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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