Home Regional Cinema Kollywood Mani Ratnam is back with ‘Chekka Chivantha Vaanam’

Mani Ratnam is back with ‘Chekka Chivantha Vaanam’

The countdown has begun for Mani Ratnam’s new film Chekka Chivantha Vaanam, releasing on September 27 in the UAE.

For fans of the maverick Tamil director, it’s like waiting for a festival.

Celebrated for his engaging stories that are diverse in content and narration, the auteur of 35 years pushes the envelope every time with something new. Here are all the things you need to know about the film, which translates to Crimson Red Sky.


Chekka Chivantha Vaanam is as star-studded as they come: From veterans of his earlier films — Prakash Raj, Arvind Swami, Jayasudha — to repeat actors such as Aditi Rao Hydari, Chekka Chivantha Vaanam promises power-packed performances. Other cast members include established actors Jyotika, Vijay Sethupathy, Arun Vijay, Aishwarya Rajesh, Thiagarajan, as well as Malayalam actor Sarath Appani of Angamaly Diaries and newcomer Dayana Erappa.


The film is a family drama with gangster elements: The ever-versatile actor Prakash Raj plays Senapathi, the patriarch and a business magnate. The trailers suggest a murky side to the enterprise. Veteran Telugu actress Jayasudha is Senapathi’s wife, who is doing her second film with Ratnam after Alaipayuthe.

“It’s always great to be on the sets of Mani Ratnam,” said the actress with more than 300 films to her credit and winner of several awards.

“Mani Ratnam chooses his actors only when he is convinced of them in a role. Working with him is like being on your first film. There is something to learn. We don’t see actors but only the characters,” she said. “Every character is distinguished by its own separate voice. Mani Ratnam does not believe in dramatic dialogues but in a natural flow. He does not okay a shot unless he is fully satisfied. CCV is a family drama — a story of relationships and I play the matriarch of this family. It’s my eighth film with Prakash Raj. After a Mani Ratnam film, I inevitably fall in love with acting again.”

Going against the grain, Ratnam, who introduced Arvind Swami as the soft hero now dispels his earlier images from ThalapathiRojaBombay and even Kadal, with a look that is a complete antithesis to his earlier characters. Swami here plays Varadan, the eldest son of Senapathi. The trailers reveal a tough personality who will go to any length to secure his place as the rightful heir of Senapathi, even if it means a war with his siblings.

Jyotika plays his onscreen wife. However, Varadan seems to be in an extra-marital affair with a television channel reporter played by Aditi Rao Hydari.

Aishwarya Rajesh is paired opposite Arun Vijay. Simbu and Dayanna Erappa make the last pair.


Cinematographer Santosh Sivan, who has several international and national awards to his credit, works with Ratnam for the sixth time. Sivan won the Indian National Award for Ratnam’s films Iruvar and Dil Se, and described Ratnam as a filmmaker who always wants to innovate.

“He tries hard to steer away from the conventional and treats all his films like it’s his first one. CCV is a thriller and opens up doors to emotions. Brothers’ rivalry is very common, especially in powerful families. CCV has been shot in Dubai, Serbia, Chennai and Andhra Pradesh,” said Sivan

Seven time Indian National Award winning lyricist Vairamuthu, two of which he won for Ratnam films Roja and Kannathil Muthamittal, has written the lyrics set to music by AR Rahman.

The film has also been made in Tamil and Telugu. The Telugu version is titled Nawab.

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Home Regional Cinema Kollywood Rajnikant’s “Petta” Teaser released on his birthday today

Rajnikant’s “Petta” Teaser released on his birthday today

The teaser of upcoming Tamil action drama “Petta” is unveiled today on the occasion of megastar Rajinikanth’s 68th birthday.
The teaser gives us a glimpse of Rajinikanth in two avatars, sporting a handlebar moustache and a bearded look.
Going by the visuals, the teaser is a nostalgic throwback to the Rajinikanth of the 1990s.
“Petta” marks the first-time collaboration of Rajinikanth and Karthik Subbaraj.
At the audio launch of “Petta”, Rajinikanth said that Karthik directed him like a hardcore Rajinikanth fan.
“Karthik has a very different style of storytelling. He directed this film like a true Rajinikanth fan. ‘Petta’ is an entertaining throwback to the kind of films I did in 1990s. Karthik has extracted from me the kind of work I used to perform three to four decades ago,” he said.
Rajinikanth went on to describe “Petta” as a “beautiful film” best suited for a festival release.

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Home Regional Cinema Kollywood Tamil actor Vishal poses with bottle, courts controversy

Tamil actor Vishal poses with bottle, courts controversy

Tamil actor and general secretary of the actors body ‘Nadigar Sangam’, Vishal has courted controversy by posing with what appeared to be a beer bottle in the first look poster of his next movie ‘Ayogya’, drawing flak from the PMK.
Vishal shared the poster in his twitter handle saying ‘Here We Go….The First Look from my next movie, Ayogya…”

The film, written and directed by Venkat Mohan features the popular actor as a police officer and Rashi Khanna pairs with him in the flick.
Vishal, besides being the general secretary of Nadigar Sangam (South Indian Artistes’ Association), is also the president of the Tamil Film Producers Council. Seated on the bonnet of a ‘police’ jeep, Vishal, with dark glasses on, is seen holding the bottle stylishly.
Pattali Makkal Katchi founder leader S Ramadoss slammed Vishal saying he expected social responsibility from him.
“The first look poster in which actor Vishal appears with a beer bottle should be immediately withdrawn,” the top PMK leader said on his twitter handle. “What is that the actor tries to convey through this promotional material? I expect social responsibility from the general secretary of Nadigar Sangam.”
The PMK chief recalled that he had written to Vishal (since he was the general secretary of the actors body) seeking a ban on actors smoking on screen. “Going beyond smoking, he is posing with beer bottle. What a social responsibility,?” he asked sarcastically.
The first look poster of Vijay-starrer ‘Sarkar’ too had invited the wrath of the PMK and anti-tobacco groups months ago since the actor had posed smoking a cigarette for it. The poster was subsequently withdrawn and not used for promotion of the movie.

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Home Regional Cinema Kollywood ZEE5 premieres Tamil silent thriller ‘Mercury’

ZEE5 premieres Tamil silent thriller ‘Mercury’

ZEE5, one of India’s leading digital video on demand platforms, has been consistently setting the audience expectations higher with new digital premieres every week, fresh off the theatre. This week, to fortify its content library even further, ZEE5 premieres Tamil film Mercury, a silent thriller written and directed by renowned filmmaker Karthik Subbaraj. Mercury has a power packed star cast including Prabhu Deva, Remya Nambeesan, Sananth Reddy, Narendran, Deepak Paramesh, Shashank Purushotham and Anish Padmanabhan.

Mercury revolves around five friends who try to cover up a death of the friend who accidentally died of mercury poisoning. Problem arises when the dead friend comes out of his grave! Will he take revenge? What is the truth behind his death?

Manish Aggarwal, Business Head, ZEE5 India said, “ZEE5 has witnessed unchartered growth in regional markets. We have strengthened our Tamil portfolio with interesting originals like Kallachirippu and America Mappillai along with latest movies. With a gripping narrative, differentiator of a ‘silent thriller’ and a stellar cast, Karthik Subbaraj’s Mercury clearly stands out. We hope that with this launch on the platform, audiences will enjoy the film again with new vigour.”

Karthik Subbaraj, Director, Mercury, commented, “The positive response that my maiden digital venture Kallachirippu received on ZEE5 gave me the confidence that bringing my movie Mercury to ZEE5 straight after the theatre would be an interesting format. With the digital premiere of Mercury on the platform on 11th October, the audience will be delighted to use ZEE5 as their first preference for Tamil entertainment. I am confident that with the massive reach of ZEE5, Mercury will be seen and loved by many more viewers.”

With over 3500 films, 500+ TV shows, 4000+ music videos, 35+ theatre plays and 90+ LIVE TV Channels across 12 languages, ZEE5 truly presents a blend of unrivalled content offering for its viewers across the nation. With ZEE5, the global content of Zindagi as a brand, which was widely appreciated across the country, has also been brought back for its loyal viewers.

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