected about Rs 51 crore at the box office. Malayalam actor Fahadh Faasil made his debut in the Tamil film industry with this flick and Nayanthara played the female lead. Prakash Raj, Sneha and Vijay Vasanth were also seen playing supporting roles. Content provided by Digital Native.
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Pongal gets big on the small screen: 'Kabali', 'Mersal', and 'Aramm' to air on TV

Television Tamil TV channels are competing to get the highest viewership this festival season. Tnm StaffTamil television channels are offering a blockbuster feast for their audiences this Pongal, by airing recent hit films. Leading channels such as Star Vijay, Jaya TV and Sun TV are ready to wage the ultimate war for higher viewership this festival season, with big stars coming to small screens to entertain audiences. Here we bring you a list of big movies and the channels that will telecast them. Kabali, Aramm to air on Sun TV Superstar Rajinikanth’s gangster flick which created waves when it released in 2016 will air on Sun TV. The other big film which the channel will air is Aramm, starring Lady Superstar Nayanthara. The movie only released a few months ago and was well-received by the audiences. The other movies that the channel will air are Ilayathalapathy Vijay's Bairavaa and Vijay Sethupathi's Karuppan. Mersal to be aired on Zee Tamil Vijay fans can rejoice as the Ilayathapalathy’s blockbuster 2017 hit Mersal will see its world television premiere on Zee Tamil this Pongal. The movie has Vijay in triple roles and also stars Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Kajal Agarwal and Nithya Menen. Jaya TV to air Remo and Thodari Sivakarthikeyan’s blockbuster 2016 hit Remo will be aired on Jaya TV. The romantic-comedy has Keerthy Suresh playing the female lead and has been directed by Bakkiyaraj Kannan. Thodari starring Dhanush and Keerthy Suresh in lead roles will be the other hit 2016 film to air on Jaya TV this Pongal. The love story that begins on a train to Chennai moves in an unexpected direction when the train goes out of control. Ms Dhoni: The Untold Story and Kadavul Irukaan Kumaru to be aired on Star Vijay Two recent films Ms Dhoni: The Untold Story and Kadavul Irukaan Kumaru will be aired on Star Vijay this Pongal. Kadavul Irukaan Kumaru stars Gv Prakash Kumar, Rj Balaji and Anandhi. Ms Dhoni: The Untold Story, as the name suggests, is the story of the much-loved former Indian cricket skipper.
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From ChaiSam to Priya Mani-Mustufa, 2017's biggest celebrity weddings down south

Entertainment As the year draws to a close, we look back at the celebrity weddings that were the talk of the town.Tnm Staff2017 saw a number of stars from the south Indian film industries getting hitched. While some chose to keep their special day a low-key affair, others opted for a grand wedding in the presence of friends and family. Here's a list, in no particular order, of couples who got married this year. Samantha and Naga Chaitanya One of the most talked-about weddings of the year was of actors Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Naga Chaitanya, who got married in October. The Tollywood couple had a Hindu wedding and a Christian ceremony in Goa. They later threw a grand reception in Hyderabad. Image source: samantharuthprabhuoffl/Instagram Image source: samantharuthprabhuoffl/Instagram The two had met on the sets of the 2009 hit Ye Maaya Chesave. However, the two reportedly fell in love during the making of Autonagar Surya in 2014. And in 2016, during a romantic beach vacation, Naga Chaitanya is said to have popped the question. Amulya and Jagadish Actor Amulya, also called the golden girl of the Kannada film industry, got married to Jagadish R Chandra, son of Gh Ramachandra, a politician and former Corporator of Rajarajeshwari Nagar on May 12. Image source: Amulya & Jagdish/Facebook Several politicians, as well as actors from the industry, attended the wedding including M H Ambareesh, Home Minister G Parameshwara, Union Minister H N Ananth Kumar Puneeth Rajkumar, Shivaraj Kumar, Upendra, Yash, Darshan, and Sudeep. The couple had been introduced to each other by Sandalwood star Ganesh and his wife, Shilpa. "Jagdish's family and my family have known each other through Shilpa ma'am and Ganesh sir. We had met socially at functions but had never interacted much. It was Shilpa ma'am who suggested my name when she heard that Jagdish's parents were looking for a match for him. We both hail from the same community and our horoscopes were matched as per the wishes of our elders," Amulya said after her engagement in February. Yogesh and Sahitya Kannada actor Yogesh got married to his longtime girlfriend Sahitya, an It professional, on November 2. Yogesh and Sahitya used to live in the same neighbourhood. According to reports, when the Duniya star proposed to Sahitya for the first time, she had turned him down. But over time, the two fell in love. Image source: Twitter "Sahitya is not from the film industry and works in the It sector. Having been in showbiz and knowing nothing but cinema, I was impressed by how she didn't get wide-eyed about actors or tinseltown. Simple and grounded, she has a firm head on her shoulders and her qualities have rubbed off on me too," the actor had said earlier when asked about his relationship. Akshita and Manu Ranjith In October, Tamil actor Vikram’s daughter Akshita got married to Manu Ranjith. Ranjith is the son of C K Ranganathan, the Chairman of beauty conglomerate CavinKare. Manu is also the great-grandson of Dmk President M Karunanidhi. The couple had reportedly been dating each other for some time before exchanging wedding vows. Namitha and Veerandra Former Bigg Boss Tamil contestant and actor Namitha married producer Veerandra Chowdhary at a temple ceremony in Tirupati in November. Their love story began after the two met on the sets of a Tamil movie, and they dated for a year before Veerandra proposed to the Engal Anna star. "I met Veer on the sets of my film and liked him. I liked his behaviour and his respect towards people in general. Slowly, as we got acquainted, he started growing more and more close to me. One day, he took me to a candlelight dinner and proposed to me. He surprised me completely and before that, we have known each other for a year. As I knew him well enough, I agreed to his proposal. Then I started to know him even better and I am happy to be his life partner and make him mine," she said. Soubin Shahir and Jamia Zaheer Malayalam actor and director Soubin Shahir got married to Jamia Zaheer, said to be a marketing professional, in a private ceremony in Kerala in December. Image source: soubinshahir/Instagram The couple had kept their relationship under wraps for a long time. However, after an online portal published a report claiming that couple were seeing each other, the Paravaa director took to Instagram to confirm their engagement. #engaged A post shared by Soubin Shahir (@soubinshahir) on Nov 12, 2017 at 10:13am Pst Siju Wilson and Sruthi Actor Siju Wilson, who shot to fame for portraying the role of Joju in Alphonse Puthren's super hit Premam, exchanged vows with his longtime girlfriend Sruthi in Kochi in May. The couple had a Hindu wedding ceremony in the morning and a Christian one in the evening. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = 'https://connect.facebook.net/en_GB/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.11'; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Siju and Sruthi <3 Posted by Jees John Adukuzhiyil on Sunday, 28 May 2017 Among the guests who attended the event were Nivin Pauly, Alphonse Puthren, Shabareesh Varma, Sshivada Nair, Balu Varghese, Krishna Shankar, Sharafudheen and director Lal. Gauthami Nair and Srinath Malayalam actor Gauthami Nair married director Srinath Rajendran at a private ceremony, which was held in Alappuzha in April. Srinath was the director of Gauthami’s debut movie Second Show. However, their story is anything but filmy. "We have been really close friends right from our first film Second Show. We never planned anything and there was nothing like 'down on the knee' proposal. We have been buddies for a long time, and share a great rapport with each other. One day during a conversation, we casually talked about sharing a life together. Well, what could be more beautiful than having your best friend for a life partner?" she had said. Priya Mani and Mustufa In a low-key ceremony, actor Priya Mani wed her boyfriend Mustufa Raj, a businessman, in Bengaluru in August. The couple opted for a court marriage and later threw a reception for friends and family. "We opted for registered marriage because we are from different religions. It's simpler if we register our marriage instead of going the traditional way. It was a decision taken with each other's consent, and it was the right thing to do," the Paruthiveeran actor said. Image source: Priya Mani/Twitter Priya Mani first met Mustufa at a Ccl match in Bengaluru. "Mustufa was a fan of the Bengal Team and I was the ambassador of Ccl. Bengal team failed. We met, introduced ourselves and left. Nothing special happened that day. The next venue was in Kerala and we met again. That day while leaving, Mustufa asked my mobile number. Initially, we talked through messages once in a while but slowly, it became an everyday affair. Gradually, we became friends," she had said in an interview. After Priya Mani announced her engagement last year, she was viciously trolled online for choosing to marry a Muslim man.
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'Arjun Reddy' exhausted the hell out of me: Vijay Deverakonda interview

Entertainment"We knew we were doing something never done before, at least not in Telugu cinema," Deverakonda says.Ians Pelli-Choopulu-Movie-Hero-Vijay-Devarakonda.jpgBy Subhash K Jha Actor Vijay Deverakonda says that working on Arjun Reddy sapped him. Here are excerpts from an interview:  Q. How do you look back on the Arjun Reddy experience? It sapped me. Exhausted the hell out of me. I had to be constantly probing into the darkest areas of my consciousness, digging out feelings and tapping into emotions I had never touched in myself. You see, when it comes to probing and showing my feelings, I am a shirker. Q. What do you mean? I can't show, let alone share my emotions. In fact, I've kept it all locked up within myself all my life. Yeah, it's a problem, especially when it comes to relationships with the people close to me. Q. I remember you telling me it was causing a problem with your girlfriend? It's always been a problem. That's why Arjun Reddy was very hard for me. The character is constantly diving into grey and dark areas of his subconscious. Left to myself I won't even go there. Q. Did you expect Arjun Reddy to make such an impact? We knew we were doing something never done before, at least not in Telugu cinema. We were sure we'd make some kind of an impact. It went much further than we expected. But now I'm done with Arjun Reddy. My next film in Telugu in Taxiwala. It's a supernatural thriller, a world as far removed from the previous film as possible. I play a cabbie. Q. And in the biopic on actress Savithri you play Mgr? You mean Mahanti in Tamil? Yes, I am doing that film. In fact, I've just started shooting for it. But I am not playing Mgr. I sometimes hear I am playing Mgr, sometimes Ntr. I am playing neither. I am actually playing a journalist. Both Samantha Ruth Prabhu and I play journalists who set out to piece together the story of Savithri's life. Q. Like Orson Welles in Citizen Kane? Yeah, kind of. Do you know, I've hardly watched the classics? I spent half my life in a boarding school where we were shown only the sporadic wholesome classic like The Sound Of Music. So, I am not familiar with most of the works of the acting greats in Bollywood, Hollywood or Tamil-Telugu cinema. We were shown sanitized films where even a brush on the lips was cut. Q. So where did all that horniness in Arjun Reddy emerge from? (Laughs) I don't know. Probably it was suppressed inside me. All of it came bubbling to the surface in Arjun Reddy. Yeah, this guy believed in pre-marital sex and was very physically sexually active. But in my next film which I start shooting in February I play a virgin. Q. You have to be kidding? No, seriously. The guy I am playing in my next is a sweet wholesome lovable family man who wouldn't dream of asking his girlfriend for a kiss let alone sex. This is my homage to the archetypal angel-hero that Salman Khan plays in Sooraj Barjatya's film. Q. Do you find it challenging to play a sweet-natured character? It's a big challenge. I am done with sweetness and virginity with this film. The three films after this would all have me playing dark disturbed characters. Exploring the dark side of my characters' personality is my forte. Q. Are you looking at doing a sequel to Arjun Reddy? My director Sandeep Reddy Vanga and I discussed it even while we were filming it. There is so much to this character that remains unexplored. We will return to Arjun at some point, though not right away. For now I'm just happy with the impact this film and my character has made. I've just received my first Best Actor award from Zee Telugu. And that too from the legendary Chiranjeevi Sir. Q. What next? Well, now I leave for a two-week European holiday to Spain and Belgium. I think I've earned myself this break. I come back after the New Year to complete my work in Mahanati. Q. Will the high expectations you have generated with Arjun Reddy come in the way of audiences appreciating you in your forthcoming films? I am happy with my role in Taxiwala. It gave me a chance to do a character that was fun. I didn't have to agonize over every scene. As for Mahanati it's a relatively small role in a film that pays a homage to one of Tamil cinema's greatest actresses. Sometimes it is liberating for an actor to just be a part of film where he doesn't have to shoulder all the responsibility.     Enanble Notification: NoTNM Marquee: No
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'Arjun Reddy' exhausted the hell out of me: Vijay Deverakonda interview

Entertainment"We knew we were doing something never done before, at least not in Telugu cinema," Deverakonda says.Ians Pelli-Choopulu-Movie-Hero-Vijay-Devarakonda.jpgBy Subhash K Jha Actor Vijay Deverakonda says that working on Arjun Reddy sapped him. Here are excerpts from an interview:  Q. How do you look back on the Arjun Reddy experience? It sapped me. Exhausted the hell out of me. I had to be constantly probing into the darkest areas of my consciousness, digging out feelings and tapping into emotions I had never touched in myself. You see, when it comes to probing and showing my feelings, I am a shirker. Q. What do you mean? I can't show, let alone share my emotions. In fact, I've kept it all locked up within myself all my life. Yeah, it's a problem, especially when it comes to relationships with the people close to me. Q. I remember you telling me it was causing a problem with your girlfriend? It's always been a problem. That's why Arjun Reddy was very hard for me. The character is constantly diving into grey and dark areas of his subconscious. Left to myself I won't even go there. Q. Did you expect Arjun Reddy to make such an impact? We knew we were doing something never done before, at least not in Telugu cinema. We were sure we'd make some kind of an impact. It went much further than we expected. But now I'm done with Arjun Reddy. My next film in Telugu in Taxiwala. It's a supernatural thriller, a world as far removed from the previous film as possible. I play a cabbie. Q. And in the biopic on actress Savithri you play Mgr? You mean Mahanti in Tamil? Yes, I am doing that film. In fact, I've just started shooting for it. But I am not playing Mgr. I sometimes hear I am playing Mgr, sometimes Ntr. I am playing neither. I am actually playing a journalist. Both Samantha Ruth Prabhu and I play journalists who set out to piece together the story of Savithri's life. Q. Like Orson Welles in Citizen Kane? Yeah, kind of. Do you know, I've hardly watched the classics? I spent half my life in a boarding school where we were shown only the sporadic wholesome classic like The Sound Of Music. So, I am not familiar with most of the works of the acting greats in Bollywood, Hollywood or Tamil-Telugu cinema. We were shown sanitized films where even a brush on the lips was cut. Q. So where did all that horniness in Arjun Reddy emerge from? (Laughs) I don't know. Probably it was suppressed inside me. All of it came bubbling to the surface in Arjun Reddy. Yeah, this guy believed in pre-marital sex and was very physically sexually active. But in my next film which I start shooting in February I play a virgin. Q. You have to be kidding? No, seriously. The guy I am playing in my next is a sweet wholesome lovable family man who wouldn't dream of asking his girlfriend for a kiss let alone sex. This is my homage to the archetypal angel-hero that Salman Khan plays in Sooraj Barjatya's film. Q. Do you find it challenging to play a sweet-natured character? It's a big challenge. I am done with sweetness and virginity with this film. The three films after this would all have me playing dark disturbed characters. Exploring the dark side of my characters' personality is my forte. Q. Are you looking at doing a sequel to Arjun Reddy? My director Sandeep Reddy Vanga and I discussed it even while we were filming it. There is so much to this character that remains unexplored. We will return to Arjun at some point, though not right away. For now I'm just happy with the impact this film and my character has made. I've just received my first Best Actor award from Zee Telugu. And that too from the legendary Chiranjeevi Sir. Q. What next? Well, now I leave for a two-week European holiday to Spain and Belgium. I think I've earned myself this break. I come back after the New Year to complete my work in Mahanati. Q. Will the high expectations you have generated with Arjun Reddy come in the way of audiences appreciating you in your forthcoming films? I am happy with my role in Taxiwala. It gave me a chance to do a character that was fun. I didn't have to agonize over every scene. As for Mahanati it's a relatively small role in a film that pays a homage to one of Tamil cinema's greatest actresses. Sometimes it is liberating for an actor to just be a part of film where he doesn't have to shoulder all the responsibility.     Enanble Notification: NoTNM Marquee: No
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Vishal was keen to play the villain in ‘Irumbu Thirai’, says director Mithran

Kollywood‘Irumbu Thirai’ is scheduled for a Pongal release. Digital Native vishal main 750 final.jpgVishal's next major outing is action-thriller Irumbu Thirai, which is gearing up for Pongal 2018 release. The film marks his first collaboration with Action King Arjun, who plays the antagonist. The film's director Mithran has revealed that Vishal was more interested in playing the villain after he heard the script. "Vishal wanted to do the villain role in Irumbu Thirai when I pitched the subject to him to produce it under his banner. He was so impressed with the plot that he not only agreed to bankroll it, but also opted to do the powerful baddie character,” the film’s director Mithran told Deccan Chronicle. Mithran revealed that the original plan was to rope in some other hero if Vishal agrees to produce the film. “He loved the villain role and evinced interest to portray it. Then I had to convince him that he does the lead protagonist and made changes accordingly. The film has a military backdrop and from an ordinary man’s character, I made Vishal’s role a military man.” Samantha Akkineni plays Vishal’s love interest in the film, which has music by Yuvan Shankar Raja. On working with the Sandakozhi actor, the director said: “He gave me a lot of freedom and without hesitation he was providing me the kind of things I wanted during its making. It is he who suggested that we cast big actors and also rope in big technicians. He was more concerned about the outcome.” Vishal had taken many by surprise when he chose to contest in the Rk Nagar bye-election in December. However, the actor’s nomination paper was rejected by the Returning Officer after two proposers alleged that their signatures had been forged. His decision to contest, however, had ruffled feathers in the industry, given that Vishal holds two key posts – that of Nadigar Sangam General Secretary and the President of the Tamil Nadu Film Producers’ Council. Filmmaker Cheran even went to the extent of staging a protest and demanded that he step down from the Producers’ Council post. (Content provided by Digital Native) Enanble Notification: NoTNM Marquee: No
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Samantha was the original choice to play Savitri in 'Mahanati'

TollywoodThe role is now being played by Keerthy Suresh.Digital Native samantha_DN 750x500.jpgIt is well known that Keerthy Suresh is playing the legendary actor Savitri in her biopic Mahanati. The multilingual film to be released in Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam is currently being shot in various locations. While Keerthy is now playing Savitri, did you know that the first choice for the role was Samantha? Yes, Samantha who is now playing a journalist in the film, was first considered for the title role. But she was replaced with Keerthy Suresh after the film’s director Nag Ashwin felt that a new face would be more apt for the role. Moreover, the film will be told from the journalist’s perspectiv, therefore, Samantha would have a meaty role to play in it. According to sources close to the filmmakers, Samantha was extremely sportive about the roles being swapped and agreed to be a part of the biopic. Directed by Nag Ashwin and produced under the banner Vyjayanthi Movies, the film is gearing up for release on March 29th next year. It has an impressive start cast with Keerthy Suresh as Savitri, Dulquer Salmaan as Gemini Ganesan, Samantha Akkineni as Jamuna, Mohan Babu as Sv Ranga Rao, Vijay Devarakonda, Shalini Pandey and Prakash Raj as Aluri Chakrapani. Mickey J Meyer is composing music for this film with cinematographer Dani Sanchez-Lopez cranking the camera. The film’s Telugu version is titled Mahanati, while its Tamil version is Nadgayar Thilagam. Born on 6 December 1936, Savitri was one of the finest actors in tinsel town. She has acted in scores of Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi movies. She was married to actor Gemini Ganesan and had two children. Savitri, the recipient of several awards and honors including the Rashtrapati Award, Nandi Award, and Kalaimamani, reportedly died of substance abuse at the age of 47. Enanble Notification: NoTnm Marquee: No
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Samantha or Nayanthara, who will play the lead in 'U-Turn' Tamil remake?

Last year's critically-acclaimed Kannada indie hit U-Turn, which featured Shraddha Srinath in the titular role, is all set to be remade in Tamil and the project might feature Samantha Akkineni or Nayanthara in the lead. While it was long announced that Samantha will play the leading lady in the film's Tamil and Telugu remakes, latest reports hint that she has been replaced by Nayanthara. The reason for Samantha's exit from the project is yet unknown but the makers are yet to make an official announcement.
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First look of 'Rangasthalam' unveiled, Ram Charan sports new look in this period drama

The first look of Ram Charan Teja’s eagerly-anticipated Rangasthalam was unveiled on Saturday. The poster features a bearded Ram Charan –sporting a completely different look from his last outing, the crime-thriller Dhruva.

The film also stars Samantha Ruth Prabhu, but she isn’t in this poster of the movie. This is the first time Ram Charan is seen in a rural avatar, and the first look has already generated much excitement online – several celebrities have tweeted about how impressed they are.
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This top actor reassures a clash with Suriya and Vikram!

Lately, there has been quite some buzz about Vishal's upcoming action film, Irumbu Thirai. Arjun Sarja replaced Arya as the antagonist in this movie that also stars Samantha Akkineni. The first look poster for this film is all set to release on 18th November, and Vishal reassures a Pongal 2018 release.

It is also confirmed that Suriya's Thaana Serndha Koottam and Vikram's Sketch are hitting the silver screens for Pongal. Vishal seems to be preparing for the big festival clash with the production of the film going on swiftly!

Pongal will tell us which horse made it to the finish...

Nagarjuna speaks about his son’s wedding reception on Sunday

Nagarjuna speaks about his son’s wedding reception on Sunday
Just before the fire broke out at Nagarjuna’s Annapurna studios in Hyderabad, the family was in a celebratory mood. The wedding reception for Nagarjuna’s son Naga Chaitanya and daughter-in-law Samantha Ruth Prabhu on Sunday saw the who’s who of the Telugu film industry turn up. Nagarjuna says, “We invited the entire Telugu film industry – everyone from filmmakers and actorsRead More

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Great news for Neethanae fans!!!

Following the 1-minute video songs of 'Aalaporaan Thamizhan' and 'Macho,' Sony Music has decided to unveil a promo video of sweet sounding 'Neethanae' from Mersal today November 15 (6 Pm).

'Neethanae' is a mellifluous and mesmerizing track from the album composed by Ar Rahman. Gk Vishnu's visuals were in perfect sync with the rhythm. Similarly, Vijay and Samantha's chemistry in the song clicked big time.

So stay tuned to fall in love again!!!

Naga Chaitanya, Samantha hold star studded wedding reception in Hyderabad

A month after their Goa wedding, actors Naga Chaitanya and Samantha Ruth Prabhu held a reception in Hyderabad on Sunday.

The who's who of Telugu cinema were all present at the chaysam wedding reception, with the likes of actors Chiranjeevi, Rana Daggubati, Ram Charan and filmmakers SS Rajamouli and Raghavendra Rao wishing the newly-weds.

While Samantha was dressed in a lilac gown and accessorised with diamond jewellery, the groom complemented her in a blue suit, sans tie.
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Vijay’s Mersal 2 day Box-office collection report!

Actor Vijay’s Mersal has opened really massive at box-office. The film directed by Atlee has Samantha, Kajal Aggarwal and Nithya Menen as the female leads.

According to Behindwoods’ box office analysis wing, Mersal has gone on to collect approximately Rs.1.5 crores in Chennai city on it’s second day of run. With about Rs.1.5 crores approximately collected according to Behindwoods’ analysis wing on it’s first day at Chennai as well, the total collection in Chennai city alone in two days could be around Rs.3 crores. A massive start for the big film starring Vijay.

See what Sivakarthikeyan told the Mersal team!

Vijay’s Mersal has taken a massive opening and the film has released today (October 18, 2017) on the occasion of Diwali 2017. On this occasion, popular actor Sivakarthikeyan has wished the Mersal team and Vijay.

Sivakarthikeyan’s Tweet read, “Best wishes to #Mersal team for a big success @actorvijay sir @arrahman sir @Atlee_dir @AntonyLRuben @ThenandalFilms.” Atlee’s Mersal which has music by Ar Rahman has an ensemble cast that includes Sathyaraj, Sj Suryah, Kajal Aggarwal, Samantha, Vadivelu and Nithya Menen.

'Raju Gari Gadhi 2' satellite rights get sold out

Raju Gari Gadhi 2 released to packed houses on Friday the 13th, October 2017, and has been holding on to the box office well.

Expectations from this film were high as it stars Tollywood star Nagarjuna and his daughter-in-law Samantha. According to trade reports, the three-day box office collections of this horror comedy is Rs. 12 crore and is likely to go up in the forthcoming days.
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"If you are mine..." - Fan tweets to Samantha. Check what did she respond!

Samantha got married to Naga Chaitanya on the 6th of October, and it was a happy-sad mixed feelings for the fans of the Nep actress.

 

After seeing Sam's pictures today from the success meet of Raju Gari Gadhi 2, one of her fans said, "If you're mine, i'm on cloud infinite". To that tweet, Samantha replied, "A little too late no, don't you think", in a light hearted manner, with her own style of sarcasm.

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