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Small was big for southern cinema

By Haricharan Pudipeddi, Chennai, Dec 18 : Small was big down south. Low budget films, which were high on creative content, emerged as the real winners in 2014. Offerings like "Yaamirukka Bayamey" and "Karthikeya" not only set the cash registers ringing but also spelt profit for the investors in the southern filmdom, which otherwise registered a mere five percent hits out of about 500 releases.

Balachander showing signs of improvement: Actor Vivekh

Chennai, Dec 17 : Actor Vivekh, who visited veteran director K. Balachander Wednesday at a hospital here, said the auteur is showing signs of improvement.

Filmmaker Balachander critical but stable

Chennai, Dec 16 : Legendary filmmaker K. Balachander, who was admitted to Cauvery hospital, has been shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). He is undergoing treatment for urinary infection.

Sonakshi Sinha happy with response to 'Lingaa'

Mumbai, Dec 16 : Actress Sonakshi Sinha is content and happy with the way her Tamil cinematic debut "Lingaa", starring the phenomenal Rajinikanth, has been received by the audience.

Kamal Haasan wishes guru Balachander speedy recovery

Chennai, Dec 16 : Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan has wished his guru K. Balachander, who has been hospitalised due to fever and some age-related ailments, a speedy recovery. Meanwhile, the veteran filmmaker's health is improving, doctors have said.

Balachander recognised and smiled at me: Rajinikanth

Chennai, Dec 15 : Superstar Rajinikanth, who rushed to Cauvery hospital here Monday to check on the well being of his ailing guru and legendary filmmaker K. Balachander, said that the auteur "recognised" him.

Filmmaker K. Balachander hospitalised

Chennai, Dec 15 : Well known Tamil filmmaker K. Balachander was Monday admitted to a private hospital following "fever" and some "age-related ailments".

Fans celebrate Rajnikanth's 64th b'day with great enthusiasm

New Delhi, December 12 : Tamil superstar Rajnikanth's 64th birthday is being celebrated in grand way by his fans as the occasion also coincides with the release of his movie 'Lingaa'.

Rajinikanth thanks Modi, fans for birthday greetings

Chennai, Dec 12 : Superstar Rajinikanth Friday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his good friend Amitabh Bachchan and millions of fans for wishing him on his 64th birthday.

Frenzied fans celebrate Friday the 12th - Rajinikanth's birthday

Chennai, Dec 12 : Friday the 12th turned out to be a double bonanza for the fans of Tamil movie superstar Rajinikanth across the globe. They not only celebrated the 64th birthday of their silver screen hero, but also enjoyed his new release "Lingaa".

PM Modi wishes Rajnikanth on 64th birthday

New Delhi, Dec. 12 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday extended wishes to the legendary Tamil superstar Rajinikanth on the latter's 64th birthday.

'Lingaa' - The hero with a thousand faces (Tamil Movie Review)

By Haricharan Pudipeddi : Film - "Lingaa"; Cast - Rajinikanth, Sonakshi Sinha, Anushka Shetty, K. Vishwanath, Jagapathi Babu, Vijayakumar, Radha Ravi, Santhanam, Karunakaran and Dev Gill; Director - K.S. Ravi Kumar; Rating - ***

Modi tweets Tamil birthday wishes to Rajinikanth

New Delhi, Dec 12 : Narendra Modi has sent out birthday wishes in Tamil to cinestar Rajinikant, who turned 64 Friday. The prime minister wished the "legendary" artist a long life.

Remain hale, hearty: Amitabh Bachchan wishes Rajinikanth on 64th birthday

Mumbai, Dec 12 : On the ocassion of cinestar Rajinikanth's 64th birthday Friday, his good friend and "Hum" co-star Amitabh Bachchan has wished the "phenomena" good health and happiness.

Deposit Rs.10 crore for 'Lingaa' release, court tells producer

Madurai, Dec 11 : The Madras High Court bench here Thursday allowed the release of superstar Rajinikanth-starrer "Lingaa" Friday on the condition that its producer Rockline Venkatesh deposit Rs.10 crore in the court.

Mani Ratnam's 'Okay Kanmani' nearing completion

Chennai, Dec 9 : Filmmaker Mani Ratnam seemed to have shot upcoming Tamil romantic-drama "Okay Kanmani" at such a breakneck speed that it's almost complete. It is touted to be his quickest project.

Romancing Sonakshi was challenging: Rajinikanth

Hyderabad, Dec 8 : Superstar Rajinikanth Monday said romancing Sonakshi Sinha in his forthcoming Tamil action movie "Lingaa" was a challenge.

Rajinikanth files caveat application in 'Lingaa' case

Madurai, Dec 8 : Superstar Rajinikanth Monday filed a caveat application here to prevent the Madras High Court bench from passing any interim order in the "Lingaa" case without hearing his stand.

Being appreciated by Rajinikanth means a lot: Karunakaran

Chennai, Dec 8 : Actor Karunakaran, who has teamed up with superstar Rajinikanth for the first time in forthcoming Tamil actioner "Lingaa", says he was touched when the latter showered rare appreciation upon meeting him on sets.

Yuvan Shankar Raja, Illayaraja to perform together

Tirunelveli, Dec 8 : Southern composer Yuvan Shankar Raja is set to perform live here Jan 17, 2015 on the festive occasion of Pongal. He will be joined by his father and music maestro Illayaraja along with a host of popular playback singers.

Don't want my southern film career to end with 'Lingaa': Sonakshi Sinha

By Haricharan Pudipeddi, Chennai, Dec 8 : Actress Sonakshi Sinha, who feels southern movies are "content-rich", says her forthcoming Tamil cinematic debut "Lingaa" won't be a one-off film in her career as she's keen to find more work in the industry.

Udhayanidhi may produce Prabhu Solomon's next

Chennai, Dec 7 : Actor-producer Udhayanidhi Stalin, currently shooting for Tamil comedy "Nanbenda", is likely to produce filmmaker Prabhu Solomon's next project.

Enjoyed working with sons in 'Aivaraattam': Jayaprakash

Chennai, Dec 6 : Popular actor Jayaprakash, who will be seen sharing the screen space with his sons - Niranjan and Dushyanth - in upcoming Tamil sports drama "Aivaraattam", says he thoroughly enjoyed working with them.

No qualms in playing village-based roles: Anandhi

Chennai, Dec 6 : Actress Anandhi, who will next be seen in forthcoming Tamil romantic-drama "Kayala", says she has no fear of taking up a village-based role because she gives prime importance to the script and performance.

Tamil movie 'Jumbo 3D' cast boasts over 100 Japanese actors

Chennai, Dec 5 : Upcoming Tamil drama "Jumbo 3D", which is being made in collaboration with a Japanese producer, will feature over 100 Japanese actors, according to its directors Hari Shankar and Hareesh Narayan.

Sridevi starrer 'Vijay 58' to release in Hindi too?

Chennai, Dec 5 : The makers of Tamil fantasy drama starring superstar Vijay, which is tentatively titled "Vijay 58", are reportedly planning to release the film in Hindi as well because it features Bollywood diva Sridevi in a prominent role.

Veteran Devayani now a schoolteacher

Chennai, Dec 5 : Popular yesteryear southern actress Devayani, who has worked with stars like Kamal Haasan and Vijay, has now donned a new avatar. She is now teaching at a private school here and is apparently enjoying the experience.

Music always my first love: G.V. Prakash Kumar

Chennai, Dec 5 : Southern composer G.V Prakash Kumar, who recently turned actor with Tamil horror comedy "Darling" , says that music will always be his first love and it won't take a backseat due to his acting commitments.

Prashant Nair's 'Umrika' goes to Sundance film fest

Chennai, Dec 4 : Independent filmmaker Prashant Nair's "Umrika" has been officially selected in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition section of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, which will take place Jan 22-Feb 1, 2015.

Ajith's 'Yennai Arindhaal' teaser released

Chennai, Dec 4 : The teaser of actor Ajith Kumar's much anticipated Tamil actioner "Yennai Arindhaal" was unveiled Thursday midnight online. It has already crossed 2 lakhs views within a few hours on Youtube.

Court dismisses plagiarism case against 'Lingaa'

Madurai, Dec 3 : The Madras High Court bench here Wednesday dismissed the writ petition filed by aspiring filmmaker K.R. Ravi Rathinam, who had claimed that the makers of superstar Rajinikanth-starrer "Lingaa" have stolen his story.

'1 Pandhu 4 Run 1 Wicket' a silent horror film: Director

Chennai, Dec 3 : Forthcoming Tamil film "1 Pandhu 4 Run 1 Wicket", with its quirky title, is a cricket-based silent horror film, according to its director Veera, who assures that he has avoided all the cliches associated with the genre.

Dhanush, Amy Jackson to team up

Chennai, Dec 3 : Actor Dhanush is set to team up with British actress Amy Jackson in a yet-untitled Tamil film. The project will mark his second collaboration with director Velraj after recent blockbuster "Vela Illa Pattathari" (VIP).

Trisha volunteers to clean animal home

Chennai, Dec 3 : Southern film actress Trisha Krishnan Wednesday volunteered to clean an upcoming animal home of Environmentalist Foundation of India (EFI) as part of her Clean India campaign.

Dhanush's next production goes on floors

Chennai, Dec 3 : Actor Dhanush-produced Tamil film "Naanum Rowdy Dhaan", which features Vijay Sethupathi and Nayantara in the lead, went on the floors here Wednesday.

'Kayal' Prabhu Solomon's trilogy on romance

Chennai, Dec 2 : Filmmaker Prabhu Solomon says his upcoming Tamil disaster drama "Kayal", which is set against the backdrop of a tsunami, is his trilogy on romance after films such as "Mynaa" and "Kumki".

'Pugazh' a story of an underdog: Producer

Chennai, Dec 2 : Producer Sushant Prasad says his upcoming Tamil action-thriller "Pugazh" will appeal to the audiences because it's the story of an underdog, and it's easier for them to relate to such characters on screen.

Not doing 'Kaththi' remake: Mahesh Babu

Hyderabad, Nov 30 : Superstar Mahesh Babu Sunday said that he really liked recent Tamil blockbuster "Kaththi", but shared that he's not starring in the film's remake.

Bharathirajaa awaiting eagerly to act in son's direction

Chennai, Nov 30 : Veteran filmmaker Bharathirajaa, who will be playing an important role in upcoming Tamil thriller "Sigappu Rojakkal 2", says he's really looking forward to the experience of working in his son's direction.

Simbu's 'Vaalu' to release next year

Chennai, Nov 30 : For the second year in a row, actor Simbu aka Silambarasan, won't have a release in a lead role. The actor's upcoming Tamil film "Vaalu", which was earlier scheduled for Dec 24 release, has now been pushed to next year.

'Kaaviya Thalaivan'- Salute the effort, but not the film (Tamil Movie Review)

By Haricharan Pudipeddi : Film - "Kaaviya Thalaivan"; Cast - Siddharth, Prithviraj, Vedhika Kumar, Anaika Soti, Nassar, Thambi Ramaiah, Ponvannan, Singampuli; Director - Vasanthabalan; Rating - ***

I want to make a horror film: Prabhudeva

Mumbai, Nov 29 : Director Prabhudeva, who is known for making action and comedy films, says he wants to try a horror flick in future.

'Masss', 'How Old...' remake game changers in my career: Sanjay Bharati

Chennai, Nov 29 : Actor Sanjay Bharati, who has landed important roles in upcoming Tamil films "Masss" and the yet-untitled remake of "How Old Are You", says these two projects will be game changers in his career.

'Pasanga' team reunites for fourth time

Chennai, Nov 29 : The four boys - Kishore, Pandi, Sreeram and Murugesh - who played the lead in Tamil hit "Pasanga" a few years back and in "Goli Soda" most recently have reunited for the fourth time in upcoming Tamil thriller "Kamarkattu".

Unusual screenplay will be highlight of 'Kalam'

Chennai, Nov 27 : Debut director Robert Raj says the unusual screenplay of upcoming Tamil suspense thriller "Kalam", which is set against the backdrop of a house, will be one of its highlights.

Single from 'Vaanavila' to be unveiled at dance competition

Chennai, Nov 27 : A single track from composer-turned-director James Vasanthan's upcoming Tamil musical "Vaanavil Vaazhkai" will be unveiled here Friday at choreographer John Britto's Chennai Dance Championship 2014.

Glad Kiran Bedi accepted my invitation: Perarasu

Chennai, Nov 27 : Retired Indian Police Service officer and social activist Kiran Bedi Wednesday made a quiet appearance at the audio launch of Tamil film "Tihar" here. The film's director Perarasu is extremely happy that she accepted his invitation and graced the occasion.

'Yaan' makers send legal notice to director Ravi Chandran

Chennai, Nov 27 : The makers of Tamil film "Yaan" have sent a legal notice to its director Ravi K. Chandran, alleging that his work is a blatant copy of 1978 British film "Midnight Express".

IFFI: 'Kutram...' producer honoured with red carpet welcome

Panaji, Nov 26 : Producer JSK Satish feels honoured to be received with red carpet welcome for his Tamil thriller "Kutram Kadithal", which recently got screened here in the Indian Panorama section at the ongoing Indian Internal Film Festival.

'Lingaa' cleared with 'U' certificate

Chennai, Nov 26 : Superstar Rajinikanth-starrer Tamil actioner "Lingaa" has been passed with a 'U' certificate by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), making it suitable to watch for all age groups.

Court defers judgment in 'Lingaa' case

Madurai, Nov 25 : The Madras High Court bench here Monday deferred its verdict on a writ petition filed by aspiring filmmaker K.R. Ravi Rathinam who has accused the team of superstar Rajinikanth's "Lingaa" of having stolen his script.

A.R. Rahman's music has vital role in 'Kaaviya...': Director

Chennai, Nov 25 : Director Vasanthabalan says double-Oscar winning composer A.R. Rahman's music in forthcoming Tamil period drama "Kaaviya Thalaivan" plays a pivotal role in the film.

'Vajram' marathon experience was enriching: Director

Chennai, Nov 25 : Over 1,000 students from different schools in the city recently participated in a marathon organised by the makers of upcoming Tamil drama "Vajram".

Still need mom's advice on scripts: Thulasi Nair

Chennai, Nov 24 : Thulasi Nair, daughter of yesteryear southern actress Radha, says she still takes her mother's advice when it comes to choosing scripts as she feels she's not yet ready to take such big decisions herself.

Vikram brought out the best in me: Abhimanyu Singh

Chennai, Nov 24 : Tamil actor Vikram has brought out the best in him in the upcoming Tamil road thriller "10 Enradhukulla", says Bollywood star Abhimanyu Singh, who shares screen space with him in the film.

Confident of repeating 'Boss Engira Bhaskaran' magic: Rajesh

Chennai, Nov 24 : Director M. Rajesh, who has teamed up with actor Arya for the second time, is confident that he can repeat the magic created by his 2010 Tamil super hit "Boss Engira Bhaskaran" with his recently launched yet-untitled romantic comedy.

Director Hari heads to Switzerland for script work

Chennai, Nov 22 : Director Hari Gopalakrishnan of "Singam" fame, who is all set to team up with actor Suriya for the fifth time in his yet-untitled next film, has left for Switzerland with his assistants to finish the script.

'Naaigal Jaakirathai'- Entertaining, but beware of cliches (Tamil Movie Review)

By Haricharan Pudipeddi : Film - "Naaigal Jaakirathai"; Cast - Sibiraj, Idoh (a Belgian Shepherd); Director - Shakti Soundar Rajan; Rating - ***

Kamal Haasan now has a YouTube channel

Chennai, Nov 22 : Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan now has an official YouTube channel titled Ulaganayagan Tube. It was recently launched and has over 2,000 subscribers and over 50,000 views.

Satish Kaushik in Bala's 'Tharai Thappattai'?

Chennai, Nov 21 : Bollywood actor-filmmaker Satish Kaushik, who was recently raved for his performance in Nagesh Kukunoor's "Lakshmi", has landed an important role in Bala Pazhanisaamy's upcoming Tamil film "Tharai Thappattai".

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