Manoj Kumar R


The writer is a new media journalist with a keen interest in films, topics of popular interests and social media trends.

Like Malayalam film Take Off, will Salman Khan’s Tiger Zinda Hai do justice to the real heroes of the tale?
Sat, Nov 18, 2017

A day after the trailer of Tiger Zinda Hai released, a media report quoted director Mahesh Narayan's plans to drop the Hindi remake of his Malayalam blockbuster Take Off.

Megastar Chiranjeevi is happy after watching Ram Charan’s Rangasthalam
Fri, Nov 17, 2017

Megastar Chiranjeevi saw his star son Ram Charan's film Rangasthalam and liked it. The upcoming revenge drama, which is helmed by director Sukumar, stars actor Samantha Ruth Prabhu as the female lead.

Kaala music composer Santhosh Narayanan faces ‘racial profiling’, ‘insulted’ at Sydney airport
Fri, Nov 17, 2017

Besides screening him for a 'chemical substance', Santhosh Narayanan said he was also insulted by a 'rude officer' at the airport.

Kannada actor-filmmaker Rakshit Shetty: I can do writing, directing and acting simultaneously
Mon, Nov 13, 2017

Last year, Rakshit Shetty made his debut as a producer with Kirik Party, which emerged as one of the biggest earners in the Kannada film industry. The 33-year-old filmmaker is bankrolling a few interesting projects, including Diganth's upcoming film Katheyondu Shuruvagide,

Kannada actor Upendra invites commoners to join politics, offers opportunity to contest elections on KPJP ticket
Sat, Nov 11, 2017

Kannada actor Upendra unveiled a smartphone app, Prajaakeeya, where users can get all the information regarding his political party, Karnataka Pragnyavanta Janata Paksha (KPJP). This application can also be used to seek membership in the party or candidacy.

Anurag Kashyap changed my life, says filmmaker Senna Hegde
Sat, Nov 11, 2017

Bollywood filmmaker Anurag Kashyap changed the life of director Senna Hegde , when he shared the trailer of 0-41* on social media. He said the Malayalam film industry was quick to appreciate his work, as he got messages and calls from filmmakers like Geethu Mohandas.

Aramm movie review: The Nayanthara starrer is hard-hitting
Sat, Nov 11, 2017

Aramm movie review: While Nayanthara remains in forefront of the action fast developing, the narration does not deviate from its straight path to meet the approval of her star status.

Demonetization Anthem: Simbu sings ‘No cash, No cash’, takes on Narendra Modi government
Fri, Nov 10, 2017

Simbu's Demonetization Anthem touches upon various serious political issues of the country, from demonetisation to GST. It takes on corporate honchos and people in the position of power, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

South Indian film industry works harder than Bollywood: Diganth
Thu, Nov 09, 2017

Katheyondu Shuruvaagide is a romantic-comedy, which will mark the directorial debut of Senna Hegde in Kannada. Diganth revealed that his character in the film plays an unmarried man in his 30s, who runs a resort for a living. The film is co-produced by actor Rakshit Shetty along with Pushkara Mallikarjun under Paramvah Studios banner,

Prithviraj’s mother recalls how Vinayan helped her sons during difficult times
Thu, Nov 09, 2017

Mallika Sukumaran, who is also the mother of actors Indrajith and Prithviraj, on the pooja of director Vinayan's comeback film Chalakkudykkaran Changath, shared that it was Vinayan, who supported their sons find the foothold in the industry during their trying times.

Shivarajkumar, Allu Sirish, Rakshit Shetty dance together at Tagaru teaser launch. See photos
Wed, Nov 08, 2017

Kannada superstar Shivarajkumar's will be next seen in Tagaru, which is directed by Duniya Soori. At the end of the teaser launch event, Shivarajkumar, Allu Sirish, Rakshith Shetty enthralled the fans at the Town Hall in Bengaluru by dancing to a popular musical number from Rakshith Shetty's hit film Ulidavaru Kandanthe.

Kamal Haasan on ‘Hindu extremism’ row: I will not raise a gun but I will also not keep quiet
Wed, Nov 08, 2017

Actor Kamal Haasan who will soon be seen in Vishwaroopam II, has received sharp reactions from the BJP party and other Hindu outfits, including defamation cases and death threats. A leader of Akhil Bhartiya Hindu Mahasabha reportedly said Kamal should be shot dead or hanged.

Kamal Haasan, the actor who rejected distractions
Tue, Nov 07, 2017

Kamal Haasan entered showbiz as a child artist in 1960 with Kalathur Kannamma, and played minor roles in several films, worked as a dance assistant before he established himself as a lead actor through legendary K Balachander movies. Even before Tamil audience could come to realise the potential of a struggling actor in the 1970s, he was first accepted as a hero by the Malayalam film audience.

Happy Birthday Anushka Shetty: The Baahubali star’s five must watch films
Tue, Nov 07, 2017

Happy Birthday Anushka Shetty: After being in the business for over a decade, the actor who played Devasena in Baahubali, has become one of the top choices of filmmakers down south. With a fan following at par with her male counterparts, she is a highly bankable actor today. Here's wishing Anushka a happy 36th.

Bhaagamathie first look: Anushka Shetty’s bloody avatar will give you chills
Tue, Nov 07, 2017

Ahead of Anushka Shetty's birthday, the first look of Bhaagamathie has dropped. Following the humongous success of Baahubali franchise, Anushka's popularity among fans in the other states down south has grown significantly. In order to cash in on that, the producers will be releasing the film simultaneously in Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam.

Villain director B Unnikrishnan slams media for rating Mohanlal-starrer poorly
Mon, Nov 06, 2017

Director B Unnikrishnan has accused the media of willingly berating his new film, Villian, starring Mohanlal, as it is biased against him. He said Villian would have been celebrated as a "classic" if the film had some other director's name on it.

Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru song Oru Veettil teaser: Karthi, Rakul Preet play a passionate couple. Watch video
Mon, Nov 06, 2017

Karthi and Rakul Preet are sharing the screen space for the first time in the upcoming cop thriller, Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru. The onscreen couple seems to have brought a refreshing chemistry and passion to the characters. Mostly shot at a beach, the song promises to be a visual treat for the audience.

Kannada actor Yogesh ties the knot with longtime girlfriend Sahitya
Fri, Nov 03, 2017

Yogesh dated Sahitya, an IT professional for over a decade before taking his relationship to the next level. Their love story looks straight out of one his romantic flicks as it was love at first sight for Yogesh. Sahitya and Yogesh lived in the same neighbourhood for a long time.

Aval movie review: The Siddharth and Andrea Jeremiah starrer will test your immunity to horror films
Sat, Nov 04, 2017

Aval movie review: Judging by the standards of horror films made in the Tamil film industry, Aval has set a new benchmark. It doesn't unwantedly exploit religious beliefs or use sub-standard special effects or melodrama.

Kannada star Shivarajkumar’s next titled SRK
Thu, Nov 02, 2017

Kannada superstar Shivarajkumar's next film SRK was launched on Wednesday amid a lot of fanfare in Bengaluru. He is one of the busiest actors in Kannada cinema as he does an average of five films a year even at 56. The film, which is directed by Prem, also has actor Amy Jackson as the female lead and is being made on a lavish budget.

Aramm trailer: Nayanthara promises to shine in this politically relevant film
Wed, Nov 01, 2017

The theatrical trailer of Tamil actor Nayanthara's upcoming film Aramm dropped on Wednesday just a week before its theatrical release. The film also stars Ramesh and Vignesh of Kakka Muttai fame in supporting roles. Aramm is gearing up to release on November 10.

Kunjali Marakkar first look: Mammootty to play legendary naval chief in Santosh Sivan’s directorial
Wed, Nov 01, 2017

Mammootty on Wednesday announced his next big-ticket period film Kunjali Marakkar, while unveiling the first look of the film with details of main cast and crew. It comes hours after a section of media reports claimed that Malayalam superstar Mohanlal will be playing the role of Kunjali Marakkar in a period film.

Bigg Boss Tamil contestants Raiza, Harish Kalyan to romance on big screen
Tue, Oct 31, 2017

Bigg Boss Tamil Season 1 contestants Raiza and Harish Kalyan will be sharing screen space in a romantic comedy, which will be directed by Elan. The project will be co-produced by Rajarajan of K Productions, and it will have music by hit composer Yuvan Shankar Raja.

Upendra launches new party: I don’t want to be MGR or Chiranjeevi. I want to be me in politics
Tue, Oct 31, 2017

If voted to power, Upendra said, he would create a people-centric administration.

Villain movie review: Will the real villain of this Mohanlal film please stand up?
Fri, Oct 27, 2017

Villain review: Villain, starring Mohanlal as the protagonist, has some well written and well-shot scenes that establish the mood of the character. Mohanlal is convincing as a dejected copy, who is stuck in the past and looking for a reason to continue living.

Rajinikanth at 2.0 press meet: Nobody pays me to act in real life, so I’m simple
Thu, Oct 26, 2017

Superstar Rajinikanth is in Dubai, along with his co-stars Akshay Kumar and Amy Jackson for the audio release event of 2.0, He attended the press conference on Thursday, where he thanked director Shankar for this film.

2.0: Director Shankar reveals why Arnold Schwarzenegger turned down Rajinikanth-starrer
Thu, Oct 26, 2017

Director Shankar reveals as to why Hollywood superstar Arnold Schwarzenegger refused to sign the film even as he liked the script of 2.0. The upcoming sci-fi film has Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar in lead roles.

Mersal box office: Vijay’s film inching towards Rs 200 crore, set to beat Enthiran record in TN
Wed, Oct 25, 2017

Vihay's Mersal, which is directed by Atlee, has collected around Rs 170 crore from the ticket sales across the world in just a week. Trade pundits have pegged the first-week collection of Mersat in Tamil Nadu between Rs 80 crore and 90 crore.

Mersal row: Vijay breaks silence, thanks those who lent support
Wed, Oct 25, 2017

Vijay's Mersal struck gold at the box office even as it has stirred a national debate on several fronts. The BJP leaders in Tamil Nadu opposed to certain dialogues mouthed by Vijay, which they said has shown the Modi government's pet projects like GST and Digital India in poor light.

2.0 new poster: Rajinikanth aka Chitti is in love with Amy Jackson? See photo
Wed, Oct 25, 2017

The latest poster of 2.0 suggests a romance between Chitti (Rajinikanth) and the character played by Amy Jackson. 2.0 is being made three times the budget of Enthiran. Shankar has promised to deliver a one-of-its-kind cinematic experience on the Indian celluloid with this film.

Mersal box office: Will it be Vijay’s first film to collect Rs 200 crore?
Tue, Oct 24, 2017

In five days, Vijay's Mersal has approximately collected Rs 6.90 crore at Chennai box office, beating the records set by previous blockbusters of Vijay. Not just in the capital, the film is doing a tremendous job in districts of the state as well. The film is expected to collect Rs 200 crore by end of the second week.

NTR 28: Pawan Kalyan attends Jr NTR’s next film launch
Mon, Oct 23, 2017

It is widely believed that the family members of NTR and Megastar pursue some sort of a professional rivalry. The young stars from both the clan, however, have displayed the warm relationship between each other debunking the popular belief.Pawan showing up at the 'NTR 28' event is just the icing on the cake.

Trisha walks out of Vikram’s Saamy Square, wishes the team good luck
Mon, Oct 23, 2017

Actor Trisha has walked out of 'Saamy Square, starring Vikram in lead role. It remains to be seen who will replace her in the sequel, that also stars Keerty Suresh as another female lead.Vikram also has a few exciting upcoming projects, including 'Dhruva Natchathiram' and 'Sketch'.

Happy Birthday Prabhas: Five instances when Saaho star’s romantic life made headlines
Mon, Oct 23, 2017

Happy Birthday Prabhas: After Why did Kattapa kill Baahubali?, the new billion dollar question is when will Prabhas get married, and to whom? Here the popular rumours about Prabhas' romantic life that made headlines.

BJP vs Mersal: Rajinikanth appreciates Vijay starrer for addressing important topic
Mon, Oct 23, 2017

In Mersal, the filmmakers have made references to Narendra Modi government's pet projects such as Goods and Service Tax and Digital India. The BJP leaders in Tamil Nadu took an exception to the scenes in question and demanded to mute them.

Mersal row: Producers issue apology, offer to re-censor Vijay film
Sat, Oct 21, 2017

The producers of Vijay starrer Mersal on Saturday offered to remove scenes referring to GST and Digital India if required. It comes a day after the BJP's objection to references to Goods and Service Tax in Mersal became a full-blown political slugfest across the country.