Everything That Made News In Entertainment From The South (27 March – 2 April), Film Companion

Here’s a recap of the significant stories in entertainment across Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada films, and sometimes the odd television series as well.

Elli AvrRam Is Part of Naane Varuven (Tamil)

Naane Varuven marks the collaboration of Dhanush and Selvaraghavan after almost a decade. Elli AvrRam, a Swedish actor, is one of the female leads in the film. She has starred in many Hindi films like Mickey Virus and One Night Stand. She was supposed to make her Tamil debut in Paris Paris, the remake of the Hindi film Queen, but its release got postponed. 

Naane Varuven’s shooting is in full progress. Apart from Dhanush and Elli AvrRam, the film also stars Yogi Babu and Indhuja Ravichandran. 

KGF Chapter 2 to hits theatres on April 14 (Kannada)

The KGF: Chapter 2 trailer hints at a face-off between Yash as Rocky and Sanjay Dutt as Adheera.  Raveena Tandon plays a politician. The sequel is action-packed with gunshots and bomb blasts. 

The film also stars Srinidhi Shetty, Prakash Raj and Malvika Avinash. It is produced by Vijay Kiragandur under the banner Hombale Films and is set to release on April 14 in theatres. 

Vaashi Second Look, Featuring Tovino Thomas and Keerthy Suresh (Malayalam)

Tovino Thomas and Keerthy Suresh posted the second look of Vaashi on social media, introducing their characters ‘Meet Adv. Ebin & Adv. Madhavi’ and captioned the image ‘A smile before the storm’. Both were seen in traditional Kerala attire. 

Vaashi is written by Janiz Chacko Simon and Vishnu Raghav and is directed by the latter. Both Tovino and Keerthy Suresh play lawyers in the film. 

Everything That Made News In Entertainment From The South (27 March – 2 April), Film Companion

Telugu-Tamil bilingual The Warriorr releases on July 14

The Warriorr starring Ram Pothineni is a cop thriller. It is directed by N Lingusamy and is scheduled to release on July 14. The release date announcement poster featured Ram sitting in a railway station and holding a gun, while it appears that the bad guys in the background are running away.

The film also stars Krithi Shetty, Adhi Pinisetty and Akshara Gowda in prominent roles. The music is composed by Devi Sri Prasad and the film is bankrolled by Srinivasaa Chitturi. 

Everything That Made News In Entertainment From The South (27 March – 2 April), Film Companion

Suriya 41 Goes On Floors, Krithi Shetty Joins the team (Tamil)

In another actor-director reunion, Suriya and Bala join hands after 18 years for Suriya 41. The shooting went on floors last Monday in Kanyakumari. GV Prakash has been roped in as the music composer. 

Later this week, Krithi Shetty joined the team as the lead and Mamitha Baiju is roped in to play an important role. The film is produced by Jyotika and Suriya under the banner 2D Entertainments.

Krishna Vrindha Vihari Teaser Released (Telugu)

Krishna Vrindha Vihari is a youth love story that centres around two colleagues falling in love, focusing on the struggles they face. While Naga Shaurya and Shirley Setia play the lead pair, the film also features Radhika Sarathkumar, Vennela Kishore, Brahmaji, Rahul Ramakrishna and Satya Akkala. Producer under the banner IRA Creations, the film is scheduled to release on April 22. 

Jana Gana Mana starring Prithviraj Sukumaran to have two parts (Malayalam)

Prithviraj Sukumaran, talking at an event, hinted that Jana Gana Mana has two parts and the scenes shown in the teaser and trailer are from the second part. 

The trailer shows Prithviraj moving around with a walking stick and seeking financial aid for medical treatments as he is injured due to police brutality. There are also glimpses of campus fights in flashback scenes, where Suraj Venjaramoodu plays the police. The film is produced by Listin Stephen and Supriya Menon. It releases on Netflix on April 28.

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NFT auction of SPB’s swansong on April 9

Legendary singer SP Balasubrahmanyam’s last unreleased song is set to be auctioned as a Non-Fungible Token (NFT). It is a devotional song titled ‘Vishwaroopa Darisanam’. The song is a 30-minute track and the buyer will get 51% of the copyright. The NFT of SPB’s swansong will be auctioned off on the Diginoor platform from 11 AM on April 9. 

Vikram Poster Update (Tamil)

Kamal Haasan’s Vikram is scheduled to release on June 3rd in theatres. Recently, the team gave an update regarding the theatrical distribution along with a new poster starring Kamal Haasan. In the new poster, it was revealed that Red Giant Movies along with Raj Kamal Films International will present the film in Tamil Nadu. 

Mammotty-Nisham Basheer Thriller and Enthada Saji Shoots Begin (Malayalam)

Nisham Basheer’s yet to be titled thriller starring Mammotty went on floors on March 30th. The film features Sharafudheen, Jagadish, Grace Antony, Kottayam Nazir and Bindu Panicker in pivotal roles. After Nanpakal Nerathu Mayakkam, this film is also bankrolled by Mammootty Kampany. 

Enthada Saji is a debut directional of Godfy Xavier Babu. It marks the reunion of Kunchacko Boban and Jayasurya, who will be sharing the screen after six years. The shooting began on April 1. Nivetha Thomas plays the female lead and the film is bankrolled by Listin Stephen of Magic Frames.

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Vijay Devarkonda and Puri Jagannadh Announce Their Next JGM (Telugu)

Vijay Devarkonda-Puri Jagannadh Liger is scheduled to release this August and news of Mike Tyson’s dubbing is making rounds on the internet. Amidst this, the actor-director duo has announced their next project – JGM, an action entertainer. 

The announcement poster revealed that the film will be released on 3 August 2023. It will be produced by Charmme Kaur, Vamshi Paidipally and Puri Jagannadh. The shooting will start in April 2022. 

Taanakkaran will release in Disney+ Hotstar, Trailer Out (Tamil)

Taanakkaran is about the brutality in police training camps. Vikram Prabhu plays a police trainee who fights against the wrongdoings of the senior officers. The film focuses on the hardships of young police trainees. Interestingly, the director Tamizh is an ex-police officer who served for almost 12 years. 

Taanakkaran is produced under the banner Potential Studios LLP. Anjali Nair, Lal and M. S. Bhaskar play pivotal roles in the film. It will stream on Disney+ Hotstar from April 8. 

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Nivin Pauly’s Next Production Venture Dear Students (Malayalam)

The title poster of ‘Dear Students’ was released by Nivin Pauly on March 31. It will be directed by debutant filmmakers George Philip Roy and Sandeep Kumar. The film will be produced by Nivin Pauly under his production house Pauly Jr Pictures. The title poster hints that the film will be about student life. The tagline reads ‘School opening soon’. 

Vikrant Rona To Release on July 28 in 3D (Kannada)

The release announcement trailer of Vikrant Rona gives the vibes of an adventurous storybook. It stars Kichcha Sudeep in the lead role. The trailer opens up with a few kids talking about a strange diary that narrates the tale of a “devil”, Vikrant Rona. We are also shown a few glimpses of Sudeep as Vikrant Rona, leading a ship amidst a storm. 

The film is directed by Anup Bhandari. Apart from Kichcha Sudeep, the film stars Nirup Bhandari, Neetha Ashok and Jacqueline Fernandez. It is produced by Jack Manjunath and Shalini Manjunath under the production house Shalini Artss. Vikrant Rona releases on July 28 in 3D in five languages.

Anantham Web Series, A Zee5 Original, Releases on April 22 (Tamil)

Anantham is a story about a house. In this quirky teaser, a house narrates its tale and says it has life, feelings, and soul and that its walls have different stories to tell. It is about a house, Anantham, and the different families who have lived there. 

The web series stars Prakash Raj, Sampath Raj, Indraja, Samyuktha, Vinoth Kishan and Aravinth Sundar in pivotal roles. Anantham will premiere on Zee5 on April 22.

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