Everything That Made News In Entertainment From The South (December 10 - 16)

Everything That Made News In Entertainment From The South (December 10 - 16)

From trailers and teasers to new film announcements, here’s a quick recap of the week that went by

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.

The first look of Fahadh Faasil's 'Aavesham' Revealed (Malayalam)

The first look of Fahadh Faasil's upcoming film Aavesham directed by Jithu Madhavan has been unveiled. Set in Bangalore, the movie features Fahadh in the role of a local gangster. It is said to be an extension of the character played by Chemban Vinod Jose in Romancham. Produced by Nazriya Nazim and Anwar Rasheed, the film is scheduled for release on April 11, 2024. The ensemble cast includes newcomers in significant roles.

Adivi Sesh's G2 Commences Shooting (Telugu)

The sequel to the 2018 hit Goodachari, Adivi Sesh's G2, directed by Vinay Kumar Sirigineedi, has started filming in Hyderabad. The spy thriller marks Banita Sandhu's entry into Telugu cinema. Produced by People Media Factory, the movie promises a gripping narrative in the espionage genre, building on the success of its predecessor.

Rajinikanth's 170th film Titled Vettaiyan (Tamil)

On Rajinikanth's birthday, the title of his upcoming film, Thalaivar 170, was revealed to be Vettaiyan. Directed by TJ Gnanavel, the film features an ensemble cast, including Amitabh Bachchan, Fahadh Faasil, Ritika Singh, Manju Warrier, Rana Daggubati, and others. The title teaser showcases Rajinikanth in a mass avatar, accompanied by a vibrant rap song composed by Anirudh Ravichander. The film is produced by Subaskaran under the Lyca Productions banner.

Everything That Made News In Entertainment From The South (December 10 - 16)
Rajinikanth's Thalaivar 170 is now Vettaiyan, Makers Release Title Teaser

Clint Eastwood to Watch Jigarthanda Double X (Tamil)

Karthik Subbaraj's Jigarthanda Double X pays homage to the legendary Clint Eastwood. The film, released on November 10, delighted audiences with its unique tribute to the filmmaker. A tweet from Clint Eastwood's account recently acknowledged that he was aware of the film and that he'd watch it post the completion of his current project, Juror 2. Director Karthik Subbaraj expressed his excitement, calling it a surreal moment for the team and fans.

Rajinikanth's Glimpse in Aishwarya's Lal Salaam Revealed (Tamil)

Aishwarya Rajinikanth's sports drama film Lal Salaam unveiled Rajinikanth's dynamic cameo as Moideen Bhai on his 73rd birthday on December 12. The one-minute video showcases Rajinikanth's charisma, sporting a salt-and-pepper look. Scheduled for Pongal 2024, the film features Vishnu Vishal and Vikranth in lead roles, combining sports drama with political undertones.

Adivi Sesh and Shruti Haasan Unite for Pan-Indian Action Drama (Telugu)

Adivi Sesh and Shruti Haasan are set to collaborate for a pan-Indian action drama, directed by Shaneil Deo. Produced by Supriya Yarlagadda and presented by Annapurna Studios, the film adopts a unique approach, tailoring each frame, dialogue, and scene separately in Hindi and Telugu. The makers also unveiled Sesh’s intense first look recently where he sported kohled eyes and a black scarf covering his face.

Siddharth Lends His Voice To Sivakarthikeyan's Ayalaan (Tamil)

Siddharth lends his voice to the alien character in Sivakarthikeyan's much-anticipated sci-fi comedy, Ayalaan. Directed by R Ravikumar, the film explores the hero's encounter with an extraterrestrial entity and their journey together. The teaser which was released earlier, promised a visual spectacle with top-notch special effects. Ayalaan is slated for release on Sankranti 2024 and features Rakul Preet Singh, Yogi Babu and Karunakaran.

Bagheera Teaser To Be Released on Sriimurali's Birthday (Kannada)

The much-awaited teaser of Bagheera, starring Sriimurali, is set to be release on the actor's birthday, December 17. Directed by Dr Suri, the film portrays Sriimurali as a rugged cop in a gripping narrative. Amidst other Hombale Films releases, Bagheera is anticipated to hit theaters in mid-2024, marking director Dr Suri's comeback after a decade.

Arjun Das Joins Cast of Mammootty's Turbo (Malayalam)

Tamil actor Arjun Das joins the cast of Mammootty's Malayalam film Turbo. Directed by Vyaskh, the film, already featuring Raj B Shetty and Telugu actor Sunil, marks Arjun Das's Malayalam debut. With Vishnu Sarma as the cinematographer, Justin Varghese handling music, and Dulquer Salmaan's Wayfarer Films in distribution, Turbo promises to be a significant venture.

Siddhu Jonnalagadda Starts Shoot for Bhaskar's Entertainer (Telugu)

Siddhu Jonnalagadda is embarking on a new project with director Bommarillu Bhaskar after the success of Most Eligible Bachelor. Produced by Sri Venkateswara Cine Chitra, the untitled film's shooting commenced recently, creating anticipation for the hilarious entertainer. The cast and crew details remain undisclosed, heightening curiosity around the collaboration.

Kottukaali Becomes The First Tamil Film to Have its World Premiere At Berlin Film Festival

PS Vinothraj's new film Kottukaali will be the first Tamil film to have its world premiere at the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival under the World Cinema section. The drama stars Anna Ben and Soori in lead roles. Soori returns to a lead role after his amazing performance in Vetrimaaran's Viduthalai - Part 1.

Vinothraj's first film Pebbles (Koozhangal) was selected as India's official entry to the 94th Academy Awards. The film also premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, where it won the Tiger Award. The film was picked up by Vignesh Sivan and Nayanthara's Rowdy Pictures and is currently streaming on SonyLIV. 

Kottukaali is produced by actor Sivakarthikeyan under the SK Productions banner.

Everything That Made News In Entertainment From The South (December 10 - 16)
Soori's 'Kottukkaali' Becomes The First Tamil Film to Have its World Premiere At Berlin Film Festival

Pradeep Ranganathan to Lead Vignesh Shivan’s Romantic Comedy LIC - Tamil

Following the success of Love Today, Pradeep Ranganathan teams up with Vignesh Shivan for the romantic comedy LIC (Love Insurance Corporation). Produced by Seven Screen Studios, the film features Krithi Shetty and SJ Suryah in lead roles. With Anirudh Ravichander's music and Ravi Varman as the cinematographer, LIC promises a delightful blend of romance and comedy.

Ravi Teja and Harish Shankar Reunite for Mass Entertainer (Telugu)

Ravi Teja and director Harish Shankar join forces for the third time, promising a power-packed mass entertainer. Produced by TG Vishwa Prasad under People Media Factory, the collaboration follows their previous blockbuster, Mirapakay.

Tovino Thomas Starts Shooting for Identity (Malayalam)

Tovino Thomas officially joins the sets of Identity, an action thriller directed by Akhil Paul and Anas Khan. Co-starring Trisha Krishnan, Mandira Bedi, Vinay Rai, and others, the film is set to be eleased in the second half of 2024.

Allari Naresh Stars in Naa Saami Ranga (Telugu)

Allari Naresh takes on a key role in Naa Saami Ranga, scheduled for a Sankranti 2024 release. The first look reveals Naresh in rural attire, introducing the character Anji. Directed by Vijay Binny, the massy action entertainer features Akkineni Nagarjuna and Ashika Ranganath, with MM Keeravani's music enhancing the cinematic experience.

First Look of Sabdham Released (Tamil)

The first look of Aadhi's upcoming horror film Sabdham is unveiled, showcasing the actor as a paranormal investigator. Directed by Arivazhagan and produced by Arivazhagan and 7G Films, the film features Lakshmi Menon and includes a talented ensemble cast. With S Thaman's music, Arun Bathmanaban as the cinematographer, and VJ Sabu handling editing, Sabdham promises a gripping horror experience.

Varun Tej's Operation Valentine Gets New Release Date (Telugu)

Varun Tej's Hindi debut, Operation Valentine, featuring Manushi Chhillar, receives a new release date. The bilingual Telugu-Hindi film, inspired by true events, is now set to hit the screens on February 16, 2024, during Valentine's week. Directed by Shakti Pratap Singh Hada and produced by Sony Pictures International Productions, Renaissance Pictures, and God Bless Entertainment, the movie explores the challenges faced by Indian Air Force heroes.

The second song from 'Qalb' out (Malayalam)

The second song from Qalb, co-written and directed by Sajid Yahiya (starring Ranjith Sajeev and Neha Nazneen) was recently released. The song is penned by Suhail Koya, composed by Prakash Alex, and is sung by Hesham Abdul Wahab.

The film is produced by Vijay Babu under the banner of 'Friday Film House' in association with Fragrant Nature Creations. The film features Siddique, Lena, and Jaffar Idukki among others in key roles. Qalb will hit the theatres in January.