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Teaser of Mammootty's 'Kunjalimarakkar IV' to be released in July

MollywoodWork is already in progress and reports say that noted cameraman Robie Varghese Raj has conceived the idea for it.Digital NativeNot long ago, there was an announcement that Mammootty has inked the deal to star in the period film titled Kunjalimarakkar IV. Interestingly, around the same time, there was another news that the other stalwart in the Malayalam film industry, Mohanlal, will be playing the same role in a film. While Mammootty’s film will be directed by Santosh Sivan, Priyadarshan is the director for the Mohanlal-starrer. There is a possibility of both these films hitting the marquee around the same time as well. Setting the ball in motion already, the makers of Mammootty’s Kunjalimarakkar IV have decided to release the teaser next month. Work is already in progress and reports say that noted cameraman Robie Varghese Raj has conceived the idea for it. The film will be bankrolled by August Cinemas in association with the Icl. According to reports, the teaser will be attached to the Tovino Thomas-starrer Theevandi, which is scheduled for release in July. It will then be released online. Theevandi, incidentally, is a production venture from August Cinemas. After the theatrical release, the teaser will be out online, we hear. To be made on huge budget, the film will have a bevy of stars in the cast. Details about it will be revealed shortly. Earlier, the plan was to release the teaser as Eid special this month, but the makers decided to do it next month following the lead star’s busy schedule. Mammootty, one of the busiest stars in the film industry, had completed a schedule of Mamankam and is abroad on a vacation. Soon after this return next week, he will be joining the sets of the Telugu biopic Yaatra, which is based on the life of the late chief minister of Andhra Pradesh Ys Rajashekar Reddy.
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Mani Ratnam wraps up ‘Chekka Chivantha Vaanam’

KollywoodThe makers are reportedly eyeing a September release for the film.Digital NativeDigital NativeThe shooting of the Mani Ratnam directorial Chekka Chivantha Vaanam has been wrapped up. According to sources in the know, the film is currently into the post-production mode and its release date is being worked out by its makers. Director Mani Ratnam announced this project last year and it went on the floors in February this year. Expectations are way too high for this film, as it is being directed by one of the most celebrated directors in the Indian film industry and also because it happens to be a multi-starrer. On the occasion of the wrap-up of Chekka Chivantha Vaanam, Simbu, the film’s lead star, released an audio in which he voices his thoughts about working in the movie. In the audio, he says, “We have finally completed Chekka Chivantha Vaanam. Thanks to Mani sir who believed in me and gave an opportunity to act in his film. I never thought of acting in a Mani Ratnam film in my life. Of course, I still regret that I did not act in his Anjali but will make him proud with Chekka Chivantha Vaanam.” An action thriller, the film features a bevy of stars including Arvind Swami, Silambarasan, Vijay Sethupathi, Arun Vijay, Jyothika, Aditi Rao Hydari, Aishwarya Rajesh and Dayana Erappa. In the film, Simbu is paired opposite Dayana Erappa. Contrary to earlier reports that Vijay Sethupathi would be playing an extended cameo, we hear that he will be appearing in a full length role. The team is eyeing a September release, provided everything goes as planned. The film has a brilliant technical crew, including Ar Rahman for music, Santosh Sivan for camera and A Sreekar Prasad for editing. The film is produced jointly by Mani Ratnam and Subashkaran under their banners Madras Talkies and Lyca Productions respectively. The Telugu dubbed version Nawab will be released simultaneously with the Tamil version. Also read: ‘Kaala’ review: This Rajinikanth-Pa Ranjith film brings revolution to the screen (Content provided by Digital Native)
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Chiranjeevi’s ‘Sye Raa’ shooting: Action sequences to be canned next

TollywoodThe action block will involve battle scenes in which the lead character Uyyalawada Narsimha Reddy and his soldiers fight British troops.Digital NativeThe shooting for the Chiranjeevi starrer Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy recommenced recently after a short gap. For this schedule, a village set has been erected and according to sources some action scenes will be shot during this time. Top Hollywood technicians have been roped in for this action block as it involves battle scenes in which the lead character Uyyalawada Narsimha Reddy and his soldiers will be seen fighting the British troops. Sources say that these action scenes will be shot in the night and that requires further technical expertise. The shooting for the biopic on the legendary freedom fighter Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy began late last year and is progressing steadily. Directed by Surendhar Reddy, the film is bankrolled by Ram Charan Teja under his banner Konidela Production Company on a budget of Rs 200 crore. The screenplay for the biopic has been penned by the director himself and the dialogues have been written by Sai Madhav Burra. Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy has a bevy of stars from different film industries, including Amitabh Bachchan who will be seen in a guest role. Big B is reportedly playing an important role in the film and as speculated he will be seen as Narasimha Reddy’s mentor and guru. The others in the star cast include Vijay Sethupathi, Nayanthara, Tamannaah, Jagapathi Babu, Sudeep, Pragya Jaiswal and Brahmaji. R Rathnavelu is the cameraman for this film. When the film was launched, it was announced that the Oscar winning music director Ar Rahman would be composing the tunes and the camera would be handled by Santosh Sivan. However, they later opted out when the film’s shooting was delayed for various reasons. Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy is expected to hit the silver screens early next year. Being a period film with Chiru in a different get-up altogether, his fans eagerly await its release. Also read: Actor Sudeep steps in to stop fan abuse against Yash, sets example for celebs (Content provided by Digital Native)
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Will 'Sye Raa' shooting resume on June 4?

TollywoodThis biopic is one of the biggest projects in the Telugu film industry.Digital NativeDigital NativeThe makers of Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy, starring Chiranjeevi, have been making a slow progress right from the start. The pooja of the film began in August last year and the film went on the floors much later in the year. Even then, the shooting had been progressing much slower than anticipated. The delay in the project taking off cost its makers a lot with the Oscar winning music director Ar Rahman walking out owing to date clashes. Cinematographer Santosh Sivan also followed suit, making the filmmakers scout for another cameraperson. According to reports doing rounds, the shooting of this film is scheduled to commence on June 4th but there are no updates about it till now. Reports say that the dates allotted by Nayanthara, who has been roped in to play the woman lead in the project, may go unutilised as the Sye Raa team may postpone the shooting schedules. With no updates about the shooting recommencing, sources say, that Nayanthara who was camping in Hyderabad until recently, moved to Chennai take care of her commitments there. Sye Raa is one of the biggest projects happening in the Telugu film industry right now. It is a biopic on the unsung hero, Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy, who fought the British rule in the 1840s and was killed during the fight. The biopic is directed by Surendhar Reddy. It has Chiranjeevi playing the lead character with a bevy of stars including Amitabh Bachchan, Vijay Sethupathi, Sudeep, Jagapathi Babu, Nayanthara and Tammannah in pivotal roles. Made on a budget of Rs. 150 crores, the film is being bankrolled by Ram Charan Teja under his banner Konidela Productions. Sye Raa is scheduled for release next year, probably for Sankaranthi. (Content provided by Digital Native) Also read: Thoothukudi Rajini proves why 'Kaala' is a Pa Ranjith film, not a superstar one
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Major Ravi to assist Priyadarshan in Mohanlal’s 'Kunjali Marakkar'

MollywoodHe also revealed that his next project with Mohanlal will commence after this.Digital NativeDigital NativeDirector Major Ravi will be associating with veteran filmmaker Priyadarshan for his upcoming film with Mohanlal in the lead, Kunjali Marakkar. Confirming this through a social networking site, he wrote, "Priyardarshan is my Guru. So I will be joining him on the sets of 'Kunjali Marakkar' and assist him.” On his other film, he revealed, “My Mohanlal project will start after that. It will be a story set in a village. The memories of the film 'Aram Thamburan' is still afresh in the minds of many. So our film will be pitched along those lines. A couple of stories are in mind.” Stating that he is currently focused in the programs at the National Academy of Pre-Recruitment Training (Napt) for the Indian Army, Major Ravi revealed that he will be shifting his attention to films once he is done with it. It may be mentioned here that both Priyadarshan, as well as Santosh Sivan, had announced that they would be making a film on the legendary warrior Kunjali Marakkar. While Priyadarshan had roped in Mohanlal, Santosh Sivan will be working with Mammootty. According to the details available in Wikipedia, “The Kunhali Marakkar or Kunjali Marakkar was the title given to the Muslim naval chief of the Zamorin (Samoothiri), Hindu king of Calicut, in present-day state of Kerala, India during the 16th century.” Major Ravi, after serving in the Indian Army for well over two decades, shifted his focus to films. Apart from directing films such as Keerthi Chakra, Karma Yodha, Mission 90 Days, Kandahar, 1971: Beyond Borders, he had worked with top filmmakers and actors such as Priyadarshan, Rajkumar Santhoshi, Kamal Haasan, and Mani Ratnam. On the other hand, director Santosh Sivan is busy with his own version of Kunjali Marakkar. Reports are that the teaser of this film may be out for Eid this year. (Content provided by Digital Native)
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Mammootty’s ‘Kunjali Marakkar IV’ teaser for Eid?

MollywoodThe film is helmed by cinematographer-turned-director Santosh Sivan.Digital NativeThe Malayalam film industry went into a frenzy after a couple of announcements were made a few months ago. Two top directors announced projects with the two stalwarts of the Malayalam film industry and what was even more peculiar was that both the films are based on the same subject. While Priyadarshan announced that he would be making a film on Kunjali Marakkar with Mohanlal in the lead, cinematographer-turned-director Santosh Sivan revealed that he would be working with Mammootty for a film on the same legendary character. Last month, it was revealed by Priyadarshan that his film with Mohanlal has been titled Marakkar – Arabikadalinte Simham and that the shooting would begin later this year, most probably in November. According to the latest reports about Mammootty’s project, we hear that the film has been titled Kunjali Marakkar IV and will be scripted by Tp Rajeev and Shankar Ramakrishnan. The film will be bankrolled by August Cinemas. According to reports doing the rounds, the makers of Kunjali Marakkar IV are planning to release a teaser as an Eid special next month and are working towards it. More details about this are expected to be made soon officially. It may be mentioned here that the title ‘Kunjali Marakkar’ was bestowed on naval chiefs during the 16th century and these naval chiefs fought valiantly against the Portuguese army. There were four Kunjali Marakkars during that era, of which the fourth is the most valiant and popular. Mammootty will be playing the fourth Kunjali Marakkar in the film. Santosh Sivan is currently busy shooting for Mani Ratnam’s movie Chekka Chivantha Vaanam. Meanwhile, apart from the historical, Mammootty is currently busy with the biopic on the late chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, Ys Rajasekar Reddy. The Telugu project is expected to go on the floors next month. Also read: Dulquer performs despite leg injury for 'Amma Mazhavillu' stage show (Content provided by Digital Native)
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First glimpse of Jyothika from 'Chekka Chivantha Vaanam'

KollywoodThe pictures were shared by Santosh Sivan.Digital NativeTwitter/santoshsivanLensman Santosh Sivan has shared pictures from the sets of Mani Ratnam’s upcoming film Chekka Chivantha Vaanam, which includes the first glimpse of Jyothika from the sets. The shooting of this film is going on at a brisk phase, As per the latest update, the team of Ccv will next shoot in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and the project is on the verge of being completed. pic.twitter.com/xAu4A5x5TF — SantoshSivanASC. Isc (@santoshsivan) May 13, 2018 pic.twitter.com/oHwGcMpUYs — SantoshSivanASC. Isc (@santoshsivan) May 13, 2018 pic.twitter.com/0nZjwlXqdu — SantoshSivanASC. Isc (@santoshsivan) May 13, 2018 The film features an ensemble cast of Arvind Swami, Vijay Sethupathi, Arun Vijay, Aishwarya Rajesh, Jyothika and Aditi Rao Hydari among others. The project marks Ratnam’s first-time collaboration with actors such as Jyothika, Arun Vijay, Simbu and Vijay Sethupathi. The last time director Mani Ratnam did a film with a star-studded ensemble cast was 14 years ago — Ayutha Ezhuthu. Actors Arvind Swami and Aishwarya Rajesh recently announced on Twitter that they have completed shooting their portions. Rumours are rife that the film might focus on a communist revolution. However, an official confirmation is yet to come. Reliable sources reveal that the film is a tale of four brothers, played by Arvind Swami, Str, Arun Vijay and Vijay Sethupathi. It would be interesting to see these four performers putting their best foot forward. The film which will be dubbed and released in Telugu as Nawab, will also feature Prakash Raj, Thiagarajan, Jayasudha, Mansoor Ali Khan and newcomer Dayana Erappa as part of the supporting cast. The film has been co-written by Mani Ratnam and Siva Ananth. Director Bejoy Nambiar is on-board as a creative producer. Jointly produced by Madras Talkies and Lyca, Ar Rahman is composing the music for the film. This is the 17th product of Madras Talkies. (Content provided by Digital Native)
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Aishwarya Rajesh says it was 'amazing' to work with Mani Ratnam

KollywoodAishwarya has completed shooting for 'Chekka Chivantha Vaanam'.Digital NativeMani Ratnam’s upcoming multi-starrer Chekka Chivantha Vaanam (Ccv), which went on the floors earlier this year, is on the verge of being completed. With the Chennai schedule which was wrapped up last week, Arvind Swami bid adieu to the project. He took to Twitter and wrote: “Just Finished my work in Chekka Chivantha Vaanam. As always it was a privilege to work with Mani Sir, @santoshsivan, and the whole crew. #Ccv will be special, can feel it.” Just Finished my work in Chekka Chivandha Vaanam. As always it was a privilege to work with Mani Sir, @santoshsivan, and the whole crew. #Ccv will be special, can feel it. Now for a days rest and then start promotions for Bhaskar oru Rascal releasing on May11th. — arvind swami (@thearvindswami) May 6, 2018 As per the latest update, the team of Ccv will next shoot in Abu Dhabi, Dubai. According to the film’s costume designer Eka Lakhani, the team left for Dubai earlier this week. She took to Twitter on Tuesday and wrote: “Team Ccv all set for Dubai.” After Arvind Swami and Arun Vijay, actor Aishwarya has completed the project. She wrote that it was an amazing experience to work with Mani Ratnam. “It's a wrap 4 me #Ccv. Watta an amazing experience working with Mani sir. It's my dream come true. Thank u so much sir." It's a wrap 4 me #Ccv Watta an amazing experience working wit mani sir ... it's my dream come true ... Thank u so much sir pic.twitter.com/e62n0JA4HV — aishwarya rajessh (@aishu_dil) May 11, 2018 Featuring an ensemble cast of Vijay Sethupathi, Simbu, Jyothika and Aditi Rao Hydari, the project is most likely to be wrapped up this month. Lensman Santosh Sivan, who has joined hands with Ratnam for the sixth time, has been sharing updates from the shoot at regular intervals over the last few weeks. The film, which will be dubbed and released in Telugu as Nawab, has music by A.R Rahman. The project marks Ratnam’s first-time collaboration with actors such as Jyothika, Arun Vijay, Simbu and Vijay Sethupathi. Originally, the film was supposed to star Fahadh Faasil as one of the leads. Following the delay in the commencement of the project, he opted out and was eventually replaced by Arun Vijay, who has been working out hard in the gym for the project. Simbu, too, has shed weight to essay his role in the film. (Content provided by Digital Native) Also read: Sai Pallavi's Bengali avatar in 'Padi Padi Leche Manasu'
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Was Santosh Sivan the first choice to direct Mohanlal starrer ‘Mahabharatha’?

MollywoodThe film is based on the popular novel 'Randamoozham', written by Mt Vasudevan Nair.Digital NativeDigital NativeMohanlal’s upcoming high budget movie titled Mahabharatha is the most talked about in recent days. Several reports about the movie have been making the rounds. This film is based on the popular novel Randamoozham, written by Mt Vasudevan Nair. The budget for this movie is reportedly as huge as Rs 1,000 crore. Director Va Shrikumar was roped in to helm the movie. However, sources now state that he was not the first choice of the team. Shrikumar’s current projects include his directorial debut Odiyan starring Mohanlal in the lead role. The director had claimed that although he had no experience in directing a full movie, he was personally chosen by Mt Vasudevan Nair to direct the film. Now reports have emerged that actor Mohanlal had first approached ace cinematographer Santosh Sivan to helm this project. The popular cinematographer who is busy with a number of big projects, including Mani Ratnam’s Ccv, was not able to take up the offer. After this, the offer was passed on to Shrikumar. The film is said to have a gripping plot revolving around a narration of the Mahabharata from the view point of the Pandava Prince Bheema. The story gives us a glimpse into the human nature of the characters instead of focusing on their godliness. The film will apparently focus on the insults that Bheema was subjected to. The film will bring to light the fact that Bheema’s strength was not a deterrent to others hurling insults at him. The film’s highlight would be the screenplay by Mt Vasudevan Nair. The author is a seven-time National Award winner, having received the award four times for Best Screenplay. He has also won more than 21 Kerala State Awards for Best Film, Best Screenplay and Best Director. Mohanlal recently wrapped up Kayamkulam Kochunni, where he will be seen in an extended cameo. Based on the life of the Robin Hood-style highwayman who lived in the early 19th century in the Central Travancore region, he plays the character Ithikara Pakki in the film. (Content provided by Digital Native)
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Here's a list of stars onboard Priyadarshan's upcoming 'Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham'

MollywoodThe film is produced by Antony Perumbavoor and is co-produced by Dr Roy Cj and Santhosh. Digital NativeDigital NativeMalayalam superstar Mohanlal on Saturday took to Twitter to announce that he will be acting in Priyadarshan's Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham, a big budget venture inspired by the life of 16th Century naval chief Kunjali Marakkar. One of the most popular naval chiefs of the Zamorin, Kunjali Marakkar fought the Portuguese valiantly in the late 16th and the early 17th century. A press conference was held for the announcement and it has been officially announced that popular actors from other industries too would be part of Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham. Speculations are rife that Telugu Actor Nagarjuna is also part of this project. Previously Nagarjuna and Priyadarshan have worked together in Nirnayam, a Telugu version of the Priyadarshan film Vandanam. There are also reports emerging that Bollywood actor Suniel Shetty may play an important role in the movie. Priyadarshan and Suniel Shetty have worked together in several Bollywood projects. It may be mentioned that Suniel Shetty did a cameo in Mohanlal-Priyadarshan's Kakkakuyil. It is also rumoured that Pranav Mohanlal is likely to play a role in the film. The film is produced by Antony Perumbavoor and is co-produced by Dr Roy Cj and Santhosh. Well-known cinematographer Tirru has been engaged to take care of the cinematography department of the film. The film will start rolling once Mohanlal completes Odiyan. Mohanlal isn’t the only one working on a period film about Kunjali Marakkar. Mammootty had earlier announced that he would be working on a similar film. Shaji Nadesan of August Cinema, the banner producing Mammootty’s film, said that the shoot will begin in July 2018. This film will be directed by Santosh Sivan. Kunjali Marakkar was the title given by the Hindu King of Calicut to the Muslim naval Chief of the Zamorin (Samoothiri) during the 16th century. There were four major Kunjalis who fought the naval wars with the Portuguese between 1502 and 1600. Interestingly, Mammootty will be playing Kunjali Marakkar IV in the film. Also read: ‘Iruttu Araiyil Murattu Kuththu’ review: The joke’s on you in this sleazy horror comedy (Content provided by Digital Native)
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Str, Vijay Sethupathi, Arvind Swami and Arun Vijay's looks revealed in Mani's 'Cck'

Kollywood'Chekka Chivantha Vaanam' (Cck) went on floors on February 12 and was halted because of the 50-day long Kollywood strike.Digital NativeDigital NativeThere is been a great buzz around Mani Ratnam's Chekka Chivantha Vaanam since the day it was announced. The film went on floors on February 12 and was halted because of the 50-day long Kollywood strike. Mani Ratnam and his star ensemble cast resumed shooting for the film in Chennai. Recently, a picture revealing the looks of four Stars, Simbu, Aravind Swamy, Vijay Sethupathi and Arun Vijay from the sets was released and went viral. The picture was shared by none other than National Award-winning cinematographer Santosh Sivan on Twitter. The Foursome in Ccv pic.twitter.com/OKOupz6y84 — SantoshSivanASC. Isc (@santoshsivan) April 30, 2018 Touted to be a socio-political drama, the multi-starrer has quite a few big names such as Aravind Swamy, Jyothika, Simbu, Vijay Sethupathi, Arun Vijay, Aishwarya Rajesh and Aditi Rao Hydari. Reliable sources reveal that the film is a tale of four brothers, played by Arvind Swami, Str, Arun Vijay and Vijay Sethupathi. It would be interesting to see these four performers putting their best foot forward. The film also features Prakash Raj, Thiagarajan, Jayasudha, Mansoor Ali Khan and newcomer Dayana Erappa as part of the supporting cast. The film is produced jointly by Mani Ratnam’s Madras Talkies and A Subhashkaran’s Lyca Productions on a huge budget. Mani’s usual collaborators, double Oscar-winning Ar Rahman has been roped in compose the music. Lensman Santosh Sivan has will crank the camera and it’ll be his sixth collaboration with Ratnam and editing by Sreekar Prasad. Dhilip Subburayan is the stunt choreographer with Sharmishta Roy roped in for production design and Eka Lakhani for designing the costumes. The film, which will be a Tamil-Telugu bilingual, is titled Nawab in Telugu. Ratnam has pinned high hopes on this project following the debacle of Kaatru Veliyidai, which sank without a trace at the box-office last year. (Content provided by Digital Native)
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'Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham', title for Mohanlal-Priyadarshan film announced

MollywoodIncidentally, Mammootty is also acting in a film on Kunjali Marakkar.Tnm StaffTwitter/MohanlalThe Mohanlal-Priyadharshan film on Kunjali Marakkar is finally taking shape. The actor tweeted the poster on Saturday. Incidentally, Mammootty is also doing a film on the famous naval chief of the zamorin who fought against the Portuguese in the late 16th and the early 17th century. The Mohanlal film is titled Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham. It will be produced by Antony Perumbavoor, Santosh T Kuruvilla, and Cj Roy. The poster shows a ship caught in a storm. Priyadharshan had previously announced that he would direct Mohanlal in a film on Kunjali Marakkar and that it would be a big budget flick. However, producer Shaji Nadeshan also came out with the announcement that Mammootty and director Santosh Sivan would be collaborating for a movie on Kunjali Marakkar. In his post on Facebook, he wrote, “Kunjali marrakkar pre production works in full swing! Shoot starts july 2018.” Following this, director Priyadarshan said that he would wait for eight months and that if the Mammootty – Santosh Sivan project failed to materialise, he would go ahead with his. However, both films are now very much on the cards. Mammootty and Mohanlal are Kerala's biggest superstars and although they enjoy a good friendship, their fans are forever at each others' throats. If the two films release at the same time, the competition will be even higher. Both stars have a number of films in their hand, including other historical projects. While Mammootty is working on Mamangam, Mohanlal is part of Kayamkulam Kochunni, which also stars Nivin Pauly. Announcing my upcoming movie Marakkar- Arabikadalinte Simham, to be Directed by Priyadarshan and Production by Antony Perumbavoor , Santhosh T. Kuruvilla and C.J. Roy pic.twitter.com/9CqwTry2ci — Mohanlal (@Mohanlal) April 28, 2018
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Mani Ratnam’s ‘Chekka Chivantha Vaanam’ resumes shoot after Kollywood strike

KollywoodLensman Santosh Sivan, who is joining hands with Ratnam for the sixth time, shared updates from the shoot on social media.Digital NativeMani Ratnam’s upcoming multistarrer Chekka Chivantha Vaanam (Ccv), which went on the floors earlier this year, has resumed shooting after the nearly 50-day long Kollywood strike, courtesy a stand-off between the Tamil Film Producers’ Council and Digital Service Providers over the exorbitant Visual Print Fee. Featuring an ensemble cast including Arvind Swami, Vijay Sethupathi, Simbu, Arun Vijay, Aishwarya Rajesh, Jyothika and Aditi Rao Hydari, currently the team is filming in Chennai. Lensman Santosh Sivan, who is joining hands with Mani Ratnam for the sixth time, has been sharing updates from the shoot on social media. After the film went on the floors earlier this month, the cinematographer had posted a series of pictures from the sets. Earlier this week, he tweeted that the team had resumed shooting in Chennai. Early on Wednesday morning, he tweeted: “Awesome filming Vijay Sethupathi @ Ccv shoot.” Awesome filming Vijay Sethupathi @ Ccv shoot pic.twitter.com/PACu45YS1C — SantoshSivanASC. Isc (@santoshsivan) April 25, 2018 The film also stars senior actors Prakash Raj and Jayasudha. It is rumoured that they will be seen playing a couple and Arvind Swami, Arun Vijay and Simbu will be seen as their sons. It has also been confirmed that Vijay Sethupathi, who will be seen in an extended role, plays a fearless cop. If everything goes as planned, the makers are eyeing a year-end release. The film, which will be dubbed and released in Telugu as Nawab, has music by Ar Rahman. The project marks Mani Ratnam’s first-time collaboration with actors such as Jyothika, Arun Vijay, Simbu and Vijay Sethupathi. Originally, the film was supposed to star Fahadh Faasil as one of the leads. Following the delay in the commencement of the project, he opted out and was eventually replaced by Arun Vijay, who has reportedly been working out really hard for the project. Simbu, too, has shed weight to essay his role in the film. Also read: Tamil films summer schedule: New release dates after Tfpc strike called off (Content provided by Digital Native)
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Tamannaah in Chiranjeevi’s ‘Sye Raa’

TollywoodWhen the actor was approached for the role, sources say she immediately gave her assent.Digital NativeThe Chiranjeevi starrer Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy is one of the most anticipated films that is to release next year. Made on a large scale budget, it features mega star Chiranjeevi as the freedom fighter Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy, who fought the British valiantly even before the Sepoy Mutiny. According to the latest reports, Tamannaah has also been signed up to play a crucial role in the film. When the actor was approached for the role, sources say she immediately gave her assent. Produced by Ram Charan Teja under his banner Konidela Production Company on a budget of Rs 150 crore, the film has a bevy of top stars, including Amitabh Bachchan, Jagapathi Babu, Sudeep, Vijay Sethupathi and Nayanthara. This film also marks Vijay Sethupathi’s debut in Tollywood. While the film’s shooting has been taking place in small schedules at several places, recently a huge set was erected at Nanakramguda, where a major part of the film with key stars Chiranjeevi, Amitabh Bachchan and Nayanthara was shot. Sye Raa, directed by Sudheer Reddy, will release in multiple languages, including Telugu, Tamil and Hindi. The technical crew of this biopic includes Rathnavelu as cinematographer. When the project was announced, Oscar-winning music director Ar Rahman was signed to compose the music and Santosh Sivan as the cinematographer. However, they both opted out owing to the delay in Sye Raa taking off. There have been various reports about who will compose the music for the film, but nothing has been finalised as yet, with names of leading musicians Ilayaraja, Mm Keeravani and S Thaman thrown in the ring. Tamannaah, who is the latest addition to the Sye Raa star cast, has a busy year ahead with a slew of films in her kitty. While her Tamil film Kanne Kalaimane is in the post-production mode, she also has a couple of Telugu films, Naa Nuvve and Queen Once Again (remake of the Hindi hit movie Queen) in different stages of production besides her debut Marathi film, ABC. (Content provided by Digital Native)
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Kings of Sandalwood: Tracing the careers of Vishnuvardhan and Ambareesh

SandalwoodAfter Dr Rajkumar, it was Ambareesh and Vishnuvardhan who ruled the Kannada film industry.CV AravindMGR and Sivaji Ganesan after their long tenures at the top passed on the baton to Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan. The duo ruled the roost in Kollywood for decades. Likewise, Sathyan and Prem Nazir, the superstars of Malayalam cinema, ceded their positions to Mammootty and Mohanlal. A similar phenomenon also prevailed in Tollywood where Nt Rama Rao and A Nageswara Rao had able successors in Chiranjeevi and Nagarjuna. However, in Sandalwood, the one hero who held the fort for a considerable length of time was Dr Rajkumar who ploughed a lonely furrow till two young men who would eventually metamorphose into macho heroes appeared on the scene in the early seventies. Vishnuvardhan and Ambareesh have had long and illustrious careers in Kannada cinema. Vishnu, however, passed away in 2010 when he was just a year shy of his sixtieth birthday, having served the industry for close to four decades. Ambareesh, currently in the autumn of his acting career, has been balancing politics and films and has now taken to doing character roles in a few Kannada films. Both the actors have been prolific and have more than 200 films to their credit. Vishnuvardhan was introduced to films in the year 1972 by actor-director Girish Karnad in the National Award winning film Vamsa Vriksha, based on the novel by the same name penned by Sl Byrappa. But the real mentor for both Vishnuvardhan and Ambareesh was one of Sandalwood’s most acclaimed auteurs Puttana Kanagal. The film Nagarahavu featured Vishnu as a hot-headed young man Ramachari and in his first full fledged role, the actor revealed flashes of his potential. Incidentally, Ambareesh had only a cameo role in the film that marked his debut in Sandalwood. Nagarahavu was a super duper hit at the box office and was the launching pad for the two stars. Some of Vishnu’s films that afforded him a lot of scope to reveal his mettle were Rajendra Singh Babu's Bandhana, Muthina Hara, S Narayan’s Veerappa Nayaka, Simhadriya Simha, Gandhada Gudi, Sooryavamsa and Santosh Sivan’s ‘Navarasa’. Among his latter day films. P Vasu’s remake of Manichitrathaazhu, Aptha Mithra and its sequel Aptha Rakshaka fared well at the box office. Incidentally, Aptha Rakshaka was released in theatres after Vishnu breathed his last. Many of his earlier films were directed by Rajendra Singh Babu and the 1984 film Bandhana in which he was paired with Suhasini still remains green in memory. More so, it was the biggest hit in his career. Vishnu has also acted in films in other languages. His Tamil films like Alaigal, Mazhalai Pattalam and Kauravar caught the audience's attention. In Telugu, he did a couple of films Okkadu Chalu and Sardar Dharmaanna. In Malayalam, Vishnu worked in films like Adima Changala, Mazhakala Megam and Samarpanam. He made his debut in Bollywood with Ek Naya Ithihas and went on to do films like Inspector Dhanush, Ashanth and Zalim. Vishnu brought to bear a great deal of charm and grace in his portrayals and looked every inch a swashbuckling hero. Dubbed the Phoenix of Kannada cinema for his comebacks, Vishnuvardhan was also fondly called as ‘Sahasa Simha.’ Veteran singer S P Balasubramanian who sang for Vishnu in Nagarahavu remained his favourite playback singer and even in his last film Aptharakshaka Spb rendered as many as five hit numbers. Incidentally, Vishnu himself was no mean singer and had sung in as many as twenty films, apart from cutting a few discs comprising religious songs. His duets with acclaimed singers like P Susheels, S Janaki and K S Chithra were all chart busters. The careers of Vishnu and Ambareesh ran parallel to each other and the duo’s popularity levels too matched a lot. Ambareesh who earned the title ‘Rebel Star’ impressed audiences as a tough as nails Inspector Amarnath in Chakravyuha and went on to act in successful films like Diggajaru (with Vishnu), Antha, Ranganayaki, Ellu Suttine Kote, Masanada Hoovu, Shubamangala, Gaddu Bheranda, Operation Antha (sequel to Antha) and Sree Manjunatha’ among others. He later went on to do supporting roles in films like Upendra’s Katari Veera, Surasundarangi.It was his performance in the film Chakravyha that fetched him the title ‘Rebel Star’. Ambareesh also excelled in dual roles in Antha as a cop and a prisoner. He matched strides with thespian Rajkumar in the film Odahuttidavaru. Ambi Ning Vayassaithu and Kurukshethra where he plays the role of Bheema are the films that the star is presently shooting for. Vishnu and Ambareesh shared a lifelong friendship and were like two peas in a pod before the icy hand of fate snatched Vishnu away. Both married co-stars and while Vishnu tied the knot with Bharathi, Ambareesh found his soul mate in Sumalatha. Their saga of success had a lot to do with the way they shaped their careers. They knew their limitations and range and their directors too ensured that the kind of roles that they signed up for were right up their street. A remarkable aspect in the long innings that the duo essayed on the silver screen was that they managed to keep their fan bases intact. Nearly eight years after his passing, Vishnu’s birth and death anniversaries are observed by his diehard fans who do their best to contribute to the charitable causes that he espoused during his lifetime.
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Big B, Kamal, Mani Ratnam, Srk and Aamir to share dais with Christopher Nolan?

Cinema The director of ‘The Dark Knight’ and ‘Inception’ will be in Mumbai to take part in an event to preserve celluloid film in the digital age.Digital NativeIt has already been reported that the Hollywood director Christopher Nolan would be in India to take part in an event that would be on the preservation of celluloid film in the current digital era. Well, it is now almost confirmed that the Bollywood icon, Amitabh Bachchan would be hosting the event titled ‘Reframing the Future of Film’ at the Tata Theatre in Mumbai. The exact dates of this event is yet to be announced. This is one of the biggest film-related events that is going to happen in to the country with almost all the top stars, filmmakers and technicians agreeing to grace the occasion. Reports are that director Mani Ratnam, actors Kamal Haasan, Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Shyam Benegal, Santosh Sivan, Anurag Kashyap, Farhan Akhtar, and others will be attending this event. Christopher Nolan, an aclaimed English-American director, producer, and screenwriter, has directed ten feature films and four short films. His career as a feature film director began with the 1998 directorial Following. He then went on to direct movies such as Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, Interstellar and Dunkirk. His last film release, Dunkirk, starred Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, James D'Arcy, Barry Keoghan, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance and Tom Hardy. The film was made on a budget of $100 million and went on to collect $525.6 million worldwide. Christopher Nolan has won several awards in his career including Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award, the Board of the Governors Award, the Contribution to Cinematic Imagery Award, Visionary Award, the Writers Guild of America Award for the Best Original Screenplay for Inception, the African-American Film Critics Association for Best Picture for The Dark Knight. (Content provided by Digital Native)
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Actor Prithviraj collaborates with Sony Pictures for first home production

Mollywood The Hollywood giant will be joining hands with Prithviraj Productions for an untitled Malayalam film. Digital NativeActor Prithviraj Sukumaran’s tryst with film production began with August Cinemas, a production house that he founded along with ace cinematographer Santosh Sivan, actor Arya and Shaji Nadesan. The production house’s first venture was the Prabhu Deva starrer Urumi, released in 2011. The next film, produced under this banner, Indian Rupee, went on to win the prestigious National Film Award - Best Feature Film in Malayalam and Kerala State Film Award - Best Film. Despite being a successful production house, Prithviraj announced last year that he will be moving out of August Cinemas to launch his own production house. Actor Prithviraj announced the launch of his own banner co-founded with his wife Supriya Menon and it will be the first home production. The actor had named his production house Prithviraj Productions. Meanwhile, Sony Pictures International is all set to expand into Indian regional cinema. The Hollywood giant is joining hands with Prithviraj Sukumaran for an untitled Malayalam film. The film will be made in collaboration with Prithviraj Productions and the movie will go on floors by mid-April 2018. Prithviraj Sukumaran took to social media and confirmed that he would be joining hands with Sony Pictures, for his first home production in Malayalam cinema. In a press statement released, Prithviraj has been quoted as saying, “It started with what I thought was a casual conversation over coffee with Vivek Krishnani, MD, Sony Pictures India. I was trying to convince him that if ideas that would make entertaining films and yet stay away from conventions were what they were looking for, then Malayalam cinema is the place to be,” "In more ways than one, I believe it is a landmark event for Malayalam film industry. Sony Pictures, the international studio behind iconic blockbusters and entertainers like 2012 (2009), the Spider-Man franchise and most recently Jumanji (2017), ramped up its local production with Pad Man (2018) early this year and is now stepping into the small and dense world of Malayalam cinema. "What makes this partnership doubly exciting is the nature of the film that we're producing together...More announcements about this partnership and our first film will soon follow," wrote Prithviraj Sukumaran in a detailed post on his Twitter handle. On the career front, Prithviraj is currently working on the period drama Kaali, Aadujeevitham, based on the Malayalam novel by Benyamin, and My Story, a romantic comedy directed and produced by Roshni Dinaker. His Ranam is expected to release soon. (Content provided by Digital Native)
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Mani Ratnam’s ‘Chekka Chivantha Vaanam’ halted

KollywoodReports say that a wedding sequence featuring Jyothika and Arvind Swamy was shot recently at a location on the Ecr in Chennai.Digital NativeThe shooting for the Mani Ratnam directorial Chekka Chivantha Vaanam has come to a halt following the strike called by the Tamil Film Producers Council. While the team is waiting for the strike to be called off to resume shooting, we hear from reliable sources that Mani Ratnam had completed four weeks of shooting, in which he has shot some important sequences. Reports say that the film will have a wedding sequence featuring Jyothika and Arvind Swamy that was shot recently at a location on the Ecr. Chekka Chivantha Vaanam, which is based on industrial and environmental pollution, is expected to be wrapped in three months and the film is likely to release this year. Various industry sources have confirmed that the film will be an action-thriller and a departure from the filmmaker’s usual style of films. The film features an ensemble cast of stars, including Arvind Swamy, Jyothika, Simbu, Vijay Sethupathi, Arun Vijay, Aditi Rao Hydari, Aishwarya Rajesh, Prakash Raj, Jayasudha, Mansoor Ali Khan and Thiagarajan. We hear that Arvind Swamy, Simbu, Vijay Sethupathi and Arun Vijay will be seen playing siblings in this flick. Reports indicate that Vijay Sethupathi plays the role of a police officer and Aravind Swamy will portray a politician. In a recent interview, actor Simbu revealed how Mani Ratnam treated him on the sets. He said, “Mani sir treated me like a baby. He has heard so much about me turning up late to the shooting. But when he saw me at the shooting spot ahead of everyone, he was shocked. In fact, we have completed the schedule well ahead of time. He is class apart and it is one of the best units that I’ve worked with. (sic)” The film is produced jointly by Mani Ratnam’s Madras Talkies and A Subhashkaran’s Lyca Productions on a huge budget. Mani’s usual collaborators have been roped in: double Oscar-winning Ar Rahman to compose the music, lensman Santosh Sivan (it’ll be his sixth collaboration with Ratnam) and Sreekar Prasad for editing. Dhilip Subbarayan is the stunt choreographer with Sharmishta Roy roped in for production design and Eka Lakhani for designing the costumes. The film, which will be a Tamil-Telugu bilingual, is titled Nawab in Telugu. Ratnam has pinned high hopes on this project following the debacle of Kaatru Veliyidai at the box office last year. With the ongoing strike, the shooting of Chekka Chivantha Vaanam, which went on the floors in mid-February, will be stalled until further notice. (Content provided by Digital Native)
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Vikram and Venkatesh to reprise Mammootty's role in 'The Great Father' remake

MollywoodThe Malayalam mystery thriller will be remade in both Tamil and Telugu.Digital NativeDigital NativeMammootty starrer The Great Father turned out to be a big hit and the film is to be remade in Tamil and Telugu soon. Directed by Haneef Adeni, the film was bankrolled by Prithviraj Sukumaran, Santosh Sivan, Arya and Shaji Nadesan under the banner August Cinema. And now, it is all set to be remade in Tamil and Telugu. The reports are that Tollywood star Venkatesh has been roped in to reprise Mammootty’s role in the Telugu version while Vikram will be doing it in the Tamil remake. The details regarding the Tamil project is yet to be made clear. The Great Father is a mystery thriller that had Mammootty play the lead role with the star cast also including Arya, Sneha, Anikha, Shaam, Malavika Mohanan, Miya George, and Kalabhavan Shajon in pivotal roles. Made on a budget of Rs 6 crores, The Great Father collected Rs. 50 crores at the box office which speaks about its commercial success. The film’s Hindi dubbed version was also released earlier under the title Dashing Jiggarwala. It may be mentioned here that Venkatesh has starred in quite a number of remakes including Drishyam and Irudhi Suttru. He reprised Mohanlal’s role in the remake of Drishyam titled as Dhrushyam in Telugu and Madhavan’s role Guru, from Irudhu Suttru. He currently has another remake in his kitty which will be Vikram Vedha that had Madhavan and Vijay Sethupathi in the lead roles. Vikram’s last film release was Sketch which was released earlier this year and he has two more films lined up for release this year – Gautham Menon’s Dhruva Natchathiram and Hari’s Saamy Square. It may be noted here that Saamy Square is the sequel to his smash hit film Saamy which was a cult hit way back in 2003. (Content provided by Digital Native)
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‘Wanted to give back to cinema’: Actor Prithiviraj, wife roll out production house

Announcement Malayalam actor Prithviraj made the announcement through social media. Tnm StaffPopular Malayalam actor Prithviraj and his wife Supriya, have rolled out a new film production company. Named after the actor himself, Prithviraj Productions wants to "give back to cinema," a statement read. According to a statement released by Prithviraj through his official social media accounts, Prithviraj said that the duo was realising a dream, by launching the production company. "We have always wanted to give back to cinema… and we couldn’t possibly think of a better way to do that than facilitate films which we believe will make Malayalam cinema proud," the statement read. The actor said that they have been in the process of realising their dream for the past year. “Why did it take one year? Why do we believe this could be the start of something very special for our industry? Why is this dream of ours effectively taking a step closer to the vision that I have always harboured for Malayalam cinema? These are all questions to which hopefully you’ll find answers in the next few announcements that will follow,” said the actor. Prithviraj also thanked entrepreneur Shaji Nadesan and cinematographer, film director, producer and actor Santosh Sivan saying that they held his hand when he took baby steps into the world of film production. "A heartfelt thank you to each and every one who taught me all that I know of cinema," he said. Till 2017, Prithviraj was part of a production house called August Cinema, along with Shaji Nadesan, Santosh Sivan and actor Arya. However, around six years after being part of the production house, Prithviraj announced that he was pulling out from the company, stating that it was time for him to take a different tangent. August Cinema produced and distributed several hit movies such as Urumi, Indian Rupee, Bangalore Days, Double Barrel and The Great Father. Ever since Prithviraj left August Cinema, there has been speculation that the actor will launch another production house of his own. Read the full statement from Prithviraj Productions here. Prithviraj's latest release was the movie Vimaanam, which was released in December last year. Recently, the first look poster of his upcoming film Kaliyan was released. Reported to be a period drama, he will play a warrior named Kunchirakkotu Kaali. Reports also say that Prithviraj is set to portray the role of a scientist in Jenuse Mohammed’s upcoming sci-fi film Nayan.
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