Shahid Kapoor is on a super high post the success of ‘Kabir Singh’. He has ‘Jersey’ and the big mythological ‘Karna’ in his kitty, followed by two projects on the web – a show with Raj and DK, and a digital only film with Ali Abbas Zafar.
While the news about Ali and Shahid’s association is out all over, not many know that it is actually an official adaptation of a French thriller. A source informed Bollywood Hungama, “Ali got the rights to remake ‘Nuit Blanche’ (Sleepless Nights in English), a film that stars Tomer Sisley as the lead. The 2011 action thriller revolved around the life of a cop whose connection with the underworld comes out in the open when they try to steal drugs from a powerful drug lord, leaving his child’s life in danger. How he saves his child forms the rest of the story. Here, mostly, Shahid will play the cop who tries to save his daughter who gets kidnapped following his tryst with a gangster or drug lord. The film has been altered a bit keeping the Indian mind-set in place.”
The source further adds, “It’s a story that spans an entire night. It’s about one night and how Shahid’s character fights everyone to save his daughter. It’s a carefully crafted thriller that will be made for the digital friendly audience and will be Shahid’s second stint on the web. A top actress is also currently being spoken to for the main female lead.”
It has been reported for quite some time that Vidya Balan and Pratik Gandhi will be coming together on screen for the first time for an upcoming film. The film will be directed by debutant Shirsha Guha Thakurta. According to the latest reports, the film has been titled ‘Lovers’ and is all set to go on floors soon.
According to reports in a tabloid, the film challenges patriarchal norms and will be shot extensively in Mumbai and Coonoor in Tamil Nadu. The makers are currently finalising the shoot dates. Lovers will reportedly be produced by Ellipsis Entertainment.
Meanwhile, Vidya Balan is currently shooting for a film with Shefali Shah directed by Suresh Triveni. Pratik Gandhi, on the other hand, rose to fame with the web series ‘Scam 1992’. He will be making his Bollywood film debut with the film ‘Bhavai’ which is all set to release on October 1.
You might have noticed the increasing number of anthology films hitting streaming platforms. Many viewers find the format convenient as they’re shorter and quicker to watch than full length films. Here are five Malayalam anthology films worth checking out.
Directed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan, this offbeat film is a set of four stories of four women. The film stars Padmapriya, Geethu Mohandas, Manju Pillai and Nandita Das in the lead roles. Set in the early 1960s, it highlights the social issues of the time. Streaming on: YouTube
Curated by Ranjith, the film has movies by ten eminent directors and a cast that includes Mammootty, Suresh Gopi, Fahadh Faasil, Prithviraj Sukumaran, Salim Kumar, Rima Kallingal, Navya Nair, Nithya Menen, Swetha Menon and Kalpana. Streaming on: YouTube
‘5 Sundarikal’ features five short stories of five beautiful women and their love lives. The film has mainstream actors including Dulquer Salmaan, Biju Menon, Kaavya Madhavan and Fahaadh Faasil Streaming on: YouTube
Unlike other anthologies, ‘Solo’ has been directed by a single filmmaker, Bejoy Nambiar with Dulquer Salmaan in the lead role. ‘Solo’ tells the story of four men; each story revolves around the four vital elements: earth, fire, wind and water. The god Shiva features in each. The film may not have done well at the box office, but is one is one of our absolute favourites. Streaming on: Jio Cinema, SunNxt
‘Aanum Pennum’ follows stories of three women, Savithri, Rachiyamma and Rani, and their relationships with men. It has Samyukta Menon, Parvathy Thiruvothu, Darshana Rajendran, Roshan Mathew, Asif Ali, Joju George and Indrajith Sukumaran. Aashiq Abu’s ‘Rani’ is the segment we loved the most. Streaming on: Amazon Prime Video
Based on Walt Disney’s theme park attraction of the same name, ‘Jungle Cruise’, set in 1916, follows Dr Lily Houghton’s (Emily Blunt) quest to find the Tears of Moon located in South America. She is aided by skipper Frank Wolff (Dwayne Johnson) who captains the ramshackle river boat, La Quila. If the ‘Pirates of The Caribbean’ and ‘Jumanji’ had a baby, it would be ‘Jungle Cruise’.
‘Jungle Cruise’ packs action, comedy, adventure, fantasy, romance and drama. In other words, it’s a good old entertainer. The story has plenty of genuinely hilarious moments, some unexpected twists and turns, lots of action and really next-level CGI.
This film is a lot of fun to watch thanks to the fabulous chemistry shared by its leads. As the wise-cracking, pun-loving Frank and pragmatic, no-nonsense Lily, Johnson and Blunt ooze charm and sincerity. They look great together and play off each other thanks to their impeccable comic timing.
The rich Amazon forests and river, the inviting bars in Brazil, early 20th century London, the Puka Michuna tribe that guards the Tree of Life – all come alive spectacularly. The film is an optical buffet, offset with vibrant colours and aided by the expert cinematography of Flavio Martinez Labiano.
The story grips you from the get-go. You’re easily invested in Lily’s quest and want her to succeed; the backstory involving Don Aguirre (Edgar Ramirez), the Spanish conquistador whose attempt to seek the Tears of the Moon ends in tragedy; the cartoonish antagonist Prince Joachim (Jesse Plemons) and his wildly unconventional methods of thwarting Lily.
Johnson and Blunt are aided ably by Jack Whitehall who plays McGregor Houghton, Lily’s younger, foppish brother armed with hilarious one-liners and sharp three-piece suits. Ramirez as Aguirre is effectively menacing, while Plemons’ German royal is everything you’d expect from an over-the-top Disney villain.
Director: Juame Collet-Serra Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Jack Whitehall, Jesse Plemons, Edgar Ramirez
‘Jungle Cruise’ is playing in cinemas near you.
The South Indian Movie International Awards (SIIMA), which celebrate excellence in South Indian cinema, were held over a two-day gala the Hyderabad International Convention Centre from September 18 to 19. Stars such as Mahesh Babu (pictured above), Prithviraj Sukumaran, Allu Arjun, Pooja Hegde, Chiranjeevi, Rana Dagubatti and more graced the red carpet in their dapper best.
Here’s a look at the big winners at SIIMA 2021 across Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam entertainment industries.
Dulquer Salmaan, ‘Kannum Kannum Kollayadithaal’
Suriya, ‘Soorarai Pottru’
Udhayanidhi Stalin, ‘Psycho’
Dhanush, ‘Asuran’ WINNER
RJ Balaji, ‘Mookuthi Amman’
Ashok Selvan, ‘Oh My Kadavule’
Keerthy Suresh, ‘Penguin’
Nayanthara, ‘Mookuthi Amman’
Aishwarya Rajesh, ‘Ka Pae Ranasingam’
Aparna Balamurli, ‘Soorarai Pottru’ WINNER
‘Soorarai Pottru’ WINNER
‘Kannum Kannum Kollayadithaal’
‘Ka Pae Ranasingam’
‘Oh My Kadavule’
‘Kavalthurai Ungal Nanban’
Allu Arjun, ‘Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo’
Mahesh Babu, ‘Maharshi’ WINNER
Sudheer Babu, ‘V’
Satya Dev, ‘Uma Maheswara Ugra Roopasya’
Pooja Hegde, ‘Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo’
Rashmika Mandanna, ‘Dear Comrade’ WINNER
Nabha Natesh, ‘Solo Brathuke So Better’
Aishwarya Rajesh, ‘World Famous Lover’
Chandini Chowdary, ‘Colour Photo’
‘Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo’ WINNER
‘Solo Brathuke So Better’
‘Uma Maheswara Ugra Roopasya’
Prajwal Devaraj, ‘Gentleman’
Danish Sait, ‘French Biryani’
Dhananjay, ‘Popcorn Monkey Tiger’ WINNER
Darling Krishna, ‘Love Mocktail’
Raj B Shetty, ‘Mayabazar 2016’
Niveditha, ‘Popcorn Monkey Tiger’
Kushee Ravi, ‘Dia’
Milana Nagaraj, ‘Love Mocktail’ WINNER
Yagna Shetty, ‘ACT 1978’
Nishvika Naidu, ‘Gentleman’
‘Love Mocktail’ WINNER
‘Popcorn Monkey Tiger’
Prithviraj Sukumaran, ‘Ayyappanum Koshiyum’ WINNER
Fahadh Faasil, ‘Trance’ / ‘C U Soon’
Tovino Thomas, ‘Forensic’
Biju Menon, ‘Ayyappanum Koshiyum’
Kunchacko Boban, ‘Anjaam Paathira’
Anna Ben, ‘Kappela’
Mamta Mohandas, ‘Forensic’
Darshana Rajendran, ‘C U Soon’
Shobana, ‘Varane Avashyamund’ WINNER
Anupama Parameswaran, ‘Maniyarayile Ashokan’
‘Ayyappanum Koshiyum’ WINNER
‘C U Soon’
For a complete list of winners, go here.