Breaking: Kamal Haasan's Thalaivan Irukkindran with Lyca Productions not shelved!
By MKV | Galatta | 03:07 PM
Ulaganayagan Kamal Haasan is currently working on the most anticipated Indian 2, which is being directed by Shankar and bankrolled by Lyca Productions. Howeve, the project has been facing one obstacle after the other with there being a number of stoppages in shoot! This movie's shoot went underway in January 2019, for Pongal. However, after a brief schedule, the movie was put on hold to accomodate Kamal Haasan's political work. Then, shoot resumed in August but Kamal Haasan had to undergo surgery and this caused yet another delay. Later, the shoot resumed and was progressing rapidly, when tragedy struck again!
A heavy crane fell down at the Indian 2 shooting spot and three people lost their lives in this accident. This lead to stoppage in shoot and the unit has been mired in legal troubles! With all this happening, there have been rumours that Kamal Haasan and Lyca Productions have fallen out. Earlier, it had been officially announced that Kamal Haasan's next project, following Indian 2, would be Thalaivan Irukkindran and that this project would also be produced by Lyca Productions. Now, rumours have been circulating that after the Indian 2 incident, the Lyca banner had opted out of this project.
However, a source close to Lyca Productions reveals that there are no issues between the banner and Kamal Haasan. We also hear that Thalaivan Irukkindran has not been shelved and is very much on. It was also announced that Vadivelu had been roped in for the movie and maestro AR Rahman had been announced as the composer for this movie! Once the legal issues are sorted out for the shooting spot accident, the team is planning to resume shoot. We had recently revealed that a skeletal crew had even recently shot for a portion of a song, in Bolivia. However, with the ongoing Corona Virus pandemic, it is unsure as to when the shooting might resume! Shooting for almost all movies and serials have now ground to a halt. Stay tuned for updates...
Indian 2 accident: Lyca Productions' reply to Kamal Haasan's letter
By Vivek Raj | Galatta | 09:07 AM
Tamil cinema fans are still recovering from the tragedy that struck last week on February 19 when a crane at the shooting spot of the upcoming Kamal Haasan film, Indian 2, crashed on three assistants leading to their deaths. The Indian 2 shooting was taking place at the EVP Film City on the outskirts of Chennai with Kamal Haasan, director Shankar, Kajal Aggarwal and several other artistes and technicians also part of the schedule narrowly escaping from the mishap.
Post the Indian 2 shooting spot accident, Kamal Haasan had written a letter addressed to all production houses including Lyca Productions' Chairman, Subaskaran, requesting them to adopt more safety measures for all the people working in their forthcoming magnum opus. In response, the Director of Lyca Productions, Neelkant Narayanpur, has now written an open letter to Kamal Haasan in which he goes on to state the various efforts taken by them to ensure a safer working environment for all staff associated with Indian 2.
Lyca Productions' Neelkant Narayanpur's letter is as follows:
"To, Mr. Kamal Haasan,
No. 4, Eldams Road, Alwarpet,
As the director of Lyca Productions Private Limited, I would like to respond to your letter addressed to our Chairman dated 22nd Feb 2020. We are all still recovering from the tragic events of 19th February and all our thoughts and prayers are with the families of our three deceased colleagues. Please be informed that on hearing the news of the incident Mr. Subaskaran and the senior management boarded the first available flight and landed in Chennai at 3 PM on the 20th of February and proceeded immediately to the mortuary to pay respects to the deceased and console their families. We were in constant touch with your office all through and arrived at the mortuary just 15 minutes after you. At that very point, Mr. Subaskaran announced financial assistance to the tune of Rs. 2 crores to the family members of the deceased, and those who suffered injuries and also undertook to take care of their treatment. All these measures were taken before receipt of your letter, and it is unfortunate that this did not come to your attention before the 22nd February.
It is profoundly unfortunate that such a tragic accident took place during the filming of Indian II, despite our firm commitment to the highest standards of health and safety as an international firm. As you are surely aware, incidents of this nature need to be dealt with in the spirit of collective responsibility and rectification. Given the involvement of an eminent artist and technician of your calibre and experience, and a veteran director of Mr. Shankar's stature being the captain of the ship, we were doubly confident that our own safety measures would have been amplified by your on- the-spot judgement. It hardly needs reminding that the entire shoot was also under the control and supervision of the yourself and the director.
We have invested substantial sums towards the production of the film, so you will appreciate that we have not compromised on health and safety. As regards the safety measures at our end, we left no stone unturned: we appointed one of the most seasoned and professional Executive Producers, Mr. Sundarrajan & also Mr. K I Manikandan alias Vimal duly recommended by the director as Deputy Executive Producer on the set to ensure that all the permissions and adequate safety measures were in place. The foresaid two gentlemen were in-charge of the entire production of the film and ensured the safety measures in place. We also took out a comprehensive insurance policy to cover the entire production including personnel accident policy for each member working on the set from a nationalised insurance company. As a further step, we are seeking an additional explanation from Mr. Sundarrajan and Mr K I Manikandan Alias Vimal to make sure all best safety practices were adhered to.
Given the above, let us all work together and pray that the almighty gives all strength to the bereaved family members to overcome the unfortunate loss of their beloved ones.
*Neelkant Narayanpur's statement is not spell-checked
Indian 2 accident: Kamal Haasan's next big action | Lyca | Shankar
By Avinash Pandian | Galatta | 01:00 PM
Kollywood hasn’t yet recovered from the horrific accident that took place at the Indian 2 shooting spot a week ago which led to the deaths of 3 assistants who were part of the film. Kamal Haasan was the only member of the crew to come out and take responsibility for the accident. He in his statement pleaded that more safety measures need to be taken by all the production houses so that no one dies because of such carelessness. Kamal Haasan has now issued a letter to Lyca Production Chairman Subaskaran seeking for a safer work environment for all the staffs associated with Indian 2. His letter reads as follows:
Mr Subaskaran Chairman and Founder Lyca Productions
With a deep sense of anguish, I write this. The events that happened on the night of 19th February 2020 continues to haunt. People with whom we Were laughing, eating and working together are no longer there and the realization that they will never be back is most remorseful.
I was just a few seconds and fewer metres away from the spot where the mishap occurred and miraculously escaped from joining the list of fatalities. I can hardly express my trauma and agony in words. Our ability to compensate can and should never be equated to our sense of responsibility. With so many human lives involved in a shoot, the paramount importance for the Production is to ensure safety of people involved in the shoot. Accidents of this kind only destroy the confidence and belief of the entire team, in the Production team. I want to understand the steps taken by the Production team to ensure the safety of the artists, crew and other technicians involved in the shoot and also the kind of insurance that the Production team has taken. Any loss, cost, damage, risk undergone on account of the Production team failing to carry out what they ought to have carried out has to be compensated in full and at the earliest. As Producers you should ensure the best of medical help to each of those who have been admitted and provide the affected families your utmost support during this time of need, both financially and emotionally. You should ensure to implement all guidelines on safety and institute an audit process to assess safety standards at shoot locations before commencement of any shoot. Only by such positive and proactive steps, the Production team can demonstrate its diligence in adhering to safety requirements and thereby restore the confidence of the cast and crew (including me) to report back for shoot.
*Kamal's statement not spell-checked
Indian 2 accident: Lyca Productions' Subaskaran announces 2 crores relief fund
By Vivek Raj | Galatta | 10:36 AM
It has been a traumatic and distressing time for the entire Indian 2 team after a heavy crane had fallen on three assistants - Krishna (Assistant Director), Chandran (Art Assistant) and Madhu (Production Assistant) - who all succumbed to their deaths while leaving many injured as well. Both Kamal Haasan and director Shankar, who were present at the shooting spot at the EVP Film City on the outskirts of Chennai, had managed to escape from getting hurt physically by a whisker, with Lyca Productions putting the film now on hold for the next few days.
Many people associated with Indian 2 including Kamal Haasan, director Shankar, producer Subaskaran of Lyca Productions, actress Priya Bhavani Shankar and others had visited the Kilpauk Hospital in Chennai to pay their respects and condolences to the deceased and offered moral support to their families.
Post his visit, Kamal Haasan had interacted with the press that had gathered and conveyed his sorrows and announced that he will be providing one crore rupees as relief for the families of those who lost their lives in the Indian 2 shooting spot mishap. Post Kamal Haasan's extension of monetary assistance to the families of those deceased, Lyca Productions' Subaskaran has now announced 2 crore rupees as financial relief to families of those who were killed and injured during the accident.
Producer K Rajan questions Corporate Production Companies like Lyca Productions!
By MKV | Galatta | 09:14 PM
Having gained a name for being a straight shooter and somebody who doesn't hesitate to voice his opinion, however strong it may be, producer K Rajan has now raised a lot of pertinent questions against corporate production houses and their practices. He has questioned Darbar's producers - Lyca Productions' decision to pay high salaries for the stars. He asks, "Why do you pay Rs. 100 Crores as salary for a single hero when you could make a whole movie for Rs. 2 Crores and make 50 such movies from the salary of a single star? Even if 25 of these 50 movies turn successful, like Aruvi, Joker and Kaaka Muttai did, that is enough for doing good business. Which of these movies were made with A-list stars? They had confidence in the project and the director. No local producer from Tamil Nadu would make movies on such huge budgets. These are being done by corporate companies."
Talking about Superstar Rajinikanth's next movie's producers - Sun Pictures, Rajan says that they are very clear about the salaries of stars and would never inflate somebody's salary numbers blindly. Responding to rumours of whether Rajinikanth's salary has been reduced by 50% for his next, Rajan says, "No! That is false news again. According to my reliable sources, Rajni's salary for Thalaivar 168 is Rs. 75 Crores, plus GST. Sun Pictures are producers from within Tamil Nadu and they would always spend within limits."
Talking in detail about production costs, the veteran producer says, "When I make a movie, I always manage all the spending in person. When Lyca Productions is making a movie, who would manage things on the ground? Production Managers and other intermediate people can easily fool the director and over 30% of our budget would be lost in such cases. For Lyca, only their employees manage it and they wouldn't do it very carefully and this can overshoot the budget spending. Darbar wasn't worth it for the common people to spend heavily for it. There have been numerous movies which have smuggling and trafficking as part of the storyline. Besides, the story was set in Mumbai and the Tamil people were not able to identify with it."
Exclusive: Sasikumar to do a film with Lyca Productions and director Anis!
By Arvind Sundaram | Galatta | 07:23 PM
Lyca Productions is gearing up for the release of their next film, Mafia, which is scheduled to hit the screens this Friday, on February 21. This stylish action thriller features Arun Vijay, Prasanna, and Priya Bhavanishankar in the lead roles. Apart from Mafia, Lyca is also bankrolling quite a few other interesting projects including Shankar’s Indian 2 and Mani Ratnam’s Ponniyin Selvan. Meanwhile, we have got an exclusive update on their new film and it looks like an interesting project is on cards.
This new film will star Sasikumar in the lead role and will be directed by Anis of Thirumanam Ennum Nikkah fame. It is said that director Anis and the production house is finalizing the rest of the cast and crew and an official announcement on the project can be expected very soon. More details about this project are awaited.
Sasikumar is right now busy shooting for his untitled next with Jyotika under the direction of Era Saravanan of Kathukutty fame. He is also awaiting the release of his other projects like M.G.R.Magan, Raja Vamsam, and Kombu Vacha Singamda. Looks like Sasikumar is going to be a busy man indeed!
Arun Vijay's Mafia faces release problems - meeting between Lyca and distributors on!
By Arvind Sundaram | Galatta | 04:43 PM
Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru fame director Karthick Naren’s next film, Mafia, is scheduled to hit the screens, this Friday, on February 21. However, a section of media had reported that the film might not release as planned due to the loss incurred by the distributors in Lyca’s previous release, Darbar, starring Superstar Rajinikanth and Nayanthara. We checked with our sources close to the team of Mafia and got a better clarity on the issue.
We are informed that the discussion is right now happening between Lyca and the distributors at the Film Chambers office in Chennai and it is said that an amicable solution will be arrived by the end of the meeting. From what we hear, the problems will be solved as soon as possible and the advance bookings for the film will open within the next few hours.
We can expect a positive announcement about the release of Mafia soon and stay tuned to this space for that. This stylish action thriller features Arun Vijay, Prasanna and Priya Bhavanishankar in the lead roles and has music scored by Jakes Bejoy. Arun Vijay will be seen as a Narcotics Officer, who will be locking horns with DK (played by Prasanna), an entrepreneur.
Breaking: Gautham Karthik's next project to be for Lyca Productions!
By MKV | Galatta | 07:09 PM
The young star Gautham Karthik had an amazing start to his career with ace director Mani Ratnam's Kadal, in 2013! He had conscutive hits in a number of movies like Yennamo Yedho, Vai Raja Vai, Rangoon and Ivan Thanthiran. His adult comedies Hara Hara Mahadevaki and Iruttu Araiyil Murattu Kuththu, were also well received by the youth audience and had a very good run at the theatres. However, his recent movies have not been doing all that great at the Box Office and he is in dire need of a hit to resurrect his career! We now have an interesting update on Gautham Karthik's next project!
An industry insider has revealed to us that Gautham Karthik is in the final level of talks to star in a new project for the popular Lyca Productions banner! This new movie is to be directed by Pon Kumar, an associate of director AR Murugadoss. Pon Kumar has assisted Murugadoss in most of his recent movies and has also appeared in a couple of important scenes in movies like Kaththi and Spyder! We hear that this project has almost been finalised and is in the final stages of confirmation! An official announcement is expected to happen soon!
Lyca Productions have a number of happening projects in hand, including Ulaganayagan Kamal Haasan's Indian 2, the magnum opus Ponniyin Selvan by Mani Ratnam, Arun Vijay & Prasanna's Mafia: Chapter 1 and Yogi Babu's Pannikutty! Gautham Karthik is currently working on the Tamil remake of the superhit Kannada movie Mufti, which also has STR as another lead. Keep watching this space for updates...
Yogi Babu signs a two-film offer with Lyca Productions after Darbar
By Galatta Desk | Galatta | 06:00 PM
Kollywood is probably the only industry which still has the practice of allotting exclusive scenes to comedians rather than only bringing in comedy as the part of the story. Comedians are stars in their own right; Santhanam had a period when all movies, by default, had a role for him. After Kolamavu Kokila, Yogi Babu has been having a windfall – almost all movies that are announced inevitably have a role for him. An actor’s professional sincerity also plays a role in staying on such a wave of popularity. Yogi Babu, who is currently involved with two movies that are being produced by the Lyca Prodcutions, has reportedly signed a two-film deal with the production house.
Lyca Productions had earlier signed Yogi Babu for their comedy film Pannikutty. Director Anu Charan, of Kirumi fame is at the helm of this movie which also had comedian Karunakaran (our own Arumai Pragasam from Soothu Kavvum) and Dindugal I. Leoni in significant parts. Following this, he was roped in for a role in Rajinikanth’s much-awaited Darbar. Yogi Babu has already finished his scenes for Darbar and will have to return only for the final touches. Reportedly, Lyca Productions found the association with Yogi Babu hassle-free and has signed a two-film deal with the actor.
Some of Yogi Babu’s upcoming projects are Jaikkira Kudhiri directed by Sakthi Chidambaram, 100% Kaadhal with GV Prakash, Karthik Girish’s Shaithan Ka Bachcha, Sadhuranga Vettai 2 with Nirmal Kumar, Sam Anton’s Gurkha, Jayam Ravi’s Comali and Dhanush-Vetri Maaran’s Asuran. Dharmaprabhu, which has Yogi Babu in the lead role, has been having a successful run at the theatres since its release on June 28.
Breaking: After Sandakozhi 2, next film with Trisha for Lyca Productions!
By Swetha Baskar | Galatta | 07:49 PM
Trisha was last seen playing a crucial role in Rajinikanth's latest festive release titled Petta directed by Karthik Subbaraj and she was seen playing the lady love of Thalaivar. Trisha had a massive year in 2018 with the success of 96 directed by Prem Kumar and her critically acclaimed film Hey Jude. She sure did kick start this year with the huge success of Petta and the fans have been curiously waiting to hear updates about her future projects.
We recently informed our viewers that she will soon be collaborating with director M. Saravanan from Engeyum Eppodhum fame for her next project and it is touted that she will be playing the solo lead in the film. Lyca productions are likely to bankroll this exciting venture.
Sources close to us have now suggested that cinematographer KA Sakthivel who recently made Vishal's Sandakozhi 2 has been roped in to handle the camera for this upcoming flick. Looks like the film is set to start rolling soon.
It is to be noted that Trisha always picks interesting and versatile characters to portray on screen and this has been made evident considering her previous film choices. We can surely expect this role to be a massive one yet again. Stay tuned to know more updates.