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Leaders condole death of Tamil actor Rajendran

Chennai, Oct 24 : Cutting across party lines, leaders Friday condoled the death of veteran Tamil actor S.S. Rajendran popularly known as SSR, who passed away at a private hospital here. He was 86.

Actor Rahman joins Tamil remake of 'How Old...'

Chennai, Oct 24 : Southern actor Rahman, popular for films like "Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal", "Sangamam" and "Singam 2", will play a key role in a yet-untitled Tamil remake of recent Malayalam hit "How Old Are You".

Veteran Tamil actor S.S. Rajendran dead

Chennai, Oct 24 : Tamil cinema's Yesteryear actor S.S. Rajendran, who was battling for life at a private hospital here, breathed his last Friday. He was 85.

'Masss' poster not copied: Venkat Prabhu

Chennai, Oct 24 : Filmmaker Venkat Prabhu has quashed rumours that the first poster of his upcoming Tamil directorial "Masss", which was recently unveiled, is copied from one of the posters of Hollywood film "The Bourne Ultimatum".

'Kaththi' mints Rs.15.4 crore on release day

Chennai, Oct 23 : Vijay-starrer Tamil actioner "Kaththi" has collected a whopping Rs.15.4 crore on the first day in the country. It's expected to register a record opening weekend at the box office, says an expert.

Honoured that 'X' will open SAIFF: Sudhish Kamath

Chennai, Oct 23 : Sudhish Kamath is "honoured" that "experimental" film "X", co-directed by 10 more independent filmmakers, has been selected to open the forthcoming 11th South Asian International Film Festival (SAIFF).

'Poojai': All action, no soul (Tamil Movie Review)

By Haricharan Pudipeddi: Film- "Poojai"; Cast- Vishal Krishna Reddy, Shruti Haasan, Sathyaraj, Mukesh Tiwari, Soori, Radikaa Sarath Kumar, Thalaivasal Vijay, Jayaprakash; Director- Hari Gopalakrishnan; Rating- **

'Kaththi': Unrealistic and preachy (Tamil Movie Review)

By Haricharan Pudipeddi: Film- "Kaththi"; Cast- Vijay, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Satish; Director- A.R. Murugadoss; Rating- **1/2

Cinematographer Ashok Kumar passes away

Chennai, Oct 22 : Ace southern cinematographer Ashok Kumar Agarwal, who was battling for life here for over the last six months with "health-related issues", passed away Wednesday.

Vijay assures smooth release of 'Kaththi'

Chennai, Oct 21 : Actor Vijay has assured that his Tamil film "Kaththi", whose release seemed doubtful after Tamil groups protested against the film due to its producers' alleged "unproven link" with Sri Lankan government, will hit the screens Wednesday.

Tamil actioner 'Kaththi' to release Wednesday

Chennai, Oct 20 : The makers of Vijay-starrer Tamil actioner "Kaththi" Monday confirmed that the film would be released Wednesday.

Telugu actor hopes 'Porkuthirai' finds him more work in Tamil films

Chennai, Oct 20 : Telugu actor Chaitanya Krishna, who has starred in Tamil film "Rowthiram" earlier in his career, hopes to find more work in the industry through his upcoming Tamil revenge drama "Porkuthirai".

Important to respect producer's money, time: Director Hari

Chennai, Oct 20 : Director Hari Gopalakrishnan, who is awaiting the release of forthcoming Tamil film "Poojai", says he gives prime importance and respect to the producer who invests money and time in a film.

'Kaththi' release in Tamil Nadu uncertain

Chennai, Oct 20 : The release of Vijay-starrer Tamil actioner "Kaththi" Wednesday in Tamil Nadu looks uncertain due to an 'unproven link' between the film's producer Lyca Productions' and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Tamil film 'Kutram Kadithal' makes it to IFFI

Chennai, Oct 19 : Upcoming Tamil thriller "Kutram Kadithal" has been selected for the Indian Panorama section of the 45th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) to be held in Goa next month.

Nagarjuna, Karthi to team up for bilingual

Chennai, Oct 18 : Actors Akkineni Nagarjuna and Karthi will soon join hands for the first time to work in a yet-untitled Tamil-Telugu film, to be directed by Vamsi Paidapally.

Sriya Reddy celebrates Diwali with Theni residents

Chennai, Oct 18 : Actress Sriya Reddy, who has been shooting in southern Tamil Nadu's Theni area for her upcoming Tamil comedy "Andaava Kanom", decided to celebrate this year's Diwali in advance with the people in the locality since she's been moved by their warmth.

Rajinikanth dubbed for 'Lingaa' in 24 hours?

Chennai, Oct 18 : Superstar Rajinikanth has dubbed for his upcoming Tamil film "Lingaa" at a lightning speed. He is said to have finished dubbing for it in less than 24 hours, much to the surprise of the film's crew.

Rajasekar excited to launch Jayaprada's son

Chennai, Oct 17 : Veteran actress Jayaprada's son Siddharth aka Siddhu will be making his cinematic debut in Tamil romantic-comedy "Uyyire Uyyire", a remake of Telugu blockbuster "Ishq". The film's director A. Rajasekar is glad to have the opportunity to launch Siddhu.

I'd like to produce one film a year: Sibiraj

Chennai, Oct 17 : Actor Sibiraj, who has produced Tamil action-thriller "Naaigal Jaakirathai", says he would like to produce at least one film a year going forward - and that may be with or without him in the lead.

Heroine not confirmed for Dhanush-Velraj project

Chennai, Oct 17 : Director R. Velraj, who plans to reunite with actor Dhanush for the second time after the success of Tamil film "Vela Illa Pattathari", is yet to sign a heroine yet for the project. He says he's still busy finishing the script.

'All is well', says Kamal Haasan on injury rumour

Chennai, Oct 16 : Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan, who is currently shooting in Kerala for Tamil thriller "Papanasama, said Thursday that he wasn't injured while shooting as being speculated and "all is well" with him.

Not sure if next film with Suriya is 'Singam 3': Director Hari

Chennai, Oct 16 : Filmmaker Hari Gopalakrishnan, who has confirmed that he's teaming up with actor Suriya for the fifth time soon, isn't sure whether they will be working on the third part in the "Singam" franchise.

Delhi Ganesh to launch son in home production

Chennai, Oct 16 : Veteran Tamil actor Delhi Ganesh, popular for films such as "Avvai Shanmugi" and "Kalyana Samayal Saadham", is set to launch his son Mahadevan in a yet-untitled Tamil movie. He plans to produce it under his home banner.

'Yaamirukka Bayamey' to be remade in Kannada

Chennai, Oct 15 : Recent Tamil blockbuster "Yaamirukka Bayamey", a horror-comedy, is all set to remade in Kannada as "Namo Bootha Athma".

Southern film actors donate for cyclone-hit victims

Chennai, Oct 15 : Popular Tamil actors such as Suriya, Vishal Krishna Reddy and Kajal Agarwal Wednesday announced donations to the Chief Minister's relief fund for the victims of cyclone Hudhud, which struck the Andhra Pradesh coast Sunday.

Working with dog in 'Naaigal...' has made me a better actor: Sibiraj

Chennai, Oct 15 : Actor Sibiraj, who shares screen space with Idoh, a Belgian Shepherd, in upcoming Tamil action-thriller "Naaigal Jaakirathai", says working alongside a dog has made him a better actor. He says the uniqueness of the script attracted him to the project.

'Darling' will outdo 'Prema Katha Chitram': Prakash Kumar

Chennai, Oct 15 : Composer-actor G.V. Prakash Kumar, who will next be seen in Tamil horror-comedy "Darling", says the film will be far better than its Telugu original "Prema Katha Chitram".

'Darling' will outperform 'Prema Katha Chitram': G. V Prakash Kumar

Chennai, Oct 15 : Southern composer-turned-actor G. V Prakash Kumar, who will next be seen in Tamil horror-comedy "Darling", says the film will be far better than its Telugu original "Prema Katha Chitram".

Karunakaran to play lead in Radha Mohan's next

Chennai, Oct 14 : After impressing audiences in a titular character in recent Tamil comedy "Aadama Jaichomada", actor Karunakaran has bagged yet another lead role in filmmaker Radha Mohan's next Tamil project.

Love working with young breed of actors: Prakash Raj

Chennai, Oct 13 : Actor Prakash Raj, who is currently busy shooting for Mani Ratnam's yet-untitled Tamil film, says he's really enjoying working with the young breed of actors in the film.

Vikram putting extra effort for Hindi dubbing of 'I'

Chennai, Oct 12 : Actor Vikram, who has been dubbing for his upcoming Tamil film 'I' in Hindi over the last few days, is said to be putting in extra effort to get his lines right. He's apparently spending hours to prepare and dub in Hindi without an accent.

Mysskin ropes in Hong Kong-based stuntman for 'Pisasu'

Chennai, Oct 12 : Filmmaker Mysskin has collaborated with Hong Kong-based stuntman Tony Leung Siu Hung for the second time in his upcoming Tamil paranormal thriller "Pisasu". He has choreographed the crucial climax portion of the film.

G.V. Prakash has underplayed in 'Darling': Sam Anton

Chennai, Oct 12 : Debutant filmmaker Sam Anton, who has cast G.V. Prakash Kumar in the upcoming Tamil horror-comedy "Darling", says the composer has delivered a restrained performance in most parts of the film.

Mumbai-based production house set for Tamil film debut

Chennai, Oct 12 : ASA Production, a company based out of Mumbai, is making its Tamil debut with upcoming yet-untitled film featuring actress Raai Laxmi in the lead. The project is said to be a high-budget venture.

Charmme is a wonderful dancer: S.D. Vijay Milton

Chennai, Oct 11 : Filmmaker S.D. Vijay Milton has roped in actress Charmme for an item number in his upcoming Tamil film "10 Enrathukulla" as he finds her to be a wonderful dancer, who can add "life" to a song.

Five top Tamil stars to do film for a cause

Chennai, Oct 10 : Popular Tamil film actors like Vishal Krishna Reddy, Arya, Karthi, Jiiva and Jeyam Ravi will join hands to work in a yet-untitled Tamil film free of cost. The profits earned through the film will be invested in the construction of a new building for South Indian Film Artistes Association (SIFAA) aka Nadigar Sangam.

Kamal Haasan joins 'Papanasam' team in Kerala

Thodupuzha (Kerala), Oct 10 : After a short break, actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan will resume shooting for Tamil thriller "Papanasam" here Friday. The film is the remake of Malayalam blockbuster "Drishyam".

Directors should start careers with small films: Ravi K. Chandran

Chennai, Oct 9 : Cinematographer-turned-filmmaker Ravi K. Chandran, who recently made his directorial debut with Tamil actioner "Yaan", feels directors should start their careers with small films to prove themselves and get noticed.

Ten Tamil films lined up for release Friday

Chennai, Oct 9 : The Tamil box office usually witnesses a maximum of four releases every week, but a record 10 releases are slated to hit the screens Friday. It's not a healthy trend, says a trade expert.

'Katha Sollaporom' will be another 'Pasanga': Director

Chennai, Oct 9 : Debutant director Kalyan assures that upcoming Tamil children's drama "Katha Sollaporom" will be the next "Pasanga", which is another critically-acclaimed children's film in the language.

Tamil actress Maya attempts suicide for Jayalalitha

Chennai, Oct 8 : Tamil actress Maya Wednesday attempted suicide in front of police commissioner's office here to protest the imprisonment of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalitha.

Dubbed versions of 'Bang Bang!' hit the bull's eye

Chennai, Oct 8 : The Tamil and Telugu versions of Hrithik Roshan-starrer "Bang Bang!", which released Oct 2, jointly raked in over Rs.3 crore at the box office in five days. It's said to be the highest for a dubbed Hindi film.

Vikram to dub for Telugu, Hindi versions of 'I'?

Chennai, Oct 8 : If all goes as planned, actor Vikram might dub for the Telugu and Hindi versions of Tamil romantic-thriller "I", which is expected to hit theatres early in 2015.

Want to translate small screen success to big screen: S.N. Shaktevel

Chennai, Oct 8 : Debutant director S.N. Shaktevel, who is popular for his hit serial "Chinna Papa Periya Papa", is confident that he can translate his successful stint on television to cinema with upcoming Tamil comedy "Ivanuku Thannila Gandam".

'Kaaka Muttai' director's next won't feature any songs

Chennai, Oct 7 : Director M. Manikandan decided to exclude songs from his upcoming second Tamil directorial "Kutramum Dhandanayum" based on the feedback he received from audiences. He says engaging writing is enough to keep viewers hooked.

Aishwarya Rajesh to essay first urban role in 'Thirudan Police'

Chennai, Oct 7 : Actress Aishwarya Rajesh, who has so far donned rural roles in her career in films such as "Rummy" and "Pannaiyarum Padminiyum", has donned her first urban character in forthcoming Tamil crime-comedy "Thirudan Police".

Lakshmy Ramakrishnan's family connect in 'Nerungi Vaa Muthamidathe'

Chennai, Oct 6 : Actor-filmmaker Lakshmy Ramakrishnan's biggest strength is her family which has stood by her in all her endeavours. Now, they've even contributed to her upcoming Tamil directorial "Nerungi Vaa Muthamidathe".

Tulasi doesn't mind playing mother on screen

Chennai, Oct 6 : Actress Tulasi says she doesn't mind taking up roles of a mother on screen as long as she has a crucial contribution to make to a film's story. In fact, she's also okay playing mother to any hero or heroine.

Shruti back in Tamil cinema, thanks Vishal

Chennai, Oct 5 : Actress Shruti Haasan, who has been away from Tamil filmdom for nearly two years, thanked actor Vishal Krishna Reddy for giving her a chance to work in Tamil again in the upcoming film "Poojai".

'Poojai' best chance after 'Walter Vetrivel': Sathyaraj

Chennai, Oct 5 : Actor Sathyaraj says his role in the forthcoming Tamil action movie "Poojai" is the best opportunity he has got since his 1993 cult hit "Walter Vetrivel" also in Tamil.

When Kamal Haasan breathed life into Karky's lyrics

Chennai, Oct 4 : Lyricist Madhan Karky, who has penned the song that actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan has sung for upcoming Tamil film "Avam", says the experience of having the superstar croon to his lyrics is "unforgettable".

Names in 'Purampokku' inspired from Indian history

Chennai, Oct 4 : Filmmaker S.P. Jananathan, who is known for pin-pointing at societal issues through his films, has named the principal characters in his upcoming Tamil drama "Purampokku" after real people from Indian history.

Sequel to 'Soodhu Kavvum' in the offing

Chennai, Oct 4 : Filmmaker Nalan Kumaraswamy's second Tamil directorial is titled "Kai Neelam", which will be a sequel to his blockbuster "Soodhu Kavvum". He also plans to work on a third part to complete a trilogy.

Kamal Hassan thanks PM Modi, says his fan clubs converted into social welfare outfits

Chennai, Oct.3 : Thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi for inviting him to take part in the 'Swachh Bharat' initiative, cine star Kamal Haasan said on Friday that he has converted his fan clubs into social welfare outfits, and has been cleaning up with fans for the last twenty years.

'Yaan' - A big yawn (Tamil Movie Review)

By Haricharan Pudipeddi : Film- "Yaan"; Cast- Jiiva, Thulasi Nair, Nasser, Jayaprakash, Thambi Ramaiah, Karunakaran and Nawab Shah; Director- Ravi K. Chandran; Rating- *

Kamal Haasan invites millions for Clean India campaign

Chennai, Oct 3 : Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan, who was nominated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to work towards a cleaner India, humbly accepted the invitation and invited nine million people to make this a "nation building" initiative.

Mani Ratnam's next to go on floors Oct 6

Chennai, Oct 2 : Filmmaker Mani Ratnam will start filming his yet-untitled Tamil project starting Oct 6.

I always try to do good films: Karthi

Chennai, Oct 1 : Actor Karthi is a relieved man now that his recent Tamil release "Madras" has been raved by audiences and critics alike. He says he always tries to pick good films, but admits that some of them don't work in his favour.

Dhanush's 'Kaaka Muttai' goes to Rome film fest

Chennai, Sep 30 : Southern actor-producer Dhanush's Tamil drama "Kaaka Muttai", which recently had its first world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, will next be screened at the Rome Film Festival starting Oct 16.

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