South Newsmakers this week: Thalapathy Vijay returns from Russia for Lok Sabha elections, Atlee-Ranveer Singh’s viral dance and more

As the third week of April progressed, the South Indian film industry saw the theatrical re-release of Thalapathy Vijay’s film and the impending re-release of Ajith Kumar’s Mankatha. Moreover, the lavish wedding ceremony of Shankar Shanmugam’s daughter Aishwarya increased the excitement.

To make this week even more proud, Tamil Nadu witnessed the momentous Lok Sabha elections in 2024 and many renowned industry superstars including Thalapathy Vijay who returned from Russia and actor Ajith Kumar cast their votes.

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Celebrities voted for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections

The 2024 Lok Sabha elections started their first phase on April 19 where many well-known celebrities from the Tamil film industry did their duty including Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Suriya, Trisha Krishnan, Dhanush, Chiyaan Vikram and others who came to do their necessary duty to fulfill.

Meanwhile, Thalapathy Vijay returned from GOAT shooting in Russia and voted for the right candidate. Ajith Kumar was also present in his stylish avatar and voted for the right candidate. Later, many photos and videos surfaced online from various polling booths.

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Ajith Kumar’s Mankatha and Ghilli reissue

Thalapathy Vijay’s 2004 blockbuster Ghilli starring Trisha Krishnan and Prakash Raj was re-released in theaters on April 20 to mark its glorious 20 years. The film was helmed by director Dharani, which made Thalapathy Vijay a shining superstar.

Meanwhile, Ajith Kumar’s 2011 blockbuster Mankatha, directed by Venkat Prabhu, is also slated for re-release in theaters in Tamil Nadu on the occasion of Ajith Kumar’s 53rd birthday. The action-suspense film also stars Trisha Krishnan, Arjun Sarja, Raai Laxmi and Vaibhav Reddy.

See the Ghilli and Mankatha reissue posters

Wedding of Shankar Shanmugam’s daughter Aishwarya Shankar

Shankar Shanmugam’s daughter, the Tamil industry’s most prominent director Aishwarya Shankar, married assistant director Tarun Karthikeyan on April 15, 2024, in a star-studded ceremony. Many famous celebrities including Rajinikanth, Suriya, Keerthy Suresh, Kamal Haasan, Ram Charan, Nayanthara and others attended the wedding.

But what caught everyone’s attention was the dance of Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh and Mersal director Atlee Kumar as they tapped their feet together at Aishwarya Shankar and Tarun Karthikeyan’s reception ceremony.

Aranamanai 4 release postponed

Tamannaah Bhatia’s upcoming horror-comedy Aaranmanai 4, which is touted to be a continuation of the third part, was earlier scheduled to release on April 26, 2024, but due to some undisclosed reasons, the makers have postponed the release date. Later, the makers took to their social media platform X and revealed the new release date. The creators wrote: β€œGood things take some time. And that also applies to something evil like De Baak. #Aranmanai4 will continue to haunt and entertain you from May 3.”

Besides Tamannaah Bhatia, the film also stars Raashii Khanna, Sundar C, Santhosh Prathap, Ramachandra Raju, Kovai Sarala, Yogi Babu, VTV Ganesh, Delhi Ganesh and others in pivotal roles.

Akshay Kumar joins Vishnu Manchu’s Kannappa

Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar announced his Telugu debut with Vishnu Manchu’s multi-starrer project Kannappa. The mythological thriller reportedly featuring many prominent stars including Mohanlal, Prabhas, Nayanthara and others is one of the biggest projects in the history of Indian cinema.

Vishnu Manchu took to his social platform Instagram to share the announcement and wrote, β€œThe journey of #𝐊𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐚 has become even more exciting as we welcome superstar Akshay Kumar to the Telugu film industry. Excited to announce his debut in Telugu cinema with Kannappa. Get ready for an unforgettable adventure!”

The project is helmed by Mukesh Kumar Singh and bankrolled by Vishnu Manchu’s father under the banner of AVA Entertainment, 24 Frames Factory.