Ashwin Kakamanu made his acting debut in actor Ajith’s Mankatha, directed by Venkat Prabu. In the film, he essayed the role of an antagonist and got great feedback for his performance as a corrupt cop. He went on to star in films like Zero and Idharkuthane Aasaipattai Balakumara.
Now, the actor has landed a big role in Mani Ratnam’s epic project Ponniyin Selvan. Ashwin Kakamanu took to Twitter to reveal the news and added that it’s a special film as he had been associated with Mani Ratnam in Aayutha Ezhuthu before he began his acting career.
He wrote, “Looking forward to enjoying the process & the journey.I was part of background sound fx for the college students in #Aaythaezhuthu and so it's extra special to play a role in #PonniyinSelvan #longroads (sic)”
Ponniyin Selvan has a huge star cast comprising Vikram, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Keerthy Suresh, Karthi and several top actors. The technical crew comprises of composer AR Rahman and lyricist Vairamuthu.
The film industry is generally a male-dominated workplace. However, over a period of time, we have seen some of the remarkable female technicians in the Indian film industry. One of them is Sudha Kongara. This talented filmmaker shot to fame with the super hit film Saala Khadoos. Today is her birthday. On this occasion, let us take a recap into her career.
Sudha Kongara got brought up in Chennai. During the initial stages of her career, she worked as an associate director for maverick filmmaker Mani Ratnam. She made her directorial debut with the 2008 movie Andhra Andagadu. However, it was the 2010 Tamil movie Drohi which brought her recognition. During the filming of Drohi, Sudha wrote a sport-based film. Finally, she made the film in 2016. Starring Madhavan and Ritika Singh in the lead roles, this movie got titled Irudhi Suttru in Tamil and Saala Khadoos in Hindi. The movie was a big hit in both languages. In 2017, Sudha remade the same film as Guru in Telugu. Venkatesh played the lead role in it. Even Guru ended up as a profitable venture at the box office.
Sudha is currently working on her next film Soorarai Pottru. Starring Suriya in the lead role, the film got inspired by the life of Air Deccan Founder GR Gopinath. The film will hit the screens once the lockdown of the theaters gets over.
One of the popular music directors in South India is Yuvan Shankar Raja. Even though he forayed into the film industry as Ilayaraja's son, Yuvan carved a niche to himself in no time. Eventually, he became a star composer in the Tamil film industry. During a recent interaction, Yuvan stated that he is willing to work with Thalapathy Vijay soon. He also added that Vijay has inspired him a lot.
Yuvan recently participated in an Instagram live chat. Speaking in the interaction, Yuan stated that he is ready to work with Vijay right now. The composer is waiting for a good film to collaborate with the actor. Both of them have earlier worked together for movies like Pudhiya Geethai and Velai. Their fans are eagerly waiting for yet another collaboration of this duo. Meanwhile, Yuvan is currently composing the music for Thala Ajith's upcoming film Valimai. Yuan also composed tunes for Ajith's last outing Nerkonda Parvaai. Speaking about Valimai, Yuvan said that things are shaping up well but the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed down the things a bit. Yuvan assured that fans will get satisfied by the album of Valimai.
Valimai is being directed by H. Vinoth Kumar. Boney Kapoor is bankrolling the project under the banner Bay View Projects. The film got done with half of its shoot. It may hit the screens early next year. Huma Qureshi is playing the female lead in it.
Versatile actor Dhanush proved his acting mettle for the first time with the 2003 film Kaadhal Kondein. It is often considered as one of the finest performances of Dhanush. Today, the film celebrates 17 years of its release. On this occasion, Dhanush said that he will be forever grateful and indebted to its director Selva Raghavan.
Earlier today, Dhanush shared a poster of the film and tweeted, "@selvaraghavan forever grateful and indebted." Sonia Agarwal played the female lead in this movie. The film deals with the story of an outcast who gets obsessed over a girl who pays attention to him. How his obsession becomes deadly, forms the main crux of the film. Sudeep Sarangi, Nagesh, and Daniel Balaji played the other important roles in the movie. This film marked the directorial debut of Selvaraghavan. He chooses his younger brother Dhanush to play the lead role in it. Later, the duo teamed up for other classic hits like Pudhupettai and Mayakkam Enna.
The music composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja is another major asset for the film. The album contains 20 tracks overall. Seven of them were original songs, four of them are bit songs and nine were theme music tracks. Kaadhal Kondein got remade into various languages as well. It got remade into Telugu as Nenu, Kannada as Ravana, Bengali as Amanush, and Bengali Bangladesh as Onno Manush. All Dhanush fans are celebrating the occasion by trending this movie on social media.