Mohanlal's 'Ayyapanpillai Madhavan Nair' is in Japan.....
Mohanlal will now act in an Indo-Japanese co-production, produced by Japan's PAL Entertainment Production.
The film based on the life of unsung hero Ayyapanpillai Madhavan Nair, who fought India's British rulers from Japan, will be directed by Albert, who was the director of last year's panorama entry Kanne Madanguka.
Lal will portray the freedom fighter popularly known as Nairsan, in this untitled film based on the life of Madhavan Nair who was in Japan from 1930 fighting against imperialism.
Lal Jose's movie Arabikatha has a Chinese actress, Chang Shu Min in the lead role, and now a Japanese actress, Shunsuken Matosuoka has been roped in for a movie starring Mohanlal in the lead role. However, the movie will not only be made in Malayalam, but also in English and Japanese.
This Indo-Japanese movie would be produced by Japan's PAL Entertainment Productions and would be based on the life of Ayyapanpillai Madhavan Nair. Nair was from Kerala who fought against India's British rulers from Japan. The movie will be directed by Albert and the Indian producer is yet to be finalized.
Mohanlal's recent release was Hello, which hit the theatres on July 5. His movie Alibhai will hit theatres on August 15th. The movie by Shaji Kailash will have Gopika and Navya Nair playing the female leads.
Mohanlal to play freedom fighter in Indo-Japanese film
2006/11/30 13:05:20 Unsung hero Ayyapanpillai Madhavan Nair, who fought India's British rulers from Japan, will be portrayed by south Indian film star Mohanlal in a movie based on his life.
"This will be a co-production between Japan and India. Japan's PAL Entertainment Production will produce it with an Indian producer," said Albert, a well-known south Indian director who is finalising the project.
Leading Japanese actress Shunsuke Matosuoka will star opposite Mohanlal in the film that will depict the era between 1920 and 1970, he said on the sidelines of the International Film Festival of India here.
"The film will be made in three languages -- Malaylam, Japanese and English -- depending on the scenes. We don't want to lose the essence of the story on the language issue. We are producing a realistic film, it's not fiction," said Albert, who has won awards like the Aravindan Puraskaram and Padmarajan special jury award.
Nair, popularly known as Nairsan, hailed from Kerala and worked from Japan, rubbing shoulders with freedom fighters like Rash Behari Bose, one of the founders of the Indian National Army (INA), Albert said.
"Nairsan lived in Japan for over half a century and spent several years in Manchuria. There, he was an unofficial advisor to the Manchukuo government and the Kwangtung army. He also conducted an anti-colonial movement against British imperialism in India and other parts of Asia," said Albert, who is finalising the Indian producer for the venture.
Mohanlal has donned every type of role on the silver screen. His latest release Hello has shown a good intial start and is sure to rock at the box office.
He is presently busy with the shoooting of Alibhai which is progressing at a fast pace; the film has two female leads played by Gopika and Navya Nair. He also has another movie in the pipeline, College Kumaran, where he will have six beauties enticing him. Viamala Raman plays the main female lead and the other female leads include Ramya Nambeesan, Samvrutha Sunil and three new faces.
Mohanlal has a Japanese female lead named Shunsuken Matosuoka in an Indo-Japanese film based on the life of Ayyapanpillai Madhavan Nair. He will also have the glamorous Sanjana from Kannada to act in his new film by Renjith. Lucky Mohanlal!
Mohanlal and Navya Nair bagged the awards for the best in acting departments in the third Amritha Awards, which was announced yesterday. Roshan Andrews was selected as the best director for 'Note book’. Veteran director, K.S. Sethu Madhavan will be honored in the function by giving him award for outstanding contribution to Malayalam cinema. The function will also host a special program on the fifty year history of Malayalam cinema
The award was selected through a carefully monitored public based Gallup poll. The awards will be distributed in a grand function tomorrow at the Chandrasekharan Nair Stadium at the capital city.
Audience council award for Mohanlal, Kavya Madhavan
Even though Mohanlal is going through tough times as the commercial run of his films are concerned, he is gaining more and more accolades for the performances in the films that he had done last year.
The latest award that the actor is fetching for 2007 is the Film Audience Council Awards, which was announced a couple of days back. Mohanlal won the award for the best actor for his performance in the movie 'Paradesi' which featured him as an old man of eighty, fighting for his rights to be on the land that he loved most.
The same movie ’Paradesi’ (directed by PT Kunju Mohammed) also won the award for best film of the year. Kavya Madhavan was selected as the best actress. Lal Jose's ‘Arabikatha' was named as the second best film of the year, while Ranjith won the award for the best director.
Kavya Madhavan is for the first time teaming up with superstar Mohanlal, in the lead for the new film 'Maadambi'. Directed by the scriptwriter B Unnikrishnan, the film will have Mohanlal as Gopalakishna Pillai, a private financier, who runs the business in the most ethical way.
In this project which blends humor and action, Kavya will appear as Jayalekshmi, who works for a new generation bank which opens a new branch in the village.
The film which will also feature Jagathy, Sreenivasan, Siddhique and Jayasuriya in other important roles is all set to start its shooting by the early weeks of the New Year.
The film will have Mohanlal speaking a special dialect of the middle Kerala. Produced in the banner of Soorya Cinema by V C Joshy, the director and his crew expects this film to work wonders in box office.
2007/11/7 15:50:51 Sada made her debut in the film Jayam. She later went on to act in many films both in Telugu as well as Tamil. She has also acted in a couple of films with Madhavan. The rumour mills from Kodambakkam say that there is something brewing between Sada and Madhavan.
The two have been romantically linked. Some say that they are madly in love. Bur Sada denies all this. She sys that she is jut a good friend of Madhavan. She also says that Madhavan is married and that he is a perfect gentleman. Now when has marriage come in the way for people to have a fling on the sly?
For all those who had doubts whether Mohanlal reads his scripts before accepting a new film, here is some food for thought.
Mohanlal after reading the complete script of writer-director T.S Suresh Babu's Karthika Thirunal Karthikeyan(KTK) has rejected it on the grounds that he has done similar larger-than-life character and the cost of the film will be over Rs 4 crore, making it financially a big risk for the producer Siraj Valiyaveetil.
KTK was Mohanlal's next big budget movie and the shoot was to start in the last week of March, with Parvathy Melton, Namitha and Padmapriya signed for the film, which was to be his Onam release.
Now Mohanlal is going to do Madambi written and directed by former journalist turned script writer B. Unnikrishnan (Smart City). Mohanlal is very impressed with Unni's script in which he plays an unusual role of a kind hearted money lender. For the first time Kavya Madhavan will be in a role of a full fledged heroine opposite the star.
In Madambi, Mohanlal plays Gopalakrishna Pillai, a money lender who has come up in life the hard way, but on the right track. He does not believe in lending money based on promissory note or blank cheques. Everything is based on love and on the strength of the borrower’s words (Vaaku). Pillai does not charge "blade" interest, but is very firm on getting interest and principle amount back, so he is the lord of the village he lives which has no bank or any other money lenders. One day out of the blue a private bank ‘New Generation Bank’ is set up by Jayalakshmi (Kavya Madhavan), which creates the twist in the tale.
Madambi is set against a hilly village in Central Travancore area, and Mohanlal speaks in the local dialect of the area. Jayasurya plays Mohanlal's younger brother and the film also has Sreenivasan, Jagathy, Siddique among others. Mohanlal wears traditional Mundu with Kara border, coloured Khadi shirts (see pic) in the film produced by a new banner Surya Cinemas of B.C Joshy.
The shoot of Madambi will start in the first week of April in Idukki after Mohanlal completes Sathyan Anthikad film and his cameo appearance in 20: Twenty.
Kavya Madhavan is for the first time teaming up with superstar Mohanlal, in the lead for the new film 'Maadambi'. Directed by the scriptwriter B Unnikrishnan, the film will have Mohanlal as Gopalakishna Pillai, a private financier, who runs the business in the most ethical way. In this project which blends humor and action, Kavya will appear as Jayalekshmi, who works for a new generation bank which opens a new branch in the village.
The film which will also feature Jagathy, Sreenivasan, Siddhique and Jayasuriya in other important roles is all set to start its shooting by the early weeks of the New Year. The film will have Mohanlal speaking a special dialect of the middle Kerala. Produced in the banner of Soorya Cinema by V C Joshy, the director and his crew expects this film to work wonders in box office.
While Mohanlal will be acting with six female leads in his upcoming film, College Kumaran, Dileep will be seen acting with three female leads in his upcoming film Romeo. The main female lead would be played by Gopika; the other two female leads are yet to be announced. It is being rumoured that Kavya Madhavan and Navya Nair may be playing the other female leads.
The movie by director Rajasenan will have the script penned by Rafi-Mecartin. The movie is reported to be a musical love story and is slated for a Christmas release. Dileep, whose recent release was July 4, is currently busy with the shooting of his film Calcutta News by Blessy. He will also appear in Lal Jose’s next flick, Mulla.
In the Month of April, Super stars are planning to start a number of ventures. Mohanlal will start his film with Rafi -Mecartin ‘Hello’ this week. The film with Parvathi Milton as heroine will be a fun filled entertainer.
Krishnakripa Productions by K.Madhu will start their work on the new Suresh Gopi project titled ‘Nadhiya Kollapetta Raathri’. The film scripted by A.K.Saajan has Kavya Madhavan in the title role.
Mamootty's Magnum opus ‘Pazhassi Raja’ is also planned to start by the end of this month. The film which also casts Sarath Kumar will have the scripts by M.T.Vasudevan Nair. Another film 'Katha Parayumpol' in which the megastar comes in a guest role will also start by the 15th of this month.
Navya Nair also joins Mohanlal' as one of the heroines in his new action film Ali Bhai, the film which is being shot in Valiyangaady market in Kozhikode has Mohanlal playing Ali Bhai, a trade union leader who controls the famous Palayam market in Kozhikode.
He is the descendent of Baramy who came from Yemen, centuries ago, to do business in Kerala. Gopika is the other heroine in the film.
The film has a big supporting cast including, Innocent, Cochin Haneefa, Sai Kumar, Rajan P Dev, Siddique, Jagadish, Shammi Thilakan, Augustine, Anand, T.G Ravi, Arya and Kalaraknjini. The script is written by T.A Shaheed, and music by Alex Paul. The film, distributed by Central pictures, will be Onam release of Lal.
Mamooty, Mohanlal, Dileep, Kavya Madhavan selected for awards
Mohanlal and Kavya Madhavan have been selected for the Best Actor awards by J C foundation for 2005, while Mamooty has been adjudged as the 'Star of the Year'.
Mohanlal has been selected for his role in 'Thanmatra'. Kavya has won the award for her roles in 'Ananthabhadram' and 'Annuorikkal'.
'Achuvinte Amma' has won the best film award, while Blessy has been adjudged the best director for his film 'Thanmatra', award jury chairman, K M Roy, J J Kuttikad, J C Foundation chairman, Abraham Lincoln, foundation general secretary, said at a press meet here.
The awards, instituted in memory of film director J C Kuttikkad, would be given away at a function here on Aug 17, on his 67th birth anniversary.
Actor Dileep and Bhavana have won special awards for their roles in 'Chantupottu' and 'Devanamathil' respectively.
Among the other winners are: Kalabhavan Babu and Bindu Panicker (best character actors), Manikuttan and Mamta (best debut actors), best male singer Vineet Srinivasan, best female singer Manjeri.
Veteran actresses Aranmulla Ponnamma, Adoor Bhavani, Jayabharati, Director P N Menon, Lyricist O N V Kurup, music director M K Arjunan, are among those who would be honoured at the award function.
By giving exclusive call sheets and accepting the condition that she wouldn't act in any other film until the release of Maayakannadi, Navya Nair missed out lots of promising offers from Malayalam. Now that she has realised her follies, she is finally resurfacing in Malayalam. Yes, has stepped into the shoes of actress Priyanka.
This time around, she is going to play an important role in superstar Mohanlal's film. Alibhai is the film in question and Shaji Kailash is the director.
The film has Gopika as the main heroine. The director initially wanted to bring Priyanka, who earned critical acclaim with her performance in the Tamil film Veyil, as the second heroine, but she wasn't able to accept the offer due to call sheet clashes. For this reason, Navya Nair has been roped in.
She doesn't seem to have problems replacing other heroines!
Malayalam superstar Mohanlal is ready to start shooting for his new English movie titled Nineteenth Step. Bharat Bala is producing the film. MT Vasudevan Nair has written the films story. Bharat Bala himself is directing the film. Asin is acting opposite Mohanlal in the film. Nineteenth Step is both the actor and actresses first English film.
The veteran was approached for the film and signed up for it on the condition that the films’ shooting is started only after six months. Asin to agreed to be apart of the project only after finishing the shooting of Ghajini and Vel. The other Malayalam superstar Mammotty too is acting in an English film playing the role of a doctor.
Director Anwar Rasheed's ‘Chotta Mumbai’ will hit the screens on 7 April. "Chotta Mumbai is a locality near Fort Kochi, where a small group of youngsters, dressed in loud outfits, while away their time doing virtually nothing, and spending their minuscule earnings on inanities," says Rasheed.
Mohanlal is the protagonist of Chotta Mumbai. Indrajith, Siddique, Manikkuttan and Bijukkuttan are also in the cast. Bhavana plays the heroine. Chotta Mumbai is being produced by Maniyanpillai Raju, Ajayachandran Nair and Reghuchandran Nair under the banner of Sreebhadra films and will reach theatres on 7 April.
Navya Nair did not have any good releases last year. Though she shared screen space with Malayalam superstar Mohanlal in Alibhai and was paired with Suresh Gopi in Kichamani MBA, both films bombed.
The actress has now been signed for a new film, Kavyam, starring Suresh Gopi in the lead and directed by newcomers Anish and Santosh. Navya, who has been doing films both in Tamil and Malayalam, will also appear shortly in an English movie to be directed by Madhumita.
Reportedly, the actress is also concentrating on her studies, pursuing her MBA.
After ‘Katha', his only film that never got released, Prithviraj is again teaming up with Sundardas for another movie. This new venture will be scripted by Renji Nair who became famous with his scripts like 'Pattalam' and 'Oruvan'.
The film is planned as a bilingual which will feature stars from Mollywood and Kollywood. Renji Nair has started his scripting for this thriller, that is poised to start its shooting after Prithviraj completes his new films like 'One Way Ticket' and the one by debutante Biju Arukkutty.
Meanwhile, Prithviraj will have a Kollywood release this week in 'Vellithirai' - the Tamil remake of Malayalam super hit 'Udhayananu Tharam'. The movie has him in the lead role as a film director, which was done in the original by Mohanlal.
A massive earth quake followed by Tsunami struck Japan on Friday measuring 8.8 on Rector Scale. Including Japan capital Tokyo, many cities across the country were badly affected by the earth quake and Tsunami. Several air ports in the country were closed down as many of them were submerged under gushing sea waters. Power, Communication, Train services were badly affected with this multiple disasters. Japan has closed down all its 5 Nuclear power plants and its power plants to avoid further disaster. Although, there was no reports about the loss of human lives, lakhs of people become homeless with in minutes of the disaster. Japan is looking for international aid to overcome its critical situation.
Philippines, Russia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Australia, Mexico, chili, New Zealand and some other countries were alerted of possible Tsunami attack. However, Centre has declared that there is no threat for India.