Thursday, September 6, 2007

Karthi in Aayirathil Oruvan

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Selvaraghavan, after the successful “Aadavari Matalaku Ardhalu Verule” in Telugu, is ready with his next movie Aayirathil Oruvan. Karthi has been signed up for the male lead. He had impressed everyone with his amazing portrayal in Paruthiveeran, with his rough and tough looks, comic timings and his amazing body language. Many in the audience became a fan of Karthi not just for his acting but also his looks.

But this time around, instead of the bubbly character that he portrayed, he will be playing the angry young man. And, unlike his Paruthiveeran look, he will be sporting a shorter beard for Aayirathil Oruvan. Whatever it is, looks like Karthi is not going to touch the shaving razor at least till the next movie.

Hindi version of Sivaji The Boss

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Superstar Rajinikanth will appear as Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan for his Hindi dubbed version of Shivaji.

Rajinikanth’s Shivaji has rewritten the history of box office records, and is being dubbed and released in Hindi. Legendary film production house AVM will release the film directly in Hindi too.

The original Tamil film had a song featuring Rajnikanth and Shreya in which Rajnikanth appeared as the legendary MGR, Sivaji Ganesan and Kamal Hassan. The Telugu version featured Rajnikanth disguised as NTR, Nageswara Rao and Chiranjeevi.

According to sources, Rajnikanth will now impersonate Dev Anand, Amitabh and Shah Rukh Khan in the dubbed version. The portions will be shot in Chennai this week. The Hindi version of Shivaji will be released for Deepavali.

Trisha will be back in `Kuruvi`!

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After several rounds of in and out, Trisha has finally pipped Nayantara to bag the heroine’s role in Kuruvi.

In a sensational turnaround, Trisha has made a comeback as the heroine of Vijay in Dharani directed Kuruvi, produced by Udayanidhi Stalin.

Just a couple of days ago, sources in the production house confirmed that Nayantara would be the heroine.

Dharani, Vijay and music composer Vidyasagar, who came together to create magic on screen with Gilli, are back again for Kuruvi. It meant Trisha, who was part of the Gilli team, missing the bus.

Dharani has denied rumours that Kuruvi would be a sequel to Gilli. Vijay is fast wrapping up the shooting for Azhagiya Tamil Magan and is expected to commence shooting for Kuruvi soon.

In a turnaround, Trisha has reportedly replaced Nayantara now. Dharani has left to Hyderabad to brief Trisha on her role in Kuruvi.

Alas, Trisha has pipped Nayantara now to bag the plump offer.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Aruvadai to deal with a vital social issue

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Aruvadai, the mega budget venture starring Mammootty, Arjun, and Sneha is progressing in a jet pace for Pongal 2008 release. Although the stills shed a different light on the movie with military backdrops, director Arvind begs to differ. He declares that the movie deals with a vital social issue that needs attention in our contemporary society.

“Aruvadai will address the agricultural issues of present day India and will try to answer the major concerns,” Arvind asserts. He further reiterates that Aruvadai will be a socially responsible movie. “Every role in the movie has a certain responsibility to fulfill apart from just dancing around the trees,” he states.

Shoots have been scheduled to be held in the sets erected inside the old Chennai Central Jail recently. Aruvadai also boasts of using latest techniques in graphics and 3D effects.

Tholaipesi Movie Review

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Cast: Vikramadithya, Priyanka, Divya, Arthi, Karunaas

Direction: K. Paneerselvam

Music: S. Shanthakumar

Production: Blue Waters Movie Makers

Tholaipesi is a very interesting name and one would hope to see a neat and interesting movie and that too a thriller. But a heavy dosage of melodrama is what one gets to witness and the intelligence of the title stops just with it.

Vikramaditya of whistle fame is the son of a rich man and he thinks that possessing a cell phone could change the life of a person completely. He uses his phone mainly to flirt around with the fairer sex. His rich dad gets him married off to Priyanka but the son never gets rid of his cell phone. He starts having an affair with a girl called Divya and when his wife Priyanka gets to know about this through the phone (Tholaipesi) she leaves him in a fit of rage.

Meanwhile he comes across another girl Arthi who brings the best out from him and in the process desires to marry him. The rest of the story is about whether Priyanka and Vikramaditya unite or whether he chooses Divya or whether Vikramaditya decides to spend the rest of his life with the girl (Arthi) who reforms him and what happens to the

Though the concept is interesting, the lack of depth in the story and the ambiguous screenplay plays spoilsport. Director K Paneerselvam’s inexperience is revealed when many scenes end abruptly.

In the acting department Vikramaditya needs to work on his emotions, but plays the romantic part pretty well. Priyanka who was last seen in Veyil does a good job and Nizhalgal Ravi suffers from proper characterization. Karunas does not impress this time and none of the other actors register an impact.

The technical department also has nothing special to boast of as the cinematography or the music department is just plain.

On the whole the movie is a non starter due to improper marketing which is very much needed for such a movie. This is a cell phone without a sim card.

Dhanush injured in Polladhavan movie shooting

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In a freak accident involving Dhanush and Villain Daniel Balaji, Dhanush was injured in the sets of his upcoming venture Polladhavan. Dhanush’s Polladhavan, directed by Vetri Maran, is progressing in and around Chennai. When the incident occurred, shoots were being carried out in the sets erected to reflect a fish-processing unit in Gaiety theatre on the Annasalai.

Dhanush’s stunt scenes with Daniel Balaji were shot. The sword that was used by Daniel for the stunt scenes slashed Dhanush’s forehead accidentally. Dhanush was immediately provided with first aid medical attention to prevent the blood loss. The actor was moved to a private hospital where he was scanned to identify the damage.

Later, doctors informed that the wound caused by the accident is minor. Dhanush is advised to rest following this. Shoots of Polladhavan will resume after Dhanush’s return.

A.R.Rahman's Jana Gana Mana given clean chit

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The controversy surrounding the Jana Gana Mana album by A.R.Rahman came to an end today, with the Chief Justice A.P. Shah and Justice Jyothimani dismissing the petition to ban the album. According to the petitioner, Mohanraj, General Secretary of Jebamani Janata Party, the music director’s intention to release the album was to cash in on the national anthem.

Moreover, he alleged that the national anthem should be sung within stipulated seconds but Rahman has sung it for over seven minutes.

The judges, while dismissing the petition on both counts, said that it is the right of the citizens to sing the national anthem and it cannot be deemed as an act of disrespect. Also they gave the verdict that there is no such rule as to the stipulated time.