HAPPY 2009

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Recently, actress Namitha's scene in a swimming dress was filmed by the Telugu prouducers who produce the Tamil Bill. There are two heroines including Anushka. The shooting of the film, as if Namitha taking bath in a swimming pool at Vizag was filmed. In the shooting when Namitha appeared in glamour dress, the film unit began to pinch their eyes on the body of Namitha. Knowing this, Namitha immediately called everyone as 'Anna' as elder brother and asked them to close their eyes till she took a dip in the holy swimming pool, in which the Telugu film, Billa was filmed.

But the story of Anushka who is also another heroine is entirely different. She did not ask anyone as Anna, but she simply walked towards the swimming pool and began to act as per the director's instructions.

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Telugu blockbuster ‘Vikramarkudu’ is all set to speak Tamil. ‘Paruthi Veeran’ fame Karthi, who is currently busy with ‘Ayirathil Oruvan’ will do the lead role in the Tamil version, which is to be directed by Suraj.

Anushka, who played the lead role in the Telugu ‘Vikramarkudu’ is roped in to play the second heroine in this film, while Priyamani will be the heroine. This is for the first time Karthi and Priyamani to act together after Paruthi Veeran.

Suraj, who is currently directing Dhanush starrer 'Padikathavan' in Tamil will the start the work for this new project soon.

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Chennai, Sep 10 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi's nephew and Sun TV's Managing Editor `Murasoli' Selvam was today summoned by Chennai Police's Central Crime Branch (CCB) after Tamil daily Dinamalar filed a complaint of `provocative' coverage against the channel, police said.

Selvam is the second top official of the Marans-run channel to be summoned by police. Sun TV news editor Raja was summoned last night.

The summonses followed a complaint lodged by the daily with the state government yesterday alleging the telechannel had "misrepresented" a cartoon of Prophet Mohammed carried by the paper's Vellore edition recently.

However, Sun TV communicated to police that Raja had been on leave for the past 20 days, and Selvam, brother of the late `Murasoli' Maran, was responsible for news content during the period, following which the latter was summoned today.

A number of Muslim outfits staged violent demonstrations in front of the newspaper's Vellore office last week. Some protest demonstrations were also held near the newspaper's office in Chennai.

The daily subsequently issued an apology for publishing the cartoon.

The CCB had registered a case under Sections 153 (provocation with an intent to cause riots) and 503 (criminal intimidation) of IPC.

Sun TV is part of the Sun Network, owned by Kalanidhi and Dayanidhi Maran, the estranged grandnephews of the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister. - Agencies

Published: Thursday, September

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Onam Thirakatha a film which was released on last Friday turning out as a controversial film. It has been said, the story of the film is based on the romances between Kamal Hassan and the late actress Sri Vidhya who died in Kerala due to cancer.

Malayalam film Writer and Director Ranjith who knew the actress when she had been acting in Malayalam films. Sri Vidya is the daughter of noted Carnatic Musician M.L.Vasantha Kumari.

It has been said Ranjith who has produced this film purely based on the live history of the laste tragedy-queen, Sri Vidya. In Thirakatha Prithvi Raj, Anup Menon and Priya Mani have acted with the story fully revolving around the romance of an actress.
The film's promotional posters also feature Srividya's photo along with Padmarajan and Bharathan, two of the greatest writer- director team of 70's and early 80's, the 'Golden Age' of Malayalam cinema.
Director Ranjit in television interviews is quite candid that it is loosely based on Srividya's torrid affair with Kamal. However he goes on to add that there has been similar romances between leading men and their heroines from time immemorial.
The buzz is that Ranjit had access to Srividya's personal diaries she maintained. At one time Srividya was to publish her memoirs for a Malayalam weekly, but strangely it never saw the light of the day.

Newcomer Anup Menon is the superstar Ajaychandran, while Pritviraj plays a young director Akbar Ahmed a new age director who plans to write a script about the romance between Ajay and Malavika and her subsequent disappearance.
Thirakatha is one of the best films to have come out from Kerala in recent times. The climax, which will leave a lump in your throat is the highlight of the film, and Priyamani a spitting image of Srividya is excellent as she is able to bring out the various mood

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Actress Sneha who celebrated her 29th birthday at Chennai, lauded Hithendran's father for donating heart generously after the former who met with an accident. She said she wanted to bring such holistic measures in her life too to serve the common people. The actor who had donated various provisions to Balamandir an orphanage functioned from Chennai said that she had been acting in six films and the Vijyanthi IPS had been remade and she had been acting in the film. She wanted to appear in glamorous roles but at the same time she had been watching that it should not cross the limits of a girl.

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The grapevine is abuzz that there will be five females of all hue and colour in Kamal Hassan's magnum opus Marmayogi!
Yes, five deadly females. They are heroine Trisha who will appear in most number of scenes, followed by Hema Malini who is rumoured to be playing the role of a negative character. Then there is Shriya Saran who will play Kamal's first wife. Then there is a very strong role for National Award winning actress Shobhana.
The latest to join the bandwagon is Mumaith Khan, the item girl! Mumaith according to sources has also a role with grey shades. Mumaith has just completed an item song with Vikram for Kanthasamy.

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Batlagundu (Tamil Nadu) (IANS): For the second time in two months, Tamil movie director Seeman was arrested at a shooting locale here on Friday for allegedly making inflammatory, secessionist speeches, police said.

"The arrest was made after repeated complaints from Congress leaders alleging denigration by Seeman of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi's sacrifice and his continued inflammatory, secessionist speeches," a police official said.

"These are our continuing measures to curb suspected anti-national activity," Director General of Police K.P. Jain told IANS on phone from Chennai, 400 km north of here.

Seeman's car was set afire by miscreants in a southwest Chennai suburb.

"He has been under attack for inciting violence in Tamil Nadu in support of Sri Lankan Tamils. Now everyone can see who is indulging in this reprehensible violence," film director Manivannan told reporters after seeing the damaged vehicle.

Directors Seeman and Ameer had earlier been arrested in October for reportedly making speeches inciting violence during a protest demonstration in Rameshwaram in southern Tamil Nadu to express solidarity with the Tamil minority in Sri Lanka.

The directors denied the charges and claimed they were only protesting the attacks on Tamils in Sri Lanka. The duo was released shortly on conditional bail and ordered to stay within the Madurai jurisdiction.

MDMK leaders Vaiko and M. Kannappan were arrested on similar charges the same month and then released in November.

Political parties in Tamil Nadu have expressed anguish over the killings of innocent Tamil civilians in Sri Lanka by its military establishment during the ongoing civil war to quell the banned Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

So far over 100,000 civilians have been killed in the strife since 1983, including former Prime Ministers of India and Sri Lanka - Rajiv Gandhi and R. Premadasa respectively allegedly by the LTTE - charges denied by the terrorist organisation.

India is separated from Sri Lanka by a narrow expanse of water called Palk Strait.

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Tamil cinema is growing. And it's growing at a really fast rate. There have been directors that brought Hollywood stories to Tamil cinema. Most notably A.R.Muragadoss's Ghajini (Memento in Hollywood), Gautham Menon's Vaaranam Aayiram (draws inspiration from 1994's Forrest Gump), Prabhu Deva's Pokiri(daws inspiration from The Departed), and Mani Ratnam's Nayagan (The Godfather). These are just some films. Now that the budgets for films is increasing, we might get to see the big exposure that Hollywood puts on their films in Tamil! Here are some movies I would like to see get made in Tamil:

I Am Legend- If there is one actor who can do a better job than Will Smith, then it's Surya. He's one of the only actors who can do this much intensity in a film. You can also put Asin as the guest role of the mother who comes to rescue the main character. It's a big film, and considering it'swith a big budget, Shankar should be director. Music should also be A.R.Rahman.

Ocean's Eleven- A heist film in Tamil would be great! Imagine if Vijay, Ajith, Surya, Vikram, and some other big stars in Tamil cinema came together and made
this remake! Also you can put a lot of the top actresses as well. This film could possibly be the best cast that any tamil film has made! Director should be Venkat Prabhu, because this is his kind of movie. Also music should be Yuvan Shankaraja.

Cast Away- If Kamal wanted to make one last film before he retired, then he should make this film in tamil. The whole film would show him and what he does to survive on an island. It needs an actor who can make the audience sit and watch one person for more than half of the movie. I think Kamal could do this without any problem! Direction should be Gautham Menon to give a Hollywood touch, and music should be Harris Jeyraj(It would be nice to see the Menon-Jeyraj combo one last time).

Scarface- I think Rajini or Vijay should do this one. They could do it Billa style, or just do it regular Indian style. Direction should be K.S. Ravikumar and music should be Vijay Anthony. I wonder if they make Scarface survive in the remake....

The Pursuit of Happiness- This definitly should be remade. Probably Surya or Ajith can do this movie, or even younger actor like Arya or Jayam Ravi. Direction should be A.R. Murragadoss. Music should be the young Dharan.

Rush Hour- Imagine Vijay and Vadivelu as two cops trying to track down gangsters in India and abroad. Well, this film would be a great remake with a nice mix of action and comedy. Direction should be fast, so it has to be Dharani. Music should be Vidyasagar.

There are so many other movies I would like to see happen, but that is just another dream.

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Actress Nayantara has filed a complaint against the producer of Payya film, for removing her from acting in the film as heroine. According to sources, the actress was fixed a salary of Rs.1.5 crore to act in the film to be directed by Lingusamy. The director who met her at her residence, gave Rs.20 lakhs as advance to act in the film. Because, she has been asked to act in the film, the actress refused to act in various film, including the one Malayalam film to which she gave her callsheeets.

After some time, the director who again met her told that she should forego some money to act in the Payya film. But, she refused to forego even a single rupee, because the agreement with her was already reached by the producer. She also said, the director had to fulfill the contractural obligations. She reportedly, had told Lingusamy, that she forewent a lot of films' opportunities, due to Payya and she had lost money crores of moneys that were offered to her to act in other films.

Now the actress came to know that actress Tamanna has been fixed to act in the new film. She also came to know, that Tamanna had accepted the offer for a lower salary than that of hers. Hence, the actress had refused to pay the advance money paid to her. The director Lingusamy had also filed a complaint with the Film Producers' Council.

Tamanna, and other film unit members of the Payya had gone to Hyderabad for the film shooting. The Council has make to the decision whether the actress has to return the advance money or the producer has to take back Nayantara as per the agreement or both the parties should come for a compromise, is a question of time who should win in the controversy.

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Sun Pictures, will produce Enthiran, superstar Rajinikanth’s blazing rising film directed by Shankar. Earlier, the Sun Pictures produced Kadhalil Vizhundhen, Thenavattu and Dindigul Sarathy.

The film was about to be produced by K.Shankar who went along with his unit and Rajinikanth recently to the USA and produced a part of the Enthiran film. Due to global recession and economic meltdown, the producer could not continue the film and hence dropped the idea of producing it for sometime, till the Indian economic scene becomes alright. In the meanwhile, the SUN TV Channel Kalanidhi Maran who had met the director wanted that the Sun Pictures was interested in producing the film with Rajinikanth. Hence, there is a change in the production unit.

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. R. Rahman wins London critics

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A. Danny Boyle, an English filmmaker came up with the much appreciated film 'Slumdog Millionaire' with the background score of India's very own A. R. Rahman. The film was about a poor Mumbai youth who takes part in a game show to win the first prize and eventually become a millionaire.

The London Critics Association has lauded A. R. Rahman's talent by awarding him the prestigious London Critics Award for the year 2008.

'I am happy with this award and I'd like to credit Danny Boyle for extracting appropriate music from me. Danny has been so meticulous with his work that both of us have become friends now', said Rahman.

A. R. Rahman with his incredible talent is truly going international.

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MUMBAI: The DTH juggernaut continues. Tata Sky has pocketed three million subscribers, quickly adding the last one million over just seven months.

The three-million landmark was reached within 27 months, indicating how rapidly the Indian direct-to-home market is growing.

Dish TV, the market leader, has 4.5 million subscribers while Big TV claims to have touched one million within 90 days of launch. Sun Direct has roped in two million customers, 99 per cent of which are from the four southern states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kannada.

Launching its DTH satellite pay-TV service in August 2006, Tata Sky reached one million connections by the end of the first year of operations.

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Two of the doyens of Tamil Cinema the 78 year old K.Balachander and 67 year old Bharathiraja are playing the male lead in a Tamil film produced by top commercial director Shankar's 'S' pictures.

The shooting of the film titled Rettai Suzhi has started in Tirunelveli and it is being directed by Thamirai, a former associate dialogue writer with KB's Kavithalaya. The music is by Karthik Raja, and camera is by Chezhiyan.

It is not for the first time the two veteran directors are acting. In the early 80's Bharathiraja has acted in his Kalukkal Eeram and three years back in Mani Ratnam's Ayudha Ezhuthu.

K.Balachander has also acted in his own Kalki, Poi and many of his TV serials.

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Many of the Superstar Rajinikanth's have been camping in Chennai, in order to wish him on his birthday falling on December 12. But, the actor a month ago, at his fans' meet declared that he never wished to celebrate his birthday tomorrow, in order to support the sufferings of a lot of Tamils in Sri Lanka. "If I celebrate the birthday then I myself show disrepect to the Tamils and the language, through which I became popular". Now Rajinikanth is in Hyderabad to participate in the shootings of the Sultan the Warrior directed by Soundarya.

What about his fans, camping near the star's house? Rajini, propably would be conveying his heartful thanks from Hyderabad through a CD recorded and played before them.
Ulaga Nayagan Kamal Hassan also did not celebrate his birthday for the same reason.

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Kushboo with Sonia Agarwal, who is making a comeback in the small screen for a new serial "Naanal" to be aired in Kalaignar TV. Kushboo Sundar has written and produced this serial. The serial is to be aired from December 15.

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Actress Trisha will have the heroine role in Paiya to be directed by Lingusamy. Earlier Nayantara was asked to do the role, but she demanded a crore for her role in the film. The director wanted her to reduce her salary, but according to information, she refused to forego the amount and also insulted the director saying that she did not like to waste her precious time arguing over the monetary aspect of the film. Hence, the director has asked Trisha to perform her role. Earlier, it was Nayantara who had to perform her role in Kuruvi with Vijay refused over the financial matter. Later Trisha did the role in the film with Vijay.

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Coimbatore-based industrialist, Shivagiri, has ventured into making a Tamil film titled Sivagiri. A lot space for action and entertainment, the movie is directed by a debutant Shivaji. The producer himself plays the role of a hero with Rukshana, Chandini and Risha. The shooting of the film is almost over, according to the film's director Shivaji, and adds,"the movie has suspense and thrill".
The sequence for the songs of the film are shot in a grand manner. Plans are on to release the movie very soon’. The other credits are Arabin Yusuf (music), Azhagiri Pandian (lyricist) and Edwin Raj (editor).

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