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Friday, September 14, 2007
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Shhh… He’s back
After five years, director Vasanth returns with “Satham Podaathey”
Blood, gore and more
Have filmmakers developed a taste for glorifying violence, asks K. Jeshi
Veteran actor Dharmendra is on a comeback trail. Ask him about the kissing sequence with Nafisa Ali in Metro and he has a funny story to narrate: “When Anurag Basu told me: ‘Sir, you have to lock lips with Nafisaji’, ...
Beginning September 15, the series follows the surprising journey of a 16-year-old teenage savant who emerges mysteriously from the woods one day with no apparent memory of who he is or where he has been. In a youth detention centre, ...
Funny side up -- Marudhamalai
The ‘action king’ is at it again in Oscar Films (P) Ltd.’s Marudhamalai (U). Age just doesn’t seem to catch up with Arjun, who looks younger and trimmer with every film. The macho image is intact. Action combines ...
Humour in fits and starts -- Cheena Thaana 001
When they begin with a confession, it isn’t fair to needle them. Mid Valley Entertainment Private Limited’s Cheena Thaana 001 (U) starts off on that safe premise. ‘Don’t expect logic here. Just laugh your lungs ...
Another grave mistake, Darling
When Darling wants to seduce her boss, he warns her “Log Dekh Rahe Hai.” And she asks him to close his eyes so that he can’t see them. Ram Gopal Varma doesn’t need to worry about the first part. People ...
Recycled reels -- Dhamaal
Dhamaal is one of those movies you so want to hate, right from the minute you hear of the plot of the big W – stolen from It’s a mad mad mad mad world with a formulaic line-up of Hindi cinema’s funny men and plenty of ...
A mandapam in Nungambakkam, the location for the shoot of Kanakarathna Movies’ Nam Nadu, is chock-a-block with people. Director Suresh is busy reeling off instructions, while Sarath Kumar, Nasser and Manivannan wait for the camera ...
Why I like... 7G Rainbow colony
I like it because it was very natural. Everyone can relate to the movie. It’s about a boy who is not good looking and how love changes his life. He’s not your regular hero. What’s unique is unlike other movies, here the boy ...
Why I hate... Khabi Khushi Kabhi Gham
A friend came down from Australia and I remember we went to Sathyam, looked at the posters and thought it would be a good movie if all these big stars had agreed to be part of it. There were many ‘Khushi-lal’ families all around... ...
Sienna Miller has given up the idea of being a Bond girl — but she’s not happy about it. The Factory Girl stunner says she would have loved to have teamed up with old pal Daniel Craig in a 007 adventure but the choices she ...
David Beckham has turned to old pal Tom Cruise as he struggles to get through his latest injury nightmare — a damaged knee after playing for LA Galaxy. The England football ace faces the prospect of spending weeks on the sidelines and ...
Ewan McGregor is desperate to team up with his Star Wars boss George Lucas again and fulfil his Indiana Jones dream. The Scottish star achieved a boyhood ambition by playing a young Obi Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequels ...
Fun with the gun
Sultry star Monica Bellucci has revealed she got a thrill out of shooting a gun-packed love scene with co-star Clive Owen in new movie Shoot ’Em Up. The photogenic pair romped amid a hail of bullets in the action-packed thriller ...
Fight for roles
Jessica Biel has declared war on her fellow Hollywood hotties. She says she and the rest of tinsel town’s sexy young actresses are embroiled in an ongoing battle to land the best roles. “It has become hard because of the ...
When Jennifer Garner films fight scenes, she doesn’t mess about! The Alias star, who is mother to one-year-old Violet, says action sequences for new movie The Kingdom left both her and her opponent nursing cuts and bruises. ...
Role with potential
Actor Jeeva has taken the trouble to lose and gain weight and even change his appearance more than once for Thamizh M.A. From the time Raam happened, Jeeva has shown keenness to project a variety of characters. Thamizh ...
So, what has he finally decided to call his film? “The story takes place in Kumbakonam. Hence, it will be Mahamaham,” producer-director Shakti Chidambaram’s voice sounds matter-of-fact. Earlier, when he announced the ...
In Dad’s footsteps
“Let the name of the film and the producer be suspense for some more time,” smiles Manoj K. Bharati, who will soon make his directorial debut. He’s known more as filmmaker Bharatiraaja’s son and as hero of films such as ...
Coimbatore Koval, a plain-speaking and worldly-wise character, who finds logic in every action, is the highlight of “BIG Vanakkam” hosted by the popular RJ Speed Dheena. During the course of the show, Koval takes up several issues and ...
For some spice
At home and nothing much to do? Tune into “City Spice”, a show exclusively for women, hosted by RJ Aarthi and RJ Gopinath. Spice up your life by talking about your ideas and talents. Aarthi addresses issues, besides giving advice. ...
THE STYLE FILE
‘Simplicity rules my wardrobe’
Shriya Saran knows the art of dressing up and dressing down. When it comes to clothes, she can make the prim-and-proper desi look desirable and the whimsical Western seem elegant (Replay the rain song in Mazhai and the “Style” ...
My first break - Priya Mani
Being a Bharatiraaja find feels great, and working with technicians such as Balu Mahendra was wonderful. Yet the film that put me on the road of success is Paruththi Veeran. On hearing that Ameer was looking out for a heroine for his ...
I just love being called a sex symbol
Sakala Kala Bhavan
Beginning September 20, the story is spun around nine characters, the inmates of Sakala Kala Bhavan, a lodge owned by Meenakshi. Each tries to take over the reins, leading to hilarious situations. The cooks Palghat Chellappa and ...
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