‘Jithan 2’ team’s horror encounters

Chennai, April 5 (IANS) The team of forthcoming horror-thriller “Jithan 2”, a sequel to 2005 film “Jithan”, experienced supernatural presence when they were shooting at a prime location in Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu.

The film’s director and producer Rahul shared his ‘eerie’ experience during film’s shooting schedule.

“All horror films come with good and bad experiences. In our case, we had a bad experience when we were shooting at the suicide point in Kodaikanal, against the advice of the local people. During the course of the shoot, we experienced something eerie, and we knew it wasn’t normal,” Rahul told IANS.

Although nothing bad happened on the sets, Rahul still recalls it as a strange experience.

“My cinematographer and I felt the supernatural presence. It freaked us out briefly, but we were glad nothing bad happened. It was extremely challenging to shoot under such circumstances but it was equally thrilling,” he said.

Slated to release on Friday, the film stars Ramesh, Karunas, Yogi Babu and Robo Shankar.

Shrushti Dange plays the ghost.

“This is a horror story with a twist. Unlike the regular portrayal of ghosts, what audiences will get to see won’t make them squirm in their seats. There’s nothing devilish about the story, because we’ve tried to portray the ghost as a human being, and one with emotions,” said Rahul, adding that the story emphasises that there are also good spirits.

The film will have a connection with the prequel, confirms the director.

“In ‘Jithan’, Ramesh dies in the end. In this part, however, he’s reborn. There’s lot of visual effects (VFX) work involved and we worked with the best in the business to get the most satisfying output,” he said.

On working with Ramesh, Rahul said: “As a director, when one is clear of what he wants from Ramesh, then he’s a treat to work with”.

Lyca Productions denies association with Dhanush’s ‘Kodi’

Chennai, April 5 (IANS) Lyca Productions, the makers of superstar Rajinikanth’s Tamil sci-fi action drama “2.o”, has denied it has got the theatrical rights of Dhanush-starrer Tamil political drama “Kodi”.

“We are not associated with ‘Kodi’. Contrary to reports, we haven’t bagged its theatrical rights. Any news regarding the collaboration is just a rumour,” a representative from Lyca told IANS.

Lyca has five projects on their slate.

“Our forthcoming releases are ‘Vetrivel’, ‘Ennaku Innoru Peru Irukku’, ‘Yaman’, yet-untitled Kamal Haasan project with director Rajeev Kumar and filmmaker Shankar’s magnum opus ‘2.o’,” the source said.

Lyca, who made a splash with Vijay-starrer Tamil blockbuster “Kaththi” in 2014, ventured into distribution with National award-winning Tamil film “Visaaranai” and “Naanum Rowdy Dhaan”.

Turkey beckons Dhanush’s ‘Enai Nokki Payyum Thota’ team

Chennai, April 5 (IANS) The makers of Dhanush-starrer Tamil romantic action film “Enai Nokki Payyum Thota”, which also features Rana Daggubati, will shoot some important sequences in Turkey.

The shooting at the foreign location will start this weekend.

“The team plans to shoot a few scenes and a song across exotic locations in Turkey. While the team has already reached Turkey, Dhanush is expected to join later this week to shoot through the weekend,” a source from the film’s unit told IANS.

The film is directed by Gautham Vasudev Menon and also stars Megha Akash.

Double Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman was rumoured to be the composer; however, the source denied it.

“As of now, we haven’t finalised on any composer. Talks are going on with a few music directors and a final decision will be taken soon,” he said.

Jointly produced by Gautham Menon and P. Madan, the film is slated for release later this year.

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