FOR A CAUSE…
Actors in Kollywood seem to be using their fan bases for good causes it would seem. For instance, Kamal Hassan’s fan club is known for its philanthrophic acts while Vikram launched the Kasi Eye Bank on his birthday and 1,000 fans pledged their eyes along with him. Karthi is the latest actor to launch the Makkal Nala Mandram on his birthday with a series of activities (blood donation, cheque to YRG Care Centre, Sewing machines to women, tricyles to the handicapped and bags to school kids). The actor wants to help his fans give back to the community through acts of social responsibililty. Every year they plan to take up a new cause. Looks like Gen Next actors of Kollywood have their hearts in the right place…
Achamundu Achamundu and Sila Nerangalil are some examples of NRIs entering Kollywood. Now Varnam is the latest film (under production) that’s being produced by two brothers Ajay Chandran and SM Raju. Raju, a computer scientist, is the debut director of Varnam. He was based in Boston for 18 years before he came to India to make movies in it. Shot is the hilly regions of Kodaikanal in virgin locales with a rustic flavour, this film deals with life seen through an adolescent’s eyes. Ask him why he chose an offbeat track, tough locales and new actors and Raju says, “I know Tamil cinema buffs support offbeat films as long as they are well made.” More power to NRIs who are attracted to the business of films!
WHAT’S IN A NAME…
Tamil cinema has always had movies associated with towns and cities. Madurai, Thirupathi, Pazhani… the list is endless. Now Munnar joins the bandwagon. A thriller starring Veyil fame Priyanka, Riyaz Khan and a new hero, the film is the debut feature film of director Thambi Durai. Shot in the scenic locales of Thekkady and Munnar, the film is another thriller to hit the Tamil screen. Will this title pull in the crowds at least? Let’s wait and see…
Now English films dubbed in Tamil seem to be the craze. Not only Superman or Mission Impossible and Rambo but also Indiana Jones and the latest Forbidden Kingdom are all reaching out to audiences that don’t speak English. Jackie Chan and Jet Li woo Tamil audiences in Forbidden Kingdom even as they battle Chinese armies and encounter magical spells. Jackie Chan’s Chennai visit is bound to spark interest in this film while fans of Jet Li just can’t wait! With two teenagers also in the story, this may be an interesting watch for kids and adults alike…
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