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Mohan Raja makes important announcement on Jayam Ravis' next!

Adanga Maru is an upcoming film directed by Debutant Karthik Thangavel starring Jayam Ravi in the lead role. This is Jayam Ravis's 24th film in his career. The movie also has stars like Raashi Khanna, Bharat Raj and Babu Antony playing important roles. The film has music scored by Sam Cs of Vikram Vedha fame, and The cinematographer of Theeran Adhigaram Ondru, Sathyan Sooryan, handles the camera department.

Director Mohan Raja who is also Jayam Ravi's brother, has made an announcement about this film. He has revealed that the first single track from Adanga Maru will release on the Tik Tik...

Rosshan Andrrews to team up with Nivin again

MollywoodThe director is upbeat about their first film together, ‘Kayamkulam Kochunni’, on the legendary highwayman by the same name, which will be released soon.Digital NativeDirector Rosshan Andrrews is reportedly going to work with actor Nivin Pauly again, after their upcoming film Kayamkulam Kochunni has released. It is believed to be a thriller penned by Rosshan’s favourite scriptwriter duo Bobby and Sanjay. The director seems upbeat about Kayamkulam Kochunni. In an interview to the Decccan Chronicle, he said, “The historical genre is something I have not touched. It was Sanjay who asked me to read up on Kayamkulam Kochunni and after I finished, I was intrigued as a filmmaker. There was romance, treachery, betrayal and friendship, which I felt was the right mix for a commercial film.” Kayamkulam Kochunni is a film on the legendary highwayman by the same name, who lived during the early 19th century. He was
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Nivin Pauly, Sunny Wayne board train from T’puram to promote 'Kayamkulam Kochunni'

MollywoodThe stars boarded Jan Shatabdi train from Thiruvananthapuram to Ernakulam and interacted with those onboard, besides obliging fans with selfies. Digital NativeDigital NativeNivin Pauly and Sunny Wayne, as part of promoting their upcoming film Kayakulam Kochunni, went on a train journey. The stars boarded Jan Shatabdi train from Thiruvananthapuram to Ernakulam and interacted with those onboard, besides obliging fans with selfies. On this, Sunny Wayne was quoted by the Times of India as saying, “It was a very interesting journey. People were surprised to see Nivin and me. We took selfies with them and spoke to them. It was really a beautiful experience.” Kayamkulam Kochunni, scheduled for release on August 17, has a positive buzz surrounding it with the pre-release business being good. Sources in film trade circles say that the Tamil, Telugu and Hindi rights along with its audio and overseas rights have been sold out and have fetched its makers around Rs 25 crore.
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Romantic song ‘Kalariyadavum Chuvadinazhakum’ from ‘Kayamkulam Kochunni’ charms fans

MollywoodRendered by Vijay Yesudas and Shreya Ghoshal, the song features the film’s lead pair, Nivin Pauly and Priya Anand.Digital NativeThe shooting of Kayamkulam Kochunni was wrapped up a few weeks ago and it is now in the post-production mode. The film is scheduled for release this Onam and the team is working hard to meet the deadline. The promos have begun already and as a part of it the first song from the album was released on social media recently. As expected, it is doing well among film buffs and has gone viral. The song beginning with the lyrics ‘Kalariyadavum Chuvadinazhakum’ is a romantic number. Rendered by Vijay Yesudas and Shreya Ghoshal, it has been composed by Gopi Sunder and the lyrics have been penned by Shobin Kannangattu. ‘Kalariyadavum Chuvadinazhakum’ features the film’s lead pair, Nivin Pauly and Priya Anand. Kayamkulam Kochunni is a film based on
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How an era was recreated for Nivin Pauly's 'Kayamkulam Kochunni'

MollywoodThe film was shot in different locations to re-create the era, including Udupi and Mangaluru, and a small part was also shot in Sri Lanka.Digital NativeMaking a period film calls for a lot of work, not just in recreating a lost era, but telling a story of those times most convincingly. Kayamkulam Kochunni, with actor Nivin Pauly, in the lead, is shaping up through different locations, telling the life story of a legendary highwayman who lived in the Kerala of the 19th century. Nivin plays the Robin Hood-style ‘thief’ who steals from the rich and gives the poor. Mohanlal will be seen in an extended cameo. The film was shot in different locations to re-create the era, to maintain originality and authenticity. Reports are that director Rosshan Andrrews and production designer Sunil Babu took nearly three months to finalise the locations. They had toured Kayamkulam and places near it
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Watch: Nivin Pauly's 'Kayamkulam Kochunni' trailer out

MollywoodThe trailer also features Mohanlal, who plays Ithikkara Pakki in the film.Tnm StaffThe teaser for Nivin Pauly's highly anticipated film Kayamkulam Kochunni was released on Monday. Set in 1830 when the British ruled India, the story is about a highway man who stole from the rich to give the poor. The film has been directed by Rosshan Andrrews and the script is by Bobby-Sanjay. The trailer has some stunning action sequences, with Nivin making some kalari moves. Mohanlal, who plays Ithikkara Pakki, Kochunni's friend and mentor, makes an appearance towards the end of the trailer. It appears that the film will also address caste violence, with Kochunni,a Muslim, falling in love with a woman of the Shudra caste (Priya Anand) and facing the wrath of the people around him. There's also a reference to the Manusmriti and how it has different rules for different castes. Priyanka Thimmesh, Sunny Wayne, and Babu Antony are among the cast. The music has been scored by Gopi Sundar. Produced by Sree Gokulam Movies on a budget of Rs 45 crore, Kayamkulam Kochunni is Nivin Pauly's biggest film in terms of scale. The actor, who sports a closely shaved haircut for the film, thanked the crew behind the film and released the trailer. Watch:
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First look of 'Kayamkulam Kochunni' out : Nivin Pauly looks fearsome

MollywoodThe film is expected to release for Onam this year.Tnm StaffTwitter / Nivin PaulyOn Friday morning, Nivin Pauly unveiled the first look of his upcoming movie, Kayamkulam Kochunni on Twitter. Nivin sports a menacing look with short hair, moustache and a beefed up physique. He also has a knife in his hand and the warrior style costume looks quite impressive. The movie is based on the life of the famed highwayman from Kayamkulam who has been tagged as Robinhood. He was said to be active in central Travancore and was known for stealing from the bourgeoisie and giving it to the poor. Mohanlal will be seen in an extended cameo as Ithikkara Pakki, a robber contemporary to Kochunni. He will play the role of Kochunni’s mentor. For the role, Nivin took training in Kerala’s traditional martial arts Kalaripayattu, horse riding and also lost some weight. The first look of #KayamkulamKochunni is here! Thank you for the love & support! @Mohanlal | #RosshanAndrrews | #GokulamGopalan | #BobbySanjay | #BabuAntony | #GopiSunder | #BinodPradhan | #SreekarPrasad | #AntoJoseph | #SunnyWayne | @PriyaAnand pic.twitter.com/6cF4uhkoL8 Nivin Pauly (@NivinOfficial) July 6, 2018 The poster announced that the movie will be released during the Onam season of 2018 but the exact date is yet to be revealed by the team. It is directed by Rosshan Andrrews and bankrolled by Gokulam Gopalan under the banner of Sree Gokulan movies. It also stars Priya Anand, Priyanka Thimmesh, Sunny Wayne and Babu Antony. The cinematography is by Binod Pradhan. The film is scripted by the duo Bobby and Sanjay and edited by A. Sreekar Prasad. The movie is currently in post-production stage. According to Andrrews, the film will feature Kochunni’s life before and after his transition as a thief, his survival attempts, romance and social structure during his time. The movie carries the tag “most dangerous man” along with the title. Nivin was last seen in Hey Jude. He has several films in his kitty including Love Action Drama directed by Dhyan Sreenivasan in which he's starring opposite Nayanthara, Geetu Mohandas’ Moothon and Major Ravi’s romantic drama.
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Mohanlal done with ‘Kayamkulam Kochunni’ shooting

MollywoodWhile Nivin Pauly will be playing the title role in the film, Mohanlal will be seen in an extended cameo.Digital NativeIt is well known that Mohanlal will be playing the character Ithikara Pakki in the upcoming film Kayamkulam Kochunni. While Nivin Pauly will be playing the title role in the film, Mohanlal will be seen in an extended cameo. A few weeks ago, the star joined the sets of this film and it is now confirmed that he has wrapped up shooting for his portions. The film’s director Roshan Andrews posted a pic on his Facebook page showing a still of Mohanlal from the film and it is gone viral ever since. Kayamkulam Kochunni, which is based on the life of the Robin Hood style highwayman who lived in the early 19th century in the Central Travancore region, has been scripted by the National Award winning duo Sanjay and Bobby. The shooting for this flick started in Udupi in late September last year and has been progressing well. It was indeed a pleasant surprise for film buffs when it was announced that Mohanlal had been roped in for a guest role and that he would be sharing screen space with Nivin Pauly. Kayamkulam Kochunni is bankrolled by Gokulam Gopalan under his banner Sree Gokulam Films. The film’s star cast includes Priyanka Thimmesh, Sunny Wayne, Babu Antony, Manikandan R Achari, Thesni Khan, Jude Anthany Joseph and Sudev Nair. On working with Mohanlal, Nivin Pauly had tweeted: “It’s a blessing to work with a legend who inspires you in more ways than one! The experience was an unforgettable one. Miss you on set, Laletta! #KayamkulamKochunni.” The shooting will go on for some more weeks and the film is likely to hit the silver screens later this year. With Mohanlal and Nivin Pauly coming together on screen, their fans just can’t wait to see them in action on the silver screens. (Content provided by Digital Native)
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Nivin Pauly fractures arm on 'Kayamkulam Kochunni' sets

Mollywood The star reportedly landed on his arms while performing a stunt sequence. Digital NativeNivin Pauly is playing the title role in Kayamkulam Kochunni and the shooting of this film is progressing at a breakneck speed. According to reports from the sets, Nivin Pauly, while shooting for a stunt sequence, fractured his arm and will be out of action for a fortnight. Sources report director Rosshan Andrews as saying that Nivin who had to jump down from a height to hit an attacker, fell on his arm, resulting in a minor fracture. Though the star had the option to opt for a dupe, he decided to do it himself, add sources. The Kayamkulam Kochunni team had just about 15 days of shooting left and was getting ready to fly down to Sri Lanka for a short schedule. With the hero being advised rest for the next 15 days, the dates have been rescheduled for the shooting to continue. Nivin was supposed the join the sets of Dhyan Sreenivasan’s Love Action Drama soon after wrapping up Kayamkulam Kochunni. However, this has been postponed to mid-May now. Kayamkulam Kochunni, directed by Rosshan Andrews, stars Mohanlal in a pivotal role as well. The film is based on the life of a highwayman who lived in the 19th century in the Central Travancore region. This Robinhood style thief stole from the rich to feed the poor. Kochunni died in jail in 1859. A devout Muslim, who prayed five times a day, he developed a dislike for the rich (money leaders and landlords) as he had grown up in abject poverty.The others in the star cast also include Priya Anand, Priyanka Thimmesh, Sunny Wayne and Babu Antony. The film is being bankrolled by Gokulam Gopalan under his banner Sri Gokulam Films. Gopi Sunder is composing the tunes for this flick with Binod Pradhan cranking the camera and A Sreekar Prasad editing. A film on this Robin Hood styled thief was made in 1966 by Pa Thomas and had Sathyan, Adoor Bhasi, Manavalan Joseph and K. J. Yesudas in the star cast. Besides Kayamkulam Kochunni, Nivin Pauly also has the Geethu Mohandas directorial Moothon in his kitty. (Content provided by Digital Native)
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Here's the story behind Mohanlal’s look in 'Kayamkulam Kochunni'

MollywoodWhile his fans are raving about his looks, a section of the film buffs did not fail to notice the similarities with 'Gladiator, the Greek Warrior'.Digital NativeDigital NativeMohanlal’s look in his upcoming film Kayamkulam Kochunni has now become the talk of the tinsel town. While his fans are raving about his looks, a section of the film buffs did not fail to notice the similarities with Gladiator, the Greek Warrior. Discussions about Mohanlal not even appearing to look like an Indian is doing rounds and sources close to the Kayamkulam Kochunni team have an explanation for it. Reports are that he plays the legendary thief, Ithikkara Pakki in the film. As someone who robs the traders and travellers, it quite natural for his looks to be foreign. Mohanlal plays a cameo in Kayamkulam Kochunni while Nivin Pauly will be seen in the title role. Directed by Rosshan Andrews, the film is based on the life of a highwayman who lived in the 19th century in the Central Travancore region. This Robinhood style thief stole from the rich to feed the poor. Kochunni died in jail in 1859. A devout Muslim, who prayed five times a day, he developed a dislike for the rich (money leaders and landlords) as he had grown up in abject poverty. Produced by Gokulam Gopalan under his banner Sree Gokulam Films on a budget of around Rs 10 crores, the film’s shooting began on September 30th last year and is progressing well. While Nivin Pauly joined the sets much earlier, Mohanlal began shooting for the film last week. Being a cameo, he will be wrapping up his schedule in a few weeks. The team is currently stationed in Mangaluru for the shooting and will be flying down to Sri Lanka for the next schedule. The technical crew of the film includes Gopi Sunder for music, Binod Pradhan for cinematography and A Sreekar Prasad for editing. Others in the star cast of Kayamkulam Kochunni are Priyanka Thimmesh, Babu Antony, Sunny Wayne, Manikandan R. Achari, Thesni Khan and Jude Anthany Joseph. (Content provided by Digital Native)
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It’s Mohanlal vs Nivin Pauly in ‘Kayamkulam Kochunni’

MollywoodWhile Nivin Pauly plays the titular role, Mohanlal will be seen as Ithikkara Pakki in the film.Digital NativeDigital NativeRecently, Mohanlal had posted a still of himself with Nivin Pauly from his upcoming film Kayamkulam Kochunni and this had gone viral as expected. While Nivin Pauly plays the title role in the film, Mohanlal will be seen as Ithikkara Pakki in it. Interestingly, both are legendary Robin Hood type characters who lived in central Travancore during the 19th century. Mohanlal, who has an interesting line-up of films getting ready for release, joined the sets of Kayamkulam Kochunni earlier this week. Directed by Rosshan Andrrews, the film has been written by Bobby and Sanjay. The star cast of the film includes Mohanlal, Nivin Pauly, Priya Anand, Priyanka Thimmesh, Sunny Wayne and Babu Antony. It may be mentioned here that while the story of the film would revolve around Nivin Pauly’s character Kayamkulam Kochunni, Mohanlal will be seen in an extended cameo. The star had completed shooting of the Ajoy Varma directorial earlier this month and hopped on to the sets of Kayamkulam Kochunni to wrap up his portions. The shooting of the film is currently in progress in Mangalore. According to reports, the team will move over to Sri Lanka for the next schedule where some important portions would be canned. Nivin Pauly had to do a lot of homework to get into the skin of the character. He took training in Kerala’s traditional martial arts Kalaripayatt to play the 19th century highway robber. With short-cropped hair, handlebar moustache and a beefed up physique, Nivin will sport a menacing look in the film. And with Mohanlal losing some weight for Odiyan, his looks in the movie will be a special treat to watch as well. Gopi Sunder is scoring the music for this flick with Binod Pradhan cranking the camera and A Sreekar Prasad editing it. The film will be out in theatres later this year, say sources. (Content provided by Digital Native)
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'Aadhi' review: Pranav Mohanlal makes a fine debut, impresses in action sequences

Mollywood Jeethu Joseph's action thriller has plenty to like although the writing could have been better.Fahir MaithuttyPranav’s father, Mohanlal is the biggest action superstar Malayalam cinema has produced. There have been actors like Babu Antony who've performed the stunts better. But no one has been as successful as Mohanlal in this genre for this long. Whether it is Rajavinte Makan in the '80s, Yodha or Sphadikam in the '90s or even Pulimurugan last year, Mohanlal’s dedication and energy when it comes to performing stunts on screen has rarely found better counterparts. What strikes you first in Pranav Mohanlal’s debut as a leading actor is how his speed and agility in stunts reminds you of his father. It is a smart move from Mohanlal and Jeethu Joseph to launch Pranav in a movie that capitalises on the star son’s strengths. We have seen glimpses of these skills when he acted as a child artist in Onnaman in 2001. He has only scaled up further after the extensive training he underwent in Parkour stunts in Australia. It also helps that Jeethu Joseph has written a story which has its hero on the run for a major part of the movie’s run-time. Aadhi tells the story of Aadhithya Mohan, a young man (Pranav Mohanlal) whose dream is to make a mark as a big music director, for which his dad (Siddique) has allowed him only two years to try and succeed. Though he is actually innocent, he gets tangled up in the death of the son of a business tycoon (Jagapathi Babu) in a pub in Bengaluru. The rest of the film is about Aadhi fighting back. Aadhi’s major highlight is its chase scenes. Pranav jumps from building to building and climbs from the ground to roofs with astonishing speed that it will take another viewing to completely appreciate how well he has done it. He even does a decent job bashing up the bad guys when he is not flying in the air. Though the stunts are what he does best, Pranav’s debut is not about that alone. He starts off a little shakily and you notice that he is not at ease delivering dialogues. The camera tries to be distant from him in the first half, indicating perhaps that the actor wasn’t comfortable initially. But Pranav surprisingly gets a lot better in the second half, with his screen presence and dialogue presentation getting a good boost. The actor also emotes well when he breaks down in a phone conversation with his father after a tragic event. Jeethu Joseph has always been a better screenplay writer than a director. It is his writing that can take you by complete surprise at every turn and this is what made Memories and Drishyam two of the finest thrillers of this decade. We miss that extremely skilled writer in the first half of Aadhi as Jeethu takes his sweet time to establish characters and their histories. Even after Aadhi lands himself in a difficult situation, it might trouble you that he takes a long while before finding a way out of it. The movie is stuck at the same plot point some 30 minutes around the interval. Like his previous outing Oozham, Jeethu Joseph once again has caricature villains who are underdeveloped and don’t really think ahead of the hero. The director brings his A-game in the movie’s last hour. The entire sequence where Aadhi devices a solid plan to get into the office building to meet Jagapathi Babu gives you ample thrills and reminds you what Jeethu Joseph is capable of when he is in his elements. There are enough clever tricks that the leading hero pulls out of his hat in this part of the story. Siddique is as dependable as ever and Lena has some light moments in the first half. But the movie might have benefited with lesser space for Aadhi’s parents after a while. The presence of Meghanadan and Anushree brings some relief, the latter especially evoking some good laughs. The bond that slowly grows between Anushree’s character( Jaya) and Aadhi is well established. Siju Wilson is a weak link in the movie. Another actor who looks the part of a villainous young man would have made a big difference. Jagapathi Babu would do well to stop choosing such bad guy roles in Malayalam movies that don't offer anything exciting to him as an actor. Satheesh Kurup’s camera does a fantastic job in capturing Pranav’s speed in chase scenes aptly. The background by Anil Johnson, who is a regular in Jeethu Joseph movies, goes by his usual job of adding thrills to the tense scenes. His songs though once again aren’t impressive. Aadhi is Jeethu Joseph’s most satisfying movie since Drishyam and a decent debut vehicle for Pranav Mohanlal. Pranav has a long way to go before you can compare him with his father or even his contemporaries. But Aadhi’s second hour is the sign that he could get better as he spends more time in front of camera. For now, he has exploited the fact that not many young heroes in Malayalam have taken the risk to do stunts like he has in his debut movie. That just about gives Aadhi the impetus it needs. Disclaimer: This review was not paid for or commissioned by anyone associated with the film. Neither Tnm nor any of its reviewers have any sort of business relationship with the film's producers or any other members of its cast and crew.
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Suriya and Jyothika launch first look of Nivin Pauly's 'Kayamkulam Kochunni'

Suriya and Jyothika, Kollywood's power couple, visited the sets of Nivin Pauly's upcoming film Kayamkulam Kochunni on Sunday.

Both the stars launched the first look of the film which is about Kerala's legendary highwayman from the 19th century. Directed by Rosshan Andrrews, the film also stars Amala Paul, Priyanka Thimmesh and Babu Antony.
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Nivin Pauly and other 'Kayamkulam Kochunni' actors learning martial arts

The shooting of the highly anticipated film, Kayamkulam Kochunni has begun. The film, based on the life of the legendary Robin Hood type highwayman, Kayamkulam Kochunni, has Nivin Pauly playing the lead role.

The star cast also includes Sunny Wayne and Babu Anthony playing pivotal roles.

As the script demands that its lead actors Nivin Pauly, Babu Antony, and Sunny Wayne be proficient in the martial art of Kalaripayattu, they are undergoing special training, report sources close to the film unit.
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After 11 years, Srikanth, Bhumika team up again

After 11 years, Srikanth, Bhumika team up again
Thiruvananthapuram, March 3: Southern actor Srikanth, known for his negative role in "Hero", will team up with Bhumika Chawla after 11 years for a cameo in Raj Prabhavathy's "Buddy".

Bhumika was his heroine in his debut film "Roja Kootam", which came out in 2002. It's after a gap of 11 years that the two actors will be seen together.

He will do a cameo in the film and has accepted the role considering the character's importance and the strong cast of the movie that includes names like Anoop Menon, Balachandra Menon, Babu Antony, Arun Midhun and Asha Sarath. It is being produced by Jackson and Greeni under the banner - Greeni.
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This week's new films

The Woman In The Fifth (15)

(Pawel Pawlikowski, 2011, Fra/Pol/UK) Ethan Hawke, Kristin Scott Thomas, Joanna Kulig. 84 mins.

Mysteries abound in this sombre, 1970s-style drama, and so do women. Hawke's emotionally wracked American in Paris is plagued by them – not just the seductress of the title (Scott Thomas) but also his estranged wife and daughter, and the pretty Polish waitress. Plus some dodgy (male) gangster types. If it all seems too good to be true, it is, but this doesn't show its hand till very late on – maybe too late – and maybe too many cards, or too few.

Hadewijch (12A)

(Bruno Dumont, 2009, Fra) Julie Sokolowski, Yassine Salime, Karl Sarafidis. 105 mins.

Boldly drawing connections between (Christian) religious devotion and (Muslim) religious extremism, this radical but naturalistic drama follows a rejected nun whose search for spiritual solace takes her far out of her central Paris comfort zone, and deep into the paradoxes of faith.
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Review - Vinnaithandi Varuvaaya

Star-casts: Silambarasan, Trisha, Uma Padmanabhan, Babu Antony, Ganesh, Ks Ravikumar and Others.

Banner: Escape Artists Motion Pictures, R.S. Infotainment

Production: Madhan, Ganesh Kumar, Jayaram

Direction: Gowtham Vasudev Menon

Music: A.R. Rahman

It looks like Tamil Cinema has been travelling through a horrible phase as most of the previous week’s releases have been letting down with big disappointments. This week’s release ‘Vinnaithandi Varuvaaya’ isn’t an exception as the film fails you terribly.

Gowtham seems to be very much overconfident with his scripting and scatter-brained screenplay, which is so lethargic during most of the film’s course.

If Silambarasan overreacted with his commercial tactics in previous films, this one shapes him down in a different way, which is again a sort of unnatural disorder. His very mannerisms of speaking lines with tongue-bitten-teeth efforts looks absurd and his mannerisms are more or less simulated from Surya. Trisha looks so
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