'Finding boy to play lead in 'Pulipaarvai' challenging'

Chennai, Aug 1 : Director Pravin Gandhi says it took him months to find a 12-year old boy to play the lead in his upcoming Tamil thriller "Pulipaarvai", which narrates the story of Balachandran, son of late LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran.


Tamil Nadu to buy 1,300 new buses

Chennai, July 31 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa Thursday said that the government would buy 1,300 buses at an outlay of around Rs.270 crore.


For 'Jigarthanda', director wanted unexpected villain

Chennai, July 31 : Director Karthik Subbaraj says he chose actor Simha as his villain in forthcoming Tamil musical gangster film "Jigarthanda" because he felt he was the most unexpected person to play that role.


'Rabhasa' to release on Independence Day

Chennai, July 31 : Junior Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (NTR) starrer Telugu actioner "Rabhasa" will hit the marquee Aug 15 on Independence Day. Producer Bellamkonda Suresh promises that the film will be a treat for the actor's fans.


Tamil Nadu school fire: Life term for owner, jail for nine others

Chennai, July 30 : A court in Tamil Nadu's Thanjavur Wednesday sentenced the owner of a school in Kumbakonam, where 94 children perished in a fire in 2004, to a life term in prison. Nine people were sentenced to varied terms in jail, while 11 others were acquitted.


Tamil Nadu school fire: Parents disappointed with verdict

Chennai, July 30 : Parents of the 94 children killed in the 2004 Kumbakonam school fire tragedy in Tamil Nadu Wednesday expressed shock and disbelief at the acquittal of the 11 people in the case by a court in Thanjavur.


I like to challenge myself with roles: Tamil actor Irfan

Chennai, July 30 : Television and film actor Irfan, who was required to beef up for his action role in upcoming Tamil film "Ru", gained about 12 kg for his role with great care and difficulty. He says he likes to challenge himself with such efforts.


10 held guilty in Tamil Nadu school fire

Chennai, July 30 : A Thanjavur court Wednesday held 10 people guilty and acquitted 11 others in the Kumbakonam school fire accident in Tamil Nadu that killed 94 children and left 18 injured in 2004.


'Pattaiya Kelappanuma' stars mini-bus in key role

Chennai, July 30 : In upcoming Tamil entertainer "Pattaiya Kelappanum Pandiya", a mini-bus will feature in an important role throughout the film, says its director Rajkumar, who promises that the movie will be high on comedy.


Consult dad only when required: Shanthnu on scripts

Chennai, July 29 : Actor Shanthnu Bhagyaraj, son of ace filmmaker K. Bhagyaraj, says he has stopped discussing scripts with his father as people in the industry are not so open to suggestion.


Vidyut Jammwal confident about 'Anjaan' success

Chennai, July 29 : Actor Vidyut Jammwal, who has an important role in upcoming Tamil actioner "Anjaan", is confident of the film becoming the biggest blockbuster.


Eid celebrated in Tamil Nadu

Chennai, July 29 : Eid-ul-Fitr was celebrated in Tamil Nadu Tuesday with the usual fervour, with tens of thousands offering prayers in mosques across the state.


Von Ryans Entertainment to distribute 'Ramanujan' in English

Chennai, July 29 : Camphor Cinema, the makers of recent Tamil biopic "Ramanujan", have signed on Von Ryans Entertainment for the international distribution of the English version of the film.


Sridevi not part of 'Drishyam' Tamil remake

Chennai, July 29 : Refuting rumours that Sridevi will be seen essaying an important role in yet-untitled Tamil remake of "Drishyam", its director Jeetu Joseph says that the Bollywood actress is "not part of the project".


Jayalalithaa announces Rs.50 lakh for weightlifter Sivalingam

Chennai, July 28 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Monday congratulated Satish Kumar Sivalingam for winning a gold medal in weightlifting in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and reminded him of the state government's Rs.50 lakh cash prize.


'Aintham Thalaimuraia' my shot at full-fledged comedy: Bharath

Chennai, July 28 : Actor Bharath, who has been seen in different genre of films in his career so far, says the upcoming Tamil film "Aintham Thalaimurai Sidha Vaithiya Sigamani" is his first short at a full-fledged comedy outing.


Arya an intelligent actor: Magizh Thirumeni

Chennai, July 28 : Director Magizh Thirumeni, who has teamed up with Arya in upcoming Tamil actioner "Meegaamann", believes he is a naturally intelligent actor who can understand the requirement of a story and deliver more than expected.


Dhanush celebrates quiet b'day with family, friends

Chennai, July 28 : Actor Dhanush, who turned 31 Monday, celebrated his birthday Sunday night here with family and very close friends.


Tamil actress Sandra Amy goes to Bollywood

Chennai, July 27 : Tamil TV and film actress Sandra Amy has landed a plum role in yet-untitled Emraan Hashmi's next Bollywood outing with director Anthony D'Souza. Sandra will be seen playing a Tamil girlfriend to Emraan in the film.


Increase Hajj seat quota: Jayalalithaa

Chennai, July 26 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Saturday requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi's to increase the Hajj quota for the state owing to a large number of applicants.


Dhanush's 'Vella Illa Pattathari' creates ripples at box office

Chennai, July 26 : Tamil action-drama "Vella Illa Pattathari" (VIP), which is Dhanush's 25th film, has raked in a whopping Rs.19.08 crore in its opening week in Tamil Nadu, becoming the year's first blockbuster in the language.


CBI arrests man for stealing Microsoft product keys

Chennai, July 25 : The CBI has arrested a man here for stealing product keys of various Microsoft products and cheating unsuspecting consumers by selling them online while causing a loss to the software major, the agency said Friday.


Told to quit as reward for my honesty, says former Puducherry governor

New Delhi, July 25 : Former Lt. Governor of Puducherry Virendra Kataria, who was given marching orders by the Narendra Modi government earlier this month, Friday said his ouster was a "punishment for his honesty, integrity and views on the present set up" in the union territory.


Jayalalithaa announces Rs.2,325 crore road projects

Chennai, July 25 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Friday announced road and bridge projects across the state involving an outlay of Rs.2,325 crore.


Actress of the week: Nayantara

Chennai, July 24: Nayantara, the South Indian actress has done numerous commercially successful movies in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada. Started her career as model and TV anchor.


Katju should have disclosed all the facts, says Karunanidhi

Chennai, July 24 : DMK president M. Karunanidhi Thursday asked Press Council of India chairman, Justice Markandey Katju, to disclose details of his assets while wondering why the former apex court judge shouldn't have shared all facts while making a serious charge.


Allow UN investigators into India: Jayalalithaa

Chennai, July 24 : UN officials probing human rights violations in Sri Lanka must be given visas to visit India, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa said Thursday.


Tamil Nadu to have National Investment and Manufacturing Zone

Chennai, July 24 : A National Investment and Manufacturing Zone (NIMZ), a solar power project and a desalination plant will be set up in Ramanathapuram district at a total outlay of Rs.8,025 crore, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa said Thursday.


'Aal' first Tamil film shot at India-China border?

Chennai, July 24 : The makers of upcoming Tamil thriller "Aal", the remake of Hindi movie "Aamir", have claimed that the film happens to be the first in the language to be shot at the India-China border in Sikkim. They have also shot in some of the busiest locations here.


I've found my own stardom in southern cinema: Vidyut Jammwal

Chennai, July 24 : In southern cinema, actor Vidyut Jammwal may have only played villainous roles so far, but he says after sharing screen space with some superstars such as Ajith, Suriya and Vijay, he feels like a star in the industry.


Mobile app lets user play lead of 'Thirudan Police'

Chennai, July 24 : The makers of upcoming Tamil action-comedy "Thirudan Police" have launched a mobile application, which will allow the user to replace his or her face with that of the lead cast of the film.


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.


DMK members suspended for rest of Tamil Nadu assembly session

Chennai, July 22 : Legislators of the DMK were Tuesday suspended for rest of the Tamil Nadu assembly session for their behaviour which was not held in consonance with the dignity of the house.


Why was Katju silent so long, asks Karunanidhi

Chennai, July 22 : DMK president M. Karunanidhi Tuesday came down heavily on Press Council of India chairman Justice Markandey Katju charging him with making allegations of corruption in judiciary due to "some hidden pressure".


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".


Jayalalithaa opposes buoys on India-Sri Lanka sea boundary

Chennai, July 22 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa urged the central government to pursue the idea of sustainable fishing by Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen and disagreed with a proposal to instal buoys to demarcate the international maritime boundary.


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.


Tamil Nadu's power demand to touch 14,500 MW fiscal end

Chennai, July 21 : Tamil Nadu's power needs are expected to touch 14,500 MW by the end of this fiscal, the state assembly was told Monday.


Scientist claims Ukraine air crash tragedy an attempt to wage World War III

Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu), July 21 : Scientist Jayaprabhu, who claimed to have located the debris of the missing MH 370 airliner, claimed that the tragedy of MH 17 Boeing was to initiate a World War III by certain people.


Tamil Nadu seeks more World Bank aid for road project

Chennai, July 21 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Monday requested increased assistance of $500 million for a road project from the World Bank during a meeting here with bank president Jim Yong Kim.


Tamil Nadu power tariff lower than other states: Minister

Chennai, Jul 21 : Tamil Nadu Electricity Minister Natham Vishwanathan today claimed the power tariff in the state was far lower than in other States, including neighbouring Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh


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.


Ramkumar Ramanathan's successful stint in Spain

Chennai, Jul 21 : Ramkumar Ramanathan, the promising 19-year-old youngster, reached four finals -- two singles and two doubles -- in ITF Futures Men's Tennis Tournaments in Spain.


Tamil Nadu effectively handling water crisis: Minister

Chennai, Jul 21 : Tamil Nadu Minister for Municipal Administration and Rural Development S P Velumani today told the State Assembly that the government headed by Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has been effectively handling the water crisis in the State.


Tamil Nadu numero uno in wind energy production: Minister

Chennai, Jul 21 : Tamil Nadu Electricity Minister Natham Viswanthan today said the State continued to remain number one in the country in wind energy production


World Bank chief says TN is No 1 state in India, to meet Jaya

Chennai, Jul 21 : In a fillip to the morale of the Jaya government, World Bank president Jim Yong Kim, who is on a visit to meet with Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, today praised the all round development in Tamil Nadu.


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.


Set up AIIMS in Tamil Nadu: Jayalalithaa

Chennai, July 20 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa has urged Prime Minster Narendra Modi to set up an All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in the state this fiscal.


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.


Opposition DMK stages walkout from Tamil Nadu Assembly

Chennai, Jul 18 : The Opposition DMK today staged a walkout from the Tamil Nadu Assembly after Speaker P Dhanapal refused them permission to speak on the suo motu statement made by Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on the Mullaiperiyar Dam row with Kerala.


Knowledge, innovation important for progress: President

Tiruchirappalli (Tamil Nadu), July 19 : Knowledge and innovation are the underpinnings of progress and prosperity in the 21st century, President Pranab Mukherjee said here Saturday.


DMK sacks official, retains suspended ex-union minister

Chennai, July 19 : The DMK Saturday dismissed its Dharmapuri south district secretary Mullaiventhan while retaining suspended ex-union minister S.S. Palanimanickam as a party member.


'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.


Jayalalithaa opposes celebration of Sanskrit Week

Chennai, July 19 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa has told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that celebration of Classical Language Week in each state based on linguistic heritage will be more appropriate than celebrating Sanskrit Week.


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".