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VOL 1 ISSUE 9 September2011

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Mankatha trailer rocks - 23 Vijay gears up with Velayudham - 26 Viswaroopam shooting starts - 30 Bharathiraja to work with G V Prakash - 39 Temple for MGR - 43 Advocates burn Santhanam’s effigy - 58 Mani Ratnam to shoot - 66 Murugadoss to do Ramana in Hindi - 80 EVENTS Nanban Shooting Spot Stills - 24 Mankatha Audio Launch and Press Meet - 32 Ramanarayanan’s wife Radha passed away - 44 Velayutham Audio Launch - 48 Vijay at Ram Lila Maidan with Annahazare - 56 S V Sekar Son Wedding - 78

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Dear Readers, Hope Summer has hit the roofs and all the movies are hitting the screen as well. I always find myself watching action packed movies, at this time of year. Practical movies and real life movies have been a huge hit these days which is a good sign for creators to be natural in their own skin. The legendary actor Sidney Poitier told “I am the me I choose to be.� Just let your thought and let the creations flow out and hoping to watch some more good movies. Enjoy reading, Sainthavi Editor

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Mudhal Idam

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STARRING :Sadagopan Ramesh Harini BANNER : V. Muraliraman

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DIRECTOR : Yuvaraj

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CinemaMatters | Movie Reviews Vinayak Mahadevan (Ajith), a police officer in Maharashtra, gets suspended for helping a smuggler to escape. A daredevil man, he falls for Sanjana (Trisha), daughter of an influential goon Arumugam Chettiyar (Jayaprakash), who controls Taravi. Meanwhile, a tough cop Prithvi (Arjun) takes charge to end betting scandal in IPL cricket in Mumbai. He gets an info that cash of over Rs 500 crore to be used in betting arrives to the business capital of India through Arumugam. Sumanth (Vaibhav), a goon working for Arumugam, plans to take away the booty without his boss’s knowledge, with the help of his friends Ganesh (Ashwin), Mahanth (Mahanth) and Prem (Premgi), an IIT graduate. Vinayak joins the race, leads the team and robs the cash. Coming to know that the gang had taken the cash, both Arumugam Chettiyar and the police follow them. In a sudden turn of events, Mahanth and Prem escape with the cash. It’s all upto Vinayak now. The big battle begins.

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The long time craving of Ajith fans comes to an end with Mankatha, which is massive and mind blowing. A usual masala entertainer has been presented in an unusual way by director Venkat Prabhu, completely satisfying the appetite of Ajith fans.

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Though publicised as a multistarrer, Mankatha is purely dominated by Ajith and the ‘Thala’ delivers nothing but his best in every scene. As a man whose only aim in the life is money, Ajith hogs the limelight. Equal importance has been given to Arjun, the action king of Tamil cinema. Though beauties like Trisha, Anjali, Andrea Jeremiah and Lakshmi Rai are there, there don’t have much scope to take over the screen. And there is a long list of other actors, such as Premgi Amaran, Jayaprakash, Vaibhava and Aravind Akash. Cinematography by Sakthi Saravanan and music by Yuvanshankar Raja are the two biggest strengths of Mankatha. However, a crisp editing could have done a world of wonders, as the first half is lengthy. WWW.CINEMAMATTERS.COM

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Rowthiram

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gives an actor great courage and confidence. Jiiva, who is basking on glory thanks to the success of Ko, is a testimony to it. The actor is now ready for his Rowthiram.

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Shiva (Jiiva) is an upright but an angry young man. His grandfather (Prakashraj) teaches him martial arts, makes him a brave boy since his childhood. He creates an urge in him to stand up against evil elements in the society.

The young boy grows up. So does the anger in him. But comes in between Shiva’s father (Jayaprkash), who has other dreams for his son. In the meantime, Priya (Shriya) is law graduate who sees Shiva in a ‘different’ situation. After few encounters, it’s romance between them.

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Shriya Saran plays the heroine. Shriya’s not part of the crew to act, she’s gorgeous and is the film’s cooling factor.

Jiiva is the latest heartthrob in Kollywood thanks to the stupendous hit of Ko. He repeats the magic in Rowthiram, directed by debutant Gokul. In an actionadventure film that is packed with punch, Jiiva does his best. He brings anger, agony in his eyes.

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Mudhal Idam Vidharth is happy-go-lucky youngster who lives in a rural area of Tamilnadu. His big ambition in life is to to become the sought-after name in the most wanted list of the local police station. He comes across Kavitha Nair, daughter of a bus conductor. It’s romance between them. In the meantime, there are two local politicians (played by Nadodigal Thirumurugan and Pughazh). As the hero thwarts the attempts of the two politicos to become MLA, they start a war against him. Enters Kishore to set things right. And what follows is a climax with twists, turns and enough dosage of humour

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Vidharth continues from where he left in Mynaa. With his boy next-door looks, he fits the role well. Equally impressive is Kavitha Nair. The actress from the God’s Own Country combines glamour and beauty. Ilavarasu and Kishore are also there, proving their expertise on screen. Camera work by Sellathurai and editing by V T Vijayan add value to the screenplay. D Imman’s music reflects well the earthy mood. Debutant director Kumaran should be lauded for his characterisations. The movie reminds one of Kalavani at few places. Also the logic is defied here and there. On the whole, there may be some short-comings in the flick. But pardonable for the team has tried its best to render a quality entertainer. AVM is at it again.

Race is on Starcast Vidharth Kavitha Nair Kishore Ponnambalam Appukutty Director R. Kumaran Music D. Imman Producer AVM Productions Editing V. T. Vijayan

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Sevaka Pandian (Sampath) is an influential man in a village in Usilampatti. He gives a lot of importance to caste and hates love marriages. His son Kathir (Bharath) is a tech-savvy youth, who works in Chennai. His goal in life is to settle down in the US. Kathir doesn’t like his father because he is always behind him with a marriage alliance. To escape from his father, he plans to go to America. Kathir’s roommate Sakkarai (Santhanam) helps him in all his efforts. Kathir meets Nisha (Rima) at the US Consulate. He falls for her. When all seems to be going well, there is a twist in the tale and they get separated. Post-interval, the scene shifts to Seychelles, where Nisha and Kathir head for work. Destiny makes them meet again. Do they fall in love again forms the climax.

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Bharath, after a critically-acclaimed role in Vaanam, is back playing a lover boy in G N R Kumaravelu’s Yuvan Yuvathi. Written by S Ramakrishnan, the movie has a good mix of romance and comedy. Bharath looks stylish. He has action, romance and humour to do on screen. Rima Kaleengal looks good. Unlike contemporary heroines, she has a major role to play. Santhanam’s one- liners impress. Sampathraj is impressive as an arrogant father. Anuja Iyer and Shakthi make special appearance towards the end of the film. Kumaravelu has managed to make the movie engrossing and he succeeds thanks to Ramakishnan’s crisp dialogues. Music by Vijay Anthony is a mix of peppy and melodious tunes with Kola Kuthu reminding one of Naka Mukka. Produced by Baiju, Yuvan Yuvathi is feel good entertainer which provides one a deja vu feel as it progresses. WWW.CINEMAMATTERS.COM

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Thamizh (Snehan) is a cheater, who deceives everyone he comes across. While Rishvanth (Vaseegaran), is never short of confidence and runs a five star hotel hoping to make profits one day. Thamizh cheats Rishvanth and joins his hotel as general manager. But he is moved by Rishvanth’s trust on him and coming to know about his financial problems, he resolves to set them right. Meanwhile, he falls in love with Iyal. And Rishvanth incurs the wrath Jagan Pattabiraman (Jayaprakash), a greedy but influential journalist. Rishvanth’s secret marriage with popular actress Devatha (Akshara) is publicised by Jagan and he brings disrepute to the couple. How Thamizh steps in and saves Rishvanth from troubles is the rest of the story.

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Lyricist Snehan plays the main character with ease with a huge star cast around him. The highlight of the movie is that Premnath has laced with some interesting commercial elements and producer Chandrasekhar has given him ample support as major portion of the movie has been shot abroad in a grand manner. Shankar has cranked the camera while KK has handled editing. Both have done decent jobs. Mani Sharma’s music is average and the songs give a feel of having listened them before. On the whole, Uyarthiru 420 is an average fare as the director could have concentrated more on the script.

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PottaPotti

In a village near Theni, live people who know nothing about cricket. The place is ruled by two big shots Kodaivannan (R Shiva) and Kollaivannan (Umar), who compete with each other to marry Parijatham (Harini). The village panchayat meets to resolve the issue and finally it is decided that a cricket match should be played between teams led by Kodaivannan and Kollaivannan and the captain of the winning group would get to marry Parijatham. One of the captains, on coming to know that cricketer Ramesh (Sadagopan Ramesh) is in the locality, kidnaps him and forces him to train his team. As it happens, Ramesh and Parijatham fall in love. The climax decided who among the three tie the knot with Parijatham.

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Ramesh has done a neat job. He is at ease before the camera and his body language is like a seasoned actor. Harini as a pretty-village girl is adequate while Shiva, Umar and Avatar Ganesh rock the screen with their performance and one-liners. Music by Arul Dev and cinematography by Gopi Amarnath provide many feel-good moments.

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Debutant director Yuvaraj has banked heavily on the script and it has helped him a lot. Of course there is no denial that the film reminds us part of Lagaan, Chak De and Kollywood’s own Chennai 600028. But still, Pottta Potti can be watched for its freshness, neatness and humour. The film runs for just two hours and within that time, it makes you laugh for a lifetime.

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Mankatha Trailer Rocks The new trailer of Manktha doing rounds on internet has won acclaims and Ajith-fans are extremely thrilled with it. The two-minute trailer features Ajith in different get-ups and is racy and sleek. The movie directed by Venkat Prabhu is Ajith’s 50th film and has music by Yuvan Shankar Raja. The audio was out in the market on Wednesday. It has six tracks besides theme music and the songs have already become huge hits. Presented by Sony Music, the audio CDs of Mankatha are being sold like hotcakes. The movie, touted to be an action-thriller,is based on betting in cricket, The shooting is complete and the film is ready for release soon. Arjun plays a cop on Ajith’s trail in the film. Trisha, Anjali, Vaibhav, Jayaprakash and Premji Amaran are also in the cast. WWW.CINEMAMATTERS.COM

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Good news for Vijay fans. The muchawaited audio of Velayudham which has musical score by Vijay Antony will be released on 28 August in Madurai. The movie produced by Ascar Films V Ravichandran stars Vijay, Hansika Motwani and Genelia D’ Souza, and is directed by Jayam Raja. ‘Velayudham audio launch will take place on August 28 in Madurai amidst thousands of Vijay fans,’ said a press note from the Production house. According to sources, the audio launch will take place in Madurai since the movie was launched in a gala affair in Chennai. Plans are on to releae the movie in a big way next month. It is a film with all commercial elements and Vijay will rock, says sources.

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Vijay in Mahesh Babu’s Shoes Nanban, the remake of Three Idiots in Tamil, directed by Shankar is fast nearing completion. Starring Vijay in the role enacted by Aamir Khan in the original, the movie has Ileana in female lead. Srikanth, Jiiva, Sathyaraj and S J Suryah are also in the cast. Sources have it that the moie was to be remade in Telugu with Tollywood top actor Mahesh Babu in the lead. However at the last moment, it seems the project did not take off due to some unavoidable reasons. Now, sources say the Telugu version will have the same cast as that of Tamil’s. ‘Yes, Nanban would be dubbed and released in Telugu. Since Vijay is popular in Tollywood, producers believe the film will work there too.’ In the meantime, plans are on to release Nanban’s audio (composed by Harris Jayaraj) in a grand manner. Says Vijay, ‘Expectations are high on the film. A remake directed by Shankar has attracted lots of hype. Hope we live up to it’.

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Hansika Speaks on Velayudham Hansika Motwani who has completed shooting for director Rajesh’s Oru Kal Oru Kannadi (OKOK), is all excited about her next release Velayudham with Vijay. Says Hansika: I’m looking forward to Velayudham audio launch on August 28. I will be there in Madurai for the audio launch.’ Ask her about Velayudham and she replies, ‘I play Vaidehi, a village belle wearing half-sari and plait always, who is comical but aggressive as well’. She is very happy about being part of OKOK too. ‘There is so much comedy with Santhanam around that I’m always laughing in the shooting spot,’ says Hansika, who is currently in New York to write her exams. She is doing her graduation in political science at an American University, we learn.

Priyanka Chopra Opposite Vijay The sought-after Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra started her career opposite Vijay in Tahmizhan in 2002. Later she went on to do films in Hindi and today is a name to reckon with in the industry. The latest buzz doing rounds in the industry is that the former Miss World might play Vijay’s lead girl in his forthcoming project with director A R Murugadoss. The project is expected to go on floors after the completion of Nanban and 7am Arivu. According to sources, Vijay was very impressed with a story narrated by Murugadoss and immediately gave his green signal. Vijay’s father S A Chandrasekhar is likely to produce this film and Harris Jayaraj will compose the music. WWW.CINEMAMATTERS.COM

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Kamal Ropes in Rahul Bose

The popular Bollywood actor Rahul Bose will be seen doing a prominent role in a Tamil film, thanks to Kamal Haasan. For the ‘Ulaga Nayagan’ brings him to Kollywood through Viswaroopam. The Hindi actor’s character in this mega budget movie has negative shades, we learn from reliable sources. He has been told to grow a beard for the film. Rahul Bose got ample time to get into the character, since Viswaroopam is getting delayed. He has grown a beard and is looking like the character required for the film, sources say. They add: Bose himself is very excited about working with Kamal Haasan. He is doing intense homework to ensure that all is well when he stands in front of the camera with Kamal.

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Devi Ravidevan, a former associate of Kamal Haasan, has turned producer now. He is producing a movie titled Kalla Thuppaki. Directing the movie is newcomer Logiyaas. Says Devi Ravidevan: ‘Having worked with Kamal Haasan closely there was always an urge in me to introduce new talents. Though my idea was to establish myself as a director, when Logiyaas narrated the story to me, I chose to produce the movie for him. It is a catchy storyline and need of the hour’. On Kalla Thuppaki, he says, ‘it is about a group of students who go the wrong way in their lives. A good teacher is a must to ensure a good future for them. This forms the crux of the movie.’ Five young boys make their debut as heroes while a Kerala girl Neema is cast as heroine. Popular Telugu music composer S K Balachandran is scoring the music, while cinematography is by rookie A V Vasanth’.

Shooting Starts From today, Kamal Haasan will start shooting for Viswaroopam, a film which has the Ulaga Nayagan in many roles. He is the director and protagonist of the movie, besides taking care of the story, screenplay and dialogues. If sources are to be believed, a grand set has been erected on a site at Old Mahabalipuram Road, the IT Corridor on the outskirts of Chennai, where the shooting of Viswaroopam will be held today. ‘After finishing the first schedule in Chennai, the cast and crew would leave for foreign locales, including England and Canada. It is a gripping thriller penned by Kamal himself,’ sources say. Anushka has been roped in by Kamal to play the female lead in Viswaroopam. Devisri Prasad, who had earlier worked with Kamal in Dasavatharam and Manmadhan Ambu, will score the music.

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FIR on Vikram’s Next It was reported that after Deiva Thirumagal’s success, director A L Vijay and actor Chiyaan Vikram will team up once again. Now the latest is that the two are coming together very soon.Sources say that Vikram has managed to give dates amidst his busy schedule to Vijay, apparently impressed by his work in Deiva Thirumagal. The film will start rolling soon and Vikram will be simultaneously doing Suseenthiran’s Rajapattai along with this movie. The film is said to be an action thriller. Buzz is that the UTV, which presented Deiva Thirumagal will present the film once again. Vijay has reportedly approached Anushka to do the female lead. She hogged limelight playing an advocate in Deiva Thirumagal.

Vikram, Bala to come together Here comes the big news. The latest grapevine in Kollywood circles is that Chiyaan Vikram and National-award winning director Bala would come together for third time, for a yet-to-be-named film which would hit the floors soon. They had earlier teamed up to cast their charm in Sethu and Pithamagan. Recently Bala was at the success meet of Vikram starrer Deiva Thirumagal and heaped laurels on the acting skills of Vikram. Vikram too reciprocated his appreciation and said Bala was his mentor. Sources close to him say, ‘Vikram is quite keen on working on Bala again. Talks are on but it remains to be seen if Bala will come up with a script and role that will suit the actor.’ At present, Bala is basking on the success of Avan Ivan. The movie starring Vishal and Aarya won critical acclaims. Produced by Kalpathi S Aghoram’s AGS Entertainment, it had music by Yuvanshankar Raja. WWW.CINEMAMATTERS.COM

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Jiiva, who has recently floated a film production house called Spiral Dreams, in associaton with his elder brother and actor Jithan Ramesh, is planning to roll out his maiden venture soon. Interestingly, the film would star Jiiva and Arya in the lead roles. Guess who is wielding the megaphone? Rajesh, who had directed both of them (Jiiva in Siva Manasula Sakthi and Arya in Boss Engira Baskaran) will be doing it. ‘My brother Ramesh and I were trying with the idea of producing films for quite some time. It’s just that we want to give something back to the industry where we have grown. Aamir Khan is my role model in this endeavour. Hence I started Spiral Dreams’, says Jiiva. There is a buzz that Arya would co-produce this yetto-be-named film, which is set to hit the floors soon. Meanwhile, Jiiva is waiting for the release of Rowthiram. Directed by Gokul, it stars Shriya opposite him.

Birds in Kollywood chirp that Arya will team up with director Vasanthabalan. The two will come together for a movie to be produced by director Thirupathi Brothers, a banner owned by ace director Lingusamy. Lingusamy is now directing Arya- Madhavan starrer Vettai. He is also producing Kumki, directed by Prabhu Solomon that marks the entry of Sivaji Ganesan’s grandson and Prabhu’s soon Vikram Prabhu. Arya was reportedly impressed with the script narrated to him by Vasanthabalan. The movie would be marketed by UTV Films, the corporate giant that has signed a deal with Thirupathi Brothers to release their movies ‘A top heroine will be paired opposite Arya in this film. The shooting will start once Vasanthabalan, who is known for movies close to reality, returns from the shoot of his forthcoming project Aravaan,’ sources say.

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Cheran in a Film Titled City

Arjun, Cheran in Vasanth’s Film

After a brief intreval, director Vasanth is back to wield the megaphone. The former associate of veteran K Balachander will be directing a love story, which has apparently titled Moondru Paer Moondru Kathal. Vasanth who made great romantic movies like Keladi Kanmani, Aasai and Poovellam Kettupar is back after a hibernation mode. His last release was Satham Podathe, a thriller which had Prithviraj, Nithin Sathya and Padmapriya as protagonists. Moondru Paer Moondru Kathal would have ‘Action King’ Arjun, director Cheran and a newcomer as male leads. Three new females will be introduced by Vasanth. The movie would be produced by Mahendra Talkies. Vasanth is upbeat that the film would do wonders at the box office. ‘The script is ready and we would shortly go in for shoot,’ circles close to him say. Arjun has completed Mankatha while Cheran is ready with Muran. Trisha Krishnan is all smiles when she starts to speak about Mankatha. The former Miss Chennai plays the lead role alongside Ajith in this 50th film of him, and this is third time for her to do so, after Ji and Kireedam. ‘He is so down to earth. It is nearly impossible for a star of his stature to be this simple and humble. And he is extremely honest too. So I like him very much and he is one of my favourite costars,’ she says. Says Trisha on Mankatha, ‘It’s a boys film and I have very little to do in it. When this role was offered to me, I grabbed it for the simple reason of working with Ajith and Venkat Prabhu. And it was a blast shooting for the film.’ Interestingly, Trisha has dubbed herself in Mankatha. ‘I play a girl from Mumbai and guess that’s why, Venkat insisted on me dubbing in my own voice. He told me that we will give it a try and it worked. He was extremely happy. Looking back, I think I was not confident to dub but now I hope to dub for all my Tamil films.’ WWW.CINEMAMATTERS.COM

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After Muran, actor-director Cheran will be doing a city-based subject that has been aptly titled City. It will feature him in a modern role, sources in the know say. Cheran plays one of the lead protagonists, the other being Kishore. It is directed by Nagulan Ponnusamy, who earlier did Srikanth’s thriller, Varnajalam. Cheran is also reportedly acting in director Vasanth’s film. The shooting for City would go to floors early next month. ‘It will be completed in one go,’ sources add. Muran stars Cheran and Prasanna and is being marketed by UTV Films. A road thriller, Muran is getting ready to hit the screens by the first week of September.

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Anushka is pumped up with the success of Deiva Thirumagal. Asked if the movie is close to her heart, she says, ‘Of course yes, but it is next to Arundhathi’. ‘My parents enjoyed the movie a lot. They normally don’t watch a film more than once. But they watched Arundhathi twice’, she said. On her forthcoming projects, she says, ‘I am there in a Tamil film which has Karthi Sivakumar in the lead role. Also, I will be part of Selvaraghavan’s forthcoming venture, an official announcement on which is expected at the earliest’.

Anushka unplugged Actress Anushka has emerged a name to reckon with in both Tamil and Telugu industries with her latest film Deiva Thirumagal (Nanna in Telugu) hogging all attention. She says that she always wants to prove herself as a talented actress. ‘I tried to strike a balance between my Telugu and Tamil assignments. But the flow of the Telugu productions didn’t leave me with enough dates to do Tamil, as much as I’ve wanted to,’ the outspoken actress says. ‘I always believe in completing one film before moving onto the next, so that the dates don’t clash. This year onwards, I’ve decided to do a few more Tamil films, provided good scripts come my way’, she says. On Deiva Thirumagal, Anushka says, ‘it is Anuradha (my role as advocate) that has captured my heart. Not because my character was unique, but because of Krishna (Vikram) and Nila (Sarah). When I first went to the set, it was not Vikram that I saw, but Krishna’. Throughout the making of the film, Vikram was literally the character, she adds with glee. WWW.CINEMAMATTERS.COM

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Bharathiraja to Work With G V Prakash Veteran filmmaker Bharathiraja, who is always young at mind, is all set to make a comback to Tamil cinema, with a movie titled Annakodiyum Kodiveeranum. The filmmaker who turned turned 70 recently, has roped in young composer G V Prakash Kumar to compose music for Annakodiyum Kodiveeranum. Bharathiraja’s last venture was Bommalattam starring Nana Patekar, Kajal Agarwal and Arjun. GV has already started composing for the director’s new venture which will start rolling in October. ‘Working with a legend like Bharathiraja sir is going to be a great experience for me. He has always got the best out of any composer’s that he has worked with and I’m eagerly looking forward, says G V Prakash.

Happy Birthday Suhasini Veteran actress and wife of ace director Mani Ratnam, Suhasini, turned 50. Suhasini Mani Ratnam is one of the finest actresses in the country. She is not just an actress of immense talents, but also a filmmaker,producer, lyricist and a successful television anchor. The actress celebrated her 50th birthday in a grand manner. Mani Ratnam threw a very private party followed by a grand function in Chennai on Independence day in which friends and relatives were present. At the function, many top guns of Tamil cinema attended and showered praises on Suhasini. A music show featuring S P Balasubrahmanyam was organised. A tradition south Indian lunch was served to all guests.

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Suriya To Turn Producer

‘I want to start production house to encourage new talent. It’s a way to give something back to the industry which has given me so much,’ says Suriya. Speaking at the audio launch of A R Murugadoss Productions’ maiden venture, Engeyum Eppodhum, Suriya said that he would start his production venture around the same time next year. Engeyum Eppodhum featuring Jai, Anjali, Sharvanand and Ananya, is directed by Murugadoss’s former assistant Saravanan. This film also marks the entry of Hollywood’s Fox Star Studios into Tamil cinema. Its has music by Sathya. Vivek, Prabhu Solomon, Harris Jayaraj were among the other guests who graced the occasion.

7am Arivu From Deepavali A sweet news for Suriya fans. Director A R Murugadoss is planning to release his much-awaited 7am Arivu, which has Suriya and Shruti Haasan in the lead roles, this Deepavali. The director is currently busy with the post production works. The story is said to revolve around a time machine which is brought to India by a scientist. The film is also being dubbed in Hindi and Telugu. 7am Arivu is a sci-fi thriller in which Suriya plays a triple role: a circus artist, a Buddhist monk and a scientist. Harris Jayaraj is the music director while Ravi K Chandran handles the camera.

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Rajinikanth to Build Hospital Rajinikanth is known for many charitable works, which he does without much publicity. The Superstar is currently planning to construct a hospital for the poor near Chennai. Rajinikanth suffered serious health trouble a few months ago and was rushed to a hospital in Singapore where he stayed for over a month to recover and return to the country. Now he is all set resume Rana, to be directed by K S Ravikumar. Meanwhile talking to a vernacular weekly, Rajnikanth’s elder brother Sathyanarayana Rao said that his brother has recovered well and is doing fine. He said the actor has reportedly bought a huge piece of land near Chennai where he proposes to construct a hospital for the poor and provide quality treatment to them at affordable cost. This indeed comes good news for the top actor’s fans. They are elated at the news and say that it is just the beginning of a slew of various good measures that Rajinikanth is going to start.

Rana Begins 3rd October

The latest buzz doing rounds in the industry is that the muchhyped Rana starring Superstar Rajnikanth and Deepika Padukone in lead roles will kick off on 3 October in Hyderabad, the capital city of Andhra Pradesh. The movie was halted after Rajnikanth suffered ill-health on the day of its muhurat (April 29 to be precise). Now that the Superstar is back fit and fine, huge sets are reportedly being erected at Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad. Apparetly confirming this, director K S Ravikumar, who is joining hands with the top star after Muthu and Padayappa, says, ‘I met Rajnikanth and he is recovering well. He might join the shoot from October 2011’. Sources say that there had been no changes in the script and the shooting would continue as planned. Two huge sets of a palace and a ship are being erected at the Ramoji Rao Studio. Sonu Sood will be part of the movie that has music by A R Rahman. WWW.CINEMAMATTERS.COM

Temple For MGR

Puratchi Thalaivar MGR still holds a place in the hearts of Tamils. Though two decades have passed since he left this world, his name still attracts the attention of one and all. A temple for the former Tamilnadu Chief Minister has been constructed at a small village, Nathamedu near Thirunindravur in Tiruvallur district near Chennai. On Monday , a consecration ceremony of the idol was conducted by priests, drawing a big crowd of MGR fans. The temple itself was built by an MGR fan, Kalaivanan who sold his property and pawned his wife’s jewellery to garner funds for it. Costing over Rs 21.5 lakh, the temple has three idols of MGR, a six-foot tall one in the inner sanctum, a two-foot long idol inside the temple and a third one on the temple tower.

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Simran, who started her acting career with Nerukku Ner, went on to become a sought-after star playing heroine to almost all top heroes in Tamil cinema in later 1990s and early 2000. The actress, who took a break from acting after her wedding, chose to re-appear with Gautham Vasudev Menon’s Varanam Aayiram. Buzz is that she would turning a filmmaker and she would direct a movie that would be produced by herself. Her production house is called Arigem. The actress wants to introduce young and talented filmmakers into the industry. She is planning to produce films in Hindi, Tamil as well as Telugu.

Vishal on Denial Mode

to be dubbed in Tamil Urumi Urumi, the bumper hit in Mayalayam, is all set to

speak in Tamil. Directed by Santosh Sivan, written by Shankar Ramakrishnan and produced by Prithviraj, Shaji Natesan and Santosh Sivan, the Tamil version will release soon. The story of the film, which stars Prithviraj, Prabhu Deva, Genelia and Vidya Balan in the lead, is set in the 15th century. It tells how Vasco Da Gama first came to the Indian shores and tried to ruthlessly exploit the locals, who fought for their rights. The movie won laurels for both Prithiviraj Genelia and others. Arya had played a cameo in the film. ‘I am happy that everyone associated in this project cooperated with me well,’ says Santosh Sivan. Soon, the cinematographer-director will commence his next directorial venture, titled Ceylon. ‘It is about the experience of three youngsters. There will be no politics in it,’ he says. WWW.CINEMAMATTERS.COM

A section of the press had carried reports that Vishal has been dating Varalakshmi, daughter of Sarath Kumar, who is currently playing the heroine in Simbu’s Poda Podi. When queried, the actor denied saying, ‘we’re just good friends and we hang out together with the same gang of friends. I’ve known her for the past 20 years. We go out for dinners and catch movies with the same group of friends, which is perhaps the reason for people talking about us.’ In the meantime, there is also a buzz that Vishal had recently been to Himalayas to Shriya Saran, reportedly to do some ‘meditation’. Circles close to the actor deny that too. Meanwhile Vishal’s next flick Vedi, being directed by Prabhudva is all ready and would hit the screens soon. The Avan Ivan actor is still to commit any other film. 46

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Jiiva and Gautham Menon

The latest buzz is that Jiiva would be playing a college student in his next venture with acclaimed filmmaker Gautham Vasudev Menon. He is already playing a similar role in Nanban, a remake of Three Idiots by Shankar and had to lose oodles of weight to look the part. Sources have it that Jiiva will be playing a college student in another of his forthcoming films, which is to be directed by Gautham Menon and is likely to go on floors on August 29. ‘The film will travel through several phases in the life of the protagonist and in one of them, Jiiva plays a college student. Gautham was insistent that Jiiva look different from what he looks in Nanban. So, he had to undergo a makeover. The first schedule of the film will be held in Chennai and will go on for about three weeks’, sources say.

Climax Change for Rowthiram Jiiva’s recent-release Rowthiram has gone in for some change. This follows reports from the audience that the sad climax wherein the heroine dies (Shriya played the female lead) was hard to digest. Now, director Gokul, producer R B Choudhary and protagonist Jiiva have ensured that the climax is changed. The movie has been trimmed by 12 minutes and it would have a happy ending. Says Jiiva, ‘it is a movie that has been made good by director Gokul. Ko was made in a big budget with top technicians. People’s expectations soared a lot after Ko. Rowthiram was not bad and it is doing decent collections’. The actor is eagerly awaiting his forthcoming films Vandhan Vendran and Nanban. The former is directed by Kannan, while the later is a remake of Three Idiots and is directed by Shankar.

Dhanush-Selva Shoot in Full Flow

Selvaraghavan’s directorial venture Mayakkam Enna starring Dhanush in the lead role is nearing completion. Richa Gangopadhyay has recently replaced Andrea Jeremiah as the leading lady. Dhanush plays the role of a doctor and it is said that he would appear in three different getups. UTV Motion Pictures has acquired the release rights of this film produced by Dhanush’s father Kasthuri Raja. Ramji (of Raam fame) handles the camera. Kola Bhaskar is the editor and G V Prakash Kumar is the music director. Interestingly Dhanush has sung a couple of songs in the movie. The siblings had worked together in Thulluvatho Ilamai, Kadhal Kondein and Puthupettai before and all the three films are super hits, besides winning critical acclaims from all possible quarters. WWW.CINEMAMATTERS.COM

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Karthi has emerged a name to reckon with in Tamil cinema in just three years. Not jus that,he has a huge fan-base in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh too. After a hat trick of hits in Yuhanukku Okkadu (Aayirathil Oruvan), Awaara ( Paiya ) and Na Peru Siva (Naan Mahaan Alla), he has scaled greater heights in Tollywood. Sources say the stupendous success of Na Peru Siva has brought him huge fanbase there. Whenever Karthi makes a visit to Hyderabad, he is surrounded by the Telugu film producers for his dates, it is said. Meanwhile his forthcoming Tamil venture Saguni is fast shaping up. Directed by newcomer Sankar Dayal, the movie is expected for a release in Telugu too simultaneously.Also buzz is that Karthi is listening to various scripts.

Karthi to Act in a Telugu Film

Karthi is a name to reckon with not just in Tamil cinema but also in Tollywood. All his Tamil films, that became blockbusters here, have been dubbed and released in Telugu to witness a bumper opening in Andhra Pradesh. Now cashing in on the trend, Karthi is planning to do a straight Telugu film. Even his recent release Na Peru Shiva, the dubbed version of Nan Mahan Alla, has been doing tremendosuly at the box office. Says Karthi, ‘all my Tamil films dubbed into Telugu have become hits. Now I will be doing a straight Telugu film sometime next year. Already, Bommarallu fame Bhaskar is working on a script for me, which will be my first Telugu straight film.’ On the Kollywood front, Karthi is busy shooting for Saguni, a political satire directed by newcomer Shankar Dayal.

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Simbu aka STR starrer Osthi, a remake of Bollywood blockbuster Dabangg, is fast shaping up. But the crew is still in search for a top heroine to shake her legs for an item number, which is the Tamil version of Munni Badnam... A section of the media claimed that Simbu initially approached Nayanthara and then Shriya Saran for the special number in Osthi. However, both actresses denied the offer due to different reasons, it was reported. Recently, Shriya Saran, who is now waiting for the release of Rowthiram, refuted the news claiming that such reports are baseless and no truth in that. ‘Simbu has never approached me for Osthi,’ she said. She said she knew about such information from the reports made through the media and she has no space for such claims. Osthi is directed by Dharani with Jithan Ramesh and Richcha Gangopadhyay playing pivotal roles. WWW.CINEMAMATTERS.COM

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Vikram’s Karikalan Unveiled Karikalan starring Vikram is a period-film and the shooting

for it is on at a quick pace. The first look of the film is out and it shows Vikram as a macho-man fighting a war. Being produced by in a grand manner by SilverLine Film Factory of SS Vasan and S Parthi, directing the mega-budget venture is L I Kannan, who worked for special effects in films like Enthiran, Anniyan, Eeram,Ghajini and Sivakasi. Zarine who acted opp osite Salman Khan in Veer is the female lead.Pasupathy and Sha nmuga Raja play prominent roles in it. Tamil kingKarikalan life is chronicled in the this fantasy tale and aptly named after him, say sources. N Karthik, who was associate cinematographer in many hits like Yaradi Nee Mohini, nthiran, Puaipadam, and Mumbai Express is cranking thecamera. Mahesh, who was part of Bheema, 1977, Sakkaraikatti, Muthinam Parthanae, handles editing.

Awesome Threesome For Vikram Vikram will be romancing three girls in his period flick Karikalan, which has completed its first schedule. Sources say that there are three heroines in this period flick. Zareen Khan is one of the leading ladies. Mitra Kurien, who played Asin’s friend in Kaavalan, has also been roped in for this flick. And the third lady who will be making her Tamil debut is Bollywood’s Radhika Apte who was seen in Raktha Charitra. Vikram is busy shooting for Karikalan and Rajappattai simultaneously and he would then do a movie for A L Vijay. Meanwhile Karikalan is growing up fast and sources say that there are many sequences made using computer graphics and it would be done using state-of-the-art technology.

Azhagarsamiyin Kuthirai goes to Toronto

Director Suseenthiran’s Azhagarsamyin Kuthirai, produced by Escape Artist Motion Pictures and released by Dhayanidhi Alagiri’s Cloud Nine Movies, is selected for screening at the 36th Toronto International Film festival in the ‘contemporary world cinema’ category. It is the only film from the south of India this year at the Toronto International film festival in this segment. This is a prestigious segment where the best of world cinema is selected and compete with one another. Directed by Suseenthiran, the movie is about a rustic youth and his love for his horse. The movie won critical acclaims and fared well at the box office. Comedian Appukutty played a key role in the film. With Saranya Mohan playing the heroine, the film was based on a novel by writer Bhaskar Sakthi, who later penned scripted for the movie. Music was by maestro Ilayaraja, which was much appreciated by one and all. WWW.CINEMAMATTERS.COM

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Vaanam 100 days Silambarasan aka STR’s Vaanam, directed by Krish, has successfully completed 100 days in Chennai. The actor played ‘Cable’ Raja and his role was widely appreciated. The movie a remake of Allu Arjun’s Telugu film Vedam, which too was directed by Krish. STR’s earlier outing Vinnaithandi Varuvaya was also a blockbuster, it is to be noted. The actor, in the meantime, is going gaga with the success. ‘He is planning to throw a grand party to his friends and colleagues to celebrate the film’s success,’ circles close to him say. Simbu is currently shooting for Vosthi, a remake of Hindi hit Dabbang and Vettai Mannan. He has completed the shooting for Poda Podi, which marks the acting debut of Sarath Kumar’s daugther Varalakshmi.

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Simbhu did it in Manmadhan. He directed the film and won laurels for his work. Now he is all set to repeat the act, with Kettavan, which is his long-pending project. Says Simbhu, ‘I’m starting it next year, for sure. The cast and crew are yet to be finalized but just that I want to kickstart the film. Music will be scored by Yuvanshankar Raja’. Throwing more light on the film, he says, ‘It is not Manmadhan 2, but it will fall under that style of filmmaking and will be made in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi simultaneously.’ His Vosthi, a remake of Dabbang is likely to hit screens during Deepavali, Simbu’s other projects Podaa Podi and Vettai Mannan too are nearing completion. WWW.CINEMAMATTERS.COM

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Vettai Story Revealed Bharath Brims with Hope After a medicore outing in Vaanam, Bharath will have his next release next week. The actor’s Yuvan Yuvathi, which is touted to be a romantic entertainer, will hit the screens on August 26. Directed by Kumaravel of Ninaithaley Inikkum fame, the movie stars Bharath, Riima Kalingal and Santhanam in key roles. It has music by Vijay Antony with a major portion portion shot in Seychelles. ‘Yuvan Yuvathi has romance, humour and action for audience. The director has given his heart out and the whole unit worked hard’, says Bharath. On her part, Riima says, ‘the film is youthful and bubbly. It is sure to sweep your feet. I am happy to make my Kollywood debut with this beautiful film’.

At a time when a lot of expectations are surrounding Vettai, director Lingusamy’s forthcoming film starring Arya and Madhavan in lead roles, here we present the story of the movie. Madhavan plays a cop, whose name is Thirumurthy, while Arya is his younger brother. A carefree Arya later takes action avatar, as circumstances force him to do so. Sameera Reddy plays Madhavan’s wife and Amala Paul as her sister. Arya falls in love with Amala at the very first sight and their romance scenes will be the highlight of the movie, add sources.

Bharath upbeat about Yuvan Yuvathy Actor Bharath is confident that his Yuvan Yuvathy, hitting the screens tomorrow, will lure youngsters. Directed by G N Kumaravelu, the movie has Riima Kalingal opposite him. Santhanam and Sampath Raj play prominent part. Music by Vijay Anthony is already topping the charts. Says Bharath, ‘ it is a movie that is close to my heart. It has come really good. It oozes with romance all through. Major portion of the movie was shot in Seychelles. All is well with the film and I was all enthralled doing it’. On his part, Kumaravelu said, ‘ it is a movie about father-son bonding with romance as the buzz word. All the artistes have given their best.Bharath looks stylish while Riima Kalingal is cute and given an astouding performance’. WWW.CINEMAMATTERS.COM

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Annoyed at the manner in which advocates were portrayed in Deiva Thirumagal, a section of lawyers chose to burn the effigy of comedian Santhanam, who played an advocate in the Vikram starrer. He played Vinod, a junior lawyer to Anushka in the film directed by A L Vijay. A section of advocates in a court in Chennai burnt the effigy of Santhanam alleging that he has tarnished the image of advocates by making fun of the profession. In the movie Santhanam appears as an advocate who runs around the court halls seeking a client. The lawyers raised slogan against Santhanam and burnt his effigy. They also sought an apology from the actor and the whole team. The movie produced by Mogan Nadarajan and released by UTV Motion Pictures had Vikram, Anushka, Amala Paul and Santhanam in key roles. Music was by G V Prakash. The film has been garnering good collections at the box office.

Adhi Bagawan Adhi Bagawan starring Jayam Ravi, directed by Ameer and produced by DMK strongman J Anbazhagan, seems to be on a sticky wicket. A major portion of the movie has been completed. The film has Neetu Chandra opposite Jayam Ravi. Buzz is that the shooting was temporarily stalled due to the arrest of producer Anbazhagan. However sources add that the issues would be sorted out and the movie would be completed soon for an early release. Jayam Ravi plays a dual role in the film.

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Who Jiiva Girl in Mugamoodi? The guessing game is on in Kollywood as to who would play Jiiva’s ladylove in Mugamoodi, to be directed by Mysskin. There’s a buzz that Pooja Hegde, a Femina Miss India South 2010 finalist, will don the role. A source close to the development says, ‘Several people are being considered for the role of the leading lady but Pooja seems to be the frontrunner. Director Mysskin is thoroughly convinced with Pooja’s look and talent.’ Says Jiiva, ‘I should thank my directors for giving me great roles and the Tamil audience for supporting my attempts. Ko is a team work and credits should go to the entire team led by director K V Anand.’

Following the stupendous success of Ko, Jiiva is going strong in Kollywood. The same movie dubbed and released in Telugu as Rangam made huge collections in Andhra Pradesh and Jiiva is equally popular in Tollywood too. Cashing in on his popularity in the ‘Telugu Desam’, his forthcoming film Vandhan Vendran, a crime thriller written and directed by R Kannan of Jayamkondan and Kanden Kadhalai fame, is being dubbed in Telugu. The Tollywood version has been titled as Vachadu Gelichadu, which is a literal translation of the Tamil title. K V V Satyanarayana has bought the Telugu dubbing rights from the producer K S Srinivasan of Vasan Visual Ventures. The film is slated for September release. It has music composed by Thaman, who is extremely popular in Telugu. Cinematography is by P G Muthiah and editing by V T Vijayan. Vandhan

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vendran features Jiiva in the role of a professional boxer. Nandha plays the baddie in it, while Tapsee is the heroine.

Engeyum Eppodhum Coming Soon Hollywood’s prominent production house Fox Star Studios’ maiden Kollywood venture Engaeyum Eppothum, co-produced by ace director A R Murugadoss, is all set to hit the cinema halls soon. The film is directed by Murugadoss’ longtime associate Saravanan. Jai, Sharwanand, Anjali and Ananya play the lead roles. If sources are to be believed, the movie has two different storyline meeting at one-point. Says Saravanan, ‘it is a movie that is close to my heart not just because it is my first directorial venture, but also because of the script. I am happy that my mentor Murugadoss was extremely impressed with the storyline and readily agreed to produce the movie’. All the artistes have given their best and it is a film that would certainly set a new trend in Tamil cinema, he says. The audio was released recently in which the likes of Harris Jayaraj and Suriya taking part in the event. WWW.CINEMAMATTERS.COM

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Name Change for Irandam Ulagam There seems to be lot of title changes in Tamil cinema these days. Either out of protests from a section of community or for tax exemptions, the titles are being changed. Joining the list is Irandam Ulagam. The movie stars Dhanush and Richa Gangopadhyay in the lead role and is directed by Selvaraghavan. The shooting for the film is almost complete. Sources say that now Selvaraghavan is planning to rechristen the movie. In all probability, he may title it Mayakkam Enna. Mayyakkam Enna is a line from a popular song from a song in Sivaji Ganesan starrer Vasantha Maaligai. Sources feel that name would sit apt for the movie’s storyline. However Selva could not be contacted to confirm the news. Watch out this space for more details in the coming days.

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The debut directorial venture of Aishwarya Dhanush starring her hubby has been titled 3 a formal announcement in this regard was made in Chennai on Friday. It was also officially announced that Amala Paul plays the heroine. Camera is by Velraj, music is by newcomer Anirudh and editor is Kola Bhaskar. Aishwarya said: ‘I cannot reveal much about the story and genre but I promise that it will be complete entertainer within the realistic format. I am happy to direct my husband Dhanush, who is a national award winner’. Adds Aishwarya, ‘I got the blessings of my dad (Rajnikanth) before I commenced the shooting’. Stating that her wish is to direct Rajnikanth, she said, ‘I don’t know whether I would realise my dream.’ She added that Dhanush is an excellent actor and that she penned the script keeping him in mind. Dhanush was also present on the occasion.

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Nayan is a Hindu Now

Actress Nayanthara, who is a Christian, has converted to Hinduism now. According to sources, since she is getting ready for her marriage with actor-choreographerdirector Prabhudeva, she got converted to Hinduism. It is said that Nayanthara visited the Arya Samaj in Chennai on Sunday and performed various prayers and rituals, which are requested to become a Hindu. Later, she was given with a certificate that she is a Hindu now. It may be recalled that Prabhudeva and Nayanthara fell in love after Villu, in which both worked together. Prabhu Deva, after a mutual consent, divorced his wife Ramalath aka Latha. He accepted to bear the expenses of his two children. In an apparent sign of entering wedlock with Prabhudeva, Nayanthara too did not accept any new offers. The last film she acted was Sri Ramajayam in Telugu, a Balakrishna starrer based on Ramayanam, in which she played the role of Goddess Seetha. 62

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After Bhavani, actress Sneha has chosen a break. She says, ‘I want to do quality movies. Having been in the industry for such a long time, I want to do meaningful roles. I accept roles that have a scope for me to perform’. Her next Tamil film will be with Sundar C and it is a remake of Rajnikanth’s Murattu Kaalai. She has also got the lead role in Vidiyal with Sarath Kumar. In addition to this, she has a Telugu film with Nagarjuna. Sneha says, ‘The going is good for me. I want to do versatile roles.There are many offers coming my way, but I’m waiting to watch’. Interestingly, after rocking the south Indian film industry, Sneha is now doing a Hindi movie. She will play the wife of Naseeruddin Shah, one of the finest actors in India, in director Revathy Varma’s Mad Dad.Revathy told a newspaper that Sneha’s character will be positioned like a 1980 style person. She lives only in the memory of the title character played by Naseeruddin. Revathy has said : ‘Sneha has the versatility to carry of any part with ease.’

Three Cheers for Sneha

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It is an occasion to celebrate and rejoice for partycadres and fans of actor Vijayakanth. he is celebrating his birthday in a grand manner today. It is being observed as Anti Poverty day by his suppporters. Slew of welfare measures are being organised and poor and under-privileged would be distributed with economic aid on the occasion. Vijayakanth will be having a special birthday celebrations this year for his birthday comes at a time when his party has won stupendous show at the just-concluded elections. His DMDK has won 29 seats in the elections. The Captain on his birthday urged his fans to render their best for the people. He said serving the cause of the general public should be our priority. Vijayakanth fans from various parts of the State are thronging the city to meet and greet their leader on the occasion. WWW.CINEMAMATTERS.COM

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I Want to be Director Actor Viddharth Mynaa fame Vidharth who is hoping that his recent-release Mudhal Idam, produced by AVM, would make it big at the box-office, says, ‘ I want to be remembered as director’s actor’. He said, ‘ it was my childhood desire to act in a AVM film and it’s realised now’. He is acting now in five films that includes a Malayalam and a bi-lingual (being made in Tamil and Telugu). His next release is Kollaikaran, a commercial cocktail. Says Vidharth, ‘I thank all directors and technicians who groomed me and fondly recall the days at Koothu-P-Pattarai that shaped my career and acting skills’.

Suriya to shine on 10 Sept

Producer Udhayanidhi Stalin, director A R Muru gadoss and hero Suriya will be releasing the audio of their venture 7am Arivu on 10 September. The final master copy of the album, composed by Harris Jayaraj, is ready and it will be handed over in few days to Sony Music who is having the audio rights of the film. 7am Arivu is a sci-fi ac tion thriller film. The mov ie has Suriya and Shruthi Haasan in the lead roles. Suriya and Murugadoss are coming together after the super hit Ghajini. Shruthi, the elder daugh ter of ‘Ulaga Nayagan’ Kamal Haasan, is making her acting debut in Kol lywood with this film. The movie will be hitting the screens on Diwali.

Trouble for Arjun’s Maasi Arjun’s Maasi directed by Kicha, which was expected to hit the screens this weekend, was not be able to do so, thanks to a stay order from a court. In a press release from the produc ers of ‘Idhudhanda Police - 2’, Y Surender Reddy said, ‘We got the south remake rights of the Bolly wood film, Risk (starring Randeep Hooda, Vinod Khanna and Tanush ree Dutta) and based our Idhud handa Police - 2 on it.’ He added: ‘The film, starring Dr Rajashekar, and directed by his wife Jeevitha, is simultaneously being made in Tamil and Telugu. Recently, we learnt that almost 75 per cent of the scenes in the Arjunstarrer Maasi, directed by Kicha, are similar to that of Risk, for which we have got the rights.’ ‘We obtained an order in Hydera bad City Civil Court to stay the re lease of the movie,’ Surender Reddy added.

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Mani Ratnam to Shoot in Mid Sea After Raavan, director Mani Ratnam is ready with his next. It is a roman tic entertainer starring newcom ers. The movie would have script by writer Jayamohan and Mani Ratnam has roped in cinematographer and director Rajiv Menon to shoot it. The script is set among the fisher folk of southern Tamilnadu. ‘The lead roles will be played by new faces. The film will have a panoram ic vision and lots of aerial shots,’ said a source. Rajiv Menon has worked with Mani on Bombay (1995) and Guru (2007). Mani is keen to finish shooting the movie on a tight schedule by No vember, added the source. ‘It is a big film and will require a lot of expertise since it will be shot in coastal areas and also in the sea,’ it further said. There are reports that veteran actor Karthik’s son Gautham might be in troduced as hero. The director however prefers to maintain a stoic silence.He has not revealed any details. SEPTEMBER-2011


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Rahman at it Again

The Mozart of Madras A R Rahman, after winning two nominations at the Annual Academy Awards this year, has now been nominated for the World Soundtrack Awards in the ‘Best Origi nal Song Written Directly For A Film’ category for If I Rise... in Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours. Pandiaraj’s Moves The event will be held to at Ghent, Belgium on 22 October 22. The work of North Madras the Boyle-Rahman duo in 127 Hours, which starred James franco in the lead, was appreciated throughout the world. The two have earlier worked together in Slum dog Millionaire, for which A R Rahman won the Os cars and the Golden Globe Doing movies on North Madras as well. seem to be a fascination for direc tors now. Director Pandiaraj shot to limelight with Pasanga set in rural Tamilnadu followed it up with Vamsam starring Arulnidhi. The movie was set in Madurai. Sources say that his next film will be set around North Madras. It is basically a love story that has Kalavani Oviya and televi sion anchor Siva Karthikeyan in the lead. The story is set in the North Madras milieu where kids grow up with rowdies of the area as their role model. Pandiraj has hogged all limelight after he won a couple of Na tional awards for Pasanga. He says, ‘I am currently busy shoot ing my next film. It will be released soon. I seek the support of Tamil audience.’

The Tamil film industry’s one-day token fast began on Tuesday morning as part of extending support to antigraft crusader Anna Hazare, who is on a indefinite hunger strike in Delhi press ing for a strong Lokpal bill. Directors, producers, actors, techni cians, and members of Tamil Film Pro ducers Council, Film Employees Fed eration of South India (FEFSI), South Indian Artists Association are taking part. ‘We are inviting all members (of Tamil film industry) through media to take part in this one-day fast (supporting Anna Hazare)’, Film Federation of India President L Suresh told reporters. Producer Chithra Lakshmanan, who is one of the organisers, said directors, producers, actors, technicians, would join. Associations like Tamil Film Pro ducers Council, Film Employees Fed eration of South India (FEFSI), South Indian Artists Association would also take part, he added.

Yuvan’s Marriage Date

Acclaimed music compser Yuvan Shankar Raja, son of maestro Ilayaraja, will enter wedlock with his girlfriend Dr Shilpa on September 1. Yuvan and Dr Shilpa are reportedly in love with each other for sometime now and decided to tie the knot with their parents’ consent. The wedding will take place on 1 September at Tirupathi. The music director was married to London-based Sujaya Chandran but the couple divorced in 2008 owing to some differences. Since then, Yuvan’s parents are on the lookout for a bride for their son. In the meantime, Yuvan is flying high in Kollywood thanks to a slew of hits in 2011, with the latest being the stupendous success of Mankatha’s audio. The going seems to be good for Yuvan now. WWW.CINEMAMATTERS.COM

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Rajinikanth on the Job Sultan to Release Soon

Though Superstar Rajinikanth is taking rest at his daughter’s house in Chennai, he is busy discussing with director K S Ravikumar on fine-tuning the script for his ambitious project Raana. Sources say that he would resume shooting for Raana from October. Directed by K S Ravikumar, it has Deepika Padukone playing the female lead. Music is by A R Rahman. Plans are on to shoot the film in Ramoji Rao Studio beginning October and then shoot in several countries including London and Canada. Meanwhile Rajnikanth fans are all thrilled and are eagerly awaiting the movie to go to floors. Rajnikanth’s last was Enthiran, directed by Shankar. The movie produced by Sun Pictures was a bumper hit across the globe. Raana is produced by Eros International in association with Soundarya Rajinikanth’s Ocher Studios.

Rajikanth fans will be celebrating now. The news that Soundarya Rajinikanth’s Sultan-The Warrior would release soon has brought them cheers. Rajinikanth’s fans are waiting for Raana, which hit a roadblock after the Superstar was hospitalised, to take off. And the news of Sultan: The Warrior’s release has upped their joy. The animation film has Superstar Rajinikanth in the lead. Soundarya says that even in this animated show - Rajni will be Rajni. He will mouth punchlines, romance and fight with baddies. The movie has been completed long. But the computer graphic and animation works are delaying the completion.

Rajini supports Anna Hazare Superstar Rajinikanth has offered his support to Anna Hazare and Jan Lokpal bill. In a statement, he said: ‘There can be no doubt that corruption is a dreaded disease that needs to be weeded from the Indian Society. I am very happy that we have a very able and dedicated leader in Anna Hazare to lead us in this fight against corruption. I whole-heartedly support the India Against Corruption Movement in their campaign to get Jan Lokpal bill legislated in parliament. I congratulate all the Indians who have lent their support to this bloodless revolution. This kind of peaceful movement is possible only in India which is the birthplace of Satyagraha. I am very proud to be an Indian.’

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Rajni’s daughter directs Kamal’s daughter With Amala Paul backing out of Aishwarya Dhanush’s maiden directorial venture 3, the director has finally opted to rope in Shruthi Haasan for whom she kept the story initially. Initially Aishwarya signed Amala Paul who later had date problems. Now that they have mutually agreed to shake hands and move on, and the director once again turned to her first choice. Shruti Haasan had in fact loved the script and was destined to do it. Due to her busy and tight schedule in Telugu she could not adjust her dates. With one of her Telugu film which was to start in August end got postponed, now she has given those dates to Aishwarya Dhanush and will start with a photo shoot next week. Rajnikanth’s daughter directing Kamal Haasan’s daughter has created a lot of hype. Aishwarya had worked as associate to Selvaraghavan in Ayirathil Oruvan before. She is confident that she could pull it off with 3. Dhanush too had expressed his optisim that 3 will click.

Tamannah replaces Anushka Actor - director - choreographer Raghava Lawrence is is happy with Kanchana’s success. At present, he is directing a film with Telugu hero Prabhas called Rebel. Anushka was initially cast as the heroine in this film which was delayed as Prabhas was promoting his film Mr Perfect and Lawrence was busy with Kanchana. But now that the director and the hero have completed their previous commitments, Rebel is ready to resume. It is said that shooting would take off soon in full flow. Meanwhile, Anushka has opted out of the project following creative differences with the director. Lawrence wasted no time in handing over the role to Tamannah who is riding the wave of success with back to back hits in Tollywood

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Trisha in Vishal’s film

Trisha will play Vishal’s heroine in his forthcoming film. The movie would be directed by Thiru, who made Theeratha Villayattu PIllai, with the same Vishal a couple of years before. Vishal is said to have asked Trisha to go through the script of the new film, where she has a powerful role. The actress is expected to be in Chennai this week and sign on the dotted line. Trisha is currently shooting for Telugu version of Bodyguard opposite Venkatesh. In Kollywood, her Mankatha opposite Ajith will hit the screens in the first week of September and the actress is happy about it. ‘Already acting with Ajith in Ji and Kireedam, I share a good rapport with him. He is a perfect gentleman who is extremely friendly. So I immediately accepted the offer when Venkat Prabhu approached me for Mankatha,’ says Trisha.

Vishal to have a blast

Prabhu Deva along with Vishal and Sameera Reddy will be off to South Africa. With the talkie portions of his directorial venture Vedi completed, he is planning to shoot song sequences in South Africa. The movie produced by Vishal’s elder bother Vikram Krishna on their family banner G K Film Corporation has music by Vijay Anhony and sources say all the songs have come good. ‘The songs are peppy and loud quite typical to Vijay Antony’s stile. They woulkd sure top the audio charts,’ say sources in the know, recalling that Vedi is a remake of Telugu super hit, Shouryam that featured Gopichand. Vishal’s sister-in-law Shreya Reddy is the co-producer of the film. Major portion of the movie was shot in Kolkata. With Vishal’s last Avan Ivan becoming a huge hit, expectations are now high on Vedi. Vishal says, ‘ both the movies are different from each other. But I hope I will live up to all expectations’.

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Vijay’s golden gift

Big plans for Velayudham audio launch

Happy at the way his forthcoming film Velayudham has shaped up, Vijay gifted chief technicians gold chains when he saw the climax of the movie recently. ‘Vijay was shooting a dance number in a set erected at a mill in the city. During the break hours, director Raja screened the climax of the film for his team,’ sources in the unit say, recalling the gesture. They add: Vijay, who had earlier seen the film in bits and portions, was moved when he saw the way the climax had shaped up. He was close to tears and fought hard to control his emotions. He was moved by the way Raja and cameraman Priyan had shot the scenes. In a bid to express his grati tude, he immediately arranged for gold chains, each worth one sovereign. He personally gifted it to his chief technicians, they add.

Vijay fans would come together in large numbers at Madurai on 28 August to be part of the audio launch of Velayudham, the forthcoming film of their ‘Ilaya Thalapathi’. Sources say that Vijay will be taken in a convoy of 150 cars from Madurai airport to the venue. The function will be held at CSI Ground in Pudhur, a suburb of temple town. At the function, Vijay will introduce the cast and crew of the film like director Jayam Ravi and the heroines Genelia, Hansi ka and Saranya Mohan. Music composer Vijay Antony will perform live all the songs from the film. Vijay’s dad SA Chandrasekar will announce various welfare schemes during this audio launch. The movie produced by Aascar Ravichandran is all complete. It is made on a huge budget and Vijay essays a larger-thanlife-hero in the movie.

Vijay and politics

There is no plan to convert the Vijay’s Makkal Iyakkam into a political outfit, popular Tamil film director and actor Vijay’s father S A Chandrasekhar has Vijay’s voice in New Delhi said. ‘There is no need to be in poli tics to do good for the people. Actor Vijay air dashed to New Vijay on Thursday hogged the lim Delhi today to take part in the gelight at the indefinite fast of social Vijay is trying to help the people in his own small way,’ he told fast being undertaken by antiactivist Anna Hazare at graft crusader Anna Hazare. Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi, when reporters Tuesday evening when asked if the actor’s ‘Makkal Sources close to Vijay said that the Tamil actor gave an emotional Iyakkam’ (People’s movement) he had expressed his solidar speech in the presence of Hazare. would be converted into a politi ity for the cause for which Anna He said social activist Anna cal outfit. Hazare is undertaking fast. Hazare’s indefinite fast pressing The Vijay Makkal Iyakkam Vijay took a flight to New Delhi for a strong Lokpal has triggered supported the Jayalalithaa-led this morning to join the fast at a nationwide debate on eradicating AIADMK in the April 13 as Ram Lila Maidan. He will fast corruption. sembly elections. SAC and fans the whole day with Hazare and The ‘Ilaya Thalapathi’ of Tamil of the ‘Ilaya Thalapathi’ toured later return to Chennai in the cinema left for New Delhi on Tamilnadu, seeking votes in sup evening. Thursday morning and joined a port of the AIADMK. It may be recalled that Tamil number of celebrities in express Vijay’s movie Velayutham film industry had held a one-day ing support to Anna Hazare’s fast would be released on Sep fast in support of Hazare and Ramlila Maidan. tember 15 or during Diwali Rajnikanth had written a let Stating that Makkal Iyakkam festival, Chandrasekhar said. ter expressing his solidarity to would stand behind Anna and his Chandrasekhar claimed the film Hazare. fight, Vijay added that it was a industry got total freedom after Anna Hazare has been fasting proud moment for him to take part the change of Government in for over nine days seeking the in the hunger protest at Ramlila Tamilnadu. government to introduce Jan Maidan. Office-bearers of his fan Lokpal Bill. clubs accompanied Vijay.

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Deiva Thirumagal Going Places

Vikram starrer Deiva Thirumagal is not just getting enough accoldes but also going verious places. The movie has been selected for the Busan Film Festival and the Asia Pacific Film Festival, revealed its music director GV Prakash. Deiva Thirumagal is not just a commercial success but is also critically acclaimed film. It is directed by Vijay, who has handled the subject extremely well. Vikram played the role of a youth with the mind of a five-year-old and young Sarah played his daughter. The film had Anushka, Amala Paul, Santhanam and Nasser in the lead roles. The movie, released by UTV Films, opened big at the box office. The Telugu version Nana too made it big.

Murugadoss to do Ramana in Hindi Even as the whole nation is behind antigraft crusader Anna Hazare fighting for coruption, director Murugadoss seems to have utilised the opportunity to remake his Ramana in Hindi. The movie speaks against corruption. Murugadoss, who is currently busy with Suriya - Shruti Haasan starrer 7aam Arivu, wants to remake his blockbuster Tamil film Ramana in Bollywood. Ramana, starring Vijaykanth and Simran, is about a college professor who decides to abolish corruption with the help of his exstudents who work in various government offices. The reason behind this powerful decision is told in flashback. Murugadoss earlier remade the film in Telugu with megastar Chiranjeevi, titled Tagore. It became a big hit in Andhra Pradesh.

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Asin Speaks About Three Khans Post Ready, Asin has won the hearts of many in Mumbai. She is flying high with many producers knocking at her doors. But she seems to be careful in choosing her projects in Hindi. On the Khan stars with whom she shared the screen, Asin says, ‘ Salman is stylish. He has grace. Aamir Khan is a thorough professional and Shahrukh Khan, whom I had met in functions and commercials, is energetic and bubbly.’ Asked whether she would do Tamil films now, she says, ‘ why not? If the script is good and I have a meaty role to play, I don’t mind the language’. Her forthcoming film in Hindi would be with Abhishek Bachchan. This is the first time that the Malayalam actress would be sharing the screen with Jr Bachchan.

Ajmal on a Sticky Wicket Ajmal, after playing the wicked Chief Minister’s role in Ko, is flying high and going places literally. Recently, the actor had been to Sri Lanka to shoot for his Telugu film Racchha, which has top Tollywood actor Ramcharan Teja in the lead. Meanwhile, the younglad, who started his career in Anjathey directed by Mysskin, is caught in a difficult situation now. He is flooded with offers but not ready to accept them. Asked why, he says, ‘After Ko, I’ve been getting a lot of offers. But they are too cliched or just a replica of the Vasanthan Perumal’s character I had played in Ko. I’m choosing my films carefully now.’ The actor, who recently announced that he is married, adds: ‘For me quality matters the most. There is no point in accepting whatever comes my way. I want to make a mark as a good artiste’. Ajmal is doing a couple of Tamil movies now. WWW.CINEMAMATTERS.COM

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Bidding bye to rural themes (Pasanga, Thoonganagaram, Kalavani, Eththan), Vimal takes to playig a stylish city boy in Ishtam, a remake of Tollywood flick Yemaindi Ee Vela. Nisha Aggarwal who is the younger sister of Kajal Aggarwal, will be repeating her role as Avanthika, as in the original. She is cast opposite Vimal and this film marks her debut in the Tamil film industry. The film also stars Anoop and Parvathy, who form the second lead cast. Santhanam is the comedian in this flick. Pragathi, Yuvarani, Vibu are also in the cast. Prem Nissar, who worked with Chakri Toleti (of Unnaipol Oruvan and Billa 2 fame) and director Raj Kapoor debuts independently and wields the megaphone. Thaman composes the music for the film.

Sameera Hurt in Vettai Sameera Reddy sustained injuries when she had a fall from a two-wheeler during the shooting of Lingusamy’s film Vettai. The film stars Madhavan, Arya, Amala Paul and Sameera Reddy in lead roles. A scene was shot featuring Amala Paul and Samera Reddy in Kuttralam, where they had to ride a scooter. Unfortunately both lost balance of the vehicle and had a fall, sending shock waves to the unit members. In the melee, Sameera Reddy sustained injuries and was rushed to a nearby hospital for first-aid. As a result, shooting was stalled for some time. ‘But there is nothing to worry as they are minor injuries,’ says a source. The movie is suposedly a commercial entertainer and is produced by Lingusamy’s home production Thirupathy Brothers, led by his brother Subash Chandra Bose. The film will be presented by UTV Motion Pictures. WWW.CINEMAMATTERS.COM

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Anushka in Viswaroopam? Rumours are abuzz that Kamal Haasan has finally roped in Anushka Shetty, the Arundhathee girl, to play his heroine in his forthcoming magnum opus Viswaroopam. Sources say the actor-director has roped in Anushka to do the lead role, considering her popularity in both Kollywood and Tollywood, and the latter agreed impressed by the script narrated to her. It may be recalled that Kamal had earlier reportedly approached Sonakshi Sinha, Deepika Padukone and Sameera Reddy. However, he has now settled down with Anushka, sources say. Rumours are that Sameera Reddy may play the other heroine in the film. Apart from directing Viswaroopam, Kamal has also penned its screenplay, dialogues and lyrics. Viswaroopam will be a trilingual being made simultaneously in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi.

Kareena Kapoor in Simbu’s film? Rumours were abuzz that Kareena Kapoor role in Vettai Mannan alongside Silambar young heroes of Kollywood. But reports say that she scared those away with the astronomical price she So Simbu seems to be hunting for ‘He is keen on having a popular movie, since the script demands film directed by Nelson features Jai in lead roles. A major portion of pleted. Meanwhile, Simbu, his name as STR, is also a remake of Dabangg alongside Sarath alakshmi. He is ing his long Kettavan.

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was approached to do a meaty asan aka STR, one of the top associated with Vettai Mannan demanded to be part of the film. another heroine. Bollywood heroine for the richness,’ say sources. Ther Simbu, Deeksha Seth and the movie has been comwho recently changed shooting for Osthi, besides Poda Podi Kumar’s daughter Varalso on the verge of startpending directorial venture

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Karthika, the Ko girl is waiting to sign her next. The latest on her is that the actress is being launched in Bollywood by comedy king David Dhawan, in an upcoming film. As far as the south is concerned, buzz is that Karthika is all set to sign a movie starring a big director and a big hero in Tamil. She has agreed to the director’s demand of immediate bulk dates. Thanks to Ko’s huge succcess, she has emrged a lucky charm in Tamil cinema. But before Ko, she already made her debut in Telugu and Malayalam and is now a popular actress in the three south Indian languages. Daughter of Radha, the dream girl of yesteryear youngsters, Karthika was born and brought up in Mumbai. Her father runs a chain of hotels and the young actress is interested to take care of the family business too.

Trisha Denies Marriage Reports A section of the press carried reports that Trisha is getting engaged in September and that she would get married in December. However the actress chose to deny them as rumours. The south Indian siren, who is currently busy with Ganga the Bodyguard in Telugu and Mankatha with Ajith in Tamil, says, ‘I will make it public when it happens. I will call the media and inform them. Why spread rumours’. Reports said that she would be married to an entrepreneur by this year-end and she would bid to acting after that. It may be recalled that Trisha in a recent interview said that she prefers love marriage than the one arranged by parents. WWW.CINEMAMATTERS.COM

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