APPARENTLY, NAYANTHARA IS BEING CONSIDERED BECAUSE OF HER STAR POWER AND HER SUCCESS IN AUTHOR-BACKED ROLE
Last year's critically-acclaimed Kannada indie hit U-Turn, which featured Shraddha Srinath in the titular role, is all set to be remade in Tamil and the project might feature Samantha Akkineni or Nayanthara in the lead. While it was long announced that Samantha will play the leading lady in the film's Tamil and Telugu remakes, latest reports hint that she has been replaced by Nayanthara. The reason for Samantha's exit from the project is yet unknown but the makers are yet to make an official announcement.
The yet-untitled project is expected to roll from early next year. U-Turn, directed by Lucia fame Pawan Kumar, revolves around the mystery behind the death of motorists who die tragic deaths after breaking traffic rules on a particular flyover in Bengaluru.
In January last year, Samantha watched the film in a special screening in Bengaluru and immediately gave her nod. It was believed that she was willing to produce the remake. However, ever since the announcement, there's been no development with regards to the project.
A few months later, rumours made the rounds that Nithya Menen was brought on board in place of Samantha and the project was supposed to go on the floors last year. The latest update is that Nayanthara might come on board to play the lead role after Samantha reportedly chose to exit the film for reasons yet unknown. Apparently, Nayanthara is being considered because of her star power and her success in author-backed roles and woman-centric projects.
Over the weekend, reports emerged that the remake will officially go on the floors from January 2018. Speaking to New Indian Express, director Pawan Kumar, who will helm the remake as well, shed more light on the development: "The film is in the pre-production stage and shooting will commence from January. We’re trying to make it a bigger film now that we have Samantha in the lead," he said.
It'll be a busy 2018 for Samantha whose first major release will be Vishal's Irumbu Thirai. She also has the Savitri biopic, Mahanati, apart from Vijay Sethupathi's Super Deluxe and Sivakarthikeyan's yet-untitled Tamil project with Ponram.
Actress Nayanthara is one of the most sought-after heroines in the southern film industries and she was worked with almost all the leading stars including Superstar Rajinikanth, Vijay and Ajith. However, she has also had her share of controversies, as she was in a couple of relationships with Simbu and Prabhu Deva, but none of them lasted long. Inspired by Nayanthara’s personal life, a Tamil writer named Siva Raman had approached her to write a biography on her life.
However, Nayanthara has rejected the offer made by the writer. Nayanthara is currently busy with films like Ithu Namma Aalu, Thani Oruvan and Nanbenda.
Kannirasi is one movie to watch out for! Yes, sources are buzzing with the news that the film will have cameo by nine leading ladies in Kollywood, which includes Nayanthara, Trisha, Lakshmi Rai, Sri Divya, Andrea and Hansika.
Wondering who the lucky hero in the movie is? Well, it is Jai who was seen in films like Engeyum Eppothum and Raja Rani. Wielding the megaphone for Kannirasi will be Vijay Chander, who is expecting the release of his debut flick Vaalu, which has Simbu and Hansika as the lead pair. The filmmakers will make an official announcement on this project soon, it is expected.
Director Pandiraj is busy getting the dubbing done for the Simbu and Nayanthara starrer Idhu Namma Aalu. The talkie portions of this film has been wrapped up and all that needs to be shot now are the songs.
The song Kaathaga Vandhale, which has been set to tune by Simbu’s younger brother Kuralarasan, will be shot in Kumbakonam on the lead pair Simbu and Nayanthara. The shooting of this song will begin on June 6th and go on for a couple of days, say sources. Kural, who was seen as a child artiste in a couple of movies, will be making his debut as music director with Idhu Namma Aalu.
There have been various reports about the Simbu – Nayanthara starrer ranging from the film progressing at a breakneck speed to being dropped. But the latest news on this untitled project is that director Pandiraj has completed canning 70 percent and all that remains now are the songs and a very few scenes.
This will be done shortly and then the director would begin the post production work, say sources. Interestingly, the title for this film is yet to be announced officially but sources say that it will be Idhu Namma Aalu.
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