Friday, December 25, 2009
Actor-turned-director Prakash Raj has just finished the first schedule of his Kannada directorial venture, Naanu Nanna Kanasu but he is already thinking about his next bilingual film to be produced under his own Duet Movies banner.
Pavanam (Journey) will be made in Tamil and Telugu, and star himself. It is budgeted at Rs 11 crores, and is based on the hijacking of Indian Airlines' IC 814 from Nepal to Kandahar.
Radha Mohan, who had directed Mozhi and Abhiyum Naanum, will direct the film.
"I will play the role of a bureaucrat from the Prime Minister's office in Payanam. Radha Mohan did a lot of research while writing the script. I was inspired to make this film after reading the book Flight Into Fear by Captain Devi Sharan," says Prakash Raj.
Prakash Raj, who played a villain in the Salman Khan-starrer Wanted directed by Prabhu Deva [ Images ], has now become a sought-after actor in Bollywood too. But he is in no hurry to sign Hindi films.
"I will pick and choose films as I have been consciously doing in the case of my South Indian films," says Prakash Raj.
His Kannada films include Hoo, co-starring Meera Jasmine [ Images ] and Namitha, and Dhool, co-starring Yogi and Aindrita Ray.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
The Chennai International Film Festival was kick started yesterday, December 16th, 2009 at a function held at the Woodlands Theatre in Chennai. Dr. S. Jagathrakshahan, Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting lighted the traditional lamp and marked the beginning of the fest. The film festival, which will go on till December 20th, will feature 120 films from 38 countries.
Those present at the function were Karthi, Devayani, SVe Shekher, Jananadan and a host of officials from various embassies.
Speaking at the function, the Minister said that film festivals are not just for film institute students but for the general public as they can get to see a foreign film and know their culture.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Navya Nair will enter the wedlock in the coming January. She will marry Santosh Menon, who is employed with a private firm in Mumbai.
Ms. Nair who acted opposite various film leading heroes in Malayalam films had made a mark in Tamil cinema acting in films like 'Azhagiya Theeye', 'Mayakannadi' and 'Pasakiligal'.
Nair's parents Raju and Veena arranged her wedding with Santosh Menon, a native of Changanassery in Kerala.
The actress is currently busy acting in films including Mammootty starrer 'Drona', 'Sadgamaya' with Suresh Gopi and Dileep - Kalabhavan Mani starrer film.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Remember Priyanka Trivedi, who made her debut with the Tamil movie Raajjiyam. The actress bid goodbye to films after marrying the Kannada superstar Upendra and made her comeback with the Kannada film Srimathi opposite Uppi.
Sources say the actress will now host a Kannada TV reality show similar to the Farah Khan hosted Hindi show 'Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega'.
Priyanka, in her recent interview to a leading vernacular, stated that she was approached for the show and discussions are now on about her remuneration. If everything goes as per plan, the show will go on floors by this month end.
It is also heard that Priyanka is crazy about reality TV and her favourite shows are 'Pati Patni aur Woh' and 'Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa'. She has also expressed her interest in being part of such shows if Uppi permits.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
The latest news on Nayan Tara and Prabhu is that Prabhu Deva's wife Ramalath sought the help of some women welfare organisations. According to information, Ramalath won the sympathy of these organisation when she made an open appeal, that women-folks would look after the film actress affair.These women organisations will protest the actress and as well Prabhu Deva about their love affair, if it really exists as per the rumour mongers. One may get a concrete result, after these women organisations start protesting them, said.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Actor & Director Prabhu Deva watched the Wanted film in Mumbai with Nayan Tara, the dream girl of many. It is quite natural for anyone in the cine-field to have attraction with someone and Nayan Tara or Prabhu Deva are no exception to it. The problem is Prabhu Deva is an already married man with Ramalath who hails from a Moslem community. But the love has no eyes, for it is not the religion or the caste that attract each one at the time of marriage. Both the hearts meet at one point and decide to marry. In Prabhu Deva's marriage there was no open statement that the actor is in very much love with Nayan. But for Nayan, she could not stay alone though she is not married. Prabhu's extraordinary brilliance in the field has attracted many including the producers who made him to direct their films. But, Prabhu loves all.
Prabhu's wife who came to know that there was a rumour afloat that both her husband and Nayan Tara close friendly relationships, said in an recent interview, that the actress should be arrested, for she is very much in love with her husband. When some press-men contacted, Prabhu did not say anything about his friendship with Nayan Tara. Earlier, both met at the Bahrain in a mall and many public who came to know about both the actors in the shopping complex began to get autographs from both of them and when they asked about their presense in the mall, both reportedly told them that they were friends who came to Dubai for a shooting.
Only time has to tell, whether Prabhu Deva and Nayan Tara will be getting married or they will continue their friendhsips by meeting often in various places.(?)
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Speaking on the occasion, the producer and artiste BV Reddy said, “There are seven songs in the movie and all of them are situational.
We are sure that all the songs would attract the audiences. Mohanbabu, who watched the movie, complimented that the film has been brought out well. Senior director B Gopal too expressed his happiness after watching the movie.”
Director Ramakrishna said, “We have portrayed some new elements in Baba’s life which have never been described on the silver screen earlier.”
Source - http://entertainment.oneindia.in/telugu/top-stories/2009/jagadguru-shri-shirdi-saibaba-200809.html
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Following the sucess of the Tamil film Nadodigal, it has been decided to remake the film in Telugu and Kannada, and if possible it could be produced in Hindi too, according to sources. In Telugu it is Ravi Theja who is going to act. The shooting for the Telugu will be started by this month end and for the Hindi remake however the shooting will be started in the coming January 2010. In Hindi it is Shahid Kapoor who will appear and follwing its success the Kannada remake will begin with Punith RajKumar. Of all these two things are common-- the story and the film's director Samuthirakani.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Superstar Mohanlal on Thursday donned a new cap - of the Indian Territorial Army. Indian Army chief General Deepak Kapoor had offered him to wear the cap permanently at a simple function that took place in New Delhi.
“It is truly a proud moment for me to have been granted an honorary rank during the diamond jubilee year of the Territorial Army. I will try to serve to the best of my ability in my newly assigned role. It is a dream come true that I can now serve shoulder to shoulder with our officers and men,” four-time national award winner, Mohanlal said.
“Lt Col (Hony) Mohanlal, Padmashri, will be yet another brand ambassador of the Territorial Army. His achievements are an example of his discipline, dedication and hard work which is very synonymous to the army way of life,” a senior Indian Army official said.
“His passion for the army is amply evident from his outstanding and realistic portrayal of the penultimate, fearless and duty bound army officer on the silver screen especially in movies like Kirti Chakra and Kurukshetra.
“As part of his preparation to truly depict the role, he shared the realities of army personnel in actual conflict zone like Tiger Hill and Drass, withstanding extreme weather conditions and combat situations,” the official added.
Mohanlal will be affiliated with the Kerala-based 122 Infantry Battalion.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Kutty is not an action film, says the director Mitran Jawahar. In an informal chat with news men the director clarified that Dhanush in this film is doing a soft hero role as per the story line and Sreya has been acting opposite him. The director says, "in my earlier film Yaaradi Nee Mohini, it was the turn of Nayantara who had excelled in her family girl character. In this Kutty, Sreya has been doing the same role without any glamour. When the shooting of the film was on, Sreya never thought that she had such a tremendous acting capacity. Really, the film is going to be a turning point for her".
When talking about the film's hero Dhanush, Mitran said, that he had been directing Dhanush second time, and his actions in this film becoming great.
The work of the film would be completed, if the shooting for the two songs were completed the director said. Though Dhanush has some other name in the film, his friends and family members call him as Kutty.
Radha Ravi and Vincent Asokan do the villains role while Devisri Prasad does the music direction,. the director said.
Kadhal Virus and Devadhayi Kanden films fame Sridevi is getting married on Thursday the June 18. The actress who has become popular as a child artiste in many films and by virtue of her actor parents Manjula and Vijayakumar is marrying Rahul hailing from Hyderabad. Sridevi is the last daughter of the actor couples. Her other famous films were Thithikudhey and Priyamana Thozhi. Rahul is running a software firm in Hyderabad and had visited on several occasions various countries for some higher studies, it is learnt.
Tamil film Muthirai directed by Srinath is having an open kissing scenes in the film. Nitin Sathya and Manjari are the hero and heroine respectively had done the role in a kissing scene making the youngsters to watch the film in raptures. There is nothing beyond our Tamil film had gone so far, says the director. Hence, when the director was asked whether this film to be released on July 19 would bring success, he replied that mere kissing scenes alone would not bring victory to a film.
After Muthirai's release, Nitin is going to act in the remake of Palaivana Cholai and Mani Nagarajan's Pin kurippu. Mani Nagarajan was an one time assistant to Gautam Vasudevan Menon. Nitin expects the film will be turning point.
When Nitin was asked why he always acted in double hero films, he said as long as his role had been appreciated by many he would go on acting in double-hero subject films. " I really love to appear where my character is valued much" says Nitin.
Malayalam Super Star Mohan Lal has been again elected as the General Secretary of Malayalam Film Actors Union. In an election for the post on Sunday in Cochin, the actor was elected to the post unanimously.Besides Mohan Lal, Innocent and Babu too were elected to the posts of President and Secretary respectively. Mukesh and Ganesh Kumar were elected as the vice president of the union while Jagadis was elected as the treasurer. Mamooti and ten others were elected as the general council members.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Jyothirmayee in this film appears as woman cop and act opposite Pasupathy. She appears in a child-like character which draws the story in different directions but with comedy. Besides Vadivelu comedy too is enjoyable in the film.
It is likely that Aamir Khan will act in the Hindi version of the Kanthaswamy, the sources said.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Really, one should appreciate the actress' deep involvement with the Tamil language and its people who have become citizens of Sri Lanka and who are suffering in the Island.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
She said it took six months to produce this documentary and it was all about the personal life of the late actor who is known as Kadhal Mannan. ( Romance King).Gemini Ganesan had acted in several box-office hits like Irukodugal, Shanti Nilayam, Vanji Kottai Valipan and Thein Nilavu.
A Padma Shri awardee, Gemini Ganesan had acted with many top heroines including Savithri, whom he later married, Anjalidevi, Banumathi, Padmini, Saroja Devi, former Rajya Sabha member Vaijayanthi Mala, "Sowcar" Janaki, K.R. Vijaya, Devika and former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa.
He had starred in more than 200 films, including a few in Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada. He died on March 22, 2005, at the age of 84, after a prolonged illness.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi IAS will be the chief guest at the convocation, a release issued by the university said.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
The serial is expected to cross more than 1000 episodes with some of the scenes are shot in foreign locales.
The serial's dubbed version began to appear in some of the Telugu channels.Actress and danseuse ‘Mayuri’ Sudha Chandran has been acting in a meaty role. The cinema actress Ramya Krishna is also busy besides doing some guest roles in films.
" I have allotted eight days in a month for shooting of films and the rest of the days would go to the shooting of the Kalasam" says Ramya, who is still a beauty and looks very young and is fit to enough to do role with young heroes who are entering in films.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
Actress Meena is getting married on July 12 at Tirupathi with a Bengaluru based Techie. Recently, the betrothel for this took place at the actress' house in Saidapet with a very few invitee to the function. Speaking to reporters, Meena said that her would-be Vidyasagar had already given permission to carry out her acting career adding that she also wished to continue in films and serials because, she earned the reputation after acting in Mariyadhai.
Incidentally Meena who is now acting in a serial Kalayanam, means Marriage, for the Sun TV Channel. Many of her fans, wanted her to get married immediately. She started to act in Tamil films as a child artiste and she acted as an orphan girl in the film Anbullah Rajinikanth. In the film, Rajinikanth used to frequent the orphanage where Meena is being brought up and in the end the orphan child dies. Exactly after a decade of this film release she acted as heroine with the Super Star Rajinikanth Muthu and Veera. She also did some films with Kamal Hassan, but Avvai Shunmugi had earned her good name.
Meena's family members were hunting for a good boy for a long time. At long last the family could able to find her a decent groom.
After marriage in Tirupathi, there is going to be grand reception for the film personalities in Chennai July 14.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Chennai: Well known producer and Tamil actor K Balajee died here on Saturday evening after prolonged illness. He was 74.
Balajee, father-in-law of famous Malayalam actor Mohanlal, was admitted to Apollo Hospital last month for kidney failure. He is survived by a son and two daughters.
He has acted in over 150 films and have also produced Tamil films under Sujatha Cine Arts, most of his films were produced with the Late actor Shivaji Ganesan. Before, producing films, he had acted in various Tamil films as villain and one remarkable film was that he did the villain role in Pattanathil Bootham starring with Jai Shankar. Balaji was sometime ill and from his ill-bed he gave interview to the Jaya TV Channel for five days. Then he appealed to all the film actors to reduce their salaries, so that the film producers could not burn heavily their fingers. In the interveiw, he also narrated how a film could be made, once the adjustment of the leading artistes stop demanding a separate caravan for them. Now the late actor's son Suresh Balaji is in the production and direction. This he learnt by working with his father whenever he produced films.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Sneha who does different roles in Bhavani and Goa, says the two characters are entirely different. She acts in Bhavani as police officer like that of yesteryears' Vijaya Shanthi appeared in police officer cadre. But GOA film's character is entirely different. She appears in the film with sarees with soft-natured character. " The two different characters in those two films have no comparison" says Sneha in an interview to this blog.
When asked about her entry in politics, Sneha said, " I don't like to enter politics, but I will exercise my voting right. Don't think, that I am doing a police officer character like that of Vijayashanthi in my film and after the film was released, the actress entered into politics, I too would take up politics. I am just quite opposite to the actress' view. But I will sure vote for a candidate whom I think will be the best." quips Sneha.
Adds Sneha, " I have stopped acting in advertisement films, because of many of my fans have been requesting me not to appear in TV shows. I am learning Fashion training and Interior Decoration courses. I am also learning Dress Designing with my elder sister. If this my house in Valasaravakkam is appearing in different colors, it is because of my idea. You can see, each room has different colours. I feel happy over many praising me for the decorations and the colour quote that I had given to my house" and she herself puts question to us, "now tell me how is my house?".
When asked about Sneha's marriage, she did not answer to it but kept smiling. But my inner heart said the person must be a lucky fellow, because the priceless smiles of the actress and her respect she maintains with her father, who, once was working in a leading company in UAE, would always choose or even hunt a best groom to lead her a happy married life.
"Mudhal Mudhal Mudhal Varai", the real story of a film director who wish to produce a feature film falls in love with a girl who was lying in sick bed. The director wants to marry before she breathes her last, but she was adamand and asking him to produce the film first and marry her. This is the story of the feature film that has been honoured at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival.
Krishnan Seshadri Gomatam is the films director. The film won the award for the 'Best Drama Feature' in the 'Best Feature film (International) - Genre' awards category in the festival held recently.
The film was part of the Goa 2008 Indian Panorama at the International Film Festival of India and was widely acclaimed for its storyline. This is the first film of Krishnan Seshadri and was selected in the IFFI's Indian Panorama section.
C P Satyajit, Anuja Iyer, E Kumaravel and Charan, apart from a host of newcomers have given meaty roles for the success of the film. Thotta Tharani did the art direction of the film and Fowzia Fathima had done the cinematography. Aslam Mustafa has done the music of the film.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
You know actor Vijay's son Sanjay has done a dance in Vettaikaran film. He has lent his voice for the song too. The song starts with NAAN ADICHCHA THAANGAMATTA; NAALU NAAL THOONGA MATTAE.Vijay's fans call him Kutti Ilaya Thalapathi.
You know Kamal Hassan's daughter Shruthi Kamal Hassan has acted for an ad-film, Hoe Jaaney Dho. Kamal after seeing his daughter's appearance in the film, euologised her.
Heroine Sridevika is acting as a mahut for the film Sarithiram. She underwent training with an elephant which appears in the film. After the shooting was over, the actress could not leave the animal.
Communist political leader Bharathan came to the shooting spot of the film Kalavaadiya Pozhudhugal and enjoyed the May song's sequences. Thangar Bachchan is producing the film in which Sathyaraj and Prabhu Deva have meaty roles.
If any producers want to have talk or a word with actress Thamanna, they could not approach the actress immediately. They should approach Thamanna's parents who would answer them after consulting the actress.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Actress Anushka was in Hyderabad on Friday, before the Telugu version of Billa has been released. Anushka was given a red-carpet welcome during the show.Now Anushka is acting for the film Vettaikaran to be released soon.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Actor Dhanush is fresh from the success of ‘Padikkadhavan’ and is juggling Mitran Jawahar’s ‘Kutty’ and Vetrimaran’s ‘Aadukalam’ currently. If he is playing the role that Allu Arjun played as the carefree lover in the Telugu superhit ‘Arya’, he is busy playing a local Madurai boy in ‘Aadukalam’.
“Characters etched like the one I have in ‘Aadukalam’ come by rarely. Typically, an actor should consider himself lucky if he gets three or even four such well defined characters in his acting career. I’m glad I got this at such an early stage in my career,” says the actor, refusing to divulge more details.
He also says it’ll be a big break for him as it will be starkly different from his other roles. “I’m not the one to play the same role all the time. ‘Polladhavan’ was so action packed and the next release of mine, ‘Yaaradi Nee Mohini’, was a complete clean family film. This will be another genre in itself,” says the actor.
If a well qualified person does not know where to get a job for his qualification and if 'dilemma' is the force among some of those well qualified, then they need not worry over, instead they could watch Makkal TV Channel's Velaivoippu serial, an employment opportunity for the right candidate and making the qualified to have their right jobs from the right orgnisations, are some of the outcome of the show. Mind you for watching and following the advice, one need not pay any money as charges for giving valuable information. Makkal TV Channel is always looking to promote many in this way to uplift them in the society and if a regular watcher has become a top man in the society, there is no wonder that he might have watched its programmes regularly. Why you also not reap the benefit out of the channel?
Ramkumar Singaram anchors the show will be telecast on all Thursdays at 11 AM. Don't miss it, unemployed will be employed, says Makkal TV Channel.
What will happen to the stories of films when continue after its climax stories? This is the theme of the Jollywood Cinema comedy show on the Jaya TV channel to be telecast on all Sundays at 10 AM. The participants of this show are look-alike actors like Shivaji Ganesan, Rajinikanth, Kamal Hassan and many other leading artistes. The films taken in this show are the films which had successfully completed its 100 days. The idea behind this show, how the story would be of these films, if they continue.
A different game show, and this could be called a comedy show too, on Sirpoli Channel by comedians Ganeshkar and Aarthi would be shown on all Saturdays. The show named Theeradha Vilayattu would various important places and would ask the public to take part in it. Ganehskar and Aarthi would make visit to big business malls, colleges and other public places and would be interviewed. The two comedians who anchor the show would ask the public to prove their skills in a comedy way. Let us watch the show on all Saturdays.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Jaguar Thangam, known for his stunts in cinema, earlier directed a film Suriya with his son, Vijay Chiranjeevi as hero. Now he is going to direct another film India in which also Chiranjeevi acts as hero. Jaguar's brother writes the story of the film.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Captain Vijaykanth on Sunday at the Mariyadhai film cassette release function said, that he had done his acting for MGR's Inbamey Inba Thervandhadho song. Though he could act like MGR for the song, he didn't do that, as it would be considered that he was making fun of the Late actor who ruled the Tamil Nadu quite a long years.
As of now Vijaykanth who is running his Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam calls himself as Karuppu MGR, means Black MGR, did not like to pretend to act for the song's sequence of the film, in his Mariyadhai film.
Vijaykanth had invited all his party men for the function which took place in an open auditorium. He wanted to come over the Mariyadhai audio cassette release function, since he did not want make the function as an official or commercial view of cinema.
Mariyadhai is directed by Vikraman.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
BY N THYAGARAJAN
"The day when I entered the film industry, I was cautioned, that I would be seeing a lot of humanbeings in the form of crocodiles. I was littled bit shaky then, but I never came across any such person in my career" openly declared actress Suhasini at a cassette release function took place on Sunday ( Yesterday).
One thing one should remember is that when Suhasini entered filmdom, she was offered with weighty roles and she was not allowed to mix freely with films' heroes in as heroine she did. She did her roles, as if a school teacher giving advices to their children, and when she acted for songs' sequences she did her role without touching the hero. This has catapulted her image. But one should remember, she married the gentle and famous MBA graduate director Mani Rathinam. But he is not a crocodile.
Monday, March 2, 2009
With 'Aanandam', a five-year-long mega serial on Sun TV, coming to an end, Sathya Jyothi Films' next serial 'Kalyanam' is all set to glue the audience to television sets on the same prime slot.
After the successful serial Lakshmi, actress Meena is playing the lead role. "It's not a regular soap opera, not the usual stuff like heroine facing a lot of troubles. I come in casuals and my character name is Meera," informs Meena.
The promo of the serial is already on air and it has created a lot of expectations among serial buffs.
Meena says, in the serial she works in the media, and the character she portrays is unique and something she has never done before."I've already done a movie with Sathya Jyothi Films and I know them well. My first serial 'Lakshmi' got a good response. Wherever I went, people questioned like why the serial ended so soon. I got more offers after the serial," said Meena, who hosted a game show on Jaya TV before Lakshmi serial.
"I was not sure whether I could do serials, because people usually have a feeling that if you go to the small screen your market will go down, but it was not so. I was totally wrong," says Meena, who is at present shooting for a song in Australia for 'Mariyadhai' starring Vijaykanth.
"Apart from Mariyadhai, I’m doing a Telugu and Malayalam movie. I might host a who if some interesting game shows happen," says the actress.
While the serial name is 'Kalyanam', when is Meena going to get married? "When I heard the serial title I also felt that everybody will ask me this question. It will happen by the year-end and I'm telling this for quite a while,” she laughs.
"People are used to this time slot and I’m very happy about my character and things are turning out well in the serial," adds Meena.
While 'Pattukottai' handles story, screenplay and direction, Vidudhalai is directing the serial. The title song is sung by Chinna Kuyil Chitra.
The cast includes Yuvarani, Delhi Kumar, Sakshi Siva, Shanthi Williams, Brinda Das, Rajkanth, Sindhu, Rajkamal among others. "The serial has got a different opening and entirely a new approach. The story starts with the owner of a Kalyana Mandapam Delhi Kumar's family and the subsequent entry of Meena" says the director.
Starting today, the serial is on air from Monday to Friday at 7.30 pm on Sun TV.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Kamal Hassan has appealed the people of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to strength their relationship without the intervention of others. The actor who was honoured at the Kannada Film Industry's platinum jubilee celebrations further appealed politicians not to mingle their politics with art. He said that people of Karnataka and Tamil Nadur like brothers and any problem between them could be sorted out without the interference of the politics. Kamal was addressing his inaugural speech on Sunday evening in Bangalore. He recalled that Karnataka had given super films stars like Rajinikanth.
Supporting the views of Kamal Hassan, actor Vishnuvardhan said that he really liked the speeches of the actor and also appealed that the artistes should be always away from politics. He also praised that Kamal Hassan had a lot of supporters in the State.
Actor Ramesh Aravind, translated Kamal's speech in the Kannada language and for each and every verse of Kamal's translation had a wonderful appalause.
Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa had inaugurated the function.
But several well-known veteran Kannada artists were conspicuous by their absence.
Tamil superstar Rajnikant too couldn't make it to the function despite the fact that he accepted the invitation.
Director Rajeshwar, who has completed the shoot and dubbing for his film, Indira Vizha, starring Srikanth, Namitha and debutant Hemamalini, has clarified that his movie is original and not an adaptation of the Hollywood flick Disclosure or its Hindi adaptation Aitraaz.
The movie’s story, however, bears a striking resemblance to Disclosure and centres on Srikanth, an employee of a TV channel, whose boss turns out to be Namitha, his ex girl friend.
“Only the plot may sound similar. We have treated it completely differently,” says the director, whose movie is expected to be a March release.
Media Maters Dr.Sridhar Narayanan and Vijaya is producing MYTHILI a mega serial for the Kalaignar Tv channel. It is to be telecast between 1 PM and 2 PM on all working days. The story is purely based on the sentiments which the producers would expect a lot of persons to view the serial. The story starts from Kancheepuram to be extended to the Greater Chennai and would also likely to be shoot in Malaysia and Singapore.
‘KOLANGAL’ fame Ajay, Sujitha, Vadivukkarasi, Shanmugasundaram,OAK sundar, Deepa Venkat,Giri,Bharathi Kannan and Ceylon Manohar are the stars of this new serial.
Dialogues are written by Balamurugan, Music by S.P. Venkatesh and Story,Screenplay and Direction are done by M.Viswanath
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Ace actress who is still young in her appearances, B.Saroja Devi will be appearing in AADHAVAN being produced by Udayanidhi Stalin for the Red Jiant Films. Though the actress has distanced herself from acting in films, she has given her nod to act in the film with Suriya and Nayanthara. The actors are Vadivelu, Ramesh Khanna who is also penning the story of the film. The film is directed by K.S.Ravi Kumar. Another important thing about this film, all these artistes join together after their association in the film Friends. It is expected, that Saroja Devi's appearance in the film will give an impetus to the film goers, since, there are a lot of fans of this actress whose eyes were starved quite a long time, would be enjoying the film.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
The police say four local employees of the SUN TV network, a India based Tamil TV network which was operating without a valid license, have been taken into custody together with their equipment in Vavuniya for alleged links with the LTTE.
Police spokesman SSP Ranjith Gunasekera told Daily Mirror the four employees were taken custody by the army yesterday and later handed over to the Vavuniya police for further investigations.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Jayam Ravi, the heartthrob of millions of girls and even for some middle-aged women, at long last has decided to get married to his long-time beautiful girlfriend Aarthi, who is pursuing her higher studies in Scotland. The parents of both these youngsters have agreed to their decision. Aarthi is the daughter of renowned producer Vijaykumar, who produced Veeraappu and several TV programmes.
The actor was introduced by his brother Raja in the film Jayam, the Tamil remake of a Telugu blockbuster of the same name, Ravi became a household name in the entire Tamil Nadu. The hardworking and highly-ambitious actor soon secured a niche for himself in Kollywood. Ravi is not only a dedicated and professional actor; he is also a very dedicated lover! His dedication and love towards his girlfriend Aarthi moved his parents’ heart, who decided to get them married. Both sets of parents announced they are extremely happy with the decision of their children, putting an end to several wicked rumours which say otherwise.
The tall and well-built star, who gave the blockbuster Santhosh Subramaniam recently, is acting in Peraanmai now. Insiders say that he will get married as soon as the film releases
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Shankar who produced the film Silandhi is now producing and directing a film titled Udhiram. The film is about a villain who loots the country. He ic domiciled in the jungles. How the hero destroys him forms the rest of the story. Shankar is shooting the film in the dense forests using three cameras. Jagath who is doing the lead role had to drench himself in a slush for 8 days for the climax scene. He had to pour the slushy mud on his whole naked body for this climax scene. Santhani who is a 10th class student is pairing with him in this movie
Sunday, February 8, 2009
If not for music composer A R Rehman, talent from Tamil filmdom would not have got their due recognition, noted Tamil comedian Vivek has said. "I do think that regional talent is not getting its due credit in the country. Our industry (Tamil films) has gone global, especially after A R Rahman entered the scene," Vivek, who was conferred Padma Shri recently, told PTI over phone from Chennai. "If our music is getting acknowledged globally today, it is because of Rahman. But Rahman is not the only one who is responsible for this, media is also one of the reasons," he said. Chennai-born Rahman who made his entry through Roja in Tamil and Hindi simultaneously went on to attain stardom in both Tamil and Hindi films within years. He is also in the queue for Oscars, for his hit scores in "Slumdog Millionaire".
Vivek, who was the first Tamil comedian to be bestowed with the Padma Shri award, refused to comment on veteran comedian Nagesh, who died just a week ago, not getting such an honour. Vivek said he was a great fan of Nagesh and he enjoyed his well-acclaimed movies -- Server Sundaram, Kaadalikka Neramillai and Neer Kumizhi.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
The most successful Indian musician to go global, A. R. Rahman turns 43 today. Apart from his millions of Indian fans who shower accolades on him by the hour, Rahman’s incredible talent had attracted the attention of the famed TIME Magazine which referred to him as the ‘Mozart of Madras’.
Born as A. S. Dileep Kumar in the year 1966 in Chennai. His father R. K. Shekhar Mudhaliar,was a composer and conductor for Malayalam-language films in Keralite cinema. His father died when Rahman was nine years old, and his family rented out musical equipment as a source of income. His family converted to Islam from Shaivite Hinduism in the late 1970s. Rahman was also a student at PSBB for a short while before changing schools. During these early years, Rahman served as a keyboard player and an arranger in bands such as “Roots” with childhood friend and percussionist Sivamani, John Anthony and Raja.
Rahman is the founder of the Chennai based rock group, “Nemesis Avenue”. He played the keyboard and piano, the synthesizer, the harmonium and the guitar. His curiosity in the synthesizer in particular increased because, he says, it was the “ideal combination of music and technology”. He began early training in music under Master Dhanraj. At the age of 11, he joined, as a keyboardist, the troupe of Ilaiyaraaja, one of many composers to whom musical instruments belonging to Rahman’s father were rented to. Rahman later played in the orchestra of M. S. Viswanathan and Ramesh Naidu, accompanied Zakir Hussain, Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan and L. Shankar on world tours and obtained a scholarship to Trinity College of Music in London, where he graduated with a degree in Western classical music.
In 1992, he was approached by film director Mani Ratnam to compose the score and soundtrack for Ratnam’s Tamil film Roja.The debut led Rahman to receive the Rajat Kamal award for Best Music Director at the National Film Awards, the first time ever by a first-time film composer. Rahman has since then gone on to win the award three more times . His soundtracks gained him recognition in the Tamil Nadu film industry and across the world for his stylistic versatality in his pieces including in Western classical, Carnatic, Traditional/folk, jazz, reggae and rock music. Rangeela, directed by Ram Gopal Varma, marked Rahman’s debut for Hindi–language films, made in the Mumbai film industry.
Rahman has been involved in several projects aside from film. He made an album Vande Mataram (1997) on India’s 50th anniversary of independence to commercial success. He followed it up with an album for the Bharat Bala–directed video Jana Gana Mana, a conglomeration of performances by many leading exponents/artists of Indian classical music. Rahman has written jingles for ads and composed several orchestrations for athletic events, T.V. and internet media publications, documentaries and short films.
In 1999, Rahman, along with choreographers Shobhana and Prabhu Deva Sundaram and a Tamil cinema dancing troupe performed with Michael Jackson in Munich, Germany, for his “Michael Jackson and Friends Concert.” In 2002, he composed his maiden stage production Bombay Dreams (2002) following a commission from musical theatre composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, a success in London’s West End. With Finnish folk music band Värttinä, he wrote the music for The Lord of the Rings theatre production and in 2004, Rahman composed the piece “Raga’s Dance” for Vanessa-Mae’s album Choreography.
In the last six years, Rahman has performed three successful world tours of his concerts to audiences in Singapore, Australia, Malaysia, Dubai, UK, Canada, the US and India .
Rahman is the 1995 recipient of the Mauritius National Award and the Malaysian Award for contributions to music. He was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for his first West-End production. A four time National Award winner and conferred the Padma Shri from the Government of India, Rahman has received six awards for Best Music at the Tamil Nadu State Film Awards and eleven awards for his scores at the Filmfare and Filmfare Awards South each. In 2006, he received an honorary award from Stanford University for contributions to global music. Rahman is also nominated for a Golden Globe for Slumdog Millionaire in the category of Best Original Score.
Raj Television Network's maiden production venture "Kadhalna Summa Illai" will hit the screens for Pongal. At a time when, movies from Malayalam remakes have become a norm in Kollywood, director Illankannan has opted to redo a blockbuster Telugu movie "Gamyam".
The movie features Ravikrishna, Kamalinee Mukherjee and newcomer Sharvanand in the lead roles. Speaking about the movie, Illankannan said, 'Kadhalna Summa Illai is a feel-good film that revolves around these three personalities. Ravikrishna and Sharvanand have played their part well. Kamalinee is a rare talent who combines good looks and performance. Sharvanand enacted the same role in the original too.'
Raj TV, a prominent Tamil satellite Channel, is foraying to film production with this movie. Thanking the production house, Illankannan says, 'they had given me enough liberty. The movie has enough thrills and spills in it. It is about two youths, who have different outlooks on life and are opposite to each other. They meet and begin a journey together. What happens next between them forms the crux'.
The major highlight of the movie is a 'thiruvizha' song shot in an extravagant manner. The song featuring Ravikrishna and Tejashree was shot at Prasad Studios where a huge set was erected by GK.
According to Ravikrishna, this would be a trend-setting film. Illankannan is a youthful director. I am happy and thrilled to have been involved in the project.
Due credit should be given to every member of the crew. All of them have worked hard, Ravikrishna says and adds, 'it is a different film from my earlier ones. I play an easy-go-lucky youth, who is never serious about anything in his life'.
On his part, Sharvanand, says, 'I feel privileged to have made my debut in Tamil with such a good script. The script is a proven-winner in Telugu. But, Illankannan deserves all credit for making necessary changes in the script to suit the Tamil audience'.
Vincent, a former associate of P.C Sreeram, has cranked the camera. Nasser, Ilavarasu and Crazy Mohan are also in the cast. Vidyasagar, Anil and Manisharma have scored music for the film.
Villu produced by Ayngaran International. It is the only film that exhibitors are willing to pay reasonable MG, while other films they are only taking the bookings.
As of now the release schedule is as follows-
AVM’s A Aa E Ee on Friday, January 9. The buzz on the “feel good family movie” is good, due to the 360 degree publicity campaign carried out by the producers. It is releasing worldwide in 85 screens, which is impressive for a small film.
Ayngaran International’s Villu, is releasing in nearly 432 screens worldwide on Monday, January 12. It is a very wide release with 155 of them in overseas markets, the highest ever for a Tamil film. In Kerala, a Vijay fortress it is releasing in nearly 70 screens like a big Mohanlal or Mammootty film! The film releasing two days before the festival day is going to take a gargantuan opening.
Sun Pictures has already bombarded its viewers with Padikkathavan trailer. The Dhanush-Tamannaah starrer will release in 250 screens worldwide, Dhanush’s biggest ever release. A lot is riding on the film releasing on Pongal Day January 14, for Dhanush, as he is on the verge of a hat-trick of hits.
Raj TV’s Kathal Na Summa Illa has announced more than a week back that they will be releasing for Pongal and has also published a theatre listing. The film may have only a limited release on Pongal Day, Jan 14, as theatres prefer the biggies.
Captain Vijaykanth’s Engal Asan is also scheduled to release on Pongal Day, January 14, all over Tamilnadu. The film is getting more theatre bookings from B and C than the A centers.
The above five films have got theatre bookings in most places, while Guru En Aalu, Newtonin 3am Vidhi, Perumal, which had also announced Pongal release has now backed out due to lack of screens.
Posted by N.THYAGARAJAN at Wednesday, January 07, 2009