Wednesday, March 31, 2010

B Unnikrishnan not to continue as FEFCA General Secretary

Director B Unnikrishnan would not be continuing as the General Secretary of FEFCA any more. Unnikrishnan made his decision clear at the General Body meeting of the association that was held at Kochi. He said he was resigning from the post since he believed that an association should not centre around an individual. He also added that he would continue to be an active member of the association. Unnikrishnan had been involved in the activities of FEFCA, and had recently been involved in a controversy regarding a spat that the association had with actor Thilakan. Meanwhile Pramaani, Unnikrishnans latest film that released last week has evoked a good response at the box office

Meera Nandan is busy

Meera Nandan is the TV presenter who turned actress with the movie Mulla. She was appreciated for her performance in this flick and now she seems to be making her mark in the industry. She already has many projects in her kitty. She is awaiting her film Pulliman and has already completed shooting for Aattakatha. Meanwhile she is also playing the lead in Oridathoru Postman which has Kunchakko Boban in the lead

Swapnamaalika reback to roll

The much delayed Mohanlal film Swapnamaalika is finally wrapping up its shoot at Olappamanna near Ottappalam. The third schedule of the film directed by K A Devaraj is currently going on. Italian actress Elena has finished shooting her portions and is all excited about the film as well her hero Mohanlal. Elena knew very little about Malayalam films until she came to act in the film. Elena plays Radha Karmel in the film who falls in love with a Malayali youngster in America. However since he passes away, she arrives in India to perform his funeral rites and meets up with Mohanlal at Varanasi. Elena says that Mohanlal had none of the airs of a superstar, and was humility personified. Elena has also been impressed by the scenic beauty of Kerala. As she gets ready to travel back to Italy, she has bought a few bangles and saris as souvenirs

Mukesh in \'Ladies Only\'

Mukesh would play the lead role in a film titled Ladies Only that would start its shoot shortly. Ladies Only would be directed by Pappan Payattuvila. Lekshmi Sharma would be Mukeshs heroine in the film. Suraj Venjarammoodu, Jagathy and several other leading actors would be part of the cast. The pooja of the film was held recently at Trivandrum. Ladies Only would be produced by S Mohan

Janakan shifted to April 8th

Janakan is the Malayalam flick which has been directed by NR Sanjeev. The movie was scheduled to release on April 1stbut has been postponed to April 8th. The movie stars Suresh Gopi, Biju Menon, Harishree Ashokan and others in important roles. Meanwhile the highlight is that superstar Mohanlal is playing a cameo in this one. He will play the role of a lawyer who saves Suresh Gopi and his friends from a murder charge

In Ghost House Inn\" with smart initial

In Ghost House Inn, the sequel to Harihar nagar series released recently with lots of expectations. The movie has made a good start in all the 85 centers across the state. Sources indicate that the movie has already earned about 1.3 crores from the first four days. Though the reviews claim that the movie is not as funny as its prequels, it will be a hit. The movie is expected to sustain the interest at least until vishu when other biggies will release

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Leader K Karunakaran Inaugurates Kerala Cartoon Academy �s Official Website

Kerala Cartoon Academy Launched its official Website today .Website Inaugurated by K Karunakaran � The Former Chief Minister Of Kerala and Veteran Congress Leader at his residence at Devasam Board Junction , Trivandrum. Prof K V Thomas the Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Minister of State in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Central Govt. of India was Present in the Occasion , Kerala Cartoon Academy Secretary Sudeer Nath Presided the function. The new Website will give information about the Cartoonists in kerala and India, Will Provide Links to all Blogs Managed by Kerala Cartoon Academy and have facility for the online Cartoon Exhibition ,Online Cartoon exhibition Starts with OV Vijayans Cartoons , which Inaugurated by Union Minister KV Thomas at the Same function Itself . Kerala Cartoon Academys Internet Partner designed and Developed the Website and will do the future updating regularly Online Exhibition of OV Vijayans Cartoons Inaugurated by Union Minister KV Thomas.

Director Biju Varkey attacked

Director Biju Varkey was admitted to the hospital yesterday with injuries, after being attacked by a group of men. Biju was beaten up by these men at around 7.30 in the evening at a lodge at Perumbavoor yesterday. Biju has been admitted to a private hospital and has suffered a fracture on his left leg. Biju was involved with the script work of a film of his friend Snehajith. A group of people who said they wanted to meet Biju had arrived at the lodge and had created the ruckus, a prominent Malayalam daily reported. Biju Varkey had directed films like Devadasi, Phantom, Chandranilekkulla Vazhi and Orange

Anwar will Amal\'s best film\": Prithvi

Young superstar Prithviraj who is currently shooting for Amal Neerads Anwar in Cochin has very high hopes for the film. Amal has discussed almost everything about the film with me. Though almost every film claims that it has a social responsibility, this is one film that actually deals with such an issue, Prithvi said in his interview with a prominent film magazine. Anwar would be Amal Neerads best film as yet. I wouldnt say that this would offer the viewer an experience that he has never had till now. But I can guarantee that this would be a really good film, Prithvi added. What is wrong for me might be right for you, and viceversa. The film would be an analysis of these rights and wrongs based on facts. Anwar would be a fresh expercnce, because it is a suspense stopry that realistically views certain human conditions, the actor concluded.

Proud to serve the country as an actor and a soldier: Mohanlal

Superstar Mohanlal expressed his pride at being able to serve his country, both as an actor and as a soldier. Mohanlal was speaking at a press conference after a three day training at the Kannur battalion of the Territorial Army. I see my Liuetnant Colonel post as an opportunity to understand as to how the Army functions, and to let others know more about it. The Territorial Army would be called into action in the event of a disaster. This is why common men are given army training, Mohanlal said. The Megastar also said that more youngsters need to join the army. Mohanlal would be undergoing more training in the months

LalJose\'s next-\'Elsamma Enna Aankutty\'

One of the most popular directors of Malayalam, Lal Jose has announced his next project. Titled Elsamma Enna Aankutty, the film has already generated tremendous curiosity among the public. Indrajith and Kunchacko Boban would play the chief roles in th film. The quest for the heroine who would play the title role is still on. The film would also have Janardhanan, Jagathy Sreekunar and KPAC Lalitha in supporting roles. Sindhu Raj, who had earlier scripted Lal Joses Mulla would be scripting the film. The music of the film would be composed by Rajamani. Elsamma Enna Aankutty would start its shoot on the 15th of May.

Mammootty as tech savvy

Megastar Mammootty is known to be a tech savvy person in his real life. However his reel life has not been so much about technology. Meanwhile the actor is all set to be playing a role of a tech savvy entrepreneur in forthcoming Malayalam flick Amar Akbar Anthony. This one will be directed by Jagadheesh who is making his directorial debut. Mammootty apparently is playing three different roles in this one. Actor Jagadeesh, who has been real busy of late, with multiple assignments, would be for the first time donning the role of the director for the film Amar Akbar Antony. Amar Akbar Antony would have Megastar Mammootty doing three different roles. In all probability, he would be playing an IT genius, who appears in three different get-ups in the film. The film would be one that utilizes the acting potentials of the megastar to the maximum. The story, script and dialogues would be by the director himself. Amar Akbar Antony would be produced by Ajayachandran Nair. Jagadeeshs latest film In Ghost House Inn is running successfully at the theatres right now. He would also have another release in April titled April Fool. Besides acting and directing, Jagadeesh is also busy as the chief host of the hit programme Vodafone Comedy Stars on Asianet

Tamil \"Bodyguard\" starts roll from next month

The movie,Bodyguard is all set to be remade in Tamil by Siddique himself. According to sources, the Tamil version is all set to start rolling from April 1st. This one will starred by Ilayadalapathy Vijay in the lead. Meanwhile the heroine of the flick will be none other than the Asin who is making her comeback in south after a long time

Jayasurya in top gear

Jayasurya has done many roles in commercial ventures whether it was playing the lead or character roles. Meanwhile he has done a non-commercial venture Patham Nilayile Theevandi which brought him some appreciation. Now he is all set for his second non-commercial venture with Nallavan. This one will be directed by TV Chandran. Meanwhile sources claim that the actor is very happy with this offer and is looking forward to prove his mettle in other forms of cinema

Dam 999\" in more problems

Dam 999 is the English flick which made headlines even in the local newspapers. The reason was Malayalam veteran Thilakan was removed from the cast of the movie. He was even paid seven lakhs as compensation. Well the movie is facing more problems now and this time it is with the lead actress. Sources indicate that actress Tulip Joshi walked out of the sets due to some differences and when she later came back, the members of FEFKA refused to work with her

Janakan on April 1st

Mohanlal-SureshGopi starrer Janakan is all set to release next month 1st day, according to sources. It is being directed by N R Sanjeev and produced by the banner Line of Colors. The movie also stars Suresh Gopi, Biju Menon and Harishree Ashokan among others. Mohanlal is playing the role of an advocate who is well established with his winning habits. The other three come to him for help after being charged for murder

Friday, March 26, 2010

Mohan Lal as a singer again for a T.K Rajeev Kumar film

Mohan Lal had sung a song in Kannezhuthi Pottum Thottu of T.K. Rajeev Kumar film, for which Abbaz and Manju Warrier appeared in the song sequence. In Bhramaram he sung Annarakanna Vaa.... Now for the film Oru Naal Varum, of T.K Rajeev Kumar, which is progressing at Thiruvananthapuram, Mohan Lal again sung a song. A fast number Naathoonae naathoonae naamengottanu naathoonae... tuned by singer M.G. Sreekumar. However, the song would only be included in the film by considering the sequence. Otherwise it will be released in CD. If so, the CD would be released at the earliest to give a boost to the film. After recording the song M.G. Sreekumar said, it was indeed a great pleasure and pride to him that a song tuned by him was sung by his dear friend and super star Lalu

After US trip Mammootty will joins \"Doubles

Director Sohan Seenulal is all excited about his project Doubles, the music recording of which was recently held. The shooting of the film that stars Mammootty would start once the star has finished his month long holiday in the US. Apart from Mammootty, Doubles would also feature Nadiya Moithu, in a role that would equal that of the hero. Mammootty and Nadiya would play siblings in the film, named Giri and Gouri. The film would have music by James Vasanth who had rocked the music charts last year with his Kankal Irandral number in Subrahmaniyapuram. Doubles would be the music directors first film in Malayalam. James said that he was extremely happy to be making his debut in Malayalam films through a Mammootty film. Scripted by Sachi and Sethu, Doubles would have a new face Tapasya doing a chief role. Biju Menon, Suraj Venjarammoodu and Anoop Chandran would also be a part of the cast. The impressive star cast and the highly talented technical crew make Doubles one of the most promising films of the year

Our ambassador Mammootty quite young: South Indian Bank

The South Indian Bank (SIB) does not consider Megastar Mammootty as an ageing brand ambassador. SIB managing director and chief executive officer V.A. Joseph said Tuesday that the bank is more than 81 years old and hence for it Mammootty is quite young. We are the only bank in South India which has a brand ambassador. Through Mammootty we have received a huge boost. Every time I go to Middle East, there are numerous requests at our customer meetings, to bring Mammootty for one such meeting, said Joseph. On Tuesday, the SIB inked an agreement with Hatton National Bank (HNB), the largest private sector bank in Sri Lanka, for exchange of expertise and services. Rajendra Theagarajah, managing director of HNB who signed the MoU, said Mammootty is popular in Sri Lanka too. We are fortunate to have a new tie-up with the SIB, whose brand ambassador is none other than Mammootty, he said. Mammootty said, The initial contract with the SIB was for three years. It has now been extended for another five years.

Discovery Channel\'s \'Travel and Living\'- Mammootty catches the show

Discovery Channels Travel and Living programmes host Anthony Bourdain and his crew were left floored at their recent visit to Kerala. The man who charmed them over with his personality was none other than the Megastar of Malayalam films, Mammootty. Anthony Bourdain paid a special visit to the sets of Pokkiri Raja at Cochin, where he was treated to the exquisite cuisine of Kerala. Mammootty shared the Puttu and meen curry that was brought for him with the host and his crew. Anthony Bourdain had several questions to ask about the delicacies of Kerala, which were promptly answered by Mammootty. Mammootty also reminded him that coconut was a prime ingredient in all Kerala dishes. Anthony Bourdain reportedly left the sets of Pokkiri Raja very impressed, not just with the delicious food that the state had to offer, but also with the hospitality of one of its biggest film stars.

Fazil planning for a come back

Director Fazil has been one of the super hit churners in the 80s but has faded away in the recent past. Now the director is all set to make his come back with a vengeance. He has started working on his next venture which is slated to cast all newcomers. The movie is yet to be titled and the crew is expected to be the regulars who usually work with Fazil. This one will be produced by Pilakandy movies.

Anwar Rasheed comes again after hatrik hits with Prithvi

Anwar Rasheed is one of the very few directors who have managed to deliver super hits with the first three movies of his career. The director meanwhile is getting set for his next venture. This time it will star none other than Prithviraj. The movie is tentatively titled Vei Raja Vei and is expected to be a humorous thriller. Prithviraj already had many movies in his kitty but this one is expected to start off much earlier than the rest

Prithvi injured in \"Anwar\" location

According to sources, Prithviraj suffered minor injuries while shooting for the movie Anwar. It is being directed by Amal Neerad who has also scripted the movie. He was admitted to a private hospital where he was discharged after first aid. He has been advised some rest. The movie is about a young man who is forced to become a terrorist.

\"Nivedyam\" pair strikes again

Vinu Mohan and Bhama became a hit pair with their first movie Nivedyam. Now they are all set to team up again for the movie Koottukaar. This one will be directed by Prasad Valancherry and produced by Paul Co films. The movie is expected to start shooting in the month of April. Let us wait and see if the couple recreates the magic on screen.

James Vasanthan debuts in Mollywood with \"Doubles

James Vasanthan made waves with his songs in Subramaniapuram. Now the composer is going to foray into Malayalam. He is said to be composing for the upcoming Mammootty-Nadiya starrer Doubles. The film is directed by Sohan Seenulal who is waiting for Mammootty to return from his holiday to start shooting. And in the film Nadiya plays Mammoottys sister and has equal footage as the hero

Naseeruddin Shah replaces Mohanlal in \"7Husbands\"

It was reported earlier that Mohanlal would be playing Priyanka Chopras eldest husband in the upcoming Vishal Bharadwaj film seven husbands. But as per latest reports, Mohanlal is no longer a part of the film. The reason for the moving out is not known yet. However, the movie is progressing and Naseeruddin Shah has been signed up to replace Mohanlal. Well whatever it is the fans have missed an opportunity to watch the great actor and the promising director in action.

Dileepin new getup in \"Filmstar\"

One of the most popular stars of Mollywood, Dileep has played different roles on screen. This time, he is all set to play yet another different role and it will be of a scriptwriter. It will be for the movie Filmstar which will be directed by Sanjeev Raj. The movie is about a group of youths who are thrown into a slum and from their life situation, Dileep creates a screenplay. Kalabhavan Mani is playing an important role in this one.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Inn Ghost House Inn - Super Hit ...!

In Ghost House Inn - Super Hit...! Inn Ghost House Inn � Movie Review . This is what the audience expects and LAL delivers again in the Sequel of In Harihanagar 2 . LAL Proved himself already in the Malayalam film Industry for almost 2 decades as Script writer, Director Producer and himself as an Actor.

Vinu Mohan and Bhama together again for Koottukaar

Actors Vinu Mohan andBhama will be pairing up again for the forth coming Malayalam film Koottukaar to be directed by Prasad Valancherry who directed Highway Police and Perumal fame. The film is to start rolling by mid-April. The film is produced by Paul Co films. Satheesh Babu has penned the script and SP Venkatesh has scored the music. Vinu Mohan, Bhama were marked as a great couple in Nivedyam. Vinu Mohan and Bhama were also seen together in last years hit film, Cycle. Vinu was also seen in Chattambi Naadu while Bhama starred in Ivar Vivahitharayal and Oru Black And White Kudumbam

Mammootty considered quite young by South Indian Bank

The South Indian Bank (SIB) does not consider Malayali Superstar Mammootty as an ageing brand ambassador. SIB Managing director and Chief executive officer V.A. Joseph said Tuesday that the bank is more than 81 years old and hence for it Mammootty is �quite young. �We are the only bank in South India which has a brand ambassador. Through Mammootty we have received a huge boost. Every time I go to Middle East, there are numerous requests at our customer meetings, to bring Mammootty for one such meeting,� said Joseph. On Tuesday, the SIB inked an agreement with Hatton National Bank (HNB), the largest private sector bank in Sri Lanka, for exchange of expertise and services. Rajendra Theagarajah, managing director of HNB who signed the MoU, said Mammootty is popular in Sri Lanka too. �We are fortunate to have a new tie-up with the SIB, whose brand ambassador is none other than Mammootty,� he said. Mammootty said, �The initial contract with the SIB was for three years. It has now been extended for another five years

Pramani releaseing on March 26 - tomorrow

Mammotty starring Malayalam movie Pramaani, has been given a �U certificate. South Indian actress Sneha plays the female lead while Prabhu plays Mammootty�s childhood friend. The film is directed by B Unnikrishnan and is to release on March 26. The film�s pre-release reports are good so far and according to many, Mammotty has done his role with great poise. Scripted by B Unnikrishnan, the movie is about a corrupt Panchayat and its corrupt President, played by Mammootty.The film is produced by B C Joshey.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Dileep new film to be Direct by Gautam Menon

While Dileep hasnt delivered any major hits recently, he is still counting on the promising projects that he has. He seems to be relying, most of all, on Tamil filmmaker Gautham Menon�s film. Gautham, who is also a Malayali, has been contemplating about starting off a movie in Malayalam. Dileep showed his interest in the project and after a little discussion, Gautham decided on Dileep. The film will be bilingual and its music will be composed by AR Rahman. It will start rolling in a few months time. Gautham�s latest film, Vinnaithandi Varuvaaya has been a hit in both Kerala and Tamil Nadu. It was filmed in Kerala and ran successfully in some centres in the metropolitan cities. AR Rahman�s songs have also been successful with the young generation

Anwar Rasheed\'s Prithviraj Movie - Vai Raja Vai

New Generation Superstar Prithviraj have one more Big Project in Pocket with Superhit Director Anwar Rasheed and Script Writer Benny P Nayarambalam. Anwar Rasheed having a remarkable track record of hatrick Super hit Films will start his next venture for new Prithviraj Movie tentatively titled as �Vei Raja Vei. To be scripted by Benny P Nayarambalam, the movie will be a Thriler comedy. �Vei Raja Vai� will starts rolls Soon according the dates available for Prithviraj Anwar Rasheed�s first three movies �Raajamanickyam, Chotta Mumbai and Annan Thampi� were mega blockbusters.and he having good track record for creating Box Office Superhits. He has even surprised his critics with the short film Bridge which was rated the best in the Kerala Cafe- a collection of short movies

Vijay will Joins BodyGuard Tamil aon April First Week

Tamil Super Star Ilayathalapathy Vijay will start the first schedule of director Siddiques Bodyguard remake in Chennai from Thursday, April 1 2010. Siddique the Directors of Bodyguard the Malayalam Movie is Making monir changes to the script which suits for Vijays Star Image. Vijay will play the role done by Dileep while Asin is going to do Nayantaara�s role in the Malayalam original. Raj Kiran will do the Most Important role in the Film which done Thyagarajan In Malayalam. Vidyasagar will score the music for the Tamil Bodyguard ,Vijay�s current favorite Ekambaram will work as cameraman , who has also done the actor�s Sura. Vadivelu gives Vijay company in the comedy department along with MS Bhaskar

Monday, March 22, 2010

Shruthi to act in her father\'s remake

Kamal Hassan is a legend, is a understatement. He has been one of the most popular faces in south for more than a decade and enjoys lot of popularity in Bollywood as well. Now his daughter Shruti Hassan is making headlines in the film industry. Though she is more popular for her singing, she is also doing few movies as actress. Meanwhile the news is that she will be doing a remake of her fathers super hit Telugu movie Yerra Gulabi which was a super hit in Tamil as well.

Priyamani in top list

The buxom beauty Priyamani is having a dream run these days. After her successful outing in Malayalam and Tamil, she recently made her successful debut in Kannada. Now she is all set to make her debut in Bollywood. She is already acting in Mani Ratnams Raavan and even before it has released, she has bagged Ram Gopal Varmas Raktha Charitra. The actress definitely has a lot of promise in her.

Prithvi and Jayaram in \'Makeup Man\'

Jayaram and Prithviraj would be seen on screen for the first time, in Makeup Man, to be directed by Shafi. Makeup Man has been scripted by Sachi-Sethu who had scripted the hit films like Chocolate and Robinhood. Earlier it was announced that Makeup Man would be a solo hero film. However, in the course of scripting, it was discovered that the script had scope for another hero, and Prithviraj has been roped in. The film would also have two heroines, one of which would be Lakshmi Rai. The other heroine is yet to be finalized. Shafi had last directed Chattambi Nadu, the Mammootty starrer that had been a mass-hit at the box-office. M Renjith would produce the film under the banner of Rajaputra

Sathyan Anthikkad titles his new film as \'Katha Thudarum\'

Director Sathyan Anthikkad has always named hid films quite differently. And it so happens that the director comes up with a title often half way into the shoot. This time too is no different. Sathyan, who is currently shooting for his new film that has Jayaram and Mamta Mohandas in key roles, has now come up with a title for his new film. Sathyans new film has been titled Katha Thudarum, and tells the story of laymen against a city backdrop. Its also said to be dealing with womens issues and Mamta is said to be doing a role that is extremely significant

Rajini to do like Terminator

The latest buzz rounds Kollywood is superstar Rajinikanths nude appearance for his Sun Pictures Endhiran- The Boss! directed by Shankar. The scene had Rajini appearing nude and it was shot secretly in Sun Networks Studio in the outskirts of Chennai by director Shankar and cinematographer Ratnavel. The scene would be used in the film at a crucial point in the narration. The scene is said to be very similar to Arnold Schwarzenegger as robot moving around naked in Terminator and there was Kamal Haasan who stripped for his Aalavandhan and there was Sarathkumar who did a full monty in 1977. This nothing new and these scenes were said to be integral part of the film . Aishwarya Rai is playing the female lead in this film and she is in the city to shoot some vital scenes.

Vijay in \"3Idiots\" remake

It has almost been confirmed that Ilayathalapathy Vijay will be one of the idiot in the remake of 3 Idiots.He likely to play the role of Rancho which was played by Aamir Khan in the original version. Vijay has always expressed his desire to feature in the remake and he might well feature in the film without any changes. There are no mass elements added totthe original version and the actor himself expressed he did not want to change anything from the original script. Noted cameraman Ratnavelu has been approached to handle the camera for the film, which is likely to have music by Vijay Antony. The hunt in on for the heroine and it seems Sathyaraj has agreed to do therole of the proffessor and Actor Jeeva is all set to play the role of Raju, played by Sharman Joshi. However noone has been fixed to play Madhavans role. Official announcement is expected soon from the production house and we can see Vijay doing a different character after a long time

Friday, March 19, 2010

Arun Vijay instead of Surya in Kandahar

Arun Vijay, son of reputed character actor Vijay Kumar, will reportedly replace Suriya in Major Ravis upcoming Tamil-Malayalam bilingual Kandahar (also starring Malayalam superstar Mohanlal and Amitabh Bachchan). Surya was chosen to play the role of a commando in the film but had to opt out due to unavailability of dates. It is also reported that Naadodigal girl Ananya has a role in this film. Amitabh will be seen as the father of a passenger on the ill-fated plane that was hijacked and Mohanlal will play a commando chief. Produced by Mohanlals own Pranavam Arts, the film is inspired by the hijacking of Indian Airlines flight IC-814 in 1999. It was hijacked by five Pakistani militants while on its way from Kathmandu to New Delhi on Christmas Eve and was forced to land in three different airports (Amritsar, Lahore, and Dubai) before spending a week on the tarmac in Kandahar with 186 hostages on board. Kandahar will be shot in Delhi, Nepal and Kerala

Dileep - Goutham Menon film to have music by A R Rahman

Its time for celebration for music lovers in the state. Its also time for celebration for Malayali fans of the music wizard A R Rahman. The industry is abuzz with rumors that A R Rahman would compose the musical score of a Malayalam film very soon. This film would be directed by the superhit director of Tamil films, Goutham Menon. And last, but certainly not the least, it would have Dileep doing the main role. A R Rahman had last composed the music of a Malayalam film way back; for the Mohanlal film Yodha. His Tamil and Hindi songs had over the years remained the top chartbusters in Kerala as well. Probably one of the music directors who has the biggest fan base in the state, A R Rahman would be welcomed back to Kerala with open arms. And with Goutham Menon at the helm of affairs, this Dileep film has already turned out to be one that we should be looking forward to.

\'Film Star\' starts at Kochi

Star, directed by Sanjeev Raj has started its shoot at Cochin. The film has Kalabhavan Mani and Dileep in the main roles. While Mani plays Superstar Suryakiran, Dileep would play Nandagopan, a young script writer. The film deals with the incidents that happen after the film star meets the writer, and thus would unfold the story behind cinema. The film would have two heroines; Rambha and Muktha. Earlier it was rumored that Navya Nair would be essaying a role in the film. However, now Muktha has replaced Navya in the film. Suresh Babu, who had earlier scripted films like Thandavam and Dadasahib would be writing the script of Film Star. Jagathy Sreekumar, Suraj Venjarammoodu, Vijayaraghavan, Thalaivasal Vijay, Devan, Salim Kumar and Ashokan would be part of the supporting cast. Film Star would be shot on locations at Cochin, Thodupuzha and Chennai

\"Nallavan\" graces theatres on May

Nallavan has been making news for the different get ups of lead actor Jayasuriya. He is apparently playing the role of a 18, 20 and 35 year old person in this one. The shooting of the movie has been going on at a fast pace. Sources indicate that it might reach the theatres during the first week of May. Directed by debutant Ali John, Mythili is playing the heroine

A dozen of movies going to release

With the number of movies that are expected to be released this season, the fight for screens is likely going to take place. Sources indicate that at least about a dozen movies are likely to be released. Prithviraj starrer Thanthonny is already doing the rounds today friday with his brother Indrajiths Nayakan. Then we have In Ghost House Inn on 25th, Mammootty starrer Pramaani on 26th, Mohanlal-SureshGopi starrer Janakan on April3rd and Siddiues AprilFool on April 1st. With all the movies already having a popular cast, we have to wait and see what steps the filmmakers take for a proper distribution.

A dozen of movies going to release

With the number of movies that are expected to be released this season, the fight for screens is likely going to take place. Sources indicate that at least about a dozen movies are likely to be released. Prithviraj starrer Thanthonny is already doing the rounds today friday with his brother Indrajiths Nayakan. Then we have In Ghost House Inn on 25th, Mammootty starrer Pramaani on 26th, Mohanlal-SureshGopi starrer Janakan on April3rd and Siddiues AprilFool on April 1st. With all the movies already having a popular cast, we have to wait and see what steps the filmmakers take for a proper distribution

Christian Brothers pushed to July 9

Mega director Joshis multi-starrer big budget film Christian Brothers featuring Mohanlal, Suresh Gopi, Sarath Kumar, Dileep, Kavya Madhavan and Lakshmi Rai has postponed it�s release. Christian Brothers was to release along with Mammootty�s multi- starrer Pokkiri Raja on April 30, as the big summer releases. But now Mohanlal�s action movie has been pushed to July 9. A song has to be picturised on Mohanlal and Lakshmi Rai in Scotland, and the best time to picturise the song is May, when summer begins and ice melts in those parts of the world. A few more combination scenes of the main artists have to be shot hence the delay.

\"M v/s M\" on April 30th !

On April.30, 2010, theatres allover the state will get ready to stage a royal combat between the Big Ms of Malluwood yet again. Mammoottys Pokkiri Raja and Mohanlals Christian Brothers would have a release on the same day. There have been several instances before when the Big Ms have had same day releases. it was during Christmas last year, that both the Megastars had major releases - Chattambi Nadu and Ividam Swargamanu. Both were declared superhits as well. Mammoottys Pokkiri Raja has the megastar joining hands with Young Superstar Prithviraj and has the glamor queen Shreya Sharan making her debut in Malayalam. Directed by debutante director Vaisakh, this is expected to be a colorful entertainer that would keep fans clapping away to glory. Christian Brothers on the other hand is directed by Joshey, who has managed to maintain an impressive track record, when it comes to delivering hits. And it has a major starcast that boasts of screen titans as Mohanlal, Suresh Gopi, Dileep and Sarath Kumar along with Laxmi Rai, Kaniha and Kavya Madhavan. It might be just a coincidence that both these films have been scripted by the script writer duo Siby K Thomas and Uday Krishna. We would have to wait till the 30th of April to find out which film of the two would emerge the winner at the box office.

\\Opposition to Bachchan as Kerala tourism ambassador : Minister

A week after Amitabh Bachchan accepted Keralas request to become the states brand ambassador to promote tourism, the move is apparently facing stiff opposition. I would not like to name those who have expressed their displeasure in inviting Big B to promote Kerala tourism. A few social and cultural personalities have said that this should not be done, Kerala Tourism Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan told IANS. Stiff opposition to this has also come from Delhi and that has surprised many of us, he said. But he did not elaborate as to who were opposing his appointment. Big B was in the state for a few functions last month. It was during an interview to a TV channel that the actor said he would gladly accept the offer to become Kerala tourisms brand ambassador. Soon after, the Kerala Tourism wrote to him and also received his acceptance letter. What I am told is that in the past also efforts were made to rope in the superstar but it did not materialise because of the hefty professional charges that was asked. This time too everything depends on how much he would ask and also what sort of opposition is going to surface. Let us see..., Balakrishnan said

\"Oru Naal Varum\" to release on June

Superstar Mohanlal and Sreenivasan are coming together after a long time. This time for the movie Oru Naal Varum which has been directed by T K Rajeevkumar. It has the hot and raunchy sex siren Sameera Reddy as the heroine. According to sources, the movie will be released in the month of June. The expectations are already high with the two popular actors coming together

Film makers rush towards the south

Mostly the areas of Palakkad and Ottapalam were used to shoot for movies. However these days there is more rush towards the south, especially the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram. The reason is the extreme heat wave that has affected northern Kerala. Oru Naal Varum starring Mohanlal is already shooting in the city and is expected to be completed in 60 days flat. Meanwhile, few more filmmakers are looking for places around the city to shoot their movies

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Mohanlal dedicates Doctrate to his Dad

Superstar Mohanlal said he was just a film actor before the D.Lit conferred on him by the Kaladi Sankaracharya University today. The much loved actor remembered that his dad had never stood in his way when he decided to become an actor. Perhaps he might have desired for his son to continue his studies and become a much greater person. If that was so, I would like to dedicate this honor to my father, Lal said. Mohanlal also said that this new degree that the University has bestowed on him, brings along with it much greater responsibilities. Jawaharlal Nehru had once said that before the singer legend M S Subbalekshmi, he was just a Prime minister. Borrowing his words, I would like to say that before this great honor, I am just a film actor, Lal concluded. Oscar winning sound director Resul Pookkutty was also conferred an honorary D.Lit by the University

Mohanlal to revive his home banner \"Pranavam

Superstar Mohanlal had a home banner named Pranavam. Though it started with great success with hits after hits, it could not sustain for long. Eventually Mohanlal had shelved the production house. However after 11 years, the superstar is planning to revive his banner. Sources indicate that the movie Kandahar will be released under the banner of Pranavam and Mohanlal wants to ensure that this one will be a sure shot hit

\\Pramaani fixed on March26th

Megastar Mammootty starrer Pramaani is all set to release on March 26th, according to sources. It has been directed by B Unnikrishnan and has the sensuous beauty Sneha as the female lead. The competition seems to be getting tougher with some big moves on that week. Prithvirajs Thanthonny is also releasing on Mar18th. Meanwhile In Ghost House Inn which already has lot of expectations, is also releasing on the same day

\"4 Idiots\" on discussion

Well, looks like Mollywood is taking a leaf out of Bollywood super hit 3 Idiots. According to sources, there are plans to make a similar movie titled 4 Idiots in Malayalam. This one is likely to be directed by KM Pradheesh who is making his directorial debut. It will star Mukesh, Siddhique, Jagathy and Suraj in the lead. The shooting is scheduled to start this week and completed in 30 days but the heroines have not been decided as yet.

Vijay Yesudas turns to actor

Playback singer Vijay Yesudas would be shortly seen in a lead role in a film to be directed by Nandan Kaavil. The film has been titled Avan. Young actor Bala would also be doing a prominent role in the film. Vijay Yesudas had made his debut as a singer through the film Millennium Stars. He has sung several hit songs, of which the song Kolakkuzhal.. from Nivedyam had won him the State Award for Best Male Playback Singer as well. Vijay had received acting offers even earlier, but this is the first time the singer has agreed to act in a film.

Mohanlal sharing his thoughts

Superstar Mohanlal has been having a tough time lately with allegations from Thilakan and Sukumar Azhikode. However the actor has come out of them unscathed and has gone about his business. Moreover a university in Kerala is honoring him with a doctorate for his contributions to Indian cinema. He was recently sharing his thoughts when he said that he is honored by the doctorate. He added that cinema has given everything in life and that he will continue to act till the end

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Salman in \"Bodyguard\" Hindi version \\

Family always comes first for the Bollywood superhunk Salman Khan. We are witnessing this again when the actor decided to get his brother- in- law, Atul Agnihotri, a new film project. Buzz is that Salman got Atul the Hindi version of the hit Malayalam movie Bodyguard. Earlier, Boney Kapoor, too, was interested in the remake of this south Indian film and had even thought of buying the rights. However, when he came to know that Salman wanted this film for his brother-in-law, he quickly withdrew to avoid any controversy. Now, Bodyguard would star Salman in the lead. The movie would be directed by Siddique, who had earlier directed the films Malayalam version. Atul will be the films producer. He is at present looking to finalise the rest of the cast.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Surya has no dates, he leaves Kandahar

A few days back Major Ravi made a hue and cry that his proposed Mohanlal- Amitabh Bachchan film Kandahar in Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu will boast of a truly a major casting coup. He announced to the Kerala press that Suriya has agreed to play a commando in the film! Kandahar is to be produced by Mohanlals own company Pranavam Arts and the entire production work was to be outsourced to his brother-in-law Suresh Balaji. Remember , Suresh Balaji is one of the most successful freelance producers in Chennai who has made films like Yaavarum Nalam and Madurai Sambavam for Mumbai corporates. Kandahar would have been the biggest action film in south if Suriya was a part of it. But now sources close to the development says Suriya has called up Mohanlal and explained his inability to do the project, as he has no dates. Meanwhile Mohanlal is on the lookout for a saleable action hero in Tamil, as replacement for Suriya

Megastar is planning a month-long break from acting

After a rocking 2009 which saw eight Mammootty films being released, the Malayalam superstar is now planning a month-long break from acting. It could be within the country or outside or both. I feel a break would do a world of good to me so I can be back fresh. All work and no rest is tiring, Mammootty told. The year 2009 was excellent for the actor with eight releases and a variety of roles, besides an honorary doctorate from the Kerala University. But 2010 began on a sour note with Dhrona bombing at the box office and a public spat with actor Thilakan. The stand-off led to Thilakan being suspended from the Kerala artists association. Lots of things have been said and unsaid on the issue. I wish to keep mum and what I have to say I will within the four walls of our organization, said Mammootty. But Mammootty has put the year gone behind him. He is now looking forward to the release of his latest film Pramani March 26. Pramani is a film which I have lot of hopes and am sure it will bring cheer to all, he said. After his break, Mammootty will shoot for Amar Akbar Antony, the directorial debut of veteran character and comic artist Jagdeesh.

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Mohanlal bounces back

superstar Mohanlal was going through a rough patch sometime back. Veteran actor Thilakan was on a crusade against Mammootty and him and accused them of scuttling his film career. A smear campaign unleashed against Mohanlal, the general secretary of the Association of Malayalam Movies Artistes (AMMA), by Thilakan even got the support of Sukumar Azhikode, well-known writer and orator. However now, the campaign against the star has died down and Mohanlal has emerged a winner. The tide has changed for the actor as a university in Kerala is set to confer a honorary doctorate on him tomorrow. Mohanlal will be given a D Litt, for his contributions to Indian cinema. Thats not all; the star, who was given the honorary title of Lieutenant Colonel in a special ceremony at the office of the Ministry of Defense last year, will start his army training towards the end of the month. Mohanlal, speaking on the sets of his new film titled Oru Naal Varum (A Day Will Come), said, �I�m honoured to be conferred a doctorate. Cinema has given me everything in life and I will continue acting till the end. This movie, written by noted writer, director and actor Sreenivasan and directed by TK Rajiv Kumar, also marks the coming together of the successful combination of Mohanlal and Sreenivasan. In the movie, Sreenivasan plays a corrupt Town Planning Officer, who tries to demolish a house built by Mohanlal. Sameera Reddy plays Mohanlal�s wife, an IT professional. About being cast as one of Priyanka Chopra�s seven husbands in Vishal Bhardwaj�s next film Saath Khoon Maaf (which is said to be based on Ruskin Bond�s Susanna�s Seven Husbands), Mohanlal said, �I would have loved to do the film. Vishal came down to Kochi and narrated the story to me and I was hooked. But after that, he didn�t get back to me to discuss the dates or sign me up. Now it�s too late, as I have other commitments. Mohanlal is also excited about his forthcoming Kandahar which is to be directed by Major Ravi and produced by the actor himself along with a Mumbai-based corporate. It is based on the hijacking of the flight IC-814 in 1999 by five Pakistani militants who forced it to land in Kandahar with 186 hostages on board. Amitabh Bachchan has an important part as the father of one of the passengers while Mohanlal role will be that of a commando involved in the rescue act. Said Mohanlal, �Kandahar will be an action-adventure film. We have to get permission from the army and home ministry to shoot in different locations; we will start the shoot in a few months.� On doubts being raised about Suriya doing the film, Mohanlal said, �Suriya had agreed to do the film initially but later, called and said he had reservations as Prakash Raj was said to be making a film with a similar storyline. I assured him that both the films were different, but if he was still not convinced, he didn�t have to do it

Prithviraj\'s 1st release of 2010,Thanthonni with high expectations

New Generation superstar Prithviraj is all set to grace the big screens for the first time this year. His movie Thanthonni is releasing on March 18th. This flick has been directed by George Varghese who is making his directorial debut with this one. Telugu actress Sheela is making her second Malayalam film with this one as the heroine. Prithviraj is playing a rich young man who takes on the social system

Mamta injured at \'Nirakazhcha\' shoot

Mamta Mohandas, who is currently shooting for the film Nirakazhcha at Vizhinjam suffered injuries in an accident at the shooting site yesterday. Mamta who was getting ready for the shot near the beach, was matching her steps according to choreographer Manojs instructions. A huge wave struck the actress, who was thrown against the reflector board. Mamta was lucky that the reflector board was there, or else she might have been thrown against a rock. Mamtas leg was injured in the mishap. The shooting unit was stunned for a few moments, before they rushed to the spot to help the actress. Nirakazhcha is directed by Anish J Karinad, and has Italian actor Vincenzo Bocciarelli doing the lead role opposite Mamta

\"Viewers likes to see me as a layman\": Jayaram

Jayaram, who is currently riding high on the success of his latest film Happy Husbands, says he has never tried to assume a demigod image, since he knows that the audience wouldnt accept him in such a role. In an interview given to a prominent weekly, the actor said that the viewers have always preferred to see him in the role of a layman. Probably as a result of this, wherever he goes for shooting, the people treat him as a member of their own family. They never treat him as Jayaram, the actor. Its very difficult to create a family audience. On second thoughts, we create nothing; everything has been gifted by God, Jayaram said. Jayaram also said that it was futile to be disappointed at not getting any major awards. The awards are decided by members of a jury. The recognition that is granted by the cinema lovers of the state is much greater than any award. Jayaram would be seen in two projects shortly. The first of these would be Makeup Man to be directed by Shafi. Saji Surendran is meanwhile busy with the pre-production work of Ulakam Chuttum Valibans in which Jayaram would do the lead role. Jayaram would also be seen along with Khushboo in a Tamil period film that has been written by Chief Minister Karunanidh

Nayantara with Manisha Koirala in \'Electra\'

In a casting coup of sorts, director Shayamaprasad who had last directed Ritu, has managed to rope in two of the most talked about heroines in showbiz for his next project. Titled Electra, the film would have South Sizzler Nayantara doing the lead role. And along with Nayan, there would also be Manisha Koirala, who had captured our hearts with her sensational performances in several films, doing a chief role in the film. In all probability, Manisha would be playing Nayantaras mother in the film. Prakash Raj and Nishan would also be seen in other key roles. As the title itself suggests, the film is based on a Greek play and would have music by Ouseppachan. Produced by Vindhyan, Electra would go on the floors shortly

Innocent and Suraj Venjarammoodu in \'Shakthan Thampuran\'

Comedy kings Innocent and Suraj Venjarammoodu will come together in a film called Sakthan Thampuran. To be directed by actor Mahesh who had directed Calendar last year, the film would shortly go on the floors. Mahesh was expected to direct a film called Menaka Talkies with Jayaram in the lead, but with several other projects that revolve around the world of film making coming up, has decided to go ahead with the Innocent - Suraj project first. Shakthan Thampuran would be scripted by Vinu Kiriyath. The script work of the film is currently progressing. This film that would deal with an absolutely humorous theme would be produced by actor Arun Ghosh, who is currently doing the lead role in the highly popular teleserial Parijatham

Thursday, March 11, 2010

\\The Kaladi Sanskrit University would confer honorary doctorates on both Superstar Mohanlal and Oscar winning sound director Resul Pookkutty on the 16th of March.

The Kaladi Sanskrit University would confer honorary doctorates on both Superstar Mohanlal and Oscar winning sound director Resul Pookkutty on the 16th of March. The event would take place at 12.30 in the afternoon at the University campus. Mohanlal would be given a doctorate taking into consideration his contributions to Indian cinema. Resul on the other hand would be granted the honor for all the fame that he has bought to the country and the state in particular, by winning international awards like the OSCAR as well as the BAFTA prize. Besides Mohanlal and Resul, the University would also confer a doctorate for Prof. Hariharaputra Sharma, for his contributions to promote the Sanskrit language

\"In Ghost House Inn\" on March 25th \\

Director Lal had given super hits in In Harihar Nagar and Harihar Nagar 2. Now he is all set with yet another sequel of these films. Sources indicate that the movie In Ghost House Inn will be released on March 25th. Even this version has the same star cast for the lead. However, apart from being a rib tickling comedy, this one promises to be a horror movie as well

\"Oridathoru Postman\" started off.

The shooting of Oridathoru Postman started off in Kochy recently. This flick is being made by Shaji Azeez and stars Innocent and Boban Kunchakko in the lead. This humorous movie is about a young graduate who takes up a job as a postman since he does not have other options. However when he decides to enjoy his job he comes across a pack of letters which were not kept away by his grandfather. Tamil star Sarath Kumar is also playing an important role in this one

Nayakan\" coming soon

The talented actor Indrajit starrer Nayakan is currently under production and is expected to release soon. The movie already has lot of expectations as a complete action oriented movie. Indrajit has crooned for the title song for this one. While the dazzling beauty Dhanya Mary Varghese plays the heroine, the noted personality Siddique will play the villain. Many feel that this one will be a good break for Indrajit

\"Nayakan\" coming soon !

The talented actor Indrajit starrer Nayakan is currently under production and is expected to release soon. The movie already has lot of expectations as a complete action oriented movie. Indrajit has crooned for the title song for this one. While the dazzling beauty Dhanya Mary Varghese plays the heroine, the noted personality Siddique will play the villain. Many feel that this one will be a good break for Indrajit

\\\"Nayakan\" coming soon

The talented actor Indrajit starrer Nayakan is currently under production and is expected to release soon. The movie already has lot of expectations as a complete action oriented movie. Indrajit has crooned for the title song for this one. While the dazzling beauty Dhanya Mary Varghese plays the heroine, the noted personality Siddique will play the villain. Many feel that this one will be a good break for Indrajit

\"Nayakan\" coming soon

The talented actor Indrajit starrer Nayakan is currently under production and is expected to release soon. The movie already has lot of expectations as a complete action oriented movie. Indrajit has crooned for the title song for this one. While the dazzling beauty Dhanya Mary Varghese plays the heroine, the noted personality Siddique will play the villain. Many feel that this one will be a good break for Indrajit

Thanthonni strikes on March 18th

New Generation Hero Prithvirajs much-awaited Malayalam film Thanthoni, directed by debutant George Vargheese, is getting ready to grace the screens on March 18. Touted to be an action packed entertainer laced with comedy and sentiments, the film has Prithviraj playing Kochukunju, an arrogant rich angry young man. Distributed by Marakkar Films, it has Telugu-Malayalam-Tamil actress Sheela as the heroine. The others in the cast are Suraj Venjaranmoodu, Jagathy Sreekumar, Suresh Krishna, Sadiq and Ambika. After many years, veteran singer Udayabhanu has lent his voice for a song in this flick. Prithviraj too has rendered a song.

Sameera Reddy just can�t stop gushing about Kerala

Sameera Reddy just cant stop gushing about God�s own country where she�s currently shooting for a Malayalam film titled Oru Naal Varum. Writing on her micro-blogging page, she describes Kerala as a �breath-taking place. While her last Tamil release was Aasal, Sameera was also seen in a blink-and-miss shot in the Simbu-Trisha starrer Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa. �That shot you see is from my upcoming Tamil thriller that�s being directed by Gautham Menon,� states the actress, who has earlier worked with the director in Vaaranam Aayiram, which also featured Suriya, Simran and Divya Spandana. Sources tell us that the actress will soon be in the city to continue work on her untitled thriller

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

\'Dam 999\'makers have come to a compromise with Thilakan.

The makers of Dam 999 have come to a compromise with actor Thilakan by paying him a compensation of four lakh ninety five thousand rupees. This decision was reached at, after a meeting between Thilakan, Sohan Roy and representatives of the MACTA Federation. Thilakan had demanded for a compensation for being thrown out of the film. Thilakan had earlier in the day led a march along with members of the MACTA Federation to the shooting location. The police had stopped them and this had even led to an argument between the protesters and the police. Following this Thilakan was allowed to enter the shooting premises to have a discussion with the films director. The shooting of the film that was disrupted yesterday would resume

FEFCA tenders an apology from Thilakan

The representatives of FEFCA in a press conference today made it clear that it will not cooperate with Thilakan, until the actor tenders an apology for the comments against the association. FEFCA members would also not cooperate with films that seek the service of MACTA members. FEFCA has also not indulged in any discussion with MACTA regarding the issues related to the film Dam 999. FEFCA has never denied anyone a job. It also alleged that MACTA was spreading false rumours that FEFCA had indulged in compromise talks with the Dam 999 makers. Siby Malayil, Jose Thomas and Siddiq took part in the conference

Amitabh Bachchan to promote the beauty of Kerala

Amitabh Bachchan has been seen in south more often these days. Now sources indicate that he has been offered to be the brand ambassador for Kerala Tourism. This seems to be the outcome of his recent visit to the state. During that visit Amitabh had expressed his desire to promote the beauty of Kerala. Immediately the state tourism minister seems to have sent a letter to the star.

Rima and Archana : \"New Generation heroines

Last year two actresses Rima Kalingal and Archana Kavi made a grand debut in the Malayalam industry. The actresses are being considered as the New Generation heroines who will take this industry by storm. They both apparently already have many offers coming their way. While Rima made her debut with Rithu, Archana made her debut with Neelathamara. Reema went on to do Happy Husbands while Archana is part of Mummy and Me.

Thilakan starts Satyagraha at \'Dam 999\' location

Thilakan has started a Satyagraha at the shooting site of the Hollywood film Dam 999, in protest of being not offered the role that he was promised earlier. Thilakan was welcomed by members of the CPI at Muhamma today morning, after which the actor along with party workers marched to the shooting site. The police stopped them near Muhamma junction. Thilakan moved later to Kovilakam resort and started his Satyagraha there. The police tried to stop him there as well, and this resulted in an argument between the police and the protesters. Following this, the actor was alone allowed into the location to have a discussion with director Sohan Roy. Meanwhile its rumored that strict disciplinary action might be taken against the actor today by AMMA, since he failed to turn up before the disciplinary commit

\"Shivappu Mazhai\" in Guinness Book

There seems to be a race about who makes a movie in the shortest span of time. Yet another Malayalam movie was made in less than 12 days and breaks the record of Mohanlal starrer Bhagavan[18days]. The flick Shivappu Mazhai has entered the Guinness Book of world records for its feat. The movie by V Krishnamoorthy was completed in 11 days, 23 hours and 45 minutes. The movie which started on May 22 nd was completed by June 3rd

Thilakan sent a letter to AMMA

Thilakan, who has been at the crossroads with AMMA has sent a letter to AMMA. The letter was given to TP Madhavan who handed it over to AMMA. Sources indicate that it was a five page letter offering explanation to the association. However the contents of the letter have not been made public. Sources indicate that this might put an end to the long ongoing fight between the two

Ranjitha attempts to suicide

Ranjitha, the Tamil actress seen in the sex tape of Swami Nithyananda, apparently attempted suicide. Buzz up! Sources in Tamil Nadu have revealed that Ranjitha tried to kill herself over the sex scandal, which has snowballed into a major controversy with all the media attention. The actress, who has also acted in Telugu movies such as Maavichiguru and Sriramulayya, was married to a army man. She is now a divorcee. There are rumours that Ranjitha herself created the tape to blackmail the spiritual leader. This, however, backfired when the video ended up in the hands of the media and its visuals being aired and published across the country

Ranjitha intended to marry Nithyananda Swami

Lured by the charisma of Nithyananda Swamiji, Tamil film actress Ranjitha seemed to be keen on getting married to him. When that idea proved not feasible, she joined hands with Lenin Kuruppan, car driver of the Swamiji, to get her intimate scenes with the Swamiji secretly videographed to blackmail the Swamiji, according to sources. Ranjitha was learnt to have been introduced to the Swamiji by one Sudha, an ardent devotee of the Ashram and daughter-in-law of senior actress K.R. Vijaya about three years ago. From then on Ranjitha began visiting the Ashram often. Being estranged from her husband, an army officer, Ranjitha sought solace from the Swamiji but slowly fell for his charisma and even had decided to shift from Chennai to Bangalore, according to sources. Getting closer to the Swamiji day-by-day, Ranjitha raised the topic to get married to the Swamiji. At one stage she had even cited the example of Vidyabhushan Swamiji of Udupi Mutt who had renounced sainthood to tie the knot. Extremely confident of convincing the Swamiji, Ranjitha wanted to snap her ties with her husband Rakesh Menon and their divorce case was lying in the court. Surprisingly, even Lenin Kuruppan was quite close to Ranjitha referring her as sister-in-law. Unfortunately, the Swamiji had refused to give consent to Ranjithas plan of marriage and even began neglecting her after developing friendship with another woman. The disgusted Ranjithas pleas fell on the deaf ears of the Swamiji, according to sources. Swamiji in exile, fears for his life Bangalore, Mar. 9- Nitya Sa-chidananda, one of the senior disciples of the sex-tainted Godman, Paramahamsa Nithya-nanda, has claimed that their Swamiji is in exile for security reasons. Addressing a press meet in Bangalore, he said that the Swamiji was somewhere in Kumbh Mela going on at Haridwar. He refuted all allegations and claimed that modern computer graphics made it easy to manipulate images and all this was the work of disgruntled elements.

AMMA gives Thilakan another chance

The Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes (AMMA) Monday decided to give actor Thilakan one more chance to appear before them to sort out issues after he was suspended for indiscipline. Thilakan was suspended last Monday from AMMA following his tirade against the association and other senior actors. On March 1, after he failed to appear before the AMMA disciplinary committee, it asked Thilakan to appear before it latest by Monday, which he did not do. Addressing reporters after the five-member disciplinary committee met here, AMMA general secretary and superstar Mohanlal said the associaion has no intention to oust the veteran actor from AMMA. Thilakan is one of the senior most members of our family and we have nothing against him and we have no intention of ousting him. We have decided to give him one more chance to sort out issues. He can come before the executive committee and we are prepared for a personal hearing. And if need be, if he so desires, one of us is prepared to go and meet him also, Mohanlal said. Meanwhile, reacting to the AMMA decision, Thilakan said that if it is to be an honourable meeting then he will cooperate. Maybe they have realized that, it is not that easy to throw me out because I will not simply sit. If need be, I will stage a protest against ousting me...and seek compensation, Thilakan said. The entire issue started when he was dropped after he was signed and paid advance to act in the film Christian Brothers. He claims that he was dropped after a superstar put pressure on the director to drop him. There are two superstars in Malayalam films, Mammootty and Mohanlal. In a related development, Thilakan and his supporters Monday marched towards the shooting location of an English film Dam 999 at Alappuzha after he was ousted from the film following alleged pressure from a film organisation

Monday, March 8, 2010

82nd Annual Academy Awards Winners announced

The 82nd annual Oscars have wrapped up for another year, and the big winner is The Hurt Locker.

The film took home six awards, most notably for Best Picture. Kathryn Bigelow won for Best Director, making her the first woman to win that particular award in Oscar history.

She beat out ex-husband James Cameron, who was nominated for Avatar.

The picture also took home awards for Best Original Screenplay, Best Film Editing, and two in the sound category: Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing.

The major winners in the actor category were Jeff Bridges for Best Actor in Crazy Heart, and Christoph Waltz, for Best Supporting Actor in Inglourious Basterds.

The Best Actress award went to Sandra Bullock for her role in The Blind Side.

Despite Avatar having nine nominations, they only earned three awards: Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects.

Other notable winners?

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire: MoNique won for Best Supporting Actress, and the film won for Best Adapted Screenplay. And Up has taken home two as well: One for Best Animated Feature and another for Best Original Score.

Awards were given out to Music by Prudence in the Best Documentary (Short Subject) category, to Star Trek for Best Makeup, to Logorama for Best Short Film (Animated), and to The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart) won for Best Music (Original Song)..

The award for Best Short (Live Action) Film went to The New Tenants, and best Costume Design went to The Young Victoria.

And other winners were The Cove, which took home the Oscar for Best Feature Documentary, and The Secret in their Eyes (El Secreto de sus Ojos) for Best Foreign Language Film.

Canadians were shut out of all the Oscar categories

Telugu version of \"Big B\" on Mar19th

Malayalam movie Big B was one of the hits of 2007. The movie starred Megastar Mammootty in the lead and was directed by Amal Neerad. Now the dubbed version of the movie is all set to release in Telugu. The Telugu version will be released on March 19thunder the banner Sri Varalakshmi Narasimha Productions. The mesmerizing seductress Mamta Mohandas plays the heroine in this on

Telugu version of \"Big B\" on Mar19th

Malayalam movie Big B was one of the hits of 2007. The movie starred Megastar Mammootty in the lead and was directed by Amal Neerad. Now the dubbed version of the movie is all set to release in Telugu. The Telugu version will be released on March 19thunder the banner Sri Varalakshmi Narasimha Productions. The mesmerizing seductress Mamta Mohandas plays the heroine in this on

Priyadarshan and actor Mohanlal team backing out from IPL plans !

Keralas dream to field a team in the Indian Premier League (IPL) has suffered a reversal with the ace film director Priyadarshan and actor Mohanlal team backing out from it. Citing the reasons for withdrawal from the IPL, Priyadarshans assistant told PTI over telephone that the change in rules, at a short notice, which stipulates about Rs 5000 crore as net worth RPT net worth for a team has come as a jolt. Earlier, speaking to a Malayalam television channel, Priyadarshan had said the information regarding the change in rules was given at a short notice and it was extremely difficult to source funds for the same. Even in a smaller bid, informations were passed on to the bidders much earlier. We do not know vested interest was behind it and it was quite unfortunate, he added.

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Azhikode puts an indefinite Satyagraha against Mohanlal

Sukumar Azhikode has been waging a fight against superstar Mohanlal for a long time. There have been allegations after allegations against each other. The latest we hear is that Azhikode has asked all people from the state to wage an indefinite Satyagraha against Mohanlal. The reason is that the state government had appointed Lal as the brand ambassador for Khadi products. Terming it as the biggest fault of the government, he has asked the government to immediately revoke the decision.

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Charmi files case against TV channel

The latest gossip making rounds is that actress Charmi who has acted in almost all south Indian languages has filed a case against Maa TV, a popular Telugu channel. Apparently, her claim was that the channel has aired some of her images which had more skin show. She also alleged that these pictures were secretly taken by producer Yalamanchi Ravichand when she had slipped and fallen down. She claimed that the producer has used these images to use them for publicity for his movie. No formal confirmations have been received on this one though

Rajat Kapoor replaces Thilakan in \"Dam999\" !

Looks like with all the news off late, it was evident that veteran Thilakan will be replaced. Well that is exactly what has happened. After dropping the veteran actor from the movie Dam 999, a Bollywood actor has been roped in for that role. Sources claim that Bollywood actor Rajat Kapoor who has done many off beat movies will play the role. Meanwhile, Thilakan has asked for the compensation and a written statement with the reasons for his removal

Cartoonist Toms enters into films

There wouldnt be a Malayali around who hasnt browsed through the pages of Bobanum Moliyum, the cartoon magazine that has been a rage with readers for several years now. The creator of Boban and Moli, cartoonist Toms is now venturing into films. Toms, in a press conference last week revealed that the film would have Boban and Moli arriving at a Panchayat and becoming involved in the happenings there. The trademark humor that makes the siblings so dear, would be faithfully maintained. The story, script and dialogues of the film would be jointly written by Toms and Vijayakumar Thiruvalla. The film would be directed by Vijayakumar. The cast of the film has not yet been finalized. Readers can be a part of the film making process too. Readers have been invited to send in creative ideas that involve Boban, Moli, Unnikuttan, Chettan, Chettathi, Pothan Vakeel, Appi Hippy and other characters to Kalamandir Arts, No.1239, Bavas Buildings, Krishnaswamy Road, Cochin - 35. Prize winners would receive a free yearly subscription to the cartoon magazine, and also opportunities to get involved in the film

Thilakan to offer explanation to AMMA

Thilakan who has been asked by AMMA to offer an explanation for the controversy that he had generated in the last few weeks would do so today. Thilakan is reported to offer an explanation through a special messenger to AMMA. The allegations that the actor had levelled against the association have been several. Thilakan had lashed out against AMMA, alleging that it was a mafia organisation. He had also lashed out against the superstars saying that one superstar in particular was against his being thrown out of the Joshey film Christian Brothers. AMMA had retaliated with equal strength and had asked the actor to apologise. He was also asked to appear before the disciplinary committee of the association on March 1. Thilakan had refused saying that he was busy with the shoot of Dam 999, his Hollywood project. Follwing this, AMMA had granted Thilakan a weeks time till March 8th to offer en explanation, failing which disciplinary action might be taken against the actor.

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Deepu - Prithvi film \"Teja Bhai\"

Deepu Karunakaran, the young director who had directed Winter and Crazy Gopalan is already on with his next project. Deepu has signed up none other than dashing young star Prithviraj for his next film titled Teja Bhai. Teja Bhai is expected to be a comedy thriller. Deepu says his new film would definitely be a different experience for the viewers since it has been scripted with much care. The heroine of the film is yet to be finalized. The film would be produced by P K Muraleedharan and Shantha Murali under the banner of Anantha Vision. Anantha Vision had earlier produced several Prithviraj films like Chocolate, Classmates and Robinhood

Friday, March 5, 2010

Mohanlal to start his training

Lt. Col. Mohanlal would arrive at Kannur on the 24th of this month to start his training. Mohanlal was made Lieutenant Colonel at a special ceremony at the office of the Defence Ministry last year. The actor had also taken part in the parade at New Delhi on the 19th of October last year. After three days of preliminary training the actor would have to go through a month of army training as well. Mohanlal would receive training in using machine guns and even in the unearthing and defusing of landmines. Mohanlal would also receive a three month training at the Haryana Territorial Army Academy where he would learn to use armoured fighting vehicles as the tank. He would also get an opportunity to learn to use military communications equipment during the training

\"If they wanted to give a doctorate for acting, there are people like Kalamandalam Gopi aasaan who are much more deserving than Lal\" :Azhikode

Sukumar Azhikode seems to be in no reconciliatory mood. The orator has lashed out against Mohanlal again by saying that the decision to confer an honorary doctorate on the actor should be reconsidered. The Kaladi University had decided to confer an honorary doctorate on the actor. Azhikode suggested today that the Governor who is the Chancellor, should interfere in the matter. Azhikode said that if they wanted to give a doctorate for acting, there are people like Kalamandalam Gopi aasaan who are much more deservingthan Mohanlal. Azhikode had earlier also opposed the actor having been made lieutenant colonel and also his being the brand ambassador of Khadi. The scuffle between the actor and the scholar commenced last week after the two got involved in the controversy that was started by actor Thilakan. Mohanlal in an uncharacteristic move had chosen to retaliate to Azhikodes comments. Ever since, Azhikode who has never minced words when it comes to expressing opinions had been severely criticizing Lal

\"A person who endorses liquor is now endorsing Khadi products. This is a disgrace to Mahatma Gandhi\":Azhikode

For the second day running noted critic Sukumar Azhikode blasted Malayali actor Mohanlal for using his army uniform to endorse products such as jewellery and khadi. Sukumar Thursday asked Defence Minister A.K. Antony, who made Mohanlal an honorary Lt. Colonel in the Territorial Army, for an explanation. \"Just because he has acted in a few films as an army officer he was commissioned into the TA battalion. And now he uses that (his uniform) to sell jewellery. Antony owes an explanation for this,\" Azhikode told reporters here. Azhikode and Mohanlal have been at loggerheads ever since the former came out in the open to defend thespian Thilakan whose outbursts against superstars led to his suspension from the Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes (AMMA) Monday. \"The state government should appoint a committee to inquire about the undesirable activities in AMMA where there are allegations of sexual exploitation taking place,\" said Azhikode. It was a disgrace that Mohanlal was made the brand ambassador to promote the use of Khadi products by the Kerala government, he said. \"A person who endorses liquor is now endorsing Khadi products. This is a disgrace to Mahatma Gandhi,\" Azhikode said.

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\'New Generation Superstar\' is Busy

Prithviraj is one of the most sought after actors in south these days. Hence there is no doubt that he hardly has time to spare these days. The actor is said to have so many in his credit that he may not be able to take any more work for the next two years. Sources indicate that he will start shooting for the movie titled \"Sinkaravel\" by the first week of May. This one will be directed and scripted by Deepan who had already given him a hit in \"Puthiya Mukham

Sameera Reddy ready to strikes on Mollywood with Mohanlal

Sameera Reddy is one of the hot actresses in Indian cinema. She has acted in many Hindi movies and also in Tamil. Now the actress is all set to make her Malayalam debut in movie \"Oru Naal Varum\". The movie directed by T K Rajeev Kumar will have superstar Mohanlal and the highly talented Sreenivasan in the lead and produced by Maniyan Pillai Raju. The trio is coming together in a movie after a long time

\"Mohanlal misused the Colonel status\": Azhikode

Critic Sukumar Azhikode on Thursday urged the State Government to conduct a public inquiry into the activities of the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA). Addressing a meet-the-press programme here on Friday, he said the inquiry commission should look into the corruption and other unhealthy activities of AMMA and cine artists. �A change in the leadership of AMMA is necessary for the healthy growth of Malayalam film industry,� he said. He said actor Mohanlal misused the Colonel status in the Territorial Army by posing in uniform for the advertisement of Malabar Gold in national dailies on August 15, 2009. He said that the decision of Sree Sankara University of Sanskrit, Kalady, to confer the D Litt title on Mohanlal was unwarranted

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Short Film Fest of Kerala in June

Come June and the city will host the third Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala. The festival, being organised by the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy for the State Cultural Affairs Department, will begin on June 11 and continue till June 15.

Aimed at catalysing a vibrant documentary and short film movement in the State, the festival would reflect the exploding nature of the visual medium in its many facets of creativity and resistance.

As part of the festival, there will be a national-level competition for long documentaries, short documentaries, animation and short fiction films produced in India between May 1, 2009 and April 25, 2010. The last date for sending in entries for the festival is May 5, 2010.

What�s more, there will even be a Campus Films Competition for films produced by students from educational institutions in the State, above the higher secondary level. The films will have to be 20 minutes or less in duration. The director of the film has to be above 18 years at the time of production. The best campus film will bring a cash prize of Rs 20,000 and a certificate to the creative team.

As the visual media is now used by image-makers from all walks of life to express, experiment, learn and as an effective tool to conscientise and bring about social change, a director or production company may enter more than one film, provided a separate entry form accompanies each film.

However, all non-English-speaking projects must have English subtitles.

The Kerala State Chalachitra Academy will appoint a selection committee consisting of eminent persons, including filmmakers and others from different fields. No person with any involvement in the films will be present on the selection committee.

The best long documentary (40 minutes and above) will get a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh and a certificate. The best short documentary, with a length of less than 40 minutes, will bag a cash prize of Rs 50,000 and a certificate. The best Short Fiction (under 70 minutes) also gets a cash prize of Rs 50,000 and a certificate. The best animation and the best music video will each get a cash prize of Rs 25,000 and a certificate.

Entries have to be sent to the Secretary, Kerala State Chalachitra Academy, Mani Bhavan, Sasthamangalam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala - 695 010. For more details, contact over telephone number 0471-2310323, e-mail: or log on to

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Mohanlal is now turning to Gandhian

Superstar Mohanlal who has endorsed a lot of luxury items like gold, real estate, financial companies, textiles and has even done a surrogate ad for a liquor company, is now turning Gandhian! Mohanlal has accepted Kerala Industries Minister Elamaram Karim�s plea to become the goodwill ambassador of Khadi and Handloom clothes in the State. Karim also said that the actor would do it free of cost. Elamaram Karim said : � The clothes woven by these sectors wove many lives as well. Support for them would not only boost their production but also strengthen the culture and heritage of the State. Hats off to Mohanlal for supporting Khadi.Now, sources indicate that he has accepted to be the goodwill ambassador for khadi and handloom clothes. This was after Industries Minister Elamaram Karim met him and requested him to be so. Mohanlal is already the ambassador for Kerala AIDS control society

Resul Pookutty to get a doctorate

Oscar winner Resul Pookutty has become a name to reckon with in Indian cinema. Now, he is all set to receive a doctorate from Sanskrit University in Kerala. He will receive the doctorate on March 16th, according to sources. Speaking about the same, Resul said that he is excited about the honor especially since it was from the Sanskrit University. Meanwhile he added that he has two Hollywood projects in his kitty. Advance congratulations to Resul on his special honor.

The fight seems to have taken a legal turn ?

While the fight between Thilakan and AMMA has been going on, another fight between Sukumar Azhikode and Mohanlal has been brewing. Now the fight seems to have taken a legal turn. Sources indicate that Mohanlal will sue Azhikode for his accusations. Azhikode had charged that Mohanlal had seized his late brothers property. Meanwhile Azhikode too seems to be planning to sue Mohanlal for calling him mentally unstable

Priyanandan\'s next venture \"Sambho Mahadeva\".

Popular director Priyanandan is on a high these days since his movie \"Sufi Paranja Katha\" is running successfully. The director meanwhile seems to be all set for his next venture. This one is tentatively titled \"Sambho Mahadeva\". This one is expected to be a satirical comedy and different from his other ventures. It is supposedly based on a story by director Renjith. Currently the ground work is on and more details would be revealed soon

Prithviraj\'s signed up for \'Mumbai Dost\'

Prithviraj has signed up for a new film titled Mumbai Dost to be directed by debutante director Fazal. Fazal had worked as an associate director in several films directed by the director duo Rafi and Mecartin. The heroine of the film is yet to decided. Incidentally, Fazals first film would also be scripted by Rafi and Mecartin who had earlier scripted several successful films. The film would be produced by Howly Pottur under the banner of Dreamteam Productions. Mumbai Dost would be shot on locations in Kerala, Tamilnadu and Mumbai

\"There is no ban for Thilakan in my films\": Shaji N Karun

Renowned director Shaji N Karun said on Monday that if there was a role that suited Thilakan in his film, he would offer the role to the actor irrespective of who opposed it. If associations or technicians opposed his decision in this regard, it would be truly tragic. Shaji was talking at the press meet organized by the Kottayam Press Club. An artiste is public property and he is above all associations. And every association should realize goodness. Shaji said that the treatment meted out to Thilakan by the association was not right. An individual has often set right groups, and it has never been the other way round, Shaji pointed out. If Thilakan is not given an opportunity to act in films, it would be a loss to the film audience. Shaji also hoped that the questions that Thilakan has raised would lead to a cleansing process in the film industry. When asked about his latest film Kutti Sranku that had Mammootty in the lead, Shaji said that the film was getting readied for release in Kerala. The pre-production works of his next film Kadal that would have Mohanlal as its hero is also on

\"There is no ban for Thilakan in my films\": Shaji N Karun

Renowned director Shaji N Karun said on Monday that if there was a role that suited Thilakan in his film, he would offer the role to the actor irrespective of who opposed it. If associations or technicians opposed his decision in this regard, it would be truly tragic. Shaji was talking at the press meet organized by the Kottayam Press Club. An artiste is public property and he is above all associations. And every association should realize goodness. Shaji said that the treatment meted out to Thilakan by the association was not right. An individual has often set right groups, and it has never been the other way round, Shaji pointed out. If Thilakan is not given an opportunity to act in films, it would be a loss to the film audience. Shaji also hoped that the questions that Thilakan has raised would lead to a cleansing process in the film industry. When asked about his latest film Kutti Sranku that had Mammootty in the lead, Shaji said that the film was getting readied for release in Kerala. The pre-production works of his next film Kadal that would have Mohanlal as its hero is also on

Its confirmed Thilakan is out from \"Dam 999\"

Thilakan is out of the Hollywood project that he was supposed to join today. The director of the film Dam 999, Sohan Roy said today that Thilakan would not be a part of the film anymore. Sohan said that they have received a notice from FEFCA stating that if Thilakan acted in the film, the association would boycott it. Sohan said they were forced to seek for a substitute for Thilakan when it came to a point that shooting might be disrupted. The decision to keep Thilakan out of the project came soon after the news that Thilakan has been suspended from AMMA. Sohan said that if it was difficult to shoot the film in Kerala, the location would be shifted to Srilanka.

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Monday, March 1, 2010

Thampi Antony, second time in Hollywood !

The noted personality Thampi Antony is the elder brother of Babu Antony, the popular director. Thampi has already done a Hollywood flick \'Beyond the Soul\" in which his performance was much appreciated. Now he is all set to be part of yet another Hollywood flick. This one titled \"Cash\" will star Sean Bean in the lead. Thampi will play the role of a Sardarji in this one and it is slated to be a promising venture.

Azhikode levies more charges against Mohanlal Azhikode levies more charges against Mohanlal

Sukumar Azhikode has been leveling charges after charges against superstar Mohanlal lately. Recently he said that Mohanlal had snatched away his brother\'s property from his wife and child. He said that a senior officer working at secretariat had revealed this piece of news to him. He added that he is willing to withdraw the charges if proven false. He also had a dig at the actor and asked him to do roles befitting his age. All eyes and ears are now focused towards Lal ettan to see what he has to say regarding this.

Kerala film crisis turns into ugly spat between writer, superstar !

The controversy following the removal of thespian Thilakan from Mohanlal-starrer Christian Brothers has unfolded into a no-holds-barred slanging match involving writers and matinee idols in the state. To add fuel to the fire, fans associations too have hit the streets pledging solidarity with their stars and burning the effigies of those opposing them. Earlier, AITUC, the trade union wing of the CPI, had declared its support for Thilakan �as the issue concerned a worker�s job security�. Soon, noted writers and Left sympathisers M Mukundan and Sukumar Azhikode jumped into the fray, saying editing out Thilakan was unfair. Mukundan retreated after one sortie, but Azhikode did not. Backing Thilakan, Azhikode mounted an attack on Mohanlal and Mammooty, who have dominated the Malayalam film industry for 25 years. The writer, however, did not mind offering his services to settle the differences between the industry and Thilakan. Irritated over Azhikode�s interference, Mohanlal squarely told the writer to keep away from the industry matters.

Mammootty tried to make peace with Thilakan !

Megastar Mammootty Saturday tried to make peace with Thilakan by saying he never called for a ban on the veteran actor in the industry and is willing to work with him. \"I have nothing against Thilakan and will certainly act with him. The issue with Thilakan will be resolved by AMMA (Association of Malayalam Movies Artistes) soon. We never called for a ban of Thilakan. We will make no public statements in this regard and we are not interested in a media trial either,\" Mammootty said. Thilakan is in dispute with various film workers organisations, including the AMMA, for his utterances against some superstars and select directors. He replied to a show-cause notice from the AMMA, saying he has done no wrong and the question of an apology does not arise. The dispute led to a public slugfest with both sides taking a dig at each other. Noted critic Sukumar Azhikode slammed superstars Mammootty and Mohanlal and asked them to stop acting and endorsing jewellery brands. Azhikode said the two superstars should call it a day and remarked that if both of them come without make up, many people will faint. To this AMMA president and comic actor Innocent retorted that if Azhikode is to endorse jewellery brands then people who buy it will return them. Mammootty, trying to bring peace between two sides said since Thilakan expressed his inability to appear before AMMA March 1, then the movie association will give a new date set according to the actors convenience. \"Thilakan is an elder statesman of our fraternity and instead of keeping away from AMMA, he should be the guiding force to all of us,\" said Mammootty. Reacting to Mammoottys statement, Thilakan said: \"Honestly I have nothing against Mammootty and Mohanlal and I do respect their talents. I will talk to Mammootty if he calls me.\"

\"Am suspected Ganesh Kumar is behind the people who attacked me: Thilakan

Thilakan said that he suspected K B Ganesh Kumar MLA to be behind the people who attacked him at Pathanapuram. Thilakan was speaking to members of the press at Cherthala. Thilakan said that it was a person who claimed that he was Ganesh Kumar\'s personal assistant who had hurled abuses at him, and who had attempted to manhandle him. Thilakan said that he has just responded to Ganesh\'s comments that it was not right on Thilakan\'s part to speak against AMMA since he was getting a pension from the association. In reality, he hasn\'t received any money from AMMA for the past one and half years. It was regarding this matter that he had spoken at Pathanapuram. Thilakan also supported Azhikode yesterday and said that the general public held him in high esteem. Those who were abusing Azhikode will be despised by the public. He also said that he had nothing to say about Innocent who claimed to have understood nothing after reading Azhikode\'s books.

\"Am very well aware of what people were saying about Azhikode\" :Mohanlal

Superstar Mohanlal said on Wednesday that he was very well aware of what people were saying about Azhikode. He was talking to members of the media, after Azhikode relaunched his attacks on the star yesterday. Mohanlal said that he had not used the term ayaal in a derogatory sense while referring to Azhikode. The word simply means that person. Azhikode who is a literary genius should be well aware of its meaning. Mohanlal also took offence to Azhikodes comments on the stars driver having turned into a producer. Lal said that every job has a dignity. There is not much of a use in merely writing forty books. What one should really learn is to behave well with other people. Mohanlal concluded by saying that he has erased Sukumar Azhikode from his mind.

Innocent is not innocent as a man: Azhikode

Sukumar Azhikode aimed his guns at actor Innocent the other day, when he said that Innocent was not as innocent as he seems. He said the dictionary also attributes other meanings to the word innocent; like one who has no sense, for instance. The actor is just proving that he is living up to the meaning of his name. Azhikode was interacting with the media at a press conference at Kozhikode. Innocent had requested Azhikode to refrain from getting involved from the Thilakan controversy and to stay at home chanting the raam naam. Azhikode said it just proved Innocents senselessness further when he made this comment. Its not old people who chant the raam naam, but people with faith in their hearts. Gandhiji used to chant the raam naam because he was a believer in Raam. Azhikode also said Innocent had no right to ask him to keep his mouth shut. He would continue to express his opinion as long as the Indian Constitution exists. \"I have always criticized the wrong. I had done this from the time, when I was twelve, and I would continue doing so,\" Azhikode added. Azhikode also made fun of Innocent for having suggested that his language was bad. He said Innocent was the second person who said so. The firs person was Kuttikrishna Marar. On Marars advice he had tried to improve his language, that has become a good one. However during the last week, it has deteriorated again, because of his interactions with people like Innocent. Azhikode also said it was false to say that he charged for his speeches. He just charged for transportation and nothing else. On an average he gets around hundred invitations per month to speak, and reduces it to about thirty. If he were to charge for his speeches, he would have long become a billionaire.

\"Mohanlal\'s films will end when he stops acting. However my forty books, that are a reflection of my soul\": Azhikode

Sukumar Azhikode on Wednesday launched a new array of attacks against Superstar Mohanlal, in retaliation to Mohanlals interactions with the media personnel the other day. Azhikode alleged that Mohanlal was repeating what he was saying because of his frantic attempts to regain his fast disappearing youth. Azhikode said that Mohanlal doesnt have an idea about the nations culture. Its the belief that he is the prince of showbiz that is leading the star. People will get to see the real star, if he removes his wig, Azhikode added sarcastically. The orator said that it was not just enough that there was goodness in the characters that the star portrays. There should atleast be an iota of goodness in the heart as well. \"Mohanlals films will end when he stops acting. However my forty books, that are a reflection of my soul, will stand the tests of time,\" Azhikode said. Azhikode also said that Mohanlal should not brand him as one who didnt see films. Because the acceptance that the star has got is the acceptance for buffoonery. He has had enough seeing such films, and he also said that he considered himself lucky that he did not have to see more. When asked about fans associations, Azhikode said that they were a kind of mafia organizations. He also lashed out against K B Ganesh Kumar and said that his intelligence was not developed enough to question Azhikodes excellence.