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.

Comedy genre registers TRP rise in Tamil space

Comedy programming has emerged as the new flavour of Tamil television. Two new comedy channels - Aditya and Siripoli were launched last month, dedicated exclusively to humour by Sun TV Network and Kalaignar Television Network respectively.
A spokesperson from Sun TV Network says, "The aim is to provide laughter and fun to millions of viewers across the state. The Aditya programming includes comedy film clips, comedy songs, candid camera and stand up comedy shows."
Sujit Kumar, director, Social Media India, which has the marketing rights for Siripoli, says, "Tamil audience is excited about the humour quotient. We saw the potential for a full-fledged comedy channel and launched it."

In a bid to lure more viewers, most of the Tamil general entertainment channels (GEC) and music channels, have switched over to airing comedy clips from Tamil films between 9.30 pm and 11 pm during the last one year.

All those channels which replaced daily soaps with comedy clips have registered a remarkable rise in their TRPs. In the recent time, all the women-oriented daily soaps have shown a decline in viewership, according to the research data by TAM Media.

In the Tamil Nadu market, what sells best is Tamil film comedy clips of Vadivel, Vivekh, Senthil and Goundamani, Nagesh and the golden oldies — N S Krishnan, Thangavelu, M R Radha and Thengai Sreenivasan. The comedy scenes of Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth and Vijay are also extremely popular among young viewers.

Sun TV Network already has a comedy channel, called Comedy Thirai, which operates only for its DTH platform Sun Direct. Meanwhile, both Aditya and Siripoli are available across cable and leading direct-to-home (DTH) platforms.

PERIOD FILMS A NEW TREND IN TAMIL CINEMA.


The success of Subramaniapuram has encouraged many a producer to go in for period films. The film set in the eighties is this year’s biggest box office hit and as usual other’s having followed suit. Madrasapattinam directed by Vijay, recently launched is set in the pre- independent period and director Chimbudevan’s Irumbu Kottai Muraatu Singum is set in the 17th century. A film nearing completion is Ayirthil Oruvan which has major portion set in 18th century. It is directed by Selvaraghavan and has Karthi and Reema Sen

Tamil cinema has period films about historical characters and about Kings and their battles set in unspecified period but now stories of ordinary men set in the bygone era is something new to filmdom and the success of Subramaniapuram has inspired many felt film historian Film News Anandan. Kamal Hassan’s Hey Ram set in the partition days was a dud at the box office while his recent offering Dasavathram which starts off from the 12th century to the present era was a hit. Soon to hit the screen is Priyadarsan directed Kanchivaram set in the late forties speaks about the communist movement in the silk weavers town and Cheran directed Pokkisham has portions of the film happenings taking place during the seventies.
In 2006 Chimbudevan directed Imasai Arasan 3M Pulikesi a spoof on the palace politics set in the 18th century and was a blockbuster hit. Shooting a period film is no joke says Sasikumar who directed Subramaniapuram. “ I did lot of research about the way people looked in the Madurai of 80’s and also how the streets looked. I collected many memorabilia to put in the film scenes . Since I was doing a period film the producers would shy away because it costs more and here I had no star in the cast. So I decided to produce it myself,” says the director who recently was awarded for his work in a function organized by a Malayalam channel and a leading vernacular daily. A Tamil film director sitting with likes of Mammooty and Mohanlal and being the only non Malayalee to receive the awards was like a dream said Sasikumar.

Mar 4, 2009

LECTURE ON KAMBA RAMAYANAM BY ACTOR SIVAKUMAR


Veteran Actor also known as Margandeya ( evergreen hero) of the Tamil films Sivakumar gave away lecture on the essence of Kamba Ramayanam. The oratory was in Tamil, which he gave it to the students of Erode Thindal Vellalar College in Coimbatore.

According to the actor, in order to convey the essence of the Kamba Ramayanam to the younger generation in a subtle manner, he chose 1000 couplets, which contained the crux and message of Ramayanam from Kambar's works.

Sivakumar reportedly narrated this in about two and a half hours which was witnessed by over 5000 students including professors and Tamil research scholars.

The compact disk of the event is planned for release on March 10 at Four Frames Preview Theatre Chennai.

Mar 3, 2009

Coke and Pepsi war in South India

Actor Vijay has been chosen as brand ambassador of the Coca Cola one of South India's
- Coca Cola and PepsiCo India - are ready for an massive marketing war in the four southern states.
Coca Cola India has roped in Tamil actor Vijay as the company's face for Tamil Nadu. The flavoured water giant has signed a one-year contract with Vijay, wherein the actor will endorse the cola drink of the company.
"Vijay has endorsed Coca Cola between 2000 and 2003. But the brand was growing at a rapid rate in Tamil Nadu at that point of time and the company decided to move ahead without any celebrity." an Coca Cola official said.
"When we decided to have a face in Tamil Nadu this time round, Vijay was the first choice because of the good rapport the company had shared with the actor in the previous contract," the Coke official added.

The company will be releasing TV commercials featuring Vijay from the second week of March across all the leading Tamil channels. Coca Cola already has signed up with actors Mahesh Babu and Ganesh for Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.

"Apart from this south Indian actresses Trisha and Genelia have also been signed contracts with us to endorse our Fanta and Fanta Apple brands respectively," the Coke official added.

On the other hand, PepsiCo India, in an attempt to take on the iconic rival Thums Up in its stronghold Andhra Pradesh has signed on Telugu movie actor Ram Charan Teja to endorse Pepsi in Andhra Pradesh as part of the company's ongoing 'youngistaan' campaign.

the local flavour." The ad agency has been associated with PepsiCo for 20 years now. They have been shot by Rajesh Krishnan, a Tamilian based out of Mumbai, he added.

While the new advertisements hit the screen at prime time on Monday across the south, the all-India version would be released on February 25. "Despite the general recession, the orange drink has seen a healthy double-digit growth in the last six months of 2008 and in the early weeks of 2009. We expect it to grow further with the summer season setting in," Alpana said.

According to her, the company had already kick-started its aggressive campaigning for 2009 summer across all media starting with Pongal season in south. In the north, ad campaigns will be launched around Holi.