Southern Films Round Up


Nayanthara To Receive Highest Salary

Nayanthara will be pairing up with Vikram for the 1st time for the film to be directed by Anand Shankar. Nayan who is on a roll after hat-trick of hits in ‘Thani Oruvan’. ‘Maya’ & ‘Naanum Rowdy Dhaan’ has been paid a whopping salary for accepting the lead lady role in this film to be produced on a grand scale by Shibu Thameens of ‘Puli’ fame. The Lady Superstar has signed up the deal to act in the yet to be titled film with Vikram after being offered Rs.3 crores as the salary. If this is true it will be the highest salary paid to a South Indian actress and Nayan will become the number one actress in terms of salary.

Dhansika Bags Maniratnam Film

It was widely reported a few weeks back that Maniratnam’s proposed multi starrer tentatively titled ‘Vellai Pookkal’ was dropped with news that Mani is producing the Hindi remake of ‘Ok Kanmani’ adding to the speculation. But now the buzz is resurfacing that the most celebrated Indian director is indeed doing the film with Karthi, Nani & Nithya Menen and will be joined by Dhansika who will supposedly do the role that was originally intended for Keerthy Suresh. Shooting will reportedly begin from Apr, 2016 but however this being a Maniratnam film, we can confirm only when the man himself opens up about his project.

Vijay’s High Voltage Stunts By Hollywood Action Director

The next schedule of Illayathalapathy Vijay’s ‘Theri’ directed by Atlee is set to begin in Goa in a few days time and a high voltage stunt sequence on a bus is going to be filmed. For this risky sequence stunt director Dilip Subbarayan is going to collaborate with celebrated Hollywood action director Kaloian Vodenicharov, who is known for his exemplary work in films like ‘Troy’, ‘World War Z’, ‘The Bourne Series’, ‘Mission Impossible’ et al. Vodenicharov is also not new to Indian films as he has already worked in S.S. Rajamouli’s ‘Baahubali – The Beginning’ and currently doing SRK-Kajol’s ‘Dilwale’.

Jayam & Arvind To Combine Again

The ‘Thani Oruvan’ hit combo Jayam Ravi & Arvind Swamy in all likelihood will team up once again for a new film to be produced by Prabhu Deva & directed by Lakshman of ‘Romeo Juliet’ fame. Initially Vijay Sethupathy and later Bobby Simha were said to be doing the parallel hero role in the as yet untitled film but now it looks like the talks are in the final stages with Arvind Swamy who is on the verge of signing. Official confirmation is awaited on this one.

Dil Raju Graphics Film With Krishna

Dynamic producer Dil Raju is collaborating with creative director Krishna Vamsi for a techno-graphical extravaganza. The film boasts of high end visual effects and will be made on a staggering budget. The film will have 2 female leads and 5 male leads. The makers are planning to kick start the film early next year. Currently, the script work is on and Vamsi is giving final touches to it. Usually, we get to see either a mythological or a socio-fantasy film which boasts of heavy graphics but it remains to be seen what’s going to be the genre of Krishna Vamsi’s film. As of now, the makers have put the details about the film under the wraps.

Rakul Special In ‘Nannaku Prematho’

Petite beauty Rakul Preet Singh is all set to present a flavour of her voice to the Tollywood audiences soon. Grapevine is that Rakul, who is fluent in speaking Telugu, is going to dub her lines in her upcoming film ‘Nannaku Prematho’. The actress has been picking up the language for a while now and has got the diction right. Rakul was supposed to dub her lines for Ravi Teja starrer ‘Kick 2’ but things never fell in place owing to hectic production schedules. The actress had begun dubbing the lines and is quite excited to don this new role. She is working really hard and is putting sincere efforts to give an authentic feel to the audiences.

Mahesh Returns His Remuneration

Superstar Mahesh Babu has returned Rs 10 cr which he received as a token advance from producer S Radha Krishna says sources. Radha Krishna, who earlier made blockbuster hits like ‘Julayi’ and S/O Sathyamurthy, has approached Mahesh to team up with Trivikram Srinivas for a new movie. However, things never worked in favour of the producer and despite paying advance remuneration to Mahesh, Radha Krishna has dropped his plans to make a film with the Superstar. Although the exact reason behind this development is yet to be announced, sources close to the producer reveals that he doesn’t want to push Mahesh to kick-start his project before the actor wraps up ‘Brahmotsavam’ and another movie with AR Murugadoss.

Mohanlal In NTR’s Next

Young Tiger NTR & director Koratala Shiva have collaborated for a new movie tentatively titled ‘Janatha Garage – Ikkada anni repairlu cheyyabadunu’. Produced by Mythri movies, the film will begin the principal shooting in Jan, 2016 soon after NTR wraps up ‘Nannaku Prematho’. The film has an interesting addition to its star cast. According to reports, Malayalam superstar Mohanlal has been roped in to play a pivotal role in this NTR-starrer. Mohanlal, who was in Hyderabad to discuss about the shooting schedule of his upcoming Telugu film under the director of Chandrasekhar Yeleti, has agreed to play a crucial role in NTR’s film. Speculations were rife that Mohanlal will play an important role in NTR’s action entertainer. However, an official confirmation is awaited.

Uthara & Manisha Completes ‘Edavapathi’ Shoot

Lenin Rajendran’s upcoming movie titled ‘Edavapathi’ has been completed. The movie stars Manisha Koiralla, Uthara Unni & Siddarth Lama of ‘Yodha’ fame in the lead roles. The movie is a period one based on the tales of Vasavadutta & Upagupta. Uthara Unni is excited to be part of this venture as she has got the chance to share screen with Manisha Koiralla, who incidentally has given the young actress a boost with her positive review of her acting. Uthara has also got the opportunity to showcase her dancing skills through this movie. Lenin himself has written the movie. The movie was shot at various locations including Manali, Kulu et al.

Archana Gets Engaged

Actress Archana Kavi of ‘Neelathamara’ fame has got engaged to her beau Abish Mathew. The actress herself posted a picture of her engagement with him and wrote “. You are taken Abish Mathew. Guys, we got engaged”. The duo were childhood friends who grew up in Delhi. They had admitted to their relationship recently in a leading magazine. Abish is a stand up comedian and is part of the famed AIB team. Archana has not been very active in tinsel town of late. She will get married early next year.

‘Swachcha Bharatha’ U Certified

Former KFCC President and current FCI director B Vijayakumar much loved film ‘Swachcha Bharatha’ (on the basis of Swachch Andolan of Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi) has been cleared by regional censor certificate with ‘U’ and without any cuts. It has been wish of producer B Vijayakumar to make a message oriented with commercial format. This is one such film heading for audio release of the film. ‘Swachcha Bharatha’ the 50th direction of BR Keshava was shot in Bengaluru, Kashi, Varanasi locations. Pramod is cameraman, MS Maruthi scores music, Siddaraju is editor & Seshagiri has penned dialogues.

Joni Turns Producer

A film is finally made at the editing table. The work of editor is so strong and prominent. There are quite a few editors turning directors in Kannnada film field. In the case of over 100 films editor Joni Harsha it is different. He turns producer from a comedy television serial ‘Sriman Srimathi’. The purpose behind leaping in to TV production is to give good quality. I was upset when I saw some of the TV programs made in Kannada. I got a good subject and team in ‘Sriman Srimathi’ made me to invest on this comedy serial says Joni Harsha.