Applause Entertainment presents Mari Selvaraj’s next Untitled Project starring Dhruv Vikram and Anupama Parameswaran, co-produced by director Pa Ranjith’s Neelam Studios

Applause Entertainment presents Mari Selvaraj’s next Untitled Project starring Dhruv Vikram and Anupama Parameswaran, co-produced by director Pa Ranjith’s Neelam Studios

Mari Selvaraj’s untitled project starring Dhruv Vikram in the title role, marks the beginning of a multi-film alliance between Applause Entertainment and Neelam Studios

After the remarkable success of its debut Tamil feature film, ‘Por Thozhil’, Applause Entertainment is thrilled to unveil a multi-film partnership with Neelam Studios, led by the visionary filmmaker – Pa Ranjith and producer Aditi Anand. The inaugural project from this alliance is the highly anticipated sports drama, directed by the acclaimed director Mari Selvaraj, the creative force behind the recent blockbusters Maamannan and Karnan.

The Untitled Mari Selvaraj project is scheduled to commence production early 2024 and is a sports drama, a tale of guts, grit and glory in the life of a young man where the whole world was a Goliath to his David. A story of a man who defied the lines on his hand to achieve what no one thought possible, to choose sport over a gun, peace over violence and life over death.

Superstar actor Chiyaan Vikram’s son Dhruv Vikram leads the cast playing the titular role along with Anupama Parameswaran (Premam, Kurup) playing the female lead.

Sameer Nair, Managing Director, Applause Entertainment, “Our collaboration with Neelam Studios signifies an exciting chapter for Applause Entertainment. This partnership, starting with an extraordinary sports drama, underlines our commitment to weaving impactful narratives. Bringing together the brilliance of Pa Ranjith and the talent of Mari Selvaraj, supported by a talented ensemble, lays the foundation for us to carve a significant space in the vibrant world of South Indian cinema.”

Pa Ranjith and Aditi Anand, Neelam Studios – “After the special success of Pariyerum Perumal, Neelam Studios is very excited to be partnering with Mari Selvaraj on this project. We are delighted to be making this journey with Applause Entertainment underscoring our commitment to meaningful cinema and authentic stories.”

Mari Selvaraj, Director- “Pariyerum Perumal, my first film was with Pa Ranjith Anna. That was one major factor why the film reached such strong heights. It was a stepping stone for my next films as well. I’m pumped up and exhilarated to be joining hands with him once again now for my 5th film along with another strong partner – Applause Entertainment. It is with immense joy to say that this film is with Neelam Studios and Aditi Anand. She’s a really good friend and a massive support as she has been following my works closely ever since Pariyerum Perumal and I’m glad to be working alongside her for this project. This film will be a raw sports drama which goes back to the roots of Kabadi and to be working with Dhruv, a strong talented youngster will definitely add up different perspectives to the film. It is with no doubt I say that this film will be an important milestone for all of us.”

About Applause Entertainment
Applause Entertainment is a leading Content & IP Creation Studio with a focus on premium drama series, movies, documentaries, and animation content. A venture of the Aditya Birla Group, led by media veteran Sameer Nair, the studio has produced and released popular series across genres and languages which includes shows like Rudra: The Edge of Darkness, Criminal Justice, Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story, Scam 2003: The Telgi Story, Undekhi, Kafas, and others that have gone on to win acclaim and applause. Applause’s feature film Zwigato, directed by Nandita Das and starring Kapil Sharma released in cinemas worldwide to tremendous critical acclaim. The first Tamil cinema ‘Por Thozhil’ struck gold at the Box Office with rave reviews from critics and audiences alike. The Rapist, directed by Aparna Sen, recently won the prestigious Kim Jiseok Award at the Busan International Film Festival. Applause has partnered with leading platforms like Netflix, Disney+Hotstar, Amazon Prime Video, Sony LIV, MX Player, ZEE5, and Voot Select for its creative output.

About Neelam Studios

Neelam Studios, founded by Pa Ranjith and Aditi Anand, aims to create a successful Indian independent content house harnessing raw talent from the Neelam universe and creating sustainable business practices.

Pa Ranjith, one of Indian cinema’s leading cinematic lights has directed Madras, Attakathi, Kabali, Kaala, Sarpetta Parambarai, Natchathiram Nagargiradhu and Thanglaaan set to release 2024. Aditi Anand is an entrepreneur and producer and founder of Little Red Car Films and Neelam Studios. Her filmography includes films like Tere Bin Laden, No One Killed Jessica, Paan Singh Tomar, Chillar Party and The Extraordinary Journey of The Fakir starring Dhanush, Berenice Bejo, Barkhad Abdi and Erin Moriarty. This partnership has produced the critically and commercially acclaimed film Writer directed by Franklin Jacob. Forthcoming Releases from Neelam Studios include J Baby (Directed by Suresh Mari starring – Urvashi and Attakathi Dinesh) and Thandakaaranyam (Directed by Athiyan Athirai and starring Kalaiyarasan, Dinesh, Shabeer, Rythvika and Vinsu Rachel Ram).

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