Kammatti Paadam is on the way with a Dulquer Ultimatum

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Kammatti Paadam is on the way with a Dulquer Ultimatum 

The most expected Mollywood flicks of the year; Kammatti Paadam is on its way. The movie, which has been making headlines ever since it was announced, has unveiled a second poster on the other day. Kammatti Paadam features Dulquer Salman and Shaun Romy in the lead and unfolds in the backdrop of Kochi in the 80s. The gangster drama joins together the National Award Winning director Rajiv Ravi and Dulquer Salman for the first time.

Kammatti Padam also features Vinay Fortt, Vinayakan, Shine Tom Chacko, Sunny Wayne, and Soubin Thahir in supporting roles. Rajeev keeps his lips shut except revealing that Mumbai is elemental in his movie. The cinematographer turned director’s foray into the cityscapes of Mumbai after exploring Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram in his earlier flicks Annayum Rasulum and Njan Steve Lopez. “It will be my film,” hinted Rajiv Ravi about the commercial aspect of his film. He said his third directorial venture would have a commercial flavor.

According to reports, Dulquer shed around 15 kg to fit for the role. With its first look poster and Dulquer’s mass appearance, Kammatti Paadam emerged as the most expected flicks of the year. “I’m dying to share so many things about the film and my character with you but I’m controlling myself! Just so you all enjoy the final product better,” wrote Dulquer earlier on his Facebook wall.

DQ enjoys a huge fan following among the youth in Kerala and Rajiv Ravi has created a niche with his experimental treatment of contemporary themes in his first two directorial ventures, Annayum Rasulum and Njan Steve Lopez. So, when these two young Turks of Mollywood rub shoulders for a cosmopolitan flick, expectations are sky high.

Kammatti Paadam has two new faces, Shaun Romy and Amalda Liz in the female leads. The movie also paves the way for Bollywood actress Rasika Dugal’s debut in Malayalam. The actress who recently caught the headlines through her off-beat movie, Qissa with Irrfan Khan, plays a Mumbaikar in the movie.The movie is written by actor turned writer P Balachandran and produced by Prem Menon under the banner Global United Media. Kammatti Paadam will hit the screens in May.

 

James and Alice will come on May 5th, confirmed

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James and Alice will come on May 5th, confirmed

James and Alice will visit the Kerala box office on May 5th. The makers have confirmed and locked the date after a series of confusing reports and postponements. Prithviraj and Vedhika are already trending in the social media platforms with their trendy getups and sizzling on screen chemistry in the recently released trailer and “Mazhaye Mazhaye” video song. The movie was lined for an April 29 release and then pushed towards May due to some unexpected delay in the technical department.

James and Alice, which features Prithviraj and Kollywood diva Vedhika in the title roles, is the directorial debut of award winning cinematographer Sujith Vasudev. The movie chronicles eight eventful years in the life of the couple James and Alice, played by Prithviraj and Vedhika. Though Prithviraj and Vedicka have earlier worked together in Vasanthabalan’s Tamil film Kaaviya Thalaivan, they were not cast as pairs. James and Alice will showcase their on-screen romance for the first time.

Earlier, Vedhika was approached to play the female lead opposite Prithviraj in Amar Akbar Anthony. But her other language schedule was too tight to accept the offer. She stepped out of the offer, which in turn went to Namitha Pramod. Vedhika portrays a young woman, who married a bohemian artist against the will of her parents and the consequent events.

Prithviraj appears in different get ups in the movie. “The movie shows two different phases of Prithviraj’s character – before and after marriage. In the initial half, he lives a jovial, carefree life while the latter has him leading a responsible, practical life,” reveals director Sujith.

“The younger days have him playing an artist with international sensibilities. But he soon realizes paintings won’t be enough to sustain a livelihood. So, he turns to advertising and that’s shown in the second half of the movie,” he adds. The younger James sports a ponytail and colorful linen kurtas while the older one will appear with a neatly cropped hairstyle and a short-boxed beard.

Director Sujith Vasudev, who is a popular cinematographer in Mollywood, had skyrocketed to instant fame with his outstanding work in the blockbuster Drishyam and its Tamil version, Papanasam. Both the films were directed by Jeethu Joseph. Prithviraj and Sujith Vasudev share a successful partnership as an actor and cinematographer. They worked together in films like City Of God, Memories, and 7th Day, all went on to become hits. They recent tie ups, Amar Akbar Anthony and Anarkkali were hailed for their exotic cinematography.

James and Alice also have Sai Kumar, Nedumudi Venu, Manju Pillai and Sijoy Varghese in significant roles. Writer turned filmmaker Dr. S Janardhanan pens the screenplay for James and Alice, whose story is writer by director Sujith. The movie is produced by Dr. S Sajikumar and Krishnan Sethukumar, under the banner Dharmik Films.

 

Mohanlal’s Benz Vasu will start driving soon

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Mohanlal’s Benz Vasu will start driving soon

Actor Mohanlal is all set to join hands with the young brigade of Mollywood directors. The actor will play the title role, Benz Vasu in the movie directed by Oru Vadakkan Selfie fame G Prajith. Earlier, there were reports suggesting Mohanlal’s collaboration with Vellimoonga director Jibu Jacob were taking rounds in social media. This is his second collaboration with a young director in Mollywood.

According to various reports, Benz Vasu will feature Mohanlal as a village taxi driver. The movie is centered on his beloved Ambassador taxi, which he caresses as a Benz and hence the name. His Ambassador Benz is the multipurpose vehicle in the village and an unavoidable presence in all their social events. Vasu has an emotional chord with the car and he never allows others to drive or criticize his car. But, as the village undergoes modernization, his old Ambi becomes obsolete and Vasu struggles to keep his slippery grounds. How he manages to survive with his family of wife and kid is the rest of the story.

G Prajith was shot to overnight popularity with the success of his directorial debut, Oru Vadakkan Selfie, which was the first blockbuster of 2015. He collaborated with Nivin Pauly and Vineeth Sreenivasan to bring life to a story of a film buff. The movie fared well at the box office and hailed for racy and witty script written by Vineeth Sreenivasan, hilarious performances of Nivin Pauly, Aju Varghese and Neeraj Madhav and D Prajith’s fresh treatment.

Benz Vasu will start rolling after Mohanlal wrapped up his commitments that include the Tollywood project Manamantha. Earlier, veteran director Kamal’s name was associated with the project, but that didn’t take off. According to latest reports, M Ranjith will bankroll the movie under his banner Rajaputhra Visual Media. The makers are yet to announce the supporting cast and the leading lady.

Mohanlal’s curtain raiser of 2016 will be Vyshakh ’a magnum opus action thriller Puli Murugan. The movie has already bagged “the most expensive movie” tag in Mollywood and hence raised expectations of fans sky high.  The movie, which is lined up as an Eid release, was initially scheduled for a Christmas release and then missed the deadline.

 

Sultan is in the arena, and it’s time for some dusty wrestling

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Sultan is in the arena, and it’s time for some dusty wrestling

Actor Salman Khan hits the bull’s eyes with the much expected first look teaser of his wrestling saga Sultan, in which he plays the title character Sultan Ali Khan. The 1.25 minute teaser features a beefed up Salman as Sultan with a moustache. The actor is seen as a charged up bull in the arena with his almost bare body, which has only a loincloth to cover up him.

The teaser, which begins with Sultan’s quote “wrestling is not a sport, it’s about fighting what lies within,” is well packed to rock the fans as the hymn ‘Khoon mein tere mitti, mitti mein tera khoon’ are playing in the background as Haryana Ka Sher, Sultan Ali Khan steps into the akhada, the wrestling arena. Sultan is directed by Ali Abbas Zafar and produced under the banner Yash Raj Films. The movie has Anushka Sharma as the leading lady, Randeep Hooda as Sultan’s coach and Amit Sadh as Sultan’s brother.

According to reports, Sultan depicts the personal and professional lives of a wrestler Sultan Ali Khan, who is fondly called as Sultan and Haryana Ka Sher by his fans. Salman underwent intensive training sessions in Indian style wresting under Coach Larnell Stoval to perfect his moves in the arena. The real life wresting tournaments popular in North Indian states are recreated for the movie and those tournaments play important role in the plot.

Sultan is trending in the social media platforms for various reasons. For Salman fans, it’s the first time their Sallu Bhai dons the role of a wrestler. The movie also brings together Salman and Anushka for the first time. Reports suggest that Anushka is not merely playing the love interest of Sultan, as the actor went through wresting sessions along with Salman Khan. Salman will appear in two looks in the movie, one of which is a clean shaven young man and the other one is a beefed up, matured man with a pointed moustache.

The movie is the third directorial venture of director Ali Abbas Zafar, who had made movies like Mere Brother Ki Dulhan and Gunday. Sultan will lock horns with Shahrukh Khan’s Raees, in which the actor will appear as a bootlegger, on this Eid.

Valayar Paramasivam returns with a bang

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Valayar Paramasivam returns with a bang

Actor Dileep’s biggest mass avatar till date, Valayar Paramasivam of the movie Runway, returns for a second innings. The actor has announced the news through his social media platform and the movie is expected to start rolling in this year. Dileep also confirmed that there will be a sequel for his romcom CID Moosa soon.

Runway, which was directed by Joshiy, is considered as Dileep’s first step in to the full-fledged action roles. Joshiy reinvented him through the fire branded character of Valayar Paramasivam, who led a dual face existence as a mafia don and a simpleton. Indrajith, Murali, Kavya Madhavan, and Harishree Ashokan played important roles in Runway. The movie was written by Udhayakrishna Siby K Thomas duo and was declared as a super hit.

The makers have adopted the same character Valayar Paramasivam for the sequel. According to sources Joshiy and Udhayakrishna-Siby K Thomas will reprise their respective roles in the sequel. The rest of the cast and crew will be announced shortly. Dileep has a promising year ahead with some ambitious projects in hand and Valayar Paramasivam is the trump card among them.

The actor has tasted success again with his last flick King Liar. The Siddhique Lal movie has garnered positive reviews and is ringing the cash registers in the box office. This is his second box office triumph after the record breaking Two Countries. Dileep will join the Joshiy camp soon after he wrapped up the Sunderdas flick Welcome to Central Jail.

The movie, which is written by Benny P Nayarambalam and directed by Sundardas, is touted as a family entertainer. Like the title indicates, Welcome to Central Jail unfolds through the lives of a group of prisoners.

Pujappura Central Prison is the major location of the movie and some scenes will be caned in the backdrop of Kochi. The movie also brings together Dileep and Vedhika after the movie Sringaravelan. Vedhika, who looks forward for a strong comeback to Mollywood through the Prithviraj starrer James and Alice, plays Dileep’s love interest in Welcome to Central Jail.

Dileep teams up with his Sallapam director after a gap of 14 years. Their last Mollywood outing together was the 2002 movie Kuberan, which was a hit. Sundardas’s last flick Rebecca Uthuppu Kizhakkemala couldn’t ring money at the box office. His previous flicks like Pouran and Aakasham also failed to make an impression.

 

Breathtaking trailer of 24 is out

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Breathtaking trailer of 24 is out

Suriya is out there with the breathtaking trailer of his upcoming sci-fi action pack, 24. The 2 minute 15 second trailer is a basket of gifts for the Suriya fans. Even though all the important characters are introduced in the trailer, it doesn’t give any hint about the plot. All we can gather from the bits and pieces of dialogues is the wild chase behind some miraculous scientific invention by some good and bad men.

It seems the movie will be a celebration of mass moments for Surya fans. The older Surya seems to be chased by the baddie Surya, who is in a search of his precious possession, a watch. Suriya stuns the viewers with his three looks in the teaser. Samantha and Nithya Menon get a short introduction and the song sequences look picturesque. The visual effects department has done a good job and the trailer hints at a VFX extravaganza. The action sequences are delivered with a big bang.

The movie, which is directed by Vikram Kumar, features Suriya in a triple role. Even though the makers are light lipped about the details of the movie, sources close to the director reveal that 24 will be a time travel movie that can match with Hollywood flicks in this genre. Surya will be seen in three diverse roles as a scientist, gangster, and a surprise act. Some reports suggest that the third act will be the father of young Surya.

The movie has Samantha and Nithya Menon as leading ladies. Ajay, Sathyan, Saranya Ponvannan, Jnanpith-laureate Girish Karnad, Mohan Raman play other pivotal roles in the movie. The music is composed by the legendary AR Rahman and the movie is produced by Surya’s home banner 2D Entertainment.

This is the first time Surya appears in a negative character and it raises expectations sky high. The movie is lagging behind its schedule as the CGI works took more time than expected. The teaser release was scheduled on February 24, but postponed to the disappointment of fans. The title, 24, refers to the number of hours in a day and the movie deals with the concept of time travel.

Director Vikram Kumar has brought together the best technical support for 24. Thiru cranks the camera for the movie, while Parwin Pudi is the editor. The art director duo Amith and Subratha have done a stunning job in the teaser and the viewers can expect more. With 24, Surya and Kollywood take new heights and themes, which were exploited by Hollywood flick till now. The movie will have a worldwide release on April.

Soubin Thahir in director’s chair

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Soubin Thahir in director’s chair

Actor Soubin Thahir will soon occupy the director’s chair. The actor is all set to roll his maiden directorial venture, which is bankrolled by producer-director Anwar Rasheed. The movie has given the title Parava and will hit screens as a Christmas release. The full cast and crew of Parava will be announced shortly. Soubin has created a unique space and fans within a few numbers of characters. He was noted for his extraordinary timing and hilarious body language.

“I always wanted to be a filmmaker. I have been in the industry for the past 14 years since director Sidhique’s Chronic Bachelor. I have assisted several master directors and with each project, learnt the intricacies of filmmaking. I know people recognize you more when you are an actor than a director, but honestly, I am still a bit nervous when it comes to acting,” says Soubin.

“The scripting of my movie is progressing and the shoot will begin by mid-2016,” he adds. The actor is on cloud nine with his roles in recent releases like Kali, Maheshinte Prathikaram and Darwinte Parinamam. The actor has already collected his share of fan base; especially among the youth and slowly emerging as an inevitable commercial add on in contemporary Mollywood with his typical slang and body language.

Soubin made his acting debut with the Fahadh Faasil starrer Annayum Rasoolum directed by Rajiv Ravi. His portrayal of a Fort Kochi youth with typical slang went on to become an instant hit and the actor was flooded with similar roles.

His path to stardom was laid when he had worked as an associate director with popular directors in Mollywood. He worked as an assistant director for 14 years with many leading directors like Faazil, Siddique, Rafi Mecartin, P. Sukumar, Santhosh Sivan, Rajeev Ravi and Amal Neerad. His connection with film industry starts with his father Babu Shahir, who was a production controller and a producer.

The assistant director turned actor hints at a possible directorial debut soon. Moreover, there are unconfirmed reports suggesting that he will play the lead role in Ashique Abu’s next venture. But, he didn’t comment on the reports surfaced a couple of days back.

The actor observed that his long experience as assistant director helped him to find comfort zones with his director very easily and that in turn helped to take out the best out of him. He picked the phenomenal physical education teacher in Premam as the best example for this actor-director chemistry on the sets.