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Raising the bar
After a fashionable tryst with films, Madhur Bhandarkar is back with Jail that’s set for release soon. harshikaa udasi on why the filmmaker doesn’t like being trapped in an image
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Far from formula
You have to give it to them — whatever Peraanmai (U/A) is or isn’t, the sincerity of its hero and director comes through in every frame. Generally ‘Jayam’ Ravi doesn’t shine much in productions ...

Will the recipe work?
Veteran cameraman N.K. Viswanathan, who has done nearly a dozen films as director, has taken on both the tasks in the Deepavali release, Jagan Mohini. He has roped in experienced hands and added various ingredients ...

Sleepy aur Creepy
The bad thing about good times is that they don’t last. But the good thing about bad times is that they don’t last either,” a morose-looking Mr. Khanna (Salman Khan) philosophises to his wife (Kareena Kapoor) at the beginning of ...

Sprightly jump and then a hobble!
The helmsman is an experienced technician and the hero, proven hit material. So when the two join hands expectation is bound to be high. Aadhavan (U), directed by K. S. Ravikumar and featuring Suriya in the lead, is an ...

The colour of cold feet
God bless Anthony D’Souza for making a film that makes the Dhooms of Bollywood look like student films. But despite Blue’s Rs.100 crore budget, the only treasure chest we want to find underwater ...

The Dutt and Devgn show
This movie will take you back to those days when you had exams you weren’t prepared for. People around tried to boost your spirits up with these three little words. As if these words would magically change that maths exam into a drawing ...


Fresh combo
After Thamirabharani directed by Hari and Padikkadhavan, a blockbuster from hero Dhanush, Vijaya Productions is all set to bring Hari and Dhanush together for their next venture. The project, which should ...

Kat’s comedy
Katrina Kaif is excited about her forthcoming Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, where she tries her hand at comedy


Quick five with Resul
He has won an Oscar yet simplicity and humility define him. From studying under the light of a kerosene lamp to international appreciation, Resul Pookutty has seen it all. His well-acclaimed work for Slumdog Millionaire (he ...


Chennai Connection
Soundharya hosts “Chennai Connection” every day between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Chennai is a city that has many treasures and secrets and she explores them all. And if you already are a true blue Chennai-ite, then her weekly challenges ...

Eppadi Paadinaro
Get ready to go on a spiritual musical journey and visit various temples rich in culture and heritage. Get to know the location, history, festivals celebrated, rare events interspersed with unknown facts and enjoy listening to Gayatri ...

Siberia is vast, stretching eastwards from the Ural Mountains and covering most of Northern Asia. Encompassing roughly 10 per cent of our planet’s landmass and sparsely populated, its name has become synonymous with harsh environment. ...

Jack the Ripper remains the most notorious and enigmatic serial killer in history. After five murders are committed over a 10-week period in London, Scotland Yard Inspector Abberline (Johnny Depp) is assigned to investigate the killings. What ...


Not turning pro now
Justin Timberlake is such a hotshot on the golf course he is being tempted to turn pro. The pop hunk spends much of his spare time in the swing of his favourite hobby and even hosts his own tournament. But Justin insists he won’t be taking ...

Aniston can’t go on with romance
Jennifer Aniston has had it with romance — on screen at least. The former Friends actor is said to have been rattled by scathing reviews for her latest rom-com Love Happens and is looking to prove she has more to offer as ...

Salma snaps at paparazzi
Yummy mummy Salma Hayek has hit out at the paparazzi who stalk her and her daughter Valentina, branding them weirdos and freaks. The normally mild-mannered Hispanic star says: “What’s freaky is the guy behind the camera who is ...

Stripper shoes make Megan a star
Most celebrities are a sucker for a pair of designer shoes or the latest clutch bag, but not Megan Fox. The Jennifer’s Body star says she only decided to take on the lead role in her latest horror flick because the writer ...

Lonely heart
Gossip Girl Leighton Meester is so down about being single that she’s turned it into a song. Leighton, 23, who is rumoured to be dating one of her co-stars, says her new single ‘Somebody to Love’ is all about her personal ...


‘Bachchan, an institution’
Hrithik Roshan is the new brand ambassador of Provogue. With several endorsements under his hat, he has become quite a brand name himself. Ask him what he feels about Brand Bachchan, and Hrithik says: “We all respect and admire Mr. ...

Cine quiz
1. Name the actor, best remembered for his leading role in the first (full length) talking movie The Jazz Singer, who passed away on this date in 1950. 2. Name the director of the Telegu hit ...

Grill mill
Yes, I started as a solo choreographer with Padikatha Methai, and have done 1,100 films — my latest is Penn Singam, written by M. Karunanidhi. This is my 50th year in the industry. I still choreograph, but ventured into ...

My first break - Udhayathara
When I was studying in Class XII in Kerala, a few photographers had sent my pictures to Chennai. The producer of Kannum Kannum saw it, and called me for a test. I was selected to act opposite Prasanna in the film, directed ...

Katcha Devayani1941
T. R. Rajakumari, Kothamangalam Seenu, Kothamangalam Subbu, Vidwan Srinivasan

Number game
After learning the nuances of film production under Parthepan, Fazil and Siddique, A. G. Raja has plunged into his maiden production, Iver. Starring Vijay Anand, Ila, Perarasan, Hussain and Atulya, the film is directed by ...

Thinking big
Following the Tamil Nadu State Awards for Thiruttupayale and Santosh Subramaniyam, Kalpathi S Agoram’s AGS Entertainment is going full steam with a string of productions. While the Simbhudevan-directed ...

Shaking a leg
If there is one actor who is comfortable in any type of role, it is Nasser. From playing village chief to villain, from comedy to drama, he has done it all. Now, in director T Manoharan’s Maharaja, Nasser has put on his ...

New beginning
Director Selvaraghavan’s movie for producer S. Ramesh Babu’s Kanakarathna Movies has Vikram and Swati in the lead. Andrea too plays an important character in the film! The unit is on a month-long shooting schedule in Ladakh. With ...

Dubai bound
Moser Baer’s forthcoming film Aval Peyar Tamilarasi, written and directed by Meera Kathiravan, will have an international premiere at the sixth edition of the Dubai International Film Festival (December 9 to 16). It will ...

Romantic comedy
After Parijatham, K. Bhagyaraj is wielding the megaphone once again. The film titled Siddhu +2 First Attempt will star his son Shantanu and Chandni in the lead roles. Bhagyaraj has written the story which is ...

Deserving reward
M.S. Bhaskar is a happy man. No filmgoer can forget his flawless enactment of a father suffering from amnesia after the shock of losing his son in an accident, in Mozhi. Radha Mohan, its director, also deserves plaudits for the ...


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