James and Alice will come on May 5th, confirmed


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.



It’s welcome to Central Jail for King Liar


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.