Wednesday, December 31, 2008

HAPPY NEW YEAR

THIS IS GOING TO BE GOOD YEAR 2009 FOR ALL OF YOU

Thursday, December 25, 2008

DHARMAYUDHAM CROSSES 150TH EPISODE


BY, KARPAGAM THYAGARAJAN

Mega TV’s Dharmayuddham has crossed its 150 the episode recently and the story has a royal welcome from all its viewers, because of its storyline. The story is about a Cine Musician, who faces all problems in his daily life. The serial is telecast on all Mondays to Fridays between 8 PM and 8.30 PM.

Story, Screenplay and Direction are all done by M.Viswanath and Produced by T.Sapabathy and S.Hemanthkumar on behalf of V.H.S. Skeens.

Nizhalgal Ravi, Ajay,Gayathripriya, Deepavenkat, Kausalya and O.A.K. Sundar are the stars

NAGAVALLI IN SUN TV CHANNEL


BY, KARPAGAM THYAGARAJAN

The weekly serial being telecast on all Sunday nights Nagavalli is a devotional as well a crime story. The story and dialogues are handled by “Vidathu Karrupu” fame Sethuraman and is directed by Cine cameraman P.S.Dharan.

In a pond where a few people absconding when taking bath. No one knows where they went. A house, in a flat consisting of twelve houses finds no one living. Is the people who absconded very recently in the pond belonged to the house where no one is living? The suspense of the story that is properly woven to attract the weavers without skipping their weekly serial on all Sundays at 9.30 PM at Sun TV Channel.

Vinodhini, Nandhitha, Lakshmipriya, Bayilvan Renganathan, Nesan and others are acting

KARTHIK WANTS TO BECOME CHIEF OF THE STATE


BY, N.THYAGARAJAN

In a serious note, actor-politician Karthik has said he was ready to become the Chief Minister of Tamilnadu.

Addressing party workers at Nanguneri near Tirunelveli, the leader of Akila India Naadalum Makkal Katchi said, ‘People should decide their rulers. Before that, no one should claim themselves as Chief Ministers.’

Adding more, he said, ‘I am ready to become the Chief Minister of this State, if the public want me to occupy the top post. But I believe it will take some time for that.’

JEEVA IN KUDUMI


Jeeva, who is eagerly expecting the release of Siva Manasula Sakthi and Thenavattu, will act in a film titled Kudumi.

An out and out action entertainer, the movie will be directed by debutant Rajkumar. Super Good Films, owned by Jeeva’s father R B Chowdry will produce the movie.

It has to be noted that Jeeva, who was introduced to filmdom by his father, has not acted in Super Good banner in the recent years.

MUMAIKHAN IN MARMAYOGI


BY N.THYAGARAJAN

Sexual buxom Mumaikhan will be acting with Kamal Hassan in Marmayogi being produced by Kamal himself. In this film she will be appearing in a character role, though there are item songs for her to feed the eyes of many voyeurs who throng theaters. Trisha, Hema Malini, Sreya and Shobana have been given weighty roles to act with Kamal Hassan. Sreya as the first wife and Trisha as the second wife of Kamal Hassan do their role in the film. Telugu actor Venkatesh also acts in the film, according to reliable information.

KUSHBOO IN ZEE TAMIL CHANNEL FOR RUDRA


MRS. KARPAGAM THYAGARAJAN

Kushboo will be seen as a lawyer in Rudra, which will be aired from October 13 on Zee Tamil that will be launched on October 12.
The serial will keep viewers glued to their television sets, promises Kushboo. Produced by Kushboo's Avni Telemedia, the cast includes leading artists like Sree, Seenu, A R S, Sree Lakshmi, Mano, Sairam, C R Saraswathi among others.
Rudra firmly believes that everybody has the right to live their own lives. She is extremely proficient and her straight forwardness often puts her in-laws into trouble. Rudra is forced to move out of her in-laws' home.
The serial goes on to show how Rudra tries to solve the many problems that have beset her. In the process, she even solves the problems of her family members.
The title song is the serial's highlight. The music has been composed by Iman and Shankar Mahadevan has rendered it. You can also catch Kushboo dancing to the moves of Brinda.
“The serial will look rich and I will not compromise on quality,” says Kushboo, who has penned the serial's story.
She will also be producing two more serials for Vijay TV and Kalaignar TV. Directed by Senthilnathan, Rudra will be aired from Monday to Friday.

TAMIL PODHIGAI TV CHANNEL TRP RATE SECOND

Tamil Nadu state owned Podhigai channel continues to be the second most watched channel across the state next only to Sun TV, according to Television Rating (DART) survey. According to TAM survey, Podhigai, which used to have 0.9 to 1 TRP for its news bulletin in Tamil two years ago enjoys 3.46 TRP in small cities with a population up to 10 lakh. The popularity of the news bulletin maybe due to its 'no strings attached' tag when all other Tamil channels sport a 'political' colour.

While commercials go to Sun TV, which has the maximum reach in the urban sector (82.1 per cent TV homes), advertisers don't prefer Podhigai. Dr Vethamany Senapathi, Doordarshan Kendra, Chennai, says, "Our revenue target for the fiscal year 2008-09 is Rs.10 crore'.

Podhigai became the first Tamil channel to telecast the Tamil version of Richard Attenborough's Gandhi on August 15 this year. The regional channel of DD also telecasts live temple festivals including Karthigai Deepam of Tiruvannamali, Brammohtsavam in Tirupati and Magarajyoti festival in Sabarimala Ayyappan temple.

Another interesting finding of DART survey is that Kalaignar TV has become the third most watched channel in the state within a year of its launch (it was launched in September 2007). While Jaya TV is the sixth most popular channel, Vijay TV ranks fifth, Sun News twelfth and Makkal TV thirteenth.

KALAIGNAR TV TO LAUNCH NEW CHANNELS


KARPAGAMTHYAGARAJAN

Kalaignar TV, the No. 2 Channel in Chennai with a market share of 14 percent is planning to launch two more fresh channels in the coming days.

Very recently it had rolled out a 24 hours news channel, Kalaignar Seithigal.

Kalaignar TV made its debut in Tamil Nadu in 2007 with a general channel Kalaignar Tholaikatchi. Six months later, it rolled out Isai Aruvi, a music channel.

It plans to add two more channels to its bouquet
in the coming months, a comedy channel called Sirippoli and a children's channel called Chitram.

SONIA AGARWAL SMALL SCREEN ENTRY



As we reported, Sonia Agarwal has made her television debut. While all the popular Tamil TV channels battled to rope in this beautiful actress, Kalaignar TV emerged the winner. Popular actress Khushbu will produce the serial Naanal for Kalaignar TV, in which Sonia will make her small screen debut.

Naanal is Khushbu’s brainchild; like most popular TV soaps, it reveals a woman’s ordeals. It is about a lady trying to come to terms with her life after losing her husband.

Rober-Rajasekaran, the "twin directors" of Kollywood – who directed the famous films Palaivanasolai, Manasukkul Matthappu and Chinnapoovae Mella Pesu – are directing this serial. So there is no doubt that it will give you entertainment equal to a movie!

KARTHIGAI DEEPAM TO BE TELECAST ON RAJ TV


BY, KARPAGAM THYAGARAJAN

The Karthigai deepam is being celeberated throughout Tamil Nadu.The festivals live show from Thiruvannamalai will be telecaste in Raj Tv Channel and Podithigai Tv Channel on 11th December 2008 from 4pm onwards.

CHANDAMAMA MULTIMEDIA

Chandamama, the comic that has enthralled three generations of Indians, is now trying to keep up with the times. But, supply side is a problem that they are having to deal with. The lack of new titles may be slowing down their expansion

On the cards of the firm is a 95 minute movie which is a result of a tie-up between Chandamama and Toonz Animation. The firm is also looking to make TV serials, studios, make films and develop TV programmes too.

Chandamama is trying to be more contemporary with the newer titles. Chandamama is now looking beyond the traditional stories we must have been used to. The firm is now looking to have science fiction as a genre that it will enthrall its readers with.

“But, there is headroom for everyone. It is a nascent sector,” said L Subramanyan, CEO, Chandamama India Ltd. The firm, which over the last year has been making efforts to revive Chandamama and restore it to its former glory. Chandamama has now launched illustrated Ramayana the work on which began 15-18 months ago. According to Subramanyan, repeat sales is the key to this business. We must see a change of product as per demand, he added.

Chandamama was acquired by the Mumbai-based Geodesic Information Systems during mid-2007. Today, Chandama boasts of a circulation of around 400,000. The firm is now looking to multi-media approach to the comic industry.

The online edition, Chandamama.com version 2 was launched in November 2008 with features that enable children to post stories, increased interactivity, shopping cart, SMS contests and archived issues in English, Tamil, Telugu and Hindi.

RAJINI'S FANS TO FLOAT A NEW WEB TV


BY, N.THYAGARAJAN

Rajinikanth's fans have come together to float a web TV called www.rajnitv.in, at a function held in Chennai on Friday as part of the actor's 59th birthday celebrations.
It is being started with the blessings of Rajnikanth and would go a long way in spreading his message to all his fans across the world, said Arcel Murugan, founder of the Rajini web TV channel.
'The channel will air the voice of Rajni fans, popular scenes and dialogues from Rajinikanth films. Also we would be taking sincere efforts to promote the long lost folk arts of Tamilnadu. Short films and documentaries on various themes will also be aired', said Murugan.
Launching the web TV, actress Meena said, "I have acted in six movies with Rajinikanth. He is an epitome of simplicity. I learnt a lot while working with him."
Noted director RC Sakthi, who directed 'Dharma Yuddham' starring Rajinikanth and Bairavi's director Kalaignanam also spoke on the occasion.
A large number of Rajinikanth fans took part during the launch of this web TV.

RADHIKA'S TWO-IN-ONE HIDDEN TALENTS


(By N.Thyagarajan)
Now there is a good turn taking place in Arasi megaserial, being telecast on Sun TV channel on all working days in the prime hours.The serial which has recently completed its 500th episode, with the tremendous acting of R.Radhika Sarathkumar is heading for its supenseful turning point in its story.
As per the story line the DGP Radhika (Arasi) is kidnapped and in order to pacify the press over the absence of the DGP, Arasi’s daughter, Selvi (Who is also Radhika) is being introduced by the police officials, to act like her mother. On Monday, the police officials show her some of the clippings of the DGP and wanted her to walk like her mother. On Tuesday, she has been asked to talk in a press-meet and she fools all those who attended it. Not only that, that the industrialist Viswanath and Selvi's own husband GJ (Arvind) are also fooled. More than that an ex-MP who meets the DGP also surprised to see that there was a change in the DGP’s behaviour. When Selvi talks with her own husband he himself taken aback that it was the DGP who is also his mother-in-law (Arasi) who talks with him.
Now, the suspense of the story is who kidnapped the DGP Arasi? The story takes different shapes, but yet interesting to watch everyday the mega-serial on the Sun TV Channel. The audiences expect that there must be soon an end to the suspense of the DGP kidnapping.What Radhika as the DGP Arasi and Selvi has not done so far she does it now.
Earlier, Radhika was playing the two different roles in two different get up and now the actress has to play both the roles with one appearance, enriching the value of the small-screen soaps. For example, if she meets the public, then she should act as the DIG Arasi and if she meets the police officials, she has to move with them as normal Radhika, i.e as Selvi. A role and situation like this could be performed only a person like Radhika alone and not by anyone.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

KANMANNIYE A NEW MEGA SOAP IN SUN TV


By Mrs.Karpagam Thyagarajan

If there is any problem with the ancestral properties it is bound duty of a male person who is supposed to be the head of the family will take care of to clear the problem. But in this Kanmanniye, three sisters are fighting for their grand father’s property and try to get them back.
These three sisters were brought up by their own mother. Their father ran away from home. Hence, the sisters try all sorts of attempts to retrieve the property. The opening scene of the story was done in a beautiful way.
This serial is a real story that had happened in a family, said the creative head and the Story writer Chandra Mohan Nag. dialagues are by C.S. Rajendran, screenplay by P.N.C. Krishna and is directed by Shahji Bilal . The serial is produced by Shoba Kappor Ektha Kapoor on behalf of Balaji Telefilms.
Ilavarasan, Rajalakshmi, Sadhana, Bavna, Sresha, Shilpa, Nanjil Nalini, Nalinikanth and Siva are the actors. Mondays to Fridays between 12 noon and 12.30 Pm in Sun Tv Channel.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

SANGEETHA MARRIAGE ON FEBRUARY 1


The marriage of actress Sangeetha with playback singer Krish will take place on February 1 at Tiruvannamalai with a few invitees. Both the actress and the playback singer were moving closely and it touched a nadir when each one could easily reciprocate their love and finally entered in matrimony. A grand reception will be accorded to all film personalities in Chennai after the marriage.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

SNIGDHA Vs SHAKTHI CHIDAMBARAM


BY N.THYAGARAJAN

The quarrel between ace director Shakthi Chidambaram and the new face heroine Snighdha is snowballing. The actress who was asked to perform heroine role for the film Rajadhi Raja under the direction of Shakthi Chidambaram, has started demanding business class air-ticket from the director. According to the director, the actress had appeared in a song sequence -- Kathazhai Kathazhai earlier. The director pitied the actress since she had been demanding the role of a heroin in the new film, in which Raghava Lawrence is the hero. On the day of the shooting, the entire unit left for the air-port, but the actress hesitated to come along with the unit, since she had been demanding business class ticket. The director refused to offer the ticket, hence the actress has complained with the Film Producers Council.

When contacted the actress, she said that the director's behaviour had given her suspicious and she was prepared to tell more about the director, but later refused to divulge about him.

Saturday, December 6, 2008


Director Rasu Madhuravan was inspired by Kamal Haasan's Dasavatharam, is now aiming at to produce a ‘perfect ten’ in his forthcoming film. .
Madhuravan, who directed Pandi recently, is all set to commence his next movie called Mayandi Kudumbathar which will see for the first time the coming together of ten acclaimed film directors.
The movie marks the debut of director Thimiru fame Tharun Gopi as the hero. Film-makers like Ravi Mariya, Pon Vannan, Raj Kapoor, Seeman, Jaganji, Manivannan among others play prominent roles in the film. Sabesh and Murali will score the music for Mayandi Kudumbathar which will go on to the floors on Friday. The who’s who of the industry are expected to take part

Friday, November 28, 2008

SEVAL IS THE FILM COULD BE SEEN WITH FAMILY


Production: M.A. Jinnah Creations

Story, Screenplay, Dialogues and Direction: Hari

Star-casts: Bharath, Poonam Bajwa, Simran, Sampath, Krishna, Vadivelu, Rajesh and many others.

Music: G.V. Prakash

Cinematography: Priyan

Stunts: Rocky Rajesh

PRO: P.T. Selva Kumar

One-line: Hero saving heroine from the clutches of villain.



(By N.Thyagarajan)

Bharath has improved a lot in his performance in this film because of his character that he adores in Seval. It is not a disappointment for anyone, because, Bharath is given the highest role in this film, that ever played in his previous films.Director Hari have focused much on Bharath's Tirunelveli language slang. Poonam Bajwa makes a good start and she is sure to be liked by everyone. Simran's re-entry is commendable.

Vadivelu, performances well, but the acting of his have become stale one and he could not compensate the viewers with newer techniques in his comedy.All the songs tuned by G.V. Prakash are worthy listening. V.T. Vijayan brim up with good works on his editing.

Hari has not letdown our hopes with his story and screenplay…

On the whole, Seval is a film, to be seen with family members.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

NEW WEEKLY SOAP AADHI PARASAKTHI


By Mrs.Karpagam Thyagarajan

The story of Aadhiparasakthi is about various avtars of Godess Parasakthi.The story of Goddess is done by Arivanandam. Sakthi is named by Kanchi Kamakshi, Kasi Visalakshi and Madurai Meenakshi these are popular Godess in Tamil Nadu. She turns Kali whenever she becomes angry on seeing evil things going around her, against the principles of Dharma.

The show also portrays how the Goddess helps her devotees and doing miracles in a few villages as she lives in various names like Mangadu, Thiruverkadu, Melmaruvathur, Samayapuram etc. This is the outline of this story.

Anandam fame actress Suganya does the role of Parasakthi. The co-stars are Kalidas Master Sridhar and others.

Story and Dialagues by K.B Arivanandam, Music by Rajesh Vaidya and Directed by Gopi Beemsingh

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

RAJINIKANTH WILL NOT CELEBRATE HIS BIRTHDAY ON DECEMBER 12




BY N.THYAGARAJAN

Following Ulaga Nayagan Kamal Hassan's announcement, the Tamil 'superstar' Rajnikanth has also asked his fans not to celebrate his 58th birthday which falls on December 12. Kamal's birthday fell on November 7 and he made a big announcement that in order to express solidarity towards the killing of Sri Lankan Tamils, Rajinikanth also follow the suit. He requested his fans to express solidarity with the Sri Lankan Tamils in the island nation who were "suffering" in the ongoing war between the army and LTTE.

According to Sudhakar, incharge, Rajnikanth Fans Welfare Association, "everyone is deeply hurt by the sufferings of Tamils in the neighbouring island nation. Hence we have chosen not to celebrate Rajnikanth's birthday on December 12". Sudhakar has taken over the portfolio of Rajini Fans' Association, after the Superstar's erstwhile president Sathyanarayana has been asked to take rest for sometime.

The Super Star reportedly had said Sudhakar that his birthday could be used to leverage public opinion infavour of Sri Lankan Tamils.

Monday, November 17, 2008

VIJAY FANS OBSERVE FAST


Actor Vijay and some of his fans in the Tamil Nadu observed a fast in support of the Sri Lankan Tamils who are ruthlessly killed by the militants of the Sri Lankan Island. The fasting of the actor and his fans took in 37 different places in support of the Tamils of Sri Lanka.

Yet, there is no solution for it. According to a fan, the actor has been thinking of observing fasts at different places, in the near future to put a fullstop for the brutal killings of the Tamils living in Sri Lanka.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

CHANGE IN THIRUMATHI SELVAM TIMINGS





BY MRS.KARPAGAM THYAGARAJAN

Thirumathi Selvam is one and one Super Hit mega serial in the afternoon hours between the house wives watching in their leisure hours 1.30 pm in the afternoon. But from this coming 17th Monday it is to be telecast at 8.00 pm. The change was effected after most of the Office goers, especially womenfolk requested the Vikatan Office to arrange it to telecast in nights. This is a victory of the producer Vikatan’s after Kolangal. But most of the viewers tell Thirumathi Selvam is the best than Kolangal.

Selvam is a Machanic decided not to get married because he works hard for his familyas the sole bread winner of the family. He gives up his studies and makes his younger brother and younger sister to further their higher education. He falls in love with Archanna after seeing her in a temple. For his marriage proposal he has been goaded to utter a lie that he is an engineering graduate. After the marriage, the true colour of Selvam comes to known to the entire family and they all start hating him including his wife Archana who refuses to live with him.
But Archana understand’s the love of Selvam and she finally decides to live with him. In the coming week the story moves around how both the couple takes challenge to fight against their problem in order to live happily.

THIRUMATHI SELVAM from Monday to Friday at 8.00 Pm in Sun Tv channel. Produced by Vikatan Televista and Directed by S. Kumaran

Thursday, November 6, 2008

KAVYA MADHAVAN IS GETTING MARRIED


N.THYAGARAJAN

Popular Malayalam actresses Kavya Madhavan is going to get married a computer engineer named Nischal Chandra. The actress announced at a press meeting held in Kochin today. The groom is working in National Bank of Kuwait as a technical advisor. "The marriage will take placenext year as I have to complete my projects before that," she said. The groom also acted in some films as a child artiste, so Kavya need not worry about her career in acting even if she is prepared to act after her marriage.

Born in Nileshwaram in Kasargod district, the 24-year-old actress entered the Malayalam film industry as a child artist in the film "Pookkalam Varavayi" (1991). But she came into the reckoning when she played a role in acclaimed director Kamal's "Azhakiya Ravanan" in 1996.

She has acted with superstars Mammootty, Mohanlal and Jayaram. Her most successful films have been with actor Dileep. Her popular films include "Meesha Madhavan", "Madhamabhi", "Classmates" and "Ananthabhadram". Kavya said she is happy that her fiance is familiar with her profession.

Kavya won Kerala State best actress award for her role in "Perumazhakalam" in 2004.

When asked about her career after marriage, Kavya said: "I would like to sign off at the peak of my career. But it is too early to say that I won't act after marriage."

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

'Thala' AJITH GOES BACK TO HIS OLD CAR


BY N.THYAGARAJAN

Ultimate Star 'Thala' Ajith was previously driving his Benz car wherever he went. The reason is not known, why he again switched over to Honda car which he was driving before the Benz car was bought. However, there was no speed limit while he drives both the cars. It seems one of his close friends had asked him to take up the Honda.

KAMAL APPEALS ALL HIS FANS NOT TO CELEBRATE HIS BIRTHDAY


Kamal asks fans to refrain from celebrating bis birthday
Padmashri Kamalhaasan on Wednesday asked his fans to refrain from celebrating his birthday falling 7th of this month, as he was "deeply hurt by the killing of Tamils in Sri Lanka". In a statement the actor has appealed "I request my admirers and fans to refrain from celebrating my birthday.I am deeply pained and hurt by the genocide of the Tamil living in Sri Lanka", he said. 'Language, colour, creed and caste can no more be used as excuses for intolerance', he said.

He appealed all his fans to 'redirect' their energy and enthusiasm towards human compassion on his birthday and added that "many are dying for a reason so unbelievably simple. They speak the same language Tamil, as I do. If my birthday can be used a tiny fulcrum to leverage public opinion against this genocide, apart from the honour of gaining your love, I would have one more reason to be proud of my birth".

"I am not qualified to offer solutions to the Sri Lankan problem. Nevertheless, I am sensible enough to refrain and restrain you from celebrations when our neigbours are helpless spectators to genocide and mass funerals", he added

Monday, November 3, 2008

RAJINI DID NOT SAY 'NO' TO POLITICS



Many who have attended the Press Meet has totally misconstrued by the way the Super Star Rajinikanth answered to a question from one of his fans. When a fan asked him, to jump into the politics with the starting of a new political party, he said he just await the command of Almighty. He said without getting permission from Him, and jumping into politics when the time was not appropriate to anyone. He said, even if he does good, if the time did not suit to his actions, then everything will go waste. Hence, he said, he just did not think of entering politics as of now.

KANJA KARUPPU WANTS TO ACT WITH SARALA


Comedian Kanja Karuppu wants to act with Kovai Sarala in a film in full role. The desire which has been pending with Karuppu, has come out when the Tamil film artistes observed a one-day fast in support of the Sri Lankan Tamils. Karuppu in a small chit wrote that he wanted to act with Kovai Sarala and passed it on to the actress. In the letter he thus stated: " Akka I want to act with you atleast in a film with full complete role. I hope you will fulfill the desire". Accepting the chit the actress gave a nod that she is prepared to act with him.

RAJ TV CHANNEL ENTERS FILM PRODUCTION

Following the SUN TV Channel, Raj TV Channel has started producing films for big screen.Now the channel is producing Kadhalna Summavaa. The shooting of the film, it is scheduled to take place only in Andhra Pradesh and a few scenes will be filmed in the Tamil Nadu.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Yuktha Muki enters wedlock

Former Miss World Yukta Mookhy on Sunday entered into wedlock with a entrepreneur Prince Tuli here at a Gurudwara on Nagpur-Jabalpur national highway.

The marriage took place in traditional Punjabi style in presence of selected relatives and friends from both sides.

Wearing a Punjabi traditional churidar salwar-kameej Yukta exchanged vows with Prince Tuli as head granthi performed the rituals.

Prince is the son of Bachetar and Harminder Kaur Tuli who are into hotel, automobile, fuel, tourism businesses in India and abroad.



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POO RELEASE ON NOVEMBER 21


After a long gap, actor Srikanth has surfaced, a film featuring him is due for release on 21 November. The film Poo brings together Srikanth and director Sasi, who had introduced the actor to the silver screen with Rojakootam. Prominent Malayalam actress Parvathy Milton plays the heroine. Poo is based on the novel Veyilodu Poi by Suba Thamizh Selvan. Set in a rural village, the movie captures the emotions of a young couple.Sasi, who happened to read the novel, was impressed by it and immediately decided to make a movie on it.‘The novel captures the heart and soul of rustic life in Rajapalayam and will definitely give the audience a feel of having read the novel’, he says. Heaping laurels on Srikanth, Sasi says, ‘ he is a talented actor. He has immense acting potential. Unfortunately he is still searching for success. Poo has brought out his talent in acting. I share a good rapport with Srikanth and he gives exactly what I want from my artistes’.Produced by Moser Baer, the movie has been shot extensively in villages surrounding Rajapalayam and Tirunelveli.Poo is a combination of strong emotions and powerful characterisation. All the characters speak for themselves, says Sasi. ‘Every artiste has contributed his and her best to the movie. It’s a team effort and is sure to bring us rich dividends’.On Parvathy, he says, ‘she has the fire in her to excel, she has handled a matured role with ease and elan’.Visual Communication student P G Muthiah, who has had a stint under the likes of Ravi K Chandran and Ravivarman, wields the camera. Debutant S S Kumaran is being introduced as a music composer. ‘We did enough rehearsals before shooting. Almost all the artistes and technicians involved in the project are upbeat about the prospects of the movie at the box office. Combining artistic cinema with commercial elements is no easy task. Poo is a unique attempt sure to woo audience’, Sasi adds.

Friday, October 17, 2008

MUMTAZ AS MINISTER


N.Thyagarajan

Actress Mumtaz is acting in a minister role for the film Rajadhiraja. The film is directed by Shakthi Chidambaram who earlier produced a lot of films, mostly with Sathyaraj. Now, the director wanted Mumtaz to appear as a woman minister. She is given the role of Saidai Shailaja who becomes minister and takes cudgels against those who made her to suffer.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR BECOMES HERO


Director Cheran's one-time-assistant, Ramakrishnan has become hero of a film produced by S.P.B.Charan who is the son of Playback Singer S.P.Balasubramaniam. Ramakrishan who came to Charan to work as assistant for the film Kungamapoovum Konjum Puravum sometime ago. Charan on seeing the assistant director's physical appearance asked him to do the role of hero for the new film. "It was a surprise thing and I did not expect this type of luck in my life. However, I wanted to become only a director. That is my aim in life" said Ramakrishanan to a group of journalists.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

A.R.RAHMAN HUNTS FOR MUSIC TALENT


Maverick music maestro A R Rahman's journey through fifteen states of India hunting for music talent will be aired on Doordarshan early this December.

Rahman will host the 'The Big Band' show where bands from seven countries- India, Nepal, Malaysia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Singapore and Sri Lanka- will vie for a three-year recording contract with Phat Phish Records, an entertainment and communications company.

The winner will also get artist management up to three albums and six music videos, tours and concerts on national and international stage as well as cash prize worth Rs 10 million.

"We have seen so many reality shows on the television. But what makes it different is that the show is not all about India alone, we have the idea of providing a common platform for all these guys from various places," Rahman said here on Tuesday.

"There is a huge audience of people who look beyond the typical Bollywood music. Music talents cutting across regions, languages, genres will be performing on the show. Considering the excellent reach of Doordarshan, we will launch the show soon on Doordarshan," said Phat Phish chairman Anand Surapur.

"We think the timing is right for people to be exposed to a wider choice. There is an unbelievable amount of talent available and it is just a matter of bringing it out, nurturing it and presenting it to be recognised," Managing Director, Phat Phish, K R Harish said.

Participating bands must have between 2-10 members with at least one lead singer and must submit three tunes with the first tune being an original interpretation of a popular Bollywood, folk or regional piece.

The second tune has to be based on the bands' interpretation of Rahman's specially composed melody for the show which will be released on October 24. Besides, the bands will also have to submit one of their original compositions.

"My role is to be the little link between these bands and the people. The show's concept is something unique but it has to be linked with the public," said the ace music director.

Asked on his expectations from the show, Rahman said, "Its all about discovering something new from these bands. We will be looking for various elements. One element from one band, another element from another... I think there will be lot of surprises in the show as there are so many bands."

Short listed bands will be invited to the first stage of audition where they will be asked to perform any of the three pieces by the judges.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

KARUNANIDHI REPLIES TO SUN TV PRODUCERS

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi today said district Collectors and Police officials were directed to take action against those trying to stop screening of the Sun Pictures’ Kadhalil Vizhunden in Madurai and its surrounding areas.
Reacting to Marans charge, Karunanidhi, replying to a set of questions, denied that neither theatre owners nor the distributors of Ramanathapuram and Madurai were threatened.
"If Sun Pictures has any proof or evidence to show that the theatre owners were threatened, it should hand it over to authorities concerned for taking swift action" he said.
"Instead of just faxing a complaint to Home Secretary and saying that no action had been taken, Sun Pictures should file a direct complaint with Police and the Collector and submit the necessary evidence to substantiate their charge",he said.
Alleging that Sun Pictures was trying to gain political mileage and to win the sympathy from the film world, he said "their charge that the government was not taking any action against the complaint is aimed at not solving the issue".
He said no complaint was received from theatre owners and film distributors in Madurai that they were threatened. They also didn't seek police protection.” Even if a complaint is lodged now,government will not remain a mute spectator','he said Sun Pictures had criticized the clarification issued by the government. The government stopped with just issuing a statement saying nobody had the right to stop the release of a movie, it said in a release yesterday.
On Sun Pictures contention that the government had not given a firm commitment to theatre owners on providing security to screen the film, Karunanidhi said the government had clarified yesterday that any film which was certified and cleared by the Censor Board has the right to be released. "This itself conveys the message that government officials would extend all their support in screening the film" he said.
The Chief Minister also hit out at some political parties who raised their voice in support of Sun Pictures after maintaining silence when Sun TV "failed" to cooperate with the government in sharing its feed to Arasu Cable TV Corporation which is launched by the State Government.
"As per the rules all the satellite TV Channels should extend support to the Arasu Cable TV Corporation.But the government's appeal in this regard was ignored by some private satellite TV Channels" he said.
Following reports of stalling of the movie's release in Madurai allegedly by DMK activists yesterday, the government had said nobody had the right to stop a movie's release, after it had satisfied required legal mandates such as obtaining (Censor Board) certification.
Some media reports had said that the movie was not released in Madurai, a stronghold of Chief Minister M Karunanidhi's son M K Azhagiri, due to alleged threats from DMK men who warned the theatres against screening the movie.

MARAN’S FILM RELEASED IN AZHAGIRI’S STRONG HOLD

The maiden venture of Sun Group’s new arm Sun Pictures, Kathalil Vizhunden (falling in love), has finally been released in the southern districts of Tamil Nadu, after a delay that once seemed indefinite due to pressure from M K Azhagiri, son of Chief Minister M Karunanidhi.
The romantic flick, according to the producers, was ‘banned’ from being released in Madurai, Ramanathapuram, Dindigul, Theni and Sivaganga districts. It is said that the rivalry between Azhagiri and the Maran brothers - Kalanidhi and Dayanidhi - who head the Sun Group.
Theatre owners had abandoned their plans of releasing the film last Friday after being allegedly threatened by DMK cadres. The exhibitors claimed that they did not want to be caught in between the two warring groups.
Sun Pictures had faxed a letter to the Home Secretary requesting police protection for theatres screening the movie. The group also telecast clippings through its Sun TV and Sun News channels and published reports in its Dinakaran and Tamil Murasu, explaining the difficulties faced in releasing the movie in Madurai and other southern districts where Azhagiri is said to reign supreme

Sunday, September 28, 2008

RELATIONS SOUR BETWEEN MARAN AND DMK


CHENNAI: The tussle between the Maran brothers and Chief Minister M Karunanidhi worsened further on Saturday.
The provocation this time was the alleged prevention of screening of Maran brothers-owned Sun Pictures’ movie Kathalil Vizhunthen in the southern districts on Friday.
Most theatre owners in these districts were reportedly warned by DMK men not to screen the movie on the opening day on Friday.

Incidentally, Chief Minister M Karunanidhi’s Madurai-based son and DMK strongman M K Azhagiri calls the shots in the southern districts.

The war of words between the two families began on Saturday with Karunanidhi making an oblique reference to Sun Pictures’ movie at a film function in the city by saying that he had never obstructed the release of films, even those which expressed views opposing him.

In its news bulletin on Friday, Sun TV narrated the difficulties faced by Sun Pictures in releasing Kathalil Vizhunthen, while Tamil Murasu and Dinakaran, the Tamil dailies owned by Maran brothers, gave wide coverage, accusing the DMK Government of playing spoilsport in the issue.
Sun Network also lodged a complaint with the Home Secretary on Friday, stating that supporters of Azhagiri were intimidating theatre owners against screening the movie.
The State Government reacted on Saturday by issuing a statement denying the allegation of Sun Pictures that the release of their film was stalled in Madurai.

The statement said distributors and theatre owners had the right to screen any movie which fulfilled Censor Board certification norms.
“Some persons were leveling unnecessary charges out of selfish motives,” it added.
Within a few hours, Sun Network fired their salvo charging the government with distancing itself from the whole issue.
“Allowing persons to obstruct films produced by those who had fallen out of their (DMK first family’s) favour will only set a bad precedent,” Sun Network said.
Earlier, Azhagiri dashed off a legal notice to Sun Network stating that his image was tarnished by allegations levelled against him in the screening of Sun Pictures’ movie.

LATA MANGESH CELEBRATES HER BIRTHDAY IN PUNE


World's most revered singer Melody Queen Lata Mangeshkar who mesmerised music lovers with her celestial voice for over 60 years celebrated her 79th birthday with her family members in her Pune home.

Didi as she is fondly called by family,fans and admirers is never in Mumbai on her birthday. She stays put in her Kolhapur or Pune residence.

She was last heard in Vikram Bhatt's 1920 where she shared playback credits with Pandit Jasraj and Asha Bhosale.

On her 75th birthday, Lata was in Mumbai as her nephew Adinath had organised a concert where other singers sang her classic songs. The function was attended by Sharad Pawar, L K Advani among others.

Lata's brother Pandit Hridaynath Mangeshkar organised a musical concert Didi ani mi (Didi and I) at the Bal Gandharva Rang Mandir in Pune in her honour.

The legendary singer was introduced to intricacies of classical music by her father master Dinanath Mangeshkar.

After his demise, the entire responsibility of looking after the family fell on her and at the age of 13 she was compelled to don the greasepaint and act.

She did a few Marathi films like Pahili Mangalagaur, Majhe Bal, Gaja Bhau and even few Hindi movies like Badi Maa, Jeevan Yatra and Samudra Mandir.

Though her playback career started in 1942, she was leaving her first tentative footprints on a music scene dominated by the legendary Shamshad Begum and Noorjehan. it was in 1948 that her career graph took giant leaps with films like Mahal, Baiju bawra, Nagin, Madhumati among others.

Friday, September 26, 2008

AMITABH BACHCHAN IN MARMAYOGI


The latest update on Kamal Hassan's yet to be launched big budget movie Marmayogi is Bollywood Superstar Amitabh Bachchan's acceptance to do a meaty role in this movie. It has been confirmed that Marmayogi will have veteran Bollywood actress Hema Malini playing a prominent role. Now Kamal Hassan is trying to rope in the legendary actor for an interesting role.

It can be recalled that plans were on to rope in the Big B for the Rajini starrer Shivaji. However he declined the offer. But he always disclosed his wish to play a full length Tamil film at once in his life. According to sources, Amitabh is yet to react for Kamal's offer but the latter is very much hopeful in getting his dates.

CHAKRAVARTHY IN SARVAM WITH ARYA AND TRISHA


BY, KARPAGAM THYAGARAJAN

J.D. Chakravarthy has returned to Telugu film industry with Homam. His scintillating performance (dialogue delivery, acting and direction) in Homam has boosted his market value with producers and with his growing number of fans.

Homam's success has brought him laurels as well as prestigious projects. Shankar has approached J.D. Chakravarthy to be the villain in his next magnum opus, Enthiran. JD, as he's fondly known in the industry, has also bagged a role in director Vishnuvardhan's Tamil film Sarvam, starring Arya and Trisha. Dil Raju, one of the most prominent producers of the film industry, has signed the hotshot director-actor for a romantic entertainer.

Even Nagarjuna has roped in the whiz kid to be the villain in his son, Naga Chaitanya's debut film to be directed by Vasu Varma. Naga Chaitanya's debut will be launched on September 20, the traditionally auspicious date for the Akkineni family.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Zee Tamil gears for big-ticket launch; channel to go on air around Vijaya Dasami


BY, N. THYAGARAJAN


Zee Tamil is all set to hit the airwaves around Vijaya Dasami. Zee News Ltd, part of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL), is planning a big-ticket launch with a 45-day media campaign spanning the entire state.

The new channel will air 11 hours of original programming content and one and a half hour of news programme. To start with, Zee Tamil will have three soaps and two more would be added within 4-5 weeks of the launch. The channel, which is testing its signals now, is hopeful of being present in 90 per cent C&S households in Chennai. V Chandrasekaar Barathi, Business Head, Zee Tamil, said that the channel would be available on all major MSOs from day one. Apart from DishTV, the channel would be available on one or two more DTH platforms, he added.

Zee Tamil also plans to have a high-decibel marketing blitzkrieg involving print, cinema, radio and outdoor. The launch campaign will break on October 1 and would be spread across the state for 45 days. The channel would also organise musical nights in six cities preceding the launch, which would feature some popular singers and film stars.

DraftFCB Ulka is the creative agency on the account. Barathi agreed to the fact that the market was already crowded. He said, “There are no two ways about it. We are conscious about the fact that we are the 21st channel to enter the market. Our differentiation would be our narrative style, packaging and focus. Our strategy would be right placements, looking at audience preferences.”

Barathi further said that Tamil Nadu currently had 21 channels, of which 11 were GECs, “but we are talking about only two or three channels, so there is scope for more channels to come and make a difference”.

“When Kalaignar TV was launched, the overall time spent on television went up by 9 per cent. So, it is not that the existing time spend has been taken away, but there has been an increase in the time spent on the channels. Therefore, there is scope for more channels.” Barathi maintained.

KADHALIL VIZHUNDEN GETS 'UA'



BY, KARPAGAM THYAGARAJAN

Kalanithi Maran’s Sun Pictures maiden movie in Tamil Kadhalil Vizhunthen, after a protracted battle with the censors has been cleared with an ‘UA’ certificate. As per sources in the trade, the film is likely to release this Friday (Sep 26) worldwide.
The film has a new team Boys Nakul is turning hero along with Sunaina as the heroine, and the theme of debutant director P.V Prasad is said to be bold. According to the grapevine, the censors found the climax of the film to be “bloody and too violent”, so they have trimmed it and given it a ‘UA’ certificate.
Meanwhile Sun TV network has started the biggest ever promotional campaign of the film on their channels. Every commercial break on Sun Music has the Vijay Antony chartbuster Nakku Mukka… blaring out.
Television ad gurus feel that if actual rates of Sun TV’s spot buy rates were taken into account, Kalanithi Maran must have spent a fortune on the TV ad blitz of Kadhalil Vizhunthen.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

MAHESWARI MARRIED


BY, KARPAGAM THYAGARAJAN

South Indian actress Maheswari, a cousin of noted actress Sridevi, entered into wedlock with Jayakrishna, a software professional from Hyderabad, in a traditional ceremony at Sankara Mutt on Thursday morning.

Actress Sridevi, her husband and noted Bollywood producer Boney Kapoor, popular heroines Meena, Sangeetha, actor-couple Manjula and Vijay Kumar were among the celebrities who attended the wedding. Hundreds of close relatives and film personalities also attended the function and blessed the couple.

After the marriage, the newly-wed couple had darshan of the Lord at Sri Venkateswara Temple. Earlier in the morning, the film personalities also offered prayers at the temple.

Maheshwari had a great opening in Tamil film industry. After making her debut into Kollywood with the film Ullasam, she had the luck to pair up with great stars like Vikram and Ajith in many movies. Later, she was roped into Bharathiraja's flick Karuthamma and then Maheswari didn't seem to have great time over here.

Taking a fleet to Tollywood, Maheswari acted in successful Telugu films like Gulabi, Ammayi Kapuram, Mrugam and Nee Kosam. At present, she is acting in Telugu and Tamil TV serials.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

MYTHOLOGICAL STORIES ARE EVERGREEN


The first mythological serial 'Ramayanam' was telecast on Doordarshan in 1986-87.
“Dubbing was not allowed then. 'Ramayanam' was then only in Hindi. The Tamil-dubbed version of 'Shri Krishna' was aired on DD Metro in 1993. It ran for 50 to 60 episodes. Due to viewers' demand, Shri Krishna was aired on DD 1 again,” recalls dialogue writer D Mohan Kumar, who translated the first daily soap on Doordarshan, 'Shanthi', into Tamil.

His father K Devanarayanan is a veteran dialogue writer. He translated 'Shri Krishna', 'Jai Mahalaxmi' (aired on DD in 1996-97) into Tamil. Devanarayanan also did Vikramathithyan Kathaigal on Jaya TV in 1999 and Kothaiyin Kathai on Goddess Andal in 1995-96 on Sun TV.

“Mythological stories are back as they are evergreen subjects. Every channel should take an initiative to air such mythologies. We have our own Shivapuranam, mythologies on Vinayagar and Murugan,” says Mohan Kumar.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Sangeetha Swarangal


BY, KARPAGAM THYAGARAJAN

On the usual style of giving variety entertainment programmes – Imayam TV has launches another set based show “Sangeetha Swarangal”.
This is a musical talent search show – where the judge Mr.S.N.Surendar selects one male singer & one female best singer of the week analyzing the performance of the participants in 3 challenging rounds.
Orchestration is done by Lakshman Shruthi and this show is telecasted on Sundays between 7.00 to 8.00Pm on your Imayam TV.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Hansie Cronje film to be released in SA


A film on late South African cricket captain Hansie Cronje, whose alleged involvement in the 2000 match-fixing scandal, is to be released in South Africa this month on 24.

Produced by his brother Frans Cronje, 'Hansie' will be released in four cities initially and is also expected to have an international release later. Frans said though he did not have concrete distribution deals with anyone, he has heard of interests from India, Australia and even the US for the film.

The film is a chronicles of Cronje's fall from a widely-respected and admired cricket captain to a match-fixer.

He was banned for life after his confession in front of a commission of inquiry. It was while serving this ban, that Cronje died in a plane crash in June 2002.

"This is Hansie's story. It's about the fall of a hero and his struggle to rise above his mistakes to start anew," Frans said of the film, which is directed by renowned actor and filmmaker Regardt van den Bergh.

The film faced financial troubles right from the beginning and 'Hansie' productions in fact faced liquidation earlier this year.

JAI IS IN TROUBLE


Actor Jai (of Subramaniapuram fame) is in the news for a wrong reason. A complaint has been lodged against him by a debutant director Prabhu with the Tamil Film Producers Council that the actor was not cooperating to complete the film Adhae Neram Adhae Idam.

However, Jai has come out with an explanation. He said, ‘Prabhu could not complete the movie within the dates given by me. Unfortunately, I was unable to allocate more dates since I was busy with other projects.’

He also alleged that the director had narrated a story and shot a different version, which was not appealing to him and his co-star Vijayalakshmi.

Sun TV telecasts Jaya's diatribe against DMK

As opposition leader and AIADMK general secretary J Jayalalithaa attacked the DMK regime on many fronts and accused chief minister M Karunanidhi of working for the welfare of his own family rather than the people, a television channel run by Karunanidhi's estranged grand-nephews gleefully telecast her diatribe live.

'Sun News', a 24-hour news channel from the Sun group owned by Kalanidhi Maran and his brother Dayanidhi Maran, had live footage of most of her strident speech – something unthinkable when they were in the good books of the DMK leadership. Sun TV, which commands the highest popularity rating in the Tamil speaking world, had played a significant role in anti-Jayalalithaa propaganda over a decade.

However, after the Marans fell foul of Karunanidhi in an intra-family squabble, mainly between Karunanidhi's Madurai-based son M K Azhagiri and the brothers, there has been a marked change in the attitude of the media organisations run by them towards coverage of the AIADMK.

Dayanidhi had explained it as a mere newsroom decision on merits, but the prominence given to the AIADMK in Dinakaran, a daily run by the Marans, has not been lost on the DMK leadership.

Addressing a public meeting near the Theni district collectorate, Jayalalithaa said, "My rule was selfless and I worked for the people's welfare, whereas Karunanidhi's concern is only that of his family."

Thursday, September 11, 2008

SUN TV TO ENTER FILM PRODUCTION

MUMBAI (Reuters) - South India-based television broadcaster Sun TV Network Ltd said on Monday it will start film production through its unit, Sun Pictures.

The company did not disclose any financial details of the venture, but said it would open a new revenue stream and add to its movie library.

Sun TV currently operates 20 television channels in several regional languages and also operates radio stations

Sun TV News Editor summoned for police enquiry

CHENNAI: Police summoned the news editor, Mr Raja, Sun TV for an enquiry in connection with a complaint filed by a leading Tamil daily Dinamalar, accusing the channel of resorting to 'provocative' coverage.

Mr Raja was summoned for an enquiry on Tuesday night, a senior police official told PTI. The daily had filed a complaint with the state government on Tuesday, alleging that a cartoon of Prophet Mohammed carried out by the paper's Vellore edition recentl y was 'misrepresented' by the TV channel.

A number of Muslim outfits staged violent demonstrations in front of the newspaper's Vellore office last week. Some protest demonstrations were also held near the newspaper's office in Chennai.

The daily subsequently issued an apology for publishing the cartoon. The daily's complaint has been referred to the Central Crime Branch (CCB) of the city police, which registered case under Sections 153 (provocation with an intent to cause riots) and 5 03 (criminal intimidation), they said. - PTI

Sunday, September 7, 2008

TN flays Sun TV for delay in providing feed

CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu government has accused the Marans-run Sun TV network of delay in providing feed to the state-owned Arasu Cable TV Corporation (ACTC) despite the latter “fulfilling all legal obligations.”

“Sun TV is continuing its delaying tactics in giving feed to ACTC,” an official release said here, echoing the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Mr M Karunanidhi's statement early this week that the TV channel owned by his estranged grandnephews, Dayanidhi and K alanidhi Maran, was employing “delaying tactics,” in prodiving feed to ACTC.

“Sun TV is spreading false information that the government officials have sought time to provide information wanted by Sun TV to give the feed” it said.

Despite providing all legal details periodically as required, Sun TV was not providing feed, it said. The state-owned multi-system operator (MSO) would cover the entire state of Tamil Nadu from September 15, the birth anniversary of DMK founder, late C N Annadurai, it said adding areas including Madurai would come under the ACTC ambit and control rooms at Coimbatore and Thanjavur had already been beaming signals in these areas.

The latest episode of the cable war follows Mr Karunanidhi refuting Sun TV's allegations that Royal Cable Vision, owned by his Madurai-based son Mr M K Azhagiri, was blocking ACTC in the temple town.

The RCV, like any other MSO, should cooperate with ACTC, the DMK leader had said early this week.

LEKHA WASHINGTON IN A TAMIL FILM



Lekha, the former VJ SS music turned Cricket commentator of Sony TV has now become the most wanted actress in Tamil. Offers are pouring in after the success of Jayam Kondan and now she is careful in selecting roles.

Though Jayam Kondan is a simple remake of Ace director Mani Rathnam's Agni Nakshathram, the film fetched rave reviews from all the corners and gave a new life to its three lead actors Vinay, Lekha Washington and Bhavana.

Lekha especially, is very happy and thinks that the film is the meaningful reply to Simbu, who had blamed her earlier for 'poor performance' in Kettavan.

Lekha had started her film career with Simbu's Kettavan, but later Simbu halted the shooting of the film for some reasons. According to Simbu, Lekha's poor performance was one of the reasons for the suspension of the shooting. But now after seeing Jayam Kondan, Simbu will be convinced about the performance of Lekha

VASANTHAM COMPLETES 250 EPISODES


BY, KARPAGAM THYAGARAJAN

Vasantham on Sun Tv channel has recently completed 250 episodes. The serial is being appreciated by lot of viewers especially the house wives. Akila (Chandra Lakshman) fights for her husband who is in the Dubai Jail. Her husband Jeeva ( shyam Ganesh) is an accused for a murder of his friend but, he is an innocent. His friend’s death is an accident but not an murder. The dead person’s family members waiting for Jeeva’s punishment. But Akila tries to prvoe the family by entering with her child as an orphan.

She faces a lot of problems with her mother and mother-in-law.

Serial Director Rishi says in future story a new character is going to come and viewers can see twist and turns.

Screenplay by kumaresan and camera by Nagasaravanan. Produced by R.Raja. Creative head R.Dinesh

Chandrasekar, Shobana, Delhi Ganesh, Apsar, Manoharan, Vandana are the co-stars
Watch Vasantham Monday to Friday at 1 PM.