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Raj in Malayalam :
years after the stupendous success of CID Moosa, Dileep’s own banner
“Grand Productions” is producing a film titled Pandipada to be
directed by the Director duo Rafi and Mecartin. The shooting will
start on March 10 at Pollachi, Prakash Raj to play an important role
in the film.Navya Nair is Dileep’s heroine and the cast will also
have Nedumudi Venu, Harisri Asokan, Cochin Haneefa, Sunitha and
others. Pandipada will be complete in two schedules and is due for
release on July 4, Dileep’s lucky date.
Malluwood Chandrolsavam and Vadakkumnathan :
The pooja function of
Bhadran's Mohanlal film was recently held in Kochi. The shooting of
the film made under the banner of Varnachitra will begin on March 5.
Mohanlal after completing Chandrolsavam and Vadakkumnathan will join
the sets of Udayon. The film is expected to release in July.
Jayaraj's By the People in Malluwood :
Jayaraj is planning to do the second part of the hit film For the
People. The film has been named By the People. The film is produced by
Sabu Cherian under the banner of Anandbairavi. The screen play and
dialogues are penned by the famous dramatist,novelist and Kannada film
writer Sunil Parameswaran.Sunil Parameshwaran had written. ‘Ananthabhadran’,
which was made into a film by Santosh Shivan. This will be Sunil’s
first film in Malayalam. The film has the same theme of For the People
and importance will be given to youth. The success of ‘4 The
People’ inspired its producer and director to come up with its
sequel. ‘By The People’ is the name of the new film. The film’s
shooting begins on the 10th of March.
Rajavu, Dileep and Kavya Madhavan :
a string of hit films together, Dileep and Kavya Madhavan are set to
provide another entertainer with the shooting for "Kochi Rajavu"
fast nearing completion. Johnny Antony, who had directed Dileep in
"CID Moosa", is directing the film. "Kochi Rajavu",
slated for release April 14, is being shot in locales around Kochi.
a Tea Packet with 'Vadakkumnathan' Audio Cassettes :
Johny Sagarika, leading audio company in Kerala and producer of films
like Niram, Thandavam and others have got into tea business. He has
hit upon an innovative marketing technique to promote his brand called
“New Tea”. Johny is now marketing the audio of Mohanlal’s latest
musical film Vadakkumnathan along with “New Tea”. Those wanting to
sip “New Tea” have to buy an Rs 55 audio cassette of
Vadakkumnathan along with 250 grams tea that comes free! The 500
gms packet comes with an even better offer Priced at Rs 120, it will
have an audio CD of Vadakkumnathan along with a VCD of songs from
various other earlier releases of Johny Sagarika. But what if
the customer like the tea, ( “New Tea” is really good.) and wants
to buy another packet? He won’t surely buy another Vadakkumnathan
audio. Johny has worked it out; “New Tea” will be available with
the audio of his next film Thommanum Makkalum. Johny’s novel
marketing method seems to have paid off as 1.83 Lakh cassettes and
CD’s along with “New Tea” has been sold so far making
Vadakkumnathan audio a chartbuster.
Unni in Bhadran’s new film ‘Udayon’ starring Mohanlal :
Unni had announced that she would be quitting the film industry after
her wedding. She said that her bigger priority will be her career as a
classical dancer. But, she seems to have changed her mind. Divya Unni
returns with director Bhadran’s new film ‘Udayon’ starring
Mohanlal in the lead. This is not her first post-marriage movie offer
but Divya had refused all of them. The former actress had settled down
in Houston, US with her husband. She had recently come to Kerala with
her husband to spend holidays. Shooting of her role begins in the
month of March. Divya alone will return to Kerala again for the film.
Soon, acting will become a vacation job for this retired actresses.
New Tamil film:
Agarwal will play heroine in Fazil's Tamil film made under the banner
of Lakshmi Movie Makers. Many other famous actors will too star in
II : Kottayam Kunhachan
In the year 1990, Mammooty had starred in the hit film 'Kottayam
Kunhachan'. Inspired by its success, the producer is getting ready
with its sequel and Mammooty had agreed to star in it. Dennis Joseph,
who wrote the story for the first film, is also going to be the
storywriter of the sequel. The first part was directed by Suresh Babu.
He is going to direct the sequel too.
surgery on Navya Nair's lips :
Quite a few artistes have plastic surgery done to improve on their
looks. But Navya Nair's case is different. Navya one of the busiest
actresses of Malayalam cinema, and steadily gaining a foothold in
Tamil too, met with an accident and tore her lips while shooting for a
Malayalam film. A few stitches took care of the problem. But the
actress while shooting for her new Tamil film Amritham in Chennai
experienced an acute pain. The stitches had given way. Promptly taken
to the Appollo hospital, she underwent a plastic surgery, and has been
advised rest for a week. Incidentally, the surgeon who did her lips is
the same one who'd done the cosmetic surgery on Rajinikant's lips too.
Star Mammootty bags film critics award:
Mega star Mammootty has been awarded the prestigious Chalachitra
Ratnam by the Kerala Film Critics Association. Mammootty has been
given the award for completing his silver jubilee in Malayalam films
and for his stellar performance in films in 2004.The 28th edition of
the awards were announced at Trivandrum on Friday by association
general secretary Manarkayam Baby. These awards, one of the most
prestigious in the Malayalam film industry, do not carry any cash
prize. Upcoming superstar Dileep has been adjudged the best actor for
his sensitive portrayal of an engineer in the film "Kathavaseshan".
"Perumazhakkalam" and "Kazhcha" were joint winners
in the best film category while Gitu Mohandas and Kavya Madhavan
shared the best actress award for their roles in "Akale" and
"Perumazhakkalam" respectively.Kamal, who directed "Perumazhakkalam",
was declared best director. "Akale", directed by Shyama
Prasad was selected as the second best film. Ace comedian Mamukkoya
and yesteryears glamour actress Ambika were selected as the second
best actor and actress respectively. Master Yash who mesmerised film
audiences in "Kazhcha" was awarded best child artiste and
its director Blessy won a special mention award.
Gopi returns after three years:
Malayalam cine star Suresh Gopi who for "personal reasons"
had taken almost a three-year break from the cine world is getting
ready for what fans believe is a real comeback. He will play police
officers in two highly topical films that have a bearing on recent
political developments in the state, The two films are "Bharat
Chandran IPS" directed by ace script writer Renji Panicker and
"Shoot" directed by veteran Shaji Kailas. After the success
of all-time hits like "Commissioner", "Ekalavyan"
and "Lelam", Suresh Gopi was labelled the angry young man of
Malayalam films, a tag he wore for nearly a decade, beginning in the
late 1980s. But after a series of flops, he decided to take a break.
Filming of 'Bharat Chandran IPS' will begin Feb 10. Once that's done
the next one will begin.
Boban and Priya got engaged on Sunday January 16 at the St Mary’s
Church in Pattom, Tiruvananthapuram. The marriage is slated for April
2nd in Kochi.
Priya was looking lavishing in a maroon designer sari with zardosi
work done on it and was wearing antique jewellery to go with it.
Kunchakko Boban looked dashing in a black suit.Only close friends of
the couple and family members were present for the engagement and the
party that followed at a City Hotel.
in Malayalam :
a new comer to the Tamil film industry, is now making her debut in
Malayalam. Pooja made her debut as the second heroine in a film with
Madhavan, but her glamour and good looks made her more popular than
the heroine herself! Soon, she was romantically linked with Shalini's
brother Richard. Last year, she had starred with Ajith in his hit film
'Attahasam'. Now she is going to work in a Malayalam film with
Prithviraj as the hero. Prithvi plays dual role in the film. Viji
Thambi is directing the film.
is going to produce a film again. And, this time around, the film is
about the Indian Army. Mohanlal’s home production company, Pranavam
International is going to produce the film. Presently, Mohanlal is
working in three films - Shajun Karyal’s ‘Vadakkomnathan’ and a
film with Ranjit and Bhadran each. After completing these assignments,
he will start working in the new film. The film will be made both in
Malayalam and Hindi simultaneously.
& Kamal again ! :
Mammootty always had a soft corner for director Kamal, as some of his
most memorable movies like Azhagiya Ravanan were made by him. Now
Mammootty, has given dates to Kamal from February 18. Kamal who is
going through a dark period after his recent off-beat films like
Manjupole Oru Penkutty and Perumazhakalam bombed at the box-office,
was looking for a superstar to salvage his career. Mammootty plays a
bus conductor in this film titled Neru. Kamal is also trying to rope
in Meera Jasmine to play a crucial role in the film.
in a fix! :
in the Malayalam film industry thought that Jayasurya who started off
as a mimicry artist turned TV anchor had the potential to make it big
as a comedy hero. He also had the secret support of superstars who
wanted to curtail the popularity of Dileep.
Jayasurya also had the backing of leading actor, producer and
distributor Lal of Lal Creations who made films with him like Pulivaal
Kalyanam and Chathikatha Chanthu both hits.Director Rafi Mecartin also
supported the young hero who has a way with people. Moreover his films
were made at one third the cost of Dileep films and he was the next
best alternative for films that were rejected by the “Comedy
King”.Now Jayasurya’s “Godfather” Lal is not backing any of
his projects this year for some strange reasons. Lal is going to
distribute three Mammootty films in 2005, with Thommante Makkal due
for Vishu. So, poor Jayasurya is in a fix. His next release Immini
Nalloral with Navya Nair is releasing on January 14 as such there is
no publicity, as distributors are still not sure if the film will
Vs Amritham :
happens when two films with the same storyline hits the screens on the
same day? One with the bigger star will scrape through while the other
will sink without a trace- and that’s what happened to Mammootty’s
Vesham and Jayaram’s Amritham.
Both the films released for Christmas and Jayaram’s Amritham has
taken a beating at the Kerala box-office. This Sibi Malayil directed
family entertainer had Padmapriya, Arun and Bhavana in supporting
roles and the story was about a sacrificing elder brother who dotes on
his family especially his younger brother. Amritham failed to take an
opening and in smaller stations like Chalakudy, the film was holdover
on the first day itself! Now theatres in Kerala are trying to drag it
so that it can complete two weeks!
Hey Taxi :
Movie Love has been dubbed into Malayalam as Hey Taxi. Mohanlal plays
a guest role in this movie. Amrish Puri plays as a mafia lord. Music
by Anu Malik and camera by P C Mohan.
Mammootty film to begin soon:
Pappan's Mammootty film Thaskaraveeran is produced by Vindhyan and
Dinan under the banner of Rasika Entertainment. Nayantara will be the
heroine of the film. He enacts the role of Arakkulam Baby in this
film. Dennis Joseph pens the script and dialogues for the story of
Menon in Maddy's Tamil film:
Menon will act in a Tamil film which has Madhavan in the lead role.
CTV Entertainment who made films like Minnale, Arasakshi, Jodi, Majnu
will be making this film named Thambi . The film also has Manivannan,
Chandrasekhar, Manobala and many others. The film will be shot in
Chennai. The film will be directed by Seeman and has story by him
also. A new girl will be the heroine of the film. The film is expected
to release in April.
new Malayalam film :
Priyamani has signed up a new film in Malayalam. The last time you saw
her on the Malayalam screens was in the film 'Sathyam' that marked
Prithviraj's entry into action genre. For various reasons, media had
underplayed the film's success at the box office. But, all the glamour
that Priyamani had shown in the film hasn't gone wasted.
She now stars in 'Otta Naanayam'. Suresh Kannan is going to direct the
film produced by Balu Cine International. Shooting begins shortly in
Ernakulam. They still haven't announced the hero of the film but the
rest of the cast includes Jagadi, Harishri Ashokan, Salim Kumar,
Shrinath and others. Vipin Mohan is the cinematographer.
is `Ben Johnson`! in a Malluwood
latest craze among producers in South is to make film after famous
sport personalities. First it was Sachin in Tamil with Vijay as hero
and now Kalabhavan Mani is doing a film titled Ben Johnson after
world’s most famous athlete. Mani plays Johnson a runner who is
lovingly called Ben Johnson by his friends. He gets into the Kerala
police in sports quota and cleans up the city of its mafia! The film
is directed by Anil Menon whose last film with Kalabhavan Mani
Malsaram was big hit especially in B and C stations. The script is by
T.A.Shaheed the hit script writer of films like Malsaram, Balettan,
Natturajavu and Mambazhakalam.
in dual role:
for the first time will do a double role in Njan Banglavil Ouda. The
film directed by Shanthivila Dinesh will also have stars like Rajan P
Dev, Jagathy, Siddique, Indrans, Bhavana and many others. After
completing, Thommanum Makkalum, Lal will join the sets of Njan
Banglavil Ouda. This film is produced by Sukumaran whose earlier film
was Swayamvarapanthal. The film has story by Reghunath Palleri.
new film Pauran is a political thriller directed by Sundardass for
Dolphin creations. This film is expected to release on the second week
of January. Geetu Mohandas plays the heroine. Jayaram plays Divakaran,
an upright MLA who cleans the party of its evil and corrupt leadership
headed by the chief Komalan and his associate Bhargavan. Kalabhanvan
Mani plays the villain along with Vijayaraghavan.
is going to do more films @ Malluwood :
looks like Sobhana is going to do more films in Malayalam after
Mambazhakalam was declared a hit. Her decision comes at a time when
our superstars are finding it difficult to find heroines to be paired
opposite them. With younger girls like Meera, Kavya, Navya and others
refusing to act with them, Sobhana comes as a blessing. Sobhana who
was on a long sabbatical has signed two more films in Malayalam. In
Jayaraj’s Makkal she plays the role of Killeri, a mad woman. She
roams in the streets and footpaths and unknowingly becomes pregnant
and gives birth to a lovely baby girl Manasi .
Jasmine's sister to act in serial:
Award winner Meera Jasmine's sister Jeni is following in the footsteps
of the former. Though Meera entered showbiz through the big screen,
Jeni has chosen her entry through the mini screen. She has accepted an
offer from K.K. Rajeev, whose serials are a hit with TV buffs. She
plays the role of a mother who has lost her child in "Orma".
Jeni was getting offers even before Meera joined movies but turned
them down as her parents were against her joining the film industry.
photo inspires next Jayaraj film :
Jayaraj is now taking a real life story made famous by a photograph to
celluloid.After the mainstream and highly successful "4 the
People" and its Tamil and Telugu remakes, it is time for him to
turn to good cinema. And he is doing so with "Makalkku".In
1990, T. Rajan Poduval, a well-known photographer working for
Malayalam newspaper Mathrubhumi, had photographed a woman patient
sitting in the veranda of a mental hospital in Thiruvananthapuram. She
was seen clutching a bundle close to her body. Also visible were two
tiny legs hanging out of the bundle. Fourteen years later, Rajan met
the same woman and her child at the same hospital. The baby had grown
up to be a beautiful teenager, and the mother also had improved. That
became possible with the help of a particular doctor. Jayaraj, a
national award-winning director, has two other National award winners
acting as the doctor and the mentally challenged woman: Suresh Gopi
and Shobhana respectively. Suresh Gopi won a national award for his
performance in Jayaraj's "Kaliyattam". After a long gap,
Shobhana appeared in a Malayalam film again in
"Mambazhakalam". "Makalkku" is going to be an
entirely different experience for the two-time National Award winner
as she speaks only one word in the entire film:
"Killeri".Jayaraj has alternated between aesthetically good
films like "Kaliyattam", "Bheebhats" or
"Santham" and commercial ventures like "Millennium
Brothers" and "4 the People".
Chandran IPS to begin soon:
shooting of Renji Panicker's Bharat Chandran IPS with Suresh Gopi in
the lead role will begin on December 27. The film has story by Renji
Panicker and produced by Thomas Pattara. It is after a short gap,
Suresh Gopi once again goes before the camera. Two stories are almost
ready for the action hero. The other film directed by Shaji Kailas has
been named Shoot.
Gopi in Shaji Kailas' film: Suresh
Gopi will do the lead role in Shaji Kailas' new film named Shoot. It
will be an action film produced and directed by Shaji Kailas. Suresh
Gopi enacts the role of a crime branch officer. B Unnikrishnan pens
the script. Shaji Kailas-Suresh Gopi team has given many hits earlier.
makes her debut in Malayalam! :
Laya, the leading
actress in Telugu cinema is making her debut in Malayalam opposite
superstar Mammootty in the film titled Thommante Makkal. It is a very
strange thing that all leading actresses in Malayalam are making rapid
strides in other languages like Meera Jasmine, Gopika, Asin, Navya and
others. And back home, our superstars depend on Tamil and Telugu
heroines like Meena, Padmapriya, Sriya Reddy from other languages to
be their heroines. Thommante Makkal is produced by top banner, Lal
Creations and directed by Shafi. The film will be shot in and around
Kochi and later in Udumalpet in Tamilnadu. The cast also has Rajan P
Dev as Mammootty’s father and Lal as his brother along with Salim
Kumar, Janardhanan and Mohan Jose. Sanjeev Sankar is the
cinematographer and Alex Paul is the music director. Thommante Makkal
will be April 14th 2005 release.
Mohanlal team up again:
a gap of four years, actors Mammootty and Mohanlal are all set to team
up once again. They were last seen together in Shaji Kailas'
Narasimham. Aashirwad Cinemas who produced Narasimham is producing
this film too. The shooting of the film will begin next year. The
director of the film is yet to be decided.
plays the role of an aspiring film director in debutant Roshan
Andrew's new film titled Udayananu Tharam. The script is written by
Sreenivasan who had struggled himself for many years as an assistant
director in the early days of his life.Udayananu Tharam will be
light-hearted comedy that takes a close look at the other side of
tinsel town. Lohithadas the well-known script writer and director
plays an important role as Pratap.
progress of Mohanlal-starrer movie :
latest Mohanlal film that has attracted a lot of attention, is fast
progressing in and around Alappuzha. The widespread interest generated
is on account of the return of three-time National Award winner
Sobhana to the Malayalam film industry after a gap of nearly three
years.The duo have several all-time Malayalam hits to their credit and
the last time they appeared together in a film was four years back in
I.V. Sasi's "Shradha". "Mambazhakaalam" is
directed by ace director Joshi and produced by Aroma International.
Sobhana for some time has been concentrating more on classical dancing
and is running a dance school in Chennai. Last year she did "Mitr,
My Friend", the directorial debut of popular southern Indian
actresses Revathi, which fetched her a National Award. "Mambazhakaalam"
was scripted by T.A. Shahid and Girish Puthancheri is penning the
lyrics. The music is by M. Jayachandran and the camera is handled by
Sajeev Sankar. The film also has an impressive cast of Cochin Hanifa,
Kalabhavan Mani, Harisree Ashokan, Innocent, Shammi Thilakan, Vishu,
Baiju, Sudheesh, Kaviyoor Ponnamma and Poornima. The film is expected
to hit the theatres during Christmas.
did not bring any good to me: Actress Meera Jasmine:
year's national award-winning actress Meera Jasmine said here Sunday
that all the money she had earned through acting in movies brought her
"I have now realised that all the money that I earned fetched me
more enemies than friends," she told reporters here, some 150 km
from the state capital, on the sidelines of a public function.
"I have realised even my family members are now against me and
money will never bring love," said Jasmine, who won the award for
her sensitive portrayal of a Muslim divorcee in T.V. Chandran's
Malayalam movie "Paddum Onnu Oru Vilapam".
She filed a police complaint Saturday against her father and two
sisters alleging they had cornered her property.
Jasmine, who has acted in several Tamil and Telugu films apart from
many Malayalam movies, said she now wanted to do weighty roles.
When pressed for more on her personal affairs, she said: "I don't
want to make any more comments because it is my personal matter."
Jasmine's father, Joseph Phillip, has blamed a director for the
"We have done only what any dutiful parents would have done. Now
it is time that she settles down," Phillip had said.
biggest despair :
had played the father to heroes like Mammooty, Jayaram, Suresh Gopi,
Mukesh, Kunhako Boban and even Jayasurya. The audience loved him in
these roles. But, he is yet to play Mohanlal's father in any film. In
all the films that the two had acted together, Innocent had either
played Mohanlal's uncle or father-in-law. Some believe that Mohanlal
is hesitant about casting him as his father because he believes that
Innocent has greater screen presence than he does. And, Mohanlal has
occasionally portrayed both father and son roles himself. So, he
doesn't want Innocent to play the role of his father.
in Pandipada: The
script of Rafi Mecartin's Pandipada with Dilip in the lead role
is almost complete. The film will be directed and produced by the duo.
Director Siddique too helped them in completing the script. The
shooting of the film will begin in January. At the same time, Rasikan
starring Dilip is almost complete.
a Mohanlal mélange:
, Cast: Mohanlal, Sobhana, Harisree Asokan, Sudhish and Innocent;
Director: Joshi; Music: M. Jayachandran; Lyrics: Gireesh Puthenchery;
Producer: M. Mani. Superstar Mohanlal is today commended as the best
natural actor around by his peers and critics and applauded by
everyone for his magnetic persona. Veteran director Joshi and young
writer T.A. Shahid have tried to cash in on these traits of Mohanlal
in "Maambazhakaalam"(Mango Season), but with limited success
as Mohanlal the superstar seems to overpower the actor in this film.
So, what we have got here is a concoction that can be termed as the
"best of Mohanlal" (including his acting opposite Sobhana,
as they have been the most remembered pair of recent times). The story
is similar to Mohanlal's "Baletten", the debut of writer
Shahid, which became a hit last year.M. Jayachandran's music and
Gireesh Puthenchery's lyrics are not outstanding. By the looks of it,
"Maambazhakaalam" will reap a good harvest at the box
in Thaskaraveeran: Mammootty
has been signed to do the lead role in Thaskaraveeran
directed by Pramod Pappan and directed by Vindhyan and Dinan under the
banner of Rasika Entertainment. The screen play and dialogues are by
Dennis Joseph. Mammootty enacts the role of Thaskaraveeran in the
film. Azhakappan handles the camera. Ouseppachan composes music for
the film. Rasika Release will bring the film to the theatres in
part of Nadodikattu: It is for
the first time in the history of Malayalam films, a fourth part of a
Malayalam film is being made. Mohanlal and Sreenivasan who enacted the
role of cops in Nadodikattu will be
paired together in the fourth part too. Sreenivasan pens the script
for the film. Sathyan Anthicaud who directed Nadodikattu
and Pattanapravesham will be directing
this film also. Priyadarshan directed the third part Akkare
Akkare. It was on the sets of Udayananu
Tharam where Mohanlal and Sreenivasan are together, the
decision to direct the fourth part was decided.
Malayil's Mohanlal film in April: Sibi
Malayil and Mohanlal who have given many hits earlier are teaming up
once again. The shooting will most probably begin in April and the
film has story, screen play and dialogues by Bhasurachandran. The film
is produced by Noushad and Mohan under the banner of NNS Arts.
signs Mammootty: Kamal's
new film after Manjupoloru Penkutty has Mammootty in the lead role.
The film is produced by Howli Pottur (Chicago) under the banner of
Dream Dim Productions. Kalavoor Ravikumar pens script for the film.
films will be released during the Christmas season. The first one to
release will be Lal Jose's Dilip film Rasikan. It is expected to
release on December 13th. Then it will be Mammootty's Vesham directed
by V M Vinu for Swargachitra. Mohini plays heroine to Mammootty. The
other releases will be Sunderdas' film Pouran and Amritham, both
starring Jayaram. Rajasenan's Immini Nalloral starring Jayasurya and
Navya Nair and Hridayathil Sookshikkan with Kunchacko Boban and
Bhavana are also ready for release.
in a thriller :
is one of the most successful directors in South India who has written
and directed blockbusters like Ramji Rao Speaking, Godfather, In
Harihar Nagar and Friends in the past. Now he is writing a script for
a crime thriller titled Viral Adayalam (Fingerprint) to be directed by
his assistant Satish Paul. Viral Adayalam will have Jayaram in the
lead role of a not-so-intelligent and laidback cop who investigates a
murder mystery. Gopika will be the heroine of the film to be produced
by Sabu Cherian, who had earlier made that blockbuster 4 The People.
Boban getting engaged :
Boban announced that he intends to get married to his sweetheart in
April next year. Kunchako Boban has decided not to accept any new
films until February next year. A formal engagement ceremony will be
conducted in January next year. Marriage will take place in April.
actress Monisha's mother returns to big screen:
years after national award winner Monisha passed away, her mother
Sreedevi Unni is all set to return to Malayalam cinema.
Coincidentally, Sreedevi's film "Mayugham" is being directed
by Hariharan, whose "Nakashathangal" brought instant fame to
her daughter, winning her the national award at the age of 14. In the
next seven years, Monisha created a huge impression on south Indian
cinema before dying in a car accident. Sreedevi, a noted exponent of
Mohiniattam, had acted in half a dozen films at the time of her
daughter's death. Based in Bangalore, she has also acted in plays and
is a fashion designer too. In "Mayugham", she is cast with
veteran comedian and character artiste Jagathy Sreekumar, with
Bangalore girl Mamta playing the lead role.
- 3 & Mohanlal - 2 :
is superstars like Mammootty and Mohanlal who played knights in
shining armour to Kerala's film industry in distress. Of the few films
that had a successful run here last year, most were Mammootty starrers.
The six big hits of 2004 included three of Mammootty films and two
Mohanlal starrers. The biggest hit "4 The People", however,
starred newcomers. Mammootty, who has been in the industry for
the past 25 years, drew the crowds in the most talked-about film of
2004 "Kaazhcha". After a long time, one saw Mammootty the
actor and not Mammootty the superstar. "Sethurama Iyer CBI",
where Mammootty played sleuth, and action flick "Black" were
his other hits. Mohanlal had two hits in "Naatturajavu" and
"Mambazhakalam". However, he also had flops like "Vamanapuram
Bus Route" and "Vismayathumbathu".
in director's role :
Damodaran Namboodiri is all set to become a director. The film has
Vijay Yesudas, son of noted singer Yesudas and Deepankuran, son of
Kaithapram in the main roles. Both are for the first time facing the
camera. The shooting of the film will begin soon. Music will be the
main theme of the film.
to be paired with Mohanlal :
and Shobhana, the most popular pair in Malayalam film history who have
given some memorable films like Thenmavin Kombathu are back in Joshi
directed untitled film.This film is produced by Aroma Mani and the
script is written by T.A.Shaheed. The locations are in Alapuzha and
promise to be a family entertainer. Shobhana who was on a self imposed
exile from Malayalam films have done only two English films in the
last two years.
Nair in a fix! :
Navya Nair is in a fix as all her recent films including her
Tamil debut Azhagiya Theeye were flops. Now she is pinning all hopes
on Rajasenan’s Immini Nalloral with Jayasurya. The trouble with the
actress and her dad is their bad PR which leads them to all sorts of
trouble. Recently she was in news for all the wrong reasons and all
leading banners avoid her. She had problems with top directors like
Bhadran, Kamal and others and her relationship with co-artists are
also pretty lukewarm.Navya’s one-time favourite hero Pritviraj is no
longer interested in working with her and Dileep also had a miserable
experience after Pattanathil Sundaran. So she has turned to Tamil and
has just bagged Amrutham an off-beat film directed by Kannan.Navya
also has a big mouth as she is going to towns about the offers that
are pouring in from Tamil and Bollywood!! She is a talented actress
with no glamour and now she says: “I have two films in Hindi. One is
with director Ramgopal Varma and another with a top banner”.
in Chandramukhi: Sheela
the yesteryear actress who is active in the film field now after a
sabbatical of 22 years has a strong character to play in Rajnikanth's
new film Chandramukhi. The film is directed by P Vasu under the banner
of Shivaji Productions. But it is after 30 years, she appears in a
Tamil film. Other artistes in the film include Jothika, Nayantara,
Vadivelu and many others. Some fight scenes of this film will be shot
in double role:
the first time, Prithviraj comes in a double role. He plays dual role
in Krithyam directed by Viji Thampy and produced by Sasi Ayyachira
under the banner of Uthrittathi Films. Tamil actress Pooja will be the
heroine of the film. Other than Prithviraj, the film will have Jagathy
Sreekumar, Thilakn, Siddique, Salim Kumar, Anil Menon, Harshan and
many others. The film has screenplay and dialogues by Kaloor Dennis.
The shooting of the film will begin in January.
a four year gap Urvasi, one of the talented actresses of Malayalam
cinema is back in a Satyan Anthikkad directed film where she is pitted
against Meera Jasmine another gifted actress. The script of this
untitled film is written by Ranjan Pramod who had made a name with
comedies like Meesa Madhavan. Like all his earlier Satyan Anthikkad
films, this one is also a family entertainer laced with comedy and has
fever grips Kerala! :
three years after that blockbuster Meesa Madhavan,a path breaking film
which catapulted Dileep into superstardom, director Lal Jose, Dileep
and music director Vidyasagar are back. Rasikan is releasing this
Thursday (16 Dec) all over Kerala in 64 screens and is the biggest
release in the history of Malayalam films. In most of the main
stations Rasikan is releasing in double theatres, which means the film
will take a super opening. Dileep desperately need a hit as this year
has not been exactly good for the actor. Only Runway was an average
hit and his recent Kathavaseshan was a colossal flop. His fans were
disappointed that he was moving away from crass comedy entertainers to
serious cinema but Rasikan is purely aimed at them.Even Lal Jose’s
last release Pattalam with Mammootty was a flop and so both the hero
and the director is looking forward to Rasikan which can salvage their
sagging career and reputation at the box-office.
back in Malayalam cinema- Malluwood:
actress Lakshmi is returning to Malayalam cinema after a long gap in
I.V. Sasi's forthcoming film. In the yet-to-be titled film, Lakshmi
plays an advocate.
There was a time when Lakshmi was a regular face in Malayalam films.
Other than offbeat films like Bharathan's "Prayanam", she
had acted in quite a few commercial ventures opposite Madhu, Prem
Nazir and others. But her rise to stardom was with K. S.
Sethumadhavan's "Chattakkari" in which she acted as the
daughter of an Anglo-Indian train-driver. "Chattakari" was
re-made in Hindi as "Julie" with Lakshmi playing the main
role. Though her estranged daughter Aishwarya featured in some
commercially successful films with Mohanlal, in "Narasimham",
and with Suresh Gopi in "Satyameva Jayathe", Lakshmi had
stayed away from the Malayalam film industry.
you single ?
Navya in Sarkar Dada: Jayaram
will play the lead role in Sasi Shankar's Sarkar
Dada. Navya Nair plays the heroine in the film produced
by Kalliyoor Sasi under the banner of Aparna Films. The film also has
Innocent, Jagathy, Nedumudi Venu, Cochin Haneefa, Harishree Ashokan
and many others. Mani Shornur pens the script. M Jayachandran composes
music for the songs tuned by Girish Puthencherry. The shooting of the
film will start on October 18 at Kozhencherry and surrounding areas.
in Udayananu Tharam: Director
Lohithadas will play the role of a director in Udayananu
Tharam produced under the banner of Calton Films.
Mohanlal plays the hero and the shooting of the film began on
September 15 in Ooty. The film is produced by C Karunakaran under the
banner of Calton Films. The film directed by debutant Roshan Andrews
is based on a story written by Sreenivasan who also acts along with
Mukesh. The film has Jagathy, Innocent, Cochin Haneefa, Kalabhavan
Mani, Balachandra Menon, Ganesh, T P Madhavan and Indrans. Deepak Dev
composes music to the tunes of Kaithapram. The film has cinematography
by S Kumar. The film's locales are Chennai, Hyderabad and Kochi. The
film will be a Christmas Release.
Four of CBI Dairy Kurippu: If K
Madhu- S N Swami- Mammootty are to be believed, then CBI
Dairy Kuripu -Part Four will come in December end. If
this happens it will be the first time a fourth sequel is produced in
Kerala filmdom. Mohanlal- Srinivasan team's Nadodikattu
had two sequels but the director's changed and so also the producer.
In CBI sequel the team remained the same and only for the third part
the producer changed. Hope the team creates history again
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