Don’t spare us the horror, says Kollywood
Some of the most significant ones that did well at the box office are choreographer-director-actor Raghava Lawrence's Muni-Kanchana series, Sundar C's Aranmanai series, the Darling series and the Pizza series. While much of the focus is on the horror-comedy genre, that which both scares and entertains, horror thrillers are also picking up. Two horror flicks have already released in the beginning of 2016 - Peigal Jaakkirathai and Thigilodu Vilaiyaadu. And movie buffs need to be ready for enough and more dose of it rather soon.
(Still - Peigal Jaakkirathai)
After the stupendous success of Muni 3 - Kanchana 2 - Ganga, Raghava Lawrence has already announced Muni 4 - Naaga. Post Aranmanai 2, Sundar C is also ready to take the franchise forward with Aranmanai 3. He left the ending open in Aranmanai 2. GV Prakash's debut flick, Darling, the remake of a Telugu film titled Prema Katha Chitram kicked off really well, thereby coming up with Darling 2. Jinn became Darling 2 after Studio Green took over the film after liking the script and the film. Darling 2 – Jinn is based on real life experiences of the debutant director himself. Set in Valparai, the film was shot in the famous bungalow where MGR’s Anbe Vaa was also featured. Jinn has a similar storyline as Darling on a group of friends holidaying in a haunted bungalow. The film is being directed by debutant Sathish Chandrasekaran with a new team.
(Still - Jinn)
The Jayam Ravi - Lakshmi Menon starrer, Miruthan, a zombie flick and the first-of-its-kind in Tamil cinema, is being directed by Sakthi Soundarrajan with music by D Imman. Srikanth and Raai Laxmi will be seen in the horror-comedy flick Sowkarpettai directed by Vadivudaiyan. Sowkarpettai is being made in Telugu and Hindi too titled Siva Ganga and Tantra Shakthi respectively. Trisha starrer Nayaki is a Tamil-Telugu bilingual being directed by Goverdhan Reddy. It's a retro-horror film set in the 1980s.
(Still - Nayaki)
Gokul's directorial, Kaashmora starring Karthi, Nayanthara, Sri Divya, Manisha Yadav in significant roles is a supernatural horror film. The music for the film has been scored by Santhosh Narayanan. The buzz is that Karthi will be playing a triple role in the film. As a producer, Sundar C's Hello Naan Pei Pesuren is a horror-comedy flick being directed by S Baskar. According to Sundar C, the film is ready for release but the only reason why its release date was pushed was because of the release of Aranmanai 2.
(Still - Kaashmora)
Bharath, Vishakha Singh, Meenakshi Dixit have teamed up for a horror film titled Bayam Oru Payanam directed by Manisharma. The shooting of the film is over with only the post-production work left. Bharath, Ineya, Namitha, Manisha Yadav among others will be seen in a horror being directed by Vadivudaiyan of Sowkarpettai fame. The film is titled Pottu. The Sathyaraj, Sibiraj, Bindu Madhavi starrer Jackson Durai is a horror comedy flick directed by Dharani Dharan. Karunakaran plays a crucial role in the film too.
(Still - Bayam Oru Payanam)
A further buzz is that National Award-winning actor Suraj Venjaramoodu will make his Kollywood debut in a horror-comedy thriller directed by Chandramohan, tentatively titled Konjam Nadinga Boss. A bilingual film titled Ding Dong has been launched recently based on a real-life incident. Jinesh, a fresh face, will be introduced in the film. Another film titled Mo directed by Bhuvan R Nullan is a horror-comedy with Aishwarya Rajesh in a significant role.
(Still - Ding dong)
Ashwin Kakumanu starring Zero is a fantasy horror flick being directed by Shiv Mohan alias Arun Kumar. Anirudh Ravichander will be doing the music score for a horror flick titled Rum starring Hrishikesh (Ravichander's cousin), Sanchita Shetty and Miya George in significant roles. The film will be directed by debutant Sai Bharath. The film is all set to go on floors soon. Santhanam will be seen donning the main role in his next titled Dhilluku Dhuddu which is again of horror-comedy genre being directed by Rambala and music score by Thaman. The film is expected to be a summer release. After her success Maya, Nayanthara has been signed on to play the protagonist and female lead in yet another horror film which have the elements of crime, comedy and thriller also. The film will be directed by Doss Ramasamy, an associate of director Sarkunam. This film is yet to go on the floors.
(Still - Zero)
Dance sensation Prabhudheva is making his comeback in Tamil as an actor after over a decade, 12 years to be precise, in this trilingual being made in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi to be directed by Vijay. Tamannaah and Sonu Sood will be co-starring with Prabhudheva. Director Selvaraghavan is working on Nenjam Marapadhillai, a pure horror film being produced by Gautham Vasudev Menon and presented Madan. Incidentally the film, with the same title, released in 1963 based on the romantic-horror genre directed by CV Sridhar. In Selvaraghavan's film, Regina Cassandra, Nandita Swetha and SJ Suryah star in crucial roles. Santhosh Narayanan will be doing the music score for the film. The film went to the floors recently.