Jan 30, 2008

CHIRANJEEVI'S FANS ARE NOT REGISTERED WITH MANDRAMS


The fans of the Telugu film Super Star Chiranjeevi who were produced in the court by the police after they allegedly attacked actor and Dr.Rajasekar for allegedly made scathing attack on the super star, said that they were not registered members of the Super Star Fan's Club.

CHIRANJEEVI'S MEGNANIMITY ! APOLOGISES TO RAJASEKAR


(N.Thyagarajan)

Superstar Chiranjeevi has proved that he is a gentle man who could not tolerate his fans are shelved in prisons. The fans were shelved in prison for allegedly attacking the actor Dr.Rajasekar. According to police,the fans attacked the car of the Rajasekhar in which the actor and his family members were travelling from the Hyderabad Railway station to home. According to the information, the attack followed after Dr.Rajasekar who allegedly made comments against Chiranjeevi in Hyderabad on Sunday (January 27). It is said, the attack took place at Panjagutta in the heart of the city, when the actor and his family was returning home from Bhimavaram in West Godavari district.

His fans were incensed over Rajasekhar's remarks about the superstar and reportedly went berserk and chased his car and pelted stones. Rajasekhar on Sunday had said that Chiranjeevi lacked political experience and that he would not join the political party, if the superstar floated one.

During the incident, Rajasekhar's daughter -- Shivani -- suffered minor injuries, while his wife escaped unhurt.

Meanwhile, an apologetic Chiranjeevi in a touching gesture, drove to the fellow actor's house and consoled the couple for the incident.

When quizzed about the incident, Chiranjeevi said:"This is an extremely unfortunate incident. I do apologize on behalf of my fans. Let's forget the incident."

RAJ TV CHENNAIYIL THIRUVAIYARU




( BY MRS. KARPAGAM N.THYAGARAJAN)

From Monday to Friday between 6 PM and 6.30 PM, Raj TV Channel is airing Chennaiyil Thiruvaiyaru festival with renowned musicians concerts like Kadri Gopalnath, Sowmya, Nithyasree, Prasanna, Vilonist Kanyakumari, Anuradha Sri Ram, and Mahathi. Those who could not afford to visit Saint Thyagaraja's temple, could easily enjoy the music of all these singers by switching on their idiot boxes. On the Bahula Panchami Day of the Thiruvaiyaru festival, all the musicians rendered Pancharatna Kritis of the Saint Thyagaraja which was watched by many viewers.

VASANTHAM REACHES 0NE HUNDRETH EPISODE


( By Mrs Karpagam N.Thyagarajan)

Sun TV Channel's Vasantham has completed its hundreth episode. It is story of ego clash between Akila and Jeeva who separates themselves. Akila gives birth a female child. Jeeva does not come and see the child. The story revolves around the problems faced by Akila. How the Akila tackles her problem is the suspenseful was described by the director of the episode Rishi. Cinmetography is by Naga Saravanan and screen play and dialogues are written by Vedham Pudhidhu Kannan on behalf of Plan V Productions. Chandrasekar, Vijyalakshmi, Delhi Ganesh, Shyam Ganesh, Vishwa, Raj Kamal,Afzar, Durga, Vandana, Sailaja and Azhagu.

The story is viewed mostly by house wives since it involves the life of a woman who foregoes her life with her husband when it is very much needed.

Jan 29, 2008

ARYA PAIRED WITH TRISHA


By,N.Thyagarajan

Actress Trisha has been signed to act opposite Arya in the next venture of director Vishnuvardhan titled Sarvam. There is another important hero with negative character in this film Sarvam for which director Vishnu has approched Malayalam actor Mohanlal.

Arya will be acting in Sarvam after his movie Naan Kadavul with Bala. The film will be produced by Ayngaran International.Sarvam has music by Yuvan Shankar Raja and will be mostly shot in Munnar. The movie will start rolling in March. Cameraman Nirav Shah will handle cinematography.

With ths success of his stylish Billa, this movie also is expected to be equally good in the style quotient. Trisha was heard saying in a recent interview that she would like to do a glamour role in Tamil as the one that Nayantara did in Billa. With her being signed for Sarvam, looks like her wish is going to be fulfilled soon.

DR.RAJASEKAR WAS ATTACKED


BY,N.Thyagarajan

Some unidentified persons, allegedly Chiranjeevi fans, attacked the car of Dr Rajasekhar, when he was going somewhere along with his family. They reportedly attacked the car with stones and iron rods. Besides Dr Rajasekhar, his daughter Sivani suffered injuries. Jeevitha took them to Apollo Hospital.

After getting the treatment, the children were left at home while Jeevitha and Rajasekhar went to Punjagutta police station and lodged a complaint of attempt to murder. Later they proceeded to a television channel office, and alleged that the attacking someone personally is not good to anyone. The attack is raising doubts as Chiranjeevi did not condemn the attack even after four to five hours.

But why he was attacked. The reason behind the attack is — Dr Rajasekhar in an interview at Bhimavaram commented that Chiranjeevi has no experience in politics and even if he launches a party, he doesn't want to join the party. However, he said he would also enter into politics but at an appropriate time. These comments raised tempers among Chiranjeevi fans, which attacked Rajasekhar at Hyderabad. Elsewhere in the State, Chiranjeevi fans burnt the effigy of Rajasekhar and staged protests by raising anti-Rajasekhar slogans.

PYRAMID SAIMIRA TO RAISE $775 FOR EXPANSIONS

Pyramid Saimira Theatre announced here on Thursday that it proposed to raise $775 million by April-May this year through three of its subsidiaries and the parent company for acquisitions and expansion. “By June, we would have invested $1 billion,” said P. S. Saminathan, Managing Director of the group, at a press conference.

The company acquired a major stake in London-based Aurona Technologies Ltd, a video-gaming and interactive entertainment software company, along with its top management, while three other acquisitions were in the pipeline. Mr. Saminathan said the company was scouting for a place either in Chennai or Hyderabad or Bangalore for setting up a special economic zone (SEZ).

Console gaming


Targeting the younger customer-base, the company was planning to convert at least 1,000-1,500 sq. ft. of space in every theatre in its chain into console gaming space.

Mr. Saminathan said the company was planning to produce 60-70 movies with an investment of Rs. 800 crore this year out of which Rs. 200 crore would be spent on gaming and animation.

The group turnover was expected to be Rs. 800-900 crore by the end of the current fiscal.

ATTAM PATTAM IN KALAIGNAR TV


BY N.Thyagarajan.

There are several dance programmes in many Tamil TV channels and they have made a craze among the youths.The latest one on Kailagnar tv Channel is "ATTAM PATTAM'(Monday to Friday 8.30pm).POOJA is the judge of the programme and dance master Kala is the director. Kala is already doing 'Manada Mayilada' another dance programme of the Kalaignar TV Channel.
In this Attam Pattam , the youths express their dance intelligence.This is considered the good opportunity to the young world.The viewers can vote the best dancers through SMS. The first prize for the best performer is Rs.3lakhs and there will be other consolation prizes.

Jan 25, 2008

AISHWARYA BACHCHAN TO STAR ROBOT OPPOSITE RAJINIKANTH



Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is slated to star opposite Tamil actor Rajinikanth in filmmaker Shankar’s science fiction project “Robot”.

"Yes, I have been offered the role and I'm very excited about it," the former Miss World said. "Working on the schedule has begun and they (filmmakers) are trying to make it happen."

Bachchan, who also featured in Shankar’s 1998 film “Jeans”, said she was excited to finally get to work with south Indian superstar Rajinikanth.

"There had been so many offers in the past that tried to bring us together but I hope this works out fine."

The 34-year-old actress said she has also been approached for international projects "Bhopal Movie", a film based on the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy, and Sir Ben Kingsley's "Shah Jahan".

"'Bhopal Movie' really got me excited…but it is going through the process of scripting," Bachchan said.

"Sir Ben Kingsley's vision of the subject is very unique," she said while speaking of "Shah Jahan". "He has shared with me his passion for the film and we have exchanged ideas."

Jan 13, 2008

ROBOT TO START WITH RS.120 CRORE INITIALLY


Rs 120 crore has been allocated to produce the Rajini Starrer Robot film to be directed by Shankar. It has been said that the investment of the film will exceed the money that was ever spent on any big-budget film from Kollywood, Tollywood or Bollywood. A.R.Rahman is going to music direct the film in which high technoligies are introduced. The film will be produced simultaneously in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi languages and it is not known whether the allocation of Rs.100 crore meant for all these languages or for the Tamil vernacular alone.


The announcement has concluded unending speculation in the industry about Robot, scripted first in 2001 by S Shankar, the reigning super showman of the south.


Shankar is said to have been allocated an initial budget of Rs 120 crore to give shape to his brainchild. After all, money should not be the constraint to create “the grandest and the most entertaining film ever made in India.” The total investment in the film will far exceed the money ever spent on any big-budget film from Kollywood, Tollywood or Bollywood.


Going back to the history about the Robot film, Shahrukh Khan, was signed on as the male lead for the film in July 2007; he was to double up as the producer of the film, as well. But, Khan had second thoughts about its potential and reportedly and commented that the script was “dull” and “half-baked” in comparison with the other films like Om Shanti Om, he was doing. The director, who was feeling on top of the world with Rajnikant himself commending his prowess as “excellent scriptwriter”, could not stomach such comments.


With Rajinikant’s golden touch and the creative genius he can spark in artists and technicians, not to mention the absolute trust he evokes among moneybags who sustain the industry, Robot has the potential to lift Shankar to the global league of creative cinematographers.

While Eros International, headed by Kishore Lulla, has built a successful business model around the release of 30 new films every year; Ayngaran, established in 1987, has been the pioneer in distribution of Tamil films in theatrical and home video formats in the international market. Eros produces and commissions mainly Bollywood films and distributes and exploits films. This is done across formats globally via cinemas, home entertainment, television formats and new media. It has distribution rights for some 1300 movies, including blockbusters like Devdas, Om Shanti Om, Munnabhai MBBS and Partner. Ayngaran had the vision two decades ago to acquire the international rights across formats of many Kollywood films that became blockbusters. It made a big fortune with earlier Rajnikant starrers like ‘Padayappa’ and ‘Chandramukhi’ before the latest success story Sivaji – The Boss.

One reference the word Robot alludes to is a dance style propagated by the famous Jewish physicist Sean Kirchheimer. The style that came into vogue ten years ago, attempts to imitate a dancing robot or mannequin. All movements of the Robot are started and finished with a lock, to bring alive the starting and stopping action of stepping motors in digitally controlled gadgets. The expert dancer is able to relax while maintaining the robotic illusion. Rajini’s fans recall that it is none other than the ‘style’ that Rajini has mastered in film after film; not only in dance but in fight scenes as well to thrash evil doers!

One important contribution to the high tech film will be from the new-age art director Sabu Cyril. Basically a graphic designer, Sabi cut a niche for himself in the 1980s with his freelance work for Welcomgroup and Taj Group of Hotels as well as giants like Lucas TVS and Madura Coats. He rose to be the undisputed captain of special effects for video albums and motion pictures. Sabu has produced close to 500 ad films so far, and the list is virtually the who’s who of corporate brands – LG Care, Pepsi, TVS Victor, Videocon, Blue Dart, Liril, Nerolac, Fair & Lovely, Santro Xing, Leher Kurkure, Kanan Devan Tea, Henko, Kissan Sauce, Milkman Cheese and Cherry of Britannia, Bru, ANZ Grindlays Bank, Aquafresh, Ponds, Asian Paints, Director’s Special Whisky, Tata Tea, Coca Cola, Timex Watches, Reynolds, Britannia, Akai TV, Fa Perfume, Chick Shampoo, Emami, Airtel and what have you!

Sabu was the art director of Shankar’s psychological thriller ‘Anniyan’, the most expensive Tamil feature film made in 2004-05, costing Rs 27 crore. The film, incorporating state-of-the-art special effects, became the first Indian movie to be dubbed in French and then released worldwide in French-speaking countries.

Shankar is also reported to have roped in science writer Sujatha to write the dialogue for Robot. Sujatha is, in fact, a 70-plus-year-old male, who has become a celebrity in his own right in Tamil Nadu through his youthful style of science fiction writing. The ex-employee of Bharat Electronics takes the credit for using the short story format for familiarising lay magazine readers of Tamil Nadu with cutting edge technology. Way back in the 1960s and 1970s, when other Indians were not aware of Telex and Fax, Sujatha’s fictional characters employed Instant Messenger and Internet for communication! The science fictionist cum engineer happens to be a classmate of ABJ Abdul Kalam.

Yet another celebrity, who will propel Robot to great heights, will be the one and only Big B. It is reported that the present day ad celebrity did not even bother to look at the script when it was known that ad film Czar Sabu Cyril would be the art director.

With such a formidable array of celebrities from various disciplines lined up, unlimited monetary resources provided to back them and the propitious hands of Rajini to guarantee results, India’s ‘Robot’ could pose a serious challenge to the Chinese dragon in filmmaking, if in nothing else!

Jan 1, 2008

MOHAN IS AS FRESH AS BEFORE


(N.THYAGARAJAN)

Actor Mohan who could not be seen quite a long time in Tamil films has been asked to do a role in Sutta Pazham. When our reporter saw him he appeared like as fresh as he was two decades ago who attracted a lot of women-folk through his love scenes with the then leading heroines like Poornima Jayaram, Ambika and Radha. His Andha Sila Natkal as hero with Poornima Jayaram and Radha is still remembered by many.
In Sutta Pazham he appears as a Hotel Owner. The police suspect the hotel owner Mohan for various murders and rapes that are taking place. Finally, Suba Punja as a Police officer finds out the real culprit. Vennira Adai Murthy does the role of a Psychiatarist. Manobala and Livingston are added attractions in the the film being produced by Bintex Creations. G.Kamaraj writes the story, screen play and does the direction too. Sri Shayam does the music and Maya does the Cinematography.