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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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