Glamorous Tamil actress Lakshmi Rai is going to make an appearance in the much-talked-about film Pazhassi Raja, a mega project in the combination of Hariharan-MT- Mammootty. The film has Padmapriya and Kanika in the female lead roles.
This tall and sizzling Belgaum beauty Lakshmi Rai made her debut in Tamil with Gajendra, a Vijaykanth film. She also acted opposite Parthiban in Kundakka Mandakka. Now she is playing a seductive role in Nenjaithodu.
Recently, she was offered to act opposite Mohanlal for a Malayalam film, but due to some unavoidable circumstances she could not take it up.
Heavy rain and floods washed away the sets of Pazhassi Raja worth Rs.50 lakhs yesterday, which caused for a delay in the shooting of the much awaited Mammootty film.
The shooting of Pazhassi Raja has been going on in Kannur for the past few weeks. There was a huge palace set erected for the film which worth Rs.50 lakhs. But more than half of the set has damaged due to heavy rain. The floods washed away the set and the director immediately postponed the shoot indefinitely. Mammootty worries a lot as the film is already delayed for more than 6 months. Originally Pazhassi Raja has planned to release for Christmas 2007.
Hariharan's Magnum Opus Pazhassi Raja will be the Christmas film of Mammootty according to the latest schedules. The film which will be completed in a whooping five crore budget will hit the screens on the 25th of December. The film which is produced by Gokulam Gopalan is now being shot at Thalasserry now, but will take another eighty-five days to complete.
Mammootty has allotted more than two months to complete this historical which may well become a path breaking attempt in Malluwood. The film which is made with the aids of latest technical advancements is being shot with Pan Vision camera. Ace Tamil actor Sarath Kumar also debuts into Malayalam with this film playing Edachena Kunkan, the best friend of Pazhassi Raja.
The film has a very big cast including Kanika, Manoj K Jayan, Biju Menon, Thilakan, Cochin Haneefa and Kalabhavan Mani.
Mammootty's magnum opus flick of the year Pazhassi Raja will have many specialties other than being teaming up with M.T. Vasudevan Nair and Hariharan. The film will be the first one to be shot on Pan Vision camera after the famous Vanaprastham.
The film will have three heroines--Padmapriya appearing as an aadivaasi girl, Sneha appearing as Pazhassi's wife and Hollywood actress Linda Arsanio as an English women. Linda Arsenio is presently acting with Samuel F Jackson in an English movie. Grapevine says that Linda was made to agree for the film, by paying her astronomical amounts as her remuneration.
Veteran Tamil actor Sarathkumar is making his Malayalam debut with Pazhassi Raja, starring Mammootty in the lead. The magnus opus historical film, directed by Hariharan and scripted by M.T. Vasudevan Nair, has Mammootty playing the title role.
Sarath plays the role of Edachena Kunkan, close associate of Pazhassi Raja. He is not the only actor from Kollywood who is making an entry into Malayalam film industry with this movie. Famous actress Kanihaa plays the role of Kaitheri Makkom; Suman, who was the villain in Sivaji, plays the role of Pazhaiveetan Chandu in this film.
Sarath Kumar is now foraying to Malayalam with Pazhassi Raja. He has donned the role of the lieutenant to Pazhassi Raja in the movie. The movie witnesses the coming together of M T Vasudevan Nair and Hariharan.
On accepting to act in a Malayalam film, the president of South India Film Artistes Association, Sarath Kumar says, “I was moved by the story. Pazhassi Raja had fought the Britishers even before the 1857 Sepoy Mutiny. To be part of such an engrossing tale is a great feeling”.
Sarath Kumar had acted in several Telugu films at the beginning of his career. On being part of a Mammootty film, he says, “He is a talented actor. To share the screen with him is a great joy”.
The movie stars Mammootty in the title role. The cast includes Kanika and Padmapriya. Music is by Ilayaraja.
Mammootty's magnum opus 'Pazhassi Raja’,which has been in the production activities for the last couple of years, has once again started its shoot.
This shooting schedule, actually the sixth schedule of the film, will go on till the last week of this month. This two week shoot is planned at picturesque Kudaku.
The movie which started it shoot last year in August has been facing a lot of problems to complete the shooting, primarily due to that the movie demands big sets and effective artworks as it is a period film.
Featuring the big cast lines which includes Kollywood super star Sarath Kumar, Suman, Jagathy, Thilakan and Kanika, the movie is expected to hit the theatres as an Onam release.
2011/9/1 3:56:18 Actress Aishwarya Bachchan, who has been honoured with the Abhinaya Kala Ratna by the Pazhassi Raja Charitable Trust, has thanked her colleagues, fans and family for their support throughout her 14-year-old film career.
"I'd like to dedicate this award to every professional I've worked with throughout my career and to all my audiences in India and the world over for their love, support and blessings... and my family," Aishwarya, who couldn't attend the ceremony, said Wednesday in a statement.
The 37-year-old, who is expecting her first child with husband Abhishek Bachchan, could not attend the event in Mumbai Aug 25 as she had a prior family commitment out of town. However, she acknowledged the award through her message.
Aishwarya's father-in-law, Amitabh Bachchan had received the same award in 2010 for his contribution to the Hindi film industry.
Pazhassi Raja Charitable Trust was formed with the intention of remembering freedom fighter Veera Pazhassi Rajaand and his patriotism and of introducing him to the new generation. (IANS)
2006/11/20 17:58:11 The prestigious Raja-Lakshmi Foundation award for the year 2006 was presented to noted playback singer SP Balasubrahmanyam in Visakhapatnam on November 19. Sadguru Kandukuru Sivananda Murthy handed over the award to SP Balasubrahmanyam. Raja-Lakshmi Foundation trustee PV Ramanayya Raja, Sirivennela Sitaramasastry, LV Subrahmanyam and others arttended the function. Rs 1 lakh cash, a commendation certificate and a memento were presented as part of the award. SP Balasubrahmanyam says, 'I thank the jury members for selecting him to the prestigious award. I am very happy that I had the pride to take the honour, which was received by several eminent personalities in various fields, and was able to stand along with them.'
The biggest film of the recent times in Mollywood, 'Pazhassi Raja’ presented by Mammootty-M T Vasudevan Nair - Hariharan team, suffers from back to back bad luck. The shooting for the film has to be called off the fifth time, this time due to untimely heavy rains that hit the state. The whole crew including Mammootty and Kanika were shooting in the Mysore forests when heavy rains came as the villain destructing the costly shooting sets that were erected for the movie.
The movie which is budgeted at around eight crores was earlier planned to grace the theatres for this Vishu. But due to plenty of reasons and the clashes in the shoot dates of the artists, the film has to change its shooting schedules many times. Last year too, the shoot for the movie was cancelled due to heavy rains.
In the beginning of this month, two of the crew members met with an accidental death, while a lorry bringing the horses for shooting purposes turned upside down.
The constant delays in shooting have resulted in date problems of the artists associated with the movie. As per the present schedules, 'Pazhassi Raja' will find it difficult to grace the theatres, even for this Onam.
Kaniha, the petite actress who could never break into big league in spite of being beautiful and talented is turning to Malayalam for better prospects. She is superstar Mammootty’s heroine in the historical big budget film titled Pazhassi Raja.
She plays the princess (see pic) of Mammootty who dons the role of Pazhassi Raja the first King who took on British in the Malabar area. Tamil actor Sarathkumar and Padmapriya plays an important role in the film which is directed by veteran award winning director Hariharan. Camera is by Venu and is written by noted writer M.T.Vasudevan Nair.
Said Kaniha to Moviebuzz: “I consider myself so lucky to be a part of this film and especially opposite Mammootty sir. It’s every actors dream to do a Malyalam film where you get performance oriented roles. I have given bulk dates to the film which will be shot in Kerala”.
The Sivaji villain Suman was impressive when he played perfect foil to superstar Rajnikanth. Now he is playing villain to Malayalam megastar Mammootty in Hariharan's epic Pazhaasi Raja.
Suman is playing the role of the arch villain Pazhaiveetan Chandu in Pazhassi Raja, and is pitted against Mammootty and Sarath Kumar in the film. Suman a black belt holder has studied Kalaripayattu (sword fencing Kerala style) for the film under experts from the famous C.V.N Kalari. The noted stunt man Thyagarajan Master is the action director of the film and he was very impressed with Suman's scenes.
Says Suman: " It is a honour to work with Malayalam's best known script director M.T.Vasudevan Nair and internationally reputed director like Hariharan. In Malayalam the script is of paramount interest, and even though I'm doing a character with shades of grey in Pazhaasi Raja, my role is well etched and gives me an opportunity to perform along with an artist of Mammookka's caliber."
Pazhassi Raja is the costliest Malayalam film ever made and is being produced by Gokulam Gopalan. The shooting of the film is now going on in Kanjhangad and other areas in North Malabar.
Actor Sarathkumar is acting in a historical film- 'Pazhassi Raja'- with Malayalm superstar Mammooty.
This is the first time he is acting in a Malayalam movie, Sarathkumar told reporters here.
While Mammoty is donning the role of main character of Pazhassi Raja who waged a war against the British in the 18th century, his role is also equally important as that of the King's close confidant and lieutanant, Kunkan, Sarathkumar said
As the producer wanted to recreate the 1797 period, the budget may touch Rs. 15 crores to Rs. 20 crores for the film, he said.
The script is written by M T Vasudevan Nair and direction by Hariharan.
"Incidentally, Mamooty acted the first time in a Tamil film with me," said Sarathkumar, who floated a political outfit, All India Samathuva Makkal Katchi, five months ago.
Mammootty always makes a difference in his all steps. Now, what he has done reveals his sense of commitment and responsibility. The actor has utilized the dates earmarked for Pazhassi Raja, to complete another movie called One way Ticket, since the shooting of Pazhassi Raja was delayed due to the tension caused by the issues on the Hokkenekkal project in Karnataka. The result? Everybody is happy!
Utilizing the dates, Mammootty has totally completed his small part playing himself as Superstar for One way Ticket directed by Bipin Prabhakar. This is the second time that Mammootty appears himself as a superstar after Katha Parayumpol.
One Way Ticket is a story of crazy fans who dare to go any extent to promote the movies of their screen idols. The film features Prithviraj as Kunjali, a poor educated jeep driver, a crazy fan of the superstar. The movie depicts the interesting events in the life of Kunjali.
Recently, a scene in the upcoming Mammootty movie Parunthu was shot to show Kunjali meeting the star in one of his film sets. This was the first time in Malayalam films where an original scene of a movie is shot for being used in another movie. (Similar scenes were earlier shot for the Hindi film Guddi.)
Mammootty has been acclaimed for his performance both in Tamil and Malayalam films. However, the actor has been concentrating more on his Malayalam ventures since some time. As regular readers of galatta.com know, his last release in Tamil was Junior Senior. Now the actor returns to Tamil films with his Tamil movie Vande Matharam, which will be released in Tamil Nadu and Kerala simultaneously. The Telugu version will obviously be released in Andhra Pradesh. Vande Matharam (title is subject to change as given in another news item), produced by Henry Pankaj Productions, will be directed by Karthik. Mammootty will appear as a initially self-centred policeman; Sneha will take off in her role of an airlines pilot.
Mammootty's big budget movie Pazhassi Raja will be released in Tamil simultaneously along with the Malayalam version. Pazhassi Raja, produced by Sree Gokulam Movies, was launched recently in a gala function attended by many important personalities of the Malayalam film industry. Tamil superhero Sarath Kumar (who is also playing an important role in the film) also graced the occasion with his presence. Directed by Hariharan, the movie has the story and screenplay by M.T. Vasudevan Nair and Venu is the cameraman. Music maestro Illyaraja scores the music for songs penned by O.N.V. Kurup
Sridevi as Heroine in 'Adi Lakshmi' which is made by Vishwak Movies with Shrikant, Vadde Navin as Heros in this film and is produced by R V Suresh and presently the shooting of the film is in full swing in Hyderabad. Shrikant is donning a different role with his name alike in Vadde Navin as a Lawyer and in between these two characters is the Heroine Sridevi said the producer. The film will be shown in theatres by this Deepavali for the viewers.
After losing out in the race to play the Queen's role in the much-hyped film Pazhassi Raja, Padmapriya is now learning Kalari fight techniques in Kerala.
This period film directed by veteran Hariharan and scripted by ace filmmaker M.T.Vasudevan Nair has Mammooty in the lead role and Sarath Kumar is appearing in a special role for the first time in Malayalam. Initially, Hollywood actress Linda was considered for the lady lead role but she turned down the offer after going through the script. According to the script, the Queen must know the Kalari martial arts and she is to fight in a fierce battle too.
The Hollywood actress rejected the offer since she doesn't know the Kalari fight. Following this, the director asked Padmapriya to take up the role. But she also had no idea about Kalari. Finally, she got the role of a tribal girl in the film and Tamil actress Kanika, who knows a bit about Kalari fight, walked away with the lead role.
Kanika is currently undergoing training on the art for her role in the film. On seeing her spirit, Padmapriya too has decided to learn the art. She has joined the Bodhi Dharma Institute of martial Arts at Poondhurai and is learning the art from Soman Master.
“I'm not joining this institute to just learn this art or to compete with anybody. I have realized that I am handicap in this area. Maybe I lost the chance to play heroine in Pazhassi Raja because of this handicap. But in future, this art will help me perform such roles with professional touch and ease. Moreover, it is a very good self defensive technique. I'm very much enjoying my days in the martial Arts Institute,” said Padmapriya.
Lakshmi Ganapathi Films is utilizing the opportunity to release 'Adilakshmi' directed by RV Suresh and produced by Y Suresh and Bhaskara Raju on the banner of Vishwak Movies with Srikanth, Naveen Vadde and Sridevi in the lead, across the State on December 8.
B Subrahmanyam of Lakshmi Ganapati Films says, 'We liked the story narrated by RV Suresh and we are confident that the audience would like the film very much and hence took the chance of distribution of the film in the State.
It is a story based on murder mystery with love in its backdrop. Srikanth played the role of 'Aadi' which is a rough and tough character. Naveen Vadde played the role of 'Lakshmi'. Sridevi is playing a total glamorous role in this film.
The story takes several twists between 'Aadi' and 'Lakshmi'. The twists are beyond the reasoning of the audiences. Director Suresh did the film with complete commitment and we are sure that the film would be a big hit like 'Aadi' of NTR and 'Lakshmi' of Venkatesh.
This is the 50th film for music director Chakri and he gave melodious tunes to all the songs and the technical values would also be a highlight in the film.' Dialogues are by Marudhuri Raja and camera is by Bhupati.
2011/8/1 15:15:26 Manchu Manoj and his sister Manchu Lakshmi Prasanna have joined hands to make ‘Oo Kodathara Ulikki Padathara’ movie under their home banner Lakshmi Prasanna Pictures. The regular shooting of this film begins from Monday onwards in the huge ‘Gandharva Mahal’ set that was erected with a cost of Rs.2 crores at Manikonda near Hyderabad.
The launching function of this movie turns a family function with all its members sharing it. Manchu Vishnu Vardhan’s wife Veronica Reddy has switched on the Camera and Manchu Lakshmi has clapped the first shot on his brother while their father Manchu Mohan babu is directing it.
Deeksha Seth is playing the female lead opposite Manchu Manoj in this movie. Shekar Raja is the director of this Manchu Lakshmi produced film. Bobo Sahi will be giving tunes to this movie.
2006/11/21 15:31:31 The shooting of 'Adilakshmi' directed by RV Suresh and produced by Y Suresh with Srikanth, Vadde Naveen and Sridevi in the lead was completed recently. Producer Y Suresh says, 'The characterization of Srikanth would be very different. There is a good response to the audio which was released recently. Almost all the works related to the movie were completed. We are planning to release the film in December 1.' Director RV Suresh says, 'Of the two heroes one is a rough character and another one is a lawyer. Both of them like Adilakshmi. But who won her love is suspense for the time being.' Dialogues are by Marudhuri Raja and music is by Chakri.
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Jr.NTR is going to marry Lakshmi Pranathi in coming May. Therefore, his in-laws and would-be Lakshmi Pranathi are in constant touch with him and his elders. Especially, Jr.NTR and Lakshmi Pranathi are said to enjoying their pre-marriage-friendship through their mobiles. He is taking feed back from her about his forthcoming films and the audios. Recently, he told the media people that, his would-be Lakshmi Pranathi very much likes his upcoming film ‘Shakti’ songs. He said especially she likes ‘Prema desam yuvarani’ song in that film. Though, media people try to extract some spicy news out of him, he cleverly skipped them all.