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Veteran cinematographer Ramachandra Babu passes away

ObituaryRamachandra Babu has worked in over 125 films and won four Kerala state awards.Tnm StaffRamachandra Babu / Wikimedia Commons / Cc By-sa 2.0Veteran cinematographer Ramachandra Babu passed away in Kozhikode on Saturday. He was 72 years old. Ramachandra Babu, a graduate of the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, has been working as a cinematographer of feature films since 1971, the year he finished his course. He has prominently worked in the Malayalam film industry, but has also worked in Tamil, Hindi and Telugu films. He has worked with renowned directors such as Mt Vasudevan Nair, Kg George, John Abraham, Bharathan, Hariharan and IV Sasi among others in Malayalam; Mani Ratnam in Tamil; Ks Rami Reddy in Telugu; and so on. He has worked in over 125 films and received several awards including the Kerala State award for Best Cinematography four times. Some of his most noted works are for the films Nirmalyam, Dweepu,
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Mohanlal ropes in Spanish actors for his debut directorial ‘Barroz’

MollywoodIn an introduction video he posted on Facebook, the actor-turned-director speaks about the film, interspersed with scenes from his earlier movies.Digital NativeMohanlal is all set to make his debut as director with Barroz and the groundwork for this film is currently on. The actor-turned director has now announced that he is roping in two Spanish actors Rafael Amargo and Paz Vega for the film. The introduction video was posted on his social media handle. The video begins with a scene from Mohanlal’s film Vanaprastham, with the actor in Kathakali costumes, saying ‘I do not speak as Arjuna of Mahabharatha, but as the person within this costume.” The actor then appears in front of the camera and introduces himself as an actor, who has been in the film industry for 41 years, is 59 years and 340 films old. For the first time he is going to direct a film. “It is a children’s fantasy movie,
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Child prodigy Lydian Nadhaswaram to compose music for Mohanlal’s ‘Barroz’

MollywoodReports are that the veteran actor roped in Lydian to do the music of his directorial debut since ‘Barroz’ is a children’s film. Digital NativeVeteran actor Mohanlal is all set to make his directorial debut with Barroz and we have an interesting update on the film. The actor-turned-director has roped in child prodigy Lydian Nadhaswaram to compose music for this film. Lydian, a student of Ar Rahman’s music academy, shot to limelight for winning the CBS talent show ‘The World’s Best’ which won him the million dollar prize money. In the program, he played the classical ‘The Flight of the Bumblebee’ in a faster variation, which stunned the judges and the audiences. The boy, who has also appeared in Ellen DeGeneres’ television show, was hailed by Ar Rahman as a solo virtuoso. Watch: Meet Lydian Nadaswaram, the fastest and youngest pianist from Chennai Reports are that he
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Jayaram clarifies he is in no hurry to make directorial debut

MollywoodJayaram is currently busy acting in 'My Great Grandfather' and 'Marconi Mathai' besides a host of other projects. Digital NativeIt would seem the season when experienced actors in the Malayalam film industry are turning filmmakers. Recently, Prithviraj Sukumaran made his directorial debut, and then Mohanlal announced his decision to make a film, as did actor Kalabhavan Shajohn who is already shooting his first feature. That’s when a report came that actor Jayaram too would be directing a Malayalam movie, one that will not be a commercial entertainer but something movie lovers would like to watch. The actor has however clarified that he is no hurry to venture into filmmaking, and would first finish his acting assignments. In an interview to The Times of India, Jayaram said, “I did express an interest in direction but right now I am busy with my acting projects. Maybe when I am done with the commitments,
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Mohanlal to collaborate with mentalist Aathi for a theatre project

MollywoodThe actor announced on Facebook that he will work with Aathi for a theatre project titled ‘In Conversation with Fireflies’.Digital NativeActor Mohanlal has announced that he will be collaborating with mentalist Aathi for a theatre project titled In Conversation with Fireflies. Putting up a poster on Facebook, Mohanlal wrote, “Mystery, Dream, Pain, Dilemma, Existence! Very excited to announce this unique Theatre project! “Happy Birthday Aathi”... Mentalist Aathi.” Mohanlal has also recently announced about making his directorial debut, after four decades of working as an actor. Reports are that the film is based on Barroz, a Portugese mythical figure, the guardian of Vasco da Gama’s valuable treasures for 400 years. The film is also titled Barroz. Jijo Punnoose, who introduced 3D to the Indian film audiences with the iconic My Dear Kuttichanthan is penning the story for Barroz. And as expected, it will be a 3D film! The latest update
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Ku Mohanan roped in as cinematographer for Mohanlal’s ‘Barroz’

MollywoodThe 3D film is Mohanlal’s debut directorial venture.Digital NativeDigital NativeMalayalam superstar Mohanlal announced a few weeks ago that he will be debuting as a director soon. The star currently has several acting assignments needing his attention and his directorial project will go on the floors later this year. Reports suggest that the film is based on Barroz, a Portuguese mythical figure, said to be the guardian of Vasco da Gama’s valuable treasures for 400 years. Titled Barroz – Guardian of D’Gama’s Treasure, the film, Mohanlal revealed earlier, will be in 3D and can be enjoyed by both kids and adults. Jijo Punnoose, who introduced 3D to Indian film audiences with the iconic My Dear Kuttichathan is penning the story for Barroz. The latest update about this film is that Mohanlal has roped in acclaimed cinematographer Ku Mohanan to crank the camera. Being a 3D film, the cinematographer
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Now, Mohanlal winks for the film ‘Ittymaani: Made in China’

Mollywood'Ittymaani: Made in China' is being directed by debutant directors Jibi and Joju.Digital NativeActor Mohanlal joined the sets of Ittymaani: Made in China recently and the shooting is progressing briskly. Recently, a picture from the film, showing the actor wink, made it online and it is going viral for obvious reasons. In what appears to be a church gathering, we also get to see veteran actor Radikaa Sarathkumar in the background. It was last year that new actor Priya Prakash Varrier became so popular after the picture of her winking in a song went quite viral. Ittymaani: Made in China is being directed by debutant directors Jibi and Joju and bankrolled by Anthony Perumbavoor under his banner Aashirvad Cinemas. The title poster of the film was unveiled some time ago and it featured a laughing Buddha, indicating that it will be a comic caper. Speaking about the film, one its directors,
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Mohanlal takes directorial plunge with 3D film

Malayalam superstar Mohanlal is all set to take directorial plunge with the upcoming 3D film Barroz - Guardian Of D'Gama's Treasure after four decades of acting. Mohanlal revealed the news via his blog. Calling it the beginning of a new journey in his career, he said that it will be a film shot in 3D and liked by children and adults alike. It's a story set in Portugal. Explaining how the idea of him directing a film took shape, he said that a meeting with Jijo Punnoose, the director of India's fantasy 3D Film My Dear Kuttichathan, made it possible.

"Director T.K. Rajeev Kumar and I had met Jijo to discuss and make a 3D show. He narrated the story of ?Barroz' which I thought would make for a great film. When the discussion came up as to who will direct, I said I will. Jijo encouraged my decision,
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Why Shankar’s '2.0' could be a watershed moment for 3D films in India

KollywoodThough 'My Dear Kuttichathan' released in 1984, 3D has never really picked up in India because of the challenges involved.Hemanth Kumar C RAt a recent press meet held in Hyderabad, filmmaker Shankar urged everyone to watch his latest sci-fi feature film 2.0 in 3D. “The experience will be 10 times better than the 2D version,” he remarked. Truth be told, no Indian film, shot in 3D, has been in the limelight as much as 2.0, starring Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar, and Amy Jackson, in recent years, despite several attempts by filmmakers in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, and Hindi. In complete contrast to this trend or the lack of it, Hollywood has been riding high on the 3D wave post the jaw-dropping success of Avatar, and almost every other major Hollywood blockbuster has a 3D version releasing in theatres on a regular basis. 3D has become the new normal and right now, it’s on
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Fahadh Faasil to work with ‘My Dear Kuttichathan’ fame director?

MollywoodReports say that the film will be about the history of the Chundan Vallom, the well-known snake boat of Kerala.Digital NativeDigital NativeDirector Jijo Punnoose, who came up with the masterpiece My Dear Kuttichathan way back in the early 1980s, the first ever 3D film in the history of Indian cinema, is all set to make a comeback. The director has an interesting script and is reportedly in talks with Fahadh Faasil to play the lead role. While there is still no clarity on the project, some reports have emerged that it will be about the history of the Chundan Vallom, the well-known snake boat of Kerala. More details about the project are expected to come out soon officially. The makers of the movie are busy with the pre-production work. Jijo Punnoose began his career as an actor with the 1962 release Bharya and went on to star in movies such as Inapraavugal, Thilothama and Pearl View. He had directed two films Padayottam and My Dear Kuttichathan, of which the latter was a cult hit. Jijo is the eldest son of popular producer Navodaya Appachan of Navodaya Studios. My Dear Kuttichathan, a technically brilliant 3D film, was produced by Navodaya Appachan and Jose Punnoose under the banner Navodaya Studios. The film had Dalip Tahil, Sonia, Master Aravind, Master Mukesh, Surya Kiran, Rajan P Dev, Jagathi Sreekumar and Jagadish in the star cast. Maestro Ilayaraja had composed music for this venture with Ashok Kumar cranking the camera and Tr Shekar editing it. While the director’s project is taking shape, Fahadh Faasil is busy with a number of films. His recent release Carbon is a hit and it is confirmed that he has signed on the dotted line to play the lead role in the B Unni Krishnan directorial, which is being scripted by actor Suraj Venjaramoodu. The actor also has the Tamil movie Super Deluxe directed by Thyagarajan Kumararajan, in which he is sharing screen space with Vijay Sethupathi, lined up for release and Anwar Rasheed’s Malayalam movie Trance. (Content provided by Digital Native)
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