Sunday, December 30, 2012

I'm more comfortable in Hindi, than in Tamil or Telugu: Prithviraj

For his upcoming film, the actor has been taking lessons from a Hindi coach, who’s teaching him how the language is spoken in Delhi.
Aiyyaa was South actor Prithviraj's foray into Bollywood. Though he had very few Hindi dialogues in the film, the actor said that he is quite comfortable in the language.

However, for his upcoming film, the actor has been taking lessons from a Hindi coach, who's teaching him how the language is spoken in Delhi.

It is usually believed that South actors are not so fluent in Hindi. However, Prithviraj said, "I'm, in fact, more comfortable in Hindi, than in Tamil or Telugu."

However, his Hindi dialogues in his upcoming film have an accent that is more prevalent in Delhi.

A source said, "Prithvi's language tutor taught him the attitude and the accent with which Dilliwalas speak Hindi. The actor spent a month in Mumbai practising his language skills." 

Old is gold for Prithviraj!

Actor Prithviraj made his debut in Bollywood playing eye-candy in Aiyya, but the South star seems to have no qualms in going from being a hunk onscreen to essaying the role of a 77-year-old filmmaker in his new film.

The actor, who has recently completed a long schedule of his second Bollywood film Aurangzeb here is juggling his Bollywood fare with his films in the South. Post Aurangzeb, the actor is back to shooting for his new film there which is said to be based on the life of Malayalam cinema’s first filmmaker JC Daniel.

A source informs that set in 1920 and directed by veteran filmmaker Kamal, the Malayalam film Celluloid traces the journey of JC Daniel. “For this, Prithviraj, who is playing the lead, will be seen sporting different looks as he essays the late filmmaker’s journey from a 25-year old to a 77-year old. It’s the first time that Prithvi’s playing such an old man on screen and expects the film to be a milestone in his career,” says the source, adding that it took hours of make-up for the 30-year-old star to look the part. “But he patiently sat through it all and did not once complain about the tiring make-up sessions. It was very gruelling as getting ready actually took more time than the time it required to shoot the scene,” adds an insider.

The actor himself shares that despite his image in Bollywood, he is not afraid to take on roles like these, be it here or down South. “I am ready to experiment with every film and I prefer taking risks than being typecast,” he’d said. As for the balancing act between here and his films down South, he adds, “I am never going to bid adieu to Malayalam cinema even if I shift base to Mumbai.”

Prithviraj refutes reports

Prithviraj has refuted reports appeared in a section of the media, which claimed that he was shifting his home to Mumbai, and would concentrate on Hindi films alone.

"It is true that I spent more months in Mumbai this year. So I did not want to stay in hotel for such a long time and wanted a place which I could call a home," says Prithviraj.

The 'Mozhi' and 'Parijatham' actor adds: "It (his shifting home to Mumbai) doesn't mean that I would not act in southern films. All that I want to do is good cinema."

He further says he would sure do movies in Malayalam and Tamil provided he gets interesting roles.

I would love to do a film with Amitabh Bachchan: Prithviraj

Ever since the release of Prithviraj's Ayaalum Njanum Thammil, there have been rumours that the flick is heading to Bollywood with Amitabh Bachchan playing the doctor's character essayed by Prathap Pothen in the original.

However, Prithviraj denies any such developments. The actor tell us, "I know there's a lot of buzz that I'm going to remake the film with Amitabh Bachchan, but there's no truth in that."
He says that the rumour must've stemmed from an innocuous question, during one of his interviews, as to which Malayalam movie he wanted to remake in Hindi. "The name that obviously came to mind was Ayaalum Njanum Thammil, which was one of the recent films I've done and it's got a subject that was universal. I also told them I would love it if Mr Bachchan would play the role of the veteran doctor," he says, adding, "Having said that, I would love to do a film with the Big B in the future."

The actor's next release would be Kamal's Celluloid and he would start filming Mumbai Police in January.

Prithviraj to act with Shah Rukh in Farah’s next film?

Farah Khan's next will apparently have him sharing screen space with SRK and Abhishek Bachchan

It seems Prithviraj could not have asked for a better start to his Bollywood career. A dream debut with an Anurag Kashyap film with Rani Mukerji in Aiyyaa, followed by another big film — Aurangzeb; and now, his biggest project yet in B-Town is here, with the actor reported to have a landed a role in Farah Khan's Happy New Year, alongside Shah Rukh Khan and Abhishek Bachchan.

It is learnt that the story revolves around a bunch of friends and how they end up participating in a dance competition, despite none of them knowing how to dance!

While Prithviraj could not be reached, a source close to the actor confirms his casting for the film which will begin filming by April next year. "Yes, the news is true and Prithviraj has been roped in to play a supporting character in the film, alongside Shah Rukh and Abhishek," says our source.

Incidentally, Prithviraj and Abhishek are good friends ever since the two of them acted in the Tamil and Hindi versions respectively of Mani Ratnam's Raavan.

Our source tells us that Prithviraj is currently enjoying a vacation in France with his wife Supriya.

"It's been a busy year for him career-wise, and his hard work is finally paying off. He's been travelling up and down the country with back-to-back Hindi and Malayalam films and has been dying for this break to spend time with his family," says our source, adding that the couple would be spending the New Year in France.

Prithviraj is set to return to India by January 15, after attending the launch of his mother Mallika Sukumaran's restaurant in Doha.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


Aiyaa is the forthcoming Bollywood movie directed by Sachin Kundalkar and produced by Anurag Kashyap and Viacom 18. The film is distributed by Viacom 18 and Reliance Entertainment. The lead male actor is Malluwood young actor Prithviraj and the female lead actress is played by Rani Mukerji.

Aiyaa’s story is written by Anurag Kashyap. The film score and soundtrack is composed by Music director, Amit Trivedi. The cinematography is handled by Ayananka Bose and editing is done by A. Sreekar Prasad. In this movie, Prithviraj Sukumaran plays as Surya who is a Tamil artist living in Mumbai. Rani Mukerji plays as Meenakshi who is Marathi girl. The other important supporting actors are Pakada Pandi and Amey Wagh.

The storyline of this movie, Aiyaa deals with a Marathi girl falling in love with a Tamil boy. The backdrop of the movie exclusively deals with West-South cultural clash. The film has lot of elements for quirky and funny love story. It is the girl likes boy story and how she materializes their love into marriage after a lot of twists and turns in their lives.

It is to be noted that director, Sachin Kundalkar is a National Award-winning Marathi filmmaker. He along with Anurag Kashyap decided to do the storyline, a Maharashtrian girl (played by Rani Mukerji) and a Tamilian boy (Prithviraj) falling in love. It is to be remembered that Prithviraj acted in the Hindi role of Vikram in Mani Ratnam’s Ravan, Tamil version. With Aiyaa, Prithiviraj is going to open his inning in Bollywood.


Thursday, July 5, 2012

Aiyya now set for Dussehra release

Actress Rani Mukerji starrer 'Aiyya' was earlier scheduled for a Sep 28 release, but it has been postponed and now it will hit screens during Dussehra.

Co-produced by Anurag Kashyap and Viacom 18, 'Aiyya' has been directed by Sachin Kundalkar.

"Yes, we were supposed to release our film on Sep 28, but now the film has been pushed back. There is no specific reason as such. It is a collective decision taken by Anurag Kashyap and Viacom 18," Kundalkar told IANS.

"Now we are looking for Dussehra release. It will be releasing in the last week of October," he added.

'Aiyya' is said to be about a woman who finds a man desirable because he smells good and Rani, last seen in 'No One Killed Jessica', has teamed up with southern actor Prithvi Raj for the movie. am not really done with the film. The editing is going on full swing. And Amit Trivedi is composing the music presently," said Kundalkar.


Aamir Khan pays a suprise visit to Rani

The actor dropped in to meet Rani Mukerji on her film set; shared tips on marketing and impressed everyone with his fluent Marathi Actor Aamir Khan made an unannounced visit to the sets of Aiyya, his Talaash co-star Rani Mukerji’s upcoming film. Since his TV show, Satyamev Jayate, was being shot in the same suburban studio, he decided to surprise Rani and the crew of the Sachin Kundalkar-directed movie.

“Rani told me Aamir might visit, but I thought she was pulling my leg. We were shooting a song sequence a floor away from Satyamev Jayate and, at around 4 pm, we were dumbstruck to see Aamir enter our set,” says Sachin, who is making his Bollywood debut.

Produced by Anurag Kashyap, Aiyya is a woman-centric film based on the idea of switching the roles of women with men — it portrays men as objects of desire. “It is a bold theme in terms of its constitution.

The boldness is not in making someone undress but in the fact that a man can also be just a sexual object for a lady,” says the director. Sachin reveals that Aamir sat through the shoot and interacted with Rani and him for a long time afterwards. They had an informal discussion about the movie and spoke about Aamir’s plans to promote his TV show.

Everyone on the sets was awestruck to hear him speak in chaste Marathi. “It was crisp and flawless, exactly as I or any Maharashtrian would speak it. It was unbelievable,” says Sachin.


Rani Mukerji's super power

Anurag Kashyap's Aiyya starring Rani Mukerji has the actress in a quirky role. A source who watched the rushes revealed that Rani's character has an unique gift in the film.

Her sense of smell is very strong which helps her make some crucial decisions in life. While it may sound weird, this trait brings enough humour in the film.

The source says, "The story takes a very interesting turn when she falls in love with him after smelling him. Even before she sees him, Rani is turned on by his perfume."


Rani’s Marathi numbers

Actor Rani Mukerji is set to take item numbers to the next level, as she has not one, but three such songs for her in Anurag Kashyap's Aiyya. "The film is a mixture of reality and dream and Rani will be seen doing three item songs in her dream in the film. Amit Trivedi has composed six songs for the film and three of them will be Rani's item songs," Sachin Kundalkar, who directs "Aiyya", told IANS.

Co-produced by Anurag Kashyap and Viacom 18, the movie is said to be about a woman who finds a man desirable because he smells good.

Rani plays a Marathi girl in the movie and is paired opposite southern star Prithvi Raj. The director says it is a fresh pairing.

"I don't know for how many years I was trying to work with her (Rani). Luckily this script excited her. As far as the lead actor was concerned, one of my friends suggested Prithvi's name," Kundalkar said.

"Prithvi is an amazing actor and both are looking very fresh in the film," he said.

Kundalkar also says the Bengali beauty had to undergo language training to perfect the character of a Marathi girl.

"Rani is very hardworking. She had gone through language training program before starting the film. She was a complete Marathi girl on the sets," he said.


Molly Aunty starts rolling

Director Ranjith Sankar's new film Molly Aunty Rocks, which stars Revathy and Prithviraj in the lead roles, has set sail.

The peppy flick about ego clashes between a middle-aged bank employee (Revathy) and a stubborn young IRS officer (Prithviraj) is expected to be canned within a single schedule of 45 days in Palghat and Tiruvalla.

This film also marks Revathy's comeback in Mollywood and that too in a comic role, while it would be Ranjith's second consecutive collaboration with Prithviraj.

Incidentally, the director had initially planned to work on another project with Prithviraj and Jayasurya titled Mayflower during this time. "We couldn't get both Prithviraj's and Jayasurya's dates together, so that film had to be pushed to later this year. But in a way, it's a good thing because, it gave me the window to work on this small but breezy project. We hope to have it ready for an August release," says Ranjith.


Director Lal Jose to team up with Prithviraj

The ace director Lal Jose who is celebrating the big success of his first movie as a producer, is gearing up for his next project. This time he will be coming up with another three heroine film featuring Prithviraj as the hero.

Produced by Prakash Movie tones, this untitled film will have talented actresses Samvritha Sunil, Remya Nambeesan and Rima Kallingal in the female leads. Bobby-Sanjay pens the script for the movie while Jomon T. John cranks the camera.

National Award winner Ouseppachan will unite with Lal Jose for the first time to handle the music department. The film which will be on sets soon will be canned in Eranakulam and Wayanad.


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Prithviraj Sukumaran will star along with Arjun Kapoor in Aurangzeb

Reportedly, Prithviraj Sukumaran will star along with Arjun Kapoor in Aurangzeb, a film directed by Atul Sabharwal. The film starts shooting in August and will be released next year.

The rumours doing the rounds about Prithviraj Sukumaran's pair for the flick. Prithviraj Sukumaran is not playing the second fiddle to Arjun Kapoor in Aurangazeb. They will be the main leads and They will be seen in substantial roles.

Prithviraj Sukumaran confirms, "Yes, I am doing a film for Aditya Chopra. It is titled Aurangazeb. The film also stars Arjun Kapoor."

Arjun Kapoor says, "Yes, I am doing the film." Paired opposite Arjun Kapoor is veteran actor Shakti Kapoor's daughter Shraddha Kapoor. Shraddha Kapoor made her acting debut with Love Ka The End.

All thanks Rani Mukerji. It seems the actress was so impressed with Prithviraj Sukumaran that she put in a good word for him with Aditya Chopra.

First Look: Revathy, Prithviraj in Molly Aunty

Revathy and Prithviraj play the lead in director Ranjith Sankar's forthcoming film, Molly Aunty Rocks, the shooting of which will start soon. According to the director, the film narrates the story of a powerful young man and a special, middle-aged woman.

Produced by the scenarist-director himself under his own banner, Dreams N' Beyond and distributed by Prithviraj's August Cinema, the cast also includes Lalu Alex, KPAC Lalitha, Sharath, Mamukkoya, Sivaji Guruvayoor and Lakshmipriya.

The cinematographer is Sujith Vasudev and the music director is Anand Madhusoodanan.
According to Ranjith, who has earlier directed Passenger and Arjunan Sakshi, "Molly is an unstoppable woman, who will do only what she feels is right. She lives in a world which is unique and where she is the unquestioned queen. Then there is the egoistic Pranav, who wants his system to rule over the subjects. When the two clash, sparks fly and egos do not relent."

The shooting will start this June. The locations include Palakkad and Thiruvalla.

Ranjith's other project titled Mayflower has been postponed and will be completed later this year.


Revathy to rock as Molly Aunty

Mollywood, in keeping with the new trend of strong female protagonists will have Revathy playing the protagonists in Ranjith Sankar's upcoming film Molly Aunty Rocks. The film also stars Prithviraj.

"It is a challenging role because it deals with a lot of pertinent issues facing middle-aged women. Also, it gives me a chance to act in a comedy after a long time, considering its light and fun take," says Revathy, whose last comic role in Mollywood was the 1991 blockbuster Kilukkam.

She also tells us why she's been inactive on the acting front. "Basically, most of the roles that come my way are boring. In Indian cinema, it is very rare that roles are scripted for middle-aged women. So, that's another reason why I'm doing the film as Ranjith had the courage to make a movie with such a woman as the central character," she says.

About the plot of the film, director Ranjith says, "It's a story about a strong-willed woman and stubborn young man who meet on a professional level and the resulting clashes of their inflated egos. It's a breezy, colourful movie that basically explores the chemistry between them."

The film also has three quirky-titled songs Molly Anthem, Molly Cool and Molly Locked composed by debutant Anand Madhusoodhanan.


Supriya Menon’s language skills come of use

Everyone knows that actor Prithviraj's wife Supriya Menon is a journalist by profession. However, post marriage, Supriya has not worked full-time, the reason cited being that she is not proficient enough in Malayalam to work in the Malayalam media.

However, her English language skills came of use recently, when Dr Biju, director of Veetillekkulla Vazhi, wanted someone to sub-title his film in English, for screenings at festivals. Supriya was more than ready to oblige, to subtitle the film in which Prithviraj plays the lead role. The film was screened at more than 15 international film festivals and also won the award for Best Feature Film in Malayalam at the 58th National Film Awards.


Prithviraj is a happy man

The Santosh Sivan directed classic period film Urumi, co-produced by actor Prithviraj has made the latter a very happy man.

In a rare appearance at a media interaction in Chennai last week, Prithviraj was all smiles as he shared the news of the success of the Tamil version and thanked the people of TN for making it a success.

Said he, “Urumi was one of the most expensive films in Kerala. But the project just grew big gradually from one line that Santosh narrated to me while we were doing Ravanan. I am not a full fledged producer and have just made one more film called Indian Rupee which won a National Award recently. I must thank Kalaipuli Thanu for helping us market the film in TN, for my contacts are restricted to Kerala as far as marketing is concerned.”

Apparently two versions of the film were shot for the differing Kerala and TN audiences. Talking about the star cast he said, “I am grateful to all the big stars and technicians that readily agreed to do the film and did not ever discuss their star remuneration with us. It was all possible only because of Santosh Sivan and the respect they have for his work. We wanted to cast actors who crossed borders in appeal because the film itself has no boundaries and has a Pan Indian appeal. Its one film that will outlive time. Even one year after its release in Kerala, it still looks fresh in its Tamil version today.”
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The film was shot in 65 days and the crew is currently working on the English version. The actor disclosed that he is waiting for the right buyer for the dubbed Hindi version, who will be able to carry the film across in the manner befitting it and reach it to the audience in the right way.

The film stars Genelia, Arya, Prabhu Deva, Tabu, Anmol Gupte and Vidya Balan. Actor Arya was also present at the meet to convey his solidarity with the project.


Urumi wins at International Film Festival

Malayalam film Urumi won the Best Film Award at the Imagineindia International Film Festival held in Madrid, while Santosh Sivan won the Best Director trophy for the same movie. "Urumi and Santosh Sivan keep making us proud, yayyy," an ecstatic Genelia D'Souza, who has acted in the film along with Prithviraj, tweeted.

"Urumi was dubbed and released in Telugu and English and it is due for a release in Tamil. The festival also saw Deepti Naval garnering the best actress award for Memories in March, while Salim Kumar won Best Actor for Adaminte Makan Abu, according to the festival's official website.

Music composers Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy walked away with the trophy for Best Music for Zoya Akhtar's Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.

About 70 films were screened in 12 sections at the festival. The films in the competitive section included Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Urumi, Memories in March, Achal, Adaminte Makan Abu and Traffic.


Japanese TV interested in 'Urumi'

It’s a movie that Mani Ratnam described as ‘huge and Santosh magic’. So it’s no surprise that 'Urumi - Padhinaindhaam Nootraandu Uraivaal', directed by Santosh Sivan, has enjoyed a good opening in Chennai though the Tamil version had hit screens more than a year after the Malayalam film.

But the icing on the cake must be the offer the filmmakers received for the television rights of the movie in Japan!

“A Japanese television channel approached us for the satellite rights of the Tamil movie. The channel officials clarified that they would subtitle the movie for telecasting,” confirmed an official spokesperson of the movie.

'Urumi' has Prithviraj, Prabhu Deva, Arya, Genelia, Tabu and Vidya Balan playing important roles. The movie recently came out tops at the Imagine India International Film Festival, held in Madrid. 'Urumi' was awarded Best Film.

“We’re planning to release the film in English,” says Prithviraj, who is also the co-producer of the film.


Thursday, June 7, 2012

Tamil audiences are receptive to good films: Prithviraj Sukumaran

“I would like to produce films in Tamil as well, if my good friends like Arya give me dates,” reacted Malayalam superstar Prithviraj, who was in the city for the success meet of Urumi - Padhinaindham Noottraandin Urai Vaal, the Tamil version of his M’town blockbuster. Prithviraj is one of the producers of the film.

Speaking on the occasion, he said, “I watched the film a year ago in Malayalam, when it was first released.

I landed here on Friday night, and drove straight to a multiplex to watch it along with the audience.

To my pleasant surprise, the theater was jam-packed and I couldn’t get tickets. It was heartwarming to note that given a good film, the Tamil audience welcomes it with open arms. Thanks to Santhosh Sivan and Thaanu sir who made it happen.”

He disclosed that most of the actors who worked in Urumi were willing to part with their remuneration after listening to the film’s story.

Responding to a query whether his huge female fan base had diminished post his marriage, the handsome actor said in a humble tone, “It is not true that I had such a large female fan following, for it to come down after my wedding.

” Arya,who was also present at the event, said that he had always wanted to work with Santhosh Sivan and was thrilled when he called for Urumi.

“But unfortunately, Santhosh could offer only a cameo role. But I am really happy to be a part of this much-acclaimed period flick.”


'Molly Aunty' is coming

Ranjith Sankar's last movie, ‘Arjunan Sakshi', got a bad deal at the theatres but won applause when it was shown on TV. ‘Cocktail' was another Malayalam movie which received similar treatment. But then luck plays a huge role in tinsel world, making or marring careers.

“I am not bothered about the past,” says Ranjith as he gets ready to shoot his third movie. His maiden directorial venture, ‘Passenger', in fact was a landmark movie in that it began the phase when newcomers tried out new themes and filmgoers sat up and took notice. Gen Now in Mollywood is coming of age, happily, as ‘Salt and Pepper', the dark horse, got the box office to jingle. That's why we have a ‘22 Female Kottayam' and ‘Ee Adutha Kalathu', drawing crowds. Formulas are changing and bold new movie makers are calling the shots.

Ranjith's next is a satire called ‘Molly Aunty Rocks' (MAR) to be made under the banner of Dreams N Beyond. As with the other two movies Ranjith made, for this too he has written the story, screenplay and dialogues.

Revathi plays Molly Aunty, a middle aged bank employee, also a green card holder. Hers is a character you can't ignore, the type who makes her presence felt anywhere. And Prithviraj plays an IRS officer, Pranav, who gets to spar with her off and on. Lalu Alex, KPAC Lalitha, Sharath, Mamookkoya, Shivaji Guruvayoor, Sunil Sukhada, Lakshmi Priya, Krishnakumar form the rest of the cast.

“Shooting will begin this month and it is scheduled to be over in 45 days. Locations are in Palakkad and Tiruvalla,” Ranjith says adding that he has yet to apply for leave, for he still works in the IT sector and has yet to make movies his full time job.

Most of the crew is new, says Ranjith. The director of photography is Sujith Vasudev and editor, Lijo Paul. Anand Madhusoodhanan scores music. There are three tracks and one is called the Molly Anthem. The others are Molly Cool and Molly Locked. August cinema will distribute it.

“We hope to finish all the work of ‘Molly Aunty…' in time to reach it to the theatres in August,” says Ranjith, who has tried different themes so far and not tried to follow a formula, like many of the new age film makers.

So there is a still a certain amount of mystery about the story and treatment, that the audience can look forward to, unlike the host of movies made some time ago, a long line of mindless movies resembling one fluke hit in that genre.


Balancing act

Looks like actor Prithviraj is doing a brilliant balancing act with film production too on his hands. After all, his ventures “India Rupee” and “Urumi” have met with success. “I am happy to have produced films such as ‘Urumi'. In fact, we started that film in a small way, but it got bigger by the day, as we roped in some of the best actors in the industry. The project got a big boost when Santhosh Sivan took the mantel,” says Prithviraj.

The actor's also excited about his role in the soon-to-be-released Hindi film “Ayya”. Directed by Sachin Kundalkar, the film has Rani Mukherjee too in the lead. “I have been listening to scripts from various directors to start my next project soon,” he says.