Mar 30, 2010

NADHASWARAM’ BY METTIOLI THIRUMURUGAN




The shooting for the Sun TV Channel’s yet another mega-serial Nadhaswaram began in Karaikudi with film actor Mouli as the leading nadhaswara vidwan. The serial is to be directed by Mettioli serial fame Thirumurugan who had chosen more than 40 raw hands to act in this mega-serial. It is the story of a Nadhaswara Vidwan who has spent his life for the upliftment of Carnatic music, to put it shortly.

In this serial Mouli acts the father and the director Thirumurugan act as son. Besides, the new entrants who had no knowledge about acting were trained to act in their respective roles for three days. Actor Nazar’s Adavu Foundation gave them coaching. The serial has series of actors in the age group from 17 to 70 years.

Soon the channel will start to telecast the serial.

T.N.SESHAN TO APPEAR IN VIJAY TV


BY N.THYAGARAJAN

Our former bureaucrat T.N.Seshan hereafter could be seen in Vijay TV channel’s weekly programme, Naalum Namadhey. He will sit as the Judge of the programme and will select four persons among the 16 persons who were affected in their personal lives. It is a talk-show of the Vijay TV Channels and T.N.Seshan has readily agreed to become the judge of the serial to be telecast on all Sundays in the mornings.

There are a very few could who could do the proper judgments in their lives, and Mr Seshan is the right man while he was serving the government and after his retirement. One could realize the capabilities of this retired IAS officer through this Naalum Namadhey.

Mar 29, 2010

Anuya with an item number in Nanjupuram



Actress Anuya, who made her debut in Tamil film industry with Siva Manasula Sakthi, is all set to shake legs for an item number now in Nanjupuram. Well for those, who expect Anuya to be sporting her bootylicious physiques, it’s going to be a letdown. Yeah! It’s something we heard straight from the shoulders of Anuya as she says, “It’s a song that narrates the outline of this movie and there’s nothing to do with glamour here.”

Nanjupuram centers on an unexpected upshots occurring in a village that is brimmed with lots and lots of snakes. When the villagers are completely frightened about the deadly snakes, it’s up to protagonist to unravel the mystery behind outlandish events. Raghav takes on the lead role and scores music for this film while Monica stars opposite him in female lead

Shriya Saran to repay producers with interest




It's a very well known fact that Shriya Saran was supposed to pair with Dhanush in 'Polladhavan'. Due to last minute changes, the actress couldn't make up for the scheduled dates in spite of receiving a big sum as the advance amount.

Although, the film's producers had requested her to payback the respective sum, she never heeded to their call. With no options left in hand, the producers approached Tamil Film Producers' Council to sort out the issue.

Finally, they have insisted Shriya Saran to return back the amount with an interest of Rs. 5Lakhs. Previously, even Nayanthara was reported for not paying back the advance amount when director Lingusamy wanted to reduce her remuneration for his film 'Paiyya'. Off late, the issue was settled down at Tamil Film Producers Council.

Mar 26, 2010

SRUTHI HASAN IN MURUGADHAS FILM


BY. KARPAGAM THYAGARAJAN


After the tremendous success of GHAJINI, AR Murugadoss is all set for his latest project with one of the biggest production houses in the South starring Shruti Haasanand Suriya.

Shruti Haasan has been creating waves not only in Bollywood but also in the South. She had composed the music for UNNAIPOL ORUVAN, which garnered her lot of appreciation and is currently working on a Telegu movie.

With this new venture, this pretty damsel will be marking her debut in Tamil cinema. When we tried contacting Shruti, she wasn't available for comment.

Sources reveal that the music composer for the film is Harris Jayaraj and the cinematographer is Ravi K Chandran. Udhayanidhi Stalin will be producing this Dravidian flick.

Suriya, who will soon be making his debut in Bollywood, had worked with Murugadoss on GHAJINI which was a humongous success. Many anticipate the team to deliver another smashing hit on the lines of their previous endeavor. The work on this much awaited film will start this April.

Jayam’ Raja to become actor


BY. KARPAGAM THYAGARAJAN


M Raja seems to be the latest addition to the list of directors bitten by the acting bug. The older brother of ‘Jayam’ Ravi, who has four blockbusters to his credit, would don the greasepaint soon, if circles close to him are to be believed.
Confirming this, Raja’s father ‘Editor’ Mohan, one of the top producers of Tamil cinema, says, “Raja is very handsome and has all the qualities and skills to become a hero. We are planning to launch him as an actor soon.”
He adds: “We are currently listening to scripts from various aspiring filmmakers. And will make an announcement once we find an apt storyline and character which would establish Raja as a good actor.”
On his forthcoming ‘Thillalangadi’, which is directed by Raja with Ravi in the lead, he says, “though we are known for remakes, we always wanted to present something different. ‘Thillalangadi’ would live up to Jayam Company’s name.”

Mar 23, 2010

RADHIKA’S CHELLAMEY




Radhika’s Raadan pictures seem to be reaping gold in television. The company’s latest offing, the mega serial Chellamey, has successfully crossed 134 episodes in SUN TV. Raadan has announced in a recent press note that the serial will feature interesting twists going forward.

The serial has Radhika, Radha Ravi, Delhi Ganesh, Ravikumar, Sonia and Nithya playing prominent roles among others. It is being telecast in the 9.30 slot in SUN TV from Monday through Friday.

WATCH KAIMANAM

BY. KARPAGAM THYAGARAJAN

Want the recipes of authentic Tamil cuisines that have long been forgotten? Watch Kaimanam on Makkal TV on Saturday and Sundays at 1pm! Apart from the recipes, Kaimanam also emphasizes on the nutritive value of the recipes. A press note from Makkal TV states, “Dishes like "Kambanchoru", "Ellurundai" are in the array to enthrall the audience with a very tasty and traditional experience on the small screen.”

Makkal TV telecasted the Russian film Brother in the Ulaga Thirai Pada Varisai on Sunday 21st, March, 2010.

RADHIKA THE BEST


When the Who's Who of Tamil cinema is listed,Radhika's name will definitely be mentioned.
The daughter of veteran actor M R Radha, sister of actors Radharavi and the late Vasu and wife of star Sharad Kumar, Radhika is a much-acclaimed and awarded actress.
In her long career as one of the top heroines of Tamil cinema, she has acted with all the top heroes -- including superstars Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth.
She was one of the few people who could walk into late chief minister M G Ramachandran's house at will. She also enjoys a good personal rapport with current Chief Minister Karunanidhi.
Her latest avatar sees her as the successful producer of television serials, so much so that she has often been compared to Ekta Kapoor. She is also the main protagonist in her long-running serials -- Chitthi, Annamalai and Selvi.
Our correspondent caught up with her on the sets of her latest serial, Chellamay, which airs on Sun TV. The set was actually a by-lane outside a huge house in Valsarvakkam, a Chennai suburb.
The scene involved her walking down the street and into the house, preceded by a single camera. There were no special lights, very little make-up and no props. "Please wait," said Radhika politely. "We have to finish this scene before the light fades."

Mar 5, 2010

Paiyya release delayed again?



Paiyya (also spelt as Paiya), starring Karthi and Tamannaah, will grace theatres only in April. Paiyya is an urban story that depicts some interesting events happenings in the lives of a pair of lovers. The movie was shot in Bangalore, Hyderabad and Mumbai. The music of this Karthi-Tamannaah starrer, released early in November, is already a runaway hit. The movie is directed by Lingusamy, who also assured that Karthi will appear in a never-seen-before look. Initially, the film was supposed to hit screens on Pongal day, but got delayed as Karthi’s Aayirathil Oruvan was being released, then the film was postponed to February, and now again to April. There are also rumours that the delay is due to the financial problems of the producers

Suriya in RGV's Rakta Charitra




For years, Ram Gopal Varma has been working on Raktha Charitra, a story about the life of Paritala Ravi, prime suspect in many murders. At last, the story will be narrated on celluloid. The movie stars Vivek Oberoi, but the sweet news for South Indians is that Suriya has been cast in a pivotal role! The film is a trilingual made simultaneously in Hindi, Telugu and Tamil.

Now the latest news is that Tamil superstar Suriya is in Mumbai to shoot for Rakta Charitra. Reportedly the actor is learning Hindi to dub in his own voice> In a leading English daily, he said, “I have an assistant to help with my Hindi dialogue. I like to say my own lines. I did have a teacher in Chennai but that bookish Hindi won’t work in films.”

Revealing more on the project, he said, “When he (RGV) narrated this script to me, I thought I must be part of this project. Also there would be Tamil and Telugu versions. So I thought I’d get a chance to simultaneously be on home ground and try something new.”

Rakta Charitra will have actor Vivek Oberoi as rebel-turned politician Paritala Ravi, one of the most feared individuals in the blood-ridden faction politics of South India. Suriya will play the role of Maddalcheruvu Suri, Paritala Ravi’s opponent. According to sources, Suriya's role is almost equal to that of the lead protagonist.

Ram Gopal Varma's script reportedly lasts for about five hours on screen. Hence, he divided the theme into two parts: Rakta Charitra 1 and Rakta Charitra 2. While the first part shows the rise of Paritala Ravi from forest to ballot, the second part deals with how he was trapped in the conspiracies of opponents.

When asked about the Bollywood experience, Suriya said, “Bollywood has enough talented actors. I don’t think I’m needed here. Rakta Charitra required only 30-40 days of my time, so I could manage. I do have my commitments in Tamil cinema and I can’t give them up. Here the way of working is entirely different. I don’t know whether I can fit in. I don’t think I’d want to do run-of-the-mill Bollywood films.”

Rakta Charitra is produced by Madhu Mantena; Mani Sharma is the music director. The film also stars Shatrughan Sinha, Priyamani, Radhika Apte, Subrat Dutta, Ashish Vidyarthi, Sudeep, Zarina Wahab, Raj Babbar and Ranjeet.

AN INTERVIEW WITH INDIRA SOUNDAR RAJAN





The secret buried under the earth might go undiscovered but the secret inside one's mind will always remain for people to unearth it."

That's the intriguing tagline that accompanies Vijay TV's band-new Tamil serial, Yamirukka Bayamaen.

Branded a mytho-thriller, the serial stars Vadivukarasi, Master Chanakya, Sasi Anand, Anil and Mahalakshmi. Music is by Srihari Krishna.

Writer Indra Soundarrajan has come up with the screenplay whose main plot is developed by directors Naga and Ramji.

The fact that Indra Soundarrajan has written the screenplay can only mean good things for the serial. After all, he is the same man who gave us serials like Marmadesam and Vidhatha Karuppu.

His novels too such as Rudhra Veenai and Kottaipurathu Veedu deal with subjects ranging from spirituality, reincarnation to lost legends. They are usually supplemented by true stories, which have held the readers' attention for years.

In a tete-a-tete with rediff.com, Indra Soundarrajan reveals what led him to Yamirukka Bayamaen. Excerpts:

How did you come up with Yamirukka Bayamaen?

Legend has it that Siddhar Bhogar created the idol of Lord Muruga at Palani with Navabhashanam -- nine kinds of poisonous substances.

There are stories that he created another idol as well. After all, if I had, say, a block of gold, I wouldn't create just one piece of jewellery, would I? It seems reasonable to suppose that Bhogar did create another idol.

There is a Kurinji Aandavar Temple in Poonthottam, in the Kodaikkanal area, which is also of Navabhashanam, but this has been created in a different way. And two families are desperately searching for it, not just for the idol's value but because it's closely intertwined with their future.

How would you classify Yamirukka Bayamaen? Is it a spiritual serial? Will Lord Muruga appear later on? Or is it more like a treasure-hunt?

This serial has everything. It's a thriller; yes, but it's more a journey of self-discovery where the characters learn something new about themselves and the world around them. I would also call it a sort of treasure-hunt. It's like a mystery. Bhogar too, must have left some evidence about another buried idol.

This serial is like searching for the route to a city that doesn't exist on the map. Except that it does.

As for whether Lord Muruga appears, our perception of the physical appearance of God has changed in the last 100-150 years. Two centuries ago, people only knew their Gods in the forms they were represented in temples.

Now, with the growths of the media, we have these lords and deities liberally showered in gold. They look more like advertisements for gold ornaments than deities. We see God in a certain way, but the truth is he could assume any form; be anywhere.

The fantasy-thriller genre in Tamil literature is an exciting one. How did you become a part of it?

When I started writing, around 1978-80, this genre was empty [laughs]. I wanted to take up a genre and make it my own. Its not just thrillers that I write. I have written feminist and psychological works as well. Krishnadasi is an example. Right now, I'm working on Ranga Nathi.

When did you start writing for TV?

My entry into TV was in 1997. I'd been writing steadily in the 80s, and my works appeared in magazines like Anandha Vikatan. I had just finished my novel Marmadesam in 1996, when the call came for it to be made into a serial. The date was February 8, 1996.

When the serial was telecast, viewer reaction was intense. Did you have any idea about the cult-status the serial would achieve?

Absolutely not. The truth is when these serials were telecast, and the public were in a frenzy, it somehow never hit me. You need to absorb the reactions, to fully understand and appreciate it. I did not consider them as momentous. After all, many writers had attempted and succeeded before me, in this genre.

Who's the Indra, in your name?

My mother. When I began writing, it was the fashion to have feminine pseudonyms -- we had Pushpa Thangadurai, Sujatha, et al. I thought it would be better to have my mother's name first like a crown, if you will [laughs]. Soundarrajan sounds so tame.

Judging by the huge amount of other-worldly themes in your work, have you had such experiences in your life as well?

Those experiences were the reason I began delving in the subject in earnest. My grandmother was very fond of me when I was young. Many years later, one night, when I was in Madurai [ Images ], my wife woke me up at midnight. Apparently, my grandmother had arrived and was standing at our doorstep. I opened the door, but there was no one. My wife swore that she had seen her. Half an hour later, I received a phone-call: my grandmother had died at 11 pm.

These were the kinds of incidents that made me go deeper into the subject. The more I learned about such things, the more I began to understand. Today, you could say I have come full circle. I now know that there is a God.

The path of understanding, though, is difficult. Sometimes, you learn a great many things which you don't really understand. But this knowledge is necessary, even if it is just a key to a door that doesn't exist. Someday, you will have the lock to which this knowledge is the key.

Catch Yamirukka Bayamaen every Monday to Thursday, at 7:30pm, on Vijay TV.

MEENA’S DIVORCE NEWS



South Indian popular actress Meena, who married a software engineer named Vidyasagar, on July 12th, 2009 is facing a mental torture these days According to sources, the actress is not in a position to adjust with her husband and her mother in law and so is thinking for a split soon.
According to close sources, Meena wants to continue her acting career and so has a hand full of projects in Malayalam, Telugu and Tamil in coming future. But her mother in law and her husband want her to concentrate on the family leaving movie life.
For this reason, Meena has left the house of her husband and is living separately from the past 3 months. Moreover, it is also reported that, Meena also cancelled her Honeymoon Trip with Vidya Sagar, in the month of December for the sake of a film shooting. This issue got intensified and raised the blood pressure of her husband who slapped her on her face.
For this reason, Meena asked her elders to intervene in the issue. But thinking wisely, they did not turn up, as they feel that Meena is making a big mistake by deteriorating her marriage life. Now, this issue has intensified and so Meena wants a divorce from her husband at any cost.
Hope, she comes out of this trouble in a wise way and settles this issue amicably without any further fuss.