February 21, 2010 (Calcutta Tube): Followed by the grand success of ‘Eeram’, director Shankar is back with yet another supernatural thriller titled ‘Anantha Purathu Veedu’. The film is directed by Naga, who has earlier made a TV series based on similar genre.
It seems that Naga’s narration of the TV series ‘Marmadesam’ has impressed Shankar so much that he decided to sign him on for this film. ‘Anantha Purathu Veedu’ features Nanda and Chaya Singh in lead roles. Nanda had previously performed an antagonistic role in ‘Eeram’ and this time he dons the lead role. Shankar was bowled over by Nanda’s extraordinary performance in ‘Eeram’ and offered him to perform the lead role.
The film revolves around a married couple who are returning to their hometown. As they decide to stay in their ancestral house that has been locked for the past 25 years, mysterious things start to happen and the haunting begins…
According to sources, shooting is almost complete and the film is slated to hit screens this April.

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Superstar Rajnikant on Thursday came out in support of actor Ajith's remarks that the actors were being forced to take a stand on sensitive political issues.Ajith made this statement when the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi was accorded a royal felicitation at the Nehru Indoor Stadium on February 6.

Rajinikanth who was in the meeting stood from his seat and gave a standing ovation to Ajith's remarks. What Ajith meant was the politicians were forcing them to attend political meetings in which they were not at all a party to it.

Rajinikanth appreciated the boldness of Ajith who had comeout with himself known for his outspokenness, said after emerging out of his meeting with Mr. Karunanidhi which he said was to thank him for attending his daughter Soundarya’s betrothal last evening.
Later, Ajith called on Mr. Karunanidhi at his Gopalapuram residence and described the meeting as a “courtesy call“.
The soft spoken hero, who had appeared opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Hindi film “Asoka”, said he was “under no pressure” after he had made those remarks.
He thanked Rajnikant for his support and ‘appreciated’ it.
Asked whether he would stand by the comments made at the function, which was also attended by Hindi film icon Amitabh Bachchan among others, Ajith offered no comments.

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Asal movie review

Posted by Chika On 8:02 PM 0 comments

Cast: Ajith Kumar, Sameera Reddy, Bhavana, Suresh, Sampath, Pradeep Ranaut, Kelly Dorej, Yugi Sethu, Prabhu
Music Director: Bharatdwaj, Y-Kinz
Lyrics: Vairamuthu
Director: Saran
Producer: Prabhu, Ramkumar Ganesan

Ajith plays as a don in the film. Sameera Reddy and Bhavana playing lead roles opposite to Ajith. Asal music was composed by Bharadwaj and Y kinz. Asal story is written by Yugi sethu. Dialogue was taken by Ramakrishana. Screenplay and direction was taken by Saran.

Asal film story is closely out of that preliminary ajith who likes Guantanamera cigars will be a don dealing with worldwide smuggling; incidentally, the entire gang was killed. In that position, the other Ajith will appear on the screen to look for the secrecy behind the killing.

However, the remaining part of the cinema is kept confidential that second Ajith may be a police official or investigator or a person following vengeance for his beloved ones

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After playing a housemaid Thulasi opposite Srinivasan (Dhanush) in the much-acclaimed offbeat Tamil film Adhu Oru Kana Kaalam (2005), National award winning Priyamani will once again team up with director Balu Mahendra in his new Tamil film to be produced by an NRI Sri Lankan.

If Balu Mahendra's Adhu Oru Kana Kaalam had Priyamani portraying the role of a girl next door, his new film will have her in a glamorous role, it is heard. This yet-to-be-titled film will introduce a new face as the hero.

Cinematography will be handled by Anwar, a gold medalist from the Pune Film Institute. Music is by Balu Mahendra’s favourite Ilayaraja. This film is expected to start rolling in November 2010.

Priyamani is currently busy with five films: ace Mani Ratnam's Tamil and Hindi versions of Raavan, Master (Malayalam), Saadhyam (Telugu) and Eno Onthara (Kannada). Her recent releases are Raam (Kannada) and Shambo Shiva Shambo (Telugu).

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Popular TV anchor-turned-actress Swathi, who shot to fame withSubramaniapuram (for which she was nominated for the Filmfare Best Tamil Actress Award), followed by Ashta Chamma (for which she won the Filmfare Best Telugu Actress Award and Nandi Award for the Best Actress), is all set to make her debut in Kannada.

Swathi will reportedly be seen opposite Shivrajkumar in director Chandru's untitled Kannada film. The director has confirmed that he has approached Swathi. "I have approached Swathi. But the dates are yet to be finalized. Since Swathi is now doing a Tamil film with Vikram, she does not want a clash of dates. But I am confident this issue can be sorted out," he added.

Sources say this film, tentatively titled Mylari, will be produced by Kananapura Sreenivas, who had earlier made successful films like Yuvaraja and Santha with Shivarajkumar. Guru Kiran is the music director.

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Nirosha and Ramki seem to be in deep trouble with their properties being brought to public auction by Indian Overseas Bank. The couple had pledged their properties located in the posh Gemini Parsn Complex in Chennai to avail loan for their business. Having incurred heavy losses in the business, the couple was unable to pay off their debts even after repeated reminders from the bank.

This has led to the bank calling an auction to realize the amount due to them. The auction is scheduled to take place on March 10, 2010 at the Indian Overseas bank branch where the couple had availed the loan

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B. Sattenna, 35, a popular Telugu assistant director who recently made news by lodging a complaint against Ram Charan Teja'sMagadheera director S.S. Rajamouli for allegedly stealing his 'rebirth' concept in the flick, committed suicide in his house at Friends Colony in Puppalguda on Friday.

His body was found hanging from the ceiling fan in his rented house. A suicide note purportedly written by him stated that he regretted writing the ‘rebirth story’. “I don’t know if I should feel proud or bad for writing the story,” the note said.
He is survived by his wife Deepa Rani. Deepa claimed her husband had plans to carry out a legal battle seeking justice about his story being used to make Magadheera. However, she stated she did not have specific details about the case. Sattenna was the assistant director in Bhadrachalam, Chinnodu and Encounter.

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Raj TV, the Tamil Nadu based general entertainment channel (GEC), has revamped its programming lineup and has launched a slew of fiction and non-fiction shows during its primetime band, starting February.

The channel, in a bid to strengthen its programming lineup, has introduced four new shows that include a mix of fiction and non-fiction offerings for its 7:30-10 pm slot.

For its 7:30-8 pm slot in the daily offering from Monday to Friday, the GEC has a new show called Karnamanjari. It is a fiction show which revolves around a not so well off family. The channel has also introduced a new leg of the 30-minute daily mythological offering, titled Jai Shri Krishna, where the protagonist, Krishna, will now be a teenager. The show, Jai Shri Krishna, is picked from Colors as a part of the syndication deal signed between the two GECs.

For the 8 pm slot, the channel has brought forward Raj New Bulletin, the daily news capsule, by 30 minutes. The channel has upped its reality content and has launched two talent hunt shows. Airtel Top Jodi, a dance reality show, is aired for one hour from Monday to Wednesday at 8:30 pm. The show is an attempt to find the best dancing couple in the state (Tamil Nadu), where the contestants compete with small screen actors for the title of the Best Dancing Couple.

For the 8:30 pm slot on Thursdays and Fridays, the channel has launched a singing competition, Nokia Youth Singer, in which 20 students from across Tamil Nadu will compete for the title of Best Singer. For the 9:30 pm slot, there is a daily sitcom titled Veetukku Veedu, being aired from Mondays to Fridays.

Amit Bose, vice-president, programming, Raj TV, says, "There was a lull on the channel for a few months. It was time to reinvent and give some freshness to the channel as well as the viewers. The purpose of launching these programmes, sincerely, is to keep our viewers happy." The channel is promoting the new offerings on its network channels, too.

Raj TV, which till now focussed on housewives, children and families, plans to expand its audience base to include the youth as well. For this purpose, it plans to launch more youth centric shows in the near future.

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Actor Vadivelu today issued a legal notice to his co-comedian and friend Singamuthu seeking Rs 25 crore as ‘damages’ for making wild allegations against him in an interview to a Tamil weekly recently.

He said that his friend comedian has published this article with a motive to bring disrepute to him, Vadivelu, in his notice, sought a reply from Singamuthu within seven days.

Vadivelu had recently accused his (former) friend and associate Singamuthu, who used to appear with him in comedy tracks, of cheating him of several crores of rupees by forging property documents and threatening him with dire consequences recently.

Vadivelu personally lodged a complaint with Chennai Police Commissioner T Rajendran seeking immediate action against Singamuthu and others who had allegedly cheated him in connection with the purchase of land.

Singamuthu, who sought an anticipatory bail fearing arrest in the case, recently gave an interview to a Tamil weekly, apparently as a riposte to Vadivelu’s allegations.

Vadivelu today sent a legal notice to Singamuthu seeking Rs 25 crore as compensation to the damage caused to his reputation.

‘Singamuthu had alleged that Vadivelu was responsible for the death of a servant maid and Vadivelu's manager. "They are baseless charges. It was aimed at bringing disrepute to me and tarnishing my image" Vadivelu said.

Hence Singamuthu should reply within seven days to the notice and settle for the compensation’, Vadivelu said. A notice has also been issued to the magazine for publishing the interview.

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