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Jayasurya’s ‘Anveshanam’ to release on January 31

MollywoodShruti Ramachandran plays the female lead in the film, directed by Prashob Vijayan.Digital NativeThe Jayasurya starrer Anveshanam, directed by Prashob Vijayan, was originally scheduled to hit the marquee on November 1 but it was postponed for various reasons. Now it is understood that the film will be out at the theatres on January 31. The announcement came from the production house, E4 Entertainment. The film is bankrolled jointly by Mukesh R Mehta, Av Anoop and CV Sarathi under the banner of E4 Entertainment and Ava Productions. Anveshanam has Shruti Ramachandran playing the female lead. The technical crew of this film includes Francis Thomas for scripting, Ratheesh Ravi for dialogues, Appu Bhattathiri for editing, Jakes Bejoy for music and Vishnu Govind and Sree Sankar of Sound Factory for sound designing. Jayasurya has earlier revealed that the film is a family thriller. His character is called Aravind. The actor is working on his next film Vellam,
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'Randu Penkuttikal' to 'Moothon': How Malayalam cinema has depicted Lgbtqi+ communities

Gender and SexualityThough Malayalam cinema has won many laurels for producing movies of a progressive nature, the depiction of Lgbtqi+ communities has been either too wrong or else absent. CrisThe moon shines on one side of his face that night. You don’t notice the light as much as the slow smile forming on Amir’s face. He has just spotted Akbar, swimming in the dark, towards the shore, towards him. Akbar, the man of the dweep, looks at the newly-home Mumbai Malayali and speaks with an uncharacteristic softness. A few meetings in the dark like that, by or in the waters of the island, and you watch the unexplained, unapologetic beauty of two young people falling in love, and just reveling in it. It’s beautiful, their love, said the audience that watched it on the big screen. Amir and Akbar’s romance was a small part of Moothon,
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Director Jude Anthany’s next is titled ‘Detective Prabhakaran’

MollywoodThe film will be based on writer Gr Indugopan’s detective series.Digital NativeDirector Jude Anthany Joseph will be making a film on novelist Gr Indugopan’s Detective Prabhakaran series. It has also been officially announced that the film has been titled Detective Prabhakaran. Pk Muralidharan and Santha Murali will be producing the movie under the banner of Anantha Vision. While announcing the title, the director requested his fans to come out with suggestions on who would be apt to play the lead role in Detective Prabhakaran. Now, we need to wait for an official word on the lead actor in Detective Prabhakaran. It may be noted here that Jude Anthany Joseph’s is also working on his upcoming film 2403 ft. The film is bankrolled by Anto Joseph under the banner Anto Joseph Film Company. Jude Anthany has scripted the film in association with John Manthrickal. Reports are that the
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Jayasurya’s next is titled ‘Apposthalan’

MollywoodThe film, directed by debutant Ks Bava, will be based on the current political situation of Syria.Digital NativeMalayalam actor Jayasurya has announced that he will be playing the main lead in new director Ks Bava’s film Apposthalan which has the tagline, ‘Wrong Man, Wrong Place’. Sharing the news on Facebook, the actor wrote, “Sometimes, when you learn of certain characters, you cannot wait to transform into them. I thanked god when new director Bava and producer Arun Naryanan told me about the story and character (of this film). This 'Apposthalan' is another form of god. The film will be based on the current political situation of Syria and is expected to go on floors by February next year in Kochi. Later the team would be moving to Morocco, Syria, and Italy where the rest of the film would be shot. Arun Narayan is producing the film under the banner of Arun Narayan Productions.
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Christmas box-office: All you need to know about the 4 Malayalam releases this week

MollywoodFahadh Faasil’s ‘Trance’ and Mohanlal’s ‘Big Brother’ have been postponed to next year.Tnm StaffThere should have been two more big names on the list, but with some producers choosing to postpone, the Christmas Malayalam releases (on December 20) have come down to four important ones. As of now Fahadh Faasil’s Trance and Mohanlal’s Big Brother are expected to release next year. Prathi Poovankozhy: Literally, the title translates to ‘The accused is a rooster’, but there’s more to the film than that. Actor Manju Warrier has joined hands with director Rosshan Andrrews, who had brought her back to acting after a gap of 14 years, with the film How old are you. Manju plays a saleswoman, and from the trailer, she's a very bold character. A crime has happened and the police are on the case, with actor Saiju Kurup playing the cop. Anusree and Alencier play Manju’s mates.
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Many prominent voices from Malayalam film industry support anti-caa protests

CAA'Long Live Secularism’, ‘Don’t divide peaceful nation based on religion’ and other messages were shared by the actors and filmmakers.Shiba KurianWhen protests against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act erupted across the country, Kerala made headlines when the ruling Cpi(M)-led Left Democratic Front as well as the Opposition — Congress-led United Democratic Front — came together to call out the Bjp at the Centre. Not just politicians, activists and student groups but celebrities of the Malayalam film industry, too, have spoken up at a time when those in other film industries are being exhorted to speak up. From actors like Parvathy, Rima Kallingal, Mammootty, Kunchacko Boban, Prithviraj, Indrajith, Dulquer Salmaan and Tovino Thomas to filmmakers like Aashiq Abu and Zakariya Mohammed, a host of prominent figures from the industry have spoken up against the Act and have lent support to those protesting against it. Some took to social media to express their dissent,
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‘Vellam’ is the most challenging role I’ve done: Jayasurya

MollywoodThe film is directed by Prajesh Sen who has earlier made the Jayasurya starrer ‘Captain’, that won the actor a state award.Digital NativeHis role in the upcoming film Vellam is the most challenging he has ever done, wrote actor Jayasurya on Facebook, after sharing the first look poster. It shows him standing among bricks, perhaps playing the role of a construction worker. “After the film Captain, I am joining director Prajesh Sen for the film Water - The Essential Drink. A unique past of a man who lives among us, that’s what Vellam is. One thing is for sure – a person with his character would be there among our friends or family or acquaintances,” the rest of his post said. Vellam went on the floors with the official pooja held last month and is progressing well. The pooja of the film happened at the Anjumana Devi Temple in Ernakulam.
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Watch: Trailer of Jayasurya’s ‘Thrissur Pooram’ suggests an action-packed film

MollywoodJayasurya plays Mullu Giri, a man to be wary of, and Swathy Reddy plays the female lead in the film.Digital NativeThe trailer of the Jayasurya starrer Thrissur Pooram is out online and it appears to be an action-packed film. Jayasurya plays the character Mullu Giri, who sends men flying, a man to be wary of. The trailer is full of stunts, apart from a small sequence of actor Swathy Reddy weeping on a bed. She is playing the female lead in the film. Though the title of the movie is Thrissur Pooram, you don’t see in the trailer, shots of the popular festival held annually in Thrissur. The others in the cast include Senthil Krishna, Sabumon Abdusamad, Vijay Babu, Gayathri Arun, Mallika Sukumaran and Sreejith Ravi. The film is directed by Rajesh Mohanan and the story and screenplay are by music composer Ratheesh Vegha. He is also composing the songs.
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Nivin Pauly’s ‘Padavettu’ begins shooting in Kannur

MollywoodAditi Balan, known for her performance in the Tamil film 'Aruvi', will be acting opposite Nivin in 'Padavettu', marking her debut in Malayalam cinema.Digital NativeActor Nivin Pauly’s next film Padavettu, written and directed by debutant Liju Krishna, has begun shooting in Kannur. Aditi Balan, known for her performance in the Tamil film Aruvi, will be acting opposite Nivin in Padavettu, marking her debut in Malayalam cinema. The film is produced by actor Sunny Wayne under his banner Sunny Wayne Productions. It may be noted here that Sunny Wayne has earlier produced the play Moment Just Before Death, directed by Liju. Nivin and Sunny have earlier come together in Rosshan Andrrews's period film Kayamkulam Kochunni. Nivin’s last film to release – Moothon – has been received a lot of rave reviews. The film, written and directed by Geetu Mohandas, has Nivin playing the central character with Roshan Mathew,
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Motion poster of Chemban Vinod Jose's ‘Puzhikkadakan’ is out

MollywoodDirected by Girish Nair, 'Puzhikkadakan' has actor Jayasurya in a crucial cameo.Digital NativeThe motion poster of the upcoming Malayalam film Puzhikkadakan is out, creating a buzz. The poster was released online by Aju Varghese through his official media handle recently. He wrote: "All the very best to Chemban chettan , Jayaettan , Vijay Babu Sir and our Lad girl Dhanya Balakrishna.. (sic)." It shows Chemban Vinod, Dhanya Balakrishna, Vijay Babu, Balu Varghese and others in various domestic scenes, including a group effort to trap a chicken, and then a trophy being lifted by Chemban. Directed by Girish Nair, Puzhikkadakan has Chemban Vinod Jose playing the lead role with Jayasurya in a crucial cameo. Dhanya Balakrishna, who was also seen in Love Action Drama, plays the female lead in this flick, with Vijay Babu, Balu Varghese, and Sudhi Koppa forming the supporting cast. The film’s screenplay and dialogues have been written
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Video of Jayasurya saying 'Yodha' line goes viral

MollywoodIn the video, the actor can be heard saying a popular funny line spoken by Jagathy Sreekumar in the 1992 movie. Digital NativeMalayalam actor Jayasurya is on vacation in Nepal and is sharing some of the pictures and videos shot there on his social networking page. Recently, the actor posted a video of him traveling in what appears to be an auto rickshaw and washeard saying the popular dialogue from the 1992 hit movie Yoddha. This dialogue by Jagathy Sreekumar is remembered till date by Malayali film buffs. In Nepal.....With kutti maama....Posted by Jayasurya on Sunday, November 10, 2019 The actor does not appear in the short clip, but can be heard speaking the line “Njan Kuttymamene kandapo njetti mama (I was shocked to see you Kuttymama).” Yoddha was directed by Sangeeth Sivan and written by Sasidharan Arattuvazhi. Mohanlal played the lead role Thaiparambil Ashokan, rescuer of Rimpoche of a Nepalese Buddhist
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Jayasurya’s film ‘Vellam’ launched in Ernakulam

MollywoodThe director of the film is Prajesh Sen, who made his debut with another Jayasurya starrer, 'Captain'.Digital NativeThe pooja of the upcoming Malayalam film Vellam happened at the Anjumana Devi Temple in Ernakulam recently. Helming the project is Prajesh Sen, who made his directorial debut with the Jayasurya starrer Captain. For Vellam again, he has chosen Jayasurya as his lead actor. Samyuktha Menon has been roped in to play the female lead in Vellam. Reports are that it is based on the life of a drunkard based in Kannur. Roby Varghese Raj will be cranking the camera for this entertainer that is produced by Friendly Productions. Acting in Prajesh’s Captain has won Jayasurya the Kerala state award for best actor. The film is a biopic of former Indian football team captain VP Sathyan. Jayasurya’s next film release will be Thrissur Pooram. Wielding the megaphone for this venture
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Jayasurya, Sunny Wayne and Vinayakan to reprise their roles in ‘Aadu 3’

MollywoodThe movie, the third in the ‘Aadu’ series directed by Midhun Manuel Thomas, is expected to release next year.Digital NativeDuring the 100th day celebrations of the Jayasurya starrer Aadu 2, the filmmakers had revealed that plans are on to release its third part next year. And now we have the news that Sunny Wayne and Vinayakan have been signed up to team with Jayasurya in Aadu 3. Incidentally, all three stars were part of Aadu and Aadu 2. In Aadu 3, Jayasurya will be playing the role Shaji Pappan while Sunny Wayne and Vinayakan will be reprising their characters Sathan Xavier and Dude respectively. Reports are that some new characters may be introduced in Aadu 3. Plans are on to release the film for Onam next year and the makers are planning the project on a large canvas, we hear. Further, the buzz is that Aadu 3 may get a 3D version too. Written and directed by Midhun Manuel Thomas,
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'Sarvajanikarige Suvarnavakasha' director reveals film's premise

Sandalwood The film stars Rishi and Dhanya Balakrishna and is the directorial debut of Anoop Ramaswamy Kamath.Digital NativeSarvajanikarige Suvarnavakasha, starring Rishi and Dhanya Balakrishna, will mark the directorial debut of Anoop Ramaswamy Kamath. About his first directorial, the director has said in an interview to Toi, “The film is a comedy-thriller, which generated curiosity owing to its title (which translates to ‘a golden opportunity for the public’).” According to the director, the story is about Rishi, an Mba student who goes on a trip with his girlfriend Dhanya Balakrishna to celebrate his birthday and things take a twist with the girlfriend losing her expensive piece of jewelry and how he makes a plan to earn money to replace it. The story of Sarvajanikarige Suvarnavakasha is about if he manages to buy the jewelry. The director has said in the interview, “Sarvajanarike Suvarnavakasha is a story that transpires in a span of only two days,
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Jayasurya’s 'Vellam' to begin shooting on November 3

MollywoodThe film is directed by Prajesh Sen who also made the film ‘Captain’ that won Jayasurya the State Award for Best Actor. Digital NativeIt was announced that Jayasurya will be teaming up again with the Captain director Prajesh Sen for the film Vellam. The groundwork for this film is on and the shooting is all set to begin on November 3 in Kannur. Nimisha Sajayan has been signed up to play the female lead in this film which is based on the life of a drunkard. It may be noted here that Jayasurya and Prajesh Sen worked together in Capatain, a biopic on the legendary footballer VP Sathyan. The film had Anu Sithara as the female lead with Renji Panicker, Siddique, Deepak Parambol, Saiju Kurup, Kamal Varadoor and Lakshmi Sharma in supporting roles. Jayasurya won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor for his performance in Captain. Besides Vellam, Jayasurya
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First schedule of Jude Anthany Joseph's ‘2403 ft' wrapped up

MollywoodTovino Thomas and Tanvi Ram of ‘Ambili’ fame were a part of the schedule.Digital NativeThe shooting of the Malayalam film 2403 ft commenced recently and we hear that the team has completed the first schedule already. Tovino Thomas and Tanvi Ram of Ambili fame were a part of this schedule. Tanvi took to her social networking page to share the news. “Super proud and excited to share my happiness with you all.. Been lucky and blessed to be part of the film 2403 ft after Ambili, which is directed by Jude Anthany Joseph , pairing with Tovino Thomas, written beautifully by Akhil P Dharmajan and produced by Anto Joseph, followed by a huge list of artists... Seeking all your blessing and continued support (sic),” she wrote. Director Jude Anthany Joseph earlier announced that 2403 ft is inspired by real-life incidents that happened during the floods that ravaged Kerala last year. Preparations are on
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Jayasurya’s ‘Vellam’ to go on floors next month

MollywoodThe actor is currently working on ‘Kadamattathu Kathanar’ and ‘Sufiyum Sujathayum’.Digital NativeActor Jayasurya, who recently won a Kerala State Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of the legendary footballer VP Sathyan, is all set to collaborate with Prajesh Sen. The new project has been titled Vellam. The new project which is the second collaboration between Jayasurya and Prajesh Sen will be about the life of a drunkard based in Kannur. Captain, the story of VP Sathyan, was Prajesh Sen’s directorial debut and starred Anu Sithara as the female lead with Renji Panicker, Siddique, Deepak Parambol, Saiju Kurup, Kamal Varadoor and Lakshmi Sharma in supporting roles. Nimisha Sajayan has been roped in to pair up with Jayasurya in Vellam and the shooting of the film is expected to begin in November. There are also reports that Jayasurya’s another upcoming film will be a fantasy thriller based on
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Jayasurya to play Kadamattathu Kathanar

MollywoodKadamattathu Kathanar was a priest, who was believed to have possessed some supernatural powers which helped him perform miracles.Digital NativeJayasurya’s upcoming film will be a fantasy thriller, which is based on the life of the legendary priest Kadamattathu Kathanar who lived in Kadamottom. The priest was believed to have possessed some supernatural powers which helped him perform miracles. The story of Kadamattathu Kathanar is all set to be made into a film with Jayasurya roped in to play the role of the priest. In an interview to the Times of India, Jayasurya spoke about the project thus: “The movie will be directed by Rojin Thomas and the team includes Monkey Pen's composer Rahul Subrahmaniam, cinematographer Neil D'Cunha and Vijay Babu.” R Ramanand has scripted the film. Producer Vijay Babu said, “It is going to be in 3D and 2D and will be a technically demanding movie. It is
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Swathi Reddy confirmed for ‘Thrissur Pooram’

MollywoodRatheesh Vega, the script writer and composer of the movie has said, “Her character is very integral for the film.”Digital NativeDigital Native Thrissur Pooram was supposed to be Swathi Reddy’s comeback film in Mollywood but later it was reported that Anu Sithara bagged the role. Finally, the news is out that Swathi Reddy is very much part of Thrissur Pooram. Explaining about what happened, the film’s producer Vijay Babu had said in an interview to the Times of India, “She fell ill, and our dates couldn't wait. However, I think, the role was meant for her as our schedules got postponed due to the floods and Jayasurya's injury. Now, she is completely cured and is here all pretty and healthy.” Ratheesh Vega, the script writer and composer of the movie has said, “Her character is very integral for the film.” Vijay Babu and Jayasurya share a
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'Trivandrum Lodge' sequel on the cards?

MollywoodAfter seven years of its release, Anoop Menon, the writer of the film, took to his social media page to hint at the possibility of making a sequel. Digital NativeTrivandrum Lodge, which released on September 21, 2012, was one of the biggest hits. After seven years of its release, Anoop Menon, the writer of the film, took to his social media page to hint at the possibility of making a sequel. He wrote, “7 years of Trivandrum lodge..as the prospect of a sequel looms large revisiting those days of abandon...” Could this possibly mean that a sequel is on the cards? Written by Anoop Menon and directed by V K Prakash, Trivandrum Lodge starred Jayasurya, Anoop Menon, Honey Rose and Bhavana in the lead roles. Incidentally, Anoop Menon will be making his directorial debut with the Malayalam movie King Fish. He will be playing the main lead in this flick with actor Ranjith in an important role.
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