'Murattu Kaalai' directed by SP Muthuraman and produced by AVM Productions didn't alone fetch good collections at box office. Perhaps, the film won Rajnikanth the title of 'Superstar' and now Sundar C gears up for its remake in the lead role. Sneha takes on the female lead while Suman on the role enacted by Jai Shankar performs negative role and Vivek on the role of Suruli Rajan is the comedian. Srikanth Deva tunes in melodies and probably there would be remix of 'Podhuvaaga En Manasu Thangam'.

Gunanidhi who produced yesteryear films like Madurai Meenakshi and Manasu Rendum Pudhusu gets backs into film industry with the production of this remake. Shooting for the film is expected to hit the floors by December and plans are to release it by mid of Aprilu

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Veteran actor of Tamil films who excelled in Villain character in Tamil,Telugu and other languages, M.N.Nambiar passed away peacefully at a private nursing home after he complained of chest pain. Nambiar, who was 89 had acted in more than 1000 films. Though he was a villain in Tamil films, his heart was centered around Lord Ayyappa and he breathed his last leaving all the Ayyappa Devotees in the Tamil month Karthigai, an auspicious month for Lord Ayyappa devotees to observe fasting for 40 days before they to have darshan of the Lord.

Mr,M.N.Nambiar has acted in an English film Jungle, which was released in the year 1952. Besides appearing in villain role with MGR and Shivaji Ganesan, the actor had done a tremendous role with Bhagyaraj in Thooral Ninnupochchu. He did the role of a stunt-man who fights for the marriage of Bhagyaraj who seeks asylum in his hut. He appeared with long hair and mustache in the film and finally wins in his character. The film was a successful one, since, it was written by Bhagyaraj, but the manner in which M.N.Nambiar did the role could not be compared who stole the show when the film was released.

A devotee who observed that, no one can match the devotion that the actor had with the Lord. Even his servants in the house would always utter the Lord's name before if they consume, even water.

The actor was a voracious reader National Geographical magazines and when he flew in an elecopter with some of the devotees over the Lord Ayyappa's Sabarimala, he just requested the pilot not to take the plan over the abode of Lord Ayyappa. He never fed non-vegetarian items to two of his German breed dogs. He wanted always to observe vegetarianism. "That is why my dogs never bark at others" remembers this writer when he had gone for his residence at Gopalapuram in Chennai.

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Mallipoovu, a grand success in Telugu is being dubbed into Tamil. The film has attracted a large number of Telugus, for its story-line and the dialogues, also for its direction. The producers thought it could be better to dub the film into Tamil language, instead of spending heavy money on it for remake.

Bhoomika in this film has performed her role in a matured manner and it is hoped that if the Tamil dialogues are aptly done and lipping is done properly for the actress' role, then it would be a grand success. Soon the film will be released in various parts of the Tamil Nadu.(See pix of Bhoomika)

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“Rekha and Kamal Haasan will be the chief guests of the opening and closing ceremonies of the Panaji International Film Festival of India, besides the presence of the governor of Goa, S.S Siddhu, Chief Minister Digamber Kamath and the minister of state for Information and Broadcasting Anand Sharma,” said S.M. Khan, Director of film festivals. Films of veterans like Dilip Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar, B. Saroja Devi and Tapan Sinha will be presented in Lifetime Classics.

Actress Amrita Rao will host the inaugural ceremony and Telugu actress Illina D.Cruz, who is of Goan origin, will be a the special guest, according to a press release.

In the IFFI, 15 films from all over the world will be showcased. Film India Worldwide will be another attraction in the cinema of world section, which will showcase films made by Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) in collaboration with foreign filmmakers.

In addition, there will be 47 films including 26 feature films and 21 non-feature films in the Indian Panorama section.


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It was few days ago the artistes of the South Indian Film Industry observed one day fast.Aftermath, the technicians who are employed in the Tamil film industry observed one-day fast, to show their solidarity towards the Tamils who are being ruthlessly killed by the Sri Lankan army. Finally,Thousands of Tamil Nadu (TN) T.V Actors, Actresses, Directors, Producers, Singers and many others in the TV drama industry in Tamil Nadu wide took part in a famine protest yesterday (on November 9, 2008) in Chennai Serpakam area to condemn Sri Lanka for killings of Tamils in Eelam, Sri Lanka’s military operations against them in Eelam, Center’s military support to Sri Lanka and urging immediate Cease Fire in Sri Lanka

The famine protests took place under the leadership of TV Actors & Actresses Association leader Viduthali. The participants and speakers of the famine protest Indian Central government to stop the war in Sri Lanka against the Tamils and save the Tamils from genocides of their Tamil brethrens in Eelam. They also urged Center to stop the military aid to Sri Lanka.
More than 200,000 Tamil civilians are living in subhuman conditions with limited or no access to food, medicines, and other basic essentials in the open air where more than 200 people have died due to snake bites without access to anti-snake bite medicines to these people. India cannot wash away this as internal matter of another country as over 100,000 people fled Sri Lanka due to the ongoing war and living in India as refugees.
Some of the actors and actresses took part in the famine protests are Ajay, Rathnam, Rajkhanth, Mohanram, K. Nadarajan, Vasantha, Manobala, Deve Ajay, Rishy, Devajani, Theepa, Dr. Sharmila, Monica, Rani, Lalitha and many other actors and actresses along with many producers and directors other people in the TV film industry.

Tamil Nadu boils over the Eelam Tamils issues and hundreds of Thousands of people in Tamil Nadu going beyond their party affiliations participating in the State wide protests, rallies, famine protests and many other type of agitations and urged Center to stop the genocides of Eelam Tamils by Sri Lanka

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The TAM ratings of various Tamil TV serials being broadcast in the morning hours, when the power cut is at the pinnacle, has dropped considerably. The people of Tamil Nadu face the power cut for the last several months, at last have decided to switch off their idiot boxes but with much reluctancy. However, those who watch the prime-time TV serials did not give up watching those serials, since, the power cut has not been playing in these crucial hours..

According to the latest overall TAM ratings for the Week 43 to Week 44, Sun TV, Kalaignar TV, Jaya TV and Raj TV channels have registered a marginal improvement over the previous Week's.

Industry watchers, however, confirmed that day time viewing of serials has been affected. Although prime time viewership, between 6 pm and 10 pm, has remained unaffected, with serials like Arasi and Kolangal registering an increase in ratings, those aired in the mornings such as Vasantham and Athipookal on Sun TV have seen a dip in their ratings in Week 44 compared to the earlier Week's.

Programmes like Super Singer continue to be unaffected as well, but media watchers conceded that there was an imbalance in the viewing pattern, not out of audience choice but due to the power cuts.

"Many of our TRPs have fallen in the last few weeks and we are answerable to the advertisement agencies. It has never happened before in the television industry, and corporates have started tightening their belts, with contracts that should have been signed with advertisers not happening." said Radhika Sarath Kumar of Radaan Media.

However, with more people tuning into television as an option to going out, the industry is happy to churn out content. "Production is not hit, only our margins are," said Pushpa Kandaswamy, producer of serials such as Comedy Colony on Jaya TV.

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Malayalam Superstar Mohanlal and Tamil film ace hero, known as Ulaga Nayagan Kamal Hassan will appear as heroes in the Tamil film, Thalaivan Irukkiran, to be produced by Kamal Hassan himself. The two heroes who had met on several occasions discussed about the story of the film in Tamil.If Mohanlal joins his hands with Kamal, then it will be his first film to act with Kamal Hassan.

Kamal Hassan, following the sudden shirking away from producing Marmayogi, has decided to produce this film, since Thalaivan Irukkiran is a middle-level-budget film. It is expected that the shooting of the film will be started soon.

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One may see the beauty of the sea from outside, but they may not know about its depth and dangers that surrounds. Similar is the story of love. In the mornings the sea-shore will be a beautiful thing for any lovers who make love near the sea shore. In the evening, the very sea shore will become an asylum for notorious and goondas. Based upon the imagination, the film Kadarkarai is produced. A software engineer who falls in love with a girl of engineering college takes her to the sea shore. He gives party to his friends, but in the end the college is being killed. He does not know who had killed his love. He just enters into the investigation of finding out the killer. The film Kadarkarai is growing fastly and is likely to be released in the very near future.

In this film, Udaya is acting as the hero and the new face Nivedha is the heroine of the film. New comedian Ram is introduced in this film. The film is directed by "Dishum" Soman. Kannada Millio is producing this film on behalf Millio Pictures.

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South Indian actress Rambha rubbishes reports that she is doing television soaps and says she will move to the small screen only after taking retirement from big screen.

"People are making up stories on the basis of my judging a reality show on a TV channel. I may think of a television career if roles offered excite me. But that will happen only after I retire from the big screen. I am choosy about my roles," Rambha told IANS.

She accepted the offer to judge a reality show because she liked the concept, she said. "I am still a sought after heroine. The forthcoming Tamil movie 'Vidiyum Varai Kaathiru' features me as the female lead opposite Prakash Raj," said Rambha, who has done more than 100 films, including some in Hindi.

In a career spanning 16 years, Rambha has played lead roles opposite top Bollywood heroes like Salman Khan, Ajay Devgan, Suniel Shetty, Govinda and Mithun Chakraborthy.

Born Vijaya Lakshmi to Telugu parents, the squint-eyed actress adopted screen name Amritha and later changed it to Rambha. Her uncanny resemblance to late Hindi actress Divya Bharti was one of her claims to all-India stardom.

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Stars of Kollywood rose as one for a cause on Saturday. The cameras remained unused and the clap boards made no noise. The reason - film shooting was cancelled as artistes assembled at the South Indian Artistes Association (SIAA) for an eight-hour fast in support of Sri Lankan Tamils.

Several leading actors and technicians voiced their concern over the sufferings that Tamils were undergoing in Sri Lanka.

Sarathkumar, president of SIAA and Radha Ravi, General Secretary, led the fast.

The cinema industry, Mr.Sarathkumar said, had always been sensitive to people’s issues. He gave Rs.2.5 lakh towards the Sri Lankan Tamils Relief Fund. Mr. Radha Ravi said in order to express their solidarity, Kollywood had downed their shutters on Saturday, and no film shooting was allowed.

Actor Rajinikanth, who gave a cheque for Rs.10 lakh, praised the SIAA for organising the fast and said he was confident that the Central and State governments would act seriously on the issue. Actor Kamal Haasan, who gave a cheque for Rs.5 lakh, in his emotionally charged speech, said the fast would convey to the world, the true sentiments of cinema industry.

Actor Napolean said there was scope for a negotiated political peace settlement for the ethnic strife. Prominent among the film stars who spoke included actors Surya, Vijay, Vikram, Ajith, Sathyaraj, Partheeban, Prabhu, Simbu, Dhanush, Vadivelu, Nayanthara, Trisha, Sneha, Manorama, and Khushboo.

The General Secretary of Viduthulai Chiruthaigal Katchi, Thol Thirumavalavan, who gave a cheque for Rs.50,000, said he took pride in extending support to the fast organised by the cinema industry and said he hoped the tears shed by the celluloid world would make an impact in the island nation.

Actor and AIADMK MLA, S.Ve. Shekher, Tamil Nationalist Movement leader, Pazha Nedumaran, were present on the occasion.

Veteran actor S.S. Rajendran ended the fast with his speech and said it was not the first time that the cinema industry was displaying its solidarity to the Tamils in Sri Lanka. He recalled a mammoth public rally few decades ago with doyen of the film industry Sivaji Ganesan, leading it. The fast came to an end with Mr. Rajendran distributing juice symbolically to all the artistes, bringing the curtains down for a show of solidarity.

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