Actor Jiiva and Shalini Pandey will feature together in a film which will be directed by a new comer filmmaker Don Sandy. The announcement a day ago and reports are doing rounds that the film will be a different genre which is hardly explored in Indian cinema. And now, the makers confirm that the film titled GORILLA and a chimpanzee will be seen playing a central role in the film. The Chimpanzee which is named Kong, is from the world renowned Samut training station of Thailand, which boasts of training animals for Hollywood films like hangover 2 , planets of the apes. “Chimpanzees are extremely intelligent animals and it always evokes a smile on the faces of audience because of their naughtiness. The whole film revolves around the chimpanzee and we have been training the chimpanzee for the action / comedy sequences for the past four months .we all hope that this unique attempt will be well received by children and family audiences,” says the director Don Sandy.
The music of the film will be composed by Sam CS who shot to fame with Vikram Vedha and is currently the toast of music circles in Tamil cinema. The story of the film is being said to be a heist thriller and will have an unexpected surprise in the film, which now has been confirmed as the chimpanzee playing an important role.
Jiiva has two films currently under his belt – ‘Kee’ and ‘Kalakalappu 2’ – which are in various stages of production. Kee is said to be a sci-fi thriller while Kalakalappu 2 is a comedy genre film. On the other hand, Shalini Pandey will also be seen in the biopic of yesteryear actress Savitri titled ‘Mahanati’ and will be seen playing an important role. Shalini Pandey, in her debut Tamil film, will be seen reprising Tamannaah’s role in the film. The role was initially supposed to be played by Lavanya Tripathi who opted out of the film due to issues with the makers. The makers later roped in Shalini Pandey after Lavanya walked out of the film. The makers were impressed with Shalini’s audition and immediately brought her on board for the Tamil remake.
Speaking about her role in the film, Shalini had told Pinkvilla recently, “It’s a heist comedy and nothing much can be revealed at this point in time. I signed the film because I felt that the role I will be playing will not be just another character in the script. It has a lot of substance in it and contributes a lot to the narration of the story. It will be a fun character for sure.”
Shalini has also been roped in for a film starring Dulquer Salmaan in the lead role which will be a Tamil-Malayalam bilingual. It was earlier being said that the makers of the film had approached Shalini Pandey for the role and a narration is yet to happen regarding the film. And the latest reports confirm that the actress has been signed on for the film and more details about the film will be confirmed in coming days. It is also being reported that Nivetha Pethuraj and Megha Akash may also be roped in for this film which will be directed a debutante Ra Karthik. The yet to be titled film will be produced by Kenanya Films and the songs in the film will be composed by Dheena Dhayalan. Coincidentally, ‘Mahanati’ stars Dulquer Salmaan playing Gemini Ganesan, husband of Savitri, which is being played by Keerthy Suresh.
Shalini Pandey shot to fame with the super hit flick ‘Arjun Reddy’ which was one of the sensational hits of 2017 in Telugu cinema. Arjun Reddy is being termed one of the path breaking films in the industry and is garnering a lot of appreciation for its narration and realistic portrayal of characters. Vijay Deverakonda plays the titular character of Dr Arjun Reddy Deshmukh who has issues with drugs, drinking and anger management. Both these play a part in his debacle as well as evolvement. While the romantic side of Arjun Reddy showers love on his leading lady Preeti, often referring to her as ‘My Girl’ (Naa Pilla), the other side of him is shown using cuss words involving women. While the romantic side of Arjun Reddy’s character was accepted with great respect by audiences, the other side received a lot of flak from many, including a few from the industry.