Tamil Cinema News
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
By Haricharan Pudipeddi : Film - "Sathuranga Vettai"; Cast - Natraj Subramaniam, Ishara Nair, Ponvannan, Illavarasu, Vallavan and Dharani; Director - H. Vinoth; Rating - ***
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.
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.
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".
By Haricharan Pudipeddi : Film - "Vella Illa Pattathari"; Cast -Dhanush, Amala Paul, Vivekh, Samuthirakani, Saranya Ponvannan and Surabhi; Director - R. Velraj; Rating: ***
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
New Delhi, July 12 : Shruti Haasan recently unveiled Dr. Rashmi Shetty's book 'Age Erase' along with Jackky Bhagnani in Mumbai.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: ***
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.
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.
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".
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
Chennai, July 3 : Actress Vidyullekha Raman feels female comedians are not offered stronger characters by filmmakers as they usually favour male actors.
Chennai, Jul 2 : Die hard Rajnikant fans who want to see more of their screen idol after 'his Kochadaiyan, will indeed, have their way.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.