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Keerthy Suresh to make her Bollywood debut with 'Maidaan'

EntertainmentTouted to be a sports drama, the film has Ajay Devgn playing the male lead.Digital NativeReports about Keerthy Suresh’s Bollywood debut are true. The actor has been signed up to play the female lead in the Hindi movie Maidaan. Touted to be a sports drama, the film has Ajay Devgn playing the male lead. Directed by the Badhaai Ho fame director Amit Sharma, it went on the floors recently. Can’t wait to join #Maidaan shoot!@BoneyKapoor sir @ajaydevgn sir @iAmitRSharma @freshlimefilms @saiwynQ @writish @zeestudios_ @ZeeStudiosInt @MaidaanOfficial pic.twitter.com/yOoHZWt2z7 — Keerthy Suresh (@KeerthyOfficial) August 19, 2019 Boney Kapoor, Akash Chawla and Arunava Joy Sengupta will be bankrolling this venture jointly. According to reports, Maidaan is based on the life of the former footballer Syed Abdul Rahim, who led the Indian team to victory in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics semi-finals. Keerthy Suresh is one of the most talented actors in the film industry right now.
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Manju Warrier roped in for ‘S Durga’ director Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s next

MollywoodSanal Kumar Sasidharan’s upcoming movie, which is reportedly titled ‘Kayattam’, will feature Manju Warrier in the lead.Digital NativeDigital NativeDirector Sanal Kumar Sasidharan, following the release of his critically acclaimed films Chola and S Durga, has started working on his next film. The upcoming movie, which is reportedly titled Kayattam, features Manju Warrier in the lead. The team had begun shooting for the film last week in the Himalayas and Maju Warrier is also a part of the current schedule. Meanwhile, Sanal Kumar's Chola was recently selected for the competition section of the Venice Film Festival, that begins this month. It is the only Indian film to have made it to the Orizzonti Competition category at the prestigious movie gala which is being held from August 28 and goes on till September 7. The director will attend the screening along with the cast Joju George and Nimisha Sajayan. Chola is among
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Arbaaz Khan all praise for Mohanlal’s ‘Lucifer’

MollywoodThe Bollywood actor will be making his Mollywood debut with ‘Big Brother’, which is directed by Siddique and stars Mohanlal in the lead.Digital NativeDigital NativeArbaaz Khan will be making his big debut in the Malayalam film industry with Big Brother starring megastar Mohanlal in the lead. Reports indicate that the Bollywood actor will be seen as an enforcement officer named Vedantham Ips. In an interview to Toi, the actor heaped praises on the Mohanlal starrer Lucifer which was actor Prithviraj’s directorial debut. Arbaaz Khan was quoted by the publication as saying, “I watched the film while I was in Kerala; it’s such an outstanding film. Mohanlal sir has performed brilliantly, but I am equally impressed by how Prithviraj sir has directed it. He has done such fabulous work for an actor-turned-director, with some amazing shots and presentation.” Lucifer, which released in March this year, is a political
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Grand sets built for Sudeep’s ‘Kotigobba 3’

SandalwoodThe set worth Rs 2 crore has been erected at Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad, where an intense action sequence is being shot.Digital NativeThe shooting of the Sudeep starrer Kotigobba 3 is currently going on at Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad. According to reports, the team has erected a set worth Rs 2 crore, where an intense action sequence is being shot. Reports say that this schedule will go on for 15 days. While Sudeep has himself penned Kotigobba 3, it is directed by debutant Shiva Karthik. Arjun Janya is composing the music for this venture while Shekar Chandru is handling the camera. Madonna Sebastian and Shraddha Das will be playing the female leads in this flick with Bollywood actor Aftab Shivdasani in an important role. The others in supporting roles include Tabla Nani, Rajesh Nataranga and Ravi Shankar. It may be noted here that the shooting schedules of Kotigobba 3 have been getting delayed
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Priya Varrier, Neeraj Madhav to dance in remix of Ramayanakatte song

MollywoodThe 1991 song from the Mohanlal film ‘Abhimanyu’ will be recreated for the movie ‘Ka’, with the music remixed by Jakes Bejoy. Digital NativePriya Varrier / Jikson / Facebook.comThe song ‘Ramayanakatte’ from the movie Abhimanyu was one of the most popular songs of the early 1990s starring Mohanlal. A Times of India report said that this song is now all set to be recreated for the movie Ka. Actor Priya Prakash Varrier and actor-dancer Neeraj Madhav will be seen shaking legs for it. The music for this remixed version of the song has been done by Jakes Bejoy. The film is directed by Rajeeshlal Vamsha. According to reports, Priya is not the heroine in Ka and will be seen only in this remix song. It may be noted here that the original version of the song ‘Ramayanakatte’ in Abhimanyu was composed by the late musician Raveendran and its lyrics penned by Kaithapram.
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Mohanlal gets ready to move on to 'Big Brother'

MollywoodThe shooting of his film ‘Ittymaani: Made in China’ just got over, with the final schedule shot in China.Digital NativeHaving completed the film Ittymaani: Made in China, Mohanlal is moving on to his next project, Big Brother. The shooting of this film will go on the floors on July 11, confirmed its director Siddique. The first schedule will begin in Ernakulam and then move on to other places, we hear. Big Brother has the Bollywood actor Arbaaz Khan making his Malayalam debut. Others in the cast include Anoop Menon, Sarjano Khalid and Satna Titus. While Mohanlal, Anoop Menon and Sarjano Khalid play brothers in this flick, Arbaaz will be seen as a police officer. Mohanlal was recently in China to finish the final schedule of shooting for Ittymaani: Made in China. This film has now gone into the post-production stage. It is directed by debut filmmakers Jibi and Joju and
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Usha to Aju Varghese: Meet the actors behind Malayalam films' famous friends or siblings

MollywoodSome of these character actors have played the hero or heroine in some films but more often than not, they are cast as friend or sibling to the main lead. CrisFor a funny conversation at the dining table, a tit for tat in the kitchen, a word of advice and confessions, film scripts place next to the central characters, a sibling or else a friend. Most of these friend and sibling characters are crucial when there is a story to be built or a point to be made, but slowly fade into the background and don't take the attention away from the heroes and heroines they are so attached to. Malayalam cinema has always had a habit of entrusting a few regular faces with these roles. In the early days, it would have been the likes of Adoor Bhasi and Sreelatha, but we are swishing past the '60s and
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Mohanlal to wrap up 'Ittymaani: Made in China'

MollywoodThe final schedule of the film is being shot in China, according to reports.Digital NativeThe shooting of the Mohanlal starrer Ittymaani: Made in China began a couple of months ago and is progressing well. According to the latest reports, the team is currently in China where the final schedule is on. A picture of Mohanlal in China has been circulating online much to the delight of his fans. “China has significance in a story that is set in Kunnamkulam, where you get all types of duplicate goods,” said director Joju in an interview to the Times of India. Ittymaani: Made in China is directed by debut 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,
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Bollywood actor Arbaaz Khan to make Malayalam debut in Mohanlal’s ‘Big Brother’

MollywoodArbaaz was in Kerala recently and was welcomed by Mohanlal and 'Big Brother' director, Siddique.Digital NativeBollywood actor and producer Arbaaz Khan is all set to make his debut in the Malayalam film industry with the Mohanlal starrer Big Brother. Arbaaz was in Kerala for this and was welcomed by Mohanlal and the film’s director, Siddique. Posting a pic with Arbaaz Khan, Mohanlal wrote on his social networking page, “It’s a pleasure to welcome @BeingSalmanKhan’s brother @arbaazSkhan, to be a part of my upcoming movie #BigBrother , directed by Siddique.” Sharing the moment Arbaaz Khan took it to Twitter and shared, "Super excited about working with the Legend Mohanlal sir and ace director Siddique sir. It’s my debut in the Malayalam film industry with a film called “Big Brother”. So looking forward to the shoot in July.” Super excited about working with the Legend Mohanlal sir and ace director Siddique sir.
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Not producing Salman Khan starrer, Sudeep clarifies on rumours

CinemaSudeep took to Twitter to clarify that there was no truth in the rumours that he and Jack Manju are producing a film starring Salman Khan.Digital NativeDigital NativeRumours about Prem directing a film with Bollywood star Salman Khan with Jack Manju and Kiccha Sudeep producing it under their respective banners have been spreading like wildfire on the internet. Realising that such rumours will not stop on their own, Sudeep took to Twitter recently to clarify that there is no truth in the news. Sudeep explained that director Prem visited him on the sets of the Hindi film Dabangg 3, in which the actor is playing a role, but did not meet Salman Khan for a story session as speculated by the media. He appealed to everyone not to spread such baseless rumours. Saw some news about manju n me producing a Salman starter n prem directing it,,, jus wanna
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Keerthy Suresh signs a film with Karthik Subbaraj’s production house?

Kollywood An official announcement regarding this project is expected to be made in the coming weeks.Digital NativeDigital NativeActor Keerthy Suresh, who was last seen in Vijay – A R Murugadoss film Sarkar, has a slew of interesting projects in her kitty, including her Bollywood debut film opposite Ajay Devgn. Currently juggling between the sets of two Telugu films being directed by Narendra and Nagesh Kukunoor, Keerthy is believed to have signed a new Tamil film which will be bankrolled by Karthik Subbaraj’s production house. To be directed by a debutant director, the film is reportedly a female-centric thriller and Keerthy is believed to have already given her nod. An official announcement regarding this project is expected to be made in the coming weeks. Keerthy is currently shooting for her Telugu film with director Narendra in Europe where a predominant portion of the project will be shot. Meanwhile, she will
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Manju Warrier and Biju Menon to act in Madhu Warrier directorial

MollywoodThe two actors who have worked in quite a few films together in the late 1990s, are coming together for the first time since Manju Warrier’s comeback in 2014.Digital NativeManju Warrier and Biju Menon have earlier worked together in films like Krishnagudiyil Oru Pranayakalathu, Kudamattam, Pranayavarnangal, Innalakalillathe and Kannezhuthi Pottum Thottu and last shared screen space about two decades ago. They haven’t come together in a movie after Manju Warrier’s comeback in 2014, until now. Manju and Biju would appear in a film that will be directed by actor and producer Madhu Warrier, who is also Manju’s brother. Pramod Mohan will be penning the script for this film. The prep work for this project which has not been titled yet is on and the shooting is scheduled to begin in October. P Sukumar will be cranking the camera for this venture. Madhu Warrier made his acting debut
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Third schedule of Sudeep’s ‘Kotigobba 3’ wrapped up

SandalwoodDirected by debutant Shiva Karthik, the film has Madonna Sebastian playing the lead opposite Sudeep.Digital NativeDigital NativeThe shooting schedules of the Sudeep starrer Kotigobba 3 have been getting pushed due to the star’s acting commitments in other film industries. This also raised speculations on the film’s release date. Finally, a few days ago, it was announced that the film will hit the marquee on November 1 to coincide with the Kannada Rajyotasava Day. Now we hear that the third schedule of the film was wrapped up recently. While Sudeep himself has penned Kotigobba 3, it is being directed by debutant Shiva Karthik. Arjun Janya is composing music for this venture while Shekar Chandru is handling the camera. Madonna Sebastian will be playing the female lead in this flick, with Bollywood actor Aftab Shivdasani in an important role. Besides Kotigobba 3, the versatile actor will be seen in the Telugu flick Sye
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Mohanlal plays Sachidanandan in 'Big Brother'

MollywoodReports are that 'Big Brother' will be a family entertainer with Mohanlal and Anoop Menon playing brothers.Digital NativeMohanlal’s upcoming film Big Brother, directed by Siddique, will begin shooting from next month. Reports are that Big Brother will be a family entertainer with Mohanlal and Anoop Menon playing brothers. Mohanlal’s character in the film is called Sachidanandan. The others playing supporting roles in Big Brother are Vishnu Unnikrishnan, Sarjano Khalid, Tini Tom, Siddique and Bollywood actor Arbaaz Khan. On the female lead, we hear that Regina Cassandra is in talks with the makers and an official announcement will be made once she signs the project. Big Brother is being produced by director Siddique under his banner S Talkies and Vaishaka Cinema. Deepak Dev will be composing tunes for this flick. Reports are that a major portion of the film will be shot in Ernakulam and Bengaluru and the locations have been finalised.
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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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I’m not averse to remakes: Shiva Rajkumar on starring in ‘Kavacha’

Sandalwood‘Kavacha’ is the remake of the hit Malayalam movie ‘Oppam’ which starred Mohanlal and was directed by Priyadarshan.Digital NativeKannada superstar Shiva Rajkumar is starring in a remake after nearly a decade and a half, and it has his fans and critics intrigued on what made him decide to do it. In a recent interview to the Times of India, the star spoke about starring in Kavacha, which is the remake of the hit Malayalam movie Oppam. When asked about it, Shiva Rajkumar said that though he preferred original scripts, he has never been averse to remakes. The star added that about 30 – 35% of the script was changed to suit Kannada film audiences and he was okay with it. On playing a visually challenged man in the film, the actor said, “When you have to act without any glasses, like I did in Kavacha, it becomes quite difficult. You have to be very sharp.
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Kalyani Priyadarshan to be seen opposite Simbu in ‘Maanaadu’

KollywoodThe film, which will be directed by Venkat Prabhu, has been a long pending project. Digital NativeKalyani Priyadarshan, daughter of filmmaker Priyadarshan and actor Lissy, is going places as she's signed her second Tamil in a span of just two months. After being signed opposite Sivakarthikeyan in her debut Tamil film Hero, Kalyani will be paired with Simbu in Venkat Prabhu's Maanaadu, which is slated to go on the floors very soon. On Friday, producer Suresh Kamatchi took to Twitter and wrote: "Proud and happy that the stage in Maanaadu will be graced having Kalyani Priyadarshan pairing with Str." Kalyani, who is thrilled to be part of the project, wrote on her Twitter page: "Can't wait to bring that amazing script to life." It’s worth mentioning that Prabhu has been planning to work with Simbu for a long time. He said in an interview to Firstpost, "It’s a long-pending project.
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Bhavana in talks to star in Shiva Rajkumar’s ‘My Name is Anji’

SandalwoodTouted to be a commercial entertainer, the film will be directed by A Harsha.Digital NativeDigital NativeShiva Rajkumar’s next film in the pipeline is My Name is Anji. The film will be directed by A Harsha and the groundwork for it is currently on. According to reports, the shooting of My Name is Anji will begin in June this year. Incidentally, Harsha and Shiva Rajkumar have worked together in Bhajarangi and Vajrakaya in the past and this is their third venture together. About the female lead to star opposite Shiva Rajkumar in My Name is Anji, we hear that it will be Bhavana. The filmmakers feel that she would be the right choice to play the role as she shares a good rapport with the hero having worked with him in the past. Touted to be a commercial entertainer, My Name is Anji will be bankrolled by Jayanna and
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Actor Sivakarthikeyan teams up with Vignesh Shivn for next film

KollywoodThe film will have music by Anirudh.Digital NativeDigital NativeSivakarthikeyan, who is gearing up for the release of M. Rajesh's Mr. Local will be joining hands with Vignesh Shivn for an upcoming project produced by Lyca Productions. Confirming the project, the production house took to Twitter and posted, "We are extremely delighted to announce our next production #SK17 a big budget film with the Most Happening Youthful Combo Starring @Siva_Kartikeyan Written & Directed by @VigneshShivN Music by @anirudhofficial On Floors July 2019 On Screens 2020 https://twitter.com/LycaProductions/status/1108589492489748481 We are extremely delighted to announce our next production #SK17 a big budget film with the Most Happening Youthful Combo Starring @Siva_Kartikeyan Written & Directed by @VigneshShivN Music by @anirudhofficial On Floors July 2019 On Screens 2020 pic.twitter.com/sPgPbP2A98 — Lyca Productions (@LycaProductions) March 21, 2019 The project marks the first time collaboration of Siva and Vignesh Shivn. Tentatively titled SK17, the film will
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Suniel Shetty on celebrating Mohanlal’s Padma Bhushan

MollywoodThe Bollywood actor shared a photo of the celebrations in the sets of the Malayalam film ‘Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham’.Digital NativeMalayalam superstar Mohanlal was awarded one of the highest civilian honors in the country - the Padma Bhushan - recently and that called for a celebration on the sets of his upcoming film Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham. Celebrating the occasion was the Bollywood actor Suniel Shetty, who plays an important role in the film. Sharing a photo on his Instagram account, Suniel Shetty wrote: “On the sets of 'Markaar' celebrating PadmaBhushan Mohanlal sir, the genius sabucyril and my favourite hera pheri man Priyadarshan sir... An opportunity to work ... with the best in the business of entertainment... Blessed!!! (sic). ” Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham is a star studded film with some of the top actors in the country, making it to the cast. The film has Prabhu, Suneil Shetty, Manju Warrier, Arjun Sarja, Mukesh
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