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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.


We are not observing fast under threat: Sarath Kumar

Chennai, Sep 30 : Actor-politician Sarath Kumar Tuesday said that the Tamil film fraternity is not observing a fast here under any "threat" or "compulsion". They are doing it to show solidarity with former Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa.


'Oru Oorla Rendu Raja' an out-and-out travel story: Director

Chennai, Sep 30 : The story of director R. Kannan's forthcoming Tamil film "Oru Oorla Rendu Raja" is predominantly based in a train and a car. He says it will be the first out-and-out travel story in the language, and he is confident it will definitely appeal to audiences.


Southern cinema will take time: Aravind on Rs.100 crore club

Chennai, Sep 30 : Actor-filmmaker Ramesh Aravind says films in southern cinema will take time to join the Rs.100 crore club box office business, but he believes that until then, filmmakers should concentrate on producing content which will help them "recover initial investment".


Bilingual film with Gautham Menon may happen: Ram Charan

Hyderabad, Sep 30 : Actor Ram Charan, who is gearing up for the forthcoming release of family drama "Govindudu Andarivadele", says he might do a Tamil-Telugu bilingual with Gautham Vasudev Menon next year.


It's career over marriage for actress Anjali

Chennai, Sep 30 : Actress Anjali, who is currently shooting for a yet-untitled Tamil film with Jayam Ravi, has quashed marriage rumours and said that she still has a lot to achieve in her career before she can think of tying the knot.


'Mundasupatti 2' will take time: Vishnu Vishal

Chennai, Sep 29 : Actor Vishnu Vishal, who is riding high on the raving response to his recent release "Jeeva", says he is not sure when the sequel to his Tamil blockbuster "Mundasupatti" will go on floors.


Direction has been on my mind for long: Ravi K. Chandran

Chennai, Sep 29 : Renowned cinematographer Ravi K. Chandran, who is making his directorial debut with forthcoming Tamil film "Yaan", says he was planning to direct for long but never found the time because of his busy work commitments.


Tamil film exhibitors to fast in support of Jayalalitha

Chennai, Sep 29 : Members of Tamil Film Exhibitors Association will fast Tuesday in solidarity with former Tamil Nadu chief Minister J. Jayalalitha, who was jailed Saturday for corruption.


'Madras', 'Jeeva to be hit by theatre shut down in Tamil Nadu

Chennai, Sep 29 : Tamil exhibitors decision to shut down theatres Tuesday in solidarity with former Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalitha, who was jailed Saturday for corruption, will affect the box-office prospects of "Jeeva" and "Madras", say trade experts.


Two days of 'Shamitabh' shooting left: P.C Sreeram

Chennai, Sep 27 : Renowned lensman P.C Sreeram said Saturday that only two days of shooting is left for R. Balakrishnan aka Balki-directed "Shamitabh", which features megastar Amitabh Bachchan and southern actor Dhanush in the lead roles.


'Madras'- as realistic as it can get (Tamil Movie Review)

By Haricharan Pudipeddi: Film- "Madras"; Cast- Karthi, Catherine Tresa Alexander, Imman Annachi, Kalaiarasan Harikrishnan, Rama, Jaya Rao, Vinod, Nandakumar, Ritwika; Director- P. Ranjith; Rating- ****


Rajinikanth not informed about 'Main Hoon Rajinikanth' screening?

Chennai, Sep 27 : The makers of "Main Hoon Rajinikanth" claim that superstar Rajinikanth skipped the special screening of their film here Saturday. But the actor's manager clarified that he wasn't even informed about the screening.


'Jeeva' - passion versus politics (Tamil Movie Review)

By Haricharan Pudipeddi, Film: "Jeeva"; Cast: Vishnu Vishal, Sri Divya, Soori, T. Siva, Lakshman Narayan, Charlie and Arya; Director: Suseenthiran; Rating: ***


Ranjith's work as signboard artist inspired 'Madras'

Chennai, Sep 25 : Director P. Ranjith says his brief stint as a signboard artist inspired him to write the story of "Madras", which releases in cinemas Friday.


Great deal to work in Dhanush's film: Meenakshi

Chennai, Sep 25 : Actress Meenakshi Sarkar, who is returning to Tamil films with Dhanush-starrer "Soodhadi", says it's a "great deal" to work with a talented artist like him.


Theyyam in 'Uttama Villain' not copied: Ramesh Aravind

Chennai, Sep 25 : Actor-filmmaker Ramesh Aravind says the 1,000-year-old art form called Theyyam used in his upcoming Tamil directorial "Uttama Villain" has only been used with certain liberties and not been copied.


Heard first narration of 'Jeeva' with Vishal: Vishnu

Chennai, Sep 23 : Actor Vishnu, who is awaiting the release of forthcoming Tamil sports-drama "Jeeva", says he heard the first narration of the film with actor Vishal Krishna Reddy, who will be distributing it under his home banner Vishal Film Factory.


Kamal Haasan motivates young actors in 'Uttama Villain'

Chennai, Sep 23 : Actor-filmmaker Ramesh Aravind says that Kamal Haasan's association with the upcoming Tamil drama "Uttama Villain" motivated all the young actors who are part of the film to work with even more seriousness.


Almost half of 'Madras' shot at night: Cinematographer

Chennai, Sep 23 : Cinematographer G. Murali says he shot nearly half of Karthi-starrer forthcoming Tamil action-drama "Madras" at night using natural sources of light in real locations.


Busy with 'Bigg Boss 8', Upen Patel to miss 'I' promotions

Mumbai, Sep 22 : Model-turned-actor Upen Patel is upbeat about making his debut in Tamil films with the magnum opus "I", but he may not be able to promote the movie full-fledgedly because he's now locked inside a house for a reality show.


'Jeeva' is first film I carry solely on my shoulders: Vishnu

Chennai, Sep 22 : Actor Vishnu, who is gearing up for the release of forthcoming Suseenthiran-directed Tamil sports-drama "Jeeva", says this is the first time in his career that he's solely carrying a film on his shoulders.


'Jai Hind 2' best debut I could've asked for: Charlotte Claire

Chennai, Sep 22 : Actress Charlotte Claire says she couldn't have asked for a better cinematic debut than upcoming trilingual "Jai Hindi 2" as the film will launch her simultaneously in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada movie industries.


Mandolin Srinivas's first salary was Rs.175: Balasubrahmanyam

Chennai, Sep 19 : "Shocked" with the untimely demise of well-known mandolin player U. Srinivas, renowned playback singer S.P. Balasubrahmanyam (SPB) went down memory lane and shared how he met the late musician who earned Rs.175 as his first salary.


'Aadama Jaichomada' entertaining, high on humour (Tamil Movie Review)

By Haricharan Pudipeddi: Film- "Aadama Jaichomada"; Cast- Balaji Venugopal, Karunakaran, Simhaa, Vijayalakshmi, K.S Ravi Kumar, Naren, Chetan, Radha Ravi; Director- Badri; Rating- ***


Tamil film 'Kalyana Samayal Saadham' to be remade in Hindi

Mumbai, Sep 18 : The super hit Tamil film "Kalyana Samayal Saadham", which released in December 2013, is all set to be remade in Hindi.


'Main Hoon Rajinikanth' a tribute to thalaivar: Adithya Menon

Chennai, Sep 18 : Southern actor Adithya Menon, who has worked in films such as "Villua" and "Eega", says his upcoming Hindi film "Main Hoon Rajinikanth" is a a "tribute" to the Tamil superstar and is not intended to portray him in a "bad light".


No truth in Anushka's marriage rumours

Chennai, Sep 18 : Refuting rumours that southern actress Anushka Shetty is getting hitched after she finishes working on S.S Rajamouli's Telugu magnum opus "Baahubali", her manager said that there was "no truth" in the news.


Kamal Haasan discharged from hospital

Chennai, Sep 17 : Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan, who was admitted to a private hospital here following a bout of food poisoning, was discharged Wednesday. He will resume shooting from Thursday, said his manager.


Rajinikanth moves court against 'Main Hoon Rajinikanth' makers

Chennai, Sep 17 : Superstar Rajinikanth Wednesday petitioned the Madras High Court seeking a stay on the release of Hindi film "Main Hoon Rajinikanth". He said the film might defame him and upset his large fan base.


Comedy films not easy to make: Director Badri

Chennai, Sep 17 : Director Badri feels comedy films, which are usually labeled as "mindless entertainers", are extremely challenging to execute. He says making audiences laugh involves a creativity, which doesn't come naturally to all filmmakers.


Tough to direct three heroines in 'Aranmanai': Sundar C

Chennai, Sep 17 : Actor-filmmaker Sundar C says it was challenging to direct three "popular heroines" in forthcoming Tamil horror-thriller "Aranmanai" as he had to ensure that all their characters were well-justified.


Suriya lends his support to Vikram's 'I'

Chennai, Sep 17 : "Singam" star Suriya, who is busy shooting for Tamil film "Masss", has made a special gesture to promote his actor friend Vikram's upcoming Tamil magnum opus "I".


Schwarzenegger inspired Vikram's character in 'I': Shankar

Chennai, Sep 17 : Actor Vikram's character of a bodybuilder in upcoming film "I", is inspired from how Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger looked in his prime days, says Shankar, the director of the Tamil magnum opus.


I'm fine, says Kamal Haasan from hospital

By Subhash K. Jha, Mumbai, Sep 17 : Veteran actor Kamal Haasan, who was admitted to hospital following a bout of food poisoning, says he's fine and that there's no "cause for alarm".


Like to work with Dhanush in 100 films: K.V Anand

Chennai, Sep 16 : Cinematographer-turned-filmmaker K.V. Anand, who has wrapped up his upcoming Tamil directorial "Anegan", said that if time permits, he would like to work with actor Dhanush in 100 films.


Portion of 'I' shot in China, says Shankar

Chennai, Sep 16 : Filmmaker Shankar says that about 25 percent of his upcoming Tamil magnum opus "I", which features Vikram and Amy Jackson in the lead roles, was shot in China.


Kamal Haasan hospitalized

Chennai, Sep 16 : Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan, who was Tuesday admitted to a private hospital here following suspected symptoms of food poisoning, will be discharged Wednesday morning, said a hospital source.


Hats off to Vikram's commitment for 'I': Rajinikanth

Chennai, Sep 16 : Superstar Rajinikanth, who was moved by actor Vikram's commitment for upcoming Tamil magnum opus "I", said Monday that no actor could sacrifice as much as him for a character.


Vikram stunned his fans in werewolf getup

Chennai, Sep 16 : Actor Vikram Monday stunned hundreds of his fans when he appeared on stage in his werewolf getup from the upcoming Tamil magnum opus "I" at the film's audio launch here. He performed a song with co-star Amy Jackson.


Will love to work with Shankar, says Arnold Schwarzenegger

Chennai, Sep 16 : Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was here Monday as the chief guest for the audio launch of Tamil magnum opus "I", said he would love to work with its director Shankar someday.


Rana Daggubati to miss 'I' audio launch

Chennai, Sep 15 : Actor Rana Daggubati won't be able to attend the grand audio launch of filmmaker Shankar's Tamil magnum opus "I", where Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger is the chief guest.


It's performance over glamour for Aishwarya Rajesh

Chennai, Sep 15 : Actress Aishwarya Rajesh wishes to be known as a "performer" and hence she prefers roles which are performance-oriented. Playing glamorous roles is something any actor can do, she believes.


Writers in Indian cinema underpaid: Ramesh Aravind

Chennai, Sep 15 : Actor-filmmaker Ramesh Aravind, who has also been a successful writer too, feels writing is an underpaid job in Indian cinema. He blames it on a directors' desire to be a jack of all trades.


Arnold Schwarzenegger in Chennai for 'I' audio launch

Chennai, Sep 15 : Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger arrived here Monday morning amidst tight security to attend the audio launch of Vikram-starrer Tamil romantic-thriller "I".


'Chennai Singapore' makers hope to popularise Singapore

Chennai, Sep 14 : The makers of upcoming Tamil romantic-comedy "Chennai Singapore", to be shot in both the places, hope that their film will popularise Singapore as a favourite shooting destination among southern filmmakers.


Simbu's commitment to fans - regular release of his films

Chennai, Sep 13 : Actor Silambarasan aka Simbu, who hasn't had a solo release in two years, says as a commitment to his fans, he wants to ensure regular release of his films from November onwards.


'Soodhu Kavvum' to be screened at Zurich film fest

Chennai, Sep 13 : Nalan Kumarasamy-directed Tamil dark comedy "Soodhu Kavvum", which revolves around three misfit kidnappers, will have its first international screening at upcoming 10th Zurich Film Festival.


'Sigaram Thodu' - scales new heights (Tamil Movie Review)

By Haricharan Pudipeddi : Film - "Sigaram Thodu"; Cast - Vikram Prabhu, Monar Gajjal, Sathish, Gaurav, Sathyaraj and K.S. Ravikumar; Director - Gaurav; Rating - ***1/2


'Burma' - cars, crime and confusion (Tamil Movie Review)

By Haricharan Pudipeddi : Film: "Burma"; Cast: Michael Thangadurai, Reshmi Menon, Sampath Raj, Atul Kulkarni, Sharath Kumar and Deepak Parameshwaran; Director: Dharani Dharan; Rating: **1/2


Bollywood kept me away from Tamil film industry: Prabhudheva

Chennai, Sep 12 : Actor-filmmaker Prabhudheva says his busy career in Bollywood has kept him away from Tamil filmdom. But he says he plans to direct a Tamil movie soon.


Vikram's role as cop will stand out: 'Sigaram Thodu' director

Chennai, Sep 11 : Director Gaurav Narayanan says actor Vikram Prabhu's portrayal of a policeman will be far different from how other actors have played the same role on screen.


Makuta offers VFX expertise for Vikram's 'I'

Chennai, Sep 10 : Visual effects company Makuta, known for its work in Telugu movies like "Magadheera", "Eega" and upcoming "Baahubali", has joined hands with the makers of Tamil thriller "I", which stars Vikram in the lead role.


Shankar's 'Ai' is 'I' now

Chennai, Sep 10 : Filmmaker Shankar's Tamil magnum opus "Ai" will henceforth be called "I". The change of title was intimated by Sony Music India on their official Twitter page.


Vishal completes a decade, thanks his fans

Chennai, Sep 10 : Southern actor Vishal Krishna Reddy, who is currently busy shooting for Tamil actioner "Poojai", completed a decade in the industry Wednesday. He said his journey so far has been "great".


'Lingaa' team to head to Europe to shoot songs

Chennai, Sep 10 : The makers of superstar Rajinikanth-starrer Tamil actioner "Lingaa", which is currently on floors in Shimoga district of Karnataka, plan to head to Europe soon to shoot two songs for the film.


Siddharth's transformation in 'Enakkul Oruvan' startling: Vasanthabalan

Chennai, Sep 9 : Filmmaker Vasanthabalan is amazed by actor Siddharth's transformation for upcoming Tamil thriller "Enakkul Oruvan", which features him in two contrasting roles.


Atlee to direct Vijay in his next film

Chennai, Sep 9 : "Raja Rani" fame Atlee Kumar will direct Tamil superstar Vijay next in his yet-untitled second Tamil directorial.


Shooting 'Burma' in real locations was challenging, says director

Chennai, Sep 9 : First-time director Dharani Dharan says shooting his forthcoming Tamil directorial debut "Burma" in real locations of north Madras, was challenging as it required them to shoot in places where acquiring permission was "difficult".


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