Racha releasing in Telugu, Hindi, & Malayalam

Mega Power Star Ram Charan Tej’s forthcoming release Racha is simultaneously being released in Telugu, Hindi and Malayalam languages. Racha is Ram Charan’s release after a long break and the Mega Power Star is planning to bounce back with this Sampath Nandi’s directorial.

Even before his Bollywood movie Zanjeer hit the floors, Ram Charan is making his mark with Racha in Bollywood. Touted to be a commercial mass entertainer, Racha is produced lavishly by Paras Jain and NV Prasad on Mega Super Good Films with a whopping budget of Rs 29 Crores.

Tamanna is playing the female lead romancing Ram Charan for the first time in a movie.  Racha is expected to hi the big-screens in the first week of April while the audio composed by Mani Sharma will be unveiled on March 9 in Hyderabad

Why Nithya Menon prefers young heroes?

Malayalam beauty Nithya Menon, is now talk of the tinsel town both in Malayalam and Telugu as she has given hits in both the languages respectively. Her Telugu film Ala Modalaindi with Nani of Veppam fame has turned out to be super success and her Malayalam film Urumi is also a hit. Nithya is currently busy with more than five projects in her kitty in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada.

In a recent interview given to a prominent Malayalam magazine Nithya confessed that she prefers to work with only young actors of the new generation as her chemistry with young stars is better. She also disclosed that she isn’t interested in sharing the screen space with older heroes, just for doing a film. The actress is currently looking forward for the release of 180, which is a Tamil-Telugu bilingual.

180 is a romantic musical entertainer directed by Jayendra. Her other project in Tamil is Veppam which is again a bilingual in Tamil- Telugu.

Mohanlal to work with Blessy again

The box office failure of ‘Kandahar’ seems to have had an impact on the choice of Megastar Mohanlal’s new commitments.

Mohanlal has signed up a few promising projects for this year including Priyadarshan’s film and Sathyan Anthikkad’s film. Now it has been reported that the star would be doing Blessy’s new film as well.

Mohanlal had worked with Blessy twice before; once for ‘Tanmatra’ and then for ‘Bhramaram’, and the results have been spectacular. Earlier, Blessy was said to be planning ‘Aadujeevitham’ with Prithviraj in the lead. Now it seems that the Prithvi film might have to wait a bit.

Mohanlal is currently busy shooting for Rafi-Mecartin’s ‘China Town’, and in March he would have his first release of the year with ‘Christian Brothers’.

Sandya injured during Three Kings shoot

Popular South Indian actress Sandya, known as Kaadhal Sandhya, was injured during the shooting of a risky action scene for her forthcoming Malayalam film Three Kings at Athirapally waterfalls near Chalakudy, Kerala.

Director V.K. Prakash was shooting a chase scene involving Prithviraj’s elder brother actor Indrajith and Sandya, who were riding a bike. Due to heavy rain, the bike skidded and both of them fell on the road.

Both actors escaped with very minor injuries, though Sandya had burn injuries on her leg as the bike silencer hit her. Doctors have advised her to take a couple of days rest. We wish Sandya a quick recovery!

Jayasurya in Janapriyan

Jayasuriya who is meticulous in choosing his characters on screen, has agreed to play the lead in the movie by debutante director Boban Samuel. The movie titled as ‘Janapriyan’ will have him playing a funny character. To be scripted by Krishna Poojappura, the movie will have Bhama as the heroine. Produced under the banner of Spotlight vision, the shooting for the movie will commence this week at Kochi. Manoj K Jayan, Jagathy, Salim Kumar, and Suraj Venjaramoodu are also part of the cast of the movie planned as a humorous entertainer.

Krishna Poojappura, Bhama and Jayasuriya had earlier been together for the hit ‘Ivar Vivahitharayal’, which came out a couple of years ago.

Bhavana to wed soon?

It all began with her recent interview with a prominent Malayalam film weekly! Asked whether she had ever felt attracted to any of her co-stars, actress Bhavana admitted her affair with a co-star, who is not a Malayalee, saying they have a very strong relationship!

The latest news is that Bhavana is now gearing up to enter wedlock with her dream boy soon with the consent of her parents. Bhavana’s family members, who were looking for suitable match for her, have reportedly accepted her affair with her co-star, whose name is yet to be revealed.

Bhavana is now busy with a couple of projects in Malayalam, Tamil and Kannada: Kudumbasree Travels, The Metro, Mister Love and Double Decker in Malayalam, Naan Ninaithathai Mudippavan and Vetri Nadai in Tamil and Dwarakish’s Kannada film Sampath Kumar.

Padmapriya’s Bengali debut!

In the few Tamil films that she has done, Padmapriya has proved she is great eye candy and an even better actress! Her biggest asset is her readiness to try different characters, irrespective of the glamour or lack thereof. While she had no qualms accepting in the glam role in Pattiyal, she was equally happy to don the burkha in Pokkisham.

Idrundhu, Sattham Podaathey, Mirugam, Striker, Pazhassi Raja and Irumbu Kottai Morattu Singam are ample proof of her acting prowess. Now the award winning actress is all set to make her Bengali debut opposite Prosenjit in Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury’s Aparajita.

“Director Aniruddha met me after the National Awards in Delhi. Having read the script, I must say that I like the role of Kuhu. As for Prosenjit, I watched Moner Manush and loved the movie. We were felicitated together in Goa this year but, even then, I didn’t expect to be doing a movie with him in Bengali. Unfortunately, I will not be going down to Kolkata to shoot this film since it will be shot completely in San Francisco,” Padmapriya said to a leading daily.

Traffic review

Just when you thought that Malayalam filmmakers have stopped experimenting with newer themes and styles, here is a fascinating movie which will totally shake you up.

Director Rajesh Pillai has come up with the fantastically made Traffic, based on a well-written script by Bobby & Sanjay. There are no formulaic ingredients or gimmickry here and it is a clean, honest film.

The main events mentioned in the story happen on a single day, September 16, at a crowded traffic junction in Kochi. Two friends, Raihan (Vineeth Sreenivasan) and Rajeev (Asif Ali), travelling in a bike is fatally hit by a speeding car at the signal. Raihan was all set to interview a superstar, Siddharth Shankar (Rahman).

Also at the junction, in another car, was a surgeon Dr. Abel (Kunchacko Boban). Sudevan (Sreenivasan), a police constable, who had been suspended for accepting a bribe, had rejoined duty at the nearby traffic police station around the same time.

As fate would have it, the lives of all these individuals intertwine in a curious way from then on. The doctors fail to rescue Raihan and his heart is all set to be transplanted to Siddharth’s ailing daughter. But it is a near impossible task as the doctors and cops get ready to give a try.

They have to carry the heart all the way to Palakkad, in a matter of some hours, by road. The story takes some dramatic turns in between, which make the narrative even more interesting.

Here is one film which has excelled in virtually all the departments. Rajesh Pillai, who has earlier directed the eminently forgettable Hridayathil Sookshikkaan some years back, has shown amazing maturity and technical brilliance while narrating the story. Bobby & Sanjay, the duo known for scripts like Ente Veedu Appoontem and Note Book, has written a complex story in an excellent manner.

Well, the simultaneous happening of events has been a pattern used in quite a few International films like Babel, Amores Perros and Crash among others. Here, Traffic weaves the lives of some people and succeeds in taking you along with its pace by making you hooked into its duration of just under two hours. Editing by Mahesh Narayanan, visuals by Shyju Khaled, music (Mejo Joseph and Samson Kottoor) and back ground score (Mejo Joseph) is top notch.

The actors have all performed their characters in an impressive way and here is one film where almost every actor gets a nice role but still the story remains supreme. Sandhya, Roma, Ramya Nambeesan, Lena and Reena Basheer include the female actors. Veteran actor Jose Prakash is back on screen in a brief appearance, after a long hiatus.

There are some heart wrenching scenes like the one where the helplessness of a superhero is revealed as his daughter fights for her life and the anguish of a father who has to come to terms with his son’s tragic death, for instance. Those moments and the characters continue to stay with you, which is the best thing about the film as well.

There is an inherent sincerity about it that makes Traffic one of most genuine films during recent times. As in every film, there may be sequences which you may feel, could have been better.

But this one is an overwhelming experience which is a rarity in Malayalam of late. Two big thumbs up for Traffic, don’t miss this one!

Verdict: Very Good