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Both Mammootty and Mohanlal set to play Kunjali Marakkar

MollywoodWill the two films also clash at the box office?Digital NativeDigital NativeOne of the most popular naval chiefs of the Zamorin, Kunjali Marakkar fought the Portuguese valiantly in the late 16th and the early 17th century. Two films on this hero have been announced and interestingly both the superstars in the Malayalam film industry are keen on playing Kunjali Marakkar. While director Priyadarshan had announced a few months earlier that he would go on to direct Mohanlal in Kunjali Marakkar and that it would be a big budget project, producer Shaji Nadeshan also came out with the announcement that Mammootty and director Santosh Sivan will be collaborating for a movie on Kunjali Marakkar. In his post on Facebook, he wrote, “Kunjali marrakkar pre production works in full swing! Shoot starts july 2018.” It may be mentioned here that director Priyadarshan had said earlier that he would wait for eight months and if the Mammootty – Santosh Sivan project failed to materialise, he would go ahead with his. Now, a Facebook post from music composer Mg Sree Kumar says, “Our new film ‘Kunjali Marakkar’ starts shortly. Please bless us. Love u all,” along with a pic of Mohanlal and Priyadarshan which makes it clear that the film is progressing at a brisk pace. Being an historic film, a lot of research is going into it. With both the stars from the Malayalam film industry opting for the same subject, it could turn out to be a big box office clash if both the films are released on the same date. At present, Mammootty as well as Mohanlal are busy with a number of projects on hands. While Mammootty’s Peranbu, Uncle and Parole are in different stages of production, Mohanlal has Odiyan and Neerali in his kitty apart from Kayamkulam Kochunni in which he plays a cameo while Nivin Pauly plays the title role. (Content provided by Digital Native)
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First look of Mani Ratnam's ‘Chekka Chivandha Vaanam’ out

KollywoodThe film has a stellar cast, many of whom Mani Ratnam will be working with for the first time. Tnm StaffFacebook/ Madras TalkiesThe first look poster of director Mani Ratnam’s upcoming film Chekka Chivandha Vaanam was released on Friday. The poster, tinted in shades of sunrise or perhaps sunset, is a perfect reference to the film’s title. Actors Silambarasan, Arvind Swamy, Arun Vijay and Vijay Sethupathi can be seen on the poster. The film’s cast includes Prakash Raj, Thiagarajan, Jyothika, Aditi Rao Hydari, Aishwarya Rajesh and model Dayana Erappa. A bilingual, the film will also be released as Nawab in Telugu. The shooting for the film will begin on February 12. The director has a great lineup of actors, most of whom he’ll be working with for the first time. The film is being produced by Madras Talkies and Lyca Productions. The cast and crew of the film were confirmed via a tweet on their official page. #Ccv #ManiRatnam @LycaProductions @arrahman @santoshsivan @sreekar_prasad @vairamuthu @thearvindswami #Str #VijaySethupathi @arunvijayno1 @prakashraaj @salamsir21 #Jyotika @aditiraohydari @aishu_dil @DayanaErappa @dhilipaction @ekalakhani @onlynikil pic.twitter.com/9rt4p8hGcp — Chekka Chivantha Vaanam (@MadrasTalkies_) February 9, 2018 Mani Ratnam had earlier announced that Fahadh Faasil would also be a part of the cast, but his name does not feature in the official tweet from Madras Talkies. Ar Rahman is the film’s music director, and the lyrics will be penned by Vairamuthu. Santosh Sivan is the film’s cinematographer, which will be their sixth collaboration together. Editor Sreekar Prasad has been roped in for this film. This is Mani Ratnam’s 26th directorial venture. Known for his slew of romantic films, it was earlier confirmed that Chekka Chivandha Vaanam will be an action-thriller. Actor Simbu has been working out intensely for this project with Mani Ratnam. The actor was last seen in Anbanavan Asaradhavan Adangadhavan, that bombed at the box office. It was earlier confirmed that actor Vijay Sethupathi will be seen as a cop in the film.
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Chekka Chivantha Vaanam - full cast and crew details here!

The official announcement about Mani Ratnam's next directorial venture was made just a few minutes ago. The film is titled as 'Chekka Chivantha Vaanam', featuring Str, Vijay Sethupathi, Arvind Swami, and Arun Vijay in lead roles. Here are the details about the full cast and crew:

Cast:

Str

Vijay Sethupathi

Arvind Swami

Arun Vijay

Jyothika

Aishwarya Rajesh

Aditi Rao Hydari

Prakash Raj

Jayasudha

Thiyagarajan

Mansoor Ali Khan

Dayana

Crew:

A.R.Rahman (Music)

Santosh Sivan (DoP)

Sreekar Prasad (Edit)

Vairamuthu (Lyrics)

Sharmishta Roy (Production Design)

Dhilip Subbarayan (Action Choreography)

Eka Lakhani (Costume Design)

Gopi Prasannaa (Poster Design)

Nikkil Murugan (Pro)

The...

Great news about Mani Ratnam - Str film!

Mani Ratnam's next film with Str is one exciting project, which has music by A.R.Rahman and cinematography by Santosh Sivan, bankrolled by Lyca Productions, in association with Madras Talkies.

Now it has been announced that, the first look and title of this film will be released this evening at 5 Pm on social media. The movie's Pro, Nikkil Murugan officially confirmed this news with his tweet, "The official announcement of @MadrasTalkies_ @LycaProductions productions with First look title & Starcast  will be released by @MadrasTalkies_ 5.00pm Stay tuned for More interesting details"

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Fahadh Faasil out of Mani Ratnam film?

FilmAccording to the grapevine, the reason is the delay in the commencement of the project.Digital NativeMani Ratnam’s upcoming yet to be titled multi-starrer project is slated to go on the floors from March. It has already been confirmed that Fahadh Faasil, Simbu, Vijay Sethupathi, Aishwarya Rajesh and Aditi Rao Hydari are part of the cast. According to the industry grapevine, Fahadh may have opted out of the project due to the delay in its commencement. Apparently, Fahadh’s dates with another project seem to clash with Ratnam’s project, forcing him to exit. Neither the makers nor Fahadh have reacted to the rumours which have been doing the rounds over the last couple of days. On Friday, Aditi Rao Hydari made it official that she is joining hands with Ratnam for the second time after last year’s Kaatru Veliyidai. Actor Antony Varghese, who made his debut with critically-acclaimed Malayalam film Angamaly Diaries, is also rumoured to have landed a pivotal role. Ratnam was apparently impressed with his work in Angamaly Diaries, which introduced 85 other newcomers. While A.R Rahman has been confirmed to compose music, Santosh Sivan will crank the camera in his sixth collaboration with Ratnam. Meanwhile, Simbu began working on the project by undergoing an acting workshop. In December 2017, a picture featuring Simbu and Mani Ratnam leaked online and went viral. Simbu will shed weight and sport a new look for this project which will see him share screen space with a bevy of actors for the first time. To be bankrolled by Madras Talkies, the film is expected to start rolling from February last week or March. There are rumours that the film also stars senior actors Prakash Raj and Jayasudha, who have collaborated on several occasions. Apparently, they’ll be seen playing a pair and Arvind Swami, Fahadh and Simbu will be seen as their sons. It has also been confirmed that Vijay Sethupathi will be seen in a special role as a cop.
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Film Review: ‘Lies We Tell’

Film Review: ‘Lies We Tell’
Gabriel Byrne moves pensively, wearily, through Mitu Misra’s “Lies We Tell,” as though through a much better film. For a time, as the doggedly loyal chauffeur and secret-keeper of a rich boss, dunking his dialogue into a comfy Northern England accent like a Custard Cream into a mug of tea, he almost convinces the audience, too. But very much to its detriment, Misra’s ambitious, overflowing soap opera of a debut is not content with being the character portrait that Byrne’s inherently interesting Donald deserves. It’s not even a particularly colored-in sketch of Amber (promising newcomer Sibylla Deen), the headstrong young Pakistani Muslim woman Donald befriends as she gets trapped between old-country tradition and mean-streets modernity in contemporary Bradford.

Instead the undeniably enthusiastic Indian-born, U.K.-raised Misra has the tourist-like, pent-up voracity of the first-time filmmaker. There’s a slew of racial, gender, and religious issues he needs to snapshot, a handful
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Brand new update on Mani Ratnam's next film

One of the most anticipated projects of 2018 is Mani Ratnam's next directorial, featuring Str, Vijay Sethupathi, Jyothika, Fahadh Faasil, Aishwarya Rajesh, Arvind Swami in lead roles. The film, which has music by A.R.Rahman, cinematography by Santosh Sivan is produced by Madras Talkies.

 

But as per our sources, the latest development of the film is that Lyca Productions is apparently in talks to produce the film in the first copy basis to Madras Talkies. The initial round of discussion seems to be positive and we can expect an official announcement from the team very soon.

Hero, villain and character actor: Malayalam cinema's Manoj K Jayan

Mollywood'Perunthachan' and 'Sargam' are among Manoj K Jayan's most memorable films.CV AravindFacebook/ Manoj K JayanThe realisation that he would have to contend with the likes of Yesudas if he were to turn playback singer, prompted Manoj K Jayan, son of the celebrated classical and devotional singer Jayan of the Jaya-Vijaya duo, to opt for a career in films as an actor. Three decades and hundreds of films later, Manoj has never had to rue his decision for he remains one of the first choices for directors who need a charismatic character actor for their films. Manoj enrolled in a film institute in Kerala but discontinued the course and began to scout for offers. A blink and miss role in Ente Sonia in 1987 set the actor on course but his potential was noticed in the film Perunthachan released three years later in which the late actor Thilakan was the main protagonist. Quite early in his career, Manoj realised that he was not cut from the same cloth as Mammootty or Mohanlal and that craving for leading man roles only could cost him his career. This decision enabled him to shift seamlessly between genres and exhibit his versatility in the process. The handsome actor has since excelled in portraying a wide range of characters, some tinged with comedy, others more poignant and absorbing, but not one of them exaggerated or superficial. One of the finest characters that Manoj K Jayan has enacted on screen was undoubtedly ‘Kuttan Thamburaan’ in the Hariharan directed Sargam, released in 1992. Just five years into his film career, Manoj was signed to play the role of a wastrel prone to epileptic seizures, a mischief maker who incurred the wrath of the villagers with his outlandish living style. Vineet, a Hariharan discovery in Nakhaksthangal, was cast in the sedate role of Kuttan’s best friend who alone could rein in the boisterous vagrant. Kuttan is forced by his parents to marry a young girl as astrologers had predicted that marriage would cure him of his malady. Later, it dawns on Kuttan that he had wedded his best friend’s lover. Stung with remorse, Kuttan takes his own life. A complex role where the actor could have easily gone overboard in the emotion laden sequences was handled with a great deal of finesse under the watchful eye of the director. This film was a turning point in Manoj’s career. Scenarist John Paul, who wrote the script for the late director Bharathan’s Chamayam, had marquee star Mohanlal and veteran Thilakan in mind for the lead roles of two fishermen with an abiding passion for theatre. However when the project took off, the roles were done by Manoj and the late Murali with the former playing the role of the extrovert Anto and Murali his friend cum rival Esthappan. The film had the distinct Bharathan touch and the stars fit perfectly in their roles. The sheer ecstasy in the number Anthapurathu sung by Mg Sreekumar, where Manoj whips up a fast dance number with Murali egging him on, lit up the screen for its sheer vibrance and vitality. With Sithara, a sublime presence as the heroine, Chamayam could well rank among Manoj’s top films. Internationally renowned cinematographer-director Santosh Sivan made the film Anandhabhadram in 2005 and a surprise pick for the villain’s role was Manoj K Jayan. The role of the diabolic Digambaran, a black magic practitioner who terrorises a village was a complete antithesis of everything that Manoj had done thus far. With his larger than life image, kohl lined eyes blazing like charcoals, large fingernails and giant strides, Digambaran was modeled on characters drawn from Kerala’s finest art forms Kathakali and Theyyam. The film was a dark fantasy in which Manoj completely overshadowed the hero Prithviraj and Kalabhavan Mani, who played the role of a visually impaired samurai warrior taking on the sinister and maniacal Digambaran. For a cool and composed individual in real life like Manoj, Digambaran was a real baptism by fire and he ended up vindicating the faith of the director. It was Hariharan again who gave Manoj K Jayan another pivotal role in his period film Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja where Mammootty was cast in the title role. A lavishly mounted film with enchanting visuals, Pazhassi Raja featured Manoj in the role of a local chieftain Thalakal Chandu. Although Mammootty hogged the limelight in the film, Hariharan had taken care to ensure that the character of Chandu did not receive short shrift and Manoj had an opportunity to steal the thunder in the scenes allotted to him. Pazhassi Raja, scripted by Jnanpith awardee M T Vasudevan Nair also had a spectacular box office run and did much to further Manoj K Jayan’s career. The versatile actor’s performance as a hijra in playback singer M G Sreekumar produced Ardhanari, a highly charged, melodramatic film however was a letdown as it was a totally over the top portrayal and though the character was meant to elicit empathy, audiences gave the film and the character a frosty reception. For the hero turned character actor it was a pleasant turn of events when director Farooq Abdul Rahman plumed him to play the lead role in the film Kaliyachan, released in 2015. The role of Kunhiraman, a Kathakali dancer and his relationship with his guru provided Manoj an opportunity to once again showcase his acting skills. Manoj K Jayan is one of the few stars of yesteryear who has managed to strike a chord with the younger set of filmmakers and they have always reposed faith in him. His roles in films like Alphonse Puthran’s Neram, Bejoy Nambiar’s Solo, and his being part of the soon to be released Prithviraj – Parvathy starrer My Story, Zacharaiah Pothan’s Jeevichirupundu and a number of films on the floors, signify that the actor continues to be in demand for strong, character roles. Manoj has worked with almost all the top names in Malayalam cinema and was also a part of two of Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s films Naalu Pennungal and Oru Pennum Rendaanum. The actor has also ventured into Tamil and Telugu films but has hardly done any significant work. In most of his Tamil films he has been typecast as a police officer and though these films including Dhool, Thirupaachi and Villu were box office hits, they did little for him career-wise. Incidentally, it was director Mani Ratnam who gave him his first break in Kollywood in the Rajinikant-Mammootty-Arvind Swami film Thalapathi. Well entrenched in the industry. the actor’s zest for films stands undiminished and though he has only won a few awards, he has endeared himself to the audience with his portrayals in varied roles and along with veterans like Nedumudi Venu, Innocent, Siddique etc. remains always in contention for vibrant supporting roles.
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Anthony Varghese to make Tamil debut in Mani Ratnam film?

FilmAccording to sources, the 'Angamaly Diaries' actor has been approached for a role in the film.Digital NativeDirector Mani Ratnam’s upcoming film, which has not been titled yet, is likely to have an interesting star cast. While it has been revealed already that Simbu, Vijay Sethupathi and Arvind Swamy are onboard, the latest we hear from sources is that Anthony Varghese of Angamaly Diaries fame will be seen in a pivotal role in the film. It is said that the young actor has been approached by the Mani Ratnam team for a role, but whether he is on board or not is not certain yet. Oscar winning music composer Ar Rahman has been signed to compose the tunes for this flick and Santosh Sivan will be cranking the camera. Anthony Varghese shot to limelight with his debut movie Angamaly Diaries in which he played Vincent Pepe. The film, directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery, was one of the biggest hits in the Malayalam film industry and it catapulted Anthony Varghese to star status instantly. He is currently busy with the Malayalam film Swathanthryam Ardharathriyil which is being directed by debutant Tinu Pappachan. Reports say that the actor will be playing a thug in this thriller. Apart from Anthony Varghese, the film also has Chemban Vinod Jose and Vinayakan in important roles. The shooting of this film began in October last year and it is expected to hit the silver screens in March this year. If Anthony Varghese manages to get on board the Mani Ratnam directorial, then it would mark his debut in the Tamil film industry. The film will go on the floors this month but the shooting is expected to begin full swing from next month. Reports say that the actors have undergone special training and have prepared well, much ahead of the regular shooting. Mani Ratnam will be directing the movie and bankrolling it under his banner Madras Talkies
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‘Sye Raa’ put on hold? Chiranjeevi clears the air

TollywooodChiranjeevi was spotted with a beard and twirled moustache earlier, but movie buffs were surprised to see him in a cleanshaven look at recent events.Digital NativeTollywood megastar Chiranjeevi is playing the lead role in the biopic based on the legendary freedom fighter Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy titled Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy. Reports indicated that Chiranjeevi has done a lot of homework to get into the skin of the character and will be seen in a complete different get-up. For the titular role, he was seen sporting a beard and twirled moustache. He has been spotted with this look for the past couple of months, but movie buffs were surprised to see him in a cleanshaven look at recent events. This also sparked off rumours that the Rs 150 crore magnum opus has been put on hold. However, the star has now clarified that the project is very much on the cards and that he had shave off his moustache and beard as the team was testing some VFX effects. Chiru added that the shooting of the film would recommence in February. Written and directed by Surender Reddy, Sye Raa is being produced by the megastar’s son and actor Ram Charan Teja. The film, which stars Nayanthara as the female lead, also has a star cast including Amitabh Bachchan, Jagapati Babu, Kiccha Sudeep and Vijay Sethupathi in pivotal roles. According to reports, Big B’s role in the film will be a sort of extended cameo and he will be portraying the role of the lead character’s guru. It may be mentioned here that the project was announced last year but the shooting was delayed for various reasons. Earlier, Oscar winning music composer Ar Rahman was announced to be the music composer for the film but he eventually backed out. Also Santosh Sivan was the initial choice to crank the camera but with the film not commencing as per plans he moved out and R Rathnavelu was brought in. Shooting for the film began on December 6 and is now under progress. The team is taking a short break before the second schedule goes to the floors, say sources in the know. Content provided by Digital Native.
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Not just a cameo for Vijay Sethupathi in Mani Ratnam's upcoming film

EntertainmentThe director is keen on extending Vijay’s role in the movie so that he will have more screen time. Digital NativeDigital NativeReports that Vijay Sethupathi will be making a cameo appearance in Mani Ratnam’s upcoming film had his fans happy. However, it now looks like he would not be playing a cameo but a full-fledged role! Yes, that’s right! The director is keen on extending Vijay’s role in the movie so that he will have more screen time. So, it looks like his role is being tweaked a bit. To be produced by Mani Ratnam’s home banner Madras Talkies, the film has a bevy of stars in the cast including Simbu, Fahadh Faasil, Aravind Samy, Jyothika and Aishwarya Rajesh. The yet-to-be-titled film is expected to go on to the floors later this month with the team busy with pre-production work. Reports are that Mani Ratnam has conducted an acting workshop for all the actors in the film and is now ready to go ahead with the shooting. Oscar winning music composer Ar Rahman is already onboard to compose the tunes for this flick. He has been camping in Goa along with director Mani Ratnam and lyricist Vairamuthu to compose the songs, say sources. Touted to be an action thriller, the film will have Santosh Sivan cranking the camera. There are rumours that the film also stars senior actors Prakash Raj and Jayasudha, who have collaborated on several occasions. Apparently, they’ll be seen playing a couple and Arvind Swami, Fahadh and Simbu will be seen as their sons. It may be mentioned that this is the first time Simbu and Vijay Sethupathi would be working with the maverick director and this is one of biggest factors for movie buffs to look forward to the film. While the shooting is expected to commence later this month, the film’s release is slated to be around mid 2018 if all goes well. Mani Ratnam’s last outing was Kaatru Veliyidai which had Karthi and Adithi Rao Hydari playing the lead pair. The film was released in April last year.
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Vijay Sethupathi to play Obayya in Chiranjeevi's 'Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy'

EntertainmentThe film also stars Amitabh Bachchan, Jagapathi Babu, Kiccha Sudeep, Nayanthara and Brahmaji.Digital Native vijaysethupathi.jpgVijay Sethupathi being roped in to play an important role in Chiranjeevi’s upcoming film Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy is well known. The latest we hear from sources is that he has bagged a very important role in the film, and will be seen alongside Chiranjeevi throughout. Reports are that Vijay Sethupathi will play the trusted aide Obayya to Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy, and his character is pivotal to the film. The idea to rope in Vijay Sethupathi for the role has a double advantage. For one, he is a versatile actor that could take up any role and essay the character convincingly. Secondly, he had a huge fan base in Tamil Nadu, which means the film will have a good audience when it releases in Tamil. Directed by Surendhar Reddy and produced by Ram Charan Teja under his banner Konidela Production Company, the film has a prestigious list of stars in the cast. It is a historical film based on the life of Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy, a freedom fighter from Rayalaseema. While Chiranjeevi will be seen as Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy, the cast also has the Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan, Telugu star Jagapathi Babu, Kannada star Kiccha Sudeep, Vijay Sethupathi, Nayanthara and Brahmaji. The shooting for this film was supposed to begin in August this year, but was postponed on several occasions for certain reasons. It went on floors on December 6. Initially, it was announced that Santosh Sivan would be the cinematographer for Sye Raa but he walked out citing date issues. Then, R Rathnavelu chipped in. Likewise, Ar Rahman was onboard to score the music for this biopic, but he too opted out as the project did not commence on time. Touted to be a high budget film next to Baahubali, the fans are waiting eagerly for its release next year. (Content provided by Digital Native) Enanble Notification: NoTNM Marquee: No
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Simbu starts prepping for Mani Ratnam’s next, undergoes acting workshop

KollywoodThe untitled film will star Vijay Sethupathi, Simbu, Fahadh Faasil, Jyothika and Aishwarya Rajesh in lead rolesDigital Native simbu_mani_ratnam.jpgIt was already reported that Mani Ratnam’s next will be a multi-starrer. The untitled film will star Vijay Sethupathi, Simbu, Fahadh Faasil, Jyothika and Aishwarya Rajesh in lead roles. The latest update is that Simbu has begun working on the project and is currently undergoing an acting workshop in preparation for his role. On Tuesday, a picture featuring Simbu and Mani Ratnam leaked online and went viral. After the debacle of Anbanavan Asaradhavan Adangadhavan, Simbu has pinned all his hopes on this project. Simbu will shed weight and sport a new look for this project which will see him share screen space with a bevy of actors for the first time. Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that the project will be officially launched in January 2018 and will start rolling from February. A source from the film’s unit said that the Roja filmmaker is eyeing 2018 summer release. “After an official launch in January next year, the principal shooting will begin from February. The first schedule will be shot in Chennai. Mani sir might shoot a few scenes in January itself but the full-fledged shooting will happen in February. The supporting cast is in the process of being finalised,” a source from the film’s unit said. The film will be produced by Madras Talkies, and double Oscar-winner A R Rahman has been roped in compose the music. The cinematographer will once again be Santosh Sivan. This will be their sixth collaboration. The source confirmed the film will be an action-thriller and will be a departure from the filmmaker’s usual style of films. Ratnam has pinned high hopes on this project following the debacle of Kaatru Veliyidai, which sank without a trace at the box-office. There are rumours that the film also stars senior actors Prakash Raj and Jayasudha, who have collaborated on several occasions. Apparently, they’ll be seen playing a pair and Arvind Swami, Fahadh and Simbu will be seen as their sons. It has also been confirmed that Vijay Sethupathi will be seen in a special role as a cop. Enanble Notification: NoTNM Marquee: No
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Mani Ratnam’s next to roll from February, launch in January 2018

KollywoodThe film is said to be an action thriller.Digital Native mani ratnam DN3x2.jpgIt has already been reported that Mani Ratnam’s next will be a multi-starrer. It was officially announced not long ago that the untitled film will star Vijay Sethupathi, Simbu, Fahadh Faasil, Jyothika and Aishwarya Rajesh in lead roles. A source from the film’s unit had said that the project will start rolling from later this year and the Roja filmmaker is eyeing a 2018 summer release. However, it has now been confirmed that the project will be officially launched in January 2018 and will start rolling from February. “After an official launch in January next year, the principal shooting will begin from February. The first schedule will be shot in Chennai. Mani sir might shoot a few scenes in January itself but the full-fledged shooting will happen in February. The supporting cast is in the process of being finalised,” a source from the film’s unit said. To be bankrolled by Madras Talkies, double Oscar-winning musician A.R Rahman has been roped in compose the music. Lensman Santosh Sivan will crank the camera and it’ll be his sixth collaboration with Ratnam. The source confirmed that the film will be an action-thriller and will be a departure from the filmmaker’s usual style of films. Ratnam has pinned high hopes on this project following the debacle of Kaatru Veliyidai, which sank without a trace at the box-office. There are rumours that the film also stars senior actors Prakash Raj and Jayasudha, who have collaborated on several occasions. Apparently, they’ll be seen playing a pair and Arvind Swami, Fahadh and Simbu will be seen as their sons. It has also been confirmed that Vijay Sethupathi will be seen in a special role as a cop. Enanble Notification: NoTNM Marquee: No
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Latest new valuable addition to Mani Ratnam - Str film

One of the most exciting films of 2018 for film buffs would be Mani Ratnam's next multistarrer featuring, Str, Jyothika, Vijay Sethupathi, Arvind Swami, Aishwarya Rajesh, Fahadh Faasil. The film has music by A.R.Rahman, cinematography by Santosh Sivan, and editing by Sreekar Prasad.

 

Now, sources close to us hint that veteran actress Jayasudha will be acting in this film. She has already acted in Mani Ratnam's Alaipayudhey, as Shalini's mother. Looks like a valuable addition to an interesting film!

Malayalam cinema doesn't need two Kunjali Marakkars, says Priyadarshan

Two announcements from two accomplished director-actor duos had the Malayalam film industry all excited a few days ago.

While Priyadarshan had announced that he would be directing a film on Kunjali Marakkar with Mohanlal in the lead, Mammootty took to his Facebook page to reveal that he would be teaming up with Santosh Sivan for a film on Kunjali Marakkar. Well, this would mean that fans can not only expect a box office clash but a clash between the same type of films starring the two legends of the Malayalam film industry.
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Dulquer is all excited about dad Mammootty playing Kunjali Marakkar

Ever since the announcement that Mammootty would play Kunjali Marakkar in his upcoming film to be directed by Santosh Sivan, fans are elated and are waiting to know more about it.

And it’s not just the fans and movie buffs - even the celebs are excited. Mammootty’s son and actor Dulquer Salmaan, while putting up the poster of the film on a social networking site wrote, “So excited about #KunjaliMarikar !! This is gonna be a legendary film ! Can just feel it.”
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Official: Santosh Sivan announces his next directorial

Ace cinematographer Santosh Sivan will don the role of a director once again with his new film Kunjali Marakkar IV.

 

The Thalapathi cinematographer has officially released the first look poster of the film. The film will star Mammootty in the lead role, and is said to be based on the story of the warrior and captain of Kozhikode Samoothiri's Navy, Kunjali Marakkar.

This Malayalam film, written by T.P. Rajeevan and Shankar Ramakrishnan, will be produced by August Cinemas. Santosh Sivan's last directorial venture was Inam, which talked about the civil war that prevailed in Sri Lanka.

Lies We Tell Director Mitu Misra, “Imtiaz Ali has been my teacher from pen to paper”

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Mitu Misra’s Lies We Tell, shot by ace cinematographer Santosh Sivan was showcased at Mami film festival.

The screening was graced by Mitu’s friend and guru Imitiaz Ali and Sheshank Ghosh, who showed their support to the debutant director.

When asked about Mitu Misra, Imtiaz says, “Mitu Misra is a old friend of mine and our connection is of Films. He has sent me different kind of films to watch over the period. I hope he does very well in the industry.”

Mitu adds further, “On script of Lies We Tell, Imtiaz has been my teacher from pen to paper. I had written five paragraphs and Imtiaz narrowed to one line that was the trigger for me.”

Lies We Tell is an unflinching British thriller about loyalty, betrayal, and revenge. The film revolves around a trusted driver, who must deal with his dead boss’s Muslim mistress, her
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