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Just come, sizzle
Sexy is cool, Bipasha Basu tells Harshikaa Udasi as her film Aa Dekhen Zara hits the screens today
Film Review

The quest begins
It is an honest quest to discover humanity in darkness. We seem more concerned about Muslims killing Hindus and Hindus giving it back to Muslims when the point of concern should be man is killing man. Nandita Das says it clearly and ...


Simple story, intriguingly told
The biggest casualty, as the chasm between the haves and have nots deepens, is human dignity. The way the self-respect of the people who serve us is skinned in day-to-day life, it doesn’t take much for a man to become a beast. This is what ...

Oh! It’s so straight!
The romantic comedy genre, a staple of Hollywood’s assembly line productions, strangely here in India comes to us as multiplex fare, starring one of the finest actors arthouse cinema has given us.So yes, there’s nothing even ...

Leftovers from another plate
1. Attacks your senses: Right from the robot-voice that goes Aloo Aloo Aloo Aloo Aloo Aloo, Aloo Chaat… [and repeat again and again] accompanying the interesting opening credits (probably the only high point of the film), this is one ...


Cinema

Reality, again, on celluloid
Like his two earlier films, A.M.R. Ramesh’s Kaavalar Kudiyiruppu is also based on a true story

One for the thrills
chat Sangeeth Sivan is back with "Ek - The Power of One" that releases today


THE STYLE FILE
Who, what, wear?
Simplicity never goes out of style, says actor Nadiya Moidu

Page to screen
Watchmen, opening today, is a faithful celluloid rendition of the graphic novel


HOT FROM HOLLYWOOD
Bingeing Brit on Circus tightrope
Britney Spears has had her wrists slapped for slacking on her diet and fitness regimen. The controversial pop princess is currently on the Canadian leg of her Circus tour but it is her management that’s cracking the whip. “Britney ...

Sex and the credit crunch
The global financial crisis has even hit the next Sex and the City movie. Sarah Jessica Parker, star and producer of the big-screen spin-off of the TV series, has told how the upcoming sequel is being altered to reflect the ...

Keira’s lazy days with her friend
Keira Knightley and boyfriend Rupert Friend are a couple of couch potatoes. The Young Victoria star Rupert says he shuns wild party and loves to sit around and do nothing with Keira when he gets any free time. “I need to ...

Julia’s just naturally dizzy
Pretty Woman Julia Roberts believes she is just too goofy to be taken seriously. She says she found it hard to play a straight-faced spy in her new movie Duplicity because she enjoys mucking about too much. “I think ...

Leighton’s old before her time
Gossip Girl Leighton Meester is 22 going on 52! The sexy star says she has an old head on young shoulders and cannot help being serious and adult even while her friends are running wild. “I am mature for my age,” says Leighton. ...


Tv Serials

Platform for kids
Watch children display their oratorical skills in Tamil on Vijay TV from this Sunday

SERIES
Diego Bunuel travelled across Pakistan for a month and after some 2,000 km, he discovered an incredibly diverse and surprising land, where stereotypes and assumptions about religion and Pakistanis came crashing down one after another. Get ...


AIR SUPPLY
MOVIES
This film is a well-crafted story of mystery and magic based on the Pulitzer Prize winning author Steven Millhauser’s short story. Word of the mysterious stage magician Eisenheim’s (Edward Norton) astounding illusions reaches the ...

SERIALS
As the name suggests the new show is a comic take on cinema. How will it be if climaxes of popular films were extended beyond their culmination point. This week ‘Jollywood Cinema’ will focus on Bhagyaraj’s hit, ‘Andha ...


Columns


LOVE/HATE
Why I like...Iruvar
Because, the film was shot beautifully. The direction, performance, everything was great. I loved the story, loosely based on the lives of MGR and Karunanidhi. Director Mani Ratnam had chosen the apt people to essay the lead roles. Prakash Raj ...

Why I hate... Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
Everyone loved this film, but it just did not work for me. It was so long and went on and on. I like movies of all kinds. I try to appreciate everything. Every movie has its plus points, but somehow this failed to strike a chord in me. I got ...


BLAST FROM THE PAST
Miss Kamala 1938
T. P. Rajalakshmi, T. V. Sundaram, `Battling' C. S. D. Singh, V. S. Mani, T. P. Rajagopal and `Stunt' Rajoo


MUMBAI EXPRESS
Endorsement queen
Looks like the bubbly Genelia D’Souza, who starred in last year’s blockbuster Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na , has become the new ‘endorsement queen’. Eyebrows were raised when Genelia replaced Rani ...


ITSY BITSY
Yuvan replaces Harris


Cine Quiz
1. With All Fools Day around the corner, in which raga was Mohammed Rafi’s evergreen ‘April Fool Banaaya’ from April Fool tuned? 2. In the Hitchcock classic The ...

Grill mill -- Seetha
I don’t accept films that fail to satisfy my inner urge to do good cinema. I don’t want to be under the arc lights just for the heck of it. But you seem to be busy. Yes, I’m ...

My first break
Despite hailing from a family of classical musicians, I had no intention of becoming a full-time musician. I used to listen to radio and TV and sing along, of course not in front of my dad who is a Carnatic musician. Entry into college ...

Capsule
Cinematographers use a gel when they need to bathe a frame with one specific colour of light. A gel looks like a thin, tinted plastic sheet and is clipped right over a light to change the colour of the projected light. ...



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