Chennai, 31 December 2013: UTV Motion Pictures today announced that actor Shaam of hit films like (12-B, Lesa Lesa, Ullam Ketkume Eiyarkai, Kick and the recent hit film 6 Mezhuguvarthigal) will be the third lead hero of the Studios’ Tamil film Purampokku (No Man’s Land), written and directed by National Award winning director S.P. Jhananathan (who made hit films like Sham-Arun Vijay’s ‘Iyarkai’, Jiiva’s ‘E’ and Jayam Ravi’s ‘Peranmai’). The film already has two leading Tamil stars, Arya and Vijay Sethupathi (of Pizza, Naduvule Konjam Pakkathai Kanom and Soodhu Kavvum fame) and with Shaam as the third lead hero, the film is set to be bigger and stronger.
The film produced by UTV Motion Pictures in association with S.P. Jhananathan’s Binary Pictures is currently under pre-production and will commence shooting from 14th January 2014 at Kullu Manali in Punjab. The shooting will continue in North Indian locations like Bikaner, Jaipur, Pokhran, Jaisalmer for a month before heading to Hyderabad and Chennai. The film is slated for a July / August 2014 release. Ekambaram will be the cinematographer of the film and will be edited by V.T. Vijayan.
“We are delighted to rope in Shaam as the third lead hero for the film, who worked with S.P. Jhananathan and Arya in the past. The film, which is a mass commercial film will be our next release after Vishal’s Naan Sigappu Manithan and Vikram Prabhu’s Sigaram Thodu”, said G. Dhananjayan, Chief – South Business, Studios, Disney UTV.
“I am delighted to work with Shaam again in this film after working with him in my debut film Eiyarkai. Shaam is a filmmaker’s delight to work with and is highly dedicated in his work. I am sure with the two leading heroes Arya and Vijay Sethupathi, the joining of Shaam is going to strengthen the film better and make it one of the biggest films of 2014 in South Cinema. With three lead heroes in one film, we are also setting a trend for multi-starrers in Tamil films and I am delighted to be heading such a huge project. The background to the film is unique like the title of the film and will be spoken about like my previous three films” said writer-director S.P. Jhananathan.
Shaam who is delighted to be part of the film stated, ‘I am quite excited to work with S.P. Jhananathan sir after Eiyarkai and with Arya and Vijay Sethupathi, who are my good friends and colleagues. Purampokku is a powerful subject, which has very good scope for all the three heroes and hence I have accepted the role in this film. I am looking forward to shoot for the film soon.”
Disney UTV Studios
Bringing together the best of both worlds, The Walt Disney Studios and UTV Motion Pictures have formed one of the leading film studios in India. The studio’s activities span across creative development, production, marketing, distribution, licensing, merchandising and syndication of films in India and worldwide.
UTV Motion Pictures as a dominant player in the Indian film industry has been in the forefront of bringing Indian films to a global audience and the last decade in Indian cinema has seen UTV delivering some of the most iconic films including Swades, Rang De Basanti, Jodhaa Akbar, A Wednesday, Dev D, Khosla Ka Ghosla, The Namesake, Life in a Metro, Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!, Fashion, Kaminey, No One Killed Jessica, Raajneeti, Udaan, Peepli Live, Delhi Belly, Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu, Paan Singh Tomar, Rowdy Rathore, Barfi!, Heroine and more recently Race 2, AnyBody Can Dance (ABCD), Kai Po Che!, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Ghanchakkar and Chennai Express.
The studio has to its credit 4 films in the last 7 years to have been selected to represent India at the Academy awards; Rang De Basanti (2006), Harishchandrachi Factory (2009), Peepli Live (2010) and Barfi! (2012). In 2011, UTV also became one of the few studios to successfully venture into South Indian cinema with Deiva Thirumagal and Muran, and has had a successful run so far with Vettai, Masala Café, Mugamoodi, Thaandavam, Settai and Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru in Tamil, and Grandmaster and Husbands in Goa in Malayalam. UTV has a library of over 80 films including Hindi, Regional, Animation and International Productions, which have been showcased in over 50 festivals across 28 countries, receiving almost 350 awards in the last 9 years.
The Walt Disney Studios has seen unprecedented box office success in India in 2012 with MARVEL’s The Avengers which was distributed and marketed in India by UTV Motion Pictures. The film emerged as the 4th highest grosser of all-time amongst Hollywood films in India. Iron Man 3 released in 2013 is by far the highest Hollywood grosser this year. Prior to this, Cars 2 and Pirates of the Caribbean 4 released in 2011 and were the biggest animation and live action titles of all time for Disney in the country. In 2010, Prince of Persia became the highest grossing western film in India that year. Earlier, Disney released its first live action Hindi feature Do Dooni Chaar in 2010 and subsequently after the success of the film, released Anaganaga-O-Dheerudu, a Telugu feature targeted at the southern audiences and second Hindi live-action film Zokkomon.
Coming up from the combined Studio is an inimitable slate with films like P.K, Shatir, Jagga Jasoos, Sholay- 3D in Hindi, Naan Sigappu Manithan and Sigaram Thodu in Tamil, Saving Mr. Banks, Maleficient in English and many more.
Actor STR while wishing his fans and media on the eve of 2014 had a few clarifications to share with the media on the issues related to the ‘ Love Anthem’ .
“The relationship with Mr. Akon, the ace singer is fine as ever, and the complaint that my father lodged was against a tout agency which had promised the accessibility of Mr. Akon and charged some amount for the same in 2011. To my shock we found that Mr. Akon was not at all informed about my interest in being associated with him and to add insult to the injury the huge amount that was paid towards this assignment was swindled by this agency.
After this futile attempt we were lucky enough to associate with Mr. Akon through Mr. Vamseedharan of Tracktical Entertainment, Chennai and the history was made through my association with Mr.Akon.”
Tracktical Entertainment successfully facilitated the association between the international R&B and hip-hop singer Akon and the Kollywood (Tamil Cinema) actor Silambarasan. Akon associated with Simbu for the recording and video shoot of the track “Love Anthem for World Peace” which took place in Chennai, India on May 4th, 5th and 6th 2013.
“As Tracktical Entertainment had been an enterprising company in the international music business and had done various well known events in the city, Simbu believed that we would be the ones who would be able to bring Mr. Akon down for the Love Anthem project. ” said Mr. Vamseedharan.
During the three month process of organising this association, confirmation of dates and other technicalities, Simbu was completely supportive of Tracktical making the process easier and faster.
When Mr. Akon arrived in Chennai, both Simbu and him created a magical track together. Mr. Akon enjoyed working with him immensely and Simbu was overwhelmed with his patience, talent and hard work. The project was a complete success.
Simbu had previously informed Tracktical that he had been cheated when he wanted to work with Mr. Akon earlier. Tracktical informed this to Mr. Akon who was shocked on hearing about this scam, he had even tried to help recoup the losses but wasn’t able to make the perpetrators pay.
Simbu said, “The amount of interest and curiosity my album with Mr Akon had invoked among the music lovers and the general public had given me immense joy and pleasure. It justified the musical power and popularity Mr Akon enjoys in this part of the world. Whatever had transpired on this deal before I could reach Mr Akon is being dealt through legal means . But it is an amazing experience working with Mr Akon and I thank Mr Vameedharan of Tracktical Entertainment for the excellent relationship I have with Mr Akon . Next year we will have a big launch to glorify my association with Mr Akon and I am confident that my relationship with Mr Akon will blossom forever in the best interest of ‘Music’.”
Simbu(STR) Sung a song for Mahabalipuram Movie
STR sung a song for the movie Mahabalipuram, produced by Vinayak in which he himself plays a role.. Mahabalipuram is being directed by Don Sandy who earlier assisted Director Boopathy Pandian…
The Film has music composed by “K” of Mugamoodi and Yudham Sei fame and Lyrics penned by Yugabarathi…
The Specialty of this song is that it’s a New Year Song and expected to release for this New Year…
K.E.gnanavelraja’s Studio green a legendary production company known for giving successful super hit films from” Jillunu Oru Kadhal”, “Paruthiveeran”,”Singam” ”Siruthai”,”Naan Mahaan Alla”,Saguni, Alex Pandian,” Alaguraja” and now Karthi’s “BIRIYANI” A Venkat Prabhu Film which has already created a huge hype and expectations is all set for its worldwide release on coming December 20th.
Studio green is already in the shooting process of their next Karthi’s untitled film with director Ranjith (“Attakathi” fame). For the first time Venkat Prabhu and Suriya joining hands together for their next film project which is going to be a very big mega budget film produced by K.E.gnanavelraja’s Studio green. co-produced by S.R.prakashbabu and S.R.prabhu .after the blockbuster hit of ‘singam’ suriya joins with Studiogreen. The cast and crew of the film will be announced soon. The shooting will start as soon as director Lingusamy’s film is completed with Suriya.
Arulnidhi starrer Thagararu, produced by Dayanidhi Azhagiri is releasing day after tomorrow in over 250 screens in Tamilnadu.
Poorna plays Arulnidhi’s lover in the film. Arulnidhi plays a petty thief in action thriller Thagararu. Says Arulnidhi, ‘The character I play is a restless personality, contributing to the raw, unpolished humour in the film. For instance, when he sees the girl or when he is doing something wrong, he is unable to behave in a normal way. I have been wanting to do such a role for quite some time.’
Arvind Swami is all set to head to Bollywood again. Rumours have it that Arvind is set to play the lead in Mahesh Manjrekar’s untitled bilingual project.
My next film will be a bilingual in Hindi and Tamil. It’s a film that will be directed by Mahesh Manjrekar. (I) will let you know about the other artists as soon as the casting is finalised, Arvind wrote on his Twitter page.
Directed by Venkat Prabhu and produced by Studio Green, Biriyani
features Karthi, Ramki, Hansika, Mandy Thakar, Nitin Satyaa, Nasser and Premgi Amaran in key roles, the movie has music by Yuvan Shankar Raja. Biriyani will be served in cinema halls from 20 December.
Says venkat Prabhu, ‘Karthi provides a full hot Biriyani playoing a womaniser in the movie. Hansika and Mandy add spice to it’.
Karthi, said, ‘To be part of Yuvan’s 100th musical is an emotional moment for me. He comes up with new sounds in every song of his. Biriyani is no different’.
Ganguly wishes Rajni happy birthday
Ganguly wishes Rajni happy birthday
Sourav Ganguly, former Indian cricketer was in Chennai for a promotional activity.
When asked about Rajinikanth, he said, ‘ The way he lived his life is an inspiration for all. I wish him an advance happy birthday’.
He further said, ‘ Rajnikanth is an actor not just for Tamil cinema but whole India’.
He wished a happy birthday to rajnikanth well in advance.
There are a few combinations that assures ‘Success’ and here is a combination that is all set to create the early magic!!! Arya who has been in the purple patch of his career both in terms of critical acclaim and box office history is all set to rejoin Director Rajesh under his home production ‘The Show People’ .The project will go on floor by early June, 2014 and the icing on this cake will be that Santhanam who will also be part of the combo. Arya the Boss is all set to target the box office with this mighty combo. Gear up for another laugh riot with Arya – Rajesh – Santhanam combo!!!
The Show People