Feb 24, 2009

KAMAL LAUNCHES KALAIGNAR TV'S SIRIPPOLI CHANNEL


Kalaignar TV launched their brand new 24 hour comedy channel 'Sirippoli', at a function at Taj Coromandal on Saturday.

Kamal Hassan launched the channel, in the presence of Tamil films comedians like Manobala, Charly, Vyapuri, M.S Bhaskar, Napolean and others.

Social Media India Ltd, a leading media and entertainment marketing and advertising sales partner of Kalaignar TV, will market the new comedy channel. They had earlier made Kalaignar's music channel Isaiaruvi a huge hit.

Before launching the show Kamal was sang few lines of his famous song 'Panneer Pushpangale...' at the request of the event's host Vijay Aadhiraj.

Kamal said after the formal launch, "I sang this song when I was just starting out and was busy in Malayalam films, and Ilayaraja who was the music director helped me to get the pronunciation of the words in Tamil correctly, as I had a very heavy Malayalam accent then..."

He further requested, "Almost all the media representatives and film industry people mention Tamil Film Industry as Kollywood, It is very ugly and the funniest thing, please don't do the same insult again and again to our film industry that produces legends and so many new talents.."

Feb 20, 2009

ARYA'S ANOTHER FILM


After Nan Kadavul, Arya has become a hot property in Kollywood and is sought after by many reputed production houses and directors. One such film is 'Madrasapattinam', a period film of epic properties with mega budget to make it happen. This film is to be directed by Vijay, who had directed Ajith starrier 'Kireedam'and also the acclaimed film 'Poi Solla Porom'. The film,is set in 1945 and promises to take the audience to that era with its no holds barred extravagant settings.

The hunt for a foreign lady to act as the lead pair in this love story is on. G V Prakash scroes the music and the success combination include, cameraman Nirav shah too.

The film is produced by Kalpathi S Aghoram's AGS Entertainment Company. This is the third Tamil film for the producer who had already produced successful hits like, 'Thiruttu Payale' and 'Santhosh Subramaniyam'.
Vijay handles the story, screenplay and dialogues besides wielding the megaphone

AJITH'S SISTER ENTERS WEDLOCK




















Thala Ajith's younger sister recently got married. The marriage was very simple with a very few invitees from film world. Please enjoy the photos herein published for our blog's readers.

Feb 18, 2009

VIJAYAKANTH IN VIKRAMAN'S NEXT FILM


After Vaanathaipola, director Vikraman and hero Vijaykanth are together again in Amma Creations T.Shiva produced Mariyadhai.

The entire cast and crew of the film was introduced at a press conference recently. In the meeting, the director announced that the film's shooting was complete and will hit the screens soon.

Vikraman, said, "We have completed the entire talkie portion of the film in 52 days and a few song sequences have to be completed in Australia in a couple of weeks..."

Mariyadhai has Vijaykanth in the lead along with Meera Jasmine, Meena, Ambika, Ramesh Kanna and Sampath.

Says Vijaykanth, "It is a feel-good family entertainment, with melodious music by Vijay Antony. The story and treatment by Vikraman will be the highlight of the film. I hope that the film will be mega hit of this year!'

The film is going to be marketed by Raj TV, who are planning to release it on April 10, as a big summer release.

RAJ TV ENTERS INTO BIG SCREEN

Raj TV, one of the leading Television channels in South India will be re-entering into the big screen with a bunch of new film projects. The Rs.385 million company will start its movie production work from next April onwards. According to M. Ravindran, director, programming and technical, the company plans to sign up leading actors in Tamil industry.

"Tamil movies that feature leading actors would cost around Rs.70 million. We can do a business of around Rs.100 million. The general entertainment television channel market is very competitive. It is becoming difficult for television channels to acquire and retain movie telecast rights. In the case of own movies, we need not worry about satellite rights while we'd be happy with the additional revenues," said Ravindran. The company had already produced few low budgeted Tamil movies like Sigamani Ramamani with Director Visu.

For Raj Television, the purpose of getting into movie production is twofold - broaden its revenue stream and retain the movie rights. Presently, the Raj Television group owns satellite rights for 2,900 Tamil movies. The company is planning to produce films in other South Indian Languages like Telugu and Kannada.

Ravindran further told that the company has plans to launch a 24 hours Tamil news Channel and a music channel. He also complained that Raj channels are not telecast in the prime band by Su mangali Cable Vision, the major multi-system operator in Tamil Nadu owned by Sun Network.

"We are eagerly waiting for Tamil Nadu government's cable television company to start its operations and regarding DTH service we decided to go slow at present and talking with Sun network to telecast our channels through their DTH " Ravindran said
Tags: raj television, m ravindran, sigamani ramamani, visu.

Feb 17, 2009

KALAIGNAR TV LAUNCHES NEW COMEDY CHANNEL

In the aftermath of Sun TV launching its comedy channel Adithya, Kalaignar TV, the DMK-owned TV channel from Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, has announced the launch of Sirippoli, its 24-hour comedy channel. Sirippoli would be formally launched on February 22, 2009.

Sirippoli will be dedicated entirely to comedy and comedy-related content, including comedy clippings from Tamil movies old and new. It is the fourth channel to be launched by Kalaignar, after the GEC Kalaignar, music channel Isai Aruvi and the recently launched news channel Seithigal.

Prior to the launch, the channel logo will be officially unveiled by Veteran actor Dr Kamal Hassan at an event in Chennai on Saturday, February 21, 2009.

The launch event, which will coincide with the first anniversary of Isai Aruvi, has been coordinated by Social Media. The sales and marketing of the new channel will be handled by Chennai-based company, Social Media, which has been handling the same duties for Kalaignar’s music channel Isai Aruvi.

K Sujit Kumar, Director, Social Media, commented on the marketing initiative for the new channel, “We have already finished releasing the print ads for the launch, while a TVC is being aired on Iasi Aruvi itself. Other than that, we have introduced some ground level activation by mixing up the Valentine’s Day celebration with the launch of the comedy channel and the existing music channel. Audiences of the music channel have been invited to send SMSes to the channel and 500 lucky winners will be sent free flowers at their door step. As part of keeping the humour quotient alive for the comedy channel, cauliflowers, instead of flowers, would be sent to the lucky winners. A lot of other activations have been planned to promote the launch of the new channel.”

Feb 14, 2009

SRIKANTH AND NAMEETHA TURNED JUDGES


KARPAGAM THYAGARAJAN

A new game show named 'Boys vs Girls' is to air on Vijay TV and Srikanth and Namitha have been appointed as the judges for this show.

Designed to bring out the best out of participants (from both genders), the show is expected to hinge around the ever popular 'whose better' kind of rhetoric. Keeping that in mind, Namitha with her 'designer-style' broken Tamil might be successful in wooing viewers especially in this 'gender-fight' program. Srikanth on the other hand is known to be 'softer' with comments.

The show has many rounds such as Solo and Duet performances, Concept round, Betting round and more. That paves the way for a lot of involvement from the judges.

Feb 12, 2009

TV channel tells SC that it does not have transport minister's tapes

A TV news channel informed the Supreme Court that it does not have the CD or any unedited tapes of the reports in which Union Shipping and Transport Minister T R Baalu had made derogatory remarks against Supreme Court Judge Justice B N Agrawal for passing an order directing ruling DMK party leader M Karunanidhi, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu not to enforce state wide bandh on October 1, 2007demanding speedy completion of the Sethusamudram project.

Times Now made this submission before the apex court during a hearing.

Jaya TV sought two weeks from the apex court for producing tapes related to the statement made by Mr.Baalu.

A bench comprising Justice B N Agarwal and Justice G S Singhvi adjourned till March 24, the hearing of the contempt petition filed by AIADMK Chief J Jayalalithaa against Mr Karunanidhi, Mr Baalu, State Chief Secretary L K Tripathi, DGP and two others for defying the Supreme Court orders dated September 30, 2007

The contemnors, however, denied the allegations. The two-week time was granted to Jaya TV for producing the tapes before the court.