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B for Bbuddah? Not him!
Amitabh Bachchan, who plays a flamboyant gangster in his new film, tells harshikaa udasi he is open to all genres
Film Review

Form over content - Nootrienbathu (180)
T he first few minutes of Nootrienbathu ( 180) are guaranteed to leave you open-mouthed at the details captured by the Red camera.A nameless protagonist performs the final rites of a close relative on the banks of the Ganges in Kasi. ...


On a comeback trail - Pillaiyaar Theru Kadaisi Veedu
A wastrel of a son, a younger sis who keeps putting him down, a loving mother and a strict dad — clichés, all of them! Actually the first hour of Pillaiyaar Theru Kadaisi Veedu (U) only gives a sense of déjà vu. But the ...

Lemon! - Cars 2
T he first Cars movie was one of Pixar's longest — if not in actual time, then at least in terms of the time that you felt had elapsed between settling into your seat and shuffling out — and part of the problem was it took an hour ...

Twice as bad - Double Dhamaal
A farce is not the easiest genre to execute especially when you don't have a script. This sequel to the rip-off of It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and Road Trip at best looks like an improvised stage play with actors given a free hand and a ...


Tribute

Soul-stirring strains
Sarod maestro Ali Akbar Khan's second death anniversary fell on June 19 . Ranjan Das Gupta on his stint in films


Cinema

A new ‘direction' for Dia?
Dia Mirza, who has just finished the shooting of her first co-production Love Breakups Zindagi, has her sights set on direction next. Dia says, “I have always thought of direction even when I was acting.”Right now, Dia is ...


Events

Iceland in Chennai
An Icelandic Film Festival opens in the city on July 1


Cinema


BLAST FROM THE PAST
Saalivaahanan 1945
Ranjan, T. R. Rajakumari, K.L.V. Vasantha, M. G. Ramachandran, N. S. Krishnan, T. A. Mathuram, M. R. Santhanalakshmi, T. S. Balaiah and Nagercoil K. Mahadevan


Telewatch

AIR SUPPLY
Un Vaasam En Naesam, Season 2, has reached the final stage. Couples from across Tamil Nadu participated and four of them were selected to clash for prizes worth Rs. 5 lakh. The judges for the finals are Anitha Kuppuswamy, folk singer, and ...


Interview

Back in the race
Owen Wilson, the voice behind Lightning McQueen, on the making of Cars 2


Tv Serials

SERIES
The programme narrates the terrifying true stories of the paranormal as told by the people who experienced them. The episode dramatises some of the scariest stories in America, revealing a world in which tragedy, suicide and murder have left ...


Telewatch

MOVIES
Starring Aaron Johnson, Nicolas Cage and Chloe Moretz, the film is directed by Matthew Vaughn. Dave Lizewski — ordinary New York teenager and rabid comic-book geek — dons a green-and-yellow Internet-bought wetsuit to become the ...


Cinema


ITSY-BITSY
Step forward
`Jiththan' Ramesh is back after a sabbatical. Says the actor who made a promising debut in Jiththan. "I realised I was not selecting the right kind of scripts. So I waited for quite a while for a film such as Pillayar Theru Kadasi Veedu, my ...

Epic inspiration
In Bheeman Asthinapuram, director A. R. Vijayavanan has drawn a parallel to the Mahabharata. The character of the hero, new face Vasanth, is akin to Bheema and the film is set in an imaginary village named Asthinapuram. “The story is ...

The right angle
Cinematographer S. Soundar Rajan is known for his work in films such as Aathi, Kana Kanden, Billa (Telugu) and Anaganaga-O-Dheerudu (Once Upon A Warrior), which was Walt Disney's first independent Telugu production and starred Siddharth and ...

Two good
Director Venkat Prabhu's Mankatha features two top actors ‘Thala' Ajith Kumar and ‘Action King' Arjun. Says Ajith, “Credit should go to Arjun for accepting this role. It shows his large-heartedness. Such combinations will add ...

Family affair
Star sons, brothers, cousins…they are all making a beeline to the glamour world. The latest to enter cinema is Dhanush's first cousin, Varun. His debut film Mallukattu with Honey Rose as his love interest, is expected to hit the screens ...


HOT FROM HOLLYWOOD
Jealous of Justin
A few cracks are starting to appear in the young love between Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez. Sources close to the couple say Selena is becoming increasingly jealous of Justin and his relationship with his female fans. “Selena has become ...

Scared by cheap thrills
Shia LaBeouf wishes that the mega budget behind the Transformers movies would extend to paying for a softer landing or two. The 25-year-old actor says he often found himself with a tricky end to his many stunts for Transformers 3 despite it ...

‘Acting' potential
Hollywood starlet Emma Roberts showed acting potential long before she ever made it on screen. The 20-year-old niece of Julia Roberts has told how acting came in handy when sidestepping the blame for bad behaviour at school. “I remember ...

Taking a break
Wondering where Beyonce has been lately? The Single Ladies singer has just taken time off from her hectic career to do the “normal” things we all take for granted. “I hit 30 and I decided to finally take a break in my life, ...

All about time management
Mariah Carey's husband Nick Cannon is sleeping around — but how? The American Idol host says life with the couple's newborn twins is hard when it comes to sleep, but he's finding ways of catching up on his rest when he can. “It's ...


Columns

Cine Quiz
1. A pleated ivory dress worn by an iconic actress sold recently for $4.6 million at an auction of Hollywood costumes. Name the actress and the film in which it featured.2. Siddharth Roy Kapur is the CEO of which production ...

Around the world with 40,000 rupees
Srinivas Sunderrajan's happy that his short film “The Untitled Kartik Krishnan Project” is being watched worldwide. sudhish kamath gets talking to the filmmaker

From the jungle, with joy
Malathi Rangarajan talks to actor Sampath, who's come up with an impressive show in Aaranya Kaandam

MUMBAI EXPRESS
Ashish Chaudhary got the jitters when he had to dress in drag for Double Dhamaal. But there was something on the first Dhamaal sets that made him as nervous as wearing female garb.Says the actor: “I still remember the first day of ...

THE LINE-UP
Duggholufolkid July 1, 6.30 p.m. A young boy brought up by a single mother thrives in the world of make-believe characters. He gets his life experiences through movies, television shows and computers. When he is sent to spend Christmas with ...


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