Tamil Nadu News
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
Chennai, July 28 : Actor Dhanush, who turned 31 Monday, celebrated his birthday Sunday night here with family and very close friends.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 : 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.
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".
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 : 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.
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 : Tamil Nadu's power needs are expected to touch 14,500 MW by the end of this fiscal, the state assembly was told Monday.
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.
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.
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
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, 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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 : 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.
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".