Thursday, 30 August 2012

More on Vikram Prabhu's next with Saravanan

Its going to be one young and creative venture, if one can say so. For as IG had earlier reported 'Engaeyum Eppothum' fame director Saravanan who shot to fame with his very debut will be joining hands with Vikram Prabhu, grandson of thespian Sivaji Ganesan.

The yet-to-be-titled venture will be produced by Thirupathi Brothers and will have music by GV Prakash say industry insiders.

Vikram Prabhu is currently awaiting the release of Kumki, a film by Prabhu Solomon that marks Vikram's debut in Kollywood. Kumki is also produced by Lingusamy's Thirupathi Brothers, it may be mentioned. Recently Vikram Prabhu turned down the Sattam Oru Irutarai remake as he didn't want to do a remake at an early stage in his career.

*(News From IndiaGlitz [Thursday, August 30, 2012])

Vivek in Nagesh's role in 'Neerkumizhi' remake!

Director Selvaa of Naan Avan Illai fame, is working on three films. While one will be an original, two other will be remakes, the first a remake of Hindi film 'Malamaal Weekly' and the second will be a remake of 'Neerkumizhi', a yesteryear blockbuster by K Balachander.

"I want to remake this classic by Balachander with Vivek in the lead role, the original saw veteran Nagesh in the lead. My producers will be acquiring the rights shortly. Its really important to choose films that today's young haven't watched for remakes so that they find it fresh and avoid comparison", says Selva.

The first script which is an original will be set in Fiji island and boast of debutants in the lead, while the remake of Malamaal Weekly will see young actors in the lead unlike the Hindi version that saw ace actors Paresh Rawal and Om Puri.

Do you think Vivek can do justice to the role essayed by Nagesh? It will be interesting to watch Vivek in this film especially since his sense of comedy is compared to that of the latter's many a time by critics.

*(News From IndiaGlitz [Thursday, August 30, 2012])

Isai's scenic sets

SJ Surya's Isai is currently being canned at the Binny Mills in Chennai. A set has been erected and it boasts off an artificial waterfalls, but the makers vouch that its so artistically done that people wouldn't even know its fake! A whooping amount of Rs 40 lakhs have been shelved for this single set.

 SJ Surya is keen on wrapping the talkies first. The songs for the musical entertainer have been composed and their visuals will be shot post the talkies.

 The film introduces Savitri, a newbie. Remember SJ Surya is known for his knack of introducing some of the best female talents to the Tamil film industry? Another USP of Isai is that he's also turning a music composer with this flick!

Come back right here for regular updates on Isai...

*(News From IndiaGlitz [Thursday, August 30, 2012])

Mugamoodi tidbits

Its said that Jiiva's mask was made in a specially designed vaccuum chamber to get the perfect leathery fit and a smooth outer finish and the suit originally weighed 8 kilos but was brought down to 4 kilos by repeated experimentation.

 However it was still a nightmare for Jiiva to act with the suit on because of the non-breathable silicone that heats up the body within minutes. Also, the limited flexibility of the silicone rubber made it difficult for nimble action sequences demanded by the kung-fu based fight scenes. Remember Mugamoodi has some high voltage action scenes?

 Mugamoodi is a superhero film aimed at family audiences, boasting off a clean script. Its about the superhero within oneself and Pooja Hegde is said to play a television news reporter in it. Nasser will be seen in a pivotal role whilst music is by K.

 Produced by UTV Motion Pictures, Mugamoodi releases big tomorrow (August 31).

*(News From IndiaGlitz [Thursday, August 30, 2012])

Kedi Billa Killadi Ranga First Look

*(News From IndiaGlitz [Wednesday, August 29, 2012])

GD: Mugamoodi 2 will possibly be in 3D

As the clock is ticking for Mugamoodi's release, the film's producer G Dhananjayan of UTV Motion Pictures has expressed that the superhero flick's sequel will be bigger in scale, making and possibly in 3D!
The makers will however take a call only after seeing the response to Mugamoodi come Friday, of course.

Mugamoodi by Mysskin sees Jiiva, Narein and Pooja Hegde in lead roles with Nasser in a pivotal role and has music by K. The film is a feel good commercial entertainer with loads of action scenes.

The makers have made it clear that Mugamoodi is about the superhero within oneself and will be tailor-made for Indian audiences and not in lines of international superhero films.

*(News From IndiaGlitz [Wednesday, August 29, 2012])

Vijay Antony's next: Thirudan

Accolades are pouring in from all quarters for Vijay Antony for his acting debut Naan, a crime thriller. It's now said that the music composer turned actor will next act in Thirudan, however no other details about the movie has been unveiled.

Meanwhile it's said that Naan will be dubbed and released in Telugu and Vijay Antony is on a hunt for a Telugu tutor as he wants to dub for himself.

Naan helmed by Jeeva Shankar sees Vijay Antony in the lead role along with Siddharth Venugopal and Rupa Manjari in pivotal roles. The crime thriller is seeing a fair run in screens apart from receiving critical acclaim for a gripping story.

*(News From IndiaGlitz [Wednesday, August 29, 2012])

Prasanna - I doubt if this gesture of Sneha could be repaid

Yesterday (August 28) was Prasanna's birthday and his first birthday after entering wedlock. The actor is elated over his wife, Sneha's gift to him on his birthday.
"I have been flying high and still can't come to terms with the happenings of yesterday, Birthdays were always there...Parties with bouquets, cakes with candles and what not, when people around me asked what's special for this birthday I said it is my first birthday as a husband that's it", starts off Prasanna.

"But my wife had other ideas; she made it the birthday of my life...she sprang a surprise by taking me to a school for the visually challenged. We had lunch with the children there, gifted them new clothes and spent quality time there. I doubt if this gesture of my wife could ever be repaid...I have to do it with just a month and half away...breaking my head on this difficult yet satisfying task after the overwhelming moments of yesterday!", says Prasanna.

Remember Sneha's birthday is on October 12. We'll have to wait to see if the actor manages to pull out something special not just for Sneha but for the others as well, as she did...

*(News From IndiaGlitz [Wednesday, August 29, 2012])

Amy mocks at reports about her causing trouble for Shankar's I

Amy Jackson and Ek Deewana Tha (Vinnaithandi Varuvaya) co-star, Prateik Babbar were visibly head over heels for one another and were dating ever since the film kick-started. It's also said that the duo moved in together in Mumbai for a while.
However, a leading daily has now subtly suggested that the duo have parted ways, adding to the rumors that occurred few weeks back. It's said that Prateik's over possessive nature brought about this break up and Amy is not over it yet, and the pretty damsel is partying hard in Chennai to get over this relationship.

Rumors had it recently that Shankar asked Amy to not party as its affecting her look the next day during the shoot of the film!

However, Amy, the thorough professional that she is, has indirectly mocked at these reports in a lighter vein. "Wow, must be out partying with my frigging mother here in Chennai... The party capital of the world", she wrote on her microblogging page. Remember Chennai's clubs shut down early and celebrities don't really party hard in here?

Amy definitely knows how to shut those miscreants early in her career! Way to go girl!

*(News From IndiaGlitz [Wednesday, August 29, 2012])

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Selvaraghavan - Gitanjali's day out

Selvaraghavan, who worked round the clock for 'Irandam Ulagam' in Georgia, has returned to Chennai after a long three month schedule. The critically acclaimed director shot the film in odd locations that didn't have even basic amenities.

It seems, he surprised his wife Gitanjali and the duo spent some quality time with their lil' one, Lilavati, and headed to Chennai's hotspot, Marina beach, that's dear to every Chennaiite.

Meanwhile, shoot of Irandam Ulagam has been wrapped and post-production work will commence shortly. With music by Harris Jayaraj, the film will simultaneously release in Telugu as Brindavanam Lo Nandakumarudu and stars Arya and Anushka. It's touted to see them in dual roles, set in two different periods. It's also said that Arya and Anushka will be seen as tribal people in the period scenes.

Irandam Ulagam reportedly aims at a January 2013 release.

*(News From IndiaGlitz [Wednesday, August 29, 2012])

Amala Paul celebrates Thiru Onam with Mohanlal in Chennai

Amala Paul has a new release in Malayalam, her mother tongue, on the auspicious occasion of Onam. The actress shares screen space with Mollywood Superstar, Mohanlal, in Run Baby Run. Although the actress had earlier done few roles in Malayalam, this is her first film as the main female lead.

Mohanlal held a private screening of their film, 'Run Baby Run' in a preview theatre in Chennai yesterday (August 28), on the eve of Onam. Amala's family were there in full attendance at the preview which was also graced by Mohanlal, Priyadarshan, Lizzy, Ouseapachan, RD Rajashekar and several others.

While Mohanlal plays a cameraman for crime beat of a news channel, Amala plays a television reporter and will be seen in a serious role.

*(News From IndiaGlitz [Wednesday, August 29, 2012])

A dozen suits and masks for Jiiva

Before the actual suit for Jiiva was finalized, around dozen suits and thirty masks were made to see if they're okay for the film! The makers didn't want to compromise on the design, fit and finish of Jiiva's superhero costume.

Jiiva was flown to Hong Kong for a body head mold session that last for eight hours! Costume designer Gabriella and her ten member team took nearly six months for designing the suit, mask, cape and the belt!

Starring Jiiva, Narein, Pooja Hegde, the film by Mysskin is produced by UTV Motion Pictures and has music by K. It will see a big worldwide release come August 31.

*(News From IndiaGlitz [Wednesday, August 29, 2012])

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Shankar Vs SS Rajamouli

Indian cinema has gone through the ages and has undergone quite a lot of retrospect to offer for everyone. While South India has come up with a lot of promising flicks, it is still far from perfect, especially now with movies flocking theatre halls every weekend. Secretly behind the scenes, there are highly driven and talented directors, scared yet influential distributors and producers who can weave around them for profit.

Amidst all this, however, a few have come up battling against odds and establishing their own markets, and brands that have significantly impacted the way people around them and everywhere looked at cinema (even film schedules after a certain point of time). Today we look at two such directors, Mr. S.Shankar and Mr. S.S.Rajamouli. I believe most of us have heard of them, but a few introductions are in order, nonetheless.

Both these men are recognized well in at least South India, if not in it's fullest. It's obvious they have been very successful. Both of them have come up with the blockbuster hits (biggest numbers in South Indian Cinema, to be precise) at some point of time - Endhiran for Shankar and Maghadheera for Rajamouli. They both indulge in making commercialized movies (one maybe more than the other), and they both seem to be sharing a similar love for using special effects in their movies. But are they really perfect and when we put them head to head, which one is going to come on top?

Let's take a closer look at our man Shankar. He may be the highest paid director in India today, but his journey has been long. Unlike directors who appear and disappear, Shankar didn't take long to make his mark. His first film, Gentleman shot him to fame and earned him two Best Director awards. His career followed up with more success stories in Kaadhalan, Indian, Sivaji, Anniyan and Endhiran. Even his latest of the pack, Nanban is a blockbuster. However, there are two small dents in the form "Naayak" and "Boys" which didn't turn out so well for Shankar. A closer look at his movies explains why.

All of Shankar's movies focus on a national issue, something that needs a lot of attention. In each of his attempts, he tries to get close to an answer that never approaches India. The fact that his movies have so much commercialism is weird, especially the way the lead character can switch between being a casual heroine wooer into someone who can't tolerate injustice scene after scene. Even more, the audiences seem to love the way he goes about it. Highly expensive sets, never before seen (in Tamil cinema) special effects and action sequences that keep us wondering if they are even possible, are trademark Shankar attributes. This appears to be his success formula and he doesn't really want (or intend on) giving up.

On the other side, we have Rajamouli who came out of a family of means, many of whom had been a part of cinema. However, it took him 8 long years before he could find the right pair of shoes. His debut came in 2001 with Junior NTR's Student No. 1 and it became a roaring hit. While Shankar enjoyed an even quicker rise to fame, Rajamouli had big releases follow up one after the other within a short period of time. Sye, Chatrapathi, Vikramakudu and Yamadonga all continued his success story and by then, this man had gotten a lot of attention. Then came the mother of all Telugu films, Maghadheera, in 2009 which sealed his success in Tollywood.

While the former focused on nationalistic tops, Rajamouli was more into straightforward commercialism. He made no attempts to hide it and in each of his movies, and it always turned out and impressed audiences. Visuals and sets of course greatly praised, especially in Yamadonga and Maghadheera and flicks went on to become blockbusters even when they lacked the catchiness of a Shankar movie (which also saw huge success when dubbed into Telugu). This calls to doubt whether his attempts would have become as successful if they were made for a different type of audience. The answer came in the form of Eega (Naan Ee in Tamil)which was released both in Tollywood and Kollywood and got good reviews.

In a direct comparison, Shankar and Rajamouli appear to share a lot of similar aspects. They enjoy making exquisite songs that involve spending a lot of money and they do not mind having a fair amount of action in their movies. But even when they have almost the same number of movies (11 for Shankar and 9 for Rajamouli), it does appear quite clearly that Shankar is the leading horse here. He does appear to play the ropes quite well and knows exactly how to use his heroes impressing audiences across classes. Rajamouli while playing catch up has seen enough success (without any dents in fact). When he starts making more multi-lingual films, it will be more fun to see sums up. Looks like these guys are gonna continue to make commercial films after all.

So what do you think? Can these guys learn something from each other? Who, according to you, is better?

This article was inspired by the work done by Saravana Kumaran

Trisha: No I'm not engaged to Rana!

While Tamannah is busy denying reports that she's bid an adieu to Tamil cinema, Trisha is denying several reports that are linking her with hotshot actor Rana Daggubati.

It was said that Trisha and Rana Daggubati got engaged in a private affair in the presence of family and friends and some pictures of their family get together were leaked! It was further buzzed that Rana presented Trisha with a platinum ring and a jewelry set.

"It's baseless. Rana and I have been friends forever and it's not fair to link us or spread rumors about an engagement that didn't happen. I'm here to stay and I haven't even thought about marriage yet, I'm working on 3 Tamil movies", says a miffed Trisha.

Well what do we say, as the old adage goes, no smoke without fire!

*(News From IndiaGlitz [Tuesday, August 28, 2012])

Kamal to work with Crazy Mohan?

Although rumors about this were sparked off quite sometime ago, it's buzzed again now that Kamal Haasan will work with Crazy Mohan post Viswaroopam for a quickie. The film with dialogues by Crazy Mohan is touted to be helmed and produced by Kamal.

It's further said that this film will be wrapped before Kamal's Hollywood project with Barrie Osborne goes on floors. The duo has been meeting several times of late and sources suggest the film will go on floors shortly.

However we can't be sure if Kamal will be directing the film as suggested by few media reports since he just helmed Viswaroopam. Meanwhile, 'Viswaroopam' is taking shape in a fast pace. The film stars Kamal Haasan along with Pooja Kumar and Andrea Jeremiah.

*(News From IndiaGlitz [Tuesday, August 28, 2012])

Mani Ratnam's Kadal aims at November

It seems Mani Ratnam is planning on releasing 'Kadal' in November and has reportedly announced this at an event in Pondicherry. However, it can't be said whether he's planning on releasing it along with Thupaki and Vaalu for Diwali or is aiming at a solo release in November.

Starring debutants and star kids, Gautham Karthik and Tulasi Nair, 'Kadal', as the title suggests is set on the fisher folk and their encounters in the seas. Tulasi is said to play a girl of her age in the film. Both the actors' faces have been guarded from the media.

Music is by AR Rahman, of course. The film marks Mani Ratnam's comeback to a Tamil film and a romantic one after several years.

*(News From IndiaGlitz [Tuesday, August 28, 2012])

CFBC bans 'A' certificate films on TV!

The Indian film industry is in a state of shock for the Central Board for Film Certification aka CBFC has banned 'A' certificate films entirely, for broadcasting on any television channels! As per this new rule, a film certified with an 'A' certificate by the CBFC cannot be screened on television channels.

So far, such films were censored for TV screening and were allowed to be screened after 11 pm. But now, the CBFC has announced that it will not re-certify the films, thus meaning films with an A certificate are unfit for TV screening!

This is a major shocker for producers; as a chunk of revenue from films comes from satellite rights and many films especially action entertainers have 'A' certificates due to the violent content or so. A ban on these films on TV is going to affect the entertainment market at many levels and directors will be forced to come out with U films, even if the script demands otherwise.

Do you agree with CBFC's decision? And what will happen to the films that boast off an 'A' and have been already bought by TV channels for whooping prices? Only time will tell the tale.

*(News From IndiaGlitz [Tuesday, August 28, 2012])

Jiiva's Mugamoodi made at Hong Kong

Jiiva's Mugamoodi, that is his superhero costume was fabricated in Hong Kong by a veteran costume maker Gaebriella Wilkins. Gaebriella has immense costume fabrication experience in UK, Middle East, and Hong Kong. She earlier headed the Costume departments of Disney land, and Cirque du Soleil!

Understanding that the costume of a superhero and his villain is the most pivotal aspect for any superhero flick, UTV Motion Pictures and Mysskin have worked on this front the most by paying attention to tiny details of their costumes.

Helmed by Mysskin, Mugamoodi is about the superhero within oneself and is a commercial entertainer aimed at family audiences and film patrons in general. It will release amidst much expectations on August 31.

*(News From IndiaGlitz [Tuesday, August 28, 2012])

It's Kajal opposite Jiiva

Everything else but for the heroine was finalizsed for Jiiva starrer 'Yaan', which marks the directorial debut of ace cinematographer Ravi K Chandran. Now, a decision on the leading lady too seems to have been made.

If sources are to be believed, Kajal Aggarwal has been roped in to share the screen space with Jiiva, in this movie to be produced by Elred Kumar.

Sources close to both the producer and the director have confirmed this, however adding that the actress is yet to sign on the dotted line.

"Kajal will sign the project once she is back in Chennai soon. She is impressed with the story and is keen to be part of Yaan. The shooting will get a kick start after that," add sources.

*(News From IndiaGlitz [Tuesday, August 28, 2012])

Khushboo welcomes Amala

Yesteryear heroine Amala's decision to make a comeback in the industry, with a film titled 'Life Is Beautiful', has made her friends and well-wishers happy.

One among them is Khushboo, who too is a popular yesteryear heroine as well. The actress has expressed happiness on her good friend starting her second innings.

"I was waiting for it for a quite a long time and it happened only now with LIB,' wrote Kushboo on her microblogging page, expressing happiness on Amala's comeback with Life Is Beautiful (LIB)".

The actress-politician added: "I am glad that Amala is back to acting since she is one of my best friends and till now I couldn't find someone as friendly as Amala."

*(News From IndiaGlitz [Tuesday, August 28, 2012])

Anushka shoots sans break

A folk song on Karthi Sivakumar and Anushka Shetty is currently being shot at a studio in Chennai, for 'Alex Pandian' helmed by Suraaj. With this, shooting for the movie will come to an end.

"In a day or two, the shoot of Alex Pandian will be wrapped up. After that, post production works will go on in a full swing for a month and the film will hit the screens in October," sources say.

The cast and crew of the movie were waiting for Anushka to can the song, since the actress was in Georgia for more than a month for Selvaraghavan's magnum opus 'Irandam Ulagam', which has Arya in the lead.

"Anushka joined the sets of Alex Pandian immediately on her return to India. She did not take any small break since she was not ready to delay the project," sources add.

*(News From IndiaGlitz [Tuesday, August 28, 2012])

Shruthi sees no difference

Shruthi Haasan hardly finds any difference between Bollywood and its counterparts in the south. "For me, Bollywood, Kollywood and Tollywood are all the same," she says.

The actress-singer-musician wants to strike a fine balance between all the industries. "I would like to act and sing in all the languages. Art has no barriers," she says.

The elder daughter of Kamal Haasan has emerged a hot cake in Tollywood, thanks to the success of 'Gabbar Singh'. A remake of Hindi blockbuster 'Dabangg', (which was remade by Simbu in Tamil as 'Osthe'), 'Gabbar Singh' had Pawan Kalyan in the lead.

"I have been getting many offers post Gabbar Singh," says Shruthi, adding: "But I am choosy before signing any new project. I am eager to do roles that would bring out the best from me."

*(News From IndiaGlitz [Tuesday, August 28, 2012])

Thangar completes 'Ammavin Kaipesi'

Thangar Bachan has almost completed shooting for his forthcoming film 'Ammavin Kaipesi', which has Shanthanu Bhagyaraj and Iniya in lead roles.

"Around 95 per cent of the shoot is over. The rest will be completed very soon," the director of 'Azhagi' and 'Solla Marandha Kadhai' says, adding: "The highlight of the film will be a song sans lyrics."

Elaborating, he says, "Music composer Rohit Kulkarni has perfectly blended folk and western music for Ammavin Kaipesi. His work will be talked about once the film hits the screens."

The film is an emotional story, which revolves between a mother and a son. How elders these days are separated from their children forms the crux of 'Ammavin Kaipesi'.

*(News From IndiaGlitz [Tuesday, August 28, 2012])

Jayam Raja denies Ek Tha Tiger remake

There were reports that director Jayam Raja will be helming the remake of Ek Tha Tiger in Tamil and that Vijay will essay the lead role in this film under Raja's direction.

However when IG contacted the director he denied them as baseless reports and also denied reports that his father, Editor Mohan, bought the remake rights of the film.

Ek Tha Tiger starring Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif has already crossed the 100 crore mark in box office and is running to packed screens all over the country. With the success of the film emerged reports that Jayam Raja will remake it in Tamil and that the Telugu remake rights of it are sought after by top producers.

It was also strongly suggested that he would team up with his Velayudham hero Vijay in the film, however the director has confirmed that he will not be helming this remake.

Meanwhile it looks like the director will debut in Bollywood with the remake of blockbuster Ramana and Akshay Kumar seems to have been approached to essay the lead role

*(News From IndiaGlitz [Monday, August 27, 2012])

Nayantara replaces Vidya Balan?

Earlier it was rumored that National Award winning Vidya Balan will play the lead lady in Arival Chutika Nakshatram, starring Mammootty and Prithviraj. It's now said that Nayantara who keen on a strong comeback post her break up with Prabhu Deva, will essay this role.

Helmed by Amal Neerad, the film will be produced by August Cinemas whilst the script is penned by Shankar of Urumi fame.

Arival Chutika Nakshatram is set in the 1960s and the makers are toying with the idea of releasing it in 3D although nothings been confirmed officially yet.

*(News From IndiaGlitz [Monday, August 27, 2012])

'Mugamoodi' France showtime details

Jiiva's Mugamoodi is all set to see a worldwide release on August 31 and BR Films is releasing the movie in France. Starring Jiiva, Pooja Hegde and Narein the film by UTV Motion Pictures is helmed by Mysskin and has music by K. It's about the superhero within oneself and has some stunning high voltage action scenes.

Check out Mugamoodi's France showtime details in here:

*(News From IndiaGlitz [Monday, August 27, 2012])

Sasikumar plays a Superstar fan!

Multi-faceted Sasikumar plays a Superstar Rajinikanth fan in his forthcoming film 'Sundara Pandian'. It's said that the actor imitates Rajini's classic styles in some scenes, as an ode to the Superstar. There's an entire song in this style, say sources in the know.

Sundara Pandian starring Sasikumar and Lakshmi Menon is an out and out romantic entertainer and also sees Inigo Prabhakaran, Vijay Sethupathy in pivotal roles. National Award winning Appukutty will be seen in a different avatar in this film. Meanwhile it's also said that Sasikumar will be seen in a different look in his next film!

Sundara Pandian that's set in Theni has music by Raghunandan. It's produced by Sasikumar under his Company Productions banner and is helmed by debutant SR Prabhakaran who has earlier worked with Sasikumar in a couple of projects.

'Sundara Pandian' is touted to release on September 14.

*(News From IndiaGlitz [Monday, August 27, 2012])

Bruce Lee's master trains Jiiva

The countdown's set! Jiiva's Mugamoodi is all set to grace worldwide screens come Friday (August 31). IndiaGlitz brings to you some interesting tidbits on the promising superhero flick!

The action sequences in 'Mugamoodi' required a special form of Chinese martial art called 'Wing Chun' which is a close combat self defense art. To achieve the authenticity of Wing Chun action sequences, all action sequences were choreographed by Tony Leung, a Wing Chun expert from Hong Kong.

Tony has 40 years of Wing Chun experience and has been an action director / choreographer in many Hong Kong action movies including the 2008 blockbuster martial arts movie IP Man, starring Donnie Yen. In addition, Tony has unique experience of having worked and sparred with Bruce Lee in 'Enter The Dragon'.

Tony and his team trained Jiiva, Narain, Selva and other fighters in Wing Chun and created 5 edge of the seat action sequences that are said to be some of the major highlights of the biggie.

'Mugamoodi' starring Jiiva, Narein, Pooja Hegde, is a film by Mysskin throwing light on the superhero within oneself. The film is produced by UTV Motion Pictures.

*(News From IndiaGlitz [Monday, August 27, 2012])

'Alex Pandian' audio release in September

Devi Sri Prasad who is known for his peppy numbers is composing the music of Alex Pandian. The top notch Telugu - Tamil music composer has confirmed that the audio release will take place in September.

"All songs for Alex Pandian have been composed and final mix is going on. Audio launch will take place in September and we'll announce the date shortly", says Devi Sri Prasad.

The shoot of Alex Pandian has resumed and is taking place in a full swing; the last track is currently being canned on Karthi and Anushka. The film helmed by Suraj will release simultaneously in Telugu as 'Bad Boy'.

*(News From IndiaGlitz [Monday, August 27, 2012])

Karthi's 'Thillu Mullu' revealed

It was a trip down the memory lane for Karthi Sivakumar, at the launch of 'Thillu Mullu', a remake of a yesteryear blockbuster of the same title, in Chennai last weekend.

Speaking on the occasion, he said, "I could not watch Rajini sir's Thillu Mullu in a theatre since I was a school going child then. But when I was in the US, I watched the film for an hour almost daily to avoid loneliness."

He added: "Such was the performance of Rajini and Thengai Srinivasan in the movie. Now I will have an opportunity to watch the film in a cinema hall, thanks to the remake. I am hopeful that Siva would do a good job."

Karthi said that he was unable to play pranks when he was in school or college because of his brought-up. "The only Thillu Mullu I did was to go to the beach often by skipping classes, since my school was very close to the beach."

*(News From IndiaGlitz [Monday, August 27, 2012])

Ajith gifts badminton court to Shalini

In a bid to encourage his wife Shalini who is showing keen interest in badminton, Ajith has converted a garden in their house into a badminton court and gifted it to her.

"It was only with Ajith's support and encouragement I am playing badminton. And the court he gifted to me is really helpful," says Shalini, who is a popular heroine.

She adds: "Thanks to the badminton court which is well within our house, I am able to take care of Ajith and Anoushka besides practicing the sport. Earlier I had to go out to play badminton."

Recently, Shalini was seeded second both in the doubles and mixed doubles at the rating tournament held in Trichy.

She bagged the runners up position in not just the Womens doubles but also the mixed doubles after her efforts with Priya and Prakash.

*(News From IndiaGlitz [Monday, August 27, 2012])

Rajini, Kamal plan to act together

The biggest ever project of Tamil cinema may happen soon. Superstar Rajinikanth and 'Ulaganayagan' Kamal Haasan, the top two stars of Kollywood, are planning to act together in a movie to be produced by AVM.

Says AVM Saravanan, "Recently, Rajini and I was discussing something at my office. At that time, Kamal joined us. Suddenly, Rajini expressed his wish that he would like to act in a film with Kamal."

"Kamal gave his nod to the idea and following this, both asked me to produce the movie. I told them that Balachander would be the right person to direct the film. The stars are ready. Now the responsibility is on us to bring the project to reality."

In the past, Rajini and Kamal had acted in many films produced by AVM, one of the reputed production houses of South India.

*(News From IndiaGlitz [Monday, August 27, 2012])

Ajith New Look

Sunday, 26 August 2012

What Rajini spoke to Shiva?

Though 'Thillu Mullu' is a light-hearted film, director Badri, who is remaking the cult hit, is not ready to take things light.

Apparently to prove this, he and the new version's hero Shiva, recently called on K Balachander, the director of the original version; Superstar Rajinikanth, the lead actor; and Kamal Haasan, who did a guest role.

On their meeting with Rajini, Badri says, "The Superstar told Siva that he feared a lot when Balachander wanted to do Thillu Mullu with him. 'Because I was doing only action roles before that. But KB sir completely changed my body language for Thillu Mullu and he ensured that the film became a hit. But you need not worry since you have already established yourself in humor roles. I am sure you are going to rock', said Rajini."

Badri adds: "When we met Kamal, he revealed that actually he wanted to produce and play the lead role in Thillu Mullu, but changed his mind later.'Only because of that I did a cameo in Thillu Mullu', Kamal said."

The director further says that Balachander liked the casting of the movie- Shiva, Isha Talwar, Prakash Raj and Oorvasi.

He also says Shiva would fit the role. "Rajini's films like Enthiran, Baadsha and Padayappa should not be remade with Shiva in the lead. But Thillu Mullu can be remade."

*(News From IndiaGlitz [Saturday, August 25, 2012])

3 crores for 3 days for Nakul!

'Boys' fame Nakul who was last seen in Kandhakottai will be making a comeback after a short hiatus through 'Vallinam'. The film is produced by Aascar Ravichandran and it is now said that the producer who is confident on the film's script has spent lavishly on few scenes that demanded a certain budget.

The film's climax scene will be shortly canned at the Chennai Nehru Stadium and it is said that the makers are getting junior artists for the entire gallery of the stadium! Nearly 10,000 people will be paid for three days during which the climax will be canned. Aascar Films has shelved 3 crores for this climax scene!

Vallinam by Arivazhagan features Nakul and Mrudhula, a newbie, in the lead roles. Nakul also has three more promising projects in his hands for the year.

*(News From IndiaGlitz [Saturday, August 25, 2012])

'Naan Ee' sees successful 50 day run

At a time when even big actors find it difficult to survive a good run in theatres, Tamil - Telugu bilingual Naan Ee has completed 50 successful days in the box office today.

The film that boasts off some great graphics is helmed by top notch Telugu director SS Rajamouli, who debuted in Tamil with Naan Ee. It also sees Nani and Samantha in the lead roles and Sudeep as the powerful antagonist. In fact, Sudeep hogged all the limelight for his villainous performance and won accolades even from the Superstar.

Naan Ee is a typical good vs. evil battle and sees the hero avenging his death by reincarnating as a housefly.

*(News From IndiaGlitz [Saturday, August 25, 2012])

'Maatraan' releases on October 12 - Official!

And it's official! Suriya's Maatraan will grace worldwide screens on October 12! This has been made official by the makers of the biggie. Following rumors about the much anticipated flick's release date the makers AGS Entertainment have announced the release date as October 12.

Starring Suriya as conjoined twins in parts of the film and Kajal Aggarwal as the lead lady, the film by KV Anand is a commercial entertainer with music by Harris Jayaraj. Maatraan has been canned in various international locales including Russia.

The film has some of the action scenes captured using motion capture technology and is Suriya's biggest movie till date. It aims at family audiences and the coming together of the successful Ayan trio and the expectations on KV Anand after the stupendous success of 'Ko' has made the film red hot in trade.

Maatraan is jointly produced by AGS Entertainment and Eros.

*(News From IndiaGlitz [Saturday, August 25, 2012])

Kadal: Post-production work kickstarts

Mani Ratnam has almost completed shooting for his next film 'Kadal' and is said to be heading back to Chennai, to supervise the post-production works of the movie.

The ace filmmaker has finished shooting the film in record time. Karthik's son Gautham and Radha's younger daughter Tulasi play the lead roles in this flick, which is set around the lives of fisher folk.

"Mani has shot Kadal in some of the beautiful locales of southern Tamil Nadu and Andaman. The editing work too was done simultaneously. Now he will be back in Chennai to take care of post-production," sources say.

'Kadal' has Arjun and Aravind Swamy in crucial roles. Vairamuthu has penned a song on fishermen and sea and it is said to be one of the highlights of the album, which will be released soon.

*(News From IndiaGlitz [Saturday, August 25, 2012])

Srikanth in 'Nambiar'

Srikanth is going great turns after 'Nanban' happened to him. The actor, who is now eagerly looking forward to the release of 'Paagan', is also shooting for a thriller, titled 'Ethiri Enn 3'.

Meanwhile, the 'Roja Koottam' actor is said to have bagged a new project, titled 'Nambiar'. Sources say the film will be helmed by S Ganesh, a debutant.

"Ganesh has apprenticed under directors such as Vikraman, SS Rajamouli and Kannan. He has come out with an innovative and interesting script, which has impressed Srikanth a lot," say sources.

In the meantime, 'Paagan', which is said to be a romantic-comedy directed by Mohammad Aslam, is getting ready to see the light of the day. The film has Janani Iyer opposite Srikanth.

*(News From IndiaGlitz [Saturday, August 25, 2012])

Shankar's 'I' becomes 'Manoharudu'

Shankar is one of the pioneers in the south who started making bilinguals, years before such a trend emerged. Now that making movies in Tamil and Telugu simultaneously is becoming the order of the day, will the director's next be an exception?

Obviously, Shankar's forthcoming flick 'I', which has Vikram in the lead, is being simultaneously made in Telugu. The title of the Tollywood version, according to sources, is 'Manoharudu'.

Starring Amy Jackson as the leading lady, the movie is touted as a romantic thriller, with Suresh Gopi, Ramkumar and others playing crucial roles. Music is by A R Rahman. The film also sees Powerstar Srinivasan as a robot according to rumor mills.

Aascar V Ravichandran is said to be producing the film at a whopping budget of Rs 140 crore, thereby making 'I' one of the costliest movies of the decade.

*(News From IndiaGlitz [Saturday, August 25, 2012])

Title trouble: 'Samar' director explains

Director Thiru is optimistic that the hurdle before his second directorial venture 'Samar', over its title, will be solved amicably.

It is to be noted that a Madurai court has ordered an interim stay against the release of 'Samar', which has Vishal in the lead, while hearing a petition filed by a producer called Vijay.

In his plea, Vijay alleged that he was producing a movie under the title 'Samar', with newcomers in the lead roles. "We have registered the title in the Film and TV Producers Association last year and have renewed it this year," he said.

Stating that a Vishal-Trisha starrer film produced by Ramesh Thandra and directed by Thiru was also being made under the same name, Vijay requested the court to issue a stay on the film, following which the order was issued.

Reacting to this, Thiru says, "When we registered the titled Samar, we heard that another producer too was planning to register the same title. Following this, we solved the issue then itself. I don't know why it has surfaced again. And I am hopeful that my producer will solve the issue now."

*(News From IndiaGlitz [Saturday, August 25, 2012])

Sasikumar, the 'Superman'

It's not without reason we give this sobriquet to Sasikumar, the man who kickstarted his journey with 'Subramanyapuram' a few years ago.

For, in the recent times, hardly anyone had proved himself/herself in the top three trades of cinema industry- actor, director and producer.

After establishing himself in all the above said areas in his very first film itself, Sasikumar has since then been switching from one trade to another in the movies that followed.

'Nadodigal' brought out the actor in him, while 'Pasanga' spoke about his penchant to produce meaningful movies. 'Easan' is his directorial venture once again, while in 'Poraali', he fared well as an actor and producer.

And now, Sasi is busy with 'Sundara Pandian', a film which he is producing besides playing the lead role. It is being directed by Prabhakaran, who is none other than his former associate.

"For the first time, I am playing a romantic hero in this film," says Sasi with a smile. "Sundara Pandian is a refreshing story and I enjoyed doing it," he adds.

Interestingly, Sasikumar has stepped into Mollywood too. He has played a crucial role in 'Masters' and his performance has won him accolades.

With 'Sundara Pandian' getting ready to hit the screens, all eyes are on Sasikumar. And he will not disappoint, one can say, going by his past records.

*(News From IndiaGlitz [Saturday, August 25, 2012])

GV Prakash & Saindhavi croon for Sundara Pandian

Celebrity couple GV Prakash and childhood sweetheart Saindhavi have been friends forever and are set to tie the knot soon. Now, GV Prakash and Saindhavi have each sung different songs in Sundara Pandian.


Saindhavi has crooned 'Nenjukkulle...' that has lyrics penned by Thamarai. GV Prakash has lent his voice for 'Rekkai Mulaiththen...' in this album along with Shreya Goshal. This track has lyrics by Madhan Karky. Music for Sundara Pandian is by NR Rahnanthan.

The film helmed by SR Prabhakaran is produced by Sasikumar's Company Productions and sees Sasikumar and Lakshmi Menon in the lead roles.

*(News From IndiaGlitz [Friday, August 24, 2012])

Friday, 24 August 2012

Vijay in Salman's Ek Tha Tiger remake?

With Salman Khan's Ek Tha Tiger breaking more records with each day, it's now said that Ilayathalapathy Vijay will remake this commercial entertainer in Tamil. Rumors of a remake of the film in Telugu are being suggested as well but no heroes name has been suggested so far for Telugu.

Buzz is that Editor Mohan has bought the Tamil remake rights of the film and it will be helmed by Jayam Raja who worked with Vijay in Velayudham. It's said that the director and Vijay will come together for this remake post Vijay's film with AL Vijay.

Ek Tha Tiger that featured Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif has already grossed more than 100 crores in the box office and is an action entertainer loaded with romance and some good music. The film sees the hero as a RAW spy.

*(News From IndiaGlitz [Friday, August 24, 2012])

Ajith & Simbu bond big time in Mumbai!

Ajith and his ardent fan, Simbu aka STR seem to have bonded big time in Mumbai as Ajith was shooting for his cameo appearance in Sridevi's English Vinglish and Simbu was shooting for Vaalu scenes.

Simbu and Ajith have reportedly had a lengthy conversation about fitness and gymming!

Simbu is currently working on Podaa Podi, Vaalu and Vettai Mannan while Ajith is concentrating on his yet to be titled venture with Vishnuvardhan where he reportedly plays a hacker.

*(News From IndiaGlitz [Friday, August 24, 2012])

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