It was a happening week in the South film industry. New updates of Nagarjuna’s The Ghost, Chiranjeevi’s Godfather, Vijay Deverakonda’s LIer, Mani Ratnam’s Ponniyin Selvan were out. Vignesh Shivan, Nayanthara’s wedding photos and Ajith Kumar’s bike rides went viral on the internet. Resul Pookutty’s RRR controversy and Naresh Babu, Pavithra Lokesh marriage rumors stood as top trends. Check out the most important news from the South Indian film industry here:
The Spirit of Nagarjuna
The teaser of Akkineni Nagarajuna starrer The Ghost, directed by Praveen Sattaru is here. With a 50 second video, the film promises to contain a lot of action and exciting elements. Sonal Chauhan is the female lead in the film.
Nayanthara and Vignesh Shivano
Nayanthara and Vignesh Shivan, who got married on June 9, celebrate their first wedding anniversary. The filmmaker took to his Instagram and treated fans to some memorable inside photos with Rajinikanth, Shah Rukh, Suriya, Vijay Sethupathi and Mani Ratnam from the wedding day.
Mahesh Babu’s SSMB28
Trivikram Srinivas’ Mahesh Babu and SSMB28 have announced a major update on the film. Pre-production work has begun and regular shooting will begin in August. The still untitled film will hit the big screens in the summer of 2023. Pooja Hegde is the protagonist.
Ponniyin Selvan Teaser
The long-awaited teaser of Mani Ratnam’s Ponniyin Selvan was unashamed and it is nothing short of grandeur. The teaser revolves around the power struggle of the Chola Empire in the 10th century. The teaser has all of Mani Ratnam’s touch- ‘majestic’. The magnum opus Ponniyin Selvan, the first part, PS-1 has a great cast of Vikram, Jayam Ravi, Karthi, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Trisha in lead roles.
Vijay Deverakonda Liger Akdi Pakdi song
The creators of Vijay Deverakonda and Ananya Panday’s upcoming sports drama Liger have dropped the promo for the film’s first issue, Akdi Pakdi. At first glance, the track seems like a perfect party song. Lijo George-Dj Chetas composed this energetic song, while Baba Bhaskar choreographed it.
Ilayaraja and Vijayendra Prasad
Legendary composer Ilayaraja and noted filmmaker Vijayendra Prasad have been nominated for the Rajya Sabha. Several celebs from various Southern industries have brought congratulations to both.
Godfather of Chiranjeevi
Chiranjeevi’s Lucifer Telugu remake, Godfather starring Nayanthara and Salman Khan was also out. The teaser gives us a glimpse of Chiranjeevi’s classy look. The Megastar also has a salt and pepper look for the first time.
Resul Pookutty’s RRR Controversy
Oscar-winning sound designer Resul Pookutty has sparked a huge debate after calling SS Rajamouli’s magnum opus RRR a gay love story between Jr NTR and Ram Charan’s characters. Along with the netizens, Baahubali producer Shobu Yarlagadda and music composer MM Keeravani knocked him down.
Naresh Babu & Pavithra Lokesh
Naresh Babu made headlines for marrying Pavithra Lokesh for the fourth time. However, he denied reports that he was vilified by his wife Ramya Raghupathi for sending a divorce petition. Amid the controversy, a video has surfaced on social media of Ramya attacking Naresh and Pavithra Lokesh with her slipper at a hotel in Mysore.