Lyca Productions' breaking statement on 2.0 controversy
By Vivek Raj | Galatta | 06:53 PM
A controversy that has taken centre-stage of late is one where popular subtitlist Rekhs had recently claimed that reputed production house Lyca Productions are yet to clear the dues for the subtitling work she had done, for their blockbuster 2.0 in Tamil and Telugu. Director Shankar’s 2.0, which went on to make over Rs. 800 crores in worldwide box office collections, had ‘Superstar’ Rajinikanth in the lead role and is the sequel to the 2010 blockbuster Enthiran, with A. R. Rahman scoring the music yet again and Bollywood star Akshay Kumar and Amy Jackson coming on board for the sequel in major starring roles. With subtitlist Rekhs’ claims going on to stir quite a lot of debate among fans, Lyca Productions has now issued an official statement on this issue, which is as follows. Their statement reads, “Lyca Productions allots a budget of Rs 50,000 for subtitling of all the films we produce, irrespective of the scale and budget. This is because, we have in-house facilities to complete the technical process to delivery. Ms Rekhs demanded 2 lakhs for subtitling the film 2.0, which was not agreeable to us. Out of her own free will, she completed the work and said we could discuss the compensation later. She had reached out subsequently, but the rate she expected was not acceptable by us,”.
Lyca Productions in their statement add saying, “Sometime back she reached out to the media to falsely accuse us. We reached out to Rekhs around 10 days back and offered to pay her an amount of Rs 1 Lakh which was not the agreed budget by us. However we felt since there has been a time lapse and out of goodwill this was fair. She was not ready to settle to this and demanded 2 lakhs, which is definitely not the market rate. We as a production house, produce various films of varying genres and budgets engage many vendors. We do not default on payments, we only negotiate as per normal trade practice. This outburst to the media, has been with the sole intention to defame us. Since this has been made public, we would like to state on record that we are ready to settle the amount of Rs 1 lakh. Producers invest in any film their sweat, hard work and finances overcoming many hurdles. It is very easy to defame someone by a simple tweet / post. We value each and every vendor who contributes to the process of a film completion and are certainly not going to undermine their contribution by not settling them what they deserve,”.
It now remains to be seen how this issue transpires in the days ahead and we hope it gets resolved amicably.
PROUD ANNOUNCEMENT: Enthiran and 2.0 technician joins Oscar's jury!
By Aarthi | Galatta | 05:03 PM
Having received lots of criticisms on the diversity of the jury members, The Academy has decided to put a rest to it. The Academy Awards is a widely celebrated event, hosted by Hollywood film industry which has fans following keenly, worldwide. The world woke up to the announcement of the jury members and the recent member to join this elite jury club is Tamil cinema's Srinivas Mohan. He has been the visual effects supervisor of hugely bankrolled movies like Shankar's Enthiran, I, 2.0 and SS Rajamouli's epic fantasy, Baahubali series.
Srinivasa Mohan, who has been predominantly working in Tamil and Telugu film industries, will be a part of the jury in the visual effects category. Beginning his career as a Digital Compositor in the films like Indian, Jeans etc, Srinivas Mohan has bagged National awards for the Hindi film Magic Magic 3D, Sivaji and Enthiran in Tamil and Baahubali: The beginning. He is also the founder and CEO of the Indian Artists Computer Graphics.
Apart from Srinivas Mohan, filmmakers Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akthar and Ritesh Batra, VFX artist Sherry Bharda and actor Anupam Kher are also invited to be the jury.
OFFICIAL: 2.0 OST is out now!
By Aarthi | Galatta | 07:14 PM
Superstar's 2.0 got released on 29 November, 2018 and went on to become the sixth highest grossing Indian film worldwide. The movie was also dubbed and released in Hindi and Telugu and was initially planned to release in China as well by June. Due to unknown reasons, the makers have postponed the release to July 12, 2019. 2.0, which was shot in 3D camera(s) was lauded for its storyline and rich production value. Prior to the China release, the makers have released Original Sound Track (OST) of the movie. Find it below!
With Shankar helming the film, the movie was written by him, Tamil and Malayalam writer Jayamohan, and the dialogues were penned by Madhan Karky. Made over a budget of over 500 crores, the movie starred Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar, Amy Jackson and Sudhanshu Pandey.
The lyrics of the songs composed by AR Rahman were penned by Na. Muthukumar and Madhan Karky. Bankrolled by Lyca Productions, the camera for 2.0 was cranked by the award winning cinematographer Nirav Shah and the editing was handled by Anthony.
"Do NOT try this": 2.0 star Akshay Kumar issues strong warning
By Vivek Raj | Galatta | 08:21 PM
Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar, who delivered a spectacular performance in last year’s sci-fi action mega blockbuster, 2.0, alongside ‘Superstar’ Rajinikanth under Shankar’s direction is at present working on a film titled Sooryavanshi being directed by Rohit Shetty of Chennai Express fame. With the hype surrounding the action commercial entertainer already massive, the star shared a picture of himself engaging in a deadly stunt sequence while hanging on the landing gear of a helicopter and also instructed fans and followers to not perform such risky actions since they are overseen by experts in the profession.
Sooryavanshi has seen a phenomenal talk ever since the project was first teased in last year’s blockbuster, Simmba, starring Ranveer Singh and Sara Ali Khan in the lead roles. The ongoing film is set in director Rohit Shetty’s Police Universe, which also includes Ajay Devgn’s Singham franchise. Pictures from the shooting spot with Akshay Kumar on a motorbike in a high-octane chase went on to become a viral hit across social networking forums and have raised a huge curiosity on the insane level of action that will be shown in the film coming out in theatres next year as a Eid treat.
Being directed by Rohit Shetty under the joint collaboration of Dharma Productions, Cape of Good Films and Rohit Shetty Picturez with distribution by Reliance Entertainment, Sooryavanshi has Katrina Kaif playing the female lead followed by Ranveer Singh and Ajay Devgn reprising their roles as Sangram "Simmba" Bhalerao and Bajirao Singham.
Watch 2.0 sound designer's acting debut film trailer | Oru Kadhai Sollatuma | Resul Pookutty
By Vivek Raj | Galatta | 06:08 PM
Acclaimed sound designer Resul Pookutty tasted glory when he won the Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing for the worldwide blockbuster, Slumdog Millionaire.
Resul Pookutty once again showed his prowess last year in ‘Superstar’ Rajinikanth’s action sci-fi blockbuster, 2.0, under Shankar’s direction, which also had Akshay Kumar as the antagonist and A. R. Rahman’s music.
Meanwhile, Resul has been busy with his upcoming Oru Kadhai Sollatuma, which narrates the story of a sound designer's magnanimous efforts to capture and record all the sounds of Thrissur Pooram festival in Kerala.
Directed by Prasad Prabhakar, Oru Kadhai Sollatuma also coming under the English title, The Sound Story, has been produced and will be distributed by Palmstone Media. The venture releasing on April 5 also marks Resul Pookutty's acting debut.
Oru Kadhai Sollatuma has music by Rahul Raj with the film’s trailer now officially released by A. R. Rahman, which can be watched below:
AWESOME: 2.0 actor to make directorial debut
By Jayakrishnan | Galatta | 03:38 PM
Nine actor Prithviraj Sukumaran is gearing up for his next. Popular Malayalam actor Kalabhavan Shajohn is directing the movie titled as Brothers Day.
The movie marks Shajohn's first directorial. Shajohn is popular among the Tamil audiences for his impressive role as a corrupt politician in the Shankar-Rajinikath hit movie, 2.0. Popular actress Aishwarya Leshmi is the heroine in the movie. Pragya Martin, Aima, etc play pivotal roles in the movie. Shajohn had narrated the story to Prithvi two years back, and the actor immediately agreed to act in the movie, shared Prithvi on his Facebook page.
Shajohn is also part of Prithviraj's directorial debut Lucifer. The Mohanlal starrer film is all set for agrand release on March 28, amid much expectations from Lal fans. Lal essays a suave politician named Stephen in the much awaited political thriller. Prithviraj Sukumaran,Shajohn,Kalabhavan Shajohn,Brothers Day,Shankar,Rajinikath,2.0
Intense new promo video of 2.0 actor's next is here! - Check out
By Swetha Baskar | Galatta | 06:10 PM
Bollywood star Akshay Kumar was last seen in Shankar's Magnus opus project 2.0 sharing screen space with none other than the superstar of Tamil cinema, Rajinikanth. Akshay Kumar delivered notable films in 2018 such as Pad Man, Gold and finishing off in style with 2.0. The actor's upcoming film is titled Kesari, which has created immense anticipation among the audience owing to its intriguing storyline and spectacular performances. The movie has been directed by Anurag Singh which features Parineeti Chopra in a vital role.
The makers have now launched the second video song from Kesari this one is titled Ajj Singh Garjega, the song has been penned by Kunwar Juneja, composed by Chirrantan Bhatt and rendered by Jazzy B. If reports are to be believed it is said that Akshay Kumar has also apparently lent his own voice for a few lines in this patriotic number. The video is very intense packed with tons of action. Akshay Kumar all new avatar is stunning in this video.
Watch this super interesting number below!
ARRESTED: Fan uses Google Search to break into 2.0 actor's home
By Vivek Raj | Galatta | 04:50 PM
Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar, one of the most popular and busiest actors in the country delivered a stellar and memorable performance in last year’s sci-fi action thriller, 2.0, last year alongside Rajinikanth and Amy Jackson.
Meanwhile, an Akshay Kumar fan named Ankit Gowasami, a college dropout hailing from Haryana had broken into the actor’s home by finding the address through Google search.
Upon reaching Akshay Kumar’s house, Ankit was confronted by the security guards after which the youth scaled the wall of the actor’s house and tried sneaking in. However, the superstar was not at home when the incident took place.
Security guards noticed him entering the house and was soon caught hold of before being apprehended to the Juhu Police in Mumbai, who later issued a statement saying the youngster was a fan of Akshay Kumar and wanted to meet the actor while also revealing he had no other motives.
Ankit further divulged to the police that he had come to Mumbai despite his father’s objections with Rs. 5000 and found Akshay Kumar’s address using Google search on his phone.
Exclusive: 2.0 villain's next with Pokkiri director
By Jayanthi | Galatta | 05:35 PM
Ismart Shankar is an upcoming movie being directed by Puri Jagannadh starring Ram Pothineni in the lead with Nabha Natesh of Nannu Dochukunduvate fame along with Nidhhi Agerwal last seen in Akhil Akkineni’s Mr.Majnu. The movie is jointly produced by actress Charmme Kaur and Puri Jagannadh.
Composer Mani Sharma, who composed music for the latest hit Devadas starring Nagarjuna and Nani is handling the background score. It is reported that Satya Dev, Puneet Isaar and Ashish Vidyarthi are added as supporting cast members. The team had recently started filming the movie and had tweeted, “shoot istart”.
That said, the team has come up with an important update about the villain of Ismart Shankar as Sudhanshu Pandey, who was last seen in 'Superstar' Rajinikanth’s 2.0 will be playing a powerful villain with a bearded look. He will be joining the team in the middle of summer to begin filming his portions.
Huge: After 2.0 and Indian 2, next with the Chief Minister's Son
By Jayanthi | Galatta | 03:22 PM
Nikhil Gowda, son of Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy and grandson of former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda made his debut as hero with Kannada - Telugu bilingual, Jaguar. His second film, Seetharama Kalyana, was released last week and has been receiving a good response.
At present, he is currently shooting for the movie Kurukshetra being directed by Naganna. Now, an interesting information about his next movie is on the talks with reports stating a grandeur multilingual is being planned to be produced by 2.0’s production house, Lyca Productions. After 2.0, the production house is currently bankrolling the Kamal Haasan’s Indian 2 by Shankar. An official statement on the project is awaited in the days ahead.