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OCTOBER 2012

VOL 04 | ISSUE 01

  

  

     

Thaandavam� - AL Vijay Shiva’s Dance:             “I was whatever Vijay wanted     

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And the saga has unfolded We get up close with the cast and crew of UTVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest offering Thaandavam !

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PREVIEW CAMEO This month, the stars tell us        everything they do to stay healthy!

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Check out the scoop on the upcoming Kannada movie Kalpana!

Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum

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        industry as Rana Daggubatiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum gears up for release!

Thuppakki

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Gunning its way to a successful release in Tamil cinema, is Thuppakki!

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Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a look at the ropes of the Prajwal DevrajDivya Spandana starrer

Cameraman Ganga Tho Rambabu

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Pawan Kalyan and ace director Puri Jagannadh are back together in this hugely anticipated project!

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 a multi-star cast raises huge expectations. With star power, high technology and new techniques brought together by good promotions, upbeat with hype, one of the biggest challenges before Thaandavam is to match expectations if not exceed them. In his second association with director A.L. 1:\  % '  ]Â&#x2014;& Â&#x2021; 19 9)} !"  Thaandavam, who turns blind in a bomb blast, takes up a challenging role in this action thriller. It is the blind manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s revenge

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As Thaandavam get a warm reception at the Tamil box office, Kirthi Jayakumar has a look at the shebang surrounding the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Dance of Shivaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, or Shiva Thandavam

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At the core of it all, UTVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Thaandavam has a poignant romance, shared by the lead pair of Vikram and Anushka Shetty. Viji Sridhar caught up with Dhananjayan, the head honcho of UTV to know more about this romanctic angle

Says G Dhananjayan, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anushka plays an important role of an eye doctor, who gets married to Vikram out of family compulsions. Her dream is to construct an eye hospital and hence she is not too keen on mariage. When she gets forcefully married to Vikram by her parents, she discovers a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in him, who

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random cast assemblage? Or did the pair share a charismatic chemistry? â&#x20AC;&#x153;When it comes to describing the chemistry between the two, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Fantasticâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is the word that springs to mind. After â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Deivathirumagalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; this team has come together splendidly and their onscreen chemistry is amazing. They look mature and  

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AMAZING AMY When this sprightly young girl headed to India from the UK, little did she know that she would start an exciting career in the Indian film industry with her role of a British girl in a Tamil period film. Catching up with the delicate beauty who stars in UTVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Thaandavam, Shankaran Malini indulges in a light-hearted conversation

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The pretty Madarasapattinam girl, Amy, is in the middle of building a fabulous career in Indian cinema. After a stint in Bollywood, with the Hindi remake of Gautham Menonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vinnaithaandi Varuvaya, Amy has come together a second time with AL Vijay for Thaandavam. In fact, director Vijay was the one who introduced Amy to the industry. Talking about her role in Thaandavam, Amy is nothing short of ecstatic. She says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I play the role of Sara, a half-Tamil, half-English girl. Sara is a very charismatic girl, very glamorous too, and very kind-hearted. Sara    _  J #}

     

   

 

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costumes in Madarasapattinam. I will never get a chance to wear them outside of the set. Given a choice I would wear more of the Thaandavam kind of costumes.â&#x20AC;? Working with a banner like UTV has made Amyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s journey pretty interesting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;UTV is a very huge banner. They are very professional and it has been great to work with them. They handle movie promotions quite well.â&#x20AC;? Shooting for Thaandavam has been very memorable, she says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We shot in London, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where I am from. We had canned a song all over London, with Vikram. And that song has been very special to me.â&#x20AC;? On her costars Vikram and Anushka, she says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vikram is my favourite actor. He is very kindhearted, very helpful. Although I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have   

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'   5 @7#F8#'   5;  Savera. Jagapati Babu meets me in the lobby of the hotel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;First of all, I am meeting you in a mess,â&#x20AC;? he begins. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just came to know about the interview and I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t prepared at all. I came here for the sake of dubbing, and then I was supposed to leave for Kerala. I actually have only two pair of shorts and two vests, because I was heading to Kerala to try     ! 

"   Â&#x152;;  goes on to tell me that he literally had to run on the roads in Chennai. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was actually and literally running because I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know much about the shops here. On the way to Savera, I just stopped at a shop and bought three shirts, quickly paid the bill and came back,â&#x20AC;? he goes on, but in a lighter vein. After sharing a couple of laughs about the turn of events, Jagapati Babu opens up about his experiences of growing up in Chennai. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was born and brought up here in this city. I went to school and college here. I have

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sweet guy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He gets his work done very smoothly, without getting irritated or showing any sort of anger. He loves cinema so much that he sleeps only two or three hours in a day. He hardly goes home, hardly eats, and it is just cinema, cinema, and cinema for him  

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The Chief of the South Film Business at Disney-UTV Motion Pictures, Dhananjayan starts with what made him connect with ' #Â&#x2039;' "    !   based on human emotions. The combination of Vikram and Vijay excited us after the superb Deivathirumagal last year,â&#x20AC;? he says. Dhananjayan gives us an intimate perspective !

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He definitely looks slimmer and dapper in a blue Madras-checks shirt and slim fitting pair of jeans, coming across more like a hero than a director. Simple both in appearance and approach, Vijay is very much the top-line director in Kollywood today. Vijayalakshmi Sridhar catches up with him about UTVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Thaandavam and more

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working relationship with all the producers he has worked with so far. Though he watches a  !  " 

 new promising line of Kollywood directors have indeed drawn Vijayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attention.

cinema, she too has proven herself well. The warm chemistry and bonding that all of us share is palpable. To wrap up the Thaandavam experience, I would say the entire team lived together as a family.â&#x20AC;?

Vijay smiles as Amala Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name comes up in the course of the conversation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have a very small circle of friends and she is vitally in it. But both of us are busy and we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even meet. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t party.â&#x20AC;? He lets us guess the root of the rumours.

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Thaandavam in Vijayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s perspective is a beautiful love-cum-action story. â&#x20AC;&#x153;An out-andout entertainer,â&#x20AC;? he says. Asked why there is repeat of a physically-challenged character in Thaandavam he says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The physicallychallenged character was unintentional. 19   "    #;  needs a lot of inputs to excite him and I also      " 

  in the cast. But echolocation came as the later addition.â&#x20AC;? Vijay is simply wowed by Vikram. The precision in his performance is what draws Vijay back every time to one of the most experimental actors of our time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He is the master. In his hands your story is completely taken care of. And he also motivates others in the crew to strive for the cause of the story. He delivers more than what you want. He is every directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dream actor,â&#x20AC;? he gushes. In Vijayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s words, Vikramâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is the most powerful role in Thaandavam. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anushka is a natural performerâ&#x20AC;? he adds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She seeks a lot of clarity in her role. She absorbs the character and performs. She has   @88Â&#x2122;! ' # !   professional with an abiding passion for

Vijay is all praise for music director GV Prakash. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Again there is an unspoken understanding between us. I can demand all I want from him. He is a genius, a child prodigy. I am amazed by his understanding and maturity of cinema and music at such a young age.â&#x20AC;? With the opening DT has received at the award podia, Thaandavam will soon be making its way through the same route. The " Â&#x2021;; 9  

  

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A MUSICAL THAANDAVAM It takes several tries to get hold of him â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hardly surprising: G V Prakash has long since ceased to be just maestro A R Rahmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nephew, making his way in the film industry. Now, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an accredited composer, having several delivered musical hits. GV Prakash is being actively courted by top filmmakers even as he is busy making award-winning scores. The ace composer talks to Pavithra Srinivasan

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His own personal favourite happens to be the number Yaaradi Mohini. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a nice song; I like it,â&#x20AC;? he shrugs. For a movie that required such work from him, he must have faced a good many challenges while he worked on it, right? â&#x20AC;&#x153;No at all,â&#x20AC;? he avers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The only challenge I faced, if you can call it that, was

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What makes your favourite stars look good? We got your favourite actors to talk about what being fit means to them, and even got an insight into their fitness regimen!

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Neetu Chandra      !"# Fitness, according to me, is mental and physical wellbeing. ) "  %"  " # I program my schedule in such a way that I keep giving a shock to my body. I play basketball. I dance, perform martial arts, do weight training and yoga and schedule each perfectly.    "            # ;

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Unni Nair explores a new trend: A Malayalam filmmaker going places literally and making films in foreign languages

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KALPANA KANNADA

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t According to director and producer Ram Narayan, who bought the Kannada remake rights, the character of the protagonist is

tailor-made for Upendra, who excels in such roles. Uppiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s versatility is legendary and only he can do justice to the role, contends Narayan. He pointed out that Uppiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance is the highlight of the movie.

t The storyline of the movie remains the same as the original, as the director does not want any deviation from the plot.  ! "     ! the movie has been completed, and the shots have been canned in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

t Uppi, as we know, is popular for his practical pranks. This time around, he scared the wits out of one of the production unit members. In one particular scene, blood is supposed to be splattered on Upendra. As he was enacting the scene, the superstar just walked out of the sets to scare one of the spot boys. His sudden emergence from the sets apparently frightened the unit boys, who were busy with their routine work. We know for sure that Uppi entertained the production unit staff, but will he be successful in replicating it on the big screen? - Aravind G Shivkamal

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KRISHNAM VANDE JAGADGURUM TELUGU

Cast: Rana Daggubati, Nayantara, Brahmanandam, Kota Srinivasa Rao Direction: Krish Production: Y Rajeev Reddy & Saibabu Jagarlamudi Music: Mani Sharma

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t Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum, titled Omkaram in Tamil, is Ranaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s debut vehicle in Kollywood. The bilingual is said to be beautifully narrated with a lot of comic elements, that are sure to go down very well with Ranaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fans.

t 1|     " 9   \) 9 | ]  the past has delivered blockbusters such as Gamyam, Vedam and Vaanam.

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t Unit sources say that while shooting for one of the scenes, Ranaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance was so moving that the onlookers who had casually gathered to watch the shooting burst out in applause. - Aravind G Shivkamal

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THUPPAKKI TAMIL

Cast: Vijay, Kajal Aggarwal, Sathyan, Jayaram Direction: A. R. Murugadoss Production: Kalaipuli S Thanu Camera: Santosh Sivan Art: Thotta Tharani Editing: Sreekar Prasad

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t Ilayathalapathy Vijay seems to have perfected the formula for success and !! #; " ' 99    ~  !  ~Z !" # Thuppakki, reportedly is the story of a  ' | \1:]    in Mumbai. Kajal Aggarwal too is a girl who hails from Mumbai. Vijayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hair do, 9 Z 9

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t Though said to be a thriller, Thuppakki was earlier titled as Maalai Nerathu Mazhaithuli. It is said that the change in the title to Thuppaki has a direct bearing on its relation to the central theme of the movie. However trouble started with the title shift. North East Film Work Company, who had registered the name Kalla Thuppakki for their production, are at loggerheads with AR Murugadossâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Thuppakki. The controversy has been raging for a while now and the team is waiting to be freed out of the scrapes. Another title change for this "        

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waiting for the court verdict to release the teaser and the trailer. Will the roadblock be cleared? Will Thuppakki bang on time? Let    - Viji Sridhar

t Instead of the 35 mm camera, Santosh Sivan has used the new Arri technology for Thuppakki. Curious to learn the technique Vijay himself is said to have handled the camera and canned a few shots which was declared perfect work by ace lens man Santosh. A lot of live scenes in Bandra    

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BANKING HOURS 10 TO 4 MALAYALAM

Cast: Anoop Menon, Meghna Raj, Jishnu, Tini Tom, Kailash, Sathar, Shankar, Sudheesh, Nishant Sagar, Vishnupriya and others Direction: K Madhu Production: Stephen Pathickal

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t A bank robbery, a murder and the consequent investigation form the plot of Banking Hours @8 X      Amal. Anoop Menon dons the role of Shravan 12   !"       

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DIL KA RAJA KANNADA

Cast: Divya Spandana, Prajwal Devaraj, Nagineedu Direction: Somanath Patil Production: Abhiman Roy Music: Susheela Patil & Bharath Reddy

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t As the title suggests, the movie is based on the theme of romance. Though it was touted to be the remake of a hit Telugu movie, Ramya  " 

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t Somanath Patil, who worked as an assistant   

' "   debuting in Kannada as a full-time director. The movie is being produced by his parents, who want him to be a successful director in Sandalwood. The movie, according to sources, is shaping up along expected lines and has won Ramyaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appreciation.

t Actor Prajwal is on cloud nine, for he is  )! 

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t Music composer Abhiman Roy, who is      "    has been assigned with the task of scoring hit tracks for this movie. It was Roy who was responsible for Prajwal emerging on the scene last year, because of the chartbuster that he composed for the actorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s movie Murali Meets Meera. - Aravind G Shivkamal

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CAMERAMAN GANGA THO RAMBABU TELUGU

Cast: Pawan Kalyan, Tamannah, Prakash Rai, Brahmanandam Direction: Puri Jagannadh Production: DVV Daanayya Music: Mani Sharma

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t Pawan Kalyan had signed the dotted line for this movie much before Gabbar Singh  J  

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t Puri is gunning for a release in the third week of October. It remains to be seen whether Cameramanâ&#x20AC;Ś turns out to be another blockbuster for the star actor.

t Incidentally, Puri is keen that Cameramanâ&#x20AC;Ś      #'     "  Businessman with Mahesh Babu was a success, it was nowhere near his past BO performances. The directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hindi venture too met with limited success. Even the Telugu "  

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t Puri has selected the best of actors for his latest venture, including the reigning queen of Telugu cinema, Tamannaah, in addition to Prakash Rai, Brahmanandam and Ali. We can be assured of a heavy dose of entertainment, thanks to the presence of such a stellar cast. - Aravind G Shivkamal

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MAATTRRAAN TAMIL

Cast: Suriya, Kajal Aggarwal Direction: K. V. Anand Production: Kalpathi S Aghoram Music: Harris Jayaraj Story: K. V. Anand, Subha Cinematography: S Sounder Rajan Editing: Antony

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t Taking unimaginable risks for the sake of perfecting a character is not new for actor Suriya. The superhit combination of KV Anand and Suriya who earlier delivered Ayan, comes together for Maattrraan which is easily one of the most anticipated movies of the year.

t When Maattrraan materialised, bringing about a difference was not only the director-actor duoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s single ambition. When Suriya was raring to get into another pioneering role, director KV Anand was looking for scope to further showcase his potential as a director. A strong storyboard and the maverick idea of incorporating the theme of Siamese, conjoined twins got included in the picture. Consequently each member in team Maattrraan started sprouting creative wings. It was then that cameraman Sounder Rajan and editor Antony got added to the team. Production giant AGS Cinemas are backing this remarkable movie.

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t Lovely Kajal Agarwal is not one to be pushed over in this superstar ensemble, even though going by Kollywood grammar, her role has very few embellishments. From learning Russian to heartily romancing Suirya in the most exotic locales, she is leaving no stone unturned for the sake of Maattrraan. Stan Winston Studios in the United States has added exhilarating graphics work to this action thriller.

t (    "    presentation in commercial guru KV Anandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deft hands. Add to the package Daniel Balajiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s well-proven mettle. Orbiting around the most familiar lines, Daniel has indeed done the typical villainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s role but against the most     !  _#  !!    enough to create waves?

t Stunt choreographer Peter Hein who has the Endhiran experience under his belt has worked on the breath-taking stunts. KV Anandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favourite composer Harris Jayarajâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s album is a ravishing musical medley which has already been very well received. Kaal Mulaitha Poove is one musical and lyrical rhapsody that has topped the charts.

t KV Anand has captured scenic locales across most of the Balkans in Russia, Croatia, Serbia, Albania and Macedonia. The much talkedabout performance capturing technique is the   9 !Â&#x2021;  Z   

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