Thala Ajith sustains minor injury during the shoot of Valimai - important details here!
By Arvind Sundaram | Galatta | 06:36 PM
A film that has been carrying sky-high expectations right from the beginning of its announcement last year, 'Thala' Ajith's upcoming Valimai being directed by H. Vinoth wrapped up its second schedule a few days back. Touted to be an intense action drama with plenty of elements that will appeal to family audiences as well, Valimai's second leg of filming took place at the grand Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad, where an action sequence with Ajith was shot, with the actor revealed to have reportedly sustained a minor injury during the shoot.
However, he immediately bounced back to filming the scene after undergoing appropriate treatment and rest. We are informed by our close sources that Ajith is doing well and is completely fine. The Valimai team is expected to resume production once again in a few days' time. The upcoming film is the second consecutive time Ajith, H. Vinoth, composer Yuvan Shankar Raja and producer Boney Kapoor are collaborating after last year's critical and commercial hit Nerkonda Paarvai, which was an official remake of the hit Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu starrer Pink.
Valimai is being produced under Boney Kapoor's Bayview Projects LLP banner and had begun shooting at the start of the year, before production was forced to be brought to a halt in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent nationwide lockdown. Fans are particularly ecstatic that H. Vinoth, who is known for his research and detailing in his films, will be bringing the same kind of intensity to the screenplay of Valimai. Considering it is not a remake and is an original film on the lines of his previous ventures such as Sathuranga Vettai and Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru, there is tremendous belief that he will deliver the goods once again this time.
Ajith too will be looking to hit the bullseye yet again after his 2019 turned out to be a terrific year in his career as both Viswasam and Nerkonda Paarvai turned out to be rousing box office successes. The upcoming film has been carrying tremendous hype as it has been revealed that there will be high-octane action sequences. Based on the reports of the stunts in Valimai, there are massive expectations among the actor's fans that he will once again treat them to a visual feast as he has done with his daredevilry in the past.
Apart from Ajith, Valimai will also include Karthikeya who is speculated to be playing the antagonist, with Kaala fame Huma Qureshi as the female lead, followed by Yogi Babu, Raj Ayyappa, Saranya Ravichandran among others forming the supporting cast.
Valimai director H. Vinoth's new look | Thala Ajith | Boney Kapoor | Yuvan Shankar Raja
By Vivek Raj | Galatta | 05:55 PM
Coming out with successful films on a consistent basis is a mighty tough task in Tamil cinema and any film industry considering there is always a heavy competition. In that light, director H. Vinoth, who made head turns with his 2014 heist thriller film Sathuranga Vettai, made heads turn while also winning the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Storywriter for his work. He then collaborated with Karthi in 2017 for Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru, which as well fetched him critical acclaim, with the film turning out to be a box office blockbuster. Fast forward two years later, H. Vinoth hit the bullseye yet again and this time with 'Thala' Ajith in Nerkonda Paarvai, which turned out to be the biggest box office success for the filmmaker.
An official remake of the smash hit Hindi film Pink, starring Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu in the lead roles, Nerkonda Paarvai had Ajith in the role portrayed by the legendary Bollywood actor, while Shraddha Srinath, Abhirami Venkatachalam and Andrea Tariang were cast in major supporting roles and, Vidya Balan made a cameo appearance. Produced by Boney Kapoor under his Bayview Projects LLP banner and featuring hit music by Yuvan Shankar Raja, Nerkonda Paarvai fetched both H. Vinoth and Ajith for tackling a sensitive story, which spawned a discussion on topics like women empowerment and sexual harassment.
Post the success of NKP, Boney Kapoor once again announced a team-up with Ajith, H. Vinoth and Yuvan Shankar Raja for an action thriller titled Valimai, which as per reports wrapped an important schedule at the Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad earlier this week. The upcoming film has created massive expectations among Ajith fans as it has been revealed that there will be high-octane action sequences. With an important leg of filming now wrapped, a new picture of director H. Vinoth has now surfaced on social media. The Valimai director is seen wearing a face mask as a safety precaution against coronavirus and being greeted at the Tuticorin Airport before he reportedly headed off to Thiruchendur. Below is the picture:
— TN Ajith E-Fans (@tn_ajith) November 18, 2020
'Thala' Ajith fans have been waiting for a glimpse of the superstar for a while now and based on the quiet work the Valimai team has been carrying out, we can expect an update from the makers sometime soon. Apart from Ajith, Valimai will also include Karthikeya who is speculated to be playing the antagonist, with Kaala fame Huma Qureshi as the female lead, followed by Yogi Babu, Raj Ayyappa, Saranya Ravichandran among others forming the supporting cast.
Vijay Music channel announcement video - Vijay, Ajith and Suriya in single frame!
By Arvind Sundaram | Galatta | 05:31 PM
It was already reported that Vijay TV would be starting a new Tamil music channel under the name of Vijay music that will be exclusive only for music and songs. The channel was officially launched by Ulaganayagan Kamal Haasan at the grand premiere of Bigg Boss 4 Tamil. After launching the channel, Kamal Haasan placed an important request to the management of the channel. He asked the channel to extend their support to the independent music industry, the songs that are created for the love of music. He cited examples where only film songs were popular and how we’ve been missing out to hear independent music tracks.
The independent music scene is slowly gaining momentum in the Tamil music industry and let us hope that it gets more popular in the coming years. We will have to wait for a few more months to know if Vijay TV took Kamal Haasan’s words into consideration. The channel has already started its broadcast and the people of Tamil Nadu have been requested to contact their cable network operator to add the channel. This channel could probably be a good treat for music lovers and let us hope that it gets a good reception from the people of Tamil Nadu. We will have to wait for a few more days to know about the programs that would be aired on the music channel.
The channel announcement has been done through a short song that is called ‘Jigilu Jigilu’. This song’s visuals have been interestingly done and it has got the potential to attract the masses. We see animated figures of leading actors from the Tamil industry, including Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Vijay, Ajith, Vikram, Suriya, Dhanush, Simbu, Trisha, Nayanthara, Yogi Babu and others. The animated versions of the actors dance to the ‘Jigilu Jigilu’ song and it looks quite interesting. It keeps you hooked to the screens and the animation work is neat.
We might not practically be able to see Vijay, Ajith and Suriya share screen space together in a film or a song, but Vijay Music’s theme song has made that possible. Yes! Sounds exciting, right? Check out the promo video song of Vijay Music here:
SPB Charan responds to question on Ajith not attending SPB's funeral
By Vivek Raj | Galatta | 05:26 PM
The past two days have been trying times for legendary singer SP Balasubrahmanyam's countless fans around the world, who have been mourning at his demise. The 74-year-old singer-actor passed away on September 25 at 1.04 PM after being admitted to the MGM Healthcare hospital in Chennai on August 5 for testing COVID-19 positive. SPB's death stunned many around the globe, who have since been sharing their condolences, including celebrities and reputed personalities from various walks of life paying their tributes in memory of the iconic singer.
Having said that, SP Balasubrahmanyam's son, SPB Charan conducted a press meet on Monday to clarify various rumors that have been spreading since the death of the celebrated singer. One rumor addressed was in regard to actor Ajith's silence over SPB's demise for which Charan stated, "Ajith is my friend. Yes, he was a good friend to my father as well. Why is it such a big thing whether he had attended the funeral or not? He can mourn from his house too. That isn't an issue. Is that even a problem for us now? What if he speaks or not? You yourself are saying it's a rumor. Then, why are you allowing it to spread? Whether he mourns from his house and speaks to me over the phone, it is not necessary. This should not be made a subject of discussion. For us, my father is no more. This world has lost SP Balasubrahmanyam. We are grieving his loss and need time to overcome this tragedy. I get phone calls every day asking for clarity on every single issue. Should I take care of my mother or keep clarifying such issues? You all have such great respect for my dad. Please show us that mercy on our family at this time. I'm not going anywhere. I'll be back to working in cinema again. All I request is for us to be given some time to come out of this pain."
MGM Healthcare in a statement on Friday informed that SP Balasubrahmanyam had tested negative for COVID-19 on September 4, but his condition deteriorated further and he suffered a cardio-respiratory arrest. SPB's voice has been the staple for many aspiring singers over the decades as the veteran had sung more than 40,000 songs in a glorious career spanning 54 years. SPB is survived by his wife Savithri and two children - daughter Pallavi and son SPB Charan.
Thala Ajith - Sudha Kongara film: New Video makes fans excited!
By Arvind Sundaram | Galatta | 12:37 PM
Recently, there were wide speculations that Thala Ajith is in talks to act in a new film under the direction of Sudha Kongara of Soorarai Pottru and Irudhi Suttru fame. It was also said that AGS Entertainment would be producing the film, but the company’s creative producer, Archana Kalpathi denied the news and added that the production house has not initiated talks with any hero in 2020. However, it looks like Sudha indeed has an exciting story for Ajith Kumar. Yes! Music director turned actor GV Prakash, in his recent Twitter live interaction, shared some exciting details about the project which has now made the fans happy.
When one of the fans asked GV Prakash if the Ajith - Sudha Kongara project would happen, the talented composer said, “That one is actually a semma script. If it happens, it would be great, I think. It will be an important film in Indian cinema. If she is going to be reaching heights with Soorarai Pottru, this project will take her to another level. It will be a huge action film. She has told me the script and I think it is fantastic. If the film happens, it will be amazing,”.
Ajith is currently working on Valimai which will be his next release after Nerkonda Paarvai. Ajith will be seen donning the role of a police officer and the fans have got high expectations on the film. With a promising director like H Vinoth at the helm, Valimai is having a good buzz and a positive vibe in the industry. Produced by Boney Kapoor’s Bayview Projects LLP, Valimai will have music scored by Yuvan Shankar Raja and cinematography by Nirav Shah. The film’s shooting is expected to resume next month and an official word is awaited.
As for Sudha Kongara, the talented filmmaker is currently awaiting the release of her next, Soorarai Pottru which is scheduled for a direct OTT release on October 30. Sudha has also made a short film starring Shanthnu Bhagyaraj, Kalidas Jayaram and Bhavani Sre, for a Netflix anthology, that also has portions directed by filmmakers like Gautham Vasudev Menon, Vetri Maaran and Vignesh Shivan. Similarly, GV Prakash is also a busy man as a composer who is doing music for films like Soorarai Pottru, Vaadivaasal, D43 (Dhanush), Thalaivi, and more.
For now, watch GV Prakash’s latest video about Ajith - Sudha Kongara project here:
— G.V.Prakash Kumar (@gvprakash) September 20, 2020
Bigil producer's breaking statement on their next film | Ajith Kumar
By Arvind Sundaram | Galatta | 12:41 PM
AGS Entertainment is a renowned production house in Tamil cinema, known for bankrolling quality mainstream films with leading star heroes. Some of their notable works include Thiruttu Payale, Santhosh Subramaniam, Irumbukottai Murattu Singam, Madharasapattinam, Yuddham Sei, Avan Ivan, Anegan, Thani Oruvan, Kavan, Thiruttu Payale 2, and more. AGS had last produced Thalapathy Vijay’s Bigil, which turned out to be a blockbuster hit at the box office. This Atlee directorial reportedly collected over 300 crores at the worldwide box office and was a memorable film for the production house. The grand production value was evident through the visuals of the film and the fans were eagerly waiting to know about their next project.
Recently, there were speculations that AGS Entertainment will be bankrolling Thala Ajith’s next film, Thala 61, and it was rumoured that the film would be directed by Sudha Kongara of Soorarai Pottru fame. However, we had checked with our sources and clarified to our readers that the news wasn’t true and it was just a mere rumour. Following that, Archana Kalpathi, the Creative Producer of AGS Entertainment, has made an important clarification on her Twitter page, informing that the production house has not signed any project this year. She also mentioned that they haven’t met anyone or had any discussions, as widely speculated.
Archana’s tweet read, “We have not signed any projects for 2020. Saw some fake news making the rounds so just wanted to clarify on behalf of @Ags_production. No we have not met anyone or had any discussions. We are just waiting”. This clarification tweet from Archana Kalpathi should be putting an end to all the rumours circulating about Thala 61. We will have to wait for a few more weeks to get a better clarity on the project.
Ajith is currently focussing on Valimai which will be his next outing and only close to the completion of Valimai, we can expect new updates on Thala 61. AGS Entertainment is also running high on the success of Bigil and all eyes are now on their next project. Let us wait for a few more weeks to know how things unfold. Interestingly, a wide section of Vijay fans have expressed their interest to see AGS produce one of Vijay's upcoming films as well and let us hope that happens soon. Check out Archana Kalpathi’s clarification tweet below:
We have not signed any projects for 2020. Saw some fake news making the rounds so just wanted to clarify on behalf of @Ags_production— Archana Kalpathi (@archanakalpathi) September 10, 2020
No we have not met anyone or had any discussions. We are just waiting 😎😎— Archana Kalpathi (@archanakalpathi) September 10, 2020
Thala Ajith's unmissable throwback video | Ajith as a Prince!
By Arvind Sundaram | Galatta | 04:41 PM
In a career spanning over 27 years, Thala Ajith has acted in only one Hindi film, Asoka which was directed by ace cinematographer Santosh Sivan. The film featured Shah Rukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor and Ajith in the lead roles while the supporting cast included Hrishita Bhatt, Danny Denzongpa, Rahul Dev, Gerson Da Cunha, Subhashini Ali, Umesh Mehra, Johnny Level, Suresh Menon, Shilpa Mehta in supporting roles. Ajith was seen playing the role of Prince Susima Maurya and his performance earned good reviews. Ajith's makeover as a prince was something very interesting and different and it still happens to be a film that brought out the performer inside Ajith.
Produced by Gauri Khan and Juhi Chawla, Asoka had cinematography by Santosh Sivan and editing by Sreekar Prasad. Wonder why we're talking about Asoka now? Well, there is a reason. Red Chillies Entertainment (Shah Rukh Khan's company) who produced Asoka recently shared a small video compiling shots featuring Ajith as the prince. This small throwback video has gone viral among the fans and it has come as a pleasant nostalgia for a lot of them. Post Asoka, Ajith never acted in a historical film and the fans are eagerly waiting to see him in one such avatar for a long time. Let us keep our fingers crossed and hope to see Ajith as a King or a Prince in a historical film in the future.
Up next, Ajith’s next release happens to be Valimai which is directed by H Vinoth and produced by Boney Kapoor’s Bayview Projects LLP. The Viswasam star will be seen donning the khaki uniform for this action adventure drama that has music scored by Yuvan Shankar Raja. Kaala fame Huma Qureshi, Yogi Babu, 100 fame Raj Ayyappa are also part of the star cast. The film has cinematography by Nirav Shah. The shooting of Valimai is currently stalled due to the pandemic and one does not know when exactly the next schedule will commence.
Considering the fact that Valimai is a big league film planned to be made on a grand scale, the makers will have to wait for the pandemic wave to subside as the project demands work from a lot of people. It is said that Valimai will have a lot of high octane action sequences and bike chase sequences and it is surely going to be a visual treat for the fans. Depending on the commencement of the shoot, the new release date for the film will be fixed by the makers. For now, check out the throwback video of Ajith’s Asoka here:
Thala Ajith spotted! New Video Goes Viral - Don't Miss!
By Arvind Sundaram | Galatta | 12:14 PM
Whenever Thala Ajith gets spotted by the fans, he is always captured through the mobile phones and one such incident has happened now. Yes! A new video of Ajith and his wife Shalini getting into their car is now doing the rounds on social media and the fans are delighted seeing this new video. Also, we see Ajith wearing his mask before entering the car. Ajith is someone who is known for spending his personal time with his family and friends and this video shows us that. This new video has gone viral among the fans.
On the work front, Ajith’s next film happens to be Valimai, an intense action adventure film that will feature Ajith as a police officer. Ajith is touted to perform some high octane action moves in this film that will also have some exciting bike chase sequences. One can be sure that these scenes will be a treat for Thala fans. Produced by Boney Kapoor’s Bayview Projects LLP, Valimai is directed by H Vinoth of Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru and Nerkonda Paarvai fame. Huma Qureshi will be seen as the female lead of this project that also has Yogi Babu and 100 fame Raj Ayyappa in supporting roles. There are wide speculations stating that popular Telugu actor Karthikeya has been signed to play the villain, but an official confirmation is yet to be made.
Yuvan Shankar Raja will be scoring the music for this film which will have cinematography by Nirav Shah. The film was initially scheduled to release for this year’s Diwali but due to the unexpected outbreak of Coronavirus, all the plans have been changed and the new release date will be announced only when the situation gets back to normalcy. The shooting will also resume only when everyone is declared safe from the pandemic. Valimai being a big budget film planned to be shot on a large scale, it wouldn’t be practically be possible for the makers to shoot with a minimal crew. The makers have also planned to shoot some sequences in foreign locations.
Ajith’s last two films, Viswasam and Nerkonda Paarvai were profitable ventures at the box office and the star actor would be looking forward to continuing the success streak with Valimai as well. The fans have got huge expectations on this film. Details regarding Ajith’s next film after Valimai is yet to be known and we will know about it only when Valimai nears completion. For now, check out the latest trending video of Thala Ajith and Shalini below:
Ponniyin Selvan sensation shares an unseen Ajith Kumar footage
By Galatta | 12:59 PM
Ponniyin Selvan cinematographer Ravi Varman is known for realistic and poetic framing sense. The ace cameraman was born in a village called Poyyoundarkudikkadu near Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India. Varman lost his mother at a young age. Just before she died there was a wedding in his neighborhood and his mother’s image was accidentally captured by the wedding photographer in one of the photos. Varman went to the studio and asked for a picture to be enlarged and learnt what "out of focus" meant. Thus, he developed an interest in photography and grew up with a passion for watching movies – though at the time, he never considered working in film as a possible career. He later joined as assistant to Ravi K Chandran before debuting as a cinematographer through Malayalam film industry. His debut Tamil was Five Star which was produced by Mani Ratnam in the year 2003. Then worked in Autograph before getting his big break with Shankar’s Anniyan which released in 2005. Since then, there is no looking back as a cinematographer for Ravi Varman. He then worked in Vettaiyaadhu Vilayaadhu with Gautham Menon, then Dasavatharam and Villu. He took a break from Tamil film industry for close to 8 years after Villu since he was concentrating more on Hindi movies. Between 2012 and 2019, Ravi Varman has worked in some of the best made Hindi films like Barfi, Ram Leela, Tamasha and Sanju to name a few. He again returned to Tamil in 2017 with Mani Ratnam’s Kaatru Veliyidai.
He currently working with Mani Ratnam again for his magnum opus historical fictional entertainer Ponniyin Selvan. It’s been truly a sensational career for Ravi Varman. Now the ace cinematographer has shared an old memory on his Twitter. He has posted a unseen photo of himself with Ajith Kumar in frame with the text - “Golden Age.” The photo looks to be captured from the sets of Kandukondain Kandukondain in which his guru Ravi K Chandran was the cinematographer. Ravi Varman has not worked with Ajith Kumar so far and we wish they team up for a film very soon. Meanwhile, check out this unseen nostalgic old photograph shared by Ravi Varman.
— Ravi varman (@dop_ravivarman) August 16, 2020
Galatta Breaking: Did Ajith really talk to Rajinikanth on phone? Official confirmation
By Galatta | 12:46 PM
Superstar Rajinikanth has completed 45 years of his journey in the cinema industry and as a mark of love and respect to the legendary actor, his fans designed a special common DP that was released by a lot of big names from the industry. Producer Kalaipuli S Thanu, Mohanlal, AR Rahman, Mammootty, Karthik Subbaraj, Sivakarthikeyan, Atlee, Dulquer Salmaan, Pa Ranjith, Premgi, Suniel Shetty, Santosh Sivan, Lokesh Kanagaraj, Anirudh Ravichander, Ravichandran Ashwin, Prithviraj Sukumaran, Tovino Thomas, Sathish, Design Periyasamy were some of the notable celebrities who came forward and showed their love and respect for Rajinikanth by releasing the common DP on Twitter.
It has now been rumoured that actor Ajith Kumar had personally called Rajinikanth and wished on him on completing 45 years in the industry and both the stars reportedly conversed almost 30 minutes over the phone. Did Ajith Kumar really make that special phone call to Superstar? Did the stars converse over the phone? Apparently not! When we got in touch with Ajith Kumar’s spokesperson, he denied the news saying it is not true. Ajith Kumar holds great respect towards Superstar Rajinikanth, there is no denying that but the news that’s doing rounds on internet is not true.
Rajinikanth will next be seen in Annaatthe, directed by Viswasam fame Siva and produced by Sun Pictures. With music scored by D Imman, Annaatthe’s star cast also includes Khushbu Sundar, Meena, Nayanthara, Keerthy Suresh, Prakash Raj, Soori, Sathish, and others. The shooting of this mega entertainer is expected to begin when life returns to normalcy after the pandemic. The fans have got huge expectations on this film because of the fact that Rajinikanth is acting in a full-fledged rural action drama after a long time. Likewise, Ajith Kumar is waiting to start working on Valimai which like any other film is stalled right now due to the Corona outbreak. When it comes to Ajith Kumar, you can only see him while shooting for his films or on screen. He rarely makes any public appearances or spotted outside. But whenever he is seen, it becomes a piece of news.