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Four Frames


Rambo is back

Sylvester Stallone (61) is back with “Rambo-4”, releasing worldwide, including in Chennai, this Friday. Stallone is regarded as the ultimate action hero, and has been a ‘one-man demolition squad’ right from the “Rocky” and “Rambo” series to films such as “Demolition Man”, “Assassins”, “Cobra” and “Cliff Hanger” (which completed 25 weeks at Devi in 1994!). In the 80s and early 90s, his films ran the most number of days in Chennai, when action movies ruled. Stallone brought to the screen quality action movies for over three decades. Will the magic work for the ageing actor this time, is the question Hollywood critics are asking.

Big summer release


Oscar Ravichandran, producer of the big-budget Kamal Hassan extravaganza “Dasavatharam” in which the actor appears in 10 roles, has officially announced that the film will be released on April 10. Says Ravichandran: “The best time to release a big film like “Dasavatharam” worldwide is summer, and it will open simultaneously in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi. It will be aggressively marketed after the audio launch in the first week of March.” As of now, the film is in post production with CG work going on. The news is that Himmesh Reshamaiah, who directs the music, will not be doing the BGM and re-recording as he has now become a busyBollywood actor! But this is nothing to worry about, as the hot and happening music director of the South, Devi Sri Prasad is going to do the re-recording.

Unusual love story


Ace director P. Vasu’s son Sakthi, who made an impressive debut with “Thottal Poo Malarum”, is back doing a different kind of love story with a catchy title “Mahesh, Saranya, Matrum Palar” (MSMP). The film is directed by newcomer P.V. Ravi, who had formerly been Lingusamy’s assistant. Sandhya plays the heroine. Others in the cast are Keerthi Chawla and Daniel Balaji. The music is by Vidyasagar. According to Ravi, “MSMP is going to be an unusual love story. In all love stories, there is parental opposition but here, the parents support the love affair and the twist in the tale is refreshing.” Shooting for MSMP starts today in Kumbakonam and will later shift to Chennai. The film is slated for a summer release.

Children’s special


The Golden Compass”, a children’s film with fantastic CGI effects, which was to have been released for Christmas in Chennai, releases this week along with its dubbed version in Tamil “Thanga Disaikatti”. The highlight is the superb performance of Dakota Blue, the child who goes to North Pole to save her friends from a group of mysterious kidnappers led by Nicole Kidman, who plays a negative role. Daniel Craig (who plays the new James Bond) appears in a cameo role. The film is full of daemons, witches and magic; and good finally triumphs over evil.

SREEDHAR PILLAI

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