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Arya to play a tribal in Ragava’s film?
Arya to play a tribal in Ragava’s film?
We had earlier reported that Arya would be teaming up with director Ragava of Manja Pai fame for a film. Now, we've come to know that it will be an adventure film, which will be entirely set in the forests of Athirapally in Kerala and Kodaikanal. The buzz is that Arya will be playing the role of a tribal in the film. A source says, "The film will shot only in the forest areas, as the storyline is more or less based in the forest. The shooting will commence from the first week of March at Athirapally, where major portions of the film will be canned. Following this, the team will move on to shoot in Kodaikanal. Arya will be playing a tribal in the film, which will be along the lines of Kumki. Yuvan Shankar Raja has been roped in to compose the music." The adventure portions involve some risky stunt sequences which will be choreographed by Dilip Subbarayan
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Revathy to direct Tamil, Telugu remake of ‘Queen’
Revathy to direct Tamil, Telugu remake of ‘Queen’
Cast yet to be finalised; Suhasini Mani Ratnam to write dialogues in both languages. Veteran actor-filmmaker Revathy, known for directing films like Mitr, My Friendand Phir Milenge will helm the yet-untitled Tamil and Telugu remake of Vikas Bahl’s critically-acclaimed 2013 film Queen. “Revathy has been roped in to direct the remake. While the lead cast is yet to be finalised, the film will have dialogues in both the languages by actress Suhasini Mani Ratnam,” a source told IANS. Queen is the story of a young Punjabi girl, played by Kangana Ranaut, who embarks on her honeymoon to Paris alone after her fiancé calls off her wedding. The source further added that the project is slated to go on the floors later this year. “Suhasini has finished worked on the first half of the film. She’ll spend next couple of months finish work on the second half. By October or November, the film will most likely go to the sets,” he said. The remake is being bankrolled by producer Thiyagarajan.    
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Jayam Ravi’s next is Miruthan!
Jayam Ravi’s next is Miruthan!
Director Shakti Soundar Rajan says it was really brave of actor Jayam Ravi to work in his forthcoming thriller “Miruthan”, which happens to be Tamil cinema’s first zombie film, despite knowing how much risk was involved. “It was an experiment that could’ve gone wrong and Ravi could’ve gone from a star with two back-to-back hits to butt of all jokes in the industry. It was a risky proposition, nevertheless he accepted the project with a lot of excitement,” Rajan told IANS. All it took the “Naaigal Jaakirathai” director to convince Ravi was one meeting. “He instantly agreed, though he requested two days time to officially come on board. My producer, Michael Rayappan, was equally gutsy, because rarely will you find someone willing to bet on a zombie film,” he said. Having already made two films in different genres, Rajan says he chose to work in the zombie genre because he loves to work within the limitations of a genre. “I find that exciting and challenging. After my last film, which turned out to be hugely successful, I had the opportunity to make a film on a large canvas; something bigger than my previous films in terms of budget, too,” he said. Shining more light on the film, he said he’d like to view it as a sci-fi action film. “Although there’s zombie angle in the story, I personally like to view this as a high-octane action film, which has appropriate amount of gore, acceptable by Tamil cinema standard,” he said, and added shooting the climatic action sequence was very challenging. The scene features nearly 500 junior artists as zombies. “Logistically, shooting it was a nightmare. The 500 junior artists would start getting ready with make-up at 1 a.m. and they’d finally get done by 10 a.m.,” he recalled. A team of 40 worked in the make-up department, which didn’t feature a single foreign artist. “I did not see the need to hire workforce from abroad, though we imported necessary material. Instead, we brought make-up artists who had worked on several Tamil period films,” he said. The film, which releases worldwide on February 12, is high on visual effects (VFX) and Rajan hopes most of it will be invisible for naked eye. “There are about 1000 VFX shots and out of which audience may identify 10-15, while the rest will be too difficult to make out,” he said. Rajan also brushed aside rumours regarding the film being based on “Warm Bodies” among other Hollywood zombie films. “I find such claims very silly,” Rajan said, adding: “There are about 400-500 zombie films. In all of them, you will find similarities, like how the virus is born and how it turns people into zombies.” Ravi plays a traffic inspector in the film, which also features Lakshmi Menon.
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Anushka Is A Combination Of Kamal Haasan & Vikram!
Anushka Is A Combination Of Kamal Haasan & Vikram!
Anushka Shetty's upcoming film Inji Idupazhagi  has made all the right noises so far and quite naturally the film is surrounded by positive buzz, which makes its audio launch event an important occasion. The film's audio was launched few minutes ago by many prominent celebrities like Nasser, director M Raja and of course, MM Keeravani, the film's music director. Speaking at the star studded event, actor Nasser called Anushka his daughter and praised her for her efforts. "Apart from being a such big actress, she is a beautiful person", said he. Director M Raja said Anushka's dedication can be compared to that of Kamal Haasan and Vikram's, and rightly so, for it is not an easy task for anyone to gain and lose weight. Arya too said that Anushka is a combination of Kamal and Vikram, such is her dedication and effort towards this Tamil-Telugu bilingual. It is to be noted that Arya will be paired opposite Anushka in Inji Idupazhagi. While director Magizh Thirumeni said Inji Idupazhagi  will be a feel good film in the lines of Raja Rani, actor Kreshna urged everyone to catch this flick on the silver screen as according to him, the entire team behind this film has put in a tremendous effort.
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Ajith’s Vedhalam teaser out
Ajith’s Vedhalam teaser out
The teaser of Ajith’s next film is out and has been well received by fans. Vedhalam, which has been directed by ‘Siruthai’ Siva, is set to hit screens this Deepavali. The actor has a massive following on social media and that has helped the teaser do well within a few hours of its release, late last night. The film, touted to be an action drama, has Shruti Haasan playing the lead. It has music by Anirudh; the audio of the film is expected to be launched next week.
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Hats Off to the Puli Team! Superstar Lauds
Hats Off to the Puli Team! Superstar Lauds
Superstar Rajinikanth who has recently watched Vijay starrer fantasy thriller movie 'Puli', seems to be much impressed with it. He has lauded the director and the team for making a experimental films with rich visual entertainment. Rajinikanth has also appreciated the cast and crew of Puli for thier amicable performance.
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'Okay Kanmani' will be like 'Alaipayuthey -2': PC Sreeram
'Okay Kanmani' will be like 'Alaipayuthey -2': PC Sreeram
Mani Ratnam has completed the shooting of his upcoming film Okay Kanmani and the dubbing for the film is currently going on. The latest is that PC Sreeram who is teaming up with Mani Ratnam after fourteen years has said in an interaction that Okay Kanmani will be like Alaipayuthey-2.   PC Sreeram said “Alaipayuthey was based on an incident which happened in the life of a girl who is the daughter of Mani Ratnam’s friend and Okay Kanmani is also based on similar real life incident “. The ace cinematographer clarified that though Okay Kanmani’s treatment will be stylish and youthful like Alaipayuthey , the film is definitely not a sequel.   Okay Kanmani has Dulquer Salmaan and Nithya Menon playing the lead roles while AR Rahman has composed the music.   PC Sreeram has also confirmed that the film’s shooting is almost over and he is expecting the film to be a big summer release of 2015
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Jyotika’s next with director Bramma
Jyotika’s next with director Bramma
After 36 Vayadhinile, Jyotika has picked up yet another heroine-oriented script. We hear she will be acting in Kuttram Kadithal director Bramma's next film. Kuttram Kadithal had won the National Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil. "After 36 Vayadhinile, she was not keen on taking up her next immediately, and was on the lookout for a good script. Jyotika met Bramma recently and they discussed a script, which she liked as the story had a strong woman character. So, she has now agreed to work on it and will start shooting for it once the other details are finalised."
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Mike Tyson keen to watch Irudhi Suttru
Mike Tyson keen to watch Irudhi Suttru
Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson is keen to watch Madhavan starrer 'Irudhi Suttru'. Madhavan plays a boxing coach to debutante Ritika Singh in the film directed by Sudha Kongara. The legendary boxer had apparently read a review of the film and has expressed his liking to watching the film.
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Vikram-Nayanthara’s next titled 'Iru Mugan'!
Vikram-Nayanthara’s next titled 'Iru Mugan'!
The first look poster of Vikram’s upcoming movie Iru Mugan was released in the wee hours of (11/1/2016 around 12 am). The poster looks freakishly unique with two faced Vikram, something similar to the star's 50th film I.   While I’s first look poster had something like a beauty and the beast concept, Iru Mugan leaves us guessing on what it actually is. From what we could grasp from the poster is that Vikram might play two roles, one that of a scientist possibly with all fancy burns and burner setup in the background and the other guy as a firefighter as he wears a steel helmet and oxygen mask.   Coming to the film’s progress, Iru Mugan officially kick starts shoot today in Binny Mill Chennai. The team will apparently shoot for three days in Chennai and then will be leaving for Malaysia on the 17th of January. Vikram is expected to juggle between his Spirit of Chennai video making and Iru Mugan shoot.
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Amy Jackson lands a role in Enthiran-2?
Amy Jackson lands a role in Enthiran-2?
  The team behind superstar Rajinikanth-starrer "Enthiran 2" is reportedly planning to use motion capture technology to shoot some of the important portions of the Tamil film, which will also be shot in 3D.   "The film will be shot in 3D. It was decided last week that some key scenes will be filmed using motion capture technology and the team has already started prepping. The scenes featuring the technology will be shot at a studio in Hollywood," a source from the film's unit told IANS.   Motion capture technology was earlier used in Rajinikanth's animated film "Kochadaiiyaan", which was directed by his daughter Soundarya.   To be directed by Shankar and produced by Lyca International, "Enthiran 2" will feature Amy Jackson.   "The makers are currently in talks with Hollywood actor Arnold Schwarzenegger to play the antagonist in the film. Shankar also has plans to make the third part in the franchise," the source said.   The rest of the cast is in the process of being finalized soon.   It will go on the floors early next year.
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A colourful diversion for undemanding kids
A colourful diversion for undemanding kids
If Chimbu Deven’s brief was to create a colourful diversion for undemanding children, then Puli, starring Vijay, must be counted as some sort of success. Through his career, the director has pitched his tent a couple of feet away from the mainstream – here too, his quirky inventiveness is charming. It isn’t just that an interlude in this chosen-one-saves-the-world saga features little people. It’s that the little women wear peanut-shell blouses. A touch like that shows you this isn’t a completely lazy movie. Or how about that man with a moustache? There’s no joke there — but imagine the moustache on his head. There’s a wisdom-spewing tortoise. A chatty bird. A frog that scratches its head while in deep thought. There’s strength-giving magic potion, like in the Asterix comics. The visual effects are nicely done, and cinematographer Natarajan Subramaniam opts for a keep-the-kids-happy palette — everywhere you turn, there’s rich colour. Even the contact lenses the villain (Sudeep) wears are a piercing blue. Just how much of a children’s film Puli ultimately is may be up for debate in some quarters. There’s a running gag about a man’s frustration at not consummating his marriage. Our cinema, clearly, is incomplete without wedding-night jokes. More disturbingly, there’s a lot of sword-fighting, a lot of torsos being impaled – at one point, a little girl’s throat is slit. The audience watches numbly. (The censors too, apparently. The film is certified ‘U.’) I wouldn’t be making too big a point about this in what’s essentially a fun fantasy, but the nation seems to have gone mad – lynch mobs seem to be sprouting everywhere, and I wonder how much of this is the result of our becoming desensitised to violence through cinema. Oh well, back to regular programming. The scale ofPuli inevitably brings Baahubali to mind, but this isn’t as intense. The film is tailored to fit its star’s comic-hero persona. He makes the usual noises that can be read as declarations of political intent – “Aala porandhavan illa... makkalukkaaga vaazha porandhavan” – but consider his first fight sequence. After a lot of chasing, he ends up clinging to the enemy’s legs, grinning, asking for mercy. I kept thinking it was a ruse, that he’d soon snarl and unleash his inner Rana Daggubati, but that’s really the end of the scene. But there was more to Baahubali, a sustained commitment to storytelling, a belief that even fantasy needs some kind of internal logic – and that’s missing in Puli. The narrative is lax and Chimbu Deven doesn’t build up to things so much as let them occur like an afterthought. You think the hero’s efforts to find the imprisoned heroine will take some doing – but he just stumbles upon her in a secret tower. The man who tells the hero about his past (there’s a flashback, plus a laughable wig) is introduced just for that scene – he isn’t a character, he’s a PowerPoint slide in disguise. At this juncture, we also learn that the hero has been consuming magic leaves from childhood. Wouldn’t it have been more fun to show him munching on those leaves – in other words, have the leaves make an appearance earlier on, like a character – and then tell us what their powers are? Put differently, Chimbu Deven has forgotten to make a movie for adults. His inventions surprise us, delight us for a second or two – and then we’re back to the turgid story. The first half, especially, is a drag – generic comedy (Thambi Ramiah), generic romance (Shruti Haasan, who’s sure to snag a Best Supporting Belly Button nomination at next year’s award functions), a generic second heroine (Hansika Motwani), and the kind of generic background score that composers think scream “epic.” (You know the deep wail, the chorus that sounds as if it was belched out by a thousand Viking women during childbirth.) Things get a little better in the second half, thanks to Sridevi’s evil queen – she gets a better ‘hero entry scene’ than the hero himself. There’s some fun watching this diva play another diva – though not nearly as much fun as the fact that her race is called Vedhaalam, which is the name of... Ajith’s upcoming movie. (Coincidence? A poke in the rib between professional rivals?) Another extra-textual fun fact: In a reversal of the Tamil-cinema tradition of the hero’s mother being played by an actress who once starred opposite him, as heroine, Sridevi’s father here is played by her Pagalil Oru Iravu hero, Vijayakumar. Say what you will about Puli, it does strike a small blow for gender equality.  
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10 Endrathukulla Audio Releasing Tomorrow
10 Endrathukulla Audio Releasing Tomorrow
  10 endrathukulla's teaser and trailer has already send the fans into a frenzy and now the makers are all set to firm it's grip on the audience with the music launch on 6th October. The racy entertainer is living up to it's genre in all possible platforms of promotions too. Vijay Milton, the director of this much awaited entertainer, starring Vikram and Samantha in the lead says 'We are overwhelmed by the response so far but not surprised, because the positive vibration was all through the making of the film too." "D.Imman has composed and weaved magic in his tunes, and I am confident that it will remain etched in the memories of music lovers for a long period. The music will be launched on 6th October and iam sure that will prove to be a perfect follow up to Vroom ..Vroom''.
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'Kaaki Sattai' Movie Review
'Kaaki Sattai' Movie Review
Sivakarthikeyan's "Kaaki Sattai"  aka "Kakki Sattai" has hit the screens in India on 27 February. It is an action-masala cop entertainer directed by RS Durai Senthilkumar.   "Kaaki Sattai" has generated a lot of buzz through its trailer and audio. Importantly, the association of Dhanush as producer has added good value to the project.   Prabhu, Vijay Raaz, Manobala, Vidyullekha Raman, Imman Annachi, Kalpana, Nagineedu and others are in the cast with Sri Divya playing the female lead role.   Anirudh Ravichander has composed the music, M Sukumar has handled the camera and Noor Azwan has taken the responsibility of the editing department.   Audience Reviews: "Kaaki Sattai" has opened to positive reviews. People, who have already seen the Tamil movie, has given good response to the film even though it is said that the Sivakarthikeyan's movie is a regular masala movie.   It is a usual do-gooder cop's story and one cannot expect something new in the subject. Nonetheless, the film can be enjoyed by all sectin of audience as the story is laced with action, romance and comedy.
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Keerthy Suresh ?confirms Vijay60
Keerthy Suresh ?confirms Vijay60
We had earlier reported that actress Keerthy Suresh will be playing the Ilayathalapathy's romantic interest in Vijay's upcoming film with director Bharathan. Now the pretty actress has herself confirmed the same through her social networking page. An elated Keerthy Suresh ‏tweeted, "Yes! SIGNED #Vijay60!Feeling extremely happy to pair with Ilayathalapathy Vijay sir! Thanks for YOUR support! Cant wait to start!" The film is set against both rural and city backdrops and will be a mix of all genres. Santhosh Narayanan has been roped in to compose the music for the film. The shoot will commence in the first week of May.
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Idhu Namma Aalu Release Date Fixed
Idhu Namma Aalu Release Date Fixed
The audio launch of the most expected film, Idhu Namma Aalu, will be held on February 3rd, 2016. According to the advertisement on newspapers today. The film, directed by Pandiraj, stars Simbu and Nayanthara after a long gap. This is one of the reasons for expecting INA as Simbu and Nayan are joining hands after their break-up in real life. Simbu’s brother, Kuralarasan, is making his debut as music composer with this film.
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Dhanush, Prabhu Solomon team up
Dhanush, Prabhu Solomon team up
After his recent Kayal, a love story set in the backdrop of the December 2004 Tsunami, director Prabhu Solomon has signed up Dhanush for his next movie.The director, known for hits such as Mynaa and Kumki, has teamed up with Sathya Jyothi Films for this movie that is said to be an action entertainer. It will be produced by Sendhil Thyagarajan and Arjun Thyagarajan.   Hopes are riding high on this project that brings together a National Award-winning actor and a director known for his slice-of-life movies that have brought several actors to the limelight.Dhanush has a packed 2015, with two back-to-back releases as an actor — Balki’s Shamitabh in Hindi this week and K.V. Anand’s Anegan in Tamil on February 13. He’s also working on Balaji Mohan’s Maari. His production, Kaaki Sattai, is also due for a February release.   Prabhu and composer D. Imman, who have created memorable numbers in the past, team up again for this project. The heroine and the remaining cast are yet be finalised, said a release from the film’s publicist.Of late, Prabhu Solomon has made movies with newcomers rather than stars. What prompted him to sign up Dhanush? “I always go by the demands of the script. I try to be honest while casting. This film needed Dhanush. Avara naan ennoda mannin maindhana paarkaraen. (I see him as a son of the soil). Plus, he’s a great performer. The script will showcase another side of the actor in him.”   The director is currently in pre-production mode. “Dhanush has a packed schedule till Maari. I also need that time. Once again, I’m going to travel with the seasons and shoot depending on climatic conditions. The film requires a schedule in the North too. I’m just going to go with the flow.”
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Actor-singer Manorama 'Aachi' dead
Actor-singer Manorama 'Aachi' dead
Actor, comedian and singer Manorama, affectionately referred to as ‘Aachi’, whose performance matched and sometimes bettered the lead actors of her movies, died of multiple organ failure here on Saturday. She was 78 and is survived by her son and singer-actor Boopathy.   She had acted with M.G.R., Sivaji Ganesan, NTR, Jayalalithaa, Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth, Nagesh, ‘Cho’ Ramaswamy, ‘Thengai’ Srinivasan and the present-day actors.   An artiste who matched the best in the industry   Manorama’s life in a way resembled the unforgettable Karuppayee-turned-Jil Jil Ramamani-turned Rojarani of Thillana Mohanambal. Born as Gopichanda in Mannargudi, she moved with her family to Pallathur in Chettinad to eke out a livelihood. There she assumed the name ‘Pallathur Papa’ and later Manorama.   Even while acting in plays in Pallathur, she got a chance to act in a film with late S.S. Rajendran and Devika made in Pudukottai. But it did not see the light of day. But SSR had spotted her talent and invited her to participate in the drama Manimagudam in Chennai. Thus began her film career.   Her first film was Malayitta Mangai produced by lyricist Kannadasan in 1958. Her experience in the theatre and singing talents came in handy in the film world. She rendered her first song, under the baton of G.K. Venkatesh.   But it was the parody of “Pogathey Pogathey En Kanava”, in the film Ratha Thilagam, to the music of K.V. Mahadevan produced by Kannadasan, that identified her talent as a singer.   She went on to sing under every music director even as she was leaving her mark in the film industry as a comedian. For A.R. Rahman, she sang “Madrasai Suthi Paarka Poren” for the film May Matham.   Her body language and dialogue delivery coupled with an affable nature secured her a permanent place in the Tamil film industry. Whether it was the corrupt Madras Tamil or dialects of Thanjavur or Madurai or the Kongu region, she rendered them all effortlessly. She acted in over 1,000 films and sang hundreds of songs.   Film historian Vamanan in his book Thirai Isai Alaigal has said it was Mukta Srinivasan who gave her an opportunity to render the song in Madras Tamil in the film Bommalattam. Vaa Vaathiyarey Ootandey became an instant hit and a cine magazine described her as the star of the month. “But actor ‘Cho’ Ramaswamy who was cast opposite her in the film wrote a letter to the magazine saying she was the star of the generation,” recalled Mr. Vamanan.   She was caught in a rare controversy when she campaigned against actor Rajinikanth in support of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in the 1996 elections.
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Rajini’s look in Kabali
Rajini’s look in Kabali
Even before Rajinikanth announces his next movie, the first look of the film is already out. Such is his fan following that posters created by fans for his upcoming movie are shared by everybody on the internet. So much so that people from the industry assume it to be the original. Soon after the title of Rajinikanth’s next movie, Kabali was revealed; people were already talking about the Superstar’s role and look. It is said that he will be playing the role of a don. Directed by Pa. Ranjith,Badlapur actress Radhika Apte will play the female lead. While the cast and crew of the movie remain tight-lipped, the rumours are enough to keep the fans busy. There are images being circulated online which is said to be from Kabali’s photo shoot. According to another Facebook post, Rajinikanth is donning a salt and pepper look, with a white beard. For fans, this was gold. Many posters of the movie were made and shared by fans. “I made a poster before when the name of the movie wasn’t finalised and the tentative name was Gangster. I worked on another poster after the title was finalised,” says Terence Sandeep, a final year engineering student and a freelance graphic designer. “I am a die-hard Rajinikanth fan and have collected thousands of his images. Drawing references from the information online, I created an image of Photoshop within a couple of hours,” he says. Not just the image, fans worked on the fonts and typography to go with the images. “I wanted our poster to look international. We went through several international posters, worked with photos of Rajinikanth and within three days created a look that we want to my role model in,” says Ashok Kumar Pandiyan, a filmmaking student, who along with Roc V.M. Aswin created a poster that went viral after they posted it on social media. Many of the fan-made posters were mistaken for the original but sources from the industry say that the official look has not yet be released and the shooting will start only next month.
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Nithya Menen in Mani Ratnam Film
Nithya Menen in Mani Ratnam Film
Actress Nithya Menen is busy shooting for Jenuse Mohamed's 100 Days of Love with Dulquer Salmaan in Bangalore. Meanwhile, sources say that the pretty actress' next is a Mani Ratnam film! Rumours are also rife that Dulquer Salmaan, with whom Nithya acted in Ustad Hotel, has been cast as the hero of the film.    Interestingly, Ahaana Krishna, who made her M-Town debut with Njan Steve Lopez, was also approached for the project to play the second lead, but Ahaana did not take it up. "Ahaana had met the film's crew for a briefing of her character. While the project and the people involved sounded exciting, she has not signed the film as she is extremely cautious about the roles she takes up. As of now, Ahaana is also busy with her studies in Chennai," says a source close to the actress. Ahaana's debut film was directed by Rajeev Ravi and she was cast opposite Farhaan Faasil in it.   While there were rumours about Nivin Pauly being roped in for the Mani Ratnam project, the actor had clarified recently that he has not received any such offer. Like all Mani Ratnam films, A R Rahman will be the composer for this movie as well. 
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