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Vasanth TV is telecasting Malayalam songs every Saturday at 10am. Super stars Mamaooty, Mohanlal,Dilip, Manoj jeyan and Jeyaram film songs are the most popular one in this programme, this is a new trial in tamil television network.


Writer Rajesh kumar’s short stories were going to telecast as Weekly stories in Kalaignar tv. Gravity entertainment P. Vijaykumar is going to produce this film.Weekly one story is going to be aired at 10 Pm from Monday to Thursday.

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The most sought after tamil tv mega soap KOLANGAL is nearing its end a couple of days, according to sources.It is the story of a family comprising the children of two wives and the rivil over becoming a great millionaire by taking various house construction project.Director Thiruchelvam has intricately made each and every episode with a suspenseful ending everyday.The serial has won high TRP rates in the market as per the story line Thiruchelvam takes leave from his friend Abi (Devayani) all the 9 characters in this serial are properly justified with their respective rolls.

The serial has won accolades from all quarters for its exposure throughout its 6 years term. One has to reap the good and the bad as per one's individual actions.The theory is well explained in KOLANGAL, there may be some set backs in the play for drawing the audiences for a long time with minor incidences which could be strait with anyone having commonsense.This was not done because for dragging the serial for such a longer period than any other serials so for they did.

Kolangal in short sets standard to other producers with its portrayal of its story with proper dialogues and scene sequences

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Vijayakanth is now getting ready to create waves in television in industry. The actor-politician has detailed plans for to use his ideas for his political upliftment by launching 'Captain TV. According to sources, The Captain channel would be on air from January 15 of the coming year.

Captain Vijaykanth's brother-in-law L K Sudeesh is at the helm of affairs of the channel and started roping some of the best talents in the industry.
According to Sudheesh the new channel to be launched would become one of the top three channels of the Tamil language.
It is likely, that Captain might direct some of his own serials or soaps as is being done for a film to be released in the near future, the sources added.

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Television and film industry share a brotherly relationship and can co-exist, said actor Kamal Haasan.

Television was considered a potential threat by film industry when it began to roll out serials. It took time for people to realise that both are allied industries and can co-exist without facing competition from each other, he said at the launch of Abirami, a television serial.

“Some actors juggle film and television with ease, while some take time off from films to act in serials. Competition never existed between us,” he said. The reach of television serials was underestimated by many people in film industry, but the serials continue to have a strong impact on people, Mr. Haasan added.

Abirami would be aired on Kalaignar TV and it would be the comeback vehicle for many. After a few years of break, the acting career of Gautami will be revived with the serial. She plays the protagonist. Actor Kalpana is also returning to the Tamil entertainment industry through this serial.

On her project, Ms. Gautami said this serial would stand apart from the rest in terms of portrayal of the characters and is backed by a strong storyline. “Many veterans are part of the team and I am looking forward to be associated with this project, which I am sure would have a positive impact on people,” she said.

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Vettaikaran Vs Paiyya mania

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With a month left for the releases of Vijay’s Vettaikaran and Karthi starrer Paiyya, the films now had a near combat over small screens, as audio launches of both these films were to be aired at the same time over leading satellite channels.

For past one week, Sun Network has been airing promos about telecasting the audio launch while Kalainyar TV has planned for a Live telecast of Paiyya audio launch.

But due to TRP issues the program producers changed the schedule of Paiyya audio launch. Paiyya audio launch, which was a star-spangled occasion, brought together the biggies of Tamil Cinema together on dais.

The audio launch of Vettaikaran had the casts and crew sharing their working experiences, and the screening of exclusive songs from this film. The highlight of this function was Vijay crooning the title song ‘Naan Adiccha’.

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The film, Passenger, is about to get a Tamil remake. Starring Sathyraj and Ganesh Venkatraman in the roles played by Sreenivasan and Dileep in the Malayalam version, the film will be directed by Selva. The Malayalam version was directed by Ranjith Shankar. The lead heroine of the film hasn’t been decided as of yet.

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This year National Award Winner Actor Prakash Raj and his wife Lalitha Kumari (who was also an actress)is till set to get divorce, living seperately for the past one year. Now they came to the family court together and filed a joint petition for divorce by mutual consent. Judge with whom the couple was closeted for over an hour on friday, has adjourned the matter to November 18 for further proceedings.

Prakash first filed his divorce petotion in April this year, lalitha kumari however filed a restitution petition to be remitted with her husband. Later she again moved the family court seeking a monthly maintenanse of 2lakhs. Counsel for the couple have worked out an out of court settlement and the couple agreed to file a joint application for divorce by mutual consent.

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The date for the marriage has been fixed. Both the jack and jill are happy over about their ensuing wedding. But a sudden problem arises before the marriage and the groom and the bride have to face a lot of problems. Have they succeeded in getting married. This is the story of Thirumangalyam, a new serial which is woven with single knot, but how about the other characters? " A lot" says the story-writer S.Venkateswaran who is also the producer for Kathiraj Entertainment will be aired through the Kalaignar TV Channel. Vazhi Muthu directs the serial and the music is scored by Johnson. Sanjay of Thirumathi Selvam doing the role of the hero, of course, he deserves better in stories like this when he faces problems domestically.
Bala Muralivannan writes the dialogues.

Subaleka Sudhakar, Sivan Srinivasan, Vasu Vikram, Sadhana, Gauthami ramachandran, varalakshmi and others are the Co-stars

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For the first time in the history of giving away awards to the excellent serials, directors and actors of the Tamil Screen, a panel consisting of judges like directors Ezhil, Ramadoss, lyricist Kamakotiyan, music director Sirpi and the dance master Kadhal Kandhas will nominate three persons, asis being done Grammy Awards.

'Vision Time' Ramamurthy and small screen actor Vishvaa have undertaken the task of announcing the awards, from the 16 serials that were telecast in the year 2008.

The awards will be announced on November 14 and will be presented on the same day at a function to be held at the Chennai Kamarajar Arangam.

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The film Sigapu Rojakal which had Kamal and Sri Devi in the cast is going to be remade, Bharathiraja’s son Manoj is going to direct this film. Vikraman and Ameer are frequenting the office of Bharathiraja to teach Manoj the nuances of directing as well as discuss the story. Manoj is of the opinion that Arya would suit the role which Kamal did in the original version. But Bharathiraja says that Dhanush would very well fit the role. They are yet to finalize the heroine

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At the last the release date is set for Vettaikaran which has Vijay and Anushka in the lead roles. This film is to be released on 18th December. The reason for delay was because of Adhavan but now it seems that there also some other reasons for the delay of the film. Vijay had kept some political punch dialogues as well as some indicators about his future political advent. But Sun Pictures seeing this said that these scenes should be deleted and re shot. But Vijay camp was now willing to do so. They approached the producers AVM to get back the film. But they refused to do so. So Vijay had no other alternative than to reshoot.

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Chalo Chennai, says Kamal Haasan
In an international screenwriting workshop took place in Chennai, Ulaga Nayagan Kamal Haasan plans to produce, direct and act in some short films. He wants those films' stories should be based on the Tamil Nadu capital.
Speaking on the occasion, the actor said that his whole life revolves around Chennai including his appearance in films when he was hardly six or seven appearing in films in Kalathoor Kannamma produced by AVM."I am surprised to see the old Chennai onscreen," Kamal Haasan told reporters after announcing his desire.
"Can we imagine the sight of chariot hurtling down the Mount Road and people walking leisurely on the stretch? Our attempt is not towards making some money, it is recording the historic memory of Chennai," said Kamal Haasan, who is known for his experiments on screen.
Stating that he would wield the megaphone for one of the short films, Kamal Hassan said: "From over 250 participants of the Chennai Screenwriting Workshop, we would handpick the works of 30. That would be added into short films."
Besides Kamal, veteran film maker and director of L.V. Prasad Film and TV Academy V. Hariharan would choose the scripts.
The initiative was inaugurated by acclaimed French director and Oscar winner Jean Claude Carriere, who recalled his association with Chennai.
"For me India is south. It is the land where strongest tradition of arts exists," said Carrierre, who has penned the script for Kamal Haasan's "Marudhanayagam", which never took off.


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MP turns TV serial producer

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J K Ritheesh whose film Nayagan which ran for more than 100 days won the Parliamentary elections on a DMK ticket from Ramnad. Now he is donning a new avatar as the producer of the mega -serial, Aandal, for Kalaignar TV channel which will begin telecast from November third or fourth week. According to K.Suresh, Executive Producer, actress Suganya dons the role of an IPS officer.

Speaking to the Deccan Chronicle, Suresh said that Ritheesh wanted the role of Suganya should be different from the stereotyped women police officer. He was very particular that the character should not have one dimension of a tough cop but also must very kind to those who are good. Story writer M.M.S.Murthy and Raj Prabhu who has written the screenplay has woven an interesting plot on these lines, ” said Suresh.

When contacted J.K.Ritheesh who had just arrived from Delhi told DC “ My wife has been telling me to produce a serial like this quite a long time. When the story was narrated, first I spoke to the Kalaignar TV and they have promised me to provide me a slot in the primetime. I am happy the way the serial has shaped out,"

As per the storyline, Suganya as Aandal as a citizen takes up the cudgels against those who commit atrocities on women and the helpless. She realises that she has her limitations and hence becomes an IPS officer and achieves what she aimed to do. “The story also a romantic angle set in the backdrop of a village. Leading artistes like Yugendran, Devi Priya, Sumangali, Latha, Rishi and Sivan Srinivasan play pivotal roles” says Suresh.

Ritheesh juggling his time between his film career and his duties as an MP has now added this new venture to his busy schedule.‘ I keep in touch with my production office on what scene they are going to shoot for the day and sometimes I might suggest changes. I played an offbeat role of a police officer in Nayagan and that was appreciated. In fact the inspiration for the role of Aandal is my wife who without my help manages the home and my public life demands,” says Ritheesh.

"So far, shoot more than 100 episodes have completed on a very tight budget, ” says the MP who is confident that his debut venture on small screen too will click.

Viduthalai is directing the Aandal for the Aarick Media Productions.

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The Sun TV Channel has started producing its mega-budget game show Deal or No Deal. The show is the replica of the Irish Endemol’s game show, and is being produced in four different languages by the Sun TV channel to make it a big success.

Irish Endemol was the first person to produce the game show for his country and at that time many different countries began to produce the same game show with different versions of their own twists on their general format. Endemol’s show’s format was carried out in the countries like Albania, Argentina, the USA and the UK. The persons from different walks of life, including some comedians and other artistes of the films, hosted the shows.

The Sun TV Channel’s Deal-a or No Deal-a (in Tamil) is being simultaneously produced in other vernaculars like Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam too; to suit the participants belonging to other states. The weekly show scheduled to be telecast on Saturdays and Sundays will be aired through the Sun TV Tamil channel on October 31. However it will be November 7th for its other vernacular channels, according to the channels official.

The contestant in the game can win up to Rs.50 lakhs, provided he is able to answer to all the questions that are asked in the game and choose the right-box containing a huge sum. There will be 26 sealed identical boxes placed before the contestants and the ‘banker’ in the game alone knows the amount contained in each box. Once the contestant points out the number of six boxes, the banker may allow the contestant’s to use his discretionary either to continue in the game or not. The banker would ask the contestants as “ Deal-a or No Deal-a in Tamil. The game will have ten rounds, it is learnt.

If the contestant wills to quit the game, he would be allowed to take certain amount of money as per the games rules and regulations.

In Amitabh’s Kaun Banega Crorepati and Sarath Kumar’s Tamil Kotteswaran one might have seen, a handful of persons might have won in the game, because if their answers go wrong then they would lose the entire money they had earned by answering for earlier questions. But this game show is different, says the officials. “ There are ample of opportunity for each and every participant to win in the show, depending upon their Luck and one need not be too intelligent to participate in the game” says the official.

“ Anyone can participate in the game and there are no restrictions. The contestants have a mixture of old, young, male, female, loud and quiet contestants,” said one of the officials of the game.

When the Deal or No Deal was introduced, it has attracted the attention from mathematicians, statisticians and economists as a natural decision-making experiment. A team of economists has analyzed the decisions of people appearing in European and US episodes of Deal or No Deal and found, among other things , that contestants are less risk-averse or even risk-seeking when they have seen their expected winning tumble. In their follow-up article they find that contestants behave similarly in ten different versions of the show, despite large differences in the amount at stake; amounts to be evaluated in relative terms, for example in proportion to the initial average and not in terms of their absolute monetary value. The research project received a great deal of media attention of the USA and the UK.

There were more than a lakh of applicants, when the channel invited participants through its channel network and Suriyan FM. Only a few thousands were selected to participate in the show, says the official.

Shankar who was one-time assistant to the cinematographer Jeeva is directing the show. Earlier he had the experiences of organizing various game shows. He did his Visual Communication from the Loyola College. There has been a plan to organize the game show on all the important festivals and birthdays of various leading film personalities, politicians and other great leaders.

Another interesting thing about the game show is that 26 models from Delhi and Mumbai are brought to the show to guard the 26 cash boxes, and it seems the channel had spent a huge amount as salaries for them.

Rishi, another Visual Communication student is the anchor of the Tamil game show for the Sun TV Channel. He has acted in a K.Balachander’s tv serial.
He has also done anti-hero role in Ananda Thandavam film. Film Star Mukesh hosts the Malayalam game show while actor Sai Kumar anchors the show for Kannada and Telugu game shows.

Only the time has to tell whether the show is viable or not, despite being lakhs and lakhs of money given to the prizewinners.

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Actress Asin is acting as a Carnatic musician and dancer of the South India in the film London Dreams. Asin who has really did Arangetram on Bharatha Natyam now has the chance to act as dancer in this film. Like Shobana who did her dance performances in many of her films, Asin now has taken over. She is acting in the film with Ajay Devgan and Salman Khan. The film is to be released on Oct.30, the sources said.

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Namma Veetu Kalyanam and Raj TV Channel fame Shilpa Menon who recently toured Dehradun shares her joy with friends and whatever be the article that she had brought from there gives them as gifts.

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Popular Carnatic musician and Arasi serial's charming face Anuradha Krishnamurthy is now appearing for the Kalaignar TV Channel's Matrimonial programme. She interviews all the grooms and brides who are willing to enroll themselves through the Tamil Matrimony dotcom. Unlike other channels which organise the very same programme in a different manner, she questions the grooms and brides about the sort of hobby they follow and the way they wanted their jacks and jills. If the grooms needed a particular qualified brides, then she would not hesitate in asking them reason for such demands. When the programme is on, the tv viewers forgetting that they witness a carnatic musician and an actress who is talking in a gentle manner as they never would have dreamt about her intrinsic value.

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One-time TV serial director now film director and actor Samuthirakani has now good stories with good scripts. The director has become popular after his Nadodigal film never misses to think back his past life. Samuthirakani had the experiences of directing Radaan TV's various tv serials. Hence, the director is now thinking of directing some more serials, for which he has come out with a story as an initiative measure for some other producers to come and produce trusting the calibre of Samuthirakani.

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Most popular Jaya TV Channel's compere Mahalakshmi who is now doing a role in Radaan's Chellamey is going to act in another mega-serial of the Jaya TV Channel. Mahalakshmi has been popular among the Jaya TV Channel viewers, when she was at the peak of the channel's compere. Mahalakshmi was attracted by many with her glamorous dresses wherever she went to participate in various functions. Besides Mahalakshmi another compere is likely to act in the Jaya TV Channel's new serial.

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By N.Thyagarajan

Sethu film fame Abhitha who married a few months ago, has been planning to act in Malayalam film serials. Now she is acting for the Sun TV Channel's mega-serial Thirumathi Selvam. The actor who is now living with her husband in Kerala spends 15 days in a month in Kerala comes back to Chennai to act in the Tamil Serial. She is also acting in another serial Thangamana Purushan. After completing her roles in both the serials, she is going to concentrate only on Malayalam mega-serials.

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Jaya TV Channel has been planning to introduce many mega-serials in order commemorate completion of ten years of its launching. The serial will have film artistes like Sangavi and compere and tv anchor Ammu. The channel is going to produce Savithri, the story of a film actress in which the two populars have given their assent to act. The serial is likely to be directed by C.J.Bhaskar. The channel has been planning to produce one more mega-serial, Ovia, about the chilling experiences of many with evil spirits. According to sources, the people may not have good sleep after seeing the thriller. The time of the serials will make known to the public as and when the shootings for both the serials were started, says the source.

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Joa Chim, the well known Guinness Record trend-setter who is also in the second rank among highest Guinness Record holders, has successfully completely his 100-hour Kharoke at the Chennai City Center situated in Dr.Radha Krishna Salai.

Hundreds of people who were watching the young record holder and film actor who was singing moving on the Centre's stage. He has the memory of almost all the new films and also films of 70s. People were panicked when they saw this young Guinness man was keeping turkey towel on his throat whenever he felt his voice could not be raised, for he had been singing all these 100 hours. But, finally he has achieved it.

Immediately after completing his record hour of 100, people surrounded him on the dais and many with garlands paid tributes to him. His voice was louder when he shouted in happy mood'Tamil Vazhga' in the midst of the crowd through his mike. He feels, it is the 'Tamil' which had catapulted him to achieve his 60th Guinness Record.

There was a big collection of money and the organiser said that the money would go to the depressed class people's welfare.

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The 100-hour Kharokee comprising only film songs began here in Chennai on Wednesday evening around 2.30 PM. Suresh Joachim, known for his second rank in the World Guinness Record began his songs with his orchestra at the Chennai City Center at Dr.Radha Krishna Salai. The songs would be carried by him, however, a ten-minute rest will be allowed to Suresh to have a wash and cleanse his face. The Kharokee will last till Sunday evening. On the final day, the kharokee will end with Kamal Hassan and other leading film personalities presiding over the function.

Breaking Guinness World Records is not a new one to Suresh. Earlier he had broken more than 50 records of the World Guinness Book of World Records. Suresh Joachim is from Canada is a Tamilian by birth.

He has produced Sivappu Mazhai a feature length film produced in 11 days 23 hours and 45 minutes in Chennai which is to be released in September 2009. He has done a leading role in the film with Meera Jasmine. The film is directed by V.Krishnamurthy and Music by Deva, Dialogue Prabhakar.

Suresh Jochim is a multi-talented in different areas. He began his World of Guinness Book of World Records since 1996. His first record was 1000 consequtive hours of running. His another record was he started drumming continuously for 84 hours, followed by running treadmill for 168 hours. His next achievement was he carried 4.5 Kilogram of brick without using any gloves in an uncradled downward position and walked for more than 126.675 kilometer and also dribbling a basketball for 156.71 km in 24 hours, running 100 km on a treadmill in just over 7 hours.

On the inaugural day of the Kharokee Suresh said, " Next my achievement will be pulling of car upto 60 kms with my head: Jochim had sought the blessings of all.

Nellai Sundararajan has arranged all the arrangement works for the Guinness man and took the responsibility of the PRO for press and media of various genre.

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'Ninaithale Inikkum', the Tamil remake of the Mollywood superhit, 'Classmates', will be released on September 4. The producers of the film, Sun Pictures, have already started an aggressive TV campaign to promote the film.

The campus film stars Prithviraj, Priyamani, Karthik Kumar and Sakthi in important roles. The film is being directed by Kumaravel. For Prithviraj, who played the protagonist in the Malayalam original as well, this film may turn out to be his ticket to the big league. 'Classmates' was directed by Lal Jose.
Foot tapping music, scored by Vijay Antony, would be one of the highlights of 'Ninaithale Inikkum'. The movie promises to be a racy entertainer.

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Shooting, post-production and censor formalities are complete for Jagadguru Sri Shirdi Saibaba directed by G Ramakrishna and produced by BV Reddy under the banner of SRR Creations. The producer himself plays the title role in this movie and the film is slated for release in the second week of September.

Speaking on the occasion, the producer and artiste BV Reddy said, “There are seven songs in the movie and all of them are situational.
We are sure that all the songs would attract the audiences. Mohanbabu, who watched the movie, complimented that the film has been brought out well. Senior director B Gopal too expressed his happiness after watching the movie.”
Director Ramakrishna said, “We have portrayed some new elements in Baba’s life which have never been described on the silver screen earlier.”

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Film: “Vamanan”; Director: I. Ahmed; Cast: Jai, Santhanam, Priya, Lakshmi Rai, Sampath, Rahman and Urvashi; Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja; Rating: **
Seemingly inspired by the great mythological character of “Vamanan”, debutant director Ahmed has dished out a movie that is about an ordinary young man who gets into a tangle and emerges successfully against all odds.
After making a mark for himself by doing a couple of experimental movies, Jai is finally seen in a full-length commercial film that has loads of romance, action and humour.
Right from frame one, Jai makes his intentions very clear, delivering a performance that has influence of mass heroes like Vijay and Silambarasan complimented by his body language and dialogue delivery.
The story of the film is as old as a hill. A prominent minister (Delhi Ganesh) is killed by his colleague and a video tape that captures the crime goes missing. The murderer, who is an influential man in society, searches for the tape in connivance with some policemen.
As it happens, it eventually reaches the hero and what follows is the crux of the story.
Anand (Jai) wants to make a career in acting. He sets out of his village and comes to Chennai. He takes refuge in his friend’s (Santhanam) house, who works as a cameraman with a satellite TV channel.
Anand tries his best to find a chance to enter the tinsel town. One day he comes across John (Rahman), whose antics and valour impress him. And they soon become good friends.
Anand, in the meantime, meets Divya (Priya) at a railway station and romance blossoms between them. He also comes across Pooja (Lakshmi Rai), a model, and befriends her. The twist in the tale is that the much sought-after video tape that captured the minister’s murder by his colleague Anbu Chezhiyan (Sampath) lies with her.
Coming to know of it, the cops and Anbu Chezhian’s henchmen are behind her. One day she gets killed and the blame falls on Anand. He manages to escape from the police and meets John. Only through John, he comes to know about the tape.
Anand manages to get the tape from Pooja’s house after much search. It’s now the cat and mouse game between him and Anbu Chezhiyan before he gets a surprise in the form of John.
Jai manages to leave a mark playing an aspiring actor. In the company of Santhanam, he does evoke good humour. Newcomer Priya plays a typical heroine. She loves Anand, shakes a leg to a couple of songs and disappears suddenly.
Lakshmi Rai plays a role that she has been doing for sometime now. As a model, she wears stylish costumes and even does a pole dance. Sampath, as a menacing villain, is good.
Santhanam walks away with honours. His hour does evoke laughter.
The scene-stealer is cinematographer Arvind Krishna. His lens captures the wild chase well, besides picturising dry Chennai in a fresh tone. Yuvanshankar Raja’s music is a letdown. The songs are average and give a ‘heard before’ feeling.
The major flaw is that one gets a feeling of dejà vu as scenes unfold, especially in the second half. Also, the lengthy second-half badly needs trimming.
“Vamanan” had promised big, but falls short.

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In collaboration with Bharatidasan University, Trichy, Tamil Nadu, popular Telugu channel Subhavaartha Television will launch Subhvaartha Television Technology Training Institute on September, offering three diploma courses in Television Program & Direction, Television Camera Technology and Television Editing.
Addressing a press conference in Hyderabad, Subhavaartha TV chairman Nehru Dhyriam and managing director N. Ashvin Dhyriam said that the minimum qualification required is 10+2 pass and admission is open to men and women with age no bar. The course fee is Rs 50,000 and can be paid in two instalments.
The media of instruction will be English and Telugu. The course content is modelled on Geoffrey R. Conway School of Broadcasting, a famous media institute in Canada.

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Some of the big guns of Tamil film industry including director Shankar and actor Vijay took part at the audio and trailer launch of ‘Aadhavan’ in Chennai Wednesday night. The film, with Suriya and Nayantara in the lead, is directed by K S Ravikumar and produced by Udhayanidhi Stalin.
In his address, Shankar hailed Ravikumar as a director of the producers. “The visuals of ‘Aadhavan’ are very good. Kudos to Ravikumar, Suriya and the entire team of Aadhavan,” he said.
Vijay, who received the first copy of the trailer from producer R B Chowdry, said, “Suriya is a man of hard work and commitment. I always admire him a lot. He has proved himself once again in Aadhavan.”
Thanking all the guests for attending the function, Udhayanidhi Stalin hoped that the box-office collections by ‘Aadhavan’ would surpass the revenue made by ‘Ayan’. “Ravikumar is not just the director of the film. He has taken complete care of the project. He is almost like a producer,” Udhayanidhi said.
Music composer of the movie Harris Jayaraj said the producer was planning to start a new movie soon with Suriya in the lead. “A R Murugadoss would direct it and I would take care of the music,” he said.
Tamil Film Producers Council president Rama Narayanan, Amirtham of Kalaignar TV, Vivek, Dharani, Sasikumar and others attended the function.

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It is reported that the Vijayawada-born actress has joined hands with a Tamil TV channel for the 'marriage reality show'.In this endeavour, Rambha has the full support of her parents, who have been trying to find a bridegroom for their daughter for the last few years. When Rambha came up with this idea, they gave their consent immediately, our sources say.
It is learnt that her parents would get half of the profits from the show and a deal has been agreed upon to this effect.
'Rakhi Ka Swayamvar', aired on NDTV Imagine had been a huge a success. Canada-based businessman Elesh Parujanwala won the tough competition to win Rakhi's hand.

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50 years ago, a small boy appeared on screen in a movie ‘Kalathur Kanamma’. Little did we know that the small boy would reach greater heights. From Kalathur Kanamma, Moondru Mudichu, Sigappu Rojakkal, Varumayin Niram Sivappu, Guna, Mahanadi, Nayagan, Devar Magan to the latest Dasavatharam, there was no looking back. No prizes for guessing…He is none other than Ulaga Nayagan Padmashri Dr.Kamal Haasan. The versatile actor has now completed 50 successful years in the film industry as not only an actor but also has taken many avatar’s like script writer, producer, director, singer and others. Vijay TV will commemorate and celebrate his success through a spate of events lined up till September.

Briefing the media at a press conference, K.Sriram, General Manager, Vijay TV said, “The celebration decided will be a month long one and it will be both on ground and off ground events that will go on air. This is first of a kind that has been decided for a star and the whole mega event has been segregated into 3 phases.” A core team comprising of K.Balachander, Director, Sivakumar, Actor, Sarath Kumar, Actor and Producer, Napolean, MP, Directors- A.R.Murugadoss, Mysskin, Actors Kushboo and Jaimala, Singer and Producer S.P.Charan, film critics Madan and Yugi Sethu will be monitoring the whole celebrations and will take care of coordinating it.

Phase 1 will have a Volvo Kamal Bus that will travel around Tamil Nadu and the bus will have an exclusive and rare photo exhibition of Kamal Hassan’s life. A signature campaign will also take place where fans, technicians and artists will sign and wish the actor. Phase 2 will have an event called ‘Thamizhum Kamalum’ at Madurai which would be a literary discussion and ‘Kamalum Kadhalum’ which will be a grand musical nite at Coimbatore. A Kamal Film Festival will also be going on at Satyam Cinemas featuring the best Kamal movies. Special On air episodes will also be going on Vijay TV. Phase 3 will be the Grand Finale that will happen in Chennai featuring stars from Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Tamil industries. Performances would be given by artists and it will be a mega event, promises K.Sriram and the core team.

What the stars said:

Mysskin: I have wondered so many times that how much can a man strive for movies. It is a sole achievement for 50 years. I’am a great admirer of him and I have learnt what is cinema from his movies.

Yugi Sethu: He is the best man suited for the Ulaga Nayagan title and he learns about cinema constantly. These 50 years is a mark of a new beginning and we will be witnessing a lot of classic movies again from him.

Kushboo: He still does home work for a movie and his eagerness to learn more is something to be appreciated. I’am proud to have acted in a lot of movies with him. His world and life is cinema. He thinks, breathes, eats, sleeps, walks and dreams cinema.

A.R.Murugadoss: Kamal sir is a temple of knowledge. He has shown the road to success to so many of us. I have a small suggestion to make here. Why not name Eldams Road, Alwarpet as Dr.Kamal Haasan road. This idea should be taken to our Chief Minister and even if we don’t do it, the future generations would definitely do it.

S.P.Charan: I’am glad to have been associated with this special event. I’am in charge for coordinating the musical nite. I’am looking forward for it.

Cheran: It is enough if one watches his movies to learn the nuances of cinema. He has taught me what is cinema and also to so many others. This mega event is what we give in return to him. I became emotional when I watched Guna in the theatre. I understood that a movie should be made like this.

Ravi K.Chandran: I had the wonderful experience of working with him in Marudanayagam. One can speak anything and everything about cinema to him and you will learn so much.
Sarathkumar: Kamal Haasan is a treasure for our industry. One can speak about him even after 25 years and even then, he will be giving awesome movies to us. That is Kamal. I keep asking him when he give me a chance to act with him. Hope it comes true soon.

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MUMBAI: Kalaignar Television Network that runs channels in the GEC, comedy, music and news category is now foraying into the kids' entertainment space with Chithram. The network has already acquired the licence for the kids' channel that will compete with Sun Network's Chutti TV in Tamil.
The network currently operates GEC channel Kalaignar TV, music channel Isai Aruvi, news channel Seithigal and comedy channel Sirippoli.
Says Kalaignar Television Network VP operations Humayen Ali Ahmed, "We are currently working on the programming mix of the channel and we plan to launch it in the next 90 days."

Meanwhile, the network is also gearing up to launch Kalaignar TV as Kalaignar Asia in Singapore and Malaysia to tap the Tamil audiences in the region.
"We have already got the government clearance for Kalaignar Asia and will launch it prior to the launch of the kids' channel," states Ahmed.
Earlier had reported that I&B Minister Ambika Soni had decided to give composite clearance to all proposals which were found fulfilling the requisite conditions. The list included Kalaignar Asia.

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CHENNAI: Fire broke out in the famous AVM studios in Vadapalani early on Friday morning, destroying the sets of under-production Tamil film

Vettaikaran' starring Vijay and Anushka. The fire, which broke shortly before three in the morning, gutted floor numbers 6 and 7 of the studios. The sets for the film was erected on floor 7. The damage, according to studio sources, is estimated to be Rs 8 crore. Inquiries reveal that the fire was caused by an electrical short-circuit in floor 6 and spread to floor 7. The two floors are part of one large building, partitioned by a wall, facing the lawns of the studios. Floors are separate structures in a studio where several films can be shot simultaneously. Around 2.50 am on Friday, a security guard noticed smoke emanating from floor 7. He immediately alerted the studio incharge and fire personnel. "Fire kept leaping out of floor 6. Within an hour, the entire floor was gutted. Vijay TV had erected its sets there," a fire personnel said. A fire personnel at the spot complained that the studios did not comply with fire safety norms and did not have even the basic infrastructure to cope with a fire accident. KK Nagar police have registered a case and further investigations are on. As soon as the news spread, units hands of Vettaikaran' rushed to the sets and managed to retrieve some expensive cameras, lighting units and audio devices. "We had just completed 106 days of shooting in Andhra Pradesh. Here we were shooting a fight scene between Vijay and Telugu actor. The first day's shoot finished at 6 pm (on Thursday) after which we packed the equipment and left them behind. We were hoping to finish the shooting for the film in another 35 days. We managed to save the two caravans, one for Vijay and another for Anushka, and also equipment worth lakhs of rupees," a production executive of Vettaikaran movie told The Times Of India. The AVM studios started functioning at its present location in Chennai in 1949 (after having started off as Pragati Studios at Santhome in 1945, but due to acute power shortage during World War Two, its owner A V Meiyappan shifted for a while to Karaikudi). Hindi cinema, right from the time of Raj Kapoor, has enjoyed a strong bond with AVM studios. The building comprising the two floors that were gutted on Friday looked old-fashioned from the outside, but inside it was well-equipped to create a make-believe world. The studio was designed with foam, thermocol and coir, which only fuelled the fire and gave a tough time to the fire personnel. "We received the fire call at 2.58 am. At least 11 fire tenders and 10 water tankers were pressed into service. By the time we came, fire had already engulfed floor 6, so we concentrated on floor 7 to prevent the fire from spreading to adjoining sets. We brought the fire under control at 5.15 am. By 9 am, it was put out," divisional fire officer (south) Priya N Ravichandran said. R Gowri Kumar, manager for M Balasubramanian, the producer of Vettaikaran', said, "I got the information at 3 am and I rushed here after informing my boss. We are yet to come to a conclusion about the cause of the fire. We are assessing the damage to file for insurance claim.

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After breaking up with Simbhu, the new man in gorgeous Nayanthara’s life is non-other-than dancing king Prabhu Deva. Though married, Prabhu Deva is said to be in a serious relationship with the actress.
The two came close to each other while shooting for Villu in foreign locations when Nayanthara’s parents were not there to keep an eye on her. This has upset Nayanthara’s father Kurien Kodiyatahm and mother Omana a lot as they were seriously looking for a suitable alliance for their daughter with the help of the brokers.
They have warned Nayanthara to stay away from Prabhu since he is already married. But Naynathara is said to be so deeply involved in the relationship that she is paying no attention towards her parents warning.

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After breaking up with Simbhu, the new man in gorgeous Nayanthara’s life is non-other-than dancing king Prabhu Deva. Though married, Prabhu Deva is said to be in a serious relationship with the actress.
The two came close to each other while shooting for Villu in foreign locations when Nayanthara’s parents were not there to keep an eye on her. This has upset Nayanthara’s father Kurien Kodiyatahm and mother Omana a lot as they were seriously looking for a suitable alliance for their daughter with the help of the brokers.
They have warned Nayanthara to stay away from Prabhu since he is already married. But Naynathara is said to be so deeply involved in the relationship that she is paying no attention towards her parents warning.

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Even after acting in more than 400 films, Vadivelu feels that he isn’t getting the kind of respect he deserves.
Recently, while speaking to media he stated that he wouldn’t be doing any lead roles in the future, “I have decided not to act in hero roles because I am being blamed if the film fails.”
He added, “so far I have acted in 490 films. My 490th film is Adhavan. Since I am bulky I am not able to dance. So I have reduced my weight by 5 kgs by doing rigorous exercises and diet. I have decided not to do hero roles in future. If a film flops, they are blaming me. If I say there can be little more salt in the food, they say that I am interfering in the production.”
“During the dubbing if I say that the lines can be changed they immediately comment that I am interfering with the editing,” rues Vadivelu.
He further adds, “If I say that the shirt button is not proper they quip that I am interfering with the costumes. The hero has no right over anything. If at all I act as a hero bearing all these inflictions, the producer with come with his family and axe the scenes. If I act as a hero all the responsibilities fall on my head. So I am fed up with doing hero roles. Instead of acting as hero in one film I can act in 10 films in comedy roles.” - SAMPURN

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Glad tidings to all! Actor Narain– The Charming guy of South Indian Film Industry has become a father now. His wife Manju gave birth to a girl baby on july 22nd afternoon at 1.30 p.m. in Baby Memorial Hospital, Calicut.
Actor Narain entered into nuptials with TV Anchor Manju Haridas on August 26, 2007. It’s noteworthy that both of them fell in love while encountering each other on a TV interview for a Satellite Channel.
In his early days, actor Narain was a cinematographer and graduated from Adyar Film Institute. He assisted Rajiv Menon in various projects including Morning Raga. He made his debut as an actor with Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s ‘Nizhalkuthu’ and shot to fame with ‘4 The People’.
He made his debut in Kollywood with Mysskin’s directorial ‘Chittiram Pesuthadi’
We convey our heartiest congratulations to Narain and Manju and wish them success in future.

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Yesterday was a very intriguing day for film lovers in Malayalam Film Industry with news about their popular star Kavya, planning to call it a day from her married life with Nishaal. Kavya Madhavan has also tried her hand in Tamil with a couple of films like ‘En Mana Vaanile’. The news spread like fire after it appeared as a cover story in the midday newspaper, which also stated that after having problems with her husband Nishaal, the actress is back to Kochi with her parents. The actress who got married five months ago, even while she was in the peak of her career was said to be regularly mentally tortured for the rumours about her relation with a top artist of Mollywood.
The TV channels all over the state then tried far and wide to get backing sources for the story and the people from every corners of life in the state were discussing about the chances about this developments in the life of their favorite actor. By the evening, many of the channels flashed that Kavya is heading for a divorce and she with her parents have approached a leading lawyer and filed a divorce petition. But today the popular dailies carried a different piece of news from her parents who states that there is no such issue between Kavya and her husband, and their marriage is not on the rocks. They assure that they have no problems to hide, in Kavya's life and every thing will be back to normal in a couple of days. Any how, the hungry news mongers are getting another confused story that may remain the lead for some days.

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From 27th July monday to friday at 9.30 pm AVM's new soap 'avazh oru minsaram'.It is going to be a different story says the story writer Devi Bala. Produced by M. Saravanan M.S. Guhan, ArunaGuhan and AparnaGuhan.

Music ByRamani Bharathvaj and directed By R.K.

Watch this soap from Monday at 9.30P.M.

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Aadavan the host of Amuda Ganam on Mega TV is keen to make his show more interesting in the coming episodes.
The show has Tamil old melodies along with interesting information about them. The show has compleated 600 episodes and is being watched by people of all age groups.
The theme based songs are a great hit among the viewers. A lot of interesting things are on the anvil in the near future says the director of the show. Watch Amuda Ganam Daily at 8 to 9 am and 9.30pm to 10.30 pm on Mega TV. - Sampurn Media

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Soon Rajshri Media will be launching in four 4 regional content video websites like Bengali, Tamil, Telgu, and Marathi. This they had analysed before they foray into regional/vernacular video content. They have also launched a youtube channel each for these regional sites.

On the youtube front Rajshri became the number one most viewed YouTube channel in India with more than 100 million viewers. Rajshri Media part of 60 year old Rajshri group which is one of the oldest and largest entertainment group has leveraged its offline content repository and even made tie ups to scale its online presence.

Rajshri Media has a huge collection of movies,archived TV content,original content on its website It also hosts content of various other languages like Bengali, Tamil, Telgu, Marathi which makes it N0 1 media channel with a huge audience base.

What makes them hit in India is their content repository which includes all time hit epics like Ramayan, Shaktimaan, Mahabharat etc which make them unique and front-runner in providing the content which may have lost with time...

.Rajshri has been able to draw lot of eyeballs for the Web Video content but we feel what is even more promising is the upcoming domains i.e mobile which will gain more traction with the introduction services like 3G etc. We had reported that rajshri is soon to launch which would be a mobile vas download site. Rajshri can very well encash its early mover advantage in the web video domain and use the same for mobile video once the technology (3G) is in place. As it has all the content and has the capability technologically as well (given their tryst with mobisodes)

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“I will not do glamour roles. That means I will not wear revealing clothes in films. I know that taking the glamour route is the easiest way to stardom, but you will not last long. I do not want to mention names, but where are the stars who wore revealing costumes? What are they doing today? The life of a glam girl is very short in cinema, while actresses of substance have a longer run, depending on the performance of their films at the box-office,” says Valmiki Telugu film Meera Nandan.

The actress has decided to act in the film in de-glam roles.

While talking about her role in Valmiki she said that her character was very strong in the film and the film's director Anantha Narayanan had brought best things from her. She hoped that audience would appreciate her role in films. Ilayaraja has done quite a fab job with the music; let's hope the story and screenplay is as great as the music.

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Small screen actor Chetan has become director for a Tamil movie to be produced by Sathya Jothi Thyagarajan. " Earlier I was working as assistant director for some films and I was waiting for an opportunity to be come a fullfledged director for a film. But my schedules with acting for small screen serials did not give me enough time. I told my own story to the director, who promised me to go ahead with the production of the film. Now I am writing the script and will soon start writing of dialogues of the film" said the small-screen actor Chetan.

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By N.Thyagarajan

This is the title of a Tamil film to be produced by Daya Nidhi son of Minister M.K.Azhagiri. It is the story of making fun on the films produced in Tamil for commercial purposes. Mirchi Siva has taken a vow to find out various idiotic that are going on among the producers to make their films successful. Wait for the day when this film will be released, if it is released then it will be a veritable tamasha among the people of Tamil Nadu.

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Ilaya Thalapathy Vijay and a leading film actors of younger generation will be announcing about starting of his new political party on his birthday. His father, S.A.Chandrasekaran who is also an actor, producer and director is the stickler for starting the party. Vijay who is acting in his 49th film Vettaikaran would yield him a good result and his earlier films were flopped. The actor who claims that he has more than 20 lakhs fans would be joining or supporting his new political party from outside. Following the foot-steps of MGR , Sarath Kumar and Vijaykanth this young artiste will be heading a political party.

There have been vast connections between Kodambakkam film studios and the young film heros to start a political party, but Vijay's political party would not contest in the coming elections. Like Rahul Gandhi who did not like to become a minister, but at the same time woo youngsters in the Congress party, this young Vijay would strive to do several welfare measures to poor and as a first step, the party would start computer cafes in three places of Chennai to make the poor people to browse and deal with computer languages.

Let us wait and see, what this young actor has to say after starting his political party !

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Veteran actress Lakshmi, known as " South Indian Oprah Winfrey" for her popular talk show 'Kathaialle Nijam', makes her debut on Kannada TV as the host of the talk show. The show, titled 'Idu Katheyalla Jeevana', is very similar to her hit show in Tamil. The show will go on air from June 22, every Monday to Friday on Suvarna channel.

'Idu Katheyalla Jeevana' aims to bring to light and discuss taboo subjects such as homosexuality, adultery, abuse at the work place, domestic violence and adolescent issues.

In each episode, a specific case will be chosen and those involved in the case will be featured on the show. It gives the audience a chance to stand witness to the many faces of truth and reality. The show also attempts to provide solutions.

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It is the story of love between four sisters. Punitha comes to city and she gets Rathnavel’s support and she stays in Ponnatha’s house. Punitha always expects good things to happen in her life but Ponnatha’s son-in-law Durai Raj madly falls in love with Punitha.
Surya who comes from Singapore comes to know through Punitha about Durairaj swindling money from the business runs by Surya. In the meanwhile Surya decides to marry Punitha. On coming to know the decision of Suseela decides to commit suicide because she loves him.
On knowing this, Punitha takes a vow to stay in a temple till the problems are settled down.The story goes around whether Punitha and Surya unites together.

The Story and direction are done by Sakthi Manohar. The serial is being telecast on all Mondays to Fridays at 1.30 PM through Sun TV Channel.

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It is after the success of Slumdog Millionaire Music Maestro A.R Rahman has reached new pinnacle in his career.
Now Rahman is all set to compose his magical Tunes for the next 23rd James Bond film which will be produced by Barbara Broccoli with the co-producer is Beach film fame McDougal. The film was produced with the joint effort of Danny Boyle. Danny Boyle is well aware about the talents of AR Rahman.

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The DTH service of BIG TV group of the Reliance ADA Group, is expanding its channel with the addition of ten more new channels. These channels would be made available from June, according to a release of the company. The channels would include KBS and WB and English entertainement channels.
The rest of the eight channels include leading regional channels in India; DD Podhigai (Tamil), NE TV (Telugu), India Vision (Malayalam), Star Jalsa (Bangla), Star Pravah (Marathi), Mahua (Bhojpuri), DD Kashmir (Urdu / Kashmiri), and TV99 (Rajasthani).
BIG TV would be offering these channels across various subscription packs.

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Vittotthi Sundaram is the film about the story of a largely literates in the Kanniyakumari district, in Tamil Nadu. Though there are a lot of learned persons the crime rate in the district are also high. Karan who has chosen the role in this film, says that his character and the story line of the film are entirely different when compared to other films as commercial and action thrillers. The film is directed by V.C.Vadivudayan. Anjali of Kattradhu Thamizh act opposite Karan. Besides, Kanja Karuppu, Saravanan, Periyasamy, Vennira Adai Murthy are also acting in the film in meaty roles. Vidyasagar scores the music of the film which is produced by J.Senthil Kumar. According to the producer, a team of the film unit recently undertook a journey to Kanniyakumari and observed the lives of the people living in the area, to give a beautiful picture for the storyline.

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Shruthi daughter of Kamal Hassan who has been given a chance to music direct the film Unnaipol Oruvan, is always casual and has no tension at all. She has no fears over her entry in the music line for the film and she at any time never had the tension that one more responsibility of becoming an actress for the film Luck, being produced in the Bollywood.

She says, “ I never had the fear for becoming a music director, it was my father Kamal Hassan who alone recommended me to music direct Unnaipol Oruvan. Of course, I am always careful to earn the name of a good music director. I also wanted to become good actress. I have self-confidence in me, that I could prove a good music director”.

She adds: Because of my parents’ inducement, I have learnt Hindustani Music, and the music has become inseparable from me. I was about to act with Madhavan in a film, and for some reasons, I had to abandon the plan. The genes of my father, runs through the veins of myself. If my father is assigned any duty or job, he would take care of those things and would finish them in an appreciable way. This I have notice on several occasions, and I too want to follow his ideals.

When asked about her the modern style with modern dresses, she said that she had been wearing it quite a long time and it was her usual custom to dress like that. “ I can’t change my style, since my childhood and it is like asking a person why he brushes his teeth every day in the morning.

“ My father used to advise me always to work sincerely and also cautioned me not to become jealousy over one’s praise. These advises are like weapon saving me.

When asked about her sister Akshara, Shruthi said she had been concentrating on her studies, besides she had been learning Kuchipudi dance. “After finishing her studies, it is she who has to decide and choose her career” says Shruthi.

If there is any controversy will you support your father? Our reporter asks this question. Shruthi smilingly replies, “ I always used to give my moral support to my dad”.

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Actress Namitha celebrated her birthday in Mumbai on May 9th with a very few invitees in her Mumbai house with her family members. The treat she gave to the visitors, including some press men was tremendous, sources said. A photo of her birthday celebration was available with the courtesy of The Hindu, daily.

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Actor Bharat is likely to follow the style of Late actor M.G.Ramachandran who had carved a niche for himself with his style of acting in the film Meenava Nanban, a film which was a box-office hit thirty-five years ago. The young chap Bharath who was moved by the film, is having a role in Thambikku Indha Ooru in which he is acting as a fisher-man. On the first day of the shooting Bharath appeared before a big-cut of MGR's Meenava Nanban and began to act in the new film. Though the story of yesteryears Meenava Nanban was entirely different from that of the new one, Thambikku Indha Ooru, it is expected that this young boy who has been trying to set the trend through this film will appear with the same costumes of MGR's.
Earlier, Bharat was planning to act as Super Star Rajinikanth in this film, has suddenly changed his mind, for it was MGR alone who had set the trend in Meenava Nanban with Saroja Devi in the film.

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Sethu film fame actress Abhitha is getting married on May 25 in a Church in Kottayam in Kerala. She marries George, a techie and also a business man. Abhitha has become popular after the release of film Sethu with Vikram. The actress could not get regular chances, after the release of the film, however, she became popular and most sought after actress by many producers. Abhitha has switched over from big-screen to small-screen and now she is acting in Thirumathi Chelvam, a mega-serial for the SUN TV Channel. Her character as an innocent daughter of a family having four daughters and a wicked mother and a father whose silence for her welfare often brings him a setback.

" I will continue to act in the serial and even in films after my marriage" says Abhitha to the reporters.

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Univercell Vijay Awards in its third year has kicked off well and the audience participation has increased this time around. The publicity van ‘Rasigan Express’ that traveled across various districts of Tamil Nadu was received well.
The year 2008, witnessed some great works in the Tamil film industry and the 118 films which were released during the year captivated most of the Tamil audiences. Like in the past, this year too viewers will get a chance to cast their vote for their Favorite stars under 5 Category - Favorite Hero, Favorite Heroine, Favorite Film, Favorite Director and Favorite Song.
The Jury Members, Actor/Director Prathap Pothan, Popular Writer/Director/Producer Yugi Sethu, Film Critic/Cartoonist Madan and Lizzy Priyadarshan will be introduced on Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 2pm on Vijay TV. The Jury will discuss the various parameters under which they are to analyze the movies that would be nominated.
They will speak about the 27 categories that are taken into consideration for this year’s award like Best Actor / Actress, Best Debut Actor male / female, Best Music Director, Best Playback singer – Male / Female, Best Villain, Best Cinematographer, Best Comedian, Best Supporting Actors – Male / Female and many more.
The year 2008 saw the maximum number of releases, when compared to the 25 years of Tamil cinema. In the first episode of Univercell Vijay Awards the Jury analyses on how acting has evolved from the Sivaji Ganesan era to the current cup of actors. The Jury members also discuss about the importance given to the supporting actors’ roles for the films released in the year 2008.
Tamil films are always hero oriented but the year 2008 was an exception; Films like ‘Poo’, ‘Abhiuym Naanum’, has the female characters in the lead and the Jury members also bring this point to notice.
With Gopinath hosting the show, watch the Jury members share their expert comments on the films of 2008 in Univercell Vijay Awards, this Sunday, May 10, 2009, at 2pm on Vijay TV.

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IN its Russian Classics, Makkal TV will be telecasting White Dew at 6.03 pm this Saturday.
Fyodor Hodas is a long time widower, living in White Dews village. He has three sons. The oldest is practical, the youngest too cheerful, and the middle one is working far away from home. But the old man worries for all his sons, especially for the youngest, who is an airhead. According to Soviet screen magazine, this is the best comedy film of 1984, with 36.1 million tickets sold that year. The director of this film is Igor Dobrolyubov. Makkal TV will telecast the film with Tamil subtitles.

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This year’s biggest release, Sushi Ganesan’s Kandhasamy, will now release on June 12, more than a month after its initial release date. The film’s audio release will now take place on May 10. Kandhasamy is Tamil cinema’s first superhero movie and sees Vikram, Shreya and the late Raghuvaran in the lead roles. Producer S Dhanu has spent a small fortune in marketing the movie in a huge way through a series of slickly packaged trailers and teasers. Kandhasamy will be the first Indian film to release simultaneously in the major Indian languages as well as Italian, Spanish and English

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The Sun TV Network has bagged the Tamil version rights of the Hindi language Police Police which recently received A from the Censor Board. The film with Prithviraj and Sri Ram in the lead and Kamalini Mukherjee as the heroine was cleared by the Censor Board. Manmohan has directed the film and Chandu is the producer. The film is produced in Tamil and Telugu.
The post-production works are now going on. The film will be released in Telugu and Tamil on the same date. The producer and director claim that the film is quite different from the many police films that have been made so far. The film will enthrall all sections of the audience, claim the film makers.

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The audio release of Cheran’s Pokkisham was held on Sunday, the 19th April at Kalaignar television studio in Chennai. The event was telecast live on TV and was attended by many of the industry’s top directors who expressed their faith in Cheran’s ability to mesmerize the audience with his creations. The CD of Pokkisham was formally released and two songs were screened for those present.
Cheran spoke and said that the film is all about love. The story is set in the 70s and the love will have all the charm of that era; when love happened slowly but steadily where a strong emotional chord was formed between the two lovers even before they confessed their love to each other. The film will take us through the myriad emotions that two such lovers go through. Cheran plays the role of a marine engineer (Lenin) based in Calcutta and Padmapriya plays a Tamil literature student (Nithira) from Tamil Nadu. Their love takes form even as they are separated by distances and that is said to be the beauty of the movie. “Everything that is said and done in the movie will leave an impression in the heart of anyone who has ever fallen in love” said Cheran and we believe him. As said above, the movie is set in the 1970s and that in itself necessitates elaborate sets to replicate the era. However, the budget did not allow for such liberties and Cheran had to scout many places before deciding upon a small area in Calcutta where the architecture was a throwback to the past. Small modifications to the hoarding and advertisements and the paints on buildings recreated the 1970s and brought it alive, as was seen in the songs screened. Cameraman Rajesh Yadav and art director Vairabalan should be lauded for their role in realizing Cheran’s vision. One thing that really surprised is Padmapriya’s role as a Muslim girl; she seems to have lived the character. She said at the function that this was one of the most challenging roles in her career. She has done a marvelous job. Perhaps, her previous experience of playing a Muslim character (in the Malayalam film Amritham) helped her a bit.The two songs that were screened ‘Nila Nee Vanam’ sung by Vijay Yesudas and Chinmayee and ‘Varum Vazhi Engume’ by Renjini, were soulful and lovable compositions. The picturization too is brilliant, not the regular song and dance type, but one where the characters embed themselves in our minds. The songs appear to be written and composed strictly with the script in mind and Sabesh-Murali have done a great job of meeting the requirements. This is the composer duo’s 25th film. Their score is soothing, melodic and all those good things that are so rare in our lives.The first impression given by the audio launch is that Pokkisham will be a film that will stand true to its title and be treasured by Tamil cinema lovers.

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The shooting of the Unnai Pol Oruvan, being produced in Tamil and Telugu, began at Hyderabad with Kamal Hassan and Venkatesh appearing in the films. The film is the remake of the Malayalam film Wednesday started its shootings at the Ramoji Rao Studios. In the film Venkatesh is playing the role of Mohanlal and Kamal does the same lead role in Tamil. Originally, Unnipol Oruvan was the title of a Tamil film produced three decades ago. Kamal’s daughter Shruthi Hassan is given the job of directing music. Earlier, the film bore the title as Thalaivan Oruvan Irukkiran and now it has changed.


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