Bharathiraja praises Mani Ratnam on his birthday
By Galatta | 05:02 PM
Two of Tamil cinemas priceless pearls, Mani Ratnam and Bharathiraja have a mutual admiration to each other. Mani Ratnam was amazed by Bharathiraja’s works in the 70s who a legend already when Mani Ratnam entered the film industry. Bharathiraja has shared his admiration for Mani Ratnam’s work time in and again. Though Mani had a struggling start since he couldn’t make the kind of films he wanted to, Since Mouna Ragam which released in 1986, there is no turning back for the veteran. He has been in the top of the game for the past 35 years and that’s no easy deal. Mouna Ragam, Nayakan, Agni Natchathiram, Thalapathi, Roja, Bombay, Alaipayuthey, OK Kanmani and CCV. He has been constantly delivering contents that attract the youth for well over 3 decades. This golden director turns a year.
“#HappyBirthdayManiRatnam Every Frame you created is a magic Mani....Pride of Indian Cinema. If there is one filmmaker who I have great regards for is Mani Ratnam, he is a pride from Tamil film industry. His works will be talked for generations to come and we should be proud that he is born in Tamil Nadu. His journey is not done yet, his fame needs to cross across borders, he is destined to go greater heights. On his birthday today, I request all Tamil speaking people to wish him on this special day. I express my hearty wishes to Mani Ratnam. He needs to take this Tamil fraternity and the film industry to the next level.”
— Bharathiraja (@offBharathiraja) June 2, 2020
WOW: Mani Ratnam to enter OTT Platform? Check out his latest exciting statement!
By Arvind Sundaram | Galatta | 05:00 PM
In a recent webinar session, ace director Mani Ratnam shared what he’s been doing during this lockdown and it looks like the ace director is planning to venture into the OTT platform very soon. He said, “What I’ve done is possibly, work on a few short films that we’re trying to do for digital platforms. Apart from that, working on some future scripts as well”. Woah! Well, does this mean Mani Ratnam is going to do some short films or web series related contents for OTT platforms? It looks like the plan is in the nascent stages and we’d get to hear more about it in the coming days.
However, it would definitely be pathbreaking and exciting to see a legendary director like Mani Ratnam venturing into the digital space. Also, we are still not sure if Mani Ratnam would direct it or just be a part of the writing process. Currently, he is busy with his mega big project, Ponniyin Selvan, which is going to be made as a two-part film.
This historical epic features a stellar cast that includes Chiyaan Vikram, Jayam Ravi, Karthi, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Trisha, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Prabhu, Jayaram, Sarath Kumar, Vikram Prabhu, Ashwin Kakamanu, Sobhita Dhulipala, Aadukalam Kishore, Rahman, Riyaz Khan, and others. Produced by Lyca, in association with Madras Talkies, Ponniyin Selvan has music by A.R.Rahman and cinematography by Ravi Varman. The shooting of this film will resume once the pandemic situation gets resolved. For now, you can check out the webinar video below:
Suhasini Mani Ratnam makes a short film titled Chinnanjiru Kiliye during quarantine - check out!
By Arvind Sundaram | Galatta | 12:23 PM
During this quarantine period, celebrities have been exploring different ways and methods to kill time and engage with fans on social media. On that note, Suhasini Mani Ratnam hosted a 21-day Instagram live campaign and the final episode of the campaign was graced by the master filmmaker Mani Ratnam himself and the show was a huge hit. Following that, Suhasini has now revealed that she's made a short film during this quarantine and this short film is called Chinnanjiru Kiliye. Suhasini shared some interesting details about the short film and we thought of bringing it to the notice of our readers.
It looks like Suhasini has directed this short film, apart from shooting it on her iPhone. This short film features young and budding Malayalam actress Ahanaa Krishna (of Njandukalude Nattil Oridavela fame) and Suhasini in lead roles and the scenes have been shot in their respective homes. Chinnanjiru Kiliye is edited by Kevin Das and will have music scored by James Vasanthan.
Suhasini revealed that she'd be seeing the final output of the film this evening and it will be released online for public viewing in another four to five days. Looks like an interesting short film is in the making. Check out Suhasini's social media post below:
Suhasini asks fans to send questions to Mani Ratnam through a video - check out
By Arvind Sundaram | Galatta | 02:11 PM
Director Mani Ratnam holds a legendary status in Tamil cinema and he owns a huge fan base throughout the country for his acclaimed classics. His next directorial will be the historical epic, Ponniyin Selvan, which is considered to be his dream project. Produced by Lyca Productions in association with Madras Talkies, this movie features an ensemble star cast including Chiyaan Vikram, Jayam Ravi, Karthi, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Trisha, Ashwin Kakamanu, Vikram Prabhu, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Prabhu, Sarath Kumar, Jayaram, Aadukalam Kishore, Rahman, and others.
Here is an interesting news for all his hardcore fans, who have got an opportunity to interact with the maverick filmmaker himself during this quarantine period. Interested people can record a video, introducing themselves and ask their questions to Mani Ratnam. In return, he would reply to those questions. The fans will have to send the video through Whatsapp to the number - 9094677777. Mani Ratnam’s wife, Suhasini, has taken up this initiative to keep people engaged on social media during this panic situation.
She posted, “Hi friends. You’ve seen his work for the last 4 decades isn’t it time for him to see you. Send 25 seconds video of you. Introduce yourself your message to him and your question to him and he will see it and reply. Send videos by WhatsApp to 9094677777 good day.” Well, what are the questions that Mani Ratnam is going to answer? Aren’t you excited to hear something from the legendary filmmaker? Stay tuned!
Vaanam Kottattum - Poova Thalaiyaa Video | Mani Ratnam | Dhana | Sid Sriram
By Vivek Raj | Galatta | 07:14 PM
One of the most anticipated films of 2020, six-time National Award-winning director Mani Ratnam's upcoming production venture, Vaanam Kottattum, under his Madras Talkies banner, is hitting screens worldwide tomorrow (February 7). Directed by Padai Veeran fame Dhana, the family action drama film marks singer Sid Sriram's debut as a composer with his songs turning out to be smash hits.
The Vaanam Kottattum team is going full out in their promotions to get the best pre-release buzz about the film, which includes a huge star cast featuring names like Vikram Prabhu, Madonna Sebastian, Aishwarya Rajesh and Shanthanu Bhagyaraj as the leads followed by Sarathkumar, Radhika Sarathkumar, Nandaa, Amitash Pradhan, Balaji Sakthivel, Madhusudhana Rao and others in major supporting roles.
With extensive promotions being carried out for Vaanam Kottattum, the makers have now released the video song for the 'Poova Thalaiyaa' track sung by Anthony Daasan and Sid Sriram to the lyrics penned by Siva Ananth. Apart from the strong acting lineup and the songs being a major highlight, the film also includes a stellar technical team among whom are cinematographer Preetha Jayaraman, editor Sangathamizhan. E, Eka Lakhani for the costume design, art director K. Kadhir, choreographer Vijisatish and action director “Stunner” Sam.
Check out the Poova Thalaiyaa video song from Vaanam Kottattum below:
Vaanam Kottattum 2-minutes scene | Mani Ratnam | Aishwarya Rajesh
By Galatta | 11:55 AM
Veteran director Mani Ratnam who generally produces all the films that he directs but very rarely he funds films under his Madras Talkies banner for other directors. Most films that he has produced are either for his associates or friends. He has now bankrolled for Vaanam Kottattum directed by his assistant Dhana Sekaran who had previously made a film called Padaiveeran. Vaanam Kottattum stars Vikram Prabhu, Aishwarya Rajesh, Madonna Sebastian and Shanthnu Bhagyaraj in the lead. Sarathkumar and Radikaa Sarathkumar are also a part of this movie's cast, which also includes Nandha, Amitash, Balaji Sakthivel and Madhusudhan Rao, among others. The makers have now released a sneak peek from the movie.
This latest sneak peek, which is just about 1 minute and 30 seconds long, features Amitash and Aishwarya Rajesh talking in private. There is a cute interaction between the two, which suggests that they play each other's romantic interest in Vaanam Kottattum. This movie, which marks singer Sid Sriram's debut as a music director, is hitting the screens tomorrow on February 7th. Preetha Jayaraman is handling the cinematography for this movie, which has editing by Sangathamizhan. K is also helping out Sid Sriram in the musical score of this movie, the script for which has been co-written by Mani Ratnam! Vaanam Kottattum is being released by YNOTX, a subsidiary of Sashikanth's Y Not Studios. Now watch this interesting sneak peek:
Vaanam Kottattum - Dialogue Promo | Mani Ratnam | Dhana | Sid Sriram | Siva Ananth
By Vivek Raj | Galatta | 07:38 PM
Ace filmmaker Mani Ratnam's upcoming production venture, Vaanam Kottattum, under his Madras Talkies banner has been directed by Padai Veeran fame Dhana and is all set for a worldwide theatrical release on February 7. Popular singer Sid Sriram is making his debut as a composer with the action drama film with his songs turning out to be chart-busters and is considered to be a major USP for fans.
With less than 2 days for Vaanam Kottattum's theatrical release, the makers are leaving no stone unturned in promoting the film, which includes a huge star cast among whom are Vikram Prabhu, Madonna Sebastian, Aishwarya Rajesh and Shanthanu Bhagyaraj in the lead roles followed by Sarathkumar, Radhika Sarathkumar, Nandaa, Amitash Pradhan, Balaji Sakthivel, Madhusudhana Rao and others in important supporting roles.
Now, as part of the next leg of promotions, a special dialogue promo for Vaanam Kottattum has been officially released, which primarily focuses on Vikram Prabhu's character, Selva, in the film. Furthermore, there are visuals of Aishwarya Rajesh and Shanthanu Bhagyaraj, Sarathkumar and Radhika Sarathkumar as well letting us know the action and drama that awaits us when the film hits theatres this week.
Check out the Vaanam Kottattum dialogue promo below:
Vaanam Kottattum - En Uyir Kaatre song video | Mani Ratnam | Sid Sriram
By Vivek Raj | Galatta | 07:08 PM
Six-time National Award-winning director Mani Ratnam recently kicked off filming on his most ambitious dream project, the historical epic magnum opus, Ponniyin Selvan, based on acclaimed Tamil writer Kalki Krishnamurthy's novel of the same name. The reputed filmmaker is also producing the upcoming Tamil drama film, Vaanam Kottattum, under his Madras Talkies banner, which is scheduled to hit screens worldwide on February 7. Directed by Padai Veeran fame Dhana Sekaran, the action family drama features music by popular singer Sid Sriram, for whom the venture incidentally marks his debut as a composer.
With promotions for Vaanam Koottattum already underway in an active manner for quite sometime, the makers have now released the much-awaited 'En Uyir Kaatre' song sung by Sid Sriram featuring lyrics penned by Siva Ananth. Sid Sriram has impressed everyone with his compositions in Vaanam Kottattum and many have credited him for showing prowess as a music director in his debut film. Songs like 'Kannu Thangom', 'Easy Come Easy Go', 'Poova Thalaiyaa' have gone on to receive a huge response from fans and expectations for the film are now high considering the teaser and the tracks have left many satisfied, who are waiting for the trailer coming out on January 23.
Vaanam Kottattum includes a huge ensemble cast among whom are Vikram Prabhu, Madonna Sebastian, Aishwarya Rajesh and Shanthanu Bhagyaraj in the lead roles followed by Sarathkumar, Radhika Sarathkumar, Nandaa, Amitash Pradhan, Balaji Sakthivel, Madhusudhana Rao and others in important supporting roles.
Check out the 'En Uyir Kaatre' lyric video from Vaanam Kottattum below:
Vaanam Kottattum: Poova Thalaiyaa song video | Mani Ratnam | Sid Sriram
By Vivek Raj | Galatta | 10:57 AM
One of the most prolific filmmakers in the history of Indian cinema, Mani Ratnam has gone on to enchant film aficionados with his stories over his nearly four decade old career and is at present directing the recently-announced historical epic magnum opus, Ponniyin Selvan, based on acclaimed Tamil writer Kalki Krishnamurthy's novel of the same name.
Besides Ponniyin Selvan, Mani Ratnam is producing the upcoming Tamil drama film, Vaanam Kottattum, under his Madras Talkies banner, coming to theatres on February 7. Directed by Padai Veeran fame Dhana Sekaran, promotions for Vaanam Koottattum have kicked off and the makers have now released the much-awaited 'Poova Thalaiyaa' song sung by Anthony Daasan and Sid Sriram featuring lyrics penned by Siva Ananth.
Vaanam Kottatum marks popular singer Sid Sriram's debut as a composer with the film featuring a huge ensemble cast among whom are Vikram Prabhu, Madonna Sebastian, Aishwarya Rajesh and Shanthanu Bhagyaraj in the lead roles followed by Sarathkumar, Radhika Sarathkumar, Nandaa and Amitash Pradhan in supporting roles.
The songs in Vaanam Kottattum - 'Kannu Thangom' and 'Easy Come Easy Go' - have as well become hits and 'Poova Thalaiyaa' too is set to follow in a similar path as the track caters more to general audiences. The expectations surrounding the film as well shot up especially after its teaser released a few days back received a strong response from fans, who are now awaiting the film's trailer on January 23.
Check out the 'Poova Thalaiyaa' lyric video from Vaanam Kottattum below:
Harini has sung a song in Mani Ratnam Ponniyin Selvan | AR Rahman | Vairamuthu
By Galatta | 01:17 PM
Harini is a National Award playback singer who has sung in all the south Indian regional languages. She is married to another playback singer Tippu. Galatta had a memorable conversation with the couple very recently. During the conversation, Harini revealed that she has sung a track for AR Rahman in Mani Ratnam’s Ponniyin Selvan. Vairamuthu had revealed that Ponniyin Selvan is going to be a musical project with over 12 songs. Here is what Harini had to say about AR Rahman and her singing experience in Ponniyin Selvan:
“I have shared a lot of memorable moments with AR Rahman sir since I been singing for him for the past 25 years. Even recently, I have worked with him on Ponniyin Selvan. Actually, AR Rahman is my inspiration. How he carries himself, how he gets attached to his work as well can easily get detached when needed. That is one quality that I learned from AR Rahman. We know he is a genius music director but when he is not working, he is very normal, very down to earth. He will make you feel that he is not the same guy who produces such quality music. So how to balance that attitude is what we learned from him in all these years. Sometimes when I go to him and say, sir, I want to experiment, I want to win awards, he will advise me to forget all that and do your work properly, all these awards will eventually come to you. He keeps telling us that you should always be involved in your work but never have burning desire. You should have your own principles, work for whatever you want, think differently for what you want but never think about the award or the reward. It will come at the back of you.”