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.

 

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.

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.

“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.

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.

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.