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.