VANANGAMUDI COMMENCED IN CHENNAI
Arvind Swamy’s cop thriller Vanangamudi has commenced with an auspicious Pooja event in Chennai. To be directed by Selva, who earlier made Pudhayal (1997) with Arvind Swamy, Vanangamudi has Ritika Singh, Nandita Swetha, Chandini, Thambi Ramaiah & Harish Uttaman in important roles. Daniel Balaji was initially approached to play the baddie in the film but the actor has now opted out due to unavailability of dates. Magic Box Ganesh is producing Vanangamudi and Imman has been roped in to compose music. The shoot of the film will be happening in Kodaikanal, Tuticorin & Chennai. Besides Vanangamudi, Arvind Swamy also has Sathuranga Vettai 2 & Naragasooran with Karthick Naren.
CHIYAAN STARTS SHOOTING FOR HIS NEW FILM
Chiyaan Vikram has commenced shooting for his new film with director Vijay Chander of Vaalu fame. “1st day shoot of 2nd film. #vjchander#DOPsukumar#chiyaan54″, wrote Vikram on his official Instagram page. To be produced by Silverline Film Factory, the yet untitled film also has Tamannaah as Vikram’s pair. The entire film will be shot in North Chennai backdrop. Sukumar of Mynaa fame is cranking the film, where Vikram is said to be playing a local gangster & Tamannaah plays a homely girl. Vikram is also planning to simultaneously shoot for both Dhruva Natchathiram & Vijay Chander film as both characters demand the similar bearded look.
STR’S NEW LOOK UNVEILED
A glimpse of STR’s aged look for the Ashwin Thatha’s character in Anbanavan Asaradhavan Adangadhavan was unveiled by the makers recently. STR’s hairstyle & mannerisms remind us of Superstar Rajinikanth, which has been lapped up by his ardent fans & movie buffs alike. In an earlier interaction, Anbanavan Asaradhavan Adangadhavan director Adhik Ravichandran has revealed Ashwin Thatha’s character will be energetic that despite his aged look, STR will be seen performing risky action sequences. Produced by Michael Rayappan of Global Infotainment, the film also has 2 heroines — Shriya Saran & Tamannaah Bhatia. Besides Michael & Ashwin, STR will also be seen in 1 more look for which the actor will be reducing nearly 15 kilos. Curently, STR who was paid a bomb to be the music director for Santhanam’s new film has completed composing 5 songs and is busy with recordings.
MANJIMA TO ROMANCE VISHNU
Vishnu Vishal is on a roll, his Kathanayagan is getting ready for release and he is also busy shooting for his yet – untitled action thriller with Mundasupatti director Ram, where Amala Paul plays the actor’s romantic interest. Vishnu Vishal has also started his 3rd production venture with debutante director Chella, a former associate of Ezhil & Regina Cassandra has been roped in to play the female lead. The actor has also signed a new film with Eshaan Productions, who earlier produced Meen Kuzhambum Mannpaanaiyum. Kathanayagan’s director Muruganandham will be helming the new project of Eshaan Productions. The latest update is that Manjima Mohan is officially on board for the film, Vishnu Vishal tweeted “Happy to share screen space with the happening @mohan_manjima for ESHAN PRODUCTIONS @dusshyanth film directed by Muruganandham (kathanayagan)”
KARTHI: ‘KAATRU VELIYIDAI’ WILL BE A CLASSIC LOVE STORY
In his recent media interaction, Karthi revealed that his upcoming film Kaatru Veliyidai will be a classic love story like Alaipayuthey. “Even before the shoot, Mani sir clearly told me, ‘I don’t want a boy, I want a man’. “Kaatru Veliyidai deals with human relationships, it’s a love story between a fighter pilot & a doctor”, said Karthi. The actor also clarified that the film will not have any terrorism backdrop as reported by a section of the media. Ravivarman of Vettaiyadu Vilayadu fame is the DOP of Kaatru Veliyidai and major portions were canned in Kashmir. Already, the Azhagiyey single number composed by A R Rahman received positive reviews & the Vaan song was also out on Valentine’s Day. The film will be distributed by Sri Thenandal Films on 7th Apr, 2017.
YAMAN GETS A RELEASE DATE!!!
In their previous interactions, Lyca Productions & Vijay Antony have confirmed that their political action entertainer Yaman will be releasing for Sivarathiri weekend. Now, as the film has been censored with a clean “U” certificate, the makers have confirmed that Yaman will be hitting the screens on 24th Feb, 2017. In Yaman, Vijay Antony will be seen playing a dual role, Miya George plays an actress & Prashanth’s dad Thiagarajan essays the role of a selfish politician. Jeeva Shankar, who directed Vijay Antony’s 1st hit film Naan has helmed the film, which also has Charlie, Marimuthu & Sangili Murugan in pivotal roles. Yaman’s Telugu version will also be simultaneously releasing along with the Tamil version on 24th Feb, 2017.
MANISHA TIES THE KNOT WITN A BUSINESSMAN!!!
Manisha Yadav made her debut in Balaji Shakthivel’s critically acclaimed film Vazhakku En 18 / 9, the actress later acted in many films including Suseenthiran’s Aadhalal Kaadhal Seiveer, GV Prakash Kumar’s Trisha Ilana Nayanthara & she has also appeared as the glam Soppana Sundari in Venkat Prabhu’s Chennai 28 II innings. The actress has recently got married to her longtime boyfriend, a Bengaluru based businessman at a private event in Bangalore. Posting pics from the wedding, Manisha tweeted “Thanks to family friends, well – wishers who stood by us rock solid in our 7 year relationship turning into a beautiful wedding. I thank the media also for respecting this as a private affair between families. Thank every director / actor for their blessings & fans for their love”.
SHRUTI TO STAR IN & AS SANGAMITHRA
Of late Shruti Haasan has officially signed on the dotted line to play the female lead in Sundar C’s big budget Sangamithra. Apart from the massive budget & promising technical team, Shruti is said to be super impressed with her character and believes that it’s a great chance to put forward her acting skills she will also undergo aggressive training in martial arts & horse riding to make her role better. Director Sundar C is planning to shoot the Tamil & the Telugu versions with Arya, Jayam Ravi & Shruti but the Hindi version will have a different cast. To be produced by Sri Thenandal Films, A R Rahman will be composing the music for the film & Sudeep Chatterjee of Bajirao Mastani fame will be cranking the camera.
AMY SHOOTS FOR LAST SCEDULE OF 2.O
The last schedule of maverick director Shankar’s magnum opus 2.o is progressing at a brisk pace in the outskirts of Chennai city. “Great shoot with #Shankar for Robot 2.0. Only a few more days left to shoot with the #2point0 Team. Next stop Mumbai”, updated the film’s heroine Amy Jackson on her Instagram page. Superstar Rajinikanth plays the lead role in 2.o & Bollywood’s Khiladi Akshay Kumar playing the deadly baddie. The film also has Sudhanshu Pandey & Adil Hussain essaying the other important roles. The 1st look teaser of 2.o will be unveiled on 14th Apr, 2017 and the film will be releasing in Tamil, Telugu & Hindi for this Diwali. Produced by Lyca, A R Rahman is composing the music for the film & Nirav Shah is handling the cinematography department.
NAREN CONFIRMS SWAMY FOR NARAGA SOORAN
Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru director Karthick Naren approached Arvind Swamy for his upcoming gangster film Naraga Sooran. Recently, Arvind Swamy stated that discussions are on but nothing has been finalized. Now Karthick Naren has took to his Facebook page to confirm the buzz. “Tried my level best to keep this under the wraps. Yes, met Arvind Swamy sir before couple of weeks & we discussed about a script called Naragasooran. He is really excited about the script & as a director I’m very keen to work with him. The discussion is in its early stages. will update once the project goes on paper. Hoping for the best “, wrote Karthick. a leading Kollywood director will be bankrolling the film.
JAYAM WRAPS UP VANAMAGAN
The shoot of Jayam Ravi’s forest based action adventure film Vanamagan is wrapped up & the team held a cake cutting ceremony. Vijay is directing Vanamagan, which also has Sayyeshaa as Ravi’s romantic interest while Varun, Thambi Ramaiah & Sam Paul will also be seen playing pivotal roles. Produced by Vijay’s Think Big Studios, Harris Jayaraj is scoring the music for the film & Thiru has cranked the camera. As Ravi has completed Vanamagan, he will now be resuming 45 days shoot of his space thriller Tik Tik Tik with Shakti Rajan. A large set has been erected at EVP city & the film’s director Shakti Rajan is planning to shoot there for 45 days. Nivetha Pethuraj of Oru Naal Koothu fame plays the female lead in Tik Tik Tik and interestingly, Ravi’s son Aarav will also be making his acting debut in the film. Produced by Hitesh Jhabak & Nemichand Jhabak, Imman has been roped in to compose music for Tik Tik Tik.
Tamizha Adhi In conversation!!!
The band “Hiphop Tamizha” was formed by both Adhi & Jeeva. However, the former only appears in the media & film related events while the latter has his own reasons to stay away from the limelight. “When Jeeva & I started composing independent songs, we were skeptical about the initial reactions from our middle class families. We even thought that they would scold & wallop us for doing something, which is completely irrelevant to what we studied. So we created a generic yet catchy name “Hiphop Tamizha”. Averred Adhi, who is from Coimbatore. When asked Adhi on why his partner Jeeva doesn’t show up at film events, he says “During Aambala audio launch, Vishal compelled Jeeva and his face turned pink that he struggled to speak in front of the huge crowd”. “Jeeva always tells me that if music assistants & many other people, who are helping us to create music does not like to appear in front of the public, why bother him? Jeeva is someone who is outspoken that once he told Sundar C that the “lemon” comedy in Aranmanai was mokkai. As Sundar sir loves Jeeva, he was able to take it but just imagine what would happen if he shares similar thoughts to the media. In one of the interviews, a reporter asked Jeeva to choose his favorite music composer in Kollywood, he listed out people but told him that he doesn’t feel like choosing 1 music composer. Guess Jeeva himself knows that his frank talk might create controversies and stayed out of the limelight. But all my directors love Jeeva, they would have long conversations with him, they love his honesty”.
DHANUSH BACK ON THE SETS!!!
Dhanush, who was busy shooting for VIP2 has now donned the director’s cap & resumed Power Paandi. “Power paandi last 5 days shoot 🙂 #dd1 #directormode #april142017release”, posted the actor on his Twitter page. Touted to be a heart – warming film on the lives of stunt artists, Rajkiran plays the lead role in Power Paandi. The film also has an ensemble cast of actors including Prasanna, Chaya Singh, Delhi Ganesh, Robo Shankar & Vidyu Raman. Dhanush plays the younger version of Rajkiran in the film while Gautham Menon & Madonna Sebastian will be seen in special cameos. Produced by Dhanush’s Wunderbar Films, Velraj is cranking the camera for the film & Sean Roldan is taking care of the songs & the background score. After Power Paandi, Dhanush is expected to join the sets of Vetri Maaran’s Vada Chennai in Mar, 2017.
SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PLANS VIKRAM’S NEXT!!!
Though Thaman is extremely talented, lady luck is not very kind to him in Tamil cinema. He is yet to compose for big hero projects so far. But in Telugu, he is a big music director with many hits in his kitty. Currently, Thaman is busy with the composition of Chiyaan Vikram’s new film with Vaalu director Vijay Chander. Talking about the film Thaman says “It will be a very interesting project from Vijay Chander. Apart from Vikram, Tamannaah has also got a powerful character”. Regarding the songs & BGM, the composer says “We are planning for a mass symphony kind of BGM for the film in Bulgaria. I’ve already delivered the 1st song”. The shoot of the yet untitled film is progressing at a brisk pace in Chennai. Thaman has also recently met Ilayathalapathy Vijay and the duo will be soon joining hands for a film.
DATE FIXED FOR 1ST TEASER
Top league heroine Nayanthara’s 1st release of the year will be Dora the fantasy horror flick directed by Dass Ramasamy. The teaser of Dora will be released on 17th Feb, 2017 and it is expected to be a treat for horror movie buffs & fans of Nayanthara. Apart from the lead character Pavalakodi, played by Nayan, the film also stars Harish Uthaman, Thambi Ramaiah and many others. Thambi Ramaiah plays Nayan’ father in the film. Dora has been produced by Nemichand Jhabak & Presented by V. Hitesh Jhabak. Sarkunam Cinemas has made the film on behalf of Nemichand Jhabak. Vivek – Mervin duo has rendered the music score for this film.
SURIYA & HARI TO DELIVER 2 MORE FILMS
The Combo of actor Suriya & director Hari have delivered there 5th film Si3 as a huge success. The 3rd part of the blockbuster Singam series has been doing great business at all centers across the globe & the worldwide collections so far has crossed Rs.77 crores as per trade sources. Suriya commands a tremendous market in Telugu speaking states of Andhra & Telangana. Si3 has been simultaneously released as Yamudu in Telugu and the film has taken a big opening as expected. Recently the success party of Yamudu was held in Hyderabad. Speaking in the event director Hari has confirmed that he will be teaming up with Suriya again for not just 1 but 2 films. 1 will be of course Singam 4 and the other 1 will be a fresh film out of the franchise. Hari & Suriya have so far worked together in Aaru, Vel, Singam, Singam 2 & Si3 and all the films are super hits.
5 HEROES FOR JAI & ANJALI
The pair that is making news currently in Kollywood, Jai & Anjali are the leads in Balloon directed by Sinish. The film has music by Yuvan Shankar Raja & produced by Dileep Subbarayan, Kandhaswamy Nandakumar & T. N. Arunbalaji. The Balloon team has announced that 5 leading Kollywood heroes will reveal 4 1st look posters & a prelude to a teaser. The names of the A Listers have not been revealed yet but the unveiling has started from 15th Feb, 2017 and will go on till 19th Feb, 2017.
96 FILM LAUNCH DATE & TIME
Vijay Sethupathi & Trisha will be pairing up for the 1st time for a film titled as 96. This film will be directed by Prem Kumar, the cinematographer of Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kanom. While the talks about this exciting projects has been doing rounds for long, the film was officially launched through a Project Launch Announcement at around 7 pm on Valentine’s Day. The film will be bankrolled by S. Nandagopal of Madras Enterprises banner. Govinda Menon will be rendering the musical score.