Everything That Made News In Entertainment From The South (17 – 23 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.

CBI 5 is slated to hit the theatres on May 1, trailer out (Malayalam)

Mammotty plays CBI officer Sethurama Iyer in CBI 5 The Brain, the fifth instalment in the CBI series of films. He investigates a murder of a writer, the beginning of a major controversy that might result in basket killing. 

CBI 5 is written by SN Swamy and directed by K Madhu. Apart from Mammootty, Jagathy Sreekumar and Mukesh as CBI officers and Sai Kumar as police DySP are reprising their roles in this film. 

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Sudha Kongara helms the next film of the KGF production house (Tamil)

After the success of KGF , Hombale Films joins hands with filmmaker Sudha Konagara for her next project. This project is expected to mark Hombale Films’ debut in Kollywood. The untitled film is said to be a feature based on real-life events. Notably, Sudha’s previous films Soorarai Pottru and Irudhi Sutrru were also based on true events. 

Thothapuri Chapter 1 delivers a strong social message (Kannada)

Jaggesh and director Vijayaprasad reunite for Thothapuri Chapter 1, a comedy film with a strong social message. The film stars Jaggesh, Daali Dhananjay, Aditi Prabhudeva and Dattanna in lead roles. It is produced by KA Suresh under the banner Moniflix Studios and Suresh Arts.

Jayasurya plays a cop in John Luther (Malayalam)

Following a motorbike accident that kills one person, three missing cases are filed within the same jurisdiction in a span of a few days. How the investigation pans out forms the plot in this cop thriller. 

John Luther is written and directed by debutant Abhijith Joseph. Apart from Jayasurya, the film also stars Deepak Parambol, Siddique Athmeeya Rajan, Drishya Raghunath, Pramod Velliyanad, Sreelakshmi and Sivadas Kannur. It is produced by Thomas P Mathew. 

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Ante Sundaraniki is a romantic comedy on interfaith marriage (Telugu)

Ante Sundaraniki stars Nani as Sundar, a Brahmin and Nazriya Nazim as Leela, a Christian. The film seems to narrate a comical tale of interfaith marriage. It is directed by Vivek Athreya. It also features Naresh, Rohini and Nadiya in supporting roles. The film is produced by Naveen Yerneni and is expected to release in Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil and Kannada on June 10.

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‘Melle En Pranayam’ video song from Panthrand released (Malayalam)

Panthrand is written and directed by Leo Thaddeus. It stars Shine Tom Chacko, Lal, Dev Mohan and Vinayakan in lead roles. The makers have recently released the video song of a feel-good melody track ‘Melle En Pranayam’ composed by Alphons Joseph. The film is produced by Victor Abraham under the banner of Skypass Entertainment. It is slated to release on June 10.

Hostel releases on April 28 (Tamil)

Hostel is a horror comedy starring Ashok Selvan and Priya Bhavani Shankar that promises more fun than fear. The plot is centered around how a girl sneaks in and out of a strict boys’ hostel.

It is a remake of the Malayalam film Adi Kapyare Kootamani (2015). It is directed by Sumanth Radhakrishnan and produced by R Ravindran. The film also features comedians Sathish, Mundasupatti Ramdoss, KPY Yogi and Krrish. 

Bharath’s 50th film Titled Love (Tamil)

Bharat teams up with Vani Bhojan for his 50th film titled Love. Released by Mohanlal, the poster hints at a romance thriller. Coincidentally, the film’s first look starring the lead pair has a bullet hole in a cracked glass and resembles the 2020 Malayalam film titled Love as well. It also stars Vivek Prasanna and Daniel Annie in important roles. The music is composed by Ronnie Raphael. 

Kaathuvaakula Rendu Kaadhal trailer released (Tamil)

Kaathuvaakula Rendu Kaadhal (KRK) is about a love triangle featuring Vijay Sethupathi as Rambo, Nayanthara as Kanmani and Samantha as Khatija. The film is written and directed by Vignesh Shivan. It is produced by 7 Screen Studio in association with Rowdy Pictures and is scheduled to hit the theatres on April 28. 

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Sakutumba Sametha release date announced (Kannada)

Sakutumba Sametha is the love story of Suri and Shraddha who meet through a matrimonial site. But suddenly, Shraddha decides to call it off a week before the marriage. It deals with the importance of family and understanding in relationships. 

The film is directed by Rahul PK. It stars Achyuth Kumar, Krishna Hebbale, Bharath GB, Siri Ravikumar, Pushpa Belawadi and Rekha. Produced by GS Gupta & Rakshit Shetty under the banner Paramvah Studios, the film releases on May 27. 

Mohanlal’s 12th Man to stream on Disney+ Hotstar soon (Malayalam)

Mohanlal’s 12th Man is touted to be a suspense thriller. Skipping theatrical release, it will stream on Disney+ Hotstar soon. The film marks the reunion of Mohanlal and director Jeethu Joseph after the Drishyam series of films. It also features Unni Mukundan, Saiju Kurup, Anusree, Leona Lishoy, Anu Sithara, Priyanka Nair, and Chandhunadh.

Vijay Deverakonda and Samantha Ruth Prabhu reunite for a new film (Telugu)

After Mahanati, Vijay Deverakonda and Samantha Ruth Prabhu join hands for Shiva Nirvana’s next. The untitled film’s launch took place on Thursday. The shooting will soon kick start in Kashmir and will later be shot in Alleppey, Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam. It is produced under the banner of Mythri Movie Makers. 

Saani Kaayidham is scheduled to release on May 6 on Amazon Prime Video (Tamil)

Saani Kaayidham, a revenge drama, narrates the tale of Ponni and her stepbrother avenging the brutal murder of her husband and daughter. It stars Keerthy Suresh and Selvaraghavan in lead roles and is directed by Rocky fame Arun Matheswaran. The music is composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja and is presented by Amazon.

Ashoka Vanamlo Arjuna Kalyanam releases on May 6 (Telugu)

Ashoka Vanamlo Arjuna Kalyanam is about a mid-aged bachelor. His marriage is finally fixed after several struggles. But differences between the couple and families create fights and confusion. The film stars Vishwak Sen, Rukshar Dhillon and Ritika Nayak. It is directed by Vidya Sagar Chinta and is produced by Bapineedu B & Sudheer Edara.

Sarkaru Vaari Paata title song composed by Thaman S out (Telugu)

The makers of Sarkaru Vaari Paata released the title song as a part of their promotional campaign. The film is scheduled to release on May 12. Earlier, two other songs from the film ‘Kalaavathi’ and ‘Penny’ were released. 

The film is written and directed by Parasuram Petla. It stars Mahesh Babu, Keerthy Suresh, Vennela Kishore and Subbaraju. It is produced under the banners Mythri Movie Makers, GMB Entertainment Pvt Ltd, 14 Reels Plus.

Screenwriter John Paul passes away at 72 (Malayalam)

The famous screenwriter John Paul who was undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Kochi passed away. His best works include Chamaram, Marmaram and Vida Parayum Munpe. He has also acted in films like Gangster and produced Oru Cherupunchiri and several other movies. 

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