Shah Jahan and Pareekutty, a deadly romantic combo rises

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Shah Jahan and Pareekutty, a deadly romantic combo rises

Director Boban Samuel brings together two male epitomes of romantic endeavors, Shah Jahan, the romantic among Mughal emperors and Pareekutty, the eternal lover in the movie Chemmeen. His upcoming Mollywood flick Shah Jahanum Pareekuttyum, which features Kunchakko Boban, Jayasurya and Amala Paul in the lead roles, narrated the story of two smitten, contemporary love icons. Reports suggest that the movie will be a romantic romcom that deals with a love triangle.

“It’s a movie for those who have loved, who have got hurt in love and will fall in love. The story would touch on all three facets. Amala’s character plays a lot of pranks in the movie, which takes the plot forward,” says Boban Samuel. “Amala’s character playing a lot of pranks on its male characters that actually takes the plot forward,” he adds.

Boban Samuel debuted in Mollywood with the 2011 movie Janapriyan starring Jayasurya. The romantic comedy featured Jayasurya and Bhama in the lead roles and went on to collect positive reviews from the audience. The movie revolves around Vaishakan, played by Manoj K Jayan, an aspiring filmmaker and Priyadarsan, played by Jayasurya, a village simpleton. At some point of time, their lives intervened and the movie depicts the consequent events in a humorous patch.

The director hit the box office again with the hilarious Romans in 2013 with Kunchakko Boban and Biju Menon. The movie depicted the life of two convicts who are living in disguise as two priests in a village near Kerala-Tamil Nadu border. The movie garnered positive reviews and declared as a super hit of the year.

His third movie Happy Journey came out in 2014 starring Jayasurya, Aparna Gopinath, and Lal in the lead. The movie narrated the life of a blind young man from Fort Kochi named Aaron, played by Jayasurya and his journey to find a place in the Indian cricket team for the blind. Even though, the movie couldn’t repeat the box office performance of Romans, it won critical acclaim for its craft and lead performances.

Sha Jahanum Pareekkuttym will start rolling from April. Apart from Kunchakko Boban, Amala Paul and Jayasurya, the movie also features Aju Varghese, Suraj Venjaramoodu and Lalu Alex in key roles. The movie is written YV Rajesh and produced by Ashique Usman under the banner Ashique Usman Productions. Anish Lal cranks the camera and Gopi Sundar is the music director.

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Iru Mughan to reveal the two faces of Vikram

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Iru Mughan to reveal the two faces of Vikram

Chiyan Vikram’s sci-fi action pack, Iru Mughan will reveal two hitherto unseen faces of the actor. The movie, which was on the table for such a long time and passed through a development hell, is closing completion with most of the scenes are canned in locations like Malaysia and Chennai. Iru Mughan is written and directed by Anand Shankar of Arima Nambi fame and features Vikram, Nayanthara and Nithya Menen in the lead roles.

Reports suggest the team plans to have a third schedule of the movie in Kashmir. Currently, they are shooting in different locations of Chennai. Iru Mughan is touted as a science fiction thriller with some high voltage action sequences. Reports suggest that Vikram will appear in a double role, playing the protagonist and antagonist at the same time. Nayanthara will play a secret service agent and perform some adrenalin rushing action scenes in the movie.

Director Anand Shankar collaborated with Vikram soon after finishing his flick Arima Nambi. But, some production disputes generated between the makers delayed the movie and Vikram moved on with his next project 10 Endrathukkulle. After some quick reshuffling of the cast list, Anand Shankar started rolling his project in December, 2015. A first look poster was released in January, 2015, which went on to become viral for its curious look.

Anand Shankar’s previous flick Arima Nambi, featuring Vikram Prabhu in the lead role, was hailed as a decent and intelligent action thriller. Reports suggested that Vikram was quite impressed with the young director’s technical and storytelling abilities and nodded to join hands with him. Vikram was in the headlines recently in connection with the National Film Awards, in which he lost the Best Actor Trophy to Amitabh Bachchan, to the surprise of many as his character in Shankar’s I was considered to be eligible for the awards.

Iru Mughan has Harris Jayaraj’s peppy songs and RD Rajasekhar cranks the camera. The supporting cast includes Nasser, Thambi Ramiah, and Karunakaran. The movie, which is produced by Shibu Thameens under the banner SKT Films, is slated for Eid release. The actor will join the action thriller Garuda with director Thiru after wrapping up Iru Mughan. The movie has Kajal Aggarwal in the female lead and Bollywood actor-director Mahesh Manjrekar as the chief antagonist.

Poor man’s boat race! Leela’s second teaser is out

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Poor man’s boat race! Leela’s second teaser is out

Ranjith and crew turn up with the second teaser of the upcoming flick Leela starring Biju Menon in the lead role. The 33 second teaser also features Kuttiyappan, the central character played by Biju Menon, who calls an older lady. Her reply hints that Kuttiyappan is afraid of the night and needs a company to sleep in his room. The teaser rolled up with a funny and ridiculing statement against those, who imposed an unofficial ban on the movie, saying “Pavappettavante Vallam Kaliyanu, Mukkaruthu means don’t drown this poor man’s boat race.”

The 40 second first teaser also ended with a naughty note, “Annanmaru Kaninnjal Thamasiyathe Varum,” which mocks the unofficial ban on the movie imposed by Producers Association. Leela, which features Biju Menon in the lead role, was all set to hit theaters, but the producers association has imposed a silent ban on the movie on the grounds that Ranjith was not cooperating with the organization.

Leela, being a talk of the Mollywood town for such a long time, is an adaptation of writer Unni R’s popular short story with the same name. The movie also marks Ranjith’s foray into another person’s writing material after the writer-director adapted TP Rajeevan’s Paleri Manikyam for the screen. And, for the first time in his career, Ranjith will shoulder the director post only as the script and dialogues are penned by Unni R.

The movie revolves around a complex and erotic relationship between Kuttiyappan, a middle aged mahout, and a young orphan girl Leela. The title role will be a real challenge and a milestone in the career of Parvathy as it demands a bold attitude as the role involves some erotic element attached to it. Kuttiyappan is a physically and mentally demanding character and capable of pulling out the best out of an actor. The movie was in the cards for a long time with Mohanlal, Mammootty, and Sankar Ramakrishnan’s names were associated with the project. But, none of them took off and Ranjith moved on to one movie after another.

Leela messed up with the strike of FEFKA and the makers accuse that the movie is facing an unofficial ban. The issue started when Cinema technician’s association FEFKA demanded a hike of 30 percent for their technical staff. But, the Producers’ Association denied the demand and called for a strike. Ranjith started Leela in Kozhikode and Rajiv Ravi started his untitled Dulquer Salman flick in Kochi, despite the call for strike. Rajiv Ravi was compelled to stop the shooting after so much pressure from the organization. But, Ranjith was adamant in his decision and went ahead with the schedule. As a consequence, Ranjith was expelled because he disobeyed the association’s call for the strike.

Apart from Biju Menon, Leela also features Vijayaraghavan, Indrans, Jagadish, Parvathy Nambiar, and a number of theater actors in important roles. The movie is produced by Ranjith’s Capitol Theater and the camera is cranked by Prashanth Ravindran. Biji Bal composes the music and Manoj Kannoth is the editor.

Mani Ratnam revisits his “Roja”scape, Kashmir, with Karthi and Sai Pallavi

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Mani Ratnam revisits his “Roja”scape, Kashmir, with Karthi and Sai Pallavi

Ace director Mani Ratnam revisits Kashmir, the landscape of his cult hit, Roja once again for his next flick. The untitled movie, which unfolds in the backdrop of picturesque Kashmir, has Karthi and Sai Pallavi in the lead roles. The plot and background the movie is under the blanket, but reports suggest that Karthi will appear as a pilot and, similar to the 1992 blockbuster Roja, the story revolves around some terrorist activities in the region.

Roja is considered as a cult classic in mainstream Indian Cinema and a blockbuster in almost all major languages. The movie, which told the struggles and love of a newlywed Tamil couple in a terrorized Kashmir, opened up a new window into the state and its issues with Mani Ratnam’s gripping storytelling and Santhosh Sivan’s mind blowing cinematography. The movie also catapulted Mani Ratnam and composer AR Rahman international acclaim. Roja also bagged three major awards, the Music Director, Best Lyricist and Best Feature Film for National Integration at the National Film Awards.

The untitled project was in the air for some time with different actor combinations. It was first reported as a multistarrer, multilingual movie with Dulquer Salman, Karthi, Sruthi Hassan, and Nithya Menon in the lead. Later, Mani Ratnam revamped the script due to some date clashes of the lead actors and zeroed in on Karthi and Sai Pallavi as his lead pair. Reports suggest that Sai Pallavi’s outstanding performance in the Mollywood blockbuster Premam; caused Mani Ratnam handpicked her to play the female character.

This is the first time Karthi performs in front of Mani Ratnam. Earlier, he had worked as an assistant director with the veteran filmmaker in his movie Aayutha Ezhuthu. Initially, Karthi was offered the role played by actor Sidharth and Karthi refused it to work as assistant director with Mani Ratnam because he wanted to be a director at that point of time. Later, Amir’s Paruthiveeran changed his career forever and the young actor is flying high with hits like Madras and Thozha.

Mani Ratnam has roped in AR Rahman to play the score and Ravi Varman to crank the camera. According to sources, the movie will start rolling from June in Kashmir.

Unni Mukundan says Oru Murai Vanthu Parthaya

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Unni Mukundan says Oru Murai Vanthu Parthaya

Actor Unni Mukundan is on a comeback spree after some disappointing roles in some equally disappointing flicks. The actor will soon be seen as a village electrician in the upcoming Mollywood flick Our Murai Vanthu Parthaya. The movie, which is touted as a romantic entertainer, is written and Akhilesh Sreedharan and directed by debutante Sajan K Mathew. Unni has two leading ladies, Prayaga Martin and Sanusha, in the movie.

“Sanusha plays Aswathy, the prettiest girl in a village. She is the apple of the eye of all the villagers, including Unni’s character Prakashan. It’s an endearing character and different from those she played so far,” says Akhilesh Sreedharan. The movie marks Sanusha’s return to Mollywood town after the critically acclaimed and commercially successful roles of a nurse in Sapthamashree Thaskaraha and a strong woman in Zachariayude Garbhinikal.

Prayaga, after an eventful stint in Kollywood with her debut movie Pisasu directed by Myshkin, also makes her Mollywood comeback through Oru Murai Vanthu Parthaya. She also plays the female lead in the Anoop Menon-Murali Gopi joint venture Pa Va aka Pappanekkurichum Varkkeyekkurichum. Even though, born and brought up in Kerala, she made her acting debut in the 2014 Tamil movie Pisaasu directed by Mysskin. Later, reports took round casting her opposite leading stars in Mollywood, but none of them were confirmed. The movie is important for her as the actor needs a breakthrough in her home turf.

On the other hand, Unni Mukundan looks forward to maintaining the positive momentum gathered through his last flick Style, which was a youth oriented from director Binu after his much talked about debut Ithihasa. Tovino played an important character alongside Unni Mukundan after his popular role in ENM in the movie. The movie earned positive reviews from all over and Unni’s performance in action sequences was praised by viewers.

“It will be a feel good film; a simple love story between a boy and a girl packaged with a lot of humor. Unni’s character Prakashan is an electrician and his look will remind you of the early 80s,” said Sajan about his directorial debut. Apart from Unni, Prayaga and Sanusha, Oru Murai Vanthu Parthaya also has Sudheer Karamana and Sudhi Koppa in important roles. Vinu Thomas composes the songs and the lyrics are written by KR Narayanan and Abhilash Sreedharan. The movie is produced by Siyad Kokker under the banner Kokkers Films.

National Film Awards, Amitabh Bachchan and Kangana Ranaut take home the top honors

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National Film Awards, Amitabh Bachchan and Kangana Ranaut take home the top honors

Mainstream Indian Cinema can have a glint in the face, as it bagged all the important awards at the 62nd National Film Awards. While Amitabh Bachchan is honored with the coveted Best Actor (Male) Award for his outstanding performance in Piku, Kangana Ranaut earned the Best Actor (female) Awards for her stunning portrayal of Tanu in Tanu Weds Manu Returns. S Rajamouli’s blockbuster Bhahubhali was elected as the Best Film and showman Sanjay Leela Bansali bagged the Best Director Award for Bajirao Mastani.

This is a fourth win for Big B, who has taken home the Best Actor trophy three times earlier for the movies, Agneepath, Black and Paa. Kangana Ranaut made it for a third time to get the Best Actor (Female) tag after her wins for the movies Fashion and Queen.

Even though Mollywood has a disappointing number of trophies, composer M Jayachandran became the Best Music Director for the song Kaathirunnu Kaathirunnu in Ennu Ninte Moideen. Mammootty-Salim Ahammed’s team’s expatriate saga, Pathemari is picked as the Best Malayalam Film. Jayasurya won a special Jury Mention for his performance in Su Su Sudhi Valmeekam and Lukka Chuppi. Ben, who was hailed for his performance in Ben, is picked as the Best Child Actor.

After a disappointing run in the State Awards, Dr. Biju’s Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal bagged the Best Film on Environment Conservation and Preservation. VK Prakash’s Nirnayakam is picked as the Best Film on Social Issues Award. Priya Manasam, directed by Vinod Mankara is selected as the Best Sanskrit Film. Director Vetrimaran continued the international success of his flick Viasarai by winning the Best Tamil Film Award.

The list of winners,

Best Film: Baahubali

Best Director: Sanjay Leela Bansali (Bajirao Mastani)

Best Actor: Amitabh Bachchan (Piku)

Piku Best Actress: Kangana Ranaut (Tanu Weds Manu Returns)

Best Hindi Film: Dum Laga Ke Haisha

Best Choreography: Remo D’Souza, (Deewani Mastani song in Bajirao Mastani)

Best Malayalam Film: Pathemari

Tamil Film: Viasarai

Best Telugu Film: Kanche

Best Sanskrit Film: Priya Manasam

Best Kannada Film: Thithi Best

Konkani Film: Enemy

Best Assamese Film: Kothanodi

Best Haryanvi Film: Satrangi

Best Khasi Film: Onaatah

Best Manipuri Film: Eibusu Yaohanbiyu

Best Mizo Film: Kima’s Lode Beyond the Class

The National Film Awards, which were established in 1954, honors the best works in the field of Indian Cinema every year. The award ceremony is held in New Delhi every year, where the President of India gives out the honors to the winners.

IDI, high voltage first look poster is out

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IDI, high voltage first look poster is out

Jayasurya’s mass avatar in Inspector Dawood Ibrahim has already created hype in the social media platforms. The recently released first look poster seems to have accelerated the hype and viewer’s expectations. Inspector Dawood Ibrahim, which is called IDI in short, features the actor in a power packed cop role. IDI is the directorial debut of Sajid Yahiya and the first look poster features Jayasurya in a Jeep taking a leap.

Jayasurya is on cloud nine after his character in Su Su Sudhi Valmeekam has received a special mention at the state film awards. The jury awarded him a special mention for his roles in Lukka Chuppi and Su Su Sudhi Valmeekam. IDI marks his return to Mollywood after the awards and a flourishing year, 2015. The movie, which is written and directed by debutante Sajid Yahiya, started rolling in Kasaragod. According to IDI depicts life and struggles of young and energetic police officer Dawood through a comic treatment. Writer, Director Sajid Yahiya assures a roller coaster ride full of comedy and action. Sajid Yahiya is known for his appearances in movies such as Bangalore Days and Friday earlier.

His Su Su Valmeekam co-star Sshivadha romances Jayasurya in Inspector Dawood Ibrahim. Their onscreen chemistry in Su Su Sudhi Valmeekam was hailed for its freshness and romantic appeal. “I play Nithya who is bolder than my character Kalyani of Sudhi Vathmeekam. I am really enjoying working with Jayasurya again. He is a fantastic actor. The entire team is young and so full of energy,” says Sshivadha.

Inspector Dawood Ibrahim, which is touted as Jayasurya’s foray into mass entertainers, the actor will play a police officer with a mass appeal. “I have been playing, realistic characters for many years now. But after seeing how the viewers have received my one-off, over-the-top role as Shaji Pappan in Aadu: Oru Bheekara Jeeviyanu, I figured the time is right to do a mass movie. It’s also the biggest film in terms of budget I have been part of, yet,” says the actor.

Earlier, the movie was announced, with Asif Ali in the lead, as Asif Ali’s first production venture under his home banner Adam’s World of Entertainment. But, the project shelved and Jayasurya replaced Asif to play the title character Dawood. Joju George, Saiju Kuruppu, and Sudhi Koppa will also play important roles in the movie. IDI is produced by Ajas and Arun under the banner Magic Lantern Films.