Sivakumar, Suriya and Karthi donate Rs 1 crore to CM's COVID-19 relief fund
By Vivek Raj | Galatta | 07:43 PM
The world continues to battle the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic, with India currently witnessing the second wave, which has taken the positive cases count to 3,29,942 cases as on Tuesday. Overall, the number seems high, but a significant dip was witnessed in the number of active cases for the first time in two months, with Delhi recording 12,481 cases on May 11, it's lowest single-day total in 29 days. The country reported 3,48,421 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, with 3,55,338 recoveries and 4,205 deaths in the last 24 hours.
In that light, Tamil Nadu on Tuesday recorded 29,272 fresh COVID-19 cases, which was its single biggest day spike, thus taking the total number of cases in the state to 14,38,509, while the 298 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours has took the toll to 16,178. Although the drop in the positive cases will come as a relief, the key remains to sustain the momentum, which will provide the authorities an opportunity to carry forward in treating those affected, while breaking the transmission of the virus through lockdowns. As the Tamil Nadu government continues its vast efforts in controlling the spread of the virus through the full lockdown currently in effect till May 24, many from the Tamil film industry are stepping forward in extending their share of contributions.
On Wednesday, veteran Tamil actor Sivakumar and his sons Suriya and Karthi met with the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu MK Stalin and donated Rs. 1 crore towards the CM relief fund for those battling COVID-19. Speaking to media persons, Sivakumar said, "We have to save the people from coronavirus. For that, we all need to come forward and do what can be done to extend support to them. And, our effort is a small one in that perspective, which will be useful. I request all those working in the press to maintain their health and please pray for the people to be healthy as well."
#Sivakumar @Suriya_offl and @Karthi_Offl greeted Hon'ble Chief Minister of #TamilNadu Thiru @mkstalin and donate Rs 1 cr towards CM Relief fund for those who battle #COVID19 . #Suriya #Karthi @agaramvision pic.twitter.com/3u0K32lzXJ— Johnson PRO (@johnsoncinepro) May 12, 2021
New pictures from Suriya - Gautham Menon's Navarasa go viral on social media!
By Arvind Sundaram | Galatta | 11:09 AM
It is a known fact that Suriya has acted in Gautham Vasudev Menon's directorial segment in the upcoming Netflix anthology, Navarasa. Interestingly, it marks his debut in the digital space and the fans are eagerly looking forward to witnessing the film soon. Navarasa is an upcoming Netflix anthology that is assembled and produced by ace filmmaker Mani Ratnam. As the title suggests, the anthology will comprise of nine short stories with each one depicting one rasa. This highly expected anthology is expected to release in the next few months and let us hope that the stories strike a chord with the audience.
Coming back to the Suriya - Gautham Menon project in Navarasa, it has cinematography by the legendary PC Sreeram and music scored by Karthik. PC Sreeram collaborated with Gautham Menon, for the first time, for Amazon Prime Video's anthology, Putham Pudhu Kaalai and Navarasa marks their second outing. Earlier this morning (March 31), PC Sreeram took to his official Instagram page to share a few newer pictures that were clicked at the sets of Navarasa and those pictures have gone viral among the fans. Navarasa became a trending topic on Twitter, thanks to the pictures shared by PC Sreeram.
The legendary cinematographer shared a series of pictures and it has grabbed the attention of the film buffs and it has made them excited. Posting the pictures on his Instagram page, PC Sreeram wrote, "This project I shot for dir gautham will be released. On Netflix OTT very soon. It’s surya who’s performance always excells". Suriya looks stylish and his look in the film is going to be widely talked about during the time of the release. When you have a filmmaker like Gautham Vasudev Menon and a legendary cinematographer like PC Sreeram at the helm, you need not worry about the final product.
The other filmmakers who have directed segments in Navarasa include Priyadarshan, Karthick Naren, Rathindran R Prasad, Bejoy Nambiar, Arvind Swami, Sarjun KM, and others. The entire revenue and returns of Navarasa will be provided to the members of the FEFSI Union and the daily wage workers in the Tamil film industry who were badly affected during the initial few months of the nationwide lockdown, last year. For now, check out the newly released pictures from the sets of Navarasa, shared by cinematographer PC Sreeram here:
Suriya shares new picture from his next film, Suriya 40 | Pandiraj | Sun Pictures
By Arvind Sundaram | Galatta | 03:38 PM
Suriya has taken his fans and film buffs by surprise with his latest tweet which has garnered huge attention. Suriya has released a new picture from the sets of his next film, Suriya 40, which is directed by Pandiraj. The shooting of Suriya 40 began towards the end of February and director Pandiraj shot the sequences that don't involve Suriya for the first few days. After completely recovering from Covid 19, Suriya has now joined the sets of the film and has begun shooting for the film. In the picture shared by Suriya, we see him holding a pistol gun pointing at someone and the picture creates good curiosity. However, we only get to see him in silhouette.
The makers haven't revealed the face and it looks like Suriya's makeover is going to be a suspense until the film's release. Sharing the glimpse picture from the film, Suriya wrote, "Feels good to be back on sets! @pandiraj_dir @RathnaveluDop @immancomposer @sunpictures @AntonyLRuben @jacki_art @anbariv #Suriya40". The film's cinematographer Rathnavelu was all praise for Suriya and the energy that he brings in with his acting.
Cinematographer Rathnavelu (aka) Randy's tweet read, "Your presence gives so much of energy to the team @Suriya_offl brother !! Happy to collaborate with you after Varanam Aayiram". Suriya 40 is produced by Sun Pictures and has music scored by D Imman. Director Pandiraj is known for his rural family entertainers and Suriya 40 is also expected to strike big at the box office. It has been quite some time since we saw Suriya in an out and out rural family drama and it is going to be exciting to see him in that backdrop again. The ace actor, who is riding high on the massive success of his last film, Soorarai Pottru, will want to continue the success momentum with this film, as well. Suriya 40's editing is handled by Ruben, while the stunt choreography is done by Anbariv.
The film features the young and happening Priyanka Arul Mohan as the female lead and the fans are eagerly looking forward to her scenes with Suriya. The film's star cast also includes Sathyaraj, Saranya Ponvannan, Devadarshini, Ilavarasu, Subbu Panchu, Tiger Thangadurai, Vada Chennai fame Saran Shakthi, Master fame Cibi, Varmaa fame Akash Premkumar, Dhivya Dhuraisamy, and others. For now, check out Suriya's latest trending picture from the sets of Suriya 40 here:
Mani Ratnam's Navarasa First Official Promo Teaser | Suriya | Gautham Menon
By Arvind Sundaram | Galatta | 03:39 PM
As we all know, Mani Ratnam is bankrolling a Tamil anthology series titled Navarasa, consisting of nine short stories. Each story will be a depiction of each rasa and it marks the coming together of nine eminent and talented filmmakers from the Tamil industry. The nine directors who are a part of the project include Gautham Vasudev Menon, Karthik Subbaraj, Karthick Naren, Arvind Swami (directorial debut), Priyadarshan, KV Anand, Rathindran R Prasad, Bejoy Nambiar, and Ponram. The film is currently said to be in the post-production stages and is expected to release in the next few months. The film will have a direct digital release on the Netflix streaming platform and the entire revenue of this project will be going to the FEFSI union workers and daily wage cinema workers whose livelihood was affected during the initial months of the global pandemic.
The most anticipated segment among the nine short films happens to be Gautham Vasudev Menon's directorial that stars Suriya in the lead. Interestingly, it marks Suriya's debut in the digital space and it also marks his third association with Gautham Menon after Kaakha Kaakha and Vaaranam Aayiram. The GVM segment has cinematography by PC Sreeram and music scored by Karthik.
Having said this, Netflix India has now released a new video showcasing a new glimpse of all their upcoming projects of 2021. The video has new shots from Navarasa and it has garnered wide attention among the audience. The promo video has instantly gone viral and we see a glimpse of Navarasa. We see Suriya holding a mic and getting ready to sing and it looks like he plays the role of a singer in Navarasa. We also get to see glimpses of other actors including Arvind Swami, Vijay Sethupathi, Siddharth, Revathi, Parvathy who are a part of other segments in the anthology. The production value of Navarasa looks classy and it looks like the Tamil audience is in for some exciting treat. It would be interesting to see these big names together in one project.
Apart from Navarasa, Netflix India's other notable projects of 2021 include Jagame Thandhiram, Haseen Dillruba, Ajeeb Daastaans, Jaadugar, Dhamaka, Milestone, Penthouse, Meenakshi Sundareshwar, Sardar Ka Grandson, Pagglait, The Disciple, and others. Check out Netflix India's latest video about the platform's releases in 2021, also featuring shots from Navarasa here:
Three new Soorarai Pottru deleted scenes released | Suriya | Aparna Balamurali | Sudha Kongara | GV Prakash
By Vivek Raj | Galatta | 10:32 PM
Suriya's Soorarai Pottru has turned out to be a grand success for the actor-producer, who jointly bankrolled the action drama under his 2D Entertainment banner in association with Sikhya Entertainment. Directed by Sudha Kongara, the film premiered on Amazon Prime Video last November as a grand Diwali treat and continues to be the talk of the town for its making, performances and other technical aspects. Featuring chart-buster music by G. V. Prakash Kumar, Soorarai Pottru completed 100 days this week, with the makers treating fans to never-before-seen scenes, including new visuals on Saturday.
Suriya's 2D Entertainment released three back-to-back deleted scenes from Soorarai Pottru that were sliced from the final cut of the film fans had gotten to witness when it began streaming on Amazon Prime. The makers had gone through a number of hurdles in bringing the film out to viewers, despite skipping its theatrical release in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the makers also faced a minor setback after its initial premiere plan of October 30 was pushed to another two weeks till November 12 due to a delay in obtaining the No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Indian Air Force (IAF) as Soorarai Pottru’s plot was set largely around the aviation industry.
With three months passed since Soorarai Pottru began streaming, including being telecast as a Pongal treat on Sun TV, the film continues to bask in the glory of critical acclaim. Among those who have been praised the most are director Sudha Kongara for her tightly-packaged screenplay, including its making, while Suriya has been lauded for his electrifying performance. In that light, Aparna Balamurali, who played the female lead, left fans and critics stunned with her thunderous act, while veteran actress Urvashi and Bollywood actor Paresh Rawal were showered with praises for their deft acts. Soorarai Pottru was also dubbed in Telugu as Aakaasam Nee Haddhu Ra and is said to be inspired from the life of Captain GR Gopinath, the founder of the Air Deccan airliner.
Watch the three Soorarai Pottru Deleted Scenes below:
Breaking: Actor Suriya reveals he is infected by Corona Virus!
By Galatta | 11:52 PM
The ongoing COVID-19 Novel Corona Virus Pandemic has not passed and the threat is nowhere over as yet! As a reminder for this, we are coming to know of a number of new people being infected by the Virus, despite the vaccination drive being underway across the world! The world's biggest COVID vaccination drive is happening in India and already over 50 lakh people have been inoculated with the vaccine. However, this does not mean that normalcy has completely returned and being careful and maintaining safety precautions against the deadly Virus should still remain the foremost prerogative of everybody! Time and again we have been reminded that the deadly Virus does not differentiate amongst who it infects and it has come to light, yet again!
One of Kollywood's favourite sons and an idol to hundreds of thousands of fans - actor Suriya, has now revealed that he too has been infected by the COVID-19 Corona Virus. In a breaking statement made via Twitter, Suriya has revealed that he has been infected by the virus and is receiving treatment for the same. However, as a means of reassuring his fans, Suriya has stated that he is well now. His tweet also adds that though our everyday lives have not returned to normalcy yet, we should not be filled with fear and let it come to a standstill. The tweet further reads that we should however remain careful and safe. Suriya went on to thank all the dedicated doctors and medical staff taking care of him and standing by his side!
Following the rip-roaring success of his latest release - Soorarai Pottru, which was directed by Sudha Kongara and released on Amazon Prime, Suriya worked on the upcoming Netflix original webseries - Navarasa, in director Gautham Vasudev Menon's portion. Suriya will next be seen in director Vetrimaaran's Vaadivasal, which is one of the most highly expected movies in Kollywood. Currently, the hashtag - #GetWellSoonSURIYAanna is trending on Twitter and many celebrities and Kollywood stars have been sending across their wishes for Suriya to get well soon! Earlier in March 2020, Suriya had even posted a video on Corona awareness on social media. The charming star and his entire family, also made a huge donation for Corona relief efforts. We at Galatta Media, wish Suriya to recover completely and get well soon!
Check out Suriya's Twitter post here:
’கொரோனா’ பாதிப்பு ஏற்பட்டு, சிகிச்சை பெற்று நலமுடன் இருக்கிறேன். வாழ்க்கை இன்னும் இயல்பு நிலைக்கு திரும்பவில்லை என்பதை அனைவரும் உணர்வோம். அச்சத்துடன் முடங்கிவிட முடியாது. அதேநேரம் பாதுகாப்பும், கவனமும் அவசியம். அர்ப்பணிப்புடன் துணைநிற்கும் மருத்துவர்களுக்கு அன்பும், நன்றிகளும்.— Suriya Sivakumar (@Suriya_offl) February 7, 2021
Official: Ramya Pandian and Vani Bhojan to star together in this film | Suriya
By Arvind Sundaram | Galatta | 04:00 PM
Bigg Boss sensation Ramya Pandian recently announced that she would be acting in a new film under the production of Suriya’s 2D Entertainment and the news created a sensational buzz on social media. Wishes poured in for the young talent and this one, being her first film after the Bigg Boss stint, everyone is hyped and excited about the project already. Ramya Pandian had signed this film already, even before entering the Bigg Boss house, but the shoot did not take off due to the Covid-19 restrictions and other reasons. Now that the situation is slowly getting back to normal, the film was officially launched this morning (January 31) in Chennai.
This untitled film is tentatively called ‘Production No. 14’, marking 2D Entertainment’s 14th production venture. This film will be directed by debutant Arisil Moorthy. The young and happening sensation Vani Bhojan is also a part of the film and she also plays one of the leads, alongside Ramya Pandian. With two promising and much loved personalities leading the film from the front, it is going to be an interesting watch. Popular YouTube reviewer ‘Kodangi’ Vadivel Murugan will also be acting in this film in an important role. Details regarding the film’s premise or genre are yet to be disclosed and further information is awaited. Popular singer Krishh will be making his debut as a music director with this movie and we hope this film turns out to be a perfect launchpad for him.
Sharing his excitement about making his debut as a music director, Krishh tweeted, “@Suriya_offl Anna...! Thank u so much for this opportunity. It's a Pleasure to be the 'Composer' Under @2D_ENTPVTLTD for Production No:14. Thank u @rajsekarpandian & @arisilmoorthy for believing in me. All the best @iamramyapandian @vanibhojanoffl @MithunManick @murugan_vadivel”. Ace cinematographer Sukumar who is known for his works in movies like Mynaa, Kumki, and Bairavaa, will be cranking the camera, while the editing will be handled by Shiva Saravanan. Suriya is also simultaneously producing another kids based film that stars Arun Vijay’s son, Arnav Vijay in the lead role.
On the acting front, Suriya is expected to begin shooting for his film with director Pandiraj from next month. Produced by Sun Pictures, the film features Doctor fame Priyanka Arul Mohan as the female lead and Sathyaraj in an important role. For now, check out the pictures from the official launch of Ramya Pandian - Vani Bhojan film here:
With all your wishes and love, shoot for #ProductionNo14 begins today!@Suriya_offl @rajsekarpandian @arisilmoorthy @mynnasukumar @krishoffl @MithunManick @Ramyapandian6 @vanibhojanoffl @muji004art @SivasSaravanan @gopalbalaji #VinodhiniPandian @SakthiFilmFctry @proyuvraaj pic.twitter.com/N4loY5GPxu— 2D Entertainment (@2D_ENTPVTLTD) January 31, 2021
WOW: Sathyaraj onboard for Suriya 40 - breaking announcement!
By Arvind Sundaram | Galatta | 01:09 PM
We have been constantly hearing updates from the makers of Suriya 40 (directed by Pandiraj and produced by Sun Pictures) and the last few days have been quite exciting for Suriya fans. Last week, it was revealed that D Imman will be composing music for the film and the announcement created a solid buzz on social media. Yesterday (Jan 28), it was revealed that Suriya 40 will have the young and happening Priyanka Arul Mohan as the female lead and it made the fans happy. The pairing of Suriya and Priyanka Mohan is definitely going to look quite fresh and let us see how things shape up. Now, one more announcement has been made and this one is about the addition of a new member to the cast. Yes! Ace actor Sathyaraj has been signed onboard to play an important role in the movie and it is going to be exciting to see him share screen space with Suriya for the first time.
We are yet to get clarity regarding his role in the movie, but reports suggest that Sathyaraj would be seen in the role of Suriya’s father. Let us wait for an official confirmation. Sathyaraj has already worked with director Pandiraj in Kadai Kutty Singam which was a blockbuster hit at the box office. It looks like Pandiraj wanted to collaborate with the dynamic performer once again. As of now, Suriya, Priyanka Mohan, and Sathyaraj have been confirmed in the cast and the rest of the names are expected to be announced in the coming days.
D Imman will compose the music, while the rest of the technical crew are yet to be known. The shooting of Suriya 40 is expected to begin next month and if things go as per plan, we may expect the film to hit the screens towards the end of this year. Sun Pictures is bankrolling Superstar Rajinikanth’s Annaatthe and it is announced to release on November 4, for this year’s Diwali festival, and having said that, it is unlikely that Suriya 40 will have a Diwali release. Instead, we may expect the movie to release around the Pooja holidays time.
Suriya 40 is touted to be a family-based action entertainer set in a rural backdrop and it is going to be fresh to see Suriya in an out and out rural film after a long time. Suriya is also riding high on the massive success of his recent release, Soorarai Pottru and he would be looking forward to maintaining that momentum with Suriya 40, as well. For now, check out the latest announcement from Sun Pictures here:
Official: Heroine revealed for Suriya 40 | Sun Pictures | Pandiraj
By Arvind Sundaram | Galatta | 04:21 PM
The young and talented Priyanka Arul Mohan will be playing the female lead in Suriya’s untitled next with director Pandiraj. Tentatively called as Suriya 40, this movie will be produced by Kalanithi Maran’s Sun Pictures, with music scored by D Imman. The official announcement regarding Priyanka Arul Mohan’s addition was made, a few minutes before on social media and the update has created a solid buzz on the internet. Priyanka is one of the recent sensations on social media who has a very good fan following. The Tamil fans are yet to see her talent as an actor, but it is indeed great that she has signed a mega big film in the initial stages of her career.
Priyanka Arul Mohan, who made her silver screen debut with the Nani starrer Gang Leader (Telugu), will be making her debut in Tamil cinema with Sivakarthikeyan’s Doctor which is currently in the post production stages. Even before the release of Doctor, Priyanka has managed to bag some more interesting projects and this indeed tells us that the young girl is here to stay. Talking about Suriya 40, it is said to be an action packed family entertainer that will be shot on a grand scale. It has been quite a while since we saw Suriya in an out and out rural film and Suriya 40 will satisfy that aspect.
Director Pandiraj is known to be an expert in handling family oriented rural dramas and we have already seen him deliver hit films through Kadai Kutty Singam and Namma Veettu Pillai. Let us see if Suriya 40 becomes a hattrick of sorts for Pandiraj. The shooting of the film is expected to begin next month and the shoot will happen as per the Covid-19 protocols. Suriya was last seen in Sudha Kongara directorial, Soorarai Pottru which was a massive hit among the audiences. The film was raved by the audience and critics and everyone enjoyed the performances of the lead actors, especially Suriya’s. Very recently, the film made it to the headlines for getting into the Oscar 2021 race. The film was submitted by the team in the general category and the news created a sensational buzz on social media. For now, check out the latest official announcement about Suriya 40 female lead here:
— Sun Pictures (@sunpictures) January 28, 2021
Ramya Pandian's first film after Bigg Boss officially announced | Suriya
By Arvind Sundaram | Galatta | 07:09 PM
Ramya Pandian was seen in the critically acclaimed Raju Murugan directorial, Joker that starred Guru Somasundaram in the lead role. Ramya Pandian’s performance received a good response from the critics. However, she did not get a solid breakthrough among the masses. It was the popular television show, Cook with Comali in which Ramya Pandian became a household name. She was widely loved by the audience and her combination with Pugazh was highly enjoyed. Following the success of Cook with Comali, Ramya participated in the fourth season of Bigg Boss Tamil in which she ended up as the third runner up of the game. Ramya Pandian earned a phenomenal fan base among the masses through Bigg Boss and her positive character impressed many people.
Ramya Pandian was one of the few contestants who came out of the Bigg Boss house without any controversial fights. She did have a few disagreements with Aari in certain situations, but it did not get out of hand since Ramya was a calm person by nature. Having come out of the show, everyone has gotten busy with their respective professional lives and on that note, Ramya Pandian has announced her new Tamil film.
She will be acting in a new movie under the production of Suriya’s 2D Entertainment and this film will be directed by debutant Arisil Moorthy. According to reports, this will be a female-centric movie. Sharing the news on her official Instagram account, Ramya Pandian wrote, “I'm happy to officially announce my next project with 2D Entertainment @rajsekarpandian sir, directed by @arisilmoorthy. Special thanks to @actorsuriya sir and the entire team for this wonderful opportunity 🙏🏻🙏🏻”. It is indeed great to be a part of a film that is produced by Suriya who has a strong place in the film industry.
Notably, Suriya has also made a mark as a producer with several important and successful films like Pasanga 2, 36 Vayadhinile, Kadaikutty Singam, Uriyadi 2, Soorarai Pottru, and more. Ramya Pandian had already signed this film, even before entering the Bigg Boss house and she had already talked about this movie in one of her live videos before. After a patient wait, the project has now been made official and we hope the success of Cook with Comali and Bigg Boss makes Ramya Pandian even more confident and strong. Wishing her the best!