Dec 8, 2009

CHANNEL BITS




MALAYALAM SONGS IN VASANTH TV

Vasanth TV is telecasting Malayalam songs every Saturday at 10am. Super stars Mamaooty, Mohanlal,Dilip, Manoj jeyan and Jeyaram film songs are the most popular one in this programme, this is a new trial in tamil television network.


VISARANNAI TELI FILM INKALAIGNAR TV

Writer Rajesh kumar’s short stories were going to telecast as Weekly stories in Kalaignar tv. Gravity entertainment P. Vijaykumar is going to produce this film.Weekly one story is going to be aired at 10 Pm from Monday to Thursday.

Dec 2, 2009

KOLANGAL COMES TO AN END


BY KARPAGAM THYAGARAJAN


The most sought after tamil tv mega soap KOLANGAL is nearing its end a couple of days, according to sources.It is the story of a family comprising the children of two wives and the rivil over becoming a great millionaire by taking various house construction project.Director Thiruchelvam has intricately made each and every episode with a suspenseful ending everyday.The serial has won high TRP rates in the market as per the story line Thiruchelvam takes leave from his friend Abi (Devayani) all the 9 characters in this serial are properly justified with their respective rolls.

The serial has won accolades from all quarters for its exposure throughout its 6 years term. One has to reap the good and the bad as per one's individual actions.The theory is well explained in KOLANGAL, there may be some set backs in the play for drawing the audiences for a long time with minor incidences which could be strait with anyone having commonsense.This was not done because for dragging the serial for such a longer period than any other serials so for they did.

Kolangal in short sets standard to other producers with its portrayal of its story with proper dialogues and scene sequences

Nov 28, 2009

CATCHY PLANS FROM CAPTAIN TV


Vijayakanth is now getting ready to create waves in television in industry. The actor-politician has detailed plans for to use his ideas for his political upliftment by launching 'Captain TV. According to sources, The Captain channel would be on air from January 15 of the coming year.

Captain Vijaykanth's brother-in-law L K Sudeesh is at the helm of affairs of the channel and started roping some of the best talents in the industry.
According to Sudheesh the new channel to be launched would become one of the top three channels of the Tamil language.
It is likely, that Captain might direct some of his own serials or soaps as is being done for a film to be released in the near future, the sources added.

Nov 24, 2009

Kamal Haasan launches TV serial ‘Abirami’


Television and film industry share a brotherly relationship and can co-exist, said actor Kamal Haasan.

Television was considered a potential threat by film industry when it began to roll out serials. It took time for people to realise that both are allied industries and can co-exist without facing competition from each other, he said at the launch of Abirami, a television serial.

“Some actors juggle film and television with ease, while some take time off from films to act in serials. Competition never existed between us,” he said. The reach of television serials was underestimated by many people in film industry, but the serials continue to have a strong impact on people, Mr. Haasan added.

Abirami would be aired on Kalaignar TV and it would be the comeback vehicle for many. After a few years of break, the acting career of Gautami will be revived with the serial. She plays the protagonist. Actor Kalpana is also returning to the Tamil entertainment industry through this serial.

On her project, Ms. Gautami said this serial would stand apart from the rest in terms of portrayal of the characters and is backed by a strong storyline. “Many veterans are part of the team and I am looking forward to be associated with this project, which I am sure would have a positive impact on people,” she said.

Vettaikaran Vs Paiyya mania



With a month left for the releases of Vijay’s Vettaikaran and Karthi starrer Paiyya, the films now had a near combat over small screens, as audio launches of both these films were to be aired at the same time over leading satellite channels.

For past one week, Sun Network has been airing promos about telecasting the audio launch while Kalainyar TV has planned for a Live telecast of Paiyya audio launch.

But due to TRP issues the program producers changed the schedule of Paiyya audio launch. Paiyya audio launch, which was a star-spangled occasion, brought together the biggies of Tamil Cinema together on dais.

The audio launch of Vettaikaran had the casts and crew sharing their working experiences, and the screening of exclusive songs from this film. The highlight of this function was Vijay crooning the title song ‘Naan Adiccha’.

Nov 17, 2009

SATHYA RAJ IN REMAKE FILM PASSENGER


BY KARPAGAM THYAGARAJAN


The film, Passenger, is about to get a Tamil remake. Starring Sathyraj and Ganesh Venkatraman in the roles played by Sreenivasan and Dileep in the Malayalam version, the film will be directed by Selva. The Malayalam version was directed by Ranjith Shankar. The lead heroine of the film hasn’t been decided as of yet.
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Nov 13, 2009

PRAKASHRAJ SEEK DIVORCE BY MUTUAL CONSENT


BY, KARPAGAM THYAGARAJAN

This year National Award Winner Actor Prakash Raj and his wife Lalitha Kumari (who was also an actress)is till set to get divorce, living seperately for the past one year. Now they came to the family court together and filed a joint petition for divorce by mutual consent. Judge with whom the couple was closeted for over an hour on friday, has adjourned the matter to November 18 for further proceedings.

Prakash first filed his divorce petotion in April this year, lalitha kumari however filed a restitution petition to be remitted with her husband. Later she again moved the family court seeking a monthly maintenanse of 2lakhs. Counsel for the couple have worked out an out of court settlement and the couple agreed to file a joint application for divorce by mutual consent.

Nov 9, 2009

KAMAL WANTS TO PRODUCE SHORT FILMS


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Chalo Chennai, says Kamal Haasan
In an international screenwriting workshop took place in Chennai, Ulaga Nayagan Kamal Haasan plans to produce, direct and act in some short films. He wants those films' stories should be based on the Tamil Nadu capital.
Speaking on the occasion, the actor said that his whole life revolves around Chennai including his appearance in films when he was hardly six or seven appearing in films in Kalathoor Kannamma produced by AVM."I am surprised to see the old Chennai onscreen," Kamal Haasan told reporters after announcing his desire.
"Can we imagine the sight of chariot hurtling down the Mount Road and people walking leisurely on the stretch? Our attempt is not towards making some money, it is recording the historic memory of Chennai," said Kamal Haasan, who is known for his experiments on screen.
Stating that he would wield the megaphone for one of the short films, Kamal Hassan said: "From over 250 participants of the Chennai Screenwriting Workshop, we would handpick the works of 30. That would be added into short films."
Besides Kamal, veteran film maker and director of L.V. Prasad Film and TV Academy V. Hariharan would choose the scripts.
The initiative was inaugurated by acclaimed French director and Oscar winner Jean Claude Carriere, who recalled his association with Chennai.
"For me India is south. It is the land where strongest tradition of arts exists," said Carrierre, who has penned the script for Kamal Haasan's "Marudhanayagam", which never took off.

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Oct 13, 2009

ASIN AS CARNATIC MUSIC SINGER IN LONDON DREAMS


BY N.THYAGARAJAN

Actress Asin is acting as a Carnatic musician and dancer of the South India in the film London Dreams. Asin who has really did Arangetram on Bharatha Natyam now has the chance to act as dancer in this film. Like Shobana who did her dance performances in many of her films, Asin now has taken over. She is acting in the film with Ajay Devgan and Salman Khan. The film is to be released on Oct.30, the sources said.

Aug 23, 2009

JAGADGURU SHRI SHIRDI SAI BABA FILM RELEASE IN SEPTEMBER


Shooting, post-production and censor formalities are complete for Jagadguru Sri Shirdi Saibaba directed by G Ramakrishna and produced by BV Reddy under the banner of SRR Creations. The producer himself plays the title role in this movie and the film is slated for release in the second week of September.

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

Aug 21, 2009

VAMANAN FILM REVIEW


BY KARPAGAM THYAGARAJAN

Film: “Vamanan”; Director: I. Ahmed; Cast: Jai, Santhanam, Priya, Lakshmi Rai, Sampath, Rahman and Urvashi; Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja; Rating: **
Seemingly inspired by the great mythological character of “Vamanan”, debutant director Ahmed has dished out a movie that is about an ordinary young man who gets into a tangle and emerges successfully against all odds.
After making a mark for himself by doing a couple of experimental movies, Jai is finally seen in a full-length commercial film that has loads of romance, action and humour.
Right from frame one, Jai makes his intentions very clear, delivering a performance that has influence of mass heroes like Vijay and Silambarasan complimented by his body language and dialogue delivery.
The story of the film is as old as a hill. A prominent minister (Delhi Ganesh) is killed by his colleague and a video tape that captures the crime goes missing. The murderer, who is an influential man in society, searches for the tape in connivance with some policemen.
As it happens, it eventually reaches the hero and what follows is the crux of the story.
Anand (Jai) wants to make a career in acting. He sets out of his village and comes to Chennai. He takes refuge in his friend’s (Santhanam) house, who works as a cameraman with a satellite TV channel.
Anand tries his best to find a chance to enter the tinsel town. One day he comes across John (Rahman), whose antics and valour impress him. And they soon become good friends.
Anand, in the meantime, meets Divya (Priya) at a railway station and romance blossoms between them. He also comes across Pooja (Lakshmi Rai), a model, and befriends her. The twist in the tale is that the much sought-after video tape that captured the minister’s murder by his colleague Anbu Chezhiyan (Sampath) lies with her.
Coming to know of it, the cops and Anbu Chezhian’s henchmen are behind her. One day she gets killed and the blame falls on Anand. He manages to escape from the police and meets John. Only through John, he comes to know about the tape.
Anand manages to get the tape from Pooja’s house after much search. It’s now the cat and mouse game between him and Anbu Chezhiyan before he gets a surprise in the form of John.
Jai manages to leave a mark playing an aspiring actor. In the company of Santhanam, he does evoke good humour. Newcomer Priya plays a typical heroine. She loves Anand, shakes a leg to a couple of songs and disappears suddenly.
Lakshmi Rai plays a role that she has been doing for sometime now. As a model, she wears stylish costumes and even does a pole dance. Sampath, as a menacing villain, is good.
Santhanam walks away with honours. His hour does evoke laughter.
The scene-stealer is cinematographer Arvind Krishna. His lens captures the wild chase well, besides picturising dry Chennai in a fresh tone. Yuvanshankar Raja’s music is a letdown. The songs are average and give a ‘heard before’ feeling.
The major flaw is that one gets a feeling of dejà vu as scenes unfold, especially in the second half. Also, the lengthy second-half badly needs trimming.
“Vamanan” had promised big, but falls short.

Subhavaartha TELEVISION LAUNCHES DIPLOMO COURSES

In collaboration with Bharatidasan University, Trichy, Tamil Nadu, popular Telugu channel Subhavaartha Television will launch Subhvaartha Television Technology Training Institute on September, offering three diploma courses in Television Program & Direction, Television Camera Technology and Television Editing.
Addressing a press conference in Hyderabad, Subhavaartha TV chairman Nehru Dhyriam and managing director N. Ashvin Dhyriam said that the minimum qualification required is 10+2 pass and admission is open to men and women with age no bar. The course fee is Rs 50,000 and can be paid in two instalments.
The media of instruction will be English and Telugu. The course content is modelled on Geoffrey R. Conway School of Broadcasting, a famous media institute in Canada.

AADHAVAN AUDIO LAUNCH




Some of the big guns of Tamil film industry including director Shankar and actor Vijay took part at the audio and trailer launch of ‘Aadhavan’ in Chennai Wednesday night. The film, with Suriya and Nayantara in the lead, is directed by K S Ravikumar and produced by Udhayanidhi Stalin.
In his address, Shankar hailed Ravikumar as a director of the producers. “The visuals of ‘Aadhavan’ are very good. Kudos to Ravikumar, Suriya and the entire team of Aadhavan,” he said.
Vijay, who received the first copy of the trailer from producer R B Chowdry, said, “Suriya is a man of hard work and commitment. I always admire him a lot. He has proved himself once again in Aadhavan.”
Thanking all the guests for attending the function, Udhayanidhi Stalin hoped that the box-office collections by ‘Aadhavan’ would surpass the revenue made by ‘Ayan’. “Ravikumar is not just the director of the film. He has taken complete care of the project. He is almost like a producer,” Udhayanidhi said.
Music composer of the movie Harris Jayaraj said the producer was planning to start a new movie soon with Suriya in the lead. “A R Murugadoss would direct it and I would take care of the music,” he said.
Tamil Film Producers Council president Rama Narayanan, Amirtham of Kalaignar TV, Vivek, Dharani, Sasikumar and others attended the function.

RAMBHAS SWAYAMVARAM ON THE CARDS


BY KARPAGAM THYAGARAJAN

It is reported that the Vijayawada-born actress has joined hands with a Tamil TV channel for the 'marriage reality show'.In this endeavour, Rambha has the full support of her parents, who have been trying to find a bridegroom for their daughter for the last few years. When Rambha came up with this idea, they gave their consent immediately, our sources say.
It is learnt that her parents would get half of the profits from the show and a deal has been agreed upon to this effect.
'Rakhi Ka Swayamvar', aired on NDTV Imagine had been a huge a success. Canada-based businessman Elesh Parujanwala won the tough competition to win Rakhi's hand.

Aug 1, 2009

KALAIGNAR TV TO LAUNCH KIDS CHANNEL

MUMBAI: Kalaignar Television Network that runs channels in the GEC, comedy, music and news category is now foraying into the kids' entertainment space with Chithram. The network has already acquired the licence for the kids' channel that will compete with Sun Network's Chutti TV in Tamil.
The network currently operates GEC channel Kalaignar TV, music channel Isai Aruvi, news channel Seithigal and comedy channel Sirippoli.
Says Kalaignar Television Network VP operations Humayen Ali Ahmed, "We are currently working on the programming mix of the channel and we plan to launch it in the next 90 days."

Meanwhile, the network is also gearing up to launch Kalaignar TV as Kalaignar Asia in Singapore and Malaysia to tap the Tamil audiences in the region.
"We have already got the government clearance for Kalaignar Asia and will launch it prior to the launch of the kids' channel," states Ahmed.
Earlier Indiantelevision.com had reported that I&B Minister Ambika Soni had decided to give composite clearance to all proposals which were found fulfilling the requisite conditions. The list included Kalaignar Asia.

FIRE AT AVM STUDIO

CHENNAI: Fire broke out in the famous AVM studios in Vadapalani early on Friday morning, destroying the sets of under-production Tamil film

Vettaikaran' starring Vijay and Anushka. The fire, which broke shortly before three in the morning, gutted floor numbers 6 and 7 of the studios. The sets for the film was erected on floor 7. The damage, according to studio sources, is estimated to be Rs 8 crore. Inquiries reveal that the fire was caused by an electrical short-circuit in floor 6 and spread to floor 7. The two floors are part of one large building, partitioned by a wall, facing the lawns of the studios. Floors are separate structures in a studio where several films can be shot simultaneously. Around 2.50 am on Friday, a security guard noticed smoke emanating from floor 7. He immediately alerted the studio incharge and fire personnel. "Fire kept leaping out of floor 6. Within an hour, the entire floor was gutted. Vijay TV had erected its sets there," a fire personnel said. A fire personnel at the spot complained that the studios did not comply with fire safety norms and did not have even the basic infrastructure to cope with a fire accident. KK Nagar police have registered a case and further investigations are on. As soon as the news spread, units hands of Vettaikaran' rushed to the sets and managed to retrieve some expensive cameras, lighting units and audio devices. "We had just completed 106 days of shooting in Andhra Pradesh. Here we were shooting a fight scene between Vijay and Telugu actor. The first day's shoot finished at 6 pm (on Thursday) after which we packed the equipment and left them behind. We were hoping to finish the shooting for the film in another 35 days. We managed to save the two caravans, one for Vijay and another for Anushka, and also equipment worth lakhs of rupees," a production executive of Vettaikaran movie told The Times Of India. The AVM studios started functioning at its present location in Chennai in 1949 (after having started off as Pragati Studios at Santhome in 1945, but due to acute power shortage during World War Two, its owner A V Meiyappan shifted for a while to Karaikudi). Hindi cinema, right from the time of Raj Kapoor, has enjoyed a strong bond with AVM studios. The building comprising the two floors that were gutted on Friday looked old-fashioned from the outside, but inside it was well-equipped to create a make-believe world. The studio was designed with foam, thermocol and coir, which only fuelled the fire and gave a tough time to the fire personnel. "We received the fire call at 2.58 am. At least 11 fire tenders and 10 water tankers were pressed into service. By the time we came, fire had already engulfed floor 6, so we concentrated on floor 7 to prevent the fire from spreading to adjoining sets. We brought the fire under control at 5.15 am. By 9 am, it was put out," divisional fire officer (south) Priya N Ravichandran said. R Gowri Kumar, manager for M Balasubramanian, the producer of Vettaikaran', said, "I got the information at 3 am and I rushed here after informing my boss. We are yet to come to a conclusion about the cause of the fire. We are assessing the damage to file for insurance claim.

Jul 28, 2009

NAYANTHARA IS STRONG IN LOVE WITH PRABHU DEVA


BY KARPAGAM THYAGARAJAN

After breaking up with Simbhu, the new man in gorgeous Nayanthara’s life is non-other-than dancing king Prabhu Deva. Though married, Prabhu Deva is said to be in a serious relationship with the actress.
The two came close to each other while shooting for Villu in foreign locations when Nayanthara’s parents were not there to keep an eye on her. This has upset Nayanthara’s father Kurien Kodiyatahm and mother Omana a lot as they were seriously looking for a suitable alliance for their daughter with the help of the brokers.
They have warned Nayanthara to stay away from Prabhu since he is already married. But Naynathara is said to be so deeply involved in the relationship that she is paying no attention towards her parents warning.

NAYANTHARA IS STRONG IN LOVE WITH PRABHU DEVA

BY KARPAGAM THYAGARAJAN

After breaking up with Simbhu, the new man in gorgeous Nayanthara’s life is non-other-than dancing king Prabhu Deva. Though married, Prabhu Deva is said to be in a serious relationship with the actress.
The two came close to each other while shooting for Villu in foreign locations when Nayanthara’s parents were not there to keep an eye on her. This has upset Nayanthara’s father Kurien Kodiyatahm and mother Omana a lot as they were seriously looking for a suitable alliance for their daughter with the help of the brokers.
They have warned Nayanthara to stay away from Prabhu since he is already married. But Naynathara is said to be so deeply involved in the relationship that she is paying no attention towards her parents warning.

VADIVELU DECIDES NOT TO ACT AS HERO


BY KARPAGAM THYAGARAJAN

Even after acting in more than 400 films, Vadivelu feels that he isn’t getting the kind of respect he deserves.
Recently, while speaking to media he stated that he wouldn’t be doing any lead roles in the future, “I have decided not to act in hero roles because I am being blamed if the film fails.”
He added, “so far I have acted in 490 films. My 490th film is Adhavan. Since I am bulky I am not able to dance. So I have reduced my weight by 5 kgs by doing rigorous exercises and diet. I have decided not to do hero roles in future. If a film flops, they are blaming me. If I say there can be little more salt in the food, they say that I am interfering in the production.”
“During the dubbing if I say that the lines can be changed they immediately comment that I am interfering with the editing,” rues Vadivelu.
He further adds, “If I say that the shirt button is not proper they quip that I am interfering with the costumes. The hero has no right over anything. If at all I act as a hero bearing all these inflictions, the producer with come with his family and axe the scenes. If I act as a hero all the responsibilities fall on my head. So I am fed up with doing hero roles. Instead of acting as hero in one film I can act in 10 films in comedy roles.” - SAMPURN

Jul 26, 2009

NARAIN BECOMES FATHER


BY KARPAGAM THYAGARAJAN

Glad tidings to all! Actor Narain– The Charming guy of South Indian Film Industry has become a father now. His wife Manju gave birth to a girl baby on july 22nd afternoon at 1.30 p.m. in Baby Memorial Hospital, Calicut.
Actor Narain entered into nuptials with TV Anchor Manju Haridas on August 26, 2007. It’s noteworthy that both of them fell in love while encountering each other on a TV interview for a Satellite Channel.
In his early days, actor Narain was a cinematographer and graduated from Adyar Film Institute. He assisted Rajiv Menon in various projects including Morning Raga. He made his debut as an actor with Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s ‘Nizhalkuthu’ and shot to fame with ‘4 The People’.
He made his debut in Kollywood with Mysskin’s directorial ‘Chittiram Pesuthadi’
We convey our heartiest congratulations to Narain and Manju and wish them success in future.

KAVYA MADHAVAN RULES THE DAY


BY KARPAGAM THYAGARAJAN


Yesterday was a very intriguing day for film lovers in Malayalam Film Industry with news about their popular star Kavya, planning to call it a day from her married life with Nishaal. Kavya Madhavan has also tried her hand in Tamil with a couple of films like ‘En Mana Vaanile’. The news spread like fire after it appeared as a cover story in the midday newspaper, which also stated that after having problems with her husband Nishaal, the actress is back to Kochi with her parents. The actress who got married five months ago, even while she was in the peak of her career was said to be regularly mentally tortured for the rumours about her relation with a top artist of Mollywood.
The TV channels all over the state then tried far and wide to get backing sources for the story and the people from every corners of life in the state were discussing about the chances about this developments in the life of their favorite actor. By the evening, many of the channels flashed that Kavya is heading for a divorce and she with her parents have approached a leading lawyer and filed a divorce petition. But today the popular dailies carried a different piece of news from her parents who states that there is no such issue between Kavya and her husband, and their marriage is not on the rocks. They assure that they have no problems to hide, in Kavya's life and every thing will be back to normal in a couple of days. Any how, the hungry news mongers are getting another confused story that may remain the lead for some days.

Jul 22, 2009

AVAZH ORU MINSARAM IN KALAIGNAR CHANNEL


BY KARPAGAM THYAGARAJAN


From 27th July monday to friday at 9.30 pm AVM's new soap 'avazh oru minsaram'.It is going to be a different story says the story writer Devi Bala. Produced by M. Saravanan M.S. Guhan, ArunaGuhan and AparnaGuhan.

Music ByRamani Bharathvaj and directed By R.K.

Watch this soap from Monday at 9.30P.M.

Jul 15, 2009

ACTRESS MEENA AT HER MARRIAGE RECEPTION


KAMALHASSAN WITH NEWLY MARRIED MEENA AT A RECEPTION ACCORDED AT CHENNAI.

Jul 11, 2009

MEGA TV AMUDHA GHANAM COMPLETED 600 EPISODES


BY KARPAGAM RAJAN

Aadavan the host of Amuda Ganam on Mega TV is keen to make his show more interesting in the coming episodes.
The show has Tamil old melodies along with interesting information about them. The show has compleated 600 episodes and is being watched by people of all age groups.
The theme based songs are a great hit among the viewers. A lot of interesting things are on the anvil in the near future says the director of the show. Watch Amuda Ganam Daily at 8 to 9 am and 9.30pm to 10.30 pm on Mega TV. - Sampurn Media

Jun 29, 2009

RAJASHRI MEDIA'S WEB SITES IN THREE LANGUAGES

Soon Rajshri Media will be launching Rajshritamil.com in four 4 regional content video websites like Bengali, Tamil, Telgu, and Marathi. This they had analysed before they foray into regional/vernacular video content. They have also launched a youtube channel each for these regional sites.

On the youtube front Rajshri became the number one most viewed YouTube channel in India with more than 100 million viewers. Rajshri Media part of 60 year old Rajshri group which is one of the oldest and largest entertainment group has leveraged its offline content repository and even made tie ups to scale its online presence.

Rajshri Media has a huge collection of movies,archived TV content,original content on its website Rajshri.com. It also hosts content of various other languages like Bengali, Tamil, Telgu, Marathi which makes it N0 1 media channel with a huge audience base.

What makes them hit in India is their content repository which includes all time hit epics like Ramayan, Shaktimaan, Mahabharat etc which make them unique and front-runner in providing the content which may have lost with time...

.Rajshri has been able to draw lot of eyeballs for the Web Video content but we feel what is even more promising is the upcoming domains i.e mobile which will gain more traction with the introduction services like 3G etc. We had reported that rajshri is soon to launch Rajshrimobile.com which would be a mobile vas download site. Rajshri can very well encash its early mover advantage in the web video domain and use the same for mobile video once the technology (3G) is in place. As it has all the content and has the capability technologically as well (given their tryst with mobisodes)

MEERA NANDAN EXPECTS HIGH FROM VALMIKI


“I will not do glamour roles. That means I will not wear revealing clothes in films. I know that taking the glamour route is the easiest way to stardom, but you will not last long. I do not want to mention names, but where are the stars who wore revealing costumes? What are they doing today? The life of a glam girl is very short in cinema, while actresses of substance have a longer run, depending on the performance of their films at the box-office,” says Valmiki Telugu film Meera Nandan.


The actress has decided to act in the film in de-glam roles.


While talking about her role in Valmiki she said that her character was very strong in the film and the film's director Anantha Narayanan had brought best things from her. She hoped that audience would appreciate her role in films. Ilayaraja has done quite a fab job with the music; let's hope the story and screenplay is as great as the music.


Jun 18, 2009

CHETAN BECOMES DIRECTOR


Small screen actor Chetan has become director for a Tamil movie to be produced by Sathya Jothi Thyagarajan. " Earlier I was working as assistant director for some films and I was waiting for an opportunity to be come a fullfledged director for a film. But my schedules with acting for small screen serials did not give me enough time. I told my own story to the director, who promised me to go ahead with the production of the film. Now I am writing the script and will soon start writing of dialogues of the film" said the small-screen actor Chetan.

TAMIZH PADAM TITLE OF A TAMIL FILM

By N.Thyagarajan

This is the title of a Tamil film to be produced by Daya Nidhi son of Minister M.K.Azhagiri. It is the story of making fun on the films produced in Tamil for commercial purposes. Mirchi Siva has taken a vow to find out various idiotic that are going on among the producers to make their films successful. Wait for the day when this film will be released, if it is released then it will be a veritable tamasha among the people of Tamil Nadu.

ILAYA THALAPATHY VIJAY TO START POLITICAL PARTY


BY N.THYAGARAJAN

Ilaya Thalapathy Vijay and a leading film actors of younger generation will be announcing about starting of his new political party on his birthday. His father, S.A.Chandrasekaran who is also an actor, producer and director is the stickler for starting the party. Vijay who is acting in his 49th film Vettaikaran would yield him a good result and his earlier films were flopped. The actor who claims that he has more than 20 lakhs fans would be joining or supporting his new political party from outside. Following the foot-steps of MGR , Sarath Kumar and Vijaykanth this young artiste will be heading a political party.

There have been vast connections between Kodambakkam film studios and the young film heros to start a political party, but Vijay's political party would not contest in the coming elections. Like Rahul Gandhi who did not like to become a minister, but at the same time woo youngsters in the Congress party, this young Vijay would strive to do several welfare measures to poor and as a first step, the party would start computer cafes in three places of Chennai to make the poor people to browse and deal with computer languages.

Let us wait and see, what this young actor has to say after starting his political party !

May 31, 2009

A.R.RAHMAN TO MUSIC DIRECT JAMES BOND FILM


It is after the success of Slumdog Millionaire Music Maestro A.R Rahman has reached new pinnacle in his career.
Now Rahman is all set to compose his magical Tunes for the next 23rd James Bond film which will be produced by Barbara Broccoli with the co-producer is Beach film fame McDougal. The film was produced with the joint effort of Danny Boyle. Danny Boyle is well aware about the talents of AR Rahman.

BIG TV ADDS TEN MORE CHANNELS FROM JUNE 1

The DTH service of BIG TV group of the Reliance ADA Group, is expanding its channel with the addition of ten more new channels. These channels would be made available from June, according to a release of the company. The channels would include KBS and WB and English entertainement channels.
The rest of the eight channels include leading regional channels in India; DD Podhigai (Tamil), NE TV (Telugu), India Vision (Malayalam), Star Jalsa (Bangla), Star Pravah (Marathi), Mahua (Bhojpuri), DD Kashmir (Urdu / Kashmiri), and TV99 (Rajasthani).
BIG TV would be offering these channels across various subscription packs.

May 9, 2009

UNIVERCELL VIJAY WARDS


BY KARPAGAM THYAGARAJAN



Univercell Vijay Awards in its third year has kicked off well and the audience participation has increased this time around. The publicity van ‘Rasigan Express’ that traveled across various districts of Tamil Nadu was received well.
The year 2008, witnessed some great works in the Tamil film industry and the 118 films which were released during the year captivated most of the Tamil audiences. Like in the past, this year too viewers will get a chance to cast their vote for their Favorite stars under 5 Category - Favorite Hero, Favorite Heroine, Favorite Film, Favorite Director and Favorite Song.
The Jury Members, Actor/Director Prathap Pothan, Popular Writer/Director/Producer Yugi Sethu, Film Critic/Cartoonist Madan and Lizzy Priyadarshan will be introduced on Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 2pm on Vijay TV. The Jury will discuss the various parameters under which they are to analyze the movies that would be nominated.
They will speak about the 27 categories that are taken into consideration for this year’s award like Best Actor / Actress, Best Debut Actor male / female, Best Music Director, Best Playback singer – Male / Female, Best Villain, Best Cinematographer, Best Comedian, Best Supporting Actors – Male / Female and many more.
The year 2008 saw the maximum number of releases, when compared to the 25 years of Tamil cinema. In the first episode of Univercell Vijay Awards the Jury analyses on how acting has evolved from the Sivaji Ganesan era to the current cup of actors. The Jury members also discuss about the importance given to the supporting actors’ roles for the films released in the year 2008.
Tamil films are always hero oriented but the year 2008 was an exception; Films like ‘Poo’, ‘Abhiuym Naanum’, has the female characters in the lead and the Jury members also bring this point to notice.
With Gopinath hosting the show, watch the Jury members share their expert comments on the films of 2008 in Univercell Vijay Awards, this Sunday, May 10, 2009, at 2pm on Vijay TV.

May 3, 2009

KANDHASAMY RELEASE ON JUNE 12




BY KARPAGAM THYAGARAJAN




This year’s biggest release, Sushi Ganesan’s Kandhasamy, will now release on June 12, more than a month after its initial release date. The film’s audio release will now take place on May 10. Kandhasamy is Tamil cinema’s first superhero movie and sees Vikram, Shreya and the late Raghuvaran in the lead roles. Producer S Dhanu has spent a small fortune in marketing the movie in a huge way through a series of slickly packaged trailers and teasers. Kandhasamy will be the first Indian film to release simultaneously in the major Indian languages as well as Italian, Spanish and English

May 1, 2009

SUN TV NETWORK GETS RIGHTS TO PRODUCE HINDI VERSION POLICE POLICE

The Sun TV Network has bagged the Tamil version rights of the Hindi language Police Police which recently received A from the Censor Board. The film with Prithviraj and Sri Ram in the lead and Kamalini Mukherjee as the heroine was cleared by the Censor Board. Manmohan has directed the film and Chandu is the producer. The film is produced in Tamil and Telugu.
The post-production works are now going on. The film will be released in Telugu and Tamil on the same date. The producer and director claim that the film is quite different from the many police films that have been made so far. The film will enthrall all sections of the audience, claim the film makers.

POKKISHAM AUDIO RELEASE IN CHENNAI


The audio release of Cheran’s Pokkisham was held on Sunday, the 19th April at Kalaignar television studio in Chennai. The event was telecast live on TV and was attended by many of the industry’s top directors who expressed their faith in Cheran’s ability to mesmerize the audience with his creations. The CD of Pokkisham was formally released and two songs were screened for those present.
Cheran spoke and said that the film is all about love. The story is set in the 70s and the love will have all the charm of that era; when love happened slowly but steadily where a strong emotional chord was formed between the two lovers even before they confessed their love to each other. The film will take us through the myriad emotions that two such lovers go through. Cheran plays the role of a marine engineer (Lenin) based in Calcutta and Padmapriya plays a Tamil literature student (Nithira) from Tamil Nadu. Their love takes form even as they are separated by distances and that is said to be the beauty of the movie. “Everything that is said and done in the movie will leave an impression in the heart of anyone who has ever fallen in love” said Cheran and we believe him. As said above, the movie is set in the 1970s and that in itself necessitates elaborate sets to replicate the era. However, the budget did not allow for such liberties and Cheran had to scout many places before deciding upon a small area in Calcutta where the architecture was a throwback to the past. Small modifications to the hoarding and advertisements and the paints on buildings recreated the 1970s and brought it alive, as was seen in the songs screened. Cameraman Rajesh Yadav and art director Vairabalan should be lauded for their role in realizing Cheran’s vision. One thing that really surprised is Padmapriya’s role as a Muslim girl; she seems to have lived the character. She said at the function that this was one of the most challenging roles in her career. She has done a marvelous job. Perhaps, her previous experience of playing a Muslim character (in the Malayalam film Amritham) helped her a bit.The two songs that were screened ‘Nila Nee Vanam’ sung by Vijay Yesudas and Chinmayee and ‘Varum Vazhi Engume’ by Renjini, were soulful and lovable compositions. The picturization too is brilliant, not the regular song and dance type, but one where the characters embed themselves in our minds. The songs appear to be written and composed strictly with the script in mind and Sabesh-Murali have done a great job of meeting the requirements. This is the composer duo’s 25th film. Their score is soothing, melodic and all those good things that are so rare in our lives.The first impression given by the audio launch is that Pokkisham will be a film that will stand true to its title and be treasured by Tamil cinema lovers.

AT THE LAUNCH OF KAMAL & MOHANLAL IN UNNAIPOLORUVAN


The shooting of the Unnai Pol Oruvan, being produced in Tamil and Telugu, began at Hyderabad with Kamal Hassan and Venkatesh appearing in the films. The film is the remake of the Malayalam film Wednesday started its shootings at the Ramoji Rao Studios. In the film Venkatesh is playing the role of Mohanlal and Kamal does the same lead role in Tamil. Originally, Unnipol Oruvan was the title of a Tamil film produced three decades ago. Kamal’s daughter Shruthi Hassan is given the job of directing music. Earlier, the film bore the title as Thalaivan Oruvan Irukkiran and now it has changed.
However, the launch of the UNNAIPPOL ORUVAN TOOK HERE IN CHENNAI ON FRIDAY WITH MOHAN LAL AND ULAGANAYAGAN KAMAL HASSAN HAVE DECIDED TO PUT THEIR VALIANT ACTING. THE INAUGURAL CEREMONY OF THE FILM TOOK ON FRIDAY.


PHOTO COURTESY: THE HINDU.


Apr 29, 2009

NO WRONG ACTING WITH NEW FACES - MEERA JASMINE


N.Thyagarajan

Malayalam beauty queen and actress Meera Jasmine said that there was no harm in acting with new faces. Speaking to our blog she said, "when I joined in the filmdom, I was a new face to several actors and actress with whom I acted. I think there is no wrong in acting with them and it will not affect the experienced artistes like me. Because I always used to think of my own character in the film in which I am acting. I always give values to my character and how to do it without any mistake".

AMITABH SINGS FOR TV COMMERCIAL


Very recently Amitabh Bachchan has lent his voice by singing for Himani Navratna Oil to which he is a brand ambassador too. The commericial is directed by Sujoy Ghosh, who is also directing Amitabh's Aladin. Says Ghosh, "We had an amazing time shooting the advertisement with him".

Besides lenting of voice, the 66-year-old will also shake a leg in the advertisement. The jingle has been composed by Vishal-Shekhar, sources said.


The actor earlier had lent his voice for songs like Meare angane mein, Rang barse and Chali chali.

Apr 24, 2009

PAZHASSI RAJA IS NEARING THE DATE FOR RELEASE


Actor Kaniga's Pazhassi Raja is nearing completion. Kaniga who married recently actress Jaishree's brother Shyam Radhakrishanan has completed the work of Malayalam film Bhagyadevata with Jayaram. The actress made her debut through Five Star produced by Mani Rathnam. Besides she has done memorable performances in Autograph and Varalaaru.


The actress is an engineering graduate from BITS, Pilani has married Shyam Radhakrishnan.


Apr 23, 2009

DHEEPAN CHAKRAVARTHY COMES BACK TO MEGALA SERIAL AFTER A YEAR'S TIME


BY N.THYAGARAJAN

For the last one year, the mega-serial Megala has been running without the character Kalaiyarasu being done by Dheepan Chakravarthy. As per the story line, Kalaiyarasu, is the building contractor and head of the family is kidnapped by a gang. The story remains suspense over the whereabouts of the Kalaiarasu. His family consists of elder sister Vadivukarasi, wife Sankarabaranam fame Rajalakshmi, their three daughters - Gayathri, Sri Vidya, Revathy Priya and Bhavana Kalaiarasu are faced with a lot of problems when Kalaiarasu was dumped in a dark room. Meghala which has crossed nearly 500 episodes now, is again inttroducing Dheepan Chakravarthy as if he escapes from the imprisoned room of the goondas. But in reality, he seeks asylum in a car to escape after getting away from the room. But the very same goons take him to another place and when they tried, the car meets with an accident. In the end, Kaliarasan losts all his previous happenings and has become like a child getting admitted to a hospital.

Last week, when the hospital scene was shot at the ARS Gardens, the director of the serial Vikramadityan and his two of his associates Kannan and Dinesh wanted to give the real picture of the hospital and hence had chosen the ARS. In the hospital scene real tablets brought from a pharmacy and all of them were B complex with some syringes and injection tubes. Nearly 40 to 50 junior artistes were hired with bandages to give a good look of the hospital. They were supplied eatables like biscuit pockets, fruits like bananas and organge and bread too.

For each and every shot, both the associate directors of Vikramaditya were careful about the delivery of the dialogues in which an artist Sekar, who took recently VRS from a nationalised bank to deliver the dialogues.

In the scene, Kalaiarasan ( who is in a mental state of forgetfullness) begs two of the unknown visitors of the hospital to remind him who he was.

Meghala, according to many viewers, has a lot of female artistes than male artistes. It has Vadivukarasi, Sankarabaranam Rajalakshmi, Sri Vidya, Bhavana, Revathy Priya, Bhanumathy, 'Sethu' fame Bharathi, Sri Lekha, besides the leading artistes like Rajakanth, Raj Madan, Yugendran.

The serial was initially introduced to be telecast around 8 PM to 8.30 PM through the Sun TV Channel was changed to 6 PM to 6.30 PM.

Since, the election date is nearing the Cine Times are making out possible effort to produceas much episode as it could do for telecast in the Sun TV Channel.

Apr 9, 2009

Sun TV TO LAUNCH KANNADA AND TELUGU KIDS CHANNEL ON APRIL 12


KARPAGAM THYAGARAJAN


MUMBAI: Two years after the launch of Tamil kids channel Chutti TV, Sun TV Network is getting the Telugu and Kannada channels up and running on 12 April.

The Telugu and Kannada kids channels are titled Kushi TV and Chintu TV.

Aimed at children in the age group of 2-14 years, the channel will include local as well as international content. Programming will be positioned across different genres and will include comedy, action, education, reality shows and entertainment. Along with dubbed content, the channel will also show adaptations of popular programmes.

However, the company has not indicated when the Malayalam kids channel will launch.

Mar 28, 2009

TAMANNA AND SURIYA IN AYAN

Actress Tamanna and Suriya in the newly released Tamil film Ayan. ( Courtesy:The Hindu)


Mar 24, 2009

MUNAA IN KANDEIN KADHALAI


Munna is now acting in Kanden Kadhalai and Ellai. Ellai is directed by DON who is one-time assistant of Sundar C. Earlier Munna acted as younger brother of Prabhu in Mani Ratnam's Asokavanam and in Silandhi Priyamani acted as his sister.

TRISHA WITH CONTACT LENSES IN AADU KALAM


BY N.THYAGARAJAN

Trisha is now acting with contact lenses for the film Aadu Kalam. She is appearing as an English woman who talks in British's diction the English language. Vetri Maran directs the film. When approached Trisha says, that she has become popular after the release of Abhiyum Naanum. When asked about her acting in other language films, she refuted saying that the Tamil language is her love and she would not act in any other vernaculars, unless the character in those films brings her attraction.

NADHIYA REVEALS HER SECRET


N.THYAGARAJAN

Actress Nadhiya was maintaining a secret quite a long time. She did not disclose that she is an actor to her children. While she was in abroad, her children did not know that Nadhiya did a lot of films. It is only after her family moved to Mumbai she told them that she was an actor. Initially, the children did not believe her words, but she showed some of her films to them. Even then the children took that it was a lady like their mother. Recently, Nadhiya took them to Chennai to watch the shootings of Pattalam film last schedule. The children enjoyed their mother acting before the camera. Nadhiya, indeed a true friend to her grown up children.

MEERA JASMINE SEEKS CHANCES TO ACT IN TAMIL FILMS


BY N.THYAGARAJAN

Immediately after the oral announcement of the Malayalam Film Producers Council, that Meera Jasmine should not act or sign in to act in Malayalam films, the actress is so keen to act in Tamil films. Why this step was taken by the producers' council, is being secretly maintained, the actress did not mind but taking vigorous steps to act in Tamil films. She is successful in getting Tamil film chances. She is now acting in Malaiyur Mambattiyan's remake film with Prashanth. She is also acting in Adhinarayana. She is acting with the new face Ramesh for the film Thanthirasali produced by Super Good Films. It is said, that the Super Good Films has offered her Rs.30 lakhs to act in this flick.

BANU IN EDHIRMARAI


Mumbai model who has become famous by virtue of her acting in Thamirabarani and Rasikar Mandram films is now acting in Edhir Marai. The actress who fond of only to become a great actress, did not think about money like any other artistes would think of before signing in any contract. According to circles, the actress wanted only to act in good films with good character and story value.

FILM DIRECTOR SAVE KARTHIGA FROM TIDEL WAVES


Eversince, Karthiga has started her career she has been facing problems one by one. Recently, when she was acting with new face Vijayan for the film Alaiodu Vilayadu near a beach shore, a tidel wave had taken her inside the sea. She did not expect the attack. She rolled along with the waves and luckily the assistant directors of the film who were watching it dived along with the waves and took her back. The film's hero Vijayan who has to dive was watching it all.

CONFUSTION PREVAILS OVER JAYAM RAVI'S MARRIAGE


BY N.THYAGARAJAN
Originally the marriage of Jayam Ravi is scheduled to take place on June 7. The actor's parents announced the date of marriage publicly to all their family members and friends. But the bride's family felt that June 4th is the luckiest day for both. Hence, they demand that the marriage should be solemnised only that date. Following, this Jayam Ravi's family is in a utter confusion which date should be fixed for the marriage.

RADHIKA SARATH KUMAR TO CONTEST AGAINST P.CHIDAMBARAM


In the coming Lok Sabha elections actress Radhika Sarathkumar likely to contest from Sivaganga constituency. She will be contesing on behalf of her husband's newly launched All India Samuthuva Makkal Katchi, also known as AISMK party. Former Finance Minister and present Home Minister P.Chidambaram will be contesting from the very same constituency on behalf of the Congress Party.

Hence, once the announcement of the candidates completed, it seems the actress who is giving her duo performance for the tv mega serial Arasi, has to postpone her acting for the time being. According to Radaan officials, the actress is able to complete two episodes in a day, by keeping in view of the coming election's tour for propagation.

Will Arasi make it out in the election too, like her pinnacle of career in producing TV mega serials on behalf of the Radaan TV Productions, is a million dollar question that to be answered only after the elections' results are announced, say many.

Mar 23, 2009

YAVARUM NALAM TO BE MADE AS MEGA SERIAL


The film Yavarum Nalam, which was recently released as film and ran packed to cinema halls is likely to be made as mega-serial for a leading Tamil channel.
Director of the film, Vikram says, “In the US, popular films have been made into soaps. After years of tear-jerking family dramas, this would come as a relief for the family audience. They also won’t miss the routine family sentiments in Yaavarum... because the movie itself is based on a family that stays glued to the TV. It is going to be a double treat for them.”

ACTRESS JAYASUDHA IN CONGRESS PARTY



Leading Telugu actress Jayasudha got MP ticket in Secunderabad on behalf of Congress party. She said that in Andhra the Congress is doing their work sincerely for the people."I am very much like the Rajasekara Reddy’s ruling Government, so I left from Telugu Desam and joined Congress and I have been given ticket for Parliament election, Iam very happy" said the actress.

Mar 21, 2009

SNEHA IN MURATTU KALAI


By N.Thyagarajan

Actress Sneha is going to act in the film Murattu Kalai. The film which was produced with the very same title is to be produced again in Tamil in which Sneha will take up the role of Rathi who acted opoosite Super Star Rajinikanth. Similarly, Sneha is going to act in the Nootrukku Nooru film which was acted by the late actor Jai Shankar. Sri Vidya did the role in the old film, but the same will be performed by Sneha, according to sources.

Mar 12, 2009

Madhavan: Hunk of the Month



We love him, don't we? That naughty smile and disarming boyish charm, just makes him ever so endearing and we just let ouselves fall in love with him again and again! He's one awesome actor too. In Alaipaiyuthe and then Minnale, he came across as the perfect lover-boy material. Yes so he gets furious with his wife in one and sort of lies to his girlfriend in the other, but we oggled at him anyways! In Yennavale we saw a different sort of Madhavan, a silent sort of guy, but with Dum Dum Dum, he was once again on top of his Prince Charming act! His comic side is quite entertaining, and in Naladhamayenthi he just stole the show, with his naive Indian cook portrayal that has us laughing all the way.
But it was Run and Thambi that caught our attention more, because we saw a completely different Maddy. The action hero Madhavan that we just could not relate to the Maddy we knew shocked us by being all macho and menacing. His best performance however is contained in three classic movies, Anbe Sivam, Kannathil Muthamittal and Evano Oruvan. Maddy is no regular mass man, he has a formidable fan following who love that impish grin and admire his passionate acting. In Anbe Sivam, Maddy played Ars so well, that we actually despise of him on account of his small mindedness. In Kannathil Muthamittal, he underplayed the role so well, not even one emotion was over the top. And in Evano Oruvan, we trully sympathise with his character, even though we do feel at times he could have saved himself the trouble is he was a little bit more pliable. And it's in these feelings that he evokes in his audience that his victory lies.
And Madhavan's fan following is not restricted to Tamil audiences alone. Actually he is a household name among Hindi audiences, thanks to TV shows like Sea Hawks and Ghar Jamai long before his cinema stint. In Hindi too he has a formidable place with movie like Rang De Basanti, Guru and Mumbai Meri Jaan.
Madhavan continues to captivate his audiences in Tamil and Hindi. His latest release Yavarum Nalam/13B has him dabbling with the thriller-horror genre, a complete departure from his usual style of films. Maddy will be soon seen in some very interesting films like Naan Aval Adhu and Guru En Aalu in Tamil and Teen Patti and Three Idiots in Hindi. His Hindi movies are with acting stalwarts like Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan respectively.