90ML Director Anita Udeep Speaks About STR

Oviya, she of the Bigg Boss Tamil fame, has just wrapped up the shooting of 90ml, the film that has STR scoring music. Post-production work is on in full swing at the moment, and talking about it is director Anita Udeep, who says, “Usually, when we do a project with women in the lead, the film ends up bashing men and becoming too preachy. But this is a comedy with five women in the lead. When I wrote the script, I wanted to cast newcomers and give them a new identity. I really liked Oviya in the Bigg Boss house; she was herself and spoke her mind throughout the show. She spoke about everything and anything and didn’t think twice about speaking her mind. The women in my film are like her, more or less. So, once she got out of the house, I met her for a narration and she immediately liked it. The film will talk about women’s desires and how they are completely normal, just like those of the men. Women are usually asked to think before they speak, and abide by many social mores. But in the film, the bunch of friends breaks all stereotypes. It will be bold yet progressive. I have approached the script in a comical way. Oviya has done a great job and even did some stunts on her own without a body double. There is also a liplock scene with a ‘surprise’ actor.” 

After Kulir 100 Degree, Anita, who studied filmmaking in LA, wanted to write an interesting script that talk about real women. 

About getting STR on board, Anita says, “He liked the way we approached the film. He didn’t want to do a typical dance or love song; nor did he want a sad number, which is a staple for any album these days. So, each song has a different concept that will drive the story forward.” 

Anita has also sung a song in this film. She says, “Not many know that I sang Azhagiya Asura in Whistle. So, I will be going by the name Azhagiya Asura and not Anita for the film.”

PUBLISHED IN TIMES OF INDIA DAILY ENGLISH NEWS PAPER DATED 17/08/2018

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Tamil remakes of T-town flicks in vogue

The film is being directed by Sundar C, and this actor-director combination has evoked a lot of interest among audiences. It appears Tamil remakes of Tollywood films are the flavour of the season once again. After Arya’s Ghajinikanth, a remake of Bhale Bhale Magadivoy, Tamil audiences will soon watch Simbu in the Tamil remake of Pawan Kalyan’s Telugu film Attarinitiki Daredi. 

The film is being directed by Sundar C, and this actor-director combination has evoked a lot of interest among audiences. Lyca Productions has announced that it will be bankrolling the project. And though the makers haven’t said that it’s a remake of Attarinitiki Daredi, that’s what reports doing the rounds suggest. The film will release in January 2019. 

Meanwhile, actor Aadhi has been roped in to play the lead role in the Tamil remake of Telugu film RX 100. Rumour has it that Taapsee has been approached to play the female lead, but the producers are yet to finalise a director to helm the project.

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ANUSHKHA IN VTV SEQUEL?


VTV was made simultaneously in Tamil and Telugu, and it had Trisha playing the female lead. The film was later remade in Hindi.

According to the latest rumours doing the rounds, Anushka Shetty, who was last seen in Singham 3 in Tamil, has been paired opposite Simbu in the sequel to the 2010 blockbuster Vinnai Thaandi Varuvaayaa. Directed by Gautham Menon, the original film was a trendsetter of sorts, with AR Rahman’s chartbusters being the highlight. VTV was made simultaneously in Tamil and Telugu, and it had Trisha playing the female lead. The film was later remade in Hindi.

Sources close to Menon say that the filmmaker intends the sequel on being a multi-starrer featuring Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada actors. The Baahubali actress was approached a year ago, and she has given the project her nod. Anushka has previously worked with Gautham in his Ajith-starrer Yennai Arindhaal.

The director, who is currently busy with Ennai Nokki Paayum Thotta and Dhuruva Natchathiram, is likely to begin working on VTV2 only at the end of this year or early next year. Meanwhile, STR, who has completed Mani Ratnam’s Chekka Chivandha Vaanam, has announced that he will be seen in Venkat Prabhu’s Maanaadu, an action-thriller laced with politics.

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IS MAANAADU A POLITICAL FILM?


When Venkat Prabhu announces a new film, people are more eager to hear its tagline, rather than its title. Some audience-favourites are – Biryani: A Venkat Prabhu Diet, Goa: A Venkat Prabhu Holiday, and Party: A Venkat Prabhu Hangover. 

His upcoming film with Simbu is no exception to that rule. According to the film’s first-look poster released on Tuesday, Maanaadu bears the tagline A Venkat Prabhu Politics, which is causing people to wonder whether the action-thriller has a political angle to it.

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Will Janhvi Kapoor make K’wood debut in STR movie?

No sooner than the announcement on Simbu-Venkat Prabhu film was made, speculation has been rife on who would be romancing the VTV star in the movie. The buzz is that Janhvi Kapoor, daughter of late Sridevi, might be roped in to make her K’town debut. However, another report suggests that Keerthi Suresh, who is on a high post her Mahanati success, is the frontrunner for the film.

It appears the race is on now to find the heroine and there are two fine contenders for it On the technical side, the names of biggies in Oscar winner AR Rahman and PC Sreeram have surfaced. However, when DC contacted Venkat Prabhu, all he had to say, with a smile of course, was that he is yet to compete the script to make a pitch for the lead girl. “Yes, I also read the rumours on my new flick. I haven’t come to the stage of picking up a heroine yet. As of now, I am busy with my production venture RK Nagar’s release scheduled later this month. Also. My directorial Party’s postproduction work is going on. Under these circumstances, it may take some more time for me to complete my script of the Silambarasan movie. Only then can I take a call on the heroine.”

So, what kind of a girl was he looking at, we ask. He nurses a bit of hesitation but he spills the beans. “I want someone who is chirpy and homely for this action entertainer. The story is set in a city – either in Chennai or Coimbatore and we may travel abroad for locations for a small segment.”

In the past, barring his latest film Party, Prabhu’s directorial ventures worked wonders in combination with Yuvan Shankar Raja doing the music. Thaanu and Suresh Kamatchi bankroll the new movie.

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Venkat Prabhu announces action thriller with Simbu


Simbu, who’s had a bit of a lull in his career, seems to back with a bang. After wrapping up Mani Ratnam’s Chekka Chivantha Vaanam, the actor has gone on a signing spree and announced four new projects — a film with Vijaya Productions, another with Kalaipuli S. Thanu, a directorial venture, and Vinnai Thaandi Varuvaaya 2. 

Rumours regarding Simbu’s intention to team up with filmmakers Venkat Prabhu and Karthik Naren of Dhuruvangal 16 fame have been doing the rounds for a while. Now, it’s official. Venkat Prabhu has tweeted a picture of himself with Simbu and producer Suresh Kamatchi, and captioned it, “Yes it’s official!!!! My next is with my brother #Str produced by @sureshkamatchi #2019 #vp9 and it’s a fresh script!! Not a sequel!!! Artists, technicians, title and other details will follow!! Get ready to be rocked!!!! #superthrilled need all ur love and blessing as always!! (sic).” 

In an exclusive chat with DC, Prabhu reveals details about the project. “STR and I have been talking to each other for a long time regarding a possible collaboration. Now, things have materialised. I just narrated the idea to him, and he was fascinated. In fact, he said, ‘I know you won’t tell me the full story beforehand. I am happy with just one line.” the director says. Ask him about the genre of the flick and he adds, “It will be a mass commercial action thriller.” 

The director also discloses that it is for the first time that he has signed a new project with another film still under production. “Normally, I don’t sign new films while I am working on a movie. My multi-starrer Party is yet to release. This film has just happened, somehow,” he says.

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Simbu to do a film with Karthik Naren


We had reported yesterday that Simbu might be collaborating with Venkat Prabhu for a film soon. While the director confirmed to Cinema Express that talks are on for that project, it's now known that the actor is also in talks with Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru-director Karthick Naren. 

A source close to the young director, who has completed his second film Naragasooran, says, "Discussions are currently on and the production house will be making an official announcement soon. If it pans out, Karthick will immediately work on the Simbu project before starting on Nadaga Medai, which was earlier announced as his third project. As far as Naragasooran is concerned, the source says, "The makers have applied for the censor certificate and the film is in the final mixing stage. An announcement regarding the Arvind Swamy-starrer can be expected in the first week of July." Meanwhile, Simbu has recently completed shooting for Mani Ratnam's Chekka Chivantha Vaanam.

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Venkat Prabhu to direct Simbu?

For years now, it was said that director Venkat Prabhu would work with Simbu on a film. It was also reported that it would be Billa 3 - another take on the famous don bought to screen by Rajinikanth and Ajith. Simbu also made a cameo appearance in Venkat Prabhu's Goa. Now it's said that they're finally coming together for a project, though it's not Billa 3. 

A source says that the film will be a joint production between Kalaipuli S Thanu and Suresh Kamachi. It's also stated that AR Rahman might compose music for this film. Meanwhile, Venkat Prabhu is currently awaiting the release of Party, while Simbu has Chekka Chivantha Vaanam, followed by his English directorial, a film with Vijaya Productions, and the sequel to Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa with Gautham Menon (titled Vinnaithaandi Varuven), in the pipeline.

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STR ON A SIGNING SPREE

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SIMBU TO KICK-START HIS DIRECTORIAL VENTURE THIS YEAR


Seems like Simbu is on a signing spree now. And we must say, his lineup of films this year looks interesting. The actor, who is currently abroad, is expected to be back in the city in a few days and sign on some interesting projects. 

A source in the know says, “He will finish dubbing for his portions in Chekka Chivantha Vaanam by this month, and also wrap up work on music for 90 ml, starring Oviya in the lead. Post these two projects, he will take a break for a month, and then, join the team of his next project — a yet-tobe-titled film which will be bankrolled by late Nagi Reddy’s production house. Simbu has been offered a whopping amount to star in the project, the cast of which is yet to be finalised.” The actor will also start work on his directorial venture in the next few months. 

The source adds, “A film with Gautham Menon — Vinnaithaandi Varuvein, which is touted to be the sequel to Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa — is also in the pipeline. AR Rahman,too, has been roped in for this film. Simbu also has signed a film with Kalaippuli Thanu’s banner.”

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Simbu wraps up shoot for CCV


Simbu has completed shooting for Mani Ratnam's upcoming multi-starrer, Chekka Chivantha Vaanam, (CCV) in Serbia. The actor was also recently spotted in Dubai, alongside Arun Vijay who plays an important role in the film. A source close to Simbu says the shoot finished last Friday, and that the makers will be busy with post-production work for the next couple of months. 

Social media was abuzz with pictures of Simbu and Dayana Erappa, who's rumoured to be his co-star. The source adds, "Despite TFPC strikes, we managed to complete the shoot on time. This is Mani sir's quickest project ever." 

CCV, an action thriller, will be released simultaneously in Tamil and Telugu. Unconfirmed reports also suggest that Arvind Swami, Simbu and Arun Vijay play brothers. 

Bankrolled by Madras Talkies and Lyca Productions, CCV has music by AR Rahman, with Santhosh Sivan on the camera.

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Revisiting Periyar’s teachings


If Periyar was alive today, what would he say about today’s society? That’s what Ramesh Thamilmani has explored in his new single, Periyar Kuththu. Talking about the song, the composer says, “Forget his preaching, many youngsters today might not even know who Periyar is. We wanted to tell people what he would have to say about our society if he was alive. That’s the concept behind the song. Madhan Karky has penned the lyrics, and it’s so well-written and to the point. For instance, there’s a verse, sadhichavanoda sadi ennanu Google- la thedatha. We are so bothered about the caste of people that we are discrediting their achievements. We have touched upon various topics, like debating the need for erecting statues, factory-related problems.” 

Interestingly, he has roped in Simbu to render the number. “I’ve been working on the song for about three weeks, and when Simbu heard it, he liked the concept. He’s shooting in Russia, and will return to Chennai this week. Once he’s back, we will record the number, and also shoot the video with him.”

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Simbu makes his Kannnada debut as a singer

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Art has no borders, and actor-filmmaker-singer Simbu is proving just that. After having recently made his debut as a composer in Tamil cinema, he’s now stepping into the Kannada industry as a singer. We learn that he has lent his voice for Kantha Kannali’s upcoming directorial, Iruvudellava Bittu. The director is quit excited and is convinced that Simbu will help the song garner a lot of attention. 

“The lyrics by Dr Nagendra Prasad talks about how people inflict troubles upon themselves. The song advocates that it’s better to forget everything and enjoy life,” he says. “The composer, Sridhar V Sambram, has created a high-energy tune. Simbu really liked the tune too, and agreed to sing.” 

The recording of the song is already complete, and the entire process of readying the song apparently took as long as four months. “We wanted to go beyond language, and make music. That’s why we wanted a celebrity who ‘s also a good musician. Simbu fit the bill, and he has really added value to the song,” adds the director, who is in awe of the actor’s dedication to his work. “He learnt the meaning of each word and got the diction right. He rehearsed quite a few times before the final recording.” 

Kantha says that it also allowed him an opportunity to have conversations with the actor about several topics, including films, Kannada cinema, and the current issues bothering the two states. Iruvudellava Bittu, the director’s second film, features Megha Raj in the lead with Tilak, Shekar, and Shri Mahadev in the cast too.

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STR sings a peppy Kannada Song

STR croons for a Kannada Movie, Iruvudellava bittu. Penned by Kaviratna Nagendra Prasad, composed by Sridhar V Sambhram, recently, a peppy song recorded in T nagar residence.

Movie directed by Kanthraj Kanalli, who did his debut in Kannada Film industry as independent director in 2017 through 'Jalsa' and Produced by Devraj Davanagere featuring Meghana Raj, Tilak Shekar, Achyuth Kumar and Shri Mahadev.

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