Home Regional Cinema Kollywood Rajinikanth’s ‘Petta’ to release on Pongal next year? Here’s what we know

Rajinikanth’s ‘Petta’ to release on Pongal next year? Here’s what we know

Megastar Rajinikanth’s upcoming project ‘Petta’ which was previously named ‘Thalaivar 165’ might hit the screens on the auspicious occasion of Pongal next year. The makers will be eyeing the festive time as Thalaiva is a crowd puller.

‘Petta’ is currently been shot and recently actor Bobby Simha revealed the date of release. According to thenewsminute.com, Bobby, who was present at the special screening of the Vikram starrer Saamy Square was quizzed by the reporters about ‘Petta’ release date. And guess what, he replied saying that the film will come out on Pongal.

The makers are yet to officially announce the release date.

The film is being helmed by young director Karthik Subbaraj and the shooting of the venture has already begun. The amazingly striking image of Rajinikanth in the motion poster was the talking point some time back.

Earlier, it was titled ‘Thalaivar 165’ marking the 165th film of the legend. Anirudh Ravichander is composing the music of the venture. Trisha Krishnan and Simran will be seen in leading roles reportedly.

Also, ‘Petta’ marks the debut of Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s Tamil debut. The classic actor will be seen playing a grey character in the movie while Vijay Sethupathi too will be seen in an important part.

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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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