From Vijay’s pan-Indian biggie to the sequel to ‘Ponniyin Selvan’, here are some hot updates from Kollywood
As promised, the federal is back with exciting hot updates from the happening Kollywood. Read on to find out about Rajinikanth’s next reunion, Mani Ratnam and Kamal Haasan’s reunion, Vijay’s pan-Indian biggie, Ajith’s intro song in ThunivuSuriya’s Reunion With Favorite Filmmakers, Shankar’s Plans To Film Indian 2 and RC 15and more…
Rajinikanth’s Lal Salaam, and a movie with Mani Ratnam?
Superstar Rajinikanth is all set to make a powerful cameo in his eldest daughter Aishwarya’s upcoming sports action drama Lal Salam. Produced by Lyca Productions, the music will be composed by Academy Award winner AR Rahman. Vishnu Vishal and Vikranth star in the directorial debut of Aishwarya Rajinikanth.
Lyca has signed Rajinikanth for one more movie (they recently announced their deal for two movies). It was rumored that Mani Ratnam would be directing the biggie, but it seems the production house hasn’t roped in on the director yet.
Rajinikanth is currently shooting for Prison Guard with director Nelson.
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Kamal’s reunion with Mani Ratnam
Kamal Haasan is all set to celebrate the 100th day of his blockbuster Vikram on November 7 (his birthday) with fans, distributors and exhibitors in Chennai.
The actor has also announced his reunion with his Nayakan (1987) filmmaker Mani Ratnam after 35 years. Produced by Udhayanidhi Stalin’s Red Giant Movies in association with Kamal Haasan’s Raaj Kamal Films International and Mani Ratnam’s Madras Talkies, this film also features AR Rahman on board to score the music.
Haasan is also in talks with filmmakers Mahesh Narayanan, Pa. Ranjith, H Vinoth and Lokesh Kanagaraj, next to Shankar for Indian 2. Buzz is that Mahesh’s film will be the sequel to Thevar Magan, the 1992 cult film.
Vijay-Lokesh’s pan-Indian biggie
Thalapathy Vijay will soon start dubbing for his Pongal release varisu.
His still untitled film with director Lokesh Kanagaraj will also be released in December. Sources say the film will be a pan-Indian biggie. While Sanjay Dutt is already on board, talks are underway with a few Malayalam actors and a leading Tamil actor in pivotal roles. Trisha Krishnan, who worked with Vijay in the blockbuster ghilliwill also be featured in this gangster drama.
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Dhanush’s vathi postponed
Dhanush’s Tamil-Telugu Bilingual Movie vathi was due out in December. But our sources say it has been postponed to February 2023. Produced by Sithara Entertainment, the film will be directed by Venky Atluri. The makers reportedly need more time to complete the shoot. After that, they need at least a month for post-production.
Ajith to hurry up Thunivuthe opening number
Ajith’s Thunivu team has announced that the film will be released at Pongal 2023. However, the opening track of the film has yet to be recorded. Recently, the film’s composer, Ghibran, recorded the song with Anirudh’s vocals. Ajith will dance to this song under the movements of choreographer Kalyan.
Ajith recently finished dubbing the biggie that will reportedly be a heist thriller.
Suriya to work with Jai Bhim director again
Suriya recently announced his plans to partner with his Soorarai Pottru director Sudha Kongara again. But a little birdie told us that the actor will collaborate with his Jai Bhim also director TJ Gnanavel. Both Soorarai Pottru and Jai Bhim were hits on OTT platforms. So fans hope these two filmmakers would make magic with Suriya again.
The actor is currently shooting for a fantasy film directed by Siva of viswasam fame. Disha Patani plays the female lead in the biggie.
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Karthi replaces Arya in Nalan’s next
Arya would team up with Nalan Kumarasamy (from Soodhu Kavvum fame) in a film that is said to be a tribute to commercial Tamil films. Now our sources say that Karthi has replaced Arya in the film, which will be produced by Studio Green.
Karthi also lined up a movie with director Raju Murugan of cukoo fame. titled Japanthe film will be produced by Dream Warrior Pictures.
Shankar juggles between Indian 2 and RC 15
South India’s showman director Shankar juggles between Indian 2 and the as-yet-untitled film by Ram Charan. This is the first time that a leading filmmaker has been working on two biggies at the same time (involving over Rs 500 crore). To help Shankar, many of his former assistants work in both Indian 2 and RC 15.
Shankar plans to pack Kamal Haasan’s portions Indian 2 first. After that, he continues with the film of Ram Charan.
During the intermission between Charan’s film, he will read the remaining parts of Indian 2.
small movie love todaythe surprise hit
love today, a small film directed by Pradeep Ranganathan, has taken everyone in the business by surprise. Pradeep has also acted in the film. On the first day, the film collected about Rs 3 crore, and the second day is estimated at about Rs 5-6 crore. Sources say the film has a high probability of collecting around Rs 30-40 crore at the box office in Tamil Nadu.
The film’s producers are already getting lucrative remake offers from Tollywood and Bollywood.
Trading experts feel the success of small films as love today is the need of the hour.
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Ponniyin Selvan continued in April or May
The first part of Ponniyin Selvan has nearly reached the Rs 500 crore mark (gross). Now the makers are working on the continuation of the magnum opus. While the shoot is already over, Mani Ratnam is busy with the post production work.
According to our sources, April 28, 2023 is the tentative release date of the film. But Ratnam wants the visuals to be flawless and has asked his producers to give him more time.
VFX artists are working around the clock to wrap up the biggie for March. If there is any delay, Mani Ratnam plans to release the film in May.