BREAKING: This leading production house to join hands with Rajinikanth for Darbar!
By Arvind Sundaram | Galatta | 06:32 PM
Superstar Rajinikanth's Darbar will be hitting the screens on January 9, 2020, ahead of the Pongal festival weekend. This A.R.Murugadoss directorial features Nayanthara, Suniel Shetty, Prateik Babbar, Nivetha Thomas, Yogi Babu and Imaikkaa Nodigal fame baby Manasvi in the star cast. Produced by Lyca, this action entertainer has music scored by Anirudh Ravichander, cinematography by Santosh Sivan, and editing by Sreekar Prasad. We have now got an exclusive update on the film's business.
Our close sources inform that Dr Ishari K Ganesh's Vels Film International is the frontrunner to bag the Tamil Nadu theatrical rights of Darbar. Yes, we are told that the esteemed production house is very keen on bagging the distribution rights of the film and a positive announcement can be expected soon. Vels Film International is at the peak of their success in the industry and they had recently celebrated the victory through a grand event which was called 'Vels Film International Vetri Vizha 2019'.
This banner which has already produced successful films like LKG and Comali, will be releasing Gautham Vasudev Menon's long delayed Enai Noki Paayum Thota this week, on November 29. An official word on this is awaited. Meanwhile, Thalaivar fans are excited for Darbar's first single, Chumma Kizhi, which will be releasing tomorrow (November 27) evening at 5 PM.
OFFICIAL: Rajinikanth announces his upcoming film lineup plans
By Vivek Raj | Galatta | 01:28 PM
‘Superstar’ Rajinikanth has garnered a fan following unlike any actor ever since his entry in the world of cinema in the 1970s. The iconic actor has since then gone on to act in 167 films and will next be seen in the much-awaited, Darbar, coming out as a Pongal 2020 release under A. R. Murugadoss’ direction. Likewise, it was also recently announced by Sun Pictures that he will next be teaming up with Viswasam director for the tentatively titled, Thalaivar 168, which is expected to roll into production this December. That said, a major question that has been looming across the minds of his hardcore fans is whether he will continue to act in films considering he had announced his political entry towards the end of 2017. Now, Rajinikanth during the inauguration of Kamal Haasan’s new office addressed the media and issued an official statement saying Thalaivar 168 will not be the final film in his career. Speaking at the Raaj Kamal Films International new office where Rajinikanth along with Kamal Haasan unveiled the statue of legendary Tamil filmmaker K. Balachander, the superstar further added saying he will continue to act in films until he ventures into active politics regarding which he himself will make an announcement when the time arrives.
There has been considerable debate regarding Rajinikanth’s political entry and his future film plans ever since his announcement two years back. That said, this latest statement from ‘Thalaivar’ will no doubt leave his ardent fans mighty happy who will now be looking forward to his upcoming film announcements after Darbar and Thalaivar 168 under Siva’s direction.
Kamal Haasan reveals interesting secrets between Rajinikanth and him!
By Arvind Sundaram | Galatta | 12:48 PM
Ulaganayagan Kamal Haasan recently celebrated his 65th birthday (on November 7) and RKFI had planned special events as part of the campaign. On that note, late legendary director K Balachander's statue was unveiled this morning at the new office premises of Raaj Kamal Films International. This new office building is very nearby to the already existing Kamal Haasan office in Eldams Road, Alwarpet. The event was attended by Superstar Rajinikanth, director Mani Ratnam, Vairamuthu, Dr Isari K Ganesh, Nasser, and K Balachander's family.
Post the event, the dignitaries were present for addressing the gathering that was covered by the press and media. During the coverage, Kamal Haasan said, "Me and Rajini share a very good rapport. Our friendship is very positive and beautiful. Our talks about success and failure is very normal and people would be surprised if they know what we talk. While Thalapathy film was planned, Rajinikanth told me about it. He spoke to me about it in a wedding mahal and when he told me the film's title, I heard it as 'Ganapathy' instead of Thalapathy.
He asked me how it was and I was quite doubtful and told it isn't nice. Rajini's reaction changed and asked me why it wasn't nice. He didn't understand. Later, he repeated once again and then I told him it was fantastic. This is the kind of friendship that we share, We converse just like any other two friends and our personal relationship is very sweet. But, our respective fans have always had differences of opinion and there has been fan wars.
We haven't reacted to it because you need two goal posts in a football match. The Central Government is presenting the icon award to Rajinikanth now, after 44 years in the industry. But, for me, he became an icon, after completing his first year. However, I'm glad that the honour is being conferred upon him atleast now. About Raajkamal, the production house will continue functioning.
Very soon, RKFI's 50th film will be announced in a grand manner. I need not act in it; someone else can play the lead role and you people have given me the freedom to take that decision. Mani Ratnam and myself share similar dreams, despite having our offices at different places. This place and this event makes me happy and glad I hope RKFI will function vigorously in the coming days. " Apart from this, Kamal Haasan also shared a few words about Ananthu, the co-writer who worked with Balachander in many notable films.
Superstar Rajinikanth spotted at a theatre! Which movie did he watch? Deets inside...
By MKV | Galatta | 01:07 PM
Two biggies released for this Deepavali, in Kollywood - Thalapathy Vijay's Bigil and Karthi's Kaithi. Both the movies have been vying with each other for Box Office honours and the crowds have been flocking to the theatres to catch these movies on the big screens. Superstar Rajinikanth is a legend and whatever he does creates quite a sensation. Recently, some photos of Superstar Rajinikanth at a theatre, along with his wife Latha Rajinikanth, have been doing the rounds on the internet! The netizens have been speculating wildly that he would have gone to watch either Bigil or Kaithi... Any guesses which of these two he watched?
Well, unfortunately for the fans of both Thalapathy Vijay and Karthi, it is neither! These recent photos of Superstar Rajinikanth at a theatre were clicked when he had participated in a special screening of the upcoming Malayalam movie Shyama Ragam. This movie, starring Shanthi Krishna also stars Y. Gee. Mahendiran in an important role alongside newcomers Pranav Suresh and Presidha Udhay. Shyama Ragam has been directed by Sethu Eyal and bankrolled by K Vijayalakshmi and Leena Anandh.
Superstar Rajinikanth, Latha Rajinikanth and many other celebrities watched a special screening of Shyama Ragam at the Le Magic Lantern Preview Theatre, at Nungambakkam. Reports state that following the screening, the Superstar had warm words of praise for the entire team of Shyama Ragam and wished them the very best!
PROUD: Superstar Rajinikanth Honoured With This Prestigious Award!
By Lokesh RV | Galatta | 12:50 PM
Superstar Rajinikanth has just added another precious stone to his golden crown as the legend will be honoured with a special Icon of Golden Jubilee Award at the 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2019. Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar announced the big news through his Twitter page on early Saturday.
The 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) will be held in Goa from November 20th to 28th with close to 250 films from various countries to be screened at the premiere movie extravaganza. In its golden jubilee year, 50 films by 50 female filmmakers will also be screened at the film festival to acknowledge the contribution of women in cinema.
"In recognition of his outstanding contribution to Indian cinema, during the past several decades, I am happy to announce that the award for the ICON OF GOLDEN JUBILEE OF IFFI2019 is being conferred on cine star Shri S Rajnikant. IFFIGoa50" - Tweeted Prakash Javadekar.
Honoured by the prestigious award, Rajinikanth tweeted - "I thank the government of India for this prestigious honour bestowed upon me on the golden jubilee of the International film festival of India. IFFI2019"
It is indeed a proud moment for the fans and wishes have been pouring in for Superstar from celebrities including AR Murugadoss who is currently working with the actor in Darbar. Notably, Darbar will be hitting the screens for Pongal 2020 and Rajinikanth will be teaming up with Siva for his next biggie.
Superstar Rajinikanth comes out to meet his fans and wish them Happy Deepavali! Photos inside...
By MKV | Galatta | 04:46 PM
The festival of lights - Deepavali is being celebrated across our country and most of the people are having a joyous time with their loved ones. Early today, hundreds of Superstar Rajinikanth's fans had gathered outside his Poes Garden house, to get a glimpse of their favourite star. As a treat to all of them, the man himself - Rajinikanth, stepped out of his house and greeted all the fans gathered there and wished them all a very happy deepavali! His arrival sent all the fans gathered there into a frenzy and they all became very ecstatic.
Dressed in a simple white shirt and a dhoti, the Superstar looked as charming as ever and his smile was so pleasing to see. Currently, Thalaivar is working on Darbar, with director AR Murugadoss. This movie will see him donning the khaki uniform again, after a gap of nearly 26 years. Most of Darbar's shoot happened in Mumbai and we hear that most of the talkie portions have already been canned. Nayanthara is playing the female lead in this movie, which also has an ensemble cast including Suneil Shetty, Prateik Babbar, Dalip Tahil, Yogi Babu, Nawab Shah and a number of others.
Bankrolled by Lyca Productions, Darbar has music by Anirudh, cinematography by Santosh Sivan and editing by Sreekar Prasad. The team of Darbar released a new poster of Superstar Rajinikanth yesterday, as a Deepavali treat for his fans. Meanwhile, it has also been announced that Rajini would be joining hands with director Siruthai Siva for his next project, to be bankrolled by Sun Pictures. This movie is being tentatively called Thalaivar 168.
Another Rajinikanth heroine signs up for an English web series!
By MKV | Galatta | 05:23 PM
Superstar Rajinikanth is a world renowned brand and his popularity transcends territorial boundaries. Recently, it came to light that his Kaala heroine Huma Qureshi had been roped in for a role in acclaimed Hollywood director Zack Snyder's Netflix Original Army of the Dead. Now, we have an interesting update on yet another heroine of Rajini's! The Pa Ranjith directorial Kabali saw Rajini pairing up with acclaimed actress Radhika Apte, who has earned for herself quite a name as a wonderful performer, across languages! Now, Radhika Apte is hitting the headlines for having signed up to star in the series Shantaram by Apple.
This series also stars Charlie Hunnam of Pacific Rim & King Arthur: Legend of the Sword fame and Richard Roxburgh of Moulin Rouge! fame. This series is said to be made over 10 episodes and will be based on the book of the same name, written by Gregory David Roberts. The book was a bestseller with over 6 million copies being sold. It is based on an Australian prisoner who escapes to Mumbai to get himself off the grid and away from the notice of the authorities. Charlie Hunnam will be playing the role of Lin, an escaped convict, while Australian actor Richard Roxburgh will play the role of an Australian Police detective who arrives in Mumbai to track Lin.
Radhika Apte is said to be playing the role of a relentless Indian journalist, going by the name of Kavita. Assasin's Creed director Justin Kurzel will be directing the first two episodes of the 10-part series. Production of this series is set to happen from October, in India & Australia. Another interesting bit if information is that the Australian Government has provided a $5 million tax incentive for this project!
SHOCKING: Soundarya Rajinikanth robbed
By Vivek Raj | Galatta | 04:42 PM
‘Superstar’ Rajinikanth’s younger daughter, Soundarya, had gotten married to prominent businessman Vishagan Vanangamudi earlier this year, in the presence of some of the top names from the Tamil film industry. She has gone on to establish herself as a director having made two ventures till date which include the 2014 motion capture computer animated action film, Kochadaiiyaan, and Dhanush’s Velaiilla Pattadhari 2 in 2017, the sequel to the blockbuster, Velaiilla Pattadhari. That said, Soundarya Rajinikanth faced an unexpected ordeal when she lost her valuables while Vishagan Vanangamudi lost his passport at Heathrow Airport in London. She then took to her Twitter page to describe the series of events that took place while also slamming the airliner Emirates for what had transpired. Check out her Twitter note below:
As for her upcoming project, Soundarya Rajinikanth had a while back officially announced that she will be adapting acclaimed Tamil writer Kalki’s celebrated five-part novella, Ponniyin Selvan, as web series under the May 6th Entertainment and will be streamed on MX Player with Sooriyaprathap. S in charge of the directorial duties.
New viral statement about Rajinikanth from Darbar shooting spot
By Vivek Raj | Galatta | 04:39 PM
Announced for a grand Pongal 2020 release is the ongoing ‘Superstar’ Rajinikanth starrer, Darbar, under director A. R. Murugadoss is being produced by Lyca Productions. Being billed to be a mass action commercial entertainer, the film is currently in its third leg of filming at Mumbai with portions being shot at Jaipur and the crew also including cinematographer Santosh Sivan. The reputed National Award-winning has now released a statement on his Twitter page from the Darbar shooting spot lauding Rajinikanth calling him an amazing and humbling person who treats and respects everybody with patience and without any discrimination.
Darbar marks the second time Santosh Sivan is working on a Rajinikanth film after the blockbuster Thalapathi in 1991 and is incidentally also the third occasion he has teamed up with director A. R. Murugadoss after their previous collaborations namely Thuppakki starring Vijay and Mahesh Babu’s Spyder. Apart from Rajinikanth, Darbar has Nayanthara playing the female lead, Bollywood actors Suniel Shetty and Prateik Babbar as the antagonists and a power-packed technical team that includes names like composer Anirudh Ravichander, editor Sreekar Prasad, art director T. Santanam, stunt choreographers Ram-Laxman, lyricist Vivek, and costume designer Niharikha Bhasin Khan. The film will also see Rajinikanth donning the khakhi as a police officer after almost 28 years when he starred in the smash hit, Pandian, in 1992.
Following Rajinikanth and Trisha, it is now Nayanthara!
By Aarthi | Galatta | 10:15 PM
Recently, when Rajinikanth along with his wife, Lata Rajinikanth and their family members had a darshan of Athi Varadar at the Varadharajar Temple, Kanchipuram which ended up being in the news. Later it was Trisha along with her friends, including Archana Kalpathi visited the temple and offered her prayers there. The recent person to join this beeline of celebrities list is Nayanthara. She, along with her director boyfriend, Vignesh Shivan had the opportunity to have a look at Athi Varadhar, whose idol according to the traditions will be taken out from the temple tank only once in forty years. The picture has gone viral, check it out!
On the career front, Nayanthara's Kolaiyuthir Kaalam recently released after facing a lot of struggles. Anyhow, the movie miserably flunked at the Box Office along with her earlier releases, Mr Local and AiRaa. However, she has a few lineups that are Love Action Drama with Nivin Pauly, Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy with Chiranjeevi, Bigil with Vijay and Darbar with Thalaivar Rajinikanth. We wish her good luck for these releases!