Thilakan’s next film is ready

Though senior actor Thilakan is already expelled from AMMA, the artists association, and only a few film makers are fearless in casting him in their films after the issue, the actor is surprisingly having a movie release in every alternate months. Last month he had a release in Ali Akbar’s ‘Achan’.

The next movie from the veteran will be ‘Chungakkarum Veshyakalum’, which was shot entirely in Canada. Directed by Isacc Thomas, the movie tells the story about a Malayalee family that had emigrated to Canada. The movie will also have Sanjay George, Saju Varghese, Anu Tahim, Jessen Mathew, Nishal Sinclair and Sreejith in other roles.

‘Chungakkarum Veshyakalum’ is produced by VBK Das and Isacc Thomas under the banner of Maharshi Films.

Sonia Agarwal in ‘Doubles’

The latest Mammootty movie in the sets ‘Doubles’ will feature Tamil star Sonia Agarwal in one of its songs. The actress who is for the first time appearing in a Mollywood movie, will be featured in an important song that will also have Roma and Reema Kallingal to catchup the steps. This song set to music by James Vasanthan will be shot in the coming weeks in Bangalore.

Directed by debutante Sohan Seenulal, ‘Doubles’ will have Tapsee as the heroine. Scripted by Sachi-Sethu, ‘Doubles’ is produced by K K Narayanadas.

Urvasi to lead in ‘Ponnu Kondoru Aalroopam’

Urvasi would do the main role in ‘Ponnu Kondoru Aalroopam’ to be directed by T S Saji.

Urvasi would play Chechiyamma in the film, the eldest heir of a huge household based in Kottayam. She has three younger brothers played by Manikuttan, Vinu Mohan and Arun.

Earlier the film was titled ‘Chattambi Kalyani’. T SSaji had decided to go for a title change, since Srekumaran Thambi had protested against the use of the title of his hit film.

‘Ponnu Kondoru Aalroopam’ would be produced by Mohammed Iqbal under the banner of 4S Films productions.

Playback singer Malaysia Vasudevan dead

Playback singer Malaysia Vasudevan died here Sunday afternoon at a private hospital. He was 66.

He is survived by a son, V. Yugendran, and daughter Prashanthini, who are also playback singers.

He was admitted in the hospital a couple of days ago after a cardiac arrest.

The Malaysian-born Vasudeven came to India to find a career in Tamil movie world several decades ago.

His big break came in the movie “16 Vayathiniley” in which the song “Aattukutti Muttaiyittu” tuned by Illayaraja was a big hit.

Vasudevan was a Kalaimamani award winner from the Tamil Nadu government.

In a career spanning over three decades, he has sung more than 8,000 songs in different languages, of which over 4,000 are in Tamil.

Some of his big hits are: “Kodai Kaala Katre”, “Ponmaana thedi naanum poovodu”, “Aaagaya gangai”, “Oru thanga radathil” and “Poongatru thirumbuma”.

A movie producer, Vasudevan has also acted in around 85 movies, including “Oru Kaidhiyin Diary”, “Jallikattu”, “Mudal Vasantham” and “Povae Unnakaga”.

Asin’s bikini avatar in Housefull 2

Southern beauty Asin is all set to play the lead role in Sajid Nadiadwala-directed Housefull 2, which stars Akshay Kumar in lead role. The latest buzz is that the actress will undergo a complete image makeover in the film. For the first time, Asin will don a never-before-seen glamorous avatar including sarongs and sizzling swimwear. The film will be shot at various foreign locations, including Italy and Greece.

Payyans Reviews

Do you enjoy the mushy tearjerkers on TV that seem to go on and on, with twists and turns, laughs, pathos and melodrama in excessive measures? Director Leo Thaddeus’ Payyans is almost on similar lines. There are some nice moments, of course, but you need to have real patience while waiting for them to happen!

Josy (Jayasurya) lives in a huge bungalow, with his mother Padma (Rohini). He is yet to complete his engineering and likes to go around in style, doing nothing worthwhile. His mother tries to make him disciplined, but she loves him a bit too much to impose any rules to make him realize all that.

There are no real clues about his dad, John Varghese (Lal), a marine engineer who never returned home after a trip to Sri Lanka. Josy becomes a radio-jockey pretty easily and falls in love with Seema (Anjali), a sound engineer at the radio station. Things take some dramatic turns, after some time.

With a script that is too preachy and even pretentious, the film has a shaky start and the first half is quite tedious. There are some characters like the one played by ‘Guinness’ Pakru that barely has any relevance in the story. It has perhaps been included for comic relief but you tend to cringe in your seats waiting for the story to happen in right earnest. Things get slightly better in the second half.

Jayasurya does the role of the protagonist in his usual style and there is not much to test his acting chops. Anjali, who stole many hearts with his scintillating performance in the Tamil hit Angaditheru, has a surprisingly insignificant role where all she has to do is just to look pretty, which she does.

Lal has done his role quite well and used his baritone voice in an effective way. Rohini has also done her role in a fine manner. Suraj Venjarammoodu repeats his trademark antics before turning serious, perhaps for a change! S G Raman’s visuals and Alphonse’ music are okay.

Payyans is all about the coming of age of a reckless youth. There is an inherent honesty about the storyline for sure, but even then it barely affects you with a shaky script and the narrative style is a tad too old. Now if you think all these fit your concept of entertainment, well, give this one a try.

Jayasurya’s Shankaranum Mohanum to begin in March

Director T.V. Chandran has finalized Jayasurya to play the lead role in his new film Shankaranum Mohanum. Also in the star cast are Rima Kallingal, Meera Nandan, Nedumudi Venu, Suraj Venjarammoodu and Kalpana. The film is all set to go on floors in March and Jayasurya will play a dual role. Shankaranum Mohanum will be produced jointly by Prakash Movietones and Ragam Movies.

First look- Urumi poster at temple festival!

Prithviraj’s eagerly awaited Santosh Sivan period action drama Urumi’s poster designs, were unveiled at the famous Attukal Pongala festival in Thiruvananthapuram.

The posters look awesome and really out of the world, with a Hollywood cut to it.

Prithviraj who is one of the producers of the film wanted the first poster to be dedicated to Attukal temple, a favourite deity of his mother Malika Sukumaran.

Urumi is one of the most expensive Malayalam film, and has an array of national stars.  The audio of the film will be launched in March first week at Le Meridian in Kochi.

The film whose shoot has been completed is being now edited in Mumbai.

The trailer of the film is being launched today (Feb 19) at Vanitha Film Awards in Kozhikode  by Genelia, one of the heroines of the film.

Prithviraj will be present at the function along with the films executive producer Mubina Rattonsey.

Urumi will be the big summer release on March 31, worldwide