"Always close to my heart for so many obvious reasons": Priya Bhavani Shankar talks about Mafia
By Vivek Raj | Galatta | 07:45 PM
Director Karthick Naren made a splash in Tamil cinema in 2016 with his directorial debut, Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru, which went on to become a stunning commercial as well as commercial success. After Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru became a box office hit, all sights were set on his next film, Naragasooran, which has since then seen quite a lot of controversy regarding its release and is yet to hit screens. In the meantime, director Karthick Naren set ahead for his next project, Mafia, with Arun Vijay and Priya Bhavani Shankar in the lead roles. Touted to be an action gangster crime thriller, the film is being produced under the Lyca Productions banner. Production on the film kicked off sometime back with Priya Bhavani Shankar now making an emotional announcement on her social networking pages that the Mafia first schedule has been wrapped up while showering praises on the entire team. Check out her statement as well as a behind-the-scenes shooting spot picture below:
Titled Mafia - Chapter 1, we now know there will indeed be a second installment to the film, which Prasanna playing the role of the antagonist with the crew comprising of composer Jakes Bejoy, cinematographer Gokul Benoy, editor Sreejith Sarang, art director Siva Sankar, stunt choreographer Don Ashok, lyricist Vivek and Executive Producer Sundarraj.
Prabhas to work with director Shankar after Saaho? Details here...
By MKV | Galatta | 08:29 PM
Baahubali star Prabhas, who was formerly a top star in Tollywood alone, has now become a household name across the country after the massive success of the Baahubali movies. Naturally, the anticipation over what his next movie would be, was sky high. When it came out that he would be working in a movie called Saaho, with a one-film-old director Sujeeth, it was met with joy as the director's debut movie Run Raja Run was itself a blockbuster. Saaho is an action thriller, which is scheduled to hit the screens on August 30th and the entire unit is currently travelling across the country, promoting it! In a Galatta exclusive interview, amongst other things Prabhas also revealed opened up on the rumours of him coming together with Shankar for a new project!
Recently, some Youtubers had claimed on their daily talk show that director Shankar had approached Prabhas to work in a new project, which was to be financed by Pen Movies who have earlier distributed movies like Rajini Murugan and Mercury. When posed this question, Prabhas outright denied them to be mere rumours and also added that he was not even sure how such a rumour surfaced! Saaho will see Shraddha Kapoor making her Telugu debut and this movie produced by UV Creations and T-Series will be releasing simultaneously in Telugu, Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam! Saaho's background score has been composed by Ghibran while R Madhi has handled the cinematography and Sreekar Prasad has taken care of the editing.
The star cast of Saaho also includes Jackie Shroff, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Arun Vijay, Vennela Kishore, Prakash Belavadi, Chunky Pandey, Lal, Evelyn Sharma, Mandira Bedi, Tinnu Anand and a number of other stars! Prabhas fans just cannot wait for August 30th to come, for them to catch Saaho on the big screens! Check out the video of the full interview here:
ISmart Shankar in trouble, notice sent to Karnataka Film Chamber!
By Aarthi | Galatta | 04:59 PM
Ram Pothineni's recent release, iSmart Shankar wass under the scanner of the State Anti Tobacco Cell, Directorate of Health and Family Welfare, Karnataka. This is because the official poster of iSmart Shankar shows the lead, Ram Pothineni smoking a cigar. Apparently it was cited in the notice addressed to the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce as a violation of The Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) 2003 rules. So the Anto Tobacco Cell has intimated the chamber that they would want to ensure that violating the COTPA will not be permitted and their need to conduct a sensitization workshop. In return, the chamber has reportedly responded by stating that they had sent across a circular to the directors', actors' and distributors' associations, reiterating that they should not be violating the aforementioned law.
iSmart Shankar is a recently released 2019 science fiction action film, written and directed by Puri Jagannath and produced by himself and Charmme Kaur, with music composed by Mani Sharma. The movie, iSmart Shankar is said to be loosely inspired from the Hollywood movie, iBoy.
Valimai Theme Music | Ajith Kumar | Yuvan Shankar Raja | Nerkonda Paarvai
Ajith’s second release of the year Nerkonda Paarvai is all set to release this Thursday on the 8th of August. The film written and directed by H Vinoth, produced by Boney Kapoor. It is a remake of the Hindi film Pink. Apart from Ajith Kumar, the film also features Shraddha Srinath, Abhirami Venkatachalam and Andrea Tariang (reprising her role from the original film) in the lead roles. Vidya Balan plays a cameo, she apparently comes for 12 minutes in the movie. Vidya Balan is making her Tamil debut with Nerkonda Paarvai.
Nirav Shah is the cinematographer of the film, while Gokul Chandran takes care of the editing. The film's soundtrack and background score are composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja and was released under the record label Zee Music Company. The original version did not have any songs whereas the Tamil version has 3 songs and 2 theme tracks. The makers have now released the second theme track titled Valimai. Check it out:
Kazhugu 2 Movie Review | Krishna | Bindhu Madhavi | Yuvan Shankar Raja
By Arvind Sundaram | Galatta | 04:03 PM
Kazhugu 2 - A poorly executed film that is uninteresting and contrived!
In this season of sequels, here comes another film, which doesn't have any connection with the former. We are talking about Kazhugu 2 which is treated as a new film with new characters, except for retaining the same leads. Directed by Sathya Siva, this film features Krishna and Bindhu Madhavi in the lead roles, with music by Yuvan Shankar Raja.
Getting into the plotline of Kazhugu 2, the film traces the life of two petty thieves, Johnny (Krishna), and his friend (Kaali Venkat) who are mistaken to be hunters and are assigned to protect and take care of a forest land, that is bought for tender by a politician. A precious treasure that contains ancient jewels is found by a corrupt politician, played by Hareesh Peradi, in the forest land. Johnny who happens to see this makes a plan with his friend to settle down in life. What was the plan and what was his fate, forms the rest of the plot.
Kazhugu 2 doesn't serve a purpose in many aspects and it has got a lethargic treatment. There are a lot of scenes which have no significance at all and one doesn't know the necessity of that scene to have a place in the screenplay. The title card sequence where the Asian Wild Dogs (Sen Naai) attack a group of women have no connection with the film's core premise or any scenes that come in the latter half. It doesn't add up to anything. The tacky VFX was an even more worrying aspect that totally gives a plastic impact. If the makers intended to show the vulnerability of the Sen Naai, then they could have probably introduced in the scene where they encounter Bindhu Madhavi and Krishna.
Having built it up with so much of hype through the dialogues, the Sen Naai has been wasted with just one scene. More drama could have been incorporated with the use of the dogs and that, in turn, could have added more tension for the audience. The lead characters fall in love out of nowhere with just one dialogue suffixing their affection for each other. The emotions aren't felt anywhere and you don't feel empathetic towards them.
The film's trajectory is very shaky and unclear. It wavers around various directions and the film's start point has no connection with its end. The beginning, the middle, and the end don't have a coherent flow and you witness an array of clichéd scenes. The situations are exaggerated at many places, for example, the interval sequence, which is hyped up unnecessarily. The climax is hurried and things get wrapped up within minutes and the makers don't leave any time-space for the audience to react. The artificial performances and bad execution also add up to it.
The reasoning behind one character's action or thought process is not clear and it happens just for the sake of it. Kazhugu 2 is majorly unimpressive with its boring treatment, confused writing, and not-so-impressive performances. Not even at a single point in the film, you connect with the characters and that acts as the negative factor for the film. The forcefully designed sad climax leaves no impact. The robbery scene in the second half has a commercial packaging that looks interesting, followed by the pawnbroker scene which has some noteworthy dialogues.
On the positive side are the film's visuals and music. Yuvan Shankar Raja's re-recording flows along with the film, carrying some good scores that aid the emotions. The songs, despite being not popular, are pleasant and has the U1 touch. Raja Bhattacharjee's camera work is a major asset to the film, thanks to his visual treatment. The night shots and the rain sequences are well-executed. The picturisation in the live locations spread the breeziness to the audience.
RATING - 2/5
Vikram's huge statement about Vijay's film with Shankar - check out the video!
By Vivek Raj | Galatta | 04:12 PM
Actors Vijay and Vikram are known among fans to be close friends and the two have shared anecdotes about their friendship several times over the years. So, there is always a likelihood both stars will be knowing plenty about each other’s upcoming projects and that is exactly what the National Award-winning actor Vikram has now spoken about ‘Thalapathy’ in a recent interview with a popular Malayalam media channel. The interviewer had queried Vikram about a film with blockbuster director Shankar for which the star stated, “A film might be made anytime; perhaps in the next 2-3 years. He recently did a film with Rajinikanth sir and will work with Vijay, and then he will come to me,”.
The talk about Vijay and director Shankar teaming up for a film has been doing the rounds for quite some time with their collaboration being speculated to happen for Thalapathy 65 after Vijay finishes his Bigil coming out this Diwali in October after which he will begin work on the highly anticipated, Thalapathy 64, under Maanagaram fame Lokesh Kanagaraj’s direction planned for an April/May 2020 release. Shankar, who delivered one of the biggest box office hits in Indian cinema's history last year with Rajinikanth in 2.0 is all set to resume filming on mega project, Indian 2, with Kamal Haasan. If Vijay and Shankar do come together for a film, it will be the second time they both join hands again after their 2012 blockbuster, Nanban.
Vikram, who recently delivered yet another power-packed performance in the action thriller, Kadaram Kondan, too has his hands full next as his long-awaited Dhruva Natchathiram with Gautham Menon is awaiting its release while the actor had also announced he would begin filming for director Mani Ratnam’s film adaptation of acclaimed Tamil writer Kalki Krishnamurthy’s historical novel, Ponniyin Selvan ,in January 2020. Vikram is also set to kick-off filming for his Chiyaan 58 under Demonte Colony and Imaikkaa Nodigal director Ajay Gnanamuthu’s direction, while also being attached to another epic film, Mahavir Karna, to be helmed by Malayalam filmmaker RS Vimal’s direction.
Check out Vikram’s statement about his admiration for director Shankar, his plans to act in Malayalam cinema in the video below:
ISmart Shankar New Electrifying Promo Videos Are Here!
By Lokesh RV | Galatta | 06:18 PM
Director - Producer Puri Jagannadh staged a grand comeback with his recent release iSmart Shankar which came out last week (July 18th). iSmart Shankar hit the screens with a lot of hype and expectation and the movie did manage to satisfy the audience big time. The leading actor of the film Ram Pothineni was also praised for his electrifying performance. With the movie having a successful run at the theatres, the producers have released new dialogue promos from the film. Check out the back to back promos from the film.
iSmart Shankar Dialogue Promo 1 | Ram Pothineni,Nidhhi Agerwal,Nabha Natesh | Puri Jagannadh
iSmart Shankar Dialogue Promo 2 | Ram Pothineni,Nidhhi Agerwal,Nabha Natesh | Puri Jagannadh
iSmart Shankar Dialogue Promo 3 | Ram Pothineni,Nidhhi Agerwal,Nabha Natesh | Puri Jagannadh
iSmart Shankar Dialogue Promo 4 | Ram Pothineni,Nidhhi Agerwal,Nabha Natesh | Puri Jagannadh
iSmart Shankar is directed by Puri Jagannadh and has also produced the venture along with actress Charmme Kaur under the banners of Puri Connects and Puri Jagannadh Touring Talkies. With Ram Pothineni, the film stars Nidhhi Agerwal and Nabha Natesh in lead roles. The film also has Satya Dev, Puneet Issar, Ashish Vidyarthi, and Sayaji Shinde in other important roles. Music for iSmart Shankar is composed by Mani Sharma.
Big Breaking: Superstar Rajinikanth and Shankar join hands for Suriya's next
By Arvind Sundaram | Galatta | 12:54 PM
Suriya's Kaappaan, directed by K.V.Anand and produced by Lyca will be hitting the screens on August 30th. The film is right now in the post production stages and the fans are eagerly waiting to catch the film on the big screen. Earlier yesterday (July 16), we had reported that there will be a grand audio launch event for this film and now, this has been officially confirmed by Lyca as we told. The audio launch will take place on July 21, coming Sunday evening at Sri Ramachandra Convention Center in Thiruvanmiyur.
We have now got one more super exciting update on this film's audio launch. We hear from our sources that Superstar Rajinikanth and ace director Shankar will be gracing this event as chief guests to wish the best for the team. This is indeed a big news and it is going to be one of the biggest events in Tamil cinema.
Kaappaan's director K.V.Anand has worked with both, Shankar and Rajinikanth in the film, Sivaji, where he worked as the cinematographer. Also, Shankar and Rajinikanth are doing a project each with Lyca Productions. The audio launch will be telecast on Sun TV, who owns the satellite rights of the film. An official announcement on this is awaited. Stay tuned for more exciting updates.
New Romantic Song Promo From iSmart Shankar Released!
By Lokesh RV | Galatta | 07:00 PM
Upcoming Telugu action film iSmart Shankar is directed by Puri Jagannadh and he has also produced the venture along with actress Charmme Kaur under the banners of Puri Connects and Puri Jagannadh Touring Talkies. The movie stars Ram Pothineni, Nidhhi Agerwal and Nabha Natesh in lead roles. The film also has Satya Dev, Puneet Issar, Ashish Vidyarthi, and Sayaji Shinde in other important roles. Music for iSmart Shankar is composed by Mani Sharma. The film is set for a big release on July 18th.
The teaser of the film a few months ago and the team followed it up with two exciting trailers hyping the film. And now, the makers have released a small promo video of the song Zindabad Zindabad. Under the composition of Mani Sharma, the song is sung by Sarath Santhosh and Ramya Behara. The lyrics for the song is written by Bhaskar Batla. The peppy track has gone viral on social media. Check out the lyric video here,
Zindabad Zindabad Song Promo | iSmart Shankar| Ram Pothineni, Nabha Natesh | Puri Jagannadh
ISmart Shankar New Trailer Is Here!
By Lokesh RV | Galatta | 06:05 PM
iSmart Shankar is an upcoming Telugu film directed by Puri Jagannadh and he has also produced the venture along with actress Charmme Kaur under the banners of Puri Connects and Puri Jagannadh Touring Talkies. The movie stars Ram Pothineni, Nidhhi Agerwal and Nabha Natesh in lead roles. The film also has Satya Dev, Puneet Issar, Ashish Vidyarthi, and Sayaji Shinde in other important roles. Music for iSmart Shankar is composed by Mani Sharma. The film is set for a big release on July 12th.
The teaser followed by the trailer of iSmart Shankar came out a few weeks back and was a trending video on YouTube. And now, the makers have released the second trailer of the movie. Similar to the first trailer, the second trailer also showcases Ram Pothineni is seen in a whole new avatar and packs a punch with his body language and dialogue delivery. The new trailer has extra cuts from the initial one adding more hype to the film. Here is the second trailer of iSamrt Shankar,
#iSmartShankar Trailer 2 [4K Ultra HD] | Ram Pothineni,Nidhhi Agerwal,Nabha Natesh | Puri Jagannadh