A quick preview of four releases from this week: Mohanlal’s Villain, Kalki Koechlin and Richa Chadda’s Jia Aur Jia, Kishore’s village drama Kalathur Gramam and Bharath’s Kadaisi Bench Karthi.
Villain is the latest to employ artistes from other film industries. The film has been directed by B Unnikrishnan, and has stars like Srikanth, Hansika Motwani and Raashi Khanna in important roles. Mohanlal plays the lead, as a retired police officer in this investigative thriller. The project marks Unnikrishnan and Mohanlal’s fourth movie together.
TFPC president Vishal also makes his Malayalam debut with this movie.
Manju Warrier and Raashi Khanna are in this film, too, with music by Suhin Shyam.
Jia Aur Jia (Hindi)
The two protagonists are inconveniently named Jia, where Kalki’s Jia is carefree and wild, Richa Chadda’s is the last person to get into any trouble. The trailer gave us a peek into their trip, where they travel across scenic locations in Sweden. Richa’s Jia is a scion of a business group and she believes that she has led the company to lose it all. That’s when Kalki’s Jia comes to her rescue.
Directed by Howard Rosemeyer, the road trip film also stars Arslan Goni and has music by Nisschal Zaveri, Sachin Gupta, and Sameer Nichani.
Kalathur Gramam (Tamil)
Directed by Saran K Adwaithan, the film stars Kabali actor Kishore and Yagna Shetty in lead roles, with Tarun Shatriya in a pivotal role. The film, set in different time periods (70s, 80s, and 90s), is said to focus on a dispute between a father and son. The film also throws light on village life and how the folks of ‘Kalathur Gramam’ which is located near Pattukkottai, Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu, function.
The first schedule of the film was completed in Thoothukudi, while the remaining portions was completed in Chennai. Music is by Ilaiyaraaja and will have Kishore sporting two different looks.
Kadaisi Bench Karthi (Tamil)
Directed by Tamil/Telugu director and screenwriter Ravi Bhargavan, the films stars Bharath, Angana Roy, Punjabi model Ruhani Sharma, and Ravi Mariya. The film was initially slated for an early release but, given the double taxation controversy in the industry, its release was postponed.
Touted to be a lighthearted romantic comedy, the film’s music is by Anbu Rajesh and is produced by John Sudheer under the banner of Rama Reels.