Mithun first actor to be cast in 'Yagavarayinum...': Director

Chennai, July 23 : Bollywood star Mithun Chakraborty, who is making his Tamil debut in upcoming thriller "Yagavarayinum Naa Kakka", was the first actor to be signed before all others for the movie, says its director Sathya Prabhas Pinisetty.

Happy being actress than heroine: Lakshmi Priyaa

Chennai, July 23 : When actress Lakshmi Priyaa Chandramouli entered Tamil filmdom a few years back, she vowed to concentrate on being an actress and not transform into a heroine. She continues to do so and is happy with her career with five projects in her kitty.

Watch out for Arya's new avatar in 'Meegaamann': Magizh

Chennai, July 22 : Filmmaker Magizh Thirumeni says he will present Arya, known for doing romantic comedies, in a never seen before avatar in his upcoming Tamil action-thriller "Meegaamann".

Did 'Kadavul Paathi...' out of friendship: Pooja Umashankar

Chennai, July 22 : Actress Pooja Umashankar, who will be seen in a cameo in the upcoming Tamil road movie "Kadavul Paathi Mirugam Paathi", says she agreed to work in the film because of her long-term friendship with its director Raj Zacharias.

Siddharth furious over postponement of 'Jigarthanda'

Chennai, July 21 : Southern actor Siddharth is upset that the release date of his forthcoming Tamil musical gangster film "Jigarthanda" has once again been postponed.

Gajesh will recreate Nagesh's magic on screen: Director

Chennai, July 21 : Gajesh, grandson of late legendary Tamil comedian Nagesh, who is making his cinematic debut in upcoming Tamil comedy "Kalkandu", will recreate his grandfather's magic on screen believes director Nandakumar.

Sathya filmed 'Yagavarayinum Naa Kaakka' at over 100 locations

Chennai, July 20 : Director Sathya Prabhas Pinisetty says he "followed the script" and shot his upcoming Tamil-Telugu directorial debut "Yagavarayinum Naa Kaakka", inspired by true events, in over 100 locations in the country to keep the narrative "authentic".

Dhanush starrer mints Rs.5.18 crore first day

Chennai, July 20 : Dhanush-starrer Tamil action-comedy "Vella Illa Pattatharia" (VIP) grossed Rs.5.18 crore on the opening day in Tamil Nadu, making it the biggest ever opening in the actor's career.

Tamil actor Dhandapani dead

Chennai, July 20 : Tamil actor Dhandapani, popular for his roles in films such as "Kaadhal" and "Englishkaran", died here Sunday of cardiac arrest. He was 71.

'Sathuranga Vettai' - you're conned! (Tamil Movie Review)

By Haricharan Pudipeddi : Film - "Sathuranga Vettai"; Cast - Natraj Subramaniam, Ishara Nair, Ponvannan, Illavarasu, Vallavan and Dharani; Director - H. Vinoth; Rating - ***

Prison set in 'Purampokku' monumental: Makers

Chennai, July 19 : UTV Motion Pictures-produced Tamil drama "Purampokku" is currently being shot here. The makers, who recently erected a huge prison set to shoot some important portions of the film, say the set looks monumental.

Kamal Haasan's 'Drishyam' to roll from August

Chennai, July 19 : Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan-starrer, the yet-untitled Tamil remake of Malayalam blockbuster "Drishyam", will go on the floors from the first week of August. The film was launched here recently.

James Vasanthan turns director with 'Vaanavil Vaazhkai'

Chennai, July 19 : It's the season of technicians turning actors and directors and the latest addition to that list is music composer James Vasanthan, who is all set for his directorial debut with Tamil musical "Vaanavil Vaazhkai".

'Vella Illa Pattathari': Dhanush's royal return to commercial zone (Tamil Movie Review)

By Haricharan Pudipeddi : Film - "Vella Illa Pattathari"; Cast -Dhanush, Amala Paul, Vivekh, Samuthirakani, Saranya Ponvannan and Surabhi; Director - R. Velraj; Rating: ***

When 'Yagavarayinuma' lead actors stuck posters on road

Chennai, July 17 : Actors Aadi Pinisetty and Nikki Galrani, who play the lead in upcoming Tamil-Telugu thriller "Yagavarayinum Naa Kaakka", recently released the first look poster of their film by walking and sticking it on the road here.

'Vaaimai' out of my usual genre of films: Shanthnu

Chennai, July 16 : In upcoming Tamil crime-drama "Vaaimai", actor Shanthnu Bhagyaraj says he has moved away from the usual genre of films in which audiences have seen him over the years. He also says he had undergone physical transformation to pull off the role.

Mani Sharma turns producer for 'Mumbai 125 KM'

Chennai, July 16 : Popular southern composer Mani Sharma has turned producer for the first time. He will be co-producing upcoming Hindi horror-thriller "Mumbai 125 KM" jointly with its director Hemant Madhukar.

'Vaalu' trailer to come with Dhanush's 'Vella...'

Chennai, July 16 : The trailer of Silambarasan-starrer Tamil actioner "Vaalu", which was recently wrapped up, will be screened with Dhanush's 25th film "Vela Illa Pattathari", which releases in cinemas Friday.

Shruti Haasan confirms film with Vijay

Chennai, July 15 : Shruti Haasan, who has become one of sought-after actresses in southern filmdom, will team up next with Tamil superstar Vijay in a yet-untitled film in the language. She says it will be an epic film.

Lakshmy pampered me like mother on sets: Sruthi Hariharan

Chennai, July 15 : "Lucia" fame Sruthi Hariharan, who is making her Tamil debut with upcoming road drama "Nerungi Vaa Muthamidathe", says the film's director Lakshmy Ramakrishnan pampered her like a mother.

Fondness for south Indian music benefitted 'Tamil Fever': Nucleya

Chennai, July 15 : Independent music artist Nucleya aka Udyan Sagar, who had collaborated with singer Benny Dayal for the song "Tamil Fever" for the second season of Sony's Project Resound, feels it was the fondness for south Indian music that brought them together.

Playing fictional character in 'Irukku...' challenging: Eden

Chennai, July 15 : In forthcoming Tamil supernatural romantic-comedy "Irukku Ana Illa", actress Eden Kuriakosse plays an unusual fictional character, which will leave the audiences guessing about her presence in the film. She says pulling off the role was not easy.

Pragathi's role will add weight to the film: Director Bala

Chennai, July 14 : Filmmaker Bala Pazhanisaamy has roped in playback singer Pragathi Guruprasad to essay an important role in his upcoming Tamil directorial "Thaara Thappattai". He says her role will add weight to the film's story.

Ashna, Santhanam team up again for a comedy caper

Chennai, July 14 : After working together in "Vallavanuku Pullum Aayudham", actors Santhanam and Ashna Zaveri have reunited for the second time in a row to feature in a yet-untitled Tamil comedy film.

Can't emote without knowing a language: Nushrat Bharucha

Chennai, July 14 : Nushrat Bharucha, who is making her Tamil debut with forthcoming comedy "Valeba Raja", says she wished she had more time to learn and understand the language to emote well in the film.

Dhanush's 25th film cleared with U certificate

Chennai, July 12 : Dhanush-starrer Tamil action-comedy "Vela Illa Pattathari" (VIP), which happens to be the actor's 25th film, has been passed with a U certificate by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

Shruti Haasan unveils Dr. Rashmi's book 'Age Erase'

New Delhi, July 12 : Shruti Haasan recently unveiled Dr. Rashmi Shetty's book 'Age Erase' along with Jackky Bhagnani in Mumbai.

Cheran's new company to take movies closer to audiences

Chennai, July 12 : Tamil filmmaker Cheran, who has floated a new company called C2H - Cinema to Home, says the platform will allow young filmmakers and producers to not solely rely on theatrical releases but create alternate sources of revenue.

After biopic, it's physiological thriller for Abhinay Vaddi

Chennai, July 12 : Actor Abhinay Vaddi, who played mathematics wizard Srinivasa Ramanujan in Tamil biopic "Ramanujan", will next be seen in physiological thriller "Michaelagiya Naan". The film's director assures that audiences will get to see the actor in a different avatar in the film.

Tamil cinema: Debutant directors dominated first half of 2014

By Haricharan Pudipeddi, Chennai, July 11 : Young, ambitious and willing to go against the tide helped first time directors like P. Ramesh and Thirukumaran rule the Tamil box office in the first half of the year. Thanks to the right mix of good content and entertainment elements in their movies, the makers earned higher returns with much-lower investments.

Mia George wants to work with Arya

Chennai, July 11 : Debutant Mia George, who will be seen in upcoming Tamil romance "AmaraKaaviyam", is keen to act opposite the film's producer Arya, who is also one of the popular actors in the industry.

'Ramanujan': Inspiring biopic, but doesn't resonate (Tamil Movie Review)

By Haricharan Pudipeddi, Film: "Ramanujan"; Cast: Abhinay Vaddi, Bhamaa, Suhasini Maniratnam, Nizhagal Ravi, Y. Gee Mahendran, Sarath Babu, Radha Ravi, Thalaivasal Vijay, Abbas; Director: Gnana Rajasekaran; Rating: ***

Injuries are Vishal's lucky mascot

Chennai, July 11 : Actor Vishal Krishna fractured his hand while shooting a stunt sequence on the sets of upcoming Tamil actioner "Poojai", but he continued to shoot because he believes injuries spell luck for his films.

I have an impostor on Twitter: K.S. Ravikumar

Chennai, July 10 : Ace filmmaker K.S. Ravikumar, who has been busy shooting Tamil film "Lingaa" with superstar Rajinikanth, was in for a surprise recently when somebody posing as him posted controversial tweets. He says it was an impostor and clarified that he himself is not on Twitter.

Thiagarajan yet to finalise leading lady for 'Queen' remake

Chennai, July 10 : Actor-producer Thiagarajan has clarified that he's yet to sign an actress to play the lead in the southern remake of Hindi blockbuster "Queen".

Dhanush helped with 'Vellai Illa Pattathari' script: Director

Chennai, July 9 : Dhanush-starrer Tamil film "Vellai Illa Pattathari" is slated for release July 18, and its director Velraj says that the actor, who is a pleasure to work with, chipped in with suggestions for the script wherever needed.

Need to thank Nalan's mother for ;Sathuranga Vettai': Director

Chennai, July 9 : Debutant director Vinoth says that had it not been for Tamil filmmaker Nalan Kumaraswamy's mother, he couldn't have found a producer for his forthcoming Tamil con thriller "Sathuranga Vettai". He says he's "extremely thankful to her".

Plan to join social media soon, says Suriya

Chennai, July 8 : Tamil actor Suriya, who is awaiting the release of Tamil actioner "Anjaan", Tuesday said he is likey to join soon social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook.

'Mundasupatti' makers planning sequel

Chennai, July 8 : Following the success of recently released Tamil comedy "Mundasupattia, its makers - Fox Star Studios and C.V. Kumar - are planning to work on a sequel, which will be developed on ideas shared by audiences who've watched the first part.

Six Tamil film producers float distribution, marketing firm

Chennai, July 8 : Six popular Tamil film producers - K.E Gnanavel Raja, S. Sashi Kanth, C.V. Kumar, Elred Kumar, Abinesh Elangovan and Lakshman Kumar - have jointly floated a company, Dream Factory, which will focus on better ways to distribute and market content in Tamil Nadu.

Biopics should have modern day relevance: Gnana Rajasekaran

Chennai, July 7 : National award winning filmmaker Gnana Rajasekaran, who is awaiting the release of forthcoming Tamil-English biopic "Ramanujan", says making biopics is "challenging" as they need to have modern day relevance for audiences.

Don't like to run after directors: Nushrat Bharucha

Chennai, July 7 : After winning hearts with films such as "Pyaar Ka Punchnama" and "Akaash Vani", actress Nushrat Bharucha, who is all set for the release of her Tamil debut "Valeba Raja", says she always likes to work with directors who want to work with her.

Bharathiraja to set up film school

Chennai, July 7 : Ace Tamil filmmaker Bharathiraja, who has been a source of inspiration for several young filmmakers in filmdom, has decided to set up a film school here.

Haven't signed any Telugu film yet: Kamal Haasan

Hyderabad, July 7 : Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan has admitted that he's in talks with a few Telugu directors to do a film, but says he hasn't signed a film yet in the language.

Sathyaraj's most powerful role ever in 'Poojai': Director

Chennai, July 6 : Director Hari Gopalakrishnan says actor Sathyaraj's role as a police officer in upcoming Tamil actioner "Poojai" will be his career's most powerful role ever. He says the role is so powerful that even revealing the name of his character would become a spoiler.

Another TV artist turns lead actor

Chennai, July 6 : TV artist-cum-anchor Senthil Kumar is all set to play the lead in upcoming Tamil romantic-comedy "Pappali". He now joins the list of television artiste-turned-actors such as Sivakarthikeyan and Santhanam.

Telugu movie actresses ruling the roost in Tamil filmdom

By Haricharan Pudipeddi, Chennai, July 5 : With a perfect combination of beauty and brains, actresses from the Telugu film world have gained a strong foothold in Tamil filmdom in the recent past.

'R&B music soulful, not aggressive'

By Haricharan Pudipeddi, Chennai, July 4 : Independent Indian R&B singer Thomson Andrews, who takes pride in the music he promotes, says it is an "emotional" and "soulful" genre, which is never "aggressive" or "revolting".

Female comedians don't get their due: Vidyullekha

Chennai, July 3 : Actress Vidyullekha Raman feels female comedians are not offered stronger characters by filmmakers as they usually favour male actors.

Double treat for Rajni fans in next film

Chennai, Jul 2 : Die hard Rajnikant fans who want to see more of their screen idol after 'his Kochadaiyan, will indeed, have their way.

Kumaran's voice bank to encourage aspiring singers

Chennai, July 2 : Composer S.S. Kumaran, who recently launched an online voice bank, says he would like to bring aspiring singers with good command of the Tamil language, to gain limelight through this initiative.

Rajinikanth plays dual avatar in 'Lingaa'

Chennai, July 2 : Superstar Rajinikanth, who is currently busy shooting for Tamil actioner "Lingaa", will be seen in dual avatar in the film. He will be playing a district collector and an unknown role in a flashback sequence.

PVP, Dil Raju jointly acquire remake rights of 'Bangalore Days'

Chennai, July 1 : Well known producers Prasad V. Potluri of PVP Cinema and Dil Raju have jointly acquired the all Indian languages remake rights of recent Malayalam blockbuster "Bangalore Days".

We plan to act together: Jayam Ravi on M. Raja

Chennai, July 1 : Actor Jayam Ravi is happy that his brother and director M. Raja has started acting and says they will soon work together in a movie.

Four big stars come together for 'Valeba Raja' song

Chennai, June 30 : Four popular Tamil actors - Sethu, Santhanam, Powerstar Srinivasan and 'Naan Kadavul' Rajendran - have teamed up for a song in upcoming Tamil romantic-comedy "Valeba Raja". Director Sai Gokul Ramnath is confident that the song, whose lyrics are inspired by 25 Tamil hit numbers, will be a crowd-puller.

Happy to share screen space with Balachander: K. Vishwanath

Chennai, June 30 : Ace Telugu filmmaker K. Vishwanath, who had always admired films made by K. Balachander over the years, says he's extremely happy to be working with him in Kamal Haasan-starrer Tamil comedy "Uttama Villain".

Had to unlearn so many things for 'Madras': Karthi

Chennai, June 30 : Actor Karthi, who had worked with a young team in upcoming Tamil actioner "Madras", says he had to unlearn several things while working on the film. He says he also had to let go of the trappings of a star actor.

'Thirumanam Ennum Nikkah' not anti-religion: Producer

Chennai, June 29 : Ace producer Aascar Ravichandran has reiterated that his upcoming Tamil romantic-drama "Thirumanam Ennum Nikkah" is not against any religion and that the movie will only help in understanding a religion and its culture better.

Meeting Rajinikanth a lifetime achievement: Sampoornesh

Hyderabad, June 29 : Actor Sampoornesh Babu may not have received a lifetime achievement award yet but the newcomer describes the moment he met superstar Rajinikanth as equivalent to that.

Management degree will help in marketing film: 'Jithan 2' director

Chennai, June 28 : Debutant Rahul Paramahamsa, who is a gold medallist in management studies, is making his directorial debut with upcoming Tamil thriller "Jithan 2". He believes his management degree would help him in the marketing and promotion of his film.