Asha Sharath in Kamal Haasan’s ‘Thoongaa Vanam’

Kamal Haasan has a habit of repeating actors in his films. After Viswaroopam, he went ahead and cast the same Andrea and Pooja Kumar in Uttama Villain. Now after working with Asha Sarath in Papanasam, he has cast her once again in his next film Thoonga Vanam.

“Asha Sharath’s performance is brilliant and hence we have roped her in my production house’s next film “ said Kamal Haasan at the recent media meet of Papanasam. Now, the actress has revealed that she will be seen as a doctor in Kamal’s new action thriller.

Mohanlal in ‘Vellimoonga’ director’s Film

Jibu Jacob, whose debut directorial venture ‘Vellimoonga’, took the tinsel town by surprise, is on to his second movie. The movie will have none other than superstar Mohanlal in the lead role. ‘Vellimoonga’ starring Biju Menon was a massive hit.

Details concerning the movie is yet to be revealed. The movie will be produced by one of the producers of ‘Bangalore Days’, Sophia Paul. Jibu Jacob hit the film scene as a cinematographer and has now turned director. Mohanlal, who has completed Loham with Ranjith is currently shooting for M Padmakumar’s Kanal.

Janapriyanayakan’s ‘Canadian Tharavu’

Dileep plays the lead role in the upcoming movie ‘Canadian Tharavu’ directed by Shafi. The movie is scripted by Shafi’s brother filmmaker Rafi.

Rafi also does an important role in the movie. Dileep plays an easy going guy who marries a Canada based Malayali girl only to settle in Canada.

Mamta Mohandas and Namitha Pramod do the female leads. Mukesh, Lena, Aju Varghese, Suraj Venjarammoodu, Marathi actor Makarand Deshpande, Vinaya Prasad, Ashokan, and Shaju lend support.

‘Canadian Tharavu’ is produced by Rajaputra Ranjith. The music is scored by Gopi Sunder.

Dileep and Shafi have last joined for ‘Marykkundoru Kunjadu’.

Bollywood Actor Jackie Shroff in Malayalam

Some years after he played a scientist in Vinayan’s Athisayan, Bollywood actor Jackie Shroff is back in Malayalam. He is playing a key role in Jespal Shanmughan’s ATM.

The story is based on a robbery and Jackie is playing the mastermind behind the action. Bhagath Manuel, Vinayakan and Praveen Prem include the cast. Olipporu fame Subhiksha is the heroine.

ATM has been produced under the banner of CBMG Film Company. Fazil Nazar wields the camera and music is by Antony John.

Jackie Shroff will soon be seen in the Bollywood film Brothers, which has Akshay Kumar as the hero.

Mani Ratanam’s next with Mammootty and Aishwariya Rai

mammootty-aiswryaMani Ratnam’s previous Hit movie ‘OK Kanmani’ is yet to die down, news of Mani Ratnam’s next is doing the rounds. The buzz is that Mammootty will essay the lead hero in the movie. This is happening close on the heels of Mammootty’s son Dulquer becoming Mani’s leading man in the previous venture.

It is said that Aishwaria Rai Bachchan has been roped in to essay the female lead in the movie. The Mani Ratnam – Mammootty – Aishwaria team had previously worked together and their joining of hands has sent film buffs in a tizzy. Mani Ratnam has always expressed his admiration for Mammootty and the upcoming movie will be testament to their unique relationship.

Laila O Laila Movie Review

Director Joshiy’s Lailaa O Lailaa makes you feel cheated. Despite having all the resources at their disposal, what you are given finally is close to three hours of sheer boredom. Nothing else!

Jaimohan aka Jai(Mohanlal) is a secret agent who is in Bangalore to foil the designs of a terrorist group. Being an undercover agent he can’t reveal his identity or job to anybody. He is a divorcee and his wife Remya(Remya Nambeesan) left him because she found him too workaholic. Jai later becomes close to Anjali Menon(Amala Paul) and after a brief romance marries her against the wishes of her father Dr.Menon(Joy Mathew). Jai reports to his boss Khadher(Sathyaraj)and the investigations process goes on in a clandestine manner.Clever and timely action by Jai results in the nabbing of Victor Rana a kingpin of the terrorist group and a dreaded international terrorist.

Romantic scenes are sandwiched between Jai’s operations and official life.Just like any newly married wife Anjaly seeks quality and quantity time of Jai,which he fails to provide. His secretive ways evoke suspicion in her and disharmony settles in their married life. Jai is duty bound and is not one bogged down by sentiments. The title of the movie has some significance and it is linked to the plot of the terrorist group. Jai manages later to convince Anjaly about his job and other exigencies. She falls in line and ‘Laila O Laila’ holds a small surprise for the viewer with regard to Anjaly in the eventual dénouement.

Action and shoot out scenes are well shot and car chase sequences are well canned. Suresh Nair flounders in the script mainly because of the fact that the plot is wafer thin.We have seen too many movies in this genre and the mixing of thrills and romance hasn’t worked out well enough to endear to the general audience. Loud background score that lacks novelty and average songs don’t help the cause of the movie either. But Loganathan has done a fair job behind the camera.

In a role, which would have been okay for him if he were some twenty years younger, Mohanlal tries to do his best but this one has been poorly written and is aimed at creating cheap thrills.

The usually dependable Amala Paul looks lovely, but the film doesn’t require her to so much as break into a sweat to get through her scenes. She has good screen space but that’s all is not enough to make the character interesting.

It’s a pity that such eminently talented actors like Mohanlal and Amala Paul are wasted in this misadventure. Watch this one at your own risk please.

Fahad Fazil in and as ‘Njan D P Pallikkal’

Fahad’s upcoming movie ‘Njan D P Pallikkal’ has completed its shoot. Fahad Fazil does the title character in this film which is the debut directorial venture of Abi Varghese.

‘Njan D P Pallikkal’ which has America as the main location is touted to be a full length comedy entertainer.

The movie narrates the story of the hardships of an American Malayali to produce a movie in America. The dialogues are penned by Naveen Bhaskar, the scenarist of ‘ABCD’. The script is written by Abi Varghese, Naveen Bhaskar, and Matt Grubb.

New face Aiswarya Menon is the heroine. The cast also includes Nandu, Vinay Forrt, Tovino Thomas, Jacob Gregory, Ambika, Sanju Sivaram, and Thambi Antony.

Mammootty’s stylish action movie with debutantes

ikkaMegastar Mammootty’s upcoming movie will be a hard core action movie which will have him modeled on action greats like Bruce Willis in ‘Die Hard’. The movie is being directed and scripted by debutantes Akhil Paul and Anas Khan. The untitled movie is touted to have some high octane action. However, the filmmakers say that they are not only looking at mindless action just for entertainment, but a complete movie, which even a serious movie goer would enjoy.

Style quotient is expected to be high in this movie. Along with the star element, the Mammootty’s acting prowess will be tapped in the movie. The movie is expected to go even beyond his hit thrillers like ‘Oru CBI Diarykurippu’, ‘Samrajyam’, etc.