Five big releases this weekend, across Tamil, Malayalam, and Hindi. In Tamil, the long-delayed Kee, and 100 (which could not release on May 9), are set to hit the screens today. Telugu film Maharshi is having a big release. Kalippu is the Malayalam movie for the week, and Student of the Year 2 is the Bollywood release.
Ayogya was supposed to release today, but has been postponed due to unknown issues. Neeya 2 was scheduled for the weekend, but had to be pushed to May 24.
Director Kalees’ upcoming sci-fi thriller stars Jiiva as a college student and hacker and Nikki Galrani as the female lead. The film is about cyber crime, starring Malayalam actor Govind Padmasuriya as a tech savvy antagonist. Anaica is a reporter, and RJ Balaji, Rajhendra Prasad and Suhasini have important key roles. Vishal Chandrasekar has composed music for the film, and production is by Michael Rayappan. The film was ready long ago and was scheduled to release on April 10, but had to be postponed.
According to a report in DC, Jiiva said about the film at the promo meet, “Kee has many connotations. Kee means key, which opens locks. It can also denote computer keys. Each time you press a computer key, we don’t know whether the repercussions are good or bad. In Tholkkappiam, the ancient work on the grammar of Tamil language, there’s a saying that, ‘all good things often also have a bad side to it. That’s the crux of the film.”
Written and directed by Sam Anton, the film features Atharvaa and Hansika Motwani in the lead. Yogi Babu, Mime Gopi, Rahul Dev, Radha Ravi and others have supporting roles. Sam CS is the music composer for the film, cinematography is by Rajasekhar and editing by Antony Ruben. The film was scheduled to release on May 9, but a delay was announced on the day of release.
In an interview with News Today, Atharvaa says about signing up for the film, “Every actor would love to do a cop thriller. I was thrilled when Sam Anton narrated an engaging script. It has a serious premise and lots of elements that will engross the audience. It is about those officers in the control room, whom we reach in times of distress by dialing 100.”
Maharshi is Mahesh Babu’s 25th film. He sports three different looks, and plays a business tycoon who becomes a farmer. Pooja Hegde and Allari Naresh also star in the lead, and Jayapradha has an important role. The film is directed by Vamshi Paidipally who earlier made Oopiri, and co-produced by Dil Raju. A day ahead of release, the producer’s office and house were raided by IT officials to inquire about the film’s pre-release collections, reportedly amounting to Rs 150 crore.
Two songs from the film have released and gone viral among Mahesh Babu’s fans. In an interview with ToI, Vamshi says, “Rishi is someone who wants to make it big in life. But like anyone else, he struggles to strike a balance between his friends, family and thirst for success. Everybody will relate to Rishi because he isn’t a larger-than-life hero who gets everything he wants; he struggles hard to achieve them.”
Kalippu is a thriller written and directed by Jessen Joseph, and co-produced by Highmast Cinemas and Eshal Creations. According to IMDb, the film is about five men from a slum in Kerala who fight against the problems that people face in their locality. It’s pitched as a family entertainer, and stars Jeffin, Anaz Sainudeen, and Bala Singh in the lead. Music for the film is by Amarnath and cinematography by Johnsy Abhilash. Kalippu is the actor Kalashala Babu’s last film before his death in May 2018.
Watch a making video here.
Student of the Year 2
Student of the Year 2 stars Tiger Shroff, Tara Sutaria and Ananya Panday as three students in a love triangle. Tiger Shroff, who has mostly starred in action films, will be seen in a lighter role. Tara and Ananya Pandey are making their Hindi debut. The film is directed by Punit Malhotra, produced by Hiroo Yash Johar, Karan Johar and Apoorva Mehta.
In an interview with Mumbai Mirror, director Puneet says, “SOTY2 is more than just about one college. Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar is the Bible for any high school film, so comparisons are inevitable. The first part was a fresh take on the genre after almost twenty years and it launched three big stars. I have retained its flavour but given it a different spin.”