Thursday, June 30, 2011

"Makaramanju" on July 1st.

It has been quite a while since the film MakaraManju directed by Lenin Rajendran has been clicked in IFFK, before normal releasing and now the time has come for it public release.
The film is hitting the screens on July 1st and this marks the debut of the noted cinematographer and director Santosh Sivan as the hero. He is pairing up with the talented Karthika, who get alot appraisal through her latest tamil film KO.

The film is about celebrated painter Raja Ravi Varma's life at a certain stage in his life. Nithya Menon, Mallika Kapoor, Shamna Kasim, Vishnupriya, Bala,Jagathy Sreekumar, Saiju Kurup also includes the cast.
The film was met with critical acclaim. It was one of the five Malayalam films to be screened at the International Film Festival of India. It won the FIPRESCI Prize for Best Malayalam Film at the International Film Festival of Kerala. Makaramanju Special shows screened on June 28th evening at Sree and was full with VIPs and MLAs.

'Avalude Raavukal' - 2 with Prithviraj

As the remade version of old time hits like 'Neelathaamara' and 'Rathinirvedham' has managed to keep their producers and the viewers happy, more plans are out in similar lines in Mollywood. One film that is being considered for such a remake is I V Sasi's 'Avalude Raavukal' which came out in the late seventies.

One of the much debated movie of the time due to its controversial content ' Avalude Raavukal-2' will most probably feature a fresh face in the role that Seema has done in the original. I V Sasi himself will be calling the shots for this remake also, which will be produced by Liberty films. While the role done by late Sukumaran in the original will be handled by his son Prithviraj in the remake, I V Sasi is now busy fixing the actors for other characters of the movie, which will have almost all the sequences as its original.


Gautham Menon spills the beans on VTV 2

We had earlier reported to you that 'Vinnathandi Varuvaya' will see a sequel that will be titled 'Vinnaithandi Varuvein' and will feature Silambarasan as Karthik again, and will go on floors by December 2012.

The media was abuzz with reports on this, especially due to fans who were overwhelmed with this news. When a media house, published that the movie will go on floors this November 2011, Gautham wrote to the press saying he will be working on a project with Simbu but nothing has been confirmed so far, do note, he hasn't denied it either.

Gautham said, "VTV 2 is not confirmed. Reports about the film starting in November 2011 are not true. I am talking to Simbu for a project in June 2012. The script, the cast and crew have not been finalized. VTV 2 was an idea we spoke about but I haven't decided as yet if that's what we will be filming. Amy Jackson is not on board the project as yet. Simbu and I, we are in conversation about a film and nothing else is confirmed about it. It will be a pleasure to work with Simbu once everything is confirmed."

However, our reliable sources claim that VTV 2 will go on floor in November / December 2012 and will have Amy Jackson paired opposite Simbu, or, the Hollywood heroine who is being considered as the second female lead in Simbu's 'Vettai Mannan' will play lead in Simbu's 'Vinnaithandi Varuvein.'

While Simbu is currently busy with 'Podaa Podi,' 'Vettai Mannan' and 'Osthi,' Gautham is held up with his Hindi version of 'VTV' that has Amy Jackson playing the lead.

But looks like one thing's for sure, we're might get to see Simbu and Gautham pair up by 2012 end, whether it's a sequel to VTV or a whole-new-subject, we'll have to wait to know...


'Venghai' ready for release

Looks like 'Venghai', a Dhanush-starrer directed by Hari, has come out of a legal tussle it faced last week, for the producers Vijaya Productions are now planning to release the film on July 7.

According to sources, a settlement has been reached between Eka Chakra Media (P) Ltd (which claimed rights for the title 'Venghai') and Vijaya Productions, following which the movie is gearing up to hit the screens.

Last week, the release of the film was stayed by the Madras High Court due to a contesting claim by Eka Chakra Media. The company said based on its application, South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce (SIFCC) had registered the title Venghai in August last year. The registration was valid for one year and a further renewal of six months.

However, Vijaya Productions, director Hari and Sun Pictures, which had purchased the negative rights, had given the title to a film as Venghai, to be released in July, knowing fully well that the title had already been registered by Eka Chakra.

Staying the film's release, Justice V Ramasubramanian said that despite the title having been registered in favour of Eka Chakra, the very same name had been given to the film made by Vijaya Productions.


It's time to shoot 'Maatran'

Now that Suriya has completed '7am Arivu' and K V Anand is ready with the complete script of 'Maatran', it's time for the duo to start the film. We learn that the movie would go on floors after the wedding of Karthi, Suriya's younger brother.

"Suriya is extremely busy these days making arrangements and inviting friends and relatives for Karthi's marriage in Coimbatore (July 3) and reception in Chennai (July 7). He will be free only in the second week of July," say sources.

"Before the shoot, Suriya has to do some homework for his getup in Maatran, as Anand has asked for a more suave and stylish look of him. The shoot may start with a song which will be shot in an exotic locale," they add.

Produced by Kalpathi S Aghoram's AGS Entertainment, 'Maatran' brings together Suriya and Anand after the super hit 'Ayan'. Other members of the 'Ayan' team - music composer Harris Jayaraj and writers Subha are also there in 'Maatran'.


Monday, June 27, 2011

One more heroine makes it to Bollywood

Samantha, the heroine in Bana Kathadi and the critically-acclaimed Moscowin Kaveri, has been signed up for a Hindi flick. The actress is excited to bag the offer to star in Bol Bachchan, a film that stars Abhishek Bachchan and Ajay Devgn.

Samantha says that director Rohit Shetty approached her with the role because he needed a south Indian face to play that particular character. She has two Telugu films – Dookudu and Eega – in her kitty right now. The actress says that she is happy over the way her career is shaping up and is looking to make it big in Bollywood too.


Karthi, for a cause

Karthi Sivakumar has become the cause ambassador for Lysosomal Storage Disorders (LSD), and called for support from the media to create greater awareness on the disorder so that, many would come forward to help the affected children.

Talking to journalists in Chennai on Saturday, the actor said, "Experts in the field say only six out of 40 LSDs can be cured through treatment such as enzyme replacement therapy. I request corporate firms and other institutions to donate to the cause and lend a helping hand to the affected children."

LSDs occur when the lysosome, the recycling centre of the cell, malfunctions, resulting in the breakdown in the cell. Depending on the area where the cell destruction happens, the patients suffer from organ failures and muscular disabilities.

This is not the first time for Karthi to lend a hand for a cause. Recently, he adopted a white tiger named Namratha at Vandalur zoo and contributed Rs 72,000 (which would cover six months of her expenses).

He said, "Awareness has to be created in the need to protect the animals, and I would like to visit the various wildlife sanctuaries during my free time."


Jeeva's Spiral Dreams

A couple of weeks ago we reported that brothers Jeeva and 'Jithan' Ramesh, sons of ace producer R B Chowdry, are planning to float a production company on their own, in a bid to promote young talents. Now we have more updates on the front.

The firm to be started by the duo has been named Spiral Dreams. It will start functioning in a couple of months. "All that we want is to producer and present quality films," says Ramesh with an optimistic smile.

Happy about the response to his last week's release 'Pillayar Theru Kadaisi Veedu', the actor says, "It is a simple yet different story. Director Thirumalai Kishore has proved that he is a talented filmmaker."

Revealing plans for the future, he says: "Both Jeeva and I will continue as actors even as we produce films. We are venturing into production just because of our passion. And we have our father's blessings too."


'Enthiran' wins honours at IIFA

Awards and accolades continue to chase Superstar Rajinikanth-starrer 'Enthiran', Tamil cinema's biggest blockbuster in 2010. On Sunday, the Shankar directed film won three honours at the 12th International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFA) in Toronto.

The science-fiction mega-budget venture produced by Sun Pictures won awards in art direction (Sabu Cyril), special effects (Indian Artists) and make-up (Banu) categories. Incidentally, Sabu Cyril won the same award at IIFA 2010 as well.

'Dabangg' (which is now being remade in Tamil by STR and Dharani as 'Vosthi') and 'My Name is Khan' won top honours at IIFA, with the Salman Khan starrer scooping up six trophies in the popular category, while the best actor and director awards went to Shah Rukh Khan and Karan Johar for 'My Name is Khan'.

'Dabangg', which was the highest grosser last year, was adjudged the best film of 2010

The IIFA provides the climax for three days of moviegoing, dancing, fashion, music and a business forum aimed at strengthening ties between India and Canada - something event organizers hope to do around the world, too.

Debuting in 2000 in London, the IIFA's have been held on four continents in cities including Dubai, Bangkok, Colombo, Singapore, Macau and Johannesburg.


Sunday, June 26, 2011

Mynaa Mini Review-Tragic,yet beautiful

  • Stars: Amala Paul,Vidarth,Sethu,and Thambi Ramiah
  • Directed by: Prabhu Solomon,Music by D.Imman and cinematography by M.Sukumar
  • Plot was totally different, was a heartbreaking love story
  • The whole cast's performances was totally believable
  • Amala Paul was gorgeous even without make up :)
  • One of D.Imman's finest albums
  • Cinematography was beautiful and realistic. 
  • Pairs chemistry was genuine. 
  • Clearly, Prabhu Solomon's best film,till date.
  • Will be a classic Tamil film
  • MUST WATCH! :)
Rating: 4/5

My two fav songs : 

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Vijay Awards 2011 Winners List

Here are the winners:

Best Actor – Vikram (Ravanan)

Best Actress – Anjali (Angadi Theru)

Best Villain – Rajinikanth (Endhiran)

Best Comedian – Santhanam (Boss Engira Baskaran)

Best Director – Vasantha Balan (Angadi Theru)

Best Story, Screenplay – Prabhu Solomon (Myna)

Best Music Director -AR Rahman (Vinnai Thandi Varuvaya)

Best Singer (male) – Vijay Prakash (Hosanna – Vinnai Thandi Varuvaya)

Best Singer (female) – Shreya Ghosal (Mannipaya – Vinnai Thandi Varuvaya)

Best Lyricist – Vairamuthu (Thenmerku Paruvakatru)

Best Supporting Actor – Thambi Ramaiah (Myna)

Best Supporting Actress – Saranya (Thenmerku Paruvakatru)

Best Cinematography – Rathnavelu (Endhiran)

Best Choreography – Dinesh (Jilla vitu – Easan)

Best Team – Mynaa

Best Film – Angadi Theru (Aiyangaran)

Best Newcomer (male) – Vidarth (Myna)

Best Newcomer (female) – Amala Paul (Myna)

Best Find of the year – Karky (Endhiran)

Best Entertainer – Surya (Singam)

Sivaji Ganesan Award – K Balachandar

Lifetime Achievement award – Sundaram (Dance master)

Social Responsibility award – Lawrence

Favorite Hero – Rajinikanth (Endhiran)

Favorite Heroine – Trisha (Vinnai Thandi Varuvaya)

Favorite Director – Shankar (Endhiran)

Favorite Song – En Kadhal Solla (Paiyaa, Yuvan Shankar Raja)

Favorite Film – Endhiran (Sun Pictures)


Amala not in Indian Rupee

Mynaa fame Amala Paul, who debuted in films through Lal Jose's critically acclaimed Neelathamara, has denied rumours that she will be the heroine in writer-director-producer Ranjith’s Indian Rupee, starring Prithviraj in the lead.

The actress however confirmed that she was offered the lead role, but had to refuse since the makers wanted immediate dates in July, which would result in date clashes with her other film Muppozhudhum Un Karpanai. The actress also said that she loves to do Malayalam films, but right now her priorities are in Tamil.


It's not 'Irandam Ulagam'!

With a newspaper having carried false statements never made by Dhanush he set out to clear a few things this morning to his tweet buddies. He explained that although the date isn't confirmed on Superstar's return, he'll be just on time for everything.

And he went on to add that, the film he is currently working on with his brother, Selvaraghavan, where he is cast opposite Richa Gangopadhyay, is not titled 'Irandam Ulagam'!

He said, "First of all, Selva's film is not called 'Irandam Ulagam,' and I ain't playing a doctor." He also expressed that, he has written a couple of songs for this Selva's project and has crooned for a couple of tracks as well.

So what about his 'Venghai' that has recently hit the news? "And 'Venghai' will release soon, sooner than you think. God bless," he signs off.

We'll get back to you shortly with the latest details on Dhanush's project with Selvaraghavan and Richa Gangopadhyay...


Silambarasan’s name in Osthi

Silambarsan’s character in Osthi is called Vel Murugan, says a source from Kollywood. The star essays the role that Salman Khan did in the original version Dabangg. To fit in the role of the cop, STR is hitting the gym and is said to be doing vigorous exercises to tone up his physique.

Osthi has Sonu Sood playing the villain while Jithan Ramesh plays Silambaransan’s brother. The film is directed by Dharani. Richa Gangpadhyay plays STR’s arm candy in Osthi. Thaman has scored the music for this flick.


Silambarasan, Karthi, Jiiva, Vishal awed

A special screening of the Pillaiyar Theru Kadeisi Veedu was showcased for actors like Silambarasan, Karthi, Jiiva, Bharath, Vishal, Bhagyaraj, Sibiraj, SP Jananathan and others at the Four Frames Theatre in Chennai.

All those who had come to this screening said that they were expecting a comedy flick but were surprised at the turn of events after the interval. Everyone present lauded the efforts of Jithan Ramesh and were positive that PTKV would turn out to be a re-entry for its lead star.

The locations in which the film was shot awed those present at the show. Jiiva said that he never realized that such locations existed within Tamil Nadu. There are several twists and turns in the film and director Thirumalai Kishore has managed to keep the suspense factor intact said the stars.


Rajini shifts home for fans

The latest news is that Rajinikanth wishes to meet his fans. He will be meeting not just the district administrators of his fans’ club but also the fans who wish to see him in person and take photographs.

To facilitate his fans to meet him, Rajini has decided to shift over to a new house that has ample space to accommodate fans and well-wishers. Moreover, his Poes Garden residence may be unsuitable to invite guests because this might cause some security concerns to his neighbor J Jayalalitha, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.

Rajini also plans to treat his fans with feast once he is totally fit.


Priyanka Chopra thinks Suriya is hot

Suriya and the 7am Arivu team were shooting in Mumbai, recently. Priyanka Chopra was present in the vicinity and she came over to say hello to cinematographer, Ravi K Chandran, since the two of them have worked together. She enquired about Suriya, and said that she has seen him on the cover of a lot of magazines.

Apparently, Priyanka thinks Suriya is really hot and one of the best looking men in the country! Looks like Suriya has even more fans than he knows!


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Piaa Bajpai goes to Mollywood

After wowing the Kollywood audience with her bubbly attitude and strong performances, actress Piaa Bajpai is all set to take Mollywood by storm.

Piaa, who's hot property in Kollywood after the success of Ko, has already tried her hand in Tollywood with Ninnu Kalisaka. Now, she will soon be seen acting opposite Prithviraj and Sasikumar in a Malayalam film Masters, which will be directed by Johnny Anthony.

The film, touted to be a family entertainer, is about the lives of two classmates — Prithviraj and Sasikumar. Interestingly, this film also marks the Mollywood debut of Sasikumar, of Subramaniapuram fame.


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

A sequel to VTV - STR and Gautham team up again!

Great news for all those who love to see romantic flicks; the team that gave us the sweet and lyrical Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya is coming together once again. And, the best part is that they are going to give us a sequel to VTV, one of the most lovable romantic musicals to come out in recent years. Its going to be Silambarasan and Gautham Menon joining hands one again with the core team that gave us VTV being retained. We are not yet sure how much of the team is being retained, but knowing the part that Rahman’s music played in taking VTV straight into our hearts, it is difficult to imagine a sequel to the superhit without the wizard’s compositions.

VTV came at a time when Silambarasan’s career was being perceived to be moving on an action/mass hero track. But, choosing to go subtly and delightfully romantic, in the classy way of Gautham Menon, Silambarsan broke all perceptions and images that had been associated with him. Yes, this actor had different dimensions and he had chosen the right time and team to exhibit that. The character of Karthik will be remembered even a decade from now as the one that put Silambarasan on the course that he was destined for. And, it is not surprising that he is eager to be Karthik once again. And, if we talk about Karthik, how can we forget Jessie. We are not yet sure whether Jessie will be a part of the sequel, but Jessie will be close to the hearts of movie lovers as the character which presented Trisha in her most classy persona as yet. And, can we overlook Ganesh? Gautham Menon’s casting masterstroke that was the most endearing character in the movie after Karthik and Jessie.

Yes, we know that you want to see them all again, but we are not sure how much of Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya will be carried over to Vinnaithaandi Varuven – yes, that is the provisional title as of now. But, it is not going to be all like VTV-1. If that was a smooth, mellow and sweet love story that left you with a lump in your throat towards the end, the new one will have more color, more vigor and more energy. The energized version of VTV!

So, are Gautham Menon and Silambarsan getting to work on it immediately? No, Silambarasan is still busy with Vettaimannan and Gautham Menon is working on the Hindi version of VTV-1 and is also in talks with Jiiva for a Tamil film. So, VTV-2 will take off only after Vettaimannan and the Hindi VTV are done and a final decision is taken on the project with Jiiva.

Its Gautham Menon back to what he does best, romance. After the change of track in Nadunissi Naaygal, he is getting back to the endearing romantic ways that have made his films favorites with lots of viewers around the world; so get ready to fall in love all over again – hosanna.


Kollywood and Tollywood to ban Kajal Agarwal

Kajal Agarwal has got into trouble for making a statement during the promo event of the Hindi flick Singham, which is a remake of the Tamil blockbuster Singam, starring Suriya. The actress had said that she never considered herself to be a south Indian actress as she is a north Indian by birth.

This comment has now snowballed into a huge controversy. The Tamil and Telugu film fraternity are upset with Kajal Agarwal for making such a statement when she depended on these film industries till she got an offer to star in a Hindi film.

There is a widespread demand that Kajal should apologize for her statement, if not she will have to face a ban.


Aishwarya Rai Expecting!

Yesterday, Big B confirmed that Aishwarya is expecting!:
Yes, pretty sure we all are happy! I personally hope its a girl! :D
Well, my best wishes to the couple(Abhi and Ash)! <3333


A movie with only women technicians

A Telugu movie is all set to be made with only women technicians.S K R Films a production house is going to produce a film with a team of women technicians. Interestingly, this movie doesn't have a hero.There are only heroines in this picture.

Playback singer Kousalya is debuting as music director with this movie. Haima Reddy who worked in the directorial team of legendary director K Balchandar is going to direct this flick.

The shooting of this film will start in the first week of July.

Tara Master is the choreographer,Vijayasri is the cinematographer,Sudha is the editor and Kousalya pens lyrics for the songs in this women cinema.


Puri to direct Abhishek Bachchan

Tollywood's sensational director Puri Jagannadh is going places. His movie with Amitabh Bachchan 'Bbuddah-Hoga Tera Baap' is all set to release in the first week of July. This movie has created a lot of buzz in Bollywood thanks to Amitabh's stylish look. Puri Jagannadh has re-created the angry young man look of Amitabh on the screen.

Puri's work has impressed Amitabh's son Abhishek Bachchan so much that he has requested him to direct a movie for him. Puri has agreed to direct a movie with Abhishek as the hero.

Abhishek Bachchan will produce the movie on his AB Corporation banner. This movie will start shooting only in the first half of next year.

"I am impressed with the work of Puri Jagannadh. I liked Pokiri so much. I am going to work with him soon. He narrated a story to me and we are going to make a movie soon." Abhishek Bachchan said.

Puri Jagannadh is now back in Hyderabad and is gearing up to start shooting for 'The Business Man' with Mahesh Babu as the hero.


Isha Sharvani talks about Zaheer Khan

Almost all media reports which claimed a few days ago that Isha Sarvani will be one of the leading ladies of Kamal Haasan's 'Viswaroopam', had a mention about the actress's much talked about 'relationship' with cricketer Zaheer Khan.

Now, Isha, who is one of the best classical dancers in Bollywood, has come out with an explanation on this. "I am not in a relationship with Zaheer Khan. I don't know from where such gossips are popping up?"

"Though I am not bothered by such reports, my family members are taking them serious. I find it very difficult to convince them. I guess this is the price celebrities should pay for being popular," the actress adds.

Saying that she would love to do challenging roles, Isha was however non-commital about being roped in by Kamal for 'Viswaroopam'. However, sources say that Isha, who is known as a rubber doll because of her agile moves, apparently suits the spy thriller because she can do a Halle Berry-Catwoman act to perfection.


'Aravaan' on August 26

While word is doing the rounds that 'Aravaan' will hit the screens this Diwali, we at IndiaGlitz bring some exclusive news to you about the release date and the other tidbits of 'Aravaan.' This period film that is an adaptation of a famous novel by Su Venkatesh titled 'Kaaval Kottam,' will hit the screens on August 26.

Also, the film will see a star-studded audio launch in the first week of August, say reliable sources.

The director, Vasanatha Balan, is leaving no stones unturned for making this film a good entertainer. The mood of the film is set in the 17th century and for this purpose the technical team has created a huge set similar to that of a tiny village near Madurai. Some portions have also been filmed from villages in Thenkasi.

The team has extensively shot in the dense forests of Kutrallam, Vizaag and Hogenakkal for a period of 135 days and more!

Vasantha Balan has carried out a lot of research on this subject which is evident from the still pictures that have come out. Initially there were rumours about the film being delayed due to some glitches in funding, but all that just seems to be just rumours because the shooting has been going on without a pause in full swing.

The film sees Aadhi and Pasupathi in lead roles with Dhanshika playing opposite Aadhi. Insiders reveal that Aadhi and Pasupathy have put in stellar performances in this project which will take their popularity up by many more notches.

The film will also have some surprises in the star cast. Kabir Bedi will be essaying a very prominent role in the film and Bharath too will have a part to play. But their makeovers and characterizations are under strict wraps.

Singer Karthik is turning music director with this project. He has made us enjoy his songs with his wonderful rendering of songs irrespective of the different genres that belong to; we hope his music too gives a fresh feel to the film as well as the audience. And it's only more challenging a project to debut as a music director as this is a period film dating back to the 17th century.

Produced by Amma Creations chaired by T. Siva, 'Aravaan' is shaping up for an August release. Team 'Aravaan' is shooting its stunt sequences currently from Madurai and the film is nearing its completion with just some 15 days of shoot pending.

When we know more on 'Aravaan' dear visitors, so will you...


Monday, June 20, 2011

Trisha in demand

Trisha is broadening her horizons considerably these days. Having reached the top in the Tamil and Telugu film industries and made her Bollywood debut opposite Akshay Kumar, she is all set to do a Kannada film with Dharshan. But that is not all, the Bhojpuri film industry is wooing her big time, hoping to get her to sign on the dotted line for a few of their films.

South Indian heroines are no strangers to this industry as stars like Nagma and Rambha have rocked in a few Bhojpuri films. Trisha was flattered we hear, but not too keen to commit, as she is very busy with other projects. She wants to strengthen her position in the South, and then conquer Bollywood as well.


The new combo in K-town - Gautham, Jiiva & AR Rahman!

Gautham Menon’s next Tamil project will be with Jiiva. Pairing up with him will be Samantha. The director has decided to direct an action-romance flick and has found Jiiva to be the most suitable for this. This venture will go on floors once Gautham is done with the Hindi version of Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya.

Manoj Pramahamsa may wield the camera for this venture. Gautham has decided to retain Rajeevan (art director) and Anthony (editing). The icing on the cake for this venture is AR Rahman. The Oscar winner has been roped in to score the music for this flick.


Sunday, June 19, 2011

My sister is not interested in acting: Taapsee

Delhi girl Taapsee is miffed with rumours about her sister Shaghun Pannu debuting as heroine. Taapsee rubbished these rumours and clarified that her sister is not interested in acting.

A few websites wrote that Taapsee's sister Shaghun is going to be a heroine soon and Taapsee is busy networking to get her roles. However Taapsee said that her sister did her modelling long ago and has never wanted to get into films.

"My sister did her modelling and clicked her portfolio long ago. She came to visit me in Hyderabad. That doesn't mean she is getting into films. She is not interested in getting into films and I am not reccomending her to anyone" Taapsee clarified.

Taapsee is currently busy shooting for Krishna Vamsi's 'Mogudu' which stars Gopichand as the hero.


Vijay plays a cop in ‘Pagalavan’

Looks like the Seeman – Vijay duo is keen on starting ‘Pagalavan’ right after Vijay finishes up with ‘Nanban,’ a multi-starrer under Shankar’s direction.

We had earlier told you the script consisted of a doctor Vijay, who plays the role of Pugazhendi and serves the poor in a village and then fights a mafia who deals with expired medicines.

But now, Seeman has brought about certain changes in ‘Pagalavan’s script, making it a whole-new-package altogether!

This new aspect will show a young Vijay fighting for a cause, against the privatization of certain sectors by the Government. ‘Pagalavan’ will see a rough-tough war between Vijay who is a doctor and a police officer. And during these fights, Vijay realizes he can do better for the common man if he is a part of the police force.

He then studies IPS, rises to power as a police official in the society and puts an end to the mafia who is dealing with expired medicines.

So yes, Vijay dons the avatar of a doctor and later a police officer in ‘Pagalavan.’ We must remember that Vijay’s earlier movie where he played a cop - ‘Pokkiri’ was a blockbuster.


Jeeva puts on a ‘Mugamoodi’

Kollywood grapevine is abuzz that Jeeva has been roped in to act under Mysskin’s direction in the latter’s key venture, ‘Mugamoodi,’ and for which the hero will be sporting a never-seen-before look.

Jeeva is currently busy with the shoot of ‘Nanban’ and it is said that after finishing this project under Shankar, he will be taking a short break and proceeding with ‘Mugamoodi.’

We had earlier informed you that Mysskin had first approached Suriya for ‘Mugamoodi,’ but it did not work out due to the high budgets, he later approached a few upcoming heroes and then producers didn’t favour him.

Now it looks like, producers have come forward for this as Jeeva has risen to a star status after delivering a blockbuster hit through ‘Ko.’

The movie deals with a superhero who fights away the dark sides of the society and those close to the director vouch that it will be a perfect family entertainer-cum-thriller.

The team will see funding by a leading corporate company in Mumbai, special effects by a Los Angeles company. What more can a Tamil cinema fan ask for?

The filming will start this August, after ‘Nanban’s completion, and will be a 2012-mid release…

We’ll get back to you shortly with more details on the cast and crew of the film.


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Maatran on hold, thanks to Karthi!

Suriya's next Maatran with KV Anand is scheduled to commence only after his younger brother, Karthi's wedding, which will take place on July 3rd. The wedding will be a traditional, intimate affair with only family and friends attending. A grand reception will be held on July 11th. Suriya is very busy with preparations for the wedding.

Since Suriya will be busy with the wedding, Maatran has been postponed for a while. KV Anand was very understanding and accommodating about the whole thing.


Jiiva Vs Jiiva clash

Jiiva who is hot property in tinseltown after the smash hit Ko, has two films lined up for release - Rowthiram with Shriya and Vandhan Vendraan with Tapasee. VV will have its audio launch sometime next month. The film is almost complete save for some patch work which will be completed in Mumbai.

Rowthiram will be Jiiva's next release, so work is going on at a furious pace currently. The makers of the two films don't want a Jiiva Vs Jiiva clash, so it was decided that Rowthiram will be released first and VV will follow after a suitable gap.


Akshay Kumar's Ko

Akshay Kumar is very excited about his remake of Ko and is putting together a team as quickly as possible. RS Infotainment and Fox will be producing this venture jointly. Daredevil that Akshay is, he loved the stunts in Ko and wants to do the same on a larger scale in his version.

Anthony D'Souza aka Tony will be wielding the directorial baton. He had formerly worked with Akshay in the debacle Blue. Word is that AR Rahman will be doing the score. Karthika might be the heroine but that bit of news is awaiting confirmation. There is no word on who will do Piaa's part.


Malayalam Box Office Report: Seniors , still strong

Though the rains has washed away the prospects of much of the films in Mollywood Box office, the new mutistarrer from Vysakh and Vyshakha Rajan, 'Seniors' still continue with its dream run. The movie takes the top of the list with little competition, continuously for the fifth week in a row. The top five movies of the week are :

1.Seniors' - The movie is undoubtedly the biggest hit of the year till now, grossing a distributor share of 5.7 crores in its 35 days run. The movie entering its 40 days in the Box Office, still hold strong at 43 of its release centres. While all the district headquarters still witness hundred percent collections in the weekends, the movie is in single shows in 8 centres.'Seniors' was made in a budget of 4.5 crores, including print and publicity.

2.'Badrinath' - Though the movie was released last week, this Allu arjun starer fails to bring in audiences as expected. The movie continues in its 75 centres with average collections.

3. Janapriyan' - The movie scripted by Krishna Poojappura created good word of mouth and even got stabilised in collections in its second week, the big rains has washed away the prospects of the movie to end up as a big hit. 'Janapriyan' is now down to 15 of its release centres in its fourth week. As of now, 'janapriyan' from Jayasuriya and debutante director Boban Samuel will be an average earner at best.

4. 'Manikyakallu' - The second movie from M Mohanan has to face a tough fight from Seniors in the initial weeks and succumbed to the mighty multistarrer, but in the later weeks the movie gained good word pof mouth and well become a safe earner. This feel good movie from Prithviraj, is in its sixth week and continues in 15 centers, of which seven centres have a single show.

5.'China Town' - The multistarrer from Rai-Mecartin team, featuring Mohanlal, Jayaram and Dileep is in its 63rd day run in nine of its release centres. But only three of them feature the movie in full shows, as all the rest have them as a noon show film. The movie made in a budget of 9 crores is reported to have earned 6.5 crores as distributor share from its 50 days run and will be a hit in all counts. Interestingly, 'China town' has also completed 1 crore collections from a single theatre in the capital city.

Megastar Mammootty' latest Jayaraj film 'The train ' has become his biggest failure in this decade, with very few takers, though the movie is just into its third week. 'Urumi' - now into its 75 day continues in a lone centre at the capital city.
T V Chandran's 'Sankaranum Mohananum' and Albert Antoni's movie with freshers 'Vadamalli' also opens to poor responses and may not remain in theatres for long.


‘Telugammayi’ gets set for release

Shooting and post-production formalities were complete for ‘Telugammayi’ directed by Raja Vannemreddy and produced by Vanapalli Baburao on the banner of Vaishnavi Movies and the film is getting ready for release very soon.

Saloni, who bagged a big hit like ‘Maryada Ramanna’ in SS Rajamouli’s direction is playing the title role. Presented by Chegondi Hariramajogaiah and Karatam Ramabu, the film gives a solution for the increasing violence and harassment on women through the heroine. Basically, the film is heroine-oriented film and it has four heroes who include Yashwant, Vikram, Saichand and Sriharsha. Vandemataram scored music for the flick while Vasu handled the camera.

The producer is making efforts to release the film by the end of June or in the first week of July. The first half of the film would be jovial and full of comedy while the second half would be full of action and thrilling. The climax would be gripping and we are sure that the film would win the hearts of audiences.


Hansika confident on success of ‘Kandireega’

The combination of Ram and Hansika in ‘Maska’ failed to reach the expectations and the film was commercially failed to make a mark at the Box Office. However, the same combination is repeating again for ‘Kandireega’ under the direction of Santosh Srinivas and produced by Bellamkonda Sureh on the banner of Sri Sai Ganesh Productions.

The shooting is almost nearing completion and the talkie part of the film was finished some time ago. Canning of songs for the film is in progress from June 14 at Malaysia. It is learnt that Hansika is quite confident on the success of the film as she reportedly told her close confidants that their chemistry was very awesome in the movie. However, Ram is mum on this aspect as he doesn’t want to comment on the film because it would unnecessarily create hype over the movie.


Superstar discharged

We all knew that Superstar was admitted in a leading hospital in Singapore, today the star has been discharged as he has met a complete recovery for his illness.

His son-in-law was the first to greet Superstar's fans all over the globe with this news. He tweeted, "Superstar discharged from hospital. He has recovered completely and taking rest. Soon national award celebrations god bless."

Our birdies add that Rajinikanth will stay there for a few more days. Remember, Dhanush had earlier told us that Superstar is on a shopping spree and the family is looking forward to a vacation?

Maybe, its time for that and they are finally getting to celebrate Dhanush's success of bagging a National Award, now that Superstar is all fine. We'd say the vacation is much-needed after all that's happened over the last few days.

After taking good care and much rest, Rajinikanth will start off with KS Ravikumar's 'Rana' alongside Deepika Padukone.

Fans can now be all glee as their prayers have been granted.


VTV comes to Chennai, again

e had earlier told you that breezy-romantic entertainer, 'Vinnaithandi Varuvaya' is going up North, and will be directed by Gautham Menon again.

The movie is titled 'Prem Katha' and stars Amy Jackson of 'Madraspattinam' fame with Prateik Babbar.

Now the latest is that, the team of 'Prem Katha' has come to Chennai to shoot few important scenes.

Those who know Gautham Menon well know his love for Amethyst, both the old and the new outlets. The director can be spotted at this café-cum-boutique, sometimes penning his scripts. It seems, few scenes of 'Prem Katha' were shot here, few at the beach and even the scene where the protagonist is jailed, for 'gate-crashing' his love's wedding, seems to have been shot in Chennai.

Some birdies even go on to say that a few songs of 'Prem Katha' will be shot here as well but we can't be sure of that.


'Mankatha' attracts Bollywood crowd

Well it looks like 'Mankatha' has hit the bull’s eye in making news. The film is one of the most-wanted projects back in the homeland – Tamil Nadu.

The shooting of the film is entirely through and the post-production team is busy to carry the film forward to the theatres in one perfect foil.

It looks like some Bollywood producers are eyeing 'Mankatha,' to remake it in to Hindi. While the director of this project, Venkat Prabhu, has not confirmed anything regarding the same openly, there are some reliable sources in the industry who have confirmed this. Venkat Prabhu seems to be taking his time in nodding his yes to the Hindi-speaking crowd.

Venkat wants to first launch his film for the Tamil audience. The film is touted to hit theatres during August, but a tentative date has not been finalized yet. The film might hit theatres sometime during the Independence Day, suggest experts.

While there are talks going on as to the Hindi remake of 'Mankatha,' some of sections of K'Town were plagued with rumours that 'Mankatha' is a remake of Bollywood film 'Jannat' which released more than a couple of years back starring Emraan Hashmi in the lead role. The remake news seems to have perturbed Dayanidhi Alagiri, who has firmly denied any similarity between the scripts of ‘Jannat’ and 'Mankatha.'

The music of 'Mankatha' is touted to hit the stands in July.


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Quick Random Post: Nakka Mukka!

Yeah, I know this is 3 years late but.... I didn't have a blog 3 years ago, so hear.

So I came across the music video of the female Nakka Mukka version on TV today. It took me back to memories, when I first heard it, how I tried to learn the moves,etc.. I knew I could never master the Male version, but the female was possible. I like the dance moves of the female version better than the male. But in the Male version I like the part when they are singing Nakka Mukka repeatedly AND sitting AND doing the thing with their legs! SO COOL! Since Im a lover of fast Kuthu beats, I loved Nakka Mukka right when I heard it! Its too catchy, so are the dance moves. For me Mass moves are the ultimate dance moves,everything else is after them.  By the way, the choreographer of both versions is Sridhar. Music director Vijay Antony.

Female Version sung by: Chinna Ponnu, and Nakul

Cool Moments: The whole song.

Male Version sung by: Vijay Antony 

Cool Moments: 0:27, The awesome leg movement: 0:52. Okay you know what? The whole song is cool too :D

Nakul is a real good dancer, along with that woman that dances with him.

No marriage in next two years - Bhavana

Popular actress Bhavana has denied any plans for her marriage in her near future. The actor who celebrated her 25th birthday last week, says that she is sure not to get married in the next two years as she is concentrating more on her movies. The actress who had bagged the lead roles in Priyadharshan's 'Arabeem Ottakavum Madhavan Nairum' and in 'Dr Love' also like to make a name in Tamil film industry also. Though she has made some good performances in her Tamil movies like 'Assal' and 'jayam Kondein, she doesn't have too much good offers from the industry. In the mean time, Bhavana will agree to do more films in Kannada also as her debut Kannada film 'Jackie' has ended up as a mega hit.

But as Bhavana is keeping away from marge rumours, another talented actress of Mollywood , Samvrutha Sunil has made it clear that she is going to tie the marital knot in two years. The actress who is celebrating her success of of the new character ,Chandi teacher of 'Manickyakallu' says that she will have an arranged marriage as per her parent's wishes and is not looking for anybody in the industry to become her suitor.

Samvrutha is also happy that with the marriage of prithvi, all the gossips that surrounded her and prithvi has came to an end. The actress also disclosed that she was one of the few friends of Prithvi who had known about Supriya earlier and kept a close connection with her in phone, all these years.


Amala Paul in 'Indian rupee'

Director Renjith who had given career best roles to actors like Priya Mani, Revathy and Navya Nair will offer Amala Paul, another meaty role through his new movie 'Indian rupee'. The actress who shot to fame with the recent Tamil hit 'Mynah' will be paired opposite Prithviraj for this movie, which will be another classy affair from Renjith.

Amala, a malayalee from Ernakulam, had earlier been in Mollywood films like 'Neelathamara' and 'Ithu Nammude Katha', but in insignificant roles. The actress will be seen in big Tamil films of 2011 like 'Daivathirumagan' opposite Vikram and 'Vettai' opposite Madavan and Arya.


'Badrinath' collected Rs 16.5 crore: Allu Aravind

Even as Badrinath opened to pathetic reviews, the production house Geetha Arts maintains that the movie collected Rs 16.5 crore over the weekend. A far cry from reality, Allu Aravind announced that the movie recorded one of the best openings in the history of Telugu cinema.

Allu Aravind informed that Badrinath collected Rs 14.5 crore in AP, Rs 1.6 crore in Karnataka, and Rs 75 lakh in Kerala. He also announced Badrinath contest to the movie goers and the prize for the winners is a free trip to Badrinath temple.

"There is a mixed talk about the film because people expected it to be a semi periodic film like Magadheera but it turned out to be a contemperory film. Allu Arjun's Himalayas sentiment is working well with the audience. He shot Gangotri there and then Desa Mudhuru was also shot in Himalayas.Now after watching Badrinath, many want to go to Badrinath temple" Allu Aravind said in a media conference on Monday.

Despite an official announcement from Geetha Arts that Badrinath collected Rs 16.5 crore in three days, trade pundits rubbished it off as publicity stunt and said that the movie didn't collect more than Rs 8.5 crore.


Ramya tattoos boyfriend name

There are many ways to express love. Divya Spandana aka Ramya has opted to get the tattoo of her boyfriend's name on the nape of her neck, to show the world how much she loves him.

"She has got the tattoo of her boyfriend Raphel's name in Hebrew script. Because in Hebrew, the world Raphael means 'blessed'. And Divya feels she is surely blessed to have Raphael in her life," says a close friend of the actress.

Confirming this, Divya Spandana says, "I thought tattooing is one of the best ways to express love and to tell everyone that how much Raphael’s relationship means to me. I am happy."

Ramya and Raphael have been seeing each other since January this year. They met at a New Year's party in Lisbon and hit it off right away. Raphael is part German and part Swiss. He studied in California and has businesses in Germany.


Veppam release confirmed

Gautham Menon’s production venture Veppam is slated for June 24th release. The film has been directed by his assistant Anjana and stars Nani, Karthik Kumar, Nithya Menon and Bindhu Madhavi.

Veppam has been in the making for a long time and its release was postponed on several occasions in the past due to various reasons. Finally, it is going to see the light of the day with all issues sorted out.

On June 24th, Veppam is all set to hit the screens, say credible sources in Kollywood.


Selvaraghavan gears up for his wedding

Selvaraghavan is gearing up for his wedding. The date for the wedding has been fixed and it will take place on July 3rd in Chennai. It is noteworthy that Selva got engaged to Geetanjali, daughter of PS Raman, in February this year.

Selva is expected to recommence Irandam Ulagam soon after his wedding. The director has reportedly said that the film will commence once Dhanush is back in Chennai. It may be mentioned here that the national award winning actor is presently in Singapore with his father-in-law Rajinikanth who is undergoing treatment there.


Siddarth reveals…

Siddarth has said he will have film releases in four languages – Tamil, Telugu, English and Hindi – in 2012. The star has confirmed this but was not willing to give out more details.

Siddarth began his career as an assistant to ace director Mani Ratnam and then went on to debut as an actor in his film Kannathil Muthamittal in a very small role. The actor is currently expecting the release of his bilingual 180 and has O My Friend (Telugu) and Winds of Change (English) in his kitty.


Saturday, June 11, 2011

Surya's Close Up Ad-Tamil

Dang! :)

Pawan Kalyan to endorse AirTel 3G

It was Pawan Kalyan who almost started endorsing big firms in Tollywood. After him, others like Ram Charan, Allu Arjun, Maheshbabu, Nagarjuna and NTR too started endorsing the products.

However, Pawan Kalyan stopped endorsing products and concentrated more on the films. The latest buzz is that discussions are on between AirTel and Pawan Kalyan over the endorsement of AirTel 3G services.

Already Maheshbabu is endorsing Idea 3G product and hence the AirTel people were in touch with Pawan Kalyan.

As of now, Ram Charan is endorsing the AirTel products in Andhra Pradesh. If everything goes smooth, Pawan Kalyan may endorse AirTel 3G product in the state.


'Bodyguard' cans action scenes

t is well aware that Victory Venkatesh is playing the lead role in yet another remake film. A successful Malayalam film 'Bodyguard' is being remade in Telugu with the same title and Gopichand Malineni who had directed 'Don Seenu' is directing this film.

Presently, some action scenes are being choreographed under the direction of Ganesh and the shooting is in progress at Ramanaidu's Studio at Nanakramguda of Hyderabad.

Trisha and Saloni are playing the female leads. Bellamkonda Suresh is producing the film on the banner of Sri Sai Ganesh Productions.

Thaman is scoring music for Venkatesh’s film for the first time.


'180' becomes 'Nootrenbadhu'

Adhering to an order by the government of Tamil Nadu that films with Tamil titles alone will be eligible for tax benefits, Siddarth-starrer romantic entertainer '180' has been rechristened as 'Nootrendbadhu'.

Directed by popular ad filmmaker Jayendra, the triangle love story has Priya Anand and Nithya Menon as heroines. "The change has come into effect since Friday. Newly released ads and promos of the film feature the new title," circles close to the unit say.

'Nootrenbadhu', produced by Sathyam Cinemas and Agal Films will be released on June 25. "It will be a refreshing romantic flick with dialogues by ace writers Subha adding more flavour," they say.

The film will be simultaneously released in Telugu too, however with the title '180'. It will mark the comeback of Siddarth in Kollywood, who was last seen in Mani Ratnam's 'Ayudha Ezhuthu' seven years ago.


New Avan Ivan Trailer

Vijay's Kaavalan to be screened at the Shanghai Film Festival

Vijay's Kaavalan directed by Siddique has been selected for the Shanghai International Film Festival. It is one of the most distinguished film events in Asia. Kaavalan is one among the 200 films that were selected from nearly 2500 entries from all over the world. The 14th edition of this festival will get started on June 11th.

Director Barry Levinson, who won an Academy award for his Rain Man starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise will head the panel of judges. Vijay's film will be screened on the 12th, so he will be flying out to Shanghai to participate in this event. He will be rubbing shoulders with some of the most talented people on the globe.


Arya, Narain and Aadhi to team up

Arya, Narain, and Adhi are all set to act together in a film called Kadavul Paadhi Mirugam Paadhi by debutant director, Raaj Menon, who worked under Akku Akbar, the famous Malayalam director. This project will be produced by Raj Zacharias for his Red Carpet, the production house which made Anwar, starring Prithviraj. Academy award winner, Resul Pookutty is also working on this project.

It is quite the casting coup as Arya is one of the leading stars of the day. Narain and Aadhi also have a good name in the industry. All three have excellent roles in the film, reportedly.

This film is going to be a thriller with lots of action, that is intended to keep the audience guessing and thoroughly charged up. There is no word on the heroines yet. But there are no dearth of volunteers to pair up with the good - looking male leads.