Tuesday, February 9, 2021


Rajini readies himself for Annatthe shooting

( By N.Thyagarajan)

Chennai, Feb.10:

Superstar Rajinikanth is ready to finish the final schedule of the 'Annaatthe', the Tamil film, filmed at a Hyderabad studio.

According to sources, during the last schedule of shooting, the producers have to abruptly abandon the shoot of the film, due to some of the workers in the film were affected by the COIVID-19. Doctors making periodical medical check-ups also asked Rajinikanth to maintain his good health, by postponing the shooting of films. They also advised him to take rest and that was the main reason, the Superstar announcing eschewing floating of a new political party. 

Now, Rajinikanth who looks hale and healthy after several months of rest is ready to take his usual active role for the 'Annatthe', sources said. The shooting of the film will commence by the end of this February or the first week of March, added the sources.

Director Siva has planned to film 'Annaathe' in some northern parts of India and also in other countries. The producers have decided to shoot the film in Hyderabad and Chennai.

Director Karthik Subburaj who directed the film 'Petta' is likely to produce the second part of the film, sources added.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021


Master achieves box-office collection of Rs.150 crores

By N.Thyagarajan

Chennai, Jan.21:

The Co-Producer of the Vijay Starrer Master Tamil film, Lalith Kumar on behalf of the Seven Screen Studio has recently sent a legal notice to a private firm seeking compensation of Rs.25 crores for leaking some of the scenes of the film.

Pongal festival release, Vijay starter Master, the Tamil film with English title has been making huge collection of more than Rs.150 crores around the world in the last six days of the release of the film.

According to sources, this is the highest collection, of all the films of Vijay that were released so far. Master was directed by Lokesh Kanakaraj.

Though the TN government has restricted the sale of tickets to only for the 50 % of seating capacity in all cinema halls, Master has been making a huge collection, it is said.

When the producers of the film were keeping their fingers crossed over whether to release the film on OTTs, as have been released in the pandemic situation or to release them in cine theatres after the government relaxed to allow the people to watch films, it gave a little relief to the film producer to take the decision of releasing the Master in cine theatres. However, the TN government has imposed the ban restrictions of the filmgoers allowing just 50 % to watch films in theatres. 

A few days ago, before the release of the film in cine theatres some of the scenes of the film started appearing in some websites, it is said.

Hence the producer of the film has decided to sue the concerned websites to seek compensation.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

 Millions watch

ka/pe Ransingam released today at G5 OTT

By N.Thyagarajan

People from different strata welcome the release of new films in OTTs, for they need to spend money on snacks, standing in long queues to reserve for tickets at theaters. If the system of release of new films continued on OTTs, it is feared many cinema halls will have to face a total loss in revenue,  Minister for Information and Publicity Kadambur S.Raju in Kovilpatti, has stated this.

However, the persons who are in the house and did not go out for fear of the Coronavirus, they could enjoy the new films with all the family members from house, provided they subscribe to some of the channels which telecast the new films from the day of its release.

Time was when the people used to chalk out different programmes to enjoy holidays, would plan to choose new films running theaters. Last Friday (Oct.2),  was a National Holiday for all on account of the celebration of the Gandhi Jayanthi. The next two days being Saturday and Sunday, which are usual weekly holidays, and to kill the time, the people needed at least a sort of relaxation by enjoying films from homes.

Keeping this in view, Vijay Sethupathy- Ishwarya Rajesh starrer Ka/Pe Ranasingam has been released through the G-Flex OTT platform. Just shelling out Rs.199 one could enjoy watching the films from their idiot boxes hanging around in millions of homes.

Jibran has done the music direction for the film and Vairamuthu has written lyrics for the film. 

Similarly, the much-expected Madhavan- Anushka starrer film with the title Nisaptham produced in Malayalam, Telugu and Tamil languages also released on October 2. This is the third film for Madhavan-Anushka combination. The title of the film for the Tamil and Malayalam versions is 'Silence". 

Hemant Madhukar has directed the film

The shooting for the Silence began in the year 2018 and was expected to be released in April this year. Due to the contagion and the lockdown from March this year, the film could not be released as planned.

Now the film was released in the OTT of Amazon Prime, and the news that millions of people watching both the films every day.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Color TV Channel Kodeeswari, a differently-abled woman wins Rs 1 crore

Mrs Kausalya Kharthika, a differently-abled from Madurai on the wings of ecstasy after winning
Rs 1 crore prize money and also receiving Kodeeswari title from the COLORS Tamil TV Channel
Kodeeswari programme, hosted by film-actress Radhika Sarathkumar. The programme was telecast today 8 pm, which was enjoyed by lakhs and lakhs of the channel's viewers.- N.Thyagarajan.

Chennai, Jan 21:

Championing the indomitable spirit of women in India, 31 year old Kousalya Kharthika from Madurai, wins the jackpot prize money of Rs. 1 crore on COLORS Tamil’s Kodeeswari. History will be created as Kousalya, the first ever differently abled woman in the world will take home the coveted title, this Tuesday, January 21st at 8 p.m. With this landmark milestone, Kodeeswari establishes itself as a pathbreaking show which fulfils its promise of giving wings to small dreams.
Kousalya Kharthika who resides in Madurai suffers from speech and hearing impairment and communicates through vibrations and lip-reading. Kousalya’s determination and grit has helped her pursue her dreams and overcome  obstacles in her life

Commenting on becoming the first winner of Kodeeswari, Kousalya Kharthika said, “I have always depended on my family members for my day-to-day life. But, right from my childhood I have been determined to learn and excel in whatever I do. I truly thank COLORS Tamil for giving me the opportunity to participate in the show and fulfil my dreams.  It was an exhilarating experience being on the hot seat with Radikaa Ma’am who made me extremely comfortable. I am more than honoured to be part of this iconic game show and equally proud to tell the world that ‘I am now a Kodeeswari’.”

The mother of a 1 year old toddler, Kousalya has triumphed over her disabilities throughout her life, becoming a university topper and going on to secure a B.Sc in Technology, M.Sc in Information Technology and an MBA degree. Today she works as a Junior Assistant at the
Principal District Court of Madurai.

Speaking about how the money will be used, she adds, “I first want to do my bit for people in need, especially the Deaf and Dumb school in Nagarkoil where I studied.  Additionally, I want to visit either Italy or Switzerland which has always been my dream.”

Expressing his delight on this marquee moment, Ravish Kumar, Head - Regional Entertainment Cluster, Viacom18 said, “My heartfelt congratulations to Kousalya for creating such a historical moment for herself, Kodeeswari and broadcast television in entirety. Kodeeswari is a first of its kind platform as a show exclusively for women where they are empowered and encouraged to pursue their dreams no matter how small, no matter what circumstances they come from. Kousalya’s winning moment is therefore a moment of inspiration for so many others who are struggling to fulfil their dreams..” said

Said Anup Chandrasekharan, Business Head – COLORS Tamil said, “Kousalya’s victory on Kodeeswari opens up newer avenues for women like her. This is a moment of pride for COLORS Tamil. Kousalya’s win will go on to empower, engage, influence and motivate generations of women to come. What makes it even more special is that Kousalya has created history by being the first female differently-abled winner of the format in the world.”

Commenting on Kausalya becoming the first Kodeeswari, Radikaa Sarathkumar, the Host of Kodeeswari said, “Many congratulations to Kousalya who has created history today with her knowledge and determination. I must say that I am lucky to have met her and experienced her incredible win. Her success is truly an inspiration and will motivate many others. I wish her all the best in life and hope that this achievement helps her make a positive difference in her life.”

Presented by Colgate; powered by Nippon Paint, Arun Excello and RIN; with Kotak Mahindra Bank as the Banking Partner, and Tamil Matrimony App and Helo App as Special Partners, Kodeeswari has been on air since December 23rd, every Mon - Fri 8 pm on COLORS Tamil and Viacom18’s video-on-demand platform VOOT.
Tune in to watch Kausalya Kharthika win the title of Kodeeswari and take home the prize money of Rs. 1 Crore on Tuesday, January 21st on COLORS Tamil. Viewers can also watch the show anytime on VOOT.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Iru Kodugal to be screened at IFFI Golden Jubliee

By N.Thyagarajan


The IFFI has planned to screen the National Film Award film Iru Kodugal at its Golden Jubilee celebration to be held in Goa. The film directed by the late Director K.Balachander for the story of I.Joseph Anandan will steal the show among various other films to be screened at the IFFI. it is said.

Late Director K.Balachander could not be forgotten  for his acumen in direction and also in penning dialogues, in 70s and 80s gave many successful films. Todays popular actors like Kamalahassan and Rajinikanth are popular because both of them were from the school of Balachander, I have been hearing on many occasions from various people.
Balachander might have directed various films and written dialogues, but one would not forget the two of his films, Edhir Neechal with Nagesh in the lead role pairing with Jayanthi and another one Iru Kodugal with Gemini Ganesan and Jayanthi.

In Edhir Neechal, Jayanthi-Nagesh and in Iru Kodugal Jayanthi with Gemini Ganesan along with Sowcar Janaki took the film to a pinnacle house. There are no love scenes between Jayanthi and Gemini Ganesan in Iru Kodugal. The hero and the heorine appear as mother and father of two children who are studying with the only one son of Sowcar Janaki. Gemini comes to know that his previous love Sowcar Janaki becomes IAS when she gets transferred where Gemini Ganesan is working as a clark in the same government department.

Gemini Ganesan falls in love with Sowcar Janaki, when he make visits to Varanasi and looking for a coffee shop. Sowcar Janaki who then as a girl, daughter of V.S.Raghavan understands that a Tamil from Chennai wanted to have a cup of coffee. She to divert the attention of Gemini Ganesan, she speaks in Tamil from kitchen. She also supplies a cup of coffee and this creates love between them.

Nagesh as another clerk in Gemini Ganesan's office, with his comedies and best supportive actfor the story's narration.

I am seeing people still today, including several youngsters have been watching the film, for the story of I Joseph Anandan who had penned the story. Incidentally, he was also a colleague of the late Director in a Central Government office.

If one should appreciate the 1969 Tamil films , one has no option, other than to accept the story-line of the Iru Kodugal, for which it has no other parallel line.

One more remarkable scene in the film was that Comedian C.K.Nagesh appears as Poet Bharathi for a song of the film. ( Pappa Paatu Paadiya Bharathi Naan dhaney)

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Priyanka feels proud over her role in Miga Miga Avasaram

 By N.Thyagarajan

Puducherry, Nov 13:

I felt the joy of acting when Puducherry Chief Minister Narayanasamy praised me for the role I had in the Miga Miga Avasaram, directed by Suresh Kamakshi.

A native of Puducherry Union Territory,  when met some newsmen, Priyanka said that the story-line of the film finds solutions for various problems of women, and would encourage several women here to become artistes.

The budding actress said that she had been interested in rolls like Miga Miga Avasaram and wanted to do more films.

Priyanka looked calm with a smile on her face, says that the film in which she acted, has been making collections at several theaters in Pudhucherry and several parts in Tamil Nadu theaters.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Tamannah interested to act as Sridevi

( By N.Thyagarajan )

Chennai, November 1:

Tamannah who has completed 13 years of acting in films, in a tete-tete with some newsmen said that she was prepared to act in the film which produces the life-history of Sri Devi. The film is likely to be produced by the late actress' husband Boney Kapoor.

Tamannah said that she feels happy over acting in films as heroine all these years, however, she wants to do the role of the late actress Sridevi. Recalls, that Mahanathi film had fetched a good name for Keerthi Suresh and for Vidya Balan's role as Silk Smitha in The Dirty picture earned her good name.

Stating that people have love for knowing the life-history of the late actresses and actors, she said that if she was given the role to act as Sridevi, she would immediately accept to do the role.

Tamannah is doing a meaty role in Saira Narasimha Reddy film as  dancer, said that she had lent her voice for the dubbing of the Hindi version film. She said that Bahubali had fetched her good name.

Tamannah said the moment she stood before camera, she felt that her aim was fulfilled, because, she had been thinking of acting in a film and there should not be any  more expectations, as all would knock at the door-step, provided, one performs his duties with devotion and sacrifice.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Darbar release for Pongal, next year January 2020

By N.Thyagarajan

Chennai, Oct 31:

Rajinikanth-starrer Darbar, directed by A.R.Murugadoss has been scheduled for release for the Pongal festival falling in January next year. The shooting of the film was completed and the dubbing, mixing of the film have been going on war-footing method.
Rajini in this film appears as Police Officer, taking cudgels against the persons who enter into various criminal activities.Nayantara acts opposite to the Superstar.
Yogi Babu, Pradeek, Dalip Dahil, and various other leading artistes are appearing in the film.
For Deepavali, the film's production company has released its poster of Rajinikanth with a pistol challenging to take revenge against the criminals.
Rajini though is nearing 70, he appears to be very young in the film, would no doubt attract his fans with his acting calibre, says some officials from the production company.
According to sources, the shoot of the last schedule of the film took day and night on busy roads of Mumbai.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Azhagu serial spins around affection of mother towards her two daughters

( By N,Thyagarajan )

Azhagu serial which occupiesimportant place every day with numerous audience for the story-line as well for the film actress Revathy (Asha) and Thalaivasal Vijay, has an unending enmity between two sisters who were separated when both were hardly young.

People who watch the telecast of the serial every day in evenings between 6.30 pm and 7 pm, are wondering over the absence of the house which was bought not for a song but for Rupees one crore.

One can't deny simply that all the characters has no value at all, because, each and every character involves with the story and if one becomes absent on a particular day, the audience are recalling what happened to the other character on the particular day.

Poorna who envies Sudha knows that the latter is her elder sister, but did not show any courtesy or sympathy and continues to take revenge. Sudha who also knows that Poorna is her younger sister, takes lightly all that Poorna does against her. But being a sympathiser and not interested in taking severe action against Poorna, Sudha from the beginning has been very kind and also wins in all the tricky plan to attack her.
In the initial stages, the story begins from Kumbakonam exhibiting all important scenes to make the story very stronger.
When the director is going go make realize Poorna about all her evil doings against her own sister and how the story has been taken still remains a mystery. And that is the trick the story-writer employs to attract a large number of the serial viewers.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Private Channel News Reader commits suicide in Hyderabad

Radhika is known to people for her diction in English and Telugu languages

Hyderabad, April 3:

Radhika Reddy, a news reader and working in a private TV channel committed suicide in Hyderabad on Sunday, by jumping from the fourth floor of her residence.

According to a letter which the police got from her handbag said she herself had decided to commit suicide and had self-blamed that her knowledge had turned to be her enemy and had never mentioned about anyone for taking this extreme step.

The residents on seeing the body of Radhika lying in a pool of blood had informed the police. The body was taken for postmortem. The police have registered a case and making further investigations.