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Wow: 100 crore in just 4 days!

Maharshi is Mahesh Babu's latest film to release, that hit the screens on 9th May 2019. Apart from the Telugu Superstar, it had Pooja Hegde playing the female lead, while Allari Naresh, Jagapathi Babu, Prakash Raj, Jayasudha and others played crucial roles. 

The film was directed by Vamshi Paidipally and jointly produced by Dil Raju, C. Ashwini Dutt, and Prasad V. Potluri through their production companies Sri Venkateswara Creations, Vyjayanthi Movies, and Pvp Cinema.

It had a grand opening at the box office, and now the producers have revealed that the film has crossed the magical 100-crore mark in just 4...

'Maharshi' review: Mahesh Babu's simplistic drama is strictly for the fans

TollywoodWhile Mahesh looks sharp, the writing is a huge let-down.Krishna SripadaRishi (Mahesh Babu) is a superman, his pursuit of success his kryptonite. Rishi solves impossible sums in a jiffy. He is crazy about being successful, although it is a little annoying for a stickler for grammar rules that they use the word ‘success’ as a verb rather than a noun. Rishi joins Iiet to do an M.Tech – he is there for the degree, he says, which he needs for success in life. He wants to create something that rivals Facebook and Google. In his campus selection interview, Rishi gives the interviewers a counter-offer, having created an operating system driven by artificial intelligence. Engineers would raise their eyebrows a bit at the fact that the degree discussed is M.Tech, not Ms, which feels weird for someone of Rishi’s persona and goals. Our filmmakers don’t exactly understand how education works,
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After 'Srinivasa Kalyanam', Nithiin signs two Telugu rom-coms

TollywoodVenky Kudumula directorial, titled 'Bheeshma', may go on to the floors first.Digital NativeTollywood actor Nithiin’s fans can expect two of the star’s film release this year. Reports are that the deal for the back-to-back projects has been inked and Nithin will get busy on the sets soon. Venky Kudumula will be directing one of the films and for the other Surya Pratap will be wielding the megaphone. On the genre, we hear that both the movies will be rom coms with oodles of humor added to the script. On the progress of both these films, we hear that the script work is being done and will start rolling soon. Reports are that the Venky Kudumula directorial, titled Bheeshma, may go on to the floors first. Nithiin last film release was Srinivasa Kalyanam, which failed at the box office. Srinivasa Kalyanam was bankrolled by Dil Raju under his
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Chekka Chivantha Vaanam Box Office report

On September 27, legendary director Mani Ratnam returned to the silver screen with his huge mult-starrer Chekka Chivantha Vaanam. The film had music by Ar Rahman and cinematography by Santhosh Sivan.

The stellar cast included Str, Arvind Swami, Vijay Sethupathi, Arun Vijay, Jyothika, Aishwarya Rajesh, Aditi Rao Hydari, Dayana Erappa, Prakash Raj, Jayasudha and many others. 

With fine performances by the whole cast, the film received unanimously positive reviews all over and it was celebrated highly with early morning shows.

According to the Behindwoods box-office wing, Ccv has collected just over 3.4 crores in its first weekend in Chennai city. The...

Mani Ratnam’s 'Chekka Chivantha Vanam' delves into man’s hunger for money and power

KollywoodThough Vijay Sethupathy was in crackling form, the film belongs to Str, who was effortless and entertaining.Neelima MenonOne of the best moments of Chekka Chivantha Vanam happens five minutes into the film. After Vijay Sethupathy’s narration takes us on a metaphysical tour of the city, its life and times, he steers us to a couple seated inside a sleek black Mercedes. We are told that the aged, weary man in his late 60s is Senapathi (a terrific Prakash Raj), also the most powerful man in the city. The serene faced woman in a pink sari who sits next to him is his wife Lakshmy (Jayasudha). And suddenly, Senapathi breaks into a romantic song, smiling at Lakshmy. She shoots back wryly, “So today it’s my turn. Why? Did you get tired of singing to your pretty young things?” He laughs. The husband has forgotten their anniversary and has
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Chekka Chivantha Vaanam new promo video

One of the biggest multi-starrers in the recent times, Chekka Chivantha Vaanam will finally hit the screens tomorrow on the 27th of September. 

Arvind Swami, Str, Arun Vijay, Vijay Sethupathi, Jayasudha, Jyotika, Aishwarya Rajesh, Aditi Rao Hydari, Thiagarajan, Prakash Raj, Dayana Erappa, Mansoor Ali Khan and Siva Ananth are part of the cast list. 

Lyca Productions who has funded this big-budget action entertainer has released a back to back promo video of Chekka Chivantha Vaanam. Check this out:

Maa controversy: Jayasudha to take over the mantle?

TollywoodPresident Shivaji Raja and Secretary Naresh have been involved in mudslinging over alleged misappropriation of funds.Digital NativeThe Movie Artist Association is currently in the centre of a controversy over allegations of misuse of funds. The Maa held a cultural event in Dallas in the Us recently as a part of its silver jubilee celebrations but ever since then, there have been allegations about the funds collected from it being misused. The President of Maa, Shivaji Raja and the General Secretary Naresh were involved in mudslinging and had also held separate press meets to put forward their stances and reply to allegations. Shivaji Raja also went a step ahead to challenge the allegations made against him and said that he would give away all his assets to Maa if proven guilty. Srikanth, the Executive Vice-President of Maa, responding to the allegations, said that he would never enter the Maa office
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Breaking: Chekka Chivantha Vaanam's Audio Release date is here!!

Ever since the inception of Mani Ratnam's next film Chekka Chivantha Vaanam, the excitement instilled into the fans has not dropped. This gangster drama is all set to hit the screens on September 28.

The film boasts of an ensemble that includes Arvind Swami, Str, Vijay Sethupathi, Arun Vijay, Jyothika, Aishwarya Rajesh, Aditi Rao Hydari, Dayana Erappa, Prakash Raj, and Jayasudha in important roles. 

Now, we have a breaking update on the audio launch of the film. Our sources say that this Ar Rahman musical that has Vairamuthu's lyrics will release on September 5th! 

The trailer for Ccv released a...

Watch: Trailer for Mani Ratnam's 'Chekka Chivantha Vaanam' out

KollywoodThe trailer gives us more than a glimpse of the storyline.Tnm StaffThe highly anticipated trailer for Mani Ratnam's Chekka Chivantha Vaanam is out. The multi-starrer comes after the debacle of Kaatru Veliyidai and fans of the director are expecting a cracker of a film, given the actors on board. The trailer gives us more than a glimpse of the storyline. Senapathi, played by Prakash Raj, is a powerful gang leader who is also a businessman. His three sons Varadan (Aravind Swamy), Thyagu (Arun Vijay) and Ethi (Silambarasan) take after him and struggle to establish who is the alpha. Varadan, the trailer says, is not very educated and is more of a thug. His brothers, on the other hand, are sophisticated but still have a violent streak in them. Aditi Rao Hydari plays a journalist who has an affair with Varadan. Varadan is married to Chitra (Jyothika). Aishwarya Rajesh
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Breaking update on Mani Ratnam's Chekka Chivantha Vaanam!

Mani Ratnam's next film Chekka Chivantha Vaanam has 4 leads - Simbu, Arun Vijay, Vijay Sethupathi and Arvind Swami. The female leads are Jyothika, Aishwarya Rajesh, Aditi Rao Hydari and Dayana Erappa. Actors Prakash Raj and Jayasudha also play crucial supporting roles. The film is produced by Madras Talkies and Lyca Productions

The latest update on the film is that the looks of all the four lead actors will be revealed tomorrow. The film is slated to release on 28th September and the post production work is going on in full flow. A.R Rahman has collaborated with Mani Ratnam again to...

‘Srinivasa Kalyanam’ fails to impress, ‘Goodachari’ off to a good start in the Us

TollywoodAccording to trade reports, ‘Goodachari’ is all set to become hero Adivi Sesh’s biggest hit in the Us.Digital NativeDigital NativeTwo recent Telugu film releases in the Us box office have had totally different results. While expectations were very high on the Nithin starrer Srinivasa Kalyanam, it failed to impress the audiences in the Us. According to reports, Srinivasa Kalyanam managed to collect $62,334 through its premiere. Written and directed by Satish Vegesna, who shot to limelight with the hit movie Shatamanam Bhavathi, the romantic entertainer was bankrolled by Dil Raju under his banner Sri Venkateswara Creations. The film has Raashi Khanna playing the lead opposite Nithin, with Prakash Raj, Nandita Shwetha, Rajendra Prasad, Sithara, Vidyullekha Raman and Jayasudha in supporting roles. Nithin’s debut as hero was with the 2003 release Dil, which was producer Dil Raju’s debut production venture. It was the biggest hit in both their careers,
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'Srinivasa Kalyanam' review: An overbearing lecture on tradition

TollywoodWhile the director's previous film was more of a suggestion to the younger generation, this film is near didactic and preachy.Krishna SripadaSrinivasa Kalyanam is a movie that probably resulted from a gross misunderstanding on part of a story-writer about the pre-nuptial agreement. It has been understood as ‘signing a divorce paper before getting married’. Exactly why it is wrong for a millionaire industrialist to ask a prospective son-in-law to sign a pre-nuptial agreement, I still cannot fathom. And that’s the hinging point of this entire movie. Srinivasa Kalyanam’s director Satish Vegesna hit a jackpot with Shathamanam Bhavati, a gem of a film, which won the prestigious National Award. One can see how both the movies were from the same director – the importance given to tradition and the elders of the family, the throwback to the beauty of villages, the extolling of the virtues of being a good
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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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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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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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Vijay Sethupathi joins Mani Ratnam's Ccv team

Mani Ratnam's upcoming film Chekka Chivantha Vaanam stars an ensemble cast including Arvind Swami, Jyothika, Silambarasan, Vijay Sethupathi, Arun Vijay, Aditi Rao Hydari, Aishwarya Rajesh and Dayana Erappa. The supporting cast list includes names like Prakash Raj, Thiagarajan, Mansoor Ali Khan and Jayasudha.

Team Ccv has resumed shoot after the Kollywood strike. Vijay Sethupathi has started shooting his portions from today April 25. A photo of Vijay Sethupathi from the shooting spot was unveiled by the team.

Makkal Selvan fans are quite excited to see him act under the direction of Mani Ratnam. Let's wait and see what this team has...

The Akkinenis: How three generations have contributed to Telugu cinema

TollywoodANR, Nagarjuna, Naga Chaitanya and Akhil Akkineni - how has each generation contributed to Telugu cinema?CV AravindIn the sixties and for even a good part of the seventies, Madras (now Chennai) was the Mecca of south Indian cinema. Sprawling studios like Vauhini and Avm, recording theatres and labs were all situated in Madras. In those early days, when outdoor shoots were rare, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada filmmakers made a beeline to Madras to shoot their films. Two men - actor Nageswara Rao and producer D V S Raju - were instrumental in Telugu cinema shifting gradually to Hyderabad, the capital of Andhra Pradesh. The thespian Nageswara Rao also founded Annapoorna Studios with state of the art facilities and slowly, Tollywood began to warm up to functioning in its own territory. The two superstars of the time, N T Rama Rao and Nageswara Rao, dominated Telugu cinema for several decades before handing over the baton to others, including their sons. Rama Rao’s son Balakrishna, and Nageswara Rao’s son Nagarjuna, along with the likes of Chiranjeevi and Mohan Babu. The Akkineni family is now in its third generation, as Nagarjuna’s sons Naga Chatianya and Akhil Akkineni continue to hold the family banner aloft. Anr Nageswara Rao faced a lot of challenges in the initial stages and was cast in women's roles in theatre before he began to be noticed by filmmakers. Biographies and mythologies were a rage in those days and Nageswara Rao found his métier in performing vital roles in such films as Tenali Rama, Mahakavi Kalidasu, and Bhaktha Thukaram. He also landed the plum role of Abhimanyu in Maya Bazaaar, one of the biggest grossers at the box-office. Rao further essayed the characters of Mahavishnu and Arjuna as well. His ability to emote and deliver lengthy dialogues stood him in good stead and he added several notches to his popularity as a mass hero. However, the role that really brought him into the limelight was that of Devdas in a bilingual film of the same name, (Devadasu) released in 1953 and based on a story by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyaya. The role of a besotted alcoholic was performed with panache by the actor and it was reported that Dilip Kumar, who acted in the Hindi version of the film lauded Nageswara Rao’s performance, rating it above his own portrayal of the role. With the slow fade out of mythological roles, Rao drifted towards social themes and here too, he tasted a great deal of success with hits like Prem Nagar, Premabhishekam, Megasandesham, Dharma Daata etc. The Nageswara Rao – Dasari Narayana Rao combination proved to be a formidable one and Dasari’s film Premabhishekam not only broke several box office records but also ran for more than a year in theatres across the state. Nageswara Rao donned dual roles in films like Iddaru Mithrulu and Buddhimanthudu. Apart from being a good singer, Rao was also a fleet-footed dancer and could match steps with gifted dancers like Jayaprada, Jayasudha and Sridevi among others with consummate ease. A simple man with spartan habits, Nageswara Rao who also produced films under his home banner, excelled in a whole gamut of roles during his long and eventful career. A Padma Vibhushan awardee, Rao won the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the highest honour in Indian cinema. Their home production Manam, which brought together all the three generations of the Akkineni family, was released after he passed away at ninety. Manam, which fared well at the box office, had Nageswara Rao as an aging patriarch of a family with Nagarjuna and his two sons Naga Chaitanya and Akhil Akkineni also in pivotal roles. Samantha, who would later go on to marry Naga Chaitanya, was part of the cast, too. Nagarjuna Unlike his father who could not even afford primary education, Nagarjuna passed out with an automobile engineering degree from the Michigan University in the Us but was inexorably drawn into films, following in his father’s illustrious footsteps. Nagarjuna, though a chip off the old block, never aped his father’s acting style or mannerisms and embarked on his career, largely relying on his handsome looks and electrifying presence on screen. Although he acted in several pot boilers like Aatma Porattam, Janaki Ramudu and others, the two films that gave a distinct fillip to his career were Mani Ratnam’s Geetanjali and Ram Gopal Varma’s Shiva, both released in 1989. Varma’s Shiva became a cult film and Nag’s role of a fiery student leader won him plaudits galore and the film too became a blockbuster. One trait that Nagarjuna shared with his father was a penchant for biographical films, a genre that none of his contemporaries with carefully cultivated images were willing to touch with a barge pole. Nagarjuna’s performances in films like Annammayya, Sri Ramadasu and Shirdi Sai were a far cry from his commercial avatars where he was cast as a swashbuckling hero opposite the biggest heroines of the time like Sridevi, Vijayashanthi and Ramya Krishnan. His home production Ninne Pelladatha, directed by Krishna Vamsi, Gharana Bullodu and Allari Alludu were all big box office hits. Ninne Pelladatha also won a National Award for the Best Telugu Film of the year. Nagarjuna ventured into Bollywood and acted in Mahesh Bhatt’s bilingual Criminal, the Amitabh Bacchhan starrer Khuda Gawah and also films like Zakhm, Agni Varsha, and Loc Kargil. However, his foray into Tamil cinema with Rakshagan, opposite Sushmita Sen cut no ice with the viewers. Naga Chaitanya and Akhil Although he has been around for nearly a decade, Naga Chaitanya, Nagarjuna’s son, has to go a long way to go before he can come anywhere near the lofty standards set by his father and grandfather. He, however, has the benefit of training in a Film Institute in Mumbai and in Los Angeles as well. Naga Chaitanya impressed in Gautam Menon’s Ye Mayave Chesave as a lovelorn young man and in Sukumar’s 100% Love but films like Autonagar Surya and the latest Rarandol Veduke Chudham and Yuddham Sharanam did little to further his career. Bejawada, where he played the role of a college student who turns gangster, was perhaps the worst of the lot. Tadakha, a remake of the Tamil hit Vettai was a face saver and Naga Chaitanya did full justice to the role. The Telugu Premam, remake of the popular Malayalam hit, also did well. Nagarjuna’s son with actor Amala, Akhil Akkineni who picked up his acting lessons at the famous Lee Strasberg Institute, made his debut as a full fledged hero in Akhil, after playing a cameo in Manam. He also has a film Hello to his credit and this was helmed by Vikram Kumar who also directed Manam. Like his step brother Naga Chaitanya, Akhil, too is on the lookout for meaty roles that can provide adequate scope for his acting talents.
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‘Angamaly Diaries’ actor Antony Varghese scores big in second outing

MollywoodThe actor’s second film ‘Swathanthryam Ardharathriyil’ released on March 31 and is doing well at the box office.Digital NativeDigital NativeAntony Varghese, who made his debut with Angamaly Diaries, has struck gold once again at the box office with his second outing, Swathanthryam Ardharathriyil, getting a good response on the opening day. The film hit the silver screens on March 31 and is doing well at the box office, thanks to the long weekend. Directed by Tinu Pappachan, the film is bankrolled by Angamaly Diaries director-writer duo, Lijo Jose Pellissery and Chemban Vinod Jose, and director B Unnikrishnan. Apart from Antony Varghese, the film’s star cast includes Chemban Vinod Jose, Vinayakan, Sinoj Varghese, Tito Wilson, and Lijo Jose Pellissery. According to box office reports, Swathanthryam Ardharathriyil has collected Rs 1.5 crore on the day of its release in Kerala and the collections are soaring. Deepak Alexander has composed the background score for this flick while Jakes Bejoy has scored music for the soundtrack. Gireesh Gangadharan is the cinematographer and Shabeer Mohammed had done the editing. The other technical crew include Stephy Xavior for costume designing, Gokul Das in charge of the art department and Ronex Xavier for make-up. It may be mentioned here that the trailer of the film, which was released on March 18, went on to garner a huge response and got 1 million views. On the trailer release, several top Bollywood stars took to Twitter to share it online and wish the team success. Bollywood actor Jackie Shroff, while sharing the YouTube link of the trailer, wrote that it looks “terrific.” Actor Suneil Shetty wrote: “The best thing about cinema is that language has never been a barrier to watch one! And this trailer has definitely caught my attention Antony! Looking forward to the release! The very best @VarghesePepe.” The best thing about cinema is that language has never been a barrier to watch one! And this trailer has definitely caught my attention Antony! Looking forward to the release! The very best @VarghesePepe YouTube link : https://t.co/QXinD2U0a5 — Suniel Shetty (@SunielVShetty) March 18, 2018 Meanwhile, Antony Varghese is rumoured to have landed a pivotal role in Mani Ratnam’s upcoming multi-starrer Chekka Chivantha Vaanam, featuring an ensemble cast including Arvind Samy, Jyothika, Simbu, Vijay Sethupathi, Arun Vijay, Aditi Rao Hydari, Aishwarya Rajesh, Prakash Raj, Jayasudha, Mansoor Ali Khan and Thiagarajan. Mani Ratnam was apparently impressed with his work in Angamaly Diaries, which introduced 85 newcomers. (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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Santosh Sivan shares pictures from the sets of 'Chekka Chivantha Vaanam'

KollywoodHe is collaborating with Mani Ratnam for the sixth time and is very excited to be a part of the film.Digital NativeDigital NativeAce cinematographer Santosh Sivan is all excited about Maniratnam's Chekka Chivantha Vaanam. Santhosh is collaborating with Ratnam for the sixth time. The duo has previously worked together in films such as Thalapathi, Dil Se, Iruvar and Roja and were last seen together in Raavan. The film had gone on the floors earlier this month and the cinematographer has tweeted a series of pictures from the sets. Its a interesting combo of actors, Mani is a Director who loves innovations and willing to grow with a bunch of versatile , dedicated and punctual actors — SantoshSivanASC. Isc (@santoshsivan) February 23, 2018 pic.twitter.com/P17Xu41FyZ — SantoshSivanASC. Isc (@santoshsivan) February 23, 2018 Since Thalapathy dayspic.twitter.com/Hk3VJiPyJI — SantoshSivanASC. Isc (@santoshsivan) February 24, 2018 Various industry sources have confirmed that the film will be an action-thriller and will be a departure from the filmmaker’s usual style of films. The film will be featuring Str, Arvind Swamy, Vijay Sethupathi, Fahadh Faasil, Jyothika, Aishwarya Rajesh, Prakash Raj and Aditi Rao Hydari, who reunites with Ratnam after Kaatru Veliyidai. While it was also rumoured that Vijay Sethupathi will be seen in a special cameo role in the film as a cop, the actor came forward with a clarification during a recent media interaction that he will be playing a full-fledged role and would be seen throughout the movie. There are rumours that the film also stars senior actors Prakash Raj and Jayasudha, who have collaborated on several occasions. Apparently, they’ll be seen playing a pair and Arvind Swami, Fahadh and Simbu will be seen as their sons. Bankrolled by Ratnam's home banner Madras Talkies, double Oscar-winning Ar Rahman has been roped in compose the music and the multiple national award-winning editor Sreekar Prasad will also be a part of the team. Stunt choreographer Dhilip Subbarayan will choreograph the stunt sequences. David and Wazirfilmmaker Bejoy Nambiar, a longtime disciple of Ratnam, is listed as one of the film's creative producers. Sharmishta Roy will be the art designer and Eka Lakhani is signed as the film's costume designer. (Content provided by Digital Native)
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