While Covid-19 has no doubt posed a threat to lives and livelihood, it has thrown open a few opportunities too. The most crucial among them as far as film industry is concerned is OTT.
Digital platform has provided a new avenue for our Kollywood producers, filmmakers and stars to reach the audience. With many Tamil movies lining up for OTT release, Mykollywood.com lists out some of them.
‘Soorarai Pottru’ is an action drama film directed by Sudha Kongara and produced by Suriya and Guneet Monga, under their respective banners 2D Entertainment and Sikhya Entertainment.
The story was conceptualiSed and written by Kongara, along with Shalini Ushadevi, Aalif Surti, Ganesha and Vijay Kumar, the latter penning the dialogues. The film features Suriya and Aparna Balamurali in the lead roles, and also features an ensemble cast which includes Mohan Babu, Paresh Rawal, Urvashi, Karunas amongst others in supporting roles.
The film was reported to be the biopic of Air Deccan founder G R Gopinath, however it was revealed that some events were inspired from his life.
Filming took place across Madurai, Chennai in Tamil Nadu and Chandigarh. The film features music composed by G V Prakash Kumar, while cinematography and editing were handled by Niketh Bommireddy and Sathish Suriya respectively.
The theatrical release of the film was postponed several times due to post-production delays and the Covid-19 pandemic. The film is now scheduled to release through Amazon Prime Video on 30 October 2020.
KA PAE RANASINGAM
Vijay Sethupathi and Aishwarya Rajessh-starrer Ka Pae Ranasingam becomes the first Tamil film in recent history that will have its international premiere on a ‘Cinema 2 Home’ pay-per-view streaming service called Zee Plex, launched by Zee Entertainment Enterprise on 1 September.
The film will be released in five Indian languages and will be subtitled in 10 international languages. It can also be streamed in over 150 countries, according to details released by Zeeplex.
Aishwarya Rajesh tweeted, “Watch Ka Pae Ranasingam from the comfort of your homes from 2nd of October on Zeeplex Official.” The film is directed by Virumandi.
Vijay Sethupathi tweeted, “Stay home, stay safe, we’re bringing Ka Pae Ranasingam HOME TO YOU on Zeeplex Official Releasing in 5 Indian languages, subtitled in over 10 International languages, streamed in over 150 countries! It’s going to be MASSIVE!”
Tipped to be a cyber crime thriller, ‘Chakra’ will have an OTT release on Deepavali. Bankrolled by Vishal Film Factory and helmed by Anandan, the film also stars Shraddha Srinath and Regina Cassandra as the female leads and Srushti Dange, Manobala and Robo Shankar in pivotal roles.
The music is scored by Yuvan Shankar Raja and camera is cranked is by Balasubramaniam. The trailer of the film has levered up the expectation among the audience.
The film was initially touted to be the sequel of Vishal’s previous action thriller hacker film ‘Irumbu Thirai’ which became a success at the box office in 2018. The film was rumoured to be titled as ‘Irumbu Thirai 2’ as the film genre was quite similar to the former.
However the film was later titled as ‘Chakra’ by the filmmakers as the film story revolves around Ashoka Chakra which is the highest peacetime military decoration in India.
Madhavan-Anushka Shetty-starrer ‘Nisabdham’ is expected to have a release on OTT platform on October 2 on the special occasion of Gandhi Jayanti.
It is a thriller film directed by Hemant Madhukar. The film stars Anjali, Michael Madsen, Subbaraju, Shalini Pandey and Srinivas Avasarala in supporting roles.
This film is shot simultaneously in Telugu and Tamil. The movie’s music was composed by Gopi Sundar.
According to streaming guide Lets OTT Global, Keerthy Suresh-starrer ‘Miss India’ has been acquired by Netflix India.
“Keerthy Suresh starrer #MissIndia firmed up for a direct OTT release on Netflix!” it tweeted. Interestingly, Keerthy Suresh’s ‘Penguin’ is one of the earliest OTT releases of Tamil cinema.
The romance drama has been directed by Narendra Nath and also stars Jagapathi Babu, Rajendra Prasad and Naveen Chandra. There is no information yet about the release date.