Southern Movie Roundup: Kshanam, Sathya, Sivakarthikeyan, Marina, Pudhupettai, Selvaraghavan, Dasari Narayana Rao

‘Kshanam’ Tamil remake titled ‘Sathya’

Chennai–The Tamil remake of last year’s critically-acclaimed Telugu thriller “Kshanam” has been titled “Sathya”, starring Sibiraj, Remya Nambeesan and Varalaxmi Sarath Kumar in the lead.

In a statement, the makers announced the title and also unveiled the first look poster.

The film’s title has been borrowed from 1998 Kamal Haasan-starrer Tamil actioner of the same name.

Wishing the team best luck, Haasan tweeted on Friday: “All the very best Sibiraj. Glad to see your Sathya also sports a beard. Rock on.”

The film’s story revolves around the disappearance of a young girl and the events that follow.

Directed by Pradeep Krishnamoorthy, the film is produced by Sibiraj’s home banner Nathambal Film Factory.

Sivakarthikeyan

Never dreamt of this life: Sivakarthikeyan

Chennai–It has been five years since the release of Sivakarthikeyan’s maiden Tamil film “Marina” and on Friday, the actor said he never dreamt of this life and thanked everybody including the audiences who have been instrumental in successful career.

“February 3, 2012, I saw myself on big screen. It’s been five amazing years with so much of experience. I never dreamt of this life you have given me. Big thanks to all my brothers, sisters, my movie teams, distributors, theatre owners, all stars’ fans, press and cinema audience for your huge support and love,” Sivakarthikeyan tweeted.

Currently considered one of the fast rising stars of Tamil filmdom, Sivakarthikeyan was launched by director Pandiraj in “Marina”.

“Special thanks to Pandiraj sir for initiating this journey. I know I have a long way to go. I’m still learning and I will learn always. I will try my best to give entertaining movies,” he wrote.

With a total of ten films to his credit so far, Sivakarthikeyan has given blockbusters such as “Ethir Neechal”, “Maan Karate” and “Rajini Murugan”.

He’s currently shooting for a yet-untitled Tamil project with director Mohan Raja.

Won’t rest till I make ‘Pudhupettai 2’: Selvaraghavan

Chennai–Filmmaker Selvaraghavan on Friday said he won’t rest until he makes the sequels to two of his critically-acclaimed Tamil films – “Aayirathil Oruvana and “Pudhupettai”.

Replying to a Twitter user’s tweet on how much he loved 2010 Tamil adventure film “Aayirathil Oruvan”, Selvaraghavan replied: “I’m just 42-year-old. I wona¿t rest till I make ‘Aayirathil Oruvan 2’ and ‘Pudhupettai 2’.”

Karthi-starrer “Aayirathil Oruvan”, though a box-office dud, was considered much ahead of its time.

The film tracks the story of the last successor of Chola emperor from the perspective of an archaeologist, a coolie and an intelligence officer.

“Pudhupettaia, on the other hand, is the story of the rise and fall of a gangster and starred Dhanush in the lead.

Over the last couple of years, Selvaraghavan on several occasions has hinted that “Pudhupettai 2” is in the offing.

Selvaraghavan is currently busy shooting for Santhanam-starrer Tamil romantic-comedy “Mannavan Vanthanadi”, while he awaits the release of Tamil horror-thriller “Nenjam Marappathillai”.

Dasari Narayana Rao responding well to treatment

Hyderabad– Veteran Telugu filmmaker Dasari Narayana Rao, who was hospitalised here earlier this week after he complained of breathing-related problems, is apparently showing signs of recovery post surgery, hospital officials said on Friday.

The 74-year-old has been admitted to Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences Ltd (KIMS), where he is undergoing treatment for infection in lungs and kidneys.

“He’s responding to treatment very well. As he showed quick signs of recovery, we didn’t have to put him on dialysis. In the next two days, he will also be taken off the ventilator support,” Bollineni Bhaskar Rao, Managing Director and CEO of KIMS, said in a statement.

The National Award-winning filmmaker holds a record of directing over 125 films and producing 50 others.

Some of his best films include “Premabhishekam”, “Meghasandesham”, Osey Ramulamma and “Tata Manavadu” among others.

He had recently announced his plans to make a biopic on late actress and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa.

Actress Kajal spreads awareness about cancer

Chennai–Actress Kajal Aggarwal, basking in the success of Telugu actioner “Khaidi No 150”, on Saturday said it’s every individual’s social responsibility to spread awareness about cancer and extend help to those in need.

Saturday marks World Cancer Day.

“In Kakinada for World Cancer Day. Let’s all spread awareness, try to help those in need and fulfil our social responsibility,” Kajal tweeted on Saturday.

On the career front, she is busy shooting for Ajith’s Tamil actioner “Vivegam”, a yet-untitled Tamil project with Vijay and a yet-untitled Telugu political thriller with Rana Daggubati.

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