Everything That Made News In Entertainment From The South (8 - 14 January)

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Shaakuntalam, the Samantha film promises a whimsical romance (Telugu)

Samantha’s Shaakuntalam narrates the love story of mythological characters Shakuntala and King Dushyant, played by Samantha and Dev Mohan. The trailer of Shaakuntalam tells us that it is “a whimsical tale of love from Mahabharatha”.

Thunivu and Varisu get an extra show (Tamil)

The Tamil Nadu government allowed the screening of one extra show for Thunivu and Varisu on January 12, 13, and 18. Earlier the government had banned the screening of 4 AM and 5 AM shows for both the films.

Navya Nair - Saiju Kurup film gets a title (Malayalam)

Navya Nair and Saiju Kurup reunite in Aneesh Upasana's next. The film is titled Janaki Jaane, and the makers released the first look poster. The film is said to be a light-hearted entertainer where Navya Nair and Saiju Kurup would be seen playing a married couple.

First look of Adivi Sesh's Goodachari 2 is out (Telugu)

The first look of Goodachari 2 was launched in Mumbai, which also marks the franchise's entry into Hindi cinema. G2 is the sequel to the 2018 espionage drama Goodachari where Adivi Sesh played the role of Agent 116.

Mohanlal plays a cameo in Rajinikanth's Jailer (Tamil)

Rajinikanth's next is Jailer, helmed by Nelson of Doctor fame. The film has Rajinikanth playing the titular character, a prison guard. While Kannada actor Shivrajkumar was earlier roped into play a pivotal character, there are also reports that actress Ramya Krishnan might be a part of the cast.

Hiphop Tamizha’s next gets a title (Tamil)

Helmed by Karthik Venugopal, Hiphop Tamizha Adhi’s HHT7 is now titled PT Sir. It is said to be a fun-filled entertainer and the makers have released its first look. The poster shows Adhi with basketballs, a football, and a cricket bat. Kashmira Pardeshi will be reuniting with Adhi after Anbarivu

First look of Milana Nagaraj from Love Birds is out (Kannada)

Billed as a romantic musical, Love Birds stars real-life couple Krishna and Milana Nagaraj in lead roles. Directed by PC Shekar, the film revolves around a couple and their life post-marriage. The makers recently released the first look poster of Milana's character.

Prakash Raj joins Kalaya Namaha (Kannada)

Comedian turned actor Komal Kumar’s Kalaya Namaha has grown into a grander project as actor Prakash Raj joined the sets. The film also marks Komal Kumar’s return as a lead after five years. Directed by Mathivanan, the film is backed by Anusuya Komal Kumar.

GV Prakash's Kalvan gets a teaser (Tamil)

In a wild vs human set up, Kalvan narrates the culture and struggles of people living alongside the hilly regions of Kadampur. When elephants begin to attack their houses, the villagers move to the court, but the judge questions whether the animal is invading their place or is it the other way round.

Kunchacko Boban starrer Padmini goes on floors (Malayalam)

Helmed by Senna Hegde of 1744 White Alto fame, Padmini stars Kunchacko Boban and Aparna Balamurali in lead roles. The shooting for the film commenced with a customary pooja.

Ramki joins cast of Custody (Tamil, Telugu)

Actor Ramki joined the cast of Venkat Prabhu’s Tamil-Telugu bilingual film Custody. Ramki and Ventak Prabhu had earlier worked in Biriyani (2013). Custody features Naga Chaitanya in the lead role and Arvind Swamy as the antagonist.

First look of Bhavana starrer Hunt is out (Malayalam)

Helmed by Shaji Kailas, Hunt is a suspense thriller set in the backdrops of a medical college. Bhavana essays the role of a resident doctor named Keerthy. Actor Prithviraj Sukumaran revealed the first look of Hunt, which gives a eerie and haunting vibe.

Raaj Sharan’s Modala Male to have nine heroines (Kannada)

Director Raaj Sharan's sophomore directorial Modala Male is said to be a comedy film with elements of horror. Rain is said to have an important connection with the narrative.

Devi Neeye, first single from Thankam is out (Malayalam)

Devi Neeye is a devotional song composed by Bijibal in the film Thankam. The song features Vineeth Srinivasan and Aparna Balamurali praying in temples, glimpses of Biju Menon are also shown in the song. Anwar Ali has penned the lyrics for Devi Neeye and the song was rendered by Najim Arshad. 

A look into the World of Sabari (Tamil)

Billed as a thriller, the world of Sabari gives a sneak peek into the peaceful lives of a mother and daughter before they are hit by tragedy. The film explores the theme of how far one will go to save the life of their loved ones. Helmed by Anil Katz, the film stars Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, Ganesh Venkatraman, and Shashank.

First look of Indrajith starrer Kunjammini’s Hospital is out (Malayalam)

Kunjammini’s Hospital, helmed by Sanal V Devan, is a fantasy comedy. The film stars Prakash Raj, Indrajith Sukumaran, and Nyla Usha in the main roles.

Pranam Devaraj makes a comeback with Vaira (Kannada)

Directed by Sai Shivan Jampana, Vaira is Kannada-Telugu bilingual film. Pranam Devaraj made his acting debut with Kumari 21F (2015) in which he was seen as a chocolate boy.