Nadirsha returns with Hrithik Roshan of Kattappana

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Nadirsha returns with Hrithik Roshan of Kattappana

Actor turned director Nadirsha returns after his blockbuster debut Amar Akbar Anthony. His next directorial venture, which is curiously titled as Kattappanayile Hrithik Roshan, will feature scriptwriter and actor Vishnu Unnikrishnan in the lead role. The movie is produced by actor Dileep in association with Dr. Zachariah Thomas. Nadirsha turned up with a first look poster of the movie on his official Facebook page on April 1st.

Kattappanayile Hrithik Roshan is written by Vishnu Unnikrishnan and Bibin George. According to sources close to the director, the movie will start rolling from September. “My next film = ‘Kattappanayile Hrithik Roshan’. Since the story is the hero of this film, the story writer, Vishnu Unnikrishnan will play the role of hero,” says Nadirsha in his Facebook post. The movie has Sujith Vasudev to crank the camera and the rest of the cast and crew will be announced shortly.

Nadirsha managed to have a dreamlike debut through the Prithviraj flick Amar Akbar Anthony last year. The movie joined Prithviraj bandwagon of super hits and earned Nadirsha positive reviews. AAA broke all the misconceptions about Nadirsha’s relatively belated directorial debut and skyrocketed him into one of the most promising debutante director of the year.

 “Frankly, I didn’t expect the film to turn out to be such a massive hit. But I was quite confident that viewers would like it. Everyone who heard the story before shooting started also had the same opinion. The actors also believed it would be a success when production and dubbing were going on. But the film’s success was beyond all the expectations,” he revealed in a previous conversation.

AAA was also turned out as a launching pad for the scribes Vishnu Unnikrishnan and Bibin George. The duo’s decade old camaraderie and links with director Nadirsha through mimicry stages, laid their path to the writer’s table. They managed to deliver a social message well packed with comic fillers though AAA. . When Bibin George and Vishnu Unnikrishnan, two youngsters from the mimicry realm, approached me with this story, I could sense that it is something I can handle as a filmmaker. That is how this film happened,” said Nadirsha.

When the AAA writers and director reunite under Dileep’s production, Mollywood can look forward for another romcom.

It’s welcome to Central Jail for King Liar

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It’s welcome to Central Jail for King Liar

King Liar is busy in Central Jail caning his scenes for the next box office raid. While his latest flick King Lair sets new box office records, Dileep has moved on to his next project 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 will play a large-hearted but solitary man in the movie. There are a lot of innocent people who get charged for cases because they were at the wrong place at the wrong time. This story is about a man who helps such people. He takes on the blame and willingly undergoes jail term,” says Benny P Nayarambalam.

“He has a reason to help people. For example, if an MBBS student gets caught in a mess, he bails them out by taking on the charge because society shouldn’t lose a doctor,” says Benny. “He doesn’t cover for murders or rapes, but petty cases that would get him a six-month sentence maximum,” he adds.

“We will be shooting in Trivandrum Central Jail and will also erect a jail set in Ernakulam. Like our previous ventures together, this would also be an all-out entertainer, something that people expect from Dileep,” says Benny, who has established a successful partnership with Dileep through the hits like Kunjikoonan, Chanthupottu, Kalyanaraman, and Marykkundoru Kunjadu. All those flicks happened at crucial points in Dileep’s career and turned out to be milestones in his filmography.

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.

Sundardas reinvented Dileep’s career as a bankable hero with his directorial debut Sallapam in 1996. The movie was a surprise super hit of the year and gifted Mollywood with the star pair Dileep-Manju Warrier. After Sallapam he turned up with Kudamattam, Sammanam, Varnakkazhachakal, Kadha, Kuberan, Kanninum Kannadikkum, Pouran, and Aakasham. He took a long break of seven years after Aakasham before coming up with Rebecca Uthuppu Kizhakkemala.

Welcome to Central Jail also features Renji Panicker, Suraj Venjaramoodu, Kailash, and Thesni Khan in pivotal roles. The movie is produced by Vyshakh Rajan under the banner Vaisakha Cinema.

Manju Warrier takes charge as the coach of a jail volleyball team

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Manju Warrier takes charge as the coach of a jail volleyball team

Manju Warrier takes charge as the coach of a jail volleyball team and volleyball coach and her team full of jail inmates is all set to rock the theaters. The movie, which is directed by Fireman fame Deepu Karunakaran, is titled Karimkunnam Six. The movie is touted as a sports movie and Manju plays a rough and tough volleyball coach. The movie is written by Arunlal Ramachandran and the shooting is in full swing at Pujappura Central Jail.

“The team was an already existing one, and we revived it, in connection with the movie,” says director Deepu Karunakaran. “The film will have a lot of humor. Suraj Venjaramoodu, Neeraj Madhav, Joju George, Pashanam Shaji and Nobby will all be part of the cast, some as prisoners,” he adds. The director has roped in the trainer of the national team, Harilal to instruct Manju with the nuances of the game. “He will be the game choreographer as well,” says Deepu.

Deepu Karunakaran, who came into limelight with the Mammootty starrer Fireman, goes for an out-and-out sport flick.  Karimkunnam Six is Manju’s second consecutive collaboration with writer Arunlal Ramachandran after Vettah directed by Rajesh Pillai. “It will be a sports-centric movie that will have a lot of feel-good elements,” hints Arunlal.

When asked the plot and Manju’s character, without revealing many details Arunlal said: “It’s a role that she has never done before. In fact, Manju chechi had agreed to be part of the movie halfway through our first pitch as she said she always wanted to do a movie like Chak De! India. The grounds and sports facilities in Trivandrum will be the main sites.”

Along with Manju, the movie features an ensemble cast including Anoop Menon, Babu Antony, Suraj Venjaramoodu, Gregory, Lena, Sudheer Karamana, Sudev Nair, Shyamaprasad, Major Ravi, Maniyanpilla Raju, Noby, Aneesh, Baiju, Padmarajan Rathish, Santhosh Keezhattoor, Kottayam Pradeep, Jagadish, and Manikuttan.

Reports suggest that Manju has gone through extensive training sessions to master the game. The move will also have fair share of emotional content, as it follows the bond developed between the coach and the inmates. Karimkunnam Six is produced by Jayalal Menon and Anil Biswas under the banner Backwater Studios.

“Vattolam Vaaniyare Kettukolka,” Biju Menon sings for Leela

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“Vattolam Vaaniyare Kettukolka,” Biju Menon sings for Leela

Ranjith’s upcoming off road drive, Leela is already making hashtag with its two teasers. Now to add more spice to the potion, the makers released a promo song, in which Biju Menon records the popular song “Vattolam Vaaniyare Kettukolka.” The song went viral after the two teasers and is making waves in the social media platforms. Music Director Bijibal, director Ranjith and writer Unni R are also seen in the promo song video.

The recently released second teaser of the movie was also a viral hit as it introduces a naughty and fearless Biju Menon as Kuttiyappan and ends with a 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.

“It is true that I continued the shoot of my movie during the strike. They had ousted me from the association. I am planning to release Leela in April, but I got to know that they have given instructions to theaters across Kerala to not let my movie be screened. I cannot reveal the names of the theaters who gave me the information,” Ranjith said to TOI. “I make movies for the viewers. If my movie is not allowed to be screened in theaters, I will make CDs of it and will sell it setting up a stall in front of the Producer’s Association office,” he added.

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.

Aadupuliyattam, nail biting trailer launched

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Aadupuliyattam, nail biting trailer launched

Jayaram and team turn up with a nail biting trailer of their mystery thriller, Aadupuliyattam. The two minute trailer is well packed with horror and mystery. The characters look real and horrying. Jayaram and Ramya Krishnan is in their best form and rock the trailer with some lightning performances. Director Kannan Thamarakkulam seems to have employed some well composed visuals to generate horror and curiosity. Ratheesh Vega’s score fits with the mood of the trailer and enhances the experience.

The movie has Jayaram in a never seen before avatar along with Bollywood actor Om Puri and South Indian actor Remya Krishnan in important roles. Jayaram, who is looking forward to patch up the disastrous year 2016, teams up again with the Thingal Muthal Velli Vare director Kannan Thamarakkulam for the movie. The actor is going through a rough sea and the 2011 flick Swapna Sanchari was his last convincing and solid box office success.

Aadupuliyattam is written and directed by Kannan Thamarakkulam, who debuted in Mollywood with the Jayaram flick Thingal Muthal Velli Vare. Jayaram recently posted a picture with the Bollywood titan on his Facebook page, in which Om Puri is seen in a Swami avatar.  The movie is said to be a mystery thriller, with its main locations in Palani and Thodupuzha. “Aadu Puliyattam will be a comedy-horror with myths and legends woven into it. It is set in two time periods, the first around 600 AD and the second, the present day,” says director Kannan Thamarakkulam.

According to reports, Aadu Puliyattam is based on a myth that is almost 600 years old. The movie unfolds in two time periods, 600 years ago and in the present. Remya Krishnan plays Mathangi, a character reminiscent of her power packed role in the blockbuster Bhahubhali. Mathangi is the daughter of a tribal king in the historical period. “A prince gets enamored by her and brings her to the city. He builds a palace for her and loves her dearly, while she worships him like God. Eventually, he loses everything and it is Mathangi’s turn to prove her love and devotion towards him,” adds the director.

Remya will also appear as a mother of a ten-year-old girl in the second half of the movie, which unreels in the present time. “Om Puri will be seen in the role of a modern day ascetic who is into rigorous meditation,” says Kannan. Jayaram and Jewel Mary are the other two actors who shoulder important roles in the present day period. The supporting cast includes Ramesh Pisharody, Shajon, Sheelu Abraham, and Bollywood actor Rahul Dev.

The movie also has Sheelu Abraham, Angelina Aangi and Akshara Kishore in pivotal roles. Aadupuliyattam is produced by Haseeb Haneef under the banner Grande Films Corporation and distributed by Anto Joseph FIlms Company. Dinesh Pallath has penned the screenplay and Jithu Damodhar cranks the camera. Sandeep Nandakumar is the editor and the songs are composed by Ratheesh Vega. The movie is lined up as a Vishu release.

It’s Jeethu Joseph’s “Oozham” for Prithviraj

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It’s Jeethu Joseph’s “Oozham” for Prithviraj

Prithviraj gears up for his next hunt in the box office and this time the actor has joined hands with his Memories director Jeethu Joseph. The movie, titled Oozham, is touted as a revenge drama, features Prithviraj and Ayal Njanalla fame Divya Pillai in the lead roles. The movie started rolling in Coimbatore. Both the actor and the director are at the peak of their career and the movie has already generated buzz in the Mollywood circles.

Jeethu’s last flick, Life of Josutty was a moderate success compared to his record breaking blockbuster Drishyam. The director also claimed his chair among the Kollywood directors with the Tamil remake of Drishyam, Papanasam with Kamal Haasan. “Oozham definitely is not a thriller. It’s more of a revenge drama with the right amount of action in it. It has fight sequences, but you can’t call it an out-and-out action film either,” said Jeethu Joseph.

“I wouldn’t claim that the film will be some out-of-this-world narrative. But there will be elements that will keep you glued to it,” he added. The movie will be shot in Hyderabad, Coimbatore, Chennai, and Ernakulam. “If you ask me, I have done only one thriller and that’s ‘Memories’. ‘Drishyam’ was conceived as a conflict between two families, so I am not ready to call it a thriller. I know there are limited genres and I will have to repeat some in my career. But I don’t want only one or two kinds of films in my entire filmography. That’s one reason I did ‘Life of Josutty’ immediately after ‘Drishyam’,” Jeethu revealed.

Jeethu’s last offering Life of Josutty couldn’t repeat the mileage of Drishyam and was a moderate success despite good casting and making. He had worked together with Prithviraj earlier in the super hit movie Memories, which was a refreshing hit and gathered critical acclaim. Prithviraj’s character, Sam Alex, an alcoholic cop who fell into the trail of a series of murders caught the viewer’s imagination and widely recognized as one of the best characters in the year 2013. The actor seems to enjoy an enormous level of comfort under the director’s command.

Divya Pillai, who debuted through Fahad Fazil’s Ayal Njanalla, will play the leading lady in Oozham. Divya became a known face in Mollywood with the upper middle class girl, who falls for a simpleton mistaking him as a film star. The UAE based actor makes her return after a gap of one year. Oozham will also feature Neeraj Madhav, Irshad, Sreejith Ravi, and Sampath and Jayaprakash from Kollywood in important roles.

While Anil Johnson composes the music of Oozham, the lyrics are penned by Santhosh Varma. Shamdat cranks the camera and Ayoob Khan is the editor. Oozham is produced by G George and Anto Padinjarakkera under the banner Fine Tune Pictures.

Valleem Thetti Pulleem Thetti, scintillating trailer is on air

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Valleem Thetti Pulleem Thetti, scintillating trailer is on air

Valleem Thetti Pulleem Thetti team has come up with a scintillating trailer that features all the ingredients of the movie. The 2 minute trailer sounds like a promise that offers a nonstop, comic extravaganza and characters parade in never seen before getups. The lead pair, Kunchakko Boban and Shamili look fresh and lovable. All the other characters are fully charged with laughter and the trailer points at a romcom.

Valleem Thetti Pulleem Thetti marks the directorial debut of Rishi Siva Kumar and return of Mollywood Mamattikuttiyamma Baby Shamili in a lead role. The actor returns to Mollywood after a gap of 18 years. The first look poster of the movie, which came out earlier, became viral for the never seen before look of Kunchakko Boban and a nostalgic design. The poster was composed with an old fashioned announcement jeep which was used to announce the change of movies in local cinema theaters or “talkies”.

Kunchakko Boban will sport a retro look in Valliyum Thetti Pulliyum Thetti.  Chakkochan will play a theater projector operator who runs a light and sound business on the side. “Since it’s set in the 90’s and shot entirely in the countryside, my getup and costumes are very different,” he says. The actor will be seen in colorful T-shirts and long locks in the movie.

He sports a 90s look which has very importance in the movie. According to reports, Kunchakko Boban will play an angry young man in the movie. The actor is busy shedding almost 10 kg to be fit for the role. ‘Valleem Thetti Pulleem Thetti’ is the directorial debut of Rishi Siva Kumar.

The theater and a temple are the nerve center of Village life. The peaceful life of the village goes into a chaos regarding issues that arises during a temple festival. These unexpected turns of events and how they affect the life of Chakkochan’s character is the crux of the story. According to the makers, the movie uses a powerful medium of satire.

The jukebox of the movie consists of six songs composed by debutante Sooraj S Kurup. The songs are “Vaathe Poothe” sung by Vidhu Prathap and Sooraj S Kurup and written and composed by Sooraj S Kurup, “Pularkaalam Pole” sung by Haricharan and Madonna Sebastian, written by Harinarayanan BK and composed by Sooraj S Kurup, “Pooram Kaanan” sung by Vijay Yesudas and Sithara and written and composed by Sooraj S Kurup, and “Kannukal Kaalidari” written, composed and sung by Sooraj S Kurup.

Manoj K Jayan, Suresh Krishna, Renji Panicker, Saiju Kurup, Krishna Sankar, Sreejith Ravi, Sudheer Karamana, Aneesh G Menon, Nandan Unni, Revathy Sivakuamr, Seema G Nair, Mia, and Master Advaith play important roles in the movie. Valleem Thetti Pulleem Thetti is produced by Faisal Latheef under the banner Achappu Films. Kunjunni S Kumar, son of renowned cinematographer S Kumar cranks the camera for the movie.